The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet developed the St. Joseph Worker Program in 2002. Women in the program spend a year in service, living in intentional community and working 36 hours each week at nonprofit organizations throughout the Twin Cities.
For 37 years the Green Bay, Wis., native primarily taught American literature, including the novel since Word War II. He served under three university presidents, and also coached tennis.
A reception for the longtime St. Thomas faculty member will be held Monday, Nov. 12. One of his best-known compositions is “On Eagles’ Wings.”
The annual Minnesota Tekne Awards honor those who play a significant role in discovering new technologies that educate, improve lifestyles and impact the lives and futures of people living in Minnesota and all over the world.
The prestigious annual award honors a book published in English in the previous year that reflects universal concerns of adult educators.
Robert Vischer, associate dean for academic affairs and a professor in the St. Thomas School of Law since 2005, will become the new dean of the school, effective Jan. 1. Vischer will succeed Neil Hamilton on Jan. 1, said Dr. Susan Huber, executive vice president and chief academic officer. Hamilton has served as interim dean since May, when dean Thomas Mengler left to become president of St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas.
Dr. Paul Schons, a member of the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and professor of German, died Sunday, Oct. 21, after being diagnosed with stage IV metastatic melanoma earlier this year. Schons was the most senior faculty member of the College of Arts and Sciences. He began teaching in 1967, five years after graduating from the College of St. Thomas.
Jacquelynne Sutton is serving a 10-year prison sentence, thousands of miles from her family. She believes she deserves a second chance.
So do Nancy Ly and Vicky Wanta from the new St. Thomas Commutations Clinic.
Dr. Bruce Kramer announced today that he is taking a leave of absence, effective immediately, as dean of the College of Education, Leadership and Counseling in order to deal with his amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Kramer told a luncheon meeting of CELC faculty, staff and advisory board members that he believes he no longer can work because of the progression of his ALS, which was diagnosed in December 2010.
Father Dease also was inducted as an honorary member of the Quarter Century Club to celebrate his final year as president.
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.
Bruce Kramer always had been in excellent physical condition, and he was proud of it. In the summer of 2010, he noticed he had a “floppy” left foot and thought it might be a pinched nerve or sciatica. During his regular physical examination, he mentioned he was “walking a little funny” and the doctor suggested he should see a neurologist. He procrastinated until he took a couple of falls in October, when his left leg collapsed.
Batt’s first published work, Sugarhouse, is his harrowing and often hilarious story of renovating a Salt Lake City crack house. Miller’s Y, her sixth collection of poetry, “describes motherhood with a broad-ranging intelligence, a fierce humor, and an elegant, emotive poetic line,” according to her publisher, Graywolf Press. Batt and Miller are faculty members in the English Department and will read from their works on Friday, Sept. 21.
School of Engineering professor Dr. Jim Ellingson and junior Noel Naughton spent the summer grinding 25 pounds of peanuts in a project that aims to help small farmers in developing nations produce food more efficiently.
Gleason is a tenured faculty member of the Department of Music and has taught at the university since 1999.
Dr. Camille George of St. Thomas’ School of Engineering is helping to revolutionize the way breadfruit is incorporated into the livelihoods of people in developing nations. Last month she travelled to Kauai, Hawaii, to install a breadfruit-drying device she co-designed with adjunct engineering professor Bob Bach for the National Tropical Botanical Gardens.
Speakers include Susan Callaway, English; Debra Peterson and Tim Scully, Communication and Journalism; Mike Klein, Justice and Peace Studies; Ernest Owens, Management; and Kimberly Vrudny, Theology.
Included in this week’s Professional Notes are faculty Dr. Massimo Faggioli, Dr. Teresa Rothausen-Vange and Dr. Edward Ulrich; staff Dan Gjelten; and UST MBA alums Sara Christenson and Annelise Larson.
Senior Ryan Delaney, junior Nate Webster and sophomore Mitch Hoffmann have been working as a team on the “TurtleBot” since early June.
The honorees at the 2012 St. Thomas Day are Corrine Carvalho, Thomas Cronin, Bernadeia Johnson, Dr. Gordon Klatt and Matthew Sullivan.