Campus News 2005 Archives

Wells Fargo Presents Check to Hill Country College Fund
December 12, 2005

by Jennifer Farhoudi, Associate Director of Development for Annual Giving

KERRVILLE, Texas – Wells Fargo Bank president Roy Thompson recently presented Schreiner University’s Hill Country College Fund with a check for $3,000 to help fund need-based tuition assistance grants for area Schreiner students.  “Wells Fargo is a wonderful company that is invested in the future of our community’s vitality and success.   They believe in the importance of educating tomorrow’s leaders and we are very fortunate to have them as a partner in education.  Their generous gift will ensure that local students, who might not be able to attend college for financial reasons, will have the opportunity to pursue their dreams of a college education,” said Jennifer Farhoudi, the associate director of development for annual giving at Schreiner University.

Well Fargo bank president, Jennifer Farhoudi, and an oversized check

Since the Hill Country College Fund began in 1977, it has provided more than $7.5 million in need-based tuition assistance to students from Kimble, Kerr, Gillespie, Kendall, Bandera, Real, and Edwards counties and helps more than 270 Hill Country Students annually. Hill Country College Fund grants provide an average of over $2,000 a year per recipient and one hundred percent of funds raised goes directly to student scholarships.

If you would like more information on how the Hill Country College Fund is making a difference for area Schreiner University students, or if you would like to make a contribution, visit Schreiner’s web site at or call (830)792-7201.

Ten Schreiner Student Athletes Announced as ASC Academic All-Conference Winners
December 12, 2005
by Amy Armstrong, Assistant Director of University Relations

The American Southwest Conference announced its Academic All-Conference winners (fall sports teams only) and 10 Schreiner University student-athletes made the list. To be eligible for the All-ASC academic award, you must be a sophomore, junior or senior with an excellent overall GPA (entering Fall 2005).
Our outstanding student-athlete academic winners are:

Ashley Avalos (Women’s Soccer)
Kassie Barlow (Volleyball)
Whitney Barron (Volleyball)
Gillian Friedel (Women’s Soccer)
Meagan Goodson (Women’s Soccer)
Aaron Mayes (Men’s Soccer)
Megan McDonald (Women’s Soccer)
Michael Moore (Men’s Soccer)
Cova Wells (Volleyball)
Whitney Yates (Women’s Soccer)

Not to be outdone, SU junior David Ramos (Men’s Soccer) was named to the prestigious NSCAA/Adidas All-Region team for his outstanding play during the 2005 season.  He was one of only four American Southwest Conference players to make either the first or second team. The region stretches as fear east as Florida, Georgia and Ohio, as far north as Illinois and Missouri and as far west as New Mexico. Last month, David was named first team All-ASC as well.

Exploring Yourself in the World: A Woman’s Retreat
December 12, 2005

by Amy Armstrong, Assistant Director of University Relations

Dr. Kathleen Hudson

Dr. Kathleen Hudson, professor of English at Schreiner University, will lead a workshop for women in San Miguel De Allende January 4-8.


The cost of the workshop is $550 plus travel expenses and meals. Travel arrangements can be made with Continental and American airlines or there are several bus lines that go to San Miguel, from San Antonio and Laredo/Nuevo Laredo.  The community is invited to participate in this unique and enriching experience.  The participants will stay together at a hotel and share meals, excursions, experiences and lectures.

San Miguel De Allende

San Miguel De Allende is an arts community that provides the perfect location to inquire within as you explore the world.  Dr. Hudson, who has led student and adult groups to San Miguel for the past twenty years, brings her knowledge of the community to the experience.

The workshop begins at 4 p.m. January 4 and ends at noon on January 8.  For more information contact Dr. Hudson at 830-792-1945; 830-285-1245; 830-866-3508 or

Schreiner University Staff & Faculty Show Support of Hill Country College Fund
December 11, 2005

Faculty and staff on Weir back stairs

KERRVILLE, Texas – When it comes to education, Schreiner University staff and faculty members don’t just talk the talk, they also walk the walk. Ninety-six Schreiner University employees contributed to the Hill Country College Fund this year, ensuring that local students, who might not be able to attend college due to financial reasons, are able to pursue their dreams of a college education.

“Hill Country College Fund is a community effort and I am happy to see the university community doing its part.  Our students appreciate the outpouring of generosity not just from the university community, but also from local community members and businesses.  It means so much to them to know that so many people believe in them and want to see them succeed,” said Jennifer Farhoudi, the associate director of development for annual giving at Schreiner University.

Since the Hill Country College Fund began in 1977, it has provided more than $7.5 million in need-based tuition assistance to students from Kimble, Kerr, Gillespie, Kendall, Bandera, Real, and Edwards counties and helps more than 270 Hill Country Students annually. Hill Country College Fund grants provide an average of over $2,000 a year per recipient and one hundred percent of funds raised goes directly to student scholarships. For many Hill Country College Fund students, it means the difference between being able to go to college or not.

If you would like more information on how the Hill Country College Fund is making a difference for area Schreiner University students, or if you would like to make a contribution, visit Schreiner’s web site at or call (830)792-7201.

Schreiner Students Perform Well in Capstone Competition
December 7, 2005

by Amy Armstrong, Assistant Director of University Relations

A group of Schreiner University business students captured 12th place out of 1,694 teams in a global competition.  Team members who competed in the CAPSTONE global corporate simulation competition as team “Baldwin” are Mark Lenzo and Channan Cardella and Amanda Brown of Kerrville, Bradley McDonald of San Antonio.

Brown said the competition was an amazing opportunity to integrate all of the skills and knowledge she has accumulated in the past four years of professional studies.  “In this simulation we were able to see how decisions in each area of a business affects other areas and impacts the success of the company as a whole,” Brown said. “We experienced conflicts in ideas and priorities within a management team and found solutions. We were able to see the importance of an overall company strategy and defined objectives for all members to be working towards. We formed a hard working, dynamic leadership team with many talents. We are very pleased with the achievements of our company and hope we can use all that we learned through this experience to be successful in the business world.”

Mark D. Woodhull, instructor of business administration and the team’s faculty sponsor, said the competition is a business student’s culminating experience after four long years of business studies.

“The corporate CAPSTONE simulation offered by Management Simulations Incorporated (MSI) provides our students with a challenging venue for exercising their business knowledge and skills and a global arena in which they can compete with over 1,600 other university academic and corporate executive teams,” Woodhull said.

This is the third year Schreiner had competed in the competition.

For more information contact Mark D. Woodhull, instructor of business administration, at 830-792-7479 or

Schreiner University Christmas Lighting
December 5, 2005

by Amy Armstrong, Assistant Director of University Relations

The Floyd & Kathleen Cailloux Campus Activity Center building on the Schreiner University campus is all lit up for the Christmas Holidays!

Floyd & Kathleen Cailloux Campus Activity Center lit up with Christmas lights

The building was illuminated during the third annual Christmas Lighting and Bonfire celebration held December 2 on the Schreiner Campus. The celebration also included caroling, pictures with Santa Claus and performances by the Schreiner University Choir and Pep Band.

Schreiner University Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta Inducts Four New Members
December 2, 2005

by Amy Armstrong, Assistant Director of University Relations

Faculty and Sigma Tau inductees

Inductees pictured from left to right are Melissa Romweber, Stephanie Gaines, Kevin Croft and Crystal Brummett

The Schreiner University Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta inducted four new members in a ceremony on campus Thursday.  New inductees are Melissa Romweber, of Bandera, Kevin Croft, of Junction, Stephanie Gaines of Hondo, and Crystal Brummett of Kerrville.  With more than 600 active chapters, Sigma Tau Delta is one of the largest members of the Association of College Honor Societies.   Its central purpose is to confer distinction upon students of the English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate and professional studies.  Members have the opportunity to be recognized for their outstanding achievements, enrich their education, help them make career choices and advance their careers.

For more information contact Dr. Kathleen Hudson, professor of English and faculty sponsor for Sigma Tau at 830-792-7409 or

Schreiner University Christmas Lighting and Bonfire Celebration Dec. 2
November 30, 2005

by Amy Armstrong, Assistant Director of University Relations

Schreiner University plans to kick-off the holiday season Friday, December 2 with its third annual Christmas Lighting and Bonfire celebration from 5-7 p.m. on campus.

The lighting of the Floyd & Kathleen Cailloux Campus Activity Center building and the entrance to the campus will take place around 6:30 p.m. The bonfire will be in front of the activity center.

The public is encouraged to attend this fun holiday celebration. There is no charge.  “We invite the community to help us celebrate the Christmas season and share in our holiday spirit,” said Tammi Clanton, director of the Callioux Center and events manager at Schreiner. “Good old fashioned Christmas carols, some hot chocolate, and an appearance by Santa Claus should make for a great party.”

There is also a beautifully decorated tree inside the Callioux Center, where children can have their picture taken with Santa. There will also be performances by the Schreiner University Choir and the SU Pep Band.

The university will also be accepting donations for soldiers serving in Iraq. Suggested items to bring include stamps, stationary, hard candy, cards, dominoes and other games, toothbrushes and toothpaste, dental floss and baby wipes.  There will also be an opportunity to write holiday greetings to the soldiers in Iraq and the people of the Gulf Coast of Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama, who need to know we remember them this holiday season.

For more information contact Tammi Clanton at 830-792-7456 or

Schreiner University Choir presents Christmas in the Hills Dec. 4
November 28, 2005

by Amy Armstrong, Assistant Director of University Relations

The Schreiner University Choir in conjunction with First Presbyterian Church and Memorial Presbyterian Church choirs will present Christmas in the Hills December 4 at 7 p.m.  The concert will be held at the First Presbyterian Church sanctuary, 800 Jefferson St.

Schreiner University choir

The public is encouraged to attend this free night of holiday music.  The combined choirs along with an orchestra will perform Antonio Vivaldi’s “Gloria in D” along with other Christmas selections.

For more information contact Michael Kahl, assistant professor of music at Schreiner, 830-792-7417 or

Schreiner University Presents Next Chautauqua Lecture Series Nov. 28
November 22, 2005

by Amy Armstrong, Assistant Director of University Relations

Dr. Robert Holloway

Dr. Robert Holloway will present the fourth in Schreiner University’s Robert P. Hallman Chautauqua lecture series entitled, “Better Living Through Chemistry” on November 28.  The lecture will be held at the Floyd & Kathleen Cailloux Campus Activity Center Theater on campus at 7 p.m. The public is encouraged to attend this free event.

The lecture series showcases faculty of Schreiner University, who are writing, researching and publishing in a variety of academic fields.

For more information contact Dr. Holloway, assistant professor of chemistry, at 830-792-7250 or

Schreiner University Harry Crate Lecture Series November 22
November 11, 2005

by Amy Armstrong, Assistant Director of University Relations

Dr. Kiley Miller

The next in Schreiner University’s Harry Crate lecture series will be presented by Dr. Kiley Preston-Halfmann Miller on Tuesday, November 22, at 7 p.m. in the Floyd & Kathleen Cailloux Campus Activity Center Ballroom.  This event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Miller’s lecture titled, “From Academia to Industry: The Steps Taken by a Humble Texan” will be followed by a question and answer question.  Dr. Miller is a 2000 graduate of Schreiner University. He is a research scientist at the globally renowned Colgate-Palmolive Co. After graduating from Schreiner he went on to The University of Texas at Austin where he received his master’s in analytical chemistry. He received his doctorate of philosophy in bioengineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Dr. Miller’s experiences from a small liberal arts school to one of the most prestigious technological schools in the world have provided him with great insight as to what it takes to succeed. His multi-disciplinary graduate research on tissue regeneration has been presented at numerous national association meetings, and was published in Nature Materials, which resulted in a patent application covering the topic.  He is the recipient of the Elmore Whitehurst Award for Excellence in Learning.

For more information contact Dr. Bob Holloway, assistant professor of chemistry, at 830-792-7250 or

Schreiner University presents PINCH November 18-19
November 11, 2005

by Amy Armstrong, Assistant Director of University Relations

The Schreiner University theatre department is presenting the play “PINCH” November 18-19 at 8 p.m. at the Alice Hanszen Fine Arts Building on campus.  There is no admission charge and refreshments will be served. The public is encouraged to attend this fun night of theatre.

This original play is drawn from the works of William Shakespeare. It is a fun and lively musical with original songs using Shakespeare’s work as the lyrics.  The play is about Pinch, a baldolatrist-someone who worships Shakespeare, who serves as the minister and spiritual leader of the rock and roll Church of William Shakespeare, where naughtiness is a virtue.

For more information contact Schreiner theatre professor Derek Horton at 830-792-7401 or

Schreiner University Chapter of Colleges Against Cancer Wins National Award
November 11, 2005

by Amy Armstrong, Assistant Director of University Relations

Schreiner University’s chapter of the American Cancer Society’s Colleges Against Cancer recently received the Survivorship Program of the Year Award for 2004-2005 at the Colleges Against Cancer national meeting in Orlando, Fla. Qualification for the award was determined by the originality and quality of events each chapter organized. Accepting the award on behalf of the Schreiner chapter were Schreiner seniors Kristen Morton, a cancer survivor and Kelly Uhlenhaker.

Morton, chapter president, whose cancer has been in remission for four years, began the Colleges Against Cancer chapter at Schreiner to promote awareness and education, raise funds for the fight against cancer and improve quality of life for cancer survivors. She feels that educating students now about early detection and prevention can reduce incidents of cancer in their future.  “Participating in Colleges Against Cancer has really been one of the highlights of my student life,” said Morton. “Being able to spend time with other chapter members from across the country and with staff members of the American Cancer Society really helps affirm the important role that students can play in the fight against cancer. It is also important to me to know that Colleges Against Cancer will continue at Schreiner University after Kelly and I graduate; it is a meaningful legacy that we can leave behind.”

Uhlenhaker, vice president of the chapter, lost someone close to her to cancer.  “Colleges Against Cancer has given me a chance to keep my friend’s memory alive and help raise money and awareness for cancer. CAC has given me the opportunity to make a difference in my community and the nation. I was very excited and honored to accept the award with Kristen. We worked very hard last year to provide meaningful and original activities for our chapter and community to participate in, and were honored to be recognized for our work.”

