The chair, which is awarded to a person who has achieved a worldwide reputation for academic excellence and scholarly contributions in a particular field, is funded by the Office of Academic Affairs and is designed to remain in the College of Education, Leadership and Counseling.
Gavrilyuk, successor to Thomas Sullivan, discusses his role as a university collaborator and bridge-builder, and his journey from a solid-state physics student in Moscow to an internationally respected theologian at St. Thomas.
Final-tally numbers haven’t changed much but the composition of the student body is evolving. Reflecting a trend in recent years, we have more undergrads and fewer graduate students, and a more diverse group than ever.
Aquinas yearbook adviser Kim Rueb was discouraged when she began to watch a video titled “Lost Generation” because it paints a bleak picture on what people 18-30 expect their lives to be like at 50. But the video’s ultimate message, Rueb writes today in The Scroll, is that young people – including St. Thomas students – want to make the world a better place.
Fifteen students from Justice and Peace Studies Professor Dr. Mike Klein's "Conflict Transformation" class contributed teaching guides for the ebook "Teaching the Compassionate Rebel Revolution: Ordinary People Changing the World."
Promoting statecraft as soulcraft delivers us into the great temptation of idolatry. Whenever anyone proposes empowering government through the force of law to enjoin the right way to think or to shape the right way to feel, we should be nervous.
As she has looked around at full rooms since the beginning of the academic year, Susan Alexander has been pleased. People showed up in droves for the Academic Convocation and a brown-bag lunch sponsored by President Julie Sullivan – ample proof that there is a lot of life at St. Thomas these days, Alexander writes in The Scroll.
Dave Nimmer has a lot of hopes for seniors such as Lindsay Goodwin, a communications and journalism major, but above all is this: He wants them to leave St. Thomas next May “with a sense of passion.” In the meantime, he writes today in The Scroll, he hopes they enjoy their final year here and take time to hear the Christmas concert, enjoy the wit and wisdom of a professor and just sit on the library steps as the campus comes awake.
St. Thomas is beginning the search for its next executive vice president and provost. President Julie Sullivan has appointed a search committee and a search consultant, and they will assist her in choosing a successor to Dr. Susan Huber, who will retire next June 30.