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M A G A Z IN E O F S C H R E IN E R U NI V E RSI T Y spring 2011

Highlighting One of Schreiner’s Signature Programs


“T his edition of SCENE offers a particularly well-rounded portrait of why those of us at Schreiner are excited about the University’s future.”

Dear friends of Schreiner, This edition of SCENE offers a particularly wellrounded portrait of why those of us at Schreiner are excited about the University’s future. The story about our graphic design major, one of our signature programs, illustrates two key ideas. First is the importance of faculty thinking afresh about their discipline, because the design major came from our art faculty back in 1998 as a result of their reshaping of the visual arts program. Second is the importance of connecting classroom learning to the professional world, because it was the practice of having students work with clients from outside the campus that enhanced the strength of our graduates’ credentials. Strong programs require strong faculty, and Dr. Lydia Kualapai is an exemplar of that model. Some say that only “pushover” faculty who are easy marks for good grades achieve popularity. Dr. Kualapai defies that notion. She is tough and demanding, but she cares deeply about her students and they know it. Dr. K appreciates Schreiner’s emphasis on strong instruction as its top priority, but she is a thoughtful scholar who finds creative ways to relate her pedagogical scholarship to her students. I was impressed earlier this spring to witness a presentation of digital stories by a group of her students. Both she and professor Sally Hannay have used this technique effectively to encourage students to craft messages using word and image. Without question, the arrival of Ron Macosko as athletic director (and his wife Anna as golf coach) in 2005 has had a major impact for the good. Although Ron had previously worked at Division I and II institutions, he has truly found a home in

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Division III, where no athletic scholarships are given, but where intercollegiate athletics is an essential part of the college experience. More than twice as many Schreiner students participate on an athletic team now as did before the Macoskos arrived. Ron has been a steadfast advocate for academics, and improvement in retention and grade point averages document his, his coaches’ and our student-athletes’ success in that effort. It is a challenge to encourage coaches to succeed on the court or in the field while also ensuring that their students meet their academic goals. Ron does not shy away from that challenge. Finally, I marveled this spring when we held the fourth annual Texas Water Symposium on campus in partnership with Texas Tech, Texas Public Radio and the Hill Country Alliance. In the first year of that venture, we all hoped that there would be sufficient interest for the first three symposia. Clearly, the vexing issue of water is real and complex enough to warrant continued study, and it is rewarding to team up with other worthy organizations to provide that sort of public benefit. Quality programs, strong faculty, athletic programs that truly live the Division III philosophy and public service. I call that well-roundedness.

Tim Summerlin President

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Schreiner’s Newest Alumni


2011 Faculty Award Winners

10  What We Love About Schreiner 12 B  etter by Design: SU’s Graphic Design Signature Program

d e p a r t m e n ts 4 mountaineertalk 6 campusnews 8 facultynews 20 mountaineersports

25 makingconnections 28 recall 31 classnotes 35 roundup

onthecover Illustration by Stephanie Lopez Keller Photo above: Scott Conard, assistant professor of graphic design, with graphic design major Lauren Miller. Spring 2011 3

Half My Heart

mountaineer talk

11 by LeeAnn Farish ’


frica…what a simple and short word to describe such a vast continent and half of my heart. It feels like decades ago that I was there, and even longer since I began dreaming of going. I must age myself and admit that it has been 15 years since I first dreamed of traveling to Africa to work with orphans in Jesus’ name. There was something about the idea of traveling to a faraway land, living among the “least of these” and sacrificing all modern conveniences that was irresistible to me, even as a second grader. My thoughts were consumed for years by this desire to travel to Africa in Jesus’ name. After what I now laughingly remember as a “difficult” high school career, I was all too ready to run away and serve my Lord in the land of my dreams. However, my sometimes-too-wise-for-hisown-good grandfather somehow tactfully convinced me to continue my education, graduate college and then chase my dreams in Africa. Not that I am counting, but as I am writing this, I am proud to say it is less than 30 days until my college graduation and I returned from Africa just a few short weeks ago. As an early graduation present, my sometimes-too-wisefor-his-own-good grandfather whom I spoke of earlier paid for

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me to go on a short-term mission trip with his church, F irst Baptist of Kerrville, and an organization out of Cameroon, Bread For Life. While there, I witnessed 531 people accept Christ as their Lord and Savior, I spoke in government schools about the power of abstinence, the consequences of abortion, and I daily danced and sang with my many “pikins,” who would walk by our hotel on their way home from school. I learned while in Africa that it isn’ t about giving up conveniences, “helping the least of these” or even traveling somewhere out of your comfort zone; instead, it is about drawing closer to the heart of God and living among a people who even in the worst of circumstances hope, sing and dance for the Lord. The Cameroonian peoples’ smiles and joyful spirits were contagious and nearly impossible to leave. I regretfully say that I am back in America, back to the routine of schoolwork, and again I find my thoughts are consumed by an overwhelming desire to travel to Africa in Jesus’ name. I was generously blessed by this experience, and I’m hoping soon to be able to again find the Lord in the land of my dreams and together we will sing and dance with His beautiful “pikins.”

mountaineertalk Current students interested in submitting a first-person essay, artwork, photography or poetry for consideration, please visit or call 830-792-7405. Spring 2011 5

Schreiner’s Newest Alumni

Class of 2011

Miguel Aguilar

Whitney Davis

Brandi Hinojosa

Matthew Martinez

Alfonso Rodriguez

Jacob Albright

Danielle DeBacker

Danielle Hinson

Sara Martinez

Brianna Rose

Caleb Ambrose

Andrew DeHaan

Elizabeth Hitzfeld

Austin Matthews

Ayesha Safo

Andrew Antonelli

Chelly Diamante

Charles Hobbs

Calla McGilvray

Hunter Schultz

Tommy Ashabranner

Kristen Downey

Christina Hoffman

David McGuff

Michele Sheridan

Alma Avalos

Marc Estrada

Amanda Hoffmann

Lindsey McSwain

Jordan Siff

James Barton

Kamron Farhoudi

Michael Houser

Jacob Michelson

Jonathan Smith

Riley Battle

LeeAnn Farish

Holly Howard

Justin Mills

Mary Elizabeth Smith

Denise Begley

Misty Fletcher

Kimberly Hubbard

Crystal Montoya

Steven Spiegelhoff

Kenneth Benson

Michael Flis

Molly Hutcherson

Matt Moreno

Darlene Stevens

Savannah Bittner

Dawn Foster-Wood

Sarah Hutchinson

Anthony Moye

Maggy Swyers

Juan Bonilla

Juan Garcia

Oscar Ibieta

Katie Murphy

Erica Taylor

Stephanie Bosch

Kimberly Garza

Aaron James

Kendra Murphy

Virginia Temple

Chandler Bowen

Caitlin Gayle

Nathan Jones

Amanda Negus

Justin Thacker

Christianne Boyle

Daniella Gomez

Deniz Kadirhan

Madison Nelson

Malcolm Thomas

Jennifer Boynton

Marquis Grace

Sean Kasmir

Carrie Overby

Cassandra Tucker

Derek Brosky

Hadassah Grainger

Robert Keeling

Joe Pena

Zachary Tysor

Audra Burnap

Kevin Greathouse

Katie Klohn

Kelsey Penn

Angelica Ugo

Amy Cade

Giancarlo Greco

Liz Lacy

Ashley Perez

Brooks Wade

Elizabeth Calderon

Jess Hagan

James Lawson

Andrew Peterson

Joseph Warren

Rachel Calloway

Kathleen Hagood

Jessica Lee

Leigh Ann Polser

Jennifer Weber

Brittany Cardwell

Hope Hargrove

Andrew Lemlyn

Samantha Rawlinson

Troy Weeks

Adolpho Castillo

Maegan Harris

Tyler Liberatore

Lindsey Rhoden

Kathleen Wieber

Genevieve Castillo

Rebecca Hay

Taylor Lipka

Jake Ribak

Beth Yarberry

Jay Chapman

Lea Hayes

Kirk Logan

Hannah Riggs

Mayra Coronel

Stefanie Hill

Sherysse Machalek

Stephanie Rios

Heather Dalley

Erika Hillard

Michael Maia

Jessica Roberts

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Would you like to nominate someone for the Schreiner University Athletic Hall of Honor or as a Distinguished Alumnus or Alumna? A nominee for the Athletic Hall of Honor must exhibit high ethical standards and must be a person of such integrity, stature, demonstrated ability and renown that students, former students, faculty and staff of the University will take pride in—and be inspired by—his or her recognition. A nominee for Distinguished Alumnus Award must have a distinguished personal or professional career; leadership in their chosen profession, business or vocation; and must have received previous recognition from their contemporaries. A nomination form with complete guidelines for these awards is available on the Schreiner website at formerstudents/nominate.html. If you would like additional information or to have a nomination form mailed to you, please contact Mark Tuschak at 830-792-7215 or e-mail him at

Elmore Whitehurst Award Lindsey Renee Rhoden, of

Kerrville, received the 2011 Elmore Whitehurst Award for Excellence in Learning. The Hatton W. Sumners Foundation established this annual award for a student graduating with a bachelor’s degree who wants to continue on to graduate school in his or her field. It carries with it a scholarship from the foundation. Schreiner provost Dr. Charlie McCormick presented the award to Rhoden, a biology major, at the May 7 commencement ceremony.


