Held in conjunction with Parents Weekend, Homecoming 2006 flooded the hilltop with several lifetimes of memories. Here’s a sample of some of the activities from the rest of the weekend.
MBA Alumni Awards Luncheon
More than 80 people gathered with MBA faculty members, alumni, and School of Management and Business Dean Marsha Kelliher for a luncheon that recognized and honored Rick Timmins, MBA ’79, the 2006 Distinguished MBA Alumnus Award recipient. In the more than nine years Timmins has served as Cisco System’s vice president of worldwide sales and service finance, he has steadily created an e-culture within the company — while cutting $150 million from the budget. In 1996, it took Cisco two weeks to close its books. Today, thanks to Timmins, it takes four hours.
In addition to his work at Cisco, Timmins has served in executive positions at Motorola. With his son-in-law, he co-founded and co-owns the six Seattle’s Best Coffee franchise stores in Austin. His volunteer activities include leading the United Way Motorola Program for three consecutive years and participating in the Austin ISD Mentoring Program for three years. He has stayed involved with higher education, speaking to MBA classes at St. Edward’s and serving as a board member for three major universities in the Southwest.
Athletics Hall of Fame Induction
Alumni athletes, past recipients, athletic coaches and current athletes gathered for the Hall of Fame induction ceremony honoring this year’s inductees: Karl Jauhiainen, ’86, men’s tennis; Kevin Karo, ’91, baseball; Aaron Farris Seafous, ’92, women’s basketball; Jimmy Wheeler, ’93, men’s basketball; and Julie Burleson Grant, ’96, volleyball. These new inductees join the other 82 members of the St. Edward’s University Athletics Hall of Fame.
A Conversation with Brother Stephen Walsh, CSC, ’62
Brother Stephen Walsh, executive director of the Holy Cross Institute, led a discussion on how the university is preserving the Holy Cross mission through the Holy Cross Institute, designed as both a spiritual center for the university and a national anchor for training, research and worship. “The spirit of St. Edward’s hasn’t waned at all,” he told the crowd. When Brother Stephen opened the floor to discussion, William Hudson, hs ’37, gave an impassioned testimony to the influence of St. Edward’s on his life. “This is my first time to be here in 71 years,” said Hudson, tapping his umbrella on the floor for emphasis. “I feel like I have come home.”
Brother Stephen smiled and told Hudson, “Welcome home.”