SUMMER 2016 editor
Amy Armstrong director of communications
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Why Two Covers?
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A momentous occasion calls for something special. President Tim Summerlin’s impending retirement and Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Charlie McCormick’s selection as his successor both deserve cover story treatment, so for the first time ever SCENE has two covers.
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Karen Davis Kilgore director of development
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F E A T U R E S
Champion for Schreiner
Summerlin to Retire
12 Our Faculty Shine 2016 Faculty Awards
18 In Memoriam Community Mourns Tragic Deaths
35 Cultivating Excellence McCormick to be Next President
T H I S
IS S U E
18 inmemoriam 23 classnotes 25 focusongiving 28 mountaineersports
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DEAR FRIENDS OF SCHREINER,
ou have heard us speak in recent years about The Schreiner Experience (TSE), our implementation of an intentional undergraduate experience designed to reinforce our commitment to “meaningful work and purposeful lives in a changing global society.” TSE encompasses learning in and out
of the classroom, all in the context of our core learning outcomes. We recognize that parents and prospects want to know that talk about holistic learning at Schreiner is not mere verbiage—it is our core mission and a matter of daily attention. Providing the proper physical setting for learning is essential—and everything from Faulkner Hall to Loftis Laboratory/Observatory to our new event center documents our commitment to that goal. But learning is not simply a function of quality facilities. It is a complex blend of sound goals, coordinated programs that carry out those goals, enthusiastic concurrence by the faculty and staff who implement those programs, and ongoing attention to the results of our work. Here the heart and soul of TSE are brought to life. In early April, the fifth year of our Student Academic Showcase illustrated once more a remarkable measure of TSE. As is our practice, classes were suspended to permit the campus and community members to appreciate diverse student achievement. The day was given over to research poster presentations, panel discussions, papers and performances in the arts. It documented engaged learning at its best. My experiences included the opportunity to learn from Analise Vaughn and April Olivares about their engagement with public health initiatives via Kerr County Inter-Agency and Magdalene House. From Camden Jones, I learned of his involvement with microfinance in Belize. Ashley Kneupper enlightened me about the impact of microplastic consumption on crayfish, and Cathleen Garczynski on comorbidity effects in the autism spectrum. I was delighted by the reprise of two of the liveliest numbers in last month’s production of “Godspell.” And fourteen students recounted the high impact of
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their spring break participation in construction projects in rural Dominican Republic. Conceived by Provost Charlie McCormick and biology professor Dr. Chris Distel, and produced each year by Distel, the Student Academic Showcase is truly the accomplishment of virtually all of our faculty and scores of students. One can only sample the amazing range of achievement the SAS demonstrates annually, but even a sample makes clear the vitality of The Schreiner Experience. All of that speaks very well for our determination to create the climate of a thriving university, as we look down the road to Schreiner’s centennial in 2023.
Dr. Tim Summerlin, Schreiner’s 5th president, wearing his signature bow tie.
Tim Summerlin President
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OF A KIND E • ON
Summerlin Achieves Institutional Success with a Personal Touch BY JOHN SNIFFEN
n a cold, dark, spring morning in 2002, a small group of Schreiner students huddled in the Rex Kelly Pavilion, trying to stay warm.
They were waiting their turns to ride during a 24-hour fundraising bicycle relay around the campus loop. “It was about 4:30 a.m. when a car pulled up across the street in the Tom Murray parking lot, and a man in sweats got out. It was Dr. Summerlin,” says Micah Wrase, then a student and now a part-time psychology instructor. “He walked across the street, got on a bicycle, and rode 30 minutes for us.” “I remember that because he went ‘above and beyond’ to help champion something the students were trying to do,” said Wrase. “Now when there is something a student wants to do, I invite that and I try to help champion them as well.” Dr. Tim Summerlin has championed many things during 15 years as president of Schreiner University. When he leaves that post at the end of 2016, his legacy will be a long list of academic and economic successes, but it will also include many personal anecdotes about how he inspired people. Since fall 2001, when the Port Arthur native with a Yale Ph.D. in English moved from provost to president: • Enrollment has risen from 806 to 1,230 • New academic programs were added in political science, communication, theatre, sport management, nursing and public health, and a master’s degree in business administration initiated • The endowment was increased from $27 million to $62 million
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• The operating budget was increased from $12 million to $30 million • Modern facilities were constructed for academics, sports, fitness and student housing • Other facilities were renovated or are being renovated for campus ministry, health and fitness, music, nursing, science, and student residences • Campus appearance was enhanced through creation of The Commons, renovation of both quadrangles. The front entrance of the campus is being renovated this summer. When Dr. Charlie McCormick becomes the university’s sixth president on Jan. 1, 2017, he will inherit a campus with many of its pressing physical needs met. Summerlin will remain on campus through May 2017, serving as chancellor while remaining projects to which he is committed—renovation of the Dietert Auditorium for Campus Ministry and the Rex Kelly Pavilion for the Music Department, and a $50 million comprehensive capital campaign—are completed. All of the above—and much more—were accomplished with minimal impact on debt. Financial stability is essential, but it’s only part of the picture, noted Summerlin during a May interview. “Being financially sound is not an end in itself, but it has put the university in position to pursue its learning mission more effectively and to look to a healthy future,” he said. “One result is that we have been able to broaden and deepen our educational goals, and that is an end in itself.” Balancing quality and cost will continue to be a concern, he added.
“Having the resources to accomplish your learning goals while still being accessible to students has always been a challenge for Schreiner and the host of other colleges which are not wealthy. That challenge has only gotten tougher in recent years, particularly when average family income has been stagnant for so many.”
Change of Leadership Announced The news of Summerlin’s retirement and McCormick’s selection to succeed him was made on the Quad on a warm April afternoon. “Schreiner has been blessed over its 93-year history,” Board of Trustees Chairman Bill Harrison told the crowd. “We’ve only had five presidents, and it’s been said that every president was exactly the right person at the right time.” After listing a few highlights of Summerlin’s administration, he added, “This University’s reputation as a premier place of learning is very intact and continues to grow.” In his remarks, Summerlin thanked those who have been a part of his life and work here. “My wife, Mary Ellen, nudged me gently, and said it’s time to create more time for movement for yourself. How important she has been to the work I have done here. How much encouragement she has provided to make that a success.” Dr. Summerlin thanked the Board of Trustees, noting their “understanding, commitment, and passion for the mission of the university. … They are exceptional people.” Given the opportunity to speak with other university presidents and hear about their trustees, he noted, “I don’t believe there is another president I would have changed places with.” Schreiner students were next on his thank-you list. “So much of the reason why this was the right place for me was the opportunity to be engaged with students. And to have a relationship with them of the sort that you cannot have at every place of learning,” he said. He then thanked the staff and the faculty, “who together care so much about this institution and give it a distinctiveness, that is not simply an illusion. They offer a caring relationship, an openness, a readiness to help, to mentor, to find answers to questions, to solve problems.” Finally he thanked the Kerrville-area community for its support. “It’s been so fun to see the coming together of the community in some exceptional ways.” “This has absolutely been the right place for me to be,” concluded Summerlin. “A place that I have not wanted to leave, a place that I have enjoyed more than any other in my professional experience.”
Summerlin Achievements January 2015 Athletic and Event Center
Student Exchange Agreements South Korea (2014) and Colombia (2015) Fall 2014 Renovated Delaney Hall opens Fall 2013 Largest freshman class in history
2013 Quad renovation and landscaping October 2011 B arbara Fish Daniel Clinical Education Center nursing lab opens
Rapport with Students Dr. Summerlin’s leadership style is personal. If there is a university event—concert, student showcase, lecture, culture event, etc.—he and his bowtie are usually there. For the staff Halloween party, he dresses as Signor Ferrari from Casablanca. For the Late-Night Breakfast, he shows up in pajamas to help cook for students cramming for finals. He’s in sweat pants and t-shirt, wheeling a dolly full of belongings into a freshman’s dorm room in August. At the annual Texas Heritage Music Day, he takes the stage with vice president Bill Muse to sing “Pancho and Lefty.” 6
April 2009 Mountaineer Fitness Center Fall 2007 Oaks Apartment Complex Phase I November 2004 Center for Innovative Learning
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Fall 2015 Enrollment tops 1,200 October 2014 Schreiner University named to Top 50 Colleges for Hispanic Students by bestcolleges.com April 2014 Loftis Family Science Center and Observatory on Weston property
Fall 2014 Online RN to BSN program 2013 C ommons/Memorial Wall and Dining Hall renovation 2013 Title V Grant—$3.25 million over 5 years July 2013 Schreiner joins SCAC
February 2012 Weston Farm property acquired Fall 2011 Phase II of The Oaks Fall 2009 $ 7 million 170-bed Faulkner Residence Hall opens
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Schreiner is known for its caring, personal attention, and Summerlin embodies that philosophy. Search Internet social networks, and it’s easy to find Schreiner students who have posted “selfies” with Dr. Summerlin. He is their president, and they are his students. And it’s no act. He enjoys interacting with the students. “I believe it is an extension of a prime reason that I was attracted to education in the first place,” said Summerlin. “Being with growing, developing minds; helping others through the often bewildering process of change; and simply coming to know other persons and their individual stories— those are parts of life that I enjoy.” “It brings to mind a line from Emily Dickinson—‘I dwell in possibility.’ With students, one can dwell in possibility, even when one is old!” The sincerity of Summerlin’s relationship with students is what counts, said Dr. Charles Hueber, dean of students. “I have had the opportunity to interact with over a dozen college and university presidents, and in terms of student interaction I have never seen a president as active as Dr. Summerlin. “He knows students by name, he attends social, athletic, and academic events, but most of all he makes a genuine effort to connect to them. The students know he cares and his love for Schreiner is shared in and shown through his interactions with them.” During May, another side of Dr. Summerlin’s relationship with the campus community was emphasized: leadership and compassion in the face of tragedy. The death of student Greg Partridge in a highway accident was followed two weeks later by a fatal airplane crash in Mississippi that took the lives of assistant professor Jack Jackson, his wife Gwynn Groggel, and former associate professor Charles Torti and his wife Carrie. “Tim has been a warm and compassionate leader as the campus has faced tragedy,” said the Rev. Gini Norris-Lane, campus minister. “On the night we found out about Greg’s passing, Tim came to the Campus Ministry Center to be with the students from the shooting team, and quietly went from student to student, offering words of comfort and support. He also made an effort to do the same with Greg’s family as they grieved the loss of their son. “In my years at Schreiner, time and time again Tim has offered this kind of compassionate leadership, which comes from his deep faith and true love for the Schreiner family.”
