In 2011, St. Thomas photographers Mike Ekern, Mark Jensen and Thomas Whisenand turned in more than 5,000 photos documenting everything from building construction to athletic achievement to the small details that make up everyday existence on campus. The slideshow above represents their favorites.
“Some images are here because of significance of the events or people they contain. Others are here because they show you the campus and its people in ways you may not have seen them before. Still others are here simply because they are a photographer’s favorite,” said Ekern, UST director of photography. “But no matter the reason we chose to include a photo, know that it was taken with pride and with gratitude for the chance to show St. Thomas to itself. We hope you like what you see.”
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Members of the platform party, including left to right, Mark Vangsgard (second from left), Mark Dienhart, Thomas Redshaw, and trustee and keynote speaker Sister Carol Keehan wait to begin the processional during the 2011 Graduate Commencement Exercises in the Anderson Athletic and Recreation Complex field house on Saturday, May 21, 2011.
Undergraduate student Sarah Nelson poses for an environmental portrait in the Child Development Center November 16, 2011 for an undergraduate admissions research publication. Nelson did research about the effects of parenting on children as they become adults.
Grace Residence Hall is seen at sunset with the skylights of McCarthy gym in the foreground. Taken April 11, 2011 from the top of the Anderson Parking Facility.
The Tommies, including Levi Ismail (81) enter O’Shaughnessy Stadium before a football game vs St. John’s October 1, 2011. The Tommies won 63-7.
The Frey Science and Engineering Center, with Owens Science Hall on the left, and O’Shaughnessy Science Hall on the right. This photograph was taken on May 18, 2011 and is a composite created from several images utilizing Photoshop software.
Tyler Nicolai jumps into the arms of a teammate as the final seconds tick off the clock during the NCAA Division III men’s basketball championship game against Wooster College at the Salem Civic Center in Salem, VA March 19, 2011. The Tommies won 78-54 to win the national title
Student Nick Chang walks amidst bare trees on the upper quad of the St. Paul campus on Thursday, February 17, 2011.
An Opus employee transports a statue of John Ireland to the lower quad on Thursday, September 29, 2011.
Alum and caricaturist John Kascht (1983 – BA in Art) draws in one of his “offices,” a converted chicken coop on his Honesdale, Penn. farm on May 23, 2011. Kascht was photographed for a St. Thomas Magazine
article. The out-of-focus effect comes from the use of a tilt-shift lens.
The crowd cheers for the camera during a football game against St. John’s October 1, 2011 in O’Shaughnessy Stadium. The Tommies won 63-7.
Palmer Field in O’Shaughnessy Stadium is shown during a football game versus St. John’s University on Saturday, October 1, 2011.
Senior Aaron Hays is photographed in the UST Stewardship Garden near the Brady Educational Center on Monday, November 14, 2011 for use on the admissions website.
The lower quad is shown under reconstruction June 16, 2011. Buildings from left include: O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library, John Roach Center for the Liberal Arts, Aquinas Hall, the under-construction Anderson Student Center. This image is a panoramic stitched together from the following images. 110616mde320_005 through 017.
Professor William (Billy) Junker teaches a Catholic Studies course September 12, 2011 in Sitzmann Hall.
Sun shines through yellow autumn leaves on a tree September 28, 2011.
The grand staircase in the atrium of the under-construction Anderson Student Center May 6, 2011.
Graduate music students get hugs and program diplomas during an Orff Schulwerk performance in Brady Educational Center auditorium August 12, 2011.
The Arches are shown at night through a tilt-shift lens (which causes the out-of-focus effect) October 1, 2011.
Alum and winner of the 2011 St. Thomas Day Monsignor James Lavin Award, James “Doc” McEnaney (1952, history) sits for an interview in his Owatonna, MN apartment January 7, 2011.
Monsignor Aloysius Callaghan carries the Eucharist in a monstrance during a procession of St. Paul Seminary and School of Divinity seminarians, St. John Vianney seminarians, priests, and laity, from the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas on North Campus to St. Mary’s Chapel on South Campus November 4, 2011. The annual procession precedes 40 hours of Eucharistic adoration in honor of Borromeo weekend. St. Charles Borromeo is the patron saint of seminarians.
The Anderson Athletic and Recreation Complex is seen with autumn trees September 28, 2011.
World renowned architect Frank Gehry looks over the Winton Guest House before the dedication of the house at the Gainey Conference Center in Owatonna, Minn., on Sunday October 2, 2011. The home was donated to the University of St. Thomas and moved from its original site in Orono on Lake Minnetonka. Gehry designed the house.
Katie Tinucci, press secretary for Governor Mark Dayton and St. Thomas School of Law alum, poses for a portrait in the State Capitol building November 1, 2011. Taken for St. Thomas Lawyer
The sun sets on the St. Paul campus of the University of St. Thomas on Wednesday, May 18, 2011.
Chandran Duffy attempts to slide into home but is out during a softball game against Gustavus Adolphus College April 21, 2011 on the south athletic fields. The Tommies won the double header 8-0 and 11-3.
A beam of light shines into the back of St. Mary’s Chapel. Prior to the presentation of certificates to the graduating class of the Archbishop Harry J. Flynn Catechetical Institute, Archbishop Nienstedt conducted a mass in St. Mary’s Chapel. Photo taken on May 15, 2011.