It’s been awhile since Dave Nimmer has been a college student, but he’ll never forget those freshman jitters. He can’t do much to calm them for this year’s batch of new Tommies, but in The Scroll today he does offer sound advice that should make their first semester run more smoothly.
The Grand Rapids, Minn, native got his start in chemistry at St. Thomas four years ago, but what lies ahead now is five years of studies at the University of Wisconsin, a couple of years at a high-level research lab, and then perhaps an academic or industrial research position.
School of Engineering professor Dr. Jim Ellingson and junior Noel Naughton spent the summer grinding 25 pounds of peanuts in a project that aims to help small farmers in developing nations produce food more efficiently.
Dr. Camille George of St. Thomas' School of Engineering is helping to revolutionize the way breadfruit is incorporated into the livelihoods of people in developing nations. Last month she travelled to Kauai, Hawaii, to install a breadfruit-drying device she co-designed with adjunct engineering professor Bob Bach for the National Tropical Botanical Gardens.
Bob Powers '49 is Minnesota's senior triathlete at age 88, but age hasn't slowed him down(too much). No one can compete with him – literally. He recently won his age group in the USA Triathlon Age Group National Championship held in Burlington, Vt. As usual, he was the age group.
On Tuesday, Sept. 4, the University of St. Thomas class of 2016 was welcomed by the campus community at the 12th March Through the Arches. Members of this year's freshman class gathered on Summit Avenue, passed through the Arches and were met with applause from administrators, faculty, staff and upperclassmen as they made their way to Schoenecker Arena for the interfaith blessing for the new school year.
Susan Alexander had fun this summer at St. Thomas, although she finds it a distinctly different season and time of year to hang around on campus. Read about her charming summer today in The Scroll, and how she is ready for a invigorating fall, too.
Father Dennis Dease reflected on his 21 years as president of St. Thomas in his academic convocation address Tuesday afternoon in OEC auditorium. It was Dease’s final convocation speech, as he will retire next June 30.
After 30 years of service to the University of St. Thomas, Bruce Van den Berghe, associate vice president for auxiliary services, will retire effective Oct. 5. “Bruce has been a key player in this institution for a long time,” said Mark Vangsgard vice president for business affairs and chief financial officer. “Most people do not realize that he is responsible for so many things."
The Dean Search Committee at the University of St. Thomas School of Law has announced four finalist candidates for the law school's deanship. The St. Thomas community is invited to presentations by each candidate in September.
Armstrong claims the system was biased, and chose to no longer fight the doping charges leveled against him. “There comes a point in every man’s life when he has to say, ‘Enough is enough,’" the seven-time Tour de France winner and Olympic bronze medalist said in his announcement. "For me, that time is now.”
John Wendt sheds some light on the arbitration process and why Armstrong may have made his decision.
The traditional March Through the Arches will be held at 11 a.m. this year, on Tuesday, Sept. 4. New first-year, transfer and international students will gather on the Summit Avenue side of the Arches at 10:45 a.m., and that's also a good time for all of the applauders to gather in the lower quad.
St. Thomas junior Matthew Schmidtbauer is an electrical engineering student with aspirations of someday working for a high-performance electric car manufacturing company. The subjects of his pastime, however, are not motors or revolutions per minute, but tens of thousands of honeybees that he cares for each summer.
Jerry Hammer’s earliest recollection of the fair is fleeing from it when he was three years old. “We were watching a [midway attraction] … where a man sits in a cage, and a light bulb above his head turns off. When it turns back on, there [was] a guy in a gorilla suit standing in the cage where the man used to be. I remember looking out the window to see if the gorilla was chasing us home. … My 6-year-old brother [Robert ’74] just laughed.”
It may not be the gap between the 99 percent and the 1 percent, but an enormous void can be found in the world of criminal justice. It is the gap between individuals who are poor enough to qualify for a public defender, and those who can afford a private attorney.