Retirement The Summerlins plan on remaining in Kerrville—where they are active in numerous community organizations—after his retirement. They are looking forward to being able to do more traveling. “Mary Ellen and I hope to travel a bit more, particularly at times of the year which in the past have not been available,” he said. He will no longer officially be employed, but Summerlin leaves open the possibility he will do service in some capacity. “I hope to find some way to be useful, but here my Presbyterian instincts emerge. Rather than try to plan too finely, I prefer to be open to a call.” 7
Q A Andrew Valdez by Amy Armstrong
Andrew Valdez joined the Marketing division in February as the University’s first-ever Director of New Media.
Q: What does new media mean to you? A:
New media, to me, encompasses all of the technology that thrives
in the digital and Internet age from social media to websites, and smartphones to video games. It’s very interesting to work within this idea of a “culture of connectivity” where everything is connected in one-way, shape or form. That means that we can share everything Schreiner students, faculty and community are doing – with the world! The idea
of reaching such a wide audience is what excites me the most.
Q: What is your vision for SU in regards to new media?
My vision is to have Schreiner University become a more collaborative and engaged campus
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online through the use of compelling visual storytelling and campaigns. Our talented marketing team already does a great job, but I’d like to add a digital layer on top of everything. We have to continue to make our way around this digital ecosystem by providing high-quality products such as SCENE Magazine, Momentum, and #Schreiner60, just to name a few.
Q: What surprises
you most about Schreiner?
I didn’t know what to expect at a small liberal arts university like Schreiner which is why I was so surprised to see such a tight-knit community at a university level. There’s definitely a family feeling amongst those associated with Schreiner, from incoming freshman, all the way to alumni.
Q: What do you
like to do when you aren’t here?
I enjoy spending time with family and my fiancée. I’m gradually traveling and exploring a lot more than I use to. I also really enjoy using my creative skills to produce graphics, videos and photos for friends and organizations. I’m looking forward to teaching an adjunct class as well.
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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
he Greek philosopher Heraclitus said, “The only constant is change.”
That has certainly proven to be an apt summary of things here at Schreiner the past few months. As most of you know, it was announced back in April that Dr. Tim Summerlin will be retiring as president in December, and Dr. Charlie McCormick our current provost and vice president of academic affairs will take the reins on January 1. Dr. Summerlin will stay on as chancellor through May of next year to help finish the ongoing capital campaign, which ends that month. As you can imagine, there is much reflection and excitement about the upcoming changes. We as a university have also suffered the loss of one of our students, a professor, a former professor and their spouses. Gregory Partridge, a junior biology major and a member of the Schreiner Shooting Sports Society, was killed in an automobile accident May 1. Two weeks later, assistant professor Henry “Jack” Jackson and his wife Gwynn Groggel, and former professor Dr. Charles Torti and his wife Carrie died when their small plane crashed after takeoff in Tupelo, Mississippi. There has been and will continue to be so much sadness, shock and grief for the families and loved ones of those that were lost, for the SU family and the larger Kerrville community. It is always so hard in times like these to know the right words to say to try and assuage someone’s grief as well as deal with your own. The loss of these wonderful, vibrant lives brought much sadness to many, and their positive, caring presence among us is sorely missed. Ultimately, the Schreiner community—displaying the very traits that drew you here as a student, employee, donor and friend— moves ahead. We lean on one another for support. We listen to one another’s stories and memories, shedding more than a few tears, but also laughing. And we learn that those things that made our late friends special—how they lived and impacted others—can live on through us.
To share your feedback on this issue, email scene@ schreiner.edu
Until next time, Amy Armstrong Editor
Cockroft Receives Fulbright Grant to Teach in China The word CHINA beautifully handwritten in traditional Chinese Kanji Letters.
Supported by a Fulbright Foundation grant, Schreiner University Associate
Professor of History and Political Science Dr. Jeannette Cockroft will teach at Southwest University in Chongqing, China, next fall and spring. It will be Cockroft’s fourth stay in China, but she has never been to the western part of the large country. “I’m absolutely over the moon. I love being in China, and I love teaching in China.” She plans on staying in touch with her students in Kerrville by Skype while she’s in China. And after she returns, she hopes to use her experience to promote more interest about East Asia at Schreiner. “It’s going to be so fabulous for our students,” she said. “I’m hoping that we can develop more East Asian and China-oriented courses, maybe even create an East Asia studies minor.” “I want to encourage our students to be study the region, and maybe even go there. I think that’s where the future is. China has the world’s largest economy, and it’s the biggest market,” she explained. “In terms of strategic military issues in that part of the world, China will be setting the pace for a long time.” She’s does not know yet what her course topics will be, but American history or culture are possibilities. “I’m waiting to hear from them what they want me to teach,” said Cockroft, who focuses on 20th century history.
On the “Schreiner Remember When” Facebook page, readers were asked to complete this sentence:
“On my first day at
Schreiner I …”
Lea Siebold Nye ’92
After unpacking, I took a fabulous ride in a convertible thru the Ingram and Hunt area! Great memory! But later that night I had to maneuver my first dorm shower, which was kind of awkward!
Laine Ingram Fletcher ’92
Fell in love.
Clayton Hudson ’96
I don’t remember, so apparently I had too much fun.
Courtney Fletcher Shane ’97
Musta been hanging with Clayton Hudson, cause I don’t remember either. Viva Little River!
Carlos Cuellar ’73
Met new friends that we are still in touch with today.
Mylinda Roth ’98
Got treated as a normal freshman by a classmate, instead of an oldie with four kids. Made me less nervous and more excited. She turned to me, gum smacking, ponytail swinging, and said, “So, what dorm do you live in?” From that point on, I knew I had made the right choice.
Tasha Wilson ’92
Had a blast meeting new teammates some that are still my dearest friends today! PS: I had the best roommate ever, Shawn Jones.
Krissy Schwarz Whittington ’84 I stood in line with Mike Williamson and Carlos Richter for advising with Col. Cameron.
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Cockroft first became interested in China when she was a Maine high school student in the 1970s. “They were going through the Cultural Revolution, and I thought the idea of a large number of young people trying to change the world was a good thing,” she said. “But I was 16. Now I’m older, and I don’t think that’s necessarily the best way to do it.” Her interest in China continued in college, and she earned a bachelor’s degree in Chinese language and culture. Cockroft started graduate studies in the same area, but changes in the faculty where she was enrolled led her to change to history and political science for her master’s degree and Ph.D. After receiving her doctorate from Texas A&M University, Cockroft went to China for a year and taught English as a Second Language at Suzhou University in Jiangsu, about an hour west of Shanghai. From there she came to Schreiner in 2002. Cockroft applied for the Fulbright grant in March after reading the list of available grants on the foundation’s website. She chose Chongqing because she would be more likely to get an assignment there. “Most people want assignments on China’s east coast, in Beijing or Shanghai,” she said. “They are lovely and very cosmopolitan, but hardly the whole China experience.”
Erin Abel ’91
Angie Schladoer ’01
Jay Lofland ’89
I remember being glad to be on my own, and rooming with my best friend, Carsten Busch. Oh, and I think I met my first girlfriend.
Nikki Redden Mundkowsky ’88 Moved into my dorm, surveyed it—and felt SO independent.
My very first class was with Dr. Coles. I was nervous, as a non-traditional student, but met others in that class. It was a great day that was the beginning of a wonderful journey. Now I’m adjunct faculty at Schreiner and loving it.
