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Dec 22, 2011  Raye White gives $500,000 to Center for Faith & Culture
Raye White gives $500,000 to Center for Faith & CultureThe University of St. Thomas Center for Faith & Culture received a $500,000 gift from Raye White on Oct. 3. The gift will support the Center’s mission to form community leaders who understand and effect the relationship between the worldview of Catholic faith and culture.

Dec 19, 2011  Ana Maria Martinez Concert raises $250,000 for Performing Arts Center
Ana Maria Martinez Concert raises $250,000 for Performing Arts CenterIn the Hobby Center’s Zilkha Hall, about 370 friends of the University of St. Thomas gathered for a special performance by Grammy Award-winning opera favorite Ana Maria Martinez on Dec. 14. The concert, Cantos De Mi Corazón: Songs of My Heart, raised $250,000 for the University’s planned Performing Arts Center.

Dec 08, 2011  UST Features Inspiring Catholic TV Programs
UST Features Inspiring Catholic TV ProgramsSalt and Light Catholic Media Foundation is a charitable organization devoted to spreading the light of Christ through modern and mass media -- television, internet, radio, documentaries and other forms of social communication.

Dec 08, 2011  UST Hosts College Day for Refugee Youth
UST Hosts College Day for Refugee YouthAs a young refugee, it can be difficult to navigate the educational system in a new country. To provide more information about applying to college and life as a college student, the University of St. Thomas held a College Orientation Day for high-school aged refugees through the Partnership for the Advancement & Immersion of Refugees (PAIR) on Nov. 12.

Dec 02, 2011  UST Sponsors Olympic Marathon Trials
UST Sponsors Olympic Marathon TrialsThe University of St. Thomas will sponsor the United States Olympic Trials Marathon, which will take place in Downtown Houston on Jan. 14, one day before the Chevron Houston Marathon.

Nov 30, 2011  UST Nursing School Reopens Summer 2012
UST Nursing School Reopens Summer 2012The University of St. Thomas will officially reopen the School of Nursing in Summer 2012 with approval from the regional accrediting body.

Nov 29, 2011  Off-campus MEd Program Graduates First Students
Off-campus MEd Program Graduates First StudentsWhen Master of Education student Kayce Warden was considering a master's degree, she wanted a program that offered face-to-face instruction and would accommodate her firefighter husband’s irregular schedule while raising her three-year-old son. She began the University of St. Thomas’ off-campus master’s program in spring 2010, taking classes close to home at CyRidge High School.

Nov 29, 2011  UST Awards Scholarships to UST Eagle Scouts
UST Awards Scholarships to UST Eagle ScoutsAs the highest Boy Scout rank, Eagle Scouts must show leadership ability, service to others and a commitment to God and country. For achieving this difficult rank, the University of St. Thomas awarded scholarships to four freshmen for the first time this year.

Nov 28, 2011  Dr. Brady Knapp emphasizes comprehensive musicianship
Dr. Brady Knapp emphasizes comprehensive musicianshipAs music majors at the University of St. Thomas, students receive personal instruction from professors like Dr. Brady Knapp, assistant professor of music and head of choral and vocal studies. In addition to teaching private lessons, he also leads the Opera Workshop, University Singers and Pop Singers.

Nov 08, 2011  Vote Now! The Beans band nominated for Houston Press Music Awards
Vote Now! The Beans band nominated for Houston Press Music AwardsThe Beans, a local Houston band comprised of current and former University of St. Thomas students, received multiple nominations for the 2011 Houston Press Music Awards, including “Best New Act.”

Nov 03, 2011  Festa Italiana Attracts 16,500 Guests to UST
Festa Italiana Attracts 16,500 Guests to USTTraditional Italians may be used to feeding large groups of people, but the 33rd Festa Italiana takes the cake. In the third year of hosting the Italian festival at the University of St. Thomas, the Festa Italiana attracted about 16,500 people on campus from Oct. 14-16.

