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|Apr 24, 2013 Taco Tasting Raises $35,000 for Scholarships|
In what was the largest event ever contracted at the Saint Arnold Brewing Co., the University of St. Thomas Alumni Association exceeded its goal and raised nearly $35,000 for scholarships at the 2nd Annual Two Saints and a Taco Tasting on April 18.
|Apr 19, 2013 George Gears Students Up for Future Success|
University of St. Thomas will celebrate 350 undergraduates and 793 graduate students during the 2013 Commencement Ceremony at 10 a.m. on May 18 in Reliant Arena.
|Apr 19, 2013 Education Grad Aims to be Voice for Others|
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said “I have a dream.” He inspired many people to dream big and hope for a better future. For one University of St. Thomas graduate however, simply having a dream is not enough. For Elvia Valdez, what matters most is living that dream.
|Apr 19, 2013 Learning Knows No Age for Grad|
Deacon Albert Vacek never thought that three months after filing for Social Security he would be graduating with a Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies. That is exactly what will happen on May 18 when Vacek walks across the stage at Reliant Arena with 350 undergraduates and 793 graduate students.
|Apr 18, 2013 Drama Grad Clears Hurdles for Role of a Lifetime|
Adrienne Shearer’s UST graduation story could not have been more heroically imagined if it were one of the productions in which she has starred or choreographed. Having overcome one obstacle after another, the talented Shearer will take her cues on May 18 as one of the 350 undergraduates and 793 graduate students who will participate in the University’s 63rd Commencement Ceremony.
|Apr 18, 2013 Artist Earns UST’s First BA/BFA, Gallery Show|
With her ever-present Canon Rebel EOS hanging around her neck, Krista Karbalai is the picture of accomplishment. During the University’s 63rd Commencement Ceremony on May 18, she will become the first graduate to earn a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Fine Arts (BA/BFA) degree in studio arts.
|Apr 18, 2013 Student Studies Bioethics at Yale Summer Program|
Junior philosophy major Matthew Weatherford is the first University of St. Thomas student to be accepted into the coveted Yale University's Summer Institute in Bioethics . Studying with elite scholars, students and professionals for eight weeks, Weatherford will engage in intellectual debates, mini-conferences and social events that foster collaboration on bioethics.
|Apr 18, 2013 FirstGen Grad to Teach for America in Detroit|
Forging one's own path in life is no walk in the park. It requires commitment, perseverance and self-awareness. Jenny Treviño was the first in her family to go to college, will be the first to graduate with a degree in international studies and was selected for the Teach for America program. Soon to be placed in Detroit, Mich., Treviño accepted the job offer with a definitive “bring it on.”
|Apr 18, 2013 Brother and Sister Plant It Forward|
What do siblings with a thriving software company, Bridgway Software, have in common with Houston's urban organic farming and refugees from Africa's troubled Congo? They are elements of a radical idea turned non-profit company called Plant It Forward Farms, driven by alumni Teresa O'Donnell '77 and her brother Pat ‘76 to help economically disadvantaged refugees generate a living wage.
|Apr 18, 2013 Grad Mathematician Calculates Perfect Speech|
To get the golden ratio, mathematicians take a line and divide it into two segments with the property that when the longer part is divided by the smaller part, it is equal to the whole length divided by the longer part. If you take the length of a college career, divide it by a one small life-changing moment, which is also equal to the whole four-year experience, you get a divine sequence of events. Confused? Brittany Garza is not.
|Apr 15, 2013 Weaver’s Dream Flies Her to Vet School|
When one’s dream comes true, a flood of emotions set in: excitement, hesitation, humility and optimism. Gary Wright sang about the dream weaver getting him through the night, but Kayla Weaver’s dream is shaping the rest of her future.
|Apr 10, 2013 Environmental Science Grad Loves Conservation|
Well before her graduation date in May 2013, environmental science major Kelly Schmitz knew she would transform her passion for animal conservation and recycling into a career.
|Apr 08, 2013 Honors Class Challenges Views of Human Person|
Reflecting on the view of the human person from multiple perspectives, the Honors Program class of 2013 has prepared a provocative presentation for the Research Symposium: “Person: The Endangered Species,” to be given at 4 p.m. on April 12 in UST's Jones Hall, 3910 Yoakum Blvd.
|Mar 22, 2013 Garrido Conducts Houston Latin Philharmonic|
Musicians must promote and disseminate all types of artistic expression among the multicultural city of Houston. Dr. Glenn Garrido, chair of music at University of St. Thomas, is doing his part by conducting the Houston Latin American Philharmonic Orchestra, also known as the Latin Phil, the first professional orchestra in the United States created exclusively to present full concerts of Latin American music, both original and arrangements.
|Mar 22, 2013 Symposium Reflects ‘Apprentices to Knowledge’|
Learning through research is active, as opposed to gaining knowledge by traditional teaching. Dr. William Harris, associate professor of environmental science and studies, said the team selected this year’s theme, “Apprentices to Knowledge,” for the 2013 Research Symposium to reflect on students’ active participation in the learning process.
|Mar 20, 2013 Alumni Couple Live Foreign-Service Life|
From living near an active volcano in Japan, to overlooking nightly tango lessons in the park across from their Argentine apartment, to assessing the H1N1 outbreak with health officials in Mexico City, alumni Lauren and Joe Salazar have had unique experiences in their posts around the world.
|Mar 18, 2013 UST Students Rope Rodeo Scholarships|
Several University of St. Thomas students are proud recipients of Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Scholarships for the 2012-2013 year.
|Mar 13, 2013 St. Thomas Community Joyful for Pope Francis|
As “Habemus Papam” was proclaimed from the balcony of St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City, the University of St. Thomas community waited with anticipation and celebrated the announcement of the new Pope Francis.
|Mar 12, 2013 Alumni Boost Scholarships as Rodeo Volunteers|
In red and white face paint and a cowboy hat, a class of 1971 alumnus wears a traditional rodeo clown costume in true bullfighter fashion to promote the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. “Stripes” the clown visits schools, seniors or business groups to educate people about the mission of HLS&R.
|Mar 08, 2013 Foreign Service Link Begins ‘Diplomat’ Series|
University of St. Thomas’ Center for International Studies formed a partnership with the American Foreign Service Association in Washington, D.C., to promote and deepen public understanding of U.S. diplomacy, and the Center will launch a new “Distinguished Diplomat” lecture series this month.
|Mar 06, 2013 Yaacoub Presents Research at National Meeting|
Alan Yaacoub, a senior biology major and chemistry minor, is an American Chemical Society National Member and in the Tri-Beta National Biological Honor Society. This physics teacher’s assistant is conducting research on nanoparticles, under the direction of Dr. Birgit Mellis, assistant professor of physics.
|Mar 04, 2013 MBB Celts are RRAC Champs|
The University of St. Thomas men’s basketball team won its first Red River Athletic Conference title. With a 67-51 victory, on March 4 in the RRAC Championship, over conference tournament host and top-seeded Southwestern Assemblies of God University, the Celts rose to the occasion and exceeded expectations.
|Feb 25, 2013 Dr. Foust Engineers Success for Students|
In a typical class with Dr. Henry Foust, cooperative engineering and physics students might find themselves doing an experiment with temperature sensors in air, cold water and hot water.
|Feb 15, 2013 Honoring Sisters, Mardi Gras Gala Raises $800K|
Daniel Cardinal DiNardo said it best during his opening prayer at the 63rd Annual Mardi Gras Gala when he commented on “hearts rejoicing” at the University of St. Thomas. More than 400 donors, alumni and friends of St. Thomas celebrated Fat Tuesday with “A Mardi Gras Tradition” on Feb. 12 at the Royal Sonesta Hotel Houston.
|Feb 07, 2013 Feast Before the Fast at 63rd Annual Mardi Gras Gala|
University supporters will prepare their minds, bodies and spirits for Lent with a Mardi Gras Gala celebration –University of St. Thomas style.
|Feb 05, 2013 Dad Transfers to UST, Strives to Make the Grade|
Sitting in on his son’s class during University of St. Thomas’ Parent’s Weekend in fall 2012, Aaron Kildow was surprised when he was enthralled by the lecture.
|Feb 04, 2013 UST, Friends March for Life in D.C., Austin|
Twenty two University of St. Thomas students, faculty and staff, along with a few students from University of Houston, Rice University and Texas A&M University-Galveston, joined together on the 40th Anniversary of Roe vs. Wade for the “largest human rights demonstration in the world,” March for Life, on Jan. 25 in Washington D.C.
