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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.
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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.
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The Scroll: First Homecoming as an Alumna

Krissy Schoenfelder, a 2009 alumna and Young Alumni communications chair, put on her reporter’s hat and interviewed a classmate back for her first Homecoming since graduation. You can read their Q-and-A in The Scroll.
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Dr. Paul Schons, St. Thomas Faculty Member for 45 Years, Dies

Dr. Paul Schons, a member of the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and professor of German, died Sunday, Oct. 21, after being diagnosed with stage IV metastatic melanoma earlier this year. Schons was the most senior faculty member of the College of Arts and Sciences. He began teaching in 1967, five years after graduating from the College of St. Thomas.
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#OpeningDoors Goes Social

The $515 million raised in the Opening Doors capital campaign has people talking. Read what some of them have to say.
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We Made it! Opening Doors Capital Campaign Surpasses $500 Million Goal

The completion of the most successful fundraising campaign of any private institution of higher education in Minnesota and its four neighboring states was announced Wednesday by the University of St. Thomas. “The campaign transformed our campus with stunning new facilities. But most significant was our single-largest goal, raising $142 million for financial aid that will open the doors to a St. Thomas education for future generations of students from all economic and cultural backgrounds,” Father Dennis Dease said.
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Thank You, for Opening Doors

Five years ago, as St. Thomas announced its Opening Doors campaign, I reflected in a column about how my dad became the first person in his family to attend college. He had the misfortune of enrolling at St. Thomas in 1929, the first year of the Great Depression, and he could scrape together enough funds to stay for only two years.
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The Scroll: A Million (x 500) Little Details

Carol Bruess is excited about the big parties on campus this week to celebrate the conclusion of the Opening Doors capital campaign. Today in The Scroll she gives a few hints on what to expect on Wednesday night and over the noon hour on Thursday.
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‘Rock the Vote’ on Nov. 6

With the election just three weeks away, Dr. Jane Canney, vice president for student affairs, encourages students to prepare to vote on Nov. 6 and, in the meantime, to treat with dignity and respect people who may not hold the same opinion as you.
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The Scroll: Habitat for Humanity was ‘Win-Win’ Experience for Volunteer

Krissy Schoenfelder had her doubts when friends suggested she should volunteer with a Young Alumni group on a Habitat for Humanity project in a North Minneapolis neighborhood hit by a tornado last year. But the 2009 alumna agreed to participate and found the experience very rewarding, she writes today in The Scroll.
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MacPhail Building Served Music for Decades; This Summer, MacPhail Served Its Country

The training conducted by SEALS of the Naval Special Warfare Development Group on the Minneapolis campus was not a classified secret, but there was little mention of it by local media. The now-empty building was once home to a student by the name of Lawrence Welk, MacPhail’s class of 1927, who would go on to become an icon of American culture.
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Monsignor James Habiger, Social Justice Champion, Dies

Monsignor James Habiger, a champion of social justice issues in the Catholic Church and a longtime pastoral associate in the St. Thomas Campus Ministry Office, died Tuesday. His funeral will be Monday, Oct. 15, at St. Thomas.
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Depth of Field: Eye in the Sky

There's something about being a photographer at St. Thomas that feels just a bit like cheating. You work at an institution that is comprised entirely of beautiful architecture surrounding what is essentially an arboretum.And every few years the place rents you a helicopter.