Aug. 17, 2022 Newsletter


Lenway Reflects on Opus Deanship, Looks Ahead to Business in a Digital World

Stefanie Lenway
As St. Thomas' fall 2022 semester begins, several new faces can be found in leadership positions across the university. These leadership changes, though, also carry forward important legacies. One such legacy is the work of Dr. Stefanie Lenway, who on July 1 officially stepped down after eight years as dean of the Opus College of…
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Donor Gift Funds High Bay for Schoenecker Center at St. Thomas

The University of St. Thomas School of Engineering announced it received a generous gift commitment from the Alfred A. Iversen and Family Foundation to support the construction of a state-of-the-art high bay facility within the Schoenecker Center, which is currently under construction on the university's south campus. Upon completion, the Iversen High Bay will be…
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A Beacon of Sustainability: The Stewardship Garden

Tucked away in a sheltered corner of campus, far from the busy happenings of the lower and upper quads or the bright lights of O'Shaughnessy Stadium, you'll find a unicorn of sorts – a scientific unicorn, bursting with sun-ripened vegetables, curious dogs on their morning walk, and rusty-patched bumblebees looking for their next meal. Joining…
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DFC Appoints Dr. Janine Sanders Jones as Associate Dean

Janine Sanders Jones, Dean of Academics at the Dougherty Family College
Dr. Janine Sanders Jones has accepted the role of associate dean of academics at the Dougherty Family College after serving as interim associate dean since October 2020. Sanders Jones became a part of the St. Thomas community in 2007 because of her involvement in the Twin Cities chapter of the National Black MBA Association, which…
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St. Thomas Awarded Platinum Seal for Voter Engagement

The University of St. Thomas has been awarded the Highly Established Action Plan Seal by the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge, a nonpartisan initiative of Civic Nation, an organization that encourages student voter engagement through the Campus Democracy Challenge. St. Thomas, which was ranked No. 4 in Minnesota campus voting, was recognized for having one…
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COVID-19 Dashboard: 17 Positive Cases Reported

The university reported 17 new COVID-19 positive test results for the week ending Aug. 12, 2022, and a 93.9% vaccination rate among students, faculty and staff. See full dashboard details on the COVID-19 webpage.

COVID-19 Protocols for Fall Semester: A number of important updates have been made in preparation of the fall semester, including policies on face coverings, testing, and reporting. Please read our Aug. 11 letter updating the campus community.

That's Nice! Using Your Employee Healthcare Benefits

Your medical provider can come to you at no extra cost! St. Thomas employees who are under age 65 and have elected a St. Thomas health plan are covered by Nice Healthcare, which allows medical visits and a wide array of services to come to your home or office – at no out-of-pocket-cost. Center for Well-Being Executive Director Luis de Zengotita shared his recent experience: "One morning as I was getting ready for work ... I fell and badly injured my ankle. I was able to use Nice Healthcare and have a telehealth appointment-evaluation with a nurse practitioner ... She was able to have a mobile X-ray unit sent to my home and an X-ray was completed in minutes."

Get started by searching for "Nice Healthcare" in your app store and downloading the app, or by scheduling an appointment online.

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Seen Around St. Thomas

New hospital beds for the Susan S. Morrison School of Nursing are brought into the classrooms of the remodeled Summit Classroom Building. These beds are part of the skills laboratory students will utilize beginning this fall. (Liam James Doyle/University of St. Thomas)

In the News Spotlight

Media Highlights: The Playful Learning Lab (PLL) has received a $110,000 grant from Google to expand computer science education and training for teachers at the Metro Deaf School. PLL Director AnnMarie Thomas spoke with KARE 11 about what the money will be used for.

ThreeSixty Journalism summer camps were featured in an article by MinnPost. Program participants and Executive Director Chad Caruthers explained how the program aims to increase newsroom diversity and how stories are told.

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