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Dear friends of Schreiner, President Tim Summerlin stands in front of a new addition to the Tom Murray building lobby: the first switchboard circa 1896 of the Kerrville Telephone Company co-founded by Capt. Charles Schreiner.



ou can fight like a champ by yourself; You can lick any stamp by yourself; You can be very brave on the phone.

There are lots of things that you can do alone. But, as Pearl Bailey, Dean Martin and Ray Charles, among others, have reminded us, “It takes two to tango.� Oddly enough, that expression kept presenting itself to me late this summer as we neared the opening of the fall semester. Why? During the course of the year, I had witnessed a beautiful example of pairing people and technology to accomplish an important goal. A year ago, staff from admission, financial aid, accounting, student life, technology, institutional research, academic affairs, and the registrar’s office gathered, with facilitator Bill Blackburn, to troubleshoot our communications with both

prospective and returning students. We were seeking a seamless process that would enhance both recruiting and retention. First, the group filled a long strip of newsprint taped to the wall with a timeline of every step in the enrollment process from initial contact to matriculation. A rainbow of markers produced this relational map, which documented a more complex process than most of us had appreciated. Identifying and addressing gaps and glitches followed. A regular flow of communication, clearly codified adjustments in practice, and restructured financial sessions during orientation illustrated the many adjustments made. By spring, it was apparent that an impromptu group had become a permanent team welded by their common purpose. The pleasure in working together was evident. The team worked with our marketing partner, The Atkins Group, to develop a Web-based infographic illustrating each step in the admission process for prospects. Meanwhile, everyone had come to appreciate the necessity of a common student data base rather than individual spreadsheets. Enterprise technology assured us that our Jenzabar system had the capability to serve as that single-source data repository, and we adopted JRM, its client relations software. The enhanced technology ensured better communication externally with students completing the financial aid process even as it has provided every involved faculty or staff member with actual-time status of each new or continuing student. So the past year has provided a beautiful example of how individuals determined to work as a team, in possession of good management technology, can accomplish the task at hand. A record enrollment including increases in both new and returning students tells the story best. It takes two to tango.

Tim Summerlin President






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Trip Provides Life-Changing Experience

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Rwandan Visits SU

16 Texas Music Exploring It’s Hispanic Heritage

20 Breaking Barriers SU Coach Tackles Football Fall 2015

onthecover The Rev. Jerome Bizimana highlighted in the colors of the Rwandan flag.



Colombia Trip Provides Life– Changing Experience for Student by Jacquelyn Lacefield Business management major

In addition to studying, Schreiner exchange students took in the sites, learned about the culture and even went to the beach.


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



his past summer break, I took a six week excursion with two other Schreiner students to Barranquilla, Colombia. My reason for going was to improve my Spanish and take a few courses during the summer to lighten my semester load, but this trip turned out to have so much more in store for me. I was completely immersed in the Latin American culture of Barranquilla. I lived with a host mom in an apartment complex with other locals, took two courses through CUR that were completely in Spanish, and made new friends that wanted to take me out and show me their city and popular attractions. I truly felt like a member of their “familia.” Before I came to college, I never thought that I would have the opportunity to travel until I was retirement age, much less leave all my friends and family behind for a month and a half. Within my two years at Schreiner, I saw this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore a new culture, actively improve my foreign language skills, and start my journey towards a global perspective and cultural competence. My journey to Barranquilla has been the best experience of my life thus far. Granted, this trip was also emotional for me; being a first-time foreign traveler, I didn’t know what to expect with culture shock, being placed in a city where everything (music, signs, magazines, etc.) is in a foreign language, and not having my typical friend and family support group. I believe that because this trip was so trying, it makes my experience that much more rewarding. I now have more confidence in myself, I am able to adapt to new environments, and I am more observant of the people and places around me. I never realized just how much culture Fall 2015

affects the way we live our lives; upon my return, I started to notice the culture of the United States! I was so immersed and accustomed to my habits here at home that I didn’t think we had a culture. I now have more friends and connections than I ever thought possible. Even though my visit was brief, I made connections with the locals. They continue to keep their arms open and have invited me to return and stay in their homes whenever I’d like. Without this study abroad trip or my language skills, I would never have met these good-hearted individuals. The people of Barranquilla are like one big family. Everyone is open and interested in learning about Texas, while also sharing their own history and culture with me. I would never know as much about Latin American culture, the true atmosphere of Colombia, nor the beautiful landscapes of the coast without actually traveling and seeing the country for myself. You can’t always learn through a textbook. You have to actually go out there and experience it. This experience also reinforced the idea that life is meant to be enjoyed. All we have right now is the present. In Barranquilla, family is the number one priority. Relationships with people are genuine. Even in the office, employees will have a personal conversation with the client before doing business. This is vastly different than the overwhelming work ethic in the U.S. We could all take some tips on how to slow down and really enjoy life. I highly encourage all students thinking about traveling abroad to go forth with it. It’s not the easiest, and sometimes not the cheapest, decision to make, but I promise it will be the most gratifying decision you make in your college career.




decade feels like a significant amount of time to me. I know when my husband and I hit that milestone anniversary several years ago, it felt like a really meaningful, dare I say, grown-up accomplishment.

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Just last month, I celebrated 10 years of service at Schreiner University and that also feels like a big deal to me. I even bought myself a new pen to celebrate. I have written in this column before about spotting the Schreiner website while job hunting and immediately knowing this was where I belonged. Ten years later and I know that gut instinct did not let me down. There is no doubt the quality education that Schreiner has provided thousands of students through the years. The stories in this magazine are a testament to that. But looking at this institution strictly as a place of work, Schreiner is truly the best place I have every called home professionally. I always preface this next statement by saying I know it sounds corny, but Schreiner is a family. It really is. Yes, we have the crazy uncle, obsessive mom and annoying little brother types, but at the end of the day we are still a family.

Some might say I am preaching to the converted and if that is true, then let me get an Amen! In my decade at Schreiner, many new buildings have gone up, new programs have been launched and we have met a longstanding enrollment goal of having 1,200— we hit 1,230 in September—students. In those 10 years, we have also gone from producing this fine magazine from twice a year to three times a year and now, starting next year, back to two times annually. Look for SCENE in your mailbox in June and November. As always, it will be filled with stories about the meaningful experiences our students are having and the impact they are making in the world after they leave here. In other words, we will be marking milestones small and large; milestones for this University that I love and the people that inhabit it. Until next time,

Amy Armstrong Editor



Odom Returns to Schreiner by John Sniffen

Veteran Christian educator Rita Odom, the daughter of former Schreiner president Andrew Edington, joined the Advancement Division staff in September as church relations specialist.

“It feels really good and right to be back at Schreiner University,” said Odom, who grew up on the campus in the 1950s. “I’ve kept up with the university during my career, and I’m impressed with the changes that have been made. At the same time, it has retained a focus on educating the whole person, a priority that has been carried over through the years.” “We are very pleased to have Rita return to Schreiner, especially in this position which affirms the university’s connection with the church,” said Vice President for Advancement Mark Tuschak. “Her devotion to the school and her strong involvement with the church reinforce a bond that has been a part of Schreiner since its inception.” Fall 2015

The school’s founder, Charles Schreiner, stipulated in 1917 that it would be owned and operated by the Presbyterian Synod of Texas. Over the years that relationship has evolved to a covenant between the synod and the school. The church relations specialist acts as a liaison between the university and Presbyterian clergy and churches throughout the Synod of the Sun (Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana and Oklahoma) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), and with Kerrville area churches of all faiths. Odom’s career includes service as a Christian educator at First, Preston Hollow, Westminster and NorthPark Presbyterian churches, all in Dallas. The Association of Presbyterian Church Educators (in the U.S. and Canada) presented her with its Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008. She has written a PC(USA) Christian education curriculum

for toddlers, and curriculum for programs at Presbyterian Mo-Ranch Assembly. She also has served on the board of the Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services, headquartered in Austin. A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and Tivy High School, Odom is a ruling elder and member of First Presbyterian Church of Kerrville. “As a lifelong Presbyterian, I appreciate the fact that the university is related to the church. At the same time, it is important to note that it is not just a school for Presbyterians,” said Odom. “We want to educate and prepare students for all phases of their lives, regardless of their church affiliation.” For more information on church relations, contact Odom by email at or phone 830-7792-7464.






