April 10, 2024 Newsletter


Tommie High 5: Helping Students Feel Seen, Known and Valued

Jasmine Lota and Tyler Schipper give each other a high-five.
As director of retention and student success, Tonia Jones Peterson often works with students when academic challenges arise. Wanting to give recognition to students excelling in their classes, she created the Tommie High 5. A new part of the student alert process, the Tommie High 5 is a way for faculty to encourage students by…
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The Future of Persistent 'Forever' Chemicals

Professor Ali Ling surrounded by items containing PFAS chemicals
Imagine a group of chemicals so useful they're in everything from your phone to your clothes, but they never break down and could be harming your health for generations. These chemicals do exist and there is not enough money in the world to remove them from the environment as fast as they are being added. Per-…
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University Events

Celebrating Eid al-Fitr Today

Eid Open House
Campus Ministry invites the St. Thomas community to join our Muslim students, staff and faculty in celebrating Eid al-Fitr at the Eid Open House today, April 10, from Noon to 4 p.m. at the Iversen Center for Faith. Eid al-Fitr is the feast of breaking the fast after the end of Ramadan. The celebration in ICF will include henna applications and food. Eid Mubarak.

April 15: Tell Your Story at Tommie StorySLAM

Student shares a story at the Theater and story event in Scooter’s, ASC on March 21, 2024, in St. Paul.
Join another electric evening of storytelling at Scooter's! All students are invited to develop a 5-minute story inspired by the evening's theme, foolishness, for a chance to SHARE your story on stage and compete for campus store gift cards. Not thrilled about sharing your stories yet? No problem! Come to listen and connect with other Tommies and experience the power of storytelling. StorySLAM is Monday, April 15, at 6:30 p.m.
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April 16: Hear from Panel on Economic Inequality

Explore the issue of economic inequality in the United States during convo hour with Prof. Tyler Schipper, Prof. Matthew Kim, and Prof. Mike Klein. The panel will answer questions about both the social and economic implications. The event, hosted by University of St. Thomas Democrats and the Economics Club, is April 16 at Noon in OEC 203.
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April 16: Learn about Jewish Passover Traditions

Passover, a weeklong holiday that begins this year on the evening of April 22, is one of the most celebrated holidays in the Jewish world, and it comes with centuries of tradition. Learn about the Jewish holiday of freedom at the latest Theology Beyond the Classroom event. Dr. Ryan Dulkin will present on the holiday and Jewish views on redemption. The event is at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16, in MHC 204.
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April 16: Compassionate Connections: Restoring Relations

Compassionate Connections Series
The "Compassionate Connections" series is an opportunity for the St. Thomas community to retool for greater connection. This year the series is exploring our connection to the local Indigenous community and to the land we occupy. Dr. Yohuru Williams will return on Tuesday, April 16, to be in conversation with Rev. Jim Bear Jacobs to survey possible pathways forward in terms of repairing the harms of the histories we have examined throughout the year. The event gets underway at 3:30 p.m. in the Iversen Center for Faith.
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April 17: Faculty Research Lightning Talks

Students, facutly and staff participate in a stock photoshoot in the STELAR virtual media lab in the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library Center in St. Paul on June 21, 2022.
This is an opportunity to hear faculty colleagues present short (under five minutes) research talks. Join some or stay for the entire event to learn more, start new collaborations and celebrate accomplishments. Faculty Research Lightning Talks is part of the Second Annual Research Week (April 15 to April 19). The event begins at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17, in the Iversen Center for Faith.
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April 17: Join Interfaith Peacemaking Lecture

A program of the Encountering Islam Initiative, and co-sponsored by the Jay Phillips Center for Interreligious Studies, the Department of Theology presents the sixth annual Terence Nichols Memorial Symposium featuring Dr. Najeeba Syeed. In this lecture, Syeed will explore the concept of interfaith just peacemaking, drawing on Muslim and Christian perspectives. The event is Wednesday, April 17, at 7 p.m. in JRC 1026.
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Now Through April 18: Bid on Silent Auction Items

Silent Auction
Join St. Thomas alumni, coaches, families and fans at the annual marquee celebration that brings together hundreds of Tommie fans to raise support for student-athlete scholarship and operational needs. At the 2024 Purple Party & Auction, you will have the opportunity to bid on numerous unique and exclusive live auction items. Join in-person or online.
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Seen Around St. Thomas

Students take a chemistry class in a new lab space in Schoenecker Center. (Mark Brown/University of St. Thomas)

In the News

Media Highlights:
The University of St. Thomas has recently welcomed Matt Bos as the new head coach of the Tommie men's and women's swim and dive team. Coach Bos spoke with Swimming World about the opportunity.

Dr. John McVea, economics professor in the College of Arts and Science, recently spoke with KSTP about negotiations between city officials and rideshare companies Uber and Lyft, as well as the complexities facing similar startups.

Dr. Roxanne Prichard, professor of neuroscience and psychology at the College of Arts and Science, recently spoke with Angela Davis at MPR about loneliness and the various factors that can contribute to its different manifestations.

Dr. Charles Reid, a law professor at the School of Law, spoke with the Star Tribune about the canceled sale of the Minnesota men's and women's basketball teams, the Timberwolves and the Lynx to Marc Lore and Alex Rodriguez.

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