Division of Student Affairs of the University of St. Thomas



June 13, 2013



A Word from Vice President Canney
Career Corner

Health Services Update
Tips for the Summer
Dates to Remember



A Word from Vice President Canney


Dear Parents, Guardians and Friends,

Summer is in full swing! The campus is a little less exciting without the joyous presence of your students.


Rev. Dennis Dease is completing his 22 year tenure as president of the university at the end of this month. We are grateful for his many contributions and dedicated leadership.  The students held a beautiful celebration in his honor on the Monahan Plaza in May.


President-elect Julie Sullivan is on her way to Minnesota from the University of San Diego. We look forward to seeing her in July.  Stay tuned, as we roll out events for you to join us as we welcome her! 


We are greeting our new class of 2017 in July during Orientation and Registration.  We are certainly looking forward to seeing your students when they return for another academic year. Be sure to mark your calendar for Family Weekend, September 27-29, 2013.  Preparations for a grand series of events is underway.


Have a wonderful summer!




Jane Canney, Ed.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs


Career Corner

Career Development Center, (651)962-6761

Murray-Herrick Campus Center, Room 123


Your student can make the most of the summer months while away from St. Thomas.  The time away from school provides an opportunity to explore major fields, research career options, arrange meetings to interview or shadow professionals in the workplace and develop experience through employment or volunteering. As students progress through their years at St. Thomas, it is important that they begin to build a resume and establish a network to aide them in their readiness for an internship and job upon graduation. Encourage your student to move their career direction to the next level. Ideas for resources and services available can be found on the Career Development Center website. Appointments and pop-in hours are available throughout the summer by calling (651)962-6761.


If your student is seeking part-time or full-time employment or internship opportunities remind them to use Tommie Careers, the employment postings for UST students and alumni. They can log on with their UST student account information.


If your student's plan is to study abroad in fall 2013 we encourage them to make full use of services over the summer months.

Heath Services Update


Student Health Insurance
Do not let unexpected health care costs set you or your student back financially. As the Affordable Care Act continues to unfold this year, students and their families may see changes in their health care coverage including additional coverage for preventable illnesses and immunizations.


Below are key elements that you may want to explore before deciding whether your student remain on your family plan, participate in the university-sponsored health insurance plan or access the insurance exchange.

  • Does your policy cover non-emergency care away from your home area?
  • Can your student visit any provider without a referral?
  • Does your policy provide continuation coverage after graduation?
  • Will it cover your student while studying abroad?
  • Will it cover emergency evacuation while traveling out of the country?
  • How much is the deductible?  How much is the copay?
  • Does it cover sports related injury?

Highlights of the 2013-2014 University of St. Thomas-sponsored health insurance plan administered by Aetna Student Health include:

  • No deductible or copay for care received at the UST Health Services
  •  Access to local and national preferred providers with a $25 copay for in network provider
  • Prescription Drugs: $10 copay for Generics; $40 copay for brand name drugs
  • 85% covered medical expenses including hospitalization, surgery, lab and x-ray
  • Travel assistance services and worldwide medical coverage while studying abroad
  • 24-hour nurse line
  • $2,000,000 maximum benefit
  • $2500 out-of-pocket maximum expense


More details about the 2013-2014 Aetna Student Health Insurance will be mailed to your home this summer. Additional information will be available soon on the UST Health Services website. Online enrollment will open via UST Murphy Online beginning in July with an effective date until August 15, 2014. For additional questions, please contact the UST Student Health Insurance Office at (651)962-6752 or at

Health Services Summer Hours
Health Services continues to provide care to students during the summer.  Clinic hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Appointments may be scheduled online by using MyHealthPortal, or by calling (651)962-6750.



Tips for the summer


Your student is going to be home more for the summer!   It can be a wonderful, yet challenging time for families. The transition of another adult in the household for three months of 'togetherness' requires communication on all sides.  Here are some tips:

  • Negotiate time. This can be curfew, meals, time as a family.  Recognize your need for courtesy along with your student's need for independence.
  • Negotiate the use of household technology.  Recognize your need to carry on your normal social and business interactions along with your student's need to maintain relationships with new college friends as well as high school friends. It may seem like they’re glued to the iPad, iPhone or the Xbox. 
  • Encourage your student to participate in all responsibilities.  It can be easy to fall back into old habits on both sides, but your student has developed some independence while at college. It’s important to keep it growing.
  • Keep talking.  Communicate not just about majors, bills or curfews, but about big picture issues like values, favorite classes, how things have changed. It can be challenging, but open communication will go far in creating a rewarding summer.

Enjoy your time together!




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Dates to Remember


July 16 - Aug 2

  First-Year Student Orientation

Sept. 4

  Fall semester classes begin

Sept. 27-29

  Family Weekend

Oct. 5


Oct. 25

  Midterm break


2013-2014 Academic Calendar:



For further information please contact

Sr. Sharon Howell, CSJ, assistant dean of students and parent liaison
Dean of Students Office, Anderson Student Center, Room 241
800-328-6819 ext. 2-6050

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