April 26, 2023 Newsletter


'An Immediate Bond': Tommies Give Back to Their Latino Community

When Cesar Osvaldo Mendez Portillo '23 walks into Risen Christ Catholic School, there's absolutely no doubt that he's beloved by its students. For days, young voices have been heard asking, "Where's Cesar?" Now that he's finally returned, their eyes light up and smiles fill the room. The University of St. Thomas senior began volunteering three…
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For Their Expungement Clients, Legal Clinic Students Open Up Opportunities

After years of struggling to find consistent housing and experiencing food instability, 3L Kai Storrs and 2L Carrie Anderson's client had compiled a long list of low-level theft convictions. One for stealing $2.43 of potato salad from a grocery store. "Most of the charges were from 10 years ago and for things that clearly were…
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Tales from the Archives: Memorable Concerts by Popular Music Artists

Louis Armstrong performing.
St. Thomas has a rich history of hosting concerts featuring popular music artists and groups from jazz icon Louis Armstrong to pop rock band Maroon 5 with lead crooner Adam Levine, who was just 24 years old at the time they came to campus. From the 1950s through the 1960s, the university welcomed renowned musicians…
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Jodee Kozlak Selected to Chair St. Thomas Board of Trustees

Minnesota's largest private university is turning to one of its most distinguished alumni – a highly sought-after voice in the international business community – to be the next leader of its Board of Trustees. Jodeen A. "Jodee" Kozlak '85 has been selected to become chair of the University of St. Thomas board starting July 1.…
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Register to Attend the 2023 Presidential Inauguration

The Board of Trustees cordially invite you to join in celebrating the inauguration of the 16th president of the University of St. Thomas: Robert K. Vischer. A busy day is planned for Friday, May 12, to celebrate this exciting time for our institution. Join the St. Thomas community at a Mass, community lunch, the inauguration ceremony, and a late afternoon student-run celebration with music, food trucks and entertainment.

Register here for the luncheon and the inauguration ceremony; the other events do not require registration.

New Chapel Dedicated at SJV

Saint John Vianney chapel dedication.
Thursday, April 20, marked a momentous occasion in Saint John Vianney College Seminary's 55-year history: the official dedication of the seminary's new chapel. Archbishop Bernard Hebda celebrated the unique liturgy, which featured rites such as representatives involved in the building project handing over the architectural plans to Hebda, depositing a first-class relic of St. John…
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In Solidarity With the Muslim Community

We at St. Thomas are saddened to hear the news of recent arson attacks on Twin Cities-area mosques. We condemn violence and hate against marginalized communities. An attack on any community due to their faith is an attack on all our religious freedoms. Our hearts and prayers are with those most affected by the recent attacks.

The Muslim community recently ended the period of Ramadan and entered Eid al-Fitr, a three-day holiday. Campus Ministry and Chaplain Shier Sadaf invite you to attend our Eid Banquet on Monday, May 1, from 6-8:30 p.m. in Anderson Student Center as a show of support for our friends and colleagues in our community who practice the Islamic faith.

RSVP for Eid Banquet on OneStThomas

Sustainable Drinking From Oat to Cup

Christina Dorr Drake.
When it comes to buying plant-based milk, the possibilities can feel endless. Walk into any grocery store or coffee shop, and you'll find a variety of oat milk selections that are marketed as healthy for our bodies. Unfortunately, that's not always the case. Many oat milks on the shelves are packed with artificial ingredients and…
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Photos: St. Thomas Night at the Twins

It was a great night to be a Tommie and a fan of the Minnesota Twins! Tommies young and old gathered at Target Field on April 25 to cheer on the Twins as they took on the New York Yankees. St. Thomas Night at the Twins featured President Rob Vischer throwing out the first pitch…
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Fly Your Country's Flag at Commencement

Are you graduating this May? Would you like to have your country's flag on or near the stage at your commencement ceremony? Students will be able to request their country's flag be present on or near the stage at their commencement ceremony. The first 30 countries that sign up will have their flag represented at the stage each day. Click here to make a request.

Join President Vischer at Young Professional Event

The Center for Evangelization and Discipleship (CEND) is hosting a Young Professional Event with President Rob Vischer as the guest speaker. CEND's monthly young professional events serve young Catholics across the Twin Cities at any stage of their professional and faith journey. Join the group for Mass, networking and to hear from President Vischer on Tuesday, May 2, at 6:30 p.m.at the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis. Register here.

May 26: Staff and Faculty Golf Tournament

Attention golfers: Bring your birdies and bogeys to the annual Staff and Faculty Golf Tournament on Friday, May 26, at Oak Glen Golf Course in Stillwater. The cost of this social golf outing is $35, which includes greens fees for 18 holes, motorized carts, range balls, on-course prizes and lunch. To register, fill out the online registration form.

COVID-19 Dashboard: 3 New Cases Reported

The university reported three new COVID-19 positive cases, including two student and one employee cases, for the week ending April 21, 2023. See full dashboard details on the COVID-19 webpage.

Seen Around St. Thomas

Tommies wrapped up Sustainability Week by volunteering for the annual spring Mississippi River cleanup. (Brandon Woller '17/University of St. Thomas)

In the News

Media Highlights: Dr. Sadaf Shier, a Muslim chaplain at St. Thomas, spoke to "Trending Now," a Canadian news program, about the three-day Eid al-Fitr festival that marks the end of Ramadan.

Kristen Hatfield, director of admissions, and Carlee Hackl, content manager, recently spoke with the Star Tribune about the important role social media plays in recruiting new students.

Amy Smith, interim dean for the School of Education, spoke with U.S. News & World Report for a story about the term "school choice" and what it really means.

Andy Babula, director of the real estate program at the Opus College of Business, recently spoke with Fox Business about how remote work is causing an increase in empty office space.

Read St. Thomas "In the News" stories.

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Know of anything or anyone interesting around the university that would make for a good Newsroom feature story? Let us know at news@stthomas.edu.

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