Call for Nominations

Atkission Professorship Donald Crandall, Schreiner professor of music, has been awarded the

Nancy and Cecil Atkission Professorship. The endowed professorship was established in 2008 to increase the University’s ability to recruit and retain faculty members whose abilities and qualifications contribute significantly to the quality of Schreiner’s academic programs. Recipients have a threeyear term. “This professorship could have been awarded to anyone here at Schreiner,” Crandall said, “because each of us is contributing to quality education in our own unique ways. It is encouraging to know that we are backed by an institution and community leaders who create opportunities for the faculty to become better scholars and teachers. I sincerely thank Nancy and Cecil Atkission, Schreiner University and my friend and colleague, Dr. William Sliva, for his letter of nomination.”

Sumners Scholars Schreiner’s senior Hatton W. Sumners Scholars were honored at a banquet in April. They are LeeAnn Farish, Dawn Foster-Wood and Alex Senie. Four Schreiner sophomores have been selected as Hatton Sumners Scholars for 2011 and 2012. The new scholars are Andrew Bell, from Seabrook, Texas; Avery Gil, San Antonio; Chelsea Mack, Llano, Texas; and Maggie Rios, Brownsville, Texas. The four will receive a scholarship for their junior and senior years at Schreiner. The Hatton W. Sumners Foundation chooses scholars based on the strength of their applications, resumes, an essay and an interview with the foundation’s trustees. In addition to generous scholarships, the students will attend educational and leadership conferences, funded by grants from the foundation, throughout the academic year. “This group represents some of our most accomplished and ambitious students,” said Beth Bourland, associate director of development for foundation relations. “They are to be commended on their accomplishments, poise and determination.” Spring 2011 7

Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Lydia Kualapai by Sandra langley

Dr. Lydia Kualapai, associate professor of English, relishes the opportunity to immerse herself in other cultures and media for the benefit of her students. Last June, she

served as a volunteer instructor at LCC International University in Klaipeda, Lithuania, where she taught a course on “War in Literature and Film.” “Lithuania has lots of poverty and lots of experience with war,” Kualapai said. “When students wrote their personal narratives, they wrote about war and what their ancestors and families lived through. They have stories I can’t even relate to—different stories from the ones our students have. War is real to them, not just a story in a movie. Unlike people in the United States, the students I taught in Lithuania didn’t expect happy endings.” Kualapai brought her experience in Lithuania full circle this spring when she presented “War in Literature and Film” as part of the Schreiner Chautauqua Lecture Series, which is attended by Schreiner faculty, students, staff and community members. She presented excerpts from several war films, including

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Kualapai said of this photograph, “I shot this photograph at the Oklahoma City National Memorial. At the center of the Memorial, 168 glass and bronze chairs commemorate the lives lost in the April 19, 1995, bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Building. As I sat across from the hill of chairs and watched their images move in the reflecting pool, it occurred to me that while the material quality of the Memorial resides in the inscribed chairs, the spiritual quality rests in the light reflected on the water.”

James H. White’s silent threeminute “Love and War,” made in 1899. “Love and War” is the earliest surviving narrative film about the Spanish-American War. She also profiled “Bataan,” “Full Metal Jacket” and Lajos Koltai’s Hungarian film “Fateless.” During the presentation she compared the American and foreign-made war films. That was not the first time Kualapai has used visual media in her teaching. Several years ago, she taught AfricanAmerican Literature and Art, in which students studied African-American story quilts. Each student designed and completed an original quilt block in response to the writers and artists they studied during the semester. At the course’s end, the squares were sewn together with the help of the local community quilting guild. “Dr. Kualapai continues to be one of our most innovative and daring professors,” said Dr. William Woods, dean of the School of Liberal Arts. “She never hesitates to try something new, to engage students with some high-impact strategy. I love to see her get excited about some new teaching technique or some form of technology

that will motivate Schreiner students.”  A talented photographer, Kualapai was able to indulge her love of the medium while in Lithuania. Some of her stunning photos were featured in the fall 2010 edition of SCENE magazine. (To view them visit http:// fall_2010). Kualapai said her love of photography as a visual medium began with the ending of one life and the beginning of another. “My grandmother died shortly before my daughter was born and she left me $800, which I used to buy a Nikon camera,” she said. “I thought I would honor my grandmother’s memory by recording my daughter’s life. I got into photography big time.” She began taking her camera everywhere, especially when she traveled, and is pleased with the advent of digital technology, which makes pursuing photography more affordable. Kualapai is looking forward to the fall term when she will be teaching Introduction to Film Studies. She lives in Kerrville with her husband Buddy and their three Corgis.

Dr. Adam Feltz, assistant professor of philosophy and IDST had a paper, “The Philosophical Personality Argument,” accepted by the prestigious Philosophical Studies journal, which is ranked in the top one percent of journals in the field. He also presented three papers, including one at the American Philosophical Association Central Division’s 2011 annual meeting in Minneapolis. Dr. Chris Distel, assistant professor of biology, will publish “Carbaryl concentration gradients in realistic environments and their influence on our understanding of the tadpole food web” in the journal Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology. Distel co-authored the paper with an undergraduate at Miami University, Ben Bulen. “This is just the kind of field research Schreiner students can expect to do with me,” said Distel, who joined the Schreiner faculty in fall 2010. Jay McCormack, visiting assistant professor of business, was co-presenter of “Skills Up! Value Up!” at the 2011 Association of American Colleges and Universities meeting in San Francisco with Dr. Jim Spohrer, director of Almaden Services Research at IBM’s Almaden Research Center in San Jose, Calif. They presented evidence of the converging types of skills most needed to both innovate and rapidly adapt to new business opportunities in the 21st century. Part of the presentation introduced Schreiner’s Integrity Ambassadors in Business signature program.

2010-2011 Faculty Awards Dr. Charlie McCormick, Schreiner provost and vice president for academic affairs, announced the

University’s annual faculty awards at a recognition banquet in April. Six Schreiner professors were honored. Dr. Diana Comuzzie, professor

of biology and dean of the Trull School of Sciences and Mathematics, received the Margaret

Hosler Award for Excellence in Teaching. Students nominate their professors for this award on the basis of a professor’s teaching ability and whether he or she creates a lasting impression on students. Dr. Comuzzie received the Hosler award in 2003 and has been the recipient of the Elmore Whitehurst Award for Creative Teaching (along with the science faculty) the Harriet Garrett Award for Teaching Excellence and Advisor of the Year. She was named a Piper Professor in 2006. “I am humbled to receive this award when there are so many outstanding faculty at Schreiner,” Comuzzie said. “Every day, it is an honor and a privilege to work with bright, engaged students and dedicated colleagues. I’ve got to be the luckiest person in the world!” The Elmore Whitehurst Award for Creative Teaching was awarded to Dr. Danette Vines, associate professor of chemistry. The Whitehurst Teaching Award recipient is chosen by a group of public school teachers and Dr. McCormick. The Hatton W. Sumners Foundation funds this award, which comes with a $2,000 stipend to be used for a university teaching project. “This award will promote educational research by establishing a professional learning community and initiating a seminar for facultyand student-led interdisciplinary research,” Vines said. Dr. Charles Salter, assistant professor of business, received the

Award for Excellence in Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity. Dr. Salter received this award in recognition of his publications and presentations, including papers presented at the International Technology Education and Development Conference in Spain

and the Southwest Academy of Management in Houston. “Certainly I would like to thank my friends the faculty and administration of Schreiner University for this award,” Salter said, “and tell them how grateful I am to be working in the supportive, productive and challenging environment they have provided here at Schreiner.” Schreiner students voted the Harriet Garrett Award for Teaching Excellence to Dr. Charles Torti,


Faculty Out and About

associate professor of business.

Dr. Torti was the 2010 winner of the Elmore Whitehurst Award for Creative Teaching. “I am truly humbled to be formally recognized with the 2011 Harriet Garret Award for Teaching Excellence,” Torti said. “Daily, in classes, advising sessions, studentfaculty committees, Ethics Team training and just visiting in the halls, I am honored to participate in our students’ growth and education. When I look at their smiling faces that are full of hope and ambition I know our future is strong and confirmed.” The 2011 Advisor of the Year is Lesa Presley, instructor of biology,

awarded by Dr. McCormick and the Schreiner deans. “I am humbled and appreciative to be honored with the Advisor of the Year Award,” Presley said. “If I have advised well, it is because I have had excellent guidance from many mentors and have learned from my colleagues. The time that I share with the students while they are here at Schreiner is such a wonderful phase in their lives and I am thrilled to be a part of it.” Marcia Rae McCulley, instructor of art and Schreiner alumna, was

awarded the Outstanding Part-Time Faculty Award. She teaches classes in clay and ceramics. “I earned my undergraduate degree from Schreiner in 2007, so I am truly honored to be an instructor here,” McCulley said. “I love working with the students at Schreiner; their growth and development gives me a healthy dose of job satisfaction daily. But it is nice to be acknowledged by my colleagues as well.” Spring 2011 9


Things We about Schreiner


Scene magazine recently polled students, faculty and staff about what they liked best about Schreiner. The response was great, so here

are a few of their favorite things. If you’d like to chime in with your favorite Schreiner things, please e-mail us at


Schreiner Family

Schreiner University’s family atmosphere is something virtually every student, faculty and staff member notices and appreciates. An alumna might have said it best: “I feel that I have an extended family I can always call upon.”

