Class of ’17 in the Spotlight

In the ranks of seniors graduating this weekend, we have students who earned the Chief’s Award from the City of St. Paul for helping a woman in distress in 2014, a student who served as an ambassador on a Minnesota trade mission to Mexico, and students who have done research on everything from political cynicism to drying breadfruit. Read a roundup of the stories the Newsroom has written about Class of 2017 students since they arrived on campus.
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Beyond Standing Rock

Several law graduates have worked with tribes as they struggle with sovereignty and U.S. government legal issues.
Purple Greenhouse

Beneath Purple Lights, St. Thomas Robot Project Blooms

The purple light emanating from the Owens Science Hall greenhouse isn't the School of Engineering's homage to the late, great Prince. A cross-departmental team at St. Thomas is testing a robot with the overall goal of addressing the world crisis of food shortages and the development of new technologies to grow healthy crops using less man-made and natural resources.
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Tommies Receive Minnesota Campus Compact Awards

Faculty member Amy Finnegan, undergraduate Whitney Oachs and community partner Otis Zanders have been awarded Minnesota Campus Compact Awards, distinctions they will be recognized for on campus April 5.
Eric Fort

The Art of Making Molecules

Since Dr. Eric Fort joined the university in 2010, he has been working with undergraduate students on a research project that continues to journey not only onto roads not taken but roads (pleasantly) unforeseen.
School of Engineering professor John Abraham talks with a student following a class in the John Roach Center for the Liberal Arts auditorium March 7, 2016. Photo by Mike Ekern '02

Five Observations: Climate Change Town Hall

U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum hosted a town hall on climate change at St. Thomas on Feb. 23. She was joined by St. Thomas engineering professor John Abraham and University of Minnesota professor Mark Seeley.
Joel Korte

Joel Korte ’07 Is Making His Own Beat

Joel Korte '06 has changed the role stuttering plays in his life. Once a shameful aspect, stuttering is now a part of his flourishing life that he openly talks about on a monthly podcast, StutterTalk.