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Life Sciences Hands-On Learning


“R eflecting on all that has occurred in the intervening years leaves me first amazed and then grateful.”

Dear friends of Schreiner, In the fall of 2001 I wrote my first letter to SCENE readers, introducing myself as a new president as well as the new name “Schreiner University.” There has been much water under the bridge since then, although the Hill Country and the state of Texas are finding so little water these days that a bridge seems superfluous! Reflecting on all that has occurred in the intervening years leaves me first amazed and then grateful. I am grateful to see Schreiner’s steady march to financial health and consistency. I am grateful to acknowledge our ability to attract a growing body of students who embrace our educational values. The ability to identify and create new academic programs and recruit strong faculty to teach them is another cause for gratitude. The same should be said for our success in enhancing student life programs that contribute to the wholeness of our mission. And I am grateful that we have been successful in building a physical campus that enables us to serve our students’ needs. You will find in this edition of SCENE stories that turn generalizations like those of the previous paragraph into vivid realities. Dr. Chris Distel and Dr. Lena Rippstein are the sort of faculty member cited above, notable for their love of instruction as well as for their capacity to conceive and build effective programs. Our success this fall in attracting the largest number of full-time students in history is evidence that we are still building. But where would we be if our predecessors had not had the insight

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to recognize that a full Schreiner education was intended for BOTH genders? Our athletic program and our church-relatedness are two important dimensions of our broad learning commitment, and you will find here an opportunity to learn more about both. And we invite you to celebrate the timely arrival of the Oaks II residence facility, providing 96 additional beds in suite-style arrangements. Yes, there is much for which to be grateful and to use as a spur for future goals. I like the statement that President Emeritus Sam Junkin has often made, that God clearly intended that Schreiner survive because of all of the challenges He enabled it to surmount over the years. Looking to the future, I am excited about our prospects for providing a quality education for life and livelihood in this still new century. I look forward to talking further with you about some of the directions that Schreiner envisions for the near future.

Tim Summerlin President

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Nursing Lab Dedicated

10 A Piece of Home 12  The Facts of Life 14  When Schreiner History Became Herstory

d e p a r t m e n ts 4 mountaineertalk 6 campusnews 18 mountaineersports 22 makingconnections

24 formerstudents 26 classnotes 30 eventscalendar 32 roundup

onthecover Dr. Chris Distel, assistant professor of biology, teaching his students on the bank of the Guadalupe River. Fall 2011 3

mountaineer talk

Euskadi País Vasco Basque Country


By Cody Welch (Weltx in Basque) Senior from Georgetown, Texas

he Basque Country is a northern region of Spain along the Sea of Biscay. It is a beautiful green mountainous area that has been inhabited thousands of years. The native language Euskara is heard nowhere else in the world and its origins are unknown. The people are friendly, the food is great and the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao is one of the coolest things I have ever seen in my life. The five months I lived there rank amongst the best in my life so far. I was in the Basque Country in the city of Bilbao for the spring of 201 1, studying at Universidad del País Vasco or Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea. It is the public university in the Basque country and is completely different from Schreiner. F irst, my classes were taught in Spanish. It’s not the Latin American Spanish we are taught here, but the real, formal Spanish, vosotros and all. One of my teachers spoke decent English, but I still misunderstood her from time to time. This teacher, Susana, also taught the class in Euskara. When you have a teacher switching between one language you

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don’ t understand at all and another that you understand just a little bit, it makes class difficult, but it was my favorite class. My other teachers spoke almost no English, but they were very patient with us. You will notice that I spelt my last name with a ‘tx’ instead of ‘ch’; that is the Basque way to spell it. The ‘tx’ sounds like a ‘ch.’ As nervous as I was about being in a foreign country by myself, I felt right at home in Bilbao. My host mother, Maika, was a wonderful lady. Not just because she was an excellent cook and did my laundry, but also because she was so patient. She spoke almost no English and I am by no means fluent in Spanish. Her knowledge of English was “Oh my God!” and “Help me please.” Maika’s daughter, Andrea, my Academic Programs International advisor, also made my time in Bilbao unforgettable. She wasn’ t just an API employee sent over there to make sure we didn’ t end up in jail. She was born in Bilbao. Andrea escorted us around town, showed us cultural icons and explained the history of the city to us.

I was arriving on bus. This was my first time back to Madrid since my arrival in Spain. I told them to meet me in Puerta del Sol. When I got off the metro there were a lot more people than I had seen in January. I thought it was because it was warmer and the beginning of tourist season. When I rode the escalator up to ground level, I was greeted with a different sight than I remembered. There were people everywhere, chanting in Spanish, and police surrounding the plaza. I never felt threatened though. The police were there as a safety precaution. The protestors were mainly students and the unemployed. After talking to some native Spaniards, I found out the protests were about creating more jobs and government reforms. The youth over there actually get out and try to do something about their city’s social problems, not just post about it on Facebook. I can’ t even begin to explain how my trip to Bilbao has changed me. There are accepted things in our society that I now question. Not only will I now try almost any food you put in front of me without question, but also I want to learn as much about as many new cultures as I can. Although I am a senior graphic design ma jor graduating in May, I am considering going back to Bilbao after I graduate to teach English for a few years. I would also love to work at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, and then who knows where I will end up?


Arriving in Madrid on January 24, I knew no one. Four months and a few days later when I left Madrid, I had friends from all over the U.S. and Europe. There were nine of us from API: eight girls and me. Most of them were from the northeast, and, honestly, I think I experienced more of a culture shock with them than with the Spaniards. I made some great friends who are from Belgium whom I am hoping I can see again. Most of the students in my Spanish class came from different parts of Europe. There were students from Italy, Poland, Greece, Germany, Turkey and other countries. Living in Spain forced me to open my eyes to a world outside of Kerrville and central Texas. I spent a month in Italy with the Schreiner art department after my freshman year, but I was with mainly English speakers and a month is barely enough time to really get immersed in a culture. In Spain, I learned that public transportation is your best friend, T V is an unnecessary part of our lives and fast food will be the death of us all. When I tell people that I was in Spain when the protests broke out, I am often asked if I felt like I was in danger because the demonstrations became so violent. Although I witnessed countless protests, I never saw violence and never felt in danger. I don’ t know what was shown on the news here, but being in the middle of the protests, I can say they were civil and non-threatening. I was actually in Madrid the day they started. My brother and sister-in-law had just flown into Madrid and

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Staff Spotlight

Preacher Man by Louise Kohl Leahy

“My mother always wanted me to be a preacher or a teacher,” said Eldon Sheffer, Schreiner’s director of church relations.

Never one to do things by halves, Sheffer is now both. He trained and served as a commissioned lay pastor in the Presbyterian Church and still preaches roughly once a month at churches in the Hill Country. Last term, he taught IDST 1101 for freshman, critical thinking and business ethics. Sheffer approaches life with the efficiency you would expect from an engineer and a management expert. “I graduated from the University of Toledo [in Toledo, Ohio] on June 13, got married on June 20 and started work for a major global oil company on July 7,” he said. At the University of Toledo, where he earned a degree in chemical engineering, Sheffer lettered in wrestling, was editor of the yearbook and student president of the college of engineering. “It was kind of neat being the engineering president,” Sheffer said.

