Monday, November 30, 2015

STU Celebrates Asian Heritage Month with Gyotaku Prints Exhibition

“Gyotaku Prints: Sand Perch” is an exhibition of prints created by St. Thomas University students, faculty and staff during a Gyotaku Printing Workshop presented by Jaclyn Dematzo of the Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens in honor of Asian Heritage Month.
The “Gyotaku Prints: Sand Perch” exhibit opens Dec. 2, at 11 a.m., in the Main Library, and will remain on display through the end of January.

Gyotaku (fish rubbing) is the traditional Japanese method of printing fish, which came about before the advent of photography, when fishermen were looking for a way to record the size and species of their catch. After reeling in their catch, fishermen would coat one side of the fish with ink, cover it with rice-straw paper, and then gently rub in a circular motion until an impression was made. Afterward, they would wash off the non-toxic ink so the fish could be sold.

Although Gyotaku is a time-honored Japanese tradition, many artists around the world incorporate this technique in many of their works.


St. Thomas Law Hosts Winter Human Trafficking Academy

St. Thomas Law’s 2015 Winter Human Trafficking Academy, a project originally funded by the Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, is designed to conduct research, outreach and education in the field of human trafficking. Starting Dec. 7 - 11, through a multidisciplinary approach, the Academy will provide effective tools to increase the awareness about human trafficking, identify and protect human trafficking victims and develop strategies to prevent and effectively combat this crime.

Participants will gain insight into various forms of human trafficking, best practices in addressing this crime, modalities of working with survivors, and ways of partnering with the community to develop a cohesive anti-trafficking strategy. Upon completion of the training, participants will be able to recognize not only the importance of prevention, protection, prosecution, and partnership in facing trafficking crimes, but also the importance of rescue, recovery and reintegration of human trafficking survivors.

The 2015 Academy, directed by Dr. Roza Pati, consists of 22 interactive courses, available on campus and online, taught by top-level experts, academics and practitioners. For more information on the curriculum, instructors and course schedule, please visit Register today at: Registration closes Dec. 4.

Monday, November 23, 2015

St. Thomas and Lynn University Launch Accelerated Law Degree Program

Collaboration enables students to obtain bachelor’s degree and juris doctor in six years

Standing L-R: Anthony Marino, St. Thomas Law 2nd year student; Peter Kelly; Jessica Fonseca Nader; Cecile Dykas; Karline Lee '09; Bill Smith, Jr., former Mayor of Boca Raton; Mark Wolff, St. Thomas Law Professor. Seated L-R: Dr. Gregg Cox, Lynn University VP for Academic Affairs; Msgr. Franklyn Casale; Dr. Kevin Ross, President, Lynn University; St. Thomas Law's Dean Alfredo Garcia
St. Thomas University (STU) School of Law and Lynn University have signed a new articulation agreement that allows qualified students to earn their law degree in six years - as compared to seven years if completed in the traditional way. Students will complete three undergraduate years at Lynn University before matriculating into St. Thomas Law for a three-year juris doctor program.

The agreement was formalized at a signing ceremony held at Lynn University on Thursday, Nov. 19. The ceremony was attended by officials from both institutions including STU President, Monsignor Franklyn Casale; President of Lynn University, Dr. Kevin Ross; Dean of St. Thomas University School of Law, Alfredo Garcia; Lynn University’s Vice President for Academic Affairs, Gregg Cox, as well as other administrators, students and alumni from each school.
“We are happy to partner with our friends at Lynn in establishing this 3+3 program,” said Monsignor Casale. “We recognize and value the global experience that Lynn students receive as undergraduates and, through this partnership, give Lynn students the opportunity to continue that global experience at St. Thomas University School of Law, which is consistently recognized each year as one of the most diverse law schools in the country.”

The accelerated law degree will result in significant savings for students who are faced with ever-increasing education costs.

“Our partnership with St. Thomas Law provides access to a legal education at a more affordable price,” said President Ross. “Lynn students enrolled in the program can save up to one year of tuition—approximately $46,000—and will have access to scholarships.”

St. Thomas Law will automatically award a $5,000 annual scholarship to any Lynn student who is part of the program. Additionally, students who complete their first year at St. Thomas Law and rank in the top 25 percent of the class are eligible to receive a merit scholarship ranging from $5,000 to $33,000.

