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Nov 10 2015
Debby Ackerman

Law alum’s high-flying career makes for model mentor

by Jennifer R. Lloyd Debby Ackerman (J.D. ’79) is a woman of many firsts. She graduated first in her class from St. Mary’s University School of Law. Her interest in corporate and securities law led her to…

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 major purchases is buying insurance, which today…

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 his own mother’s childhood fight in this…

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 listening to in high school. Little did…

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: three sports in tight national championship chases,…

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 grader and preschooler to study groups in…