Saturday, December 17, 2016

Celebrating 50 years of Teaching Excellence

Professor Richard Raleigh (second from the left) talking to former students.

When STU professor Richard Raleigh started teaching at St. Thomas University in 1966, assignments were done on typewriters not computers, research was done at the library not on the internet, music was heard on the radio not Spotify, and St. Thomas University, known as Biscayne College, was graduating its first class.

Fifty years later, Detroit-native Raleigh remains dedicated to the university and his students, and says living through the university’s growth and transformations has brought him much happiness throughout the years.

“Being part of the evolution of St. Thomas University, from its beginnings as a small men’s college to the thriving co-ed university it is today, has been the great joy of my life,” Raleigh said.

In addition to being a professor of English and the Humanities, he is a published poet whose work has appeared in more than two dozen literary quarterlies, and is recognized as one of the earliest members of the Hemingway Society.

He is also the university’s resident historian on all things St. Thomas: from the university’s founding, its Augustinian roots, to its expansion into the St. Thomas University of today.

In the classroom is where Raleigh has truly left his mark. Aside from being voted STU professor of the year nine times, students and alumni all agree that Raleigh’s passion for literature and the humanities combined with his sharp-witted personality make him a spectacular professor.

On Saturday, Dec. 17, Raleigh was honored with a celebration of his service to STU over the past five decades. Friends, colleagues, and current and former students gathered to thank him for his exceptional teaching and service to the university.

As he approaches year 51 at STU, Raleigh says he has no interest in retiring.

“Even after 50 years, I’m still happy and excited to have the job I have,” he said. “I’m truly blessed.”

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Elementary Engineers and Scientists Gather at STU

Delano Donk 10, of Hibiscus Elementary celebrates during last year's fifth annual Science and Engineering Fair awards ceremony at the Betty T. Ferguson Center. Photo Credit: Patrick Farrell, Miami Herald
With science projects in tow, more than 150 elementary school students from 19 schools across Miami Gardens will converge on St. Thomas University during the sixth annual Science and Engineering Fair.

The event is one of many science-based initiatives from Councilman David Williams Jr., who has been praised for efforts in building science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs throughout schools in Miami Gardens.

“This event is unlike any other in that it helps to expose students to science, engineering and technology components that will inspire their young minds to seek future endeavors in these fields,” said Williams.

One of the university’s STEM role models, Provost Dr. Irma Becerra, said she is excited to continue to grow the event and to work with students from local schools who have an interest in STEM.

“It’s a great opportunity for students to visit our campus and meet our science faculty and students,” Becerra said. “It’s part of our responsibility to be leaders in STEM outreach to the community, and to foster a passion for the sciences in students. Through events like these we keep our youth interested in STEM, engage with our community, and promote higher learning.”

Faculty and students of STU’s School of Science will be among the judges talking and working with students during the event. Other judges include representatives from Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science; William Pino and Sara Fulton, members of both STU’s Science Advisory Board and the President’s Advisory Board, among others. Students will be competing for scholarship prizes ranging from $100 to $750, with over 15 awards and prizes being distributed.

The City Miami Gardens sixth annual Science and Engineering Fair starts Monday, Dec. 12, in STU’s School of Science at 8:30 a.m. The awards presentation will be held Tuesday, Dec. 13, in the Betty F. Ferguson Recreational Complex from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

School of Science Hosts Childbirth Simulator Demonstration

On Tuesday, Dec. 6, St. Thomas University’s SIM (simulator) family welcomed a new addition-Thomas “Tommy” Villanueva. Tommy is now part of STU’s growing SIM family and friends– mom Rita, dad Augustine “Gus,” older brother Anthony, grandmother Clare, and pal Charlie. He weighed in at 7 lbs. 2 oz. and measured 21 inches long.

Tommy is part of the School of Science’s newly acquired childbirth simulator. This simulator is a lifelike mannequin (mom Rita) that includes a birthing fetus (Tommy) used to give nursing students practice in a variety of labor and delivery scenarios.

Each simulation is controlled by an instructor, who sets the childbirth to a normal delivery or a variety of obstetrical emergencies, and students make decisions based on the mother’s and baby’s vitals, and verbal cues.

SIM laboratories like these give students the ability to practice nursing skills in a safe environment, according to Rosa Rousseau, STU’s simulation lab coordinator with decades of nursing experience.

“This simulation laboratory is specially designed to offer experience and preparation for students interested in working in nursing,” said Rousseau. “We are proud to provide real-world scenarios in a safe and supportive environment where students can focus on becoming safe and efficient health practitioners.”

Our state-of-the art simulation laboratory, located in the Carnival Cruise Lines Science and Technology Building, features seven SIM mannequins, ambulatory care exam tables, an incubator and medical equipment, designed to offer invaluable opportunities to enrich and enhance learning, as well as to increase student confidence.

For more photos of the demonstration, click here.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

STU Celebrates 70th Anniversary

Universidad de Santo Tomas de Villanueva in Havana, Cuba

St. Thomas University alumni and guests celebrated the university’s 70th anniversary on Saturday, Dec. 10.

STU, originally founded in 1946 as the Universidad de Santo Tomas de Villanueva in Havana, Cuba, by American Augustinian priests from Philadelphia, was ordered to close its doors in 1961 by Fidel Castro. But many of its administrators, faculty and students were determined to continue their education, and came to Miami, Fla., to start a new Catholic men’s college – Biscayne College. In 1984, the college became St. Thomas University.

Students who persevered through the closing of the university in Cuba and fled to the United States to complete their degree will also be in attendance.

For more on event and its guests stories, see Jim Davis' story on the Archdiocese of Miami's website.

Monday, November 21, 2016

University Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

Administrative offices at St. Thomas University will be closed Wednesday–Friday, Nov. 23–25, in recognition of the Thanksgiving holiday.

In addition, several university facilities may be closed or operating on reduced schedules this week due to the holiday. Classes and regular office hours will resume Monday, Nov. 28.
University facilities with reduced or altered hours of operation include:
Fernandez Family Center: 
  • Wednesday, Nov. 23: Open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 24: CLOSED
  • Friday, Nov. 25: Open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 26: Normal hours resume 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Also, there is a men’s basketball game on Saturday at 4 p.m. against Nova Southeastern University. GO BOBCATS!
Law Library:
  • Wednesday, Nov. 23: Open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 24: CLOSED
  • Friday, Nov. 25: Open from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 26: Regular schedule
Einstein Bros:
  • Open: Wednesday to Sunday, Nov. 23-27, 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Main Library:
Closed: Wednesday–Friday, Nov. 23-25
Closed: Wednesday–Friday, Nov. 23-25
Daily Mass:
There will be no daily mass during the Thanksgiving break, Wednesday–Sunday Nov. 23-27.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Business Dean Meets with Former Prime Minister of Haiti

Laurent Lamothe, former Prime Minister of Haiti, and Dean Somnath Bhattacharya during the Association of Bi-National Chambers of Commerce in Florida (ABICC) gala dinner held on November 17, 2016 at the Biltmore Hotel.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Marching for Farmworker Rights

This past weekend, dozens of St. Thomas University (STU) students joined students from Barry University and local community leaders in a “March for Fair Food” alongside one of the nation’s leading farmworker-rights organizations. The march was the culmination of the semester’s work, with STU students joining the Coalition of Immokalee Workers' (CIW) call for Wendy’s and Publix to join the Fair-Food program – a land-mark agreement that ensures that the produce of restaurants and supermarkets is produced in fair working conditions.

