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.
Saturday in Collegeville “The Big Game” kicks off the MIAC schedule for both St. Thomas and St. John’s University. The Tommies have taken two straight from the Johnnies. Both teams are 2-0, the Tommies are ranked No. 6, and the Johnnies are unranked. Take a trip back to Tommie-Johnnie match-ups from the past by experiencing the Depth of Field visual history.
As the Tommie-Johnnie game fast approaches, we would like to remind everyone to use good sports conduct, respect all in attendance and to represent our school in a positive manner. Go Tommies!
St. Thomas ranks No. 113 of 281 schools in the magazine’s National Universities category, up from No. 115 a year ago.
It’s been awhile since Dave Nimmer has been a college student, but he’ll never forget those freshman jitters. He can’t do much to calm them for this year’s batch of new Tommies, but in The Scroll today he does offer sound advice that should make their first semester run more smoothly.
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.
What’s the best way to reward an associate without wreaking havoc on team dynamics? In an ideal scenario, everyone on the team should understand the criteria for rewards and have the same opportunity and resources to achieve the reward.
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.
University employees and their guests are invited to this annual celebrationt, which will be Father Dennis Dease’s last as president of St. Thomas.
Gleason is a tenured faculty member of the Department of Music and has taught at the university since 1999.