Friday, May 15, 2015

Saying Farewell to Father Mac

For almost 46 years, Rev. James MacDougall – affectionately known as Fr. Mac – has been a part of our Bobcat family. Since joining St. Thomas University in August 1969, Fr. Mac has served as Chaplain, Assistant Professor of History and Theology, Tennis Coach and Director of Campus Ministry. Even after his retirement, he remained very involved with student life, often walking over from the Augustinian Monastery to sit in his favorite chair at the library and read the New York Times or talk to students. Father Mac also continued to celebrate mass at the Chapel of Saint Anthony on campus. An Augustinian, Father Mac will be relocating to a parish in his hometown Bronx.

A farewell mass and reception was held on May 14th for Father Mac, which was attended by alumni, faculty and staff.

He has touched the lives of so many students, faculty and staff during his time with us, and we will forever be grateful to him for everything he has done for St. Thomas University. Please join us as we wish Fr. Mac a warm farewell and many blessings on his move to New York.

City of Miami Gardens Recognizes STU's Winning MBA Competition Team

The St. Thomas University’s MBA High Performance Team continues to receive accolades following its impressive first place win at the prestigious Keybank Foundation National MBA Minority Student Competition – this time from the City of Miami Gardens. The three-woman team, and their professors, were recognized by the City Council at their April meeting. This was the first time the St. Thomas University School of Business Graduate Program competed in this event, presenting against other top-tier business schools and universities in the nation. St. Thomas University was the only team from South Florida invited to compete and the City of Miami Gardens publicly acknowledged our students’ leadership and the prestigious faculty members who guided them in the process. 

STU Awards Nine Catholic Education Continuum Scholarships

St. Thomas University recently announced the award of nine (9) full tuition scholarships to students from Catholic High Schools in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach County. The new “Catholic Education Continuum Scholarships,” to be awarded annually to one student from each Catholic High school in the tri-county area, cover the complete annual tuition for up to four consecutive years of full-time study. Scholarship applicants must meet criteria that demonstrate a record of strong academic achievement and a dedication to higher education.

The scholarship is part of a greater collaboration with our Catholic High Schools that will also ensure that students not only graduate, but graduate sooner and better prepared for today’s marketplace. Recognized as “2015 St. Thomas University Catholic Education Continuum Scholarship” recipients and Presidential Scholars are: Antoun Chebat, St. Thomas Aquinas; Jason Alvaro Diaz, Archbishop McCarthy; Nicole Diaz, Carrolton School of the Sacred Heart; Christopher Gonzalez, Monsignor Edward Pace; Nicholas Izquierdo, Chaminade-Madonna; Carlos Planchart, St. Brendan High School; Kasey Rivera, Cardinal Newman; Alberto Rodriguez, Christopher Columbus High School; and Darby Vilme, Archbishop Curley Notre-Dame.

New 2015-2016 SGA Officers Elected

Our Student Government Association is comprised of students who, just like you, want to take responsibility in making the STU campus environment a great place to learn, grow, enjoy, be of service and make great friends. We are happy to announce the new SGA Officers for 2015-2016: Joshua Rosner, Communications, Class of 2016, President; Marcos Castillo, International Business, Class of 2016, Vice President; Ariel Listo, Economics, Class of 2016, Treasurer; Zatal Stephen, Psychology, Class of 2016, Secretary of Communications; and Nikita Mukhi, Psychology & Liberal Studies, Speaker of the Senate.

Newman Civic Fellow at STU

Campus Compact announced that St. Thomas University’s June Nzilani Wanbua was selected as a Newman Civic Fellow in recognition for her community involvement. The Newman Civic Fellows Award honors the late Frank Newman, one of Campus Compact's founders and a tireless advocate for civic engagement in higher education. In the spirit of Dr. Newman's leadership, the award recognizes undergraduate students who are proven leaders with both the motivation and ability to make substantial contributions toward public problem solving. These students have also gone beyond traditional service activities in their community involvement. College and University presidents from 36 states plus the District of Columbia nominated student leaders representing the next generation of civic leaders; June joins 200 Newman Civic Fellows selected nationwide this year for this honor.

A political science and international relations major at St. Thomas University, June has been committed to social change since she was a young girl growing up in Kenya. Inspired by the conditions in her community, she actively works to ensure that future generations have access to basic needs and quality education. Locally she has worked with marginalized communities providing positive alternatives and outreach to increase graduation rates and to decrease substance abuse. Working with the city council, June is gaining experience through community-based research on city policies in order to help shape her goals of becoming a civically engaged lawyer. Internationally, she serves as a leader of Operation Soles, a youth program in Kenya, organizing fund raising activities to supply basic education needs (clothes, books, shoes, etc). Working in Kenya and Tanzania June conducted research to examine the root causes of health issues in this unique demographic.

“Through working toward examining root causes, June has inspired her fellow students, faculty and staff to move beyond service toward deep engagement,” said University President Rev. Monsignor Franklyn Casale.

New Art on Display @ STU

It is a burst of color on the walls of the Sardiñas Art Gallery at St. Thomas University.  COLOR COLOR COLOR, a collection of paintings by Blanca Daw, is now on exhibit at the Sardiñas Art Gallery, the gallery named in honor of St. Thomas University’s beloved late Father Jorge Sardiñas, architect of the University’s beautiful Chapel of Saint Anthony and former art professor at St. Thomas.
Born in Argentina and trained as an architect, Blanca Daw creates dramatic poetic visions using bold, strong blocks of colors. The chromatic elements of her paintings combined with strong, definitive shapes tend to stop the viewer and grab attention.
“The rich palette creates an emotional impact,” explained Sardiñas Gallery Director and Curator Gail Casale. “The paintings are clean, arranged, and detailed with harmonious shapes and complex areas of color.”

Daw has exhibited throughout the United States and her pieces are showing in private collections throughout the world. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of artwork is used to support the Sardiñas Art Gallery. The Sardiñas Gallery features works from the University’s private collection, as well as traveling exhibits from local, national and international artists.
    Artist, Blanca Daw and Curator, Gail Casale