Calling all students to attend the Opus Prize event tonight Jim Winterer '71 November 4, 2009 The University of St. Thomas Division of Student Affairs is encouraging students to attend the Opus Prize event tonight, Nov. 4, at Orchestra Hall. Student Affairs Vice President Jane Canney will treat the residence halls and commuter student populations that reach 50-plus in attendance to a pizza party. Also, all undergraduate students riding the shuttle bus to the event today will have a chance to win St. Thomas Bookstore gift cards. Chance for a pizza party Students living in the residence halls and commuter students will check in at the shuttle bus pick-up location in front of Flynn Hall. If your residence hall community or the commuter-student community population reaches 50 or more attendees, your community will receive a pizza party. Be sure to check in before getting on the shuttle bus. Shuttle bus information The free buses to the Opus Prize ceremony in Orchestra Hall will leave at 7 p.m. today from Flynn Hall residence on the main campus of the University of St. Thomas. The event begins at 8 p.m. The buses will return to campus after the event and reception. Reservations for the buses are not required. Chance to win a Bookstore gift card All St. Thomas undergraduate students should make sure to get a coupon ticket before you get on the shuttle bus. We will draw the lucky student names on Thursday. Tickets to the event Don’t have a ticket to the event tonight? Don’t worry; you can get your ticket as you get on the shuttle bus. Residence Life staff will be there handing out tickets. About the Opus Prize The program at Orchestra Hall will honor three social entrepreneurs for their faith-based humanitarian work. One of the three will receive the $1 million Opus Prize, with $100,000 awards going to the other two. The three finalists for the award – from Brazil, Colombia and Morocco – are being honored for their work by the University of St. Thomas and the Opus Prize Foundation. The finalists are Aïcha Ech Channa, who provides services for unmarried women and their children in Casablanca, Morocco; Sister Valeriana García-Martín, who cares for disabled children in Bogotá, Colombia; and Father Hans Stapel of Guaratinguetá, Brazil, who operates more than 60 communities for people with drug and alcohol addictions. More information can be found at St. Thomas’ Opus Prize Web site.