Morton and Uhlenhaker were two of approximately 350 students and American Cancer Society staff partners from 32 states and the District of Columbia to attend the two-day meeting. This annual meeting is an opportunity for the 143 Colleges Against Cancer chapters across the country to network and discuss the program’s nationwide initiatives and goals for the upcoming year, as well as well as take part in educational and training sessions with American Cancer Society staff members. The American Cancer Society Colleges Against Cancer is a nationwide collaboration of college students, faculty and staff dedicated to eliminating cancer by initiating and supporting programs of the American Cancer Society in college communities.

UPS Delivers Scholarships to Schreiner University Students
November 11, 2005

by Amy Armstrong, Assistant Director of University Relations

Two Schreiner University students received 2005-2006 United Parcel Service Scholarships for academic excellence and significant personal accomplishment.  Elsa Cepeda, of Kerrville, received a scholarship for $1,750. She is a junior at Schreiner currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree in business administration. Elsa is active in the Schreiner honors program and a member of Alpha Lambda Delta honor society.  Jamie Green, of Ingram, received a $1,000 scholarship. She is also a junior pursuing a bachelor’s degree in teacher education. She volunteer’s extensively with youth-oriented organizations and plans to teach on the elementary level.

The UPS Foundation of Atlanta, Georgia, and the Foundation for Independent Higher Education of Washington, D.C., jointly announced that more than $2 million in grants is being awarded to benefit private colleges and universities across the nation. A grant of $68,750 was awarded to the Texas Independent College Fund, which will distribute funds to its 22 member colleges for UPS scholarships. Throughout the nation, 644 private institutions will receive a UPS Scholarship, which is then dispersed to students who are selected as UPS Scholars.

Greystone Now a USNA Affiliated Program
November 11, 2005

by Amy Armstrong, Assistant Director of University Relations

Greystone Academy students

Greystone at Schreiner University, a new preparatory program for students who intend to re-apply to one of this nation’s elite military academies, has been accepted by the United States Naval Academy Foundation as a foundation-affiliated school.

Commander David Bailey USN (Ret) said, “This means a great deal to Greystone and to Schreiner. The amount of exposure we are going to get from this is huge.”

The U.S. Naval Academy Foundation is an independent, non-profit corporation. Its purpose is to raise private gifts to support all activities of the Naval Academy Alumni Association. One of those activities is to provide scholarships to students attending affiliated schools.  Bailey said Greystone at Schreiner will now be included in an elite group of 20 other schools that are mentioned in every mailing that goes out to prospective academy students.

“This means a great deal to us in terms of legitimacy. A year ago we were unknown. Now we will be directly presented to the very students we are trying to reach,” Bailey said.

Greystone came to Schreiner in 2004 in order to give qualified young people who were being turned away from military academies an alternative to repeating a year of high school prep. Greystone provides these men and women with the right combination of rigorous academics, physical and mental preparation and moral guidance to give them a competitive edge when they re-apply to a military academy. It also gives them high quality college credit that will transfer to the U.S. Naval Academy, the U. S. Military Academy at West Point, U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy or the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

In its first year at Schreiner, Greystone had an 80 percent acceptance rate, sending students on to the U. S. Naval Academy and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

Schreiner University presents next Speak Truth to Power Lecture November 16
November 8, 2005

by Amy Armstrong, University Relations Writer

Dr. Ronald Hatchett

Dr. Ronald Hatchett, Director of Schreiner University’s Center for Global Studies, will be the featured speaker at the next “Speak Truth to Power” lecture series Wednesday, November 16, at 7 p.m. at the Floyd & Kathleen Cailloux Campus Activity Center Theatre on campus.

The event is free and open to the public.

Following Dr. Hatchett’s lecture titled, “The Roots of Terrorism” there will be a question and answer session.

Dr. Hatchett's academic specialties are foreign policy, European studies and Middle Eastern affairs. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Air Force Academy; a Master of Arts degree from California State University, San Diego; a certificate of Balkan studies from the University of Zagreb in Croatia; and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

During the administration of President Ronald Reagan, Dr. Hatchett was a senior civilian official in the Department of Defense working arms control and international security issues. He served as the Secretary of Defense Representative to the Mutual and Balanced Force Reductions Talks (MBFR) negotiating NATO and Warsaw Pact conventional force levels in central Europe.  In 1986 he became the Secretary of Defense Representative to three other multi-national security organizations in Europe: the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) concerning security, economic, and human rights issues; the mandate talks for NATO-Warsaw Pact negotiations on Conventional Forces in Europe (CFE); and the NATO High Level Task Force on conventional arms control.

For more information contact Dr. Tom Wells, Schreiner professor of exercise science, at 830-792-7429 or

Schreiner University Pre Law Society Film Series November 15
November 7, 2005

by Amy Armstrong, University Relations Writer

Schreiner University’s Pre Law Society Film Series presents the movie “Gideon’s Trumpet” Tuesday, November 15, at 7 p.m. in the Floyd and Kathleen Cailloux Campus Activity Center Theatre.  The public is encouraged to attend this event.

“Gideon’s Trumpet” recounts the true story of indigent Southern convict Clarence Gideon's fight to obtain a lawyer to defend him at state expense. Gideon’s eloquent insistence for years that he needed a lawyer and that he had a right to an informed defense gave us this foundation of our modern criminal justice system. Henry Fonda stars as Gideon, Jose Ferrer as lawyer Abe Fortas, and John Houseman as narrator and Chief Justice Hugo Black.  There will be a discussion following the movie.

For more information contact Schreiner professor Anne Berre at 830-792-7478 or

Schreiner University Monday Night Fiction Series November 14
November 7, 2005

by Amy Armstrong, University Relations Writer

Dr. Fred Stevens rowing a canoe

Schreiner University professor of biology, Dr. Fred Stevens is the next speaker in Schreiner’s Monday Night Fiction series November 14 with a discussion of the book “Montana” by Larry Watson.

Monday Night Fiction, sponsored by the Center for Innovative Learning, meets in the Scarle-Philips room at William Logan Library on the Schreiner campus, beginning at 7 p.m. and lasts a couple of hours. Participants are encouraged, but not required, to read the book that is the evening’s topic for discussion. Each session if facilitated by a Schreiner professor who knows the book intimately. The lecture is open to the public and there is no charge. Light refreshments will be offered.  The featured book may be obtained in the Schreiner University Book Store or at your local book store or library.

For more information contact Dr. Lydia Kualapai, coordinator of the event, at 830-792-7413 or

Schreiner University Popular Culture Symposium November 11
November 9, 2005

Shauna Dodds

Schreiner University will host the seventh annual Popular Culture Symposium Friday, November 11, at noon in the Floyd and Kathleen Cailloux Campus Activity Center Theatre.  The public is encouraged to attend this free event.

"The study of popular culture is one of the newest and most exciting fields of study in academics,” said Dr. William Woods, Schreiner associate professor of English and communication and coordinator of the event. “Many scholars feel the study of the contemporary, the films and music and fashion and television that affect us so very much each day, is as valid a field of study as the classics."

Schreiner graduate Shauna Dodds will present the keynote address entitled, “Popular Culture in Graphic Design.”

This year’s other presentations include: Schreiner professor Dr. Lydia Kualapai, “Not My Soul, Thank You: No More Chicken Soup!,” Bradley McDonald, “Skateboarding and the Postmodern Contemporary Dance,” Brandon Schmelz, “Eastern Influence and Moral Absolutism in Elric of Melnibone’” Amy Habeeb, “Representations of Legalizing Marijuana in Contemporary Culture,” Kelsey Tom, “Character Relationships in the Shadow of Colossus,” Schreiner professor Dr. Tom Wells, “The Simpson’s as Social Commentary.”

Following the presentations there will be a viewing of the film “Sin City.”

For more information contact Dr. Woods at 830.792-7425 or at

Alpha Chi Inductions
November 8, 2005

by Amy Armstrong, University Relations Writer

The Schreiner University chapter of Alpha Chi inducted 14 new members during a ceremony on campus.

New inductees are, Wesley Blankman, Hunt, Amanda Brown, Jennifer King and Molly Pruitt of Kerrville, Niki Castaneda, Converse, Holly Clark, Winnsboro, Sean Collins, Castroville, Melissa Dunlap, Floydada, Greg Kirkham, League City, Cody Lannom, Katy, Bradley McDonald, San Antonio, Elizabeth Williams, Fredericksburg, Mary Wingo, Odessa and Allison Wood, Bloomington.

Alpha Chi is an honor society which admits students from all academic disciplines. To be inducted students must be in the top 10 percent of their junior/senior class. This semester the minimum grade point average required to be inducted was 3.78.

Alpha Chi was founded in 1922 when five Texas Colleges gathered on the campus of Southwestern University, and it has blossomed to a large organization that has around 300 chapters. It is a service organization that works on projects within the community.

For more information contact Schreiner University assistant professor of mathematics and Alpha Chi faculty sponsor, Dr. Stefan Mecay at 830-792-7396 or

Schreiner University Choir Fall Concert October 30
October 25, 2005

by Amy Armstrong, University Relations Writer

SU Choir

The Schreiner University Choir will present its Fall Choir Concert Sunday, October 30 at 3 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Kerrville. Admission is free and the public is encouraged to attend this exciting artistic event. The choir will be presenting selections from the Mass Ordinary from various composers such as, Vivaldi, Haydn, and Faure. There will also be selections from the musicals, Wicked, Big River, and The Civil War. For more information please contact Michael Kahl, assistant professor of music at Schreiner University, at (830) 792-7417 or at .

Schreiner University To Host Annual Fright Night October 29
October 25, 2005

by Amy Armstrong, University Relations Writer

Calling all vampires, ghosts and goblins. Schreiner University hosts its annual Fright Night October 29 on campus at the Robbins Lewis Pavilion. The fun lasts from 7 to 9 p.m. and admission is free. Children are encouraged to wear their costumes to the event. Fright Night, created by Schreiner University as a fun, safe and free alternative to trick-or-treating, will feature carnival-like booths, candy and lots of fun. Children up to the age of 12 are welcome at the event. Participants are also invited to a haunted house hosted by Schreiner students at Pecan Grove Student Residence Complex.

For more information contact Jennifer Hudson at (830) 792-7283 or .

Schreiner University Chooses a New Mascot at Annual Midnight Madness
October 21, 2005

by Amy Armstrong, University Relations Writer

MascotsThe vote is in; and it's a tie. Schreiner University will be represented by two mascots, the Mountain Man and the Mountain Lion.

The voting results-announced Thursday night in Edington Center gymnasium on the Schreiner campus during the annual Midnight Madness- revealed a tie between the two mascots. Students, alumni, faculty and staff placed votes earlier this year on a mascot to represent the university, the Mountain Man, Mountain Lion or Mountain Dog. “I have already had students come up to me and ask me when they can try out to be the Mountain Lion mascot.

The overall mood of the whole night was just pure excitement,” said student co-coordinator of the event Katie Van Dyke. The night's other big event-the prospect of winning a 2006 Mercury Mountaineer, donated by Ken Stoepel Ford Lincoln-Mercury- was a nail-biting bit of entertainment for everyone in attendance. Schreiner student Josh Horn's name was drawn put up a valiant effort in his attempt to land the required four basketball shots within a time limit, but unfortunately came up a little short in the competition to win the Mountaineer. “Josh was a strong competitor, and I really thought he would be driving our Mountaineer out of that gym. Congratulations to Josh on a hard fought try,” Gerry Stoepel, of Stoepel Ford Lincoln-Mercury.

Midnight Madness is held each year as a way to introduce Schreiner's athletic teams to the community.

Public Invited to Schreiner Coffeehouse November 2
October 21, 2005

by Amy Armstrong, University Relations Writer

Raul SalinasSchreiner University in association with the Texas Heritage Music Foundation presents poet Raul Salinas in a Coffeehouse Concert Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. This free event is open to the public, and will be held at the Corner Pocket in the Floyd & Kathleen Cailloux Campus Activity Center on the Schreiner Campus. The night will kick off with a one-hour open mike poetry slam contest at 7 p.m. Salinas will take the stage at 8 p.m. There will be prizes for the poetry slam contest winners, and refreshments will be provided.

Salinas, known as “The Pinto Poet,” is a San Antonio native, who currently resides in Austin, where he composes and presents his poetry advocating human rights and compassionate ideals. By blending poetry and politics, intellect and enthusiasm, cultures and customs, Salinas creates a compelling performance in the proud spirit of Chicano and Native American convention. His works include “A Trip Through the Mind Jail,” East of the Freeway , and two CD's, Beyond the Beaten Path and Los Many Mundos of raulrsalinas: us poetic jazz viaje con friends. In 2002 he was the recipient of the Louis Reyes Rivera Lifetime Achievement Award and he owns the Resistencia Bookstore in Austin. You do not want to miss this evening of enlightenment, education, and entertainment.

For more information contact Dr. Kathleen Hudson at Schreiner University at (830) 792-7409 or .

Schreiner Students to Compete in 'Ethics Match 2005' on October 28
October 21, 2005

by Amy Armstrong, University Relations Writer

Five Schreiner University students will participate in Ethics Match 2005 October 28 in Fort Worth, Texas. Debaters Amanda Brown, of Estes Park, Colorado, Channan Cardella, of Kerrville, Claire Lynn, of Lisburn, Ireland, Melissa Vela, of Houston, and alternate Mark Lenzo, of Kerrville, will compete along with 18 other teams from private colleges across the state of Texas. Dr. Charles Torti, assistant professor of Business Administration at Schreiner, will serve as the team's faculty sponsor.

“The purpose of the match is to enrich educational opportunities for students by providing a forum for discussion of applied business ethics,” said Torti. “In addition, the event is expected to raise awareness of the value of independent higher education, and of the thoughtful discussion and reasoned argument that are the cornerstones of a liberal arts education.” The competition will be held at the Renaissance Worthington Hotel in Fort Worth from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. The Texas Independent College Fund will host the competition for the 68 students in teams of three to four representing various private universities from around the state.

Ethics Match 2005 is an opportunity for students to display their reasoning skills while debating current hot issues in business ethics with other students. The debaters will focus on 12 case studies about ethics in business with eight of those to be provided to the students beforehand. Topics will include: drug marketing, insider trading, truth in advertising, accepting gifts, competitive bids, employee theft, human resources practices, and sales practices.

For more information contact Dr. Charles Torti at (830) 792-7255 or by e-mail at .

