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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  • Wal-Mart debuts in city,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, May 19, 2004. “Dave Brennan, a business professor at St. Paul's University of St. Thomas, said Wal-Mart's presence in the Midway should spur more consumers to stay in the area to shop rather than travel to the suburbs.”
  • “Dollars & Sense: Saving money isn't the only draw for outlet mall shoppers,” Star Tribune, May 20, 2004. “David Brennan, a marketing professor at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, at tributes Albertville's success to its upscale, exclusive store variety and its location.”
  • “News briefs,” The Catholic Spirit, May 20, 2004. “Franciscan Sister Katarina Schuth will receive an honorary degree from Boston College during its May 24 commencement ceremony. Sister Katarina holds the endowed chair for the Social Scientific Study of Religion at the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul.”
  • “Pope's sensitivity shines through,” The Catholic Spirit, May 20, 2004. Richard Berquist, retired St. Thomas philosophy professor and former chair of the archdiocesan Commission on Bioethics, contributed this column.
  • “St. Thomas expansion takes a step forward,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, May 21, 2004.
  • “Area update,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, May 21, 2004. UST’s baseball team had a rough start at the NCAA regional playoffs in Ripon, Wis.
  • “Toms win at regional,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, May 24, 2004.
  • “Faith and values calendar,” Star Tribune, May 22, 2004. “"Is Gay Marriage a Civil Right?" a debate between Evan Wolfson, executive director of Freedom to Marry, and Teresa Collett, law professor at the University of St. Thomas, 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday at St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral, 519 Oak Grove St., Minneapolis. The event is sponsored by the American Constitution Society. RSVP to Ryan Winkler at 612-278-1404 or
  • “Workplace memo: WomenVenture also helps men to give entrepreneurship a spin,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, May 23, 2004. “WomenVenture and the University of St. Thomas Small Business Development Center are the local service providers of the federal program called GATE.”
  • “Uncommon grounds,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, May 23, 2004. “Counselors at the neighborhood development center and the Small Business Development Center at the University of St. Thomas helped [coffe importer Fikadu] Boka draft his business proposal.”
  • “Catholic station expands in its niche,” Star Tribune, May 23, 2004. " ‘It's pretty strongly slanted in a conservative Catholic direction,’ said David Landry, associate professor of theology at
    the University of St. Thomas. ‘I don't think moderate or liberal Catholics will find much programming that would be of interest.’”
  • “Still playing after all this time,” Star Tribune, May 24, 2004. Here’s an article about adults who play video/computer games. “ ‘It's kind of in your blood from when you were younger,’ said Paul Weisz, a 21-year-old Honeywell financial analyst who will graduate from the University of St. Thomas this month. ‘I grew up on Nintendo's Mario Brothers.’ Now he's moved on to another console game, Madden NFL Football for the Xbox.”
  • “Outside consultant,” Star Tribune, May 24, 2004. Mike Ryan, director of UST’s Small Business Development Center, offers advice for this column.
  • “Surviving a klepto-controller,” Star Tribune, May 24, 2004. “The expert's opinion: Diane Matson, assistant professor of accounting at the University of St. Thomas, said small businesses ‘have more problems with theft because they don't have much in terms of controls, such as separation of duties.’”
  • “Editorial: St. Paul chief/Harrington's a wise choice ,” Star Tribune, May 24, 2004. “Harrington has built a reputation as a strong, fair administrator who makes thoughtful decisions and holds officers accountable. He will become one of a few Ivy League-educated police chiefs, having earned his undergraduate degree in religion (with a minor in Far Eastern Studies) from Dartmouth and a master's from St. Thomas. Currently, he is working toward a doctorate in public administration at Hamline University.”
  • “Area update: Tommies in region finals,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, May 24, 2004. Good news for the baseball team.
  • “Tommies keep softball slate unblemished with first title,” NCAA News, May 24, 2004.  Follow the links from to view this story.
  • “Russert BC speech stresses values,” Boston Globe, May 25, 2004. Among Boston College’s honorary degree recipients was Sister Katarina Schuth of the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity.
  • “Prof helps boomers change jobs,” Star Tribune, May 25, 2004. College of Business professor Sally Power has developed a job-search model for mid-career professionals.
  • “Iowa players help St. Thomas to Division III softball crown,” Des Moines Register, May 25, 2004. Here’s a nice story by Des Moines Register writer Dan McCool, whose late father was a St. Thomas alumnus.
  • “Area update,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, May 26, 2004.  “Sophomore twins Kristal and She'na Grigsby, both Breck graduates, also will compete in the Division III meet. Kristal, who attends the University of St. Thomas, is seeded second in the high jump and long jump and also will run legs on the 4 x 100 and 4 x 400 relays.”
  • “Vying for volunteers: Times tough for charities,” Star Tribune, May 26, 2004. “[Big Brothers-Big Sisters volunteer Chris] Burke grew up in Mankato, is single, lives in Maple Grove, is in graduate school at the Un
    iversity of St. Thomas and works in financial computer programming for the Carlson Companies.”
  • “Ex-rivals propel Tommies to national softball crown,” Star Tribune, May 26, 2004.
  • “Retailers tickled pink by colorful fashions, bright economy,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, May 26, 2004. “Stores also like coupons because they provide an easy way to track consumer behavior. ‘A key factor for retailers is how many other things customers buy at regular price when they come in for one sale item,’ says David Brennan, co-director of the Institute for Retailing Excellence at the University of St. Thomas.”
  • High fuel costs spilling over,” Star Tribune, May 27, 2004. “Fred Zimmerman, engineering and technology management professor at the University of St. Thomas, said consumers have to brace themselves for energy costs to become a long-term problem. Geologists predict that petroleum production will peak between 2013 and 2030, while world demand will continue to increase. After oil production peaks, ‘there will be quite dramatic increases in prices. So I don't think we have seen anything yet,’ Zimmerman said.”
  • “St. Olaf pastor recalls priestly challenges,” The Catholic Spirit, May 27, 2004. St. Thomas’ former vice president for student affairs and current pastor of St. Olaf Catholic Church in downtown Minneapolis, will retire from full-time ministry this summer. See this story for info on a June 11 celebration for Forliti; reservations are required by today, June 1.
  • “Painter David Bradley returns to Minnesota with a colorful celebration of native themes,” Star Tribune, May 28, 2004. “A member of the Mississippi Band of White Earth Chippewa, Bradley graduated in 1979 from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, where he and his family live. His biography refers to studies at what is now the University of St. Thomas and the University of Arizona, Tucson, a stint in the Peace Corps, and a life deeply rooted in the Southwest and his home state.”
  • “Quick hits,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, May 28, 2004. The sports column includes: “St. Thomas' Kristal Grigsby won the long jump with a distance of 19 feet, 103ž4 inches at the NCAA Division III women's track and field meet in Decatur, Ill. Karolien Bastiaens of St. Thomas was third in the pole vault at 12-21ž2 .”
  • “Shooter,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, May 28, 2004. Sports columnist Charley “Shooter” Walters writes, “Former University of Minnesota slugger Jack Hannahan of St. Paul, who's hitting .320 for the Detroit Tigers' Class AA team in Erie, Pa., was selected Eastern League player of the week. Jack's older brother, Buzz, a former University of St. Thomas All-America second baseman, is leading the Philadelphia Phillies' Class AAA team in Scranton-Wilkes Barre in hitting (.324), but doesn't have enough official at-bats to qualify in league standings.”