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Dec 22, 2014  Nursing Students and Faculty Inducted into Honor Society

Friends and family watched as 32 members of the University of St. Thomas School of Nursing were inducted into the University of St. Thomas Honor Society of Nursing (USTHSON). This was the first induction ceremony since the school’s closing, 28 years ago. 

Dec 15, 2014  St. Thomas is now on iTunes U

If you’ve missed an University of St. Thomas campus lecture or want to watch a sample class video, you can now play video on your iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch or computer through iTunes U.  

Dec 15, 2014  SEP Member Attends Microfinance Summit in Berkeley
Elena Petre

Through the Social Entrepreneurship Program, Elena Petre and other students raise funds for underprivileged groups around the world and distribute the funds as micro loans, making a difference a few dollars at a time. Petre attended a conference with Lend for America, an organization that strives to empower student leaders to improve their communities through the creation of campus microfinance institutions. 

Dec 11, 2014  UST, University of Cambridge Post-Doctorate Defends Dissertation

Daniel De Haan defended his doctoral dissertation on Dec. 5 in Sullivan Hall at the University of St. Thomas. De Haan’s doctoral dissertation is titled, "Necessary Existence and the Doctrine of Being in Avicenna's Metaphysics of the Healing: On the Function of the Fundamental Scientific First Principles of Metaphysics."

Dec 11, 2014  With New Residence, Basilian Fathers Recommit to UST
Donaghue House - Basilian Residence until 2014

To make room for both scholastics and priests near the UST campus, the General Council of the Basilian Fathers decided to build a new building on their property in place of Donaghue House. Demolition of the house took place Tuesday, and construction of the new residence is expected to be completed by December 2015.

Dec 11, 2014  UST Police Force Hires New Staff

In an important step to help ensure the safety of our campus, the University of St. Thomas is in the process of establishing a campus police force.  To date Chief James Tate has hired two sergeants, two police officers and a dispatcher.

Dec 10, 2014  St. Mary’s – An Enduring Legacy….

The 60th Anniversary of St. Mary’s Seminary on Memorial Drive is a special time to celebrate with everyone. Take a closer look to experience the energy on our campus!  We ask you to pray for vocations and support our Seminary with your prayers. Visit us if you can for a tour of our beautiful campus! 

Dec 10, 2014  UST Creates Veteran Friendly Environment

The University of St. Thomas was named a 2014 Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs Magazine for its dedication to veteran students.

Dec 02, 2014  Nursing Simulation Lab Leads to Success in the Clinic

In the world of nursing, experience is everything. That is why nursing students in the Carol and Odis Peavy School of Nursing at the University of St. Thomas spend so much time practicing their craft in their basic and advanced simulation labs.

Dec 01, 2014  UST Ranked One of Best Colleges

The University of St. Thomas educates students with its four core values — goodness, discipline, knowledge, and community — and equips students with the proper tools to become ethical leaders in society. The University of St. Thomas was ranked no. 18 out of 60 on College Factual’s list of the Best Colleges in Texas, ranked UST no. 12 on its list of Top 50 Colleges for Hispanic Students across the United States, and the University ranked no. 27 on U.S. News’s Regional Universities West list.

Dec 01, 2014  University of St. Thomas Irish Gala Raises Over $380,000

More than 400 friends of the University of St. Thomas William J. Flynn Center for Irish Studies attended the annual Irish Gala on Nov. 14 at The Houstonian Hotel in honor of Michele Malloy. The Gala was chaired by three friends of the honoree – Maureen Evans, Margo P. Geddie and Lisa Miranda. His Eminence Daniel N. Cardinal DiNardo of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston was the honorary chair of the Gala.

Nov 26, 2014  Education Professor Speaks on Learning Differences
Dr. Randy Soffer

The University of St. Thomas’s Dr. Randy Soffer, assistant professor at the School of Education, was featured at St. Thomas High School’s conference that focused on learning differences strategies for middle school students.

Nov 25, 2014  Distinguished Diplomat Talk Explores Energy as Geopolitical Tool
James Karna

The Distinguished Diplomat Program of the Center for International Studies hosted James Karna, former senior attorney for Aramco Services Company, on Nov. 6. Karna presented a luncheon talk titled “The Use of Energy as a Weapon in the 21st Century.” Karna spoke with students, faculty and friends of the University—including former U.S. ambassadors Christopher Ashby and Chase Untermeyer—about the use of energy as a geopolitical tool to influence countries’ actions.

Nov 24, 2014  Nominate the 2015 Mardi Gras King and Queen

The University of St. Thomas is accepting nominations for the 2015 Mardi Gras King and Queen. The  selected student king and queen will be part of UST’s long-standing tradition of the Mardi Gras Gala, the largest fundraising event of the year.

Nov 21, 2014  DOE Grant Funds International Studies Certificate

The University of St. Thomas was awarded a two-year grant for approximately $176,000 from the U.S. Department of Education’s Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language Program.

Nov 20, 2014  CIS Appoints CIS Fellows for US-Japan Initiative

As part of a new U.S.-Japan Initiative, the Center for International Studies at the University of St. Thomas announces the appointments of two CIS Fellows for 2014-15. Kei Ashizawa and Ginger Koto Vaughn will assist the Center in design, programming and outreach related to the U.S.-Japan Initiative.

Nov 19, 2014  Bedell Lands Ideal Job After Graduation

It is not very often that recent college graduates can say they landed their dream job right after graduation, but for Joseph Bedell his life-goal of working with rockets has never been closer.

Nov 19, 2014  Annual Scholarships Benefit Cameron School of Business Students

Students in the Cameron School of Business at the University of St. Thomas have many opportunities for scholarships. The Raye White and Barrett Sides scholarships are awarded directly from St. Thomas through gifts made to the University.

Nov 18, 2014  For MBA Mentor, St. Thomas is About Relationships

Since her mother went back to school when she was a child, Karen Yale saw the importance of education and the difference it made on her family. After earning her MBA at the University of St. Thomas in 2005, Yale continues to support and mentor students at St. Thomas.

Nov 17, 2014  Hodges Receives Texas Nurses Association Award

Dr. Pamela Hodges, RN, associate professor of nursing at University of St. Thomas, received the Top 20 Outstanding Nurses 2014 Award from the Texas Nurses Association, District 9, on Nov. 13, recognizing her accomplishments as a leading advocate for nurses and the nursing profession.

Nov 17, 2014  School of Nursing Earns National Accreditation

The Carol and Odis Peavy School of Nursing at the University of St. Thomas in Houston now has a nationally accredited baccalaureate nursing program.

Nov 14, 2014  Book Chronicles John Paul II’s View on Women

Dr. Brooke Williams Deely, of the Women, Culture and Society Program at University of St. Thomas Houston, is the principal editor of “John Paul II Speaks on Women,” which was recently published by Catholic University of America Press.

Nov 14, 2014  Mock Trial Team Member Named Best Lawyer at Tournament

The UST Fighting Celt Mock Trial “A” Team participated in the first mock trial tournament of the season on Oct. 25-26.

