May 1, 2024 Newsletter


Holloran Center Receives Major Gift to Support Professional Formation Among Law Students

Jerry Organ, David Grenardo, Steve Tourek and Neil Hamilton.
The law school's Holloran Center for Ethical Leadership in the Professions has received a major gift from Jake Marvin, former CEO of Marvin Companies, to establish the Steve Tourek and Jake Marvin Scholars Endowment. The fund will be used to engage students in the mission and work of the Holloran Center, which provides innovative interdisciplinary…
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Dr. Ernie Owens Accepted as a Fulbright Specialist

Professor Ernest "Ernie" Owens
Dr. Ernest Owens, an associate professor at the Opus College of Business at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota, has been named a Fulbright Specialist. The Fulbright Specialist Program, run by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is a part of the larger Fulbright Program. As a Fulbright Specialist,…
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VIDEO: Subversive Sirens Make a Splash on Campus

The Luann Dummer Center for Women hosts a performance & demo by the Subversive Sirens, a Minnesota-based synchronized swim team, engaged in radical body acceptance, black liberation, and queer visibility, at the AARC Pool on April 25, 2024 in St. Paul.
Part pool party, part swim class, this was by no means your average campus lecture. No podium or auditorium in sight, attendees were invited to jump right into the pool at the Anderson Athletic and Recreation Complex aquatic center. Each month, the Luann Dummer Center for Women at the University of St. Thomas brings a…
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Selim Center for Lifelong Learning Celebrates 50 Years

Selim Center 50th anniverary
When John Wolkerstorfer began taking classes at the Selim Center for Lifelong Learning after retiring in 2000, he never imagined that 24 years later he'd be one of the center's longest-tenured students. The Selim Center for Lifelong Learning, housed at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota, is celebrating its 50th year of service to…
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The Balance of Power: Future-Proofing the Electric Grid While Seeking Carbon Cuts

Xcel Energy President (MN, ND, SD) Ryan Long discussed energy challenges and innovation at the University of St. Thomas Finding Forward event on April 10. The electricity used in every home and business is the same. But how that electricity is generated has stirred impassioned divisions for generations. Nuclear power, fossil fuels and renewable energy…
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University Announcements and Events

Celebrating Those With Asian Heritage

The month of May recognizes the historical and cultural contributions of Americans who are of Asian, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander descent. The AANHPI umbrella term includes cultures from the entire Asian continent – including East, Southeast and South Asia – and the Pacific Islands of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia, in addition to Native Hawaiians. To learn more about the Asian American community, see the reading list and resources page from the St. Thomas libraries.

Celebrate AANHPI Heritage Month at the Empowering Asian Leaders Through Entrepreneurship event May 1 from 5-6:30 p.m. in James B. Woulfe Alumni Hall North.
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May 3: Join Cor Jesu at The Saint Paul Seminary

Young adults from around the Twin Cities are invited to an evening of adoration, worship, music and fellowship. Cor Jesu is a First Friday devotion for college students and young adults that takes place in St. Mary's Chapel at The Saint Paul Seminary. The monthly liturgy begins at 8 p.m.
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May 4: Cheer on Your Tommies at Spring Football Game

Student fans cheer during the Homecoming Football Game in O’Shaughnessy Stadium on the St. Paul campus on October 7, 2023. The Tommies defeated the Baylor University Bulldogs by a final score of 17 to 10.
The annual spring football game at O'Shaughnessy Stadium is Saturday, May 4. Kickoff for the intrasquad scrimmage is scheduled for 12:04 p.m. The game is free and open to the public, and fans are encouraged to park in the Anderson Parking Facility on south campus.
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May 4: Attend Chapel Arts Series Season Finale

The season finale of the 2023-24 Chapel Arts Series will celebrate the 40th anniversary of Minnesota Public Radio's nationally syndicated program, "Pipedreams." The program will honor two titans of that program, host Michael Barone and former University of St. Thomas Music Professor James P. Callahan. The free event is Saturday, May 4 at 7 p.m. inside the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas.
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May 8: Plan Ahead for Campus Parking

Due to multiple events on Wednesday, May 8, parking may be limited on campus. Throughout the day, Catholic Rural Life will be hosting a conference on campus, culminating in an evening Mass and dinner. In addition, the dedication of the new Schoenecker Center will be held from 3-5:30 p.m. The campus community is encouraged to plan ahead and consider alternative means of arriving on campus.

May 31: Sign up for Staff and Faculty Golf Tournament

Attention golfers: Bring your birdies and bogeys to the annual Staff and Faculty Golf Tournament on Friday, May 31. The tournament at Oak Glen Golf Course in Stillwater is open to current faculty and staff, and retirees. Established teams and singles are welcome. For more information and to register, email

Sign Up for International Flags at Commencement Ceremony

Are you graduating this May? Would you like to have your country's flag on or near the stage at your commencement ceremony? Students will be able to request their country's flag be present on or near the stage at their commencement ceremony. The first 25 countries that sign up will have their flag represented at the stage each day. Learn more

Donations Needed for Borrowing Closet

Donations graphic
The OISS borrowing closet provides gently used items for new international students arriving in the fall. Through your donations, new students are able to get necessary items for their time at St. Thomas. OISS will be accepting items until Aug. 23. Donations can be dropped directly at the Global Learning and Strategy Office located on the second floor of the Murray-Herrick Campus Center office.
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Adopt a Voter Registration

The Civic Engagement, Voter Education, and Advocacy group (CEVEA) at St. Thomas is leading a critical initiative to enhance voter participation as the 2024 elections approach. CEVEA is proud to launch the Adopt a Voter Registration program. This program is designed to integrate voter registration activities into the daily life of the campus for fall 2024, and departments across the university are invited to participate.
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Seen Around St. Thomas

Students enjoy a beautiful spring day on the St. Paul campus lower quad. (Mark Brown/University of St. Thomas)

In the News

Media Highlights:
Father Chris Collins, vice president for mission, recently spoke with OSV News about how the university embraces diversity and supports its Muslim students during Ramadan, promoting interreligious dialogue and understanding as part of its Catholic mission.

Ali Ling, civil engineering professor at the School of Engineering, recently spoke with WCCO-TV about the impact of "forever chemicals" on human health and the environment.

Leah Meyer, aerospace professor at the College of Arts and Sciences, and commander of the university's Air Force ROTC, recently spoke with the Quad Community Press about the challenges and benefits of being a military family that has lived in many different places, and the hardships associated with overseas deployment.

Charles Reid, professor at the School of Law, recently spoke with the Star Tribune about the way an arbitration process works and what the process could look like for the owners of the Minnesota Timberwolves.

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