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|Aug 26, 2015 Alumnus Joins Digital Team to Cover Pope’s U.S. Visit|
For James Ramos ’14, communication alumnus, the use of social media was a natural way for him to share messages with anybody regardless of faith of culture. So when the Catholic website Aleteia began its search for 60 millennials to join its Digital Street Team that would cover Pope Francis’ visit to the United States this September, Ramos jumped at the opportunity.
|Aug 25, 2015 Veteran Student Awarded Sentinels of Freedom Scholarship|
U.S. Army veteran and international studies major Venol Raymond will receive a $24,000 award over two years from the Sentinels of Freedom Scholarship Foundation, whose mission is to assist severely wounded, Post-9/11 Veterans in their efforts to become productive and self-sufficient members of their communities as they transition back into civilian life.
|Aug 17, 2015 Research Makes Biology More Appealing as Majors Rise|
Forty-one biology students walked across the stage this past June’s 2015 graduation ceremony, one of the largest classes to graduate with a biology degree since the university’s founding. But it wasn’t pure luck so many students graduated with a biology degree.
|Aug 05, 2015 Artist Impacts Community with Project Row Houses|
Jennifer Mendez, a senior studio arts major and art history minor at the University of St. Thomas, participated in the Project Row Houses Summer Studios program to create paintings, drawings and sculptures that will be on display at Project Row Houses from Aug. 22 through Sept. 27.
|Aug 04, 2015 Freshmen Succeed with Mendenhall Summer Institute|
In the largest class of the Mendenhall Summer Institute, 56 students earned six credit hours and took part in activities this July that successfully prepared them for their first semester of college.
|Jul 22, 2015 Robert McNair and UST Team Up for Free Enterprise, Entrepreneurship|
The Robert and Janice McNair Foundation and the University of St. Thomas are pleased to announce the establishment of The McNair Center for Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship at the University of St. Thomas Houston. The Center will advance research and education on the role of private enterprise, individual initiative and entrepreneurship in fostering economic growth and authentic human flourishing.
|Jul 20, 2015 UST Athletes Recognized for Academic Excellence|
Juan Gutierrez, a junior majoring in finance and economics, knows if you can be a good athlete, you can be a good student. Both require the same dedication and follow through, and for both, the key to success are organization and a tight schedule.
|Jul 13, 2015 Bioinformatics Students Get Hands-On Research in SMART Program|
Two UST bioinformatics students, rising senior Luke Hebert and rising junior Nicholas Hayden were among a handful of students selected nationwide to participate in Baylor College of Medicine’s Summer Medical and Research Training program.
|Jul 10, 2015 Students Present Biomass Research in Austria|
Europe is making concerted efforts in increasing its use of sustainable energy and is turning to biomass, a biological material derived from living organisms, to create renewable energy. With undergraduate research and articles published on biomass and its conversion to energy, the University of St. Thomas finds itself at the forefront of this research and theory.
|Jul 07, 2015 Former Star UST Player Named Head Basketball Coach|
“More and more I think that things are meant to be,” said Anthony Medina ’11. “I was meant to move to Houston. I was meant to attend St. Thomas. I was meant to meet Coach Todd Smith.”
Medina said this because since his arrival at the University of St. Thomas as a founding member of the men’s basketball team in 2008, life seems to be falling into place. That is not to say he hasn’t had to work for his success, it was through his hard work that he has been able to capitalize on the opportunities presented to him and begin building his career.
|Jul 06, 2015 Sister Helps Produce Series on Creation, Environment|
Sister Damien Marie Savino, FSE, chair of environmental science and studies, has spent the last five years collaborating with Salt + Light Catholic Media Foundation to create a documentary series that explores the Catholic approach to environmentalism. Now, the first three videos of the six video series that cover topics ranging from awe and wonder to integral ecology, have been released to the public.
|Jul 02, 2015 From Apple to Disney, Engineering Students Aim for Impact|
Engineering involves an intense understanding of mathematics, physics, science and software, and working as an engineer can be a lucrative career. But for UST students, studying engineering is about more than making a living—it is about making an impact.
|Jun 12, 2015 English Grad Continues Research Studies at Vanderbilt|
Thea Autry’s obsession with the world of books and her burgeoning fascination with philosophy are why she chose to major in English literature and minor in philosophy at the University of St. Thomas. This fall, the 2015 graduate will join the Ph.D. in English program at Vanderbilt University, where her research will focus on post-colonial studies and African American literature.
|Jun 05, 2015 Alumna Wins Second Daytime Emmy|
During his acceptance speech at the 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards in April, Steve Harvey commented, “This is for my production team—you don’t know who they are, but they make the show what it is.” Kim Gagne ’86 communications alumna, is part of that team, working as a supervising producer on “Steve Harvey,” Harvey’s eponymous talk-variety show.
|Jun 02, 2015 Student Selected for Scholarship in Salute to Nurses|
Every year during National Nurses Appreciation Week, the Houston Chronicle’s Salute to Nurses program awards scholarships to three exceptional nursing students attending Houston area colleges and universities. This year Kara Jones, a junior in the Carol and Odis Peavy School of Nursing at the University of St. Thomas was among those selected for the prestigious award.
|May 20, 2015 Earthquake in Nepal Hits Home for UST Professor|
The earthquake, rated a 7.8 on the Richter scale, struck 80 kilometers from Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital, and was the strongest earthquake since the 8.0 that struck the country in 1934. UST's connection to Nepal includes Dr. Srijana Shrestha, assistant professor of psychology, who is a native of Nepal; Raul Medina ’13, a pre-med alumnus, volunteering there, Dr. Jeffrey Kottler, visiting professor in the school of education, who runs a foundation there.
|May 04, 2015 Plane Crash Survivor Optimistic for Future After Graduation|
Kechi Okwuchi is optimistic and a firm believer in the unknown, and she is here to tell others that “It’s okay to not know what the next step is.”
|Apr 30, 2015 The World Keeps Turning for 70-Year-Old Grad|
Frances Clouche-Bowman recalls receiving the nudge to formally study criminal justice and social work. And in August, the 70-year old Beaumont native will complete her Master of Education degree from University of St. Thomas. She joins more than 1,000 UST graduates at the 65th Commencement Ceremony at 10 a.m. on May 16, 2015 at NRG Arena, located at 1 NRG Park.
|Apr 29, 2015 For Graduate, RN Stands for 'Real Nurse'|
Appreciated all her life for a natural eagerness to help others who dealt with a scrape or an ache or worse, 49-year old Juanita Hardy will graduate from the University of St. Thomas School of Nursing in May with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and an overall GPA of 3.8.
|Apr 28, 2015 Biology Graduate to Attend Yale PhD Program|
The difficult odds did not stop Holly Merta from applying for Yale’s Ph.D. program in Biological and Biomedical Sciences. Merta, a biology major who will graduate in May, received the Gruber Science Fellowship—one of the most prestigious awards offered by Yale’s GSAS—for her accomplishments and promise.
|Apr 23, 2015 With Shared Goals, Twins Graduate Nursing School Together|
At first glance, Evelin and Ingry Umanzor simply resemble each other. Once you get them talking, the twin telepathy, the knack they have for finishing each other’s sentences and pausing to gather their thoughts in sync, kicks in.
|Apr 22, 2015 Grad Proves Father’s Incarceration Doesn't Confine Her|
Growing up, Rama Gerig was not allowed to speak about her father. Her father’s felony conviction and 20-year incarceration left her mother to raise four children alone. Knowing personally the trauma that children of incarcerated parents face, Gerig founded Society’s Forgotten Children, a University of St. Thomas club that “breaks the silence,” and she will graduate this May.
|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|
An 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|
The 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|
The University of St. Thomas will host TEDx Talks on the theme “Diversity and Progress in the 21st Century” from noon to 5 p.m. on Friday, April 24. The Talks will include 14 speakers related to UST to share their knowledge and insight about topics ranging from bioinformatics to women’s rights in the Middle East.
|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 Alumnus’ 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|
As 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|
The 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 UST’s Clinton Brand|
Pope 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|
Longtime 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|
The 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|
Thousands 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.
|Dec 18, 2014 CSB Students Write Plans for Real Businesses|
Students from the Cameron School of Business have been busy providing consulting services for active businesses. Learning in class is only half of the preparation, and this semester three CSB classes were given the opportunity to work with companies and professional tools to prepare them for future careers.
|Dec 18, 2014 CIS Student Awarded Department of State Internship|
Sophomore international studies major Durrell Green, an aspiring Foreign Service Officer, will get an insider’s view of U.S. international affairs during a two-summer internship in the U.S. Department of State’s U.S. Foreign Service Internship Program.
|Dec 10, 2014 GRACE Mentors Build a Better Catholic Educator|
For Amelia Galiunas and Shayne Rodrigues, being a good Catholic educator means realizing education is a way of life. The two graduates of the University of St. Thomas’ Gulf Region Academy for Catholic Educators Program have been teaching for six and five years, respectively, and are looking to share their passion and experiences with students currently in the GRACE program as mentors.
|Dec 09, 2014 Pre-Med Graduate Envisions Career Serving Poor|
Stephanie Ibrahim, a December 2014 graduate in biology, is planning her upcoming spring semester with the same meticulous skill that has characterized her last three and a half years as a pre-med student—and probably, her entire academic life.
|Dec 04, 2014 Balancing Olympic Dream and Finance Career|
Mark Lopez thanks the school of hard kicks for his 2008 Olympic silver medal in Taekwondo and he credits UST for preparing him with the business foundation to become a certified financial planner at UBS.
|Dec 01, 2014 UST Launches New Degrees in Catholic Education|
University of St. Thomas School of Education and Center for Faith and Culture have announced two new, collaborative master’s degrees and two graduate certification programs to help Catholic teachers, principals and other institutional leaders provide a more distinctively Catholic education. UST’s goal is to place teachers who are “leaders of faith and character” in Catholic classrooms.
|Nov 17, 2014 Alumna Named Hispanic Heritage Award Winner by Mayor|
On Sept. 23 the City of Houston celebrated Maria Castillo-Valle day, named for Castillo-Valle ’14, an accounting alumna who was the Youth Activist recipient of the 2014 Mayor’s Hispanic Heritage Awards.
