January 4, 2012 
Vol. 5, Issue 5

UST Sponsors Olympic Marathon Trials

UST  will sponsor the United States Olympic Trials Marathon, which will take place in Downtown Houston on Jan. 14, one day before the Chevron Houston Marathon. Thanks to a generous donation from David Harvey, vice president of the UST Board of Directors, the University joins a group of 15 local companies who will sponsor the events. The trials will showcase Houston to a television audience reaching millions of viewers nationwide, and determine the three men and three women who will compete in the Olympic Games in London.


Opera Concert raises $250,000 for Performing Arts Center

In the Hobby Center’s Zilkha Hall, about 370 friends of the University of St. Thomas gathered for a special performance by Grammy Award-winning opera favorite Ana Maria Martinez on Dec. 14. The concert, Cantos De Mi Corazón: Songs of My Heart, raised approximately $250,000 for the University’s planned Performing Arts Center.


UST Features Inspiring Catholic TV Programs

The University features online programming from Salt + Light Catholic Media Foundation, a Canadian charitable organization devoted to spreading the light of Christ through modern and mass media -- television, internet, radio, documentaries and other forms of social communication. The Rev. Thomas Rosica, CSB, is CEO of Salt + Light and a Basilian priest who serves on UST’s Board of Directors.


Aquinas Lecture Examines Natural Knowledge of God

The University of St. Thomas Center for Thomistic Studies will host Dr. Matthew Levering, professor of religious studies at the University of Dayton, as as he gives this year's Aquinas Lecture, “Romans 1:20 and Our Natural Knowledge of God,” at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 26 at UST’s Jones Hall.  


Raye White gives $500,000 to Center for Faith & Culture

The University of St. Thomas Center for Faith & Culture received a $500,000 gift from friend and benefactor Raye White on Oct. 3. The gift will support the Center’s mission to form community leaders who understand and effect the relationship between the worldview of Catholic faith and culture.


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Basilian Fathers Continue Legacy at UST

In the first 20 years after founding the University of St. Thomas, the priests of the Congregation of St. Basil were so dedicated to the success of the infant University that they worked for free. Today, the Basilian Fathers remain firmly rooted in Catholic education and the University of St. Thomas.



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