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AUGUSTA KAROLYS, MBA, Finance ’98 Alumna Augusta Karolys has an impressive resumé. Actually, she has two impressive resumés. Armed with degrees from UST and the Universidad de las Americas (BBA, 1993), Augusta has been building a career in international banking and finance, serving clients with private and offshore banking needs for companies such as JPMorgan Chase, Merrill Lynch and CitiBank. She currently works as a consultant facilitating sales of oil and lubricants throughout South America and especially in her native Ecuador. Her decision to attend UST was influenced by her older brother. “My brother Marcel attended UST in 1986, and he talked so much about campus life. As an international student, I knew I would enjoy the environment,” Augusta said. She is quick to add that she moved from Ecuador to Houston to attend UST because of the University’s strong academic reputation as well. “My family also always looked for a strong Catholic university for us to pursue our academic goals.” But long before she enrolled at UST, Augusta had a passion for the arts. She began studying ballet at age 4 and eventually started modeling and acting. Her acting career, however, took a temporary back seat to her studies. “During my years at UST, I was solely focused on school,” Augusta admitted. “I would have enjoyed participating in the drama program.” She did find time to serve as an officer of the Economics Society while at UST.

Augusta never lost her interest in acting, and in 2001 she joined the Screen Actors Guild and renewed her focus on her acting career. She is represented by APlus Actors and has found work in a number of locally produced cinematic and industrial films, such as Rocket Man and The Breakers, national commercials, print advertisement and local theater productions. Proving herself to be a leader of faith and character, Augusta supports several charitable organizations close to her heart, including the Houston Food Bank, the Susan G. Komen Foundation and Mission to Ecuador, where she serves on the annual gala committee. She is an active participant in the UST advancement program for alumni development and marketing. Augusta is now working toward her ultimate career goal: combining her knowledge of banking and finance with her experience in front of the camera to produce Spanish-language financial programming. She hopes one day to produce engaging, consumerfocused financial news and analysis geared to the unique needs and interests of Hispanic Americans. What St. Thomas has meant to Augusta

As different as the two worlds may seem, Augusta said her experience as a student at UST has helped guide her path in acting as well as business. “I have been exposed to situations where my strong ethical and moral choices have made a difference and had an impact on my career. Some were positive and some negative. But overall, I have chosen to do the right thing. What I learned at UST was to trust my decisions and to complete my goals based on my values,” Augusta reflected. – Stephanie Dedeaux ’96





Volunteer Sheridan Williams, UST President Dr. Robert Ivany, Beth Papasakelariou ’80 and Dr. Cristo Papasakelariou lead efforts to reopen nursing program. See page 9.

Foreman Urges Graduates to Reach for the Stars George Foreman addresses the 625 graduates at the 60th Commencement Ceremony in May at Reliant Arena.


Students Serve and Learn in Paper Houses Across the Border This service learning trip to Mexico encompassed all the elements crucial to expanding the critical thinking of a liberal arts college student.


MBA Gives Harris Confidence to Launch Business

EDITORS Marionette Mitchell Director of Publications Sandra Soliz, MLA ’01 Director of Communications and Marketing CONTRIBUTORS Brenda Benkenstein Cooper ’05 Stephanie Dedeaux ’96 Anna Fata Lana C. Maciel ’04 Elise Marrion Ronnie Piper Chris Zeglin

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. Copyright 2010 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

According to recent graduate Stanley Harris, UST recognizes the wisdom in offering a learning experience that fosters and develops future entrepreneurs.


Back to the Future of Nursing Education In the midst of a nursing shortage, the University has launched efforts to reopen the School of Nursing. Alumni of UST’s nursing program agree that there is a need for nurses who possess the values and skills derived from a UST education.


Faculty and Students Collaborate on Genomic-based Research In this major national project, students work with faculty doing scientific research. Both students and professors benefit from the knowledge gained using this research format.

On the Mall 2 GRACE Graduates First Cohort of Catholic Educators • EWTN Catholic Network Features UST • Clinton Global Initiative Features MicroCredit • UST Names New Board Leadership • Nursing Supporters Attend DeBakey Dedication • Texans President Encourages UST Student-Athletes • Greater Houston Business Ethics Roundtable Gives MBA Scholarship • University Events Faculty and Staff 16 Fideles Magazine Publishes Janet Lowery’s Poems • UST Salutes Retiring Faculty Alumni Chronicles 18 Spring Fashion Event • Alumni Social Hours • Austin Reception • USTinsights Mentoring Program • Celtic Connection Online Classnotes 20 Stay in touch with fellow alumni In Memoriam 21 UST remembers family and friends


GRACE Graduates First Cohort of Catholic Educators The first cohort of the Gulf Region Academy for Catholic Education (GRACE) has lived in community while simultaneously finishing their master’s degrees in Catholic education, teaching in a Catholic school and deepening their spiritual lives. Completing the twoyear program, they took the final step together across the stage at Commencement in May.

and Lee Holm, director of admissions, led the student group that included Catherine Loth, Michelle Gautreau, Catherine Aquila, Ivan Earls, John Ruff, Emilie Bierschenk and Justin Aquila. EWTN is the largest religious media network in the world, transmitting programming 24 hours a day in 144 countries and territories on more than 4,800 cable systems, wireless cable, Direct Broadcast Satellite (DBS), low power TV and individual satellite users.

Clinton Global Initiative Features MicroCredit Right: Father Sean Wenger, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Humberto Carmona, Luc Tran, Sharon Winski, Meris Chaumont, Leigh Sherman and Dr. Robert LeBlanc

“These young men and women have grown as professional educators and in their commitment to their faith and Catholic education,” said Dr. Robert LeBlanc, dean of the School of Education. “With Cohort 1 graduating, Cohort 2 entering their second year and the third cohort that began in June, the full cycle of the program is complete.” Often described as the Catholic version of Teach for America, GRACE is a partnership between UST and the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. GRACE is a member of the University Consortium for Catholic Education, an alliance of 15 universities that offer similar programs. (more at

EWTN Catholic Network Features UST Up to 148 million cable television viewers worldwide got a closer look at the University of St. Thomas when Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) dedicated an hour-long talk show to the University in April. A group of six UST Catholic students and three faculty members traveled to Irondale, Ala., to film “Life on the Rock,” EWTN’s live show for young adults. The show aired at 7 pm central time on Thursday, April 22, with encore broadcasts through Sunday. View “Life on the Rock” at Father Michael Buentello, CSB, Sister Damien Marie Savino, FSE, chair of the Environmental Science and Studies Department, Dr. Jeremy Wilkins, assistant professor of theology at St. Mary’s Seminary, 2

The UST MicroCredit Program was recognized as a “featured commitment” at the Clinton Global Initiative University. Of nearly 1,000 Commitments to Action, only about 20 were featured. View a video at The student-operated program provides impoverished individuals around the world with loans to launch income-generating businesses. The program’s interest-free loans help these entrepreneurs become self-reliant while promoting principles of freedom, fairness and democracy and integrating Catholic values. In only three years, the program has dispatched loans to more than 550 beneficiaries and is actively making a difference through projects in the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, Pakistan and Chile. Future projects are planned in Turkey. “I really came to appreciate the knowledge we already have from studying international studies at UST,” Haroon said. “So many other people were asking us questions about getting started in microfinance and cultural barriers that we took for granted because we already knew it from class.” (more at

Above: Actress Heather Graham (left) congratulates UST MicroCredit Program students Michael Black, Hiba Haroon, Thomas Barnes and Joseph Konkel, who attended the Clinton Global Initiative University at the University of Miami in April.


