New College alumni have achieved their dreams of completing their bachelor’s degrees, accelerating their careers and making a difference in their world. Whether they returned to school after being in the workforce or military, or enrolled in college for the first time, earning their bachelor’s degree from St. Edward’s has been a turning point in their careers and personal lives.
CJ Menge ’13
Founder of: Inside Out Steelband
Menge established Inside Out Steelband, a nonprofit organization devoted to building community through music, specifically a Trinidadian steel drum ensemble. He continues to grow the organization through performances and workshops around Austin, as well as his annual Inside Out Steelband Festival.
Alex Winkelman ’11
Founder and Executive Director: Citizen Generation
Winkelmen launched Citizen Generation to get young people involved in philanthropy. Following the organization’s community-focused mission, she collaborates with many organizations in Austin to change the face of philanthropy. Citizen Generation has raised thousands of dollars donated at dozens of events.
Margaret Gómez ’91, MLA ’04
Commissioner, Precinct Four: Travis County
When she was growing up, Gómez’s family focused on the importance of a well-rounded education. Commissioner Gómez now carries that message to individuals of all ages. As Travis County Constable, she uses her sociology degree and the compassion she cultivated as a student to be more empathetic and less judgmental.
Jon Notarthomas '07
Business owner, musician and songwriter
Notarthomas returned to school and discovered a new confidence and the realization of a long-time goal. By heading up the New Literati literary anthology, he is now a published fiction writer. He also received the university's Presidential Award for leadership, service and academic performance.