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Nov 24, 2015  Aquila Honored for Service to Education Council
Dominic Aquila receives award from CICDr. Dominic Aquila, University of St. Thomas provost and vice president for academic affairs, was awarded for service to the Chief Academic Task Force for the Council of Independent Colleges.

Nov 24, 2015  Enjoy Christmas Festivities at UST
Deck the Mall camel ridesReal snow, camel rides and the opportunity to meet Santa are some of the opportunitites that students, faculty and community members will have to get into the holiday spirit at the University of St. Thomas on Dec. 1.

Nov 24, 2015  UST Alumni Excel as Small Business Owners
Carly Markesich of Discover GymnasticsAs the holiday season approaches and our shopping lists become a more present reality, many choose to shop at and support small businesses. Many University of St. Thomas alumni have gone on to start their own small businesses After graduating from St. Thomas,, employing the skills they learned in college.

Nov 23, 2015  Winter Graduation Mass Honors 300 Graduates
Nursing Flag at Graduation MassThe University of St. Thomas will honor 334 winter graduates during the Winter Graduation Mass and Recognition Ceremony at noon on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015. The ceremony will be held in Jerabeck Activity and Athletic Center, 4000 Mount Vernon St., followed by a reception in Scanlan Room.

Nov 20, 2015  Classroom Meets Community with Service Learning Program
Dr. Jean-Philippe Faletta, associate professor director of service learning, describes service learning as a program that interlaces community service with academic study and personal reflection to enhance students’ learning experience. He said the service-learning program is UST’s way of enforcing its commitment to community service.

Nov 19, 2015  Faculty/Staff Continue Learning at Presidential Retreat
With the semester winding down most people are preparing for a break, but faculty and staff members at the University of St, Thomas, this as an opportunity to prepare for the future and learn how to better serve students.

Nov 19, 2015  CFC’s Fr. Nesti Awarded for Promoting Greater Harmony
The Rev. Donald Nesti, CSSp, director of the University of St. Thomas Center for Faith and Culture, was presented with the Julie and Ben Rogers Ecumenism Award on Nov. 11 by the Anti-Defamation League. 

Nov 18, 2015  Students Place Second in STEM Competition
Nine students from the University of St. Thomas participated in the STEM Showdown on November 6, as college captains, and won an award for most spirited civil engineers. UST’s mathematics team also placed second in nanotechnology.

Nov 18, 2015  Business Symposium Features Community Leaders
The University of St. Thomas’ Cameron School of Business will host its first Business Symposium on Nov. 20, which will encourage business professionals to engage in innovative and socially responsible business practices.

Nov 13, 2015  Honor Society of Nursing Helps Promote Literacy with Book Drive
The University of St. Thomas Honor Society of Nursing collected hundreds of books to help improve children’s education in Uganda. 

Nov 11, 2015  Houston Mayor Awards UST International Initiatives
City of Houston Mayor Annise Parker awarded the University of St. Thomas $5,000 for excellence in international education. The award came from proceeds raised at the 2015 Houston Consular Ball.

Nov 11, 2015  University of St. Thomas Irish Gala Raises $450,000
The University of St. Thomas William J. Flynn Center for Irish Studies raised more than $450,000 at the annual Irish Gala on Nov. 6 at The Houstonian Hotel. The event honored the Most Rev. Brendan J. Cahill ’85, bishop of the Diocese of Victoria and UST alumnus.

Nov 10, 2015  Gain Global Experience, Class Credit on Study Abroad
On a study abroad trip to Prague this summer, University of St. Thomas students learned about the culture, explored the city, made new friends and earned class credit. 

Nov 06, 2015  State of the University Address

The University of St. Thomas had a milestone year with the addition of signature Graduate and Undergraduate degree programs to expand opportunities for Houston’s workforce. A new Master degree in Clinical Translation Management began in January through a partnership with the Houston Methodist Research Institute. Additionally, St. Thomas joined the Texas Medical Center as a member and is focusing on expanded healthcare degrees and joint degrees to educate future Leaders of faith and character.

Nov 05, 2015  Groundbreaking for the Center for Science and Health Professions
The University of St. Thomas, a member of the world-renowned Texas Medical Center, will break ground on a new Center for Science and Health Professions on Nov. 12, 2015. The new facility, containing more than 100,000 square-feet of modern lab space and classrooms, will meet the increasing demand for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) degree programs in Houston. 

Nov 02, 2015  Brazilian Business Executives Meet with UST Professors
Brazilian Executives Visit USTBusiness executives and graduate students from Brazil and Angola visited the University of St. Thomas in September to participate in a business seminar presented by UST professors.

Oct 27, 2015  Students Thank Donors for Scholarships
Student scholarship recipients at the University of St. Thomas gathered last week to write thank you notes to the thousands of generous donors and benefactors who make it possible for them to attend UST and complete their education.

Oct 23, 2015  Nursing Students Create App that Connects Community to Wellness
A group of students from the University of St. Thomas Carol and Odis Peavy School of Nursing created the UST Wellness Connect app that enables students, faculty and staff to quickly access information about local health resources, campus events, discounts and more. 

Oct 22, 2015  Performing Arts Society Membership Tea Raises Scholarship Funds
More than 125 people attended the 5th annual University of St. Thomas Performing Arts Membership Tea held on Monday, Oct. 12, in the home of Dr. Ed Bosarge and Marie at Chateau Carnarvon.

Oct 20, 2015  University of St. Thomas Names New Director of Development
Michael C. Frick was named senior director of development at the University of St. Thomas on Sept. 14.

Oct 16, 2015  Aquinas Medals Awarded to Sommers and Haldane
Dr. Mary Catherine Sommers and Dr. John Haldane were inducted into the Order of St. Thomas on Sept. 24 in conjunction with the 37th annual Aquinas Lecture Series at the University of St. Thomas.

