News Release Library
October 2, 2013

St. Edward's University Magazine Fall 2013

In an attempt to pretend I’m 18 years old instead of in my mid-30s, I read Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide this summer. All of the university’s freshmen read the book, too.

Half the Sky, a thoroughly researched and meticulously reported work, chronicles the harrowing conditions women around the world face because they’re, well, women. Since I finished the book, I’ve been telling everyone who will listen to read it. It’s powerful. It’s moving. It puts your bad day into perspective.

The book inspires action, even for those of us living worlds away from the problem. (I’m now an investor in a one-woman Philippine grocery market.) And it’s a powerful way to start off a school year: reading a book that illuminates solutions about an important human-rights issue.

As I reflected on both the book and the freshmen, I started envisioning the change that these students might someday inspire. What nonprofits will they create? What diseases will they cure? What companies will they create? What solutions will they present to the world?

In this issue, we bring you a host of stories on alumni, students and faculty members who are changing the world in their own ways. Our story on page 16 showcases alumni who have started companies and nonprofits. Watch how two of them, Melissa Robinson MBA ’11 and Aimee Bobruk ’03, are living out their dreams - Bobruk as a working musician and Robinson as the owner of a gluten-free flour company.

Also in our Web Extras, you’ll find a recap of how the very freshmen who are being challenged to think about big problems were welcomed to the hilltop. We’re also bringing you three videos from Chile that show how upperclassmen are pondering those same big problems — and looking for solutions.

But back to the book. You should read it.

Frannie Schneider