Nov. 15, 2023 Newsletter


Tommie Give Day 2023 Shatters Records

Rob Vischer with students.
Shattering previous records, 2,966 Tommie Network members gave a total of $3,350,984 during Tommie Give Day on Nov. 14. Alumni from all graduating classes as well as parents, loved ones, faculty, staff, students and friends of the university came together to provide important funding for scholarships and resources that fuel a legacy of leaders that…
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St. Thomas Sophomore and NFL Cheerleader Launches Black Students in Business Club

Sophia Huber headshot.
When Sophia Huber '26 pledged to Delta Sigma Pi in fall 2022 during her first year at the University of St. Thomas, she was one of the only people of color in the coeducational professional business fraternity. Noticing the lack of diversity within her fraternity, Huber saw an opportunity to create a community through a…
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Jerome Benner: Bringing St. Thomas Neighbors Inside the Arches

Environmental portrait of new Community and Neighborhood Relations Director Jerome Benner.
Jerome Benner believes in the power of a good cup of joe. But rarely will you see him enjoying that java alone. The new director of neighborhood and community relations at the University of St. Thomas, Benner is often found at nearby coffee shops in conversation with neighbors, city leaders and campus stakeholders. Tasked with…
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Additional News and Events

VIDEO: Air Force ROTC Cadets Honor POW-MIA Service Members With Vigil

An ROTC member walks on the lower quad during a vigil.
The U.S. Air Force ROTC Detachment 410 and the University of St. Thomas chapter of Arnold Air Society, a national professional and service organization, began its 37th annual Veterans Day vigil Nov. 9. Cadets will march slowly and solemnly near the flagpole in the center of the lower quad on the St. Paul campus until…
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November Is Diabetes Awareness Month

Nice Healthcare - Diabetes Awareness Month
Diabetes is a chronic health condition that affects how the body turns food into energy, resulting in high blood sugar levels. The disease can be easily managed for those living with it. Managing our health is important and the Nice Healthcare benefit available to St. Thomas faculty and staff who elected it is one way to help manage health concerns. Nice Healthcare is a primary care clinic that brings medical visits, medications, lab imaging and physical therapy to you, for little or no cost, and covers everyone living in your house.

Visit this OneSt.Thomas post to learn more. If you have questions about this or any of your St. Thomas benefits, contact Human Resources through the AskHR portal on OneStThomas.

Law School Dean Candidates Come to Campus

Four School of Law dean finalists have been announced, and we invite you to participate in the next step of the search process. You are invited to attend a 60-minute open forum with each candidate during their on-campus visit. Learn more about the candidates and their scheduled visits on OneStThomas.

Nov. 15: Join the Desi Club for the Celebration of Diwali

Happy Diwali image
The Desi Club at St. Thomas is hosting a Diwali celebration today, Nov. 15, from 6-8 p.m. in Al and Brenda Iversen Hearth Room 340 of the Anderson Student Center. RSVP on TommieLink. Diwali, a five-day holiday celebrated worldwide by Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and Buddhists, began Friday, Nov. 10. The name Diwali is derived from the Sanskrit word Deepavali, meaning Line of Lamps. During the festival of lights, houses, shops, public places and shrines are often decorated with lights. These symbolize the victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance. Here's to a joyous occasion. Learn more about Diwali through the St. Thomas library.

Nov. 16: Free Tea Thursday at JRC Greenhouse

The Biology Department highlights two new teas each week during Free Tea Thursday in the JRC Greenhouse from 9:30 a.m-1:30 p.m. every Thursday. On Thursday, Nov. 16, try the herbal tumeric chai and the caffeinated black tea, golden yunnan. No need to RSVP. Just step into the warm and humid greenhouse and savor the atmosphere while your cup of tea steeps. Read more.

Nov. 16: Learn About a Local Racial Justice Champion

Dive into the 2023 narrative, "The Rarest Kind of Courage," and discover the remarkable saga of Father John Markoe, a Jesuit priest whose life epitomized the essence of bravery and commitment to social justice. Hosted by Campus Ministry and Changemaking for the Common Good, this talk gets underway at 11:45 a.m. in Iversen Center for Faith 16LLC. Refreshments will be provided. Learn more.

Nov. 17: Cheer on the Fowler Finalists

Fowler Business Challenge ceremony 2023
Join the Schulze School of Entrepreneurship in James B. Woulfe Alumni Hall at Anderson Student Center for the 2023 Fowler Business Concept Challenge Finals and award ceremony at 1 p.m. on Nov. 17. Learn about the 32 semifinalist ventures as judges from the entrepreneurial, business and investment communities will choose one of four finalists to win a $15,000 scholarship! A reception with light refreshments will follow shortly after in the James B. Woulfe Alumni Hall Atrium. RSVP on TommieLink. To volunteer to support the event, sign up on TommieLink.

Nov. 17: Join Native American Heritage Month Discussion

Join SDIS and the Diversity Activities Board (DAB) for a student-led Purple Couch conversation about Thanksgiving, Mount Rushmore and other topics that have had an impact on Native American culture. The hourlong event starts at 3 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 17, in the Intercultural Center (ASC 230). Learn more on TommieLink.

Nov. 18: Show Your Purple Pride at This Season's Final Football Home Game

Purple on the Plaza.
Join Saturday's pregame festivities at 11 a.m. on John P. Monahan Plaza before the St. Thomas football team takes on Valparaiso at 1 p.m. at O'Shaughnessy Stadium. Come kick a field goal at the inflatable field goal challenge, take pictures on the big purple chair, see our spirit squads perform, and much more. And at 2:30 p.m., cheer on the women's basketball team at Schoenecker Arena. RSVP on TommieLink.

Dec. 3: Celebrate the Season With Author Jan Brett

Author Jan Brett
Celebrate the winter season with the one and only Jan Brett! The author is The New York Times No. 1 bestselling artist/author of over 40 picture books. Brett will visit St. Thomas for a special event with fans on Sunday, Dec. 3, at 5 p.m. in OEC auditorium. Tickets are free for faculty, staff and students. Learn more and secure tickets here.

Professional Notes

Professional Notes Staff and Faculty Headshots
Father Christopher Collins, vice president for mission at the University of St. Thomas, recently assumed an additional role as the parochial administrator of the Church of Saint Peter Claver in St. Paul.

Dr. Maria Lopez del Puerto, professor and chair of the Department of Physics, has been awarded the prestigious APS Fellowship by the American Physical Society.

Jon Keimig, director of the Family Business Center at Opus College of Business, recently received the Hubler Award for a Multidisciplinary Approach to Working with Family Businesses.

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Seen Around St. Thomas

The St. Thomas Men’s Basketball team takes on Idaho State in a basketball game in Schoenecker Arena in St. Paul on November 10, 2023.
Men's basketball guard Raheem Anthony dunks the ball as the team takes on Idaho State at Schoenecker Arena. Anthony scored 19 points, helping to defeat the Bengals 54-53 in first home game of the season. (Mark Brown/University of St. Thomas)

In the News

In The News Faculty Headshots
Media Highlights:
President Rob Vischer recently published an op-ed in the Pioneer Press about the return on investment for students pursuing a college degree and the importance of whole-person formation.

Mahmoud Kabalan, associate professor and director of the Center for Microgrid Research, spoke with CNET about the technologies that enable microgrids for a story about a church in Arizona using solar panels and battery storage for off-grid operation.

David Forliti, mechanical engineering associate professor, spoke with Sports Illustrated's Fan Nation about his thoughts on fellow aerospace engineer (and the Minnesota Vikings' new starting quarterback), Josh Dobbs.

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