April 12, 2023 Newsletter


Innovation Scholars Take Medical Device to Next Level

Newronika St. Thomas team.
When Jack Cunningham was looking at his MBA program acceptance letters in 2021, the University of St. Thomas alumnus wondered which school would give him the best runway for success. St. Thomas stood out amongst the rest, but not just because it was his alma mater. "I knew at St. Thomas I would be able…
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The Impact of Artificial Intelligence and ChatGPT on Education

Virtual reality at STELAR.
The deployment of ChatGPT, an artificial intelligence (AI) application that can compose grade–passing essays, create detailed art and even engage in philosophical conversations and write computer code for specific tasks, is raising tough questions about the future of AI in education and a variety of industries. Will AI replace or stunt human intellect or critical…
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Go Green During Sustainability Week

St. Thomas community members are invited to celebrate Sustainability Week from April 17-23! Join us across campus to explore sustainability initiatives and celebrate Earth Day. There's something for everyone! Events include an office supply swap, scavenger hunt, river cleanup and more.
Find the full list of events.

Research Week to Celebrate Faculty, Student Work

At St. Thomas our faculty and our students engage in research that explores important questions, addresses big challenges, and advances the common good. Celebrate those accomplishments during Research Week, starting Monday, April 17. The week kicks off with a special round of Faculty Lightning Talks, featuring 11 scholars engaging in research across St. Thomas. Learn more about their work in Scooter's beginning at 3 p.m. on Monday. Everyone is invited.

April 14: Expanding Voting Rights in Minnesota

CEVEA, the Civic Engagement, Voter Education and Advocacy Task Force, invites the St. Thomas community to a conversation around expanding voting rights. This Zoom conversation will feature Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon. The panel is taking place on Friday, April 14, at 12:15 p.m. RSVP to take part.
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April 14: Cor Jesu at The Saint Paul Seminary

Join The Saint Paul Seminary for eucharistic adoration, confession, praise and worship music with young adults, college-age and older. Recently ordained Father Connor McGinnis will preside. The gathering takes place at 8 p.m. inside St. Mary's Chapel.
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Biology Online Plant Sale Accepting Orders

The 2023 Biology Online Plant Sale is open for orders through May 8. Check out the full array of vegetables, tomatoes, herbs, annual flowers and Minnesota native perennials. Limited quantities available – early orders get the best selection! Plant pickup is Thursday, May 11, at the OWS Medicinal Garden.
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COVID-19 Dashboard: 5 New Cases Reported

The university reported five new COVID-19 positive cases, including three student and two employee cases, for the week ending April 7, 2023. See full dashboard details on the COVID-19 webpage.

Boosters: It's not too late to receive a COVID-19 bivalent booster if you've yet to receive one. Schedule a vaccination by calling the Center for Well-Being at (651) 962-6750.

Seen Around St. Thomas

Members of the university community celebrated National Pet Day on April 6 by posing for photos in the create[space]. (Mark Brown/University of St. Thomas)

In the News

Media Highlights: MayKao Hang, founding dean at the University of St. Thomas Morrison Family College of Health, recently joined former Minnesota Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm in the WCCO Radio studios to discuss the upcoming Whole Person Health Summit.

Hans Gustafson, professor of theology and director of the Jay Phillips Center at the University of St. Thomas, weighed in on a story from CNN about the predicted decline of Christianity, new hope for the church, and the enduring prominence of faith and spirituality in America.

Read St. Thomas "In the News" stories.

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