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09/11/18  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.


09/10/18  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.


08/16/18  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.


08/16/18  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.


08/16/18  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.


07/25/18  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.


05/16/18  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.


05/01/18  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.


05/01/18  NEW STUDY EVALUATES THE FACTORS THAT IMPACT UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH PRODUCTIVITY AT PRIMARILY UNDERGRADUATE INSTITUTIONS
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).


04/12/18  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.


03/27/18  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.


03/09/18  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.


03/09/18  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.


02/20/18  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.


02/20/18  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.


02/13/18  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.  


01/30/18  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.


01/08/18  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.


01/05/18  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.


11/09/17  University of St. Thomas Irish Gala Celebrates Irish Religious Throughout Texas
UST President Richard Ludwick and wife Melynda at the Irish Gala

More than 300 friends of the University of St. Thomas William J. Flynn Center for Irish Studies attended the annual Irish Gala on Nov. 3 at The Houstonian Hotel. The theme for this year’s Gala was “Celebrating Irish Religious Throughout Texas.” This year marks the 15th anniversary of the Center for Irish Studies.


11/07/17  Barbara Bush to Receive 2017 Ethical Leadership in Action Award at University of St. Thomas Cameron Business Symposium
Former First Lady Barbara Bush

University of St. Thomas Cameron School of Business will award Former First Lady Barbara Bush its 2017 Ethical Leadership in Action Award at its third annual Business Symposium scheduled for Nov. 17.


11/02/17  University of St. Thomas Earns Top Spot in College Choice Best Western Regional Universities Rankings for 2017
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College Choice names University of St. Thomas to its Best Western Regional Universities list for 2017. College Choice is a leading authority in college and university rankings and resources dedicated to helping students and their families find the right college.


10/30/17  Education Professor Selected for Fulbright Fellowship
Dr. Higinia Torres Rimbau, director of Bilingual and Dual Language Programs at the University of St. Thomas School of Education

Dr. Higinia Torres Rimbau, director of Bilingual and Dual Language Programs at the University of St. Thomas School of Education, was selected for a Fulbright Fellowship in Paris, France, where she will work with local educators to address vulnerable populations.


10/19/17  University of St. Thomas Celebrates a New Era with 9th President Dr. Richard L. Ludwick’s Inaugural Ceremony
University of St. Thomas President Richard L. Ludwick

University of St. Thomas Houston will inaugurate Richard L. Ludwick as its 9th president during an investiture ceremony on Friday, Oct. 27, at 10:30 a.m. at the Jerabeck Center on campus.


10/06/17  Center for Faith and Culture Honors Herbert P. Edmundson, Jr. ’69, Ph.D., M.D. at Faithful Citizenship Dinner
Herbert P. Edmundson, Jr. was given the Faithful Citizen Award by the University of St. Thomas - Houston

More than 230 friends of the University of St. Thomas Donald S. Nesti, CSSp Center for Faith and Culture attended the seventh annual Faithful Citizenship Dinner on Thursday, Oct. 4 at Houston Country Club. The theme for this year’s dinner was “Healing the World through Love” and the honor of the Faithful Citizen Award was bestowed upon Herbert P. Edmundson, Jr. ’69, Ph.D., M.D., who currently serves as Board Chair for the University of St. Thomas.


10/02/17  Innovative Programming Helps Double Participation in University of St. Thomas Study Abroad Program
Students participate in a UST study abroad trip to Cuba.

Living up to its pledge to Generation Study Abroad and ahead of the 2020 deadline, University of St. Thomas Houston has doubled the number of students who participate in a study abroad experience. Innovative programs for freshmen students and adding new nontraditional destinations helped build the program.


09/28/17  A Taste of Italy at UST
A plate of Italain Lasagna

The Italian Cultural & Community Center (ICCC) will host the 39th Houston Italian Festival from Thursday, October 12 to Sunday, October 15, 2017 on the grounds 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. 


09/14/17  U.S. News & World Report Names University of St. Thomas Among Best Colleges and Best Value in the West
U.S. News and World Report Best Regional Universities 2018 Badge

The University of St. Thomas ranks 26th in the 2018 edition of the U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Colleges” list of universities in the western region of the United States.


08/23/17  UST Named "Best in the West" College by Princeton Review
The Princeton Review Best Western Regional Colleges Badge

University of St. Thomas is one of the best colleges in the West according to The Princeton Review.


08/14/17  “Staring at the Sun: the Solar Eclipse of 2017”
Center for Science and Health Professions at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, TX

This entertaining talk will explain solar eclipses and the sun itself. View the solar eclipse using the University's solar telescopes, solar binoculars and free solar viewing goggles. You can talk with scientists as well.


06/27/17  New Chief to Lead University of St. Thomas Police
Photo: University of St. Thomas Police Chief H.E. Jenkins

University of St. Thomas announces the appointment of H.E. Jenkins as the new Chief of Police, effective June 19.  Chief Jenkins replaces James Tate who held the position of Chief of Police for three years.


06/16/17  UST Announces Dr. Richard Ludwick as New President
University of St. Thomas Houston President Richard Ludwick

Following an extensive national search, the University of St. Thomas has announced Dr. Richard L. Ludwick as its ninth president. Dr. Ludwick will take the helm at UST on July 1, 2017. 


