UST in the news

Here’s a roundup of recent St. Thomas mentions of interest in various media. Read the stories by clicking on the links. Links do expire and change as papers move stories to “archive” status, and if links have expired, you’re welcome to purchase access to the stories or use a search engine such as Lexis Nexis, available on the UST Libraries’ Web site. In some cases, you’ll need to register on the publication’s Web site in order to access full text.

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  • "Saran Jenkins: up-and-coming attorney honored for serving community," Twin Cities Daily Planet, June 7, 2007. This story originally appeared June 6 in the Minneapolis Spokesman-Recorder. "Jenkins attended Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, for her undergraduate degree in addition to the University of St. Thomas School of Education for her master’s degree. She is also a graduate of University of St. Thomas School of Law." http://tcdailyplanet.net/node/5053
  • "Books: Was Willmar man the model for Jay Gatsby?" "[Dan]Hardy, who studied literature at the University of St. Thomas and earned a law degree at William Mitchell, said he was in need of a "midlife project" nine years ago when he decided to research and write a biography of Rice (which he hopes to finish in September). Along the way, he said, links to Jay Gatsby, the enduring protagonist of Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, began ‘popping out all over the place.’" http://www.startribune.com/384/story/1261096.html
  • "Clarity – and growth – by merging," Star Tribune, June 25, 2007. "The experts say: Ernest Owens, an assistant professor of management at the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business, said a company merging two services as Intertech did needs to have sound strategic reasons for making such a change." http://www.startribune.com/535/story/1263022.html
  • "Lifelong lessons," St. Paul Pioneer Press, June 25, 2007.  "Find an encouraging, fun environment. It’s not life or death, so enjoy. The University of St. Thomas offers people 55 and older the opportunity to take undergraduate classes not for credit, including courses in foreign language, theology, art history and history (for $25 a semester, space permitting). ‘It’s a heck of a deal,’ says Sister Marie Herbert Seiter, director of the Center for Senior Citizens Education at the University of St. Thomas." http://www.twincities.com/life/ci_6205705?nclick_check=1  
  • "Children’s announces $300 million expansion," Star Tribune, June 27, 2007. "’Both [Children's Hospitals and Clinics and the University of Minnesota Children's Hospital] have repeatedly acknowledged that the community would be better off with one world-class pediatric health and medical center which would attract first rate researchers, clinicians and medical educators to serve the needs of our kids and their families,’ former U.S. Sen. Dave Durenberger said. He heads the National Institute of Health Policy at the University of St. Thomas." http://www.startribune.com/535/story/1269231.html
  • "Road rage: You’ll only drive yourself crazy if you get aggressive, experts say," Star Tribune, June 27, 2007. Lt. John Nagel of the Minnesota Highway Patrol "explains some of the anger by recalling something he heard back in psychology class at the University of St. Thomas. In an experiment, two rats were put in a box and given enough food and water and plenty of room. The researchers kept adding more rats to the box, and although they were well-fed, once they could no longer move around as freely as they wished, ‘they started gnawing on each other,’ he said." http://www.startribune.com/462/story/1270337.html
  • "New charter bridges Africa and Minnesota," Star Tribune, June 27, 2007. Comfort Lartey-Ofori, "the Ghanian immigrant and University of St. Thomas business graduate is the founder of Elom International Academy, a new charter school that will open at the Church of the Open Door in Maple Grove this fall with more than 125 students in grades K-3." http://www.startribune.com/106/story/1267511.html
  • "Good Question: Why Do Sports Parents Misbehave?" WCCO-TV, June 26, 2006. "’Our children are learning huge lessons through all of this,’ said Dr. John Buri, a social psychologist at the University of St. Thomas who also coaches high school basketball. ‘I’ve seen referees actually be chased to their locker room. It’s getting more and more difficult to find people to ref, I mean they don’t get paid combat pay.’ Buri said part of the problem is that some parents are trying to make up for their own failures. ‘There are parents who when they were playing themselves, had inspiration, they had hopes for their own athletic achievements,’ he said. ‘Now through their own children, maybe vicariously, they’ll be able to achieve some of those things, so what happens to that child and what happens on that team happens to them.’ Buri said we also too often try to shield our kid’s from failure and get too involved in their lives. ‘I even have parents calling me about their student’s grades, if you can imagine, at the college level,’ he said. ‘There’s going to be a lot of disappointments in life that our children are going to have to learn to roll with.’" http://wcco.com/goodquestion/local_story_177203105.html
  • Sports briefs, St. Paul Pioneer Press, June 26, 2007. "Brian Sprout was named player of the week and Brian Whinnery pitcher of the week in the American Association after sparking the Saints’ current seven-game winning streak. … Whinnery, a former University of St. Thomas pitcher, worked 14 innings last week and gave up just two runs, one earned, while fanning 11. He lowered his earned-run average to 2.51, ranking fifth in the league, and has a 3-1 record this season." http://www.twincities.com/ci_6228536
  • " Children’s to get $300M makeover," St. Paul Pioneer Press, June 27, 2007. " Some health policy officials believe the separate Children’s and Fairview projects will create costly redundancies in care. Leaders of both hospitals repeatedly have indicated they would b
    e better off with combined hospitals, so it will be interesting to learn if the public now embraces separate projects, said David Durenberger of the National Institute of Health Policy at the University of St. Thomas." http://www.twincities.com/ci_6236343?nclick_check=1
  • "Good Question: Is A ‘Lunch Hour’ A Real Thing?" WCCO-TV, June 27, 2007. "’The idea of the lunch hour being a certain time from noon to one, for instance, has really disappeared,’ said Dr. Pat Hedberg, who studies workplace behavior at the University of St. Thomas. ‘In many ways people think of the lunch hour very differently. And if you think about it, our jobs have changed the nature of our work has changed,’ she said." http://wcco.com/topstories/local_story_164223604.html
  • Business briefs, St. Paul Pioneer Press, June 28, 2007. "The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development named nine regional partners as host sites for the statewide network of Minnesota Small Business Development Centers. For the Twin Cities Metro Region, the site is the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul." http://www.twincities.com/ci_6245550
  • "The bounds of freedom: An exchange about abortion," St. Paul Pioneer Press, June 28, 2007. In a recent column, "’On the necessary tension between moral concerns and individual freedom,’ columnist Craig Westover wrote that Justice Anthony Kennedy’s opinion in Carhart v. Gonzales, the partial-birth-abortion Supreme Court case, challenges us, regardless of our position on abortion, to question what kind of society would condone a ‘brutal and inhumane’ procedure that ends life ‘inches from physical birth’? ‘As difficult as it may be to face,’ he wrote, ‘abortion is brutal and inhumane. But in a free society, it is also a choice. There is validity in both contentions.’ Responding to Westover, St. Thomas philosophy professor Stephen Heaney writes that a brutal and inhumane choice is not valid. Abortion does not merely risk harm to others; it actively seeks to harm another human being. ‘When an entire society permits this, we have not reduced ourselves to brutes,’ Heaney writes. ‘Instead, we are lower than brutes, for we have chosen freely to act in this way.’ Westover and Heaney expand on the discussion below. …" http://www.twincities.com/ci_6234553