|Feb 04, 2013 UST/Archdiocesan Essay Contest Awards Winners|
Catholic school students, parents and teachers from around the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston gathered to celebrate the winners of the ninth annual University of St. Thomas/Archdiocesan Essay Contest with a Mass and Awards Ceremony on Jan. 23 at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart.
|Jan 30, 2013 Student King, Queen Unveiled for Mardi Gras|
Both surprised and humbled by their nominations, the two look forward to representing the student body at the party on Fat Tuesday, “A Mardi Gras Tradition,” at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 12 at the Royal Sonesta Hotel Houston. The gala is the University’s premier scholarship fundraising event of the year.
|Jan 30, 2013 Msgr. Steenson Marks First Year of Ordinariate|
Still catching his breath from the rush of 2012’s historic Church events in which he played a part, Msgr. Jeffrey Steenson won’t have much time to relax before he’s back in full swing – traveling the nation again for ordinations of former Anglican clergy, participating in speaking events and hosting high ranking Vatican officials in Houston.
|Jan 29, 2013 Dr. Jon Taylor Talks Texas Politics, Y'all|
Before he gets into the day's discussion in the Texas Politics class, Professor and Chair of Political Science Dr. Jon Taylor plays a little music.
|Jan 24, 2013 Symphony Benefit Concert Exceeds $300,000 Goal|
Conductor Andrey Boreyko wowed the audience of 750 patrons during the New Vision, New Stars Benefit Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 22 at Jones Hall in the Houston Theater District.
|Jan 24, 2013 Father, Son Chair Homecoming ‘Corral Days'|
Steve Waldner '75 has a degree in sociology, and his son Cameron Waldner '06, MLA '08, earned a bachelor's and master's in political science. Together, they will chair the University of St. Thomas Homecoming event, “Celtic Corral Days,” on Feb. 22-23 on campus.
|Jan 14, 2013 Franciscan Sisters Honored at Mardi Gras Gala|
The Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist will be honored at A Mardi Gras Tradition, the 63rd Annual Mardi Gras Gala, at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 12 at the Royal Sonesta Hotel Houston.
|Jan 12, 2013 Bornigia Takes Fear Out of Public Speaking|
In front of an audience, Dr. Livia Bornigia, assistant professor of communication, encourages students to own their space. After all, your audience is only going to notice something went wrong if you behave as if something is wrong.
|Jan 09, 2013 Houston Symphony Concert Benefits UST|
To bring the University closer to realizing its vision for enhancing the visual and performing arts for the campus and the Houston community, the University of St. Thomas will partner with the world-renowned Houston Symphony to perform the New Vision, New Stars Benefit Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 22 at Jones Hall in the Houston Theater District.
|Jan 04, 2013 Seniors Combine Skill, Friendship on the Court|
Senior point guard Her’shiira “Shorty” Boone-Rodgers and senior forward Amber Arceneaux-Francis are filling up the stat sheets for the University of St. Thomas women’s basketball team. The Celts Head Coach Mike Ricks attributes their long friendship as a key component to their individual and team success.
|Dec 17, 2012 UST Students, Alumni Win 2012 Photo Contest|
This fall, the University of St. Thomas hosted a public photography contest open to amateur and professional photographers. One of the goals of the contest was to attract people from the Greater Houston area to visit the campus to experience what the University has to offer.
|Dec 12, 2012 Business Students Awarded at Case Competition|
Each semester, years of business lectures and months of preliminary case presentations culminate in the Cameron School of Business Case Competition in which senior general business majors present their analyses on a pre-determined case study.
|Dec 07, 2012 UST Students Discern Vocation to the Priesthood|
The measure of any great Catholic university is the quality of vocations being produced at the institution. Here at the University of St. Thomas, we have had a number of strong vocations, to both married and religious life, cultivated on campus.
|Dec 06, 2012 GRACE Beckons Teachers to Community Learning|
Siblings have an innate desire to see each other succeed. Sonny Vo, first-year graduate student in the Gulf Region Academy for Catholic Educators, views his cohort group with a familial bond to uphold and fortify him as a teacher and brother.
|Dec 06, 2012 Communication Grad Inspires Kids to Dream|
University of St. Thomas senior communication major Megan Viola-Vu maintains a busy schedule. In addition to three jobs, fulfilling her winter graduation requirements, involvement in groups like the Vietnamese Student Association and the UST Cheer team, Viola-Vu uses her time, treasure and talent to encourage children to dream big.
|Dec 06, 2012 Philosophy Student’s Journey Leads to UST|
Sophomore philosophy major Nick Pane’s journey to the University of St. Thomas began with a series of questions. He questioned the existence of God, what is goodness and how to find happiness. Pane felt that if he could find strong answers to these questions, he would find conviction.
|Nov 29, 2012 UST Faculty Appear on Salt + Light on Dec. 2|
Care and awareness about the environment are principles the University of St. Thomas faculty impart on students and the Houston community.
|Nov 26, 2012 Dual Language Grad to Teach English, Chinese|
English as a Second Language is a thriving program in Houston school districts, and it’s giving rise to dual language programs for young students who are studying two languages in the classroom. Grace Tan, having worked as an ESL teacher, was the first Chinese American to train in the University of St. Thomas Dual Language Program, the only program of its kind in Houston.
|Nov 20, 2012 UST Awarded $1.25M Grant for Special Ed|
Houston (Nov. 19) -- The U.S. Department of Education awarded University of St. Thomas (UST) School of Education a $1.25 million grant to help prepare graduate students for leadership positions in special education.
|Nov 20, 2012 Leadership Conference Awakens Student|
The Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator test is designed to identify a person's personality type, strengths and preferences. Senior Elevia Le is an ENTJ, which means extraversion, intuition, thinking and judging. She implemented awareness of her personality when she attended the Beta Gamma Sigma Leadership Forum in St. Louis, Miss., on Nov. 1-4.
|Nov 13, 2012 Arts Society Tea Raises $30K in Scholarships|
The University of St. Thomas Performing Arts Society raised nearly $30,000 in a membership campaign that culminated in the Membership Tea on Nov. 6 at the River Oaks home of Dr. and Mrs. P. Michael Mann. More than 125 guests attended the event, which honored Kelli Cohen Fein and Martin Fein.
|Nov 09, 2012 University Awards Photography Contest Prizes|
The University of St. Thomas announced awards in its inaugural 2012 Photography Contest, which was open to students as well as the general public. Amateur and professional photographers submitted more than 230 works in the categories of campus architecture, faith/character and campus life, and the winners were announced on Nov. 8.
|Nov 09, 2012 Graves Brothers Return to Hardwood|
When most people think about package deals, often vacation resorts and airfare combos come to mind. For the University of St. Thomas men’s basketball team, Celts fans get one family with two times the skills on the court in forwards Andrew and Patrick Graves.
|Nov 08, 2012 Golf Tournament Raises $200K for Scholarships|
The Annual Scholarship Tee-Up Tournament raised more than $200,000 for University of St. Thomas scholarships on Nov. 5, an increase of about $40,000 from last year. The event was held at the Pine Forest Country Club and benefited the general scholarship fund.
|Nov 02, 2012 SleepOut for Social Justice Weekend|
Grab your sleeping bags and warm clothes for the 2nd Annual National SleepOut UST on Nov. 10-11. To promote awareness about homelessness in Houston, the students, faculty, staff and Houston community are invited to sleep outside at 7 p.m. on Nov. 10 to 7 a.m. on the Academic Mall, 3800 Montrose Blvd.
|Oct 29, 2012 UST Named to Newman Guide for Catholicity|
The University of St. Thomas was named among 22 U.S. Catholic colleges and universities recommended by the Cardinal Newman Society, and one of the top 28 Catholic colleges and universities worldwide.
|Oct 17, 2012 Alumni Foster College Prep at Cristo Rey Jesuit|
University of St. Thomas alumni are educating leaders of faith and character in Catholic schools across the Houston. Eight UST graduates work at Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory School of Houston as teachers and administrators, leading high school students in a variety of areas and guiding them to pursue higher education.
|Oct 15, 2012 Transfer Mom Spearheads Nursing Club|
Sarah “Beth” Moreno, quickly became a leader at the University of St. Thomas in her first semester as a pre-nursing student. Moreno, who transferred from Lone Star College-CyFair, found a home at UST, and as a junior, she is working toward helping other students find success on campus.
