Oct. 19, 2022 Newsletter


Sights and Sounds: Homecoming 2022

The Dance Team performs during Homecoming Purple on the Plaza on October 15, 2022, in St. Paul.
Students, faculty, staff, alumni and families showed off their Tommie pride last week for homecoming. From the golf cart parade to food trucks to Tommie sports, there were a variety of activities for everyone. The football team secured a 26-14 victory over Drake with a 100-yard rushing and three-touchdown performance by running back Gabe Abel,…
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Electric Ride: EV Course Shapes Engineers of the Future

Electric vehicles.
Petting zoos are generally considered a highly sought-after attraction for children. Not this petting zoo taking place on a cool September night on the top floor of the University of St. Thomas Anderson Parking Facility. There were no goats to feed, rabbits to hold, or llamas to cuddle. In their place was something positively electric.…
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First-Year Student Joins Inaugural New York Times Corps

Gwynnevere Vang headshot.
First-year student Gwynnevere Vang is an inaugural member of The New York Times Corps, the newspaper's yearlong mentor program for aspiring college journalists from underrepresented groups. Vang is one of two ThreeSixty Journalism alumnae, along with Faaya Adem, to be selected. In addition to being a first-year student, Vang is a second-generation Hmong woman and…
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Planning for the Future: Athletic Facilities Update

Progress continues to be made on finding long-term homes for our hockey, baseball and softball programs. Vice President and Director of Athletics Phil Esten shared several updates this week on plans for new facilities. Read his letter to the community here.

Nominate a Senior for a Tommie Award by Nov. 4

Tommie Award Nominations
The Tommie Award is presented each spring semester to a University of St. Thomas senior who, according to St. Thomas students, faculty and staff, best represents the ideals of St. Thomas Aquinas through scholarship, leadership and campus involvement. To be eligible for nomination and to receive the Tommie Award, the candidate must be a St. Thomas senior earning a degree no later than December 2023, have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75, and be in good academic and nonacademic standing (i.e., not on conduct probation). Nomination forms are due Nov. 4, 2022. To nominate a senior or learn more about the process and timeline, please visit OneStThomas.

Oct. 20: Dean Smith Navigates the Hidden Curriculum

Join the Proud to Be First group from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20, for an interactive session with fellow first-generation student, scholar and faculty member Dr. Buffy Smith, who will unpack the hidden curriculum of higher education and explore specific strategies for thriving in college. RSVP on TommieLink.

Diverse Voices Author Lecture Series: Kazim Ali

The English Department and the Diversity Activities Board are pleased to bring the multi-genre writer Kazim Ali to campus for this in-person lecture. Ali will be reading selections from Northern Light: Power, Land, and the Memory of Water and from his collections of poetry. The reading and Q&A gets underway at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 25, in James B. Woulfe Alumni Hall at Anderson Student Center.

Oct. 21 Women Entrepreneurship Craft Market

Join the create[space] and the Schulze School of Entrepreneurship at a special craft market in celebration of Women's Entrepreneurship Week. Support local vendors and buy beautifully crafted products. The market is this Friday, Oct. 21, from 2-7 p.m. in create[space], located on the first floor of the Anderson Student Center.

Oct. 22: Help Keep Our River Clean

Join the Sustainability Club from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22, with efforts to clean up the Mississippi River before winter. The main goal will be to safely and sustainably pick up and discard trash along the river area closest to campus. Meet at the World War I Monument. RSVP on TommieLink.

Happy Diwali to Tommies Celebrating!

Diwali is one of the most popular holidays in South Asia and it is celebrated worldwide by Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and Buddhists. Five days of celebration will run from Oct. 22-26, with Diwali falling this year Oct. 24 – the day of the new moon in the Hindu month of Kartik. The name Diwali is derived from the Sanskrit word Deepavali, meaning Line of Lamps. Houses, shops, public places and shrines are often decorated with lights. These symbolize the victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance. Here's to a joyous occasion.

Building Tools for Difficult Conversations

When people try to communicate about conflict, it's common for some parties to leave feeling less willing to help than they were before. Nonviolent communication (NVC) is a model used in conflict resolution to facilitate mutual understanding between people. Join Marshall Bolin, speaker and mediator, for a two-part workshop on the theory and practice of NVC. The free workshop will run on Nov. 4 and 11. Registration is required.

'Water is Life' Art Exhibitions

Crucial to the survival of all life forms, water is ingrained in every culture. This fall be sure to check out two campus exhibitions centered around water. At the Department of Art History Gallery, artist Annie Irene Hejny explores the relationship she has with water in "When the Water Calls Me Back." At the American Museum of Asmat Art, "Power and Presence: Water in Asmat" explores the many ways Asmat people engage with water.

Parking Lot Closure Thursday and Friday

Admissions will host its annual Fall Tommie Days student recruiting event this Thursday and Friday, Oct. 20-21. This event runs the full day, each day, and will require the closure of lot O, approximately 200 spaces. This may fill our parking facilities. We encourage you to find alternative modes of transportation to campus.

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. To learn more information visit the dedicated Human Resources page on OneStThomas.

COVID-19 Dashboard: 15 Positive Cases Reported

The university reported 15 new COVID-19 positive test results for the week ending Oct. 14, 2022, and a 91.1% 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.

Seen Around St. Thomas

A fall snowfall covers autumn leaves across the St. Paul campus on Oct. 14, 2022. (Mark Brown/University of St. Thomas)

In the News

Media Highlights: Engineering Professor John Abraham discussed his recent study on the exponential rise of ocean temperatures with WCCO Radio.

Finance Professor David Yang spoke with KARE 11 about the reasons why the holiday sales season just keeps moving earlier year after year.

Just in time for spooky season, English professor Gordon Grice spoke with the Star Tribune about the origins of and growing interest in vampires.

Read St. Thomas "In the News" stories.

In Case You Missed It

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First Friday: Bill George on Authentic Leadership

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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