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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  • "In their words: A look back at the NCC," ( Sioux Falls, S.D.) Argus Leader, June 15, 2008. "The NCC was formed as a nine-team league in 1921, anchored by the University of South Dakota, South Dakota State and their North Dakota counterparts. Other charter members such as Creighton, the University of St. Thomas and the University of Des Moines later left the picture. Northern Iowa and Nebraska-Omaha joined in 1934, and Augustana came aboard in 1941."
  • "Family businesses that beat the odds," St. Paul Pioneer Press, June 15, 2008. "The shift from the second to the third generation at RSW Management has come with help from the University of St. Thomas. RSW is a Balsam Lake, Wis., company that has operated a resort since the 1950s, and also manages several agricultural businesses. The university’s family business program helped second-generation owner Ronald Ward develop a succession plan in 1994 to make sure the company would continue to be operated by a family member in the future. Now, leadership is split among third-generation siblings, all of whom come together with their mother and father for weekly meetings to discuss the business. ‘The disadvantage in a family business is that family members sometimes have poor relationships that tend to get in the way of their business success,’ said Ritch Sorenson, a professor of entrepreneurship at the University of St. Thomas. ‘But they have something that I call family capital. … Just due to blood relationship and commitment you have extraordinary resources in a family business that you wouldn’t in a non-family business. ‘Your own parents, brothers and sisters will do things for you they won’t do for anybody else.’" http://www.twincities.com/business/ci_9585411
  • "Forget the fish tie: Here’s a present he won’t forget," St. Paul Pioneer Press, June 15, 2008. "While an active and passionate sex life — in which both partners are not just ‘doing their duty’ — is vital to the health of a marriage, so are communication, affection and companionship, said Dr. John Buri, a University of St. Thomas psychology professor who specializes in marriage and family issues."  http://www.twincities.com/ci_9580736
  • "Urban change tests Catholic education," St. Paul Pioneer Press, June 16, 2008. "The vital question: ‘How do you stay open and provide all these fabulous services?’ said Amy Smith, a University of St. Thomas professor who’s been studying 15 Catholic schools in St. Paul and Minneapolis over the past year." This story also was distributed by the Associated Press. http://www.twincities.com/education/ci_9596922
  • "On the job, their way," Star Tribune, June 16, 2008. "’After 9/11, there was a growing sense among Muslims that they had to stand together, at least to oppose unjustified actions,’ said Thomas Berg, a law professor at the University of St. Thomas." http://www.startribune.com/business/19934184.html
  • "Career Journal: Employers Offer Aid to Avert Foreclosures," Wall Street Journal Online, June 17, 2008. "Peter Ronza, a compensation and benefits manager at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn., says at least six employees have approached him since April with concerns of losing their home or having to file for bankruptcy. "It’s not that we don’t want to help," he says, but creating a loan program would first require setting up a committee to determine who qualifies. Plus, rejections might cause friction among the school’s 1,500 employees, he explains. He has also had to deny requests for cashing in accrued vacation time for mortgage assistance because it’s against school policy." http://online.wsj.com/article/SB121364358799078389.html?mod=hpp_europe_personal_journal
  • "Economic worries mean fewer loan options for some students," Winona Daily News, June 18, 2008. "Many schools have grown frustrated with the turmoil, and have decided to bypass private lenders by offering loans directly to students through the U.S. Department of Education. Dahlen said MSC-ST is not yet considering the move, but two St. Paul schools, Macalester College and the University of St. Thomas, recently announced they will offer direct loans in the fall. They join the University of Minnesota and over a dozen public and private universities in the state that offer loans directly. Ruby said St. Olaf is considering becoming direct lenders." http://www.winonadailynews.com/articles/2008/06/18/news/01lead.txt
  • "Calliope research picking up steam," Dubuque ( Iowa) Telegraph-Herald, June 19, 2008. "[Jonathan] Tschiggfrie started his summer steam calliope journey in April after he received a $4,000 grant from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn., where he is a music major. It was a grant that Tschiggfrie thought he’d never get."
  • http://www.thonline.com/article.cfm?id=206019

And …

  • University curator Dr. Michelle Nordtorp-Madson and American Museum of Asmat Art director Dr. Julie Risser, art historians at St. Thomas, are profiled in the new issue of Edina Magazine. It’s not available online, so pick one up at your local newsstand.