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Honesty Is the Best Policy - When I was pondering what to study in college, my dad suggested I get a degree in business. He argued that no matter what I wanted to do, I’d always need to understand business. He was an architect and, in his limited free time, had to teach himself business so he could run his own firm. At that age I wasn’t in love with business, but I could see his point – it was a very practical choice. Never did I imagine I’d end up as a business school professor! The first ...
Opus College of Business marketing professor Lisa Abendroth studies the power of word-of-mouth marketing.
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Finding Meaning in Military Social Work - I still recall the moment I knew I wanted to work with veterans. It was my first day as an intern at the Philadelphia Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). I was walking across a busy intersection to my position as a volunteer at Stand Down, an annual event that provides support to homeless and at-risk veterans. The large grin plastered across my face must have seemed strange to the driver of a passing car who shouted, “What the @#? are you smiling a...
Assistant professor Kari Fletcher reflects on her efforts to develop a military social work curriculum that fits the needs of the School of Social Work.
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Language Learning Laments – and Opportunities - My name is Dan Tight, and I’m a linguist. That is to say, I like languages – the sounds, the way those sounds combine to form words, the way that words are placed alongside one another to make sentences and the way that those sentences can be interpreted in different ways depending on the context in which they are spoken, just to name a few elements that intrigue me. My primary area of research, however, is the acquisition of Spanish as a seco...
Spanish professor Dan Tight investigates the challenges English speakers face when learning a new language.
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Found in Translation - 2014 is the year of Horse. If you have heard about the Chinese zodiac, you might know there are 12 animals that circle every 12 years, and that each animal is said to symbolize certain personalities. If you were born in the year of Horse, it means you are energetic, passionate and independent – but also rebellious and impulsive. Why do I mention this? Well, as you may have guessed, I was born in the year of Horse, and when I left China for the States, it was the year ...
St. Thomas professor Xiaowen Guan shares how her study abroad experience became a passion for improving intercultural communications.
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Please Remember in Your Prayers Former Dean of Students William Malevich
“Bill” Malevich, who served more than a quarter century as dean, left an extensive written legacy in the form of his popular “Ask the Dean” columns.
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Celebrating Lon Otto - I was a sophomore in spring 2009 when I took Writing Poetry and Fiction at St. Thomas. Several years later I remember many things about that class. I remember learning how to pay more attention to the details of my writing. I remember learning the value of rewriting, stepping away from something and coming back to make it better. I remember most of all the feedback of my professor, Lon Otto. He emphasized from day one that the most important thing... http://ow.ly/2X4mFj
St. Thomas' English Department is holding an event to celebrate Lon Otto, who taught 40 years before retiring last year. The event will take place 6-9 p.m. in Terrence Murphy Hall, Thornton Auditorium (Room 260).
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Visit St. Thomas at the Minnesota State Fair - The Minnesota State Fair is nearly here and St. Thomas will be stationed under its signature Arches in the Education Building on Cosgrove Street. Volunteers will greet visitors and share information about the university’s academic programs. Specific programs and offices will be highlighted each of the 12 days of the fair. Program staff will be on hand to answer questions. Thursday, Aug. 27: Study Abroad Friday, Aug. 28: School of Engineering, S...
Visit the St. Thomas booth in the Education Building to pick up your purple bag and take a selfie with Tommie.
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Paying it Forward: How One Physics Professor Embraces Teaching
Associate professor Marie Lopez del Puerto reflects on her role as a physics professor in the lives of her students.
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Studying Nationalism at a Historic Crossroads - An odd headline ran in The New York Times on Jan. 1, 2013: “Used to Hardship, Latvia Accepts Austerity, and Its Pain Eases.” I say this is odd, because I fail to understand why we would assume that “Latvia” – think of this as shorthand for the three Baltic States of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia and their constituent nations – is somehow more naturally accepting of hardship than, for example, Greece or Portugal. Why should a reporter for The N...
Associate professor Renee Buhr’s research digs deeply into assumptions about Eastern European countries.
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Exploring the Mysteries of the Brain - As I step outside to begin my day, the leaves and grass are lush and green, and summer flowers are still in full bloom. But today, something tells me fall is here. It might be slightly cooler air, or it might be a subtle scent of drying leaves. In almost every appreciable way, today is no different from yesterday, except for one thing: I can smell the season changing. And when I do, I am instantly transported to a hiking trail from my youth; playing in...
St. Thomas professor Kurt Illig shares why he became interested in neuroscience—and how he shares that passion with students.
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Getting the House in Order - When Minnesota House Majority Leader Joyce Peppin was growing up on her family’s farm in Randall, Minnesota, she didn’t know that a childhood of gathering eggs, milking cows and baling hay was preparing her for the Minnesota Legislature. “Growing up on a farm instilled a strong work ethic in me,” Peppin ’07 M.B.A. said. “It also gave me an appreciation for the struggles that small businesses go through to thrive and succeed.” Even at a young... http://ow.ly/2XdQru
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Outside Forces, Internal Checks and Change in Higher Ed - Change is hard. Change can be especially hard with something steeped in tradition, like, say, academia, which has been around since the ancient Greeks. Since 1885, St. Thomas has developed a healthy history of its own in establishing the way things are done. As St. Thomas Communication and Journalism chair Wendy Wyatt put it, “The wheels of academia can move really, really slowly.” From small (the selection of a ... http://ow.ly/2WNUqj
Change in higher education - including at St. Thomas - can take many forms and be difficult to enact, but it is a vital part of a university's evolution.
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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.