Logan Brinkley ’14
Met my best friend, now fiancé.
Lee Weathersbee ’63
Showed up at 8 a.m. after driving directly in from Austin, not knowing where we would be living or when my first meeting was.
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Whatever her course subjects are, she will be teaching in English. “I have an undergraduate degree in Chinese, but I would not want to have to teach in it.” One definite contrast will be the number of students on campus. Schreiner has approximately 1,200, while Southwest University enrolls about 50,000 full time. Upon completion of her commitment in China, Cockroft will be a Fulbright Scholar, a title held by one other current faculty member, Professor of English Dr. Lydia Kualapai, and one former faculty member, Professor of English Dr. Qui-Phiet Tran. The Fulbright Program is funded through an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations, and foundations around the world also provide direct and indirect support to the program, which operates in over 160 countries worldwide. Cockroft will be one of more than 1,200 U.S. citizens who will teach, conduct research, and provide expertise abroad for the 2016-17 academic year. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement as well as record of service and demonstrated leadership in their respective fields.
With the basketball team on first day 1961, we were told by our coach, S. M. Meeks, “when you bounce the basketball, you are also bouncing my job.” I’ll never forget that.
David Hilton King ’02
Drank beer with Dusty McDonald and my future wife, Raina King.
Mike Busby ’69
Met some life-long friends and faculty.
Kathy Kramer Hill ’92 Went straight to Ingram Dam!
Dana Huyck ’98
Asked my new friend Lisa Smith to go to Delaney with me.
Laura Daetwyler Hess ’89 Flatrock! Oh the memories!
Susan Miller Carver
Had a blast, and never want to leave campus.
It’s a Wide, Wide World by John Sniffen
When Dr. Sonja Lind talks with
Schreiner students about their dreams of studying abroad, she has a pretty good feel for what they will face in foreign lands. Completing her second year as coordinator of the Changing Global Society portion of the Schreiner Experience, she knows first-hand the trials and tribulations of landing in a
foreign country amidst an unknown culture. Lind was born in Norway, but only lived there two years before her family moved to Kenya. There the daughter of a Canadian mother and Norwegian father encountered her first severe culture shock. “My parents tried to raise me bilingual, speaking Norwegian and English, but when I encountered a place where no one else spoke Norwegian, I was overwhelmed and shut down. I didn’t speak.” Because she studied linguistics as part of her master’s degree in Teaching English as a Second Language, Lind knows why she stopped speaking, but her parents didn’t have that knowledge. “I would have come around and been bilingual, but speech can be delayed in some children in such situations. My parents were afraid I was going to become mute, so they switched to just speaking English.” After eight years in Kenya, her family moved to Vancouver, British Columbia. Her parents separated, so she lived for a while in Boston with an aunt. After high school she moved to England, where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in English literature. “I didn’t know what I was going to do next,” she says. “I wasn’t going to be the next great American novelist, so I went to South Korea to teach English.” Lind’s world tour continued with a return to the US, this time to southern California. It was one of her more comfortable transitions. “Almost everyone in southern California is a first-generation immigrant. A lot of my friends were also from multiple countries. It was the only place I’d lived where my background didn’t make me feel particularly exotic, which was nice.” After eight years in California— including earning a Ph.D. in Education —she decided it was time to explore a new part of the U.S. “I told myself ‘I gotta see Texas.’” She took the new coordinator’s position on the Schreiner staff.
“I love talking to students, that is my favorite part of this job,” she says. “Talking with students, dreaming with students, making those dreams come true—that’s just the best.” “It takes a lot of inner strength to study in another country. It’s a big step. You feel uncomfortable when you first travel abroad.” But she feels it’s a discomfort worth overcoming. “It’s important to understand the way that people live in different parts of the world. It’s critical to understand and have empathy for others and how people live elsewhere,” says Lind. “We live in a world where people are moving between countries all the time. It is important to know who our neighbors are. They may be literally in our backyard, or across an ocean or border.” During the past two years between 80 to 90 students annually have studied abroad under the Changing Global Society program, from shortterm trips led by faculty to semesterlong, independent study with third party providers like AIFS at foreign universities. Lind would like to see even more students take advantage of the study abroad opportunities—and feels their numbers will increase as those who have gone already talk about their experiences. In the same vein, she says that bringing more international students to Schreiner will also help educate those on campus to the changing world around them. In the meantime, Lind is adjusting to life in the Hill Country. She loves hiking and has explored Guadalupe Mountains and Big Bend National Park, as well as state parks like Caprock Canyons, Palo Duro, Garner, Pedernales Falls, and the Davis Mountains. There are opportunities to speak Spanish, which she is learning. She puts her experience and skills to work teaching English as a second language at Families & Literacy. And she’s picking up some Texan habits. “I’m adopting ‘y’all,’” says Lind. “It’s very useful.”
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Wrase Receives Faculty Award Micah Wrase has been an adjunct
instructor of psychology and interdisciplinary studies at Schreiner University for seven years, but his involvement with the school goes back still another decade. Wrase, who was named Part-Time Faculty of the Year, started here as a freshman from Boerne in fall 1999. With the exception of a couple of years, he’s been part of the community ever since. “The Schreiner soccer coach talked with me when Boerne played Tivy. I came up and took a walk around,” says Wrase. “I liked the small feel of the campus, the beautiful setting, and the people I met were fantastic.” The soccer team was “competitive” during his four years on the Mountaineer squad, which also featured former Tivy foe Matt Goodwyn (now assistant dean of students) and assistant coach Kiley Miller (now chemistry professor). Wrase graduated in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, and started graduate studies at Our Lady of the Lake University. A year later, Dean of Students Peg Layton recruited him to be full-time director of Schreiner Campus Recreation and a residence hall director. “That was an amazing position and hugely pivotal in my relationship with Schreiner,” says Wrase. “I didn’t have a background in recreation, but I had worked for a camp before. … and a psych major can really pertain to almost any field.” After two years, he left the campus recreation post to do a full-time internship with the Boerne school district as part of his graduate work. Wrase and his family continued to live on campus until he completed master’s degree in psychology and left to work in schreiner.edu Summer 2016
Tyler, Texas. After a year there, as he says, “the Hill Country locked in on us and pulled us back.” Since 2008, Wrase has been a licensed specialist in school psychology with the Kerrville Independent School District. He works with individuals and groups on nine campuses, and chairs the district’s Character and Kindness Academic Excellence Committee composed of teachers, counselors and administrators. And a couple of evenings a week he teaches psychology at Schreiner. His family—wife Elizabeth (a fourth grade science teacher in the KISD), sons Ethan, 12, and Luke, 10; and twin daughters Addison and Olivia, 6—“is very supportive” of his work at Schreiner, says Wrase. “They’re fantastic.” Wrase is co-chair of the Schreiner Diversity Committee, and also works with the Organization for Latino Engagement. In his spare time, he still plays soccer with friends from his collegiate days at Schreiner, sometimes as part of an indoor soccer league. The teaching award is very meaningful to him. Having this affirmation from other faculty members is “icing on the cake,” adds Wrase. “When faculty, to whom I’ve looked up to since I was an undergraduate here, look at my work and recognize me for it, that’s pretty humbling.” “I think the students understand that I love what I’m doing, and I’m not doing it for any other reason than to help them learn and grow as individuals” He says that interaction with students helps him grow too. “I selfishly hope I will learn from their unique life experiences and backgrounds, and knowledge that I may not have.”
Karen Backor, Ph.D.
Excellence in Research, Scholarship, and Creativity
Margaret Huddleston, Ph.D.
Margaret Hosler Award for Excellence in Teaching
Kathleen Hudson, Ph.D.
Elmore Whitehurst Award for Creative Teaching
Julie Lunsford, DNP
Harriett Garrett Award for Teaching Excellence
Clay McClure Faculty Service
Retirements David U. Byrne, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology Member of the faculty since 1987
Fred Stevens, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus of Biology Member of the faculty 1978-2014
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‘Visiting Intellectuals’ in Hemingway’s Havana BY JOHN SNIFFEN
here was a little bit of something for everyone in Schreiner University’s first study venture to Cuba—literature, history, politics, biology, food and vintage cars. Lots of vintage cars.
