Following multiple reports of sexual misconduct allegations, the University of St. Thomas has rescinded the Distinguished Alumni Award given to David Haas in 1995 and is no longer playing Mr. Haas’ music.
St. Thomas President Julie Sullivan released the following statement in response to Tuesday’s news that the U.S. government has agreed to rescind Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) rules, which would have barred international students from remaining in the U.S. if their colleges and universities were forced to move classes completely online due to COVID-19.
Please remember in your prayers Donald L. Hofmeister '53, grandfather of John Hofmeister '13 and Josef Hofmeister '18, and father-in-law to English Department faculty member Jeannie Hofmeister and Teresa Sweeney of Opus College of Business.
Social distancing setups, more hand sanitizing stations, disinfecting kits in classrooms and a wider variety of instruction methods will be among the noticeable differences St. Thomas community members see when they return to campus this summer and fall.
George Floyd – a father and family member, a colleague and friend to many – should be alive today. We must encourage and protect the rights of all to grieve, unite in peaceful protests and publicly demand justice for his tragic death. However, we also must condemn damaging personal property, arson and looting in our commercial districts and neighborhoods.
As we head into the weekend, we want each of you to know that our community is here for you as we collectively reel from and grieve the tragic death of George Floyd. Violence against black communities lives in our history, and racial injustices perpetuate today. This behavior is unacceptable and leaves us concerned for the emotional and physical well-being of our students, staff and faculty.
In front of St. Thomas’ largest virtual gathering since courses moved online, President Julie Sullivan on May 13 provided a glimpse of what an in-person fall semester may look like as the community prepares to guard itself against the COVID-19 virus.
Dr. Katharine Hill has accepted the offer to become the next director of the School of Social Work. In this capacity, she will have oversight and strategic responsibility for the BSW, MSW and BSW programs. Hill will join the Morrison Family College of Health as the director of the School of Social Work and start her role on July 1, 2020.
Dr. Mark Stansbury-O’Donnell will serve a two-year term as interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) beginning July 1. Drs. Lisa Waldner, Jayna Ditty and Kris Wammer will continue to serve as associate deans during his appointment.
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.