Oct. 26, 2022 Newsletter


Student Diversity Increase at St. Thomas Reflects Goal Commitment

We Are St. Thomas on lower quad.
Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) students represent nearly one-third of all first-time, first-year Tommies enrolled at the University of St. Thomas for four-year and two-year degrees this fall, according to the university's recently released 10-day enrollment numbers that reflect the most diverse freshman class in the history of the university. "This new standard…
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Elections 2022: Growing the Next Generation of Women in Office

From mailboxes stuffed with campaign flyers to pollsters dialing up potential voters, it's hard not to notice that midterm elections are drawing near. For many voters, they'll be excited to see an end to all the campaigning and deluge of television advertisements, but for political researchers at the University of St. Thomas, this is their…
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Transferring to St. Thomas for Exercise Science

Ally Starks.
After attending Johns Hopkins University, her "dream school," for a year, Ally Starks '25 decided that a change of pace was in order. Burnt out, the Bloomington, Minnesota, native took a year off to focus on her mental health and coach volleyball. She switched from studying pre-med molecular and cellular biology at Johns Hopkins to…
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Statement Regarding Campus Alert on Oct. 26, 2022

The exterior of the University of St. Thomas’ Department of Public Safety office and dispatch center, located in Morrison Hall on the St. Paul campus.
Earlier on Wednesday, the St. Paul Police Department contacted the University of St. Thomas about a criminal suspect they were pursuing who fled onto the St. Paul campus. University Public Safety officers assisted police and an arrest was made. There is no immediate threat to the University of St. Thomas community. Any questions about the…
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Portion of Collapsed 35W Bridge to Serve as Reminder for St. Thomas Engineering Students

A worker lowers a piece of 35W bridge debris into its temporary holding location behind Brady Education Center. School of Engineering dean Don Weinkauf secured three pieces of the fallen 35W bridge for St. Thomas. They will eventually be displayed near the Frey Science and Engineering Center where they will be involved in a ceremony for graduating engineering students. (Photo by Mike Ekern '02)
A piece of the I-35W bridge that collapsed in Minneapolis on Aug. 1, 2007, was relocated to its new home on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022. Don Weinkauf, dean of the University of St. Thomas School of Engineering, spoke with KSTP, WCCO and KARE 11 news teams about the process that led to St. Thomas hosting…
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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. 31: Happy Howl-a-ween! Therapy Dogs

Join North Star Therapy Animals for this creepily cute meet-and-greet event with cuddly creatures. Come as you are able … it is first come, first scare! Find your favorite spooky furry friend on Monday from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in create[space] at ASC.

Saints, Souls and Remembering Loved Ones

Father Chris Collins sat down with Will Peterson from Modern Catholic Pilgrim and Theology Professor Dr. Ben Heidgerken to discuss the importance of All Saints Day, as well as remembering those saints of ethnic heritage or who fought for racial justice. Watch the video.

All Saints' Day Masses are taking place on Nov. 1 at 7 a.m., 12:10 p.m. and 5:05 p.m. in the Chapel of St Thomas Aquinas. In addition there will be an All Saints' Day Mass at the Law School on the Minneapolis campus within the Chapel of St Thomas More at noon. For other Campus Ministry events and activities, including a Nov. 1 gathering with Peer Ministry, visit the Campus Ministry website.

All Souls' Day Mass schedule for Nov. 2 is as follows: 7 a.m. in Florance Chapel, 12:10 p.m. in the Chapel of St Thomas Aquinas and 5:05 p.m. within Stizmann Hall, in Albertus Magnus Chapel.

Dia de Los Muertos celebration will be hosted by HOLA! and Create[space]. RSVP on TommieLink to join for an afternoon of memories, learning and connections on Nov. 3 from 5-6 pm at Scooter's for altar. Food will be served, including tamales, jarritos, pan de muerto, hot chocolate and more. Also, from 6-8 p.m. stop by create[space] for screenprinting, painting and other crafts. Campus Ministry will also display a traditional ofrenda altar at the Iversen Center for Faith from Nov. 1- Nov. 4.

