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fromthepresident “Generous donor support (including many of you) has enabled us to build academic, residential and student life facilities during the past 15 years essential to a healthy learning community.”

—President Tim Summerlin

Dear friends of Schreiner,


ack in the mid-1940s, the Army football team was led by two running backs, Doc Blanchard and Glenn Davis (both of whom won Heisman trophies), known as Mr. Inside and Mr. Outside. Their names have come to mind recently in connection with our work here at Schreiner. No, this is not a prelude to announcing a resumption of football at Schreiner! Rather, it is a perspective on our determination to persist in ensuring that Schreiner is recognized as a premier place of learning. The work of Mr. Outside—our efforts to provide a campus supporting the diverse activities of a residential liberal arts university—is, of course, ongoing. Generous donor support (including many of you) has enabled us to build academic, residential and student life facilities during the past 15 years essential to a healthy learning community. Beyond those new facilities, we rebuilt campus infrastructure, established an annual facility maintenance plan and a master plan for campus improvements, as most recently illustrated in the renovation of the “bullring” quadrangle. Many of you know that our current campaign includes three facilities long acknowledged as critical needs—our athletic and event center, a music building and facilities for our campus ministry program, including a chapel. The first of these will be a new building. The second two involve repurposing and renovating current facilities. Knowing how critical all of these are to serving our holistic learning purposes, we remain committed to the role of Mr. Outside at Schreiner. As essential as appropriate facilities are to learning, that experience is ultimately intangible. Schreiner has realized this throughout its history, and we remind ourselves of that fact when we come on campus and see

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those words, “Enter with hope, leave with achievement.” Everything that contributes to that complex web of experience—classroom, laboratory, playing field, learning community, service project, work-study role, internship or casual bull session—constitutes Mr. Inside. Currently, our campus community is involved on several levels in revitalizing this undergraduate experience. Our commitment to preparing students for meaningful work and purposeful lives and the seven student learning outcomes (ranging from communication skills to personal and social responsibility) provide a framework for this undertaking. Faculty are revising our core curriculum with these outcomes in mind. Our new office of student success, strengthened by a multi-year federal grant, is guiding our efforts to bring coherence to all aspects of academic and student life. I have the pleasure this year of being one of 36 students, faculty and administrators participating in a year-long process of reading and discussion related to life’s “big questions”—Who am I? What is my purpose?— funded by grants from the Lilly Endowment and the Teagle Foundation. We are already discovering the value of this kind of informal learning for ourselves, but our goal is something larger. We intend to use what we learn to create opportunities for every Schreiner undergraduate to wrestle with these questions of personal values and sense of calling. Look for us to share the results of this aspect of Mr. Inside in SCENE after the year is complete.

Tim Summerlin President






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f e a t u r e s

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10 Mountaineer Talk


Memories From Italy

12 A Single Act of Kindness

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26 focusongiving

14 littleknownfacts

27 classnotes

24 mountaineersports

33 inmemoriam

A Story About Immigration

16 A Place to Call Home Veterans on Campus

20 Fading Into the Future? Schreiner Faces New Technology

onthecover Schreiner strives to strike balance between new technology and tangible resources. Fall 2013 3

behindthescene “Sometimes we are fortunate enough to see the effect our work has on students, their futures and their families and other times not. But we always are guided by a sense of purpose in our united mission.” —Amy Armstrong


y car caught on fire once and I don’t mean a little bit of smoke or sparks either. I mean full-on flames engulfing the entire vehicle

as I stood by helplessly and watched. Needless to say, I was shaken. Honestly, I was completely terrified. I was in college at the time and all of my schoolbooks, along with my purse, which contained the paycheck I had just received from my waitressing job, were in that car. As I stood in a grocery store parking lot feeling like my future was going up in flames, a woman approached me. She took my hand, wrapped her arms around me and consoled me until the firefighters arrived. I don’t even know her name and I never saw her again after that night but I have never forgotten her compassion and calm reassurances at that dark moment in my life. As I was reading the story of David Mendez Sr., Harry Schwethelm ’39 and Vic Niemeyer ’37, in this edition of SCENE (found on page 12) I was reminded of that stranger’s act of compassion toward me. These three men from different walks of life came together for a common goal and lifted each other up in the process. They found themselves united in the mission to see Mendez become an American citizen. Their story is such a powerful reminder of the impact our choices can have in our lives and the lives of others. After reading their story, I began to contemplate the fact that often we don’t know what our acts of kindness or compassion did for another, while other times we get to see firsthand the impact a kind word or helping hand can have. I think this is how those of us at Schreiner feel. Sometimes we are fortunate enough to see the effect our work has on students, their futures and their families and other times not. But we always are guided by a sense of purpose in our united mission. As you flip through this edition, you will see stories of that united mission and the ways in which it impacts students. Enjoy.

Until next time,

Amy Armstrong editor

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Staff Spotlight

Following God’s Path by Caitlin probandt

The Rev. Virginia “Gini” NorrisLane, Schreiner University’s campus minister, has based many of her life decisions on one question: What does God want me to do with my life?

As a young girl, Norris-Lane was involved in her Baptist church, and she often visited different churches with her friends to explore other denominations. In college, things shifted and Norris-Lane found herself experiencing a crisis of faith. “I transferred to Baylor University after receiving my associate degree from Temple Junior College, and I started asking myself what God wanted me to do with my life,” she said. “I was the master of majors—I was a pre-law major, then psychology and then speech and theatre before getting my undergraduate in education.” During her years at Baylor, Norris-Lane was required to take two religion courses, and that is when she learned what she was really made to do. “I couldn’t get away from the idea of wanting to study the Bible,” she said. “I thought, ‘I want to teach people about God and how much he loves them.’”

Norris-Lane spent the next few years at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary to earn her Master of Divinity degree. After gaining her degree, she served churches in San Antonio and Georgia. “In December 2005, we had just moved back to San Antonio after the birth of our first child, and I was working at Northwood Presbyterian Church when The Rev. Frank Seaman (former director of church relations at Schreiner University) called me and told me I should come and have a look at Schreiner,” she said. “I laughed and said, ‘I don’t think so.’ A few months later we were living in Kerrville and I was made campus minister.” Norris-Lane, who had been working with young adult spirituality at other churches, immediately knew the job was just right for her. “I knew ministry was a place I could teach and serve using all the things I had previously learned— counseling, theater, speech—that is how God knitted me together, and now I serve,” she said. “My time here at Schreiner has been good and challenging. It is never the

same two days in a row, and it is amazing and tough.” Norris-Lane provides pastoral care and counseling regardless of denomination or religious views, and also coordinates 10 to 12 different groups including the Exodus Project Christian Leadership Learning Community for freshmen, various Bible study and service groups. “This is the greatest gig,” she said. “I get to journey with students and it is just an honor. I get to be the person to share in the most difficult times and collaborate with them when things go well, and help them to engage the world. It is amazingly life giving.” When Norris-Lane isn’t ministering to students, faculty and staff, she enjoys spending time with her two boys, Austin, 9, and Max, 4, and watching them compete in YMCA sports. She also enjoys reading books and magazines, watching movies and collegiate football with her husband, Wes. Photo: Above, The Rev. Gini Norris-Lane, Schreiner’s campus minister, strikes a pose with students. Fall 2013 5


SU now features a newly renovated dining hall with extended hours and a new commons area for students, staff and faculty to gather in.