Nov 13, 2014  CIS Hosts USAID Speaker on Foreign Development Assistance
Honorable Martin

The Honorable Martin "Marty" McVey, national board member of the Federal U.S. Agency for International Development's (USAID) Board for International Food and Agricultural Development, provided an evening of insights into the critical role USAID development assistance programs play in the conduct of U.S. foreign policy.

Nov 13, 2014  New Public Policy Degree Combines Best of Both Worlds

The University of St. Thomas plans to offer a new Master of Public Policy and Administration degree program in spring 2015 to prepare students for careers in leadership in public service or non-profit administration.

Nov 12, 2014  UST Announces New Strategic Areas Certificate Program

The United States government has identified East Asia, North Africa-Middle East and Russia as emerging areas of strategic priority in diplomacy, commerce and security. To give students more options to study these regions and their languages, the University of St. Thomas School of Arts & Sciences announces the creation of the Strategic Areas Certificate Program, or SACP. Upon completion of requirements, a student will receive a certificate of completion (non-conferred credential) from the School of Arts & Sciences. 

Nov 12, 2014  UST Hosts Japan Food Festival Houston
Japan Food Festival logo

Attend the first Japan Food Festival Houston: A Feast Beyond Raw & Rice and enjoy ​​a ​​sampling ​​of ​​Japanese ​​cuisine, ​​culture ​​and ​​ entertainment ​​in ​​a ​​vibrant ​​outdoor ​​setting. ​​ This cultural event will be held on the University of St. Thomas campus, Campus Life Mall, 3909 Graustark, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 22.

Nov 11, 2014  Performing Arts Society Tea Raises $36K for Scholarships

The University of St. Thomas Performing Arts Society raised nearly $36,000 in a membership campaign that culminated in the Membership Tea on Nov. 7 at the River Oaks home of Mary Gracely.

Nov 11, 2014  St. Thomas Celebrates Winter Graduates with Mass, Brunch
Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart Mass

The University of St. Thomas will celebrate about 260 winter graduates during Mass and brunch on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014. The Mass begins at 10 a.m. at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, 1111 Saint Joseph Pkwy, with a brunch to follow.

Nov 10, 2014  Former CSB Dean to Lead Pakistani University

Javed Ashraf, a professor of economics and former dean at the University of St. Thomas Cameron School of Business, has assumed the position of vice chancellor at Quaid-i-Azam University.

Nov 06, 2014  University of St. Thomas Names New VP of Finance
Elizabeth Condic

Elizabeth S. Condic was named vice president of Finance at the University of St. Thomas on Nov. 5.  She replaces Jim Booth who served in the position for 18 years prior to his retirement.

Nov 05, 2014  Apply for Passports On Campus at UST Passport Day

People who plan to travel internationally for a study abroad program or for vacation, will be able to apply for passports on campus during the University of St. Thomas’s Passport Day on Nov. 7 in Tiller Hall. 

Nov 03, 2014  UST Student, Veteran Volunteers to Help the Community

Frederick Heard is a full-time, veteran student at the University of St. Thomas, who joined the Master of Public Policy and Administration degree program and strives to use his military experience to continue to help the Houston community through volunteer work.

Nov 03, 2014  Center for Faith and Culture Celebrates 20th Anniversary

The Center for Faith and Culture has come a long way since its creation in 1994. Still, the Center maintains its focus on its core mission, to seek to understand and affect the relationship between the Gospel and the American way of life.

Oct 31, 2014  STEM Alumni Reconnect with Faculty, Friends at Reception
STEM Alumni Reception

In a reunion of alumni, students, and current and former faculty, the University of St. Thomas STEM Alumni Reception brought together people from the STEM fields – science, technology, engineering and math. More than 250  people attended reception on Oct. 25.

Oct 31, 2014  ‘Distinguished Diplomat’ Lecturer Shares Perspectives on Holy Land
Nicole Minor

The Distinguished Diplomat Program of the Center for International Studies hosted the author and activist, Nicole Minor, on Oct. 23, for a talk “Women of the Holy Land: Honest Perspectives from a Conflicted Region.” Minor is the co-author of “Open Doors: Women of the Holy Land Share Their Stories” and founder of The Pangea Network.

Oct 29, 2014  Vatican Analyst Discusses New Trends in Catholic Church
John L. Allen Jr., Vatican analyst

John L. Allen Jr., associate editor of the Boston Globe and senior Vatican analyst for CNN, will give the annual Msgr. William D. Steele Lecture at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 30 in the Nold Auditorium at St. Mary's Seminary. Allen’s lecture will discuss, “Reflections on Pope Francis, the Synod and New Trends in the Church.”

Oct 28, 2014  UST Playwriting Competition Seeks Submissions
UST Performance of An Ideal Husband

Calling all playwrights – the University of St. Thomas is looking for submissions for its fourth playwriting competition. Selected plays will be produced as part of the Drama Program’s spring 2015 evening of ten-minute plays, AMPERSAND.

Oct 27, 2014  Irish Studies Program Named Top Irish Studies Program

Once again, the William J. Flynn Center for Irish Studies at the University of St. Thomas was named one of the top Irish Studies programs in North America by Irish Central, an online newspaper affiliated with the Irish America magazine and the Irish Voice newspaper.

Oct 24, 2014  Chemistry Alumnus Prepared for 'Improbable Career Change'
Herndon Williams

Decades before University of St. Thomas was on the verge of building its dedicated Center for Science and Health Professions, the campus was producing scientists like Herndon Williams, class of 1958, who earned a bachelor’s in chemistry. Then, after retirement, he transformed himself from chemist to historian and author.


Oct 24, 2014  Huntsman President & CEO to Speak on STEM Education
Peter Huntsman

Peter Huntsman, President & CEO of Huntsman Corp., knows the importance of training in the STEMfields for the success of his company. He will speak to alumni and faculty of the University of St. Thomas about the importance of STEM education in Houston.

Oct 23, 2014  UST Increases Scholarships, Tuition

The University of St. Thomas is committed to making a private, liberal arts education affordable for students and families of all income levels. St. Thomas will increase scholarship funds to $14.8 million next year to offset a three percent tuition increase, the lowest in the last 15 years.

Oct 23, 2014  UST Named Among Best Colleges for Veterans in West

The University of St. Thomas is committed to supporting veterans through a first-rate, affordable education. UST collaborates with the Veterans Administration to enable eligible veterans to attend UST with minimal tuition cost. For its dedication to veterans, UST has been named top ten in U.S News and World Reports Best Colleges for Veterans in the West.

Oct 22, 2014  Professor Lawyer Publishes Galveston-based Action Novel

University of St. Thomas Political Science Associate Professor Rick Young wrote Island Undertow: Conflict and Greed in Galveston, an action novel (the first in a trilogy), with co-author Tom Cox, a Houston writer with several books to his credit.  

