Jan. 17, 2024 Newsletter


Dr. Yohuru Williams Honored as a Community Leader During Twin Cities MLK Event

Yohuru Williams and Marley Dias
Dr. Yohuru Williams was recognized as a community changemaker by General Mills and the United Negro College Fund on MLK Day at the 34th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast in Minneapolis, where he was the moderator of the conversation with the keynote speaker, activist Marley Dias. Read more.

Williams also provided the keynote address at the inaugural Achieving the Dream Conference, which kicked off the 38th annual state of Minnesota MLK Jr. Day celebrations last week. During the conference, Williams emphasized the importance of hearing all of Dr. King's message, which continues to echo in today's racial justice efforts. Read more.

Dougherty Family College Appoints Sarah McCann as Associate Dean of Academics

Sarah McCann headshot.
Sarah McCann, who has served since August as interim associate dean of academics at Dougherty Family College, the two-year college at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota, has been appointed permanently to that role, effective immediately. "I am thrilled to appoint Sarah McCann as the new associate dean of academics at Dougherty Family College,"…
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St. Thomas Appoints New Investment Director

J.J. Kirby headshot
The University of St. Thomas has selected an alumnus as its new investment director. John "J.J." Kirby assumed this position on Jan. 16. Kirby, who has nearly 20 years of experience in institutional and high net worth portfolio management across traditional and alternative asset classes, reports to Chief Investment Officer Sonali Dalal. Within the four-person…
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Civil Rights Study Tour Connects Generations

Civil Rights Study Tour group photo by monument
Sometimes a field trip is what's needed to put history into perspective. Every January since 2013, a group of students at the University of St. Thomas have come together for the We March for Justice Civil Rights Study Tour. There's something different about the 2024 trip, however. For the first time this year, older students…
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Building Connection With Communities One Course at a Time

School of Education students with zAmya Theater actors.
On a brisk Wednesday afternoon last December, five University of St. Thomas students gathered at the Catholic Charities Family Service Center in Maplewood, Minnesota, to offer meals to families experiencing homelessness. This experience came about because the students enrolled in a Common Good Community-Engaged course called Diversity and Cultural Competence taught by Dr. Chelda Smith,…
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Fowler Business Concept Challenge Celebrates 15 Years of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

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Glittering purple, silver and white decorate the James B. Woulfe Alumni Hall. Decorated with flowers, balloons and refreshments, the hall is bustling with people. Students from multiple disciplines across the University of St. Thomas are center stage as they participate in the 15th annual Fowler Business Concept Challenge, a celebration of innovation. The bright-eyed students,…
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Pipeline to Heaven: New Organ Arrives on Campus

The new chapel of Saint John Vianney College Seminary (SJV) at the University of St. Thomas is scaling new heights in beauty since its recent pipe organ installation. Lewtak Pipe Organ Builders, Inc. completed the project Nov. 22, marking the official completion of the chapel which was dedicated by Archbishop Hebda on...
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Enter to Win $10,000 to Help Build Your Company

Applications for the St. Thomas Business Plan Competition are due on Feb. 8, 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 and recent alumni. Don't have experience creating a business plan? No problem. Attend a Business Plan Competition and FGSIC info session.
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Seen Around St. Thomas

The grand staircase in the nearly completed Schoenecker Center on south campus in St. Paul on January 5, 2024.
A view of the grand staircase in the nearly completed Schoenecker Center on south campus in St. Paul. The Schoenecker Center will open for classes in February. (Mark Brown/University of St. Thomas)

In the News

Media Highlights:
Johnny Tauer, head coach of the men's basketball team, recently spoke with SB Nation for a story about the team's quick transition from D-III to playing at a high level in D-I.

John Abraham, professor of mechanical engineering at the School of Engineering, was recently featured in The Guardian discussing a global study indicating that the world's oceans broke another heat record in 2023.

The Dougherty Family College was recently featured in an article from Inside Higher Ed about investing in long-term success for students who transfer between community colleges and four-year universities.

Lawrence Chui, professor of accounting at the Opus College of Business, recently spoke with the Star Tribune about why he joined the FBI's Citizens Academy.

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

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