Throughout the semester students had issues of farm labor, agriculture and immigration integrated into their classes – classes facilitated by St. Thomas University’s Center for Community Engagement, the central unit for connecting university teaching and research to social issues.

In addition to their studies, students participated in day-long immersions to Immokalee, Fla., where they worked with direct service providers and met with the CIW, one of the nation’s leading farm work advocacy organizations.

“We’ve worked for years with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, and are honored to do so again this year,” said Anthony Vinciguerra, coordinator of STU’s Center for Community Engagement. “The US Catholic Bishops Conference, as well as Archbishop Wenski himself, have a long history of supporting farmworker rights. This is a way we are able to engaged students from a variety of disciplines in the Church’s teaching on farmworker rights, as well expose them to ways they can make a real difference in the world. It means bringing theory to action – and it is a key part of what makes our university Catholic.”

How STU professors integrated farm labor, agriculture and immigration throughout the semester:
Dr. Giselle Jamison, associate professor of political science, examined issues of international human rights law and its applicability to modern-day slavery in Florida’s tomato fields in her introduction to international relations class. Theology professors Dr. Jennifer Kryszak and Dr. Nathaniel Samuel used the ideals of Catholic social teaching and the call of the Christian community to examine a faith-based response to abuses in agriculture. Assistant professor of history, Dr. Michael Mulvey, created a course that examined the history of gender labor inequalities and the prevalence of these issues in Florida’s fields. Finally, professor of philosophy Dr. Darrell Arnold re-developed an introduction to university studies class to examine models of grass-roots leadership, and its application in Florida’s struggle for farmworker justice.

For more information, contact Anthony Vinciguerra at 305-628-6717,

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Global Entrepreneurship Week Comes to St. Thomas University

Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) at St. Thomas University, Nov. 14-16, will bring together student and community entrepreneurs with a three-day schedule of events, speakers and activities. Now in its eighth year, GEW at STU, organized by the Gus Machado School of Business, is strengthening the entrepreneurial and innovative culture of its students and local community by exposing them to new business trends, and successful, local entrepreneurs.

“At St. Thomas University we want to foster innovation, new business creation and career exploration,” said STU President Monsignor Franklyn M. Casale. “Our hope is that events like GEW at STU inspire our students to build innovative companies and influence industries around the world.”

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. 14
Opening Ceremony: 21st Century Financial Leaders
6 p.m., Goldbloom Convocation Hall
Our distinguished panelists will discuss financial leadership in the ever-changing world of technology and modern global economy. Panelists include: Mel Lagomasino, CEO of WE Family Offices; Zachary Kelman, chief legal officer and director at BitCoin; and Roddy Shay, chairman/CEO and principal shareholder of Austin Atlantic Inc.

Tuesday, Nov.15
60 Seconds to STartUp: Student Entrepreneurship Competition
3 p.m., Goldbloom Convocation Hall
The top 10 video submissions submitted by STU undergraduate and graduate students will compete to turn their startup idea into a reality. It’s a winner-take-all opportunity for ventures to get visibility, direct one-on-one mentorship with local entrepreneurs, funding, and bragging rights.

iMPLEMENTING iNNOVATIVE iDEAS: Alumni Panel and Networking Reception
6 - 8:30 p.m., Goldbloom Convocation Hall
This group of leaders for life will discuss how they strategically implemented their business ideas and unique innovations, and turned them into successful entrepreneurial ventures. Panelists include: Jarrel Hall ’13, founder of Relish Socks; Edwin Meza ’13, owner of uBreakiFix and PowerTechExpress, LLC; Juan Meza, managing director at The Founders Institute; and Elena Suarez ’05, former owner of Math Monkey.

Wednesday, Nov. 16
Women Leaders in Non-Traditional Fields
12:15 p.m., Goldbloom Convocation Hall
Did you know that women in non-traditional jobs earn more money than those in female oriented careers? This panel consists of women who are leading the way in STEM fields. They’ll discuss the strategies, successes and challenges that helped them become leaders in their fields. Panelists include: Orly Alexander, chief financial officer and co-founder of Kent Security; Tery Howard, senior vice president and chief technology officer for the Miami Dolphins; and Carmen Perez, president of FPL FiberNet.

Closing Ceremony: Success After Sports
6 p.m., Goldbloom Convocation Hall
The closing ceremony will kick off with a panel consisting of former professional athletes who are now making a living outside of the playing arena. Panelists sharing their stories include: Dwight Stephenson, former Miami Dolphin player and owner and co-founder of D. Stephenson Construction; Patrick Tardieu, former professional soccer player and president and CEO of Bogoose Corporation; and John Crotty former NBA player and principal at Avison Young.

For registration information, please visit

Thursday, October 27, 2016

STU Business Students Receive FICPA Scholarships

Salina White, far right, along side FICPA scholars from Florida International University.

The Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants (FICPA) awarded two STU graduate students - Selina White, Master of Accounting (MAcc) program, and Juan Patterson, MBA-accounting program - the FICPA Educational Foundation Scholarship.

Established in 1959, the FICPA Educational Foundation has provided more than $3 million in scholarships and education programs to support Florida accounting students. Each year the foundation awards scholarships to outstanding accounting students in Florida.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Panther Coffee to Host Haiti Relief Fundraiser

On Saturday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m., Panther Coffee will be hosting a Haiti-relief fundraising event to support their collaborative efforts with St. Thomas University in rural Haiti. There will be auctions and opportunities to win prizes donated from local artists and businesses. All proceeds will go toward supporting Haitian-led relief efforts in northwest Haiti, including the cholera relief work of the COCANO Coffee Cooperative.

The northwest region of Haiti experienced severe destruction on Oct.4, when Hurricane Matthew ripped through the southeast and northwest tip of the country. This area is home to the Café COCANO Coffee Project, a partnership between St. Thomas University, Panther Coffee, and the Cafeiere et Cacouyere du Nord'Ouest (COCANO) coffee cooperative. The Café Cocano project brings heirloom, all-natural coffee to market in the United States in a direct fair-trade relationship that empowers local Haitian communities, reforests the land, and builds a sustainable socio-economic infrastructure for Haiti's future.

Event Date/Time: Saturday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m.

Location: Panther Coffee (Wynwood Location) 2390 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33127

Online donations can be made here:

For more information, contact the St. Thomas University Center for Community Engagement,

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

60 Seconds to STartUp

Do you have an innovative idea or product? This is your opportunity to make it a reality! 

STU’s 60 Seconds to STartUp competition is for undergraduate and graduate students looking to turn a startup idea into a real company. It’s a winner-take-all opportunity for ventures to get visibility, direct one-on-one mentorship with local entrepreneurs, funding, and bragging rights.
With Global Entrepreneurship Week right around the corner, Nov. 14-20, this competition is designed to help and flourish STU’s entrepreneurship community.

All participants need is a smartphone or video camera and an Instagram account.
How to participate:
Simply submit your pitch before October 31, 2016, by uploading your 60-second video to your Instagram feed, and using the hashtag #STUGEW16. You can also DM the video to @stthomasuniversity.

