August 16, 2023 Newsletter


St. Thomas Athletics Announces Streaming Partnership With Midco Sports

Athletics Collage
The University of St. Thomas will have a new streaming home for Tommie athletics in 2023-24. In partnership with Midco Sports, fans will be able to follow St. Thomas student-athletes during home games, including Tommie football in the Pioneer Football League, men's and women's basketball, and all Summit League competitions. "The relationship with Midco represents…
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From Vietnam to Minnesota: Lucky Phan's Journey to Success

Nguyen “Lucky” Phan headshot.
Although her friends call her "sunshine in a human form," the transition from Vietnam to the U.S. hasn't always been smooth for Nguyen "Lucky" Phan '24. Her life in Da Nang, a coastal city, included scuba diving, canoeing and swimming in the Pacific Ocean; relaxing on the beaches; taking in the view of the mountains;…
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Muso Makoi: Empowering Women's Health Through Fashion and Storytelling

Colorful fabric.
For Fatoumata Jaiteh '19, women's health is deeply personal: "Women literally bring life and order into this world, yet we face many disparities in health and life." As the founder of the lifestyle brand Muso Makoi, she saw an opportunity to change the narrative. "Muso Makoi" means "support, help, empower women" in Mandinka, reflecting her…
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Celebrating 100 Years of Seminary Formation

Father Kelly speaks with President Rob Vischer.
Building on a sturdy foundation. This is where Father Jonathan Kelly found himself after inheriting a healthy and vibrant college seminary in 2021 when Archbishop Bernard Hebda appointed him the ninth rector of Saint John Vianney. Gratitude pervaded his homily on the feast of St. John Vianney as he addressed more than 200 alumni gathered…
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Luann Dummer Center for Women Names New Director

Dr. Shaherzad Ahmadi
The Luann Dummer Center for Women (LDCW) at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota has appointed Dr. Shaherzad Ahmadi to serve as director of the center for the 2023-24 academic year. Ahmadi is an associate professor of history at St. Thomas; her research and teaching focus is on the Islamic world, particularly the Middle…
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PHOTOS: Tommie Football Promo Shoot

The lights were back in action at O'Shaughnessy Stadium this week as the University of St. Thomas football team took part in a preseason video shoot. Members featured included David Ayeni, Yusef Leak, Andrew McElroy, Hope Adebayo and Shawn Shipman. St. Thomas will officially kick off the season on Saturday, Sept. 2, when the team…
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Call for Alumni Award Nominations

Every day, Tommies make a positive impact in our communities, across the country and around the world. The Alumni Engagement Team is currently seeking nominations for outstanding alumni who should be recognized for the university's four alumni awards in 2024: Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna, Humanitarian, Monsignor James Lavin, and the Spirit of St. Thomas. Learn more about the awards and how to nominate someone here. Nominations are due by Oct. 3.

Get a New Headshot in Our Photo Studio

Studio Headshots
Did you know that you can schedule a headshot session at the photo studio on the St. Paul campus? Faculty and staff can sign up any time for a session that best suits their schedule using the Photo Services link on OneStThomas. Director of Photography Mark Brown or photographer Brandon Woller are happy to accommodate you. New photos are especially recommended when requesting Professional Notes or other posting on the Newsroom.

Thank You for Making the 2023 Vendor Fair a Success

Purchasing Services and Accounts Payable would like to thank everyone who attended the 2023 Vendor Fair, which returned for the first time since 2019. The event was a huge success with approximately 200 attendees. With lunch and raffle prizes up for grabs, the fair was an opportunity for staff to meet the university's preferred vendors and learn what they have to offer. The fair will return in 2024!

Seen Around St. Thomas

Students from the University of St. Thomas conduct chemistry field research near a wastewater treatment facility in Litchfield, Minnesota. (Brandon Woller/University of St. Thomas)

In the News

Media Highlights:
Michael Paulsen, professor at the School of Law, spoke with The New York Times about a paper he co-authored with William Baude, law professor at the University of Chicago, on the Jan. 6 insurrection and the meaning of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution.

Tyler Schipper, economics professor at the College of Arts and Sciences, spoke with the Star Tribune about the inflation rate in the Twin Cities metro area, which is one of the lowest in the U.S. at 1%.

Kim Sovell, marketing professor at the Opus College of Business, recently spoke with KSTP-TV about back-to-school spending, which is expected to reach record highs this year.

Roxanne Prichard, psychology and neuroscience professor at the College of Arts and Sciences, published a research brief in The Conversation on the topic of discrimination and its impact on Asian and Asian American students during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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