|Nov 10, 2014 Physics Minor Builds a Better Battery in Germany|
Growing up, Elizabeth Maccato, a senior biology major and physics minor, was always interested in how physics worked, not just on Earth but in space too. She remembers gazing at stars through her father’s telescope and thinking about the science involved in actually getting out into and surviving in space. This, she recounts, is when she first discovered her love for science.
|Nov 07, 2014 Consumerism, Poverty Key Themes at Young Institute Conference|
Alleviating our consumerism can help alleviate poverty, and helping the poor, in turn, can alleviate the spiritual hunger that drives our desire for “more stuff,” according to William T. Cavanaugh. He is the keynote speaker at the University of St. Thomas’ Rev. William J. Young Social Justice Institute conference, “Freedom from Want: Consumerism and Poverty,” at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014 in Scanlan Room, Jerabeck Center.
|Oct 09, 2014 Faithful Leadership Guides Ivany’s Decade of Service|
A liberal arts education from the University of St. Thomas offers students more than the diploma and rewarding career promised by other colleges; it provides the foundation for a fulfilling personal life and empowers graduates to make a thoughtful, ethically-driven contribution to society, according to UST President Dr. Robert Ivany.
|Oct 09, 2014 Service Learning at the Houston Food Bank|
Every year, incoming freshman participate in a service learning activity where they can give back to the community. This year UST has partnered with the Houston Food Bank to help feed the hungry of Houston.
|Oct 09, 2014 Bio Students Gain Confidence with SMART Program at BCM|
Research programs are competitive. Programs such as the Summer Medical and Research Training (SMART) summer research program that offers students the opportunity to gain field experience firsthand, and network with professionals in their field of study are no exception.
|Oct 06, 2014 School of Education Graduates Find Success in the Classroom|
The University of St. Thomas School of Education has been supplying the city of Houston with top-notch teachers for years. The May 2014 graduates are no different.
|Oct 01, 2014 Freshman Archer Has Eye on the Spider|
Freshman Paige Hill spends hours on end aiming at spiders, and killing one is “as good as it gets.” Far from arachnophobic, Hill is a top-ranked archer in the nation and Olympic hopeful. Her spider is a tiny black cross taunting her from the center of the tenth ring.
|Sep 23, 2014 Internship Leads to Job in the Great White North|
Vivian Cabrera’s dream job is working as a public relations officer for the Vatican. Today, she is one step closer to realizing that dream. After graduating with a degree in communications in May, Cabrera moved to Toronto for a four-month long internship with Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation, where she worked under the Rev. Thomas Rosica, CSB, St. Thomas board member and the English language assistant to the Holy See Press Office. That internship has turned into a full-time position where she will serve as the social media and community coordinator.
|Sep 16, 2014 More Italian Culture Comes to 36th Annual Houston Italian Festival|
The 36th Annual Houston Italian Festival brings the Italian culture to Houston, and will offer several new features in addition to the traditional highlights of the four-day event. The festival is held from Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 9-12 on the grounds of the University of St. Thomas.
|Sep 03, 2014 Hackett Family Foundation Gives $500K to Science Center|
The University of St. Thomas is one step closer to breaking ground on its new Center for Science and Health Professions, thanks to a generous gift of $500,000 from the Hackett Family Foundation. Maureen and Jim Hackett are members of the honorary committee for Faith in Our Future: The Campaign for the University of St. Thomas.
|Aug 21, 2014 Small Teams Make Big Impact at Freshman Symposium|
For a university known for its small classes, the first class for freshmen is an exception. Freshman Symposium packs Jones Hall auditorium and sets the foundation for the mission of the University of St. Thomas with a community of freshmen and mentors.
|Aug 15, 2014 Mendenhall Prepares, Encourages Student Success|
College freshmen, peer mentors, faculty and staff gathered at the University of St. Thomas Mendenhall Summer Institute annual luncheon to meet the institute’s sole funder and biggest supporter, Trini Mendenhall, and to celebrate the institute’s seventh year of successfully preparing students for their first semester of college.
|Aug 12, 2014 60 Saudi Arabian Students Receive Job Offers at Conference|
Nearly one week after the Graduation ceremony in May, 65 Saudi Arabian students and alumni who attended the University of St. Thomas as part of the Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission attended a conference and job fair in Washington, D.C. Nearly everyone returned with job offers.
|Aug 08, 2014 Accounting Major Completes College Experience with Study Abroad|
Demian Duran-Sosa knew his college experience would not be complete until he studied abroad. Initially Duran-Sosa had his sights set on Spain because he had enjoyed a vacation there with his family. After seeing the courses available, he set his eyes on another Spanish-speaking country and spent part of his summer on a professor-led study abroad trip with 15 other University of St. Thomas students exploring Puebla, Mexico.
|Jul 29, 2014 Philosophy Grad to Serve Mission in Chile, France|
Mother Teresa said spiritual poverty is greater than physical poverty.
Recent graduate Kelsey Boor ’14 said sending people food and medicine and building schools can meet their physical needs, but the soul is the most important thing.
|Jul 28, 2014 Sanchez-Hidalgo Shifts FOCUS to Student Faith|
When Jonathon Sanchez-Hidalgo ’09 first arrived at the University of St. Thomas, he had dreams of becoming a sports broadcaster. God had other plans. Now, Sanchez-Hidalgo is headed to the University of Wisconsin-Platteville where he will begin his fifth year serving college students as a missionary with the Fellowship of Catholic University Students.
|Jul 18, 2014 Alumna Directs Program for World Family Meeting|
UST 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|
The 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|
It’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|
Eight 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|
Building 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|
During 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|
The 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|
Two 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|
Gabe 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|
Ligia 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|
The 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|
More 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|
With 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|
Anti-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.and Wednesdays between 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 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|
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|
Home-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|
As 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|
The 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|
Honors 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|
Freshman 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|
The 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|
University 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|
The 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 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|
The 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|
In 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|
Medical 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|
With 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|
St. 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|
While 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.
|Dec 19, 2013 GRACE Goes International With Irish Teachers|
In May 2013, merely two weeks after completing final exams, Mary Buckley, Colm Supple and Sarah Tighe, graduates from Mary Immaculate College in Limerick, Ireland, packed their bags and said goodbye to their friends, family and homeland as they journeyed 4,479 miles to Houston to teach.
|Dec 19, 2013 Student Entomology Research Ranked First in the Nation|
Seven University of St. Thomas students working on undergraduate research under the guidance of Dr. Rosie Rosell, professor of biology, were awarded first prize for their fruit fly research and presentation at the Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting held in Austin, Texas from Nov. 9 – 14. Gina Duong, Zoe Knippa, Heather Skeen-Esterheld, Cecilia Dao, Luke Hebert, Katie Fisher and Maria Ton presented their research focused on determining the lethal concentration of toluene on fruit flies and the morphological effects of toluene exposure on fly offspring.
|Dec 17, 2013 International Student’s UST Takeaways No Fairytale|
Indonesian diplomat’s daughter earns master’s degree in liberal arts with a concentration in communications and finds the words to take back to Indonesia to begin a career as a journalist.
|Dec 16, 2013 On the Verge of Failure, Grad Transforms at UST|
Robert Jolly III recalls his family saying he “failed them” and being “on me constantly.” He hated high school, made barely average grades and skipped classes whenever he liked. His trend for aimlessness continued as he floated in and out of minimum wage jobs and the few universities and trade schools that would accept him. Then he found the liberal arts education at UST that made him hungry for knowledge.
|Dec 12, 2013 UST Partners with KIPP Schools to Boost College Rates|
The University of St. Thomas will partner with KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program) in an effort to increase college completion rates for underserved KIPP students nationwide.
|Dec 10, 2013 Environmental Class Explores Energy Stewardship|
As the nation struggles with energy dilemmas like energy independence, students in the University of St. Thomas environmental science course, Energy for the Future, explore the foundations of both conventional and renewable energy technologies in light of environmental stewardship.
|Dec 06, 2013 Biology Alumna Works Her Own CSI Episodes|
With so many TV blockbusters on criminal justice, people are fascinated by what Christine Konecny does, however, the real life forensic scientist is quick to clarify that, unlike the Hollywood dramas, she neither wears high heels to work nor packs heat. What the 2005 UST biology graduate does is identify DNA profiles and help solve crimes.
|Dec 05, 2013 Chemistry Students Research Leads to Publication|
While most students were enjoying their summer vacation, Jennifer Hoang, Valeria Hernandez and Mitchell Nguyen, under the supervision of Dr. Elmer Ledesma, assistant professor of chemistry, were hard at work studying the pyrolysis, combustion and gasification for biomass compound Eugenol, in the University of St. Thomas chemistry labs.
|Nov 26, 2013 Water Filtration: How One UST Student Makes a Difference in the Philippines|
Clean water is a luxury 60 percent of the world cannot afford. One University of St. Thomas student, with God by his side and a strong determination, is about to change all of that.
|Nov 26, 2013 Business Students Change Lives Through Microloans|
One hundred people and counting have been helped by University of St. Thomas Cameron School of Business students, as this semester an undergraduate management class awarded its 100th microcredit loan. Richard Heagy, adjunct professor at UST, started this project in his management class five years ago, as a way to apply management principles such as risk evaluation and make a difference for people needing credit in developing countries.
|Nov 20, 2013 First Gen Students Share College Experience|
At the University of St. Thomas, nearly 44 percent of incoming freshman can be considered first generation students. These are students whose parents have not attained their bachelor’s degree. This is slightly lower than the national average of nearly 50 percent of today’s college students considered first generation students. Of those students who are considered first generation, only 11.6 percent attend private four-year institutions, compared to the 22.1 percent non-first-generation students.
|Nov 13, 2013 UST Celt is Living Life Above the Rim|
When the University of St. Thomas established a men’s basketball team in 2009, few imagined the team would win the conference championship a mere four years later. Now, after leading the Celts to the conference championship and having graduated with an accounting degree from the Cameron School of Business, Travis Lampley is embarking on another journey playing basketball for the American Basketball Association’s South Florida Gold in Boca Raton, Fla. this fall.
