Feb. 22, 2023 Newsletter

Winter Storm Update: Beginning at 6 a.m. tomorrow (Feb. 23, 2023), the University of St. Thomas will be closed for the day due to winter weather.

Students with in-person classes should check their course syllabi and their St. Thomas email for instructions from their professors; classes may move online for the day. Previously scheduled online classes will meet as scheduled.

Employees who are able to work remotely during the closure should do so for the duration of the closure. Emergency essential employees are expected to report to work and/or remain at work for the duration of their scheduled shift unless otherwise notified. If you are uncertain whether you are an emergency essential employee, please check with your supervisor. Check your email for more details.

Winter Weather Preparedness: Though snow transforms St. Thomas campus into a winter wonderland, it also brings potentially hazardous conditions. Remember to review the winter weather guidelines to help you prepare in the case of dangerous weather.


Black Men Teach: Filling a Critical Gap

Brendon Sackey works with a group of students
For University of St. Thomas elementary education major Brendon Sackey, today's math lesson was proving a unique challenge as a student teacher. His class of fourth graders at University Avenue Elementary in Blaine were supposed to be focusing on perpendicular and parallel lines. However, these young minds seemed all too aware that in a few…
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Shaping Their Worldview: J-Term Trips With Impact

Globe-trotting Tommies are back on campus after an eventful January. Whether they spent their days gazing at pyramids, fighting climate change in tropical rainforests, or drilling for core samples in the desert, J-Term offered a multitude of hands-on, study abroad experiences. Meet four standout students who won't soon forget their time away from campus: NICOLE…
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Tales from the Archives: Jimmy Carter on Campus

As the world recently learned that former President Jimmy Carter is receiving hospice care at his home in Georgia, the Newsroom remembers Feb. 21, 2004, when President Carter and his wife, Rosalynn Carter, visited the St. Paul campus of the University of St. Thomas. Watch the video and read the below article from the spring…
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Feb. 28: State of the University Address

Faculty and staff, please join President Rob Vischer for his first State of the University address, to be held in person in the O'Shaughnessy Educational Center (OEC) auditorium. President Vischer will highlight progress on our university goals and share thoughts about the future of St. Thomas. The address will get underway at 3:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 28. A short reception will follow in the OEC lobby.

New St. Thomas Master's Program Aims to Build Inclusive Leaders

The latest master's degree program offered by Minnesota's largest private university addresses a growing need for organizations seeking more leaders who can effectively implement diversity, equity and inclusion strategies. The University of St. Thomas' Master of Arts in Diversity Leadership, which was developed in consultation with Twin Cities business leaders and hiring managers, is now…
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Last Chance: Complete the Diversity and Equity Survey

The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is conducting an anonymous survey and would like to hear from all students, faculty, staff and administrators. Whether you have experienced or witnessed discrimination or harassment or have not, your voice matters.

The deadline to complete the Diversity and Equity Climate Survey is Feb. 28. If you have not completed the survey, you should have received a reminder email. The results will continue to inform the university's diversity, equity and inclusion programming and goals.

Feb. 24: Join Black History Month Discussion

The Diversity Activities Board and Qmmunity students invite you to the last Black History Month-themed Purple Couch for a conversation on what was, is and will be Black resistance, with guest speaker Dr. Yohuru Williams, Distinguished Chair of History and director of the Racial Justice Initiative at St. Thomas. RSVP on TommieLink. The event will be from 2-3 p.m. on Feb. 24, in Room 230 of the Anderson Student Center.

Retirement Party: Celebrating Dr. Camille George

Join us as we celebrate Dr. Camille George, associate dean of the School of Engineering, and her many years of service at St. Thomas. The retirement celebration will take place on Friday, Feb. 24, from 2-4 p.m. on the St. Paul campus in O'Shaughnessy Frey Library, Room 108.

COVID-19 Dashboard: 30 New Cases Reported

The university reported 30 new COVID-19 positive cases, including 23 student and seven employee cases, for the week ending Feb. 17, 2023. See full dashboard details on the COVID-19 webpage.

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

Seen Around St. Thomas

Father Lawrence Blake, chaplain and director of Campus Ministry, anoints an attendee with ash during an Ash Wednesday Mass in the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas on Feb. 22. (Mark Brown/University of St. Thomas)

In the News

Media Highlights: Dr. Eddy Rojas, executive vice president and provost, recently spoke with WCCO Radio about the importance of diversity leadership and the all-new master's program that St. Thomas is offering.

Emerging Media Professor Mark Neužil recently weighed in on the topic of "zombie" newspapers that are living on (in strange ways) through artificial intelligence.

Read St. Thomas "In the News" stories.

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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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