Sept. 28, 2022 Newsletter


Dougherty Family College Receives $10M Anonymous Gift

Matching challenge seeks $20M total to fund student education in perpetuity An anonymous $10 million gift to the University of St. Thomas will help students who attend its Dougherty Family College (DFC) in Minneapolis obtain their associate degree. The gift, tied for the largest in the five-year-old school's history, is expected to drive further gifts…
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Record Fundraising Year Bolsters Student Experience

With the 2022-23 academic year fully underway, there are numerous reasons to feel optimistic about the future of the University of St. Thomas and the initiatives it's driving forward to enhance the student experience. Ninety-three million reasons, to be exact. St. Thomas officially announced a record fundraising year that saw nearly $93 million raised by…
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Veterans Resource Center Renamed in Dedication Ceremony

On Sept. 22, the St. Thomas community gathered to dedicate the Paul and Sarah Karon Veterans Resource Center. Located in the Murray-Herrick Campus Center, the renamed site serves as a hub for financial help, academic advising and mental health support for student veterans. "It is from a point of gratitude that we wanted to support…
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Celebrating Latinx Culture and Heritage

Hispanic Heritage Month
Executive Vice President and Provost Eddy Rojas had a conversation about Hispanic Heritage Month with junior Carolina Delgado Sonora, a marketing major at the University of St. Thomas who is also a member of the student club HOLA! The two shared thoughts on what this celebration of Latinx culture and history means to them. Delgado…
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Increasing Voter Engagement in Election Season

St. Thomas student Ashlynn Smith.
Early Sept. 20, the St. Thomas campus was just waking up, with the exception of one group of dedicated volunteers and faculty/staff. The Civic Engagement, Voter Education and Advocacy Task Force (CEVEA) was hard at work setting up booths across campus, eager to get to work on one of the biggest days during election season:…
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This Week in Tommie Sports

Many fall sports are hitting the road this week. Instead, you can get a taste of winter, with our first official winter sport event of the season on the ice! For a full schedule, click here.

Upcoming home games in the next week:
- Oct. 1: Men's hockey vs. SCSU

COVID-19 Dashboard: 46 Positive Cases Reported

Get your updated Moderna bivalent booster at the Center for Well-Being. The updated COVID-19 boosters target the most recent Omicron subvariants, BA.4 and BA.5, that are more contagious and more resistant than earlier strains of Omicron. Online scheduling for your primary series and boosters is available at myHealthPortal. Learn more on OneStThomas.

COVID-19 Update: The university reported 46 new COVID-19 positive test results for the week ending Sept.23, 2022, and a 90.8% vaccination rate among students, faculty and staff, based on summer class registration. See full dashboard details on the COVID-19 webpage.

Invite Your Parents to Campus!

St. Thomas is excited to welcome your parents on campus for Family Weekend! Please check the schedule online at OneStThomas for more information about events and opportunities for your mom or dad or grandparents! Some activities include bowling, movie night, an astronomy presentation and women's soccer and men's hockey games. Learn more.

Chapel Art Series Kicks Off Saturday Evening

Internationally-acclaimed organist Wolfgang Rubsam will perform a concert entirely of works by Johann Sebastian Bach when the second season of the Chapel Arts Series kicks off at 7 p.m. on Saturday. The concert, which takes place inside the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas, is free and open to the public. Watch a special preview here.

Register for Oct. 13 German-American Career Fair

Interested in a global career? Register for the German-American Career Fair to hear about market-leading German-American companies such as ALDI, Beckhoff Automation, Heraeus Horton, Pepperl+Fuchs, SICK Sensor Intelligence, and SYNTEGON (all located in the Twin Cities).

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In Our Prayers: Zineta Cerić and Ralph Williams

Please remember in your prayers Zineta Cerić, who passed away on Sept. 18. Zineta is the mother of History Department adjunct faculty member Meliha Cerić. Please also remember Ralph Williams, father of Yohuru Williams, founding director of the Racial Justice Initiative. The elder Williams passed away on Sept. 17. Read more online and please join us in praying for comfort for their family and friends.

2022 Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report Available Oct. 1

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.
Personal safety and the security of the campus community are of vital concern to the University of St. Thomas. The 2022 Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report will be available through the University of St. Thomas Department of Public Safety beginning Oct. 1. This report includes campus crime and fire statistics for the most…
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Seen Around St. Thomas

Students meet with prospective employers in James B. Woulfe Alumni Hall in the Anderson Student Center during the St. Thomas Fall Career Day event. (Mark Brown/University of St. Thomas)

In the News

Media Highlights: KSTP-TV toured the new Susan S. Morrison School of Nursing and spoke with Dean MayKao Hang about the school's efforts to diversify the nursing workforce.

Dougherty Family College Dean Buffy Smith spoke with the Star Tribune and Pioneer Press about the anonymous $10 million gift the two-year college received and what the money will be used for.

Associate Chair of the Theology Department Dr. Mark McInroy was a guest on the "Practicing Catholic" podcast. McInroy discussed the theology of beauty -- architecture, music and art within the Church.

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In Case You Missed It

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Summer Law Extern: Gabi Bartlett, Target Corporation

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