St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas - One of the Best Catholic Colleges & Universities http://www.stedwards.edu/newsroom/news-releases en Political Science Major Wins the University’s First Truman Scholarship http://www.stedwards.edu/newsroom/news-releases/release/2015-04-27/political-science-major-wins-university%E2%80%99s-first-truman-sch <p>When the Office of Student Life at St. Edward&rsquo;s University gave Victoria Ochoa &rsquo;16 the Emerging Leader Award after her first year on campus, they could not have picked a more apt recipient.<img align="right" alt="" height="250" src="/sites/default/files/u109/1016847_10204955139152179_6137039469091184434_n.jpg" width="250" /></p> <p>Ochoa is now the university&rsquo;s first winner of a Truman Scholarship. The scholarship was awarded to 58 students across the country. She will receive a $30,000 scholarship toward graduate school and the opportunity to participate in professional development programming to help her prepare for a career in public service.</p> <p>The Truman Scholarship Foundation reviewed nearly 700 applications from around 400 institutions, selecting students based on their records of leadership, public service and academic achievement. As an Honors student, Ochoa has maintained a high grade point average and has held positions of leadership on campus.</p> <p>During her freshman year, Ochoa was appointed as the executive director of The Big Event and led the campus&rsquo;s largest community service event for two years. In 2014, she assembled the committee to start the It&rsquo;s On Us campaign at St. Edward&rsquo;s University, which focuses on sexual assault prevention.</p> <p>Her off-campus efforts show her continued commitment to public service. Last summer, she worked in the Office of the Vice President as part of the highly selective White House Internship Program. She had previously interned for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus in the summer of 2013.</p> <p>Ochoa is from the Rio Grande Valley on the Texas-Mexico border. Her family came there four generations ago, and she has deep roots. &ldquo;I definitely want to be a part of the future for that region and contribute to the growth of that region in any way that I can,&rdquo; said Ochoa. She plans to attend graduate school and pursue a law degree and a master&rsquo;s in Public Policy.</p> <p>This fall will be her last semester as a St. Edward&rsquo;s student, and she will spend it studying abroad at the university&rsquo;s partner campus in Angers, France. Ochoa has found that the environment at St. Edward&rsquo;s has played an integral role in her success.</p> <p>&ldquo;When I looked back at the essay I wrote for my Holy Cross Scholarship, I said that I wanted to attend a school where I could grow to be an adult of substance and character, and I felt that St. Edward&rsquo;s University is an institution where I could become such an adult,&rdquo; Ochoa said, &ldquo;It has provided me a great space to grow and challenge myself. I am able to put myself out there and be supported by my peers.&rdquo;</p> <p>Ochoa will receive her award in a ceremony at the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum on May 24.</p> <p><strong>About the Truman Scholarship</strong></p> <p>The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation was created by Congress in 1975 to be the nation&rsquo;s living memorial to President Harry S. Truman. The Foundation has a mission to select and support the next generation of public service leaders. The Truman award has become one of the most prestigious national scholarships in the United States.</p> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 17:52:15 +0000 cstonec 96857 at http://www.stedwards.edu In Session: From the Catholic Perspective http://www.stedwards.edu/newsroom/news-releases/release/2015-04-21/in-session-catholic-perspective <p><em>Brother Richard Daly, CSC, spent 32 years as the lobbyist for the Catholic bishops in Texas. For 27 of those years, he served as executive director of their organization, the Texas Catholic Conference. Although he no longer holds that position, he keeps on top of current events and still teaches a course on the legislative process at St. Edward&rsquo;s. He offered the following insight at the beginning of the 84th Texas Legislative Session from a Catholic perspective.</em></p> <p><img align="right" alt="" height="200" src="/sites/default/files/u109/BrDaly05.jpg" style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;" width="300" /></p> <div> <p>By Brother Richard Daly, CSC</p> <p>When people think of the Texas bishops and the Texas Catholic Conference, they think about life issues. Those issues are very important, but the bishops are concerned with many other issues as well. Here are the key issues I&rsquo;m watching in the 84th Legislature.</p> <p><strong>Immigration</strong></p> <p>The bishops of the United States and Texas have been very outspoken on the issue of immigration. They support comprehensive immigration reform and are insistent on a path to citizenship for every undocumented immigrant in the United States who does not have a criminal record. That said, comprehensive immigration reform is a federal issue, so only certain specific aspects are likely to come up in Texas.</p> <p>Another major immigration issue that&rsquo;s before the legislature this session is the DREAM Act. This law enables children who were brought here by their parents at a very young age, have graduated from public school and have no criminal record to go to college paying in-state tuition while they try to straighten out their legal status. Although former Governor Rick Perry supported this legislation, other Republicans criticized it. Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick has said he wants to repeal it, and because of a rule change, Patrick can probably get just about anything he wants through the Texas Senate this session. Speaker Joe Straus says he doesn&rsquo;t want to repeal the DREAM Act. Consensus among political observers is that if the repeal gets to Governor Abbott&rsquo;s desk, he&rsquo;ll probably sign it.</p> <p>There likely will be an attempt to pass &ldquo;sanctuary cities&rdquo; legislation. That legislation would require local law enforcement officials to check the legal status of persons detained for minor offenses. The bishops will also strongly oppose that legislation.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Predatory Lending</span></strong></p> <p>Another issue high on the agenda is more regulation of payday and auto loan lenders. Lenders may claim they&rsquo;re doing a favor to those who have no credit and can&rsquo;t get a loan anywhere else. But often these people are living paycheck to paycheck, and eventually they might be paying 300 percent in interest. There are three major faith-based advocacy groups in Texas &mdash; the TCC, the Christian Life Commission of the Baptist General Convention, and the Interfaith Center for Public Policy &mdash; unified in opposition to the industry. Tom Craddick, the former speaker of the house and a Catholic from Midland, is one of the strongest critics of the industry, and he has introduced bills in the past to regulate the industry. It is well known that the industry has made generous campaign contributions, and as a result, legislation may not get very far this session.</p> <p><strong>School Choice</strong></p> <p>The Catholic Church teaches that parents are the first educators of their children and that the primary responsibility for raising and educating children rests with the parents, not the state.</p> <p>To some people, school choice means vouchers &mdash; take the money set aside for public education and give it to a parent to pay tuition for the school that parent chooses. Of course, vouchers are opposed by the public-school establishment because money is being spent on students in private schools. The counter argument is that every parent should have the option to send his or her child to a quality education, regardless of if it&rsquo;s public or private, and quite honestly, there are just too many failing public schools.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s another approach that I have always been in favor of: giving tax credits for parents for their children&rsquo;s educational expenses, such as tuition, books or transportation. On the state level, there is a proposal that corporations get a tax credit or deduction if they contribute money for educational grants for children to go to the public school or private school of choice. The bills (HB 895 and SB 642) have both been referred to committees, but these first steps could pave the way for more sweeping legislation in the future.