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St. Thomas Trending Five- Week of May 2nd 2016

1.) Earn Free Credits!!!

There is a new music elective that will be offered for Fall 2016 semester called Indonesian Gamelan Ensemble. The class will meet on Thursday evenings from 5:15-7:15 p.m. Students will learn to play and understand the basics of Javanese gamelan through hands-on experience of this traditional percussion orchestra of Indonesia music which is one of the great non-western music-making traditions. This course also will include Indonesian classical dance, shadow puppetry and broader cultural dimensions. Open to all students, there are no prerequisites required and students will earn one tuition free credit per ensemble each semester.

Registration is now open: CRN: 43157.

2.) The Health Care Continuum

Health care is rapidly evolving and changing for the better. In Minnesota, more people have access to care and Minnesota has long been a leader in health care collaboration and innovation. Barbara Luck ’00 M.B.C., talked with Penny Wheeler, M.D., CEO and president of Allina Health, to gauge what to expect, given her perspective as an obstetrics/gynecologist physician and leader of a major health system. Check out the article to hear what needs to be done to achieve affordability, hear about the impacts of partnerships and collaboration in health care, updates on future innovations, and key advice for future health care professionals.

Dr. Penny Wheeler, president and chief executive officer of Allina Health, poses for a portrait in Allina's Minneapolis offices March 4, 2016. Wheeler is joining the Opus College of Business board of governors. Taken for B. magazine.

3.) Five Observations From ‘Pope Francis and Leadership’

Bernard Hebda, who was recently appointed by Pope Francis as the archbishop of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, came to the St. Thomas campus last week to share his thoughts pertaining to the pope’s successful leadership style and the lessons that can be learned from it. Bernard Hebda goes into depth on the five observations of addressing major concerns through honest communication, meeting people where they are, honesty, transparency, humility, delegating and consulting others, and letting your life mirror your values.

I loved how these observations relate directly to both our professional and personal lives, as well as how we treat others. Check out the full article!

Archbishop-designate for St. Paul and Minneapolis Bernard Hebda smiles after speaking at the Tommie Catholic event in the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas April 19, 2016. Hebda delivered a keynote address on Pope Francis and Catholic Leadership before fielding questions from students. President Julie Sullivan is at center.

4.) This Year’s Commencement Speakers

Gradation is just around the corner, and St. Thomas is excited to announce the four commencement speakers for this spring’s graduations. The university will be awarding 1,944 undergraduate and graduate degrees. Natalie Hudson, who is a Minnesota Supreme Court justice will speak at the St. Thomas School of Law’s commencement. Amy Klobuchar, the Minnesotan elected U.S. senator in 2006, and again in 2012, will be speaking at the graduate-degree commencement. Alan Page, a Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle in the 1970s and a Minnesota Supreme Court justice from 1993-2015 will speak at the undergraduate-degree commencement. Penny Wheeler, a medical doctor and president and CEO of Allina Health will speak at the Opus College of Business’ graduate-degree commencement.

More details are available on the St. Thomas commencement website.

Students walk toward the graduate business commencement ceremony May 23, 2015 in the Anderson Athletic and Recreation Complex.

5.) Stress Less Relaxation Night

It is a busy and stressful time of the year with the last few weeks of classes and finals rapidly approaching. It’s important to take time for yourself and learn to relax. On Monday, May 2nd from 5:15-7:15 stop by the Wellness Center to learn relaxation rituals. The event will teach you a few 10-minute relaxation rituals, including: ayurveda dry skin brushing, chocolate meditation and self-kindness hypnosis. The brushes and chocolate will be free for you to enjoy and take home! This event is only open to the first 20 students, so please register in the link to sign up.

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