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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  • "Meltdown hobbles Minnesota colleges," St. Paul Pioneer Press, Oct. 1, 2008.   " News of the Short Term Fund's demise this week made Mike Sullivan, chief investment officer at the University of St. Thomas, feel like he had dodged a $40 million bullet."
  • See also: "Bank Freeze Leaves Hundreds of Colleges Cut Off From Short-Term Funds," Chronicle of Higher Education, Oct. 1, 2008. UST is not mentioned in this article, but it provides more detail and context for the local piece above.
  • "Twin Cities home prices near bottom?" Star Tribune, Oct. 1, 2008. "Tom Musil, director of the Shenehon Center for Real Estate at the University of St. Thomas, said that although those increases are a positive sign and cause for some optimism in light of what's happening in the broader markets, it's going to take several months of such increases before it's safe to call a bottom to the market."
  • "Real estate Q & A," Bellingham ( Wash.) Herald, Oct. 2, 2008. Here's a column by Dr. Thomas Musil, director of the Shenehon Center for Real Estate in the Opus College of Business at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis. "He has more than 25 years of experience in real estate as a broker, analyst, consultant and expert witness in real estate litigation and arbitration disputes." Musil's columns are distributed nationally by McClatchy News Service.
  • " Minnesota banks issue 20% fewer SBA loans," St. Paul Pioneer Press, Oct. 3, 2008. "Mike Ryan, director of the Small Business Development Center at the University of St. Thomas, said that from what he's seen, bankers are being more cautious in their lending. 'They don't say they're changing their practices, but they may be doing it without even realizing,' he said."
  • "Opinionette," St. Paul Pioneer Press, Oct. 3, 2008. The editorial writer comments, "We're exceedingly, maybe even excessively, proud of St. Paul's varied and outstanding institutions of higher learning. We are therefore pleased to chant a shout-out to the Rev. Dennis Dease, president of the University of St. Thomas, who has been chosen to receive the National Catholic Education Association's highest honor, the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Award. The award recognizes Dease's long work as an educator, and especially the transformative changes at St. Thomas under his leadership."
  • "Credit crunch leaves some Minnesota student loans in financial limbo," KARE-TV, Oct. 2, 2008.   "M arla Friederichs, University of St. Thomas Vice President for Admissions and Financial Aid, describes the situation as 'challenging.' Like most private colleges, UST had traditionally opted out of the government-based, Direct Student Loan program in favor of loans from the private sector." Text and video available at
  • Former renter has a bone to pick," The Record, Hackensack, N.J., and other sources, Oct. 5, 2008. Here's a syndicated column, distributed by McClatchy Newspapers, by Dr. Thomas Musil, director of the Shenehon Center for Real Estate Education in UST's Opus College of Business.
  • Barbara Flanagan column, Star Tribune, Oct. 6, 2008. The veteran social columnist writes, "Norman Larson, a retired professor at the University of St. Thomasand before that a fellow toiler on the old Minneapolis Tribune, sent along an explanation I've never heard. He said, 'My uncle, the late P.J. (Jack) Dusenka, is the original Jax. The story is that when he was having a sign made for his new restaurant on University Avenue NE., he'd save money by having fewer letters in it -- thus, Jax rather than Jacks.' Dusenka sold it to the Kozlak family and now they are celebrating their 75th year."
  • "Bridge building, Army style," Minnesota Legionnaire, October 2008. The World War II bridge-building experiences of Earl Hall, retired director of St. Thomas' Management Center, are shared in this publication of the Minnesota American Legion and Auxiliary. Patton's Fighting Bridge Builders, edited by Dr. Joseph Fitzharris of the UST College of Arts and Sciences' History Department, has a forward by Hall. The story will be online at later this month.
  • "West Elm plants itself in Edina," Star Tribune, Oct. 7, 2008. "It's a good bet that West Elm will be well positioned in this economy as buyers 'trade down' to more affordable retailers, said David Brennan of the Institute for Retail Excellence at the University of St. Thomas."