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|Dec 12, 2013 UST Partners with KIPP Schools to Boost College Rates|
The University of St. Thomas will partner with KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program) in an effort to increase college completion rates for underserved KIPP students nationwide.
|Dec 10, 2013 Environmental Class Explores Energy Stewardship|
As the nation struggles with energy dilemmas like energy independence, students in the University of St. Thomas environmental science course, Energy for the Future, explore the foundations of both conventional and renewable energy technologies in light of environmental stewardship.
|Dec 06, 2013 Biology Alumna Works Her Own CSI Episodes|
With so many TV blockbusters on criminal justice, people are fascinated by what Christine Konecny does, however, the real life forensic scientist is quick to clarify that, unlike the Hollywood dramas, she neither wears high heels to work nor packs heat. What the 2005 UST biology graduate does is identify DNA profiles and help solve crimes.
|Dec 05, 2013 Chemistry Students Research Leads to Publication|
While most students were enjoying their summer vacation, Jennifer Hoang, Valeria Hernandez and Mitchell Nguyen, under the supervision of Dr. Elmer Ledesma, assistant professor of chemistry, were hard at work studying the pyrolysis, combustion and gasification for biomass compound Eugenol, in the University of St. Thomas chemistry labs.
|Nov 26, 2013 Water Filtration: How One UST Student Makes a Difference in the Philippines|
Clean water is a luxury 60 percent of the world cannot afford. One University of St. Thomas student, with God by his side and a strong determination, is about to change all of that.
|Nov 26, 2013 Business Students Change Lives Through Microloans|
One hundred people and counting have been helped by University of St. Thomas Cameron School of Business students, as this semester an undergraduate management class awarded its 100th microcredit loan. Richard Heagy, adjunct professor at UST, started this project in his management class five years ago, as a way to apply management principles such as risk evaluation and make a difference for people needing credit in developing countries.
|Nov 20, 2013 First Gen Students Share College Experience|
At the University of St. Thomas, nearly 44 percent of incoming freshman can be considered first generation students. These are students whose parents have not attained their bachelor’s degree. This is slightly lower than the national average of nearly 50 percent of today’s college students considered first generation students. Of those students who are considered first generation, only 11.6 percent attend private four-year institutions, compared to the 22.1 percent non-first-generation students.
|Nov 13, 2013 UST Celt is Living Life Above the Rim|
When the University of St. Thomas established a men’s basketball team in 2009, few imagined the team would win the conference championship a mere four years later. Now, after leading the Celts to the conference championship and having graduated with an accounting degree from the Cameron School of Business, Travis Lampley is embarking on another journey playing basketball for the American Basketball Association’s South Florida Gold in Boca Raton, Fla. this fall.
|Nov 12, 2013 Men's Soccer Wins RRAC Tournament Championship|
With a thrilling victory, the University of St. Thomas men's soccer team captured its first Red River Athletic Conference Tournament Championship on Saturday night at the Houston Amateur Sports Park.
|Nov 06, 2013 Casarez Honored by Exonerated Man|
Nicole Casarez, professor of communication, has been making headlines. Anthony Graves, a former death row inmate, whom she represented and was exonerated, recently created a scholarship in her name as thanks for saving his life.
|Nov 05, 2013 UST Sleeps Out for Homelessness|
Grab your sleeping bag, blanket and pillow and join the University of St. Thomas Social Justice Committee, Psi Chi, the psychology honor society and Students Working Against Human Trafficking for National SleepOut Saturday. The annual SleepOut will take place on Saturday, Nov. 9 in the Academic Mall in front of the Chapel of St. Basil from 7 p.m. until 7 a.m. Sunday.
|Nov 05, 2013 UST Sleeps Out for Homelessness|
Grab your sleeping bag, blanket and pillow and join the UST Social Justice Committee for National SleepOut Saturday on Nov. 9 in the Academic Mall to create awareness for homelessness. Read more
|Oct 28, 2013 From Home School to UST Honors Program|
Junior Sarah Ashour is part of a growing trend of home schooled students. UST welcomed her into the Honors Program and awarded her a full-tuition scholarship.
|Oct 24, 2013 Opera Workshop is Evening of Musical Fun|
Join University of St. Thomas music students as they perform scenes from popular operas and musicals during “Scenes from Opera and Musical Theater.” The Music Department will present the workshop at 7:30 p.m. from Oct. 25-26 and at 3 p.m. on Oct. 27 at Cullen Hall.
