Nov. 9, 2022 Newsletter


Angelica Franaschouk: First-gen Student to Student Body President

On a busy campus day, you'll often find Angelica Franaschouk '23 running from one side of campus to another. As student body president, she often bounds from event to event, juggling a full slate of details, large and small, from room reservations to talking points. No matter where you find Franaschouk, it's clear she's perfected…
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First Friday: Intersection of Race and Sports Discussion With Minnesota Twins CEO

Dave St. Peter, president and CEO of the Minnesota Twins, and Yohuru Williams, PhD, director of the Racial Justice Initiative at the University of St. Thomas, sat down at Target Field to discuss the historical and contemporary lessons being learned at the intersection of race and sports. The conversation was aired in the middle of…
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St. Thomas Men's Basketball Shines on National Stage

Heading into Monday night's season opener at Creighton, the St. Thomas men's basketball team was officially listed as a 28-point underdog against the No. 9-ranked Blue Jays. After all, some consider this year's Creighton squad a national title contender. The Tommies, meanwhile, are in only their second season as a Division I program with several…
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Tommie Give Day Is Next Tuesday

On Tommie Give Day, Nov. 15, the entire St. Thomas community will rally to support scholarship funding that ensures access to a whole-person education for current and future Tommies. Watch for special messages and challenges throughout the day as well as Board of Trustees generous match gifts and challenge awards.

If you're eager to make a gift and spread the word now, Tommie Give Day gifts will be accepted through the St. Thomas GiveCampus giving page now through Nov. 15. Those making gifts of $75 or more will be eligible to receive an exclusive St. Thomas jacquard scarf – a must-have for any wardrobe.

To learn more, visit our Tommie Give Day page. It has a new look and highlights our colleges, schools, athletics program and student services. Know that every gift, no matter the size, makes a difference in the lives of our students. Thank you for being an integral part of our success!

Nov. 9: Vespers of Remembrance

Vespers of Remembrance is a service where we remember and celebrate those who have passed during the past year. This peaceful service features prayers and music interspersed with moments of silence. All are welcome. The service gets underway at 5:30 p.m. in the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas.

Nov. 10: Celebrate Black Catholic History Month

Join our celebration of Black Catholic History Month. Students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in Dr. Ben Heidgerken's courses on The Beloved Community, Black Religious Experience, and Theology and Race will share research posters along Father Dorsey Way. Heidgerken will provide an orientation to the students' work tomorrow, Thursday, Nov. 10, in Anderson Student Center 202 at noon and again at 5:30.

Nov. 10: 'Art of Hope/the Hope of Art'

Visit the Hoedeman Gallery of Sacred Art in the Iversen Center for Faith at 7 p.m. on Nov. 10 for a conversation with brush painter Bob Schmitt. "The Nine Gates: thresholds of a spiritual journey" by Schmitt is on exhibit in the Hoedeman Gallery through December.

This Week in Tommie Sports

The final home football game, the first for women's and men's basketball, and much more. It's a busy week at home for Tommie Sports.

Friday at 6 p.m. | Swim and dive
Friday at 7 p.m. | Men's basketball vs. Chicago State
Saturday at 11 a.m. | Volleyball vs. Western Illinois
Saturday at noon | Football vs. Stetson
Saturday at 7 p.m. | Women's basketball vs. South Carolina State

For a full calendar of events, click here.

Faculty and staff: Claim two free tickets for select upcoming games.

Nov. 15: Decolonizing Our Mindset and Actions

As we continue to celebrate National Native American Heritage Month, you're invited to join Student Diversity & Inclusion Services in Scooter's noon-2 p.m., Tuesday, Nov.15, for a showing of the documentary "Powerlands." The film investigates the displacement of Indigenous people and the devastation of the environment caused by chemical companies that exploited the land. This is the first movie this year in SDIS' "Movies That Matter" series. A light lunch will also be served. Please go to TommieLink to RSVP and for more information.

Nov. 16: Trio Mediterraneo Musical Ensemble

Trio Mediterraneo is inspired by melodies from beloved piyyutim (semi-liturgical Jewish prayers) and music shared among the many cultures of the Mediterranean, immersing its audience in a sound world enlivened by improvisation and rooted in traditional culture. Sponsored by the Jay Phillips Center for Interreligious Studies, the concert gets underway at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 16, in the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas. This event is free and open to the public.

'A St. Thomas Christmas: Dawning Light'

Tickets are now available for "A St. Thomas Christmas: Dawning Light." The 35th annual concert is a winter tradition for the entire university community, celebrating the Advent and Christmas seasons through traditional carols and contemporary selections. The concert will take place at Orchestra Hall on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Reserve tickets.

Nov. 16: 'Join Us in the Nth Floor'

Hosted by the Opus College of Business: Business in a Digital World Initiative, Accenture, a leader in the VR/XR space will highlight their work in mixed reality experiences. Their breakthrough creation, the Nth Floor, uses mixed reality to bring a geographically distributed workforce together. The presentation takes place on Nov. 16 at 5 p.m. This is an online event via Zoom, but you must register to participate.

Staff and Faculty Open Enrollment Closing Friday

This year's open enrollment for staff and faculty closes 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.

COVID-19 Dashboard: 12 Positive Cases Reported

The university reported 12 new COVID-19 positive test results for the week ending Nov. 4, 2022, and a 91.6% vaccination rate among students, faculty and staff. See full dashboard details on the COVID-19 webpage.

In Our Prayers

Please remember in your prayers:

- Father Ian Ker, former Theology Department professor
- Margaret Kathleen Maes, former law librarian at the School of Law
- John K. Purdy, former faculty member
- Eleni Roulis, School of Education professor
- Marion Short, former trustee

Read more online and please join us in praying for comfort for their family and friends.

Seen Around St. Thomas

Students interact with therapy dogs in create[space] during convo hour on Halloween in the Anderson Student Center. (Mark Brown/University of St. Thomas)

In the News

Media Highlights: Tim Lynch, political science professor at the University of St. Thomas, spoke with KARE 11 about the positive and negative consequences of national politics playing a greater role in local elections.

Art history adjunct professor Dr. Lois Eliason was featured in The Catholic Spirit talking about the Minneapolis Institute of Arts' Botticelli exhibition.

Read St. Thomas "In the News" stories.

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