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

  • " The Most Portable Biodiesel Processor In The World," WCCO-TV, May 19, 2009. The work of UST engineering students is highlighted here. WCCO's Don Shelby reports, "It's revolutionary technology and one step closer to energy independence. It's a new way to make biodiesel fuel that was invented right here in Minnesota. But now that technology has 'gone up a notch' through the work of college students."
  • " Frank Gehry's Winton Guest House hits the road," KARE-TV, May 21, 2009. "The famous Winton guest house was designed by architect Frank Gehry and is on the move. Once Time magazine's 'House of the Year,' the structure has been donated to the University of St. Thomas. In a painfully slow process, part of the guest house is headed downhill on a trailer bed. 'It barely moves,' laughed Dr. Victoria Young of the University of St. Thomas.
  • "Take KARE of your money: Free food," KARE-TV, May 21, 2009. "There is the old question: Which came first, the chicken or the egg? University of St. Thomas marketing professor David Brennan can argue that, in this case, it was the egg. 'You get egg on your face when you say that you're going to do this or you make it difficult to do it and then you retract it.' Brennan says giving rain checks instead of lunch may have left a 'fowl' taste. 'And that's probably better not to do at all, rather than to go into it and then withdraw. So, they had really not planned very well at all.' "
  • "Unwanted paint is their raw material," Star Tribune, May 24, 2009. "The experts say … Alec Johnson, assistant professor of entrepreneurship at the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business, said Amazon has been smart to focus on contractors in establishing a market for its recycled paint."
  • "Law and a new world order," St. Paul Pioneer PRess, May 24, 2009. "For his part, [Timothy] Brovold, 30, turned to law to transition away from his job as a football coach for a Division III school in Wisconsin. At one time he was serious about coaching, earning a master's degree in sports administration. But the job wasn't as glamorous as he thought, with low pay and a lot of moving around as a team's fortunes ebb and flow. 'I saw a law degree as a means to a more stable future.' Now he's a spring graduate of the University of St. Thomas School of Law. He looked for jobs in small and mid-sized firms not only in the Twin Cities but in smaller cities, such as St. Cloud and Eau Claire and LaCrosse, Wis. He is considering a position selling life insurance. His plans, as he puts it, have 'hit a road bump.'"
  • "Oshkosh wins in Marietta," Marietta (Ohio) Times, May 25, 2009. "Every little bit helped the Titans edge defending champion McMurry College of Abilene, Texas, 46-40, with the University of St. Thomas (Minn.) placing third with 39 points. St. Thomas picked up 20 points alone by winning the 4x100 and 4x400 relays."
  • "Grad makes volunteering a lifestyle," Minot (N.D.) Daily News, May 25, 2009. "Matt Charley will attend the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn., this fall and is interested in majoring in philosophy, theology or music. He think
    s he'd like to become a college professor."
  • " Attorney traces federal conscience-clause protection to Roe decision," Archdiocese of Atlanta (Ga.) Bulletin, May 26, 2009. According to this report from the Catholic News Service, "'Signs of erosion' of support for federal conscience-clause protection began to appear about 10 years ago and have continued at the state level, attorney Susan J. Stabile told a group of Catholic health care leaders May 21. … Stabile, who holds the Robert and Marion Short distinguished chair in law at the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis, spoke on "Legal Challenges to Catholic Health Care: The Elimination of the Conscience Clause and Related Concerns." She delivered the address during the 25th Catholic Healthcare Administrative Personnel program May 18-22 at St. John's University in New York."
  • "Grim jobs outlook for new college grads," Minnesota Public Radio, May 26, 2009. "Lauren Weber, 22, a new University of St. Thomas grad, found out just how competitive the market can get for internships. She recently applied for an internship at a Twin Cities advertising agency. She was not alone. 'I was one of 600-plus that applied for two positions,' Weber said. 'Of that they interviewed 50, and of that they only took two.' Weber wasn't one of the two hired.  She doubts she'll find a job in her field anytime soon. She's got a backup plan, though. Weber runs her own photography business. She says snapping images of brides and grooms will keep her busy through the summer. In fact Weber is considering turning her part-time business into a full-time career."
  • "Tax credit for first-time homebuyers stimulating real estate market," Minnesota Public Radio, May 26, 2009. "But University of St. Thomas real estate expert Tom Hamilton said the numbers justify a sense of optimism. Hamilton said stability appears to be slowly returning to the Twin Cities housing market. He said it is impossible to determine just how big of a role the tax credit is playing. 'The fact that we're having an increase in sales, a decrease in the supply and if prices start to stabilize, possibly even start to tick up, we could say part of that was attributable [to the tax credit], but how much we just don't know,' Hamilton said."
  • "Ash borer may eat money with trees," Star Tribune, May 26, 2009. "Real estate sellers and analysts generally said that the loss of shade trees doesn't have a significant impact on residential home values. University of St. Thomas real estate Prof. George Karvel noted that property values remained strong in many neighborhoods devastated by Dutch elm disease."
  • "Durenberger's keen insight," Star Tribune, May 26, 2009. Columnist Lori Sturdevant writes, " Former Republican U.S. Sen. Dave Durenberger, who will celebrate his 75th birthday this summer, is playing well the role of insightful elder statesman. His periodic e-newsletters from the National Institute of Health Policy, based at the University of St. Thomas, are always a good read … ."
  • "Developer banks on location for new project success," KARE-TV, May 27, 2009. " KARE11 also spoke with Tom Musil, a real estate expert in the business school at the University of St. Thomas. He says vacancy rates are driven by tenants' ability to sell. That's tough when people are spending less. Musil says we're seeing a lot of building owners offer tenants incentives, reduced rent in some cases, to stick around."
  • "Home sales encourage consumer spending," Minnesota Public Radio, May 27, 2009. "University of St. Thomas Professor of Real Estate Tom Hamilton said increased home sales will trigger more consumer spending which, he said, is exactly what the economy needs. 'You've got to realize two-thirds plus of our gross domestic product is consumer spending,'Hamilton said."