</p> <p><em>To see the Texas Catholic Conference&rsquo;s full agenda, see</em>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.txcatholiclegagenda.org/">txcatholiclegagenda.org</a>.</p> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 21:23:08 +0000 cstonec 96853 at http://www.stedwards.edu Texas Teen Book Festival 2015 date announced: Sept. 26 at St. Edward’s University http://www.stedwards.edu/newsroom/news-releases/release/2015-04-01/texas-teen-book-festival-2015-date-announced-sept-26-at-st <p><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">AUSTIN&mdash;YA fans rejoice! The Texas Teen Book Festival will be held Saturday, Sept. 26, at St. Edward&rsquo;s University.</span></p> <p>The Texas Teen Book Festival is one of the largest of its kind in the nation, a highly anticipated&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">annual event in the young adult literature world, drawing some of the most popular authors who write for the age group. More than 4,000 YA&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">enthusiasts attended the Teen Book Festival in 2014 to hear a lineup of 29 authors, the first year that the gathering was held at St. Edward&rsquo;s&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">University.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">The Texas Teen Book Festival is produced and sponsored by the Texas Book Festival and&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">BookPeople, with support from St. Edward&rsquo;s University and Humanities Texas, and in partnership with the Austin Public Library Friends Foundation. It is free and open to the public, thanks to sponsors and volunteers.<img align="right" alt="" height="194" src="/sites/default/files/u109/dsf.png" width="312" /></span></p> <p>&ldquo;We are excited to be back on the beautiful campus of St. Edward&#39;s University,&rdquo; says Lois Kim, executive director of the Texas Book Festival. &ldquo;It was wonderful to see the great turnout last year and so many enthusiastic teens. We anticipate TTBF 2015 being even better!&rdquo;</p> <p>A new component for this year&rsquo;s gathering is the Texas Teen Book Festival Writing Contest, sponsored by Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Children&#39;s Books. Texas residents ages 11-18 are invited to submit an outline plus writing sample, between 20 and 30 pages, by July 1 to vie for in-depth editorial feedback from Delacorte professionals. Submissions will be judged in age groups 11-13 and 14-18, and three overall winners will be selected.</p> <p>Also this year, the Austin Public Library Friends Foundation&rsquo;s Badgerdog creative writing program will host their annual reading and celebration at the Fest.</p> <p>Headlining authors for the Texas Teen Book Festival will be announced later this spring. Follow the Fest on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Texas-Teen-Book-Festival/279530382062638?fref=ts&amp;ref=br_tf" target="_blank">Facebook</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=texas%20teen%20book%20festival&amp;src=typd&amp;mode=users" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and check out the <a href="http://texasteenbookfestival.org/" target="_blank">website</a> for the latest announcements and news.</p> <p><strong><u>About the Texas Teen Book Festival</u></strong></p> <p>The Texas Teen Book Festival is a one-day event that celebrates the teen reading experience by inviting fans to visit with some of the most popular and critically acclaimed young adult authors in the country. The Texas Teen Book Festival was born as the Austin Teen Book Festival in 2009, when librarian Heather Schubert partnered with BookPeople to organize a gathering at Westlake High School. Five hundred people and 16 authors attended the first year. The event continued to grow, and in 2011-2013 was sponsored by the Austin Public Library Friends Foundation. In 2014 the Fest became a program of the Texas Book Festival and was renamed the Texas Teen Book Festival. One of the largest gatherings of its kind anywhere, the annual Fest takes place in the fall on the campus of St. Edward&rsquo;s University. For more information, see <a href="http://texasteenbookfestival.org/" target="_blank">texasteenbookfestival.org.</a></p> Wed, 01 Apr 2015 18:13:59 +0000 cstonec 96804 at http://www.stedwards.edu St. Edward's University Students Look to Holy Cross Brother for a Window into Texas Politics http://www.stedwards.edu/newsroom/news-releases/release/2015-03-25/st-edwards-university-students-look-holy-cross-brother-for <p>When students at St. Edward&rsquo;s University are interested in finding internships at the Texas State Capitol, they always find themselves being directed to one man for guidance. Brother Richard Daly, CSC, is the campus&rsquo; resident expert on the world inside the granite walls of the Capitol building.<img align="right" alt="" height="200" src="/sites/default/files/u109/BrDaly04.jpg" width="300" /></p> <p>Daly spent 30 years as the lobbyist for the Catholic bishops in Texas. He served as executive director of their organization, the Texas Catholic Conference, for nearly all of his time there. Even though he has left that position, he remains current on the political issues facing the state and is still well-known and respected among those who spend their days working with the Texas Legislature.</p> <p>Daly&rsquo;s history at St. Edward&rsquo;s University extends back more than 50 years. He graduated in 1961 with degrees in history and English. He later returned to the university where he was director of University Relations from 1972 to 1974. He remains an adjunct faculty member to this day and still teaches a class on the legislative process.</p> <p>Daly often takes his classes and other school groups on tours of the Capitol. Anyone along for the tour can quickly see that Daly knows this building and the people in it well. He stops at offices of elected officials, the House and&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Senate chambers, historical rooms and paintings to share stories. More often than not, people take the time to say hello to him or flash a smile his&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">way. In politics, a world many perceive as cold and fast-paced, Daly has made his way through kindness and consistency.</span></p> <p><img align="right" alt="" height="190" src="/sites/default/files/u109/BrDaly05.jpg" style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;" width="285" /><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">&ldquo;I was lucky enough to get the Daly Capitol tour twice in my time at school. Seeing how many people he knows there was just awesome, because he really has connected w</span><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">ith so many people during his time,&rdquo; said alumnus Chris Naley who is now working in the Office of University Advancement on campus.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">When students are looking for internships, Daly will often meet them in Jo&rsquo;s Coffee Shop on campus. He arrives on time and always well-dressed. He greets students with a handshake and sits down with a briefcase full of information about various internship opportunities. He also talks about who he&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">knows at each organization and who to talk to when applying.</span></p> <div> <div> <div> <p><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">&ldquo;He goes through the different organizations one by one and knows everything about each of them,&rdquo; said Colin Stonecipher, senior political science major. &ldquo;He really takes the time to get to know you and line up your passions with the work.&rdquo;</span></p> </div> <div> <p>Daly&rsquo;s dedication to his work and his students is exemplified in his unwavering support for the next generation of politicians. After half a century,&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Daly&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">has given so much to the St. Edward&rsquo;s community and continues to do so.