Faculty member Amy Finnegan, undergraduate Whitney Oachs and community partner Otis Zanders have been awarded Minnesota Campus Compact Awards, distinctions they will be recognized for on campus April 5.
Since early last year, a small team of St. Thomas faculty, staff and students has been taking steps toward earning the special designation granted by Ashoka, a nonprofit and the largest network of social entrepreneurs in the world. If all continues to go smoothly, the team is hopeful that St. Thomas will be designated a Changemaker Campus in early 2017.
In the midst of Tommie Football's quest for the NCAA Division III national title, four of the players vied for the prestigious Hult Prize, a social entrepreneurship competition with $1 million in seed money on the line. The team won the St. Thomas competition and competed in the global regional competition in March in San Francisco.
COJO faculty member Xioawen Guan, Vice President of Student Affairs Karen Lange and senior biochemistry major Raymond Nkwain Kindva will be recognized for the contributions to fostering global citizenship at St. Thomas on April 30.
The 2016 St. Thomas Day award recipients are John Abraham (Professor of the Year), Chip Connelly (Lavin Award), Mark Crea (Humanitarian Award), Anna Fry (Tommie Award) and Pat Ryan (Distinguished Alumnus Award).
Mary MacCarthy '96 M.B.A. is the owner of Glorious Hugs, LLC, a social entrepreneurial venture with a goal you'll want to hug: alleviating loneliness in senior citizens through care packages filled with handmade art and other goodies that spark joy.