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Written by Mike Thee
June 13, 2011

The 2010-2011 academic year was memorable in many ways. It began with the dedication of the new library and learning commons and concluded with a moving Commencement weekend. In between, there were many other highs and lows. Here are the 10 stories in The Commons that were most read this year.

1. SU Mourns "Father Rog":  Fellow Jesuit reflects on the man who taught us how to love (1,169 unique pageviews) -Paul Janowiak, S.J., of the School of Theology and Ministry, wrote a moving tribute to his friend and fellow Jesuit, Roger Gillis, right, a beloved figure at SU who lost his battle to cancer in December 2010. 

2.  Gettin' Pumped: Fitness Center Hits a Key Milestone (350 unique pageviews) About a half a year before its completion, the final beam of SU’s new fitness center was lifted into place, as anticipation over this wonderful new facility, continued to build. The center will dramatically enhance the fitness options for SU's faculty, staff and students. 


3. Tremendous Trio: Faculty and Staff to be honored at Appreciation party (298 unique pageviews) -The three recipients of SU’s 2011 faculty and staff awards were profiled, with Phil Thompson receiving the McGoldrick Fellowship, Monica Nixon the Staff Leadership Award and Matt Vielbig the Lee Thurber Award. Thompson, Nixon and Vielbig were publicly celebrated at the Faculty and Staff Appreciation party. 



4. Year in Review: A Q&A with SU President Stephen Sundborg, S.J. 
(287 unique pageviews) -
In his inimitable way, Father Steve covered a wide range of topics, favoring us with his thoughts on the year that was, while sharing  on the royal wedding, his summer plans and his reading list. 

5.  Person for Others: Co-recipient of the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize Tun Channareth will be honored for his continuing fight for social justice
(244 unique pageviews) -Tun Channareth, who received the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, was announced as the recipient of an honorary doctorate from SU, which he received at the university’s graduate commencement ceremony. 



6.  Bye Bye, Bottle: Student-led effort rids SU’s campus of water bottles (216 unique pageviews) - SU got even greener when it stopped selling bottled water on campus. This article provided the backstory of how this all came to be.


7. Upping the Ante: James C. Pigott Pavilion for Leadership deepens university’s commitment to forming leaders (211 unique pageviews) -In conjunction with the library and learning commons project, SU’s Pavilion was renovated, named for a longtime SU friend and better equipped support students emerge as leaders.   



8. A New Voice: Chapel of St. Ignatius welcomes important instrument into its sacred space (208 unique pageviews) -A longtime dream was fulfilled when SU’s Chapel of St. Ignatius received a new continuo organ, which packs a mighty musical punch without taking up much space.



9.  A Day To Say “Thank You”: Colleagues who served in the armed forces remind us of the sacrifice (188 unique pageviews) - SU faculty and staff shared their experiences of serving in uniform as a our campus paused on Veterans Day to consider their sacrifices.



10.  Bringing Ignition to Mission: At this year’s Mission Day, faculty and staff are invited to engage their senses of wonder (187 unique pageviews) -What proved to be a very moving and thought-provoking Mission Day was previewed in this article.