It is crucial that you use the hashtag #STUGEW16 and that your profile is public, otherwise we will not be able to find your video. If you want to keep your profile private, you can direct message the main STU Instagram account @stthomasuniversity.

Monday, October 10, 2016

St. Thomas University Joins Haiti Relief Efforts

In the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, St. Thomas University has joined with the Archdiocese of Miami and the Diocese of Port-de-Paix, Haiti, in supporting immediate relief, as well as long-term rebuilding efforts, in Miami’s heavily-damaged sister-diocese of Port-de-Paix, Haiti. St. Thomas University is coordinating with Amor en Accion (the 40-year steward of the Archdiocese of Miami/Port-de-Paix sister-diocese relationship) in this response. Individuals wishing to help can donate at the link below. All donations are tax-exempt, and 100% of received funds will go directly to relief efforts in the NW. Donors will receive confirmation of their donation, and will receive updates detailing the efforts as they are underway.


A mass for the people of Haiti, Cuba and other impacted areas was offered at 8 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 9, at the Chapel of Saint Anthony, St. Thomas University. Fr. Jean Joseph, a current STU Student, celebrated the mass. Fr. Joseph’s family is from Jeremie, Haiti.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Update on Hurricane Matthew

UPDATE #7: Oct. 7, 2016 @ 10 a.m. EDT - STU’s Emergency Management Team held a conference call at 9:30 this morning. The Tropical Storm warning for our areas has been cancelled. Fortunately, the community sustained minimal damage from Hurricane Matthew. Our campus lost no power and we had no damage to facilities.



  • Classes are still cancelled for today.

The University will be opening the following facilities at noon on Friday:

  • Main Library
  • Law Library
  • Fernandez Family Center

Online classes will be held as regularly scheduled. However, adjunct professors for online classes are reminded that severe weather may cause power outages in different areas where Online students may be located, and should accommodate accordingly.

Bobcat Dining Hall will reopen for meal service today, as follows:
  • Brunch: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Dinner: 5 - 6:30 p.m.
  • Rathskeller will open today from 6 – 10 p.m.

All facilities are open as regularly scheduled.

CAMPUS DINING: Rathskeller and Bobcat Dining will open as regularly scheduled.

ATHLETICS: All athletics programs have been cancelled for this weekend. Refer to for rescheduled dates.


All operations return to normal and classes resume as regularly scheduled.


We realize that some STU students have families in areas impacted by Hurricane Matthew, especially Haiti and the Bahamas. A Counselor will be on campus today beginning at Noon to meet with any students anxious about their family and friends. Please call 305.628.6695 if you wish to speak with a counselor. Please know your families are in our prayers.

Please join us in praying for those affected by, and those still in the path, of Hurricane Matthew.


UPDATE #6: Oct. 6, 2016 @ 7:30 p.m. EDT - STU’s Emergency Management Team held a conference call at 5:30 this evening to review the 5:00 p.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center. Miami-Dade County remains in a Tropical Storm Warning with wet and windy weather expected throughout the evening. Residential students are urged to remain inside, if possible.

Classes are still cancelled for tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 7. However, the University will be opening the following facilities at noon on Friday:
  • Main Library
  • Fernandez Family Center

Online classes will be held as regularly scheduled. However, Adjunct Professors for Online Classes are reminded that severe weather may cause power outages in different areas where Online students may be located, and should accommodate accordingly.

Residential Students please be advised that the Rathskeller and Einstein Bros Bagels will still be closed tomorrow. However, the Bobcat Dining Hall will reopen for meal service, as follows

  • Brunch: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Dinner: 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

We realize that some STU students have families in areas impacted by Hurricane Matthew, especially Haiti and the Bahamas. A counselor will be on campus tomorrow beginning at noon to meet with any students anxious about their family and friends. Please call 305.628.6695 if you wish to speak with a counselor. Please know your families are in our prayers.

Students, Faculty and staff should continue to monitor TV reports, check, follow updates on STU’s Facebook page, or call 877-STU-PLAN for further updates and instructions.


UPDATE #5: Oct. 6, 2016 @ 11:30 a.m. EDT - St. Thomas University’s Emergency Management Team continues to monitor Hurricane Matthew. Based on the National Hurricane Center’s 8 a.m. intermediate advisory, Miami-Dade continues to be under a Tropical Storm Warning, and Broward County remains under a Hurricane Warning. The most recent weather reports indicate that Tropical Storm Force winds will begin impacting Miami-Dade County around 11 a.m. this morning and throughout the day today, in particular during the early afternoon and evening. Broward County will be impacted likewise, starting a little bit later in the day. Residential students are asked to remain indoors today, and no one should be on the road beginning midday, as winds will be picking up.


Online classes are not affected by these closures. However, adjunct professors for online classes are reminded that severe weather may cause power outages in different areas where online students may be located, and should accommodate accordingly.

Non-residential students and non-essential STU employees are asked not to return to campus until further notice. Bobcat Shuttle services are suspended until further notice.

A reminder to Residential Students that the Rathskeller and Einstein Bros Bagels will be closed today and tomorrow. Lunch and dinner today will be provided at the dorms (boxed meals), as follows:
  • Villanova Hall – 1st and 4th Floor Lounges
  • Cascia Hall – 1st Floor Lounge

Information on Dining Services for tomorrow will be provided in future advisories.

Students, Faculty and staff should continue to monitor TV reports, check, follow updates on STU’s Facebook page, or call 877-STU-PLAN for further updates and instructions.

STU’s Emergency Management Team will continue to monitor the storm’s progress and provide updates and instructions, as needed.


UPDATE #4: Oct. 5, 2016 @ 9:30 p.m. EDT - St. Thomas University’s Emergency Management Team continues to monitor Hurricane Matthew. Based on the National Hurricane Center’s 8:00 p.m. intermediate advisory, Miami-Dade continues to be under a Tropical Storm Warning, and Broward County remains under a Hurricane Warning. Storm tracking is not an exact science. However, the most recent weather reports are indicating that impacts from the storm are anticipated to be felt in our area throughout the day tomorrow, in particular during the early afternoon and evening.

THE UNIVERSITY CAMPUS WILL REMAIN CLOSED TOMORROW AND FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6-7. (Online classes are not affected by these closures.)

A reminder that the front gate will close at midnight tonight and only residential students and STU essential personnel will be allowed to enter. Non-residential students and non-essential STU employees are asked not to return to campus until further notice. Bobcat Shuttle services are suspended until further notice.

Residential Students please be advised that the Rathskeller and Einstein Bros Bagels will be closed tomorrow (Thursday) and Friday. All three meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) on Thursday, October 6, will be provided at the dorms (boxed meals), as follows:
  • University Inn – M-217
  • Villanova Hall – 1st and 4th Floor Lounges
  • Cascia Hall – 1st Floor Lounge

Information on dining services for Friday will be provided in future advisories.

Students are urged to review the 2016 Weather Emergency Guide to familiarize themselves with preparations they can take.

Students, Faculty and staff should continue to monitor TV reports, check, follow updates on STU’s Facebook Page, or call 877-STU-PLAN for further updates and instructions.

STU’s Emergency Management Team will continue to monitor the storm’s progress and provide updates and instructions, as needed.



