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Sep 11, 2018  Chemistry Professor Wins 2018 Mentor on the Map NOBCChE Award
Javoris Hollingsworth

University of St. Thomas Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Dr. Javoris Hollingsworth, received the 2018 Mentor on the Map Award from the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE). According to NOBCChE, the award is based on the dedication the recipient has shown to the educational development of others and the passion he has shown for STEM.

Sep 11, 2018  40th Houston Italian Festival this October on University of St. Thomas Campus
Lasagna served at the Italian Festival

The Italian Cultural & Community Center (ICCC) will host the 40th Houston Italian Festival from Thursday, October 11 to Sunday, October 14, 2018 on the campus of the University of St. Thomas. Festa Italiana is an annual festival founded with the mission of celebrating Italian culture and heritage in the city of Houston. Recognized as a significant cultural event in the city, Festa Italiana has numerous activities to offer its guests. Admission is free for faculty, staff and students of the University of St. Thomas with a valid UST ID.

Sep 10, 2018  U.S. News & World Report Ranks University of St. Thomas Among Best Colleges and a Best Value in the West
US News and World Report Best in the West Badge

University of St. Thomas ranks 28th in the 2019 edition of the U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges” list of universities in the western region of the United States.   The University also ranked ninth as one of its best value universities in the west.

Sep 06, 2018  Educational Leadership Students Publish in Professional Journals
Student working at a laptop computer.

Four University of St Thomas Educational Leadership Master’s degree students have had articles published in professional journals in the past 11 months. All were students of School of Education and Human Services Instructor Dr. Jim LeBuffe, who has been encouraging graduate students to share their outstanding teaching practices as published authors.

Sep 06, 2018  UST Brings Dance Back to Campus with METdance Partnership

UST will reintroduce a dance program through a partnership with METdance, one of Houston’s largest dance companies. The development of this proposed dance program is in the works, but UST has let students have a sneak peek into the program this fall by offering a few dance courses as electives. Courses are being held at the METdance Center, offering Ballet I in a morning and evening class.

Aug 31, 2018  Accounting Professor Wins Contribution to Teaching Award
Dr. John E. Simms, Cameron School of Business professor

On August 5, Dr. John E. Simms received the Best Contribution to Teaching Award from the American Accounting Association in Washington, D.C. Simms was given this prestigious award for his paper, “Teaching Accounting Ethics using Ex Corde Eccesiae,” a study focused on connecting Catholic ethics and accounting compliances.

Aug 31, 2018  Business Ethics Professor Writes on Human Embryo
Dr. Samuel Condic, business ethics professor, Cameron School of Business

Dr. Samuel Condic, business ethics professor at the Cameron School of Business, recently published a new book titled Human Embryos, Human Beings.

Aug 23, 2018  STEM Center Hosts Celt Community Mural Project
Students, faculty and staff collaborate on mural

To start the new school year, the University of St. Thomas STEM Center hosted the Celt Community Mural Project. The event began Friday, Aug. 17 during Freshman Orientation and continued Monday, Aug. 20, the first day of classes. Students, faculty and staff from all departments took part in painting the murals, which were designed in a paint-by-number format to allow participation.

Aug 16, 2018  UST Ranked Among “Best in the West” by The Princeton Review
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University of St. Thomas - Houston is one of the best colleges in the West according to The Princeton Review. The well-known education services company lists UST among the ”Best in the West” in its 2019 edition of the best colleges in America. Only 129 colleges in 15 Western states made The Princeton Review's “Best in the West” list for 2019.

Aug 16, 2018  University of St. Thomas in Texas Recommended in 2018-19 Edition of The Newman Guide
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The University of St. Thomas is recommended in the 2018-2019 edition of The Newman Guide, the flagship project of The Cardinal Newman Society that recommends 28 Catholic colleges, universities and higher education programs for excellence in faithful Catholic education.

Aug 16, 2018  University of St. Thomas Names Tennis Coach, Starts Inaugural Varsity Tennis Program
Jack Brasington III, new tennis coach at University of St. Thomas - Houston

The University of St. Thomas announced it hired former professional tennis player Jack Brasington III as the head coach of the school’s varsity men's and women's tennis teams, which will take to the court in the fall of 2019. This is the first time in its 71-year history that UST has fielded a men or women’s tennis team.

Aug 01, 2018  University of St. Thomas Master’s in Clinical Translation Management Degree Named One of Top 10 Programs in the Nation
MCTM Students at BIO Convention

University of St. Thomas Master’s in Clinical Translation Management degree ranks #7 out of 25 top clinical research management programs in the country by Healthcare Management Degree Guide and #8 by, both leading authorities on college rankings and resources.

