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Beyond the Field of View - James Silas Rogers ’99 M.A. (Photos by Mike Ekern ’02) Not long ago, I went to an event where literary and minor celebrities gathered together to present awards to other writers. They dutifully read off the nominees’ names, and then opened the winner’s envelope with great fanfare: the same liturgy the Oscars follow. One of the nicer touches in the ceremony was that the presenters were asked to say a few words in answer to the question, “What was the first grown-up...
A simple question untethers a reflection on knowing the world that surrounds us.
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’07 M.A. Scores in 2016 ‘Jeopardy! Teachers Tournament’ - Peter Buchholz ’07 M.A., a sixth-grade U.S. history and language arts teacher at Chaska Middle School West, was a semifinalist in the “2016 Jeopardy! Teachers Tournament.” The tourney aired over two weeks beginning May 2. Along with 14 other teachers from across the United States, he embarked on a quest for a grand prize of $100,000 that began on the game show’s Los Angeles soundstage. There, Buchholz bested two contestants to advanc...
Buchholz '07 M.A., a sixth-grade U.S. history and language arts teacher at Chaska Middle School West, was a semifinalist in the "2016 Jeopardy! Teachers Tournament."
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Father Larry Blake Named St. Thomas’ Chaplain, Director of Campus Ministry
Father Larry Blake will start in October as St. Thomas' chaplain and director of Campus Ministry.
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The First Coeds - Each of St. Thomas’ alumni has a unique story. Helen Love brought hers – and a little-known piece of St. Thomas history – to the forefront when she attended an alumni event in Denver last December. Her name tag was the first indication: Helen Love ’54. There was some confusion for the event’s organizers as St. Thomas didn’t become coeducational until 1977 – nearly a quarter century after Love’s purported graduation year. (There was some confusion for Love too; she actually...
The gender barrier on campus was broken long before the class of 1981.
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Beyond the Field of View - James Silas Rogers ’99 M.A. (Photos by Mike Ekern ’02) Not long ago, I went to an event where literary and minor celebrities gathered together to present awards to other writers. They dutifully read off the nominees’ names, and then opened the winner’s envelope with great fanfare: the same liturgy the Oscars follow. One of the nicer touches in the ceremony was that the presenters were asked to say a few words in answer to the question, “What was the first grown-up...
A simple question untethers a reflection on knowing the world that surrounds us.
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Good Vibes: Enhancing Music, Decreasing Hearing Loss - Imagine the perfect concert: Rock stars you’ve only ever seen in posters on your walls are now in the same vicinity as you, the light effects are dazzling and the audience is one. Maybe you’re even close enough to the stage to see how sweaty the singers are. You’re feeling the bass reverberating in your chest and vibrating in your shoes, and you’re screaming lyrics along with the best of them. What doesn’t fit into this fantasy? Hearing...
Jack Mann ’11 is taking the live music experience to another level with Vibes Hi-Fi Earplugs.
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Tommie Traditions: First-year Orientation - It was summer 2013. I agonized over selecting an outfit that would make me look effortlessly cool during my eight-hour first-year orientation. I’m not sure I succeeded on the cool front, but the compliment I received on my signature curls was a win. What remains of my orientation are vague memories of James B. Woulfe Alumni Hall, lunch in Scooter’s with fellow freshmen I have yet to see again, a miraculous first-semester schedule with no Friday cl...
Each year during July, over a thousand incoming St. Thomas freshmen attend first-year orientation to learn what it means to be a Tommie.
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Health Care for the Last Mile - (Photos by Rachel Larson ’15) When Rachel Larson ’15 touched down in Liberia, Africa, just two weeks after graduating from St. Thomas, Ebola was still an international concern. Liberia, one of the countries hardest hit by Ebola, had just experienced a small resurgence of the virus after having been previously declared Ebola free by the World Health Organization in May 2015. Larson described the media coverage at the time as “very hysterical,” which led to som...
Rachel Larson's first job took her to Liberia, the epicenter of the Ebola outbreak.
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Bridge Game - They eye each other warily as they pick up their cards, sorting them by suit and wondering what sits in the other hands. One player purses her lips, another sighs, a third gets a crinkle of a grin and the fourth raises an eyebrow, but it is hard to tell if their expressions are genuine or mere posturing. Tom opens with a “1 Club” bid. “1 Spade,” Susan responds. Tom’s partner, John, ups their bid, “2 Clubs.” “2 Hearts,” offers Katarina, Susan’s partner this round. Katarina wins...
A monthly card game among four titans of the university provides friendship, gossip and an earnest attempt to solve the world’s problems.
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Making the Most of a Minnesota Summer - I have traveled the world as part of my jobs with Mississippi River Country, Carlson Companies and, for the last 16 years, as director and CEO of Explore Minnesota. As exciting as it is to visit places such as Tokyo, Paris and London, I truly landed my dream job when I was appointed director of Explore Minnesota, the state’s tourism agency. I market my home state as a great place to visit, play, live and work, and I couldn’t think of anything I’d rath...
Whether you live here or are due back for a visit to your alma mater, here are 10 things you probably didn't know you could do in Minnesota.
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World Cafe Event Brings Students Together for Interdisciplinary Dialogue
Classes from the departments of Business, Theology, Sociology, Justice and Peace Studies (JPST), Biology, and Health and Human Performance all gathered at the end of April to discuss HIV and AIDS, and how they could work together to have more effective and well-rounded approaches to solving problems.
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Work to Begin on $2.1 Million Microgrid Research and Testing Facility
Funded by an Xcel Energy grant, the center will be used for teaching as well as for researching and testing alternative-energy components so that power generated by microgrids is fully compatible with a region’s main power grid.
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We are the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn.

The University of St. Thomas is a Catholic, comprehensive university that fosters a tradition of service to the public and an energetic, thoughtful approach to the challenges of contemporary life.

Inspired by Catholic intellectual tradition, the University of St. Thomas educates students to be morally responsible leaders who think critically, act wisely and work skillfully to advance the common good.