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“I got to sit in on faculty meetings and started viewing professors as people. I also got a good idea of how a university works.” He went on to get an MBA from The University of Chicago, going to night school, working for the oil company for 30 years and another 10 years as a management consultant for a variety of companies and nonprofit organizations. In addition to preaching and teaching, Sheffer represents Schreiner at church gatherings from Louisiana to Oklahoma and, of course, in Texas. Between February and June 2011, Sheffer visited eight presbyteries in those states. (Presbyteries and synods are church governing bodies.) “I attend presbytery and synod meetings,” he said, “to recruit students and raise funds for students who attend Schreiner under the Pan American Schreiner Agreement with the Presbyterian Pan American School in Kingsville, Texas. Whenever I preach, I make a moment for mission early in the service to talk about Schreiner.” Sheffer and his wife, Barbara, make

time for each other and Eldon’s love of astronomy with nightly star gazing walks with Prince, their Labrador retriever. Sheffer is chair of the Mission Presbytery stewardship and fiscal oversight committee. Mission Presbytery is the coordinating body for more than 150 Presbyterian churches in Texas. He also serves as president of the Kerrville Ministerial Alliance. “Among the things I’m most proud of,” Sheffer said, “are the five articles on prayer I wrote for the Kerrville Daily Times newspaper. And I treasure the relationships I’ve built with the pastors of various churches in Kerrville and those of regional Presbyterian churches.” He is equally proud of his work in the classroom. “My great joy is interacting with students,” he said. “I make sure every class has time for questions and discussion.” After thinking for a moment he added, “I think Schreiner attracts the kind of students with whom I like to interact.”

Phase II of The Oaks residential complex opened in 2011, adding 96 beds—all fourbedroom/two-bath units with full kitchens—along with a new sand volleyball court, gazebo and grilling area and additional laundry room space. Oaks II received its certificate of occupancy on August 1, just in time for the new academic year. It currently houses mostly sophomores. Photo below: Schreiner students make the most of the new sand volleyball court at the Oaks II.


New Oaks Residence Opens

Nursing Lab Dedication On October 21, Schreiner dedicated the Barbara Fish Daniel Clinical Educational Center for nursing students in the new Bachelor of Nursing program. The lab is located on the first floor of the Moody Science building

photo by Nicholas newland, SU Sophomore

and includes a simulation lab required for the state certification of the BSN program. The lab has simulation manikins that give the nurses patients to practice their skills on, including the state-of-the-art SimMan 3G, named Ray by the students. “Effective learning in nursing requires practical experience,” noted Schreiner president, Dr. Tim Summerlin. “Modern technology has enabled us to simulate first-hand experience remarkably, and we are enthusiastic about the potential of the Barbara Fish Daniel nursing laboratory to provide high quality learning opportunities for our BSN students.” Four donors are responsible for funding the lab: the Kemmerer Family Foundation, which owns Comanche Trace in Kerrville; Loring Cook Foundation; The Ray C. Fish Foundation; and Rosemary Romero, owner of Carl Meek Ranch in Kerrville. Present at the ribbon cutting and dedication were Schreiner deans, vice presidents and members of the board of trustees, Schreiner president Dr. Tim Summerlin, provost Dr. Charlie McCormick, Dr. Lena Rippstein, director of nursing, and representatives of the major donors, including the Barbara Fish Daniel’s daughter, Catherine Kaldis, and son, Chris Daniel. The Fish Foundation made a naming gift; however, Mrs. Daniel died before hearing that the Schreiner facility was named in her honor. “Schreiner’s nursing students already have a vision of making a difference in the communities they will serve when they earn their BSN degrees,” said Mike Pate, chairman of Schreiner’s Board of Trustees. “They are a fine charter class and all of us on the board of trustees are looking forward to watching their progress.” “The BSN program is vital to the quality of life of our region and we are really glad that SU can be part of the solution to a national nursing shortage,” added Karen Kilgore, director of development at Schreiner. “We have a great new faculty and a superior learning lab, the Barbara Fish Daniel Clinical Education Center. It is obviously a happy time for us and we are grateful to the generous friends who have enabled this progress.” The BSN program at Schreiner is approved by the Texas Board of Nursing and accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. It is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Photo above: Catherine Kaldis embraces Dr. Lena Rippstein at the dedication of the new Barbara Fish Daniel Clinical Education Center at Schreiner. The facility is named for Kaldis’s mother. Rippstein designed and directs the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program at SU. Fall 2011 7

Faculty Spotlight

Nursing Her Career by Louise Kohl Leahy

Dr. Lena Rippstein is a woman who loves her work—and there is a lot of it. She is an assistant professor and

director of nursing at Schreiner, and she designed and implemented the University’s new Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program. You might think that with all that she would just go home in the evening and put her feet up with her husband and their dachshund Woofgang (a rescue from Freeman-Fritts in Kerrville) and Meika (a German Shepherd from Germany). Well, not exactly. As a board-certified advanced practice RN and a gerontological nurse practitioner, Rippstein makes house calls and does nursing home rounds in Kerrville and San Antonio on weekends and evenings because, she said, “you need to keep up your skills.” She is a sub-investigator for Texas Medical Research Association clinical trials, is on the board of trustees for Hill Country CARES and volunteers with the Christian Women’s Job Corps. Rippstein received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from The University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, and her post-master’s certification as a

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Gerontological Nurse Practitioner along with her doctorate in nursing with a focus in geriatrics from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. Recently, she has been asked to speak to Ph.D. nursing students at UTMB. In the last 12 months, Rippstein has traveled to Florida, Washington D.C. and Europe. She has also given multiple professional presentations in Texas and Mexico and said she averages somewhere between five and 10 presentations a year. “I love to travel,” Rippstein said. And that’s a good thing, because she also added, “This is one of my slower years; sometimes I travel even more.” And she isn’t sitting back on her Schreiner laurels now that the first BSN classes started this fall. She is planning to establish a chapter of the Texas Student Nursing Association here, as well as chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, the international nursing honor society. Rippstein is also very interested in community outreach and involvement. “When we received approval from the Board of Nursing,” she said, “we were given a commendation for the Schreiner nursing program’s work with the community. We set up advisory committees designed to address community needs and nursing education and practice in the Kerrville area.” She and Dr. Kyle Busing recently completed a pilot study of the effects of a community-based exercise program on older adults that was extensively covered by the local newspaper. They presented the results of the study as part of Schreiner’s Chautauqua series in September. “After 50, what you do for yourself radically impacts the aging process,” Rippstein said. “Exercise and good nutrition can make a big difference. “I love my job at Schreiner,” she said. “I don’t think it dawned on me until I was already here what an honor it is to develop a nursing program. How many people get to do that?”

Dr. R’s Nutrition Tips NOTE: Always consult your primary care provider about your individual needs and restrictions.

1. Don’t eat anything white, except cauliflower. 2. Avoid fried foods. 3. Cut way back on carrots, corn and sweet peas, which are high in starch. Instead, eat the rainbow in other vegetables, especially yellow and zucchini squash, celery, leafy greens, kale, mustard greens, turnip greens, spinach, bell peppers of all colors, eggplant, cabbage, turnips, brussel sprouts, broccoli, asparagus, beets and green beans. 4. Go for whole- or multigrain breads and pasta. There is a big difference between whole wheat and whole grain. Look for whole grain or multigrain.  . Cut way down on red 5 meat—eat more fish, white chicken meat and trimmed pork tenderloin. Limit meat intake to 3-4 ounces a meal. 6. Try to limit your dairy intake to lower- or no-fat dairy products. 7. Reduce your sugar intake.  . Drink six to eight 8-ounce 8 glasses of water a day. 9. Reduce your sodium intake. Processed foods and sports drinks are very high in sodium. 10. Increase your fiber intake. Eat more dried beans, lentils, pearled barley, brown rice, quinoa, chick peas, whole grains, apples, oat bran, raspberries, etc. 11. Use only monounsaturated oils, such as olive oil. Avoid saturated fats.


