President Julie Sullivan urged St. Thomas faculty and staff on Tuesday to join her on an “imaginary exercise” during her second academic convocation address and boldly envision what the university will look like five to 10 years from now.
This week's notes feature faculty Corinne Carvalho, Massimo Faggioli, Anne Klejment, Mark McInroy, Manjeet Rege, Angela Senander, Gary Voegele and Christian Washburn; and School of Social Work students Shanea Turner Smith and Elisabeth Wells, and a host of award-winning students from the 2014 Chemistry and Biochemistry Banquet.
Students, faculty and staff from the St. Catherine University and University of St. Thomas School of Social Work surprised legislators and visitors in the state Capitol rotunda with a flash mob to bring awareness to the need to raise the minimum wage.
Seniors Samali Mutazindwa and Netsanet Negussie, and Mathew Vicknair '13 are working to bring their program, Maysha, which means "life" in Swahili, to underserved communities in East Africa. The program will focus on health care literacy and malaria intervention.
In the beginning of Andera Nesmith's social work career, she worked with issues pertaining to runaways, homeless youth, youth with incarcerated parents and older youth in foster care. She has since discovered a common thread that attracted her to these populations -- youth who were separated from their parents, either by their own actions or the actions of others.
Senior social work major Xiong was inspired by a childhood friend to research the challenges faced by the LGBTQ Hmong American community. She hopes her research will contribute to a better sense of unity in the Hmong community.
In the course of every year while growing up, I lived in three different settings: city, suburb and rural and small town. Although my parents lived close to each other in St. Louis, Mo., those few miles covered a broad range of socioeconomic and racial ethnic differences.
Turner-Smith led a 90-minute workshop on her McNair Scholars research project, "The Multiracial Experience," Friday, Nov. 16, at the Overcoming Racism conference held at Metro State University in St. Paul.