UPDATE #3: Oct. 5, 2016 @ 12 p.m. EDT - St. Thomas University’s Emergency Management Team continues to monitor Hurricane Matthew. According to the National Hurricane Center’s 11 a.m. advisory, Miami-Dade is under a Tropical Storm Warning, and Broward County is under a Hurricane Warning.

All University classes and programs are cancelled effective 3:00 p.m. today, Wednesday, Oct. 5. Administrative offices and the Library will also close at 3 p.m. The front gate will close at midnight tonight and only residential students and STU essential personnel will be allowed to enter.

The University will remain closed tomorrow, Thursday, Oct. 6, and Friday, Oct. 7. The Bobcat Shuttle will stop operations today at 4 p.m.

Online classes are not affected.


The Rathskeller and Einstein Bros Bagels will close today at 3pm. The Bobcat Dining Hall will remain open for regularly scheduled lunch and dinner service today, October 5th. Breakfast tomorrow morning (Thursday, October 6) will be provided to our residential students, as follows:
  • University Inn – M-217
  • Villanova Hall – 1st and 4th Floor Lounges
  • Cascia Hall – 1st Floor Lounge
Information on Dining Services for the rest of Thursday and Friday will be provided in future advisories.
Students are urged to review the 2016 Weather Emergency Guide to familiarize themselves with preparations they can take.
Students, Faculty and staff should continue to monitor TV reports, check, follow updates on STU’s Facebook page, or call 877-STU-PLAN for further updates and instructions.
STU’s Emergency Management Team will continue to monitor the storm’s progress and provide updates and instructions, as needed.


UPDATE #2: Oct. 4 @ 3:00 p.m. EDT - St. Thomas University’s Emergency Management Team continues to monitor Hurricane Matthew. According to the National Hurricane Center’s 2 p.m. advisory, Miami-Dade and Broward continue under a Tropical Storm Watch.

At this time, all university operations are normal and there are NO plans to cancel classes this evening.

STU’s Emergency Management Team will continue to monitor the storm’s progress and provide updates, as needed. An STU Alert! will be sent out tomorrow, Wednesday, Oct. 5, after the 11 a.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center and will provide information on any adjustments to campus operations that may be required in response to the storm’s approach.


As Hurricane Matthew continues to travel north and closer to Florida, St. Thomas University’s Emergency Management Team is closely monitoring the developments and will be providing the university community with updates as information becomes available. As of 11 a.m. today, a Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for Miami-Dade and Broward County. Based on latest reports, impacts to our area are not expected until some time Thursday morning.

At this time, all university operations are normal and there are NO plans to cancel classes this evening or close the campus today.

In the coming hours, information on the storm’s track and potential impact will be clearer. Additional information and instructions will be provided to the STU Community following the National Hurricane Center’s 2 p.m. advisory today.

Students, faculty and staff should continue monitoring local media and pay attention to updates from the National Hurricane Center. This is a good time to review and finalize personal hurricane plans and make personal and family preparations at home.

For more information on hurricane preparation and tips, please visit please visit STU’s Weather Emergency Guide or Miami-Dade County’s Hurricane Guide.

All information related to this weather event, including instructions for students, faculty and staff, will be posted on our homepage and/or In addition, STUAlert! messages will be sent via voicemail, text, email and the wall-mounted in-class/common areas notification system, should it be needed.

These alerts are sent via the method selected in MyBobcat; students, faculty and staff are asked to please take a moment to ensure we have the most updated personal contact information. Additional notifications will be sent via the University’s Facebook and other social media platforms.

St. Thomas University is recognized by the National Weather Service as a StormReady university. The designation signifies that the university is well prepared to safeguard its people and property
from severe weather. STU is one of only three university’s in the county to be recognized for establishing policies and programs that aide our community during weather-related emergencies in a manner that protects life and safety.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

STU’s Journal of Multidisciplinary Research Added to Cabell's Directory

St. Thomas University’s Journal of Multidisciplinary Research (JMR), an international, multidisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal devoted to publishing quality feature and research articles on a variety of topics, has been indexed and listed in Cabell’s journal directory, a leading journal information company.

“Cabell’s directory is an objective and expanding database of journal information, and this is an important step to ensure our commitment to academic and professional excellence,” said Dr. Somnath Bhattacharya, dean of STU’s Gus Machado School of Business.

Based in Texas, Cabell’s is a leader in providing accurate, up-to-date details about academic journals to universities worldwide. It aids academics, researches, libraries, and others to communicate, engage, and select high-quality journals for their collections. It publishes many different databases, covering millions of documents in arts, business, sciences, and other fields.

“From the start, we set out to create a world-class journal, and listing with such a world leader as Cabell’s solidifies our credibility, viability, and presence as an academic journal,” said Dr. Hagai Gringarten, an STU professor and JMR’s editor-in-chief. “This, together with our agreements with EBSCO, Gale-Cengage, ProQuest, IBR and IBZ, and others, will improve our brand recognition, broaden exposure, and increase the quality of academic research.”

STU professor and JMR’s managing editor, the Rev. Dr. Raúl Fernández-Calienes, is proud of this achievement as well.

“Cabell’s is a well-known source of information for journals. Being associated with this organization reflects the journal’s acceptance in academia and beyond,” he said.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Conference on Ethics, Justice and the Community

The Center for Ethics at St. Thomas University will host the Ethics, Justice and the Community Conference, Friday, September 30. The conference examines the challenges and opportunities faced by law enforcement and criminal justice institutions in the 21st Century and explores reforms that will achieve effective and ethical outcomes in our communities. Panel discussions will cover the following topics:
  • Police Chief’s Roundtable: Policing in the 21st Century
  • Police-Citizen Encounters: A Delicate Balancing Act
  • Crime, Punishment and Restorative Justice
  • Criminal Justice Reforms: A Legislative and Judicial Update
  • Media Coverage of Crime
Speakers include:
  • Chief Antonio Brooklen, City of Miami Gardens
  • Bob Butterworth, former Florida Attorney General
  • Senator Miguel Diaz de la Portilla, Chair, FL Senate Judiciary Committee
  • Dean Tamara Lawson, St. Thomas University School of Law
  • The Honorable Carlos Martinez, Public Defender, 11th Judicial Circuit
  • Chief Paul O’Connell, City of Wilton Manors
  • Judge Scott Silverman
General admission costs $75 and includes a continental breakfast and lunch.

For more information and details on the schedule of events, please visit:

Friday, September 23, 2016

STU Offers Services, Scholarships to ITT Students

St. Thomas University is extending the services of its Educational Opportunity Center to students affected by the closure of ITT. The federally-funded Educational Opportunity Center provides counseling and information to adults 19 and older from disadvantaged backgrounds – low-income individuals, first-generation college students, individuals with disabilities, and veterans – on options to start or complete a college degree. Students from closed for-profit colleges, like ITT, can also take advantage of this free service to help identify the best next steps for them.

The Educational Opportunity Center provides tutoring in ACT and SAT test preparation, offers financial aid workshops, helps coordinate campus visits, and provides assistance with completing applications to colleges and universities. Program services are available to students at North Miami High School and Carol City High School, as well as residents of North Miami, Opa-locka, and Miami Gardens.