Texas Heritage Music Day Texas Heritage Music Day, co-sponsored annually by the Texas Heritage Music Association and Schreiner’s Center for Innovative Learning, was a big success again this year. Students from 10 area schools attended for the first time, along with returnees from previous years, to be taught and entertained by more than 50 performers and demonstrations. Next year will be the 25th anniversary of the event, formerly called Texas Heritage Living History Day. “Our dream is that the 25th anniversary in 2012 becomes a ‘classroom without walls’ for the day, thus including all of Schreiner in the event,” said Dr. Kathleen Hudson, Schreiner professor of English and founding director of THMF. “Our first two songwriting workshops, held this year in the Union Church, were full and successful. As always, the Jimmie Rodgers song performed by our president, Tim Summerlin, and the finale by the Schreiner choir enriched ‘another way of learning using stories and songs.’” Fall 2011 9

A Piece of Home

Best friends Adrianna Velez (left) and Angela Divin (right).


ven seasoned travelers pack a photo or memento to remind them of home while they’re away, so it’s no surprise that most college freshmen do the same thing. We asked members of our 2011 freshman class to tell us what they brought to help stave off homesickness. Here are four of the answers. Angela Divin (above, right), from Pleasanton, Texas, said “I brought my best friend!” Her best friend since 5th grade is Adrianna Velez (left) of San Antonio. In general, students aren’t allowed to bring their pets to Schreiner, but Kirby Altizer from Dripping Springs did—Bubba, her pet fish. Melissa Williamson from Magnolia, Texas, brought “a lot of my cheerleading stuff,” including her lucky charm, the athlete’s tag she wore for the worlds championship. Ashley Jones is from Canyon Lake, Texas, and she told us she brought “a trophy stand that says ‘Don’t stop dancing’ that I got it from my dance director.” Then she told us the story behind that gift. Ashley started dancing in 7th grade and was a member of her high school dance team. In her senior year, she was confined to a wheelchair after a car accident. “Throughout the year I went to every practice, football game and competition to watch my team win first place. At the very last dance show I was able to dance. I did a solo about my wreck and recovery. That trophy stand always reminds me to never give up my dreams and hopes.”

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Ashley Jones


Melissa Williamson

Other Classes Weigh In We posted our “what did you bring from home” question on the Schreiner University Facebook page and got some replies from some upperclassmen and former students. Colton Allen, a senior from San Antonio, posted “My electronics remind me of home. I spend nearly all my time on a computer, watching TV or playing my video games. It’s how I was at home.” Lisa Smith ’97 brought her old stuffed animal that she’s had since she was a baby with her when she came to Schreiner as a freshman. Becky Vine posted that “everyone at Trull teased me about my giant Dan Marino poster.”

Kirby Altizer and Bubba, her pet fish.

Logan Marie Brinkley, from Forney, Texas, posted, “I was a freshman in Faulkner last year and I have a quilt that my mom made out of my old T-shirts. Wonderful memories of home and old school/girl scout/shooting events!” Fall 2011 11


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In 2009 Schreiner University identified three signature programs that have demonstrated strength, value and the potential to make the University stand out among its peer institutions: Integrity Ambassadors in Business, Graphic Design and Life Sciences. SCENE magazine has taken a closer look at the business and graphic design programs in earlier issues. In this issue, we take a look at Life Sciences and its newest component, field biology.


ven before Schreiner started thinking in terms of signature programs, the University’s medical pre-professional programs had an enviable reputation for successfully sending students on to medical schools and further training. Almost 100 percent of the Schreiner

students who apply to medical school are accepted, compared with a state average of 38 percent. Most of those students were biology or biochemistry majors, two disciplines that now fall under the Life Sciences signature program, as does Schreiner’s new Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. Also new to Life Sciences as of 2010 and the arrival of Dr. Chris Distel, assistant professor of biology, is an emphasis on field biology, the environmental (organismal) track within biology, a discipline that also includes a cellular or cell molecular track. “Field biology is the study of organisms as they interact in natural systems,” said Dr. Diana Comuzzie, professor of biology and dean of the Trull School of Sciences & Mathematics. “The emphasis is not on the cell, but on the whole organism—it’s more complex, a big picture.” “Field biology is an understanding of life as it works in the environmental sense, with an emphasis on science,” Dr. Distel added. “It’s particularly important because most people are not environmentally aware and we wanted to provide our students majoring in biology with a directed field of study other than pre-professional.” On a practical level, field biology is pretty much just what it says: biology out in the field. In this case the field is the rich and complex ecological community, or biome, of the Texas Hill Country. “The Hill Country is a unique biome,” Comuzzie said. “Our location offers us great opportunities for study, which is one reason we are developing the field biology program. We have a history of organized research and field biology was an area in which we knew we could build strength.” Field biology students do their work both in and out of the classroom, and it’s not all catching tadpoles or analyzing water from the Guadalupe. In the spring, Dr. Distel and nine of his students developed a curriculum for The Riverside Nature Center in Kerrville. The center wanted to expand its popular Junior Naturalists program for students in grades K-3 with a program for 4th and 5th graders. In addition to designing the curriculum, the students, along with Dr. Distel, will also be teaching the classes. “This is the beginning of a long-term educational relationship that we intend to maintain with The Riverside Nature Center,” Distel said. In conjunction with the Texas Water Symposium meeting at Schreiner in the spring, Distel and his students provided hands-on workshops for local high school students. Distel also heads up laboratory research with students, including a project on armored catfish, an invasive species, investigating whether they are detrimental to local amphibians. The field biology program has three ongoing research projects that involve faculty and students and Distel plans to add two more this year. “Chris has great ideas,” Comuzzie said. “He comes up with brilliant ideas and he’s very excited about his students. The field biology program is innovative and attractive to students. It’s just cool.”

Helping Out the Nature Center The Schreiner field biology students who, along with their professor, Dr. Chris Distel, developed the 4th- and 5th-grade Junior Naturalists program for The Riverside Nature Center are • Stefaney Baker, a junior from Orange Grove, Texas • Jana DeJesus, a sophomore from San Antonio • Lizeth De La Torre, a sophomore from San Antonio • Jasmine Jones, a junior from Round Rock, Texas • Reyes Montes, a sophomore from Houston • Kayla Rohrbach, a sophomore from Bandera, Texas • Stephen Sewell, a sophomore from Medina, Texas “The Schreiner students who have been working on this project have diligently and professionally assembled curricula and met deadlines,” Dr. Distel said. “All of them are doing it enthusiastically without pay or class credit.” Fall 2011 13

Photos from the 1972 Recall yearbook.

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When Schreiner History Became Herstory by Louise Kohl Leahy


iven Schreiner’s largely all-male makeup since its inception in 1923, you’d have thought the decision to admit women boarding students in fall 1971 would have been blazoned across the top of all five columns of The Mountaineer student newspaper—in color. However,

in an admirable display of journalistic integrity and restraint, that story appears in the bottom left-hand corner with the headline “Board Gives OK to Accepting Coeds as Boarding Students.” And after all, there had been female day students at Schreiner since the 1930s. In fact, the 1971 student editor of The Mountaineer, Stewart Davis, was dating a day student himself: Miss Heather Sutherland (now Davis). Davis, of Stewart Davis CPA and Davis Law Firm in Kerrville, remembers the only real disruption caused by the arrival of women boarders was the dispersal of the young men living in L.A. Schreiner Hall at the time. “They couldn’t calm us down,” Davis recalls, “so they put the girls in L.A. Schreiner and scattered us all around campus. I think the main feeling on campus was excitement that the school was really kind of growing up.” There was a five-column headline at the top of the page, by the way. It read “’51 Graduate to Take Over as President Here March 1,” with a smaller head that said. “Sam Junkin Returns to Campus As [sic] Dr. Edington’s

Replacement.” But surely that didn’t stir the same degree of interest among all those male students as the coed boarders did. “The Schreiner Board of Trustees met in January of 1971 and made the decision to allow females to live on campus and affirmed their invitation to me to be the president,” said Dr. Sam Junkin. “Then, they turned to the new president and said, ‘Carry out that other decision.’” After the women settled in, Davis ran an article in The Mountaineer interviewing some of them. One young woman complained that it was hard “to meet boys.” Davis responded by observing that a young woman who couldn’t meet a young man on a campus with a 4-1 male-female ratio might think twice about blaming “the boys” for that. Junkin remembers the decision to board women as more practical than sociological. “My guess is the board had been struggling some with the issue of declining enrollment and had come to the conclusion that it made no sense to ignore 50 percent of the human population when looking for students,” he said. “In those days, every bit of extra enrollment helped—just as every bit helps today.” Schreiner prepared for the coeds’ arrival by changing the bathrooms in L.A. Schreiner Hall, carpeting the dorm rooms and choosing an adult couple to live in the dorm. Fall 2011 15

A caption from the 1972 Recall.