2 Athletics Schreiner’s studentathletes have great stats both on and off the playing field. More than 30 percent of the student body plays on a team. Schreiner’s basketball, cross country, soccer, golf and tennis teams, along with men’s baseball team and women’s teams in softball and volleyball compete in the NCAA District III American Southwest Conference.


Enter with Hope

Schreiner faculty and staff do everything possible to see that the hopes students bring with them are fulfilled. The University is committed to helping every student become the best he or she can be academically, spiritually and physically.

Late Night Breakfast, where faculty and staff cook and serve up eggs with all the fixin’s to students studying for finals, is one of Schreiner’s most beloved traditions.


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5 “My favorite thing about Schreiner is that it is a living, breathing Energizer bunny. It cannot be stopped!” — Dr. Tim Summerlin President



7 Deer

The deer that wander the Schreiner campus serve as a lovely reminder of the environmental richness of the Texas Hill Country.

The Mountaineer Fitness Center officially opened for business in April 2009 and there’s hardly been a time since that it hasn’t been full of faculty, students and staff using its state-of-the-art services.


Landscaping An amazing number of students mention the look of the campus and the beautiful landscaping as one of the deciding factors in making Schreiner their university of choice.




In the 2010-2011 academic year about 550 students participated in community service racking up more than 5,700 hours of volunteer time. Need we say more?


You might think he’s just a student dressed up in a Monty costume, but as soon as he shows up on campus it’s clear he’s the spirit of Schreiner personified. People smile, laugh and crowd in to get their pictures taken. Spring 2011 11

by Louise Kohl Leahy


chreiner University recognized three signature programs in 2009— business, graphic design and life sciences—whose strength and value to students distinguish Schreiner among its peer institutions. We looked at the

Integrity Ambassadors in Business program in more detail in the fall 2010 issue of SCENE magazine. In this issue we take a closer look at graphic design. Graphic design is the largest program on campus in terms of majors and graduates, and it was the first named signature program. “What differentiates graphic design from other programs is that students work with actual clients,” said Dr. David Smith, professor of graphic design and dean of the

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Cailloux School of Professional Studies at Schreiner. “We started out with mostly local clients and expanded to the rest of the Hill Country. Today, technology allows us to reach out to the rest of the U.S. We transfer files and share screens over Skype.” (Skype is an application that allows chat, file sharing and video conferencing over the Internet.) Schreiner design students have created graphics for World Hope International’s “Hope in a Bag” initiative and developed a print ad campaign in an industry magazine for Airwave Networks Inc. Smith said that one of the first things students learn when working with real-world clients is “it’s not about them. It’s about using their talents to help the client

communicate a specific message better. We tell students that what they are creating is not art. They are creative designers, not artists, and what they create are communication solutions. “Any kind of design is about communication,” he added, “interior design, fashion, graphic design—it’s all about intentionality. Good design works universally. You have to have a broad approach to be successful.” Students often track two to four clients at a time, which gives them an introduction to the kinds of stress they will have to handle in their professional lives and teaches valuable time management skills. “Our design classes model a working design studio as far as possible,” Smith said. “Real clients

— Dr. David Smith, professor of graphic design and dean of the Cailloux School of Professional Studies

come into the classroom. Students role-play as creative directors, junior and senior designers. They hold concept meetings and produce sketches to show the clients. People are held accountable for the quality and timeliness of their production.” Design majors have excellent opportunities to become familiar with the more technical aspects of their future profession—such as software and other tools—as well as more specifically business-related skills, such as listening to and working with clients, and managing schedules and deadlines. In addition, the program emphasizes personal skills, such as being comfortable around different people and cultures, dressing appropriately and presenting ideas clearly. Students can participate in

U.S. and international trips, local and national internships, and job networking for graduates. “We worked on building up the program’s reputation regionally,” Smith said, “and that’s starting to work for us. We now have grads hiring grads.” Of course, the quality of the students themselves is a major factor in the program’s success. “We’re always looking for four or five exceptionally talented students, students with great potential,” Smith said. “Then we surround them with the best students we can.” One way talented students are identified is through the Annual Hill Country Art Survey, sponsored by Schreiner and the graphic design department, which features the best art from local schools. Smith said he


“What differentiates graphic design from other programs is that students work with actual clients.”

also is proactive in networking with art teachers. “What we’re all about,” Smith said, “is providing our students with opportunities, taking them out into the world and helping them build confidence. Our students leave here with professional portfolios and we want them to have a smooth transition to the world of work. When they walk away from campus and into a job, we don’t want it to be a shock for them. We want what’s best for our students—and what’s best for the students is best for the program and best for Schreiner.”

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Shauna Dodds ’02 and

her sister Sarah founded and run Backstage Design Studio, which has become one of the most sought-after design partnerships in the Texas music industry.

Meanwhile, in the Real World ... The graphic design signature program is focused on providing students with real-world skills that will translate into professional jobs when they graduate.

“Even in a year with a really bad economy, 10 of our 14 graduating graphic design majors had job offers,” said Dr. David Smith, professor of graphic design and dean of the Cailloux School of Professional Studies at Schreiner. “Many of our graphic design interns are offered jobs.” Jennifer Edwards ’10 was chosen for an internship at Peterson Regional Medical Center in Kerrville in her senior year at Schreiner. When she graduated, PRMC hired her full time as their graphic designer/marketing assistant. “I think I had three days off between graduation and starting to work full time,” Edwards said. She designs just about everything for Peterson and its family of services, including brochures and annual reports. Edwards was also instrumental in designing PRMC’s new website and helps with event planning, designing ads, signs and invitations. Megan Eichman ’08 interned with James Avery Craftsman while still a Schreiner student. According to Smith, “she did such a fabulous job they hired

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Kristin Knoll ’09 on Meagan’s recommendation and the strength of Kristin’s portfolio.” She has now worked full time for James Avery as creative marketing developer since June 2008. Not everyone walks into a corporate job, nor wants to. Jonathan Smith graduated this year and already is fielding queries about freelance work. He has also been commissioned to paint a portrait. He will intern with Dr. Smith on a summer trip to Italy after graduation, and plans to open a business with Matt Tomasello ’10 in the Houston area. Shauna Dodds ’02, interned with the Briscoe Hall ad agency in Kerrville while she was still a Schreiner student. They were impressed with her work and put her in charge of a campaign for the Boerne YMCA. She and her sister Sarah founded and run Backstage Design Studio in Austin (http://backstagedesigns. com). They collaborated on the packaging design for Willie Nelson’s “Willie and the Wheel” album. The album was nominated for a Best Americana Grammy award and the design won a silver Austin Addy award for DVD packaging and received a Best Album Art nomination at the 2010 Lone Star Music Awards.


Jennifer Edwards ’10 moved

from student intern to graphic designer/marketing assistant at Peterson Regional Medical Center .

Jonathan Smith ’11

poses with one of his artworks. He plans to become a freelance graphic designer. Spring 2011 15

Research and Development by Louise Kohl Leahy


n hearing the word “research,” most of us will automatically think of lab coats and test tubes. Schreiner, however, takes a

much broader approach to the term. That’s not to say there aren’t any science majors involved in research at Schreiner, just that English, philosophy, communication and business students are involved, too. Several studies over the past few years—most notably those by George Kuh, director of the National Survey of Student Engagement and College Student Experiences Questionnaire Research Program—have focused on identifying high impact practices in higher education, practices that make a significant difference in a student’s success. Undergraduate research is near the top of every list. Participation in high impact practices has been shown to increase a student’s level of academic achievement and engagement. Recent market research indicates that 90 percent of employers want employees who have done some kind of undergraduate research. With this in mind, Schreiner’s provost and vice president for academic affairs Dr. Charlie McCormick convened a task force on undergraduate research last year. The task force, chaired by Dr. Lydia Kualapai, associate professor of English, arrived at a working definition of undergraduate research: “An inquiry, investigation or endeavor conducted by an undergraduate student that makes an original intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline.” Basically, in order to qualify as undergraduate research, a project must at some point be subject to an external peer review process. “In addition to its value for students, undergraduate research is a way for faculty to align their professional identities as scholars with what they are doing in the classroom as teachers,” Dr. McCormick said. “Faculty work one-on-one or with groups of students on an authentic project with a goal not only of discovering something new, but also of showing students how to be members of their disciplines.” In instituting the task force, Dr. McCormick recognized that Schreiner students were already involved in undergraduate research and wanted to

