Nov. 2, 2022 Newsletter


Elections 2022: Measuring National Political Influences in Minnesota

Minnesotans love to vote. So much so, that for the better part of the last decade, Minnesota has topped all 49 of its fellow states in voter turnout. In 2020, nearly 80% of all eligible voters in Minnesota made their voice heard, a modern-day American record. The 2022 election is off to strong start as…
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St. Thomas One of Few U.S. Law Schools Ranked as Politically Moderate

St. Thomas School of Law building.
St. Thomas Law is ranked among the country's politically moderate law schools according to a new report by preLaw magazine. Just under 12% of law schools fell into this category. "We're pleased for another validation of the balance we seek to achieve," interim Dean Joel Nichols said. "In pursuit of our mission, we work to…
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Wide Receiver Andrew McElroy Leads Tommies to First-Ever Top 25 Ranking in D-I Era

The University of St. Thomas football team defeated the University of San Diego 49-42 on Oct. 29, propelling the Tommies to 7-1 and strengthening their position atop the Pioneer Football League standings. While this high-scoring game included a ton of offensive talent on both sides, there was only one offensive player of the week (Andrew…
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Honoring the Heritage of Indigenous People

November is National Native American Heritage Month, as declared by proclamation this week. As a Catholic institution dedicated to the pursuit of truth, the University of St. Thomas recognizes that it occupies the ancestral and current homelands of the Dakota people, "Mni Sota Makoce." We encourage you to familiarize yourself with the St. Thomas land acknowledgment, which is inspired by our Catholic intellectual tradition.

Nov. 8: Make Your Voice Heard on Election Day

All members of the St. Thomas community are encouraged to get out and vote! Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 8. You can vote early in person through your county elections office, or find your polling place to vote on Election Day.

Stop by for a tasty voting reminder on Monday at John P. Monahan Plaza. CEVEA and the Changemaking Fellows will be hosting a Donut Forget to Vote event from 3-6 p.m.

Staff and Faculty Open Enrollment Underway

This year's open enrollment for staff and faculty is now open and runs through Friday, Nov. 11.

- St. Thomas will switch health insurance providers on Jan. 1, 2023, and begin a new partnership with UnitedHealthcare. As a result of this new relationship, there will be no insurance premium rate changes for 2023.

- All benefit-eligible employees will be required to review, enroll or decline all benefit elections for 2023. Due to the switch, a rollover option isn't available this year, which means employees who do not enroll by the Nov. 11 deadline will not have health insurance through St. Thomas in 2023.

Visit the open enrollment page to explore your benefit options. You can also schedule a one-on-one consultation.

Nov. 3: The Educational Wisdom of St. Thomas Aquinas

The School of Engineering in collaboration with the Center for Catholic Studies is proud to present an evening lecture and reception with Dr. James Arthur, noted author and head of the Jubilee Center in Birmingham, England. The talk will explore the foundational teachings of St. Thomas that influences so much of our work and educational mission. The lecture gets underway at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday in James B. Woulfe Alumni Hall. A Q&A and reception will follow. A parallel talk on Aristotle's Views on Practical Wisdom will also be offered during Thursday's convo hour. Learn more about both events here.

Nov. 4: First Friday – The Intersection of Race and Sports

In a candid conversation recorded at Target Field, Dr. Yohuru Williams, founding director of the Racial Justice Initiative at the University of St. Thomas, will discuss race in American sports with Dave St. Peter, president and CEO of the Minnesota Twins. Learn more and register for this First Friday webinar taking place at noon on Nov. 4.

Nov. 7-11: First-Gen College Week

St. Thomas is a First-Gen Forward Institution and we're excited to mark First-Gen College Week starting Nov. 7. Join us in celebrating our first-generation college students through a number of events, including a kickoff breakfast, yoga, and bowling and pizza social. Faculty and staff are also invited to a special workshop, "Demystifying the First-Generation College Student Experience."

Nov. 11: 'Honoring Veterans With Restorative Justice'

On Veterans Day, Nov. 11, the University of St. Thomas will host a special event, "Honoring Veterans With Restorative Justice." The event will highlight why so many veterans need restoration and healing from invisible injuries resulting from their military service. The two-hour program takes place in the Schulze Grand Atrium at the School of Law in downtown Minneapolis at 4 p.m. The program will also be livestreamed. Registration is required.

This Week in Tommie Sports

The only two Division I teams in the State of Hockey's capital city take center stage at home this weekend.

Friday at 7 p.m. | Men's hockey vs. Minnesota State
Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. | Women's hockey vs. Ohio State

For a full calendar of events, click here.

Last Call for Tommie Award Nominations

Tommie Award Nominations
The Tommie Award is presented each spring semester to a University of St. Thomas senior who, according to St. Thomas students, faculty and staff, best represents the ideals of St. Thomas Aquinas through scholarship, leadership and campus involvement. Nomination forms are due this Friday, Nov. 4, 2022. To nominate a senior please visit OneStThomas.

What Should You Do if You Test Positive for COVID-19?

Regardless of vaccination status, you are required to take a number of steps to recover and protect members of the St. Thomas community safe. Click here for more information.

COVID-19 Dashboard: The university reported 12 new COVID-19 positive test results for the week ending Oct. 28, 2022, and a 91.5% vaccination rate among students, faculty and staff. See full dashboard details on the COVID-19 webpage.

In Our Prayers

Please remember in your prayers Carol Garner, who passed away on Oct. 27. Carol was a production artist in the Marketing, Insights and Communications Department since 2018. To read more about Carol and her life, click here.

Seen Around St. Thomas

Students from the Hispanic Organization for Leadership and Achievement set up a Dia de Los Muertos altar in Scooter's on Oct. 31. HOLA! representatives spoke with KARE 11 to share their personal stories about what this celebration means to them. (Mark Brown/University of St. Thomas)

In the News

Media Highlights: School of Law professor Artika Tyner recently spoke with Fox 9 News about closing the achievement gap by promoting literacy and diversity in literature. Fellow law professor Rachel Moran spoke with The Associated Press about a guilty plea and an alternative approach for two former Minneapolis police officers, related to the killing of George Floyd.

Read St. Thomas "In the News" stories.

In Case You Missed It

Elections 2022: Growing the Next Generation of Women in Office
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