Dr. William Woods, dean of the School of Liberal Arts and professor of English, created the weeklong trip around Nobel-prize-winning author Ernest Hemingway’s life and work in Havana, Cuba, his winter home from 1939 to 1960. “The minute I heard that we could start educational trips to Cuba, I thought, this is my chance to go down and see Hemingway’s house, and—more importantly to me—see his boat, the Pilar. His boat is a huge part of the Hemingway mythos.” Working with Dr. Sonja Lind, coordinator of Schreiner’s Changing Global Society program, he designed a trip that would fit with his interdisciplinary studies course on American culture. “I made it a Hemingway class with a focus on Cuba.” The March 14-19 trip was open to 20 persons, and planned for students. Even with a discounted price through the Schreiner Experience, however, only 10 students signed up. Faculty, retired faculty, a board member and Kerrville residents filled the rest of the party. schreiner.edu Summer 2016
The mixture of ages made for an interesting dynamic, and the group held together well despite a fairly rapid pace. Having other professors around made for options not in the original plans. For example, freshman biology major Kaitlin Beetner was able to spend time looking at the flora and fauna with retired biology professor Fred Stevens. For Woods the trip was a family affair as sons, Thomas (a 2013 SU graduate, now working on a master’s in history) and Michael (an SU freshman), also went. “It was every father’s dream. I got to stomp around in Hemingway country with my boys for a week.” Having done graduate-level research on Hemingway, Woods had “a lifetime of preparation” for the trip. Many of the students, however, only had about six weeks to learn about the author. That included reading a biography, “Hemingway’s Boat” by Paul Hendrickson, and the novels and short stories Hemingway wrote while in Cuba. Charlie Berry, a freshman engineering major, was an exception. He’d already read all the books. “I love fishing and I’d read all his fishing books,” said Berry, whose high school English teacher connected Berry’s interest in the sport with Hemingway’s literature. His favorite? “The Old Man and the Sea,” of course. As a prequel to the trip, Dr. Lydia Kualapai, professor of English, made Hemingway’s novels and short stories the focus of Monday Night Fiction, the 16
monthly on-campus book discussion group for the academic year.
‘Visiting Intellectuals’ In Havana, the group settled into a routine that included morning lectures about Cuba by local scholars, guide-led tours of various locations such as farms and a medical lab where they met and talked with people, and free time to sightsee on their own. While it was originally planned as an educational trip, it was converted to a “person-to-person” tour because there were non-students in the group. “On my visa it says, ‘visiting intellectual,’” said Woods with a smile. “The students got really involved in the history of Cuba and U.S.-Cuba relations,” he said. And while the presentations were “not overly PR,” the Cubans did enjoy displaying wreckage of a U-2 reconnaissance plane and other U.S. aircraft shot down during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. Woods was struck by the amount of poverty he saw. “Cuba went through tough times in the 1990s after it lost the support of the former Soviet Union. They call it ‘The Special Period.’ There was lots of hunger then. Every Cuban remembers it, and it’s a source of pride to have lived through it.” Not everyone stayed, however. Their 30-ish tour guide, Alex, told them that about 70 percent of his generation had left the island nation.
The students were less focused on the living conditions. “I had heard Cuba was poverty stricken, but they seemed to be doing amazingly well,” said Berry. “They are making the best of what they have.” Beetner said there appeared to be little racism between those of African and Hispanic descent in Cuba. And gender equality also impressed her. “Men and women are equal in Cuba. They get paid the same for the same work.” Sightseeing in Havana included bars that Hemingway frequented, and the Hotel Ambos Mundos, where he lived before buying his ranch. His room at the hotel has been preserved for viewing, but was being painted prior to President Barack Obama’s state visit. The group was first told they could not see it, but Alex the guide talked to “someone,” while the Schreiner group went to the roof for refreshments and “a wonderful view of Havana.” Whatever Alex said, they were shown the room after the rooftop interlude. “Whenever there were problems—such as closed roads that detoured the group— Alex would add to his monologue, ‘Welcome to Cuba,’ said Woods. Beetner, who has traveled to Greece, Italy, Jamaica and Mexico, said she was surprised by the quality of the Cuban food. “I didn’t expect to enjoy the food. I loved every meal I ate, and I’m a picky eater.” Both Beetner and Berry also loved the old US-built cars in Cuba, many from before the early 1960s when the United States placed an embargo on selling goods to Cuba. “As an ,engineering student, I loved seeing the cars,” said Berry. “They’re made up of lots of different parts. They put a Chrysler engine in a Ford truck from 1950s and make it work.” Alex told them that Cubans call the cars Frankensteins, “because none of the parts are from the original car. Maybe there’s an original engine block, but the rest comes from other cars.”
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“For Whom the Bell Tolls,” “Old Man and the Sea,” and “A Moveable Feast” there. Because of poor health he left in 1960 and never returned. Hemingway’s leave-taking was rather sudden, and “a ton of stuff” was left behind. “Castro was smart,” said Woods. “He preserved Finca and made it a museum.” Unlike most of their relations for the last 55 years, “When it comes to Hemingway, the U.S. and Cuba cooperate,” he added. “I grew up reading stories about Hemingway and his biography,” said Woods. “There was something really special about standing on his front porch and looking out over his property.” And he got to touch and pose with Pilar, the boat that is central to the Hemingway mystique. It’s now on display at Vigia Finca. “During my generation and the Vietnam War, Hemingway fell by the wayside,” said Woods. “He was too macho with all the killing of bulls, hunting animals and going to war. He kind of fell out of the literary canon.” That’s changing, however. “People are starting to rediscover him. He’s fantastic and the single-most important writer of the 20th century,” said Woods. “The students enjoyed his short stories. They’re seeing some value in him.” Beetner said she didn’t like Hemingway before, but is getting more out of his writing after taking Woods’ class and visiting the writer’s former home. “It was fun to walk where he lived and worked.” “It is amazing how Cuba embraced Hemingway as their own,” said Woods. “They have a reverence for him and his writing.” Some of that probably reflects how Hemingway felt about and acted toward the Cubans. “He generally loved the Cuban people,” he said. “When he won the Nobel Prize for ‘The Old Man and the Sea’ in 1954, he said he would attend a celebration dinner only if his fishing buddies could come too.” “He loved the island, he loved to fish, and he wanted to be away from crowds.” As for a return trip to Cuba, “we were already talking about that before we left,” said Woods. “We’d like to see the beaches that we were told were so wonderful, but didn’t get to see.” schreiner.edu Summer 2016
A Letter to Ernest Hemingway Dear Papa, Well, old friend and mentor, today I fulfilled a lifelong dream and stood on your front porch, surrounded by a lush Cuban jungle, looking out across your beautiful yard. It was very kind of you to Dr. William Woods open your remarkable home at Finca to a busload of total strangers—I know how private a person you actually were, how much you valued your solitude, particularly when writing. I wonder how you feel knowing so many of us are now tromping across your property, peering in your windows and studying your bookcases and desktops, marveling at your stuffed animal trophies from Africa, speculating at all the events that played out in your dining room and your bedroom. Poor Mary would be even more horrified, I suspect, but she would quietly endure, as was her nature. I walked your property today, filled with that type of holy awe, which only occurs when you have come suddenly and abruptly close to a lifelong hero. I listened to our guide tell us the humorous and sometimes sad stories about you that I already knew—the drunken brawls, the discipline of the morning writing, the wild parties and misbehavior, the amazing generosity to those around you. And the highlight of the visit, of course, came when we made it past your swimming pool and to the old tennis court where now sits your fine boat, the Pilar, still majestic, with her fine, tall hull, black in the hot Cuban sun. She looked too dry, almost straining forward against her restraints, eager to be back in the salt water. I leaned in and gently touched her stern with the tip of two fingers for luck: in that instant I never felt closer to you, a man whom I have for good or for bad tried to model my own life after. She is everything I had hoped, Papa, truly the finest boat I’ve ever seen—I hope somewhere in the hereafter the two of you are together now, heading out on the Gulf Stream to horse in the Big One. I thank you for the afternoon. But more importantly, I thank you for the years of the pleasure of reading your words, for the joy of teaching your works to my wonderful young students, and, of course, for the Code. There have been times in my life I not have endured without you, truly. Your home is beautiful. Thank you for sharing it. With respect and gratitude,
Unique Educational Environment is McCormick’s Goal for Schreiner BY JOHN SNIFFEN
chreiner’s next president, Dr. Charlie McCormick, says the key to the university’s future is not finding the best and brightest students. It’s about producing the best and brightest graduates.
Speaking at the April 11 gathering where Board of Trustees Chairman Bill Harrison revealed that McCormick would become Schreiner’s sixth president on Jan. 1, 2017, McCormick expressed his conviction in the university’s mission. “This institution cares deeply enough about student learning that it refuses to achieve excellence merely by recruiting students who are already excellent, but by designing an education environment that takes students with promise and potential, and intentionally cultivates excellence in their lives,” said McCormick. Touching key elements of the new Schreiner Experience program which he helped initiate, McCormick added, “I believe this institution is preparing students for meaningful work and purposeful lives in a changing global society.” He expanded on these thoughts when asked later about his long-term goals as president. “My long term goals for Schreiner are two-fold,” he said. “First, I want to encourage Schreiner’s continuing leadership in the movement to create excellence by design. The sign at Schreiner’s entrance says it best: ‘Enter with hope.’ That is an audacious promise, stating that Schreiner cares more about a student’s potential than a student’s past. “It is my intention to keep the university committed to designing an educational experience that takes students from a wide variety of backgrounds, and grows them into 35
graduates who can stand alongside graduates from any institution in the country.” McCormick’s second goal is to safeguard Schreiner’s traditional values. “If Schreiner is passionate about excellence by design, then we will be constantly in development—always searching for the best ways to improve student learning and growth.” What will never change, he added, is Schreiner’s commitment to a learning environment built on the power of relationships; making student success Schreiner’s top priority; and providing an educational experience that intentionally engages body, mind, heart, and soul. Looking ahead, McCormick said Schreiner must answer the challenges all small, private colleges will face. “For example, Schreiner will have to identify ways to increase its net tuition revenue. This will require us to think in creative ways about how to institute affordability initiatives beyond simply discounting tuition. Additionally, Schreiner will have to enhance and communicate the value of our educational experience.” It will also be important for Schreiner to emphasize what sets it apart from other colleges and universities, he said. “Too many schools similar to Schreiner promote the same set of characteristics to prospective students. We must remember that we have a fundamental uniqueness. To the extent that we continue to articulate our uniqueness, we will thrive.” The buildup to Schreiner’s centennial celebration in 2023 will be a good opportunity to increase endowment for student scholarships and programs, he added. “Increasing the endowment will help the university live into its commitment to being a premier place of learning.”
