March 1, 2012 
Vol. 5, Issue 7

Tschirch Appointed School of Nursing Dean

The revival of UST’s nursing program reached a milestone when Dr. Poldi Tschirch, director of Nursing Program Development since 2009, was named dean of UST’s School of Nursing. She holds the Carol and Odis Peavy Endowed Chair of Nursing.


Experience Way of the Cross On Good Friday

UST and the Catholic lay movement Communion and Liberation invite all the faithful to join in a Way of the Cross on Good Friday, April 6. The procession will begin at UST’s Chapel of St. Basil and wind its way to the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in downtown Houston.


Studentís Human Trafficking Efforts Garner Spotlight

Moved by stories she heard at women’s shelters from victims of human trafficking, University of St. Thomas senior Hannah Foshee wrote a play to raise awareness of the issue. Her efforts garnered local news coverage and the play even aired on KRIV Fox 26.


Mock Trial Team Advances to Championship Series

The University of St. Thomas Mock Trial team will compete next month in the Opening Round Championship Series in Memphis after winning a regional tournament in February. This marks the third time in four years that the team has made it to the second stage of the American Mock Trial Association annual competition.


Lenten Lectures Explore Catholic Literary Imagination

UST presents its 23rd Annual Lenten Lecture Series each Wednesday during Lent and speakers will explore “The Catholic Literary Imagination.” Catholic writers to be discussed in the series include G.K. Chesterton, J.R. Tolkien and St. Teresa of Avila. The next lecture is March 7 at 7:30 p.m. in Cullen Hall, 4001 Mt. Vernon.


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Mardi Gras Royalty Exemplify Basilian Values

The University of St. Thomasí 2012 Mardi Gras King and Queen not only have a passion to help others, they have an ambition to do it on a big scale. And given their already sterling records of service and leadership, John Ruff and Rosemary Tran have demonstrated they have what it takes to make a difference.



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