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“No, Schreiner University is no longer a best-kept secret, and that change is reflective of broad and continuous dedication to quality.” Dear friends of Schreiner, A description of Schreiner we used to hear was “the best kept secret in college education.” Even when I recognized truth in the phrase, it bothered me, conjuring up lines from Thomas Gray’s famous “Elegy”: Full many a flower is born to blush unseen, And waste its sweetness on the desert air. Those lines evoke a powerful melancholy over the waste of human talent and genius, but they are poison for a university that has much to offer the world. Happily, we do not hear the expression much anymore and for good reason—Schreiner University is simply not a secret. Oh, we have a long way to go in establishing name recognition to the degree we seek, but we are not a “mute, inglorious Milton” unknown beyond our borders, fortunately. What has made the difference? We can credit no single factor, but certainly the decision made nine years ago by our board of trustees to embark on aggressive media promotion and to ask the administration to make integrated marketing a continuing part of operations has contributed greatly. When we learned in this spring’s annual survey of media impact that recognition of the Schreiner name in our marketing area had moved to 81 percent, we had tangible evidence of that impact. In addition, the success of our creative media as measured by Emmy and CASE awards for excellence makes the same point. Ditto the consistent awards received by Schreiner publications, particularly by SCENE magazine itself. But, of course, our primary marketing area is limited to the Hill Country and greater San Antonio, so other influences must be sought. We can start with our students. Consistently, 30 percent and more of our graduates proceed to graduate or professional school, where they are establishing a compelling record. Whether they are studying medicine, law or the hospitality industry, their success enhances Schreiner’s reputation. And their accomplishments here as undergraduates have the same effect. Roy Espinosa’s excellence in research award at this year’s Southwest Regional American Chemical Society conference and Caitlyn Weinheimer’s national success in trap shooting (very nearly claiming a place on the

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Olympic team) illustrate the varied ways in which student achievement strengthens our name. You can appreciate that point when you read in this issue about the accomplishments of those students who provided leadership for the national Better Together program. Similarly, Schreiner faculty enhance the university’s reputation. Recent Piper Professors Dr. Fred Stevens and Dr. Kathleen Hudson are examples. Competitive national grants secured by Dr. Adam Feltz in philosophy and our chemistry faculty for laboratories offer other evidence. Via Texas Public Radio, the work of faculty and students in our history department, led by Dr. John Huddleston, is regularly heard through vignettes tracking the course of the Civil War 150 years ago. When our BSN program, developed by Dr. Lena Rippstein, was approved two years ago and praised by the state board for its quality and when faculty from other Texas colleges came in May to our campus to participate in a workshop based on our freshman seminar’s “Reacting to the Past” curriculum, the strength and creativity of Schreiner academics registered. Unquestionably, our expanding and attractive physical facilities are part of this good story as well. And administrative leadership plays its part, as when provost Dr. Charlie McCormick recently led in developing a new five-college consortium for online language study. Increasingly, key senior administrators are called upon to share their expertise in national settings, from SACS visits to seminar leadership and officer roles with professional organizations. Their writings for publications also spread the Schreiner name. A college’s commitment to quality finds many expressions, collectively establishing a stronger reputation. Those summarized above illustrate that the change is neither an accident nor the sudden product of one or two accomplishments. No, Schreiner University is no longer a best-kept secret, and that change is reflective of broad and continuous dedication to quality. Tim Summerlin


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Schreiner Mansion The Hill Country Preservation Society donated Schreiner Mansion to Schreiner University in 2009. The structure, built in 1879 and restored in the 1970’s, was the original home of Captain Charles Schreiner, the university’s founder. now known as the Schreiner Mansion historic Site and education Center, the building hosted a number of cultural events in 2012, including its own grand re-opening in May, courtesy of a collaboration between Schreiner and Leadership Kerr County. The building was the hill Country Museum for several years, and is still open to the public several days a week.

Members of the 2011-2012 Leadership Kerr County class and steering committee at the mansion ribbon cutting.

Please help Su honor Those Lost in War Do you know of a Schreiner former student who lost his life in World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War or the more recent conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq? If so, please

call Mark Tuschak, vice president for advancement and public affairs, at 830-792-7215 or e-mail him at In the next few months, Schreiner will erect a new memorial wall in a park-like setting in front of the Floyd & Kathleen Cailloux Campus Activity Center. With a design guided by James Avery, the stately limestone wall will be part of the newly developed area where the old swimming pool used to be. “The Commons” includes spaces for relaxation, reflection and quiet conversation—amidst shade canopies, xeric plantings, benches and winding paths. It is Schreiner’s intent to honor the memories of each student lost in one of these wars. The old plaques on the exterior wall of the dining room will be removed. The names of 108 men have been collected so far, including nine lost in Vietnam. Please do not assume we know of your friends, neighbors or classmates. Please write or call us with as much detail as you can supply. 4 Summer 2012 SCENE


Best CaSe Scenario Hoon Hall, home to the Office of Advancement and Public Affairs, was full of hootin’ and hollerin’ after the announcement of this year’s CASE awards. Two graphic designers

in University Relations took gold at the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education conference in Fort Worth: Jake Roa for his poster “Exploring the Texas Hill Country” and Stephanie Keller for SCENE magazine in the 4-color throughout category. It was the third CASE award for SCENE in the past four years including two gold awards, one a Grand Gold for the fall 2008 issue. This was Roa’s first CASE awards submission. And to really top it off, Schreiner’s television ads “Forerunners,” “Longing” and “Brave Souls,” developed for Schreiner’s Marketing Office by advertising agency Briscoe Hall with Electro-Fish Media, swept their category, winning gold, silver and bronze. See the TV ad series at www. “I have the opportunity to view many college publications, and I stack up the work of our University Relations staff with those of any I see,” said Dr. Tim Summerlin, president of Schreiner. “Of course, I may be biased—but when I see the accolades from CASE, I suspect that I am just recognizing the quality work done consistently by our staff.”







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ThMf Celebrates Silver Jubilee This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Texas Heritage Music Foundation, founded and directed by Dr. Kathleen Hudson, Schreiner English professor, and located on the Schreiner University campus since 2004. Over the years, the foundation has sponsored after-school, hospice

and at-risk youth programs and established the Wayne Kennemer scholarship fund for music students. The foundation was also executive producer of a 10-part radio documentary series, “Whole Lotta Shakin’,” that received the 2007 George Foster Peabody Award for Excellence in Electronic Media. For 25 years, THMF has introduced the best in Texas music through the free monthly Texas Music Coffeehouse series at the University, the annual Texas Heritage Music Day (formerly Texas Heritage Living History Day), which the foundation co-sponsors with Schreiner’s Center for Innovative Learning. This year’s Music Day will, in fact, be two days, Friday and Saturday, September 28 and 29. The Friday event, “Another Way of Learning Using Stories and Songs,” will be free and open to the public and feature more than 50 performers and presenters located throughout the grounds surrounding the Robbins Lewis Pavilion on the Schreiner campus. Among the exhibits and presenters will be Aztec dancers, chuck wagons, Native American exhibits and stories, Texas Rangers museum, Texas Folklore Society and Texas singers and songwriters, and, as always, a tribute to Jimmy Rodgers. Saturday will be devoted to a songwriting workshop with Terri Hendrix and Lloyd Maines—father of Dixie Chicks lead vocalist Natalie Maines. Space is limited for this workshop and reservations are required. There will be a $95 fee that includes lunch, a book by Hendrix and a special evening performance. Call 830-792-1945 for information and reservations.

elmore Whitehurst award Braden Barnett ’12, of Ft. Worth, received the Elmore Whitehurst Award for Excellence in Learning. Dr. Charlie McCormick presented

the award to Barnett, who graduated cum laude with a major in biology, at the May 12 commencement ceremony. The Hatton W. Sumners Foundation established the annual Whitehurst 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.

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Earlier this year, Schreiner instituted a campuswide recycling program in partnership with Greenstar Recycling in San Antonio, with an official kickoff during Recall weekend in April. The push to get a recycling program was student-generated and student volunteers, as well as Schreiner’s environment management staff, have kept it going. Since the program began, the university has kept 11.69 tons of paper, almost half a ton of plastic and .351 tons of tin and aluminum out of the landfill, benefitting not only the environment but also Schreiner’s bottom line. The environmental numbers are equally impressive. according to Dale Myers, director of environment management, we have saved 198.7385 trees 47,931.05 kilowatt hours of energy 81,833.50 gallons of water 38.5785 cubic yards of landfill space and 701.43 pounds of air pollution.


