‘A year to remember’ s my administrative assistant was packing her things from her desk to take home as the campus followed the Governor’s “stay at home” orders, she showed me the birthday card the office had given her a few weeks earlier. We had all signed it, and she asked me to look at the message I had written on the card. It said: “May this be a year to remember.” We agreed that I never had COVID-19 in mind when I wrote that message though, today, it seems to occupy all of our thinking. Even so, I believe that in the future we will look back on the academic year of 2019 – 2020 and discover that it was, indeed, a year to remember. Certainly because of the pandemic that swept over us all, but for a thousand other reasons too. 2019 – 2020 is the year we hired our new Provost, Dr. Travis Frampton. It is also the year we opened our biggest residence hall: Baldwin Hall, named in honor of Schreiner alum, Peter Baldwin. It is the year in which we partnered with the City of Kerrville to bring the River Trail to campus and developed a destination location — the Trailhead — on campus. It is the first year our Ethics Team qualified for nationals. And it was another year of championships for our men’s and women’s Wrestling team. 2019 – 2020 is also the year Schreiner organized with the City of Kerrville a Town and Gown committee, and you’ll read much more about this in the pages that follow. Often, Town and Gown committees form when a problem exists between the school and the community in which it resides. In Kerrville, we decided to form this committee because we jointly recognized the many ways in which our successes were tied together. To the extent that the City of Kerrville and the Hill Country thrives, Schreiner will thrive too. And to the extent that Schreiner thrives, so will the City of Kerrville and the Hill Country.
2019 – 2020 is also the year we learned just how nimble and resilient we are. We learned that our alums are ready to support us at a moment’s notice, and that our faculty and students can change their entire way of teaching and learning in a week, or even in a day’s notice. The 9th annual Student Academic Showcase and Popular Culture Symposium going completely virtual is just one testament to that. While none of us know where this COVID19 piece of the story will end, it certainly does not diminish the superb and enriching stories and accomplishments from 2019 2020. Our students, staff, faculty and alumni are a resilient group of people. In the pages that follow, we will share with you a few of these great stories and accomplishments. While the pandemic is looming large in the moments of writing this letter, Schreiner University intends to endure. Thank you for continuing to walk alongside her as she does so.
Charlie McCormick, Ph.D
Schreiner University President
9 Town & Gown
Schreiner University and the City of Kerrville working together to achieve more
15 Uniquely Texan
The Trailhead Beer Garden at Schreiner University, bringing campus and community together . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Inside This Issue 5
Celebrating the Centennial
River Trail Comes to Schreiner
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Schreiner Institute: Military Programs & Veteran Affairs Essential Part of the Kerrville Culture & Economy Class of 2020: A Positive, Lasting Impact Celebrating Our Graduates
Waiting for the Fog to Lift: Thoughts from the Provost Faculty Spotlight
Tribute to Schreiner Legends Alumni Spotlight
2019-2020 Athletics: A Year of Change The Texas Center:
A Texas Educational Ecosystem
Developing Community Salute to Volunteers Wendellâ€™s Sonnets Remembering
Royce & Donna Faulkner
SCHRE NER U N I V E R S I T Y
M A G A Z I N E
Volume 2, May 2020
Editor in Chief & Creative Director Toby Appleton Art Director
Mark Robertson-Baker II – Digital Video Producer Production & Publishing
Tammy Prout – Hill Country Community Journal Contributing Writers
Toby Appleton – Marketing and Communications Manager Bill Raleigh – Athletic Director
Tammi Bingham – Director of Alumni Affairs Marta Diffen – Director of Development Dr. Charlie Hueber – Dean of Students
Dr. Travis Frampton – VP of Academic Affairs and Provost Dr. Matt Goodwyn – Assistant Dean of Students Jeremy Walther – Trailhead Beer Garden
Dr. Don Frazier – The Texas Center at Schreiner University Shannon Deville – Director of Schreiner Institute
Rachel London – Interim President/CEO, Kerrville Chamber
Bill Muse – Vice President of Administration and Finance Dr. Bill Davis – Dean of Faculty Contributing Photographers
Mark Robertson-Baker II, Cecila Barlow, Samuel Beaver Student Graphic Art Designers
Autumn Rowlands, Amanda White, Sally Alvillar, Carlee Igau President
Dr. Charlie McCormick
Chairman, Board of Trustees T. Weir Labatt III
Schreiner Former Students Association President Luis Flores, SI ‘72
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Celebrating our Centennial Bingham
Tammi Clanton Bingham ’98 ‘18 • Dr. Matt Goodwyn ‘02 Centennial Committee Co-Chairs
Celebration plans underway
special Schreiner University committee is brainstorming for a centennial celebration in 2022-2023. Reaching centennial is a special thing and we want to share this moment not only with the Schreiner community that has grown on the last 100 years, but also with the surrounding communities that Schreiner University is a part of. Everyone is invited to celebrate our centennial. Schreiner University has been - and continues to be - an important part of many people's lives. "We want the entire community to start thinking about the centennial," said Dr. Matt Goodwyn, Assistant Dean of Students, who is serving as co-chair of the centennial committee assembled by Dr. Charlie McCormick and the Schreiner Cabinet. “We were fortunate to be asked to serve as the co-chairs of the committee, it is an honor to be asked to be a part of such a special moment in time for the University. This really is an opportunity to look back at accomplishments and celebrate the journey to this point while at the same time being able to help launch the University into its next hundred years,” said Dr. Goodwyn. The committee is tasked with determining the structure, events and date(s) of the events that make up the centennial celebration. We have a great group of people on the committee coming up with some great ideas. Consider some of the many ideas already on the table: showcase 100 notable alumni as part of the 100 for 100; publish a book as a sequel to The Proud Promise; host academic conferences; erect a centennial sculpture; Founder’s Day celebration; special centennial uniforms for sports teams; opening the time capsule in the cornerstone of the Weir Academic Building; and a centennial campaign.
