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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  • “Hope for the holidays; Energy prices are wild card as retailers await seasonal shopping splurge,” Worcester (Mass.) Telegram and Gazette, Nov. 20, 2005. “University of St. Thomas professor David Brennan has been surveying consumers in Minnesota, a market less volatile than the nation's coasts, for four years. This year they are glum, he said. ‘I think if you look at it comparable to any of the previous years, it's going to be a gloomy year, and there's a disproportionate percentage of people who say they're going to spend less,’ Mr. Brennan said.” Available to subscribers at or via Lexis-Nexis (library database) at
  • “Shoppers not buying less but not buying more,” Minnesota Public Radio, Nov. 25, 2005. “A recent forecast by the University of St. Thomas predicted sales in the Twin Cities would be down this year by about six percent. The forecast said lower income households were more likely to cut their holiday spending because of higher prices for gasoline and home heating fuel.”
  • “Gay marriage ban proposal prompts marathon debate,” The Daily Cardinal (University of Wisconsin), Nov. 30, 2005. “Teresa Collett, law professor at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota, testified in favor of the resolution. Collett said children flourish when raised by heterosexual married couples and went on to stress the importance of the resolution going to a ballot.”
  • “College sports,” Star Tribune, Nov. 30, 2005. “Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference basketball teams begin conference play tonight. In men's games, St. Thomas, the favorite in the coaches' preseason poll, plays host to Carleton, which was No. 3 in the preseason poll. The Tommies, who have four starters returning from last year's 17-9 team, are 1-1 this season.”
  • “Rybak picks Somali man for Library Board: Minneapolis mayor's move might make Hussein Samatar the highest-ranking Somali-born public official in the nation,” Star Tribune, Nov. 30, 2005. “[Hussein] Samatar, 37, has a degree in economics from the Somali National University, where he was taught in Italian. Since coming to the United States, he also has earned an MBA from the University of St. Thomas.”
  • “Bernard Szymczak taught Latin in Anoka: Passionate for all things Polish, the high school teacher found a fitting way to honor his brother who was killed in World War II,” Star Tribune, Nov. 30, 2005.  “A graduate of what was then called the College of St. Thomas in St. Paul, he earned a master's degree from the University of Minnesota.”
  • “Big money brings little changes to Minnesota schools,” Star Tribune, Nov. 30, 2005. “‘At this point, I guess I would summarize that in the past five years there have been cuts in this program and that program in terms of what my son can take,’ said Teresa Rothausen-Vange, parent of a student at Minneapolis' Washburn High and a professor of management at the University of St. Thomas. ‘A little bit of money in the eleventh hour is not going to turn around a trend over the four years my son has been at Washburn.’”
  • “Should we call it a ‘holiday tree?’” Minnesota Public Radio, Nov. 30, 2005. St. Thomas law professor Tom Berg was among guests pondering the question. If you’d like to listen to the segment, check the show’s archive at
  • “Are seminary doors closing for homosexuals?” The Catholic Spirit, Dec. 1, 2005. “Father Tom Wilson, St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocesan Vocation Office director, said that after skimming through the document, the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity on the University of St. Thomas’ St. Paul campus won’t change a thing.”
  • “Names in the news,” The Catholic Spirit, Dec. 1, 2005. “Thomas 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 had been the director of development for NET Ministries since 1993, began his new post Nov. 4. Ryan and his family are members of St. Michael in West St. Paul.”
  • “Researcher Sister Katarina Schuth discusses seminary life issues,” The Catholic Spirit, Dec. 1, 2005. “Franciscan Sister Katarina Schuth has been studying seminaries and seminary life for more than 20 years and is regarded as one of the foremost experts on Catholic theological education in the United States. A professor at the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity of the University of St. Thomas, she also teaches undergraduate courses at St. Thomas on the sociology of religion.&rdqu
  • “First lay person named to serve as archdiocesan religious life liaison,” The Catholic Spirit, Dec. 1, 2005. “After receiving a degree in Catholic Studies from the University of St. Thomas, Roufs served a year with St. Paul’s Outreach, an evangelistic and catechetical lay ministry that serves university students and young adults.”
  • “Ford plant among those likely to close in 2006,” KARE-TV, Dec. 2, 2005. “Fred Zimmerman, a professor of manufacturing systems engineering at the University of St. Thomas, said Minnesota could end up losing the Ford plant because it hasn't spent money to keep it here – and he saw that as a failing in the state's dealings with other manufacturers, too.”
