Summer 2019

Finance professor helps students manage $2.4 million investment portfolio

The Mexico native co-taught the Student Managed Portfolio class with now-retired Professor Richard Bauer, Ph.D., who launched the course in 2007 to give St. Mary’s business students an opportunity to invest real money in companies — starting with a $1 million fund.

New drone lab allows student learning to take flight

Professor of Electrical Engineering Bahman Rezaie, Ph.D., used his 2017-2018 sabbatical to recruit Engineering seniors to his cause — creating a drone lab from the ground up and helping the students complete their senior design projects in the process.

Spend your summer with St. Mary’s authors

Have a little free time this summer? Spend your time catching up on Rattler reads — books written by St. Mary’s University alumni, professors and staff.

Distinguished alumna has volunteered with St. Mary’s for more than 20 years

As a board-certified commercial real estate lawyer, Sara E. Dysart (B.A. ’74, J.D. ’81) is as comfortable making deals as she is baking up shellfish at Fiesta Oyster Bake year after year.

Longtime trustee leads the Defining Our Future Task Force

David Biegler (B.S. ’68), the Dallas-based chairman and retired CEO of Southcross Energy, has been giving back to St. Mary’s University for decades — not only through generous monetary donations, but also through his time and effort on the St. Mary’s University Board of Trustees.

Grad gives back by establishing schools abroad

Terrill Kucera is not your ordinary educator. Terrill Kucera works for Catholic Relief Services as an education program manager in Bamyan, Afghanistan. The well-traveled alumnus has worked abroad with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) for most of the last decade.

Law student who gives back surprised with custom suit in return

When third-year St. Mary’s University School of Law student Tanisha Taylor walked into the Patel Gaines San Antonio law office for a small reception last week, the last thing she expected was that she’d be fitted for a custom-tailored suit.

St. Mary’s students study religious pilgrimage in Israel

From following the steps of Jesus’ crucifixion at Jerusalem’s Via Dolorosa to visiting the Western Wall and the Dead Sea, 14 students in a Theology course this spring visited important Israeli sites of pilgrimage in the Christian, Catholic, Jewish and Islamic faith traditions.

Psychology professor contributes to child autism research in Zambia

Jillian Pierucci, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology, wants to make the world a more inclusive place — especially through her research in autism awareness, which has brought her more than once to Africa.

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