Student Research Portraits

Mapping the Invisible Somali Twin Cities

Junior Fartun Dirie's research project turned abstract ideas into concrete maps. Through these "mental maps," she seeks to understand local Somalis' view on residential desireability, migration decisions and how they perceive the Twin Cities' landscape.
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The Scroll: Ten Things I ‘Hate’ About St. Thomas

Susan Alexander says one complaint she hears about The Scroll is that “it is too upbeat and pleased with everything purple.” In an effort to provide a little balance, she came up with a list of 10 things she doesn't care for at St. Thomas. You can read them today in The Scroll.
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The Scroll: Being Present

A sentimental Lisa Weier is discovering the increasing importance of the need to be present to people here and now. She explains why today in The Scroll.
Ron Bennett

Dr. Ron Bennett Wins Tekne Lifetime Achievement Award

The annual Minnesota Tekne Awards honor those who play a significant role in discovering new technologies that educate, improve lifestyles and impact the lives and futures of people living in Minnesota and all over the world.
Political Signs

The Weigh-In: On Being Open-Minded

Another election cycle is coming to end. After being in inundated with lawn signs, bumper stickers and advertising, is there any evidence that we truly can be open-minded about the choices we make?
Will Wallace photo

The Scroll: A Man’s Work Becomes ‘Stuff of the Soul’

Will Wallace attended St. Thomas more than a decade ago and never completed his degree, but Dave Nimmer couldn’t be prouder of the former gang member. Wallace took what he learned in his two years at St. Thomas, turned his life around and became “a mentor, father figure and spiritual confessor” to troubled young men, Nimmer writes today in The Scroll.
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The Scroll: Talk About the Llama

Jordan Zahrte likes to hear all “the chatter” around campus about politics these days. She wants to hear more, she writes today in The Scroll, and she hopes that students will continue to engage in rich conversations and walk away knowing more about other perspectives as well as their own.
Robert Vischer

Robert Vischer Named School of Law Dean

Robert Vischer, associate dean for academic affairs and a professor in the St. Thomas School of Law since 2005, will become the new dean of the school, effective Jan. 1. Vischer will succeed Neil Hamilton on Jan. 1, said Dr. Susan Huber, executive vice president and chief academic officer. Hamilton has served as interim dean since May, when dean Thomas Mengler left to become president of St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas.
Gainey Exteriors

Depth of Field: A Gainey Gasp of Summer

As the weather turns cold and the skies darken, it's worth giving summer one last look. Fortunately Depth of Field has just the thing - photos from the Daniel C. Gainey Conference Center in Owatonna.