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Cameron Waldner BA Political Science ’06, MLA Political Science ’08 As the first City of Houston Chief Service Officer, Cameron Waldner calls upon his political science education at UST and his lifelong belief in civic engagement and volunteerism. A legacy of Waldners has graduated from UST− both of Waldner’s parents as well as one uncle, two aunts and three cousins – and he has continued his family’s legacy of service. Lending a hand is nothing new to Waldner, whose family continues to be active in social agencies and nonprofit organizations. He was a Boy Scout for 12 years and earned the organization’s highest award of Eagle Scout in 1998. As a student at UST, he organized countless volunteer events that benefited the local community, food pantries and shelters. After earning a bachelor’s degree in political science in 2006 and a Master in Liberal Arts with a concentration in political science in 2008, Waldner joined a strong network of UST graduates working at City Hall to serve as Director of the Volunteer Initiatives Program. In September 2010, Mayor Annise Parker appointed Waldner to serve as the City of Houston’s first Chief Service Officer. Houston

is one of 10 cities to receive a Cities of Service Leadership Grant to hire a Chief Service Officer. The two-year, $200,000 grant is funded jointly by the Rockefeller Foundation and Bloomberg Philanthropies. Cities of Service is a bipartisan coalition of more than 100 mayors that promotes volunteerism as a way to address community needs. In this position, Waldner is a member of the City’s senior leadership team charged with developing and implementing a citywide plan to increase volunteerism and target volunteers to address the city’s greatest needs. He also creates partnerships among local government, businesses and universities to increase the dedication to and effectiveness of community service for the City of Houston. He is currently exploring a service learning collaboration between the City of Houston, UST and other local universities. What St. Thomas has meant to Cameron

“The desire to volunteer was instilled at a young age and reinforced at UST. St. Thomas gave me the opportunity to balance the secular world with my faith. My education at UST has opened many doors to do good in the Houston community. I am grateful to live and work in Houston, where I know UST will continue to be the inspiration and catalyst for other young adults who feel a similar life calling to public service,” Waldner said. – Elise Marrion



The University of St. Thomas reveals plans for the new Center for Science and Health Professions. See page 9.


Cameron Receives AACSB Accreditation Cameron School of Business is among the fewer than five percent of business schools in the world accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.


St. Thomas Launches New Core Curriculum A new undergraduate core curriculum focuses on the integration of knowledge, bringing it into greater conformity with Pope John Paul II’s Ex Corde Ecclesiae.


Board Member Hosts Reception for Scholarship Students Paul Layne, UST board member, and his wife, Penny, hosted recipients of the Presidential Excellence Scholarship in a family-like atmosphere that UST offers its students.


UST Supporters “Jazz It Up” at Mardi Gras 2011 Chaired by Kathy and Dr. Ken Wells, the event raised nearly $900,000 for scholarships and honored the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word.


Campaign Raises Support for Nursing Program Development The University has raised more than $13 million for nursing program development, operating expenses, endowed faculty chairs and a Clinical Simulation Center.


Concert Benefits Performing Arts Martin and Kelli Cohen Fein chaired this benefit featuring Ana María Martínez and celebrating the vision to enhance the visual and performing arts at UST.


University Expansion Targets Science and Health Professions A state-of-the-art facility has been designed to accommodate the growing demand for graduates skilled in all areas of science and health programs.


UST Program Forms Strategic Alliance With Centro Fox This partnership will expand both organizations’ efforts to implement poverty alleviation through microfinance and other measures.

EDITORS Marionette Mitchell Director of Publications Sandra Soliz, MLA ’01 Director of Communications and Marketing CONTRIBUTORS Claudia Deschamps Ryane Jackson Monica Longoria Elise Marrion Ronnie Piper Heather Saucier ’95 Chris Zeglin

Image Credit: Cover image and all renderings of the proposed Center for Science and Health Professions are provided by WHR Architects.

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.


Janice Gordon-Kelter Scholarship • Commencement Speaker The Honorable James A. Baker III • Irish Gala • Golf Coach Matt Luther • Women’s Basketball Coach Mike Ricks • Sports Luncheon Speaker John Granato • Maestro Roberto Porroni in Concert 16

Faculty and Staff

UST highlights scholar activity, presentations and publications. 17

Alumni Chronicles

Burney Hebinck Has a Special Place in His Heart for His Alma Mater • Social Hour • Black History Month • Alumni Memorial Mass • Class of 1961 Reunion • Marathon Cheer Party • Turtle Races and Basketball

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

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Honorary and Memorial Gifts

Special occasions and loved ones are honored and remembered. 21

In Memoriam

UST remembers family and friends.


University of St. Thomas Awards First Dr. Janice Gordon-Kelter Scholarship

The late Dr. Janice Gordon-Kelter served as dean of the Master in Liberal Arts Program at the University of St. Thomas.

The Dr. Janice Gordon-Kelter Scholarship was awarded for the very first time this semester to Ava Love, a Master in Liberal Arts student concentrating in English. “I wish to thank all of you who helped, through donating your time and money, to create this scholarship and to those making the award a reality for the spring of 2011,” said Dr. Irving Kelter, professor and chair, UST History Department. “Janice would be so happy to know that the scholarship was awarded to an excellent student in the MLA program, a program she loved so much.” Dr. Gordon-Kelter joined the University of St. Thomas in 1991 and held a number of positions before becoming director of the MLA program in 1997 and dean in 2001. She was a beloved teacher and a published author in the fields of medieval history and women’s studies. The scholarship was established to benefit the adult, non-traditional students whose cause she championed.

Secretary James Baker to Address Class of 2011 The Honorable James A. Baker III, 61st U.S. Secretary of State and 67th Secretary of the Treasury, addressed the 61st Commencement Ceremony on May 14 at Reliant Arena. Baccalaureate Mass took place on May 13 at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. The celebrant was His Eminence Daniel Cardinal DiNardo. Baker is currently senior partner at the Houstonbased law firm Baker Botts and serves as honorary chairman of the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University and on the board of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Baker’s memoir, Work Hard, Study…and Keep Out of Politics! Adventures and Lessons from an Unexpected Public Life, was published in October 2006. The ceremony celebrated the achievements of 328 undergraduates and 350 graduate students. Ivan 2

Earls took the stage as the student commencement speaker. An honorary doctorate was given to Father Patrick Braden, CSB, scholar, educator, scientist, researcher, priest and president emeritus of two universities, including UST. The Vincent J. Guinan Distinguished Alumni Award was presented to Bernard “Burney” Hebinck ’55, an attorney with Hebinck & Alter, P.C.

Irish Studies Honors Peg and William J. Flynn The University announced the renaming of the Center for Irish Studies as the William J. Flynn Center for Irish Studies, at the annual Irish Gala held Nov. 5. Chaired by Jes and John Hagale, the gala honored Peg and William J. Flynn, chairman emeritus of Mutual of America Life Insurance Company. The event grossed more than $229,000 in tickets sales and donations and $86,000 for auction items and scholarships. The University also announced that the Center has surpassed its $1 million initial goal for the William J. Flynn Endowment for Peace and Reconciliation. The Flynns have been instrumental to the success of the Center and its mission to promote peace and reconciliation around the world. William J. Flynn is recognized by leaders of the Irish, Northern Irish, and British governments for his tireless efforts in fostering peace and economic prosperity in Northern Ireland. He has promoted reconciliation between Protestants and Catholics through economic development in Northern Ireland. (more at

Irish Gala chairs Jes and John Hagale with honoree William J. Flynn


Matt Luther Named Men’s, Women’s Golf Coach The growing University of St. Thomas Athletic Department will introduce men’s and women’s golf teams to its intercollegiate roster in fall 2011. Helping to tee-off the new program is golf coach Matt Luther, who has already begun recruiting students for the teams. “St. Thomas has a great deal of potential for student-athlete golfers,” Luther said. “Houston is a hotbed for golf, and Southern Texas is home to some great junior players. I look forward to drawing from that pool of talented junior golfers in the area to build the golf program at UST.” Luther has spent the last five years working in player development and golf operations at Royal Oaks Country Club since 2008 and The Woodlands Country Club from 2006 to 2008. He is a member of the Professional Golfers Association of America and is also a Titleist Performance Institute Certified Golf Fitness Instructor. (more at

Mike Ricks to Coach Women’s Basketball Mike Ricks has been appointed as coach of the University’s inaugural intercollegiate women’s basketball team, set to take the court for the first time in the 2011-2012 season. Ricks joins the full-time coaching staff at UST after two seasons as an assistant coach with the UST men’s basketball team.

