June 5, 2024 Newsletter


Favorite Photos From Commencement 2024

A student shake hugs Engineering Dean Don Weinkauf during the Graduate Commencement Ceremony for the College of Arts and Sciences, The School of Divinity, the School of Engineering and the School of Education on May 26, 2024 in St. Paul.
University of St. Thomas photographers Mark Brown and Brandon Woller '17 look forward to taking images of commencement each year. It's an opportunity to capture students, staff, faculty and family celebrating huge accomplishments years in the making. The following images are some favorites, selected by the photography staff.
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From Aspiring Lawyer to Data Storyteller

Innovation Scholars Program team.
Finding the right career path is rarely linear. As a college student, Xavier Conzet initially considered pursuing a law career, intrigued by its focus on research and evidence-based arguments. But after discovering that the appeal that drew him to law was also present in analytics, he shifted his focus. "I was doing a lot of…
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Tommie Expert: Generative AI's Real-World Impact on Job Markets

An AI eye.
Generative artificial intelligence (gen AI) is now an increasing concern throughout the world, with numerous sectors buzzing about its potential and the associated concerns about job displacement. This introductory examination will look at what gen AI is, its capabilities, and the causes for these developing worries. We will specifically look at how gen AI affects…
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Tales from the Archives: St. Thomas During World War II

V-12 unit on St. Thomas grounds.
In the lead up to the fall semester of 1943, the then College of St. Thomas found itself grappling with a crisis. With only around 80 students enrolled, the institution faced dire financial circumstances. Most of its all-male student body had either volunteered for service or were part of reserve corps called up for duty.…
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University News

Susan S. Morrison School of Nursing at St. Thomas Receives Accreditation Approval

The Susan S. Morrison School of Nursing at the University of St. Thomas has reached another milestone. In addition to seeing its first graduates cross the stage this May, it recently received the final vote of approval for accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). In a May 2024 letter to the school's…
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Luann Dummer Center for Women Names Dr. Elizabeth Wilkinson as New Director

Liz Wilkinson, English professor
The Luann Dummer Center for Women (LDCW) at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota has appointed Dr. Elizabeth Wilkinson to serve as the next director of the center. Her directorship will begin on July 1, 2024. Wilkinson, who has been at St. Thomas since 2008, is an associate professor in the Department of English…
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Celebrate Juneteenth at Virtual MasterClass

Join the Racial Justice Initiative for a special MasterClass session celebrating Juneteenth. Dr. Yohuru Williams will dive into the rich tapestry of the holiday. Celebrate freedom, delve into untold stories and engage in thought-provoking discussions. Participants must register ahead and have the option to join virtually on one of two dates, June 18 or June 19 from Noon-1 p.m.
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Seen Around St. Thomas

Marlon Blake with Proud to Be First students
Assistant Dean of Students Marlon Blake cheers on graduating students who participated in the Proud To Be First Pinning Ceremony on May 24, 2024. The students were among the first in their families to attend college. (Brandon Woller '17/University of St. Thomas)

In the News

Media Highlights:

John Abraham, mechanical engineering professor at the School of Engineering, joined WCCO Radio to discuss how AI is used in his research and the potential long-term impacts of AI on society.

Phil Esten, vice president and director of athletics, spoke with the Star Tribune about the ever-changing NCAA rules and regulations related to paying players in the name, image, likeness (NIL) era of D-I college sports.

Rachel Moran, associate professor at the School of Law, recently spoke with KARE 11 about an unusual update in the Feeding Our Future fraud case, in which a bag with $120,000 in cash was dropped off at a juror's home as an alleged bribe.

Dougherty Family College Dean Buffy Smith spoke about the college's power to fulfill dreams in an interview with Native Roots Radio. Alum Cheyene Bialke AA '22 BS '24 also joined to share her own inspiring journey.

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In Case You Missed It

VIDEO: 2024 Commencement Highlights
Sights and Sounds: Class of 2024 March Out of the Arches
School of Nursing Hosts Pinning Ceremony for First Tommie Nurses

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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