Nov. 22, 2022 Newsletter


Enjoy the Holiday Break; Some Services Reduced

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. There will be no shuttle service between campuses from Thursday through Sunday. The shuttle will resume on Monday, Nov. 28. All Dining Services locations will be closed on Thursday. T's will be the only location open Friday and Saturday. On Sunday, T's will be open and the Northsider will open at 4 p.m. All dining locations will go back to normal business hours on Monday, Nov. 28.

St. Thomas Football Championship Brings National Boost in D-I Era

It didn't take long for St. Thomas Football to prove skeptics wrong. When the Tommies kicked off their Division I era in 2021, the Pioneer Football League (PFL) coaches' poll placed them near the bottom of the heap, in eighth place. Some 16 months after those first preseason polls, the Tommies left no doubt about…
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St. Thomas Students Pursue Next Big Idea

Beamlak Petros presenting.
Anderson Student Center was bustling with entrepreneurial creativity Nov. 18 as University of St. Thomas students pitched their business ideas to judges at the Fowler Business Concept Challenge. Students competed for more than $88,000 in scholarships with ideas ranging from face scanning technology for EMTs to an app helping Hispanic Americans obtain financial literacy. Students…
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Tales from the Archives: International Students at St. Thomas

Phil Huyler from the Bahamas.
As November is International Education Month, it is a good time to reflect on how international students have been a part of the University of St. Thomas community since its very beginning. St. Thomas' first international student was Peter McPhee, a native of Prince Edward Island, Canada. He enrolled as a part of the first…
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Statement Regarding Colorado Springs Shooting

The University of St. Thomas stands in solidarity with its LGBTQIA+ community in the wake of last weekend's tragic events in Colorado Springs. Support services are available for students, faculty and staff in need of healing, as is indicated in the below statement issued to students on Nov. 21 by the university's Center for Well-Being (CWB) and Student Diversity & Inclusion Services (SDIS) division.
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COVID-19 Dashboard: 14 Positive Cases Reported

The university reported 14 new COVID-19 positive test results for the week ending Nov. 18, 2022, and a 91.9% vaccination rate among students, faculty and staff. See full dashboard details on the COVID-19 webpage.

Tommie Give Day 2022 Engages Record Number of Donors

Donating a total of $2,036,450, a record-breaking 2,787 members of the Tommie Network participated in Tommie Give Day. 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. Board of Trustees and…
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Kick off the Holidays With the Tree Lighting Ceremony

Join us for the tree lighting ceremony on Monday, Nov. 28, at 4:30 p.m. in the Anderson Student Center atrium. This event 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!

The Holidays at St. Thomas

Whole campus: Don't miss a single second of holiday cheer on campus. From stitching your own holiday hoop to cookie decorating, there's plenty of merriment to be found. And of course, Santa Reg will be paying a visit as well! Check out the full list of events here.

Staff and faculty: Please RSVP by Wednesday, Nov. 23, for the Staff Council's 2022 Children's Winter Carnival taking place Dec. 10 from 8:30-11:30 a.m. in the AARC field house. All staff and faculty members are invited to bring their kids and grandkids for treats, activities, and a visit with Santa to kick off the holiday season.

This Week in Tommie Sports: Games and Flash Sale

On this Thanksgiving week, we're grateful for the chance to see men's hockey take to the ice.
Friday at 7 p.m. | Men's hockey vs. Lake Superior State
Saturday at 6 p.m. | Men's hockey vs. Lake Superior State

For a full calendar of events, click here.

To learn how the Tommies did in past games, read these posts from TommieMedia:
Football: St. Thomas football downs Butler, claims PFL title outright
Volleyball: St. Thomas volleyball swept by Kansas City

Athletics is having a flash sale Nov. 25 for Black Friday, when tickets to games are available for $5 each. Learn more

Homecoming Sweatshirts

Homecoming sweatshirts are now available for purchase by St. Thomas staff, faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students! Visit this link to make your purchase. Once you complete your purchase, please pick up your sweatshirt(s) from the Campus Life Office during regular business hours (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.). Undergraduate students, please note: If you have not picked up a free sweatshirt, you do not need to purchase one. You just need to stop in the Campus Life Office to pick up a sweatshirt. However, you are welcome to purchase an additional sweatshirt(s) if you'd like.

Buy sweatshirts here.

The Center for Well-Being Introduces Project QUIT!

Project QUIT is a free, six-week wellness coaching and nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) program for St. Thomas students and employees. Program participants can start at any time and will be supported for six weeks with individual wellness coaching, free nicotine replacement product(s), and group support when appropriate. Participants will meet with both a wellness coach and a nurse practitioner who can customize the program that is right for each individual.

Learn more here.

Buffy Smith Inducted Into the Prestigious Marquis Who's Who Biographical Registry

Dougherty Family College Dean Buffy Smith, PhD, has been inducted into Marquis Who's Who. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of their current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.…
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ODEI Hires Manager for TRHT Center

The Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is excited to welcome Tyrai Bronson to our campus community! Tyrai will manage the Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) Campus Center and report to Kha Yang, senior diversity officer and associate vice president for inclusive excellence. Read more.

Dec. 5: LGBTQ+-Inclusive Training

There are a few seats left for the Monday, Dec. 5, 2-4 p.m. session of Tommie P.R.I.D.E, St. Thomas' program to offer education to the St. Thomas community to work toward a more LGBTQ+-inclusive University of St. Thomas. The two-part program is designed to engage all members of the St. Thomas community and people of all identities in learning to interrogate dynamics that contribute to bias against and discrimination of LGBTQ+ people. Read more.

Care Packages to Service Officers

Veterans Services at St. Thomas is collecting donations for the annual holiday care packages for those serving in the armed forces away from home. If you wish to donate, please do. If you know of anyone who may wish to receive a package, please let Veterans Services know the name and address. Collection will be from Nov. 21 through Dec. 12. Drop-off is at the Paul and Sarah Karon Veterans Resource Center (MHC LL17). Questions? Please contact

In the News

Media Highlights: Susan S. Morrison School of Nursing Founding Director Martha Scheckel and Dr. MayKao Y. Hang, vice president of strategic initiatives and founding dean of the Morrison Family College of Health, recently spoke with The Catholic Spirit about the importance of a school that imparts lessons with a holistic approach to health and well-being.

Fowler Business Concept Challenge participant Payton Maas was interviewed by Vineeta Sawkar of WCCO Radio. Maas' concept is Conversation Candles, which sells gift boxes designed to stimulate memories through scent for people with dementia.

Read St. Thomas "In the News" stories.

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