Car Giveaway at Schreiner University Midnight Madness
October 17, 2005

by Amy Armstrong, University Relations Writer

Schreiner University's Midnight Madness basketball season kick-off event on Thursday, Oct. 20, will give one lucky person a chance to win a 2006 Mercury Mountaineer donated by Ken Stoepel Ford Lincoln-Mercury. Midnight Madness is held each year as a way to introduce Schreiner's athletic teams to the community. The fun begins at 10:30 p.m. in Edington Center gymnasium on the Schreiner campus. There is no admission charge and the public is encouraged to attend.

Two men and a new SUV on right, Ron Macosko, director of Athletics at Schreiner University and Gerry Stoepel of Stoepel Ford Lincoln-Mercury.

Midnight Madness also will mark the unveiling of Schreiner University's mascot that students and alumni voted on earlier this year. “We are thrilled that our Student Activities Board and our students have again chosen to have one of their big events around the beginning of our women's and men's basketball seasons,” said Ron Macosko, director of Athletics at Schreiner University. Having our mascot unveiled as well and giving one student or fan a chance to win a Mercury Mountaineer is the kind of exciting event that pumps up our programs and hopefully propels us on to a successful season.” Jennifer M. Hudson, director of student activities at Schreiner, said, “One of the goals of Midnight Madness is to get students excited about our athletic teams and to show their Mountaineer pride.”

For more information contact Jennifer M. Hudson at (830) 792-7283 or .

University of Hawai'i at Hilo to Give Poetry Reading at Schreiner University
October 13, 2005

by Amy Armstrong, University Relations Writer

Dr. SimmonsSchreiner University will host Dr. Kenith Simmons from the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo for a poetry reading Thursday October 20 at 7 p.m. in the Scarle-Philips Room in the William Logan Library.

Dr. Simmons, professor of English and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, will be reading from her own work, which she says is inspired by her connection to the Hawaiian Islands and by the spiritual practices of Judaism and Buddhism. Her work has been seen in such publications as: Paper Street, Poet's Edge, Along the Path, Poetica and Bridges.

For more information contact Dr. Lydia Kualapai, assistant professor of English, at (830)792-7413 or by e-mail at

Monday Night Fiction
October 14, 2005

by Amy Armstrong, University Relations Writer

Claudia SullivanSchreiner professor of Theatre and Communication Claudia Sullivan is the next speaker in Schreiner's Monday Night Fiction series on October 24 with a discussion of “The Secret Life of Bees” by Sue Monk Kidd.

The book is told through the eyes of 14-year-old Lily Owens, who has a blurred memory of the day her mother was killed. Lily's only real friend is a fierce-hearted black woman named Rosaleen who acts as a stand-in for her mother. When Lily runs away from her abusive father with Rosaleen they set out on a journey that changes both their lives. They are ultimately taken in by an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sisters named, May, June and August.

Sullivan said, “We hope to have a free and lively discussion on the best seller and to look at some of the underlying themes, especially forgiveness, feminine ritual, and the wisdom passed down from mother to daughter and the other women in our lives.”

Monday Night Fiction meets in the Scarle-Philips room at William Logan Library on Schreiner campus, beginning at 7 p.m. and usually breaking up around 9 p.m. Participants are encouraged, but not required, to read the book that is the evening's topic for discussion. Each session is facilitated by a Schreiner professor who knows the book intimately.

The lecture is open to the public and there is no charge. Light refreshments will be offered.

For more information contact Schreiner's Center for Innovative Learning at (830) 792-7324.

Dr. Fred B. Stevens Presents Next Chautauqua Lecture Series
October 13, 2005

by Amy Armstrong, University Relations Writer

Dr. Fred StevensDr. Fred B. Stevens, will present the third in Schreiner University's Chautauqua lecture series entitled, “Evolution: Status of a Scientific Theory” Monday October 17. The lecture will be held in the Floyd & Kathleen Cailloux Campus Activity Center Theater at 7 p.m. The public is welcome at this free event. Stevens, professor of Biology, said he plans to try to explain what a scientific theory is, how evolution qualifies as a scientific theory, why some ideas are not scientific theories, and why evolution is an important theory.

For more information contact the Schreiner University Center for Innovative Learning at (830) 792-7324.

Schreiner's Inaugural Syers Lecture to Feature Shakespeare Scholar, Dr. Dennis Huston
October 6, 2005

by Amy Armstrong, University Relations Writer

Dr. Dennis HustonSchreiner University's Inaugural Margaret Syers Lecture on Thursday, October 13, will feature noted Shakespeare scholar Dr. Dennis Huston. It will be at 7 p.m. at Schreiner University in the Floyd & Kathleen Cailloux Campus Activity Center Ballroom. The event is free and the public is encouraged to attend.

In his lecture, Dr. Huston will be discussing the film “Shakespeare in Love”, the movie's historical accuracy, its comic undertones and its relation to “Romeo and Juliet.”

“I will be focusing somewhat on the historical accuracy of the film, but also on its creativeness-the way it ties a fictional account of Shakespeare's relationship with Viola de Lessups to the creation of the “Romeo and Juliet” play,” said Huston.

Dr. Huston has taught a wide range of subjects at Rice since joining the staff in 1969 including, Shakespeare, Shakespeare on Film, Elizabethan and Jacobean drama among others. He was named Professor of the Year by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education and the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation prize. Dr. Huston has also acted in about 15 Shakespearean and modern plays at Rice, including “Measure for Measure,” “The Tempest,” Twelfth Night” and “Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf.” He is the first lecturer in the new Syers Lecture series.

The program was endowed by Susan Stark and William Syers, children of the longtime Kerrville educator, Margaret Syers. Mrs. Syers, who passed away in February, was an English teacher and a faithful member of First Presbyterian Church of Kerrville. Joe Benham, a long time friend of Mrs. Syers, who came up with the idea of an endowment in her name, said she had a great love of the English language and great literature, especially Shakespeare. “She was a person of unshakeable convictions, but she loved debating people, myself included, who dared to question those beliefs,” Benham said.  “We never won, but we had some great discussions.” Her children said they hope the endowment will bring to Schreiner outstanding speakers on topics of literary interest for the benefit of the campus and the community.

“What better way to honor Margaret Syers, a teacher and lover of language and literature, than through an endowment to bring outstanding speakers to our city to share their own knowledge and enthusiastic love of these same things?” said university president Tim Summerlin.

Former student of Mrs. Syers Joe Herring Jr. remembers her as a strict taskmaster, who would not let her students get away with giving second-rate efforts. “She was one of my favorite teachers a Tivy High School , and I know she had a direct influence on me, on my love of writing and literature,” he said.

Summerlin added that the lecture series was another way for Schreiner University to bring an even larger array of events to the community. “One mark of a first-class institution of higher learning is the program of enrichment and learning that it offers its students and community beyond the formal academic program. Adding the Margaret Syers Lecture to a growing array of events shaping our intellectual and cultural atmosphere at Schreiner and in Kerrville helps us make just such a mark. This is one way we can reach our expectation that ‘all learn, all the time'.”

On-campus Concert for Hurricane Relief Victims!
September 6, 2005

Hurricane Victims' Relief Concert
sponsored by the Texas Heritage Music Foundation and Schreiner University

Sunday, September 25, beginning at 3:00 p.m. at the Robbins Lewis Pavilion Featuring local musicians (representing varied styles of music):

Sol Patch
Mr. Clark

Soft drinks, beer and barbeque for sale by Sodexo

Admission fee:  Donations of money, clothing, diapers, or other supplies for hurricane victims.

September 2, 2005

by Lane Tait, Asst. Vice President of Marketing

Two hurricane Katrina victimsKERRVILLE—Recognizing the massive scope of the disaster that Hurricane Katrina has visited upon the people of the Gulf Coast, Schreiner University administration, faculty, staff and students are implementing a series of institutional and individual relief efforts to help its victims.

University president Tim Summerlin points to the American Council on Education estimate that 75,000 to 100,000 college students just in the New Orleans area have been affected by the storm, and close to three dozen universities in the region have been seriously damaged.

“Clearly, there is a need for institutions of higher education to go the extra mile to accommodate these students,” Summerlin says. “Schreiner is making space in our academic programs for undergraduates who are in good standing with their college and would like to study here this fall semester.” 

Katrina college students dot org logoSchreiner administrators anticipate there will be no incremental cost to students accepted under this emergency program, but will evaluate each case individually. If they have already paid their fall semester tuition at their Gulf Coast home school, Schreiner expects to provide available space in classes at no out-of-pocket expense to the students and will work with the students to assure they remain eligible for federal financial aid. Currently there is some campus residence space available, too. Summerlin urges that those interested must enroll by the end of next week. Contact the Office of Admission for more information at 800/343-4919 or 830/792-7217.

Schreiner is working with the Texas Heritage Music Foundation to co-sponsor a fund raising concert to benefit Katrina’s victims. Several additional fund raising events planned by Schreiner’s Campus Ministry and other student groups will direct proceeds to the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance and other recognized aid organizations. Schreiner students also will be selling Mountaineer Spirit bracelets to raise money for the relief effort.

New Orleans after hurricane KatrinaSchreiner students regularly participate in service trips to areas across the continent and are currently contemplating one to the Katrina disaster area next month. On September 11 the university will gather for a worship service to remember those lost to the recent disasters. Area community members are invited to join with Schreiner in these projects.

Living History Weekend Sept. 23–25 at Schreiner University
August 22, 2005

by Lane Tait, Asst. Vice President of Marketing

The Texas Heritage Music Foundation is proclaiming September 23–25 as Texas Heritage Living History Weekend. Highlight of the weekend is the ninth edition the Texas Heritage Living History Day on Friday; this year's theme is “Another Way of Learning: Using Stories and Songs.” The Texas Heritage Seminar is scheduled Saturday and the Literacy in Learning Benefit Concert will be Sunday. Thanks to generous local support, all events are free and open to the public.

Group outdoors attending Living History DayDr. Kathleen Hudson, Schreiner University English professor and executive director of the Texas Heritage Music Foundation (THMF), says, “Each year, we find new ways to bring stories and songs to the community, to the educational system, and to children and young adults who are deemed ‘at risk.' THMF is motivated by the belief that telling stories and singing songs does make a difference in the lives of everyone, especially our youth.”

Thousands are expected for the September 23 main event at the Robbins-Lewis Pavilion on the Schreiner University campus, featuring more than 50 performers, presenters and educators. Running from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the line-up will include Old West and Native American demonstrators; Texas history re-enactment groups; chuck wagons and teepees; noted cowboy storytellers and poets; Texas heritage demonstrators and educational exhibits; trick roping and horse shoeing demonstrations; the Texas Camel Corps; Native American Education exhibits and demonstrations. A special noon tribute to the songs and stories of music legend Jimmie Rodgers will be presented by local actor Tony Navarra and guest performers.

On Saturday, September 24, the Texas Heritage Seminar will take place at the Cailloux Campus Activity Center from 1 to 3 p.m. The discussion panel will include members of the Texas Folklore Society and will focus on Texas Folklore: The Power of Stories in Education. Dr. Hudson encourages seminar attendees to RSVP. All reservations received by September 16 will be given a complimentary lunch prior to the seminar.

Texas Heritage Living History Weekend will wrap up with a Literacy and Learning Benefit Concert on Sunday, September 25, at Schreiner University's Robbins-Lewis Pavilion beginning at 3 p.m. It will be a showcase of local music: “Locally made, Locally played.” Food and drink will be available. Some seating is to be provided, but Hudson advises attendees to consider bringing chairs. Donations from the concert will benefit both the Wayne Kennemer Scholarship Fund and Families and Literacy.

Schools are encouraged to bring groups, and educational packages will be available to teachers. Transportation grants for rural schools and schools with predominantly at-risk enrollments will be available, on a limited basis, upon request.

The event's website is

New Athletic Director at SU Makes History
July 25, 2005

by Jeanette McKinney
Head Women's Basketball Coach

Ron MacuscoSchreiner University announced on Wednesday, June 29 th, that Ron Macosko will serve as the new Athletic Director for the Mountaineers. Macosko enters Schreiner history books as the first full-time athletic director since the inception of SU Sports.

Macosko brings a strong athletic management background to Schreiner University , after spending four years as the Athletic Director at Concord University (NCAA Division II) in Athens , West Virginia , where he bolstered a struggling athletic department into a viable, healthy program. Prior to Concord , Macosko served as an assistant athletic director at the University of South Florida for six years. The University of South Florida also benefited from Macosko's services as a sales and marketing coordinator for several years as did Eastern Michigan University .

Macosko is an alumnus of Ohio University where he earned a bachelors degree in marketing. He holds a masters degree in sport management from St. Thomas University . Ron and his wife Anna, who recently retired from the LPGA tour, will arrive in Kerrville with their four-year-old son, Ben, in August. Although Macosko has never worked in an NCAA Division III environment before, he states that he has always hoped to work at a private, DIII institution. “I have always liked the academic emphasis of NCAA Division III athletics and I respect the philosophy of competing for the love of the game and the purity of the sport,” states Macosko. “This is where I have always wanted to be and am most anxious to get to work.”

SU Chi Phi Fraternity Granted Charter
July 25, 2005

by Andrew Trevino, Student

Chi Phi Fraternity

The National Director of the Chi Phi Fraternity and the Grand Council of Chi Phi Fraternity at the 140th Congress presented the Schreiner Univerity Chi Phi Fraternity with its official Charter at a ceremony on June 24, 2005 held at the St. Anthony Hotel in San Antonio, TX. The national governing council granted Schreiner students use with an official Charter to officially become the new Chapter of the Chi Phi Fraternity, Iota Theta Chapter.

Photo by SU student Whitney Yates.

Celebrity Coach Ken Carter Will Speak at Schreiner on September 13th
July 23, 2005

Ken CarterMark your calendars! An amazing opportunity awaits you on September 13, 2005 at 7:00 p.m. when motivational speaker and celebrity Coach Ken Carter will be on the Schreiner University campus as our guest speaker. If you are not already aware, MTV recently released a movie about Coach Carter starring Samuel Jackson.

