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Dec 10, 2018  Alumna and Magnificat House, Inc. Founder Celebrates 50th Year Anniversary Gala: A Jubilee Celebration of Love and Mercy
Magnificat Founder, Rose Mary Badami

This year Magnificat House, Inc. celebrated 50 years at its Anniversary Gala Celebration on Oct. 6, featuring honorary Chair Mayor Sylvester Turner. Since it was founded by the University of St. Thomas alumna Rose Mary Badami in 1968, Magnificat House, Inc. has been providing food, shelter, work and spiritual support to Houston’s impoverished.


Nov 28, 2018  STEM Success Center Hosts Prospective Student Event and World Science Day
World Science Day at UST

In collaboration with the Office of Admissions, the STEM Success Center hosted the STEM Prospective Student Event on Friday, Nov. 9 to give potential transfer students a glimpse of life at UST. As a Hispanic-Serving Institution, the University received the Department of Education’s HSI STEM Grant. One of the initiatives of the grant is to increase collaboration with local community colleges and to increase resources for transfer students to the University.

Nov 26, 2018  Doctoral Dissertation Captures the Universality of the Nichomachean Ethics
Daniel Wagner,doctoral candidate at University of St. Thomas - Houston thumbnail

Daniel Wagner successfully defended his dissertation, “φύσις καί τὸ ἀνθρώπινον ἀγαθὸν (‘Nature and the Human Good’): The Aristotelian Foundations of the Human Good,” on April 27. In the dissertation, Wagner presents Aristotle’s concept of the human good in the Nichomachean Ethics as the philosopher intended for it to be understood.

Nov 19, 2018  Doctoral Dissertation Explores the Nature of Disordered Actions
John Skalko Defends his Dissertation

John Skalko successfully defended his dissertation titled “Why is it Intrinsically Evil to Violate the Purpose of a Power or Use Assertions Unnaturally?” at the University of St. Thomas’s Center for Thomistic Studies on May 18. In his dissertation, Skalko explored the nature of disordered actions in the context of homosexuality.

Nov 16, 2018  Doctoral Dissertation Examines Christian Philosophy of Étienne Gilson
James D. Capehart, University of St. Thomas - Houston doctoral candidate

James D. Capehart successfully defended his dissertation, “Étienne Gilson and the First Two Stages of His Christian Philosophy,” at the University of St. Thomas’s Center for Thomistic Studies on Friday, April 6. In his dissertation, Capehart dissertation examines the nature of Étienne Gilson’s (one of the 20th Century’s greatest Thomists) beliefs regarding Christian philosophy.

Nov 13, 2018  University of St. Thomas Receives $70,000 Grant from Petroleum Research Fund
Dr. Elmer Ledesma

The University of St. Thomas Department of Chemistry received a three-year $70,000 grant from the American Chemical Society – Petroleum Research Fund to investigate processes for utilizing shale gas as a feedstock for the production of value-added commodity chemicals.  Shale gas is gas extracted via horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing from underground shale deposits.

Nov 09, 2018  University of St. Thomas Center for International Studies Receives Grant to Expand East Asia Studies Program
Dr. Hans Stockton, Director & Chair, Center for International Studies

The US Department of Education has awarded University of St. Thomas Center for International Studies a two-year Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Languages grant totaling $170,145. The UISFL grants support program initiatives that promote critical area studies and languages, such as those of East Asia.

Nov 09, 2018  Meet Your Nominees for Mr. and Ms. UST
Mrs. UST nominee, Victoria Haddad

The titles of Mr. and Ms. UST, a new presentation of the King and Queen of Mardi Gras, are awarded to two students who epitomize the University of St. Thomas' core values of goodness, discipline, knowledge, and community. Each year many students are nominated by faculty and staff, but only two will go on to become Mr. and Ms. UST and your vote will help determine the winners.

Nov 08, 2018  University of St. Thomas Names New Vice President of Academic Affairs
Dr. Christopher P. Evans, new vice president of Academic Affairs at University of St. Thomas - Houston thumbnail

University of St. Thomas has appointed Dr. Christopher P. Evans as vice president of Academic Affairs starting November 1. Evans replaces interim VPAA Dr. Poldi Tschirch, who also serves as the dean of UST’s School of Nursing.

