July 19, 2023 Newsletter


Women in Software and Data Science: Overcoming the Red Queen Effect

Master's degree student Renee Mueggenborg says the struggle for women in software and data science is best summarized by a quote from a familiar character in the children's book Through the Looking-Glass. "Queen of Hearts says something like, 'You have to run to stay in place,' and I think with diversity and inclusion, that is…
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Racial Justice Initiative: Leading Critical Conversations

Dr. Yohuru Williams
When the Racial Justice Initiative (RJI) was founded at the University of St. Thomas in summer 2020, a new lane for powerful and engaging work toward racial justice emerged in the Twin Cities. With a clear and unique vision, its founder, Dr. Yohuru Williams, champions historical recovery as the foundation for revealing the "six degrees…
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Victorian Periodicals Research Sends Tommies to France

Cecilia Becicka '23 didn't expect to finish her senior year at the University of St. Thomas eating canapes in a small castle in Caen, France. The data analytics major had just wrapped up a presentation at the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals (RSVP) conference. Usually knee-deep in numbers and spreadsheets, it was now time for…
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Updated Land Acknowledgment Now Online

The lower quad - The Anderson Athletic and Recreation Complex, the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library, JRC, Aquinas Hall and Monahan Plaza as seen from a drone on a cold but pretty fall day on October 16, 2020, in St. Paul.
After considering feedback gathered over the course of the previous two-plus years, the University of St. Thomas has updated its official land acknowledgment statement. The revised statement is now available along with additional information about how the language was developed, guidelines for usage and external resources.
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President Rob Vischer Joins National Panel on the 'Student-Centered College'

Dean Rob Vischer headshot.
University of St. Thomas President Rob Vischer recently joined the Chronicle of Higher Education alongside two Tommie students (Jordyn Lamker and Jalyn Hall) as well as fellow university presidents and administrators for a panel discussion focused on student-centered colleges and universities. The discussion, hosted by senior editor Alexander Kafka, delved into strategies to overcome enrollment…
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Pollinator Path Course Launches

Campus is feeling buzzy with the launch of the Pollinator Path Principles badge! In this self-paced course, you'll be immersed in the world of flowers and their pollinators through interactive modules. You'll also learn how to spot pollinators and flowers on our very own Pollinator Path around the St. Thomas campus. Learn more.

Donate to the OISS Borrowing Closet

The Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) is now accepting donations for the fall 2023 Borrowing Closet, which will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2023. The Borrowing Closet is an annual event for incoming international students hosted by OISS during orientation. Through your donations, new students are able to get necessary items for their time at St. Thomas. Learn more.

Seen Around St. Thomas

Incoming students and parents visit a variety of booths at the Orientation and Registration Information Fair in the Anderson Student Center. (Mark Brown/University of St. Thomas)

In the News

Media Highlights: Dave Vang, finance professor at Opus College of Business, recently spoke with WCCO-TV about Minnesota's ranking as the fifth-most "recession-proof" state in the U.S.

Julia Harris, head coach of the University of St. Thomas dance team, spoke with KSTP-TV about Drew Thompson, the first male to become a part of the team, and the unique opportunity it presents.

John Boyle, Catholic Studies professor, spoke with the Catholic Courier about St. Thomas Aquinas and his influence on Catholic thought.

Read St. Thomas "In the News" stories.

In Case You Missed It

Seven New Members Join Board of Trustees
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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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