|Nov 12, 2013 Men's Soccer Wins RRAC Tournament Championship|
With a thrilling victory, the University of St. Thomas men's soccer team captured its first Red River Athletic Conference Tournament Championship on Saturday night at the Houston Amateur Sports Park.
|Nov 06, 2013 Casarez Honored by Exonerated Man|
Nicole Casarez, professor of communication, has been making headlines. Anthony Graves, a former death row inmate, whom she represented and was exonerated, recently created a scholarship in her name as thanks for saving his life.
|Nov 05, 2013 UST Sleeps Out for Homelessness|
Grab your sleeping bag, blanket and pillow and join the University of St. Thomas Social Justice Committee, Psi Chi, the psychology honor society and Students Working Against Human Trafficking for National SleepOut Saturday. The annual SleepOut will take place on Saturday, Nov. 9 in the Academic Mall in front of the Chapel of St. Basil from 7 p.m. until 7 a.m. Sunday.
|Nov 05, 2013 UST Sleeps Out for Homelessness|
Grab your sleeping bag, blanket and pillow and join the UST Social Justice Committee for National SleepOut Saturday on Nov. 9 in the Academic Mall to create awareness for homelessness. Read more
|Oct 28, 2013 From Home School to UST Honors Program|
Junior Sarah Ashour is part of a growing trend of home schooled students. UST welcomed her into the Honors Program and awarded her a full-tuition scholarship.
|Oct 24, 2013 Opera Workshop is Evening of Musical Fun|
Join University of St. Thomas music students as they perform scenes from popular operas and musicals during “Scenes from Opera and Musical Theater.” The Music Department will present the workshop at 7:30 p.m. from Oct. 25-26 and at 3 p.m. on Oct. 27 at Cullen Hall.
|Oct 23, 2013 SEP Launches Crowd Funding Platform|
The University of St. Thomas Social Entrepreneurship Program is working to empower the ostracized by providing an opportunity for them to become involved in food and cloth production, and they are doing it in a novel way — crowd funding.
|Oct 22, 2013 UST Experience Took Art Historian to Another Level|
Melissa Ramos Palermo, ’07 alumna, made headlines in her field after identifying a previously unattributed 16th century manuscript as the work of Spanish painter Pedro de Palma.
|Oct 21, 2013 Seeing “Misbehaving” Kids in Different Way|
John Barone, UST graduate, author and educator, knows about kids’ behaviors and the brain. Moreover, he is driven to share his knowledge and reduce judgment of children who have neurological differences.
|Oct 16, 2013 UST Today Highlights People Making an Impact|
In this issue: UST’s research emphasis gives graduates the edge. Alumni military vets and MBA grad continue to serve. Student-athletes shine.
|Oct 15, 2013 St. Thomas Degree Offers ROI for Graduates|
For many college students, earning a degree is about achieving a return on investment in their careers. At St. Thomas, the return on investment is in both careers and character.
|Oct 09, 2013 Paying Her UST Values Forward|
Through alumna Tonia Labbé, UST’s four core values—goodness, discipline, knowledge and community—came full circle to encompass a bright, kind young man who is the first in his family to attend college.
|Oct 07, 2013 Family and Alumni Weekend Extravaganza|
Join the UST community for fun, food and a snapshot of downtown Houston with 2013 UST Family and Alumni Weekend. Invite your family from Oct. 17-20 and experience everything UST has to offer, including classes, athletic events, musical performances, a visit to local museums, weekend Mass and a giant carnival celebration. Register for all events today. See below for details and the full schedule.
|Oct 01, 2013 Desperation Turned to Determination for Transfer|
Rama Gerig credits the Divine with developments big and small in her life; everything from an inexplicable healing; to breaking a cycle of poverty and no education; to the smooth experience of transferring to UST.
|Oct 01, 2013 Math Major says ‘Guten Tag’ to Nano Particle Research|
“Ich mag einen Kaffee.” This is how Melissa Cantu began most days this summer. As an intern conducting research in Duisburg, Germany, her day started as early as 7 a.m., and coffee was a vital part of her day.
|Sep 30, 2013 Green Thumb Earns Harris Mayor’s Service Award|
For his work at Japhet Creek Park, Dr. William Maury Harris will be awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the 2013 Mayor’s Proud Partners program.
|Sep 27, 2013 Women’s Basketball Has a Ball with Best Buddies|
The University of St. Thomas women’s basketball team knows that you don’t have to be a professional athlete to give back to the community. They believe it is important to find something you really care about and work to improve it. It was this sentiment that led to the team to dedicate Sept. 21 to host a basketball camp for the UST Best Buddies Chapter.
|Sep 13, 2013 Experience Italy in the Heart of Houston|
Journey to Italy without ever leaving the city as the Italian Cultural & Community Center hosts the 35th Annual Houston Italian Festival on the grounds of the University of St. Thomas. Join the Houston community to experience Italy through authentic food, song, dance and more from Thursday to Sunday, Oct. 10-13.
|Sep 12, 2013 Basilian Scholastics Take First Vows|
It was with feelings of anxiousness and excitement that three Basilian novices declared their first profession of vows on Aug. 15 in the Chapel of St. Basil on the University of St. Thomas campus. Kittisak Chooklin, Steven Huber and Hoc Minh Nguyen are beginning the Scholastic phase of the formation process as they continue their journey to the priesthood. To mark the occasion, Basilian priests from across the country attended.
|Sep 04, 2013 Freshmen Make 28,000 Meals for Community at Food Bank|
As a part of Freshman Orientation, University of St. Thomas incoming freshman volunteered at the Houston Food Bank on Aug. 24. The freshmen, with about 200 participants, produced nearly 28,000 meals.
|Sep 03, 2013 University of St. Thomas Houston Launches Catholic TV programming|
University of St. Thomas is expanding its reach with premium Catholic TV programming to all Catholics and non-Catholics in the Houston and surrounding viewing area. With the blessing of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, St. Thomas will launch UST Worldview, an inspiring TV series that explores the richness of the Catholic faith. The series is produced in collaboration with Salt + Light Media.
|Aug 27, 2013 I Know What You Did Last Summer|
As University of St. Thomas students return to campus for the first day of school, there will be a lot of conversation among friends about what they did last summer. From study abroad and travel to jobs, internships, volunteering and – gasp – summer school, students took advantage of the time off for personal development and community service. Students and alumni shared snapshots of their summers on UST’s Facebook.
|Aug 16, 2013 Students Build Community with Habitat for Humanity|
Working outside in sweltering summer heat with sawdust stinging your eyes is not a recipe for a fun time. Senior chemistry major and pre-med student Yussr Ibrahim says otherwise. Ibrahim, along with nearly 20 other University of St. Thomas students and faculty advisor, Dr. Elmer Ledesma, helped construct a home with Habitat for Humanity in northwest Houston on July 27, and had fun while doing it.
|Aug 09, 2013 Students Name Mendenhall Their Dream Keeper|
The Mendenhall Summer Institute started in 2008 with a generous gift from Trini Mendenhall-Sosa. During a celebration luncheon on Aug.1, the 45 students recognized Mendenhall-Sosa as their keeper of dreams as they aspire to graduate from St. Thomas in 2017. The cohort surprised her with a time capsule box for all the support she has given the students.
|Jul 30, 2013 Veteran Earns White House Recognition|
Entrepreneurs must master the art of juggling to be successful. This is a lesson that Marylyn Harris ’07, University of St. Thomas Cameron School of Business alumna, knows all too well. Today she manages several separate business ventures, is a sought-after speaker on veteran benefits and entrepreneurial opportunities, and raises two children.
|Jul 26, 2013 Math Student Gets $40K for Notre Dame Engineering|
Umer Khan studied math at UST in the Cooperative Engineering Program, and he received a $40,000 scholarship to continue his engineering study at University of Notre Dame.
|Jul 19, 2013 Celts Support Pro-Life Bill in Austin|
Amidst the crowd of hundreds of pro-life Texans, the UST Celts for Life put on their pro-life gear in support of House Bill 2, otherwise known as the Texas Infant Pain Capable Act. The bill, which passed the Texas House of Representatives on July 10 with a 96-49 vote, places higher restrictions on abortion clinics in Texas, bans abortions after 20 weeks and threatens to close 37 out of the 42 clinics in Texas that do not meet the new standards.
|Jul 18, 2013 M.Ed. Awards 14 Action Research Projects|
Research has shown that letting students write about their worries for 10 minutes before an exam substantially diminishes the link between test anxiety and test performance, according to a report published in Science Journal in 2011 by Gerardo Ramirez and Sian L. Beilock.
|Jul 03, 2013 Dr. Ted Rebard Asks ‘What’s Love Got to do With it?'|
View a philosophy class on metaphysics focusing on The Nature of Love and learn more about Dr. Ted Rebard, a philosophy professor whom students rave about. Students have changed majors after taking his classes.
|Jul 03, 2013 Dr. Jim Clarage Demonstrates What Makes the World Go Round|
View a physics class focusing on conservation of angular momentum and learn more about Dr. James Clarage, a physics professor whose dramatic flair for explaining the most fundamental principles of nature occasionally prompts him to wear a toga.
|Jun 27, 2013 Art Gallery Opening Reinforces Commitment to Arts|
What if there was a place offering Houstonians the possibility of seeing masterpieces before the artist has been discovered by those all-powerful critics? There is. The new University of St. Thomas Art Gallery is in the heart of Houston’s Museum District. Its opening exhibition at 3907 Yoakum Blvd. from April 26 to May 3 was a dual celebration, honoring a special academic accomplishment.
|Jun 27, 2013 Brother and sister Plant It Forward|
What do siblings with a thriving software company have in common with Houston’s urban organic farming and refugees from Africa’s troubled Congo? They are elements of a radical idea turned non-profit company called Plant It Forward Farms, driven by alumni Teresa O’Donnell ’77 and her brother Pat ‘76 to help economically disadvantaged refugees generate a living wage.
|Jun 27, 2013 UST’s 60s Rock Band ‘Dave Starky V’ Reunites|
A rock band that originated in 1965 at University of St. Thomas and had a personal connection to The Beatles is enjoying a rebirth. Their comeback began after the Dave Starky V reunited in 2007 to perform at a reunion of the class of ’67 and realized they still have their musical chops.
