Here's what you missed at UST this summer ...

Here’s what you missed at UST this summer ...

If you weren’t on campus this summer, you might have missed some news.   Catch up with a look at the Bulletin Today archive.

Among summer visitors …
St. Thomas again was host to the 2005 Summer Academy and REAL Project, two transition programs for incoming underrepresented students at UST who plan to study math, science and technology. See story, June 27.

The National Youth Sports Program welcomed 350 youngsters to its 15th summer program at St. Thomas. Most of the participants were students of color from inner-city neighborhoods.   See story, Aug. 1.

St. Thomas hosted the 34th meeting of the International Society for the Comparative Study of Civilizations in June. See story, June 6.

The Creative Education Foundation held its 51st annual Creative Problem Solving Institute on the University of St. Thomas campus in June. See story, May 20.

The School of Education’s Department of Leadership, Policy and Administration hosted the 11th annual Midwest Qualitative Research Conference in June at the Minneapolis campus. See story, May 19.

Construction began on the new business education building. See stories, May 20 and June 6.

The Center for Faculty Development was relocated from Aquinas Hall to Suite 403-406, O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library Center. See story, July 25.

Dowling Hall got a new roof, and there was a lot of digging on the St. Paul campus this summer as work began on the installation of a new electrical loop on the St. Paul campus. Four huge concrete underground vaults for the project are nearly finished; a fifth, near St. John Vianney Seminary, is scheduled for completion in early October. Please avoid fenced-off areas as work continues.

Helpful information
The Service Center explained the new MFDs (Multifunction Devices). MFDs are copiers that also serve as networked printers, fax machines and scanners. See story, June 6.

Information Resources and Technologies announced the installation and implementation of new services. See story, July 5.

The free UST shuttle bus has begun its fall schedule, leaving both Twin Cities campuses on the hour and at 20 minutes and 40 minutes past the hour. See story, Aug. 22.

Do not base your schedule on the calendar in the printed version of the undergraduate catalog.   The approved academic calendar is published on the university’s Web site. See story, Aug. 1.

The Office of Academic Affairs reorganized some of its administrative responsibilities. Please direct questions and communications concerning faculty contracts or tenure and promotion issues to Joyce Patten. All other communications that previously would have been sent to Helen Hunter, now should go to Sherrie Maze (see Comings and Goings section below).

Good news
May 21 commencement speeches were published. See story, June 6.

The University of St. Thomas School of Law Mentor Externship Program was awarded the prestigious E. Smythe Gambrell Professionalism Award by the American Bar Association (ABA) Standing Committee on Professionalism. See story, June 20.

The College of Business was the first business school to be designated as a Sun Center of Excellence, a worldwide program of Sun Microsystems Inc. See story, July 25.

St. Thomas trustee Gerald Rauenhorst ’48, and his wife, Henrietta, will receive the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Award, the highest honor given by the Washington, D.C.-based National Catholic Educational Association, on Oct. 3. See “UST in the news” column, Aug. 22.

Sister Katarina Schuth received the Pedro Arrupe Medal for Excellence in Ministry from Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge , Mass. See story, June 27.

Father Jan Michael Joncas, associate professor of theology and Catholic studies, celebrated the 25th anniversary of his ordination. See story, June 13.

U.S. News & World Report ranked St. Thomas in the third tier of its National Universities category in the magazine’s 2006 “America’s Best Colleges” survey. See story, Aug. 22.

The St. Thomas community bade farewell to:

  • UST student Eric Kaplan, who died in a car accident on June 30. See story, July 5.
  • James Ingison, a student in the MBA program, who died suddenly on June 23. See story, July 5.
  • Nick Masciopinto, 20, of Vadnais Heights, who attended St. Thomas for three semesters.   He fell from a cliff on July 18, while on a solo hike up Thunder Mountain in Alaska. Scroll through “UST in the news” column, July 25.

Comings and goings
Dr. Lawrence Potter Jr. was hired as executive director of institutional diversity. See story, Aug. 8.

Paul Simmons accepted the position of university registrar. See story, July 5.

Helen Hunter was appointed administrative assistant in the Office for Mission. See story, July 5. On Aug. 29 Sherrie Maze replaced Hunter as administrative assistant to Dr. Thomas Rochon, executive vice president and chief academic officer. Maze, who has an M.F.A. in writing from Hamline University, is a former admissions adviser in the Center for Graduate and continuing Studies at Bethel University. She most recently was an administrative assistant at Medtronic. Please welcome her!

Retirees this summer:

  • Lt. Col. Walter Skierski, U.S. Air Force. See story, June 13.
  • Maj. Scott Montgomery, U.S. Air Force. See story, June 20.
  • Judy Edwards, Controller’s Office. See story, Aug. 22.
  • Tom Dale, Physical Plant. See story, Aug. 29.

Here’s a picture of some of the spring retirees. See story, June 27.

The Tommies won their second consecutive NCAA Division III Softball Championship. See story, May 23. Michelle Wong was named national Division III softball player of the year.

Ruth Opatz Sinn was named women’s basketball coach at the University of St. Thomas. Sinn was among the first seven women inducted into UST’s athletics hall of fame in 1992.

The UST Men’s Club Lacrosse Team received Upper Midwest Lacrosse League’s 2005 Sportsmanship Award. See story, June 27.

Four alumni and one student won medals in the National Rowing Championships in July. See story, Aug. 15.