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humanities TEXAS ACADEMY OF SCIENCE WINNERS BLACK HERITAGE MONTH FACULTY RESOURCE CENTER BRINGING AMADEUS TO THE STAGE
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THE FACES OF THE HUMANITIES
C A M P U S B E AT 2 President’s Agenda, Dell Exec on Campus,
Texas Academy of Science Winners, Faculty Authors
Ben Chomiak EDITORIAL DIRECTOR
Carrie Johnson ALUMNI NOTES EDITOR
Michelle Martinez, ’01 PHOTO EDITOR & DESIGNER
F E AT U R E S 8 Future Forward 9
E. Brook Haley INTERNS
Mariscela Mendez, ’05 Alicia Tuben, ’04
Keeping St. Edward’s “in the black”
Philanthropy How two foundations are helping adult students attend SEU
CLASSES ON THE EDGE
Hilltop Voices Inner Workings The Faculty Resource Center: Training professors to use technology in the classroom
ST. EDWARD’S UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT
George E. Martin, PhD
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VICE PRESIDENT OF UNIVERSITY ADVANCEMENT
Michael F. Larkin VICE PRESIDENT OF MARKETING
Paige Booth DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS
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The Faces of the Humanities The Artists
The Designers The Linguists The Musicians The Philosophers The Photographers The Storytellers
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When you see this symbol, visit “The Faces of the Humanities” online gallery — and access photos, paintings, essays, short stories, poems, performances and songs from the humanities superstars featured in this issue.
The Theologians The Writers Classes on the Edge From the ethics of genetics to sacred music, explore four humanities classes that blur boundaries of all sorts
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Script to Stage Sit center stage and experience Mary Moody Northen Theatre’s production of Amadeus
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Alumni Notes Photos from Homecoming 2004 How to Recruit for SEU
A series of sculptures by Cheri Kunert, ’02, MLA ’04, unmasks the concept of identity. Like Kunert’s sculptures, the humanities at St. Edward’s help students uncover their academic and artistic talents. Meet the faces of the humanities on page 12. JON PATTILLO
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PRESIDENT’S AGENDA President George E. Martin balances local and national civic commitments, membership and leadership roles in higher education organizations, receptions with alumni, and meetings and events right here on campus — efforts focused on continuing to attain national recognition for the transformative educational experience St. Edward’s provides to students. Here’s a glimpse of what keeps President Martin busy. JANUARY Wye Faculty Board Meeting Washington, D.C. President Martin sits on the Wye Faculty Governing Board, a partnership between the American Association of Colleges & Universities and the Aspen Institute. At the meeting, members discussed the Wye seminar, which brings liberal arts faculty members from across the country together to discuss “Citizenship and the American Polity” each summer.
Council of Independent Colleges Presidents Institute San Diego, Calif. Nearly 300 independent college and university presidents attended the 2004 Presidents Institute, one of the largest gatherings of its kind in the country. As an invited panelist at the event, President Martin shared the successes of the university’s College Assistance Migrant Program in educating low-income students.
COURTESY OF THE COUNCIL OF INDEPENDENT COLLEGES
FEBRUARY Homecoming 2004 St. Edward’s
Association of Catholic Colleges & Universities Executive Committee Meeting Washington, D.C. President Martin has served on ACCU’s Board of Directors since 1999 and chairs the organization’s membership and investment committees. This year’s ACCU annual conference brought together Catholic educators from across the country to discuss the theme “Catholic Higher Education: Sending the Right Message.”
The mission of the Office of Career Planning is to provide past and present students at St. Edward’s the tools and strategies they need for successful careers. This spring, the office was doing just that.
Brother Lucian Blersch Symposium: Scientific Modeling From Abstraction to Reality St. Edward’s At the fourth annual symposium, speakers from the Mayo Clinic, UT–Austin’s McDonald Observatory and DePauw University presented research on how computer modeling aids scientists in medicine, mathematics and astronomy.
Ballet Austin Board of Directors Meeting Austin President Martin has served on the board since 2001 and sits on the CORE committee: Community, Outreach and Education.
Brother Lucian Blersch, CSC
At the 107th annual Texas Academy of Science meeting in March, seven students from St. Edward’s presented papers, and three earned “Best Paper” awards. Mary Avery, ’04, Mathematics major, took first place honors with her talk, “Reconstructing Convex Polyhedra from a Single Directed X-ray.” Biology major Patricia Hayes, ’04, earned third place with “Molecular and Phylogenetic Analysis of the Cynobacterial Order Oscillatoriales Based on Sequence Analysis from the 16S–23S Ribosomal RNA Internal Transcribed Spaces Region.” And Biology major Wilfried Foadey, ’04, received honorable mention for his paper, “Isolation and Comparison of Selected Plant EPSPS Coding Regions to Better Understand the Evolution of Glyphosate Resistance.” Additionally, Professor of Biology Jimmy Mills received the Distinguished Service Award for his work as the Collegiate Academy Counselor for the past 10 years.
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211 Texas United Way Advisory Committee Meeting Austin President Martin was selected by Texas United Way to spearhead a statewide project to develop a 211 telephone response system that will provide free referrals to health and human services, community organizations and disaster relief agencies.
STUDENTS WIN AT TEXAS ACADEMY OF SCIENCE COMPETITION
Heartland Conference Dallas President Martin, who has served as president of the NCAA Division II Heartland Conference President’s Council since 2002, presided over the spring meeting to discuss progress on the group’s strategic goals for conference membership, funding and student-athlete activities.
Alumni Reception Bahrain
Throughout the semester, Career Planning offered more than 15 career workshops on topics including interviewing, résumés and cover letters, internships, dressing for success, and “Confessions of a Hiring Manager.” Panels of professionals also shared real-world expertise in diverse fields including psychology, public service, public relations, finance, the arts, human resources and journalism. In March, more than 300 students attended a career and internship fair featuring 75 employers from the corporate, governmental and social services arenas. For more information about Career Planning services — which are available to students and alumni — visit www.stedwards.edu/cpel.
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University Magazine. I receive alumni publications from three universities, and this is the nicest that I’ve ever received. Michael Kioni Dudley, ’63 Kapolei, Hawaii Feb. 24
Congratulations on the most recent issue of St. Edward’s University Magazine [“Living the Mission”]. As a Holy Cross Brother who is not an alumnus [of St. Edward’s], but who works with our Holy Cross educational institutions, assisting them in living the mission, I was very moved and proud. Brother Thomas A. Dziekan, CSC Notre Dame, Ind. Feb. 27
Several distinguished speakers visited campus this spring, sponsored by programs across disciplines. Highlights included: In January, J. Robert Ouimet, CEO of Canadian processedfoods company Cordon Bleu, discussed the integration of economic and human systems management with students, faculty and staff. Ouimet and his Robert Ouimet managers provide onsite nondenominational meditation rooms, coordinate group service projects, and host guest speakers to emphasize and build upon “brotherhood, solidarity, human dignity, faith and hope.” Ouimet’s visit was sponsored by the university’s Center for Ethics and Leadership.
In March, James C. VanderKam, the University of Notre Dame’s John A. O’Brien Professor of Hebrew Scriptures, presented “The Dead Sea Scrolls and the New Testament” on James C. VanderKam campus. VanderKam is a member of the editorial committee charged with translating the unpublished Dead Sea Scrolls. He has published more than 100 essays and six books, including his most recent book, The Meaning of the Dead Sea Scrolls. He also is co–editor-inchief of The Encyclopedia of the Dead Sea Scrolls and serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Biblical Literature and Vetus Testamentum. John F. Burke, professor of Political Science at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, presented his latest book, Mestizo
I always enjoy staying up with developments at St. Edward’s through St. Edward’s University Magazine, but this issue [“100 Years”] was something special — you did have 100 years to work with, didn’t you? I have always loved Main Building, but the narrative and photography truly bring home to me why all of us love the old building so much. It links faith, learning, strength, artistic beauty and efficiency in an extraordinary way. Bishop John E. McCarthy Diocese of Austin, 1985–2001 Austin Nov. 17, 2003
The picture [of Robert Ragsdale’s plane on the back cover of the Fall 2003 issue] brought back a lot of memories. I soloed in a similar plane on a farm in back of St. Edward’s — I think my instructor might have been Robert Ragsdale. I went on to receive my wings as a Navy pilot. John L. Kohler Jr., ’42 Dallas Nov. 18, 2003
Lucy Pinto Bland, LTC/AN, ’72 Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio Dec. 20, 2003
I loved the pictures of Father Moreau’s haunts in the Winter 2004 issue of St. Edward’s
I just received the latest issue of St. Edward’s University Magazine here in western Iraq. I’m a member of the U.S. Army Reserve, serving as a nurse anesthetist with the 945th Forward Surgical Team. Maybe it’s because I’m so very far from 3001 South Congress, both literally and figuratively, but the stories about Main Building were especially evocative of comforting memories. The mention of Brothers Simon Scribner and Stephen Walsh, Sisters Ann Virginia Bowling and Mary Mercy Geohegan, and Richard Hughes and Virginia Dailey immediately brought to mind special people in a special place. It’s been more than 30 years since I “lived” in the enriching and supportive environment of St. Edward’s University, yet the friendships forged at East and Teresa halls are still intact today.
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Democracy, on campus in March. An expert on multicultural issues, Burke discussed his analysis of democratic theory and multiculturalism and a model for cultivating a community ready to embrace cultural diversity. In his book, Burke applies this model to social issues including official languages, voting and civic participation, and free trade.
Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz, professor of Moral Theology at Drew University in New Jersey, presented the lecture “Rethinking Diversity: Setting an All-Inclusive Table” in March. Isasi-Diaz is a renowned Hispanic Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz women’s theologian and the author of numerous books and articles, including Mujerista Theology.
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OFFICERS Chair, Jim A. Smith Vice Chair, Myra A. McDaniel Treasurer, F. Gary Valdez, MBA ’78 Secretary, Stephen Jones, MBA ’94
MEMBERS John Bauer, ’62 Brother Donald Blauvelt, CSC, ’67 Roxann Thomas Chargois Manuel Chavez Margaret Crahan Brother Richard Critz, CSC, ’72 Isabella Cunningham Brother Richard Daly, CSC, ’61 Carolyn Lewis Gallagher Timothy F. Gavin, ’76 Brother Richard Gilman, CSC, ’65 Monsignor Elmer Holtman Margie Diaz Kintz Roger Kintzel Gregory A. Kozmetsky, ’70 Edward E. Leyden, ’64 Victor Miramontes Kevin O’Connor, ’73 Theodore R. Popp, ’60 J. William Sharman Jr., hs ’58 Ian J. Turpin Donna Van Fleet Robert Weiss Melba Whatley Peter Winstead
EX OFFICIO George E. Martin James E. Payne Eliseo Elizondo, ’87, MBA ’98 Lucy Garcia, ’04
T RU S T E E S E M E R I T I Charles A. Betts Edward M. Block, ’50 Guy Bodine, hs ’68 Leslie Clement Fred D. George, ’69 Lavon P. Philips Bill Renfro
B LACK HERITAGE MONTH The St. Edward’s community celebrated Black Heritage Month in February. The Student Life Office, Students of African Heritage Association and University Programming Board co-sponsored events including a voter registration drive, a “Mardi Gras meets Carnival” celebration (left), an African jewelry sale, and a discussion of the PBS documentary Two Towns of Jasper, which examined the aftermath of a racially motivated murder in the Texas town. With the School of Humanities and the Writer’s League of Texas, Student Life and SAHA co-sponsored “A Salute to African-American Writers,” which featured the video Mirrors and Windows — a conversation with Lucille Clifton and Sonia Sanchez. The event also featured a panel of writers including nationally recognized slam poet Tara Betts and Quraysh Lansana, director of the Gwendolyn Brooks Center for Black Literature and Creative Writing at Chicago State University.
D ELL EXEC ON CAMPUS Kevin Rollins (right), president and chief operating officer of Dell Inc., spoke to Graduate School of Management students, alumni and faculty in January as the inaugural guest of the school’s Distinguished Speaker Series. He will become CEO of Dell in July. Rollins discussed the company’s “The Soul of Dell” initiative — an endeavor to promote a corporate culture that sustains not only profits but also employee integrity and satisfaction. The initiative includes a training program to help managers balance performance with inspirational leadership. Dell also implemented an ethics hotline for employees to anonymously report suspected infractions and “Tell Dell” surveys for employees to rate their managers’ performances. Marrying such a leadership model with globalization is difficult, Rollins told the audience: “The biggest challenge is how fast can you grow, adding and training new people, and still turn the crank on the machine expertly.” The key, he said, is to think globally and to lead.
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“Students today have to have a mindset that we now are in a global world,” he advised. “You can be a student of leadership and you can improve yourself and become a much better leader, even a great leader.”
