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The Scroll: It’s Take a Tommie to Lunch Time!

When Diane Kulseth graduated from St. Thomas in 2011, she decided not to get over-involved with activities for a year. Then she saw the Take a Tommie to Lunch invitation and couldn’t resist, having been mentored by an alumna during her senior year. Diane writes about that experience today in The Scroll in hopes that you – students and alumni alike – will sign up for the program by March 5.
Brad Ribar

POP! How Brad Ribar ’82 Turned a Kernel of an Idea Into a ‘Summer Job’ Grossing $1 Million Annually.

For many regular fairgoers, a stop at the corn roast stand is a must. But when it first appeared 28 years ago, it was a slightly harder sell. “We gave away a lot of free samples the first year. People had never seen roasted corn before. Also, when we first started, no one wanted burnt kernels. Now, they ask for them,” Ribar says.

The Scroll: Habitat for Humanity was ‘Win-Win’ Experience for Volunteer

Krissy Schoenfelder had her doubts when friends suggested she should volunteer with a Young Alumni group on a Habitat for Humanity project in a North Minneapolis neighborhood hit by a tornado last year. But the 2009 alumna agreed to participate and found the experience very rewarding, she writes today in The Scroll.
John Rheinberger

Around the World in 40 Years (and 196 Countries)

John Rheinberger ’70, ’90 M.B.A., has traveled to every country in the world and has a story to tell about each one. Rheinberger was strolling through the main square in Dakar, the capital of the western African nation of Senegal, when he asked a passerby to take his photo­graph. Having traveled alone to dozens of countries, this was something he had grown accustomed to, and usually he found people to be accommodating. But this time, the passerby refused, which put Rheinberger on alert: something was amiss.
Benji

Whatever Happened to Pudding Pops?

Gael Fashingbauer Cooper ’89 and Brian Bellmont ’90 chronicle the lost toys, tastes & trends of the ’70s and ’80s in their book Whatever Happened to Pudding Pops? Among their recollections is the Generation X dog hero, Benji.
The rise of the Seattle Seahawks has coincided with 2010 arrival of St. Thomas alum John Schneider, center, as the team's general manager and executive vice president. (Seattle Seahawk's photo.)

Hail Marys, Hard Work Fuel Alum’s NFL Rise (and the Seattle Seahawks)

Gene McGivern, the university's sports information director, wrote the heart of this story in a 2010 blog. It's about John Schneider, an alum who grew up near Green Bay and lived and died with the Packers, eventually interning and later working for the team; he joined the Seattle Seahawks as their general manager in 2010. McGivern is working in his 18th season at St. Thomas and 24th in the MIAC. He blogs periodically on various topics regarding the Tommies, the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and Division III sports.
1941 Aerial

My View at 1,000 Feet

Carl Baumgaertner '48 was the photo editor of the Kaydet, the St. Thomas Military Academy yearbook. He snapped the first aerial photo of campus on Dec. 6, 1941, from a J-3 Piper Cub piloted by George Kell, a fellow student who ran the Kaydet's darkroom. St. Thomas has grown and changed since that photo was taken, and those changes have been documented from the sky above campus.
Randy Thysse

The Making of a Spy Catcher

When Randy Thysse '85 was growing up in the Minne­apolis working-class sub­urb of Brooklyn Center, it was suggested that he learn a trade, like neighbors who were plumb­ers or glaziers, or maybe he could follow in his dad’s footsteps and learn carpet laying. The trade he settled into, and which he never once considered while growing up, is sometimes called spycraft.