Volunteer Spotlight

Growing up on Campus By LOuISe KOhL Leahy

Cathy Carden Henry has ties to Schreiner that go back nearly to her birth. Adopted by Robert and

Mary Carden, she moved into Hoon Hall when she was 14 days old, the building where she is now a volunteer for Schreiner’s Office of Advancement & Public Affairs. “My parents came to Schreiner in 1940 sight unseen,” Henry said. “All the job correspondence was done by mail. At that time, Kerrville had a reputation for being a good place for people with lung problems—which my dad had.” The Lone Star State was a considerable shock for the couple, as they hailed from Kentucky. “It must have been a dry year,” Henry said. “My mother told me that during the trip she kept asking my dad, ‘How can people make a living in this place?’ and crying. When she saw her first rattlesnake, she was ready to head right back to Kentucky.” However, they stayed on, to Schreiner’s great benefit. Robert Carden, taught zoology and biology here for 32 years, known to students in the early days as “Bicycle Bob.” That was in the war years, when people needed to conserve gasoline. His daughter has an almost encyclopedic knowledge of Schreiner history during that time. Henry said that her parents were in their late 30s when they started the adoption process, at a time when 40 was the cutoff age for adopting parents. “My mother told me that Mrs. Scott Schreiner wrote the adoption agency a letter that said, ‘Give this couple a child.’ She always said that without Mrs. Schreiner, they would never have

been able to adopt me.” The boys in Hoon chipped in and bought a $25 U.S. Savings Bond for the infant Carden. “I cashed it in when I bought my first car,” she said. “I thought the boys would approve of that.” Growing up on campus, Henry remembers faculty, staff and students as just neighbors. “Living here was a lot like living on a military base,” she said. “We’d wake up and go to bed to bugles blowing. Sunday afternoons in the spring, we all came out for the parades on the parade grounds. It’s so strange. Now I walk around campus and the buildings are named after our old neighbors.” As a teenager, she was an object of envy to her classmates at Tivy High School. Apparently, there was an unwritten law at that time that the young ladies could date either Tivy boys or Schreiner boys. Henry was an exception since she lived at Schreiner and attended Tivy. “My town friends were jealous that I had 300 boys for neighbors,” she said, laughing. Henry went on to marry a Schreiner boy, Roy Henry ’64. Her first classroom experience at Schreiner was a typing class she took when she was in the 7th grade. She eventually went on to do her freshman year of college and a summer session here—more than 30 college hours altogether. Although she also attended The University of Texas and Texas Tech, “my loyalties are really to Schreiner,” she said. She graduated from Texas Tech with a B.A. in history and government. Henry spent most of her career working for King Ranch, starting as the personal secretary of John

Armstrong, a King Ranch family member and company executive—and the nephew of Mrs. Scott Schreiner. During the 31 years she worked there, she worked in the records department and was in charge of the visitor management department. The visitor wrangling job came, she said, because “I was familiar with the whole kit and caboodle; I knew a little about everything on the ranch.” After retiring, it was barely a month before she returned to Kerrville. Her daughter and her family were here and she had kept up with friends in the area. “A few months later I made my way to Schreiner, stuck my nose into what used to be the president’s house, which is called Alumni House now,” Henry said. “It had a sign on the door that said ‘In Process of Moving.’ So I waited and checked out the Advancement folks in Hoon and decided I would like to work for them.” One visible and welcome result of her volunteer work was the idea for a reception during Recall for people who had grown up on the campus— the children of former Schreiner faculty and staff. That event is two years old now, and draws a large and lively crowd. She also searches records for former students and updates the department’s database. “I feel like I owe Schreiner so much,” Henry said. “My dad was so happy here and my mother could spot a homesick student just like that and ask them in where they could use our phone to call home in privacy. So many of us who grew up on campus say it was an idyllic experience. It was safe, the faculty and families were friends—it was like a 1950s sitcom.” Summer 2012 7

faculty Spotlight

Dr. Jeannette Cockroft By LOuISe KOhL Leahy

Photo above: english students at Suzhou university, China.

Dr. Jeannette Cockroft grew up in central Maine, in what she called “the poor part of the state,” adding, “I couldn’t wait to get out of there. I couldn’t understand why everyone didn’t want to get away.” Cockroft,

an associate professor of history and political science at Schreiner, arrived at her present position by way of a prelaw major and a passionate interest in Chinese history and culture. She spent her first three college years at the University of Maine in Orono on the pre-law track, majoring in political science and history and working as a paralegal for student legal aid. “There were at least six student paralegals, one lawyer and one adult paralegal in the office,” Cockroft said. “One of the biggest issues our students had was the Columbia Record Club—trying to get out of their commitment to buy more records after getting the first five free. I had to hold my tongue to keep from saying, ‘You’ve got to be kidding; buy

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the records!’ I realized I didn’t have the temperament to be a lawyer and I didn’t want to spend my life like that.” Somewhere in there, she took a Chinese history class. “I became fascinated with Chinese history,” Cockroft said. “It’s so different from American and European history. So, after three years and deciding not to go to law school, I decided I needed to study the Chinese language.” There were no classes in Chinese at the University of Maine, so she went to the University of Pennsylvania. After two years there, she graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Chinese language (Mandarin) and culture. “I started to work on an M.A. in Chinese language at the University of Kansas,” Cockroft said. “About one and a half years in, my advisor died. The Kansas economy was really bad in the early ’80s and a lot of Asian Studies professors were leaving for the University of Washington [Seattle], so

I switched to political science.” She went on to earn a Ph.D. in history from Texas A&M. Her dissertation research focused on Margaret Chase Smith, the first woman to serve in both houses of the U.S. Congress, and the development of Chase’s career from the 1920s to the 1950s. “Margaret Chase Smith grew up in my hometown in Maine,” Cockroft said. “She graduated from the same high school I did and my uncle was on her staff.” After receiving her doctorate, Cockroft went to China for a year and taught English as a Second Language at Suzhou University in Jiangsu, People’s Republic of China, about an hour west of Shanghai. She started teaching at Schreiner in 2002. “I really like teaching and helping students develop,” she said. “The students here are amazing: warm, generous, sweet. They make teaching the coolest job. Ever.”


faculty awards Dr. Charlie McCormick, Schreiner University provost and vice president for academic affairs, announced the University’s annual faculty awards at a recognition banquet on April 28. Five Schreiner professors were honored.

Dr. Danette Vines, associate professor of chemistry, 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. Vines has also received the 2011 elmore Whitehurst award for Creative Teaching. “honestly, receiving the Margaret hosler award is the best thing that has happened to me both as a scientist and professor,” Vines said. “I love my students and I challenge them to think big. and now receiving this award has made me realize that they appreciate my efforts and that in their own way, they love me, too. Despite the grueling tests, despite the lab experiments gone awry and despite the long hours of study, the students care and see the impact in scholarship. I can’t thank them enough. I am humbled and honored to be chosen for this prestigious award.”

James Harris, visiting assistant professor of visual arts, was the recipient of the 2012 elmore Whitehurst award for Creative Teaching. Dr. McCormick and a group of public school teachers choose the recipient for the Whitehurst Teaching award, which The hatton W. Sumners foundation funds. The award comes with a $2,000 stipend to be used for a university teaching project. “Of all the faculty awards, the Whitehurst award for Creative Teaching is the one I am most honored to win,” harris said. The award for excellence in research, Scholarship and Creative activity went to Dr. Chris Distel, assistant professor of biology. “This award was a surprise as there is a sizable, and growing, pool of excellent scholars within Schreiner’s faculty,” Distel said. “I am humbled and honored to be recognized from among them. It’s great to see an increase in research-based learning for our students.”

Dr. Mary Grace Antony, assistant professor of communication studies, is the 2012 advisor of the year, chosen by Dr. McCormick and the Schreiner deans. “I am very grateful for this award,” anthony said. “I would like to thank the faculty affairs Committee, my dean and especially my students and advisees for this wonderful honor. It is a privilege to work with them.”

