St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas - One of the Best Catholic Colleges | Texas Colleges en Dedication Mass Signals Renewal for Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel <p>Measuring just 100 feet long, 40 feet wide and 20 feet high, Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel has by no means been the grandest building on the St. Edward&rsquo;s University campus. And yet, that hasn&rsquo;t stopped it from being hugely significant for the thousands who have worshiped, celebrated, or mourned within its walls during the past 65 years.</p> <p>Generous financial support from parents, students, faculty and staff members, corporate and foundation partners, and friends of the university, has provided <img align="right" alt="" height="233" src="/sites/default/files/u72/Rebeca-Cantos-Corpus15WEB.jpg" style=" margin: 6px;" width="350" />the gift of restoration for Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel. On Oct. 21, 2014, at 5 p.m., the newly renovated chapel will be blessed and dedicated by Most Reverend Joe S. Vasquez, DD, STL, Bishop of the Diocese of Austin.</p> <p>In addition to a structural and architectural facelift, led by Elizabeth Alford and John Algood with Pollen Architecture &amp; Design, an Austin-based firm, Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel also received a new altar, tabernacle, crucifix, baptismal font, ambry, lectern and candle stands. All of these items have been hand-crafted by local artisans: Mark Macek, Rebecca Cantos-Busch, Kathleen Ash and Hawkeye Glen.</p> <p><strong>Did you know?</strong></p> <ul> <li style="padding-bottom:8px; padding-right:100px; line-height:1.4" > During the Mass of Dedication, Bishop Vasquez will place a relic of St. Brother Andr&eacute; Besette, CSC, (1845&ndash;1937) under the new altar. St. Andr&eacute; is the first Holy Cross Brother to be canonized a saint. Andr&eacute; Hall on the St. Edward&rsquo;s campus is named after him.</li> <li style="padding-bottom:8px; padding-right:100px; line-height:1.4" > A chalice belonging to the founder of St. Edward&rsquo;s University, Fr. Edward Sorin, will be used during the celebration of the Eucharist.</li> <li style="padding-bottom:8px; padding-right:100px; line-height:1.4" > The new altar, tabernacle, crucifix, baptismal font, ambry and lectern are all crafted with lumber from trees on the St. Edward&rsquo;s campus. These trees, previously damaged in a storm, were removed during the construction and renovation project. The wood finds its new home and purpose within the walls of the chapel as holy objects.</li> <li style="padding-bottom:8px; padding-right:100px; line-height:1.4" > The original building was constructed during the 1896&ndash;1897 school year. Before becoming a chapel in 1947, the building was used as an auditorium, theater, woodworking and blacksmith shop, bowling alley, barracks, and a shooting range.</li> </ul> <p>All members of the university community are invited to attend the Mass of Dedication.</p> <p>Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014<br /> 5 p.m. &ndash; Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel, St. Edward&rsquo;s University<br /> Additional Seating in Jones Auditorium<br /> Reception to Follow. All are invited.<br /> Parking and Event <a href="">Details</a></p> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:47:29 +0000 stephenr 96444 at St. Edward's University to Dedicate New Campus Ministry Building <p>For the St. Edward&rsquo;s University Campus Ministry Office, the beginning of the 2015 spring semester will signal the start of far more than just a new year.</p> <p>A year and a half after being temporarily relocated during construction, the Campus Ministry staff will move into their new home, the Brother Stephen Walsh, CSC, &rsquo;62 Campus Ministry Building. The new building is connected to the Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel near the entrance of campus.</p> <p><img align="right" alt="St. Edward's Chapel Construction" height="200" src="/sites/default/files/u101/ChapelConstruction13_0.jpg" style=" margin: 0px 10px;" width="300" />It&rsquo;s not just a new space, it&rsquo;s a new opportunity,&rdquo; said Brother Larry Atkinson, CSC, &rsquo;70, the assistant director of Campus Ministry. &ldquo;We will be back in the center of campus and surrounded by a beautiful garden that we hope will be a place of inspiration for students.</p> <p>The new building is named for Brother Stephen Walsh, CSC, &rsquo;62, whose contributions to St. Edward&rsquo;s over the years are innumerable. In 1972, at only 31 years old, Brother Stephen became university president. He held the reins through turbulent times and helped lay the foundation for the future success of the university. Under his leadership, the university introduced the New College program for adult learners and became one of the first American schools to establish a College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP).</p> <p>Given the fact that Brother Stephen Walsh was a past president and the founder of the Holy Cross Institute on campus, it speaks very much to who we are in Campus Ministry as an office, in the fact that we are very mission driven,&rdquo; Liza Manjarrez, Campus Ministry assistant director.</p> <p>At his core, Brother Stephen was a Holy Cross educator. Whether he was in the classroom or leading at Holy Cross schools across the country, he approached his work with the principle of &ldquo;meeting students where they are.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;The chapel, the Walsh Building and the meditation garden will be a shining, physical statement of the importance of faith and spirituality the life on campus,&rdquo; said Father Peter Walsh, director of Campus Ministry. &ldquo;We strive to embed Holy Cross values within the ways in which people go about their work at the university and the way they see themselves.&rdquo;</p> <p>In congruence with Brother Stephen&rsquo;s efforts, the building provides community, activity and office space to help continue the university&rsquo;s commitment to its Catholic, Holy Cross heritage.</p> <p><img align="right" alt="St. Edward's Chapel Construction" height="200" src="/sites/default/files/u101/ChapelConstruction15_0.jpg" style=" margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px;" width="300" />The excitement around the new building extends beyond the staff. In addition to office space, The Brothers of Holy Cross Community Room will be a place for students to get to know Campus Ministry and their peers.</p> <p>&ldquo;Mang House, the old building, was a place for students to just relax and be ourselves. It&rsquo;s exciting to be able to recreate that vibe in a new building,&rdquo; senior Kiersten Oubre said.</p> <p>While the building still won&rsquo;t open for a few months, it will be blessed on the same day as the chapel dedication. There will be a private ceremony with the brothers, the family of Brother Stephen, Campus Ministry staff and Most Reverend Joe S. Vasquez, DD, STL, Bishop of the Diocese of Austin.</p> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 16:04:06 +0000 mmurphy2 96440 at St. Edward's University to Host Texas Teen Book Festival This Saturday, Oct. 18 <p> <strong><em>The Maze Runner </em>author James Dashner and Lauren Oliver, creator of <em>Delirium </em>series among headliners</strong></p> <p> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">AUSTIN&mdash;The Texas Teen Book Festival is here! This Saturday will be jam-packed with author sessions and panels, book signings, vendor displays, and more. The full lineup of 29 authors appearing at the Texas Teen Book Festival represents some of the most popular and critically acclaimed authors in the booming Young Adult genre.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Two of the most-anticipated headliners are James Dashner, author of </span><em style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">The Maze Runner</em><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"> series; and Lauren Oliver, creator of the bestselling </span><em style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Delirium</em><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"> series <img align="right" alt="" height="232" src="/sites/default/files/u72/TTBFest.jpg" style=" margin: 6px;" width="300" />and </span><em style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Before I Fall</em><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Dashner&rsquo;s latest novel, </span><em style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">The Rule of Thoughts</em><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"> (the sequel to </span><em style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">The Eye of Minds</em><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">), is a novel set in a world of hyper-advanced technology, cyberterrorists, and gaming. A movie based on </span><em style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">The</em><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"> </span><em style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Maze Runner</em><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"> debuted last month and has grossed more than $220 million worldwide. Oliver&rsquo;s YA book </span><em style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Panic</em><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"> has been optioned by Universal Pictures in a major movie deal, and her first novel for adults, </span><em style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Rooms</em><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">, debuted in September.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Other headlining and featured authors include Marie Lu, Scott Westerfeld, A.S. King, and Andrew Smith. The full list and schedule are available at </span><a href="" style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"></a><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">The one-day Festival takes place this Saturday, Oct. 18, from 8:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. on the campus of St. Edward&rsquo;s University, 3001 South Congress Avenue. Organizers believe that the location on the beautiful college campus, along with free parking, will be another big hit of this year&rsquo;s Festival and its expected 4,000-plus attendees.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">&ldquo;This year&#39;s Festival is THE one to attend,&rdquo; says librarian and Fest founder Heather Schubert. &ldquo;You&#39;ll find amazing keynotes, interactive events, writing workshops, a hilarious game show, and much, much more. Expect to leave with a list of new favorite authors and a stack of books you can&#39;t wait to read!