There sure was a lot of Purple on the Plaza on Tommie Tuesday, and for good reason. More than 1,500 students, faculty and staff gathered in the lower quadrangle and on John P. Monahan Plaza over the noon hour to pay tribute to Father Dennis Dease, who will retire June 30 after 22 years as president of St. Thomas.
The University of St. Thomas’ Air Force ROTC Detachment 410, on campus since July 1, 1948, has been preserving its history with the help of a 34-foot mural located in its remodeled Murray-Herrick Campus Center office space. The mural has been signed by numerous veterans, from the WWII era to a recently graduated cadet entering flight training.
What keeps Alan Bignall ’85 M.B.A. going and going and going? In a word: passion. Bignall ispresident and CEO of ReconRobotics Inc., a company that creates tactical micro-robot systems used by the military, law enforcement and rescue teams. Currently, their robots can explore an environment that might be dangerous for humans to enter and provide auditory and visual feedback, even in complete darkness.
Dr. Don Briel, Dr. Charles Reid Jr., Dr. Massimo Faggioli and Monsignor Aloysius Callaghan offer their initial thoughts on the election of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as the 266th Pope. St. Thomas students celebrate on campus.
The St. Thomas Board of Trustees elected Dr. Julie Sullivan, executive vice president and provost of the University of San Diego, as the first woman and the first lay person to serve as president of the University of St. Thomas in its 128-year history.
The Tommie dancers finished in first place in the Open Jazz Division at UDA College Nationals in Orlando, Fla., earning its sixth national championship since 2007 and its first back-to-back win in the jazz category.
The first “real” photos I took, with even a bit of photo knowledge in my head, were on T-Max 400 black and white film for The Aquin and The Aquinas yearbook. For the next three years black and white was all I shot as I learned how not to make a complete fool of myself with a camera.
Celebrate on Thursday, Jan. 17, with free pizza and cake. Donations of children’s toys for those 3 to 12 years old will be accepted to support a Cheerful Givers nonprofit collection for children whose families can’t afford birthday celebrations.
Simple blades of prairie grass silhouetted in the moments before night. The exultation of an improbable victory. A firm touch as a final goodbye. We’ve picked these moments, and the others you see here, from the more than 5,000 we collected in 2012 as our best of the year.
St. Thomas’ bid for a national football championship ended Friday night with a 28-10 loss to Mount Union in the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl.
Most weekdays last summer Grant Schmura and David Houserman left the biology lab around noon and drove to Lake Judy in Shoreview, Minn. Before each of those days was done they would spend five hours gathering and tracking painted turtles.
The university observatory will open its doors for public observing on Nov. 28 and Dec. 12.
The Segway was originally viewed as a tool for the St. Paul Police Department and Public Safety to better conduct weekend patrols of the neighborhood surrounding St. Thomas during fall and spring months.
For 26 years cadets of Air Force ROTC Detachment 410 have honored veterans, and POWs and MIAs, with a 24-hour vigil in the lower quad.
Krissy Schoenfelder, a 2009 alumna and Young Alumni communications chair, put on her reporter’s hat and interviewed a classmate back for her first Homecoming since graduation. You can read their Q-and-A in The Scroll.
The completion of the most successful fundraising campaign of any private institution of higher education in Minnesota and its four neighboring states was announced Wednesday by the University of St. Thomas. “The campaign transformed our campus with stunning new facilities. But most significant was our single-largest goal, raising $142 million for financial aid that will open the doors to a St. Thomas education for future generations of students from all economic and cultural backgrounds,” Father Dennis Dease said.
There’s something about being a photographer at St. Thomas that feels just a bit like cheating. You work at an institution that is comprised entirely of beautiful architecture surrounding what is essentially an arboretum.
And every few years the place rents you a helicopter.
Father Dease also was inducted as an honorary member of the Quarter Century Club to celebrate his final year as president.