St. Edward’s University Board of Trustees
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Bianca Aguilar, ’04 Kay Arnold, ’04 Danielle Baker, ’04 Amy Bush, MLA ’04 Elizabeth Morin Durón, ’04 Paul Hagey, ’02, MLA ’04 Luz Hinojosa, ’04 Sophia Lafontant, ’04 Allison McKissack, MLA ’04 Laura Prendergast, ’04 Anita Ramos, ’04 Rachel Tydlacka, ’04
INTERNATIONAL FACULTY EXCHANGE Gary Pletcher, assistant professor of Management, is teaching Strategic Management: Thinking Strategically in a Global World to MBA students at Fachhochschule Koblenz in Koblenz, Germany, this May. He also is speaking at an international business conference hosted by the city of Koblenz. Pletcher’s appointment coincides with the 10th anniversary of the partnership between St. Edward’s and Fachhochschule Koblenz. Pletcher chairs the MBA Business Management and Global Business concentrations and directs the MBA Seminar in Foreign Business, which combines academic research on globalization with a weeklong immersion in a foreign economy. He also helped to plan the MBA concentration in Health Care Management. Pletcher is the first professor from St. Edward’s to teach in Koblenz. His counterpart, Clemens Büter, professor of Foreign Trade and International Business at Fachhochschule Koblenz, taught International Business Relations to students in the MBA and Master of Science in Organizational Leadership and Ethics programs last fall at St. Edward’s.
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Barbara Filippidis Professor of English
What do you enjoy most about teaching at St. Edward’s? I most enjoy working closely with students, meeting them as freshmen and seeing how they develop. I especially like to work with students on projects like the Honors Program Senior Thesis and papers for the English Literature Senior Seminar. It’s so exciting to see students present their work. What is your favorite on-campus event? Why? Graduation. It’s very moving to see the students and their families celebrate what they’ve accomplished. If you weren’t a professor, what would you be? A beach bum so I could enjoy the relaxation of being at the beach and have a beautiful place to walk and swim, read and reflect. Describe your most recent travel experience. Over Christmas break, I attended the Modern Language Association conference in San Diego, Calif., and then spent several days in coastal towns. I especially liked the nature preserve at Torrey Pines and walking on the beach under the bluffs. Along with the natural beauty, there was a gallery of whimsical rock sculptures made by selecting and stacking loose rocks. I remembered Kavala, my husband’s hometown in Greece, where I visited some glorious beaches when we were first married. What is your favorite animal? Why? I especially like cats, and we always end up with strays. Kerbey found us one night at Kerbey Lane Cafe on Lamar. While we were eating, she kept peering through the front door. When we came out, she was playing in the street, ignoring the busy traffic, so we couldn’t leave her there. What is your favorite book? Why? Marilynne Robinson’s Housekeeping. Anyone who sees my packed office knows that housekeeping is a challenge for me. Robinson writes with such precision and beauty, and I enjoy the reflective, philosophical mood. One of my favorite parts is the account of how a character uses a Good Housekeeping magazine to put out a small fire. If you could have a conversation with anyone in history, who would it be? Why? Shakespeare. I would just let him talk about his experience of life and his poetry and plays. My next choices would be Elizabeth I and then the mystic Julian of Norwich. What quotation is meaningful to you? Stephen King on revision: “Only God gets things right the first time.” Filippidis holds a BA in English Literature from Lamar University and an MA and PhD in English Literature from the University of Houston. She directs the Honors Program and received the university’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 2003.
Each year the Presidential Awards are presented to seniors and graduate students who have excelled in leadership, scholarship and service. This year, 12 Class of 2004 graduates were recognized at Honors Night ceremonies in May. Awardees are:
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FAC U LT Y B O O K S H E L F Hamilton Beazley had his fifth book, No Regrets: A Ten-Step Program for Living in the Present and Leaving the Past Behind, published by John Wiley & Sons in January. The book has been covered in publications including Investor’s Business Daily and Woman’s Day. Beazley joined the Graduate School of Management as Scholar-in-Residence this spring. An expert in servant leadership, organizational spirituality and evolving leadership forms, he earned a BA from Yale University, an MBA from Southern Methodist University and a PhD from George Washington University. Brother George Klawitter, CSC, professor of English, authored After Holy Cross, Only Notre Dame: The Life of Brother Gatian (Urbain Monsimer) in 2003. Published by iUniverse Inc. in October, the biography uses archival material to chronicle the life of one of the University of Notre Dame’s seven founders. Brother George earned a BA from the University of Notre Dame, an MA from the University of Michigan and a PhD from the University of Chicago. He has published 11 books, including Let Orpheus Take Your Hand, which won the 2001 Gival Press Poetry Contest.
Mary Z. Last, assistant professor of Computer Information Science, co-authored three textbooks on Microsoft Access that were published by Course Technology last winter. With Gary Shelly, Thomas Cashman and Philip Pratt, Last wrote Introductory Concepts and Techniques, Complete Concepts and Techniques and Comprehensive Concepts and Techniques. Last earned a BA from Immaculata College, an MBA from Drexel University and a PhD from Kingston University. Paula Marks, ’78, associate professor of American Studies, co-authored Texas: Crossroads of North America with Ron Tyler and Jesús F. de la Teja in 2003. The college textbook of Texas history was published by Houghton Mifflin in November. Marks is the author of five other books and recently completed a set of annotated letters, When Will the Weary War Be Over? The Civil War Letters of the Maverick Family of San Antonio, for the Book Club of Texas. She earned a BA from St. Edward’s and an MA and PhD from UT–Austin. Joseph Pluta, professor of Economics, recently published two books. The Story of Economics, released by Copley Publishing
Group of Boston, is a history of economic ideas from ancient times to the present. Consumers, Competition, and Corporations, released by CAT Publishing of Redding, Calif., is an applied microeconomics text. Pluta has written 11 books and more than 40 articles and book reviews in professional economics, business and history journals. He earned a BA and MA from the University of Notre Dame and a PhD from UT–Austin. Stephen Taber, instructor of Biology, coauthored Insects of the Texas Lost Pines with Scott Fleenor of UT–Austin. Released by Texas A&M University Press in July 2003, the book catalogues more than 280 species of invertebrates including insects, millipedes, spiders, scorpions, mollusks and worms. Taber has written two books, Fire Ants and The World of the Harvester Ants, and has coauthored three others with Fleenor. Taber earned a BS from Texas A&M, an MS from Texas Tech and a PhD from UT–Austin.
SPRING SYMPOSIA FEATURE STUDENT RESEARCH
The Fourth Annual Brother Lucian Blersch Symposium, held March 26, showcased three experts in scientific modeling: Underwood Dudley, professor of Mathematics at DePauw University; David L. Lambert, director of the McDonald Observatory and professor of Astronomy at UT–Austin; and Bernard F. Morrey, biomechanics researcher at the Mayo Clinic.
Following the Lucian Symposium, 68 graduating students presented research on topics in Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Computer Science and Mathematics at the 12th Annual Senior Seminar Symposium.
Two alumni and 11 students presented creative and scholarly work at the Second Annual Master of Liberal Arts Symposium of Student Research on April 1. Robert Utley, a 25-year veteran of the National Park Service who has chronicled the history of the American West and published 14 books, gave the keynote address.
More than 100 students presented research and projects at the Third Annual SOURCE, Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression, on April 2. Over 40 faculty members also participated, either by mentoring students or facilitating sessions. Amanda
Fifteen students presented projects at the Honors Thesis Symposium on April 23, including Tessa Bourgoin, ’04, who researched and designed pictograms for a zoo, and Wellington Chew, ’04, who completed a photo-documentary of the Montopolis neighborhood in East Austin.
Wiginton Harrist, a specialist in the development of children’s social competence and assistant professor at Oklahoma State University, delivered the keynote address.
Five on-campus symposia offered opportunities for students to hear from experts and to present original research this semester. Topics ranged from piano compositions and metal photochemistry to a Vietnam veteran’s memoir and an investigation of wireless network security.
Michele Kay, ’02, MLA ’05 (left), presents “Shunning the Tower of Babel: Embracing a Mother Tongue” at the MLA Symposium. Haley Lowe, ’04 (above left), and Liza McCown, ’04, display creative works at SOURCE with Associate Professor of Art Stan Irvin.
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St. Edward’s University student-athletes showed their talent not only on the field but also in the classroom last semester. The overall GPA for student-athletes was 3.08 — 65 percent earned a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and 15 earned a perfect 4.0 GPA. During the fall and winter seasons, student-athletes earned 23 Player of the Week awards, 17 AllConference honors and two All-Region accolades.
St. Edward’s University was named one of the “Top 100 Schools Graduating Hispanics” and a “Publisher’s Pick” by the national academic journal The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education in 2003. The “Publisher’s Pick” schools were selected based on questionnaires sent to university presidents nationwide, as well as graduation and retention rates of Hispanic students. Out of a possible 3,800 colleges and universities across the country, only 500 were recognized as “Publisher’s Picks.” More than 26 percent of students at St. Edward’s are Hispanic.
St. Edward’s was selected as one of 12 Council of Independent Colleges Founding Institutions for the national project Foundations of Excellence in the First Year of College. The project will develop a model of excellence based on programs and practices from founding institutions that reflect efforts to provide a superior first-year experience for students. Founding institutions were selected based on their prior commitment to first-year students as well as demographic and geographic characteristics.
The 2003 edition of Sorin Oak Review, the university’s student-produced creative and literary journal, received first place with special merit in the American Scholastic Press Association’s 2003 annual magazine competition. The journal received 975 points out of a possible 1,000, including perfect scores in content coverage, presentation and creativity. This year’s recognition marks the third consecutive year the ASPA has recognized Sorin Oak Review with its highest distinction.
The university’s Marketing Office received seven awards from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education in 2004 district competition. St. Edward’s University Magazine received the gold award for four-color magazines. All aspects of the publication, from concept to audience response, were considered in the judging process. The Winter 2004 “Living the Mission” cover received a silver award, and Steven Scardina’s photographs from “The Spirit of Holy Cross” (Winter 2004) received the gold award for black-and-white photography series. “Our Catholic Character,” a brochure produced by Campus Ministry and the Marketing Office, received a silver award. The university’s “Learn to think” image advertising campaign received a silver award for print advertising and a bronze award for television spots. Horizon, a daily e-newsletter for faculty and staff, earned a bronze award.
The “Learn to think” campaign earned three awards in the 19th Annual Admissions Advertising Awards, sponsored by Admissions Marketing Report: a gold award for total advertising campaign and silver awards for radio advertising series and television advertising series.
Sean Donahue was selected Heartland Conference Volleyball Coach of the Year.
Erika Figueiredo, ’05, was named Heartland Conference Volleyball Player of the Year for the third straight season. She also was named third-team All-American by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.
Heather Koudelka, ’07, was named Heartland Conference Women’s Soccer Goalkeeper of the Year and was ranked #4 nationally in goals-against average.
In October, Golfstat ranked the freshman class of the men’s golf team #1 in the country.
Two Hilltopper basketball players scored their 1,000th career points. Men’s guard Cyrus Russell, ’04, reached the milestone in his third year with the Hilltoppers on Dec. 29, when the men defeated UT–Permian Basin 73-60. Women’s forward Zsatasha Scott, ’04, celebrated her 1,000th point on the road against Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Mo., on Feb. 14.
The volleyball team won the 2003 Heartland Conference Tournament finals and competed in the NCAA Division II Tournament. In the final American Volleyball Coaches Association poll of the season, the Hilltoppers ranked #23.
The women’s soccer team ended the season with 14 wins and five losses, the best finish in the team’s 13-year history.
In December, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association ranked the men’s tennis team #29 and the women’s tennis team #23. In men’s singles, Kendall Smashey, ’06, ranked #40.
Additionally, St. Edward’s is one of 50 NCAA member institutions accepted into the CHAMPS/Life Skills program for 2004. The program supports university efforts to enhance the quality of the student-athlete experience.
Other notable accomplishments from the fall and winter sports seasons:
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Reporting by Mia Allen, E. Brook Haley, Stacia Hernstrom and Carrie Johnson.
