Jan. 31, 2024 Newsletter


In this issue, we're spotlighting our 2024 Tommie Award finalists, Abby Kielty, Nguyen (Lucky) Phan, and Annabel Schueneman! The Tommie Award is presented each spring semester to a University of St. Thomas senior who, according to students, faculty and staff, best represents the ideals of St. Thomas Aquinas through scholarship, leadership and campus involvement. Profiles of each finalist are listed below in alphabetical order.

Voting to determine the Tommie Award recipient is scheduled for Feb. 6-8. A ballot will arrive to your official St. Thomas email address. Good luck finalists!

Tommie Award Finalist: Abby Kielty '24

Abby Kielty smiling
Whether you find her in Dowling Hall building community for her residents, working on research with faculty or leading the political science honors society, Tommie Award finalist Abby Kielty '24 exemplifies dedication to the common good. Kielty, a residence hall adviser, has also engaged in Ready to Run Minnesota, an organization that encourages women to…
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Tommie Award Finalist: Nguyen 'Lucky' Phan '24

Nguyen "Lucky" Phan in front of the Arches.
From the time she set foot on the St. Thomas campus, Tommie Award finalist Nguyen "Lucky" Phan '24 made a point to be actively involved in the university community. She has served as president of ASIA Club, vice president of Undergraduate Business Council and as the international students' representative in Undergraduate Student Government. "Lucky represents…
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Tommie Award Finalist: Annabel Schueneman '24

Annabel Schueneman smiling
Since her freshman year, Tommie Award finalist Annabel Schueneman '24 has welcomed prospective students to the University of St. Thomas through her role as a tour guide. But she's more than a friendly face. As a member of the Aquinas Scholars Honors Program, she also embodies the university's values through her dedication to academics and…
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VIDEO: Engineering Students Design Laser Measurement Tool for Track and Field

A women's Track and Field team member competes in the triple jump.
After decades of relying on their trusty tape measure … it was time for an upgrade. The University of St. Thomas track and field team recently went on a search for a new system to measure horizontal jumps. They found their solution in the minds of four senior engineering students. The age-old system for measuring…
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This Week in Tommie Basketball

Women's basketball team at a game.
The women's basketball team starts February with two back-to-back home games. The game between St. Thomas and University of Nebraska-Omaha is slated to begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 1 at Schoenecker Arena in St. Paul. Saturday's Feb. 3 game against the University of Missouri-Kansas City Roos has a 12:02 p.m. start time. The Tommies also will make their FOX9+ debut on Saturday, kicking off four consecutive weeks of St. Thomas athletics on the broadcast network.

The Tommies men's team will start a road series this week. Thursday they will be at the Mavericks in Baxter Arena in Omaha, Neb. St. Thomas closes its road swing and season series against the Roos this Saturday at 7 p.m. at Swinney Center in Kansas City, Mo. Watch the Thursday and Saturday games on the Summit League Network and listen on ESPN 1500 radio, 94.5 HD3.

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New Technology Coming to Public Safety

As part of the university's commitment to ensuring a safe, secure and welcoming campus community, Public Safety officers will be issued body worn cameras (BWCs) for use when on duty. This new technology expands camera coverage already in use around campus and will help aid in our ability to keep the community safe, investigate incidents and help with transparency. A robust privacy policy will guide the BWC program.
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Feb. 1: Attend Voting Rights Symposium

Yohuru Williams and RJI Symposium speakers
The Racial Justice Initiative at the University of St. Thomas, in collaboration with FairVote Minnesota, is co-hosting an in-person Symposium on Voting Rights. The symposium, which recognizes the 60th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, will convene a diverse and influential gathering of thought leaders, including Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan, Secretary of State Steve Simon, Attorney General Keith Ellison, and Racial Justice Initiative Founding Director Dr. Yohuru Williams. The event will take place on Feb. 1 from 8:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. on the St. Paul campus in Anderson Student Center. Registration is required.
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Feb. 5: First Week Back Kicks Off in Scooter's

To celebrate the kickoff of First Week Back, students can stop by Scooter's for doughnuts and selfies from 10 a.m. to Noon on Monday, Feb. 5.
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Apply to Join the Excel! Research Scholars Program

The Excel! Research Scholars Program helps equip undergraduate students for the journey toward graduate school admission. Notably, this program operates on principles of equity, aiming to assist students who are first-generation, possess significant financial need, and are members of racial groups that are underrepresented in their respective graduate school programs. Applications are now open. The deadline to apply is Feb. 20.
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Take QPR Training to Help Save a Life

QPR Suicide Prevention Training
QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) training is intended to teach individuals who have contact with students (e.g., faculty, staff, friends) how to recognize the warning signs of suicide and provide guidelines as to how to Question a person about suicidal thoughts, how to Persuade them to get help and how to Refer the person for help. The 90-minute trainings will be helpd Feb. 7, March 6 and April 3, from 4-5:30 p.m. at the Center for Well-Being.
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Seen Around St. Thomas

The 'A' in STEAM arrives this week as crews install visual art pieces all around the Schoenecker Center, the university's new central home for STEAM education. This sculpture, titled 'Portal Icosahedron' by artist Anthony James, is located just outside the John P. Monahan Gallery. Watch a video of the sculpture's installation and check out additional photos. (Brandon Woller '17/University of St. Thomas)

In the News

Media Highlights:

John Abraham, mechanical engineering professor at the School of Engineering, recently spoke with the Star Tribune about the latest global research on ocean warming and how ocean temperatures are contributing to Minnesota's warmest winter yet.

Andy Babula, finance professor and director of the real estate program at the Opus College of Business, recently spoke with WCCO about the struggle for many Americans to find a place to live.

Manjeet Rege, professor of software engineering and data science at the School of Engineering, recently spoke with KSTP about the new Master of Science in Artificial Intelligence program at the university, and how education is key to ensuring AI is used in an ethical and helpful way.

Carol Bruess, professor emerita of communication and journalism, and former director of family studies at the College of Arts and Sciences, recently spoke with the New York Times about presidential candidate Nikki Haley's decision to start calling her now husband by a different name.

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