Ricks is no stranger to success in coaching. Prior to joining the UST staff, he led Kingwood’s Northeast Christian Academy to the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools State Basketball Tournament four times. He was also part of three state championship teams as a high school coach. “When we began our search for our first women’s basketball coach, we wanted someone who would build a lasting foundation for the program while recruiting and developing outstanding student-athletes,” said UST Athletic Director Todd Smith. “Coach Ricks is that person.” (more at

John Granato keynotes 2011 Sports Banquet John Granato, senior vice president of operations at 1560 The Game AM Radio since 2007, addressed the annual UST Champions Club Benefit Luncheon on May 3. Since 1997 Granato has hosted a morning sports talk radio show in Houston that is currently simulcast on Comcast Sports TV. Previously at SportsRadio 610, Granato came to Houston in 1993 as sports director at Channel 51. Prior to that he was sports director at the NBC affiliate in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and the ABC affiliate in Lafayette, Louisiana. He began his career as a cameraman and then weekend sports anchor at the NBC affiliate in Flagstaff, Arizona. He has hosted various television shows and is an experienced play-by-play announcer.

Don’t just watch the team; be a part of the team! The Champions Club invites alumni and friends to be a part of intercollegiate athletics at the University of St. Thomas. Your support will go directly toward improving the student-athlete experience at St. Thomas. (

Maestro Roberto Porroni in Concert Monday, May 23, 2011 • 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM • Cullen Hall Under the patronage of Consul General of Italy Fabrizio Nava, renowned guitar virtuoso Maestro Roberto Porroni will travel from Milan to Houston to perform a concert of Italian music, honoring the 150th anniversary of the Unification of Italy. Flutist Luigi Arciuli will join Maestro Porroni in performing Italian music from the 1800s, with works by Paganini, Carulli (a Fantasy on Rossini’s Gazza Ladra), some popular Italian songs of the unification period (including a rare piece written by Giuseppe Mazzini, one of the Italian heroes of this period), and a second part devoted to 1900s Italian music, with music soundtracks by Nino Rota and Ennio Morricone. The concert is underwritten by Cathy and Giorgio Borlenghi and Hotel Granduca. Admission is free to the public. 3

Cameron Receives AACSB Accreditation

Ken DeDominicis, VP for Institutional Advancement; Ali Saberioon, Cameron School of Business Advisory Board Chair; and Dr. Bahman Mirshab, Dean, Cameron School of Business

The University of St. Thomas Cameron School of Business joins an elite group of institutions that have achieved business accreditation from The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International). Only 620 schools of business, or fewer than 5 percent worldwide, have earned this distinguished hallmark of excellence in management education. UST is the only private university in Houston to achieve accreditation for both undergraduate and graduate business programs. “Being among the fewer than 5 percent of business schools in the world accredited by AACSB is a testimony to the commitment of the Cameron School to its mission to provide a comprehensive, high quality, ethically oriented business education enabling our graduates to serve as leaders of faith and character in a global economy,” said Cameron School Dean Bahman Mirshab. Founded in 1916, AACSB International is the longest serving global accrediting body for business schools that offer undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral degrees in business and accounting. Achieving accreditation is a process of rigorous internal review, evaluation and adjustment and can take several years to complete. During these years,

the school develops and implements a plan to meet the AACSB accreditation standards, which require a high quality teaching environment, a commitment to continuous improvement and curricula responsive to the needs of businesses. AACSB also requires that all accredited schools undergo a peer review process every five years in order to maintain their accreditation. “It takes a great deal of self-evaluation and determination to earn AACSB accreditation, and I commend the University of St. Thomas-Houston for its dedication to management education, as well as its leadership in the community,” said Jerry Trapnell, executive vice president and chief accreditation officer of AACSB International. “Through accreditation, St. Thomas has not only met specific standards of excellence, but has also made a commitment to ongoing improvement to ensure that the institution will continue to deliver high quality education to its students.” The Cameron School of Business educates students of diverse backgrounds, teaching professional skills necessary for a changing global economy and instilling a deep appreciation for ethical behavior inspired by the educational tradition of the founding Basilian Fathers. Cameron offers undergraduate degrees in business administration with majors in accounting, finance, general business and marketing; a five-year BBA/MBA program; Master in Business Administration; and Master of Science in Accounting. (more at


“Living Justice in the 21st Century” • June 9-10 Keynote Speakers Most Rev. Ricardo Ramirez, CSB, Bishop of Las Cruces, NM “Eucharist Without Borders: The Church and the Challenges of Globalization” Rev. Fred Kammer, S.J., Jesuit Social Research Institute, Loyola University “Challenges Before Catholic Social Teaching in the 21st Century”

His Eminence Daniel N. Cardinal DiNardo will serve as celebrant at the opening liturgy. Bishop Ramirez will give a Spanish version of his keynote address at 7:30 p.m. on June 9.

Breakout Sessions • Life Issues – Death Penalty and Abortion • The Push and Pull Factors of Immigration • Families and Social Justice • Educational Challenges in the 21st Century

Register Online at 713-525-3812, Housing on Campus $65 per night • Continuing education credits offered for teachers, ministers and advocates 4

St. Thomas Launches New Core Curriculum St. Thomas has made changes to the core curriculum to better integrate the core with the University’s academic majors. A significant feature of the new core is the synthesis course, which links a student’s major field of study with the core disciplines of philosophy, theology and Catholic Studies. An important goal of the core is to assist undergraduate students in developing competence in critical thinking, critical reading, effective writing and oral communication so they develop both their knowledge base and skills. The core’s strong emphasis on integration brings greater conformity with Pope John Paul II’s Apostolic Constitution for Catholic

Universities, Ex Corde Ecclesiae, excorde.htm, published in 1990. “Pope John Paul II, at one time himself a university professor, possessed a profound understanding of Catholic university education,” said Father Joseph Pilsner, CSB, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. “Our University’s decision to look to Ex Corde as a guiding document was the right one; Pope John Paul II’s vision harmonizes beautifully with the best traditions of the Basilian Fathers.” Students entering the University in the summer of 2011 and beyond, or returning students after more than a two-year absence, will complete the new core curriculum as outlined in the 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog. Learn more about the new core curriculum at


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Board Member Hosts Reception for Scholarship Students The University of St. Thomas knows that paying for a college education is important. Each family is unique and has concerns, wants and needs that will affect their ability to pay for a college education. Paul Layne, UST board member, and his wife, Penny, hosted a Sunday afternoon reception for prospective students and their parents at their West University home. The high school students and their parents met Dr. Robert Ivany and his wife, Marianne, along with Vice President of Marketing and

UST President Dr. Robert Ivany joins Debbie and Nathan Kvinge and their daughter, Abigail, at the reception for prospective students.

Enrollment Management Vickie Alleman and members of the Enrollment Management staff. All of the students are recipients of the Presidential Excellence Scholarship of $14,000 per year for four years beginning in fall 2011. They were able to discuss their admissions and financial aid questions with the staff and experience the personal, family-like atmosphere that UST offers its students. “We really appreciate the generosity of the Laynes in opening their home to future UST students,” said Alleman. “The students are in the process of making their final decision on enrolling at a university, and we wanted to make sure they had all the facts about UST so they could make an informed decision. We also wanted them to get to know Dr. and Mrs. Ivany and the staff so they would feel at home.” The event adds to the full schedule of spring on-campus events hosted by the Office of Admissions along with individual high school and college fair visits that occur throughout the year. Several board members and alumni have offered to assist the Office of Admissions in hosting future events for prospective students as well as high school counselors. If you would like to participate, please contact Vickie Alleman at 713-942-3466 or

UST–An Affordable Catholic Education

In 2009, a report on college costs published by The Center for the Study of Catholic Higher Education named the University of St. Thomas among the 21 most affordable and faithful Catholic colleges and universities in the U.S. The study compared the Catholic colleges recommended in The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College: What to Look for and Where to Find It, with other Catholic colleges and private colleges on issues such as tuition, institutional aid, student debt and overall affordability.


Jazz it up


Chaired by Kathy and Dr. Ken Wells, Mardi Gras 2011 raised nearly $900,000 benefitting the Fr. Francis E. Monaghan Scholarship fund, on March 8 at Intercontinental Hotel. The University will award $9.2 million in institutional scholarships to more than 900 students in fall 2011. Joining the 450 guests were 12 Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, this year’s honorees. UST students Robert Murillo and Steffani Rush won the honor of student king and queen. Serving as master of ceremonies was Dave Ward, KTRK Channel 13 news anchor. Entertainment was provided by Yvonne Washington and the Mix and the UST Jazz Band under the direction of Dr. Malcolm Rector. Partygoers included Margaret Alkek Williams and Jim Daniel, His Eminence Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, Mary and Vincent Kickerillo, Kelli Kickerillo and Todd Forrester, Ed Jones and Brenda Love, Cathy and Joe Cleary, Raye White, Alice and Keith Mosing, Gina and Devinder Bhatia, Trini Mendenhall Sosa and Frank Sosa, Dr. Mikki Hebl and David Harvey, John Poindexter and Claudia Craft, and Cora Sue and Harry Mach.


Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word The Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word is a multicultural, international Congregation of Catholic women. To all forms of ministry the Sisters bring concern for the totality of human life –Elderly, Corporate Responsibility, Education, Social Justice, Literacy and Healthcare.

The Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word have made extraordinary contributions to Houston and to the University of St. Thomas. Their history began in 1866 in France, when three Sisters–Sister Mary Blandine, Sister Mary Joseph and Sister Mary Ange–answered the call to care for the sick and suffering of the Galveston Archdiocese. They founded the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word and went on to open the state’s first Catholic hospital in 1867, Charity Hospital, later to be called St. Mary’s Infirmary. Through Gala chairs Kathy and Dr. Ken Wells, Sister Lillian Anne epidemics of yellow fever and the infamous hurricane of 1900, the Sisters Healy and UST President Dr. Robert Ivany. continued their steadfast dedication to the healing ministry, establishing the city’s first nursing program, at what is now St. Joseph Medical Center, in 1905. With a new home at Dominican College, they nurtured the school to become the area’s first four-year nursing program. A partnership with the University of St. Thomas was established in 1972, when the Dominican College nursing program was relocated to the UST campus. During the next 13 years, more than 400 students graduated to become recognized leaders in the nursing profession. The Sisters of Charity not only provided the environment for the nursing program, but many served as teachers and mentors. The University’s present effort to reopen the School of Nursing and endow a chair of nursing in Sister Mary Martina’s honor recognizes her contributions, and more importantly, her life as a role model for our future students. U N I V E R S I T Y


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University’s Campaign Raises Support for Nursing Program Development

UST President Dr. Robert Ivany, Board Chair Michele Malloy, Founders Nursing Benefit Chair Sheridan Williams.

Trustees Gibb Walton, Nancy Gordon, Melinda Perrin and Beth Robertson, Chair of the Cullen Trust for Health Care; Biology Professor Dr. Rosie Rosell.

Dr. Robert Ivany, with Alumni Nursing Association members Vera Kuhn, Mary Osborn (President), Irene Ross and Fran Feltovich.

The University’s campaign has raised more than $13 million for nursing program development, operating expenses, endowed faculty chairs and a state-of-the-art Clinical Simulation Center. Five endowed scholarships have been established. Fully endowed chairs include the Cullen Trust for Health Care Nursing Endowed Chair and another in honor of Carol and Odis Peavy, whose $2.5 million gift set in motion the plans to reopen the School of Nursing. The Nursing Founders Benefit on Nov. 18 raised $1 million towards the Archbishop Joseph A. Fiorenza Endowed Chair in Nursing. The Cullen Trust for Higher Education is the latest $2 million chair to be committed, leaving one last chair to be secured. The Associated Nursing Alumni, graduates of Dominican College, St. Joseph’s and the University of St. Thomas, have remained closely tied to UST and have celebrated a legacy of dedicated nurses who vigorously supported the resurgent nursing program. The group presented a $1 million check towards establishment of the Sister Mary Martina Casey Endowed Chair in Nursing at the Nursing Alumni Mass on Feb. 26. Recognizing the nursing shortage and the educational quality of St. Thomas, the federal government has awarded a $3.25 million grant, which includes monies for a state-of-the-art simulation laboratory. In the final stages of design is a comprehensive Center for Science and Health Professions on the St. Thomas campus, with emphasis on health and sciences related to energy, environment and engineering, and the pre-professional health programs. It will also include pre-med, pre-dental, pre-pharmacy and nursing. As the planned University of St. Thomas School of Nursing nears the final stages of approval, the University will allow students to enroll in pre-nursing courses in 2011. For the latest information or to apply, interested parties may visit 7

Concert Supports Future Performing Arts and Conference Center


HONOREE Margaret Alkek Williams CHAIRS Martin and Kelli Cohen Fein HOST COMMITTEE R. Scott Allen Denise and Philip Bahr Minnie and Will Baird Cathy and Giorgio Borlenghi Steve Brosvik Jerald Broussard Nancy Beck-Deane Christie and Ed Billings Dorothy E. F. Caram Gracie and Bob Cavnar Cecil C. Conner, Jr. Lucía and Michael Cordúa Joann and Bill Crassas Anna Dean Lavonne Cox and Denis DeBakey Mary Daire and Marcus Delouche Beverly Denver H. E. Daniel Cardinal DiNardo Sharleen and Jack Doherty Jan Duncan Danielle and John Ellis Lesha and Tom Elsenbrook Gloria Portela and Dick Evans Sidney Faust Archbishop Joseph Fiorenza Lily and Charles Foster Ann and Kenny Friedman Anthony Freud Annie and Bob Graham Jeff Gremillion Jes and John Hagale Christina and Mark Hanson Mikki Hebl and David Harvey Joseph Havel Charlotte Hill Leisa Holland-Nelson Marianne and Bob Ivany Alecia Lawyer Sandi and Jim Lemming Dorothy and Ray LeBlanc Arthur Littell Gayle and Bob Longmire Deborah Lugo Soraya and Scott McClelland Mary Ann and David McKeithan Kenn McLaughlin Cora Sue and Harry Mach Michele Malloy John E. Marcellus Meril and Michael Markley Rev. T.J. Martinez Trini Mendenhall Sosa and Frank Sosa H. Joe Nelson, III Roxann Neumann Roz and Alan Pactor Nancy and Robert Peiser Kaylon and Jim Phillips Karen and Harry C. Pinson Priscilla Plumb Gadi Pollack Isla Reckling Karan Robinson Kate and Bob Signorelli Hinda Simon Louis H. Skidmore, Jr. Ileana and Michael Trevino Barbara Van Postman Donna and Tony Vallone Laura and Dave Ward Dr. Jim Willerson Drew Wilson

Students studying the fine and performing arts are using facilities that are literally bursting at the seams, prompting the University to undertake the large task of building a Performing Arts and Conference Center. Already in design, the center will not only provide the rehearsal and performance space so badly needed, but it has begun to stir an unexpected excitement in Houston’s art community. As word of the University’s endeavor got out, prominent members of the art community have stepped forward to help the University raise funds. At a benefit concert, rescheduled for fall 2011, world-renowned opera singer Ana María Martínez will perform Cantos De Mi Corazón, or Songs from My Heart, a collection of classic arias and Broadway favorites she says have inspired her during critical moments of her life. Martinez was invited to perform by Marianne Ivany, the wife of UST President Robert Ivany, whom she met through a mutual friend. A native of Puerto Rico, Martinez has lived in Houston for more than eight years, and her son was baptized at the University’s Chapel of St. Basil. “The more I learn about the University, the more amazed I am,” she said. “Any exposure to the arts at the university level, I applaud it.” Realizing that the University’s required course in the fine or performing arts often inspires students to discover hidden talents and pursue additional classes and majors, Dr. Dominic Aquila, vice president for academic affairs, said the center will attract more academically and artistically talented students. “The whole goal of a St. Thomas education is to have a rich core and produce well-rounded students who understand a variety of things: science, art and philosophy. We see the arts as being a key part of that well-roundedness,” he said. Aquila speaks to an array of studies that show that many who excel in science and math also engage in the arts, and many connect their scientific ability to the arts. He pointed out that the Texas Medical Center has an orchestra –

one of few in the nation with members who are doctors, nurses, medical students and social workers. He added that students who pursue careers in math, science or business can benefit from the arts, which complement all subjects and instill values of discipline and commitment. The University recently received a generous grant from the Alkek Williams Foundation to begin designing the center, and St. Thomas officials have quickly discovered that the center’s benefits will reach far beyond the University campus. “We have lots of relationships with other organizations in the community: Houston Grand Opera, Opera in the Heights, Houston Ballet, and we have realized that in talking to many arts groups there is need in the city for a theater of 900 seats,” Aquila said. The new center is being designed by Studio RED Architects, which specializes in performing arts venues and which also designed Houston’s Wortham Center. The building will span the entire block of Graustark and West Alabama streets and sit adjacent to the Menil Collection on Sul Ross Street. The University will rely on such partnerships and fundraisers to construct the building and could schedule a groundbreaking in as early as two years if funding goals are reached, Aquila said. Well-known local supporters of the Houston Symphony, Dr. Kelli Cohen Fein and her husband, Martin Fein, volunteered to chair St. Thomas’ upcoming benefit concert when they learned of the University’s goals. “I’m a strong believer of a humanities education that supports a science curriculum,” said Dr. Fein, who is a pediatric radiologist and trained classical pianist. “The cultural arts are a quintessential element of civilized society. It has been transformational in my relationship with my patients and my compassion to be a healing doctor.” In addition to hosting performances of students studying opera, chamber music, jazz and musical theater, the center will be home to students pursuing fine arts, drama and studio arts. It also will allow more people to attend conferences and guest lectures hosted by the University. (more at

