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The Rattler marks a century of publication

When the Dean of Students asked me to be the editor-in-chief of St. Mary’s University’s student-run newspaper as a freshman in Fall 2002, I scoffed. I didn’t feel ready or capable. I barely knew my way around campus.

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.

ROTC cadet ranked No. 3 in the nation

A member of the St. Mary’s Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC), Martinez will be commissioned in May as a second lieutenant. But he’s already hit a major accomplishment in his young military career — earning U.S. Army Cadet Command’s designation as the No. 3 ROTC cadet in the nation in 2019.

International students discover new home at St. Mary’s

International Education Week, celebrated nationwide this year from Nov. 12-16, highlights the 8 percent of students at St. Mary’s University from other countries who are an integral part of the campus community.

Language grad makes cultural, career connections

Michelle Michimani Leyva remembers asking her high school Spanish teacher if she could use glue and recalls how her teacher admonished her for using slang, rather than more formal language.

History lesson fit for royalty

The St. Mary’s community welcomed Spanish nobility — the Duque de Béjar, Pedro Roca de Togores; Duquesa Marta Garcia Perez; their daughter, Maria Sandra Roca de Togores; and their granddaughter, Cayetana Roca de Togores — to campus in May to illuminate their ancestors’ role in the city’s founding.

Lab Partners

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.

The Full St. Mary’s Experience

When Leslie Ortiz was deciding where to go to college, the El Paso native was certain she’d be off to a fashion design school. But she didn’t figure on St. Mary’s coming into the picture.

More Than a Dorm

As St. Mary’s University’s designated science living community since 2011, and one of eight academic and themed living communities on campus, Marian’s 120 residents are all science majors, busy with classes and labs most of the day.

The Caretaker

When St. Mary’s senior and triple major Enrique Torres Hernandez was a young boy, his father told him something he never forgot. “You’re the man of the house while I’m at work,” his father said as he left for work that day. “You take care of your mother and brother.”

Student Newspaper Brings Home 18 Awards

The Rattler newspaper won 18 awards at the 2015 Texas Intercollegiate Press Association Convention, held at the El Tropicano Hotel in San Antonio. The Rattler again took first for overall excellence in its division.

A Pivotal Part of St. Mary’s History

When Ruben M. Escobedo (B.B.A. ’60) was a student at St. Mary’s, he often turned to Assumption Chapel in Reinbolt Hall for a place to reflect. “I spent a good deal of time in prayer prior to my examinations,” says Escobedo.

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