Amanda Thomson, adjunct instructor of mathematics, received the Outstanding Part-Time faculty award. Thomson is also a Learning Support Services specialist. “I feel very honored to have the opportunity to work among such an extraordinary group of people,” said Thomson. “We have a truly remarkable faculty and staff who serve an outstanding student body. I am very blessed to be a part of this university.” Summer 2012 9

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“When forces of intolerance emerged in the past, young people led the forces of inclusion. The rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was 26 when he organized the Montgomery Bus Boycott, and Gandhi was even younger when he began working for peace in India. ... What if people of all faiths and traditions worked together to promote the common good for all? What if once again, young people led the way?” (from the Interfaith youth Core website at


n March 2011, believing that American colleges, community colleges and universities have often been at the forefront of solving our nation’s greatest challenges, President Obama issued The President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge to more than 6,000 colleges and universities across the country to make the vision for interfaith cooperation and community service a reality. Schreiner

University is one of the 270 schools to answer the call to participate in this inaugural year, and one of only six colleges and universities in Texas to participate in the Campus Challenge. Nationally, the Campus Challenge falls under the Department of Education and the White House Office of FaithBased and Neighborhood Partnerships. Since his inauguration, President Obama has emphasized interfaith cooperation and community service—“interfaith service” for short—as an important way to build understanding among different communities and contribute to the common good. Schreiner chose to participate in the President’s Challenge in the 2011-12 academic year to build on the interfaith and community service work already begun through the University’s Better Together program sponsored by the Interfaith Youth Core. (See page 13.) “It really was about being at the right place at the right time for SU to be in at the beginning of a national initiative about interfaith cooperation and community service,” said the Rev. Gini Norris-Lane, Schreiner’s campus minister. “Through a grant from the Presbyterian Church (USA), SU students Kelsey Moore ’12, senior Katie Debinski and I were able to be among 500 participants chosen to attend the Interfaith Youth Core’s Interfaith Leadership Institute at Georgetown University in 2010. There, we learned to organize the Better Together interfaith cooperation and service program that was implemented in spring 2011. “The Better Together campaign and President’s Challenge was important to me for the same reasons it was important for SU and will continue to be far into the future,” said Moore, who coordinated this year’s efforts. “It creates leadership rooted in a person’s beliefs, builds community with others no matter how different their beliefs may be and that strong community is able to serve others and make a difference in the world.” Summer 2012 11


1 The Schreiner group’s original goal was to reach 2,011 services hours in spring 2011. In all, 2,500 service hours were chalked up to Better Together, worked by students from various denominational groups, fraternities, sororities and anyone at all who wanted to help others. Among the community service projects were CSI Kerr County, a work trip to Denver to help at a Denver Urban Ministries food bank and CROP walk. Out of the group of colleges and universities trained in Georgetown at the ILI, Schreiner was one of 92 whose program was successful and Norris-Lane and students Genevieve Monroe, Brianna Benzinger and Brandon Cruz were asked to attend the next ILI training event to pass along what they learned at the Interfaith Leadership Institute at Dominican University in June 2011. “It was only natural after the first year’s success to participate in the President’s Challenge and Better Together for the 2011-2012 academic year and join the Better Together student interfaith cooperation campaign with larger initiatives across campus and in the community,” Norris-Lane said. “This year, we

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focused on education and poverty. We were also intentional in creating opportunities for conversation among students and between students and the community about different faith perspectives. The assumption is that if you are Christian you are all the same, you all believe the same things. We found out that’s not true at all. We learned more about each other because our service and engagement were intentional. We wanted to hear each other’s stories and learn about how our service activities were part of larger efforts to help our community.” When a Schreiner student’s uncle lost everything in the Bastrop wildfire, students went to help almost immediately, with a group representing four denominations returning over spring break to help with the recovery in that area. “We’ve come to understand that it takes so much more than good intentions to really make an impact,” Norris-Lane said. “The Bastrop wildfire was to Bastrop County what Katrina was to New Orleans. If through our participation in the President’s Challenge and Better Together we can give students the skills needed to organize and address

larger community issues, then we will have succeeded in creating a new generation of leaders ready to work with diverse groups to implement solutions to the problems that plague their communities.” Norris-Lane and students also hosted interfaith worship services for September 11 and Thanksgiving, collaborated with Kerrville Area Interfaith Peace Dialogue Association and professors to host a panel of community leaders on the International Day of Peace on September 21, as well as an informational forum and discussion on Sharia Law, a body of law based on Islam and its central religious text, the Quran, in October. This spring, more than 60 students were involved in World Vision’s 30 Hour Famine to raise money and awareness about hunger, CROP walk and the annual “This I Believe” series (inspired by an NPR series of the same name), in which faculty, staff and students from a wide variety of perspectives share their stories. This is in addition to the 65 students who mentored each week in local schools—work in which Elizabeth Loggie, associate director of volunteer programs, collaborated with

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Photos: 1. Teresa alejandro ’12 and Schreiner senior Liliana Guia repair steps as part of work trip 2012 for Wildfire recovery in Bastrop, after the devastating wildfires there. 2. Schreiner students and staff volunteered at a Denver urban Ministries food bank. Pictured, left to right, are Gordon findlay, Su director for retention and student success; and Su students Jana de Jesus; ariel Ocanas; Gloria Lopez; alfonso rodriguez; Valerie Smith; andy Lemlyn; Stephanie hoskins; Beth Smith; Katie Debinski; adolpho Castillo and Brianna Benzinger. 3. andy Lemlyn and Brianna Benzinger help prepare food at a Denver urban Ministries food bank. 4. Managers and volunteers for wildfire recovery in Bastrop take a brief and well-earned rest at the volunteer village. front, left to right, they are the rev. Gini norris-Lane, Schreiner campus minister, with faith Village managers and volunteers; on the step, left to right: Su students Chris Burns, rachel “annie” reast, Liliana Guia, Teresa alejandro, Valerie Smith and Steven Conshue. 5. Su students Valerie Smith and Steve Conshue clear and level ground for bathrooms at the volunteer village in Bastrop.

Schreiner Campus Ministry. Loggie, Campus Ministry and Partners in Ministry hosted a Recognition Party for all mentors in Kerr County. This partnership led to a lecture series, Mentoring Mondays, held at Schreiner to enrich mentors with a lunch-andlearn program. Dr. Kyle Busing, assistant professor of exercise science, facilitated two of the three lectures. In addition to the mentoring, Schreiner University coordinated with the St. Vincent de Paul Society, the San Antonio Food Bank’s Mobile Food Pantry and Peterson Middle School Leadership Group to host four food giveaways, handing out approximately 20 tons of food to community members in need. “Through mentoring and the food giveaways, our students, faculty and staff have fostered a sense of hope in our community, by giving a hand up,” said Loggie. “It has truly enriched our campus to embrace servant leadership.” The students who participated in the program seem to have received as much as they gave. “Participating in Better Together helped me continue my own spiritual journey while also getting to share it with others and hear theirs as well,” said

SU senior Marshall Brown, who was on the Better Together steering committee this year and who will co-lead with junior Derek Draper next year. Draper added, “As the world keeps growing in numbers, we need to stand strong together to support others and reach out to help. As long as there is someone in need, Better Together will be essential.” Next year, SU students will again participate in the Better Together interfaith campaign, with the university making plans to send a small delegation of staff and faculty to Howard University in Washington, DC in July to share their experience with the President’s Challenge and prepare for a second year. Of particular interest to Norris-Lane and to leaders in the Department of Education is how to combine the particular strengths and interests of our whole Schreiner community— faculty, staff and students—to address community issues in Kerrville and the surrounding area not only now, but for years to come. “We’ve come to understand that people working across faith lines will have a bigger impact on a community,” Norris-Lane said.

An American Muslim of Indian heritage, Eboo Patel founded the Interfaith Youth Core armed with little more than a desire to serve the poor and a doctorate in the sociology of religion from Oxford University, which he attended as a Rhodes Scholar. he spent some time looking at already existing service and nonprofit organizations, and was particularly impressed with his experiences at Catholic Worker houses, which Dorothy Day started in the Great Depression to help feed, clothe and shelter people. Patel got the idea for the Interfaith youth Core at a national interfaith conference when he noticed how few young people were there. To help harness all that youthful energy for the common good, he founded the IfyC in 2002 with a grant from the ford foundation and one person on staff. according to the IfyC website (, the organization currently has an annual operating budget of $4 million “and enough staff to field several kickball teams.” They have partnered with the Tony Blair faith foundation and the Clinton Global Initiative, and Patel is a member of President Obama’s inaugural advisory Council on faith-Based neighborhood Partnerships. IfyC provides interfaith leadership training, including that for the Better Together movement and the President’s Challenge. They work all over the world to help communities and college and universities come together across faith lines and divisions to provide stronger support and help to the needy in their areas.


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hot reads Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “O Day of days when we can read!” for most of us, especially for people who work at schools and universities, that day is most likely to fall in June or July. The past year’s classes have wound down, next year’s haven’t started up and somewhere in there will be a slow day or two to kick back and have a leisurely read. The SCene staff is always looking for good reads, so we asked Su faculty and staff to share their favorite books and authors. We got an eclectic and interesting list with something for everyone.

