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Kate '18

Get Ready to Register

Attention Tommies, registration is just around the corner! As usual, the semester is flying by and registration for J-Term and Spring has snuck up on us all too quickly. Registration times and hold information has now been posted to your Murphy Online account.

3 Tips on the Registration Process:

1.) Faculty advisors-

Set up an appointment to meet with your faculty advisor. Faculty advisors serve as a great resource to you on campus, and in some cases, it is necessary to meet with them in order to lift holds. Not only do faculty advisors take the time to sit down with each of their students individually, but they also hold valuable information for your specific major. They are also knowledgeable resources in regards to career advice and connections within the professional world. Your four-year plan is also a helpful tool for the registration process and this document should be updated prior to registering each semester.

2.) Ask for advice-

Seek the advice of upperclassmen for class and professor recommendations. These students have been in your shoes before and I guarantee they will have some valuable information for you.

3.) Prepare-

Classes are posted to Murphy Online and you can check out the different classes and how quickly they are filling up ahead of time. Keep checking back on a regular basis because class number may change between the time you first look and when you actually go to register.

Students study together May 18, 2015 in the O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library great room during the finals week "study Monday."


Olivia Mpanga (center) works on a math problem in her finance class March 13, 2012 in McNeely Hall. Felista and Olivia Mpanga, students from Uganda working to get their degrees from St. Thomas, were profiled for St. Thomas magazine.

Kate '18

Fall is Calling your Name

Fall is so beautiful in the Twin Cities, and each year proves to be a favorite season of many of our Tommies! With cooler weather approaching, getting out and about in St. Paul and Minneapolis is the perfect opportunity to soak up the last of the gorgeous Minnesota weather.

5 Fall Favorites:

1.) Mill City Farmers Market 

Tasty fall food, live music and an art market are calling your name! The Halloween Harvest Festival at the Mill City Farmers Market on October 29th from 9 a.m to 1 p.m.


2.) Changing Colors

Summit Avenue is the longest stretch of historical homes in the United States and known for its close proximity to the Mississippi River and to St. Thomas. This famous avenue is also home to trees dating back centuries and the leaves changing colors in the fall weather offer incredible views. After a stroll along Summit, you can warm up in Coffee Bene and enjoy a “Chaider” which is my favorite fall drink.



3.) Pumpkin Patch

Sever’s Fall Festival is celebrating their 20th year and will be open for one last weekend in October! Pick out a pumpkin to carve, get lost in the corn maze, make your way through the petting zoo, enjoy the live entertainment, and try some tasty fall treats such as the roasted corn, burgers, and mini-donuts.


4.) Run the Monster Dash! 

There is no better way to enjoy the last bit of fall weather than a run. The Monster Dash is an annual tradition and you can find a wide range of costumes dashing about the streets of the Twin Cities. The race is on Saturday, October 29th and registration is still available online.


5.) Minnehaha Park

Minnehaha Park in on of my favorite parks in the Twin Cities, and is an outdoor space that promises incredible views no matter the season. During the fall, you will find locals roaming through the park and admiring the falls before picnicking under the shelter.


Enjoy Tommies, and let us know some of your favorite things to do during fall around St. Paul and Minneapolis!

Kate '18

New Twist on Tommie-Johnnie 

As a St. Thomas student, I consider the Tommie-Johnnie football game to be almost like a holiday, and personally, one of my favorite days of the entire year. There was a special announcement recently made regarding TOJO for the upcoming 2017 season leaving the Tommies with a lot of anticipated excitement.

As one of the country’s best college football rivalries between the University of St. Thomas and St. John’s University, this annual game, will take on a new twist in the 2017. Dating back over a century, this historic rivalry, known as Tommie-Johnnie, will be held at the Minnesota Twins’ Target Field.

The Twins President, Dave St. Peter, is quoted saying, “The Twins organization is honored and excited to be hosting one of Minnesota’s great traditions.” This will be the first-ever football game to be played at Target Field, and this Tommie-Johnnie rivalry is promised to be a memorable experience for the players, coaches and fans alike.