|Jun 27, 2013 Debt-Free Grad Maximizes Education|
Amy Lee, a transfer student from the Lone Star College System, graduated with a degree in education from University of St. Thomas nearly debt free and with a job opportunity at Horne Elementary School in the Cy-Fair Independent School District. How did she do it?
|Apr 24, 2013 Taco Tasting Raises $35,000 for Scholarships|
In what was the largest event ever contracted at the Saint Arnold Brewing Co., the University of St. Thomas Alumni Association exceeded its goal and raised nearly $35,000 for scholarships at the 2nd Annual Two Saints and a Taco Tasting on April 18.
|Apr 19, 2013 George Gears Students Up for Future Success|
University of St. Thomas will celebrate 350 undergraduates and 793 graduate students during the 2013 Commencement Ceremony at 10 a.m. on May 18 in Reliant Arena.
|Apr 19, 2013 Education Grad Aims to be Voice for Others|
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said “I have a dream.” He inspired many people to dream big and hope for a better future. For one University of St. Thomas graduate however, simply having a dream is not enough. For Elvia Valdez, what matters most is living that dream.
|Apr 19, 2013 Learning Knows No Age for Grad|
Deacon Albert Vacek never thought that three months after filing for Social Security he would be graduating with a Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies. That is exactly what will happen on May 18 when Vacek walks across the stage at Reliant Arena with 350 undergraduates and 793 graduate students.
|Apr 18, 2013 Drama Grad Clears Hurdles for Role of a Lifetime|
Adrienne Shearer’s UST graduation story could not have been more heroically imagined if it were one of the productions in which she has starred or choreographed. Having overcome one obstacle after another, the talented Shearer will take her cues on May 18 as one of the 350 undergraduates and 793 graduate students who will participate in the University’s 63rd Commencement Ceremony.
|Apr 18, 2013 Artist Earns UST’s First BA/BFA, Gallery Show|
With her ever-present Canon Rebel EOS hanging around her neck, Krista Karbalai is the picture of accomplishment. During the University’s 63rd Commencement Ceremony on May 18, she will become the first graduate to earn a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Fine Arts (BA/BFA) degree in studio arts.
|Apr 18, 2013 Student Studies Bioethics at Yale Summer Program|
Junior philosophy major Matthew Weatherford is the first University of St. Thomas student to be accepted into the coveted Yale University's Summer Institute in Bioethics . Studying with elite scholars, students and professionals for eight weeks, Weatherford will engage in intellectual debates, mini-conferences and social events that foster collaboration on bioethics.
|Apr 18, 2013 FirstGen Grad to Teach for America in Detroit|
Forging one's own path in life is no walk in the park. It requires commitment, perseverance and self-awareness. Jenny Treviño was the first in her family to go to college, will be the first to graduate with a degree in international studies and was selected for the Teach for America program. Soon to be placed in Detroit, Mich., Treviño accepted the job offer with a definitive “bring it on.”
|Apr 18, 2013 Brother and Sister Plant It Forward|
What do siblings with a thriving software company, Bridgway Software, have in common with Houston's urban organic farming and refugees from Africa's troubled Congo? They are elements of a radical idea turned non-profit company called Plant It Forward Farms, driven by alumni Teresa O'Donnell '77 and her brother Pat ‘76 to help economically disadvantaged refugees generate a living wage.
|Apr 18, 2013 Grad Mathematician Calculates Perfect Speech|
To get the golden ratio, mathematicians take a line and divide it into two segments with the property that when the longer part is divided by the smaller part, it is equal to the whole length divided by the longer part. If you take the length of a college career, divide it by a one small life-changing moment, which is also equal to the whole four-year experience, you get a divine sequence of events. Confused? Brittany Garza is not.
|Apr 15, 2013 Weaver’s Dream Flies Her to Vet School|
When one’s dream comes true, a flood of emotions set in: excitement, hesitation, humility and optimism. Gary Wright sang about the dream weaver getting him through the night, but Kayla Weaver’s dream is shaping the rest of her future.
|Apr 10, 2013 Environmental Science Grad Loves Conservation|
Well before her graduation date in May 2013, environmental science major Kelly Schmitz knew she would transform her passion for animal conservation and recycling into a career.
|Apr 08, 2013 Honors Class Challenges Views of Human Person|
Reflecting on the view of the human person from multiple perspectives, the Honors Program class of 2013 has prepared a provocative presentation for the Research Symposium: “Person: The Endangered Species,” to be given at 4 p.m. on April 12 in UST's Jones Hall, 3910 Yoakum Blvd.
|Mar 22, 2013 Garrido Conducts Houston Latin Philharmonic|
Musicians must promote and disseminate all types of artistic expression among the multicultural city of Houston. Dr. Glenn Garrido, chair of music at University of St. Thomas, is doing his part by conducting the Houston Latin American Philharmonic Orchestra, also known as the Latin Phil, the first professional orchestra in the United States created exclusively to present full concerts of Latin American music, both original and arrangements.
|Mar 22, 2013 Symposium Reflects ‘Apprentices to Knowledge’|
Learning through research is active, as opposed to gaining knowledge by traditional teaching. Dr. William Harris, associate professor of environmental science and studies, said the team selected this year’s theme, “Apprentices to Knowledge,” for the 2013 Research Symposium to reflect on students’ active participation in the learning process.
|Mar 20, 2013 Alumni Couple Live Foreign-Service Life|
From living near an active volcano in Japan, to overlooking nightly tango lessons in the park across from their Argentine apartment, to assessing the H1N1 outbreak with health officials in Mexico City, alumni Lauren and Joe Salazar have had unique experiences in their posts around the world.
|Mar 18, 2013 UST Students Rope Rodeo Scholarships|
Several University of St. Thomas students are proud recipients of Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Scholarships for the 2012-2013 year.
|Mar 13, 2013 St. Thomas Community Joyful for Pope Francis|
As “Habemus Papam” was proclaimed from the balcony of St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City, the University of St. Thomas community waited with anticipation and celebrated the announcement of the new Pope Francis.
|Mar 12, 2013 Alumni Boost Scholarships as Rodeo Volunteers|
In red and white face paint and a cowboy hat, a class of 1971 alumnus wears a traditional rodeo clown costume in true bullfighter fashion to promote the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. “Stripes” the clown visits schools, seniors or business groups to educate people about the mission of HLS&R.
|Mar 08, 2013 Foreign Service Link Begins ‘Diplomat’ Series|
University of St. Thomas’ Center for International Studies formed a partnership with the American Foreign Service Association in Washington, D.C., to promote and deepen public understanding of U.S. diplomacy, and the Center will launch a new “Distinguished Diplomat” lecture series this month.
|Mar 06, 2013 Yaacoub Presents Research at National Meeting|
Alan Yaacoub, a senior biology major and chemistry minor, is an American Chemical Society National Member and in the Tri-Beta National Biological Honor Society. This physics teacher’s assistant is conducting research on nanoparticles, under the direction of Dr. Birgit Mellis, assistant professor of physics.
|Mar 04, 2013 MBB Celts are RRAC Champs|
The University of St. Thomas men’s basketball team won its first Red River Athletic Conference title. With a 67-51 victory, on March 4 in the RRAC Championship, over conference tournament host and top-seeded Southwestern Assemblies of God University, the Celts rose to the occasion and exceeded expectations.
|Feb 25, 2013 Dr. Foust Engineers Success for Students|
In a typical class with Dr. Henry Foust, cooperative engineering and physics students might find themselves doing an experiment with temperature sensors in air, cold water and hot water.
|Feb 15, 2013 Honoring Sisters, Mardi Gras Gala Raises $800K|
Daniel Cardinal DiNardo said it best during his opening prayer at the 63rd Annual Mardi Gras Gala when he commented on “hearts rejoicing” at the University of St. Thomas. More than 400 donors, alumni and friends of St. Thomas celebrated Fat Tuesday with “A Mardi Gras Tradition” on Feb. 12 at the Royal Sonesta Hotel Houston.
|Feb 07, 2013 Feast Before the Fast at 63rd Annual Mardi Gras Gala|
University supporters will prepare their minds, bodies and spirits for Lent with a Mardi Gras Gala celebration –University of St. Thomas style.
|Feb 05, 2013 Dad Transfers to UST, Strives to Make the Grade|
Sitting in on his son’s class during University of St. Thomas’ Parent’s Weekend in fall 2012, Aaron Kildow was surprised when he was enthralled by the lecture.
|Feb 04, 2013 UST, Friends March for Life in D.C., Austin|
Twenty two University of St. Thomas students, faculty and staff, along with a few students from University of Houston, Rice University and Texas A&M University-Galveston, joined together on the 40th Anniversary of Roe vs. Wade for the “largest human rights demonstration in the world,” March for Life, on Jan. 25 in Washington D.C.
|Feb 04, 2013 UST/Archdiocesan Essay Contest Awards Winners|
Catholic school students, parents and teachers from around the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston gathered to celebrate the winners of the ninth annual University of St. Thomas/Archdiocesan Essay Contest with a Mass and Awards Ceremony on Jan. 23 at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart.
|Jan 30, 2013 Student King, Queen Unveiled for Mardi Gras|
Both surprised and humbled by their nominations, the two look forward to representing the student body at the party on Fat Tuesday, “A Mardi Gras Tradition,” at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 12 at the Royal Sonesta Hotel Houston. The gala is the University’s premier scholarship fundraising event of the year.
|Jan 30, 2013 Msgr. Steenson Marks First Year of Ordinariate|
Still catching his breath from the rush of 2012’s historic Church events in which he played a part, Msgr. Jeffrey Steenson won’t have much time to relax before he’s back in full swing – traveling the nation again for ordinations of former Anglican clergy, participating in speaking events and hosting high ranking Vatican officials in Houston.
|Jan 29, 2013 Dr. Jon Taylor Talks Texas Politics, Y'all|
Before he gets into the day's discussion in the Texas Politics class, Professor and Chair of Political Science Dr. Jon Taylor plays a little music.
|Jan 24, 2013 Symphony Benefit Concert Exceeds $300,000 Goal|
Conductor Andrey Boreyko wowed the audience of 750 patrons during the New Vision, New Stars Benefit Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 22 at Jones Hall in the Houston Theater District.