Oct 11, 2018  UST Professor Named a Woman Who Means Business by Houston Business Journal
Barbara Manousso

Dr. Barbara Sunderland Manousso, University of St. Thomas adjunct professor in International Studies since 2010, has been recognized by the Houston Business Journal as a Woman Who Means Business in professional services (mediation, conflict coaching, training, and arbitration).  The October event will honor Manousso as one of 25 women in Houston who have made a significant contribution in for-profit and nonprofit industries. Other categories include energy, health care, finance, law, real estate and technology and IT services.

Oct 11, 2018  UST Alumna Invited to Serve in the Foreign Service
Helen Shaw

University of St. Thomas Alumna Helen Shaw ‘17 recently received an invitation to join the Foreign Service with the U.S. Department of State. Shaw, who currently works as the Study Abroad Program coordinator at the University of St. Thomas, will soon travel to Washington, D.C. to begin training for a career in diplomacy that will take her all over the world.

Sep 27, 2018  University of St. Thomas Welcomes First DNP Students
Students in the inaugural DNP Cohort

This fall semester the University of St. Thomas Carol and Odis Peavy School of Nursing (PSON) welcomed its inaugural cohort of Doctor of Nursing Practice students. The PSON DNP Program was established to meet nationally identified nursing leadership needs in a university setting devoted to continuing the Catholic nursing legacy. This program’s unique focus is on building the transformation leadership capacity of nurses who are committed to creating healing environments that support the conditions and relationships necessary for patients, families, and communities to heal.

Sep 26, 2018  Blessing of the Animals on Oct. 5 at University of St. Thomas
Dog and Cat to be blessed

Join us for the Blessing of the Animals on Friday, Oct. 5 at 1:30 p.m. on the lawn of the Chapel of St. Basil on the University of St. Thomas campus at 3802 Yoakum Blvd.

Sep 20, 2018  UST to Honor Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale at Eighth Annual Faithful Citizenship Award Dinner

The University of St. Thomas’ Donald S. Nesti CSSp Center for Faith and Culture will honor Gallery Furniture owner and founder Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale at this year’s Eighth Annual Faithful Citizenship Dinner, chaired by Cathy and Joe Cleary.

Sep 20, 2018  First Dissertation for Ed.D Program in Ethical Leadership Scheduled in October
Ed.D Candidate Candace Brawner

The University of St. Thomas celebrates a milestone when Candace Brawner defends her dissertation on Oct. 19. Brawner will be the very first student to defend her dissertation in the University’s Ed.D. Program in Ethical Leadership, part of the School of Education and Human Services.  Her topic is “Fifty Years Since Title IX: Status of Recruitment and Advancement of Female Athletic Administrators in Texas School Districts.” More students from the program will soon follow.

Sep 20, 2018  Public Forum on Immigration The Gospel Transcending Borders
University of St. Thomas logo

University of St. Thomas will host a public forum on immigration at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25 in Jones Hall, 3910 Yoakum Blvd.  This event is open and free to the public.

Sep 11, 2018  Chemistry Professor Wins 2018 Mentor on the Map NOBCChE Award
Javoris Hollingsworth

University of St. Thomas Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Dr. Javoris Hollingsworth, received the 2018 Mentor on the Map Award from the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE). According to NOBCChE, the award is based on the dedication the recipient has shown to the educational development of others and the passion he has shown for STEM.

Sep 10, 2018  U.S. News & World Report Ranks University of St. Thomas Among Best Colleges and a Best Value in the West
US News and World Report Best in the West Badge

University of St. Thomas ranks 28th in the 2019 edition of the U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges” list of universities in the western region of the United States.   The University also ranked ninth as one of its best value universities in the west.

Sep 06, 2018  Educational Leadership Students Publish in Professional Journals
Student working at a laptop computer.

Four University of St Thomas Educational Leadership Master’s degree students have had articles published in professional journals in the past 11 months. All were students of School of Education and Human Services Instructor Dr. Jim LeBuffe, who has been encouraging graduate students to share their outstanding teaching practices as published authors.