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make it a part of the University culture. For example, in 2010, six Schreiner students presented papers at the National Undergraduate Literature Conference; two philosophy students co-presented a research paper with Dr. Adam Feltz, assistant professor of philosophy and interdisciplinary studies at the spring Midsouth Philosophy Conference and at least six science students are involved in independent research on subjects as diverse as cure time for a violin, Hill Country ecology and HIV treatments. “Most institutions run undergraduate research on an ad hoc basis, but they do not build it into the infrastructure of the institution.” Dr. McCormick said. “We want research to become part and parcel of the Schreiner experience, so any student coming here can expect to take part in research of some kind.” Take Elizabeth Stewart, for example. A Schreiner senior from San Antonio, she presented a paper on Jung’s Shadow archetype, “The Shadow in Popular Culture,” as part of a panel called “Dancing with Archetypes” at the 2010 Young Rhetoricians’ Conference in Monterey, California. She will present an expanded and research-enriched version of her paper at 2011 Southwest Texas Popular & American Culture Association National Conference in San Antonio. She plans to go on to graduate school and eventually teach secondary school. “Undergraduate research is a great opportunity for exposure to the world of academia,” Stewart said, “while also enhancing communication skills and fostering an appreciation for interdisciplinary studies. Whether the product is a conference presentation or a publication, the reward is intellectual and personal growth.” Molly Hutcherson, a senior from Pflugerville majoring in chemistry, is a good example from the science side of things. She will finish Schreiner in three years and for the past year has been involved in researching “Vitamin E in Chapsticks,” reanalyzing lip balm with a mixed tocopherol standard addition, at University of Incarnate Word. In the summer of 2010, she was a Schreiner Summer Scholar (formerly Welch Scholar), remaining on campus to pursue her research, and worked with a

— Molly Hutcherson ’11


“If I had gone to any other school than Schreiner, I would not have been able to do as much research. And the research got my foot in the door for the Ph. D. program.”

Photo on the left: Dr. Adam Feltz, assistant professor of philosophy and interdisciplinary studies, works with Melissa Millan, a junior from San Benito, Texas. Photo on the right: Dr. Danette Vines, associate professor of chemistry, talks with her research class at Riverside Nature Center.

faculty/student team that streamlined one of James Avery’s manufacturing processes. She also interned at Pam Lewis and Associates, a scientific research firm in Boerne and has been accepted into Baylor’s doctoral program in chemistry. “If I had gone to any other school than Schreiner, I would not have been able to do as much research,” she said. “And the research got my foot in the door for the Ph.D. program.” The Schreiner “Undergraduate Research Task Force Report 2009-2010” underlines that undergraduate research does not take place in a vacuum or independent of the rest of a student’s university experience: “Undergraduate research often serves as the basis of honor theses, performances, symposium or conference presentations, publications as well as fellowship and graduate school applications. Some students conduct an independent research project as a capstone of their

undergraduate experiences; others use [research] to jumpstart or simply explore a possible career in research or the arts; still others use [research] to develop and communicate specific ideas or skills that they might not otherwise have an opportunity to pursue.” Schreiner students involved in undergraduate research demonstrate the truth of this statement. “Undergraduate research is faculty-driven and studentled,” Dr. Danette Vines, associate professor of chemistry, a member of the Undergraduate Research Task Force and a faculty member who is actively involved in undergraduate research, said. “And undergraduate research at Schreiner benefits from the fact that we are small, which provides a unique opportunity for students to form collaborative partnerships with faculty members working on new discoveries and community challenges in an interdisciplinary environment. It is invigorating and illuminating for both the student and their faculty mentor.” Spring 2011 17

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Photo to left: Dr. Chris Distel, assistant professor of biology, conducts research in Quinlan Creek during Texas Water Symposium activities. Photos above: Schreiner and Tivy High School students take part in various activities associated with the Texas Water Symposium.

Schreiner also has provided the venue for one of the four programs each year, including the March 2011 symposium. This year Schreiner offered programs for local community members and high school students to “get their feet wet” in conjunction with the symposium topic “River Watch Programs and Activities in the Hill Country: How Local Communities Take Care of Their Rivers and Water.” In early April, Dr. Chris Distel, assistant professor of biology, along with Schreiner science students, presented miniworkshops for Kerrville’s Tivy High School students with hands-on stations in the Moody Science Lab and along Quinlan Creek on the Schreiner campus. Students got the opportunity to learn something about water issues and some hands-on experience. Tivy High School seniors from an AP environmental systems class engaged in water-related workshops on climate change, water chemistry, wildlife and wild processes, microbes as agents of disease and life, and the urban water cycle. “The workshops were led by nine spectacular Schreiner student volunteers along with three faculty volunteers,” Dr. Distel said. “We were very pleased to host these Tivy students and hope their younger classmates will join us next year. “I was asked to get involved with this project before I even got to Schreiner,” Dr. Distel, who joined the faculty in fall 2010, added. “It was a good chance to make a clear connection between environmental aspects and Schreiner’s field biology program.” Dr. Distel is an environmental biologist brought to Schreiner to implement the new field biology component of the Life Sciences signature program. The day after Dr. Distel’s workshops, the Schreiner student volunteers led by associate director of volunteer programing Elizabeth Loggie, also got into the act. Schreiner, along with the Upper Guadalupe River Authority, Kerr County Environmental Health Department and Scrap Solutions of Kerrville, hosted a Watershed Cleanup Day. Area volunteers helped clean up Nichols Creek, which feeds directly into the Guadalupe. It is historically one of the dirtiest creeks in the area and cleaning it up reduced the amount of pollutants leaching into the river and the water table. “The events added to the March Texas Water Symposium truly brought water conservation full circle to our students,” Loggie said. “The Watershed Cleanup not only brought local agencies together for a common goal, but also Schreiner’s women’s volleyball and soccer players brought their A game and made a huge impact on the watershed. They filled a 16-foot trailer with metal to be recycled, as well as loading a full-sized dump truck full to the brim with debris and trash. These Schreiner women athletes really demonstrated how effective our students are in a giving to the greater good of the community.” For more information about the Texas Water Symposium and Schreiner’s field biology and volunteer programs, visit the Schreiner website at



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A Twist of Fate Colby Adolph


by lynn Wickham bacon

olby Adolph was ready to begin her freshman year of college. She had

registered for classes. She had her dorm and roommate assignment in hand and had attended freshman orientation camp. She even had the university fight song and other school songs memorized and was just weeks away from heading to the college she had dreamed of attending for years—Baylor University. Then she received a call from Schreiner University women’s basketball coach, Matt Wallis, who had seen Adolph play at an Amateur Athletic Union national tournament and had been impressed with her. He invited her to visit the Schreiner campus. Adolph was reluctant as she was already committed to Baylor and was looking forward to attending her “dream school.” “I initially said, ‘No,’” Adolph said. With encouragement from her parents and a chance to play college basketball—an opportunity she would not have had at Baylor—Adolph recalls, “I chose to visit Schreiner and I loved it. It was really, really hard to change schools because I had been planning on going to Baylor since 8th grade, but after visiting Schreiner, I was really shocked at how much I liked the school and at the fact that I was considering putting away my dream school and possibly coming here.” After much thought and deliberation, Adolph signed on with Schreiner just days before her freshman year would start. Adolph, now a junior, said the small campus, the close-knit community and the student-to-teacher ratio convinced her Schreiner was the place for her. “The student-to-teacher ratio really caught my attention because I felt like I would learn more and that’s really important to me,” she said. “Also because I like meeting people and making relationships and to be able to do that meant a lot.” Adolph, who grew up in Houston, said it was her parents who encouraged her to try basketball. Since Adolph is tall and her dad

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had played high school basketball, her parents felt it would be a natural fit. There was only one problem. “I hated basketball,” she said. “I liked everything more than basketball.” Her parents finally convinced her to try out for the squad in 7th grade and she made the team. “I think it was at my first basketball game ever, my best friend was passing the ball to me, but I wasn’t looking, and it hit me it square in my face,” Adolph said. “It’s funny now when we look back on it.” She went on to play high school varsity basketball, receiving the Excellence Award in Women’s Basketball. Adolph, who plans to attend pharmacy school when she graduates, said she has learned a lot more from basketball than just athleticism. “I’ve realized that basketball really helps you not only stay in shape, but it also helps you with so many life lessons,” she said. “You learn to work as a team, to accept authority and to develop a competitive drive that pushes you to keep getting better in everything you do.” Wallis, said Adolph holds herself to a very high standard. “Colby exemplifies what a women’s basketball player at Schreiner should be,” he said. Adolph, however, is not defined by her basketball talent alone. While working on her bachelor’s degree in pre-pharmacy/ biochemistry, she also participated in the Community Internship Program as an intern for the Kerrville State Hospital pharmacy. As a Schreiner Ambassador, Adolph has given campus tours to prospective students and their families in Spanish as well as English. Adolph is very active in the Student Senate, a peer coordinator for new student orientation, a member of the Student Academic Affairs Committee and on the Student Athletic Advisory Committee. “Now I look back and I couldn’t imagine going to Baylor,” she said.

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Staff Spotlight

Playing For Keeps Ron Macosko by amy armstrong


ince arriving at Schreiner University almost six years ago, athletic director Ron Macosko has seen his program grow by 85 percent.

“I am really proud of the group of coaches and staff that we have here,” he said. “They really buy into Schreiner’s vision and want to run a serious athletic program in order to give student-athletes a great experience.” Macosko said student-athletes’ academic performance has improved along with retention of those students. “There is more discipline in the program and we are recruiting students who are a better fit for Schreiner,” he said. “Our coaches really build relationships with the students and that makes a huge difference in keeping our program stable.” Macosko said he and his staff had to build a solid reputation as a nonscholarship school and they are now seeing that work pay off.

