August 10, 2023 Newsletter


A $6.8M SEED Grant Funds St. Thomas Education Students

St. Thomas Students Volunteer at Christ is Risen dual language Catholic School
The School of Education has received a $6.8 million federal SEED grant to recruit and train over 300 special education and elementary teachers in Minnesota. St. Thomas is a leader in "grow your own" pathways to teaching, as evident by receiving several federal and foundation grants to reduce barriers to teaching and to support teacher…
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TripOutside: Preserving the Planet With Human-Powered Adventures

Forest and mountains.
Growing up in northern Minnesota, Julie Singh '03 has always been drawn to wildlife conservation and nature. Years later, her profound connection to the outdoors has evolved into a business dedicated to preserving the environment she loves. She spent her early career working in corporate finance, but always felt the pull toward the outdoors. In…
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Tales from the Archives: NeighborFest

Neighbors listening to a band.
On Aug. 26, 1981, St. Thomas held its first Twilight Concert and Garden Party for the neighborhood community. The main attraction for this event was a performance by Don Bates' Great Big Band, a jazz orchestra renowned for playing big-band music. More than 500 neighbors filled the lower quad with blankets and lawn chairs for…
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New Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships Named in the School of Education

Molly McGraw Healy
Molly McGraw Healy, former director of charter authorizing, has been promoted to senior director of strategic partnerships, a newly created position in the School of Education at the University of St. Thomas. In this new position, Molly will serve as the primary liaison between the Maxfield Elementary Collaborative Learning School, Saint Paul Public Schools and…
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Dougherty Family College Appoints Interim Associate Dean of Academics

Sarah McCann, faculty at Dougherty Family College
Sarah McCann, a clinical faculty member at Dougherty Family College, has been appointed as the interim associate dean of academics of the two-year college at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota. McCann has served as theology faculty at DFC since the college's inception in 2017. Prior to joining DFC, McCann was dean of student…
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Join the RJI MasterClass Live Sept. 13

RJI MasterClass - September
The University of St. Thomas Racial Justice Initiative (RJI) invites St. Thomas faculty and staff to its upcoming MasterClass session with Dr. Yohuru Williams: "More Than a Dream: Sixty Years After the March on Washington." Williams will explore the legacy of the 1963 March on Washington beyond Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s iconic "I Have a Dream" speech. This informative and thought-provoking presentation will include material from Williams' new book, More than a Dream: The Radical March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The virtual learning lesson is Sept. 13 at noon. An in-person "AfterClass Social" will follow on Sept. 19. The event is free, but registration is required.

Seen Around St. Thomas

Undergraduate students Kyle Gomel and Catherine Sothy work in a lab during the Chemistry Summer Research program in Owens Science Hall in St. Paul. (Mark Brown/University of St. Thomas)

In the News

Media Highlights:
President Rob Vischer recently spoke with University Business for a story about the positive trajectory of the university and a wide range of other topics.

Shelley Neilsen Gatti, special education professor at the School of Education, recently spoke with WCCO Radio about a $6.8 million SEED grant that will be used to support students pursuing teaching degrees.

Tom Berg, professor at the School of Law, recently contributed an article to Christianity Today on the topic of religious liberty as an answer to the polarization that pushes people further apart.

Yohuru Williams, PhD, history professor and founding director of the Racial Justice Initiative, recently spoke with MPR about the sentencing of the fourth officer involved in the 2020 murder of George Floyd.

Read St. Thomas "In the News" stories.

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