– Heather Saucier ’95

The University of St. Thomas is responding to the science and health needs of Houston and the region by undertaking a major expansion in facilities and programs related to science and health. A state-of-the-art facility has been designed to accommodate the growing demand for graduates skilled in all areas of science and health programs. The University has grown and transformed dramatically over the last decade and now is poised for even greater growth in response to the needs of citizens throughout the state. The Center for Science and Health Professions is the first step in realizing the University’s master plan to create a science complex. “The Center will enhance St. Thomas’ reputation and leadership in preparing faith-based scientists and medical professionals of the future,” said B.C. Robison ’69, principal consultant, Environ Corp., and chair of the University’s Science Advisory Council. “It will be an architectural gem in the heart of Houston’s urban landscape.” “As vice chair of the Council, my goal is to assist in building a spectacular facility,” said K. Cody Patel ‘00, vice president, Pulmo Guard Healthcare. “I am honored to be part of a program that will educate students intellectually, morally and spiritually in the art and science of nursing.”

Center for Science and Health Professions


Proposed Center for Science and Health Professions Experience a fly-through tour of the comprehensive complex supporting programs in biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, environmental science, including a new school of nursing. The 175,000 sq. foot program is articulated in a single building with five pods clustered around a courtyard, creating a sense of scale in keeping with the existing campus and surrounding neighborhood. “The proposed design reinforces the organizing principles for the campus established by Philip Johnson,” said David Watkins, FAIA, chairman of WHR Architects, who designed the building. “The building is iconic and fosters an environment for education in a faith-based setting.”


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SCIENCE ADVISORY COUNCIL Mr. Michael Bartolotta First Southwest Company Mr. Evan Betzer – Chair, Science & Engineering Committee Stoneworth Financial, LLC Mr. John Boland – Chair, Medical & Health Committee Frank Crystal & Company Jane and Dr. David Braden Community Volunteers Dr. Ray Casserly ’70 Chevron Energy Technology Company Dr. Ebrahim S. Delpassand Excel Diagnostic Imaging Clinics David Durham Consultant Dr. Bert Edmundson, Jr. ’69 Memorial Neurological Associates, Inc. Mr. Carlos Escobar UTMB Galveston Mr. Scott Ferguson United Healthcare Mr. James Gallogly LyondellBasell Industries Mr. Joe Gutierrez National Energy & Trade, LP Dr. Sandra E. Lemming Village Family Practice Mr. Michael Marcon InControl Technologies, Inc. Mr. David McClanahan CenterPoint Energy Dr. Bela Patel Memorial Hermann Hospital Mr. K. Cody Patel ’00 – Vice Chair Pulmo Guard Healthcare

Building the Center for Science and Health Professions Building bridges that connect the University of St. Thomas to the heart of our community is the goal of the University’s outreach. It permeates every aspect of University life, making Houston a better place. The University of St. Thomas recognizes and benefits from the volunteer service of an outstanding fundraising group, the Science Advisory Council. Their collective experience and commitment ensure success in securing the support needed to build the Center for Science and Health Professions. “The University of St. Thomas is a very special university known primarily for its liberal arts education coupled with Catholic and Basilian traditions,” said David M. McClanahan, president and chief executive officer of CenterPoint Energy. “With the growing need for science, math and health professionals, it’s great that UST is expanding its curriculum in these areas. I’m pleased to be part of the effort to secure funding for a new Center for Science and Health Professions.” “The University of St. Thomas has always excelled at providing a liberal arts education. With the development of a new Center for Science and Health Professions, UST can make a substantial impact on the quality of research and the delivery of excellent healthcare,” said Dr. Bela Patel, assistant chief medical officer and executive medical director at Memorial Hermann Hospital. “Providing the highest caliber of education to develop our future scientists and healthcare providers is the key to our continued growth and innovation.” “The high quality of life we enjoy today is largely built on advances we have made through the years in the science and health fields,” said James Gallogly, chief executive officer of LyondellBasell Industries. “We must have the highest quality educators, students and facilities available to continue to invent and advance. The University of St. Thomas can be an important part of this equation in Houston, in the region and nationally.”

Mr. Jorge Puig ’01 Bank of America Dr. B.C. Robison ’69 – Chair Environ Corporation Robert “Pete” Seale, Jr., Esq. Liskow & Lewis Mr. Guy Sharfman Intelometry, Inc. James E. Smith, Esq. Porter and Hedges, LLP Mr. David W. Theis, MLA ’09 Dresser-Rand Mr. Jeff Thomas St. Jude Medical Ms. Jessica Verduzco Archer Commercial Insurance Group Dr. Kenneth Wells Alken Health Resources

John Boland, B.C. Robison, ’69, UST President Dr. Robert Ivany and K. Cody Patel, ‘00, assemble prior to a recent Science Advisory Council meeting on the University of St. Thomas campus.

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UST Program Forms Strategic Alliance With Centro Fox

The University of St. Thomas’ commitment to social justice received a boost from a strategic alliance formed with an influential non-profit dedicated to the eradication of poverty in Mexico and Latin America. The UST Center for International Studies Social Entrepreneurship Program (SEP) and Centro Fox will combine their strengths to achieve common goals of eliminating poverty, empowering women, realizing sustainable development and helping future generations. The Centro Fox, based in San Cristobal, Guanajuato, Mexico, was founded by former President of Mexico Vicente Fox Quesada. Fox was at the University of St. Thomas on Nov. 23, 2010, with his wife Martha Sahagun, to announce the partnership and to outline some of its goals for the next few years. “Centro Fox is a place of ideas, a place of debate and reflection. It’s a place of leadership basically, and that is the core of our challenge to make sure that every visitor to the center discovers the leadership that goes on within himself,” Fox said. The strategic alliance between the SEP and Centro Fox is a natural one, given the similar focus and goals of each organization. The partnership has several goals for the next few years and will match UST faculty and students’ knowledge, interest and volunteer work with the needs and resources of Centro Fox. The announcement generated great enthusiasm for UST students as well as for dependent workers in Mexico and Latin America. “I am really happy with the opportunities that we had and happy for the students and the projects that will be coming our way after this partnership has been established,” said Dr. Rogelio Garcia-Contreras, assistant professor in the Center for International Studies.

This partnership recognizes the importance of improving the welfare of the populations of Mexico and Latin America, and will expand both organizations’ efforts to implement poverty alleviation through microfinance and other measures.

New Think Tank The organizations will collaborate on academic and policy research, with Centro Fox as the hub of a global network. An annual forum will be held where scholars, advocates, and policy makers can present research on social entrepreneurship, microfinance, the eradication of poverty, social justice and other related topics. Fox said the desire for social justice at UST made it a natural partnership for Centro Fox. “We all need to know that human beings are created equal and that we all must have the same equal opportunities. It is not just a spiritual value; it is the dream of the founding fathers of this nation and it is a dream that we share throughout the Americas.” Fox also agreed with the need to end poverty and promote social justice. “A society with poverty will never have consistency. We must work to eradicate poverty,” he said. The former president stressed that education, entrepreneurship, hard work and access to finance are necessary steps to ending poverty. The Center for International Studies SEP and the Centro Fox will also partner in garnering funding on behalf of common projects. One such project is a summer certification program at UST for high school and college students from around the world who want to learn more about microfinance and lending and 13

the role it can play in sustainable development, social justice and the eradication of poverty. The alliance will also lead to additional connections with other universities. “We also hope that this partnership will establish opportunities for the University to work with other universities UST President Dr. Robert Ivany and former President of Mexico Vicente Fox Quesada sign the agreement that enhances the microcredit program and gives UST students an opportunity to combat global poverty, learn other cultures and religions, promote understanding, highlight similarities among all people and contribute to a global dialogue on peace and respect.


personnel to conduct the day-to-day business of each program. The MicroCredit Program, now within the larger SEP, is consistent with the mission of the University of St. Thomas as a Catholic institution of higher education. It gives UST students an invaluable opportunity to combat global poverty, learn other cultures and religions, promote understanding, highlight similarities among all people and contribute to a global dialogue of peace and respect. In addition, the program works to give economic independence to the working poor through microloans and shows UST students how to put their Catholic faith into action.

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to create more interdisciplinary projects to create solid service-learning opportunities for students and faculty,” said Garcia-Contreras.