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“We have kids that are sometimes turning down scholarships to come and play here,” he said. “These are kids who want to play and not ride the bench somewhere else.” Macokso and his wife Anna coach the men’s and women’s golf teams and know a thing or two about how important stability can be. They set off in a 26-foot RV when their son Ben was an infant, so that Anna could play on the LPGA tour. “I quit my job and we put our stuff in storage and we traveled as a family for four years,” Macokso said. “I caddied for Anna.” Macosko said that while those years held challenges—really cramped space with an infant—they also afforded them the chance to see the country and meet amazing people. “Ben was five when we stopped touring and he still talks about those years,” Macosko said. “It was an amazing experience and as Anna says, ‘If we can make it through those years, we can make it through anything.’”

Macosko said looking to Schreiner’s future he would like to see more successes for student-athletes, like what the women’s golf team accomplished last year upon winning their first ASC championship. “We want to start them on the path of success so they have something to build on and something they can be proud of,” he said. Macosko said he is also hopeful that a planned event center and field house will come to fruition soon. “What I really like about what we (the athletic department) do and what the University as a whole does is the marriage of priorities between athletics and the rest of the campus,” Macosko said. “It is the right balance.” Finding that balance in his life away from SU, however, is still a work in progress. “I am not good about taking down time,” Macosko admitted. “I get so wrapped up in SU things and put so much into it. I need to get better about taking some time off.”

Back row, from left to right, Jay Chapman, Will Ramon, Raul Alvarado and Kelby Ruiz. Front row, from left to right, Andy Bell, Remington Maddox, Zach Reichenau and Marcus Vargas.

In a performance that was eerily similar to 2010, the SU men got better every round and went from seventh place after round one to a third place finish for the second straight year. Senior Jay Chapman became the first SU men’s golfer to earn first team All-ASC honors. He finished fourth individually at the championships. Sophomore Andy Bell became only the third men’s golfer to earn second team All-ASC at the event.


Men’s Golf

Women’s Golf

Pictured from left to right are Simone Date, Katlynd Imbody, Sarah Stillwell, Liz Calderon and Gabby Rosales.

The team finished third at the ASC championships. They shot eight strokes better than last year’s championship effort, but it wasn’t enough to claim the title in 2011. Sophomore Gabby Rosales claimed her first collegiate individual title and fifth alltournament performance in seven tournaments this year and became the first SU golfer to earn an ASC championship. Junior Sarah Stillwell finished sixth, narrowly missing her third straight first team All-ASC honor. Senior Liz Calderon capped her strong career with a 19th-place finish, followed by sophomores Simone Date and Katlynd Imbody in 25th and 26th respectively.

Men’s Tennis

Back row, from left to right, Garry Nadebaum, coach, Matt Salazar, Dillon Walker, Tory Manchester and Josh Smith. Front row, from left to right, Parker Wells, Danny Cuevas, Kyle Mentzel and Trey Hernandez.

Schreiner has suffered badly from injuries this spring. Junior Trey Hernandez and freshman Josh Smith were hurt in matches during spring break and have been out ever since. Other players have had to play out of position to make up for the loss and that has proven too much to overcome. SU loses just one senior and will get both injured players back in 2012. Spring 2011 23

Women’s Tennis

Back row, from left to right, Coach Garry Nadebaum, Lynne Collenback, Michelle Martinez, Lindsey Fox, Teresa Gaitan, Audrey Abell, Betty Castro and Kelley Spahn.

It was a tough spring for the women’s team. Freshman Teresa Gaitan came in and helped the team but they are in need of more players in order to take a step forward. Sophomore Kelley Spahn, junior Lynne Collenback and sophomore Lindsay Fox, all former SU basketball players, were contributors again this year.


Front row, from left to right Gabriella Carter, Kayla Avirett, Ashley Bouthot, Samantha Ruiz, Laci Schupp and Reina Perez. Back row, from left to right Charis Sultemeier, Kelsey Ambrose, Allyson Morris, Callie Caesar, Rebecca Hay and Vanessa Vazquez.

The Mountaineers have had an unexpectedly difficult season. A lot was expected of SU in 2011  but the team has struggled all year, posting a record of 13-25 and coming in sixth place in the ASC West. Junior Becca Hay was both the offensive and pitching leader for SU. Her .389 average was tops on the team. On the mound, she had a 6-10 record with a 3.52 ERA. Sophomore Ally Morris was the wins leader with seven in 2011. Freshman Kayla Averitt was next in hitting with a .336 average with four homers and 23 RBI, both team highs. 

Baseball Sophomore Chase Valdez has been named to the 2011 West Division First Team of the American Southwest Conference. He is one of four Mountaineer players to earn post-season recognition. Earning honorable mention All-ASC West were Oscar Ibieta ’11, junior Justin Martinez and sophomore Chris Whitehead. Valdez from Katy, Texas, led the team in batting, hits and triples. He was second on the team in doubles and third in runs. Valdez was one of the team’s two starting catchers and threw out 3 of 11 runners attempting to steal. He finished the season sixth in the ASC in batting average and tied for ninth in triples. Ibieta, a first-baseman from San Antonio had a strong final season for the maroon and white. He led the team

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in home runs, runs and doubles and tied for the lead in RBI and triples. His 46 hits were second only to Valdez. His batting average was fifth on the team. Martinez played right field and pitched for SU. The Round Rock native was second on the team with a .370 average and his seven doubles was fourth on the team in just 73 at-bats. Whitehead, from Edna, Texas, finished his first season with SU hitting .308 and was second on the team in home runs and third in doubles. He split time at catcher with Valdez and didn’t have an error all season. Ibieta graduated in May but the other three will be looked upon to provide leadership for the Mountaineers in 2012.

makingconnections Photos: Rene and Mary Canales on their wedding day and during a recent visit to Schreiner.

Giving Now and Later: Loyal Alumni Couple Generously Support Schreiner By Karen Davis Kilgore Planned Giving Advisor and Director of Development


ary Yruegas grew up in Cuero and knew that a loving, protective family and a small town had sheltered her life. When it was time to

consider colleges, she wanted some independence and distance from her hometown lifestyle, but Yruegas could not picture herself enjoying a large university setting. “The day I stepped on the Schreiner campus,” she remembers, “that was it! I loved the landscape and the small classes and the great reputation the caring faculty and staff had established.” The first week of school changed her life forever—in a way she could not have predicted. When Yruegas was in high school, she was not allowed to date. When one of her new Schreiner friends heard about this “untenable” condition, she immediately started to change her life. Sitting in the lobby of the

Trull Residence Center, Yruegas’ new friend asked “Well, just what do you want in a guy?” Enter Rene Canales, a suave upperclassman from Hebbronville. At the very moment Mary Yruegas was considering what qualities would describe an ideal man, the doors of Trull swung open and there he was. The rest, as they say, is history. Several years later—after both of them had earned their degrees and had started their careers—Canales proposed to her outside of the Weir Building, where the couple had shared their first kiss. This summer, they will celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary. Canales’ initial reaction to Schreiner was similar to his wife’s experience. Before his senior year, he and his family visited six campuses. “I made my decision that day,” he said. “I bought a shirt from the

bookstore and started wearing it everywhere. I applied nowhere else. I recognized immediately that Schreiner was a place to be a person and not an ID number. It’s been 15 years since I started at Schreiner. When we come back for Recall or just to visit our former professors still know our names.” When Canales graduated, he started teaching math in the Corpus Christi area, while Yruegas was finishing school and working part time for the Inn of the Hills in Kerrville. After graduating, she moved from a hostess position to the human resources manager at the Inn. Even though they did not live near each other during those years, Canales and Yruegas became a real couple—not just friends, but fellow alumni with lots in common. In 1998, things changed. “I woke up one day and just knew I needed to go propose,” remembers Spring 2011 25

Rene. In June 2001, they married and have lived in South Texas ever since. Canales is a veteran math teacher and says he often thinks of professors Kelly Hildebrand and Dr. Bill Sliva and the immense knowledge these two imparted. “But I also emulate the late Ed Wilbourn, who taught Texas history, Canales said. “He had a unique teaching style, to say the least. I can still see his face when he would crack jokes. Now I try to be just like him. It livens up my classes.” Yruegas is a senior human resources generalist at Texas A&M Corpus Christi. The Canales family also inspired Yruegas’ younger sister, Mary Lou,

to attend Schreiner. A 2008 alumna, Mary Lou is now working on her master’s degree in San Antonio. Among the Yruegas’ accomplishments in their first decade as a married couple is a handsome planned gift for their alma mater. They have made Schreiner a beneficiary of their life insurance plans. “We support Schreiner with a gift every month,” said Yruegas. “And we will try to increase that amount in future years. But both of us recognize that an estate gift offers us a chance to make a more substantial contribution.” “We believe in Schreiner’s mission and hope that many more

alums follow in our footsteps,” the couple said. “We want to give other students the opportunities to experience all the good that Schreiner has to offer.” Honoring their planned gift, Schreiner inducted them into the Schreiner Oaks Society last February. They are among our youngest planned gift donors. So deep is their connection to Schreiner that the couple says they even talk of having their ashes scattered on campus when they die. “Some ashes at Trull, where we met,” said Canales. “And some ashes by ‘our’ bench by the Weir Building,” adds Yruegas, “where we had our first kiss.”

A Closer Look at Life Insurance Gifts With thoughtful planning, new and existing life insurance policies can be converted into fine charitable gifts. By making SU both the owner and the beneficiary of a policy, donors can create an irrevocable gift that helps Schreiner after the donors’ deaths. The donor’s insurance company can provide the forms to make the necessary changes for a charitable gift. Donors ordinarily receive a charitable deduction based upon the policy’s surrender value or the total of premiums they have paid. Schreiner’s planned giving office will work with families to determine how to use life insurance to accomplish the donors’ goals. If the policy is paid in full, the donors can request the University keep the policy until it pays the survivors’ benefit. Normally, the proceeds of this kind of gift will help grow Schreiner’s endowment. Or if it is the donors’ preference, SU can surrender the policy and create an outright gift with the proceeds. This gift can assist current projects, including endowment and/or capital needs. Depending upon the amount, life insurance proceeds are often large enough to establish a named endowment ($25,000 or more).

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Many find company insurance an easy and efficient way to create a planned gift. As long as the donors continue to work for the same company, a portion or all of their employee insurance serves as a planned gift. If an employee changes companies or retires, the life insurance benefits normally cease. If you would like to know more about life insurance and other planned gift vehicles, please contact Karen Davis Kilgore, director of development and planned gift specialist, at 830-792-7205 or If you have already made an estate plan that includes Schreiner, we welcome the privilege of extending membership in the Schreiner Oaks Society—and look forward to thanking you in person.

onlinegiving Supporting Schreiner University is easier than ever now. Please visit our online giving website at www., where you can make a secure gift—one that will benefit Schreiner students for years to come—in a matter of seconds. If you have questions, contact Karen Kilgore, planned giving advisor and director of development, at kkilgore@ or call 830-792-7205.

Royce Faulkner ’49

Rogers Douglas ’52

Stephanie Gamble ’90

Distinguished Alumnus Royce Faulkner ’49 used his time at Schreiner University as a springboard into an amazingly successful professional life. He founded Faulkner Construction Company in 1962 and watched as that company became a leader in the Texas construction market. Faulkner has actively sought to improve the Austin community through his service and participation in many organizations, both professional and civic. He and his wife Donna have made a lasting impact on Schreiner University. “Schreiner University has grown and changed greatly during the past 60 years,” Faulkner said. “I have had the pleasure of working with the administration and the board of trustees. It is apparent that the trustees have set realistic goals for the future. With the dedication of the administration and the trustees to meet these goals and adherence to the University’s values, I envision a notable future for Schreiner University.”

Athletic Hall of Honor Rogers Douglas ’52 came to Schreiner College with an outstanding high school athletic record. Douglas lettered in three sports at Schreiner: basketball, football and track. He had a successful but a somewhat varied career after leaving Schreiner. He was signed to play with the Ada Oilers, a semipro basketball team, but the team disbanded two weeks after he arrived. He spent 18 years as a golf pro before he and his son, Doug, went to work with a custom-made football shoulder pad company. In 1986, he started his own company, Douglas Pads, in Houston with sons Doug and Jeff. The company has grown from a garage operation to a major player in the industry, supplying 26 NFL teams, 85 percent of the country’s university teams and hundreds of high schools. “I met a lot of good buddies and made lasting friendships at Schreiner,” said Douglas. “The things I learned there helped me in later life.” Stephanie Gamble ’90, played on the women’s volleyball and basketball teams

while at Schreiner. She and her teammates had four consecutive winning season records. The team went to the playoffs all four years she played and she led the team in steals for three years. She is the girls’ athletic coordinator and head coach of basketball at Marble Falls High School. Her teams have two district championships and have gone to the playoffs three times. The San Antonio Express News named her Girls’ Basketball Coach of the Year in 2006 and she was named District Girls’ Basketball Coach of the Year in 2007. “I had fun and worked hard,” Gamble said of her time at SU. “Schreiner had a great atmosphere; it was the type of place that felt like home because everyone was so helpful, from the professors to the other students to the administration. I feel that I have an extended family that I can always call upon.”


Honoring Our Alumni

Jerry E. (Gene) Marshall ’52

Distinguished Service Award The Schreiner Former Students Association awarded its Distinguished Service award to Jerry E. (Gene) Marshall ’52. Marshall, a native Texan, was active in the formation and success of the SFSA. He was the guest speaker at the first-ever Military Breakfast, a popular part of Schreiner’s annual Recall weekends. “Gene has been one of the great leaders of the alumni association even before his tenure as president 1999-2001,” Paul Camfield, associate director of alumni relations, said. “He was active in the affairs of the organization from its earliest years and he continues to play a key role in our operation today. His love for Schreiner and for the friends he made during his time here has remained steadfast throughout the years.” Marshall, a retired U.S. Air Force colonel, appreciated Schreiner’s military aspects during his time here. “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my association with Schreiner for 60 years now,” he said. “Schreiner has been very good to me. It’s no longer the little red schoolhouse. Schreiner is a real university now, with a national academic reputation.” Spring 2011 27

RECALL 2011 Schreiner Recall 2011 was one of the most successful ever, from the golf tournament to the parade, the Military Breakfast and picnic to the tribute dinner. A new event this year, a reunion of the children of former faculty and staff who lived on campus, was a big hit, with folks coming early, staying late and really enjoying themselves—which could reasonably be said of all of the more than 250 attendees, as you can see by these photos. The science profs had a reception for former science majors that included the dedication of the new Michael Looney Research Laboratory, which was made possible by a National Science Foundation grant. Looney, a former Schreiner chemistry professor and provost, passed away last year. Schreiner president Dr. Tim Summerlin officially dedicated the lab. “For me, the Michael Looney Research Laboratory looks backward and forward, both in healthy ways,” Summerlin said. “It looks back to honor the man who established a chemistry major at a very young baccalaureate college and who made undergraduate research a fixed part of Schreiner’s approach to learning in the sciences. In the work of our current faculty to compose, submit and secure an NSF grant to upgrade laboratory facilities, it looks forward, reminding us that education is not static, but ever-changing. This new laboratory reminds us why Schreiner is such a good learning investment.” photos by Schreiner Volunteer Tom Schall, Bruce Dozier and Louise Kohl Leahy

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Your fellow alumni would love to know where you are and what you’ve been up to. Submitting a class note is easy; just visit or contact us at 830-792-7405 or


Vic Niemeyer ’37

has been designated by Rotary Club International as one of 150 Rotarians in the world to be a recipient of the prestigious Service Above Self Award. Vic joined Rotary more than forty years ago in South America. He has been responsible for starting four brand-new Rotary Clubs in the Austin area. He has written three books, two of which are in Spanish, and had a distinguished record in the submarine corps in World War II. Today at age 93 Vic still competes in 10k races and in marathons.


Roy Brown ’51

writes that he and Adolph Acker ’53 attended school together from kindergarten to high school. “The Class of 1951 contributed so much to Schreiner. My feeling is that Sam Junkin ’51, Sam Lanham ’51 and Theo Blue ’51 kept the school afloat during some key times.”

Tom Foster ’57 reports, “I visited the Schreiner campus in June 2010 for the first time since graduating in 1957. My wife and I had a great time seeing the new buildings and modernization of all the ones from my era. It brought back a lot of memories since I spent 4 years there attending high school. I now live in Tucson, where I retired with my wife after working in the U.S., Mexico, South America and Indonesia as a mining engineer.  I would enjoy hearing from any of my classmates and dorm mates from that time period.”


David Barker ’64

writes, “Hello, fellow alumni. My home in Kerrville is complete and I’m still working on

the landscape with the final phase being installed this winter. I have had trouble with the deer population. It seems that they eat more items than what is published. Amazing digestive systems. I am still working in Houston and spend about 50 percent of the weekends in Kerrville. Golf is my interest for my running days are over. After running track for Schreiner and later Texas A&M University, I had to give up the running and golf took over. I went to Scotland in 2010 and played seven major Scotland courses, including the Old Course. It was fantastic. I was in the power field for most of my career and after retiring from Center Point Energy in 2003 I still wanted to work. I now work for Drill-Quip, where we engineer and manufacture equipment for the subsea oil and gas industry. I am in charge of the project management division. An amazing industry and highly complex; we engineer systems that drill and produce hydrocarbons from depths over 10,000 feet.”

Rick Garcia ’76 and wife Natalie Thea Nowak Garcia live in Reno, Nev. Rick had his left hip replaced in 2009 but it hasn’t slowed him down. He recently went snowshoeing with his daughters, Madeleine and Mary.


Katherine HoweFrilot ’85 was

named Volunteer of the Year for the San Antonio chapter of Wells Fargo Volunteers. She will be up for the companywide Wells Fargo Volunteer Service Award, which has a prize of $25,000 for the charity of her choice.

