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Encounter Summer 2019

Cover Image Summer 2019 Issue - Encounter Magazine

Mural Makes Headlines

// Art  Project Reached Millions

Man & Machine

// Meet UST’s Doctor of Data

Bribery Rocks Higher Ed

// The Ethics of Admissions

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Letter from the President

It has been a year of amazing progress! The Celt community came together in 2019 and dreamed big around five priorities: culture, academics, enrollment, infrastructure and awareness. Take a quick tour of the Call Toward Tomorrow highlights with Lenny the Lion, our mascot, and read about our achievements in this issue of Encounter.

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Art connects us through shared experience. In February, a beloved graffiti artist Mario Figueroa Jr., rallied the UST community around our namesake, created a mural inspired by University icons and gave us an excuse to throw a big party in the process.

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1952 Alumna Archives the Story of UST

A large room on the second floor of Doherty Library contains a treasure trove of University of St. Thomas history, and the most valuable asset of all: 88-63r-old “Miss Betty” Louis Koenig Fischer, ’52, MRE ’91, official archivist.

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Man & Machine: The Human Element to Big Data

Our relationship with technology is pervasive and powerful. UST computer scientist Dr. Carlos Monroy counsels us to understand technology’s potential dangers so we can enjoy its vast benefits without fear.

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Doubling Down on Innovation

Business Dean Beena George cements the University’s dedication to create a culture of innovation by applying business acumen in her new role as UST’s first chief innovation officer.

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Q & A: The Future of Enrollment

Last fall, UST had the largest undergraduate enrollment in its history. Vice president of enrollment, Arthur Ortiz discusses enrollment trends, infrastructure and the impact of the recent scandal that affected universities around the United States.

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News & Notables

Recaps of top news stories that celebrate UST’s commitment to excellence through its programs, partnerships and people. This is how we are making an impact.

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Alumni Profiles

A snapshot of alumni achievements to celebrate including the 2019 Vincent J. Guinan Alumnus of the Year Anthony Pizzitola ’73, MBA ’82.

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In Memoriam

A snapshot of alumni achievements to celebrate including the 2019 Vincent J. Guinan Alumnus of the Year Anthony Pizzitola ’73, MBA ’82.

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Capturing Catholicism

Catholic Filmmaker Cimela Kidonakis ‘ 09 loves storytelling. Armed with a St. Thomas education, Kidonakis explores her faith through film to tell stories that are not easily forgotten.

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