ITT students who choose to attend St. Thomas University will be eligible for scholarships, and to have their application fee waived. For information and assistance, contact Gretell Garcia at (305) 628-6629; or email

Friday, September 9, 2016

STU Alumna Named Davie’s First Female Fire Chief

This past June, STU alumna Julie Downey ’06, made history. Downey, who has served more than three decades as a firefighter, was promoted by the town of Davie as fire chief - becoming the first female fire rescue chief in Broward County history. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in organizational leadership from STU, and credits the university for its leadership-focused courses, accessibility and flexibility.
Downey, born and raised in Broward County, recently discussed with STU the importance of education, and why she choose to get her bachelor’s degree at STU. For the complete interview, read below.

What brought you to STU?

The flexibility of its educational programs for working professionals. STU was the best fit for us (other firefighters at her station) by having the classes taught online and at the station. Instead of us having to go to STU, STU came to us.

How convenient was it for you to have STU come to the station and offer these classes?

In my field, it’s difficult to make time to go to campus for classes, so having STU come to our work site was a definite advantage. It made it easier to have a full-time career, be a full-time mom, run the house, and go to school. It just couldn’t have happened without the flexibility STU offered.

How did your experience at STU shape you into the leader you are today?

The classes we took incorporated many aspects of leadership, that, combined with the knowledge of the instructors all came together to and helped the class hone their leadership skills.

What advice or insight do you have for STU students/alumni interested in a career in firefighting?

Never stop learning. Education is a lifelong experience, and if you’re pursuing your dreams in this field, or any field, you have to continue learning. Firefighting, in particular, takes a lot of schooling.

Any advice for current students juggling full-time jobs and school?

Trying to juggle going to work full time, going to school full time, parenting, and running a household is difficult, but manageable. You have to set priorities, be organized, and be relentless in what you want to accomplish.

Did you always want to be a firefighter?

When I was 14, I was a cadet at the fire department, but when I got older I journeyed into Physical Therapy, and halfway through, I realized it just wasn’t for me. Then I switched gears, became a firefighter, and went on to earn my paramedic certification, associates in fire science, emergency medical services, and nursing. Received my bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership from STU, and now I’m looking into my masters. Like I said before, education is a lifelong experience.
Chief Downey with her family.

What is your proudest accomplishment?

Watching my two daughters grow up and accomplish their goals. My oldest just graduated from nurse practitioner school, and my other daughter is in her last year of law school. And, of course, for myself, becoming fire chief.





What do you enjoy most about your job?

Watching the individuals on my team develop and grow into stronger leaders. 

What has been the most challenging and most rewarding part of being the first female Fire Chief in Broward County?

I recognized the fact that I’m the first female fire chief in Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe County, but it doesn’t matter to me if you’re male or female, I just want to do the best that I can. Be fair, consistent, and serve my residents the best I can. I work with a great team of people, and together we make an amazing fire department.

What do you do when you’re not improving the safety of Davie’s residents?

This job is a 24/7 job, but when I’m not here I like to travel, spend time with my daughters, and husband, who is also in the fire service, and participate in outdoor activities. Our new hobby is pickle ball, a sport that combines the elements of tennis, ping-pong and badminton.

Describe yourself in one word.


NAIA Names STU Bronze Champions of Character

For the eighth year in a row, St. Thomas University (STU) was recognized as an NAIA Five-Star Champion of Character (COC) Institution.

STU is one of 171 institutions that were recognized by the NAIA as Five-Star Award winners. The Bobcats were among 80 institutions earning the bonze award.

Institutions were measured on a demonstrated commitment to “Champions of Character” and earned points in character training, conduct in competition, academic focus, character recognition and character promotion. Institutions earned points based on exceptional student-athlete grade point averages and by having minimal to no ejections during competition throughout the course of the academic year.

STU’s athletic programs make a conscious effort to demonstrate the COC’s five core values of respect, responsibility, integrity, servant leadership, and sportsmanship.

For a complete list of all the COC institutions, click here.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

‘Ancient Vessels of Love’ Art Exhibit by Artist Sheila Lichacz

Sheila E. Lichacz. Photo courtesy of Carlos de Yarza.
Sheila E. Lichacz, a Panamanian artist, who has survived 15 brain surgeries to remove 30 tumors (both malignant and benign), will unveil her first exhibit in years, a 16-piece art exhibit “Ancient Vessels of Love,” at the Archbishop John C. Favalora Archive & Museum at St. Thomas University.

Lichacz, known for her unique style of incorporating pre-Columbian pottery shards and shells found in her native Monagrillo, Panama, creates montages, oils, pastels and sculptures. Six of her works are on permanent display at the Holy Shrine of Cana in Galilee. Another, “Blood Money – 30 Pieces of Silver,” is the only work by a living artist that hangs in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. Her art is also on display in the Vatican Museum of Contemporary Religious Art.

The opening reception, which is free and open to student, faculty, staff and the general public, will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 14, at 2 p.m.

The exhibit, on display through Dec. 13, is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Helping Asylum Seekers and Refugees Prepare for Court

A 29-year-old Cuban immigrant suffering from early-onset Parkinson’s was on the brink of ending his life when he walked into STU’s Human Rights Institute. He had lost his job because of symptoms related to his disease, and was living in his car. He hit rock bottom when the car’s tires blew out and the car was towed.

“He walked into our office with two pieces of paper – one with his parent's mailing address, and a letter, essentially his suicide letter. He came to us in this moment of desperation because the institute was all he had,” said Christine Reis, a lawyer and director of STU’s Human Rights Institute.

Within hours, the paralegal working his case had her husband buy him new tires, get his car out of the towing yard, and colleagues helped her raise money for him. Within days the institute found him a place to live – special housing for people with his condition – and worked with Jackson Memorial Hospital to get him the attention and medications he needed to lead a better life. And within six months, he was on his way to becoming a citizen, and most importantly, he was a completely different, happier person.

“The office [Human Rights Institute] is a great example of what STU is – a family always willing to help one another and others,” Reis said.

Since its inception in 1992, STU’s Human Rights Institute has been helping people who have refugee or asylum status become permanent residents, as well as guiding them through complicated legal processes. Over the years, the institute has seen several cases like the one mentioned above ranging from people in the final stages of cancer, to those with Alzheimer’s disease.

“We deal with so many individuals all with a unique, sometimes heart-wrenching story to tell, and we do our best to help them in any way we can,” said Reis. “Our ultimate goal is for these individuals (and sometimes families) to acclimate and become United States citizens with all of its rights and privileges.”

There are similar organizations in South Florida, but STU’s Human Rights Institute is the only one that offers its services completely free of charge – there are no hidden fees or additional charges. And if other services are needed – psychological, special needs, housing – the institute has strong professional relationships with other service providers in the community, and helps guide individuals in the right direction.

“The institute takes care of the legal aspects of their situation, but it has tentacles that reach out to different services,” said Reis.

With offices located in Miami, Broward and West Palm Beach, the institute helps about 200 people a month. Reis says, she hopes to continue to carry out the institute’s mission for many years to come.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

STU Awarded $1.17 Million Federal TRIO Grant

The U.S. Department of Education announced a five-year, $1,179,815 grant to St. Thomas University (STU) to start a TRIO Educational Opportunity Center (EOC). The EOC grant will help young adults from disadvantaged backgrounds – low-income individuals, first-generation college students, individuals with disabilities, and veterans – pursue a higher education.

