April 18, 2024 Newsletter


Dease Scholarship Program Creates Changemakers

Dease scholars pose in front of the Arches.
In high school, Hser Htoo planned on becoming a firefighter and hadn't wanted to go to college. But through a college readiness program, he was advised to apply to schools and scholarships. After hearing about the Dease Scholarship, he decided to apply to the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota. Now a sophomore at St.…
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The St. Thomas Palette: Murals Weave Together Campus Beauty

Inspired by the photographs submitted by the campus community, artist and visual storyteller Jessica Turtle creates a mural in Terrence Murphy Hall on the Minneapolis Campus on February 22, 2024. The intent of the mural is to share our collective experiences of the natural environment around us. The project is a collaboration between the Claritas Initiative on beauty, goodness, and truth and the Office of Sustainability Initiatives.
Visual storyteller Jessica Turtle doesn't like to create art alone. And for her latest project, Turtle was invited to collaborate with the entire University of St. Thomas community. "Art can be such a solitary thing," Turtle said. "But when you change it to a project where you invite other people's perspectives, it can be a…
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Bringing Native Contributions to the Forefront of U.S. History

History Professor Jennifer McCutchen, right, and student Cheyene Bialke, left, pose for a portrait near The Arches on April 11, 2024, in St. Paul.
It was one of the most important commodities ahead of the American Revolution: gunpowder. Brought to North America by white settlers, the earliest known chemical explosive also had a profound effect on Native communities across the continent. Dr. Jennifer Monroe McCutchen, an assistant professor of history at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota, is…
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College of Health Receives Grant to Support School Social Worker Pipeline

The School of Social Work at the Morrison Family College of Health just received a $622,000 grant from the Minnesota Department of Education to help attract and prepare students for a career in K-12 school social work. Facing a shortage of support services staff in schools across Minnesota and the nation, the funds will allow…
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ThreeSixty Journalism Honors Mukhtar Ibrahim and Adrienne Broaddus

Mukhtar Ibrahim, Kenzie O'Keefe, Adrienne Broaddus
Two award-winning journalists with local ties gave inspirational speeches during the annual fundraiser for the ThreeSixty Journalism high school program that is sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota. Mukhtar Ibrahim, CEO-publisher and founder of the Sahan Journal, a newspaper that serves Minnesota's immigrant community, and…
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When Students Become the Teachers, Everyone Learns

Hugh Smeltekop portrait
A traditional college professor is a "sage on the stage," which is a wise scholar who imparts the necessary knowledge – usually via a "chalk and talk" lecture – for their students to transform into competent professionals and well-rounded human beings. At the University of St. Thomas, faculty lean toward being a "guide on the…
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University Events

April 22: Fireside Chat With Author John Inazu

Fireside Chat with President Vischer
Join President Rob Vischer for a fireside chat with Author John Inazu. Together they will discuss Inazu's new thought-provoking book, Learning to Disagree. In this illuminating conversation, Vischer will explore the importance of civil discourse and finding common ground in today's polarized society. The event is Monday, April 22, at 6 p.m. in the Iversen Center for Faith.
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April 22: Learn About DEI Efforts on Campus

Please join the Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ODEI) for an update of its key programming and initiatives and to celebrate and recognize the partnerships and collective DEI work across the St. Thomas campus community. The event is Monday, April 22, at 3 p.m. in ASC 364. Refreshments will be provided.
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April 23: Give Blood and Save Lives

Red Cross Blood Drive
The Center for Well-Being is partnering with the Pre-Health Professions Club and Red Cross to host a blood drive on Tuesday, April 23, from noon-6 p.m. in ASC 340. Patients count on drives like this to provide a steady supply of blood. Each donation can help save up to three lives. Book your appointment, roll up your sleeve and become a part of the lifesaving mission.
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April 24: Support Sexual Assault Survivors on Denim Day

Denim Day
Join millions of people across the world who will wear denim with a purpose, support survivors, and educate themselves and others about all forms of sexual violence. Denim Day is April 24. The campus community is encouraged to also stop by the Center for Well-Being's table in ASC to learn more about the Denim Day story.

Denim Day is part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. If you or someone you know has been affected by sexual misconduct, there are people at St. Thomas who can help. Learn more

Get Involved During Campus Sustainability Week

St. Thomas community members are invited to celebrate Earth Day and Sustainability Week during the week of April 21-27. A weeklong series of events are planned, including a Mississippi River cleanup, sustainable hygiene product giveaway and a field trip to NETZRO. Check out the full list of events here.

Eight-Day Passover Holiday Begins April 22 for Jews

St. Thomas theology professor Rabbi Ryan Dulkin
Theology faculty member Rabbi Ryan Dulkin gave a presentation on campus about the meaning of the Passover holiday that Jews around the world will be celebrating from sunset Monday, April 22, to sundown on Tuesday, April 30. In part, he said that the Passover holiday is, in part, the retelling of the story in the Book of Exodus, as well as a story reminding of past and future redemption from oppression. He covered freedom of the Hebrews from slavery in Egypt to spiritual redemption, which marked the transition from idol worship to monotheism. The retelling of the Exodus story, he said, is an "obligation aimed at all members of the Jewish community. It serves not only as a religious duty but also as an educational tool, echoing the tradition of passing down knowledge from parent to child."

Seen Around St. Thomas

Students work in teams with support from faculty and staff in the create[space] in the Anderson Student Center during a Hackathon hosted by the Luann Dummer Center for Women and the Opus College of Business in St. Paul
Students teams work with faculty and staff during a Hackathon event hosted by the Luann Dummer Center for Women and the Opus College of Business. (Mark Brown/University of St. Thomas)

In the News

Media Highlights:
Tonia Jones Peterson, director of retention and student success, recently spoke with WCCO Radio about feedback from students and staff regarding the Tommie High 5 recognition program.

Arik Hanson and Dr. Peter Gregg, faculty members at the College of Arts and Sciences, talked with the Star Tribune about new majors geared toward developing professional social media skills.

Economics Professor Dr. Tyler Schipper spoke with CNN about inflation and why it was higher in March than many economists anticipated.

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Professional Notes

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Mark Brown, director of photography and visual media, has directed and produced a new documentary film, "The Fishing Hat Bandit," which premieres at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival on April 19.

Dr. Mike Klein, an assistant professor in the department of Justice and Peace Studies, spoke with the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church community at a Meet The Authors Sunday Forum.

Shannon Scott, a faculty member in the English Department, recently wrote a story titled "My Containment" that ran in Nightmare Magazine, a popular horror and dark fantasy subscription.

Dr. Chelda Smith Kondo, an associate professor in the School of Education, chaired and facilitated five talks at the American Educational Research Association annual conference in Philadelphia.

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