Susan Alexander occasionally hears long-time colleagues pine for years past, "when all of the students were angelic, dedicated and brilliant." But then she becomes astounded when she considers the quality of today's students and their scholarly achievements. She conferred with Dr. Michael Cogan, director of institutional research and analysis, on whether students are better prepared for the world these days. Read her conclusions today in The Scroll.
People have long used dictionaries and encyclopedias in working on crossword puzzles, so Doug Hennes didn't think twice when he started "Googling" for answers on a recent puzzle. Some people think that may be "cheating." Is it? He reflects on the issue today in The Scroll.
Dave Nimmer likes the stories that TommieMedia.com is publishing these days. They are accurate, fair and balanced, he says today in The Scroll, and he has found the site "neither a lap dog or a pit bull."
Carol Bruess is pretty excited about spring break and the "buzz" that precedes it on campus. She describes what that buzz looks like and sounds like and feels like today in The Scroll.
Now that spring has arrived officially, Brady Narloch likes the sounds that he is hearing: baseballs popping into leather mitts and birds chirping in the trees, not the crunch of snow under foot and the howl of the wind. The change is quite welcome, he writes today in The Scroll.
Did you know about the "Czech Connection" at St. Thomas? It's one of many impressive efforts to foster and integrate globalization at St. Thomas, says Dr. Susan Alexander. Learn more from her about those many connections today in The Scroll.
As the demolition of O'Shaughnessy Hall began Thursday, with the west wall of the third-floor gymnasium coming down stone by stone, Doug Hennes wondered, "What would Tom Feely have thought about this?" The late Feely played, coached and taught in the gym for 50 years. You can read Hennes' observations today in The Scroll.
When Tonia Jones changed jobs at St. Thomas, she found herself both excited and nervous because of the "vastly different" nature of her new work as an academic counselor. She quickly learned, she writes today in The Scroll, that one aspect has not changed: "I am still charged to serve students."
Years ago, Carol Bruess jotted on a Post-it note the observations of then-dean Tom Connery on what distinguishes the best professors. She still has that Post-It note, and today in The Scroll she reflects on what it means to her.
The O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library Center and Susan Alexander both have new windows. While Susan appreciates hers, she writes today in The Scroll that she is more grateful for the library's stained-glass tribute to Zora Neale Hurston.
I.A. O'Shaughnessy always has fascinated Doug Hennes, and he tries to explain why today in The Scroll, which today publishes for the 100th time since it started in September 2008.
Brady Narloch hardly ever thinks about sports like curling, luge and short track. But then the Winter Olympics roll around and he finds himself transfixed by athletes who, he writes today in The Scroll, "fuel my fascination" because of their sacrifices.
The directive by the St. Thomas Board of Trustees last fall to cut in half undergraduate tuition increases presented the university community with what Father Dennis Dease calls "the most formidable budget challenge" in his 19 years as president. He writes about the process today in The Scroll, and how he's convinced the changes will lead to a stronger St. Thomas.
A little down because of our cold and snowy winter? Never fear, Dave Nimmer counsels today in The Scroll. Winter is just about over, to be replaced by a glorious spring full of tulips and tomatoes and Frisbees and just being lazy in the great outdoors.
Darcy Haubrick is really tired of winter. So tired that she is thinking of looking for her first post-graduate job in a much warmer climate. But then, she writes today in The Scroll, she remembers everything she would miss about Minnesota winters.
Dave Nimmer is fed up with the money that dominates big-time football, especially Division I athletics and the NFL. And that, he writes today in The Scroll, is why he has even greater appreciation for the emphasis on student athletes at Division III schools such as St. Thomas.
Susan Alexander misses Charlie Keffer, who held myriad responsibilities as provost of St. Thomas, including one of "last resort in a pinch." Want to know why Susan misses Charlie? It has something to do with "diseconomies of scale," but for more, you really need to read The Scroll today.
Somehow, during January Term, I lucked out and had one of the smartest and most engaging bunch of students in my Family Communication course. They worked hard, keeping up with the grueling “every day is a week”...
Brady Narloch is back from traveling in Europe this month, and he reports today in The Scroll that all those stories he heard over the years about the virtues of international travel and study were right on the mark.
Dave Nimmer likes to listen to St. Thomas baseball coach Dennis Denning talk about how the most important thing in college sports is "the path" and all of the friendships accumulated while on it. Nimmer reflects today in The Scroll on why Denning, who will retire Feb. 1, will be missed so much.
Is “information overload” taking its toll on you? Susan Alexander writes today in The Scroll about the issue and asks: “As individuals, how can we keep informed without being swamped by too much information?”
Carol Bruess' daughter has taught her mom a simple but valuable lesson this Christmas season. She tells you what today in The Scroll.
Susan Alexander is grateful for what "diversity" means these days, and as St. Thomas' affirmative action officer for the past three years, she believes the university's policies and practices "stack up pretty well" compared with other schools. She explains how today in The Scroll.
Dave Nimmer already has the best Christmas gift possible, and he owes it to a beautiful friendship he developed with a fishing buddy. Read about what they shared in The Scroll today.
Editor's note: Meghan Eliason, director of the Center for Intercultural Learning and Community Engagement at St. Thomas, contributed this guest column to The Scroll.“God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds to...