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UST in the news

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

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  • “McNerney gets kudos from investors, but critics decry focus on short term,” Star Tribune, July 1, 2005. “‘Sometimes it's easier to look good than be good,’ said Fred Zimmerman, professor of manufacturing at the University of St. Thomas.”
  • “Everyday Ethics: Rigged bids could mean bidding adieu,” Star Tribune, July 2, 2005. “This kind of misconduct may happen more frequently than it should, says Kenneth Goodpaster, holder of the Koch endowed chair in business ethics at the University of St. Thomas , but it is not the norm. Most companies do act ethically, either because they really have integrity, or simply out of prudence. ‘The fundamental ethical principle here is staying true to your explicit or implied commitments to other parties,’ says Goodpaster.”
  • “Secret society or a smarter solution?” Star Tribune, July 4, 2005. “Fred Zimmerman, engineering and technology management professor at the University of St. Thomas, doesn't think Six Sigma is all that special. ‘We've been pursuing quality since about the time of the Civil War,’ Zimmerman said. ‘We've called it many things. One of them is Six Sigma.’”
  • “O'Connor Leap Moved Women Up the Bench,” The New York Times, July 5, 2005. “When President Ronald Reagan decided to nominate Sandra Day O'Connor as the first woman ever to the Supreme Court in 1981, he did not have a lot of other women to choose from. The bench, one might say, was not deep. ‘The pool of well-credentialed women lawyers was minuscule at the time,’ said Patrick J. Schiltz, a law professor at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis who served as a law clerk for Justice Antonin Scalia. ‘They had to reach for O'Connor. She wasn't even on the high court in Arizona. She was on a middle-level appellate court. Has there been another nominee to the Supreme Court from a midlevel state appeals court?’”
  • “Boeing Pay Is a Match for Chief,” The New York Times, July 7, 2005. “Mr. McNerney had been 3M's chief since 2001 and previously held top positions at G.E., where he was a leading candidate to succeed John F. Welch Jr. He did not land that job but was picked up by 3M, where he increased profits and share price. ‘He brought some needed discipline over there,’ said Frederick M. Zimmerman, a professor of engineering and technology management at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, the city where 3M is based. ‘But some people have complained that he sacrificed the long term for the short term in ways that 3M'ers aren't used to.’”
  • “Local journalists rally to support reporters,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, July 6, 2005. “Getting journalists involved in the issue won't be easy, said Mark Neuzil, a former reporter who now teaches at the University of St. Thomas . ‘We're trained to be observers. The standards of neutrality and fairness are drilled into us,’ Neuzil said, adding that journalists need to change their thinking if they want a federal shield law to become a reality. ‘You have to get over that. It's kind of like teaching an old dog new tricks,’ he said.”
  • “Charley Walters,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, July 7, 2005. Sports columnist Walters notes, “College football's most-winning coach, John Gagliardi of St. John's, was flown by private jet from Sacramento, Calif., to famed Pebble Beach the other day. He spoke to a group of commercial real estate investors courtesy of former St. Thomas college linebacker Bill Palmer, a former Stillwater High star who has contributed significantly to St. Thomas' athletic facilities.”
  • “St. Thomas camp,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, July 8, 2005. “The University of St. Thomas will hold an instructional football camp stressing punting, place-kicking and long-snapping Saturday at O'Shaughnessy Stadium. The $100 fee includes a T-shirt and lunch, and the clinic runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The camp is run by Tom Feely Jr. and Tommies football coach Don Roney. Feely's son, Jay, is a place-kicker with the NFL's New York Giants.”
  • “On business: Investors love latest big deal by United,” Star Tribune, July 8, 2005. “Not everyone agrees that UnitedHealth does enough. Dave Durenberger, the former U.S. senator who now heads the National Institute of Health Policy at the University of St. Thomas, also sits on the Medicare payment advisory commission of 17 experts appointed by the U.S. comptroller general who advise Congress on Medicare financing.”
  • “Capital gains taxes perplex the owner of pair of homes,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, July 9, 2005 . Columnist Tom Hamilton, Ph.D., is associate professor at the Shenehon Center for Real Estate Education at the University of St. Thomas.
  • “Blaze hits 100-year-old nursery,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, July 9, 2005. “The Bailey family business is an institution in the nursery business. It has even served as a case study for classes at the University of Minnesota and the University of St. Thomas and because of its long-term successes in horticultural marketing and plant breeding, and because it presents some classic challenges of family business ownership.”
  • “Youth pastor gets 5 days in workhouse,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, July 9, 2005. “[Richard] Roque, who worked at a Waconia church, had accompanied the boy to a conference at the University of St. Thomas. According to a complaint filed in Ramsey County District Court, the teenager told his mother that the man had fondled him.”
  • “Small Business: Letting go can be hardest job,” Star Tribune, July 11, 2005. “Jack Militello, a professor at the University of St. Thomas College of Business, said handing off day-to-day management of Visual Packaging ‘will be hard on both Mr. Thornby and the new manager.’ Militello, whose research specialties are organizational transitions and strategic leadership, asked: ‘What entrepreneur has ever happily given up management control of his or her business?’”
  • “Former headmaster to lead Nova,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, July 14, 2005. John Greving “was headmaster at St. Thomas Academy in Mendota Heights from 1989 to 2001 and has worked as a consultant to the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and as an adjunct professor at the University of St. Thomas.”
  • “Ikea: one year later,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, July 14, 2005. “Even with population growth on the horizon, some Twin Cities' furniture retailers have responded to Ikea by repositioning their business, including getting into more upscale products, said Dave Brennan, co-director of the Institute for Retailing Excellence at the University of St. Thomas.”
  • “Best bets for July 14-20,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, July 14, 2005. “July 17: Unless you're a devotee of Indian music, the name Rashid Khan probably isn't on your iPod playlist. But the Indian Music Society of Minnesota insists Khan is among the torchbearers of Hindustani vocal music. His style is marked by free-form improvisation, polyrhythmic play and blistering, complex vocal runs called taans, all blended into the melodic ragas that form the heart of Indian classical music. Supporting Khan in this concert are tabla player Anand Gopal Bandopadhyay and Jyoti Goho on the harmonium. 5 p.m.; OEC Auditorium, University of St. Thomas, Summit and Cretin avenues, St. Paul; $17-$12; 651-698-0774.”
  • “Charley Walters,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, July 15, 2005. Sports columnist Walters writes, “John Tschida, who coached the University of St. Thomas to consecutive national women's softball championships, said it is a shame the sport has been dropped for the 2012 Olympics. ‘I believe it's the last true women's Olympic team sport,’ Tschida said. ‘It's a sad thing, because that's how the great college players get an opportunity to play after college, and by playing in the Olympics, they get lots of attention and benefits such as endorsements.’ Tschida estimates that the average U.S. Olympic softball player probably earns $70,000 a year from endorsements and speaking opportunities. A perception that softball doesn't have enough global participation might have been part of the reason for the sport's elimination from the Olympics. Tschida, 37, who also coached St. Mary's Uni
    versity to a national women's softball title, will do his part to increase global awareness in December, when he will speak at clinics in Prague, Beijing (site of the 2008 Olympics) and Malaysia. ‘The 2008 Olympics will have softball, and I think it will come back. But it will be eight years from then,’ Tschida said.”