• Want to Hear Amazing Stories?

      St. Thomas senior Brady Narloch had the good fortune of meeting an Opus Prize honoree last May in Colombia, and he has some advice for you: Make sure you are sitting in Orchestra Hall on Wednesday evening to witness three extraordinary people, all finalists for the $1 million Opus Prize, tell their stories

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    • Making an Awesome Impression

      Four St. Thomas students recently had a chance encounter with a St. Cloud woman, and she was so touched by what she saw that she wrote an e-mail message to the university. Father Dennis Dease shares the message today in The Scroll.

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    • Dealing With Persistent Social Problems

      As impressed as Dave Nimmer is with St. Thomas’ involvement in the Opus Prize, he also wants to shine a light on ThreeSixty. In The Scroll today, Nimmer tells how the St. Thomas-based organization is working to interest more students of color to pursue careers in journalism and communications.

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    • Shout Out to Admissions

      Carol Bruess experienced what she calls “a real source of sweetness on our campus” when she observed our Admissions staff members in action last Thursday and Friday as they met with prospective students and their parents at fall Tommie Days. She explains what she means by “sweet” in The Scroll today.

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    • How we Feel About St. Thomas

      Susan Alexander asks a pointed question today in The Scroll: What do you expect from your employer? She finds that attitudes vary at St. Thomas. People are nervous about the economy, grateful for their jobs and wonder about levels of commitment.

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    • Missing the Past. Loving the Present. Excited for the Future.

      Darcy Haubrick says she has “a conflicting relationship” with September. She misses life as an undergraduate, she writes today in The Scroll, although as a graduate assistant in Campus Life she sure loves helping students develop their individuality.

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    • In the Neighborhood

      Carol Bruess loves living close to St. Thomas for a variety of practical and philosophical reasons. Over the weekend, she tells The Scroll, she came to an even-greater appreciation for neighborhood life when people showed up for an impromptu party to pay tribute to her dying “Big Old Tree.”

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    • Some Habits die Hard

      Dave Nimmer is trying to be a “modern media consumer” by reading blogs and Web sites. But as he writes today in The Scroll, he’s also still in love with “slow-and-old television,” such as this week’s new Ken Burns documentary on national parks.

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    • Experience the Richness of Your College Years

      Brady Narloch has loved his years at St. Thomas, and the senior knows his time is running out. He’s not quite ready to go, however, he writes today in The Scroll, and he intends to make a “desperate push” to take advantage of everything that St. Thomas offers while he can.

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    • Donna Brazile and me

      Susan Alexander was pleased to discover on Monday night that she has a lot in common with Donna Brazile, who spoke on campus. And as Alexander writes today in The Scroll, she has a greater appreciation for the value of St. Thomas’ CommUNITY series.

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    • Sharing Acts of Kindness

      Simple acts of kindness, Father Erich Rutten writes today in The Scroll, “can be a powerful response to difficulty and tragedy,” as well as just a nice thing – and the right thing – to do regardless of the circumstances. The director of Campus Ministry invites you to join in a new St. Thomas effort to engage in acts of kindness.

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    • Finding a Better Place

      Dave Nimmer met many interesting people last month in Morocco while doing interviews with one of the finalists for the Opus Prize. But none, he writes today in The Scroll, remains as vividly in his memory as a little girl he met on the street.

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    • Living our Mission Every day

      As we begin a new school year, Tonia Jones continues to find herself overwhelmed with pride in St. Thomas and the “amazing talents” of faculty, staff and students with whom she works. In The Scroll today, she reflects on how beautifully they live out the university’s mission.

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    • Fresh, new and Exciting: It’s fall!

      Carol Bruess wasn’t crazy about the prospects of her kids “redecorating” their rooms, but she agreed to help. As she wandered endlessly down the aisles of Target and Ikea, she writes today in The Scroll, she realized that her project at home also gave her the opportunity to observe the back-to-school shopping habits of St. Thomas students – and she grew enthusiastic about the “fresh start” always provided by a new school year.

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    • The Best Place

      As St. Thomas prepares to observe its 125-year anniversary this year, Father Dennis Dease, president, reflects today in The Scroll about the importance of building upon the efforts of past generations of students, faculty and staff. He also appreciates the symbolic importance of having a “best place” from which to view our work.

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    • Budding High School Journalists Inspire him

      I say it every year in the middle of our ThreeSixty Journalism Workshop at St. Thomas (concluding last Friday) for high school students who come here to try their hand at reporting, writing, photographing, editing and designing: I’m getting too old for this stuff. It’s like trying to herd cats. “Nim, No one’s calling me [...]

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    • Opportunity Knocks: Opportunity Costs

      The sound of opportunity knocking at St. Thomas this week is the sound of the wrecking ball. Construction on the Anderson Athletic and Recreation Complex has begun with the demolition of large campus landmarks. The benefits later next year will be huge and apparent to all of us. Lee and Penny Anderson are providing the [...]

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    • One Proud Parent

      Doug Hennes

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    • Our Graduates are Thinkers, Seekers, Listeners, Givers

      With the class of 2009 graduating on May 23, I’m curious about what the graduates took with them – lessons, experiences, insights – as they encounter these challenging times in the “real” world. What I recall when I left the University of Wisconsin was that I wouldn’t have to struggle through a poem whose meaning [...]

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    • Stroke Doesn’t Knock out This Champion

      Two weeks ago Wednesday, Erik Olson pitched five innings for the St. Thomas baseball team in a 5-0 win over St. Mary’s University, keeping the Tommies in first place in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Eight days later, Olson was in United Hospitals in St. Paul, undergoing a series of tests for what were determined to be blood clots in his right index finger and his brain, and suffering a mild stroke in the process.

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    • A Fond – but Necessary – Farewell to The Aquin

      In the past two weeks, I’ve heard a few squeals of protest from former Aquin editors lamenting the planned disappearance of the hard-copy newspaper – this Friday’s edition will be the final one – in favor of the “all-digital student media convergence” at TommieMedia.com beginning this fall.

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    • We Honor a Genuine Leader

      Father John Malone joked on Thursday at our ceremony to rename Selby Hall as Flynn Hall after Archbishop Harry Flynn that the occasion might be the closest I ever would get to naming a baby. Father Malone was right, in his own inimitable fashion. He was even more right when he added that I chose a good time to do so. Truth be told, I couldn’t have chosen a better time.

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    • Got Rocks? It’s time to unload them.

      It was one of those moments in class the other night. I peered around the room at our 17 students enrolled in the Family Studies capstone course – all majors or minors interested in learning about, and some eventually working with, families and/or couples in therapeutic, educational or research settings. I was delighted – but [...]

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    • Linkages Mentors Embody Servant Leadership

      Spring: It’s the time of year we all wait for with anticipation after a long winter, with warm weather, budding trees and flowers. Spring also is a time when the campus becomes more alive with activity, and it marks the end of many things: classes, internships and club meetings. While many things seem to be [...]

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    • Poetry Puts Soul in his Life

      For almost 40 years, between 25 and 65, I rarely read a poem – except perhaps a verse or two I came across in The New Yorker. I’m not proud of that; in fact, I’m a little chagrined, but my life was busy with chasing stories, teaching classes, managing calendars and, well, feeling important. So [...]

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