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Strategic Areas Certificate Sees Success in Debut Year
The inaugural year of the Strategic Areas Certificate Program has realized early success for UST students and the University. The effort to promote East Asia studies and languages has tripled enrollment in Chinese and Japanese language courses over the prior 2013-15 academic year.

Vo takes first place at Chinese Speech Competition
Claudia Lopez, Rebecca Skaff and Stephanie Tam Vo competed in the 22nd annual Global Federation of Chinese Business Woman Chinese Speech Contest on April 18.

Ambassador Pickering Delivers 2015 Distinguished Diplomat Lecture
Six-time U.S.  Ambassador and former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Pickering will deliver the 2015 Distinguished Diplomat Lecture titled, “Challenges Facing U.S. Foreign Policy to 2016.”

Stanfill Benefit Concert Raises Funds for SEP
Stanfill Benefit ConcertThe SEP members raised $5,000 for the Austin Stanfill Traveling Fund at a benefit concert on Feb. 13 in memory of former SEP student executive board president Austin Stanfill ‘12. After Stanfill’s death in 2013, his family and the University of St. Thomas created this fund to sponsor other SEP members’ projects around the world.

Ambassador Witnesses to Vaticanís Global Diplomacy
Ambassador Francis RooneyAmbassador Francis Rooney, who was U.S. ambassador to the Holy See from 2005 to 2008, discussed his recent book, “The Global Vatican” on Feb. 11, at a dinner hosted by the Center for International Studies Distinguished Diplomat Program.  During his time at the Holy See, the Ambassador witnessed the quiet yet crucial diplomacy pursued by the pope through the Vatican’s extensive global diplomatic network. 

Distinguished Diplomat Talk Explores Energy as Geopolitical Tool
James KarnaThe 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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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