More information will be coming soon, but for now, here is a short biography about Coach Carter from his website

Ken Carter, Rumble Head Coach
Slam Ball (2002 - Present)

Ken Carter, Head Coach
Richmond High School - Richmond , CA
(1997 - 2002)

Mr. Carter had oversignt of Richmond High School's basketball program from 1997 - 2002. Coach Carter made news when he locked out his undefeated Varsity basketball team in order to push them to improve their grades. Carter not only closed the Richmond High School gym, but he banned all basketball-related activities and was prepared to cancel the entire season program, because 15 of the 45 players were not living up to the classroom achievements they agreed to meet in contracts they signed earlier in the semester.

Coach Carter is an advocate for Richmond's youth and is active in his community. He is diligent in providing them with opportunities to build meaningful relationships with their peers and caring adults, and recognizes the advantages inherent in a sound sports program. In October, 2000 he announced his plans to travel from Richmond High School to the steps of the California State Capitol in Sacramento. Using only a kick scooter, Carter traveled for 3 days to Sacramento hoping to draw awareness to the deteriorating state of our schools and the need for students, parents, teachers, and school board officials to commit to making a difference. His efforts proved successful, and subsequently Richmond High received building enhancements and computers from the Office of the Secretary of Education.

Under the direction and guidance of Coach Carter, in December of 2000, 11 students from Australia arrived in the U.S. to promote peace and to learn first hand what it takes to be an American high school basketball player. Coach Carter found a way to bring something positive to the lives of Richmond High students, where heroes and positive role models are few and far between.

Using basketball as the common bond, the intention of the visit was to offer these students an opportunity to meet each other, gain awareness about each others' culture and communities, and to learn hands-on about what it takes to be a top-notch American athletic. Carter feels that exchanges such as these are needed to promote a more just and peaceful place for us all to live in.

In addition to coaching, he is owner/operator of Prime Time Publications, Prime Time Sports, and is a promising Author.

Mr. Carter attended George Fox University, Oregon and has to his credit the following awards: Harvard Club's Distinguished Secondary Educator Award, NAACP's Impact Citizen of the Year Award, California State Lottery/Governor Gray Davis' Heroes in Education Award, San Francisco Mayor, Willie Brown's Leadership Award, California's Unsung Heroes Award, the A.N.G. California Boy's Coach of the Year Award, and has been presented with a Proclamation from the City of Richmond. He was recently honored as a recipient of CityFlight Newsmagazine's the "Ten Most Influential African Americans in the Bay Area" for 2000 in the Sports category.

Schreiner's 'Past is Prologue' Event Always Proves to Be Very Enlightening

In the Shadow of the Atomic Bomb: 60 Years of US/Japan Relations

Schreiner University Labatt Speech, July 17, 2005

               Jun Hoshikawa

Jun HoshikawaSixty years ago yesterday, July 16 th , the world's first nuclear explosion took place at White Sands, New Mexico. This first nuclear test, called ‘Trinity' by Dr. Robert Oppenheimer, known as ‘the father of the atomic bomb', was the culmination of a race between the U.S. and Nazi Germany to develop this ultimate weapon. As we now know, America won the race

Sixty years ago today, July 17 th , President Harry Truman met with Josef Stalin and Winston Churchill at Potsdam in the now-defeated Germany to discuss post-war plans for Germany and Japan – which had not yet surrendered. History notes that Truman scheduled the conference for July 17 th so that the United States would be in a position to dictate post-war policy to Stalin – who wasn't much trusted in the West.

The Potsdam Declaration issued by the three allied leaders on July 26 th outlined the terms on which Japan was to surrender but, significantly, it did not discuss the post-war status of the Japanese Emperor. Because of this, the Japanese government ignored the Potsdam Declaration and, as a result, the U.S. dropped its first nuclear weapon, a uranium-type bomb named ‘Little Boy' on the city of Hiroshima on August 6 th , 1945. And when Japan still didn't surrender, the U.S. dropped a second nuclear bomb, this time a plutonium-type weapon named ‘Fat Man' on the city of Nagasaki on August 9 th .

Roughly 210,000 people died immediately or soon after these two nuclear explosions from blast, heat, and the severest radiation syndromes of the earliest phase. Approximately the same number were affected by the delayed radiation syndromes. These became known as Hibakusha , which means ‘surviving victims of the atomic bomb' often with emphasis on radiation symptoms. While many Hibakusha died long ago a number of them still live today, and they and their families quietly suffer varying degree of genetic disorders.

With these two mushroom clouds the world entered the age of nuclear war and, for the first time in history, the human race was capable of exterminating itself together with its civilization, and poisoning the planet forever and a day. Some of the radioactive elements keep active for thousands, millions, even billions of years.

I was born in Tokyo in 1952, seven years after the war ended. Fortunately nobody in my family died or was injured in either of the atomic explosion. So, unlike many Japanese alive today, I am not qualified to speak to you about Hiroshima or Nagasaki as the result of direct experience. However, as a first generation post war Japanese who has lived all my life in a society that has never forgotten these experiences, and as a person who has visited both Ground Zeros and pondered about them, the experience has taken on a reality of its own: Hiroshima has become part of my blood, and Nagasaki has become part of my flesh, to an extent.

I would like to mention one other reason why I believe that I may qualify to share my thoughts with you this evening. As a young, sensitive boy growing up early in the period we now call the ‘Cold War', I used to be terrified by the shrieking sound of an airplane passing high overhead, certain that it was a Soviet missile attacking Tokyo and that I was to be vaporized the next instant. I call it an ‘Instant War.' For me as a child the simple sound of a jet plane was a threat that felt as real and as final as anything could be.

This age of fearful anticipation of death by the nuclear attack lasted well into my adolescence, and for most of my early life I was certain that I would never see the 21 st century. I dared not imagine myself having children because I could not bear to think of them suffering nuclear holocaust.

Eventually as I grew older my fear turned to a search for a better world, one where there is no fear of the ‘Great Death'. Does this sound familiar to some of you here tonight? I think that many young people since the 1960s have undertaken this same search – they have been called hippies, flower children, peaceniks, and sometimes much more angry names. None of us alive today can escape knowing that we are the children of the nuclear age and if you don't think of yourself that way, well, I would say that you may be a wishful thinker. We call ourselves Homo Sapiens , Wise Man, but I don't think we are wise enough yet for anyone to be too optimistic when the world is still laden with 30,000 nuclear warheads. In some ways, in fact, we may be becoming less wise, increasingly oblivious of the threat of nuclear war now that the ‘Cold War' has been declared to be over.

Beginning in my 20s, after some study, reflection and meditation, I began to grow a little more relaxed about my prospects for the future. I got married and had a child, and as evidence that my new optimism may be justified – look! Here we all are, alive, together in amazing 2005, and still on this earthly realm, in spite of all those crises over the intervening years that periodically brought the world to the brink of nuclear war.

But by and large I still carry many of the ‘Instant War' fears of my childhood with me, as I believe many in the world do to this day. In this sense, all of us are qualified to talk about Hiroshima and Nagasaki because they are still a living part of us - a common heritage. In fact, the Hiroshima ‘Atomic Dome' was designated a World Cultural Heritage site in 1996 by the United Nations. I'll show the picture of the dome later in the slide presentation.

Having shared my personal journey with you as an introduction, I would now like to focus on the topic of my talk tonight – “In The Shadow of the Atomic Bomb; 60 years of US/Japan Relations”.

The time span of 60 years has a special significance in the classic Chinese calendar, which Japan and most of the rest of East Asia still use along with the Western solar calendar. 60 years is a significant number because it completes one full cycle composed of 12 animals and the five natural elements. Thus 60 years marks a grand return to the beginning, a completion. For example, in Japan the 60 th birthday is a time of great celebration, and it is quite a sight to see a 60 year-old dressed up in special red clothing that is reminiscent of an infant.

Similarly, according to this perspective, the modern world may have completed a full cycle since the end of WWII. But since evolution is not a circle but a spiral, you may come around to the similar point of origin after a cycle, but it is on a different level. And from there on you begin a whole new cycle. I hope that my talk this evening will allow us to celebrate this graduation, and our entrance into a new cycle of history together.

Please let me say right now that I am not here to cast blame on America for the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, nor am I here to engage in the argument about whether or not the bombings were justified by strategic or political considerations. What I would like to do this evening is to share with you the other side of reality – what actually happens to people, any people, anywhere who are hit by a nuclear weapon. I hope to give you some understanding of the people under the mushroom cloud, and hope that this understanding will help us all to see the whole story of these events and their aftermath.

I would also like to say that I am not in any sense an apologist for what Imperial Japan did under the militaristic regime during those horrible years leading up to and during WWII. In hindsight it is clear to me, and to many Japanese, that we were all engulfed by a nationalistic fever that wound up almost consuming our entire people and perhaps the world.

For those of you not familiar with how WWII came to be from the perspective of Japan let me offer a brief explanation. Many of you may know that shortly after Japan had its first encounter with the West in the mid-1500s it reacted violently against these outside influences and closed itself off entirely. No westerners were allowed into Japan for over 200 years, and any Japanese who showed any signs of having been influenced by western ideas were hunted down and killed. (Of course, as usual for any regime, there were exceptions, especially toward the end of this isolation period.) Finally in 1868 the American Admiral Perry sailed into Tokyo Bay and demanded that Japan open itself to Western trade and diplomacy, threatening to burn Japanese cities with incendiary cannon fire if the rulers did not comply. They did, and this began a period of flourishing culture, a booming economy, and – in retrospect – a dangerous rise of the Japanese militarism. In fact, by the late 1800s Japan had the third largest navy in the world, after the US and Great Britain.

Seeing the steady advance of Western colonial nations throughout Asia the new Japanese government decided that if Japan was not to become another Western colony it must itself become a colonial power. Thus began a series of wars between Japan and its Far Eastern neighbors, all of which were successful from the Japanese point of view. Shortly after this period of military expansion in the early 20 th century Japan fell victim to the worldwide economic depression which many people here in the U.S. must also still remember. This provided the Japanese militarists a favorable environment of social insecurity in which to establish themselves firmly in control of the country, leading to the catastrophe that Americans remember as Pearl Harbor.

In retrospect this was a period of many mistakes in judgment, and along with the majority of sensible people in Japan I regret and sincerely apologize for the millions of deaths and untold suffering caused in Asia by militaristic Imperial Japan. We also deeply regret the loss of lives suffered by the Western allies as they fought against Imperial Japan. When I talk about the suffering and death caused by the atomic bombings I want you to know that I have never forgotten how these horrible events happened as a direct consequence of the deeds of my forebears. I also hope that you will agree that acknowledging one's past and responsibility, be they personal or collective, is a prerequisites for moving forward into a wiser future.

There is one more point that I want to make here, and that is the trap that anyone can fall into by failing to distinguish between the behavior of a government or regime and the people under it. We may take example from Saddam Hussein's Iraq, or Kim Joon-Il's North Korea. The regime is not the people – I hope that we have learned that by now. Sixty years ago Japanese people all hated Americans and Brits and called you ‘Beastly Fiends' and of course you all hated us and called us ‘Yellow Monsters”. These names made it far easier to kill each other with no regrets, which we all did in enormous numbers. When we finally met face to face however, it was much more difficult to apply those hateful names and in fact most of us have discovered that those names were themselves the essence of destructive power.

According to the democratic principles we now share, the government is as good as the way it represents the people governed. So in fact, the more poorly equipped the government is to fairly represent the will of the governed, the less it can be identified with its people. This was sadly true for Imperial Japan. Especially, after the Japanese military ventured on to the Asian Continent, three factors became prominent. One: Information and Intelligence were deliberately distorted. Even the Emperor was out of the loop of covert military operations at times. Two: the military-industrial complex embarked upon ever-bolder militaristic ventures. The economy was geared for war. Three: mass media cooperated in stirring nationalistic zealotry in the public. All of these factors together set the vicious cycle in motion.

But not long after Pearl Harbor, the battle in the Pacific was already concluding in 1944 when the U.S. took the Marshal Islands from where B-29 bombers could directly hit mainland Japan. Thereafter the whole of Japanese archipelago was a virtual free-fire zone as far as the U.S. aerial bombing was concerned. Japan didn't have airplanes nor able pilots any more. You may be surprised to know that many of the Kamikaze attackers could only take off but couldn't land the plane because they were so young and poorly trained. Even before Hiroshima and Nagasaki, major cities in Japan were devastated by conventional, that is non-nuclear, fire-bombings. For example, on March 10 th , 1945, 100,000 people died in Tokyo overnight by just one such bombing, otherwise called carpet-bombing or ‘strategic' bombing. The entire capital went aflame and got flattened out.

However, a few cities peculiarly escaped the bombing campaigns. In fact they were spared for a purpose, as candidate targets for the atomic bomb. Only Kyoto and Nara, the ancient capitals with thousands of temples, are said to have been spared for their cultural heritage. On the other hand, Nagasaki was chosen as the last minute substitute target because the initial target city, Kokura, was under heavy cloud cover in the morning of August 9 th .

When the atomic bomb detonated at a few hundred yards over the ground, it sent out enormous Tsunami-like waves of heat, blast, and radiation. The heat near the Ground Zero reached tens of thousand degrees Fahrenheit. The blast knocked down or flattened out most of what was standing. The radiation inscribed super X-ray silhouettes of people and subjects onto background materials. The destructive power of this unleashed violent force was unprecedented. But even more violent force, or different kind of violence that humanity had not known till August 6 th and 9 th , was unleashed in the form of nuclear radiation. Those who were exposed to invisible deadly beams died, not on the spot, but in days, in weeks, then in months, and then in years, showing extremely severe and unfamiliar symptoms. Nausea, consuming fatigue, hemoptysis – coughing up of blood, purplish skin blotches, malaena – discharge of blood, hair loss, all massive, sometimes all together or in whatever combination, and finally…agonizing death. Children were clearly more susceptive than adults. What was additionally horrible was that the victims had no idea about what had befallen them.

