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Funeral Arrangements for Dr. Hoffman

Please remember in your prayers Dr. Steven Hoffman, 63, who died Monday, Nov. 23, 2015.  Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, November 30, at 10:30 a.m. in the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas on the St. Paul campus of the University of St. Thomas.  A reception with light refreshments will follow at 11:45 a.m. in James B. Woulfe Alumni Hall north, located on the third floor of the Anderson Student Center.  At the reception, you will have the opportunity to express your condolences to Dr. Hoffman's family.  Campus map: www.http://www.stthomas.edu/campusmaps/

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For those of you who are interested, in lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations in Dr. Hoffman's name to one of the following non-profit organizations:

Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness: http://www.friends-bwca.org/

Fresh Energy: http://fresh-energy.org/

Clean Water Action Minnesota: http://www.cleanwateraction.org/mn

Minnesota Public Radio: http://www.mpr.org/

Dear graduates and friends of the UST political science department:

We have some sad news to share with you.  Dr. Steve Hoffman, chair of our POLS department, passed away on November 23.  Dr. Hoffman had a stroke and was unable to recover from its effects.   As a department, we have lost a remarkable mentor, a great colleague, and a friend.  Please see the Newsroom for more information. 

Plans for a memorial service are still in progress, but we will update this site when we have details.

If you wish to share your condolences with Dr. Hoffman’s family, you can do so here: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/smhoffman.

We also plan to eventually include a tribute page within the department website for Dr. Hoffman, so if you have any photos or quotes that you’d like to have included, feel free to pass them along to me.

Thank you.

Dr. Angela High-Pippert

The faculty, staff and students of the Department of Political Science appreciate your interest in who we are and what we do.

As you browse this website you will see that we are a diverse group of people with a wide range of interests and skills.  What we share, however, is a commitment to inquiry and a passion to find out how our world works.  As faculty, we aim to stimulate the curiosity of our students by posing fundamental questions about the political character of society.  You will discover that answers to these questions are difficult to come by.  You will also discover that inquiry is a collaborative exercise involving not just the members of the faculty but your fellow students, your friends, family, and just about anyone else you might engage in conversation.  And, of course, you will discover the necessity of committing yourselves to a process of inquiry built upon a body of knowledge that has accumulated over many centuries of thinking and reflection.

We hope we take up this challenge.  Feel free to stop by my office and ask me more about the department, who we are and what we do.

Steve Hoffman, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair


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