Spring 2023

St. Mary’s University School of Law faculty in the books

The St. Mary’s University School of Law’s faculty do more than teach — they also share their expertise in specific fields in publications.

Law grad turned injustice into career purpose

If you’ve been on campus at the St. Mary’s University School of Law in the last three years, you’ve likely heard the name or been in the gravitational pull of Cody Huffman (J.D. ’23).

U.S. Army Reserves major earns MBA while serving in Germany in support of Ukraine

Raul Rodriguez, a major in the U.S. Army Reserve, was a year into his Master of Business Administration program at St. Mary’s University in Summer 2022 when he received orders to relocate to Germany to help support Ukrainian efforts.

St. Mary’s Software Engineering graduate student improves systems

St. Mary's University alumnus and master's student Ian Wells is fascinated by software engineering because it can improve processes and make lives easier.

St. Mary’s soccer standout dreams big on and off the field

Many children dream of becoming a professional soccer player, a lawyer or an international businessperson. For international student Daniel “Dani” Gimena, these aspirations aren’t just fantasies.

St. Mary’s Law student helps marginalized communities

During her Spring 2023 semester, from the St. Mary’s University campus, J.D. student Leslie Espiricueta was helping fight for a Georgia Innocence Project client who has served 25 years in prison.

Leading Ladies: Rowena Ortiz-Walters looks to foster growth in business students

Since joining St. Mary’s University as Dean in 2021, Rowena Ortiz-Walters, Ph.D., said her mission is to find ways to be inclusive by fostering a program that welcomes students from all backgrounds. 

Leading Ladies: Nancy LaGreca seeks inclusivity through humanities

Nancy LaGreca, Ph.D., is no stranger to diversity.  Growing up in Niagara Falls, New York, she heard multiple languages at home — from her father’s Sicilian to her mother’s Slovakian to their common language, English. 

Leading Ladies: Carolyn Tubbs relies on open communication as Vice Provost

Working with people of diverse backgrounds on topics requiring intense listening and understanding is something Carolyn Tubbs, Ph.D., has been doing most of her career.

Leading Ladies: Patricia Roberts nurtures leaders as the School of Law Dean

When Patricia Roberts, J.D., first came to understand injustices, she was 12 years old. After finding out that some innocent people go to jail, she resolved to become a lawyer and help right some of those wrongs.

Leading Ladies: Teresa Beam gets ready to start new dean’s role

Growing up in Columbia City, Indiana, Teresa “Teri” Beam, Ph.D., was an inquisitive child. Beam found herself fascinated with the sciences, specifically the subject of genetics.

Trailblazing couple immortalized with new campus building

Despite bestowing generous gifts, the couple, Leland T. Blank Ph.D. (B.S. ’67) and Sallie V. Sheppard, Ph.D., said teaching has always been their reward. So, when they learned their names would be immortalized on the Blank Sheppard Innovation Center now under construction, both said they were “beyond surprised.”

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