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A Big Idea by amy armstrong

The Center for Innovative Learning began in 2004 as a way to foster interdisciplinary learning. Now that seed, planted many years ago, has blossomed

Bullring We received some wonderful letters from former students regarding Schreiner’s legendary bullring. Bill Campbell ’40 wrote, “I went to Schreiner for three years, and I was only assigned to walk the bullring once the whole time I was there.” John Myers ’45 shared that he once participated in some hijinks involving a flag and B. Don Zesch ’50 remembers seeing students walking that bullring to work off their demerits. Bob Parvin ’64 told an interesting tale of “liberating” a water hose and causing some mischief. Thank you to everyone who shared their memories with us.

To read them in their entirety please visit, features/bullring

into the Big Idea. While CIL—launched with a donation from the late Jeanne Slobod—serves a vital role on campus, Dr. Charlie McCormick, SU provost and vice president for academic affairs, saw a way to unify efforts and dig deeper into one idea. “The Big Idea works with other CIL programs like Chautauqua and Monday Night Fiction,” McCormick said. “The idea is to be more proactive and think about issues over time not just one night, once a semester—be more in depth, which can be scary but exciting, too.” Faculty chose this year’s theme of Rights and Responsibilities but next year’s theme will be selected with input from staff and faculty. The Big Idea began in June with a summer read of the novel “World War Z” by Max Brooks. A panel discussion of the book took place this fall. Matt Goodwyn, assistant dean for leadership and student engagement, is incorporating this year’s Big Idea theme and the novel into the annual Mountaineer Leadership Conference. Goodwyn said he has also taken the theme and created a Leadership Lecture Series—a monthly lecture built on a reaction to events from “World War Z.” “We want to take students out of their comfort zone and make them think about their rights and responsibilities as students and graduates,” Goodwyn said. “We want to expand their horizons beyond just going to class.” That is exactly what McCormick had in mind. “Students want and need a place to think and talk about the big issues,” McCormick said. “You may only have 90 minutes in class but this is a way to keep it going and our students want and need that.” William Woods, dean of the school of liberal arts and professor of English, said Schreiner has a strong tradition of lecture series, book clubs and guest speakers. “What we are hoping to do with the annual Big Idea is have some controlling theme, a framework to organize events around,” Woods said. “This year’s theme asks our students to look closely at one of the traditional points of contention in society. At what point do your rights infringe upon mine? And what about the rights of the individual versus the needs of a society?” A Chautauqua in November gave students a chance to talk about diversity and rights, an idea that faculty will touch on throughout the year. Another Chautauqua combined with a Constitution Day presentation to discuss the Second Amendment. “This is the time and this is the place for students to find out who they are and what they believe and this is a great way to give them that chance,” McCormick said.

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Spend the weekend of April 4-6 at your old stomping grounds. For more information, call or email Paul Camfield, associate director of alumni relations, at 830-792-7206 or Fall 2013 7


Schreiner University receives Title V Grant Schreiner University is one of only 11 higher education institutions in the nation to be awarded a 2013 Department of Education Title V Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program grant. The grant

Texas Heritage Music Days is hosted every September on the Schreiner campus. This year, more than 1,200 students and community members came out to enjoy more than 50 demonstrations, dance and musical performances. Dr. Kathleen Hudson, founder of Texas Heritage Music Foundation, said THMD is a “classroom without walls” in which people of all ages can experience stories and songs as another form of education. This year’s THMD also featured a free concert by award-winning Texas singer-songwriter Terri Hendrix and her musical partner, Lloyd Maines. THMD is sponsored by the Texas Heritage Music Foundation.

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is for $650,000 annually during the next five years—a total of $3,250,000. The Title V grant will support institutional improvements in academic support, learning and persistence to graduation. Title V grants are reserved for Hispanic Serving Institutions, or those with 25 percent or greater Hispanic student population. SU has a 29 percent Hispanic student population. The grant will fund efforts of serving the success of all students at Schreiner University by supporting personnel, programs and capital costs, and it will have a special focus on expanding educational opportunities for Hispanic students. Dr. Charlie McCormick, provost and vice president of academic affairs; Dr. Candice Scott, library director and dean of student success; and Beth Bourland, associate director of development for foundation relations, wrote and submitted the accepted grant proposal. “Our goal is student success, and we want to serve each of our students to the best of our ability,” McCormick said. “This grant will provide support for faculty, students and offices on campus.” Specific uses for the funds will include expansion of support programs, whether the need is physical space or improvements within the program itself. Talk of a digital humanities program also is in the works. “Our first concept for a digital learning experience will be a cultural heritage project focusing on the Hispanic culture in the area,” Scott said. “The grant also will help with endowment and scholarship funds.” In 2012, of the 230 proposals submitted, only 13 grants were awarded to select colleges.


Faculty Spotlight

Coming Full Circle by Caitlin probandt

Ralph Turner ’10 didn’t imagine himself with a career in academia—it wasn’t until Turner attended college that the seed was planted by a succession of professors. Today, Turner teaches

accounting at Schreiner and maintains it is one of the most challenging and rewarding jobs he has ever had. Turner, who was born and raised in Los Angeles, started his college career by playing basketball at California State University but soon realized he missed his family which had moved to the Texas Hill Country. “My mom is a twin, and she moved to San Antonio so she could be close to my aunt,” he said. “We’re very family-oriented. When I started looking to move here, I spoke with the basketball coach at UTSA and decided to play for him.” By the time Turner got to San Antonio, the coach had taken a job elsewhere, and Turner faced some obstacles when it came to his eligibility. “My eligibility only allowed me to play at a Division III school where

there are no scholarships offered for athletes, so I started at Schreiner,” he said. “When I came to visit campus and told them I wanted to major in accounting, they took me to meet now retired professor (Peter) Huey, and I sat down with him to talk. He told me he hoped I knew what I was in for. He was a great guy, but tough. He was actually the first professor to tell me I’d be great at teaching.” Turner continued to play basketball at Schreiner during his junior year, but met a season-ending injury when he was a senior. “It worked out OK because I was taking 18 units in the fall and 21 in the spring during my senior year,” he said. “They were all in upper level accounting, too. God allows everything to happen for a reason.” After graduating in 2010, Turner worked on his master’s degree in accounting at UTSA. While completing the final semester of the Masters of Accountancy (MACY) program, he took an internship in auditing with NuStar Energy. Upon completing the MACY program, he was offered

a full-time position as an auditor while working to pass his CPA— Certified Public Accountant—exam. “I finished in August, and I heard about this great opportunity at Schreiner” he said. “In the beginning, it was tough to stand up and talk for one hour and 15 minutes multiple times a day, but I’m really enjoying it; growing and learning every day.” The small-school atmosphere is what brought Turner back to Schreiner. He enjoyed the personal attention from his professors, and hopes to pay it forward. “I want to advise, guide and mentor my students the way I was by my teachers,” he said. “I want to help students the way I was helped. I’ve recently been through the CPA exam, and I love answering any questions students might have— even if it is just being able to ease some nerves.” When Turner isn’t formulating lesson plans or teaching class, he likes to spend time with the family, play sports, referee basketball games in the San Antonio area and attend church functions. Fall 2013 9


