St. Thomas University Launches 50th Anniversary Celebration

Sep 15, 2011, 17:13 ET from St. Thomas University

MIAMI,  Sept. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Renowned for a legacy in leadership development in justice, science, business and ministry, Miami's St. Thomas University kicks-off its 50th Anniversary celebrations September 21, 2011. A full-day agenda will gather students, faculty, staff, alumni, trustees and other members of the St. Thomas University community. The annual Mass of the Holy Spirit will be concelebrated By Archbishop Thomas Wenski and St. Thomas University President, Rev. Monsignor Franklyn M. Casale at 12:15 PM at the Chapel of Saint Anthony. Following the liturgy, the Archbishop and University President will dedicate the new STU Jubilee 50th Anniversary Tower. The group will then celebrate at the 50th Anniversary Community Luncheon at the Evelyn and George Goldbloom Convocation Hall.


"As one of the leading Catholic universities in the southeast United States, we have been graduating ethical and multifaceted leaders for 50 years," says Monsignor Casale. "Our academic expansion now includes unique programs such as global entrepreneurship while the sports administration degree has added an international management perspective due to the sports arena interest from our Latin American neighbors." Another distinct area that sets St. Thomas' uniqueness apart is intercultural human rights (with STU President, Monsignor Franklyn M. Casale as international spokesperson in the struggle against human trafficking).

The School of Business is already educating tomorrow's global leaders, preparing students for the evolving realities of the global marketplace. A focused curriculum and an interactive learning environment give students real-world relevance that they can apply as soon as they graduate. The learning experience of a small, intimate setting - with an average class size of 15 students - reflects one of the smallest student-faculty ratios in the country. These elements combine to give students the competitive edge as they search for career opportunities in a tough market.

Addressing the nation's shortage of future scientists and nurses, the School of Science, Technology and Engineering Managements offers diverse programs of study in the sciences and prepares for careers in medical professions. Undergraduate-level students enjoy the highest of educational standards, excellent classroom and laboratory experiences, and opportunities to engage in cutting edge research with its faculty.

Open to all creeds and promoting global interreligious dialogue, the School of Theology and Ministry offers the BA in Religious Studies, the MA in Pastoral Ministries, the MA in Deaf Ministry, the Master of Divinity degree (MDiv), and the Ph.D. in Practical Theology. Developing regional and global leaders who help transform the world, the School is also home to the Center for Justice and Peace, the Center for Wholistic Spirituality, and the new Ecumenical Institute. Highlights include the only Master of Arts program in Pastoral Ministries or Theology taught in American Sign Language (ASL) for deaf graduate students, a contemporary Biblical Scholars Lecture Series that brings outstanding scholars to campus and social justice initiatives in Haiti. An ongoing and sustainable commitment to the Diocese of Port-de-Paix, Haiti through a coffee cooperative (Café Cocano), an artisan project, and a solar energy project involve engaged students.

On the legal side, The Princeton Review's 2011 edition of The Best 172 Law Schools ranks St. Thomas third in the nation for best atmosphere for minority students and in the top four in the nation for best quality of student life. The School also offers extensive clinical and internship opportunities, including Florida Supreme Court and United Nations internship programs. For information on University programs please visit, contact Marivi Prado, Chief Marketing Officer, at

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