Spotlight Stories

Dec 1 2016
Father Jim Tobin Breakfast with a Saint

by Jennifer R. Lloyd A brief stop in Calcutta, India, while serving Marianist communities in the region in 1997 gave the Rev. Jim Tobin, S.M., now the Greehey School of…

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Nov 30 2016
gb_fall2016_goldwilliams_featured Ideas and Opportunities

by Jasmine DeLeon (B.A. ’11, M.A. ’15) Paula Gold-Williams believes in being ready to take on whatever challenges life throws her way. She has guided her career with a balance…

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Oct 11 2016
Dean Winston Erevelles with students living in Marian Hall. More Than a Dorm

by Alex Z. Salinas (B.A. ’11) During the day, the halls of Marian Hall — one of 12 student residences at St. Mary’s — are quiet. But at night, the…

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Sep 6 2016
Brews and Bros

by Melanie Skaggs (B.A. ’01) The small-batch craft beer movement is big business, and four St. Mary’s University alums are in the thick of it. What started as a friendship among…

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Aug 9 2016
Under the watchful eye of coach Tom Zabel, Jessica Brower and an opponent prepare to spar. You Don’t Know Sumo

Think you know what a sumo wrestler looks like? Think again. by Andrew Festa Jessica Brower has, perhaps, the best icebreaker in the history of conversation. The diminutive St. Mary’s…

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Aug 2 2016
Students at Alternative Spring Break in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Breaking for Service

Alternative Spring Break programs give students options besides the beach Story and photos by Robin J. Johnson (B.A. ’11, M.A. ’13) Spring break is not often synonymous with volunteerism and…

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Jul 28 2016
Katie Hambleton The Stars Aligned

by Anndria Flores (B.A. ’12) As a public affairs officer for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Katie Hambleton (B.A. ’04) gives the public the inside scoop on the…

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Jul 28 2016
Enrique Torres Hernandez The Caretaker

Triple major looks to create a future that helps others through medicine by Alex Z. Salinas (B.A. ’11) When St. Mary’s senior and triple major Enrique Torres Hernandez was a…

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Jul 28 2016
Anthony Quesada Modern-Day Renaissance Man

This recent Biology graduate didn’t waste any of his time at St. Mary’s – singing, dancing, teaching, researching and, well, generally excelling by Alex Z. Salinas (B.A. ’11) Anthony Quesada…

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Jul 28 2016
Kristal Cuevas (B.A.'04) Good Fortune and Karma

by Anndria Flores (B.A. ’12) Kristal Cuevas quit her corporate job and found her calling in a yoga studio. Eager for a change of pace away from the fluorescent lights…

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Mar 28 2016
Joan Lamm-Tennant The Business of Helping

by Jasmine DeLeon (B.A. ’11, M.A. ’15) Joan Lamm-Tennant believes hard work should pay off. But she also knows that for many hard-working people living in poverty, disaster can be…

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Mar 28 2016
Diplomat and alumna Ariel Vaagen Diplomat urges graduates to give back

St. Mary’s University alumna Ariel Vaagen (M.S. ’06), Deputy Director of the Office of International Media Engagement for the U.S. Department of State, was keynote speaker at the 15th annual…

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Mar 28 2016
Matteo Borri working at a workbench full of electrical tools The Robot Maestro

by Alex Z. Salinas (B.A. ’11) Matteo Borri (B.S. ’07) has clear ideas for the future of his robot-building company. Stay small enough that customer interaction is personal. Create high-quality,…

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Nov 17 2015
Image of a mouse's brain Tiny Brains, Big Science

by Alex Z. Salinas (B.A. ’11) In the world of neuroscientist Denise Ramirez, Ph.D. (B.S. ’03), minds are a terrible thing to waste — literally. In this case, the brains…

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Oct 29 2015
Brittany Sullivan A Rewarding Risk

by Alex Z. Salinas (B.A. ’11) Some of the joys — and frustrations — that can come soon after college include buying a new car or home. And following these…

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Sep 8 2015
Aleman's mother's third grade class Common People, Uncommon Activism

by Alex Salinas (B.A. ’11) 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…

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Aug 18 2015
Jason Torres playing his guitar The Punk Rock Scientist

by Alex Z. Salinas (B.A. ’11) Questioning authority. Thinking independently. Not accepting things at face value. These themes are found in punk rock music, which Jason Torres (B.A. ’07) began…