The beginning of centennial is a little more than two years away — not that far off, really, when you consider the time that the University will need to put the celebration together. We are asking the entire campus to think creatively about how their normal events can fit into the centennial celebration and how we can make them unique for the centennial. Centennial events will officially start with convocation in August 2022 and cover the academic year 2022-2023 and carry over through the fall of 2023. We want to celebrate all the graduates in the year of 2023 including both May and December graduation celebrations in the plans. The plans also include other organizations that are celebrating similar milestone anniversaries including the Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce, Camp Stewart and the Texas Rangers Foundation. Celebrating our uniquely Texan roots and our heritage will also set our course for Schreiner’s next 100 years. “We are not only looking at current programming that already occurs on campus to incorporate into the centennial programming plans, but are looking for ways to include new special programs, as well as, seek out other area community members who may also be celebrating their own centennial achievement. We really want this to be a collaborative community effort,” said Dr. Goodwyn. Schreiner recently unveiled a visual timeline of the history of the University in the newly remodeled Griffin Welcome Center designed by Schreiner graduate Vicki Keese ’98. Have ideas for the centennial celebration? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
hen Schreiner Institute was founded in 1923, its goal much larger than myself. I also knew that I would not be opposed was to provide formal education to the young men of to serving in the military so I went to the local recruiter’s office and the Texas Hill Country which was enhanced with mili- began talking about what such a commitment would look like. A tary-style training. While it was not the intended purpose of little less than a year later I was on a plane headed to boot camp in San Diego, California. Throughout my years in the MaSchreiner Institute to prepare students to enter the milrine Corps, I learned many lessons about life and about itary, due to the events that unfolded in the 1940’s many serving a cause much greater than the self. of these young men later went on to serve in the miliAfter transitioning out of the active-duty component of tary during World War II. Schreiner eventually dropped the Marine Corps, I began going to college full-time. This the military-style training and focused more on acadewas the point that I began to understand just how much mia, later becoming a two-year college and then evenserving in the military had shaped my life. I also quickly tually a University. began to realize that students transitioning out of the Today, Schreiner Institute serves as a program on military face a unique set of challenges that are oftencampus whose purpose is serving active duty military times not understood by those who have not made a members, veterans, and those who are interested in similar transition. eventually serving in the military as commissioned offiShannon Deville Director of For some, there are impacts on their family life that cers after either completing an ROTC program or atSchreiner Institute must be considered and dealt with. Others have to baltending a service academy. Every year there are thousands of young men and women who ance work, school, and family commitments. Throughout your time pledge to serve in our nation’s military knowing that with such a in the military, you are taught to pay close attention to detail, to pledge they will sacrifice many of the freedoms that we hold dear obey instructions, and to show up where you are supposed to be as American citizens. For some, this pledge is made out of a ne- when you are supposed to be there. These are all skills that when cessity to provide for their family. For others, it is an opportunity to applied make for a very successful transition from the military to serve a cause much greater than themselves, and for others, it is college or the workforce. While most – if not all – veterans are equipped with the skills an opportunity to show their patriotism. Some of these young men and women will go on to have illustrious careers in the military, but necessary to be successful in college, there are pieces involved the vast majority will transition out of the military after a number that many veterans may not know much about and that is where of years looking to gain higher levels of education to better prepare Schreiner Institute provides services to bridge the gap. It is our mission to provide customized services for every active duty or veteran themselves when entering the workforce. As the Director of Schreiner Institute, I can speak on behalf of student on campus to best fit their needs and to ensure they are my experiences before, during, and after serving in the military. successful both on campus and off. Under the title Schreiner Institute, we are also excited to share While growing up I had the opportunity to spend a lot of time with my grandfather who served in the United States Navy during World that in the fall of 2020, our Air Force ROTC will be a part of DeWar II. Throughout these times together my grandfather would tachment 842, through a cross-town agreement with The University often tell me of his many experiences during his time in the Navy. of Texas at San Antonio. This agreement provides students at While he would also share stories about his life growing up in San Schreiner University the opportunity to participate in one of the Antonio during the Great Depression, I can distinctly remember largest and most successful Air Force ROTC programs in the nathinking that in many ways his time in the Navy was what shaped tion while also having a personalized education provided by one of the best private universities in Texas. Detachment 842 earned him to be the man I knew him to be some 50 years later in life. After graduating high school, I knew that I wanted to serve in the prestigious national Right of Line Best Large Detachment some capacity and that I wanted to do so in a manner that was award in 2009 and 2014.
Upon graduation from Schreiner University, a student who successfully completes ROTC will receive a commission as a second lieutenant in the United States Air Force. During the first two years of the program, cadets are allowed to take military leadership courses and participate in military training without contractual obligations. Over the course of four years, ROTC students at Schreiner will have the chance to live and learn on a beautiful college campus—located in the picturesque Hill Country of Texas— where they will form lifelong bonds with fellow cadets. While ROTC is one option for those interested in becoming com-
missioned officers, Schreiner Institute will also have a Service Academy Preparatory program aimed at preparing students who are interested in attending a service academy but are not quite ready. This program will aim to develop a student’s academics, time management skills, and character through intentional programming and coaching. The mission of Schreiner University is “to prepare students for meaningful work and purposeful lives in a changing global society.” Schreiner Institute is directly contributing to this effort by better preparing students for success both while at Schreiner, and after. 8
Town & Gown A Pact With The City
Together achieving more
By Toby Appleton, Marketing & Communications Manager
chreiner University is blessed to be in a community where the relationship between the City of Kerrville and University is symbiotic. In the summer of 2019, Kerrville’s Mayor, Bill Blackburn, along with Schreiner University President, Dr. Charlie McCormick, formed a Town and Gown compact between the two organizations. Town and Gown is nothing new, as you will see later the term goes back to the Middle Ages. However, these compacts are generally formed because of some type of rift between the two. Our Town and Gown is much different. Ours is more of an agreement to create a formal taskforce to plan and work together in the best interests of the City, University and community as a whole. Each month, the City and University bring equal representation to the table to discuss pressing issues, projects and ways in which we can support each other for the benefit of all. “Town and Gown” was a term originally established identifying the two
distinct communities found in a “college town.” “Town” is referring to the local community and government while “gown” refers to the university and its students and faculty. In the Middle Ages, academics commonly dressed in long robes. These later evolved into the academic long black gown worn along with a hood – what we would now recognize as academic regalia. The gown was comfortable and warm for the scholars studying in the often cold, unheated academic buildings. While it was traditional attire in most of the universities, the gown also served as a social symbol, with gowns only being worn by scholars, clergy and judges. The scholar’s hood was often adorned with the colors showing their university affiliation. With their clothing so distinctive and different, the scholars were distinguished and different from the citizens of the town. In this separation, the phrase "Town and Gown" is said to have been born.
Conflict was very much the norm in the medieval towns that shared space with a university – attended by scholars from different regions of Europe. These were shared areas with two groups of people with different cultures, beliefs and loyalties. Even beyond their cultural differences, universities were led by priests during this time, and the scholars saw themselves as being above “civil law.” All of this led to common violence among the citizens and scholars. Oxford University and local residents fought on such a consistent basis that another university was formed at Cambridge to attempt to separate them. Later, while the relations had generally improved between Town and Gown, conflicts and violence were still evident. In the early 1900’s, incidents involving Yale students and the citizens of New Haven, Connecticut, show many examples of the uneasy Town and Gown relations. The separation and divide between Town and Gown were exhibited in the 1950’s when the Yale Daily News wrote: "Yale is like a glittering showgirl in a roadside diner. Her beauty and expensive clothes overshadow the fact that New Haven, to its yearround inhabitants, at least, is a mill town. Its citizens are mainly factory workers who take home factory workers' wages. This is the basic cause of strife." From full-scale riots to mobs threatening to burn down the college ensued. There was a conflict that escalated out of control to such an extent that the military had to to keep the peace when citizens aimed two militia cannons at the college. Fortunately, they were stopped before the cannons could be fired. The infamous “Snowball Riot” of 1959 even caught national attention when Yale students began attacking New Haven police officers during a parade on St. Patrick’s Day that year. The Harvard Crimson newspaper even reported: "For two centuries, Yale and New Haven have periodically come together in gory frays." As colleges commonly became more pronounced brick and mortar facilities, American colleges - often located in small towns - housed students in dormitories on campus. The lines that defined the two communities were clearly drawn, but as students began to venture off-campus for housing the distinction became less clear. After World War II, more and more students were beginning to live
off-campus. With the GI Bill, the returning veterans had the financial means to pursue college degrees. Most were older than other students and many had families to support. This was a catalyst for offcampus student housing. The students, who lived in the community, became better integrated in the community, and the cities began to better accommodate the universities. This helped ease the tensions between Town and Gown tremendously. The relationships shared by universities and the communities has been both positive and negative all through history. Universities can often benefit from the communities surrounding them, while at other times, urban developments can undermine the stability of the universities. Likewise, universities can provide cultural life to the city, but – in a negative relationship – can also undermine the urban culture. Since the 1980s, formal Town and Gown compacts began popping up in U.S. cities near large universities to try to work through the issues each were having. However, the integration of some campus and community areas has not been without problems. University populations can generate traffic and parking problems in towns and especially in adjacent neighborhoods. Certain industries requiring highly educated workers may be drawn to college communities. The growth of these work sectors, and additional upwardly mobile residents, may increase the competition for space and potentially drive up land costs. These perpetual factors often cause continuing tensions between Town and Gown, but here, Schreiner University and the City of Kerrville continue to work together for the betterment of the two. Schreiner University and the City of Kerrville’s Town and Gown compact has led to the exchange of ideas and unprecedented support for each other. By working together, both allow for the rapid exchange of knowledge, expertise and people resulting in both entities benefiting. In this way, the City of Kerrville benefits from Schreiner University being within its borders, and Schreiner benefits from having a City and community so willing to work together for a common goal. Schreiner University is, again, truly blessed to be in this symbiotic relationship.
