Oct. 18, 2023 Newsletter


Reverse Career Fair Gives Engineering Students a Chance to Shine

Engineering student Ryan Kappes and peers
Engineering students and employers alike crowded Anderson Student Center's James B. Woulfe Alumni Hall on Wednesday, Oct. 4. University of St. Thomas School of Engineering scholars participated in the "Meet the Engineers" Reverse Career Fair in hopes of meeting their future colleagues and employers. With over 85 companies looking to hire, the engineers were ready…
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St. Thomas Club Sports Experiencing Boom in Division I Era

Club Sailing
Rachel Bartel '24 was at a crossroads in 2020. The first-year student loved her new community at the University of St. Thomas, but she yearned for a piece of home. A longtime sailing enthusiast, she needed to get back on the water. "At first it was something I thought I didn't need in college, but…
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Catholic Studies Celebrates 30 Years of Impact

A nun smiling kindly surrounded by many people at a decorated banquet.
"My message here tonight is simple. I want to thank you on behalf of the hundreds of St. Thomas students, alumni, staff and faculty – who did not major in Catholic Studies, who do not hold Catholic Studies degrees, who do not work for Catholic Studies, who never taught a Catholic Studies course – but…
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The Significance of Special Prayer Services on Campus

Respect Life Rosary Profession gathering
In a time of uncertainty, the University of St. Thomas Campus Ministry provides comfort to students, faculty and staff through special prayer services, as well as for other occasions. On Oct. 13, the St. Thomas community gathered in the Anderson Student Center atrium for a Prayer for Peace. Members of the St. Thomas community from…
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University News

St. Thomas Student Enrollment Rises in Multiple Categories for 2023-24 Academic Year

Students with Tommie Mascot
The University of St. Thomas in Minnesota saw a year-over-year increase in student enrollment across several categories, according to the final count from the 2023 fall semester. There was nearly a 5% increase in first-time, first-year 4-year students to 1,526 students, as well as gains across the total student body to 9,146 students. Bachelor's-degree-seeking undergraduate…
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Universitywide Restorative Justice Faculty-Staff Learning Community Forming

Participants at a table.
Faculty and staff from across the University of St. Thomas are forming a new Restorative Justice Faculty-Staff Learning Community to build connections, learn from each other and foster the teaching and use of restorative practices on campus. Restorative justice concepts date to the 1970s and have been successfully used in a variety of settings and…
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St. Thomas Alumnus Helps International Company Navigate Ethics and Technology

Gaytko standing with his family at graduation
If you are the kind of person who hears about facial recognition and imagines a dystopian, "Black Mirror"-style future, then hearing Michael Gaytko '16, '20 MBA, '20 J.D., '23 LL.M. talk about the influence of his St. Thomas education may have you feeling optimistic. Gaytko is part of the legal team at IDEMIA, the global…
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Call for 2024 Tommie Award Nominations

Tommie Award Nominations
Students, staff and faculty are invited to nominate a senior for the 2024 Tommie Award. The award is presented annually to a St. Thomas senior who represents the ideals of St. Thomas Aquinas through scholarship, leadership and campus involvement. The deadline for nominations is Thursday, Nov. 2, 2023, at 4 p.m.
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Open Enrollment to Begin Soon for Staff and Faculty

This year's open enrollment for staff and faculty opens Monday, Oct. 30, and runs through Friday, Nov. 10.

There are some changes to benefits this year. All benefits-eligible employees will be required to review, enroll or decline all benefit elections for 2024. Due to the changes, a rollover option isn't available this year, which means employees who do not enroll by the deadline will not have health insurance through St. Thomas in 2024.

Visit the open enrollment page in the Human Resources section on OneStThomas to explore your benefit options.