“I have just begun a book that Bill Muse, vice president for administration and finance suggested to me, ‘Passion on the Vine,’ the memoir of an Italian American who became a leading wine merchant and in the process was able to explore the culture of the Italy he left as a boy and his own family as well. As we are going to Italy this summer and we will spend part of that trip with Mary Ellen’s family in Santarcangelo di Romagna, this will be timely reading. My guess is that I will finish it on the flight over!” — Dr. Tim Summerlin SU president

“Trilogy of books by Rebecca Cantrell: ‘A Trace of Smoke,’ ‘A Night of Long Knives’ and ‘A Game of Lies’—reading right now. ‘Bel Canto’ by Ann Patchett—all-time favorite. ‘11/22/63’ by Stephen King—not a typical King book at all and amazing. Could not put it down.” — Carrie Murr randall associate director of admission marketing

“I’m enjoying alice lice Sebold’s debut 2002 novel ‘The Lovely Bones.’ Parts include coming of age in the ’70s, ghost story, search for justice by the girl who didn’t get the chance to come of age and a big piece of the endurance of families within personal catastrophe. as I’m reading, I find myself, with Susie’s ghost, hoping to protect her sister from the same fate.” — Conner Baldwin associate professor, library science

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“re-reading all of the Harry Potter books right now. Just can’t get enough of those! really looking forward to the new Tana french and Dean Koontz novels coming out this summer.” — amy armstrong director of university relations

“I seem to be reading higher education books right now. I just finished ‘Top T ier’ by Norman Smith, a book about the transformation of Wagner College from a near closure to national prominence. Now I am on ‘Crisis on Campus: A Bold plan for Reforming Our Colleges and Universities’ by Mark C. Taylor. And next up is ‘Academically Adrift.’ Then I promise I am switching back over to the Hunger Games series!” — Diana Comuzzie dean, Trull School of Sciences and Mathematics

— Serge ryno adjunct professor of business

“My recent reads that would be good for the summer include ‘Guernsey Potato Peel Pie and Literary Society’ by Mary Ann Shaffer. A really funny but touching postWWII story that will make you glad someone still writes this sappy stuff! ‘The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks’ by Rebecca Skloot. It makes you think and combines reporting, racism and greed and will leave you wondering why and who. ‘Devil Bones’ by Kathy Reichs—or any of her books. Her books are always quick, fun reads that consistently teach me something. Hope everyone has a great reading summer!”


“‘Killing Lincoln’ by Bill O’ reilly and Martin Dugard about the 1865 assassination. Great book!”

“I just finished ‘Unbroken’ by Laura Hillenbrand (who also — Lillian Barron, MSn, rn wrote ‘Seabiscuit’). assistant professor of nursing Hillenbrand is a fantastic storyteller, “‘The Boy Who Came Back From and every page Heaven,’ by Kevin and alex Marlarkey” is suspenseful. I — Lena rippstein director of nursing especially appreciated the book because my “For light, fun reading, you can’t beat Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series. Also recommend dad, Larry Davis, series that give you a good idea of 20th was a World War II two century history in Laos and Tibet. The Laotian navigator who crash- series is by Colin Cotterill and features Dr. landed a couple of Siri, 72-year-old national coroner-by-default— times but never got he’s the only surgeon left in Laos after the communist takeover. Eliot Pattison’s Inspector shot down.” — Karen Kilgore director of development

Shan series is darker. The main character is a former Chinese bureaucrat who has been sent to a labor camp in Tibet, where he is asked to solve a murder by the local Chinese official. Good mysteries and a lot about Tibetan Buddhism and Tibet under Chinese rule.” — Louise Leahy

writer, university relations

“The Hunger Games trilogy! Could not put them down. Read them all in a week!” — Tammi K. Clanton ’98 director of Cailloux Campus Activity Center & event manager Summer 2012 15

Bill Thomas

Sure as Shootin’! By LOuISe KOhL Leahy


ike many local residents, Dallas native Bill Thomas retired to the Hill Country to take it easy. That’s not exactly how things turned out,

however—not by a long shot—and Schreiner can take a lot of the credit for that. “I came to the Hill Country to sit on my porch in my rocking chair and totally retire,” he said, “but it didn’t work out quite that way.” Thomas has been the volunteer coach of the very successful Schreiner Shooting Sports Society, student competitive trap and skeet shooters, since the group started in 2005. However, he and his wife Blythe started their relationship with Schreiner through the classroom. “One of our neighbors, Roseanne Keller, told us she was going to teach at Schreiner as an adjunct,” he said. “So we took her class in the history of Christianity as senior auditors.” Thomas has also audited classes with Dr. Cole Starr, associate professor of religion and philosophy, and Dr. Ron Hatchett, the since-retired director of global studies at Schreiner.

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“It only took me about 50 years to learn the best way to go to college,” Thomas said, referring to Schreiner’s senior audit program. “This way, you can go to class when you want to, you don’t have to take the test or write the paper and you still get a world-class education.” Thomas’s family moved to University Park when it was a suburb of Dallas and lived in “the next to the last house in the city.” He remembers fields where North Park is now in which boys could shoot squirrels and rabbits with shotguns and .22s. “I know how to shoot rifles, too,” Thomas said. “The Army gives you instruction in that.” His father’s sport was golf and in high school Thomas was on the golf team. He said he was a “mediocre golfer” and wasn’t all that taken with the sport. And then came a day at the Texas State Fair and a spot in a clay target competition. “My first competitive score was 57 out of 100, which is awful,” he said. “But I had found my niche. I really enjoyed it and it takes a lot less time than golf.” While Thomas was with the Dallas Gun Club in the


mid-1990s, representatives from the United States Helice Association approached the club about holding a trial there to select competitive shooters for the U.S. national team. (Helice is a form of target shooting for shotguns similar to live pigeon shooting that uses mechanically thrown plastic targets.) “I competed with them just in the spirit of good sportsmanship,” Thomas said, “and I ended up in fourth place. The third-place guy was unable to go, so I ended up on the team that went to Italy in 1994 to compete for the world championship.” The U.S. team won in a shootoff with the Italians who had dominated the sport up until then. “We were the first non-Italian team to win in 10 or 15 years,” Thomas said. “They had us on podiums for the medal ceremony just like in the Olympics. To this day I get chills up my spine when I see the American flag being raised.” Thomas went on to participate and compete in 27 World Skeet Championships and won a class medal virtually every year he competed.

It wasn’t easy to get Thomas to talk much about himself. His favorite topic of conversation is really the team he coaches and the sports shooters in whom he takes so much pride. He has every reason to be proud. That team has brought more than 40 medals, along with national and state titles, back to Schreiner since it started competing in 2007. One former member, Caitlin Barney Weinheimer, from Ingram, Texas, came achingly close to making the U.S. Olympic team for the 2012 London Olympics. Weinheimer also won Schreiner’s first national championship since it became a university, in women’s international trap. “The kids are the ones doing all the work and I’m having all the fun,” he said. “I’m dealing with topnotch young go-getters, self-starters and achievers who are good students and fun to be around. I’m just the porter and chauffeur for the shooting team.” Photo: Left to right Mike anderson, Brooks eustace, Drucilla Meier, Tom Pappas, coach Thomas, neal hodges, Logan Brinkley, James heikkenen and anthony Gaddy. Summer 2012 17

Climb every Mountain Tom Pappas


Photos: Schreiner grad Tom Pappas stands at the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro. “I just finished climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, 19,331 ft., the tallest free standing mountain in the world,” he e-mailed. “The last few hours to the top was more difficult than the Ironman, I didn’t think I was going to make it back down alive for a little while until the sun just broke the horizon.” at right, Pappas finishes his first Ironman Triathlon. By LOuISe KOhL Leahy


hen Tom Pappas ’12 starting thinking about college, Schreiner wasn’t on his list. In fact, his list didn’t include any schools that didn’t have a lacrosse program.

