Welcome Week will include the traditional March Through the Arches as well as picnics, interfaith blessings, the President’s Opening Convocation and an Opening Mass and Reception.
Dr. Geoffrey Coates will discuss plastics that have reduced environmental impacts.
The summer tradition started in 1981 and returns with live music, food and pony rides by Blueberry and Jericho.
“Extended Family: Essays on Being Irish-American From New Hibernia Review” has been published by Dafour Editions. Editor Jim Rogers and essayist Brian Nerney will help launch the collection at 7:30 p.m. June 25 at O’Gara’s, 164 N. Snelling Ave., St. Paul.
No need to register; just show up and enjoy the program.
Undergraduate and graduate commencement ceremonies will be held Saturday, May 25.
At noon listen to a rebroadcast of NPR’s Alix Spiegel, and at 7 p.m. attend a live lecture by Slate editor David Plotz.
Hart’s latest novel, The Book of Killowen, is the June selection of the Luann Dummer Center for Women’s monthly book club. She will attend the club’s meeting, which is free and open to the public, at noon, Wednesday, June 26.
Winners will be announced at a program Wednesday.
St. Thomas faculty and staff are invited to attend a thank-you celebration on Friday (May 17) for Father Dennis Dease, who will retire June 30 after 22 years as president.
The speaker is Dr. Soraya Castro, who is on her third visit to St. Thomas. Her talk is free and open to the public.
Plotz has been a writer for online Slate magazine since its founding in 1996 and its editor since 2008. His talk is free, but reservations are required.
Each year, the University of St. Thomas celebrates St. Thomas Day, which recognizes the extraordinary contributions that members of the St. Thomas community have made to the university and the wider community.
Derreck Kayongo couldn’t believe all the soap we throw away, so he founded the Atlanta-based Global Soap Project that helps keep impoverished kids clean around the world.
The event will include the premiere of the documentary “Field to Fork.”
A student-planned celebration will be held on the lower quad. Grab a T-shirt and plan to line up at 11:45 a.m.
Spiegel has been at National Public Radio since 2003 and has won some of the nation’s top awards for journalism. Her talk is free, but reservations are required.
Ali, daughter of Muhammad Ali, is an undefeated world boxing champion, mother of two, and a fitness and wellness expert.
Klaus Leisinger, chair of the Novartis Foundation, will speak at a St. Thomas event marking the 35th anniversary of the Center for Ethical Business Cultures.
The university is the largest purchaser of energy from Xcel Energy’s Windsource, the nation’s largest producer of wind power.
St. Thomas alumnus Dr. Joseph Scherer, executive director of the Superintendents’ National Dialogue, will speak at the 16th annual Julian Parker Lecture.
The program was recorded at St. Thomas last week.