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Dear Celts,

Because of you, our University is flourishing and the Spirit of St. Thomas grows stronger! Many would not believe that to be possible in the face of this unimaginable year. I want to thank each of you for your commitment to keeping our campus safe; we have been keeping our physical distance, checking in when we need to go to campus, and wearing our masks when required, and it is working. Because of these efforts, UST continues to experience far fewer cases of COVID than others in our area. When tests do come back positive, our Healthy Celt Trackers are quick to respond, and to let anyone who may have been exposed know what to expect and how to proceed. Thanks to all of those who have put in long hours to keep that wartime-like effort in motion. You are truly appreciated.

Thanksgiving is approaching, and following that break, we will return to online only classes as previously announced. For those who have been coming to campus this semester for the face-to-face portion of your hyflex classes, thank you for observing all of our new campus safety policies. They are designed to keep us healthy, and they are proving to be effective. In order to keep these policies fresh in all of our minds, please take a moment to review them again at Please remember, if you are experiencing symptoms, contact your doctor and notify

Let’s continue to work together as we increase, to make our mission stronger, our community larger, and our campus safer.

About the Author — Richard Ludwick

AvatarRichard L. Ludwick became the 9th president of the University of St. Thomas on July 1, 2017. He previously served as president of the Independent Colleges of Indiana, the nation’s oldest association of 31 private, nonprofit colleges and universities enrolling more than 100,000 students. In that capacity, he led strategic initiatives in public policy at the state and federal levels, spurred innovative, intercollegiate collaborations, and successfully executed multi-million dollar philanthropic campaigns.

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