&rdquo;</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">The popular Texas Throwdown Game Show, taking place from 9:40 to 10:20 a.m., is a high-energy competition with teams of authors led by Marie Lu (</span><em style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">The Young Elites</em><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">) and Paolo Bacigalupi (</span><em style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">The Doubt Factory</em><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">).&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">&ldquo;&lsquo;Is that a banjo I hear?&rsquo; &lsquo;Wait, how many marshmallows did he just put in his mouth?&rsquo;&nbsp; These are just a few remarks you might hear teens say during the TTBF wild Texas Throwdown Game Show this Saturday,&rdquo; says show host Sarah Pitre. &ldquo;The event promises to reveal authors&rsquo; secret, hidden talents, karaoke blunders, and crazy hijinks,&quot; Pitre says.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">To help attendees plan their day, the Texas Teen Book Festival schedule is available for download on SCHED, an interactive app <a href="">here</a>.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Attendees can also </span><a href="" style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;" title="Sched Mobile Download">download SCHED on mobile devices</a><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"> including iPhone, Androids and Blackberries, so they will have their personal schedules handy on Saturday.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">The Texas Teen Book Festival is presented by the Texas Book Festival in conjunction with the Austin Public Library Friends Foundation, in partnership with BookPeople and venue sponsor St. Edward&rsquo;s University. The program is also made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">The Texas Teen Book Festival will &ldquo;bookend&rdquo; the Texas Book Festival, which features books for all ages and takes place Oct. 25 and 26 in and around the state capitol building. Both Festivals are free and open to the public thanks to generous donors, sponsors, and volunteers.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">For more information about any and all Texas Teen Book Festival happenings, go to </span><a href="" style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"></a><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">. Join the conversation on social media with the hashtag #ttbf14. See you at the Texas Teen Book Festival this weekend!</span></p> <p align="center">###</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"><u>About the Texas Book Festival</u></strong></p> <p><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">The Texas Book Festival celebrates authors and their contributions to the culture of literacy, ideas, and imagination. Founded in 1995 by first lady Laura Bush, Mary Margaret Farabee, and a group of volunteers, the nonprofit Texas Book Festival promotes the joys of reading and writing through its annual Festival weekend, the one-day Texas Teen Book Festival, the Reading Rock Stars program, grants to Texas libraries, youth fiction writing contest, and year-round literary programming. The Festival is held on the grounds of the Texas capitol each fall and features more than 280 renowned authors, panels, book signings, live music, cooking demonstrations, and children&rsquo;s activities. Thanks to generous donors, sponsors, and nearly 1,000 volunteers, the Festival remains free and open to the public. </span><a href="" style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"></a><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">, </span><a href="" style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"></a><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">, <a href="" title=""></a>, #txbookfest; and </span><a href="" style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"></a><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">, </span><a href="" style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"></a><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">, </span><a href="" style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"></a><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">, #ttbf14.</span></p> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 18:52:24 +0000 stephenr 96432 at St. Edward's University to Host "CHINA Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections" Webcast Featuring 39th President Jimmy Carter <p>AUSTIN, Texas -&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Jimmy Carter, 39th president of the United States, is the featured webcast speaker for the 8th annual CHINA Town Hall, discussing 35 years of U.S.-China relations, as part of the Conversations at the Carter Center speaker series.</span></p> <p>This annual live webcast gives Americans across the U.S. the opportunity to discuss China&#39;s rapid development, Sino-American relations, and the <img align="right" alt="" height="179" src="/sites/default/files/u72/JimmyCarterChina.jpg" style=" margin: 6px;" width="250" />direct impact on our lives. The webcast is moderated by Mr. Stephen A. Orlins, President, National Committee on U.S.-China Relations.</p> <p>Immediately following the live webcast and Q&amp;A session with President Carter, local China experts will discuss &quot;Corporate Responsibility Among Transnational Corporations Operating in China&quot;</p> <p><strong>St. Edward&#39;s University - Jones Auditorium<br /> Thursday, Oct. 16&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>6 - 7 p.m. &nbsp;CHINA Town Hall live webcast and Q&amp;A with President Jimmy Carter</p> <p>7 - 8 p.m. &nbsp;Panel discussion: &quot;Corporate Responsibility Among Transnational Corporations Operating in China&quot;</p> <p><strong>Angelos Angelou (Moderator)</strong>, Founder and Principal Executive Officer, AngelouEconomics; and Founder, International Accelerator</p> <ul> <li> Expert on technology-based economic development, site location, public policy, investment attraction and business development.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Betsy Neidel,</strong> Founder, Blue Heron Holdings, LLC</p> <ul> <li> Senior advisor specializing in US-China business and intercultural strategy and intercultural consultant, working with organizations and individuals to identify and address challenges particular to US-China business.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Brian Magierski,</strong> Co-Founder, President and Board Member, Appconomy</p> <ul> <li> Oversees Appconomy&#39;s product, sales, finance, business development and China operations. Led the company&#39;s China launch, including landmark partnership with Neusoft Corporation, China&#39;s largest IT and Solutions provider.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Ying McGuire, </strong>Vice President, International Operations and Business Development, Technology Integration Group</p> <ul> <li> Global leader with experience in sales, marketing, procurement, operations, and diversity, with extensive experience in China.</li> </ul> <p>Space is limited. <a href="">Please RSVP for this event here</a>. Parking is available in the surface parking lots near Recreation and Convocation Center.</p> <p>Jimmy Carter (James Earl Carter, Jr.) was the 39<sup>th</sup> President of the United States, serving from 1977 to 1981. Under Carter&rsquo;s leadership, on January 1, 1979, the United States established diplomatic relations with the People&rsquo;s Republic of China. In 1982, he became University Distinguished Professor at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, and founded The Carter Center, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that addresses national and international issues of public policy. Since leaving office, President Carter has visited China 12 times, including most recently in September 2014.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">The National Committee on United States-China Relations is the leading national, non-partisan public affairs organization devoted exclusively to building constructive and durable relationships between the United States and China.</span></p> <p><strong style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Contact:</strong></p> <p>Program Information: <a href="" title=""></a></p> <p>Joseph Weed, Director of Communications</p> <p>National Committee on United States-China Relations (<a href="" title=""></a>)</p> <p>Tel: (212) 645-9677, ext. 11&nbsp; -&nbsp; <a href=""></a></p> Mon, 13 Oct 2014 21:08:39 +0000 stephenr 96431 at St. Edward’s University Magazine Fall 2014 <p>There aren&rsquo;t many magazines in which you&rsquo;ll find a profile about Lady Gaga&rsquo;s stylist and a story about the Cambodian genocide separated by a mere six pages.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"><a href="" target="_blank"><img align="right" alt="" height="283" src="/sites/default/files/magCoverFall14.jpg" style="margin: 0px 6px; " width="250" /></a>On the surface, of course, the topics seem world apart. But then you insert St. Edward&rsquo;s University, and somehow, they all come together in a way that makes perfect sense. Sure, Brandon Maxwell &rsquo;08 (the force behind Lady Gaga&rsquo;s fashion) and Shannon Ung &rsquo;15 (recipient of a 2014 Summer Academic Excellence Award who went to Cambodia to retrace her parents&rsquo; journey during the country&rsquo;s genocide) share little common ground. But here&rsquo;s the thing: They shared an experience, years apart, at a common place that helped them discover who they are. In their time at St. Edward&rsquo;s, they found their passions and began charting a course to fulfill those respective passions.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">And that&rsquo;s amazing. Really, really amazing.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">I love both of these stories for very different reasons: In many ways, Brandon&rsquo;s story strikes me as quintessentially St. Edward&rsquo;s. He came to the university not knowing what he was going to do with his life, and quite frankly, not knowing if college was for him. After some tough love from Professor Bill Kennedy, Brandon pulled himself together and earned his degree &mdash; and then went on to land the job of his dreams before turning 30.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Shannon&rsquo;s story is equally about the St. Edward&rsquo;s experience. Thanks to a Summer Academic Excellence Award from the university, she traveled to Cambodia this summer to research the genocide that her parents fled more than 40 years ago. According to Shannon, she rebelled against her parents as a high-school student, and her time at St. Edward&rsquo;s helped her process her family&rsquo;s past and realize a way to integrate it into her future.