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Unexpected Joy in the Slums of Kenya

Jessica Smith '07 recently traveled to one of the largest slums in Africa where she found a resiliently faithful culture that relies upon God to provide the very basic essentials.
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Tommies x2

Most things are better in pairs – just ask the more than 32 sets of twins who attend St. Thomas.
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Squishy Circuits

How School of Engineering professor AnnMarie Thomas is using play dough to inspire the engineer in all of us.
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Tommie Traditions: The Rectors’ Bowl

Every fall since 1999, the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity Sons of Thunder go head to head with the St. John Vianney seminary JAXX for the Rectors' Bowl, with only one team returning to its seminary with the coveted Rector’s Trophy.
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The Scroll: This is Not a Lost Generation

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.
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Fifteen ‘Compassionate Rebel’ Students Pen eBook

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."
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When in Rome … Teach (and Eat Pizza)

This year Dr. Tonia Bock, whose area of research is moral development in adolescence and emerging adulthood, spent six weeks in Rome at John Cabot University, an American-accredited university. She taught a class of 11 study-abroad students during a five-week session in July.
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Against Calling on Government to Shape Souls

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.
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Tommie Traditions: Kissing Under the Arches

Did you know that according to a longstanding legend the St. Thomas Arches are also a gateway to everlasting love? The tradition states that students aren’t True Tommies until they’ve been kissed under the Arches at midnight.
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The Young Man and the Sea

Sam Friederichs ’07, a marine biologist and consultant for National Geographic, heads the National Geographic Crittercam billfish program. He hopes the footage he retrieves will lead to conservation achievements and funding.
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Pete on the Beat

Pete Willner is an iconic figure at the School of Law. He is the first face many see when they enter the building, and he is a good friend to several faculty, staff and students.
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The Scroll: Showing Up . . . and Following Up

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.
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The Creation of a ‘Spiritual Portrait’

Iconographer Nicholas Markell ’84 "wrote" Holy Thomas - Angelic Doctor over a six-month period. The icon – which stands almost 5 and a half feet tall and nearly 4 feet wide – was presented to Campus Ministry on Sunday at the Opening Mass.
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St. Thomas Improves Again in U.S. News Rankings

St. Thomas has improved for the fourth consecutive year in the annual “Best Colleges” rankings published by U.S. News & World Report. The magazine ranks St. Thomas No. 112 among 281 schools in the National Universities category, an improvement from No. 113 a year ago.
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The Scroll: It’s Time for Seniors to ‘Bring It Home’

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.
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Planning Survey Responses Strong, Affirmative

More than 3,000 faculty, staff and students have responded to a planning survey commissioned by President Julie Sullivan, and they spoke in unison about their pride in St. Thomas’ academic excellence and their commitment to its Catholic identity and mission. Sullivan will use the planning survey results as part of strategic planning and will discuss the results during a brown-bag lunch discussion on Monday (Sept. 9) in Woulfe Alumni Hall.
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President Appoints Senior Staff, Cabinet

President Julie Sullivan has appointed administrators and deans to two groups – a seven-member senior staff and a 20-member cabinet – to help her lead St. Thomas.
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Search for Next EVP and Provost is Under Way

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.