Expansion of the MicroCredit Program The SEP is an expansion of the MicroCredit Program established at St. Thomas in 2007 to achieve broad and noble goals: to help impoverished individuals around the globe with loans to launch income-generating businesses in order to transform unemployed or dependent workers into independent microentrepreneurs. The loans are interest-free and are designed to promote the basic principles of freedom, fairness, democracy and social justice around the world. UST students majoring in International Studies and International Development make up the Executive Board, which is responsible for the program's operations. By supervising lending and fundraising, they lay the groundwork for meaningful social change. The program also has a separate Advisory Board to provide a pool of experienced advisors and experts to guide the students. In addition, a large group of student volunteers act as ambassadors, giving the Executive Board the

The MicroCredit Program does expect a return on its investment, but that return is not measured by the traditional standards of international finance. “Our loans are interest-free precisely because we think that the revenue of our investment, the return of our investment, shouldn’t necessarily be in money. We should not focus on money. There are so many things that operate as marginal social benefits of our loans – such as the trust we build in these communities, the dignity that the person receiving the loan regains, and the self-confidence that women receive,” Garcia-Contreras said. The individual loans are not large, but size is not the focus. The program’s administrators believe microloans made to individuals who support families and children are effective means to promote social justice and sustainable development. UST students from a variety of disciplines are given the opportunity to learn the benefits of microfinance and to get valuable handson experience managing a non-profit organization. They learn how to raise funds, assess risks, manage loans, conduct socioeconomic and demographic studies, develop marketing plans and implement fair trade campaigns – all in the process of giving economic independence to marginalized workers throughout the world.

Empowering Women The UST microlending program grants 75 percent of its loans to women. Women are most often the managers of the household, which means that giving them more economic independence is the most effective means for social change and sustainable development. Granting loans to these microentrepreneurs provide future generations with food, shelter and access to education. Former President Fox agreed wholeheartedly that sustainable development must incorporate the empowerment of women. “The role for women in Latin America has changed. Now women have to realize their own dreams. Women have special qualities in which they envision further than we men see. They are more committed to building families with kids who grow up with dignity and economic opportunities. I believe the 21st century is the century of women,” he said.

Similar To Other Projects The types of projects established in Guanajuato will be similar to other projects supported by the MicroCredit Program in other parts of the world, Garcia-Contreras said. In the Yucatan project, which started in 2008, the program has designed a development strategy for 53 low-income Mayan communities. The field partner in the Yucatan project is Fundacion Ayuda para Ayudar (APA). In one program, the group established a community of micro entrepreneurs with honey bee hives. In another community, 100 women were given $100 each to grow habanero chilis and produce a hot sauce. These entrepreneurs developed a hot sauce recipe and produced a salsa ready for manufacture and sale. UST students helped develop a logo, brand and label for the products made in the community. Ultimately, the goal is to sell the hot sauce locally in hotels and restaurants in resort regions of the Yucatan or to export the products to the United States. – Claudia Deschamps

Expanding their microfinance practices across the globe, the University of St. Thomas Social Entrepreneurship Program traveled to Africa in January to identify potential projects and collaborations in Mozambique, Malawi and Tanzania. A group of two UST faculty members and four students – Dr. Linda Pett-Conklin, Dr. Rogelio Garcia-Contreras, Thomas “Paul” Barnes, Lindsay Phend, Stephanie Coleman and Hiba Haroon – spent the latter part of the winter break, January 5-20, in Africa. The trip to Tanzania was generously sponsored by Bruce Wilkinson, retired CEO of McDermott International and member of the UST Board of Directors.

Current UST MicroCredit Projects The Yucatan Project: In collaboration with a Mexican organization, Ayuda para Ayudar, UST students are working with 53 Mayan communities in the Yucatan peninsula. The program is actively supporting 160 people with a revolving fund of almost $20,000. Loan beneficiaries focus mainly on the production of crops, honey and crafts. The Pakistan Project: In collaboration with the Hashoo Foundation, Rice University Owl Microcredit and the University of Houston Microfinance Initiative, UST supports a development plan in Pakistan, aptly called Plan Bee. The UST MCP plans to finance 200 women for the production of honey over two years, allocating $20,000 in loans. Zambia: In collaboration with Worship Power House in Lusaka, Zambia, a revolving fund of $2,800 dollars benefiting 12 women with AIDS in the creation of businesses for self sustainability. (more at 15


Art History Dr. Charles Anthony Stewart presented “Agios Georgios and the Domed-Hall Churches of Cyprus,” Byzantine Studies Conference, University of Pennsylvania, Oct. 2010.

School of Business Dr. Charlene Dykman and Dr. Charles Davis presented “Managing Change: Addressing Resistance to Workflow Automation,” Federation of Business Disciplines Conference and “How to Use Cases Effectively in the Classroom,” Annual Meeting of the Academy of International Business – U.S. Southwest Chapter in March.

School of Education Sr. Marie Faubert, CSJ, EdD and Dr. Emiliano Gonzalez presented “Meeting the Counseling Needs of Immigrant Students or Clients” at the Texas Counseling Association Professional Growth Conference in Austin, Nov. 2010.

International Studies Dr. Hans Stockton presented “Taiwan’s Electoral Reforms in Light of LY By-Elections,” American Association of Chinese Studies, Wake Forest University, Oct. 2010; and “The Geography of Chinese Power,” Teacher Briefing Seminar of the Houston World Affairs Council in January. Dr. Nivien Saleh presented “Third World Citizens and the Information Technology 16

Revolution,” School of Public Affairs at American University, in February.

Tutorial Services Center Dr. Constantina Michalos presented “Father’s Day in Maycomb County: A Rereading of Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird,” National Association of African American Studies, Baton Rouge, in February (Published in The National Association of African American Studies Monograph Series.

Political Science Dr. Jon R. Taylor presented “The Difference Between Chinese and American Private Universities: A Comparative Assessment of University Governance and Autonomy,” U-6 Forum on International Cooperation and Education, Anhui University, People’s Republic of China, Oct. 2010. Dr. Jean-Philippe Faletta presented “FYE, Microcredit and Service-Learning: Matching a University’s Mission to Greater Community Needs,” (with Dr. Rick Krustchinsky and Dr. Rogelio Garcia-Contreras) Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities, Fresno State University, Oct. 2010.

Theology Sr. Madeleine Grace, CVI, presented “The Challenge of the New Rite of Penance,” Society for Catholic Liturgy Annual Conference, St Mary’s Seminary in January.

PUBLICATIONS Talar, Rev. Charles. Editor, Prelude to the Modernist Crisis: The “Firmin” Articles of Alfred Loisy. Oxford University Press/Scholars Press, 2010. “Une Passion Partagée pour la Vérité: Joseph Turmel et Alfred Loisy,” Revue de théologie et de philosophie, 142, 2010. “Alfred Loisy and the ‘Great War,’” Journal for the History of Modern Theology/ Zeitschrift für Neuere Theologiegeschichte, 17.1, 2010. “Seminary Reform and Theological Method on the Eve of the Modernist Crisis: Transatlantic Reception of J. B. Hogan’s Clerical Studies,” U.S. Catholic Historian, 28/3, 2010. Canac, Pierre and GarciaContreras, Rogelio. “Colonial Hangover, the Case of the CFA,” Journal of Asian and African Studies, 46/1, Feb. 2011. Delcoure, Natalya; Shirvani, H.; and Wilbratte, B. “Periodic Integration and Cointegration of the U.S. Stock Prices, Dividends, and Interest Rates: A New Test of the Present Value Model,” Journal of Centrum Cathedra, 4/1, 2011. “Testing for Nonlinear TrendReversion in the Stock Prices of the G7 Countries,” International Review of Applied Financial Issues and Economics, 2/4, 2010. Faletta, J.P.; Krustchinsky, R.; Simms, M.; and Vandiver, T. “Civic Engagement at the University of St. Thomas: A Model for Other Urban Liberal Arts Universities?” Texas

Association of Teacher Educator’s Forum, 35, 2010. Faubert, CSJ, Sister Marie. Acknowledged, Systems of Psychotherapy: A Transtheoretical Analysis (7th ed.), Prochaska, J. O., & Norcross, J. C., 2010.

Havens, Sam. Farr Point, 2011. Rosell, R.C., J. L. Blackmer, H. Czosnek and M. Inbar. Mutualistic and Dependent Relationships with Other Organisms in Bemisia: Bionomics and Management of a Global Pest, Springer, The Netherlands, 2010. Turner, Mark. “Piercing the Veil of Limited Liability Enterprises,” Strategic Finance, Oct. 2010. Wilkins, Jeremy D. “Trinitarian Missions and the Order of Grace According to Thomas Aquinas,” Philosophy and Theology in the Long Middle Ages: Essays in Honor of Professor Stephen Brown, 2011. Williamson, Robin and Haun, Martha. “Creating Positive Organizational Climates through the Culture of Parliamentary Law,” Parliamentary Journal, Oct. 2010.


