Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Bridget Hardy, University of St. Thomas

5/2/2013 (2 years ago)

University of St. Thomas (stthom.edu)

UST Grad Mathematician Calculates Perfect Speech

To get the golden ratio, mathematicians take a line and divide it into two segments with the property that when the longer part is divided by the smaller part, it is equal to the whole length divided by the longer part. If you take the length of a college career, divide it by a one small life-changing moment, which is also equal to the whole four-year experience, you get a divine sequence of events. Confused? Brittany Garza is not.

Highlights

By Bridget Hardy, University of St. Thomas

University of St. Thomas (stthom.edu)

5/2/2013 (2 years ago)

Published in College & University

Keywords: Golden Ratio, Mathematics, University of St. Thomas, Commencement, Graduation, Rev. Anthony Giampietro, Society of Macrina


Garza, a senior math major, was selected to be the 2013 Commencement Student Speaker. She will present her speech, "Level Up as Leaders of Faith and Character," to 350 undergraduates and 793 graduate students on May 18 at Reliant Arena. Garza looks forward to the opportunity to share her collegiate reflections.

"It feels surreal," Garza said. "It will be a privilege to tell them the thoughts I've had on my heart during my four years at St. Thomas. We've been very blessed, and 'leveling up' means giving back to the world and touching other people's lives as leaders of faith and character, which is our mission."

Nerves are not an issue for Garza because of professors who helped her refine the speech. Dr. Livia Bornigia, assistant professor of communication, helped with her delivery, and the Rev. Anthony Giampietro, CSB, associate professor and chair philosophy, and Sister Mary Roberta Connors, FSE, pastoral care coordinator of Campus Ministry, helped her get to the heart of her message.

"The theme of my speech is about truth," Garza said. "My time at St. Thomas helped me embrace truth. Even when we feel hopeless, if we have faith and we follow truth, we end up where we're supposed to be."

Five Minutes of Conversation Equals Four Years of Success

Garza met Father Giampietro as a senior in high school when he was visiting her home parish at St. Philip of Jesus Catholic Church in Houston, Texas. Garza's dad encouraged her to ask Father Giampietro about a conflict of faith and science that she was having trouble reconciling. Father Giampietro cleared up her confusion, and encouraged her to visit St. Thomas. Inspired by their chat, she obliged and later she and her younger sister Brienna, now a freshman at UST, became Celts.

Coming full circle and guided by Father Giampietro, Garza gave a mathematician's perspective during her Honors Program presentation "Person: The Endangered Species" at the 2013 Research Symposium.

"Brittany has the background, drive and discipline to excel in life," Father Giampietro said. "She has a wonderful disposition and is always ready to help.  She combines a deep and joyful faith with a great capacity to relate to people who are very different from her."

Of all her collegiate achievements, and it's a long list, Garza is most proud of the Society of Macrina, a group she founded with her friend Chloe Jester to unite and empower women on campus.

"The Society of Macrina is really near and dear to my heart," Garza said. "This is what Chloe and I wanted to leave behind because it is really trying to help the community. By helping the woman, you help the man."

Garza said St. Thomas helped her tie together logic, faith and problem solving. She plans to finish her prerequisite courses for medical school in the coming year and to become either a bilingual doctor or a physician's assistant.

Although Garza's time at UST is not as quantifiable as a golden ratio, it seems pretty evident that this was a divine sequence of events.

---

The University of St. Thomas, dedicated to educating leaders of faith and character, is a private institution committed to the liberal arts and to the religious, ethical and intellectual tradition of Catholic higher education. St. Thomas is Houstonís only Catholic University and was founded by the Basilian Fathers.



