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 ‘conversation’ with Tom Petters,” Star Tribune, Jan. 4, 2010. Hank Shea, Senior Distinguished Fellow at the University of St. Thomas School of Law and a fellow at its Thomas E. Holloran Center for Ethical Leadership in the Professions, offers a perspective on Tom Petters’ upcoming sentencing.
  • “Herb Tousley’s take on the future of real estate,” Star Tribune, Jan. 4, 2010. “Herb Tousley, a longtime executive in the Twin Cities commercial real estate market, recently left the business for academia, becoming director of the University of St. Thomas’ real estate master’s degree program and the university’s Shenehon Center for Real Estate. He succeeds Thomas Musil, who moved to full-time teaching at St. Thomas.”
  • “Where Did the Time Go? Do Not Ask the Brain,” The New York Times, Jan. 4, 2010. “‘One thing that social psychology taught us over and over is that the mind is a wonderful sense-making device, that it takes ambiguous or confusing information and simplifies it according to rules of thumb,’ said Aaron M. Sackett, a psychologist at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota who was the study’s lead author.”
  • “Pump Prices on Pace to Top ’09 High by Weekend,” KSTP-TV, Jan. 5, 2010. Dr. Dave Vang, chair of the Finance Department in UST’s Opus College of Business, explains why.
  • “Good Question: Is Momentum Real?” WCCO-TV, Jan. 5, 2010. “‘I think there’s a part of us that believes it exists,’ said social psychologist John Tauer, an assistant professor at the University St. Thomas, and the assistant coach of the school’s men’s basketball team.”
  • “Survey finds majority of Americans not satisfied with job,” KARE-TV, Jan. 6, 2010. “I’m not surprised that employee satisfaction is going down,” said Dr. Sally Power, a Management Professor at the University of St. Thomas. Power says several factors are contributing to the growing dissatisfaction – beginning with the tough economy.  She said the combination of decreasing salaries, increasing contributions to health care and job performance demands all take a toll on employee morale. ‘Those days of helping the employee grow and develop are pretty gone,’ Power said. Power suggests people take stock of their skills and plans for the future and start looking for a new job, particularly as the job market loosens up.  She also believes now is the time to consider entrepreneurial opportunities.
  • “Why cold often brings runny noses,” Times Daily (Florence, Ala.), Jan. 6, 2010. The newspaper’s columnist writes, “Well, I’ve found a fitting week for this answer, since it’s brutally cold out there. I also found a fitting place for the answer to the runny-nose question: a news report from WCCO, a television station based in Minneapolis, Minn. As I write this, it’s Tuesday morning and all of 20 degrees here in the Shoals. I still haven’t taken off my coat and I’ve been in the office for two hours now. What could be colder? Well, according to the WCCO Web site, it’s 7 below zero in Minneapolis. That’s a full 27 degrees colder than it is in the Shoals. That shouldn’t even be legal. Anyway, WCCO interviewed Dr. Susan Chaplin, who teaches human biology at the University of St. Thomas, which is in Minnesota. … ”
  • “Arctic chill: Temps go down, prices go up,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, Jan. 6, 2010. “The price of oil right now, yesterday was about $82 dollars and now about $83,” explained Dr. David Vang from St. Thomas University’s Finance Department. “And that was kind of in the range where we started getting gasoline prices over $3 dollars a gallon.”
  • Sports column, St. Paul Pioneer Press, Jan. 7, 2010. “Dennis Denning, the legendary University of St. Thomas baseball coach who will retire on Feb. 1, will be inducted into the Catholic Athletic Association Hall of Fame on Feb. 22 at Mendakota Country Club. For information, call 651-227-1741.”
  • “Handling of gang data revised by Ramsey County sheriff,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, Jan. 7, 2010. Nekima Levy-Pounds, the Community Justice Project’s director and a St. Thomas associate law professor, and St. Paul NAACP President Nathaniel Khaliq said the GangNet changes are important first steps. They also said they hope for more progress. Levy-Pounds said they advocate purging names that meet no new criteria after three years – in line with the Pointer File, which is governed by state law. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension maintains that database of confirmed gang members, based on the same 10-point criteria.
  • Sports column, St. Paul Pioneer Press, Jan. 8, 2010. “Retiring University of St. Thomas baseball coach Dennis Denning left Thursday for Dallas, where he’ll receive the American Baseball Coaches Association Division III Coach of the Year Award.”