May 22, 2024 Newsletter

Memorial Day is this Monday, May 27. In observation of the holiday, university offices and select dining services will be closed and will reopen Tuesday.

Commencement 2024

Celebrate the Class of 2024

St. Thomas is excited to send off our incredible 2024 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 24, at 3 p.m., Iversen Center for Faith
- March Out of the Arches on Friday, May 24, at 4 p.m., the Arches
- Commencement Mass on Friday, May 24, at 7 p.m., Cathedral of St. Paul

Commencement Ceremonies:
The 2024 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 will be available for livestream viewing.

2024 Tommie Award Finalists Reflect on Experiences

As the Class of 2024 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. Nguyen 'Lucky' Phan '24 What's your most memorable moment at St. Thomas? I definitely have had a lot of wonderful memories during my journey at…
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How a Cybersecurity Course Paved the Way to Defense Department Job

John Morrison '24 doesn't know exactly what his parents do for a living – it's classified. But he's always been certain about one thing: He wants to follow in their footsteps. "Growing up with them, it made me realize, I want to be just like them," Morrison said. "They played such an important role in…
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St. Thomas Baseball Earns First Summit League Title of D-I Era

St. Thomas Baseball Summit League Champions 2024
In just its third season of D-I play, St. Thomas Baseball has earned the university its first Summit League conference title. The Tommies clinched the championship on May 18 during the final game of the 2024 season, defeating Oral Roberts 7–5. With the title on the line, a strong start lifted St. Thomas over the…
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Tommie Engineering Solutions on Show at Schoenecker Center

Students show off their projects at the 2024 Senior Design Show in the Schoenecker Center.
Growing up in Rwanda, Mellissa Ingabire never imagined she'd one day be living in Minnesota collaborating with a medical device company. But that's just the experience she received working on her Senior Design Clinic project with her fellow mechanical engineering classmates at the University of St. Thomas. Doctors and medical professionals help people live healthy…
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Public Health Student From Rwanda Leads With Compassion and Determination

Blessed Uwase smiles for a picture.
Leaving home for college is a daunting task for many, but for University of St. Thomas student Blessed Uwase, there was the added layer of crossing continents and adapting to American culture. Uwase, who was raised in Rwanda and is majoring in public health at the Morrison Family College of Health, has carved a leadership…
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Making VR More Immersive: Smell the Difference

Seth Ketron with VR headset.
Imagine the aroma of freshly brewed coffee, the sweet smell of a chocolate bar, or logs burning on a campfire grill deep in a forest. Adding the sense of smell to the immersive virtual reality experience is right around the corner as more VR applications continue to be developed, according to research by Dr. Seth…
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Tommie Fest Photo Gallery

Echosmith performs in concert.
Tommies packed the lower quad and John P. Monahan Plaza on the last day of classes to celebrate the end of the year with Tommie Fest. The evening featured food trucks, bonfire pits and s'mores, giveaways, and an outdoor concert featuring Guytano, Phillip-Michael Scales, and Echosmith. Check out these photos from the May 17 Tommie…
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News and Events

Curricular Innovation in Sustainability Award Recipients

Congratulations to College of Arts and Sciences faculty Dr. Irene Domingo Sancho and Dr. Amy Finnegan, who are the recipients of the 2024 Curricular Innovation in Sustainability Award. The faculty were honored for their work developing and implementing a comprehensive environmental justice course, JPST 298: Social Change for Climate Justice. Since 2013, the Curricular Innovation in Sustainability Award has recognized faculty for innovation and excellence in integrating sustainability into a single course.
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May 27: Join Summit Eucharistic Procession

Journey down Summit Avenue as part of the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage's Marian Route as pilgrims travel through the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis on Monday, May 27. The Source and Summit Eucharistic procession will begin with Midday Prayer at 12:45 p.m. at The Saint Paul Seminary and head east toward the Cathedral of St. Paul.
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May 30: Finding Forward Tackles Mental Health Resiliency

The next Finding Forward event, Mentally Tough, will welcome Cindra Kamphoff, certified performance consultant and author of Beyond Grit, for a keynote address on mental health and resilience. After the keynote, Kamphoff will be joined in conversation by Josh Metellus, safety for the Minnesota Vikings, and Johnny Tauer, University of St. Thomas psychology professor and men's basketball head coach. The event is Thursday, May 30, at 4:30 p.m. in O'Shaughnessy Educational Center auditorium. Register to attend in person or via livestream.
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June 5-6: Learn About Philosopher Elizabeth Anscombe

Widely regarded as one of the most important philosophers of the 20th century, Elizabeth Anscombe will be the focus of a two-day conference hosted by the University of St. Thomas. Scholars at the Elizabeth Anscombe and the Christian Intellectual Tradition Conference will explore the philosopher's enduring relevance and rich legacy. The conference will be held June 5-6 in McNeely Hall, Room 100.
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Seen Around St. Thomas

Lucky Phan '24 throws the first pitch at St. Thomas Night with the Twins at Target Field in Minneapolis. (Brandon Woller '17/University of St. Thomas)

In the News

Media Highlights:
Christopher Michaelson, ethics professor at the Opus College of Business, and author of the new book, Is Your Work Worth It?, recently published an article in The Conversation featuring advice for the Class of 2024.

Rachel Moran, professor at the School of Law, spoke with Colorado Public Radio about a Colorado law to decertify dishonest officers.

Tyler Schipper, economics professor at the College of Arts and Sciences, recently spoke with CNBC about a "K"-shaped economic recovery since the COVID-19 pandemic.

John Tauer, head coach of the men's basketball team, spoke with the Star Tribune about former Tommie basketball player, Sean Sweeney, as he returns to the Twin Cities to take on the Minnesota Timberwolves in the Western Conference Finals as an assistant coach with the Dallas Mavericks.

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In Case You Missed It

Schoenecker Center Ushers in New Era of STEAM Education
St. Thomas Men's Hockey to Join the NCHC
School of Law Celebrates 2024 Commencement

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