Burney Hebinck Has a Special Place in His Heart for His Alma Mater As a member of one of the earliest graduating classes at St. Thomas, Burney Hebinck has a special place in his heart for his alma mater. Hebinck was a prelaw student and received his bachelor of arts in

1955. He is the president of Hebinck & Alter and is a retired colonel with Legion of Merit. Hebinck gives credit to founding president, Rev. Vincent J. Guinan, CSB, as his reason for choosing UST. Fr. Guinan visited Hebinck’s class in Port Arthur, Texas during the summer of 1951. “Serving Mass for Fr. Guinan and serving as student body president my senior year had the greatest impact on my UST experience,” said Hebinck. Hebinck’s love for St. Thomas is why he has been selected as one of the faces of

the University’s new High Five Drive. The High Five Drive is a yearlong alumni-driven campaign by which former UST students of all classes have joined together to rally their fellow alumni to help raise awareness and support for the University’s Annual Fund. The Annual Fund is the operating budget of the entire University and is responsible for providing all the needed resources to ensure an ideal learning environment. It provides updated books in the library, updated technology in classrooms and tuition assistance when needed. As a result of more than 50 years of supporting St. Thomas, Hebinck has made an impact on the growth of the University. He cites his love for St. Thomas as his reason for staying involved. “I give to UST because I love it and because it has been the most important contributing influence of my character and the core values in my life, after my parents,” said Hebinck. “I support the programs of the school for the same reason that I support my 94-year-old mother or the Catholic Church–because I want to repay the goodness, kindness and the love I have received from the University

and its remarkable teachers and mentors.” Alumni involvement has been key to the growing reputation of St. Thomas. Hebinck has given his time by serving as an Alumni Association Board member and former president. He has been a mentor for the USTInsights Mentor Program and is currently a class agent. He encourages alumni to take a moment to remember and relive the best memory they have had at UST. “Relive the best memory you have of UST, and then give what you can to build this legacy with your children and anyone else you love,” said Hebinck. “When you can, unite in sharing the unique and irreplaceable experience of having attended this wonderful school.” Hebinck is the recipient of the 2011 Vincent J. Guinan Distinguished Alumni Award. –Ryane Jackson

SAVE THE DATE Festa Italiana has now become one of the largest ethnic festivals in Houston. The sights, sounds and mouth-watering aromas of Italy beckoned 18,000 people to the St. Thomas campus last year. This year’s festival is scheduled for Oct. 14-16, 2011.

For more information on the High Five Drive and how you can support the Annual Fund, contact Ryane Jackson, assistant director of annual giving, at or 713-525-2147. You may also visit the High-Five Website at



St. Thomas Alumni Social Hour 2011 • Jan. 26 – The first social hour of 2011 was a success, with 40 alumni in attendance at the newly opened Ocean’s Restaurant (left). Contributions from the night benefit the UST High-Five Annual Fund campaign, so thank you for your support. Check out pictures from social hour events on the alumni Facebook page. • Mar. 30 – Alumni gathered at Blanco’s Bar and Grill. This rodeo-themed evening was filled with prizes and plenty of honky-tonk fun. • Apr. 26 – Founders Day Lunch honored the 60th Reunion of the Class of 1951. • May 25 – Upcoming social hour honoring the 2011 graduates at Lucky Strike-Downtown. Free food and bowling. For more information on any of these events, please contact the UST Office of Alumni Relations at, or 713-525-3100.

Fight for Freedom This year, for the 2nd Annual Black History Month event, the St. Martin de Porres Society hosted a story of persistence and determination. Recently exonerated, Anthony Graves owes his freedom to UST Communication Professor Nicole Casarez and her dedicated students. Graves was wrongly accused of murder and imprisoned for 18 years,12 of which he spent on death row. Thanks to Casarez, her students and members of the Texas Innocence Network, he was finally released this past fall. On Feb. 25, Graves and Casarez shared their story


moments throughout the night in which those in attendance witnessed Graves’ positive attitude despite the hardships he had endured. His bright outlook on life was encouraging for everyone in attendance and brought hope to others who came and shared similar stories. Other contributors to the event were UST’s Social Justice Committee and Richard Barnes, a representative for the Ebony Society of Philatelic Events and Reflections. Barnes displayed his stamp collection for the evening of famous African-Americans in history. Local media stations came to cover the story, including Channels 2, 26 and 39 and Tré magazine. View event photos on the St. Martin de Porres Facebook page.

Alumni Memorial Mass

Anthony Graves, St. Martin de Porres Society President Larry Payne ’72 and UST Communication Professor Nicole Casarez.

with more than 300 people in UST’s Jones Hall. President Ivany gave opening remarks, and St. Martin de Porres Society President Larry Payne ’72 introduced the guest speakers. There were many touching

The Alumni Association hosted the first Alumni Memorial Mass on Nov. 13 in the Chapel of St. Basil for alumni, faculty and staff who have passed away since the opening of the University in 1947. The Mass and reception were coordinated by a committee of dedicated alumni chaired by Ann Witucki ’72 and included Isa Vawters ’73, Elsie Biron ’69, Michael Buentello, CSB ’83, Frances Escriva ’78, Betty Fischer ’52, Marcia Galatas ’95 and Tom Hawxhurst ’89. The 2011 Memorial Mass is scheduled for Nov. 12.

Class of 1961 Reunion On Feb. 19, alumni of the Class of 1961 celebrated their 50th anniversary with lunch in the Old Bookstore in Crooker Center, followed by the Celts basketball game and the Turtle Races. Class members attended Mass in the Chapel of St. Basil, followed by a reception in the Art Gallery. The Offices of Alumni Relations and Planned Giving would like to thank Connie Little and Larry Ewing, who chaired the Class of 1961 Reunion.

Marathon Cheer Party Thank you to everyone who helped cheer on alumni who ran in the Houston Marathon on Jan 30. A great turnout of 30 alumni and staff didn’t let a little rain get them down. Even the UST cheerleaders made it out to help cheer. Congratulations to all alumni who ran this year: Larry Robey ’01, Erik Konicki ’02, Roberta Konicki ’00, David Durham ’99, Molly Reyes ’05,


Malini Patel ’04, Johanna Abad ’04, Roberto Brunel ’05, Stephen Kallus ’95, Mari Salazar ’95, Francisco Gonzalez de Cosio ’00, Marc Swonke ’04, Anthony Breedlove ’00, Christine Rothberg, Ekaterina Trofimova, Patricia Llanas ’03, Kitty Michelle Jenkins ’03, Kari Capps ’04, Tony Zamarripa, Avi DePano ’10, Johnny Salinas ’03, Lee Holm ’95 and Jen Sanford ’02. View pictures and video on the alumni Facebook page. Donations benefit the Alumni Association.

1960 Charles Deiterich, registered professional engineer, private pilot, FAA advanced ground instructor and amateur radio operator, is a consulting engineer for various aerospace projects including peer reviews of launch vehicle and spacecraft systems design and operations concepts. He also is a freelance technical writer. Employed at Johnson Space Center from 19641994, he was the lead Retrofire Officer for the Apollo missions, including the first manned lunar mission (Apollo 8), the first lunar landing mission (Apollo 11), and Apollo 13.

1974 Literary Publicist Stephanie Barko’s agency was named 2011 Best Book Promotional

Turtle Races and Basketball The 2nd Annual Turtle Races were held on Feb. 19 in Jerabeck Gym. The races began after the Celts’ basketball team’s “slamdunk” win against Arlington Baptist College, 75-46. More than 100 people were in attendance to watch the turtles compete. Alumna Nicole Dobbs ’07 brought her five red-eared turtles to race in the competition. Many families, students and faculty looked on as the turtles raced in three heats. The biggest winner of the day was a young fan named

Firm by publishing industry watchdog Preditors & Editors.

1977 Nancy Linck, Sysco Eastern Maryland’s bids manager, was named a local recipient of the prestigious Jefferson Award by WBOC-TV, the area’s Jefferson Award sponsor.

Brock who won the final drawing and took home a basketball signed by the Houston Rockets team. A huge thank you goes out to all who helped with the event, including the Turtle Race Committee: Danny Elustondo ’00, Dan Garcia ’02, Lee Holm ’95,

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there is someone who can give and there is somebody that needs something.”

1980 UST presented “An Evening with Robert Cooper” on Feb. 26, 2011, featuring literary readings, comedy and book signing to benefit the UST Sam Havens Drama Scholarship Fund.