“Schreiner University provides an outstanding collegiate experience and edu-
cation for approximately 1,400 students each year. The University has been an integral part of the Kerrville community since its founding in 1923, and currently generates more than $65 million of economic impact in the region. Schreiner’s students are a vital part of the local community, be it through their patronage of local businesses or their many hours of volunteer service with a variety of local organizations.
– Kerrville Mayor Bill Blackburn
Mayor of Kerrville
“The Town-Gown Compact allows the City and Schreiner to collaborate on mat”
ters of mutual interests, which include strengthening our quality of life through educational, cultural and economic opportunities.
Kerrville City Manager
– Kerrville City Manager Mark McDaniel
Kerrville Loves Schreiner Students Campaign Continuing Support for Schreiner Students and Kerrville Businesses
he City of Kerrville and local businesses continue showing their visible support for Schreiner University and its students. In a tremendously successful initiative with the Kerrville business community to show this support for Schreiner students through the “Kerrville Loves Schreiner University Students” campaign, support has never been more visible. There are currently 194 Kerrville businesses proudly displaying their support for our students. When the business owner agrees to display the decal at their business, Schreiner University Marketing then, in turn, advertises the business to the campus community. This has led to increased business and opportunities for our students in the way of internships and jobs. The goal of the “Kerrville Loves Schreiner Students” campaign is ultimately to help foster a welcoming environment and a visible sense of appreciation for the Schreiner students in our community, and also
to attract them and their families to stay in Kerrville, shop in our businesses and eat in our restaurants. The Kerrville 2050 Comprehensive Plan identifies the fostering of higher education and entrepreneurship as community assets. Creating the right environment for a “college town district” is a clear objective. Schreiner University’s 2023 Strategic Plan addresses a physical and highly visible presence in the community, and Schreiner fostering deeper connections to our community. The “Kerrville Loves Schreiner Students” initiative helps to accomplish both of these initiatives. With Schreiner University having a physical and visible presence in the community, we hope this generates interest in the community to want to come take part in the campus and experience all it has to offer. Just as Tivy High School is much thought of as Kerrville’s hometown high school, Schreiner University is Kerrville’s hometown University.
River Trail Comes to Schreiner
By Bill Muse, Vice President of Administration and Finance
How it happened
The concurrence of projects to create a campus trail, an outdoor venue, and a means to connect the Kerrville community with Schreiner University via the River Trail is neither accidental nor coincidental. Instead, it is the result of years of intentional and incremental efforts to continually improve and extend the Town and Gown partnership between Kerrville and the University. Planning and discussion with the City for the extension of the River Trail began nearly 2 years ago, but in many ways it started even earlier. A foundation of a collaborative, partnering relationship between City Hall and Schreiner, along with the fact that Schreiner University leadership conducted its strategic planning process at around the same time as City administration was engaged in its focus group sessions with community leaders, resulted in strategic congruity in several goals and initiatives. An example of this accord is the fact that both the City’s and the University’s strategic plans call for extension of the River Trail onto the Schreiner campus. For Schreiner, that initiative would support one of the four core goals of the Schreiner 2023 plan – the one that says, “We will invest in the Delight of the Campus Community and the Growth and Vibrancy of the Hill Country Community.” More specifically, we wanted to intentionally create connections and pathways to bring the Kerrville community to the University, and to connect Schreiner students, faculty, and staff to Kerrville. The River Trail extension fits all bills.
What it became
Community leaders, representing the Chamber of Commerce, the EIC, the EDC, local entrepreneurs, and the neighborhoods surrounding Schreiner all saw the benefit, and the project came together. An enabling grant from the EIC provided much of the funding, with the University’s agreement to contribute several key components. Schreiner’s commitments included: • Construction of a campus trail that would connect to the extended River Trail at the trailhead; and • Trailhead improvements, including a public restroom and other amenities to create a welcoming destination. The completion of these projects marks a strategic milestone for Schreiner. 13
A Campus Trail
The new trail that circumnavigates the campus provides a safe and attractive path for joggers and walkers. The trail design responds to focus group requests for safety and security features including a lighting-controlled crosswalk at the intersection with the Memorial Boulevard campus entrance, striping and signs to delineate other intersections with campus streets, and trail lighting to enable nighttime use. The 1.75-mile trail is constructed mostly from crushed granite, with some concrete sections, and its easy terrain is designed for use by people of all ages and physical abilities.
The improvement of the trailhead site became quite tangible, as campus focus groups representing students, faculty, and staff identified specific amenities, including – a gathering and recreational space, featuring outdoor games and sports; a music venue; and improved parking and lighting. Student leaders, particularly SGA President Jessie Leal and Undergraduate Fellow Logan McLendon, participated actively in the planning and management of the resulting project that includes: • Restoring an historic Texas Hill Country rock house to create a selfcurated visitor’s center; • Remodeling a 100-year-old building to create an iconic beer garden; • Removing several old structures (they were relocated and repurposed by a local entrepreneur – so nothing was destroyed or wasted), • Improving the freed-up space to create outdoor dining (with food trucks and picnic tables), construction of a gaming area for washers and cornhole, and an outdoor stage and dancefloor; and • A soon to be completed sand volleyball court. Along the way, the project corrected infrastructure deficiencies by installing a new fire hydrant, and providing an honest-to-goodness allweather parking lot (with LED overhead lighting) between the new beer garden and the Robbins-Lewis pavilion. We look forward to inviting everyone in the Schreiner and Kerrville community back to campus. The combination of the successful completion of these projects with our mutual emerging from the COVID-19 crisis will be cause for great celebration. It will be a party, indeed.
Schreiner University: An essential part of the Kerrville culture and economy
chreiner University has throughout its long history con- University in 2019. The doors of the campus are always open to the tributed significantly to both the economy and the culture City and we greatly benefit from this hospitality. Schreiner University students are a force multiplier for our local of Kerrville. We are certainly fortunate to have a worldclass educational institution embedded within our community. A stu- businesses. The internship programs provide highly qualified profesdent body within our midst that routinely fulfills the University’s sionals and the Chamber routinely has Schreiner University student challenge to “Enter with Hope” and to “Leave with Achievement” is interns on our staff. We are consistently impressed with the quality of these incredible young people. We have employed inan incredible asset to everyone in Kerrville. terns to support our finance department, to continuously The Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce has had an improve our social media program and to do research in incredibly strong relationship with Schreiner University support of our Government Affairs Committee. We are over the years. Area businesses recognize the benefits very pleased that two of our interns have even taken pothat the University brings, and the community appreciates sitions with other area chambers of commerce. the cultural enrichment that the University provides. The The Chamber works hard to make sure that we, as a Chamber has always been a strong advocate for greater community, do everything possible to ensure that the integration of the University with the Kerrville community. Schreiner students and their families feel welcome in our The close integration of the City with the University local businesses and in the community at large. There makes sense on many levels. The contribution that the Rachel London are many examples of this support including the Chamfaculty and staff of Schreiner adds to our economic Interim President & CEO Kerrville Area Chamber ber’s regular participation in the Schreiner Saturday growth, our retail expansion and our tax base overall is of Commerce events where the campus is opened to prospective stusignificant. Studies show that the average Schreiner student adds over $57,000 to our local economy over the four years dents and their families. Chamber representatives attend to warmly that they are in attendance. The current economic impact that the welcome these newcomers by introducing the prospective students University brings to Kerrville is conservatively estimated to be $63 and their families to both Kerrville and to our business community. The Chamber also actively supports a Schreiner-led “Kerrville million per year. This purely financial contribution to the local economy, while significant, is only one aspect of the benefits that Loves Schreiner University Students” campaign where local businesses will have the opportunity to place signage in their establishSchreiner University brings to all of us. Schreiner University graduates add to our City’s professional labor ments indicating their support for Schreiner students. We continue pool. As the Kerrville economy grows, it’s critical to have the best to encourage our great business community to make a special effort and the brightest employees to support our success. Schreiner Uni- to ensure that our Schreiner students feel welcome in their estabversity graduates are majoring in many fields that are immediately lishments by reaching out to them with special deals and discounts. The Chamber actively advocated in support of the extension of relevant to the business needs of Kerrville. Majors ranging from Accounting, Finance and Marketing to Nursing and Public health will our popular River Trail into Schreiner and for the establishment of a add necessary professionals to support both the business sector trailhead on the campus. This trail extension is adding significant benefits to both the community and to the University. The expanded and the great healthcare institutions of Kerrville. Many Schreiner students either gain employment in our community trail provides easy access to our local businesses for Schreiner Uniupon graduation or eventually return to our community to raise their versity students while providing greater access for our community families. The Chamber is always working to open even more oppor- to the campus. This helps to enable us all to take advantage of the great events and facilities provided by the University. tunities for Schreiner graduates to become part of our community. Our City, our Chamber and our community would be a very different Schreiner University’s facilities, programs and events greatly add to the culture of our community. World-class music and wide-ranging and much lesser place without Schreiner University. The Chamber sporting events provide Kerrville with great entertainment options. is grateful for the history that we share and the great vision for the The ballrooms of the Cailloux Campus Activity Center accommo- future that Schreiner University is making a reality every day. The date many community events. The Chamber has hosted everything Chamber will continue to love, support and promote Schreiner Unifrom candidate forums to State of the City luncheons at Schreiner versity – it only makes sense to do so! University facilities. We even held our annual banquet at Schreiner 14
very adventure starts somewhere. Dusty towns had their saloons with heavy pours and one-eyed piano players, where men would gather for one last taste of civilization before hitting the trail with 1,000 head of cattle; the wood-heated ranger station where one could find hot coffee and maps before hiking the Appalachian Trail; or the minimalist bar with pecan wood walls, cold craft beer and a slung-out pickersâ€™ circle on the front porch at the head of a Guadalupe River Trail. The Trailhead Beer Garden will be a place for faculty, staff and students at Schreiner University to gather before the next project, exam, or career launch; where people throughout the Kerrville community can connect before heading out to the next soccer game, or church event, or school play; where a wide diversity of locals and visitors can find refuge and shade before exploring Quinlan Creek and the Guadalupe River via a network of broad, maintained trails.
