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Aug 21, 2014  Small Teams Make Big Impact at Freshman Symposium
Students with Freshmen Symposium bannerFor 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
Omar Alsagheir and Ibrahim Al MughyithahNearly 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
Mary Beth YountUST alumna Mary Beth (née Hahn) Yount ’01 has been chosen as director of content and programming for the Eighth World Meeting of Families–Philadelphia. It will be held for the first time in the United States in September 2015 and is expected to include a visit from Pope Francis.

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

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

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

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

 

 

 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


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

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


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

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

Apr 22, 2014  Farm Stand Delivers Healthy Options to UST
Students looking for a healthy snack have to look no further than the University of St. Thomas campus. On Saturdays between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.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
Fr. Michael Czerny, S.J.Business school deans from 23 Catholic universities gathered in Houston on March 31 for a groundbreaking business ethics conference hosted by the University of St. Thomas-Houston’s Center for Faith and Culture in collaboration with the Cameron School of Business. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 JollyRobert 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
Sister Damien Marie, FSE, with solar panelAs 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
Winnie Akyini Photo by Alison Carlman. Images provided by Kiva to advance its mission of connecting people around the world through lending to alleviate poverty.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
Michelle Jabbour and Brittany Garza at 2012 Sleep OutGrab 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
Michelle Jabbour and Brittany Garza at 2012 Sleep OutGrab 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
From Home School to UST Honors ProgramJunior 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
Opera Workshop. Photo Credit: Josh GoldsonJoin 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
UST Experience Took Art Historian to Another LevelMelissa 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
Seeing “Misbehaving” Kids in Different WayJohn 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
UST Today Highlights People Making an ImpactIn 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
St. Thomas Degree Offers ROI for GraduatesFor 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
Paying Her UST Values ForwardThrough 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
Desperation Turned to Determination for TransferRama 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
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
Dr. William Maury HarrisFor 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
Women’s Basketball Has a Ball with Best BuddiesThe 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
Experience Italy in the Heart of HoustonJourney 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
Freshmen Make 28,000 Meals for Community at Food BankAs 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 Houston Launches Catholic TV programmingUniversity 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
Camp Hope photo by Smiley PoolAs 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
Students Build Community with Habitat for HumanityWorking 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
Trini Mendenhall-Sosa and 2013 MendenhallersThe 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
Image: Marylyn HarrisEntrepreneurs 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
Math Student Gets $40K for Notre Dame EngineeringUmer 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
Celts Support Pro-Life Bill in AustinAmidst 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
Image: Susan MathisResearch 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?'
Image: Dr. Ted RebardView 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
Image: Dr. James ClarageView 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
Image: Plant It Forward SeedlingWhat 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
Taco Tasting Raises $35,000 for ScholarshipsIn 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
George Gears Students Up for Future SuccessUniversity 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
Education Grad Aims to be Voice for OthersDr. 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
Learning Knows No Age for GradDeacon 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
Drama Grad Clears Hurdles for Role of a LifetimeAdrienne 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
Artist Earns UST’s First BA/BFA, Gallery ShowWith 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
Student Studies Bioethics at Yale Summer ProgramJunior 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
FirstGen Grad to Teach for America in DetroitForging 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
Brother and Sister Plant It ForwardWhat 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
Grad Mathematician Calculates Perfect SpeechTo 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
Weaver’s Dream Flies Her to Vet SchoolWhen 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
Environmental Science Grad Loves ConservationWell 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
Honors Class Challenges Views of Human PersonReflecting 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
Garrido Conducts Houston Latin PhilharmonicMusicians 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’
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
Alumni Couple Live Foreign-Service LifeFrom 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
UST Students Rope Rodeo ScholarshipsSeveral 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
St. Thomas Community Joyful for Pope FrancisAs “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
Alumni Boost Scholarships as Rodeo VolunteersIn 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
Foreign Service Link Begins ‘Diplomat’ SeriesUniversity 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
Yaacoub Presents Research at National MeetingAlan 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
MBB Celts are RRAC ChampsThe 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
Dr. Foust Engineers Success for StudentsIn 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
Honoring Sisters, Mardi Gras Gala Raises $800KDaniel 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
Feast Before the Fast at 63rd Annual Mardi Gras GalaUniversity 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
Dad Transfers to UST, Strives to Make the GradeSitting 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
UST, Friends March for Life in D.C., AustinTwenty 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
UST/Archdiocesan Essay Contest Awards WinnersCatholic 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
Student King, Queen Unveiled for Mardi GrasBoth 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
Msgr. Steenson Marks First Year of OrdinariateStill 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
Dr. Jon Taylor Talks Texas Politics, Y'allBefore 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
Symphony Benefit Concert Exceeds $300,000 GoalConductor 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'
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
Franciscan Sisters Honored at Mardi Gras GalaThe 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
Bornigia Takes Fear Out of Public SpeakingIn 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
Houston Symphony Concert Benefits USTTo 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
Seniors Combine Skill, Friendship on the CourtSenior 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
UST Students, Alumni Win 2012 Photo ContestThis 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
Business Students Awarded at Case CompetitionEach 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
UST Students Discern Vocation to the PriesthoodThe 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
GRACE Beckons Teachers to Community LearningSiblings 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
