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.

The list below is by no means exhaustive.   If you see a story about St. Thomas and would like us to include mention of it, be sure to drop us a note at bulletin@stthomas.edu .

  • “A cleaning revolution,” Star Tribune, June 8, 2009. “Ernest Owens, a University of St. Thomas assistant professor, said that Tennant previously managed to weather bad economic times by taking advantage of its expertise with fluids and cleaning systems and updating them. Owens, who did some project management consulting for Tennant a few years ago, said that Tennant ‘has always been a firm that strategically looks ahead, and it is trying to redefine its core markets’ by providing environmentally conscious products.” http://www.startribune.com/business/47069037.html
  • “A hard-hit manufacturing industry looks forward in Minnesota,” Star Tribune, June 14, 2009. “Fred Zimmerman, a retired University of St. Thomas professor, said that Minnesota’s manufacturing base could be larger and more diversified if the state had had better government and corporate leadership. ‘We suffered greatly with the demise of the computer industry,’ said Zimmerman, who worked for Control Data for eight years. ‘In the 1960s, Control Data was well run and Minnesota was the epicenter of computer technology.’” http://www.startribune.com/business/47951192.html
  • “Best Buy turning to private labels to raise margins,” Star Tribune, June 14, 2009. “Best Buy’s own experience with its VPR Matrix computers may be a case in point. ‘It launched the house brand in 2001 but abandoned it two years later.   Maybe the timing was wrong,’ said David Brennan of the Center for Retailing Excellence at the University of St. Thomas. ‘On the other hand, it shows some difficulties you can have in terms of launching your own brand. It’s a different situation with Target’s Archer Farms versus trying to convince someone to [spend] $1,000 or $500 for a computer.’” http://www.startribune.com/47950572.html
  • “Baseball: New town ball exhibit in Darwin,” Hutchinson Leader, June 16, 2009. “[David] Kelly, a former resident of Darwin, who now resides in Bloomington, has worked to develop the town ball exhibit. Much of what can be seen at the museum has been put together during the last year. Some of the more well-known players to come through Darwin were Fred “Lefty” Miller, Milt Goemer and Balthies Smith, a legendary catcher known as Darwin’s Mr. Baseball. Miller later played for the Seattle Turks of the Northwestern League and Oakland Oaks of the Pacific Coast League in 1910 and 1911.He was inducted into the University of St. Thomas Hall of Fame in 2007.” http://www.hutchinsonleader.com/news/sports/baseball-new-town-ball-exhibit-darwin-106
  • ” Best Buy gains bigger piece of consumer-electronics pie,” Finance and Commerce, June 16, 2009. “‘Both Best Buy and Wal-Mart are going to be more price competitive and go after Circuit City’s customers,’ said Dave Brennan, co-director of the Institute for Retailing Excellence at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul.  Brennan noted, for example, that Best Buy has been expanding its assortment of private-label electronics.” http://www.finance-commerce.com/article.cfm/2009/06/17/Best-Buy-gains-bigger-piece-of-consumerelectronics-pie
  • “CyberOptics founder killed in Crystal crash,” Star Tribune, June 18, 2009. “Management experts said Wednesday that the loss of a founding executive can be a terrible blow for a small business. When a tragedy strikes a small company, the surviving top manager must immediately acknowledge the deceased to employees, otherwise bitterness might set in, said Dr. David Vang, a finance professor at the University of St. Thomas who has written a book on entrepreneurship. ‘You try to emphasize the good aspects of the past, and acknowledge the accomplishments that will continue in the future,’ Vang said.” http://www.startribune.com/local/west/48250352.html
  • ” 3 appointed to Governor’s Residence Council,” St. Paul Legal Ledger, June 18, 2009. “[Dr. Victoria] Young, of North Oaks, is an associate professor of modern architecture and the allied arts at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul. She has been a member of the council since 2005 and was reappointed as a representative of higher education.” http://www.legal-ledger.com/item.cfm?recID=11918
  • “Charley Walters,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, June 18, 2009. The sports columnist writes, “On Tuesday, when the Twins in a pregame ceremony honored the University of St. Thomas baseball team for its NCAA Division III national championship, [Joe] Mauer sought out coach Dennis Denning and told him he had wanted to catch Denning’s ceremonial first pitch but that the idea had been nixed by the Twins. Mauer attended many of Denning’s summer baseball camps as a youth.” http://www.twincities.com/ci_12614750
  • “Shooter,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, June 19, 2009. Sports columnist Charley (“Shooter”) Walters writes: ” Minnesota Twins hit king Joe Mauer’s older brother, Jake, who played baseball for four years for the University of St. Thomas, is still the MIAC’s all-time hits leader at 243, Tommies
    sports information director Gene McGivern points out, and led the school to the 2001 national championship. Jake, now managing the Twins’ Gulf Coast rookie league club in Fort Myers, Fla., began the 2001 season with nine straight hits in a doubleheader against Massachusetts in Florida. In his final at-bat that day, he hit a line drive that the UMass right fielder dived to catch, denying a 10-for-10 performance. Against Pittsburgh at the Metrodome on Tuesday night, Joe Mauer — baseball’s top hitter at .425 — was 4-for-4.” http://www.twincities.com/ci_12619807