Special Events & Exhibits

Current & upcoming exhibits, speakers, events at Doherty library.

New Exhibit: Frost Country

“Frost Country,” our summer library exhibit, is now available for viewing during operating hours in the lobby. The exhibit was curated by UST alumnus Vincent D’Amico to showcase his extensive research on the poet. It explores biographical influences on Frost’s work and features D’Amico’s discoveries while visiting Frost’s farms in New England. Visitors will learn about the landscape that inspired Frost and see samples of the natural resources and products traditionally associated with New England. Stop by for a glimpse into the life of one of America’s most beloved poets.

woodwork

Woodwork crafted from materials on Frosts’ farms

 

Frost Portrait

Portrait of Frost

 

 

 

 

 

granite

Granite products from Vermont

New Exhibit: UST’s Society of Macrina

This month, the Doherty exhibit cases feature photos and information about UST’s Society of Macrina.

What is the Society of Macrina?

The Society of Macrina (SOM) is a women’s organization on the campus of the University of St. Thomas. Founded in 2012, SOM continues its work of connecting, supporting, inspiring, and teaching the young women in the campus community so that they might be prepared to lead fulfilling, service-centered, successful lives.

Saint Macrina

Who is St. Macrina?

St. Macrina the Younger (330-379) was the sister of Sts. Basil and Gregory of Nyssa. She received an excellent intellectual training, based on the study of the Holy Bible. By the time she was twelve years old, her father had arranged a marriage for her. However, her fiance died suddenly, and Macrina resolved to devote herself to a life of perpetual virginity and the pursuit of Christian perfection. She exercised great influence over the religious training of her younger brothers, especially St. Peter, and through her St. Gregory received great intellectual stimulation. On the death of their father, Basil took her and their mother to a family estate  in Pontus. Strict asceticism, zealous meditation on the truths of Christianity, and prayer were the chief concerns of this community. Their house offered a refuge to many passers-by: the poor, the sick, and the lonely. St. Gregory left us a a biography of his sister in the form of a panegyric, titled Vita Macrinae Junioris.” Her feast is celebrated on 19 July.*

The Society of Macrina chose its patron because of her example of great love and concern for her family and friends, as well as her welcoming outreach to strangers. Its members ask her blessing as we reach out to women of all backgrounds and interests, and provide them with a sense of love and belonging, and of purpose.

To keep up with Society of Macrina events and activities, check out the organization’s Facebook page. You can also read more about the history of the club on Catholic Online, and sign up for their upcoming Women’s Conference, ““Love and Relationships: A Woman’s Perspective.” 

*Taken from Johann Peter Kirsch, “St. Macrina the Younger,” The Catholic Encyclopedia, Vol. 9.

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Dig Pink Bake Sale

Self-Defense Class

Self-Defense Class

Friends of the Library Lecture: An Engineer with a Phi Beta Kappa Key in the Math Department

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 12:45 PM to 1:30 PM – Doherty Main Lobby

Why math? Dr. Mary Flagg wants to share how simple everyday objects and concepts can become beautiful and useful mathematics. No algebra skills required!

Why her? She will share her scholarly journey of discovery and challenge you to continue your own journey.

Why here? The University of St. Thomas is a special place in which faculty are able to help students along their journey of discovery and life-long learning. Come share the excitement and insights of a new member of the UST community.

Dr. Mary Flagg has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Rice University and was invited to join Phi Beta Kappa in her junior year. She went on to receive an M.S. in Chemical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology, and was nominated to Sigma Xi, the scientific research honor society. Dr. Flagg’s second journey in graduate school resulted in an M.S. and Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Houston, with a specialty in algebra. She worked as a lecturer at the University of Houston before accepting the position of Assistant Professor of Mathematics here at UST.

New Exhibit: UST Office of Service Learning

Service-learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with coursework to enrich the learning experience. Through service-learning, students use what they learn in the classroom to solve real-life problems and contribute to their communities.

The November Doherty lobby display was created by the Office of Service-Learning at UST.  The office partners with over 120 nonprofit organizations throughout Houston to provide service-learning course options every semester. These courses are a great opportunity for students to gain practical experience in their fields while having a positive impact on the Houston community. To find service-learning options available in your field, speak with your academic advisor.

To learn more about how service-learning is used at all levels of education, check out the resources on our Pinterest board.  You can also find more volunteer opportunities in the Houston area through HoustonService.org and VolunteerMatch.org. 

service learning pinterest board

Friends of the Library Lecture —November 7th

Teaching Online – How Hard Can It Be?

Dr. Jean Keikel, November 7th at 12:30

Dr. Jean Keikel

It is easier than ever for students to take college courses and earn degrees while sitting in the comfort of their own homes. However, online learning often faces the stigma of being inferior to traditional classes. Online teaching presents a unique set of challenges, and creating effective online courses requires a different mindset than traditional teaching.

Join us in the Doherty lobby Thursday, November 7th at 12:30 p.m. for a lecture by Dr. Jean Keikel. She will discuss both the rewards and the frustrations of teaching in an online environment.

Doherty Library Book Sale Oct 16th through 20th

The Doherty Library annual book sale will be Wednesday, October 16th through Sunday, October 20th. The first day is open only to the UST Community, and the sale is open to the general public from Thursday forward.

Sale Hours

  • Wednesday (UST only), 8 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, 8 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
  • Friday, 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, 1:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m

New Exhibit: Doherty Celebrates Czech Heritage Month

Saints Cyril and Methodius

October is Czech Heritage Month, and celebrations of Czech culture are taking place throughout Texas. This year also marks the 1150th anniversary of the arrival of Sts. Cyril and Methodius to the Great Moravian Empire (which included the Czech Republic). The Church in the Czech Republic is honoring the contributions of these saints throughout the year.

Cyril and Methodius were brothers who brought Catholicism to the Slavic countries at the end of the ninth century. They worked to translate the Bible and created the Glagolitic alphabet. The alphabet eventually developed into Cyrillic and brought the Slavic peoples closer to both Greco-Byzantine culture and Christianity.  For their work, Cyril and Methodius have been proclaimed as patrons of Europe by Pope John Paul II.

To learn more about Saints Cyril and Methodius and about Czech culture in Texas, visit the new display in the Doherty Lobby. Special thanks to Rev. Paul Chovanec for coordinating the exhibit. Visit the Czech Heritage Society of Texas’ website for more resources.