Feb. 7, 2024 Newsletter


Sights and Sounds: First Day of Class Inside the Schoenecker Center

Schoenecker Center opens for the first day of spring semester on February 5, 2024, in St. Paul.
St. Thomas officially opened the doors on Feb. 5 to the Schoenecker Center, the university's new central home for STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) education. The five-level, 130,000-square-foot complex on Summit Avenue is poised to become a national model for interdisciplinary learning, uniquely positioned to prepare tomorrow's graduates to work across fields and…
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Vote for the 2024 Tommie Award Recipient by Feb. 8

2024 Tommie Award Finalists
Final voting is underway for the 2024 Tommie Award. The 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. Voting runs through Feb. 8. A ballot was delivered to your official St. Thomas email address.

Learn more about the finalists: Abby Kielty, Nguyen (Lucky) Phan and Annabel Schueneman.

Basketball Standout Jade Hill Seeks Off-Court Impact

Jade Hill in action on the basketball court.
On a cold Saturday afternoon in St. Paul, things were heating up in the Schoenecker Arena. The St. Thomas women's basketball team was leading Oral Roberts. A late-game rally had left the Tommies within striking distance of a win – they were just two points down with seconds left. With an impressive assist from Amber…
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Spring Semester Parking Update

Utility work has begun as St. Thomas prepares for the groundbreaking of the Lee and Penny Anderson Arena. As this infrastructure work gets underway parking lot changes are impacting south campus. Parking Lot O and portions of the St. Paul Seminary lots P, V, X and Y are now permanently closed.

Also, as we embrace a busy spring semester, the campus community is encouraged to plan ahead for a number of events that could make parking harder to find. Parking Services has prepared a list of events which are anticipated to bring a large number of people to campus.
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Voting Rights Symposium at St. Thomas Examines Access to the Ballot Box

A panel discussion at the RJI Voting Rights Symposium
Kicking off Black History Month on Feb. 1, national and state thought leaders and elected officials convened at the University of St. Thomas to examine the past, present and future of voting rights. The Symposium on Voting Rights, co-hosted by the university's Racial Justice Initiative and FairVote Minnesota, focused on the evolution of access to…
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Join Purple Couch Conversation for Black History Month

Purple Couch event with Ken Cooper
Join the first Purple Couch of the spring semester, a student-led conversation centered around sharing and learning with one another. Dr. Kenneth Cooper will facilitate the debrief of the 21 Days of Social Justice Challenge Feb. 9 from 3-4 p.m. at the Intercultural Center (ASC 230).
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Kick-Start Your Financial Future

US Bank-St Thomas kickoff
Students, faculty and staff, join U.S. Bank on campus from Feb. 12-16 for games, free food, gift cards and prizes, while supplies last. Learn how U.S. Bank can help you start your financial journey off on the right foot. You can even sign up for a free workshop with goals coach Barry Saeger. U.S. Bank representatives will be set up in Anderson Student Center, Schoenecker Center, Murray-Herrick Campus Center, and O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library, depending on the day.
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Happy Lunar New Year

Happy Lunar New Year 2024
The Year of the Dragon is celebrated this Lunar New Year. The 15-day festival begins Feb. 10. The holiday is celebrated by East Asian countries, including China, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam.

Join the Digital Accessibility Ambassador Spring Cohort

The Digital Accessibility Ambassador badge course is a career and professional development experience for students, staff and faculty who want to develop their own digital accessibility skills and promote digital accessibility at St Thomas. The cohort meets (via Zoom) for an hour twice a month on Wednesdays from noon-1 p.m. during the spring semester. The first class is Feb. 14.
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Extending the Table With Peace Meals

Peace Meals gathers people from different faith traditions and religious identities who commit to meet together six times to share a meal and honest discussion. The goal is to build greater awareness and understanding of each other's worldviews, questions, concerns, and hopes. The group will meet six times this spring, with the first meal on Feb. 20. Lunch is free, but registration is required (deadline to register is Feb. 15).
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Entrepreneur Steve Forbes to Speak on Campus

Steve Forbes comes to St. Thomas Feb. 19
Business leader Steve Forbes, editor-in-chief of Forbes Media and a former presidential candidate, will visit campus on Feb. 19 to discuss the pioneering spirit of America's entrepreneurs and provide his insights into the country's current economic situation. A Q&A period will follow the talk. A ticket is required to attend the free event. It will start at 6 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 19, in McNeely Hall Room 100 on the St. Paul campus. Doors open at 5 p.m. Co-sponsored by the St. Thomas College Republicans. All viewpoints and perspectives welcome.
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Seen Around St. Thomas

Students study and walk through in Schoenecker Center on the first day of spring semester on February 5, 2024, in St. Paul.
Students study in Schoenecker Center on the first day of spring semester. (Mark Brown/University of St. Thomas)

In the News

Media Highlights:
Don Weinkauf, dean of the School of Engineering, and Bill Tolman, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, recently spoke with Twin Cities Business about the all-new Schoenecker Center.

Ruth Sinn, head coach of the Tommie women's basketball team, recently spoke with the Star Tribune about overcoming challenges in the first two years of D-I play and the improvements she is seeing from the team this season.

Debbie Monson, professor at the School of Education, recently spoke with the Star Tribune about a unique project to knit custom hats designed by her daughter's middle school special education students, which left a lasting impression.

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

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