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Keeping the University Budget “in the Black”
Balancing the university’s budget is more complex than balancing your checkbook. Yet, what we do to make sure our checkbooks aren’t overdrawn and our families have the necessities covered — and if we’re lucky, a few perks to enjoy — is akin to how St. Edward’s University regulates its spending and maximizes its resources. It’s a process that Dave Dickson, vice president of Financial Affairs, has been managing since 1975. “When I joined the university as controller 29 years ago, St. Edward’s had a $1.2 million operating debt that resulted from past deficit spending. My first task was to develop a balanced budget so St. Edward’s could live within its means,” Dickson explained. “Then I devoted seven to eight years to erasing the university’s past operating debt. Once that happened, the university’s financial situation began to improve steadily.” In fact, the St. Edward’s budget has operated “in the black” since Dickson’s first year on the job, owing in part to his philosophy of financial management. Besides eschewing deficit spending, he focuses on building the university’s endowment. “The endowment is critical to the university’s future,” Dickson said. “Endowment funds pay a portion of educational costs,
which means that the full cost of attending St. Edward’s is never borne by students. Endowment also supports scholarships, academic programs and faculty research.” The endowment is built primarily by donations, he says. The university invests, but can never spend, the endowment’s principal. A portion of the earnings — about 5 percent of a three-year moving average — is used for operating expenses or specific projects. Also, a portion of the earnings is reinvested into the endowment to maintain the fund’s purchasing power. During Dickson’s tenure, the endowment has grown from $1 million to $42 million, as of Feb. 29. And Dickson says the university has more work to do. “Eventually, we would like the endowment to be between $100 and $150 million to meet the university’s needs while we grow. A strong endowment will enable us to maintain the personalized approach that has always characterized a St. Edward’s education. “The university’s nature is to continually improve, as evidenced by the recent top-tier ranking in U.S. News & World Report. Such recognition will attract prospective students and donors and will lead to greater financial strength for St. Edward’s.”
How does St. Edward’s devise its operating budget? 1. After creating a revenue estimate based on a number slightly lower than the current fall enrollment, the vice president of Financial Affairs and university controller develop a preliminary budget that keeps costs constant. 2. Cost-center managers — for university units like the School of Education, the Student Life Office or Physical Plant — determine their budget needs. The results become an initial comprehensive budget. 3. A budget council made up of vice presidents, two faculty members appointed by the faculty compensation committee and a member of the president’s staff meet with cost-center managers. The council then allocates resources to most effectively meet the university’s strategic priorities. The net result: a balanced budget.
How is the university paying for new facilities? The university has three methods for financing the master plan, which calls for up to 12 new facilities. Two of those facilities, Trustee Hall and Basil Moreau Hall, have already been completed. 1. Fundraising for academic, student life, recreational and administrative facilities. 2. Borrowed money to construct facilities that pay for themselves, like residence halls that generate revenue through room and board payments. 3. Operating funds from the budget for infrastructure like roads, parking and landscaping.
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The Dougherty & Burkitt Foundations:
New Roles in Advancement
Helping Adult Students Attend St. Edward’s
University Advancement underwent reorganization in December 2003 to provide better support to schools and programs at St. Edward’s. The changes, accomplished within the same budget, increased the number of staff involved in direct contact with constituents. The University Advancement directors are: Michael Larkin, vice president Mollie O’Hara Butler, executive director of development Rachel Reitmeyer, director of development for the schools of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Education and Humanities Nicole Nicholson, director of development for the School of Natural Sciences, New College, the Holy Cross Institute and other mission-related programs
Lisa Lee, director of development for the Graduate School of Management, School of Business Administration and athletics
Adults who enroll at St. Edward’s to finish (or start) their undergraduate degrees often juggle full-time work and family responsibilities. Since most federal and state aid is not available to these nontraditional, older-than-average students, the financial burden of college tuition and textbook costs can often create roadblocks on their paths to a college degree. That’s why the James R. Dougherty Jr. Foundation and The Burkitt Foundation Perpetual Fund established scholarships for adult students in 1978. Since then, the two scholarship funds combined have helped more than 50 students. Jody Linn Willis, ’03 (above), knows firsthand the impact of these scholarships. The Dougherty Foundation scholarship she received last year came at a critical time: She had just lost her job and was having a hard time covering her tuition costs. A wife and
mother, she had enrolled in New College, the adult undergraduate program at St. Edward’s, to finish her college degree and boost her earning potential. “I am one of those students who relied solely on financial assistance to obtain my degree,” Willis said. “The Dougherty Foundation scholarship put me right where I needed to be in order to continue my studies.” Willis admits that money fueled her initial drive to finish her college degree. “At first, I just wanted to contribute more to my family to help make ends meet,” she said. “But as I took more classes at St. Edward’s, my focus became more about bettering myself and using that self-growth to contribute to my family and those around me.” Last August, Willis graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Finance. She currently
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works in property and operations management for Southwest Strategies Group, a commercial real estate brokerage and investment firm. And after two semesters away from school, she’s ready for more classes. This summer, she’ll begin work on her MBA at St. Edward’s. For more information about making a gift to support nontraditional students at St. Edward’s, contact Nicole Nicholson at 512-233-1443 or email@example.com.
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ate as usual, I pulled into the driveway of my son’s school, only to find the iron gate closed. “C’mon,” I thought. “I know I’m late, but did they have to lock the gate?” Determined to get inside, Caleb and I stepped into the cold, wet February air and hiked up the steep hill to the building. As we walked through the empty parking lot, I tried not to notice the odd stillness that surrounded us. Still holding onto hope, I peeked into Caleb’s darkened classroom windows and saw miniature chairs upside down on top of miniature tables, and the multicolored group-time rug sat as empty as the parking lot:
The school was closed. I stood there in selfabsorbed shock, finally remembering that it was Presidents’ Day — no school. I realized the school was not going to open, no matter how long I waited. My shock faded into one of those classic “mom moments” when defeat disguises itself as wisdom and giving up seems reasonable. But I knew I had class myself, so Caleb would have to join me on the St. Edward’s campus. We buckled ourselves back in the car, and as I drove, he sang a lively little tune about going to mommy’s school while I worried what my professors would think when I arrived with my son in tow.
When we entered my Theories of Rhetoric and Composition class, I walked toward Brother John Perron, CSC, expecting him to recoil as my three-foot terror moved in to take claim of his class. Casting an apologetic glance toward Caleb, I nervously whispered, “Don’t worry. I’ll take the quiz, and we’ll leave.” Brother John smiled. “Stay, Lauren. He’ll be fine.” With these kind words, my expectations for a failed day evaporated, and Caleb and I settled in to learn more on the taxonomy of the English language. At first, he sat quietly while the class took the quiz. But eventually, his patience succumbed to his threeyear-old’s energy, and he began rolling around under the tables, inspecting carpet fuzz and the other students’ book bags. At least my son enjoyed his holiday — and I passed the quiz. Brother John’s acceptance of Caleb that cold February morning represents the inviting warmth of every St. Edward’s staff or faculty member I have been blessed to meet. People like Mary Rist, assistant professor of English, who encouraged me to explore Caleb’s attempts to speak like an adult for my conversation analysis paper, or Marcia Kinsey, associate professor of English, who, after I was in her class for only one semester, asks about my son every time she sees me. There are also people like Pam Vander Werf, director of Student Life, and Stacia Hernstrom, assistant editorial director, who saw beyond the time constraints of motherhood and gave me the opportunity to edit the 2004 Sorin Oak Review, the university’s award-winning creative journal. Luckily Presidents’ Day only happens once a year, so most mornings Caleb goes to his school and rolls around on the multicolored group-time rug with his friends. But if I do bring Caleb with me to a class, I don’t worry about smuggling him in or hiding him under my chair. Thanks to our caring faculty and staff, St. Edward’s is a place where I am proud to bring my son, and now Caleb and I both sing a lively little tune about going to mommy’s school. Hilltop Voices features perspectives on the St. Edward’s experience in the words of students, alumni and other members of the university community. This essay was written by English Writing and Rhetoric major Lauren Montz, ’05, as part of Instructor Stacia Hernstrom’s Magazine Writing class.
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FACULTY RESOURCE CENTER
turning professors into tech experts
By Michelle Martinez, ’01
PowerPoint. Digital imaging. HTML. Learning to use modern technological tools in the classroom requires a lot of hard work. Luckily, the Faculty Resource Center has the solution for professors at St. Edward’s who are not as tech-savvy as they would like to be. Located on the third floor of Moody Hall, the FRC helps faculty members integrate technology into classroom lectures and materials. The FRC houses Macintosh G5 computers and Windows PCs, flatbed and film scanners, audio and video editing equipment, and two new digital editing bays. In addition, the center offers software that faculty can check out. On any given day, educators stop by the office to learn how to build web pages, use new software or check their e-mail. Others use
the facility to edit digital footage for classroom presentations. “The assistance of the FRC staff stimulates me to continue to develop technological resources for my classroom,” said Associate Professor Paula Marks, ’78, who uses the FRC about four times a semester. “I also get to talk with other professors who are working in the center on more sophisticated presentations and follow their examples for developing projects.” The FRC, along with Student Computing, Technical Support Services, the Help Desk, the Web Team, Instructional Computing and Media Services, is part of Instructional Technology. Together, the groups provide support through computing and media labs, technical assistance in the use of hardware and software, and a range of training classes.
IT serves the university community by offering technical leadership, education and support essential for a premier learning environment. “We enjoy helping professors with their media needs,” said FRC Manager Eric Trimble, ’98. “It’s important to teach them how to use the equipment because as technology evolves, so do the needs of students.” Instructional Computing Coordinator Rui Li, Online Course Coordinator Lisa Barnett, Raul A. Cabezas, ’04, and Vidya Ved, MBA ’04, also assist faculty in the center. “The FRC is a wonderful resource for me as a technology-challenged professor,” said Marks. “I am increasingly able to use the technology at my disposal to enhance students’ learning experiences and my own in the classroom.”
the faces of the
humanities Written by Stephanie Elsea, E. Brook Haley, Stacia Hernstrom, Carrie Johnson, Michelle Martinez, ’01, Patrick Ricci & Karen Stolz
Photography by Jon Pattillo
“It’s an odd word, humanities,” says John Updike, winner of two Pulitzer Prizes and a 2003 National Humanities Medal. “No scientist can quite describe the sensations of being alive and the predicament — the bind — of being human.”
If Updike declines to define “humanities,” we will, too. We’ll employ a metaphor instead. Meet Cheri Kunert, ’02, MLA ’04 (left). For her graduate thesis in the Master of Liberal Arts program, Kunert examined the concept of identity by creating clay masks of a handful of volunteers. Then, she asked them to answer questions about how they perceived themselves and the world around them. She incorporated their responses into her sculptures, which will soon form an outdoor art exhibit on campus. Consider Kunert’s models as students. Consider their perceptions of identity as the individual “predicaments” they bring to being human. And consider sculpture the lens through which
their identities are explored. This exploration — When you see this symbol, visit “The Faces of the Humanities” online gallery — and access photos, paintings, essays, short stories, poems, performances and songs from the humanities superstars featured here.
seen through Kunert’s faces — is the humanities. The 50 faces on the next 20 pages are also the humanities — students, alumni, faculty and staff whose academic pursuit of “the sensations of being alive” inspired us.
photographed in the drawing studio, Fine Arts Center
LINDA MARTINEZ, ’06 Before Linda Martinez bought her first car in January, she taught herself to haggle using the Internet. The month before, she taught herself to drive (with the help of a driving school in Valparaiso, Ind.). In high school, she taught herself to paint. And sculpt. And sew. But she always wanted to be a biologist. Now, she’s combining her passions to become a medical illustrator. Her work has earned her scholarships from the Stillwater Foundation and the National Hispanic Scholarship Fund. And she’s serving others through her art. As vice president of the on-campus service organization Rotoract, she orchestrated a yearlong mural-painting project at the Texas School for the Deaf, and she presented work in the annual senior art exhibit this spring. How does she do it? “Thomas Edison banged pots together to wake himself up. I drink Mountain Dew. I have to paint or I’ll go nuts.”
GONZALES, ’04 8 CAROL Carol Gonzales has 300 gallons of “oops” paint from home-improvement stores in her dining room. She snaps up colors others call mistakes and integrates them into paintings, drawings and collages. Not to mention her other tools — tree bark, coffee grounds, nail polish, swizzle sticks, drywall, pencil shavings and “anything else that transports paint.” She scours books for ideas, brainstorming until she’s exhausted. She counted the results once: 2,000 designs, half of which she finished. The thirst to create permeates her professional life, too: During eight years with the U.S. Air Force, she always managed to incorporate art into her work — and she received “Best in the European Command” recognition for her art when she served in England. Once five credits shy from a Communication degree in Arizona, she produced a how-to article for technical writers. These days, she’s communicating through paint — and bamboo and beads and …
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WALLE CONOLY Tucked away in a well-windowed corner of the Fine Arts Center is Associate Professor of Art Walle Conoly’s studio. Inside are pencil sketches of class trips to McKinney Falls. A mercurial and multilayered painting sits on an easel, and nearby, a blue container holds his inspiration for the painting — a dead wasp. Potent details of his career as a teacher and artist abound in the dusty space. Conoly came to St. Edward’s in 1965 and developed the Art program, which he coordinated for 36 years. Early on, he taught nights in Fleck Hall, stashing easels in Brother Lucian and Brother Romard’s science laboratories. And he ate meals in the old cafeteria that, after a renovation in 2000, now houses his and other studios, offices and classrooms. In between, he illustrated 15 books and exhibited 18 shows. But for Conoly, every class, every trip, every wasp is an opportunity to exhilarate his students.
