On any given day, Anamaria Suescun-Fast (B.A. ’91) could be talking about water quality, groceries or diaper rash cream. But that’s life in a marketing agency. “We are chameleons, and we have to work on all cylinders,” she said.
Assistant Professor of Law Amy Hardberger does not remember a time when she wasn’t obsessed with water. “Water, in my family, was never something you stayed inside for,” she said. “You sat on a porch, or you ran out in it and jumped around in puddles. There was a merging of the two worlds — I didn’t come from an indoor or outdoor world.”
As the population of professed Marianists in the United States continues to decline, two recent St. Mary's University graduates are among the few, but proud, who are stepping up to become the next generation of Marianists.
When St. Mary’s University revealed its first rainwater harvesting tank – a 5,050-gallon, 10-foot-tall container that irrigates landscaping previously irrigated by pumped water – David Turner, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Earth Sciences, couldn’t have been happier. To some, the water tank might look like an 800-pound chunk of real estate near Garni Hall, but for Turner, it is a diving board into the future.
By Anndria Flores
When St. Mary’s professor and writer-in-residence, Diane Gonzales-Bertrand’s children were growing up, she realized she couldn’t find many children’s books her family could identify with. In the early 1990s when she started working at St. Mary’s University, Bertrand was encouraged by her colleagues, Sister Ann Semel, S.S.N.D., and Rose Marie Cutting, Ph.D., to write children’s literature.