July 10, 2024 Newsletter


California Dreamin' in Minnesota

Students at Idea Jam.
Vast fields define the landscape of El Dorado Hills, a small town in Northern California. Once central in the California gold rush, the town is home to Blair Horan '26. Just like the 49ers before him, Horan is no stranger to the search for gold. While in high school, the California native started and ran…
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Tales from the Archives: Tom Town

Aerial view of St. Thomas campus in 1948.
Located where the O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library and O'Shaughnessy Educational Center now stand, there once existed a humble community known as Tom Town. From 1946-59, Tom Town provided needed housing for married faculty and students of St. Thomas. The post-World War II housing shortage in the Twin Cities presented a challenge for St. Thomas to accommodate the…
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Faculty Profile: Dr. Ali Ling and Dr. Mingu Kang

Ali Ling and Mingu Kang headshots.
Get to know School of Engineering faculty members Dr. Ali Ling and Dr. Mingu Kang in this profile from St. Thomas Engineer. The assistant professors of civil engineering are pioneering research in their field, including studies on PFAS concentrations and new field sensors for transportation facilities.
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Philosophy Professor Named to Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas

Gloria Frost headshot.
Gloria Frost, a philosophy professor in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of St. Thomas, was recently named by the Vatican Secretary of State to the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas. Frost is only the fifth woman to be appointed to the academy since its founding in 1879 and the first…
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Seen Around St. Thomas

First year students and families attend Orientation in Woulfe Alumni Hall on July 9, 2024, in St. Paul.
First-year students and families attend opening day of orientation in James B. Woulfe Alumni Hall on July 9 in St. Paul. (Mark Brown/University of St. Thomas)

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Mastering the St. Thomas Sound: Tommie Record Label Debuts

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It didn't take long for inspiration to hit. Just hours after opening the doors to the University of St. Thomas' new Schoenecker Center, music business students were already collaborating on their first big idea: a Tommie record label. "It sounded a bit crazy and daunting at first," Owen Hjerpe '24 said. "But it was also…
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In the News

Media Highlights:

Renee Buhr, political science and international studies professor at the College of Arts and Sciences, published an op-ed in The Hill on the rise of the far-right National Rally party in France.

Benjamin Heidgerken, adjunct professor of theology at the College of Arts and Sciences, recently published an article about the movie "Inside Out 2," and its connections to Catholic understanding of the human person.

Christopher Michaelson, professor of business ethics at the Opus College of Business, co-authored the book, Is Your Work Worth It?, an excerpt from which was published by Fast Company.

Kevin Sauter, professor emeritus of communication studies at the College of Arts and Sciences, spoke with KARE 11 about the unique meeting between President Biden and Democratic governors.

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In Case You Missed It

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