Oct 24, 2011  Ted Buck Finds Veteran Support at UST
Ted Buck Finds Veteran Support at USTWhen Ted Buck returned from three deployments to Iraq in 2008, he entered the job market equipped with new skills, experience, confidence and the discipline he learned in the Marine Corps. Like many other returning veterans, Buck came home from his third tour of duty in Iraq to an economy in far worse condition than he had left it.

Oct 23, 2011  Home-Schooled Students Thrive at UST
Home-Schooled Students Thrive at USTThe University of St. Thomas has welcomed more home-schooled students in the last five years than ever before in school history. As home schooling has become more prevalent across the country, the contribution of these students to campus life has become increasingly apparent at UST.

Oct 13, 2011  UST Athletics Tops Champions of Character Five-Star Institutions
UST Athletics Tops Champions of Character Five-Star InstitutionsSt. Thomas landed in the top five universities in the National Association a Five Star Champions of Character for the 2010-2011 academic year. NAIA recognizes 220 colleges and universities and 23 conferences with this designation. St. Thomas has been named a Champion of Character institution for four consecutive years.

Oct 06, 2011  UST Center for Faith and Culture Celebrates Faithful Citizenship
UST Center for Faith and Culture Celebrates Faithful CitizenshipAbout 130 friends, supporters and students of the University of St. Thomas Center for Faith and Culture gathered at the Cathedral Centre on Oct. 3 to celebrate faithful citizenship and to gain insight into the worldwide Catholic Church from the world’s pre-eminent Vatican analyst, John Allen, Jr.

Oct 02, 2011  Freshman Class Prepares 11,000 Meals for Houstonís Hungry
The University of St. Thomas freshman class packed more than 9,000 pounds of food, which will make more than 11,000 meals at a service project on Saturday, Sept. 17.

Oct 02, 2011  UST Alumnus Hamilton Loomis To Rock Festa Italiana
UST Alumnus Hamilton Loomis To Rock Festa ItalianaTouring non-stop since 2001, University of St. Thomas graduate Hamilton Loomis has brought his “blues-rock-funk-groove-soul” music to audiences all over the United States and the world. Loomis will return to his alma mater to play live at the Festa Italiana at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 15.

Oct 02, 2011  $5.9 Million Grant Funds STEM Program for UST & HCC Students
$5.9 Million Grant Funds STEM Program for  UST & HCC StudentsThe Department of Education has awarded the University of St. Thomas and Houston Community College a five-year, $5.9 million grant for Hispanic and other low-income transfer students who are interested in pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Sep 19, 2011  U.S. News and World Report Ranks UST in Top Tier of Western Region
U.S. News and World Report Ranks UST in Top Tier of Western RegionFor the 18th consecutive year, the University of St. Thomas has been named to the top tier of the U.S. News & World Report’s, “America’s Best Colleges” list of universities offering master’s degrees in the Western region of the United States. UST currently ranks 30th in the 2012 rankings.

Sep 02, 2011  Celebrate All Things Italian at Festa Italiana Oct. 14-16
Celebrate All Things Italian at Festa Italiana Oct. 14-16

Enjoy a feast of sight, sound and Italian flavor and share the heritage, culture and the romance of Italy at the 33rd Annual Houston Festa Italiana. One of the largest ethnic festivals in Houston, Festa Italiana will once again entice thousands of guests to the University of St. Thomas campus, 3800 Montrose,  for three days from Friday-Sunday, Oct. 14-16. 


Sep 02, 2011  UST Pilgrims Return From World Youth Day
UST Pilgrims Return From World Youth Day

Nine University of St. Thomas students, accompanied by Fr. Mike Buentello, CSB, and Sr. Damien Marie Savino, FSE, joined nearly two million Catholic youth in Madrid, Spain for a transformative three-week trip of prayer, sacrifice and pilgrimage.  After traversing the famous Camino de Santiago in Northern Spain and attended World Youth Day in Spain, they joined Pope Benedict XVI and Catholic representatives from across the world in Madrid. 


