May 31, 2023 Newsletter


Mini-Internships in Argentina: Real-world Marketing Experience

Students in Argentina.
When the opportunity arose to study abroad in Argentina over J-Term, Grant Gerber, a sophomore studying international marketing and Spanish at the University of St. Thomas, knew he couldn't pass it up. But he never expected that the trip would turn out to be a dozen mini-internships in business. The international marketing course offers students…
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Going Digital: Behavioral Health Tech

Solome Tibebu.
As a teen entrepreneur, Solome Tibebu '12 understood the potential of technology in addressing the biggest obstacle to mental health: access. Even before digital health tech became mainstream, she was exploring ways to use technology to provide better mental health care. Tibebu has been involved in the mental health space since she was 16. She…
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Rebuilding Ukraine to Save Children, Refugees

One St. Thomas professor's drive to rebuild Ukraine is making a difference. News reports continue to deliver sound bites about Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Recent headlines range from CBS' "Russia pulls mothballed Cold War-era tanks out of deep storage" to Al Jazeera's "Russia's war in Ukraine exacts heavy toll on women." At times, local and…
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Researching the International Popularity of K-pop

Shinwon Noh
As a person who "lives and breathes entertainment," University of St. Thomas Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship Shinwon Noh's latest research is a fusion of academia and pop culture. Noh, along with three co-authors, analyzed the international popularity of K-pop. That combination of pop, R&B and hip-hop music coming from South Korea, made popular by groups…
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A Moment of Transformation: Three Years After the Murder of George Floyd

Yohuru Williams at George Floyd Square
Three years after the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police, Dr. Yohuru Williams, founding director of the Racial Justice Initiative at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota, spoke to community members who gathered in George Floyd Square at an event sponsored by the Minnesota Justice Research Center. Although the anniversary of Floyd's death…
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Susanne Wagner Receives Curricular Innovation in Sustainability Award

German Professor Susanne M. Wagner
Associate Professor of German Susanne Wagner is the recipient of the 2023 Curricular Innovation in Sustainability Award for her work developing and implementing a comprehensive sustainability theme into Beginning German II (GERM 112). This course is the second course in the undergraduate language sequence. It is SUST designated and a part of the FYEX Environmental Sustainability and the Common Good Theme-Based Learning Community.

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Excellence in Advising Awards Announced

The annual Excellence in Advising Award was given to one faculty member and one staff member: Sarah Hankerson and Katia Colon-LaCroix. Winners were chosen from a field of 45 faculty and staff nominees.

Hankerson, an associate professor of psychology, was nominated by five of her advisees. Colon-LaCroix, who is completing her fourth year as a college persistence counselor at Dougherty Family College, works with and supports DFC scholars as they transition to four-year colleges.

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See video below with Katia Colon-LaCroix and peer Amanda Yang. They both support DFC scholars on their transfer journey to a bachelor's degree.

This Week in Tommie Sports

Four Tommie women's hockey players, fifth-year Anna Solheim and seniors Maija Almich, Luci Bianchi and Allie Monrean, received 2022-23 Academic All-District awards in the Women's At-Large category. The awards are sponsored by the College Sports Communicators. Read more on Tommie Sports.

In Tommie men's golf, senior Matthew Raab has been named to the five-player 2023 Summit League Men's Golf All-Academic Team. Read more.

See the Tommie Sports year in review video and then remember to purchase Tommie football season tickets!

In Our Prayers

Please remember in your prayers cherished members of the St. Thomas community who have recently passed, including Richard Berquist, a professor emeritus of philosophy, and Sister Carol (Damian) Rennie, OSB, who served as the associate dean of students in the School of Divinity.

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OneStThomas Halts Publishing for a Month

The St. Thomas intranet OneStThomas will undergo system updates between June 5-30. As a result, creating news and event posts, including making edits to OneStThomas webpages content, will be halted. Editors will be unable to make any changes during the publishing freeze. Critical issues can be directed to Tech Desk by filling out this request form. Read more about the freeze.

Seen Around St. Thomas

Life-size 2023 graduating class year numbers in Anderson Student Center
Life-size numbers celebrating the Class of 2023 were on display in Anderson Student Center during Commencement week. (Brandon Woller '17/University of St. Thomas)

In the News

Media Highlights: Mike Maker, associate head coach of the University of St. Thomas men's basketball team, spoke with The Boston Globe about his experiences coaching the Celtics head coach, Joe Mazzulla, who recently led his team to a near-historic comeback in the NBA's Eastern Conference Finals series.

KARE 11 interviewed St. Thomas Economics Professor Tyler Schipper to help explain how a debt ceiling default would directly impact the average individual or family, if it were to occur.

Rachel Moran, professor at the University of St. Thomas School of Law, spoke with Time magazine about the potential for reopening a case from 2013 involving a Minneapolis police officer who killed a 22-year-old Black man, Terrance Franklin.

Manjeet Rege, software and data science professor at the School of Engineering, talked with The Chronicle of Higher Education about the uncertainty around how artificial intelligence may shape teaching and learning.

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In Case You Missed It

Sights and Sounds: 2023 Undergraduate Commencement
Sights and Sounds: Class of 2023 March Out of the Arches
Talee Vang: On a Mission to Create Change

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