Sept. 14, 2022 Newsletter


St. Thomas Continues Steady Climb Among National Catholic Universities

March Through the Arches 2022.
Buoyed by strong programs such as engineering, business and computer science, as well as its veterans programs, the University of St. Thomas continues to steadily raise its profile among the nation's top Catholic institutions of higher education. Minnesota's largest private university landed 17th among the top 20 national Catholic universities ranked in the 2022-23 U.S.…
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New Opus College of Business Dean Looks to the Future

Since transitioning from associate dean of the Schulze School of Entrepreneurship to dean of Opus College of Business on July 1, Dr. Laura Dunham was busy preparing for the academic year. The Newsroom recently connected with Dunham on her time at the Schulze School, her new focus at Opus College and more. This conversation has…
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Sights and Sounds: 2022 Welcome Week

Students dance and celebrate during Headphone Disco on the upper quad on September 4, 2022, in St. Paul.
With a flurry of activities ranging from March Through the Arches to Headphone Disco and the Mass of the Holy Spirit, the 2022-23 academic year kicked off to an energetic start. Check out these Welcome Week photos from Mark Brown and Liam James Doyle, as well as the video produced by Brad Jacobsen and Nick…
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New Cohort Receives Welcome as Ciresi Walburn Leadership Fellows

The Ciresi Walburn Leadership Fellowship (CWLF) recently selected and inducted 10 University of St. Thomas first-year students for the 2022-23 cohort. The pinning and induction ceremony was held Friday, Sept. 9, in the Iversen Center for Faith amphitheater, where the inductees were greeted by the namesake benefactors, as well as St. Thomas Interim President Rob…
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Biology and Computer Science Team Up in 'Avian Soap Opera'

With the use of six wall-mounted monitors, biology and neuroscience students kept a close watch on songbirds this summer. This "avian soap opera" is a research project taking place in the lab of Dr. Sarah Heimovics, associate professor of biology and neuroscience, aiming to understand how hormones and neurotransmitters work in the brain to regulate…
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Students Learn Entrepreneurial Mindset at Freshman Innovation Immersion

Students Rose Curtis, Elly Jacob and Rachel Obeakemhe.
For the more than 100 students attending Freshman Innovation Immersion Aug. 30-31, their first taste of college was gaining an understanding of the entrepreneurial mindset. The students, who represented 41 different majors, learned how entrepreneurship can apply to any subject area. Non-entrepreneurship majors ranged from actuarial science to neuroscience to social work and more. "If…
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Father David Smith, Founder of the Department of Justice and Peace Studies, Dies at Age 85

Father David Smith
Father David W. Smith, longtime faculty member and staff member in Campus Ministry at the University of St. Thomas, died suddenly Sept. 13. Archbishop Bernard Hebda will preside at the Mass of Christian Burial, which will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 16, at the Chapel of St Thomas Aquinas. Visitation and the vigil…
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This Week in Tommie Sports

There are plenty of events to look forward to as our fall sports season takes off. For a full schedule, click here.

Upcoming home games in the next week:
- Sept. 17: Women's softball hosts Winona State
- Sept. 21: Men's soccer hosts Green Bay

Hispanic Heritage Month Celebrations

Celebrate the rich histories, cultural wealth and contributions of our Hispanic/Latinx communities at the University of St. Thomas. Join the fun and conversation over the next month with a number of events on campus, from an artist workshop with Cadex Herrera to a series of Purple Couch conversations at ASC. Check out the lineup here.

Meet Our New Full-time Faculty

We are excited to introduce you to our new full-time faculty colleagues! This group of 34 is joining us from around the country and from around the globe. Here is an opportunity to meet each of them virtually and to read about their accomplishments and passions. We hope you'll soon have an opportunity to connect with them in person and to help welcome them to campus.

'Salving the Wounds That Remain' Event

The St. Thomas Office of Mission and School of Law's Initiative on Restorative Justice and Healing invite you to their event, "Salving the Wounds That Remain: Where the Catholic Church Can Find Healing for its Sex Abuse Crisis." This talk, featuring University of Notre Dame political science professor Daniel Philpott, will explore a restorative response to sex abuse that promises healing for survivors and the credibility of the Church. The event is tomorrow, Sept. 15, at 7:30 p.m. at Anderson Student Center. To register, click here.

National Voter Registration Day

It's a day to ensure all Tommies get the opportunity to register to vote. Next Tuesday, Sept. 20, is National Voter Registration Day. Stop by any of the voter registration stations all over campus to get ready to vote. The event is organized by CEVEA, St. Thomas' campuswide task force for Civic Engagement, Voter Education, and Advocacy.

COVID-19 Dashboard: 19 Positive Cases Reported

The university reported 19 new COVID-19 positive test results for the week ending Sept. 9, 2022, and a 94.1% vaccination rate among students, faculty and staff, based on summer class registration. See full dashboard details on the COVID-19 webpage.

COVID-19 Protocols: A number of important updates have been made for the fall semester. You can read the latest communications here.

Seen Around St. Thomas

Students listen to musician Jariah Higgins perform on the lower quad on Sept. 8, 2022, in St. Paul. (Liam James Doyle/University of St. Thomas)

In the News Spotlight

Media Highlights: Political science professor Renee Buhr spoke with WCCO Radio about recent advancements by the Ukrainian military and provided insight on how their success may impact Vladimir Putin's hold on power in Russia.

Jacob Benda and Father Chris Collins recently spoke with The Catholic Spirit about the upcoming season of the Chapel Arts Series, an initiative that uses music as a mode of transcendence accessible to anyone.

People magazine recently selected Call Him Jack, a book co-authored by Dr. Yohuru Williams, founding director of the Racial Justice Initiative.

Read St. Thomas "In the News" stories.

In Case You Missed It

Class of 2026's March Through the Arches
Students Connect at Welcome Days
Alumna's Chops Help Her Thrive at Fast-paced Fellowship

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