&nbsp;</span></p> <p> <img align="right" alt="" height="175" src="/sites/default/files/u109/BrDaly12.jpg" style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;" width="263" /></p></div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 21:10:01 +0000 cstonec 96798 at http://www.stedwards.edu St. Edward's University Students Honored with Rodeo Austin Scholarships http://www.stedwards.edu/newsroom/news-releases/release/2015-03-14/st-edwards-university-students-honored-rodeo-austin-schola <p>Rodeos often bring to mind images of bucking broncos, fried delicacies<a>&nbsp;</a>and country music. All good things, but <a href="http://www.rodeoaustin.com/" target="_blank">Rodeo Austin</a> provides a lot more than just entertainment.</p> <p>Since 2011, Rodeo Austin has supplied $80,000 in scholarships for St. Edward&rsquo;s University students.</p> <p>The Rodeo Austin Scholarship Program has awarded more than $6.5 million in college scholarships since 1981. The organization partners with Texas colleges and universities, as well as 4-H and FFA foundations, to give scholarships to deserving Texas students.</p> <p>Rodeo Austin is a nonprofit charity dedicated to preserving youth education and western heritage. As such, they have become one of largest nonprofit scholarship providers in Texas; they currently sponsor 120 students actively pursuing their education.</p> <p>The following current St. Edward&rsquo;s University students have been recognized as scholarship recipients:<img align="right" alt="" height="185" src="/sites/default/files/u109/MM_140814_9883.jpg" width="278" /></p> <ul> <li> Rudo (Christine) Mafana &rsquo;16, Communication major (Forth Worth, Texas)</li> <li> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Alvaro Silverio &rsquo;16, Economics major (Santiago, Dominican Republic</span><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">)</span></li> <li> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Ariana Garcia &rsquo;16, Kinesiology: EC&ndash;12 Physical Education major (Austin, Texas)</span></li> <li> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Clara Doyle &rsquo;18, English Writing and Rhetoric major (Brenham, Texas),</span></li> <li> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Zaira Villa &rsquo;18, Biology major (El Paso, Texas)</span></li> </ul> <p>All of the awards are four year scholarships as long as the recipient keeps up with the requirements. Scholarships are awarded based on financial need and academic achievement.</p> <p>This year marks the 78th rodeo put on by Rodeo Austin. Find out more about <a href="http://www.rodeoaustin.com/about/scholarships/" target="_blank">Rodeo Austin scholarships</a>.</p> <p><a>Learn about additional </a><a href="http://www.stedwards.edu/admission/newfreshmen/scholarships">scholarship options</a> for St. Edward&rsquo;s University students.</p> <div> &nbsp;</div> <p><img align="left" alt="" height="300" src="/sites/default/files/u109/2014%20Rodeo%20Austin%20Scholars%20-%20Group%201.jpg" width="533" /></p> Sat, 14 Mar 2015 06:24:54 +0000 cstonec 96782 at http://www.stedwards.edu St. Edward's University is Making the Most of SXSW 2015 http://www.stedwards.edu/newsroom/news-releases/release/2015-03-11/st-edwards-university-making-most-of-sxsw-2015 <p><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Every March, South by Southwest&reg; Music, Film &amp; Interactive Conferences &amp; Festivals (SXSW&reg;) takes Austin by storm. The 10-day event is the largest of its kind in the world.</span></p> <p>Many St. Edward&rsquo;s University students on spring break sit in on panels, catch more than a few live shows and might even see Bill Murray strolling around town. Additionally, students, alumni and faculty are involved in the festival itself. Here are just some of the ways the St. Edward&rsquo;s community is making the most of SXSW 2015:</p> <p><strong>Faculty Speakers at SXSWedu:</strong></p> <p>This year&rsquo;s SXSWedu&reg; Conference and Festival featured three St. Edward&rsquo;s University faculty members speaking on panels about higher education. <img align="right" alt="" height="200" src="/sites/default/files/u109/SXSWedu11.jpg" width="300" />Shannon Butler, PhD, and Corinne Weisgerber, PhD, associate professors of Communication, both spoke on a panel titled <a href="http://schedule.sxswedu.com/events/event_EDUP33336" target="_blank"><em>Disrupting the Disruption in Higher Education</em></a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>The panel aimed to shed light on the faculty perspective of the current climate of higher education and the role that outside corporations play in the changing landscape of corporate involvement.</p> <p>David Altounian, PhD, assistant professor of Entrepreneurship, spoke on the <a href="http://schedule.sxswedu.com/events/event_EDUP33408" target="_blank"><em>Entrepreneurship Education&mdash;Common Myths Debunked</em></a> panel. Altounian&rsquo;s expertise lies in new venture creation as well as entrepreneurship. He is a partner at Capital Factory, an Austin-based technology incubator.</p> <p>Altounian&rsquo;s panel fostered conversation around the differing opinions on how students can be taught to start a business or &ldquo;think like an entrepreneur&rdquo; in the classroom.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Topper Radio is nominated for an mtvU Woodie Award</strong></p> <p>Each year mtvU hosts the Woodie Awards during SXSW and dishes out music honors in an assortment of categories. This year&rsquo;s event is hosted by Bleachers frontman, Jack Antonoff and will feature acts from Big Sean to Fall Out Boy.<img align="right" alt="" height="150" src="/sites/default/files/u109/sdfsd.jpg" width="274" /></p> <p>In addition to awards for musicians, mtvU presents a Woodie Award for the best college or university radio station in the nation. With over 4,000 colleges and universities across the U.S., thousands of stations were in the running,&nbsp;<a href="http://topperradio.weebly.com/" target="_blank">Topper Radio</a>, the student-led station at St. Edward&rsquo;s, was one of just 11 stations nominated for the award.</p> <p>&ldquo;The fact that a recently-launched Internet based radio station at a small private university can be nominated for such a big national award shows how our staff are working hard to produce, curate<del cite="mailto:tech" datetime="2015-03-11T07:41">,</del> and create content that matters to them and the college radio scene as a whole,&quot; said Jesse Plaza, executive director of Topper Radio.</p> <p><strong style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Scott Christopherson&rsquo;s Documentary, <em>Peace Officer</em>, Debuts</strong></p> <p><a href="http://peaceofficerfilm.com/" target="_blank"><em><img align="left" alt="" height="140" src="/sites/default/files/u109/scott.jpg" width="139" />Peace Officer</em></a>, a collaboration between two associate professors in documentary film, Scott Christopherson at St. Edward&#39;s University and Brad Barber at Brigham Young University, explores the drivers behind the 15,000% increase in SWAT raids&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">since the late 1970s. The film follows the story of Dub Lawrence, a former sheriff who founded the first SWAT team in Utah &nbsp;in 1974.</span></p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s about giving a voice to both sides and to people who previously didn&rsquo;t get a chance to speak. It&rsquo;s a compassionate way of looking at this story,&rdquo; said Christopherson.</p> <p><strong>Joel Carter&rsquo;s Internship Gives Him the Inside &ldquo;Skoop&rdquo;</strong></p> <p>Joel Carter, a junior at St. Edward&rsquo;s University, is an intern at an Austin based start-up called Embazaar Inc. SXSW Interactive Festival is prime time <img align="right" alt="" height="200" src="/sites/default/files/u109/df.jpg" width="165" />for companies like Embazaar Inc. to garner some attention from the bigger players in the industry. Carter&rsquo;s internship has landed him right in the thick of things as he helps to market and plan promotional events during the festival for Embazaar&#39;s new app called Skoop.</p> <p>&ldquo;Being involved with SXSW gives me insider access to new applications and to cool parties to share new knowledge and technology in my field,&rdquo; said Carter. &ldquo;This internship gives me a competitive edge in the tech and marketing world &hellip; as well as finding the coolest events during SXSW.