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October 18, 2011

St. Edward's University Magazine: Finding Change in Chicago

Seven months ago, eight St. Edward’s University students set out for Chicago on a mission: to live simply and lend a helping hand. They worked at a soup kitchen, and volunteered at an inner-city Catholic school. They arrived home with more than just a few mementos; they gained a new sense of focus on their lives and education. Starting on page 18, we walk you through their week in some of the toughest areas of the Windy City.

Other stories in this issue include:

Eye of the Tangent

The St. Edward’s University math club arose from nowhere to take second place at the Texas Sectional Calculus Bowl this past spring. Team leaders Payden Johnson ’12 and Paul Wright ’12 are already immersed in their training regime for the 2012 edition. They want you to join them (page 2).

The Great Romanian Adventure

Packing for a semester abroad as a college student is one thing. Packing for a year in Romania for a family of five is entirely different. Stacia Hernstrom MLA ’05 writes home to tell us about her family’s “study abroad” experience (page 14).


Twenty years ago, it would have seemed impossible that Taj McWilliams-Franklin ’93 would be leading the Minnesota Lynx to the 2011 WNBA championship. But it happened. Starting on page 23, we tell you how she got to the top of her game.

You’re a True Hilltopper If…

Do you bleed blue and gold? Take our quiz, starting on page 27, to find out if you get a passing grade in Hilltopper spirit and knowledge. Relax, it’s all in good fun.

The St. Edward’s University Magazine is distributed three times a year to alumni, students, faculty and staff members, and friends of the university. Each issue includes the latest alumni news, campus happenings, student and faculty member achievements, and feature stories that explore the university and its community in greater depth.

Copies are available around campus, or download a PDF version.