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. Here's a quick rundown:

News and information
Contractors began work May 19 on UST's new Anderson Parking facility. The project is expected to take about nine months. See story, June 2. You also can watch the construction from afar via online video. See story, July 7.

A Philadelphia energy industry entrepreneur gavae $10 million to UST's Opus College of Business to support its programs in corporate ethics and responsibility. See story, June 3.

St. Thomas decided to join the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program. Beginning with the fall 2008 term, all students and parents who wish to borrow in the federal student or parent loan programs will be required to do so through the Direct Loan program. See story, June 9.

The University of St. Thomas finished 12th out of 424 institutions in the 2007-08 NCAA Division III Directors' Cup all-sport standings – its best showing in eight years. See story, June 16.

The Federal Duck Stamp program, widely considered one of the most successful conservation efforts in American history, noted its 75th anniversary with a special celebration July 12 at St. Thomas' Daniel C. Gainey Conference Center in Owatonna. See story, June 30.

A St. Thomas alumnus was selected to participate in the Olympic Torch Relay (see story, June 30), and another alumnus was one of the athletes representing his home country at the Beijing games (see story, Aug. 18).

UST and the Minnesota Center for Book Arts opened a typography exhibition called "Face the Nation" July 12. It runs through Sept. 21. See story, July 7.

UST's Information Technology department migrated users to a new Exchange 2007 e-mail environment. See story, July 14.

The UST Food Service had to raise prices to meet increased food and fuel costs. See story, Aug. 4.

St. Thomas co-sponsored the Higher Ground Music Festival, a Christian music festival Aug. 15-16 in Winsted. See story, Aug. 4.

The university again hosted Igbofest, a festival showcasing the cultural heritage of the Igbo people of Nigeria. UST has hosted Igbofest for 15 years. See story, Aug. 4.

A new statue of St. Paul was installed Aug. 15 in the courtyard outside the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity. It's thought to be the first exterior statue of St. Paul in the city limits. See story, Aug. 11.   See a slideshow for a look at the new statue.

The women's basketball team took a 10-day exhibition trip to Brazil Aug. 11-20. See story, Aug. 18.

Dozens of St. Thomas volunteers staffed the university's booth at the Minnesota State Fair again this year, distributing 100,000 purple tote bags during the fair's 12-day run.   See story, Aug. 18.

The St. Thomas Alumni Association opened nominations for its annual awards, which will be presented on St. Thomas Day, March 9, 2009. See story, Aug. 18.

Commuter student parking permits went on sale Aug. 18. See story, Aug. 18.

U.S. News & World report ranked St. Thomas in its annual survey of " America's Best Colleges." See story, Aug. 25.

The St. Thomas Business Office expanded window hours on the St. Paul campus. See story, Aug. 25.

Widmer's Super Market on St. Clair Avenue now accepts the Tommie eXpress Card. See story, Aug. 25.

Degree-seeking students: Verify your address information by Sept. 16. See story, Aug. 25.

Fun stuff
Want to get to know colleagues and students? Walk on Wednesdays. It's a new group that gathers for a weekly walk along the Mississippi River.   See story, June 9.

Comings and goings
Welcome these new employees:

  • Alanna Moravetz, director, Career Services, School of Law
  • John Swan, building service worker, Physical Plant
  • Marya Waletzko, wedding coordinator, Campus Ministry
  • Valerie Bowen, research librarian, School of Law
  • James Gooley, executive development officer, Development
  • Ann Hanebuth, payroll coordinator, Controller's Office
  • Allison Husman, security officer, Public Safety
  • Marlin Meendering, program director, Center for Business Excellence, Opus College of Business
  • Michael Olson, building service worker, Physical Plant
  • Joseph Anderson, assistant director of campus and residence life/Brady Hall area director, Campus Life
  • Timothy Dohmen, study abroad adviser, International Education
  • Lisa Guyott, marketing communications specialist, Opus College of Business
  • Angela Hasouris, administrative assistant, Life-Work Center
  • Steven Humerickhouse, director, Multicultural Forum on Workplace Diversity, Opus College of Business
  • Rebecca James, benefits technician, Human Resources
  • Meghan Allen Eliason, director, Center for Intercultural Learning and Community Engagement
  • Joseph Bork, program director, Center for Business Excellence, Opus College of Business
  • Maria Mantey, program manager, International Education
  • Donald Weinkauf, dean, School of Engineering
  • Katherina Glac, assistant professor, Ethics and Business Law, College of Business
  • Chelen Gore, coordinator, College of Applied Professional Studies
  • Staci Hamilton, admissions counselor, Enrollment Services
  • Elizabeth Kelly, senior editor, Logos, Catholic Studies
  • Jo Anne Murphy, technical support specialist, Client Services, Information Resources and Technology
  • Anne Nelson, youth publications editor, ThreeSixty - Journalism
  • Mykola Sarazhynskyy, manager of marketing and communications, Center for Business Excellence
  • Joanna Weispfenning, department assistant, Admissions Office
  • Dominic Bruno, Morrison Hall chaplain, Campus Ministry
  • Dobrina Georgieva, aassistant professor, Finance, Opus College of Business
  • Jon-Erik Hokenson, lab coordinator, Physics
  • Brett Johnson, Web developer, Web and Media Services
  • Solveig Jorgenson, department assistant, Enrollment Services
  • Rocio Montalvo, Dowling Hall chaplain, Campus Ministry
  • Maureen O'Connor, research assistant, Chemistry
  • Bradley Pulles, admissions counselor, Enrollment Services
  • Ashley Rowe, Public Safety officer, Auxiliary Services
  • Erick Stubbs, coordinator, School of Law
  • Joshua Suchy, Public Safety officer, Auxiliary Services

