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Faculty & Staff: Don’t Miss These Cool Virtual Alumni Events

The Seekers and Sages Speakers Series has Gone Virtual

The Seekers and Sages Speakers Series has long been a popular program for elder alumni and friends who return to campus for lunch presentations in the Scanlan Room. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the event has gone virtual.

“We look forward to the time when we are able to meet in person again but in the meantime alumni and friends of all ages can enjoy this special opportunity via Zoom,” Carla E. Alsandor, Senior Director of Alumni Relations, said. “We invite interested participants to join in this continuing education opportunity."

To kick it off, Fr. John Huber, CSB is presenting a four-week series on Catholic Education in the United States. On four Thursdays via Zoom from noon – 1 p.m. To receive invitations to future sessions, email: alumni@stthom.edu.

The first session, held Thursday, April 16, was attended by alumni, friends, faculty, staff, and students.

Thursday, April 16, 202012:00 PM - 1:00 PM

The birth of Catholic education in the US

Thursday, April 23, 202012:00 PM - 1:00 PM

The expansion of Catholic education in the US

Thursday, April 30, 202012:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Bringing Catholic schools to record enrollments

Thursday, May 7, 202012:00 PM - 1:00 PM

The current situation of Catholic education in the U.S.

"I greatly appreciated the history lesson about the Basilian Fathers who were outlawed priests during the French Revolution of 1789 and their coming from the hills of France to Canada," Seeker & Sages attendee and attorney Beverly Breaux ’63 said.  "It was interesting that they founded a boys academy in Georgetown. This education of boys, ages 10-16, helped raise Irish and Italian young men from poverty to prosperity. Fr. Huber mentioned it was the Catholic nuns, who loved their students, staffed schools and hospitals.  I am looking forward to the next session."

Virtual Thirsty Thursday Attracts Alumni and Friends from Far and Near

Local alumni used to gather for Thirsty Thursdays at Griff’s Irish Bar in the Montrose every third Thursday of the month. Mike Griffin ’64 is the former owner of Griff’s. Now we are gathering on Zoom instead.

“A big plus is that alumni can join us from wherever they are since there are no geographic constraints,” Carla E. Alsandor, Senior Director of Alumni Relations, said.

On April 16, Dr. and Mrs. Ludwick joined the group along with a California alumna Laurie Kripp Kassir ’79, MBA ’88, who changed a business appointment so that she could join us for happy hour (it was only 3 pm her time!)

Dr. Ludwick shared updates about the University's response to COVID-19 from online learning to opening the dorm to health care workers. Celt Couples shared their stories about how they met and fell in love while students at UST. Other stories about “the good ol’ days at UST” and current “stay home/stay safe” activities filled the hour.

The next Thirsty Thursday will be on May 21 from 5 – 6 p.m. with special guest Dr. Hans Stockton, director of the UST Center for International Studies and chair of the UST Faculty Senate. Alumni, faculty, staff, and friends should email alumni@stthom.edu to be added to the invitation list.

"We are looking forward to another big turnout next month,” Alsandor said. “Please join us.”


Meet Up with Fellow Alums Virtually to Share Interests – Books, Food, Sports

The Office of Alumni Relations and UST Alumni Association are partnering to bring new virtual programming to UST alumni. They encourage faculty and staff alumni to join in the fun.

“Social networking has found a new energy and meaningfulness during these unusual times of social distancing and self-isolation,” Carla E. Alsandor, Senior Director Alumni Relations, said. “Our alumni leaders have really stepped up to provide new and interesting ways for all alumni to connect.”

An Alumni Virtual Book Club was launched and is moderated by Association Board Member and avid reader, Ahmed Al Rawi ’12. Join Senior Director of Alumni Relations Carla E. Alsandor and fellow alumni as they read and discuss bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers -The Story of Success. Book Club meetings began lst night  on April 23 and will continue to take place via ZOOM at 6 p.m. on April 30, May 7 and May 14, 2020. For more information, email alumni@stthom.edu

Other virtual opportunities are:

A “Work from Home” Alumni Facebook Group moderated by Association Board Member and experienced work-from-home professional, Lauren VerBerkmoes ’07.

An Alumni Recipe Exchange kicked off on social media by Association Board Member and Registered/Licensed Dietitian Nathalie Sessions Fye ’93.

An Alumni Athlete Affinity Chapter Facebook Group moderated by Association Board Member and former UST basketball player Barrett Lauer ’13.