March 27, 2024 Newsletter


Administrative offices at the University of St. Thomas will be closed on Friday, March 29, and Monday, April 1, in observance of Good Friday and Easter. We hope you have a wonderful weekend.

St. Thomas Earns Third Consecutive Military Friendly School Gold

Veterans Ball attendees.
For the third year in a row, the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota received the Military Friendly School Gold Award. St. Thomas has been recognized as a Military Friendly School for seven consecutive years. "I'm thankful, as we in Veterans Services understand that nothing happens in a vacuum," Director of Veterans Services Norman Ferguson…
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College of Health Receives Nearly $1 Million Grant to Address Opioid Epidemic

A $900,000 grant from the Minnesota Department of Human Services will allow the Morrison Family College of Health at the University of St. Thomas to quickly train more students to serve on the front lines of the opioid crisis. The School of Social Work will use the funds to develop and launch a new co-occurring…
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Student Develops Method to Test Data Privacy Compliance

Josh Barnhart headshot.
Data privacy is a growing concern among organizations. From identity theft to information breach, companies must safeguard clients' data to maintain their trust and business. Josh Barnhart, a law and compliance major who will graduate from the University of St. Thomas in May 2024, has developed a method for helping businesses with data privacy compliance,…
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Alan Page Discusses How Civil Discourse Could Lead to Civil Re-engagement

Rob Vischer and Justice Alan Page.
Former Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Alan Page Discussed Polarization and Civic Duty at University of St. Thomas Finding Forward Event At a time when winning at all costs is celebrated and scoring points on opponents seems to be the main goal of many public figures, Alan Page might seem like a throwback, with his focus…
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Matt Bos Named Head Swim and Dive Coach

Matt Bos headshot.
University of St. Thomas Vice President and Director of Athletics Dr. Phil Esten announced Matt Bos as the new head coach of Tommie men's and women's swimming and diving March 27. Bos joins St. Thomas after more than 20 seasons coaching at the NCAA Division I and II levels, including stints at Eastern Illinois University…
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St. Paul Mayor Talks Leadership With Ciresi Walburn Fellows

Ciresi Walburn Scholars group with Mayor Carter
When St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter was a college student, he witnessed voter suppression in Florida. That incident sparked his commitment to equal access to the electoral process, he told an intimate gathering of student scholars from the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota. Carter was the invited guest of the Ciresi Walburn Leadership Fellows…
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Q&A With School of Law Alumnus Sean Lanterman '14, '18 J.D.

Sean Lanterman headshot.
Sean Lanterman '14, '18 J.D. is the director of incident response at Computer Forensic Services, a Minneapolis-based company that specializes in electronic discovery and forensic analysis. The company works with organizations nationwide to collect and analyze digital evidence, provide expert witness testimony, respond to computer and network security incidents, conduct security assessments and lead cybersecurity…
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Irish Poet Gerald Dawe Receives 28th O'Shaughnessy Award

Gerald Dawe
The Center for Irish Studies and College of Arts and Sciences at the University of St. Thomas announced Gerald Dawe as the recipient of the 28th 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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Former Athletic Director Francis 'Frank' Mach '55 Passes Away at 90

Frank Mach obituary.
Francis 'Frank' Mach '55, a Tommie Award winner, 25-year athletic director, St. Thomas Athletics Hall of Fame member and faculty member, died on March 18. He was 90 years old. Mach was a Tommie All-American football player in the 1950s who returned to St. Thomas as athletic director in 1968. According to a fall 2003…
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University Announcements

March 31: Celebrate Easter Sunday Mass

Easter Sunday Mass
Join Campus Ministry in the celebration of Jesus' resurrection on Easter Sunday, March 31, at 11 a.m. in the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas. Also, note there will be no Triduum Masses at the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas, only Easter Sunday at 11 a.m. Listen to a special invitation from Father Larry Blake.

Earn a Data Foundations Digital Badge

Data Foundations is an introduction to the fundamental concepts and skills required for working with data, and the tools used to harness it. The online course, which is open to faculty, staff and students, aims to provide learners with a solid understanding of key principles related to data collection, processing, and security. The self-paced course is presented by IDAR and takes about two to four hours.
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Nominations Open for Good Trouble Legacy Scholarship

The Good Trouble Legacy Scholarship was established to support undergraduate students whose identities are underrepresented at St. Thomas or whose studies focus on racial and social justice. Staff and faculty of the St. Thomas community can nominate a third-year student for the scholarship, and students can also self-nominate. The deadline for nominations is extended until April 8.
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Active Shooter Preparedness and Response Training

Anyone can play an integral role in mitigating the impacts of an active shooter incident. This training, led by Brian Rich, emergency manager for the University of St. Thomas, aims to enhance incident preparedness. Several sessions will be offered this spring. Join a session on the Minneapolis campus in SCH Auditorium on April 10 at 5 p.m. or April 25 at 10 a.m. The St. Paul campus offerings take place in OEC auditorium on April 16 at 5 p.m. and April 29 at 2 p.m.

April 17: Learn About the Importance of Vatican II

Catholic theologian George Weigel will explore why the Second Vatican Council was necessary, what it actually taught and how it was given its authoritative interpretation by Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI. The lecture will also discuss the pastoral impact of the Council in the living parts of the world Church. Weigel's free talk, open to the public, is part of The Saint Paul Seminary's Archbishop Ireland Memorial Library Lecture series. The event is April 17 at 6:30 p.m. in OEC auditorium.
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Seen Around St. Thomas

Attendees pray before an iftar dinner at the Muslim Student Association Ramadan event on March 21, 2024, in St. Paul. (Brandon Woller '17/University of St. Thomas)

In the News

Media Highlights:
Dr. John Abraham, mechanical engineering professor at the School of Engineering, was recently interviewed on PBS NewsHour and discussed the role that oceans play in our changing planet.

Dr. Manjeet Rege, professor of software engineering and data science at the School of Engineering, recently spoke with PolitiFact about the rise in audio deepfakes and the increasing difficulty to detect them.

Dr. Yohuru Williams, professor of history and founding director of the Racial Justice Initiative, was recently featured on The Grio discussing the influence that African Americans have had on foods that built America.

Dr. Travis Welt, chair of the Civil Engineering Department at the School of Engineering, discussed the collapse of the Baltimore bridge during an interview with KARE 11.

The Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder recently covered President Rob Vischer's conversation with former Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Alan Page about political polarization and its impacts during the university's latest Finding Forward event.

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In Case You Missed It

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