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Sep 29, 2017  Natali Hurtado Reaches New Career Heights with MPPA Degree
Master of Public Policy and Administration grad Natali Hurtado is now Director of Services for the International Management District at Hawes Hill & Associates

From the beginning of her career, Natali Hurtado has focused her energy on influencing public policy for the greater good. Aiming to elevate her career by becoming a master of both the administration and policymaking aspects of public service, Natali was one of the first to earn a Master of Public Policy and Administration at the University of St. Thomas. 

Jul 10, 2017  Recent Graduates Shine Across the Career Spectrum
College Graduate Success Stories - Samee Hameed at the University of St. Thomas - Houston

From science to education, nursing to philosophy, finance to music, University of St. Thomas graduates shine in their careers and continuing education. Recent graduates reflect on how the University of St. Thomas prepared them for career success, highlight what they’re doing now and share future plans.

Jun 21, 2017  School of Education and Human Services Recognizes Students in Annual Celebration
Education Scholarships and Awards Given at Annual Celebration - University of St. Thomas - Houston

The School of Education and Human Services held their Annual Recognition Celebration to honor outstanding students with education scholarships and awards on Thursday, May 18, 2017, in the UST Jerabeck Center. 

Jun 19, 2017  Music Department Names Axiom Quartet UST Quartet-in-Residence
Axiom Quartet Named Music Department Quartet-in-Residence at the University of St. Thomas - Houston

The UST Music Department is pleased to announce that the Axiom Quartet has been named the Quartet-in-Residence. The ensemble members are delighted by this honor.

May 26, 2017  Cristo Rey Jesuit and UST Alumnus Comes Full Circle
Timothy Macalino

Timothy Macalino was the first student from Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory School of Houston to be accepted to the University of St. Thomas, in 2013. Now he’s thrilled to be one of the very first alumni of Cristo Rey Jesuit’s first class to graduate from college. 

May 22, 2017  College Success Stories Ė Showcase of USTís 2017 Graduates
Luisana Rivas

Congratulations to UST’s graduating class of 2017, more than 950 students who have claimed the degrees they’ve worked so hard to earn and commenced their next adventures! We’re all very proud of our graduates and hope their education at UST has prepared them for terrific success in their studies and careers.


May 16, 2017  Star Student-Athlete Maghen Lormand Brings Her A-Game
Maghen Lormand

In the classroom and on the court, from jump ball to the final buzzer-beater, Maghen Lormand has raised the bar for math majors and student-athletes at UST. 

May 16, 2017  Faith Powers Reason in Erin Novakís Education and Work
Erin Novak

Erin Novak illustrates perfectly how the lens of spirituality can broaden one’s perspective. Through her studies in biology and theology, commitment to ecological restoration and spearheading of the native plant garden on campus, Erin brings a deeply thoughtful approach to her education and work. 

May 16, 2017  Sydney Keller Wins Her Case and a Spot in UTís Law School
Sydney Keller

Sydney Keller is getting ready to attend law school at UT in the fall! We hope her experience winning the Mock Trial competition with her teammates has provided a good foundation for her future studies and career. Staff in the Tutoring Center will miss Sydney – they describe her as an outstanding tutor on par with a teaching assistant.

May 16, 2017  Becky Armenta Heads to Music Graduate School for a Song
Becky Armenta

Becky Armenta will take the next step in her music education journey equipped with experience as a University Singers’ album vocalist and master training from renowned vocal experts. Thanks to her accomplishments at UST, she’ll be attending Baylor University on a full scholarship and stipend in the fall.

May 16, 2017  Katherine Glinka Prepares for Vocal Studies Act Two
Katherine Glinka

Katherine Glinka views her singing as a way to express hope from a higher power. Through  participation in the University Singers, she’s developed her repertoire to feature early and sacred music. She’ll keep the tune going during her graduate studies at Westminster Choir College in the fall.

May 16, 2017  Colorado Transplant Megan Vaughan Finds Happiness in H-Town
Megan Vaughan

Megan Vaughan came from Colorado to find a welcoming home in Houston and at UST. With a full tuition scholarship, she’ll begin graduate school at Austin Peay State University in Tennessee in the fall.

May 16, 2017  Luisana Rivas Looks Forward to Vocal Masterís Program
Luisana Rivas

Venezuela is a continent away, but international transfer student Luisana Rivas feels right at home in Houston. She appreciates the many performance opportunities UST gave her starting in freshman year, and credits classes on ethical thinking with making a real impact on her approach to life issues. With a full tuition scholarship for two years, Luisana will begin her master’s in voice performance  at Austin Peay State University in Tennessee in the fall.