|Oct 15, 2012 Veteran Attributes Easy Transition to UST|
Marcus Walden, a 27-year-old veteran of the U.S. Navy, is in his second semester as a freshman at the University of St. Thomas. For Walden, St. Thomas stood out among other Houston colleges because of the prompt response from administrators, attention to student success and knowledge of veteran programs and needs.
|Oct 12, 2012 UST Presents STEM Research at ACS|
Representatives from the University of St. Thomas Department of Chemistry and Physics will present results from their STEM -- science, technology, engineering and math -- research projects at the 68th Southwest Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Baton Rouge, La. from Nov. 4-6. Seven undergraduate students, one staff member and two faculty will engage in a unique learning experience that few undergraduates get to experience.
|Oct 08, 2012 Weekend Unites Family, Friends at UST|
Join the University of St. Thomas Office of Student Activities for Family Weekend on Oct. 19-21. The festivities will include music and drama performances, sports, games, a library book sale and free food.
|Oct 07, 2012 Celts FOCUS on Spiritual Life|
The Fellowship of Catholic University Students, or FOCUS, is beginning its sixth year of service at the University of St. Thomas. Aiding in the spiritual growth and development of students, FOCUS has become an integral resource in UST’s mission to educate leaders of faith and character.
|Oct 07, 2012 Celts FOCUS on Spiritual Life|
The Fellowship of Catholic University Students, or FOCUS, is beginning its sixth year of service at the University of St. Thomas. Aiding in the spiritual growth and development of students, FOCUS has become an integral resource in UST’s mission to educate leaders of faith and character.
|Oct 07, 2012 Freshman Pens Children’s Adventure Book by 18|
University of St. Thomas freshman Janna Tierney can proudly tout that she successfully self-published her first book, “Kerry, Ireland A.D. 800,” before she turned 18.
|Sep 26, 2012 New Music Chair Conducts Milan Orchestra|
Dr. Glenn Garrido, new chair of the Music Department at the University of St. Thomas, started his semester by conducting the Civic Orchestra of Milan on Sept. 8 at the Court of Honor of the City Palace, or Palazzo Marino, in Milan, Italy. Garrido was the first U.S. citizen to guest conduct the more-than-150-year-old Orchestra.
|Sep 25, 2012 Festival Brings Italian Culture, Food to UST|
The 34th Annual Houston Italian Festival, Oct. 11-14, is sure to excite Houstonians to celebrate all things Italian. Hosted on the University of St. Thomas campus, events such as grape stomps for adults and children, pasta eating contests, a bocce tournament and collie dogs playing soccer will be a treat for the entire family
|Sep 24, 2012 UST Recognized as Military Friendly School|
The University of St. Thomas was recently recognized as a 2013 Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs Magazine. The designation was awarded through a survey that assessed services and resources offered to veterans and their dependents. With 134 veterans on campus, UST offers many programs, benefits and workshops that cater to and support those who served in the military.
|Sep 19, 2012 Pope Names Sr. Paula Jean Miller Synod Expert|
Sister Paula Jean Miller, FSE, founder and director of Catholic Studies and professor of theology at the University of St. Thomas, has been appointed by Pope Benedict XVI, as an expert, adiutrix secretarii specialis, for the XIII Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the topic, “The New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith.”
|Sep 18, 2012 Coleman Earns Award for Nursing Leadership|
The re-emergence of the University of St. Thomas School of Nursing was a campus team effort. Dr. Ann Coleman, a gold medal winner of the 2012 Excellence in Nursing Awards, attributes her award to the hard work and cooperation of the team that brought the School of Nursing back to life.
|Sep 10, 2012 UST Students Attend Ethics Conference at West Point|
Two University of St. Thomas students will attend the National Conference on Ethics in America, an annual event hosted by the United States Military Academy at West Point, from Oct. 14-18. Senior business major Michelle Jabbour and junior philosophy major Kelsey Boor will represent UST at the prestigious conference as the first students from St. Thomas to attend.
|Sep 04, 2012 UST ‘Shines’ in New TV Ads, Microsite|
To raise awareness about the University of St. Thomas and its mission to educate leaders of faith and character, the University launched the campaign, “Shine At UST.” The campaign will feature TV spots, advertising on KUHF radio’s NPR drive-time news programs, a photography contest and a new microsite with student and graduate success stories.
|Aug 24, 2012 UST Launches Inaugural Photography Contest|
Photographers have only one more week to submit to the University of St. Thomas inaugural Photography Contest. The contest celebrates the art and architecture of the University, campus life and faith. It is open to the general public, students, faculty and staff. Do not miss the opportunity to upload your contest photos!
|Aug 24, 2012 Freshmen Volunteers Most Productive Ever at Food Bank|
As a part of Freshman Orientation, University of St. Thomas incoming freshmen volunteered at the Houston Food Bank on Aug. 18. The freshmen, with about 200 participants, were the most productive group in the Houston Food Bank's history to volunteer, making 50,000 meals.
|Aug 20, 2012 Freshmen Get Ahead in Mendenhall Program|
The Mendenhall Summer Institute at the University of St. Thomas helps incoming freshmen from all walks of life to become leaders of faith and character. Freshmen students Briseida Esparza and Marianne Tran have different stories, but the Institute guided them to critically and thoughtfully engage in their academic and social experiences at UST.
|Aug 15, 2012 Young Scholars Cultivate STEM with D.R.E.M.E. @ UST|
Houston, we have a solution. The University of St. Thomas, in collaboration with the Dr. Ronald E. McNair Educational Science Literacy Foundation, hosted the D.R.E.M.E. @ UST Science Summer Science Camp from July 30-Aug. 1.
|Aug 14, 2012 China Enriches UST Students' Study|
Ten University of St. Thomas students traveled to Shanghai and Beijing as part of the study abroad trip to the People's Republic of China from June 11-24. Dr. Jon Taylor, chair of Department of Political Science, led the students and taught a course on comparative public administration.
|Aug 13, 2012 UST Students Find Fulfillment at MDA Camp|
This summer, three University of St. Thomas students dedicated one week to brightening the lives of children with neuromuscular diseases by volunteering as camp counselors at the Muscular Dystrophy Association Summer Camp.
|Jul 05, 2012 Cancer Survivor, Incoming Freshman, Aspiring Nurse|
University of St. Thomas freshman Samantha Loos-Polk is an aspiring nurse who knows firsthand the importance of the medical field.
|Jun 28, 2012 Former Celt Visualizes Coaching Aspirations|
Toughness and accountability are two main characters of a good coach. Anthony Medina '12 has a goal of becoming a Division 1 head coach and is not going to let anyone stop him from succeeding, not even himself.
|Jun 22, 2012 Lebanese Mother Finds Future in Finance|
One of the benefits of the University of St. Thomas being located in the large, international city of Houston is the diversity of cultures represented on campus.
|Jun 19, 2012 Priya Empowers Rescued Indian Women|
At the age of 23, Joy Kennedy is running a successful international business. Kennedy, a University of St. Thomas 2011 liberal arts graduate with a focus in international studies, promotes her love for fashion and mission to help women in India learn new skills and earn a steady income through her women's accessories brand Priya.
|May 31, 2012 Couple Balances Master’s, Marriage to Graduate|
Marriage means loving your spouse through sickness and health. Olga and Erik Martinez can also say they have loved each other through class presentations and group projects. The couple graduated together on May 12 from the University of St. Thomas, each with a Master of Science in Accounting.
|May 25, 2012 Funeral Museum Strives to Celebrate Life|
At the National Museum of Funeral History, Shelley Ott-Bellopede sees everyday as just another day above ground. A recent history graduate from the University of St. Thomas, Ott-Bellopede had the unique opportunity to work as a historian intern on an exhibit about papal funerals at the only national funeral museum in the United States.
|May 24, 2012 UST ROTC Graduates Embark on Military Careers|
While most students are fast asleep, Dymond Mosley, Ira LeRoy and Jeffrey Parmer are doing pushups, running and working out to maintain top physical shape. Physical training starts at 6:30 a.m. every other day, so they are up well before dawn to be on time
|May 22, 2012 Small-Town Grad Dives for Shark-Infested Waters|
Biology major Angela Peltier cannot wait to have a career raising awareness, researching and tracking shark migration following her graduation from the University of St. Thomas.
|May 15, 2012 UST alumna lands coveted Baker Hughes position|
Otariya Folorunso monitors levels on her screen; should the levels fluctuate too much the chemicals in the 6,000 gallon tanks run the risk of becoming volatile.
|May 11, 2012 Students Credit Mendenhall Summer Institute for Academic Success|
Balancing academics, student organizations and a new social life is challenging for freshmen, but for the past four years, the University of St. Thomas’ Mendenhall Summer Institute has provided students with the tools to succeed academically and become leaders on campus.
|May 11, 2012 Gardens, Business Inspire Swiss Transfer Student|
University of St. Thomas international transfer student Annamarie Dober wants to focus on green marketing to combine her love for gardens and passion for marketing.
|May 01, 2012 5th Ward Teachers Earn Masters in Leadership|
Esmeralda Padron and Enedith Silerio will graduate with Master of Education degrees in educational leadership from the University of St. Thomas this May. Both women teach at Houston Independent School District’s Sherman Elementary, in the 5th Ward community where they grew up in immigrant families.
|Apr 30, 2012 Music Major Headed to Music Conservatory|
Ariel Deshotel, senior music major, comes from a musical background; nearly everybody in her family sings. Growing up, she sang in every church choir because that was what children at the parish did. As a result, having music in her life was not a decision to be made but simply a way of life.
|Apr 27, 2012 MAFC Graduate Integrates Faith and Theater|
For eight years in Los Angeles, Sara Kumar worked as an electrical engineer by day and a theater artist, writer and director by night. In 2010, Kumar stumbled across the University of St. Thomas Center for Faith and Culture website and flew to Houston that weekend for a visit.
|Apr 26, 2012 Tutors Advance to Esteemed Doctoral Programs|
Four peer tutors from the University of St. Thomas Tutorial Services Center, will advance to graduate schools this fall. The tutors, Sunita George, Eric Mabry, Michelle Rubin and Eduardo Mulanovich, join 323 undergraduates and 747 graduate students graduating during the 62nd Commencement Ceremony beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 12 at Reliant Arena, One Reliant Park.
|Apr 19, 2012 Army Surgeon Sister Dede Speaks at Graduation|
A U.S. Army colonel, doctor and sister of Little Workers of the Sacred Hearts, Sister Deirdre “Dede” Mary Byrne, POSC, will address the 2012 University of St. Thomas graduating class at the 62nd Commencement Ceremony beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 12 at Reliant Arena, One Reliant Park.
|Apr 19, 2012 Friends Tout Perseverance in Graduation Speech|
For the first time, two graduating seniors will present a joint speech, “Moment for Life,” at the 62nd Annual University of St. Thomas Commencement on Saturday, May 12 at Reliant Arena, One Reliant Park. Nicole Hickl and Priyam Shah opted to present a speech together because they had similar messages to share about perseverance and because of their friendship formed at St. Thomas.
|Apr 19, 2012 International Development Grad Eyes the East|
International Development major Jaime Sepulveda has traveled throughout Europe, but she’s about to embark on a journey to immerse herself in a culture significantly different from her own.
|Apr 16, 2012 Learn the Art of Gregorian Chant|
The University of St. Thomas Schola Cantorum, a group that sings Gregorian chant, has grown since its humble beginnings in 1981 when it provided chant for one Latin Mass a year. Today, the group provides chant for three Latin Masses each semester.
|Apr 09, 2012 Students Explore “Knowledge Out of Chaos” at 2012 Research Symposium|
University of St. Thomas students will present oral and poster presentations of their faculty-sponsored research projects at the 2012 Research Symposium, April 12, 13 and 14.
|Apr 09, 2012 Honors Students Takes a Bite Out of Food Research|
A cornerstone of the annual University of St. Thomas Research Symposium is the presentation by Honors Program students in the Contemporary Problems Seminar. They will present the fruits of their research, “Eating Away America” at 4 p.m. on Friday, April 13 in the Scanlan Room, Jerabeck Center, as part of the three-day Research Symposium.
|Apr 02, 2012 Women STEM faculty chosen for ADVANCE program|
Three women faculty from the University of St. Thomas have been selected to participate in the National Science Foundation ADVANCE project “Advancing the Careers of Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics at Predominantly Undergraduate Institutions through Professional Networks” (ASAP).
|Mar 26, 2012 Rector Hits a High Note with Original Music, Films|
When not teaching music theory or directing the jazz ensemble, Dr. Malcolm Rector, University of St. Thomas assistant professor of music, can be found working feverishly on his latest project.
|Mar 23, 2012 $2.5M Pledge Funds “Raye White Scholars”|
Students will have additional scholarships available starting in the 2012-13 academic year, thanks to a generous $2.5 million pledge by University friend Raye White.
|Mar 09, 2012 AOS 4th-Graders Sell Lemonade at UST on May 6|
In collaboration with the University of St. Thomas School of Education and School of Business, fourth-graders from Annunciation Orthodox School will participate in Lemonade Day on Sunday, May 6, selling Lemonade from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on the UST Academic Mall.
|Mar 08, 2012 President’s Day of Service Volunteers Beautify Campus|
On a cool Saturday morning, Senior English major Anthony Medina woke up early along with fellow students to help re-paint the 24-hour Student Lounge in the Moran Center.
|Mar 07, 2012 Men’s Basketball Finishes First Winning Season|
The University of St. Thomas Men’s Basketball team completed its third season with an 18-13 record; it was the Celts first winning season in their short history. St. Thomas has improved every season, going 10-15 and 13-14 in the first two years.
|Mar 07, 2012 Drama Alumnus Brings “SMASH: Make a Musical” to Houston|
Julio Morales received his first introduction to theater at Sharpstown High School before coming to UST as a drama major in 2005. Today, the 2009 alumnus said he’s excited to have returned to Sharpstown as the theater teacher and been chosen by NBC’s “SMASH: Make a Musical” program as one of 20 schools in the nation receiving funding and mentorship to build a new musical theater program.
|Feb 29, 2012 UST Theologian Honored For Poetry|
In between his duties as a priest, theologian, professor and university administrator, Father Janusz Ihnatowicz would find time to scribble a few lines of verse, painstakingly revising and editing them to his satisfaction.
|Feb 27, 2012 University of St. Thomas Mardi Gras Gala Raises “A Miller Million”|
The University of St. Thomas 62nd Annual Mardi Gras Gala raised $1 million for scholarships on Fat Tuesday, Feb. 21 at the InterContinental Hotel. The celebratory occasion was marked by a visit from former St. Thomas president, the Most Rev. J. Michael Miller, CSB, archbishop of Vancouver, who was honored for his passion for education and for molding the next generation of Christian disciples.
|Feb 16, 2012 Tinnerman Prepares Chemistry Students for Pre-Health Fields|
In corked bottles and gallon jugs in Robertson Hall, students prepare wine or vinegar from fruits like grapes, strawberries or peaches (or any fermentable carbohydrate). The experiment is part of Dr. Bill Tinnerman’s organic chemistry lab, which requires students to prepare a wine alcohol from their own recipe and write a term paper on the chemistry involved in the preparation of wine. It is a way to show students how science is part of daily life.
|Feb 13, 2012 UST’s King & Queen Demonstrate Service, Leadership|
The University of St. Thomas’ 2012 Mardi Gras King and Queen not only have a passion to help others, they have an ambition to do it on a big scale. And given their already sterling records of service and leadership, John Ruff and Rosemary Tran have demonstrated they have what it takes to make a difference.
|Feb 13, 2012 Transfers Find Welcoming Environment At St. Thomas|
Steffani Rush doesn’t sleep much. There isn’t enough time with a schedule as tightly packed as hers. Rush understands the value of hard work and utilizing the gifts that God has given her.
|Feb 09, 2012 UST Names Winners of UST/Archdiocesan Essay Contest|
Students, parents and teachers from Catholic schools in the Galveston-Houston Archdiocese gathered for the eighth annual University of St. Thomas/Archdiocesan Essay Contest Awards Ceremony on Friday, Feb. 3 at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. More than 500 people from 47 schools attended the events, which included a prayer service led by the Most. Rev. Daniel Cardinal DiNardo and a reception at the Cathedral Centre.
|Feb 09, 2012 Center for International Studies Celebrates 30 Years|
The University of St. Thomas Center for International Studies celebrated three decades of excellence in education and service with a 30th Anniversary Reception on Jan. 27.
|Feb 06, 2012 Fulton Benefits from First Generation College Student Resources|
Although national statistics show that 75 percent of first generation college students leave school before receiving a degree, UST student Erica Fulton has never been one to give up.
|Jan 18, 2012 Honors Student Raises Money, Supplies for Peruvian Orphanage|
Brittany Garza, a junior math major and pre-physician assistant student, recently traveled to small towns or pueblos of Peru for a medical mission project.
|Jan 18, 2012 MBA Alumna Provides Leadership in the Arts|
After more than 20 successful years in marketing for large corporations and a hospital, Terri (Engel) Golas ’86 decided she wanted a change. With an MBA in marketing and management from the University of St. Thomas, she sought out a leadership position in the arts.
|Jan 03, 2012 Basilian Fathers Continue Legacy at UST|
In the first 20 years after founding the University of St. Thomas, the priests of the Congregation of St. Basil were so dedicated to the success of the infant University, that they worked for free.
|Jan 03, 2012 Fr. Jeffrey Steenson Leads Anglican Converts|
University of St. Thomas School of Theology faculty member and former Episcopal Bishop Jeffrey Steenson was named by Pope Benedict to lead a national ordinariate for Anglicans who wish to become Catholic.
|Dec 22, 2011 Raye White gives $500,000 to Center for Faith & Culture|
The University of St. Thomas Center for Faith & Culture received a $500,000 gift from Raye White on Oct. 3. The gift will support the Center’s mission to form community leaders who understand and effect the relationship between the worldview of Catholic faith and culture.
|Dec 19, 2011 Ana Maria Martinez Concert raises $250,000 for Performing Arts Center|
In the Hobby Center’s Zilkha Hall, about 370 friends of the University of St. Thomas gathered for a special performance by Grammy Award-winning opera favorite Ana Maria Martinez on Dec. 14. The concert, Cantos De Mi Corazón: Songs of My Heart, raised $250,000 for the University’s planned Performing Arts Center.
|Dec 08, 2011 UST Features Inspiring Catholic TV Programs|
Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation is a charitable organization devoted to spreading the light of Christ through modern and mass media -- television, internet, radio, documentaries and other forms of social communication.
|Dec 08, 2011 UST Hosts College Day for Refugee Youth|
As a young refugee, it can be difficult to navigate the educational system in a new country. To provide more information about applying to college and life as a college student, the University of St. Thomas held a College Orientation Day for high-school aged refugees through the Partnership for the Advancement & Immersion of Refugees (PAIR) on Nov. 12.
|Dec 02, 2011 UST Sponsors Olympic Marathon Trials|
The University of St. Thomas will sponsor the United States Olympic Trials Marathon, which will take place in Downtown Houston on Jan. 14, one day before the Chevron Houston Marathon.
|Nov 30, 2011 UST Nursing School Reopens Summer 2012|
The University of St. Thomas will officially reopen the School of Nursing in Summer 2012 with approval from the regional accrediting body.
|Nov 29, 2011 Off-campus MEd Program Graduates First Students|
When Master of Education student Kayce Warden was considering a master's degree, she wanted a program that offered face-to-face instruction and would accommodate her firefighter husband’s irregular schedule while raising her three-year-old son. She began the University of St. Thomas’ off-campus master’s program in spring 2010, taking classes close to home at CyRidge High School.
|Nov 29, 2011 UST Awards Scholarships to UST Eagle Scouts|
As the highest Boy Scout rank, Eagle Scouts must show leadership ability, service to others and a commitment to God and country. For achieving this difficult rank, the University of St. Thomas awarded scholarships to four freshmen for the first time this year.
|Nov 28, 2011 Dr. Brady Knapp emphasizes comprehensive musicianship|
As music majors at the University of St. Thomas, students receive personal instruction from professors like Dr. Brady Knapp, assistant professor of music and head of choral and vocal studies. In addition to teaching private lessons, he also leads the Opera Workshop, University Singers and Pop Singers.
|Nov 08, 2011 Vote Now! The Beans band nominated for Houston Press Music Awards|
The Beans, a local Houston band comprised of current and former University of St. Thomas students, received multiple nominations for the 2011 Houston Press Music Awards, including “Best New Act.”
|Nov 03, 2011 Festa Italiana Attracts 16,500 Guests to UST|
Traditional Italians may be used to feeding large groups of people, but the 33rd Festa Italiana takes the cake. In the third year of hosting the Italian festival at the University of St. Thomas, the Festa Italiana attracted about 16,500 people on campus from Oct. 14-16.
|Oct 24, 2011 Ted Buck Finds Veteran Support at UST|
When Ted Buck returned from three deployments to Iraq in 2008, he entered the job market equipped with new skills, experience, confidence and the discipline he learned in the Marine Corps. Like many other returning veterans, Buck came home from his third tour of duty in Iraq to an economy in far worse condition than he had left it.
|Oct 23, 2011 Home-Schooled Students Thrive at UST|
The University of St. Thomas has welcomed more home-schooled students in the last five years than ever before in school history. As home schooling has become more prevalent across the country, the contribution of these students to campus life has become increasingly apparent at UST.
|Oct 13, 2011 UST Athletics Tops Champions of Character Five-Star Institutions|
St. Thomas landed in the top five universities in the National Association a Five Star Champions of Character for the 2010-2011 academic year. NAIA recognizes 220 colleges and universities and 23 conferences with this designation. St. Thomas has been named a Champion of Character institution for four consecutive years.
|Oct 06, 2011 UST Center for Faith and Culture Celebrates Faithful Citizenship|
About 130 friends, supporters and students of the University of St. Thomas Center for Faith and Culture gathered at the Cathedral Centre on Oct. 3 to celebrate faithful citizenship and to gain insight into the worldwide Catholic Church from the world’s pre-eminent Vatican analyst, John Allen, Jr.
|Oct 02, 2011 Freshman Class Prepares 11,000 Meals for Houston’s Hungry|
The University of St. Thomas freshman class packed more than 9,000 pounds of food, which will make more than 11,000 meals at a service project on Saturday, Sept. 17.
|Oct 02, 2011 UST Alumnus Hamilton Loomis To Rock Festa Italiana|
Touring non-stop since 2001, University of St. Thomas graduate Hamilton Loomis has brought his “blues-rock-funk-groove-soul” music to audiences all over the United States and the world. Loomis will return to his alma mater to play live at the Festa Italiana at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 15.
|Oct 02, 2011 $5.9 Million Grant Funds STEM Program for UST & HCC Students|
The Department of Education has awarded the University of St. Thomas and Houston Community College a five-year, $5.9 million grant for Hispanic and other low-income transfer students who are interested in pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
|Sep 19, 2011 U.S. News and World Report Ranks UST in Top Tier of Western Region|
For the 18th consecutive year, the University of St. Thomas has been named to the top tier of the U.S. News & World Report’s, “America’s Best Colleges” list of universities offering master’s degrees in the Western region of the United States. UST currently ranks 30th in the 2012 rankings.
|Sep 02, 2011 Celebrate All Things Italian at Festa Italiana Oct. 14-16|
Enjoy a feast of sight, sound and Italian flavor and share the heritage, culture and the romance of Italy at the 33rd Annual Houston Festa Italiana. One of the largest ethnic festivals in Houston, Festa Italiana will once again entice thousands of guests to the University of St. Thomas campus, 3800 Montrose, for three days from Friday-Sunday, Oct. 14-16.
|Sep 02, 2011 UST Pilgrims Return From World Youth Day|
Nine University of St. Thomas students, accompanied by Fr. Mike Buentello, CSB, and Sr. Damien Marie Savino, FSE, joined nearly two million Catholic youth in Madrid, Spain for a transformative three-week trip of prayer, sacrifice and pilgrimage. After traversing the famous Camino de Santiago in Northern Spain and attended World Youth Day in Spain, they joined Pope Benedict XVI and Catholic representatives from across the world in Madrid.
|Aug 19, 2011 International Studies Graduate Joins Peace Corps in Ghana, Africa|
Suzanne Pasztor, a 2006 International Studies graduate of the University of St. Thomas, is embarking on an adventure with the Peace Corps where she will work to reduce widespread poverty in Ghana, Africa by helping local entrepreneurs improve their business practices.
|Aug 17, 2011 Amelang Named Top Young Environmentalist|
Jennifer Amelang has proven herself to be a champion of environmental issues on the University of St. Thomas campus. Now, the senior Environmental Science major has gained national recognition for her leadership. Amelang has been selected as one of the nation’s top rising young leaders in the clean energy sector by the national organization Focus the Nation.
