We spoke with Rome Bernardi Campus Director Thanos Zyngas on March 24 about what it feels like to live in Rome right now, what lessons have been learned about the response to the outbreak, and the competing emotions of optimism and sadness during the ongoing situation.
Gov. Tim Walz today announced a statewide “stay-at-home” executive order aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19 in Minnesota. Because of the measures we have already taken, we anticipate any additional impact of this order to our university is minimal.
Amid uncertainty and fear are times when characters are tested. These last several weeks have made many fearful, anxious and angry, among a slew of other emotions. No matter how you might feel during this time, spreading racism is not the answer.
The spread of coronavirus and the COVID-19 disease it causes has had an unprecedented impact on life around the globe. Within the St. Thomas community, that impact is being felt in a myriad of ways, including in a full shift to online learning.
As the response to the coronavirus pandemic continues to shift things on the St. Thomas campus, in-person visits are no longer possible during the spring semester. Thanks to the work of St. Thomas' enrollment team and student tour guides Cameron Shuck '20 and Kristina Pappas '20, anyone can now get to know St. Thomas through an online tour.
Looking forward, the university is anticipating significant changes coming in fall 2020. The opening of the new residence halls and the Iversen Center for Faith, the adoption of the campus-wide sustainability plan, and a focus on emergency preparedness all create new opportunities for Auxiliary Services to assess current operations and adjust where warranted.
President Julie Sullivan has announced all classes will temporarily move online starting Monday, March 16. No in-person classes will be held until Tuesday, April 14 (students’ first day back from the Easter holiday), at the earliest.
AnnMarie Thomas, founder and director of the Playful Learning Lab, was awarded the 2020 LEGO Prize Monday during the LEGO Idea Conference. Thomas is being recognized for collaboration with educators and her advocacy for playful learning.
Two growing student clubs, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and the National Society of Black Engineers, are offering opportunities and community for St. Thomas students of color in STEM fields.
After careful deliberation, and out of an abundance of caution, the university has made the difficult decision to cancel the remainder of the Saint John Vianney/Catholic Studies Rome Semester and to close our Bernardi Campus.
Third-year law student Michelle Gonzalez has been awarded a postgraduate fellowship with Immigration Justice Corps (IJC). She is one of just 26 law students from across the country to be chosen by IJC as a Justice Fellow in 2020.
College of Arts and Sciences Dean Yohuru Williams discusses the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which authorized the federal government to oversee elections in Southern states, helping overcome legal barriers aimed at preventing African Americans from voting.