March 29, 2023 Newsletter


St. Thomas Raises $87M for Arena Project

Since January's announcement of the historic $75 million gift from Lee and Penny Anderson, the University of St. Thomas has continued its work on design and funding for the Lee and Penny Anderson Arena. In support of a $131 million fundraising goal to fund design and construction of the arena, Tommie Athletics announced an additional…
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Embracing the Change: The Future of Health Care

Abbie Miller speaking at a podium.
The University of St. Thomas was buzzing as health care professionals and thought leaders gathered March 2 for a day of networking and learning on the St. Paul campus at the annual Future of Health Care Conference. Hosted by the Opus College of Business Health Care MBA, the conference featured 15 high-profile speakers and alumni…
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Seminary Supports Local Synod Implementation via Formation, Reflection, Evangelization

Patty McQuillan fit the stereotype of a rock-solid, Upper Midwestern Catholic. Full-blooded Irishwoman. Devoted wife with a faithful husband. Six kids. Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis office of vocations coordinator – essentially a third arm and a second brain for Director of Vocations Father David Blume. Frequent Bible study, prayer group and apostolate participant.…
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Tommie Football Releases 2023 Schedule

The University of St. Thomas announced the 2023 football schedule March 29, which begins Sept. 2 at O'Shaughnessy Stadium.

The reigning Pioneer Football League champions open the season Sept. 2 against Black Hills State as it puts up the nation's longest home winning streak of 26 games. The season opener is the lone home game during non-conference play, which includes a Sept. 9 tilt at South Dakota in Vermillion, South Dakota, and a Sept. 16 contest at Harvard in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The Tommies return home Sept. 23 to begin PFL play against Morehead State. St. Thomas travels to face Dayton on Sept. 30 and before hosting Butler for its homecoming game on Oct. 7.

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Congrats Tommies for Strong Finish!

St. Thomas women's golf took 15th as a team on Wednesday in the Golfweek/AGT Intercollegiate that took place on Pawleys Island, South Carolina. The Tommies shot a 306 on Monday and a 310 on Tuesday before a 312 on Wednesday. They were four strokes away from 14th place.

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Susan S. Morrison School of Nursing Update

Dr. Martha Scheckel, founding director for the Susan S. Morrison School of Nursing, has accepted a new opportunity as the associate dean of administration at the Conway School of Nursing at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Nanette Hoerr, associate professor in the School of Nursing, has agreed to serve as interim director. Hoerr has extensive experience in nursing education and as a nurse. She was previously with the Henrietta Schmoll School of Health at St. Catherine University, where she administered the Doctor of Nursing Practice program.

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Send off Dr. Sheneeta White!

Dr. Sheneeta White, who currently holds the position of associate dean in the Schulze School of Entrepreneurship, has taken an amazing new career opportunity in Houston, where she will be closer to family. Her last day will be April 7.

Join us as we thank her for all her contributions to St. Thomas, the Opus College and the Schulze School of Entrepreneurship. Say goodbye at an open house on Tuesday, April 4, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in McNeely Hall, Room 100.

Jessica Cooley will be stepping into the role of interim associate dean of the Schulze School of Entrepreneurship.
Read more about the Schulze School of Entrepreneurship leadership change on OneStThomas

Ramadan Resources and Iftar Dinner

Please visit the Muslim Student Life page to find resources St. Thomas provides during Ramadan. These resources include: dates (snacks) for breaking fast; complimentary boxes of dates for Muslim students in residence halls; Sahur to-go boxes from Dining Services (available for purchase; preorder required); complimentary iftar gatherings; complimentary iftar meals during Easter break; Ramadan calendar; Taraweeh prayers; Ramadan greeting materials (digital videos, lawn signs, blessed Ramadan postcards); and Ramadan literacy materials.

Muslim students who plan to stay in the residence halls during Easter break should RSVP through TommieLink or Muslim Student Life page for iftar and Sahur meals as soon as possible.

Iftar gatherings during Ramadan are open to everyone at St. Thomas regardless of religion. Please RSVP for gatherings, including the March 30 iftar dinner, through the Muslim Student Life page.

Reach out to Dr. Sadaf Shier with any questions, concerns and recommendations.

