With such a massive amount of work to move St. Thomas’ curriculum online in the past several weeks, some priorities for faculty could have gotten lost in the shuffle. Faculty engagement and recent seminars from Faculty Development Center (FDC) and STELAR are signs that equity and inclusion in online learning will not be one of those things.
To bring comfort to a world that has many people staying at home to slow the spread of COVID-19, Father Michael Joncas has written a prayer-song, “Shelter Me.” Joncas ’75 is a world-renowned composer most recognized for his hymn, “On Eagle’s Wings.”
Care for creation has deep roots in Catholic social teaching, and this past fall the University of St. Thomas advanced our mission by adopting our first comprehensive sustainability strategic plan. We asked Amir Nadav, assistant director of campus sustainability, for some tips on being more sustainable (and teaching our children along the way, too).
Dozens of undergraduate students responded to a request to provide some insight into how the adjustments to a new normal of all online classes and social distancing has gone, answering questions about how they’ve made those adjustments, what some of the biggest challenges they’ve faced are, and what has been most helpful for them throughout this process. Below are some of their many responses.
As states around the country continue responding to COVID-19, a new pressing need has emerged: People with knowledge of COBOL (Common Business-Oriented Language) coding, a decades-old programming language the majority of mainframe computers still run on.
The St. Thomas campuses have largely shut down in response to the coronavirus, but thanks to the efforts of more than a dozen St. Thomas engineering, education and chemistry students, the university’s 3D printers are not sitting idle: They’re turning out personal protective equipment (PPE) to support the Twin Cities medical community.
School of Education Dean Kathlene Holmes Campbell has been working tirelessly over the past six weeks advocating for her students on everything from the number of “face-to-face" weeks of student teaching required to the way teacher performance assessments are conducted.
College of Arts and Sciences sociology assistant professor Patricia Maddox and Dougherty Family College clinical faculty Jennifer Trost have done something unique with their respective sociology classes. For three years now they have been creating a double community engagement experience for some of their Introduction to Sociology students.
A year ago, 10 Dougherty Family College students received the first-ever Excellence Scholarships to fully fund their tuition to continue toward four-year degrees at St. Thomas. This year, they’ll be joined by 19 more peers from DFC.
Many St. Thomas alumni have answered the call to make a bigger impact in their communities; we caught up with three of them to discuss their evolving roles as a firefighter, distillery owner and a retired entrepreneur.
In times of crisis, Tommies of every generation have shown their abilities to find ways to help others and to keep St. Thomas a safe and strong institution, while simultaneously experiencing sadness and uncertainty.