February Newsletter

Family Handbook

The start of the new semester is a great time to review the Parent and Family Handbook. The Handbook contains information regarding academic and campus resources along with student health and well-being services, and conversation starters for families to help you support your student(s). The Handbook is available in Hmong, Somali, and Spanish.

Lenten Series

The St. Thomas Office for Mission and Alumni Engagement team invite you to join Father Chris Collins, SJ, Vice President for Mission, for a four-week series of 30-minute reflections on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola during Lent. No matter your faith, all are invited to participate. Please register to receive the weekly Zoom link to join the sessions.

Housing Application 2024-2025

The 2024-2025 on-campus housing re-application process is underway for current first-year students. Encourage your student(s) to check Tommie Link for upcoming housing information sessions and tours. If they have any questions, please encourage them reach out to us at reslife@stthomas.edu.

Important Spring Semester Dates

The academic calendar has important dates and deadlines listed for spring term.

Spring Break begins on Monday, March 25. Classes resume on Tuesday, April 2.

Major Declaration

Declaring a major can assist your student(s) on their academic journey. If they have not declared a major, we encourage you to have them reach out to Academic Counseling. If they are ready to declare a major, this can be done by completing the Major Declaration Form under "My Actions" on their OneStThomas home page.

Black History Month

Black History Month is celebrated with events and activities on campus throughout February. Students can view and register for events on Tommie Link.

PTSD and Trauma Conference

The annual PTSD and Trauma Conference hosted by the Center for Well-Being and the Paul and Sarah Karon Veterans Resource Center will be held on Monday, February 26. The St. Thomas community will gather to understand the treatment of trauma in individuals, systems, and communities. All are invited to join this conference.

Center for Well-Being Hours

The Center for Well-Being is excited to announce EXTENDED hours on Wednesdays to support the health care needs of the St Thomas Community.

Center for Well-Being Hours:
Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri.: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Wed.: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Jobs on Campus

Research shows that students who have an on-campus job do better in their classes and are more engaged in their campus community. Encourage your student(s) to consider an on-campus job opportunity. A full list of Student Employment Opportunities is available online.

Study Abroad Info Sessions

Students are invited to attend the Spring 2025 St. Thomas in Limerick and London Business Semester Information Sessions in February. Students can also learn about additional Study Abroad opportunities for J-Term 2025 at the Open House on March 19 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Students can register on Tommie Link.

Study Abroad program and scholarship applications for the 2024-2025 academic year are due March 15.

Goals Coaching: Credit Wellness

Encourage your student(s) to join U.S. Bank Goals Coach, Barry Saeger, on March 14 from 12-1 p.m. to build their knowledge about how credit works, what can impact their credit score, the different ways their score can impact lending decisions, and some tips on improving or building their credit responsibly.

Food and drinks will be provided and students can register for this event on Tommie Link.

Spring Break VISION Trips

Students are welcome to join one of the upcoming Spring Break VISION Trips for a life-changing week of community engagement in one of three U.S. cities (Chicago, Alamosa, or Memphis). As a team, they will tackle complex social justice issues, support local communities by volunteering, and build community.

Learn more about the St. Thomas VISION Program.

FAFSA Application 2024-2025

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for 2024-2025 is now available for families to complete. However, St. Thomas and other educational institutions will not receive FAFSA data from the Dept of Education until the first half of March. Because of this delay, the Financial Aid Office will work to notify returning students with completed FAFSAs of their financial aid for 2024-2025 near the end of this school year.

Commencement 2024

If your student is planning to participate in Commencement this spring, please encourage them to register before the March 15 deadline. Eligible students have received registration details. Additional information regarding registration, event details, and tickets for Commencement 2024 can be found on the Commencement website. Updates will be added as they are available.

Library Hours for Spring Semester

The St. Thomas library staff look forward to students returning to campus.

With the start of the spring semester, St. Thomas libraries return to regular hours to better serve students with research assistance, or a quiet place to study. Note that O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library access after 8 p.m. will be available by St. Thomas ID card only.