Photo by Samuel Beaver
Photo by Samuel Beaver
Home of the Kerrville Folk Festival Foundation and the longest con- pillars salvaged from Facilities Services’ “campus boneyard”, will intinuously running music festival on the continent, Kerrville deserves a clude washers, cornhole, Jenga, and other outdoor games. place that is all about the music, year-round. Live music performance Schreiner students have been an important voice throughout the conon a robust outdoor stage, and pickers’ circles on the front porch under ceptual design of Trailhead Beer Garden. The look, feel and function the trees, The Trailhead will become Kerrville’s premier of the Beer Garden have all been largely influenced by the outdoor music venue for songwriters across the world. A ideas and needs of student leadership, from the studenttip of the hat to the honky-tonks that so greatly condesigned mural on the front of the building, to the customtributed to the creation of a uniquely Texan culture, The built neon sign behind the bar, to the dancefloor surrounded Trailhead will have the best playlist in the state – a workby durable synthetic turf, to the signature coffee blend creing museum of Texas music from folk, to blues, to country, ated and branded by students. to psychedelic rock. This music venue and beer joint will Originally built as a fellowship hall for the Westminster Enbe an updated version of Kerrville’s historic juke joints campment, our building was intended to bring folks together. where old men played dominoes and kids thought grandThe Beer Garden intends to honor that intent, using locally pas were heroes. made draft beer, Texas grown wine, and custom crafted Jeremy Walther Located at the beginning spur of a community trail that mocktails based on locally-produced Kambucha - a non-alOwner, Pint & Plow
functions as the backbone and soul of our town, and on the campus of Schreiner University, Trailhead Beer Garden will provide opportunities unlike any other that currently exist in Kerrville. Driven by intent to serve the community, this entity will convert existing resources throughout the Schreiner University system into new energy, opening doors and creating opportunities for students and the community to do real work in the context of the real world. Three permanent pads have been constructed for a rotating variety of food trucks, to complement the variety of local beverages offered by the Beer Garden. These will be located on the north end of the property, with a large lit game court in between. This game court, designed by Schreiner University students and anchored by massive steel
coholic fermented tea – the taste of Kerrville and the Texas Hill Country. Trailhead Beer Garden will open mid-afternoons during the week, and at noon on weekends, to accommodate campus schedules and community engagement. Families and members of the public are always welcome. Access to the open campus is from entrances at Memorial Blvd, East Main, and Park Street, or via foot or bicycle on the newest extension of the Kerrville River Trail. Trailhead Beer Garden is Kerrville’s newest community center, linking people, culture, and education on the historic campus of Schreiner University. The Trailhead Beer Garden aims to create a year-round connection between Schreiner University and the Kerrville community.
very year I am honored to walk next to our student body pres- and overjoyed at the thought of such an accomplishment, but I am also ident and lead the freshman class into our event center for deeply saddened to see this group move on. I can without a doubt say convocation. As I make that trip I take time to imagine what that in the past 20 years, of all the students I have worked with and the future holds for that class over the next few years. I get excited for taught, most of my favorites are in this class. This group of students them and all of the crazy ups and downs they will experience as col- has had a genuine and profound impact on my life, and the energy and love they have brings me great personal joy. Having to lege students. I wonder what trouble they will cause (respend these last weeks on campus away from them has member I am the Dean of Students), who among them will really helped me see this in ways I might not have. I already step up and lead, who will be future team captains, and miss them. who will make a lasting impact on our campus. It seems Graduates - I have watched you stumble through that like only a few short years ago that I made that trip with awkward first semester of college and been there to see the class of 2020 and little did we know what the world the roommate issues many of you had. I have walked behad in store for them in their final semester of college. side you as you struggled with family issues and I have seen I do not want to dwell on this for too long, but it warrants a fair share of you get into a little trouble while you were acknowledgement that this class has faced in their final here. I have also seen many of you form bonds with your semester, a global event that will forever change the world. Dr. Charlie Hueber peers that will last a lifetime and will provide you with an I am confident that their time at Schreiner has prepared Dean of Students extended family that can help to carry you when you need them to meet this new world and all of the challenges that will face them. We have dedicated ourselves to helping prepare these it most. I have seen you overcome real life issues and meet overwhelmstudents to find meaningful work and lead a purposeful life in this ever- ing demands on your time, all in a pursuit to further your education. Now changing global society. I am proud to be a part of a community of you are here you have done it and you deserve to celebrate this acfaculty, staff, and students that believe in what we do and have come complishment because it is an honor earned not given. I end with this prayer for you: I pray that you will take what you have together during this time to stay true to our mission. This is lived out in our senior class of 2020. But I don’t want this class to be solely defined learned, find your purpose in life, and above all strive to be kind. Being by this last semester, because I know that without a doubt they have kind is not always easy, but it will always be the best course of action. earned and accomplished more than was expected. Years from now, I assure you that your life will be exponentially more fulfilling as a result. we will continue to see the impact this group has made on our campus Now you have proven that you can do great things, so we expect you in big and small ways and they did so with one less semester than to live up to that promise you made as freshmen at convocation a few years ago to not just “Enter with Hope”, but to also “Leave with most. As I reflect on our senior class and look at the list of graduates, I Achievement.” find myself experiencing mixed emotions. On one hand I am elated 18
Class of 2020
Waiting for the fog to lift
misty fog had nestled into the campus by the time I arrived federal dollars being spent to try to keep the American way of life on at my office in Tom Murray. The damp weather that cool April life support, what would we say the value of education is now. Those articles now seemed uninformed and impractical, and remorning seemed an extension of my mood. Although that day promised to be busier than most, the University grounds were de- mained uninspiring. They seemed to have missed the point completely, serted. There were no students. There were no faculty. There were especially given our current pandemic. What do we talk about now only a handful of staff present to ensure the essential operations of when an education cannot get you a job, because there are none (or the University continued. An unwelcomed visitor had made its way to fewer than before)? If written now, those articles would seem either the Hill Country, a coronavirus that seemed to have the ability to make tone deaf at best or completely out-of-touch with the human condition the earth stop spinning. The virus and COVID-19 shut down world at worst. Residential liberal arts universities, like Schreiner University, have economies and nation states; Schreiner University was no exception. As I opened the door to my office, strewn across my desk were sev- since their founding offered alternative answers to questions concerneral higher-ed trade journals with sticky notes, folded corners, and open ing the value of education, its goals, and the ultimate ends it serves. In pages, each marking a variety of articles, that before this March and addition to providing an education that prepares students for careers, April, had seemed fairly important. As a first-year provost at Schreiner small residential liberal arts campuses have as central to their core University I was trying to keep up with the conversations four-year col- mission a deeply transformative education that raises questions about the good, the beautiful, and the just. At Schreiner, we prepare leges and universities were having. I wanted to remain students “for meaningful work and a purposeful life in a current and up-to-date on the latest academic shop-talk. changing global society.” My reading schedule over the past year included headIn our current national and political environment, we no lines covering such topics as the