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Of course, that&rsquo;s not all we have in this issue. You&rsquo;ll also find the story <a href="" target="_blank">&ldquo;Oh, the Places They&rsquo;ll Go,&rdquo;</a>&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">which checks in with members of the Class of 2014. In <a href="" target="_blank">&ldquo;Quiet Zeal,&rdquo;</a>&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">we take a look at the Brothers of Holy Cross and what the declining numbers of men answering the vocational call means for St. Edward&rsquo;s University. Don&rsquo;t miss the <a href="">web extra</a></span><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"><a href="">,</a> in which we bring you the memoirs of two longtime brothers.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Enjoy!</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Frannie Schneider</span><br /> Editor</p> Wed, 08 Oct 2014 21:02:07 +0000 stephenr 96425 at Mass of Dedication for Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel: Oct. 21 <p> October 21, 2014, marks a day of renewal for a small and humble building that has served as the worship center at St. Edward&rsquo;s University for more than 65 years. After an extensive renovation, Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel will be blessed and dedicated by Most Reverend Joe S. Vasquez, DD, STL, Bishop of the Diocese of Austin.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Bishop Vasquez will celebrate the&nbsp;Mass of Dedication, which includes the depositing of the relic of St. Brother Andr&eacute; Bessette, CSC, and the blessing of the <img align="right" alt="" height="300" src="/sites/default/files/u72/ChapelConstruction12WEB.jpg" style=" margin: 6px;" width="450" />walls and consecration of the altar.</span></p> <p>All members of the St. Edward&rsquo;s community are invited to attend the Mass and come together to be reminded that our Holy Cross and Catholic heritage is a living tradition that challenges and inspires students to make a difference in their world.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">&ldquo;Restoration of Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel provides a beautiful worship space for our community and serves as an enduring symbol of the university&rsquo;s Catholic identity, said George E. Martin, president of St. Edward&rsquo;s University. &ldquo;Financial support of the project has come from parents, students, faculty, staff, corporate and foundation partners, as well as from friends of the university. We are thankful and humbled at the commitment of resources for this endeavor.&rdquo;</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">The Mass of Dedication will be held at 5 p.m., with a reception to follow. Seating in the chapel is limited. A live broadcast of the Mass will take place in Jones Auditorium for those who are unable to find a seat in the chapel. Holy Communion will also be distributed in Jones Auditorium.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><u style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Mass of Dedication</u><br /> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014</span><br /> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">5 p.m. &ndash; Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel, St. Edward&rsquo;s University</span><br /> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Additional Seating in Jones Auditorium</span><br /> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Reception to Follow. All are invited.</span><br /> <a href="" style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Parking and Event Details</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 07 Oct 2014 20:05:24 +0000 stephenr 96423 at St. Edward’s to add Men’s and Women’s Cross Country in 2015-16 <p><img align="right" alt="" height="208" src="/sites/default/files/u72/rp_primary_CC_Web.jpg" style=" margin: 6px;" width="399" />AUSTIN, Texas &ndash; St. Edward&#39;s University will offer cross country as a men&#39;s and women&#39;s varsity sport in Fall 2015. Teams will compete in the Heartland Conference in Division II of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).</p> <p>The competitive season will consist of five to six meets and the conference championship. St. Edward&#39;s will join 260 NCAA DII institutions that sponsor cross country.</p> <p>Cross country is a welcomed addition to an athletic program that has experienced great success in recent years. The men&#39;s and women&#39;s programs will be the 12th and 13th sports offered at St. Edward&#39;s alongside baseball, men&#39;s and women&#39;s basketball, men&#39;s and women&#39;s golf, men&#39;s and women&#39;s soccer, men&#39;s and women&#39;s tennis, softball and volleyball.</p> <p>Athletic Director Debbie Taylor said, &quot;St. Edward&#39;s is excited about adding cross country as a varsity sport, especially in a strong running community like Austin.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The next step is to conduct a national search and secure the individual who will come in and develop the program to attain regional and national recognition.&nbsp; Our goal is to have that coach on board by January.&quot;</p> <p>Read more at the Hilltopper Athletics website <a href=""></a>.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 12:55:55 +0000 stephenr 96395 at Ariana Villegas, Education Major, Competes in “Hispanic College Quiz” Show <p>By Colin Stonecipher&nbsp;</p> <p>Not everyone remembers their first trip on an airplane. Ariana Villegas, a junior at St. Edward&rsquo;s University, will have a hard time forgetting hers.<img align="right" alt="" height="245" src="/sites/default/files/u72/ArianaVillegas2.jpg" style=" margin: 6px;" width="300" /></p> <p><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Villegas, a native of Austin and first generation college student, left the state of Texas for the first time this summer to compete in the <a href="">Hispanic College Quiz </a>show series &mdash; a nationally televised, Jeopardy-style competition for college students.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Hispanic College Quiz was created to inspire an appreciation of different Latino and Hispanic cultures. The show is seen across the country and hopes to share knowledge about various cultures and highlight the contributions of minorities in society.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">The quiz show is endorsed by the <a href="">Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)</a>&nbsp;and features students from member institutions. Contestants came from colleges and universities across the U.S. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">In the months leading up to the taping of the show, Villegas put in countless hours of preparation. She worked tirelessly with her coach, Fred Estrello, MEd, director of Special Projects in the <a href="">School of Education,</a> to be ready for the competition.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">&ldquo;Every week we would go over questions, mock interviews &hellip; I even had her stand up at a podium and practice buzzing in,&rdquo; Estrello said.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Villegas and Estrello took off for Chicago in late July to tape the show. The 12 contending students were split into groups of three and filmed four different shows. Each show of the series featured two head-to-head rounds of multiple-choice questions, a lightening round and wager round (Final Jeopardy style). A $3,000 scholarship is awarded to the contestant with the highest score in each group.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Villegas won second place in her group and took home a $1,000 scholarship. The competition also gave her the chance to build up her confidence, meet other students and learn about her own history.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"><img align="left" alt="" height="230" src="/sites/default/files/u72/ArianaVillegas1.jpg" style=" margin: 6px;" width="300" />&ldquo;There were things I could relate to my great grandmother; she was involved in farmworker marches and learned about the protests with Cesar Chavez,&rdquo; said Villegas.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Villegas was the first St. Edward&rsquo;s student to be a part of the show, but she and Estrello &nbsp;love the idea of helping other students take advantage of this opportunity next year. The St. Edward&rsquo;s student population is 35% Hispanic, and many students would be eligible to compete on the show.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">&ldquo;Ariana laid the foundation for future students to go and participate&rdquo; said Estrello.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">The show will air during Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 to Oct. 15).</span></p> <p><em style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">In Austin, </em><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Hispanic College Quiz </span><em style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">will air THIS Saturday, Sept. 27, from 1</em><em style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">&ndash;4 p.m. on the CW.</em></p> Thu, 25 Sep 2014 03:32:16 +0000 stephenr 96379 at St. Edward’s University MBA Capstone Group Wins with Economic Impact Study for Austin Marathon <p>A group of St. Edward&rsquo;s University students in <a href="">The Bill Munday School of Business </a>succeeded in helping Conley Sports Productions, the production company for the <a href="">Austin Marathon</a>, to develop an economic impact study for the Austin Marathon. The students also developed a tool for Conley Sports to use going forward to measure the impact of each marathon it organizes.</p> <p>According to John Conley, CEO of Conley Sports, the study helps the Austin Marathon understand where it fits in the bigger spectrum of special events in Austin. Conley can use this data when looking for special considerations in planning from the Austin City Council and the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau.<img align="right" alt="" height="337" src="/sites/default/files/u72/AustinMarathonBlog.jpg" style="margin: 6px;" width="350" /></p> <p>Conley stated that the city of Austin and local organizations are much more willing to work with special events if they have a strong economic impact. The impact study and tool for measuring future events will help Austin measure itself against other industry events in order to market the Austin Marathon as a major tourist race.