Funded by an Xcel Energy grant, the center will be used for teaching as well as for researching and testing alternative-energy components so that power generated by microgrids is fully compatible with a region’s main power grid.
By visiting each other’s classrooms, faculty have learned new techniques, including the "flipped classroom" in which students watch lecture videos before class and spend class time more engaged with the material.
Since early last year, a small team of St. Thomas faculty, staff and students has been taking steps toward earning the special designation granted by Ashoka, a nonprofit and the largest network of social entrepreneurs in the world. If all continues to go smoothly, the team is hopeful that St. Thomas will be designated a Changemaker Campus in early 2017.
In the midst of Tommie Football's quest for the NCAA Division III national title, four of the players vied for the prestigious Hult Prize, a social entrepreneurship competition with $1 million in seed money on the line. The team won the St. Thomas competition and competed in the global regional competition in March in San Francisco.
For Laura Roberts, who is Anshinaabe from the Red Lake Nation and Dakota from the Santee Nation, a desire for passion and meaning in her work has culminated in an internship with the American Indian Cancer Foundation (AICAF).
Talia Nadir, one of St. Thomas' research and instruction librarians, discusses what it was like growing up in Israel, how a global awareness and love of traveling influences raising three teenage sons, and why people need to stop assuming that librarians just organize and shelf books.
Following the life of a Cubano sandwich from conception to a diner's mouth helps give a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to deliver delicious food every day at The View, St. Thomas' main dining hall.