April 5, 2023 Newsletter


Easter break starts this week at the University of St. Thomas. In observance of the holiday, there will be no classes on Friday or Monday and the university will have limited services. Dining Services will be limited and resume normal operations on Tuesday, April 11. The intercampus shuttle will not run April 7 or 10.

Changing the World One Global Engineering Experience at a Time

Machu Picchu.
For most tourists, a visit to the South American Andes wouldn't be complete without a journey to Peru's prized Machu Picchu. The former home of the innovative Incas, Machu Picchu is a stunning sight to behold, what with its ancient circular terraces built for farming and breathtaking mountainous views. For University of St. Thomas engineering…
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ThreeSixty Journalism Awards Soledad O'Brien and Ruben Rosario

At the 2023 ThreeSixty Journalism Homecoming celebration and annual fundraising gala, two esteemed journalists were honored: Soledad O'Brien and Ruben Rosario. O'Brien, an award-winning documentarian and philanthropist who has anchored shows on CNN, MSNBC and NBC, was awarded with ThreeSixty Journalism's inaugural Opening Doors Honor, which spotlights an influential leader who promotes opportunities and successes…
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Life at St. Thomas: March 2023

Snowy Arches on the St. Paul campus on March 8, 2023.
Life at St. Thomas is an ongoing feature highlighting the images that capture what daily life on campus is like. Check out some of the images from St. Thomas photographers taken during March and early April 2023.
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Celebrating Holy Week: From Palm Sunday to Easter

Palm Sunday Mass
This past Sunday, University of St. Thomas students, staff and faculty gathered at the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas to celebrate Palm Sunday, which marks the beginning of Holy Week, leading up to the celebration of Easter on Sunday, April 9. Catholics worldwide celebrate this day in which Jesus entered Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover,…
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Passover 101: Learning About the Jewish Holiday of Freedom

Passover is one of the most celebrated holidays in the Jewish world, and it comes with centuries of tradition. Jews around the world will celebrate the eight-day festival of Passover starting Wednesday night, April 5, with a meal called a Seder. The festive meal helps retell the story of the ancient Israelites as they escaped…
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Reflection: The Lessons of Ramadan

Our mission compels us to build a St. Thomas culture in which members of all faith communities can thrive. This requires a much more robust vision than interreligious "tolerance" can provide. If we aspire to build relationships across religious differences and support one another on our respective faith journeys, we must understand – not simply…
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Catholic Charities Easter Baskets

For 30 years, supporters around the Twin Cities have hosted Giving Trees around the Christmas season. This spring, we invite you to join Catholic Charities for Giving Basket – a new way to collect much-needed items for your neighbors in need! To get started, find a basket and donation slip around campus.
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April 11: Immigration 101

Come learn about immigration law and the experience of migrating to the U.S. The Walking Together team along with other St. Thomas students will present posters on immigration and the Latinx diaspora in Minnesota. Following the presentation, Professor Virgil Wiebe will discuss immigration laws in a Q&A session. The free event takes place in OEC 103 on April 11 at 5:30 p.m.
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Men's Golf Strikes Gold

Congratulations are in order for the St. Thomas men's golf team, who took home another team trophy at the Western Illinois Invite. The Tommies finished the tourney with a score of 881, good enough for a six-stroke win over South Dakota.
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COVID-19 Dashboard: 1 New Case Reported

The university reported one new COVID-19 positive case for the week ending Mar. 31, 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

Students drink tea at the JRC Greenhouse during Free Tea Thursdays. (Mark Brown/University of St. Thomas)

In the News

Media Highlights: Hans Gustafson, theology professor and director of the Jay Phillips Center for Interreligious Studies, recently spoke with the Minnesota Multifaith Network about working to promote interfaith learning and understanding between students of different faiths.

Dr. Yohuru Williams, professor of history and founding director of the Racial Justice Initiative, spoke with KSTP-TV about policing in Minnesota.

Sarah McCann, clinical faculty of theology at Dougherty Family College, joined the "Come to Believe" podcast to discuss the importance of evidence-based instructional practices, common misconceptions about academic rigor and the importance of enthusiasm as a teaching tool.

Read St. Thomas "In the News" stories.

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