“I spent some time at other schools,” Pappas, who has learning disabilities, said. “I didn’t start with Schreiner even though it was a perfect match for me academically. And even though my father (Harris Pappas ’62) went here.” Lacrosse notwithstanding, he was not happy with the first schools he attended. “When I took tests at the other schools, the teachers would sometimes just grab the tests out of my hands,” said Pappas. “I took so long to finish they thought I couldn’t understand the material, but all I needed was more time.” Pappas switched his focus to Schreiner and its Learning Support

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Services program, but not without some help. “To get me to come here, my dad and my sister basically kidnapped me,” Pappas said. “They told me we were going to some restaurant. I fell asleep in the car and woke up on campus.” At the end of his first semester at Schreiner, Pappas had a 4.0 GPA. “I had to develop a style of learning before I even started college,” he said. “LSS ensures teachers will accommodate that style, while helping you improve your efficiency at processing, so it becomes an advantage not a disadvantage. LSS is the most fantastic program for students with learning disabilities in the entire country.” The one disadvantage about coming to Schreiner is all the time he had on his hands now that he wasn’t playing

and training for lacrosse. “I got here and I wasn’t sure what to do with all that time,” Pappas said, “so I sent e-mails to people about cross-country, soccer and fraternities. In less than I week, I went from having nothing to do to being completely involved.” Pappas was on the cross-country and soccer teams, and was a member of Chi Phi fraternity during his time at Schreiner. He was a member of the student senate and president of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee. He also competed as a member of the Schreiner Shooting Sports Society. Recently he competed on the nine-member skeet team that brought home a silver medal from the Association of College Unions International national championships in San Antonio. “We’re a small school, but we shoot very competitively

against larger schools,” he said. As you might guess, Pappas is a talented athlete. He is also modest about his accomplishments, which include completing his first Ironman competition in August 2011—140.6 miles in 15 hours. “It took nine months of training,” Pappas said, “a lot of biking and running, a lot of days in the sun, a lot of mental preparation and eating. It was probably the most difficult mental and physical preparation I’ve ever done.” He said his tryout for Schreiner’s soccer team was a little less impressive. “I came out for an off-season tryout,” he said. “I figured I didn’t have the soccer skills for the first team; I hadn’t played since my sophomore year of high school. I heard the coach just say ‘thank you’ to a couple of other players and I was sure he would say the same to me. But he said, ‘Thank you for trying out. You’re going to have a jersey and a spot on the team.’ I must have thanked him 30 or 40 times before he started laughing.” Pappas was an exercise science major who plans to go to culinary school in New York City after graduation. A close friend from high school is already there and has that rarest of NYC items, an affordable apartment he is willing to share. “Alex and I have a list of things we want to do together, like the Ironman,” Pappas said. “This summer we’re going to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. Then my sister and I are going to Peru to climb Machu Picchu, hiking all the way up. It will take a few days. “I know I’m lucky to be able to have these kinds of experiences,” he added. And that young man from whom teachers grabbed tests graduated from Schreiner in May, having been on the Dean’s or President’s list every semester since he got here.

Jimmy Smith Men’s Basketball: Su men’s basketball head coach Drew Miller resigned his position in april, after the program’s most successful year in the nCaa era. although the blow seemingly hurts the Mountaineer program, Schreiner was able to hire a very accomplished and widely regarded new head coach in Smith. he served as the assistant coach at (a fellow american Southwest Conference member) Mary hardin-Baylor for three years and helped the team to its most successful run in school history. While at uMhB, the Cru were annual stalwarts in the national rankings, won two aSC Championships and dominated the aSC West Division. he was also a highly successful player at uMhB, helping the team to great success during his four-year career.


new Coaches

Jessica Peterka Softball: Peterka was a recordsetting four-year starter for Presbyterian College in South Carolina. She holds school career records for home runs and rBIs, and is on most of the school’s other offensive records lists. her teams compiled a record of 13585 during her career, including a 48-13 record her first year. She was the assistant coach (pitchers and catchers) at nCaa Division II Tusculum College (Tennessee) for two seasons and was hired to coach Lambuth university in Memphis for one year. While there, she became an administrator and coordinated the school’s compliance department as it transitioned from naIa to nCaa Division II. her most recent assistant coach position was at West Virginia Wesleyan (nCaa-II), where she helped the team earn a record of 48-8 overall and was ranked as high as no. 15 nationally.

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Baseball Schreiner baseball had a tough first year under new head coach Ryan Brisbin. The Mountaineers showed definite improvement in pitching, led by junior Matt Valley, but struggled offensively all year. The defense was very strong early, struggled mightily in the middle of the season and then rebounded at the end of the year. The team finished 4-17 in american Southwest Conference play. next year the transformation in the program will begin as Brisbin welcomes his first full recruiting class. he already has 25 commitments for next year so the team will be very young, but there should be strong competition throughout the roster. On the academic front, Schreiner baseball was the most improved program in the department and claimed the Outstanding Team GPa award for the 2011-12 year. In the spring semester, the team had a remarkable overall GPa of 3.08 to lead all men’s squads and 20 of the 29 players earned a 3.00 GPa or better in the semester—all records for the program.

Standing left to right, reagan reed, Dan Kuntzelman, nolan Besetzny, Cory reneau, ethan Catalani, Brad Thomas, Colton Mendenhall, Chris Whitehead, adley Canales and Chris Migl. Middle row, left to right, Mike Kelton, Pete Trevino, eric Bukowski, Tyler heimann, Chris Grantham, Barrett houser, Justin Martinez, Matt Valley and Kelly rundzieher. Seated, Jesse Paredes, William Tennant, Curt Jaeger, roger Chavez, Caleb Veteto, Jameon Grasshof, Kyle reinen, ryan Pisseri and David hinebaugh.

Softball SU softball had a challenging season. head coach Don Green resigned with six weeks remaining in the season and assistant coach Joe anders took over. The Mountaineers finished the year 9-15 in the conference but were a much more inspired and competitive team towards the end of the year. Junior Callie Caesar led the team in hitting with a .360 average and freshman Jana Masters had a team low era of 3.20. Schreiner softball also won the Outstanding Team GPa award for 2011-12 and had a semester GPa of 3.32. Su hired Jessica Peterka in May to become the new head coach and anders will continue to be a strong assistant coach. Peterka’s challenge will be to replenish a short roster for the 2012-13 season and with not a lot of time to do so. She does have a core group of talented returning players to build around.

front row, left to right, Kristy Gonzalez, Brandy Gonzalez, Charis Sultemeier, Victoria flores, ashly Bouthot, Jordan Moody and Kayla avirett. Back row, left to right, Vanessa Vazquez, Kelsey ambrose, Jill McGinnis, Callie Caesar, allyson Morris, Shelby Kimmons and Jana Masters.

Men’s Tennis The squad was made up of first-year players at every spot except one this year, which was not a winning combination. But that youth should mean a very different result in 2013, as coach Wade Morgan adds his first recruiting class to this program. eight new players are committed to coming this fall and new faces should be a very common theme in matches. freshman austin Carrola was the team’s best player throughout the year but he’ll face strong challenges from many of the incoming recruits. freshman Stephen rogers will be back in the fold next fall and will help the team’s depth. This program should return quickly to its more successful years like those it enjoyed in the mid-00s now that the recruiting pipeline has been re-established.

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Left to right, Coach Wade Morgan, Michael Wallace, austin Carrola, hunter Johnson, Matt Salazar and Stephen rogers; not pictured: nathan West, Travis Plughaupt and Cameron Timber.

The team finished the season where they were expected to, third in the American Southwest Conference, and the program looks to be poised on the edge of an exciting new era. Senior Sarah Stillwell and junior Gabby rosales led the team in 2011-12 and both earned all-aSC honors again this year. Stillwell became the first Mountaineer golfer to be a four-time all-aSC SC award winner. The excitement, though, is for the future of the program. This fall, rosales and two strong freshmen from this past year—Melanie Dean and Maddie Scheidler—will be joined by what is easily the program’s biggest and strongest freshman recruiting class to date. The five (possibly six) incoming freshmen should at least do for the women’s program what that same sized group did for the Su men’s team in 2011-12. although the program will be extremely young (likely eight of the top nine players will be either freshmen or sophomores), a quick transition to college play by the newbies could vault Su into the top-20 or higher in 2013.

front row, left to right, Gabby rosales, Simone Date and Katlynd Imbody. Back row, left to right, Melanie Dean, Maddie Scheidler and Sarah Stillwell.


