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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  • "Seminary honors priest, layman with 'distinguished alumni' award," The Catholic Spirit, May 19, 2010. "The St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity of the University of St. Thomas presented Distinguished Alumni Awards last week to seminary graduate Father Francis Pouliot and to an honorary alumnus, Wil­liam Reiling."
  • "Good Question: Do Motivational Speakers Work?" WCCO-TV, May 26, 2010. "'Typically, these events serve to energize people, but the results aren't very long lasting,' said University of St. Thomas social psychologist Jon Tauer."
  • "3 to be ordained as priests," Sioux Falls (S.D.) Argus Leader, May 27, 2010. "The Rev. Daniel Moris, 54, was born in St. Paul. He attended the University of Minnesota and the College of St. Thomas, where he received a bachelor's degree in sociology/criminal justice. … Those to be ordained as transitional deacons: … Kristopher Cowles, 25, was born in Yankton. Cowles attended a year at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology before entering the seminary. He graduated from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, with bachelor's degrees in philosophy and Catholic studies. … Anthony Urban, 25, was born in Sioux Falls. Urban attended Catholic elementary and high schools. He attended St. John Vianney Seminary and the University of Saint Thomas majoring in philosophy and minoring in Catholic studies.
  • "Good Question: 'Reply All' To Your Good Questions," WCCO-TV, May 28, 2010. "Local colleges say they do budget money for speakers. At the University of St. Thomas, a spokesman said the goal is to provide a 'memorable moment' for students as they graduate. For a big name, they will pay a speakers fee."
  • Charley Walters' column, St. Paul Pioneer Press, May 29, 2010. The sports columnist writes, "The University of St. Thomas and University of Texas were the only schools among nearly 1,000 in Division I, II and III this year to win at least 10 football games, 20 basketball games (men's and women's teams), 35 baseball games, 35 softball games and 25 volleyball matches."
  • "Choosing a CPA," Star Tribune, May 30, 2010. Here's the weekly business-advice column featuring experts from St. Thomas' Opus College of Business.
  • "Bramlett, Wright named as CoSIDA softball scholars," National Collegiate Athletic Association News, May 22, 2010. "Senior catcher Chelsea Bramlett of Mississippi State (left) and senior infielder Alison Wright of St. Thomas (Minnesota) (right) head the 2010 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America softball teams, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America."
  • "Spread the word to end the word," Brainerd Dispatch, June 1, 2010. "Now 22 and a recent graduate of the University of St. Thomas, [Kari Jo] Johnson discovered a way to become the voice for her brother, now 19, and the many others born with intellectual disabilities in Minnesota."
  • "Exiting St. Paul police chief joins state Senate race," St. Paul Pioneer Press, June 2, 1020. "A 33-year veteran of the St. Paul Police Department, [John] Harrington has continued his education throughout his police career, including earning his master's degree in education from the University of St. Thomas. He also has taught courses at Metro State University, helping develop the school's four-year law enforcement degree, and at one point pursued a doctorate."
  • "Creighton survey signals new growth in economy," Star Tribune, June 1, 2010. "[Creighton University economics Prof. Ernie Goss] and other economists from Wells Fargo and the University of St. Thomas noted that the European Union's trillion-dollar bailout of Greece and the financial woes of Spain, Portugal, Italy and Ireland have caused the euro to fall and the U.S. dollar to rise. That scenario makes U.S. farm and manufactured products more expensive, threatens U.S. exports and increases the sale of U.S. Treasury bonds."
  • "Mover: Scott Plum," St. Paul Pioneer Press, June 1, 2010. The St. Thomas alumnus is market manager for Minnesota for Madison, Wis.-based TDS Telecommunications Corp.
  • "Paul Schnell's biography," Hastings Star Gazette, June 1, 2010. Schnell has been selected Hastings' next chief of police. He earned his B.A. in social work at St. Thomas in 1988.