Jul 25, 2018  University of St. Thomas Names Baseball Coach
Baseball Coach, Clayton VanderLann

The University of St. Thomas announced it hired Clayton VanderLaan as the head coach of the school’s varsity baseball team, which will take the field in spring 2020 after more than a half-century absence.

May 16, 2018  First-Gen Nursing Student Named “Exceptional” in Salute to Nurses Program
Afrah Mohammed

Every year during National Nurses Appreciation Week, the Houston Chronicle’s Salute to Nurses program awards scholarships to three exceptional nursing students attending Houston area colleges and universities. This year Afrah Mohammed, a 2019 in the Carol and Odis Peavy School of Nursing at the University of St. Thomas, was among those selected for the prestigious award.

May 01, 2018  Downtown, High Tech Music Man
Dr. Malcolm J. Solomon

Dr. Malcom J. Solomon is a composer, writer, director, independent filmmaker and associate professor at the University of St. Thomas Houston. Solomon is well accomplished and awarded.

Dr. Birgit Mellis

 An internationally renowned multidisciplinary journal PLOS ONE just published a case study regarding undergraduate student research products in chemistry and physics with research conducted by University of St. Thomas Associate Professor of Chemistry and Physics Dr. Birgit Mellis along with five colleagues from three peer institutions (Butler, John Carroll and Creighton).

Apr 19, 2018  Diverse Experiences Lead to Diverse Opportunities in MPPA Program
Mark Solano

The call to service is as unique as the individual being called. At the University of St. Thomas we recognized that everybody has a background, skills, and experiences that have shaped their outlook and life. The Master of Public Policy and Administration program acknowledges these differences and strives to provide a program that provides an accessible, flexible, and high quality education that prepares students for careers in leadership and management in public service or non-profit administration.

Apr 12, 2018  University of St. Thomas’ Center for International Studies to Offer Mandarian Chinese and Multicultural Training to Houston Police Department
Houston PD Officer

Houston Police Department Training Division has partnered with University of St. Thomas Center for International Studies and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office Houston to offer specialized Mandarin Chinese training as an elective course for two 10-week sessions at the West Side Station.  Additionally, the Center will offer elective training in multicultural and situational awareness for Houston Police Officers at the Houston Police Academy throughout 2018-19.  Both training courses are offered as professional credit programs.

Apr 12, 2018  University of St. Thomas Joins Rice and Others to Support Innovation District
Mayor Sylvester Turner

University of St. Thomas is working in partnership with other higher learning institutions, including Rice University, to offer support and academic participation in Houston’s new innovation district.

Mar 27, 2018  Former Astronaut Michael Fossum Inspires Research Students to Fuel their Passion with Excellence
Former Astronaut Michael Fossum

Former NASA Astronaut and Air Force Col. Michael E. Fossum will deliver the keynote address at University of St. Thomas’ 24th Annual Spring Research Symposium.  Fossum’s inspiring talk, Passion to Reach, chronicles his 13-year journey to become an astronaut. Despite setbacks, Fossum fostered a spirit of excellence during his training and achieved his goals. Fossum, a veteran of three space flights has logged more than 194 days in space, including more than 48 hours in seven spacewalks, served as an astronaut from 1998 until his retirement in 2017.

Mar 12, 2018  Biology Alumnus Thrives in Graduate School at Yale
University of St. Thomas - Houston biology alumnus Christopher Anderson

UST Biology grad Christopher Anderson shares his successes so far, following his graduation in June 2015. Now in his second year of graduate school at Yale University, he’s excited to delve further into studying the biological and biomedical sciences.

Mar 09, 2018  University of St. Thomas Assistant Professor Honored with Blackboard Exemplary Course Award
Dr. Jaent McCollum

The University of St. Thomas is pleased to announce that Dr. Janet McCollum, Director of Research & Assistant Professor, has been named a winner in Blackboard’s Exemplary Course Program (ECP). The awards program recognizes faculty and course designers from schools, colleges, and universities around the world who develop engaging and innovative courses that represent the very best in technology and learning.

Mar 09, 2018  Walk the Way of the Cross
Way of the Cross participants

Spend the morning of Good Friday, March 30, 2018, in a reflective procession carrying the cross from University of St. Thomas’ Chapel of St. Basil to the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart.  The 2.2-mile procession includes five stations, gospel readings, reflections and choral presentations.  Archbishop Joseph Fiorenza will provide a blessing at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart.

