UST in the News

UST in the news

Here's a roundup of recent stories of interest that mention St. Thomas.

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  • “Photo sets off wheelchair pageant stir,” Star Tribune, April 6, 2005. “Jen Onsum, the newly departed Minnesota pageant coordinator, said the organization has ‘discriminated against Janeal Lee and the very people they strive to advocate for. I simply cannot support an organization that does that.’ Onsum, a Brooklyn Park resident, is a public relations student at the University of St. Thomas and served as Ms. Wheelchair Minnesota 2003.”
  • “Former farm slave now a modern abolitionist,” Star Tribune, April 6, 2005. Francis Bok, who lectured at St. Thomas April 6, “now dedicates his life to speaking on behalf of all those in bondage who have no voice.”
  • “In Minnesota, many will watch 3 a.m. service,” Star Tribune, April 7, 2005. “Some students in Catholic studies at the University of St. Thomas plan to watch together or at home. ‘It's the least I can do to pay my respects to such a great man who loved us so much,’ said Stephanie Rumpza, a freshman. Mary Gibson, a junior, said, ‘He was my Papa. ... He was instrumental in bringing me back to the church.’”
  • “In brief,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, April 7, 2005. “Starting Monday, the hordes of joggers and bicyclists along the pathway of Mississippi River Boulevard will have to make a short detour from their hairpin turn north of Summit Avenue. A retaining wall that borders a steep ravine near the University of St. Thomas will be removed and replaced over the course of five weeks. The ravine is where a groundwater stream generously called " Shadow Falls " reaches the surface.”
  • “'Bridges' a feat or a folly?” St. Paul Pioneer Press, April 7, 2005. “‘[Real estate developer Jerry Trooien has] proposed an awful lot of things over the last 10 years,’ said David Brennan, a marketing professor at the University of St. Thomas. ‘While I salute him, I think getting the financing is going to be a little bit of a struggle.’”
  • “Events,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, April 8, 2005. “Discussion on religious tensions: Historian Hyman Berman, a University of Minnesota professor emeritus, and the Rev. Mark Massa, professor of theology at Fordham University in New York , will discuss religious tensions in America and abroad at a program sponsored by the University of St. Thomas. The free discussion will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in O'Shaughnessy Educational Center at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul. For more information, call 651-962-5788.”
  • “Cheap thrills,” Star Tribune, April 9, 2005. “Dave Brennan, co-director of the Institute for Retailing Excellence at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, said dollar stores are a triple win for consumers, retailers and manufacturers.”
  • “Surprise source aids Red Lake,” Star Tribune, April 9, 2005. “The Red Lake band of Chippewa, still dealing with the aftermath of the March 21 school shootings, will receive $455,000 in restitution funds from a white-collar fraud case to remodel its high school. Like the band, two other beneficiaries fro
    m the case, the University of St. Thomas Law School and the Kingdom Oil Ethical Leadership Fund, a Christian group that promotes business ethics, have no relation to the fraud involving Bloomington copier parts firm Katun Corp.”
  • See also: “Red Lake students back to class Tuesday,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, April 9, 2005. “Jorgensen, who is a co-founder of Bloomington-based Katun Corp., was sentenced Friday in St. Paul for wire fraud and mail fraud stemming from a deceptive scheme for buying airline tickets. In all, Magnuson ordered Jorgensen to pay more than $1.7 million. Other groups benefiting from Jorgensen's ‘extraordinary restitution’ include the University of St. Thomas Law School and the Kingdom Oil Ethical Leadership Fund in Minneapolis for the promotion of business ethics. Each will receive $500,000.”
  •  “No idle hands for inmate laborers,” Star Tribune, April 9, 2005. “If industry coordinator Kevin Simondet gets his way, more work will flow through the workhouse's 35,000-square-foot factory, which caters to 24 manufacturing customers statewide. The workhouse gets only 10 percent of all the jobs it bids on. But if marketed correctly, the workhouse could be seen as a new frontier for domestic outsourcing while simultaneously helping inmates gain job skills, said Simondet, who recently hired the University of St. Thomas to develop a marketing plan.”
  • “They rise before dawn to touch history,” Star Tribune, April 9, 2005. “More than 30 students at the University of St. Thomas School of Divinity gathered shortly before 3 a.m. Friday to watch live coverage of Pope John Paul II's funeral from the Vatican on a projection TV.”
  • “Star Tribune 100: Minnesota 's largest companies,” Star Tribune, April 10, 2005. “Christopher Puto, dean of the University of St. Thomas College of Business, calls the technology-obsessed late 1990s a ‘disruption’ rather than a revolution. As mature companies absorbed new technology, productivity followed. ‘What we are seeing now is a return to what has been the real economy, and that bodes well for us,’ he said. ‘Value makes a difference, and these companies offer genuine value to the customer.’”
  • “College sports,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, April 10, 2005. “MIAC home run record tied: Cretin- Derham Hall graduate Nikki Conway of Mendota Heights tied the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference softball record for most career home runs when she hit her 26th during St. Thomas ' doubleheader sweep over Augsburg at the Auggies' Edor Nelson Field. The Tommies (18-5, 6-0), the defending NCAA Division III champions, won 8-0 and 11-0.
  • “Wisconsin monk might be a saint,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, April 10, 2005. “It's not clear how many people have been named saints. Don Briel, director of the University of St. Thomas-based Center for Catholic Studies, estimated the number at 3,000. Saints are significant to Catholics because of the lives they led and the positive powers they are believed to have. The Rev. Steven McMichael, a St. Thomas theology professor, compared it to the way many in society look to sports stars. ‘They are heroes, or role models. They are examples, someone we can model our lives, or guide our lives by,’ he said.”
  •  “Health care, hiring are high on list of concerns,” Star Tribune, April 11, 2005. “That more than one-third of responding companies question the viability of health care as most employees now know it reflects a ‘genuine and real sense of frustration,’ said Christopher Puto, dean of the University of St. Thomas College of Business. ‘There is a sense that nobody has a solution.’”