Dec. 21, 2022 Newsletter

Winter break is from Dec. 23-Jan. 2. The university will have limited staffing. Please note Dining Services and the intercampus shuttle will not operate during this time. The shuttle will operate on the J-Term schedule starting Jan. 3. Regular shuttle schedule will resume on Jan. 30. Wishing all Tommies a safe and restful holiday break!


Rob Vischer Named 16th President of University of St. Thomas

Minnesota's largest private university will officially start the new year with a new president. The University of St. Thomas Board of Trustees has unanimously selected Robert K. Vischer as the 16th president of the 137-year-old Catholic university. Vischer, a longtime law school educator who became St. Thomas' interim president earlier this year, will be the…
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Holiday Greetings From President Vischer

As we approach the holidays, President Rob Vischer shares a Christmas message of gratitude on behalf of the many lives you've touched this past year.

Watch his message here.

St. Thomas Magazine: The Innovators Issue Is Here!

The University of St. Thomas has long been driven by innovation and that statement holds true now more than ever. In this digital edition of St. Thomas Magazine, meet some of the innovators driving our university forward, tackling new challenges, and serving as a force for the common good.

Read the new edition here.

Life at St. Thomas: 2022 Photos of the Year

A fall sunset shines over campus on a beautiful fall evening on October 3, 2022, in St. Paul.
The past year at St. Thomas was filled with great memories and moments. University photographers captured more than 9,000 images over the past 12 months. This gallery highlights some of the best photos, as well as landmark moments and personalities. Check out this selection of images from 2022, captured by university photographers Mark Brown, Liam…
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Dr. Ernie Owens: Building a New Generation of Diverse Leaders

If you spend more than a few minutes with Dr. Ernie Owens, be prepared to talk motorcycles. The Opus College of Business professor attended his first motorcycle convention in 2001. Since then, he's not only learned how to ride, but he's also spent countless hours tinkering away, building antique bikes in his garage. "And that's…
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ITS Receives Global Award

The University of St. Thomas has been recognized as a leader among educational institutions worldwide for its innovative efforts to enhance the technology skills of the university community. The Institutional Data, Analytics and Reporting (IDAR) team within Innovation and Technology Services (ITS) was a Gartner Eye on Innovation Awards for Education winner in the data…
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2023 Tommie Award Finalists Announced

Congratulations to our three Tommie Award finalists, Nkechukwu Akpati, Katie McGinnis and Viviana Ruiz. Our three finalists were selected from a group of 34 wonderful seniors who were originally nominated. Final voting for the 2023 Tommie Award will take place February 8-10, 2023.

Read more about the finalists here.

St. Thomas Community Mourns the Loss of First-year Student Layla Julien

The University of St. Thomas community is mourning after learning that Layla Julien, a first-year student studying business administration and communication, passed away on Dec. 13 after a battle with cancer. Julien had been diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor during her senior year at Minnetonka High School. This fall Julien pursued higher education at…
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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 11 new COVID-19 positive test results for the week ending Dec. 16, 2022, and a 92.2% vaccination rate among students, faculty and staff. See full dashboard details on the COVID-19 webpage. The dashboard website will take a holiday break next week and return on Jan. 2.

Seen Around St. Thomas

School of Engineering Dean Don Weinkauf signs his name during a beam signing ceremony celebrating the completion of the structural stage of the building of the Schoenecker Center STEAM complex on south campus. (Mark Brown/University of St. Thomas)

In the News

Media Highlights: Newly named the 16th president of the university, Rob Vischer gave interviews to multiple outlets this week, detailing his vision and priorities for St. Thomas.

Engineering Professor Mahmoud Kabalan spoke with WCCO Radio about a breakthrough in nuclear fusion and the impact it could have on clean energy.

Finance Professor David Vang recently spoke with FOX 9 about new IRS regulations for third-party payment apps like Venmo and PayPal.

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In Case You Missed It

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