• A Community That Knows how to Prime the Pump

      The story is told about a man who was stranded in a desert. He was lost and dehydrated. As he crested another dune, he feared the old shack he saw was merely a mirage, but with his last energy, he stumbled to it. He looked around and saw a rusty, dirty water pump. He started [...]

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    • The Best Coach in the Game

      Editor’s note: Doug Hennes, vice president for university and government relations, submitted a guest column to The Scroll. Back in the mid-1980s, I was sitting around the St. Paul Pioneer Press newsroom one evening talking baseball with veteran sportswriter Mike Augustin, and I mentioned in passing that Cretin High School had won another state high [...]

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    • We Are Family

      As a family studies scholar, I am usually quite particular about the use of the word “family.” I sit up and take note when the word is applied, sung, touted, disregarded, defined or bantered about. Are we advancing stereotypes? Are we being inclusive? Are we able to fully comprehend the emotions and connotations of this [...]

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    • Seniors and the Job Market: Focused and positive.

      Jim Shoop, a former newspaper colleague and fishing buddy, and I were at breakfast the other day, sipping coffee and eating a heart-healthy bagel with low-fat cream cheese. We talked about whether our shrinking retirement annuities would last as long as we will. The only thing scarier, we agreed, is to be a graduating college [...]

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    • Parking lot Blues

      Recently, I walked over to inspect the Anderson Parking Facility. It’s probably the most attractive parking ramp in St. Paul. If there were a beauty contest for parking ramps, believe me, no one would be saying ours has a great personality. When Lee Anderson so generously donated the money for the ramp (as well as [...]

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    • Uganda and its Students Continue to Impress

      He wasn’t just blowing cigar smoke when Sir Winston Churchill declared Uganda to be the “Pearl of Africa.” It is truly one of the lushest and most beautiful countries I’ve ever seen (and I am not saying this because it ranks third – after India and the People’s Republic of China – in the numbers [...]

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    • Tommie Basketball=Teamwork

      While listening to the radio, a frantic housewife called her elderly husband’s cell phone. She knew his regular route. When he answered from his car, the wife, with fear in her voice, told him that one person was driving the wrong way down Interstate 94. “Oh, Herman, be careful.” He responded, “One! There are hundreds [...]

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    • Confessions of a One-time St. Patrick’s Day Grouch

      Editor’s note: Jim Rogers, director of the Center for Irish Studies at St. Thomas, submitted this guest column to The Scroll. Not that long ago, I wore black on March 17. Not that long ago, I was very arch about all the parading. I used to look down my nose at all the four-leaf clovers, [...]

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    • It’s March Madness – and Sweet Sixteen – Time!

      How do I know when spring is nearing? It’s March Madness time! During the long, cold winters living in North Dakota and Minnesota, basketball carried me through! From my old playing days at the University of North Dakota, practice, weights and games made the seemingly long winter season go by fast. It’s hard to believe [...]

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    • St. Thomas Day Winners Leave one Inspired

      Go to enough award ceremonies and you can get pretty blasé about the awards and the people who get them. I have a good reason to be jaundiced, given my background in broadcast news, where the local Emmys have an award category for everything but cleanliness of the newsroom. That’s why St. Thomas Day (March [...]

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    • If You Only Had Six Words

      If someone asked you to develop a six-word statement of your identity – a half-dozen words capturing your entire life story – what would those six words be? Six words: No more, no less. Inspired by bestselling book “Not Quite What I Was Planning,” (which, by the way, was inspired by Ernest Hemingway’s famous tale [...]

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    • “Slumdog Millionaire” Offers Realistic – but Narrow – Slice of India

      Editor’s note: Dr. Kevin Sauter, professor of communications and journalism, submitted a guest column to The Scroll. MUMBAI, India – It added a different level of interest and intensity to be sitting in the middle row of a theater filled with Indians, in the middle of the city of Mumbai, on the second day after [...]

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    • Defining Ourselves can be Tricky at Times

      Who are you, anyway? Some of us have well-defined roles in our professional lives. Some of us overlap categories. In any case, we define ourselves at work in many ways. Sometimes our sense of self is so complicated we have trouble with a simple name and role introduction. When I introduce myself these days, I [...]

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    • St. Thomas Community Lives out University’s Mission

      Editor’s note: Karen Harthorn, director of Purchasing Services, submitted a guest column to The Scroll. St. Thomas: What a great place to work. I can’t even count the ways! I have been employed by St. Thomas for just two and one-half years and LOVE it! Where else can you do a retreat series over lunch [...]

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    • Flower bed Caretaker is our True Harbinger of Spring

      Somewhere in the middle of the rain storm last week. I got to thinking that maybe spring isn’t far away. The thought of people unbundling, ice melting and robins returning made me almost giddy. But I know when spring officially begins its entrance: Steve Trost starts roto-tilling his campus flower beds. Trost is my harbinger [...]

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    • Love: Not a Spectator Sport

      One of my favorite concepts to teach in the Family Communication course is how, in our families and intimate relationships, we need to understand each other’s “relational currencies.” Relational currencies are those symbolic acts or statements used to express our love, care or concern for another person. For example, to some, receiving chocolate on Valentine’s [...]

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    • A Final Journey With Cardinal Laghi

      Any beginning student of the Italian language would have difficulty with the name Cardinal Pio Laghi. It is, after all, a singular Christian name, Pio (Pius), appearing to describe a plural noun, Laghi (lakes). No such confusion lay in the mind and heart of the man Pio Laghi, however. He was a man with a [...]

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    • A Jolt of Pride, Satisfaction and Gratitude

      Do you ever have those stretches of time when you are moving so fast – running to meetings, keeping up with email and voice-mail, handling the latest emergency – that you don’t sit down long enough to think about how good this university truly is? I seem to have a lot of those stretches! And [...]

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    • January Term not so Quiet After all, and That’s OK

      Quiet . . . a cold January morning, 20 degrees below zero. Trudging through the snow to campus, everything seems different. It’s quiet, there are very few students milling around and I can finally find a close parking spot! My “to do” lists keep getting longer and longer as I have all this time (the [...]

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    • Purple Pride and Being No. 1

      Editor’s note: Doug Hennes, vice president for university and government relations, submitted a guest column to The Scroll. For weeks, as the St. Thomas men’s basketball team’s undefeated record grew, I blabbered rather incessantly to anybody who would listen that if we kept winning, it would be just a matter of time before the d3hoops.com [...]

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    • He’s Proud of his Heritage . . . Again

      Watching the inauguration of President Barack Obama Tuesday in Scooter’s – packed with students, staff and faculty – I couldn’t help recalling my experience 48 years ago in Madison, Wis., when John F. Kennedy swore to uphold the Constitution of the United States, so help him God. The moment was more poignant and powerful today, [...]

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    • She’s Obsessed With “Streamlining”

      Streamlining: “To construct or design in a form that offers the least resistance; to improve the efficiency of; to organize; to simplify; to improve something by removing the parts that are least useful or profitable” (www.thefreedictionary.com). I have been obsessed with this word for the past week since my 3rd grader returned home, frozen hair [...]

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      Trustee Profile: Fast Track

      Mark Zesbaugh?s meteoric career propelled him to the CEO office at the age of 37. Now he’s looking for the next challenge.

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      Trustee Profile: Faith in Healing

      Sister Carol Keehan plays a significant role in health care reform, with particular concern for those most desperately in need of care

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    • Learning Through Chaos

      Innovative St. Thomas-Cristo Rey service program helps students move beyond stereotypes and privilege

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