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Life’s Twists and Turns

A chance meeting at a Tex-Mex joint leads an Austin couple to the St. Edward’s University chapel. By Lisa Thiegs Corina Scoggins will attest that life pulls you in directions you never would have thought possible. As an adult, she converted to Catholicism and became very involved in a church in Kansas City, which she called home at the time. On a trip to Austin to see a University of Kansas basketball game, she and a friend found themselves at the Iron Cactus, which often serves up a side of music along with its Tex-Mex fare. During the band’s break, Corina was asked to dance by a man she later learned was the band’s guitar player, Willie Scoggins. Fifteen months later, the two married. While visiting Willie, who lived across the street from St. Edward’s, she attended Easter Sunday Mass at Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel. Later that day, Willie proposed. The small, cozy, white chapel at St. Edward’s instantly felt at home to her, Corina says, and she and Willie were married there. “It was a very warm, embracing, simple chapel,” she says. The couple felt welcome there in a way they didn’t at other parishes, she adds, even though they have no direct connection to the university.

Corina is now a senior investment manager with the Teacher Retirement System of Texas. Willie is still a musician and also owner of Baldillo Music, a production company in Austin. Although Willie isn’t Catholic, both he and Corina are inspired by the university’s Holy Cross mission. Knowing that the chapel and the community it houses needed support, they committed a major gift to the planned renovation of the chapel. The renovation will support the university’s growing faith community and Campus Ministry’s increasing work with the student body. In addition, they’re supporting programs for students at St. Edward’s University who are seeking international service opportunities through Campus Ministry. “That appeals to both of us because it involves learning about the bigger world,” Corina says. “Personal experience for me is paramount to being a better human being,” says Willie. “You can’t get that point of view in a classroom.”

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St. Edward’s University Magazine Winter 2012  

In this issue of St. Edward’s University Magazine: Students photograph Texas high-school football for the Bob Bullock Texas State History Mu...

St. Edward’s University Magazine Winter 2012  

In this issue of St. Edward’s University Magazine: Students photograph Texas high-school football for the Bob Bullock Texas State History Mu...