May is a month ripe with possibilities, and it always evokes “a sense of celebration” for Dr. Salina Renninger, director of training in the Graduate School of Professional Psychology. The arrival of spring brings “a sense of potential and possibility,” she writes today in The Scroll, whether it be the trees becoming full with leaves or our graduates celebrating their accomplishments and embarking on a successful path beyond St. Thomas.
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.
Have you ever had a “Rainbow Experience”? Susan Alexander writes today in The Scroll about three (so far …) she has had this month. The first two were not that all enjoyable but, arm in sling and with encouragement from her friends, the self-described "klutz" has learned to grin and bear it, and it won’t be long before she is typing with both hands.
Massive, open online courses (MOOCs) are creating a stir in higher education, and for good reason, says Dave Nimmer. But as advantageous as they may seem on the surface, he still prefers “the lively, interactive nature of a well-taught class” on campus, he writes today in The Scroll – a richness “not always available from a 24-by-20 inch screen, a dozen icons and a blinking cursor.”
Ryan Augustin, a junior majoring in biochemistry, was awarded a prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, an award that honors outstanding students who plan to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering. Juniors Elizabeth Annoni and Mark Painter were named honorable mentions.
Jeremy Olson '95, along with fellow Star Tribune reporters Brad Schrade and Glenn Howatt, won journalism's top prize for their work on a series about an increase in infant deaths at in-home daycare centers.
Susan Alexander believes she gets her best ideas – as well a jump-start on her daily tasks – when she walks to work, and she also picks up empty cans and bottles along the way. “My synapses are firing!” she declares. You can read how she pulls all of this off in The Scroll.
World-renowned poet, activist and educator Nikki Giovanni will visit the University of St. Thomas this Friday as part of “A Night of Expression!” to celebrate Black History Month. Giovanni took the time to answer a few questions before her visit.
Elizabeth Schiltz has always gravitated to kids who seem to have special needs, having helped organize a volunteer tutor program at an inner-city elementary school as an undergraduate at Yale University. The kids reminded her of her older brother.
Carol Bruess is seeing a little more foot traffic around her home these spring days, and the visitors are stopping to “oooooo and “ahhhhh” at her Little Free Library. You should check it out, too, she suggests today in The Scroll.
In the beginning of Andera Nesmith's social work career, she worked with issues pertaining to runaways, homeless youth, youth with incarcerated parents and older youth in foster care. She has since discovered a common thread that attracted her to these populations -- youth who were separated from their parents, either by their own actions or the actions of others.