Aug. 31, 2022 Newsletter

This Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 5, we thank the employees of St. Thomas, especially those who will be serving the community on the holiday. The university will resume normal operations on Tuesday.

This newsletter will be delivered each Wednesday this semester.


Construction Updates: Renovations Bring New Opportunities This Fall

Construction crews work on the Schoenecker Center on south campus. Mark Brown/University of St. Thomas
Anyone who's visited campus this summer knows the sights and sounds of construction have been hard to miss. From the eagerly anticipated Schoenecker Center to the updated Summit Classroom Building, St. Thomas' new facilities will be no small feat. The Summit Classroom Building, located along Summit Avenue, will soon be the home of the Susan…
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Undergraduate Summer Research Highlights

David Williard and Owen Mische.
For more than 50 St. Thomas undergraduate students, this summer was spent conducting research on a wide range of topics through St. Thomas' Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP). The program's grant funding means that students get paid for their work and research. Forty-two Young Scholars, 10 Ignite Research Scholars and one Community-Based Researcher participated this…
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Summer Study Abroad Exposes Law Student to Foreign Legal Systems

Brady Jensen, Julie Craven and Dan Griffith.
When Brady Jensen sat down last spring to plan his final year of law school, he knew he wanted a study abroad trip to be part of it. "I knew that it was something I always wanted to do, but never had the time," he said. Jensen started law school in the fall of 2020,…
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Action-Packed Welcome Days

As St. Thomas comes together once again, all community members are invited to welcome and celebrate the start of the 2022-23 academic year with Welcome Days activities. From the Move-in Mass, the SDIS/DAB Ice Cream Social, to the Games on the Quad, there's plenty planned for all. Welcome the new incoming Class of 2026 at Tuesday's March Through the Arches. Faculty and staff are also invited to academic convocation on Tuesday. Don't miss a single moment by checking out the list of activities here.

Tommies Pep Rally

Roll Toms! Join athletics for a fun and Tommie spirit-filled pep rally to help kick off Welcome Days! Meet in the stadium to learn about game day excitement and activities, meet some of our coaches, learn the new St Thomas fight song, get a free T-shirt and show your Tommie pride! The fun gets started at 8 p.m. on Saturday.

St. Thomas Announces ITS Leadership Change

With mixed emotions, the university announces that Ed Clark -- Vice President for Innovation and Technology Services (ITS) -- has accepted an offer to become the Chief Information Officer at The California State University. Clark, who came to St. Thomas in 2017, has spent the last five years evolving the university's technology infrastructure into a strategic asset. In Clark's place, Karen Julian -- a 30-year St. Thomas technology veteran has been appointed Interim Chief Information Officer.
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Back to School: COVID-19 Update

As we welcome new students, staff and faculty to campus this fall, we'd like to take this opportunity to inform the community of our latest COVID-19 protocols. You can read the latest communications about vaccination rates, test positives and other information on our COVID-19 dashboard and read our most recent communications here.

The university reported 22 new COVID-19 positive test results for the week ending Aug. 26, 2022, and a 94% vaccination rate among students, faculty and staff.

Dr. Theresa Ricke-Kiely Awarded Fulbright Placement

Dr. Theresa Ricke-Kiely, executive director at the Center for the Common Good, was recently awarded placement on the Fulbright Specialist Program roster. The program is offered through the Department of State and allows overseas universities and organizations to develop collaborative projects identified as priorities. Before working with the Center for the Common Good, Ricke-Kiely was…
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Digital Media Arts Alumna Wins Prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award

A recent University of St. Thomas graduate is kicking off her professional journalism career with a significant accolade, the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award. One of just eight student honorees from across the country, Kayla Mayer '22 earned the award for Excellence in Audio Hard News. Mayer spend her summer before graduation interning at KWIT-KOJI,…
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In Our Prayers

Please remember in your prayers this week Scott Taylor, who passed away recently at the age of 81. Taylor is the father of Renee Nelson from Opus College of Business and was an active member of the River Falls community.

Read more about Taylor's life and upcoming memorial service.

Seen Around St. Thomas

Students work on group exercises during this year's Freshman Innovation Immersion led by Professor Jay Ebben in the Iversen Center for Faith. (Mark Brown/University of St. Thomas)

In the News Spotlight

Professors Manjeet Rege and Amy Hedman-Robertson
Media Highlights: Dr. Manjeet Rege, a professor in the School of Engineering, spoke with WCCO News on the increased demand for jobs in technology and where to start as a career change.

Dr. Amy Hedman-Robertson, a professor of health and exercise science at the Morrison Family College of Health, recently published an op-ed in MinnPost about the importance of local funding for infrastructure to support the new 988 mental health crisis hotline.

Read St. Thomas "In the News" stories.

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