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Jul 18, 2014  Alumna Directs Program for World Family Meeting
Mary Beth YountUST alumna Mary Beth (née Hahn) Yount ’01 has been chosen as director of content and programming for the Eighth World Meeting of Families–Philadelphia. It will be held for the first time in the United States in September 2015 and is expected to include a visit from Pope Francis.

Jul 14, 2014  University Goes Green with New Garage Bulbs
Moran Center Parking GarageThe University of St. Thomas Facilities Department recently underwent its largest energy-saving project to replace all the existing 175-watt metal halide bulbs in the Moran Center Parking Garage and Young Hall parking garage with 40-watt Sylvania PermaLED lights, for an estimated savings of $55,845 per year.

Jul 09, 2014  Garcia-Contreras Meets Pope Francis on Investing for the Poor
Pope FrancisIt’s no surprise that Pope Francis has affection for the poor. On a recent visit to Rome, Italy, for a conference on impact investment and development, Dr. Rogelio Garcia-Contreras, advisor to the Social Entrepreneurship Program, heard the pontiff’s views on investing in the poor personally when he met the Pope at the Vatican on June 16.

Jul 01, 2014  Students Make a Difference with Costa Rican Mission
Costa Rican kidsEight students from the University of St. Thomas traveled to Alajuelita, Costa Rica, with Hope Missions and the Foundation for International Medical Relief for Children to apply their knowledge and skills at one of the local medical clinics.

Jul 01, 2014  Thomistic Studies Graduates 25th Doctoral Candidate
Sister Anne Frances Ai Le, O.P., graduated as the 25th recipient of a doctorate in philosophy from the University of St. Thomas Center for Thomistic Studies as she succussfully defended her dissertation on May 9.

 

 

 


Jun 18, 2014  Ruff Dreams Big with ScribeSense
For John Ruff ’12, his success can be attributed to what he calls grit, or the ability to keep moving forward when the going gets tough. Grit is what brought him to the University of St. Thomas from his hometown in Minnesota. Grit is what allowed him to suffer through the Houston heat and endure long hours of soccer training, a sport he started playing his senior year of high school. Grit is what helped him make it through the hours of grading papers as a schoolteacher with Teach for America, and grit is what helped Ruff and the ScribeSense team present and win at the Dream Big America competition this past February.

Jun 06, 2014  Ivany, Stockton Visit 5 Taiwan Cities, Board Member Pledges Scholarships
UST signs MOU with Chia Nan University of Pharmacy and Science in TaiwanBuilding on the study abroad and exchange programs that already exist between the University of St. Thomas and Taiwan, Wang and a delegation of UST representatives visited Taiwan from May 18-25, with the generous support of the Ministry of Education of the Republic of China on Taiwan.  

May 22, 2014  UST Expands MSF Program to The Woodlands
In the fall of 2014, the University of St. Thomas Cameron School of Business will expand the reach of its Master of Science in Finance program to students in The Woodlands.

May 19, 2014  Peavys Make Largest Gift in UST History to Name Nursing School
Carol and Odis PeavyDuring the University of St. Thomas commencement ceremony Saturday at Reliant Arena, President Robert Ivany announced the largest gift in the University’s history.  The University intends to recognize Odis Peavy and his wife Carol’s generosity by naming the nursing school in their honor.

May 16, 2014  Nursing Students Diagnose, Treat a Community
The diagnosis for the small, 125-year-old west Houston church might have been “failure to thrive.” Not any more; not since the historic Addicks United Methodist Church, or AUMC, community got an assessment and a high-tech, social media shot in the arm from a group of University of St. Thomas School of Nursing students.

May 14, 2014  University of St. Thomas Commencement Information
University of St. Thomas Graduation TassleThe University of St. Thomas will celebrate 1,038 graduates  at the Commencement Ceremony at 10 a.m. on May 17, 2014 at Reliant Arena, located at 1 Reliant Park. The Baccalaureate Mass and Reception is on Friday, May 16. Read more about graduation events.

May 13, 2014  Dean, Student Recognized in Salute to Nurses
Dr. Poldi Tschirch and Juanita Hardy - Courtesy of the Houston ChronicleTwo members of the University of St. Thomas School of Nursing were recognized in a special “Salute to Nurses” feature in the Houston Chronicle on May 11.

Dr. Poldi Tschirch, dean of the University of St. Thomas School of Nursing, was named one of the Top 10 Nurses, and Juanita Hardy, a junior nursing student, received one of three scholarships available. 


May 09, 2014  Alumni of the Year Award Goes to Blue Cure Founder
Cabe Canales Blue CureGabe Canales ’99 made it his life mission to educate a younger generation about cancer prevention and the realities of prostate cancer when he founded the Blue Cure Foundation. For this, Canales was chosen as the 2014 recipient of the Rev. Vincent J. Guinan CSB Alumni of the Year award.

