December 1, 2011 
Vol. 5, Issue 4

Off-campus MEd Program Graduates First Students

Master of Education student Kayce Warden is one of 139 students in UST’s off-campus Master of Education program who will celebrate their graduation on Friday, Dec. 16. UST’s regular Master of Education curriculum is taught by UST faculty members at 14 different sites in the Greater Houston area, serving about 900 students in the program in a variety of suburban school districts.


Nursing Receives Accreditation, Opens Summer 2012

The University of St. Thomas will officially reopen the School of Nursing in summer 2012, with approval from the regional accreditation body. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges announced on Nov. 7 that the program meets accreditation requirements. The accreditation follows the July 21 Texas Board of Nursing’s approval, allowing the University to offer a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.


Ana Maria Martinez Gives Benefit Concert

To celebrate the unveiling of a planned Performing Arts and Conference Center at UST, world-renowned soprano and Houston Grand Opera favorite Ana María Martínez will perform a benefit concert at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 14, in Zilkha Hall of the Hobby Center. The concert will feature Cantos De Mi Corazón: Songs of My Heart, a collection of classic arias and Broadway favorites Martínez says have inspired her during critical moments of her life.


Christmas in the Chapel

Enjoy the sounds of the season with the University Singers concert, “An Evening of Lessons and Carols,” at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 5 in the Chapel of St. Basil, directed by Dr. Brady Knapp and special guest conductor Courtney Daniell-Knapp. The event is free and open to the public.  For details, call 713-525-3560.


UST Volleyball, Soccer Finish 3rd in Conference

The Women’s Volleyball and Men’s Soccer teams competed in their inaugural Red River Athletic Conference Tournament on Nov. 11 at the University of Texas at Brownsville. The Women’s Volleyball team finished third at the tournament, with a 19-17 record for the season. The Men’s Soccer team finished third in the RRAC and was 9-4 in conference play.


Center for Irish Studies Hosts Record-Breaking Irish Gala

The University of St. Thomas William J. Flynn Center for Irish Studies, rated top 10 in the country, reached new heights and broke records at its annual Irish Gala, held Nov. 4 at the Houstonian Hotel.  More than 400 people attended this annual event, which raised $295,000 in total gross proceeds for scholarships to study abroad in Ireland and Northern Ireland and to fund the Centerís inter-disciplinary academic program.

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UST Awards Scholarships to UST Eagle Scouts

As the highest Boy Scout rank, Eagle Scouts must show leadership ability, service to others and a commitment to God and country. For achieving this difficult rank, the University of St. Thomas awarded $1,000 scholarships to four freshmen for the first time this year.

Alex Carrejo, Brian Ehlinger, Cameron Hamilton and Joseph Jurica, the four Eagle Scouts, said their high school participation in Boy Scouts prepared them well for an education at UST.



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