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Aug 17 2015
Collage of four photos, explained below in text The Year of the Rattler

by Chad Peters What a year! St. Mary’s Athletics has strung together many impressive seasons in many different sports during recent years, but 2014-2015 will go down as something special:…

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Aug 4 2015
From left, Capt. Jules Chan (B.B.A. ’08), his mother Vanessa (M.A. ’98), father Julius and younger brother Jed Chan (B.A. ’15). All in the Family

by Christina Mendez When Vanessa Chan (M.A. ’98) was a young mother and graduate student at St. Mary’s University in the 1990s, she often had to bring along her fourth…

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Aug 3 2015
The monument in Orsan A Sacred Duty

Group of History students solves the mystery of a downed American pilot from World War II by Andrew Festa He was their champion, yet they never saw him alive. They…

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Jul 21 2015
Dr. V treats a child's foot injury The Good Doctor

Fifteen years after a planned retirement, alumna Sylvia Villarreal is helping patients as a pediatrician and owner of a small-town clinic in New Mexico. by Alex Salinas (B.A. ’11) Every…

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Jul 21 2015
StMU Faculty Kathleen Gallagher Actions Reflect Passion

Professor spearheads transformative initiatives by Anndria Flores (B.A. ’12) Kathleen Gallagher, Ph.D., has lived a life filled with adventure — and a bit of danger. She spent seven years trekking…

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Jul 21 2015
Judy Reyes outside the Rockefeller Center in New York City An American Dream

Alumna works to improve well-being of humanity by Anndria Flores (B.A. ’12) Judy Reyes (B.A. ’01) was just 4 when her family moved to the Texas border town of Mission…

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Jul 21 2015
From left, Rick Diaz (B.B.A. ’09), Albert Cruz (B.B.A. ’06), Matt Sisneros (B.B.A. ’12), and Alfonso Diaz (B.B.A. ’07) Rattlers of Wall Street

by Jasmine Garcia (B.A. ’11) A Wall Street work week is not your typical work week. It means long hours — 70 to 90 per week — in a fast-paced…

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Jul 21 2015
Erika Rendon, on the National Mall Tweet, Post, Repeat.

by Jasmine Garcia (B.A. ’11) Just a few years after graduating from St. Mary’s University, Erika Rendon (B.B.A. ’12) is doing things she only dreamed of as a student. Now…

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Mar 23 2015
Trinidad Agosto The New Guard

As the population of professed Marianists in the United States continues to decline, two recent St. Mary’s University graduates are among the few, but proud, who are stepping up by Alex…

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Mar 23 2015
Hardberger stands near the Medina Lake dam More Than Rain

Law professor advocates for access to water as a basic human right by Jennifer R. Lloyd Assistant Professor of Law Amy Hardberger does not remember a time when she wasn’t…

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Mar 23 2015
Anamaria Suescun-Fast in front of some of her pieces of collateral We Are Chameleons

Alum enjoys the changing environment of a PR agency by Nicolette Good On any given day, Anamaria Suescun-Fast (B.A. ’91) could be talking about water quality, groceries or diaper rash…

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Mar 9 2015
StMU Faculty David Turner Tapping into Sustainability

by Alex Salinas (B.A. ’11) Environmental Science prof leads way to St. Mary’s first water-sustainable tank When St. Mary’s University revealed its first rainwater harvesting tank – a 5,050-gallon, 10-foot-tall…

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Nov 20 2014
"Forest of Enlightenment" - Rebecca Coffey Let There Be Light

Gala and art sale benefiting art education scholarships The beauty of The Saint John’s Bible, acquired by St. Mary’s University last year, seems to move everyone who experiences it, so…

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Nov 19 2014
Brian Anderson Meet Brian: The Game Changer

by Christina Mendez Brian Anderson (B.A. ’93) has been calling games for nearly two decades, but he’s getting ready to tackle a whole new broadcasting adventure. Anderson will be on…

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Nov 19 2014
Chuck Kerr Mr. Variety

Alum Chuck Kerr (B.A. ’07) has landed a job as art director of Variety magazine – a holy grail for any graphic designer, and a big jump from his previous…

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Nov 19 2014
Roberto Rosas Man of Mexico

Law Professor Leads a Fight for Mexican Voting Rights by Anndria Flores (B.A. ’12) Roberto Rosas’ résumé is impressive: consultant to the Mexican government on public administration projects, the CEO…

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Oct 28 2014
Guardians of the University Guardians of the University

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…

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Jun 18 2014
Cheryl Oldham Wanted: Educated Workforce

by Anndria Flores (B.A. ’12) As vice president of education policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Cheryl Oldham (J.D. ’93) influences U.S. education policy on behalf of the nation’s…