</p> <p>In the final semester of the St. Edward&rsquo;s University <a href="">Master of Business Administration (MBA) </a>program, students are placed with a company or organization seeking to solve a business issue being faced. The students apply all they have learned throughout the program to help a business address a specific challenge, which could result in students developing a marketing plan, financial audit or economic impact study.</p> <p>The four students who worked with Conley were given access to post race survey data that included spending figures on hotels, retail purchases, travel costs and meals. The team applied the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) multipliers to post-race survey data to arrive at their estimate of $22.4 million for the 2014 Austin Marathon.</p> <p>Conley stated about the St. Edward&rsquo;s University project team, &ldquo;I was impressed with the caliber of students. I understand they were all MBAs, but they asked questions I&rsquo;d never considered and helped shape the next iteration of our survey for runners. These students were a cut above.&rdquo;</p> <p>He also noted that the students were very organized and &ldquo;got down to business&rdquo; with well-run meetings, which he attributed to the leadership of <a href="">MBA Program Director Stan Horner, PhD</a>. &nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;I really appreciate that they took a long-term view of things. Having a tool that could last me 10 years is enormously valuable,&rdquo; said Conley. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s going to help me increase the out-of-town visitors, which is priceless. I&rsquo;m very grateful.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 18:40:43 +0000 stephenr 96344 at St. Edward's Climbs to #13 in U.S. News & World Report’s "America's Best Colleges" Rankings <p> <strong>AUSTIN, Texas</strong> &ndash; For the 12th consecutive year, St.&nbsp;Edward&rsquo;s University was recognized by <a href="" target="_blank"><em>U.S. News &amp; World Report</em>&nbsp;</a>as one of America&rsquo;s Best <img align="right" alt="" height="252" src="/sites/default/files/u72/USNewsBadge.png" style="margin: 12px 6px;" width="240" />Colleges, moving up two spots to #13 in the 2015 Best Regional Universities <a href="" target="_blank">West region rankings</a>.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">St.&nbsp;Edward&rsquo;s is one of only four&nbsp;</span><a href="" style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Texas universities&nbsp;</a><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">to be ranked in the top 20 in the Best Regional Universities rankings. Additionally, St.&nbsp;Edward&rsquo;s was ranked #2 in the West Region in the Best Colleges for </span><a href="" style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Veterans</a><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"> rankings. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">&ldquo;It is nice to see that St. Edward&rsquo;s University&rsquo;s commitment to providing students with an academically challenging and personally fulfilling college experience is being recognized,&rdquo; said President George E. Martin. &ldquo;And, we remain dedicated to improving in every area of these rankings and beyond, so that our students leave St.&nbsp;Edward&rsquo;s ready to become leaders in their professional and civic communities domestically and abroad.&rdquo;</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">The </span><em style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">U.S. News &amp; World Report</em><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"> best regional universities lists include institutions that offer a full range of undergraduate programs as well as select master&#39;s programs.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">The formula used by&nbsp;</span><em style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">U.S. News</em><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">&nbsp;to rank schools includes:</span></p> <ul> <li> Peer assessment</li> <li> Freshman retention rate</li> <li> Graduation rate</li> <li> Percentage of classes under 20 students</li> <li> Student-faculty ratio</li> <li> SAT scores for incoming freshmen</li> <li> Percentage of freshmen who are in the top 25% of their high school class</li> <li> The university&rsquo;s overall acceptance rate</li> <li> Average alumni giving rate</li> </ul> <p><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">For more information on the rankings, visit </span><a href="" style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;" target="_blank"></a><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 09 Sep 2014 14:18:33 +0000 stephenr 96343 at Rachel Murray, Women's Soccer Student-Athlete, Named Finalist for NCAA Woman of the Year <p><strong>INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.</strong> - Rachel Murray, a women&#39;s soccer graduate from St. Edward&#39;s University, has been named a finalist for the 2014 NCAA Woman of the Year award as announced on Tuesday.<img align="right" alt="" height="413" src="/sites/default/files/u72/Rachel%20Murray3.jpg" style=" margin: 6px;" width="275" /></p> <p>Ten women from each of the three divisions make up the top 30, spanning various NCAA sports. The top 30 honorees reflect the pillars of the Woman of the Year award: outstanding achievements in academics, athletics, community service and leadership.</p> <p>&quot;These women are perfect examples of NCAA student-athletes succeeding on the field, in the classroom and in life,&quot; said Gloria Nevarez, NCAA Woman of the Year selection committee chair and senior associate commissioner for the Pac-12 Conference. &quot;We are impressed by their outstanding achievements, and no matter the paths they take after college, we are confident that they will continue to lead their peers for many years to come.&quot;</p> <p>In late September, three finalists from each division will be selected to form the nine finalists for the award.&nbsp; The 2014 Woman of the Year will be announced at an annual ceremony in Indianapolis Oct. 19.</p> <p>Murray is a Houston native and three-time Capital One Academic All-American who posted an undergraduate GPA of 4.0 in Biology. In her four years with the Hilltoppers, Murray was named to the NSCAA and Daktronics All-Region team four times for her performance on the field. Named a Heartland Conference Player of the Week five teams and first team All-Conference twice, she helped her team to two NCAA Elite Eight appearances.</p> <p>Read more at <a href=""></a></p> Wed, 03 Sep 2014 15:08:12 +0000 stephenr 96330 at St. Edward’s University Welcomes New Deans, VP for Financial Affairs <p>St. Edward&rsquo;s University welcomes new senior leadership in the School of Natural Sciences, The Bill Munday School of Business and the Office of Financial Affairs. Gary Morris, PhD, is the new dean of the School of Natural Sciences; Nancy Schreiber, PhD, is the new dean of The Bill Munday School of Business; and Kimberly Kvaal is the new Vice President for Financial Affairs. These positions are integral in helping the university achieve the vision of its current strategic plan &mdash; to educate students for the opportunities and challenges of a 21st century world.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>School of Natural Sciences: Dean Gary Morris, PhD<img align="right" alt="" height="200" src="/sites/default/files/u72/GaryMorris_AVBJ.jpg" style="margin: 6px;" width="150" /></strong></p> <p>Gary Morris comes to St. Edward&#39;s from Valparaiso University in Indiana, where he served as associate dean of Arts and Sciences. He brings broad experience in fostering effective pedagogical strategies in physics, as well as extensive experience in proposal writing and grant management. Morris is a strong advocate for undergraduate research and has mentored over 100 research students on international, interdisciplinary research projects. He stresses the importance of collaboration and is excited to work with our community in strategic planning for the sciences.</p> <p> <strong>The Bill Munday School of Business: Dean Nancy Schreiber, PhD<img align="right" alt="" height="200" src="/sites/default/files/u72/NancySchreiber_ABJ.jpg" style="margin: 6px;" width="150" /></strong></p> <p>Nancy Schreiber brings important experience in the leadership and implementation of AACSB and SACS accreditation processes. Previously, as senior associate dean in the College of Business at the University of Dallas, Schreiber facilitated undergraduate curriculum design, the development of international partnerships and articulation agreements with institutions in Europe and Latin America. She led the development of a robust practicum graduation requirement, along with the creation of new graduate programs. She also obtained major gifts for the College of Business.</p> <p> <strong>Financial Affairs: Vice President Kimberly Kvaal<img align="right" alt="" height="200" src="/sites/default/files/u72/KimKvuaa_ABJ.jpg" style="margin: 6px;" width="150" /></strong></p> <p>Kimberly Kvaal joins the administrative staff as Vice President for Financial Affairs. Kvaal comes to St. Edward&rsquo;s from the University of San Francisco, a Jesuit institution with an enrollment of 10,500 and an annual operating budget of $350 million, where she served as the associate vice President of Business and Finance. Her prior experience includes leadership roles at Regis University and Jewish Family Service of Colorado. Kvaal is a financial strategist with deep knowledge of higher education accounting, risk management, finance and operations. She is a CPA and holds an MBA from Regis University. &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 16:07:36 +0000 stephenr 96296 at Mending Main Building <p>Main Building, constructed in 1888 on the highest elevation point on campus, and one of the highest in Travis County, gives spectacular views of the ever-changing Austin skyline. From its vantage point, giant cranes, steel pillars and glass walls of new construction dot the city&rsquo;s horizon. Main Building has seen, and endured, many changes from its perch on the hilltop.&nbsp;&nbsp;<img align="right" alt="" height="450" src="/sites/default/files/u72/MBconstruction3web.jpg" style=" margin: 6px;" width="300" /></p> <p>In 1903 the first Main Building on this campus burnt down to its foundations but was rebuilt that same year. Tragedy struck again in 1922 when a tornado tore through campus, leaving a large hole in the south side of the building. The last major renovation of Main Building, completed in 1986, focused on repairing the structural integrity of the exterior walls and bringing the building up to current city codes.</p> <p>This summer, the third major restoration effort to the exterior of Main Building began &mdash; this time to mend the damages of time. A careful matrix of scaffolding has covered the iconic tower as workers replace stones of the exterior limestone walls, improve drafty windows and make repairs to the building&rsquo;s red roof.