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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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