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SLU program's first grads praise Catholic aspect

Todd Guidry from Chaminade College Prepatory, Brock Kesterson from St. Louis University High School, Meghan Bohac from St. Stephen Protomartyr School in south St. Louis and John Freitag from St. Peter School in Kirkwood formed one of two groups of graduates in a doctoral program for Catholic educators at St. Louis University.

When Brock Kesterson, dean of students, walked into St. Louis University High School recently, he was surprised when students and others addressed him as "doctor."

"That was more than I ever anticipated or expected. It's been really nice, the students have been great, everyone has been supportive and congratulatory," Kesterson said about word that he completed work on his doctorate and would be getting his degree. "I'm not used to it yet, either. People say it, and I go, 'Oh, I guess, all right, yeah.'"

Fostering the choice for life at SLU

St. Louis University nursing student Alexis Cochran reviewed material during class at the School of Nursing on SLU’s Medical School campus in Midtown April 1.

Five years ago, St. Louis University's Students for Life organization initiated a Pregnant and Parenting Student Assistance Fund to provide financial aid to pregnant and parenting students as they continue their education.

Since then, the student-led organization has grown -- and received national recognition for its efforts -- in its desire to provide support to pregnant and parenting students at the Jesuit university.

Fred Pestello named first lay president of St. Louis University

When Fred Pestello was elected St. Louis University's new president this week, one of the first things he did was pay a visit to Archbishop Robert Carlson.

Pestello described the experience as "a wonderful meeting and a great way to get started."

Catholic education facing up to challenges

John James of the Department of Education at Saint Louis University discussed the future of Catholic education at the university’s Catholic Studies Program first Friday Mass and speaker series.

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Catholic education in the United States has always faced significant hurdles, and the current challenges will be overcome as well, according to an associate professor of education at St. Louis University.

Partnership keeps student athletes safe and in game

St. Mary's and Bishop DuBourg high schools have teamed with St. Louis University in a three-year pilot program to provide on-site sports medicine for athletes during competition and practice.

"They're in the city. They're our neighbors. It makes sense to reach out," said Anthony Breitbach, director of the athletic training program at SLU's Doisy College of Health Sciences. The program is provided to the schools free of charge by SLU Hospital through a grant. After the fall sports season, the program received positive reviews from students, parents and coaches.

Larger quarters for SLU clinic

For 20 years, St. Augustine Parish in north St. Louis was the home of a health clinic operated by medical students from St. Louis University.

The clinic had exam areas, a small lab and a waiting room in the basement of a building on the parish grounds. Growth — from about 300 patients to about 1,000 a year — and a vision of increasing services led to a search for a new location. Staying in the nearby community was a priority.

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