</p> <p>Perhaps the most exciting part of this phase of restoration is one that won&rsquo;t be easily seen at first glance. This fall, the original bell in the tower of Main Building will ring again for the first time in more than 25 years. The bell, which is being restored, was made in 1904 at the Henry Stuckstede Bell Foundry Co. in St. Louis, Missouri.&nbsp;</p> <p>Throughout its 126-year history, Main Building has relied on community support and donations to preserve and repair the most loved and recognized landmark on our campus. Over the past year, St. Edward&rsquo;s has received generous support from <strong>The Fondren Foundation, The Cullen Trust for Higher Education </strong>and the<strong> Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau Heritage Grant Program,</strong> raising more than $1 million of the estimated $6 million to $8 million needed complete the restoration.</p> <p>For many, Main Building represents the spirit of the St. Edward&rsquo;s campus. As Holy Cross Brother and former university president Stephen Walsh, CSC, said, &ldquo;In a very real sense, we can all say that we have left our mark. However hard and durable that stone is, it is soft enough to give way to us. Over the years, the hard edges of the front steps have become rounded and smooth. So when I climb those steps in the morning headed to my office, I am aware as at no other time that I am following in the footsteps of others.&rdquo;</p> <p>Main Building is a registered Texas Historic Landmark and is designated a National Historic Site. It was built the same year as the Texas State Capitol building.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 14:03:56 +0000 stephenr 96265 at Mary Moody Northen Theatre Announces 2014-2015 Season <p>AUSTIN, Texas &mdash; Mary Moody Northen Theatre, the award-winning producing arm of the St. Edward&rsquo;s University theatre training program, announces its 2014-2015 season, featuring four (4) outstanding plays ranging from classic to contemporary. Join us for our 42nd anniversary season and share in the fun and excitement at the theatre on the hill!<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>LOVE AND INFORMATION</strong><br /> By Caryl Churchill<br /> September 25 &mdash; October 5, 2014<br /> Directed by David Long</p> <p> Join us for the <strong><em>regional premiere</em></strong> of Caryl Churchill&rsquo;s theatrically inventive, smart&nbsp;and thought-provoking new work. Over 50 interchangeable scenes, 14 actors portray more than 100 characters desperate to connect in a fast-paced world obsessed with a &lsquo;need to know&rsquo; and unlimited access to information. What is important; where are the silences; how do we sort reality from the manufactured noise? Funny and poignant, <em>Love and Information</em> examines our technology-driven culture, celebrates our spirit and offers an ode to love in a disconnected world. Featuring Equity guests Janelle Buchannan and Rick Roemer.</p> <p>&ldquo;Extraordinary. <em>The</em> play everyone should see.&ldquo;&nbsp;&nbsp; &mdash; <em>The Guardian</em><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>HAMLET</strong><br /> By William Shakespeare<br /> November 13 &mdash; 23, 2014<br /> Directed by Michelle Polgar</p> <p> What happens when a young prince loses his father, witnesses his mother&rsquo;s swift remarriage and must find his place amidst a swirling storm of his own grief, an impending war and possible treason? It&rsquo;s a terrifying challenge, and Hamlet must act quickly to find the truth, save his kingdom and restore order without compromising his integrity or losing his sanity. Or is it already too late?</p> <p>&ldquo;The greatest of poetic tragedies.&rdquo; &mdash; <em>The Guardian</em><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>MISALLIANCE</strong><br /> By George Bernard Shaw<br /> February 12 &mdash; 22, 2015<br /> Directed by Robert Tolaro</p> <p>Heiress to her father&#39;s underwear fortune, Hypatia is engaged to the perfectly acceptable but astoundingly dull Bently Summerhays. Bored beyond measure, she longs for adventure to fall out of the sky.&nbsp;What are the odds on a lazy Sunday afternoon in Surrey in 1909? Luckily Hypatia has Shaw on her side, so things are looking up indeed. Peppered with a plane crash, eight proposals, a lone gunman, a Polish woman gymnast and a sound Shavian skewering of love and marriage, this breezy and spirited comedy will leave you laughing, appreciating your intellect and, perhaps, longing for a lemonade on the veranda.</p> <p>&ldquo;Delightful.&rdquo;<em>&nbsp; &mdash; The New York Times</em><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>THE ROBBER BRIDEGROOM</strong><br /> Book and Lyrics by Alfred Uhry<br /> Music by Robert Waldman<br /> Based on the novella by Eudora Welty<br /> April 16 &mdash; 26, 2015</p> <p>In this super silly musical fairy tale, rascally robber Jamie Lockhart courts Rosamund, the only daughter of the richest planter in the country. The proceedings go awry thanks to a case of double-mistaken identity. Add an evil stepmother intent on Rosamund&#39;s demise, a pea-brained henchman and a hostile talking head-in-a-trunk (really!), and you have quite an adventure on your hands. Filled with bluegrass and thigh-slapping fun!</p> <p>&ldquo;Southern-fried whimsy.&rsquo; &mdash; <em>The Los Angeles Times</em><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Performances</strong></p> <p>All performances are Thursday &ndash; Saturday evenings at 7:30 PM and Sundays at 2 PM. Mary Moody Northen Theatre is located on the St. Edward&rsquo;s University Campus along Campus drive. For a campus map, go to <a href=""></a>.</p> <p><strong>Tickets</strong></p> <p>Season passes go on sale August 18 through the MMNT box office at (512) 448-8484 and are available online at <a href=""></a>. Single tickets for each production go on sale three weeks prior to opening and may be purchased through the MMNT box office or the website. Box Office hours are 1 &ndash; 5 PM Monday &ndash; Friday when classes are in session and one hour prior to curtain.&nbsp; Group rates are available for groups of 10 or more. For more information about group tickets, contact the MMNT box office.</p> <p><strong>About Mary Moody Northen Theatre</strong></p> <p>Mary Moody Northen Theatre operates on a professional model and stands at the center of the St. Edward&rsquo;s University Theatre Training Program. Through MMNT, students work alongside professional actors, directors and designers, explore all facets of theatrical production and earn points towards membership in Actor&rsquo;s Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States. MMNT operates under an AEA U/RTA contract and is a member of Theatre Communications Group. For more information, contact the theater program at 512-448-8487 or visit us online at <a href=""></a>.</p> <p>Press Contact: Michelle Polgar, 512.448.8483</p> <p><a href=""></a></p> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 05:00:00 +0000 stephenr 96193 at A St. Edward’s Theater Arts Major Works Center Stage for Amy’s Ice Creams in Austin <p>We sat down with St. Edward&rsquo;s University alumnus, Aaron Clay, for a brief Q&amp;A. The &rsquo;04 Theater Arts Major is currently working as the Director of Communications for Amy&rsquo;s Ice Creams in Austin, Texas. Hear what Aaron has to say about his experience at St. Edward&rsquo;s University, as a transfer student and how the theater arts program helped shape who he is now.</p> <p><em>Q: What do you do for <a href="">Amy&rsquo;s Ice Cream</a>?<img align="right" alt="" height="233" src="/sites/default/files/u72/AMCHeadshot.jpg" style=" margin: 6px;" width="349" /></em></p> <p>A: As a communications director, I take care of all the marketing and public relations work for the company. I&rsquo;m also a company-wide facilitator for something we call &ldquo;open-book management.&rdquo; We open up all the financial books to all of our employees. My role is to introduce those finances and to teach people how to read those financial statements, so that anybody can participate in the business.</p> <p><em>Q: That&rsquo;s an interesting job for a Theater Arts major&hellip;</em></p> <p>A: Everything you need to learn about life, you learn in a theater class. That&rsquo;s what I like to say. Communication is key and connecting with your community is really important. Without being part of the theater community at St. Edward&rsquo;s, I wouldn&rsquo;t have learned how to connect with people in the same way. That&rsquo;s something I use in my day-to-day life. I really believe that the <a href="">Theater Arts program</a> at St. Edward&rsquo;s taught, at a very advanced level, how to connect and collaborate with other human beings to make something special.</p> <p><em>Q: Why did you transfer to St. Edward&rsquo;s?</em></p> <p>A: I went to another university in South Texas on a scholarship, but it wasn&rsquo;t meeting my needs. I needed something greater to connect to. My friend suggested I see a show at St. Edward&rsquo;s. I went to see <em>A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum</em> and I was blown away by the performance. Here were college students that were actually performing at a professional level with live orchestrations and amazing technical abilities. I thought, I can do that too. I know I can do that too. When it came time to apply, I auditioned, and I was so happy I was accepted.</p> <p><em>Q: What did you think once you got here?</em></p> <p>A: St. Edward&rsquo;s blew my expectations away. The school blew me away when it came to theater, when it came to art, when it came to history. It wasn&rsquo;t until I came here that I realized, oh, there&rsquo;s way more to the world than what I think there is. It took the small-town boy out of me and said, &quot;the world is your oyster!&quot;</p> <p><em>Q: What does liberal arts mean to you?</em></p> <p>A: You can go to any other school and learn a very focused, narrow way of doing something. At St. Edward&rsquo;s, you take classes that expand your horizons, and you can see more, and you&rsquo;re able to grow as a person and impact the world in a way you wouldn&rsquo;t with just that narrow focus. It&rsquo;s like seeing a bowling alley. You can either see just your lane or the entire alley. Why would anybody want to just see one lane when they could see the whole alley with people having fun?</p> <p><em>Q: Do you have any advice for current students?</em></p> <p>A: Don&rsquo;t sleep! Go on campus, go have fun, go travel the world, <a href="">do study abroad</a>. Whatever you do, don&rsquo;t spend your time at home sleeping. Talk with people. Work with people. You meet people who are going to be part of your life for the rest of your life. You don&rsquo;t want to waste any moment because there&rsquo;s so much awesomeness happening.