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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  • “Cuba clampdown leaves bad taste,” Star Tribune, June 27, 2004. “Hundreds of Minnesota college students and their professors -- from St. Thomas, Augsburg, Hamline, Gustavus Adolphus and St. Cloud State -- are watching their study trips to Cuba get scrapped.

“St. Thomas has been a pioneer in academic exchanges with Cuba. The school's president, Father Dennis Dease, travels frequently to Cuba, and has encouraged cultural and academic exchanges with the University of Havana.

“Dease is saddened by the return to tight restrictions but also believes that this return to the past will be short-lived.

“‘I would imagine it will relax after the election,’ said Dease of this cynical campaign policy.

“He also believes the old Miami Cubans, and their old hatreds, don't resonate as they once did. For starters, the old generation is dying off. Secondly, Cuban-Americans of all generations have come to appreciate the opportunity to travel, almost freely, to the land of their birth. ‘It's a shrinking tail that's wagging the dog,’ said Dease of the forces behind U.S. policy.”

  • “Setting a course for the offshore,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, June 27, 2004.  “The University of St. Thomas, for example, addresses the topic as it comes up in any number of business classes.

“‘Our present thinking is that putting all of that into a course might actually be a bit of overkill,’ said Christopher Puto, dean of the St. Thomas College of Business. ‘We have a variety of courses that include overseas experiences and elements of that topic arise in these courses. At the present time, we don't see the need for a full-blown course.’”

  • “Deception and betrayal: The unraveling of Pat Forciea,” Star Tribune, June 27, 2004. Troubling times for the 1980 St. Thomas alumnus.
  •  “Schools careful in choosing 'college' or 'university,’” Star Tribune, June 28, 2004. “Bethel would be at least the sixth private school in Minnesota to add university to its name since 1990 [when St. Thomas changed its name].”
  • “Outside consultant,” Star Tribune, June 28, 2004. Susan Marsnik, chair of the Legal Studies in Business Department in the University of St. Thomas College of Business, offers advice on employee status.
  • “Scotch tape judgment sticks,” Star Tribune, July 1, 2004. “University of St. Thomas engineering and technology management professor Fred Zimmerman, who followed the 3M case closely, agreed that ‘it's just too early to tell what impact that [ruling] might have.’”