Spring 2018

Breaking Molds

Minerva De La Garza (B.S. ’67) ranks among the first female undergraduate students to earn her degree from St. Mary’s University.

Coaching for Impact

Hannah Petersen heard stories of how difficult it would be to say goodbye to her new friends in Vietnam after a three-week stay of service in Summer 2017.

Mona Mengler leads St. Mary’s #HarveyHelp efforts

Days after Hurricane Harvey hit Texas, Mona Mengler opened a box containing a tube of toothpaste, a toothbrush and a bar of soap. She thought, “Why bother?” when Hurricane victims needed so much more.

Business alum heads international wool empire

It was 10 a.m. and Michael T. “Terry” Martin (B.B.A. ’81), president of Anodyne Wool, was on his way to the hardware store to pick up supplies. Freezing temperatures in San Angelo the night before had damaged a pipe in the warehouse.

Privacy Pioneer

Before becoming a cybersecurity business lawyer in Austin, Rogers was the first chief privacy officer for the State of Texas. She created the Statewide Information Privacy Advisory Council, which is now the Statewide Information Security Advisory Committee (SISAC).

Bow ties in Burma

Until recently, the teaching of political science in Myanmar had been banned for five decades. That is why South Texas Professor of Law and Fulbright Scholar Vincent R. Johnson, J.D., LL.D., considers his stay in the country such a treat.

The Mighty Pen

Twenty years ago, six second-year J.D. students shared a vision: Create a law review, a scholarly journal focusing on legal issues facing minorities, to “give a voice to the voiceless,” as their mission states.

St. Mary’s trustee supports Catholic Intellectual Tradition

Martin Beirne (J.D. ’69), Chairman of the St. Mary’s Board of Trustees, has significantly impacted the future of St. Mary’s University and the School of Law — twice.

Q&A: Susan Gordon, Executive in Residence for Risk Management

Susan Gordon joined St. Mary’s University in Spring 2018 as the Contreras Family Executive in Residence for Risk Management — a newly created position endowed by a $2 million gift from Tom (B.B.A. ’88) and Leti (B.A. ’89) Contreras to boost the Finance and Risk Management program at St. Mary’s.

Couple finds love after meeting in Geology lab

What began as an experience many St. Mary’s students know and love – passionate professors creating an intimate learning environment – became an essential puzzle piece to the love story of Claire Seifert and Robert Gray, seven years after they met.

First Line of Defense

When graduate students Goutham Dhongadi Rukmasah and Erick Buenrostro completed their studies in December, they became the first graduates ever to leave St. Mary’s University with a master’s degree in Cybersecurity.

Triple St. Mary’s alum tackles law school while leading oncology group

As Patrick Magallanes walked around St. Mary’s University as a re-enrolled undergraduate student in Fall 1998, he couldn’t help but feel emotional.

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