“Those women made the campus sparkle,” Davis said. “In retrospect, I think it probably took a lot of nerve. Being a pioneer takes a certain kind of personality.” “I can remember a few stories involving those female pioneers,” Junkin added. “I would bet, however, that those girls—now women—would have stories they would tell now that they didn’t share at the time with the wet-behind-theears president.” That’s no doubt true, but what did those coeds tell each other? And, more importantly, what are they willing to tell us now? Theresa (Jiral) Kneese, now a financial analyst at Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth, came to Schreiner that year from the small town of Poth, Texas, southeast of San Antonio. “There had been Poth High School graduates before me who had gone on to Schreiner,” she recalled. “Schreiner College asked the school if they had any graduates who were good in math, and I ended up going there on a scholarship.” Kneese majored in math and biology at Schreiner and after graduating with an AA degree, she went on to

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Southwest Texas State, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics. “Schreiner gave me a good foundation to go on to a senior college,” she said. As for paving the way for women boarders on campus, she didn’t think it was all that important. “What really sticks out about that time for me is that we were a close-knit group of girls; we stuck together. A lot of us are still in touch.” Paula (Young) Wood, another Schreiner co-ed boarder from 1971-72, agrees that being to first women to live on campus wasn’t all that big a deal at the time. “I certainly never thought of myself as a pioneer,” she said. “It was fantastic. We were so outnumbered by the guys, we had a great dorm, maid service and no community bath. For our first taste of college, it was the high life.” Apparently, she also was lucky with her room assignment. “We had two bedrooms with a study in the middle. I don’t think we ever used that study area,” Wood recalled. “My roommate and a suitemate were RAs [resident


The Times, They are A-Changin’ 1971-72 at Schreiner saw some big changes. The girls came in, football went out, Schreiner got its first new president in 20 years and the board of trustees made decisions that would see the school’s military program discontinued in 1972-73 and the high school department the year after that. Ten years later, Schreiner would be a four-year institution. In 2010-11, the male-to-female ratio, which started at 4-1, saw Schreiner women edge ahead by 67.

assistants]. We could come in late and not worry.” Both Kneese and Wood remember Schreiner as having a welcoming family atmosphere, with almost all professors living on campus or nearby. “It really was like a family there,” Wood said. “You’d go into the cafeteria and there was none of this ‘you can sit with this group, but not that group.’ Some of the professors and their families would be there. You could sit anywhere.” Theresa Kneese’s roommate and good friend Mary (Pruski) Walker was mentioned by several women as the person who remembered that time the best. And she agreed about the cafeteria. “I think one of the neatest things about Schreiner was the cafeteria. In those days, all the faculty and their families had dinner there, too. Also, on Sundays boys had to wear coats and ties and girls had to wear dresses. Needless to say, that encouraged a lot of students to go to church before lunch.” When asked about the “pioneer” status of her first year at Schreiner, she said, “I don’t think it can be compared to the first women at the military academies

since there were already women day students at Schreiner. We did not realize things were different. However, I think the boys who lived on campus did. “I was one of only two girls in my physics class, and the boys were very helpful in lab. Unfortunately, that meant I needed help understanding things once I left class. The great thing about Schreiner was that the professors lived on campus and we were allowed to go to their houses for help. Thanks to Mr. Porter and his wife for never turning me away!” Walker’s husband Rob also went to Schreiner and they keep up with many of their classmates and some of the faculty from that time. No doubt every young woman in that class would echo Walker’s sentiment: “Schreiner has a special place in my life’s memories. I believe it played a crucial part in making me who I am today.” Perhaps, on balance, we can say that at Schreiner in 1971-72 the boys noticed, the girls studied and the faculty was vigilant. Fall 2011 17

Playing for Kicks Philip Anderson by Louise Kohl Leahy


enior Philip Anderson has been playing men’s soccer for Schreiner University since he was a freshman— and doing a fine job of it, too. In the 2010

season, he led the team in goals and the number of shots on goal, and was #2 in gamewinning goals. He finished the season on the All-Conference team—and thereby hangs a tale. This summer, Anderson, a forward, was chosen from among all-conference and allregion division 3 players across the U.S. to be a member of the U.S. Division 3 All Star team. The 12 players—including two of his SU teammates, senior Taylor Bontz and Stephen Gonzales ’11—ran through two practices together in Florida with coaches from St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minn. The team then headed for Jundiai, Brazil, where six hours after an eight-hour flight, they played the Piracicaba Futebol Club. The game was a 2-2 tie, with Anderson scoring both U.S. goals, one unassisted. “It’s probably one of the best experiences I’ve had,” Anderson said, “getting to know players from all over, finding out what life is like for them. There were players from Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Virginia, California and Washington.” The U.S. team played four games in Brazil, returning home undefeated, two wins and two ties. After three days in Jundiai, the team went to Rio de Janeiro, where they got in some sightseeing along with the soccer. “We took the tram to the top of Sugarloaf [Mountain],” Anderson said. “That was awesome. The water and beaches around Rio were really nice. I figure if I worked there, it would be hard to get anything done. It’s 80 degrees out and

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that’s a beach right in front of me.” Anderson said he came to visit Schreiner originally because of two friends who were on the University soccer team then. “They wanted me to come and see Schreiner,” he said. “I got to sit in on a class, go on the tour and talk to the coach. I loved it here. The classes are smaller and the whole atmosphere is more personal. I went to a really big high school and I wanted to get away from 35 kids in a class.” “It’s hard to describe how much Phil means to our team on and off the field,” said Schreiner soccer coach Paul Hayes. “He is a four-year starter and two-year captain for us. He is a perfect example of what we want our soccer players to model themselves after. He has excelled in his time here and has greatly improved our soccer program with his participation.” “I’ve done a lot better academically at Schreiner than I did in high school,” Anderson added. “That’s probably because of the smaller classes and that when you need help you can always ask your professor.” Anderson, an exercise science major, works for Campus Rec as an intramural referee and has coached soccer camps for six years, including a camp at Schreiner this past summer. “I love the experience of teaching,” Anderson said. “I like helping younger kids, not only with soccer, but with life experiences.” The Schreiner men’s soccer team barely missed conference play last year with a 7-3-3 record. “This year I think we’ll get into conference and do well,” Anderson said. “We have a lot of competitive players and young talent coming in this year.”

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Women’s Volleyball Speaking of young teams, few can be younger than Schreiner volleyball in 2011. Fourth-year head coach Philip White has a talented group, but every player on the roster is either a first- or second-year player. Currently SU is 5-12 in the ASC. Leading the way for this young group are sophomores Veronica Castillo, Jaemi Groves, Jamie Burns and Brittney Church. No matter the final outcome of this season the future looks bright for this squad.

