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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  • On business: Remembering Fran Braun,” Star Tribune, June 5, 2004. Stockbroker Braun, 67, was a 1959 St. Thomas alumnus.
  • “St. Thomas to be sole sponsor of ethics group,” Star Tribune, June 5, 2004. The College of Business will assume full sponsorship of the Center for Ethical Business Cultures.
  • “Regional briefing,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, June 5, 2004. “The Minneapolis-based Center for Ethical Business Cultures said it will enter a permanent joint venture with the University of St. Thomas College of Business, effective July 1. St. Thomas and the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management had been co-partners of the center since 2000. The center, which promotes ethical corporate leadership through consulting services, training and forums, said it will continue to work with the Carlson School and other academic institutions, but will be affiliated solely with St. Thomas' business school.”
  • “St. Thomas plan takes a large step forward,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, June 5, 2004.
  • “Obituary: Thomas Potami, 61, led U technology efforts,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, June 5, 2004. “After leaving the University of Minnesota in 1996, Potami was named president and chief executive officer of the William C. Norris Institute, where he spun off programs to become successful private companies and assisted small companies in underdeveloped neighborhoods in the Twin Cities and in some rural communities. Potami negotiated the transfer of the institute to a permanent home at the University of St. Thomas in 2001. He retired in 2003.”
  • “Mover: Fred Dickson,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, June 6, 2004. The Blue Cross-Blue Shield executive completed a program in executive leadership at St. Thomas.
  • Nick Coleman: 'Missionary' to city heading into sunrise,” Star Tribune, June 6, 2004. Father John Forliti, pastor of St. Olaf Catholic Church in downtown Minneapolis and former vice president for student affairs at St. Thomas, is retiring and heading back to St. Paul.
  • “Made for the shade,” Star Tribune, June 6, 2004. Here’s a list of good “reads” for the summer according to Minnesota readers who include two members of the UST School of Law board of governors.
  • Career cop builds case to head safety agency,” Star Tribune, June 7, 2004. Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension chief and interim public safety commissioner Michael Campion is a St. Thomas alumnus.
  • See also “Fact sheet: Michael Campion,” Star Tribune, June 7, 2004.
  • “Outside consultant,” Dr. Jamal Al-Khatib, professor of marketing and international business and director of the Small Business Institute at St. Thomas, offers advice.
  • “Q&A: John Harrington 'Keeping the peace is the primary mission,'” Star Tribune, June 8, 2004. “A native of Chicago and a 27-year veteran of the department, [John Harrington] earned a bachelor's degree from Dartmouth in religion and Far Eastern studies, a master's degree from St. Thomas, and is working on a Ph
    .D. in public administration at Hamline University.
  • “Retired CEO chides corporate cheats,” Star Tribune, June 8, 2004. “More than 25 years ago, [Dave] Koch founded what has become the Center for Ethical Business Cultures. He also has been instrumental in ensuring that the teaching-and-consulting agency found a permanent home at his alma mater, the University of St. Thomas, where he also serves on the board.
  • “Catholic Army chaplain from Minnesota critically wounded in Iraq,” Catholic News Service, June 9, 2004. Father Tim Vakoc, 43, is a 1991 St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity grad. For updates on his condition, go to .
  • See also: “Family, friends pray for Father Timothy Vakoc,” The Catholic Spirit, June 10, 2004.
  • Forciea expected to plead guilty,” Star Tribune, June 10, 2004. “[Lawyer Joe] Friedberg said that [Patrick] Forciea, a 1980 University of St. Thomas graduate who went on to gain prominence by helping run the upset campaign that helped elect the late Sen. Paul Wellstone to the U.S. Senate in 1990, has been frank with him about the crimes he committed.”
  • “Mervyn's faces new reality,” Star Tribune, June 10, 2004. “David Brennan, director of the Center for Retailing Excellence at the University of St. Thomas, said May's purchase of the Mervyn's stores might have been nothing more than ‘defensive blocking to keep the other department stores out. Who wants to expand here? Certainly not Bloomingdale's or Saks, but Macy's and Nordstrom. Can you picture Rosedale Center with a Nordstrom? Or Ridgedale? Well, that's probably what May was thinking, too.’”
  • “A buyer for Field's: It's May,” Star Tribune, June 10, 2004. “‘From a jobs standpoint here, May might be a better deal, because it is run more on a regional basis,’ said David Brennan, co-director of the Institute for Retailing Excellence at the University of St. Thomas.”
  • “Editorial: The witness of Schulze Hall,” Star Tribune, June 10, 2004. “The idea that Minnesota is a good place to start a business will get a considerable boost at a ceremony in downtown Minneapolis at 2:30 today. The University of St. Thomas will break ground for Schulze Hall, headquarters of the new Schulze School of Entrepreneurship. …”
  •  “Deal is both expected and surprising,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, June 10, 2004. “Surprising because most observers had thought the likely buyer would be Cincinnati-based Federated department stores and not May. "It's almost like a sad, inevitable passing," says Dave Brennan, co-director of the Center for Retailing Excellence at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul. "It's like a good friend moving away." The good friend is the venerable department store company once known as Dayton's. … Brennan thinks May will feel more at home in these regions than Federated, which largely sticks with bigger markets. Brennan and Jim McComb, a Minneapolis retail consultant, add another reason for May's interest in doing this deal: the expertise factor.”
  • “Testing the waters,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, June 10, 2004. The newspaper’s “Store Troopers” include Meghan Gibson, University of St. Thomas sophomore; these saavy consumers checked out and rated area water parks.
  • “Minnesota job data: Mostly rose, some thorn,” Star Tribune, June 11, 2004. “Fred Zimmerman, a University of St. Thomas professor who keeps close tabs on manufacturing, said factories are starting to hire but cautiously. Many companies want more evidence that recent economic growth is sustainable, he said.”
  • “Shooter,” St. Paul Pioneer
    Press, June 11, 2004. Charley “Shooter” Walter, sports columnist, notes, “Only three coaches — Dick Siebert (Gophers baseball 1956-60-64), Dennis Denning (St. Thomas baseball 2001) and John Tschida (St. Mary's softball 2000 and St. Thomas softball.”