|Oct 23, 2013 SEP Launches Crowd Funding Platform|
The University of St. Thomas Social Entrepreneurship Program is working to empower the ostracized by providing an opportunity for them to become involved in food and cloth production, and they are doing it in a novel way — crowd funding.
|Oct 22, 2013 UST Experience Took Art Historian to Another Level|
Melissa Ramos Palermo, ’07 alumna, made headlines in her field after identifying a previously unattributed 16th century manuscript as the work of Spanish painter Pedro de Palma.
|Oct 21, 2013 Seeing “Misbehaving” Kids in Different Way|
John Barone, UST graduate, author and educator, knows about kids’ behaviors and the brain. Moreover, he is driven to share his knowledge and reduce judgment of children who have neurological differences.
|Oct 16, 2013 UST Today Highlights People Making an Impact|
In this issue: UST’s research emphasis gives graduates the edge. Alumni military vets and MBA grad continue to serve. Student-athletes shine.
|Oct 15, 2013 St. Thomas Degree Offers ROI for Graduates|
For many college students, earning a degree is about achieving a return on investment in their careers. At St. Thomas, the return on investment is in both careers and character.
|Oct 09, 2013 Paying Her UST Values Forward|
Through alumna Tonia Labbé, UST’s four core values—goodness, discipline, knowledge and community—came full circle to encompass a bright, kind young man who is the first in his family to attend college.
|Oct 07, 2013 Family and Alumni Weekend Extravaganza|
Join the UST community for fun, food and a snapshot of downtown Houston with 2013 UST Family and Alumni Weekend. Invite your family from Oct. 17-20 and experience everything UST has to offer, including classes, athletic events, musical performances, a visit to local museums, weekend Mass and a giant carnival celebration. Register for all events today. See below for details and the full schedule.
|Oct 01, 2013 Desperation Turned to Determination for Transfer|
Rama Gerig credits the Divine with developments big and small in her life; everything from an inexplicable healing; to breaking a cycle of poverty and no education; to the smooth experience of transferring to UST.
|Oct 01, 2013 Math Major says ‘Guten Tag’ to Nano Particle Research|
“Ich mag einen Kaffee.” This is how Melissa Cantu began most days this summer. As an intern conducting research in Duisburg, Germany, her day started as early as 7 a.m., and coffee was a vital part of her day.
|Sep 30, 2013 Green Thumb Earns Harris Mayor’s Service Award|
For his work at Japhet Creek Park, Dr. William Maury Harris will be awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the 2013 Mayor’s Proud Partners program.
|Sep 27, 2013 Women’s Basketball Has a Ball with Best Buddies|
The University of St. Thomas women’s basketball team knows that you don’t have to be a professional athlete to give back to the community. They believe it is important to find something you really care about and work to improve it. It was this sentiment that led to the team to dedicate Sept. 21 to host a basketball camp for the UST Best Buddies Chapter.
|Sep 13, 2013 Experience Italy in the Heart of Houston|
Journey to Italy without ever leaving the city as the Italian Cultural & Community Center hosts the 35th Annual Houston Italian Festival on the grounds of the University of St. Thomas. Join the Houston community to experience Italy through authentic food, song, dance and more from Thursday to Sunday, Oct. 10-13.
|Sep 12, 2013 Basilian Scholastics Take First Vows|
It was with feelings of anxiousness and excitement that three Basilian novices declared their first profession of vows on Aug. 15 in the Chapel of St. Basil on the University of St. Thomas campus. Kittisak Chooklin, Steven Huber and Hoc Minh Nguyen are beginning the Scholastic phase of the formation process as they continue their journey to the priesthood. To mark the occasion, Basilian priests from across the country attended.
|Sep 04, 2013 Freshmen Make 28,000 Meals for Community at Food Bank|
As a part of Freshman Orientation, University of St. Thomas incoming freshman volunteered at the Houston Food Bank on Aug. 24. The freshmen, with about 200 participants, produced nearly 28,000 meals.
|Sep 03, 2013 University of St. Thomas Houston Launches Catholic TV programming|
University of St. Thomas is expanding its reach with premium Catholic TV programming to all Catholics and non-Catholics in the Houston and surrounding viewing area. With the blessing of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, St. Thomas will launch UST Worldview, an inspiring TV series that explores the richness of the Catholic faith. The series is produced in collaboration with Salt + Light Media.