Feb 20, 2018  University of St. Thomas School of Theology Dean Featured one of Houston’s Most Influential Women of 2017
Sandra Magie

Dr. Sandra Magie, dean of the School of Theology at University of St. Thomas, has been named one of “Houston’s 50 Most Influential Women of 2017” by Houston Woman Magazine.

Feb 20, 2018  University of St. Thomas Appoints New Chair of Criminology, Law and Society
Dr. Michael Kane

University of St. Thomas appoints Dr. Michael F. Kane department chair of its Criminology, Law and Society program.

Feb 14, 2018  68th Mardi Gras Gala Honors Basilian Fathers and Lights the Way to a Better Future for UST Students
Mardi Gras King and Queen, Christian Sacra and Ana Hernandez

The evening opened with an impressive candle-lit procession featuring the 2018 Mardi Gras King and Queen, seniors Christina Sacra ’18 and Ana Hernandez ’18, elected by their fellow students; and their Court, comprised of other senior campus leaders. They were joined by the University Singers under the direction of Dr. Brady Knapp, and the St. Thomas Singers of St. Thomas High School, under the direction of Mr. Joshua Wilson, who performed Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee, Let There Be Peace on Earth and Sing Gloria!.  

Feb 13, 2018  University of St. Thomas Announces NCAA Division III Exploratory Membership
Kennard Robinson dribbles down the court

The University of St. Thomas Athletics Program has been approved for exploratory membership in Division III of the National Collegiate Athletic Association for the 2018-2019 academic year. The exploratory year will officially begin on Sept. 1, 2018, and will provide the university a year to learn more about NCAA Division III.  

Feb 05, 2018  Flexibility Leads to Success in MPPA Program
MPPA Student Leo Skelly

Returning to school can be difficult, especially when you have to balance school with a full-time job, raising children, or any number of other responsibilities.
In the Master of Public Policy Administration program at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas, the faculty works to make sure students have the support and flexibility they need to take the next step in their career.

Feb 02, 2018  UST Welcomes New Criminology, Law and Society Chair Dr. Michael Kane
Dr. Michael Kane, Chair of Criminology, Law and Society - University of St. Thomas - Houston

The University of St. Thomas is pleased to welcome Dr. Michael Kane as chair of the Criminology, Law and Society department. A New York State native and graduate of the Christian Brothers Academy High School in Dewitt, New York, Dr. Kane has devoted his life to the study and practice of criminal justice.

Jan 30, 2018  University of St. Thomas Coach Dohner sets Native Texan State Record for 1/2 Marathon
Ryan Dohmer

The  University of St. Thomas Cross Country team is setting a precedent with Coach Ryan Dohner running the fastest ½ Marathon of any person ever born in the state of Texas  2018 Chevron Houston Half Marathon.

Jan 26, 2018  Students Integrate Faith and Life in 14th Annual Essay Contest
Triciajane Asuncion, 12th Grade Winner, Essay Contest

There were 8,056 students—third-graders through high school seniors—who wrote essays for the contest, sponsored by the UST Office of Catholic Outreach. Their topics covered what it means to be a leader, the importance of Catholic schools, and the promises of the Rosary.

Jan 23, 2018  Award Sends Chemistry Professor to Leadership Workshop
University of St. Thomas - Houston Chemistry and Physics Assistant Professor Dr. Javoris Hollingsworth

One of only 15 applicants selected from across the nation, University of St. Thomas Assistant Professor Dr. Javoris Hollingsworth received a Leadership Development Award from the Younger Chemists Committee (YCC) of the American Chemical Society (ACS).

Jan 08, 2018  UST Announces the Integration of Campus Ministry to the Center for Faith and Culture
Rev. Chris Valka and Rev. Dave Bittner

The Department of Campus Ministry at the University of St. Thomas will integrate into the framework of the Donald S. Nesti, CSSp Center for Faith and Culture. Through the leadership of Fr. Chris Valka, CSB, director Center for Faith and Culture, and in collaboration with Fr. Dave Bittner, CSB, campus chaplain, President Dr. Richard Ludwick has approved the merger between the two departments. The reorganization stems from the ideas and concepts around how faith is lived, nurtured and celebrated on campus. Since its founding, UST has strived to live the meaning of Catholic with the universality that defines the Faith; as it serves people of all beliefs and backgrounds.

Jan 05, 2018  University of St. Thomas Houston to Offer Nursing DNP Degree
Elsemar Ibarra, Nursing Student

The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree is the fastest growing nursing graduate program in the United States. According to the Texas Center for Nursing Workforce Studies, only 0.7% of nurses licensed in Texas hold a doctoral degree.