Any real treatment or study of the radiation sicknesses caused by the atomic bombs was strictly prohibited once the U.S. occupation began in late August, 1945. The Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission (ABCC) established in Hiroshima by the U.S. authority in as late as 1949 carried out detailed medical observation of Hibakusha , the radiation victims, but provided no treatment whatsoever. In fact, the reporting on Hiroshima and Nagasaki was censor-suppressed by the GHQ, the allied occupation authority, and was virtually non-existent until 1952 when the first photographic coverage from the earliest days of the nuclear devastation appeared in a monthly magazine in Japan. Thereafter floods of reportage, narrative, writing, photographs, and painting started to wash over the Japanese society with vivid imagery of hells on earth. At about the same time, with the advent of the large-scale hydrogen bomb experiments in the Marshal Islands in 1954, nuclear abolition movements got under way. One of the explosions at the Bikini Atoll threw 23 Japanese fishermen into severe radiation sickness, and the captain died within 6 months. It was the nightmare of Hiroshima and Nagasaki come alive again. Meanwhile Japanese doctors, some of them Hibakusha themselves, quietly and earnestly kept on treating the atomic bomb victims, groping in the dark with no governmental support, either Japanese or American, and no prior knowledge or on-going research about massive human radiation exposure.

One of the surviving doctors from Hiroshima, Shuntaro Hida, has recently published a book on his work over the last 60 years. Dr. Hida urges us to become aware that there are two distinctive types of radiation exposure. One is the ‘external' radiation exposure. It is caused by gamma ray, one of the three radioactive rays emitted by nuclear material or nuclear explosion. Gamma rays travel a long distance and penetrate every material but lead. A relatively harmless example is the medical X-ray exposure. The large dose of external radiation exposure from Hiroshima and Nagasaki nuclear explosions killed and tormented many people. Also less dramatic, yet harmful enough, external exposure can happen in accidents at nuclear-related facilities. Another type of radiation exposure is called ‘internal' radiation exposure. This is caused by alpha and beta rays, both with much shorter travelling range, mere skin thickness. The internal radiation exposure happens when irradiated molecules, either from nuclear explosion or nuclear accident, spread and circulate in the environment, and get absorbed into living organism such as human body. If they settle somewhere within the organism, self-radiating molecules keep emitting alpha and beta rays for a long time, creating damage in the neighboring cells. When body cells are affected this way, cancer may grow. When reproductive cells are affected, genetic disorder may develop.

Dr. Hida points out that while the external radiation exposure has been recognized and studied extensively, the second type, the internal radiation exposure has been formally ignored. At this stage, what is still gnawing at the atomic bomb victims is mainly this internal radiation exposure; a time bomb ticking quietly toward death and fatal illnesses within one's own body. Moreover, Dr Hida, and in fact every Hibakusha I read the words of or personally speak with, emphasizes the fact that not only them but all sentient beings on earth now carry this time bomb, thanks to omnipresence of miniscule irradiated particles within the biosphere from nuclear experiments, nuclear accidents, normal operations of nuclear weapon production and nuclear power generation, and increasing use of quasi-conventional weapons such as depleted Uranium shells.

Collectively, surviving victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, now in their old age, cry out to the world; “Please understand what is at stake with nuclear warfare. We know from our experience that it should not remain an option. We can humanly allow no more Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The nuclear weapon should be abolished forever.”

Although it is not written down ostensibly, the post WWII Japanese Constitution shares the same sentiment. “We, the Japanese people” it declares, “(are) resolved that never again shall we be visited with the horrors of war through the action of government.” And the Article 9 affirms thus. “Aspiring sincerely to an international peace based on justice and order, the Japanese people forever renounce war as a sovereign right of the nation and the threat of use of forces as means of settling international disputes. In order to accomplish the aim of the preceding paragraph, land, sea, and air forces, as well as other war potential, will never be maintained. The right of belligerency of the state will not be recognized.”

Some of you may be rolling your heads. I know this is Texas and the words sound outright idealistic. But I assure you, this was a firm covenant of the Japanese people who suffered and made others suffer so much through the last war. More specifically too, this was an almost sacred covenant born out of the ashes of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, pledging that “We will never again repeat the mistake” as inscribed on the Hiroshima atomic bomb monument. I have told you that I have stood at the two Ground Zeros more than once. Each time, closing my eyes and putting my palms together in prayer, I could hold no thoughts but “Never again! We could or should not let it happen to anyone, anywhere, any more.” It is not a wish, a hope, a dream, nor even a prayer. It is the recognition of a reality, a fact. I often entertain a thought that we, the Japanese, may have been thrust into a separate reality where war can be no more. Yes, thrust like space warp by the power of two nuclear explosions. From where I stand, war simply is obsolete. From where you stand perhaps, that looks like a wishful thinking. Some may still believe that war is a necessary evil. Admittedly, there is a gap between the two ways of thinking.

In many ways, the last 60 years of U.S./Japan relations have been a dance around this gap. In 1946 when the new Japanese Constitution was drawn up, it was the Americans who wanted us to be idealistic, renouncing war forever, partly because it was in the interest of the United States and its allies that Japan stayed a pacified nation. However, as Cold War set in and the Korean War broke out four years later in 1950, the U.S. government wanted to turn things around to make Japan its shield against the communists. Despite the Constitutional covenant, the U.S. urged Japan to maintain its own military, first in the name of Reserve Police, then Security Guard, and finally Self-Defense Force which now stands as world's 4 th largest military. All along, the Japanese majority has resisted abandoning the peace covenant of the Article 9.

True, Japan has not been without military safeguards during the last 60 years. Beside our own Self-Defense Force, which is not supposed to fight wars per se, American armed forces with nearly 90 U.S. bases in Japan have provided back-up security, including nuclear attack capability from launching points outside Japan. (Beside Article 9 in the Constitution, Japan maintains what is called the Three Non-Nuclear Principles; not possessing, not producing, not permitting the introduction of nuclear weapons into the country.) It is a difficult paradox. There is no other country in the world with so much foreign military presence in peacetime. The American military dominance appears so prevalent at times that many people in Japan satirize the country as the 52 nd State of America, or even a still occupied nation. The commitment to nuclear abolition may appear clumsy while we live under the so-called ‘nuclear umbrella' of the U.S. We are aware of these problems.

And yet, the Japanese majority doesn't seem to be keen to shift our nation's course toward forsaking the Peace Constitution to establish, for example, an authentic war-fighting military, to acquire nuclear weapons, and to assert ourselves again as a militarily aggressive international player. Neighboring countries in Asia would never tolerate this either. The U.S./Japan dance is now entering an interesting phase where the U.S. demands such a course change, and the new generation of Japanese politicians is on the rise with the U.S. backing, trying to persuade the Japanese public that the last 60 years have been a mere fantasy. Here again, I need to remind you that not all Americans nor Japanese aim at this kind of tidal change. Certainly, Hibakusha , the surviving victims of the two atomic bombings are at the forefront of people strongly objecting this unlearning of history.

At the same time, there is another tide change, perhaps less visible but probably more resilient and grassroots than the political whiffs of powers that be. In 1999, Hague Appeal for Peace Conference, with nearly 10,000 citizens attending from more than 100 countries, demanded ten fundamental principles for a just world order. The first principle asks; “Every Parliament should adopt a resolution prohibiting their government from going to war, like the Japanese article number nine.” Mayors for Peace, currently composed of 1,036 cities in 112 countries and regions worldwide, have been appealing for the total abolition of nuclear weapons since 1982. U.S. Conference of Mayors, representing 1,183 U.S. cities with populations above 30,000, formally supports nuclear abolition, has urged the U.S. President to commence negotiations on the prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons, and declared; “(We) shall remain engaged in this matter until our cities are no longer under the threat of nuclear devastation.” A recent U.S. poll found that, given the choices of which states should have nuclear weapons, 66% said none should.

Which one of these two tides we ride on is going to determine the shape of the world in the 21 st century.

Another peculiar thing I've experienced at the Ground Zeros in Hiroshima and Nagasaki is that I was stripped of all surface identities. I stood there not as a Japanese, an Asian, nor even a man. I stood there simply as a human being, a throbbing life, naturally resolved to work for a peaceful future.

I have enjoyed knowing and having many American friends. For the last 60 years, Japanese people collectively have gained much more than lost from cooperating with the U.S. I hope that this is also true for Americans. But today, as we enter the new cycle of another 60 years of U.S./Japan relations, let us be less of Japanese or Americans. Let us learn to be more simply humans, and work and walk hand in hand. That way, we shall dance our way out of the shadow of the atomic bomb, together, sooner rather than later.

Thank you very much.

The books that I have mentioned frequently in my presentation tonight, whose editors graciously consented to allow me to use scanned pages from their publications as illustrations for the lecture, are:

Copyright by Nihon Tosho Center CO., LTD.
All Rights Reserved
ISBN 4-8205-1940-0


JAPAN 1945
Copyright by Vanderbilt University Press
All Rights Reserved
Author: Joe O'Donnell
ISBN 0-8265-1467-7

Equally inspirational for my presentation was the book LETTERS FROM THE END OF THE WORLD by Toyofumi Ogura. First published in 1948 in Japanese in the still-occupied Japan, the book was one of the earliest first-hand accounts on what really happened to people hit by the atomic bomb. It is written as a series of 13 letters from a surviving husband to his wife who died from early radiation syndromes. It is a very honest and moving book. The English translation of 'LETTERS" was published in 1997 by Kodansha International.

I have donated a copy of LETTERS FROM THE END OF THE WORLD and NO MORE HIROSHIMA, NAGASAKI, and Jeanne Slobod has donated a copy of JAPAN 1945, to Logan Library at Schreiner University in commemoration of the 60 th anniversary of this enormous human tragedy.

This Is A Human Being
Hara Tamiki

Yes, this is a human being.
Please look carefully at the changes wrought by the atomic bomb.
The body is so grotesquely bloated that
Anything male or female about it has been erased.
From the swollen lips on the festering face, ravaged and charred black.
Oozes a quiet, wavering voice:
“Help me, please.”
This, yes, this is a human being.
Yes, this is the face of a human being.

Bring Forth New Life
Kurihara Sadako

It was a night spent in the basement of a burnt out building.
People injured by the atomic bomb took shelter in this room, filling it.
They passed the night in darkness, not even a single candle among them.
The raw smell of blood, the stench of death.
Body heat and the reek of sweat. Moaning.
Miraculously, out of the darkness, a voice sounded:
“The baby's coming!”
In that basement room, in those lower reaches of hell,
A young woman was now going into labor.
What were they to do,
Without even a single match to light the darkness?
People forgot their own suffering to do what they could.
A seriously injured woman who had been moaning but a moments before,
Spoke out:
“I'm a midwife. Let me help with the birth.”
And now life was born
There in the deep, dark depths of hell.
Her work done, the midwife did not even wait for the break of day.
She died, still covered with the blood.
Bring forth new life!
Even should it cost me my own,
Bring forth new life!

“Preface” to Songs of Hiroshima
Toge Sankichi

Give back our fathers, give back our mothers.
Give back our elderly.
Give back our children.

Give me back myself.
Give back those who have meant something to me.

A human peace, a peace that lasts
As long as this world is to be a human world.
Give back the peace.

From “No More Hiroshima, Nagasaki”
(All English translation by James Dorsey)

“Ancient Wisdom: Paths to Peace,” International visitors join Schreiner annual gathering July 15-17

By Bill Drake
Writer, University Relations

What may we learn from ancient stories and oral history?  Can these tales, spanning thousands of years of gathered wisdom have relevance for twenty-first century communities?  Each summer, a growing number of participants come to the Schreiner University campus in Kerrville to explore these questions together.  The Past is Prologue – a Way of Learning (PIP) program is based on the works of Paula Underwood (The Walking People; Who Speaks for Wolf?; The Great Hoop of Life).  Underwood's books record in writing, for this generation, the oral chronicle of one group of people whose understandings of the world began to be told more than 10,000 years ago.

A program of Schreiner University 's Center for Innovative Learning, PIP attracts people from across the country to the Schreiner campus each summer for a weekend of traditional Native American storytelling, mutual learning, exploration, song, and ceremony. The theme of this year's gathering (July 15 – 17) is “Ancient Wisdom: Paths to Peace,” and will feature two special international guests.

Japanese author, translator, and peace activist, Jun Hoshikawa and Canadian Native American activist and storyteller Woodrow Morrison will join participants in discussions, panels, and other activities focusing on how the power of listening to ancient stories helps to develop essential coping skills in these chaotic times of rapid change.

Jun Hoshikawa Jun Hoshikawa has written or translated (from English to Japanese) numerous books specializing in the environment, sustainable policy and lifestyle, social justice, peace, and indigenous cultures.  He is the Japanese translator for Paula Underwood's books, including “The Walking People,” which is widely read and followed in Japan .  His most recent personal book is Living As if Peace Mattered, published in 2004.

Woodrow F. (Woody) Morrison, Jr. Woodrow F. (Woody) Morrison, Jr. began his training with Haida elders as a history keeper when he was three years old. One portion of Morrison's history of the Haida recounts an ancient encounter with Paula Underwood's Walking People – a remarkable confirmation that at one time these two ancient peoples knew and interacted with each other.  Morrison currently serves as consultant to writers, producers, directors, casting, and art departments for film and television productions.

Wrapping up the Past is Prologue gathering on Sunday, July 17, Jun Hoshikawa will present a lecture on “Memories of Hiroshima”, illustrated with rare photographs of the aftermath of the devastation created by the American nuclear weapon. Presented as part of Schreiner University 's Labatt Lecture Series, this event will begin at 7 p.m. in the Cailloux Campus Activity Center . For more information, or to register, go to, or call the Center for Innovative Learning (830-792-7324) and leave a message with your name, telephone number, and the best time to contact you.

Mountaineer Days Held at Schreiner University
June 22, 2005

By Roger Widmeyer,
Director of University Relations

Schreiner's annual Mountain Days event was held June 17-18, and 80 incoming Schreiner freshman came to the campus for two days of orientation activities – and had a lot of fun in the process. A number of students brought their parents – who had a different agenda of activities focusing on academic services and student life on the Schreiner campus.

Mountaineer DaysThe incoming freshmen had the opportunity to meet with admission and financial aid representatives, current students and faculty. Following an evening dinner in Schreiner's renowned dining hall, the students participated in Mountaineer Madness at the athletic complex for some friendly competition; the parents had dessert with Schreiner president Tim Summerlin.

On Saturday, the students met with faculty advisers in Logan Library to select fall courses.

Music Camp Held at Schreiner University
June 19, 2005

Schreiner University held a 2 week music camp for 4th and 5th graders June 6-16.

Dr. Charlotte Marrow, Schreiner University faculty and graduate of the Juilliard School of Music coordinated the camp. Faculty teaching the campus included Susan Love, accomplished flutist and music teacher at Tom Daniel Elementary School; Karen McKinney music teacher at Nimitz Elementary School and Patricia Lee, Strings Teacher for Kerrville public schools.

