Get Involved: Become a Part of the St. Thomas Community
A career at St. Thomas offers opportunities to get involved with students, faculty, staff, and the community. This level of engagement creates a true sense of purpose and belonging. Here you have a chance to connect with a wide range of individuals, belong to special interest groups, have influence and make a difference, and grow in ways you never thought possible. Working at St. Thomas is vibrant and exciting!
Clubs and Groups
There are many clubs and groups providing opportunities for St. Thomas staff, faculty, and students to get involved. This is by no means an exhaustive list. Additional information on clubs and groups is located on the web sites of individual units across campus. Here are just a few opportunities!
The Green Team exists to challenge St. Thomas to be a more ecologically sound campus and to raise environmental awareness within our community, both on and off campus.
The Bunch Who Lunch is a group that gets together for lunch occasionally throughout the school year with different themes or activities. It’s a great way to get to know others on campus and have a good time. Invitations are periodically mailed to faculty and staff or are posted in the Newsroom.
Everyone is welcome to join St. Thomas’ Great Books Reading Group which meets periodically throughout the school year. Books are available in the St. Thomas Bookstore. Look for the Great Books poster near the customer service desk in the bookstore to find out more. For more information, or to make requests or comments, contact Dr. Thomas Tommet.
Yarn Tamers weekly get-togethers provide an opportunity for faculty, staff, students, and outside community members to spend a relaxing hour working on yarn projects, meeting new friends and colleagues, and socializing. Contact Pat Alexander for more information.
The Luann Dummer Center for Women addresses the needs and aspirations of women. The center's educational programs, activities, and resources are available to all members of the university. Invitations to their programs are posted in the Newsroom.
The UST Running Club consists of runners who could do with some companionship in what can otherwise be a solitary sport. The group gets together for occasional training runs as a group and club members find other times to meet on their own. There are opportunities for races each year, including the Ragnar Relay each August. For more information, or to get on the distribution list, contact Dan Gjelten.
Community / Volunteering
St. Thomas employees are united by a culture that strives for excellence, while at the same time supporting the needs of community members and their families. The following are some ways you can get involved in the local community or the world at large and make a difference in someone else’s life!
Vision Trips. Be part of a long-standing St. Thomas tradition. Since 1986 students have been making a difference around the country and the world by participating in VISION trips. VISION (Volunteers in Service Internationally or Nationally) is a group that provides service-immersion trips. Geared toward students, staff and faculty members are welcomed along as advisors on the seven international trips that take place each academic year.
Loaves and Fishes started at the university about 15 years ago when faculty and staff wanted to participate together in an event that would give back to the community. Volunteers meet at Faith Lutheran Church on the corner of Charles and Mackubin in St. Paul on the fourth Thursday of the month to cook and/or serve meals to community members in need. To be added to the volunteer list, or for more information, please send an email to Pat Sirek.
Music & Performing Arts
If music is an integral part of your life, the Department of Music’s fine reputation won’t disappoint. Throughout the year there are a wide variety of performances that are free and open to the UST community, but also opportunities for staff and faculty to help make some of those beautiful melodies!
The St. Thomas More Chapel Choir is made up of students, staff, faculty, adjuncts and friends of the university, with no auditions necessary. Singing at mass once a month as well as for the annual Interfaith Blessing, Christmas Party, and other events as they arise, this talented group is open to all and meets Wednesdays from 12:30-1:30 in the chapel at the law school. For more information contact LuAnn Hudson.
UST Committees and Councils
Besides the numerous opportunities to jump on in and get involved at any time, there are a few groups on campus that are by invitation or election only.
The Non-Exempt Staff Council (NESC) was formed to foster communication with the university’s administration, advocate for common interests, and build community within the University. This group of hourly staff members is nominated and elected by their peers and serve specific terms in office. The NESC sponsor events throughout the year which are open to all. Invitations to their events are sent via email or posted in the Newsroom.
The Exempt Staff Council serves as a communicative and recommending body that will consider, discuss, and seek to resolve issues that originate with its constituency, the council, or the University’s senior administration. The council is made up of elected, salaried staff members. Watch for elections, events, and correspondence via email and the Newsroom.