The Office of Academic Affairs and the Center for Faculty Development recently awarded two of their highest honors to four St. Thomas faculty members. Dr. Bruce Gleason and Dr. Mufaddal Baxamusa each received the University Scholars Grant, while Dr. Katharine Hill and Dr. Joshua Stuchlik each received the Distinguished Early Career Grant.
Faculty gathered in the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library on Wednesday to celebrate Chris Anson, who along with program director Erika Scheuer has developed and led St. Thomas’ Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) program since 2009.
More than 1,300 undergraduate students officially became part of the St. Thomas alumni community on Saturday as the Class of 2018 received their degrees. O'Shaughnessy Stadium was filled with thousands more family, friends, faculty and staff as the university celebrated the accomplishments of so many Tommies.
Senior Mohamed Malim, Associate Professor and Bachelor of Social Work program Director Dr. Katharine Hill, and community partners Gayle Godfrey and the behavioral health staff at Regions Hospital have received Minnesota Campus Compact Awards for their leadership and civic engagement.
This week's professional notes include faculty Bernard Brady, Catherine Marrs Fuchsel, David Kelley, Lisa Lamb, Bhabani Misra, Lisa Waldner, Christian Washburn, Thomas Hickson, Jeni McDermott and Kevin Theissen; staff Vern Klobassa, David Lemon, James Rogers, Eric Stevens, Artika Tyner, Dia Yang and Dining Services; and students Emma Rinn, Jenna Abrahamson, Elliot Allen, Erika Bjorkman, Luke Loveall.
This week's professional notes include faculty George Baboila, Michael Blaakman, Tony Borgerding, William Calvert, Mark DelCogliano, Danaya Franke, Anne Klejment, Nanette Missaghi, Shelley Neilsen-Gatti, Mark Neuzil, Sister Katarina Schuth, Gerald W. Schlabach, Pat Stankovitch, Amy Steele, Chelley Vician, Christian D. Washburn and Father Kevin Zilverberg; staff Birdie Cunningham, Hans Gustafson, Doug Hennes, Ea Porter, Buffy Smith and Artika Tyner; students Roy Pierson, Elizabeth Thao, Tyekeela Xiong and Yang Yang; and alumna Diana Salinas.
Katherine Hill has begun to weave voting registration and engagement as a potential tool for social workers into her classes because she believes it is one way to empower social work clients to have a voice.
Dr. Barbara Shank, who is retiring as dean of the School of Social Work at St. Thomas and St. Catherine, received the St. Thomas Distinguished Service Award Saturday at graduate commencement exercises.
In the ranks of seniors graduating this weekend, we have students who earned the Chief’s Award from the City of St. Paul for helping a woman in distress in 2014, a student who served as an ambassador on a Minnesota trade mission to Mexico, and students who have done research on everything from political cynicism to drying breadfruit. Read a roundup of the stories the Newsroom has written about Class of 2017 students since they arrived on campus.