This week's notes feature faculty Elise Amel, Justin Donato, Eric Fort, Bruce Gleason, Marites Guino-o, Mike Hollerich, Jerry Husak, J. Thomas Ippoliti, Shersten Johnson, Father Jan Michael Joncas, Joshua Layfield, Ray MacKenzie, Thomas Marsh, Dalma Martinovic-Weigelt, Odeh, Muhawesh, William Ojala, Lisa Prevette, Tatyana Ramirez, Britain Scott, L. Lynn Stansberry Brusnahan, Kristine Wammer and Carissa Wyant; staff N. Curtis Le May, James Rogers and Artika Tyner; students Brady Anderson, Josiah Bardwell, Kristin Berger, Landon Crippes, Anna Folska, Hannah Ganzel, Maddie Hankard, Timon Higgins, Kiersten Idzorek, Francesca Ippoliti, Ryan Johnson, Evan Kalb, Evan Keil, Jill Kolasinski, Grant Larson, Taylor Lesmeister, Bridget McGivern, Maria Neuzil, Jessie O'Brien, Tyler Ogorek, Tony Schaefer, Sydney Steger, Michael Stodolka and Samantha Whitcomb; and alumni Evan Eid, Benjamin Gelinas, David Haas, Marty Haugen, Joseph Jaye, Grant McCormick and Jordan Roy.
The purple light emanating from the Owens Science Hall greenhouse isn't the School of Engineering's homage to the late, great Prince. A cross-departmental team at St. Thomas is testing a robot with the overall goal of addressing the world crisis of food shortages and the development of new technologies to grow healthy crops using less man-made and natural resources.
Highland Park Senior High School senior Vanessa De La Vega Meza thought she was sitting down to an interview. Little did she know, she was about to receive the Dease Scholarship, a four-year, full-tuition scholarship to attend St. Thomas.
With the tutelage of a world-renowned professor like Dr. John Abraham and publication credits with smart titles such as "Alterations of Blood Flow Through Arteries Following Atherectomy and the Impact on Pressure Variation and Velocity" to her credit, Lauren Vallez landed one of the nation's most coveted fellowships.
This edition of professional notes includes faculty Chris Bedford, Jean-Pierre Bongila, Joseph Brom (professor emeritus), Dave Deavel, Hans Gustafson, Thomas Hickson, Anne Klejment, Sister Katarina Schuth, Angela Senander, Kevin Theissen, Christopher Vye, Christian Washburn and John Wendt; staff Greg Argo, Meg Manahan and Talia Nadir; and graduate students Daniel Elenz, Greta Gilbertson and Kristen Nelson; and undergraduates Ashley Brundrett, Sam Duncanson, Sarah Horns and Gabrielle Houle.
Michael Stevens, co-president of St. Thomas' Theology Club and a theology major, loves studying, you guessed it, theology. He also can out eat most humans at a buffet and go head to head with the world's greatest PlayStation enthusiasts.
Art Cullen, a 1980 St. Thomas graduate, had a strong feeling he would win the Pulitzer Prize for a series of editorials in the Storm Lake Times, a 3,000-circulation, twice-a-week newspaper in northwestern Iowa. Turns out he was right.