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">SXSW Music Festival features Multiple Alumni Acts</strong></p> <p>Brother Muller would be proud of how many alumni and current students are making a name for themselves in the music scene! Check out these groups&rsquo; sites to take a listen and see when they&rsquo;re performing during the week:<img align="right" alt="Magna Carda" height="250" src="/sites/default/files/u109/magna-carda-austin.jpg" width="375" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.emilywolfemusic.com/" style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px; color: rgb(0, 98, 160); text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">Emily Wolfe</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.dawnandhawkes.com/" style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px; color: rgb(0, 98, 160); text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">Dawn and Hawkes</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/reservationsband" style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px; color: rgb(0, 98, 160); text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">Reservations</a></p> <p><a href="http://magnacardamusic.com/" style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px; color: rgb(0, 98, 160); text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">Magna Carda</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 11 Mar 2015 14:30:55 +0000 cstonec 96768 at http://www.stedwards.edu Introducing the Filmmakers http://www.stedwards.edu/newsroom/news-releases/release/2015-03-03/introducing-filmmakers <p>Assistant Professor of Communication Scott Christopherson&rsquo;s film, <em>Peace Officer</em>, has been selected to premiere at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival. Associate Professor of English Chris Flynn&rsquo;s film, <em>Swimming with Byron</em>, is just getting off the ground.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">We talked with the two directors about their work and what&rsquo;s in store for viewers.</span></p> <p><strong><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Scott Christopherson</span></strong></p> <p><em><strong style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Q: Can you give a 30-second overview of your film?</strong></em></p> <p><em>Peace Officer</em> is a documentary film about the increasingly militarized state of American police. The film follows the story of Dub Lawrence, a former sheriff who founded the first SWAT team in Utah in 1974. Thirty-some years later, that same SWAT team killed his son-in-law in a shootout. He&rsquo;s seen both sides: He knows the protocol, and he&rsquo;s been a victim of officer-involved shootings and police brutality.</p> <p><em><strong>Q: What do you want viewers to take away from Peace Officer?<img align="right" alt="" height="250" src="/sites/default/files/u109/scott.jpg" width="249" /></strong></em></p> <p>As filmmakers, we don&rsquo;t believe is forcing our views on the viewer. I want people to be empathetic to both sides, so we can engage in a better national debate. I hope the film helps people be more open-minded and think about the issues in a nonjudgmental, non-biased way.</p> <p><em><strong>Q: Why are you excited about sharing this film with the St. Edward&rsquo;s community?</strong></em></p> <p>The film really fits into the university&rsquo;s mission of social justice. And I think that&rsquo;s what I&rsquo;m really excited about. It&rsquo;s about giving a voice to both sides and people who previously didn&rsquo;t get a chance to speak. It&rsquo;s a compassionate way of looking at this story.</p> <p><em><strong>Q: Did you expect your film to be at the center of a national debate?</strong></em></p> <p>Police brutality has always been an issue in Utah, where the film is set, but the issue gained traction nationally as we were shooting. I think it just shows what an important topic this is.</p> <p><em><strong>Q: What&rsquo;s&nbsp;</strong><strong style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">next for you and the film?</strong></em></p> <p>We&rsquo;ll screen as part of the SXSW Film festival and competition in March. Then we&rsquo;ll work on getting the film out there. We don&rsquo;t have a distributor, so we&rsquo;re <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/758233032/peace-officer-a-feature-documentary-film" target="_blank">raising money through Kickstarter</a> to help with those costs.</p> <p><strong><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Chris Flynn</span></strong></p> <p><em><strong style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Q: What&rsquo;s the film about?</strong></em></p> <p><em>Swimming with Byron </em>will be about the places and spaces that were important to the British Romantic poets, who were really the first middle-class tourists. In many ways, they gave us a prototype for wandering through Europe with a backpack. I got it in my head awhile back that I would swim the three miles across the Hellespont (now the Bosphorus) in Turkey like Byron did, and then I realized that many other Romantics did equally interesting physical things -- Wordsworth hiking from Calais, France, to the Simplon Pass in Switzerland. We&rsquo;ll look at the role their travels played in their lives and their works.<img align="right" alt="" height="250" src="/sites/default/files/u109/chris.jpg" width="375" /></p> <p><em><strong>What are you most excited about filming?</strong></em></p> <p>For me, it&rsquo;s swimming the Hellespont in Turkey. I was training to do this in 2003, and then life got in the way. It will be the last scene in the movie, but it is also the idea that started it all.&nbsp;</p> <p><em><strong>Tell me about why you are incorporating student filmmakers.</strong></em></p> <p>In the course of six weeks, they&rsquo;ll learn about film technique, film history and what the eye is looking for. I&rsquo;ve known this material for 25 years, but it&rsquo;s all brand new to them. Seeing the Romantic writers through their eyes will make it even more exciting.</p> <p><em><strong>Where are you at in terms of filming?</strong></em></p> <p>At this moment, we&rsquo;re in the heart of raising the <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1043584733/swimming-with-byron-a-documentary-film" target="_blank">backing for it on Kickstarter</a>. After that, we&rsquo;ll film five different locations in London, which we&rsquo;ll do with some volunteer help from students I&rsquo;ll be traveling with for a short study abroad. Then we&rsquo;ll move onto filming in the rest of Europe. We&rsquo;ll wrap filming August 30, and then finish the editing in early 2016.</p> <p><em><strong>When the film is completed, what do you want viewers to take away?</strong></em></p> <p>I want to create a documentary about a special time in history when people wandered their part of the world. This stuff is fascinating, and it has relevance today: It&rsquo;s about the wanderer in all of us. It&rsquo;s a basic human instinct to wander between home and the unknown.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 19:20:35 +0000 cstonec 96753 at http://www.stedwards.edu Estate Gift to Provide Financial Assistance to Hundreds of Science Students http://www.stedwards.edu/newsroom/news-releases/release/2015-02-19/estate-gift-provide-financial-assistance-hundreds-of-scien <p>When Brother Romard Barthel, CSC, &rsquo;47 handed a young freshman at St. Edward&rsquo;s University a copy of <em>The Handbook of Physics </em>over 50 years ago, he never imagined the impact it would have.&nbsp;</p> <p>That freshman was Alex Marusak &rsquo;63, who spent his professional career at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico conducting computer modeling of nuclear weapons effects using the first Cray Computer.</p> <p>Marusak received the book from Brother Romard as a reward for being the Physics Student of the Year.&nbsp; When returning for a campus visit in 2006, he asked Brother Romard, longtime professor and director of the Physics program, to sign the book.&nbsp;<img align="right" alt="" height="250" src="/sites/default/files/u109/14-MKTG-1966_Winter%202015%20Magazine_JK-1-12_GivingAd.jpg" width="434" /></p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;ve used what I learned in this book my whole life,&rdquo; Marusak said, &ldquo;and your name in it would mean a lot to me.&rdquo;</p> <p>As an undergraduate, Marusak spent almost three years under Brother Romard&rsquo;s tutelage before he left St. Edward&rsquo;s to finish his degree closer to his family&rsquo;s farm in Ennis.</p> <p>&ldquo;The brothers, especially Brother Romard, gave him the opportunity to thrive. They had a significant impact on his life, just as they did mine,&rdquo; remembers classmate Bob Wilems &rsquo;63.