Nancy was honored for her volunteer involvement with Camp Agape, a camping and support program for children with incarcerated parents. “Everyone can make a difference in this world,” said Linck. “Everywhere you look

Vince D’Amico ’52, Nicole Dobbs ’07 and Alex Supgul ’01; and Cimela Kidonakis ’09, who offered her talent as a videographer to create a short video. View it at and pictures from the event on the alumni Facebook page.

Kathleen (Fink) Ritchie, MBA ’01, married Phillip Ritchie on Feb. 19, 2005, in Tomball, Texas. Alice Herrin ’97 served as the maid of honor. Kathleen and Phillip currently reside in Houston but will soon be moving to Washington. They are the proud parents of Travis Dean, born on Apr. 23, 2010, and Kyle Phillip.

2001 Carol (Bosche) Tucker was elected vice president of the Texas Association for Institutional Research.

2005 Tim Castro, LoneStar College Houston Community College English professor, participated in the Houston Read Commission’s annual Great Grown-Up Spelling Bee where professionals from throughout the city were invited to compete to support adult literacy and to be recognized as spelling champions.

2006 Samantha (Hank) Matson and husband Michael are the proud parents of Morgan Melody, 2, and Shane Cooper, 1.



Honorary and Memorial Gifts are given in honor of special occasions in someone’s life and in memory of loved ones. The University is deeply appreciative to the family and friends of those honored and remembered here.

Honorary Gifts

Mrs. Charlotte Hill Mr. Howard Baker Young

Mrs. Bernadine Miller Mr. and Mrs. Robert B. Goicoechea

Ms. Saba I. Abashawl Ms. Jane Cummins

Mr. Joshua E Howen Mr. and Mrs. Benjamen E. Howen

Mr. Gerald Wolff Mr. Dowell Mudry and Mrs. Kristin Wolff

Will and Minnie Baird Mr. and Mrs. James W. Cain II Mr. and Mrs. Greg Fourticq Ms. Diana Garza and Mr. Peter McLaughlin Ms. Karen K. Royce Mr. and Mrs. J. Lindsey Short

Dr. William H. Howland Ms. Jennifer Vilca

Mr. William Murdy Mr. Dowell Mudry and Mrs. Kristin Wolff

Dr. Robert R. Ivany Mr. and Mrs. James T. Hackett

Dr. Theodore P. Rebard Mr. Adam R. Farnie Ms. Sandra Parker

David and Judith Beck Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Frois The Reverend Terence P. Brinkman, STD Mrs. Mae Jean Carr Ladies of St. John Mrs. Greggory F. Burk Ms. Eleanor Gilband Mr. and Mrs. Harry E. Mach Professor Lee H. Carl Ms. Audrey Orda Class of 1955 Ms. Erica D. Bonnell Mr. Bernard L. Hebinck Class of 1960 Mr. and Mrs. Salvador A. Fontana Class of 1964 Ms. Amanda Harris Mr. and Mrs. James Ray Rigamonti Class of 1970 Ms. Judith L. Raines and Mr. David O. Kem Class of 1980 Mr. and Mrs. Louis M. Ditta Class of 2005 Ms. Cindy E. Rodriguez Mr. Roy V. Comeaux Ms. Cindy E. Rodriguez

Ms. Judy Witte Romeno Dr. Zita M. Witte and Dr. John Maxwell Mrs. Gloria Kalman Dr. and Mrs. Robert R. Ivany Rabbi Samuel E. Karff, DHL Ms. Regina J. Rogers Mrs. Robin Thomas Klaes Ms. Lori Johnson Mr. and Mrs. Harry E. Mach Red and Charline McCombs Laurel and Brian Preler Mr. Joseph Rees Paul and Penny Layne Ms. Barbara DeWitt Leo and Bette Linbeck Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Jack T. Dulworth Joseph and Patricia Lombardo Mr. and Mrs. Larry Drabek Maj. and Mrs. Vick A. Lombardo

Professor Sam M. Havens Mr. and Mrs. Scott V. Hudson Dr. and Mrs. C. Stratton Hill Mr. and Mrs. James D. Dannenbaum

UST Biology Department Mr. Nidal Ganim UST Chemistry Department Mr. David Maxwell Doctor Dr. Hector N. Urruti-Beheity Mr. Jeff A. Early Mr. David Weekley Mr. and Mrs. Stanford J. Alexander The Vermillion Family Foundation Inc. Mrs. Raye G. White The Brown Foundation, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Christopher B. Sarofim John and Carolyn Whitney Dr. and Mrs. Robert R. Ivany

Mrs. Sheridan Williams Dr. and Mrs. Charles Brunicardi Mr. and Mrs. Mark Johnson

Mr. Kyle Lutz Mr. and Mrs. William J. Lutz, III

Ms. Michele Malloy Mr. Russell Heinen and Ms. Shawn McKean

Mr. William J. Flynn Dr. John Silber

Dr. Higinia Magdalena Torres-Rimbau Ms. Luisa E. Rodriguez

Mrs. Patricia M. Lombardo Maj. and Mrs. Vick A. Lombardo

Ms. Stephanie Renee Dedeaux Public Relations Society of America - Houston Dr. Shreenath V. Doctor

Sister Marie Faubert, C.S.J. Dr. Poldi Tschirch

Dr. John W. Starner Mr. Carlos Gonzalez

Mr. Kenneth J. Wild Rebecca and Trent Lilley

Mrs. Cora Sue Mach Dr. and Mrs. Robert R. Ivany Mr. and Mrs. Frank E. Nadolney

Mr. Hank Emery Ms. Marty Thompson

Dr. Hassan M. Shirvani Mr. Yacub Abunahla

Mr. Joseph B. Lombardo Maj. and Mrs. Vick A. Lombardo

Mr. Vincent C. D'Amico Ms. Frances Escriva and Mr. Joseph McKay

Dr. Charlene A. Dykman Ms. Kristen Aaron Ms. Kimberly L. Bullock Ms. Angela Prince


John and Resa Wing Dr. and Mrs. Robert R. Ivany

Dr. and Mrs. Joseph M. McFadden Dr. John Perel Dr. Jo Anne Meier-Marquis Ms. Ember Jones Mr. and Mrs. Peter Linden Mrs. Trini Mendenhall Sosa Mr. and Mrs. Michael Francisco Ms. Margo P. Geddie Mr. and Mrs. Harold G. Hidalgo Dr. and Mrs. Robert R. Ivany Mrs. Trini Mendenhall Sosa and Mr. Frank Sosa Mrs. Raye G. White The Most Reverend J. Michael Miller, CSB Ms. Margo P. Geddie Mrs. Orline D. Maer

Charles and Infa Wilson Ms. Susana I. Aleman Ms. Yolanda W. Aleman and Mr. Christoper N. Guinn Mr. Thomas I. Beard Mr. Jesse S. Bounds Ms. Myra Bozeman Ms. Ruthmarie Burnett Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Cooper Mr. Paul F. Corl Ms. Maria T. Flores Mr. Raymond Fonseca Mr. and Mrs. Vincent L. Gonzales Mr. and Mrs. Exiquio Gonzales Ms. Tiffany Grable Mr. Daniel C. Holley Mr. and Mrs. Damian L. Kimmons Miss Gloria A. Luna Mr. and Mrs. Manuel A. Luna Mr. Tommy Martin Mr. and Mrs. Nick Mata Ms. Margo Y. Melchor Ms. Doan P. Nguyen Mr. and Mrs. Roger L. Ondreko

Mr. John M. Parras and Ms. Nicole Gonzales Mr. Paul A. Pinkston Ms. Jen Marie Rau Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Roberson Ms. Alyssa Rodriguez Mr. and Mrs. Jeremy Schooley Mrs. Sarah Khan Stuhldreher Mr. Umang Talati Ms. Marty Thompson Mr. Joseph B. Trevino Mr. and Mrs. George C. Weaver Mr. Lee Wilson

Memorial Gifts Mrs. Mildred Anderson Mrs. Jane Bemko Ms. Frances M. Contello Ms. Suzzane Davis Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Donovan Mr. Scott M. Fleming and Ms. Kathryn V. Earle The Very Reverend Trung V. Nguyen, J.C.L. Ms. Sandria L. Ward The Reverend Dennis M. Andrews, CSB Mr. and Mrs. Bob Casey, III Mr. and Mrs. Russell E. Davis His Eminence Daniel Cardinal DiNardo Dr. Daryl Koehn and Dr. Julian Brown Drs. Robert and Rebecca LeBlanc Mrs. Mary Anna T. Montalbano Dr. Carole G. Pentony Mr. Richard H. Stork Dr. Ruth Strudler Mrs. Raye G. White Mrs. Maria Younger Ms. Martha A. Zapata Teresa and Val Arbogast Mr. and Mrs. Stephen V. Arbogast Mr. Cecil Joe Bendy Mrs. Cecil J. Bendy Mr. and Mrs. James E. Stanley


