March 1, 2023 Newsletter


State of the University: Momentum and Aspirations

President Rob Vischer.
The University of St. Thomas' place as Minnesota's largest private university is well established, but Rob Vischer knows its impact can be felt far beyond the state's borders. In his first State of the University address as St. Thomas' president, Vischer indicated it's time for more people across the country to know about the work…
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STEAM Rises: The Building of Schoenecker Center

As the University of St. Thomas crossed the halfway point to opening the 130,000-square-foot Schoenecker Center, its new home for science, technology, arts, engineering and mathematics, the McGough Construction crew and naming donors marked the moment by signing the steel beam that was placed at the highest point on the building. This act, known in…
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Three St. Thomas Students Named Fulbright Semifinalists

Three University of St. Thomas students are semifinalists for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program this year: Pictured left to right: senior Laura Hankins (neuroscience), Alli Preece '21 (Spanish and political science) and senior Adalí Flores-Mendoza (communications studies, Spanish, and English). Learn more about what they hope to accomplish if selected for a prestigious Fulbright grant.

Faculty Promotions and Tenure Announced

Winter campus scene.
Congratulations are in order as the Office of Academic Affairs announces 10 faculty who have been granted tenure and other promotions. Please join us in celebrating their accomplishments!

March 3: Cor Jesu at The Saint Paul Seminary

Join The Saint Paul Seminary for eucharistic adoration, confession, praise and worship music with young adults, college-age and older. Bishop Joseph Williams will preside. The gathering takes place at 8 p.m. inside St. Mary's Chapel. Read more.

March 3: First Friday Discusses Good for Veterans

St. Thomas VP of Student Affairs Karen Lange will moderate the March First Friday luncheon panel discussion that will feature thought leaders in veteran-focused organizations: Russ Becker (left), chief executive officer and president of APi Group, and alum Greg Fredlund '06 (center), president of Northland, an infrastructure services provider that is a wholly owned subsidiary of APi Group. Learn more about this in-person event.

Reflection on Black History Month

After attending the play Blues for an Alabama Sky at the Guthrie Theater on Feb. 21, with a panel discussion co-sponsored by the Racial Justice Initiative and the Melrose and The Toro Company Center for Principled Leadership, St. Thomas President Rob Vischer penned a reflection about Black History Month. In it he discusses how this observance takes us back in time in order to convey essential truths about the present day. "History is the entry point to a deeper understanding of virtually every discipline," he wrote. Read the full reflection on OneStThomas.

Historic Week Ahead for Tommie Student-Athletes

It's a momentous week for the women's and men's basketball teams, who are making their first-ever appearances in a Division I postseason at the Summit League Championships. Meanwhile, men's hockey is making its second trip.

Full schedule.

Supporting Tommies on the Court

School of Education leaders and staff recently cheered on three education majors who are on the women's basketball team: Jade Hill (4), Jo Langbehn (34), and Maggie Negaard (23).

The women celebrated senior day in style with a 74-68 win over North Dakota. Read the game recap.

COVID-19 Dashboard: 23 New Cases Reported

The university reported 23 new COVID-19 positive cases, including 14 student and nine employee cases, for the week ending Feb. 24, 2023. See full dashboard details on the COVID-19 webpage.

Boosters and flu shots: It's not too late to receive a flu shot or COVID-19 bivalent booster if you've yet to receive one. Schedule a vaccination by calling the Center for Well-Being at (651) 962-6750.

Seen Around St. Thomas

Students take photos with a 360-degree camera during the Soul Food Dinner, organized by the Black Empowerment Student Alliance (BESA). (Brandon Woller/University of St. Thomas)

In the News

Media Highlights: The School of Education's Grow Your Own program was highlighted in a Star Tribune article focusing on the state's need for more teachers from underrepresented racial backgrounds.

Joel Johnson, head coach of the University of St. Thomas women's hockey team, recently spoke with The New York Times about why talented young women are drawn to the U.S. for college athletics.

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