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 14:23:11 +0000 ricardor 96094 at St. Edward’s University Honors Five Faculty Members for Their Excellence in Teaching <p><strong>AUSTIN, Texas</strong> - Given annually, teaching excellence awards at St. Edward&#39;s University honor faculty members for their exceptional talents and dedication to promoting learning in meaningful, engaging and innovative ways. Candidates are evaluated by their peers and chosen based on their course offerings, curricular designs, instructional methods, classroom performances and interactions with students.</p> <p><strong>Four teaching excellence awards are given annually to five faculty members:</strong></p> <ul> <li> The&nbsp;<strong>Distinguished Teaching Career Award</strong> is given to one faculty member with the rank of full professor, who has taught at St. Edward&#39;s for at least 15 years and has taught at least 50 classes representing four different courses.</li> <li> The <strong>Distinguished Teaching Award</strong> is given to two contract faculty members</li> <li> The <strong>Oustanding Adjunct Teaching Award</strong> is given to one adjunct faculty member.</li> <li> The <strong>Delayne Hudspeth Award for Innovative Instruction</strong> honors a faculty member who has designed an innovative course project or teaching method.</li> </ul> <p><strong>The 2013</strong><strong>&ndash;</strong><strong>2014 award recipients are:</strong></p> <p><strong>Stanley C. Irvin</strong>, School of Humanities, Distinguished Teaching Career Award<img align="right" alt="" height="160" src="/sites/default/files/u72/stan_irvin.jpg" style=" margin: 6px;" width="135" /></p> <p>&ldquo;The Distinguished Career Award is, for me, confirmation that a career-long commitment to teaching is still greatly valued at St. Edward&#39;s University in all fields of study, including the visual arts,&rdquo; said <strong>Stanly Irvin</strong>, professor of Art.&nbsp;&ldquo;Over the years, I have tried to teach by demonstrating to students the endless potential for self expression, as well as self discovery, inherent in clay as an expressive medium.&nbsp;I don&#39;t think it is necessary to be an art major to appreciate how important it is to pursue work that one loves to do. &nbsp;It has always seemed a natural thing to combine that love with teaching.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Hollis Hammonds</strong>, School of Humanities, Distinguished Teaching Award<img align="right" alt="" height="160" src="/sites/default/files/u72/laura_hollis-hammonds.jpg" width="135" /></p> <p>&ldquo;It is very flattering to win the St. Edward&#39;s teaching award, and it is a great honor to be recognized by my peers,&rdquo; said <strong>Hollis Hammonds</strong>, associate professor of Art.&nbsp; &ldquo;At some point in undergraduate school, and through the encouragement of a great faculty mentor, I just knew that I would love teaching at the college level. Engaging with students on a daily basis is very rewarding for me, but this award makes it even sweeter.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Todd Onderdonk</strong>, University Programs, Distinguished Teaching Award<img align="right" alt="" height="180" src="/sites/default/files/u72/picture-372.jpg" style=" margin: 6px;" width="140" /></p> <p>&ldquo;The award means so much to me. The process is such a long and rigorous one, and so many innovative, dedicated colleagues are nominated,&rdquo; said <strong>Todd Onderdonk</strong>, associate professor of University Programs. &ldquo;As someone who teaches only demanding &quot;Mission courses&quot; like Cultural Foundations classes and Capstone, I am proud that teaching in the field of general education is being recognized by my peers around the university. I feel these classes, and the Holy Cross values that inform our mission, are so important to what makes a St. Edward&#39;s education a distinctive and humane one.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Grant Potts</strong>, University Programs, Outstanding Adjunct Teaching Award</p> <p>&quot;It is great to have St. Edward&#39;s University, as an institution, recognize the work that adjunct faculty members put in every day to educate their students. &nbsp;I know a lot of labor goes into deciding who wins these teaching awards, and it warms me to know that so many individuals were willing to put time and effort into the process for me,&rdquo; said <strong>Grant Potts</strong>, associate professor of University Programs.&nbsp;&ldquo;I feel truly thanked by St. Edward&#39;s for the time and effort I give my students. It has certainly been its own reward and delight to have the opportunity to work with the such engaged, intelligent students as we have at this school.&quot;</p> <p><strong>Steven S.W. Fletcher</strong>, School of Education, Hudspeth Award for Innovative Instruction</p> <p><img align="right" alt="" height="160" src="/sites/default/files/u72/steven_fletcher.jpg" style=" margin: 6px;" width="135" /></p> <p>&ldquo;Receiving the 2014 Hudspeth Award has been a wonderful way to celebrate the excellent work that our students do as they grapple with what it means to teach in today&#39;s schools,&rdquo; said Steven S.W. Fletcher, associate professor of Secondary Education. &ldquo;Their courage and willingness to critically examine their developing teaching skills reflects not just my work with them but the way in which St. Edward&#39;s University approaches a liberal education. I am thrilled to accept the award knowing this.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>More information on the teaching excellence awards can be found at <a href=""></a>.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 18:22:05 +0000 ricardor 96095 at St. Edward’s University Magazine Spring/Summer 2014 Issue <p> When I was in college years ago, I never spent much time in the library. I attended a large state school with a library that was touted proudly on campus tours. It was historical, full of books and the exterior looked a little like it might have been at home in a Harry Potter movie.</p> <p>Despite all it had going for it, the library felt cold and dark on the inside, which inevitably made me sleepy. Instead, I&rsquo;d study at a diner off <img align="right" alt="" height="230" src="/sites/default/files/u72/StedsMagSummerBlog.jpg" style=" margin: 6px;" width="200" />campus, which did have hot coffee in abundance, but I was nowhere near the academic tomes I&rsquo;d inevitably need to complete my research paper at 2 a.m.</p> <p>When I toured the <a href="">Munday Library</a> last fall, I was a bit envious &mdash; in a good way.</p> <p>Students at St. Edward&rsquo;s have what I dreamed about in college: an open study space bathed in natural light with sweeping views, perfect for studying any time of the day (or night). It&rsquo;s easy to see why, in less than a year, the Munday Library has become the intellectual hub on campus.</p> <p>But it&rsquo;s not just the inviting study space that&rsquo;s made the library so worthy of being touted on our own campus tours. Inside, students have access to global digital classrooms, 71 PCs and 25 Macs, group study rooms equipped with touchscreen computers, and a collection of 80,000 print books. On top of that, there are the digital resources, including almost 300,000 ebooks and 12,000 scholarly journals, which can be accessed from anywhere with a university login. You can <a href="">check it all out</a> in the Spring/Summer issue of <em>St. Edward&rsquo;s University Magazine. </em>You might even wish you had a final to study for, just so you could take in the view of South Congress Avenue.</p> <p>Also in this issue, you&rsquo;ll find the story <a href="">&ldquo;Set in Stone,&rdquo;</a> which recounts the journey 13 students took to the Dominican Republic over spring break to build houses for Habitat for Humanity. Almost overnight, they were transformed into construction workers. Don&rsquo;t miss the <a href="">web extra</a>, in which one of the students recounts both the challenges and rewards of the project.</p> <p>In <a href="">&ldquo;True Grit&rdquo;</a>, we take you inside Del Valle ISD, one of the most challenging school districts in Central Texas, where School of Education students are training to become teachers. And finally, in <a href="">&ldquo;Choosing Second,&rdquo;</a> we look at how the university attracts top student-athletes without splashy stadiums and prime-time TV contracts.</p> <p>Enjoy!</p> <p>Frannie Schneider<br /> Editor</p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 21:13:32 +0000 ricardor 96096 at St. Edward’s University Bestows Prestigious Presidential Award to 11 Students <p><strong>AUSTIN, Texas</strong> - Eleven students from the 2013&ndash;2014 academic year were presented with the St. Edward&rsquo;s University Presidential Award at the Honors Night ceremony. The Presidential Award is given to outstanding seniors from the undergraduate, graduate and New College programs who embody the principles of the university&rsquo;s Holy Cross tradition and mission, and have demonstrated excellence in leadership, academic performance and service to the university and other communities.</p> <p>The award is given annually each April to no more than 12 students. This year, faculty, staff and peers nominated a record 170 students for the award, and a committee selected the final recipients. The Presidential Award was first given in the 1985&ndash;1986 academic year and has been awarded to 303 students since its inception.</p> <p>This year&rsquo;s Presidential Award winners are:</p> <p><strong><img align="left" alt="" height="188" src="/sites/default/files/u17/denae%20dibrell%202014%20_mg_2965.jpg" style=" margin: 6px;" width="150" />Denae Dibrell</strong> &ndash; An English Writing and Rhetoric major in the Honors Program with a 3.96 GPA, Denae has made the Dean&rsquo;s List every semester at St. Edward&rsquo;s. She has received the Trustee Scholar Award, the Faculty Scholarship, the Service Scholarship and the Bishop Harris Scholarship. As an Honors student, she received a Summer Academic Excellence Award to study first-year writing programs, writing, and writing pedagogy in Valparaiso and Vina del Mar, Chile, to gain an international perspective. She presented her Honors thesis at the Conference on College Composition and Communication, the world&rsquo;s largest professional organization for researching and teaching composition.