Oct 20, 2014  CSB Students Chat with Executive at Breakfast Club

A select group of students from the Cameron School of Business attended the Celts Breakfast Club on Oct. 15, where they had the opportunity to interact with a business leader, ask questions and enhance their networking skills in a small group setting.

Oct 20, 2014  CSB Program Gives Students Real-World Experience

Students of the Cameron School of Business have an opportunity to participate in a new program designed to help them understand their opportunities within the business field while being exposed to more kinds of businesses.

Oct 17, 2014  Math Professor Connects UST to Global Math Community

Dr. Mary Flagg, assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics, Computer Science and Cooperative Engineering, has spent her first year on campus creating a strong connection between UST and the global mathematics community. This summer Flagg traveled to Spineto, Italy, for the conference “Algebraic Structures and Their Applications,” and to Park City, Utah, for the Institute of Advanced Studies at Princeton Park City Math Institute Sumer School on the Mathematics of Materials. This fall she traveled to New Orleans to attend “Future Directions in Commutative Ring Theory Inspired by the Contribution of Laszlo Fuchs” at Tulane University.

Oct 13, 2014  LaCarra Brings Experience to New Degree Program

Known for his unconditional, positive regard and optimistic outlook on life, Dr. Roberto LaCarra will become the founder, director and associate professor of the University of St. Thomas’ planned Criminology, Law and Society program.

Oct 10, 2014  Freshman Symposium Project Brings Attention to Muscular Dystrophy

David Gonzalez didn’t get to play on the football team at Waller High School, but he showed up to every practice, attended every game and encouraged the players during half time. He did it all from his power wheelchair.

Oct 10, 2014  ‘Faithful Citizens’ Honored by Center for Faith and Culture

Ten prominent Catholic Houstonians received a Faithful Citizenship Award from the University of St. Thomas’ Center for Faith and Culture during the CFC’s Fourth Annual Faithful Citizenship Dinner held Oct. 2 at the Houston Country Club.

Oct 09, 2014  Calling All Book Lovers to UST

The University of St. Thomas invites the community to their annual book sale that will be held in the Doherty Library Wednesday-Sunday, Oct. 15-19.

Oct 09, 2014  UST Noted by Newman Society for Catholic Tradition

The University of St. Thomas, along with 26 other Catholic colleges, university and higher education programs, have been recommended in The Cardinal Newman Society’s 2015 “The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College” for their strong Catholic identity. 

Oct 08, 2014  Student Counsels Community Mentally, Spiritually

Pui Yu Esther Au is an international student at the University of St. Thomas who is passionate about helping people from multicultural backgrounds through mental and spiritual counseling.

Oct 08, 2014  Professor, Alumnus’ Book Aims to Build Trust in Business

As a supervisor at a manufacturing center for Johnson & Johnson, Miguel Martinez-Zavala, MBA ’12, built a close connection with his employees based on mutual trust—his employees trusted he would make the right decisions for the company and them, and Martinez-Zavala trusted his employees with operations improvement decisions or requested time off.

Oct 08, 2014  UST Appoints New MLA, Degree Completion Director

Dr. Mark A. Newcomb joins the University of St. Thomas community as the director for the Undergraduate Degree Completion and Master of Liberal Arts programs.  Newcomb was most recently the Interim Dean for Academic Affairs at Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina, where he also directed the Thomas More Scholars, a group of merit students dedicated to the exercise of public moral courage.  

Oct 06, 2014  New Res. Life Coordinator Strives to Bring Change

The University of St. Thomas Residence Life welcomes Shundeez Faridifar as the new residence life coordinator.

Sep 30, 2014  Taylor Named to China Scholars Twitterati 100

Dr. Jon Taylor, professor of political science, was recently named one of the 100 most influential China Scholars on Twitter. Taylor has maintained an active presence on Twitter since joining the platform in 2010. He has more than 920 followers and has published more than 50,000 tweets.

Sep 30, 2014  Princeton Review Ranks UST Among Best Colleges in West

University of St. Thomas was named a “Best College in the West for 2015” by the Princeton Review. The Princeton Review recognizes colleges and universities that stand out within each region. University of St. Thomas is one of 124 colleges chosen for its “Best in the West” list. Collectively, 648 colleges named “regional best” constitute about 25 percent of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges.

Sep 29, 2014  Celebrate Fall with UST at Family & Alumni Weekend

To bring the community together, the University of St. Thomas invites students, their families and alumni to join on-campus activities during Family & Alumni Weekend, Oct. 16 - 19.

Sep 19, 2014  Nursing Boot Camps Prepare Students for Critical Care, Statistics
Critical Care Boot Camp Classroom

In emergency situations, nurses have to evaluate critically ill patients quickly and move fast. In treating all patients, nurses have to calculate medication dosage to provide the right amount based on weight or age. To help prepare nursing students for difficult courses in critical care and mathematics, the Nursing Success Center hosted two boot camps this summer.

Sep 17, 2014  Philosophy Faculty Take Thomistic Studies Abroad
Dr. Mirela Oliva in Rome

The Department of Philosophy’s faculty members and graduate students were busy recently attending conferences around the world. They presented papers or attended conferences in Chile, Germany, England, Rome, France and Mexico.

Sep 17, 2014  Emergency Preparedness Events Promote Safety
Safety First

In honor of National Preparedness Month and to make sure the campus community is prepared for emergency situations, the University of St. Thomas will host a series of events on Sept. 22-24, organized by the Office of Student Affairs. Students, faculty and staff can learn more about staying safe during a natural disaster, man-made incident or other potentially hazardous situations.

Sep 16, 2014  Full-Tuition Guinan Scholars Exemplify UST Mission
Emily McCauslin Guinan Scholar

Every year, accomplished freshmen are chosen to receive the Father Vincent J. Guinan full-tuition scholarship. In doing so, the University of St. Thomas stands by its commitment to provide an affordable and accessible private, liberal arts education to students. This year’s Guinan Scholars are Emily McCauslin, Isabel Sutter, Luke Malone and Joshua Chen.

Sep 16, 2014  Join the UST Orchestra
Ning-chih Hsu, UST Orchestra director

The University of St. Thomas Orchestra invites new and returning members to participate in 2014. 

Sep 12, 2014  CSB Welcomes New Faculty

The University of St. Thomas welcomes new faculty members Dr. Daniel Perez and Dr. Patricio Torres- Palacio to the Cameron School of Business.

Sep 10, 2014  Strive for Excellence at UST with the help of free workshops

The Celts Striving for Excellence workshops are a great way for students to supplement the Cameron School of Business’s classroom training with valuable on-the-job skills.

Sep 10, 2014  UST Welcomes New Faculty

The University of St. Thomas welcomes 17 new faculty members to the School of Nursing, School of Theology, School of Education, Cameron School of Business and School of Arts and Sciences.