</p> <p>Marusak honored his mentor by contributing $10,000 to the Brother Romard Barthel, CSC, &rsquo;47, Endowed Scholarship Fund, an effort Wilems spearheaded in 2005.</p> <p>When Marusak discovered he had terminal pancreatic cancer in 2006, he made a provision in his will designating St. Edward&rsquo;s University as one of the primary beneficiaries of his estate. He passed away just a few months later, and his wife, Nancy &mdash; a geologist he had met at Los Alamos &mdash; kept the bequest intact.</p> <p>When Nancy died last year, St. Edward&rsquo;s learned that the Marusaks left the majority of their estate to the university for scholarship endowment. Ultimately, the Marusak gift will provide financial aid to hundreds of students through the scholarship honoring Brother Romard, which will include research stipends that will continue to help St. Edward&rsquo;s attract top students in the sciences.</p> <p>St. Edward&rsquo;s also received Marusak&rsquo;s copy of <em>The Handbook of Physics</em>, inscribed on the inside cover with this: &ldquo;Alex, you&rsquo;re still #1!&rdquo;</p> <p>Characteristically, 91-year-old Brother Romard is humble about the scholarship and research funds honoring him. &ldquo;I have a hard time realizing I&rsquo;ve had an impact in people&rsquo;s lives,&rdquo; he says. &ldquo;But if I&rsquo;m going to be honored in any way, I like this forum very much.&rdquo;</p> Thu, 19 Feb 2015 19:16:38 +0000 cstonec 96730 at http://www.stedwards.edu Behind the Scenes of the Winter 2015 Issue of St. Edward’s University Magazine http://www.stedwards.edu/newsroom/news-releases/release/2015-02-16/behind-scenes-of-winter-2015-issue-of-st-edward%E2%80%99s-universi <p>The cover of the winter issue of <em>St. Edward&rsquo;s University Magazine</em> was the subject of a fair amount of debate in our editorial offices.</p> <p>Does it tell a compelling story? Would it make you open the magazine? Does it connect our readers to the university?</p> <p>We asked all of the questions you&rsquo;re supposed to ask when selecting a cover, but it really came down to whether the image of the chapel was enough. Exciting enough. Unexpected enough. Powerful enough.</p> <p>We went back and forth so many times.<img align="right" alt="" height="230" src="/sites/default/files/u109/seumagazine_winter2015_blog.jpg" width="200" /></p> <p>The stand-alone image of the simple white clapboard chapel isn&rsquo;t fancy. It&rsquo;s not grand. But it&rsquo;s ours. By putting it on the cover, we hope it tells you something about St. Edward&rsquo;s University and the values it holds true. We hope it floods you with memories of what the building meant to you as a student.</p> <p>Most of all, we hope it makes you open up the magazine to get an up-close look at the <a href="http://issuu.com/stedwardsuniversity/docs/seu_magazine_winter_2015/27?e=4061755/11368039" target="_blank">extensive chapel renovation project</a>.</p> <p>Beyond the chapel piece, one of my <a href="http://issuu.com/stedwardsuniversity/docs/seu_magazine_winter_2015/13?e=4061755/11368039" target="_blank">favorite stories</a> this issue is about the day a group of freshmen met Brother Ronald Drahozal, CSC, &rsquo;61, the executive director of a drug rehabilitation center in Bangladesh. They really didn&rsquo;t want to go, and then something amazing happened. On the lighter side, we posed <a href="http://issuu.com/stedwardsuniversity/docs/seu_magazine_winter_2015/17?e=4061755/11368039" target="_blank">122 questions</a> to a mix of students, recent alumni and the professor who ties them together to try to get a sense of the St. Edward&rsquo;s experience.</p> <p>In our web extras, we have an extension of that story with our &ldquo;<a href="http://www.stedwards.edu/webextras/27Questions">27 Questions</a>&rdquo; video series. We cornered two faculty members and two students and asked them a series of rapid-fire questions. We also continue our &ldquo;<a href="http://www.stedwards.edu/webextras/summer-scholars-part2">Summer Scholars</a>&rdquo; video series with the addition of two videos of students connecting their academic passions with cars, cows and other everyday (and some not so everyday) things.</p> <p>Enjoy!</p> <p>Frannie Schneider<br /> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Editor</span></p> <p>P.S. If you don&rsquo;t want to wait for your print issue, you can read the magazine online <a href="http://issuu.com/stedwardsuniversity/docs/seu_magazine_winter_2015?e=4061755/11368039">here</a>.</p> Mon, 16 Feb 2015 15:42:25 +0000 cstonec 96723 at http://www.stedwards.edu St. Edward’s University and Capital Factory Form Partnership http://www.stedwards.edu/newsroom/news-releases/release/2015-02-11/st-edward%E2%80%99s-university-and-capital-factory-form-partnershi <p>Austin&rsquo;s entrepreneurial center of gravity got a whole lot stronger today with the announcement of a partnership between <a href="http://www.stedwards.edu/academics/schools/business">The Bill Munday School of Business</a> at St. Edward&rsquo;s University, and <a href="http://capitalfactory.com/">Capital Factory</a>, an Austin-based early-stage accelerator for tech startups.</p> <p>What makes this relationship unique is the opportunity for undergraduate and graduate business students at St. Edward&rsquo;s to physically locate at Capital Factory and integrate directly into Austin&rsquo;s entrepreneur community. The partnership also represents the first time Capital Factory has entered into a formal contractual relationship with a university to ensure a continuous presence of business students at the startup hub. For students, that <img align="right" alt="" height="200" src="/sites/default/files/u109/DMBA_LayneCassidy7%20%281%29.jpg" width="300" />means access to internships and jobs. For entrepreneurs, it means a direct pipeline to qualified job candidates with marketing, technology, problem-solving and leadership skills startups need to grow into thriving companies.</p> <p>According to the deal, St. Edward&rsquo;s now has five &ldquo;Cowork Lite&rdquo; memberships at Capital Factory that give students access to shared workspaces where they can collaborate directly with other entrepreneurs. The agreement also includes one private desk, along with use of classroom space and opportunities for all St. Edward&rsquo;s business students to attend Capital Factory events. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.</p> <p>&ldquo;St. Edward&rsquo;s delivers an academically rigorous, values-based education, and they truly believe in learning and service. That combination of academics and social good fits well with our member companies at Capital Factory,&rdquo; said Capital Factory Managing Director Joshua Baer. &ldquo;When you combine shared values with the opportunity to engage students with our member companies so they both benefit, it&rsquo;s easy to see a partnership with St. Edward&rsquo;s as a win-win.&rdquo;</p> <p>Five St. Edward&rsquo;s business students are already taking advantage of the Cowork Lite memberships. They were selected in a business plan competition judged by Capital Factory mentors and faculty from St. Edward&rsquo;s. Additionally, entrepreneurship classes have already met for lectures and discussion at the startup hub, and internship opportunities have revealed themselves quickly, proving that the partnership benefits students throughout The Bill Munday School of Business.</p> <p>&ldquo;Our approach to business education is to connect our students directly to the rich Austin business environment characterized by entrepreneurship, social enterprise, innovation, global collaboration and business analytics,&rdquo; said Nancy Schreiber, dean of The Bill Munday School of Business at St. Edward&rsquo;s. &ldquo;Our partnership with Capital Factory delivers all of this plus direct access to the innovators who are shaping the future of technology and entrepreneurship.&rdquo;</p> <p>The partnership between St. Edward&rsquo;s and Capital Factory is set up to renew annually in perpetuity.</p> <p>Read more about the partnership <a href="http://www.bizjournals.com/austin/blog/techflash/2015/02/st-edwards-capital-factory-partner-to-accelerate.html">here</a>, in this piece by the &nbsp;Austin Business Journal.