Dec. 21, 2023 Newsletter

Wishing all Tommies a safe and restful holiday break! The university will have limited staffing from Dec. 23-Jan. 2. 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 Feb. 3.


Holiday Greetings From President Vischer

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

Watch his message here.

Campus Ministry Celebrates Students' Faith Traditions During the Holiday Season

Our Lady of Guadalupe celebration.
During the holiday season at the University of St. Thomas, Campus Ministry provides the opportunity for students to celebrate their faith traditions. Campus Ministry celebrates Advent by hosting several events, including Christmas Cards for Prisoners, the Peer Ministry Advent Calendar, Tommie Catholic, and Pancakes with Jesus that highlight the celebration of Advent and Christmas. In…
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Christmas Mass Schedule at Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas

Christmas Eve Mass to be held in Aquinas chapel
There will be a Christmas Eve Mass held at the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas on Sunday, Dec. 24, at 5 p.m. with prelude at 4:30 p.m. Note, there will not be a Christmas Day Mass on campus. There will be a 9 a.m. Mass for the fourth Sunday of Advent, but not one at 11 a.m.

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Life at St. Thomas: 2023 Photos of the Year

Family celebrate and take photos on the quad in front of a 2023 letters after the College of Arts and Sciences Commencement Ceremony in the AARC Field House on May 20, 2023, in St. Paul.
Each year, St. Thomas photographers select a variety of images to highlight from the past 12 months. In 2023, staff photographers Mark Brown and Brandon Woller '17 took over 10,000 images at events, in classrooms and throughout the St. Thomas community. The images that follow highlight some of our favorite photos, moments and highlights from…
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Men's Basketball Nearly Upsets No. 7 Marquette

St. Thomas player scoring a basket
St. Thomas men's basketball nearly shocked the world Dec. 14 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but came up just short in a battle at No. 7 Marquette, 84-79. Five Tommies reached double-digit scoring, led by senior Drake Dobbs with 14 points followed by sophomore Kendall Blue with 13. St. Thomas displayed their sharpshooting, sinking a total of…
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St. Thomas Tackles the Future of Supply Chains

David Berglund speaking.
At the inaugural Synergy Summit: The Future of Analytics and Supply Chain event on the Minneapolis campus in early December, attendees learned from experts regarding trends shaping the supply chain industry. The event was hosted by the new Business Analytics and Supply Chain Center of Excellence (COE) at Opus College of Business. Supply chain issues…
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St. Thomas Law Students Receive MABL Scholarships

MABL Scholars Marian-Abdi-Ashley
Students from the University of St. Thomas School of Law swept this year's scholarships at the 2023 Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers Gala. Three St. Thomas law students were honored for the work they do both on and off campus. Nominated by law school faculty, each student expressed their gratitude at being selected by the…
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Football Inks 20 on National Signing Day

Graphic with the text National Signing Day
Dec. 20 was a big day for the University of St. Thomas football program. At the conclusion of their third NCAA Division I season, the Tommies announced their 2024 signing class that afternoon. The class includes 20 football players from seven states, head coach Glenn Caruso announced. "St. Thomas football is proud and excited to…
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Empowering Engineers With St. Thomas' Lab Training Badges

Over the course of 2023, the ITS/STELAR badging and microcredentials team and the School of Engineering labs have built and launched three new badges to equip students for hands-on work in the engineering labs. The badges launched are Lab Safety, Wood 1 and Wood 2. Nearly 400 students have earned one of these badges. Get yours!
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Spring Semester Parking Permit and Bus Pass Sales

Sales for spring semester parking permits started Monday, Dec. 18, through the Parking Portal. This includes Minneapolis and St. Paul campus commuter and adjunct parking permits, J-Term only permits and all student bus passes. The lottery for spring semester resident permits also opened Dec. 18. The deadline for entering the lottery is Friday, Jan. 26. If there are resident permits available, results will be emailed on Tuesday, Jan. 30.
Learn more on OneStThomas.

Seen Around St. Thomas

Students studying.
Salome White (l) and Celine Bertomeu study in Anderson Student Center during fall semester finals. (Mark Brown/University of St. Thomas)

In the News

Media Highlights:
Mark Osler, professor at the School of Law, published an article in The Atlantic about petitions for clemency and how Minnesota reformed its system for granting mercy to those in prison.

Dr. Yohuru Williams, the founding director of the Racial Justice Initiative, joined New York Gov. Kathy Hochul for a historic bill signing in New York City. Williams was invited by the governor's office to attend the event and offer remarks that put the historic legislation into a historical context.

College of Arts and Sciences Economics Professor Tyler Schipper spoke with CNN about the latest inflation news and consumer impacts.

School of Law Associate Professor Rachel Moran recently had her research "In Police We Trust" used as a source in a feature article published in The New York Times Magazine.

Read more St. Thomas "In the News" stories.

In Case You Missed It

Congratulations to the 2024 Tommie Award Finalists
Schulze Innovation Scholars Impress Executives at U.S. Bank
Center for Well-Being Focuses on Developing Resilience

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