August 30, 2023 Newsletter

This Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 4, 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.

University News

Join Your Fellow Tommies at Welcome Days

As St. Thomas comes together for a new academic year, our entire community is invited to welcome the Class of 2027 and reconnect with friends and colleagues!

Event highlights:
- Great Tommie Get-together, O'Shaughnessy Stadium, Thursday, Aug. 31, at 7:15 p.m.
- Headphone Disco, upper quad, Thursday, Aug. 31, at 8:15 p.m.
- SDIS and DAB Ice Cream Social, ASC 224, Friday, Sept. 1, at 3 p.m.
- March Through the Arches, Tuesday, Sept. 5, at 11 a.m.

Click here for a full list of events.

Staff and Faculty Invited to Academic Convocation

As the 2023-24 academic year gets underway, staff and faculty are invited to attend convocation with President Rob Vischer. Convocation takes place on Tuesday, Sept. 5, at 3 p.m. in O'Shaughnessy Educational Center auditorium. A reception will follow at the Iversen Center for Faith.

Donate to Tommie's Closet

Do you have gently used business attire you don't wear anymore? Donate it to Tommie's Closet! Tommie's Closet is a free and sustainable clothing pop-up for St. Thomas students to shop. Between Aug. 28 and Sept. 8, Tommie's Closet will collect donations of gently used business attire to help students prepare for the St. Thomas Career Fair.

Learn more.

Sept. 8: Cor Jesu at The Saint Paul Seminary

Join The Saint Paul Seminary for eucharistic adoration, confession, praise and worship music with young adults, college-age and older. Recently ordained, Father Kyle Etzel, parochial vicar at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in West St. Paul, will preside. The gathering takes place at 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 8, inside St. Mary's Chapel.


Meet Five Tommie Football Players From Around the Country

It's time for the Pioneer Football League champions to start defending their title. St. Thomas officially kicks off the season with its home opener on Saturday, Sept. 2, hosting Black Hills State University. The Tommies are coming off a historic 2022 season, in which they won their first Pioneer Football League title in just their…
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Summer Law Extern: Mirtha Montoya, Strong & Starlike Consulting

Mirtha Montoya standing on the sidewalk.
As Mirtha Montoya begins her third year of law school, her future career path has come into focus. In part, it's because of her summer externship with Strong & Starlike, a consulting and educational services firm that works with the government and nonprofits to aid in the creation of programs and policies that benefit minority…
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St. Thomas Magazine

The Path They Chose: Two Chief Diversity Officers Took the Road Less Traveled

Yellow arrows.
U.S. Bank's Greg Cunningham and Best Buy's Amelia Williams Hardy have a few things in common. They are both chief diversity officers, or CDOs, at Minneapolis-based Fortune 500 companies. They both obtained a bachelor's degree from a historically Black university before securing their MBA elsewhere. And both sit on advisory boards at the University of…
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Seen Around St. Thomas

Students and families move onto campus for the start of school year with the help of the Tommie Move-In Crew. (Mark Brown/University of St. Thomas)

In the News

Media Highlights:
Karl Procaccini, an assistant visiting professor at the School of Law, made headlines when Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz appointed him as the next associate justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court.

During the 60th anniversary of the March on Washington, Yohuru Williams, founding director of the Racial Justice Initiative, spoke about the topic to several news outlets around the country.

John Abraham, mechanical engineering professor at the School of Engineering, recently joined WCCO Radio live from the Minnesota State Fair to discuss a wide range of topics, from the impacts of global warming on agriculture to the evolution of artificial intelligence.

Read St. Thomas "In the News" stories.

In Case You Missed It

St. Thomas Listed Among Princeton Review's 'Best Colleges'
Law Faculty Appointed to Minnesota Supreme Court
Making a Difference From Thailand to Lifesaving Medical Devices

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