Expect the Unexpected

by Karli F ischer ma jor Junior commun ica tion design


fter returning from a 2013 study abroad trip in Italy this summer, my photography teacher Mrs. Deborah Conner asked me to write a brief quote describing my overall experience. I began by stating: “Italy wasn’ t what I expected it to be...” That isn’ t to say I didn’ t have a wonderful time, quite the contrary. I simply mean that, like most firsttime travelers, I left the country with preconceived notions and certain expectations. Yet the excitement of traveling combined with the newness of a foreign city created a kind of childlike sugar high within me. The second we landed I had to move and go and see everything that there was to see. I found that when I wasn’ t in class, I was out navigating or exploring the highways and byways of Florence. As the Italian culture became less of a foreign concept and more of a new way of daily life, I quickly became accustomed to city life and conversing with the people living there. Likewise, I began to find joy in the little things throughout my 10 Fall 2013 SCENE

new routine; such as hanging my clothes to dry in our open-aired apartment or on the line, walking to the market to buy fruit and buying a croissant every morning from the bakery on the corner. More often than not, I would randomly smile at the prospect of becoming more like an Italian and less like a tourist. Almost daily I would purposefully try to appear as an Italian local to throw off tourists and the genuine locals alike. Which, as the month progressed, I was able to do successfully, with one American family believing my act completely! Life slowly evolved away from all things Texan and more toward what flavor gelato I would be having that day or thinking about when I should open the shutters to let the cool air in for the night. The city quickly found a place to nestle within my heart, and I willingly let it. Yet the month flew by much faster than I’ d originally anticipated. It felt like we had just arrived when I quickly found myself stuffing souvenirs into my bag and sitting on my suitcase to zip it for the flight


Photos from left to right: The city of Florence lit up at sunset; Fischer takes a break while touring the city of Siena; Night time in Florence; Fischer photographing the sites in Florence and some of the architectural wonders in the city of Venice.

home. Thankfully, after hours of playing Tetris with all my stuff, I ended up fitting everything into my suitcase and was able to actually close it. Reflecting back on the trip, I realize now that it is going to be one of those ma jor events in my life that helped define me as a person. I learned so much, not only academically, but also about myself. Paralleling life while at college, we were expected to look after ourselves and find the things that we needed on our own. Responsibility quickly interwove itself into my daily routine, particularly with taking care of laundry, getting money and grocery shopping. Yet the difference was the slight twist of living in a foreign country, making life a little more challenging in regards to communication and travel. Looking back, I realize that I had the best time on the trip simply because I greeted the trip with an open heart. I welcomed each morning with joy for a new day, along with full expectation for

adventure! It was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life, and Italy will always hold a special place within my heart. Italy wasn’ t what I expected it to be. It was like meeting someone you’ve heard about your whole life but had never actually been introduced to. So you build up an expectation of how they will be and imagine how they would act. Then when you actually meet, all the stereotypes that you formulated vanish, leaving who they really are. For me, Italy became a kindred spirit once I opened myself up to all it had to offer and didn’ t limit it to the ‘Italian stereotype.’ This openness allowed me to learn a great deal about the culture and about myself. It was so much more complex and intricate in regards to the city and the people than it seemed. Italy wasn’ t what I expected; it was better. Current students interested in submitting a firstperson essay, artwork, photography or poetry for consideration, please visit students or call 830-792-7405. Fall 2013 11

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In 1969, a young man from Monterrey, Mexico, David Mendez, went to work for Harry Schwethelm ’39 at the family ranch. For years, Mendez worked for and lived with the Schwethelm family, becoming another son to Harry and Happy Schwethelm and a brother to Sue (Schwethelm) Steele, regional development officer at Schreiner, and her siblings—Harry Jr. and Jan. “David Sr. came to live with us in 1969 and he has been like family to us ever since,” Steele said. “He and I grew up together. David is a trusted employee, treasured friend and the best adopted big brother a girl could want.”

The Request In 1986, Mendez asked Schwethelm if he’d help him apply for United States citizenship. “It was something I wanted to do for myself—become a legal citizen,” Mendez said. “Thanks to Mr. Schwethelm and his friend, Victor Niemeyer ’37, I was able to get a citizenship.” Schwethelm and Mendez approached Niemeyer, who served in the Foreign Service and was, at that time, stationed at the U.S. Consulate General in Monterrey, for help. “They called me to help with the papers,” Niemeyer said. “I asked, ‘Is he a responsible and good person?’ and Harry (Schwethelm) replied, ‘Vic, he is the best kid ever.’” Mendez and Schwethelm ventured to Monterrey and proceeded with paperwork before submitting his application. “I remember it took a while even with me pressing,” Niemeyer said. In fact, it took approximately three years for Mendez to gain citizenship after he submitted his application. “I had a lawyer in San Antonio that said it was going to take a long time,” Mendez said. “All of my paperwork was in order and then I was told to wait my turn. Both sides— Mexico and the United States—were slow.” Even though Mendez married a U.S. citizen in 1985, he didn’t automatically become a citizen himself—he merely got placed at the top of the list. “It took years to gain citizenship, and you were told to get in line, behave, be nice and stay out of trouble,” Mendez said.



here are some acts of kindness that Looking to the Future might start out small but have a ripple The decision to become a citizen wasn’t solely for Mendez— wanted his son, David Mendez Jr., to benefit too. effect throughout generations to come. he Mendez Jr., like his father, excelled at everything he put

his mind to. In 2000, Mendez Jr. attended Schreiner University where he earned a degree in graphic design. “I loved meeting new people at Schreiner, and I really liked the atmosphere,” Mendez Jr. said. “The art department was great.” Today, Mendez Jr. teaches at the ELL—English Language Leaners—Academy at Fredericksburg Junior High where some of his students are still waiting for their paperwork to go through for citizenship. “My father hasn’t told me much about his experience when trying to become a legal U.S. citizen,” Mendez Jr. said. “I did find his papers and frame them for him. I hear stories about violence in Mexico, and I think it is great they are coming here. We have better education, better jobs… a better life.” Mendez Jr. teaches two to five students a year in seventh grade, and during his free period, he serves as a translator. “A lot of our students are facing social and economic challenges,” he said. “There is not a lot of support here for them, but they seem to be doing pretty well. However, many of them end up going back to Mexico to their families.”

Immigration Today According to Partnership for a New American Economy, 40 percent of Fortune 500 companies were founded by immigrants and their children. These companies are among the most iconic and largest job creators including, Google, McDonalds and Apple. These companies employ millions of people from around the world and America while generating more than $4 trillion in annual revenues. For those immigrants lucky enough to gain amnesty in the U.S. or make it across the border, the Mendez’s are glad many are able to gain a fresh start, and they would be happy to see some reform to immigration laws—a sentiment Niemeyer shares. “It is a complicated situation,” Niemeyer said. “You have people who want to apply for visas and have to wait in long lines before they can even submit their applications. It is sad that some people will try to make it on their own and get lost or hurt in the desert. We need something to prevent that from happening—we need to help people. I believe in immigration, my father came from Germany after World War I and learned English. People forget this country was built on immigration.” Fall 2013 13


Little Known Schreiner Facts The Maroon & White student newspaper featured a “Toasts and Roasts” section in 1925. English teacher, Mr. J. Willis Posey was the subject of one toast: “I pledge a friend, Willis Posey, With lips so red and cheeks so rosey, But boy, you in an awful fix, If you ever get in his ‘English six.’

In May 1956,

Schreiner Institute hosted the 11th annual Six-Man Football Coaching School from July 29-August 3. The event was sponsored by the Texas Six-Man Coaches Association.

In 1926,

President J.J. Delaney was awarded a Doctorate of Literature from King College. The degree was conferred in absentia.

In 1926, Schreiner Institute’s football team boasted an undefeated season. The team played against schools including Texas Tech, St. Mary’s and Fort Sam Houston. Schreiner scored a total of 247 points throughout 10 games while its opponents only racked up 10. In November 1957, Dr. Andrew Edington sponsored a free hunt on the ranch adjoining Schreiner Institute. Names of participants were chosen from applications. In the seven years the hunt had been hosted, six students brought down a buck.