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 11 Feb 2015 15:18:52 +0000 cstonec 96704 at http://www.stedwards.edu St. Edward’s University to celebrate two Alumni at Homecoming 2015 http://www.stedwards.edu/newsroom/news-releases/release/2015-02-10/st-edward%E2%80%99s-university-celebrate-two-alumni-at-homecoming- <p>While Homecoming and Family Weekend is an exciting event for all members of the St. Edward&rsquo;s University family, it&rsquo;s a particularly special time for those alumni who are truly coming home.<span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">&nbsp;As we celebrate our community, our beautiful campus and our traditions, it&rsquo;s also important to celebrate those alumni who have lived out the university&rsquo;s mission after graduation and who have given their support to the generations that have followed them on the hilltop.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Each year, the St. Edward&rsquo;s Alumni Association recognizes alumni with the Alumni Achievement Award and the Distinguished Alumni Award. The following alumni were chosen as the 2015 award recipients:</span></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;Victoria (Gutierrez) Pineda &rsquo;00, MLA &rsquo;04 &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</strong><strong style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Alumni Achievement Award</span></strong></p> <p><strong><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></strong><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Pineda has been actively engaged with the community at St. Edward&rsquo;s ever since she completed her undergraduate degree in 2000. Soon after graduating, she joined the Young Alumni Council and helped young alumni stay connected to the university. &quot;Young alumni have a responsibility,&quot; she said. &quot;It is our charge to give back so that more people can experience what we did at St. Edward&rsquo;s.&quot; From 2010 to 2012, she <img align="right" alt="" height="250" src="/sites/default/files/u109/VP-1.jpg" width="375" />served on the St. Edward&#39;s Alumni Association Board, and in 2010, she established The Carlos and Victoria Gutierrez Annual Scholarship in memory of her father and in honor of her mother.</span><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; As the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement at Texas Tech Health Sciences Center in her hometown of El Paso, she is an advocate for students, working tirelessly to ensure that they have every opportunity to be educated and fulfill their dreams. &quot;This work brings me great joy,&quot; she says. &quot;Being able to work with donors and help them leave their legacy is incredible work<ins cite="mailto:tech" datetime="2015-02-10T11:04">,</ins> and it is truly what gets me up in the morning and keeps me up late at night.&quot;<span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &quot;St. Edward&#39;s guiding principles of love and care for community, service learning, the pursuit of excellence and making the world a better place have defined my life,&quot; she says. &quot;They are always at the forefront of what I do and help remind me why I do what I do.&quot; For Pineda, St. Edward&#39;s is a special place. &quot;St. Edward&#39;s leaves its mark indelibly on your heart, and you are forever changed for the better after experiencing life on the Hilltop.&quot;</p> <p><strong>&nbsp; David Pe</strong><strong>&ntilde;a Jr. &rsquo;</strong><strong>90 &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</strong><strong style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Distinguished Alumnus Award</strong></p> <p><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Pe&ntilde;a is executive director and CEO of the Hispanic Dental Association, a national, non</span><del cite="mailto:tech" datetime="2015-02-10T11:06" style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">-</del><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">profit 501(c)3 organization comprised of oral</span><ins cite="mailto:tech" datetime="2015-02-10T11:06" style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">-</ins><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"> health professionals and students dedicated to promoting and improving the oral health of the Hispanic community. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<img align="right" alt="" height="275" src="/sites/default/files/u109/David%20P%20headshot%20%282%29.JPG" width="220" /></span></p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Pe&ntilde;a&rsquo;s ties to St. Edward&#39;s are strong, and he has given his time, skills and resources to the university community since he graduated. From 1994 to 2001, he was a member of the St. Edward&#39;s Alumni Association Board of Directors, and over the years he has presented about St. Edward&#39;s University and the importance of higher education to high school students in the Rio Grande Valley<del cite="mailto:tech" datetime="2015-02-10T11:12">,</del> in Deep &nbsp;South Texas. Having come from a migrant farmworker family and being a College Assistance Migrant Program scholarship recipient, he knows first-hand that some students need to understand that a college education opens doors of opportunity.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &quot;As a migrant student, St. Edward&#39;s University transformed me and allowed me to dream, to grow and to prosper. What I experienced at St. Edward&rsquo;s provided me with a view of what was possible with an education,&quot; he says. &quot;St. Edward&#39;s University is where it all started for me: professionally, individually and collectively. Because of what I received and what I learned at St. Edward&#39;s, I have been able to lead four national organizations, travel<del cite="mailto:tech" datetime="2015-02-10T11:11">,</del> and make a difference to my family and my communities.&quot;</p> Tue, 10 Feb 2015 20:51:37 +0000 cstonec 96703 at http://www.stedwards.edu 'Pope Francis on a Pilgrimage to the Holy Land: A Photo Exhibit' Opening at St. Edward’s University http://www.stedwards.edu/newsroom/news-releases/release/2015-01-28/pope-francis-pilgrimage-holy-land-photo-exhibit-opening-at <p><img align="left" alt="" class="standard" height="200" src="/sites/default/files/u109/Jerusalem_Dome_of_the_rock_BW_14.JPG" width="300" />In 2014, Pope Francis became the 4th pope to visit the Holy Land. Francis said that the prime aim of his visit was to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the historic meeting in Jerusalem between Pope Paul VI and then Patriarch of Constantinople Athenagoras.</p> <p><em>Pope Francis on a Pilgrimage to the Holy Land: A Photo Exhibit</em> will open at St. Edward&rsquo;s University in Mabee Ballroom on Feb. 16 at 7p.m. The photo exhibit highlights Pope Francis&rsquo; meetings with former President of Israel Shimon Peres; Greek Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople; and&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu</span><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">&nbsp;as well as leaders of the Muslim and Jewish faiths. Some of the holiest Jewish and Christian sites are featured in the collection.</span></p> <p>The exhibit is sponsored by the Consulate General of Israel Southwest in Houston, along with St. Edward&rsquo;s University Campus Ministry, the university&rsquo;s Center for Religion and Culture, and President Obama&rsquo;s Interfaith Challenge.</p> <p><img align="right" alt="" height="150" src="/sites/default/files/u109/FrancisLooksOn.jpg" width="222" />The opening reception will feature remarks from Consul of the Consulate of Israel to the Southwest United States, Daniel Agranov and Director of the St. Edward&rsquo;s Center for Religion and Culture, Father Lou Brusatti. Agranov has served in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for more than five years. Prior to his current mission, he helped establish the Consulate of Israel to St. Petersburg, Russia, as Deputy Consul General. His previous posts include the Economic Office at Israel&rsquo;s Ministry of Foreign Affair&rsquo;s main consular division and missions to Angola and Kazakhstan.</p> <p>&ldquo;I think it&rsquo;s amazing that St. Edward&rsquo;s is bringing this exhibit to campus &hellip; I think this is going to show a side of Israel most students at this university aren&rsquo;t exposed to,&rdquo; said Elia Norton, the president of the Jewish student organization: Hilleltoppers.</p> <p>The exhibit will run from Feb. 16 through March 16.&nbsp;</p> <p>Read more at the Austin American-Statesman <a href="http://www.mystatesman.com/news/lifestyles/religion/two-faiths-come-together-in-exhibit-of-pope-franci/nkDd9/?icmp=statesman_internallink_invitationbox_apr2013_statesmanstubtomystatesmanpremium#c26194af.3605254.735649">here</a>.