Employee Preference Optimization (EPO) Survey Results – Total Rewards

St. Thomas partnered with Grant Thornton in the spring to survey our benefits-eligible employees to gain their insights on our existing compensation and benefits programs. The survey and focus groups results reveal that faculty and staff appreciate and value our development opportunities, retirement contributions, and employee work/life balance, which is supported by generous paid time off, and a positive work environment.
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Additional News and Events

Philosophy Department Essay Competition Now Open

The University of St. Thomas Department of Philosophy is pleased to announce its 16th annual student essay contest. The authors of the three best submissions will receive the Thomas D. Sullivan Medal in Philosophy and a cash prize. Submissions are due Jan. 28, 2024.
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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.

Oct. 19: Listen to Music on the Quad With Singer Jariah

Jariah - Music on the Quad
Join us for Music on the Quad! This week will feature the incredible singer-songwriter, Jariah. Bring your blankets, lawn chairs, dinner and friends.
RSVP on TommieLink.

Oct. 19: Learn About The History of Queerness

Special guest Nick Kor has a long history of exemplifying queer excellence within the University of St. Thomas and in the outside community. As a professional communicator, political strategist and community engagement expert, Kor will discuss the progression of queerness in relation to the past, present and future.
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Oct. 21: Pilgrimage for Racial Justice and Reconciliation

University students are invited to join a six-mile pilgrimage praying for racial justice and reconciliation in our local community by walking together from St. Paul into Minneapolis. We will traverse Lake Street, stop for a reflection at George Floyd Square, and conclude with prayer and a meal at St. Leonard of Port-Maurice, a parish established in 1941 to serve the African American Catholics of Minneapolis.
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Oct. 26: What Christians Get Wrong About Judaism

In this special presentation, Rabbi Ryan Dulkin will examine topics that Christians generally misunderstand about Judaism and why this matters for Jews, Christians, and others. Dulkin will explore how these misrepresentations have often fanned the flames of antisemitic attitudes and behaviors. Dulkin teaches in the Theology Department and directs the department's recently created Encountering Judaism Initiative. The presentation is Oct. 26 at noon in McNeely Hall.
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Nov. 3: St. Thomas Law School J.D. Open House

The School of Law building on a beautiful fall day on October 24, 2019, in Minneapolis.
The St. Thomas School of Law will host an in-person open house on Friday, Nov. 3, from 1-3:45 p.m. for students interested in earning their J.D. Attendees will learn more about the 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 practical training, has high employment outcomes 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.

Plan Ahead for Parking on Busy Days on Campus

Parking Services encourages the Tommie community to plan ahead for the following events on campus that may cause parking disruptions:

- On Thursday, Oct. 19, and Friday, Oct. 20, Admissions will host its annual Fall Tommie Days student recruiting event. This event runs the full day, each day, and will require the closure of lot O, approximately 200 spaces.

- On Wednesday, Oct. 25, the Humane Society will be on campus, bringing up to 250 people to campus all day.

Seen Around St. Thomas

Mack Byers of the University of St. Thomas men's hockey team looks for an opportunity to score against the University of Minnesota in a game at the Xcel Energy Center. The Tommies came back from two deficits in a back-and-forth battle with the Golden Gophers, but ultimately lost 84 seconds into overtime. (Brandon Woller '17/University of St. Thomas)

Sign up here to secure your spot on the student fan bus to the men's hockey game on Oct. 20 vs. Lindenwood University. Reserve your free ticket to cheer on women's hockey as they take on Ohio State Oct. 20 and 21.

In the News

Media Highlights:
Yohuru Williams, founding director of the Racial Justice Initiative, recently spoke with the Star Tribune for a story about the Buy Black movement and efforts to ensure it remains a long-term priority. He also appeared on Feminism Today, discussing jobs and freedom.

Renee Buhr, professor of international studies and political science, recently published an editorial in The Hill about the reality of intelligence gathering and how it relates to the unforeseen attack on Israel.

Law Professor Tom Berg was recently featured in an op-ed in The Hill about limitations of the court with regard to religious liberties.

Monica Liu, sociology professor at the College of Arts and Sciences, recently published a story in The Conversation about China's staggering male-female gender imbalance and other factors leading many Chinese women to seek relationships with Western men.

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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