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First Time Ever UST Summer Camp for Possible Pragmatic Studies Students

Fall 2022 Entrepreneur Workshop Series for PIDD (students with physical, intellectual, and development disadvantages) The University of St. Thomas-Houston has an unwavering commitment to knowledge, discipline and goodness. So strong is their dedication to learning that two years ago, The Kolbe School implemented its associate degree of applied science (AAS) in pragmatic studies. The program is designed for students with learning differences that interfere with their success in traditional school environments. Pragmatic Studies has been an unqualified success. Now, the University marks another first — a 2023 summer camp from June 12 - 16 for more students who may be eligible for Pragmatic Studies.

“Our aim is for students with learning differences and their families to get excited about college and excited about attending UST in the future,” Dr. Tera Torres, Pragmatic Studies Program Chair, said proudly. “We’re calling the camp ‘Brag about Prag.’”

Experiential Activities

Campers’ days will be filled with experiential activities, including making tetrahedron (four-sided triangle) kites, scavenger hunts, and participating in presentations about human trafficking.

Part of the $1,250 camp fee ensures campers will receive tickets to attend the 2nd Annual Grill Master competition on campus on June 16. The Grill Master competition is a delicious, high-energy cook-off. Teams of pragmatic studies students, led by a private chef, learn by doing as they battle for the top grilling award.

Exploring Possibilities

Through the summer experience, campers will also discover how Torres expertly built the AAS program coursework using Universal Design for Learning (UDL) as an instructional modality and prioritizing personalized teaching. As a result, students in that program learn how to innovate, bring their ideas to reality, and operate efficiently. The AAS and the University’s planned BAAS are about preparing and influencing socially responsible citizens who will transform and sustain communities. Summer camp is about spreading the good news.

“I want to shout from the rooftops that we have a summer camp and are over-the-top excited to welcome future Celts onto campus for ‘Brag about Prag!’”

For more information about UST’s ‘Brag about Prag’ summer camp, email Dr. Torres at torrest@stthom.edu or call her at 713-899-0690.