Schreiner’s annual was named “Recall” in 1926 after a naming competition was hosted on campus. Cyrus H. Dolph of Portland, Ore., won. Other names considered were “The Guadalupe,” “The Hillsman,” “The Maroon & White” and “The Cadet.”

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In 1955, a 10-minute film was to be made about Schreiner Institute for publicity.

W. Howell Cocke Jr., son of Board of Trustee member, was in charge of production while Gene Miller was the script writer. Houston Photographic Studio was in charge of film procurement, processing and editing. Dr. Andrew Edington had some bad news about the film, however, that was printed in the student newspaper that read, “Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control, Marilyn Monroe will be unable to accept a starring role in this production.”

In 1956, Dr. D. J. Bullock, a private collector and naturalist, donated 150 wildlife specimens to Schreiner Institute. The collection consisted of squirrels, deer and birds.

In the January 30, 1926, edition of The Maroon & White it was announced that plans were being formed for summer school. The article stated that in a Jan. 30 meeting, it was agreed upon to have a summer session for students who were not passing during the regular semester. The text read that Schreiner was an admirably suited place for summer school because, “…summer climate is delightfully cool enough to make studying not tiresome, and with more than ample room and equipment the Institute will undoubtedly prove an attractive summer school.”

A Ham Radio Club was organized in April 1956. Terry Muncey, a Dallas high school senior, was elected president.

In September 1957,

all who attended Schreiner Institute were encouraged to get a vaccine to prevent “Asian Influenza.” Students also were encouraged to get a regular flu vaccine. Each year, during the month of October, flu shots were administered to everyone on campus.

In 1956, the groundbreaking for the Gus Schreiner Student Center took place. Mr. Gus Schreiner was in attendance and actually shoveled some dirt. The Student Center was the first completely air conditioned building on campus and housed offices for student publications the Recall and The Mountaineer.

In 1955, Dr. Andrew Edington, president of Schreiner Institute, made his book “The Big Search” available in the Schreiner Institute Bookstore. The novel is about theology for the everyman. It is available in the William Logan Library. Fall 2013 15

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by Caitlin Probandt


en and women who serve in the military are a different breed— they give themselves selflessly to their country, its people and freedom. Fall 2013 17

Photos (previous page): Top photo: Brandon Gaston, center, poses with brothers in arms during his first deployment in Iraq. Center photo: Gaston poses with team members in front of the Camp Mercury sign. Mercury was an old Iraq military base between Baghdad and Fallujah. Bottom photo: Michael Stebbins, center, and team members pose for a photo in Kuwait while awaiting a convoy into Iraq. Photo (this page): Military members blew off steam every Friday evening at Camp Mercury with boxing matches.

In 1923,

Schreiner Institute was a military school that produced many outstanding troops who served their country. Today, Schreiner University continues on the rich tradition of military by being recognized as a Military Friendly School. “We have 21 veterans enrolled this school year,” said Toni Bryant, veteran student benefits coordinator. Bryant also serves as associate dean of admission and financial aid and director of financial aid. “Schreiner offers veterans a special opportunity,” she said. “We have a small, quiet and friendly campus. Many of our faculty and staff are proud veterans. We have small class sizes and we are willing to make other reasonable accommodations for students who have been in an entirely different environment for the last four to 20 years. Acclimating is difficult, but a welcoming campus is a huge plus.” Michael Stebbins, a Kerrville native and Army veteran, served from 200105 in Afghanistan and Iraq before returning to attend Schreiner University. Stebbins said he always knew he wanted to be back in Kerrville to raise a family, and he chose Schreiner to continue his education because it was small and the admissions office was more than willing to work with him. “I was still in infantry training at Fort Benning in Georgia when 9-11 happened,” he said. “The whole base was locked down, and it was

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a pretty unsettling time. I was part of the infantry and did three tours of duty. It wasn’t bad—I did a lot of growing up in the Army. I actually had no interest in attending college until after I got out of service. Schreiner is great because it isn’t overwhelming, and both my sisterin-law and mother-in-law attended Schreiner and loved it. This is home.” Stebbins, who will graduate in 2015 with an English degree, also is an officer of the Schreiner University Military Organization— SUMO—which helps veterans and dependents of veterans through the process at Schreiner. “This is a support group for veterans or family members,” he said. “We help with admissions, we give guidance and we’re always there if someone needs to talk.” SUMO is in its third year at Schreiner, and Brandon Gaston, president of the group and senior chemistry major, said it has 10 members who have been helped along the way and want to pay it forward. “We’re here to help with G.I. Bills and everything else,” Gaston said. “We are an officially recognized group that completes service projects and helps out with veterans organizations outside campus.” Gaston served as a tracked vehicle mechanic in the Army from 200206 and did two tours in Iraq. “After high school, I went to technology school and then joined

the Army. I was in Boy Scouts and participated in ROTC, so I already was headed in that direction,” he said. “I liked the service quite a bit.” Once out of the service, Gaston had to declare a major and chose religion. “I came to Schreiner because I knew it was a good school; my sister got her nursing degree here,” Gaston said. “I had a class with Dr. Chris Distel (assistant professor of biology) and I remembered how much I loved science. I now am a chemistry major who plans to attend graduate school after finishing at Schreiner.” Gaston and Stebbins both were not sure what they wanted to do immediately after they got out of service, but they are glad they landed at Schreiner, and that they can share their experiences with others, including the Greystone Academy—a college-level, academy preparatory program—students. “It is so nice to see young people that motivated,” Stebbins said. “They’ll be officers when they go into service, and it is wonderful how the program works for them.” Although Stebbins’ and Gaston’s experiences were nothing alike, they are both grateful they were able to serve and protect the country. “It was a hard four years,” Stebbins said. “The Middle East is a different world, but you have to wake up and do your job every day. I support the troops and everything they do.”


Military Dreams

Photos: Left, Retired U.S. Navy Commander and Greystone Founder and executive director David Bailey. Right, 2013-14 Greystone class.

Greystone Preparatory School

Calls Schreiner Home For the past 10 years, Greystone Preparatory School and Schreiner University have partnered to make young men’s and women’s dreams of attending one of the U.S. military’s elite academies a reality. Retired U.S. Navy Commander and Greystone founder and executive director David Bailey approached Schreiner University 10 years ago with the idea to marry a preparatory program with a four-year college, and the return has been rewarding beyond belief. “We started with just a few students and now we have 42 this year,” Bailey said. “We have a 98.8 percent success rate with this program, and it is due to our very dynamic program and its three pillars—academics, leadership and physical fitness. In four short years, these kids are

ready to serve on the world stage.” Greystone is geared toward students who wish to attend military academies and enter the armed forces as officers. During their four years with Greystone, students endure rigorous training for the mind and body. “Our students have a mandatory four hour study hall each evening except Saturday night,” Bailey said. “We also collect grades every week to monitor progress. Our students also have hands-on leadership training and physical fitness six times a week. These students govern themselves, and I’m confident in their leadership skills. Our results show for themselves—this program is a great springboard.” Bailey said the program’s main

focus is to help anyone who aspires to study at an academy and serve their country, and he is very thankful for the partnership with Schreiner University. “Schreiner has been a wonderful partner,” he said. “We’re very blessed, and I cannot wait to see this campus continue to grow. Hopefully we’ll be expanding our program with other campuses, too. The success of students is what matters. It is always great to see them at the top of their classes at the academy. I am constantly getting calls from former students—it’s like we’re a real family.”