value of a college delonger seem to know how to listen to one another, how to gree for the job market, the changing nature of work and communicate civilly, and especially how to be sympathetic careers, a liberal-arts approach to business, the workwith others who may look, act, or believe differently than we college way, popular majors for lucrative careers, acado. We seem incapable of valuing the common good any demic cost-to-value ratios, and college-rankings-based longer. What makes a society and its citizens just, good, and cost of attendance with potential salary earnings upon free, especially within the context of a global pandemic? graduation. The articles were informative and practical, Dr. Travis Frampton We need places like Schreiner now more than ever. but uninspiring. VP of Academic Affairs Occasionally being “student-centered” is understood as Still standing at the door, my attention turned to the and Provost meeting consumer demands. I often wonder, should not edshelves of books on either side of my computer. I saw the books of Neil Postman (Amusing Ourselves to Death; The End of ucation be promoted as “society-centered” or “globally-centered” or Education; Technopoly; and Building a Bridge to the 18th Century: How “problem-solving centered.” We must remind prospective students and the Past Can Improve the Future), David Brooks (The Road to Char- perhaps, more importantly, their parents that as a liberal arts university acter), Charles Dickens (Hard Times), Mark Edmunson (his trilogy, Why part of our calling is to develop students for greatness and for the good Read?; Why Write?; and Why Teach?) along with collected essays from of the communities in which they will live. We provide students necesMichel de Montaigne, Marilynne Robinson, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Gore sary opportunities for personal growth and emotional and spiritual deVidal, and James Baldwin. Yet, unlike the magazines opened up on my velopment. The most enriching and transformative growth often comes desk, these authors are closed up in my shelves, waiting their turn to through struggle, difficulty, and work. We want to prepare our students speak again. I have difficulty finding time to read those authors who not only for the careers they will have, but we also want them to learn have inspired me and have shaped my own understanding of the power to love goodness, beauty, and justice, not only for their own sake, but and value of education. What they say about the importance of edu- for the sake of others. Given the “changing global society” we all find ourselves in presently, cation and learning has little overlap with the content of our contemperhaps it is time to start pulling some old friends off the shelf, allowing porary conversations about schools and learning. As I remained at the threshold of the doorway, a revelation came to them to speak once again. Those books were relevant when they were me in the form of a question. I stared at the magazines on my desk written; their wisdom is necessary now more than ever. A first-year that argued incessantly for the economic utility of education. With the provost could well benefit from being reminded about what they have collapse of our global economies, with unprecedented loss of Ameri- to say about the meaning, purpose, and value of an education. And as I read and consider what they have to say, I may begin to nocan jobs in such a brief span of time, with the vulnerabilities of capitalism exposed in such a raw fashion with billions upon billions of tice that outside my window the fog is lifting.
Dr. Carrie West
r. Carrie West is Chair and Associate Professor of Communi- We Are Girls event in Austin. She has also published academic articles cation Studies and is the Director of the Quality Enhancement and book chapters on widowhood and resilience. Dr. West’s desire to use communication to help others improve their Plan at Schreiner University. Dr. West earned her PhD in Comlives and her passion for the widowed community led her munication from the University of Denver with a focus on to Michele Neff Hernandez, the Founder and Executive Diinterpersonal and family communication, and a special conrector of Soaring Spirits International. In 2011 Dr. West read centration in research methods. Dr. West’s primary area of an article about Camp Widow in USA Today and thought, research is resilience, especially resilience related to grief. “These are my people!” In a wonderful demonstration of Dr. West’s interest in this area initially began when she was mutual support, Soaring Spirits and the widowed commuwidowed at 29. Since then, Dr. West has focused her acanity responded with eagerness to help Dr. West collect data demic and consulting career in these areas. needed for her dissertation. Dr. West believes better communication skills and insights Since then, Dr. West has continued to work with Soaring can help others improve their personal and professional Spirits International and Michele Neff Hernandez. She has lives and that has been the ultimate focus of her work at been going back to present at their camps every year the University and with other organizations. In one of her Carrie West, PhD Associate Professor since completing her dissertation, has served on their adfavorite courses to teach, Interpersonal Communication, of Communication Studies visory board, and is currently on their curriculum students learn about concepts and theories that development and leadership teams. This collabapply to their lives every day. Good interpersonal oration has also led to a partnership between skills make us better and more successful in acSchreiner University and Soaring Spirits Internaademics, personal relationships, careers, and protional. Schreiner University opened the SSI Refessional relationships, and can also influence our silience Center at Schreiner University in October mental and physical health. Dr. West feels it’s of 2017. There, Dr. West and Michele Neff Hergreat to teach about a subject where it can make nandez hold workshops once each year for widstudents’ lives better right now and in the future. owed people in the Kerrville community and the The Communication Studies Department recently space is used for undergraduate research projadded some new courses to the degree plan and ects. she’s really excited to get to teach The Dark Side Dr. West is the Director of Research for the center and works with of Interpersonal Communication next year so students can also learn about effective ways of dealing with things like deception, social ag- fellow faculty member and Co-director Dr. Samuel Dreeben on resilience research. Dr. West and Dr. Dreeben worked with SSI, and gression, and betrayal. In addition to her teaching and research, Dr. West has also been se- Michele Neff Hernandez to create and validate a resilience scale for lected as the Director of Schreiner University current Quality Enhance- widowed people. Since that was publish in September of 2019, it has ment Plan which is focused on improving Academic Self-Efficacy in been translated into multiple languages and being used for research our students. In this role, Dr. West has been able to help instructors of all over the world. The scale is also being used daily as a self-evaluathe First-year Seminar refine the course to help students feel more tion tool for widowed people who can find it on the SSI webpages, take confident in their ability to successfully navigate and complete their the self-report scale, and then are directed to resources or suggestions degrees. One of the changes to this course is to allow some faculty to to help them improve the areas in which they score the lowest. Dr. West and Michele Neff Hernandez have also conducted workteach about their passion topics. Dr. West is teaching a course examining resilient behaviors in super-hero films to help first-year students shops based on their resilience research. For example, they have falearn about what resilience and grit are and how they can apply that cilitated workshops for National Fallen Firefighters Foundation in Emmitsburg Maryland and in Portland Maine. Michele and Carrie preto their college experience. Also, at Schreiner University, Dr. West has mentored students in un- sented on improving family resilience at the annual meeting of the Nadergraduate research that has been presented at national and regional tional Alliance of Grieving Children. Next year Dr. West and Michele Neff academic conferences. Her students have also presented workshops Hernandez will also present their research at the Annual meeting of to girls ages 12-17 about how to be the hero of their own story at the the Association for Death Education and Counseling. 22
The Athletic Hall of Honor was established in 2003 to celebrate athletes, coaches, trainers, or other athletic personnel who have had a notable athletic career at Schreiner. Athletic accomplishments after Schreiner are taken into consideration. The Distinguished Alumnus Award was created in 1977. It honors former students and alumni who have had a distinguished life and/or professional career. Those recognized demonstrate high ethical standards and are persons of integrity, stature, and demonstrated ability that the students, alumni, faculty and staďŹ€ of the University will take pride in, and be inspired by, his or her recognition.