Start Planning for

RECALL 2016 Spend the weekend of April 22-24 at your old stomping grounds. For more information, contact Paul Camfield, associate director of alumni relations, at 830-792-7206 or

RECYCLE Since 2012, Schreiner University’s recycling efforts have made a real impact on the environment. There are recycling containers in all campus buildings, including each residence hall. There are also recycling barrels in the quad area and at the Pecan Grove residence hall. Staff and faculty can also bring recyclables to the recycle center at Facilities Services.

Getting in Touch with

Texas Roots

Hundreds of Hill Country elementary school children and residents filled the area around the Robbins-Lewis Pavilion on September 25 for the 2015 edition of Texas Heritage Music Day. Among this year’s numerous performers and informative demonstrations, were—from upper left and then clockwise—Native American dancing by Danza Azteca; folk singing by Clifton Fifer and Tony Galluci; gospel music by the Four Proches of Fredericksburg; a demonstration of how donkeys were used for transportation by Julio Betancourt; and local accordion legend Fritz Morquecho playing Tejano conjunto. Texas Heritage Music Day is sponsored annually by the Texas Heritage Music Foundation. For more information, go to Fall 2015

Total numbers since initiating the program in 2012: 14.82 130.11 Tons of plastic

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Tons of aluminum

Tons of tin

We have saved: 2,340 Trees 1,072,609 gallons of water

415 cubic yards of landfill


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“Schreiner Remembers” Facebook page, we asked,

“How did you first arrive for class?” Geoff Stoner jumps for joy next to his 1972 Plymouth Scamp.

Faculty Spotlight

Flying High by John Sniffen

Dr. Brian Bernard, assistant professor of engineering since August 2014, literally followed a Google search to Schreiner University.

“I was looking to teach in a 3-2 engineering program at a liberal arts school, and that’s rare,” he says. “Ninety percent of engineering programs are at large universities. I typed in ‘3-2 engineering’ and ‘liberal arts’ and Schreiner University was on the list, and I saw that there was a job opening.” In Schreiner’s 3-2 program, students take underclass courses in engineering, math and science, in addition to the normal liberal arts curriculum. After three years here, they transfer to a university with an engineering major. Two more years of study there results in two bachelor’s degrees, one engineering from the second school and a bachelor’s degree in general studies from Schreiner.



My parents brought me from Seguin. I had to sell my beautiful two-tone green, two-door 1929 Model A Ford coupe with a rumble seat because in 1955 Schreiner Institute was all military and no cars allowed. I was awarded a basketball scholarship and was poor as a church mouse. The good news is that everything was covered under the athletic scholarship, and it was easy to hop rides into town. —Larry E. Cunningham ’57

1979 Buick Park Avenue diesel; we called her “the boat.” —John Overly ’86

1958 Ford Fairlane 500, red over white. —Gary Fletcher ’61

1986 Mazda 626, my high school graduation gift! —Kristine Bates ’88

1972 gold and white Plymouth Scamp, 318, 2-door, with dual exhaust. —Geoff and Jim Stoner ’74

1979 5-speed, Honda Civic Hatchback. Called her the Green Jelly Bean! —Claire Lanham Hartman ’86

My father brought me in his 1979 Cadillac that he kept going till I was a sophomore at Schreiner. —Aubrey Frank ’89


While that program is what led Bernard to Schreiner, he is working to help change it. Students who started the 3-2 program at Schreiner have been changing majors. Whether it was because they liked Schreiner and did not want to leave, or were unable to meet strict transfer standards set by the engineering schools, there were few graduates from the program. “We hope in fall 2016 to roll out a partnership with the University of North Dakota, which has an accredited distance education program,” says Bernard. “Students will be able to stay at Schreiner for their entire undergraduate career. They will take math, science and lower-level engineering courses here, and take upper-level engineering courses online from the University of North Dakota.” The result will still be two degrees, but without the physical transfer to another school. An advantage to the proposed change will be the presence of upper-level engineering students at Schreiner—in a year or two—which will make possible more engineering research here. In the meantime, Bernard has plans for a research project in the coming year. On a table in his Moody Science Fall 2015

Building office sits a toy quadcopter. A dean’s scholarship student, Callen McCauley, is working to turn the quadcopter into an autonomous drone controlled by a computer. “She has successfully communicated with the drone from her laptop to initiate flight, so the first hurdle is complete,” says Bernard. “The next stage will require interrupting the drone’s preprogrammed flight plan to either takeover manual control or to input a new destination.” A practical application for such a drone would be campus security. “Call boxes around campus do not have cameras connected with them,” he says. “When someone uses a call box phone, it would automatically contact the drone, which would fly to the location and give the security office an overhead view of what’s happening there.” Unmanned surveillance vehicles are a research interest that Bernard developed while serving seven years in the U.S. Navy. He was starting his senior year in mechanical engineering at Tulane University when 9/11 happened. The following May he received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and joined the Navy. “I

had never considered the military before, but at the time it seemed like a good way to both serve my country and further my interest in nuclear engineering. So I joined the submarine force, which is nuclear powered.” Being in a submarine is a lot like riding in an airplane, says Bernard. One senses going up and down, accelerating and decelerating, but when a sub is steadily cruising underwater, there’s not much sense of motion. Almost no one gets seasick, because subs travel mostly underwater and there are no waves. After five years aboard the USS Albany, Bernard was assigned to serve the Navy ROTC unit at the University of Pennsylvania, and realized that teaching was his calling. “I really loved teaching. If I could have stayed in that duty, I would have. But my choice was to return to a submarine or leave the Navy, and I left to enter grad school so I could get a teaching position.” Bernard is enjoying life in Kerrville and work at Schreiner, and looks forward to helping the engineering program grow. He’s taken up golf, but says he’s still “horrible at it.”






That’s what Jerome Bizimana saw when he returned to a homeland in which he had never lived, a country in which an estimated 800,000 to one million people—including some of his

relatives—were killed between April and July. Also, hundreds of thousands of women were raped, resulting in thousands of pregnancies and cases of HIV infection. “It was beyond what you can understand and say,” Bizimana said, and then stopped during a presentation at First Presbyterian Church of Kerrville, unable to continue as he recalled the gruesome scene. Taking a moment to recover, he softly said, “I’m sorry.” Bizimana talked about his experiences and his hopes during a three-day visit to Schreiner University in October under the sponsorship of the Peacemaking Program of the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A., and Schreiner’s Campus Ministry. In addition to the presentation at First Presbyterian, he met with communication and public health classes, had meals and informal time with students, and a lunch with staff and faculty. He lived in the Congo when the 1994 genocide occurred. His parents left Rwanda three decades earlier as Belgium gave the central African nation a troubled independence. Born and raised in the Congo, he learned to speak Swahili, French, Rwandan and English, plus local subdialects of the African languages. After a rebel army drove out the government, which supported the genocide, he returned to Rwanda with his Fall 2015

mother and wife. “I asked God to show me what I can do,” said Bizimana. “In 1995 I left my job and went to seminary because I wanted to do more to help the people.” Members of his family questioned the sanity of leaving a good job, but he followed through with his plan, and along with many others in Rwanda, is working to heal the wounds and make a peaceful future for the central African nation. After three years in seminary, he was ordained as a minister in the Presbyterian Church of Rwanda. He first became pastor of the church in Remera, a suburb of the capital, Kigali, and chaplain to the local high school. Reminders of the bloodshed were all around his church. Right across the road is a memorial to local victims, including a group of pastors and children. They took refuge in the attic of a building, and survived for a month because a woman took food to them at night. One evening a man noticed her routine, and their hiding place was revealed. They were all murdered. To help heal the divisions that the genocide created, the Presbyterian Church of Rwanda sent Bizimana for special training in conflict resolution. He uses those skills to instruct other Rwandans as peacemakers. They work to heal the emotional wounds of the genocide, and to settle conflicts, both large and small, before they grow into violent situations. “Conflict is a part of life, it’s inevitable,” he said, “but violence is a choice.”



