Oct. 25, 2023 Newsletter


Larry Fitzgerald Jr. Shares Message of Greatness Beyond the Game

Larry Fitzgerald Jr. speaks at DFC
Widely considered one of the greatest wide receivers in NFL history, Larry Fitzgerald Jr. has some particularly impressive career stats. In 17 seasons with the Arizona Cardinals, Fitzgerald racked up 121 touchdowns, 17,492 receiving yards, was selected for the Pro Bowl 11 times, and the list goes on. But doing great things doesn't necessarily make…
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Living Learning Communities: Connection in and out of the Classroom

Students around a bonfire.
Every Tuesday, first-year student Ella Murdy meets with her peers and professor for her psychology class. A unique thing about this class is that the students live with the same people they have the class with. This is through the Living Learning Communities at the University of St. Thomas. "I chose to live in an…
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Converteca: Creating a More Sustainable Supply Chain

Georges Macheta speaking.
An innovative recycling process that diverts batteries from landfills, rivers and main ecological systems In the U.S., there are more than 2,000 lithium-ion batteries per person, and 95% of them end up being improperly discarded, causing harmful compounds to seep into the environment. Gabriel Riegert '25 learned about the complexities of the battery supply chain…
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Sister Norma Pimentel Encourages St. Thomas Community to Step Out of Comfort Zone

Sister Norma Pimental
Sister Norma Pimentel, a dedicated advocate for change, encouraged the University of St. Thomas community to become more compassionate supporters of positive immigration and social change. Living in Texas, Pimentel witnessed the crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border firsthand. When she joined a group of sisters involved in taking care of immigrants in shelters, Pimentel found…
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Additional News and Events

Author Camille Dungy Gives Lesson in Diversity at University of St. Thomas

Camille Dungy speaking at a podium.
When author and poet Camille Dungy moved to the predominately white city of Fort Collins, Colorado, in 2013 with her husband and daughter, the homeowners association (HOA) held strict restrictions about what residents could and could not plant in their gardens. Breaking these rules could result in costly fines. Dungy wanted to create a more…
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Faculty and Staff: Open Enrollment Begins Next Week

Open enrollment for faculty and staff opens this Monday, Oct. 30, and runs through Friday, Nov. 10.

This year St. Thomas is having an "active" enrollment, which means all benefits-eligible employees are required to elect or waive medical, dental and vision benefits for 2024 calendar year. These benefits will not carry over to 2024.

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

Oct. 28: Hear the Amazing Sounds of Dueling Pianos

Dueling Pianos
Music to our ears: The next installment of the Chapel Arts Series has arrived. Concert pianists Ekaterina Knyazeva and Anton Melnichenko join forces to celebrate the 150th anniversary of virtuoso pianist and composer Sergei Rachmaninoff. The evening features music written for two pianos/four hands, including a performance of Rachmaninoff's final major work, Symphonic Dances, Op.45. The concert is free and gets underway at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28, in the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas.

Oct. 31: Come Meet Filmmaker Liz Oliva Fernandez

Cuban Journalist Liz Oliva Fernandez event
Join award-winning Cuban journalist and filmmaker Liz Oliva Fernandez for a screening of two new documentaries that explore what's driving Cuba policy under the Biden administration. A Q&A will follow the new Belly of the Beast productions. The screenings and conversation are at noon on Oct. 31 in McNeely Hall 100.

Nov. 1: Celebrate All Saints' Day

All Saints' Day
Join Campus Ministry on All Saints' Day, Nov. 1, for Mass at 12:10 p.m. and 5:05 p.m. in the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas. Relics may be venerated in the chapel one hour prior to Mass. The relics may include St. John Vianney, St. Gemmae Galgani, St. Thomas Aquinas, and St. Mary Magdalene de Pazzi.

Nov. 2: Gather to Remember

Please join the St. Thomas community for the Vespers of Remembrance as we gather to remember our loved ones who have passed. This contemplative evening service hosted by Campus Ministry will feature psalms and music interspersed with prayers and moments of silence. All are welcome to participate in this meaningful service. Vespers of Remembrance is at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 2, in the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas.

Claritas Initiative Recap: The 'Forgotten' Transcendental

Claritas Initiative Speaker
Beauty is much more than a "cosmetic or superficial phenomenon" that might lead to "a skin care or lipstick recommendation." That's what several hundred attendees to the University of St. Thomas' inaugural event for its Claritas Initiative on Beauty, Goodness, and Truth heard from guest lecturer Dr. Jennifer Newsome Martin of University of Notre Dame. Read more about this event that took place in September.

Seen Around St. Thomas

Colorful leaves make for a beautiful fall day on the St. Paul campus. (Sainath Kallur '24)

In the News

Media Highlights:
John Costello, a Schulze Innovation Scholar at St. Thomas, and Danielle Campeau, associate dean at the Schulze School of Entrepreneurship, recently spoke with the Star Tribune about Costello's business venture, West Metro Solutions, which he started in high school.

Mark Osler, professor at the School of Law, recently spoke with The Washington Post about clemency granted by former President Trump to Phillip Esformes, who was convicted of leading one of the largest ever health care fraud schemes.

Sister Norma Pimentel, Mexican-American nun of the Missionaries of Jesus and the executive director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley, recently visited with students at the University of St. Thomas, and – along with St. Thomas senior Maggie Sutton – spoke with KSTP-TV ahead of the on-campus event, "Popping Bubbles."

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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