Children at music camp Boy playing recorder at music camp Children at music camp

Students enjoyed a mixed curriculum including music theory, choral and instrument performance and recreation like games and swimming.

Congratulations Schreiner University Class of 2005
May 15, 2005

May 2005 graduatesThe 2005 graduating ceremony was held Saturday May 7, 2005,
and was Schreiner University's
22nd baccalaureate since becoming
a four-year school in 1984.

This is the school's largest graduating class!

One hundred and twenty-two students received BA bachelor's degrees and 26 received Master's degrees in Education degrees.



Schreiner Choir Offers Public Concert May 1st
April 27, 2005

by Bill Drake
Writer, University Relations

2005 ChoirThe Schreiner University choir will offer their last choir concert of the semester on Sunday, May 1 at 3 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 800 Jefferson St. in Kerrville.

Admission is free and the music selections will include “Alleluia” by Paul Basler, “Battle of Jericho,” arranged by Moses Hogan, “The Storm Is Passing Over” by Charles Tindley and a medley from the musical “Les Miserables,” arranged by Ed Lojeski.

The choir accompanist is Terri Henneke-Theis. There are currently 36 choir members, 23 of whom were part of the Schreiner choral group that sang in Carnegie Hall earlier this year. For more information contact choir director Michael Kahl at or 830-792-7417.

May Graduation Information
April 19, 2005

Lindsey Brotherton in graduation attire Friday, May 6
4-6pm School Receptions in the front of Moody Science Building; appetizers & music

Saturday, May 7
Baccalaureate is 10:30am in Edington Center

Brunch is 11:30 in CCAC or Dining Hall (3 tickets went to student Campus Mail Box)

Saturday May 7
Commencement is 1:30pm in Edington Center

Graduation invitations were ordered through Josten's. Commencement is limited seated, and students were given tickets to give to guests

Schreiner University Announces Baccalaureate and Commencement Speakers

One of the most successful young entrepreneurs in Texas, Hagi Hagigholam will deliver the commencement speech at Schreiner
University's 2005 graduation ceremonies, May 7 at 1:30 p.m. Best known as the founder and owner of Mamasitas Restaurants, Hagi – — as he prefers to be called — — attended Schreiner from 1977 - to 1979 . He came to America in 1976 after graduating from high school in Tehran, Iran; he did not speak English. After studying ESL in Houston for three months, Hagi came to Kerrville where he attended Schreiner and began working in area restaurants, initially as a busboy. Hagi introduced soccer to Schreiner. Today, Hagi owns five Mamasita 's restaurants, the newest one in Kerrville (replacing his first restaurant). He married Ruth Torres in 1980; they have a daughter, 11, and a son, 6. Hagi was selected as an Outstanding Businessman in America in 2004.

Rev. Dr. Buran F. Phillips, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Kerrville, will serve as baccalaureate speaker for a worship service at 10:30 a.m., May 7. Dr. Phillips received his B.A. degree in Philosophy and Religion from Berea College, Kentucky, and attended Louisville Presbyterian Seminary. He received his doctorate degree from Vanderbilt University. He has been pastor at First Presbyterian in Kerrville since January 2003. Buran Phillips and his wife, Deborah, have two sons, 11 and 6.

The 2005 graduating ceremony will be Schreiner University's 22nd baccalaureate since becoming a four-year school in 1984. This is the school's largest graduating class. One hundred and twenty-two students will receive BA bachelor's degrees and 26 will receive Master's degrees in Education degrees.

Elementary Music Camp Coming to Schreiner
April 11, 2005

by Dr. Charlotte Key Marrow
Assistant Professor of Music

The University will be having a music camp on campus Mondays through Thursdays June 6-16, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.  It is for children who are at present in grades 4 and 5. (We hope to be able to expand the age range after this first year.)  Please let your friends know about the camp.  No previous music training is required.  We will have choral and instrumental ensembles, some class piano for beginners, swimming and other recreation.  Campers may make arrangements for individual lessons with camp teachers for an additional fee.  The cost is $155.00, which includes lunches in our cafeteria.  Teachers are KISD music teachers Pat Lee, Susan Love, and Karen McKinney.  I will be doing some teaching, also, in addition to “directoring.”  Application forms will soon be available online and will be distributed throughout Texas schools. A $55.00 nonrefundable deposit is to accompany the application form, and the balance of $100. is to be paid the first day of camp.

Please wish us luck—and give any useful suggestions which may occur to you!  Contact Dr. Charlotte Marrow for more information @ or (830)792-7251.

Student Art Workshops On Menu At Schreiner
April 11, 2005

by Bill Drake
Writer, University Relations

Student paintingOn Saturday April 23 Schreiner University will host a day of workshops offering area high school students a taste of the diverse courses available for Schreiner majors in Art. Students will be able to select from a menu of workshops representing all aspects of the SU art program, from script development to Adobe Photoshop special effects, from video camera operation and scene staging to color theory and drawing. Workshops begin at 9:30 a.m.and continue throughout the day. The cost of attending up to three workshops is $20 for students and includes lunch; teachers may attend any of the workshops at no charge. Students and teachers are invited to get more information and to register online.

In addition to these workshops, Schreiner University is offering competitive
scholarships to senior high school students participating in a portfolio
review conducted by the Art faculty of Schreiner University. To compete for
these scholarships, students should register with Professor David Smith by
phone (830)792-7398 or by email at and bring their portfolio and sketchbooks with them to the workshops. The portfolio review will be conducted at the end of the day, and each student participating will be assigned an individual time. Portfolios will be reviewed by the art department scholarship committee who will also interview each student to determine their strengths and interests, and to answer any questions. Students painting





Texas Heritage Music Foundation Open House This Week
March 29, 2005

By Tim Wilton, Director of Development
Texas Heritage Music Foundation

The Texas Heritage Music Foundation will be hosting its open house at their new office on Schreiner University campus on April 7 from 5 – 7 p.m., and the public is invited to attend. Coinciding with Schreiner University's annual alumni Recall weekend, the open house will feature entertainment by Schreiner guitar students John Butcher, Jason Van Slyke and others, as well as the Schreiner University Pep Band.

Since its founding in 1987, the Texas Heritage Music Foundation (THMF) has been committed to the belief that singing songs and telling stories do make a difference in the world. It is not an entertainment-based organization, but rather one that promotes heritage, history, education and family values to the central and south Texas community, especially youths and teens at risk, through various THMF-produced events and outreach programs each year. THMF also awards annual scholarships to students pursuing a course of study in some aspect of music through its Wayne Kennemer Scholarship Fund.

Schreiner University English Professor Dr. Kathleen Hudson founded the non-profit Texas Heritage Music Foundation in 1987 to address the principal belief that music and storytelling can bring together a culturally and ethnically diverse community. THMF began producing free community programs such as the annual Jimmie Rodgers Jubilee and monthly Coffeehouse concerts at Schreiner University. Thanks to donations from the private sector and from local charitable foundations, these programs have grown every year.

In 1993, the Wayne Kennemer Scholarship Fund was established to provide college tuition to students pursuing a course of study in some aspect of music. In 1997, the Jimmie Rodgers Jubilee was renamed Texas Heritage Living History Day. In 2000, THMF began offering subsidized transportation grants to area schools who could not afford the travel expenses to attend the LHD event. By 2001, the Texas Heritage Living History Day event had grown into a three day event, and THMF began an educational outreach program, The In School Performers Program, by placing LHD performers in schools throughout central and south Texas. In 2004, the name of the event was finally changed to Texas Heritage Living History Weekend, to better reflect its growth.

THMF's Summer Arts Program for At Risk Youth was implemented in 2004 to provide Kerr County youth at risk with opportunities to develop creativity, learn the tools of communication and create multiple solutions to problems. Thirty two youths participated in classes involving literature and composition, dance, art and music, and successfully completed the first year program.

In August 2004, Schreiner University donated to THMF the use of the Nellie Holdsworth house as its office. Built and dedicated to Mrs. Holdsworth in 1937, the house was the former offices of the Texas State Arts and Crafts Association and is located near the Robbins-Lewis Pavilion, site of the annual community education event produced by THMF, Texas Heritage Living History Weekend.

Before settling into its permanent offices in 2004, the THMF had relied on the generous support of the Kerrville-area business community for office space. In June 1992, the foundation received a grant from the Turner Foundation to open an office and museum at the Inn of the Hills. In 1994, River Hills Mall provided office space to THMF, while Southern Investments donated office space in 1995. From 1996 to early 2004, 5K Laser Products donated office space and utilities to THMF.

A new focus for THMF in 2005 will be the local music scene. THMF is encouraging Hill Country musicians to join the organization and to have their listing on the foundations website. Dr. Hudson foresees THMF as a viable source of information about local music, performers, and music education. Other ongoing projects are the Texas oral history project, a collection of over 500 interviews on tape with musicians, songwriters, performers and club owners; a planned photography exhibit on Texas music; a video documentary collection of all foundation events; six Texas Music Series Coffeehouse programs at Schreiner University each year; a November trip to the San Miguel de Allende Jazz Festival.

Also coinciding with recall weekend will be the last of the Spring '05 Texas Music Coffeehouses, to be held on April 8 th at the Cailloux Student Activities Center. The Coffeehouse will begin with an open mike at 7:30 p.m. featuring special guests, and then local favorites, The Josh Murley Trio, will take the stage. Admission is free. Also, Dr. Hudson is considering a Texas Music Coffeehouse Series for the summer at Schreiner University.

The Texas Heritage Music Foundation is staffed by volunteers from the community and from Schreiner University and is always welcoming additional volunteers for its various community events. Currently, THMF is looking for a part-time office assistant with excellent computer skills.

Contact Kathleen Hudson at 792-1945 for more information.

The Texas Heritage Music Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit foundation, was established in July, 1987, to preserve and perpetuate the traditions in Texas music, to examine the background of Texas music, to trace influences and patterns in Texas music, to document the role Texas music has played in society, and to provide free educational programming to the Texas community. The foundation website is

'Shack-A-Thon' to Raise Money and Awareness for Habitat for Humanity, April 1 - 2
March 30, 2005

by Meg Huddleston
Faculty Advisor, Non Traditional Students Association

Students building cardboard shacksIt's that time again — build and spend the night in your own cardboard “shack” to raise money and awareness for Habitat for Humanity!

When: April 1st and 2nd, Friday and Saturday, noon to noon

Where: On the Quad, Schreiner University

Details: What you can use (Each team must provide their own building materials!):

Cardboard        Duct Tape      Plastic Wrap     Aluminum Foil       1 Tarp (for floor or ceiling only)

Sigma Tau Delta building a cardboard shackBuilding takes place from noon to 8 pm on Friday. At least 3 people from each team must spend the night in the “shack.” Judging will be at 8 am Saturday morning – prizes will be awarded. Materials will be recycled.

Come for the fun, the music (provided by our very own “Phil ‘n' the Blanks”!), games and activities (including the “Kiss My ***” fundraiser for the victims of the crisis in the Darfur Region), & more!

Sponsored by the Non-Traditional Students Association and Campus Ministries.

Questions? Contact Mrs. Huddleston at 792-7380 or email

Students Hone Leadership Skills at Schreiner University Conference
March 24, 2005

by Bill Drake
Writer, University Relations

Students at leadership conferneceFourteen Schreiner University students, mostly juniors, participated in an intensive two day leadership conference on Schreiner campus the weekend of February 25-26. Participants were selected from among outstanding campus leaders by members of the faculty and honors program. They heard lectures and engaged in workshops and exercises designed to enhance their personal and professional competencies as effective leaders.

Conference speakers and facilitators included keynote speaker Frank Maresh, Chairman of Harte-Hanks Inc. and a member of Schreiner's Board of Trustees; Liz Murray, volunteer coordinator for Peterson Hospice and developer of numerous innovative Hospice programs; Professor David Teneyuca from the Schreiner School of Professional Studies and an expert on leadership styles and behaviors; and Dr. Ron Hatchett, Director of Schreiner's Center for Global Studies and a leading scholar in the fields of foreign policy, European Studies, and Middle Eastern Affairs.

Throughout the program participants were challenged to examine the roles and responsibilities of leaders in organizations, during crises, and in public service. The 12 women and 2 men participating were taken through a wide range of scenarios involving problem solving and applied learning, and bonded as a team during a vigorous session on the new Schreiner Low Ropes course. Coordinator of the 2005 Leadership Conference, Mary MacWithey of Schreiner's Logan Library, noted that "The students had an opportunity to learn a great deal that will enhance their ability to function effectively as leaders in a variety of situations. In addition, they met some inspiring speakers, participated in interesting activities, and generally had a great time."

Controversial professor to speak at Schreiner
March 21, 2005

by Bill Drake
Writer, University Relations

What would you think of a college professor who observed of his students "[They] are appallingly ignorant, irrational, anti-intellectual, and ... many of the kids . . . are only a notch above retardation. Some are below that." Is this professor hurtful and condemning? Ignorant himself? Brutally honest? You be the judge. On Wednesday, March 23 at 7 p.m. in the CCAC Ballroom on Schreiner University campus, the Center for Innovative Learning and the "Speak Truth to Power" lecture series welcomes Dr. Larry Sechrest, professor of economics at Sul Ross State University, author of the controversial November 2004 Texas Monthly article "A Strange Little Town in Texas." In a follow-up to the original article, Texas Monthly recently observed: "Last winter Sul Ross State professor Larry Sechrest publicly blasted his students and neighbors in Alpine as 'just plain stupid.' The town's reaction since then hasn't exactly changed his mind." Professor Sechrest, who still teaches at Sul Ross, will discuss academic freedom, First Amendment rights, death threats, censorship, and what he's learned about his 'strange little town" since first publishing his observations.

