Dec. 13, 2023 Newsletter


Congratulations to the 2024 Tommie Award Finalists

Tommie Award Finalists Abby Kielty, Nguyen (Lucky) Phan and Annabel Schueneman
Congratulations to Abby Kielty, Nguyen (Lucky) Phan, and Annabel Schueneman, who were selected as this year's Tommie Award finalists. The award is presented each spring semester to a University of St. Thomas senior who, according to St. Thomas students, faculty, and staff, best represents the ideals of St. Thomas Aquinas through scholarship, leadership, and campus involvement. Final voting will take place February 6-8, 2024, to select the recipient.
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Schulze Innovation Scholars Impress Executives at U.S. Bank

Students presenting for a full room at US Bank
Innovative ideas emerged as University of St. Thomas students Maddie Bent and Alex Morgan huddled with their four teammates in the corner of an event space at U.S. Bank headquarters. Five other Schulze Innovation Scholar teams were similarly situated across the room. In the background was the Minneapolis skyline, lit up by the Foshay Tower…
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Center for Well-Being Focuses on Developing Resilience

Melanie Tucker, Director of Health Promotion, Resilience, and Violence Prevention, center, and Lisa Voland, Health Case Manager, from the Center for Well-Being staff a table on the second floor of the Anderson Student Center to help answer anyone’s questions or concerns regarding Coronavirus and COVID-19 on March 13, 2020.
Given the numerous challenges that students face today, fostering resilience has become more crucial than ever. At the Center for Well-Being located at the University of St. Thomas, developing resilience is a central focus so students emerge stronger from their college years. With the impact of social media and a pandemic, students are more prone…
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News and Events

CAS Faculty Shed Light on History of Israel and Palestine

Faculty at Praying over Jerusalem, even
With Israel and Palestine continuing to dominate world news, more than 200 St. Thomas students, staff and faculty recently attended an educational forum to learn more from College of Arts and Sciences experts about what one of them called "one of the most divisive" issues of our time. Held Nov. 30, "Praying Over Jerusalem: Reflections…
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Join the VISION Program for Spring Break

VISION Spring Break Promo
Embark on an extraordinary journey of purpose and discovery with the spring break VISION Program in 2024! The program offers transformative community engagement experiences in three vibrant locations: Chicago, Memphis, and La Puente. Each trip promises a unique blend of volunteer work, cultural immersion, and communal living, emphasizing simple, sustainable living and the power of community action.
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Holidays at St. Thomas

PHOTOS: Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebration

Students walking with portrait of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
To celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Dec. 12, a Spanish Mass was held in the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas. The Mass was followed by a procession to Scooter's in Anderson Student Center for a reception and serenata. SDIS, Holidays at St. Thomas, DAB, HOLA, and Campus Ministry sponsored the event. Photos…
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Dec. 14: Feast at the 2023 Holiday Meal

Celebrate the season this Thursday evening, Dec. 14, from 5-8:30 p.m. at The View and the Northsider for our holiday meal. Both locations will have live music and be serving special menus with prime rib, roasted turkey and molten chocolate Bundt cake, among lots of other items.

Dec. 15 and 16: Cadenza Winter Concerts

Cadenza performs at the Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony in the Anderson Student Center on November 29, 2023, in St. Paul.
Join Cadenza for two nights of your favorite songs ranging from throwback crowd-pleasers to your favorite pop hits! Join us for Friday, Saturday or both nights at 7:30 p.m. in O'Shaughnessy Educational Center auditorium. The concerts are free admission.
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Seen Around St. Thomas

Performers at the Hmong New Year - Roots of Modernity in Woulfe Hall on December 2, 2023, in St. Paul.
Performers dance at the Hmong New Year celebration in Anderson Student Center. (Brandon Woller '17/University of St. Thomas)

In the News

Media Highlights:
Kim Sovell, marketing professor at the Opus College of Business, recently spoke with WCCO-TV about retail sales and the allegations a few retailers are facing regarding attempts to mislead their consumers.

Associate Vice President of Alumni, Career and Corporate Engagement Karyn McCoy recently spoke with WCCO Radio about the influence that TikTok has been having on college students' career choices.

William Cavert, history professor at the College of Arts and Sciences, recently spoke with The Times (UK) regarding the history of pollution that is in the air and water throughout London and how some have managed to escape it.

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Professional Notes

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Law professor Thomas Berg's latest book, Religious Liberty in a Polarized Age (Eerdmans), received an Award of Merit in the Politics and Public Life category of the 2024 Christianity Today Book Awards.

Biology Department Professor Joanna Klein's passion for "Star Trek" recently landed her submission in the American Society for Microbiology Agar Art competition a finalist slot.

Dr. Yohuru Williams, distinguished professor of history and director of the Racial Justice Initiative at the University of St. Thomas, is one of the experts on the History Channel's new documentary series "The UnBelievable with Dan Aykroyd."

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In Case You Missed It

St. Thomas Launches AI Master of Science Degree
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St. Thomas Celebrates Holiday Season With Christmas Tree Lighting

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