October 1, 2011 
Vol. 4, Issue 3
U.S. News and World Report Recognizes UST
For the 18th consecutive year, the University of St. Thomas has been named to the top tier of the U.S. News & World Reportís, ďAmericaís Best CollegesĒ list of universities offering masterís degrees in the Western region of the United States. UST currently ranks 30th in the 2012 rankings.
Freshmen Prepare 11,000 Meals for Houstonís Hungry
The University of St. Thomas freshman class packed more than 9,000 pounds of food, which will make more than 11,000 meals at a service project on Saturday, Sept. 17. More than 230 students participated in a service-learning project at the Houston Food Bank.
CNN Vatican Analyst Discusses Religious Freedom

John L. Allen Jr., senior correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter and senior Vatican analyst for CNN, will give the annual Center for Faith and Culture Archbishop Joseph A. Fiorenza Lecture at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 4 in Jones Hall. Allenís lecture will explore ďReligious Freedom: Its Roots in Catholic Thought and its Place in Vatican Diplomacy.Ē

Hit the High Notes at Opera Workshop

The Music Department will hit the high notes and showcase the vocal talent of our students for Opera Workshop, a weekend of three performances from Friday- Sunday, Oct. 21-23 in Cullen Hall. The ensemble is directed by Dr. Brady Knapp and choreographed by Debra Dickinson.

Doherty Library Hosts Annual Book Sale

The UST Doherty Library will host its annual book sale Wednesday-Sunday, Oct. 26-30. Book lovers can find hardbound books for $2 and paperback books for $1. This year, the sale will feature many books in theology and philosophy. UST faculty, staff, students and members of Friends of Doherty Library can preview the sale on Wednesday, Oct. 26; the sale is open to the public beginning Thursday.

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Festa Italiana Promises Food, Wine, Dancing & More

Enjoy a feast of sight, sound and Italian flavor and share the heritage, culture and the romance of Italy at the 33rd Annual Houston Festa Italiana. One of the largest ethnic festivals in Houston, Festa Italiana will once again entice thousands of guests to the University of St. Thomas campus, 3800 Montrose, for three days from Friday-Sunday, Oct. 14-16. Donít miss the kick-off party on Thursday, Oct. 13 featuring a performance by Trio Napolincanto, a theatrical, musical storytelling group from Naples.
Elise Marrion


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