Our alumni are prepared to follow their dreams, no matter what path they choose. They travel the globe, enter graduate and professional schools, start their own businesses, and contribute to the success of organizations worldwide. And they strive to make a difference in their communities.
Orlando Arriaga ’89 and Yoli Arriaga ’88
Owners: Taco Shack (Austin-area Tex-Mex chain)
Orlando followed his lifelong interest in the restaurant business when he opened Taco Shack in 1996. His wife, Yoli, left a career in teaching to help him full-time with their Tex-Mex restaurant, which has now expanded to include nine locations with 80 employees.
Samir Ashrawi ’77, MBA ’93
Director of IP Licensing: Huntsman Corp
Forty years ago, Ashrawi left Jerusalem to come to St. Edward’s. With a BS in Chemistry and an MBA on his résumé, he now travels the globe — from Brussels to Moscow to Dubai — coordinating licensing deals with multinational corporations who want to use Huntsman chemicals and patents in their projects.
Ashton Robison ’13
Pickering Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellow
Robison was one of 20 students selected for the Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship. Funded by the U.S. Department of State, the prestigious fellowship attracts outstanding individuals from all ethnic, racial and social backgrounds who are interested in pursuing a Foreign Service career with the U.S. Department of State.
Jeffrey Arn ’12
Client and prospect engagement strategy: IBM Watson Group
A graduate of the Digital Media Management program, Arn was the first university hire in the IBM Watson Group marketing division. He works to develop and implement marketing strategies that engage clients and prospects. Arn helps to bring IBM Watson to areas such as healthcare, financial services, retail and telecommunications.
Catie Johnson ’11
El Salvator co-coordinator: U.S.–El Salvador Sister Cities
After working with immigrants in Austin, Johnston joined a network of social justice activists connecting communities in the U.S. with rural communities in El Salvador. Johnston’s work focuses on the anti-mining movement in El Salvador and the sister-city relationship between El Salvador and Austin.