Top row from left to right: Assistant coach Joe Anders, Ashley Lyles, Erinn Stippich, Caitlin Jandt, Brittney Church, Veronica Castillo, Lauren Prukop and head coach Phillip White. Middle row from left to right: Ally Harrell, Kaylei Sockol, Alexandra Wilson, Molly Deering, Brittany Boyett and Callie Duperier. Bottom row from left to right: Briahna Logan, Meaghan Koch, Jaemi Groves, Kelli Bolen, Shalon Bridges and Jamie Burns.

Men’s Soccer As of press time, Schreiner men’s soccer team is 3-7 in ASC play. The Mountaineers, under head coach Paul Hayes, returned a solid blend of returning starters led by seniors Philip Anderson, Taylor Bontz and Matt Johnson, and a crop of talented young players. SU was 7-3-3 each of the last two years in ASC play, but hasn’t been able to continue that success in 2011.

Front row, left to right: Taylor Bontz, Josh Vela, Tanner Overstake, Tim Martinez, Matt Johnson, Zach Jungman, Adam Carreno and Philip Anderson. Second row: Andrew Rouse, Luis Santos, Robert Velaquez, Blake Brougher, Zach Howard, Cody Moles, Chris Valdez, Nathaniel Olmos and Kevon Morrow. Third row: Cody Black, Derek Polansky, Kelan Robinson, Jared Moring, Jonathon Sicola, Ivan Benetiz, Garner Burford and Manuel Hurtado. Fourth Row: Coach Paul Hayes, Sam Grant, Jeff Simpson, coach Shane Heffernen.

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From left to right: Adrianna Mercado, Katherine Reamsnyder, coach Jerry Dyes and Victoria Ponse.

Both Schreiner cross country teams are undermanned in 2011. While both teams met NCAA sports sponsorship criteria in 2010, a first for head coach Jerry Dyes, neither will make that level this year. The men’s team has a pair of strong freshmen in Alex Guzman and Logan Eckhardt leading the way and freshman Adriana Mercado is putting up strong times for the SU Women. Hopefully, these runners will be a cornerstone of future successful teams.


Women’s and Men’s Cross Country

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From left to right: Sam Porter, Logan Eckhardt, coach Jerry Dyes and Tom Pappas.


Women’s Soccer As of press time, the SU women’s soccer team is 2-8 in ASC play. Although the roster is smaller than past years and the team has been beset by injuries so far this fall, Schreiner is now in a position where it has upperclassmen on the roster and the team will rely heavily on those juniors. Defense is a cornerstone of the program as it has been in each year under head coach Wayne Hinkley.  Still, the team has no seniors and this is a very young group. Fall 2011 21

Generous donors throughout their lives, the late Eleanor and William Dozier used a lead trust to provide start-up funding for the Honors Program.

Unique Giving Opportunity Lasts Through 2012 By Karen Davis Kilgore Planned Giving Advisor and Director of Development


ruth: The charitable giving world has experienced a unique and dramatic change in the past year because Congress has raised the gift and estate tax exemption to $5 million for the years 2011 and 2012. This means

a wealthy family with two living parents could give their intended heirs $10 million dollars without transfer tax consequences. And, with the addition of a charitable lead trust, they could shelter even more! Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis is the most famous user of a charitable lead trust (CLT), but one does not have to be ultra-wealthy and famous in order to make a CLT work powerfully for one’s family and society. Schreiner has proof. While none of Schreiner’s lead

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trust donors achieved national recognition, their generous planning will never be forgotten on this campus. The late Robert Trull, a keen businessman from Palacios, used a 10-year lead trust to underwrite the construction and endowment of a muchneeded dormitory (the Robert Trull Residence Center). The late Eleanor and William Dozier, from Kerrville, provided essential startup funding for the Honors Program, giving Schreiner a handsome distribution every year for five years. And a Houston trustee family, the late Ann and Browne Rice, supported the Schreiner Scholars Program every year until their deaths through lead trust income. (Then SU was blessed to receive

the proceeds of a different kind of trust from the Rice family that continued their generosity in perpetuity.) Great gifts, all. So here is a make-believe story, just waiting for a family to turn it into a real event. It tells of a couple who have been blessed with great wealth and—more importantly—great philanthropic vision. Maybe a Scene reader knows just the people who could be our next lead trust heroes!

Meet the Lights Jack and Marie Light are long time supporters of Schreiner University and have always been among the first to help with special projects

The Gift That Gives Now and Later Jack’s and Marie’s attorney explains how the couple might leverage the estate tax exemption that has increased to $5 million for this year and the next. “While no one knows for sure,” says their attorney, “we believe that plans created during this 2011-12 window will work even if the IRS changes the regulations in the future.” This means that even if the $5 million exemption decreases after 2012, it is very probable the thoughtful planning happening now will serve the future, as well. The couple keeps thinking about the best way to help their children and grandchildren without giving them too much, too soon. At the same time, they know that the 2008

recession hampered Mountaineer Center’s fundraising campaign and that another $10 million would enable SU to complete the project: the gym and events center, a baseball and softball field house, and lighting for the outdoor baseball and soccer fields. Their attorney explains that they can provide a large gift to complete Mountaineer Center by using the charitable lead trust. They can place in trust a combination of cash and other assets, especially ones they feel will increase in value. Hence, a family with farmland near a projected interstate, for example, might establish a CLT with land and cash. The cash would supply annual payments to the charity and the real estate would be saved for the heirs. Even if the land is three times more valuable by the time the trust matures, the eventual transfer would not trigger additional tax at the time the heirs receive the trust’s assets. In other words, Jack and Marie can “freeze” the value of their assets and pass on the growth to their heirs tax-free. For a period of 10 years, Schreiner will receive distributions from the trust—enough to make a good dent in the Mountaineer Center campaign. The size of the charitable income tax deductions generated by this plan depends upon the length the trust runs and the percentage it distributes to charity. Obviously, the more charity receives, the greater the charitable deductions will be. Charitable lead trusts range from $1,000,000 and above.  Financial advisors agree that 2011 and 2012 may be the best years we will ever have to create magnificent gifts for charities and for heirs before the tax laws change for 2013 and beyond. The charitable lead trust enables a family to help their favorite nonprofit organizations now and pass valuable assets to their children and grandchildren with amazing and substantially reduced tax ramifications.

How Does a Charitable Lead Trust Work? Donors establish an irrevocable fund that distributes cash to their favorite charities (normally for a period of 5-20 years). When the trust expires, the assets within the trust revert to the donors or their selected beneficiaries. The asset’s original transfer tax is discounted considerably because a charitable partner receives income from the fund for several years before the heirs receive the gift. In other words, the IRS “rewards” the donors by viewing the eventual bequest to their heirs at a greatly discounted value. If chosen carefully, assets inside the trust can grow without additional transfer tax implications because the tax valuation is determined only at the time the property is placed in trust. And donors enjoy the opportunity to observe how their gifts are being used (as opposed to the charity not receiving the funds until the donors have died). Jack and Marie will be there when Mountaineer Center 2 opens for business!


that encourage students, faculty and staff to do their best work. Marie played college varsity basketball at another university and claims her team participation was one of the most valuable experiences of her life. She and Jack enthusiastically contributed to Mountaineer Center and are pleased how much the new facility has transformed campus life. A marketing and business “brain,” Jack also points out that Schreiner’s everincreasing enrollment is partially the result of the sparkling new facility now a staple on campus tours. The recent change in our nation’s tax laws has taken the couple back to their estate planning attorney to see if there are some more wise decisions they can make. Their three children are all successful and healthy people who appreciate the blessings they have received from their parents’ hard work and generosity. Jack and Marie are thrilled to have five grandchildren, too, and want to set aside inheritance for them AFTER they have reached adulthood and have demonstrated their own work ethic and initiative.

