Lauren Vallez

Engineering Serendipity

Last year, while standing in line for coffee in Anderson Student Center, sophomore Lauren Vallez found herself in the middle of a debate between engineering professor John Abraham and one of his students. This random encounter heavily shaped the course of her studies at St. Thomas.
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Mariann Kukielka Voted 2015 Tommie Award Winner

A senior majoring in entrepreneurship and business communications, she has been involved as a student leader at St. Thomas in a variety of ways, including as a Morrison Hall apartment coordinator, first-year commuter advisor, president of Delta Sigma Pi, and co-captain of the women’s and men’s swim and dive team.
Erik Nielsen

When Tragedy Comes to Campus

Interim vice president for student affairs, Karen Lange, reflects on the sudden death of sophomore Erik Nielsen and the campus-wide response to the tragedy.
Jason Kennedy, Zach Zumbusch, Catt Sadler, Terrence Jenkins and Giuliana Rancic. (Photo provided)

Doing What the People Love

Zach Zumbusch, a communication and journalism major, is spending the semester in Los Angeles, juggling internships at Discovery and NBCUniversal while also taking classes.
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Professional Notes for Nov. 17, 2014

This edition of Professional Notes features faculty Elizabeth Burr, Thomas Bushlack, Thomas Hickson, Robert Kennedy, Lisa Lamb, Jeni McDermott, Jennifer McGuire, Professor Emeritus Father David Smith, John Spry, Kevin Theissen, AnnMarie Thomas, Kim Vrudny, Christian Washburn and John Wendt; staff Margaret Cahill, Vern Klobassa and Eric Stevens; and students Francesca Bernardi, Cassandra Clark, Jacob Frahm, Michael Kolles and April Terres.
Kelsey Benton

Rethinking Depression

The Excel! Research Scholars Program gave junior Kelsey Benton the opportunity to conduct research on depression and stress over the summer.
Tidal Debris

Answers in Galaxies Far, Far Away

This year sophomore Maria McQuillan and junior Nick Sinn have joined forces with Dr. Elizabeth Wehner, assistant professor in St. Thomas' Physics Department, to scrutinize images of far-away galaxies taken on a .9 meter telescope housed at Kitt Peak Observatory in Arizona.
Quantum Dots

A ‘Quantum’ Leap to Italy

Senior Cecilia Gentle spent 10 weeks in Perugia, Italy, last summer studying quantum dots, tiny crystals that glow when exposed to light, for use in solar cells.
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Professional Notes for Sept. 15, 2014

This week's notes feature faculty Bernard Brady, Tony Borgerding, Eric Fort, Marites Guino-o, Shersten Johnson, Gary Mabbott, Mark Neuzil, Bill Ojala, Mark Stansbury-O'Donnell, AnnMarie Thomas, Lisa Waldner and Meg Wilkes Karraker; staff Tim Dohmen, Becky Durham, Sarah Huesing and Jennifer Rogers; students Maya Audi, Nicholas Brinza, Jaya Dhami, Sam Dennert, Benjamin Gelinas, Joe Jaye, Kara Kassekert, Lucas Keehr, Daniel Kremer, Maggie Malone-Povolny, Grant McCormick, Meghan Talbot, Brianna Vickerman and Alison Yang; and alumni Jaclyn Fermanich, Kendra Lystad, Emilee Sirek, Jonathan Smiej and Victoria Speake.
Students, staff and faculty, spelling out UST in giant letters, douse themselves with cold water during an ALS Ice Bucket Challenge event on John P. Monahan Plaza on Sept. 4, 2014.

#IceBucketChallenge Honors Former Dean

221 people formed the letters "UST" on John P. Monahan Plaza as they doused themselves with ice water in honor of former dean of the College of Education, Leadership & Counseling Bruce Kramer, who is living with ALS.
Opening Day

Join the Welcome Week Celebration

Welcome Week will include the traditional March Through the Arches as well as picnics, interfaith blessings, the President’s Opening Convocation and an Opening Mass and Reception.
Terry Nichols

Death and the Afterlife

In February 2014, I found myself seated with 20 other students who had likely asked themselves the same question. Yet despite fleeting reservations and a lot of careful thinking about what I could learn from a class focused on what humans don’t know and can’t prove with science, I was convinced that this was the place to be.