After the genocide, anyone suspected of taking part was imprisoned without trial by the new government. The normal

justice system was overwhelmed with more than 100,000 awaiting trial, so Rwanda reverted to traditional gacaca (pronounced ga-CHA-cha) courts composed of village elders. The prisoners were brought back to the scene of their alleged crimes and tried. The system had its faults, but moved the process along. In 2003, Rwandan President Paul Kagame issued an executive order releasing from prison more than 40,000 genocide perpetrators who had confessed to their crimes. He encouraged them to seek forgiveness from the surviving relatives of their victims, and from their communities. They were assigned service projects as a part of their release,

but they were free to go home. The problem, said Bizimana, is that the freed perpetrators are ashamed of what they have done or fearful of retaliation, and do not re-enter community life. “Left to hide in shame, one day they will cause more problems,” he said. “I invited them to come to the training, to be among the other people. There is no reconciliation unless you bring the people together.” Bizimana invited 70 people, half victims and half perpetrators to a special three-day training session. After the training, 40 continued—calling themselves the Light Group—to work together toward reconciliation and peace. Bizimana’s presentation at Schreiner included photos of Light Group members with descriptions

of what they suffered or whom they killed. On one slide, a woman stands next to the man who killed her four children. He accepted his guilt and asked for forgiveness. She acknowledged his confession, but added she cannot forget what he did—not quite forgiveness, but a start. They worship in the same church. “I don’t force people to confess or forgive,” Bizimana said. “I train them in conflict resolution and reconciliation, and they decide what to do. It comes from inside. … After the training, some perpetrators say, ‘I am free. I can talk to people. I didn’t think that I would be able to talk to people again.” Communication is a key element to avoiding violence, he said, noting that Rwandans tend to be a quiet people, not given to openly expressing themselves. Those who

A CHILD’S WORLD During a break from his presentations about the Rwandan genocide,

Bizimana visited with elementary-age students at First Presbyterian Church of Kerrville who were captivated by their visitor and peppered him with questions. “The kids spent a full hour asking him about life in Rwanda, what he ate, what kind of house he lives in, what the weather is like in Rwanda—he loved it and so did they,” said the Rev. Gini Norris-Lane, campus minister. “It was wonderful,” said Bizimana with a smile.






saw the conflict growing toward tragedy were reluctant to speak out. “Evil has power because good people do nothing,” Bizimana said. “That gives evil power.” Bizimana, who is now leader of a presbytery of 25 churches, also blamed Belgian colonial rulers for emphasizing divisions in Rwandan culture, then supporting one group or the other as they needed to maintain control of the country. Residents were identified as Tutsi or Hutu—the largest groups—or Twa. The designations were based more on class than ethnicity. In post-genocide Rwanda, citizens are no longer officially identified with any of these groups. “We are now Rwandans,” said Bizimana holding up his passport. “Rwanda is our country. We will not let it happen again.”

As a less expensive alternative to leather soccer balls (footballs), Rwandan youth use grass and banana leaves to construct them. Fall 2015

YOUR STORY OF RESILIENCE Jerome Bizimana’s heart-breaking-yet-inspiring stories about how the Rwandan people are recovering from the 1994 genocide parallels Schreiner’s Big Idea theme this academic year: “Unbroken: Your Story of Resilience, Survival, and Redemption.” The theme comes from the title of Laura Hillenbrand’s book “Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption,” the story of Louis Zamperini, a juvenile delinquent who, after running in the Berlin Olympics, was drafted into the Army. His bomber was shot down over the Pacific Ocean, and he spent three years enduring torture in a Japanese prisoner of war camp. After the war, he struggled for years trying to deal with his experiences, but eventually found a sense of peace. Campus Minister Gini Norris-Lane, who proposed the theme and arranged Bizimana’s October visit to Schreiner, noted that hope and forgiveness were key in the ability of both the Rwandan people and Zamperini to go forward in peace. “People get stuck on an event—the death of a loved one or a tragedy,” said the Rev. Norris-Lane. “Part of the healing is being able to imagine a life beyond that event. To learn how to navigate to that new place.” “Jerome Bizimana did it, he envisioned a life beyond the genocide. He shared his vision with the people in the Light Group, and they imagined a community in which they can continue to live and grow together.” After listening to Bizimana, one student asked why we could not follow the Rwandan model. Why can’t we seek reconciliation between perpetrators and victims, possibly heading off future violence instead of letting old fears and anger linger. “We don’t have to be stuck,” said Norris-Lane. “We have to be realistic. If we don’t heal the old wounds, they will come back to hurt us.” The Big Idea theme continues the conversation from last year’s theme, “The Art of Battling Giants,” which explored overcoming adversities. The resemblance is intentional, said Norris-Lane, as the university seeks to help strengthen students to live purposeful lives. “Studies show that this generation of college students—called iY because of its reliance on the iPhone—is not as resilient as those in the past,” she said. “Part of being resilient is knowing your purpose and your goals, then being able to take different pathways, vocational and emotional, to get to where you want to be when you encounter roadblocks and detours.” In addition to the university theme, Peer Ministry student leaders are guiding freshmen through a study of “Habitudes for the Journey” by Dr. Tim Moore. “Each habitude talks about a skill set that will help the students make the transition from one end of the freshman year to the other,” she said. “It helps them to build, to find strengths, purposes and goals.” The Peer Ministry program is supported by an expanding chaplaincy grant through the Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE) of which Schreiner is a member.




mmersed in the Texas music scene for more than 30 years, Dr. Kathleen Hudson finds interviewing its performers to be a very natural process.

Dr. Kathleen Hudson interviews Flaco Jiménez.


“Because of my history with Texas music, and because of the Texas Heritage Music Foundation, I can generate a good interview in the moment,” says Hudson, who founded the THMF in 1987 and is a Schreiner University professor of English. “I don’t have to wait until I get prepared,” she adds. “My life has been preparation. I’ve been at their concerts, I’ve listened to their music, and I’ve sat and talked with many of them.”

Sometimes the interviews are hour-long, traditional question-and-answer sessions. Others grow into casual conversations covering hours, or maybe extend over several days. For example, she talked with jazz saxophonist Tomas Ramirez while both attended a jazz festival in Mexico. “It wasn’t all research, he’s my friend, but he’s part of the project.” “The project” is Hudson’s third book, which will cover Texas music’s Hispanic heritage. During a spring 2015 sabbatical, she interviewed 17 musicians in both Texas and Mexico. “I don’t have a title yet, but my research uncovered a very interesting fact,” Hudson says. “The words Hispanic, Tejano, Tex-Mex, and Latino have careful distinctions in some places, but in most, they overlap. One artist will call him or herself by two or three different terms.” “If the book’s main title is ‘Hispanic Heritage in Texas Music,’ it will be followed by a colon, then ‘Stories of Texas and Mexico’ or ‘The Tejano Tradition,’ because this won’t include Cuba or Puerto Rico,” she adds. Tejano (or Tex-Mex) music originated among the Mexican-Americans in southern Texas at the end of the 19th century. Music from Mexico, first played on flute, guitar and drum, started to incorporate the button accordion and polka rhythms from German and Czech settlers in the region. When the accordion was combined with the bajo sexto, a guitar-like instrument with 12 strings in six double courses, conjunto was born. In the mid-20th century, electric guitar and drums were added. Hudson’s desire to write a book exploring the Hispanic roots of Texas music comes from her experiences in Mexico. “This whole project comes out of the very first time I went to San Miguel Allende with Schreiner students and absolutely fell in love with the culture,” she says. “My travel and time in Mexico during many years provides me with a distinct way to converse with the performers. I am a part of the conversation rather than a scholar separate from the subject.” Some of her interviews are with music celebrities, famous even outside the world of Tejano music. “One of my most important interviews was with Flaco Jiménez in February when he received a lifetime achievement Grammy,” says Hudson. “I had the opportunity to sit in his house on the south side of San Antonio and talk with him. I even talked with his children.” Jiménez, who gained mainstream popularity as a member of the Texas Tornados, is a five-time Grammy Award winner. He started playing accordion when he was five and was performing at seven. His career has Fall 2015 SCENE MAGAZINE

