March 6, 2024 Newsletter


Men's Hockey to Host First Division I Playoff Series

The University of St. Thomas men's hockey team will host a Mason Cup Playoff series for the first time in program history, as it plays the Lake Superior State Lakers at Saint Thomas Ice Arena this weekend. The Tommies, led by head coach Rico Blasi, won a Division I program best 14 games this season and went from a seventh-place finish in 2022-23 to second place in 2023-24.

The first game of the series will take place on Friday, March 8, at 7:07 p.m. Game two is set for a 6:07 p.m. puck drop on Saturday, March 9. Tickets to the first-round playoff series are available here. The first 175 student tickets will be free and can be claimed through your student account.
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Transparency and Trust: Underappreciated Factors in the US Economy

Finding Forward event panel.
University of St. Thomas Finding Forward event featuring Federal Reserve governor explores how much words matter in economics In many ways the economy is like the weather in Minnesota. It's hard to predict, can swing wildly, and people love to complain about it but can't do anything about it. One of the few exceptions to…
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Finding Forward: Meet Justice Alan Page

The Finding Forward speaker series continues on March 14 as Justice Alan Page joins President Rob Vischer for a conversation about leadership and collaboration in an age of polarization. The event gets underway at 4:30 p.m. in O'Shaughnessy Educational Center (OEC) auditorium.
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Women's History Month: Cartoonist Alison Bechdel on Finding Truth

Alison Bechdel is not afraid to share her truth with others. For decades, the critically acclaimed cartoonist has used her comics and memoirs to tell the truth about herself, her family, and the world. Her graphic memoir, Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic – which was turned into a Tony-award winning Broadway musical – explores the…
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Student Sweeps Entrepreneurship Competitions

Beamlak Petros presenting.
Although the innovative ideas of Beamlak Petros '26 so far have landed her in the top three spots of entrepreneurship competitions at the University of St. Thomas, March 1 was her day to shine. On that day, Petros won the Fowler Global Social Innovation Challenge (Fowler GSIC) Campus Finals in the morning and the undergraduate…
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From St. Thomas Magazine

Paying It Forward: How U.S. Bank CEO Andy Cecere '82 Leads With Compassion

U.S. Bank CEO Andy Cecere '82
When a personally addressed email from U.S. Bank CEO Andy Cecere arrived in DeAmonte Block's inbox his second month at his new job as an internal auditor at the bank, Block couldn't believe it. "I was very surprised," Block said. "I thought it was spam." Although there are many CEOs who send well-crafted welcome messages…
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March 7: Authors Kate DiCamillo and John Schu

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Join authors Kate DiCamillo and John Schu in conversation about their new books, Ferris and Louder Than Hunger, at the University of St. Thomas! Hosted by the School of Education, St. Thomas faculty, staff, and students can attend for free. The conversation and book signing gets underway at 6 p.m. on March 7 in the O'Shaughnessy Educational Center auditorium.
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March 8: Simple Meal and Conversations of Hope

Join the Global Justice Movement for a lunch of simplicity, solidarity and stories that span the globe. This gathering aims to connect hearts and minds in the pursuit of a more equitable and just world. The meal is Friday, March 8, at noon in The View.
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March 11: Reduce the Rancor Campaign

Reduce the Rancor event promo
Tommies Reduce the Rancor is a pioneering partnership between St. Thomas and the Braver Angels Minnesota's Reduce the Rancor campaign. The partnership is poised to encourage students, faculty, staff, and the broader community to engage in respectful and effective dialogue. A series of St. Thomas fireside chats, workshops and self-paced learning courses are being offered throughout the spring.

The series kicks off on Monday, March 11, with a conversation between DFL and GOP party chairs Ken Martin and David Hann.
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March 13: Faculty and Staff Lenten Morning Retreat

Campus Ministry would like to invite faculty and staff to its Lenten morning retreat. Father Chris Collins, SJ, will lead this retreat, which will include personal time of reflection. The event is Wednesday, March 13, from 9-11:30 a.m. at the Iversen Center for Faith.
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March 15: Stations of the Cross at Saint Paul Seminary

The first-ever public sung Stations of the Cross gathering in St. Mary's Chapel will include performances from The Saint Paul Seminary schola and other ensembles, as well as the Aquinas Liturgical Choir. Saint Paul Seminary Director of Sacred Music Elena Zolnick will serve as conductor, with Jacob Benda – director of music, liturgy and sacred arts at the University of St. Thomas' Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas – playing the organ. The gathering is at 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 15.
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March 15: Hear About the History of St. Paul's Rondo Neighborhood

Future of Rondo guest speaker Dr. Rebecca Wingo
The departments of History, American Culture and Difference, and Justice and Peace Studies invite you to attend the next art history speaker series at 6 p.m. on March 15 in Schoenecker Center Performance Hall, Room 106. Dr. Rebecca Wingo, an associate professor of history at the University of Cincinnati, will speak about "The Future of Rondo's Past."
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In Our Prayers: Pierson 'Sandy' Grieve

Sandy Grieve obituary.
Please remember in your prayers former University of St. Thomas trustee Pierson "Sandy" Grieve, who died peacefully in Naples, Florida, surrounded by family. He was 96 years old. Grieve served on the Board of Trustees of the University of St. Thomas from 1995 to 2010. The Pierson M. & Florence B. Grieve Terrace at the…
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Seen Around St. Thomas

Inspired by photos submitted by the campus community, artist and visual storyteller Jessica Turtle creates a mural in Terrence Murphy Hall on the Minneapolis campus. A second mural is underway on the St. Paul campus. On Care for Our Common Home is a collaboration between the Claritas Initiative on beauty, goodness and truth and the Office of Sustainability Initiatives. (Mark Brown/University of St. Thomas)

In the News

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Media Highlights:
Christopher Wong Michaelson, ethics professor at the Opus College of Business, recently spoke with the Pioneer Press about MacKenzie Scott's unique style of giving.

Rachel Moran, professor at the School of Law, spoke with the Star Tribune about the police civilian review process and the recent issues caused by the departure of top officials in Minneapolis.

Don Weinkauf, dean of the School of Engineering, was recently quoted in a story from Western Builder on the uniqueness of the Schoenecker Center in St. Paul.

Johnny Tauer, head coach of the men's basketball team, spoke with Minneapolis-St. Paul Magazine about summer activities for Twin Cities kids, including his own annual basketball camp.

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