Sept. 6, 2023 Newsletter


Sights and Sounds: 2023 Welcome Days

Students pose with ice cream.
The new school year kicked off with a whirlwind of excitement as students participated in a variety of events, including March Through the Arches, Headphone Disco, Freshman Innovation Immersion and more. Check out the Welcome Days video produced by Brad Jacobsen and Nick Clausen, as well as photos from Mark Brown and Brandon Woller '17.
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Sights and Sounds: Class of 2027's March Through the Arches

There were plenty of high-fives, smiles and piggyback rides as the Class of 2027 marched side by side onto the University of St. Thomas campus Sept. 5. March Through the Arches is an annual rite of passage, and this year's class embraced the fall tradition on a particularly warm September morning. As the first-year students…
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President Vischer: Welcome Back, Tommies!

As class resumes and we mark the beginning of a new academic year, President Rob Vischer would like to welcome all of our students, new and returning. Watch his message and reflection as our Tommie community comes together to walk together once more.

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St. Thomas Students Embrace Entrepreneurship at Freshman Innovation Immersion

A student presenting at Freshman Innovation Immersion.
Anderson Student Center was abuzz for one of the first Welcome Days events this academic year as more than 100 incoming students participated in Freshman Innovation Immersion, an annual program organized by the Schulze School of Entrepreneurship. Before classes even started, the students had the opportunity to engage in creative thinking, form a venture idea…
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St. Thomas Students Conduct Summer Research on Diverse Topics

Dr. Shaherzad Ahmadi speaks with student Rachel Petties.
Through St. Thomas' Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), more than 50 university students had the opportunity this summer to work with faculty mentors on a variety of research projects. The program's grant funding means that students get paid for their work and research. Forty-two Young Scholars, 10 Ignite Research Scholars, one Sustainability Scholar, two Community-Based…
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Sept. 7: Campus Ministry Block Party

From 7:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, there will be an all Christian get-together. Regardless of your denomination, all are invited to join in fellowship with others. The evening will include prayer, live music with Luke Spehar and an opportunity to connect with faith opportunities on campus. Read more.

Sept. 8: Cor Jesu at The Saint Paul Seminary

Join The Saint Paul Seminary for eucharistic adoration, confession, praise and worship music with young adults, college-age and older. Recently ordained, Father Kyle Etzel, parochial vicar at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in West St. Paul, will preside. The gathering takes place at 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 8, inside St. Mary's Chapel.

Sept. 8: Qmmunity Social Invites the Community

Come and join SDIS and Qmmunity from 5-6:30 p.m. on Sept. 8 to welcome the new school year and mingle with staff, faculty and current and new students. Come hungry to have some dinner while being with the LGBTQAI+ and Allies community. Read more

Parking Closure for Meal Packing Service Event

The University of St. Thomas will host a 9/11 Day of Service meal packing event on Monday, Sept. 11, inside the Anderson Athletic and Recreation Complex. Meals will be distributed to those in need throughout the Twin Cities community.

In order to accommodate event volunteers, parking lot O will be reserved from 5 a.m.-2 p.m. Please be aware it may be difficult to find parking during peak times. Parking Services encourages people to use alternative forms of transportation or make alternate parking plans.

Building Community at Peace Meals

Peace Meals gathers people from different faith traditions and religious identities who commit to meet together six times to share a meal and honest discussion. In these sessions students will have the opportunity to experience the richness of constructive conversations across lines of difference. Peace Meals gatherings are open to St. Thomas students of all religious identities or no religious identity. The first gathering takes place Sept. 19. Register by Sept. 14.

LDCW Seeks Advisory Board Members

The Luann Dummer Center for Women seeks applications from faculty and staff as well as undergraduate and graduate students to join its decision-making body, the Advisory Board. If you have questions or wish to apply, please write to the director of the Luann Dummer Center for Women, Shaherzad Ahmadi, at

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Seen Around St. Thomas

Running back Hope Adebayo helps the St. Thomas football team continue its winning ways on the home field, opening the season with a 36-26 win over Black Hills State University. The Tommies hit the road and face University of South Dakota on Saturday, Sept. 9. (Brandon Woller '17/University of St. Thomas)

Visit to learn more about Tommie Athletics, including how to get tickets for men's and women's basketball games. Tickets are on sale now.

In the News

Media Highlights: Dougherty Family College and its Summer Enrichment Program were featured in a Star Tribune cover story on how orientation programs are helping students recover from pandemic learning losses.

Rachel Moran, professor at the School of Law, recently spoke with USA Today about how the initial version of events in a police-involved incident are often contradictory to the evidence presented.

Chelda Smith, professor at the University of St. Thomas School of Education, recently spoke with The Tablet about steps that parents can take to help students adjust to the major life transitions associated with starting a new school year.

Bob Shoemake, director of the Selim Center for Lifelong Learning at the University of St. Thomas, recently spoke with The Villager about the opportunities for lifelong learning for older adults available at the university.

Read St. Thomas "In the News" stories.

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