Your student’s experiences beyond the classroom are important for a full and rewarding college experience. That's why St. Edward’s makes extracurricular opportunities for learning, leadership and personal growth a priority. We asked staff members in six offices across campus about their resources that support your student’s success. Here’s what they want parents and students to know.
Exploring faith, service and moral reasoning
“As a Holy Cross, Catholic university, St. Edward’s is enriched by the diverse religious and faith traditions our students bring to campus. We offer students guidance and a spiritual home through participation in ritual, prayer and worship, service programs in Austin and internationally, and educational opportunities to learn about and advocate for social justice issues. In exploring their faith and moral reasoning, we challenge students to answer the big questions: Who am I? and Who am I called to be?”
– Liza Manjarrez, assistant director of Campus Ministry, coordinates Service Break Experiences and social justice education for students.
Valuing physical activity and wellness as a lifelong commitment
“Campus Recreation encourages students to benefit from physical activity in a fun, energetic atmosphere. Our programs reduce stress, strengthen the body, improve coping skills and enhance brain activity that helps improve classroom performance. We also provide a positive, safe, social setting for students to decompress from their rigorous academic work. Students can participate in intramural sports leagues, group fitness classes, personal training, swim lessons, outdoor adventure trips, intercollegiate club sports and many other fitness activities.”
– Andy Lemons, director of Campus Recreation, believes that students who take care of their bodies are better prepared to open their minds to learning.
Fostering a supportive campus environment
“The Dean of Students Office responds to the concerns of students, faculty, staff, parents and the community on issues related to student life at the university, from upholding our Student Conduct system and prohibiting all forms of discrimination, to overseeing interventions with at-risk individuals. We talk to students about campus resources and how to take advantage of all that our community has to offer. And we walk with them through difficult circumstances and make sure they are cared for.”
– Connie Rey Rodriguez ’04, MAHS ’06, associate dean of students, says college is a perfect time for students to “get comfortable with being uncomfortable” — an important life skill.
Shaping champions in the classroom, in the game and in life
“For both players and spectators, Hilltopper Athletics enhances campus life, school spirit and their educational experience at St. Edward’s. We sponsor 13 NCAA Division II teams for men and women, and a coed cheerleading team — all with long-standing winning traditions. Academics, teamwork, discipline, sportsmanship and community engagement are vital components of our varsity programs. As a result, student-athletes at St. Edward’s are consistently recognized for their outstanding academic, athletic and service achievements.”
– Debbie Taylor, director of Athletics, recently celebrated her 25th year on the hilltop, where she aims to provide the best experience possible for our student-athletes.
Cultivating vibrant, openhearted communities
“The top priority of Residence Life is to provide an inclusive living-learning environment that fosters personal growth and academic engagement. Our residence halls are not just a place to sleep, they are a home away from home. Students are immersed in a diverse community where they build friendships and connections that continue well beyond their time on the hilltop. And they are encouraged to participate in educational and social programs throughout the year hosted by our resident assistants and Residential Programming Board.”
– Alicia Vela, EdD, director of Residence Life, aims to create residential communities that encourage, challenge and inspire all students to lead with their hearts and minds.
Inspiring student engagement on campus
“Student Life offers hundreds of ways for students to get involved, meet new people and have fun while living and learning on campus. We work with students to oversee social, educational, multicultural, tradition and entertainment programs, such as Homecoming, Cesar Chavez Week, Hillfest and the University Ring. Students have access to more than 130 student organizations, leadership development activities and transitional experiences that help them get off to a strong start every school year.”
– Marisa Lacey, associate director in Student Life, loves to wear blue and gold, celebrate campus traditions, and help Hilltoppers identify their passions and realize their potential.
Parents, remind your student to take advantage of the many resources and services available to them at St. Edward’s.