|Aug 09, 2011 UST Prepares Students for Pharmacy School|
Since high school, Tam K. Nguyen has worked toward his goal of becoming a pharmacist. He became a licensed pharmacy technician before college and then worked in the field while studying biology in the pre-pharmacy program at the University of St. Thomas. After graduating from UST in May 2011, Nguyen is set to attend the University of Houston College of Pharmacy in August.
|Aug 05, 2011 Mendenhall Summer Institute Celebrates Fourth Year of Success|
Celebrating the success of its fourth year, the University of St. Thomas Mendenhall Summer Institute bridged the gap between high school and college for 46 incoming freshmen. Mendenhall Summer Institute participants had the opportunity to meet and express their gratitude to program benefactor Trini Mendenhall-Sosa at a luncheon on August 3.
|Aug 01, 2011 Experience the UST Grace Program|
The GRACE program at the University of St. Thomas seeks to train young men and women to teach in Catholic schools. Participants live in community for two years while completing a Master of Education degree and teaching in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. For more information, contact Dr. Ana-Lisa Gonzalez at 713-525-3548 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Jul 28, 2011 Follow the World Youth Day Blog|
On Sunday, July 31, 10 University of St. Thomas students, accompanied by Fr. Mike Buentello, CSB, and Sr. Damien Marie Savino, FSE, will depart for Oviedo, Spain, where they will set off on a two week hike across the Camino Primitivo to Santiago de Compostela and then travel to Madrid for World Youth Day with Pope Benedict XVI
|Jul 28, 2011 School of Education Students Take International Teaching Jobs|
Two University of St. Thomas School of Education students will apply abroad the wisdom they gained at UST as they take international teaching positions in Vietnam and South Africa.
|Jul 26, 2011 Business Students Design Leadership Strategy|
Dr. Michele Simms’ Business Communication class comprised students ages 19-47, who hail from 16 countries, speak six different languages and practice three different religions. The students were challenged to elect one team of students to lead the class for a day.
|Jul 21, 2011 UST Receives Texas Board of Nursing Approval|
Fulfilling a dream 25 years in the making, the University of St. Thomas-Houston received approval from the Texas Board of Nursing on July 21st to offer a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). St. Thomas is currently enrolling pre-nursing students and will enroll the first class of nursing students in June 2012.
|Jul 11, 2011 Students Merit Full-Tuition Scholarships|
The University not only increased financial aid available to all eligible students by 21 percent for the 2011-2012 academic year, UST also awarded eight full-tuition scholarships to top incoming freshman.
|Jul 01, 2011 Project GRAD Alumnus Chooses UST|
Fernando Moreno participated in Project GRAD for two summers which gave him academic preparation for college and provided him with a $4,000 scholarship to come to UST. Five students are currently attending UST after participating in the Project GRAD Summer Institutes and receiving their scholarship.
|Jun 29, 2011 Online MEd Provides $104,000 in Scholarship|
Yvonne Oliveira is a special education teacher who has been studying in the UST MEd program since summer 2010. This year, the University of St. Thomas will award about $104,000 in scholarships to Hispanic and low-income students who are pursuing an online Master of Education degree in educational leadership or special education.
|Jun 29, 2011 UST Students Volunteer at Muscular Dystrophy Camp|
For one week in June, two University of St. Thomas students forged lifetime friendships and brightened the lives of children with neuromuscular diseases.
|Jun 24, 2011 Music, Education Grad Lands Band Director Job|
As legislators continue to slash public school funding across the state and nation, teachers face an increasingly uncertain and competitive job market. University of St. Thomas Class of 2011 graduate Kendall LeJeune was excited to find a job as a band director almost immediately after graduation.
|Jun 21, 2011 Bilingual Education Student Comes Full Circle|
Christina Vargas has come full circle from taking dual-language courses at Helms Community Learning center from Kindergarten thought high school, to majoring in bilingual education at UST.
|Jun 15, 2011 GRACE Graduates Future Educators|
The Class of 2011 GRACE graduates unanimously agreed that the program has helped them succeed as Catholic teachers and grow as individuals.
|Jun 15, 2011 UST Joins Red River Athletic Conference|
The University of St. Thomas Athletic Department has accepted an invitation to become the newest member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Red River Conference.
|Jun 10, 2011 Three UST Students make Texans Cheer Squad|
For the second consecutive year, Nicole Hickl and Michelle Lewis were selected from more than 600 applicants for the 33-member Texans Cheerleading Squad. This time, Michelle’s twin sister, Rachel, joined the duo.
|Jun 08, 2011 Clergy's Got Talent Funds Meris' Journey to Convent|
UST Graduate Meris Chaumont hosted a clergy talent show and sold her possessions to raise funds to join the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharis, a teaching order in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
|Jun 02, 2011 UST Graduate to Intern at George W. Bush Presidential Center|
Mallory Wendell, Class of 2011 graduate, has been awarded a summer internship at the George H. W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, where she will work for former First Lady Laura Bush.
|May 13, 2011 New MLA Admissions Video|
Watch the new UST video to get a sneak peek into the high caliber of academics and campus life at the University of St. Thomas. Hear about UST directly from those who know UST inside and out.
|May 13, 2011 UST Grad Gets Full-Tuition Scholarship to Medical School|
UST graduate James Doan earned a full-tuition, merit scholarship to the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Paul L. Foster School of Medicine in El Paso.
|May 13, 2011 Houston Soccer Player of the Year Joins Celts|
Jason Taffet, who graduated from Strake Jesuit College Preparatory School with a 4.0 grade point average, will play goalkeeper for the Celts in the fall. Taffet’s performance on the field has garnered significant praise and recognition including the coveted title of All-Greater Houston Boys Soccer Player of the Year.
|May 11, 2011 UST ROTC Graduates Prepare to Serve Country|
While many University of St. Thomas class of 2011 graduates ponder graduate school and job searches, Alan Llanas and Linh Tran have a job waiting for them. As cadets in the UST Reserve Officers Training Corp (ROTC), Llanas’ and Tran’s post-graduation plans are all laid out.
|May 10, 2011 UST Grad to Intern with State Representative|
Brandi English, a political science and communication double major, will intern with State Representative Jessica Farrar after graduation.
|May 10, 2011 International Studies Grad Channels Compassion Into Action|
At UST, Hiba Haroon, an international studies 2011 graduate, learned to look at the world through new eyes. Participating in the MicroCredit Program presented Haroon with opportunities to put her passion to help others into action.
|May 10, 2011 UST Exceeds National Hispanic Graduation Rate|
The University of St. Thomas exceeds the national graduation rate among Hispanic students. UST’s Hispanic graduation rate also outpaces all Catholic universities in Texas.
|May 10, 2011 Foreign Service Spouses Graduate Together|
Jodi Mahardi, vice consul for economic and protocol affairs at the Indonesian Consulate in Houston, and his wife, Chiara Sari, will complete their Master in Liberal Arts degrees with concentrations in international studies and graduate together in May.
|May 09, 2011 Simon Accepted to Molecular Biophysics PhD Program|
Class of 2011 graduate Lukas Simon will begin work on his doctorate at the Baylor College of Medicine Structural and Computational Biology and Molecular Biophysics graduate research program in fall.
|Apr 19, 2011 MAFC Program Inspires Dialogue, Discernment|
In the University of St. Thomas Master of Arts in Faith and Culture (MAFC) Program, students benefit from a diverse group of students who bring a variety of experiences, interests and goals to the Program.
|Apr 19, 2011 UST Business Education Fuels Student Entrepreneurs|
While still in school, five University of St. Thomas Cameron School of Business students have taken the risk to start their own businesses, ranging from making and selling barbecue sauce to running an internet business.
|Apr 15, 2011 Performing Arts Center Benefit Scheduled for Dec. 14|
To celebrate the unveiling of a planned Performing Arts and Conference Center at the University of St. Thomas, world-renowned soprano and Houston Grand Opera favorite Ana Maria Martinez will perform a benefit concert at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, December 14, in Zilkha Hall of the Hobby Center.
|Apr 12, 2011 Secretary James A. Baker III, Ivan Earls Address '11 Grads|
The Honorable James A. Baker III will address the University of St. Thomas 2011 graduating class at the 61st Commencement Ceremony. Ivan Earls will be the student commencement speaker.
|Apr 07, 2011 Cameron School Earns AACSB Accreditation|
The University of St. Thomas Cameron School of Business joins an elite group of institutions that have achieved business accreditation from The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).
