UST in the News

UST in the news

Here's a roundup of recent St. Thomas mentions of interest in various media.

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  • “Cities get new police facility and a new chief to lead the force,” Star Tribune, Oct. 26, 2005. “[Circle Pines, Lexington and Centerville Police Chief Bob] Makela graduated from the University of Minnesota with a bachelor's degree in criminology and communication; from the University of St. Thomas with a master's degree in public safety education and administration, and from the FBI National Academy's 168th session.”
  • “New York's top lawyer champions enforcement,” Star Tribune, Oct. 26, 2005. “New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer … defended his vigorous enforcement of the rules of commerce in a speech Tuesday at the University of St. Thomas Law School in Minneapolis.”
  • “A manufacturing ‘recruitment challenge,’” Star Tribune, Oct. 26, 2005. “University of St. Thomas manufacturing Professor Fred Zimmerman said Minnesota is not unique in this regard. ‘We are in this with a lot of other states and countries’ that have well-educated and productive workforces. ‘It's not accurate to say that overseas plants are sweatshops. No, they are very, very well-equipped.’ The problem within the United States and Minnesota is that the largest job losses have come in some of the best-paying industries -- such as aircraft manufacturing -- while the largest job gains have been in the poorest-paying sectors, such as retail, Zimmerman said. Manufacturing accounted for 39 percent of the U.S. workforce in 1939 but now is just 10 percent of the total, he said.”
  • Dr. Doug Orzolek, Music Department, was interviewed about the status of music education in Minnesota by “A Balanced Breakfast” radio show hosts Ian and Margery Punnett, FM107, Oct. 24, 2005. Not available online, but show's Web site is  
  • Orzolek was interviewed on the same topic on KMSP-TV’s morning news show Oct. 26, 2005 . The interviews coincided with the Paul McCartney concert tour and the Music Lives Foundation. Not available online, but station’s Web site is
  • “UW-Madison tries to put kibosh on Halloween bash,” Star Tribune, Oct. 27, 2005. “Last year, 449 people were arrested over two nights. Most were charged with unlawful possession or consumption of alcohol. About one-third were charged with underage drinking and about one in 10 were nabbed for disorderly conduct. Roughly half of those arrested admitted attending a college; 76 institutions from all over the country were represented. Fifty-nine were from UW-Madison. Sixty-two were from Minnesota schools, including 20 from the Twin Cities campus, 10 from the university's Duluth campus, eight from Minnesota State University Mankato and seven from the University of St. Thomas.”
  • “Obituary: Chemist Alton Gasper was a Met Council pioneer/And as a member of the Airports Commission, he advocated moving the airport rather than enlarging it,” Star Tribune, Oct. 28, 2005. Gasper was a St. Thomas alumnus.
  • “Who Calls the Shots?” Business Officer, the magazine of the National Association of College and University Business Officers, October 2005. Dr. Michael Sullivan, the university’s chief investment officer and College of Business faculty member, is qu
  • “Hibbing wrongful-death lawsuit draws attention for the size of its award,” Star Tribune, Oct. 29, 2005. “ ‘This is a very large verdict, but Minnesota courts have always said that putting a value on the loss of a child is so difficult that it is peculiarly a task for the jury to undertake,’ said University of St. Thomas Law School Prof. Robert Vischer.”
  • “A question of faith: Where is religious outrage for the poor?” Star Tribune, Oct. 29, 2005. Rabbi Barry Cytron, director of the Jay Phillips Center for Jewish-Christian Learning at St. Thomas, is quoted.
  • “Tough love toward Wall Street,” Star Tribune, Oct. 30, 2005. “Eliot Spitzer has become one of the nation's leading consumer advocates, using his post as New York State attorney general to sue Wall Street brokerage firms, reform the mutual fund industry and expose some of the biggest corporate scandals of recent years. Spitzer, now a candidate for governor of New York, was in Minneapolis last week to speak at the University of St. Thomas Law School and the Center for Ethical Business Cultures.”
  • “Katherine Kersten: Lessons of a dress code go far beyond the NBA,” Star Tribune, Oct. 31, 2005. “Does it matter how basketball players dress? I asked a man with a unique perspective: John Buri of St. Paul. Buri, who coaches basketball at Trinity School in Bloomington (where my son played), is also a psychology professor at the University of St. Thomas.”
  • "Sports Tonight With Dark Star," WCCO Radio, Oct. 31, 2005. Dr. John Buri of the UST Psychology Department was interviewed about the topic of sports teams' dress. (Not available online.)
  • “Business Forum: The next Bill Gates might come from Uganda,” Star Tribune, Oct. 31, 2005. “Earlier this month, the University of St. Thomas took a major step toward boosting entrepreneurial education when it inaugurated the Schulze School of Entrepreneurship and opened its new facility at the College of Business in downtown Minneapolis. The new facility was made possible by a gift from Richard Schulze, the founder of Best Buy Co. It was appropriate that one of the speakers at the opening ceremony was Bill Gates, perhaps the world's best-known entrepreneur.”
  • See also: “Forever Young, Secrets to Longer, Better Life,” ABC-TV “Good Morning America,” Oct. 25, 2005. Buettner speaks with ABC's Charlie Gibson about the Blue Zones Expedition, his recent National Geographic Magazine article, and longevity. For the ABC video and to learn more about the expedition, go to
  • “Herberger's, Younkers stores sold to Penn. chain,” Star Tribune, Nov. 1, 2005. “ ‘Saks is probably relieved that it got out from under this,’ said David Brennan, a professor of marketing and co-director of the Institute for Retailing Excellence at the University of St. Thomas. ‘These stores were in second- and third-tier markets that, for the most part, weren't growing.’’
  • See also: “Herberger's is left intact,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, Nov. 1, 2005. “‘They ( Herberger's) did as well as they could expect,’ said Dave Brennan, co-director of the Institute for Retailing Excellence at the University of St. Thomas. As an operator of mid-tier department stores, Bon-Ton seemed better suited than Saks to run Herberger's and the four other chains, he said.”
  • Education briefs column, St. Paul Pioneer Press, Nov. 1, 2005. “Thomas R. Ryan of St. Paul has been named vice president of institutional advancement at the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity of the University of St. Thomas. Ryan, who comes to the seminary after 15 years with West St. Paul-based NET Ministries, will begin his new post Friday. … John R. Finnegan Jr. was recently named the new dean of the University of Minnesota School of Public Health as well as the university's public health officer for preparedness and emergency response. Finnegan has served as interim
    dean for the past year. He graduated from the College of St. Thomas (now the University of St. Thomas ) in 1972.”
  • “Catholics claim bias in coverage,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, Nov. 1, 2005. Quoted are St. Thomas faculty Dr. Mark Neuzil, Journalism Department, and Dr. Don Briel, director of the UST Center for Catholic Studies, and Monsignor Aloysius Callaghan, rector of the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity.