Dec. 14, 2022 Newsletter


Schoenecker Center Construction Site at St. Thomas Is a 'Living Lab'

St. Thomas students and McGough Construction.
University of St. Thomas engineering students are a window away from a real-life learning lab. "Our classroom has the west-side windows … it's like a fishbowl, they're tying in eight feet away from you," engineering student Genevieve Tester '23 said about the ironworkers securing their safety harnesses before setting to work on the steel building…
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How the St. Thomas Shelter Crew Met the Pope

While all University of St. Thomas students have the option to travel to Rome, where the Minnesota school has another campus, it's not every day that one of them makes the trip to Italy and gets to meet the pope. However, that's what happened for Taylor Fox, a junior who became involved with the institution's…
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Opus Students Collaborate With Target on Omnichannel Strategy

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Thanks to a new partnership, University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business MBA students have the opportunity to complete their capstone project by working on a real-world project for a major corporation. The partnership is part of a new course offered each spring semester, Omnichannel Capstone – Industry-Centric Applications. Kim Sovell, senior participating adjunct…
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Sustainable Communities Partnership Inspires University-City Collaboration for Resiliency

University of St. Thomas students studying German, economics, and geography are among the more than 2,500 students across 27 disciplines who have enhanced city sustainability in collaboration with the community through the St. Thomas Sustainable Communities Partnership (SCP). These efforts are also serving as inspiration for others. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Educational…
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This Week in Tommie Sports

There's no shortage of ways to cheer on your Tommies as the holidays close in!

Wednesday at 7 p.m. | Women's basketball vs. Chicago State
Friday and Saturday at 2 p.m. | Women's hockey vs. Bemidji State
Friday at 7 p.m. | Men's hockey vs. Ferris State

For a full calendar of events, click here.

To learn how the Tommies did in past games, read these posts from Tommie Sports:
Women's basketball: Langbehn scores career-high 21 points in tight loss at Wisconsin
Men's basketball: Tommies notch 76-70 road win at Idaho State

Have You Voted for Three Tommie Award Nominees?

This is a final reminder to complete your vote for the 2023 Tommie Award finalists! Check your email for your unique ballot. Voting ends at 8 p.m. today, Wednesday, Dec. 14.

Come Hear: Cadenza A Cappella Winter Concerts

Join Cadenza for their annual winter concert Friday, Dec. 16, or Saturday, Dec. 17, at 7:30 p.m. at OEC auditorium. The performance will include all your favorite pop songs, sung a cappella of course! And don't miss a special appearance by the Summit Singers. Admission is free.

In Our Prayers: Susan Spray '17 MA/EdD

Susan Spray - In Our Prayers
Susan Spray of Minneapolis, a former grant writer and director of corporate and foundation relations in the then-named Development Office at the University of St. Thomas, died at home on Dec. 5. Spray also earned a master's degree in psychology from St. Thomas, as well as a doctorate in educational leadership. Her 2017 dissertation, "How…
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Spring Semester Commuter and Adjunct Parking Permit and Bus Pass Sales

St. Paul and Minneapolis campus spring semester and J-Term parking permits and spring semester bus passes will go on sale Dec. 19. Minneapolis commuter permits are $225. St. Paul commuter permits are $125 for full-day permits and $75 for evening permits. St. Paul adjunct permits cost $130 for full day and $75 for evening. Bus passes are $150. J-Term permits are $30. All permits and bus passes are purchased through the Parking Portal. Faculty/staff parking permits and contracts are valid for the academic year.

At this time, we do not know if space will be available for spring semester resident permits. We will not know if space is available until later in January. In preparation for a possible spring lottery, we will post the lottery form on the Parking and Transportation Services OneStThomas page on Dec. 19. The deadline for submitting a lottery form is Jan. 23. If Parking and Transportation Services holds a lottery, the results will be sent out on Jan. 25 after 3 p.m.

Campus Shuttle Schedule Update for Winter Break

Campus shuttle service will pause over the winter break. Service will resume between the Minneapolis and St. Paul campuses on Jan. 3 using a J-Term schedule, with a stop once per hour at each campus. Regular service will begin on Monday, Jan. 30.

Early Payroll Deadline Reminder: Dec. 19

As the holidays approach, please note there are several early payroll deadlines. Student and hourly staff time sheets are due Sunday, Dec. 18, for the Dec. 4-17 pay period, while approvals for those time sheets are due on Monday, Dec. 19. For a full list of deadlines, click here.

Still Time: Get Your Flu Shot and COVID-19 Booster

If you still need a flu vaccine or bivalent COVID-19 booster, it's not too late to add that extra layer of protection. Spread holiday cheer this season, not a virus. Schedule a vaccination by calling the Center for Well-Being at (651) 962-6750.

COVID-19 dashboard: The university reported 13 new COVID-19 positive test results for the week ending Dec. 9, 2022, and a 92.2% vaccination rate among students, faculty and staff. See full dashboard details on the COVID-19 webpage.

Seen Around St. Thomas

For the World of Celebrations Dec. 8 event, students grab snacks at the create[space] in Anderson Student Center (above). At the Dec. 10 Children's Winter Carnival, children of faculty and staff play games in the AARC field house (below). (Mark Brown/University of St. Thomas)

In the News

Aisha Abdul-Wadud
Media Highlights: The University of St. Thomas Community Entrepreneurship Program, offered in conjunction with Opus College of Business, the Schulze School of Entrepreneurship and the Small Business Development Center, was recently featured in the Star Tribune. Columnist Jennifer Brooks takes an in-depth look at how the program is giving a boost to local small business.

Read St. Thomas "In the News" stories.

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