|Apr 04, 2011 Research Symposium Springs for Knowledge|
University of St. Thomas students will present oral and poster presentations of their faculty-led research projects at the 2011 Research Symposium on April 8 and 9.
|Mar 10, 2011 UST Mardi Gras Gala Raises Nearly $900,000|
The “Jazz it Up” Gala, chaired by Kathy and Dr. Ken Wells, raised nearly $900,000 benefitting the Fr. Francis E. Monaghan Scholarship fund for the education of current and future students.
|Mar 10, 2011 MEd Student Secures Funds For Barrier-Free Playground|
Krystal DeJesus, a University of St. Thomas Master in Education graduate student, found the funds to build a $63,000 barrier-free playground for special needs children in Aldine ISD.
|Mar 10, 2011 Nursing Alumni Donate $1 Million|
The Associated Nursing Alumni have been waiting for UST to re-establish the School of Nursing since the school's closing in 1986. The alumni have generously donated $1 million to establish the Sister Mary Martina Casey Endowed Chair in Nursing.
|Feb 25, 2011 Social Entrepreneurship Program Expands to Africa|
Expanding their microfinance practices across the globe, the University of St. Thomas Social Entrepreneurship Program traveled to Africa in January.
|Jan 10, 2011 UST Participates in Yellow Ribbon Program for Veterans|
Through the Yellow Ribbon Program, UST will collaborate with the Veterans Administration to enable eligible veterans to attend UST with no tuition cost.
|Jan 07, 2011 Cullen Trust for Health Care Commits $2 Million for Nursing|
The Cullen Trust for Health Care has committed a $2 million grant to the University of St. Thomas in Houston to establish the Cullen Trust for Health Care Nursing Endowed Chair.
|Dec 16, 2010 Accounting Students Land Competitive Big Four Jobs|
Adding to the growing pool of UST graduates working at Big 4 public accounting firms, UST BBA/MBA students Michael Pair and Sabrina Akhter have secured a full-time position at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, and Christian Brillantes and Elizabeth Houche have been hired at Ernst &Young LLP.
|Dec 16, 2010 MBA Internship Merges Health Care, Finance|
University of St. Thomas MBA student Heath Whitaker is taking full advantage of the UST’s location only minutes away from the Texas Medical Center. Whitaker was selected for a summer internship at Methodist DeBakey Heart and Vascular Center.
|Dec 15, 2010 Ginn Uses Video to Tell His UST Story|
Crew Ginn, a UST communication major, produced a retrospective video narrative on his experiences and opportunities at UST.
|Dec 15, 2010 International Student Accepted to Dental School|
Despite the challenges of moving to a new country and learning a new language, Yari Yarzagaray has found help, encouragement and success at UST.
Yarzagaray will graduate in May 2011, and will attend University of Texas Dental Branch in Houston.
|Dec 14, 2010 UST Pilgrims for World Youth Day|
Preparations are well on their way in the University of St. Thomas Campus Ministry Office for a three-week trip to World Youth Day in Spain next summer.
|Dec 06, 2010 First-Generation Students Flourish at UST|
The University of St. Thomas has created a first-generation student group to encourage and provide first-generation students with helpful information about scholarship opportunities, skills to help them succeed and a venue to meet other students.
|Dec 02, 2010 UST Develops Partnership with El Centro Fox|
Former Mexico President Vicente Fox’s historic visit to the University of St. Thomas on Nov. 23 set the stage to establish a partnership between UST’s Center for International Studies Social Entrepreneurship Program and Fox’s El Centro Fox.
|Dec 01, 2010 Student Enjoys MED Classes Without Commute|
Doris Vela is among the first class of students to benefit from convenience, flexibility and scholarship opportunities of the University of St. Thomas Online Master of Education Degree Program.
|Nov 19, 2010 UST Announces $1 Million Raised for Nursing Endowed Chair|
With more than 200 benefactors filling Tony's restaurant for an exclusive nursing benefit on Nov. 18, nursing friends and alumni moved the University of St. Thomas’ nursing school plans ahead with announcement of the Archbishop Joseph A. Fiorenza Endowed Chair in Nursing.
|Nov 19, 2010 Center for Irish Studies Renames Center After Bill Flynn|
The Center for Irish Studies reached milestones and broke records at its annual Irish Gala held Nov. 5. The Gala honored Peg and William J. Flynn for their role in the development of the Center for Irish Studies.
|Nov 18, 2010 Soccer, Volleyball Advance to Championship|
Continuing the tradition of academic and athletic excellence, the University of St. Thomas sent both the Lady Celts Women’s Volleyball team and the Men’s Soccer team to the opening rounds of the National Association of Intercollegiate Institutions (NAIA) Championships on Nov. 20.
|Nov 17, 2010 Service Learning Expands at UST|
Over the past 10 years, an estimated 1,000 University of St. Thomas students from at least 18 different departments and programs have benefitted from experiential learning opportunities through the University’s Service Learning Program.
|Nov 12, 2010 Dr. K. Makes Class Memorable, Motivational|
View a class on the integration of mathematics and literature where Dr. Rick Krustchinsky, an education professor, uses costumes and props to keep his students engaged and interested in the topics he teaches.
|Nov 12, 2010 Dr. Larios-Sanz Explains Intricate Details of Life|
View a general biology class on the nature of the cell and learn more about how Dr. Maia Larios-Sanz, an assistant professor in the Biology Department at University of St. Thomas, who inspires her students with her own passion for the subject.
|Nov 12, 2010 Dr. Meier-Marquis Sheds Light on Mysteries of Attraction|
View a psychology class in which Dr. Jo Meier-Marquis discusses the subject of dating and relationships.
|Nov 10, 2010 Home-schooler Finds Easy Transition to College Life|
Michelle Shannahan comes from a family of six children, all of whom were home-schooled. With a family that values individualized education, Shannahan was highly selective in making her next educational move.
|Nov 09, 2010 Prof. Nicole Casarez, Students Help Free Death Row Inmate|
Since 2002, Nicole Casarez, attorney and University of St. Thomas communication professor, and her students worked diligently to prove the innocence of former death row inmate Anthony Graves. The team succeeded, and Graves was set free on Oct. 27.
|Nov 08, 2010 UST Receives $3.25 Million Grant for Nursing|
The U.S. Department of Education has awarded the University of St. Thomas in Houston a $3.25 million grant to increase the number of Hispanic and economically disadvantaged students through the development of a Nursing program.
|Nov 08, 2010 Transfer Student Finds Leadership on the UST Basketball Court|
Erich Schoeffler transferred to the University of St. Thomas in May 2010, to find an academic setting that redefines his educational goals, keeps him motivated, caters to his needs as a veteran and provides leadership opportunities.
|Oct 27, 2010 Cardinal Designate Wuerl Speaks at UST|
On the same day he was elevated to the College of Cardinals, Cardinal-designate Donald W. Wuerl spoke on the UST campus about "Religious Faith's Role in Building a Good and Just Society."
|Oct 20, 2010 UST Drama Alumnus Returns to Direct Macbeth|
Nearly seven years after he graduated from UST, Joey Milillo returned to a direct the fall production of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Milillo says he could still find his way around Jones Theater with his eyes closed.
|Oct 19, 2010 Lori Gallagher Honored as St. Patrick’s Day Grand Marshal|
The University of St. Thomas William J. Flynn Center of Irish Studies, and its director, Lori Gallagher, JD, will take center stage at the 2011 Houston Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
|Oct 11, 2010 Dr. Malcolm Rector Excels in Music, Writing, Film|
Dr. Malcolm Rector, assistant professor of Music, has written 17 full-length screenplays, nine stage plays, one novel and numerous stories ranging in genre from drama to surreal. He is currently in post-production for his first feature film, Ghosts.
|Oct 05, 2010 UST Students Create Community Garden|
As urban gardens continue to sprout up across the city, state and nation, St. Thomas is sowing the seeds of a new community garden project this fall.
|Sep 17, 2010 UST Student, Veteran Shares Sept. 11 Experiences|
The University of St. Thomas hosted a somber salute to the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. At the event, United States Army Sgt. Kenneth Depew, a UST sophomore political science major, shared his experiences at the Pentagon immediately after Sept. 11.
|Sep 07, 2010 Business Student Lands Job in Competitive Program|
Over the last six years, Natalia Pecora has gone from learning to speak English to landing a full-time job with an exclusive Baker Hughes leadership training program.
