Feb. 21, 2024 Newsletter


Law Professor Rachel Moran to Study Policing in Chile as Fulbright Scholar

Rachel Moran.
Law Professor Rachel Moran has been chosen as a U.S. Scholar by the prestigious Fulbright Program. She will travel to South America in the fall of 2024 to study, "Policing in Times of Mass Protest: Lessons from Uprisings in the United States and Chile." "I'm very excited to be selected as a Fulbright U.S. Scholar…
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University of St. Thomas Recognized as a STARS Gold Institution for Sustainability Achievements

Seal of STARS gold certification with campus scene
The University of St. Thomas has once again earned a STARS gold rating in recognition of its sustainability achievements from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System, is a widely recognized framework for publicly reporting comprehensive information related to a college or university's sustainability…
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Children's Book Authors to Share Journey at Hubbs Children's Literature Conference at St. Thomas

Children's book authors
Shayla Michelle Reaves took a chance 20 years ago and entered a written expression competition. Then a college student in the Chicago area, the now WCCO news anchor performed her original piece Echo in the Distance. Now her spoken words are written in an illustrated children's book that she'll discuss at the School of Education's…
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Lawyer Search Online Alumni Directory Creates Connections, Builds Community

Four professionals standing in a park.
The School of Law's online alumni directory is an age-old concept. Names and contact information organized into categories and searchable by attribute. But through this very simple platform, the law school is creating impactful connections and building community – for alumni, clients, and current and future students. "Developing highly skilled, client-centered lawyers who lead their…
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Tales from the Archives: The Bells of St. Thomas

Carillonneur John Wright Harvey.
As one walks through the lower quad, the chime of the bells can be heard on the hour and the half-hour. The resonating sound can make one reflect on the bells that have echoed through the history of the University of St. Thomas. Behind the old Administration Building stood the school's first bell mounted on…
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University Events

Feb. 22: Interreligious Studies and Everyday Wisdom

Hans Gustafson
How do we prepare today's students to become leaders who can not only navigate but also flourish as everyday leaders in religiously plural societies? Hans Gustafson, drawing from his book Everyday Wisdom: Interreligious Studies in a Pluralistic World, will explore this question by introducing the academic field of interreligious studies. Free and open to the public, the talk gets underway at noon on Feb. 22 in JRC 126.
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Feb. 22: Solidarity With the Poor

Join Campus Ministry and Catholic Relief Services (CRS) for a conversation on solidarity with the poor and the work of CRS around the world. Clare Gooding from CRS will present at this event, which takes place Feb. 22 at 12:30 p.m. in Campus Ministry (ICF LL18).
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Feb. 28: Employee Recognition Celebration 2024

We Love St. Thomas
Faculty and staff: Plan to join your peers in James B. Woulfe Alumni Hall from 3-4:30 p.m. Feb. 28 for the annual employee recognition celebration. We will be honoring employees who celebrated milestone anniversaries in 2023 from five to 45 years at St. Thomas. We will also announce the 2023 recipients of the Think.Act.Work Award, Common Good Award, Living Our Convictions Award, and Embracing Our Differences Award. A formal recognition program begins at 3:30 p.m. with remarks from President Rob Vischer. Light refreshments will be provided. Fill the room with purple: Wear your Tommie Gear!
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March 3: Multifaith Leadership Workshop

Join the Jay Phillips Center for Interreligious Studies at the University of St. Thomas for the Multifaith Leadership Workshop, held this year at St. Olaf College. Free and open to all, the workshop will explore what it means to engage across religious differences in a time of heightened fracturing globally and locally. The workshop is Sunday, March 3, from 2-7 p.m. Transportation from St. Thomas is provided if needed. Register by Feb. 24.
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Take Time to Reflect During Lent

Reflect during the season of Lent
The St. Thomas Office for Mission and Alumni Engagement team invite the St. Thomas community to join Father Chris Collins '93, SJ, vice president for mission, for weekly 30-minute reflections on Mondays to learn about the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola this Lent. This series will be offered via Zoom on Mondays (Feb. 26, March 4 and 11) from noon-12:30 p.m. CT.
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Stop by the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas for the Stations of the Cross every Friday during Lent at 3 p.m. Everyone is welcome.
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March 4: Women's History Month Speaker Alison Bechdel

Celebrate Women's History Month with internationally beloved cartoonist Alison Bechdel. The Luann Dummer Center for Women is excited to host Bechdel as the 2024 Women's History Month speaker. Her analysis of cultural norms has influenced scholars and the public alike; most famously, the Bechdel Test has come to measure gender bias in film. The lecture is March 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the O'Shaughnessy Educational Center auditorium.
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March 8: MNACPA Spring Conference

St. Thomas graduate students, staff and faculty are invited to attend the 2024 MN Chapter of the American College Personnel Association (MNACPA) Conference. This year's theme will explore anti-racism, inclusion and belonging in higher ed. The conference aims to address pressing and current issues faced in higher education. The March 8 gathering will take place virtually over Zoom. Registration is required.
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In Our Prayers: Remembering Thomas Holloran and Dr. Shelly Ann Moorman

Please remember in your prayers cherished members of the St. Thomas community who have recently passed, including Thomas Holloran, a Twin Cities business leader, former School of Law professor, Board of Governors member and namesake of the Holloran Center for Ethical Leadership in the Professions, and Dr. Shelly Ann Moorman, a retired Spanish faculty member, former chair of the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and former associate dean of students.

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Seen Around St. Thomas

Students walk through the Arches after a fresh coating of snow on a sunny winter day in St. Paul. (Mark Brown/University of St. Thomas)

Professional Notes

Elise Amel, psychology professor at the College of Arts and Sciences, is the co-author of the recent book Fostering Sustainability in Higher Education: Leveraging Human Behavior in Organizations.

Heather Bouwman, English professor at the College of Arts and Sciences, was recently spotlighted by the New York Public Library in a series of interviews with people using the library to do research.

Obasesam Okoi, a professor in the Department of Justice and Society Studies, is the lead editor of the recent book Governing Natural Resources for Sustainable Peace in Africa: Environmental Justice and Conflict Resolution.

Virgil Wiebe, a professor at the School of Law, has been named a 2023 Attorney of the Year by Minnesota Lawyer for the contributions made by the law school's Immigration Law Practice Group clinic, which he leads.

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In the News

Media Highlights:
John Costello, student at the Opus College of Business, recently spoke with the Pioneer Press about his business, West Metro Solutions, and how it contributes to sustainability efforts.

Jukka Kukkonen, electrical and computer engineering professor at the School of Engineering, talked with MPR about Minnesota's new rebate for new and used electric vehicles.

Tyler Schipper, economics professor at the College of Arts and Sciences, told the Star Tribune about slowing inflation rates and the importance of grocery prices as a metric for Minnesota families.

Johnny Tauer, head coach of the men's basketball team, discussed with the Pioneer Press St. Thomas' 83-80 win over the University of South Dakota Coyotes.

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