|Jan 24, 2013 Father, Son Chair Homecoming ‘Corral Days'|
Steve Waldner '75 has a degree in sociology, and his son Cameron Waldner '06, MLA '08, earned a bachelor's and master's in political science. Together, they will chair the University of St. Thomas Homecoming event, “Celtic Corral Days,” on Feb. 22-23 on campus.
|Jan 14, 2013 Franciscan Sisters Honored at Mardi Gras Gala|
The Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist will be honored at A Mardi Gras Tradition, the 63rd Annual Mardi Gras Gala, at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 12 at the Royal Sonesta Hotel Houston.
|Jan 12, 2013 Bornigia Takes Fear Out of Public Speaking|
In front of an audience, Dr. Livia Bornigia, assistant professor of communication, encourages students to own their space. After all, your audience is only going to notice something went wrong if you behave as if something is wrong.
|Jan 09, 2013 Houston Symphony Concert Benefits UST|
To bring the University closer to realizing its vision for enhancing the visual and performing arts for the campus and the Houston community, the University of St. Thomas will partner with the world-renowned Houston Symphony to perform the New Vision, New Stars Benefit Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 22 at Jones Hall in the Houston Theater District.
|Jan 04, 2013 Seniors Combine Skill, Friendship on the Court|
Senior point guard Her’shiira “Shorty” Boone-Rodgers and senior forward Amber Arceneaux-Francis are filling up the stat sheets for the University of St. Thomas women’s basketball team. The Celts Head Coach Mike Ricks attributes their long friendship as a key component to their individual and team success.
|Dec 17, 2012 UST Students, Alumni Win 2012 Photo Contest|
This fall, the University of St. Thomas hosted a public photography contest open to amateur and professional photographers. One of the goals of the contest was to attract people from the Greater Houston area to visit the campus to experience what the University has to offer.
|Dec 12, 2012 Business Students Awarded at Case Competition|
Each semester, years of business lectures and months of preliminary case presentations culminate in the Cameron School of Business Case Competition in which senior general business majors present their analyses on a pre-determined case study.
|Dec 07, 2012 UST Students Discern Vocation to the Priesthood|
The measure of any great Catholic university is the quality of vocations being produced at the institution. Here at the University of St. Thomas, we have had a number of strong vocations, to both married and religious life, cultivated on campus.
|Dec 06, 2012 GRACE Beckons Teachers to Community Learning|
Siblings have an innate desire to see each other succeed. Sonny Vo, first-year graduate student in the Gulf Region Academy for Catholic Educators, views his cohort group with a familial bond to uphold and fortify him as a teacher and brother.
|Dec 06, 2012 Communication Grad Inspires Kids to Dream|
University of St. Thomas senior communication major Megan Viola-Vu maintains a busy schedule. In addition to three jobs, fulfilling her winter graduation requirements, involvement in groups like the Vietnamese Student Association and the UST Cheer team, Viola-Vu uses her time, treasure and talent to encourage children to dream big.
|Dec 06, 2012 Philosophy Student’s Journey Leads to UST|
Sophomore philosophy major Nick Pane’s journey to the University of St. Thomas began with a series of questions. He questioned the existence of God, what is goodness and how to find happiness. Pane felt that if he could find strong answers to these questions, he would find conviction.
|Nov 29, 2012 UST Faculty Appear on Salt + Light on Dec. 2|
Care and awareness about the environment are principles the University of St. Thomas faculty impart on students and the Houston community.
|Nov 26, 2012 Dual Language Grad to Teach English, Chinese|
English as a Second Language is a thriving program in Houston school districts, and it’s giving rise to dual language programs for young students who are studying two languages in the classroom. Grace Tan, having worked as an ESL teacher, was the first Chinese American to train in the University of St. Thomas Dual Language Program, the only program of its kind in Houston.
|Nov 20, 2012 UST Awarded $1.25M Grant for Special Ed|
Houston (Nov. 19) -- The U.S. Department of Education awarded University of St. Thomas (UST) School of Education a $1.25 million grant to help prepare graduate students for leadership positions in special education.
|Nov 20, 2012 Leadership Conference Awakens Student|
The Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator test is designed to identify a person's personality type, strengths and preferences. Senior Elevia Le is an ENTJ, which means extraversion, intuition, thinking and judging. She implemented awareness of her personality when she attended the Beta Gamma Sigma Leadership Forum in St. Louis, Miss., on Nov. 1-4.
|Nov 13, 2012 Arts Society Tea Raises $30K in Scholarships|
The University of St. Thomas Performing Arts Society raised nearly $30,000 in a membership campaign that culminated in the Membership Tea on Nov. 6 at the River Oaks home of Dr. and Mrs. P. Michael Mann. More than 125 guests attended the event, which honored Kelli Cohen Fein and Martin Fein.
|Nov 09, 2012 University Awards Photography Contest Prizes|
The University of St. Thomas announced awards in its inaugural 2012 Photography Contest, which was open to students as well as the general public. Amateur and professional photographers submitted more than 230 works in the categories of campus architecture, faith/character and campus life, and the winners were announced on Nov. 8.
|Nov 09, 2012 Graves Brothers Return to Hardwood|
When most people think about package deals, often vacation resorts and airfare combos come to mind. For the University of St. Thomas men’s basketball team, Celts fans get one family with two times the skills on the court in forwards Andrew and Patrick Graves.
|Nov 08, 2012 Golf Tournament Raises $200K for Scholarships|
The Annual Scholarship Tee-Up Tournament raised more than $200,000 for University of St. Thomas scholarships on Nov. 5, an increase of about $40,000 from last year. The event was held at the Pine Forest Country Club and benefited the general scholarship fund.
|Nov 02, 2012 SleepOut for Social Justice Weekend|
Grab your sleeping bags and warm clothes for the 2nd Annual National SleepOut UST on Nov. 10-11. To promote awareness about homelessness in Houston, the students, faculty, staff and Houston community are invited to sleep outside at 7 p.m. on Nov. 10 to 7 a.m. on the Academic Mall, 3800 Montrose Blvd.
|Oct 29, 2012 UST Named to Newman Guide for Catholicity|
The University of St. Thomas was named among 22 U.S. Catholic colleges and universities recommended by the Cardinal Newman Society, and one of the top 28 Catholic colleges and universities worldwide.
|Oct 17, 2012 Alumni Foster College Prep at Cristo Rey Jesuit|
University of St. Thomas alumni are educating leaders of faith and character in Catholic schools across the Houston. Eight UST graduates work at Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory School of Houston as teachers and administrators, leading high school students in a variety of areas and guiding them to pursue higher education.
|Oct 15, 2012 Transfer Mom Spearheads Nursing Club|
Sarah “Beth” Moreno, quickly became a leader at the University of St. Thomas in her first semester as a pre-nursing student. Moreno, who transferred from Lone Star College-CyFair, found a home at UST, and as a junior, she is working toward helping other students find success on campus.
|Oct 15, 2012 Veteran Attributes Easy Transition to UST|
Marcus Walden, a 27-year-old veteran of the U.S. Navy, is in his second semester as a freshman at the University of St. Thomas. For Walden, St. Thomas stood out among other Houston colleges because of the prompt response from administrators, attention to student success and knowledge of veteran programs and needs.
|Oct 12, 2012 UST Presents STEM Research at ACS|
Representatives from the University of St. Thomas Department of Chemistry and Physics will present results from their STEM -- science, technology, engineering and math -- research projects at the 68th Southwest Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Baton Rouge, La. from Nov. 4-6. Seven undergraduate students, one staff member and two faculty will engage in a unique learning experience that few undergraduates get to experience.
|Oct 08, 2012 Weekend Unites Family, Friends at UST|
Join the University of St. Thomas Office of Student Activities for Family Weekend on Oct. 19-21. The festivities will include music and drama performances, sports, games, a library book sale and free food.
|Oct 07, 2012 Celts FOCUS on Spiritual Life|
The Fellowship of Catholic University Students, or FOCUS, is beginning its sixth year of service at the University of St. Thomas. Aiding in the spiritual growth and development of students, FOCUS has become an integral resource in UST’s mission to educate leaders of faith and character.
|Oct 07, 2012 Celts FOCUS on Spiritual Life|
The Fellowship of Catholic University Students, or FOCUS, is beginning its sixth year of service at the University of St. Thomas. Aiding in the spiritual growth and development of students, FOCUS has become an integral resource in UST’s mission to educate leaders of faith and character.
|Oct 07, 2012 Freshman Pens Children’s Adventure Book by 18|
University of St. Thomas freshman Janna Tierney can proudly tout that she successfully self-published her first book, “Kerry, Ireland A.D. 800,” before she turned 18.
|Sep 26, 2012 New Music Chair Conducts Milan Orchestra|
Dr. Glenn Garrido, new chair of the Music Department at the University of St. Thomas, started his semester by conducting the Civic Orchestra of Milan on Sept. 8 at the Court of Honor of the City Palace, or Palazzo Marino, in Milan, Italy. Garrido was the first U.S. citizen to guest conduct the more-than-150-year-old Orchestra.
|Sep 25, 2012 Festival Brings Italian Culture, Food to UST|
The 34th Annual Houston Italian Festival, Oct. 11-14, is sure to excite Houstonians to celebrate all things Italian. Hosted on the University of St. Thomas campus, events such as grape stomps for adults and children, pasta eating contests, a bocce tournament and collie dogs playing soccer will be a treat for the entire family
|Sep 24, 2012 UST Recognized as Military Friendly School|
The University of St. Thomas was recently recognized as a 2013 Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs Magazine. The designation was awarded through a survey that assessed services and resources offered to veterans and their dependents. With 134 veterans on campus, UST offers many programs, benefits and workshops that cater to and support those who served in the military.
|Sep 19, 2012 Pope Names Sr. Paula Jean Miller Synod Expert|
Sister Paula Jean Miller, FSE, founder and director of Catholic Studies and professor of theology at the University of St. Thomas, has been appointed by Pope Benedict XVI, as an expert, adiutrix secretarii specialis, for the XIII Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the topic, “The New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith.”
|Sep 18, 2012 Coleman Earns Award for Nursing Leadership|
The re-emergence of the University of St. Thomas School of Nursing was a campus team effort. Dr. Ann Coleman, a gold medal winner of the 2012 Excellence in Nursing Awards, attributes her award to the hard work and cooperation of the team that brought the School of Nursing back to life.
