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Erika Kidd

Great Thinkers of History Are Lifelong Companions for Dr. Erika Kidd

Dr. Erika Kidd is the professor of record this spring in “The Pursuit of Happiness,” a first-year course, and “The Catholic Vision,” a third-year course, but students may well hear from a few others – great thinkers such as St. Augustine, Boethius, Flannery O’Connor, Simone Weil, Aristotle and Evelyn Waugh, for example, and for good measure the Scriptures.
Helpful Flowers

Cleaning Up a ‘Sad, Urban Lot’ With Wildflowers, Science

This month, St. Thomas senior Elizabeth Chambers, junior Hunter Gaitan, sophomore Ryan Burke and biochemistry professor Dr. Adam Kay will help plant 96 plots of wildflowers on a vacant gravel pit in downtown St. Paul for their research study, The Helpful Flowers Project. The team will study biodiversity and how wildflowers remove toxic heavy metals from soil.

Runner’s Odyssey Carries Two Marathoners to the Boston Finish Line – an Epic Trilogy

In 2012, Mike Johnson '90 qualified for "Boston" while running 12 marathons in 12 months. In 2013 he started Boston but did not finish when the race was stopped after two pressure cooker backpack bombs detonated near the finish line. This year, on Easter Monday, he completed his "marathon" trilogy and with three others helped carry a faltering runner to the Boston finish line. Their actions went viral on Twitter and can be viewed on YouTube.