IOCS Cambridge and USK Strategic Cooperation Agreement

IOCS Cambridge and the University of Saint Katherine Sign Strategic Cooperation Agreement

Razvan Porumb May 14, 2019

The Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies Cambridge, UK, (IOCS) and The University of St Katherine, San Marcos, California, USA, (USK) are pleased to announce the beginning of an exciting new cooperation between our two institutions by the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement for Academic Cooperation.

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Saint Katherine is a nationally recognized US-University that provides a balanced education in the liberal arts and sciences, founded and rooted in the life of the Orthodox Christian Tradition. Established in 1999, IOCS Cambridge is the pan-Orthodox house for theological studies in the ancient university city of Cambridge, England. The Institute is the sole Christian Orthodox institution for higher education in the United Kingdom.

While in its early stages, we are confident that this cooperative partnership will provide unique opportunities for study, research, and exchange for students based in either the US, the UK or elsewhere in the world, interested in university-accredited study programmes rooted in the theology and practice of the Orthodox Christian Tradition.

Our aim is to provide a robust teaching, learning and development platform supported by both our institutions, by:


 –  offering joint postgraduate degree programmes in the area of Orthodox Theology (including, but not limited to: Masters, MPhil, PhD);

– encouraging the exchange of faculty members, researchers and doctorate students;

– promoting collaborative research and the publication of research results by faculty members and/or researchers from/via both institutions;

– promoting or facilitating the exchange of students from/via both institutions.

USK Students to Assist Flood Victims in West Virginia

On May 20, USK students will depart for West Virginia sites that were damaged by flooding and are currently receiving assistance from International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC). 

IOCC’s Orthodox Home Build teams support long-term recovery after disasters because communities affected by these catastrophes often face great need long after the crisis has passed.

Work usually starts 6-12 months after a disaster, and IOCC teams sometimes keep coming back for years, depending on the need. These home build teams are often in partnership with organizations such as Habitat for Humanity or Disaster Recovery Support Initiative (DRSI).

Third Annual USK Athletics Banquet Honors Student-Athletes

SAN MARCOS, CA – The University of St. Katherine held their 3rd annual Student-Athlete Awards Banquet at St. Petka’s Serbian Orthodox Church in San Marcos; Army Navy Academy Wrestling Coach and former member of the USA Olympic Coaching Staff, Roye Oliver, was the guest speaker of the night, with Lolita’s providing the meal for the evening.

This event is meant to honor the athletes and coaches of the University of St. Katherine athletics programs for the hard work, determination, perseverance, and dedication they have shown to their respective fields of expertise throughout the year, with each sport presenting their own individual awards for recognition.  However, being an athlete is only half the battle, and USK has continued the tradition established by Athletic Director and Head Baseball Coach, Daniel Stange, of presenting the Firebird Award to a pair of outstanding individuals who embody the spirit of the athletics program and the University as a whole.  The words of the University’s President, Dr. Frank Papatheofanis, shed some light as to what it takes to be a Firebird; “The character development, and everything else that comes with being on a team – the leadership qualities, the idea that you can’t always win – are very important to anyone’s growth and maturity…this is very complimentary to the education we offer.”  The Firebird Award is not simply given to the best male and female athletes at the school; those who receive this award are meant to embody a total student-athlete, one who strives for excellence on the field of competition as well as in the classroom, who possess great integrity and honor, who displays excellent leadership qualities, and who does not relent in the face of tremendous adversity.  It is with these qualities in mind that Cassia Ruiz (JR/Softball) and Nico Tessi (JR/Men’s Tennis) were voted by the coaching and athletic staff as this year’s Firebird Award recipients.

Congratulations to 2019’s Firebirds, Cassia Ruiz and Nico Tessi, their fellow student-athletes, and to the rest of USK Athletics for the blood, sweat, and tears they gave to the betterment of the school and the athletics program!

USK Earns National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Membership

“I am pleased to inform you that during its April 13, 2019 meeting the NAIA Council of Presidents approved the application of the University of Saint Katherine for NAIA membership, effective July 1, 2019. On the council’s behalf, let me extend a warm welcome and congratulations,” writes Jim Carr, NAIA President and Chief Executive Officer. USK joins over 250 colleges and universities in the United States that enroll over 65,000 student-athletes. USK will now compete in regular and post-season NAIA championships in women’s basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball and men’s baseball, basketball, cross country, soccer, tennis, and volleyball.

Congratulations to athletic director Daniel Stange and the entire Athletics Department! GO FIREBIRDS!