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Dr. McCormick and his wife Cayce and their daughters Emma (left) and Adelaide (right).
A Successful Seven Years
McCormick came to Schreiner in July 2009 from Cabrini College near Philadelphia, where he was dean of academic affairs. He holds a Ph.D. in folklore and folklife from the University of Pennsylvania, a master’s degree in anthropology from Texas A&M University, and a bachelor’s degree in English from Abilene Christian University. He is a native of Snyder, Texas. During McCormick’s seven years as provost and vice president for academic affairs, Schreiner has: • improved first-year retention rates by 12 percent • improved the six-year graduation rate by 33 percent • increased enrollment by 13 percent • established new revenue streams through development of graduate, summer school and online programs • revised its core curriculum to intentionally develop the university’s student learning outcomes • led in development of the Texas Learning Consortium, sharing instruction via the Internet with other colleges and universities • established and staffed the Schreiner Experience, a holistic program designed to prepare students for meaningful work and purposeful lives in a changing global society. During McCormick’s tenure, he has also recruited top faculty, and integrated student life programming with academics. “I’ve enjoyed the provost position most of all as opportunities to participate in large-scale institutional initiatives,” said McCormick. “We can impact student’s learning and development both inside and outside the classroom.” “His credentials speak for themselves,” said board chairman Harrison. “Continuity is very important factor when choosing someone to succeed someone who has been very instrumental in bringing a university to an extremely high level. We feel we have made the best choice in Dr. McCormick.” The man he will succeed as president, Dr. Tim Summerlin, agreed. “Knowing that someone as attuned to Schreiner’s values and dreams as is Charlie McCormick will be taking on the role of president adds to my already upbeat sense of the university’s bright future. The progress to Schreiner’s 33
Centennial in 2023 will be exciting.” “I am humbled and honored to follow Dr. Summerlin as Schreiner’s next president,” said McCormick. “He has transformed a very good institution into a great institution, and my wife, Cayce, and I look forward to working with faculty, staff, and students to usher in the next phase of Schreiner’s growth and development.” The McCormicks have two daughters, one who just completed her first year at college and one at Tivy High School. McCormick, who had never been to Kerrville before interviewing in 2009, affirmed his assimilation into the Schreiner community. “It’s been an incredible opportunity, not just because of the successes we’ve achieved, but because through all of the people I’ve met at the university, I’ve come to know the soul of Schreiner, and it has resonated with me deeply,” he said. “The long journey of Schreiner University to get here has been one of struggle, reinvention and just pure determination. It is a most compelling story that we are all a part of, and will continue to be for a long, long time to come.” McCormick noted that he had “big shoes to fill, or maybe a big bow tie,” in reference to Dr. Summerlin’s signature accessory. “Tim and Mary Ellen Summerlin have provided a model of what it means to have an entirely committed, an entirely engaged presidency.” During a later interview, McCormick expounded on his feelings for the university he will now lead. “When I first came to Schreiner, I was impressed by the people I met and the look and feel of the campus itself. I remain impressed with all of these things today,” he said. “As I came to know Schreiner, though, I became increasingly impressed with the fundamental characteristics of this university: ambition and grittiness. I will admit to being a little bit surprised to find these characteristics. “I don’t think anyone would have blamed Schreiner for a lack of boldness. It had a twisted history. It sat on the edge of West Texas, and it wasn’t big enough or wealthy enough or prestigious enough to really matter. But Schreiner never let these issues deter it. Schreiner has, over and over again, believed that it mattered, and it has forged its own way.” Summer 2016 SCENE MAGAZINE
Texas’ Women Bullfighters
Georgiana Knowles at the Plaza de Mexico in 1954 or 1955. She is riding bareback on her horse, Tony, and placing the banderillas in the bull.
igher education is Dr. Charlie McCormick’s primary interest, but he is writing a book about a little-known part of Texas’ history and culture—mid-20th century women bullfighters. “From the early 1950s to the late 1960s, some dozen U.S. women appeared in bullrings along the Texas/ Mexico border, not as curious onlookers but as bullfighters of note,” he wrote in a 2008 article for Heritage, a publication of the Texas Historical Foundation. “These women enjoyed brief but brilliant careers … Most were from Texas or spent a substantial amount of their lives in Texas where fans filled border arenas to watch them perform.” Expanding on that article, McCormick’s book-inprogress focuses on Georgiana Knowles, who started fighting bulls from horseback as a rejoneadora at age 19 in 1952, and debuted a year later in Mexico’s most important bullfighting venue, the Plaza de Mexico in Mexico City.
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The motivation for McCormick’s first interest in the topic, however, was another bullfighter with a familiar surname. “I was conducting research for another project when I came across an archived newspaper article about Patricia McCormick being severely gored in the bullring,” he said. “The article indicated she was from Big Spring, Texas, not far from where I grew up in Snyder, and I wondered if we might be long-lost relatives.” Efforts to contact the other McCormick were not immediately successful. “Truth is, she didn’t want to be found. But multiple emails and letters later, I tracked her down. We communicated several times, only to realize that there was no familial connection.” Although the family tie did not develop, McCormick was hooked on the topic, and his research led him to Knowles. Years of research later, including interviews with Knowles, McCormick plans to finish the manuscript before he becomes Schreiner’s president in January.
recall RECALL 2016 Find Your Way Back
ountaineers from as far back as the 40s returned to campus in April for Recall 2016. In addition to graduates from the Golden Class (1966) and Silver Class (1991), members of Bill Campionâ€™s 1970 high school basketball team gathered, as did golfers who played for Coach Monk Keith from 1966 to 1983. And, speaking of golf, beautiful spring weather blessed the annual Randy Shepler Alumni Golf Tournament, which raises funds for the Schreiner Former Students Association Endowed Scholarship Fund.
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CALLING ALL FORMER HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PLAYERS! We are looking for anyone who played for the Schreiner “Rebel” High school football teams from 1952—72. A special reunion is being planned for next year’s RECALL. Contact Paul Camfield at firstname.lastname@example.org
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inmemoriam Community Mourns Tragic Deaths
May is normally a time for celebration at Schreiner, but this year the campus community was shocked and saddened by the sudden and tragic loss of five individuals during the month. On Sunday, May 1, junior Greg Partridge died in an automobile accident on Highway 16 in Helotes. He and teammates from the Schreiner Shooting Sports Society were returning from a day of practice at a San Antonio range, when the car in which Partridge was riding was hit by another vehicle which had come across the center line. Two weeks later, on Monday, May 16—two days after the 2016 graduation ceremony—assistant professor Henry “Jack” Jackson and his wife Gwynn Ann Groggel, and former professor Dr. Charles Torti and his wife Carrie died when their small plane crashed after takeoff in Tupelo, Miss. The couples were on their way to Martha’s Vineyard for a vacation. Following Partridge’s death, hundreds of friends, staff and faculty filled the ballroom of the Floyd and Kathleen Cailloux Campus Activity Center to remember him. His parents and brother from New York were also present. Impressed by the Schreiner shooting team while competing against them for a Florida college, Partridge checked out Schreiner’s biology program and transferred here in January 2015. The 22-year-old was president-elect of the shooting team and planned to be a dentist.
