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Oct 21, 2016  Former Flight Attendant Returns to School to Pursue Passion
Beth Puyau enrolled in University of St. Thomas' Adult Degree Completion program to complete a degree in Theology.

The first time Beth Puyau visited the Chapel of St. Basil at the University of St. Thomas she fell in love with the campus.

Oct 21, 2016  Army Pilot Returns to College to Earn Degree
Former Army Pilot Adrian Cerdado returned to school to take advantage of his post 9/11 GI Bill while earning an MBA.

When Adrian Cerdedo retired from post in the United States Army, he jumped straight into the civilian workforce. A few years later, when he found out his post 9/11 GI Bill was about to expire, he began to consider his options for education. Now, Cerdedo is working to complete his BBA/MBA.

Oct 20, 2016  New Chairs Named for CSB
New Chairs, Dr. Lynn Godwin and Dr. Daniel Perez, Named for CSB

Cameron School of Business names new chairs for Finance and Decision Information Systems and Management and Marketing Programs.  

Oct 19, 2016  Students Study Genetics, Neuroscience in SMART Program
Antoinette Martinez with pipettes

For five years in a row, University of St. Thomas students have been selected to attend a prestigious summer research program at Baylor College of Medicine. 

Oct 19, 2016  Texas Nurses Association District 9 Holds 100-year Anniversary Celebration at UST
Nursing student Dorca Medina Boney

Texas Nurses Association District 9, the Houston chapter of the state nurses’ association, held their 100th anniversary celebration on the University of St. Thomas campus in September. 

Oct 17, 2016  UST’s Philosophy Program Wows at Home and Abroad

By all accounts, representatives from UST’s Center for Thomistic Studies are making an extraordinary impression at philosophy conferences nationwide and internationally. 

Oct 17, 2016  Students Gain Experience as Business Consultants

What’s better than one head when solving a business problem? A classroom full of business minds working together in teams. Students in the University of St. Thomas Cameron School of Business are solving challenges for local businesses and getting real-world experience through the Celt Consulting Projects. 

Oct 11, 2016  Sr. Maureen O’Connell Presented Faithful Citizenship Award
Sister Maureen O’Connell, OP, presented Faithful Citizenship Award

The Center for Faith and Culture awarded Sister Maureen O’Connell, OP, executive director, Angela House, with the Faithful Citizenship Award at the Sixth Annual Faithful Citizenship Dinner on Oct. 5 at the Houston Country Club.

Oct 07, 2016  Nursing Student, Professor Practice Global Healthcare in Haiti
Dr. Lucindra Campbell-Law, professor of nursing, and senior nursing student Maria Teresa Guerrero, travel to Haiti to mission work as part of the nursing Summer Externship course in August.

In the United States, it’s routine practice for a patient to step on a scale at the doctor’s office. Working in a makeshift clinic in Haiti, however, two members of the Peavy School of Nursing treated hundreds of patients without basic equipment like a scale.

Oct 06, 2016  Placing Faith in the Arts
Honorees Margaret Alkek Williams & C.C. Conner pose for a photograph together prior to the afternoon’s festivities.

The University of St. Thomas (UST) Performing & Fine Arts Society held its sixth annual Membership Tea in the home of Azar Delpassand as 100-plus guests were treated to an afternoon of high tea, champagne, and socializing in recognition of the extensive contributions made by honorees Margaret Alkek Williams and Cecil “C.C.” Conner.  

Oct 05, 2016  Mock Trial Team to Host AMTA Tournament on Campus
University of St. Thomas Mock Trial Team

On Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 8 - 9, the University of St. Thomas Mock Trial team will host the Hustle City Challenge. The Challenge is the first American Mock Trial Association tournament hosted on campus, 3800 Montrose Blvd.

Oct 04, 2016  UST Named Champions of Character Five-Star Institution
University of St. Thomas Celts men's soccer

The University of St. Thomas Athletic Department has been recognized as a 2015-2016 Champions of Character Five-Star Institution by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. This marks the second year the accolade has been awarded to UST.


Oct 03, 2016  $3.8 Million Grant Funds STEM for Hispanic and Low-Income Students
STEM students conducting research during chemistry lab.

