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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  • "New education director at Wolf Center," Ely (Minn.) Timberjay, April 2, 2010. Jerritt Johnston ’05, who has an M.A. in teacher preparation from St. Thomas, is the new education director at Ely's International Wolf Center.
  • "Update: Family displaced by house fire in Credit River Township," Savage (Minn.) Pacer, April 2, 2010. The Wepler family's oldest daughter, Grace, is a St. Thomas student.
  • "U.S. Department of Education Official Speaks April 13 at St. Thomas," Insight News, April 2, 2010.
  • "Daily News names new editor," [Aspen, Colo.] Daily News, April 3, 2010. Carolyn Sackariason ’94 has a journalism degree from St. Thomas.
  • "Ruben Rosario: She saw New Orleans' darkest days - and still found hope," St. Paul Pioneer Press, April 4, 2010. "[New Orleans Police Officer Cecile Waters] Tebo plans to share her experiences responding to the needs of the mentally ill before and after Katrina at a one-day conference Wednesday at the Minneapolis campus of  the University of St. Thomas."
  • "Becoming a Passionist nun: Ane Kirstine Wynn," Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader, April 4, 2010. Wynn, who earned her Master of Arts in Catholic studies at St. Thomas in 2008, in January became a postulant with the Passionist nuns, a largely cloistered and contemplative order. In a series of emails with a reporter, she shared her decision and journey to become a nun.
  • "No. 1 St. Thomas sweeps Knights in MIAC opener," Northfield News, April 6, 2010.
  • "Law schools struggle to attract minorities," Star Tribune, April 7, 2010. "That has law schools and law firms working in high schools, preparing undergraduates and launching new admissions programs. Starting April 15, the University of St. Thomas School of Law will accept some students without LSAT scores, which, statistics show, are generally higher for whites than minorities. Other schools are considering similar steps."
  • "An upscale facelift for Mall of America," Finance & Commerce, April 7, 2010. "Dave Brennan, a Twin Cities retail academic, praised the mall for the renovation project, calling it a 'smart move to be ahead of the game.' With the Twin Cities sporting a big dose of modestly priced stores, there is room in the market to capture the upscale retail business, said Brennan, co-director of the Institute for Retailing Excellence at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul."  
  • "Priest helps veterans heal while writing their war stories," The Catholic Spirit, April 7, 2010. "Father Curry, who has been a member of the Jesuits for 48 years and was ordained a priest in September 2009, is coming to the archdiocese o talk about his work serving veterans and military chaplains. The event will take place at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 25, at the University of St. Thomas."
  • "Tom Petters to be sentenced Thursday in St. Paul," Minnesota Public Radio, April 8, 2010. Tom's Petters' sentence is solely up to his trial judge," said Hank Shea, a former federal prosecutor and now a law professor at the University of St. Thomas. 'The court is required to consider the sentencing guidelines,' Shea said. 'The judge is also required by law to impose a sentence that will one reflect the seriousness of the offense, promote respect for the law and provide for just punishment.' Shea and others are looking for Judge Kyle to send a message about white-collar crime."
  • "Developer Lux has deal for Block E," Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal, April 8, 2010. "Best Buy and Lunds would be logical targets for Block E because they are high-profile tenants that could help the center differentiate itself, said Dave Brennan, co-director of the Institute for Retailing Excellence at the University of St. Thomas."
  • "It was a warm March for retailers, too," Star Tribune, April 9, 2010. "'The key to the long term is: How do you get these 15 million people employed again?' said David Brennan, co-director Institute for Retailing Excellence at the University of St. Thomas. Depressed wages and shorter work weeks remain a drag, he noted."
  • Books column, Star Tribune, April 9, 2010. "Having the Minnesota Twins move out of the Metrodome has proven a boon for the book biz. Now comes 162-0: Imagine a Twins Perfect Season, by Dave Wright [a 1976 St. Thomas alumnus] of St. Paul, published by Triumph Books. … Death and Afterlife: A Theological Introduction, by Terence Nichols, has been published by Brazos Press. Nichols is professor of theology (and former department chairman) at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul."
  • "Realtor associations gear up for national open house weekend," Finance & Commerce, April 8, 2010. “'[The open house] puts potential buyers and Realtors in contact with one another,' said George Karvel, a real estate professor at the Opus College of Business at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul."
  • "Tiger 'Speechless' In New Nike Ad," WCCO-TV, April 8, 2010. "Its strange and unorthodox style is prompting reaction from golf courses to college campuses. One University of St. Thomas student Corey Canakis said, '(Nike) probably had good intentions with it, but I definitely wouldn't have signed off on it.' Dr. Kris Bunton, chair of the Communication and Journalism Department was more blunt, adding, 'it's kind of creepy.' Professor Bunton played the TV commercial for students in her communications ethics class Thursday morning. Many of them agreed that the ad was nothing short of bizarre. 'I don't think Nike wanted this ad to fly under the radar. I think they chose very deliberately how to shoot this, and how to frame it and when to play it,' said Bunton."
  • "Flowers? A card? Just go listen to your favorite poet," Star Tribune, April 11, 2010. "And Irish poet Theo Dorgan, who recently was honored with the 14th O'Shaughnessy Award for Poetry by the University of St. Thomas' Center for Irish Studies, will read at 7:30 p.m. April 23 at St. Thomas. Dorgan, of Dublin, will also take part in a public conversation with local poet Sharon Chmielarz at 7 p.m. April 19 at the Hamline-Midway Branch Library Auditorium, 1558 W. Minnehaha Av., St. Paul."
  • "A better burn," Star Tribune, April 12, 2010. "I.EM.PHIT, the University of St. Thomas, the University of Minnesota and some fitness facilities offer the test, which costs between $75 and $120."
  • "Reverse migration: Flight to the exurbs stops cold," Star Tribune, April 12, 2010. "George Karvel, a professor of real estate at the University of St. Thomas, said retiring baby boomers looking to downsize may leave some suburban areas in limbo."