“This grant will open many doors for hundreds of students who otherwise may not have achieved academic success,” said Provost and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Irma Becerra. “Now they’ll be able to receive the support and guidance necessary to explore the options available to them to further their education beyond high school, and become leaders for life.”

The grant will provide tutoring in ACT and SAT test preparation, financial aid workshops, campus visits to post-secondary institutions in the area, financial literacy workshops, and assistance with completing applications to post-secondary institutions. STU seniors and graduate students will be trained to provide these program services to the community. The program will also have a full-time program director and full-time program advisor.

Program services will be available to students at North Miami High School, Carol City High School, as well as residents of North Miami, Opa-locka, and Miami Gardens – areas underrepresented in postsecondary education.

“We are proud of being a resource for the community,” added STU President Msgr. Franklyn M. Casale. “Whether these students become proud St. Thomas Bobcats, or pursue their higher education at another institution, providing this important support is consistent with our university’s focus on service and community engagement.”

In all, the Department of Education awarded $48 million in grants to 143 colleges and organizations in 42 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

For more information about this program or to participate, contact Gretell Garcia (305) 628-6629; or email

Monday, August 29, 2016

SunTrust Helps Fund STU Scholarships with $100K Gift

President and CEO of SunTrust Bank Manny Perdomo with STU President Msgr. Casale

As part of their ongoing support of St. Thomas University (STU), the SunTrust Foundation donated $100,000 to fund scholarships for first-generation students with financial need. This endowed scholarship will be matched through a challenge grant from the Batchelor Foundation – providing an impact of $200,000 toward first-generation student support.

“Gifts like these that support the next generation of leaders have the potential to change the lives of our students and the communities in which they live,” said STU President Monsignor Franklyn Casale. “We are very fortunate to have such wonderful community partners that help make a quality, personalized education possible for so many worthy students.”

Over the years, SunTrust, which has several of its executives serving on advisory boards at STU, has gifted the university with generous scholarship support for low-income students and other programs. They are serving as a community advisory partner on a new university program focused on financial literacy and student success. Suntrust has also served as the university’s bank for more than two decades.

“Our philosophy has always been that when we build our communities, we build our bank,” said Manny Perdomo, president and CEO of SunTrust Bank, South Florida. “As a purpose-driven company, we are constantly seeking ways to make a difference, two of the most meaningful ways we can do this is through corporate philanthropy and helping guide, advise and lead people along their road to financial security and wellness, or as well call it, ‘Lighting the Way to Financial Well-Being.’”

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

STU Kicks Off Fall Semester with Salsa Concert

Los 3 de la Habana

Students at STU kicked off the start of the 2016 fall semester with a salsa concert by the Grammy nominated band "Los 3 de la Habana" at Plaza Kelly during common hour Wednesday, Aug. 24.

Faculty, staff and students showed off their dance moves to the vibrant music, while others enjoyed a lunch of burgers, hot dogs, salad, chips and cookies courtesy of Metz.

For more concert photos, and photos of STU letting loose on the dance floor, click here.

“Bobcats Serve Day” Beautifies Carol City Middle School

During St. Thomas University’s second annual “Bobcats Serve Community Engagement Day” more than 130 first-year students came together to lend a helping hand to the students of Carol City Middle School (CCMS), a local, at-risk public school.

The event, coordinated by the university’s Center the Community Engagement and Student Affairs, was part of the university’s orientation program titled “The St. Thomas Experience.” With the goal of enhancing the learning environment of the CCMS students, upper-class students led first-year students, alongside CCMS staff, on a school-wide beautification effort.

Fueled by research proving that pleasant, well-kept environments enhance student achievement, self-esteem and school and community pride, STU students created outdoor study spaces by building picnic tables, repainting outdoor areas, and distributing mulch around the school’s campus.

This event is part of the broader STU/CCMS Community Educational Partnership, a partnership which leverages multiple levels of university research, teaching, and volunteer resources into CCMS student success.
The students involved received a warm welcome from STU President Rev. Monsignor Franklyn M. Casale; Provost Dr. Irma Becerra, and the Mayor of Miami Gardens, the Hon. Oliver G. Gilbert III.

“At St. Thomas University you not only receive a great, well-rounded education, but you learn how to do great things in the world,” said Dr. Becerra. “That’s what ‘Bobcats Serve Day’ is about - taking the first step toward becoming a leader that changes the world, a true leader for life.”

For more information on STU’s collaborative projects in Miami Gardens, visit, or contact the Center for Community Engagement:; 305-628-6717.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

STU Zika Preparedness and Guidelines

St. Thomas University is actively monitoring the Zika virus in our county, and working closely with local and state Department of Health officials. It is important to note that NO mosquito transmission of the Zika virus has been detected at STU or in the area of Miami Gardens as of this week.
We wanted to share some information about the Zika virus, specifically:
  • What is the Zika virus
  • How to protect yourself from Zika
  • What STU is doing to mitigate mosquitoes on campus
  • Where to seek additional information
  • Frequently asked questions
The Zika Virus
According to the CDC, the Zika virus disease is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected mosquito (Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus), but it can also be passed from one person to another through sexual contact.
The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting up to a week, and many infected people do not have symptoms. However, Zika virus infection during pregnancy can cause a serious birth defect called microcephaly and other severe brain defects. No vaccines or treatments are currently available to treat or prevent Zika.
Protect yourself from Zika
Many people infected with Zika virus won’t have symptoms or will only have mild symptoms such as fever, rash, headache, and joint pain. These usually appear within a week or 10 days of having been bitten by a mosquito carrying the virus. Only about 20 percent of people infected with the Zika virus become ill, according to the CDC.
The best way to prevent Zika is to protect yourself from mosquito bites. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to follow the CDC guidelines which include:

Mitigating mosquitoes on campus
STU is continuing with its proactive steps in mitigating mosquitoes. On a daily basis, our facilities staff conduct an inventory of standing water bodies, including ditches, drains, and ponds. Every 30 days the storm drains on campus are treated with a product to control mosquito larvae; this product is not harmful to fish or other aquatic organisms. Our Office of Physical Plant has completed multiple site-specific sprayings before outdoor events to reduce mosquito activity. In addition, at the request of STU, Miami-Dade County has conducted two mosquito surveys, as recent as two weeks ago, and they did not find active mosquito breeding locations on campus. Furthermore, our Associate Director of Risk Management, Environmental Compliance and Emergency Management actively participates in daily calls with municipal partners, Department of Health, Miami-Dade County, CDC, and other local universities to discuss Zika and measures to mitigate its spread. The STU Athletics Department provides athletes, coaches, and trainers with insect repellent for all outdoor sports for use during practice and games. 
Additional Information
Additional information and updates about the Zika virus will be provided to the campus community as it is available. Please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website,, for more information.
Other Resources:
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What should you do if you have been bitten by a mosquito?
A: Don’t panic. It is highly unlikely, at this time, that you’re going to get Zika. Not all mosquitoes carry Zika, even in the places where the virus is actively spreading. It's the Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes that carry the virus, and one of them has to have bitten someone who's infected – and even then, it takes a couple of days for the virus to build up enough in the mosquito's body for the insect to transmit the virus to someone else.
Q: How would you know if you’ve contracted Zika?
A: You may have a rash, mild flulike symptoms, a fever, a headache, red eyes or severe joint pain. These usually appear within a week or 10 days of having been bitten by a mosquito carrying the virus. Only about 20 percent of people infected with the Zika virus become ill, according to the CDC. If you have these symptoms, you can visit the Student Health Center at STU located in the Student Center, or schedule an appointment with your doctor.
Q: How is Zika diagnosed?
A: To diagnose Zika, your doctor will ask you about recent travel and symptoms you may have, and collect blood or urine to test for Zika or similar viruses.
Q: How long does Zika remain in your body?
A: Typically one to two weeks. Once someone has been infected with Zika, it’s very likely they’ll be protected from future infections. There is no evidence that past Zika infection poses an increased risk of birth defects in future pregnancies.