SUSAN BELL, MLA ’03 Susan Bell loves how “wet clay smells like a backyard after a rain.” She hates that it often explodes in the kiln. She loves that clay “is always willing to try something new.” She hates that its weight “can turn a young thoroughbred into a swaybacked nag.” Bell’s relationship with clay began in elementary school and is enshrined in a redand-green-spotted kangaroo at her parents’ house. Since that first sculpture, she’s continued exploring her love of animals. And models abound at home — a horse, a dog, five cats, an iguana, a bearded dragon and a tarantula. Twenty years of campaign and election management experience — including 13 years as chief deputy Travis County clerk — also provide fodder for the occasional political statement. Like politics, clay is a gamble: “Sometimes you get what you expect, sometimes you lose your shirt, and sometimes you create something that dances with magic.”
ROGER CRUMRINE, ’02 Roger Crumrine sold his first painting at age 16. At 20, he turned an internship into a job as interim art director at the Austin Visual Arts Association. At 23, he opened C Studio Gallery in Downtown Austin. His paintings explore diverse themes — everything from corporate America to sunsets — and he experiments with nontraditional canvas shapes (made easier with his collection of power tools). He prefers to paint to upbeat tunes. In the CD player right now are Outkast and Willie Nelson because “their gifted voices easily transcend into visual art.” And Crumrine balances creativity and the bottom line by contracting artists to exhibit in the gallery and designing his own publicity materials. He even rigged a lighting system in the gallery’s back room so customers can mimic the light in their homes: “The art will affect their emotions for a long time. I want them to be sure.”
photographed at Jovita’s, South Austin
COLLINS, ’04 8 CHRIS Chris Collins masters gravity as a licensed pilot, but he didn’t know if he could survive in college. Collins, who has a learning disability, struggled through high school and applied to St. Edward’s after hearing about its personalized approach to learning. Here, he has thrived. A Communication major, Collins is a former resident assistant for Moreau Hall, co-chair of the Student Leadership Team, and a member of University Fellows, which matches exceptional students with national and international scholarships and fellowships. Collins also interned in Gov. Rick Perry’s office and traveled to 13 cities as part of the 2000 gubernatorial campaign. And he’s involved in community service: Last summer, Collins joined members of his church on a trip to the Guatemalan jungle, where they spent 10 days building homes for the people of a small village. Next up: beginning a career in politics to promote ethical reform in government.
TERESITA GARZA Growing up in multicultural Racine, Wis., influenced Assistant Professor of Communication Teresita Garza. Early on, she learned the importance of diversity and equality — and developed an interest in political and social activism. Before earning her PhD, she took a job at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and helped oversee a multicultural center. As assistant director of the center, Garza and a student council brought in speakers like author Sandra Cisneros and civil rights activist Jesse Jackson. At St. Edward’s, Garza mentors students conducting independent research for symposia like SOURCE (see story, page 6) and advises the Communication honor society. She teaches Communication Theory, Rhetorical Criticism and Popular Culture, which emphasizes real-world experience — her students volunteer at Austin’s South by Southwest Music, Film and Interactive Festival each year. Garza also encourages civic involvement by being involved herself: She is 2004 vice chair of the National Communication Association’s Latina/Latino Studies Division.
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EVAN CASTILLO, ’04 Evan Castillo loves music. He answers the question “Who is your favorite band?” with another question: “Local or national?” and begins to list them categorically by genre: “the Beatles, the Ramones, Radiohead, Mando Diao …” It’s no wonder that he wants to be an artist and repertoire agent in the music industry after he graduates. A Communication major and intern at the Austin Music Network for the last two years, Castillo started as a linear editor and has worked his way up to VJ. Now, he handles the programming for the Wednesday night broadcast. This spring Castillo interned at Austin’s South by Southwest Music, Film and Interactive Festival, where he helped coordinate more than 1,000 volunteers — and made contacts with industry representatives in the process. “I’m hoping to work abroad in France or Great Britain after I graduate. Music is my language.”
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MORIN DURÓN, ’04 8 ELIZABETH When her youngest son started his senior year in high school, Elizabeth Morin Durón decided to set an example for her three children by going back to college. She enrolled in the Organizational Communication accelerated degree program in New College and kept her job as a technology trainer at the Lower Colorado River Authority. Pulling double duty paid off: Morin Durón created and carried out a communication audit for LCRA that streamlined its computer help desk process. A spring graduate, she is outgoing president of the Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society for adult students and is the recipient of an ASL national scholarship. She’s also an active volunteer for causes like Special Olympics and Meals on Wheels. Morin Durón and her husband, Luis, recently celebrated their 26th wedding anniversary. Her family, she says, helps her maintain balance. “I’m truly blessed. I couldn’t do any of this without the support of my husband and my children.”
Jenny Howe was born into a family that loved the outdoors and traveling — her parents met while working as park rangers at Yellowstone — so it didn’t take much for her to develop her own sense of adventure. An avid rock climber, Howe participates in climbing competitions across the state. And her adventurous spirit guides her career goals. Fascinated by Russian culture, she is majoring in Communication and has created an individualized specialization in Russian Studies. Howe has always planned to work in foreign service after graduation but might be going to the former Soviet republic sooner — she is a finalist for a yearlong National Security Education Program fellowship that would allow her to work abroad while still in school. All she has to do now is perfect her Russian language skills.
photographed in the digital lab, Fine Arts Center
ANGELA RODGERS Assistant Professor of Graphic Design Angela Rodgers loves paper and dancing. Rodgers has a BA in International Studies from Texas A&M and an MFA in Design from UT–Austin. She has worked in a Houston design firm, taught and free-lanced. Since becoming head of the Graphic Design program at St. Edward’s last fall, Rodgers has evaluated the curriculum and created a new sequence of courses focusing on print, interactive and way-finding environments. She is currently collaborating with an associate professor in UT–Austin’s Theatre and Dance program on the design of the book When Writing Becomes Gesture. Her design objective: integrate image and typography so that “the book is not a typical example of research and theory” but something “much more visual in nature, where text sometimes becomes the image.” And she finds inspiration from many sources: sketching, hardware and craft stores, and her collection of journals and notebooks.
KRYSTAL DE LISI, ’04 Krystal De Lisi is a Texan who loves the Big Apple. A Graphic Design major, De Lisi interned at a design firm in New York City in Summer 2003. There, she delved into identity work that involved logo design and branding. During her free time, she frequented her favorite NYC museums: MOMA, the Met and the Guggenheim. Her current project is a personal digital portfolio highlighting 10 design projects including corporate identity, posters, exhibition display and multimedia. Her work has been greatly influenced by her love of books and magazines. De Lisi loves to browse in bookstores, and she has built a collection of books that range in topic from colors and typography to the art of Matisse, Dali and Ernst. “I open any book that catches my eye,” she confessed. “And I always judge a book by its cover.”
BRIAN RABALAIS, ’06 Brian Rabalais goes by “Storm” because as a child he believed he could make the weather change. Now, the name more accurately reflects his personality: “I’m like the calm before the storm. My passion for design also is like a storm.” Rabalais’ gusto for graphic design ignited when he worked on his high school yearbook — and he managed four after-school jobs where he picked up software tricks. Today, he applies his computer knowledge as a web developer for Instructional Technology. He also participated in Austin’s Internet Rally to create a web site for Ariel Dance Theatre that is accessible to the deaf and visually impaired. Rabalais finds balance by studying philosophy and writing poetry, and his poems have been published on poetry.com and in Celebration of Young Poets. His motto: “If you are not willing to get deep in thought, you will never be anything but shallow in actions.”
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ASHLEY SAULS, ’05 Ashley Sauls embodies fun fashion. A prolific designer, she could easily make all the clothes she wears, and she has turned her talent and love of fashion design into a business. Sauls began sewing and crocheting at age six with the help of her two grandmothers and makes dresses, skirts, scarves, hats and purses. She realized she had a marketable talent when friends and family began to buy her clothes. Her decision to major in Graphic Design has given her the skills to create materials that showcase her designs. Last fall, Sauls walked into Pink, a boutique on Austin’s South Congress Avenue, with samples of her work in hand. The next day, she was selling her clothes for Pink at First Thursdays, an artisan fair along SoCo storefronts. Today, her avant-garde dresses grace the store’s front window.
ALICIA TUBEN, ’04 Alicia Tuben prefers sophisticated yet playful design. On a typical day she quietly clicks away on a Macintosh, working on a poster for an upcoming campus event as an intern in the Marketing Office. The design mimics her fashion taste: She’s wearing a retro T-shirt — a staple of her wardrobe — from a thrift shop on Austin’s South Congress Avenue. After her classes, she walks across campus to Instructional Technology. There, she creates web sites for faculty members and enters data on Blackboard, an online tool for teachers and students. When Tuben leaves IT, she heads to her next job as layout editor for Sorin Oak Review, the student-produced creative and literary journal. She works on a cover design that mirrors her clean and clever style, enjoying the challenge of creating a consistent design. Finally, she walks back to her apartment to enjoy some downtime — playing video games.
photographed with letters courtesy of Hayward Neon
VILLARREAL, ’01 8 DORIS After graduating summa cum laude with a degree in Spanish, Doris Villarreal was snapped up by Austin ISD as a bilingual teacher — even prior to being certified — and is still enjoying her time in the classroom, shaping lives on a daily basis. To Villarreal, a supportive community that includes teachers, administrators, students and parents makes all the difference in the effectiveness of education. Being bilingual helps her better communicate with many of her students and with their parents, extending the community she values beyond the walls of the school. Committed to continuing her own education, she hopes to complete a PhD and teach at a university. For now, her focus is the elementary school classroom. She especially likes teaching science to her fourthgraders. “Children are naturally scientists,” she explained. “I love watching them investigate and discover new things throughout the experiments.”
MICHELLE HABASHI, ’03 Michelle Habashi learned Arabic from her parents, who emigrated from Egypt, and she grew up intimately aware of a culture very different from the mainstream one in her hometown of Colleyville. A Political Science major, she studied both Hebrew and Greek at St. Edward’s. Last year, she presented research at SOURCE (see story, page 6) on the adverse impact of globalization on cultural identity, examining the resentment toward the United States that the U.S. push for globalization has bred in the Middle East. This year, she presented a study of the social caste structure and systems of religious law in Egypt. Last summer, she visited her parents’ homeland while independently researching this project. Because of her experiences, Habashi downplays language barriers: “Even when we’re all speaking the same language, every person is always going to understand you differently.”
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JANN RANDLE Jann Randle, associate professor of Spanish, has been at St. Edward’s since 1977, and before that, she taught at Texas A&M. Still, she admits, she is not immune to occasional language missteps. A nonnative speaker, she once “asked a visiting university president if he had had footsteps — pasos, instead of pasas, raisins — in a salad before.” She also recalls asking a French waiter for a flower vase of vermouth. But she knows well the benefits of studying a foreign language. It opens up new worlds — literally. As one of 16 people selected to participate in a Fulbright-Hays Summer Seminar in 1999, she traveled to Peru and Ecuador to study biodiversity and sustainable development. She also has taken research trips to Bolivia and Spain and has studied in Mexico. This semester, her research includes screening several Latin American films for a new course. “Somebody has to do it, right?” she laughed.
JOE RUIZ, ’05 A Religious Studies major and candidate for Holy Cross priesthood, Joe Ruiz is understandably interested in scripture. He’s also a self-described history buff. Combining these interests led him to the study of languages. Hebrew, Greek and French — the three languages that Ruiz has studied thus far — are each represented in his budding collection of Bibles. He also owns the Latin Vulgate Bible, the official Bible of the Catholic Church, and he looks forward to acquiring, among others, Martin Luther’s German translation. He also enjoys learning about his Mexican-American heritage as member of the St. Edward’s Ballet Folklórico troupe. This summer, Ruiz will conduct biblical and historical research at Notre Dame as part of the McNair Scholars program, which serves undergraduates interested in pursuing PhDs who are underrepresented in their fields. And he would like to study more languages — maybe Latin and Aramaic — along the way.
RACHEL HOWELL, ’03 Rachel Howell once discovered about 1,000 four-leaf clovers. She dug up a few and has kept the plants to this day. So are her myriad successes attributable to luck? Hardly. She started four years for the women’s soccer team, earning Defensive MVP in 2001 and making the All-Conference Team twice. A student in the Honors Program, she studied at the Deutsche Sommerschule von New Mexico in Summer 2003. She even earned her black belt in tae kwon do. And she’s the first student from St. Edward’s to receive a prestigious Fulbright Teaching Assistantship. She’ll travel to Germany for a yearlong assignment this fall. Her recurring dreams of flight reveal much about the “secret” to her achievements: “Most people just get to float around when they have flying dreams, but I have to work hard and flap my arms like a bird.”
photographed onstage at Hill’s Cafe, South Austin
BROTHER GEORGE KLAWITTER, CSC The Suzuki method is used to teach three-year-olds to play violin, but Brother George Klawitter, CSC, found it worked just fine for him at 40. Now, he plays in the St. Edward’s University String Quartet, along with Professor Ev Lunning (see story this page). Brother George likes the cooperative aspect of the small group, the keen listening required. A professor of English, he has published seven books and four collections of his poetry. Comparing the impulses to create poetry and music, he said, “I can rise in the middle of the night to write a sonnet, but I can’t pick up the violin and play it at 2 a.m. There are neighbors to consider.” What might keep Brother George up until 2 a.m.? His New York chocolate cake, which contains four cups of cocoa: “One bite and your eyes are dilated for days.” No wonder the music — aural and verbal — keeps coming.