Women’s Golf

Men’s Golf The SU men got off to a very strong start in the fall season, but didn’t fare as well in the spring. The team finished fourth at the 2012 aSC Championships, which is where the team was slotted going into the event, but expectations after the strong fall season seemed to weigh the team down. In the fall, the team rose to a ranking as high as no. 16 in the nation. Cheyne Kendall and Jimmy Keener, both freshmen, were tournament medalists in the fall. Despite the drop-off in the spring, the Mountaineers were successful in adding the no. 4-ranked freshmen recruiting class in the nation in 2012 and all five rookies have already made an impact. Two strong recruits join the returning players this fall and both should compete for a starting spot right away. This team could be one of the deepest and most competitive in the conference next year but will still have only three upperclassmen on the roster. If the new and older players compete as successfully in tournament play as they do in qualifying, this should be a top-20 program by spring of next year. Junior andy Bell became a first-time academic all-american in 2012.

front row, left to right, andy Bell, Ian Davis, Marcus Vargas, Zach reichenau and Kelby ruiz. Back row, left to right, Zach Oliver, Jimmy Keener, Cheyne Kendall, Matt Garrett (did not play in the spring) and Tommy Xu.

Women’s Tennis The Schreiner women’s tennis team struggled again this year, but a new era has started, with new head coach Wade Morgan taking a much more active approach with the women’s team. although the record was similar to the past few years, team competitiveness was quite a bit better. his first recruiting class will arrive this fall and features an unheard-of seven new players. To say that the program will be very different in 2013 is an understatement as there will be strong competition for starting spots from now on, which should mean significant change in the competitiveness of the program. Sophomore Teresa Gaitan was the no. o. 1 player in singles and she teamed with freshman haley richards at no. 1 doubles. The no. 2 doubles team of juniors Kelley Spahn and Lindsay fox were the program’s strongest.

Left to right, Coach Wade Morgan, Lindsay fox, Kelley Spahn, haley richards and Teresa Gaitan; not pictured: Lynne Collenback and Becky Chiarro. Summer 2012 21

K Compassion and Skill: Doctor in Training By LOuISe KOhL Leahy

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athy Calhoun ’09 is a great example of the kind of student Schreiner sends on to medical school.

While pursuing a pre-med track biology major, she shadowed a number of local doctors, including Dr. Thomas Noonan, who is the volunteer doctor in Schreiner’s Health and Wellness Center; orthopedic surgeon Dr. Robert Mitchell; and two radiologists, Dr. Joe Pruneda and Dr. Tyson Hale. “All my shadowing was really helpful, but Dr. Mitchell helped me the most,” said Calhoun, who plans to practice reconstructive plastic surgery. “I was able to shadow him in the clinic and in surgery.” Calhoun, whose family are Kerrville residents, now lives in

College Station, where she is in her second year of medical school at the Texas A&M Health Science Center. She was also accepted at four other schools, including the University of Texas-San Antonio and Texas Tech University. “When I interviewed at A&M, the questions were different than at the other schools,” she said. “They didn’t just ask about my volunteer work or why I wanted to be a doctor, which is basically on my résumé. I felt extremely challenged. I decided to go to A&M because I loved that I was going to be challenged every day.” Possibly one of the most interesting things that has happened to Calhoun since leaving Schreiner is being invited to observe the first fullface transplant in the U.S., which

extremely quiet. I felt so privileged to be there and Dr. Eriksson insisted I was there for every moment.” Calhoun said that 60 to 70 percent of her medical class plan to go into primary care, OB/GYN or pediatrics. Medical students in the U.S. must go through a residency program before being licensed to practice, she said, and five percent of medical school graduates will not be able to go on to residency because of the shortage of programs. Calhoun said she had her eye on a six-year residency at Southwestern Hospital in Dallas because it’s “miles ahead in technology.” But before that—even before finishing medical school—she will take a year to get her M.B.A. at A&M. After that, she’ll finish her


took place at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston in 2010. She was visiting Dr. Elof Eriksson, chief of the division of plastic surgery, and his wife and shadowing doctors there. “As soon as I got to the clinic that day, Dr. Eriksson pulled me aside and asked me to guess beyond my wildest dreams what I was about to see. I guessed some sort of transplant and he said, ‘Not just any transplant; the first total face transplant ever performed.’ The plastic surgery team would be flying to the donor that night, taking the face, flying back to Boston and immediately going to work on the patient. I went to a private meeting with six plastic surgeons. There was a slideshow of their plan, the donor and the recipient. They said this had to stay

third year of medical school and plans to graduate in 2015 with both an M.D. and an M.B.A. “Our teachers have told us that in residency we better prepare ourselves for 100-hour work weeks for $30,000 a year,” Calhoun said. “In light of that, I keep in mind that I want to be a doctor because I want to help people.” She plans on practicing both cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. “Reconstructive is where my heart is,” she said, “children with cleft palates, burn victims, women with mastectomies, other traumas. Cosmetic surgery pays the bills so you can do reconstructive surgery. I wanted to explore the art side of medicine but in a field where there are immediate results and it’s not life and death. I also don’t want to be pushed into a corner where someone is telling me I have to see a patient every seven minutes. “I want to be the best possible mother and wife as well as a doctor,” she added. She recently married Christopher Hix whom she has known since high school. She gives Schreiner a lot of the credit for getting her where she is today. “My education at Schreiner was extremely individualized,” Calhoun said. “Professors helped me narrow in on and improve my weaknesses, while at the same time improving my strengths. Schreiner instilled in me a confidence I definitely did not have before. They made me believe that I could become an incredible doctor and forced me to overcome challenges. The confidence this gave me has dramatically helped me with my communication skills with patients, my work ethic and most importantly, my desire to help people in the most positive way.” Photo: Schreiner grad Kathy Calhoun, second from the right, poses with some of the surgical team for the first face transplant performed in the u.S. Summer 2012 23

RECALL 2012 RECALL 2012 was rockin’ with a record 300 people attending the various events and meeting up with old friends. More than 100 people showed up for the athlete’s reception and the fredericksburg Vintage Car Club joined in the parade, staying around afterwards so everyone could get a good look at the cars and remember when. The picnic was a real winner this year, with food provided by Black’s Barbeque in Lockhart, Texas, courtesy of former student Kent Black ’72. as you can see from these photos and those online at, everyone had a great time and we’re all looking forward to 2013!

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Save the Date

RECALL 2013 april 19-21

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Schreiner’s newest alumni

Class of 2012

adrian aguilar

Kevin Carrell

abigail Guarnero

Victoria Mar

Stephanie Samayoa

ruben aguilar

Gabriella Carter

Jennifer Guthrie

Sinead McGuinness

Cruz Sepeda

Teresa alejandro

rogelio Chavez

heather hausman

Lena Meadows

Bradley Shearhart

Colton allen

austin Christensen

rebecca hay

elizabeth Mendiola

nicole Smith

Candi althaus

Loyce Collenback

James heikkenen

anne Messina

Precious Smith

austin anderson

Cintia Contreras

ellena hernandez

Kelsey Moore

Gabriel Soto

Philip anderson

Keller Cook

norma hernandez

Michelle nebgen

Cecilia arredondo

rebecca Coursey

Tereso hernandez

allison neely

Justin atchley

Jaleesa Crawford

ashley hollaway

Kimberley nickel

Braden Barnett

Terri Danz

Stephanie hoskins

Tanner Overstake

Travis Barter

Simone Date

Michelle Irby

rebecca Page

Maryfrancis Benning

Celina Davila

Matthew Johnson

rylie Pankratz

Luke Berry

Ona Beth Day

Jasmine Jones

Tom Pappas

Cameron Besetzny

Casondra embrey

William Keaton

Jesse Paredes

ashly Bouthot

robert eustace

Daniel Kinchen

emilianna Phillips

andrew Brock

arryn fornof

Joanne King

Kristofor Pipes

eric Bukowski

Dawn foster-Wood

Daniel Kuntzelman

Carol Pope

Caitlin Burress

emily fraser

Colin Lawson

elizabet Quinones

Michelle Walton

hailey Burroughs

Larry fridell

Shelby Lawson

William ramon

Caitlin Weinheimer

Justin Butler

William Gary

Gloria Lopez

Jessica roberts

Cody Welch

Catherine Butts

Guadalupe Garza

austin Loza

ana romero

henrietta Wollney

amber Campillo

raquel Godinez

Joanna Magrum

Valerie rosen

Casey Wyatt

adley Canales

Jory Greff

Cindy Mangold

Victor Salinas

Leonardo ybanez

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class notes


Bob Hedrick ’52 and

his wife fran renewed their wedding vows on campus during the recall 2012 weekend. The Rev. Arthur Sly ’52, who lives in Kerrville, performed the ceremony in the company of the couple’s friends.