Karen Davis Kilgore has had the privilege of helping donors understand the details of charitable remainder and charitable lead trusts for many years. She will be pleased to meet with any family and their legal and financial advisors if this kind of planned gift might be a consideration. Fall 2011 23

A Giving Heart Patia Sandifer by Louise Kohl Leahy


atia Sandifer ’01 remembers her time at Schreiner as a great example of the University’s “Learning by Heart” motto.

“Wonderful friends, interested faculty who knew me by name and not as a number and a great Hill Country campus all made learning heartwarming,” she said. A native of Dallas, Sandifer was diagnosed with stage 3 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma cancer eight days after her 21st birthday. She enrolled in Schreiner after successful treatment, but had to go home every six months to get checked out by her doctors. “I had to leave before Thanksgiving and just after finals,” she said. “My professors were very understanding. The fact that Schreiner is a small school helped with my special circumstances; I was a name, not just a number.”

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Sandifer said she has never defined herself by the disease. She has been cancer-free since her initial treatments. Following graduation, Sandifer went to work in human resources for The Staubach Company in Dallas, a commercial real estate firm. “Roger Staubach, the company’s founder and legendary quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys, led by example,” Sandifer said. “He modeled to all his employees leadership qualities that have shaped my own life. Roger knew all of his employees—300 in Dallas and 2,000 across the U.S. He is very down-to-earth. It was a great starter job.” The Staubach Company was sold and Sandifer moved back to the Hill Country, where she is currently living in Boerne.


After she returned to the area, Hill County CARES hired her as volunteer marketing coordinator. HCC is a nonprofit organization providing services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault for five Hill Country counties. “Women, children and senior citizens are our target populations in Kerr, Kendall, Gillespie, Bandera and Kimble counties,” she said. “We provide emergency shelter, advocacy, counseling, intervention and prevention in the schools through Family CARES, Kid CARES, Senior CARES and Kids Advocacy Place divisions. This job uses skills I learned at Schreiner and The Staubach Company.” When not organizing, training and deploying volunteers, Sandifer is one herself, including a stint on the board of the Schreiner Former Students Association, where she

served as secretary for two years. As a member of the San Antonio Junior League, she volunteers at least 40 hours a year at the Clarity Child Guidance Center in San Antonio, where she provides play therapy for children with emotional problems. Her team was nominated by Clarity as outstanding volunteers with the United Way of San Antonio. “There is that moment when you choose to ground yourself and live each day with authenticity and gratitude for all those life lessons, conversations and teachable moments that have come your way,” said Sandifer. “My advice to Schreiner students is to sense a great journey has begun for them on campus, realizing that what they are to learn will always return more value to themselves than they can yet know.” Fall 2011 25

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


Ralph Storm ’47

wrote, “I finally got old and found out what others were talking about when they would say, ‘being old ain’t for sissies.’ My youngest granddaughter, when she received her license to be a nurse, picked up a cane and ordered me, as an RN, to use it. I do and it helps. My wife was a wonderful partner and left me in 2003 on Feb. 7th at 9:30 a.m. She attended the 50-year alumni anniversary with me at Schreiner—we had a wonderful time. Anyway, I’m retired now at 83 and live in Corpus Christi in a home Jean and I built in the ’60s. I paid my bills by working in the oil fields. I had an offshore drilling company for a while but sold it. I did some drilling in Cuba before Castro and in Peru and Brazil. Life has been a lot of fun and I have no regrets other than I wish my partner could have survived a little longer—she was a blast.” Ralph would like to know about Dolan, Mays and Donald “Doggie” McClure ’46. “We played basketball for Schreiner and I remember it was ‘mucho’ fun. Weir was our coach. I know Dolan played but perhaps McClure was our corp. commander or something like that. Lots of fond memories.”


William K. (Kerr) Mitchell ’55 said

there wasn’t a lot to report from his home in Marfa. “It’s hot, dry and windy. Lots of fires. Otherwise, we are just stay-at-home folks.”


Robert T. (Tommy) Mansker ’61 has

been appointed to the Fairfax County, Va., board of equalization, which

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serves as the appeals board for property assessments in that county. Mansker serves as secretary of the nine-member board, a position that also includes parliamentarian duties.

classroom and range certification program.


Steve Daniels ’80

recently retired from Marathon Oil Company after working 28 years as a landsman. He is now working for HighMount Exploration and Production in Houston as a business development land advisor. Steve and his wife Amy live in Huffman, Texas, where Amy is a biology teacher and varsity head coach for the Huffman Lady Falcon basketball team. They have two sons. Jordan is a sophomore at Blinn College and Taylor is a freshman at Huffman High School. “I am looking forward to returning to Schreiner and visiting with friends at the fall 2011 Shrimp Boil!”

Kari (Weeks) Short ’83 wrote, “In Charles Sanford ’69 celebrated Mardi Gras as a Mexican wrestler this year and had a bumper crop of tomatoes despite the drought. He also had a successful fishing trip to Lake Tahoe. “I have been busy this year. Getting work has been slow. Maybe I am having too much fun.” He added that he is looking for classmate Randy Kleinman ’69.

Vernon Servis ’63 said he is enjoying retirement and “still living in our RV at Red Cloud RV Park in Silsbee, Texas. Left for Branson, Mo., in August and we will come back to Texas at Thanksgiving. Had cataract and corneal transplant in March and can now see without glasses.” Phil Terrell ’60 planned and implemented the American Legion Position Air Rifle program for young shooters at American Legion Post 290 in Dripping Springs, Texas. Eight young men recently completed the

July, we moved from Houston to Ingram. We have been battling scorpions, skunks and porcupines. Somehow that is better than battling Houston traffic. We’ve already met some impressive Schreiner students at the Ingram Dam.”

Franklin E. Weber ’89 was recently promoted to senior vice president at State National Bank in Big Spring, Texas. “We have been in Big Spring for 10 years. Our daughter Hannah is currently at UT Permian Basin majoring in English. Our son Brady is a junior at Big Spring High School.” Darryl Weidenfeller ’88 is now working at Hill Country Memorial Hospital in Fredericksburg. “I work in the business office and am the coordinator of outsourced services. I am also heavily involved with the Patient Financial Assistance Program to help patients with their medical expenses. Best wishes to all of you at Schreiner University!”


Jeanette Ball ’95

Lisa (Riverkamp) Wickline ’89 lives in Georgetown, Texas, with her two daughters, Ashley and Hailey. She is a sales manager at Charlie Bravo Charter and manages a women’s laptop bag company, Women in Business ( Lisa also is part of a prison ministry team, helping men and women understand what saving grace looks like. Lisa is a graduate of the 318 School of Ministry at her local church and ministers to men, women and homeless people and hopes to educate youth on making wise choices. Her mission is to help women find their worth, value and true identity. She held executive and global management positions in corporate America for 20 years. Lisa currently sits on the Schreiner Former Students Association board and enjoys time with friends and family.

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

wrote, “I have been very blessed and would like to share my good news with Schreiner University and my classmates. In December 2010, I graduated from Texas A&M in College Station with a Ph.D. I feel I owe it to Schreiner for the foundation they gave me when I received my bachelor’s degree in December 1994. I then went on to receive my master’s from the University of Texas in San Antonio. In May 2010, I received a promotion as the assistant superintendent for administration and human resources at Southwest Independent School District in San Antonio.”


Amanda (Turner) Salazar ’99 and Tino Salazar ’94

volleyball coach and teaches speech/ health/art at Gorman High School. Connie is a second grade teacher at Staples Elementary in Joshua, Texas.

welcomed a second daughter this summer. “Eliana Grace joined her sister Gabriella Elizabeth for what we now know will be a most wonderful adventure. Life has been exciting and hectic this year with the addition of our youngest and with Tino’s promotion. He is now the head softball coach at Marble Falls High School. I have changed positions as well. I have stepped away from coaching to be a doting Mommy and am now the content mastery teacher in our special education department.”