  • "European financial crisis hits close to home," Star Tribune, June 2, 2010. "But the pain won't show up right away, said Fred Zimmerman, a manufacturing expert and former University of St. Thomas professor. 'The decline in the value of the euro will no doubt decrease the earnings of some [firms] like 3M. ... But I don't think that will be a big deal. It will be somewhere in 2011 that we will be pissing and moaning about this,' he said. He cited a St. Thomas study that showed it takes about 18 months before the impact of a currency devaluation shows up. That's because companies usually hedge against negative currency changes by locking in prices on future supplies. So for companies, 'there are so many things in the pipeline that are based on historical prices,' Zimmerman said."
  • "Is this author smarter than fifth-graders?" Star Tribune, June 2, 2010. "The collaborative process between [John] Coy and Echo Park is far more than the usual 'author visit,' said Robert Nistler, an associate professor of education at the University of St. Thomas. He happened upon Coy and some students at the Red Balloon bookstore where Coy, of Minneapolis, was doing a book event. 'I wanted to know what is happening to these kids as writers,' Nistler said. 'Their ownership in the process is critical. They actually negotiate with John, who's opening himself to get qualified input.'"
  • "Gores' Divorce Stirs Up Marriage Questions," WCCO-TV, June 2, 2010. "'I think we're shocked by news of a couple we thought was really happy,' said Dr. Carol Bruess, who studies relationships at the University of St. Thomas. 'And now we know maybe they weren't so happy.'"She said there are more baby boomers getting divorced than ever before, because there simply are more baby boomers out there. And despite the shock and sympathy, the Gores may be doing the right thing. 'Unhappy marriages are significantly worse for us as human beings than a well-managed divorce,' she said."
  • "Faith notes," St. Paul Pioneer Press, June 3, 2010. On the calendar for Sunday, June 6, was: "Religious walk. Archbishop John Nienstedt leads Feast of Corpus Christi walk. Beginning at 2 p.m. at University of St. Thomas School of Law, LaSalle Avenue between 11th and 12th streets in downtown Minneapolis, concluding with vespers and benediction at 3 p.m. at Basilica of St. Mary, 88 N. 17th St., Minneapolis. For more information, visit or call 651-239-8574."
  • "Hope seen for commercial real estate," St. Paul Pioneer Press, June 3, 2010. "A University of St. Thomas survey of 50 commercial real estate experts in the Twin Cities shows that they expect a slow turnaround in the battered sector.
  • See also: "Commercial real estate index's first results show signs of hope," Star Tribune, June 3, 2010.
  • "Dan Carey gracefully accepts the challenge of his life," St. Paul Pioneer Press, June 3, 2010. Sports columnist Charley Walters profiles Carey, a St. Thomas professor and former pro baseball player, who's fighting a brain tumor.
  • "Why shouldn't a quixotic Kazakh vampire jog barefoot?" Chicago Now, June 2, 2010. "If you're a fan of the pangram, you'll be tickled to learn about The Daily Pangram, a tumblog written by Craig Eliason at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota."
  • "Education leaders agree that reform is needed, no time to rest," Winona Daily News, June 3, 2010. Here's a guest column signed by 10 Minnesota colleges and university presidents, including Father Dennis Dease of St. Thomas.
  • "Monckton takes scientist to brink of madness at climate change talk,", June 3, 2010. In the environment blog of the Guardian, a British national newspaper, Dr. John Abraham of the St. Thomas School of Engineering responds to a Minnesota speech by a British climate-change skeptic, Christopher Monkton, who was a policy adviser to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s.
  • See also: "Viscount Monckton, another fallen idol of climate denial," by another Guardian blogger, George Monbiot,, June 3, 2010.
  • "Weekend options: Grand Old Day," Star Tribune, June 4, 2010. Note: "Parking at University of St. Thomas lots at Cretin Avenue S. and Grand Avenue."
  • "Association honors Horner for lifetime achievement," Finance & Commerce, June 4, 2010. John Horner, a 1963 St. Thomas alumnus, is "winding down an illustrious career as the first and only full-time chief counsel and lobbyist for the Minnesota Multi Housing Association."