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.
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.
The Office for Campus Ministry has hired a Presbyterian minister, Jewish rabbi and Muslim faith leader onto its pastoral staff, another step forward in the university’s push toward supporting all faiths on campus and throughout the St. Thomas community.
Art Cullen, a 1980 St. Thomas graduate, had a strong feeling he would win the Pulitzer Prize for a series of editorials in the Storm Lake Times, a 3,000-circulation, twice-a-week newspaper in northwestern Iowa. Turns out he was right.
Hundreds of St. Thomas students, faculty and staff, and other community members filled James B. Woulfe Alumni Hall at St. Thomas on Friday to hear Ross Douthat and Dr. Cornel West discuss Christianity and politics in today's United States.
As the presidency of Barack Obama wrapped up last week, so too did the largest federal clemency initiative in United States history. But not before the sentences of 105 federal inmates were cut short thanks to the work of University of St. Thomas School of Law Professor Mark Osler and his former students.