|Sep 10, 2012 UST Students Attend Ethics Conference at West Point|
Two University of St. Thomas students will attend the National Conference on Ethics in America, an annual event hosted by the United States Military Academy at West Point, from Oct. 14-18. Senior business major Michelle Jabbour and junior philosophy major Kelsey Boor will represent UST at the prestigious conference as the first students from St. Thomas to attend.
|Sep 04, 2012 UST ‘Shines’ in New TV Ads, Microsite|
To raise awareness about the University of St. Thomas and its mission to educate leaders of faith and character, the University launched the campaign, “Shine At UST.” The campaign will feature TV spots, advertising on KUHF radio’s NPR drive-time news programs, a photography contest and a new microsite with student and graduate success stories.
|Aug 24, 2012 UST Launches Inaugural Photography Contest|
Photographers have only one more week to submit to the University of St. Thomas inaugural Photography Contest. The contest celebrates the art and architecture of the University, campus life and faith. It is open to the general public, students, faculty and staff. Do not miss the opportunity to upload your contest photos!
|Aug 24, 2012 Freshmen Volunteers Most Productive Ever at Food Bank|
As a part of Freshman Orientation, University of St. Thomas incoming freshmen volunteered at the Houston Food Bank on Aug. 18. The freshmen, with about 200 participants, were the most productive group in the Houston Food Bank's history to volunteer, making 50,000 meals.
|Aug 20, 2012 Freshmen Get Ahead in Mendenhall Program|
The Mendenhall Summer Institute at the University of St. Thomas helps incoming freshmen from all walks of life to become leaders of faith and character. Freshmen students Briseida Esparza and Marianne Tran have different stories, but the Institute guided them to critically and thoughtfully engage in their academic and social experiences at UST.
|Aug 15, 2012 Young Scholars Cultivate STEM with D.R.E.M.E. @ UST|
Houston, we have a solution. The University of St. Thomas, in collaboration with the Dr. Ronald E. McNair Educational Science Literacy Foundation, hosted the D.R.E.M.E. @ UST Science Summer Science Camp from July 30-Aug. 1.
|Aug 14, 2012 China Enriches UST Students' Study|
Ten University of St. Thomas students traveled to Shanghai and Beijing as part of the study abroad trip to the People's Republic of China from June 11-24. Dr. Jon Taylor, chair of Department of Political Science, led the students and taught a course on comparative public administration.
|Aug 13, 2012 UST Students Find Fulfillment at MDA Camp|
This summer, three University of St. Thomas students dedicated one week to brightening the lives of children with neuromuscular diseases by volunteering as camp counselors at the Muscular Dystrophy Association Summer Camp.
|Jul 05, 2012 Cancer Survivor, Incoming Freshman, Aspiring Nurse|
University of St. Thomas freshman Samantha Loos-Polk is an aspiring nurse who knows firsthand the importance of the medical field.
|Jun 28, 2012 Former Celt Visualizes Coaching Aspirations|
Toughness and accountability are two main characters of a good coach. Anthony Medina '12 has a goal of becoming a Division 1 head coach and is not going to let anyone stop him from succeeding, not even himself.
|Jun 22, 2012 Lebanese Mother Finds Future in Finance|
One of the benefits of the University of St. Thomas being located in the large, international city of Houston is the diversity of cultures represented on campus.
|Jun 19, 2012 Priya Empowers Rescued Indian Women|
At the age of 23, Joy Kennedy is running a successful international business. Kennedy, a University of St. Thomas 2011 liberal arts graduate with a focus in international studies, promotes her love for fashion and mission to help women in India learn new skills and earn a steady income through her women's accessories brand Priya.
|May 31, 2012 Couple Balances Master’s, Marriage to Graduate|
Marriage means loving your spouse through sickness and health. Olga and Erik Martinez can also say they have loved each other through class presentations and group projects. The couple graduated together on May 12 from the University of St. Thomas, each with a Master of Science in Accounting.
|May 25, 2012 Funeral Museum Strives to Celebrate Life|
At the National Museum of Funeral History, Shelley Ott-Bellopede sees everyday as just another day above ground. A recent history graduate from the University of St. Thomas, Ott-Bellopede had the unique opportunity to work as a historian intern on an exhibit about papal funerals at the only national funeral museum in the United States.
|May 24, 2012 UST ROTC Graduates Embark on Military Careers|
While most students are fast asleep, Dymond Mosley, Ira LeRoy and Jeffrey Parmer are doing pushups, running and working out to maintain top physical shape. Physical training starts at 6:30 a.m. every other day, so they are up well before dawn to be on time
|May 22, 2012 Small-Town Grad Dives for Shark-Infested Waters|
Biology major Angela Peltier cannot wait to have a career raising awareness, researching and tracking shark migration following her graduation from the University of St. Thomas.
|May 15, 2012 UST alumna lands coveted Baker Hughes position|
Otariya Folorunso monitors levels on her screen; should the levels fluctuate too much the chemicals in the 6,000 gallon tanks run the risk of becoming volatile.
|May 11, 2012 Students Credit Mendenhall Summer Institute for Academic Success|
Balancing academics, student organizations and a new social life is challenging for freshmen, but for the past four years, the University of St. Thomas’ Mendenhall Summer Institute has provided students with the tools to succeed academically and become leaders on campus.
|May 11, 2012 Gardens, Business Inspire Swiss Transfer Student|
University of St. Thomas international transfer student Annamarie Dober wants to focus on green marketing to combine her love for gardens and passion for marketing.
|May 01, 2012 5th Ward Teachers Earn Masters in Leadership|
Esmeralda Padron and Enedith Silerio will graduate with Master of Education degrees in educational leadership from the University of St. Thomas this May. Both women teach at Houston Independent School District’s Sherman Elementary, in the 5th Ward community where they grew up in immigrant families.
|Apr 30, 2012 Music Major Headed to Music Conservatory|
Ariel Deshotel, senior music major, comes from a musical background; nearly everybody in her family sings. Growing up, she sang in every church choir because that was what children at the parish did. As a result, having music in her life was not a decision to be made but simply a way of life.
|Apr 27, 2012 MAFC Graduate Integrates Faith and Theater|
For eight years in Los Angeles, Sara Kumar worked as an electrical engineer by day and a theater artist, writer and director by night. In 2010, Kumar stumbled across the University of St. Thomas Center for Faith and Culture website and flew to Houston that weekend for a visit.
|Apr 26, 2012 Tutors Advance to Esteemed Doctoral Programs|
Four peer tutors from the University of St. Thomas Tutorial Services Center, will advance to graduate schools this fall. The tutors, Sunita George, Eric Mabry, Michelle Rubin and Eduardo Mulanovich, join 323 undergraduates and 747 graduate students graduating during the 62nd Commencement Ceremony beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 12 at Reliant Arena, One Reliant Park.
|Apr 19, 2012 Army Surgeon Sister Dede Speaks at Graduation|
A U.S. Army colonel, doctor and sister of Little Workers of the Sacred Hearts, Sister Deirdre “Dede” Mary Byrne, POSC, will address the 2012 University of St. Thomas graduating class at the 62nd Commencement Ceremony beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 12 at Reliant Arena, One Reliant Park.
|Apr 19, 2012 Friends Tout Perseverance in Graduation Speech|
For the first time, two graduating seniors will present a joint speech, “Moment for Life,” at the 62nd Annual University of St. Thomas Commencement on Saturday, May 12 at Reliant Arena, One Reliant Park. Nicole Hickl and Priyam Shah opted to present a speech together because they had similar messages to share about perseverance and because of their friendship formed at St. Thomas.
|Apr 19, 2012 International Development Grad Eyes the East|
International Development major Jaime Sepulveda has traveled throughout Europe, but she’s about to embark on a journey to immerse herself in a culture significantly different from her own.
|Apr 16, 2012 Learn the Art of Gregorian Chant|
The University of St. Thomas Schola Cantorum, a group that sings Gregorian chant, has grown since its humble beginnings in 1981 when it provided chant for one Latin Mass a year. Today, the group provides chant for three Latin Masses each semester.
|Apr 09, 2012 Students Explore “Knowledge Out of Chaos” at 2012 Research Symposium|
University of St. Thomas students will present oral and poster presentations of their faculty-sponsored research projects at the 2012 Research Symposium, April 12, 13 and 14.
|Apr 09, 2012 Honors Students Takes a Bite Out of Food Research|
A cornerstone of the annual University of St. Thomas Research Symposium is the presentation by Honors Program students in the Contemporary Problems Seminar. They will present the fruits of their research, “Eating Away America” at 4 p.m. on Friday, April 13 in the Scanlan Room, Jerabeck Center, as part of the three-day Research Symposium.
|Apr 02, 2012 Women STEM faculty chosen for ADVANCE program|
Three women faculty from the University of St. Thomas have been selected to participate in the National Science Foundation ADVANCE project “Advancing the Careers of Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics at Predominantly Undergraduate Institutions through Professional Networks” (ASAP).
|Mar 26, 2012 Rector Hits a High Note with Original Music, Films|
When not teaching music theory or directing the jazz ensemble, Dr. Malcolm Rector, University of St. Thomas assistant professor of music, can be found working feverishly on his latest project.
|Mar 23, 2012 $2.5M Pledge Funds “Raye White Scholars”|
Students will have additional scholarships available starting in the 2012-13 academic year, thanks to a generous $2.5 million pledge by University friend Raye White.
|Mar 09, 2012 AOS 4th-Graders Sell Lemonade at UST on May 6|
In collaboration with the University of St. Thomas School of Education and School of Business, fourth-graders from Annunciation Orthodox School will participate in Lemonade Day on Sunday, May 6, selling Lemonade from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on the UST Academic Mall.
|Mar 08, 2012 President’s Day of Service Volunteers Beautify Campus|
On a cool Saturday morning, Senior English major Anthony Medina woke up early along with fellow students to help re-paint the 24-hour Student Lounge in the Moran Center.
|Mar 07, 2012 Men’s Basketball Finishes First Winning Season|
The University of St. Thomas Men’s Basketball team completed its third season with an 18-13 record; it was the Celts first winning season in their short history. St. Thomas has improved every season, going 10-15 and 13-14 in the first two years.
