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Encounter Winter 2020

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MAx Studios Read More Mission On Main Street Read More JPII Institute Inspires Read More more from the Issue President’s Letter Richard Ludwick believes this pandemic has truly brought out the best in our students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends. As Celts, we are all unique in our passions and abilities, but there is something…

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New Degree Fills Critical Gap for Students with Learning Differences

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With a finger on the pulse of the greater surrounding community, UST will extend an academic lifeline to qualified students with learning differences beginning in spring 2021. The new Associate of Applied Science in Pragmatic Studies degree is a full-time, two-year, face-to-face program designed to overcome obstacles blocking success for this population, in a traditional college setting.

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Catholic to the Core

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Catholic scholar George Harne joins UST as executive dean of Arts and Sciences, UST’s largest and most diverse school. Harne brings a wealth of knowledge and experience as former president of Magdalen College of the Liberal Arts in Warner, New Hampshire, since 2011. His appointment reaffirms UST’s commitment to a strong, Catholic, liberal arts core.

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Cullen Trust Hits One Out of the Park

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The University of St. Thomas received a generous gift of $3 million from the Cullen Trust for Higher Education with $1.5 million slated for athletics. “This gift allows us to break ground to build a hitting facility that will act as a home base for our baseball and softball teams,” UST Athletic Director Todd Smith said.

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Woock at Work

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Buoyed by gifts totaling more than $1.5 million from The Robert and Janice McNair Foundation, along with a dynamic new director, Dr. Patrick Woock, the UST McNair Center for Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship is poised to continue developing leaders through robust academic offerings, mentorship programs and experiential learning.

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USTMAX Micro-Campus on Main Street

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UST President Richard Ludwick cut the ribbon opening a micro-campus in Montgomery County on Oct. 20. The USTMAX Center is located in downtown, Conroe at 336 N. Main Street. This facility’s name is inspired by Saint of Innovation Maximillian Kolbe. The Center will serve the higher education needs of local residents by providing flexibility, affordability and accessibility.

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JPII Institute Gains Momentum

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UST’s new JPII Institute offers the only program of its kind focusing on John Paul II in the context of Polish history and culture. With Dr. Ewa Thompson’s transformational gift, the Institute will expand its offerings.

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The Sum of Empowerment

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UST Math Professor Margaret “Maggie” Hutchinson’s legacy lives on through the generosity of family. Their charitable gifts of stock — both worth $100,000, for a total of $200,000 — establish two new endowed scholarship funds for students in STEM fields, especially women.

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Anthony Carona is a Man on a Mission

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Anthony Carona had his life mapped out since middle school. But once on his path, he discovered he wasn’t happy. So, he moved a long-held thought of becoming a doctor front and center. Follow Carona on his journey to honor this true calling for medicine and make UST’s Post-Bac Pre-Health Professionals Program his first step on a new path.

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UST Launches Clinic

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UST again demonstrates its leadership and commitment to community service with the launch of its new, one-of-a-kind program, “Healing our Heroes,” to alleviate the long-term mental health impacts of COVID-19 on Greater Houston’s first responders and front-line health care professionals.

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