Operation Enduring Freedom

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.
a mass celebrating alumni who were married in the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas

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.
Campus Aerials

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.
John Rheinberger

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.
Father Dennis Dease

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.
Bruce Kramer

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.
Civil Discourse

The Scroll: Civil Discourse Needed More Than Ever

Dave Nimmer is tired of what he calls the “mean season” of politics, where candidates for public office run ads that, in his words, “stretch the truth” at the least and “trample it” at the worst. He remains hopeful, he writes today in The Scroll, that civility might yet prevail.
Benji

Whatever Happened to Pudding Pops?

Gael Fashingbauer Cooper ’89 and Brian Bellmont ’90 chronicle the lost toys, tastes & trends of the ’70s and ’80s in their book Whatever Happened to Pudding Pops? Among their recollections is the Generation X dog hero, Benji.
The rise of the Seattle Seahawks has coincided with 2010 arrival of St. Thomas alum John Schneider, center, as the team's general manager and executive vice president. (Seattle Seahawk's photo.)

Hail Marys, Hard Work Fuel Alum’s NFL Rise (and the Seattle Seahawks)

Gene McGivern, the university's sports information director, wrote the heart of this story in a 2010 blog. It's about John Schneider, an alum who grew up near Green Bay and lived and died with the Packers, eventually interning and later working for the team; he joined the Seattle Seahawks as their general manager in 2010. McGivern is working in his 18th season at St. Thomas and 24th in the MIAC. He blogs periodically on various topics regarding the Tommies, the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and Division III sports.
1941 Aerial

My View at 1,000 Feet

Carl Baumgaertner '48 was the photo editor of the Kaydet, the St. Thomas Military Academy yearbook. He snapped the first aerial photo of campus on Dec. 6, 1941, from a J-3 Piper Cub piloted by George Kell, a fellow student who ran the Kaydet's darkroom. St. Thomas has grown and changed since that photo was taken, and those changes have been documented from the sky above campus.
Campus Aerials

The Scroll: That’s My School

Martha McCarthy graduated in 2011, but she still feels linked to the St. Thomas community every day and what is happening on campus because of social media and the Web. Sharing that “common bond” is important and exciting, she writes today in The Scroll.
Tom Madison

From Ma Bell to Boardrooms

A determined and common-sense work ethic always has characterized Tom Madison. "I’m not afraid of hard work," Madison said. "I just applied all of the principles that I learned on my paper routes ... "
Bruce Kramer

‘Death by a Thousand Paper Cuts’

Bruce Kramer always had been in excellent physical condition, and he was proud of it. In the summer of 2010, he noticed he had a "floppy" left foot and thought it might be a pinched nerve or sciatica. During his regular physical examination, he mentioned he was "walking a little funny" and the doctor suggested he should see a neurologist. He procrastinated until he took a couple of falls in October, when his left leg collapsed.
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The Scroll: The Perils of Summer Cleaning

Is your office a mess? Susan Alexander long realized hers was just that, and then one day over the summer she wandered into Kris Bunton’s sparkling office and became inspired. Susan returned to her Aquinas Hall office and began what she called a “renovation.” Read about it today in The Scroll.
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Music Department Names Parker Quartet as its First Artists-in-Residence

The Parker Quartet's residency activities will include a full-length public concert, musicianship seminars and lecture demonstrations for music students, All Hearts Listen Lectures (a series of pre-concert discussions), chamber music coaching, and master classes for string students and composition students.
Randy Thysse

The Making of a Spy Catcher

When Randy Thysse '85 was growing up in the Minne­apolis working-class sub­urb of Brooklyn Center, it was suggested that he learn a trade, like neighbors who were plumb­ers or glaziers, or maybe he could follow in his dad’s footsteps and learn carpet laying.The trade he settled into, and which he never once considered while growing up, is sometimes called spycraft.