Spring 2024 Digital Magazine

Welcome to St. Thomas Magazine Spring 2024

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Dear St. Thomas community,

The newly opened Schoenecker Center is a hub for collaborative instruction in science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics. Students will be immersed in cross-discipline, experiential learning, giving them the competitive advantage employers seek and positioning them to make indelible contributions to our world. In this edition of St. Thomas Magazine, you'll see examples of our alumni doing exactly that. The profile of alumnus Andy Cecere shows how the U.S. Bank CEO and St. Thomas trustee uplifts other Tommies, while other feature stories spotlight how a St. Thomas education contributes to the successful career journey of our graduates.

We hope you enjoy this digital edition of St. Thomas Magazine.

Leading in STEAM Education: Forward-Facing Schoenecker Center Opens its Doors

When the School of Engineering's Dr. Rita Lederle makes concrete alongside her civil engineering students at the University of St. Thomas, the process will no longer take place out of sight. Instead, her lesson on how to manipulate the properties of concrete will be held right in the middle of the action inside the Schoenecker…
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Meet the Artists Behind the Schoenecker Center's World-Class Art Collection

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Anthony James is a rock star in the contemporary art world. A trained visual artist, his monumental sculptures – constructed from a mesmerizing combination of stainless steel, glass and LED lights – have appeared on all seven continents and even played a starring role in a Hollywood blockbuster. And now, one of his pieces calls…
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Paying It Forward: How U.S. Bank CEO Andy Cecere '82 Leads With Compassion

U.S. Bank CEO Andy Cecere '82
When a personally addressed email from U.S. Bank CEO Andy Cecere arrived in DeAmonte Block's inbox his second month at his new job as an internal auditor at the bank, Block couldn't believe it. "I was very surprised," Block said. "I thought it was spam." Although there are many CEOs who send well-crafted welcome messages…
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Creating Change in Education: How a Collaborative School Nurtures Success

Student Teacher at Maxfield Elementary
Iyanna Rodgers-Neely has two classrooms at Maxfield Elementary in St. Paul. In one, she learns about vowel sounds. In the room right next door, she teaches those same literacy lessons to an energetic class of second graders. An elementary education major from the University of St. Thomas, Rodgers-Neely '24 is leading a sort of double…
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Graduate Student-Athletes Bring Leadership and Skill to Tommie Rosters

Graduate Student Athletes
Basketball standout Raheem Anthony averaged nearly 20 points per game against the University of St. Thomas when he was a first-year at Saint Mary's University. His performance impressed St. Thomas head coach Johnny Tauer, who wouldn't forget their meetings even after the Tommies jumped to Division I. Four years later, Anthony now plays for his…
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Tommies on TV: Alumni Use Degrees to Make Waves

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Whether it's ABC's "The Bachelorette" or Netflix's "Quarterback," taking a leap of faith when TV producers call can quickly spin your life in a new direction. Some alumni who said yes to appearing on reality TV or a docuseries, credit their University of St. Thomas education for laying the foundation for their career trajectory. "You…
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There are many incredible Tommies at St. Thomas. Whether they are current faculty, staff, students or alumni, if you know an Incredible Tommie we should feature in a future edition, use this form to recommend them. We especially are interested in individuals who have significantly transformed communities and the world at large.

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Know of anything or anyone interesting around the university that would make for a good Newsroom feature story? Let us know at news@stthomas.edu.

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