St. Edward's University Magazine Winter 2014
In this issue of St. Edward’s University Magazine: We follow Samir Ashrawi ’77, MBA ’93 from Jerusalem to Austin and Assistant Professor of Management Gary Pletcher to Honduras. Students give us the best advice they’ve gotten from their professors. And we bring you a photo essay of the John Brooks Williams Natural Sciences Center–South.
ALUMNI NOTES BEYOND THE HILLTOP ALUMNI AROUND THE WORLD St. Edward’s University alumni are everywhere. Sure, the vast majority reside in the Lone Star State, but here’s a visual reminder that the university’s alumni association is gaining a worldwide presence. Europe 66 (excluding the United States) North America 213 GET INVOLVED Wherever you live, there’s a way for you to stay engaged and connected! • Share exciting news about your professional life, volunteer work and personal endeavors. • Serve as an alumni ambassador for your area. • Participate in an on- or off-campus volunteer opportunity. Email seualumni@ stedwards.edu or visit think.stedwards.edu/alumni to learn more. Asia 229 Africa 22 Australia 10 South America 79 J.D. GARZA ’93 Current home: Dallas Job: Principal and managing director of The Marketing Consortium Student involvement: Baseball team, Campus Ministry and various campus jobs How he stays connected to the hilltop: Served as the Dallas alumni chapter president and is currently a member of the alumni association board of directors; attends events in the Dallas area, as well as the alumni baseball game on campus; keeps in contact with other alumni, especially baseball teammates; makes annual contributions to St. Edward’s, including a scholarship set up in his mother’s name, Aurora V. Garza Favorite professor at St. Edward’s: “ Mark Poulos taught me about integrity and character by not showing favoritism to me because I was an athlete. It was a tough lesson.” MEGHANN BOLTON-FUENTES ’08 Current home: New York City Job: Senior grant writer for a nonprofit organization Student involvement: Alpha Phi Omega, Campus Ministry How she stays connected to the hilltop: Stays in touch with New York–based college friends and has connected with more alumni through the local alumni chapter; visits campus when back in Austin; keeps up with professors via social media and email Favorite professors at St. Edward’s: “The late Marcia Kinsey and the late Edward Shirley. They were both mentors and colleagues when I was a teaching assistant for Science and Theology.” BIRTHS To Eileen McConnell ’95 and husband Derek Hummert, son Tristan Hummert, on Aug. 22, 2013 To Rev. Russell Dale Mowry ’04 and wife Jessica, daughter Etta Jean Virginia Mowry on Aug. 14, 2013 IN MEMORIAM Brother Robert Hampton, CSC, of Austin, on Sept. 19, 2013 Brother Eagan Hunter, CSC, of Austin, on Sept. 24, 2013 Robert Connell Jr. ’50, of Houston, on July 24, 2013 Stanley Havelka hs ’50, of Georgetown, on Aug. 24, 2013 32 ST. EDWARD’S UNIVERSITY