UST Names New Board Leadership The University of St. Thomas Board of Directors has elected Michele Malloy as its chair and David Harvey as vice chair. Malloy will replace George A. DeMontrond III as chair. “I am honored to have served as chairman of University of St. Thomas Board of Directors,” said DeMontrond. “The University’s mission to educate leaders of faith and character has never been more relevant. Its future is bright indeed.” Malloy is independent counsel for Marathon Oil Company. She holds degrees from St. Mary’s College, the University of Texas and the University of Houston. She joined the UST Board of Directors in 2002, most recently serving as vice chair since 2008. She has chaired both the academic affairs and nominating committees and served on the executive and the student affairs committees. She serves on the Center for Irish Studies advisory board and chaired the 2007 Irish Gala. She and her family have long been avid supporters and benefactors of the University. “UST helps its students develop the values that are so important to the future of the Houston community and our country,” Malloy said. “I look forward to doing whatever I can to help UST grow and prosper.” Harvey is the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of D.E. Harvey Builders. Harvey joined the UST Board of Directors in 2007. He has served as vice chair and chair of the nominating committee and on the academic affairs committee. He is the lead benefactor of the UST Gulf Region Academy for Catholic Education (GRACE) Program. (more at

Nursing Supporters Attend DeBakey Dedication The life of pioneering heart surgeon Dr. Michael E. DeBakey, presented in tandem with the history of cardiovascular surgery, is profiled in the Michael E. DeBakey Library and Museum, which opened on May 14 at Baylor College of Medicine. Denis DeBakey, Linda Lazenby, Lavonne Cox and UST President Dr. Robert Ivany attended ribbon-

Left: Denis DeBakey, Linda Lazenby, Lavonne Cox and UST President Dr. Robert Ivany

cutting ceremonies that followed the unveiling of a bronze statue of DeBakey in the courtyard of the DeBakey Center for Biomedical Education and Research. DeBakey and Cox both serve on the University’s Nursing Advisory Council.

Texans President Encourages UST Student-Athletes Addressing the annual Champions Club Benefit Luncheon in May, Houston Texans President Jamey Rootes told UST student-athletes that “being part of a sports team that is led by a coach with the right values who has you engaged in the right habits, builds character. Having been recognized three times as Champions of Character proves that UST has such a sports program.” The success of UST athletics has raised school spirit and engaged more alumni and friends than ever before. As the Champions Club membership expands, UST’s sports teams are strengthened and more sports are planned. (more at Left: Jamey Rootes, Houston Texans; Oliver Luck, Houston Dynamo; Celts Mascot Kailey Posterick; and UST students Michelle Lewis and Nicole Hickl, who were named to the Houston Texans Cheerleaders squad in April



UST Stages All Shook Up, Elvis Presley Musical 8 pm, July 7-10, 15-17; matinee at 2 pm, July 10, 17 UST Jones Theatre, 3910 Yoakum All Shook Up, a musical inspired by and featuring the songs of Elvis Presley, is based on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. The show is presented by the University of St. Thomas in association with Theatrical Rights Worldwide and the MT Pit. Ticket prices are $15 for general admission, $10 for seniors and students, and $5 for UST students, faculty and staff. 713-525-3520.

Scholarship Tee-up Tournament September 22 • Kingwood Country Club Joe Cleary chairs the annual golf tournament to support the Fr. Francis E. Monaghan Scholarship Fund and those students who depend on it for their education. The tournament format is best ball and features prizes for top teams. 713-525-3118

Principles of Catholic Theology, Joseph Ratzinger (now Benedict XVI) described the severest crisis in twentieth century theology, as “understanding the mediation of history in the realm of ontology.” Rowland’s lecture will address these themes in the thought of the two pontiffs. 713-525-6989

Annual Irish Gala November 5 • Houstonian Hotel Supporters of the University of St. Thomas Center for Irish Studies gathered to kick off the upcoming UST Irish Gala at the Memorial home of Jes and John Hagale, gala co-chairs. In attendance were British Consul General Paul Lynch; Rev. Bill Shaw, director of the 174 Trust in Belfast, Northern Ireland; and Rev. Harold Good of Belfast, Northern Ireland, the former president of the Methodist Church of Ireland. Each year the Center for Irish Studies hosts the gala to benefit the Center’s study abroad and academic programs. Individual tickets are $250, with table sales starting at $2,500. 713-525-3592

Archbishop J. Michael Miller Lecture 7 pm, September 29 • UST Jones Hall, 3910 Yoakum Tracey Rowland, dean of the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family Studies in Melbourne, Australia, will present “Culture in the Thought of John Paul II and Benedict XVI.” Rowland has focused her scholarship on the interpretation of Vatican II and the theology of culture. Pope John Paul II believed that western civilisation is at a cross-roads between a civilisation of love and a culture of death, and in his

Above: Paul Lynch, Rev. Bill Shaw, UST Center for Irish Studies Director Lori Gallagher, Bill Flynn and Rev. Harold Good

Greater Houston Business Ethics Roundtable Gives St. Thomas MBA Scholarship The University of St. Thomas has received the Greater Houston Business Ethics Roundtable/Bette Stead Ethics Scholarship open to MBA students. Pictured left: Professor of Management and Marketing Dr. Charlene Dykman; Cameron School of Business Dean Dr. Bahman Mirshab; Richard Mize, Greater Houston Business Ethics Roundtable; VP for Institutional Advancement Ken DeDominicis; and Associate Professor of Management and Marketing Dr. Michele Simms. 4

Foreman Urges Graduates to Reach for the Stars “Success with Integrity” was the message that former world heavyweight boxing champion and businessman George Foreman stressed in his address to the University of St. Thomas 2010 graduating class at the 60th Commencement Ceremony on May 15 at Reliant Arena. A charismatic personality in the world of boxing, a minister, entrepreneur, husband, father of 10, and rancher, Foreman was born in Marshall, Texas, and grew up in Houston. In 1994 at the age of 44, Foreman became the oldest fighter ever to win the heavyweight crown. When not promoting Meineke mufflers or selling Lean Mean Grilling Machines, Foreman tends to his ministry and charitable work, including most recently his “Knock-Out Pediatric Cancer” initiative. “You come from such a prestigious and great university, and you have received a great foundation based on ethical values,” Foreman told the 305 undergraduate and 320 graduate students. “I want to congratulate you for your efforts. The sky is the limit. Reach for the stars.” Honorary doctorates were awarded to David M. McClanahan, president and CEO of CenterPoint Energy, and University of St. Thomas President Emeritus Dr. Joseph McFadden. McClanahan previously served as president and chief executive officer of Houston Lighting and Power and Reliant Energy Regulated Group. He chaired the UST Board of Directors from 1998-2002. McFadden was president of the University from 1988 to 1997. Upon his retirement, he returned

Right: Dr. Joseph McFadden, David M. McClanahan, Vincent D’Amico ’52 and UST Alumni Board President Frances Escriva ’78,’00

to the classroom at UST as a professor of American and Irish history. He is the executive director emeritus of the International Council of Universities of St. Thomas Aquinas. The Vincent J. Guinan Distinguished Alumni Award was presented to Vincent D’Amico, class of 1952, for his continual volunteerism and tireless efforts to raise scholarship monies, recruit new students and promote the University to the community. A former teacher, he is a champion of education and educators. D’Amico’s first endowed scholarship, in honor of his mother, benefits students in the music program. His second scholarship was established in honor of his father and benefits communication majors. D’Amico’s third scholarship honors his hero Robert Frost and benefits education majors. He recently established a fourth endowed scholarship for UST’s School of Nursing, currently in development, in honor of his mother, who always wanted to be a nurse. – Elise Marrion