Thursday’s signing marks the second such agreement that St. Thomas Law has executed in 2016. Earlier this year, a 3+3 articulation agreement was signed between St. Thomas Law and Miami Dade College. Through partnerships such as these, St. Thomas Law continues to expand opportunities for undergraduates to earn law degrees, advance economically, and be part of successful academic and legal communities.


Friday, November 13, 2015

STU Offers Unique Certificate Program in Ethics and Compliance

With the rising demand of ethics and compliance education in the United States, St. Thomas University (STU) has launched a professional certificate program in ethics and compliance, making it the second academic institution in the country to offer this certification. The 30-hour, on-line training program prepares students for national certification as ethics and compliance professionals.

The 10-week program was developed by Robert Meyers, former executive director of the Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics and Public Trust, who is now the executive director for the STU’s Center for Ethics, and an attorney with the law firm of Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman.

“As public and private organizations continue to expand their commitment to ethics and compliance activities, employment opportunities for work in this field have never been stronger not just in South Florida but across the country,” said Meyers. 

Lectures will be given by leading authorities in the field making the program stimulating and practical. Lecturers include: Mary Cagle, Inspector General of Miami Dade County; Norman Ostrau, the former chairman of the Florida Commission on Ethics; and Marcia Narine, STU law professor and former vice-president for global compliance at Ryder System.

“The Center for Ethics has perceived the need for comprehensive ethics and compliance training due to the increasing number of job openings calling for experience in ethics and compliance issues, and this program meets that demand,” said Art Kane, chairman of the Center for Ethics.

There are no pre-requisites for this certificate program, and continuing education credits will be available for those who complete the program. The program begins Jan. 11, 2016,  and registration is now open. To register or learn more about the program, contact Robert Meyers at, or call the Center for Ethics at 305-628-6581.

Florida Campus Compact Recognizes STU for Global Community Engagement

STU Students and COCANO Coffee Cooperative Members

In recognition of St. Thomas University’s (STU) commitment to community engagement and public service, the university has received Florida Campus Compact’s Global Impact Award for its STU/Port-de-Paix, Haiti, Global Solidarity Partnership (STU GSP). Each year the award recognizes one outstanding campus-community partnership that produces measurable global improvement while enhancing higher education.

Founded over eight years ago and facilitated by STU’s Center for Community Engagement, STU GSP leverages university teaching and research resources into three long-term, Haitian-led development projects in the Archdiocese of Miami’s sister-diocese of Port-de-Paix – a Haiti’s poorest region.
  • CafĂ© COCANO Coffee Project: STU business, marketing, and agricultural science students support coffee farmers in the production and export of heirloom, organic coffee to the United States in a fair/direct-trade partnership that keeps the profits in the hands of the farmers. Watch the video here.
  • Atelye Thevenet Haitian Artisan Initiative: STU business and art management students import handcrafted artisan items and custom bags, providing beautiful handiwork to markets in the United States while providing employment to dozens of women in rural Haiti.
  • STU/Port-de-Paix Solar Energy Initiative: ­STU electrical engineering and solar energy students work with Haiti Tec, a vocational college in Port-au-Prince, to install an 18kw solar energy system in the cathedral and community center of Port-de-Paix.
“The university’s partnership with Haiti has always served as an example of our commitment to long-term engagement projects that both empower communities and enrich our student’s learning,” said President Msgr. Franklyn Casale. “It is an honor to be recognized for the work that is such an integral part of our university.’’

Part of a national network of colleges and universities, Florida Campus Compact works to integrate service with academic study, educate students for civil and social responsibility and promote campus-community partnerships. The annual Florida Campus Compact awards recognize outstanding contributions in higher education that support engaged scholarship.

Friday, November 6, 2015

STU honors 50th anniversary of Nostra Aetate, Catholic-Jewish dialogue

Various religious groups came together at St. Thomas University (STU) last night to mark the 50th anniversary of Nostra Aetate, the landmark document that transformed Jewish-Catholic relations. The event celebrated 50 years of groundbreaking progress with discussion, prayer and a special musical performance.

The commemoration – a joint effort by St. Thomas University, the American Jewish Committee (AJC) and the Archdiocese of Miami in collaboration with the Miami Coalition of Christians and Jews, the Rabbinical Association of Greater Miami, and the Jewish Community Relations Council – heard from Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations; and Rabbi Noam E. Marans, the AJC’s director of interreligious and intergroup relations.

Addressing the audience, Rabbi Marans said, “Nostra Aetate is the greatest interreligious transformation in history; and St. Thomas University is a living, breathing Nostra Aetate.”