05/31/17  Donald S. Nesti, CSSp, Center for Faith & Culture at the University of St. Thomas Appoints Fr. Chris Valka, CSB, as Center Director
Father Chris Valka from the University of St. Thomas in Houston Texas

The University of St. Thomas Donald S. Nesti, CSSp, Center for Faith & Culture (CFC) has appointed Fr. Chris Valka, CSB, as the director for the Center.  


05/02/17  University of St. Thomas Recommended in 10th Newman Guide
The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College

The University of St. Thomas is recommended in the 2017-2018 edition of The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College, a publication of the Cardinal Newman Society that recommends 29 Catholic colleges, universities and higher education programs for excellence in faithful Catholic education.


04/26/17  $6.5 million estate gift brings UST closer to $100 million endowment
Chapel of St. Basil gold dome at night

The University of St. Thomas has received a $6.5 million contribution from the estate of James M. Hughes, in support of Faith in Our Future: The Campaign for the University of St. Thomas. The gift, the largest single realized bequest in university history, establishes the James M. Hughes Endowed Scholarship Fund.


04/18/17  Cardinal Dolan to Address University of St. Thomas Graduates
Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York

Known for his charismatic media personality and commitment to Catholic values, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York, will present the keynote address at the 2017 University of St. Thomas Commencement at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at NRG Arena, 1 NRG Park.


03/06/17  Prestige from the Pope: Papal Award Bestowed Upon Outgoing President Robert Ivany
Dr. Robert Ivany

At the 67th annual University of St. Thomas Mardi Gras Gala held on Saturday, February 25th at the Hilton-Americas, His Eminence Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, took the stage for what proved to be one of the most indelible moments of the entire evening as he presented President Robert Ivany with a surprise papal gift, the highest honor that can be presented by the Papacy to the laity. 


03/06/17  Mardi Gras Gala Lights the Way to Record-Setting Amount Raised for Student Scholarships
Attendees at the 2017 University of St. Thomas Mardi Gras Scholarship Gala

The 67th annual University of St. Thomas Mardi Gras Scholarship Gala was held on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at the Hilton Americas-Houston and raised a record amount of over $1.8 million for the Ivany Family Scholarship Fund to provide scholarships to deserving undergraduate and graduate students at UST. The annual gala paid tribute to outgoing University of St. Thomas President Dr. Robert Ivany and First Lady Marianne Ivany while simultaneously commemorating the 70th anniversary of the founding of the University by the Basilian Fathers in 1947. 


02/16/17  UST's Iconic Chapel of St. Basil Turns 20 in 2017: Legendary Architect Philip Johnson's Final Houston Project Being Celebrated for its Intrepid Legacy
Chapel of St. Basil at night

The Chapel of St. Basil, designed by architect Philip Johnson and named for St. Basil the Great, a fourth century bishop in what is today Turkey, celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2017 in conjunction with the University of St. Thomas’ 70th anniversary as a private Catholic institution of higher learning in the City of Houston.


02/09/17  Free Tax Preparation Offered by UST Alumni and Faculty
University of St. Thomas student assists community member with tax return

The University of St. Thomas’ Cameron School of Business announced its continued partnership this spring with the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA), which offers low-income residents in the Houston community an opportunity to receive free income tax preparation and electronic filing. The VITA program gives accounting and business students a hands-on experience in preparing taxes and managing a community-based volunteer program.


01/27/17  Looking Back, Moving Forward: University of St. Thomas Celebrates Major Milestones as it Builds for the Future
Chapel of St. Basil in the midst of its construction

Founded in 1947 by the Basilian Fathers – a distinguished order of Catholic priests devoted to teaching – University of St. Thomas (UST) has long served as an institution of academic achievement for generations of young men and women – instilling its students with a comprehensive liberal arts foundation. 


12/05/16  UST Sets Scholarships and Tuition for 2017-2018
University of St. Thomas Houston Crest

The University of St. Thomas continues its commitment to affordability with a modest three percent tuition increase for undergraduates and an increase in the scholarship and financial aid budget to $20 million for 2017-2018.


11/08/16  Gala Celebrates Ireland with Special Tribute to William J. Flynn
Ambassador Anne Anderson and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness the University of St. Thomas William J. Flynn Center for Irish Studies Irish Gala.

Over 300 friends of the University of St. Thomas William J. Flynn Center for Irish Studies attended the annual Irish Gala on Nov. 4 at The Houstonian Hotel for a Gala “Celebrating Ireland through its People.” The Gala paid special tribute to William J. Flynn, the Center’s namesake, for his tireless commitment to the peace process in Ireland. 


10/06/16  University of St. Thomas Performing & Fine Arts Society Honors Houston Philanthropy Legends Margaret Alkek Williams and Cecil "C.C." Conner at Annual Membership Tea
Honorees Margaret Alkek Williams & C.C. Conner

The University of St. Thomas (UST) Performing & Fine Arts Society held its sixth annual Membership Tea in the home of Azar Delpassand as 100-plus guests were treated to an afternoon of high tea, champagne, and socializing in recognition of the extensive contributions made by honorees Margaret Alkek Williams and Cecil “C.C.” Conner.  