Schreiner professor to revive Wild West legend
March 21, 2005

by Bill Drake
Writer, University Relations

Dr. Kathleen Hudson of Schreiner University will offer a humorous and candid perspective on Texas music speaking in the persona of the legendary Belle Starr for an upcoming Chautauqua Lecture Series presentation on Schreiner campus. The event will begin at 7 p.m. on March 21 in the Cailloux Campus Activity Center, and the public is invited. There is no charge for the event, and there is free parking and ample seating, with full handicap accessibility.Richard P. Arnott, writing in Wild West magazine, describes Belle Starr as "The archetypal "Bandit Queen" - a lovely lady who ruled outlaw gangs with her guns, her will and her personal favors. This amoral, amorous adventuress associated with the James boys and the Youngers. She was alleged to have borne Cole Younger's illegitimate child. Her marriage to bandit Jim Reed was said to have been performed on horseback, not by a man of the cloth, but by another member of the gang. She has been credited with stealing from the rich and giving to the poor, cleaning out crooked poker games with her six-shooters, and galloping down city streets with pistols blazing."Dr. Hudson is widely known and respected as an author, historian, teacher, and chronicler of the Texas music scene, and has been instrumental in helping to make Kerrville and Kerr County an internationally recognized center for this widely enjoyed genre. For more information contact Dr. Hudson at 830-792-7409 or

World-class Athlete to speak at SU March 30 at 7 pm
March 19, 2005

by Bill Drake
Writer, University Relations

Josh DavisMotivational speaker and much decorated Olympian Josh Davis of San Antonio will be featured in the upcoming 2005 Labatt Speaker Series lecture at Schreiner University.

Davis ' presentation, entitled “Developing the gold medalist within”, will begin at 7 p.m. on March 30 in Cailloux Campus Activity Center ballroom. This event is open to the public. At the Atlanta Olympic Games in 1996 Davis made history by becoming the only man in any sport from any nation to win 3 gold medals in a single year. Davis returned to the Olympics in Sidney in 2000 where he was elected Captain of the USA Men's swim Team and broke the American record three times in his event, the 200 meter free-style.

At these games Davis also added two silver medals to his career total of 5 Olympic medals. For more information on this event please call 830-792-7456.

Shin Yu Pai to visit Schreiner University for Texas Writers Conference April 12
March 20, 2005

Shin Yu PaiAcclaimed poet Shin Yu Pai will be visiting the Schreiner University campus for the 15 th Annual Texas Writers Conference on April 12.

Ms. Shin will conduct an open workshop from 1:15 – 2:30 p.m. in the Cailloux Student Center. That evening, the conference will host an open mic event at 7 p.m., with Shin Yu Pai as the featured writer at 7:30 p.m.Shin Yu Pai is a Taiwanese-American poet and photographer. She has published poetry, photography and translations in nationally distributed literary and on-line journals. She has been awarded grants from the Puffin Foundation for her work with visual text, and residencies from the Ragdale Foundation and the MacDowell Colony. She holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with additional studies in translation, poetics and contemplative Buddhist studies from the Naropa Institute. The Texas Writers Conference, which started in 1990, has featured such writers as Robert Flynn, Susan Bright, Naomi Nye and Sandra Cisneros and such Texas songwriters as James McMurtry and Tish Hinojosa.

This year's event is one day only. “Each year this conference has been a great experience, both for the students organizing the event and for the participants,” said Dr. Kathleen Hudson, Schreiner University English Professor. “Students and guests get to interact and share ideas with published writers, poets and songwriters and hear them read their work. I'm very happy with the caliber of guest writers we have been able to offer our students and the community throughout the conferences.” The conference is organized by Kathleen Hudson, a group of student volunteers and the creative writing class at Schreiner University. It is sponsored by Sodexo Food Service, The Muse magazine, and the Center for Innovative Learning/Schreiner University. The workshop and reading are free and open to the public; no registration is required. For more information, call Kathleen Hudson's office at 830.792.7409, or Jeanne Slobod at 830.896.1159. Or you may e-mail Kathleen Hudson at

Students Travel (and Study) on the East Coast During Spring Break
March 20, 2005

Faculty Dr. Mike Looney and Sara Crouch took a group of Schreiner students to New York City, Washington D.C. and other notable east coast destinations during the campus Spring Break holiday March 13-18.

Schreiner students and faculty with New York backgroundThe group gained invaluable "real world" experience as well as credit for IDST 3260 – Aesthetics, an Interdisciplinary Studies course. Their trip included a Broadway show, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Radio City Music Hall in NYC, and other attractions.This trip marks the 3nd time this Spring 2005 semester that a group of Schreiner students and faculty has travelled to the east coast.

Faculty David Smith participated in a highly publicized Christo Art Installation in Central Park (NYC) in February. Click here for more info.

In January the SU Choir sang in Carnegie Hall. Click here to read the travel journal of Choir student Liz B., who sang at Carnegie Hall with the SU Choir in January.

Bring a Guest to 'Inside Schreiner' on March 8th
March 5, 2005

by Mignonne Frantzen
Associate Director for Annual Giving

We've got a great new program that we are offering which is a free one-hour program and tour for people to see our work first hand.  We'd love to have you come as our guest to this program called Inside Schreiner.  It's not a fundraiser and all that we will ask is for your advice and feedback on how we are spreading our message about the programs and services at Schreiner University.  

Our next Inside Schreiner is March 8, 2005 from 9-10am at the Elaine Griffin Welcome Center on campus.

FREE Hendrix/Maines Concert on March 2, 2005
February 18, 2005

by Bob Gray
Texas Heritage Music Foundation

Texas musicians Lloyd Maines and Terri Hendrix are headlining the FREE Coffee House series in the Kathleen Cailloux Student Center on Schreiner University campus at 8 PM Wednesday, March 2nd . And yes, you are invited, whether you're a student or not.

Terri HendrixThe evening starts with an open mic from 7 to 8, featuring tributes to Best Buddies Month and Women's History Month. The Coffee House series, now a part of the University's Center for Innovative Learning, is sponsored by the Student Activities Center, Dr. Tobin Tilley, O.D., the Best Buddies program, and the Texas Heritage Music Foundation.

Terri Hendrix is famously talented as songwriter, vocalist and player of guitar, harmonica, mandolin, and papoose. Each of her four CDs, Wilory Farm (1998), Places In Between (2000), The Ring (2002), and most recent, The Art of Removing Wallpaper , has increased her fan base by shining the light of her mind on the memories and motivations we all harbor. Most recent national songwriting award was her Grammy winning instrumental, Li'l Jack Slade .

Lloyd Maines, a true Texas legend, started playing with Joe Ely in 1973. Named Producer of the Year two recent years in a row in Austin , look at the credits on the CDs you own. Chances are excellent that his name is on it as producer, or songwriter, or player – or all three. Lloyd produced Terri's most recent release, provided harmony vocals, and played the guitar, mandolin, dobro, steel guitar, papoose and banjo.

Lloyd MainesIf you are a Texas music fan, you can't get more Texas than this. Born and raised in San Antonio, Terri now resides in San Marcos and runs her own label and promotion company. Lloyd is from Lubbock, now based in Austin . His influence weaves throughout the Texas music scene for the past thirty-five years. You aren't going to get a better seat – a FREE seat at that – for Texas music, than this intimate venue on the Schreiner campus in Kerrville . For more information, visit the music foundation's website at . For a night to remember, be in the Kathleen Cailloux student activities center at 7 pm, Wednesday, the 2nd day of March.

Schreiner Professor Key Player in Newest Christo Art Installation
Feb 10, 2005

Christo Art Installation crewProfessor David Smith of Schreiner University's art department is currently in New York assisting world-renowned artist Christo in setting up his latest environmental art installation entitled 'Gates', which opened February 12th.

pictured> David Smith (3rd from right) pictured with part of installation crew. Note: Both Christo and his wife Jeanne Claude are pictured. Christo is the gentleman with the gray hair, and his wife is next to him with the red hair.

Former Texas governor Ann Richards and Schreiner Art faculty David Smith.'Gates' is a series of 16 foot tall fabric and metal structures running throughout Central Park, and volunteers from all over the world are on hand for the construction, including ex-governor Ann Richards.Christo and his wife Jeanne Claude have wrapped a series of world landmarks in multicolored fabric over the past thirty years, including Berlin's Reichstag, Paris' Pont Neuf, and Miami's 'Surrounded Islands'.

pictured< Former Texas governor Ann Richards and Schreiner Art faculty David Smith.

Originally criticized heavily by established art critics and offended citizens in many of the countries where he has worked, Christo has never allowed such attacks to deter the implementation of his vision.

"He totally finances his own projects,' says Professor Smith," which means that he's answerable only to himself, and of course the zoning bureaucrats in venues where he installs his work."Smith is well-known on campus as an innovative teacher, and with the assistance of Kathleen Walker, director of instructional technology at Schreiner, he has set up live links for his students to follow the development of this world-class art project step-by-step.

Schreiner ‘Low-Ropes” Course Offers Community Challenge
February 9, 2005

by Bill Drake
Writer, University Relations

Low Ropes CourseThe first ‘Low Ropes Course' in Kerrville has just been opened to the public by Schreiner University. Located on Schreiner's Kerrville campus, the low ropes course is designed as a challenging three-hour teambuilding experience for groups from local businesses and organizations. The course involves participants both mentally and physically, and helps to develop a teamwork mentality as well as honing leadership skills. Other benefits of the low-ropes course include improved self-confidence, increased motivation, and a sense of unity – and of course it's just plain fun!

Low Ropes CourseCommon misconceptions about ropes courses are that participation requires perfect balance and eye-hand coordination as well as muscular strength. None of these individual attributes provide any advantage on the low-ropes course elements, where success requires teamwork among people with all levels of physical skill rather than outstanding individual performances. The Schreiner ropes course offers ten mentally and physically challenging ropes elements as well as numerous games and initiatives that complement the teambuilding process.

Low Ropes Course Low Ropes Course

The SU low-ropes course can be used by groups as small as 10 or as large as 50. The full low-ropes course requires about three hours, but adjustments can be made according to a group's needs and time constraints.

The minimum group size is 10 people at $10 per person; additional team members also cost $10 each. Schreiner offers reduced prices for area schools, non-profit organizations and church groups. For more information call Micah Wrase at 830-792-7476 or e-mail him at

Presbyterian Moderator Visits Schreiner Campus
February 7, 2005

by Reverend Frank L. Seaman
Director of Church Relations

Moderators for Presbyterian Church at luncheonThe current Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA), Mr. Rick Ufford-Chase, visited the Schreiner campus on February 4.  During his visit he had lunch with Presbyterian students, spoke to the faculty, visited with the staffs of Admissions and Student Services, and attended a reception for faculty.  Elected Moderator of the 216 th General Assembly, Rick Ufford-Chase has been working on the U.S./Mexico border for more than 15 years.  Moderators for Presbyterian ChurchHe is the co-founder and co-director of Border Links, a binational organization that provides experiential education on issues such as trade and globalization and the concerns of migrants on the border.  He is also a co-moderator of the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship and a founder of the Samaritans (an organization that provides emergency assistance to migrants along the border of southern Arizona. Moderator Ufford-Chase has a special interest in college students and during his two-year term as Moderator hopes to visit each of the 65 colleges and universities related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

Schreiner Announces New Microsoft Certification Training
February 3, 2005

by David Teneyuca

Professional Studies Schreiner University's second round of Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer training will begin on February 12. Schreiner offers both A+ and MCSE certification, and each course costs $750 per 8 week session. Training classes meet on Saturdays making them ideal for those who are currently employed and are seeking to upgrade their technical skills for a current job or those who want to acquire new skills for a career change.

Students who enroll in at least three of the seven available 8 week courses will receive a fourth course of their choice FREE! In addition, Schreiner former students will receive a discounted tuition cost of $600 per course.

For more information call David Teneyuca at 792-7458.

Let's 'Relay for Life' on Friday, April 15
January 30, 2005

by Jennifer Hudson,
Director of Student Activities

Survivor's WalkThe KERR COUNTY RELAY FOR LIFE to raise money for the American Cancer Society will be at Tivy Antler Stadium on Friday, April 15.

The Survivor's Walk will begin at 6 p.m. with the Luminaria Ceremony around 8:30 p.m.

It is time now to build your TEAMS to walk in the Relay:

* Teams are 10-15 people

* It is best to schedule your walkers instead of having everyone come at once.

* There is a $5 per person entry fee. No charge for Survivors to walk. Children 12 and under do not have to pay unless they want to qualify for a t-shirt. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

* EVERY walker must sign a waiver - included in the Team Captain packet.

* Each team member is asked to raise $100 and if they do, they will qualify for an official Relay for Life t-shirt. Deadline to turn in your money for this is March 15. Of course, we will accept monies up to Relay night - you just need it early if you want a t-shirt.

* Team Captain packets are available at Hill Country State Bank or you can email me and one of the Team Development Committee members will deliver one to you. These will be available at the Kick Off.

* The Kerr County Relay for Life KICK OFF will be Tuesday, February 1st at the Ambulatory Care Center, 5 p.m. IT WOULD BE GREAT to have a representative from each team to come and officially SIGN UP at that time.


Bright pink Flamingoes * Get "FLOCKED" by the bright pink Flamingoes. If you find the flock in your front yard at home or at your business, you will be asked to pay $25 to have them removed.
BEST YET - you get to designate where they land next. Watch for more information.

* ANTI-FLOCKING INSURANCE will be available which keeps you from having the flamingoes come to your house or business. More information will be coming out soon.

* KIDS FOR A CURE - children who want to help can raise money by collecting quarters in a film canister (canisters available). Each canister will hold $5 to $7 - an easy and fun way for the kiddos to get involved.

* If you plan to put up a tent or canopy, you can anchor it with jugs filled with water that will be provided by Culligan. No stakes in the ground due to the new astroturf.

Our goal this year - 100 TEAMS and $100,000.
Please plan to participate - we need your help!!

Members of the TEAM DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE include the following:

Sherry Cunningham, Hill Country State Bank
Cheryl Johnson, Time Warner
Officer Paul Gonzalez, Kerrville Police Department
Eric Maloney, EMS
Mike Hunter
Laurie Rees, Tom Daniels Elementary
Jackie Newman, VistaCare Hospice
Coral Adema, Zion Lutheran Church
Sue Steele, Bank of the Hills
Kristen Morton, Schreiner University

Relay for Life teamLet one of us know if you need a TEAM PACKET that includes all of the forms and supplies you need to put a team together. We will have all of these supplies at the Kick Off if you want to get them there. RELAY FOR LIFE is a fun event and a VERY IMPORTANT ONE!!

Let's Relay!

For more information about Relay For Life, contact Kristen Morton at extension 8180 or or call Sherry Cunningham of Hill Country State Bank at 896-5000.

