UST in the News

UST in the news

Here's a roundup of recent stories of interest that mention St. Thomas.

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Companion song to 'Silent Night' conceived in Wisconsin northwoods, born in St. Paul,” Star Tribune, Dec. 18, 2003. St. Thomas alumnus Daniel Kantor composed “Night of Silence” when he was a student at St. Thomas.

“Rubén Rosario: Soccer coach fears for his life if sent back to Cameroon,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, Dec. 18, 2003. A University of St. Thomas mathematics and computer science graduate, Stanley Akum Okopi, 39, planned to pursue a master's degree.

“Around St. Paul,” Star Tribune, Dec. 19, 2003. Columnist Joe Kimball, a St. Thomas alumnus, notes, “Say a prayer: Officials at the University of St. Thomas are asking for prayers for Monsignor Terrence Murphy, the retired university president who is fighting cancer at his home in the faculty residence on campus.”

“Sports wire,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, Dec. 19, 2003. “Hilliard honored: Woodbury native Andrew Hilliard, a former St. Thomas two-sport star and five-time academic All-American, was selected to receive the prestigious NCAA Top VIII award. He will be honored Jan. 11 at the NCAA convention in Nashville. It is the fifth national student-athlete award for Hilliard, who graduated last May with a 3.983 grade-point average in mathematics.”

“Golden Valley inventor living the dream,” Star Tribune, Dec. 25, 2003. Robert Klick has been invited to speak to students at the University of St. Thomas' entrepreneurial program.

“Minnesota Poll: Most say religion has role in world's conflicts,” Star Tribune, Dec. 28, 2003. “Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer, a Lutheran who teaches about peace and justice at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, argues that Christianity has just as violent a tradition in its teachings as either Islam or Judaism.”

“ Tale of two schools and a long-gone lake,” Star Tribune, Jan. 4, 2004.

“Songs for the dead,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, Jan. 6, 2004. Irene Saponara-Gottwalt “studied with Robert Strusinski, the conductor of the Liturgical Choir at the University of St. Thomas. ‘He trained me to be a cantor,’ she said.”

“St. Thomas offers latest look at expansion plans,” Star Tribune, Jan. 9, 2004.

“St. Paul: Couple team up on burglar in duplex,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, Jan. 10, 2004. UST hockey player John Bottoms and his girlfriend foiled the efforts of a burglar.

“Sainted and Tainted,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, Jan. 10, 2004. Among the “Sainted” in this week’s column is a UST student who helped a neighbor.

“Obituary: St. Paul native John Friedmann, 71,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, Jan. 11, 2004. Friedmann, the first director of the Aldrich Arena and of the former St. Paul Civic Center, graduated from Cretin High School and attended St. Thomas College, now called the University of St. Thomas.

“Obituary: Law firm executive Joseph Finnegan dies at 44,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, Jan. 12, 2004. Finnegan was a graduate of the College of St. Thomas who received his certified public accountant certificate in 1982 and had a 21-year career with several firms in the Twin Cities, joining Rider Bennett in Minneapolis in 1999.

“Neal St. Anthony on Business: Tech layoff led to something more rewarding,” Star Tribune, Jan. 13, 2004.

“A sampling of MLK observances,” Star Tribune, Jan. 15, 2004.

“Competition is
n't hard to teach — cooperation is,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, June 16, 2004. Guest columnist Michael O’Donnell is an assistant professor of journalism at St. Thomas.

“Shooter,” St. Press, June 16, 2004. Charley Walters’ sports column includes: “Retired Gophers broadcaster Ray Christensen will emcee a University of St. Thomas dinner celebrating 100 years of basketball Feb. 7, following the Tommies' 3 p.m. game against Gustavus Adolphus at Schoenecker Arena. Featured guests will be former St. Thomas coaches Johnny Kundla (1946-47) and Tom Feely (1954-80).”