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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  • “St. Thomas law students hold their own on bar exam,” Minnesota Lawyer, Nov. 15, 2004. “The first graduating class of the state’s newest law school achieved a respectable 84.15 passage rate on the bar examination administered last summer.” (subscription required)
  • “Twin Cities holiday shoppers expected to spend more,” Star Tribune, Nov. 17, 2004. “The average Twin Cities household plans to spend $796 on holiday gifts this year, up $17, or 2.2 percent, from last year, according to a survey released Tuesday by the University of St. Thomas Institute for Retailing Excellence.”
  • See also: “Holiday spending: Bill Hudson reports,” WCCO-TV, Nov. 17, 2004. Dr. Dave Brennan is interviewed about the Institute for Retailing Excellence’s annual holiday shopping survey.
  • “Forciea sentenced to 8 years,” Star Tribune, Nov. 17, 2004. “[U.S. Attorney] Shea said in court documents that [Patrick] Forciea's lies and deceit were ‘brazen and calculated’ but also ‘bordered on the bizarre.’ In court, Shea said Forciea wasted his life of privilege and influence. After graduating from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Forciea worked in politics before migrating into sports marketing. He was trying to build an empire of minor-league hockey and baseball franchises when his financial house of cards fell apart.”
  • “God always hears prayers,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, Nov. 18, 2004. “[Richard] Schulze's personal tale of self-made wealth is well-known, as is his record of giving. Although the chairman of the Richfield-based electronics retailer never attended college, Schulze personally pledged $50 million to the University of St. Thomas in 2000. But the Gift of Mary contribution was the first to come from the new Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation, said the foundation's executive director, Nancy Tellor.”
  • “School a magnet for the gifted,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, Nov. 20, 2004. “Though attending all-gifted classes can sometimes be difficult for students whose talents lie in a specific area – strong in mathematics but weak in reading, for instance – it's a format with a great deal of promise for urban and suburban school districts, said Karen Rogers, a University of St. Thomas professor and gifted-education expert.”
  • “Big boost for small business,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, Nov. 21, 2004. “Mike Ryan, director of the Twin Cities development center, which is affiliated with the University of St. Thomas, says his small-business center is opening two sub-centers: at Anoka-Ramsey Community College in Coon Rapids and Dakota County Technical College in Apple Valley.”
  • “High-stakes holidays, Star Tribune, Nov. 21, 2004. “David Brennan, a marketing professor at the University of St. Thomas, thinks higher fuel cost is a big factor for cautious consumers. ‘I suspect that it has had an impact, and I think it's had an impact at the lower end of the economic spectrum,’ said Brennan, who is co-director of the St. Paul school's Institute for Retailing Excellence.”
  • “Artist finishes historic painting,” Star Tribune, Nov. 22, 2004. Artist Mark Balma, who painted the frescoes in St. Thomas’ Terrence Murphy Hall, has created a new work that recalls the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
  • “Shooter,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, Nov. 23, 2004. Sports columnist Charley (“Shooter”) Walters offers, “Hamline University athletics director Dan O'Brien has received 40 resumes since last week's retirement of football coach Donavon Larson. O'Brien is a son-in-law of former University of St. Thomas head football coach and Gophers quarterback coach Mal Scanlan, who is in the fund-raising business in St. Paul. O'Brien couldn't resist asking Scanlan if he would be interested in the job. … ”