Feb. 14, 2024 Newsletter


2024 Tommie Award Winner Announced

Nguyen "Lucky" Phan in front of the Arches.
Congratulations to Nguyen (Lucky) Phan on being selected as the 2024 Tommie Award recipient! Learn more about Lucky by viewing the recent Newsroom highlight or her Tommie Award nominee profile.

St. Thomas Student Named Fulbright Semifinalist

Ellie Patronas headshot.
University of St. Thomas senior Ellie Patronas is a semifinalist for the 2024 Fulbright U.S. Student Program. She hopes to use the Fulbright opportunity to fulfill her dream of studying urban art in Greece. Fulbright is an international, cultural, and educational exchange program that gives students the opportunity to achieve academic goals, while also allowing…
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Student Success Director Jessica Nelson Puts Nursing Students at Ease

Jessica Nelson headshot.
A new generation of compassionate nurses is taking shape at the University of St. Thomas' Susan S. Morrison School of Nursing. And Jessica Nelson, the school's student success director, is implementing programs that will help nursing students succeed in their new careers. "Our nursing program is unique in the sense that we start building in…
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Inaugural Class of Innovation Fellows Selected

The Office of the Provost is pleased to announce the first-ever cohort of Innovation Fellow recipients. The Faculty and Staff Innovation Fellows program is a prestigious, competitive fellowship created to enhance a culture of innovation in faculty and staff at St. Thomas. In a highly competitive process, seven proposals were selected for the inaugural 2024 class. Learn more about their proposals and the Innovation Fellows program here.

VIDEO: 2023 Melrose Twin Cities Principled Leadership Awardee

George Lee headshot.
St. Thomas' Melrose and The Toro Company Center for Principled Leadership has announced the 2023 recipient of the Melrose Twin Cities Principled Leadership Award: George Lee, founder of the Jobs Foundation. The Jobs Foundation is a nonprofit committed to helping economically disadvantaged adults overcome barriers to employment, providing them with job training and practical experience…
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Hennepin County Attorney's Office and School of Law Launch Sentence Review Partnership

The School of Law Building at dusk in October. Mark Brown/University of St. Thomas
A new Minnesota law that allows for reducing sentences of incarcerated individuals has led to a new partnership between the University of St. Thomas School of Law and the Hennepin County Attorney's Office (HCAO). The new Prosecutor-Initiated Sentence Adjustment (PISA) law that went into effect in Minnesota on Aug. 1, 2023, is already in place…
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University Events

Feb. 16: Join the Conversation on 'Border Rules'

Promotional image for book discussion on Border Rules
Join us as English faculty member Dr. Kanishka Chowdhury talks about his new book Border Rules: An Abolitionist Refusal. The work examines both border policies and oppositional narratives of "the border," demonstrating that the term designates not merely a line of territorial control but also a set of social relations. The book discussion takes place Feb. 16 at 3 p.m. in O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library, Room 108.
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Feb 19: Learn About Spring Break VISION Program

Embark on an extraordinary journey of purpose and discovery with the spring break VISION Program 2024!
The program will offer students transformative community engagement experiences in three vibrant locations, including Chicago, Memphis, and La Puente. Learn more at an information session on Feb. 19 at 6:30 p.m. in ASC 202. Applications are due Feb. 22.
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Feb. 20: 'More Than a Dream: One for the Team'

Athletics Black History Month event promo
St. Thomas Athletics is hosting "More Than A Dream: One for the Team." The event explores the pivotal role of athletics in movements for equality and justice. This lecture by Dr. Yohuru Williams, founding director of the Racial Justice Initiative, delves into the profound impact that sports have had in fostering social change, breaking down barriers, and amplifying voices in the pursuit of a more equitable society. The event takes place on Feb. 20 at noon in Schoenecker Arena.
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Feb. 20: Ready to Run 2024 Kickoff

Ready to Run event promo
Ready to Run Minnesota, an initiative of the College of Arts and Sciences, welcomes St. Paul City Councilmember Rebecca Noecker to campus for a talk highlighting the importance of representation and local politics. The evening gets underway on Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. in Murray-Herrick Campus Center, Room 201. All are welcome to attend.

Feb 20: Roll Up Your Sleeve to Donate at Blood Drive

Blood dribe on Feb. 20
The Center for Well-Being is partnering with the Pre-Health Professions Club to host a blood drive on Tuesday, Feb. 20, from noon-6 p.m. in the lower level of ASC. Patients in need count on drives like this for their well-being. Each donation can help save up to three lives. Book your appointment, roll up your sleeve and become a part of the lifesaving mission of the Red Cross. Book an appointment.

Feb. 22: Christopher Waller Discusses the Economy

Christopher Waller for Finding Forward
For the first Finding Forward event at 6:30 p.m. in Schulze Hall Auditorium on the Minneapolis campus, guest speaker Christopher Waller, a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, will discuss the economy in a keynote address. He will be joined by panelists Tyler Schipper, economics and data analytics professor at St. Thomas; Benjamin Pugsley, economics professor at the University of Notre Dame; and Kavita Kumar, the Star Tribune's economy and banking reporter. They will take questions from the audience. The event is Feb. 22 at 6:30 p.m.
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Feb. 22: Spoken Word Artist Performs on Campus

Kareem - Spoken Word Artist
SDIS and DAB invite you to attend a lecture and performance by rap artist and poet Kareem Elevated. Kareem Elevated uses his experience as a spoken word artist to creatively integrate educational knowledge into his work. He brings over two decades of performance experience across the country, impacting youth and adults of all ethnic and cultural backgrounds. The Black History Month event takes place in the Anderson Student Center's James B. Woulfe Alumni Hall South from 6-7:30 p.m. on Feb. 22.
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Feb. 24: Women's Hockey Tommie Buck Drop

The St. Thomas women's hockey team will host its first Tommie Buck Drop game on Feb. 24, as the Tommies host the Minnesota State Mavericks at 2 p.m. It's also the final game of the regular season and Senior Day. The Tommies will look to sell out Saint Thomas Ice Arena. Fans can purchase a ticket for just $1.
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Seen Around St. Thomas

Father Austin Dominic Litke administered ashes during Mass as the Catholic Church starts the holy season of Lent. Join Campus Ministry for an Ash Wednesday Mass at 5 p.m. in the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas. At 3 p.m. every Friday during this Lenten season you are also welcome to attend the Stations of the Cross at the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas. (Brandon Woller '17/University of St. Thomas)

In the News

Media Highlights:
Rachel Moran, professor at the School of Law, recently spoke with the Star Tribune about state trooper Ryan Londregan's trial, and the new use-of-deadly-force statute.

Deborah Besser, associate dean at the School of Engineering, and Bill Tolman, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, recently spoke with the Pioneer Press about the new state-of-the-art STEAM complex on the university's south campus.

David Grenardo, professor at the School of Law, recently spoke with USA Today about the history of nepotism within the NFL, particularly regarding the long family ties of franchise owners and coaches.

Charles Reid, professor at the School of Law, recently spoke with WCCO Radio about the different forms of compensation that D-I athletes receive and whether student-athletes should be considered employees.

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

In Case You Missed It

Sights and Sounds: First Day of Class Inside the Schoenecker Center
Basketball Standout Jade Hill Seeks Off-Court Impact

Know of anything or anyone interesting around the university that would make for a good Newsroom feature story? Let us know at news@stthomas.edu.

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