Jan. 10, 2024 Newsletter


There will be no J-Term classes on Monday, Jan. 15, as the University of St. Thomas observes Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Most campus offices and services, including dining, will be closed.

McCollum Highlights Federal Support for St. Thomas Energy and Manufacturing Programs

US Representative Betty McCollum visits the University of St. Thomas to tour engineering facilities, the new Schoenecker Center, and to learn about the Center for Microgrid Research, on January 4, 2024, in St. Paul.
Congresswoman Betty McCollum recently visited the University of St. Thomas on Jan. 4 to receive an update on key programs receiving federal funding to improve sustainable energy sources and fill important workforce skills gaps. McCollum and her team were briefed by School of Engineering Dean Don Weinkauf and leaders of the St. Thomas Center for…
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First-Year Student Named Finalist in Broadway World's Next on Stage

Ashley Wongbi singing.
When first-year student Ashley Wongbi entered the University of St. Thomas, she knew she wanted to be a part of the performing arts. "Theater was a big part of me growing up," Wongbi reflected. "I started in sixth grade through musicals at school. I started choir and started taking dance classes as well. When I…
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What Powers John Abraham? The Answer May Be in His Backyard

Professor John Abraham plays fetch with his dog in his backyard.
University of St. Thomas engineering professor John Abraham, a globally known expert on climate change, is on a quest to make the world a better place. That quest begins in his very own backyard. When Abraham invites visitors into his south Minneapolis backyard, guests may first notice the large vegetable garden. But after looking up,…
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Join the 21 Days of Social Justice Challenge

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Student Diversity and Inclusion Services will be hosting a 21 Days of Social Justice Challenge. The St. Thomas community is invited to participate in the challenge starting on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 15. Each day participants will be asked to complete one to two tasks designed to listen, reflect and take action regarding race, racism and anti-racism.
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Learn About Studying Abroad at a First Step Session

Interested in studying abroad for a semester, summer or academic year? Get started by learning more at a First Step Session. Peer advisers will introduce you to the types of study abroad opportunities available, basics about costs and scholarships, and help you identify questions to ask and goals to set to find the right study abroad experience for you. A number of First Step Sessions will be held in February.
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End-of-Year Reminders for Staff and Faculty

As we look to close out the 2023 payroll calendar year, Human Resources is providing a few reminders and new items to be aware of. Employees are encouraged to consent to receive an electronic W-2. Now is also a good time to verify your home address and review 2024 benefit elections. Contact Human Resources at (651) 962-6510 or via askHR with any questions.
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In Our Prayers: Professor James Callahan

Prof. James Callahan - In Our Prayers - Jan. 2024
Dr. James Callahan, a longtime professor in the Department of Music, passed away peacefully on Dec. 28, 2023. Known as "Jim" by his colleagues, Callahan taught piano, organ, music theory, composition, orchestration and various other classes at the University of St. Thomas from 1968 until his retirement in 2006. He was recipient of a number…
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Seen Around St. Thomas

A fresh layer of snow covers the ground on the Minneapolis campus. (Brandon Woller '17/University of St. Thomas)

In the News

Media Highlights:
Rachel Moran, professor of law at the School of Law, recently spoke with the Star Tribune about new requirements for disclosing an officer's history of misconduct.

David Todd Lawrence, a professor at the College of Arts and Sciences, recently discussed the lasting impact of a decade-old Cheerios ad in an interview with MinnPost.

David Landry, professor of theology at the College of Arts and Sciences, recently spoke with CBS News Miami about theories as to why red and green are commonly known as Christmas colors.

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