March 15, 2023 Newsletter


Eric Olson: From Mineman to Veterans Association VP

Eric Olson '22 is a recent University of St. Thomas criminal justice graduate who served in the Navy for almost nine years. During his education at St. Thomas, he was vice president of the Veterans Association and credits the community for helping him get to where he is today. The Newsroom talked with Eric about…
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Second Straight Year: St. Thomas Earns Military Friendly School Gold

The University of St. Thomas' dedication to student veterans continues to be recognized at the top level. For the second year in a row, the university received the Military Friendly School Gold Award. St. Thomas has been recognized as a Military Friendly School for six years in a row. "I'm thankful to St. Thomas faculty,…
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Tales from the Archives: Irish Cultural Connections

Father Dennis Dease and Michael D. Higgins.
As St. Patrick's Day approaches, it is time to celebrate all things Irish. But instead of a parade and green beer, take a look back at some of the intellectual and cultural connections St. Thomas has made with the Emerald Isle over its history. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the university welcomed…
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Have a Safe Spring Break; Services Have Reduced Hours

As the university prepares for students to be on midterm break the week of March 20, some university services, such as dining and the shuttle bus, will have reduced hours of operation. One shuttle bus will run weekday mornings and evenings, with a stop once per hour at each campus. See the shuttle schedule. Navigate to the Dining Services webpage for hours and menus for each location. Regular schedules will resume on Monday, March 27.

The Power of Storytelling for Environmental Justice in Our Communities

Sky's the Water painting.
When the University of St. Thomas Sustainable Communities Partnership Arts Initiative (SCP Arts) and Saint Paul Almanac (SPA), a literary arts nonprofit organization in St. Paul, teamed up to develop an environmental justice storytelling project, the goal was to uplift voices from communities across Minnesota who have been affected by climate change and environmental injustice…
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Law Alumni Receive Attorney of the Year, Other Honors

School of Law alumni honors.
Several St. Thomas School of Law graduates have recently been recognized with awards and honors. Congratulations are in order for several alumni earning recognition from Minnesota Lawyer, Twin Cities Business and the Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal.
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Update on Law School Dean Search

School of Law building
A search committee has been formed to identify candidates to be the next dean of the University of St. Thomas School of Law. The committee is tasked with helping find a permanent replacement for Robert Vischer, who served as dean for nine years before becoming university president. The committee hopes to identify the new dean by the December holiday break.
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Irish Poet Jessica Traynor Receives 27th O'Shaughnessy Award

Headshot of Jessica Traynor
The Center for Irish Studies and College of Arts and Sciences at the University of St. Thomas announced Jessica Traynor as the recipient of the 27th Lawrence O'Shaughnessy Award for Poetry. The only prize of its type in the world, the O'Shaughnessy Award is granted to a poet resident in Ireland who makes significant contributions…
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Take the NCHA Health Survey

Check your email! Students have received an email from the American College Health Association to access the ACHA-National College Health Assessment survey. Your physical and mental health is crucial to your academic success, and we want to know how to better serve you. The responses to this confidential survey are important to the development of student wellness services and programs for our colleges!

Transforming the World During Lent

With its slogan "For Lent and For Life," the CRS Rice Bowl is a program of Catholic Relief Services (CRS), by which faith communities throughout the U.S. put their faith into action during Lent. Lenten donations through CRS Rice Bowl support the work of CRS in roughly 45 different countries where CRS works with refugees and poor communities. As you continue the Lenten journey, consider donating to CRS Rice Bowl. You can pick up a CRS Rice Bowl in the Campus Ministry Office or the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas, or can donate online by clicking here.

Women's History and Gender Equality Month

The Diversity Activities Board and Qmmunity invite you to take part in a series of events aimed at celebrating Women's History and Gender Equality Month. Join your fellow Tommies at Movies That Matter: "Fly Like a Girl," Purple Couch: What Would You Say to HER Face?, and a Transgender Day of Visibility Workshop.
See the full lineup.

Sikh Wisdom for Cultivating Empathy and Justice

Sponsored by the Jay Phillips Center for Interreligious Students, Dr. Simran Jeet Singh will share the wisdom he has gained on what it really takes to choose love over hate. The public lecture will serve as the keynote address to the 2023 Multifaith Leadership Workshop, hosted at St. Thomas on Saturday, May 6. Hear from Singh in the outdoor amphitheater at the Iversen Center for Faith at 11 a.m. RSVP here.

COVID-19 Dashboard: 8 New Cases Reported

The university reported eight new COVID-19 positive cases, including three student and five employee cases, for the week ending Mar. 10, 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

Performers dance at ANSA's African Night event in James B. Woulfe Alumni Hall. (Brandon Woller '17/University of St. Thomas)

In the News

Media Highlights: Director of the Center for Applied Artificial Intelligence Manjeet Rege recently spoke with KARE 11 about new AI tools that are gaining popularity and how they should be used to complement learning.

Rachel Moran, an associate professor and founder of the Criminal and Juvenile Defense Clinic, spoke with the Los Angeles Times about one of the highest per-person payouts surrounding mass arrests in U.S. history.

Read St. Thomas "In the News" stories.

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