Oct. 12, 2022 Newsletter

Homecoming Week

Show Off Your Tommie Pride All Week Long

An incredible week of homecoming events are underway to celebrate our pride and passion for St. Thomas! Find an event or three to show off your Tommie spirit. Some of our traditional events include Music on the Quad, Friday Festivities, the homecoming golf cart parade, and the homecoming concert. For a full list, click here.

This Week in Tommie Sports: Homecoming Edition

Roll Toms! Of course, there's Saturday's flagship homecoming football game against Drake. But don't sleep on the men and women's hockey teams, who are also fighting for homecoming wins.

Friday at 3 p.m. – Women's hockey vs. Franklin Pierce
Friday at 7 p.m. – Men's hockey vs. USA Hockey
Saturday at 1 p.m. – Football vs. Drake

Tales from the Archives: Bygone Homecoming Traditions

homecoming pep rally in 1955
Homecoming Week recalls crisp autumn days and traditions like parades, pep rallies and the big football game. But the first St. Thomas homecoming on May 21, 1918, featured a luncheon and a baseball game against Macalester College. What other homecoming traditions have been changed and lost over the years? One tradition lost to the past…
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A Numbers Guy Doing Good: David Juran Joins St. Thomas Board of Trustees

When David Juran kicked off his college career in 1985, he moved into a University of St. Thomas icon, Ireland Hall. Back at its grand opening in 1912, Ireland Hall featured the latest in technologies – including "lighted electricity." By the time Juran moved in, however, the building wasn't exactly at the top of its…
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First Friday: Bill George on Authentic Leadership

MayKao Hang and Bill George.
The First Friday Speaker Series kicked off its 2022-23 season Oct. 7 with a conversation on authentic leadership between business leader and bestselling author Bill George and Dr. MayKao Hang, vice president of strategic initiatives and founding dean of the Morrison Family College of Health. The college is the recent recipient of a $500,000 grant…
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Donor Gift Funds Robotics and Automation Lab for Schoenecker Center at St. Thomas

The University of St. Thomas School of Engineering announced it received a generous gift commitment of $1 million from Henry and Angelena Blattner's Foundation 94. This funding will help support the construction of a new facility to house multiple robotic arms within the Schoenecker Center. Upon completion, the new Robotics and Automation Laboratory will be…
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Leadership in Student Affairs Program Attracts Educators Who Care About Diversity

Leadership in Student Affairs
Research shows when students can learn from teachers and leaders who look like them, they are more likely to succeed inside and outside the classroom. In fact, educators of color are linked to positive academic achievement and behavioral outcomes for all students, not just students of color. Diversifying the teacher workforce is a large part…
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Faculty and Staff Offer LGBTQIA+ Book and Film Recommendations

LGBT History Month.
To celebrate LGBT History Month, the Newsroom asked some members of the St. Thomas LGBTQIA+ and Allies Faculty and Staff Association for book and film recommendations to help provide the university community some diverse perspectives. Here are their thoughts. Boys and Oil by Taylor Brorby (2022) The book Boys and Oil: Growing Up Gay in…
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Roll Toms: A Big Week for St. Thomas Athletics

Luke Glenna tackle.
St. Thomas Athletics enjoyed a breakthrough week to start October with several impressive showings over a five-day span. Men's golf placed first out of 14 teams Oct. 3-4 to win Omaha's Big O tournament. Coach Matt Rachey's Tommies posted the university's first D-I tournament or championship victory of the new era after three second-place finishes…
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Educating Morally Responsible Leaders to Vote

The Civic Engagement, Voter Education and Advocacy Task Force (CEVEA) has been hard at work this past week hosting events for National Voter Education Week at the University of St. Thomas.  The task force focuses on ensuring college students become educated about voting so that they can build better habits for later elections to get…
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Douglas Cleveland Kicks Off Organ Artist Series

Did you know the University of St. Thomas is home to five quality pipe organs? Hear one for yourself with the next installment of the Organ Artist Series featuring Douglas Cleveland. The free concert is this Sunday at 3 p.m. in the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas.

Insurance Enrollment: New Health Care Provider

Attention faculty and staff: Open enrollment for your 2023 health care plan is officially right around the corner (Oct. 31-Nov. 11). This year, all employees will need to elect a new health plan. Effective Jan. 1, 2023, the University of St. Thomas will switch health insurance providers and begin a new partnership with UnitedHealthcare. Last year's benefits will not transfer over to 2023. You will need to reenroll in those benefits for 2023. Stay tuned for more information on the dedicated Human Resources page on OneStThomas.

Scholars to Speak Oct. 20 on the History of Twin Cities' Houses of Worship

Dr. Marilyn J. Chiat, historian of religious architecture, and Dr. Jeanne Halgren Kilde, director of the Religious Studies Program at the University of Minnesota, will speak on "Remembering and Restoring the Past to Ensure the Future: Religious Sites of Minneapolis and St. Paul" at noon on Oct. 20 in Schoenecker Hall Multipurpose Room C (LL16C) on the lower level of the Iversen Center for Faith on the St. Paul campus.
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St. Thomas Law School J.D. Open House Oct. 28

St. Thomas Law will host an in-person open house for students interested in earning their J.D. on Friday, Oct. 28, from 12:45-4 p.m. Attendees will learn more about our law school's mission and programs, meet current students, faculty and staff and experience why St. Thomas Law has been ranked as a top school for quality of life, practical training, externships, professors and more. Guests will also have the opportunity to tour the law school building, which is located on St. Thomas' downtown Minneapolis campus. Undergraduate students interested in attending the open house are encouraged to register in advance here.

In Our Prayers: Remembering Father Peter Wang

Please remember in your prayers for Father Peter Wang, who passed away on Sept. 12. Wang taught at St. Thomas for 29 years before retiring in 1996. He was 91. Read more.

COVID-19 Dashboard: 17 Positive Cases Reported

The university reported 17 new COVID-19 positive test results for the week ending Oct. 7, 2022, and a 91% vaccination rate among students, faculty and staff. See full dashboard details on the COVID-19 webpage.

Get your updated Moderna bivalent booster at the Center for Well-Being. The updated COVID-19 boosters target the most recent Omicron subvariants. Online scheduling for your primary series and boosters is available at myHealthPortal. Learn more on OneStThomas.

Flu clinic until Nov. 3. Getting your flu vaccine is critical to keeping our campus community safe and healthy. There are five more clinics. The next two are:
Tuesday, Oct. 18 | 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. in ASC 202
Tuesday, Oct. 25 | 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. in OSF Library 10

Seen Around St. Thomas

Past Undergraduate Student Government President Michael Sullivan looks at the Memorial for Deceased Students on the St. Paul campus during a dedication ceremony on Oct. 9. Read more about the memorial in the Newsroom and about the dedication from TommieMedia. (Mark Brown/University of St. Thomas)

In the News

Media Highlights: Economics Professor Tyler Schipper joined "Minnesota Live" to explain the current state of inflation, the "bear market" and his advice for spending extra income right now.

School of Engineering Assistant Professor Mohsen Tahmasebi Nasab spoke with ABC News about the drought and its impact on the Mississippi River supply chain.

The New York Times has reviewed Dr. Yohuru Williams' new book on Jackie Robinson, calling it "impressively researched."

Read 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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