Jan. 24, 2024 Newsletter

University News

University of St. Thomas School of Law Appoints Daniel Kelly as New Dean

Dean Dan Kelly announcement
The University of St. Thomas School of Law has selected Daniel B. Kelly, an accomplished University of Notre Dame law and economics researcher with strong experience creating multidisciplinary programs, as the fourth dean to lead the Minnesota-based law school. Kelly has taught as a professor at Notre Dame since 2009 and currently serves as both…
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New St. Thomas Speaker Series Aims to Move People 'Forward' – Together

Finding Forward launch speakers
'Finding Forward' kicks off with Christopher J. Waller on Feb. 22, followed by Marc Lore and Justice Alan Page in March. Building trust, overcoming differences and breaking through standstills. It's not something that happens enough in society today, but it's the primary aim of a new speaker series that Minnesota's largest private university is hosting…
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Racial Justice Initiative to Host Voting Rights Symposium; Governor and Attorney General to Speak

Yohuru Williams and RJI Symposium speakers
The Racial Justice Initiative at the University of St. Thomas, in collaboration with FairVote Minnesota and other nonprofits and universities, is co-hosting an in-person Symposium on Voting Rights: Our Past, Our Present, Our Future on Feb. 1 to kick off Black History Month. The symposium, which recognizes the 60th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act,…
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Tales from the Archives: Homes for the Arts and Sciences

WPA Orchestra performance.
As the first group of students take classes in the Schoenecker Center, a state-of-the-art facility designed to foster creativity and innovation, take a nostalgic journey through the history of homes for the arts and sciences on the St. Thomas campus. In 1903, the Class Building emerged as a cornerstone for academic pursuits, featuring a cutting-edge…
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Saints Among Us: Saint Paul Seminary Home to Several Rare Relics

Seminarian Benjamin Peters
Just a 10-minute walk around the interior of St. Mary's Chapel at The Saint Paul Seminary can be transformative – especially if you know where to look. Benjamin Peters does. As the seminary's head sexton, the Diocese of Winona-Rochester seminarian is responsible for many of the physical items inside the chapel. That includes six saintly…
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Visit With President Vischer During Spring Office Hours

President Rob Vischer will hold office hours monthly on both the St. Paul (Aquinas Hall) and Minneapolis (Terrence Murphy Hall) campuses. Be sure to make an appointment, which are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Office hours will be held on select days through February, March and April.
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2023 W-2s Available Online

The 2023 W-2 is now available for employees to view and download in Murphy Online. All employees are strongly encouraged to consent to receive their W-2 electronically. Without this consent, your 2023 W-2 form will be mailed to your home address by Jan. 31, 2024.
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Seen Around St. Thomas

I-35W bridge piece
When the Schoenecker Center opens for classes in February, the St. Thomas community will see a portion of the I-35W bridge on display. This piece from the bridge that collapsed in Minneapolis on Aug. 1, 2007, will be discussed in some engineering classes. (Brandon Woller '17/University of St. Thomas)

In the News

Yohuru Williams, Phil Esten, Will Pittner and electric vehicle.
Media Highlights:

Yohuru Williams, history professor and founding director of the Racial Justice Initiative, joined WCCO Radio on air following the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Breakfast to talk about Dr. King's legacy and the contemporary efforts to advance racial justice.

Phil Esten, vice president and director of athletics, spoke with WCCO Radio about the fast progress that's been made since St. Thomas Athletics made the jump from D-III to D-I, and provided an update on the new home for hockey and basketball – the Lee and Penny Anderson Arena.

Will Pittner, a recent graduate of the Schulze School of Entrepreneurship, spoke with The Catholic Spirit about his start-up, Food to People.

Jukka Kukkonen, EV market and technologies professor at the School of Engineering, spoke with the Star Tribune about the costs and logistics of installing electric vehicle chargers at home.

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