UST in the News

UST in the news

Here's a roundup of recent St. Thomas mentions of interest in various media. Read the stories by clicking on the links. Links do expire and change as papers move stories to “archive” status, and if links have expired, you're welcome to purchase access to the stories or use a search engine such as Lexis Nexis, available on the UST Libraries' Web site. In some cases, you’ll need to register on the publication’s Web site in order to access full text.

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  • "Survival instinct: The restructuring of Macy's streamlines operations, but will it be enough to save the retailer's effort to create a national brand?" Star Tribune, Feb. 7, 2008. "'It hasn't gained traction in the formerly May stores, particularly the former Marshall Field's stores,' said David Brennan, head of the Center for Retailing Excellence at the University of St. Thomas. 'With the horrendous holiday shopping period, it was really the death knell to the regional headquarters.'"
  • "Macy's cuts 950 jobs," Minnesota Public Radio, Feb. 7, 2008. "'Traditional department stores are out of sync with consumers in the 21st century,' explained University of St. Thomas retailing expert Dave Brennan.  Brennan said old-line department stores haven't learned out how to align themselves with most consumers' wallets, tastes or lifestyles. Brennan noted Macy's has failed to hang on to many former Marashall Field's and Dayton's shoppers. He said many shoppers feel Macy's just isn't as good as the stores it replaced. 'The Macy's name and merchandising have not gained traction. Sales have been below normal,'he said. "
  • "Macy's plans consolidation; 950 MN jobs affected," Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal, Feb. 6, 2008. "Minnesota shoppers have never really embraced Macy's, said Dave Brennan, co-director of the Institute for Retailing Excellence at the University of St. Thomas. 'Macy's hasn't gained traction in terms of name or merchandise. ... We're a year and a half into this [rebranding] and they still haven't connected with local customers.'"
  • "Allina's new CPR device saves first victim," Fox 9 News, Feb. 7, 2008. And a St. Thomas employee got to the victim first: John Barron, director of UST's Service Center, recently used CPR to keep a heart attack victim alive while waiting for paramedics to arrive. While UST isn't mentioned in this story, it turns out there's more than one university connection here. It's one of those "Six Degrees of Separation" stories: The man's wife used to work at St. Thomas and Barron brushed up on his CPR training here.   Also interviewed for the story was Dr. Charles Lick, medical director of Allina Medical Transportation; he was Barron's wife's neighbor for many years.  (And Barron's wife, by the way, also works at St. Thomas: she's Liz Dussol in Academic Advising.) And Barron grew up with John Passolt, brother of Fox 9 anchor Jeff Passolt. "Don't you just love the Twin Cities?" Barron says.
  • "As foreclosures rise, so does help," Star Tribune, Feb. 9, 2008. "But lenders have reason to be cautious about what customers they help and what borrowers to put into foreclosures, said Dave Vang, a real estate professor at the University of St. Thomas. In Vang's view, the risk for lenders, as word spreads of mortgage rates being frozen and other terms being eased for some customers, is that other homeowners will seek credit help even if they can afford to keep up mortgage payments."
  • "Developing your leadership potential," Star Tribune, Feb. 10, 2008. "As her career unfolded, [nurse Cathy] Barr went back to school and completed an MBA at the University of St. Thomas. 'I love the business aspects of healthcare, and I wanted to learn from people in other industries,' she says. This month Barr, who has served as vice president of HealthEast Community Based Services since 2007, became CEO of Bethesda Hospital … ."
  • "Store closings not in Macy's plans – yet," Star Tribune, Feb. 10, 2008. "Some, such as David Brennan of the Center for Retailing Excellence at the University of St. Thomas, are skeptical, saying that Macy's already has failed to captivate the former Marshall Field's loyalists."
  • "Today's spotlight: Scott Read," Star Tribune, Feb. 11, 2008. Read, principal in the analytic and forensic technology consulting practice of Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP, is a St. Thomas alumnus.
  • "Neal St. Anthony: Rebate might be boost now, but we'll pay for it later," Star Tribune, Feb. 12, 2008. "As Fred Zimmerman, the retired industrialist and University of St. Thomas business professor said in Monday's business section, baby boomers like me are goin
    g to have to suck it up and work and pay taxes into our 70s. We're going to have to delay the entitlements or we'll bury our kids with debt."
  • "Happy marriages rely on little rituals," St. Paul Pioneer Press, Feb. 12, 2008. Here's a story about Dr. Carol Bruess' new book, What Happy Couples Do.