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
Five St. Thomas freshmen drew national media attention with their lip-synched YouTube video of country musician Jerrod Niemann’s song “Lover, Lover.” See video and story, May 21.

Owner-occupied home purchase assistance program continues at St. Thomas. See story, June 1.

The Graduate School of Professional Psychology received accreditation renewal from the American Psychological Association for its doctoral program. See story, June 1.

With well over a dozen projects started and completed between May 24 and Sept. 1, summer 2010 was St. Thomas’ busiest and most expensive summer for construction/renovation summer. See story, June 1.

The University of St. Thomas School of Law’s Community Justice Project, in partnership with the St. Paul chapter of the NAACP, received the 2010 Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Partnership Award for Campus-Community Collaboration. See story, June 21.

Tommie Matt Schuld signed a free agent contract with the Minnesota Twins. See story, June 21.

The University of St. Thomas placed 10th out of 310 colleges and universities in the 2009-10 NACDA Division III Directors Cup all-sport standings, sponsored by the National Association of Collegiate Athletics Directors (NACDA). NACDA  also named Steve Fritz the 2009-10 Under Armour Division III West Region Athletics Director of the Year. See story, June 28.

St. Thomas now has a social media website that offers information to university offices, clubs and departments interested in launching a social media site. See story, June 28.

Graduate Programs in Software moved from the Opus College of Business to the School of Engineering July 1. See story, June 28.

The Faculty and Staff Annual Campaign reached 50 percent participation. See story, June 30.

The final segment of the Frank Gehry’s Winton Guest House arrived on the grounds of St. Thomas’ Daniel C. Gainey Conference Center in Owatonna, and crews began reconstructing the house. See story, July 12.

Construction began in July on a project to improve safety at the intersection of Cretin and Summit avenues by installing larger sidewalks on the Summit medians and larger areas on which pedestrians can stand on the four corners. See story, July 19.

St. Thomas was ranked the 9th “Best Place to Work” by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. See stories, July 19 and Aug. 30.

The Office of Academic Affairs raised $176 and collected 263 pounds of food for the Keystone Shelter during its summer food drive. See story, July 26.

The Charles Buxton-Federated Insurance wildlife art collection was donated to the University of St. Thomas. Its new home will be at the Gainey Center. See story, Aug. 2.

The Full-time UST MBA team will advance to the national Intercollegiate Business Ethics Case Competition Sept. 23, in Anaheim, Calif. See story, Aug. 9.

The Graduate Financial Aid staff moved their offices from the Life/Work Center in Terrence Murphy Hall to the skyway-level Suite 201, Terrence Murphy Hall, on the Minneapolis campus. See story, Aug. 16.

Commuter student parking permits went on sale Aug. 9. See story, Aug. 19.

Fall shuttle bus service began Aug 23; Saturday service begins Sept. 11. See story, Aug. 23.

St. Thomas moved up 13 spots in U.S. News & World Report’s annual survey of “America’s Best Colleges." See story, Aug. 25.

On Friday, Sept. 3, when students log in to Murphy Online, they will immediately be taken through the address verification process.  See story, Aug. 30.

The Center for Writing is open, and peer consultants are ready to consult, coach, demonstrate and help with student writing. See story, Aug. 30.

The university again hosted Igbofest, a festival showcasing the cultural heritage of the Igbo people of Nigeria. UST has hosted Igbofest for 17 years.

Dozens of St. Thomas volunteers staffed the university’s booth at the Minnesota State Fair again this year, distributing 30,000 purple tote bags and 30,000 purple bandanas during the fair’s 12-day run.  

Anderson Athletic and Recreation Complex

See videos and photos of the construction of  the 180,000-square-foot Anderson Athletic and Recreation Complex. See story, June 28. The complex opened last week.

The St. Thomas football team’s new locker room in the Anderson Athletic and Recreation Complex “sets the standard for Division III locker rooms,” said third-year head coach Glenn Caruso. See story, July 6.

Ty Stenzel, the University of St. Thomas’ strength coach and director of fitness, explained the training and exercise facilities in the new Anderson Athletic and Recreation Complex. See story, July 19.

Dr. Tom Hodgson, swim coach at St. Thomas since 1979, explained what makes St. Thomas’ new pool in the newly opened Anderson Athletic and Recreation Complex “wicked fast.” See story, July 26.

St. Thomas' track and field coach Steve Mathre and Steve Fritz, the university’s athletic director and men’s basketball coach, described the soon-to-open field house and arena. See story, Aug. 9.

In case you hadn’t noticed, the Anderson Athletic and Recreation Complex opened last week. See story, Aug. 25.