March 30: Join Man Enough Discussion on Masculinity

Come participate Thursday, March 30, from 5-6:30 p.m. at the OEC auditorium in an interactive discussion on topics related to the expectations we put on men to be man enough, how to be part of preventing violence on campus and whether or not healthy masculinity is an oxymoron. Presenters include Marlon Blake, assistant dean of students; Dr. Paola Ehrmantraut, director of the Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Department; and Vern Klobassa, director of student development and co-director of First-Year Experience. FYEX credit is available for attending. Learn more and RSVP via TommieLink.

April 1: Chapel Arts Series Offers Holy Week Meditation

Join the Chapel Arts Series Saturday, April 1, at 7 p.m. in the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas for "Via Crucis: The Way of the Cross." This Holy Week meditation features Franz Liszt's work for choir, organ and piano, as well as music by Allegri, Durufle, Poulenc and Schubert. Musicians will include conductor Elena Bird Zolnik, organist Jacob Benda and pianist Bill Munson. The event is free and open to the public.

April 6: Pet-a-Thon

Attention, pet owners! Stop by create[space] Thursday, April 6, from 2:30-4 p.m. for Pet-a-Thon. All pets must be well-behaved and on a leash. Pet owners can make Tommie pride pet bandanas, personalize pet name tags and get their pet portrait taken by St. Thomas photographer Mark Brown.

Please enter Anderson Student Center with your pet through the Summit Avenue main doors to minimize pet traffic through the building. Please email Manuela Hill-Munoz with any questions.

April 12: Climate Change and K-12 Education

How can educators and the K-12 system respond to climate change? Dr. Muffet Trout will explore how we are responding to the ecological crisis in K-12 education at the School of Education's April 2023 Dean's Forum. "Culture and the Ecological Crisis: Expanding Our View in Education" will take place on Wednesday, April 12, at 4:30 p.m. in MOH 201/202. Register for the event here.

St. Thomas to Host Inaugural Whole Person Health Summit

MayKao Hange speaking at a podium.
Under the theme "From Awareness to Action," the Morrison Family College of Health will host its inaugural Whole Person Health Summit on April 19 in the Anderson Student Center at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota. The goal is to bring together practitioners and advocates who are dedicated to advancing health equity based on…
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April 29: Ready to Run Minnesota

Nonpartisan campaign training for women Ready to Run Minnesota will be held on the St. Paul campus Saturday, April 29.

Ready to Run Minnesota is part of the Research in Action initiative in the College of Arts and Sciences. It is a national network partner of Ready to Run, a nonpartisan campaign training program housed at the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers. Ready to Run's mission is to change the face of leadership in the U.S. by helping to elect more women to public office and to encourage all to support the increased representation of women in politics.

The April 29 free training runs from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in McNeely Hall, Room 100. To register, email Ready to Run Minnesota Program Director Angela High-Pippert by April 12 with your name and email address.

COVID-19 Dashboard: 6 New Cases Reported

The university reported six new COVID-19 positive cases, including one student and five employee cases, for the week ending Mar. 24, 2023. See full dashboard details on the COVID-19 webpage.

Boosters: It's not too late to receive a 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

Hiba Minhes speaks at Muslim and Health Care Profession: An Iftar With School of Nursing in the Iversen Center for Faith on March 27. (Brandon Woller '17/University of St. Thomas)

Professional Notes

Ben Fraser, senior associate athletics director for development, was recently named College Fundraiser of the Year by the National Association of Athletic Development Directors (NAADD).

Dr. Liz Fogarty of the School of Education had two presentations at the Minnesota Educators of the Gifted and Talented (MEGT) conference – "Supporting LGBTQ+ Gifted Youth: Introduction to an MEGT Position Paper" and "Using the 5E Inquiry Model to Challenge and Extend."

Dr. Michael Rota, a professor in the Department of Philosophy, recently received a $799,760 grant from the John Templeton Foundation to support a three-year project on the psychology and theology of Christian faith.

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In the News

Media Highlights: Dr. Yohuru Williams, distinguished history professor and founding director of the Racial Justice Initiative at the University of St. Thomas, recently received an honor from the city hall of St. Paul suburb Mendota Heights because he was in the right place at an unfortunate time. Williams helped save a man's life. KSTP-TV featured Williams in its story.

Renee Buhr, professor of international studies and political science, recently published an editorial in The Hill about how Russia and China's foreign policy objectives differ significantly, despite their aligned efforts to undermine the U.S.

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