Sep 09, 2014  UST Named Among Best Colleges in America

For the 21st consecutive year, the University of St. Thomas was named to the top tier of the U.S. News

Sep 02, 2014  Hittinger Examines Beatitudes in Rome, Meets Pope Again
Pope Francis with PASTA Attendees 2014

The University of St. Thomas’ Dr. John Hittinger, professor of philosophy, joined 20 other scholars who are members of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas, in Rome in June to discuss Aquinas’ analysis of the Beatitudes, which included a visit with Pope Francis.

Sep 02, 2014  2nd Collection Sept. 13-14 Supports UST Scholarships
Christina Montoya

With limited financial resources, Christina Montoya’s dream of attending a Catholic university might never have been realized. Montoya applied to UST and received scholarships to help offset tuition. Parishioners in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston are invited to support scholarships for students like Montoya through the Second Collection for Catholic Higher Education on Sept. 13-14.

Sep 02, 2014  UST Alumnus, Supporter Honored by St. Thomas High School
Charles Kitowski

A University of St. Thomas alumnus and a supporter are two of the men who will be honored by St. Thomas High School. Charles Kitowski III and Lloyd P. Webre Sr. will be inducted into the STH Hall of Honor in a ceremony on Sept. 6.

Aug 27, 2014  Psychology Students Educate and Empower Women

Three UST students spent their summer as interns at the Pangea Network, helping to educate, empower, and change the lives of women around the world. Amanda Bohl, Yisrael Dahvid and Ashley Williams worked primarily with high school girls who joined the Young Women’s Leadership Challenge program.

Aug 27, 2014  CALL Conference Brings Latino Leaders to UST

The University of St. Thomas prides itself in being a Hispanic-serving institution, setting Hispanic students up for success while teaching them to be leaders of faith and character. On Aug. 14, the University hosted Latino leaders from around the world for the first day of the annual Catholic Association of Latino Leaders Conference. 

Aug 27, 2014  Students Publish Bioinformatics Tool in Leading Journal

After two years of development, three University of St. Thomas students, under the guidance of Dr. Albert Ribes, assistant professor of biology, and Dr. Maia Larios-Sanz, associate professor of biology, published their bioinformatics tool, SCDFinder, in “Bioinformatics”, the leading journal on the topic.


Aug 26, 2014  First Nursing Graduates Pass License Exam, Find Jobs

Just months after walking across the stage in May, several University of St. Thomas School of Nursing graduates have already passed the licensure exam and secured jobs as graduate nurses. Diana Hinojosa and Tra-Mi Do are two of our graduates working in a hospital and urgent care facility, respectively.

Aug 25, 2014  HOSA Earns 40 Awards at Leadership Conferences
Gina Duong and Jennifer Le with HOSA medals

For the fifth consecutive year, the University of St. Thomas chapter of Health Occupations Students of America has excelled at both the Texas HOSA State Conference and the HOSA National Leadership Conference.

Aug 22, 2014  Students Publish Second Biomass Research Article
Jennifer Hoang Chemistry Research

Undergraduates Jennifer Hoang and Mitchell Nguyen are co-authors of an article with Dr. Elmer Ledesma, assistant professor of chemistry, that was published in the American Chemical Society journal, “Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research.” This is the second article the students have worked on that has been published in a major journal.

Aug 19, 2014  Rome Summer Course Stirs Students’ Perspectives
Rome Summer Course Stirs Students’ Perspectives

Ecumenism is to Catholicism what dialogue is to the Church. To be Catholic is to be ecumenical. That was the message students received during the three-week intensive course, “Ecumenical and Interreligious Movements from a Catholic Perspective,” at the Centro Pro Union Summer Course in Rome, Italy.

Aug 19, 2014  Tuition Waiver Encourages Catholic Education

Being Catholic is more than a title – it is a mindset, a way of life and an identity. And in Catholic schools, it is important that the Catholic identity is established from the elementary level.

Aug 18, 2014  CSB Manages Internships in UST Connect for Career Success

Demian Duran, a BBA/MBA student in the University of St. Thomas Cameron School of Business, gained hands-on experience in tax accounting during an internship last spring. He practiced collecting, scanning, organizing and filing taxes for clients of UHY Advisors, a certified public accounting firm.

Aug 12, 2014  Grant Reaches Out to Students
Grant Reaches Out to Students

Enrollment numbers ranged from 19 students in the String Institute to 40 students in the Piano Day Camp.

Aug 11, 2014  CIS Hosts Taiwanese Interns for International Experience
Gina Cheng and Alice Hsu

The Center for International Studies is dedicated to building international bridges for the University of St. Thomas. While encouraging local students to experience the world, CIS also provides opportunities for students from sister universities abroad to experience the United States. 

Aug 11, 2014  UST Alumni Head Youth Conference

It has been more than 10 years since Evan Psencik ’09, MATS ’11, first attended the Archdiocesan Youth Conference. Now, all these years later as the associate director in the Office of Adolescent Catechesis and Evangelization in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston he is on the other side serving as the assistant conference coordinator for production. He, along with St. Thomas alumna Norma Torok ’13, have worked hard to ensure the conference grows and continues to reach more students in the archdiocese.

Jul 31, 2014  Former Player Joins UST Volleyball as Assistant Coach

The University of St. Thomas welcomes another volleyball alumna as the Celts begin the 2014-2015 season. Mary Anne Shaw ’08 will join Keanne Smith ’10 as the assistant coach for the women’s volleyball team.

Jul 31, 2014  Andrew Crane to Head the Celts Athletic Training Department

The University of St. Thomas has gained a valuable asset in the form of Athletic Trainer Andrew Crane. Hailing from Pearland High School, the newest addition to the Celts brings a wealth of experience to the athletic program.  

Jul 30, 2014  New Board Chair is First Alumnus to Hold Position
Bert Edmundson

The University of St. Thomas Board of Directors elected new officers in January. Dr. Herbert P. Edmundson Jr. ’69 is the first alumnus to be named chair of the UST Board of Directors, and his two-year term began July 1. Curtis Huff was elected vice chair, and Andrius Kontrimas was voted the first secretary of the Board. 

Jul 29, 2014  New Degree Connects Entrepreneurs to Biomedicine

When a researcher discovers a new technology or drug that can treat a disease, the cost to bring it to market with FDA approvals could cost as much as $2 billion.

Jul 25, 2014  New Int’l Business Programs Give Students Global Appeal
BIB and MIB degrees

Students who have an interest in combining business and international studies can now earn a bachelor’s or master’s degree in international business. These two degree programs are part of a long-standing relationship between the Cameron School of Business and the Center for International Studies.

Jul 24, 2014  University Remembers Life of Dr. Joseph Graham

The University of St. Thomas is grieved to share the news of the death of professor emeritus, Dr. Joseph Martin Graham.

Graham died of natural causes at the age of 88 after a long life of service and ardent fidelity to the University of St. Thomas and the Pro-Life cause.

Jul 23, 2014  Bloomberg Terminal Provides Access to Business Data

Students who seek the latest business data to support their classwork at University of St. Thomas will have access to the Bloomberg terminal, a research tool that offers students access to real-time financial market data and business news.