Campus Minister Gini Norris-Lane said the words in Matthew 5:16 reflected what Greg’s friends had told her about him: “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see you good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” “I think that’s what we all know about Greg, that he did not hide his light,” said Norris-Lane. “Not only did he share his light with other people, but he encouraged them to share their light too.” Many of the personal reflections that followed started with “Greg was my best friend.” “Greg had a way of making each and every person that he came in contact with feel special,” said Cindy Becker, the shooting team’s volunteer manager and administrative assistant to the president. “From the day you met him, you were his best friend. That’s just the kind of guy he was for everybody. I can’t imagine having 300 best friends, but Greg did.” Most students had left for summer break before the crash in Mississippi two weeks later, but again the CCAC ballroom was filed for a prayer service for the two couples led by Norris-Lane. This time participants were primarily members of the Schreiner and Kerrville communities who knew and worked with them. Jackson came to Schreiner as an instructor in May 2010 after a career with IBM, where he was a senior software development manager. He
taught information systems and was leading an emphasis in cyber security, having recently earned a master’s degree in computer forensics from UTSA. He was working toward a PhD. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, serving as a specialist with the U.S. Air Force. Jackson was active in the Civil Air Patrol in which he was vice commander of the Texas wing. Gwynn Groggel was owner of the Yoga Space in Kerrville, where she was active with the Riverside Nature Center and founding commander of the Kerrville unit of the Civil Air Patrol. Torti taught 12 years at Schreiner after retiring from a career with AT&T Communications. He was instrumental in launching the MBA and Integrity Ambassadors in Business programs, and chaired the business department. He also led the search that brought Dr. Charlie McCormick to Schreiner as provost and vice president for academic affairs. Students voted to give Torti the 2011 Harriet Garrett Award for Teaching Excellence. One year earlier he received the Elmore Whitehurst Award for Creative Teaching. He retired in May 2013. After a career in corporate finance, Carrie Torti had until recently worked as a bookkeeper for the Hill Country Community Journal.
From left to right, Greg Partridge, Jack Jackson & Gwynn Groggel, and Charles & Carrie Torti.
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Former Students Mr. Robert Baker Jr. ’51 July 23, 2015, Harlingen, Texas
Mr. Albert McQuown ’72 February 20, 2008, Corpus Christi, Texas
Mrs. Naomi Barker ’92 December 28, 2015, Kerrville
Mr. Claude Montgomery II ’46 February 27, 2015, Houston
Mr. James Barnes Jr. ’45 February 11, 2011, Las Cruces, N.M.
Mrs. Geraldine Beitel Myers ’34 December 29, 2015, Bryan, Texas
Mrs. Mary Catherine Reiter Black ’45 August 4, 2015, Deer Park, Texas
Mr. Ronald Naylor ’65 November 24, 2015, Kingsland, Texas
Mr. Hobart Blakeslee Jr. ’63 May 30, 2014, Stone Mountain, Ga.
Mrs. Everlena Brown Norman ’93 February 8, 2016, Kerrville
Mr. John Bonner Jr. ’49 November 28, 2015, Kerrville
Mrs. Laura McJimsey Olson ’39 February 14, 2016, Dallas
Mr. Hurley Broach Jr. ’00 January 30, 2016, Kerrville
Mrs. Shirley Schwethelm O’Quinn ’55 August 15, 2015, San Antonio
Mr. Milton Butcher ’43 November 12, 2010, San Antonio
Col. Billy Palmer, USMC Ret. ’53 April 15, 2016, New Bern, N.C.
Mr. Robert Calder ’66 January 29, 2016, Boerne
Mr. Ronald Peck ’90 June 25, 2007, Harlingen, Texas
The Rev. Ted Campbell Jr. ’43 November 18, 2015, Kerrville
Mr. William Petty ’65 April 6, 2016, Hunt, Texas
Mr. Darrell Cantwell ’65 January 3, 2016, Fredericksburg, Texas
Mr. Michael Reid ’50 January 17, 2016, Elgin, Texas
Mr. Daniel Chessher ’41 November 23, 2007, Seguin, Texas
Mr. Mack Roberson ’42 March 26, 2016, Falfurrias, Texas
Mr. James Clemens ’43 January 5, 2009, Austin
Mr. Paul Scott ’73 March 22, 2016, Wimberley, Texas
Mr. Arthur Coleman ’42 July 18, 2011, Corpus Christi
Mr. Henry Scrivener ’55 November 8, 2015, Marshall, Texas
Ms. Estelle Corgan ’75 April 1, 2009, Austin
Mr. Sam Sherwood ’62 March 18, 2015, Jamaica Plain, Mass.
Mrs. Dorothy Horn Cramer ’38 March 9, 2009, Corpus Christi
Ms. Jane Flato Smith ’42 October 13, 2015, San Antonio
Mr. William Crawford ’57 February 11, 2016, San Antonio
Ms. Derlyn Soucie ’98 April 9, 2007, San Antonio
Mr. Stewart Davis ’72 April 7, 2016, Kerrville
Mr. Walter Springall ’42 April 29, 2012, Georgetown, Texas
Mr. Douglas Day ’51 November 30, 2015, Austin
Mrs. Carolyn Lochte Stewart ’51 November 14, 2015, Houston
Mr. Douglas Duderstadt ’52 January 2, 2016, Stone Mountain, Ga.
Colonel Johnnie Stocks ’49 April 12, 2015, Panama City, Fla.
Mr. Malcolm Duke ’63 April 24, 2016, Allen, Texas
Dr. Joseph Terry ’42 April 20, 2010, Lubbock, Texas
Mr. David Edington II ’67 October 4, 2015, Austin
Mr. Clay Vollers ’83 February 21, 2016, Kerrville
Mr. Edward Fairchild ’95 January 31, 2016, Kerrville
Mr. Arthur Walker Jr. ’52 November 24, 2015, Texas City
Mr. Arlon Fields ’60 November 16, 2015, Orange, Texas
Mr. Allen Wemple ’43 August 6, 2007, Midland, Texas
Mr. Jack Garrison ’78 December 19, 2008, San Antonio Mr. David Hannah III ’67 December 29, 2015, Houston Mr. Terry Harden ’68 August 16, 2015, Fort Worth
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Mr. John Hartley Sr. ’65 July 21, 2008, Humble, Texas
Mrs. Marianne Bowers October 18, 2015, Kerrville
Mr. John Hays ’59 August 10, 2014, Ruston, La.
Mrs. Jane Harben May 4, 2016, Kerrville
Mr. Wendell Iverson ’60 September 26, 2006, Midland, Texas
Mrs. Ann Laughlin February 15, 2016, West Lake Hills, Texas
Mrs. Connie Jacobson ’72 November 13, 2015, San Antonio
Mrs. Mary Pennington Loftis March 21, 2016, Kerrville
Mr. James Jones ’66 January 1, 2016, Arvada, Colo. Mr. Martin Kennedy ’72 February 13, 2016, San Antonio Mr. Thomas Lain ’71 April 5, 2003, Galveston, Texas Mr. Roy Langerhans ’48 August 8, 2010, Anson, Texas
Student Mr. Gregory Partridge May 1, 2016, Corning, N.Y.
Mr. Jabby Lowe ’79 October 13, 2015, San Antonio Mr. Myron Mattison Jr. ’65 December 25, 2013, Lubbock, Texas Mr. Joe McCollum ’34 August 21, 2007, Midland, Texas
Mr. Worth McDonald ’58 June 14, 2009, San Antonio
Mr. James Herget April 27, 2016, Kerrville
Mr. Patrick McGuigan ’71 January 2, 2016, Galveston, Texas
Mr. Bill McReynolds December 15, 2014, San Antonio
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James R. Stephen ’57 graduated from Schreiner Institute in May of 1957. Stephen received his B.A. from the University of Texas and then the University of Houston College of Pharmacy. He was a pharmacist in Houston for 50 years until his retirement in 2014. Stephen and his wife, Gloria, live in Houston in the Memorial area. “I really appreciate the advantages that I received by going to the Schreiner High School for my last two years of high school. I think it helped me to develop better study habits and gave me a better background in math and English than I would have received in my hometown high school. Good Luck to you in building a first-class University!”
Bill Birge ’62 writes, “My story is that after I graduated from Schreiner I went on to a career in the United States Marine Corps, which consisted of three tours of Vietnam, 11 years of education courses, and 21 years of “sea stories.” In late 1983, I retired from the Corps and began a second career 23
in business. That same year I joined a local chapter of AMBUCS (a civic group that provides scholarships for therapists and therapeutic tricycles (AmTrykes) for children and veterans). In 2008, I retired from my second career and am devoting much of my active time to my civic group.”
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John Clayton ’68 and his wife, Karen, have two children and two grandchildren. They live in Little River, Calif., where John works for Pinpoint Holdings, Inc., EVP-Emerging Markets. “I am a 30-plus-year telecom veteran.
Working to revive East coast fiber/ cable TV company. Find ‘em and fix ‘em. Still love this business after 40 years!”
David Simpson ’75 resides in Pledger, Texas. “After graduating from Schreiner, I completed my studies at Lamar University. My two years at Schreiner studying and playing golf shaped my life’s direction. I was fortunate to play for Mr. “Monk” Keith. He was a great influence in my life. After Schreiner, I played golf for Lamar University and completed my B.S. degree there. My biggest golf accolade was winning the “Bing Crosby” tournament in Guadalajara, Mexico. After graduation I married and just celebrated my 40-year anniversary. I have been working in the oil and gas industry since 1978. I still play some golf and also travel to many team roping’s around the country. I competed in the World Series of Team Roping Finals in Las Vegas last year. I was blessed with 2 children. My son played golf for TLU and my daughter graduated from the University of Houston. I have 2 wonderful grandchildren that keep me busy.” Summer 2016 SCENE MAGAZINE
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Samuel Snoek-Brown ’99 has two new books coming out this fall. In fall 2014, Snoek-Brown returned to Schreiner, where he reconnected with English professors Dr. William Woods and Dr. Kathleen Hudson as a visiting author. He and Jennifer Snoek-Brown ’99 live in Portland, Ore. where Jennifer has recently earned tenure as a faculty librarian at Mount Hood Community College.