Aug 19, 2011  International Studies Graduate Joins Peace Corps in Ghana, Africa
International Studies Graduate Joins Peace Corps in Ghana, AfricaSuzanne Pasztor, a 2006 International Studies graduate of the University of St. Thomas, is embarking on an adventure with the Peace Corps where she will work to reduce widespread poverty in Ghana, Africa by helping local entrepreneurs improve their business practices.

Aug 17, 2011  Amelang Named Top Young Environmentalist
Amelang Named Top Young EnvironmentalistJennifer Amelang has proven herself to be a champion of environmental issues on the University of St. Thomas campus. Now, the senior Environmental Science major has gained national recognition for her leadership. Amelang has been selected as one of the nation’s top rising young leaders in the clean energy sector by the national organization Focus the Nation.

Aug 09, 2011  UST Prepares Students for Pharmacy School
UST Prepares Students for Pharmacy SchoolSince high school, Tam K. Nguyen has worked toward his goal of becoming a pharmacist. He became a licensed pharmacy technician before college and then worked in the field while studying biology in the pre-pharmacy program at the University of St. Thomas. After graduating from UST in May 2011, Nguyen is set to attend the University of Houston College of Pharmacy in August.

Aug 05, 2011  Mendenhall Summer Institute Celebrates Fourth Year of Success
Mendenhall Summer Institute Celebrates Fourth Year of SuccessCelebrating the success of its fourth year, the University of St. Thomas Mendenhall Summer Institute bridged the gap between high school and college for 46 incoming freshmen. Mendenhall Summer Institute participants had the opportunity to meet and express their gratitude to program benefactor Trini Mendenhall-Sosa at a luncheon on August 3.

Aug 01, 2011  Experience the UST Grace Program
Experience the UST Grace ProgramThe GRACE program at the University of St. Thomas seeks to train young men and women to teach in Catholic schools.  Participants live in community for two years while completing a Master of Education degree and teaching in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. For more information, contact Dr. Ana-Lisa Gonzalez at 713-525-3548 or gracemail@stthom.edu.


Jul 28, 2011  Follow the World Youth Day Blog
Follow the World Youth Day BlogOn Sunday, July 31, 10 University of St. Thomas students, accompanied by Fr. Mike Buentello, CSB, and Sr. Damien Marie Savino, FSE, will depart for Oviedo, Spain, where they will set off on a two week hike across the Camino Primitivo to Santiago de Compostela and then travel to Madrid for World Youth Day with Pope Benedict XVI

Jul 28, 2011  School of Education Students Take International Teaching Jobs
School of Education Students Take International Teaching JobsTwo University of St. Thomas School of Education students will apply abroad the wisdom they gained at UST as they take international teaching positions in Vietnam and South Africa. 

Jul 26, 2011  Business Students Design Leadership Strategy
Business Students Design Leadership StrategyDr. Michele Simms’ Business Communication class comprised students ages 19-47, who hail from 16 countries, speak six different languages and practice three different religions. The students were challenged to elect one team of students to lead the class for a day.

Jul 21, 2011  UST Receives Texas Board of Nursing Approval
UST Receives Texas Board of Nursing ApprovalFulfilling a dream 25 years in the making, the University of St. Thomas-Houston received approval from the Texas Board of Nursing on July 21st to offer a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). St. Thomas is currently enrolling pre-nursing students and will enroll the first class of nursing students in June 2012.

Jul 11, 2011  Students Merit Full-Tuition Scholarships
The University not only increased financial aid available to all eligible students by 21 percent for the 2011-2012 academic year, UST also awarded eight full-tuition scholarships to top incoming freshman.

Jul 01, 2011  Project GRAD Alumnus Chooses UST
Project GRAD Alumnus Chooses USTFernando Moreno participated in Project GRAD for two summers which gave him academic preparation for college and provided him with a $4,000 scholarship to come to UST. Five students are currently attending UST after participating in the Project GRAD Summer Institutes and receiving their scholarship.

