July 3, 2024 Newsletter


In observation of the Independence Day holiday, university offices and dining services will be closed on July 4, 5 and 6. The Northsider will be open on Sunday, July 7, for lunch and dinner services. Have a safe and happy Fourth of July!

St. Thomas Students Embrace Power of Tommie Network

Tommie Network-Google
Higher education provides students many opportunities for connections to resources, professors, peers and thought leadership. Enrolling at the University of St. Thomas opens a student's world even further, connecting them with a network of Tommies who once walked the same halls and lounged on the same quad. These Tommie alumni have the wisdom that comes…
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The Sharpening of a Scholar

Professor Michael Stokes Paulsen speaking.
Professor Michael Stokes Paulsen is known for shining a light on obscure corners of constitutional history, often employing his irreverent wit in journal articles like "Is West Virginia Unconstitutional?" and "Let's Mess with Texas." Though Paulsen's writing can be playful, he almost always has a serious purpose: to illuminate a neglected or misunderstood aspect of…
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Professional Notes

University of St. Thomas Dean Named to National Fellowship for Educator-Preparation Leaders

Amy Smith Impact Academy headshot.
Dr. Amy Smith, dean of the School of Education at University of St. Thomas, was recently named an Impact Academy fellow through national nonprofit organization Deans for Impact (DFI). Smith joins a cohort of leaders chosen for their commitment to improving educator preparation. Educator-preparation programs today face complex challenges as they recruit and prepare teachers…
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Retired St. Thomas Math Professor Receives Honorary Degree from University in Scotland

Chehrzad Shakiban, PhD, a retired math professor at the University of St. Thomas and a senior fellow in its Center for Common Good, received an honorary degree from Heriot-Watt University in Scotland on June 19, in recognition of her commitment and contributions to advancing education around the world. She was presented with the title of…
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English Department Chair and MA Students Present at International Conference

Alexis Easley, Kari Aakre, Victoria Bartness and Cate Triola.
Dr. Alexis Easley, chair of the English Department at the University of St. Thomas, and Master of Arts in English students Kari Aakre, Victoria Bartness, and Cate Triola presented at a peer-reviewed international conference June 13-15. The Research Society for Victorian Periodicals conference was held at the University of Stirling in Scotland. Aakre and Triola…
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St. Thomas Selected as United World Colleges Partner

United World College partner
St. Thomas has been selected as a United World Colleges partner, a global movement focused on educating students to bring unity and peace for a sustainable future. Effective fall 2024, St. Thomas will be one of 100 U.S. partner institutions, one of only five in Minnesota. This new partnership is a strong tool in diversifying and expanding international recruitment of international undergraduate students.
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Seen Around St. Thomas

Faculty volunteered at Catholic Charities in St. Paul as part of their annual participation with the Community Engagement Institute. (Brandon Woller '17/University of St. Thomas)

In the News

Media Highlights:

School of Law Associate Professor Rachel Moran talked with MinnPost about a new law banning the use of "excited delirium" in police training throughout the state.

School of Engineer Professor John Abraham joined WCCO Radio to discuss green energy solutions and how climate change is contributing to the extremely wet weather being seen across Minnesota and much of the country this summer.

School of Law Professor Thomas Berg was quoted in an article from the Star Tribune editorial board on the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on presidential immunity.

School of Law Professor Mark Osler spoke with PolitiFact about the presidential immunity ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court.

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In Case You Missed It

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A Mechanical Engineer Pursues Environmental Justice

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