Brandon F. Creek ‘02 2020 Athletic Hall of Honor
Brandon Creek started his teaching and coaching career at Hopewell Middle School where he was the Athletic Coordinator. He is now the head baseball coach at Stony Point High School in Round Rock, TX and is also the offensive coordinator for football. He is a member of the Texas High School Coaches Association, Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Brandon has been married to his wife Christina for 17 years and they have two children. Their daughter, Jasmine, is a sophomore at Texas State University pursuing a degree in Business Administration and their son, Brandon, is a freshman in high school looking to follow in his father’s footsteps of playing college baseball.
Chris Moralez ‘90 – 2020 Athletic Hall of Honor
Roger Christopher Moralez was born in Port Lavaca, TX. Chris played tennis and ran cross country for Schreiner College from 1987-1989 where he was a National Qualifier in cross country in 1987, a National qualifier in tennis in 1988 and Conference Champion in 1988. Chris graduated with a degree in exercise science and education from Schreiner College in 1990. Since graduation Chris has coached tennis and cross-country and taught at Ingram Tom Moore High School in Ingram, TX. His tennis and cross-country coaching accomplishments include: 38 District Individual Champs, 66 Regional
Qualifiers, 43 State Qualifiers, 3 State Champs, 2 State Silver Medalists, 12 State Bronze Medalists, 23 Boys Individual District Champion Titles, 15 Girls Individual District Champion Titles, 11 Boys Team District Champion Titles, 9 Girls Team District Champion Titles, 20102019 District Coach of the Year, 2014-2016 Texas 3A Regional Tennis Coach of the Year, 2017 Texas 3A State Tennis Coach of the Year and 2018 National Federation of High School (NFHS) & UIL Texas State Tennis Coach of the Year. Chris is a member of the Association of Professional Educators, Texas Girl’s Coaches Association, Texas High School Coaches Association, Texas Tennis Coaches Association, the Schreiner Former Students Association Board and serves on the Board of Directors for Texas High School Tennis. He is the lead sponsor for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, National Honor Society, Student Council, the Spanish Club and class and the homecoming coordinator among many others.
Kiley Preston-Halfmann Miller ‘00 – 2020 Distinguished Alumnus
Kiley Preston-Halfmann Miller was born in Midland, TX. in 1977. He came to Schreiner College in 1995 where he played soccer for four years and completed his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry in 2000. He continued his educational pursuits at The University of Texas at Austin, receiving a Master of Arts in Analytical Chemistry in 2002 and a PhD in Bioengineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2005. Kiley worked as a Research Scientist at Colgate-Palmolive Company until he returned to Schreiner University to teach chemistry in 2006. Dr. Miller was a U.S. Professor of the Year Nominee and Piper Professor Nominee in 2012. He was awarded the 2014-2017 Atikission Professor,
the Harriet Garrett Award for Outstanding Teaching in 2014 and the Margaret Hossler Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2008. At Schreiner University, he has served as the Robert A. Welch Grant Director, Chemistry Department Chair, Science Department Chair, Interim Dean of the Robert B. Trull School of Science and Mathematics, and as the Director for the U.S. Department of Education Hispanic Serving Institution - STEM Grant. Other honors and awards include the US Department of Agriculture E. Kika de la Garza Fellow in 2015 and Texas Academy of Science Fellow in 2013. He is a member of the American Association for Colleges and Universities, American Conference of Academic Deans, Council for Independent Colleges and Universities, Council for Undergraduate Research, Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, Alliance of Hispanic Serving Institution Educators, American Society of Brewing Chemists, and American Chemical Society. Kiley is married to his longtime love Tish Miller, and they have three amazing children, Phoenix, Bhodey, and Dylan.
Lieutenant General Thomas H. Miller, Jr., Class of 1940 was born June 3, 1923, in San Antonio, TX. He attended Schreiner Institute and The University of Texas, before enlisting in the U.S. Naval Reserve in June 1942. He was the first American to fly the Marine Corps’ new AV-8A jet and set the 500 KM Closed Course World Speed Record at 1,216.78 mph in an F-4H-1 (F4B) aircraft in September of 1960. After completing flight training, he chose a Marine Corps Commission along with fellow aviator, John Glenn, in order to have a better chance at flying fighter planes. Lt General Miller led a distinguished service career earning many awards including the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit
with Combat “V” and one gold star, the Distinguished Flying Cross with three gold stars, the Air Medal with two silver stars and four bronze stars, the Navy Commendation Medal with Combat “V”, the Presidential Unit Citation with one bronze star, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with two stars, the World War II Victory Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal with two bronze stars, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Korean Order of Military Merit, Hwa-Rang, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation, the Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm, the United Nations Medal and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. As a civilian he was equally commended earning the Paul E. Haueter Memorial Award in 1979, the John Curtis Sward Award and the Williams Trophy 2000. He was also inducted into the Naval Aviation Hall of Honor in 2010. Miller was married for 64 years to his lifelong companion, Ida Mai Miller and together they raised two sons and two daughters.
Thomas H. Miller, Jr. † SI ‘40 – 2020 Distinguished Alumnus
ATHLETIC HALL OF HONOR
Emmett Adolph Acker † ’53 Tom H. Ball, Jr. † ’42 David Barker ’64 Laurence Becker (Coach ’58-’62) Raymond E. Berry ’51 John R. “Bob” Bowmer † ’53 Raymond “Red” Daniels † ’42 Felicia Delgado ‘04 Rogers Douglas ’52 Penny Fitzpartick '81 William “Bill” Fox II ‘60 Stephanie Gamble ’90 Major William G. Gillis, Jr. † ’37 Claude R. “Chena” Gilstrap † ’35 H.C. “Bully” Gilstrap † (faculty ’25-’37) Richard Harben Joe Love Hedrick † ’41 Robert Henry, M.D. † (Coach ’82-’94) David Lindsey Hulse ’90 Roland E. Ingram ’62 Dr. Charles “Charley” Johnson ’58
Charles H. Johnston, Jr. † ’32 Tim Kaman ‘90 Albert B. “Monk” Keith † (Coach ’66-’83) William Clifford “Cliff” Kellett † ’51 Rex R. Kelly † (faculty ’35 – ’52) Tammy Lusinger ‘90 Ken Murray ‘66 Brenda Niemeyer '81 Gretchen Goebel Peterson ‘01 Donald “Red” Richardson † ’51 William Dudley Rogers † (Coach ’67-’81) Fred Saunders '51 Walter Schulle, Jr. '55 H.N. “Jack” Stevens † ’24 Donald W. Suman, Sr. † ’38 Bill E. Thompson † ’51 Leoni Thorne '81 Tom L. Thornhill † '57 William C. “Heinie” Weir † (faculty ’37 – ’71) Reginald “Reggie” West † ’51 Yasuko Yoshida '81
Martin L. Allday † ’44 Peter W. Baldwin † ’47 David Barker ’64 Judge Robert Rhea Barton ’56 Raymond E. Berry ’51 Grady Spencer Blocker ’52 Theo Blue ’51 James B. Cain † ’41 Dr. William B. Campbell † '40 N. Ford Chapman, Jr. † ’28 Richard E. Cree ’67 Frank W. Denius. † ‘42 Dr. Wilson Elkins † ’28 Royce Faulkner † ’49 Hugh H. Goerner † ’41 Norman Hoffman † ’37 Frank N. Ikard, Sr. † ’31 Dr. Charles “Charley”. Johnson ’58 Charles H. Johnston, Jr. † ’32
Dr. Sam M. Junkin ’51 Dr. John L. Kammerdiener ’57 Dr. Samuel W.T. Lanham III ’51 Richard P. Marrs, M.D. ’68 Wendell Mayes, Jr. ’42 Roy Q. Minton ’49 Park L. Myers † ’35 James E. Nugent † ’41 Harris J. Pappas ’60 Michael Pate ’71 Dr. Thomas W. Pruett ’50 Dr. Russell Scott, Jr. † ’43 Dr. Frank W. Sheppard † '39 The Honorable Marvin D. Singleton, MD ‘60 Dr. Margaret Patricia Sullivan † ‘41 H.W. "Win" Thurber III '63 Joe C. Walter, Jr. † ’45
† - Deceased
Andy Petersen ‘11, ‘14 & Avery Gil ‘12 Andy: Being close to faculty and peers at Schreiner helped me build the confidence to walk into a new setting every day, meet new people, and have meaningful conversations. That confidence helped me think about new ways to ask questions and come up with solutions to problems in a decisive and creative way. I also learned a thing or two about beer, and would’ve loved to have taken the Arts & Sciences of Beer course that’s now offered at SU! Avery: I always tell people that you can get a great science education a lot of different places. What distinguished Schreiner for me – and what really set me up to move forward in my chosen career – was the breadth of subject matters that our degree plans required. It pushed me to step away from biology and chemistry and to think about things like ethics and business. The well-rounded nature of the education is invaluable. I also think that the small class size instilled in me the desire and the capability to form deeper connections with my patients.