Victor Hamm wrote, “I was a member of the Mountaineers track team of 1969. I wanted so badly to come back to Schreiner the following semester, but was injured while running in a marathon that summer, which finished my running career. I am a retired u.S. army Master Sgt. and also retired from Veterans affairs as a service officer. I live in aberdeen, Ohio, with Betty, my wife of 31 years, and our two sons. I will always treasure my semester at Schreiner and my friends there. My e-mail address is I would particularly like to know where the following are— Harry Frazier, Mike and Homer Guererro and Coach Meeks.” Donald T. Milligan ’62 joined the army in 1965 and was a member of the u.S. army Special forces (Green

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Berets) from 1966-1990. “I was in Thailand 1967/1968, Vietnam 1969/1970, Indonesia 1975/1976 and Panama 1988-1990, where I retired. I started as a radio operator, then weapons, intelligence, team sergeant, detachment commander and finally as executive officer of Special forces a-Team. I graduated first in the Sergeants academy, Jumpmaster School and recondo Course. (uSaf Brigadier General Olds, Vietnam ace, presented me the bowie knife for being first in the recondo course at ft Carson). Schreiner can say that one of its graduates was in the first class of u.S. army Special forces Warrant Officers. after the army, I retired in florida and became a law enforcement officer. Since education is important, I went back to college and I graduated cum laude. Later, I worked for the u.S. Social Security administration and retired for good. Those of us who went to school in the 1960s have had the distinct honor and privilege of being in the dington orate auditorium to hear Dr. edington on one subject or the other. he was also our professor of religion. I would have liked to sit and hear him and William f. Buckley discuss a subject, any subject.”

Dan Sowards ’68 recently retired from the Texas Department of State health Service after 38 years in food and Drug Safety. Dan is past president of the association of food and Drug Officials and a past winner of the harvey W. Wiley award, the highest honor for u.S. food and drug officials. he has written many articles on food safety for the food and Drug Law Journal of the new york Bar association, The Journal for food Safety and other publications. he is currently working in the development and presentation of training for the International food Protection Training Institute. Dan is a Kerrville native and has lived

in austin since 1981. he has been married for 40 years to Lois. They have two children, Tracy and Tim, and one fantastic grandson, Matthew. Dan said he “collects coins, plays a little golf. We have funded a scholarship for Schreiner students and are members of the Schreiner Oaks Society. I miss recall very much, and I hope to be there next year!”

Marvin Singleton ’60 was unable to attend the recall this year because he was on a riverboat cruise of the upper Mississippi river. he wrote, “Sorry to miss the fun. Only additional news is that I have two grown children living in Kansas City and am a grandfather twice and expecting again in October. I am single and living in fayetteville, ark. My e-mail doctorsingleton@ and I would be happy to see or hear from old classmates.”

Dan Vanderwoude ’62 graduated from Stephen f. austin Collage in 1967 with a Bachelor of Science degree in business. he then went to work for three different general contractors building large apartment complexes. he wrote, “I have been self-employed as a general contractor since 1974,


building high-end homes in the Park Cites area of Dallas. I also do light commercial construction. I built the first Chili’s, the first Cheddars, and the first Dave and Busters in the Dallas area. My hobbies used to include playing handball at the yMCa, water skiing and running 5Ks. now I am a spectator. I can be contacted at”


Ricardo (Rick) Garcia, ’76 and his

family are enjoying life in reno, nev. he said, “after a successful hip replacement two years ago, I feel great and ready to get back on the bicycle. The picture is from a trip to Panama with my oldest daughter Madeleine. I encourage everyone to eat well, exercise and love the Lord.”

Jean Wolfmueller Weber ’71 sent in a note for her twin sister: “Joan Wolfmueller Miller ’71 was named ‘realtor of the year’ at the Kerrville Board of realtors annual Banquet. She is a realtor with realty executives of Kerrville.”


Oscar Elizondo ’84

has embarked on a new career path with Walmart as

an assistant store manager in San antonio and said he has the pleasure of working with one of his Schreiner classmates, Patsy Ortega ’99 (Vn). “She is the optical department manager at my store. My wife and I have been blessed with five wonderful children and we have a six-monthold grandchild. We recently have gotten involved with aCTS Missions Ministry and it has changed our lives. The entire family has attended one of these life-changing weekends and we are getting ready to embark on a Mission retreat in Clarksville, Md. We are excited but also nervous, as it will require some hefty fundraising. We are blessed to have this opportunity to spread God’s Word. I pray all Schreiner alumni make 2012 a year of new beginnings and for current students to pursue their dreams with passion and tenacity. I pray they seek guidance to follow the path that God has placed before them and to know he is with us each step of the way. May Schreiner continue to be a success in higher learning and the development of contributing members of our great country.”

Cliff Wiese ’88 owns Cliff’s Personal fitness Programs in houston and recently reached an agreement with Suarez International to continue collaborating on making DVDs in the Combat fit DVD series. “The new DVD title will be ‘Combat fit 3 with Cliff Wiese: fitness for Seasoned Warriors,’ for people with previous injuries who need variations in building or adjusting their exercise routines to accommodate physical impairments. you can see trailers for the first two DVDs on youTube by searching ‘Combat fit Wiese.’ I hope all is well at Su!”


news from the aaron siblings: Jason Aaron ’97 now lives and works in Vermont as an internist and quality improvement

program manager for Va new england healthcare. he is married with kids ages 5 and 6. he joined Dr. fred Stevens (Su professor of biology) again this May for a return canoe trip to Quetico after 10 years away. his brother John Aaron ’95 lives in new Braunfels and works in operating rooms for Medtronic in the surgical repair of aortic aneurysms. John is married with three young children. Sister Kristy ’01 lives in round rock where she is married with two young kids. after stepping back from the corporate world upon the birth of her children, Kristy is taking part in revitalizing a decades-old family business venture.

Tasha ‘Flaah’ Wilson ’92 had a little girl, addison Lyn Wilson-Graves, in December 2010. She and her husband, Bobby Graves, are very busy raising five girls. Coach Wilson is the girls’ athletic director and head volleyball coach at Taft Independent School District in Taft, Texas.

Anna M. Baker ’97 received a Master of Business administration degree from Baylor university in May. In June, she celebrated 15 years of employment at Dell Inc. Summer 2012 29

Congratulations to Wade Ivy ’93, who is now assistant superintendent for Kerrville Independent School District. Previously, he was the principal of nimitz elementary School in Kerrville.

was the most terrifying, exhilarating moment of my life. I wasn’t sure I would survive. When I returned to civilization in the fall, I felt the same adrenaline rush for survival when my high school seniors wanted to talk about how my mid-term had affected their GPas.”

Leann (Wiemers) Solomon ’04 said


Jarrett Aldrich ’04 still teaches

high school during the day and college english in the evenings. he is beginning his third year as an officer in the navy reserves and just graduated from the navy’s Supply Corps School in newport. In January, he was promoted and was selected to join the foxtrot oxtrot unit with Commander naval forces Korea, working on the Korean Peninsula throughout the year. he still spends his summers “off-the grid” living on the land somewhere in the north Country wilderness “for as long as it takes to recharge for another year of teaching.” Last year, I was a hundred miles from civilization in the uninhabited Bob Marshall Wilderness. I awoke at 4:30 a.m. to the deafening squeals of my horses being attacked by a Grizzly. It was pitch black, and I ran toward them with my flashlight and bear spray… wearing only wool undergarments and wool socks. It

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she and her family are “doing great! We recently celebrated our ninth wedding anniversary and my husband just started a new job in Pearsall, Texas, so that is a major blessing. I am thankful to be able to be a stayat-home mom and raise our three energetic kids, who are now 5, 3 and 16 months. I am busy and loving it. Our oldest starts kindergarten next year and I will be homeschooling, so that is exciting. I recently started a business selling Miche handbags and accessories and enjoy the extra income when possible. My personal website is http://heavenlyhandbags. My husband Jerimy and I also enjoy working with the youth at our church. God has blessed us and I pray we can honor him in all we do.”

don’t know that much, but now that I have applied it to the real world, I’ve realized that I learned a lot more than I thought and many things come up and I say, ‘Oh yeah, I can do that.’ That’s a great feeling for which I owe tribute to the faculty at Su. It’s not all work and no play. I am continuing to stay active and playing lots of tennis. Some friends and I participated in the Little State Team Tournament in Conroe, Texas. We beat out seven other teams from around the state to take first place. I have made a few trips back to Kerrville since graduation and it’s always hard to leave. It’s a place where I did a lot of growing up and made a ton of great relationships. GO Su!!!”

Scott Kamis ’01 and his wife Melissa live in Tampa, fla., where he is a forensic underwriter for JP Morgan Chase and Melissa teaches second grade. “We are blessed with two wonderful kids! Our son Will is three years old and our daughter avery is almost four months old.”