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 19:39:58 +0000 cstonec 96670 at http://www.stedwards.edu Carroll College Offers Dual Degree with St. Edward’s University http://www.stedwards.edu/newsroom/news-releases/release/2014-12-04/carroll-college-offers-dual-degree-st-edward%E2%80%99s-university <p>HELENA, MT &ndash; Carroll College is pleased to announce a new combined degree program with St. Edward&rsquo;s University in Austin, Texas. The newly created partnership provides an opportunity for students at St. Edward&rsquo;s University to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in <a href="http://www.carroll.edu/academics/majors/engineering/civil/index.cc">Civil Engineering</a> from Carroll College.</p> <p><img align="right" alt="" height="230" src="/sites/default/files/u109/MartinEvans.jpg" style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;" width="345" /><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">The partnership is a <a href="http://www.stedwards.edu/academics/bachelors/civilengineering">dual degree 3-2 program</a>. Students enrolled in the program spend three years at St. Edward&rsquo;s University and two years at Carroll College. After completing the academic requirements of both institutions, students shall be awarded a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics degree from St. Edward&rsquo;s and the Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Carroll College.</span></p> <p>This arrangement is similarly modeled after Carroll&rsquo;s current 3-2 dual degree engineering program wherein a Carroll student spends three years at Carroll working towards a Bachelor of Arts degree in Engineering Mathematics and then matriculates to one of seven affiliated universities for two years of additional study in their chosen engineering field. Dual degrees are then awarded after coursework is successfully completed at the affiliated university.</p> <p>&ldquo;This new program provides a win-win for both schools. St. Edward&rsquo;s students benefit by receiving a highly-valued degree in Civil Engineering from Carroll and Carroll benefits by attracting additional students to our campus,&rdquo; said Carroll President Dr. Tom Evans. &ldquo;Plus, St. Edward&rsquo;s students will feel very at home at Carroll as we are both nationally ranked, Catholic, liberal arts based colleges in the West,&rdquo; said Evans.</p> <p>This is a first-of-its-kind arrangement for St. Edward&rsquo;s University. &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve received many requests from our students who want engineering degrees informed by the liberal arts,&rdquo; said Dr. George E. Martin, president of St. Edward&rsquo;s University. &ldquo;We are pleased to be able to respond to those interests with this new dual degree program.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 04 Dec 2014 19:06:44 +0000 cstonec 96592 at http://www.stedwards.edu Manier: Thanksgiving prodding can help college applicants make choices http://www.stedwards.edu/newsroom/news-releases/release/2014-11-26/manier-thanksgiving-prodding-can-help-college-applicants-m <p><a href="http://bit.ly/TraceyManierAAS2" target="_blank">As featured in the Austin American-Statesman</a></p> <p>Authored by Tracy Manier, Dean of Admission</p> <p><img align="right" alt="" height="300" src="/sites/default/files/u109/1.JPG" style="margin-left: 10px;" width="184" />There&rsquo;s an old line of thinking in the college admission world: get families of high school juniors and seniors talking about your school at the Thanksgiving table. After all, Thanksgiving, the most collegiate of all holidays&mdash;what with those football games and the bucolic autumn-ness of it all&mdash;is prime college application time. And the Thanksgiving table is ripe for meaningful (or, more commonly, tense) conversations about the future of a soon to be college freshman. &ldquo;Have you submitted your applications yet?&rdquo; &ldquo;What are you going to major in?&rdquo;&nbsp; &ldquo;Let&rsquo;s hope she gets a scholarship!&rdquo;&mdash;common inquiries made by well-meaning relatives as they pass the mashed potatoes and oyster stuffing.&nbsp;<span style="text-align: right; line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">But, as recently reported by </span><em style="text-align: right; line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">The New York Times</em><span style="text-align: right; line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">, these conversations have taken a complicated turn in recent years. Given the ease of submitting numerous applications, and, in what appears to be exponentially multiplying anxiety over getting into and paying for the &ldquo;right&rdquo; college, students across the country hedge their bets and cast out applications to a wide net. Gone are the days of making 5 to 7 applications. Students are now applying to an absurd number of&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px; text-align: right;">schools&mdash;sometimes 20 or 30 or more&mdash;to ensure a viable outcome. Favoring quantity over quality, this practice can induce the opposite, unintended outcome as applicants rush through the process to meet multiple deadlines and requirements. Consequently, little time is left to demonstrate genuine interest in the colleges on this long list or to thoughtfully consider a future at any of them&mdash;necessa</span><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px; text-align: right;">ry components for submitting a successful application to a selective college. College admission deans are no longer attached to that old saying&mdash;students and their families are rarely talking about individual schools at all and, when they are, we&rsquo;re just one of many. The Thanksgiving dinner conversat</span><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px; text-align: right;">ion has become as unfocused as the process itself&mdash;anxiety-inducing and all over the place. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, it&rsquo;s time to consider what&rsquo;s meaningful about the college admission process, it&rsquo;s time to really talk (and really listen) to our 17-year olds about what they want out of college and of life. Parents and well-meaning relatives&mdash;it&rsquo;s time to reign in the conversation&mdash;and the process of applying to college.</span></p> <p>Just like Thanksgiving itself&mdash;the college application period should be a time to consider what&rsquo;s most important. It&rsquo;s time to think about and be grateful for the blessings in our lives&mdash;for healthy, smart and motivated kids who have the luxury of choosing to go to college. It&rsquo;s time to think about our gratitude for our individual children and the unique strengths, talents, character and insight they will bring to a campus community. There&rsquo;s a college for everyone&mdash;thoughtfully considering the culture, values, and spirit of those schools will propel the applicant in the right direction. And focusing meaningfully on the campuses that provide challenge, inspire interests and passions, and foster a sense of belonging and well-being, will make all the difference in the long run.</p> <p>To be sure, application essays must be written, transcripts must be ordered, SATs taken. But instead of focusing on the logistical and the quantity&mdash;&ldquo;Have you submitted those applications, and how many?&rdquo; make those questions aspirational and meaningful: &ldquo;What do you care about?&rdquo; &ldquo;What inspires you?&rdquo; &ldquo;What do you need to be successful and happy?&rdquo; Thoughtfully considering these questions and actively listening to the answers just might reveal a bold and courageous list of well-selected (and well-edited) college options. And exploring these questions will induce a kind of confidence and self-awareness that selective colleges look for in successful applicants.</p> <p>And if we reclaim this Thanksgiving table conversation, college admission deans across the country will have a reason to be thankful.