Jan. 4, 2023 Newsletter


Shifting Leadership Fuels St. Thomas Innovation

A changing landscape in higher education spurs new ideas from new leaders at St. Thomas New academic deans. A new head of enrollment. And, as we embark on a new year, even a new university president. To say a new era of leadership is underway at the University of St. Thomas would be a slight…
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Making Dreams a Reality: The Community Entrepreneurship Program

Brianna Edwards has a big, bold and flavorful dream. The creator behind a line of low-sodium spice mixes, LOV3 IT S3ASONING, Edwards wants to see her bottles on store shelves across the country. To get there, she's turned to the University of St. Thomas and the Schulze School of Entrepreneurship. Edwards is part of the…
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Let's Celebrate Our New President: Rob Vischer

The Board of Trustees and the Presidential Search Committee invite you to celebrate Rob Vischer as our new president at a reception on Monday, Jan. 9, at 3:30 p.m. in the Iversen Center for Faith. Join your colleagues, hear from Board Chair Pat Ryan and Search Committee Chair Dr. Amy Goldman and enjoy a sweet treat as we begin a new year with our new president.

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Remembering Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

The University of St Thomas joins the faithful around the world in prayer for Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. The Vatican announced that the 95-year-old passed away on Saturday, Dec. 31, at 9:34 a.m. in his residence at the Vatican's Mater Ecclesiae Monastery. On Saturday, University of St. Thomas President Rob Vischer tweeted: "The @UofStThomasMN mourns…
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Read the Latest Edition of Lumen Magazine

In this issue, read about Monsignor Terrence Murphy's view of a Catholic university; God and mathematics; sacred art; alumni in business; and more. Lumen is published by the Center for Catholic Studies.

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Football Announces 29 Signees From Class of 2023

National Signing Day.
St. Thomas Football announced its latest Division I signing class on Dec. 21, with 29 players from the Class of 2023 making their formal commitment to the university and to coach Glenn Caruso's program. The 29-man class, representing 11 states, includes multiple academic all-state and academic all-conference recipients. Their intended academic majors include business, engineering,…
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Get Your Flu Shot and COVID-19 Booster

If you still need a flu vaccine or COVID-19 booster, it's not too late to add that extra layer of protection. The Center for Well-Being has the bivalent omicron COVID-19 booster available. Schedule a vaccination by calling the Center for Well-Being at (651) 962-6750.

COVID-19 dashboard: The university reported one new COVID-19 positive test for the week ending Dec. 30, 2022, and a 92.2% vaccination rate among students, faculty and staff. See full dashboard details on the COVID-19 webpage.

Seen Around St. Thomas

St. Paul Rabbi Tzemach Feller welcomed guests to a Hanukkah menorah lighting in front of the Anderson Student Center on Dec. 21, 2022. (Mark Brown/University of St. Thomas)

Professional Notes

Seven Faculty Earn Promotions

The Arches.
The Office of Academic Affairs is pleased to announce that seven among our tenured faculty have been promoted to the rank of professor, effective Sept. 1, 2023: Please join us in congratulating our colleagues on a job very well done!
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In the News

Media Highlights: The Star Tribune spoke with basketball coach Johnny Tauer. Sports reporter Marcus Fuller writes that St. Thomas is making its case as Minnesota's best Division I men's basketball team: "How good are the Tommies? They're 11-5, including wins in their first two Summit League games. And despite being only two years removed from D-III, the debate is on over whether they'd beat the Gophers."

Manjeet Rege, professor and chair of the Department of Software Engineering and Data Science at the University of St. Thomas School of Engineering, recently spoke with WCCO Radio about artificial intelligence applications, such as Lensa and ChatGPT, and their potential consequences.

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In Case You Missed It

Rob Vischer Named 16th President of the University of St. Thomas
Life at St. Thomas: 2022 Photos of the Year
Dr. Ernie Owens: Building a New Generation of Diverse Leaders

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