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Linkages Mentors Embody Servant Leadership

Spring: It’s the time of year we all wait for with anticipation after a long winter, with warm weather, budding trees and flowers. Spring also is a time when the campus becomes more alive with activity,...
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Poetry Puts Soul in his Life

For almost 40 years, between 25 and 65, I rarely read a poem – except perhaps a verse or two I came across in The New Yorker. I’m not proud of that; in fact, I’m a little chagrined, but my life was busy...
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A Community That Knows how to Prime the Pump

The story is told about a man who was stranded in a desert. He was lost and dehydrated. As he crested another dune, he feared the old shack he saw was merely a mirage, but with his last energy, he stumbled to...
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The Best Coach in the Game

Editor's note: Doug Hennes, vice president for university and government relations, submitted a guest column to The Scroll. Back in the mid-1980s, I was sitting around the St. Paul Pioneer Press newsroom one...
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We Are Family

As a family studies scholar, I am usually quite particular about the use of the word “family.” I sit up and take note when the word is applied, sung, touted, disregarded, defined or bantered about. Are we...
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Seniors and the Job Market: Focused and positive.

Jim Shoop, a former newspaper colleague and fishing buddy, and I were at breakfast the other day, sipping coffee and eating a heart-healthy bagel with low-fat cream cheese. We talked about whether our...
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Parking lot Blues

Recently, I walked over to inspect the Anderson Parking Facility. It’s probably the most attractive parking ramp in St. Paul. If there were a beauty contest for parking ramps, believe me, no one would be...
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Uganda and its Students Continue to Impress

He wasn’t just blowing cigar smoke when Sir Winston Churchill declared Uganda to be the “Pearl of Africa.” It is truly one of the lushest and most beautiful countries I’ve ever seen (and I am not...
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Tommie Basketball=Teamwork

While listening to the radio, a frantic housewife called her elderly husband’s cell phone. She knew his regular route. When he answered from his car, the wife, with fear in her voice, told him that one...
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Confessions of a One-time St. Patrick’s Day Grouch

Editor's note: Jim Rogers, director of the Center for Irish Studies at St. Thomas, submitted this guest column to The Scroll. Not that long ago, I wore black on March 17. Not that long ago, I was very arch...
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It’s March Madness – and Sweet Sixteen – Time!

How do I know when spring is nearing? It’s March Madness time! During the long, cold winters living in North Dakota and Minnesota, basketball carried me through! From my old playing days at the University...
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St. Thomas Day Winners Leave one Inspired

Go to enough award ceremonies and you can get pretty blasé about the awards and the people who get them. I have a good reason to be jaundiced, given my background in broadcast news, where the local Emmys have...
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If You Only Had Six Words

If someone asked you to develop a six-word statement of your identity – a half-dozen words capturing your entire life story - what would those six words be? Six words: No more, no less. Inspired by...
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Defining Ourselves can be Tricky at Times

Who are you, anyway? Some of us have well-defined roles in our professional lives. Some of us overlap categories. In any case, we define ourselves at work in many ways. Sometimes our sense of self is so...
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Flower bed Caretaker is our True Harbinger of Spring

Somewhere in the middle of the rain storm last week. I got to thinking that maybe spring isn’t far away. The thought of people unbundling, ice melting and robins returning made me almost giddy. But I know...
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Love: Not a Spectator Sport

One of my favorite concepts to teach in the Family Communication course is how, in our families and intimate relationships, we need to understand each other’s “relational currencies." Relational currencies...
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A Final Journey With Cardinal Laghi

Any beginning student of the Italian language would have difficulty with the name Cardinal Pio Laghi. It is, after all, a singular Christian name, Pio (Pius), appearing to describe a plural noun, Laghi...
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A Jolt of Pride, Satisfaction and Gratitude

Do you ever have those stretches of time when you are moving so fast – running to meetings, keeping up with email and voice-mail, handling the latest emergency – that you don’t sit down long enough to...
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January Term not so Quiet After all, and That’s OK

Quiet . . . a cold January morning, 20 degrees below zero. Trudging through the snow to campus, everything seems different. It’s quiet, there are very few students milling around and I can finally find a...
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Purple Pride and Being No. 1

Editor's note: Doug Hennes, vice president for university and government relations, submitted a guest column to The Scroll. For weeks, as the St. Thomas men’s basketball team’s undefeated record grew, I...
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He’s Proud of his Heritage . . . Again

Watching the inauguration of President Barack Obama Tuesday in Scooter’s – packed with students, staff and faculty – I couldn’t help recalling my experience 48 years ago in Madison, Wis., when John F....
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She’s Obsessed With “Streamlining”

Streamlining: “To construct or design in a form that offers the least resistance; to improve the efficiency of; to organize; to simplify; to improve something by removing the parts that are least useful or...
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Hopes and Homespun Notions for 2009

The prospect of a new year generally prompts some reflection upon the passing one and a wish list for the one to come. Over the years, my reflections have been more generous than grumpy and my wishes...