Please identify and briefly describe officially recognized student clubs and activities at your institution that…
foster spiritual development:
We have the Knights of Columbus – A Catholic men’s organization that fosters discipleship in Jesus Christ. We have the Catholic Daughters who are also concerned with fostering discipleship in Jesus Christ. We have the Legion of Mary that promotes devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Campus Ministry offers the RCIA program for those who desire to enter the Church. This program is also open to Catholics who want to grow in the faith. We have 2 choirs that support and enhance our liturgies.
engage in corporal works of mercy:
The Theology department sponsors a club “Chi Rho” which conducts canned food drives and other activities to help the needy. The Knights of Columbus raise funds to help the needy. The Celts for Life are active in providing assistance to various groups whose mission relates to the sanctity of life as taught by the Catholic Church. Campus Ministry does various corporal works of mercy.
address sexual issues (including birth control, abortion, homosexuality):
Bottom of the Cup Lecture Series- lecture series dealing with physical and spiritual concerns for young Catholics. Celts for Life- Pro-Life Student Group.
address issues of social concern:
Veterans’ Association, Best Buddies, Environmental Concerned Organization of Students (ECOS), Health Awareness Club, Students Working Against Human Trafficking (SWAT), First Friday Forum Lectures on social justice issues facing Catholics today.
address particular academic interests:
Accounting Society, American Chemical Society, Association of Texas Professional Educators, Bilingual Education Student Organization, Bioinformatics Club, Cameron Business Society, Chi Rho Theology Club, French Club, History Society, International Studies Society, Irish Club, Math Club, Model UN Club, Pre- Health Professions Society, Graduate Accounting Group (GAAP), Society for Physics Students, Pi Sigma Alpha (Political Science Student Organization), Texas Club (study of Texas history).
address particular cultural interests:
Muslim Student Association, Association of Latino Professionals of Finance and Accounting (ALPFA), African-American Union, Brazilian Students Association, International Student Association, Filipino Student Association, Vietnamese Student Association, Crossroads Cultural Center (part of the Communion and Liberation Movement).
provide opportunities for athletic pursuits:
Women’s Volleyball, Men’s Soccer, Women’s Soccer, Men’s Basketball, Women’s Basketball, Men’s Golf, Women’s Golf, Baseball Club, Cheerleading Club, Fencing Club, Martial Arts Club, Rugby Club, Running Club, Soccer Club, Surfing Club, Table Tennis Club, Tennis Club, Ultimate Frisbee Club.
If applicable, in which athletic Division and Conference does your institution compete? (Please specify NCAA, NAIA, etc. as well as Division Level.)
The University of St. Thomas is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC).
What athletic teams are offered for men and women?
UST offers Women’s Volleyball, as well as Men’s and Women’s basketball, cross country, golf and soccer.
How do you help develop the mind, body, and soul of student-athletes?
The daily preparation and participation in classwork and athletics consistently challenges our physical and mental person. As teachers, coaches and mentors we also encourage and challenge our UST student-athletes to grow spiritually during their time as Celts.
please list all student clubs not listed in the above categories:
Student Government Association, Student Activities Board, Sports Club Association.
Does your institution require all student clubs and activities, including those listed above, to operate in accord with Catholic teaching?
How does your institution address student clubs and activities that may conflict with Catholic teaching?
The Office of Student Activities works closely with Campus Ministry and specifically, the Director of Campus Ministry when questions arise concerning student clubs and/or programs that may conflict with Catholic teaching.
In addition, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops website is reviewed when seeking information for programming, such as movie reviews for films being shown on campus.
Does your institution require student services like health care, counseling and guidance to conform to Catholic ethical and moral teaching and directives?