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' website. In some cases, you'll need to register on the publication's website in order to access full text.

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  • “Politicians' plea for Ford plant was a nonstarter,” Star Tribune, Aug. 28, 2010. “‘Nobody in this administration knows anything about auto plants and what they need,’ said Fred Zimmerman, a veteran of industry and retired manufacturing professor at the University of St. Thomas. ‘To have an economic development program ... and I've been around Democratic, Republican and the Ventura administration, you need people with industrial backgrounds or staff who know about it.’”
  • “Nishikawa leaving WCCO-TV,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, Aug. 28, 2010. “[Reporter Maya] Nishikawa says she became interested in early childhood special education when she was caring for her daughter Mieko, who had Trisomy 18, a genetic disorder that causes multiple abnormalities. It wasn't long after Mieko's death a little more than two years ago that Nishikawa started to think about working in education and started taking classes at the University of St. Thomas.”
  • Sports column, St. Paul Pioneer Press, Aug. 29, 2010. “The University of St. Thomas' $52 million, 180,000-square-foot Anderson Athletic and Recreation Complex opens Wednesday with 24 flat-panel display boards for events and messaging, including a 10-by-16-foot video panel for the 360-seat aquatic center and the same for the 2,000-seat arena. The arena has 36 Bose speakers.
  • The complex's weight training facility is the size of nearly two regulation basketball courts.”

  • “John Reimringer's 'Vestments' a pray-by-pray account of growing up Catholic in St. Paul,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, Aug. 29, 2010. “One of Reimringer's proudest moments came when the Rev. John Malone, a former pastor at Assumption and now a vice president at the University of St. Thomas, read the novel as a priest and lifelong St. Paulite. ‘Father Malone was legendary, and I was nervous,’ Reimringer admits. ‘He said, ‘Are you an ex-priest?’ Then I knew I got it right.’”
  • “Along The Way: St. Cloud resident hopes to raise genocide awareness,” St. Cloud Times, Aug. 29, 2010. “Some college freshmen are scared, intimidated and overwhelmed by the new experience, and then there are those like Erin Bitzan who find their passion and stick with it. In her first year at the University of St. Thomas, Bitzan was inspired by a book on the genocide crisis in Rwanda. After graduating from St. Thomas last year, Bitzan began to think of ways to become involved in addressing current genocide situations.”
  • “Culinary skills, lessons come to Colonial Beach,” [Fredericksburg, Va.] Free Lance Star, Aug. 19, 2010. “Heino A.P. Beckmann was another student in the ice cream class. A native of Germany and a professor at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, Minn., Beckmann and his wife plan to retire at a home they bought in Colonial Beach. ‘I don't cook,’ said Beckmann. ‘I just observe to see how it is done. It is much more exciting than just going out to dinner.’ An egg yolk on the table instead of in a bowl bore witness to Beckmann's cooking skills. But, at the end of the class, he held up a container of his first-ever vanilla and strawberry ice cream and said he was a changed man. ‘This is easy enough even for me to do!’ he said. ‘Oh, ja, I'll try it at home! It's gorgeous!’”
  • “New missionary community serves the spiritual needs of the Catholic minority in Russia,” Catholic News Agency, Aug. 28, 2010. St. Thomas alumna Sister Maria Stella Whittier ’08 M.A. is now a nun in a new religious order that focuses on pro-life work and reviving the Catholic Church in Russia.
  • “Shopping: Target for freshmen,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, Aug. 29, 2010.  “Not to be ignored, freshmen at the University of St. Thomas and Hamline University will get their own private Target shopping party at the University Avenue store in St. Paul from 9:30 p.m. to midnight next Sunday. A Target bus will deliver students from both campuses.”
  • Harley, Carmichael Lynch split,” Star Tribune, Aug. 30, 2010. " ‘This is a sickening surprise,’ said Craig Bryan, a communications professor at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul. ‘No agency would say, 'No, see ya, Harley.' The stuff they did for Harley was fabulous.’"
  • “10 Fair freebies: Here are the best giveaways, plus a free-parking tip,” Star Tribune, Aug. 30, 2010. “Sheila Schmidt spent 30 minutes in line before St. Thomas University started its afternoon distribution of purple cloth tote bags. Schmidt, a former Minnesotan now living in Orlando, already has 40 assorted cloth bags from around the country at home, but she was standing in line for a bag for her husband, a St. Thomas alum. If you want one of the more coveted freebies, such as a cloth tote, a backpack or a bucket, plan on getting in line 15 to 30 minutes before posted distribution times.”