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Culture and the New Normal

''For Such a Time as This''

The pandemic has been a time that has allowed people the opportunity to slow down, reflect and reevaluate their life. Russell Richard is among those people who took advantage of that opportunity and actively processed what was happening around him. Those observations have become a book, "Beyond Words: An Intersection of Philosophy, Inspiration and Poetry."

In this episode of For Such a Time as This, Larry sits down with Russell to discuss the novel. They take stock of all of the years' big moments and the changes that have come around because of them. They also ponder the cultural change that has come about because of the pandemic and ask how we move forward with a new normal, learning from all we learned.

Russell Richard

Russell Richard Books

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To Love and Serve the Lord

''For Such a Time as This''

In today's episode of For Such a Time as This, Larry sits down with Fr. Phil Lloyd, Pastor of St. Theresa's Catholic Church in Houston, TX, to talk about the pandemic, building community and meeting Houston's new Police Chief.

Fr. Phil shares his pastoral mission, to encourage his congregants to take what they learn in Mass and share that as witness in their familial and work lives. He also shares a formative moment in his life when he began to better understand God's call for us to live in communion.

St. Theresa Catholic Church in Memorial Park

'I won't let you down': Troy Finner unanimously confirmed as new Houston police chief | KHOU

Art, Icons and Spirituality

''BOLD Podcast''

In this episode of BOLD, Al Saulso, UST alumnus and artist, shares his story. He talks about how he got into art, making a living as an artist and his introduction to writing icons. He also dives into the philosophy and spirituality of writing icons and gives all those who are interested in Iconography a gentle prod to start digging in.

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Al Saulso

Not Born to Hate – Part 2

''The Rundown''

A continuation of our Not Born to Hate series, Brianna Amaya, a middle school religion teacher and graduate student, sits down to talk with a her former professor and dear friend, Fr. Dempsey Rosales Acosta, a Theology professor at the University of St. Thomas.

Together they share their experiences of faith, education and discrimination and articulate why it is hope - trust in God's divine will - that will allow us to grow and become the people God is calling us to be. Not Born to Hate is video series that seeks to examine race, racism and culture in America, provide an understanding of how we arrived at our present situation as a society and offer a sense of hope for our collective future.

Watch part 1 of Not Born to Hate here: Ep. 1 Not Born to Hate - Student Panel

Two Saints Special: Alumni Giving Back

''BOLD Podcast''

In this special episode of BOLD, Darnell Miller, producer of MAX Studios, sits down with Molly Reyes and Christine Green, members of the UST Alumni Association Board and Co-Chairs of the upcoming, 10th Annual Two Saints and a Taco Tasting event. Reyes and Green talk about their college experience at UST and share why they decided to give back to the University by joining the alumni board.

They also talk about their upcoming event, Two Saints and a Taco Tasting, and how that event allows them to raise money for scholarships so that more students can experience all that UST has to offer. Finally, they share why other alumni should re engage with UST through other events or service opportunities.

If you want to get your ticket, act fast! To get your tickets to the Two Saints and a Taco Tasting Event, click here. 

Follow UST Alumni on Instagram, @ustalumnihtx, and on Facebook, @USTalumni.

The Stock Market and Education

''The Rundown''

The Rundown introduces a new host, Eric Diaz, in his inaugural episode. Eric interviews Dr. Joe Ueng, Professor of Finance and Chair in the Department of Economics and Finance at the University of St. Thomas-Houston Cameron School of Business. Eric and Dr. Ueng discuss what happened with GameStop shares and Wall Street in January and if something like that can happen again. Dr. Ueng talks about understanding the Stock Market and the health of the economy, and he describes the importance of personal finance as a social justice issue.

 

Joe Chieh-Chung Ueng, Ph.D., CFA

‘Dumb Money’ Is on GameStop, and It’s Beating Wall Street at Its Own Game: NY Times 

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Alumnus Guides Future Student

''BOLD Podcast''

Host Isabel Garcia talks with Alumnus Jose Bolivar '14, Academics Program Manager for Houston Independent School District Emerge Program, and his former student, current UST junior and computer science major Fernando Quintero. Jose was Fernando's teacher in high school and encouraged him to apply to UST because of the benefits of a Catholic, liberal arts education. After helping Fernando receive the same scholarship Jose had while at UST, the two formed a bond that continues to allow them to strive to impact others through education and liberal arts.

 

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Houston Independent School District Emerge Program 

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Opening Your Heart

''For Such a Time as This''

Larry Payne sits down with Amy Auzenne, Pastoral Associate for Evangelization and Formation at St. Ignatius of Loyola Catholic Church in Spring, TX, to discuss the USCCB document Open Wide Our Hearts and talk about how her suburban community at St. Ignatius is opening themselves to encounter - learning to see, hear and love their neighbor.

Filmmaking and Faith

''BOLD Podcast''

Alex Yemeck, host, sits down with Cimela Kidonakis ’09, a UST Alumna and documentary filmmaker to talk about faith, filmmaking, and how UST prepared her for the unconventional career path she has taken. She shares her experience of filming a documentary about the apparitions in Medjugorje, Bosnia and  Herzegovina. She also talks about her newest documentary, Where There is Darkness, about a priest who was murdered in Florida. Finally she teases a project she worked on with Gerard Butler.

Not Born to Hate

''BOLD Podcast''

In this episode of BOLD, Alex Yemeck talks to UST Alumna and graduate student, Brianna Amaya about her work in producing "Not Born to Hate" a three part video series about Race, Racism and Culture in America. Part 1 - Reconciling Race with Students will be out soon.

Amaya shares her experience growing up, the importance of education in her life and why she decided to study philosophy. Finally she shares what prompted her to pursue this important video project and what she hopes comes from it.

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