EV LUNNING Professor of Theater Arts Ev Lunning has performed parts as varied as Mayor Shinn in The Music Man for Austin Musical Theatre and Grumio in the State Theater Company’s The Taming of the Shrew. To prepare to play King Arthur in Camelot, Lunning took voice lessons and loved it so much he still studies singing. His voice also has won national recognition for the Texas State Library’s Talking Books program. He even narrates video games like Wing Commander II. But his voice isn’t his only instrument. Lunning took up the cello at age 10 and, with Brother George Klawitter, CSC (see story, this page), founded the St. Edward’s University String Quartet. He loves playing to wind down the day. Most of all, his musical inclinations keep him learning: “A teacher should always be learning something so as never to lose touch with the feeling of the learning process — the confusion, the frustration and then the breakthrough.”
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SCOTTY CASTRO, ’07 Scotty Castro once sang in a mariachi band and taught tango lessons. These days, he’s a tenor section leader in the St. Edward’s University Chorale. And last summer, Castro sang with the university’s music ensembles in New York City’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Montreal’s St. Joseph’s Oratory. A Social Studies and Secondary Education major, Castro is a member of Student Ambassadors and hosts high school students visiting campus. But most important to him is his candidacy as a brother in the Congregation of Holy Cross. He lives in Moreau House, an on-campus community of brothers and students, and serves breakfast to the homeless as part of its Egg Ministry program. He also mentors a high school youth group at St. Ignatius Martyr Catholic Church. Like service, music depends on teamwork, he says. “Working with other singers and conductors is like creating a living piece of art that can be shared with our community.”
BOBRUK, ’03 8 AIMEE Aimee Bobruk has something in common
STOUT 8 PAMELA Instructor of Music Pamela Stout lives a charmed life, works very hard and sees no contradiction between the two. She coordinates the university’s Music program and its four musical ensembles: the St. Edward’s University Chorale, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Madrigal Singers and Omni Singers. In July 2002 she took 33 students, staff and faculty members from these ensembles to Graz, Austria, to sing in cathedrals in and around the city. Stout has traveled to Austria annually for eight years to teach for the American Institute of Musical Studies, which helps aspiring opera students and instrumentalists launch their careers. In 2003 she led university choir trips to New York and Montreal. The charmed life part? When she’s not “enjoying the faces of our students singing,” Stout lives in the country with her husband and her white Persian, Cat Calloway, who enjoys being walked on a leash.
with Brother George Klawitter, CSC (see story at left): She, too, learned violin by the Suzuki method, but she learned at age three. At 12, she thought opera was for her. At 15, she heard country swing musician Ben Bell play acoustic guitar and sing. He became her mentor and friend, inspiring her move to folk music. Bobruk is currently lead singer in a folk rock band, which plays at Austin hot spots like Momo’s and Speakeasy. The band had its first album released last year: Aimee And ‘Small Town Girl.’ Bobruk majored in Philosophy and Art and wrote a creative nonfiction thesis comparing the life and death of a star to human experiences. “The big question marks of space are similar to the unanswerable questions of the human experience.” Does music help her explore these questions? Yes: “I take listening seriously.”
JAMES CUDJO, MLA ’05 James Cudjo sees our technologically advancing society as rife with new ethical concerns. Combined with age-old philosophical questions, these concerns imbue his study of ethics and his day-to-day life with meaning. Intrigued by his Ethics and Community class, he’s currently studying the role of churches in shaping the social, political and ethical values of the African-American community. Cudjo, the father of an autistic child, plans to pursue a PhD in Philosophy and to teach at the college level. Watching his son thrive through encouragement to never give up, he keeps himself motivated in both his academic pursuits and wide-ranging artistic hobbies — painting, writing, black-andwhite photography, and jewelry making. And Cudjo tries to pass on to his son a fundamental principle of ethical decision making: “Always do what is right not for the expectation of reward but because it is the right thing to do.”
photographed at Scarborough-Phillips Library
SHOPPA, ’05 8 CLAYTON As editor of Arete, the student-produced academic journal, Clayton Shoppa enjoys seeing what topics students in other disciplines are pursuing. Philosophy, he believes, has applications in many of these fields. He also finds significant value in practicing philosophy, naming the desire for truth as a necessary ingredient in a person’s flourishing. For Shoppa, a member of the Honors Program, this desire is “more centrally significant to the value of philosophy than any claim of its mere utility.” When he’s not pondering philosophical questions, he’s reading modern literature and listening to experimental hip-hop music. But it’s philosophy that he loves. In his classes, he delights in the free flow of new ideas as well as exposure to enduring ones. After graduation he plans to pursue an advanced degree in Philosophy. “One great thing about studying philosophy is that there is no shortage of intellectual heroes.”
LAWRENCE, ’04 8 DIANE Diane Lawrence is a Computer Systems Management major and Professional Ethics minor whose professional interest is computer security. She also is a Christian who believes that ethics should underpin all personal and professional endeavors. Hers are diverse. She is in the McNair Scholars program, which serves undergraduates interested in pursuing PhDs who are underrepresented in their fields. Lawrence traveled to Notre Dame as part of the program last summer to study an opensource network intrusion detection system. The three biblical Hebrew courses she has taken were her own doing — she and her peers petitioned the dean to create the classes. Lawrence is a member of the Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society for adult students and plans to pursue graduate study in CSM or Professional Ethics. Whichever she chooses, she aspires to teach college. “The study of ethics is enlightening and life changing. One cannot emerge from this exposure unchanged.”
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MARK J. CHERRY
M. CARMELA EPRIGHT, ’90
Mark J. Cherry, assistant professor of Philosophy, has published 33 articles and book chapters, six book reviews, and five edited books. He’s also authored his own book, A Market in Human Organs for Transplantation: The Body for Beneficence and Profit, set for release this year through Georgetown University Press. For Cherry, publishing is “more or less the everyday work of being a philosopher.” Currently, he’s working on his next book. Another part of his everyday work is teaching — and his teaching style earned him the university’s 2003 Distinguished Teaching Award for scholarship, effectiveness, service and commitment to mission. Cherry specializes in philosophy of medicine, bioethics, ethics, and social and political philosophy. Listed in Who’s Who in Medicine and Health Care, Cherry cites health care policy as one field among many in which philosophical analysis is crucial. “I see no end to the interesting and engaging possibilities for philosophical exploration.”
M. Carmela Epright, assistant professor of Philosophy at Furman University, is an expert in medical ethics. As a clinical bioethicist, she helps patients and their families make treatment decisions, mediates patient-hospital disputes, and develops medical policies. She co-directs a program that combines medical ethics and sociology with an intensive clinical practicum. In January, the program was featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education. “Medicine is just one forum to explore moral questions, but it is an enormously important moral arena. It is impossible to make medical decisions without asking essential (and ancient) philosophic questions.” Epright has received numerous awards, including being named by Greenville Magazine as one of the city’s “best and brightest under 35.” Yet the only award she still displays is her 1990 Presidential Award from St. Edward’s — it hangs in her study next to the one earned by her husband, Kurt Blocher, ’91.
DYLAN VITONE, ’01 Dylan Vitone, like his dad, Joe (see story, this page), is most at home with a camera. But he didn’t come to love the art until he took his father’s photography class as an undergraduate. He went on to pursue his MFA at Massachusetts College of Art, documenting the poverty-stricken South Boston community. “My work is about recording this insular community and all of its idiosyncrasies,” Vitone said. He used a medium-format camera, creating panoramas to capture poker games, a boxing match, a pick-up basketball game. Now, Vitone lives in Pittsburgh with wife Elaine (Garrison) Vitone, ’00, who is pursuing an MFA in Creative Nonfiction. He recently was named winner of Pittsburgh’s Silver Eye Center for Photography 2004 national fellowship and will soon mount a solo show there. And this fall, he will follow his dad’s lead once more: He’ll teach digital imaging at Carnegie Mellon University.
JOE VITONE As a 2001 Fulbright Scholar, Professor of Photocommunications Joe Vitone photographed portraits and landscapes in Costa Rica, documenting the agrarian lifestyle: “There appears for many campesinos, or rural inhabitants, to be a connectedness to the land not only economically but spiritually. There exists in many locations a balance of delicate grace between people, land and lifestyle,” Vitone wrote of the experience. He also is working on “Family Records,” a series that captures family members in and around Akron, Ohio. He uses a largeformat camera to “show individual strands of hair, beads of moisture on skin, the texture of fabric and subtle tonal variations” not recordable with other media. Of his career as a photographer, Vitone said, “This field requires a high tolerance for anxiety and failure, but I love the work.” It runs in the family. Vitone’s son, Dylan (see story, this page), has taken up the camera, too.
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MARISCELA MENDEZ, ’05 Mariscela Mendez is named for the ocean and sky (mar y cielo), and she loves to photograph everything in between. But she prefers portraiture. She most loves photographing rock bands and works as a freelance photographer doing just that. She’s shot No Doubt and Incubus for a San Antonio entertainment magazine. She also interns for the university’s Marketing Office, taking photos for university publications and the web site. And Mendez loves to dance. She performs with — and photographs — the St. Edward’s Ballet Folklórico troupe. Mendez’s photographs celebrate the art and history of dancing: “Every step, costume, color, headpiece and bead has meaning.” In Summer 2003 her photographs won her a spot in the renowned Maine Photographic Workshop. While in Maine, she discovered that when she takes a photo, “Every emotion and thought running through my head somehow transfers onto the film.”
FREDERICK J. LEWIS JR., HS ’35, ’40 Frederick J. Lewis Jr. has spent a lifetime keeping people safe. He developed innovative military accouterment, including a lightweight armored vest used in the Korean War. In 1955, he instituted the first study on military helmet design. He also helped develop Emergency Medical Services in the United States. In 1974, he retired from civil service and now lives in Catlett, Va., with his wife, Irene. Throughout his career, Lewis pursued a hobby he picked up during World War II: photography. Given a camera and asked to document wartime life for his naval unit, Lewis photographed everything from the invasion of North Africa to pyramids, mosques and camels. Recently, he donated his war photos, 13 lenses and his lifetime collection of cameras — 32 in all, the oldest from 1925 — to the Photocommunications program at St. Edward’s.
JESSICA ATTIE, ’04 Jessica Attie competed with photographers from around the world last summer and won a work-study internship at the prestigious Santa Fe Workshops. Nestled in the mountains, the studio inspired Attie, who particularly loves photographing children, especially little girls, “who have a very strong intuition and playfulness to them.” Some of her summer subjects were from the Santa Fe chapter of Girls Inc., a national nonprofit that strives to increase self-confidence and self-esteem in young girls. Attie also loves music. In high school, she discovered Bob Dylan and began writing songs and playing guitar. She has played locally in Austin and has sung in the university’s Vocal Jazz Ensemble. She toys with combining her two passions for a career, possibly photographing musicians for album covers and designing CD art. Or she might like to teach photography to children. “I’m determined to make a living doing what I love.”
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Gina Houston plans to thank St. Edward’s when she accepts her first Tony award. “I promised my mom I’ll only thank the people who weren’t paid to help me get there,” she laughed. Houston’s mother has always encouraged her acting — even when, as a child, she pretended to be someone else while enrolled in an after-school drama program. Her mom took the play-acting in stride, a trait that Houston inherited. After her financial services company closed its Austin office, she accepted a friend’s invitation to appear in his theater production. With her love of theater rekindled, she enrolled at St. Edward’s. “Until then, theater had just been a fun activity. I discovered it could be my vocation.” Her plans for after graduation: “Attend the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts in England, be discovered, act on stage in London and make my way back to Broadway.”
DAVID THOMPSON, MLA ’03 David Thompson tells epic stories. His repertoire is replete with legends, folktales, and modern-day stories from the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Appalachia and from World War II and Vietnam. A professional storyteller for 37 years, Thompson got his start at 16, when he told the Babylonian story of how Ishtar created beer to an audience of 5,000 Kiwanians. His fascination with epics stems from stories his parents read to him as a child — tales of Norse gods and Gilgamesh. He’s pursued his craft in five countries and earned degrees in French Civilization, Speech and Drama, Education, and Liberal Arts. His work as secretary for University Programs at St. Edward’s supports his storytelling avocation, for which he has received numerous awards and twice won the National Irish Storytelling Championship. But Thompson isn’t motivated by awards. “For me, it’s about fostering connectedness. That’s what storytelling has done throughout history.”
