A gunshot wound left St. Thomas graduate student Sam Olukiran alone and helpless on a street in Ibadan, Nigeria. This is how he survived, found Minnesota and now tries to make every moment - and every person - matter.
This week's notes feature faculty members Mark DelCogliano, Shersten Johnson, Anne Klejment, Mark Neuzil, Aaron Sackett, Deborah Savage, Mark Stansbury-O'Donnell, Sister Katarina Schuth, Robert Werner and Kari Zimmerman; and staff members Pam Guarnera and Jeri Rockett.
Michael Jordan, 63, was a professor of English at St. Thomas who served as associate vice provost for undergraduate studies from 2005 to late 2015. He will be remembered for his steadfast belief in the lasting power of a liberal arts education and his passion for providing every St. Thomas student with an intellectually rigorous, soul-shaping core curriculum.
Though he looked the part of the stereotypical English professor – he rarely was seen on campus not donning his trademark uniform: a tidy sport coat and a bow tie – he was anything but. Mikolajczak, who died this past weekend, was one of a kind.