Jan. 11, 2023 Newsletter

Martin Luther King Jr Day
There will be no J-Term classes on Monday, Jan. 16, as the University of St. Thomas observes Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Most campus offices and services will be closed that day. This is a day to reflect, give, serve and to plan. Consider participating in local events. There is a list of some events at Minneapolis.org.


Earth Has a Fever: New Study on Rising Ocean Temps

School of Engineering Professor John Abraham, along with 23 colleagues from 16 institutions around the world, published a climate change study Jan. 11 in Advances in Atmospheric Sciences. They found that 2022 was a record year for our planet.
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The Science of Athleticism: Sports Science Institute Partners With Athletics

It goes without saying that student-athletes at the University of St. Thomas have a drive to compete. But if you visit the second floor of the Anderson Athletic and Recreation Complex, you'll discover a laboratory that is a secret weapon giving them an edge: The Sports Science Institute. Inside this institute, depending on the season…
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Family Studies Student Wins Karraker Prize

Kylie Watts at the Arches.
Family studies undergraduate student Kylie Watts '23 has been awarded the Karraker Prize for her contributions to the field of psychology and sociology. The prize is named after the late Dr. Meg Wilkes Karraker, professor emerita of sociology and founding director of the Luann Dummer Center for Women. Watts has been recognized for her two…
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Starts Monday: The 21-Day Social Justice Challenge

Student Diversity and Inclusion Services will host a 21-Day Social Justice Challenge, starting on Monday, Jan. 16. Each day, students, faculty and staff will be asked to complete one to two tasks designed to help participants listen, reflect and take action regarding race, racism and antiracism. Go to this link to find the 21-Day Social Justice Challenge schedule with tasks and to follow along on social media.

You Could Win $10,000 in the Business Plan Competition

Applications for the St. Thomas Business Plan Competition are due on Feb. 9, and there's plenty of help available for students on their path to a $10,000 cash prize. The competition has two divisions: one for undergraduates and one for graduate students. The competition is open to all current, registered St. Thomas students and alumni who have graduated within the past five years, with plans for a new company or with a business that's been incorporated less than 12 months.

New for 2023: You can win an additional $6,000 with the Fowler Global Social Innovation Special Award (FGSIC). If your business is a social venture you can compete for an additional award. Prizes ranging from $500 to $6,000 are awarded to finalists in this award in addition to the prizes for the Business Plan Competition.

Don't have experience creating a business plan? No problem. Attend our Business Plan Competition and FGSIC info session and Q&A on Wednesday, Jan. 18, from 5-6 p.m. on Zoom. Register here.

Gilman Scholarship Streak Continues at St. Thomas

The Office of Study Abroad is proud to announce that for the third year in a row, a Gilman Scholarship has been awarded to a Tommie! Congrats to senior Natalia Nguyen, who received the U.S. Department of State honor for her upcoming study abroad program in Australia. The Gilman Scholarship is awarded to outstanding students who may face financial limitations for study abroad opportunities. The next application deadline is March 9.
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St. Thomas Alumnus Tops US Podcast Charts Again

Mike Schmitz and Jeff Cavins.
They've done it again. As of late Tuesday morning, Jan. 3, Father Mike Schmitz '03 MDiv and Jeff Cavins' "Catechism in a Year" podcast with Ascension Presents ranked No. 1 in all categories on Apple Podcast charts. It reached that spot within 48 hours of its Jan. 1 launch. Schmitz, a Saint Paul Seminary alumnus,…
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In Our Prayers: Dr. Joseph Hallman

Please remember in your prayers Dr. Joseph Hallman, a retired professor and professor emeritus in the Theology Department, who died suddenly on Jan. 1. Dr. Hallman enjoyed a 40-year teaching career that included the University of St. Thomas and The Saint Paul Seminary.
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COVID-19 Dashboard: 8 New Cases Reported

The university reported eight new COVID-19 positive tests for the week ending Jan. 6, 2022, including one student case and seven staff. There is a 92.3% vaccination rate among students, faculty and staff. See full dashboard details on the COVID-19 webpage.

Seen Around St. Thomas

Members of the St. Thomas men's cross country team run along Summit Avenue after a fresh snowfall. (Mark Brown/University of St. Thomas)

Professional Notes

Highlights: Law professor Michael Stokes Paulsen's revised edition of The Constitution of the United States has been published. The casebook explores significant moments in history to learn the major issues in constitutional law.

The Aquinas Scholars presented their final projects as part of the Race and Place Seminar at the Westminster Social Justice Forum. The scholars created a proposal for a transportation project that would increase equity in the Twin Cities.

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In the News

Media Highlights: University of St. Thomas Schulze School of Entrepreneurship Associate Dean Sheneeta White shared her perspective on social entrepreneurship in an episode of the "By All Means" podcast featuring Junita Flowers.

Mark Osler, School of Law professor and former federal prosecutor, commented for The New York Times on the actions taken by Attorney General Merrick Garland to pursue the death penalty.

Men's hockey coach Rico Blasi and health and exercise science professor Paul Mellick spoke with Dean Spiros at the Pioneer Press about how the new Sports Science Institute is improving athletic performance while also creating unique educational experiences for undergraduate students.

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