spanned more than six decades, and he has collaborated with artists such as Bob Dylan, Ry Cooder, Doug Sahm, and Carlos Santana. Other names on Hudson’s research list are also well known: rising Tejano star Patsy Torres; folksinger Tish Hinojosa; Latin country/Texicana singer/songwriter Stephanie Urbina Jones; Rosie Flores, whose repertoire ranges from hillbilly to Tex-Mex; and singer/songwriter Patricia Vonne, whose style includes a blend of blues, flamenco and rock. She also interviewed two veteran musicians well known in the Kerrville area, Junior Pruneda and Fritz Morquecho. “Both of them grew up in Kerrville and they have fantastic stories to tell,” says Hudson. Sometimes an interview or research session brings to light new, unintended subjects for her book. Santiago Jimenez Jr.—Flaco’s younger brother and nationally recognized in his own right—was playing Sunday mornings at Carnitas Uruapan, a family owned meat market and short-order cafe in west San Antonio. “I went over there to hear him play and watched how the people interacted,” says Hudson. “There was a younger man learning by performing with him.” “The next week I went to hear the younger man play at a flea market at the Pan Am Plaza. The people—including a little 80-year-old couple with the woman dressed up like the Mexican flag—were enjoying fantastic music and food. It was a celebration of Mexican heritage.” The younger man is Armando Arciniega, a native of Mexico who came to the U.S. as a child. He holds a Ph.D. in math and teaches at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He will be in Hudson’s book. “My goal is to gather all of these varied stories,” says Hudson, “from an accordion-playing Ph.D. who came from Mexico as a child, to a lifetime achievement Grammy winner, to a famous jazz saxophonist.” She hopes to have about 30 interviews when the research concludes, but adds, “An oral history project never really ends.” So far Hudson has not found the opportunity to fulfill a dream of renting an RV and driving around South Texas towns talking to residents for a month. Cecila Shikle, producer for Schreiner’s new Center for Digital Learning (CDL), is using Hudson’s research to put together a website that can be used in classrooms. The CDL was one of the programs Schreiner created using a Title V U.S. Department of Education Grant awarded to the university as a Hispanic-serving institution. Hudson is using her research in two classes she’s leading this fall, her freshman-level English class with a Texas music theme, and a second course that is part of the new Texas Studies program. Her interview with Grammy-winning musician Max Baca led to his appearance with his band, Los Texmaniacs, Fall 2015

for a special Texas Music Coffeehouse concert in the Lion’s Den on Sept. 16, or Diez y Seis de Septiembre, Mexican Independence Day. Other musicians she has interviewed participated in Texas Heritage Music Day here later that same month. Hudson has made presentations on her research to the Texas Folklore Society, the Hispanic Honor Society at Texas Tech, and the Texas Oral History Association. She has also used the research in her “On the Road” blog. Assisting with the research are two Schreiner students on deans grants. Heather McCain is doing research, transcribing interviews, and creating an author’s page on Facebook for Hudson. Christian Cantu is doing interviews, taking photos, and documenting information. Cantu, as it turns out, also plays accordion with his grandfather in South Texas. He was interviewed and will be in the book.

Dr. Kathleen Hudson in San Miguel de Allende during her sabbatical.


Enrollment Facts








Enrollment Tops 1,200 In September, Schreiner University topped a longstanding goal of 1,200 students and recorded its highest enrollment ever.

Dr. Tim Summerlin reported an official enrollment of 1,230 students for the academic year 2015-2016, according to numbers released following the 12th day of classes for the fall term when Schreiner conducts a student census based on federal guidelines. The freshman class increased to 289 from 273 last fall. Over the past six years, the freshman class size has increased by 14 percent. The enrollment tops by 102 last year’s 1,128 students and exceeds the 1,200goal university officials had aimed to attain by 2017. “Since the late 1990s, when Schreiner enrolled 700 students, an enrollment of 1,200 has been a core goal,” said Dr. Summerlin. “Studies consistently demonstrate that the financial health of a small college of 1,200-1,300 is far greater than that of one half that size. In addition, the critical student mass of a college of 1,200-plus supports broader academic and co-curricular programs.” “The figure itself does not represent a 18

plateau or stopping place,” he added. “We are committed to continued growth in selected areas, but most of our goals are in the quality of our learning experience, and what we see there is as exciting as what the numbers say.” “This accomplishment is truly the work of the entire campus community,” said Dr. Summerlin. “The driver resides in the Office of Enrollment Services and in every aspect of campus life that promotes retention. Students are attracted to an appealing campus and facilities—made possible by generous donors and excellent maintenance. They become committed when they encounter strong and enthusiastic faculty. A caring culture that is evident in every support area plays a major role as well.” Vice President for Enrollment Services Dr. Larry Cantu noted two key factors that helped Schreiner set the record: • A three percent increase over the previous census in the retention rate for returning students from last year’s freshman class. • More students enrolling in innovative academic programs, such as the online Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.





“A three percent increase in the retention rate for freshmen is very significant in higher education enrollment,” said Dr. Candice Scott, dean of Student Success, which provides personalized encouragement and assistance to students in both academics and career development. She also noted that the four-year graduation rates are also improving (up five percent with the class that graduated in May 2015), that more students are persisting, returning annually until they earn their degrees. “We celebrate even more the continuing successes of our students and the growing recognition that Schreiner is not only a good place to start, but a great place to finish,” concluded Dr. Scott. The online BSN program—designed to help working registered nurses obtain a bachelor’s degree without leaving their jobs—recorded a dramatic increase in enrollment, from 24 during its initial term to 111 this term. “It is obvious that Schreiner was correct in establishing the online BSN program to continue supporting our health care community,” said Dr. Cantu. Fall 2015 SCENE MAGAZINE

ACA DEMIC REGA LIA: What does it all mean?

The Cap While the appropriate cap for all degrees is the traditional mortar board with black tassel, those holding a doctorate degree, such as Dr. Kualapai, may wear a soft velvet cap and a tassel in whole or partly composed of gold thread.


he ceremonial attire which faculty and graduates wear for commencement and other special occasions has its origins in medieval times, when most scholars belonged to religious orders. In addition to setting the wearers apart as learned men, the apparel had a practical purpose: staying warm in cold, damp quarters. In the 1300s, English universities began to distinguish levels of education by the color and style of robes and accessories. Based on these English customs, the American Academic Costume Code was established in 1895 by representatives from Ivy League and New York universities. There are three types of gowns—doctoral, master’s and bachelor’s—in the Code. We asked Dr. Lydia Kualapai, professor of English, to model her doctoral cap and gown and accompanying regalia so we could explain what it means. Fall 2015

The Gown For a doctoral degree, the gown is faced with a broad strip of velvet and has three horizontal velvet bars on each sleeve. Dr. Kaulapai’s gown has dark blue velvet stripes, traditional for doctorates of philosophy regardless of the field of specialization.

Honor Cords The cords’ colors represent the society bestowing the honor. Dr. Kualapai’s are red and black for Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honor society. She also wears a red scarf and medallion from Sigma Tau Delta.