BRENT WERZNER, ’03 Brent Werzner says acting is about preparation and openness. “I love dramaturgy, and I don’t let ego drive my craft,” he explained. “I walk into rehearsals with my research and personal study done so I can be as in touch with my character and his motivations as possible. That allows me to be open to suggestions and in service to the production as a whole.” Werzner has been “doing theater” since he was seven, putting on skits and recitals to entertain his family. His first role in a theater production — as a rat in The Pied Piper — led to acting classes and the realization that theater could become his career. Now a professional actor, he’s lined up gigs through August, including two guest artist roles in upcoming on-campus productions at Mary Moody Northen Theatre. “I’m living the starving artist lifestyle right now, and I feel very rich.”
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BILL MCMILLIN, ’79 Bill McMillin says two words hold the key to consistent employment in theater: stage management. “It’s one of the most stable jobs in theater,” McMillin said. “I see 15 to 20 job postings a week from across the country. Good stage managers are hard to find, so they can always find work.” McMillin should know: He’s been a stage manager for 25 years. As a student at St. Edward’s, McMillin designed his own degree program in Theater Management, encouraged by Peter O’Rourke, former director of Theater, and Sister Anne Crane, IHM, associate professor of English and former dean of the School of Humanities. Now he’s passing on his expertise: Four years ago, he returned to St. Edward’s as an adjunct instructor. Next year, he’ll rejoin the student ranks — in the Master of Liberal Arts program. “To advance my career in teaching and arts management, I need an advanced degree.”
spectacle — and sewing. A Louisiana native, her longtime hobby has been designing elaborate costumes for Mardi Gras celebrations in her hometown, Lake Charles. So her career in theater costume design and construction was a natural choice. When she joined St. Edward’s as costume designer and manager three years ago, she was ready to share expertise she had gained working on more than 40 professional productions across the country. But she never expected how much she would enjoy teaching. “Costume design has always been my passion, but teaching surpasses it.” For Mancuso, the emphasis on collaboration and the equal commitment to the academic and professional aspects of theater make St. Edward’s distinctive. “The most fulfilling and rewarding part of my job is what comes out of my personal investment and professional relationship with the students.”
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ANGELO STEINHARDT-KEELY, ’06 Angelo Steinhardt-Keely calls his teenage years “tumultuous” but life-changing: “When I was sixteen I got seriously injured in a fight and almost died. The brush with death woke me up to the reality of what a wonderful and beautiful gift life truly is.” At St. Edward’s, Steinhardt-Keely has made the university’s Dean’s List and been named a Trustees Scholar and a member of University Fellows, which helps top students secure scholarships and fellowships around the world. He is vice president of the Environmental Club, president of the Religious Studies Club, and president of SEU Awareness, a club that promotes spirituality. Even with a scholarly interest in many religions, Steinhardt-Keely believes the power of personal faith is largely experiential. “A relationship with God and Ultimate Truth has nothing to do with anything but one’s raw personal experience. Everything else is commentary.”
ZAHIRAH KHAN, ’04 Zahirah Khan, who is originally from Trinidad and Tobago, brings an interesting perspective to Religious Studies classes: Raised Muslim, she has always attended Catholic schools. A Liberal Studies major, she plans to attend law school when she graduates and focus on international law. Last summer, she interned with nonprofit JurisAIDS, which engages the legal community to combat discrimination of those with HIV/AIDS. The best part about her course of study and the knowledge it affords her? “I love that I can have a conversation about something that is current in the news, about history, religion and ethics.” She has studied the scripture and traditions of Judaism and Christianity but has focused on learning more about the history of her own religious tradition, Islam. “Religious Studies has made me realize how important it is to embrace one’s faith.”
ADRIENNE CARPENTER, ’06 Adrienne Carpenter visited both a synagogue and a mosque as part of her Abrahamic Traditions class last fall. The Jewish service, while unfamiliar to her, shared characteristics with Christian ones she had attended as a child. But she was struck by Islamic practices of worship, by how the people lined up to pray. She wanted to know more. Her research on media distortions of Islam confirmed that misconceptions about the faith abound, and she presented these findings at SOURCE this spring (see story, page 6). A Liberal Studies major with concentrations in Philosophy and English, Carpenter finds that her fields of interest often deal with the same fundamental human concerns, the big questions about life. She doesn’t claim to have found the answers, but she knows the benefit of continuing to explore: “The more you are exposed to different religions, the more understanding and tolerant you become.”
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HAILEY HEARD, ’02 Hailey Heard found Judaism’s tradition and history “amazing” and converted in 2003. But she sums up the real value of what she’s learned studying religion in one word: “compassion.” “Religious Studies is more than just learning about myths, history and theology. It’s about people.” In fact, she hopes to soon be addressed as “Rabbi Heard” because she loves “working with people in a religious setting, lending a shoulder to cry on or a willing ear to listen.” She’s comfortable being listened to, as well. As an undergraduate, she performed on campus — she’s a singer and guitarist — during open mic nights and solo concerts. She is currently pursuing a Master of Theological Studies at Brite Divinity School in Fort Worth. Heard also has her own kosher baking business. View her menu of organic cookies, cakes and treats online at www.threefoldbakery.com.
FATHER LOU BRUSATTI, CM Father Lou Brusatti, CM, is always examining how he teaches. He is sure, though, that “a liberal arts education is about the education of the whole person for ethical living, social responsibility and transformation. It’s an education about political responsibility and good citizenship.” His own experiences bear this out: Studying world religions en route to a doctorate in Ministry deepened his commitment to Catholicism. Today, he is especially proud of furthering the mission of St. Edward’s and the Congregation of Holy Cross as dean of the School of Humanities. For Father Lou, all of this comes together when he teaches Religious Studies. His favorite part? The opportunities his classes afford students to address important questions about the meaning of life — and to reflect on their own faiths in the process.
FERNANDO BENAVIDEZ, ’04 Like the hero of an old country song, Fernando Benavidez endured some tough times to gain insight and perspective on his life. Originally a pre-med Biology major, he struggled academically and dropped out of St. Edward’s. Unsure of his future, he moved in with his cousin Pete Benz, an aspiring singer who encouraged him to explore songwriting. Inspired by James Taylor and Willie Nelson, he learned to play guitar and poured himself into music. Ten years, three CDs and more than 100 songs later, Benavidez has changed his major to English Literature and is a writer-member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. “My first royalty check was only four dollars, but it was so fulfilling knowing other people appreciated and enjoyed something I created. By expressing myself in music like a novelist or poet, I hope to reach others.” His favorite song he’s written recently? “Saving Myself.”
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DAWSON, MBA ’04 8 ADRIENNE At first glance, Adrienne Dawson is a study in contradictions. As an undergraduate she majored in English and minored in Geology. In the MBA program at St. Edward’s, she has studied strategic branding in the Czech Republic, co-written and presented a paper at an international business seminar in New York City — and published poetry, literary criticism and historical geology research. A selfproclaimed rock lover, Dawson became fascinated by fossils as a child exploring the La Brea tar pits in Los Angeles, Caif. Just as scientists sift dirt to excavate the past, Dawson explores her past through poetry. “Writing has creative applications on the business side,” she said. “On a personal level, it helps me sort through my experiences and come to terms with the changes in my life.”
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Long after the popcorn has been eaten, the credits have rolled and the house lights have brightened, Steven Elliott is still enjoying the movie. As a contributing writer, business manager and former entertainment editor for the St. Edward’s University student newspaper, Hilltop Views, his real passion is reviewing movies. A lifelong film fan, he gains much more from writing the reviews than free movie passes. “Writing about films helps me understand them better, and through the writing process I also begin to understand myself better.” Last year his reviews earned him an honorable mention for critical review from the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association. But don’t look for his byline coming soon to a newspaper near you — Elliott hopes to work behind the scenes promoting an Austinarea nonprofit after graduation. He’ll also continue going to the movies — just don’t ask him to name his favorite.
LYNN DRUMMOND 8 LAURIE Cops are trained to pay attention — the tiniest detail may save a life or solve a case. So it’s no surprise that after nine years in law enforcement, Laurie Lynn Drummond has developed a keen sense of observation. These days, she has traded her badge for a blackboard and her weapon for words. An assistant professor of English, Drummond combines her finely tuned senses with her love of language. The result? Her new short story collection from HarperCollins — Anything You Say Can and Will Be Used Against You — received starred reviews in Kirkus and Library Journal. And she continues to explore language, constantly discovering new words, like lacuna*, which eventually appear in her work. Drummond also mentors students by showing them her earliest attempts at fiction: “Teaching is an expansion outward; writing is a journey inward.” *la-cu-na (l -ky oo´n ) 1. a space where something has been omitted or has come out; gap; hiatus; esp., a missing portion in a manuscript text, etc. 2. Anat., Biol. a space, cavity, or depression; specif., any of the very small cavities in bone that are filled with bone cells — Webster’s New World College Dictionary, Fourth Edition e
enjoys writing “funny little stories with an unexpected twist at the end.” Sometimes she finds herself living a plot development that could have easily come from her imagination — like when she and her husband, Nelson, moved to Austin from Green Bay, Wis., only four days after their June 2000 wedding. Soon after, she enrolled in New College, the St. Edward’s program for working adults, with hopes of finally finishing the degree she had been steadfastly pursuing one class at a time for five years. Seeking a creative outlet, Kerr resurrected both SEU Writers, the New College writing club, and its literary and artistic journal, New Literati, which hadn’t been published since 1998. Now an alumna, Kerr retains her role as president of SEU Writers — and is already at work on the next edition of New Literati.
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KERR, ’03 8 ALYCE A self-professed drama queen, Alyce Kerr
unethical for a couple with three boys to choose female as the gender for their next child? What role did music play in a ceremonial Choctaw ballgame? What’s the best way to hang five 12-inch framed photos on a sevenfoot stretch of wall in a gallery? What are the deliberate artistic decisions a writer of free verse makes? Students ponder these questions and much more in four spring humanities courses — Ethics and Genetics, World Sacred Music, Art Exhibition Techniques and Poetry Writing. Although diverse, these four courses and the style in which they are taught share key objectives. Class participation is of utmost importance to the professors, along with a desire to teach solid critical thinking and ethical decision-making skills. The courses also routinely cross boundaries — between disciplines, between theory and practice, and between the familiar and the foreign. Join us as we explore four
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Ethics and Genetics What happens when Assistant Professor of Ethics Phillip Thompson and Professor of Biology Bill Quinn team teach a class full of students eager to share their opinions? Challenging debate, for one. The two professors created this innovative course to examine ethical decision making in the ever-evolving world of genetics. “This is such an important topic — it will determine us as a species,” said Thompson, who admits that he and Quinn don’t agree on every topic. “I think it’s good for students to see that Dr. Quinn and I have differing opinions and that it’s okay to agree to disagree.” The professors tackle a range of challenging topics, including the method and language
of critical ethics; the role of Christianity as a basis for ethical reflection; law and public policy’s place in the debate over genetic advancements; and an explanation of the biological processes involved. Thompson and Quinn want to teach the students to be independent thinkers and to respect others’ opinions. “Some of the students come in to the course with strong views,” said Thompson. “We don’t want to talk them out of their opinions. Rather, we want to teach them to think through their beliefs, to analyze problems and process their decisions.”
World Sacred Music What do Native Americans, Hindus, Jews, Christians, Muslims and Buddhists have in common? Music that is sacred to their souls. This Master of Liberal Arts course, taught by Associate Professor of Business Joyce Keller, focuses on the relationship between sacred music of world religions and the power of music to facilitate religious experiences.
Students examine sacred music around the world and discuss expressions of culture-specific religious music. The course also highlights the basic elements of music in each culture and the extension of those elements into sacred music. “The topics we discuss do not have easy answers, and students enjoy the challenge,” said Keller, who was a concert pianist and has a Master of Music from the St. Louis Institute of Music. Students attend two religious services outside of their own religions and write about their experiences. Keller hopes students gain a better understanding and appreciation for other cultures and religions and the types of music each considers sacred. She also wants them to feel comfortable attending a variety of religious services. “Beyond that, I hope they get an idea of what music can do for people spiritually.”
Art Exhibition Techniques How much math does an art student need? That’s what students in this course find out while preparing the university art gallery for three art exhibits each spring. Students learn about exhibit design and installation, including how to take measurements to aesthetically utilize the wall space. Senior-level art students attending the class get a realistic idea of career options and how to be successful in the art world. Associate Professor of Art Stan Irvin realized there was a need for this hands-on course while preparing for an exhibit eight years ago. “It occurred to me that I was doing all of the preparation for a student exhibit,” he said. “The work I was doing offers students useful information that isn’t always a part of a typical art education.”