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Jun 18 2014
Jason Valendy Methodist Minister, Marianist Twist

by Andrew Festa As a teenager, Jason Valendy (B.A. ’04) considered pursuing a career in ministry. His only stumbling block was a doozy: He didn’t particularly like “church.” The way…

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Jun 18 2014
Richard Bauer with a student using a computer Beating the Market

by Katherine Benavides (B.A.’13) It seemed like the odds were against Finance Professors Richard Bauer, Ph.D., and Adrian Cowan, Ph.D. In the fall of 2007, when the University approved a…

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Jun 18 2014
StMU Faculty Colin McQuillan Bland and Disinterested

Philosophy prof looks at differences in aesthetic values between Chinese and Western art by Candy Kuebker (B.A. ’78) Aesthetics is an area of philosophy that examines the creation and appreciation…

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Jun 18 2014
Charles Merkel Mr. Globetrotter

Alum has traveled to nearly 150 countries. Top that. by Gina Farrell (M.P.A.’11) Charles Merkel’s lifelong fascination — some might call it an obsession — with travel can be traced…

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Jun 4 2014
Susan Oxley Chemicals by Design

by Chris Jarvis Susan Oxley, Ph.D., doesn’t mince words when explaining chemistry’s place in the world. “You can be a doctor and help thousands of people, or you can be…

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Jun 4 2014
Albert Hindrichs A Champion for Clean Water

When Albert Hindrichs (B.A. ’83) talks to community members about water sustainability, he often asks the same question: “Who thinks water quality is better today than it was 40 years…

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Mar 10 2014
Tennis player Michael Maciel on the St. Mary's tennis courts with a racket hitting a tennis ball toward the camera Serving Up Service

Tennis player and Greehey Scholar Michael Maciel wants kids to have a chance in his sport of choice. by Robin Johnson (B.A. ’11, M.A. ’13) As a St. Mary’s freshman,…

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Mar 7 2014
Jessie Smith - Blame it on Facebook? Blame it on Facebook?

Some people are social media gurus. Some are relationship experts. Jessie Smith is both. by Andrew Festa The St. Mary’s doctoral student in the Marriage and Family Therapy program recently…

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Nov 4 2013
Engineering printer in the School of Science, Engineering and Technology A 3-D Revolution

St. Mary’s Engineering Lab Keeps Pace with Technology Trend by Chris Jarvis The technology of 3-D printers has been common in the news, with their ability to make just about…

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Oct 31 2013
Michael Galligan-Stierle (B.A. '72) What Catholic Colleges Are Getting Right

A Q-and-A with Michael Galligan-Stierle, Ph.D. (B.A. ’72), President and CEO of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities In 2013, Michael Galligan-Stierle visited St. Mary’s, his alma mater, to talk…

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Oct 25 2013
Tom Mengler helps plant a tre in Haiti Finding God’s Glory

by Thomas M. Mengler Scripture tells us that the Holy Spirit is most visibly present in the least among us – something I witnessed firsthand during a transformative visit to…

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Oct 22 2013
Alicia Wagner Calzada (J.D. ’10) A Camera is Not a Weapon

by Nicolette Good Alicia Wagner Calzada (J.D. ’10) spent two decades behind her camera lens as a photojournalist, capturing some of the most devastating, exciting and momentous events for magazines…

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Jul 24 2013
Developing Telekinesis to Overcome Gravity Behind the Magic Eye

Artist James Joffe, M.F.A., must have a soft spot for viewers who, as children, flipped through the newspaper to the funnies just for the Magic Eye. On first viewing, the…

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Jul 24 2013
Dr. Johnson in his office in front of a world map All the World’s a Classroom

Jeff Johnson, Ph.D., is a well-versed expert of foreign entrepreneurial practices. As director of the Center for Global Business Studies in the Bill Greehey School of Business and an Associate…

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Jan 24 2013
StMU Faculty Marshall McCue Form Meets Function

Biological sciences professor Marshall McCue, Ph.D., wants to learn not just how living things work, but why they work the way they do. Why can a snake survive without food…

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Nov 15 2012
Evelynn Mitchell, Ph.D., instructs students at Enchanted Rock. No Boundaries

By Andrew Festa In the new Environmental Science program, classrooms don’t always have walls. For professors Evelyn Mitchell, Ph.D., David Turner, Ph.D., and Melissa Karlin, Ph.D., who are leading the…

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