Mrs. Ileana M. Botero-Ocampo Mrs. Alicia Alvarez Anonymous Dr. Terry Alan Brandt Mr. and Mrs. Edward Cackowski Ms. Maria Isabel Cantera Mrs. Rosa Maria Cardenas Ms. Ruth E. Carranza Ms. Manuela Delgado Mr. William and Dr. Grace England Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Gerson Ms. Adalberta Benito Gonzalez Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth W. Gurka Mrs. Maria Dyla Gutierrez Mrs. Rose M. Johnson Dr. and Mrs. John F. X. Knasas Dr. and Mrs. Richard E. Krustchinsky Ms. Patricia A. LeBlanc Drs. Robert and Rebecca LeBlanc Dr. Virginia C. Leiker Dr. Rita Combs Richardson Mrs. Maria Elsa Rivas Ms. Virgilia Salas Mrs. Jeannie D. Scott Dr. Rose L. Signorello and Mr. Odon J. Hidalgo Mr. and Mrs. John D. Thornton Dr. Higinia M. Torres-Rimbau Ms. Ana Paula Villegas The Reverend Frank H. Bredeweg, CSB Ms. Patricia A. LeBlanc The Reverend Victor B. Brezik, CSB Dr. and Mrs. William B. Alexander Ms. Patricia A. LeBlanc Mr. Robert Clay Mr. and Mrs. Charles P. Carriere The Reverend Joseph Blaise Courtney, CSB Sister Mary Brendan O'Donnell, CVI Mrs. Joan N. Davis Ms. Janet M. Davis and Mr. Michael Thienes Mrs. Helen B. Day Delta Rho Delta Business Women’s Sorority Mr. and Mrs. Randy Gilmore Mr. and Mrs. Garland Horak Mr. and Mrs. Gary G. Martin, Jr. Mrs. Bernadine Miller Mr. and Mrs. Olvis J. Nicholson Ms. Patricia M. Pridmore Mr. Allen C. Short Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Sweeney Dominique and Jean de Menil Dr. Catherine Walter Ms. Joan M. DeDitius Mr. and Mrs. Michael Broderick Mr. and Mrs. Stephen R. Dunson Mr. William C. Dickson, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. David S. Bain Mrs. Madeline S. Chastain Commercial Kitchens, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. David W. Dauphin Ms. Claire D'Hemecourt Mr. and Mrs. Don d'Hemecourt Mr. and Mrs. Sam W. Dick Mr. and Mrs. Frank Dieudonne Forbes Hever & Wallace, Inc.

Fort Bend Friends and Neighbors Mr. and Mrs. John M. Francese Mr. and Mrs. Jot Hodges, Jr. Mr. John A. Hutchison III Mr. and Mrs. Paul J. Kaskie Mr. Stephen C. Paine Mr. and Mrs. James L. Paul Mr. and Mrs. Joseph T. Piper Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Smith III Ms. Cheryl A. Szpak Mr. and Mrs. Robert Szpak Mr. and Mrs. Angelo A. Verdino Mr. David VonGruben Mr. Dan L. Duncan Mr. and Mrs. Ken DeDominicis Mrs. Jan Ellis Duncan Mrs. Betsy Wright Earthman Mr. and Mrs. Harry E. Mach Dr. Charles Escriva Mr. and Mrs. John F. Coussirat Mr. and Mrs. Bill Eaton Mr. and Mrs. Matt Edwards Ms. Katherine M. Jenkins Ms. Margie L. Poole Mr. and Mrs. Ryan Proctor Mrs. Raye G. White Mrs. Saranda Winemiller Ms. Sheri Lynn Wood Josephine and Earl Ewing Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence C. Ewing Mr. John C. FitzSimmons Dr. and Mrs. David J. Braden Mr. and Mrs. Ken DeDominicis Ms. Elizabeth A. Sauer John and Helen FitzSimmons Mr. and Mrs. W Robert Singleton Jr. Mr. Alexander Giampietro Mr. and Mrs. Michael L. Caswell Dr. Janice Gordon-Kelter Dr. Virginia P. Bernhard and Mr. James Bernhard Dr. Irving A. Kelter Dr. Chris M. Mieth The Reverend Vincent J. Guinan, CSB Mrs. Peggy Ann Lyle Ms. Zoe Kearns Mr. Russell Heinen and Ms. Shawn McKean The Honorable Otmar Kolber Ms. Geoffrey S. Connor The Reverend Edward Lee, CSB Mr. and Mrs. Thomas C. Connolly Ms. Therese Lloyd Friends at Porter & Hedges, LLP Mrs. Grace Testa Mandola Mr. and Mrs. Ken DeDominicis Mr. Duncan McAnelly Anonymous Mr. Emil A. Nakfoor Mr. and Mrs. Ken DeDominicis Ms. Maria N. Prats Mr. Peter M. Coleman Mr. and Mrs. John Griffin Mr. and Mrs. Paul Paslay

Mrs. Barbara Reese Mr. Donald A. Lewis Ms. Clarita Y. Sarabia Ms. Teana C. Sechelski Mrs. Joanne M. Sather Mr. James Sather Mr. Robert T. Schiefen Mr. and Mrs. Robert T. Palmisano Mr. Daniel Sullivan Ms. Lori M. Gallagher and Mr. Curtis W. Huff Dr. James T. Sullivan Dr. and Mrs. Louie A. Galloway, III Dr. Carole G. Pentony Ms. Anne P. Sullivan Mrs. Alice P. Sullivan Ms. Beth C. Wiggins Ms. Patricia Wood Mrs. Ann Tschirch Mr. and Mrs. Redus Day Mr. and Mrs. Gus Oppermann Mr. and Mrs. Peter Santshi Mr. and Mrs. William J. Winslade Ms. Faith Rader Venverloh Mr. Jonathan Venverloh Dr. Gustavo A. Wensjoe Mr. Anthony Ableman Ms. Monica Aleman Mrs. Ruth E. Westkaemper Ms. Patricia L. Winkler Mrs. Patricia G. Wild Ms. Leslie A. Barrera Mr. Larry Brand Mrs. Stella W. Catherine Ms. Laura Michelle Clancy Ms. Anita W. Crawford Crew Health and Fitness Pilates Members Mr. Travis Croft Dr. Kenneth B. Farris Ms. Maxine C. Fortenberry Mr. and Mrs. Robert. C. Hanna Mr. Victor S. Ho and Mrs. Arielle T. Lawson Ms. Michelle Kish Rebecca and Trent Lilley Mr. and Mrs. Larry K. Livingston Memorial Hermann Healthcare System Dr. and Mrs. Roland Montemayor Mr. and Mrs. Brendan J. Norris Mr. Anthony Patterson Perry's Steakhouse & Grille Mr. and Mrs. Todd R. Pitts Ms. Serena K. Roberts Ms. Beverly Roberts Ms. Emilie Ross Ms. Linda F. Sherman The Team at Memorial Hermann Printing Services Ms. Linda L. Velonis Mr. and Mrs. Rosendo Villarreal Mr. Kenneth J. Wild Mr. Ken J. Wild, Sr. Dr. Robert J. Yankow Ms. Leslie A. Barrera Mr. and Mrs. Philip D. Fisher

Christine Elizabeth Brady, UST communication student and writer for ADDitude Magazine, died on Feb. 2, 2011. Mary Alice Buentello, sister of Fr. Michael Buentello, CSB, died on Dec. 10, 2010. Longtime UST friend and benefactor Barbara Franzheim Dror died on Dec. 17, 2010. Barbara worked with many charities especially brain tumor research, organ donation, opera and arts foundations. She served on the board of the Houston Grand Opera, The Thoroughbred Club of America, the Houston Ballet and the Houston Symphony. She devoted her most recent efforts to raise funds to develop the nursing school at UST. Mary Belle Koenig DePugh ’56, wife of Don DePugh’57 and sister of Betty Fischer ’52 and Arthur Paul Koenig ’66 died on Aug. 11, 2010. Michael Gaitz ’75 died on Jan. 31, 2011. Geraldean Gratzer ’63 died on Dec. 10, 2010. Carey Hollis, husband of Paula Hollis, School of Education, died on Dec. 29, 2010. Clint Alan Magee, father of Leslie Magee, Registrar’s Office, died on Feb. 13, 2011. Preston Marques ’52 died on Dec. 11, 2010. Judith M. Ryan, School of Theology, died on Dec. 27, 2010. Professor Louis C. Swilley ’51 died on Feb. 14, 2011. He taught English at UST and at St. Thomas High School. Christopher A. Thornton, MBA ’93, died on Jan. 18, 2011. Creighton Paul Vollert ’78 died on Dec. 16, 2010.


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