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded the University of St. Thomas a five-year, $3.8 million grant for Hispanic and low-income students who are interested in pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and nursing. 

Sep 30, 2016  St. Thomas Students Win Shell STEM Showdown
Gregg Garrido participates in the Shell STEM Showdown

Partnering with students from Southwest High School out of Fort Worth, 11 University of St. Thomas Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics students participated in the Shell STEM Showdown, claiming the top honors and being named Showdown Champions. As the 2016 Shell STEM Showdown Champions, SWHS was awarded a $3500 grant to develop or enhance STEM clubs at their school.

Sep 28, 2016  UST Tribute Concert to Honor Houston Conductor and Composer
Dr. Reynaldo Ochoa, a Houston composer and UST adjunct professor of music.

The University of St. Thomas will host a tribute concert honoring Houston composer and UST adjunct professor of music Dr. Reynaldo Ochoa. The Reynaldo Ochoa Tribute Concert will be held on Thursday, Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m. in Cullen Hall, 4001 Mt. Vernon (next to Doherty Library). Admission is free.

Sep 28, 2016  UST Professor Contributes to Discovery of an Ancient Christian Community in Kazakhstan

Dr. Charles Stewart, associate professor of art history and expert in Medieval Art, participated in a new archaeological discovery and excavation this summer. Recent excavations at the village of Usharal, 60 km west of the Chinese border, have found the remains of an ancient city, identified as the lost city of Ilyn Balik, providing the archaeological evidence for a Christian community on the border of the Republic of Kazakhstan. A cemetery with eight gravestones has also been discovered.

Sep 26, 2016  University of St. Thomas Earns a Top Spot for Best MBA Program in Houston
Students in the Cameron School of Business

University of St. Thomas ranked third out of 10 Houston universities by College Choice, who recently published its 2016 ranking for the best MBA programs in Houston. College Choice is a leading authority in college and university rankings and resources dedicated to helping students and their families find the right college.

Sep 21, 2016  Top Philosophy Grad Uses Gifts to Spread Faith

A mandatory class in ancient philosophy was the first to snag Melissa Prazak’s attention. Prazak (Philosophy, ’16), a transfer student had no intention, initially, of majoring in the subject. But as her classmates groaned over Material Monism and the metaphysic of Artistotle, Prazak quickly discovered she “had a knack” for the material.

Sep 21, 2016  UST Named One of 35 Faithfully Catholic Colleges and Universities
The National Catholic Register's Catholic Identity College Guide Badge

University of St. Thomas Houston was named one of the 35 faithfully Catholic colleges and universities by the National Catholic Register in its 12th annual Catholic Identity College Guide 2016.  

Sep 20, 2016  UST Reinvests in SEP Initiatives
Hashoo Honey

After successfully completing a honey bee project in Pakistan, called Plan Bee, the University of St. Thomas Social Entrepreneurship Program (SEP) has reinvested part of its crowdsourcing funds to a honey bee project with refugees from Nepal and Bhutan.

Sep 20, 2016  “Come Be Italian for the Weekend” at the Houston Italian Festival
Lasagna at the Italian Festival

The 38th Annual Houston Italian Festival brings the Italian culture to the heart of Houston, and it offers several new features in addition to the traditional highlights of the four-day event.

Sep 20, 2016  CSB Prepares Tomorrow’s Leaders for Industry
Cameron School of Business Vertical Thumb

On September 8, Cameron School of Business hosted an industry panel. The panel members discussed the changes in their industries over the last five years and how they pertain to higher education.

Sep 14, 2016  Management Professor’s Research Awarded “Best Paper”
Pooyah Tabesh

Cameron School of Business Professor Dr. Pooya Tabesh has long been interested in the details that compose decision-making processes in business and management. Much of his time spent as a doctoral student and teacher has been dedicated to analyzing these factors to understand how to effectively analyze proper business decisions.

Sep 14, 2016  UST Professors Named Legends in Accounting Education

Master of Science in Accounting Professors Ramon Fernandez and Margaret L. Shelton were recently honored as Legends in Accounting Education by the Houston CPA Society.  

