Nov. 22, 2023 Newsletter

As St. Thomas prepares for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, please note that some university offices and services will be closed or operate on reduced hours. Most offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday. All Dining Services locations will be closed on Thursday.

We hope you are able to find time to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends. We also encourage the university community to reflect this Friday on Native American Heritage Day, a day set aside to celebrate the rich culture, tradition and history of Native Americans.


Mission of the Engineer Course Teaches Faith, Reason

Michael Naughton teaching a class.
Two University of St. Thomas leaders teaching a new interdisciplinary course hope it will become one of the university's signature offerings. Director of the Center for Catholic Studies Michael Naughton and School of Engineering Dean Don Weinkauf are co-teaching Mission of the Engineer. Students in the course learn and reflect on a variety of topics…
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A Reimagined Way to Address Food Insecurity

Will Pittner on a chair.
Spotting an opportunity to combat food waste and hunger while working in facilities management as a student worker, Will Pittner '22 has partnered with the University of St. Thomas to redistribute excess food to people in need within the community. His start-up, Food to People, is an innovative system to help alleviate food insecurity by…
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Teaching in a Yurt Puts Education to the Test

Celia Hansen standing near yurt
For her first classroom teaching experience, University of St. Thomas alumna Celia Hanson '23 has a setting that's more unique than most teachers encounter. Tucked among the trees at the Lee and Rose Warner Nature Center near the small Minnesota town of Marine on St. Croix, stands a yurt that doubles as a classroom for…
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News and Events

Series on Indigenous Relations Grapples With the History of University Land

This map shows the land purchased by Zebulon Pike from the Dakota on behalf of the U.S. government in 1805.
During the academic year 2023-24, the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of St. Thomas. is sponsoring a series of four on-campus events and two off-campus visits to sacred sites to learn more about Indigenous communities in Minnesota and the history of relations between especially the Dakota people and the Catholic Church. The…
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Kick off the Holidays at Tree Lighting Ceremony

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The tree lighting ceremony officially kicks off the holiday season on campus with music and reflection. As we turn on the lights of the Christmas tree, all of the holiday lights around campus will light up too! Plus, music will be provided by student performers. The ceremony gets underway on Wednesday, Nov. 29, at 4:30 p.m. in the Anderson Student Center atrium.

After the tree lighting ceremony, join us in Scooter's for Santa Reg's Winter Wonderland!

Buy Tickets for St. Thomas Christmas Concert

Students play French Horn in the Symphonic Wind Ensemble during a dress rehearsal for the St. Thomas Christmas Concert December 6, 2015 at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis.
"A St. Thomas Christmas" is a winter tradition for the entire University of St. Thomas community. This concert at Orchestra Hall celebrates the Advent and Christmas season by drawing from both the familiar traditional carols and innovative contemporary selections. Tickets for the Sunday, Dec. 3, "Reflections of Gratitude" performances are available online and in person through the Orchestra Hall box office. Invite your friends and family.
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Nov. 27: Capture a Snow Globe Photo Moment

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On Monday, Nov. 27, stop by John P. Monahan Plaza to take your photo in a giant inflatable snow globe! Plus, you'll get more information about all the events happening during the holidays at St. Thomas.

Nov. 30: Praying Over Jerusalem: Reflections on Palestine and Israel

Join College of Arts and Sciences Theology Department faculty Fuad Naeem and Kimberly Vrudny for the first in a series of conversations the college will sponsor about Israel and Palestine. Drawing from the mutual respect they share for the value of Muslim, Jewish and Christian lives in the region, they will begin to approach many significant issues animating the conflict, including: the role of religion, competing claims to the land, British control of Palestine following World War I, the shadow of the Holocaust, the birth of Israel and the question of its legitimacy. They will also discuss the emergence of nationalism and religious fundamentalism in the Middle East, and the struggle for Palestinian statehood.

Cognizant of the rise of Islamophobia and antisemitism in the U.S., Professors Vrudny and Naeem will be sensitive to the ongoing suffering of Palestinians and Israelis in the region. Moderated by Dr. Shaherzad Ahmadi, Department of History, the evening will include an opportunity to engage in respectful dialogue during a time for questions and responses from our speakers.

The event, reserved for the St. Thomas community, takes place Thursday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m. in O'Shaughnessy Educational Center auditorium. Learn more on OneSt.Thomas.

Score $5 Tickets with Tommie Athletics Flash Sale

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As you begin your holiday shopping this season, don't forget to snag tickets to your favorite Tommie Athletics events. And this week, you can score a deal. Tickets for men's and women's basketball, as well as men's and women's hockey, start at just $5.

Eligible games include:
- Iowa State (women's basketball) on Wednesday, Nov. 29
- Bemidji State (women's hockey) on Saturday, Dec. 7
- Kansas City (men's basketball) on Sunday, Dec. 31
- Michigan Tech (men's hockey) on Thursday, Jan. 11

View Community Art Project Photo Gallery

Last month the Claritas Initiative on beauty, goodness, and truth and the Office of Sustainability Initiatives invited the St. Thomas community to send in their favorite photos of the natural beauty of campus. And you delivered! The collection of photographs for the "Community Art Project: On Care for Our Common Home" is now available to view online. Inspired by these photos, visual storyteller Jessica Turtle will now create murals on the St. Paul and Minneapolis campuses that share our collective experiences of the natural environment.

Learn More About Becoming an RA

Are you interested in becoming a resident advisor for the University of St. Thomas? Have questions about the process of becoming an RA or the specific duties involved? Join Residence Life for an information session as the hiring process for the 2024-25 school year gets underway. Sessions are being held Nov. 28, Dec. 4 and Dec. 7.
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Seen Around St. Thomas

Students celebrate Diwali, the Festival of Lights, with food, sweets and friends, in Anderson Student Center. (Mark Brown/University of St. Thomas)

In the News

Media Highlights:
Buffy Smith, dean at Dougherty Family College, recently was quoted in Inside Higher Ed about what benefits the two-year college provides and the seamless transition for the students who want to go on to get a four-year degree.

Jake Sibell, goalie on the men's hockey team, recently spoke to The Rink Live about playing closer to home and how he has enjoyed his time back in Minnesota.

John Costello, student at the Opus College of Business, recently spoke with FOX 9 about his current business, West Metro Solutions.

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

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