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Spotlight Stories

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 ago?” by Chris Jarvis Most people respond…

Jun 4 2014
Cristina Dominguez-Eshelman

Alum Wants Community Farming to be About More Than Food

Cristina Dominguez-Eshelman (B.A. ’02) is a foodie, but not the cooking-show-watching, dinner-party-hosting kind of foodie. She’s passionate about food’s role in public health, as well as its impact on social justice issues. That’s right: Access to quality, fresh…

May 14 2014
SET student with a fifth grader

Environmental Science majors introduce 5th graders to nature

Most children would rather be outside than in a classroom anyway, so when a group of Environmental Science majors from St. Mary’s University treated students from Ingram Independent School District to a day of outdoor learning last…

May 7 2014
Nicole Trahan

A Nun for Our Times

by Candace Kuebker (B.A. ’78) Nicole Trahan wasn’t a practicing Catholic growing up, and she didn’t hear about the Marianists until after college. But at age 38, she took final vows and became one of them. Nicole…

Mar 21 2014
Wilson Guthungu uses faith to transform conflict in Kenya

Conflict Transformation in Kenya

The Academic Certificate in Conflict Transformation is a global classroom geared toward people working on the ground in conflict and post-conflict zones. It is marked by the same academic rigor of the University’s master-level courses, and its…

Mar 11 2014
Lianna Duran in her ranger uniform, standing in front of snow-capped mountains

Every day is an adventure

“Close your eyes for a moment and think about home,” Lianna Duran tells visitors to Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. “Now, open them.” As an interpretive park ranger at Yellowstone National Park, Lianna Duran (B.A. ’11) gives…

Mar 10 2014
Kate Fannin

The Modern Marketer

Business School alumna makes her mark in the world of beauty by Katherine Benavides (B.A. ’13) Kate (Szecsy) Fannin (B.B.A. ’95) sits in her Seattle office looking at beauty blogs, magazine clippings, fashion sketches and makeup samples….

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, Michael Maciel already is a decorated member…

Mar 10 2014
Beverly Lindsay

Diplomacy Through Education

Alumna puts her educational experience to work in international projects by Gina Farrell (M.P.A. ’11) At her core, Beverly Lindsay, Ph.D., Ed.D. (B.A. ’69), is a diplomat. “Diplomacy occurs in so many ways – through international relations,…

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