Families View 2010 Graduation via Live Stream Theresa Heard, BA ’08, MLA ’10, shares with us what UST’s live stream of 2010 Commencement meant to her family: “My husband, First Sergeant Frederick Heard, is currently serving in Iraq. After much deliberation, we decided that he would come home for my son’s graduation instead of mine. After all, he has seen me graduate twice before. My family members in Oregon and California also chose to attend his graduation. When I read on Facebook that the commencement ceremony would be available via live stream, I immediately sent the link to my family members. Throughout the ceremony I was receiving text messages from my husband and mother-in-law. I felt my emotions start to creep out as I was reminded that my family members could see me, even though they were not in the arena. My husband had this to say about the live stream: ‘Although I am here in Iraq, it was great that I was able to share the experience with our family.’ My family members have downloaded the stream. They can tell me exactly when—hour, minute, second—I make an

appearance in front of the camera. The live stream was a great addition to the commencement ceremony, and I hope it continues to be a part of commencement ceremonies in the future.” Above: Theresa Heard, BA ’08, MLA ’10, and her husband, First Sergeant Frederick Heard


Students Serve and Learn in Paper Houses Across the Border When Bob Decker, founder of Paper Houses Across the Border, takes groups from the United States into Ciudad Acuña, Mexico, he shows them more than just the rows of rudimentary shelters made from cardboard, tin and building scraps. Decker introduces visitors to the people, tells their stories and explains the history, health, economics and politics of the area. Decker gives visitors a full education.

Acting to fulfill the University’s vision of responding creatively to challenges posed by poverty, globalization, limited economic resources and changing demographics, students are able to connect classroom theory with practical experience through service learning.

University of St. Thomas students and faculty members joined Decker in Acuña over spring break for this interdisciplinary service learning trip. Faculty members included Dr. Don Frohlich, professor of biology; Dr. Livia Bornigia, assistant professor of communication, and Dr. Carl Scott, associate professor and chair of the Psychology Department. Students who attended were biology majors Emily Calasanz, Kaleigh Roberts, Paul Belgeri and Yamal Taha; and communication majors Crew Ginn and Dorina Carillo Gamboa. In 2000, Decker, an off-duty Houston Police officer at the time, got lost in Acuña and found himself on a dirt road surrounded by cardboard houses. He was shocked to see hundreds of families living in such poverty so close to the U.S. border. The families had no water, electricity or plumbing.

“Many people come through the colonias and look at the poverty with pity, but the UST group came with a different purpose,” Decker said. “They truly wanted to learn from the people of Acuña and look at the issues from every angle.”


Decker returned to the U.S. to found Paper Houses Across the Border with the help of volunteers in the Police Department and parishioners at St. Joseph’s Church. Today, Paper Houses supports six shelters, provides free meals to thousands of school children, provides surgery for children, helps to fund cancer care and assists with educational needs. Volunteers walk door-to-door as they build relationships with the families of the colonias, or paper house neighborhoods. During their stay, the UST group visited with residents of the colonias and distributed about 250 bags of basic food necessities, or dispensas. They also visited a shelter for children, a rehabilitation clinic and a government migrant shelter for those who intend to cross the border or those who have been deported from the U.S. “Many people come through the colonias and look at the poverty with pity, but the UST group came with a different purpose,” Decker said. “The UST students and professors truly wanted to learn from the people of Acuña and look at the issues from every angle.” Frohlich has volunteered with Paper Houses for about five years and serves as treasurer of the organization’s board of directors. This was the first time he led a group of UST students to Acuña. “The pre-med students got to learn about the needs of people who live without health care, and the communication majors got the field experience

of making a documentary,” Frohlich said. “Paper Houses believes in stimulating the local economy. All of the food we give is purchased locally to support local grocers. We don’t bring in used clothing from the United States to donate because that takes business away from struggling local clothing vendors.” Bornigia said the trip embodied the liberal arts education experience. “It wasn’t just about learning what applies to biology or communication; there were lessons in civic and community engagement, politics and how the drug cartels are affecting the economy – all in perfect harmony with the social justice teachings of the Church,” Bornigia said. “The experience encompassed all the elements that are crucial to expanding the critical thinking of a liberal arts college student.” Ginn spent most of his time in Acuña behind the camera lens. He produced a one-minute promotional video for Paper Houses and is currently working on a documentary of the trip. Ginn said it wasn’t until he

got home and reviewed the hours of footage that he began to get the full impact of the experience. “We walked around the colonias and the shelter, and it was so amazing to see these children who have so little, but they seem so genuinely happy,” Ginn said. “It helps puts things in perspective. The things I get stressed out about are so insignificant compared to the problems they face. It made me want to change a lot of things about my life.” Calasanz graduated in May and plans to attend medical school at Texas Tech University in the fall. Last year Calasanz went on a medical mission trip to El Salvador. “Seeing the rehabilitation hospital in Acuña and my experiences in El Salvador showed me that medical treatment is universal. It doesn’t matter what kind of facilities you have; each patient is still a human person, and each patient deserves the best treatment. After going to El Salvador and Mexico, I can see myself continuing medical mission work outside the U.S. at some point,” Calasanz said. – Elise Marrion

Above (center): Biology majors Emily Calasanz and Paul Belgeri were among the students who traveled to Acuña to participate in the Paper Houses Across the Border project.

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MBA Gives Harris Confidence to Launch Business People say timing is everything, but Stanley Harris doesn’t buy it. He doesn’t wait for the stars to align, for a sign or the perfect moment to make the next move. Despite lingering concerns about the economic recovery, Harris recently launched Mint Ventures LLC, an import/export and real estate business. He earned a master’s degree in business administration with a concentration in international business from the University of St. Thomas Cameron School of Business in May. “There are a lot of ups and downs, but it took the confidence of earning a University of St. Thomas MBA to convince me that now is the time,” Harris said. A six-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corp Reserves, Harris served in Iraq (Operation Iraqi Freedom) and participated in the historic Iraq Vote of 2005. His contributions to our country have been recognized by the government, and Harris has received service medals for the Global War on Terrorism, Iraq Campaign and National Defense. After returning from service, he earned a bachelor of business administration-finance from Prairie View A&M University. A friend from the Marines, Gilbert Trevino, alerted Harris to a job opening in accounting at Arch-Con Corporation. Michael Scheurich, a 1999 UST alumnus and president of Arch-Con Corporation, took Harris under his wing. As Harris contemplated his options for local MBA programs, Scheurich suggested he explore UST. “There is a strong network of alumni at the Cameron School of Business, and they project a lot of pride about the school in the community. One of the main reasons why I came here was because of Michael’s recommendation.” While on a UST MBA study abroad trip to Prague, Harris’ lifelong dream of owning his own business suddenly became vividly clear. The study abroad experience planted the seed for Mint Ventures. “When I was in Prague, we met with several international companies and many interesting people. I concluded that I wanted to start my own international business,” Harris said. “Because of the way the economy is structured, I want to tailor my business to meet the needs of the global consumer.” In addition to the influential study abroad program, Stanley commended the Cameron School of Business emerging focus on entrepreneurship. “Entrepreneurship is important. Universities often push students to get involved in the corporate culture, but for many others, owning one’s own business is a better fit. UST recognized the wisdom in implementing programs that foster and develop future entrepreneurs. The entrepreneurial spirit of the people is what makes this nation great,” Harris said. – Elise Marrion

Back to the Future of Nursing Education The University of St. Thomas has begun the initial planning phase to reopen the School of Nursing to address the growing shortage of nurses nationwide. According to the Health Resources and Services Administration, these shortages will increase due to the aging nursing workforce (the average age of practicing nurses in the U.S. is 47), aging nursing faculty (the average age of nursing faculty is 57) and an environment of increasing health care needs with a growing and aging population. By 2020, Texas will be short 83,600 registered nurses to fill its expanding hospitals. At present capacity, nursing schools in Texas can only meet 59 percent of anticipated demand.

