October 1, 2012 
Vol. 5, Issue 14

Pope Names Sr. Paula Jean Miller Synod Expert

Sister Paula Jean Miller, FSE, founder and director of Catholic Studies and professor of theology at St. Thomas, has been appointed by Pope Benedict XVI, as an expert, adiutrix secretarii specialis, for the XIII Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops. Sister Paula Jean, who has been called to Rome in October, will offer expert assistance and collaboration to the special secretary in the preparation of the Synod documents and reports.


Festival Brings Italian Culture, Food to UST

The 34th Annual Houston Italian Festival, Oct. 11-14, is sure to excite Houstonians to celebrate all things Italian. Hosted on the UST campus, events such as collie dogs playing soccer, grape stomps for adults and children, pasta-eating contests and a bocce tournament will be a treat for the entire family. The event is sponsored by the Italian Cultural and Community Center.


Wensjoe Banquet, Fund Supports Study Abroad

In memory of Dr. Gustavo Wensjoe, a professor, mentor and visionary who dedicated his career to promoting global understanding through higher education, UST established the Gustavo Wensjoe Memorial Fund. The fund provides academic study abroad scholarships for students at St. Thomas. A banquet dinner will be at 6 p.m. on Oct. 25 at The Courtyard on St. James Place. Read more about how to donate and purchase tickets to the event.


Archbishop Fiorenza Lecture Focuses on Vatican II

The UST Center for Faith and Culture will host the annual Archbishop Joseph A. Fiorenza Lecture with Dr. John Borelli, research fellow at the Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown University, at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 3 in Jones Hall, 3910 Yoakum Blvd. Borelli will speak about “Understanding and Interpreting Vatican II and the Promotion of Dialogue.” The event is free and open to the public.


Herzstein Lecture Examines Free Will

The Albert and Ethel Herzstein Charitable Foundation and the UST School of Arts and Sciences will sponsor the annual Herzstein Lecture at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 10 in Cullen Hall, 4001 Mt. Vernon. Dr. Alan J. Avery-Peck, Kraft-Hiatt professor in Judaic Studies at the College of the Holy Cross, will give a lecture on “Fate, Faith and Free Will: Notions of Divine Providence in Early Judaism.” The event is free and open to the public.


UST Among ĎAmericaís Best Collegesí

For the 19th consecutive year, 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 34th in 2013.


UST Recognized as Military Friendly School

UST was recently named a 2013 Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs Magazine. The designation was awarded through a survey that assessed services and resources offered to veterans and their dependents. With 134 veterans on campus, UST offers many programs, benefits and workshops that cater to and support those who served in the military.


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Music Chair Conducts in Milan

Dr. Glenn Garrido, new chair of the Music Department at UST, conducted the Civic Orchestra of Milan on Sept. 8 at the Court of Honor of the City Palace, or Palazzo Marino, in Milan, Italy. Garrido was the first U.S. citizen to guest conduct the more-than-150-year-old Orchestra.



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