St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas - One of the Best Catholic Colleges & Universities http://www.stedwards.edu/newsroom/news-releases en 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 Dedication Mass Signals Renewal for Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel http://www.stedwards.edu/newsroom/news-releases/release/2014-10-04/dedication-mass-signals-renewal-for-our-lady-queen-of-peac <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="http://think.stedwards.edu/ministry/">Details</a></p> Sat, 04 Oct 2014 18:11:17 +0000 kathleen 96443 at http://www.stedwards.edu St. Edward’s to add Men’s and Women’s Cross Country in 2015-16 http://www.stedwards.edu/newsroom/news-releases/release/2014-10-01/st-edward%E2%80%99s-add-men%E2%80%99s-and-women%E2%80%99s-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="http://athletics.stedwards.edu/news/2014/9/30/MCC_0930141611.aspx?path=menscrosscountry">GoHilltoppers.com</a>.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 12:55:55 +0000 stephenr 96395 at http://www.stedwards.edu Ariana Villegas, Education Major, Competes in “Hispanic College Quiz” Show http://www.stedwards.edu/hispaniccollegequiz/news <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="http://hispaniccollegequiz.com/index.html">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="http://www.hacu.net/hacu/default.asp">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="http://www.stedwards.edu/academics/schools/education">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 http://www.stedwards.edu St. Edward’s University MBA Capstone Group Wins with Economic Impact Study for Austin Marathon http://www.stedwards.edu/AustinMarathonMBA <p>A group of St. Edward&rsquo;s University students in <a href="http://www.stedwards.edu/academics/masters/businessadministration">The Bill Munday School of Business </a>succeeded in helping Conley Sports Productions, the production company for the <a href="http://youraustinmarathon.com/">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="http://www.stedwards.edu/academics/masters/businessadministration">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="http://www.stedwards.edu/newsroom/news-releases/release/2014-01-28/stan-horner-phd-and-st-edwards-university-mba-program-hono">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 http://www.stedwards.edu St. Edward's Climbs to #13 in U.S. News & World Report’s "America's Best Colleges" Rankings http://www.stedwards.edu/USNewsBestColleges2015 <p> <strong>AUSTIN, Texas</strong> &ndash; For the 12th consecutive year, St.&nbsp;Edward&rsquo;s University was recognized by <a href="http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges" 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="http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/st-edwards-university-3621" 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="http://www.stedwards.edu/about" 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="http://www.stedwards.edu/academics/newcollege/supportservices" 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="http://www.usnews.com/colleges" style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;" target="_blank">www.usnews.com/colleges</a><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 09 Sep 2014 14:18:33 +0000 stephenr 96343 at http://www.stedwards.edu Rachel Murray, Women's Soccer Student-Athlete, Named Finalist for NCAA Woman of the Year http://www.stedwards.edu/newsroom/news-releases/release/2014-09-03/rachel-murray-womens-soccer-student-athlete-named-finalist <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="http://athletics.stedwards.edu/news/2014/6/17/WSOC_0617144111.aspx?path=wsoc">GoHilltoppers.com.</a></p> Wed, 03 Sep 2014 15:08:12 +0000 stephenr 96330 at http://www.stedwards.edu St. Edward’s University Welcomes New Deans, VP for Financial Affairs http://www.stedwards.edu/newsroom/news-releases/release/2014-08-25/st-edward%E2%80%99s-university-welcomes-new-deans-vp-for-financial <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 http://www.stedwards.edu