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Raymond Brach ’75 and his wife, Kathryn, live in Las Vegas, Nev. “I have been a pilot for Southwest Airlines since 1988. We have 4 children (3 girls and 1 boy) and 3 grandchildren (2 girls and 1 boy). We do a lot of traveling.”
Nikki Redden Mundkowsky ’88 was appointed as new associate district judgeship for Child Protective Services for Texas counties of Coryel and McClellen. schreiner.edu Summer 2016
Shauna Dodds ’02 and her sister Sarah won their second Grammy in three years for Best Recording Package at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards in February. The sisters, and collaborator Dick Reeves from their Backstage Design Studio in Austin, accepted the accolade for their work on the packaging design for “Still The King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Willis and His Texas Playboys” by Asleep at the Wheel. Jen Hardy ’03 writes, “I moved back to my hometown of Austin in 2009 to take on the head soccercoaching job at Vandegrift High
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School. I teach health and professional communications as well. In my seven years as a head coach, we’ve made it to playoffs every year, including four district titles. In 2014, we were the first Cen-Tex area team, for either boys or girls of any classification in UIL’s 32 years to win a State Championship. We were 4A at that time and also ranked #9 in the nation by the NSCAA. I was honored in the same season to be named NSCAA small-school coach of the year, along with COY by my district and the Austin American Statesman. It has been the highlight of my career. The following season we 22
moved up to 5A and returned to the state tournament to take the silver. I once again received the honor of COY but this time by my peers from TASCO for Region 4 and again from my district. I love the opportunity of working with different athletes to help them improve their game.” Melanie McDaniel Stump ’03 began working for the Schreiner University Advancement Department in January. Richard Coronado ’03 and ’13 writes, “Hope y’all and SU are doing well! All is well with the family. We recently sold our house and will begin construction on acquired family land. I will complete my superintendent certification in May and just received word that I was accepted to the School Improvement Ph.D. program at Texas State and will begin in the fall. I wish all Schreiner alumni the best.”
Wyatt. His big sister, Morgan Lynae loves having a brother and always wants to take him places to show everyone.” Kenneth Bethune ’05 writes, “My law firm has opened a second office in San Antonio, but I have stayed here in Beeville and taken a break from practicing law because my wife and I are opening a small distillery here in town. We are still in the very early stages, but we have a piece of land, a logo and an architect. We hope to have product in the spring of 2017. I’ve brought Travis Arreaga ’05, one of my Schreiner classmates, in to work with us on the project. I continue to work on the local private school board, coach volleyball when I can, and chase around our 10-monthold son who has just learned to walk. Life is good in Beeville.”
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Dominica Nicole Chapman ’04 writes, “My husband and I are both teachers in the Corpus Christi area. On February 5, we welcomed our second child, a boy named Jaxon 21
Cindy Becker ’06 writes, “Who would have thought that in just 10 years, the year I graduated (2006), that the shooting team would have won ACUI Division III Runner-Up National Championships three years in a row (2014-2015-2016). Since 2012, I have
been fortunate to volunteer with an awesome group of young men and women as they pursue their passion for shotgun shooting. I have watched them grow and mature into leaders. Many have graduated and are leading purposeful lives in our changing global society. I cannot tell you how much they have impacted me and how much I have gained from having the opportunity to work alongside these awesome students. Though I prefer to remain in the background, the university honored me for my volunteer service. I look forward to next year’s challenge and opportunity for the shooting team to pursue their goal of winning the national championship title!” Tyler Hill ’07 writes, “On March 31st I debuted the first lighting and furniture collection I designed. One of the fixtures will be appearing in an upcoming episode of FOX network’s ‘Empire’ and another one is featured in the May issue of Architectural Digest. The collection is available thru Mitchell Hill, an interior design firm and retail store based in Charleston, S.C. that I own with husband Michael Mitchell. We visited the campus and I was amazed to see all the amazing new facilities. The four years at Schreiner were among the best of my life and I miss them.” Joy Burditt ’08, writes, “I have had a busy few years since graduation. I began working for Catholic Life Insurance in San Antonio in November 2008 as an annuity and life system validation supervisor in the operations department, and I am now an assistant vice president of operations. During that time I’ve also been blessed to buy a home in Schertz and set down some roots. I look back on my time at Schreiner with Summer 2016 SCENE MAGAZINE
fondness, and I can see God preparing me for the path ahead. I look forward to returning soon to take a walk down memory lane and hopefully visit an old professor or two.”
Edgar Padilla ’10 is provost of Texas State Technical College in Williamson County. He was recently named to the Hutto Area Chamber of Commerce. Lynne Collenback ’12 writes, “Since 2013, I’ve been playing Quidditch, yes Quidditch. It’s the sport created by JK Rowling in the Harry Potter series. It’s a full contact and co-ed sport. Mostly played at the collegiate level, there are community teams. I play on a team based out of Austin called ‘Texas Cavalry.’ We played in the National Cup tournament in Columbia, S.C., in April. We are the number sevenseeded team in the nation. I play starting chaser on the team.”
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Margaret (Gogola) Neans ’10 writes from Anchorage, Alaska, “August ‘Gus’ James Neans was born Feb. 15, 2016, weighing 8 lbs, and 20 inches tall. Doing great and growing faster than I want him to.”
Michelle (Becker) Sullivan ’14 and Cindy Becker ’06 spend the day with SU Class of 2036 hopeful Addison Sullivan. Michelle is a 4th grade teacher at Hill Country Elementary School in Bandera and Cindy works on campus at the assistant to the president and as the staff advisor to the shooting team.
Michelle (Becker) Sullivan ’14 & Cindy Becker ’06
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Doyle Lawhon’s yearbook photo from 1943.
hen Doyle Lawhon left Schreiner to join the war effort in 1943, he planned to return when his service was finished.
As a young man from Pleasanton, Doyle immensely enjoyed his one-year at “the Institute” and still thinks with great affection of the welcoming environment and the people who encouraged him. Before coming to Schreiner, Doyle had not needed to study very much. At Pleasanton High School in the early 1940’s, he was a well-behaved youngster who also happened to excel in sports. How shocked he was to arrive in Kerrville and be introduced for the first time —Doyle Lawhon to academic rigor. “Every important lesson I learned in my life, I learned at Schreiner,” he says now. “Though I never got to go back, I have carried Schreiner with me for more than 70 years! I can smile at everything because I learned at Schreiner to do the best I can every day.”
“I have carried Schreiner with me for more than 70 years!”
To express his appreciation to his old school, Lawhon established an endowed scholarship last year. This was step one in a tandem gift. Then he spent considerable thought and time preparing an estate plan to help that scholarship fund grow. With the help of San Antonio attorney Stephen Lindemood, Doyle created a plan that will positively impact the future forevermore. This “now-and-later” gift plan pleases the retired rancher and fire fighter. He likes to think about all of the young men and women who could not afford to attend Schreiner whom he will be able to help, even beyond his life. He saves Schreiner publications so he can frequently look at photos of Schreiner’s students. “Everyone can do what I have done—at some level,” he says. “And I know every gift helps Schreiner a lot.” As Schreiner works on completing its five-year, $50 million campaign, these tandem gifts can play a significant part. Schreiner can book all planned gifts that are documented with an estimate of worth. As you read this, the “Fulfilling the Promise” Campaign may have reached the $39 million mark. The campaign concludes next year, May 31, 2017. Tandem gifts can provide permanent endowment for a variety of projects—scholarships being the most popular. Perhaps you would like to establish a named endowment now to support academics, performing arts, campus ministry, athletics, maintenance & grounds, the library, or other areas, which an ambitious and feisty college like Schreiner strengthens through gift funding. Named endowments begin at $25,000, which can be paid in yearly installments. It would be my privilege to help you consider possibilities—ones to reduce taxation and ones to make your heart feel warm. As Winston Churchill said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
Karen Davis Kilgore Director of Development and Planned Giving Specialist
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Schreiner’s Newest Alumni
Class of 2016
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Graduation day! It’s been real Schreiner loved every minute of it!
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Here’s to the classmates that turned into family! Wouldn’t have survived college without y’all!
