Jan. 18, 2023 Newsletter


St. Thomas Announces Record-Breaking, $75 Million Gift for Multiuse Arena

The Lee and Penny Anderson Arena will be the new home for Tommies hockey and basketball, further elevating the university as a leading Division I national Catholic university. The single largest monetary gift ever given to a Minnesota university will bring hockey onto campus for the first time at the University of St. Thomas – and the state's college basketball fans will have a new venue to visit as well.
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Designs are still being finalized for the multipurpose arena, but the historic gift officially kicks off fundraising for the venue on the university's south campus. Read answers to frequently asked questions.

Sights and Sounds: Lee and Penny Anderson Arena

Lee and Penny Anderson announcement with confetti.
Anderson Student Center was filled with excitement Jan. 17 as members of the St. Thomas community packed the atrium to learn about the Lee and Penny Anderson Arena. St. Thomas photographers Liam James Doyle and Carlee Hackl captured the enthusiasm of the day.
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A World of Science: Ancient Art and History Under the St. Thomas Microscope

Tucked away in a corner of the O'Shaughnessy Science Hall on the St. Paul campus, you'll find the geology lab. Under the microscope today is a special sample that could hold important clues to the ancient Roman world. Lab manager Anik Regan is working with Sophia Ritacco, a sociology major and art history museum studies…
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MLK Reflection From President Rob Vischer

This weekend, we pause to remember the life and ministry of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. King offers powerful lessons for today, but those lessons grow more elusive as Americans – particularly white Americans – have gradually constructed a milder and gentler vision of him.Since his assassination, he has become almost universally admired in…
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Where Are We 55 Years Since Dr. King's Death?

MLK statue
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated 55 years ago, and many of his hopes and dreams for America in terms of racial equality are yet to make as much progress as he likely would have hoped. "Dr. King would be very concerned about where we are and would be pushing and advocating for us…
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National Day of Racial Healing

The National Day of Racial Healing takes place annually on the day after Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It is an opportunity to gather community members to get to know each other, cultivate relationships, and learn about each other's backgrounds and lived experiences.

We hope you will treat the day as part of an ongoing opportunity this year to share information on the history of race and explore ways to increase empathy, solidarity, and racial equity. Find suggestions here.

Tales from the Archives: Mid-Winter Celebrations

Spirit of winter and Viking snow sculptures.
While the annual Saint Paul Winter Carnival, with its signature parade and medallion hunt, may be more well known, St. Thomas has had a long tradition hosting its own mid-winter celebrations. St. Thomas' first Mid-Winter Frolic was held on Feb. 11, 1938. Sponsored by the Inter-Club Council, the event was held in the Armory building…
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Employees: Consent for 2022 W-2 Electronic Tax Forms

As part of our sustainability initiatives at the University of St. Thomas, we invite employees to help us eliminate the usage of paper by opting to receive your W-2 electronically.

If you have not already had a chance to do so, and you would like to access your 2022 W-2 electronically, you must consent via Murphy Online by Friday, Jan. 20.

If you do not consent, you will not be able to view or print your 2022 W-2, as well as your previous years' W-2 forms via Murphy Online.

Your 2022 paper W-2 form will be mailed separately to your home address no later than Jan. 31.

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In Our Prayers

Please pray for Darik and Megan Lamke '08, '16 Mini MBA, who are no longer expecting the birth of their twins, Luke and Leia. In addition to their parents, Luke and Leia are survived by big sister Lyra.

Please also keep in your prayers Opus College of Business faculty member Julie Gerend, whose mother, Theresa McDonell, died recently. A memorial service is planned for this Saturday.

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Seen Around St. Thomas

A fresh snowfall coats campus in St. Paul. (Mark Brown/University of St. Thomas)

In the News

Media Highlights: The announcement of the Lee and Penny Anderson Arena drew widespread attention from local and national outlets. The news took up much of the front page in Wednesday's Star Tribune, who published three stories on the arena, including features on the Anderson family's philanthropy and Tommie coaches who had to keep the arena a secret.

Engineering Professor John Abraham recently spoke with multiple outlets to provide insight into a study that shows ocean temperatures on the rise and hitting a new record. Abraham released the study alongside a team of more than 20 leading climate scientists from around the world.

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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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