May 07, 2014  Communication Major Wins Miss Houston Pageant
Miss Houston Ligia de UriarteLigia de Uriarte, a junior communication major at the University of St. Thomas, may be a newcomer in the pageant scene, but she is already making a name for herself. In April 2014, only seven months after her first pageant, she was crowned Miss Houston at the 2014 Miss Houston Pageant.  

May 01, 2014  Future Diplomat Graduates from UST
Future world leader Nadeen Mustafa does not waste time in muddled indecision. Like the career diplomat she plans to be, Mustafa gathers facts, analyzes them and swiftly moves forward.

Apr 30, 2014  Vatican Media Expert Calls Grads to Tenderness
Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSBThe Rev. Thomas Rosica, CSB, University of St. Thomas board member and Vatican media expert, is the featured speaker at the 64th annual UST Commencement Ceremony. Speaking on, “Revolutionaries of Tenderness: A Call to Arms for the Class of 2014,” he will address 298 undergraduate students and 739 graduate students on Saturday, May 17, 2014 beginning at 10 a.m. at Reliant Arena, One Relient Park.

Apr 28, 2014  Ciocco Graduates in First Nursing Cohort in 25 Years
This May 27 nursing students, including Elizabeth Ciocco, will be the first nursing students to graduate from the University of St. Thomas in nearly 25 years. 

Apr 25, 2014  Faith Paves the Way for Commencement Speaker
Daily Mass, weekly confession, crucifixes in classrooms, a devotion to Mary and a quick prayer before a test are what many non-Catholics might experience and observe when attending a Catholic school for the first time.

Apr 25, 2014  3rd Alumni Taco Tasting Raises $50,000 for Scholarships
Two Saints and a Taco Tasting TrophyMore than 450 people attended the 3rd Annual Two Saints and a Taco Tasting on April 24 at St. Arnold Brewing Co., which raised about $50,000 for the University of St. Thomas Alumni Association Annual Scholarship. The event brings together St. Thomas alumni and friends for a tacos from some of Houston’s best restaurants and the taps of Texas’ oldest craft brewery. 

 


Apr 24, 2014  Biology, Computers Collide in High-Demand Field
Dr. Shivas AminWith the way computers have changed over a generation, Dr. Shivas Amin says most students know how to use computers for fun like Facebook and games, but they don’t know how to use computers for work.

Through classes in bioinformatics—a fast-growing and newly emerged field in the life sciences—students study biology, mathematics and computer science.


Apr 24, 2014  600 Attend Way of the Cross
“Thus, my dears, if on the cross by unjust and criminal people He gives up his life, his soul, and his heart to save you, would you leave Him for another love?”  As the final verse of a song at the beginning of the annual Way of the Cross, the congregation was reminded of the greatest gift and our challenge to stay with Him.  

Apr 23, 2014  Homeless High School Dropout Aims to be Doctor
Ignacio CallesAnti-social, rebel biker Ignacio Calles first rode onto the University of St. Thomas campus in 2012 sporting long hair and wearing his then-preferred torn jeans and boots.  The young man who stormed out of an abusive home at the age of 14, choosing to drop out of school and live as a teenage runaway for three years, had defied life’s odds through sheer will and a remarkable, natural intelligence. He rides out this May as a graduate on his way to medical school. 

Apr 22, 2014  Farm Stand Delivers Healthy Options to UST
Students looking for a healthy snack have to look no further than the University of St. Thomas campus. On Saturdays between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Roy Nlemba, a farmer with Plant It Forward, sells the produce he grows in UST’s urban garden at a farm stand across the street from Guinan Hall, 1303 Sul Ross.

Apr 14, 2014  23 Deans Convene for Business Ethics Conference
Fr. Michael Czerny, S.J.Business school deans from 23 Catholic universities gathered in Houston on March 31 for a groundbreaking business ethics conference hosted by the University of St. Thomas-Houston’s Center for Faith and Culture in collaboration with the Cameron School of Business. 

Apr 14, 2014  Walk Way of the Cross on Good Friday
UST community members are invited to walk the Way of the Cross in the heart of the city beginning at 10:15 a.m. on Good Friday, April 18.

Apr 09, 2014  Home-Schooler is on College Fast Track with Dual Credit
Peter DulworthHome-schooled 10th grader Peter Dulworth is about to reach 16 hours of dual credit advanced math and computer courses at University of St. Thomas. He is racing toward completing all university math requirements even before he is handed his high school diploma.