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><img align="left" alt="" height="188" src="/sites/default/files/u17/jennifer%20Eakin%202014%20_mg_2828_1.jpg" style="margin: 6px;" width="150" /></strong></p> <p><strong>Jennifer Lynn Eakin</strong> &ndash; An active member of Campus Ministry, Jenny signed up for Alternative Spring Break and found herself volunteering with urban elementary school students in Chicago. The students&rsquo; enthusiasm for learning and commitment to their futures inspired Jenny to better value her own education and the important role she could play as a future teacher. An English Language Arts and Reading major, she has regularly made the Dean&rsquo;s List and won the President&rsquo;s Scholar Award. She is a member of the Theta Alpha Kappa national honor society and has received the St. Catherine Medal for her leadership, service and academic accomplishments.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><img align="left" alt="" height="188" src="/sites/default/files/u17/kaitlyn%20eighme%202014%20_mg_2944.jpg" style=" margin: 6px;" width="150" />Kaitlin Marie Eighme &ndash; </strong>As a freshman, Kaitlin was a member of the Social Justice Living Learning Community; later, she joined the upperclassman Faith and Service Living Learning Community. She has been a regular participant in service activities such as The BIG Event and Reach Out. She has participated in, and led her classmates on, service trips locally and abroad &mdash; two Alternative Spring Break trips as well as International Immersion experiences in Peru and Uganda. For her academic accomplishments, Kaitlin received the President&rsquo;s Scholar Award, and she has appeared on the dean&rsquo;s list six times earning a 3.77 GPA as an English Language Arts and Reading major. She is a member of Theta Alpha Kappa, the Religious and Theological Studies Honor Society.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><img align="left" alt="" height="188" src="/sites/default/files/u17/Alyssa%20Haney%202014%20_mg_2909.jpg" style="margin: 6px;" width="150" /></strong></p> <p><strong>Alyssa Hane</strong><strong>y &ndash; </strong>An Sociology major and Honors student with a perfect 4.0 GPA, Alyssa has received recognition as Student of the Year by the Sociology, Modern Languages and Humanities programs. Her academic accomplishments have a strong international component, preparing her to graduate with a Global Understanding Certificate. For her Honors thesis, she conducted independent research in Uruguay. She presented this thesis at the American Sociological Association&rsquo;s annual meeting. She is a member of the International Sociology Honorary Society, Alpha Kappa Delta, as well as Alpha Chi Omega and Alpha Mu Gamma. Alyssa participated in LeaderShape and the Multicultural Awareness Conference on Leadership (M.A.C. Lead) to develop her leadership skills, which she has put to use as president of the Pangea chapter, leading volunteers as reading tutors at a local bilingual elementary school.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div> <div> <p><strong><img align="left" alt="" height="188" src="/sites/default/files/u17/stephanie%20keinz%202014%20_mg_2838.jpg" style=" margin: 6px;" width="150" />Stephanie Claire Keinz &ndash; </strong>A Global Studies major and member of the Honors program with a 3.83 GPA, Stephanie has consistently remained on the Dean&rsquo;s List every semester, and she has just as consistently received the Trustee and President&rsquo;s Scholar Awards. She was selected to present her Honors thesis at the Southwestern Social Science Association Conference in March 2014.&nbsp; Stephanie reactivated the Amnesty International St. Edward&rsquo;s chapter during her freshman year, and was also selected to attend LeaderShape through Student Life during her freshman year, for which she received the Burke Leadership Award.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><img align="left" alt="" height="188" src="/sites/default/files/u17/curran%20kelley%202014%20_mg_2928.jpg" style=" margin: 6px;" width="150" />Curran Wayne Kelley &ndash; </strong>A dedicated scholar with a 3.68 GPA in the Honors Program, Curran has consistently appeared on the Dean&rsquo;s List and is a member of the national Alpha Chi and Delta Mu Delta Honor Societies. Upon arriving at St. Edward&rsquo;s and finding that no organization for swimmers existed, he founded Club Swimming on campus. To give his team competition and a community that would encourage them to grow, he led the development of the Southwest Swim League, which includes 10 Club Swim teams in Texas and Arkansas. This same tendency toward leadership is also reflected in his time spent in Student Life as a Student Government Association senator, Chair of the Blue and Gold Committee, and his&nbsp; leadership position in the Digital Media Consortium as a Digital Media Management major. As a freshman, he received the Emerging Leader Award. As a member of the Transitional Experiences Council in Student Life, Curran helped develop new traditions on campus, such as the Legacy Walk for incoming freshmen, the Hilltop Send-Off for graduating seniors as well as the creation of the university ring.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><strong><img align="left" alt="" height="175" src="/sites/default/files/u17/Rachel%20Murray.jpg" style=" margin: 6px;" width="150" />Rachel Murray &ndash; </strong>An embodiment of the ideal student-athlete, Rachel has accomplished great things as a varsity soccer player while pursuing academic excellence in the Honors Program, graduating with a perfect 4.0 GPA in Biology. Rachel&rsquo;s soccer career has been marked with excellence since the beginning, earning her the Heartland Conference Freshman of the Year award. She has been a starter every year, made the National Soccer Coaches Athletic Association (NSCAA) All-Region team all four years and regularly won other recognitions such as the Heartland Conference Player of the Week. She has appeared on the Dean&rsquo;s List every semester she has been at St. Edward&rsquo;s, and she made the Capitol One Academic All-American team &mdash; recognition from the NCAA for student-athletes who exhibit excellence in the classroom &mdash; in 2011, 2012 and 2013. As an Honors student, she pursued independent summer research and presented her findings at the University of Texas &ndash; San Antonio (UTSA) College of Science Research Conference.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><strong><img align="left" alt="" height="188" src="/sites/default/files/u17/rachel%20o%27brien%202014%20_mg_2821.jpg" style=" margin: 6px;" width="150" />Rachel Rosenberg O&rsquo;Brien &ndash; </strong>To set an example for her daughter, Rachel returned to school to complete her degree in Organizational Communication through New College &mdash; where she developed the confidence to lead, at work and in her service to the community. Inspired by her success at work, Rachel evaluated what was most important to her and chose to take a local leadership role volunteering with Hadassah, a national nonprofit organization that seeks to bring medical care to everyone. She also serves her local Jewish community by helping coordinate a children&rsquo;s educational program. Despite her considerable work, family and service commitments, Rachel has achieved an impressive 3.76 GPA.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><img align="left" alt="" height="188" src="/sites/default/files/u17/Anabel%20Rodriguez%202014%20_mg_2794.jpg" style=" margin: 6px;" width="150" /></strong></p> <p><strong>Anabel Rodriguez &ndash; </strong>A CAMP student, Anabel has received numerous scholarships in recognition of her significant academic achievements. Among these are the Gates Millennium Scholarship, the Sam Walton Scholarship, the Exemplary Migrant Student Scholarship at St. Edward&rsquo;s and the Kaplan Undergraduate Achievement Award &mdash; the latter of which is awarded to a single undergraduate student in the state. Anabel has conducted high-level research at St. Edward&rsquo;s, going above and beyond the requirements her professors set for her. She has presented this research at conferences around Texas and the nation. With a GPA of 3.97 majoring in Biology, she has appeared on the Dean&rsquo;s List every semester she has been at St. Edward&rsquo;s.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><img align="left" alt="" height="188" src="/sites/default/files/u17/cullen%20soares%202014%20_mg_2886.jpg" style="margin: 6px;" width="150" /></strong></p> <p><strong>Cullen Thom</strong><strong>as Soares &ndash; </strong>A Biochemistry major in the Honors Program, Cullen has earned a 3.96 GPA. During his first week at St. Edward&rsquo;s, he participated in the Freshmen Advanced Research Methods program and came to appreciate how research could support his undergraduate studies. After his freshman year, he took part in a six-week summer research program through the Natural Sciences Living Learning Community. Based on this experience, he designed his own subsequent research project and persevered despite unexpected challenges. He has presented his research many times &mdash; at the College of Sciences Research Conference, the Texas Academy of Sciences Conference, the St. Edward&rsquo;s Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression, the Welch Scholars Summer Research Symposium, the Brother Lucian Blersch Symposium and the Southwest Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society.</p> </div> <div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><img align="left" alt="" height="188" src="/sites/default/files/u17/Lan%20Van-Dinh%202014%20_mg_2902.jpg" style=" margin: 6px;" width="150" />Lan-Anh Van-Dinh &ndash; </strong>A Biology major with a 3.87 GPA, Lan-Anh is a member of the Honors Program, through which she received a scholarship to study abroad in London. She is a polyglot, fluent in Vietnamese and English and an advanced student in French and Spanish &mdash; she was honored with the Modern Language Award for her accomplishments studying French. She has been awarded several academic and service scholarships. Understanding the importance of gaining well-rounded experience, Lan-Anh joined several organizations on campus through Student Life and served in various officer capacities. Most recently, she has been the president of the Asian Student Association, the historian of the Academy of Science, and a recruitment committee member and sponsorship chairman of the Colleges Against Cancer.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Photos and accomplishments for each of the winners will hang in the Robert and Pearle Ragsdale Center for one year. More information about the Presidential Awards can be found at <a href="" title=""></a>.