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USTMAX Center Hosts One-Year Anniversary Open House

USTMAX Sr. Director jDr. Carla E. Alsandor, Conroe Mayor Jody Czajkoski, UST Chief Innovation Officer Dr. Beena George and UST President Dr. Richard LudwickUSTMAX Center celebrated its first anniversary on the downtown square in the heart of Conroe, Texas, on Wednesday, Oct. 20.

Music, food and 75 people filled the air at the festive, casual, come-and-go gathering.

Conroe Mayor Jody Czajkoski Receives MAX Innovator Award

During the event, University of St. Thomas’ Chief Innovation Officer Beena George presented Conroe Mayor Jody Czajkoski with the 2021 MAX Innovator Award. The recognition is named for St. Maximilian Kolbe, the patron saint of innovation, and was awarded to the Mayor for his impactful “bold vision for educational opportunities in Conroe and support of the USTMAX micro-campus” in his city. His passion for helping people to succeed is a match with the USTMAX Center mission.

To say the USTMAX Center had a good inaugural year would be an understatement. It’s been outstanding.

“Our anniversary open house was a blast. It was a festive celebration of a successful first year and a time to say ‘thank you to the folks in town and at the University who have been so supportive and helpful," Senior Director Carla E. Alsandor, Ph.D, said. "I was touched by how many people came. I think the large turnout is evidence that our networking and relationship building are paying off so I’m looking forward to making many more new connections in year two.”