Jul 18, 2014  Welder Hall Gets Lab Makeover Just in Time for Fall

When Cameron School of Business students return to Welder Hall in the fall, they’ll find a 42-seat large surprise on the second floor; a brand new computer lab, available to all students for studying and classwork.

Jul 18, 2014  Rimbau is bound for Colombia with Fulbright Fellowship

Dr. Higinia Rimbau, Chair of Bilingual and Dual Language Programs at the University of St. Thomas School of Education, has been awarded a five-year Fulbright Fellowship and has been assigned as a Fulbright specialist in San Andreas, Colombia, where she will work with local educators to address the bilingual needs of the students.

Jul 10, 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.

Jul 10, 2014  UST Squad Car Makes First Appearance

Students returning to campus this fall will be greeted with the first hints of the forthcoming University of St. Thomas Police Department; a police-packaged Dodge Charger. 

Jul 10, 2014  New Database Provides Access to Marketing Trends

Mintel, a new market research database, will make it easier for University of St. Thomas students and faculty to gather data for class projects and research on topics such as mobile markets and green marketing.

Jul 09, 2014  A Celtic Christmas with Danny O’Flaherty
A Celtic Christmas with Danny O’Flaherty

Irish balladeer Danny O’Flaherty shares his heritage through music, song, dance and storytelling at his annual Celtic Christmas Concert. The concert will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, at the University of St. Thomas Jones Hall, 3910 Yoakum Blvd. 

Jul 02, 2014  Grant Helps Piano Camp Reach Out to Inner-City Kids
Piano Camp Students

The 26th annual Houston Piano Day Camp was held at UST's Cullen Hall from June 23-27. Paul Krystofiak, founder and director of the Musical Preparatory School and faculty of the Music Department at the University of St. Thomas, said this is the first year for the piano camp to have 40 students enrolled.

Jun 26, 2014  Former UST Faculty Artistic Legacy Rediscovered

American modern sculptor and former University of St. Thomas faculty member, Hannah Holliday Stewart will be honored with an exhibition at the Matthews Gallery in Santa Fe, N.M., beginning July 4.

Jun 18, 2014  Nursing Students Raise Funds for Guatemalan Mission

This August, six senior nursing students and Pamela Hodges, associate professor in the School of Nursing, will participate in a service-learning project in Guatemala through Addicks United Methodist Church and What Matters Ministry and Missions.

Jun 11, 2014  Evans, Stockton Named Associate Deans for Arts and Sciences

The Rev. Joseph Pilsner, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, announced Dr. Chris Evans, department chair of theology, and Dr. Hans Stockton, director and academic chair of the Center for International Studies, as new associate deans for the school.

Jun 10, 2014  Board Approves Nursing School Name Honoring Peavys
Carol and Odis Peavy

The UST board voted June 5 to recognize Odis Peavy and his wife Carol’s generosity by naming the nursing school in their honor. The UST School of Nursing will be renamed the Carol and Odis Peavy School of Nursing in perpetuity. 

Jun 09, 2014  Celts Earn Top RRAC Sportsmanship Awards
UST Celts Logo

For the second consecutive year, the University of St. Thomas garnered the respect of its fellow conference schools and was named the recipient of the 2013-14 Red River Athletic Conference Sportsmanship Award. UST also earned special recognition with additional Sportsmanship Awards for its men’s teams and women’s teams.

Jun 04, 2014  New MBA Concentrations Offered in Economics, Entrepreneurship
MBA Adds Entrepreneurship, Economics Concentrations

In fall 2014, the University of St. Thomas Cameron School of Business will add two concentrations, entrepreneurship and economics, to the seven existing concentrations in the Master of Business Administration: accounting, ethics, international business, finance, health care administration, marketing, and management information systems.

Jun 03, 2014  Education Recognizes Scholars, Gives Awards
Education Recognizes Scholars, Gives Awards

The School of Education held its Annual Recognition Dinner to honor its best and brightest students with scholarships and awards at on May 15 at Scanlan Room, Jerabeck Center, with a reception.  Dr. Dominic Aquila, the guest speaker, gave encouraging words to the students about their future.

May 29, 2014  UST Hires Alumna as Volleyball Coach

When the University of St. Thomas began its athletics program nearly a decade ago, women’s volleyball was the first sport added. Since its introduction the program has seen its share of success and setbacks, most notably the back-to-back conference champions’ titles earned between 2008-2010. Now, alumna Keanne Burt ’10 who was captain of the squad during those formative years will lead a new generation of UST volleyball players to success, this time as a coach.

May 28, 2014  SEP Students Find Inspiration at Harvard Conference

Three students represented University of St. Thomas’ Social Entrepreneurship Program at the 15th annual Harvard Social Enterprise Conference in Boston, Mass., in March. This was the second time students have represented UST at the conference.

May 27, 2014  St. Thomas Picnic Honors Arts Supporters, $25,000 in Scholarships

The weather was perfect as nearly 130 members and friends of the University of St. Thomas Performing Arts Society gathered under the shade of the oak trees outside Cullen Hall for the PAS Spring Showcase. The Showcase honored the highest level patron members of the Performing Arts Society and celebrated a successful 2013-2014 performance season.

May 23, 2014  HISD Finds Leaders in Education at UST

The Houston Independent School District has hired more of its leaders recently from the University of St. Thomas. Last year the district hired more certified administrators from UST than any other Houston-based university, according to Rocio Saldana of the Leadership Recruitment Department at HISD.

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 20, 2014  New Adjustments Help Bring 2010 Core Revision to Reality
UST Star logo

UST’s core curriculum, reformed in 2010, was further revised this spring with the introduction of new sequencing for core theology and philosophy classes, and qualifying guidelines for the synthesis courses first outlined in the 2010 reform. 

May 15, 2014  Nursing Graduates Continue Pinning Tradition
UST School of Nursing Flag

In a long-standing tradition of welcoming graduating nursing students into the nursing profession, the University of St. Thomas School of Nursing held the Nursing Pinning Ceremony on May 14, recognizing the first class of nurses to graduate since the nursing school closed more than 25 years ago.

May 13, 2014  De Haan Blends Philosophy, Neuroscience in Cambridge Post-Doc
Daniel De Haan

Doctoral candidate Daniel De Haan will apply the philosophical study of the human person to cognitive neuroscience, especially Alzheimer’s research, as part of a prestigious post-doctoral position beginning in the fall. He will study philosophy, theology and neuroscience at the School of Divinity at the University of Cambridge in England.

May 09, 2014  Luncheon to Benefit UST Soccer, Houston Sports Park
UST Soccer Player Chris Natera

To raise funds for the UST Soccer Program and support the University’s partnership with the Houston Sports Park, the Houston community is invited to attend the Soccer Program Benefit Luncheon, hosted by Steve Zimmerman at 11:30 a.m. on May 15 at La Colombe d'Or, 3410 Montrose Blvd. The event will feature sports commentator and radio host Glenn Davis of Soccer Matters as master of ceremonies.