|Aug 27, 2013 I Know What You Did Last Summer|
As University of St. Thomas students return to campus for the first day of school, there will be a lot of conversation among friends about what they did last summer. From study abroad and travel to jobs, internships, volunteering and – gasp – summer school, students took advantage of the time off for personal development and community service. Students and alumni shared snapshots of their summers on UST’s Facebook.
|Aug 16, 2013 Students Build Community with Habitat for Humanity|
Working outside in sweltering summer heat with sawdust stinging your eyes is not a recipe for a fun time. Senior chemistry major and pre-med student Yussr Ibrahim says otherwise. Ibrahim, along with nearly 20 other University of St. Thomas students and faculty advisor, Dr. Elmer Ledesma, helped construct a home with Habitat for Humanity in northwest Houston on July 27, and had fun while doing it.
|Aug 09, 2013 Students Name Mendenhall Their Dream Keeper|
The Mendenhall Summer Institute started in 2008 with a generous gift from Trini Mendenhall-Sosa. During a celebration luncheon on Aug.1, the 45 students recognized Mendenhall-Sosa as their keeper of dreams as they aspire to graduate from St. Thomas in 2017. The cohort surprised her with a time capsule box for all the support she has given the students.
|Jul 30, 2013 Veteran Earns White House Recognition|
Entrepreneurs must master the art of juggling to be successful. This is a lesson that Marylyn Harris ’07, University of St. Thomas Cameron School of Business alumna, knows all too well. Today she manages several separate business ventures, is a sought-after speaker on veteran benefits and entrepreneurial opportunities, and raises two children.
|Jul 26, 2013 Math Student Gets $40K for Notre Dame Engineering|
Umer Khan studied math at UST in the Cooperative Engineering Program, and he received a $40,000 scholarship to continue his engineering study at University of Notre Dame.
|Jul 19, 2013 Celts Support Pro-Life Bill in Austin|
Amidst the crowd of hundreds of pro-life Texans, the UST Celts for Life put on their pro-life gear in support of House Bill 2, otherwise known as the Texas Infant Pain Capable Act. The bill, which passed the Texas House of Representatives on July 10 with a 96-49 vote, places higher restrictions on abortion clinics in Texas, bans abortions after 20 weeks and threatens to close 37 out of the 42 clinics in Texas that do not meet the new standards.
|Jul 18, 2013 M.Ed. Awards 14 Action Research Projects|
Research has shown that letting students write about their worries for 10 minutes before an exam substantially diminishes the link between test anxiety and test performance, according to a report published in Science Journal in 2011 by Gerardo Ramirez and Sian L. Beilock.
|Jul 03, 2013 Dr. Ted Rebard Asks ‘What’s Love Got to do With it?'|
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.
|Jul 03, 2013 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.
|Jun 27, 2013 Art Gallery Opening Reinforces Commitment to Arts|
What if there was a place offering Houstonians the possibility of seeing masterpieces before the artist has been discovered by those all-powerful critics? There is. The new University of St. Thomas Art Gallery is in the heart of Houston’s Museum District. Its opening exhibition at 3907 Yoakum Blvd. from April 26 to May 3 was a dual celebration, honoring a special academic accomplishment.
|Jun 27, 2013 Brother and sister Plant It Forward|
What do siblings with a thriving software company have in common with Houston’s urban organic farming and refugees from Africa’s troubled Congo? They are elements of a radical idea turned non-profit company called Plant It Forward Farms, driven by alumni Teresa O’Donnell ’77 and her brother Pat ‘76 to help economically disadvantaged refugees generate a living wage.
|Jun 27, 2013 UST’s 60s Rock Band ‘Dave Starky V’ Reunites|
A rock band that originated in 1965 at University of St. Thomas and had a personal connection to The Beatles is enjoying a rebirth. Their comeback began after the Dave Starky V reunited in 2007 to perform at a reunion of the class of ’67 and realized they still have their musical chops.
|Jun 27, 2013 Debt-Free Grad Maximizes Education|
Amy Lee, a transfer student from the Lone Star College System, graduated with a degree in education from University of St. Thomas nearly debt free and with a job opportunity at Horne Elementary School in the Cy-Fair Independent School District. How did she do it?
|Apr 24, 2013 Taco Tasting Raises $35,000 for Scholarships|
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.