Excitement is brewing for the 2019–2020 school year: back-to-school celebrations are in full swing, new and returning students are finding their groove, and opportunities to get involved on campus and in Austin are growing. Out of all the activities on the hilltop, we’ve gathered the top 15 for 2019. Catch up on what happened over the summer, and get ready for what this semester holds!
1. Hilltopper Welcome Days
The beginning of the school year is always a treat: move-in weekend, a BBQ for new students and families, drop-ins (with snacks and swag) hosted by each school, and everyone’s favorite back-to-school celebration, Hillfest.
2. Medallion Ceremony
Along with the fun, games and new friendships, the semester also starts with more formal traditions like the Medallion Ceremony, in which new students receive their university medallion during their induction into the St. Edward’s community.
3. Students Dive into Summer Research
Students and professors teamed up to research the effects of insecticides on honeybees, the impact of ozone levels on soybean crops, and the role of enzymes in diseases. Connect with your professor to do fall research.
4. New Faculty Members Join the Hilltop This Fall
Meet one of the newest faces on campus: Marianne Ward-Peradoza, dean of The Bill Munday School of Business. St. Edward’s also welcomes 15 new full-time faculty members who are heading up classrooms this semester.
5. The Saint John’s Bible Comes to Campus
Visit the Munday Library throughout the year to see the Saint John’s Bible up close. Different pages will be displayed from week to week, so there will always be new opportunities to gain inspiration from the text and artwork.
6. Campus Recreation: Ready for Sign-Ups
Stay healthy on the hilltop! Sign up for Recreation and Wellness programs, including Club Sport teams; intramural tournaments; GroupX, Zumba and Spinning workout classes; wellness seminars and more.
7. New Season Lights Up Mary Moody Northen Theatre
Our award-winning Department of Performing Arts brings modern and timeless classics to the stage this year, including A Feather in Her Ear and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time.
8. Join 2nd-Saturday Hikes at Wild Basin
Mark your calendar for the university’s Wild Basin Creative Research Center wilderness hikes, every 2nd Saturday of the month. It’s a great way to get off campus and into nature, and explore another part of Austin.
9. Kozmetsky Center Hosts Global Experts
The Kozmetsky Center of Excellence is bringing a diverse line up of local and international experts to campus to visit classes and speak on critical global issues, from economics to geopolitcal policies.
10. Hilltopper Athletics Kicks Off the Games
The Fall 2019 Hilltopper Athletics season opens with soccer, volleyball, tennis and cross country. Don’t miss the Blue & Gold Series and the annual Battle of the Saints against our rival St. Mary’s.
11. 120+ Ways to Get Involved
Every year, 100+ student organizations and 20+ campus departments give students a place to meet new friends and throw themselves into whatever they love best ─ from sports, video gaming and photography to leadership and cultural activities. Check out what’s out there at the annual Involvement Fair.
12. Fulbright Students Head to 4 Countries
Six students were winners of Fulbright awards in Spring 2019. We caught up with them shortly before they left the U.S. for their assignments. Find out about their experiences at St. Edward’s that led to their Fulbright award ─ and their goals for their year abroad.
13. Our Common Theme: Citizenship
Every year, St. Edward’s chooses a Common Theme that inspires conversations, programming and readings across campus. This year’s theme has us reading Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen by Jose Antonio Vargas, who will visit the hilltop in October.
14. Ready to Make a Difference?
Get involved and give back through service in the Austin community and beyond. Meet representatives at the Nonprofit and Volunteer Fair who can connect you to volunteer opportunities, internships and possible jobs within their organizations.
15. Austin Has It All
We love our hometown! It’s fun, creative and energetic. A hub for talent and innovation. And one of the nation’s fastest growing cities and best places to live. See how partnerships between St. Edward’s and Austin give students an edge.