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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  • "Desperate calls from a sinking SUV," St. Paul Pioneer Press, April 15, 2008. " ' Visibility is at a minimum,' said [ Stillwater Fire Department diver Jonas] Werpy, 25, a senior at the University of St. Thomas who was on his first active rescue dive Sunday night. 'I really couldn't see in the car, so I had to go by feel.'"
  • "A year after Virginia Tech, campuses strive to be vigilant," Star Tribune, April 16, 2008. " Jane Canney, the vice president for student affairs at the University of St. Thomas, said faculty members there have been more interested in learning about warning signs in the wake of the Virginia Tech shootings. 'They're much more proactive now, rather than hoping it goes away,' Canney said."
  • "Three Minnesota Catholic leaders to attend papal speech," Star Tribune, April 17, 2008. "[Father Dennis] Dease said he hopes Pope Benedict uses the speech to recognize the contributions of those working in Catholic education, though some have speculated that the pope might chastise Catholic college and university presidents for allowing speakers and presentations on campuses that contradict Catholic teachings."
  • "Higher Ed For Sale: Buyer Beware," April 18, 2008. Here's a commentary that appeared on, the online presence of Forbes magazine. The writer cautions donors afforded "naming rights" by large donations to higher education institutions. He includes: "For $60 million, donors Lee (founder and CEO of APi Group) and Penny Anderson will have a new student center at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota named after them."
  • "Neighborhood House's new president is a familiar face," Star Tribune, April 19, 2008. "The new president of Neighborhood House, a haven for immigrants in St. Paul since 1897, is a familiar face. Armando Camacho, a Puerto Rican immigrant, spent time in programs at the settlement house on the West Side as a kid.   Camacho's starting date is set for May 19. … After two years at the University of St. Thomas, he transferred to St. Cloud State University to become a special-education teacher."
  • "Udeze reports a double dose of good news," Star Tribune, April 20, 2008. Minnesota Vikings defensive end Kenechi Udeze has leukemia. His brother, Thomas Barnes, is a "perfect match" for a bone transplant. " Like Udeze, Barnes grew up in Los Angeles but coincidentally attended St. Thomas University and graduated from law school at the University of Minnesota."
  • "St. Paul company competes in retraction market," Star Tribune, April 21, 2008. "Today, Omni-Tract devices are used in urological, orthopedic, and general surgeries. The company is owned by Steve LeVahn, son of the founder. Outside board members include George Heenan, a former Medtronic executive who is now chief executive of Excelsius Partners, a Bloomington-based business development company; Tom Gillam, an administrator in the Surgery Department at the University of Minnesota Medical School, and Mike Evers, a professor at the Opus College of Business at the University of St. Thomas."
  • " Minnesota companies stay upbeat," Star Tribune, April 21, 2008. "Jack Militello, professor of management at the University of St. Thomas, said he was not s
    urprised by the survey findings. 'When things are going poorly, that's the time to invest,' he said."
  • "Rebates are keeping dollars in town," Star Tribune, April 21, 2008. "Avinash Malshe, an assistant marketing professor at the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business, said the concept is 'well-suited for retailers in small towns that may be looking for ways to fight against the big retail chains like Wal-Mart and retain business within the local communities.'"
  • "Home and abroad, a uniformed ministry for Minn. chaplain," St. Paul Pioneer Press, April 22, 2008.   "After graduating from Benilde-St. Margaret's in St. Louis Park in 1975, [Father John Echert] enlisted in the Air Force at 18 and was stationed at Andrews Air Force Base in Washington, D.C., where he trained for four years in communications and electronics. He said a yearlong military mission on a remote mountaintop in Turkey made him realize he was ready to pursue the priesthood. He spent the next eight years studying in the seminary at the College of St. Thomas in St. Paul and at the St. Paul Seminary."
  • "Mover," St. Paul Pioneer Press, April 21, 2008. Alumna Kathleen Westerhaus, M.I.M., is vice president of resource development for Comunidades Latinas Unidas En Servicio — CLUES, St. Paul.
  • "Department store chain Von Maur wants more in Twin Cities," St. Paul Pioneer Press, April 21, 2008. "From a Twin Cities standpoint, it says this market is viable and flying in the face of the rest of the country," said David Brennan, co-director of the Institute for Retailing Excellence at the University of St. Thomas. "We have another Herberger's coming, Von Maur is looking and Nordstrom is committed to another store in this market."