Educating Leaders of Faith and Character

History that Defines the Program

A gift from Carol and Odis Peavy launched the efforts to reopen the School of Nursing.

In 1905, the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word established the St. Joseph’s School of Nursing at St. Joseph’s Hospital. Through the cooperative efforts of the University of St. Thomas and the Sisters of Charity, the School of Nursing moved to the campus of the University in 1972. Students continued to receive their practical experience at St. Joseph’s Hospital. In 1974, the first University graduates of the program were awarded a bachelor of science degree in nursing. The school of nursing program had a reputation for high quality in the Houston medical community. The program was fully accredited by both the Board of Nurse Examiners (BNE) for the state of Texas, located in Austin, and by the National League for Nursing (NLN), located in New York City. From 1984 to 1985, the Board of Directors conducted an extensive study and determined that continuing the nursing program had become cost prohibitive. After an 80-year history in Houston and a 14-year tenure at St. Thomas, the school officially closed June 30, 1986. A $2.5 million gift from Carol and Odis Peavy, owners of PV Rentals and Leasing, fulfilled a promise

and a personal dream to help the University reopen the School of Nursing. As a former nurse and a St. Thomas nursing school faculty member from 1980 to 1982, Carol spent much of her professional career in the medical field. “We have been waiting for the right time for the University to open the doors again,” Carol said. “I made a promise to Sister Mary Martina Casey, the former dean of the School of Nursing, that I would not give up until St. Thomas was educating nurses again.” The gift provides operating support, establishes an endowment fund and enabled the University to conduct the search for a nursing program director. Community volunteer Sheridan Williams feels that it is important to make the city aware of the University’s efforts and to encourage institutional and individual partnerships. “My mission is to spread the word and encourage people to be generous in their support,” Williams said. “I can think of no other cause that deserves our consideration. What a wonderful gift to the University of St. Thomas and to the city of Houston.” Sheridan Williams has joined efforts to raise awareness and support for the nursing education program at St. Thomas.

Leadership to Design the Program UST announced the appointment of Dr. Poldi Tschirch as the director of Nursing Program Development in 2009.

Hiring Dr. Poldi Tschirch as the director of Nursing Program Development was part of the University’s first phase of the three-phase startup that includes plans to raise $25 million to build and endow the School, prepare for accreditation and begin faculty and student recruiting. In phases two and three, the University plans to enroll the first class of nursing students by 2012 and hopes to dedicate a permanent facility on campus.

“The University provides many advantages – its fine reputation, the quality of its original nursing program, the support of its outstanding and loyal nursing alumni, excellent faculty and visionary leadership. The program has received enthusiastic support from hospital and nursing leaders in the Texas Medical Center and will be welcomed by the health professions community,” said Tschirch.

Alumni who Support the Program discussing it, they knew I had been better trained than most other job candidates. The University of St. Thomas School of Nursing had an incredible reputation. I have no doubt I got a great job right out of college because I carried a UST degree. When values and ethics are reinforced in an educational setting, you feel the effects of that foundation for the rest of your life. It inspires you to seek out people and organizations that are mission-driven.” Evonne Cummings ’79 has worked in the nursing field for 30 years and currently serves as an instructor of nursing at Prairie View A&M University College of Nursing, located in the Texas Medical Center in Houston.

“In my experience, many nurses don’t always see the importance of integrity, ethics, values and morals. Those ideals and expectations were understood at UST, and they were embedded in the curriculum. I think a program that emphasizes those values is needed again. Houston needs the University of St. Thomas School of Nursing to increase the number of nurses and to produce nurses who have strong liberal arts backgrounds, critical thinking skills and clinical training, as well as values of integrity and ethics. UST taught me that it’s not enough to know the scientific rationales; you have to have heart.”

Mark Montondon ’78, MBA ’85 began his career in the health professions the day after he graduated from UST’s School of Nursing in 1978. He currently serves as vice president for SightLine Health of Houston.

“When employers saw I graduated from St. Thomas, there was a pause and a silent acknowledgement that I had gone to the best nursing program. Without

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Margaret (McGehee) O’Donnell ’78 could have pursued any number of opportunities with her law degree, but she chooses to stay connected to her health care roots. O’Donnell now serves as Corporate Operations Counsel for CHRISTUS Health.

“Health care is a very rewarding profession. On a day-to-day basis, you have opportunities to see the impact of your actions. That experience stays with you. Science classes are essential to learn clinical aspects of the nursing profession, but the liberal arts courses I took at St. Thomas, such as philosophy and theology, allow me to look at life and understand what it means for people to be in need when they come to the hospital. The hallmark of a faith-based program is to teach nurses to approach health care from the holistic view of the patient. Our nursing professors always taught us to care for the person, not just treat the disease. Anybody can memorize the sciences, but people who can touch a patient’s heart are the type of care givers that we need today.”

University of St. Thomas NURSING ADVISORY COUNCIL M. Elizabeth Papasakelariou Cristo Papasakelariou, M.D. Co-chairs Dr. Robert Ivany President of the University Kathleen Peavy Bailey John E. Bertini, Jr., M.D. FACS Karen Bertini Donna L. Breen, M.D. Donald R. Collins Jr., M.D. Lavonne Cox, R.Ph. Kay K. Crawford Denis A. DeBakey Azar Delpassand Susan Distefano Rick Dornhoefer Annette Edmonds Herbert P. Edmundson Jr., M.D. Judy Etzel Fran Fauntleroy Kelli Cohen Fein, M.D. Fran Feltovich Ellie Francisco Barbara Franzheim Shara Fryer Elizabeth L. Ghrist Charlotte Hill Pat Holden-Huchton, Ph.D. George T. Kuhn, M.D. Vera Kuhn The Honorable Manual Leal Bettie Harding Lee Viola Gonzalez Lopez Cora Sue Mach John Marcellus, M.D. Ruth S. Metzger Mark Montondon Mary Helen McFerren Morosko Denise M. O’Connell Margaret M. O’Donnell Diane Paur Carol M. and Odis Peavy Louis Pelz Jr. Louis W. Provenzano William J. Riley, M.D. George Roccaforte Jr. Irene B. Ross Lawrence M. Ross, M.D., Ph.D. Rena Rossitto Kathryn S. Sanchez, Ph.D. Richard Slemaker III Holliday Stone John S. Stone, M.D. Sister Celeste Trahan, CCVI Pattie Dale Tye Donna Vallone Tamara K. Vogt Nancy Williams Sheridan Williams

