Feb. 16, 2023 Newsletter


Congrats Katie McGinnis – 2023 Tommie Award Winner

After a final round of voting, Katie McGinnis '23 has been named the university's Tommie Award winner for 2023! The Tommie Award is presented each spring semester to a University of St. Thomas senior who, according to students, faculty and staff, best represents the ideals of St. Thomas Aquinas through scholarship, leadership and campus involvement. Congratulations, Katie!

VIDEO: 2022 Melrose Twin Cities Principled Leadership Awardee

Erica Neubert Campbell, executive director of the Pinky Swear Foundation
St. Thomas' Melrose and The Toro Company Center for Principled Leadership has announced the 2022 recipient of the Melrose Twin Cities Principled Leadership Award: Erica Neubert Campbell, executive director of the Pinky Swear Foundation. The Pinky Swear Foundation is a national nonprofit headquartered in Edina, Minnesota, committed to helping children with cancer and their families…
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Research: Unmasking LinkedIn Profiles

Opus College of Business faculty reveal race, gender impact on hiring. Inside of Professor Kevin Henderson's classroom, the students are engaged. They ask questions that show more than their grasp of the topic at hand; they also ask questions that spur Henderson's research topics. "During a lecture about (corporate hiring practices), students asked me how…
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Q&A With School of Law Alumna Amanda Harrington '19 J.D.

Amanda Harrington headshot.
Amanda Harrington '19 J.D. is the manager of Be@School, a program of the Hennepin County Attorney's Office (HCAO) that works to address the barriers to school attendance for K-12 students. Its goal is to keep students out of the juvenile justice system for violating compulsory education laws by facilitating early interventions and providing services. The…
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In Our Prayers: Dr. Kari Fletcher

Kari Fletcher obituary.
Dr. Kari Fletcher, beloved professor of social work in the Morrison Family College of Health, peacefully passed away on Feb. 13, 2023. A longtime clinical social worker in practice working with service members, military families and their children, and veterans in the Twin Cities, Fletcher joined the faculty at University of St. Thomas in 2010.…
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Support Those Affected by Turkey-Syria Earthquake

On Feb. 6, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake devastated large areas of central Turkey and northwest Syria, leveling whole communities and killing thousands.

Campus Ministry has compiled a list of NGOs receiving online donations:

Catholic Relief Services
Project HOPE

Please consider donating today – your gift will help to provide safe shelter and access to food, clean water and hygiene supplies.

LDCW Seeks Advisory Board Members

The Luann Dummer Center for Women is seeking applications to join its advisory board. Composed of faculty, staff and students, the advisory board is a decision-making body for the LDCW on matters concerning the Center's budget, membership, programs, and other important matters. To apply, send a statement of interest to the Luann Dummer Center for Women, centerforwomen@stthomas.edu.

Name Our St. Thomas Campus Shuttles

The campus Shuttle Tracker application is back online – you can see exactly where a shuttle is and when it is estimated to arrive on campus. To celebrate the relaunch, ITS is asking for your ideas for shuttle names! To submit a name for consideration, comment on this OneStThomas post.

Chapel Arts Series Continues With Guitar Duo

The Chapel Arts Series returns this Saturday with Duo Mirić. The twin-sister guitar duo will explore sounds from around the world including many of their own works. The concert takes place Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas. The event is free and open to the public.

COVID-19 Dashboard: 17 New Cases Reported

The university reported 17 new COVID-19 positive cases, including 11 student and six employee cases, for the week ending Feb. 10, 2023. See full dashboard details on the COVID-19 webpage.

Boosters and flu shots still available: It's not too late to receive a flu shot or COVID-19 bivalent booster if you didn't get one in the fall. Schedule a vaccination by calling the Center for Well-Being at (651) 962-6750.

Safety Protocols on Campus for Your Protection

In light of the horribly tragic events at Michigan State University, we want to remind our community about important emergency procedures and protocols in place to help keep our community members safe:

Public Safety officers are available 24/7 at (651) 962-5100 (nonemergency) and (651) 962-5555 (emergency) to respond to any on-campus situation where an individual doesn't feel safe, including as escorts around or off campus.

Alerts in case of an emergency: St. Thomas will alert the community via its USTALERT system, which delivers messages to mobile phones, desk phones, email and the university's main webpage and social media channels. You can sign up for and manage your USTALERT preferences on our website.

Run, Hide, Fight protocol: In the event of an active shooter on campus, your first option should be to run to safety. If that is not possible, barricade yourself in a safe location. Fighting should be a last resort if running and hiding are not viable options.

Please see the OneStThomas post "Being Ready for Campus Emergencies" for more information that was sent to all students, faculty and staff earlier this month. We pray for all those impacted by the events at Michigan State, and the many recent mass shootings that have taken place around our country.

Seen Around St. Thomas

The University of St. Thomas men's basketball team takes on Oral Roberts University during a game at Schoenecker Arena (Mark Brown/University of St. Thomas). Cheer on the team as they take on Western Illinois on Saturday, Feb. 18. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. RSVP on TommieLink.

In the News

Media Highlights: Professor of Engineering John Abraham recently spoke with WCCO Radio about the differences in cost of owning an electric vehicle versus a gas-powered one.

Roxanne Prichard, a professor of psychology, recently spoke with The Washington Post about the negative repercussions that sleep deprivation has on college students.

Read St. Thomas "In the News" stories.

In Case You Missed It

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Tales from the Archives: Celebrating Black History at St. Thomas

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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