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Fading into the by Caitlin Probandt

n this day and age, people can access news within minutes of it happening, video conference with people on the other side of the world and control just about any electronic device in their home with a smartphone.

In a world that is continually searching for the next big thing, technology has been pushing change in every facet of education. Dr. Candice Scott, library director and dean of student success, said changes in technology as far as higher education is concerned has grown by leaps and bounds in the classrooms, and will continue to do so. “This is new territory, and it is exciting,” she said. “A lot of faculty on campus know their responsibilities and prerogatives pertaining to education, and with technology becoming what it is today they are asking, ‘What do we Fall 2013 21

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do now?’ People have come together for years and learned by talking to one another—technology doesn’t mean that has to go away.” According to Dr. Scott, one of the main challenges concerning evolving technology on campus is educating faculty and students on how to use it effectively. “We want people to apply it in a way that makes them successful,” Scott said. “Ideally, technology should free people up. It is great for learning foreign languages. How do you learn a language? You learn by drill and practice. Instead of saying it over and over to an instructor, you can say it to a computer and learn.” Dr. Scott stressed the idea that technology today is so versatile that it can easily personalize learning for any particular student. “If technology can accomplish that, then learning is achieved at a great rate,” she said.

Going Digital :: This fall, Schreiner University implemented a 100 percent online Masters of Business Administration program—previously it had been a hybrid—and reviews were mixed when the class first launched completely online. Dr. Charlie McCormick, provost and vice president for academic

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affairs, said many former students who then enrolled in the MBA program missed the face-to-face interaction, but he believes many are now coming around to the idea. “Technology can personalize the experience for the individual, but it cannot generate content,” he said. “We need to make improvements with online courses, and that includes training faculty to let technology do what it does best. If we do this, we’ll create successful citizens and professionals in this school.” Andy Petersen ’11, from Del Rio, graduated with his degree in graphic design from SU before enrolling in the online MBA program, and he said the perks of an online course cannot be beat. “After graduation I was working at an advertising agency and decided the MBA program was the best way to set myself up for success in the business world while still working full time,” he said. “I travel all the time for my new job now, and the online classes give me the flexibility I need to complete my classwork wherever I am.” Petersen admits there was a learning curve when the class first took off, but it has become pretty much seamless over time. “One obstacle that I have noticed is it is more difficult to read into what a professor is looking for with

certain assignments, but that helps to mold the learning experience to a fast-paced environment as with any real business,” Petersen said. “There is always something to be said for face-to-face learning, but the online experience in this program makes that feeling readily accessible with the small size and collaboration.”

In Perfect Harmony? :: Although the library has gotten rid of many stacks of book and added more computers for students to use, Dr. Scott assures students can still get their resources in hard copy form, as well as digital. “Students still print a lot of materials, and we can still do that right now,” she said. “Things are changing exponentially as far as resources we can offer. We’ve doubled our collection of E-Books with the click of a button, and we have had about 100,000 print copies of books for years. We can fit any student’s learning style.” Jake Crawley, a senior biochemistry major from Arlington, uses a hybrid of textbooks and electronic text on his iPad—something he started just last semester to make his life a little easier. “With my iPad I can access all of the documents my professors post, and I can also access all of my own



us documents,” he said. “I save everything to a Google Drive so that I can access all of the files from any of my devices as long as I have internet access.” Although there were some bumps in the road and Crawley sometimes faces challenges as far as network issues, which make his iPad sluggish, he enjoys the simplicity of the digital option to the cost and hassle of physical media. But that doesn’t mean he wants hardcopy text to go the way of the buffalo. “I certainly hope they don’t replace books and texts,” he said. “I still prefer using hard copy texts in some areas. Like anything else, I think a balance has to be found between digital and non-digital resources in education.”

Trying to Keep Up :: Dan Brown, instructional technology support specialist, has worked at Schreiner since 1997 and has witnessed many changes in technology, and has faced some challenges along the way. “When I came to Schreiner, technology consisted of overhead and slide projectors

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that faculty would have to go to the library and check out,” he said. “Our initial foray consisted of a computer and projector on a cart that we lovingly referred to as COWScomputers on wheels.” Brown said progress has been slow and steady, but difficult with the ever-changing technology environment… “what’s new today is old tomorrow.” During the years, Brown has witnessed faculty and students growing more and more comfortable with technology in the classroom. “Technology is just a tool that enhances the learning experience,” he said. Although Brown anticipates many more challenges as technology continues to grow and evolve on Schreiner campus, he is confident that faculty and students will embrace it to the best of their abilities. “We’ve done some great things with technology on campus—most notable is our video conferencing courses through the Texas Language Consortium. We also have our remodeled library. We’re just trying to stay current to the best of our abilities.”

Everything is Illuminated With the advancements technology brings to the written word, it is important to relish the rare and beautiful classics, too. During October, Schreiner University put a set of illuminated manuscripts on display for students, faculty and community members to enjoy in the William Logan Library. Sara Schmidt, associate professor of library science, said these particular illuminated manuscripts had not been shown at Schreiner before, but they are the second exhibit containing Ron Woellhof’s personal collection of leaves. Woellhof is a collector and patron of the library for many years. The first group of illuminated manuscripts was taken from “Book of Hours,” small, pocket-sized devotional texts containing select Bible passages and prayers. The group of illuminated manuscripts on display during October was taken from different psalters, or books that contained the Bible’s Book of Psalms. “‘Illuminated’ refers to the decoration of the texts,” Schmidt said. “Sometimes it is simple decorations to fill a line of text or decorate the margins, other times it’s elaborate—with vibrant colors and gold leaf.” Illuminated manuscripts were signs of wealth and status during the Middle Ages, and the majority of manuscripts that survived are prayer books or Book of Hours. The books often were commissioned by wealthy landowners. In an age of digital revolution, Schmidt said it is in our best interests to preserve such beautiful works for future generations. “These exhibits not only give Logan Library the chance to celebrate the beauty and inspiration of the written word, but also the chance to recognize the role that individuals play in preserving our heritage,” she said.



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Women’s Cross Country

Photo: Front row, left to right: Jamie Burns, Kelli Bolen, Kaylee Dreiss, Shalon Bridges, Caitlin Otten, Morgan Merritt, Shannon Lawson and Brittany Boyett. Back row, left to right: Dee Bague, Jaemi Groves, Victoria Rogers, Alyssa Chapman, D’Elle Wendel, Callie Du Perier, Courtney Reopelle, Lauren Prukop and Veronica Castillo.

Volleyball Austin College held off Schreiner 3-2 to claim fifth place at the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament in mid-November. As they had in both previous meetings this fall, the two teams needed all five sets to determine a winner. Schreiner actually won the statistical battle, out-hitting AC, .151 to .148, and had 11 total blocks to nine for the ‘Roos but AC won on the scoreboard. SU was paced by sophomore Alyssa Chapman with 18 kills and a .385 hitting percentage. Senior Veronica Castillo closed out her career with a nine kill, 10 block performance, and senior Brittany Boyett had 12 kills and 16 digs. Senior Jaemi Groves had 51 assists, 14 digs and four kills and senior Jamie Burns had 36 digs. Senior Lauren Prukop came up big in her final match, as well, knocking down seven kills and getting eight blocks. Junior Callie Du Perier had 10 kills and 16 digs. The Mountaineers finish 10-21 overall and graduate the bulk of their starting unit. Head coach Howard Wallace will be looking for current and incoming players to fill the large void left by this six-player senior class. 

