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Jul 24 2013
Samantha Bezdek eating a bowl of rice

Peace Corps Volunteer Finds Family 9,000 Miles From Home

There’s no electricity in the hut that Samantha Bezdek (B.A. ’10), a Peace Corps volunteer, calls home. Stationed in the impoverished coastal village of Manafiafy, Madagascar, Bezdek gets fresh water from a well down the road, and any…

Jul 24 2013
Steve Acevedo

Director Makes His Own Luck

Steve Acevedo (B.A. ’00) knows how fortunate he is to have a rising career as a director and cinematographer in Hollywood. “It’s a difficult industry to break into, and I’m grateful I can make a living doing…

Jul 24 2013

A Rancher’s Call

Alum Continues Family’s 200-year Struggle on the Texas Range Sometimes, when he’s driving through South Texas, Rafael Ricardo “Rick” Ramirez feels his jaw clench and his grip tighten on the steering wheel. It happens when he’s spotted…

Jul 23 2013
Rebuilding the lives of wounded warriors

Bowed Not Broken

Aleigha Barrera is executive director of a nonprofit with big plans, but she’s not your typical CEO. It’s more likely you’ll find her wearing sneakers and workout clothes than a business suit. Barrera (B.A. ’97), who earned…

May 20 2013
An E-Scholar on an international trip

Earning A’s For Entrepreneurial Effort

The Texas Economy (TE), a publication of the Texas Comptroller’s office, wanted to learn more about the E-Scholars Program offered at the Meadows Center for Entrepreneurial Studies located in the Bill Greehey School of Business at St. Mary’s…

Apr 5 2013
St. Mary's School of Law graduate Terry Mitchell poses in a building showing off the Austin view from downtown.

Law Grad Looks to Move People Back to the City

Terry Mitchell (J.D. ‘83) doesn’t want to talk about the woeful realities of modern city living, like stark landscapes and excessive traffic snarls. He would rather talk about his vision of what cities can be — communities with…

Apr 5 2013

What Does it Take to Become a CEO?

“My undergraduate degree got me the job, but it’s the liberal arts that got me the CEO chair,” said Ed Speed (B.B.A. ’70, M.A. ’86), who completed master’s and post-master’s programs in theology. “It’s OK if you…

Apr 5 2013
Rick Casey (B.A. '68)

A Q&A with a Texas Journalism Icon

Name: Rick Casey Occupation: Host of the local PBS affiliate’s TV show “Texas Week with Rick Casey” Hometown: St. Louis, but calls Texas home Today, you’d never know that he: flunked both Latin and typing in high…

Apr 5 2013
Olivia exposing a headdress

Alumna Unearths an Ancient Warrior Queen

Olivia Navarro-Farr, Ph.D. (B.A. ’98), and a team of archaeologists made a career-defining discovery in the summer of 2012: In a collapsed chamber in Guatemala was the tome of Lady K’abel, a powerful Maya queen who ruled…

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