Jan. 25, 2023 Newsletter


Building a Community of Support With the DFC Advisory Board

Oliver Phan knows firsthand the power of education. A Vietnamese refugee, Phan and his family moved to Northeast Minneapolis when he was just 8 years old. "Being a refugee, I started from the bottom," Phan said. "You have a lot of social challenges, things that pull you back. Getting a great education will get you…
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gener8tor Showcases St. Thomas-Founded Early-Stage Start-ups

gBETA students at an event.
16 students complete gALPHA St. Thomas and prepare for virtual showcase Global venture firm and start-up accelerator, gener8tor, in partnership with the University of St. Thomas and the Schulze School of Entrepreneurship, kicked off the fourth gALPHA St. Thomas cohort earlier this month. The 2023 gALPHA St. Thomas cohort consisted of 16 University of St.…
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Urban Art Mapping Receives NEA Grant for BLM Murals Research

The Urban Art Mapping research team within the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota has been approved by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to receive a research grant. The $80,000 arts grant will support an interdisciplinary, comparative study of eight Black Lives Matter street murals produced throughout…
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Schedule 15 Minutes With the President

President Rob Vischer will hold office hours monthly on both St. Paul (Aquinas Hall) and Minneapolis (Terrence Murphy Hall) campuses. Appointments will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. To schedule a 15-minute appointment with the president, please contact Erica Oswald at ejoswald@stthomas.edu or (651) 962-6500.

This semester, the president's office hours will be from 2-4 p.m. on:
• Wednesday, Feb. 8, in Room 100, Aquinas Hall
• Thursday, Feb. 9, in Room 289, Terrence Murphy Hall
• Tuesday, March 28, in Room 289, Terrence Murphy Hall
• Wednesday, March 29, in Room 100, Aquinas Hall
• Tuesday, April 18, in Room 100, Aquinas Hall
• Wednesday, April 19, in Room 289, Terrence Murphy Hall

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Stay Healthy This Semester: Get Vaccinated

The School of Law is back in session and soon, so will all of our students. We look forward to a great semester with everyone staying as healthy as can be. With numbers on campus increasing, now is a great time to schedule a flu shot or COVID-19 bivalent booster if you didn't get one in the fall. Schedule a vaccination by calling the Center for Well-Being at (651) 962-6750.

The university reported two new COVID-19 positive cases for the week ending Jan. 20, 2023. See full dashboard details on the COVID-19 webpage.

We Are Community: A Prayer Service to Stop Violence

As a St. Thomas community, we mourn the innocent lives that were taken at the start of the Lunar New Year. As a community we stand together in solidarity and we stand for an end to violence. Please join us for a special prayer service at 12:15 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 27, in the Anderson Student Center atrium as we mourn the 20 lives lost in 48 hours when there were attacks on Asian communities this Lunar New Year, and as we mourn the lives of all those who have lost their lives to gun violence.

Celebrating the Lunar New Year

Although the Lunar New Year has had a very solemn start, St. Thomas sends best wishes to the community for a happy Lunar New Year, along with prosperity in this Year of the Rabbit. The Spring Festival, celebrated by Asian communities around the world, kicked off on Jan. 22 and runs for two weeks.

To learn more about the history of this holiday, Professor Xioawen Guan recommends checking out The Oxford Handbook of Asian American History and Professor Monica Liu suggests China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know by Jeffrey Wasserstrom.

Zeroing in on Campus Waste

The University of St. Thomas is participating in the Campus Race to Zero Waste (formerly known as Recyclemania) again in 2023! Campus Race to Zero Waste is a nationwide competition between colleges and universities to reduce and divert as much of their waste as possible. For more information on how you can participate click here.

Seen Around St. Thomas

Director of Athletics Phil Esten and President Rob Vischer speak during a press conference following the announcement of the Lee and Penny Anderson Arena. The multiuse facility will become the home of basketball, hockey and other events on the St. Paul campus. Learn more about the arena here. (Liam James Doyle)

In the News

Media Highlights: Dr. Buffy Smith, dean of Dougherty Family College, was highlighted in a piece by the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities about how Catholic two-year colleges are increasing accessibility in higher education.

Dr. Yohuru Williams, founding director of the Racial Justice Initiative, recently spoke with WESH 2 at Rollins College about the importance of increasing economic opportunity alongside civil rights.

Read St. Thomas "In the News" stories.

In Case You Missed It

St. Thomas Announces $75 Million Gift for Multiuse Arena
Ancient Art and History Under the St. Thomas Microscope
Tales from the Archives: Mid-Winter Celebrations

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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