May 09, 2014  UST Awards $400,000 to Nursing Students
Laraine Guida McIntyre '81 and nursing student Sarah Loeffler

In a joyful meeting of scholarship recipients and supporters, more than $400,000 in scholarships were awarded to nursing students during the University of St. Thomas Nursing Scholarship Luncheon on April 22. With about 140 people in attendance in Scanlan Room, the Scholarship Luncheon connected 52 nursing students with the benefactors who made their scholarships possible.

May 08, 2014  7 Faculty Members Receive Promotion, Tenure
UST logo

Seven faculty members received promotion or tenure following approval by the University of St. Thomas board of directors on April 24. 

May 08, 2014  Pecten Scholarships Benefit International Studies Students
Pecten Scholarship

Four recipients of the Pecten Chemical Scholarship in International Studies enjoyed lunch with the scholarship’s founders, Marilyn and Don Ullrich, on May 1.  Created in 1989 with a $500 gift, the Pecten Scholarship has grown to be the largest endowed scholarship for students in the Center for International Studies. 

May 07, 2014  Leadership Banquet Honors Students, Clubs
Dr. Robert Ivany and CJ Miller

Educating leaders of faith and character is not only a goal of University of St. Thomas students, faculty and staff – it is a way of life. The 2014 Leadership Banquet celebrated student leaders who live this mission and their achievements. Nominees were selected and the winners were announced on April 28 to a room of about 175 attendees.

May 06, 2014  Students Assess Nokia in CSB Case Competition

For decades, Nokia had led the telecommunications industry in handsets and networking, but the company’s position as a market leader in mobile devices was threatened by competition from lower-cost Asian manufacturers.

May 02, 2014  Society of Macrina Hosts First Women’s Conference

The Society of Macrina will host its first women’s conference, “Love and Relationships: A Woman’s Perspective,” on Saturday, May 3. Featured speakers include Dr. Elizabeth Maynard, Dr. Ted Rebard, Marianne Ivany, Mollie Osborne, Elizabeth Evans and many more from the University of St. Thomas and Houston community.

May 01, 2014  International Festival Brings the World to UST

The 11th Annual International Festival at the University of St. Thomas brought the world to UST for an evening of fun, food and cultural displays.  An estimated 700 attendees from campus and the greater community came out to enjoy a taste of the world, ranging from Brazilian samba, traditional Polish dancing, Argentine empanadas and Saudi Arabian tea with cultural displays representing more than 25 countries on April 24th. 

Apr 30, 2014  Walters Empowers Black Youth Through Education Conference
Dr. Nicole Walters

Empowering disadvantaged black youth is the goal of the annual 2014 National Council on Educating Black Children Convention. Dr. Nicole McZeal Walters, associate dean of the School of Education at University of St. Thomas, was a featured speaker at this national convention, which was held on April 16-18 in New Orleans, La.

Apr 29, 2014  Faith and Culture Grad Offers Gospel to Girls in Jail

When Spanish native Ana Maria Egea moved to Houston in 2010 as a language instructor, she was an ex-Catholic with little more than distain for either the Church or her new host country.

Apr 28, 2014  AdoreU Brings the Joy of Gospel
AdoreU -Evangelii Gaudium

A night of praise and worship, a challenging talk and Eucharistic adoration will be presented through the AdoreU event at the University of St. Thomas at 7:30 p.m. on May 1, on the Campus Life Mall, 3909 Graustark St.

Apr 25, 2014  UST Ranks No. 4 in CPA Exam Pass Rate

The University of St. Thomas ranked No. 4 among 61 Texas colleges and universities whose students sat for the CPA exam, according to results from the January through March 2014 testing window. Approximately two-thirds of UST students passed.

Apr 24, 2014  UST Commits to Boost Study Abroad
Taiwan Study Abroad

The University of St Thomas-Houston has pledged to join the Institute of International Education (IIE)’s Generation Study Abroad initiative to double the number of American students who study abroad by the end of the decade. The result will be thousands more American students graduating with the international experience necessary for success in a globalized world.

Apr 23, 2014  Students Impress at Southwest Conference on International Studies

Eight UST students writing their senior thesis capstone papers in international studies and international development won over scholars during their panel presentations.

Apr 21, 2014  Sindelar Reappointed to Houston Export Council

Exports are vital to the growth of the U.S economy, never more so than now in an internationally connected world. Richard Sindelar, assistant professor at the Center for International Studies, said in turn, economic growth promotes jobs and reduces unemployment.

Apr 17, 2014  Alief High School Entrepreneurs Debut Business

Alief Taylor High School students enrolled in Young Entrepreneurs Academy, YEA!, are ready to show off their business start-up skills in a trade show at 12:15 p.m. on April 22. at University of St. Thomas, Crooker Patio, 3909 Graustark.


Apr 16, 2014  Nanogroup Teaches Science at Children’s Museum

Giant balloon towers stretched three stories high and filled the Children’s Museum of Houston for Nano Days. 

Apr 16, 2014  IFEST Brings World Cultures to UST

From the high energy and driving beats of the Brazilian Samba to the intoxicating aroma of lumpia from the Philippines, the world is coming to the University of St. Thomas on April 24 at 6:30 p.m.  on UST’s Crooker Patio, 3909 Graustark, for the 11th annual International Festival. The event is free and open to the public.

Apr 16, 2014  UST Music Professor Recognized as Emerging Leader

University of St. Thomas Adjunct Professor of Music Marion Russell Dickson was selected as one of seven recipients of the National Association of Teachers of Singing 2014 Emerging Leader Award. Dickson will receive a $750 grant toward her attendance of NATS 53rd National Conference to be held in Boston from July 5-9, 2014.

Apr 15, 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 15, 2014  Aquila Selected for National Leadership Development

University of St. Thomas is pleased to announce that Dr. Dominic Aquila, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, is one of 23 senior-level administrators in higher education nationwide selected by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) to participate in a year-long Executive Leadership Academy. 

Apr 11, 2014  Scanlan Foundation Donates $150,000 to University

With nearly 85 percent of incoming students receiving scholarships, the University of St. Thomas is fortunate to have donors contribute to the success of students. One such foundation is the Scanlan Foundation, which has donated more than $7.8 million in lifetime giving.

Apr 10, 2014  Coscio Presents on Bilingual Drama in Colombia

Dr. Elizabeth Coscio, associate professor and chair of the Modern and Classical Languages Department, presented her paper titled, “Nineteenth Century Bilingual Drama: Lafayette in Mount Vernon,” at the annual conference of the International Congress on Hispanic Literature, which was held on March 12-14 in Colombia.

Apr 09, 2014  Tom Standish Named CSB Distinguished Alumnus

In recognition of his meritorious service to the Cameron School of Business and the University of St. Thomas and his significant contributions to business and the community, Tom Standish, executive vice president at CenterPoint Energy, was presented the CSB Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Apr 08, 2014  UST ACS Wins Outstanding Chapter Award

The University of St. Thomas student chapter of the American Chemical Society attended the 247th annual ACS National Meeting and Exposition in Dallas from March 16-20. Twenty-one students and two faculty advisors comprised the largest UST group to ever to attend the conference.