John F. Garcia Jr. ’85 recently held

Joy Lynn Murphy Richards ’71 writes,

the 12th Annual COLUMN Awards gala, which he founded and for which he serves as the executive director/ producer. The COLUMN Awards honor excellence in theater within the Dallas -Ft. Worth area. This year John had Tony award winner and Broadway legend Donna McKechnie (who originated the role of “Cassie” in “A Chorus Line”) appear as his special guest star. His co-hosts were Broadway stars Max Von Essen (“Les Miserables,” “Xanadu”) and Tyler Maynard (“The Little Mermaid,” “Altar Boyz”). As an actor, John recently originated the role of Barfee in the Texas Regional premiere of “25th Putnam Annual Spelling Bee” at the prestigious equity company, Theatre Three.

“I was one of the first ladies to live on campus in Schreiner history. I am the department president of Texas of the Ladies Auxiliary to the VFW. I have been traveling all over the state visiting my 25 districts and VA hospitals. I just came back from San Diego where I was one of many presidents to receive my medal for reaching 90 percent in membership before the end of the year. I received The Yellow Rose of Texas from Governor Rick Perry a couple of weeks ago. I can honestly say that I enjoyed my year at Schreiner and I will never forget it. Thanks for everything.”

Jim Wood ’86 reports, “I have been married 24 years to Connie Wood (from Stephenville). I have four children. Jazz will be graduating from Blinn in May with a nursing degree and will be getting married in June; she is 22. Bree is 20 and living at home with us. Cody, 17, will be graduating from high school in May and Holly, 15, is a freshman. We are currently living in Gorman, Texas. I have been teaching and coaching for 18 years and my wife has been teaching for 9 years. I am currently the girls’ coordinator and head volleyball coach and I teach speech/ health/art at Gorman High School. My



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wife Connie is a 2nd grade teacher at Staples Elementary in Joshua, Texas.”

Joe Fields ’88 writes, “I have been a pilot for United Airlines since 1995 after flying in the U.S. Navy for five years. Until February, I was a captain flying the Airbus 319 and 320 out of Denver, Colo., where I live with my family. I have also been serving in the U.S. Navy Reserves in a non-flying job as commanding officer of a 70-person unit out of Joint Reserve Base—NAS Fort Worth. However, I was mobilized to active duty with the Navy for the next year and will spend most of that time overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan. I won’t be flying while I am there but will be serving as mission planner for strike air ops. Outside of United and the Navy, I have been playing lots of tennis in USTA leagues and tournaments. Last summer, my men’s 4.5 USTA team qualified for the National USTA Championship by winning the Colorado League Championship and then winning the Intermountain Sectional Championship. It has been fun getting back into competitive tennis and getting my family hooked on the game as well! I have lots of good memories playing tennis for Schreiner!”


Paul Garcia ’90

writes, “I have been coaching and teaching P.E., 8th grade football and 7th grade basketball and track at Clear Creek Intermediate for almost 20 years now. My daughters Hannah and Madison Garcia are now 17 and 15.”

Melissa (Haglund) Lee ’91 says she has been “playing the role of a single mom to my wonderful son, Gage, 6, who is just about to finish his kindergarten year. I am the VAC coordinator for Willis ISD and transition specialist at Willis High School. We live in Huntsville, Texas, and I recently bought a home with some acreage out in the country. Gage has lots of pets—a horse, a dog, a cat, chickens, a couple of donkeys and a Shetland pony. We spend most of our free time together outside taking care of the animals, building new fences or painting something. I miss the Hill Country and hope to return one day, but for now Huntsville is home.

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Wade Ivy ’93 was recognized by The Texas Computer Education Association as District Administrator of the Year. Ivy is the principal at Nimitz Elementary School in Kerrville.

Amy Shenberger ’96 writes, “I am happy to announce that in November I accepted a position as the director of study abroad at Arizona State University. I have been at employed in the ASU Study Abroad Office since 2004 and completed a Master of Education degree in higher and postsecondary education in August 2010. My first study abroad experience was as a Schreiner College exchange student in 1994-1995 to Nagasaki Wesleyan College in Japan. I went on to participate in Schreiner’s study abroad program in London through Eckerd College in spring 1996. My experiences abroad had a significant impact on my career goals. I returned to both Japan and the U.K. to work before returning to the U.S. to become a study abroad advisor. I have been very happy to see the study abroad opportunities available to Schreiner students expand over the years. Many prospective Schreiner students would probably not imagine that choosing a small, liberal arts college in central Texas would give them the opportunity to see so much of the world and achieve so much, but I am a great example of the possibilities.”

Leslie Swanson-Quinn ’98 writes, “My son Kyle, 11, is a theatre buff and plays hockey. Caleb my 9 year old plays soccer and loves it. I work for Chubbuck Chiropractic as a chiropractic assistant, while I am working on a master’s in education K-8. My husband Bob fought cancer (melanoma) this year, but is in remission for now. We are very grateful for that. We will celebrate our 12th wedding anniversary in November.”

Dana (Burks) Huyck ’98 and Jim Huyck would like to announce the birth of their daughters Sophia Jane and Caroline

Elizabeth on December 13. Dana and Jim report that they are having a blast raising their daughters and love all the adventure twins bring.

Patrick Emshoff ’99 and Ashley (Riggs) Emshoff ’01 will celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary in July. “We are currently living in Missouri City, Texas, a suburb of Houston. I am the owner and operator of Texan Creative, a design agency that specializes in branding, advertising, websites and video. Although we live far away, I am currently working on several projects for Kerrville-based businesses. Ashley is a stay-at-home mom to our two beautiful girls, Brinley Elizabeth, 5, and Mallory Grace, 2. Before we had our children Ashley worked in investments/financial services.”


Phillip Read ’00 and Amy (Carroll) Read

’03 are still in Pleasanton, Texas. Phillip has partnered up with Troy Dusek ’99 in an oil service company—Texas Purple Sage Services. Phillip is also an active member of the Go Rodeo Committee that raises funds for the San Antonio Stock Show kids. Amy still works at Pleasanton Elementary, teaching 3rd and 4th grade reading. She is currently enrolled at Our Lady of the Lake University, and pursuing her master’s degree in school counseling. They have two daughters, Paige, 3, and Natalie, 2. Justin and

Tennille (Lauderdale) Bryan ’00 sent this picture of their son Jaxon. “We celebrated Jaxon’s 3rd birthday in February. He has brought us so much joy and happiness.”

Lee Vanacker ’02 became a partner in the accounting firm Spies, Kneese, & Bailey, LLC. They have offices in both Kerrville and Fredericksburg. Brandon Childers ’02 and Delma (Thompson) Childers ’06

Abby Shupe ’03 writes, “I’m currently living in Kingwood, Texas, just north of Houston. I’m working as a compliance monitor for an apartment management company that manages lowincome housing properties. I’ve been with the company for about three years now and I love it. Last year, I received the Employee of the Year award. In my free time I like to quilt, and recently one of my quilts was included in a book produced by Crown Royal of items made with their purple bags. I’m also active in my church’s quilt group, which makes quilts for children and families in need.” Lindsey (Brotherton) Kunz ’03 and David Kunz wonder what they ever did without their children. “They make us laugh daily with their cute personalities and energy. Hallie is four and active in dance and t-ball. Jaxon is 1 1/2 and loves to eat and play with his trucks!” Cathy Rahn Berryhill ’03 received her Master of Education degree from Schreiner in 2004 and in 2006 she received her principal certification. “I am in my fourth year as a principal with University of Texas at Austin University Charter School District. I also completed the Texas Principal Excellence Program and attended Harvard University Summer Institute for principals, sponsored by the Raise Your Hand Texas program.” Leann Solomon ’04 writes, “My life is busier than ever. I just celebrated my 8th anniversary with my loving and supportive husband Jerimy. We added a new member to our family last year, Joshua Wade, who was born November 17. He was welcomed by his sister Autumn Brook, 4, and brother, Jon Wayne, 2. I am blessed to be a stay-at-home mom and am using my degree from Schreiner to home school my children. I hope my children can enjoy the same experiences and education some day that I received at Schreiner. I also assist in teaching

A Life Together Begins at Schreiner In September 1960, Rosanne and I arrived on the campus of Schreiner Institute at Dickey Hall to begin our married life together as I continued my teaching career. Six days prior to our arrival we had been


were married on December 11 in downtown San Antonio. “We honeymooned in Edinburgh and London and we’re both currently finishing our doctorates in microbiology and immunology at The University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio.”

