The quiet contemplation of a documentary videographer. The excitement of a football fan. The rapture of a musical performance. We’ve picked these moments, and the others you see here, from the more than 5,000 we collected in 2014 as our favorites of the year.
Make no mistake – this collection of images is not comprehensive. The life of the St. Thomas community is far too complex to be fully captured by staff photographers who eventually have to stop shooting to eat and sleep. But what I hope comes through in these photos is the pride and care we take with the slices of St. Thomas we encountered in 2014.
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The Grotto in autumn.
Rico Ferrarese, strategic risk manager for LEGO, spoke at the Opus College of Business.
Stars paint trails of light in the sky over the Winehaven Winery and Vineyard in Chisago City, Minnesota. Winehaven is owned by alum Kyle Peterson. Look for more coverage of Peterson and other wine-making alums in the Winter 2015 issue of St. Thomas magazine.
Ying Xue plays violin in the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas during a Parker Quartet performance.
The Anderson Athletic and Recreation Complex is seen through the glass curtain wall of the Anderson Student Center.
Alum Mitch Kieffer won the Ultimate Champion title in the 2013 Warrior Games. He was wounded by an IED while deployed with the Army in Iraq in 2011.
A student applies a diffuser to a light during a video production class.
Players fight for the ball in front of the net during the Minnesota Saints PowerHockey Cup game against the Calgary Selects on July 21 at The Legendary Roy Wilkins Auditorium in downtown St. Paul. PowerHockey is a sport for disabled athletes with rules similar to hockey. Several UST alums play and coach in the PowerHockey League.
A student cheers for St. Thomas at the Tommie Johnnie football game.
Undergraduate commencement in the Minneapolis Convention Center.
The moon hangs over O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library.
Students Jenny Murtha (right) and Sarah Rae LaValla douse themselves with ice water . (Photo by Mike Ekern ’02)
Student Chloé Knutson sits in her 1937 Ford Coupe named Ophelia. Chloé and her father, Wayne Knutson, worked together to restore the car. Look for more coverage of Chloé in the Winter 2015 issue of St. Thomas magazine.
Student Anna Rosenthal paints botanical art in her St. Paul home.
Music alum David Billingsley started the Billingsley School of Music and Arts, a nonprofit that provides free arts education to underserved children.
Christmas lights adorn the lower quad.
Alum and videographer Chris Hansen documented Frank DeAngelis, principal of Columbine High School.
Student Nick Dahlen (right) performs in the Circus Juventas production of “Neverland.” Watch for more coverage of Dahlen in the Winter 2015 issue of St. Thomas magazine.
The Anderson Student Center.