Randy Thysse

The Making of a Spy Catcher

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.
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Professional Notes for Sept. 19, 2012

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.
Dr. Matthew Batt (left) and Dr. Leslie Adrienne Miller will read from their recently published books this Friday. Photos by Bill Hickey (Batt) and Mike Ekern '02 (Miller).

A Conversation With Dr. Matthew Batt and Dr. Leslie Miller

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.
Steve Trost

The Scroll: A Fond Farewell, Steve Trost!

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

‘Nullification Crisis of 1832’ Still Resonates Today for History Major

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.
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The Scroll: History Hunters, St. Thomas Style

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.
The rich history of Tommie-Johnnie football goes back much farther than 1969, but it's not a bad place to start . Here you get to see the Armory (left) and O'Shaughnessy Hall.

Depth of Field: A Brief Visual History of Tommie-Johnnie Football

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.
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Professional Notes for Sept. 13, 2012

Featured in this week's notes are Dr. Jean Birbilis, Dr. Massimo Faggioli, Dr. Eric Fort, Dr. Mark Neuzil, Dr. William Ojala, Dr. Gerald Schlabach and a host of UST chemistry students.