Oct 12, 2015  CFC Lectures to Discuss Personal Relationship with God
UST Fiorenza Lecturers Beth and Charlie BalsamThe Center for Faith and Culture at the University of St. Thomas will present the Archbishop Joseph A. Fiorenza Lecture Series “The Domestic Church and the Encounter with God.” The series will focus on one’s relationship with God in the family life, in the areas of early childhood, young adulthood and marriage. 

Oct 01, 2015  Purchase Discount Tickets to 37th Houston Italian Festival at UST
Festival season is right around the corner, which means the Italian Festival is almost here.

The 37th Annual Houston Italian Festival, presented by the Italian Cultural & Community Center will be held on the grounds on the University of St. Thomas on Oct. 8-11.

Sep 25, 2015  Advancement Staff Remembers ‘Unsung Hero,’ Donald Lewis ‘87
Donald LewisSome people want to be noticed and take the show. Others work quietly behind the scenes to make sure the work gets done. Donald Lewis was the latter. The kind-hearted Lewis was a UST class of 1987 business administration alumnus and served the Office of Institutional Advancement for 15 years. Lewis passed away suddenly Wednesday from complications with pneumonia. 

Sep 25, 2015  Bishop Rizzotto Presented Faithful Citizenship Award
The Center for Faith and Culture will award The Most Reverend Vincent M. Rizzotto, D.D., JCL, retired auxiliary bishop, with the Faithful Citizenship Award at the Fifth Annual Faithful Citizenship Dinner on Oct. 1 at the Houston Country Club.

Sep 23, 2015  Memorial Service to Honor Former Housing Director Jan Schultz
Jan SchultzA memorial service honoring Jan Schultz, former director of Residence Life and Conference Housing at the University of St. Thomas, will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 26 in Ahern, Crooker Center, located at 3909 Graustark St.

Sep 23, 2015  Business Symposium to Encourage Community-Minded Business
The University of St. Thomas community and Houston-area entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to learn how to positively impact their community through the Cameron School of Business’s first Business Symposium.

Sep 23, 2015  Cameron School of Business Welcomes New Faculty
The Cameron School of Business welcomes four new faculty members this year in the areas of economics, finance, management and leadership.

Sep 21, 2015  UST Awards Full Tuition to Guinan, Shiffick Scholars
Lan Vu, a UST Shiffick ScholarEach year, a handful of incoming freshmen are selected to receive one of two full-tuition scholarships provided by the University of St. Thomas. This year seven students were awarded either the V.J. Guinan Scholarship or the P & B Shiffick Scholarship.

Sep 18, 2015  Biochemistry Students Present Research on Gold Nanoparticles
Henry Pham, Dr. Shereen Ghaoui and Julie PhamAt the University of St. Thomas, undergraduate students have the opportunity to participate in faculty-led research studies beginning as early as freshman year. Assistant professor of chemistry and physics, Dr. Shereen Ghaoui, and two UST students’ research on the synthesis of gold nanoparticles can change the way drugs are delivered when targeting and treating diseases.

Sep 17, 2015  Biology’s Frohlich is New Center for Faith and Culture Fellow
Dr. Don Frohlich, professor of biology, has been appointed a fellow for Faith and Science in the University of St. Thomas Center for Faith and Culture.

Sep 17, 2015  Hittinger Named Member of Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas
Dr. John Hittinger with Bishop Marcelo Sánchez SorondoDr. John Hittinger, professor of philosophy at the University of St. Thomas, received a letter signed by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican secretary of state, naming him an ordinary member of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas in May.

Sep 14, 2015  Coverage of Pope’s Visit
On Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015 Pope Francis will arrive to the U.S. in a historic apostolic visit, which will take the pontiff to Washington DC, New York and Philadelphia.

Sep 11, 2015  Nursing Students Serve Guatemala, Haiti on Trip Abroad
Thirteen nursing students from the University of St. Thomas’s Odis and Peavy School of Nursing embarked on one of two trips abroad this summer to Guatemala and Haiti as an optional experience that contributed to their required summer externship course.

Sep 09, 2015  UST Ranked One of Best Colleges in the West
UST Named Among U.S. News & World Report Best College in the WestThe University of St. Thomas was ranked 30th in the 2016 edition of the U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” list of universities in the western region of the United States.

Sep 09, 2015  Award-winning Mother of 11 Links Home Schoolers to UST
Diane AquilaDiane Aquila, a Catholic home-schooling mother of 11 and the wife of University of St. Thomas Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dominic Aquila, has received the 2015 Maximum Mom Award from Houston Woman Magazine.  The award is one of nine Nominate HER (“Honor Excellent Role Model”) awards bestowed annually by the publication on influential Houston-area women.

Sep 04, 2015  Innocence Project Co-Founder to Speak at Forensic Science Symposium
Forensic science fingerprintPeter Neufeld, co-founder of The Innocence Project, will speak at the University of St. Thomas as part of a symposium on forensic science, hosted by the Houston Forensic Science Center on Sept. 17 at UST.

Sep 04, 2015  UST Lights Mansion Blue for Prostate Cancer Awareness
UST lights up Link-Lee Mansion in partnership with Blue CureThe University of St. Thomas will light the Link-Lee Mansion blue to show support for Blue Cure’s #lightitblue initiative to spread awareness about prostate cancer. The Mansion will be lit blue throughout the month of September, coinciding with National Prostate Cancer Awareness month.

Sep 03, 2015  First CLS Student Strives to Help Society Better Understand the Law
U.S. Army veteran and junior Criminology, Law and Society major, Danny Noriega strives to one day change the ideas of the criminal justice system and help Americans better understand the laws that affect them.

Sep 02, 2015  UST Welcomes New Faculty
New faculty member Javoris HollingsworthThe University of St. Thomas welcomes 21 new faculty members for to the School of Arts and Sciences, Cameron School of Business, School of Education and Human Services, and School of Theology.

Sep 01, 2015  Chief of Police Recognizes President for Supporting Campus Safety
In an effort to ensure campus and community safety, the University of St. Thomas made a transition from an Office of Campus Security to a police department last October.

Aug 28, 2015  Japan’s 'Friendship' Program Invites 21 Students to Tokyo
Sensoji-ji Temple in Asakusa, JapanTo better understand Japan’s history and culture, 21 undergraduate students will have the opportunity to travel to Tokyo for a 9-day people-to-people exchange between Japan and the United States with no travel costs. Through the Consulate-General of Japan in Houston, Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs invited UST to select students to participate in the 2015 Kakehashi Project, Japan’s Friendship Ties Program.

Aug 26, 2015  Music Summer Camps See Record Numbers in Enrollment, Donations
MPS Student at OrganThe University of St. Thomas’s Music Preparatory School saw record numbers in student enrollment and donations for the 2015 summer camps. Founding director Paul Krystofiak was excited for the turnout in both student numbers and monetary contributions.

Aug 26, 2015  Business Professor Earns 2 HR Certifications
Sujin HorwitzDr. Sujin Horwitz, associate professor and chair of Management and Marketing became a Society for Human Resource Management Senior Certified Professional in July. SHRM is the largest professional human resources membership association in the world.

Aug 26, 2015  UST Music Professor Presents, Instructs at World Piano Conference
Paul KrystofiakProfessor Paul Krystofiak, director of the Music Preparatory School, was invited to participate in the 2015 World Piano Conference in Novi Sad, Serbia, where he presented two lectures and instructed three master classes as a master-class artist clinician.

Aug 26, 2015  CTS Director Awarded for Work on Human Actions
Dr. Tom OsborneThe Aquinas Center for Theological Renewal awarded Dr. Thomas M. Osborne Jr. the Charles Cardinal Journet Prize for his book “Human Action in Thomas Aquinas, John Duns Scotus, and William of Ockham.” Osborne is the associate professor of philosophy and director of the Center for Thomistic Studies at the University of St. Thomas.

Aug 26, 2015  Professor Evaluates Appeal of Student Research at Gordon Conference
Dr. Alexandra SimmonsDr. Alexandra Simmons, assistant professor of biology at the University of St. Thomas, attended the Gordon Research Conference from July 12-17 at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. The purpose of the conference was to gather theme focused on undergraduate biology education research.

Aug 26, 2015  In Spain, Team Gets New Worldview on Basketball, Teamwork
Women's Basketball player abroad in BarcelonaSpain’s beautiful beaches, multi-peaked mountains and historic sites are not the only things the University of St. Thomas Women’s Basketball team conquered this August on a basketball tour abroad. The Celts learned a few new international rules to playing the game, and grew even closer through the sweat, laughter and adventures they shared around Barcelona, Spain. 

Aug 25, 2015  UST Ranked “Best in the West” by The Princeton Review
The University of St. Thomas was ranked by The Princeton Review as one of the “Best in the West” colleges for 2016. In the website feature “2016 Best Colleges: Region by Region,” UST is among 125 colleges and universities in 15 Western states to represent the “Best in the West.”

Aug 13, 2015  UST Benefits Allow Staff Member to Graduate, Become Teacher
Roberto TobarAn employee in University of St. Thomas’ Facilities Operations, Roberto Tobar, will soon become a science teacher for 5th grade students in Cleveland Independent School District. Through the services offered by UST’s employee benefits and with the encouragement of his supervisor, Tobar will have the opportunity to live his dream of educating children.

Aug 11, 2015  Summer Camps Introduce Students to the Medical Field
Keagan Foss is a senior biology major, chemistry minor and pre-dental student who decided to spend part of his summer mentoring high school students interested in pursuing careers in the medical field.

Aug 10, 2015  Robert McNair and UST Team Up for Free Enterprise, Entrepreneurship
The Robert and Janice McNair Foundation and the University of St. Thomas are pleased to announce the establishment of The McNair Center for Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship at the University of St. Thomas Houston.  The Center will advance research and education on the role of private enterprise, individual initiative and entrepreneurship in fostering economic growth and authentic human flourishing.

Aug 10, 2015  New Center Instills Ethical Leadership
UST Chapel with studentsEthics and leadership are two fundamental elements of students’ education at the University of St. Thomas.The new Center for Ethical Leadership operates under the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, and as one of the University of St. Thomas’s six centers, the CEL brings together faculty, visiting fellows, prominent leaders-in-residence and students to research and engage in practices that strengthen and advance ethical leadership in a variety of professions.

Aug 10, 2015  Ferrari Bridges Gap Between Medical Research, Business
Dr. Mauro FerrariDr. Mauro Ferrari, president and CEO of Houston Methodist Research Institute, will join the University of St. Thomas Cameron School of Business as a visiting professor. The distinguished endowed chair of Houston Methodist Research Institute will teach one class in the fall and another in the spring semester as part of the Master in Clinical Translation Management program.


Aug 10, 2015  CSB Advisory Board Connects Students to Professional World
John HaynesThe Cameron School of Business gives graduate and undergraduate business students at the University of St. Thomas opportunities to become immersed in the business community. Through the advice and expertise of the CSB Advisory Board members, students gain the appropriate tools to apply classroom training to the real world of business.

Jul 27, 2015  Global Studies Colloquium Brings Taiwanese Students to UST
hianan University of Pharmacy and Science Taiwan visitors to University of St. ThomasTen pharmacy students from Chianan University of Pharmacy and Science located in Tainan, Taiwan, will spend two weeks in Houston for the 5th annual American & Global Studies Colloquium. The students arrived on July 18 and will immerse themselves in American and Texas culture through the efforts of UST’s Center for International Studies. A pillar of the University’s Taiwan Initiative, the AGSC Program has educated more than 100 Taiwan students about the United States since 2011.

Jul 21, 2015  Sister Helps Produce Series on Creation, Environment
Sister Damien Marie Savino, FSE, chair of environmental science and studies, has spent the last five years collaborating with Salt + Light Catholic Media Foundation to create a documentary series that explores the Catholic approach to environmentalism. Now, the first three videos of the six video series that cover topics ranging from awe and wonder to integral ecology, have been released to the public.

Jul 21, 2015  UST Athletes Recognized for Academic Excellence
Juan Gutierrez, a junior majoring in finance and economics, knows if you can be a good athlete, you can be a good student. Both require the same dedication and follow through, and for both, the key to success are organization and a tight schedule.

Jul 20, 2015  School of Education Renamed to Include Human Services
Education classThis summer, the University of St. Thomas School of Education will be renamed the School of Education and Human Services. The school’s new name will reflect the increased academic programs that it offers. Education, Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC), and Criminology, Law, and Society (CLS ) share a common mission to serve the community in a direct and impactful way.  


Jul 17, 2015  Dean Presents Business Ethics Findings to Business Deans
As business schools worldwide seek to find ways to better prepare graduates for the ethical challenges of the workplace, the University of St. Thomas Cameron School of Business offered unique insight at the Partners in Business Ethics Conference, hosted by the Leeds College of Business of the University of Colorado – Boulder in May.

Jul 14, 2015  UST Students Study Around the Globe
With the rise of globalization and the increasing interconnectedness of the world, the need for students to gain a global perspective while in college is at an all-time high.

Then why do only 10 percent of college graduates in the United States participate in study abroad programs? 

Jun 24, 2015  Nursing Students Begin First Hospital Rotations
The 37 students from the Carol and Odis Peavy School of Nursing 2017 cohort will begin their perioperative clinical rotations this July at Ben Taub Hospital and CHI St. Luke’s Health–Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center.

Jun 15, 2015  Doctoral Candidate Examines Proving God in Dissertation
Steven Pena, a doctoral candidate in the University of St. Thomas Center for Thomistic Studies in Houston, publicly defended his dissertation on May 22 before the University community and his dissertation board.

Jun 12, 2015  Alumnae Awarded for Educating Students with Passion
Hilda Nanez and Dr. Ginny Torres-RimbauTwo University of St. Thomas alumnae were awarded for their achievements as elementary educators in Houston.

Michelle Pollack Lopez ‘99, a music teacher at Martin Elementary, was named Teacher of the Year for Alief Independent School District. Hilda Nanez ’14 was named the 2015 HAABE Bilingual Teacher of the Year by the Houston Area Association for Bilingual Educators. 


Jun 11, 2015  Professor Participates in International Conference on Women
Recently Pope Francis said the Catholic Church needs to make sure that women do not feel like guests but rather full participants in various social and church environments. The success of that movement lies in empowering women economically and through education, while defending the dignity of women and promoting their rights.

Jun 10, 2015  Assistant Volleyball Coach Turns Towards Rec Sports
Mary Ann Shaw ’08 understands that to be a successful college student you need to exercise your body, spirit and mind. As the new assistant director of recreational sports, Shaw is making it her mission to ensure that students attending the University of St. Thomas have every opportunity to workout.

Jun 08, 2015  Former WNBA Player Named Women’s Basketball Coach
It seems that no matter where she goes, oppressive heat and poisonous animals will plague Jae Cross. The Australia native first moved to Texas in 2006 to play for the WNBA’s San Antonio Silver Stars. She stayed in Texas to assist the coaching staff at Rice University, and now, after seven seasons with Rice, she is joining the University of St. Thomas athletics family to coach the Lady Celts.

Jun 04, 2015  Celts Receive Sportsmanship Award for 3rd Year
The University of St. Thomas, its students and faculty strive to be ethical leaders in the many aspects of their personal and professional lives. In UST’s student-athletes, these traits were recognized by fellow conference members, and for the third consecutive year, UST received the Red River Athletic Conference Sportsmanship Award for 2014-15. 

Jun 02, 2015  Celebrate Houston’s Diversity at World Refugee Day
World Refugee DayBe part of a day of cultural performances, children’s activities and educational exhibits during World Refugee Day, presented by the Houston Refugee Consortium and their supporters, the City of Houston and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

May 28, 2015  Business Students Put Skills to Test in Case Competition
The business world expects professionals to work in teams to effectively find innovative solutions for a variety of situations. Students at the University of St. Thomas have the opportunity to practice strategic thinking and put their skill-sets to use in real-world situations through the undergraduate Case Competition.

May 27, 2015  Epic Hero Faces Himself in UST Grad's Book
Jorge Gonzalez-RomoGraduating Senior Jorge Luis Gonzalez-Romo gained a profound self-awareness at University of St. Thomas that enabled him to write his first book—an epic poem titled "The Canticle of the Warrior." A story that had been working in his mind ever since playing the video game "The Legend of Zelda" in his senior year of high school, Gonzalez-Romo wrote this book to immortalize the grandeur of this elite form of literature and celebrate his Mexican culture.

May 18, 2015  MBA Financial Advisor Elected Junior League President
Mimi FoersterMimi Foerster, MBA ’03, believes in making things happen. From her Galleria-area office, the UBS financial advisor works her dream job that combines two things she is passionate about: people and finance.

May 13, 2015  CSB Recognizes Future Leaders with Honors Convocation
CSB Student and Dean Beena GeorgeCelebrating students in the Cameron School of Business at the annual CSB Honors Convocation, Jim Hackett, partner at Riverstone Holdings, LLC, and longtime friend of the University, will give the keynote address. There will be 105 students honored at 2:30 p.m. on May 15, in Jones Hall, 3910 Yoakum Blvd. The University of St. Thomas CSB Alumni Board will also recognize Aileen McCormick ’86 as a distinguished alumnus.

May 11, 2015  Nursing Seniors Now Offer Patient Care to Veterans
Blake WallinSpring 2015 hallmarked the start of a significant initiative: University of St. Thomas Nursing students can now do their senior preceptorships at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston. The first five students to do this—Muzzamel Khan, Lilian Moran, Kiana Shy, Andrea Uzcategui and Blake Wallin—were the pioneers of this important endeavor and the VA Medical Center staff is grateful for these UST students.

May 11, 2015  UST Presents Bioinformatics Tool at Chinese DNA Conference
It is not often that one gets the opportunity to share research with the international scientific community, but that is exactly the opportunity Dr. Albert Ribes, professor of biology, was afforded when he was invited to the Sixth World DNA and Genome Day in Nanjing, China to present research data obtained with a bioinformatics tool he developed with Dr. Maia Larios-Sanz and two undergraduates. 

May 08, 2015  Strategic Areas Certificate Sees Success in Debut Year
The inaugural year of the Strategic Areas Certificate Program has realized early success for UST students and the University. The effort to promote East Asia studies and languages has tripled enrollment in Chinese and Japanese language courses over the prior 2013-15 academic year.

May 08, 2015  Math Professor Researches New Air Force Jet Engines
Dr. Henry Foust, assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics, Computer Science and Cooperative Engineering, has been accepted to participate in a fellowship at the Emerging Propulsion Systems Laboratory at the Write Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio.

May 06, 2015  Tacos + Beer = $85,000 in Scholarships
Two Saints and a Taco Tasting, UST’s popular annual alumni event, was held April 23 and raised more than $85,000 for Alumni Association Scholarship Fund—the most ever for this event.

May 06, 2015  1,000 UST Students Walk this May
GraduateThe University of St. Thomas will celebrate more than 1,000 graduates with a Commencement Ceremony at 10 a.m. on May 16, 2015 at NRG Arena, located at 1 NRG Park (formerly Reliant Arena). 

May 05, 2015  UST Launches Adult Degree Completion
Rama GerigThe University of St. Thomas will offer an Adult Degree Completion program in fall 2015. Students will pursue one of two degree options, a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts or in general studies, and will have the option to choose from a variety of concentrations including art history, business, communications, education, criminology, law and society, and more.

May 04, 2015  First Gen Graduate Lands Job After Psychology Research
The University of St. Thomas Psychology Department allows undergraduate students to be exposed to a quality curriculum that focuses on research training.

Apr 29, 2015  Chemistry’s Tinnerman Inspires, Leaves Legacy
Bill TinnermanStudents, alumni and faculty remember Dr. William “Bill” Tinnerman II, a chemistry professor of 36 years at the University of St. Thomas, who passed away on April 27.

Apr 29, 2015  Hungarian Foundation Honors Ivany with Washington Award
Ivany Receives George Washington AwardThe American Hungarian Foundation recently honored the University of St. Thomas president with the George Washington Award because of his many years of service and leadership. The award was presented to Ivany in the Link-Lee Mansion on April 29, by Zsolt Harsanyi, chairman of the Foundation.

Apr 27, 2015  Vo takes first place at Chinese Speech Competition
Claudia Lopez, Rebecca Skaff and Stephanie Tam Vo competed in the 22nd annual Global Federation of Chinese Business Woman Chinese Speech Contest on April 18.

Apr 27, 2015  Celts Partner With Houston Aces for Summer Soccer Camp
The University of St. Thomas Women’s Soccer announces their partnership with the Houston Aces to host the 2015 Champions of Character Women’s soccer camp.

Apr 24, 2015  Pope Francis Names Alumnus Bishop of Victoria
Pope Francis named University of St. Thomas Alumnus, Bishop-Elect Brendan Cahill, S.T.D., ’85, of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston as the new Bishop of the Diocese of Victoria, Texas.

Apr 21, 2015  UST Embraces Sustainability, Creates Committee
Clarence Sirmons, sustainability coordinator, plays a key role in the development of sustainable projects and practices on campus by educating students through courses on sustainable development and urban planning and leading the Sustainability Committee, a task force working to develop and implement sustainable practices across campus.

Apr 20, 2015  UST Goes Green For Earth Week
The University of St. Thomas is approaching sustainability and environmentalism with renewed vigor. With the establishment of a Sustainability Committee dedicated to evaluating and improving the University’s green policies, it is well on its way to becoming a greener, more eco-friendly campus.

Apr 16, 2015  Nursing Students Educate Kids on Healthy Living
Nursing student screens childEight students from the University of St. Thomas Carol and Odis Peavy School of Nursing conducted a health screening and educated students at Western Academy about healthy eating and sleeping on Feb. 27. UST’s nursing students screened third to eighth grade students for blood pressure, height, weight, vision and hearing.

Apr 15, 2015  UST Partners With Blue Cure Youth Basketball Camps
If you are looking for a fun day camp for you basketball-obsessed child to attend this summer, look no further than the Blue Cure Youth Basketball Camps running from June 29 through July 2. 

Apr 15, 2015  Celebrate Ethical Business Leaders at Mass for Commerce
The University of St. Thomas will hold the Fourth Annual Mass for Commerce at 7:30 a.m. on April 20 at the Chapel of St. Basil, 3802 Yoakum Blvd. The Cameron School of Business invites the community to come together in prayer to celebrate UST’s commitment to business, professional and spiritual life.

Apr 13, 2015  UST ACS Receives Two National Awards at Conference in Denver
The University of St. Thomas student chapter of the American Chemical Society received an Outstanding Awards at the 249th ACS National Meeting held in Denver from March 22-26.

Apr 13, 2015  Financial Planner Credits UST for Seeding Successful Career
Becky Ruthven, MBA ’96, has spent most of her life traveling the world. As the daughter of a military father, Ruthven has always been curious to learn about other cultures.

Apr 09, 2015  What to Expect at Graduation
2014 UST GraduateThe University of St. Thomas will celebrate more than 1,000 graduates with a Commencement Ceremony at 10 a.m. on May 16, 2015 at NRG Arena, located at 1 NRG Park (formerly Reliant Arena). The University will require tickets for all guests, to help accommodate the increased number of guests expected. See ticket information.

Apr 08, 2015  Alumna Pursues Passion, Never Stops Learning
To say that Julie Summerford Pearson, MBA ’97, likes a challenge is an understatement. She thrives under the pressure and loves to learn new things and grow. This drive to continue learning led her from her hometown of El Paso, to Houston, where she earned her MBA, to Baltimore before finally taking her back to El Paso. There, she enjoys spending time with her husband and five children and works as the vice president of information technology at Hunt Companies.

Apr 07, 2015  MPS Student Awarded $1,500 Music Scholarship
Joseph London, a UST Music Preparatory School piano student, was awarded a $1,500 scholarship from Music Doing Good. The scholarship awards target students in the sixth through 12th grades, with exceptional music talent and financial need. The scholarship provides funding for private lessons, music workshops and tuition through educational institutions, such as MPS.

Apr 06, 2015  South Texas College of Law, UST Announce Joint JD/MBA
South Texas College of Law/Houston and University of St. Thomas sign agreement for joint JD/MBA degreeThe leadership of South Texas College of Law/Houston and the University of St. Thomas signed an agreement on Thursday in UST’s Link-Lee Mansion establishing a joint academic program that will allow qualified students to earn both law and advanced business degrees on an accelerated schedule.

Mar 31, 2015  Hackett Mother, Daughter Explore Giving at Luncheon
Maureen Hackett, Photo by Alexander’s Fine Portrait DesignThe University of St. Thomas will host the 10th annual Women and Philanthropy Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on April 1. This year’s event on the topic “Discovering our Legacy through Faith and Fortitude,” is mother-daughter themed and will feature local mother and daughter philanthropists Maureen and Kelly Hackett.

Mar 27, 2015  Students Present Research at Sister School in Canada
Marcus Walden at St. Thomas UniversityDuring spring break, two students from the University of St. Thomas traded the warmer Houston weather for snow-covered Canada. Rebecca Skaff, a senior international studies and communication major, and Marcus Walden, a senior environmental studies and theology major, traveled to Fredericton, New Brunswick, to present their research papers at a sister school, St. Thomas University, on March 13.

Mar 26, 2015  New Certificate Equips Students to be Social Entrepreneurs
Andres CuellarThe Cameron School of Business and the Center for International Studies plan to offer a certificate in social entrepreneurship, which will empower students to become social entrepreneurs. The certificate also gives students the foundational knowledge and access to investors needed to transform social enterprise ideas into concrete, income-generating activities.

Mar 25, 2015  Alumni Association’s 4th Taco Tasting Expected to be Blowout
Two Saints and a Taco Tasting LogoAlumni and friends from all walks of life come together for one of the biggest University of St. Thomas alumni events, Two Saints and a Taco Tasting, a taco tasting competition with some of Houston’s best restaurants in combination with the taps of Texas’ oldest craft brewery.

Mar 23, 2015  80 Students Represent UST at the Goodphil Games
More than 80 students from the University of St. Thomas Filipino Student Association attended the Goodphil Games at Texas A&M University on March 13.  The weekend was filled with camaraderie, competition and bonding for the students involved.

Mar 12, 2015  UST’s MPS Students Advance to State Contest
Caleb KrollTwo students from the University of St. Thomas Music Preparatory School won first place in the piano solo categories of the Texas Music Teachers Association Performance Contest on Feb. 21, and will advance to the state finalist level where they will compete at the TMTA state convention in Dallas this June. The competition was held at the Houston Community College campus.

Mar 12, 2015  Thomistic Studies Graduate Student Earns Maritain Award
Francisco Plaza, a student from the University of St. Thomas Center for Thomistic Studies, was awarded the American Maritain Association Graduate Student Award at an annual conference held in San Francisco, Feb. 26–28. At least 50 people attended the conference.

Mar 12, 2015  Ambassador Pickering Delivers 2015 Distinguished Diplomat Lecture
Six-time U.S.  Ambassador and former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Pickering will deliver the 2015 Distinguished Diplomat Lecture titled, “Challenges Facing U.S. Foreign Policy to 2016.”

Mar 11, 2015  Educational Advertising Awards Recognizes MarCom, Creative Services
UST Fall 2014 Calender of Events coverThe University of St. Thomas Marketing Communications and Creative Services offices were recently recognized by the 30th Annual Educational Advertising Awards for six advertisements

Mar 11, 2015  Stanfill Benefit Concert Raises Funds for SEP
Stanfill Benefit ConcertThe SEP members raised $5,000 for the Austin Stanfill Traveling Fund at a benefit concert on Feb. 13 in memory of former SEP student executive board president Austin Stanfill ‘12. After Stanfill’s death in 2013, his family and the University of St. Thomas created this fund to sponsor other SEP members’ projects around the world.

Mar 11, 2015  Ivany Honored by West Point Society
University of St. Thomas President, Dr. Robert Ivany received the Leadership in Action Award at the 2015 West Point Society of Greater Houston Founders Day Celebration on Saturday, March 7.  Ivany has served as president of UST for 10 years and has continued the tradition of excellence the University has enjoyed.

Mar 10, 2015  Overton Awards Announced, Nominate Colleagues for Next Round
The University of St. Thomas selected the new quarterly recipients of the Tom Overton Excellence Award. This award recognizes UST employees who go above and beyond when contributing to their departments and to the University.

Mar 04, 2015  CSB Program Gives Students Insider View of Houston Businesses
Celts Exploring Business visit to Amegy BankThe question of “What can I do with my degree?” crosses the mind of many students at some point in their college career. The Cameron School of Business’ program, Celts Exploring Business, gives students the opportunity to visit local businesses and speak to current employees in companies across multiple industries.

Mar 03, 2015  Boot Camps Train, Prepare Students for Nursing School
Students from the University of St. Thomas Carol and Odis Peavy School of Nursing participated in the third year of the SON boot camps in early January. During the week-long camps held prior to the beginning of the spring semester, students learned how to adjust to the academic rigors of nursing school, to succeed in the nursing statistics class and to prepare for the Health Education Systems Incorporated (HESI) exam. 

Mar 02, 2015  Accounting Students Participate in Tax Season Service Learning
For more than 30 years, Ramon Fernandez ’79, assistant professor of accounting, has run the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, a program he started in 1984. This year more than 50 University of St. Thomas accounting students, alumni and friends will dedicate their Saturdays in tax season to serve the community by offering free income tax preparation and electronic filing.

Feb 27, 2015  Apply to Speak at Graduation by March 17
The search for the next student commencement speaker is in progress. The commencement speaker will represent the UST student body during graduation, and have the opportunity to share his or her collegiate experience, hopes for the future and words of inspiration.

Feb 27, 2015  Gallagher Receives Recognition for Her Irish Education Work
Lori Gallagher, J.D., director of the William J. Flynn Center for Irish Studies, was recognized among the 2014 Irish Education 100 by Irish Voice, an Irish American newspaper and Irish America magazine.

Feb 26, 2015  Ambassador Witnesses to Vatican’s Global Diplomacy
Ambassador Francis RooneyAmbassador Francis Rooney, who was U.S. ambassador to the Holy See from 2005 to 2008, discussed his recent book, “The Global Vatican” on Feb. 11, at a dinner hosted by the Center for International Studies Distinguished Diplomat Program.  During his time at the Holy See, the Ambassador witnessed the quiet yet crucial diplomacy pursued by the pope through the Vatican’s extensive global diplomatic network. 

Feb 26, 2015  Executives Give CSB Students Career Advice
Gaining important insights and contacts from business leaders provide students with a valuable step in the direction of their future careers. A select group of undergraduate and graduate students from the University of St. Thomas Cameron School of Business attended the Celts Breakfast Club on Feb. 11, where they had the opportunity to speak and network with two business leaders.

Feb 26, 2015  Bustos Performs Classical Guitar at UST
Isaac BustosThe University of St. Thomas Music Department will present a performance by Isaac Bustos at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 27, in Cullen Recital Hall, located at 4001 Mt. Vernon. Bustos is a classical guitarist who will perform the music of Albeniz, Bach, Scarlatti, Piazzolla and more.

Feb 20, 2015  CSB Offers New Minor in Market Analysis
The University of St. Thomas Cameron School of Business will offer a minor in market analysis in the fall 2015 semester. The 18-hour minor will provide students with the tools to answer a variety of questions through data collection and analysis.

Feb 20, 2015  Lowery’s New Play Explores Family Dynamics
The dream of a relaxing family vacation is disrupted when two sisters find out that their nephews are dabbling in drug-use. That is the plot of a play by Dr. Janet Lowery, University St. Thomas professor and Cullen Chair of English and Creative Writing.

Feb 19, 2015  UST Celebrates Faculty for Black History Month
In celebration of Black History Month the University of St. Thomas has created an exhibit highlighting African-America leaders honored by the U.S. Postal Service in their Black Heritage Series in Crooker Center. The exhibit is on display for the month of February and includes prominent black historical figures such as Martin Luther King Jr., Benjamin Banneker and Bessie Coleman.

Feb 17, 2015  Students Participate in Mock Trial Tournament in Dallas
The University of St. Thomas and seven other Texas universities participated in the American Mock Trial Association Regional Tournament, which was held in Dallas on Jan. 30 – Feb. 2.

Feb 13, 2015  Student Financial Services Releases Video Resources
The Office of Student Financial Services understands paying for college can be stressful. That is why the office created new video resources to assist students with their financial needs and concerns.

Feb 12, 2015  New Criminology Degree Prepares Students to Serve Society
The University of St. Thomas will offer a bachelor’s degree in Criminology, Law and Society beginning fall 2015. The social justice-oriented CLS degree focuses on the problem of crime and on understanding the social, cultural, political and economic forces that interact with the law.

Feb 12, 2015  Nominate UST Employees for Overton Awards
The University of St. Thomas is accepting nominations for the Tom Overton Excellence Award. This award recognizes employees’ hard work and contributions to the University and their departments.

Feb 11, 2015  Nonprofit Week: An Opportunity to Expand Your Network
Nonprofit FairThe University of St. Thomas’s Career Services is mid-way through hosting its first Nonprofit Week, Feb. 9-12, in the Crooker Center. Each day between 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m., local nonprofit organizations will be ready to answers students’ questions about job, internship and volunteer opportunities within their organizations.


Feb 10, 2015  Charity Guild Supports UST Music Camp with Grant
For the second year, the University of St. Thomas Music has received a generous grant from the Charity Guild of Catholic Women. The grant was given to the Music Department’s Preparatory School summer music programs. 

Feb 10, 2015  Ivany Calls UST Community to Participate in Day of Service
President's Day of Service 2014University of St. Thomas President Robert Ivany welcomes all Celts – students, staff, faculty members and family members – to come together and participate in the President’s Day of Service on Feb. 14.

Feb 09, 2015  Spirituality of Bach addressed at Miller Lecture
Rev. Sean Duggan, OSB, will present his lecture, “The Spirituality of Bach,” at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 19 in Cullen Hall, 4001 Mt. Vernon, for the 2015 Archbishop J. Michael Miller Lecture Series. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Feb 06, 2015  MarCom, Creative Services Win Digital Excellence Awards
The University of St. Thomas received AVA Digital Awards, from the Association of Marketing & Communication Professionals, for digital marketing pieces produced by the Marketing Communications and Creative Services offices.

Feb 06, 2015  50 Different Countries Represented at UST
The University of St. Thomas educates undergraduate and graduate students from diverse backgrounds, including 395 international students.

Feb 04, 2015  Charlie Thomas Honored at 65th Mardi Gras Gala
Awash in green, purple and gold, the University of St. Thomas is looking forward to one final hoorah before beginning a period of penance and reflection in Lent as it prepares for the 65th Annual Mardi Gras Gala on Tuesday, Feb. 17 at the Hilton Americas – Houston. 

Feb 03, 2015  $750K Gift Funds Faith & Culture Endowment
With an anonymous donation of $750,000, the Center for Faith and Culture recently completed its goal of raising a $3 million endowment.

Feb 03, 2015  Sacred Music Master’s Prepares Leaders of Faith
A new Master in Sacred Music degree will be offered at the University of St. Thomas in the fall 2015 semester. The MSM program prepares students for pastoral liturgical music ministry.

Feb 02, 2015  ‘Magnificent 7’ Pioneer Clinical Translation Degree
The first cohort of seven students in the Master in Clinical Translation Management program celebrated the start of the program with a reception to meet scholarship supporters in the Link-Lee Mansion on Jan. 8.

Feb 02, 2015  CSB Recognizes 56 Winter Graduates
Through hard work, determination and perseverance, 56 students celebrated their graduation from the Cameron School of Business at the University of St. Thomas on Dec. 13, 2014. CSB hosted a Graduate Recognition Ceremony following the Winter Graduation Mass and Brunch that day for students, their families and faculty members.

Jan 29, 2015  UST Sends Largest Texas College Group to March for Life
Celts for Life at March for Life 2015University of St. Thomas students were among the largest group of college students from Texas supporting the pro-life cause at the March for Life in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 22.

Jan 27, 2015  Indiegogo Campaign Raises $6,000 for Study Abroad
The University of St. Thomas Freshman Symposium began a fundraising campaign on Nov. 25, with the goal of raising $5,000 to help UST freshman visit Italy and Costa Rica for their First Year Experience Study Abroad. One month and five days later, the Indiegogo campaign surpassed its goal, raising nearly $6,000 dollars.

Jan 21, 2015  Vote for St. Thomas to win $100K in Security Equipment
Stanley SecurityWith a click, tweet or text, the University of St. Thomas community can help the University win up to $100,000 in security equipment and services from STANLEY Security. St. Thomas is a finalist in its Together for Safer Schools grant program. Vote today.

Jan 20, 2015  Counseling Professor Uses Storytelling to Reach People
It can be said that everyone is a storyteller in one sense or another, but for counselors, therapists and teachers, sharing anecdotes is the means by which they reach out to others. Dr. Jeffrey Kottler – writer, author, speaker and visiting professor at the University of St. Thomas’s soon-to-be-launched Clinical Mental Health Counseling Programs – will present about the profound effects storytelling has on creating relationships with other people.

Jan 16, 2015  School of Education Offers Online Degrees
To provide students at the University of St. Thomas with a valuable and flexible learning experience, the School of Education offers seven concentrations online for students pursuing a Master of Education.

Jan 15, 2015  Psychology Major Writes Book on Power of Perspective
Ian Davis  ’14, a psychology graduate, knows the course of one’s life is going to be determined by how you look at it. You can wallow in depression or you can seek help, learn to overcome it and learn from it. That is the hook for his new book, “Power of Perspective,” which he is publishing.

Jan 14, 2015  Alumna Writes Book, Battles Cancer
Much has been written on parenting and raising children; however, few consider the most important aspect of the child when writing on the topic. This is where Linda Hitter ’05, a philosophy graduate, steps in. Her book, “Recovering the Virtues for Families,” aims to teach parents how to teach and parent from the perspective of the soul of a child. 

Jan 13, 2015  Walters Named One of Houston’s Most Influential Women
Houston Women’s Magazine has recognized Dr. Nicole McZeal Walters, assistant professor and associate dean of graduate programs in the School of Education at the University of St. Thomas, as one of Houston’s 50 Most Influential Women of 2014.

Jan 13, 2015  Kelleher named in Irish 40 under 40
Edward Kelleher, visiting scholar for the William J. Flynn Center for Irish Studies, will join 39 other men and women honored in this year’s Irish Echo’s annual Irish Top 40 under 40 awards. The award is a celebration of Irish and Irish Americans who have distinguished themselves in their respective fields of work before reaching the age of 40. 

Jan 06, 2015  MarCom, Creative Services Win Digital Marketing Awards
The University of St. Thomas Marketing Communications and Creative Services offices were recently recognized by the Annual Educational Digital Marketing Awards for their digital marketing pieces.

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