May 15, 2024 Newsletter


St. Thomas Men's Hockey to Join the NCHC

St. Thomas Men’s hockey
Tommies become 10th member of conference The University of St. Thomas Vice President and Director of Athletics Dr. Phil Esten announced May 15 that the Tommies will become the 10th member of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC). The Tommies were admitted following a unanimous vote of approval by the NCHC Board of Directors and…
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Schoenecker Center Ushers in New Era of STEAM Education

Administration, donors, faculty and staff attend a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Schoenecker Center in St. Paul on May 8, 2024, in St. Paul.
As the St. Thomas community came together on May 8 to dedicate the Schoenecker Center, the university's new home for STEAM education, faculty, staff and students made it clear: Bold, interdisciplinary learning is already alive and thriving within its walls. University leaders, the Board of Trustees and the building's many benefactors attended the Schoenecker Center's…
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Honoring the Class of 2024

School of Law Celebrates 2024 Commencement

School of Law 2024 commencement.
The University of St. Thomas School of Law conferred degrees to 188 students on May 11, 2024. Among them, 160 students earned their Juris Doctor (J.D.), 18 earned an LL.M. in U.S. law and 10 earned a master's degree in organizational ethics and compliance. Professor David Grenardo, who was elected professor of the year by…
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St. Thomas Celebrates Undergraduate Class of 2024 With Senior Days

As the temperature warms and the countdown to summer begins, the University of St. Thomas makes the most of the days left until graduation with Senior Days, a campus tradition for seniors. "Senior Days is a celebratory time to recognize the graduates and get them excited for the last piece of their journey with us,"…
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Tales from the Archives: Senior Send-Off

Senior Send-Off concert.
Throughout its history, St. Thomas has hosted an array of events to celebrate its graduating seniors. But the one which may stand out to our alumni is the Senior Send-Off. Originating in 1976, through a collaboration between the student governments of the College of St. Thomas and the College of St. Catherine, this pre-graduation extravaganza…
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University Events

May 16-18: Tommie Baseball Looks to Clinch Title

Tommie Baseball
It's a big weekend ahead at Koch Diamond! Be sure to be there for all the action as Tommie Baseball looks to clinch the Summit League title in the final weekend of the 2024 season. The Tommies are set to face Oral Roberts in a three-game series from May 16-18.
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May 17: Celebrate the Semester's End at Tommie Fest

TOMMIE FEST Promotional image
Join your fellow Tommies on the lower quad on the last day of classes to celebrate the end of the year … at Tommie Fest! The evening will feature food trucks, bonfire pits and s'mores, giveaways, and an outdoor concert featuring Guytano, Phillip-Michael Scales, and Echosmith! Plus, this year we are excited to welcome the U.S. Bank Good Truck to Tommie Fest. They will be handing out complimentary Crumbl cookies.
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May 21: View the Media Design Portfolio Show

The Emerging Media department is hosting a portfolio show open to the public for seniors graduating from the Digital Media Arts programs. The spring 2024 Digital Media Studio Portfolio Show will take place on Tuesday, May 21, from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the new design lab classroom in the Schoenecker Center, Room SCC 219. Students will be presenting their online portfolios. All are welcome!

May 23: Interact With Creative Coding Projects

The Emerging Media Department is hosting a public exhibition of computer science and digital media arts student projects in the creative coding course. The spring 2024 Creative Coding Exhibition will take place on Thursday, May 23, from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the strat lab in the Schoenecker Center, Room SCC 238. Students will be exhibiting what they've designed, including music visualizations, interactive works and physical computing projects. Engage in the exhibition through sound, animation, graphics and interaction.
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Parking Alert: Resident Student Move-out

The spring semester is quickly winding down and students will soon be packing up to head home for the summer. To accommodate move-out, north campus will see parking closures from May 18-25. Lots A, B, C and D will be restricted to students moving out only. Faculty, staff and students who normally park in these lots will need to find alternate parking in the center or south campus parking lots or the Anderson Parking Facility.
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More News

Students Find Purpose in Lives of Service

Front row left to right: Mason Michalski ’25, Kirsten Buckner ’25, Edmira Jaco-English ’24, Winnie Do ’24. Back row left to right: Gretchen Stock ’24, Tom Park ’26, Katie Iverson ’26, Emma Fournier ’25, Sunny Mehta Morgado ’24, Kirby Pieri ’24.
Advancing the common good is the beating heart of the University of St. Thomas. In an increasingly complicated and polarized world, some students are finding their grounding by giving back. The pioneering Damus Board program in the Opus College of Business is preparing students at Minnesota's largest private university to answer questions such as: Which…
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Innovation Fellows Study Feasibility of Leadership Minor

St. Thomas School of Education in Minneapolis
It is an important part of the educational process for university students to be able to leverage their leadership skills in a variety of "real-world" professional contexts, but students don't always see themselves as capable leaders in their fields. At the University of St. Thomas, our team is developing an interdisciplinary leadership minor program that…
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Seen Around St. Thomas

On Mother's Day weekend, the Luann Dummer Center for Women (LDCW) hosted the Spring Legacy Brunch. Alumnae, soon-to-be graduates and the women who support them gathered to share messages of inspiration. Speakers included WCCO Reporter Pauleen Le, LDCW Director Dr. Shaz Ahmadi and Board of Trustees Chair Jodee Kozlak '85. (Mark Brown/University of St. Thomas)

In the News

Media Highlights:
Mahmoud Kabalan, electrical engineering professor at the School of Engineering, was mentioned in T&D World in an article about the Finding Forward event with Xcel Energy President Ryan Long, and the Center for Microgrid Research on the university's St. Paul campus.

Christopher Michaelson, business ethics professor at the Opus College of Business, recently co-authored a book called "Is Your Work Worth It? How to Think About Meaningful Work" about the future of work and finding meaning in daily life. An excerpt from the book was recently featured in Fast Company.

Onella Nkurunziza, a graduating senior from the Opus College of Business, spoke with the Star Tribune about her excitement for her upcoming commencement. As a 2020 high school graduate, this will be her first in-person graduation ceremony.

The National Catholic Register recently featured an article about The National Eucharist Pilgrimage, highlighting the University of St. Thomas College of Arts and Sciences – the proud home of the nation's first-ever Catholic Studies Program.

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