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.

The list below is by no means exhaustive.   If you see a story about St. Thomas and would like us to include mention of it, be sure to drop us a note at

  • "Holabird & Root cuts staff in half," Rochester ( Minn.) Post-Bulletin, Feb. 6, 2009. "Holabird & Root is a 129-year-old Chicago firm that is known for designing many of the Windy City's prominent buildings, such as the Tribune Tower. It also designed the science buildings at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul and St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn."
  • "Relationships: Love in a fishbowl," Star Tribune, Feb. 6, 2009. "'[The Obamas] seem to have a good handle on this,' said Carol Bruess, director of family studies and associate professor of communication and journalism at the University of St. Thomas. 'No matter their address, they put their marriage and family first.' Bruess, who has been 'following and reading everything' about the Obamas' marriage, likes what she sees. 'There is no one model for a happy marriage,' said Bruess, married for 17 years and co-author of What Happy Couples Do: The Loving Little Rituals of Romance (Fairview Press, 2008). 'But from what we know about them, I do think they appear to be egalitarian. I think that's why they are so happy. When they speak of one another, there is this deeply embedded respect for each other, an adoration.'"
  • "3M chief sees better economy by second half," Star Tribune, Feb. 6, 2009. "It's not quite Armageddon yet," George Buckley told business leaders at a University of St. Thomas  event in Minneapolis. Buckley, who analyzed recessions over the past 100 years for his presentation, forecast that the U.S. economy will continue to deteriorate and contract for the first half of this year."
  • "Tough economy means more companies asking workers to take furloughs," KARE-TV, Feb. 7, 2009. "Professor Mick Sheppeck at the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business says furloughs can work well for smaller companies looking to save short-term cash and larger companies using it as one of several cost-cutting tools."
  • "Macy's finds local angle paying off," Star Tribune, Feb. 7, 2009. " Marketing professor David Brennan of the Center for Retailing Excellence at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul is skeptical that the My Macy's effort will be able to deliver. 'They're trying to do this localization thing, but it's going to be very difficult,' he said."
  • "Ask the expert: Where should nonprofits look for donations in downturn?" Star Tribune, Feb. 8, 2009. Here's the weekly business question-and-answer column featuring experts from St. Thomas' Opus College of Business.
  • "Home price cuts run deep: how does $350,000 off sound?" St. Paul Pioneer Press, Feb. 8, 2009. "To George Karvel, a professor of real estate at the University of St. Thomas, the price cuts illustrate how sellers are attempting to find the equilibrium price in a down market. Too many sellers are chasing too few buyers, Karvel said. A seller who must make a deal quickly — an owner-occupant, for example, who must move for work reasons, or a bank that must reduce its inventory of foreclosed homes — is taking lumps in order to liquidate assets, Karvel said."  
  • "Savvy Shopper: Here's why the Galleria can thumb its upturned nose at these tough times," St. Paul Pioneer Press, Feb. 8, 2009. "They don't allow themselves to get stagnant,' says David Brennan, co-director of the Institute for Retailing Excellence at the University of St. Thomas. 'They're out in front in terms of looking at how the market is changing and looking for new up-and-coming retailers.'"
  • "Creative Lighting: To a bright future," Star Tribune, Feb. 9, 2009. "The expert says: Carmina Cavazos, assistant professor of marketing at the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business, said this is a good time for Creative Lighting to launch its website."
  • "Colleges wonder if class of 2013 will show up," Star Tribune, Feb. 9, 2009. "University of St. Thomas applications are up – but at about half the rate of last year's 3 percent rise, said Marla Friederichs, associate vice president of admissions and financial aid."
  • "Catechetical institute accepting new applicants," The Catholic Spirit (Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis), Feb. 10, 2009. "Msgr. Aloysius Callaghan, rector of the St. Paul Seminary, is pleased that the first session of the Arch­bishop Harry J. Flynn Cate­che­ti­cal Institute has already helped students to be­come stronger in their faith and their desire to share that faith."
  • "Ups and downs of a city and a hero," Zenit News Service, Feb. 12, 2009. The writer of this article, Elizabeth Lev, teaches Christian art and architecture at Duquesne University's Italian campus and at the University of St. Thomas Catholic Studies program in Rome.   Zenit is a news agency specializing in coverage of the pope, the Vatican and events of interest to the Catholic Church.
  • "Foreclosure sales drive prices down," St. Paul Pioneer Press, Feb. 12, 2009. " For homeowners with no need to sell in the next two or three years, the latest numbers should not be worrisome, said George Karvel, a professor of real estate at the University of St. Thomas."
  • "Editorial: A special donation for U, Minnesota," Star Tribune, Feb. 13, 2009. An editorialist writes, "It borders on the routine. Several times a year a wealthy benefactor appears at a news conference to announce a multimillion-dollar gift to the University of Minnesota, the University of St. Thomas or one of the area's other fine institutions of higher learning … . "
  • "Will shopaholic's 'confessions' help others kick the addiction?" St. Paul Pioneer Press, Feb. 13, 2009. "Groceries are the only goods University of St. Thomas junior Amada Louiselle said she's shopped for lately. Well, she did buy a zip-up sweatshirt the other day, but it was only $30 — marked down from $100. The 21-year-old works at MOA store Gilly Hicks. 'It's so hard not to buy when you're working there,' she said. 'We had a huge sale.'"
  • "Returns too good to be true – again," Star Tribune, Feb. 14, 2009. "Hank Shea, a former assistant U.S. attorney for Minnesota and fellow at the Holloran Center for Ethical Leadership in the Professions at the University of St. Thomas law school."
  • "Minnesota panel: Draw jobs by raising sales, cig taxes," LaCrosse Tribune and at least 24 other sources, Feb. 14, 2009.  According to this story distributed by Associated Press, "Panel member John Spry, a business professor at the University of St. Thomas, said business taxes are inefficient and ultimately paid by consumers. He said consumers would be helped more by a healthy business climate than by keeping sales and cigarette taxes where they are now."
  • "Mortgage loan modification program still iffy," Belleville (Ill.) News-Democrat and at least seven other sources, Feb. 14, 2009. Here's a syndicated column by Thomas Musil, director of the Shenehon Center for Real Estate in the Opus College of Business.
  • "Outlook is looking good at Juut," Star Tribune, Feb. 15, 2009. " The expert says: Lisa Abendroth, assistant professor of marketing at the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business, said bringing in new customers during a recession is an interesting question facing a premium salon like Juut."
  • "Pitt to host 'insider's' view of public corruption," Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Feb. 16, 2009. "The event … will feature Richard Juliano, deputy chief of staff to former Illinois governor George Ryan, and Hank Shea, a former assistant U.S. attorney and a senior distinguished fellow at the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis."
  • "Shifting the burden," St. Paul Legal Ledger, Feb. 16, 2009. "John Spry, a University of St. Thomas economics professor and member of the commission, said that the state's 'relatively high personal income tax rate' is a concern for businesses. 'It's going to be more helpful to the economy to raise revenue through base expansion rather than expanding rates,' Spry said."