UST in the news

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

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  •  “Garden Path,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, July 16, 2005. Marge Hols’ gardening column includes: “In ‘Landskips,’ a small book of poetry, St. Paul scholar and gardener Robert Foy focuses on the startling beauty of flowers and plants in nature and gardens around the world. Under Foy’s discerning eye, fall maples in Japan become ‘vermillion stars’ and primroses in pinks, reds and yellows lift spirits darkened by a cruel winter in England.   … Foy, retired professor of English literature at St. Thomas University, self-published the book in June to benefit the Center for Victims of Torture in Minneapolis and St. Paul. The book is dedicated to his wife, Nancy Burkitt Foy, a lover of gardens and an enthusiastic and energetic volunteer at the center, who died in 2002. …  The book also is available at the Bibelot Shops, Highland Nursery, Sixth Chamber Used Books and St. Thomas University bookstore in St. Paul, Lilydale Garden Center in Lilydale and Tangletown Garden in Minneapolis.” http://www.twincities.com/mld/twincities/living/columnists/marge_hols/12142187.htm
  • “Small Business: The art of multiple strategies,” Star Tribune, July 18, 2005. “Fred Zimmerman, professor of engineering at the University of St. Thomas College of Business, said Goode’s moves are just the beginning of keeping his company competitive.‘Mergers can be worthwhile, but most of them require both solid investments and tender loving care for several years,’ Zimmerman said. ‘Investments are absolutely key to longer-term success in manufacturing. Strategic overseas partners can help, but … unless the supplier company has intrinsic expertise or cost advantages of its own, the low-cost overseas partner strategies tend to be short-lived.’ Zimmerman also warned that Asian costs are rising, which can affect cost advantages for companies such as Dygert. And of the ESOP strategy, Zimmerman said, ‘Mr. Goode should not count his buyout too quickly.’ ” http://www.startribune.com/stories/535/5506934.html
  • “Friends Say Roberts Keeps Ego in Check,” Associated Press, July 19, 2005. “John G. Roberts Jr. complements his legal brainpower and squeaky-clean image with an equally important asset – an ego that friends say he keeps firmly in check.  ‘A great, self-deprecating sense of humor,’’ says Patrick J. Schiltz, a professor at University of St. Thomas School of Law and a friend of Roberts.” http://www.startribune.com/stories/670/5515481.html
  • “Local Catholic woman to be ordained,” WCCO-TV News, July 19, 2005. Regina Nicolosi, who in 1983 received a master of arts degree in pastoral studies from St. Thomas, says she is preparing for ordination as a priest. Father Ron Bowers of the St. Paul Seminary explains why the Catholic Church would not recognize it, and several young Catholics respond, including St. Thomas alumni Matt Willkom ’02 and Sara Freund ’99. http://wcco.com/specialreports/local_story_200095641.html
  • “The local verdict: ‘He’s incredibly smart,’” Star Tribune, July 20, 2005. “The nation’s sudden interest in Judge John G. Roberts Jr. surprised few of the people who have known him, including two Minnesota lawyers who both said he was an extremely smart attorney.  ‘I have worked with him for the last five years,’ said Patrick J. Schiltz, a professor at University of St. Thomas School of Law and a member of an federal appeals court advisory committee on which Roberts also serves.” http://www.startribune.com/stories/484/5515776.html
  • “A Career Largely on One Side of the Bench and Involving a Wide Variety of Issues,” The New York Times, July 20, 2005. “‘When the most controversial thing you’ve written as a judge is a Commerce Clause case,’ said Patrick J. Schiltz, a law professor at the University of St. Thomas, ‘you’re going to have to look at the briefs. The attacks on him will all be focused on the briefs he signed on for.’” http://www.nytimes.com/2005/07/20/politics/politicsspecial1/20cases.html
  • “Colleagues Call High Court Nominee Smart,” Associated Press , July 20, 2005. “‘He is not only absolutely brilliant, but he has good common sense and good sense about people. I do not think the Democrats will be able to touch him,’ said Patrick J. Schiltz, a professor at the University of St. Thomas School of Law and a friend of Roberts. ‘He is incredibly charming, he has movie-star looks. … He has been an Eagle Scout in his personal life.’” http://www.startribune.com/stories/670/5516011.html
  • “Roberts’ Conservatism May Get Quick Test,” Associated Press , July 20, 2005. “Patrick Schiltz, a friend of Roberts and professor at the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis, said he does not think Roberts’ presence will have a dramatic impact.” http://www.startribune.com/stories/670/5517428.html
  • “China raises value of yuan a bit,” Star Tribune, July 22, 2005. “‘Two percent is not much of a concession. It won’t amount to a hill of beans,’ said Fred Zimmerman, professor of manufacturing at the University of St. Thomas. If the consequences are measurable – and Zimmerman has his doubts – he said they won’t be visible in trade figures for a year or two.” http://www.startribune.com/stories/535/5519649.html
  • “7 things to know about traveling on NWA,” Star Tribune, July 22, 2005. “Q: Is it ethical for an airline passenger to cross a picket line? A: It’s an individual decision, said Robert Kennedy, who teaches business ethics and chairs the Department of Catholic Studies at the University of St. Thomas. ‘One factor that seems important to me is whether the employees who are going on strike have fair and legitimate claims, or whether they’re asking for a raise or benefit increases at a time when that’s disproportionate to the industry or is beyond what the company can afford,’ Kennedy said. ‘If you’ve got choices and the prices are about the same, then it’s not much of an inconvenience to fly on United rather than on Northwest,’ Kennedy said. ‘But if Northwest is the only one that flies to Billings and you’ve got to go to your mother’s funeral, then you shouldn’t have any qualms about that.’” http://www.startribune.com/stories/535/5519706.html
  • “Smart stores are putting some muscle into wait lifting,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, July 22, 2005. “When checkout lanes get jammed at Costco, backup salespeople head into the trenches and ring purchases on portable scanners. It’s an example of a store anticipating peak shopping times and handling them effectively, says David Brennan, co-director of the Institute for Retailing Excellence at the University of St. Thomas. Target’s wait-time strategy isn’t as obvious as Costco’s or Sprint’s, but pay attention next time you’re fuming in line. ‘The objective is no more than three people in line,’ Brennan says. When the store sees shoppers piling up, stockers are called to assist at the registers.” http://www.twincities.com/mld/twincities/living/12188425.htm