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'Next Chapter' explores life in retirement

Dr. Dan and Marlene Lischwe walked their dog, Sonny, around their neighborhood on May 7. The couple recently completed St. Louis University’s Next Chapter program, a six-month guided journey to help retirees and soon-to-be retirees discern their futures in the Ignatian Tradition.

Chris Brescia, and Marlene and Dr. Dan Lischwe certainly were part of the target audience for the first cohort of St. Louis University's "Next Chapter" program.

• Brescia, 64, was recently retired at the beginning of the program in September 2017. He jokingly refers to himself as "on sabbatical" while discerning his next step.

• Marlene Lischwe, 64, was semi-retired, still substitute teaching and also volunteering when the program began. She wanted to be on the same page with her husband, Dan, as retirement beckoned him.

SLU Catholic Studies Centre serves as nexus for faith, academics

Father David Suwalsky, SJ, gave the homily Feb. 2 at First Friday Mass at The Catholic Studies Centre at St. Louis University. The centre recently dedicated the chapel, where the First Friday Masses are celebrated.

Austin Smith and Byron Abrigg have a passion for economics and entrepreneurship. The friends, who majored in those subjects at St. Louis University, spent time at the Catholic Studies Centre exploring the link between entrepreneurship and Catholic social teaching.

Now SLU alums and out in the workforce, the two carved time out of a recent afternoon to attend a First Friday Mass in the new chapel at SLU's Boileau Hall. Afterward, they stayed for a talk by Bonnie Wilson, an economics professor who focused on the intersection of economics and theology.

SLU to host career fair for ex-offenders

As part of its criminal justice efforts, St. Louis University has teamed with the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis to sponsor a program giving people with a criminal past a second chance at a better future.

The "Partnership for Success Career Fair" for ex-offenders will be held April 10 in Chaifetz Arena on the SLU campus.

Student-run health clinic fills critical need for foot care

Rosie Booker said she is ticklish, but nonetheless appreciates the health clinic run by St. Louis University medical students, including Jackson Toth, who talked with her while caring for her feet. Routine care includes foot washing and evaluation, nail clipping and callous sanding, with referrals made for advanced needs.

Rosie Booker took a bus, then walked to the Health Resource Center Foot Health Clinic at St. Anthony's Food Pantry in south St. Louis.

She understands the need to take care of her feet because she's often walking to go shopping or to appointments. Besides, she said, "walking is good for you."

SLU initiative at jail removes barriers to success

Joseph Jones, a maintenance technician at the St. Louis Medium Security Institution, stopped by a McDonald's for lunch Nov. 8 to find one of the graduates of the St. Louis University Transformative Justice Initiative working there. He'd heard about her success in being productive and staying sober since being released from the institution.

A bishop’s efforts led to origins of St. Louis University

St. Louis University was located in this building at Washington and Ninth Streets in Downtown St. Louis until moving to its current campus in 1888.

St. Louis University grew from a few dozen students in a rented house to 13,000 students on campuses in St. Louis and Madrid, Spain.

Bishop Louis William DuBourg founded the university in 1818 as St. Louis Academy. It was considered the first institution of higher learning west of the Mississippi.

Housed in a private residence near the Mississippi River, it later was known as St. Louis College.

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