Both the Tommies and the Johnnies are ready to soar attendance records of this historic game of 17,327 to the Target Field seating capacity of 39,000. The St. Thomas head football coach, Glenn Caruso, explains that his team is excited for many reasons. “What a great opportunity to play the nation’s biggest Division III rivalry in a venue such as Target Field. It not only allows us to highlight both proud institutions and our tremendous history, but it also lets us bring the game to a much larger game-day audience.”

Mark your calendars for kickoff at 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 23, 2017, as this game is going to be unlike anything you have experienced before. Tickets will be made available at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, December 6th for St. Thomas football season ticket holders as well as Twins season ticket holders. For the greater St. Thomas community tickets will be available at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, December 7th, and tickets will go on sale to the general public starting Tuesday, December 13th. More information can be found through the Twins ticket office.

Kate '18

Annual Study Abroad Photo Contest 

Time is running out for the annual study abroad photo contest! If you are studying abroad, St. Thomas would love to see your best pictures! All submissions must be received before midnight on Saturday, October 15th, 2016!

How to submit your photos:

E-Mail photos and entry form to Subject line: Photo Contest. Rename entry form: Last name first name.


If your work is selected, you will be awarded with a cash prize of $100 for 1st prize, $50 for 2nd, and $25 for 3rd prize, and you be reproduced in a university publication for advertising, design, editorial, and other areas of communication.

Four categories:

Global Classroom, A sense of Place, Tommies Abroad, and Most Epic Selfie. There is a limit of three submissions for each category.

Attach entry form:

Be sure to attach the submissions entry form with your pictures and review the guidelines.



Can’t wait to see all of your photo submissions, Tommies!

Kate '18

A Letter to Future College Freshman

Dear College Freshman,

I was exactly where you are now 2 years ago. I was a high school senior, who was ready to be done with high school, and very excited (but also very nervous) about starting my future. With the rapidly approaching college deadline, also known as “decision day” there is a lot of pressure to choose a school that is perfect for you. It is very important to closely consider all of the schools on your list, and yes, it’s scary, but your choice of school to attend will impact you for the rest of your life. The education and opportunities you will be receiving in the next 4 (or more) years will shape you into a person who is ready to embark and step foot into the “real world.”

This is one of my all time favorite quotes:

“They say that a goal without a plan is just a dream.”

To me, college was always part of the plan, but the dream was attending St. Thomas. From day one of my college search, St. Thomas stood out to me and no other school even came close in comparison. Sure, I submitted applications and toured other schools, but I knew I had to make St. Thomas my reality. I can actually say it was the perfect match for me.

I could go on and on about the reasons why I love St. Thomas. I have experienced things here at St. Thomas that I could have never even dreamed of, and here are just a few of my favorites:

1.) This fall I will be studying abroad in London for the semester!!!

2.) I attended a St. Thomas dinner held by CEOs in the Twin Cities- this networking event was great for meeting people, establishing connections, and learning business etiquette. Not to mention, the CEO at the table gave me 4 lower level Wild Tickets!

3.) My freshman year, Piper Chapman spoke at St. Thomas about her book and popular Netflix series, Orange is the New Black

4.) My sophomore year, the attorney in the Steven Avery/Brendan Dassey case, and the well known show, Making a Murderer spoke at the St. Thomas Law School

5.) I have the pleasure of writing blogs for the university!!!

6.) I modeled for the university in images used in the rebranding.

7.) The Twin Cities area is amazing- there is so much to do here, I could never be bored.

Choosing a college is very difficult, and it may be one of the biggest choices you will ever have to make. I turned my dream of attending St. Thomas into my reality with persistent hard work, fervor, and by the gracious help of my family. It took a lot of hard work to get to where I am now, but in the end, it was all worth it. I am so excited for my future, and because of St. Thomas, I know that I am starting out on the right path.

Best of luck with your college decision.


Kate Drankoff- St. Thomas class of 18’


Visiting St. Thomas my senior year of high school


A recent photo of my family at St. Thomas

Kate '18

St. Thomas Women in Business Club

Tomorrow is the first meeting of the semester for the St. Thomas Women in Business club! Join us in McNeely 236 at 11:45 for our guest speakers on their company, Truce. Truce is Minnesota’s first fresh-pressed juice shop, and they will be speaking about what it’s like to start your own business.  Free Mexican food will also be served!

