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University of St. Thomas Performing and Fine Arts Society celebrated its annual membership drive with a Membership Tea on March 4 at the restored Broadacres home of Kaitlyn and Michael G. Scheurich, MBA ’99.

The Society works to provide students at UST access to quality educational opportunities in the arts with scholarships and enhanced programming in music, drama, dance and studio arts. Nearly $30,000 was raised for student scholarships.

Michele Malloy Honored for Steadfast Support

The Tea, chaired by Gayla Gardner and Sherry Wetsch, welcomed many new members. The Society honored Michele Malloy for her steadfast support of the University, and particularly this cause since the group’s inception in 2008.

Priscilla Plumb Receives Arts Volunteer Award

The Performing and Fine Arts Society also honored Priscilla Plumb with the “Marianne Ivany Heart for the Arts Volunteer Award.” Instituted in 2018, the award recognizes volunteers who work passionately to promote artistic disciplines at UST.

The award was named in honor of the University’s former first lady for her tireless efforts during her 13-year tenure to bolster UST’s arts programs, the artistic vibrancy of the University and greater Houston community. Ivany was on hand to present the award to Plumb, her founding co-chair of the Society.

Student Performances Highlight of Event

Guests at the event also enjoyed performances by UST’s talented arts students: violinist Arturo Bohuchot; violist Hao-Hsuan Lee; baritone Eduardo Katoul Rahbani, who performed “Almost Like Being in Love,” and tenor Danté Anderson, who sang a selection from “Pirates of Penzance.”

The UST Performing and Fine Arts Society continues to welcome new members for the 2019-20 academic year. Learn more: www.stthom.edu/pfas, call 713-942-3465 or email pfas@stthom.edu.

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