UST Welcomes Community for Fall August 1, 2012 
Vol. 5, Issue 12

Welcome Back!

The fall semester is just around the corner and the University of St. Thomas will welcome back faculty, staff and students. The University also welcomes the new Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Cynthia Colbert Riley, MLA '95.

The first day of classes is Aug. 20. Visit the Master Calendar for upcoming campus events and lectures.


UST Presence in Vatican City

UST faculty and students are connecting with people around the world.  

  • Hittinger Talks at Vatican City Conference
    Dr. John Hittinger, professor of philosophy in the Center for Thomistic Studies, presented his paper "The Vocation of the Christian Philosopher" at a conference sponsored by the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas in Vatican City on June 30.
  • Fr. Rosica Named to Vatican Media Role
    The Thomas Rev. Rosica, CSB, a member of the UST Board of Directors, has been appointed by the Vatican as the English Language Media Attaché of the Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization. It will take place.

School of Nursing Garners Student, Faculty Recognitions

The UST School of Nursing is having record success with its first class of 28 nursing students, a new Nursing Simulation Laboratory and multiple honors for students and faculty. Nine UST students were awarded scholarships by the Healthcare and Nursing Education Foundation. Also, Dr. Ann Coleman, an assistant professor in nursing, is the gold medal winner of the 2012 Excellence in Nursing Awards from the Good Samaritan Foundation.


Irish Studies Retains Top Ten Spot in US

In April 2012, the editors of IrishCentral once again named the UST William J. Flynn Center for Irish Studies among the top 10 exemplary Irish Studies programs in North America. St. Thomas is one of a few universities west of the Mississippi with a minor and graduate concentration in Irish studies and a Center for Irish Studies.


Incoming Freshman Kicks Cancer

Incoming freshman, Samantha Loos-Polk, from Seven Lakes High School in Katy, Texas, was diagnosed with leukemia while in high school. Loos-Polk, a second-degree black belt, used her training of perseverance and self-control to beat her cancer. A nursing student, Loos-Polk says her decision to pursue a career in nursing was heavily influenced by the nurses she met while at Texas Children’s Hospital.


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In This Issue:

Former Celt Visualizes Coaching Aspirations

Anthony Medina '12, former power forward for the UST men's basketball team, coached youth players at a camp at Duke University, under Coach Mike Krzyzewski, and piloted Blue Cure basketball. The Blue Cure Foundation strives to promote awareness about prostate cancer and encourage prevention through diet and lifestyle habits. In the fall, Medina will be a graduate assistant at Missouri Western State University.



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