The spread of coronavirus and the COVID-19 disease it causes has had an unprecedented impact on life around the globe. Within the St. Thomas community, that impact is being felt in a myriad of ways, including in a full shift to online learning.
The Office of Academic Affairs and the Center for Faculty Development recently awarded two of their highest honors to four St. Thomas faculty members. Dr. Bruce Gleason and Dr. Mufaddal Baxamusa each received the University Scholars Grant, while Dr. Katharine Hill and Dr. Joshua Stuchlik each received the Distinguished Early Career Grant.
Culled from surveys and online job research, the most recent First Destinations Survey found the St. Thomas undergraduate class of 2017 had more than 73 percent of students secure a job before, or within a month, of graduating.
This week's professional notes include faculty Carol Bruess, Kristine DeVinck, John Floeder, David Jenkins, N. Curtis LeMay, Stephen Hipp, Michael Hollerich, Mike Klein, Anne Klejment, Thomas Margevičius, Mark Neuzil, Chip Small, Dalma Martinovic-Weigelt, William Ojala, James Rogers, Deborah Savage, William Stevenson, Daniel Tight, Muffet Trout, John Del Vecchio, Lisa Waldner, Christian Washburn, William Stevenson, Paul Wojda, Kevin Zilverberg, Marites Guino-o, J. Thomas Ippoliti, Brittany Nelson-Cheeseman, Lisa Prevette and Kristine Wammer; students Jane Feely, Jaya Dhami, Michael Stodolka, Samantha Whitcomb, Ryan Johnson, Nick Battaglia, Mikayla Newby, Cecelia Kinane, Mike Patton, Emily Whitwam, Maria Neuzil, Michael Stodolka, Anna Folska, Hannah Ganzel, Brittany Haas, Jack Queenan, Thomas Wieser, Kathryn Breuckman, Madeline Hankard, Quinn Whiting and Joe Herrli.
On Feb. 11, 2 p.m. Aquinas Chapel, the sacred jazz music of legendary composer/pianist Mary Lou Williams will be presented in new arrangements by Laura Caviani and Kari Musil, and performed by jazz vocalists accompanied by the Swing Sisterhood Big Band.
This week's notes feature faculty Consuelo Cavalieri, Bruce Gleason, Salina Renninger, Ritch Sorenson, John Wendt and Peter Young; students Juan Dominguez-Flores, Stephen Erp, Kathryn Foltz, Linnea Graham, Noah Haverlock, Zach LeVene, Jessica Mohr, Tony Perrella, Sydney Renzaglia, Jake Schoenholz, Anna Starks, Abby Starr, Ryan Toth and Cole Werner; and alumna Kristine Maurer.
In the ranks of seniors graduating this weekend, we have students who earned the Chief’s Award from the City of St. Paul for helping a woman in distress in 2014, a student who served as an ambassador on a Minnesota trade mission to Mexico, and students who have done research on everything from political cynicism to drying breadfruit. Read a roundup of the stories the Newsroom has written about Class of 2017 students since they arrived on campus.
This week's notes feature faculty Elise Amel, Justin Donato, Eric Fort, Bruce Gleason, Marites Guino-o, Mike Hollerich, Jerry Husak, J. Thomas Ippoliti, Shersten Johnson, Father Jan Michael Joncas, Joshua Layfield, Ray MacKenzie, Thomas Marsh, Dalma Martinovic-Weigelt, Odeh, Muhawesh, William Ojala, Lisa Prevette, Tatyana Ramirez, Britain Scott, L. Lynn Stansberry Brusnahan, Kristine Wammer and Carissa Wyant; staff N. Curtis Le May, James Rogers and Artika Tyner; students Brady Anderson, Josiah Bardwell, Kristin Berger, Landon Crippes, Anna Folska, Hannah Ganzel, Maddie Hankard, Timon Higgins, Kiersten Idzorek, Francesca Ippoliti, Ryan Johnson, Evan Kalb, Evan Keil, Jill Kolasinski, Grant Larson, Taylor Lesmeister, Bridget McGivern, Maria Neuzil, Jessie O'Brien, Tyler Ogorek, Tony Schaefer, Sydney Steger, Michael Stodolka and Samantha Whitcomb; and alumni Evan Eid, Benjamin Gelinas, David Haas, Marty Haugen, Joseph Jaye, Grant McCormick and Jordan Roy.
Humans of St. Thomas caught up with junior music performance and music business major Jonathon Shields, who uses his musical talents to bring joy to elderly homes and children hospitals around the Twin Cities.
This week's notes feature faculty Catherine Deavel, David Deavel, Hans Gustafson, J. Thomas Ippoliti, Len Jennings, Mike Klein, Don LaMagdeleine, Suzanne Schons, Ivancica Schrunk, Lynn Stansberry Brusnahan and John Wendt; staff member Dana Peterson; and alumna/former staff member Deb DeMeester.