</p> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 19:33:20 +0000 cstonec 96582 at http://www.stedwards.edu St. Edward’s University Receives $25,000 from Monsanto Fund for CAMP Student Scholarships http://www.stedwards.edu/newsroom/news-releases/release/2014-10-31/st-edward%E2%80%99s-university-receives-25000-monsanto-fund-for-ca <p><strong style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">AUSTIN, Texas (Oct. 31, 2014) </strong><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">&ndash; Five College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) students from St. Edward&rsquo;s University were selected for the Monsanto Scholars Program. Each student will receive a $5,000 scholarship for the 2014-2015 school year.</span></p> <ul> <li> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">The 2014-15 Monsanto Fund Scholarship Recipients are:</span></li> <li> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Melissa Belmares (Donna, Texas), Sophomore majoring in Accounting</span></li> <li> Leeroy Cienega (Sullivan City, Texas), Senior majoring in Chemistry</li> <li> Karina Cuellar (Edinburg, Texas), Senior majoring in Biology</li> <li> Rigoberto Rodriguez (McDade, Texas), Sophomore majoring in Accounting</li> <li> Servando Sanchez (San Benito, Texas) Junior majoring in Biochemistry</li> </ul> <p><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Cienega and Cuellar were Monsanto Fund scholarship recipients last year as well.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">The St. Edward&rsquo;s CAMP is dedicated to serving the higher education needs of students from migrant and seasonal farmworker families. Over 2,800 migrant students have accessed higher education through CAMP and St. Edward&#39;s University.&nbsp;The Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of Monsanto Company, has continuously provided scholarships for St. Edward&rsquo;s CAMP students since 1997.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Now entering its 42nd year, the St. Edward&rsquo;s CAMP is the nation&rsquo;s longest continuously running program of its kind. The St. Edward&rsquo;s CAMP recruits and enrolls approximately 35 freshman migrant students annually. To qualify, high school students must meet the St. Edward&rsquo;s admission requirements, be a U.S. citizen or legal resident, and demonstrate that migrant or seasonal farm work is their family&rsquo;s primary and/or critical source of income.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">The St. Edward&rsquo;s CAMP, unlike others across the nation which limit support services to the freshman year, provides full tuition through graduation for CAMP students making satisfactory academic progress. St. Edward&rsquo;s could not fulfill this commitment without support from generous donors like the Monsanto Fund. Without scholarship support, CAMP students would have to leave school or delay graduation, leaving both St. Edward&rsquo;s and the larger community deprived of their talents. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">After graduation, many of the university&rsquo;s Monsanto Scholars have pursued doctoral degrees and careers in research, teaching and medicine. Current Monsanto scholar, Leeroy Cienega &rsquo;14, plans to enroll in a graduate program in biochemistry or other biochemical study. His research interests include biochemistry, medicine and pharmaceutical drug development.&nbsp; In 2011, Cienega was selected as a Fulbright Scholar and attended the UK Fulbright Summer Institute in Tyne, England.</span></p> <p><strong style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">About the Monsanto Fund</strong></p> <p>The Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Company, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the communities where farm families and Monsanto Company employees live and work. Visit the Monsanto Fund at <a href="http://www.monsantofund.org/">www.monsantofund.org</a>.</p> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 18:11:17 +0000 kathleen 96442 at http://www.stedwards.edu St. Edward's University to Dedicate New Campus Ministry Building http://www.stedwards.edu/newsroom/news-releases/release/2014-10-16/st-edwards-university-dedicate-new-campus-ministry-buildin <p><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">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.</span></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> <p>By Colin Stonecipher</p> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 18:11:17 +0000 kathleen 96444 at http://www.stedwards.edu St. Edward's University to Host "CHINA Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections" Webcast Featuring 39th President Jimmy Carter http://www.stedwards.edu/CHINATownHall/news <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="http://www.eventbrite.com/e/china-town-hall-local-connections-national-reflections-jones-auditorium-tickets-13438080661">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="http://www.ncuscr.org/cth" title="www.ncuscr.org/cth">www.ncuscr.org/cth</a></p> <p>Joseph Weed, Director of Communications</p> <p>National Committee on United States-China Relations (<a href="http://www.ncuscr.org" title="www.ncuscr.org">www.ncuscr.org</a>)</p> <p>Tel: (212) 645-9677, ext. 11&nbsp; -&nbsp; <a href="mailto:jweed@ncuscr.org">jweed@ncuscr.org</a></p> Mon, 13 Oct 2014 21:08:39 +0000 stephenr 96431 at http://www.stedwards.edu St. Edward’s University Magazine Fall 2014 Issue http://www.stedwards.edu/StedsMagFall2014 <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;"><img align="right" alt="" height="230" src="/sites/default/files/u72/NewsBlogFallMag.jpg" style=" margin: 6px;" width="200" />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="http://issuu.com/stedwardsuniversity/docs/fall2014magazine/19?e=4061755/9570298">&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="http://issuu.com/stedwardsuniversity/docs/fall2014magazine/31?e=4061755/9570298">&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="http://bit.ly/seuwebextras">web extra</a></span><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"><a href="http://bit.ly/seuwebextras">,</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></p> <p>Editor</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 08 Oct 2014 21:02:07 +0000 stephenr 96425 at http://www.stedwards.edu Mass of Dedication for Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel: Oct. 21 http://www.stedwards.edu/massofdedication/news <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="http://think.stedwards.edu/ministry/" 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 http://www.stedwards.edu St. Edward's University to Host Texas Teen Book Festival This Saturday, Oct. 18 http://www.stedwards.edu/newsroom/news-releases/release/2014-10-04/st-edwards-university-host-texas-teen-book-festival-saturd <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="http://www.texasteenbookfestival.org/" style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">www.texasteenbookfestival.org</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="https://ttbf2014.sched.org/mobile-site?iframe=no#.VDw09ildUZd">here</a>.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Attendees can also </span><a href="https://ttbf2014.sched.org/mobile-site?iframe=no#.VCRlErxdU-M" 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="http://texasteenbookfestival.org/" style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">www.texasteenbookfestival.org</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="http://www.texasbookfestival.org/" style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">www.texasbookfestival.org</a><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">, </span><a href="https://www.facebook.com/TexasBookFestival" style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">www.facebook.com/TexasBookFestival</a><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">, <a href="http://www.twitter.com/texasbookfest" title="www.twitter.com/texasbookfest">www.twitter.com/texasbookfest</a>, #txbookfest; and </span><a href="http://www.texasteenbookfestival.org/" style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">www.texasteenbookfestival.org</a><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">, </span><a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Texas-Teen-Book-Festival/279530382062638" style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">facebook.com/TexasTeenBookFestival</a><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">, </span><a href="http://www.twitter.com/txteenbookfest" style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">www.twitter.com/txteenbookfest</a><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">, #ttbf14.</span></p> Sat, 04 Oct 2014 18:11:17 +0000 kathleen 96445 at http://www.stedwards.edu