April 21, 2022 Newsletter


DFC Commons Is Renamed After President Julie H. Sullivan

President Sullivan Celebration lunch with DFC
There was a room full of laughter, love and cheer in The Great Room on the Minneapolis campus at the University of St. Thomas as scholars, staff, faculty, alumni and supporters of the Dougherty Family College (DFC) came together to honor and appreciate President Julie Sullivan for her years of service and say final goodbyes…
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Making the Leap: Celebrating Our First Year in Division I Athletics

To say 2021-22 was one of the most anticipated years ever for Tommie Athletics is an understatement. Not only were people more than ready for the full return of college athletics after COVID-19 upended the sports world a year earlier, but (after two long years of waiting for new conference homes) St. Thomas finally opened…
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From Fiction to Nonfiction: France Aravena on Breaking Into Journalism

France Aravena
While paging through Percy Jackson and the Lighting Thief by Rick Riordan, first-year student France Aravena, like many other young teens, fell in love with the Percy Jackson series. It wasn't just the fantastical plot that grabbed Aravena, but the hook Riordan used to entrance readers: the iconic disclaimer that Percy makes to the reader,…
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Celebrating Earth DayWith Sustainability Week Events

Join your fellow Tommies as they celebrate Earth Day tomorrow, April 22. The annual event comes as the St. Thomas community participates in Sustainability Week. This Friday, the Sustainability Fair and Tommie's Closet will set up shop on John P. Monahan Plaza from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. On Saturday, join citywide spring cleanups in St. Paul and Minneapolis. For a full listing of events, check out the Sustainability Week calendar.

Saturday: Mississippi River Art Stories Open House

Bringing to life stories collected from around the Twin Cities, Mississippi River Stories examines our diverse experiences centered around the "The Father of Waters." The exhibit features a collection of visual art by 16 artists, all inspired by a river story collected by the University of St. Thomas society and sustainability students. Meet the artists and learn about the student research that inspired their work at an open house this Saturday, April 23, from 1-3 p.m. at the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization's Stormwater Learning Center.
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Exploring What It Means to Be a Catholic University

Catholic universities are part of a centuries-old tradition, harkening back to the very first days of universities as an institution. But what does it mean to be a Catholic university now? And where are we headed? Join Father Chris Collins '93, SJ, vice president for mission and keynote speaker Reverend Wilson Miscamble, C.S.C., of the University of Notre Dame, and other panelists for a lively conversation on higher education challenges. The event will take place in person Tuesday, April 26, at 7 p.m. at 3M Auditorium (OWS).
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Emily Dickinson to Join the Famous Faces Inside the O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library

When the O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library was built in 1959, St. Thomas was an all-male college. So, it's not surprising that the original stained glass window medallions depicted only male authors. But that's changing with a series of new faces. This weekend, the English Department is proud to reveal their latest addition, featuring Emily Dickinson. Join them to see the new stained glass medallion tomorrow, April 22, at 3 p.m. in the O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library, Room 108.
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St. Thomas to Maintain Face Coverings Through May 20

Tommie in face covering
To keep our community as virus free as possible headed into finals and commencement ceremonies, we encourage everyone to continue to comply with our current face covering policy for the next four weeks, through the end of the spring semester. As you know, face coverings are currently required in classrooms and labs, on the campus shuttle and in the Center for Well-Being.

If we continue to experience relatively low numbers of COVID-19 cases on campus, we will drop the requirement when summer sessions begin on May 25. Thank you to everyone for being respectful of this policy and for keeping those face coverings on where required.

Read the full announcement on the COVID-19 webpage

Seen Around St. Thomas

Law students walk together through the skyway connected to the School of Law on April 12, 2022, in Minneapolis. (Liam James Doyle / University of St. Thomas)

In the News Spotlight

In the News
Media Highlights:
Dr. John Olson, professor of Supply Chain Management, joined The CX Leader Podcast to explain how operational efficiency can improve customer experience. Law professor Rachel Moran explained to NBC News the history of no-knock warrants in the U.S. following Minneapolis' recent ban on the practice.

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In Case You Missed It

Call to Action: Sustainability Week Aims to Be More Inclusive Than Ever
How Tommie Award Nominee Pam Savira '22 Found Her Footing
Clean Energy: Making a Difference for Tomorrow

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