Moments of contact. Portraits of the joyful, the silly and the intense. The sun cutting through fog or through clear skies. We’ve picked these moments, and the others you see here, from the more than 7,000 we collected in 2017, as our favorites of the year.
Make no mistake – this collection of images is not a comprehensive view of the year. Sometimes a photo is included because it was a major event on campus. Others are here because they’re a deep cut we loved but never got to display. What you see here is a record of the pride and care we took with the slices of St. Thomas we encountered in 2017.
Bridget Nelson ’87 was a writer and occasional performer for the television show “Mystery Science Theater 3000.” Her current work, making fun of bad movies for “Rifftrax,” includes a healthy dose of mid-century domestic instructional films.
Monsignor Aloysius Callaghan carries a monstrance with the Eucharist down Summit Avenue during the Borromeo Weekend procession.
Deb Montgomery ’80 was the first female African-American officer in the St. Paul Police Department.
Art Cullen ’80 stands next to the Raccoon River outside of Storm Lake, Iowa. Cullen was awarded a 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing for a series of editorials about a corporate agriculture lawsuit in Buena Vista County.
The Anderson Athletic and Recreation Complex stands amid fall trees.
Christian Elliehausen celebrates a goal with teammate Pierce Erickson on his back during the MIAC Championship soccer game against Macalester.
Student Mohamed Malim.
Jordan Roberts fights off two Saint John’s University defenders.
The sun shines down 10th Street on Terrence Murphy Hall.
Mitch Larson pitches.
Goalie Benjamin Myers absorbs a hit after making a save.
Theology Professor Corrine Carvalho and Mike Best ’17 have done extensive work on the intersection of the Old Testament and video games.
Student Valerie Brukhis has already done advanced diplomatic work, including translating and comparing Russian and Ukrainian broadcasts. She is shown here lit in the colors of the Ukrainian flag, blue and yellow. Brukhis’ story will appear in the Winter 2018 issue of St. Thomas magazine.
Former St. Thomas staff member Dave Nimmer.
Kaitlin Langer puts up a shot during the women’s basketball MIAC Championship game in February.
The Tommies took on the Johnnies at Target Field in front of more than 37,000 fans.
Rachel Suter throws for a double play.
Spanish Professor Michael Scham dances with his fiancee Clara Krug in their St. Paul home.
Student participate in headphone disco during Welcome Days.
Communication and Journalism Professor Bernard Armada teaches class on the steps of O’Shaughness-Frey Library.
A bee collects pollen from a flower in the south campus Stewardship Garden. St. Thomas is also home to a pollinator path, sprawls across the St. Paul campus and is made up of around a dozen sites with plants to attract pollinators like bees or butterflies.
School of Social Work Dean Barbara Shank announced that she will retire at the end of the 2018 academic year.
The Arches in fog.
A corn crib stands outside Storm Lake, Iowa. Storm Lake is home to Art Cullen ’80 who won a Pulitzer Prize for a series of editorials about a corporate agriculture lawsuit in Iowa’s Buena Vista county.
Alum Courtney Hauboldt works with a student in her class at Highland Elementary School. Look for a story about Hauboldt’s work with students who have autism in the Winter 2018 issue of St. Thomas magazine.
The Grandview Theater, one of many signature businesses in the St. Thomas area.
Catholic Studies Professor and Director of the Ryan Institute Father Martin Schlag.