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