Father Dennis Dease, second from right, receives the Rev. Theodore Hesburgh Award from the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities. To Dease’s left are Monsignor Franklyn Casale, president of St. Thomas University in Miami, and Michael Galligan-Stierle, president of the ACCU. On the right is Thomas Mengler, president of St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, new board chair of the ACCU and former University of St. Thomas School of Law dean.

President Emeritus Father Dennis Dease Receives National Award

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.

And the Beat Goes On

Engineering students create an implantable medical device that may replace the need for pacemaker batteries.
Alice Ready (left), Emma Rinn and Prof. Paul Lorah upload a survey route to their DJI Inspire drone before sending it out to survey the Weaver Dunes. (Photos by Mike Ekern ’02)

Little Drone on the Prairie

Geography and environmental studies students Alice Ready and Emma Rinn are experimenting with how drone imagery can support the work of The Nature Conservancy.
Ok Go band member Damian Kulash demonstrates a tuning fork during the recording of an educational video for OK Go Sandbox on September 24, 2017 in the Facilities and Design Center. School of Engineering professor AnnMarie Thomas and her playful learning lab collaborated with the band OK Go to make the video.

St. Thomas Helps Launch OK Go Sandbox

Associate Professor of Engineering AnnMarie Thomas and St. Thomas students are helping rock band OK Go launch OK Go Sandbox, an online portal providing learners and educators a way to engage with concepts in playful and unexpected ways.
A student sleeps on the table while studying. The Center for College Sleep studies students' sleep and helps colleges and universities provide their students with better sleep.

Solving the Sleep Epidemic

Students who lack sleep are more likely to abuse drugs, experience depression and seriously consider suicide. St. Thomas' Center for College Sleep addresses these issues.
Guitar studies faculty Chris Kachian plays in the studio September 20, 2016.

Tommie Traditions: noonartsound

noonartsound is an interdisciplinary program that helps participants understand the humanities by examining them in social historical context.
Theology and Video Games

Old Testament, New World

A professor and a student use video games as a tool for better understanding abstract biblical ideas.
Michael Scham tangoes with his fiancee Clara Krug.

Humans of St. Thomas: Michael Scham

This St. Thomas Spanish professor has transformed his passion for tango into not only a beloved hobby but also a dedicated area of academic research and teaching.
School of Social Work dean Barbara Shank poses for a studio portrait April 18, 2017.

The House That Shank Built

Through her determination and perseverance, Dr. Barbara Shank has built the School of Social Work from four faculty and 50 students to 31 faculty and 600 students in her nearly 40 years at St. Thomas.
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Professional Notes for May 22, 2017

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.