Don Weinkauf, dean of the St. Thomas School of Engineering, was among 40 engineering deans from across the U.S. who met at the White House Tuesday to promote engineering education tied to the National Academy of Engineers' Grand Challenges.
Earlier this month, readers met St. Thomas junior Nick Jordan in a Humans of St. Thomas Scroll, and also learned about his friend and classmate Nyasia Arradondo. She is so interesting that Scroll correspondents Carol Bruess and Meredith Heneghan felt compelled to write a separate Scroll about her.
Carol Bruess went fishing for her next Humans of St. Thomas feature and found NJ, a “crazy-cool” student and budding songwriter who “spreads kindness and love with intention.” She also provides the first-ever music link in the Scroll featuring the debut of NJ’s catchy, soulful single “Old School.”
Junior Meredith Heneghan traveled to “a place of pure magic,” a permaculture farm in southern California, for a January Term VISION trip. She found, as she describes today in The Scroll, that she needed to experience “arriving” before she could handle more manual tasks.
A senior majoring in entrepreneurship and business communications, she has been involved as a student leader at St. Thomas in a variety of ways, including as a Morrison Hall apartment coordinator, first-year commuter advisor, president of Delta Sigma Pi, and co-captain of the women’s and men’s swim and dive team.
Michael Naughton, Ph.D., interim director of the Center for Catholic Studies at the University of St. Thomas, received the Monika K. Hellwig Award for “exceptional work as a scholar and commitment to advance Catholic social thought for the common good.”
A brown bag luncheon to discuss St. Thomas’ efforts to develop a comprehensive brand strategy for the university will be held at noon on Thursday, Feb. 5, in O’Shaughnessy Educational Center auditorium on the St. Paul campus. The luncheon will be simulcast to room 252 in Terrence Murphy Hall on the Minneapolis campus.
The popular “Humans of St. Thomas” series returns to The Scroll with a profile of custodian Steve Winkel, described by writer Carol Bruess as a “very cool” person who is a dedicated dad of three teens, loves video games, winter and cats, has a passion for Civil War non-fiction and is “extremely afraid” of spiders.
Four School of Engineering students were among the 18 teams of young engineers-in-training that competed for the right to call themselves world champion drone builders at the 22nd annual ASME Student Design Competition finals in Montreal.