Both Archbishop Auza and Rabbi Marans acknowledged that we still have a long way to go in terms of interreligious relations, but we are well on our way.

“So much good has come from the relationships Nostra Aetate helped establish,” said Archbishop Auza. “Much has been done, still there is much that needs to be achieved in terms of social action and creating more interreligious dialogue.”

Nostra Aetate, which is Latin for "in our time," was issued in October 1965 by Pope John Paul VI to try and build better relationships and understanding with other religious groups.

The night concluded with a few words from Rabbi Solomon Schiff, executive vice president emeritus of the Rabbinical Association of Greater Miami, and a musical performance by Paul Posnak and friends of the St. Martha-Yamaha concert series.

Monday, November 2, 2015

STU Gathers South Florida Business Leaders during Global Entrepreneurship Week

St. Thomas University is hosting Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), Nov. 16 – 19, with events, speakers and activities aimed to inspire and engage students and the community. Now in its seventh year, GEW at STU is strengthening the entrepreneurial and innovative culture of its students and local community by exposing them to new business trends, and successful, local entrepreneurs.

“We look forward to Global Entrepreneurship Week each year as a means of inspiring entrepreneurism, as well as celebrating and acknowledging the success of our students and local business leaders,” said STU President Monsignor Franklyn M. Casale. “We hope events like this will help further develop new opportunities for our students, and help us enhance the entrepreneurial efforts in Miami.”

GEW is the world’s largest celebration of those who invent products and create new companies and start-up businesses, in addition to those who use their business to create a social change. During one week each November, GEW inspires people everywhere through local, national and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators.

STU has several events and panel discussions planned for aspiring entrepreneurs, some of which are open to the public.

Monday, Nov. 16
Opening Ceremony: 3 – 4 p.m., Goldbloom Convocation Hall
Keynote Speaker: Manny Medina, CEO of Medina Capital Partners and founder of eMerge Americas and Terremark. Medina will be speaking about the opportunities and threats of the data revolution.

Business Leaders Roundtable: 4 – 5:30 p.m., Goldbloom Convocation Hall
Dynamic corporate leaders representing critical industries in South Florida will discuss their professional journeys, and how they see their industries changing and evolving in the next five years. Panelists include: Fabrizio Alcobe-Fierro, senior vice president of Univision Networks; Jeanette Blanch, senior vice president, real estate department at Continental National Bank; and Sam Zietz, CEO of TouchSuite.

Tuesday, Nov. 17
Young Entrepreneurs Panel: 3 – 4:30 p.m., Goldbloom Convocation Hall
This group of under-40 entrepreneurs are changing how people live, think and play through innovative ideas and technology. Panelists include: Stephanie Diaz, founder and designer of Love Always by SD; Vincente Fernandez, co-president of SportsManias; Felice Gorordo, CEO of Clearpath and co-founder of Roots of Hope; and Calibe Thompson, author and television producer.

Immigrant Entrepreneurs: 7 - 9 p.m., Goldbloom Convocation Hall
Our distinguished panelists will share how they adapted to a completely new culture, and the barriers they overcame to become successful entrepreneurs in the United States. Panelists include: Aston Lue, co-founder of Ocho Rios International Foods; Amir Hagoo, trial attorney and counselor-at-law at Law Office of Amir Hagoo, P.A.; Alvaro De la Cruz, founder, Fox Webpages LLC; and Anastasiya Voronina, CEO, Private Investment Firm.

Wednesday, Nov. 18
Women in Entrepreneurship Panel: 12:15 p.m., Bobcat Hall of Fame
This panel of trailblazing women is comprised of both entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs, in the areas of banking, professional sports, insurance, technology, and real estate. They are leaders in their fields, and running businesses on their own terms. Panelists include: Patricia Delinois, CEO of Premier Elite Realty; Rachel Sapoznik, CEO of Sapoznik Insurance and Associates, Inc.; Maria Hernandez, senior vice president of strategic development at Modernizing Medicine; Kim Stone, executive vice president of the Miami HEAT and general manager of American Airlines Arena; and Maria Arazoza, senior vice president of Merrill Lynch.

STU Shark Tank Competition: 2 p.m., Fernandez Family Center
First, second and third place winners receive cash prizes of $1,500, $700, and $500. In addition to the cash prizes, winning teams also receive coaching and one-on-one mentoring.

Thursday, Nov. 19 Closing Ceremony: 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Goldbloom Convocation Hall
STU Shark Tank Competition winners announced.

For registration information, please visit