2016 Alice Wright Franzke Feminist Award recipients honored

The newest group of Alice Wright Franzke Feminist Award recipients was honored Tuesday to kick off St. Mary’s University’s celebration of Women’s History Month.

The honorees were recognized at a luncheon in the Law Administration Atrium on campus:

  • Virginia “Liz” Garcia, Case Manager and Paralegal, St. Mary’s University Center for Legal and Social Justice
  • Victoria Heffner, Student, St. Mary’s University
  • Teresa Van Hoy, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History, St. Mary’s University

The Alice Wright Franzke Feminist Award was established by the St. Mary’s Women’s Caucus in March 1990 to commemorate the life and works of Alice Franzke, Ph.D., a professor in the Sociology Department at St. Mary’s University from 1982 until 1989.

Franzke was an inspirational model of feminist activism and civic engagement who embodied a commitment to justice and peace. The award honors feminists of the St. Mary’s University community who promote peace, empowerment, civic engagement, cooperation, equality, and respect of all persons.

Any current or past member of the St. Mary’s University community who promotes peace, empowerment, civic engagement, cooperation, equality, and respect of all persons is eligible for nomination.

For more information about the Alice Wright Franzke Feminist Award, please contact Prof. Diane Duesterhoeft at dduesterhoeft@stmarytx.edu or 210-436-3346.


St. Mary's University, founded in 1852, is the first institution of higher learning in San Antonio and the oldest Catholic university in the Southwest. It offers 75 programs, including doctoral and law programs, and has a diverse student population of about 3,800 of all faiths and backgrounds. Its vision, as a Catholic and Marianist liberal arts institution, is to become one of the finest private universities in the region, a gateway for graduates to professional lives as ethical leaders in Texas, the nation and the world.

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