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.
Jacquelynne Sutton is serving a 10-year prison sentence, thousands of miles from her family. She believes she deserves a second chance.So do Nancy Ly and Vicky Wanta from the new St. Thomas Commutations Clinic.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
St. Thomas junior Matthew Schmidtbauer is an electrical engineering student with aspirations of someday working for a high-performance electric car manufacturing company. The subjects of his pastime, however, are not motors or revolutions per minute, but tens of thousands of honeybees that he cares for each summer.
Jerry Hammer’s earliest recollection of the fair is fleeing from it when he was three years old. “We were watching a [midway attraction] … where a man sits in a cage, and a light bulb above his head turns off. When it turns back on, there [was] a guy in a gorilla suit standing in the cage where the man used to be. I remember looking out the window to see if the gorilla was chasing us home. … My 6-year-old brother [Robert ’74] just laughed.”
It may not be the gap between the 99 percent and the 1 percent, but an enormous void can be found in the world of criminal justice. It is the gap between individuals who are poor enough to qualify for a public defender, and those who can afford a private attorney.
Immigration will never cease to be a hot-button topic. In times of economic crisis, xenophobia often rears its head. Unauthorized migrants get painted with broad strokes – labeled as terror- ists, job stealers and criminals. But a counter narrative must be told – one of inclusion, democracy, family values and fairness.
A famous philosopher once said that it is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.In this election season, voters are polarized by a host of emotionally charged issues that include same-sex marriage, threats to religious liberty, immigration, health-care reform, taxation, government spending and life issues such as contraception, abortion, embryo rights and stem cell research.
This past spring, the John A. Ryan Institute for Catholic Social Thought selected Brian Shapiro, associate professor of accounting, as its newest research fellow. The Research Fellow Program had been established to create opportunities for the Opus College of Business faculty to engage in scholarship and research on the relationship of Catholic social thought and business.
There is a long list of milestones marking the accomplishments of Dean and Ryan Chair in Law Thomas M. Mengler as he steps down to take the presidency at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas. The milestones are important, and have continued to build up the strong foundation of the School of Law, but what is remarkable is the depth of feeling that the community has for Mengler, or as he has become to so many simply one word, “Tom.”
As I write this, I am completing my work at the School of Law and preparing for a new professional challenge. It has been an intense time. I have enjoyed the several opportunities to say goodbye to so many of you, friends who mean so much to me and my wife, Mona. Over the last few weeks, my colleagues and I have laughed again in remembering the many funny moments of the last 10 years.
Neil Hamilton, professor in the University of St. Thomas School of Law and founding director of its Thomas Holloran Center for Ethical Leadership in the Professions, has been named interim dean of the law school. He began the position in May with the departure of Thomas Mengler, who became president of St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas.
Alexandra Campion ’12, started the Center for Girls’ Leadership with help from Professor Scott Taylor’s course. Read about how other students helped their classmates launch new nonprofit organizations.