Oct. 11, 2023 Newsletter


The Entrepreneuring Tommie: How Purple Passion Fueled a Multimillion-Dollar Adventure

Brendan Quinlan, Matt Michalski ’19 and Branick Weix.
Imagine being a young entrepreneur with a start-up company so successful it sells for millions of dollars in less than five years. That's the bragging rights of University of St. Thomas alumnus Matt Michalski '19. This summer he and two co-founders sold their 5-year-old content management company Aryeo to real estate listing giant Zillow for…
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Sights and Sounds: Homecoming 2023

The Dance Team performs.
From the golf cart parade to Purple on the Plaza and Friday Festivities, the St. Paul campus was abuzz last week as students, faculty, staff, alumni and families celebrated their St. Thomas pride and passion. The football team defeated Butler University 17-10 as the team came up with a clutch win in the fourth quarter.…
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VIDEO: Tommies Elevate Fan Experience for Minnesota Vikings

Tommie Alumna Alyssa Erdman with interns before a Vikings Game at U.S. Bank Stadium
A sea of purple takes over U.S. Bank Stadium each Minnesota Vikings home game. But look a little closer, past the Helga helmets and countless Justin Jefferson jerseys, there's a slightly different shade of purple: Tommie purple. This fall, a small army of University of St. Thomas students are fanning out across the stadium, greeting…
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Tales from the Archives: Lights, Camera, St. Thomas

Filming on St. Thomas Campus
The colors of autumn can make the St. Thomas campus look like it is straight out of a movie set. In fact, our beautiful campus played a role in at least three television and feature films in the 1990s, remaining an inspiration for today's Film Studies Program. In the spring of 1991, the St. Thomas…
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University News

Join Special Prayer Service for Israel-Palestine on Oct. 13

As President Vischer stated in a message to our community earlier this week, the University of St. Thomas condemns the horrific terrorist attacks made upon innocent people in Israel. As we mourn the hundreds of lives lost and grieve for the thousands of people whose families in Israel and Palestine are impacted by this war, we will come together in prayer for the people and for a peaceful resolution to the conflict. Join us at 12:45 p.m., Friday, Oct. 13, in the Anderson Student Center Atrium.

Oct. 23: An Evening About Racial Justice

Image of Dr. Williams' new book 'More Than A Dream: The Radical March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom'.
Sixty years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. made his famous "I have a dream…" speech at the historic March on Washington. We invite you to a special evening with Dr. Yohuru Williams to learn what these words mean for all of us today, and showcase what the Racial Justice Initiative (RJI) is doing to make racial justice more than a dream. The event gets underway on Monday, Oct. 23, at 6 p.m. in Schoenecker Hall of Iversen Center for Faith.

Submit Your Photos for Community Art Project

Hand holding a cell phone taking an image of flowers.
What do you see or experience on campus that inspires wonder or joy? What do you experience as beautiful? We need your photos of the natural environment on or nearby campus for a new community art project, "On Care for Our Common Home." The photographs will be the inspiration for murals on the St. Paul and Minneapolis campuses that share our collective experiences. Photo submissions accepted through Oct. 31. Learn more and submit your photos here.

Additional Events

Oct. 12: German-American Career Fair

German American Career Fair
Are you interested in learning more about internships and jobs from global U.S.-German companies and nonprofits? Connect with German-American companies for exciting career opportunities at the German-American Career Fair. A variety of recruiters, HR managers and representatives from leading German-American companies will be on campus to discuss career opportunities. The fair is Thursday, Oct. 12, from 11:15 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in Anderson Student Center. Admission is free, but registration is required.

Oct. 12: Interfaith Panel on Climate Change Action

Climate Change Action event poster
This panel discussion promises to be an enlightening exploration of how different faith traditions view and respond to the urgent issue of climate change. By bringing together individuals from various faith backgrounds, we hope to foster understanding, collaboration, and a shared commitment to environmental stewardship. The panel discussion gets underway on Thursday, Oct. 12, at noon in Brady Educational Center, Room 120. Register here.

Oct. 17: Spiritual Care and Chaplaincy in Religiously Diverse Societies

The Jay Phillips Center for Interreligious Studies is excited to host a webinar exploring the emerging field of plural spiritual care and chaplaincy. Join this online offering to learn from the experts behind a new open-access volume Complexities of Spiritual Care in Plural Societies. The volume explores how practitioners may serve religiously diverse populations in health and chaplaincy settings. The webinar takes place Tuesday, Oct. 17, at noon. Register here.

Oct. 19: 'Popping Bubbles of Comfort' With Sister Norma

Sister Norma event poster
Be part of an enlightening event featuring Sister Norma Pimentel, a dedicated advocate and agent of change. Through her engaging keynote, Pimentel will take you on a journey of encountering the realities often hidden within the bubbles of comfort that Americans live in. The conversation is Thursday, Oct. 19, at 11:45 a.m. in Iversen Center for Faith. Register here.

Active Shooter Preparedness and Response Training

Active shooter incidents are often unpredictable and evolve quickly. Amid the chaos, anyone can play an integral role in mitigating the impacts of an active shooter incident. This training, led by Brian Rich, emergency manager for the University of St. Thomas, aims to enhance incident preparedness. Several sessions will be offered on the St. Paul and Minneapolis campuses from Oct. 16 to Nov. 1. Register here.

New Alcoholic Beverages Policy and Approval Process

St. Thomas has announced a new alcoholic beverages policy for campus events, St. Thomas-sponsored events, and other off-campus meals. Read the updated policy and approval process here.

Seen Around St. Thomas

Author Camille Dungy speaks in the Anderson Student Center during an event sponsored by the English Department on October 5, 2023, in St. Paul.
Author Camille Dungy speaks in the Anderson Student Center during a lecture sponsored by the English Department and the Diversity Activities Board. The event was part of the Diverse Voices Author Series. (Mark Brown/University of St. Thomas)

In the News

Media Highlights:
Manjeet Rege, software and data science professor at the School of Engineering, recently spoke with TechTarget for a story about real-world use cases for "adaptive" artificial intelligence.

Tyler Schipper, economics professor at the College of Arts and Sciences, spoke with the Star Tribune about Minnesota's economy, following a new consumer spending report.

John Wentz, mechanical engineering professor at the School of Engineering, spoke with the Pioneer Press about St. Thomas being selected for the America's Cutting Edge (ACE) manufacturing program, backed by the Department of Defense.

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

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Know of anything or anyone interesting around the university that would make for a good Newsroom feature story? Let us know at news@stthomas.edu.

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