Sep 06, 2018  UST Brings Dance Back to Campus with METdance Partnership

UST will reintroduce a dance program through a partnership with METdance, one of Houston’s largest dance companies. The development of this proposed dance program is in the works, but UST has let students have a sneak peek into the program this fall by offering a few dance courses as electives. Courses are being held at the METdance Center, offering Ballet I in a morning and evening class.

Aug 31, 2018  Accounting Professor Wins Contribution to Teaching Award
Dr. John E. Simms, Cameron School of Business professor

On August 5, Dr. John E. Simms received the Best Contribution to Teaching Award from the American Accounting Association in Washington, D.C. Simms was given this prestigious award for his paper, “Teaching Accounting Ethics using Ex Corde Eccesiae,” a study focused on connecting Catholic ethics and accounting compliances.

Aug 31, 2018  Business Ethics Professor Writes on Human Embryo
Dr. Samuel Condic, business ethics professor, Cameron School of Business

Dr. Samuel Condic, business ethics professor at the Cameron School of Business, recently published a new book titled Human Embryos, Human Beings.

Aug 23, 2018  STEM Center Hosts Celt Community Mural Project
Students, faculty and staff collaborate on mural

To start the new school year, the University of St. Thomas STEM Center hosted the Celt Community Mural Project. The event began Friday, Aug. 17 during Freshman Orientation and continued Monday, Aug. 20, the first day of classes. Students, faculty and staff from all departments took part in painting the murals, which were designed in a paint-by-number format to allow participation.

Aug 16, 2018  UST Ranked Among “Best in the West” by The Princeton Review
Princeton Review badge - University of St. Thomas - Houston - thumbnail

University of St. Thomas - Houston is one of the best colleges in the West according to The Princeton Review. The well-known education services company lists UST among the ”Best in the West” in its 2019 edition of the best colleges in America. Only 129 colleges in 15 Western states made The Princeton Review's “Best in the West” list for 2019.

Aug 16, 2018  University of St. Thomas in Texas Recommended in 2018-19 Edition of The Newman Guide
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The University of St. Thomas is recommended in the 2018-2019 edition of The Newman Guide, the flagship project of The Cardinal Newman Society that recommends 28 Catholic colleges, universities and higher education programs for excellence in faithful Catholic education.

Aug 16, 2018  University of St. Thomas Names Tennis Coach, Starts Inaugural Varsity Tennis Program
Jack Brasington III, new tennis coach at University of St. Thomas - Houston

The University of St. Thomas announced it hired former professional tennis player Jack Brasington III as the head coach of the school’s varsity men's and women's tennis teams, which will take to the court in the fall of 2019. This is the first time in its 71-year history that UST has fielded a men or women’s tennis team.

Aug 01, 2018  University of St. Thomas Master’s in Clinical Translation Management Degree Named One of Top 10 Programs in the Nation
MCTM Students at BIO Convention

University of St. Thomas Master’s in Clinical Translation Management degree ranks #7 out of 25 top clinical research management programs in the country by Healthcare Management Degree Guide and #8 by, both leading authorities on college rankings and resources.

Jul 25, 2018  University of St. Thomas Names Baseball Coach
Baseball Coach, Clayton VanderLann

The University of St. Thomas announced it hired Clayton VanderLaan as the head coach of the school’s varsity baseball team, which will take the field in spring 2020 after more than a half-century absence.

May 16, 2018  First-Gen Nursing Student Named “Exceptional” in Salute to Nurses Program
Afrah Mohammed

Every year during National Nurses Appreciation Week, the Houston Chronicle’s Salute to Nurses program awards scholarships to three exceptional nursing students attending Houston area colleges and universities. This year Afrah Mohammed, a 2019 in the Carol and Odis Peavy School of Nursing at the University of St. Thomas, was among those selected for the prestigious award.

May 01, 2018  Downtown, High Tech Music Man
Dr. Malcolm J. Solomon

Dr. Malcom J. Solomon is a composer, writer, director, independent filmmaker and associate professor at the University of St. Thomas Houston. Solomon is well accomplished and awarded.