Communication Grad Inspires Kids to DreamUniversity 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
Philosophy Student’s Journey Leads to USTSophomore 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
UST Faculty Appear on Salt + Light on Dec. 2Care 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
Dual Language Grad to Teach English, ChineseEnglish 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
UST Awarded $1.25M Grant for Special EdHouston (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
Leadership Conference Awakens StudentThe 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
Arts Society Tea Raises $30K in ScholarshipsThe 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
University Awards Photography Contest PrizesThe 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
Graves Brothers Return to HardwoodWhen 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
Golf Tournament Raises $200K for ScholarshipsThe 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
SleepOut for Social Justice WeekendGrab 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
Cardinal Newman Highlights UST AgainThe 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
Transfer Mom Spearheads Nursing Assoc.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
Veteran Attributes Easy Transition to USTMarcus 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
UST Presents STEM Research at ACSRepresentatives 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
Weekend Unites Family, Friends at USTJoin 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
Celts FOCUS on Spiritual LifeThe 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
Celts FOCUS on Spiritual LifeThe 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
Freshman Pens Children’s Adventure Book by 18University 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
New Music Chair Conducts Milan OrchestraDr. 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
Festival Brings Italian Culture, Food to USTThe 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
UST Recognized as Military Friendly SchoolThe 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
Pope Names Sr. Paula Jean Miller Synod ExpertSister 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
Coleman Earns Award for Nursing LeadershipThe 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
UST Students Attend Ethics Conference at West PointTwo 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
UST ‘Shines’ in New TV Ads, MicrositeTo 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
UST Launches Inaugural Photography ContestPhotographers 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
Freshmen Volunteers Most Productive Ever at Food BankAs 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
Trini MendenhallThe 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
Young Scholars Cultivate STEM with D.R.E.M.E. @ USTHouston, 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
China Enriches UST Students' StudyTen 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
UST Students Find Fulfillment at MDA CampThis 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
Samantha Loos-PolkUniversity 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
Former Celt Visualizes Coaching AspirationsToughness 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
Karmen RouhanaOne 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
Joy KennedyAt 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
Couple Balances Master’s, Marriage to GraduateMarriage 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
Funeral Museum Strives to Celebrate LifeAt 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
UST ROTC Graduates Embark on Military CareersWhile 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
Angela PeltierBiology 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 FolorunsoOtariya 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
Students Credit Mendenhall Summer Institute for Academic SuccessBalancing 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
Gardens, Business Inspire Swiss Transfer StudentUniversity 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
5th Ward Teachers Earn Masters in LeadershipEsmeralda 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
Music Major Headed to Music ConservatoryAriel 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
MAFC Graduate Integrates Faith and TheaterFor 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
Tutors Advance to Esteemed Doctoral ProgramsFour 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
Army Surgeon Sister Dede Speaks at GraduationA 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
Friends Tout Perseverance in Graduation SpeechFor 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
Jaimie SepulevaInternational 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
Learn the Art of Gregorian ChantThe 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
Students Explore “Knowledge Out of Chaos” at 2012 Research SymposiumUniversity 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
Honors Students Takes a Bite Out of Food ResearchA 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
Women STEM faculty chosen for ADVANCE programThree 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
Rector Hits a High Note with Original Music, FilmsWhen 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”
$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
UST and AOS 4th-Graders Kick Off Lemonade DayIn 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
President’s Day of Service Volunteers Beautify CampusOn 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
Men’s Basketball Finishes First Winning SeasonThe 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 MoralesJulio 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
Fr. IhanowitzIn 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”
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
Tinnerman Prepares Chemistry Students for Pre-Health FieldsIn 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
UST’s King & Queen Demonstrate Service, LeadershipThe 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 RushSteffani 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
UST Names Winners of UST/Archdiocesan Essay ContestStudents, 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
Center for International Studies Celebrates 30 YearsThe 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
Erica FultonAlthough 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
Honors Student Brittany Garza Raises Money, Supplies for Peruvian OrphanageBrittany 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
Terri GolasAfter 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
Basilian Fathers Continue Legacy at USTIn 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
Fr. Jeffrey Steenson Leads Anglican ConvertsUniversity 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
Raye White gives $500,000 to Center for Faith & CultureThe University of St. Thomas Center for Faith & Culture received a $500,000 gift from Raye White on Oct. 3. The gift will support the Center’s mission to form community leaders who understand and effect the relationship between the worldview of Catholic faith and culture.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oct 02, 2011  Freshman Class Prepares 11,000 Meals for 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
UST Alumnus Hamilton Loomis To Rock Festa ItalianaTouring non-stop since 2001, University of St. Thomas graduate Hamilton Loomis has brought his “blues-rock-funk-groove-soul” music to audiences all over the United States and the world. Loomis will return to his alma mater to play live at the Festa Italiana at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 15.

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 10, 2011  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
MAFC Program Inspires Dialogue, DiscernmentIn the University of St. Thomas Master of Arts in Faith and Culture (MAFC) Program, students benefit from a diverse group of students who bring a variety of experiences, interests and goals to the Program.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
Image: Louanne HonradoTaking 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
UST Announces $1 Million Raised for Nursing Endowed ChairWith 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
Center for Irish Studies Renames Center After Bill FlynnThe 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
Simms Marries Business and Liberal ArtsAn 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

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