Sep 14, 2016  Alumna’s Film on Marian Apparitions Seeks Oscar

Cimela Kidonakis ’09, a filmmaker and storyteller who owns Optix Studios, recently embarked on a year-long project to document the experience of seven strangers in Medjugorje, a town known for its apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The film, “Apparition Hill,” has premiered in 49 cities worldwide since May and raised thousands for charities. 

Sep 12, 2016  UST Ranked One of the Best Colleges in the West
University of St. Thomas - Houston has been ranked one of the Best Colleges in the West by US News and World Report

The University of St. Thomas was ranked 29th in the 2017 edition of the U.S. News and World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” list of universities in the western region of the United States.

Aug 31, 2016  UST Ranked “Best in the West” by The Princeton Review
University of St. Thomas was ranked one of the best colleges in West, according to The Princeton Review.

The University of St. Thomas was ranked one of the best colleges in West, according to The Princeton Review.  UST is among 125 colleges and universities in 15 Western states to represent the “Best in the West.”

Aug 23, 2016  Dissertation Explores Thomas Aquinas and ‘Being’
Brian Kemple publicly defended his dissertation,

Brian Kemple publicly defended his dissertation on Aug. 26 before the University community and his dissertation board. It was accepted by the Center for Thomistic Studies, and in May he will be the 28th recipient of a doctorate in philosophy from the University of St. Thomas.

Aug 18, 2016  Dr. Martin Lindenberg to Lead McNair Center
Dr. Martin Lindenberg, Director of the McNair Foundation for Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship

The University of St. Thomas has appointed Dr. Martin Lindenberg, an entrepreneur and consultant, who has years of experience and success under his belt, to lead the McNair Center for Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship.

Aug 03, 2016  University of St. Thomas Names New Dean, School of Education and Human Services

University of St. Thomas Houston announces the appointment of Dr. Paul Paese as Dean of the School of Education and Human Services, effective July 1, 2016.  Dr. Paese has a distinguished career as a leader, scholar and teacher in the field of education.

Aug 02, 2016  UST to Offer Bachelor of Science in Cell and Molecular Biology

University of St. Thomas Houston is launching a new undergraduate major Bachelor of Science in Cell and Molecular Biology.  This major is designed to produce a more focused preparation for students interested in cellular, molecular or genetics-based graduate studies. In recent years, these particular fields have rapidly expanded creating great demand for the intensive training this degree will provide.

Aug 02, 2016  William J. Flynn Center for Irish Studies at the University of St. Thomas Appoints Irish Language Scholar

The University of St. Thomas William J. Flynn Center for Irish Studies has appointed Jonathan O’Neill, MA as an Irish Studies scholar. Originally from Counties Galway and Clare in Ireland, O’Neill joins the Center from the University of Limerick. His extensive teaching background includes coursework in beginner, intermediate and advanced Irish Language as well as course instruction on Irish literature and culture. 

Jul 07, 2016  Finance Students Explore European Businesses in Study Abroad Trip
Globalization in Europe Study Abroad Students at KFW Banking Group

In an MBA study abroad trip for the Globalization in Europe course, nine students toured three major financial capitals of Europe. Led by Dr. Daniel Perez, assistant professor of finance, the trip took place from May 18 to June 1 and included visits to London, England; Strasbourg, France; and Frankfurt, Germany.

Jun 28, 2016  UST Offers Degree in Cell and Molecular Biology
Cell Biology Microscope

For sophomore Clark Hamor, there is something about life at the cellular scale that is intrinsically exciting and fascinating. That is why the new Bachelor of Science in cell and molecular biology at the University of St. Thomas caught his attention.

Jun 17, 2016  4th President Fr. Braden, a priest, professor and engineer, dies at 92
Fr. Patrick Braden, CSB, on a bicycle

The Rev. Patrick O’Connor Braden, CSB, fourth president of the University of St. Thomas, passed away on June 16. A U.S. Navy veteran with a doctorate in engineering from the University of Texas, Fr. Braden was known for his love of physics and all things mechanical. Until recently, he could often be seen riding his bicycle or scooter around campus.

Jun 10, 2016  $10K Scholarships Offered for New Leadership Minor
UST Class

The Center for Ethical Leadership will begin awarding ten $10,000 scholarships to students pursuing the new minor in leadership studies in fall 2016.


