Nov. 16, 2022 Newsletter


Culture of Encounter: Five Observations With Interim President Rob Vischer

School of Law Dean Rob Vischer poses for a portrait at the School of Law building in Minneapolis on April 23, 2021, in Minneapolis.
The term "culture of encounter" is one we've been hearing lately, though it's not new. Pope Francis has been using it for at least a decade. He says that society should push back against what he calls a "culture of indifference" and help build a "culture of encounter." He explains that this is a "culture…
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St. Thomas Breaks Into Top 20 in Princeton Review Entrepreneurship Rankings

The University of St. Thomas' entrepreneurial studies program is drawing more national attention, as more people take note of the unique experiences and opportunities it's creating for undergraduate students. A year after jumping 10 spots in the Princeton Review's annual list of top undergraduate entrepreneurship programs, the Schulze School of Entrepreneurship advanced another five to…
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International Students: Where St. Thomas Has Been and Future Direction

This fall marks the highest ever enrollment for new international undergraduate students starting at the University of St. Thomas, with 78 students (58 first-time, first-year Tommies and 20 transfer students). In addition, this academic year marks the highest ever numbers of international undergraduate students studying at St. Thomas at 237. With 67 countries represented by…
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Princeton Review Ranks St. Thomas Among Nation's Top 50 Green Colleges

University of St. Thomas lower quad.
For the first time in school history, the University of St. Thomas has been ranked in the Top 50 Green Colleges by the Princeton Review. These top 50 colleges and universities, selected from a review of over 710 higher education institutions, "share superb sustainability practices, a strong foundation in sustainability education, and a healthy quality…
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Tommie Give Day Receives Record Number of Gifts

A record-breaking 2,787 members of the Tommie Network participated in Tommie Give Day, donating a total of $2,036,450. Alumni from all graduating classes as well as parents, faculty, staff, students and friends of the university came together to provide important funding for scholarships and access to a transformative St. Thomas education.
If you weren't able to make a gift on Tommie Give Day and would still like to do so, you can make your gifthere. You also can viewTommie Give Day videos and also read more Tommie Give Day results..

VIDEO: Air Force ROTC Cadets March in Honor of POW-MIA Service Members

Veterans Day vigil 2022.
The U.S. Air Force ROTC Detachment 410 and the campus chapter of Arnold Air Society, a national professional and service organization, began its 36th annual Veterans Day vigil Nov. 10 as the temperature dropped. Cadets will march slowly and solemnly near the flagpole in the center of the lower quad on the St. Paul campus…
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Enter the Metaverse With St Thomas

Mellissa Ingabire, Lee Winbush and Lisa Abendroth.
Over the last year there has been one buzzword dominating news headlines: the metaverse. But what really is it? On Nov. 7, 2022, Lee Winbush '17 MBA, 3M engineer, St. Thomas adjunct professor and Business in a Digital World (BDW) executive fellow, presented that question to over 100 attendees at "Enter the Metaverse: Demystifying This…
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Prize Competition for Best Philosophy Essays

The University of St. Thomas Department of Philosophy is pleased to announce its 15th annual student essay contest. The authors of the three best submissions will receive the Thomas D. Sullivan Medal in Philosophy and a cash prize. Essays will be accepted through Friday, Jan. 27. More details.

Toy Drive With HOLA and CLUES

Join CLUES and HOLA to make this holiday better for the children by donating toys! HOLA and CLUES are working together to collect as many toys as possible to help these families have a good holiday filled with love and cheer. Help us achieve our 100 toy goal!

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Nov. 18: Transgender Day of Remembrance

Join the LGBTQIA+ Faculty and Staff Association and the student Queer-Straight Alliance to remember transgender members of our community, those who have had their lives taken, and those who have inspired us to be better people. The evening of remembrance gets underway at 5 p.m. in the Iversen Center for Faith. More details.

This Week in Tommie Sports

It may be a winter wonderland out there, but it's a busy week in Tommie sports. #RollToms

Thursday at 7 p.m. | Volleyball vs. UMKC
Friday at 7 p.m. | Men's hockey vs. Lake Superior State
Saturday at noon | Volleyball vs. Oral Roberts
Saturday at 7 p.m. | Women's basketball vs. Minnesota State

For a full calendar of events, click here.

To learn how the Tommies did in past games, read these posts from TommieMedia:
Men's basketball: 84-48 win over St. Francis Brooklyn
Women's basketball: 61-35 win over South Carolina State
Football: St. Thomas clinches PFL championship with 23-0 win over Stetson

COVID-19 Dashboard: 11 Positive Cases Reported

The university reported 11 new COVID-19 positive test results for the week ending Nov. 11, 2022, and a 91.7% vaccination rate among students, faculty and staff. See full dashboard details on the COVID-19 webpage.

In Our Prayers: Former Head Coach Dennis Denning

Hall of Famer and former Tommie baseball head coach Dennis Denning passed away early Wednesday morning at age 76 after a series of health issues. Our prayers are with his family, friends and fans. Read more about this legend on

Seen Around St. Thomas

Students grab a hot cocoa on the lower quad of the St. Paul campus, celebrating the start of a snowy Tommie Give Day. Our eighth annual Tommie Give Day engaged a record number of donors! Raising more than $2 million, more members of the Tommie Network than ever rallied to support access to a transformative St. Thomas education! Read more Tommie Give Day results.

In the News

Media Highlights: The School of Law hosted a special event, "Honoring Veterans with Restorative Justice," highlighting the school's Initiative on Restorative Justice and Healing. FOX 9 spoke with leaders about how the initiative is working to bring about a more just society.

Johnny Tauer, head coach of the men's basketball team, recently spoke with WCCO Radio about what it takes to build a team with individuals who come from different backgrounds. Star Tribune sports columnist Patrick Reusse also wrote about why a rivalry between the two D-I college basketball programs in Minnesota makes sense for both organizations.

Read St. Thomas "In the News" stories.

In Case You Missed It

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