Apr 01, 2014  Singers Place in Houston Vocal Competition
Bethany Goldson, participant in the GHNATS vocal competition

Eight University of St. Thomas vocal studies students competed in the Greater Houston National Association of Teachers of Singing competition, or NATS competition, on March 29 at Lonestar Community College in Kingwood.

Mar 26, 2014  Alumna Turns Passion for Chemistry into Career

Angela Lopez’s day begins busy. As a Technical Services Chemist for Huntsman Performance Products, she has her hands in providing technical support to the sales team, product training, produces literature on the product, and writes reports on top of responding to customer inquiries. She finds this level of involvement rewarding.

Mar 24, 2014  UST Student is 20,000th Harris County CERT Member
UST CERT Team member

The Harris County Citizen Corps Community Emergency Response Team, or CERT, program has reached a milestone of 20,000 trained members on March 7 with the graduation of its latest students from the University of St. Thomas.

Mar 20, 2014  Davis Brings Analytics Conference to Houston
Charles K Davis

Dr. Charles K Davis, Cameron Endowed Chair in Management and Marketing at University of St. Thomas, has been designated as conference chair for the 2014 International Conference on Business Analytics, sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery, which will be held in Houston on Oct. 8 and 9.

Mar 19, 2014  A Cardinal, a Theologian and a Historian give a Lecture on Campus…

The University of St. Thomas is fortunate to have three outstanding speakers giving lectures on campus in the month of March. These speakers include N.T. Wright, one of the world's leading Bible scholars; Thomas Cardinal Collins, the Archbishop of Toronto; and Dr. Andrew Bacevich, professor of international relations and history at Boston University.

Mar 17, 2014  Support Celts for Life at Fundraising Banquet

Support the pro-life mission at the University of St. Thomas during the 2nd annual Celts for Life fundraising banquet. The banquet, aimed at helping the Celts for Life witness for life at the March for Life in Washington, D.C., will be held on Sunday, March 23, 2014 from 5:30 -8 p.m. in Scanlan Room, Jerabeck Center.

Mar 17, 2014  Nursing Hires Designer for Online Courses
Mary Donna Piazza

The School of Nursing at the University of St. Thomas has a goal to make a majority of courses blended courses—face-to-face with online content—or online-only courses. To assist with meeting this goal, the School of Nursing hired Mary Donna Piazza as the new instructional designer under the Title V grant, to help design blended and online courses.

Mar 14, 2014  New Assistant VP Joins Advancement Office

Tina Breska Medlin joins the Office of Institutional Advancement as assistant vice president for development at University of St. Thomas.

Mar 14, 2014  Students Motivate Others at Hispanic Forum

Two University of St. Thomas student leaders joined Houston Independent School District and the Houston Hispanic Forum at the 28th Annual Career and Education Day.  

Mar 13, 2014  3rd Alumni Taco Tasting to Raise Scholarships
Two Saints and a Taco Tasting

Alumni can’t wait for the third year of the mouth-watering scholarship fundraiser, Two Saints and a Taco Tasting, to be held at 6:30-9:30 p.m. on April 24 at St. Arnold Brewing Co. This popular event brings together some of Houston’s best restaurants for a taco tasting competition in combination with the taps of Texas’ oldest craft brewery.

Mar 13, 2014  Diplomacy Series Studies U.S. Cyber Security Challenges
Cyber Security Luncheon

The Center for International Studies hosted a luncheon for community leaders and students about international cyber security challenges on Feb. 25, which included Dr. Christopher Bronk from Rice University’s Baker Institute and FBI Special Agent Cody Monk. 

Mar 12, 2014  Solomon Featured as African American Composer

Dr. Malcolm Solomon, associate professor of music at the University of St. Thomas, is a composer featured in the showcase, “Honoring the African American Artist and Composer” on Friday, Feb. 21.

Mar 12, 2014  MarCom Wins 10 Higher Ed Marketing Awards
MarCom ads

In the largest educational advertising awards competition in the country, University of St. Thomas won 10 awards: two golds, two silvers, one bronze and five merits. The winning materials were produced by the Marketing Communications and Creative Services offices.

Mar 11, 2014  Principal Certification Helps Teacher Advance

Pamela Demny already had her master’s in elementary education from another university and had been teaching elementary education for 30 years, but it was UST’s Educational Leadership Program that finally enabled her to advance to the administrator position she desired.

Mar 11, 2014  Havens Writes ‘Funny Thing About Ghosts’ Comedy

A new comedy play, “Funny Thing about Ghosts,” has been released recently by Sam Havens, drama professor emeritus at University of St. Thomas, where he taught playwriting and screenwriting for 44 years.

Mar 06, 2014  New Chief to Lead University Police

The University of St. Thomas named James Tate as chief of University Police on Feb. 24. Tate replaces Daryl Bissett who held the position of chief of Security for six years.

Mar 05, 2014  Lenten Lectures Address Challenges to the Church

For 25 years, Wednesdays in Lent have been highlighted by a series of lectures at the University of St. Thomas. This year’s theme, “Challenges to the Catholic Church,” enriches the understanding of the many facets of the Catholic Church. 

Mar 03, 2014  UST Welcomes Res Life and First Gen Leader

The University of St. Thomas welcomes Dan Bolger as Coordinator of Residence Life. Bolger, a psychology graduate of John Brown University in Arkansas, joins the Office of Residence Life team after spending three months in Shenyang, China, teaching English classes at Liaoyang University.

Feb 28, 2014  UST Goes Green For St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day has been observed and celebrated in Ireland for over 1000 years. This celebration commemorates the life of St. Patrick and his extension of Christianity in Ireland as well as highlights Irish culture and heritage. 

Feb 26, 2014  Business Alumni Share Experiences in CSB Alumni Week

The Cameron School of Business at University of St. Thomas will host Alumni Week on Feb. 24-28. UST students will have the opportunity to learn from alumni about their work and experiences that will hopefully encourage them to integrate their experiences at UST with their future careers. 

Feb 26, 2014  UST Offers Summer Camps and Classes

Get ahead this summer with a variety of summer programs available at University of St. Thomas. The University offers athletic, academic and music camps for all ages during June and July.

Feb 26, 2014  Olver Defends Aquinas’ ‘Love of Others’ in Dissertation

Since 1908 philosophers have been puzzling over the “problem of love in Thomas Aquinas.” The problem lies in Aquinas’ thought that happiness is the reason we do all that we do. That is, loving others is really for our own sake. Yet, he still claims we can love others for their own sake. 

Feb 26, 2014  64th Mardi Gras Gala Honors Daniel Cardinal DiNardo

To raise funds for student scholarships, University supporters will celebrate at this year’s sold out  Mardi Gras Gala celebration on Tuesday, March 4, benefiting the St. Thomas Fund.

