St. Thomas Responds

Stories showcasing the St. Thomas community’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

An aerial view of the lower quad. (Photo by Mike Ekern '02)

Academic Convocation: Gratitude and Hope for 2020-21

Nearly 600 St. Thomas community members gathered virtually over Zoom for the 2020-21 academic convocation, in which two important topics – the COVID-19 pandemic and racial injustice – were frequently addressed.
An aerial view of the lower quad. (Photo by Mike Ekern '02)

St. Thomas Issues Statements on Rescinding of ICE Guidelines

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.
Thanos Zygnas looks out from the terrace of the Bernardi Campus in Rome.

When (Not) in Rome: An Oral History of the Decision to Close Bernardi Campus

As COVID-19 spread throughout Italy, university officials wrestled with the decision of whether to close the Bernardi Campus. St. Thomas was the first program in Rome to close its operations … and just in time. Here’s an oral history of the decisions to close the Rome campus.
Engineering Professor Dr. Katherine Acton prepares online learning lessons in the STELAR Media Studio. Mark Brown/University of St. Thomas

Zooming into Online Learning

Since March 12, more than 900 St. Thomas faculty members taught more than 2,000 courses to more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students. This summer another 450 courses will be taught.
Golden hour sunlight streaks down a walkway next to the Anderson Student Center. Mark Brown/University of St. Thomas

New COVID-19 Preparedness Plan Outlines Operational and Behavioral Changes Needed at St. Thomas This Fall

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.
Trevor Brink, right, is a St. Thomas law student and a National Guard officer.

School of Law Student at the Heart of Minnesota’s PPE Distribution

St. Thomas School of Law student Trevor Brink has been working since April 9 as the executive officer of his National Guard company and in charge of managing the Minnesota Department of Health’s personal protective equipment (PPE) distribution warehouse.