Kenneth Bethune ’05 is still living in

Oklahoma City where he has his own law firm. “I am entering my third year as the head volleyball coach at Mount St. Mary Catholic High School in Oklahoma City. I am signing up to take the Texas State Bar Exam and hope to return to Texas in the near future.”

Dana Huyck ’98 is happy to be moving back to Texas. “My husband, Jim, has gotten transferred to Grapevine and we are looking to live in that area. It has been a challenge to move across country with sevenmonth-old twins!” Debbie (Rathburn) Martin ’99 married Donald Kenneth Martin on May 27, 2011, at Lago Vista in Austin, Texas.

Emily Conn ’09 wrote, “I graduated from Schreiner in December 2006 and started my Master of Education in Special Education in fall 2007. I finished my master’s program and happily graduated in December 2009. After job searching for two years— thanks to the job market—and working two part-time jobs, I have finally accepted a research assistant job with Children’s Learning Institute at UT Health and Science Center. I am working on a project that focuses on building comprehension in middle school and high school students. I am very excited about this job!” Fall 2011 27

Emily Cox, Greystone/ Schreiner ’06, is working for the Office of the Secretary of Defense as a master document register specialist and declassification analyst. “I also work as a nanny. I am living in Falls Church, Va., and love it. We live near Lake Barcroft and it definitely doesn’t feel like I am 15 minutes from D.C. Very quiet and beautiful! I’m only a short distance from a metro (with a parking lot); so if I need to go into the city, I just park there. Makes life a lot easier.”

grade math and art at Tidehaven Junior High.

Stephen Franklin ’10 has been teaching 8th grade math and Algebra I for the past year at Ingram Middle School. “The next two years, however, I will be doing my dream job! I am going to be teaching for the Network of International Christian Schools in Uijongbu, South Korea. I will be able to teach my students subject content, but also present the content with a Biblical worldview. I will be teaching biology, geometry and physical science this year. Since my contract is for two years, they are planning on adding AP biology to my class load next year.”

Shauna Dodds ’02 is living in Austin with her fiancé and running Backstage Design Studio with her sister. “In 2010 we were honored with a Silver Addy for our work on the Willie & The Wheel album, and have since had the pleasure of collaborating on some spectacular projects. It’s been a bit of a whirlwind and we hope to continue to grow over the years to come.”

Tim Kaman ’00 has been employed

Heather (Lee) Green ’08 and Shelton Green ’98 were married at Union Church in Kerrville, Texas, on July 2, 2011. The reception was held on campus. Shelton and Heather currently reside in Austin, Texas. Shelton is the founder of Good and Fair Clothing, a fair trade and organic clothing company, and Heather is working as a resident chaplain in the Seton Hospital Network.

Lyndsie Travis Faglie ’09 and Joshua Faglie ’09 were married in June and are currently living in Bay City, Texas. Josh is in his third year of teaching PE and health at Tidehaven High School and Lyndsie is currently in her second year of teaching 7th

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between. I also am the head JV coach for Regents Private School of Austin and the varsity assistant. Last year, we made it to the state tournament, winning our district and going undefeated. I’m also coaching for Austin Performance Volleyball team, a national team that placed 10th at nationals for the 14-year-old age division.”

Libby Howard ’09 is living in Austin and working for Trendsetter Electronics. “We specialize in parts 150° C and up. We service everything from the oil fields and down hole drillers to aviation, aerospace, NASA, audio and medical, and everything in

at Fredericksburg High School for the last 17 years. “I am teaching English II and coaching basketball and golf. This past season I was named Texas High School Coach of the Year in class AAA. I also became the school’s all-time leader in wins for boys’ basketball, surpassing my father Dennis Kaman, who used to coach at FHS. I am proud of those accomplishments, and I owe all to my former players, assistants, my father and coach Richard Herbst. One of my former players, Alex Hammond, played basketball and tennis for Schreiner the past two seasons. We have been back to see him play many times! I have a wonderful family. My wife Lisa and I have been married for 19 years. We have two wonderful boys, Tyler (13) and Matthew (11).

David Peeples ’04 wrote, “I’m getting ready to go back to assistant teaching at the charter school that I


work for. I can’t wait to help change kids lives for the better!”

service/mission coordinator for the young adult group at our church and sing in our church choir. Matthew currently directs and maintains his nonprofit corporation, Parkour Federation, as well as its Texas branch, Texas Parkour Inc., while continuing work in the film industry as a stuntman and stunt choreographer. He also attends Austin Community College, working on a degree in radio, television and film.”

submit Mimi Probst ’06 and David Taylor II ’06 were married on Dec. 31, 2010, in Dallas. “We celebrated the new year with friends and family in the Crystal Atrium in the Infomart of Downtown Dallas. We honeymooned at Walt Disney World, for our dreams have come true.” The couple lives in Plano, Texas.

Megan (McDonald) Vosters ’06 and her husband, Joe Vosters, recently moved from Appleton, Wis., to Lumberton, Texas. Joe is a firefighter for the Beaumont Fire Department and Megan is teaching kindergarten at Mauriceville Elementary. Megan said she is very excited to be back in Texas, “and Joe, a Wisconsin native, is handling the heat well.”

Katie Beth (Lane) Willis ’08 and Matthew Lee Willis ’07 recently married and “live happily ever after in Austin, Texas, with our 2 cats (Jean Luke and KeKe) and Old English Sheepdog (Elle).” Katie Beth wrote, “We attend Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian Church and are closely involved with their young adult program. I work in the department of government at the University of Texas as the administrative/accounting assistant. I also volunteer as the

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RECALL Spend the weekend of April 20-22 at your old stomping grounds. • Visit with old and new friends. • Play golf and other games and sports. • Eat well and often.

Want to find a classmate? Go to http://students. directory.html

• See the changes and visit old haunts.

For more information, call or e-mail Paul Camfield, associate director of alumni relations, at 830-792-7206 or Fall 2011 29

eventscalendar november


10-12 A  merican Studies Association of Texas Conference Presentations and panels. 14  Monday Night Fiction Scarle-Philips Room, William Logan Library. Discussing “The Road,” by Cormac McCarthy. 7 p.m. 28  Robert P. Hallman Chautauqua Lecture Ballroom, Floyd & Kathleen Cailloux Campus Activity Center. Visiting business professor Jay T. McCormack will speak on economic recovery and job growth. 7 p.m.



1  Symphony of the Hills Cailloux Theater. “Rising Stars,” featuring talented young musicians and Christmas music with the symphony chorus. Dr. Jay Dunnahoo, conductor and artistic director. 7:30 p.m.

january 2012 30 R  obert P. Hallman Chautauqua Lecture Ballroom, Floyd & Kathleen Cailloux Campus Activity Center. Dr. Charlie McCormick will speak on “The Historical and Contemporary Legends of the Magi.” 7 p.m.

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Texas Music Coffeehouse Lion’s Den, Floyd & Kathleen Cailloux Campus Activity Center, Black History Month, 7 p.m.

13  Monday Night Fiction Scarle-Philips Room, William Logan Library. Discussing “The Hunger Games,” by Suzanne Collins. 7 p.m. 27  Robert P. Hallman Chautauqua Lecture Ballroom, Floyd & Kathleen Cailloux Campus Activity Center. Director of Church Relations Eldon Sheffer will speak on “Character, Culture and College.” 7 p.m.





7  Texas Music Coffeehouse Lion’s Den, Floyd & Kathleen Cailloux Campus Activity Center, Women in Texas Music, 7 p.m. 8 Symphony of the Hills Cailloux Theater. “For the Young and Young at Heart.” Dr. Jay Dunnahoo, conductor and artistic director. 7:30 p.m. 19  Monday Night Fiction Scarle-Philips Room, William Logan Library. Discussing “The History of Love,” by Nicole Krauss. 7 p.m.

