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Professional Notes for Oct. 10, 2013

This week's notes include faculty Bruce Gleason, Susan Marsnik, Barbara Shank, Lisa Waldner and Christian Washburn; and staff Birdie Cunningham and Scott Odman.
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Tommie Traditions: Fall Mississippi River Cleanup

The first cleanup was organized by St. Thomas’ Environmental Issues Committee (now called the Green Team) in conjunction with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ Adopt-a-River program during Earth Week, April 1993, and has since become a staple in St. Thomas’ annual Earth Week lineup.
Julie Sullivan

The Right Place

Hard work and a lifetime commitment to higher education have prepared Julie Sullivan for her new role as president of St. Thomas.
UST Stewardship Garden

A Garden of Earthly Delights

The UST Stewardship Garden offers bountiful opportunities for research, produce and a chance to chat with neighbors.
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Relatively Famous

These eight student-athletes look to expand the legacies of their well-known relatives.
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Dr. Stephen Brookfield Named First John Ireland Endowed Chair

The chair, which is awarded to a person who has achieved a worldwide reputation for academic excellence and scholarly contributions in a particular field, is funded by the Office of Academic Affairs and is designed to remain in the College of Education, Leadership and Counseling.
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Plante to Lead Development Office

Joe Plante, an institutional advancement staff member at St. Thomas for 26 years, has been named interim executive director of development at the university.
South Korea

What Can I Do About Larry?

Larry is a bad student. He habitually doesn’t do his homework, is constantly disruptive in class and swears at me in Korean.
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Unexpected Joy in the Slums of Kenya

Jessica Smith '07 recently traveled to one of the largest slums in Africa where she found a resiliently faithful culture that relies upon God to provide the very basic essentials.
Twins

Tommies x2

Most things are better in pairs – just ask the more than 32 sets of twins who attend St. Thomas.
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President’s Brown Bag Luncheon on Online Learning is Oct. 7

"Online Learning at St. Thomas" will be the topic of a brown bag luncheon sponsored by President Julie Sullivan on Monday, Oct. 7, on the Minneapolis campus. The discussion will center on the growth of online courses and how active St. Thomas should be in this area.
Jim Gearen

Trustee Profile: Real Estate Guru

Jim Gearen has accumulated many memories and memorabilia in his 25 years as a commercial real estate “guru,” as one investor calls him, but his most-prized possession may be a small picture frame in his downtown Minneapolis office.
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Tommie Traditions: The Rectors’ Bowl

Every fall since 1999, the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity Sons of Thunder go head to head with the St. John Vianney seminary JAXX for the Rectors' Bowl, with only one team returning to its seminary with the coveted Rector’s Trophy.
President Julie Sullivan

Light, Love and Grace

My grandmother lived alone when I was growing up, and my mother used to send me over to spend weekends with her. I could not have asked for a better role model and mentor.