June 7, 2023 Newsletter


MA in Diversity Leadership Envisions New Era of Professionals

Dr. Paola Ehrmantraut believes in the power of inclusive space. The director of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies and the Endowed Chair in Humanities at the University of St. Thomas, Ehrmantraut is on a mission to produce space where everyone is welcome – whether that's in the classroom, the break room or the boardroom. "When…
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Justice Margaret Chutich: Leading With Kindness and Generosity

Justice Margaret Chutich.
Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Margaret Chutich has never shied away from competition. Growing up in Anoka, Minnesota, in the 1960s and '70s, she started playing tennis at the age of 9, and by age 11 was ranked first in her age group. By the time she got to ninth and 10th grades, few girls could…
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Former USAF Fighter Pilot and St. Thomas Alumnus Aids Ukrainian Refugees

Rob Zettel by a fighter jet.
In early 2022, Rob Zettel '76 made a trip to Poland, just six miles from the Ukrainian border, to provide food and supplies to Ukrainians displaced by the war. Zettel knew he wanted to become a pilot since before his high school guidance counselor gave him several reasons why he shouldn't. If that challenge didn't…
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Cultivating STEM With DFC Scholars

You could almost see the light bulbs flashing. The day's task for scholars at the brand-new Dougherty Family College STEM Club was to create an LED light, completely from scratch. That meant picking out their own blinking bulbs, prepping battery packs and melting metal joints together with a soldering iron at a temperature of more…
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Juneteenth MasterClass Registration Closes June 9

In celebration of Juneteenth, the University of St. Thomas Racial Justice Initiative (RJI) invites St. Thomas faculty and staff to its upcoming MasterClass session with Dr. Yohuru Williams: "Nothing but Freedom: Legacy of Emancipation." In this lecture, Williams will explore the afterlife of emancipation and how the freed people helped shape a new future for themselves and the nation. The virtual learning lesson is June 14 at noon. An in-person "AfterClass Social" will follow on June 21. The event is free for St. Thomas faculty and staff when entering the discount code located on the OneStThomas post. Registration is required.

SEED Now Forming Cohorts for 2023-24

Applications are now open for faculty and staff to join the next cohorts of SEED at St. Thomas. Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity is a peer-led professional development program that creates conversational communities to drive personal, organizational, and societal change toward greater equity and diversity. Sponsored by the Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, the SEED Project is a national program that trains hundreds of educators, parents and community leaders from across the U.S. Cohort seminars get underway in September. Applications are due by Sept. 1.

Nominations Needed for Principled Leadership Award

Do you know a principled leader making a positive impact in the Twin Cities? If the answer is yes, go for it and nominate that person for the 2023 Melrose Twin Cities Principled Leadership Award. The award is designed to honor extraordinary leaders making an impact in our community. Nominations are now open through July 15. Learn more.

Seen Around St. Thomas

Professor Mahmoud Kabalan, director of the Center for Microgrid Research, leads a tour of the center for the MN EVO group. (Brandon Woller '17/University of St. Thomas)

In the News

Media Highlights: Glenn Caruso, football head coach, spoke with the Star Tribune about his experience working as an assistant coach for the first time since 2005 – reporting up to his 18-year-old daughter, Anna.

Jason Pettit, management professor at the Opus College of Business, recently joined WCCO Radio to talk about how businesses make decisions around social and environmental practices.

Liz Murphy '23, an entrepreneurship major and recent graduate, joined WCCO-TV to share the story about her start-up, Perky Plant, which provides organic house plant fertilizer while advancing its mental health mission.

Read St. Thomas "In the News" stories.

In Case You Missed It

Mini-Internships in Argentina: Real-world Marketing Experience
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Rebuilding Ukraine to Save Children, Refugees

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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