</p> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 29 May 2014 21:34:31 +0000 ricardor 96097 at St. Edward’s University Students Awarded Fulbright Student Scholarships <p>The <a href="">Fulbright U.S. Student Program</a> selected five students from St. Edward&rsquo;s University to receive its highly selective Fulbright Student Scholarship to study and teach abroad. Since 2004, 27 Fulbright Student Scholarships have been awarded to St. Edward&rsquo;s University students to study in the following countries: Austria, Brazil, Costa Rica, France, Germany, Israel, Kosovo, Mongolia, South Africa, Spain, Thailand and Turkey.</p> <p>In addition, one student was awarded a scholarship from the UK Fulbright Commission Summer Institute to study at the University of Exeter.</p> <p>The following students were awarded a Fulbright Student Scholarship:</p> <ul> <li> Elvia Valle, Austria (BA Global Studies &rsquo;14), received a full grant in political science and will study at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li> Danielle Cravens, Germany (BBA International Business &rsquo;13), received an English Teaching Assistantship.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li> Courtney Dymowski, Thailand (BA Photocommunications and BA Art History &rsquo;14), received an English Teaching Assistantship. Courtney accepted the Davies Jackson Scholarship in lieu of the Fulbright Student Scholarship, and will spend the next year at the University of Cambridge.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li> Irma Fernandez, Brazil (BA Political Science &rsquo;13), received an English Teaching Assistantship.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li> Kayla Larson, Brazil (BA Spanish and BA Education &rsquo;14), received an English Teaching Assistantship.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li> Catherine Maloney, England (BS Biology &lsquo;16), received a cultural immersion scholarship through the UK Fulbright Commission Summer Institute at the University of Exeter.</li> </ul> <p><img align="left" alt="" height="199" src="/sites/default/files/u17/Fulbright%20Danielle%20Cravens.jpg" style="margin: 6px;" width="200" />&ldquo;Being able to travel internationally while pursuing something you are passionate about is a special gift,&rdquo; said Danielle Cravens. &ldquo;The Fulbright is important because it provides a way for students to leverage academic achievements into an opportunity they otherwise might not have due to financial restrictions. I think it is also an important way, on a global scale, to maintain peaceful relations with other countries and promote not only the trade of goods, but of ideas and innovation.&rdquo;</p> <p>These awards support the university&rsquo;s commitment to better prepare students to lead in an interconnected world and global economy.</p> <p><img align="right" alt="" height="167" src="/sites/default/files/u17/Fulbright%20Catherine%20Maloney.jpg" style="margin: 6px;" width="250" />&ldquo;Outside of the United States, I have only traveled to Jamaica and Canada, and&nbsp;I recognize how vital an understanding of new peoples and cultures can be when involved in both psychology and service work,&rdquo; said Catherine Maloney. &ldquo;Through the Fulbright Program, I hope to gain an expanded outlook of the world and a better understanding of the UK culture.&ldquo;</p> <p>The Fulbright Program provides participants &mdash; chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential &mdash; with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.</p> <p>&ldquo;After traveling abroad to do service with St. Edward&#39;s during my undergraduate years, I realized the importance of building relations and sharing&nbsp;</p> <p><img align="left" alt="" height="200" src="/sites/default/files/u17/Fulbright%20Irma%20Fernandez.jpg" style="margin: 6px;" width="175" />culture with others. The Fulbright was intended as a way to bridge the differences and break down stereotypes that can be harmful between different cultures and countries, and I&#39;m excited to challenge myself to take part in that tradition,&rdquo; said Irma Fernandez.</p> <p>The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the largest U.S. exchange program offering opportunities for students and young professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and primary and secondary school teaching worldwide.</p> <p><img align="right" alt="" height="250" src="/sites/default/files/u17/Fulbright%20ElviaValle%20%281%29.JPG" style="margin: 6px;" width="180" />&ldquo;From this experience, I hope to gain more in-depth training in the theory and practice of international relations. I am eager to see the implementation of theoretical knowledge in practice first-hand during my study trip to Brussels, where I will visit institutions such as the European Council, and NATO, which is a part of the program,&rdquo; said Elvia Valle. &ldquo;Most of all, I hope to improve my French and German to acquire the language skills necessary for a successful career in the international arena.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Fulbright Program&nbsp;was established by the U.S. Congress in 1946 and&nbsp;is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. It is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.</p> <p>An English Teaching Assistantship places Fulbrighters in classrooms abroad to provide assistance to teachers of English to non-native English-speakers. English Teaching Assistants help teach English language while serving as a cultural ambassador for U.S. culture. The age and academic level of classroom students varies by country, ranging from kindergarten to university level.</p> Wed, 28 May 2014 18:16:31 +0000 ricardor 96098 at St. Edward’s University, Open Austin and SXSW Interactive Present 2nd Annual ATX Hack for Change May 31 – June 1 <p><strong>AUSTIN, Texas</strong> &ndash; St. Edward&rsquo;s University, with co-presenters South by Southwest Interactive and Open Austin, will host the second annual <a href="">ATX Hack for Change</a> on the St. Edward&rsquo;s campus May 31 - June 1. ATX Hack for Change is the annual civic and social good hackathon held in conjunction with the <a href="">National Day of Civic Hacking</a>, the largest ever national convening of civic hackers.</p> <p>The 2014 ATX Hack for Change event is expected to see more than 250 participants from the Austin technology, civic, and non-profit communities. They will collaborate to craft creative and effective solutions to social challenges facing Austin. The project teams will begin hacking on Saturday, May 31 and will present their work on Sunday afternoon before a panel of distinguished experts from the technology, education, non-profit and civic sectors. Audience members at the final presentations will vote for their favorite project team, who will receive complimentary registrations to the 2015 SXSW Interactive Festival, March 13-17.<img align="right" alt="" height="260" src="/sites/default/files/u72/Hack2014LogoSquare-02.png" style=" margin: 6px;" width="260" /></p> <p>On Saturday, while the developer teams are strategizing, designing, and coding, a <a href="">showcase</a> event will spotlight 12 groups whose social and civic efforts are already creating a positive impact in the Austin community. The Changemaker Showcase is open to the public and will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. in Jones Auditorium on Saturday, May 31.&nbsp; The Changemaker Showcase attendee registration is available <a href="">here</a>.</p> <p>Highlights from the 2013 ATX Hack for Change include projects built to connect owners with lost pets, to collect feedback on the location of future bike share hubs, and to accelerate the ability of <a href="">Keep Austin Fed</a> to make Austin a zero-food waste city.</p> <p><a href="">This year&rsquo;s project</a>s will benefit AISD&rsquo;s Literacy Action Plan, the City of Austin Open Data Portal, the National Domestic Violence Hotline, the Capital Area Food Bank, and several other local organizations and government offices. This year&rsquo;s event will also feature Hack It Forward Challenges, which invite hackers to build on, expand, and reimagine tools and data hand-picked for the event by the City of Austin. These include the ATXFloods challenge and the STAR Community Rating System challenge.</p> <p>The City of Austin will issue a proclamation and the city&rsquo;s new Chief Innovation Officer, Kerry O&rsquo;Connor, will serve on the panel of experts on Sunday, June 1.</p> <p>ATX Hack for Change is supported by Capital Factory, Extreme Networks, Texans for Economic Progress, and thirteen23. Hackathon participants will work with technology provided by Ambonare, Mozido, Op3nVoice, Plivo, Socrata, and UserApp.</p> <p>The history of the ATX Hack for Change dates back to January 2013, when the White House announced the National Day of Civic Hacking as a nationwide celebration promoting civic engagement in among the thriving tech community in the United States. St. Edward&rsquo;s joined forces with Open Austin to produce the 2013 event in which more than 80 hackers participated. Several of the projects completed in 2013 have enjoyed further development by local hackers and their impact continues to resonate across the city today. The transformative work done by one team of hackers for local food rescue non-profit <a href="">Keep Austin Fed</a> was recognized at the Champions of Change White House event in July 2013.</p> <p><strong><u>About SXSW Interactive</u></strong></p> <p>The&nbsp;22nd&nbsp;annual SXSW Interactive Festival returns to Austin from Friday, March&nbsp;13&nbsp;through Tuesday, March&nbsp;17. An incubator of cutting-edge technologies and digital creativity, the&nbsp;2015&nbsp;event features five days of compelling presentations and panels from the brightest minds in emerging technology, scores of exciting networking events hosted by industry leaders and an unbeatable lineup of special programs showcasing the best new websites, video games and startup ideas the community has to offer. From hands-on training to big-picture analysis of the future, SXSW Interactive has become the place to preview the technology of tomorrow today. Join us in March&nbsp;2015&nbsp;for the sessions, the networking, the evening events, the 18th Annual SXSW Interactive Awards, SXSW Accelerator, the SXSW Gaming Expo, the SXSW Trade Show, SXSW Create, the Digital Creative Job Market, cross-industry conversations with attendees from SXSW Film and SXSW Music, and, most of all, the unforgettable inspirational experiences that only SXSW can deliver.</p> <p>SXSW Interactive is sponsored by Miller Lite, Monster Energy, Esurance, Chevrolet, AT&amp;T, Deloitte, IFC, American Express, Pennzoil, Subway and the Austin Chronicle.</p> <p><strong>Contacts:</strong></p> <p>Claire Dunn<br /> Lead Organizer, ATX Hack for Change<br /> St. Edward&#39;s University<br /> (512) 492-3101</p> <p>Stephen Rodriguez<br /> PR Manager<br /> St. Edward&#39;s University<br /> (512) 569-2713</p> Thu, 22 May 2014 21:01:14 +0000 ricardor 96099 at