Jun 09, 2016  MPS Students Awarded Scholarships, Piano by Music Doing Good
Samuel Corello and Paul Krystofiak

Four UST Music Preparatory School students were awarded scholarships from the Music Doing Good organization. Joseph and Caeli London, Haleigh Hafely and Samuel Carrillo take lessons at UST and are students of Paul Krystofiak.

Jun 09, 2016  Crime Novel Course Investigates Murder as the Ultimate Crime
Typewriter murder mystery

Beginning with Cain and Abel, murder has fascinated people for thousands of years, and the crime novel is an ever-popular genre. Students in the Criminology, Law and Society program at University of St. Thomas will pit their wits against the protagonist or the detective in Crime Novel CRM 4332.  This Whodunnit course is the only one housed in a criminology program in the nation.

Jun 08, 2016  Students Enjoy Gelato Inspired by Business School Namesake

Business students who attended the Cameron School of Business Honors Convocation on May 20 were treated to a special custom treat from SweetCup Gelato, created by owner Jasmine Chida. 

Jun 08, 2016  Nursing School Graduates Celebrated in Pinning Tradition
Nurse with Drs. Tschirch and Ivany

The University of St. Thomas Carol and Odis Peavy School of Nursing recognized 30 graduating nursing students at the Nursing Pinning Ceremony on May 18. The pinning ceremony represents a rite of passage from the role of student to that of the professional nurse.

Jun 07, 2016  Education and Human Services Recognizes Students
UST GRACE Program Graduates

The School of Education and Human Services at the University of St. Thomas held its annual Recognition Celebration to honor students with scholarships and awards on Thursday, May 19, 2016, in Scanlan Room. The GRACE Commissioning Mass was held at the Chapel of St. Basil prior to the celebration.

Jun 06, 2016  UST Academic Boot Camp Prepares Military, Veterans for College
UST Academic Boot Camp for Veterans

A group of eight veterans and active-duty servicemen got a taste of college life during a week-long academic boot camp for veterans at the University of St. Thomas, May 15-20. The program was sponsored by the UST Office of Veteran Services and NextOp EDU, which assists veterans with job placement assistance and mentorship.

Jun 06, 2016  University of St. Thomas Recommended in New Edition of The Newman Guide

University St. Thomas, is recommended in the 2016-2017 edition of The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College, a resource published by The Cardinal Newman Society recommending 29 Catholic colleges, universities and higher education programs for their strong Catholic identity.

May 31, 2016  Business Students Recognized at CSB Honors Convocation

The Cameron School of Business at the University of St. Thomas celebrated the annual CSB Honors Convocation on May 20, recognizing more than 60 outstanding students, new honor society members, scholarship recipients and CSB student leaders for their achievements. 

May 25, 2016  Visiting Study Abroad Student from Northern Ireland Earns Scholarship
Adam McCoy, visiting UST student from Northern Ireland

Visiting University of St. Thomas student Adam McCoy, originally from Northern Ireland, was awarded a $5,500 scholarship by the British American Foundation of Texas during an awards dinner in April. Through the study abroad program Study USA, McCoy studied business at UST for the 2015-2016 academic year, with support from the William J. Flynn Center for Irish Studies.

May 19, 2016  What to Expect at Graduation
Graduation Cap and Tassle

The University of St. Thomas will celebrate 1,041 graduates during the Commencement Ceremony at 10 a.m. on May 21, 2016 at NRG Arena, located at 1 NRG Park. The University will require tickets for all guests.


May 11, 2016  Governor Abbott to Speak at UST Commencement
Governor Greg Abbott

The University of St. Thomas will celebrate 1,041 graduates during the Commencement Ceremony at 10 a.m. on May 21, 2016 at NRG Arena, located at 1 NRG Park. Commencement speaker Greg Abbott, governor of Texas, will speak on the topic “Our lives are not defined by the challenges we face, but how we respond to those challenges.”

May 05, 2016  University of St. Thomas Center for International Studies Receives Prestigious Taiwan Studies Grant

The Center for International Studies has received a three-year, $170,000 grant from Taiwan’s Ministry of Education to support ongoing and future expansion of Taiwan Studies at the University of St. Thomas.

