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.”
Last year, while standing in line for coffee in Anderson Student Center, sophomore Lauren Vallez found herself in the middle of a debate between engineering professor John Abraham and one of his students. This random encounter heavily shaped the course of her studies at St. Thomas.
For more than four decades St. Thomas' Selim Center for Learning in Later Years has brought lifelong learners to campus, enriching the existing educational offerings and creating a vibrant portion of the school's community.
Tuition rates will rise 3.9 percent beginning this summer for undergraduate students – the same increase as this year and tied for the second-lowest rate increase in 21 years – and graduate program tuition will rise an average of 3.4 percent.
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.”