The Hood The doctoral hood is four-feet-long and faced with a five-inch strip of velvet. The color of the velvet strip indicates either the major or the subject area incorporated in the title of the degree. Dr. Kualapai’s is white for arts, letters and humanities. The hood’s interior satin lining is the colors of the institution that granted her the degree, red and white for the University of Nebraska. 19

mountaineersports Breaking Barriers



Throwing a lastminute, game-winning touchdown pass in a bowl game is the stuff of young boys’ dreams. A member of the Schreiner sports faculty almost lived that scenario recently, but it wasn’t one of the guys; it was head softball coach Amy Meyer. Playing quarterback for the San Antonio Regulators of the Independent Women’s Football League (IWFL), Meyer threw a pass that resulted in a 86-yard touchdown play with 23 seconds to play. It pulled her team within reach of a tie, but the two-point conversion attempt failed and the Regulators fell 22-24 to the Detroit Pride in the Affiliate Bowl game in Rock Hill, S.C. “We lost, but it was a very dramatic conclusion to the game,” says Meyer. Like most young women, opportunities to play fullcontact, tackle football were few for her as a young girl. She played a little bit of football in middle school, but her primary sport was softball through an all-conference career at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene. Last year, just to see what tackle football would be like, she tried out for and made the non-profit Regulators team. “It’s definitely been a new experience, and it’s been a lot of fun,” says Meyer, who is in her second year as SU softball coach. “I’m very competitive. I love camaraderie. I love team sports. I love to be active.” And then she adds,

“I didn’t realize it would be so much fun to hit somebody, but it’s lots of fun.” Her first football season started slow. She missed the first two games last April due to her coaching commitment with the Schreiner softball team. But then she got into the groove and became the Regulators’ starting quarterback. The Regulators are members of the Affiliate Division of the IWFL. Started in 2000, the league includes more than 1,600 women playing for 36 teams across North America, and it is seeking to expand. San Antonio’s primary opponents so far are Major Division (semi-pro) teams in Austin and Houston, and an Affiliate team in New Orleans. As players for a non-profit team, the Regulators do a specified amount of community work. Meyer says the volunteer projects have included one for Any Baby Can, an Alzheimer’s Walk, and a Blondes vs. Brunettes charity football game. Regulators players come from San Antonio and nearby communities. The youngest Regulator is 20 and the oldest is in her late 50s. “She’s all over the place,” says Meyer of her eldest teammate. “She can run all day long.” Meyer says playing tackle football has helped with her coaching duties. It helps “break barriers” with the players on her softball team. They joke about it, but they also see what Meyer has done as a model for themselves. “I feel as though it shows the girls they can push their own boundaries. They see they can do more.” Meyer is planning to play a second year with the Regulators in spring 2016—after the Mountaineers finish their softball season in April.

Volleyball After struggling early with a small roster and several new faces, the team improved late in the year, winning four of their final six matches. Senior Alyssa Chapman was named Second Team All-SCAC and led the team in kills (298) and attack percentage (.267). Freshman Delanie Cauthen was a very solid addition, contributing 280 kills and 269 digs. Freshman Nichole West led in that category with 472 digs and freshman Ashley Myers had 569 assists. The team will need to replace three key performers in Chapman, Dee Bague and Caitlin Otten. (Overall: 8-23, 4-10 in SCAC). Fall 2015




Women’s Soccer For third-year head coach Nick Morrison, this was a record-breaking season in many respects. The Mountaineers regular season record gave them the #2-seed in the SCAC tournament and a first-round bye. They broke NCAA-era records for the program in overall wins (11), conference wins (8) and shutouts (9). The team will also almost assuredly break several other defensive records as well. Freshman Kyli Harvey had seven goals to lead the offense. Freshman Taylor Roberson had six shutouts and broke the single-season record in that category. (Overall: 11-5-2, 8-3-1 in SCAC).

Men’s Soccer The team started slowly, going 2-6 through the first half of the season. In the second half, the Mountaineers were 5-3-1 and rallied to claim the sixth seed in the SCAC tournament. Sophomore Gregg Gutierrez is SU’s top scorer with six goals. Freshman Robert Hensley is second on the team with three goals and three assists. Junior Blake Lawson and freshman Brandon Anselmi have combined for four shutouts. (Overall: 7-10-1, 5-8-1 in SCAC).



Men’s Golf Senior Phil Stewart had an outstanding start to 2015-16,

Women’s Cross Country SU finished seventh at the SCAC Championships. Senior Allyson Graybill was SU’s top finisher, followed by freshman Cami Carrasco, who was the team’s top finisher in all other fall races and had a very strong first season. The Mountaineers lose seniors Graybill, Shelby Spenrath and Kaitlyn Goertz to graduation. Freshman Lizzy Flora was a solid addition and returns next year along with Coach Anderson’s first recruits.

including a runner-up finish at the Golfweek Invitational in Florida, where he scored 69-69-74. The final round was his first above par all fall. Freshmen Jason Lopez, Jake Bell and Casey Thompson round out a young Mountaineer squad with much promise going into the spring season.

Women’s Golf The women finished third at the Abilene Invitational, trailing

Men’s Cross Country Competing in their first season under head coach Phil Anderson, the team placed sixth at the SCAC Championships in Dallas in late October. Juniors Jose Bernal and Danny Gonzales were the first two Schreiner runners across the finish line. Sophomore Ricky Canales and freshman Logan Miles were the next top Mountaineer runners at the championship. The entire roster returns next fall, along with Coach Anderson’s first recruiting class. Fall 2015

only #18 Mary Hardin Baylor and #11 UT-Tyler. Junior Kaycee Bankert shot 75-77 to place fourth overall. At the Golfweek Invitational, she broke numerous school records by shooting remarkably consistent rounds of 75-7476 to place third among 90 of the top women players in the country. Freshmen Piper Gleadhill, Lauren Leslie and Kena Cox helped lift the Mountaineers to their bestever finish in this event.




his is the time of year that the phone starts ringing. “Is Congress going to pass the 2015 tax-extenders? Are we going to have a charitable IRA roll-over again, or not?”

As I prepare this article many weeks before you receive Scene Magazine, no one knows the answer to these questions. If Congress hears the voice of philanthropy echoing across the land, we might have a late-in-the-year provision that enables a portion of Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) to be used to help charity. Specifically, citizens 70½ or older will be able to redirect as —Yogi Berra much as $100,000 to their favorite charities instead of taking the required minimum distribution themselves. Schreiner has been blessed with some lovely year-end gifts made through this provision in past years. In our humble opinion, the Charitable IRA

“When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” ­

Rollover is a win/win deal. Even though the donors do not receive a charitable income tax deduction for the transfer, neither do they pay income tax on a forced distribution. The Senate and the House of Representatives have not yet come to agreement on this initiative, but we are hopeful. Feel free to call me if you want to know the status of this bill. My contact information is below. Is there another fork in the road if you have charitable intentions, prefer increased revenue and like reducing income taxes? Whether or not Congress passes the tax extenders, including the Charitable IRA Rollover, charitable gift annuities are extremely popular among our friends. People over 70 receive more than a 5% annual payment, guaranteed for life. Really! No matter how long you live or how the economy performs, an annual distribution at a fixed amount is absolutely guaranteed! And, the older you are, the higher the payout and the accompanying charitable deduction are. For instance, a single person 80 years old receives an annual distribution equal to 6.8 percent of the original face value. If that isn’t enough, charitable gift annuities have no set-up fees. The Texas Presbyterian Foundation ( manages Schreiner’s gift annuities. We have had donors in the past establish as many as six gift annuities. Can you hear the excitement in my voice? If you want to read about these popular gift plans before you call or write me, please consult our planned giving web page also listed below. By the time you receive this magazine, the holidays will be upon us. All of your friends at Schreiner send you warm wishes for a peaceful and prosperous new year.

