Talee Vang is one remarkable woman – Thai refugee camp survivor, mother of three young children, granddaughter of a legendary Hmong general’s confidant and St. Thomas doctoral student in professional psychology. Carol Bruess and Meredith Heneghan caught up with her at a coffee shop for a Humans of St. Thomas interview for The Scroll.
Did you know St. Thomas has a thriving Table Top Game Club? It does! And senior Vito Sauro is its president. Meet Sauro, the latest Tommie to be profiled as part of Carol Bruess’ Humans of St. Thomas series, in The Scroll.
Earlier this month, readers met St. Thomas junior Nick Jordan in a Humans of St. Thomas Scroll, and also learned about his friend and classmate Nyasia Arradondo. She is so interesting that Scroll correspondents Carol Bruess and Meredith Heneghan felt compelled to write a separate Scroll about her.
Carol Bruess went fishing for her next Humans of St. Thomas feature and found NJ, a “crazy-cool” student and budding songwriter who “spreads kindness and love with intention.” She also provides the first-ever music link in the Scroll featuring the debut of NJ’s catchy, soulful single “Old School.”
Junior Meredith Heneghan traveled to “a place of pure magic,” a permaculture farm in southern California, for a January Term VISION trip. She found, as she describes today in The Scroll, that she needed to experience “arriving” before she could handle more manual tasks.
Now that everybody is back on campus after the holiday break and January Term, it’s time to head to Schoenecker Arena to catch the St. Thomas men’s and women’s basketball teams, which are a combined 36-1 this season. Doug Hennes writes about their remarkable success in The Scroll.
The popular “Humans of St. Thomas” series returns to The Scroll with a profile of custodian Steve Winkel, described by writer Carol Bruess as a “very cool” person who is a dedicated dad of three teens, loves video games, winter and cats, has a passion for Civil War non-fiction and is “extremely afraid” of spiders.
Dave Nimmer, 74 and “properly retired,” still places the highest value on his liberal arts education of more than a half-century ago. That education, he says today in The Scroll, remains “the backbone of my life.”
The Scroll is expanding its horizons and embarking on a new series, "Humans of St. Thomas." Carol Bruess came up with the idea, a takeoff on the popular Humans of New York blog and book, and introduces readers today to Meredith and Albert, two undergraduate students who have become best friends.
Kim Rueb suggests fall activities in The Scroll: It's time to get outdoors and enjoy a football game, a visit to an apple orchard or a walk along the Mississippi River. You also should take a tour of haunted Cretin and Grace halls!
Susan Alexander believes the theme of this year’s academic convocation was power, and that’s a good thing, she writes in The Scroll. Not the kind of power that corrupts, as Lord Acton once observed, but the power of imagination, as envisioned by St. Thomas President Julie Sullivan during her convocation remarks.
This week's ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on campus demonstrates one irrefutable fact to Carol Bruess. We care. We care deeply because we have seen the ravages of ALS, and we want to do something about it. She expects to see you on Thursday in the Quad!
Lisa Weier began writing for The Scroll when she was a freshman – and now it’s time for her to say goodbye as a senior. She credits St. Thomas for teaching her “to develop smarts and to develop virtue,” and says she now has a drive “to love well and live well that I simply didn’t have before college.”
Miles Trump, a 2011 St. Thomas alumnus and sports reporter for the Faribault Daily News, considers his relationship with Dave Nimmer "one of the great blessings of my life.” Today, Trump writes about the man who has had a remarkable influence on this campus over the last 25 years.
Dave Nimmer has been trying to recall what spring should feel like. He’s ready for it, he writes today in The Scroll. He just wants a “clean car, warm hands, short sleeves and longer days.”
Jim Oberstar loved to tell stories about growing up on the Iron Range – and at the College of St. Thomas – and how they provided the foundation for an extraordinarily successful career in Congress. Doug Hennes reflects on those stories today in The Scroll and pays tribute to Oberstar, who died Saturday.
Carol Bruess is back with more observations about the science of relationships as articulated in the work of legendary researcher John Gottman. Read The Scroll to see what both of them have to say about five more principles for making marriage work.
Kim Rueb recently “unplugged” herself – no television, no smartphone – for a week to see how it would change her life, and she was pleased with the results. She writes about her experience today in The Scroll.
Dave Nimmer believes great teaching for undergraduates needs to be at or near the top of priorities for St. Thomas as it sets goals and defines standards. In The Scroll today, he writes about a sophomore’s experience in a January Term course taught by psychology professor John Buri.
Noted art critic Susan Alexander is back with more pointed opinions about St. Thomas campus artwork. Read her latest musings today in The Scroll.
Graduate student Nick Goffard has gained extra appreciation for the leadership qualities of St. Thomas students during his involvement in the Student Leadership Selection process. He writes about the experience, and how it reminds him of his own pursuit of leadership positions as an undergraduate student, in The Scroll.
Carol Bruess checked off one of the items on her professional bucket list when she attended a workshop last month on the science of relationships. Today in The Scroll, she offers her observations on the work of legendary researcher John Gottman and two of his seven principles for making marriage work.
Dave Nimmer will dearly miss the 92 St. Thomas employees who will retire in May, and in today’s Scroll he pays tribute to two of them – Tom Connery and Lynda McDonnell – who always have showed their pride and passion.
Kim Rueb has long been interested in issues such as gender equality, but her perspective has changed since her days as a college student. She writes today in The Scroll that society must come to realize a woman can have a job and be a mom – or she can choose one over the other and not need to feel any the less for it.
Like many alumni, Jessica Meilleur ’08 has questions and concerns about how to achieve work-life balance. She hasn’t been able to find a pat answer, but she picked up some tips in a Young Alumni Education Roundtable and offers her thoughts today in The Scroll.