ndy and I met at the very beginning of my freshman, his junior, year on the flag football field behind Flato. We had mutual friends and would occasionally see each other on campus and at various social events. We kept in touch over the years after graduation. I had moved to Houston for dental school and Andy had just started his career with Boston Beer Company (Sam Adams, Twisted Tea, Angry Orchard, Dogfish Head and our personal favorite, Truly) when we reconnected. He moved to Chicago in 2016 and when I graduated in 2017, I went up to visit with some friends. And I guess you could say the rest is history! We got engaged in Oklahoma City where we lived for two years while I finished orthodontic residency. Our careers brought us back to Texas and we are so happy to be living in Austin! Andy is the district manager of Austin and Central Texas for Boston Beer and I am an associate orthodontist at Mary Kay Becher Orthodontics. Andy’s family also recently opened Mako’s on the Creek, a restaurant in Cibolo, TX which was voted one of San Antonio’s Top 10 Best New Restaurants in 2019 by San Antonio Magazine.
Andy: Schreiner was the last school I visited during spring break of my senior year. I called ahead for a last-minute tour and the admission counselor had my name on the bulletin board and gave me a full campus tour after hours. Schreiner made me feel important and it seemed they really wanted me to be there. Avery: My Schreiner moment didn’t really come until the summer after my freshman year when I was a peer advisor. Schreiner gave me my first opportunities to be comfortable in a leadership position. Knowing that I had the support and confidence of the faculty and staff gave me confidence to take on new challenges and seek out chances to push myself academically and socially.
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Advice for students
Andy: Embrace the Schreiner experience. Even if you’re hometown is close by it is important to stay on campus during the weekends and get involved in extracurricular activities. This is where I made some of my closest friendships and learned to be independent. Outside of the classroom these are the experiences that will set you up for success in the long run. Avery: Get out of your comfort zone. This is college and this is the time to really figure out your likes and dislikes and all that the world has to offer. Maybe you weren’t athletic in high school, I know I wasn’t, but don’t let that stop you from joining intramurals – you never know who you’re going to meet!
by Bill Raleigh Schreiner University Athletic Director
he 2019-2020 Schreiner University Athletic year can be described by one word: change. It all started last summer with a large number of new faces in Athletics. We added Jacob Carrillo as the Men’s and Women’s Tennis Coach, Alan Baxter as the Men’s and Women’s Golf Coach, Alyssa Taramona as the Women’s Soccer Coach, Alexis Lynn as Softball Coach, Marwan Elrakabawy as the interim Men’s Basketball (he was hired permanently after the season), Men’s and Women’s Track Coach added Men’s and Women’s Cross Country to her responsibilities and finally, Damian Giles as the Shotgun Coach. If these changes were not enough to keep things hopping, we incorporated a large portion of our Varsity Program offerings (M&W Wrestling, Equestrian, Shotgun, Rifle, Bass Fishing, Cycling and Cheerleading) under the Athletics Umbrella as well as promoted the Varsity Program Coordinator, Cindy Becker to Associate Director of Athletics. With the incorporation of the Varsity Programs into Athletics, we held our second annual student-athlete lip sync contest to kick off the school year. With over 430 student-athletes packing the Events Center, the teams vied for what has quickly become a very coveted accolade. The winner this year was the Softball team which narrowly defeated our last years’ Champion the men’s Soccer team. It was a great event that brought all the programs together as we started the academic as well as competitive year.
The fall season was a growing experience for all our programs. Women’s Soccer under a new coach, went into overtime for 10 of their 20 contests and dealt with a tremendous amount of injuries but showed toughness and grit to qualify for the SCAC championships. Men’s Soccer took another step in its rebuilding process and was extremely competitive all season long, but struggled to score consistently to get positive results. Under the leadership of Coach Luy, the men’s Cross Country had its highest finish ever at the SCAC Championship meet. The meet was at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colorado, which was a great experience for both teams and the athletes responded by posting personal best times in the race. Volleyball took a tremendous step forward in their rebuilding under 3rd year Head Coach Alyssa Hanley. A team that did not win a contest 2 years ago, won 10 this past year including 4 SCAC wins as well as going 2-2 in the SCAC Cross Divisional hosted by Schreiner in October.
The fall is a very busy time in Athletics because with the addition of the Varsity Programs under the Athletic Umbrella, we have a lot of programs whose seasons touch both semesters. We kicked off the inaugural seasons for Rifle, Bass Fishing and Cycling. With an extremely young team, Rifle won its initial contest over SUNY Plattsburgh and the season highlight was a trip to the northeast in February to compete against MAC opponents including powerhouse programs the US Coast Guard Academy and MIT. The Bass Fishing Program also had its first experience with intercollegiate competition this fall and some success. In the two fall contests, Schreiner had a 7th and 5th place result and in the spring had a victory at the 2020 Lunker challenge right before Covid 19 closed school for the year. Cycling started competition this year and represented the University at several competitions around the state.
Men’s and Women’s Wrestling continued its winning trajectory. Both teams repeated as the Southwest Wrestling Conference Champions and made a splash on the national stage. Cody Cababan won an individual NCWA national Championship at 125 lbs. and the men’s team finished 7th. Early in the second semester, the women’s team won the WCWA National Duel meet in Lynchburg, Virginia and finished the year as the NCWA Team National Champions crushing the competition with three champions (Allie Mahoe, Kamille Begeal and Serena Cervantes), 4 second place and 2 third place finishers.
Equestrian showed steady improvement in its second year of Western and English Competition. Amanda Bodemer finished first at Regionals at LSU in English she was the Limit Hunter Seat Equitation/Equitation Over Fences to qualify for the Zone Championships that were unfortunately cancelled due to Covid19. Also, on the western side, Ashley Lane was the IHSA Beginner Walk/Trot Reserve Champion and Faith Hanacek was IHSA Level 1 Reserve Champion at the regional at West Texas A&M and qualified for the semi-finals in Oklahoma City that we subsequently cancelled due to the pandemic.
Men’s and Women’s Tennis plays in both semesters with individual tournaments in the fall and team play in the spring. The women’s team played several 5-4 matches in the spring, winning several of those matches and were a mentally tough group that was improving each match. While the men who had to replace several key players who graduated were finding their groove just as the spring was shutdown. Men’s and Women’s Golf was a tale of two programs. Under a new coach, the men’s program was very young but talented. This led to an uneven performance but young players gaining valuable experience. While the women’s program had several experienced players like seniors Reygan Rodriguez (1st and 2nd place finishes) and Katelyn Smith who were leading the team for an expected run at the SCAC Championships. Men’s and Women’s Basketball had competitive seasons that resulted in wearing home uniforms as a higher seed in the SCAC Championships that Schreiner hosted. The men lost to the eventual champion in the semi-finals while the women were defeated in their first game but the team with no seniors took a giant leap forward as a program and Coach Davidson was voted the conference Co-Coach of the year. Hosting the SCAC Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championship was a large undertaking the whole Athletic Department came together to represent the University and put on a first class event. Finally, we are very fortunate to have quality Pep Band and outstanding Cheer Squad that has turned the Event Center into one of the best venues in the SCAC.