Karen Davis Kilgore Director of Development and Planned Giving Specialist

For more information visit or call 830-792-7205 or email 24


Faculty, students and staff work together to make the Schreiner community garden a reality. The garden project headed up by Dr. Ryan Caesar and Dr. Ruth Grubesic began this fall. So far, leafy greens (lettuce, spinach, etc,) along with a little bit of root vegetables, various peppers, a few flowers and some herbs have been planted. Fall 2015



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

Spencer Blocker ’52


Spencer Blocker ’52 was selected to take an “Honor Flight” to Washington, DC, where he visited the Korean War Memorial this past summer. Honor Flight is a non-profit organization, which flies veterans who served during WWII, Korea, and Vietnam to visit the memorials built in their honor in the nation’s capital. Blocker served as a lieutenant in the Army Corps of Engineers.


The Rev. Charles H. Morris ’52 has embarked on a new “career” as an ombudsman for residents of long-term care communities. He was trained by, and now works as a volunteer for, an organization serving 10 counties in and around metropolitan St. Louis and northeast Missouri called VOYCE. ( He still plays tennis year-round and volunteers as an Episcopal priest and counselor. His wife and family are doing well. “Life is good,” he writes. “Schreiner gave me a great start in my higher education, for which I’ll always be grateful.” Don Adams ’57, a former Texas state senator, was awarded the 2015 James Madison Award by the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas. Adams helped write and pass the first Texas Open Records Act, and worked to reform state ethics requirements after the Sharpstown scandal in the early 1970s. A former Schreiner trustee, serves as a municipal judge in Central Texas. He lives at Horseshoe Bay.

Bill Servis ’63


Bill Servis ’63 The Servis family recently finished a 5,111mile road trip in its RV, traveling through eight states. They are back in Tyler, Texas, for the winter. Bobby Douglass ’65 didn’t meet his spouse at Schreiner, but his SI buddy— Mervin Fatter ’67 from Austin—got Fall 2015 SCENE MAGAZINE

Reserves, an oil and gas company based in Midland. Tip is a senior landman, while Steve is business development land manager. Tip just celebrated his 32nd anniversary with his wife, Brenda. Their son, Thomas Taylor Kirwan, graduated from Texas Tech University in 2014 and lives in Lubbock with his wife, Faith. Tip

him a “blind date” in 1970 with Mervin’s Texas Tech buddy, Janie, in Lubbock where Bobby was in USAF pilot school. Bobby and Janie are still married, writes Bobby. “Not only that, but she is still friends with Mervin, who married Janie’s roommate, Marianne.” Russell Longmire ’65 writes, “After leaving Schreiner, I went to college and got a degree in philosophy. Then I went to law school and got a law degree. In 1980 I entered the oil business and am still there. My wife, Laura, and I have been married for 28 years and have two children. I live in Houston and am a big Astros fan.”


Pat Riley ’71 a member of the last high school graduating class of 32 members, writes, “I was a proud ‘Hoonite’ for three years. Our class frequented the Ingram Dam and other popular Kerrville spots on weekends, with [L. A. Schreiner’s great granddaughter] Malou Flato, who was our age. Only a Texas girl could understand how a jar of homemade pickles would thrill David Harrell and me. I have returned for Recall for the last 4-5 years, meeting former classmates on campus and at Roddy Tree. To everyone’s surprise most of the 1968-72 attendees have been located. My wife, Alexis, and I have two kids: Mark, a graduate of University of North Texas, now at Army flight school at Fort Rucker, Ala.; and Emily, a professional photographer and recent graduate of Brooks Institute. We operate a business repairing U.S. Navy ships in San Diego.” Otto Schwethelm ’74 is CFO for Aventine Hill Partners, a Texas-based professional services firm. Schwethelm has more than 30 years of experience as an accounting and finance executive, predominately in the energy sector. He has served as CFO of Tesoro Fall 2015

Otto Schwethelm ’74

Corporation, Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries Company, and a Saudi Arabian family-owned leader in the provision of multiple-sector contracting services. Suzi Gee Schneider ’74 writes, “I just had my 40th wedding anniversary. My husband, Vic, and I have two children. My son, Slade, is married to Amy and they have Christian, 14, and Faith, 7. My daughter, Amanda, is married to Wes and they have Kayden, 11, and Kannon, 2. I manage a doctor’s office and my favorite activity is my involvement with Lions Clubs International, the world’s largest humanitarian service organization. I was governor for our district in 201314, which means I was responsible for the health and well being of 72 clubs. My two years at Schreiner College were the foundation of all that I have done since. There was a time in my life that I would not have stood before a group of people to speak if my life depended on it. I served on the Former Students Association board and attend Recall when I can. Schreiner holds a very special place in my heart and my hope is that my first grandson will be attending Schreiner in fall 2019.” Thomas J. “Tip” Kirwan ’76 and Steve Daniels ’80 both work for Legacy

Thomas “Tip” Kirwan ’76 and Steve Daniels ’80

played tennis at Schreiner under Athletic Hall of Honor Coach Dudley Rogers. He and Rolando Torrelas won conference doubles in 1976, and he went on to play at Texas Tech and Howard Payne. Steve previously worked as a landman for Marathon Oil and HighMount Exploration. He played golf at Schreiner under the tutelage of Monk Keith. His wife, Amy, is head girls basketball coach at Midland Christian. They recently celebrated their 30th anniversary and have two sons, Jordan, 24, and Taylor, 19.


Kathy Poirier ’85 has a son, Ken Konno, who is enjoying his Schreiner experience! Aubrey Frank ’89 writes, “My boys are amazing. Rian is a high school junior and in his third year of the 27


for individuals and organizations. She continues to advocate on behalf of organizations including The Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay (Mich.). More information is available at her website (

Aubrey Frank ’89

STEM Academy Engineering Program. Jacob, an eighth grader, is on the math/ science team, and a starting offensive tackle in football. Matthew is a sixth grader and plays the bass clarinet in band. I am the division order technician for Chief Oil & Gas LLC in Dallas and serve as the parent liaison for the math & science team at Jacob and Matthew’s school. I hope to be there for Recall in April 2016 and see how much the campus has grown!”

2000s Cecilia Gregg ’96

Cecilia Gregg ’96, writes, “I have several degrees but my most-advanced is a doctorate in education. I teach career development, communications, and business classes for Arizona State University and the University of Phoenix. I live in Tempe and am an Arizona State University faculty member.” Denise Schley ’96 was selected teacher of the year for 2015 at Forney (Texas) High School. Her family has moved to Edgewood, Texas, where she is on the high school faculty. Her new principal, Jerri Wehmeyer, is also a Schreiner graduate.

Tracy Jane Andrew s ’95


Tracy Jane Andrews ’95 has established a solo-practice, the Law Office of Tracy Jane Andrews, PLLC, specializing in environmental, natural resources and land-use law


Chris McCain, ’98, writes, “As it sometimes does, life got in the way and my wife, Dena, never completed her degree ... Until, last semester, when after a brief conversation with Dr. Tim Summerlin, he took her to admissions and she re-enrolled, as a graphic arts major. At the end of her first semester in 20 years, she made the President’s List, as did our two youngest children, Heather and Craig, who are SU students.”

Mike Ramey ’97 writes, “I am living and practicing law in the Dallas area. My wife, two boys, and I live just outside of town and spend most of our free time at soccer games or swim meets. After more than 15 years practicing law in Dallas, I recently decided to open my own firm, the Law Office of J. Michael Ramey, P.C., in May. I am very excited and look forward to this new challenge.”