Jun 29, 2011  Online MEd Provides $104,000 in Scholarship
Online MEd Provides $104,000 in ScholarshipYvonne Oliveira is a special education teacher who has been studying in the UST MEd program since summer 2010. This year, the University of St. Thomas will award about $104,000 in scholarships to Hispanic and low-income students who are pursuing an online Master of Education degree in educational leadership or special education.

Jun 29, 2011  UST Students Volunteer at Muscular Dystrophy Camp
UST Students Volunteer at Muscular Dystrophy CampFor one week in June, two University of St. Thomas students forged lifetime friendships and brightened the lives of children with neuromuscular diseases.

Jun 24, 2011  Music, Education Grad Lands Band Director Job
As legislators continue to slash public school funding across the state and nation, teachers face an increasingly uncertain and competitive job market. University of St. Thomas Class of 2011 graduate Kendall LeJeune was excited to find a job as a band director almost immediately after graduation.

Jun 21, 2011  Bilingual Education Student Comes Full Circle
Christina Vargas has come full circle from taking dual-language courses at Helms Community Learning center from Kindergarten thought high school, to majoring in bilingual education at UST.

Jun 15, 2011  GRACE Graduates Future Educators
The Class of 2011 GRACE graduates unanimously agreed that the program has helped them succeed as Catholic teachers and grow as individuals.

Jun 15, 2011  UST Joins Red River Athletic Conference
UST Joins Red River Athletic ConferenceThe University of St. Thomas Athletic Department has accepted an invitation to become the newest member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Red River Conference.

Jun 10, 2011  Three UST Students make Texans Cheer Squad
Three UST Students make Texans Cheer SquadFor the second consecutive year, Nicole Hickl and Michelle Lewis were selected from more than 600 applicants for the 33-member Texans Cheerleading Squad. This time, Michelle’s twin sister, Rachel, joined the duo.

Jun 08, 2011  Clergy's Got Talent Funds Meris' Journey to Convent
Clergy's Got Talent Funds Meris' Journey to ConventUST Graduate Meris Chaumont hosted a clergy talent show and sold her possessions to raise funds to join the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharis, a teaching order in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Jun 02, 2011  UST Graduate to Intern at George W. Bush Presidential Center
Mallory Wendell, Class of 2011 graduate, has been awarded a summer internship at the George H. W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, where she will work for former First Lady Laura Bush.

May 13, 2011  New MLA Admissions Video
New MLA Admissions VideoWatch the new UST video to get a sneak peek into the high caliber of academics and campus life at the University of St. Thomas. Hear about UST directly from those who know UST inside and out.

May 13, 2011  UST Grad Gets Full-Tuition Scholarship to Medical School
UST graduate James Doan earned a full-tuition, merit scholarship to the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Paul L. Foster School of Medicine in El Paso.

May 13, 2011  Houston Soccer Player of the Year Joins Celts
Jason Taffet, who graduated from Strake Jesuit College Preparatory School with a 4.0 grade point average, will play goalkeeper for the Celts in the fall. Taffet’s performance on the field has garnered significant praise and recognition including the coveted title of All-Greater Houston Boys Soccer Player of the Year.

May 11, 2011  UST ROTC Graduates Prepare to Serve Country
UST ROTC Graduates Prepare to Serve CountryWhile many University of St. Thomas class of 2011 graduates ponder graduate school and job searches, Alan Llanas and Linh Tran have a job waiting for them. As cadets in the UST Reserve Officers Training Corp (ROTC), Llanas’ and Tran’s post-graduation plans are all laid out.

May 10, 2011  International Studies Grad Channels Compassion Into Action
At UST, Hiba Haroon, an international studies 2011 graduate, learned to look at the world through new eyes. Participating in the MicroCredit Program presented Haroon with opportunities to put her passion to help others into action.

May 10, 2011  UST Exceeds National Hispanic Graduation Rate
The University of St. Thomas exceeds the national graduation rate among Hispanic students. UST’s Hispanic graduation rate also outpaces all Catholic universities in Texas.

