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Apr 17, 2015  CEO of Catholic Relief Services Speaks at Graduation
The president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services, Carolyn Woo, Ph.D, will address the 2015 University of St. Thomas graduating class at the 65th Commencement Ceremony beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 16 at NRG Arena, located at 1 NRG Park (formerly Reliant Arena).

Apr 15, 2015  Taffet Trades Soccer Pitch for Med School
Jason Taffet will join more than 1,000 graduates to celebrate with a Commencement Ceremony at 10 a.m. on May 16, 2015 at NRG Arena, located at 1 NRG Park (formerly Reliant Arena). He will attend the University of North Texas’ Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in the fall.

Apr 09, 2015  In Self-Help Age, Honors Class Asks if Happiness is Real
Honors Class Presents on HappinessAn Amazon.com search for “self-help” reveals 400,000 book results. In the age of self-help, it seems that everyone is searching for happiness. The graduating class of University of St. Thomas Honors Program will present its research on “Is Your Happiness Real?” at the UST Research Symposium at 4 p.m. on April 10 in Jones Hall.

Mar 31, 2015  Research Questions Will be Answered at Symposium
Students Form Question MarkThe University of St. Thomas will hold its 21st Research Symposium on April 9-11. During the Symposium, undergraduate and graduate students from all disciplines can give oral or poster presentations on their research to their peers, faculty, staff and professionals in their field. The theme of this year’s symposium is based on a quote by Socrates: “Wisdom begins in wonder.”

Mar 25, 2015  UST Hosts TEDx Talks on Diversity, Progress
Carl Scott TEDx USTHouston TalkThe University of St. Thomas will be the first university in Houston to host TEDx Talks. The theme “Diversity and Progress in the 21st Century” will bring 14 speakers to the UST campus to share their knowledge and insight about topics ranging from bioinformatics to women’s rights in the Middle East, from noon to 5 p.m. on Friday, April 24.

Mar 23, 2015  Prepare for Easter with the Way of the Cross
All University of St. Thomas community members are invited to walk the 14th annual Way of the Cross, through the heart of Houston, beginning at 10:15 a.m. on Good Friday, April 3.

Mar 19, 2015  Rodeo Scholarships Help Students Saddle Up for Academic Success
Every year, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo awards high school seniors and college students scholarships to further their education. For many students, these scholarships mean they can focus on their education without the worry of having to cover financial expenses.

Mar 17, 2015  Alumnus Feels the Beat with Music Career
For nearly 25 years Walter Suhr ’89 has been making the citizens of Houston dance to the rhythms his band, Mango Punch!, has produced. The band and its music reflect the diversity of Houston as the musicians play music from the 40s and 50s, the top 40 charts, Cumbia and Latin music. Recently, they have added Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars to their repertoire of more than 200 songs.

Mar 10, 2015  Alumnusí Preparation Leads to Law School Success
After his first semester at law school, C.J. Miller ’14, found himself at the top of his class. Earning a perfect 4.0 GPA, he is the first student to achieve that at the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center in more than 10 years. While Miller has maintained an incredible work ethic, and impeccable style—he dresses for success in the southern gentleman uniform of khakis and pastel button-down shirts—he credits University of St. Thomas for providing him with the foundation that led him to success.

Mar 09, 2015  Short Classes Allow More Time for Summer Fun
Summer Classes Beach ReadingAs summer nears, we find ourselves making plans like trips to the beach or out of town. Amid the fun, it’s also possible to take summer classes to get ahead and still enjoy the break with your family and friends. The University of St. Thomas offers a variety of summer classes that allow students to complete degrees faster, study interesting special-topics classes or become immersed in another culture through study abroad.

Feb 23, 2015  Liberal Arts Degree Forms Human Person, Job Skills
India OgaziThe recent professional experiences of MLA students and graduates bear witness to this ancient educational wisdom of the liberal arts. Take, for example, the career of India Ogazi, MLA ’14. Ogazi was determined to pursue a standard master’s degree in communication, until she heard about the University of St. Thomas’ MLA program. 

Feb 18, 2015  65th Mardi Gras Gala Raises $1.1M for Scholarships
The University of St. Thomas 65th Mardi Gras Gala rocked the Hilton Americas-Houston on Fat Tuesday and raised more than $1.1 million in support of student scholarships. 