Poetry Writing “It’s so old it’s new again,” Associate Professor of English Alan Altimont chuckles while discussing formal poetry with his students. “Old forms that fall out of fashion for decades or centuries can sometimes seem innovative and fresh when someone finally reintroduces them.” And this may be the best way to describe the Poetry Writing Workshop that he teaches as well. The course has been around since the mid-1980s, and Altimont has observed a transformation in the type of students in his class in recent years. Since the addition of more writing-focused majors, Altimont sees “more students in the class who are self-motivated and serious about writing.”
In addition to exhibit lighting, graphics, matting and framing, students learn about portfolio preparation, invitation design, publicity and marketing strategies. They also get advice from professional artists. The students’ final project: preparation of their own art exhibit. “As an emerging artist, you can’t expect someone else to prepare your exhibits or to take the care that you — as the artist — would take,” said Irvin. “Students in the class learn practical skills and leave with the essential tools necessary to take their careers to the next level.”
In this course for both beginning and experienced poets, Altimont helps students discover subjects that interest them, experiment with various poetic forms and develop their own writing styles. While many students continue writing and studying poetry after taking his course, Altimont acknowledges that not all writers find a passion for poetry. But they leave his class with practical writing and critical thinking skills, an appreciation for their own talents, and an understanding of what it would be like to be a poet. “I want them to know that they have the potential to tap into what they truly care about through poetry.”
HANGING LIGHTS. SEWING COSTUMES. • SETTING WIGS. LAYING PARQUET. • BUILDING THE HARPSICHORD. IT ALL HAPPENED THIS SPRING AS MARY MOODY NORTHEN THEATRE BROUGHT AMADEUS FROM
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ALUMNI ASSOCIATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Wow! What a great turnout for Homecoming 2004 in February. I enjoyed visiting old friends, catching up with former instructors and feeling the familiar spirit on campus. I also was thrilled to meet the current group of soonto-be alumni, visit with prospective students and their families, and see the latest updates to the campus face like Basil Moreau Hall and Trustee Hall.
Eliseo Elizondo, ’87, MBA ’98, Chair Dawn Lotti-Martinez, ’92, Vice Chair
I had the honor and privilege of participating in recognition events including the inductions into the Golden Guard and the Athletic Hall of Fame. I also had the opportunity to honor three alumni with Distinguished Alumnus awards — and the accomplishments and endeavors of the three recipients are truly deserving of distinction. The recognition banquet filled me with chest-pounding pride to be a member of the St. Edward’s community. Check out the photos on pages 41–44. With our growing base of alumni chapters and the momentum generated from Homecoming 2004, the Alumni Association board is working on new initiatives for the coming year and the long term. Your involvement as a local chapter leader, an alumni admission representative, or a volunteer for other chapter and board activities is crucial to our continually expanding organization. I invite you to contact us with your questions, comments and ideas. Together, we are building a stronger and more beneficial alumni community that continues to be a reflection of our Holy Cross heritage. Eliseo Elizondo, ’87, MBA ’98 Chair, Alumni Association Board of Directors
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Board of Directors
During Homecoming 2004, the Alumni Association Board of Directors held its semiannual meeting, joined by alumni chapter leaders. The board recognized Paul Tramonte, ’91, for six years of dedicated service on the board including two years as chair. The board also welcomed Eliseo Elizondo, ’87, MBA ’98, as the new chair. Ann Waterman, MBA ’99, Bob Lucash, ’72, and new Vice Chair Dawn Lotti-Martinez, ’92, were reaffirmed for second terms. Professor of Biology Jimmy Mills was recognized for 12 years of service as the board’s faculty representative. Since Mills is retiring, a search for his successor is underway. A new representative will be announced at the October alumni board meeting.
BOARD MEMBERS EMERITI serving as university ambassadors. In May, SAA members hosted the annual Alumni Graduation Party to welcome graduating students into the Alumni Association. And save the date for another event the group is helping with: the Third Annual Alumni Night at the Ballpark at The Dell Diamond, home of the Round Rock Express, on July 9 (see calendar, page 41). To get involved in alumni events in your area, contact Alumni Programs at 800-964-7833 or 512-448-8415. Find news and events about alumni chapters at www.stedwards.edu/alumni/alumni_chapters.
ALUMNI CONTACTS Office of Alumni Programs Kippi Griffith, MBA ’01, Director Manny Pandya, ’99, Assistant Director 800-964-7833 firstname.lastname@example.org
Houston Alumni Lori White, ’01 713-521-7272 Lori.White@gemsals.com
Austin: Since its official endorsement from the Alumni Association Board of Directors in October, the Austin alumni chapter has written a mission statement, established volunteer committees and created an annual event calendar. Thanks to chapter leaders Robert Ritchey, ’00, and Joel Romo, ’94, and committee volunteers, this chapter is on its way to providing more opportunities for Central Texas alumni to get involved.
Don Cox, ’69 Marilyn O’Neill, ’74 Maurice Quigley, hs ’50 Tom Ryan, ’63 Paul J. Tramonte, ’91 Frank Woodruff, ’69
Robert Ritchey, ’00 email@example.com
Dallas Alumni Marie Whitney, ’77 214-213-3213 firstname.lastname@example.org
San Antonio Alumni Frank Woodruff, ’69 work: 210-384-5346 email@example.com JON PATTILLO
Student Alumni Association: The student organization celebrated a successful inaugural year in March by inducting 13 new members, who join returning members in planning programs and
MEMBERS Annette Chavez, ’92 Dario Gutierrez Jr., ’74 Al Johnson, MAHS ’95 Bob Lucash, ’72 Father Ray John Marek, OMI, ’83 Brendan McCauley, ’93 Fred McNair, hs ’63, ’67 Bruce Mills, ’90 Frank Moore, hs ’63 Bob Oppermann, ’56 Tony Pompa, ’94 Donna Rodriguez, ’87 Chris Ryan, ’81 Simone Talma, ’91 Ken Tedesco, ’71 Kirk Wagner, ’94 Ann Waterman, MBA ’99
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Charles E. McGannon, ’56, of New Orleans, La., received the 2003 Jesuit-Marquette Circle of Columbian Squires award for outstanding teaching in Catholic education. McGannon has taught for 45 years in Catholic schools. For the past 33 years, he has been an English teacher at Jesuit High School, where he also currently manages the testing preparation program.
Anthony G. “Buddy” Ulrich, ’43, of Fort Worth, served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, briefly attended medical school and then went into sales. He is now the national sales manager for Pinnacle Environmental Sales. Ulrich enjoys spending time with his 12 children and his 36 grandchildren. Louis B. Hughes, ’47, of Baytown, was named Texas Family Physician of the Year in 2003 and Harris County Family Physician of the Year in 2002.
Thomas F. Bresnahan, ’57, of Burr Ridge, Ill., is in his eighth year of service on the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s National Occupational Research Agenda Liaison Committee. Bresnahan was recently named trustee of and directs research grants for the American Society of Safety Engineers Foundation. He also was elected to a second threeyear term as a director of the Board of Certified Safety Professionals.
Brother Thomas Frey, CSC, ’53, of Mountain View, Calif., is a volunteer for the Holy Cross missions, where he conducts a yearlong mission drive to raise funds for the mission schools and ministries. Brother Frey also drives local elementary children to tutoring sessions as part of his involvement in an educational program in which local high school sophomores tutor third-graders.
Michael Kioni Dudley, ’63, will retire this year after 44 years of teaching. A Japanese translation of his
M A R R I A G E S Gaynelle Marie (Caldwell) Gosselin, ’91, to Dean Gosselin on Nov. 1, 2003, living in West Palm Beach, Fla. Erol C. Tucker Jr., ’93, to Donna Grafe on Nov. 22, 2003, living in Victoria. Kathy (Fitzgerald) Gaalaas, ’98, to Joe Gaalaas on June 28, 2003, living in Millbury, Mass. Nicole (Guerrero) Treviño, ’99, MAHS ’01, to Mike Treviño, ’99, on July 26, 2003, living in Austin. Georgeanne (Spaulding) Fayrweather, ’01, to Ryan Fayrweather on July 4, 2003, living in Monterey, Calif. Dana (Leslie) May, ’02, to Paul May, ’02, living in Houston.
book on ancient Hawaiian religion, Man, Gods, and Nature, has been published by Tachibana Publishing of Tokyo. He can be contacted at email@example.com (see “Postmarks,” page 3). Rev. Paul J. Nomellini, ’63, of Florence, Wis., is enjoying retirement from the diocesan priesthood. Gregory L. Sweeney, hs ’63, of Houston, relocated his business litigation and family law practice to the Katy Freeway area. Weldon J. Mikulik, ’66, of Taylors, S.C., was elected vice president of outcome measurement and research for the United Way of Greenville County. He has worked for United Way for 23 years.
Lucy Pinto Bland, ’72, of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, is stationed in Al Asad, Iraq, with the 945th Forward Surgical Team as a member of the U.S. Army Reserves. Bland, a nurse anesthetist, says the academic curriculum and the enriching supportive environment at St. Edward’s helped prepare her for a career in nursing (see “Postmarks,” page 3). Alfonso J. Vielma, ’78, of Castroville, is the captain game warden for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in San Antonio.
Robert Carl Hilliard, ’80, of Corpus Christi, was recognized as one of the best in the law profession by Texas Super Lawyers Magazine. The 2,828 lawyers chosen represent the top 5 percent of the practicing
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ALUMNI EVENTS WASHINGTON, D.C. May 22 Community Service Project Info: Brendan McCauley, ’93, firstname.lastname@example.org AUSTIN June 7 & July 5 Alumni Chapter Meeting Info: Joel Romo, ’94, email@example.com June 11–12 Alumni Volunteer Workshop for interested chapter leaders and key volunteers nationwide Info: Alumni Programs, 800-964-7833 or firstname.lastname@example.org June 12 Austin Alumni Day at SeaWorld San Antonio Info: Stacy Washa, ’94, email@example.com June 19 Identify Your Work Style: Myers-Briggs Inventory® Seminar Info: Sylvia Praesel, ’95, firstname.lastname@example.org July 9 Third Annual Alumni Night at the Ballpark Round Rock Express vs. Midland RockHounds The Dell Diamond Info: Alumni Programs, 800-964-7833 or email@example.com
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To Lori (Reubush) McNabb, ’88, and Mac McNabb of Austin, daughter Frances Pearl on Jan. 9. To Julie E. (Poth) Fisher, ’90, and Dale Fisher of Orlando, Fla., son Landin Ray on May 1, 2003. To Lucia (Lira) Cruz, ’91, and Aurelio Cruz, ’97, of Austin, daughter Alyssa Isabella on April 14, 2003. To Matthew Moisan, ’93, and Jennifer Moisan of Carrollton, son Luke Joseph on Feb. 14. To Alicia Chenault-Remaley, ’93, and Edward Remaley, ’01, of Austin, son Sean Marcus on Dec. 14, 2003. To Jenna (Greer) Whidby, ’93, and Mark Whidby of Houston, daughter Joy Lynn on Dec. 21, 2003. To Maria de Jesus (Chavez) Chamness, ’94, and Ronald Chamness of Houston, daughter Lucia Marlene on Nov. 17, 2002. To Heather (Lewis) Knowles, ’94, and Clayton Knowles of Palmdale, Calif., son Spencer Leon on May 29, 2003. To Andrew Kaminsky, ’95, and Kristie Alaine Martin, ’97, of Sugar Land, son Aidan Andrew, on Sept. 22, 2003. To Maritza Ramirez, ’95, of Austin, daughter Arissa Giuliana Marquez, on Dec. 1, 2003. To Shaun Griffith, ’96, and Kippi Griffith, MBA ’01, of Austin, daughter Audrey Kate on Dec. 24, 2003. To Jornell Aveledo, ’97, and Geraldine Aveledo of Houston, daughter Sofia del Carmen on Dec. 29, 2003. To Joseph D. Gonzalez, ’97, and Ann M. (Nikiel) Gonzalez, ’99, of San Antonio, son Michael Anthony on July 29, 2003. To Diana (Tinney) Klotzman, ’98, and Brian Klotzman of Denton, daughter Lauren Amalie on Jan. 8. To Jennifer (Rodriguez) Tigrett, ’98, and Justin Tigrett of Hutto, daughter Jillian Clare on Dec. 26, 2003. To Jessica Miranda (Clark) Duffy, ’99, and Tony Duffy of Corrandulla, Ireland, son Stephen Clark Duffy on Oct. 16, 2003.
