Carol Bruess likes this time of year, when there is the "palpable energy of people coming and going" through her neighborhood just east of campus. Her neighbors share that excitement, she writes today in The Scroll, even to the point where they chalk cheerful messages on the sidewalks.
Susan Alexander goes to a lot of committee meetings, and she is the first to acknowledge that they are a necessary evil. But she also finds they can be rewarding and valuable because of the community that they help to build, she writes today in The Scroll.
When Philip Connors was a freshman at St. Thomas 20 years ago, he read A Sand County Almanac as the "Common Text" in his English class, and in his own words today, “I didn’t get it at all.” He gets it now. The classic work by Aldo Leopold has inspired Connors both in his work as a fire lookout in New Mexico and as author of Fire Season. Dave Nimmer interviewed Connors for The Scroll.
Carol Bruess still can’t get over the personal note that she received from Terry Langan over the summer. The interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences wrote her – and every other faculty member in the college – a note of thanks for her good work last academic year. Today it’s time for Carol to thank Terry in The Scroll.
Sophomore Lisa Weier’s official majors are Catholic studies and communications and journalism, but in reality she’s majoring in people. The more she’s around them on campus, the more she cares about them, she writes today in The Scroll.
Susan Alexander is one busy woman at the beginning of this new school year. If serving as the president’s executive adviser and secretary to the Board of Trustees isn’t enough, the neighborhood dogs are up in arms (legs?) these days over a variety of slights – real or perceived. Will they march soon on 100 Aquinas Hall? She muses over the possibilities today in The Scroll.
One word came to mind when Mike Orth recently walked on the new quadrangle to the Anderson Student Center for the first time: "Magical." The St. Thomas junior and executive vice president of the Undergraduate Student Government reflects today in The Scroll about the beauty of the building, its benefactors and everyone else who helped transform a dream into reality.
It has been 50 years since Dave Nimmer stepped onto the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, but he still carries with him the wisdom imparted by professors and experiences – a wisdom that he hopes today’s freshmen at St. Thomas also will embrace.
Lisa Weier is feeling "little pangs of sadness," she writes today in The Scroll, as she begins to say goodbye to friends in the St. Thomas community. She’s heading home to Nebraska for the summer, and she already is counting the days to when she'll return for her sophomore year.
Dave Nimmer always develops special relationships with students, and when it is time for them to graduate and move on, he feels both pride and regret. He knows how much he will miss them. Next year, he's going to really miss Miles Trump, and he pays tribute to the senior today in The Scroll.
Sarah Gallenberg graduates next weekend, and as she anticipates moving on to a new chapter in her life she remembers the wisdom of what Dr. Seuss had to say her in her favorite book, Oh! The Places You'll Go! She offers some advice for her fellow grads today in The Scroll.
Susan Alexander used to worry about her forgetfulness and absent-mindedness. No more. She has learned – and researchers seemed to have proved – that happy people are more forgetful. And she is a pretty happy person right now, she writes today in The Scroll. Are you?
When the news flashed across the television screen Sunday night that Osama bin Laden had been killed, Doug Hennes immediately thought of John Rigo, a 1975 St. Thomas alumnus who died in the 9/11 terrorist attack. Hennes pays tribute to Rigo today in The Scroll.
Cecilia Petschel got up early on Friday to watch the Royal Wedding, and she loved the pomp and circumstance. But she found the most meaning, she writes today in The Scroll, in the opening line of the bishop of London's homily: "Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire."
Lisa Weier made a new friend during a recent trip to a nursing home as part of Wash My Feet, a Campus Ministry program, and in the process she discovered that she received much more than she gave that day. Read about her experience today in The Scroll.
Carol Bruess’ assignment to the Communications and Citizenship course students sounded simple: “Give up all technology for four consecutive days, and then write about it.” But it turned out to be quite a challenge, and today in The Scroll Bruess shares entertaining and illuminating excerpts from two students’ essays about their unplugged experiences.
Carol Bruess is intrigued by – and quite fond of – what she calls the latest “conversational concoction,” a slang phrase that seems to fit just about any situation. Read The Scroll today to find out why she thinks “I know, right” has become so popular.
Carol Bruess’ daughter had to dress like a word for school a few weeks ago. That got our intrepid professor and blogger wondering in The Scroll how faculty, staff and students might dress like the words that roll off the tongue around campus these days. Tell us what word you would choose to dress like – and why.
Civic responsibility: “civic” comes from the Latin word civicus, meaning citizen. Responsibility comes from the Latin word responsum, meaning reply. What these definitions in pair emphasize to me is the importance of action, and they encompass a great deal of power if we are always engaged.
Lisa Weier got a nice "pick me up" the other day when she observed some "monkeys" and "leopards" at play on campus, and she writes today in The Scroll about how we all can regain a little enthusiasm for life if we follow their lead.
Students at St. Thomas are back from spring break, just as the REAL spring is about erupt on the St. Paul campus. Yep, I know. It’s about time. Spring is my favorite season of the year and this is my favorite place to watch it come – a sensual feast for those who walk slowly, looking and listening.
Father Dennis Dease knows why St. Thomas is a great place to work. It’s the people. The president will pay tribute to 280 people today in the annual Faculty and Staff Recognition Awards Celebration. He writes about their contributions in The Scroll, and he hopes you join him at 3:30 p.m. today in OEC auditorium.
Susan Alexander was nervous when she heard the Undergraduate Student Government wanted St. Thomas to consider whether it should have tobacco-free campuses. She imagined quite the fight developing over the issue, but as she writes today in The Scroll, she has been pleasantly surprised at how the USG has handled the issue.
It took a little prompting from her daughter, but Cecilia Petschel realized the other day just how grateful she is for so many things – big things like a daughter’s love and little things like a parking spot on the main campus – in her life. Today in The Scroll, she asks: How about you?
As the men's basketball team prepares to play Friday evening in the NCAA Division III Final Four, Doug Hennes pays tribute to coach Steve Fritz in The Scroll, thanking his colleague and friend for everything he has done for the St. Thomas basketball team over the last 44 years.