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Freshman Alexis Nyquist was Schreiner’s top finisher at the SCAC Women’s Cross Country Championships in early November. The Mountaineers, in their first SCAC race, finished eighth. Nyquist ran the 6K race in 28:31, which put her 40th in the field. Junior Adriana Mercado who completed the course in 29:53, which put her in 46th place. Sophomore Allyson Graybill ran a personal best time of 30:36 and was 49th followed by sophomore Courtney Van Ness. Van Ness, who was battling a stomach bug all week, still completed the course in 31:25 (50th). Freshman Alliona Fay was 52nd in the race.

Men’s Cross Country Sophomore Kevin Perez again led the Schreiner team at the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference in early November. His time of 28:44 for the 8K race had him in 22nd place. Freshman Connor Ver Schurr continued to improve his time and finished the course in 32:30 (37th) while sophomore Elliott Frey finished 43rd and freshman Thomas Handke was 44th.

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Women’s Soccer

Photo: Top row, left to right: Aryel Kelley, Brianna Detwiler, Kelcie Nesbitt, Shelby Spenrath, Lauren Smith, Jeanette Montes, Yahaira Montes and Natalie Requenez. Middle row, left to right: Yeseina Martinez, Gabby Watson, Natalie Moreno, Marissa Torres, Bria Howard, Monique Hutcheson, Sarah Hrehor, Aubrey Miller and Heather Cagle. Goalkeepers (bottom), left to right: Paige Horner, Ryzan Alqarqaz and Lizeth De La Torre.

Senior goalkeeper Lizeth De La Torre was named the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week in early November. The San Antonio native had two saves in a crucial 1-0 win over Texas Lutheran on Senior Day. The win temporarily kept SU’s postseason hopes alive but another team’s result knocked them out the same day. For the season, De La Torre led the SCAC in saves per game at 7.21. She had 101 saves in her final season. New head coach Nick Morrison is hard at work building an even stronger recruiting class for 2014.

Men’s Soccer

Photo: Front row, left to right: Jose Bernal, Colten Watts, Nathan Wood, David Gonzales, Trey Alvarado, Bernie Montalvo, Luis Santos, Isaac Garcia, Manny Losoya, Ryan Hernandez, James Watts, Michael Mazurek, Chase Smith, Raul Moreno and Mario Vera. Middle row, left to right: Daniel Gonzales, Orlando Sanchez, Zach Jungman, Bobby Crisman, Zach Howard, Daniel Perez, Jon Sicola, Kelan Robinson, Cody Hollingshead, Blaine Hanson, Brian Lindsey and Ethan Gregory. Back row, left to right: Mason Rankin, TJ McGill, Brady Baughman, Fernando Albiter, Blake Lawson, Scott Teitelman, Garner Burford, Ryan Ryf, Zach Garcia and Dakota Pebworth.

The Mountaineers made it to the quarterfinals of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference in mid-November but fell to Texas Lutheran University, 1-0. SU senior Kelan Robinson had three of the Mountaineers’ five shots. Freshman goalkeeper Blake Lawson had four saves. TLU went 3-0 against SU this fall and each game had the same 1-0 result. Schreiner ends its season with a record of 4-13-3 overall and 4-8-2 in the SCAC. Robinson is the only senior on the roster so the Mountaineers will look to build on their experience next season. Fall 2013 25


Full-Court Press by Karen davis kilgore

“I encourage everyone in the Schreiner family to help us meet the challenge. We need alumni, parents and other generous friends to push us over the finish line. After all, $1 million is on the table from our friends from the Mabee Foundation. And, this facility is very important for our students. Students that’s why we do everything we do!”

As the calendar year concludes, administrators and coaches are crossing their fingers…and asking everyone they know to help Schreiner make the Athletic and Event Center a reality. The $11 million project just needs $1.2 million to finish. The university is also seeking the additional gifts needed to earn a large challenge grant from the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation of Tulsa, Okla. To receive $1,000,000 for the project, Schreiner must raise all of the remaining construction funds. The challenge lasts until July 9, 2014, but school officials fervently hope to complete funding earlier. Construction can only begin when 100 percent of the funds—both for construction and endowment—are pledged. Pledges can be paid over several years. Complementing the Mountaineer Fitness Center that opened in 2009, the 35,000 square foot Athletic and Event Center will make a substantial impact both for student athletes and campus life. Equally important, the new facility will enable Schreiner to have full standing in the prestigious athletic conference it recently entered. According to Ron Macosko, Schreiner athletic director, many

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consider the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference the premier NCAA Division III conference in the West. It includes Trinity, Southwestern, Austin College, University of Dallas, Texas Lutheran, Colorado College and Centenary. “However,” Macosko advises, “SCAC officials have said that SU will not be considered for conference basketball tournaments until our facilities are seriously upgraded. We are the only school excluded.” In addition, Edington Center, the existing gym, was built 35 years ago for a campus community of less than half Schreiner’s current size. Providing practice space for almost 300 athletes at any given time places an enormous strain on the existing space. Practice schedules often start at 6 a.m. for team sports and can also take place as late as midnight during sports seasons. Further, intramural events—when they can be hosted at all—usually occur from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. to accommodate everyone. Though team sports are seasonal, athletes train continuously. Softball, baseball and soccer teams often practice inside in early spring

—Rick Cree,

Alumnus and Trustee

and late fall when the weather no longer permits them to practice outside. Dallas alumnus Rick Cree ’67 volunteered to lead the fundraising efforts both for the completed Mountaineer Fitness Center and the Athletic and Event Center now on the horizon. “As the chairman of both these campaigns, you can imagine how exciting it is for me to look at what we have accomplished recently and what will be achieved just as soon as we finish this $11 million fund-raising effort,” said Cree. “The facilities already completed—from the fitness center and tennis courts to the playing fields and irrigation systems—have really helped us recruit fine scholar athletes and have made an enormously positive impact on our students’ collegiate experiences. “I hope Schreiner will complete this semester with the happy knowledge that new year will start with a major ground breaking ceremony.”

If you are interested in helping with this project, please contact Mark Tuschak, vice president for advancement and public affairs at 830-792-7215.



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Larry Cunningham ’57 retired in April of

and the Beartooth Highway. I then dropped down to Billings, Mont., over to the Devil’s Tower and Deadwood to see where Wild Bill Hickok drew those aces and eights. After that, it was head for the house by way of Sturgis, S.D., Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, down through Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, and back to the house. The trip was 16 days and 6,351 miles. Next year, I think I’ll go eat some lobster in Maine.”

2013 and is now enjoying motorhome travel and other hobbies with my wife, Rebecca. “I will always be extremely grateful for the initial launch to my educational and business careers by Schreiner University.” Larry attended Schreiner on a full scholarship in basketball and football.

Vernon William (Bill) Servis ’63

Don Milligan ’62 turned 70 in August


Marvin Singleton ’60 enjoyed his tour of

Cuba last July.

and put together a long ride on his Harley. He wrote, “I live in Auburndale, Fla. I left on August 29 and rode to Biloxi, Miss., then to College Station for the Aggie game. Next I went to Round Rock for donuts and Lubbock for the night. Then I traveled to Farmington, N.M., as my jump-off place, by way of Santa Fe and Albuquerque. The meat of the ride was to Monument Valley to see what John Wayne saw in “Fort Apache,” Zion National Park, and then up to Provo, Utah. I went next to Jackson Hole, Wyo., to see the elk antlers, the Grand Tetons, Yellowstone

wrote, “We have been living in our RV at Red Cloud RV Park in Silsbee, Texas, for most of the year. We will be back in Texas in November.”