10/03/16  $3.8 Million Grant Funds STEM for Hispanic and Low-Income Students
STEM students at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas conducting research during chemistry lab

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded the University of St. Thomas a five-year, $3.8 million grant for Hispanic and low-income students interested in pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and nursing.


09/21/16  UST Named One of 35 Faithfully Catholic Colleges and Universities
The National Catholic Register's Catholic Identity College Guide Badge

University of St. Thomas Houston was named one of the 35 faithfully Catholic colleges and universities by the National Catholic Register in its 12th annual Catholic Identity College Guide 2016.  


09/12/16  UST Ranked One of the Best Colleges in the West
University of St. Thomas Houston, Texas has been ranked one of the Best Colleges in the West by US News and World Report

The University of St. Thomas was ranked 29th in the 2017 edition of the U.S. News and World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” list of universities in the western region of the United States.


08/31/16  UST Ranked “Best in the West” by The Princeton Review
University of St. Thomas Houston, Texas is ranked one of the best colleges in West, according to The Princeton Review.

The University of St. Thomas was ranked one of the best colleges in West, according to The Princeton Review.  UST is among 125 colleges and universities in 15 Western states to represent the “Best in the West.”


08/18/16  Dr. Martin Lindenberg to Lead McNair Center
Dr. Martin Lindenberg, Director of the McNair Foundation for Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, TX

The University of St. Thomas has appointed Dr. Martin Lindenberg, an entrepreneur and consultant, who has years of experience and success under his belt, to lead the McNair Center for Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship.


08/03/16  University of St. Thomas Names New Dean, School of Education and Human Services
University of St. Thomas Houston School of Education Dean Dr. Paul Paese

University of St. Thomas Houston announces the appointment of Dr. Paul Paese as Dean of the School of Education and Human Services, effective July 1, 2016.  Dr. Paese has a distinguished career as a leader, scholar and teacher in the field of education.


08/02/16  William J. Flynn Center for Irish Studies at the University of St. Thomas Appoints Irish Language Scholar
Jonathan O'Neill

The University of St. Thomas William J. Flynn Center for Irish Studies has appointed Jonathan O’Neill, MA as an Irish Studies scholar. Originally from Counties Galway and Clare in Ireland, O’Neill joins the Center from the University of Limerick. His extensive teaching background includes coursework in beginner, intermediate and advanced Irish Language as well as course instruction on Irish literature and culture. 


06/09/16  Crime Novel Course Investigates Murder as the Ultimate Crime
Typewriter murder mystery

Beginning with Cain and Abel, murder has fascinated people for thousands of years, and the crime novel is an ever-popular genre. Students in the Criminology, Law and Society program at University of St. Thomas will pit their wits against the protagonist or the detective in Crime Novel CRM 4332.  This Whodunnit course is the only one housed in a criminology program in the nation.


05/05/16  University of St. Thomas Center for International Studies Receives Prestigious Taiwan Studies Grant
The Honorable Louis M. Huang, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office director general

The Center for International Studies has received a three-year, $170,000 grant from Taiwan’s Ministry of Education to support ongoing and future expansion of Taiwan Studies at the University of St. Thomas.


01/22/16  New Director to Prepare Ethical Leaders of Tomorrow
Dr. Joseph Cerami

Corporate social responsibility, right to life issues and cyber ethics are all “hot topics” today, and the University of St. Thomas is giving students the opportunity to think critically and analyze these topics in the recently established Center for Ethical Leadership. To aid in achieving this goal, Dr. Robert Ivany, president of the university, and Dr. Dominic Aquila, provost, have brought Dr. Joseph Cerami to lead the Center and guide students while examining the importance of ethics in these fields and beyond.


12/22/15  UST Opts Out of Campus Carry
Chief Tate from the University of St. Thomas Houston police department

On October 2, 2015, I informed the campus community that I would consult with the representatives of the staff, faculty, undergraduate and graduate students to determine if we should "opt-out" of Campus Carry, an option provided to private institutions of higher education by Senate Bill 11.  SB 11 allows concealed handgun license holders to carry guns on campus. Thank you all who participated in this process.  


11/05/15  Groundbreaking for the Center for Science and Health Professions
View of the STEM Center for Science and Health Professions across the academic mall at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas

The University of St. Thomas, a member of the world-renowned Texas Medical Center, will break ground on a new Center for Science and Health Professions on Nov. 12, 2015. The new facility, containing more than 100,000 square-feet of modern lab space and classrooms, will meet the increasing demand for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) degree programs in Houston. 


11/02/15  Brazilian Business Executives Meet with UST Professors
Brazilian Executives Visit UST

Business executives and graduate students from Brazil and Angola visited the University of St. Thomas in September to participate in a business seminar presented by UST professors.

 

07/14/15  UST Students Study Around the Globe
Luke Malone

With the rise of globalization and the increasing interconnectedness of the world, the need for students to gain a global perspective while in college is at an all-time high.

Then why do only 10 percent of college graduates in the United States participate in study abroad programs?