Jaclyn Cannaday ’00 on May 15 married Justin Daake, whom she met in law school. They bought a house in Alma, Neb. Justin has his own law practice and Jaclyn was promoted in July to partner at Duncan, Walker, Schenker & Daake, P.C., L.L.O. This past year she served as the 10th Judicial Bar Association president and recently received the Nebraska State Bar Association’s Outstanding Young Lawyer Award for 2015. She writes, “As always, I continue to miss Schreiner—the place, the people, and the promise—all the time!” Brad Golden ’05 and ’08, writes, “Three years ago Donna (’10) and I decided to escape the Texas heat and try life in the Rocky Mountains. We moved to Colorado and ended up moving to Salida on my 49th birthday

Donna ’10 and Brad Golden ’05 & ’08 with daughter Brandi Stroud ’11 Fall 2015 SCENE MAGAZINE

in August, after securing a job with the Chaffee County Department of Human Services. Salida is a culturally diverse, art-oriented, small town, next to the Continental Divide and on the Arkansas River. Donna and I think we have found our paradise. Brandi Stroud ’11, our daughter, earned a doctorate in physical therapy from the University of North Texas. She has moved back to Houston, and is excited about the bright future ahead for her and her two boys.” Andrew Van Hyfte ’07 recently moved from Amsterdam to Stockholm to begin graduate study with Hyper Island, renowned in the design industry as one of the top digital institutions worldwide. He has been accepted into its Interactive Art Direction program. Earlier this year Van Hyfte finished a project for, creating visual UI designs and the overall brand architecture and visual identity for Booking Now, an iOS and Android app created to allow travelers a new way to book and source accommodation. Linda Perkins ’08, after working six and a half years in accounting for James Avery, she was hired in July as the assistant auditor for Gillespie County in Fredericksburg. She writes, “It has definitely been a change … transitioning to county/government accounting. I love my new job and have learned much. I am basically in charge of doing all the audits for all the departments of the county, as well as surprise cash counts in each department, and other duties.” She continues to being involved with youth programs in her church. “They keep me very busy.”

Jawanza Williams ’12 lives in New York City and works as a youth organizer at VOCAL-NY ( a grass-roots organization working for civil rights and building power in low-income communities affected by HIV/AIDS, mass-incarceration, and homelessness.

Jawanza Williams ’12

a nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing teen and unplanned pregnancy, and helping young people to make healthier choices. She developed skills as a sexual health educator while conducting a yearlong research project on sexual health curricula. Bri began a job in the Funding and Post Closing Department of CentraLand Title Company in August 2014, and plans to volunteer for non-profits as she works toward a career in a health-related nonprofit. Erika Hillard ’11 and Logan Green were married May 23 in Selma, Texas, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church. The couple honeymooned in New York City and Niagara Falls, and are settling down in their first home together. “We met in high school, but who would’ve known we were going to reconnect after college and fall in love!” writes Erika. “We are very grateful for the love and friendship we share.”

Richard Coronado ’03 and ’13, writes, “Life is going great. Drake is 7 and in first grade, Hendrix is 2. My wife is a school psychologist in the Northside I.S.D. I am an assistant principal within the Seguin I.S.D. and truly love making a difference on my campus and in the lives of young people. I will complete the superintendent program at Texas State University in the spring. The education I received at Schreiner made all of this possible.” Cory Nichols ’14 After graduation Cory coached cross-country and track at Our Lady of the Hills in Kerrville. He had two state medalists in crosscountry, and in track, three athletes qualified for state and one was a medalist. He is now in Utopia, Texas, teaching high school math, coaching basketball, and helping restart the baseball program. Alyssa Poore ’14 enrolled in the accelerated BSN at University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston and plans to graduate in December 2016. She plans to find a job in the San Antonio area with a neonatal intensive care unit.


Bri Hamlyn ’10 graduated from UTSA with a Master of Science in Sociology in May 2014. She spent the last year of the program as an intern for Healthy Futures of Texas, Fall 2015

Bri Hamlyn ’10

ore ’14 Alyssa Po 29

classnotes Meet Cute Mountaineer Matches


ut young men and women together on a daily basis—in classes, studying and enjoying campus life— and inevitably some of them find life partners. Here are a few of the Mountaineer matches about which we’ve heard recently. We’d love to hear about yours. John T. Heard ’38 and Rita Smith— Their daughter Eugenia Heard writes of her deceased parents, “My dad attended Schreiner Institute in the late 30’s when it was still a military school. My mother was his sponsor and marched with him in parades, etc. until he graduated. My aunt, Vera Smith McCann, was Moody Monroe’s sponsor at the same time. Those years at Schreiner were some of their happiest times.”

Murph Thorp ’4 9& Sarah Louise Su llivan ’50

Murph N. Thorp, Jr. ’49 and Sarah Louise Sullivan ’50—“Murph and I met at Schreiner the fall of 1948 (I was a freshman and he was beginning his second year). He went to The University of Texas in Austin after graduating from Schreiner. I went to UT at mid-term of 1949-50. We were married in Kerrville by Dr. William Logan at First Presbyterian Church in June 1952. Our children are Dr. Gorman Thorp of Abilene; Mark Thorp of Salem, Ore. and Connie Lang of Parker, Colo., and we have grandchildren scattered around the United States. After living in Austin, Dallas, Iraan (a small town in west Texas), we are now retired and living on beautiful Lake Belton. We have now been married for 63 years and have been very blessed.”

Donnelly Family


Sean Donnelly and Priscilla Perez, both ’07, met at Schreiner in October 2003 and were married Sept. 6, 2009. They live outside Austin with two beautiful daughters, Lillianna (5) and Alyssa (3). Priscilla is the CFO (Chief Family Officer) at home and Sean is a branch manager for Comerica Bank. They enjoy traveling, camping and finding new places to visit.


Elaine Murray Dreeben ’09 and husband, Sam Dreeben, who worked in Admissions while she was a student, are delighted to announce the birth of their son, Isaiah James Dreeben on Aug. 7. “Our little Mountaineer joins big sister Olive (age 2) in growing our joy exponentially since we met at SU in 2007. Here’s a picture of the little guy.”

Charles Van Berg ’66 & Bonnie Bauer ’67 Charles Van Berg ’66 and Bonnie Bauer ’67 Through friends, Bonnie and Charles met when he was a Schreiner freshman and she was a Tivy High School senior. They married two years later and started life together in Austin, then Florida, New Mexico and Oklahoma, where they raised their two children. “Time has flown and we celebrated our 48th anniversary this year,” writes Charles. “We have one grandson that has added much joy to our lives. We are both retired and looking forward to this phase of our life together.” Fall 2015

Isaiah Ja mes Dree ben

Landes Family

Nick Landes ’05 and Elizabeth Boulware Landes ’08 are enjoying life in Fort Worth with their two boys, Liam Elliot and Lincoln Jess and two dogs. After graduating from Schreiner, Nick went on to Texas Tech for a master’s degree and a doctorate in civil engineering. He works for Freese and Nichols in their water and wastewater group. Elizabeth moved to Richmond, Va., after graduation, and earned a Master of Divinity and a Master of Arts in Christian Education. She is associate pastor at Faith Presbyterian Church in Aledo, Texas.

Wes Blankman ’07 and Kristi Click ’09 met at Schreiner in 2006 and were married this past summer at Camp Rio Vista on the Guadalupe River.



roundup The Financial Year at Schreiner: 2014-15 SELECTED FINANCIAL STATISTICS Assets Cash and cash equivalent $1,982,310 Accounts and pledges receivable 2,910,512 Other assets 2,672,556 Investments 61,817,993 Land, building and equipment 64,505,939 Total assets $133,907,020


2015 9%


28% 8%

Gifts and grants Auxiliary

Liabilities Accounts payable Deposits and deferred revenue Notes payable Total liabilities



$1,778,475 2,828,106 15,375,329 $19,981,910

Net tuition and fees


2015 18%

Net Assets Unrestricted $61,830,697 Temporarily restricted 13,424,735 Permanently restricted 38,669,678 Total net assets $113,925,110

32% 24% 20%


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Total liabilities and net assets

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Dr. Clark Elliston, assistant professor of Christian ethics, visits with students at the Foster Fountain during a break from class.

What’s happening on campus?