Comings and goings
Welcome these new employees:

  • Lisa Anderson, gift officer, Development
  • Debra Basarich-Cownie, associate director, Full-time MBA Student Life, Opus College of Business
  • Ryan Blake, admissions counselor, Enrollment Services
  • Maureen Bird, coordinator of Peer Ministry, Campus Ministry
  • Ashley Booker, program manager, Multicultural Student Services
  • Teron Buford, admissions counselor, Enrollment Services
  • Michael Cassel, senior admissions counselor, Enrollment Services
  • Samba Dieng, assistant director, Office of International Student Services
  • Brian Godfrey, program developer, Center for Business Excellence, Opus College of Business
  • Susan Goll, administrative assistant, Life/Work Center
  • Shannon Hutton, lieutenant, Public Safety
  • Sara McGinley, associate director, Family Business Center, Opus College of Business
  • Carolyn Milbrath, HR partner, Human Resources
  • Michelle Morgan, marketing manager of athletic facilities, Student Affairs
  • Maria Peichel, recruitment, training, and office manager, Development
  • Laura Orr, clinical law fellow, School of Law
  • Antonia Schindler, residence hall director, Campus Life
  • Trina Smith, research analyst, Family Business Center, Opus College of Business
  • Kathie St. Mary, insurance specialist, Student Health Services
  • Katherine White, lieutenant, Public Safety
  • Lisa Willems Connelly, gift officer, Development
  • Brian Whinnery, assistant director of compliance, Development
  • Susan Zarambo, program manager, Graduate Programs in Software, School of Engineering

Thank you to these retiring employees for their service to St. Thomas:

  • Earl Belisle, UST Libraries
  • Laura Deuberry, Physical Plant
  • Quent Hietpas, Institutional Advancement
  • Sheila Hague, UST Libraries
  • Roberta Hall, assistant to the president
  • Rod Kirkwold, Physical Plant
  • Dolores Pishko, Institutional Advancement
  • Jan Malcheski, UST Libraries
  • Judith Michalski, UST Libraries
  • Lisa Redmond, UST Libraries
  • Karen Schierman, Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning
  • Mary Lou Schmidt, UST Libraries
  • Carl Sorensen, Public Safety Department
  • Roger Stowell, Physical Plant

Moving on and around:

Dr. Marie Lopez del Puerto, Physics Department, replaced Jill Manske, Biology Department, on the Luann Dummer Center for Women’s advisory board. See story, June 21.

Dr. Lawrence Potter, Office for Institutional Diversity, accepted a new position as founding director of diversity at Allegheny College, Meadville, Penn.

Pat Sirek, former associate director of the News Service, accepted a new position, assistant to the president. She succeeded Roberta Hall, who retired in August. See story, Aug. 16.

Faculty and staff, please note
On July 1, 2010, a number of new mandated purchasing processes were implemented at St. Thomas. These processes impact anyone who travels, buys goods or services from external vendors or organizes local conferences and retreats. See story, May 21.

Faculty and staff with dependents: Do you have a child graduating from college, graduating from high school and not planning to enter college in the fall or taking more than one term off from full-time college? If so, that child will no longer qualify as a dependent for purposes of medical, dental and/or vision coverage. See story, June 7.

Information Resources and Technologies’ Client Services has labeled all network printers with bright orange tags and a unique three-digit number as a way to simplify printer identification when reporting a problem to the IRT Tech Desk. See story, June 14.

St. Thomas plans to reduce its employer pension contribution rate and institute an eligibility period and vesting policy. See story, June 21.

New full-time faculty and staff at St. Thomas will now have a one-year waiting period for tuition remission benefits. See story, July 6.

The Purchasing Committee announced new guidelines for bidding and vendors. See story, July 12.

The Travel Committee announced their policies and preferred travel vendors. See story, July 12.

A new online library reserves form is available for faculty. See story, Aug. 30.

Summer visitors
For the fourth consecutive year, the Minnesota-based Sounds of Hope Ltd. made UST its summer home. Songs of Hope joins young people from many countries. For six weeks, communities of young people live and rehearse together to create a music concert that culminates in a nationally recognized concert tour featuring songs and dances from the countries and cultures of the performers. See story, June 14.

Flynn Hall was home to 150 participants in the annual conference of the National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA), which was June 16-19 at Macalester College. See story, June 14.

From June 17 to 20, Minnesota Vikings linebacker Ben Leber hosted the annual Vikings football camp for youth ages 8 to 18. See story, June 14.

St. Paul Public Schools hosted its annual Summer Transition Program for two weeks from June to July. See story, June 14.

The Minnesota Swarm Girls Lacrosse Camp was on the St. Paul campus July 12-14. See story, July 12.

Stephanie Grimm, an assistant professor in the Opus College of  Business, and her husband, Chris, welcomed baby Nicholas Kyle Grimm to their family on May 15. See story, June 1.

St. Thomas was awarded “Celebrate Business Success” Award by the St. Paul Chamber of Commerce. See story, June 1.

Fushcia-Ann Hoover ’09 was one of 575 of nearly 5,300 U.S. student applicants who were awarded a U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship. See story, June 1.

Father Arthur Kennedy, who taught theology at St. Thomas for 33 years, was named an auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Boston. See story, June 30.

Bishop Blase Cupich, a 1971 St. Thomas alumnus who since 1998 has been bishop of Rapid City, S.D., was named bishop of the Diocese of Spokane, Wash. See story, July 6.

Bri Velzke, a University of St. Thomas sophomore, won the starring role in the musical “Gypsy” which played in Owatonna through July 17. See story, July 12.