January Newsletter

Residence Life Updates

As students return to life on campus for the spring semester, they should connect with their RA to ensure they attend their community meetings. Students can find upcoming programs and events on TommieLink. Learn more about on-campus housing for 2024-25 on the Current & Returning On-Campus Housing website.

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 looking for a job to consider an on-campus opportunity. A full list of Student Employment Opportunities is available online.

Parent & Family Handbook

The Parent and Family Handbook contains helpful information for families, including conversation starters, support services offered by St. Thomas, and topics such as mental health, alcohol, relationships, and college culture. The handbook is also available in Hmong, Somali, and Spanish.

Civil Rights Act Education Session

Join Dr. Yohuru Williams and the Racial Justice Initiative for a Black History Month virtual education session on February 15 from 12-1:15 p.m. The focus will be the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Register today for this complimentary session!

Spring Break VISION Trips

Encourage your student to embark on an enriching Spring Break 2024 through the St. Thomas VISION program, which offers transformative community engagement experiences in three vibrant locations. Applications close February 22. Scholarships are available for those demonstrating financial need.

Black History Month

Please encourage your student(s) to celebrate Black History Month throughout February. Students can view and register for events on TommieLink.

Spring Term Dates

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

  • Monday, February 5- first day of spring semester.
  • Friday, February 9- last day to add a class without instructor permission.
  • Friday, February 16- last day to add or drop a class without notation on student transcripts.

Study Abroad Fair

Encourage your student to attend the Spring Study Abroad Fair on February 15 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. in Dorsey Way in the Anderson Student Center. This is a great time for students to see the wide variety of programs that are available. We will also be announcing faculty-led J-Term 2025 courses at this time. Students can learn more and register on TommieLink.

Class Waitlists

Is your student waitlisted for a spring semester class? If so, encourage them to diligently keep an eye on their email. If a seat becomes available, they will be contacted via their St. Thomas email account and will then have only 24 hours to add the course in Murphy.

Commencement 2024

Please mark your calendars for Commencement 2024! Eligible students were sent information regarding how to register for Commencement in late November. You can find ceremony dates and times as well other Commencement event information on the Commencement website. Additional information will be shared throughout the spring.

Family Weekend 2024

Save the date for Family Weekend, October 4-6, 2024. Families of current students are invited to join us for a weekend full of events to connect with your student, engage in activities and enjoy our campus.

Wellness Coaching

Free Wellness Coaching is provided by certified wellness coaches through the Center for Well-Being and is designed to support students in learning and developing healthy lifestyle habits to improve their overall well-being. Students who establish healthy habits in school have higher levels of satisfaction and success beyond college. Please encourage your student(s) to take advantage of this offering.

Pray It Forward

We invite family and friends of St. Thomas to join us for 15-minutes on the third Wednesday of each month to pause, gather online and pray. Pray It Forward will include reading of the upcoming Sunday's Gospel, a brief reflection, offering of intentions and a prayer.

Goals Coaching: Preparing For The Unexpected

Whether it’s an unexpected vehicle repair, a tuition or bookstore expense, or a pleasant surprise – like a vacation too good to pass up – being prepared is always a positive. U.S. Bank Goals Coach, Barry Saeger, will share advice on how to prepare for an unplanned expense, as well as ways to manage it to reduce stress. Encourage your student(s) to attend on Feb. 15 from 12-1 p.m. Students can register for this event on TommieLink.