Dr. Susan Huber, dean of the College of Applied Professional Studies, agreed to serve as interim executive vice president and chief academic officer. Huber succeeds Dr. Thomas Rochon, who became president of Ithaca College and New York. Dr. Bruce Kramer, associate dean in the School of Education, is interim dean of the college of Applied Professional Studies. See story, June 4.

Chris Gregg was named director of information technology in the Information Resources and Technologies division. See story, June 9.

Father John Malone was named vice president for mission, succeeding Dr. Gene Scapanski, and Dr. Mark Neuzil was appointed director of the Office for Mission. See story, June 30.

Faculty and staff, please note
New purchasing guidelines became effective with the new fiscal year. See story, June 9.

Facilities Scheduling now offers a way to submit event changes and cancellations through an easy-to-use Web form. See story, June 23.

The UST Center for Business Excellence now provides a 50 percent discount to UST staff and faculty on its professional development programs. See story, June 23. UST's Leadership Academy, which provides free programs to help UST employees meet personal and professional development needs, has a new annual catalog and Web site. See story, Aug. 25.

There's a new way exempt employees should report vacation days. See story, June 30.

The mileage reimbursement rate has increased to 58.5 cents per mile for business use of personal vehicles. See story, June 30.

Summer visitors
Happy campers: UST Head Football coach Glenn Caruso hosted his first camps for grade-schoolers, and Assistant Basketball Coach John Tauer hosted summer camps for boys and girls. Camp Masala, for children of Indian heritage and their families, returned to campus for a fourth year. See story, June 9.

Minnesota Vikings center Matt Birk held his annual football camp at St. Thomas, and UST Head Women's Basketball Coach Ruth Sinn held Tommie Pride Basketball camps for girls. St. Paul Public Schools hosted its Summer Transition Program for recent graduates with vision impairments. Sounds of Hope, a summer program that gathers boys and girls from around the globe to create a nationally touring music concert, also called St. Thomas home for six weeks. See story, June 16.

UST's School of Engineering welcomed nearly 200 girls to its ninth-annual STEPS (Science, Technology and Engineering Preview Summer camp for girls). See story, July 21.

Varsity Spirit hosted a Universal Cheerleading Association Elite Cheer Camp for more than 300 high school cheerleaders, and UST Head Volleyball Coach Thanh Pham hosted his annual Volleyball Clinic. See story, July 21.

Conferences: Hennepin County Youth Services, the American Chesterton Society, the Minnesota Center for Blind/Visually Impaired, Upper Midwest Regional Deacons' Conference, American Chemical Society, Steubenville North Conference, Associated Banc-Corp.

Prospective students: The Office of Undergraduate Admissions welcomed hundreds of prospective students and their families to St. Thomas for Minnesota Private College Week June 23-27. See story, June 23.

Learners: Public defenders went to " Trial School," and C.O.R.E. Ministries held Evangelization School. See story, June 23.

Twenty-nine incoming freshmen participated in two academic orientation programs: the 10th annual REAL Program, sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs Office of Multicultural Student Services, and Summer Academy, sponsored by the Division of Sciences and Mathematics. See story, July 14.

Nacel Open Door Inc. hosted groups of visiting Chinese students at St. Thomas. See story, July 14.

Congratulations to faculty who earned tenure or promotion in May: Christopher Greene, William Cavanaugh, Stephen Laumakis, Charles Reid and Julie Oseid. See story, June 2.

St. Thomas alumna and a student were honored by the Minnesota chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. See story, June 23.

More than $110,000 was raised for the St. Paul Seminary at its 25th annual golf tournament June 9. See story, June 23.

St. Thomas was named the Up 'til Dawn Program of the Year for 2007-2008. See story, July 28.