Feb 17, 2015  Sports Doctor Gives Back Through Mentorship and Service
Andrew Li ’05 can still be seen around the University of St. Thomas campus on an almost weekly basis even though he graduated nearly 10 years ago. Now, between working with clients as a sports medicine doctor for UT Physicians Orthopaedics, he spends his time investing in future generations as a mentor in UST’s Insight Program. He also volunteers his time working with Andrew Crane, UST’s athletic trainer, to make sure UST’s student athletes have the best healthcare available.

Feb 16, 2015  Veteran, Drama Major Overcomes Obstacles, Takes a Bow
Amelia Templeton, a small-town girl and self-proclaimed painfully shy child, found her voice through theatre when she participated in her first performance, Ducktails and Bobbysox. Since that performance, she has been calling the shots and directing her journey.

Feb 10, 2015  Education Students Gain Cultural Insight in Jamaica
Nine students from the University of St. Thomas School of Education traveled to Lucea, Jamaica, with the University’s study abroad program this January. They were immersed in Jamaican culture as they stayed with families, participated in school and community activities, and assisted in the community. 

Feb 04, 2015  Pope Bestows Knighthood on USTís Clinton Brand
Dr. Clint Brand receives Papal honors. Photo by: Margaret PichonPope Francis has named UST English professor Clinton Allen Brand as a knight of the Pontifical Equestrian Order of St. Gregory the Great for his “invaluable” work incorporating Anglican liturgical rites, prayers, and customs into Catholic worship for the Ordinariates—former Anglican communities that have entered into full communion with Rome with permission to retain many of their traditions.

Feb 03, 2015  Professors Take A Scientific Approach to Improve Learning
With many different educational trends, it is often difficult to decide how to present particular topics in the classroom. To figure out which methods of learning are most effective, Dr. Albert Ribes and Dr. Alexandra Simmons-Nout, both assistant professor of biology, decided to use a scientific approach. They, with the help of junior biology major Thao K.T. Nguyen, and Dr. Jack Follis of the department of mathematics, designed an experiment to measure the impact of using a molecule visualization software on students’ understanding of specific genetic concepts.

Jan 29, 2015  Mendenhall Family Plans for 'Record-Setting' Gala
Trini Mendenhall and Jan and Oniel MendenhallLongtime UST benefactor and former board member Trini Mendenhall will co-chair the University’s 65th Mardi Gras Gala with her son Oniel, MBA ’04, and his wife Jan on Feb. 17 at the Hilton Americas hotel in downtown Houston. 

Jan 28, 2015  New Program to Train Licensed Professional Counselors
CounselorThe University of St. Thomas School of Education will soon launch a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree in fall 2015. The MSCMHC degree will prepare graduates to serve the community as licensed professional counselors.

Jan 26, 2015  Catholic School Kids Explore Faith in Essay Contest
Essay Contest 4th Grade Winner Lynley Pace of St. Laurence Catholic SchoolThousands of students participated in the University of St. Thomas/Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston Essay Contest, sponsored by the UST Office of Catholic Outreach. More than 6,000 students from archdiocesan Catholic schools—third-graders through high school seniors—wrote essays for the contest.

Jan 23, 2015  Nursing Student Crowned King, Musician Crowned Queen
The University of St. Thomas Mardi Gras Chairs selected Alfonso Moreno and Adrienne Copeland to represent the student body during the 65th annual Mardi Gras Gala at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 17 at the Hilton Americas – Houston Hotel.

Jan 22, 2015  UST Joins Texas Medical Center as 55th Member
The University of St. Thomas has become the 55th member institution of the Texas Medical Center. With a current enrollment of more than 3,500 students, UST is housed on an urban campus centrally located in Houston’s Museum District, near the TMC.

Jan 15, 2015  UST Receives Anonymous Gift for Science Building
The University of St. Thomas has received a $5 million contribution from an anonymous benefactor in support of its planned Center for Science and Health Professions. The new center will accommodate the growing demand for the university’s highly regarded STEM programs as well as its Carol and Odis Peavy School of Nursing. 

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