Sept. 7, 2022 Newsletter

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Sights and Sounds: Class of 2026's March Through the Arches

March Through the Arches 2022
March Through the Arches is an annual rite of passage on the University of St. Thomas campus, and this year's first-year class embraced the pomp and circumstance with a definite spring in their step. Jumping for joy, waving flags, and laughing with brand-new friends, the Class of 2026 officially walked onto campus Tuesday, taking its…
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Students Connect at Welcome Days

Welcome Days student workers welcome students during the Great Tommie Get Together in O’Shaughnessy Stadium on September 4, 2023, in St. Paul.
In a week full of festivities, first-year students experienced their life as a Tommie for the first time. For 2022, the Welcome Days activities gave hundreds of first-year students like Bennett the chance to connect with others within the St. Thomas community. "I'm enjoying the fact that I am on campus and being able to…
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Welcome to the New Academic Year

Interim President Rob Vischer issued the following letter to the St. Thomas community on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2022. Dear students, faculty and staff, Welcome to the 2022-23 academic year! To our students, new and returning, welcome to campus! I've recorded a special message for you below: After the challenges posed by the pandemic, it is…
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Alumna's Chops Help Her Thrive at Fast-paced Fellowship

Danielle Wong.
Danielle Wong '20, ThreeSixty Scholar '16 Multimedia Strategic Communications Fellow, Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC Danielle Wong '20 has a skill set that's indispensable. In a single day, she could have social media, event management, strategic communications, graphic design, photography and public relations on her to-do list at her job. "It can be chaotic…
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New Season of Athletics: Catch a Game!

The St. Thomas football team hosts its home opener against Michigan Tech this Saturday at 1 p.m. Don't miss your chance to cheer on the Tommies at O'Shaughnessy Stadium. For tickets, click here.

And check out these other upcoming games:
- Sept. 8: Women's soccer hosts Marquette
- Sept. 10: Men's soccer hosts Stonehill College

A University That Pauses, Breathes and Pays Attention

The Project for Mindfulness and Contemplation and the Center for the Common Good are collaborating to bring Mindful Moments to the St. Thomas community. The goal is to offer everyone an invitation to pause, breathe and pay attention. Mindful Moments will appear on OneStThomas and on social media. If you would like to receive Mindful Moments in your inbox, sign up here.

Damus Board Now Accepting Applications

The Opus College of Business is now accepting applications for the Damus Board, a group of students who work together to grant a total of $30,000 to nonprofits they choose. This year, the Damus funders would like the awards to support organizations addressing racial inequities in our community. Board members will explore issues of racial justice, create an application and select the awardees. Learn more and apply here by Sept. 21.

Join The Saint Paul Seminary for Cor Jesu

The Saint Paul Seminary will hold Cor Jesu this Friday evening at St. Mary's Chapel. Join for Eucharistic adoration, confession, praise and worship music with young adults, college-age and older. Father Joseph Taphorn, Rector of The Saint Paul Seminary, will preside. The service gets underway at 8 p.m.

Extending the Table With 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. The goal is to build greater awareness and understanding of each other's worldviews, questions, concerns, and hopes. The group will meet six times this fall, with the first meal on Sept. 20. Lunch is free, but registration is required (deadline to register is Sept. 15).

COVID-19 Dashboard: 28 Positive Cases Reported

The university reported 28 new COVID-19 positive test results for the week ending Aug. 26, 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

Incoming students, their parents and volunteers work together to help students move in to campus in St. Paul. (Liam James Doyle/University of St. Thomas)

In the News Spotlight

Media Highlights: Tommie lineman Shea Albrecht and head football coach Glenn Caruso spoke to the Pioneer Press about the special bond they share through their mothers.

Engineering Professor Mohsen Tahmasebi Nasab spoke with Minnesota Public Radio about the potential risks of diverting water from the Mississippi River to help ease the drought in the western U.S. states.

Martha Scheckel, founding director of the Susan S. Morrison School of Nursing, recently published an op-ed in the Pioneer Press about how increasing the number of community and public health nurses benefits the communities they serve.

Amy Gage, who recently stepped down as director of neighborhood and community relations, spoke to the Star Tribune about her work to build bridges between St. Paul neighbors.

Read St. Thomas "In the News" stories.

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