By Anndria Flores
When St. Mary’s professor and writer-in-residence, Diane Gonzales-Bertrand’s children were growing up, she realized she couldn’t find many children’s books her family could identify with. In the early 1990s when she started working at St. Mary’s University, Bertrand was encouraged by her colleagues, Sister Ann Semel, S.S.N.D., and Rose Marie Cutting, Ph.D., to write children’s literature.
Leave wide-eyed, first-generation college students alone in the vast expanse of academia, and there are bound to be some dudes and damsels in distress. Too many are endangered by one of myriad issues that can befall even the most prepared first-time college students. So St. Mary’s gives them a hero. Teams of them, in fact, through programs such as the Faculty Academic Mentor program, STEM Scholars and themed-living communities. These programs connect faculty and staff with students to ensure they find their way at St. Mary’s.
The beauty of The Saint John’s Bible, acquired by St. Mary’s University last year, seems to move everyone who experiences it, so imagine the creative inspiration San Antonio’s favorite artists derived from it. In October, President Thomas Mengler and his wife, Mona, hosted the Let There Be Light Gala and Art Sale, with a portion of the sales going to St. Mary’s for scholarships for Art Education majors.
Veronica Contreras-Shannon, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology, gets visibly excited when she talks about the gray box attached to the computer in the photo. While the box looks fairly unassuming, it’s actually a $100,000 high-powered confocal microscope that gives faculty and students an exciting new way to look at tissues and cells.
In the 1950s, a Texas school district was forcing Mexican-American students to repeat the first grade three times. When alum Enrique Aleman Jr., Ph.D., uncovered his own mother’s childhood fight in this battle against inequality, he decided to chronicle the historic struggle.