Susan Alexander is grateful for what "diversity" means these days, and as St. Thomas' affirmative action officer for the past three years, she believes the university's policies and practices "stack up pretty well" compared with other schools. She explains how today in The Scroll.
Dave Nimmer already has the best Christmas gift possible, and he owes it to a beautiful friendship he developed with a fishing buddy. Read about what they shared in The Scroll today.
Editor's note: Meghan Eliason, director of the Center for Intercultural Learning and Community Engagement at St. Thomas, contributed this guest column to The Scroll.“God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds ...
St. Thomas senior Ryan Starks is a loyal member of "Caruso's Crew," and he believes football Coach Glenn Caruso deserves to be named National Coach of the Year. Starks explains today in The Scroll how you can vote for Caruso.
Thanksgiving is over and that means "classroom crunch time" is under way, according to St. Thomas senior Brady Narloch. He shares a few tips today in The Scroll on how he will survive the final three weeks of the semester.
When Dave Nimmer thinks of Thanksgiving, he remembers an unemployed house painter whom he met and wrote about more than 20 years ago. He recalls the experience today in The Scroll.
The St. Thomas Chamber Singers wowed Father John Malone, vice president for mission, last weekend when they sang at the Minnesota Collegiate Choral Festival. Read his critique of their performance today in The Scroll.
Bailey, a year-old red lab, recently taught Darcy Haubrick a valuable lesson about how to deal with stress. She writes about it today in The Scroll.
Carol Bruess keeps hearing people say "Wow!" in the aftermath of last week's Opus Prize event. She writes today in The Scroll that those "totally amazing" honorees have taught us some valuable lessons.
A friend of Dave Nimmer asked him if he could see the Lord in the faces of those portrayed in videos shown at the Opus Prize event Wednesday night at Orchestra Hall. He could, he writes today in The Scroll.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.