March 8, 2023 Newsletter


With $1 Million in New Funding, Community Entrepreneurship Program to Double Reach

Aisha Abdul-Wadud
The Community Entrepreneurship Program – an innovative University of St. Thomas initiative aimed at supporting business ventures by women and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and people of color) entrepreneurs – is preparing to expand after attracting more than $1 million in new funding. Thanks to the efforts of Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith the university…
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Social Work Alumna Meghan Green '22 Pays It Forward

Meghan Green.
The trajectory of Meghan Green's life changed on Oct. 5, 2015. A University of St. Thomas junior at the time, studying neuroscience, Green had a stroke caused by medication while lifting weights in the Anderson Athletic and Recreation Complex. She was rushed to Abbott Northwestern Hospital. Green spent the next 100 days between the hospital…
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First Friday: A Commitment to Veterans

Karen Lange, Russ Becker and Greg Fredlund.
As the University of St. Thomas is on a mission to become the most veteran-friendly campus in the Upper Midwest, it's fitting that the topic of recruiting, retaining and advancing veterans was the focus of a First Friday Speaker Series conversation. In his introduction to the March 3 panel discussion, St. Thomas President Rob Vischer…
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An Entrepreneurship Doubleheader

Erik Anderson presenting to judges.
The entrepreneurial spirit was in the air all day March 3 on the University of St. Thomas Minneapolis campus. That's when the Schulze School of Entrepreneurship held for the first time a combined competition day with the Fowler Global Social Innovation Challenge (Fowler GSIC) Campus Finals in the morning and the St. Thomas Business Plan…
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MITIE Research Fellows Bridge Gaps

Children often need mental support during their educational journey. Teachers often need guidance in providing that support. Enter the Minnesota Institute for Trauma-Informed Education (MITIE) at the University of St. Thomas. A collaboration between the School of Education and the Morrison Family College of Health, MITIE was launched in 2021 with a laser focus on…
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In the News: St. Thomas Men's Basketball Is Ascending Quickly

On Monday, March 6, the University of St. Thomas men's basketball team played the No. 1 seed (18-0 conference record) Oral Roberts in the semifinals of the Summit League playoffs. They were leading at halftime and for the first time in a while, D-I Minnesota basketball felt like it should – exciting. Many have taken…
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Ten-Year Comprehensive Evaluation on Horizon

St. Thomas is preparing for our 10-year comprehensive review by our institutional accreditor, the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Accreditation by HLC is important because it provides assurance that our academic programs meet quality standards and also allows students to be eligible for federally funded financial aid. The Office of Accreditation and Assessment has gathered several faculty, administrators, staff and students across campus to lead these preparations.
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Submit Your Photo to Celebrate Women's History Month

How would you express "gender equality and women's empowerment" through a photograph? Sponsored by create[space], the Luann Dummer Center for Women and the Photography Club, all members of the St. Thomas community are encouraged to reflect about the role of equality and women's empowerment and enter photograph(s) into the contest! Read more and submit your photos by March 10.

Visit the New 'Reciprocal Relations' Exhibition

The new exhibition now on view in the Department of Art History Gallery in O'Shaughnessy Educational Center features the work of artists Jaida Grey Eagle and Mikayla Patton. Their artwork speaks of the power our relationships hold and the value and respect we have for our past, present, and future ancestors. "Reciprocal Relations" is on view through May 20.

COVID-19 Dashboard: 15 New Cases Reported

The university reported 23 new COVID-19 positive cases, including five student and 10 employee cases, for the week ending Mar. 3, 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

Dr. Laura Dunham, dean of the Opus College of Business, welcomes attendees to the Future of Health Care Conference on March 2 in the James B. Woulfe Alumni Hall. (Brandon Woller/University of St. Thomas)

In the News

Media Highlights: Twin Cities Business recently featured the Community Entrepreneurship Program and how the initiative from the Schulze School of Entrepreneurship and the Small Business Development Center is working to educate, unify and uplift local entrepreneurs.

Amir Mohamed, communication and journalism professor at the Doughterty Family College, recently joined the "Come to Believe" podcast to discuss the importance of belonging on campus and in the classroom.

Read St. Thomas "In the News" stories.

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