|Sep 02, 2010 UST Grad Plays on International Music Tour|
In a competitive music world, music students dream of touring internationally. UST graduate Mike Whitebread recently returned from his second international tour with country singer Kareem Salama.
|Aug 30, 2010 Felix Peña Receives Prestigious Award from Boston Conservatory|
UST music graduate Felix Peña was selected from conservatory composers to receive the 2010 Roger Sessions Memorial Composition Award at the Boston Conservatory Spring commencement ceremony in May.
|Aug 25, 2010 Princeton Review Names UST Among “Best In the West"|
The University of St. Thomas was named as one of the best colleges and universities in the West by The Princeton Review.
|Aug 18, 2010 Festa Italiana Returns to the UST Campus Oct. 15-17|
The 32nd Annual Festa Italiana will be held on the UST campus for three days from Friday to Sunday, October 15 to l7.
|Aug 10, 2010 UST Featured in College Guidebook for First-Generation Students|
The 2011 College Access & Opportunity Guide recognized UST as one of 284 colleges and universities highlighted for their outreach efforts, financial aid opportunities and student support services
|Jul 13, 2010 MLA Graduate Finds Life-School-Work Balance|
With a flexible employer, family support and convenient evening classes at UST, Ashley Easterwood was able to find a work-life balance and have a baby, work full time and earn a Master in Liberal Arts degree at the same time.
|Jul 07, 2010 Five Students Merit Fr. Vincent J. Guinan Scholars|
The University of St. Thomas has awarded five incoming freshmen with the Father Vincent J. Guinan Scholarship, which covers full tuition for four years.
|Jul 01, 2010 UST Summer Interns Teach Creative Writing|
Four UST students spent part of their summer building an educational foundation for the writers of tomorrow.
|Jun 24, 2010 GRACE Student Wins Teacher of the Year Award|
Navigating the unfamiliar classroom highs and lows, UST GRACE Program graduate Lauren Barnes ended her first year earning an unexpected and unprecedented accolade – the Elementary Teacher of the Year award.
|Jun 09, 2010 Earn Complete Catholic Studies Minor in Holy Land & Italy|
UST students will have the unique opportunity to earn a minor in Catholic Studies in one semester while studying abroad in the Holy Land and Italy.
|Jun 03, 2010 Hurricane Katrina Blows DePano Toward Musicology Career|
UST music grad Avi DePano will pursue a master’s degree in musicology at The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University on a full scholarship. The highly competitive program accepts less than five students per year.
|May 20, 2010 Marty Thompson Named Among Houston’s Top Leaders Under 40|
University of St. Thomas alumna Marty Thompson believes character counts. If you make a commitment, you better deliver. That's why the Houston Business Journal named her among Houston's Top Leaders Under 40.
|May 18, 2010 GRACE Program Graduates First Cohort of Catholic Educators|
For the last two years, the first cohort of the Gulf Region Academy for Catholic Education (GRACE) has lived in community while simultaneously finishing a master’s degree in Catholic education, teaching in a Catholic school, and deepening their spiritual lives.
|May 12, 2010 Translator Serves as Bridge Between Cultures|
An act of international volunteer service led to educational and professional opportunities for Aqeel Abdulaalee, who graduated with a Master in Liberal Arts.
|May 11, 2010 UST Experiences Prepare Calasanz for Med School|
Emily Calasanz is a hands-on learner. Whether she is researching white flies, scrubbing in at an exclusive surgical internship, or giving vaccinations to impoverished children in El Salvador, Calasanz has become enthusiastically invested in an eclectic range of learning experiences.
|May 11, 2010 Campus Support Helps Nicole Walker Overcome Anorexia|
When Nicole Walker entered her freshman year at UST, she admits she was very much in the midst of fighting an eating disorder. Her experience at UST changed her life. And in a way, you might even say it saved her life.
|May 11, 2010 Monica Aleman Learns to Lead at UST|
Monica Aleman, an international student from Peru, built a solid resume at UST volunteering on campus and in the community. The experience, she says, made her a stronger leader and a better person.
|May 11, 2010 MBA Gives Harris Confidence to Launch Business|
Despite lingering concerns about the economic recovery, UST MBA graduate Stanley Harris recently ambitiously launched Mint Ventures LLC, an import/export and real estate business.
|May 10, 2010 Dr. Beena George Guides Students Toward Seeking the Right Shore|
View a MBA class on outsourcing and learn more about Dr. Beena George, who has led study abroad trips to India to expose students to the evolving impact of globalization.
|May 10, 2010 Dr. Ted Rebard Asks ‘What’s Love Got to do With it?'|
View a philosophy class on metaphysics focusing on The Nature of Love and learn more about Dr. Ted Rebard, a philosophy professor whom students rave about. Students have changed majors after taking his classes.
|May 10, 2010 Dr. Jim Clarage Demonstrates What Makes the World Go Round|
View a physics class focusing on conservation of angular momentum and learn more about Dr. James Clarage, a physics professor whose dramatic flair for explaining the most fundamental principles of nature occasionally prompts him to wear a toga.
|May 10, 2010 UST Hosts Social Justice Conference on Caring for God’s Creation|
The University of St. Thomas Rev. William J. Young Social Justice Institute Summer Conference will focus on “Caring for God’s Creation: Catholic Teaching on Environmental Justice” from June 10 to 11.
|Apr 29, 2010 Clinton Global Initiative Features UST MicroCredit|
In their second year to attend the Clinton Global Initiative University, University of St. Thomas MicroCredit was named a “featured commitment.” A video highlighting UST MCP was shown at the poverty alleviation workshops. Of nearly 1,000 commitments, only about 20 were featured.
|Apr 28, 2010 Alumnus, Tenor Hits High Note at Oratorio Competition|
Despite the competitive nature of a music career, UST graduate Joe Mikolaj said his UST experience keeps him grounded and helps him remember the joy in music.
|Apr 20, 2010 EWTN Catholic Network to Feature UST|
A group of six UST Catholic students and three faculty members traveled to Irondale, Ala. to film “Life on the Rock,” EWTN’s live show for young adults.
|Apr 12, 2010 George Foreman Addresses Graduates at 2010 Commencement Ceremony|
Former world heavyweight boxing champion and businessman George Foreman addressed the 2010 graduating class about “Success with Integrity,” at the 60th Commencement Ceremony.
|Mar 31, 2010 Research Symposium Celebrates Community of Thinkers|
University of St. Thomas students will present oral and poster presentations of their faculty-lead research projects at the 2010 Research Symposium, April 9 and 10.
|Mar 26, 2010 UST Alumna Goes to Washington for Project GRAD|
Thanks to the Project GRAD College Institute, UST graduate Lizzy Lozano became one of hundreds of students who received scholarships that helped make it possible for her to obtain a quality college education. Recently, Lozano was hand-picked to represent Project GRAD at a congressional briefing in Washington, D.C.
|Mar 22, 2010 Simms Marries Business and Liberal Arts|
An associate professor of management and marketing in the Cameron School of Business, Simms embraces the liberal arts tradition of the University of St. Thomas and teaches across the disciplines.
|Feb 03, 2010 UST Offers Off-Campus MEd in Cy-Fair, Aldine|
When educators in the Cypress-Fairbanks and Aldine areas learned they could earn a Master in Education degree from the University of St. Thomas without the drive into town, they applied in record numbers.
|Feb 01, 2010 Debt-Free Graduate Shares Financial Aid Strategy|
When Tamarsha Everhart graduated from the Cameron School of Business in 2001, she did so debt-free, and it was all thanks to scholarships, financial aid, work-study opportunities and internships.
|Jan 19, 2010 UST Alumnus Bass Breaks into Slamdance|
UST graduate Josh Bass, ’01, earned his first filmmaking big break when his short film was accepted into a major North American independent film festival, the Slamdance Film Festival.
|Jan 15, 2010 Gautreau Integrates Faith and Journalism at Salt + Light|
Michelle Gautreau traded her seat behind the keyboard for a spot in front of the news cameras during a six-week winter break internship at Salt + Light Catholic Media Network in Toronto.
|Aug 25, 2009 U.S. News and World Report Ranks UST in Top Tier of Western Region|
For the 17th consecutive year, the University of St. Thomas has been named to the top tier of the U.S. News & World Report’s, “America’s Best Colleges” list of universities offering master’s degrees in the Western region of the United States. UST currently ranks 27th in the 2011 rankings.
|Nov 10, 2008 University of St. Thomas Launches Music Preparatory School|