• The Scroll

    • 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 complicated we have trouble with a simple name and role introduction. When I introduce myself these days, I [...]

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    • St. Thomas Community Lives out University’s Mission

      Editor’s note: Karen Harthorn, director of Purchasing Services, submitted a guest column to The Scroll. St. Thomas: What a great place to work. I can’t even count the ways! I have been employed by St. Thomas for just two and one-half years and LOVE it! Where else can you do a retreat series over lunch [...]

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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 when spring officially begins its entrance: Steve Trost starts roto-tilling his campus flower beds. Trost is my harbinger [...]

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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 are those symbolic acts or statements used to express our love, care or concern for another person. For example, to some, receiving chocolate on Valentine’s [...]

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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 (lakes). No such confusion lay in the mind and heart of the man Pio Laghi, however. He was a man with a [...]

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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 think about how good this university truly is? I seem to have a lot of those stretches! And [...]

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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 close parking spot! My “to do” lists keep getting longer and longer as I have all this time (the [...]

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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 blabbered rather incessantly to anybody who would listen that if we kept winning, it would be just a matter of time before the d3hoops.com [...]

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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. Kennedy swore to uphold the Constitution of the United States, so help him God. The moment was more poignant and powerful today, [...]

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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 profitable” (www.thefreedictionary.com). I have been obsessed with this word for the past week since my 3rd grader returned home, frozen hair [...]

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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 more modest than magnificent. The year 2009 is likely to be challenging for governments, companies, families . . [...]

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    • Keep the Lights on!

      Before the holidays, fellow old-timer Barbara Rath and I were looking forward to that lovely gift of time that Father Dease gave employees – two additional days off at Christmas. Barbara, who has been in the Records Office even longer than I have been here, told me about the last time St. Thomas closed for [...]

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    • Of Christmas Cards, the Word of God and the Importance of Others

      Rich Rexeisen, my comrade in the London Business Semester, led me on a variant path to the London Underground on our last day in London this month. He pointed out a plaque on a home indicating that Sir Henry Cole, the founding curator of London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, had lived there. Sir Henry is [...]

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    • Do Advent

      The slim and tall radiator cover in the corner of our dining room has become an attractive and preferred dumping ground (or as my dear friend calls it, “a pile of disrespect”) for any and all pieces of miscellany paper in my personal and professional life: Kids’ homework, notes from teachers, half-chewed pencils, the soon-to-be [...]

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    • His Perfect Christmas Gift

      With Christmas just two weeks away, I am reminded that I’ve never been lucky in receiving or giving Christmas gifts. I get something I don’t need or want and turn around and do the same for a friend. But two years ago, I gave the perfect Christmas gift. I bought it on the spur of [...]

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    • FINISH STRONG!

      After a much-needed Thanksgiving break filled with family time and that homemade food that they craved all semester, students are realizing there are just two short weeks left before the end of the semester. For some, panic ensues. For others, it’s time to coast. Whether you find yourself in a panic state, a coast state [...]

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    • Oklahoma Road Trip Provides Perspective on People, Politics, Passages . . . and Home

      Two-dollar-a-gallon gasoline and a new Honda Civic prompted me to hit the road last month to see an old friend in southwest Oklahoma. Something about a trip alone in a car, rolling down that ribbon of highway, listening to your music, tends to bring a little perspective on people, politics and passages. First of all, [...]

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    • Holiday Rituals are a Rush

      On campus, there is a palpable feel of “I can’t wait to get home for the holidays!” In the past few days, I’ve overheard more than a few students chatting on their cells with Mom or Dad: “Can’t wait for Thanksgiving!” Or a friend from home: “Let’s go out when I’m home for Thanksgiving!” As [...]

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    • When the Library is First

      At the beginning of the fall term at Oxford University in England, new students gather in groups of about 500 and are marched into the Radcliffe Camera where they will pledge an oath as has been carried on for centuries. The oath is not a pledge to sovereign nor country, nor loyalty to the University, [...]

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    • How Would you Like an Extra two Days off at Christmas?

      When winter commencement exercises are over each December, I breathe a sigh of relief that we have traversed another successful semester and I turn my attention to other pressing matters . . . such as finishing my Christmas shopping! It surely is a wonderful time of year. I savor the opportunity to spend time with [...]

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    • Where Everybody Knows Your Name

      This week, I ran into a student from 20 years ago. He clearly thought I remembered him perfectly, from his name right down to his minor. I didn’t. But as we talked and he revealed more about himself, I started picturing him with his hair parted down the middle and facial hair. Well, yes, I [...]

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    • Election Night Coverage: Let’s do it, and do it now!

      When I was teaching, I loved having students in my reporting class who reacted to the world around them with a sense of urgency and intensity: Let’s do it, and do it now. No wonder, then, that the Aquin made me smile last week. The editors, reporters and advisers were up as late as 3 [...]

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    • High-risk Drinking: How should we deal with it?

      Editor’s note: Madonna McDermott, director of the Studenty Health Service and Wellness Center at St. Thomas, submitted this guest column to The Scroll. High-risk drinking, frequently referred to as ‘binge drinking,” is a serious problem facing nearly every college campus in this country. John McCardell, former president of Middlebury College, and a group of college [...]

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    • He Worked Because he Liked it

      Editor’s note: Doug Hennes, vice president for university and government relations, submitted a guest column to The Scroll. More than a decade ago, I was in downtown Minneapolis for an event one Saturday night and decided to park at a lot across 10th Street from the St. Thomas campus. It was below zero, and as [...]

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    • Younger Generation a Hard-working Bunch

      When my retired journalist friends and I get together, especially in light of the stock market collapse, we yearn for the “old days” and grouse and grumble about the “younger” generation: They won’t know how to sacrifice. They can’t deal with hardship. They don’t work as hard as we did. Maybe we should invite St. [...]

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