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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.
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Around the World in 40 Years (and 196 Countries)

John Rheinberger ’70, ’90 M.B.A., has traveled to every country in the world and has a story to tell about each one.Rheinberger was strolling through the main square in Dakar, the capital of the western African nation of Senegal, when he asked a passerby to take his photo­graph. Having traveled alone to dozens of countries, this was something he had grown accustomed to, and usually he found people to be accommodating. But this time, the passerby refused, which put Rheinberger on alert: something was amiss.
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The Scroll: Now for Something a Little bit Different

As Father Dennis Dease’s final year as president rolls along, Susan Alexander admits she is nervous about the search for her boss’ successor. She writes in The Scroll today that the St. Thomas community will survive – and thrive – during this uncertain time as long as we are open to possibilities, trust each other and remain true to our mission.
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Kramer Announces Medical Leave as Dean of the College of Education, Leadership and Counseling

Dr. Bruce Kramer announced today that he is taking a leave of absence, effective immediately, as dean of the College of Education, Leadership and Counseling in order to deal with his amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Kramer told a luncheon meeting of CELC faculty, staff and advisory board members that he believes he no longer can work because of the progression of his ALS, which was diagnosed in December 2010.