With an undergraduate finance major and a mini-master’s in health care from St. Thomas, Brian McEnaney was well-prepared for the technical requirements of a career in software and health information systems.
For many regular fairgoers, a stop at the corn roast stand is a must. But when it first appeared 28 years ago, it was a slightly harder sell. “We gave away a lot of free samples the first year. People had never seen roasted corn before. Also, when we first started, no one wanted burnt kernels. Now, they ask for them,” Ribar says.
Alumni and Constituent Relations invites the entire St. Thomas community to enjoy complimentary peanut butter and jelly sandwiches from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, in Scooter's in honor of Father Lavin's 94th birthday.
Krissy Schoenfelder, a 2009 alumna and Young Alumni communications chair, put on her reporter’s hat and interviewed a classmate back for her first Homecoming since graduation. You can read their Q-and-A in The Scroll.
Krissy Schoenfelder had her doubts when friends suggested she should volunteer with a Young Alumni group on a Habitat for Humanity project in a North Minneapolis neighborhood hit by a tornado last year. But the 2009 alumna agreed to participate and found the experience very rewarding, she writes today in The Scroll.
John Rheinberger ’70, ’90 M.B.A., has traveled to every country in the world and has a story to tell about each one.Rheinberger was strolling through the main square in Dakar, the capital of the western African nation of Senegal, when he asked a passerby to take his photograph. Having traveled alone to dozens of countries, this was something he had grown accustomed to, and usually he found people to be accommodating. But this time, the passerby refused, which put Rheinberger on alert: something was amiss.
Gael Fashingbauer Cooper ’89 and Brian Bellmont ’90 chronicle the lost toys, tastes & trends of the ’70s and ’80s in their book Whatever Happened to Pudding Pops? Among their recollections is the Generation X dog hero, Benji.
Gene McGivern, the university's sports information director, wrote the heart of this story in a 2010 blog. It's about John Schneider, an alum who grew up near Green Bay and lived and died with the Packers, eventually interning and later working for the team; he joined the Seattle Seahawks as their general manager in 2010. McGivern is working in his 18th season at St. Thomas and 24th in the MIAC. He blogs periodically on various topics regarding the Tommies, the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and Division III sports.
Carl Baumgaertner '48 was the photo editor of the Kaydet, the St. Thomas Military Academy yearbook. He snapped the first aerial photo of campus on Dec. 6, 1941, from a J-3 Piper Cub piloted by George Kell, a fellow student who ran the Kaydet's darkroom. St. Thomas has grown and changed since that photo was taken, and those changes have been documented from the sky above campus.
The documentary about the installation of Frank Gehry's Winton Guest House at the Gainey Conference Center in Owatonna was narrated and written by Greg Vandegrift and filmed, edited and produced by Brad Jacobsen.
When Randy Thysse '85 was growing up in the Minneapolis working-class suburb of Brooklyn Center, it was suggested that he learn a trade, like neighbors who were plumbers or glaziers, or maybe he could follow in his dad’s footsteps and learn carpet laying.The trade he settled into, and which he never once considered while growing up, is sometimes called spycraft.
Funeral services for Monsignor James Lavin will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 21, in the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas. Archbishop John Nienstedt will celebrate the Mass of Christian Burial. Visitation is Thursday at O’Halloran and Murphy; a reception on campus will follow the funeral Friday.
Lavin died of natural causes at the end of an early-morning Mass celebrated in his room by Father Joseph Johnson, pastor of Holy Family parish in St. Louis Park. Johnson had anointed Lavin and given him Communion shortly before he died.
The Grand Rapids, Minn, native got his start in chemistry at St. Thomas four years ago, but what lies ahead now is five years of studies at the University of Wisconsin, a couple of years at a high-level research lab, and then perhaps an academic or industrial research position.
Bob Powers '49 is Minnesota's senior triathlete at age 88, but age hasn't slowed him down(too much). No one can compete with him – literally. He recently won his age group in the USA Triathlon Age Group National Championship held in Burlington, Vt. As usual, he was the age group.
Jerry Hammer’s earliest recollection of the fair is fleeing from it when he was three years old. “We were watching a [midway attraction] … where a man sits in a cage, and a light bulb above his head turns off. When it turns back on, there [was] a guy in a gorilla suit standing in the cage where the man used to be. I remember looking out the window to see if the gorilla was chasing us home. … My 6-year-old brother [Robert ’74] just laughed.”