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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  • Literary calendar, St. Paul Pioneer Press, Feb. 18, 2010. UST's Hubbs Children's Literature Conference is included.
  • "Book Award finalist coming to St. Thomas," Star Tribune, Feb. 20, 2010.
  • "Post-hockey career not necessarily easy adjustment for ex-Sound Tigers," Greenwich (Conn.) Time, Feb. 21, 2010. When Matt Koalska signed to play the 2007-08 season in Italy at age 27, doctors wouldn't clear him: They diagnosed him with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a thickening of the heart muscle. 'It was a no-brainer for me,' Koalska said. 'I hung 'em up.' He returned to the University of Minnesota and taught skating lessons in the mornings. He graduated with a communications studies degree. Now, he's an assistant coach at the University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul, and he works to develop young players in a program called FHIT Players." 
  • Charley Walters' column, St. Paul Pioneer Press, Feb. 23, 2010. The sports columnist notes, "Monday evening's Catholic Athletic Association Hall of Fame induction of legendary former University of St. Thomas and Cretin-Derham Hall baseball coach Dennis Denning was a 300-ticket sellout at Mendakota Country Club."
  • "Minnesota Twins and Hormel part ways on hotdog sales," KARE-TV, Feb. 24, 2010. Dr. John Wendt of the UST School of Law, a sports management expert, explains why.
  • "Good for two kinds of green," Faribault Daily News, Feb. 24, 2010. Among Xcel Energy honorees for energy saving: the University of St. Thomas.
  • "Health Care Rewind: Many in GOP Supported Overhaul Before," National Public Radio, Feb. 24, 2010. Dave Durenberger, of St. Thomas' National Institute for Health Policy, comments.
  • "Religion in review," Publishers Weekly, Feb. 24, 2010. A new book by Dr. Gerald Schlabach, of the Theology Department in St. Thomas' College of Arts and Sciences, is reviewed.
  • U-Mary will add Catholic studies program," Bismarck (N.D.) Tribune, Feb. 24, 2010. "[Rev. James] Shea, president of the University of Mary in Bismarck, described that vision Wednesday as he introduced three scholars from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn., to U-Mary’s faculty and staff. The crowd in the Butler Center at the school's Tharaldson School of Business were there to learn about St. Thomas’s thriving Catholic studies program."
  • St. Bernard's closing is wistful finale for bright star," Star Tribune, Feb. 25, 2010. Columnist Gail Rosenblum profiles Tommie Award winner Steven Broszko.
  • "Everything but the view," Star Tribune, Feb. 26, 2010. Mike Hanson, a UST School of Law alumnus, is blind. And he plans to hike the 2,174-mile Appalachian Trail.
  • "Constitutionality of Neb. abortion bill questioned," Associated Press for KMTV, Omaha, Neb., and other outlets, Feb. 25, 2010. "Law professor Teresa Collett of the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis says the bill has a strong chance of prevailing if challenged in court.
  • "Don't make hard choice worse," Omaha World Herald, Feb. 26, 2010. "Teresa Collett, a law professor at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn., expressed confidence that the U.S. Supreme Court would find fetal pain adequate justification for the state to step in with a ban. 'I believe this legislation has a very strong possibility of provoking a constitutional challenge, and I believe we would prevail,' she said."
  • "What did President Obama's health care summit accomplish?" Minnesota Public Radio, Feb. 26, 2010. David Durenberger, chair of the National Institute of Health Policy at St. Thomas, was a guest on the "Midday" program.
  • "Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit illuminates Scripture, time of Christ," The Catholic Spirit, Feb. 27, 2010. "Scripture developed over generations, said University of St. Thomas associate professor of theology Paul Niskanen. 'We have to put out of our mind this naive view of inspiration whereby God speaks to a biblical prophet like Jeremiah, and Jeremiah writes down all the words,” Niskanen said. '[Rather,] his words get transmitted, they get gathered, arranged, put together differently by different scribes, some have more material, some have less.We need to stretch our understanding of that process of inspiration [by the Holy Spirit] — that it takes place within the faith community throughout a very long period of time, until finally the book receives some sort of fixity as it entered into the canon of Scripture.'”
  • "University of St. Thomas launches civil discourse initiatives," The Catholic Spirit, Feb. 27, 2010.
  • "Nick Coleman: Pawlenty the pious: God runs the show," Star Tribune, Feb. 27, 2010. "'We're charged by God to do God's work,' says Prof. Bernard Brady, chair of the Theology Department at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, who has been discussing Pawlenty's statement with his students in a class on Catholic social thought. 'You don't just say 'It's God's will' and leave it at that. There's a middle ground that requires human action. 'God is in charge' could be a statement of great faith. Or it could be a shirking of responsibility. It's hard to reconcile God in charge with a veto of health care for the poor. Maybe [Pawlenty] sees himself as the one in charge.'"
  • College basketball notes, St. Paul Pioneer Press, Feb. 28, 2010. "St. Thomas 65, St. Benedict 62 (OT): Rachel Booth and Sarah Smith scored 20 points apiece, and the Tommies (21-7) won the MIAC tournament championship, beating St. Benedict (21-6) in overtime in St. Joseph, Minn. Booth added 10 rebounds, Smith nine."
  • "Catholic composer and St. Paul native Richard Proulx dies," The Catholic Spirit, March 1, 2010. "The University of St. Thomas granted him an honorary doctorate last May. In conjunction with the honor, the UST Liturgical Choir performed “The Pilgrim,” Proulx’s 1980 medieval liturgical music drama for Easter."
  • "Options for when you're too tipsy to drive," Star Tribune, Feb. 27, 2010. Dry Drivers "Owners: John Cady, 24, and Adam Hammad, 25, who started it as students at the University of St. Thomas."
  • "Army of tragedy confronts DWIs," Star Tribune, March 2, 2010. Not all the grass-roots DWI activism comes from people personally jolted by drunken drivers. John Cady and Adam Hammad are trying to make a difference – and a buck. In an entrepreneur class at the University of St. Thomas three years ago, they launched a business called Dry Drivers, borrowing an idea that started in Europe and Las Vegas.