WWW.SCHREINER.EDU correction In the summer edition of SCENE magazine, we incorrectly listed Romeo Garcia ’59 in our In Memoriam section. Mr. Garcia is very much alive and we apologize for any distress this may have caused. 32


In Memoriam Former Students Mr. William Aaberg ’49 March 7, 2009, Longview, Texas Mr. Robert W. Armstrong ’62 April 10, 2010, The Woodlands, Texas Mr. Robert C. Battaile ’66 March 17, 2008, Conroe, Texas Mr. Thomas A. Bay Jr. ’46 September 17, 2008, Houston Mr. Henry E. Beall Jr. ’53 November 15, 2007, Galveston Mr. Darrell Blackman ’43 July 18, 2015, Hutto, Texas

Mr. John M. Doss ’57 April 16, 2014, San Angelo, Texas

Mr. Ralph J. Lagow ’65 December 22, 2007, Crosby, Texas

Mr. Carl F. Duderstadt ’43 January 26, 2015, Plano, Texas

Mrs. Esther Leclaire ’45 January 11, 2008, College Station, Texas

Mr. Austin R. Duffy ’50 January 28, 2012, Houston Mr. James L. Duncan Jr. ’49 July 1, 2015, Lindale, Texas Mr. Santos C. Elizondo ’61 August 30, 2011, San Angelo, Texas Mr. Robert H. Etchison ’47 September 13, 2010, Kerrville

Mrs. Frances K. Blair ’77 July 17, 2015, Kerrville

Mr. Eddie J. Ezell ’52 October 1, 2007, San Angelo, Texas

Mr. Harold W. Bonnot ’46 February 18, 2012, Ganado, Texas

Mr. Arthur L. Forbes ’46 October 27, 2008, Pearland, Texas

Ms. Alice Brook ’98 October 10, 2015, Kerrville

Ms. Barbara A. Gamble ’87 March 6, 2009, Junction, Texas

Mr. Loyal G. Brown Jr. ’66 January 26, 2010, Temple, Texas

Major Frank H. Hafley ’79 July 30, 2007, Hamilton, Texas

Mr. Amond D. Brownlow ’52 July 11, 2012, Floresville, Texas

Mr. Joe Z. Haines ’89 September 9, 2011, Schertz, Texas

Mr. Dan C. Cauthorn ’59 April 25, 2011, Sonora, Texas

Mr. Gerald L. Hartman ’55 June 5, 2015, Plano, Texas

Mr. Daniel Chessher ’41 November 23, 2007, Seguin, Texas

Mr. Kenneth S. Harvey ’46 January 10, 2014, Corpus Christi, Texas

Mr. John W. Cliburn ’66 July 25, 2011, Victoria, Texas Ms. Lena B. Collins ’76 July 28, 2015, Kerrville Dr. William D. Cornelius Jr. ’41 August 26, 2009, Markham, Texas

Mr. James W. Hayes ’70 May 31, 2015, Kerrville Mrs. Rita S. Heard ’39 September 6, 2014, Anahuac, Texas

Dr. Kenneth R. Leggett ’49 September 11, 2010, Pettus, Texas

Mr. Niley J. Smith ’34 April 12, 2010, Cameron, Texas

Mr. Clarence W. Levingston Jr. ’60 December 23, 2010, Spring, Texas

Mr. Ward E. Smith ’49 June 19, 2015, Fredericksburg, Texas

Mr. Robert J. Marrou ’99 October 26, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas

Mr. Robert W. Stewart III ’59 December 21, 2010, Arlington, Texas

Mr. Lewis W. Matteson Jr. ’42 August 6, 2009, Hunt, Texas

Mr. Christopher L. Stone ’96 July 21, 2015, Ingram, Texas

Mr. Julius B. McBride Sr. ’27 November 15, 2011, Houston

Mr. John W. Turner Jr. ’73 February 17, 2015, Cornelius, N.C.

Ms. Anita E. Medrano ’81 October 2, 2015, Arlington, Texas

Mrs. Margaret Van Landingham ’07 June 20, 2015, Hunt, Texas

Mr. Lloyd Merwin Jr. ’41 May 28, 2011, La Jolla, Calif.

Ms. Jessica B. Wright ’07 June 23, 2015, Kerrville

Mr. Joseph W. Montague ’98 September 18, 2015, Bandera, Texas

Ms. Margie I. Wroe ’77 April 30, 2011, Sugar Land, Texas

Mr. Edwin H. Moore Sr. ’44 June 12, 2007, Texas City

Former Trustee

Mr. James B. Nitschke ’43 October 8, 2013, Houston

Dr. John M. McCoy Jr. August 30, 2015, Dallas

Mr. David E. O’Fiel ’60 July 8, 2011, Spring, Texas

The Rev. Joe T. Sheeler October 8, 2014, Ruston, La.

Mr. Leonard R. Passmore ’97 April 24, 2007, Ore City, Texas

Former Advisory Trustee

Mr. Joe T. Cox ’66 February 1, 2005, Fredericksburg, Texas

Mr. John F. Hough ’40 June 2, 2010, Yoakum, Texas

Mr. Roland Peterson ’46 January 18, 2012, Dilley, Texas

Ms. Elizabeth A. Hudson ’07 June 18, 2010, Boerne, Texas

Mr. Alton W. Redus ’47 June 30, 2009, Inez, Texas

Mr. Richard Crick II ’76 June 5, 2009, Kerrville

Mr. Max Jarvis Jr. ’38 October 14, 2006, Troup, Texas

Mr. Charles J. Dailey Jr. ’59 February 7, 2010, Houston

Mr. Glenn F. Jurek ’57 September 13, 2015, Austin

Mr. Victor J. Rogers ’62 September 20, 2008, Beaumont, Texas

Mr. William H. Dodd ’46 December 7, 2009, New Braunfels, Texas

Mr. James E. Kolar ’49 December 11, 2010, Moulton, Texas

Mr. Robert Silliman ’49 November 23, 2009, Aledo, Texas

Mrs. Barbara E. Smith ’76 August 2, 2015, Kerrville

Mr. William M. Penny ’37 March 9, 2010, Bay City, Texas Fall 2015

Mr. Charles E. Shepherd ’39 July 5, 2011, Houston

Dr. John W. Lehr ’33 October 26, 2011, Temple, Texas

Mr. Milton D. Hendricks ’51 March 31, 2010, Arlington, Texas

Mr. Gully Cowsert Jr. ’48 December 5, 2014, Junction, Texas

Mrs. Gloria Shelton ’75 July 11, 2009, Boerne, Texas

Mr. Eugene K. Sanger Sr. ’29 February 18, 2007, Dallas Mr. William G. Satterwhite ’50 June 15, 2015, Amarillo, Texas

Mr. Lloyd D. Brinkman July 4, 2015, Kerrville

Schreiner Oaks Society Mrs. Rosemary F. Jennings August 11, 1999, Baytown, Texas Mr. Ralph E. Pelton June 5, 2015, Kerrville Mr. Gerald H. Persyn September 3, 2015, Bandera, Texas


Knitting Know-how Sally Hannay, assistant professor of English, demonstrates as students in her technical communications class knit scarves for the homeless. In fall 2013, Hannay started collaborating with StreetKnits, a grassroots community service project started by former Schreiner instructor Silke Feltz. In addition to producing winter wear for the homeless, the students create technical process instruction manuals, blogs, or videos, for future in-class and out-of-class knitters. One of their videos is featured on StreetKnits Facebook page. “When my class first paired up with StreetKnits, I had no idea the students would be so willing and the project would have so many positive ramifications for learning,” says Hannay. “Silke says that just the idea that someone would take time and make something by hand touches the recipients deeply, and this, in turn, is a profound inspiration for my students.”





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SCENEMagazine editor

Amy Armstrong director of communications

art direction and design

Stephanie Lopez Keller senior graphic artist


John Sniffen public media specialist

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 www.schreiner. edu/scene. 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 2015


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