Apr 08, 2014  Geneticists Join Botanist to Barcode Orchids
Orchid Research with Fr. Ted Baenziger and StudentsAs the world-wide effort to classify and produce a “DNA barcode” for every living thing is underway, a team of UST biology researchers – including three professors and five undergraduate students – hope to contribute data for 32 species of orchid plants in the genus Gongora

Apr 07, 2014  Research Symposium Inspired by Active Learning
Research Symposium Ben FranklinThe University of St. Thomas will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Research Symposium on April 10-12, 2014. During the Symposium, undergraduates and graduates from all disciplines can present oral and poster presentations about their research to their peers, faculty, staff and professionals in their field.

Apr 03, 2014  Transfer Student Dives into the World of Politics
What first struck Vladimir Davidiuk about the University of St. Thomas was the University’s unique sense of community and school spirit. This spirit, he says, doesn’t lie in winning the most games or wearing school colors though. Instead, it lies in its good will.

Apr 02, 2014  Honors Research Goes 6 Feet Under
Austin Cruz with candleHonors Program students in the Contemporary Problems Seminar are considering the issues of death and mortality as issues of hide and seek—there are paradoxical dealings with the two responses of death: to hasten it or delay it as long as possible. The 13 students will present their research at the Honors Colloquium on April 11 at 4 p.m. in Jones Hall, during Research Symposium. 

Apr 01, 2014  Biology/Theology Major Prepares Catholic Scientists
Bible Verse and DNAFreshman Mélanie Guirette will become the first UST student to declare a joint major in biology and theology, a new program of study the University will begin offering in fall 2014. Theology chair Christopher Evans said the new joint major is a great option for Catholic undergraduates who are looking to synthesize faith and science in the classroom.

Mar 28, 2014  Graduation Adds Overflow Capacity
2013 UST Graduate with DiplomaThe University of St. Thomas will celebrate 1,013 graduates with a Commencement Ceremony at 10 a.m. on May 17, 2014 at Reliant Arena, located at 1 Reliant Park. This year, the University will require tickets for all guests, to help accommodate the increased number of guests expected.

Mar 24, 2014  Actress Takes the Stage in the Big Apple
In New York City, the theatrical scene is so large and competitive that a professional actor could go to several auditions every day and never land a part. Such is not the experience of 2004 drama graduate Jamie Rezanour.

Mar 13, 2014  UST Men’s Basketball Advances to NAIA National Tournament
The University of St. Thomas Men's basketball team qualified for the NAIA National Tournament for the second straight year. The 77th tournament will take place March 19 through 25 at the historic Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Mo.

Mar 12, 2014  VITA Volunteers Prepare Free Tax Returns
Renzhi Liu talks to VITA volunteer Maphyu KhinUniversity of St. Thomas students and alumni, who are trained volunteers of Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, or VITA, provide free tax help to people at the MD Anderson YMCA from February to April, as part of the UST Service-Learning Program.  

Mar 07, 2014  Mardi Gras Gala Raises $850,000 for Scholarships
A “Prince of the Church” and archbishop of Galveston Houston, Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, was the honoree during the 64th Annual Mardi Gras Gala, helping to raise more than $850,000 for scholarships at the University of St. Thomas. More than 400 donors, alumni and friends celebrated Fat Tuesday on March 4 at the River Oaks Country Club. 

Mar 07, 2014  UST Rodeo Scholarship Student Roundup
As rodeo season kicks off again in Houston, several University of St. Thomas students have a very different reason to put on their chaps and saddle up. Freshmen Tamara Esparza and Carina Tlapanco are two of six students selected as recipients of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Scholarships for the 2013-2014 school year.

 


Mar 07, 2014  Guzman Trades Tan Lines for Environmental Responsibility
For most, spring break brings to mind images of friends, sun and surf. For University of St. Thomas’ Brenda Guzman, a junior biology major and pre-med student, spring break looks like Washington D.C.

Feb 26, 2014  Accreditation Team Gives Positive Nod to Nursing
UST nursing students with professor and mannekinThe University of St. Thomas School of Nursing in Houston is one step closer to national accreditation. The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, or CCNE, is a prestigious accrediting body for schools that offer baccalaureate and graduate programs in nursing. 

The three-person CCNE site-visit team visited St. Thomas from Feb. 19-21 to study the school’s achievement of the four required CCNE standards, and in their view, the School of Nursing met all four standards, with no compliance concerns.


Feb 25, 2014  Combat Medic Seeks Adrenaline of Trauma Nursing
Jacqueline HessJacqueline Hess felt the full force of adrenaline’s mind-blocking, sweaty, heart-racing effects after her first experience working in a military medical trauma setting.  She was hooked. After an eight-year stint as a U.S. Air Force combat medic, Hess is now a pre-nursing student at the University of St. Thomas, pursuing her goal to be a trauma nurse.