May 10, 2011  Foreign Service Spouses Graduate Together
Jodi Mahardi, vice consul for economic and protocol affairs at the Indonesian Consulate in Houston, and his wife, Chiara Sari, will complete their Master in Liberal Arts degrees with concentrations in international studies and graduate together in May.

May 10, 2011  UST Grad to Intern with State Representative
Brandi English, a political science and communication double major, will intern with State Representative Jessica Farrar after graduation.

May 09, 2011  Simon Accepted to Molecular Biophysics PhD Program
Class of 2011 graduate Lukas Simon will begin work on his doctorate at the Baylor College of Medicine Structural and Computational Biology and Molecular Biophysics graduate research program in fall.

Apr 19, 2011  MAFC Program Inspires Dialogue, Discernment
MAFC Program Inspires Dialogue, DiscernmentIn the University of St. Thomas Master of Arts in Faith and Culture (MAFC) Program, students benefit from a diverse group of students who bring a variety of experiences, interests and goals to the Program.

Apr 19, 2011  UST Business Education Fuels Student Entrepreneurs
UST Business Education Fuels Student EntrepreneursWhile still in school, five University of St. Thomas Cameron School of Business students have taken the risk to start their own businesses, ranging from making and selling barbecue sauce to running an internet business.

Apr 15, 2011  Performing Arts Center Benefit Scheduled for Dec. 14
Performing Arts Center Benefit Scheduled for Dec. 14To celebrate the unveiling of a planned Performing Arts and Conference Center at the University of St. Thomas, world-renowned soprano and Houston Grand Opera favorite Ana Maria Martinez will perform a benefit concert at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, December 14, in Zilkha Hall of the Hobby Center.

Apr 12, 2011  Secretary James A. Baker III, Ivan Earls Address '11 Grads
The Honorable James A. Baker III will address the University of St. Thomas 2011 graduating class at the 61st Commencement Ceremony. Ivan Earls will be the student commencement speaker.

Apr 07, 2011  Cameron School Earns AACSB Accreditation
The University of St. Thomas Cameron School of Business joins an elite group of institutions that have achieved business accreditation from The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).

Apr 04, 2011  Research Symposium Springs for Knowledge
Research Symposium Springs for KnowledgeUniversity of St. Thomas students will present oral and poster presentations of their faculty-led research projects at the 2011 Research Symposium on April 8 and 9.

Mar 10, 2011  Nursing Alumni Donate $1 Million
Nursing Alumni Donate $1 MillionThe Associated Nursing Alumni have been waiting for UST to re-establish the School of Nursing since the school's closing in 1986. The alumni have generously donated $1 million to establish the Sister Mary Martina Casey Endowed Chair in Nursing.

Mar 10, 2011  UST Mardi Gras Gala Raises Nearly $900,000
UST Mardi Gras Gala Raises Nearly $900,000The “Jazz it Up” Gala, chaired by Kathy and Dr. Ken Wells, raised nearly $900,000 benefitting the Fr. Francis E. Monaghan Scholarship fund for the education of current and future students.

Mar 10, 2011  MEd Student Secures Funds For Barrier-Free Playground
MEd Student Secures Funds For Barrier-Free PlaygroundKrystal DeJesus, a University of St. Thomas Master in Education graduate student, found the funds to build a $63,000 barrier-free playground for special needs children in Aldine ISD.

Feb 25, 2011  Social Entrepreneurship Program Expands to Africa
Social Entrepreneurship Program Expands to AfricaExpanding their microfinance practices across the globe, the University of St. Thomas Social Entrepreneurship Program traveled  to Africa in January.

Jan 10, 2011  UST Participates in Yellow Ribbon Program for Veterans
UST Participates in Yellow Ribbon Program for VeteransThrough the Yellow Ribbon Program, UST will collaborate with the Veterans Administration to enable eligible veterans to attend UST with no tuition cost.

Jan 07, 2011  Cullen Trust for Health Care Commits $2 Million for Nursing
The Cullen Trust for Health Care has committed a $2 million grant to the University of St. Thomas in Houston to establish the Cullen Trust for Health Care Nursing Endowed Chair.

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