UST in the news

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

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  • “Shooter,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, Feb. 23, 2005. Sports columnist Charley (“Shooter”) Walters writes, “The University of St. Thomas softball team is ranked No. 1 in NCAA Division III entering the season and needs seven victories to break Arizona ‘s national record of 47 consecutive victories. Meanwhile, St. Thomas’ baseball team enters the season ranked No. 3 nationally.” http://www.twincities.com/mld/twincities/sports/10966405.htm
  • “Ramsey County events,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, Feb. 23, 2005. “Community policing: St. Paul Police Chief John Harrington, former FBI Special Agent Coleen Rowley and former Minneapolis police officer-turned-author Mike Quinn will discuss the importance of moral courage in community policing. The session runs from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in O’Shaughnessy Educational Center auditorium at the University of St. Thomas. Free. For more information, call Michael Andregg at 651-962-5907.” http://www.twincities.com/mld/twincities/news/local/states/minnesota/counties/ramsey_county/10965842.htm
  • “College Funding 101,” The Catholic Spirit, Feb. 24, 2005. “‘It’s really important that people . . . don’t look at a price tag and say, ‘There’s absolutely no way that I can make that work,’” said Marla Friedrichs [sic], associate vice president for admissions and financial aid at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul. “Catholic colleges, especially, do a lot to try and decrease that price to make it affordable for the students who truly want to attend.” http://www.thecatholicspirit.com/archives.php?article=3552
  • “Upscale ambition: Retail experts disagree over whether an expanded Mall of America will attract the high-fashion, high-price department stores its developers seek,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, Feb. 25, 2005. “And Dave Brennan, co-director of the Institute for Retailing Excellence at the University of St. Thomas, said the Twin Cities has less retail square footage per capita than comparable metropolitan areas.” http://www.twincities.com/mld/twincities/business/10985188.htm
  • “Welcome, don’t hinder, foreign students," St. Paul Pioneer Press, Feb. 27, 2005. Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.) writes, “My office has dealt with hundreds of student visa cases. Humphrey Tusimiirwe, a brilliant young man from Uganda, had great difficulty in obtaining a student visa to study at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul. After several calls to the U.S. ambassador, Humphrey’s story ultimately had a happy ending. It shouldn’t take a phone call from a U.S. senator to make this happen.” http://www.twincities.com/mld/twincities/news/opinion/10996340.htm
  • “Edgy architect Eisenman designs a mighty, moving stadium,” Star Tribune, Feb. 27, 2005. Here’s a nice story about internationally renowned architect Peter Eisenman, who’s speaking at St. Thomas tonight. http://www.startribune.com/stories/389/5256106.html
  • “Is May worth it?” Star Tribune, Feb. 28, 2005. “‘You look out there and ask, ‘Who else can buy May?’ said David Brennan, a professor of marketing and co-director of the Institute for Retailing Excellence at the University of St. Thomas. ‘Federated is the only [department store] chain that is big enough and dynamic enough to make an acquisition of that size.’” http://www.startribune.com/stories/535/5261775.html
  • “Food, music, coffee and profits,” Star Tribune, Feb. 28, 2005. “Lorman Lundsten, professor of marketing at the University of St. Thomas College of Business, said an independent’s advantage consists of ‘perso
    nality – a brand that is down home rather than a pre-manufactured formula store where the assembly workers are interchangeable.’” http://www.startribune.com/stories/535/5261838.html
  • “South St. Paul schools aim to be models, magnets,” Star Tribune, March 1, 2005. “Shelly Forester, who heads the South St. Paul school board, said the recommendation to expand the IB program came from two University of St. Thomas educators. The board agreed unanimously.” http://www.startribune.com/stories/1592/5265988.html
  • “Federated chief exec Lundgren ‘all about sales,’” Star Tribune, March 1, 2005. “‘Department stores dumbed themselves down in response to the discounters, and that was a disaster,’ said David Brennan, co-director of the Institute for Retailing Excellence at the University of St. Thomas. ‘What they need to do is concentrate on fashion, on distinctiveness, on customer service.’” http://www.startribune.com/stories/535/5265875.html
  • “Shooter,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, March 1, 2005. Sports columnist Charley (“Shooter”) Walters writes, “Dr. Peter Eisenman, who designed the first movable field in the U.S. for the Arizona Cardinals, will be keynote speaker at a University of St. Thomas engineering symposium Wednesday evening at the O’Shaughnessy Educational Center.” http://www.twincities.com/mld/twincities/sports/11017610.htm
  • “Shoppers views mixed,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, March 1, 2005. “A key question is whether having Macy’s stores – instead of Marshall Field’s – in malls across the market would detract from what is now a distinctive draw at the megamall. ‘It makes that (one) Macy’s a little less attractive,’ said Dave Brennan, the University of St. Thomas retail expert. ‘And it makes the Mall of America is little less unique than it is today.’” http://www.twincities.com/mld/twincities/business/11017162.htm
  • “What is next for Field’s?” St. Paul Pioneer Press, March 1, 2005. “David Brennan, co-director of the Institute for Retailing Excellence at the University of St. Thomas, said Field’s is vulnerable to being rebranded because its retail format is similar enough to Macy’s, appealing primarily to a similar upper middle-income customer. Field’s also is likely to lose its Minneapolis headquarters, and workers there would face job cuts or relocations, he said. Yet he says the merger is ultimately for the best.” http://www.twincities.com/mld/twincities/business/11017168.htm
  • “Deal puts squeeze on Nordstrom here,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, March 1, 2005. Business columnist Dave Beal writes, “Dave Brennan, co-director of the Institute for Retailing Excellence at the University of St. Thomas, says the Federated-May deal ‘decreases substantially’ Nordstrom’s options for getting more stores here. For example, he says, the deal gives Federated the power to keep Nordstrom out of two of the Twin Cities’ most successful malls, Rosedale and Southdale, each of which have a Field’s store.” http://www.twincities.com/mld/twincities/business/columnists/11017170.htm