Feb 20, 2014  Mardi Gras King, Queen Exemplify UST Mission
Mardi Gras King and Queen CJ Miller and Meredith SmithThe 2014 Mardi Gras king and queen, C.J. Miller and Meredith Smith, will be the faces of the student body during the 65th annual Mardi Gras Gala at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 4 at River Oaks Country Club.

Feb 19, 2014  Record Turnout for Day of Service
Early on a Saturday morning, Brenda Guzman, a junior biology major, found herself enjoying the early morning sun and cool breeze as she and fellow Council of Club officers painted flower pots for assisted living homes.

Feb 17, 2014  Women Succeed in UST Engineering, CUA is New Partner
Kendall NiemannIn the male-dominated field of engineering, it can be difficult for women to succeed, but last year, all four graduates of the University of St. Thomas cooperative engineering program were women, and three of them were Hispanic.

UST has cooperative agreements with Texas A&M University, University of Houston, University of Notre Dame and newly-approved The Catholic University of America.


Feb 11, 2014  Nanotechnology Expert Presents Miller Lecture on Faith, Science
Dr. Mauro FerrariMedical research and prayer “share many fundamental characteristics,” according to Mauro Ferrari, president, CEO, and distinguished endowed chair of Houston Methodist Research Institute, who will deliver the University of St. Thomas’ annual Archbishop J. Michael Miller Lecture on Feb. 20.

Ferrari’s lecture, "Five Prayers: A Testimonial on Faith and Science,” will take place from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in Cullen Hall on the University campus at 4001 Mt. Vernon St.


Feb 11, 2014  Principal Channels Passion for Education
Life has a funny way of putting you exactly where you need to be. For Hafedh Azaiez, a 2008 graduate from the Master of Education program and 2007 HISD secondary teacher of the year, life took him from Tunisia, where he was born and raised, to Houston, where he discovered his love, passion and exceptional skill in teaching.

Jan 27, 2014  Catholic Students Write on John Paul II in Essay Contest
Essay Contest Winner Cecilia JosephWith the most number of essays to date, Catholic school students, parents and teachers from around the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston gathered to celebrate the winners of the 10th annual University of St. Thomas/Archdiocesan Essay Contest with a Mass and Awards Ceremony on Jan. 22 at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart.

Jan 27, 2014  UST Faculty Attend South Africa Service Learning Conference
Six University of St. Thomas faculty members traveled to Sellenbosh, South Africa, to present at the International Service Learning Conference on Nov. 20-22. The conference, titled “Service-Learning Across the Globe: From Local to Transnational,” was aimed at enhancing global participation through both theoretical and applied service learning in higher education.

Jan 27, 2014  40 Celts March for Life in Washington
Students march for Life in WashingtonSt. Thomas brought its largest group ever to Washington, D.C. for the March for Life. Braving the cold temperatures, 40 students took a stand for the unborn to say they are part of the Pro-Life Generation. 

Jan 16, 2014  Sindelar Weaves Foreign Service into Middle East Class
Sindelar Weaves Foreign Service into Middle East ClassWhile teaching a survey class on the Middle East and North Africa, Richard Sindelar can explain the enormity of Tahrir Square during talks of the Arab Spring in Egypt. He can lend his experience with settlements to a discussion of the Arab Israeli settlements. He has firsthand knowledge because Sindelar was a United States foreign service officer who spent almost half his career covering the Middle East.

Jan 14, 2014  Ivany Named One of Houston’s Most Influential Woman
If you are looking for Marianne Ivany, it is best to look towards the stage. Ivany, the University of St. Thomas’ first lady, has been involved in the arts, theater, singing, music and writing since a young age. More recently however, she has been using her passion for the arts to promote the Performing Arts Society and to raise scholarship money for students in the music and theater departments at the University of St. Thomas.

Jan 13, 2014  UST Student Delegation Meets Taiwan’s President
To meet with a nation’s president is a great honor. This is an honor 14 students from the University of St. Thomas Center for International Studies experienced when they met with Taiwan's president, Mr. Ma Ying-jeou on Jan. 9 in recognition of the successful educational and cultural exchanges between UST and Taiwan. The UST students were led by the Center director, Dr. Hans Stockton, an East Asia expert and long-time Taiwan specialist who has led such delegations since 2007 as part of a course he teaches on contemporary Taiwan.  

Jan 09, 2014  Calleo and the Philosophy of Gourmet Pizza
For Anthony Calleo, a 2003 philosophy and theology graduate, the road to realizing his childhood dream of opening a pizza joint has had many twists and turns. Calleo, a whippet-thin thirtysomething who does not hesitate to speak his mind, has pursued three careers since graduating from the University of St. Thomas. 

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