  • “Editorial: Jerry Christenson, teacher above all,” Star Tribune, Dec. 2, 2005. “At the University of St. Thomas, he founded a pioneering program to train teachers to become community college faculty members.”
  • “College football,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, Dec. 2, 2005. “The University of St. Thomas placed three players on the 2005 ESPN The Magazine academic All-America college division football team. Tommies defensive lineman Ben Kessler, a business and philosophy major with a 4.00 grade-point average, earned first-team honors. Wide receiver P.J. Theisen (3.89, business) and linebacker Andrew Ubbelohde (3.81, sociology/criminal justice) made the second team.”
  • “Letter Advises Against Gay Seminary Teachers; Experts Split on How It Will Affect Priests,” The Washington Post, Dec. 2, 2005. “Because priests who teach in seminaries are frequently transferred to serve in parishes and vice versa, ‘it could be implemented gradually, without anybody knowing’ for certain why a clergyman was moved, said Sister Katarina Schuth, a professor at University of St. Thomas in Minnesota who is a leading researcher on Catholic seminaries.”
  • “Ford plant's strengths may not save it,” Star Tribune, Dec. 3, 2005. “Fred Zimmerman, manufacturing expert at the University of St. Thomas, said the risks to the Ford plant should come as no surprise inside or outside the factory.”
  • “Best Buy founder gives Mayo $48.9 million,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, Dec. 3, 2005. “On Friday, [UST trustee and Best Buy Co. Inc. founder Richard] Schulze's family foundation gave the Minnesota-based Mayo Clinic $48.9 million — an amount among its largest contributions — to fight mesothelioma and other cancers that do not receive the attention and research funding of better-known cancers.”
  • “Report of plant closing lights a fire under Ford talks,” Star Tribune, Dec. 4, 2005. “Fred Zimmerman, professor of manufacturing at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, said he's sure the Ford plant will be closed if the state doesn't persuade the company to remain.”
  • “Classical music calendar,” Star Tribune, Dec. 4, 2005. Included in the calendar was “ MAGNUM CHORUM: 2:30 p.m. next Sun. $9-$21. Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas, University of St. Thomas, 2115 Summit Ave., St. Paul. 612-924-4111.”
  • “College hockey,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, Dec. 4, 2005. “St. Thomas 3, St. Olaf 1: Brandon Wilcox scored with 8:13 remaining to break a 1-1 tie, and host St. Thomas (6-3, 4-0) added an empty-net goal for a Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference victory over St. Olaf (2-5-1, 1-3).”
  • “Real Estate: In search of a master plan,” Star Tribune, Dec. 5, 2005. “Tom Musil, director of the real estate department at the University of St. Thomas, agrees. ‘Cities are looking for ways to optimize both their aesthetics and infrastructure with unified development plans,’ he said.”
  • “Pawlenty's Ford talks may focus on fuel,” Star Tribune, Dec. 6, 2005. This story, which also appeared on the Associated Press wire, concludes, “Fred Zimmerman, manufacturing expert at the Un
    iversity of St. Thomas, said he doubts ethanol research will alter Ford's plans. ‘I'm fearful it's the kind of thing you can't do at the last minute,’ Zimmerman said. ‘Especially, trying with exotic technologies like alternative fuels and hybrids. I'm not sure there's enough time.’”
  • “Education briefs,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, Dec. 6, 2005. “Andrew Ubbelohde, a midshipman of the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps' Twin Cities Unit at the University of Minnesota, is one of 11 midshipmen from a nationwide pool of more than 4,500 selected for the Olmsted overseas travel program. Ubbelohde, from Red Wing, Minn., is a senior at the University of St. Thomas. The Olmsted Foundation provides annual grants for travel to enhance development of future military leaders by letting young officers and officer candidates study in foreign cultures.”
  • “Single rating method urged for tiered health plans,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, Dec. 6, 2005. “[Peggy O'Kane, president of the National Committee for Quality Assurance in Washington D.C. ] was among the speakers at the forum held in Minneapolis by the University of St. Thomas' National Institute of Health Policy.”
  • “Smoking ban fears prove unfounded,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, Dec. 6, 2005. “Ahmed Abdelaal, an adjunct marketing professor at the University of St. Thomas, said the numbers mirror what's happened in other cities with smoking bans. ‘I'm not surprised,’ Abdelaal said. ‘If we take New York as a model, it did not affect sales.’”