Feb. 29, 2024 Newsletter


Employees Receive Recognition at Annual Celebration

Rob Vischer, Jemal Griffin and Kathy Arnold.
At a recognition event on Feb. 28, President Vischer and CHRO Kathy Arnold recognized employees who celebrated milestone anniversaries in 2023 from five to 45 years at St. Thomas. They also announced the 2023 recipients of the Think.Act.Work Award, Common Good Award, Living Our Convictions Award, and Embracing Our Differences Award. Congratulations to Angie Wollan, Ea Porter, Shaz Ahmadi and Jemal Griffin.

More than 300 employees were recognized, including the induction of 17 in the Quarter Century Club for at least 25 years of service.
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Podcast Advances Health Equity in the Midwest

Pleasant Radford Jr
In his condo, Pleasant Radford Jr. '14 MBA is surrounded by a grid of streets making Minneapolis full of possibilities and opportunity, but also remnants of trauma. After the murder of George Floyd, Radford will never forget the moment those same streets became the symbol of residing injustice. An optimist, Radford hoped the trauma could…
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Melrose Toro Center Research Fellows Make a Societal Impact

Shinwon Noh presenting at Faculty Lightning Talks.
The Melrose and The Toro Company Center for Principled Leadership at the Opus College of Business continues to elevate faculty whose research drives positive societal impact through principled leadership. The center's Principled Leadership Research Fellowship research benefits academia, industry and the broader business community. The 2022 inaugural fellowship recipients, Chad Brinsfield, PhD; Ameeta Jaiswal-Dale, PhD;…
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From St. Thomas Magazine

Graduate Student-Athletes Bring Leadership and Skill to Tommie Rosters

Graduate Student Athletes
Basketball standout Raheem Anthony averaged nearly 20 points per game against the University of St. Thomas when he was a first-year at Saint Mary's University. His performance impressed St. Thomas head coach Johnny Tauer, who wouldn't forget their meetings even after the Tommies jumped to Division I. Four years later, Anthony now plays for his…
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Black History Month: Tommies Examine the Role of Sports in Breaking Down Barriers

Black History Lecture with Student-Athletes
The University of St. Thomas Athletics Department celebrated Black History Month with a variety of programming, including a discussion regarding the impact of athletics on the movements of equality and justice that took place Feb. 20 in the Schoenecker Arena at the Anderson Athletics and Recreation Complex. Facilitated by Dr. Yohuru Williams, Distinguished University Chair…
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St. Thomas Students Witness Challenges and Hope During Immigration Immersion Trip

Students with Sister Norma Pimentel.
During J-Term, 11 University of St. Thomas students, accompanied by Manuela Hill-Munoz, director of social justice and changemaking, and history professor Dr. Kari Zimmerman, volunteered for 10 days at the Humanitarian Respite Center (HRC) in McAllen, Texas. They supported the center in its efforts to provide recent immigrants to the U.S. with a safe place…
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Faculty and Staff Invited to Generative AI Listening Sessions

Person using artificial intelligence.
Interested to talk more about generative AI and learn from faculty peers? STELAR, Center for Faculty Development, and Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) leaders are hosting a series of generative AI faculty listening sessions and lunch-and-learns to share ideas, successes, and frustrations around this emerging technology. The events are open to staff as well as faculty.
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Entrepreneur Steve Forbes Speaks on Campus

Steve Forbes speaks to students.
Publishing executive Steve Forbes, the chairman and editor-in-chief of Forbes Media, spoke to a packed crowd Feb. 19 at the University of St. Thomas St. Paul campus on a range of topics, from entrepreneurship and capitalism to energy and the tax code. On the topic of knowledge "Today's rarities become tomorrow's commodities; the greatest example…
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March 1: Join Cor Jesu at Saint Paul Seminary

Young adults from around the Twin Cities are invited to an evening of adoration, worship, music and fellowship. Cor Jesu is a First Friday devotion for college students and young adults that takes place in St. Mary's Chapel at The Saint Paul Seminary. Bishop Michael Izen will lead the evening on Friday, March. 1, at 8 p.m.
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March 5: Learn About Indigenous Boarding Schools

Indigenous Relations event
At 3:30 p.m. on March 5 in the OEC auditorium, Dr. Consuelo Cavalieri, associate professor in the Graduate School of Professional Psychology at the Morrison Family College of Health, and Rev. Jim Bear Jacobs of the Minnesota Council of Churches will address the systematic, multigenerational removal of American Indian/Alaska Native children from their families and tribes for placement in boarding schools. They will discuss the impact of these practices while also honoring those children who never got to see home again.
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March 7: Lunch-and-Learn at Davanni's About St. Thomas Aquinas and the Eucharist

Join Saint Paul Seminary Assistant Professor of Dogmatic Theology Dr. Brandon L. Wanless for free lunch and a presentation on how St. Thomas Aquinas teaches us to receive the sacrament of the Eucharist. Wanless will present Aquinas' Eucharistic theology, showing how the Eucharist particularly elicits and strengthens Christian faith. The talk at Davanni's on Grand is Thursday, March 7, at noon. Attendees are asked to register ahead of time.
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Seen Around St. Thomas

GHR Fellows and prospective GHR scholars, along with parents, meet on Scholarship Day in the Anderson Student Center to learn about the program at the Opus College of Business. (Mark Brown/University of St. Thomas)

In the News

Media Highlights:

Dr. Yohuru Williams, the founding director of the Racial Justice Initiative, is referenced in an Emmys online magazine article how the historian is a "go-to expert on the History Channel series 'The Food That Built America.'" The fifth season of the docuseries, which premiered Feb. 25, explores Campbell's SpaghettiOs.

Ella Boerger, member of the women's hockey team, recently submitted an opinion commentary to the Star Tribune on the importance of supporting women's professional hockey in Minnesota.

Dr. Christopher Michaelson, professor of principled leadership at the Opus College of Business, recently spoke with the Star Tribune about the importance of a strong rule of law and commitment to trustworthy business practices, following former President Donald Trump's civil fraud trial.

Dr. Manjeet Rege, professor of software engineering and data science at the School of Engineering, recently participated in a panel discussion on the topic of artificial intelligence with the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal.

Dr. Buffy Smith, dean of the Dougherty Family College (DFC), recently spoke with WCCO Radio about how DFC helps make a college degree more attainable for underrepresented students and their families.

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