Q: If a woman contracts the virus or shows symptoms, how long should she wait before trying to get pregnant?
A: Eight weeks.
Q: If a male contracts the virus, how long should he and his partner wait to have a baby?
A: Six months.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Move-in Day Brings Bobcats Back to Campus

With boxes, bins and dollies in tow, STU Bobcats returned to campus on a hot and humid Friday morning. Hundreds of new and returning students converged at Cascia Hall to check in and settle in before fall semester classes begin Monday, Aug. 22. Take a look at some of the Move-in Day photos here.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

LEAD Now Summer Institute Wraps Up its Eighth Year

2016 LEAD Now Institute graduates in the Rio Olympic spirit
This summer 21 young leaders made their mark on St. Thomas University (STU) during the Miniaci Family LEAD Now Summer Institute, an on-going program that has been changing young lives since 2008. It engages, enhances, and trains 11th and 12th grade high school students on leadership skills, and exposes them to college life and college-level courses.

All students are given the opportunity to earn six college credits toward a Bachelor of Arts degree, and approximately seven of these students are seniors who will be attending STU and receiving a scholarship through this program. The remainder of these students are juniors and will be returning to the program the following summer.

During the course of the summer students creatively expressed themselves by engaging in art, music, dance, and also took a few etiquette workshops. They participated in glass-blowing projects, expressed themselves verbally and artistically through abstract art, collages, painting, and many other activities.

Apart from the expression of art, the LEAD Now students learned a special variety of celebration dances which are made up of a mix of Portuguese, African, and European dance forms such as, capoeira, samba and other afro-Brazilian and Caribbean themed styles that originated hundreds of years ago.     

Each of these intelligent young men and women are from South Florida and originate from a diverse population of local public and private schools such as: Archbishop Edward E. McCarthy High School, Christopher Columbus High School, Hialeah Gardens High School, International Studies Charter High School, Latin Builders Association Construction & Business Management Academy Charter High School, Miami Carol City Senior High School, Monsignor Edward Pace High School, North Miami Beach Senior High School, Saint Brendan Senior High School, and William H. Turner Technical Arts High School.

Monday, August 15, 2016

What Professors really do over the Summer "Break"

Over the summer months, STU professors keep themselves busy inside and outside of the classroom. Check out their summer extracurricular activities below!
Dr. Darrell Arnold
  • Completing an edited volume for Palgrave/MacMillan on Critical Theory and the Philosophy of Andrew Feinberg (Winter 2016). 
  • International teaching in Hefei, China.
  • Developed two public lectures for Fathom Cruise Line's Impact cruise to the Dominican Republic. This was part of the “Mindful Living Lecture Series” of their onboard spa by Steiner.
          o   Pathways to Wellness: Ancient Chinese Philosophy and Its Connection to Healthy   
              Living; and Nurturing the Eco: Well-being of Self, Society and Environment. 
Susan Buzzi
  • Arts Educator for 21st Century Programming with North Miami High School.
  • Contributor to the Miniaci Family Lead Now Summer Institute program, and STU’s Human Trafficking Academy with "Healing Through Art" art work.
  • Created a series of posters for the STU’s Human Trafficking Academy and film entitled "Responsibility and Vigilance."
Dr. Walter J. Cegelka
  • Text has been accepted for publication: Cegelka, W., Payne, J. and Harges, A. (2016) Fearless Public Speaking: 8 Secrets to Masterful Presentations. Sentia Publishing.
Fr. Alfred Cioffi, STh.D., Ph.D.
  • Published a peer-reviewed article on The Bioethical Distinction between Assisting or Substituting Vital Organs at the End of Human Life, in the journal Ethics and Medics.
  • Launched a new Master's in Bioethics at St. Thomas University, starting this Fall 2016. For more information, click here.
Dr. Eugenia Ferrero
  • Ph.D. conferred August 9, 2016 – titled “Case Study of the “No On 37” Coalition Against the Deceptive Food Labeling Scheme: Public Relations Strategies & Tactics, Ethically Problematic Communication, and the First Amendment.
Dr. Bryan Froehle and Sr. Ondina Cortes, Ph.D.
  • Presented papers at the Latin American Studies Association Congress in Puerto Rico.

Dr. Hagai Gringarten
  • Served as a judge during an annual marketing competition at the American Marketing Association International Collegiate Conference, New Orleans, 2016.
  • Conference presentation: “Marketing Student Research: From Thought to Print.” In Mint Your Future: AMA International Collegiate Conference Faculty Proceedings 2016, ed. by Donna Coelho. Chicago, IL.: American Marketing Association, 2016.
  • Forthcoming publication: Hagai Gringarten, Raúl Fernández-Calienes, and Nina Q. Rose. “Publication Talks and Book Review Workshops: Spotlighting Faculty Publication, Emerging Authors, and Book Reviews as an Effective Personal Branding Strategy.” In Library Outreach to Writers and Poets: Interviews and Case Studies of Cooperation, ed. by Carol Smallwood and Vera Gubnitskaia. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 2016.
  • Developed, planned, promoted, organized and led a highly successful study abroad trip to Israel.
Dr. Gurvirender Tejay
  • (Co-author) “Examining Information Privacy Paradox Through Cognitive Perspective.” Poster presented at 24th European Conference on Information Systems, Istanbul, Turkey, June 12-15, 2016.
  • (Chair for Mini-track titled “Cybercrime and Information Security Strategy,” 23rd Americas Conference on Information Systems, San Diego, USA, August 11-14, 2016.
  • (Co-author) Completed research manuscript titled “Improving Information Security Through Reduced Incongruity of Risk Perceptions: A Dialogical Action Research study.”

