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The Scroll: Making a Class Come Alive

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.
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The Scroll: Art @ UST

Noted art critic Susan Alexander is back with more pointed opinions about St. Thomas campus artwork. Read her latest musings today in The Scroll.
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The Scroll: Student Leadership Positions Make a Difference

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.
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The Scroll: The Science of Relationships

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.
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The Scroll: A Hurrah for Retirees

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.
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Undergraduate Tuition Rates Will Increase 3.9 Percent

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.
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St. Thomas to Sell Gainey Conference Center

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.
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The Scroll: The Quest for Equality

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.
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The Scroll: What’s the Formula to Work-Life Balance?

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.
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The Scroll: Food Fussies

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.
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St. Thomas to Celebrate Tobacco-Free Campus

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.
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Facilities, Engineering Building Plans Unveiled

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.
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The Scroll: Time to Show Off That Purple Again

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.
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The Scroll: Ask a Good Question, Get a Good Answer

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.
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The Scroll: Ten Things I ‘Hate’ About Sabbatical

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.
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The Scroll: Life Over 65 Can be Fulfilling and Fragile

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.
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The Scroll: Feeling Good About the Inauguration

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.”
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Much More Than a Desk

While it may not have the high-profile lineage or panache of the Resolute desk in the Oval Office, Dr. Sullivan's desk has a long and well-documented history.