March 20, 2024 Newsletter


Introducing 'The Crest': St. Thomas Student Media Gets New Name, Identity

The new logo for The Crest, which is the rebranded student media organization (previously TommieMedia)
TommieMedia, the student-run media organization at the University of St. Thomas, will rebrand as "The Crest" in fall 2024. Inspired by an evolving campus and media landscape, the name is also an ode to the organization's neighbor, the Mississippi River. The new identity is the culmination of more than two years of self-reflection, outreach and…
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Innovation Scholars Bridge Classroom to Mayo Clinic

St. Thomas Innovation Scholars Team 2024 stands for a photo.
Four University of St. Thomas students, all from different majors and backgrounds, came together for months to do something extremely unique and challenging. Through experiential learning program Innovation Scholars, the team was assigned a project to work on for Mayo Clinic. Kiersten Hamby '24, Mellissa Ingabire '24, Elsa Lillegard-Bouton '25 and Alena Wadzinske '25 make…
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St. Thomas Students Advocate for Financial Aid Parity at Minnesota Capitol

Tommies at the Minnesota Capitol
Dare Akinmusire '24 is just weeks from walking across the graduation stage at the University of St. Thomas. But before officially throwing his cap in the air, the senior is delivering a personal message to the Minnesota Legislature: their vote can make it possible for more students like him to succeed in college. A Minnesota…
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Next Week: Tommies, Enjoy Midterm and Easter Break!

As the university prepares for students to be on midterm and Easter break the week of March 25-April 1, some university services, such as dining and the shuttle bus, will have reduced hours of operation. Regular schedules will resume on Tuesday, April 2.

New St. Thomas Master's Program Addresses Changing Landscape of Supply Chain

Supply chain management graphic.
Recent geopolitical conflicts, the ongoing impact of the pandemic, and pressing climate change issues have underscored the critical importance of efficient and resilient supply chains in the global economy. To address these challenges, the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business is introducing a Master of Science in Supply Chain Management, aimed at equipping…
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Supporting Sexual Assault Survivors With On-Campus Care

For about 37% of undergraduate women and 7% of undergraduate men – and even higher for people who identify as LGBTQIA+ – their college path gets derailed when they become a victim survivor of sexual assault. Across the U.S., victim survivors need more support on college campuses. When a person is sexually assaulted as an…
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Podcast Series Explores Finding Purpose After College

Cesar Osvaldo Mendez Portillo, Katrina Anderson, Lindsey Hickey and John Sullivan.
The "Work in Progress with Christopher Wong Michaelson" podcast recently recorded a four-part series titled "In Search of Careers and the Common Good," which includes candid conversations with professionals across three different career stages – early, middle and encore. "One thing I often say to (my students) is that if they're only in college to…
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University Events

March 24: Palm Sunday Services and Procession

Palm Sunday Mass
At 3 p.m. on Friday, March 22, join Campus Ministry in the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas for the Stations of the Cross. Then, at 11 a.m. on Palm Sunday, March 24, there will be a Mass in the chapel. A procession with palms will take place on the plaza outside of the chapel, weather permitting. Otherwise the procession will be within the entrance to Iversen Center for Faith, off Cleveland Avenue. Easter Mass will take place at 11 a.m. on Sunday, March 31, also at the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas.

March 28: Webinar on Partnering With Native Nations

Are you interested in collaborating with Native nations but don't know where to start? Or, do you have an existing partnership and want to learn how to be a better relative? Join the St. Thomas Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion as they help sponsor a public education series by Native Governance. The first webinar, "Partnering With Native Nations in A Good Way," is scheduled for March 28.
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April 10: Xcel Energy President to Speak at Finding Forward

Finding Forward returns with "The Energy Evolution: Challenges and opportunities in the transition to carbon-free energy." Ryan Long, Xcel Energy president Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, will discuss the challenges and opportunities in the transition to carbon-free energy. He will be joined by St. Thomas engineering professor and founding director of the Center for Microgrid Research Mahmoud Kabalan.

This Finding Forward event is on April 10 at 7:30 a.m. in James B. Woufe Alumni Hall on the third floor of ASC. Breakfast is included. The cost is $30 and a discounted rate of $10 is available for St. Thomas students. St. Thomas students, faculty and staff who want to attend in person should register with this internal link.

April 11: Learn About Graduate Theology Programs

Discover graduate programs for the laity at The Saint Paul Seminary. Grad studies info night is April 11 at 6 p.m. Explore the seminary's MA in Theology, Pastoral Leadership, or a Certificate in Catholic School Leadership. You'll also have an opportunity to learn about scholarships, the application process and meet faculty and staff.
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April 13: Support ThreeSixty Journalism

Homecoming ThreeSixty Event
ThreeSixty Journalism's annual celebration and fundraiser "Homecoming" is Saturday, April 13, at the Granada Theater in Minneapolis. NBC national correspondent Adrienne Broaddus will be awarded the Opening Doors Honor, while Mukhtar Ibrahim, CEO and founder of the Sahan Journal, will receive the Widening the Circle Award. Ticket sales close April 8. Register here.

Join the Faculty Staff Summer Golf League

St. Thomas staff and faculty (including retirees) of all skill levels are welcome to join for a relaxed and fun round of golf Tuesdays throughout the summer! From beginners to semipros, everyone is invited to compete in a variety of games each week. Play full time (every Tuesday) or part time (every other Tuesday).
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Seen Around St. Thomas

Students participate in a science lab taken for general DFC purposes on March 5, 2024, in Minneapolis.
Scholars participate in a science lab at Dougherty Family College in Minneapolis. (Brandon Woller '17/University of St. Thomas)

In the News

ITN March 20 for Rob Vischer, Tyler Schipper, Buffy Smith, John Abraham, Mike Porter
Media Highlights:
President Rob Vischer recently spoke with the Star Tribune about state-funded financial aid for low-income families, and the importance of extending that support to not limit options for students.

Tyler Schipper, professor of economics and data analytics at the College of Arts and Sciences, shared insights with CNN about the inflation in grocery prices and how Americans view the condition of the economy from different perspectives.

The Sahan Journal recently published an article by Buffy Smith, dean of Dougherty Family College, about why DFC is working to remove barriers to ensure all scholars have access to extracurricular activities, which can benefit their mental health and future employment.

John Abraham, mechanical engineering professor at the School of Engineering, spoke with NBC News about the shocking rise in ocean temperatures observed by scientists over the past year.

KARE 11 interviewed Opus College of Business Marketing Professor Mike Porter about the new Target self-checkout rules and the potential reasons behind the decision.

Read more St. Thomas "In the News" stories.

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