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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 Embraces USTís International Community
Image: Louanne Honrado

Taking the time to strengthen her English skills at ELS Language Center, Louanne Honrado, an international student from Venezuela, was poised to begin her education at the University of St. Thomas.

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
UST Announces $1 Million Raised for Nursing Endowed ChairWith more than 200 benefactors filling Tony's restaurant for an exclusive nursing benefit on Nov. 18, nursing friends and alumni moved the University of St. Thomas’ nursing school plans ahead with announcement of the Archbishop Joseph A. Fiorenza Endowed Chair in Nursing.

Nov 19, 2010  Center for Irish Studies Renames Center After Bill Flynn
Center for Irish Studies Renames Center After Bill FlynnThe Center for Irish Studies reached milestones and broke records at its annual Irish Gala held Nov. 5. The Gala honored Peg and William J. Flynn for their role in the development of the Center for Irish Studies.

Nov 18, 2010  Soccer, Volleyball Advance to Championship
Continuing the tradition of academic and athletic excellence, the University of St. Thomas sent both the Lady Celts Women’s Volleyball team and the Men’s Soccer team to the opening rounds of the National Association of Intercollegiate Institutions (NAIA) Championships on Nov. 20.

Nov 17, 2010  Service Learning Expands at UST
Over the past 10 years, an estimated 1,000 University of St. Thomas students from at least 18 different departments and programs have benefitted from experiential learning opportunities through the University’s Service Learning Program.

Nov 12, 2010  Dr. K. Makes Class Memorable, Motivational

View a class on the integration of mathematics and literature where Dr. Rick Krustchinsky, an education professor, uses costumes and props to keep his students engaged and interested in the topics he teaches.

Nov 12, 2010  Dr. Larios-Sanz Explains Intricate Details of Life

View a general biology class on the nature of the cell and learn more about how Dr. Maia Larios-Sanz, an assistant professor in the Biology Department at University of St. Thomas, who inspires her students with her own passion for the subject.

Nov 12, 2010  Dr. Meier-Marquis Sheds Light on Mysteries of Attraction

View a psychology class in which Dr. Jo Meier-Marquis discusses the subject of dating and relationships.

Nov 10, 2010  Home-schooler Finds Easy Transition to College Life

Michelle Shannahan comes from a family of six children, all of whom were home-schooled. With a family that values individualized education, Shannahan was highly selective in making her next educational move.

Nov 09, 2010  Prof. Nicole Casarez, Students Help Free Death Row Inmate
Since 2002, Nicole Casarez, attorney and University of St. Thomas communication professor, and her students worked diligently to prove the innocence of former death row inmate Anthony Graves. The team succeeded, and Graves was set free on Oct. 27.

Nov 08, 2010  UST Receives $3.25 Million Grant for Nursing
The U.S. Department of Education has awarded the University of St. Thomas in Houston a $3.25 million grant to increase the number of Hispanic and economically disadvantaged students through the development of a Nursing program.

Nov 08, 2010  Transfer Student Finds Leadership on the UST Basketball Court

Erich Schoeffler  transferred to the University of St. Thomas in May 2010, to find an academic setting that redefines his educational goals,  keeps him motivated, caters to his needs as a veteran and provides  leadership opportunities.

Oct 27, 2010  Cardinal Designate Wuerl Speaks at UST
On the same day he was elevated to the College of Cardinals, Cardinal-designate Donald W. Wuerl spoke on the UST campus about "Religious Faith's Role in Building a Good and Just Society."

Oct 20, 2010  UST Drama Alumnus Returns to Direct Macbeth
Nearly seven years after he graduated from UST, Joey Milillo returned to a direct the fall production of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Milillo says he could still find his way around Jones Theater with his eyes closed. 

Oct 19, 2010  Lori Gallagher Honored as St. Patrickís 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 PeŮa 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 ďBest 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 Houstonís 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 ĎWhatís 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 Godís Creation
The University of St. Thomas Rev. William J. Young Social Justice Institute Summer Conference will focus on “Caring for God’s Creation: Catholic Teaching on Environmental Justice” from June 10 to 11.

Apr 29, 2010  Clinton Global Initiative Features UST MicroCredit

In their second year to attend the Clinton Global Initiative University, University of St. Thomas MicroCredit was named a “featured commitment.” A video highlighting UST MCP was shown at the poverty alleviation workshops. Of nearly 1,000 commitments, only about 20 were featured.

Apr 28, 2010  Alumnus, Tenor Hits High Note at Oratorio Competition

Despite the competitive nature of a music career, UST graduate Joe Mikolaj said his UST experience keeps him grounded and helps him remember the joy in music.

Apr 20, 2010  EWTN Catholic Network to Feature UST
A group of six UST Catholic students and three faculty members traveled to Irondale, Ala. to film “Life on the Rock,” EWTN’s live show for young adults.

Apr 12, 2010  George Foreman Addresses Graduates at 2010 Commencement Ceremony

Former world heavyweight boxing champion and businessman George Foreman addressed the 2010 graduating class about “Success with Integrity,” at the 60th Commencement Ceremony.

Mar 31, 2010  Research Symposium Celebrates Community of Thinkers
University of St. Thomas students will present oral and poster presentations of their faculty-lead research projects at the 2010 Research Symposium, April 9 and 10.

Mar 26, 2010  UST Alumna Goes to Washington for Project GRAD
Thanks to the Project GRAD College Institute, UST graduate Lizzy Lozano became one of hundreds of students who received scholarships that helped make it possible for her to obtain a quality college education. Recently, Lozano was hand-picked to represent Project GRAD at a congressional briefing in Washington, D.C.

Mar 22, 2010  Simms Marries Business and Liberal Arts
Simms Marries Business and Liberal ArtsAn associate professor of management and marketing in the Cameron School of Business, Simms embraces the liberal arts tradition of the University of St. Thomas and teaches across the disciplines.

Feb 03, 2010  UST Offers Off-Campus MEd in Cy-Fair, Aldine
When educators in the Cypress-Fairbanks and Aldine areas learned they could earn a Master in Education degree from the University of St. Thomas without the drive into town, they applied in record numbers.

Feb 01, 2010  Debt-Free Graduate Shares Financial Aid Strategy
When Tamarsha Everhart graduated from the Cameron School of Business in 2001, she did so debt-free, and it was all thanks to scholarships, financial aid, work-study opportunities and internships.

Jan 19, 2010  UST Alumnus Bass Breaks into Slamdance
UST graduate Josh Bass, ’01, earned his first filmmaking big break when his short film was accepted into a major North American independent film festival, the Slamdance Film Festival.

Jan 15, 2010  Gautreau Integrates Faith and Journalism at Salt + Light
Michelle Gautreau traded her seat behind the keyboard for a spot in front of the news cameras during a six-week winter break internship at Salt + Light Catholic Media Network in Toronto.