Darryl Weidenfeller ’88 is serving as

branch manager of Hill Country Credit Union in Fredericksburg, after a fiveyear stint with Hill Country Memorial Hospital.

Aubrey Frank ’89 wrote, “My oldest son, Rian, again went to the TMSCA Middle School State Championships and placed 44th in the eighth grade division 4A science exam. He is currently in ninth grade and in a Fall 2013 27

STEM Academy (Science/Engineering). Jacob is now a sixth grader and is following his older brother by being on the math/science team, as well and is in band. Matthew is now in fourth grade and is growing up fast! I am now working at Kalogridis International as a design administrative assistant and I have been there since June.”


Stephen Mercer ’94 wrote, “After 17

years of coaching high school tennis, I am retiring from the sport. I have accepted a math teaching position and assistant boys’ soccer coach position at College Station High School. I was ready for a change and this will allow me to spend a lot more time with my family since soccer is only a threemonth season. Our daughter, Sarah Beth is starting fourth grade and loves dance, tennis and soccer. Our son, Ian, will start preschool this year. My wife, Rene, is completing her doctorate in Educational Technology from Texas A&M University. She is employed full time by Texas A&M as an online instructional designer.”

the special operations division. He is also in the U.S. Coast Guard based out of the Naval Air Station in Corpus Christi.


Jill Reno Smetek ’00

wrote, “The Jill Reno Collection, my jewelry line, is now not only available in the Hill Country at Schreiner Goods in Kerrville and Las Finezas in Boerne, but now also Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry at the La Cantera store in San Antonio. What is especially cool is the co-owner of Lee Michaels, Ryan Berg, also attended Schreiner College for a number of years before I attended. Belonging to the Schreiner network has been a blessing.”

Amanda Hamill Pullin ’01 recently moved back to Kerrville to enjoy the Hill Country life again, along with her 8-year-old daughter, Bailey. Pullin is the reading intervention and dyslexia teacher for grades kindergarten through sixth at Ingram ISD where Bailey also attends third grade.

Sarah (Richard) Loghin ’01 and her husband, Razvan, welcomed their second child, Elena Delphine, in June. Their son, Alex, who turned 2 in July, is absolutely smitten with his new sister. Loghin and family live in Austin where she is the director of finance for Concordia University Texas.

Christian Brown ’99 is a firefighter for the Austin Fire Department in

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Abby (Shupe) Allen ’03 wrote, “This year has brought many wonderful changes for me. In May, I married Patrick Allen and moved up to Oklahoma. My sister, Lindsay Shupe ’06, was my maid of honor, and used her graphic design skills to make engagement announcements and wedding programs for us. I’m adjusting to married life and living in a small town outside of Tulsa. I’m working from home for the same company I worked for in Houston, and I am

fortunate that they love me enough to keep me on from afar. Patrick and I have adopted a Golden Retriever puppy, Whiskey, and are enjoying watching her grow.”

Richard Coronado ’03 and ’13 wrote, “I returned to Schreiner to obtain my master’s in education and it was one of the best decisions I ever made. I was extremely fortunate to work with such amazing and supportive professors and staff. I am currently pursuing my principal certification and doctorate of education degree from Texas A&MKingsville. I am a teacher and head basketball coach at Southside High School in San Antonio. My wife and I are the proud parents of 4-yearold Drake and 5-month-old Hendrix. It was such a blessing getting to go back to Schreiner; this opportunity has created unlimited options for the future.” Laran Snyder ’04 has been living in Austin for three years and for the last two, she’s been an integral part of the Patrice Pike Band as a harmony vocalist. This September, Snyder is excited to be embarking on a threemonth U.S. tour with the two-time Grammy nominated band SONiA and Disappear Fear. In her free time, Snyder spends as much time as she


The Brave One

R  ichard A. Garrett’s Purple Heart was 47 years in the making.

can with her 14-year-old nephew, Devin, 4-year-old love-of-her-life niece, Avery, and brand new niece, Kennedy, as a proud auntie.

Scott Ivy ’04 expects to graduate in December with a Master of Education in counseling from the University of North Texas. He works as a high school counselor at a college preparatory school in Irving.

Melissa (Whitney) Marks ’06 wrote, “I successfully defended my dissertation at University of Texas San Antonio on July 29 and then married Ricky Marks August 3 at the Union Church at Schreiner. I am now teaching full time in the English Department at UTSA, but hope to eventually return to Schreiner as a faculty member.”

Kassie Barlow ’07 wrote, “After finishing my residency in neurooptometric rehabilitation in June, I accepted a full-time position at the University of Houston College of Optometry. I specialize in pediatrics, neuro-optometric rehabilitation and special needs populations. As my first goal on faculty, opened a clinic specific to teen and adult

The 1991 Schreiner graduate received a Purple Heart in August for injuries he sustained during the Vietnam War. Garrett joined the U.S. Marines in 1965 right after he graduated high school. By 1966, he was serving his first of three tours in Vietnam. It was while on patrol during that first tour that he suffered serious wounds that led to his Purple Heart. “We were on patrol and encountered many North Vietnamese soldiers,” Garrett said. “They had rockets and grenades but we held them off.” After being shot in the back and the side of his head, Garrett laid in a field in Chu Lai in South Vietnam for three days before he was discovered alive. “They thought I was dead because my body was so bloated from laying there all that time,” Garrett said. Doctors were unable to remove the bullet, which is still lodged behind Garrett’s lungs. During the four months Garrett spent recovering from his wounds, he was told that he would be receiving a Purple Heart. The Purple Heart is awarded to members of the armed forces of the U.S. who are wounded by an instrument of war in the hands of the enemy and posthumously to the next of kin in the name of those who

are killed in action or die of wounds received in action. It is specifically a combat decoration. “They told me that while I was lying on a cot in a makeshift hospital and I didn’t think about it after that,” Garrett said. After recovering, Garret was sent back to Vietnam for another tour of duty. He was injured again, and patched up and sent back for a third and final tour. He still has shrapnel in his forehead and hand from the second attack. Garrett left the Marines Corps in 1969. After a series of jobs, Garrett and his wife moved to Kerrville to run the Hillcrest Inn, which is when he attended Schreiner. After graduating, Garrett spent time in the Kerrville Independent School District before heading to Bandera ISD for nine years and then La Joya ISD for another nine years. Garrett now resides in Mission, Texas, and his son, Ben Garrett, is currently a junior at SU. Fall 2013 29

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special needs patients. I have found it both necessary and rewarding. Finally, my other passion is for neurooptometric rehabilitation. Upon being hired, I worked at being one of a few accredited optometrists in a Houston hospital where I work with current residents to perform bedside exams on brain-injured and rehabilitation patients.”

our marriage on July 13 in Austin, and many Schreiner faculty, staff and alumni attended. Victor just started teaching high school biology at Hendrickson High School in Pflugerville. I am working as a regional admission counselor for Schreiner in Central Texas, and pursuing my master’s degree in social work. We also just moved in to our first home, so it’s made for a very eventful year! Life is good!”

Kelby Ruiz ’13 wrote, “After seventh year of teaching physical education and coaching volleyball, basketball and track. Joe is in his eighth year of teaching. He teaches teen leadership at the middle school and is the junior varsity basketball coach and varsity assistant, and he also coaches high school track.”

