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

  • "Should spiritual space be mortgaged?" USA Today, March 20, 2009. "Valerie Munson, an expert on church property law at the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis, told Burke that that oldline Protestant denominations saw their sanctuaries as sacred spaces that should not be mortgaged."
  • "Assignment: Dome area site," Star Tribune, March 23, 2009. " A downtown Minneapolis site that could be at the heart of a Vikings stadium redevelopment will be the focus of a competition that challenges college students to analyze and develop projects. … Teams from the University of Minnesota, University of St. Thomas, St. Cloud State University, Marquette University, University of Wisconsin-Madison and University of Northern Iowa will present their development proposals at a NAIOP meeting next month."
  • "A generation on the sidelines: Why Minnesota kids are leaving school sports behind," St. Paul Pioneer Press, March 23, 2009. "The watershed for most young athletes comes at age 14, said John Tauer, a University of St. Thomas psychology professor who researches motivation in sports."
  • "Indulgences: What's old is new again," Star Tribune, March 24, 2009. "'We're seeing a resurgence in the interest of traditional piety, especially among the young,' said the Rev. John Paul Erickson, director of the Archdiocese's Office of Worship. At the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, student after student confirmed Erickson's view. In fact, junior Sarah Legatt not only knew about them, but she was also able to offer an explanation of the difference between an indulgence and a confession that was as succinct as anything offered by a priest. 'I think of it as a chalkboard,' she said. 'A confession is like erasing the board, which always leaves a little chalk dust behind. An indulgence is like washing it with a wet rag.'"
  • "St. Bernard's will close elementary, add IB at high school," Star Tribune, March 24, 2009. "The University of St. Thomas's School of Education will help St. Bernard develop and adapt the IB program, the archdiocese said."
  • "A generation on the sidelines: To revive participation in school sports, let kids be kids," St. Paul Pioneer Press, March 25, 2009. " John Tauer, a University of St. Thomas psychology
    professor who researches motivation in sports, said children who see sports as fun will continue to play and improve their skills. 'The child develops a passion and focuses on being a better person,' Tauer said. 'You want him to say, 'I can't wait to go to practice tomorrow.' "
  • " Salisbury Softball Cracks Top 25," WBOC-TV (Salisbury, Md.), March 26, 2009. " The National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division III poll was released on March 25 … . University of Texas-Tyler (19-1) jumped from No. 3 to No. 1 in this week's poll as it received eight first-place votes and 200 points. Louisiana College (15-4) remains at No. 2 after collecting 191 points. University of St. Thomas (7-1) moved up in the polls from No. 4 to No. 3 with 176 points. Emory University (23-5) and University of Washington- St. Louis (13-4) round of the top five with 156 and 153 points, respectively."
  • "When the bank forecloses your church," Jewish Journal, March 25, 2009. "While mainline Protestant churches have been losing members for years, they don't have these bankruptcy problems. There are two reasons for that, said Valerie Munson, an expert on church property law at the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis. Theologically, when mainline Protestants (your Lutherans, Presbyterians, Methodists and other WASPy types) open a chapel or sanctuary, they symbolically give it to God. 'To them, the space itself is dedicated to God and holy,' Munson said. 'To place a mortgage on the property—to give a secular bank a business interest in the property—is contrary to that holy purpose to them. It is giving to someone else part of what you have given to God.' In contrast, evangelicals don't think about their relationship to God in terms of space itself being dedicated to the Almighty, Munson said. 'They are more likely to think in terms of their worship and their mission—if mortgaging a building will serve their mission (how they are using their lives for God) then they are living faithfully.'"
  • "Durwin Long: More education, more prosperity," St. Paul Pioneer Press, March 26, 2009. The columnist, assistant dean for executive and professional development at UST's Opus College of Business, writes, "At the University of St. Thomas, for instance, the Opus College of Business serves more than 3,000 working professionals each year through more than 200 professional-development and executive-education programs designed to build learners' business acumen and leadership capacity. To respond to growing demand during these challenging times, St. Thomas is scheduling more timely nondegree and certificate programs in order to help more Minnesotans remain competitive in their current jobs or gain new knowledge and skills for a new career."
  • "Tennis event also serves as economic engine in Beaufort County," Beaufort (Hilton Head, S.C.) Gazette, March 25, 2009. "Since the late 1980s, coach Terry Peck of the University of St. Thomas regularly has led teams
    from his school in St. Paul, Minn., to the event. He estimates his groups of 35 to 40 spend more per person than typical families of tourists. While here, the players and their entourages buy everything from tennis balls to bug spray. They also go out at night. Peck said one former player moved to Hilton Head to become a teacher, and another returned to get married with the help of a local planner. Peck even is considering moving to the area to teach tennis after he leaves college coaching. 'I most likely will be coming back here,' he said."
  • "Marsh named to the All-West Region team," Oshkosh (Wis.) Northwestern, March 25, 2009. " University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh forward D.J. Marsh has been announced by the National Association of Basketball Coaches as a member of its 2009 NCAA Division III All-West Region men's basketball team. Marsh was one of six players named to the first team, with the others being center Jeff Skemp of UW-Platteville, forward Jason Foster of the University of Puget Sound (Wash.) and guards Myles McKay of UW-Whitewater, Joe Scott of the University of St. Thomas (Minn.) and Andre Wagner of Buena Vista University (Iowa). Skemp was chosen as the region's Player of the Year."
  • "Fargo readies for record flooding," USA Today, March 26, 2009. "Jessica Barnhart, 25, a law student at University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, returned home on her spring break to catch up on homework. Instead, she has spent three days filling and heaving sandbags. 'People are optimistic,'   she said. 'The weather threw us for a loop but people here are willing to work hard and do whatever we need to do.'"
  • "St. Bernard's high school to reconfigure curriculum, grade school to close," The Catholic Spirit, March 23, 2009. " The high school's Catholic IB program will get support from the University of St. Thomas School of Education and its interim dean, Bruce Kramer, who helped establish an IB program in Cairo, Egypt, and was principal of the IB school in Bangkok, Thailand."
  • "Lachey to talk at local campus," St. Paul Pioneer Press, March 30, 2009. "The University of St. Thomas is getting a dose of fancy foot work on Tuesday with a visit from Season 2 'Dancing With the Stars' champ Drew Lachey."