UST Alumna is Always a Nurse at Heart

Beth Papasakelariou ’80 and Dr. Cristo Papasakelariou

Wherever her life takes her, alumna Beth (Anton) Papasakelariou says she will always be a nurse at heart. Beth, who graduated from the University of St. Thomas School of Nursing in 1980, recently graduated from the University of Houston Law Center and is an attorney as well as a registered nurse. She is co-chairing the University of St. Thomas Nursing Advisory Council with her husband, Dr. Cristo Papasakelariou, director of gynecologic surgery at St. Joseph Medical Center. “Once you are a nurse, you never stop being a nurse,” Beth said. “Being a nurse was part of my identity, whether I was employed in nursing or not. At UST, I developed problem-solving and critical thinking skills. The nursing education I received at St. Thomas has stayed with me through my life, and I apply those skills every day.” Beth has been active among the UST nursing alumni since 1980 and always hoped that the School of Nursing at St. Thomas would reopen. She was working toward her law degree when UST President Dr. Robert Ivany approached her to chair the Nursing Advisory Council. Despite her demanding academic schedule, she instantly agreed and asked her husband to join the efforts. “I know that the grounding in liberal arts that I got at St. Thomas made me a better nurse,” Beth said.

“Having the strong background in philosophy, theology and the humanities along with the hard sciences gave me a better understanding of the whole person. “It’s really important for health care professionals to care for the whole person – the physical, spiritual and emotional aspects of the person,” she said. “Nurses are on the forefront of patient care. You have to be a strong patient advocate to help patients and their families navigate the often confusing health care system.” Beth said the UST nursing faculty emphasized the idea that nurses are the professional centerpiece of a well-functioning health care team – a concept which Dr. Papasakelariou supports. “Reopening this nursing school meets a need that is very important not only to me as a physician but to society in general,” he said. “We need to have qualified individuals to help us with medical care. There is no question that everybody respects and appreciates nurses. The problem is we need to have more nurses to appreciate.” Dr. Papasakelariou, a board certified gynecologist and obstetrician, has been on the teaching staff of St. Joseph Medical Center in Houston since 1984 and is a past chief of staff. He is also a past president of the Houston Gynecologic and Obstetric Society. He pioneered advancements of gynecologic techniques, giving women more surgical options that are less invasive and require shorter recovery times. He has produced more than 30 gynecologic surgery videos used worldwide to train specialists. “When it comes to good medical outcomes, it’s important to have people who are good at what they do, but you also need to have a spiritual component,” he said. “That is something that was unique about University of St. Thomas nursing graduates.” The University of St. Thomas is raising funds for faculty, student scholarships and a new nursing facility. For more information: H. Ken DeDominicis, VP for Institutional Advancement 713-525-3119 Debbye Crofoot-Morley, Director of Development 713-525-3109 3800 Montrose Boulevard • Houston, Texas 77006 •

Founded by the Basilian Fathers in 1947, the University of St. Thomas is a private institution committed to the liberal arts and to the religious, ethical and intellectual tradition of Catholic higher education.

Faculty and Students Collaborate on Genomic-based Research Research challenges the mind, stimulates discussion and can open doors to fascinating discoveries. Undergraduate research, and the emphasis placed on it, sets the University of St. Thomas and its students apart from many other universities. The distinctive ingredient at UST is the accessibility of our faculty and their willingness to provide ways for fledgling researchers to get started.

Engaging in research projects with faculty members provides students special learning opportunities that deepen their knowledge of a subject. In one particular study, led by UST biology professor Don Frohlich, students get a chance to participate in genomics-based research and work alongside their professor on a major national project. It’s all part of the Genomics Education Partnership, a program created by the Biology Department and Genome Center at Washington University in St. Louis to help professors gain the training and resources necessary to introduce students to the field of genomics research. The GEP was first established in 2006 and has been a program at St. Thomas for two years, a partnership that Frohlich brought to the campus when he became interested in conducting genomic research. Frohlich was one of 50 professors at institutions across the country to conduct this study and have their collaborative research findings published in the Spring 2010 issue of Cell Biology Education. The title of the article is “The Genomics Education Partnership: Successful Integration of Research into Laboratory Classes at a Diverse Group of Undergraduate Institutions.� Essentially, the purpose of this project was twofold: not only were students working with faculty doing actual scientific research, but the benefits and amount of knowledge gained using this research format were also analyzed for both students and professors.

The Genomics Education Partnership was first established in 2006 and has been a program at St. Thomas for two years, a partnership that UST biology professor Don Frohlich brought to the campus when he became interested in conducting genomic research.

Students and professors at participating universities across the country were given different sets of genomes from a fruit fly, Drosophila erecta, and asked to annotate its genomic sequence, which would essentially help them understand how a genome interacts with itself and what the DNA genome sequences mean. As Frohlich 13

explains, the fruit fly is the best genetic model to use because it is easily reproduced by the millions, enabling scientists to observe genetic mutations in multiple generations over a shorter period of time than other organisms. The research is all done through computers and Internet programs, making it easily accessible and inexpensive, and it does not require use of lab equipment. “The fields of medicine and biology are changing very, very rapidly,” Frohlich said. “We’re in an age of genomics now, and there are a lot of new methods being taught. Ultimately, it all needs to be backed by experimental work. And that’s what we’re doing. All of this work is furthering our understanding of how the genome works.” Four undergraduate students spent the spring semester in Frohlich’s Special Topics: Annotations course analyzing the provided genome sequences, which were all real scientific data generated from Washington University’s Genome Center, not hypothetical material taken out of a textbook. “What we’re working with is real data; it’s not fake,” Frohlich said. “And the students are finding out that it’s a lot more of a challenge. But they’ve responded very well.” As a result of participating in this project, professors have found that students involved in undergraduate research of this magnitude tend to continue in their scientific studies and

Right: Lidia Turrubiartes, Saba Ghaziyani and Lukas Simon were among the bioinformatics students who participated in the project.


pursue a graduate education. Since Frohlich began teaching at UST, five of his former students have gone on to continue genome research at Baylor University. Professors have also found that students show great improvement in areas of teamwork and collaboration, peer instruction and problem-solving ability. They exhibit improved ability to apply what they have learned in classroom lectures to research situations, they develop a deeper understanding of genes and genome structure, and they show greater appreciation of independent research. Lukas Simon, a bioinformatics major and one of the students involved in the study with Frohlich, said he was excited to be able to do this kind of research, not only because it is a great learning opportunity, but also because it involves a study that has never been done before. “What we’re doing is real-life application,” Simon said. “We’re not only learning techniques, but we’re doing something and applying what we’ve learned.” If the students’ work is accepted and approved by the GEP, they will be recognized as published authors for their particular genome annotations. Having that sense of accomplishment, confidence and empowerment in their research is exactly what the GEP aims to achieve in students. For Simon and his fellow peers, it’s an extremely rewarding experience.