|Mar 07, 2012 Drama Alumnus Brings “SMASH: Make a Musical” to Houston|
Julio Morales received his first introduction to theater at Sharpstown High School before coming to UST as a drama major in 2005. Today, the 2009 alumnus said he’s excited to have returned to Sharpstown as the theater teacher and been chosen by NBC’s “SMASH: Make a Musical” program as one of 20 schools in the nation receiving funding and mentorship to build a new musical theater program.
|Feb 29, 2012 UST Theologian Honored For Poetry|
In between his duties as a priest, theologian, professor and university administrator, Father Janusz Ihnatowicz would find time to scribble a few lines of verse, painstakingly revising and editing them to his satisfaction.
|Feb 27, 2012 University of St. Thomas Mardi Gras Gala Raises “A Miller Million”|
The University of St. Thomas 62nd Annual Mardi Gras Gala raised $1 million for scholarships on Fat Tuesday, Feb. 21 at the InterContinental Hotel. The celebratory occasion was marked by a visit from former St. Thomas president, the Most Rev. J. Michael Miller, CSB, archbishop of Vancouver, who was honored for his passion for education and for molding the next generation of Christian disciples.
|Feb 16, 2012 Tinnerman Prepares Chemistry Students for Pre-Health Fields|
In corked bottles and gallon jugs in Robertson Hall, students prepare wine or vinegar from fruits like grapes, strawberries or peaches (or any fermentable carbohydrate). The experiment is part of Dr. Bill Tinnerman’s organic chemistry lab, which requires students to prepare a wine alcohol from their own recipe and write a term paper on the chemistry involved in the preparation of wine. It is a way to show students how science is part of daily life.
|Feb 13, 2012 UST’s King & Queen Demonstrate Service, Leadership|
The University of St. Thomas’ 2012 Mardi Gras King and Queen not only have a passion to help others, they have an ambition to do it on a big scale. And given their already sterling records of service and leadership, John Ruff and Rosemary Tran have demonstrated they have what it takes to make a difference.
|Feb 13, 2012 Transfers Find Welcoming Environment At St. Thomas|
Steffani Rush doesn’t sleep much. There isn’t enough time with a schedule as tightly packed as hers. Rush understands the value of hard work and utilizing the gifts that God has given her.
|Feb 09, 2012 UST Names Winners of UST/Archdiocesan Essay Contest|
Students, parents and teachers from Catholic schools in the Galveston-Houston Archdiocese gathered for the eighth annual University of St. Thomas/Archdiocesan Essay Contest Awards Ceremony on Friday, Feb. 3 at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. More than 500 people from 47 schools attended the events, which included a prayer service led by the Most. Rev. Daniel Cardinal DiNardo and a reception at the Cathedral Centre.
|Feb 09, 2012 Center for International Studies Celebrates 30 Years|
The University of St. Thomas Center for International Studies celebrated three decades of excellence in education and service with a 30th Anniversary Reception on Jan. 27.
|Feb 06, 2012 Fulton Benefits from First Generation College Student Resources|
Although national statistics show that 75 percent of first generation college students leave school before receiving a degree, UST student Erica Fulton has never been one to give up.
|Jan 18, 2012 Honors Student Raises Money, Supplies for Peruvian Orphanage|
Brittany Garza, a junior math major and pre-physician assistant student, recently traveled to small towns or pueblos of Peru for a medical mission project.
|Jan 18, 2012 MBA Alumna Provides Leadership in the Arts|
After more than 20 successful years in marketing for large corporations and a hospital, Terri (Engel) Golas ’86 decided she wanted a change. With an MBA in marketing and management from the University of St. Thomas, she sought out a leadership position in the arts.
|Jan 03, 2012 Basilian Fathers Continue Legacy at UST|
In the first 20 years after founding the University of St. Thomas, the priests of the Congregation of St. Basil were so dedicated to the success of the infant University, that they worked for free.
|Jan 03, 2012 Fr. Jeffrey Steenson Leads Anglican Converts|
University of St. Thomas School of Theology faculty member and former Episcopal Bishop Jeffrey Steenson was named by Pope Benedict to lead a national ordinariate for Anglicans who wish to become Catholic.
|Dec 22, 2011 Raye White gives $500,000 to Center for Faith & Culture|
The 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|
In 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|
Salt 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|
As 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|
The 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|
The 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|
When 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|
As 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|
As 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|
The 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|
Traditional 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|
When 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|
The 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|
St. 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|
About 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 Houston’s 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|
Touring 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|
The 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|
For 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|
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|
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|
Suzanne 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|
Jennifer 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|
Since 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|
Celebrating 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|
The 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Jul 28, 2011 Follow the World Youth Day Blog|
On 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|
Two 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|
Dr. 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|
Fulfilling 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|
Fernando 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|
Yvonne 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|
For 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|
The 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|
For 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|
UST 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|
Watch 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|
While 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 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 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 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|
In 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|
While 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|
To 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|
University 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 UST Mardi Gras Gala Raises Nearly $900,000|
The “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|
Krystal 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.
|Mar 10, 2011 Nursing Alumni Donate $1 Million|
The 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.
|Feb 25, 2011 Social Entrepreneurship Program Expands to Africa|
Expanding 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|
Through 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.
|Dec 16, 2010 Accounting Students Land Competitive Big Four Jobs|
Adding to the growing pool of UST graduates working at Big 4 public accounting firms, UST BBA/MBA students Michael Pair and Sabrina Akhter have secured a full-time position at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, and Christian Brillantes and Elizabeth Houche have been hired at Ernst &Young LLP.
|Dec 16, 2010 MBA Internship Merges Health Care, Finance|
University of St. Thomas MBA student Heath Whitaker is taking full advantage of the UST’s location only minutes away from the Texas Medical Center. Whitaker was selected for a summer internship at Methodist DeBakey Heart and Vascular Center.
|Dec 15, 2010 Ginn Uses Video to Tell His UST Story|
Crew Ginn, a UST communication major, produced a retrospective video narrative on his experiences and opportunities at UST.
|Dec 15, 2010 International Student Accepted to Dental School|
Despite the challenges of moving to a new country and learning a new language, Yari Yarzagaray has found help, encouragement and success at UST.
Yarzagaray will graduate in May 2011, and will attend University of Texas Dental Branch in Houston.
|Dec 14, 2010 UST Pilgrims for World Youth Day|
Preparations are well on their way in the University of St. Thomas Campus Ministry Office for a three-week trip to World Youth Day in Spain next summer.
|Dec 06, 2010 First-Generation Students Flourish at UST|
The University of St. Thomas has created a first-generation student group to encourage and provide first-generation students with helpful information about scholarship opportunities, skills to help them succeed and a venue to meet other students.
|Dec 02, 2010 UST Develops Partnership with El Centro Fox|
Former Mexico President Vicente Fox’s historic visit to the University of St. Thomas on Nov. 23 set the stage to establish a partnership between UST’s Center for International Studies Social Entrepreneurship Program and Fox’s El Centro Fox.
|Dec 01, 2010 Student Enjoys MED Classes Without Commute|
Doris Vela is among the first class of students to benefit from convenience, flexibility and scholarship opportunities of the University of St. Thomas Online Master of Education Degree Program.
|Dec 01, 2010 Student Embraces UST’s International Community|
Taking the time to strengthen her English skills at ELS Language Center, Louanne Honrado, an international student from Venezuela, was poised to begin her education at the University of St. Thomas.
|Nov 19, 2010 UST Announces $1 Million Raised for Nursing Endowed Chair|
With more than 200 benefactors filling Tony's restaurant for an exclusive nursing benefit on Nov. 18, nursing friends and alumni moved the University of St. Thomas’ nursing school plans ahead with announcement of the Archbishop Joseph A. Fiorenza Endowed Chair in Nursing.
|Nov 19, 2010 Center for Irish Studies Renames Center After Bill Flynn|
The Center for Irish Studies reached milestones and broke records at its annual Irish Gala held Nov. 5. The Gala honored Peg and William J. Flynn for their role in the development of the Center for Irish Studies.
|Nov 18, 2010 Soccer, Volleyball Advance to Championship|
Continuing the tradition of academic and athletic excellence, the University of St. Thomas sent both the Lady Celts Women’s Volleyball team and the Men’s Soccer team to the opening rounds of the National Association of Intercollegiate Institutions (NAIA) Championships on Nov. 20.
|Nov 17, 2010 Service Learning Expands at UST|
Over the past 10 years, an estimated 1,000 University of St. Thomas students from at least 18 different departments and programs have benefitted from experiential learning opportunities through the University’s Service Learning Program.
|Nov 12, 2010 Dr. K. Makes Class Memorable, Motivational|
View a class on the integration of mathematics and literature where Dr. Rick Krustchinsky, an education professor, uses costumes and props to keep his students engaged and interested in the topics he teaches.
|Nov 12, 2010 Dr. Larios-Sanz Explains Intricate Details of Life|
View a general biology class on the nature of the cell and learn more about how Dr. Maia Larios-Sanz, an assistant professor in the Biology Department at University of St. Thomas, who inspires her students with her own passion for the subject.
|Nov 12, 2010 Dr. Meier-Marquis Sheds Light on Mysteries of Attraction|
View a psychology class in which Dr. Jo Meier-Marquis discusses the subject of dating and relationships.
|Nov 10, 2010 Home-schooler Finds Easy Transition to College Life|
Michelle Shannahan comes from a family of six children, all of whom were home-schooled. With a family that values individualized education, Shannahan was highly selective in making her next educational move.
|Nov 09, 2010 Prof. Nicole Casarez, Students Help Free Death Row Inmate|
Since 2002, Nicole Casarez, attorney and University of St. Thomas communication professor, and her students worked diligently to prove the innocence of former death row inmate Anthony Graves. The team succeeded, and Graves was set free on Oct. 27.
|Nov 08, 2010 UST Receives $3.25 Million Grant for Nursing|
The U.S. Department of Education has awarded the University of St. Thomas in Houston a $3.25 million grant to increase the number of Hispanic and economically disadvantaged students through the development of a Nursing program.