Msgr. Terry Hogan, S.L.D.
  • Asked by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to speak on the History and Practice of Liturgical Ministries in San Antonio, Texas.
Dr. Giselle Jamison
  • Contributed to: Jamison, G. D. Cambio en Cuba: ¿Económico, democrático o cultural? In Convivencia #51 p. 42, May-June 2016. Also in
  • Submitted for publication to the Florida Political Chronicle - Jamison: G.D. The U.S. Immigration System: Broken, but Can't Fix It! Why any Comprehensive Immigration Reform Law is D.O.A. under the Obama Administration.
Dr. Jennifer Kryszak
  • Published in Ecclesial Practices - "A Theology of Transformation: Catholic Sisters and the Visual Practice of Church.”
  • Attended the Science for Seminaries Retreat in August 2016, which is sponsored by the Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion (DoSER) program at the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Dr. David Quesada
  • Coordinator of the SRI 2016. A total of 64 students, 44 from STU and 20 from MDC, participated in the 2016 edition of the Summer Research Institute. As a result of the partnership with MDC, a sufficient amount of instrumentation was purchased and will benefit different programs we offer at the School of STEM. For more information on the SRI program, click here.
  • Coordinator of the Science Lecture Series "Moving Into the Future." A lecture series organized for the first time at the School of STEM on a weekly basis. A total of 10 external speakers were invited in kind to present at the School of STEM.
  • Presented three oral presentations for the Ibero-American Conference on Nanotechnology to take place in Peru Aug. 1 - 5, 2016. The titles of the presentations are: "Nanotechnologies plus Informatics: Nanoinformatics;" "Learning about Nanosciences through Modeling and Simulations;" "Impact of nanoparticle size distribution on the performance of quantum dots-based solar cells."
  • Nominated an award in education and technology, presented by the Wolfram Research, one of the leading companies in the use of computer technologies in science, education and industry.
  • Two oral presentations were accepted to be presented during the Annual Conference on Science, Education and Technologies, organized by the Wolfram Research, taking place Oct. 18 - 21, in Urbana-Champaign. The titles of the presentations are: "Understanding the associations leading to the asthma prevalence in South Florida;" "Analysis of brain networks and its association with epilepsy."
  • Liaison person and USA representative for the network NANODYF, a scientific organization aimed at promoting Nanosciences among Hispanic serving institutions, and operating over the entire Ibero-America.
  • Per appointment of Dr. Vynne, coordinating the efforts with the College of Engineering of FIU to update the requirements of the 2+2 program in engineering. Additionally, he presented a feasibility study on the implementation of an engineering track at STU.
Dr. Pilar Maul
  • With the assistance of Mr. Carlos Vazquez, received a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The iCATCH grant (Innovative Curriculum for Agriculture Training and Career for Hispanics) was written and developed in collaboration with Florida International University. This grant is a follow-up of the agricultural grant that was awarded to STU from 2011 to 2015 called the Florida Caribbean Consortium For Agriculture Education and Hispanic Workforce Development (FCCAgE). With total funds of $250,000 for 4 years, iCATCH will strengthen institutional education capacities to respond to the needs of underrepresented students and prepare them for careers in food and agricultural sciences. In addition, it will strengthen cooperative initiatives between two or more Hispanic-serving Institutions. The iCATCH grant will begin Sept. 1, 2016.
  • As part of the SRI 2016, Dr. Maul’s students have worked throughout the summer to finish experiments on the identification of genes associated with drought tolerance in native potatoes from Peru, a project lead by the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia. A draft of the results for publication in a peer-review journal is underway. Dr. Maul just came back from visiting her Peruvian collaborators and has secured two additional research collaborative projects with them. This will allow STU students to travel to Peru for internships at the Genomics Laboratory in that University.
  • Dr. Maul has established a collaborative project with Dr. Jose Lopez from Nova Southeastern University (NSU) Oceanographic Center to study the microbial community associated with the use of organic fertilizers in the STU Organic garden. Mr. Carlos Vazquez and SRI 2016 students have carried on a study on a novel vegetable used in Asian and Hawaiian cuisine called the Okinawa Spinach, which has high nutritional and medicinal values. The collaboration with NSU will allow the study of microbial communities that enhance the cultivation of this crop optimal and will open possibilities of summer internships for STU students.
Dr. Stephanie Maynard-Patrick
  • Co-Authored, "Contextualizing Work Relationships through Barriers and Pathways to Reciprocation: When Context Determines Direct Payback Isn’t Enough" and was submitted to the Academy Of Management Review Special issue for Work Relationships.
  • "Student Led Learning in Human Resource Development" - sole authored and was submitted to the Management Education Review.
Dr. Michael Mulvey
  • Mulvey, M. (2016, March). The Problem that had a name: French high-rise developments and the fantasy of a suburban homemaker pathology. Gender & History, 1954–73. Dr. Mulvey’s article studies the intersection of Catholicism with real estate development in postwar France.
  • Mulvey, M. (Summer 2016). Jules Vallès and Séverine: French political culture and a late-nineteenth century subversive cross-sex friendship. Historical Reflections/Réflexions Historiques. The article explores gender, revolutionary politics, and Catholic mysticism.
  • Book review of Nicole C. Rudolph's At Home in Postwar France: Modern Housing and the Right to Comfort to appear in the peer-reviewed Franco-American H-France Review (June 2016).
  • Dr. Mulvey spent the month of July at the Institute for Advanced Studies on the campus of Indiana University: Bloomington and in New Orleans at Loyola University thanks to the generous support of a competitive fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities. He worked with a group of 25 scholars from across the United States of America and the African continent on the theme of "Arts of Survival: Recasting Lives in African Cities". Dr. Mulvey presented on a research project entitled "Spaces of Tropical Freedom: Architecture, Citizenship, and Property in the Francophone Caribbean after Slavery.”
  • Selected by the American Committee on Minority Historians to represent the nation's Hispanic Serving Institutions in Denver, Colorado at the 2017 American Historical Association Annual Conference. Dr. Mulvey will represent the only HSI on a panel with faculty from HBCUs exploring the theme "History at Minority-Serving Institutions: Strategies and Opportunities.” 
  • Continued working on an introduction for his major project, The Moral Moment: Catholics and the Housing Question in Postwar France, in preparation for the submission of a book proposal.
Dr. Josie Oramas
  • Became certified as a clinical trauma professional.
  • Completed a literature review on Haitian Immigrant children and youth (as a Research Assistant)
  • Review of the book Driven by difference: How great companies fuel innovation through diversity, by David Livermore (to be published by the end of August in the Journal of Multidisciplinary Research).
  • Currently working on article regarding ethical issues in school counseling.
Dr. Jose Rocha
Projects in progress to be completed in the Fall 2016 semester:
  • Networks to Connect People and Communities Of Practice: The Competitive Advantage Of Organizational Culture And Knowledge Management. Authors: Jose Rocha, Lisa J. Knowles, and Paul D. Maxwell.
  • A Literature Review in Knowledge Sharing in Highly Dynamic Changing Environments: Social Media, StartUps, and Innovation. Authors: Jose Rocha, Justin Peart, and Lisa J. Knowles
Dr. Frank Sicius
  • Reviewed, edited and made suggestions on a manuscript (a biography of Catholic Social Activist Peter Maurin) for University of Notre Dame Press.
  • Wrote a review of a new biography of Dorothy Day by Peter Jordan for the Journal of The American Catholic Historical Society.
  • Completed a chapter on his current work on the building of the Key West extension Railway.
Dr. Alberto Varela
  • Accomplished the MOU with UCM, Spain. This collaboration will bring new opportunities to STU such as research, student and professor exchange programs, and international recognition.
  • Participated as a guest host on a radio talk show highlighting the community’s voice (Voces de las Comunidades, La Poderosa 670 AM) in which he discussed solar energy options for the community and promoted the Solar Energy Project at STU.
  • Provided a guided tour of the Solar Station for local students and other members of the community.