UST’s Vice President for Academic Affairs Dominic Aquila sees the Genomics Education Partnership as a valuable program because it allows students to further engage in the subject they are studying and work closely with professors to advance their knowledge. “It serves as a model for how to engage and include undergraduates in serious and significant primary research,” Aquila said. “The project could be a model and an inspiration to other faculty who wish to include undergraduates in their research.” Aquila said this kind of student-professor interaction is important because it enriches and expands the students’ learning experience and allows them to understand the connection between the classroom and the real world. “The GEP is an example of how the research and scholarship of some UST faculty are tightly connected and interwoven with that of scholars and scientists from all over the world,” Aquila said. “Don has been quite eloquent in various forums about the benefits to faculty, students and to UST in general, of including students in faculty research projects.” The benefits of such research collaboration between student and professor are tremendous. And its potential impact on a student’s educational career extends well beyond their time spent in a classroom. “I think it’s great to be a part of this kind of pioneer work,” Simon said of his GEP involvement. “I feel like, even though I’m an undergraduate, I’ve already done something to contribute to the field of biology.” There have been two sessions of Annotations. The first year, student Jackie Flores received training at Washington University and acted as the teaching assistant. Bioinformatics majors Saba Ghaziyani and Lidia Turrubiartes, David Torres and Dr. Rosie Rosell participated in the class. This year bioinformatics students Lukas Simon, Eduardo Mulanovich, Angela Decares and Ana Camacho and Dr. Maia Larios-Sanz participated in the class. – Lana C. Macie1 ’04

Thinkers 2010


Emily Calasanz, biology; David Doctor, chemistry; Carla Jones-Taylor, education; Jesus Bautista, psychology; and April Yang, psychology, were among the 199 students participating in the 2010 research symposium themed “Thinkers,” a celebration of the thought that goes into undergraduate research presentations and posters covering almost every department across the campus.

CARLA JONES-TAYLOR. Professional Learning Community: Teachers’ Perceptions In An Urban Elementary School; Education, Dr. Emiliano Gonzalez, Oral Presentation. The most important aspect of this study was to determine if the Professional Learning Community (PLC) Model of school reform was effective for students and teachers in a midsize majority/minority urban elementary school. This study examined urban elementary school teachers’ perceptions of the PLC in which they participate. Specifically, teachers’ perceptions about the impact of the PLC Model on student achievement, instructional practices, school leadership, professional development, and school culture and climate were analyzed. For the purpose of this study, DuFour’s definition of a Professional Learning Community was the catalyst for inquiry and evaluation of PLC effectiveness. Through analysis of teacher survey responses about how these PLC core principles were implemented and practiced at their school, the researcher aimed to find out if a correlation exists between teachers’ perceptions or belief systems and the quality, effectiveness and depth of systemic implementation of the PLC Model. Read more student abstracts at 15


Art History

Fideles Magazine Publishes Janet Lowery’s Poems One art form inspires another. A work of art in Spain’s Prado Museum prompted Dr. Janet Lowery, professor of English, to try her hand at English translations of poetry based on the painting. Six of Lowery’s translations of Miguel De Unamuno’s poems have been accepted by Fideles magazine, a journal of scripture, metaphysics, and theology, a publication of Redeemer Pacific College, which also publishes poetry. Several of the poems have also been accepted by the Saint Austin Review, the premier international journal of Catholic culture and literature. Upon viewing Don Diego Velazquez’ painting of the Crucifixion entitled Christ on the Cross while visiting Spain’s Prado museum, Lowery was inspired to write a poem, only to find Unamuno had written a entire book of poetry on the painting. “The painting’s powerful, hyper-real, and monumental representation of the Crucifixion of Christ moved me,” said Lowery. “Once I read available translations, my memory of experiencing the painting convinced me to try to render Unamuno’s poetry in readable, clear English.” After finding the archaic formal language and tense syntax in current translations of Unamuno’s poems less than satisfactory, Lowery decided to take on the task of translating the poems. She asked Catalina Brand to assist her, and since 2002, they have been working on the translations. They are currently half way through Unamuno’s book. Lowery joined the faculty in 1990, and is now the Cullen Chair of English and Creative Writing. In addition to poetry, she has also written a trilogy of plays spawning a manuscript of dramatic monologues called Traffic in Women, based on the most violent and violated women in Greek mythology. –Anna Fata


Dr. Charles Stewart presented “When Salamis became Constantia: Reconstructing a Byzantine City” at the Blanton Art Museum, University of Texas at Austin as part of the Art History Lecture Series in April; and “Remodeling Byzantine Architectural Histories” at the 45th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan, in May. Cameron School of Business Dr. Pierre Canac and Dr. Charlene Dykman received the Distinguished Research Award at the Annual Meeting of the International Academy for Case Studies in New Orleans for their case study “Tale of Two Banks: Société Générale and Barings,” about two rogue traders and the impact of their frauds on their respective banks. Dr. Thomas Malloy and Lawrence Alemany, Rice University, presented “NMR spectroscopy at a 4-year college and a major research university: A case of cooperation and collaboration” at the American Chemical

Society Meeting in San Francisco in March. History Dr. Joseph McFadden presented “The Spanish Armada in Ireland,” and Dr. Lee Williames presented “The Galloglass, 1200 to 1600 AD” at the South Central Renaissance Conference in conjunction with Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi, in March. Political Science Dr. Jon R. Taylor presented “Speaker Boehner and Majority Leader McConnell?

A Preliminary Forecast of the Outcome of the 2010 Midterm Elections” (with Dr. J.P. Faletta) at the 2010 Western Social Science Association Annual Meeting in Reno, Nevada, in April; and “Life After Bill White: Predicting the 2009 Houston Mayoral Race” (with Dr. J.P. Faletta) at the Southwestern Social Science Association Annual Meeting in April in Houston. Dr. Jean-Philippe Faletta presented “Public Polarization Institutionalized: A Battle between

Study Abroad in the Holy Land In spring 2011, UST students will have the unique opportunity to earn a minor in Catholic Studies in one semester while studying abroad in the Holy Land and Italy. Sister Paula Jean Miller, FSE, director of the Catholic Studies Program, designed the new study abroad program to highlight the University’s Catholic identity as it strives to integrate multiple disciplines included in the core curriculum. “This is an opportunity for students to complete a minor in Catholic studies and earn 15 credits toward the core while learning the history of the Church in the lands in which our faith was born and nurtured. The experience will culminate with a papal audience in Rome,” Sr. Paula Jean said. (more at


Reason and Faith in the U.S. Congress,” (with Kelly O. Jacobs) at the Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Social Science Association in April in Houston. Theology Fr. James B. Anderson presented “Benedict XVI’s Retrieval of the Concept of Revelation as Found in Saint Bonaventure’s Collationes in Hexaemeron” at the 45th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan, in May. Paula Jean Miller, FSE, presented “St. Bonaventure: East meets West – Maximus the Confessor and Augustine as patristic sources” at the SouthCentral Renaissance Conference in Corpus Christi in March.

PUBLICATIONS Clarage, Jim. “Search’s Dirty Secret,” New Scientist, 3, April 2010. Fernandez, Ramon; Turner, Mark. “Conservation Contributions: When Saving Face is a

Charitable Event,” Tax Strategies, 84.4, May 2010.

of Catholic Colleges and Universities.

Koehn, Daryl. Living with the Dragon: Acting and Thinking Ethically in a World of Unintended Consequences, Routledge, USA, 2010.

Stewart, Charles A. “The First Vaulted Churches in Cyprus,” Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 69.2, June 2010. “The

Malloy, Jr., Thomas; Tran, Tung. “Ab Initio and density functional calculations of conformational energies and interconversion pathways in 1,2,3,6tetrahydropyridine,” Journal of Molecular Structure, 970, 2010.