|Nov 08, 2010 Transfer Student Finds Leadership on the UST Basketball Court|
Erich Schoeffler transferred to the University of St. Thomas in May 2010, to find an academic setting that redefines his educational goals, keeps him motivated, caters to his needs as a veteran and provides leadership opportunities.
|Oct 27, 2010 Cardinal Designate Wuerl Speaks at UST|
On the same day he was elevated to the College of Cardinals, Cardinal-designate Donald W. Wuerl spoke on the UST campus about "Religious Faith's Role in Building a Good and Just Society."
|Oct 20, 2010 UST Drama Alumnus Returns to Direct Macbeth|
Nearly seven years after he graduated from UST, Joey Milillo returned to a direct the fall production of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Milillo says he could still find his way around Jones Theater with his eyes closed.
|Oct 19, 2010 Lori Gallagher Honored as St. Patrick’s Day Grand Marshal|
The University of St. Thomas William J. Flynn Center of Irish Studies, and its director, Lori Gallagher, JD, will take center stage at the 2011 Houston Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
|Oct 11, 2010 Dr. Malcolm Rector Excels in Music, Writing, Film|
Dr. Malcolm Rector, assistant professor of Music, has written 17 full-length screenplays, nine stage plays, one novel and numerous stories ranging in genre from drama to surreal. He is currently in post-production for his first feature film, Ghosts.
|Oct 05, 2010 UST Students Create Community Garden|
As urban gardens continue to sprout up across the city, state and nation, St. Thomas is sowing the seeds of a new community garden project this fall.
|Sep 17, 2010 UST Student, Veteran Shares Sept. 11 Experiences|
The University of St. Thomas hosted a somber salute to the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. At the event, United States Army Sgt. Kenneth Depew, a UST sophomore political science major, shared his experiences at the Pentagon immediately after Sept. 11.
|Sep 07, 2010 Business Student Lands Job in Competitive Program|
Over the last six years, Natalia Pecora has gone from learning to speak English to landing a full-time job with an exclusive Baker Hughes leadership training program.
|Sep 02, 2010 UST Grad Plays on International Music Tour|
In a competitive music world, music students dream of touring internationally. UST graduate Mike Whitebread recently returned from his second international tour with country singer Kareem Salama.
|Aug 30, 2010 Felix Peña Receives Prestigious Award from Boston Conservatory|
UST music graduate Felix Peña was selected from conservatory composers to receive the 2010 Roger Sessions Memorial Composition Award at the Boston Conservatory Spring commencement ceremony in May.
|Aug 25, 2010 Princeton Review Names UST Among “Best In the West"|
The University of St. Thomas was named as one of the best colleges and universities in the West by The Princeton Review.
|Aug 18, 2010 Festa Italiana Returns to the UST Campus Oct. 15-17|
The 32nd Annual Festa Italiana will be held on the UST campus for three days from Friday to Sunday, October 15 to l7.
|Aug 10, 2010 UST Featured in College Guidebook for First-Generation Students|
The 2011 College Access & Opportunity Guide recognized UST as one of 284 colleges and universities highlighted for their outreach efforts, financial aid opportunities and student support services
|Jul 13, 2010 MLA Graduate Finds Life-School-Work Balance|
With a flexible employer, family support and convenient evening classes at UST, Ashley Easterwood was able to find a work-life balance and have a baby, work full time and earn a Master in Liberal Arts degree at the same time.
|Jul 07, 2010 Five Students Merit Fr. Vincent J. Guinan Scholars|
The University of St. Thomas has awarded five incoming freshmen with the Father Vincent J. Guinan Scholarship, which covers full tuition for four years.
|Jul 01, 2010 UST Summer Interns Teach Creative Writing|
Four UST students spent part of their summer building an educational foundation for the writers of tomorrow.
|Jun 24, 2010 GRACE Student Wins Teacher of the Year Award|
Navigating the unfamiliar classroom highs and lows, UST GRACE Program graduate Lauren Barnes ended her first year earning an unexpected and unprecedented accolade – the Elementary Teacher of the Year award.
|Jun 09, 2010 Earn Complete Catholic Studies Minor in Holy Land & Italy|
UST students will have the unique opportunity to earn a minor in Catholic Studies in one semester while studying abroad in the Holy Land and Italy.
|Jun 03, 2010 Hurricane Katrina Blows DePano Toward Musicology Career|
UST music grad Avi DePano will pursue a master’s degree in musicology at The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University on a full scholarship. The highly competitive program accepts less than five students per year.
|May 20, 2010 Marty Thompson Named Among Houston’s Top Leaders Under 40|
University of St. Thomas alumna Marty Thompson believes character counts. If you make a commitment, you better deliver. That's why the Houston Business Journal named her among Houston's Top Leaders Under 40.
|May 18, 2010 GRACE Program Graduates First Cohort of Catholic Educators|
For the last two years, the first cohort of the Gulf Region Academy for Catholic Education (GRACE) has lived in community while simultaneously finishing a master’s degree in Catholic education, teaching in a Catholic school, and deepening their spiritual lives.
|May 12, 2010 Translator Serves as Bridge Between Cultures|
An act of international volunteer service led to educational and professional opportunities for Aqeel Abdulaalee, who graduated with a Master in Liberal Arts.
|May 11, 2010 UST Experiences Prepare Calasanz for Med School|
Emily Calasanz is a hands-on learner. Whether she is researching white flies, scrubbing in at an exclusive surgical internship, or giving vaccinations to impoverished children in El Salvador, Calasanz has become enthusiastically invested in an eclectic range of learning experiences.
|May 11, 2010 Campus Support Helps Nicole Walker Overcome Anorexia|
When Nicole Walker entered her freshman year at UST, she admits she was very much in the midst of fighting an eating disorder. Her experience at UST changed her life. And in a way, you might even say it saved her life.
|May 11, 2010 Monica Aleman Learns to Lead at UST|
Monica Aleman, an international student from Peru, built a solid resume at UST volunteering on campus and in the community. The experience, she says, made her a stronger leader and a better person.
|May 11, 2010 MBA Gives Harris Confidence to Launch Business|
Despite lingering concerns about the economic recovery, UST MBA graduate Stanley Harris recently ambitiously launched Mint Ventures LLC, an import/export and real estate business.
|May 10, 2010 Dr. Beena George Guides Students Toward Seeking the Right Shore|
View a MBA class on outsourcing and learn more about Dr. Beena George, who has led study abroad trips to India to expose students to the evolving impact of globalization.
|May 10, 2010 Dr. Ted Rebard Asks ‘What’s Love Got to do With it?'|
View a philosophy class on metaphysics focusing on The Nature of Love and learn more about Dr. Ted Rebard, a philosophy professor whom students rave about. Students have changed majors after taking his classes.
|May 10, 2010 Dr. Jim Clarage Demonstrates What Makes the World Go Round|
View a physics class focusing on conservation of angular momentum and learn more about Dr. James Clarage, a physics professor whose dramatic flair for explaining the most fundamental principles of nature occasionally prompts him to wear a toga.
|May 10, 2010 UST Hosts Social Justice Conference on Caring for God’s Creation|
The University of St. Thomas Rev. William J. Young Social Justice Institute Summer Conference will focus on “Caring for God’s Creation: Catholic Teaching on Environmental Justice” from June 10 to 11.
|Apr 29, 2010 Clinton Global Initiative Features UST MicroCredit|
In their second year to attend the Clinton Global Initiative University, University of St. Thomas MicroCredit was named a “featured commitment.” A video highlighting UST MCP was shown at the poverty alleviation workshops. Of nearly 1,000 commitments, only about 20 were featured.
|Apr 28, 2010 Alumnus, Tenor Hits High Note at Oratorio Competition|
Despite the competitive nature of a music career, UST graduate Joe Mikolaj said his UST experience keeps him grounded and helps him remember the joy in music.
|Apr 20, 2010 EWTN Catholic Network to Feature UST|
A group of six UST Catholic students and three faculty members traveled to Irondale, Ala. to film “Life on the Rock,” EWTN’s live show for young adults.
|Apr 12, 2010 George Foreman Addresses Graduates at 2010 Commencement Ceremony|
Former world heavyweight boxing champion and businessman George Foreman addressed the 2010 graduating class about “Success with Integrity,” at the 60th Commencement Ceremony.
|Mar 31, 2010 Research Symposium Celebrates Community of Thinkers|
University of St. Thomas students will present oral and poster presentations of their faculty-lead research projects at the 2010 Research Symposium, April 9 and 10.
|Mar 26, 2010 UST Alumna Goes to Washington for Project GRAD|
Thanks to the Project GRAD College Institute, UST graduate Lizzy Lozano became one of hundreds of students who received scholarships that helped make it possible for her to obtain a quality college education. Recently, Lozano was hand-picked to represent Project GRAD at a congressional briefing in Washington, D.C.
|Mar 22, 2010 Simms Marries Business and Liberal Arts|
An associate professor of management and marketing in the Cameron School of Business, Simms embraces the liberal arts tradition of the University of St. Thomas and teaches across the disciplines.
|Feb 03, 2010 UST Offers Off-Campus MEd in Cy-Fair, Aldine|
When educators in the Cypress-Fairbanks and Aldine areas learned they could earn a Master in Education degree from the University of St. Thomas without the drive into town, they applied in record numbers.
|Feb 01, 2010 Debt-Free Graduate Shares Financial Aid Strategy|
When Tamarsha Everhart graduated from the Cameron School of Business in 2001, she did so debt-free, and it was all thanks to scholarships, financial aid, work-study opportunities and internships.
|Jan 19, 2010 UST Alumnus Bass Breaks into Slamdance|
UST graduate Josh Bass, ’01, earned his first filmmaking big break when his short film was accepted into a major North American independent film festival, the Slamdance Film Festival.
|Jan 15, 2010 Gautreau Integrates Faith and Journalism at Salt + Light|
Michelle Gautreau traded her seat behind the keyboard for a spot in front of the news cameras during a six-week winter break internship at Salt + Light Catholic Media Network in Toronto.
|Aug 25, 2009 U.S. News and World Report Ranks UST in Top Tier of Western Region|
For the 17th 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 27th in the 2011 rankings.
|Nov 10, 2008 University of St. Thomas Launches Music Preparatory School|