May 05, 2016  Doctoral Dissertation Examines Communities for the Best Life
John Macias

John Macias, doctoral candidate in the University of St. Thomas Center for Thomistic Studies, will publically defend his dissertation at 9:30 a.m. on May 9 in Sullivan Hall. His dissertation on the philosophy of Thomistic philosopher Alasdair Macintyre asks what type of political community MacIntyre believes will bring human beings to the best and most flourishing life.

May 04, 2016  Center for International Studies Celebrates 35 years at UST
CIS 35th Anniversary

Since the inception of the Center for International Studies at the University of St. Thomas in 1981, the Center has prepared students for international careers through courses that focused on global issues, area studies and diplomacy.

Apr 22, 2016  Alumni Raise $100K for Scholarships in Taco Tasting
Two Saints and a Taco Tasting 2016 - Alexis Guzman

Celebrating its 5th year, the wildly popular Two Saints and a Taco Tasting raised $100,000 in support of student scholarships, the most in the event’s history. The sellout event was hosted by the Alumni Association on April 21 at Saint Arnold Brewing Co. and presented by


Apr 15, 2016  UST Focuses on Sustainable Eats for Earth Week

The University of St. Thomas is dedicated to becoming a greener, more eco-friendly campus. With that it mind, the Sustainability Committee, in collaboration with the Environmental Science and Studies Department, is planning a week’s worth of activities seeking to raise awareness for sustainability on campus.

Apr 14, 2016  UST Athletics to Kickoff Fundraiser for Player Shelters

From Link-Lee Mansion to Malloy Hall and from Guinan Hall to the Center for Science and Health Professions under construction, UST is home to 1,805 undergraduate students. For Celts Soccer and its 50 soccer student-athletes, home also extends 6 miles from campus to the Houston Sports Park. 

Apr 12, 2016  University of St. Thomas to Host DRI International’s Upcoming One-Day Conference on Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity

DRI International announces the next in its series of one-day regional collegiate conferences hosted by the Cameron School of Business University of St. Thomas from  8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  on Saturday, April 23 on campus in Jones Hall, 3910 Yoakum Blvd.

Apr 11, 2016  Celt Breakfast Club: Ernest Cockrell Inspires Business Students at University of St. Thomas

In February, Ernest Cockrell, president of The Cockrell Foundation, spoke to the Celt Breakfast Club at University of St. Thomas Cameron School of Business. He talked about his life experiences and the work of The Cockrell Foundation. 

Apr 05, 2016  MLA Alumnus Named Secondary Principal of the Year
MLA Alumnus Bobby Martinez

Bobby Martinez, MLA ’08, is living his “dream” through positively impacting the lives of students and helping them recognize their own potential. In only his third year as principal of Fairview Junior High, Martinez was named 2016 Secondary Principal of the Year for the Alvin Independent School District.

Mar 30, 2016  Students Gain Career Insights from Alumni Mentors

To supplement students’ in-class training and rigorous curriculum, the University of St. Thomas encourages students to be gain important career insights before hitting the competitive job market.

Mar 18, 2016  Walk Way of the Cross

Spend the morning of Good Friday, March 25, in a reflective procession from UST’s Chapel of St. Basil to the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. The 2.2-mile procession includes five stations, gospel readings, reflections and choral presentations. Archbishop Emeritus Joseph Fiorenza will provide a blessing at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart.

Mar 16, 2016  Business Students Gain Industry Knowledge at Career Day

The University of St. Thomas Cameron School of Business helps students prepare for careers in the business world through a challenging curriculum, mentorship programs and networking opportunities with successful professionals.

Mar 10, 2016  5th Alumni Taco Tasting to Raise Scholarship Funds
Two Saints and a Taco Tasting T-shirt and pint glasses

The UST Alumni Association will host the 5th Annual Two Saints and a Taco Tasting from 6:30-9:30 p.m. on April 21 at Saint Arnold Brewing Co. The scholarship fundraiser, presented by, will feature delicious tacos from some of Houston’s best restaurants in combination with the taps of Texas’ oldest craft brewery.

