Wednesday, August 30, 2017

STU joins Hurricane Harvey relief efforts

Photo courtesy of the Dallas Observer.

Given the extent of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Harvey, STU Campus Ministry is joining the Archdiocese of Miami in the relief efforts taking place this week in all 109 parishes and missions of the Archdiocese of Miami.

According with the Archdiocese of Miami Media Alert, “this emergency collection will be used to support the humanitarian and recovery efforts and to provide pastoral and rebuilding support.” Officials say about 30,000 people may be forced to seek shelter, while forecasters warn of more rain in the coming days. The full extent of damages and destruction has yet to be determined by the authorities.

To make an online donation, please click here.

Please note that no donations of food, water, or other supplies will be accepted. Donated monies enable local church relief agencies to purchase in bulk the items that are most needed, (water, food, building supplies, tents, tarps, beds, etc.) and truck them quickly to affected areas.

You can also make a check payable to St. Thomas University with memo: Hurricane Harvey Relief and deposit it at the business office in Dooner Hall 102.

This will be our first University response. We will continue responding and serving according to the upcoming needs.

For more information on Archdiocese of Miami Relief Efforts over the weekend, click here.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Students work as interns for US Senator

STU senior Brandon Keller with U.S. Senator Marco Rubio
STU students continue to prove their leadership skills and potential to impact the community well beyond the classroom. If you’ve recently called Senator Marco Rubio’s office or called during the summer, chances are you most likely interacted with STU students Yanelis Madrigal or Brandon Keller.

Both Yanelis and Brandon agree that interning at U.S. Senator Marco Rubio’s office is anything but average–their day-to-day work affects the lives of Florida constituents.

“There isn’t a day in which you do the same thing as the day before,” said Brandon, a political science major entering his senior year. “One day we’re talking to constituents, the next we’re writing memorandums that go to the Senator himself, meeting with federal and local agencies, and researching issues affecting constituents.”

For Yanelis, who holds an undergraduate degree from STU and is currently working toward a graduate degree in criminal justice, the experience is strengthening her understanding of local and state politics, and legal matters.

Graduate student Yanelis Madrigal began her internship at Marco Rubio's office this fall.

“Aside from answering constituents’ calls, we also deal with a range of issues like immigration, housing and tourist visas,” said Yanelis. “And thanks to the professors at St. Thomas, who prepared me for life beyond the classroom, I have a solid foundation to build on.”

Brandon, who finished his congressional internship over the summer, has his sights set on interning at the White House. With the help of STU’s Career Services Center, he applied earlier this year and is waiting for a response.

For students interested in following in their footsteps, Brandon has some solid advice: “Never doubt your abilities. If you really want to do something, go for it!”

Both Yanelis and Brandon have plans of attending law school at St. Thomas.

For more information on internships like the one mentioned above, please visit our Career Services Center, or email Cristina Lopez, director of the Career Services Center, at

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

The Great American Eclipse at STU

Photo courtesy of Jim Davis.

On the hot and humid afternoon of Aug. 21, St. Thomas University science professors David Quesada and Luis Fernandez-Torres were working up a sweat educating STU students and faculty about the once-in-a-lifetime Great American Eclipse simultaneously happening overhead.

The main attraction was the viewing telescope equipped with a special solar filter, which allowed people to view the eclipse without hurting their eyes. The eclipse watchers also shared eclipse viewing sunglasses, using them as filters for their cell phone cameras.

In an interview with a Florida Catholic reporter, Quesada said: "Science is one thing many people dismiss as boring," he said. "But the students and faculty and staff witnessed something that they’ve never seen before. That got their attention. That's success."

To read the post-eclipse story written by Jim Davis, click here.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

STU President, US Bishops condemn Virginia violence

“As President of St. Thomas University, I stand with the University community and the United States Catholic Bishops and all peoples of good will in denouncing violence in any shape and form that stands in contrast to the message of the Gospel as well as the principles of a just and peaceful society.”
- Msgr. Franklyn Casale


USCCB president and domestic justice chairman call for prayer and unity in response to deadly Charlottesville attack

Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and Bishop Frank Dewane of Venice, Florida, Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, are calling on all people of goodwill to join in prayer and unity today in response to this weekend’s violent protest and deadly attack in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Full statement follows:
"As we learn more about the horrible events of [this weekend], our prayer turns today, on the Lord's Day, to the people of Charlottesville who offered a counter example to the hate marching in the streets. Let us unite ourselves in the spirit of hope offered by the clergy, people of faith, and all people of good will who peacefully defended their city and country.

We stand against the evil of racism, white supremacy and neo-nazism. We stand with our sisters and brothers united in the sacrifice of Jesus, by which love's victory over every form of evil is assured. At Mass, let us offer a special prayer of gratitude for the brave souls who sought to protect us from the violent ideology displayed yesterday. Let us especially remember those who lost their lives. Let us join their witness and stand against every form of oppression."