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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  • "At big-box site, a hunt for buyer," Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal, Nov. 27, 2009. "It’s difficult to find new users for vacant big-box spaces in this economy, said Dave Brennan, co-director of the Institute for Retailing Excellence at the University of St. Thomas. 'You can make it into a mini-mall or a warehouse, but that’s not the highest and best use. You could probably do offices, but that’s not the most attractive either. Subdividing the space into smaller units is the most common direction that big boxes go.'"
  •  “UST commemorating new Catholic Studies building," Star Tribune, Nov. 30, 2009.
  • "Threats won't stop Moroccan aiding unwed mothers," Reuters News Agency, Nov. 30, 2009. " Channa's work made her the first Arab Muslim woman to win the $1 million U.S. Opus Prize, awarded to individuals for outstanding achievements in resolving serious social problems. Receiving the prize at St. Thomas University [sic] in Minneapolis this month, Channa dedicated her win to King Mohammed and the Moroccan people.
  • "Campus news," Rochester (Minn.) Post-Bulletin, Nov. 30, 2009. "Leandra Hubka of Rochester and Jeff Thompson of Pine Island will perform in the 22nd annual University of St. Thomas Christmas concerts Sunday at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis."
  • "Campus news," Sherburne County Citizen, Nov. 30, 2009. "Cory Dahl, Clear Lake, will perform at the 22nd annual University of St. Thomas Christmas concert Dec. 6 at Orchestra Hall in downtown Minneapolis."
  • "Charley Walters: St. Thomas' Tommy Becker thrilled to be with Tommies," St. Paul Pioneer Press, Dec. 2, 2009.
  • "Report raises questions about Minnesota gang member registries," St. Paul Pioneer Press, Dec. 2, 2009. "The University of St. Thomas School of Law's Community Justice Project, in collaboration with the St. Paul NAACP, completed the report."
  • "On and off campus, programs help students keep ties to Catholic faith," Catholic News Service, Dec. 2, 2009.
  • "Holy orders," Marshall (Minn.) Independent, Dec. 4, 2009. Matthew Wiering ’03, studying for the Catholic priesthood in Rome, says "Mostly, I pray and study, both of which are essential for the period of formation that a man must go through in order to be ordained a Catholic priest. I also work as a chaplain for the University of St. Thomas's study abroad program. When I am not doing these things I am probably enjoying one of Italy's greatest treasures, pasta."
  • College Knights in Action, Winter 2009. "Members of St. Thomas Aquinas Council 11949 at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn., prepare to distribute food bags to needy membersof the community. Under the direction of the Franciscan Brothers of Peace Food Shelf, Knights collected and distributed more than 800 bags of nonperishable food items." 
  • "Former federal prosecutor analyzes Petters verdict," Minnesota Public Radio, Dec. 3, 2009. "Hank Shea is a former federal prosecutor. He specialized in white collar crime during most of this twenty years in the Minnesota U.S. Attorney's office. He's now a professor at the University of St. Thomas School of Law … ."
  • "Tommies footballer is Force-fed menace," Star Tribune, Dec. 4, 2009.
  • "Tiger Woods' role model status in question," CNN, Dec. 4, 2009. "John Tauer, an associate professor of psychology and assistant men's basketball coach at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, says Woods' intensely private personal life has played a role in the saga. 'I think that part of the reason this firestorm has hit is that he has been so private, and often times [with] athletes who maintain their privacy, we assume don't have flaws,' said Tauer, who has written about athletes as role models for Psychology Today. 'A guy like Tiger Woods was elevated to the status of never making any mistakes and that's not true of any humans. I hate to say this, but we like to see people who are viewed as perfect get knocked down a little bit.' Tauer said Woods' carefully cultivated image is now working against him.'He's made his bed, and no pun intended, he now has to sleep in it,' Tauer said. 'We reap what we sow; he's certainly helped to create this image and while I think he has every right to ask for privacy, everyone else has a right to be intrigued with the fact that maybe this guy isn't as perfect as we thought.'"
