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 BY REGION Northwest 939 Central West 680 Northeast 1,297 Central East 1,285 Southwest 894 Texas 28,339 Southeast 1,689 Alaska 24 Hawaii 36 MICHAEL O’BRIEN ’90 Current home: Dumfries, Va. Job: Founder of O’Brien Consulting, which provides strategic IT consulting to nonprofit organizations Student involvement: Columnist for Hilltop Views, Campus Ministry, Student Activities Council and Student Government Association How he stays connected to the hilltop: Serves on the alumni association board of directors, attends local alumni events in Washington, D.C., and connects with college friends through Facebook Favorite campus landmark: “To wax nostalgic, I loved the ReUnion (now the bookstore). It was a great place to get greasy pizza, spend time between classes, play pool and catch up with friends. Before it was renovated, it had a very hole-in-the-wall feel that made it unique and authentic.” ALLYSON SCHAEFFER ’03, MBA ’10 Current home: San Jose, Calif. Student involvement: Communication Society and Student Orientation Leader How she stays connected to the hilltop: Hasn’t missed a Homecoming since 2005 and co-leads the effort to restart the Bay Area alumni chapter Favorite professor at St. Edward’s: “Can I say all of them? I mean that sincerely. I had so many wonderful professors in both the undergraduate and graduate programs. As an undergrad, the bulk of my interactions were with Communication professors. My teachers in the graduate program all had real-world experience doing what they taught, and it showed. That’s incredible.” Favorite campus landmark: “Main Building. I loved walking up to that big beauty every day [while working in Alumni and Parent Programs], and I have to say: It has the best view on campus.” Burke O’Rourke ’51, of Houston, on June 15, 2013 Jesus Bosquez hs ’52, of Del Rio, on Sept. 18, 2013 J. Dixon Jr. hs ’53, of Austin, on Sept. 7, 2012 Albert Griffith Jr. ’53, of San Antonio, on June 28, 2013 Fred Hormuth ’54, of Newburgh, Ind., on July 13, 2013 William Koewler ’54, of Evansville, Ill., on June 2, 2013 Brother John Christian Kuchenbrod, CSC, ’54, of Valatie, N.Y., on Nov. 24, 2013 33