Comments


More College & University

Comparing some students to 'Catholic jihadis,' Mount St. Mary College president comes under fire Watch

Image of Mount St. Mary University President Simon Newman said in a memo,

By Adelaide Mena and Matt Hadro, CNA News

Amid uproar over comparing struggling students to bunnies that should be drowned or shot, Mount St. Mary's University president is now under fire for criticizing expressions of the Catholic faith at the school. Emmitsburg, Md. (CNA) - Already facing turmoil, the ... continue reading


The fight for religious liberty: How one Catholic college deals with threats Watch

Image of

By Matt Hadro (CNA/EWTN News)

The future of religious freedom in the United States will one day be in the care of today's college students, so one Catholic college is working to equip them for that struggle. Washington D.C., (CNA/EWTN News) - Wyoming Catholic College is trying to form a "community ... continue reading


4 reasons Catholic education needs your help this year Watch

Image of Are America's Catholic schools being attacked? (Wordpress)

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

The Catholic education system is coming under attack by a plethora of policies designed to make the hiring process, acceptance of anti-Christian viewpoints, transgender issues and Catholic identity concerns. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The Cardinal Newman ... continue reading


Catholic identity or education: Are the top Catholic universities falsely rated by secular standards? Watch

Image of

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

A list of the top 40 traditional Catholic and Jesuit colleges in America was created, but were they rated fairly? LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Newsmax revealed their top forty Catholic and Jesuit colleges in America, but what were their standards?The United ... continue reading


Becoming Divine Mercy: A Mission of Mercy Watch

Image of

By Jessie Tappel, Communications Director at Divine Mercy University

God, the source of all mercy, provides us with an experience so great that we have no choice but to reflect it to our own brother and sister. Mercy calls for an outward response, which is made clear in the examples of the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy. You can ... continue reading


UST Breaks Ground on New Center for Science and Health Professions Watch

Image of

By Darnell Miller - University of St. Thomas

The University of St. Thomas, a member of the world-renowned Texas Medical Center, broke ground on a new Center for Science and Health Professions on Nov. 12, 2015. The new facility, containing more than 100,000 square-feet of modern lab space and classrooms, will meet ... continue reading


Religion and Science: The Evolutionary Controversy

Image of

By Kyle Jorstad, Grove City College

Catholic Online welcomes scholarly submissions for consideration, contact marshconnolly@catholiconline.email Abstract: Though members of the scientific and atheistic community alike often tout science as the downfall of religion, theories regarding Darwinian evolution ... continue reading


Do you love America? What these college professors were caught doing on camera will shock you! Watch

Image of The Constitution codifies many liberties, including the right to shred the Constitution itself.

By David Drudge (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

It should be no surprise that America's colleges and universities are overrun with anti-American liberals who lack all respect for the country and the principles upon which it is founded. In an age where political correctness has run amok, students are indoctrinated by ... continue reading


Catholic Colleges: Tackling Student Loans Ethically

Image of NORTHEAST CATHOLIC COLLEGE

By Caitlin Bootsma

It's almost an assumption in today's world that students will take out a staggering amount of debt to be able to attend a four year university. And, with college costs rising faster than the rate of inflation, 18 year olds are signing themselves up for increasingly ... continue reading


Franciscan nun becomes first woman head of a pontifical university Watch

Image of Sister Melone is an alumnus of the university set up in 1890 in honor of St Anthony, a 13th century saint from Spain known for his forceful preaching and expert knowledge of the Bible.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The Vatican Congregation for Catholic Education made history last week when it nominated a Franciscan nun as the first woman head of a pontifical university. In a position held usually by priests, Sister Mary Melone will become the rector of the Pontifical ... continue reading


All College & University News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

the FEED
by Catholic Online

  • Stations of the Cross - Fifth Station: Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus to ...
  • 5 of the best non-traditional ways to celebrate Valentine's Day
  • Saint Valentine and why we offer roses
  • Prayer in Time of Anger HD Video
  • St. Valentine: Saint of the Day for Sunday, February 14, 2016
  • Daily Readings for Sunday, February 14, 2016
  • Can you answer these four challenging questions about Lent?

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Isaiah 58:9-14
9 Then you will cry for help and Yahweh will answer; you will call and he ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 86:1-2, 3-4, 5-6
1 [Prayer Of David] Listen to me, Yahweh, answer me, for I am poor and ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 5:27-32
27 When he went out after this, he noticed a tax collector, Levi by name, ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for February 13th, 2016 Image

St. Catherine de Ricci
February 13: St. Catherine was born in Florence in 1522. Her ... Read More