  • "8,500 apply for 180 Maple Grove Hospital jobs," Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal, Dec. 4, 2009. "[Maple Grove Hospital CEO Andy]Cochrane agrees the recession is increasing demand for jobs at Maple Grove Hospital, but he also thinks there would be many applicants no matter what, because health care workers like the idea of working in a brand new facility. Daniel McLaughlin at the University of St. Thomas says that’s true, and yet the perception is misleading."
  • "$40 million aimed to transform teaching," Star Tribune, Dec. 4, 2009.
  • "$40M Donated to Improve Teaching in MN, Dakotas," KSAX/KRWF-TV (Alexandria/Redwood Falls, Minn.), Dec. 3, 2009. The Associated Press also distributed this KSTP-TV story to KAAL-TV (Austin, Rochester and Albert Lea, Minn., and Mason City, Iowa), KTIV-TV (Sioux City, Iowa).
  • "Bush grant to help SCSU produce new teachers," St. Cloud Times, Dec. 4, 2009.
  • "New complexes to give St. Paul a new view of St. Thomas campus," Star Tribune, Dec. 5, 2009.
  • "Buzz builds over St. Paul social host rule," Star Tribune, Dec. 6, 2009. "For all practical purposes,the private Catholic college [St. Thomas], which has 6,100 undergraduate students, has become ground zero for the origination and application of the ordinance."
  • Charley Walters' column, St. Paul Pioneer Press, Dec. 6, 2009. "The University of St. Thomas lost to Linfield on Saturday in a NCAA Division III quarterfinal football game, but the Tommies can eagerly look forward to next season, when 20 of 22 starters return. St. Thomas has just one senior starter on offense (tight end Jake Friederichs from Totino-Grace) and one senior starter on defense (cornerback Jeffrey Hilliard of Woodbury). Besides the two seniors, the starting lineup includes nine juniors, 10 sophomores and one freshman. By the way, all-conference running back Ben Wartman, a junior from Prior Lake, was the starting catcher for St. Thomas' national baseball champions last June."
  • "Watchdog: Older and seeking a job? Work around age bias, experts advise," St. Paul Pioneer Press, Dec. 6, 2009. "'I would say for sure there is age discrimination,' said Sally Power, a University of St. Thomas business professor who specializes in individual career management and the author of The Mid-Career Success Guide in 2006. 'What are the stereotypes we all hold about older people? They're not energetic; they have old ideas; they tend to think what's traditional is best.'"
  • "Unbeaten Wildcats bump Tommies out of title contention," Star Tribune, Dec. 6, 2009. This story was distributed by the Associated Press.
  • "Faces," Duluth News Tribune, Dec. 6, 2009. "The following area students attending the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul will perform in the university’s 22nd annual Christmas concert. Students are: Kallie Aultman, Kelcey DeGarmo and J.R. Mackey, all of Grand Rapids; Josh Anderson of Hibbing; Emily Schultz of Virginia; and John Kosmach and John Hillman, both of Duluth. The concert “ ’Tis Love That’s Born Tonight” will be from 4-7 p.m. today in Orchestra Hall in downtown Minneapolis. It features choral and instrumental music for the Advent and Christmas seasons, with nearly 300 student performers in seven of the university’s vocal and instrumental ensembles: Chamber Singers, Concert Choir, Festival Choir, Liturgical Choir, Women’s Choir, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Brass Choir and Handbell Choir. Tickets are $15 plus a nominal Orchestra Hall transaction fee and all concert proceeds benefit St. Thomas music ensembles’ international performance tours. Go to for information on tickets or for information on St. Thomas music programs."
  • “University of Dallas taps Keefe as president,” Dallas Business Journal, Dec. 7, 2009. Tom Keefe was associate vice president for institutional advancement at the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity from 1993 to 2000.
  • "Bob Sansevere: On and on with St. Thomas football coach Glenn Caruso," St. Paul Pioneer Press, Dec. 7, 2009. "Three interceptions. Two lost fumbles. A blocked punt. Those were among the reasons the St. Thomas football team's season is over. The Tommies lost to top-ranked Linfield 30-21 Saturday in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division III playoffs. A tough loss, to be sure, but in just two seasons under coach Glenn Caruso the Tommies have won 18 of 23 games after going 2-8 the season before he took over."