Susan Burger ’09 wrote, “I had a

Greg Kirkham ’07 married Meagan Norvell on April 6 in Dallas. Greg continues to work at The Fairmont Dallas as the reservations manager. Meagan is a human resources generalist at Mannatech Incorporated.

Holly Clark-Porter ’07 wrote, “Kaci Clark-Porter and I are loving our new jobs here in Wilmington, Del. We both serve as pastors of Presbyterian churches and are grateful to our friends and family who have supported us in this 1,600-mile move. I’m bracing for the winter weather of the Northeast, and looking forward to whatever might be ahead of us.” Liberty Liesmann Davis ’07 wrote, “I got married to Joseph Davis ’06 on July 31. We are both teaching and coaching in Kerrville ISD. I am in my

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graduation, I spent about a month off while job hunting for a graphic design job. I went through about five very intense interviews and finally landed at Chasse Consulting as a full-time graphic designer. By joining Chasse, I have gained the opportunity to design for Fortune 500 companies all around the U.S. and the world. I still keep in contact with a few professors and my golf coach, Ron Macosko.”

wonderful summer getting to go to the Bahamas and Disney World. Now I am working at George Gervin Academy for the second year and coaching middle school volleyball for the first year.”


Sarah (Newberry) Salinas ’11 wrote, “Victor Salinas ’12 and I celebrated

Colby Adolph ’13 wrote, “I am beginning the pursuit of a doctorate in chemistry, focusing on synthetic organic chemistry, at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind. As a first year, my responsibilities include attending classes, teaching undergraduate organic chemistry labs and beginning the research that will ultimately lead to obtaining my degree. Life in West Lafayette is much different from life in Texas, but I think I will learn to adjust quite nicely.”


The Ties That Bind

B  andera County River Authority and Groundwater District has a unique bond with Schreiner University—David Mauk ’06, general manager of BCRAGD, has employed two SU alumni and taken on a SU student as an intern. “I joined with Schreiner University on an internship program and it was a brilliant idea,” Mauk said. “It has helped bring scientists and graduates back to the area. I want to bring in even more interns and continue our partnership with the university. It is such a great thing for the school, community and our office.” As for employees, Kayla Rohrbach, who plans to graduate in 2014, nature resources field technician; Michael Redman ’13, field technician, permit compliance and enforcement officer; and Prari Blair ’09, administrative assistant, are putting their degrees to great use

at the BCRAGD, and they are quick to admit they might not have been prepared for every facet of their jobs if it hadn’t been for the wellrounded liberal arts education they received. “I graduated with my Bachelor of Arts in creative arts and minor in English,” Blair said. “I was looking for a job where I could use my organizational and English skills. I wear so many hats in this job—I’m the finance coordinator, records manager and face of the company, among other things.” Redman, who graduated with a degree in biology, was referred to BCRAGD by Corrina Fox, SU laboratory instructor, for an internship. After he graduated, Redman knew the BCRAGD was the place for him. Rohrbach was another intern who got her start by a recommendation from Fox, and Rohrbach has been working on and off while finishing up school. “We monitor wells, head

up clean rivers programs and participate in Expanding Your Horizons (geared toward middle school girls who are interested in mathematics and science professions) at Schreiner,” Rohrbach said. “The interdisciplinary learning you receive at Schreiner is applicable for anything and everything. I didn’t see myself in this field, but you should never let your degree limit you.” Mauk couldn’t be happier with his crew of Schreiner employees, and he hopes to continue to promote the school and BCRAGD program. “These guys are a testament to how great Schreiner is and how well-rounded the liberal arts education is,” he said. Photo: Bandera County River Authority employees include Schreiner alumni and current student, from left, Michael Redman ’13, Prari Blair ’09, David Mauk ’06 and Kayla Rohrbach, SU senior. Fall 2013 31

roundup The Financial Year at Schreiner: Revenues

2013 9%



Gifts and grants Auxiliary


Investments Net tuition and fees


2013 18%

30% 25% 20%


Student services Institutional support Academic support Instruction Auxiliary

2012-2013 Selected Financial Statistics Assets Cash and cash equivalent $2,728,330 Accounts and pledges receivable 2,735,777 Other assets 2,379,526 Investments 57,428,579 Land, buildings and equipment, net 54,313,604 Total assets $119,585,816 Liabilities Accounts payable Deposits and deferred revenue Notes payable Total liabilities

$1,620,976 847,123 14,954,768 $17,422,867

Net Assets Unrestricted $57,142,688 Temporarily restricted 8,442,140 Permanently restricted 36,578,121 Total net assets $102,162,949 Total liabilities and net assets The above numbers are unaudited. Fiscal year concludes May 31.

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Former Students Mr. John G. Bishop Jr. ’64 June 20, 2013, Houston


In Memoriam

Mr. John E. Casanova ’59 July 27, 2013, San Antonio Mr. Arthur Estefan ’54 August 17, 2006, San Antonio Mr. Timothy H. Foss ’65 August 21 2013, Aransas Pass, Texas Mr. Wylie T. Fox ’55 August 27, 2012, Austin Mr. Charles E. Fusselman Jr. ’49 July 13, 2013, Entiat, Wash. Mr. George P. Gibbons ’77 August 14, 2013, Mesa, Ariz. Mr. Ian M. Hannay ’05 July 7, 2013, Comfort, Texas

Calling All


Mr. Maurice Kemper ’52 September 30, 2013, Austin Ms. Laura M. Lightner ’95 August 15, 2013, Ingram, Texas

It has long been rumored that there is a ghost living in Delaney Residence Hall. Have you seen the ghost? Had a close encounter with it? We would love to hear your stories. If you have a story to share please contact, Dr. Charlie Hueber, dean of students, at or 830-792-7277.

Mr. Harvey E. Lindner ’48 August 11, 2011, Comfort, Texas Mrs. Marie E. Murnane ’95 July 23, 2013, San Antonio Mr. Chris L. Poehlman ’71 July 24, 2013, San Antonio Mr. Dale Priour ’43 June 30, 2013, Ingram, Texas Mr. Orren R. Prunty ’72 August 8, 2013, Roanoke, Va.



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Mr. W. P. Shafer Jr. ’32 December 15, 2006, Alamo Heights, Texas Ms. Melanie Solis ’02 August 11, 2013, Bandera, Texas Mrs. Nan Tice ’46 September 20, 2013, Ingram, Texas Mr. Filomeno E. Trevino Jr. ’91 June 4, 2013, Kerrville Mr. Jesus Trevino Jr. ’66 July 29, 2013, San Antonio Mr. Terence L. Turner ’65 August 11, 2013, Odessa, Texas Mr. Jack E. Walcher ’34 July 30, 2013, Midland, Texas Mr. David A. Williams ’52 February 9, 2013, Graham, Texas Dr. Joe R. Wilson ’41 June 1, 2013, Ruston, La. Fall 2013 33

slippin’ and sliding’

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Schreiner students beat the heat on a giant water slide in front of the Floyd & Kathleen Cailloux Campus Activity Center at the start of the fall semester.

SCENEMagazine editor

Amy Armstrong director of university relations

art direction and design

Stephanie Lopez Keller assistant art director of creative services


Caitlin Probandt staff writer

contributing writer

Karen Davis Kilgore director of development


Ryan Brisbin Temaine Wright sports information directors


Dr. Tim Summerlin board chairman

Michael Pate sfsa board president

Steve Daniels ’80 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 email 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. Fall 2013 35

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SCENE Magazine Fall 2013  

Schreiner University

SCENE Magazine Fall 2013  

Schreiner University