UNIVERSITY OF S T. T H O M A S HOUSTON TEXAS | FALL 2011 IN THIS ISSUE 5 Alumna Finds Success in Real Estate and in Life From humble beginnings as a refugee from Vietnam, alumna Pamela Ngo Tranpark has achieved success as a mortgage broker and real estate investment portfolio specialist. 6 Vatican Analyst and Journalist Addresses Religious Freedom John L. Allen, Jr., shares insights into this topic and his professional experiences during the Archbishop Joseph A. Fiorenza Lecture. 8 Nursing Supporters and Friends of the University View the faces of philanthropy at the Lunch and Learn for Foundations and Presidential Campus Tour, the Seekers & Sages Luncheon and a special scholarship presentation. 9 University of St. Thomas Salutes Leaders in Philanthropy With the next comprehensive capital campaign in the preparatory stage, UST Board Chair Michele Malloy and Vice Chair David Harvey have stepped up to sustain the UST legacy of outstanding community volunteer leadership. 13 Core Element of Nursing Curriculum is Service to Others According to Dr. Poldi Tschirch, director of Nursing Program Development, the nursing curriculum will be rooted in a philosophy of healing and holistic care and nursing as a healing ministry. 16 UST Welcomes Golf and Women’s Basketball Golf and women’s basketball join the University’s growing intercollegiate athletics program. ON THE COVER UST Board Chair Michele Malloy pledges the lead gift for the capital campaign, and Vice Chair David Harvey accepts leadership as campaign chair. See Leaders in Philanthropy on page 9. EDITORS Marionette Mitchell Director of Publications Sandra Soliz, MLA ’01 Director of Communications and Marketing CONTRIBUTORS Brenda B. Cooper ’05, MBA ’09 Ryane Jackson Monica Longoria Jesse Maldonado Elise Marrion Ronnie Piper Heather Saucier ’95 Chris Zeglin DEPARTMENTS The University of St. Thomas Magazine is published four times annually for alumni and friends of the University. UST is a member of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). The University of St. Thomas is committed to providing equal educational opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, disability or veteran status. 2 18 Faculty and Staff UST highlights scholar activity, presentations and publications. Copyright 2011 by the University of St. Thomas H. Ken DeDominicis, Publisher VP for Institutional Advancement 3800 Montrose Boulevard Houston, TX 77006-4626 Phone: 713-525-3100 email@example.com www.stthom.edu On the Mall UST Exceeds Hispanic Graduation Rate • Dr. Randall Smith Receives Myser Fellowship • Freshman Class Feeds Houston’s Hungry • Grant Funds Student Engagement in STEM Fields • UST Joins Red River Athletic Conference • Save the Date Mardi Gras 2012 • Benefit Concert by Ana María Martínez • Irish Gala 19 Alumni Chronicles Celt Callers Program • Alumni Association Awards Student Scholarships • UST Homecoming • Alumni Memorial Mass 20 Classnotes Share your stories with alumni and friends. 21 In Memoriam UST remembers family and friends.