Fall 2022

Alum at Department of Energy positions U.S. for its future

Zack Valdez, Ph.D. (B.S. ’10), finds motivational fuel in explaining complex science and increasing public trust in scientific findings by everyone from community members who need to understand their environment to Congressional decision-makers.

Alumna continues her passion for service at USAA 

As the corporate responsibility director at USAA, Laura Cabanilla has helped distribute tens of millions of dollars to philanthropic projects that make a difference in the San Antonio community and individuals’ lives.

Texas Facilities Commission director oversees massive construction at the Capitol 

Overseeing $1.5 billion in facilities projects across the state falls to Executive Director of the Texas Facilities Commission Mike Novak (B.B.A. ’75).

Clerkships add employment security and prestige to law graduate’s repertoires

St. Mary's School of Law graduates secure judicial clerkship opportunities through a new clerkship program.

M.Jur. student combines forensic psychology with law studies

The question that drives forensic psychologist John Delatorre is why an individual commits a crime. He applies psychology to consult on criminal, civil and family law cases in his work. He'll soon apply his Master of Jurisprudence education to his work as well.

MBA/J.D. student finds nontraditional path to success 

A single teen mom. A successful business owner. And now a dual-degree student at St. Mary’s University attaining her MBA and J.D. Vanessa Ortega has paved her own path to success and helps others find theirs. 

Biology junior sets sights on medical school and inspiring others  

Overcoming a lack of economic or educational resources, Jocelyn Torres is is studying Biology and aiming for her next degree through the Joint Admission Medical Program.

Running down a dream together

For his nonprofit Running Down a Dream, Shawn Barnett led a group of 14 school-aged children and their parents through warm-up stretches. Before starting their run, Barnett, a second-year J.D. student at the St. Mary’s University School of Law, tells everyone to set a reasonable, achievable goal for themselves.

Finance and Risk Management senior dives into service 

Zane Smith fell in love with St. Mary’s University the first time he set foot on campus for his college tour. Now, he makes an impact as a tour guide, President's Ambassador and scholar.

Communications Studies-Political Science double major takes advantage of St. Mary’s opportunities

Junior Lily Schow leads through academics, as a Communications Studies and Political Science double major, and through SGA and esports.

Criminal Justice student connects with St. Mary’s mission

Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Christine Nduhura's family fled to Rwanda amid ethnic cleansing and later immigrated to the U.S. Now, she's studying Criminal Justice at St. Mary's University.

Men’s Basketball player uses mechanical engineering to help others

As a St. Mary’s University senior studying Mechanical Engineering and a forward on the Ratter Men’s Basketball team, Emmanuel Ewuzie is on his way to achieving his goals.

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