Dr. Birgit Mellis

 An internationally renowned multidisciplinary journal PLOS ONE just published a case study regarding undergraduate student research products in chemistry and physics with research conducted by University of St. Thomas Associate Professor of Chemistry and Physics Dr. Birgit Mellis along with five colleagues from three peer institutions (Butler, John Carroll and Creighton).

Apr 19, 2018  Diverse Experiences Lead to Diverse Opportunities in MPPA Program
Mark Solano

The call to service is as unique as the individual being called. At the University of St. Thomas we recognized that everybody has a background, skills, and experiences that have shaped their outlook and life. The Master of Public Policy and Administration program acknowledges these differences and strives to provide a program that provides an accessible, flexible, and high quality education that prepares students for careers in leadership and management in public service or non-profit administration.

Apr 12, 2018  University of St. Thomas’ Center for International Studies to Offer Mandarian Chinese and Multicultural Training to Houston Police Department
Houston PD Officer

Houston Police Department Training Division has partnered with University of St. Thomas Center for International Studies and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office Houston to offer specialized Mandarin Chinese training as an elective course for two 10-week sessions at the West Side Station.  Additionally, the Center will offer elective training in multicultural and situational awareness for Houston Police Officers at the Houston Police Academy throughout 2018-19.  Both training courses are offered as professional credit programs.

Apr 12, 2018  University of St. Thomas Joins Rice and Others to Support Innovation District
Mayor Sylvester Turner

University of St. Thomas is working in partnership with other higher learning institutions, including Rice University, to offer support and academic participation in Houston’s new innovation district.

Mar 27, 2018  Former Astronaut Michael Fossum Inspires Research Students to Fuel their Passion with Excellence
Former Astronaut Michael Fossum

Former NASA Astronaut and Air Force Col. Michael E. Fossum will deliver the keynote address at University of St. Thomas’ 24th Annual Spring Research Symposium.  Fossum’s inspiring talk, Passion to Reach, chronicles his 13-year journey to become an astronaut. Despite setbacks, Fossum fostered a spirit of excellence during his training and achieved his goals. Fossum, a veteran of three space flights has logged more than 194 days in space, including more than 48 hours in seven spacewalks, served as an astronaut from 1998 until his retirement in 2017.

Mar 12, 2018  Biology Alumnus Thrives in Graduate School at Yale
University of St. Thomas - Houston biology alumnus Christopher Anderson

UST Biology grad Christopher Anderson shares his successes so far, following his graduation in June 2015. Now in his second year of graduate school at Yale University, he’s excited to delve further into studying the biological and biomedical sciences.

Mar 09, 2018  University of St. Thomas Assistant Professor Honored with Blackboard Exemplary Course Award
Dr. Jaent McCollum

The University of St. Thomas is pleased to announce that Dr. Janet McCollum, Director of Research & Assistant Professor, has been named a winner in Blackboard’s Exemplary Course Program (ECP). The awards program recognizes faculty and course designers from schools, colleges, and universities around the world who develop engaging and innovative courses that represent the very best in technology and learning.

Mar 09, 2018  Walk the Way of the Cross
Way of the Cross participants

Spend the morning of Good Friday, March 30, 2018, in a reflective procession carrying the cross from University of St. Thomas’ Chapel of St. Basil to the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart.  The 2.2-mile procession includes five stations, gospel readings, reflections and choral presentations.  Archbishop Joseph Fiorenza will provide a blessing at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart.

Feb 20, 2018  University of St. Thomas School of Theology Dean Featured one of Houston’s Most Influential Women of 2017
Sandra Magie

Dr. Sandra Magie, dean of the School of Theology at University of St. Thomas, has been named one of “Houston’s 50 Most Influential Women of 2017” by Houston Woman Magazine.

Feb 20, 2018  University of St. Thomas Appoints New Chair of Criminology, Law and Society
Dr. Michael Kane

University of St. Thomas appoints Dr. Michael F. Kane department chair of its Criminology, Law and Society program.

