May 8, 2024 Newsletter


First Class of Tommie Nurses Ready to Advance Equity, Whole-Person Care

Roy Palmer, Nuela Cannady, and Emily Pieper pose for a photo in the School of Nursing's Center for Simulation.
After years working in hotel management, Nuela Cannady '24 MSN was looking for a career change that would make an impact. The native New Yorker found her path forward through a master's degree from the Susan S. Morrison School of Nursing at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota. Cannady is one of 37 Masters…
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Art History and Microbiology Collaborate in New Project

Biology major Shaylee Beckfield '25 believes bacteria can get a bad reputation. This spring she's helping correct any misconceptions – one colorful petri dish at a time. As part of a series of Agar Art workshops inside the brand-new Schoenecker Center at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota, Beckfield has passed out dozens and…
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Dr. Obasesam Okoi Selected for Fulbright-Hays Group Project Abroad Program

Obasesam Okoi speaking at podium.
Dr. Obasesam Okoi, an assistant professor in the Justice and Society Studies Department at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota, has been selected as one of 12 American educators to participate in a fully funded Fulbright-Hays Faculty Summer Program in Tanzania. The program is facilitated by the School for International Training (SIT) and supported…
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Sophomore Innovates for Global Equity

Beamlak Petros ’26 poses for a photo.
Recently winning the University of St. Thomas Business Plan Competition and the Fowler Global Social Innovation Challenge with her business concept Waste Compo, Beamlak Petros '26 is certainly thriving as a Tommie. Aiming to alleviate two issues pressing on Ethiopian society – hunger and shortage of fertilizer, her concept received wide-scale attention on a recent…
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WCCO Reporter Pauleen Le to Emcee LDCW Spring Legacy Brunch

Pauleen Le
Pauleen Le '11 always wanted to be an astronaut, but after finding out that the profession required a lot of math – something she admits isn't her strong suit – it was her mother who suggested the award-winning journalist's current career path. "She told me that I loved to talk and tell stories, so why…
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In the News: Anna Swanson Sets St. Thomas Javelin Record One Year After Horrific Crash

Anna Swanson
Anna Swanson, nursing student and women's track and field athlete at the University of St. Thomas, recently spoke with the Star Tribune about how far she has come since a serious car accident left her hospitalized in August 2023 - only about eight months before she set the school record for the javelin throw. From…
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Congratulations to Excellence in Advising Award Winners

Congratulations to Amanda Yang (staff) and Kundan Nepal (faculty), the 2024 winners of the Excellence in Advising Awards. They were each nominated by multiple advisees in this student-nominated award. Yang serves as a college transfer counselor for Dougherty Family College while Nepal is a professor of electrical and computer engineering and director of the START Center.
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University Events

May 9: Celebrate Cinco de Mayo on Campus

The Mexican holiday Cinco de Mayo will be celebrated on John P. Monahan Plaza in front of the Anderson Student Center from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on Thursday, May 9. The holiday is primarily observed in the Mexican state of Puebla, where the historic Battle of Puebla took place. It commemorates the Mexican victory over the French empire on May 5, 1862. (Not to be confused with Mexico's Independence Day celebrated in September.) The student group HOLA! (Hispanic Organization for Leadership and Achievement) is sponsoring the May 9 celebration. There will be treats and giveaways.
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May 9-11: Cheer on the Track & Field Championships

Get your cheer on as the Summit League converges at O'Shaughnessy Stadium for three days as St. Thomas hosts the 2024 Summit League Outdoor Track & Field Championships May 9-11. The entirety of the championships will be streamed live with live results available. Three-day passes are available at $25 for adults and $15 for youth, while single-day passes are $15 for adults and $10 for youth.
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May 10: Meet Engineering Senior Design Teams

You are invited to meet 30 School of Engineering senior design teams at the spring Engineering Senior Design Show. Teams will showcase their projects and the prototypes that they designed with industry and community partners. Project sponsors include: 3M, Bio-Techne, Boston Scientific, Xcel Energy and many more. The clinic is Friday, May 10, at 3 p.m. at Schoenecker Center.
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May 13: Office for Mission Hosts Bethlehem University Guest Speaker

Brother Peter Bray, former vice chancellor of Bethlehem University, a Catholic coeducational institution in Palestine, will discuss the mission and challenges that Bethlehem University faces in a special event hosted by the St. Thomas Office for Mission. Bray will also discuss the impact of the Israel/Palestine conflict on Bethlehem University students. The Monday, May 13, event inside the Schoenecker Performance Hall begins at 6:30 p.m.
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May 14: Discuss Sustainability in Higher Education

Educational organizations like the University of St. Thomas are leading the way toward sustainability, and, along the way, preparing students to be leaders in the field. Join this brown-bag panel discussion centered around Professor of Psychology Elise Amel's new book, Fostering Sustainability in Higher Education. The discussion gets underway at noon on Tuesday, May 14, in Iversen Center for Faith, LL16C.
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Enjoy a Concert with Cadenza and the Summit Singers

There's music in the air this spring. Come out to hear Cadenza treble a cappella group or the tenor and bass Summit Singers. The Cadenza Spring Concerts will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 11, and Sunday, May 12, in the O'Shaughnessy Educational Center (OEC) on the St. Paul campus. The Summit Singers will perform at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 16, and Saturday, May 18, in the same auditorium.

Seen Around St. Thomas

Seniors attend Grad Fest to pick up T-shirts and their caps and gown on John P. Monahan Plaza outside the Anderson Student Center. (Mark Brown/University of St. Thomas)

In the News

Media Highlights:
Ali Ling, civil engineering professor at the School of Engineering, recently published an article in the Star Tribune about how to mitigate risk from PFAS and important new regulations on these "forever chemicals."

Rachel Moran, professor at the School of Law, spoke with KARE 11 about emotions and attention surrounding the pending trial of state trooper Ryan Londregan following the killing of Ricky Cobb II.

Graduating seniors, Onella Nkurunziza and Skye Schultz, recently joined WCCO Radio to discuss what it was like graduating from high school during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic and what they're looking forward to with their upcoming college graduation.

President Rob Vischer published an op-ed in the Star Tribune detailing the steps that St. Thomas is taking to work with neighbors as the university plans for the Lee and Penny Anderson Arena.

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