26 R  obert P. Hallman Chautauqua Lecture Ballroom, Floyd & Kathleen Cailloux Campus Activity Center. Dr. Danette Vines, science team and student researchers on the formation of Integrative Science and Engaged Educators community at Schreiner. 7 p.m.

april 4


 exas Music Coffeehouse T Lion’s Den, Floyd & Kathleen Cailloux Campus Activity Center, Spoken Word and Slam Poetry, 7 p.m.




3  Symphony of the Hills Cailloux Theater. “Out of This World,” featuring music from Gustav Holst, John Williams and Richard Strauss. Dr. Jay Dunnahoo, conductor and artistic director. 7:30 p.m. 11  Greystone Achievement Recognition Ceremony St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Tucker Hall. Recognizing students upon completion of their academic year at Schreiner University. 10 a.m. 12  Baccalaureate Service 10:30 a.m. Commencement 1:30 p.m.

5  Texas Writer’s Conference No info at this time. 16  Monday Night Fiction Scarle-Philips Room, William Logan Library. Discussing “Pope Joan,” by Donna Woolfolk Cross. 7 p.m. 20-22 RECALL Weekend  For more information: Paul Camfield, associate director of Alumni Relations, phcamfield@ or 830-792-7206.

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30  Robert P. Hallman Chautauqua Lecture Ballroom, Floyd & Kathleen Cailloux Campus Activity Center. “The Creative Experience: Schreiner Students Take on the Challenge of the Creativity Crisis.” 7 p.m.

Visit calendar. Unless otherwise stated, all events are free and open to the public. For more information, call Amy Armstrong at 830-792-7405. Fall 2011 31

In Memoriam Former students Mr. Emmett A. Acker ’53 July 18, 2011, Tilden, Texas Mr. Calvin C. Baldwin ’47 May 12, 2011, Dallas Mr. Jay L. Bright ’56 July 28, 2011, San Antonio Mr. Donald F. Brown Sr. ’56 Floresville, Texas Mr. Dow Chapman ’44 September 26, 2010, Austin The Honorable Frank H. Crain ’40 June 9, 2011, Victoria, Texas Ms. Lana C. Dobbins August 5, 2011, San Antonio Mr. Charles R. Eubanks ’56 June 25, 2011 Ms. Beth Galloway ’72 March 3, 2005, Pearsall, Texas Mr. Ramsey H. Gillman ’63 June 3, 2011, Houston Mr. Clifton E. Hill Jr. ’69 June 30, 2011, Dallas

Mr. Thomas A. Mosher ’62 June 1, 2011, Spring, Texas Mr. Ellsworth M. Ostrom ’41 March 31, 2011, La Quinta, Calif. Mr. Billy Ransbarger ’48 December 11, 2010, Tampa, Fla. Mr. George Reaves ’60 January 1, 1994, Savannah, Tenn. Mr. James C. Roberts July 21, 2011, San Antonio Mrs. Terry L. Tenery ’92 May 27, 2011, Kerrville Mrs. Edna M. White ’38 April 28, 2011, Meriden, Conn. Mr. James L. Yelvington ’37 June 11, 2011, Oklahoma City, Okla.

Former Faculty Mr. Fred Buss July 19, 2011, Kerrville Dr. Robert A. Hunter July 13, 2011, Kerrville

Mr. Kenneth Klein ’56 May 12, 2011, Boerne

Schreiner Oaks

Mr. Alfred H. Koebig ’44 May 23, 2011, Seguin, Texas

Mrs. Judy Ladner May 9, 2011, Highlands, N.C.

Mr. Kirk Kuykendall ’53 July 10, 2011, Austin

Mrs. Elizabeth Liggett May 22, 2011, Kerrville

Mr. Gene Lock ’37 August 31, 2011, Kerrville

Mr. Thomas G. Ratcliffe May 25, 2011, Ingram, Texas

Col. Richard R. McTaggart ’42 July 16, 2011, Menard, Texas

Dr. Jack A. Thurmond August 11, 2011, Kerrville

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

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Recycle yourself. Volunteer Opportunities Someone once commented, “Volunteers are not paid, not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless.” On any given day, Schreiner has many priceless volunteers on campus, tutoring, mentoring, coaching, helping with mailings and events—you name a place where an extra pair of hands is needed and there’s probably a volunteer providing them. And we’d be happy to welcome many more, especially in these areas: •R  ETIRED ENGINEERS (all types) for a mentoring program. •H  EALTH PROFESSIONALS to help out in the campus health center. •S  PORTS PHOTOGRAPHER to help record the games and other activities of the Schreiner teams. • WEBSITE EDITOR(S) to help out with rollover to a new Web design and provider. •R  ETIRED PROFESSIONALS AND EXPERTS IN EVERY FIELD to help our students get a good idea of multiple disciplines and professions. •P  HOTOGRAPHER To assist in photographing campus events, classes and other activities to use with press releases and admission materials. If you are interested in volunteering at SU please contact volunteer coordinator Elizabeth Loggie at 830-792-7211 or

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Momentum? This year Schreiner sent Momentum, a colorful and informative “annual report,” to the University’s friends and supporters. The 36-page publication is a summary in words and pictures of our last three years—new buildings, new programs, new plans. If you would like get up to date with Schreiner’s recent progress, please call the Office of Advancement & Public Affairs at 830-792-7201 for your free copy of Momentum.



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The Financial Year at Schreiner: 2011 Revenues Investments 16%

Gifts and grants 12%

Auxiliary 21%

Net tuition and fees 51%

2011 Expenses Instruction 30%

Auxiliary 19%

Academic Institutional support support 7% Student services 25% 19%

2010-2011 Selected Financial Statistics

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

Assets Cash and cash equivalent $4,031,357 Accounts and pledges receivable 1,684,837 Other assets 1,923,466 Investments 53,929,211 Land, buildings and equipment, net 52,382,091 Total assets $113,950,962 Liabilities Accounts payable Deposits and deferred revenue Notes payable Total liabilities

$2,063,092 891,453 15,748,685 $18,703,230

Net Assets Unrestricted $50,317,965 Temporarily restricted 9,263,590 Permanently restricted 35,666,177 Total net assets $95,247,732 Total liabilities and net assets

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Shack-A-Thon Schreiner students going “homeless” to raise funds for local charities during SU’s annual Shack-a-thon. 34 Fall 2011 SCENE


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SCENEMagazine editor

Amy Armstrong director of university relations

art direction and design

Stephanie Lopez Keller assistant art director of creative services

contributing writers

Louise Kohl Leahy staff writer

Karen Davis Kilgore planned giving advisor and director of development


Temaine Wright sports information director


Dr. Tim Summerlin board chairman

Michael Pate sfsa board president

Jimmie Peschel ’67 SCENE is a publication of the University Relations Office and is distributed twice a year free of charge to Schreiner former students, current students, faculty, parents and friends. An online version is available at Want to be included on the SCENE mailing list? Send your name and address to Amy Armstrong, Schreiner University, CMB 6229, 2100 Memorial Blvd., Kerrville, TX 78028, or e-mail Change of address? Call the Office of Advancement at 830-792-7201. Schreiner University is an independent liberal arts institution related by covenant and choice to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

photo by Nicholas newland, SU Sophomore

Schreiner University does not discriminate in admissions, educational programs, extracurricular 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. Schreiner University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate, baccalaureate and master’s degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 300334097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Schreiner University. Fall 2011 35

CMB 6229 2100 Memorial Blvd. Kerrville, Texas 78028-5697


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SCENE Magazine Fall 2011  

The magazine of Schreiner University in Kerrville, Texas