Feb 14, 2018  68th Mardi Gras Gala Honors Basilian Fathers and Lights the Way to a Better Future for UST Students
Mardi Gras King and Queen, Christian Sacra and Ana Hernandez

The evening opened with an impressive candle-lit procession featuring the 2018 Mardi Gras King and Queen, seniors Christina Sacra ’18 and Ana Hernandez ’18, elected by their fellow students; and their Court, comprised of other senior campus leaders. They were joined by the University Singers under the direction of Dr. Brady Knapp, and the St. Thomas Singers of St. Thomas High School, under the direction of Mr. Joshua Wilson, who performed Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee, Let There Be Peace on Earth and Sing Gloria!.  

Feb 13, 2018  University of St. Thomas Announces NCAA Division III Exploratory Membership
Kennard Robinson dribbles down the court

The University of St. Thomas Athletics Program has been approved for exploratory membership in Division III of the National Collegiate Athletic Association for the 2018-2019 academic year. The exploratory year will officially begin on Sept. 1, 2018, and will provide the university a year to learn more about NCAA Division III.  

Feb 05, 2018  Flexibility Leads to Success in MPPA Program
MPPA Student Leo Skelly

Returning to school can be difficult, especially when you have to balance school with a full-time job, raising children, or any number of other responsibilities.
In the Master of Public Policy Administration program at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas, the faculty works to make sure students have the support and flexibility they need to take the next step in their career.

Feb 02, 2018  UST Welcomes New Criminology, Law and Society Chair Dr. Michael Kane
Dr. Michael Kane, Chair of Criminology, Law and Society - University of St. Thomas - Houston

The University of St. Thomas is pleased to welcome Dr. Michael Kane as chair of the Criminology, Law and Society department. A New York State native and graduate of the Christian Brothers Academy High School in Dewitt, New York, Dr. Kane has devoted his life to the study and practice of criminal justice.

Jan 30, 2018  University of St. Thomas Coach Dohner sets Native Texan State Record for 1/2 Marathon
Ryan Dohmer

The  University of St. Thomas Cross Country team is setting a precedent with Coach Ryan Dohner running the fastest ½ Marathon of any person ever born in the state of Texas  2018 Chevron Houston Half Marathon.

Jan 26, 2018  Students Integrate Faith and Life in 14th Annual Essay Contest
Triciajane Asuncion, 12th Grade Winner, Essay Contest

There were 8,056 students—third-graders through high school seniors—who wrote essays for the contest, sponsored by the UST Office of Catholic Outreach. Their topics covered what it means to be a leader, the importance of Catholic schools, and the promises of the Rosary.

Jan 23, 2018  Award Sends Chemistry Professor to Leadership Workshop
University of St. Thomas - Houston Chemistry and Physics Assistant Professor Dr. Javoris Hollingsworth

One of only 15 applicants selected from across the nation, University of St. Thomas Assistant Professor Dr. Javoris Hollingsworth received a Leadership Development Award from the Younger Chemists Committee (YCC) of the American Chemical Society (ACS).

Jan 08, 2018  UST Announces the Integration of Campus Ministry to the Center for Faith and Culture
Rev. Chris Valka and Rev. Dave Bittner

The Department of Campus Ministry at the University of St. Thomas will integrate into the framework of the Donald S. Nesti, CSSp Center for Faith and Culture. Through the leadership of Fr. Chris Valka, CSB, director Center for Faith and Culture, and in collaboration with Fr. Dave Bittner, CSB, campus chaplain, President Dr. Richard Ludwick has approved the merger between the two departments. The reorganization stems from the ideas and concepts around how faith is lived, nurtured and celebrated on campus. Since its founding, UST has strived to live the meaning of Catholic with the universality that defines the Faith; as it serves people of all beliefs and backgrounds.

Jan 05, 2018  University of St. Thomas Houston to Offer Nursing DNP Degree
Elsemar Ibarra, Nursing Student

The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree is the fastest growing nursing graduate program in the United States. According to the Texas Center for Nursing Workforce Studies, only 0.7% of nurses licensed in Texas hold a doctoral degree.