May is a month ripe with possibilities, and it always evokes “a sense of celebration” for Dr. Salina Renninger, director of training in the Graduate School of Professional Psychology. The arrival of spring brings “a sense of potential and possibility,” she writes today in The Scroll, whether it be the trees becoming full with leaves or our graduates celebrating their accomplishments and embarking on a successful path beyond St. Thomas.
As a dean, I often hear talk about the “return on investment” from a college education, especially for students majoring in the liberal arts. As an economist, I do not have a particular problem with this concept, so long as the returns on education are measured broadly and completely enough.
A popular place for undergraduates on a sticky August afternoon in St. Paul might be the trails near the Mississippi River at Hidden Falls or the shady parks around Lake Como. But a summer stroll into Owens Science Hall finds a group of students contemplating some of the deepest mysteries of life.
As a philosophy professor at the University of Scranton, Matthew Meyer integrates the liberal arts for his students much as his St. Thomas professors did for him. “I’m trying to make each of my students a philosopher in the original sense of the word, a lover of wisdom,” he said.
The University of St. Thomas' Air Force ROTC Detachment 410, on campus since July 1, 1948, has been preserving its history with the help of a 34-foot mural located in its remodeled Murray-Herrick Campus Center office space. The mural has been signed by numerous veterans, from the WWII era to a recently graduated cadet entering flight training.
The fast pace of today’s society demands instantaneous information, recognition, and responses. As social media options continue to multiply, and as webs of connections continue to expand, users should begin to contemplate their contribution to the mystic land of social media as well as the contributions made to their own network.
Perhaps the most motivating members of our student body are the military veterans who have chosen to earn their degrees after they complete active duty. Whether they choose to begin or continue an undergraduate business degree or pursue an M.B.A. or other graduate business degree, these individuals bring a wealth of experience, deeply held convictions and a great sense of responsibility to their studies.
Dr. Julie Sullivan, executive vice president and provost of the University of San Diego, will become the first woman and the first lay person to serve as president of the University of St. Thomas in its 128-year history.
According to Facebook’s website, its mission is “to make the world more open and connected. People use Facebook to stay connected with friends and family, to discover what’s going on in the world, and to share and express what matters to them.” But is this really true?