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Professional Notes for Nov. 24, 2015

This week's notes feature faculty Dave Brennan, Mark DelCogliano, Massimo Faggioli, Ken Goodpaster, T. Dean Maines, Mike Naughton, Brian Shapiro, Shersten Johnson, Jennifer McGuire, Phil Rolnick, Buffy Smith, Artika Tyner, Bob Werner; staff Jim Rogers; and students Shannon Kelly and Meaghan Scott.
Teacher Education candidate Alex Rome (far left) pictured with his NWSISD team during
the Summit held June 15-19, 2015, on the University of St. Thomas Minneapolis campus.
Check out our Facebook photo album featuring highlights from the week’s events.

Summer Mentorship Program Gives Alex Rome Valuable Classroom Experience

More than 100 students and teacher-mentors from the Northwest Suburban Integration School District (NWSISD) and Minneapolis Public Schools South High and Roosevelt High Schools convened on the University of St. Thomas Minneapolis campus for the Step-Up Boys Mentorship Program Summer Summit, June 15-19 .
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Minds Matter Twin Cities

The University of St. Thomas partnered for the second year with Minds Matter Twin Cities (MMTC) to host its annual mentorship program. The mentorship program pairs high school students with professionals to broaden their dreams, guide them through the college admission and selection process and show them what is possible.
Mortarboards (caps) and tassels are shown during the undergraduate commencement ceremony May 23, 2015 in O'Shaughnessy stadium.

CELC Hosts Twin Cities Academy High School Graduation

The Brady Education Center auditorium overflowed with family and friends of Twin Cities Academy High School (TCAHS) seniors as 44 students received diplomas during the school's graduation ceremony. This was the third year the University of St. Thomas hosted the ceremony and the first time one of its graduates will be attending the university in the fall.
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CELC Professional Notes: Fall 2015

Fr. Jean-Pierre Bongila, Ph.D.In August 2014, Bongila conducted a successful workshop for 10 senior executives from the Congolese Society of Oil Refineries (SOCIR), addressing the theme of “Leadership Ethi...
University of St. Thomas collaborated with Minnesota Life College (MLC) to create the College Pre-Orientation Program (POP), a week-long overnight event to help students with ASD and other special needs to be prepared to participate in college orientation programs and succeed in college.

POP Helps Students with ASD Transition into College Life

Last summer, the University of St. Thomas collaborated with Minnesota Life College (MLC) to create the College Pre-Orientation Program (POP), a week-long overnight event to help students with ASD and other special needs to be prepared to participate in college orientation programs and succeed in college.
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On the Cusp of History in Cuba

Thirteen master’s students from the International Leadership Program and the Murray Institute saw history in the making this summer during a trip to Cuba as part of a study abroad experience.
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Liberian Vice President Visits St. Thomas

His Excellency Joseph N. Boakai, Vice President of the Republic of Liberia, visited the University of St. Thomas during his recent visit to the Twin Cities to meet with the Liberian community and Governor Mark Dayton.
A large stack of books sit on shelves and the floor in Sociology and Criminal Justice Professor Lisa Waldner's office in the John R. Roach Center for the Liberal Arts on August 13, 2015. The books were temporarily stacked while awaiting new shelving. These images were taken for CAS Spotlight Magazine.

The Respectful Researcher

Now at the helm of the College of Arts and Sciences as one of two new associate deans, Dr. Lisa Waldner is hoping to show colleagues the same respect she showed others through her research. And it’s that respect she also is teaching students in the classroom.
Left to right, Hunter Gaitan '15 (Biology), Biology Professor Adam Kay and Amanda Lovelee, St. Paul City Artist, pose for a portrait at the Urban Flower Field at Pedro Park at 10th and Robert Streets in downtown St. Paul on September 22, 2015. With the help of members of the downtown community, the project has planted 96 bio-diverse plots of flowers. University of St. Thomas researchers and students will use these plots to test whether more diverse flower plots are better able to extract harmful substances from the soil. The plots are arranged in a shape representing the golden mean, creating walking paths and a gathering space for programmed activities and neighborhood events.

Stewards of the Earth

The future of agriculture faces a number of challenges. Many young people are realizing that solutions will require massive collective action, and they need and want to be part of it.
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Mastering Psychology Through Research

Though the clinical dimension of psychology is certainly its most well-known aspect, St. Thomas students master the science of psychology through the psychology curriculum and through hands-on work in active research teams.
Alum Kelly Larmon '97 (psychology) '03 M.B.A poses for an portrait in Aquinas Hall October 15, 2015. Taken for CAS Spotlight magazine.

Q & A with Kelly Larmon ’97, M.B.A. ’03

After her undergraduate career, Kelly Larmon returned to St. Thomas to earn an M.B.A. in 2003, and continued on to Hamline University School of Law, earning her J.D. She believes in the value of a liberal arts education, getting involved and seizing opportunities.
Luigi Bernardi ('85, MBA) receives the John F. Cade Award for outstanding achievement as an entrepreneur from UST President Dr. Julie Sullivan during the 2015 Entrepreneurship Awards gala in the Schulze Grand Atrium in the School of Law building in downtown Minneapolis on November 19, 2015. Bernardi is president of Aurora Investments LLC, a real estate firm based in Edina. Standing in the background is Michael L. Reger ('00 MBA) president and CEO of Norther Oil & Gas, Inc, and 2014 recipient of the John F. Cade Award.

St. Thomas Honors Alumni Entrepreneurs

St. Thomas alumni have been honored for achievements as entrepreneurs by the John M. Morrison Center for Entrepreneurship in the Opus College of Business.
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St. Thomas Bolsters Compliance Programs With New Hire

The University of St. Thomas strengthened its place as a leader in compliance and ethics education with the recent hiring of Colleen Dorsey as director of its master’s and LL.M. programs in organizational ethics and compliance. The programs were launched by St. Thomas School of Law in 2014 among the first graduate programs in this field nationwide.