St. Thomas Salutes Retiring Faculty

McFadden, Joseph. “American Character and Continuity Emerging From the American Historical Experience,” Annales de Vendée, Revue d'études pluridisciplinaires, #5, 2009. “The American Civil War as reported in the Irish national press: A case study of the Growth and Influence of Irish and European nationalism,” The Nashwaak Review, #1, 2009. Miller, FSE, Paula Jean. Journal Peer Review: “The Culture Of A Catholic University: Support, Intervention, Transformation” [Paper Winter 2011], Journal of Catholic Higher Education, Association

Barrel-Vaulted Basilicas of Cyprus,” Medieval and Byzantine Cyprus: Proceedings of the 4th International Cyprological Congress, Lefkosia, 2008, vol. 2 (Nicosia: Etaire a Kypriakon Spoudon, 2010).

Taylor, Jon R. “Crossing the River by Feeling the Stones: Grassroots Democracy with Chinese Characteristics” (with Adjunct Professor Carolina E. Calvillo), Journal of Chinese Political Science, 15.2, June 2010.

Transforming the lives of students to francophones, Dr. Rolande Leguillon’62 served the University for 41 years. She earned her bachelor’s degree at UST, master’s at the University of Houston and her doctorate at Rice University. Before she joined the UST faculty, she taught at schools in France and at Lamar High School in Houston, where she pioneered the Advanced Placement test in French. At St. Thomas, she has served as chair of the Modern and Classical Language Department and as French Program chair. She has been recognized as Teacher of the Year by the Texas Foreign Language Association and has been honored by the American Association of Teachers of French. She was decorated by the French government and awarded the rank of Chevalier in order of the Palmes Académiques. Rev. William Kelly began his 25 years of service to the University in 1985, teaching theology. He received tenure in 1990. Fr. Kelly has also been teaching courses to seminarians since 2002. In addition to teaching, he is also known to the community as a spiritual mentor by celebrating Mass and offering counseling and spiritual direction for students, faculty and staff. He served as pastor of St. Anthony de Padua Parish from 2001 to 2008. “Fr. Kelly has been a keen supporter of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition here at UST. This advocacy is ever present in his pastoral ministry,” said Sister Madeline Grace, CVI. Dr. Louie Galloway, who served the University for 27 years, arrived in the fall of 1983. He has been division chair of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and Physics Program chair. He earned his bachelor’s degree in physics and mathematics from Hendrix College and his master’s and doctorate in physics from the Case Institute of Technology. Galloway has offered insight to other scientific scholars through his published works, including a book, Mathematical Techniques for General Physics. Galloway is currently a member of the Encourager Church, where he taught two courses on “Show Me God,” a survey of how the latest findings in astrophysics confirm the existence of God, the nature of God and the love of God for mankind. 17

Spring Fashion Event Benefits Alumni Scholarship Fund

is a substitute teacher at the Mothers Day Out Preschool at St. Cyril of Alexandria Church.

The 2010 Spring Fashion Event and Luncheon on April 29 at the River Oaks Country Club combined couture and college. Chaired by Katie Earthman Cullen, the event grossed more than $75,000 for the University of St. Thomas Alumni Association Endowed Scholarship Fund. Neiman MarcusGalleria provided the clothing and models. Mistressof-ceremonies was CultureMap

Robin Thomas Klaes ’84 earned a bachelor of business administration in accounting and met her husband, Danny, at UST. She has been active in her children’s schools, River Oaks Baptist School and Episcopal High School, for the past 20 years. Robin is a board member and former president of Trees of Hope. She has given her time and energy to providing resources and hope to our city’s homeless population.

Right: Greggory Fields Burk, Katie Earthman Cullen, Saba Abashawl, Sandra Pezzetta, Robin Thomas Klaes, Richard Earthman, Emily Earthman and the Rev. Michael G. Earthman


Editor-at-Large Shelby Hodge. CultureMap was this year’s media sponsor. Alumnae Saba Abashawl ’90, Greggory Fields Burk ’02, Robin Thomas Klaes ’84, and Sandra Pezzetta ’84 were honored for their volunteerism at UST and in the community. Betsy Earthman, UST parent and friend, was the Honoree in Memoriam, and she was represented by her children, the Rev. Michael Earthman ’07, Emily Earthman and Richard Earthman.

Sandra Pezzetta ’84 earned a bachelor of science in nursing and worked as a medical-surgical and oncology nurse in hospitals in Canada, Michigan, Wisconsin and Texas. When her husband, John, was deployed overseas, she had the opportunity to work as assistant director of nursing at the Al Khalidi Hospital in Amman, Jordan. She also worked as an industrial nurse for two major American construction companies in Saudi Arabia. Sandra


Saba Abashawl ’90 is a two-time University of St. Thomas graduate and former staff member. She earned a bachelor of business administration and a master of business administration in finance and international business. She currently serves as the managing director of development for the Houston Airport System. Saba directs business development, global commercial relations and special projects that include the World Energy Cities Partnership. She is the City of Houston lead liaison to the Department of Homeland SecurityCustoms and Border Protection, Department of State and Department of Commerce for facilitation issues. Upon receiving her master of education degree, Greggory Fields Burk ’02 began a full-time position with Poe Elementary School, where she taught both first and fifth grade. She now focuses much of her time on fundraising and development for many of Houston’s charitable organizations and serves on the board of J.D. Fields & Company, Family Services of

Greater Houston and The Partnership for Baylor College of Medicine. Honored in memoriam was Betsy Ann Earthman, an active UST volunteer and generous benefactor who was famous for advocating the resounding presence of a Catholic university in Houston. She served on the UST Board of Directors, was the

Alumni Social Hours Alumni enjoyed delicious bites and socialized with fellow classmates at a variety of restaurants for the last three social hours of the season, hosted by the UST Alumni Association. The venues moved to the Galleriaarea, and on March 31 alumni enjoyed appetizers provided by Arcodoro Restaurant. Dumplings and egg rolls were served at Gigi’s Asian Bistro at the Houston Galleria on April 28, and on May 26 alumni welcomed graduates to the Alumni Association during the combined social hour and graduation party at the Hideout at Capone’s Bar and Oven. Check for details on the fall events in the Alumni E-newsletter or e-mail

Above: Makkia Alsaadi ’10, Elizabeth Vrettos ’10, Kathy Ridley ’69 and Maria Lahad ’10

Austin Chapter

co-creator of the Ethical Leadership in Action Award, and served as chair and vice-chair of the UST Mardi Gras Gala. A parishioner of St. Anne Catholic Church, Betsy was a founding member of the St. Anne’s Guild, where she served as president. – Elise Marrion View the Betsy Earthman tribute at earthmantribute.