SU's Choir Goes to the Big Apple: A Student's Travel Journal
January 23, 2005

Liz B.Journal and photos by Liz B.,

Schreiner students and faculty with New York backgroundTo some it was just another trip, but to others, it was the experience of a life time. The journey of which I speak is the recent trip to New York City taken by Schreiner University choir students. Students, including myself, left earlier Friday morning January 14th….four o’clock in the morning to be exact. Though it was early, and many students hadn’t slept at all the night before in anticipation of the day’s trip, all the students were wide awake in the crisp and quiet cold morning air. The trip to San Antonio International airport was calm, but not lacking in excitement. Most of the way to the airport students chatted quietly about the things they wanted to do when they arrived in the Big Apple, and what being on an airplane was like for those who had never experienced flight... I was most definitely one of these.

Upon arriving at the airport things went smoothly, though there were some disgruntled comments about having to take off shoes for security. Most, however, conceded that being safe was more important than early morning laziness.

New York tripCheck-in went faster than expected, and before long we were seated on the airplane that would take us on approximately a 20 minute trip to Houston where we would then chill during a two hour layover before setting out on the last leg of our flight.

Breakfast was high on the list of priorities when we arrived at the airport. Some went shopping in the many stores that littered the halls of the large and rather nice airport. At first it was great to be off the plane, and have room to stretch, but we soon ran out of things to do, and were glad when the first call for boarding sounded calling us to our flight.

The second flight went just as smoothly as the first, and in fact was considerably better due to the fact that we somehow got lucky enough to have tv’s on the plane, and could watch movies on the way. Not long after boarding we arrived at Newark, and soon found ourselves on the bus that would take us to the Grand Hyatt hotel where we’d spend the next several days.

New York tripMuch to most of our surprise the temperature wasn’t all that different in New York, though this changed the next day. (After that, it was all heavy coats and scarves). The first night most of the students broke off into several smaller groups, so unfortunately I am unable to document the adventures of all the students. I can, however, provide you with some glimpse into the happenings of that night from my own experience.

After getting a map of the city my group and I set out for dinner, and after eating stopped back by the hotel as the girls realized that though our high heeled shoes looked seriously cute….we just weren’t used to wearing them when doing as much walking as we were. Once we had on more walk-friendly shoes the group of us headed for Times Square to experience the lights of New York.

Time SquareThe sensory overload was intense, and almost overwhelming at first. You really have to change pace up there….the casual walk one uses in Texas will get you run over by a cab driver for sure who would probably just honk and keep on driving, and they honk alot.

The noises and sounds of the city came at us from every direction as street performers wailed out tunes on instruments that weren’t always in tune, and loud music played on speakers from the many stores that lined the streets. That, mixed with the strange New York accents that assaulted us from every direction, was an insane, but fun combination.

Times Square was an amazing sight at night. I would recommend that anyone wanting to visit should go then, during the day it loses some of its magic despite the fact that at night it seems like daylight due to all the artificial light. After we’d had our fill of the lights for the night we wandered back to the hotel, shell shocked and amazed at the difference between New York and everything we were familiar with in Texas.

New York tripThe next morning we got an early start, and went straight to our first rehearsal --a small reminder that we had come to New York with a mission….a mission of music.

We were relieved to find that our director was actually a lot of fun, and had a great personality to go with his immense talent. Many of us had been worried that he was going to be some staunch, humorless English gentlemen who would frown if we got the littlest thing wrong….we couldn't have been further from the truth. He made things interesting, which was a blessing when we’d been sitting there for 4 hours practicing. Rehearsals that run that long can become monotonous, but luckily our Jonathon Willcox was a marvelous and entertaining director.

New York tripOnce 1 o’clock rolled around we headed to the subway…many of us wondering what our first subway ride would be like. What at first seemed a daunting challenge (and may still be to some) proved to be a fun and often interesting way to travel. Needless to say, subways aren’t the cleanest places around, but you see some of the oddest things. On one ride we were entertained by a man who declared it 'poetry time on the A train.' He then proceeded to spout of some poetry about 'how in the land of the blind the one eyed man is king'….that really stuck with me.

After wondering if we’d get off at the right stop, a large group of us headed to Canal Street looking for food and good bargains (if you want to call it that). Name brand items were high on the list of things to buy…especially among the women.

Students in front of Radio CityOnce we’d spent enough money for one day we went back to the hotel to rest before going out again for the night. A few people went to shows that night, and others went on Sunday. On the students' playbills were shows such as "Beauty and the Beast", "Mama Mia", "Rent", and even a comedy show entitled the "Marijuanalogues" which was apparently funnier than one might suspect upon first hearing the title.

The next morning we were back to rehearsal, this time getting a chance to practice with the children’s choir who would be performing with us. It was an interesting experience to be able to sing alongside such young voices, and was sometimes trying because of certain maturity factors, but we got through it.

Sunday, too, was filled with shopping and sight seeing. We were only a few blocks from many of the most notable sights. The Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building were both quite close. Other sites such as 'Ground Zero', and the Statue of Liberty were on the far end of town, and many students didn’t chance getting lost on the subway to go see them during the day, though those who did said they were truly sites to behold.

New York tripI myself saw Ground Zero at night while on an outing with some school friends, and a friend who attends NYU [New York University]. It [Ground Zero] is now fenced off, and looks nothing like the tragic pictures many people have engrained in their minds due to the life altering events of 911. They are starting to rebuild in the same area, but even now a few buildings still bear the scorch left from the fires on that fateful day.

Before we knew it, Monday had arrived. Luckily we didn’t have rehearsal that morning, so a lot of us slept-in trying to catch up on the sleep we kept skipping the nights before.

By four o’clock we were all dressed and ready to go, and soon found ourselves walking out onto the stage of Carnegie hall….the fruits of our labor finally becoming apparent beyond New York shopping bills.

New York tripAs we walked out on stage eyes scanned the immense ceiling, and the vast audience, wondering how many of those chairs would be filled. I must say, it was truly an amazing experience to have my first view of Carnegie Hall from the stage. Many professional performers cannot say that, so it is truly an honor, and an experience that will forever be engrained in my memory.

Then we started to sing, and our voices filled the great hall mixing fluidly with the orchestra’s fantastic musicianship. After running through our song we went to dinner, and then came back ready for the big pay off.

Stepping out onto the stage again, we were the picture of professionalism in our dress attire. The audience was actually quite full, but that seemed distant as we began to sing. What was in reality nearly a 30 minute piece of music seemed to fly by, and before we knew it we were gazing out at the house amazed to receive not only enthusiastic applause, but a standing ovation that seemed to last forever. What a reward.

New York tripAfter joining the audience to hear the second choir sing, we left for our victory cruise where dancing and eating were in no short supply. On the boat ride many of us got our first glimpse of the Statue of Liberty as we stood out in the cold to watch her draw near in the dark. I only wish my photos had turned out because it was truly lovely. She was well lit in the darkness, and stood there, a beacon to any who might come across her in the dark. That sight, too, will be forever etched in my memory.

Finally, our last day had come…Tuesday, and even though we were having immeasurable amounts of fun many of us were beginning to miss Texas. You truly don’t realize how nice people here are until they’re not around.

New York tripPeople in New York are much too self absorbed to smile when they pass you on the street, that... or they just don’t because their teeth get cold when they smile (this is the assumption of one choir student).





Central Park blanketed in snowAlmost 4 hours later, and 40 degrees warmer we arrived back in Texas, glad to be home, and ready for summer wear despite the 50 degree weather. When you get used to 10 degrees 50 doesn’t seem that bad. In fact it did snow while we were in New York. Some of us were even lucky enough to visit a Central Park that was blanketed in snow.

Needless to say the trip was fun…a total blast, and a life experience I know I won’t soon forget. We learned to depend on each other while we were up there, and rely on each other like family because we literally had no one but ourselves to count on. We took care of each other, and bonded as a choir family.

It is my belief that this experience will help the choir further in our musical ability as well as in our own lives. We learned a lot about each other, and the kinds of people we are just in those few days were up there. Some people learned that they love small town life, others that they belong in the village with ‘their people’, but no matter what, we learned that when it counts, someone will be there for you.

Kids’ Advocacy Place: Annual Teddy Bear Drive
January 20, 2005

by Jennifer Hudson,
Director of Student Activities

Teddy BearHelp support your SCHREINER UNIVERSITY Baseball Team and KIDS’ ADVOCACY PLACE by bringing a new or gently used stuffed animal to the Schreiner University Alumni Game on Saturday, January 29th @ 1:00 pm.

Each time the Schreiner Mountaineers score, you will be able to throw a stuffed animal on the field while cheering, as the player is coming into home base. The team will collect all toys from the field.

What is Kids’ Advocacy Place?

* A safe, child-friendly environment where abused children can go for help dealing with the trauma they have experienced and not be afraid to tell what happened to them.

* A non-profit agency that helps caseworkers, law enforcement, district attorneys, and therapists co-ordinate investigations, crisis intervention and treatment in child abuse.

Kids’ Advocacy Place
Kerrville, TX

For further details, contact Jennifer Hudson, Director of Student Activites @ or 830-792-7283.

"INDIGO" World Premiere Movie Events on SU Campus!
January 19, 2005

By Dr. Kathleen Hudson,
Professor of English

Man and "Indigo" childKerrville - Unity Church of the Hill Country, in partnership with the Texas Heritage Music Foundation (THMF), is pleased to announce its participation in the world premiere event of INDIGO.

On Saturday, January 29, more than 500 churches and organizations in 49 states, 35 countries, on 6 continents will host the premiere of INDIGO. Directed by Stephen Simon (who produced “Somewhere in Time” and “What Dreams May Come”), this entertaining independent film is based on an interest in the growing numbers of children born around the world who exhibit unusual and special gifts such as deep compassion, perception, healing, and verbalizing the wish for world peace. Some call these the “Indigo” children.

Indigo children“This is exactly the type of meaningful entertainment we believe in and we are thrilled to be able to present this exclusive screening in Kerrville,” says Patty Edwards, minister of Unity Church of the Hill Country. “We invite each viewer to measure the message of this film against his or her own understanding of truth, and to participate in a group discussion afterwards about this cutting-edge and thought-provoking movie.“

There will be two showings, one on Saturday, January 29 at 7:00 p.m. and one on Sunday, January 30 at 3:00 p.m. Both showings will take place in the theater of the Cailloux Student Center on the campus of Schreiner University.

"Butterfly Sky" duoThere will be two showings, one on Saturday, January 29 at 7:00 p.m. and one on Sunday, January 30 at 3:00 p.m. Both showings will take place in the theater of the Cailloux Student Center on the campus of Schreiner University.

Before each showing, the duo “Butterfly Sky” will perform some of their moving and melodic compositions. The husband-wife duo are currently touring this part of Texas and the timing was perfect,” says Kathleen Hudson, director of the THMF. “We’re glad they can be here in Kerrville to enhance this special program.”

Tickets are $10.00 and may be purchased through Unity Church of the Hill Country. Call 896-7575, or e-mail for information. Call soon; seating is limited.

Contact: Virginia Krohn 830-895-0707, cell 830-329-2884

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Schreiner Saturday Hosts Area High School Seniors and Families
January 12, 2005

By Bill Drake
Writer, University Relations

Schreiner University continues its tradition of over 80 years by inviting Hill Country high school seniors and their families to visit campus on February 19 and again on April 23.

Students on balconyDuring Schreiner Saturday, visitors will have the opportunity to meet members of the Schreiner community and to learn more about Schreiner’s academic programs, the admission process, financial aid and student life. Student Ambassadors will show visitors around campus and talk about their experiences at Schreiner. Also, students and their parents are encouraged to attend a session on financial aid and scholarship assistance.

While this event is open at no charge to all high school seniors and their families, to be able to participate fully in all the events it is necessary to register.

To register call locally 792-7217 or long distance 1-800-343-4919 or e-mail

David LaMotte Coming to Schreiner February 2nd
January 9, 2004

By Nancy Deever,
Director of Campus Ministry

Campus Ministry, in cooperation with the Schreiner Coffeehouse Program, is sponsoring singer-songwriter David LaMotte at the February 2nd (2005) Coffeehouse concert, in the Corner Pocket of the Cailloux student Center. The program runs from 7-9 pm and will feature Preacher Moss, a Black Muslim comic, as well. Click here for set times.

David LaMotteDavid LaMotte is a popular performer and a favorite with college audiences everywhere. He has performed at the Kerrville Folk Festival, and conducts music and creative writing workshops along with a concert for the regional College Connection Conference held every May at Mo-Ranch in Hunt.

David recently finished teaching an intensive, one-credit weekend course of songwriting classes at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces.

While David is in Kerrville, he will also be a guest lecturer for Kathleen Hudson's Creative Writing courses, and possibly speaking at a Children's Literature class. One of David's best-selling CD's is "The S.S. Bathtub: Songs for Kids and their Grownups". David recently published a children's book to go with his "S.S. Bathtub" tune.

ALL schreiner Coffeehouse programs are FREE and open to the public.

Powerful Alcohol Awareness Program Coming to SU in January
December 14, 2004

Mark Sterner mugshot in hospital bedJust months from graduation, Mark and four of his fraternity brothers headed to Spring Break. Each night, one would be the designated driver. But on the final night, they decided that the least drunk among them would drive home. Mark ended up with the keys at the end of the night.

The next morning, three of the men were dead, and Mark lay in the hospital critically injured and facing three felony counts of manslaughter. Instead of being the first in his family to graduate college, he would be the first to go to prison.




Wednesday, January 26, 2005
7:30 PM

In his acclaimed program, DUI: A Powerful Lesson©, Mark shares the bad decisions that changed his life and ended the lives of his friends. Mark doesn't preach or tell people what to do, but he leaves students with a real story that forces them to confront their own choices. Mark puts real faces to the tragic consequences of impaired driving by showing videotape the friends made of their Spring Break, ending just minutes before the crash.

Mark Sterner - Wrecked carWhile the issue of drinking and driving is hardly a new one, it's one that is resurfacing as a basic health issue on our campuses. Your students will walk away from the program with a new sense of reality.


"I feel that his message will stay with me forever."
---Nikki, Student @ Plattsburgh State University

"I thought it was the best alcohol presentation I have ever seen. His story was chilling, told sincerely and soberly."
---Peter, Student/Cadet @ U.S. Military Academy at West Point