Vespers of Remembrance is a service where we remember and celebrate those who have passed during the past year. This peaceful service features prayers and music interspersed with moments of silence. All are welcome to this year's service. Wednesday, Nov. 9, at the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas from 5:30-6:15 p.m. A reception in the chapel lobby will follow the service until 7 p.m.

Nov. 1: Digital Solutions Supporting Circular Economy

How can we use technology to enhance sustainability across your supply chain? Circular economy is growing quickly with many companies implementing innovations to change how they design products, business models and operate supply chains. This requires companies to have a clearer understanding of how materials and energy flows to support circular innovations. Key levers for this are new digital technologies and data.

Learn more at the Opus College of Business-Business in a Digital World event on Nov. 1 from noon-1 p.m. in McNeely Hall, Room 100, or via Zoom.

Nov. 3: Christian Nationalism in America: Its History and Resurgence

Learn about the history of Christian Nationalism from Boston College history professor Charles R. Gallagher. At this special presentation sponsored by the Jay Phillips Center for Interreligious Studies, Gallagher will summarize the history of Christian nationalist groups in America and discuss their influence on today's far-right movements. The event gets underway at noon on Thursday, Nov. 3, in the Schoenecker Hall Multipurpose Room at ICF. Learn more.

Nov. 4: Eucharistic Revival Cor Jesu With Archbishop Hebda

As part of the National Eucharistic Revival, the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and The Saint Paul Seminary have teamed up to present a special version of the monthly Cor Jesu. At 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 4 at the Cathedral of St. Paul, St. Thomas community members are invited to Eucharistic adoration, confession, praise and worship music. Learn more online.

Nov. 4: First Friday – The Intersection of Race and Sports

In a candid conversation recorded at Target Field, Dr. Yohuru Williams, founding director of the Racial Justice Initiative at the University of St. Thomas, will discuss race in American sports with Dave St. Peter, president and CEO of the Minnesota Twins. Learn more and register for this First Friday webinar taking place at noon on Nov. 4.

Nov. 7: Demystifying the Buzzwords in Tech

Curious about buzz around the metaverse? Join the Business in a Digital World Speaker Series for their next conversation, "Demystifying Tech." Adjunct faculty member Lee Winbush '17 MBA, 3M senior technology manager on the metaverse and Web3, will take you behind the curtain to demystify the buzzwords, understand the current usage and examine future possibilities. This event is being held on Nov. 7 from 4-5 p.m. in ASC 238. To register, click here.

This Week in Tommie Sports

The final days of October see a loaded slate of home events for our fall and winter sports.

Thursday at 7 p.m. | Volleyball vs. Omaha
Friday at 6 p.m. | Women's hockey vs. St. Cloud State
Saturday at 11 a.m. | Men's soccer vs. Lindenwood
Saturday at Noon | Football vs. San Diego

For a full calendar of events, click here.

COVID-19 Dashboard, Boosters and Flu Vaccines

The university reported 13 new COVID-19 positive test results for the week ending Oct. 21, 2022, and a 91.2% 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 shots available on campus. The Center for Well-Being and the Morrison Family College of Health are sponsoring a flu vaccination clinic. Get flu shots 3-7 p.m. on Oct. 27 at CWB 108; 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. on Oct. 31 at Anderson Student Center, room 202 and from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. on Nov. 3 at O'Shaughnessy Frey Library, room 102.

Seen Around St. Thomas

Sunset shines over campus on a beautiful fall evening in St. Paul. (Mark Brown/University of St. Thomas)

In the News

Media Highlights: St. Thomas football coach, Glenn Caruso, and athletic director, Phil Esten, break down the rise of the highly successful football team with the Pioneer Press.

Economics and Data Analytics Professor Tyler Schipper spoke with Newsweek about the high inflation rates across the country, and shared insight into tools the federal government could use to control it.

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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