Feb 19, 2014  Research Symposium Celebrates 20th Year
Maury Harris and Kelly Shields

With a dedication to undergraduate research, the University of St. Thomas will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Research Symposium on April 10-12, 2014. During the Symposium, undergraduates and graduates from all disciplines can present oral and poster presentations about their research to their peers, faculty, staff and professionals in their field.

Feb 19, 2014  Hahn, Smith Among 100 Remarkable Theology Professors

University of St. Thomas’ Dr. Randall Smith, professor of theology, and Dr. Paul Hahn are familiar faces among 100 selected theology professors and scholars selected in a recent article, “100 Remarkable Professors & Scholars Theology Students Should Know About.”

Feb 18, 2014  Apply for Graduation Speaker by March 19
Brittany Garza, 2013 student graduation speaker

The search begins for the next spirited student commencement speaker to speak at graduation on May 17. The Office of Student Affairs will accept applications for student commencement speaker until 5 p.m. on March 19.

Feb 13, 2014  CIS Hosts Croatian Ambassador to the U.S.
Croatian Ambassador Josko Paro

Croatian Ambassador to the United States, Josko Paro, visited the University of St. Thomas Center for International Studies and its Distinguished Diplomacy Program on Jan. 27. During the meeting, Ambassador Paro talked with students, faculty and friends of the university about the history of Croatia, its current economic situation and Croatian hopes for their country’s future.

Feb 12, 2014  Volleyball Alumna Named Coach of the Year

In just her second year as the head coach for the women’s varsity volleyball team at Hargrave High School, Keanne Burt, a 2010 School of Education graduate, has reached a milestone in her career - winning the 2012-2013 high school volleyball All-Area Coach of the Year award. 

Feb 10, 2014  UST screens ‘Speaking in Tongues’

The Dual Language Program at University of St. Thomas School of Education will screen the winner of the audience award from San Francisco International Film Festival, Speaking in Tongues at 6 on Feb. 28 in Ahern room, Crooker center.

Feb 10, 2014  Sign Up for Service Day Projects

University President Dr. Robert Ivany invites the UST family to roll up their sleeves for President’s Day of Service from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Feb. 15. For the 10th year, the President’s Day of Service offers a wide range of service projects. All Celts – students, alumni, faculty, staff and families – will have the chance to work side-by-side and support the University without leaving campus.

Feb 10, 2014  Alumnus Publishes Book On Servant Leadership

Many University of St. Thomas graduates learn and embody the traits of a servant leader while studying at the University. Alumnus Laurence “Larry” Payne ‘72, host and producer of the television Public Affairs program “Dialogue Houston,” is no exception.

Feb 07, 2014  MarCom Wins 21 Marketing Awards
SIAA Awards

In three marketing competitions, the University of St. Thomas Marketing Communications and Creative Services offices were recently recognized with 21 awards for marketing collateral and campaigns.

Feb 05, 2014  Teach for America Students Receive Scholarships

Daniel Johnson and Katherine Curren, two Teach for America students at University of St. Thomas, each received a $2,500 scholarship from the School of Education for their academic excellence.

Feb 05, 2014  Meet Campaign Chair: David Harvey, Jr.
David Harvey, Jr.

David Harvey, Jr. was appointed to the UST board of directors in 2007. He brings tremendous business acumen and leadership skills to his role as chair of Faith in Our Future: The Campaign for the University of St. Thomas-Houston, the largest campaign in the University's history.

Feb 05, 2014  Lyons Foundation Makes Record Gift for Science Center
Pete Seale

At a historic meeting of The Lyons Foundation board on Dec. 4, 2013, the four Trustees made the unprecedented decision to award $750,000 to University of St. Thomas for its proposed Center for Science and Health Professions – a grant 7.5 times larger than any ever made by the foundation, according to board President R.A. “Pete” Seale.

Feb 03, 2014  UST Hosts Nursing Boot Camp
Nursing boot camp

About 30 pre-nursing students got the inside scoop about the best way to prepare for nursing school from University of St. Thomas School of Nursing students during a three-day Nursing Boot Camp held Jan. 6-8.

Jan 31, 2014  Scott Sullivan Defends Sufficient Reason in Dissertation
Scott Sullivan Defends Sufficient Reason in Dissertation

Scott Sullivan, a doctoral candidate in the University of St. Thomas Center for Thomistic Studies program in Houston, publicly defended his dissertation on Jan. 17 before the University community and his dissertation board.

Jan 31, 2014  Ramaswamy Named Associate Dean for CSB

Dr. Beena George, dean of the Cameron School of Business, has announced that Dr. Vinita Ramaswamy, former professor of accounting, has been named associate dean for the Cameron School of Business.

Jan 31, 2014  MarCom Earns Digital Marketing Awards
Higher Education Digital Marketing Awards

The University of St. Thomas was recognized for two digital projects recently by the Higher Education Marketing Report. In the Education Digital Marketing Awards, St. Thomas received Merit Awards for the launch of the new website in the institutional website category and the admissions video in the digital video category.

Jan 27, 2014  UST Honors Students Attend NCHC Conference

Four Honors Program students at University of St. Thomas were chosen to attend the annual conference of National Collegiate Honors Council in New Orleans last November.

Jan 23, 2014  DiNardo Leads Prayer for Christian Unity

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity has been celebrated across the globe for over 100 years. It is a time when Christians of all confessions and denominations come together to join in the prayer of Christ descried in John 17:21, “That they may be one, so the world will know that you sent me.” 

Jan 22, 2014  Rabbi Explores Loving-Kindness in Herzstein Lecture
Rabbi Shai Held

Rabbi Shai Held, the co-founder, dean and chair in Jewish Thought at New York City’s renowned Mechon Hadar institute, will deliver the University of St. Thomas’ annual Herzstein Lecture in Judaism on Wednesday, Feb. 12 with a talk titled "The World is Built on Hesed: Towards a Jewish Theology of Lovingkindness."  The lecture will take place from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the University’s Cullen Hall, followed by a reception and book signing in Doherty Library.  

Jan 22, 2014  Vatican Media Expert to Speak on Pope Francis

In honor of Pope Francis’ first year as pontiff,  the University of St. Thomas Center for Faith and Culture will host the Rev. Thomas Rosica, CSB, for a special lecture. The lecture, “New Peripheries for the Church: The Franciscan Quiet Revolution One Year Later,’ will be given at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 23 in Jones Hall, 3910 Yoakum Blvd.

Jan 21, 2014  Ivany Names Aquila Provost
Ivany Names Aquila Provost

University of St. Thomas President, Dr. Robert Ivany, announced the promotion of Dr. Dominic Aquila, former Vice President of Academic Affairs, to Provost on Jan. 14.

Jan 15, 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 14, 2014  Catholic Focus: Catholic Pilgrimage to Ireland

When you think of religious pilgrimage, the Holy Land comes to mind, or perhaps the Vatican. But there's another pilgrimage destination where ancient ruins emerge from a dramatic landscape -- testaments to an over 1500-year-old Christian tradition. This destination is Ireland...