married in San Antonio. Our new residence was a one-bedroom apartment (it did have a private bath) on the second floor of Dickey Dorm with 26 boys to supervise. I taught the Bible in one semester to high school students who needed to pass in order to graduate; the Old Testament one semester and the New Testament the next to junior college students; and English to high school students. I was high school and college tennis coach and—on my night off from supervising the dormitory—I drove 185 miles round trip to San Antonio for Naval Reserve duty. This was the life for us as newlyweds. Well, much must have gone right because in August 2010 we celebrated 50 years of blessings with a bene- Laurence and Rosanne Becker fit concert at the University Presbyterian Church in Austin. The benefit was for the UPLIFT (University Presbyterians Living in Faith Together) outreach program at our home church. The event raised more than $5,000 to support those in need in Austin. Currently, we live in the house I grew up in on the fringe of historic Hyde Park. Even more special is the fact that I met Rosanne in this very same back yard in 1957 when the Westminster Student Fellowship met at my house the last Sunday before UT classes began for the fall semester. Rosanne was a transfer and friends invited her to come to the gathering. I was in my senior year in Plan II, a liberal arts program at UT. As Rosanne likes to say about that first meeting, “My life was never to be the same.” Certainly, our first two years of marriage, which included a large family of 26 teenage boys, was an unforgettable and life preparing/changing experience for both of us. In 1962, Rosanne and I left Schreiner to return to the University of Texas for me to enter a master’s program in English and serve as assistant varsity tennis coach. In 1980, I received my Ph.D. from The Union Institute and University in Creative Learning Environments and have worked for more than 35 years with some of the world’s great autistic savant artists. In 1983, we held the world premiere of “With Eyes Wide Open: Richard Wawro, Autistic Savant Artist” the international, award-winning documentary film that I produced. It continues to be shown around the world. You can see some of the film at I continue to coach and play competitive tennis and enjoy sharing my experience and knowledge with a diverse group of learners. I am fully aware and ever so grateful that with no experience, my teaching career began right out of UT at Schreiner Institute. The learning curve I experienced was enormous and had a profound effect on the rest of my life. Thank you, Schreiner, for giving me the opportunity to begin such a wonderful life adventure in Kerrville in 1958. The experiences we had and people we met there will remain with us throughout our life. Spring 2011 33

7-8th grade girls Sunday school and am active in the women’s mission group at First Baptist Church, Devine. My life is very busy with three small children under five, but God has richly blessed me with a beautiful family and a good education. Life is so good and God is so good. I miss Schreiner and hope to visit soon.”

Nancy Nixon-Garcia ’04 is an evaluation specialist for Midway Independent School District in Waco. “I work in the special education department as a case manager for two campuses and evaluate students.” David A. Peeples ’04 writes, “Things are going well and I’m a full-time assistant teacher at a charter school in San Antonio and working part-time on the side at Borders.” Leslie Lopez ’05 lives in Kerrville and works for the CPA firm Davidson, Freedle, Espenhover & Overby. She and her husband Andrew, along with a longtime friend Jose Medina, opened Tamale Warehouse Restaurant. “Our food has a New Mexico twist which makes it completely different from your average Mexican restaurant. Coming soon, we also will be opening the Kerrville Beverage Barn located at Five Points, where you’ll be able to get fresh homemade tamales & tacos.”

Travis Arreaga ’05 writes, “I graduated from Oklahoma City University with my M.L.A. in mass communications in 2009. I now work for The Art Institute of Austin as a financial aid officer. Although I have always worked in college admissions, I am excited to take my career in a new direction. I currently live in Round Rock.”

Bianca Gamboa ’06 and Nathan Kunkel were married October 2 at Notre Dame Catholic Church in Kerrville. Bianca is employed with K’Star in Uvalde, Texas, as a youth resiliency specialist. Nathan is employed with DelMonte as a shift supervisor. They recently have moved into their new home along with Charlie, their Labradoodle puppy.

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Alisha Beth Johnson ’06 and Cameron David Woodall were married in November at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Wichita Falls, Texas. She is the graphic design manager for Lily of the Desert. The couple took a wedding trip to Maui, Hawaii. They live in Irving, Texas.

Benjamin Braun ’07 and Danielle (Gaitan) Braun ’09 were married on July 10, 2010, and currently live in McKinney, Texas. Ben earned his Master of Science degree in athletic training from Stephen F. Austin University as well as his ATC & LAT certifications. He is currently the sports medicine community liaison for Children’s Medical Center. Danielle is currently in school working towards becoming a science teacher. Schreiner former students in the wedding party were

Colton Gaitan ’10, Tyler Strickland ’07, Kassie Strickland ’07, Jill Perez ’09, Patsy Garcia ’91, Matt Jepson ’10 and Todd Obiedo ’09 and current student Michelle Nebgen. 

Ruben Marquina ’07 writes, “After graduating from SU, I went off to Montreal and attended McGill University (the Harvard of Canada) where I earned my Master of Science in pharmacology. I am currently in Barcelona, Spain, doing my Ph.D. in neurogenomics. My thesis focuses on the development of a new cell therapy for patients who suffer neurodegeneration (especially Parkinson’s disease). Because I am trilingual, I’ve been able to collaborate with different labs in Germany, England, France and Switzerland, along with having the opportunity to participate in seminars in Italy, Australia, Lebanon and Dubai. I’ve been working on book for four years now called “Tangled,” and I am expecting to publish it next year. It is a fictional

memoir of different experiences of my life. I dedicate two chapters to my experience at Schreiner and the unique characters that I encountered there that had a huge impact in my life, such as Dr. Kathleen Hudson and Yolanda Pickard (whom I thank for teaching me the basics of my fluent French today). I am looking forward to being able to visit SU for a Recall sometime soon.”

Greg Kirkham ’07 completed a oneyear training program as executive operations trainee assisting the general manager and regional vice president of The Fairmont Dallas. “After completing the program, I entered into my first true managerial position within the hotel as the front office night manager. As the only manager on duty from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m., I am often the final decision maker on issues that arise in the hotel in the middle of the night. On weekend nights in particular, the issues can be quite extreme and humorous. You never really know what goes on in a hotel until you work in the middle of the night! With all that being said, I am happy to say that I have survived it all, including the Super Bowl in February. Overall, the position has been a blast!”

Wendy Rhoden ’07 writes, “I have been working for Peterson Regional Medical Center as a microbiologist for the past four years. My daughter Lindsey Rhoden will be graduating from Schreiner University this year and has been accepted to the University of Texas Health Science Center of San Antonio College of Medicine. We are so proud of her and grateful for everything Schreiner has done for our family.” Katharine Wright ’10 was accepted to the University of Kent at Canterbury graduate program. “I leave in September for England to pursue a master’s in medieval and early modern studies.”

Want to find a classmate? Go to former/directory.html.

Former students Mr. James Ammann ’45 March 15, 2011 Mr. Dan Anderegg Jr. ’47 March 7, 2011, Fredericksburg, Texas



TY R U NI V sEp rRSI ing 2011

Dr. Berman F. Shieldes ’35 August 16, 2010, Tyler, Texas Mr. James Stahala ’48 June 14, 2010, San Antonio Mr. Emory C. Thompson ’50 March 24, 2011, Austin

One of Highlighting s ature Program Schreiner’s Sign

Mr. Robert A. Bradley ’50 October 2009, Houston

Mrs. Mary Ellen Tinch ’45 March 12, 2011, Kerrville

Dr. Douglas Bynum Jr. ’52 April 3, 2010, Montgomery, Texas

Ms. Cynthia J. Tuck ’88 April 16, 2011, Kerrville

Mrs. Mary E. Cantu ’94 November 22, 2010, Kerrville

Mr. Richard A. Tynan ’51 November 29, 2010, San Antonio

Mr. Douglas K. Fleming ’42 February 25, 2010, Seattle, Wash.

Mr. Vernon F. Ullmann ’55 February 15, 2011, Wharton, Texas

Mrs. Saxon P. Fox ’43 March 2, 2011, Austin

Mr. L.F. Webber ’49 February 4, 2011

Dr. Horace B. Halbert Jr. ’54 March 11, 2011

Mr. Houston R. Wheeler ’50 December 24, 2010, San Antonio

Karen Davis Kilgore

Mrs. Jean W. Hale ’42 April 15, 2011, Oklahoma City, Okla.

Mr. T.J. Wineriter ’87 February 19, 2011, Kerrville

Lynn Wickham Bacon

Mr. René S. Woerner ’77 March 9, 2011, Knoxville, Tenn.

Sandra Langley

Mr. David T. Kandaras ’77 April 2, 2011

Former Faculty

Wayne Hinkley

Mr. Milton Mack ’73 February 5, 2011

Mr. Harry A. Schmidt February 1, 2011


Mr. Robert D. Milligan ’92 September 23, 2010, Live Oak, Texas

Mr. Edward L. Wilbourn November 27, 2010, Kerrville

Michael Pate

Former Trustee

Jimmie Peschel ’67

Mrs. Barbara F. Hetherington November 10, 2010, Houston

SCENE is a publication of the University Relations Office and is distributed twice a year free of charge to Schreiner former students, current students, faculty, parents and friends. An online version is available at

Mr. Richard W. Hargrove ’93 April 12, 2011, Kerrville

Ms. Sansel D. Nelson ’37 January 20, 2011, La Marque, Texas Mr. William T. Pearson IV ’90 December 26, 2010, Kerrville


In Memoriam

SCENEMagazine editor

Amy Armstrong director of university relations

art direction and design

Stephanie Lopez Keller assistant art director of creative services

contributing writers

Louise Kohl Leahy staff writer planned giving advisor and director of development university relations human resources

sports sports information director

Dr. Tim Summerlin board chairman sfsa board president

Mr. Jack D. Pyburn Jr. ’50 October 24, 2010, La Grange, Texas

Former Trustee Spouse

Mr. Milton E. Robinowitz ’39 August 2009, Richmond, Texas

Mrs. Mildred P. Guin February 28, 2011, Kerrville

Mrs. Gail Sears ’85 December 31, 2010, Ingram, Texas

Mrs. Emmy Rollins January 16, 2011, Austin

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