March 22, 2023 Newsletter


St. Thomas Energy Innovation Receives Multiyear Funding From Congress

University of St. Thomas' innovation in renewable energy is catching the eye of lawmakers in Washington, resulting in new federal partnerships that are garnering national attention. Thanks to the efforts of U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum, more than $10 million is on its way to St. Thomas to advance microgrid research and establish a new center…
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St. Thomas Appoints Lifelong Tommie as First Woman CIO

Karen Julian
The University of St. Thomas recently promoted one of its own to chief information officer from the interim CIO role assumed six months prior. Moreover, the appointee is a woman. Karen Julian '94, '98 MBA has risen through the ranks since the first tech job she accepted over 30 years ago while a student at…
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Interprofessional Teaching Leads Students to Collaborative Careers

Interprofessional Center for Counseling and Legal Services
Nurses and social workers collaborate daily when caring for patients, but the students training for these professions almost never cross paths. The Morrison Family College of Health at the University of St. Thomas is changing that thanks to a plan of integrated learning and teaching across health disciplines. Together, students from the Susan S. Morrison…
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Nashipai: Supporting Women Artisans to Dream Big

Women wearing jewelry.
The journey to Nashipai (the Maasai word for "ever happy"), a bold, socially conscious jewelry line, began on a trip to Kenya when founder Jenny Behrens '23 MBA formed a strong bond with a group of women entrepreneurs. She was living in a rural village on the border of Tanzania while helping to build a…
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Ramadan Mubarak!

The holy month starts on the evening of Wednesday, March 22. We wish Muslim faculty, staff and students at St. Thomas a blessed start to Ramadan. The university community is asked to be mindful that Muslims abstain from all food and drink from the first moment of dawn to sunset during Ramadan.

Campus Ministry is hosting various iftar gatherings during the holy month. To learn more about Ramadan or to join an iftar gathering, click here.

Join the Multifaith Leadership Workshop

Join the Interfaith Fellows Program, part of the Jay Phillips Center for Interreligious Studies, for a daylong workshop on campus to explore what it means to create a culture of curiosity, wonder and encounter. Learn from practitioners, scholars and leaders about developing skills to engage religious diversity, listen with empathetic understanding, and to develop greater self-awareness for leadership in religiously diverse societies. The May 6 event is free and open to the public. Registration required.

Transgender Day of Visibility

Join Qmmunity and the Diversity Activities Board for a talk with Kat Rohn, a representative from OutFront Minnesota, in honor of Transgender Day of Visibility. Rohn is a leading voice in LGBTQIA+ rights in Minnesota. The talk is Thursday, March 30, at noon in OEC 103.

ThreeSixty Journalism Homecoming With Soledad O'Brien

Join ThreeSixty Journalism on Saturday, April 1, at the Granada Theater in Uptown Minneapolis for its annual celebration and fundraiser, ThreeSixty Journalism Homecoming. Journalist Soledad O'Brien will be awarded the inaugural Opening Doors Honor, which spotlights an influential leader who promotes opportunities and successes among diverse voices. Tickets are $25 for ThreeSixty program alumni and $75 for all other guests. Buy tickets.

Lessons From 'Blues for an Alabama Sky'

There is much that can be learned about life from theatrical plays. The University of St. Thomas showcased that when it brought the topics of racial justice and principled leadership together during an exclusive pre-performance discussion of "Blues for an Alabama Sky" at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. Dr. Yohuru Williams, history professor and founding…
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COVID-19 Dashboard: 14 New Cases Reported

The university reported 14 new COVID-19 positive cases, including nine student and five employee cases, for the week ending Mar. 17, 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

Stairs in Aquinas Hall shot on the St. Paul campus. (Brandon Woller '17/University of St. Thomas)

In the News

Media Highlights: School of Engineering Professor Jukka Kukkonen recently spoke with MPR News about the increasing availability of electric vehicles in Minnesota and how improved battery technology has made them a viable option for more drivers.

Provost Eddy Rojas spoke with the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal about the new master's degree in diversity leadership and why the university decided to add it to its offerings.

Read St. Thomas "In the News" stories.

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