The Austin Chapter of the Alumni Association welcomed the Most Rev. Joe S. Vasquez ’80 as the new bishop of the Diocese of Austin at a reception on May 27 at the Texas State Capitol. Among the 50 guests were Frances Escriva ’78/’00, president of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, Chancellor Ron Walker from the Diocese of Austin, UST President Dr. Robert Ivany, VP for Institutional Advancement Ken DeDominicis, alumni relations staff Hank Emery and Brenda Cooper ’05/’09, and Arthur Ortiz, assistant director of admissions, whose guests included a prospective student. Austin chapter interim leaders Erica Bonnell ’00 and Becky Morales ’00 worked with Austin alumni to organize the event. The Austin chapter is grateful to Cecilia Abbott ’87 for arranging the use of the Lieutenant Governor’s Reception Room at the Capitol and Jennie Blankenship Huerta ’95 for her introductory remarks. View photos on Facebook by joining “UST Alumni Association – Austin Chapter,” at Austin Chapter subgroup is on LinkedIn under the “University of St. Thomas (Houston) Alumni” at

Above: Becky Morales ’00, Bishop Joe Vasquez ’80 and Erica Bonnell ’00



USTinsights Mentoring Program

1966 Sally Stubbs exhibited at FotoFest, a citywide celebration of photography, on March 12-April 8. 1973

The USTinsights Alumni Mentoring Students program completed its sixth year with 30 participants. In addition to three on-campus meetings and a Shared Insights dinner, students had the opportunity to visit mentor offices, attend industry networking events, participate in internships or share coffee or lunch. Several graduating students also received job offers as a result of their networking in the program. Applications will be accepted in the fall for the spring 2011 program. Register on Career Services UST Connect:

Celtic Connection Online Community Search for friends • Post a classnote • Update your contact information Register today:

The Celtic Connection is an online community of alumni where you can search for other alumni by class year, residence or employer. Post a classnote online with news about your recent marriage, baby, job promotion or other achievement, and the information will be submitted to the UST Magazine. Don’t have time to call the Office of Alumni Relations with your new address or phone number? Update your information online, and create a profile with your picture and resumé. Visit the link above, or go to, and click on Celtic Connection. Register online or contact Brenda Cooper, assistant director of alumni relations, at 713-942-3407 or


Anthony Pizzitola, MBA ’82, is one of three facility professionals in the U.S. to hold dual certifications as a Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Professional through the Disaster Recovery Institute and as a Certified Facility Manager through the International Facility Management Association. 1976 Father Eduardo A. Nevares, vice rector of the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio, was named by Pope Benedict XVI as the first auxiliary bishop of Phoenix. 1984 Thomas Donlin is training as a firefighter with the Atascocita Volunteer Fire Department. He plans to

complete his training in September 2010. 1985 Mark Land is engaged to Sally Elizabeth Stroud Hamilton, and they will be married this summer. Hamilton has two boys, ages 11 and 14; and Land has two girls, ages 11 and 13, and a boy, 17. 1986 Herman Sutter has been invited to read his poetry at First Friday Poetry Reading Series on Aug. 6, 2010, 8:30 pm, at Inprint House, 1520 West Main, near the Menil Collection in the Houston Museum District. Sutter will read poems from his days with UST’s own The Writer Guys and from his most recent works: The Way of the Cross & The American Now. The event is free and open to the public. 1998 Nick Jwayad has been named an IT “executive of the year” for his work

Alumni Association Garage Sale raised $4,000 for scholarships on April 17 thanks to the support of the campus community, members of the Alumni Association Board of Directors and other volunteers. Funds raised support the board’s operating budget and the Alumni Association Student Award. Special thanks to PODS Houston, which donated two PODS containers.


as the Portland Public Schools’ chief information officer. Jwayad received the award from Prospera Events on May 6 at the NW CIO Summit and seventh annual InnoTech Oregon event. 2002 Leslie Barrera received a Certificate in Comprehensive Fund Development from Rice University and the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and she has been promoted to associate director of development for the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. 2005 Emily Hurst recently accepted a position at National Network of Libraries of MedicineSouth Central Region, located in Houston, as technology coordinator. She will also serve as liaison to Louisiana. Hurst was previously employed at UT Health Science Center at San Antonio as instructional services librarian. 2005 After graduation, David D. Ortiz worked for Catholic Charities and then for the City of Houston Mayor’s Office of International Affairs

and Development. Subsequently, he was accepted into the U.S. Army Warrant Officer Aviation Program, where he will fly the OH-58 Kiowa Warrior. He recently wed Kira Ortiz.

IN MEMORIAM The Rev. Dennis Andrews, CSB, former Basilian Superior, member of the University of St. Thomas Board of

2007 Barbara Barrios and Domenick Capo are happy to announce their engagement and wedding ceremony on Aug. 7, 2010, in Houston. 2008 Araceli Casas presented the exhibit “Laboratory” on June 4-6 at Art Supply on Main. Her show featured 72 oil paintings of a wide assortment of subjects, including pop culture, abstracts and Catholic themes. 2008 Claudia Vidales Espinosa is a graduate student at UC San Diego, where she will complete her MA in Pacific and International Affairs by June 2011. In 2009, she completed an internship with Chévez, Ruíz, Zamarripa, y Cía, a consulting firm in Mexico City, and worked as an analyst for Mexico Watch. At UC San Diego, she is involved in the Baja Project, which promotes sustainable development in El Barril.

Directors and associate dean of the School of Education, died April 14, 2010. The University celebrated Fr. Andrews’ life with a Memorial Mass on April 26 at the Chapel of St. Basil. Fr. Andrews received a double major in education and English at UST in 1965. He retired in 2007 after a 42-year career in education and 14 years of service at UST. He received his doctorate from the University of New Mexico in 1995, and he earned a master of divinity from the University of Saint Michael’s College and a master of arts in guidance and counseling from the University of Detroit. He served as the spiritual director to the

Newman Circle. He was appointed to the O’Connor House in Windsor, Ontario, effective Jan. 1, 2008. “Fr. Andrews was the most caring, kind and gentle person,” said Dr. Ruth Strudler, former dean of the School of Education. “He was the moral compass of the School of Education, and he kept us balanced.” Memorials may be made to The Rev. Dennis Andrews Endowed Graduate Scholarship at UST, established for educators teaching in the field of Catholic education.

creating the studio arts program at UST. He joined the faculty in 1969 and served as a professor until 1985. The Rev. Leonard Anthony Kennedy, CSB, died April 1, 2010, in Toronto. Fr. Kennedy taught in the Philosophy Department in the mid80s. He also served as the director of the Center for Thomistic Studies. Mary Tichenor Metzinger MBA ’90, died on April 2, 2010. James T. Sullivan professor emeritus of chemistry, former senior

Margarita Arriaga ’01, sister of Magdalena Carbajal ’03 and Minerva Carbajal, died on May 18, 2010. Ileana Botero-Ocampo, School of Education, died April 23, 2010. Mary Bowden, the sister of Dr. John Story, associate professor of marketing, died in April 2010. James “Jack” Boynton, Houston Artist and former UST professor died on April 7, 2010. A widely recognized contemporary painter and printmaker, Boynton was instrumental in

vice president and vice president for University Affairs, died on April 8 at the age of 81. He was a member of the faculty for 40 years. When he retired, Sullivan served as Director of Telephone & Computing Services. Memorials may be sent to the James T. Sullivan Scholarship in Chemistry at UST, created in his honor in 1994.


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Honorary Committee

Elizabeth Lyons Ghrist, Chair Dr. Robert Ivany, President Gerardo Chapa Michael Cordúa George DeMontrond III Marjorie E. Evans Madelyn Farris Joseph A. Hafner, Jr. Raymond A. LeBlanc Patrick Moran Gloria M. Portela Bill Slick Trini Mendenhall Sosa Tom Standish Charlie Thomas Raye White

Joan and Stanford Alexander The Honorable Bill and Mrs. Sharon Archer Ginger and Jack Blanton His Eminence Daniel Cardinal DiNardo Most Reverend Joseph Fiorenza Maureen and Jim Hackett Barbara and Charles Hurwitz Bette and Leo Linbeck, Jr. Cornelia and Meredith Long Most Reverend J. Michael Miller, CSB George Mitchell Annette and George W. Strake, Jr. Ellie and Jack Sweeney Bishop James Tamayo Lynda and David Underwood In Memoriam Cynthia Woods Mitchell Mrs. Lloyd P. Webre

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