Feb. 8, 2023 Newsletter


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

BBKing playing guitar.
This February, St. Thomas is hosting a variety of events to celebrate Black History Month, continuing a tradition of honoring Black history and culture on campus. One of the first programs of this type was the 1970 Black Symposium. Sponsored by the college's Human Relations Committee (a joint faculty and student committee committed to improving…
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First Friday: Words of Wisdom From the Entrepreneurial Journey

First Friday entrepreneurship panel.
The First Friday Speaker Series returned as an in-person event Feb. 3, with attendees braving a frigid evening to hear what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur from two St. Thomas alumni. Schulze School of Entrepreneurship Associate Dean Sheneeta White moderated the conversation between Jazz Hampton '12, '15 J.D., CEO and general counsel at…
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Simulation Haven: Creating a Tech Center for Nursing

Pediatrics patient Hal is feeling dizzy. Even more concerning, Hal is having trouble feeling one of his legs. Today, he's being treated at the Susan S. Morrison School of Nursing, and like some pediatric patients in a typical medical setting, Hal is showing signs that he's uncomfortable with his surroundings. "Don't touch me," Hal tells…
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New Mural in AARC Depicts St. Thomas Athletics Timeline

Athletics mural.
Milestones in the history of athletics at the University of St. Thomas, including its unprecedented leap to Division I college athletics, are now on permanent display in the Anderson Athletic and Recreation Complex (AARC). The mural, titled "Flight Path to Division One," is one aspect of St. Thomas Athletics' partnership with Wings Financial Credit Union.…
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How Inclusive Are We? Take This 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 has been extended through February 2023. 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.

Complete the survey by Feb. 28 for a chance to be entered into a new drawing for a chance to win a $100 Tommie gift card.

Interfaith Fellows Program Accepting Applications

Diverse faith perspectives inform the way people live, work and play together. The Jay Phillips Center is now accepting applications for its Interfaith Fellows Program. The two-year program aims to bring together current students of all religious, spiritual, secular and nonreligious backgrounds. To learn more and apply, click here.

Feb. 9: Join Workshop Taking Pride: Queer Relationships

The Luann Dummer Center for Women invites the campus community to its next Making Waves event, Taking Pride: Queer Relationships. The workshop will focus on communication, relationship patterns, and supporting ourselves and our friends. The event is free to attend and takes place Thursday, Feb. 9, from noon-1 p.m. in the Luann Dummer Center for Women (OEC 103).

Feb. 10: Meet Civil Rights Lawyer Michelle Alexander

Look who's coming to campus to speak with students, faculty and staff: Michelle Alexander, the highly acclaimed civil rights lawyer and author of the The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness – the bestselling book that helped to transform the national debate on racial and criminal justice in the U.S. She will speak on "Resistance Through Activism" as a part of the student-led Purple Couch series sponsored by the Diversity Activities Board and Qmmunity students. Free food. Learn more on TommieLink.

LDCW Seeking Faculty Director

The University of St. Thomas is seeking a full-time faculty member to be director of the Luann Dummer Center for Women. Compensation for this position is the equivalent of three courses released time per year, plus J-Term and summer stipend. Qualified candidates include tenured faculty and clinical faculty who have been at St. Thomas for at least five years. Learn more and apply.

Feb. 12: Special Marriage Blessing

All couples who were married in the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas are invited to celebrate with us this Sunday, Feb. 12! Bring your spouse and family for a special marriage blessing at the 11 a.m. Mass, with refreshments to follow in the Iversen Center for Faith.

COVID-19 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.

The university reported 14 new COVID-19 positive cases for the week ending Feb. 3, 2023. See full dashboard details on the COVID-19 webpage.

In Our Prayers

Please remember in your prayers Pat Nemo, the former editor of St. Thomas magazine. Nemo passed away on Feb. 1 at the age of 80.

Read more In Our Prayers.

Seen Around St. Thomas

Students walk across the lower quad on the St. Paul campus during opening week of the spring semester. (Mark Brown/University of St. Thomas)

In the News

Media Highlights: As ChatGPT grows in popularity, Dr. Manjeet Rege, professor and chair of the Department of Software Engineering and Data Science, spoke with WCCO-TV and FOX 9 about the potential applications of AI software in the near future.

With a big OT win over Minnesota State Mankato, men's hockey coach Rico Blasi spoke with the Star Tribune about the strides the team is taking this season.

Law Professor Artika Tyner was recently featured as one of the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal's 200 Black leaders in the Twin Cities.

Read St. Thomas "In the News" stories.

In Case You Missed It

St. Thomas Partners with SPPS on Collaborative Learning School
St. Thomas Featured in USA Today Black History Month Magazine
DFC Scholars Share Impact of College

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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