Dec. 7, 2022 Newsletter


Preparing Students to Be Future Business Leaders in a Digital World

University of St. Thomas STELAR.
As the lines between business and technology have blurred, employers increasingly expect digital fluency from their employees. Students need digital readiness to stand out amongst their peers, signaling to employers that they are ready for the business challenges of the future. "The tools used in business are evolving; it is important for students to have…
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Tales from the Archives: The Outdoor Nativity Scene

Nativity scene 1996.
Seeing the Nativity scene perched atop the Arches brings warm holiday memories to many members of the St. Thomas community. Ever wonder when this tradition was started? The first documented "Christmas crib" was erected in 1948 by the Christophori Club, a student group formed to promote Catholic thought and action. Dr. Hugo Reny, a professor…
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U.S. Bank Partnership With St. Thomas Runs Deep

U.S. Bank representative networking.
University of St. Thomas alumnus DeAmonte Block '22 landed a job after graduation at U.S. Bank as a staff auditor. He started there as an intern during his first year at the university's Dougherty Family College (DFC), and is one of dozens of students who have received internships at the company. U.S. Bank recently renewed…
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Center for the Common Good Takes on the Big Apple

United Nations headquarters.
Two St. Thomas student leaders, Skye Schultz and Maggie Sutton, recently visited the United Nations headquarters in New York City to attend a conference on global issues. The two, who are interns, traveled for their work with the Global Justice Movement through Catholic Relief Services (CRS) at the Center for the Common Good. CRS, who…
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Celebrating Our Winter Graduates

Seniors graduating this fall, please join as we toast your achievement! The winter graduation celebration will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 14, at 5:30 p.m. in James B. Woulfe Alumni Hall. We'll have a raffle, food, goodie bags, and mocktails. Each graduate is allowed to bring two guests. Seniors: Go here to RSVP and for more information.

This Week in Tommie Sports

With the end of the semester drawing near it's quiet on campus this week, with one big exception. The stage is set for St. Thomas women's basketball to shine all by themselves at home.

Thursday at 7 p.m. | Women's basketball vs. IPFW

For a full calendar of events, click here.

To learn how the Tommies did in past games, read these posts from TommieMedia:
Football: The Locker Room with Coach Caruso and crew
Men's basketball: St. Thomas defeats Crown College

Dec. 7: Fall Engineering Senior Design Show

The entire St. Thomas community and the general public are welcome to attend the School of Engineering's fall Senior Design Show today, Dec. 7. The show takes place from 3:30-5 p.m. in Owens Science Hall, first-floor lobby and atrium.

Learn more on OneStThomas.

Dec. 9: Ebony Mic Night

The Black Empowerment Student Alliance (BESA) invites you to Ebony Mic Night this Friday, Dec. 9, at 7:30 p.m. The talent show in O'Shaughnessy Educational Center auditorium will feature performances by St. Thomas students and community members.

RSVP on TommieLink.

Summit Singers Concerts

Join the Summit Singers on Dec. 8 and 10 at 7 p.m. for winter concerts in the O'Shaughnessy Educational Center auditorium. Admission is free for all attending.

RSVP on TommieLink.

Dec. 10: Luminous Night of the Soul

Get into the holiday spirit with a moving concert centered around Advent and winter. Teri Larson, the Basilica of St. Mary Cathedral Choir and University of St. Thomas music faculty join forces for "Luminous Night of the Soul." This free performance takes place on Saturday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m. in the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas.

Dec. 11: ASIA Night 22-23: Moon Festival

Join ASIA's 2022-23 cultural dinner – ASIA Night: Moon Festival on Sunday, Dec. 11, from 5:30-9 p.m. The free annual gala will feature a special fashion show, activities, games and more.

RSVP on TommieLink.

Dec. 12: Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebration

Dec. 12 is the celebration of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Campus Ministry, SDIS and HOLA! invite you to celebrate by participating in the bilingual Mass at 12:10 p.m. at the Chapel of St Thomas Aquinas followed by a mariachi serenade and reception in Father Dorsey Way.

Learn more on OneStThomas.

Discerning Your Retirement Through a Spiritual Lens

The Next Chapter program, grounded in Catholic spirituality, is a six-month guided journey with Father Chris Collins '93, SJ, vice president for Mission at St. Thomas, for people who are approaching retirement or recently retired. Next Chapter is open to St. Thomas alumni, staff, faculty and parents in the greater Twin Cities area. The program goal is to assist people to discern who God is calling them to be and do in their next chapter of life.

Learn more on OneStThomas.

In Our Prayers

Please keep in your prayers a student in need of support this holiday season. Rashaunea Ambers-Winston was involved in a tragic car accident and sustained serious injuries. To learn more about how you can rally around Rashaunea, click here.

Please also remember in your prayers the family and friends of former Opus College of Business faculty member Dr. Leigh Lawton. The longtime professor passed away on Dec. 1. Read more here.

COVID-19 Dashboard: 24 Positive Cases Reported

The university reported 24 new COVID-19 positive test results for the week ending Dec. 2, 2022, and a 92.2% vaccination rate among students, faculty and staff. See full dashboard details on the COVID-19 webpage.

The Center for Well-Being has the bivalent omicron COVID-19 vaccination (booster). Individuals who have (1) completed their primary series and (2) not received a booster in the last two months will be eligible. The bivalent vaccine is highly effective against omicron variants. You can call (651) 962-6750 or go to myHealthPortal to schedule an appointment.

Seen Around St. Thomas

The St. Thomas Choirs, Orchestra and Wind Ensemble perform at "A St. Thomas Christmas: Dawning Light" at Orchestra Hall. (Mark Brown/University of St. Thomas)

In the News

Media Highlights: Ahead of a planned nursing strike, St. Thomas professors Dr. Timothy Sielaff and Raney Linck provided insight into the conditions shaping a tense health care landscape.

Read St. Thomas "In the News" stories.

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