Nov. 1, 2023 Newsletter

Reminder: Turn your clocks back an hour on the morning of Sunday, Nov. 5, when daylight saving time ends at 2 a.m. (unless your clocks update automatically!).


Keya Luta Win Hunt on Bringing Native Representation to the Volleyball Court

Keya Luta Win Hunt sets up a shot for her teams on the St. Thomas Volleyball Team in a match against the South Dakota Coyotes.
Growing up, Keya Luta Win Hunt '26 didn't always see herself represented on the volleyball court. Now, a setter on the University of St. Thomas volleyball team, she hopes to help inspire a new generation of Native student-athletes. Hunt is an enrolled member of the Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin. Her father is Ho-Chunk and Leech…
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Tommie Expert: 'Executive Order on Artificial Intelligence Puts the US in the Driver's Seat'

Person using artificial intelligence.
President Joe Biden's recent executive order on artificial intelligence (AI) is an incredibly positive and forward-thinking move. The U.S., through initiatives like this, has the potential to set the gold standard in guiding progress and influencing the responsible development and deployment of this transformative technology. The U.S. has long been a global leader in technological…
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Dean's Forum: Authors Share Their Lived Experiences with Racism and the Importance of Storytelling

Authors speak at School of Education Dean's Forum
Three local award-winning authors convened on the University of St. Thomas Minneapolis campus in October to share their inspiring narratives and how they paved the way for other diverse voices to tell their stories through prose. The School of Education at St. Thomas, led by Dean Amy Smith, organized the panel discussion on diversity, equity…
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History Echoes: Racial Justice Initiative Sparks Urgency for Collective Action

A conversation with Dr. Yohuru Williams, distinguished professor of history and founding director of the Racial Justice Initiative at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota, inspired reflection and action for those attending an on-campus event. Williams, who weaved in themes from his new book, More Than A Dream: The Radical March on Washington for…
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Additional News

Final Call for Tommie Award Nominations

Students, staff and faculty are invited to nominate a senior for the 2024 Tommie Award. The deadline for nominations is Thursday, Nov. 2, 2023, at 4 p.m. The Tommie Award is presented annually to a St. Thomas senior who represents the ideals of St. Thomas Aquinas through scholarship, leadership and campus involvement.
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Help Make Tommie Give Day 2023 the Biggest Yet

Tommie Give Day
On Tommie Give Day, the entire St. Thomas community rallies to support scholarship funding that ensures access to a whole-person education for current and future Tommies. This year, Tommie Give Day is Nov. 14, but giving has already begun! You can help rally support by becoming an advocate, connecting with your networks and raising awareness.

Faculty and Staff Appreciation
A faculty and staff appreciation will be held the morning of Tommie Give Day on both campuses. RSVP to make sure we bake enough donuts and brew enough coffee!

Nov. 2: Hear Career Advice From Alumni

First Gen Watch Party
Join in for this webinar panel featuring first-generation college graduates who have ascended into senior leader roles in some of the world's most recognizable companies. The watch party is on Thursday, Nov. 2, from noon-1 p.m. in James B. Woulfe Alumni Hall North (ASC – third floor) and also on the Minneapolis campus in TMH 252. Bring your own lunch. Cookies provided. RSVP through TommieLink, it helps with food count. The event is hosted by NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, in celebration of First-Generation College Week.

Plan Ahead for South Campus Entrance Closure

The St. Paul south campus entrance off of Summit Avenue will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 2. South campus traffic will need to enter and exit at the Grand Avenue and Cretin Avenue intersection. The Summit Avenue drive will reopen for use on Friday, Nov. 3.

Nov. 2: Learn More About Study Abroad Opportunities

Study Abroad meeting
Interested in studying abroad for a semester, summer or academic year? If so, join on Zoom Nov. 2 from 6-7 p.m. to meet peer advisers who will introduce you to the types of study abroad opportunities available, basics about costs and scholarships, and help you identify questions to ask and goals to set to find the right study abroad experience for you. For more information and for the Zoom link, visit this TommieLink post.

Faculty and Staff: Open Enrollment Underway

Open enrollment for faculty and staff is now open and runs through Friday, Nov. 10.

This year, St. Thomas is having an "active" enrollment, which means all benefits-eligible employees are required to elect or waive medical, dental and vision benefits for 2024 calendar year. These benefits will not carry over to 2024.

Visit the open enrollment page in the Human Resources section on OneStThomas to explore your benefit options.

Nov. 7: Go Vote on Election Day

Tuesday, Nov. 7, is Election Day. Take a moment to go to your local polling place to vote. Every vote counts. After you vote or before you go, stop by the lower quad, near the John Ireland statue to grab a donut, sponsored by CEVEA and Changemaking Fellows. RSVP on TommieLink so they get an idea of how many donuts to order.

Seen Around St. Thomas

Students check out a hyperrealistic simulator during the Susan S. Morrison School of Nursing open house. The Center for Simulation in the Summit Classroom Building houses 10 simulators that nursing students use to practice real-life situations. (Brandon Woller '17/University of St. Thomas)

There will be an open house for the Morrison Family College of Health from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 8, in Scooter's on the Anderson Student Center (ASC) main level. This will be an opportunity for anyone who is interested in health fields to learn more about undergraduate and graduate programs in the College of Health.

In the News

Julie Jonas, Rachel Moran, Kevin Sauter and Manjeet Rege.
Media Highlights:
Julie Jonas, professor at the School of Law, recently spoke with KARE 11 about Hennepin County Attorney Mary Moriarty's progressive approach to prosecution.

Rachel Moran, professor at the University of St. Thomas School of Law, spoke with The Denver Post about police misconduct and how little gets reported.

Kevin Sauter, communication studies professor emeritus at the College of Arts and Sciences, spoke with KARE 11 to analyze President Joe Biden's speech and who his target audience was.

Manjeet Rege, software engineering and data science professor at the School of Engineering, talked with AI Business about the possibilities of artificial intelligence helping to plan a bioweapons attack.

Read more St. Thomas "In the News" stories.

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