Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Shedding Light on the Dark World of Human Trafficking

Florida has seen an 11.5 percent increase in reported human trafficking cases, according to data released by the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC). The report stated that there were 407 Florida human trafficking cases reported in 2015, which includes 302 cases of sex trafficking and 68 cases of labor trafficking. In 2014, 364 cases were reported.

Across the U.S. and overseas, cases of human trafficking have been on the rise. To address this growing problem St. Thomas University will host the Human Trafficking Academy, Aug. 1 – 5, 2016. The academy offers 15 intensive and interactive courses, taught by top-level experts, academics and practitioners. The courses aim to empower attendees with valuable knowledge, effective skills and tools to address the many aspects of human trafficking.

Speakers include:
  • Dr. Roza Pati, STU professor, and director of the Human Trafficking Academy
  • Barbara Martinez, chief of the Special Prosecutions Section for the U.S. Department of Justice, Miami U.S. Attorney's Office, Criminal Division
  • Greg H. Bristol, founder and president, the Human Trafficking Investigations & Training Institute (HTITI)
  • Florrie Burke, consultant on human trafficking and modern-day slavery
Upon completion of the training, participants will be awarded a certificate by St. Thomas University School of Law.

Registration deadline for the academy is July 22. To register, please visit www.stu.edu/HTARegistration.

For more information, visit the Human Trafficking Academy website here, or email humantrafficking@stu.edu.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

STU Opens New Downtown Location

Photo courtesy of Bayfront Executive Center
St. Thomas University is expanding with a new downtown location at the Bayfront Executive Center, 100 South Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 3180. Starting in the fall, the new location will house the Gus Machado School of Business’ cybersecurity management and trade and logistics management graduate programs - two of the most in-demand fields in South Florida.

“These degrees will prepare graduates to play valuable roles in two of South Florida’s booming industries,” said Dr. Somnath Bhattacharya, dean and professor of accounting at the Gus Machado School of Business. “Downtown Miami is a prime location for these programs with companies from virtually every region of the world represented in Miami’s international trade and logistics community, and in cybersecurity.”

The building’s position in downtown also provides many professionals working in the area with a convenient location to further their education.

The trade and logistics management program is a specialized degree that includes coursework in managerial decision making; demand planning; purchasing; strategic supply chain management; and supply, inventory, and transportation management. For more information about this program, visit www.stu.edu/trade.

The cybersecurity management program is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of cybersecurity management and the major functional activities related to the protection of information and technology assets of an organization. This program differs from those offered at other schools by approaching cybersecurity deficiencies as much more than just computer and network weaknesses. For more information, visit www.stu.edu/cyber.

Demand for knowledgeable professionals in both trade and logistics and cybersecurity is surging in Miami. The demand in these fields will continue to surge with the expansion of the Panama Canal, projected to be completed by June 26, 2016; the expansion of the Port Miami tunnel; and the ever-growing global trade markets.

Monday, May 9, 2016

STU Names Spring Commencement Speakers, Honorary Degree Recipients

The Honorable Marcia Cooke, a U.S. district judge; Rev. John T. Butler, a proud St. Thomas University alumnus and a leader in Catholic education; and Emilio Cueto, a Santo Thomas de Villanueva alumnus known for his preservation of all things Cuban, will be honored at STU’s commencement ceremonies Saturday, May 14.

Cooke and Butler are also the commencement speakers for the law and main university commencement, respectively.

Cooke will address the law school’s more than 200 graduates during the school’s 9 a.m. commencement ceremony. Cooke, a native of Detroit, is an experienced trial attorney and lawyer who has held a variety of positions in the public sector. In addition to her responsibilities as a U.S. district judge, she is an adjunct professor at STU’s law school. During the ceremony she will be honored with the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws.

Butler, better known as Father Jack, is vice president for university mission and ministry at Boston College, and an STU alumnus. Prior to working in higher education, Father Jack was counseling and spiritually guiding violent offenders and those dealing with addiction in correctional facilities. Father Jack will address 425 graduates during the main university commencement ceremony beginning at 2 p.m. He will be presented with an honorary doctoral degree in Humane Letters.

Cueto, who is an alumnus of Santo Thomas de Villanueva – STU’s original site in Havana, Cuba - will also receive an honorary doctoral degree in Humane Letters during the main university commencement. Cueto, who’s extensive collection of Cuban memorabilia can be found in his adjoining two-apartment home turned museum in D.C., has been written about extensively in publications such as the Washington Post.

STU is committed to graduating leaders for life. The following are examples of some of the leaders graduating this weekend.
  • Originally from Argentina, Ariel Listo, is an economics major graduating with double minors in international relations and mathematics. This past summer, he attended the London School of Economics, one of the most prestigious schools in the world, and successfully completed his course work there. This summer he will be doing an internship at the United Nations in New York.
  • Soledad Filgueira, also from Argentina, came to STU for an MBA in global entrepreneurship. Last year, her all-woman team from STU won first place in the national 2015 KeyBank Foundation Minority MBA Case Competition – besting the top business schools and universities in the nation, including Yale, American University, Penn State, Boston College, and UC-Berkeley. But Soledad didn’t stop there: she went on to work with the Center for Community Engagement, putting her business skills at the service of coffee farmers in Haiti’s poorest region through the St. Thomas University CafĂ© Cocano Fair/Direct Trade Coffee Partnership.
  • Minette Sternke, was born hard of hearing and throughout her childhood her hearing deteriorated. At the age of 14 she lost complete hearing, but it did not deter her from reaching her personal and professional goals. She received a bachelor of science in accounting from Truman State University and graduated from the graduate school of banking at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has worked at the FDIC as a bank examiner for 27 years. Minette is a devout Catholic who has served her local parish as Deaf Minister Coordinator since 1999. And in 2015 she became a consecrated virgin. On Saturday, she’s receiving a master in pastoral ministries.
Graduation celebrations kick off with STU’s Baccalaureate Mass Friday, May 13, at 7 p.m., in the Chapel of Saint Anthony. For those that cannot attend commencement on May 14, the ceremonies will be streamed live here.