In the Spring semester, Baseball, Softball and Track highlight the action. Men’s and Women’s Track and Field is in its second year of competition. The small squad had competed in just one meet before the season was halted but along with the growth of Cross Country, we are looking forward to good things to come. The Baseball team was just about ready to open up conference play when things changed. The team was 9-8-1 when the season was halted. The team was prolific on offense lead by Senior Josh Gilliam and Junior Jeffrey Williams. Gilliam lead the SCAC with 35 hits and was tied with Williams on the team with 25 RBI. The pitching was rounding into form as they prepared for SCAC play as Junior Garrett Whitley and Senior Rylan Marchlewicz each had two wins when the season was halted. The Softball team under new coach, Alexis Lynn, was also ready to start SCAC competition when the season was cancelled. The team had started out the season slowly but had won 7 of their last 9 games to improve to 8-10 on the year. The team was very versatile with sophomore Bri Wodtke leading the offense but also, pitched a no-hitter and pitching ace, Senior Hannah Ortiz leading the pitchers but also, hitting her first two career home runs. It took a little while for the team to adjust to Coach Lynn’s approach to the game but it was starting to see success as the season was halted.
As the pandemic moved education on-line and prematurely ended seasons, our studentathletes were incredible. They handled this unprecedented experience with dignity and maturity that was amazing to watch. They balanced their disappointment with an understanding of the severity of the crisis as well as a focus on their academics which is the reason they can play at all. Schreiner University is being represented by quality student-athletes. These young men and women will do great things beyond athletics and we have a quality coaching staff that is working hard to help them achieve their goals in the arena. Athletics always is a work in progress, but overall this year, collectively we all took another step along the path to success.
Dr. Donald S. Frazier
Director, The Texas Center at Schreiner University
he Texas Center at Schreiner University will continue the tradition of being the small college of Texas that believes in the classic Texan virtues of spirit, fortitude, and achievement. This will be our gift to the citizens of our state, to the nation, and to the world. Here is what we are planning—a Texas educational ecosystem:
Like the points on the lone star, The Texas Center at Schreiner University will focus on five key areas of Texas Studies: • Texas Business and Technology, from the oil patch to the launch pad, and from the board room to the hunting lease; • Texas Music, including everything from Country to Conjunto, and Beyonce to Buddy Holly; • Art, including up and coming Texas artists sponsored by the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo — the Western Art Academy; • Texas History and Culture, covering everything from the Alamo to the invention of Tex- Mex cuisine and an annual celebration – – Texas Heritage Days; • Texas Stories, including novelists, folklorists, and playwrights.
We will not hide our light. We are going to let the lone star shine — all across the state — in the following ways: • State House Press, part of the non-profit McWhiney History Education Group, will bring its award-winning brand of publishing to The Texas Center at Schreiner University with distribution handled
“I have said that Texas is a state of mind, but I think it is more than that. It
is a mystique closely approximating a religion. And this is true to the extent that people either passionately love Texas or passionately hate it and, as in other religions, few people dare to inspect it for fear of losing their bearings in mystery or paradox. But I think there will be little quarrel with my feeling that Texas is one thing. For all its enormous range of space, climate, and physical appearance, and for all the internal squabbles, contentions, and strivings, Texas has a tight cohesiveness perhaps stronger than any other section of America. Rich, poor, Panhandle, Gulf, city, country, Texas is the obsession, the proper study, and the passionate possession of all Texans.
— John Steinbeck, “Travels with Charley: In Search of America” by Texas A&M University Press; • Bear Leader Tours, also part of the McWhiney Group, will take Texans around the state and around the world to see where Texas, and Texans, made history; • An ongoing podcast series on all things Texas; • Texas-centric curriculum development for other universities and public schools. • Media efforts that promote what makes Texas unique, what makes it work, and what gets it going.
Weaving the Fabric of Texas
The Texas Center at Schreiner University will provide a home and hub for like-minded cultural institutions across the state.
Developing community through trust
s we are all living in the new and different landscape that is We are especially grateful to be part of such a generous community. brought on by COVID-19, it gives us time to reflect on how Unlike many colleges and universities with tens, if not hundreds, of we think about community, which can be defined thousands of alumni upon which to rely; Schreiner has a many ways: smaller yet mighty and diverse former student, alumni, • A geographic boundary; donor, volunteer, faculty and friend community. From our • A set of specific and shared characteristics early beginnings as a military high school, to the years we or beliefs; became a military institute for high school and college age • A sense of fellowship; young men, to our transition to Schreiner College and then • A social group; ultimately to Schreiner University; we never lost sight of • Shared interests or challenges. what matters most – trusted relationships. As I think about our Schreiner community and all the Nearly 62 percent of our donations come from people people who we include in that population (students, volwho did not go to school at Schreiner. Yet, we have formed unteers, faculty, staff, administration, alumni, donors, flourishing, genuine relationships with all of you – individuMarta Diffen Director of foundations, churches, parents of current and former als, business owners, foundation officers, vendors, etc - beDevelopment students, family members, friends, partners, Hill Country cause of our steadfast promise to help our community neighbors, etc ...) I think, at its very core, this community has devel- achieve more; because of who Schreiner University is within and beoped because of trust. Trust that Schreiner will deliver the education cause of this community. We make deliberate efforts to ensure that and student experiences that it promises; will be an open and wel- our community extends well beyond the borders of our campus. coming campus for our local, regional and national neighbors, friends From our beginning in 1923, Schreiner has been built on the hopes and visitors; will strive for intentional excellence; will enhance efforts and aspirations of our leadership, the needs of our region and by and to make Kerrville and the Hill Country a thriving region and will be the through your support. We are your hometown University with trusted best possible stewards of resources that we have and that we re- values and global reach. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. ceive. 33
Wendell Mayes Jr. (SI ’42) published a book of sonnets earlier this year. The photo you see is from the cover of his book and the sonnet below is about how attending Schreiner was the best choice he ever made.
My grades were about in the middle of my high school classes While I prepared for college and a journalism major, Taking only courses that were easy passes, And acting too much like a lazy teenager. A summer job with a surveying crew Convinced me to become an engineer. Dad helped me choose the college to go to: Kerrville’s Schreiner for my freshman year.
I fit into the small military school atmosphere, And I cottoned to courses of an engineering variety. I gave my parents a reason to cheer. I was elected into the academic honor society.
Engineering at Schreiner was the best choice I ever made. It put all my other choices in the shade! 36 35
– Wendell Mayes, Jr. SI Class of 1942
Forever grateful. Forever in our hearts. The Faulkner’s love and kindness will not be forgotten ...
Schreiner University lost true friends to the University with the passing of Royce (’49) and Donna Faulkner. Royce and Donna Faulkner will forever be remembered for their many philanthropic endeavors including Faulkner Hall and the beautification of the Quad at Schreiner University. They were ardent supporters of Schreiner University and its students. Their legacy will live on through every student touched by their generosity. Donna Mae Faulkner AUGUST 4, 1933- FEBRUARY 20, 2020 Royce W. Faulkner MAY 2, 1930 – JUNE 25, 2019 37
DONNA AND ROYCE FAULKNER PLAZA
“Royce was a remarkable friend of Schreiner University
and became a great friend to me. During the 18 years of our relationship he could be imposing, intimidating, and definitely commanded attention. But the Royce I knew was curious and listened; was kind and generous; was compassionate; loved Donna and his family; respected the people he worked with, and always put others first. I
miss my mentor and friend.
– Mark Tuschak Vice President SEM
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