An adventurous willingness to explore outside the box propelled Emma Timmel ’19 on the improbable path from her Florida hometown and Catholic high school to Saint Michael’s College, where now her advanced science scholarship and year-round research wows faculty mentors. Recently, another Timmel exploratory excursion impressed national science elites too. Her original research idea to stretch the chemical potential of biofuel production in a way that advances solar panel technology earned Timmel a highly prestigious Honorable Mention among 2018’s national Goldwater Scholarship applicants, who represent the top 1 percent of undergraduate science researchers from America’s best colleges and universities of all sizes.
A whole lot of Saint Michael’s history and service congregated in the Dion Family Student Center Roy Room late-afternoon Friday, June 15 – more than 663 years of it, to be exact.That was the tally reported by Patrick Gallivan, the College’s vice president for government and community affairs, during brief remarks at a reception for this year’s 26 faculty and staff retirees, who include President Jack Neuhauser (11 years). A large sign proclaimed “ave atque vale” – “hail and farewell” in Latin.
Hearing close to 40 students from across the arts and sciences articulately describe their newly begun research projects during Friday’s First Summer Research Lunch in the Teaching Gardens meant even more than usual for Saint Michael’s President Jack Neuhauser as his presidency winds down this month, given the priority he has placed on expanding such opportunities at the College.
Founders Hall, the most iconic Saint Michael’s building with sections dating to the College’s very beginnings, regrettably has outlived its useful life and will be taken down before the end of 2019. College leaders officially made their decision at the June meeting of the Trustees in a vote on the Operations and Audit Committee’s recommendation, based on years of studies and discussions that pointed firmly to the practical and financial inevitability of taking down the worn-out, weary and quirky brick-over-wood campus landmark.