Faculty Accolades

James B. Ball, Ph.D.

James B. Ball, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Theology, authored an article titled “Why Don’t They Love Jesus?” in a forthcoming issue of U.S. Catholic.

Diane Gonzales Bertrand

St. Mary’s University English and Communication Studies Department’s Writer-in-Residence Diane Gonzales Bertrand’s children’s bilingual book, “The Party for Papa Luis/la fiesta para Papa Luis,” (Arte Publico Press 2010) won the Austin Public Library Foundation Award for children’s literature. Her young adult novel, “The F Factor”, (Arte Publico Press, 2010) is a finalist for the Texas Library Association Lone Star Reading List.

Bertrand’s new bilingual children’s books include “Adelita and the Calabacita Cousins/Adelita y las primas Verduritas” (Arte Publio Press, 2011) and The Park Our Town Built/El Parque que nuestro pueblo construyó” (Raven Tree Books, 2011).

Alex Briseno

Alex Briseno, Professor of Public Service in Residence, served as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the San Antonio Water System for over five years. He was originally appointed by Mayor Phil Hardberger in 2006 and re-apponted by Mayor Juian Castro in 2009 and 2010.

Eva Bueno, Ph.D.

Eva Bueno, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Portuguese, Spanish and M.O.S., was published in several editions of the Revista Espaco Academico.

Bonita Dattner-Garza, Ph.D.

Bonita Dattner-Garza, Ph.D., “The Strategic Raiding of a Campaign Discourse of Change” was published in The International Journal of the Humanities. She also gave a presentation at the Eighth International Conference for New Directions in the Humanities held at UCLA. Dattner-Garza has been invited to serve as Associate Editor for the The International Journal of the Humanities.

Gwendolyn Diaz, Ph.D.

Gwendolyn Diaz, Ph.D., professor of World Literature, Literary Theory and Director of the Graduate English Literature and Langueage Program, is serving as President of the South Central Modern Language Association. This year her presidential address for the six state-wide association is titled “The End of Books?” Her latest book, “Text, Context and Post-Text: The Narrative Journey of L. Valenzuela,” has been nominated for a book award. Her article “Sacred, Profane and Quantum Spaces in Contemporary Narratives” has appeared in the Fall issue of Revista Iberoamericana, U. of Pittsburg Press.

Henry Flores, Ph.D. (B.A. ’74)

Henry Flores, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science, was recently presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the School of Law during their annual Chicano Civil Rights Banquet, as part of the Minority Pre-Law Symposium. Flores was honored for his contributions and continued dedication to Latino voting rights issues.

Heather Hill, Ph.D.

Recent publications:
Hill, H., Kahn, M., Brilliot, L., Roberts, B, Gutierrez, C., & Artz, S. (2011). Beluga (Delphinapterus leucas) bubble bursts: Surprise, protection, or play? International Journal of Comparative Psychology, 24, 235-243.

Hill, H., & Kuczaj, S. A. II. (2011). The development of language. In A. Slater & J.G. Bremner (Eds.), An Introduction to Developmental Psychology, 2nd edition. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishers.

Hill, H. M., & Lackups, M. (2010). What and where do marine mammal researchers publish? A
review of journal publications regarding cetaceans since 1950. International Journal of Comparative Psychology, 23, 414-534.

Conference Presentations:
Collier, B., & Hill, H. (2010). Response to a novel enrichment device by two mother-calf beluga pairs. Poster presented at the Association of Zoos and Aquaria (AZA), Houston, TX, Sept 11-16.

Artz, S., Gutierrez, C., Kahn, M., Roberts, B., Brilliot, L., & Hill, H. (2011). Bubble burst production depends on the beluga (Delphinapterus leucas) and context. Poster presented at the Animal Behavior Society Meeting (ABS), Bloomington, IN, Jul 25-30.

Campbell, C., Griego, C., & Hill, H. (2011). Allomaternal care by belugas (Delphinapterus leucas) in the care of humans. Poster presented at the Animal Behavior Society Meeting (ABS), Bloomington, IN, Jul 25-30.

Glenn Hughes, Ph.D.

Glenn Hughes Ph.D., Professor of Philosophy, has authored the book A More Beautiful Question: The Spiritual in Poetry and Art, published by University of Missouri Press. Erato: Twenty Elegies was published in 2010 by Pecan Grove Press. Hughes gave a paper on “Eric Voegelin’s Use of Metaphor,” at the American Political Science Association annual conference in Seattle. Hughes’s essay “The Concept of Dignity in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights” appeared in the March 2011 issue of the Journal of Religious Ethics. This was the result of his Fulbright Scholar Research Grant work at the Peace Research Institute of Oslo (PRIO) in Fall 2008.

Bill Israel, Ph.D.

Bill Israel, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Journalism and Political Communication and Director of Graduate Communication Studies, has recently published a book titled “A Nation Seized: How Karl Rove and the Political Right Stole Reality, Beginning with the News.” In the book, Israel, who is a former New York Times reporter, a public relations officer, and press secretary to California Senate Majority Leader Barry Keene, delves into the political workings of Karl Rove and his effect on American politics and journalism both in past and future elections.

Celine Jacquemin, Ph.D.

Celine Jacquemin, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Political Science and the Associate Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, presented a paper at the Africa Conference 2011 in Austin. Jacquemin’s paper is under review for publication.

James Joffe

James Joffe, Visiting Assistant Professor of Art, had an artwork selected to be included into the 81st annual San Antonio Artists Exhibition at the San Antonio Art League Museum. The juror was Jéssica Flores Garcia who is the associate Curator of Contemporary Art, at the Cincinnati Art Museum.

Ray Leal

He was recently recognized and honored by the Intermountain Region (Denver, CO) of the National Park Service for being instrumental in the preliminary planning, facilitation, and implementation of a new initiative, the ProRanger Program located at San Antonio College. This program was recently started at SAC this January of 2010. It took two years to fully implement it.

The ProRanger program can benefit any St. Mary’s student who is interested in a federal law enforcement career with the National Park Service. It includes two paid summer internships at national parks, some short classes, a seven week law enforcement training academy and finally permanent placement as a federal law enforcement officer with the National Park Service. Our students can complete this program with no disruption to their degree programs at St. Mary’s.

This current semester he designed a law course, LW 7784 – Restorative Justice, that he and Dr. Milo Colton have taught at the St. Mary’s School of Law. This is the first law school course that Dr. Leal has taught.

George Montague

A second, revised edition of “Companion God: A Cross-cultural Commentary on the Gospel of Matthew” was released by Paulist Press.