• Publications

    • 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.

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    • 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 … “

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    • ‘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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    • 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.

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      The Community Pays Social Tribute to Monsignor Lavin

      Many community members are taking to social media to pay tribute to Monsignor James Lavin, who died Monday, Sept. 17, at age 93. Read what some of you had to say.

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    • An Apiarist’s Sweet Summer

      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.

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    • Jerry Hammer

      Fair Game

      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.”

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    • Catholic Studies student Stephanie Boucher

      Stephanie Boucher ’06: Standing in the Gap

      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.

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    • Final Thoughts: A Filmmaker’s View

      In 15 years, my work for St. Thomas has taken me around the globe with my camera, lights, microphones and tripod. I never travel light.

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      Tommies of Note

      Students perform with the Minnesota Opera

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      Opinion: Immigration Debate – Lessons From the Gospel and Catholic Social Teaching

      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.

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      Q & A With Sen. David Durenberger

      A flawed health care system will take more than mandates to recover; it will take consumer engagement

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      Hot Topics: Cool Talk

      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.

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    • Ryan Fellows

      Bringing Catholic Social Thought to Business: The John A. Ryan Research Fellow Program

      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.

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    • Thomas Mengler

      Raising the Bar: Dean Thomas Mengler Helped Build a Unique Law School Community

      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.”

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    • Tom Mengler

      Dean’s Message: Our Unfinished Mission

      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.

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    • Neil Hamilton

      Neil Hamilton Named Interim Dean of the School of Law

      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.

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    • Alex Campion

      Learning the Law of Nonprofits by Launching New Organizations

      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.

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    • Susan Stabile

      How Should the Law Deal With Organizing Efforts by Adjuncts at Religious Universities?

      The National Labor Relations Act gives employees the right to bargain collectively and the ability to file unfair labor practices charges with the NLRB. Professor Susan Stabile discusses the question: Should the NLRB exercise jurisdiction over religious colleges and universities?

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      An Angel in Africa

      Father Dennis Dease’s magnanimous involvement in Uganda reflects his commitment to the mission of the university

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    • Waiting for Lightning to Strike in Kitembe

      Brian Osende ’10 B.S.M.E., ’11 M.S. returns to Uganda and brings light to his grandparents’ village for the first time

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      Up Front: A Life of Service

      My decision to retire next year didn’t exactly come as a surprise to many colleagues and friends who know where we are in pursuing significant milestones.

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    • Reason for Hope

      KAMPALA, UGANDA – The miracle workers are busy here these days.

      In a former retail storefront on a rut-filled dirt road in Ndejje, a poverty-stricken area southeast of Kampala, the first Hope Medical Clinic opened in November 2007. The sign outside says “Eddwaliro,” Ugandan for “health care,” in bold red letters, and 40 to 50 people show up every month or treatment of malaria, typhoid fever and the flu.

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    • Out of Africa

      Degrees in hand, Ugandan students seek to make an impact in our world

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    • Home and Away

      Sisters Felista and Olivia Mpanga have found comfort and friendship in Minnesota

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