Spencer Key ’09 wrote, “I suppose my most interesting class notes would be that I’m finishing up my Masters in romance Languages, with a focus on Spanish and a minor in Portuguese and Bilingual education from Texas Tech university—and going through the craziness of applying for a Ph.D. in applied linguistics. I’m also currently living in Seville, Spain, teaching intensive undergraduate Spanish language classes. Life is good.”

Katie Klohn ’11 is getting ready to complete her first year of teaching sixth grade Language arts at fredericksburg f Middle School.

Ben Jackson ’10 wrote, “I’m currently labeled as the ‘account manager’ for our family business, nationwide Capital funding Inc. It’s interesting because when you’re in school sometimes you feel like you

David Peeples ’04 wrote, “I’m doing well! I work at the San antonio Courthouse in the criminal central filing office. I do massive amounts of paperwork and I love it.”


have trained more than 1,000 students since we opened. Last year we received an award from our training agency, Scuba Diving International, as the top performing store in the united States!”

Stephen Franklin ’10 taught Ingram

Abram Bueché ’10 and Allison (Flanders) Bueché ’09 were married in March in St. Johns, antigua. They are residing in Kerrville. abram is an oil and gas broker employed with SunCoast Land Services and allison is the assistant branch manager for Wells fargo Bank.

Steven McRae ’10 wrote, “I am now a super successful multibillionaire with my own semiconductor/integrated circuit business that is now competing with Intel. I have several world peace funds valued at more than $300 million....I was named top innovator of the year by Time magazine. Then I wake up. This is what is actually going on in my life. I am working at Peterson regional Medical Center in Kerrville as an information systems technician 1. It has been almost two years and I am now full time. I plan to go to graduate school; I am not sure what specific field yet.”

Caroline (James) Mitchell ’01 and her husband have had a busy year. “On September 1, 2011, we purchased a building for our second scuba shop location on the east side of Dallas in Garland. now we finally have an indoor heated pool in which to train our scuba students all year long! This february marked eight years since we opened and we

Middle School 8th grade mathematics last year and this year he is in South Korea teaching at an International Christian School. “This position was actually one of my life goals and I never expected to be able to do it so soon in my life. I am considered by my school position as a missionary to the local area of uijeongbu, South Korea, but I am also a high school teacher. I am teaching geometry, biology and physical science this year. Korea is better than I had imagined it would be and I love the people around me, as well as the culture. The area where I live has very few english speakers, except for the military base, the school where I teach and the occasional businessman. If you are interested in the organization I teach for, it’s called the network of International Christian Schools:”

Heath Gregory ’01 wrote, “Laurie (Cloud) ’02 and I are still living and raising our family in Kerrville. We love the hill Country and are blessed to be able to live and raise our family here. We have two beautiful daughters, Kendall, 4, and Kenedy 10 months. Laurie has recently been asked to take back the GM position at Chili’s. With a lot of prayer and corporate negotiations, she accepted and is looking forward to turning the restaurant around. I am still with Texas farm Bureau Insurance and by God’s grace, my business continues to grow. Thank you Schreiner for making this dream come true.”

submit Please submit your class note. all former students are encouraged to send photos and news about themselves — promotions, awards, marriages, births, etc. former students can submit class notes online: classnotes.html Or by e-mail: Or by uSPS: SCene Schreiner university CMB 6229 2100 Memorial Blvd. Kerrville, TX 78028.

Want to find a classmate? Tenille (Lauderdale) Bryan ’00 shared the news that her son Jaxon recently turned 4. She sent in this picture of him riding a mechanical bull.

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Call for nominations

Sumners Scholars Trustees of the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation have chosen four Schreiner sophomores to receive scholarships for their junior and senior years: Jadher Abad, Katy, Texas; Jan DeJesus, San Antonio; Tayler Hobberlin, Costa Mesa, Calif.; and Emilee Lockridge, Flint, Texas. The Foundation chooses scholars on the basis of the strength of their applications, résumés, an essay and interviews. In addition to generous scholarships, the students attend prestigious educational and leadership conferences, funded by grants from the Foundation, throughout each academic year. The senior Sumners Scholars were honored at this year’s banquet. Pictured above, front row, from left to right are Caitlin Weinheimer, Anne Messina, David Gonzalez and Hailey Burroughs. Back row, left to right: Hatton W. Sumners Foundation trustees, Jerry Reis, David Drumm, David Long and Bill Meadows.

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


facebook next time you’re on facebook seeing what family and friends are up to, come on over to Schreiner’s page and see what we’ve got going on—and give us a thumb’s up!

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Supporting Schreiner University is easier than ever now. Please visit our online giving website at, 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 or call 830-792-7205.


In Memoriam

e-news Want to keep up with Schreiner University news and events all year long? Visit our website at and go to the bottom of the page. Click on “Sign up for Schreiner e-news.”

FORMER STUDENTS Mr. robert J. ahr ’73 March 22, 2012, San antonio Mr. Ted K. atkins ’75 March 31, 2012, Kerrville Mrs. nelda f. atkins ’75 January 1, 2000, Kerrville Mr. henry J. Baker Jr. ’50 May 21, 2012, Kerrville Mrs. Marion K. Black ’96 June 7, 2012, Kerrville Mr. John h. Boyd III ’62 february 13, 2012, Kerrville Mr. Brett J. Bryant ’95 March 19, 2012, Kerrville Mr. Thomas P. Cook Jr. ’47 May 23, 2012, Corpus Christi Mr. robert r. fikes ’67 May 25, 2012, Kerrville Mr. reuben h. hartman ’39 february 15, 2012, Kerrville Mr. Dennis e. hooker ’94 May 4, 2012, Durango, Colo. Mr. richard h. Johnson ’51

save a tree

March 25, 2012, north Zulch, Texas

We are committed to keeping you informed about Schreiner’s people and programs while being a good steward of the University’s resources. To that end, we ask that you help by sending us your e-mail address so that we can spend less on paper, printing and postage. Just e-mail Thank you.

May 8, 2012, Kerrville

Mr. Scott P. Kalyna ’93

Mrs. Mary Margaret Mayfield ’73 february 27, 2012, new Braunfels, Texas Mr. Stanton L. Morris ’41 april 10, 2012, Imperial Beach, Calif. Mr. hilton Pankratz ’49 June 4, 2012, Stonewall, Texas Mr. Joseph B. roberts ’92 March 25, 2012, Kerrville Mrs. Joy Schwartz ’76 March 21, 2012, Kerrville Mrs. rita M. Stanford ’98 april 27, 2012, Kerrville Ms. Karrelyn Stephens ’77 april 3, 2012, Kerrville Dr. Kirby B. Tarry ’98 april 16, 2012, Columbus, Ind. Mr. richard r. West ’73 March 11, 2012, fulton, Texas Mr. Brandon n. Wilcox ’50 May 7, 2012, Spring, Texas SCHREINER OAKS Mr. Dennis Loftis april 18, 2012, Kerrville Mrs. Laverne M. Turner april 24, 2012, Tyler, Texas

Mr. George r. Marcy ’94 february, 20, 2012, Kerrville


Mr. Sam a. May Jr. ’52

Ms. elizabeth r. Keller

May 27, 2012, Sinton, Texas

february 21, 2012, Kerrville

backcover Let the good times roll! Schreiner students took this year’s recall Parade Mardi Gras theme to heart and had a blast celebrating the homecoming festivities. Summer 2012 33

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SU students take part in the first annual color war tailgate during the spring semester. Organized by a group of students as part of their interdisciplinary studies course, the afternoon included paintball wars, slip n’ slides, water balloons and a DJ.





Paint Wars

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


ryan Brisbin Temaine Wright sports information directors


Dr. Tim Summerlin board chairman

Michael Pate sfsa board president

Jimmie Peschel ’67 SCENE is a publication of the university relations Office and is distributed three times a year free of charge to Schreiner former students, current students, faculty, parents and friends. an online version is available at Want to be included on the SCene mailing list? Send your name and address to amy armstrong, Schreiner university, CMB 6229, 2100 Memorial Blvd., Kerrville, TX 78028, or e-mail Change of address? Call the Office of advancement at 830-792-7201. Schreiner university is an independent liberal arts institution related by covenant and choice to the Presbyterian Church (u.S.a.). Schreiner University does not discriminate in admissions, educational programs, extra-curricular programs or employment against any individual on the basis of that individual’s race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, veteran status or ethnic origin. Inquiries/complaints should be forwarded to the Director of Human Resources, at 830-792-7375. Summer 2012 35

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