Mar 09, 2016  Students Plant Prairies to Conserve Houston
Monarch Butterfly

Prairies around Texas, that serve to protect natural habitats and increase biodiversity, have greatly decreased in number due to human intervention.Monarch Butt

Feb 26, 2016  CIS Students Attend U.S.-Russia Chamber of Commerce Luncheon

With media reporting on the stress between the United States and Russia’s relationship occurring more frequently, the next generation of policy makers and diplomats will need to develop a strong understanding of what drives Russia politically and economically, while maintaining strong ties with Russian representatives. 

Feb 25, 2016  Prestigious AACSB Accreditation Extended for Business School

Cameron School of Business students at the University of St. Thomas benefit from a prestigious business school accreditation. Originally achieved in 2011, the Cameron School of Business has received an extension of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools (AACSB) International accreditation for both its undergraduate and graduate programs.

Feb 24, 2016  Students Can Apply to be Graduation Speaker

The search begins for the student speaker for the 2016 University of St. Thomas Commencement Ceremony. 

Feb 10, 2016  Consul General of Mexico to Speak on Business Reforms

To help make businesses in Mexico more competitive in the global economy, the country has recently undergone transformation in its legal and constitutional amendments.

Feb 05, 2016  UST Sets Scholarships and Tuition for 2016-2017
UST Star Logo

The University of St. Thomas continues its commitment to affordability with a modest 4 percent tuition increase for undergraduates and an increase in the scholarship and financial aid budget to $18 million for 2016-2017.   

Feb 04, 2016  CSB Connects Students with Successful Alumni
Karen Yale

Whether individuals are preparing for future careers or pursuing different positions within a field, students can always benefit from the advice and expertise of those who have walked in their footsteps. 

Feb 03, 2016  Business School Chairs’ Highest Qualifications Benefit Students

It’s one thing to know the theories of business. It’s another to have real-world experience and connections to other professionals. Students in the University of St. Thomas Cameron School of Business benefit from faculty members who have business experience and have earned the highest degrees and certifications in their field.  

Feb 03, 2016  Nursing Dean Named Among Houston's Influential Women

In the ever-changing landscape of healthcare in Houston, the role of the nurse continues to shift and grow. To meet these needs Dr. Poldi Tschirch, dean of the University of St. Thomas’ Carol and Otis Peavy School of Nursing, strives to educate nurses who are going to bring a holistic approach to the workplace. 

Feb 02, 2016  Krohn Shares the Value of Teaching at Lee Lecture

Professor Charles S. Krohn’s experience working with the Alley Theatre for 30 seasons is exhibited when he teaches courses such as Shakespearean topics and Modern Drama for the University of St. Thomas English Department during the last 50 years.

Jan 22, 2016  New Director to Prepare Ethical Leaders of Tomorrow

Corporate social responsibility, right to life issues and cyber ethics are all “hot topics” today, and the University of St. Thomas is giving students the opportunity to think critically and analyze these topics in the recently established Center for Ethical Leadership. To aid in achieving this goal, Dr. Robert Ivany, president of the university, and Dr. Dominic Aquila, provost, have brought Dr. Joseph Cerami to lead the Center and guide students while examining the importance of ethics in these fields and beyond.

Jan 21, 2016  Nominations Open for the Mardi Gras King and Queen

The University of St. Thomas is searching for two students to be the next Mardi Gras King and Queen for the school’s 66th annual Mardi Gras Gala. Nominations for the king and queen will be accepted until Wednesday, Jan. 27.

Jan 20, 2016  UST Welcomes Head Soccer Coach

The University of St. Thomas Athletic Department and Men’s Soccer program is pleased to announce that Red River Athletic Conference and NAIA veteran coach Daniel Balaguero has become the second-ever head men’s soccer coach at UST. Balaguero will join the Celts this spring after serving as an assistant coach at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.

Jan 19, 2016  UST Remembers Life of History Professor

For 26 years he served the University of St. Thomas community by challenging students to prosper in their professional and personal lives. Dr. Irving Kelter was a friend, colleague, teacher, productive scholar and a devoted husband.

Jan 13, 2016  UST Remembers Diligent Payroll Clerk

While everybody is working for a paycheck, someone behind the scenes is working to make sure that paycheck comes through. Such was the case with Holly Graham, payroll administrator, the silent backbone of the University who made sure each St. Thomas employee had their hard-earned money in their account so they could put food on the table.