 On the road to the Tommies' 2009 baseball championship

  • Charley Walters' column, St. Paul Pioneer Press, May 20, 2009. The sports columnist writes, " University of St. Thomas baseball fans will be able to follow coach Dennis Denning's team in the NCAA Division III World Series this weekend on, with Bloomington native Jim Paschke and St. Thomas grad Bill Brophy providing coverage. "
  • "Friday Opinuendo," St. Paul Pioneer Press, May 29, 2009. "We offer a shout out to another Minnesota collegiate team that has captured a national title this academic year. Following the path set by University of Minnesota Duluth (Division II football) and Minnesota State Mankato (Division II women's basketball), the University of St. Thomas baseball team captured the Division III NCAA baseball title on Tuesday. They did it the hard way, by defeating the College of Wooster twice. The deciding game was a 3-2, 12-inning nail-biter. Yeaah, Tommies."
  • Charley Walters' column, St. Paul Pioneer Press, May 27, 2009. The sports columnist writes: "The University of St. Thomas' remarkable baseball season , which ended Tuesday with a championship in the NCAA Division III World Series, was even more remarkable considering the losses the team endured. Losses not to other teams, but to St. Thomas. A freshman pitcher, during an emotional meeting with coach Dennis Denning a day before the start of this season, said he wouldn't be able to play because he had been diagnosed with cancer. A senior starting pitcher suffered a stroke in a local hospital while being tested for blood clots and was lost for the playoffs. Another starting pitcher, a junior, missed most of the season after hurting an elbow early in spring. The team's top projected freshman pitcher broke an ankle the last day of fall baseball workouts. After a cast was removed from the foot, the 6-foot-7 hurler came down with a sore arm and was lost for the season. Still, St. Thomas won 41 of 53 games. 'We had some other guys step up,' Denning said Wednesday, 'and a lot of luck.' The national championship was Denning's second in nine seasons and the fourth time he has taken St. Thomas to the Division III World Series. Last month, St. Thomas earned a 6-3 victory over the University of Minnesota, which is 38-17 and headed to the NCAA Division I tournament. Denning, who turns 65 in December, has no plans to retire. Or to coach at a higher level. 'I'm fine where I'm at,' said Denning, a former Cretin star infielder who also starred at St. Thomas and then played four seasons in the Baltimore Orioles' chain. 'I love it in St. Paul. My family's here, and I'd never move from my family.' Denning has 10 grandchildren, nine of them boys. St. Thomas, which has a cumulative academic grade-point average of 3.21, made just three errors in six games of the national playoffs. Tom Kelly, who managed the Twins to World Series championships in 1987 and 1991, has a son, Tom, who was a utility player for Denning for four years at St. Thomas. 'Dennis runs a sharp show,' Kelly said. 'The kids are always sharply dressed, they look like a professional-type team when they step on the field. The uniforms are clean, the drills — the infield, the outfield — he always runs a good program.' There were 14 major league scouts at St. Thomas' final victory over Wooster (Ohio) in Grand Chute, Wis. The Tommies' best pro prospect is junior pitcher Matt Schuld, who beat the Gophers and set a school single-season record with 12 victories. The Armstrong grad's fastball has touched 89 mph. The Twins admit interest in Schuld. Will Denning receive a bonus for winning another national championship? 'Fritzie gave me a handshake and a big hug,' Denning said with a laugh, referring to athletics director Steve Fritz. "