Of the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal's annual "40 Under 40" list honoring young business and community leaders from throughout the Twin Cities, an unprecedented 10 are connected to St. Thomas as alumni or current employees.
Annie Youngblood, a senior majoring in environmental science and justice and peace studies, has been involved as a student leader at St. Thomas in a variety of ways, including as an orientation leader, swim team manager, and research assistant in the biology department.
She was a former stewardship officer in the Development Office and wife of Gene Scapanski, former vice president for mission, and longtime administrator and professor at St. Thomas and The Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity.
The award, presented since 2008, recognizes outstanding academic achievement of faculty in teaching and scholarship, and exemplifies the mission and values of the University of St. Thomas as an institution committed to the teacher-scholar model.
Father Dennis Dease, president emeritus of St. Thomas, has received the Rev. Theodore Hesburgh Award, named after the late University of Notre Dame president, for “outstanding contributions to Catholic higher education,” from the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities.