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Apr 29, 2016  From Migrant Worker to Banking Senior VP via MBA
Mari Salazar, University of St. Thomas MBA alumnaMarisol Salazar’s father had big dreams for his young daughter.  One day, if she worked hard, she might have a chance to escape the sweltering Texas and Florida farmlands where the family toiled as migrant workers and land a job in a luxuriously air-conditioned office. Today, Salazar ’95, MBA ’99, is a senior vice president and the manager of Houston Energy Group at Bank of Texas

Apr 28, 2016  Student Graduation Speaker Finds Success 2nd Time Around
After getting laid off in 2010, Vladimir Davidiuk decided it was time he return to school to earn a college degree. Now, nearly six years later, he is preparing to walk across the stage with more than a college degree—he is graduating with a wealth of experience and a new outlook on life.

Apr 26, 2016  Back in College Again: A Degree 30 Years in the Making
Lori GinsburgEvery day for more than 30 years, Lori Ginsburg thought about returning to college to finish her degree. She left college in 1984 because she lacked direction and did not know what she wanted to be when she grew up. Now, through the University of St. Thomas Adult Degree Completion program, Ginsburg is on her way to completing a bachelor’s in liberal arts.

Apr 14, 2016  Master in Liberal Arts Degree Offers 18 Concentrations
Lauren Shelley, MLA AlumnaLauren Shelley, MLA ’15 – a high school English teacher in Spring Branch ISD – earned her Master in Liberal Arts degree from UST in December, with a concentration in English. 

“I entered UST’s MLA program with the goal of teaching dual-credit English classes to my students,” said Shelley. “Now, I’m employed with both Spring Branch ISD and Houston Community College.”

Apr 05, 2016  A CEO Turns to UST Business Students for Answers
Richard Van DeventerCEO Richard Van Deventer is looking to make a big business decision. His company C-SAT Solutions, which repairs laptops, tablets and smart phones for companies like Apple and Dell, wants to expand to Europe. The question is: Where should it setup the next repair facility? To help determine the answer, he’s asked the students in the University of St. Thomas undergraduate business capstone class to do the legwork and ultimately recommend the new site in Europe.

Apr 04, 2016  Research Symposium Gives Tools to Build Knowledge
Student researchers in UST Research Symposium: Building KnowledgeAs an upshot of the ongoing campus construction projects at the University of St. Thomas, the 2016 Research Symposium will feature “Building Knowledge” as its main theme. 

Mar 01, 2016  Accounting Students, Alumni Give Free Tax Assistance
VITA volunteer Anush Hayrapetyan helps a client with his taxesUST students and alumni volunteer with the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program. Organized by Ramon Fernandez, assistant professor of accounting, and maintained by student volunteers, VITA provides free tax preparation services to qualifying low-income individuals.   

Feb 26, 2016  Ed.D. Program, The Edge that Moves Careers Forward
Today’s teachers are forming young minds, preparing them for jobs and industries that do not exist yet. Yet, the American education system has not shifted much to accommodate the new needs of students.

Feb 22, 2016  Culture, Family Direct Performer's Purpose in Life
Iris Lacsamana on campusSophomore Iris Lacsamana teaches kids dance and explores her own Filipino heritage through dance. She leads a club dedicated to fighting human trafficking, and she chorographs and acts in drama performances. Following her dream to become a professional actress, she has an agent in L.A. But for now, she's doing all of that while working on a communication and drama degree from St. Thomas. 


Feb 11, 2016  Mardi Gras Gala Raises $900K, Center Named for Fr. Nesti
Mardi Gras King and Queen Robert Ramirez and Samantha Loos-PolkDuring the annual Mardi Gras Gala on Feb. 9, two big things happened. First, the University of St. Thomas 66th Mardi Gras Gala raised nearly $930,000 in support of student scholarships. Second, UST’s Center for Faith and Culture got a new name, in recognition of its founder—and gala honoree, Fr. Donald S. Nesti, CSSp.

Feb 10, 2016  Alumna: I Always Wanted to be a Pro-Life Physician.
Jamie Gautreau HernandezThere’s a consultation room in alumna Jamie Gautreau Hernandez’s OB-GYN clinic that she calls her “room of tears.” The tears belong to her patients, who come to the clinic with reproductive health concerns, and find themselves overwhelmed by unexpected relief, gratitude or hope.

Feb 05, 2016  Service-Oriented Students Named Mardi Gras King, Queen
Mardi Gras Queen Samantha Loos-PolkRobert Ramirez, senior theology major, and Samantha Loos-Polk, senior nursing major, will be bestowed crowns as 2016 Mardi Gras King and Queen, and each were surprised with the news from their nominators—Ramirez during his theology class, and Loos-Polk prior to a Residence Life meeting.

Jan 27, 2016  UST Students Fight for Life on Two Fronts
UST Students march for life in AustinDespite stormy conditions and international threats, 27 students and three faculty members from the University of St. Thomas rallied to represent the UST community in two pro-life events the weekend of Jan. 22-24—in Austin and Washington, D.C.

Jan 25, 2016  Students Observe Taiwan Election, Meet President on Study Abroad
Students eat lunch with chopstix on study abroad to TaiwanFifteen students from the University of St. Thomas met with Taiwanese government officials during the country's presidential election, on a two-week delegation exercise to Taiwan during their winter study abroad trip.

Jan 21, 2016  Father Nesti Honored at 66th Mardi Gras Gala
The University of St. Thomas will celebrate one final hoorah before beginning a period of penance and reflection in Lent as it hosts the 66th Annual Mardi Gras Gala on Tuesday, Feb. 9 at Hilton Americas - Houston.

Jan 13, 2016  Essay Contest Reveals Key to Christ
Sophia Suico - UST Essay Contest Winner in front of her essayStudents from Catholic schools took part in the 12th annual University of St. Thomas/Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston Essay Contest Mass and Awards Ceremony on Jan. 11. There were 6,116 students—third-graders through high school seniors—who wrote essays for the contest, sponsored by the UST Office of Catholic Outreach.

Jan 06, 2016  Ivany Co-Teaches Course on Leadership

For Dr. Robert Ivany, president of the University of St. Thomas, sharing leadership skills he has learned throughout his time in the military and leading universities is close to his heart. In the spring 2016 semester, Ivany will have the opportunity to indulge that passion as he co-teaches a course on leadership in the Master of Public Policy and Administration program with Dr. Jon Taylor, professor and chair of political science. 

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