Read up on Truce here:

Watch a Truce interview here:

Women in Business is a club at St. Thomas that focuses on empowering women who are interested in business. We strive to explore business opportunities, learn professional skills, and network with business professionals. At Women in Business we are learning valuable skills while making friends, eating food and having fun!

Everyone is welcome, see you there ladies!


Kate '18

The Perfect Snack

I am completely obsessed with Glue Balls! It’s the perfect snack because it is both healthy and delicious. I make Glue Balls once a week, and then keep them in my fridge and eat them as snacks on the go, for breakfast, or for a quick burst of energy. Glue Balls are super easy to make, and the best part about them is they are healthy, but you actually enjoy eating them! As a busy college student, I appreciate food that is both healthy and convenient, and I have found that these work perfectly for me.

Try Glue Balls out for yourself, I hope you enjoy them just as much as I do!


1/3 cup honey

1/2 cup peanut butter

1 cup oats

1/2 cup flax seeds

Handful of goodies- I usually throw in dark chocolate chips and peanuts, but you can really put in anything!

Mix the ingredients together in a mixing bowl, then hand roll into balls. Store in refrigerator.


Kate '18

Spyhouse Coffee- Minneapolis

I’ve been itching to go to Spyhouse coffee for about two years now. I finally made it to one of their four locations, and needless to say, it was amazing! I went to the Nicollet location, but all 4 of the locations are within the Minneapolis area. Founded in 2000, Spyhouse strives to, “ensure quality, sustainability, education, and commitment to producing the finest coffee and espresso drinks.” It was a blistering cold day out, but completely worth it to bare the harsh Minnesota temperatures to experience Spyhouse. Walking in the doors, you are welcomed to a modern, friendly, and upbeat atmosphere. We ordered two drinks- the Chai (which has been highly recommended by friends), and also the Spygirl which the barista suggested. The Spygirl had the cutest heart pattern on the top, and was infused with lavender and honey. The Chai was also so delicious, and is one of their most popular drinks. The pastries were too tempting as well, so we got the chocolate sprinkle covered donut and the ham and cheese croissant. It was all so yummy!! Check out any of the 4 Spyhouse coffee houses for yourself!

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Kate '18

Going Wild for the Wild

I’ll be the first to admit it, there is something so captivating, energizing, and exciting about being a Minnesota Wild fan! I did not grow up in Minnesota (I’m originally from Wisco), so attending Wild games is completely new to me! What is so great about these games is the atmosphere that the crowd brings to life in the Xcel Energy Center. I try really hard to pay attention to the entire game because you never know when someone is going to score. I’ve been getting really into the games and can even name most of the players now. The Wild haven’t been playing the best lately, but they can always promise an exciting show. This past week I went to my third game of the season, and unfortunately the Wild lost, but I had such a blast anyways. You could say that I am completely wild about the Wild!



Kate '18

St. Thomas Brand Day

Happy Monday and start of the spring 2016 semester everyone!!!

I always have this looming sense of mystery, invigorating energy, and unforeseen excitement when it comes to new beginnings. I look at the start of new things, especially the beginnings of new semesters, as a fresh chance to start over or build on what you have already accomplished.

This upcoming spring at St. Thomas, we have a lot going on, and I’m super excited! As many of you know, the university has undergone a major change- St. Thomas has been rebranded, and the launch party and unveiling is TOMORROW, Tuesday February 2nd!

Over the past 16 months, the university and a branding team have been very busy analyzing our current image, and specifying the direction in which the university wants to carry forth into future generations. The new brand will exclusively highlight and perfectly describe what the University of St. Thomas stands for.

Known as Brand Day, February 2ed, promises to be a very exciting day. President Julie Sullivan has strongly encouraged students and faculty to attend this event in Woulfe Hall (On the third floor of the Anderson Student Center) at 11:50. President Julie Sullivan will be doing the honors in St. Paul, and the rebrand will be officially unveiled in addition to other components of this large social media event.

This is the start of a new beginning for St. Thomas. As tradition carries forth, alumni, students, staff, and the community are very proud of St. Thomas. We need all of your support, and hope to see everyone at our launch party tomorrow!

Go Tommies!!!

MJensen University of St Thomas ust