Friday, April 29, 2016

Softball Player Selected to NAIA Association of Student-Athletes

St. Thomas University student-athlete Michelle Murch has been selected as one of 16 new representatives to the Association of Student-Athletes (ASA), the NAIA's student-advocacy arm in its governance structure.

Murch, a sophomore outfielder on the St. Thomas softball team, holds a 4.00 grade point average as a Sports Administration major. The Hialeah, Fla. native will represent The Sun Conference as a conference representative on the NAIA's Association of Student-Athletes with a term running through 2018.

"It is an honor and a privilege to represent St. Thomas University and The Sun Conference on the Association of Student-Athletes", said Murch. "I look forward to providing my perspective on the many important topics that the ASA will be taking on."

Murch, who hails from Miami American Senior High School, was selected from a pool of nominees forwarded to the National Office by each conference and the Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.). The make-up of the ASA requires that each conference and each NAIA championship sport have at least one representative.

"When given the opportunity to nominate a Bobcat student-athlete as an ASA representative, Michelle immediately came to mind," said Laura Courtley-Todd, St. Thomas University Director of Athletics. "Michelle is an outstanding student-athlete who has bright future in the sports industry and will thrive in this position."

The ASA discusses and makes recommendations on any issue of importance to NAIA student-athletes. During its first year, the ASA took positions on topics such as five seasons of eligibility, drug testing and education, graduate student eligibility, the formation of conference student-athlete advocacy groups, and more.

The student-athletes sponsored one piece of legislation at the 2016 national convention and co-sponsored another four proposals, all of which passed. The students hope to take an even more active role in proposing student-centric policies going forward.

"The perspectives of current and future student-athletes must be central to all our efforts if we are to provide a meaningful foundation for the NAIA's future," Jim Carr, NAIA President and CEO, said. "These young people represent not only our present, but our future and will help us determine the path of success. We need to involve them in the development and delivery of innovative ideas and approaches and do that on issues that are important to them."

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Preview Events: A Sneak Peek into Life on Campus

Last week St. Thomas University trustee Domingo Moreira and his wife Brenda hosted an STU Preview Event at the Riviera Country Club in Coral Gables.

The event, which took place on April 20, provided an opportunity for admitted students, prospective students, parents, principals and guidance counselors to meet with alumni, university trustees, STU President Msgr. Franklyn Casale, Provost Irma Becerra and university admissions staff, to learn about the many programs offered at STU.

Alumna Carol Ellis-Cutler, and Student Government Association officers also were in attendance, conveying to prospective students their respective STU experiences. Carol is the First Vice President of CBRE, and has served the South Florida commercial real estate market for more than 25 years.

Attendees ranged from various high schools in Miami including: Homestead Senior High School, International Studies Charter School, MAST Academy, Mater Academy Charter School, Miami Norland, Msgr. Pace High School, SLAM Academy, and St. Brendan High School.

Preview events are a first glance at what attending STU is all about. At the event, attendees meet current faculty, staff and students, learn about academic programs and financial assistance, and get the answers to university questions.

To see more pictures of this event please click here.

For more information about preview events, please contact Carmen Brown at

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

STU Students Excel at Global Bilingual Sales Competition (GBSC)

Dr. Hagai Gringarten of the Gus Machado School of Business, led an outstanding team of STU students in the Global Bilingual Sales Competition (GBSC) international competition at FIU last weekend.

The marketing students: Mauricio Morales, Andreina Sifontes and Daniela Cesin with very short notice had only a few days to prepare.

Nevertheless, they excelled, progressed to the final round and impressed recruiters and judges alike.

Friday, April 15, 2016

STU Congratulates Law Alumni

St. Thomas University School of Law graduates continue to shine at the top of their profession and excel in a variety of practice areas.

The Daily Business Review recently featured the most recent group of attorneys to become partners at law firms in the South Florida area. We are proud to announce that a number of St. Thomas Law graduates were among the attorneys to reach this highly sought-after professional milestone.

These alumni and their respective firms are:

Amir Isaiah '98
Genovese, Joblove & Battista

Diana Saavedra '98

Jaime Baca '97
Wicker Smith O'Hara McCoy & Ford
Fort Lauderdale

Jennifer Wioncek '07
Baker & McKenzie

Lisa Schiller '93
McGlinchey Stafford
Fort Lauderdale

Marisa Rodriguez '06

Melonie Bueno '07
Krupnick Campbell Malone Buser 
Slama Liberman McKee
West Palm Beach

Michael Sastre '95

Richard Hermann '96
Fort Lauderdale

Monika Entin '01
Bercow Radell & Fernandez

Samuek I. Zeskind '07
Weiss Serota Hekfman Cole & Bierman
Fort Lauderdale

Mark Atlas '92
Litchfield Cavo
Fort Lauderdale

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

STU Student Lands NASA Internship

STU senior Javier Rojas
St. Thomas University senior Javier Rojas, 21, was recently selected to be a part of National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) summer internship program, the Centennial Challenges Program in Huntsville, Alabama.

During the paid internship, which begins June 6 and ends in August, Javier will research new technology developments in solving complex problems associated with spaceflight and living on another planet!

He credits STU faculty and staff, specifically the Office of Career Services, for mentoring him, guiding him and helping him pursue such a prestigious internship.

“I’m looking forward to this amazing experience,” Javier said. “And I’m so grateful for St. Thomas for preparing me with all the skills, help and guidance that has prepared me for this high-caliber internship. I’m excited to represent St. Thomas.”

Javier, a mathematics major and computer science minor, graduates in August, and is planning on pursuing his master’s degree at STU.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Photographic Exhibition on Pope Francis’ Trip to Israel Opens

From left to right: Rabbi Solomon Schiff, Msgr. Franklyn Casale, Auxiliary Bishop Peter Baldacchiho, and Consul General of Israel Lior Haiat.
The Consulate General of Israel to Florida and St. Thomas University marked the opening of an exclusive photo exhibit of Pope Francis' May 2014 visit to Israel today. In attendance to introduce and open the exhibition was STU President Monsignor Franklyn Casale, Consul General of Israel Lior Haiat, Library Dean Jonathan Roach, Rabbi Solomon Schiff, Auxiliary Bishop Peter Baldacchiho, among others.

The images were captured by an official photographer of the Israeli government who had unrestricted access to the time Pope Francis spent with former President of Israel Shimon Peres; Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu; and Greek Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, as well as leaders of the Muslim and Jewish faiths. The encounters occur among some of the holiest Jewish and Christian sites.

The exhibit can be viewed on the second floor of the university main library. The exhibit will be free and open to the public through the month of July.

For more photos of the event, click here.