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Honoring Our Own DISTINGUISHED ALUMNUS AND ATHLETIC HALL OF HONOR A 1960 graduate who served his community and state through many years of medical work, service in the state legislature, and volunteer efforts; a golf coach who put the Schreiner program on the map in the 1970s; and an all-star softball player from the early 2000s were honored during Recall 2016. Distinguished Alumnus The Hon. Marvin A. Singleton, M.D. ’60, became a physician, running a successful medical practice for 30 years. His interest in effective healthcare also extended through 12 years in the Missouri state senate and service on the board of the Joplin free medical clinic. After moving to Stockton, Calif., he was president of the San Joaquin Medical Society, and served as a trustee for the California Medical Association and a Stockton homeless shelter. An honors student at Schreiner, he was active in numerous science-related organizations and played on the tennis team. He received the President’s Medal for outstanding contribution to school life, and was president of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society. Singleton earned his medical degree from the University of Tennessee Medical School, and a fellowship in otology from the University of Colorado. In retirement he resides in Fayetteville, Ark., where he is a certified Master Gardener. He enjoys wood carving and traveling the world by air, land and sea. Athletic Hall of Honor Albert B. “Monk” Keith served Schreiner as golf coach from 1966 to 1984, leading the Mountaineers to several junior college conference titles, upper-tier finishes in regional tournaments, and one third-place finish nationally. He was voted national junior college golf coach of the year in 1977. Keith also coached the first women’s golf teams at Schreiner during the 1970s. Remembered by former students as both a trusted counselor and patient coach, Keith and his wife, Helen, were dorm parents for girls living in L. A. Schreiner Hall after the school started on-campus residence facilities for females. Golf was his second professional sport. Keith played baseball in the 1930s for several minor league and semi-pro teams, sharing the diamond with legends such as Dizzy Dean, Lou Gehrig and Joe DiMaggio. He earned the nickname “Monk” when he climbed a backstop in pursuit of a foul ball. After his transition to golf, he served as president of the Texas Professional Golfers Association.
Athletic Hall of Honor Felicia Delgado ’04, was a record-setting Schreiner softball player from 2000 to 2003. As a starting pitcher and first baseman on the Mountaineer teams, she set SU career records for batting average (.358), hits (153), runs batted-in (103), triples (12), doubles (45), pitching wins (40), shut-outs (15) and innings pitched (457). She also holds season records for triples (5 in 2002), doubles (16 in 2003), earned run average (1.39 in 2000) and shutouts (7 in 2000). In 2003 she was named to the American Southwest all-conference softball team and was named player of the year in the ASC West Division. She made the ASC all-West Division squad in 2002. “Felicia had a quiet confidence about her,” said Tricia Hoffman who recruited Delgado and coached her freshman year. “She was on a very even keel, keeping her cool whether she struck out a batter, or hit a screaming double down the line.” Delgado served as a student assistant coach in 2003–2004, before graduating with a Bachelor of Science in biology. She lives in San Antonio where she is a law enforcement officer. To read more visit schreiner.edu/alumni 29
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Third-year Schreiner Women’s Basketball head coach Temaine Wright was named the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Coach-of-the-Year after rallying his SCAC commissioner Mr. Dwayne team from a 1-8 Hanberry and Coach Wright. start to the season to a 10-4 SCAC record which placed the team third in the standings, just one game behind the league’s co-champions. After such a tough start, few outside the program thought that Schreiner could bounce back. But that
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has been a bit of a trademark for Wright’s teams. Each year, SU faces a tough early season schedule, and then uses the experience to come on strong when it’s time to compete against league foes. In his three years, Wright’s teams have either set or tied the school record (NCAA era) for conference wins and winning percentage each year. This year’s team eclipsed the nine-win (SCAC) teams of his first two seasons. The Mountaineers have advanced to the conference tournament each year and have never lost a first-round game. This year’s squad was the first to reach the championship game with a chance to win the tournament title and earn the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. In Wright’s three seasons, the team is a combined 28-14 in league play—easily the best of any women’s basketball head coach since Schreiner joined NCAA Division III in 1999.
WOMEN’S TENNIS The squad finished fourth at the SCAC Championship and was 11-9 overall and 2-3 in the league. An injury to sophomore Abby Knedlik hurt the team in the conference tournament, but the Mountaineers still regrouped to gain a first-round win over TLU. SU loses two seniors but adds a promising recruiting class. Senior, Karyn Swink was named First Team All-SCAC this year. Left to right, head coach Wade Morgan, Karyn Swink, Katie Watts, Kelsey Buczkowski, Alex Wheeler, Kara Miller, Katie Smith, Camila Anguiano, Abby Knedlik, Samantha Sterling and assistant coach Austin Carrola.
MEN’S TENNIS With a young roster, SU had its best record since 2001, going 14-5 overall and 4-1 in the SCAC. They finished in fourth place at the SCAC tournament but had a key injury on the final day of the event that cost the squad a third-place finish. Sophomores Nick Pena and Dayton Hancock led the way, but several freshmen made an instant impact and show promise for the future. Pena was named First Team AllSCAC, and Hancock, senior Josh Ramirez and freshman Hoanh Le all were named Honorable Mention All-SCAC for the spring.
Back row, left to right, assistant coach Austin Carrola, Hoanh Le, Andrew Albright, Nick Pena, Josh Newman, Josh Ramirez, Thomas Lozano, Ryan New, Juan Ortiz, Michael Holder, Ricky Puente, Dayton Hancock and head coach Wade Morgan. Front row, left to right, Isaac Vasquez, Victor Martinez, Christian Casillas, Ben Enriquez and David De los Santos.
BASEBALL The team showed a lot of heart this year and came on strong at the end of the season. Featuring a pitching staff almost entirely of freshmen and sophomores, the team went 5-3 down the stretch, including back-toback series wins over Austin College and at Hardin-Simmons. Freshmen Kolby Kitchens and Caleb Allen led the pitching staff while sophomore Sam Pistrui provided hitting. The team finished 12-28 overall and 5-13 in SCAC play. Pistrui was SU’s lone representative on the All-SCAC squad, earning Honorable Mention.
Back row, left to right, Trevor Wren, Tristain Longoria, JC Kruczkowski, Brad Holmes, Dillon Brown, Montana Hammack, Payton Stanford, Charlie Stewart, Steven Olivas, Aaron Reed, Tomas Garcia and Brandon Tipton. Second row, left to right, Maseo Olearnick, Derrick Vasquez, Kolby Kitchens, Osman Quintana, Gio Datiz, Jaime Perez, Christopher Martinez, Quinton Volovar, Ricky Canales, Chris Resendez, Derek Gonzales, Caleb Allen, Nick Martinez, Alec Swofford and Jonathan Titus. Third row, left to right, Kyle Baird, Adam Brien, Jordan Sotelo, Isaac Cantu, Mikey Garcia, Luis Salazar, Tyler Cook, Bret Hill, Kyle Romaguera, Richie Laurin, Ben Benavides and Brad Earls. Front row, left to right, Tye Ochoa, Sam Pistrui, Nico Cruz, Marco Carreon, Matt Freed, Lance Martin and Connor Ver Schuur.
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MEN’S GOLF The men’s team also featured three freshmen and a sophomore in the top five. The men finished third at the SCAC Tournament, but were only two shots out of the championship in the closest conference finish in league history. Senior Phil Stewart is currently ranked #6 in the nation and could become SU’s first First Team All-American. He earned an individual bid to the National Championship Tournament in May. Stewart was First Team All-SCAC, while sophomore Jacob Gentry and freshman Jake Bell earned Second Team All-SCAC.
Front row, left to right, Phil Stewart, Ian Horne, Adam Bushnell and Jake Bell. Back row, left to right, Jacob Gentry, Casey Thompson, John Tilley and Jason Lopez.
WOMEN’S GOLF The team was very young, featuring three freshmen and a sophomore in the starting five throughout the year. Junior Kaycee Bankert burst onto the national scene with a school-record scoring average of 77.94 and won two tournaments, including the SCAC title. She’s currently ranked #19 in the nation and could become SU’s first All-American. Freshman Lauren Leslie was named the conference’s Freshman of the Year—a first for the program. SU finished runner-up in the SCAC, just six shots back of the champions. Bankert and Leslie both were First Team All-SCAC.
Left to right, Lauren Leslie, Marissa Fallis, Allyson Graybill, Alyssa Holbrook, Courtlynd Miller, Jaimie Hughes, Kaycee Bankert, Piper Gleadhill and Kena Cox.
SOFTBALL Without a senior on the roster, SU struggled early in the season but improved as the year went along. The team finished 9-31 with a SCAC record of 7-17, virtually the same as last year. Sophomores Sydney Christopher and Samantha Cordon led the team with a .366 and .352 batting average respectively. Freshman Alyssa Maki was third at .309. Christopher was named Second Team All-SCAC while Cordon and Maki were each named Honorable Mention All-SCAC.
Bottom row, left to right, Alyssa Reyes, Nichole Schoenherr, Lindsey Martinez, Koral Riggs, Samantha Hernandez, Mia Gonzalez, Jenna Pena and Kasey Tieken. Top row, left to right, Daneece Stewart, Kaycee Govett, Lorena Espinoza, Alyssa Maki, Jessica Vrana, Sarah Worrell, Victoria Ramirez and coach Amy Meyer.
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