80s CONT. attorneys in Texas. Hilliard, of Hilliard & Munoz, has practiced law for more than 20 years. He is board certified in personal injury trial law and civil trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Hilliard is past cochair of the American Trial Lawyers Association Ethics Committee. Elizabeth Gonzales, ’81, of Fort Worth, is the principal of Rufino Mendoza Sr. Elementary School, which was chosen out of 26 Texas schools as a National No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon School in 2003. Her school was the only one in its region to receive the award and was the first primarily bilingual/Hispanic school honored. Also, in January, the school received the Texas Excellence Award at the Midwinter Administrations Conference. Gordon M. Markley, ’82, of Dallas, earned certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources from the Human Resource Certification Institute. Markley works in human resources recruitment and staff management at EDS Corporation. Michael Gianotti, ’85, of Pflugerville, earned his master’s degree in Social Work from Texas State University in 2002. He currently works for a law office in Round Rock and is an active member of the National Association of Social Workers, serving as leadership search representative for the Austin branch. His wife, Lea Anne Porter, MBA ’03, is a CPA working for the state of Texas.
Marvin L. Deviney, ’88, of Austin, is the financial administration director at the Texas Lottery Commission. Megan Davenport, ’89, is a communications officer at Winrock International, a nonprofit organization that helps people in developing countries address economic and environmental issues. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Julie E. (Poth) Fisher, ’90, of Orlando, Fla., has been training whales and dolphins at Sea World for 14 years. Juliane Listl Leighton, ’90, and her husband, Alex, have moved to Brookings, Ore., to work for a new ambulatory health clinic. Michael O’Brien, ’90, of Dumfries, Va., works as the IT director for the Carnegie Endowment. He and his wife, Christina, just celebrated their first year in business selling photographs of Washington, D.C. Visit them online at www.OBrienPhoto.com. Esiquio Uballe, MAHS ’90, of Fullerton, Calif., earned a PhD in Higher Education and Policy Studies from Arizona State University in 2002 and was recently promoted to associate dean of Student Life at California State University, Fullerton. Kenny Attal, ’91, of Austin, has joined advertising and marketing agency T3 (The Think Tank) as copy editor for all print work. Guadalupe A. Flores, ’91, of Edinburg, received her Doctor of
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and the Student Life calendar and is the Division of Student Life’s liaison to the Office of the Chancellor. Matthew Moisan, ’93, of Carrollton, would love to hear from classmates. He may be reached at email@example.com. Rene Perales Montoya, ’93, of Columbia, S.C., changed careers from manufacturing to banking. He is now managing a financial center for Wachovia Bank. Montoya and his wife have three children. Maria de Jesus Chamness, ’94, of Houston, works as an account manager at the Internet company SalvageSale. She may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Joseph Kolodzey, ’38, of Universal City, on Dec. 30, 2003. James E. Gaughan, ’48, of Columbus, Miss., on Dec. 19, 2003. Joseph J. McGuire, ’52, of Pawcatuck, Conn., on Jan. 16. Samuel M. King, ’54, of Houston, on Nov. 15, 2003. Albert G. “Abbie” Anderson Jr., ’56, of Santa Fe, on Feb. 19. Thomas L. Gore, ’57, of Newburgh, Ind., on Dec. 8, 2003. Michael “Fitz” Fitz-Gerald, hs ’58, of Midland, on Jan. 10. Rev. Arthur Hannaway, ’60, of Sarasota, Fla., on Sept. 15, 2003. Jose L. Cabezas, ’72, of Miami, Fla., on May 25, 2003. Francis E. Dunlap, MBA ’79, of Edmond, Okla., on Jan. 26. Laura Clark Adams, ’86, of Buda, on Dec. 8, 2003. Mike Hamilton, ’91, of Ankeny, Iowa, on Oct. 23, 2003. David Garcia, ’04, of Alamo, on March 20. Sara Elizabeth Abel, ’06, of Abilene, on Dec. 13, 2003. Virginia “Jenny” Garcia, ’07, of Austin, on Jan. 26.
Mary Margaret Chen, ’94, of Lakeway, volunteers at the Lake Travis Food Pantry/Crisis Center, an organization that provides families in need with financial support and guidance. She writes for the Crisis Center newsletter, a publication that shows donors how their dollars and generosity help the community. Melissa D. Hensley, ’95, of Houston, started her own fullservice marketing firm, Dawn Communications. Visit her online at www.dawncommunications.com. Maritza Ramirez, ’95, of Austin, is a court officer for Travis County Court at Law #5. Susan Bayer, ’99, of Austin, works at the law firm of Fleckman and McGlynn. Bayer graduated from Texas Tech University School of Law in May, passed the Texas bar examination in November and now practices business litigation. Michael Broadus, ’99, of Arlington, Va., works in the government relations office for an association that represents foreign and domestic motorcycle manufacturers. He recently began an MA in transportation, operations and logistics at George Mason University.
Angela Keller, ’00, of Austin, published her first book of poetry, On My Knees, in December 2003. For a signed copy, e-mail her at email@example.com. Melinda Rodriguez, MAHS ’00, of Austin, was named executive director of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in the Catholic Diocese of
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Golden Guard members (from left) Maurice Quigley, hs ’50, Charles Kolodzey, ’36, and Herb “Chris” Rice, hs ’48
Winding up for the pitch at the alumni softball game
Alumni and parents renew wedding vows at Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel
Brother Richard Daly, CSC, ’61, with Austin alumni chapter Vice Chair Joel Romo, ’94
Alumni board member Bob Oppermann, ’56, and his wife, Deanna, root for the Hilltoppers
Young alumni from the classes of 1994–2003 enjoy a career workshop geared at getting noticed in the workplace
President George E. Martin with Frank Moore, hs ’63 (left), who accepted the Distinguished Alumnus Award on behalf of his classmate Charles Clements, hs ’63
Golden Guard member Art Field, ’54, and his wife, Charmaine, peruse Hilltopper yearbooks
10 Thuy Hoang, ’99; Art Castro, ’97, MBA ’00; Assistant Director of Alumni and Parent Programs Manny Pandya, ’99; and Christyann Ramirez, ’00, at Buffalo Billiards
11 Athletic Hall of Fame inductees (from left) Joe Kucera, ’95, tennis; Susie Bayer, ’99, volleyball; and Casey Lucas, ’97, tennis
12 Associate Professor Paula Marks, ’78, presents “The Times of Our Lives,” a look at our fast-paced culture
13 Distinguished Alumnus Award winner and former Hilltopper baseball and basketball player Ken Reimer, ’61
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Austin. The society is a worldwide lay Catholic organization that strives to relieve the suffering of the poor and needy through person-to-person contact with the underserved.
M A RY T R E V I ÑO, ’86, & SONIA HURTADO, ’04 Sonia Hurtado, ’04, always knew she wanted to work in law enforcement. But she worried that her race, gender and stature might hinder her — until 1997 when she attended her routine 11th-grade accounting class at Nikki Rowe High School in McAllen.
Linda L. Sessions, ’00, of St. Louis, Mo., is working on a doctorate at Saint Louis University. Tommie James Baugh, III, ’02, of Dallas, currently attends UT– Southwestern Medical School in Dallas and is pursuing a master’s degree in Physical Therapy. LORI NAJVAR
That day, Mary Treviño, ’86, spoke to the class about her job as a special agent for the IRS’s Criminal Investigation department. She discussed a narcotics case, complete with pictures of contraband and automobiles confiscated during a sting operation — and she looked like Hurtado. Treviño’s presentation and appearance cemented Hurtado’s career plans.
Nancy Flores, ’02, is a Hearst Newspapers Journalism Fellow currently assigned to the San Antonio Express-News. She has covered the crime, general assignments, state news and court beats and is currently working at the state news desk. For her first front-page article, which appeared in the Jan. 5 issue, Flores reported on how colonia residents in Laredo cope with not having running water or wastewater connections.
Hurtado talked with Treviño about the education requirements of becoming a special agent. Treviño advised Hurtado to major in Accounting rather than Criminal Justice. An Accounting major herself, Treviño explained that the business degree would distinguish Hurtado from other candidates. And the IRS’s training for new agents would cover all the criminal justice needed.
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Hurtado enrolled as an Accounting major at St. Edward’s in Fall 1999. She also recontacted Treviño, who told her about an internship opportunity with the Criminal Investigation department. Hurtado applied, and in September 2003, she was sworn in as a special agent student trainee. This May, as she graduates with her BBA, she is preparing for six months of training. Once she finishes, she will begin investigating tax fraud cases as a special agent. “I felt particularly proud as an alumna to be able to provide guidance to Sonia. The biggest reward has been seeing her stay focused on her goals,” said Treviño. “It has been my privilege to help her, but all of the credit goes to Sonia. She is the one working hard and earning the respect of her peers and supervisors.” Hurtado, in turn, is grateful to have met Treviño. “Having Mary in my life has been a blessing. Becoming an IRS-CI special agent would have never been a part of my career goals if I hadn’t met her,” said Hurtado. “Mary has inspired me to dream — and to realize those dreams.”
Emily Mathews, ’02, of San Augustine, ran for the Republican nomination for the District 1 Congressional seat now held by Democrat Max Sandlin of Marshall. Sonya Robinson, ’02, of Denton, is senior writer for development communications at the University of North Texas. George Troxell, ’03, of New Orleans, La., is attending Tulane Law School.
— Jessica Jimenez, ’04
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RECRUIT FOR SEU Share St. Edward’s with high school students in your area — volunteer at a college admission fair at a high school near you this fall. To learn more contact Paul Hopkinson in the Office of Undergraduate Admission at 512-448-8510 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks to our 2003–2004 admission volunteers:
Kippi Griffith, MBA ’01 (left), was named director of Alumni and Parent Programs in March. Her name might sound familiar — Kippi worked in the Office of Undergraduate Admission from 1999 to 2001. Most recently, she was associate director of Alumni Relations at UT–Austin’s McCombs School of Business. “I look forward to working with the extended St. Edward’s community to involve alumni, develop chapters and help achieve the university’s vision,” said Kippi. Allyson Rose, ’03 (right), is the new development assistant for Alumni and Parent Programs. A Communication major, Allyson was a Student Orientation Leader and active in Student Life programs. Kippi and Allyson joined Manny Pandya, ’99 (center), assistant director of Alumni and Parent Programs, who directs young alumni programs and the Student Alumni Association.
Araceli Alvarez, ’02 Will Casey, ’80 Mary Chavoustie, ’75 Ricardo Contreras, ’99 Allie Crowder-Schaefer, ’99 Ray Eufracio, ’81 Monica Flores, ’01 Marlen Garcia Lopez, ’99 Marie Garza, ’02 Emma Gonzalez, ’98 Yolanda Guzman, ’96 Melissa Hensley, ’95 Camille Jefferson, ’93 Colleen Johnson, ’94 Lorena Lopez, ’01 Dawn Lotti-Martinez, ’92 Esme Lozano, ’95 Bob Lucash, ’72 Francesca Martinez, ’01 Brendan McCauley, ’93 Ibis Mireles, ’98 Carol Mistretta, MBA ’90 Daniel Mize, ’03
Frank Moore, hs ’63 Bill Mullin, ’67 Rebecca Murillo, ’96 Francisco Nieto, ’93 Betty & Larry Nikiel Kevin O’Neill, ’72, & Marilyn O’Neill, ’74 Kelly O’Reilly, ’86 Letsvia Reyes, ’96 Tony Reyna, ’88 Tamera Roberts, ’90 Geronimo Rodriguez, ’90 David Sanchez, ’99 Chad Skinner, ’97 Andres Sosa, ’89 Salomon Torres, ’87 Paul Tramonte, ’91 Amy (Tutchings) Windisch, ’94 Veronica Valladares, ’98 Kirk Wagner, ’94 Amy Weller, ’99 Lori White, ’01 Melissa York, ’96, MBA ’98
Update your alumni information or share your latest news by June 15 at www.stedwards.edu/alumni/your_alumni_account/update.htm, and you’ll be entered in a drawing for goodies from the St. Edward’s University Bookstore.
E-MAIL: email@example.com WEB: www.stedwards.edu/alumni FAX: 512-416-5845 MAIL: Kathy Beth Stavinoha St. Edward’s University University Advancement 3001 South Congress Avenue Austin, TX 78704-6489 When faxing or mailing your note, please photocopy the form to the right.
submit your alumni note A fun vacation, volunteering, a job change — whatever your news, share it with friends and classmates via St. Edward’s University Magazine. Submit your news by Aug. 16 to be considered for the next issue. If your address or other information has changed, please let us know. Name: ______________________________________________________________________________ Former Name: ______________________________________________ Class Year: ________________ Address: ____________________________________________________________________________ E-mail: ______________________________________________________________________________ Your News: ___________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________
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Topper’s likeness was everywhere this semester — on banners and signs at all campus sports venues, on pocket-sized sports schedules distributed around campus, and on everything from apparel and key chains to notebooks and decals at the St. Edward’s University Bookstore. Topper even made personal appearances at Welcome Week, the Spirit Rally, Hoops Hysteria and Homecoming. And a 15foot inflatable version of Topper (above) beckoned folks to intercollegiate athletic competitions and campus events. The result? Increased school spirit and attendance at athletic events.
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