Kim Rueb recently “unplugged” herself – no television, no smartphone – for a week to see how it would change her life, and she was pleased with the results. She writes about her experience today in The Scroll.
Dave Nimmer believes great teaching for undergraduates needs to be at or near the top of priorities for St. Thomas as it sets goals and defines standards. In The Scroll today, he writes about a sophomore’s experience in a January Term course taught by psychology professor John Buri.
Dr. Richard Plumb, dean of the Seaver College of Science and Engineering at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, will become executive vice president and provost at the University of St. Thomas on July 15.
Graduate student Nick Goffard has gained extra appreciation for the leadership qualities of St. Thomas students during his involvement in the Student Leadership Selection process. He writes about the experience, and how it reminds him of his own pursuit of leadership positions as an undergraduate student, in The Scroll.
Carol Bruess checked off one of the items on her professional bucket list when she attended a workshop last month on the science of relationships. Today in The Scroll, she offers her observations on the work of legendary researcher John Gottman and two of his seven principles for making marriage work.
Dave Nimmer will dearly miss the 92 St. Thomas employees who will retire in May, and in today’s Scroll he pays tribute to two of them – Tom Connery and Lynda McDonnell – who always have showed their pride and passion.
Tuition rates will increase 3.9 percent this summer for undergraduate students – the second-lowest rate increase in 20 years – and an average of 3.0 percent for graduate students except for the School of Law, which will have no tuition increase.
St. Thomas has decided to sell the Daniel C. Gainey Conference Center in Owatonna, Minn., because it cannot continue to operate the center in a financially sustainable manner and has determined that expansion plans would not overcome ongoing weaknesses in the conference services market.
Kim Rueb has long been interested in issues such as gender equality, but her perspective has changed since her days as a college student. She writes today in The Scroll that society must come to realize a woman can have a job and be a mom – or she can choose one over the other and not need to feel any the less for it.
Like many alumni, Jessica Meilleur ’08 has questions and concerns about how to achieve work-life balance. She hasn’t been able to find a pat answer, but she picked up some tips in a Young Alumni Education Roundtable and offers her thoughts today in The Scroll.
Carol Bruess had all kinds of “research-based” ideas on subjects for a holiday Scroll: the importance of holiday rituals and traditions, the value of good old-fashioned storytelling and the need to take the “e” out of Christmas. But in the end, she settled for a simple wish for all of you.
President Julie Sullivan announces the appointment of a 16-person steering committee to oversee a strategic planning process for the university.
Susan Alexander has never been more convinced than this semester that food matters in the day-to-day life of a college campus, whether it’s a lack of chocolate chip cookies or Mountain Dew or the kind of coffee that we brew. She offers her thoughts today in The Scroll.
St. Thomas announces a new tobacco-free campus policy beginning Jan. 1 for the St. Paul and Minneapolis campuses. Student groups will hold celebration from noon to 1 p.m. today (Thursday) in Scooter’s.
St. Thomas has unveiled plans for a new south campus building to meet the needs of the university’s facilities operations and the School of Engineering. Construction is planned to begin March 31 on the 28,000-square-foot building on the parking lot north of McCarthy Gymnasium, and will be completed by September.
Graduate student Nick Goffard thinks it’s tough to beat the atmosphere on football Saturdays as fans stream onto campus decked out in purple to cheer on their Tommies. He hopes for a strong turnout this Saturday for the Senior Day game against Concordia.
The question asked by President Julie Sullivan at her monthly brown bag luncheon on Monday was simple: “What do we need for St. Thomas to be excellent?” Susan Alexander found that the answers wisely centered on the importance of meeting the needs of students, and she offers her thoughts today in The Scroll.
The Associated Colleges of the Twin Cities will conduct a study to explore ways to share more administrative services and save money. The five institutions, including St. Thomas, already collaborate on many projects, including cross-registration for classes and purchasing goods and services.
Carol Bruess is on a sabbatical this academic year, and the change of schedule has thrown her for such a loop that she has documented 10 things that she “hates” about her sabbatical. You can read about them in The Scroll.
The Selim Center for Learning in Later Years had its 40th anniversary celebration earlier this month, and Dave Nimmer was present to hear the encouraging words of former WCCO-TV anchor Don Shelby. Mo Selim, the center’s founder, became ill during the event but is resting comfortably at home these days. Nimmer writes about the evening in The Scroll.
Dave Nimmer was impressed last week by the inauguration ceremony for St. Thomas President Julie Sullivan, finding it “crisp and clean, purposeful and passionate, reverent and respectful.” And, as he writes today in The Scroll, Nimmer is equally impressed by the new president and her “attitude, background, candor, determination and focus.”