May 17, 2023 Newsletter


2023 Tommie Award Finalists Reflect on Experiences

Confetti and Arches.
As the Class of 2023 prepares to graduate, the Newsroom asked this year's Tommie Award finalists to reflect on their time at St. Thomas. Here's what they had to say. Katie McGinnis '23 What's your most memorable moment at St. Thomas? When I was a resident advisor in Murray Hall, we hosted an event called…
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Law School Reports High Employment Outcomes, Record U.S. News Ranking

School of Law 2022 commencement.
Another class of St. Thomas Law graduates was in high demand last year. The law school recently reported that 90% of 2022 graduates were working in "gold-standard" positions within 10 months of graduation. A "gold-standard" position is a full-time, long-term position that either requires a law license, or for which having a J.D. provides a…
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First Cohort of GHR Fellows Graduates With Eye on the Common Good

They make some people jumpy. Others see a tasty snack. But for a group of St. Thomas undergraduate students, crickets quickly became the ultimate global learning opportunity. This spring the GHR Fellows program at the Opus College of Business is graduating its very first cohort. But before the 10 seniors could walk the commencement stage,…
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Perky Plant: On a Mission to Improve Mental Health

Liz Murphy.
Empathetic and hardworking are two words to describe co-founder and CEO of Perky Plant, Liz Murphy '23, a graduating senior majoring in entrepreneurship. With a mission to improve the mental health of 1 million people, she joined forces with a team of Tommie alumni while at St. Thomas to launch a mission-driven fertilizer brand during…
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Come Celebrate the Class of 2023

International students carry flags during the March out of the Arches event celebrating graduating seniors on May 20, 2022, in St. Paul.
St. Thomas is excited to send off our incredible 2023 graduates! The entire St. Thomas community is invited to cheer on these soon-to-be Tommie alumni at a variety of weekend events:

- Proud to Be First Pinning Ceremony on Friday, May 19, at 3 p.m., Iversen Center for Faith
- March Out of the Arches on Friday, May 19, at 4 p.m., the Arches

Commencement Ceremonies:
The 2023 ceremonies will take place indoors on Saturday and Sunday in the Anderson Athletic and Recreation Complex field house, and tickets will be required for all guests. For those who cannot make it in person, all ceremonies, except School of Law, will be available for livestream viewing.

2023 Commencement Mass

Join the Office for Mission in celebrating the Class of 2023 at this year's Commencement Mass at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 19, at the Cathedral of St. Paul. All are welcome, including those graduating with their associate, bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degrees.

Join the Juneteenth MasterClass

Dr. Yohuru Williams
In celebration of Juneteenth, the University of St. Thomas Racial Justice Initiative (RJI) invites St. Thomas faculty and staff to its upcoming MasterClass session with Dr. Yohuru Williams: "Nothing but Freedom: Legacy of Emancipation." In this lecture, Williams will explore the afterlife of emancipation and how the freed people helped shape a new future for themselves and the nation. The virtual learning lesson is June 14 at noon. An in-person "AfterClass Social" will follow on June 21. The event is free, but registration is required.

Eight Faculty Earn Promotions

Stained-glass window.
The Office of Academic Affairs is pleased to announce that seven of our faculty have been promoted to the rank of professor, effective Sept. 1, 2023: We are also pleased to announce that Father Kevin Zilverberg of The Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity has been promoted to the rank of associate professor. Please join…
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Opus College of Business Faculty and Staff Awards

Schulze Hall and a tree with colorful leaves are pictured with the "Opus College of Business" sign and downtown skyscraper on a fall day in Minneapolis on October 10, 2014.
Opus College of Business is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2023 Opus College Faculty and Staff Awards. These individuals have demonstrated an unwavering commitment to the college and have gone above and beyond in their achievements to advance the common good. Read the list of recipients here.

Parking Changes for 2023-24

As we are reaching the end of another busy year at St. Thomas, our focus has turned to the next academic year. There are a number of changes coming to parking for the 2023-24 academic year. While some lots will close, others are reopening. There are also several changes to permits and bus passes. For a full list of changes, click here.

Morrison Parking Ramp Summer Maintenance:

Maintenance work will be performed on the Morrison Parking Ramp, all levels, throughout the summer. Each level will be closed at alternate times for sandblasting, sealing and painting. All vehicles must be out of the closed level for risk of damage to the vehicle. Vehicles left in the closed level will be towed. The R3 level will be closed first, from May 22-June 11.

Campus Shuttle Summer Schedule

The St. Thomas Shuttle will move to the summer schedule beginning May 22. One shuttle bus will run mornings and evenings, Monday through Friday, with a stop once per hour at each campus. The shuttle will also not run on the following holidays: Memorial Day, May 29; Juneteenth, June 19; Independence Day, July 4; and Labor Day, Sept. 4.

John Heintz Memorial Service Planned

Please remember in your prayers John Heintz, who passed away on April 29, 2023. John joined the University of St. Thomas in 2003 as a reference librarian and served in various roles throughout his time at the St. Thomas Libraries. A memorial service for the St. Thomas community is planned for Friday, May 19, at 10 a.m. in the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas.

Read more In Our Prayers.

Sign up for Faculty and Staff Golf League by May 24

St. Thomas staff and faculty (including retirees!) of all skill levels are welcome to join for a relaxed and fun round of golf Tuesdays throughout the summer! Sign up closes Wednesday, May 24.

Learn more on OneStThomas.

COVID-19 Dashboard: 2 New Cases Reported

The university reported two new COVID-19 positive cases for the week ending May 12, 2023. See full dashboard details on the COVID-19 webpage.

On Monday, May 22, the university will publish the final set of COVID-19 numbers on the dashboard to coincide with the end of the federal public health emergency for COVID-19 that occurred on May 11, 2023.

Seen Around St. Thomas

Students gather to visit food trucks on John P. Monahan Plaza for a late-night breakfast on study Monday of finals week. (Mark Brown/University of St. Thomas)

In the News

Media Highlights: Twin Cities Business recently spoke with multiple leaders at the University of St. Thomas about the transition to D-I athletics and the growing national visibility for the university.

Buffy Smith, dean of Dougherty Family College, recently spoke with Diverse: Issues in Higher Education about DFC's unique educational model and how their investment in students in paying off.

Angelica Franaschouk, graduating senior and student body president at the University of St. Thomas, recently joined WCCO Radio to discuss her journey as a first-generation student and share advice for others working toward a college degree.

Tonia Jones Peterson, director of retention and student success, recently spoke with the Chronicle about how the university works to retain students and help guide them towards graduation.

Read St. Thomas "In the News" stories.

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