UST in the news

Here’s a roundup of recent St. Thomas mentions of interest in various media.

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  • “Shooter,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, Feb. 15, 2006. Sports columnist Charley (“Shooter”) Walters writes, “University of St. Thomas softball coach John Tschida, who led that school to two national softball championships and St. Mary’s to one national softball title, is involved internationally in softball as a coach, official and player. He was disappointed and somewhat surprised by the recent decision not to reinstate softball and baseball as Olympic sports after the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. ‘It’s amazing because softball and baseball make a lot of funding money for the Olympics to promote the sports in different countries,’ Tschida said. ‘And it’s really sad because softball is one of the last team sports for females in the Olympics. It’s hearsay, but I was in Malaysia just before Christmas last year and the president of the Olympic committee for Malaysia wasn’t in favor of continuing softball because she felt her country probably would never be able to medal in it. Also, I think there’s some anti-American sentiment, and the steroid issue in major league baseball, and not sending our best players to compete didn’t help.’ If the favored University of St. Thomas men’s basketball team defeats visiting Concordia (Moorhead) tonight, it will clinch at least tie for the MIAC championship and will have home-court advantage for league playoffs.” http://www.twincities.com/mld/twincities/news/special_packages/columnists/13874607.htm
  • “Education briefs,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, Feb. 15, 2006. “The University of St. Thomas Center for Senior Citizens’ Education again will offer several short courses this spring on the university’s campuses in St. Paul and Minneapolis. The courses are designed especially for those 55 and older and are taught by faculty members and experts from the community. The cost for each course is $50. The center also offers one-to-one peer consultation services and a program that allows senior citizens to attend regular academic courses on a free, space-available basis. For more information about the short courses or other programs, call the center at 651-962-5188.” Link no longer available.
  • “Prepaid tuition plans looking better,” Star Tribune, Feb. 17, 2006. “University of St. Thomas officials haven’t seriously considered the plan before and doubt they will, despite the accounting change. ‘How could we guarantee tuition and still balance the books?’ asked University of St. Thomas news service director Jim Winterer.” http://www.startribune.com/535/story/254729.html
  • “Group calls students to action: Spanish teacher starts chapter of PeaceJam service program,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, Feb. 18, 2006. “This year, PeaceJam students are studying the work of Kenya’s Wangari Maathai, who won a 2004 peace prize for spreading democracy, peace and sustainable development. To mirror Maathai’s work, students are planning a river cleanup near the city’s stockyards. ‘There’s just trash, trash, trash,’ said PeaceJam member and sophomore Ben Clark about the riverfront that the group aims to rehabilitate." ‘It’s a peaceful area, but when you go down there and see beer bottles smashed and cans washed up, it’s frustrating.’ The students also will attend a conference next month at the University of St. Thomas, where they will hear Maathai speak.” http://www.twincities.com/mld/twincities/news/local/states/minnesota/counties/dakota/13902516.htm
  • “’Apprentice’ runner-up Jarvis will speak,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, Feb. 18, 2006. The Feb. 27 event will be held at the university’s downtown Minneapolis campus and “is free to the public with prospective and current business students receiving priority seating.”   http://www.twincities.com/mld/twincities/entertainment/13900196.htm
  • “Mother’s death was spark that lit writer’s ‘Torch,’” St. Paul Pioneer Press, Feb. 19, 2006. “When [author] Cheryl [ Nyland Strayed] was accepted at what was then the College of St. Thomas , she learned students’ parents could attend free. So her mother, who had worked in a factory, as a waitress and as a janitor, decided to get a college degree. Bobbi Lambrecht drove three-plus hours from McGregor to St. Paul for a year to take c
    lasses, and she got straight A’s. During that year, Cheryl realized St. Thomas was not for her: ‘I was a writer, and everyone there wanted to major in business.’” http://www.twincities.com/mld/twincities/entertainment/books/13890277.htm
  • “Outside consultant,” Star Tribune, Feb. 20, 2006. For this weekly column, answers to business-related questions are provided by faculty from the John M. Morrison Center for Entrepreneurship at St. Thomas. http://www.startribune.com/535/story/253161.html