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Welcome to Fall 2018!

Students sitting at picnic tables on the UST campus

For a great many of you, today is your first day at UST. I am pleased to say that we are welcoming the largest class in the history of this great university.

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Opening Day Success

UST President Richard Ludwick speaks to faculty and staff during the Opening Day event.

I wanted to take a moment to thank you for attending yesterday’s event, it was a beautiful day! Faculty and staff packed the gym for UST’s first annual “Opening Day.”

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Exciting News for Fr. Storey

Keon House, residence of the Basilian fathers on the University of St. Thomas campus.

I wanted to share some exciting news with the UST community. For those of you who haven’t already heard, Father Kevin Storey, CSB has been elected to serve as Superior General for the Congregation of St. Basil.

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April 17 – The University Crest

Since UST’s earliest days, the crest on the university seal has been a powerful symbol of our community. The imagery emblazoned on the shield tells the story of not only where we came from, but also the future toward which we are headed.

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April 6 – Call Toward Tomorrow – Our New Goal

As the UST community comes together and focuses on our shared future, it is important that we maintain transparency in our projects and processes. Because of that, and because I am just generally excited about it, I would like to take a moment to share an update with you. The Call Toward Tomorrow planning process is in full swing, and significant progress has been made as we look to the future of this great Catholic university.

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March 29 – Holy Week 2018: Triduum

Today, classes break for the remainder of Holy Week. Tonight, we begin a very special and meaningful time of year, Easter Triduum. For those not familiar with the term, Triduum marks the passion, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. One remarkable thing about Triduum is that it is in essence one liturgy that continues over three days.

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Lighting the Chapel for Christians

The Chapel of St. Basil on the UST campus.

The University of St. Thomas is a Catholic university, and we are also Houston’s only Catholic university. That designation is an honor, and often a responsibility as well. I am always grateful when an opportunity comes along to act in a visible way to proclaim our authentic Catholicity. We have just such an opportunity this weekend.

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Mardi Gras Scholarship Gala 2018

Melynda and Richard Ludwick, Betty Fisher, and Bert Edmundson at the Mardi Gras event.

It was a privilege and a pleasure for Melynda and me to welcome more than 500 guests on Saturday, Feb. 10, to the Hilton Americas-Houston for the 68th annual University of St. Thomas Light the Way Mardi Gras Scholarship Gala.

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