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Reflecting on “Airplane Day”

Sarah Gallenberg celebrated what her family calls "Airplane Day" earlier this month, and it gave her a chance to reflect anew on her life as a South Korean adoptee who grew up in the United States. Sarah writes about her experiences – and how "the unknown aspects of who I am show up in the mirror every morning" – in The Scroll.
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And In This Corner …

Susan Alexander loves a good fight, especially when our guy is right. The fight hasn't been in the boxing ring (yet … ), but the verbal sparring between engineering professor John Abraham and climate skeptics such as Christopher Monckton has been fun to watch and ­ in her case ­ even be a minor participant. Susan brings us up to date today in The Scroll.
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But Will He Text and Tweet?

Dave Nimmer finds his aversion to the technology revolution both "stubbornly stupid and intriguingly insightful," so he wasn't surprised that he was scratching his head in wonder when he heard about a new Social Media in Communications course. He reflects on the course today in The Scroll.
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Why I Work at the University of St. Thomas

In August, Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal named the University of St. Thomas one of Minnesota’s 10 best places to work in the large employer division. Very few educational institutions ever make that kind of list. How the heck did we get that?
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Sasha the Wonder Dog

What's it take to get a two-year-old boy to eat? Cecilia Petschel was nearly going crazy with her son's picky eating habits. Then they met Sasha, and their problems were over. Learn more about this amazing dog and his effect on people young and old in The Scroll.
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It’s Time to Show People That you Care

Sarah Gallenberg is disturbed by reports of bullying incidents around the country. She has a solution, she writes today in The Scroll: Stand up for other students, and those who are bullied must find their voice and always remember that they are loved.
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News Flash: Health Care premiums will not go up in 2011!

Susan Alexander almost felt like grabbing a bullhorn, climbing on top of the Arches and shouting out the news to faculty and staff members when she learned that her health care premiums will not – repeat, NOT – go up in 2011. She writes today in The Scroll that she's trying to figure out how to spend the money that she thought would go to Blue Cross and Blue Shield. Have any ideas? Drop her a line!
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A Good Sendoff

Don Shelby will retire next month after 32 years as an anchor and reporter for WCCO-TV, and recently was saluted with an appropriate "roast" sponsored by St. Thomas and its ThreeSixty journalism program. Dave Nimmer provides the highlights of the fun evening in The Scroll.
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Saved by Textbooks

Yung Jen Vang returned to class earlier this week and told students and her professors about the accident when she was hit by a truck in the intersection of Cretin and Summit avenues. As it turns out, Carol Bruess explains today in The Scroll, Yung was saved by textbooks in her backpack.
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Alex Schulte: Teacher as Well as Student

Miles Trump has a lot of good professors at St. Thomas, but one of his best teachers has turned out to be sophomore Alex Schulte, who lost most of his vision in a traffic accident. Writes Miles today in The Scroll: “Alex has taught me to take a little bit more pride in the things I do each day and to be a little bit more courageous about the things I haven’t done.”
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Tommie Spirit

Cecilia Petschel is still feeling that Tommie spirit on campus following last Saturday's stunning 27-26 overtime win over St. John's in football. "It is," she writes today in The Scroll, "a great victory to savor."
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Ban Smoking on Campus?

Dave Nimmer used to love to smoke cigarettes, but he finally kicked the habit after 25 years. His experiences – and those of his college roommate – convince him that it's time for St. Thomas to ban smoking on campus. He explains why today in The Scroll.
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Understanding and Appreciating a Vision … Four Years Later

Brady Narloch didn't pay much attention four years ago when Dean Christopher Puto spoke at a student government meeting about accreditation for the Opus College of Business. After all, Brady was a political science major. Four years later, he's a finance major, and he writes today in The Scroll about the importance of accreditation for St. Thomas' future.
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Understanding the Rankings

The recent U.S. News & World Report rankings got people talking again, and that's good, says Dr. Michael Cogan, director of institutional research and analysis. But as he writes today in The Scroll, we need to be careful not to let rankings drive our decision-making process and we should stick to the way we approach teaching and facilitate learning at St. Thomas. Our model works.
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In Like Flynn

Susan Alexander has some tongue-in-cheek advice for Flynn Hall residents concerned with mice: Get an illegal cat. As Susan writes today in The Scroll, her neighbor's cat, Sophie, does a good job of keeping away both the mice and her dreams about 200-pound dancing rodents. Have a mouse story? Share it with us!
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Acts of Kindness

Cecilia Petschel was getting frustrated in her "Acts of Kindness" conversations around the family dinner table, and then she realized she had to model those deeds herself and share them with her children. "What about you?" she asks today in The Scroll. Have you shared your acts of kindness?
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Leadership in Action

Sarah Gallenberg finds herself living out a definition of leadership that a professor recently shared with her: "Leadership is continuous ... Internally derived and outwardly manifested." She derives great satisfaction, she writes today in her first blog for The Scroll, in working with students who begin to live up to that definition in carrying out St. Thomas' mission.
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You Can’t Replicate a Liberal Arts Education on an iPhone

As classes move into their third week and students lug their backpacks across The Quad, I can’t help but think of Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s remarks on “The Daily Show” earlier this summer about higher education, its cost and the alternatives.
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Grand Gladness With the new and the old

Carol Bruess loves new stuff, and she certainly finds a lot of it with the dawning of another school year. But as she writes today in The Scroll, there's something to be said for the old, too, and how the two are so inextricably linked.
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Begin Again

Susan Alexander likes both beginnings and endings, and finds plenty of them on a college campus. She goes back and forth on which is her favorite, she writes today in The Scroll, and a recent conversation with a Student Affairs colleague helped her make up her mind.
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It’s Time to Finish Strong!

That's today's advice from Tonia Jones in The Scroll. She still is having a hard time believing it's already May 18 and graduation is just a few days away. But it's true, so buckle down, she advises, and "do it!"
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Bring on the “Cheeseheads”

Brady Narloch was pretty nervous when he moved into Brady Hall four years ago and found himself surrounded by freshmen from Wisconsin. But he learned to love them, he writes today in The Scroll, and he's excited that a record number of natives from the Badger State will enroll this fall.
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Who Knew?

Carol Bruess always has thought St. Thomas sophomore Christine Ertl was a darn sharp student. But the publisher of what could be a national best-seller about an 11-year-old girl left to die in the Atlantic Ocean nearly 50 years ago? It's true! Read more about this fascinating story –­ and watch a "Today Show" interview with the survivor of that boat tragedy –­ today in The Scroll.
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Take Some of St. Thomas Along as you Rush Into “the Real World”

With less than three weeks to graduation, Dave Nimmer knows the seniors are antsy to move on, but he has a “cautionary note” in The Scroll today. “Don’t be too hasty,” he advises. “And whatever you do, take some of St. Thomas along, especially the part involving a life of the mind.”