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.
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.
He was the husband of Joan Chandler, a St. Thomas employee from 1978 to 1998.
During her 20 years of service to St. Thomas she has been the primary contact for the recruitment and enrollment of transfer students from the community colleges.
Mourners gathered Friday in a crowded Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas to celebrate the life of Monsignor James Lavin. Homilist Father James Stromberg recalled Lavin’s life as “a series of good deeds.”
She was the stepmother of Dr. Thomas Hodgson, head coach of women’s and men’s swimming and diving, and adjunct professor in the College of Education, Leadership and Counseling.
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.
This week’s notes feature staff member Samba Dieng; faculty Dr. Leah Domine, Dr. Len Jennings, Dr. Vanessa Cornett-Murtada, Dr. Kevin Thiessen, Dr. Daniel Tight, Dr. Lisa Waldner, Dr. Meg Wilkes Karraker and Dr. Kyle Zimmer; doctoral students Ashley Gulden and Michael Oien; and alumna Jen Blank.
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.
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.
Many community members are taking to social media to pay tribute to Monsignor James Lavin, who died Monday, Sept. 17, at age 93. Read what some of you had to say.
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.
Steve Trost retires Wednesday as greenhouse manager at St. Thomas. Dave Nimmer, writing in The Scroll, talks about his buddy’s 32 years of working magic in flower beds and collaborating with biology students and professors.
David Yates, the History Department’s lead history tutor, was one of five students who presented research papers at a symposium at Mississippi State University over Memorial Day weekend last May. He describes his presentation on “The Nullification Crisis of 1832” “as the culmination of my work over the years. It was the realization of the whole process.” Nullification occasionally makes news even today.
Junior Lisa Weier wasn’t fond of history classes in high school, but she has a special appreciation for the subject matter these days as she learns more about St. Thomas and people such as John Ireland, Thomas Grace and William Finn. Read her history lesson today in The Scroll.