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Encounter Winter 2022



// Championship Season for Celts

COre curriculum Renewal

// Created for a Purpose

Making History

// Kolbe School Graduates First Class

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President’s Letter

Greater things are happening at UST. Learn why it is a wonderful time to be a Celt.

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It’s Official UST to DIII

It is official! UST’s emergence as a full member in the NCAA Division III has energized the campus. Read about Athletics’ journey from one sport in 2006 to 19 sports today with more than 300 student athletes. And the program is growing.

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Created for a Purpose

In this feature article, Dr. George Harne writes how we are created for a purpose. He explains why UST’s renewed core is the vital heart of a UST education.

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The Kolbe Connection

The graduation of 19 students from The Kolbe School of Innovation and Professional Studies is a shared triumph and a history-making hero story – a tale that prompts cheers and tears…

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The President’s Circle

Gifts made to the University at the President’s Circle levels — $1,000/yearly and above — are paramount to intentionally cultivating a campus that is as diverse and vibrant as the tapestry of the City of Houston itself. Learn more about these devoted benefactors.

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Alumnus Pioneers Dominican-Jesuit Collaboration at Oxford

Center for Thomistic Studies Alumnus Daniel De Haan, M.A. Philosophy ’10, Ph.D ’15, is the first Frederick Copleston Senior Lecturer and Research Fellow at Oxford. His work explores the interconnection between Thomism and the sciences. See why he thinks it is an exciting time for Catholic philosophy.

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Lighting the Way

The Center for Thomistic Studies continues to remain the only graduate philosophy program in North America exclusively devoted to studying the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas and the Thomistic tradition. Lighting the way as a source and guide for renewal of Catholic philosophy in the contemporary world are the Center’s distinguished faculty along with its graduate students.

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Powered by Engineering

Students majoring in engineering now have four degree paths, state-of-the-art facilities, success coaches and scholarships thanks to generous donors, grants and the hard work of many, including Dr. Birgit Mellis. Two spring 2023 engineering students are celebrating job offers upon graduation.

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Experiencing the Spirit

UST President Richard Ludwick and First Lady Melynda led a once-in-a-lifetime pilgrimage to France and Germany culminating in the Bavarian Village of Oberammergau to witness the Passion Play performed every 10 years since 1634. Traveler Michael Marcon, MAPS ’13, shares miracles and graces he experienced along the way. Journey with him.

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