Sept. 14, 2023 Newsletter


St. Thomas Inks First Athletics Broadcast TV Deal

Fox 9 logo.
In a new partnership, FOX 9+ will air select home St. Thomas athletic events on its Twin Cities channels, including the final four football games and select basketball and hockey games. The landmark deal gives FOX 9+ the rights to air selected Tommie home events for football, men's and women's basketball, and men's and women's hockey. Read more on

Tommie Football Headed to Harvard

The St. Thomas football team will make its first East Coast trip of the 2023 season when it heads to Massachusetts to face Harvard University in a historic first meeting between the two programs. Kickoff is scheduled for noon CT at Harvard Stadium in Cambridge, Massachusetts. You can watch the away game on ESPN+. Read more.

Creating a Recipe for Using Virtual Reality

3M Innovation Center.
The yacht business is "absolutely booming" and undergraduates in an Opus College of Business course at the University of St. Thomas experienced firsthand what it takes to market to the CEOs of yacht manufacturers. The real-world challenge was a partnership with manufacturing giant 3M for the capstone project in the new Digital Transformation Applications course…
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Hispanic Heritage Month Begins Friday, Sept. 15

Hispanic Heritage Month 2023
National Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, is a time to celebrate the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. One way to learn more about the Latinx community in Minnesota is through the Walking Together project, a digital research hub officially launched at the University of St. Thomas in August 2021 to celebrate the history of migration, immigration and displacement. Its initial focus is on Minnesota's Latinx community. Read more

Sept. 19: Attend the Claritas Initiative Inaugural Lecture

The Claritas Initiative is a series of discussions, performances and experiences designed to help community members explore ways that all of us in our unique roles can nurture the transcendental values of beauty, goodness and truth.

The inaugural lecture, "On Beauty: The Forgotten Transcendental," will be held Sept. 19. Dr. Jennifer Newsome Martin of the University of Notre Dame will speak to recent efforts to retrieve a rigorous understanding of beauty.

A social hour will begin at 6 p.m. in James B. Woulfe Alumni Hall in Anderson Student Center followed by the program at 7 p.m.

COVID-19: Self-Reporting Protocols

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Variations of COVID-19 are still among us. If you test positive, the University of St. Thomas requires you to isolate for five days and then wear a mask and keep a safe distance from others for another five days. Students and employees who live on campus are required to report a positive COVID-19 diagnosis. If you live on campus and have been diagnosed with COVID-19 through a self test or through a clinic, please complete this COVID-19 self-report form. Go to OneStThomas to learn more. Help keep your peers safe from catching COVID-19.

Spark Week: Advancing the Common Good

It's Spark Week at St. Thomas! The Center for the Common Good is hosting events that engage Tommies in community building, learning with community partners and advancing of the common good.

Thursday: Discover a world of impact at the fall Community Partner and Volunteer Fair hosted by the Center for the Common Good. The fair runs from 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. on John P. Monahan Plaza.

Friday: Plant a seed for global solidarity. Discover the power of the Global Justice Movement through CRS, our dynamic global advocacy program (and you can even plant a small plant for your room). The event runs from 3-4 p.m. in ASC 340.

St. Thomas Hosted Meal Packing Event for 9/11 Day of Service

The University of St. Thomas hosted a meal packing event on campus Monday as part of a larger effort to transform the anniversary of 9/11 into a day of doing good. Together, students and community members packed 235,000 meals to be distributed throughout the Twin Cities community. The Twin Cities Meal Pack for 9/11 Day…
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Constitution Day Event Discusses SCOTUS Decision

Join the St. Thomas American Constitution Society and the Federalist Society at the School of Law in Minneapolis for Constitution Day! This year, each organization has invited a speaker to share their thoughts on the Supreme Court's decision in 303 Creative. Former Minnesota Supreme Court Justice David Lillehaug and litigator Daniel Cragg will offer their views during this co-sponsored event. The event gets underway on Sept. 18 at 12:30 p.m. in MSL 235.

Learn more.

Damus Board Applications Now Open

The Opus College of Business is accepting applications for the Damus Board, a group of students who work together to grant a total of $30,000 to nonprofits that they choose. Each year, the board gives awards to organizations that are addressing racial inequities in our community. The board opportunity is open to students who have completed BUSN 200 by the end of fall 2023.

Learn more and apply here by Sept. 21 at noon.

Jewish High Holy Days Start Sept. 15

Rosh Hashana - Wishing a Sweet New Year
Friday, Sept. 15, at sundown marks the start of the Jewish holiday Rosh Hashana – the Jewish New Year. It begins a 10-day period of atonement, ending with the end of the Yom Kippur holiday at sunset Monday, Sept. 25. It is customary to wish people of the Jewish faith a "sweet new year." To learn more, see this video from Father Chris Collins and Rabbi Ryan Dulkin, who teaches theology at St. Thomas.

In Our Prayers: Remembering a Journalism Professor

Please remember in your prayers Karen Boros, a longtime St. Thomas journalism professor and mentor to a generation of broadcasting majors. Boros died recently at age 82 after a long battle with cancer.

Read more In Our Prayers.

Seen Around St. Thomas

New fellow Makai Green receives his pin from mentor Marvis Kilgore during an induction ceremony for Ciresi Walburn Leadership Fellows in the Iversen Center for Faith. (Mark Brown/University of St. Thomas)

In the News

Media Highlights: KSTP-TV stopped by Maxfield Elementary as students returned to class this fall to highlight the new Collaborative Learning School and partnership between the University of St. Thomas School of Education and Saint Paul Public Schools.

Bernie Brady, theology professor at the College of Arts and Sciences, recently spoke with the Star Tribune for a story about ethics, morals and a Minnesota teen who caught $2,000 cash while fishing the massive Lake of the Woods.

Jerome Benner, director of neighborhood relations, recently spoke with The Villager about the importance of listening to feedback from the community and inviting community members to participate in university life.

Manjeet Rege, software and data science professor at the School of Engineering, recently spoke with the National Catholic Register about artificial intelligence and how it is impacting learning and classroom culture.

Read St. Thomas "In the News" stories.

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