Pope Benedict XVI

The Weigh-In: Joseph Ratzinger’s Lasting Legacy as the ‘Scholar Pope’

Pope Benedict XVI maintained a calm and prayerful expression of the papacy in a time of extraordinary turbulence, a time for which in some ways he was ill-equipped to respond but in other ways for which his papacy has been uniquely providential. We asked Don Briel to reflect on Benedict’s legacy.
Palmeri Crashed Ice

The Fastest Game on Ice

University of St. Thomas alum Jon Palmeri '07 straps on his skates for Red Bull Crashed Ice, a competition that makes the X-Games look like a kiddie ride.
Vaclav Havel

Post-Election Reflections on Civility

One evening, I noticed a framed photo of the late Vaclav Havel, former president of the Czech Republic. He’s standing next to a painting depicting a Gospel writer with an angel whispering in his ear. Havel, with a sheepish grin, is cupping his ear as if to eavesdrop for a little “inspiration.”
The hands of philosophy professor Thomas Sullivan are shown as he delivers a lecture during a class at the Angelicum in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Mike Ekern '02)

Depth of Field: Black and White World

The first "real" photos I took, with even a bit of photo knowledge in my head, were on T-Max 400 black and white film for The Aquin and The Aquinas yearbook. For the next three years black and white was all I shot as I learned how not to make a complete fool of myself with a camera.
Anderson Student Center

Happy First Birthday, Anderson Student Center!

Celebrate on Thursday, Jan. 17, with free pizza and cake. Donations of children’s toys for those 3 to 12 years old will be accepted to support a Cheerful Givers nonprofit collection for children whose families can’t afford birthday celebrations.
NCAA FB Semi Final

Glenn Caruso ‘Three-Peats’ as Liberty Mutual National Coach of the Year

St. Thomas head football coach Glenn Caruso was introduced in Miami on Jan. 7 as the first three-time recipient in the seven-year history of the elite national Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year program. He also was named Division III National Coach of the Year by the American Football Coaches’ Association (AFCA) on Jan. 8. The elite award is voted on by fellow Division III coaches.
Father Dennis Dease speaks during the Opening Doors capital campaign closing event. Dease announced his retirement May 10 after 22 years in office. (Photo by Mike Ekern '02)

Depth of Field: Photo Services’ Best Photos of 2012

Simple blades of prairie grass silhouetted in the moments before night. The exultation of an improbable victory. A firm touch as a final goodbye. We've picked these moments, and the others you see here, from the more than 5,000 we collected in 2012 as our best of the year.
Sandy Hook Memorial

The Weigh-In: Beyond Grief at Sandy Hook

After the killing of so many children and their teachers, our human journey is at a crossroads where our intentions – beautiful and transcendent, compassionate and caring, loving and forgiving, intelligent and thoughtful – continue to retreat in confusion and horror from the enormous evil we can and will inflict upon one another. For Bruce Kramer, Sandy Hook is personal.
Kristine Wammer

Kristine Wammer and Her Students Take on a Major Source of Environmental Pollutants

Chemistry professor Kristine Wammer studies the effects of pharmaceuticals in the environment. "I am a 'farm kid.' I grew up on a corn and soybean farm in southern Minnesota that truly was the middle of nowhere, with the nearest town (Butternut) having a population that hovered around a dozen. Having no kids nearby meant that my brother Todd and I had to come up with creative – if slightly dangerous – ways to entertain ourselves."
Student esearcher

Junior Jane de Lambert and Her ‘Rockin” Geology Research

Jane de Lambert researched the geologic history of the Lovell Wash area of the Upper Horse Spring Formation in the Lake Mead region of Nevada last spring and presented her findings in October at the Geological Society of America's national conference in North Carolina. She is among the first to research this remote formation in southern Nevada.
Christmas Tree Construction

Depth of Field: O Christmas Tree

I'm going to make this simple, folks. When someone tells you they're constructing a 34-foot Christmas tree over three to five days, you shoot a time lapse of it. Read on to find out how we did it.
St. John's

The Weigh-In: Tommies and Johnnies – Artistic Associates

We all know about the competitiveness we have with Saint John’s in sports. What you might not think about when you hear UST and SJU in the same sentence however, are the ties that bind us together. Both schools are anchored in the Catholic intellectual tradition and have a shared belief in the importance of the arts in a humanities-based education.
Brennan and Lundsten

Holiday Spending Surveys: What We’ve Learned

Holiday spending is the most concentrated retail sales event of the year. It also reflects current consumer confidence and is often a bellwether for retailing in the coming year. That’s why we began conducting an annual holiday spending survey in 2002.
Public Safety Segway

Smiles Follow as Segway Rolls Across Campus

The Segway was originally viewed as a tool for the St. Paul Police Department and Public Safety to better conduct weekend patrols of the neighborhood surrounding St. Thomas during fall and spring months.
International Ed Photo

International Photo Contest Winners Announced

The International Education Center at St. Thomas congratulates this year's winners of its annual International Photo Contest. Every year the IEC holds the contest for photos students take while studying abroad. This year the IEC received 195 photo submissions from 34 students.
Angela Selden

(A)rising to the Challenge

Angela Selden ’87 leads Arise Virtual Solutions to success and invites the nation’s leaders to use technology to put Americans back to work.