Common Good

Purple flowers and grass frame the Harpole Memorial Fountain September 13, 2013 as the silhouette of Aquinas Hall looms in the background.

Sustainability Taking Center Stage at St. Thomas

When then-President Father Dennis Dease signed the the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) in 2008, he underscored St. Thomas’ ongoing and future commitment to sustainability. With the commitment of carbon neutrality by 2035, the statement included ambitious goals. In the decade since nearly every aspect of life on the university campus has been touched in some way by St. Thomas’ commitment to sustainability.
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We Are Tommies – Experiencing the TV Spotlight

Well before St. Thomas' awareness campaign brought three groups of Tommies' stories to TV screens across the Midwest, the featured students and alumni stepped into the experience of being part of commercial shoots. The Newsroom asked each about their experience and what it's like to share their "We Are Tommies" story with the world.
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St. Thomas Community Members Receive 2018 Campus Compact Awards

Senior Mohamed Malim, Associate Professor and Bachelor of Social Work program Director Dr. Katharine Hill, and community partners Gayle Godfrey and the behavioral health staff at Regions Hospital have received Minnesota Campus Compact Awards for their leadership and civic engagement.
Father Dennis Dease, second from right, receives the Rev. Theodore Hesburgh Award from the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities. To Dease’s left are Monsignor Franklyn Casale, president of St. Thomas University in Miami, and Michael Galligan-Stierle, president of the ACCU. On the right is Thomas Mengler, president of St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, new board chair of the ACCU and former University of St. Thomas School of Law dean.

President Emeritus Father Dennis Dease Receives National Award

Father Dennis Dease, president emeritus of St. Thomas, has received the Rev. Theodore Hesburgh Award, named after the late University of Notre Dame president, for “outstanding contributions to Catholic higher education,” from the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities.
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Two Spring Graduates to Study Overseas as Fulbright Scholars

School of Law student Christina Espey-Sundt '17 will study refugee and immigration law in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Senior Mitchell Sullivan, a triple major in German, international studies and political science, heads to Germany in the Fulbright's English Teaching Assistantship program.
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Beneath Purple Lights, St. Thomas Robot Project Blooms

The purple light emanating from the Owens Science Hall greenhouse isn't the School of Engineering's homage to the late, great Prince. A cross-departmental team at St. Thomas is testing a robot with the overall goal of addressing the world crisis of food shortages and the development of new technologies to grow healthy crops using less man-made and natural resources.
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St. Thomas Making Headway in Bid to Become Ashoka Changemaker Campus

Since early last year, a small team of St. Thomas faculty, staff and students has been taking steps toward earning the special designation granted by Ashoka, a nonprofit and the largest network of social entrepreneurs in the world. If all continues to go smoothly, the team is hopeful that St. Thomas will be designated a Changemaker Campus in early 2017.