Sept. 20, 2023 Newsletter


St. Thomas Selected for Department of Defense-Backed ACE Initiative in Minnesota

The University of St. Thomas is one of two Minnesota universities selected to be part of an emerging national network of machine tool workforce development centers supported by the Department of Defense. The Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI), in partnership with the Department of Defense (DoD)'s Manufacturing Capability Expansion and Investment Prioritization (MCEIP)…
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Ana Del Rivero: A Global Citizen in the Making

Ana Del Rivero.
Ana Del Rivero, a junior originally from Cancun, Mexico, feels right at home with two St. Thomas organizations: HOLA! and OISS. Since the Hispanic Organization for Leadership and Achievement as well as the Office of International Students and Scholars helped her early on, she readily volunteers her time with each. "It was crazy that a…
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Family Weekend to Connect Tommies, Loved Ones

We are thrilled to welcome our Tommie families to campus this weekend, Sept. 22-24, for Family Weekend! Whether it's your mom or dad or grandparents, there's plenty planned to get everyone in the Tommie spirit. Possibilities include a Cadenza performance, bowling, guided gnome painting, and the football game against Morehead State. Check out the full schedule online at TommieLink.

Events Celebrating Hispanic and Latine Heritage on Campus

Hispanic Heritage Month 2023
During Hispanic Heritage Month (which runs through Oct. 15), St. Thomas is celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of our Latine and Hispanic community members. A number of events are planned across campus, including a special viewing of "In the Heights" and a Purple Couch conversation on navigating higher education as an undocumented student. See TommieLink for a full schedule.

Summer Law Extern: Alfonso Gunaratnam, Minnesota Court of Appeals

Alfonso Gunaratnam headshot.
Law school has solidified for 3L Alfonso Gunaratnam that he wants to be a litigator, in part, because he has been diligent about finding ways to explore the career path as a student. This summer, he completed a judicial externship with Judge Diane Bratvold in the Minnesota Court of Appeals. Gunaratnam says having the opportunity…
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Call for Alumni Award Nominations

Every day, Tommies make a positive impact in our communities, across the country and around the world. The Alumni Engagement Team is currently seeking nominations for outstanding alumni who should be recognized for the university's four alumni awards in 2024: Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna, Humanitarian, Monsignor James Lavin, and the Spirit of St. Thomas. Learn more about the awards and how to nominate someone here. Nominations are due by Oct. 3.

Sept. 30: Author Kate DiCamillo Booking Signing

Celebrate 20 years of beloved children's book The Tale of Despereaux with two-time Newbery Medalist and author, Kate DiCamillo. At this School of Education author event and book signing, DiCamillo will discuss all things Despereaux and preview her upcoming book, The Puppets of Spelhorst.

The event is Saturday, Sept. 30, from 4-6 p.m. in the O'Shaughnessy Educational Center auditorium (OEC). The event is free for those with a St. Thomas ID, but you must RSVP to attend. If you would like to purchase a copy of the book to be signed by the author at the event, please order online at Red Balloon Bookshop.

Apply to Join the Innovation Scholars Team!

Newronika St. Thomas team.
The Innovation Scholars program offers a unique opportunity for multi-disciplinary teams of liberal arts students to explore the interface of science, health care and medicine, economics, business, and entrepreneurship. Students work as a team to analyze real innovations in real time. Apply by Sept. 25.

Oct. 2: Saint Paul Seminary Hosts Ireland Lecture

The campus community is invited to attend the fall Archbishop Ireland Memorial Library Lecture with Father Evan Koop. The Saint Paul Seminary formator and instructor of dogmatic theology will present insights on the relationship between the immaculate conception and papal infallibility. The lecture is being held on Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. in O'Shaughnessy Educational Center auditorium.

Get Your Flu Shot on Campus

Getting your annual flu shot is a safe and simple way to protect yourself and those around you from the flu. Flu clinics are offered on campus at convenient times and locations to fit into your busy day. Learn more and view the full schedule of clinics here.

Tales from the Archives: Early Days of Computing at St. Thomas

Students in learning center.
As early as 1960, discussions began at St. Thomas about establishing a computing center on campus. Such a center would help with administrative needs like class scheduling, grade computation and fiscal management. Additionally, the center was envisioned to be an essential teaching tool for students in the school's business and the science programs. In 1963,…
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Seen Around St. Thomas

St. Thomas athletes help register Tommies to vote on National Voter Registration Day in St. Paul. Learn more about how to register to vote and stay up to date with upcoming elections here. (Brandon Woller '17/University of St. Thomas)

In the News

Media Highlights:
Patricia Conde-Brooks, executive director of campus inclusion and community, recently joined WCCO Radio to talk about the importance of inclusion as we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.

Rachel Moran, professor at the School of Law, recently spoke with KSTP-TV about the fatal shooting of Ricky Cobb II and Minnesota State Patrol employees' refusal to cooperate in the investigation.

Dave Vang, finance professor at the Opus College of Business, recently spoke with KARE 11 about contract negotiations happening in Austin, Minnesota, where Hormel meatpacking workers are demanding higher wages after the company made record profits.

For the first time in the history of the University of St. Thomas, the Tommie football team traveled to Boston to play an Ivy League team. The Star Tribune and Pioneer Press both dug into the origin story behind the historic matchup.

Read St. Thomas "In the News" stories.

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