Campus News 2006

For Immediate Release
April 11, 2006

Schreiner University Announces Baccalaureate and Commencement Speakers

Dr. Diana K. Comuzzie Dr. Diana K. Comuzzie, Schreiner University professor of biology and dean of the Trull School of Science & Mathematics, will deliver the commencement address at Schreiner University’s 2006 graduation ceremonies on May 6 at 1:30 p.m. in the Edington Sports Center.

Comuzzie received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, with an emphasis in aquatics, from the University of Texas at Austin in 1979. In 1982, she received a Masters Degree in Biology from Southwest Texas State University, where she studied calls of Central Texas sparrows, and a Doctorate in Zoology from Texas A&M University in 1987, where she worked on courtship in sea turtles in Australia.

Comuzzie received post-doctoral training at the University of Kansas, where she studied the acoustics of crying babies.

She has taught at Schreiner for the past 13 years. Comuzzie was awarded the Margaret Hosler Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Harriett Garrett Award for Outstanding Teaching, the Elmore Whitehurst Award for Creative Teaching and the Advisor of the Year Award. She is married to research scientist, Anthony G. Comuzzie, and has two children, Andy and Matt. She is currently conducting research on courtship signaling in red-eared slider turtles.

The Rev. Buckner Fanning The Rev. Buckner Fanning, will serve as baccalaureate speaker at a worship service at 10:30 a.m. on May 6 in the Edington Sports Center.

Fanning served as pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in San Antonio for 42 years.

In 1951, he founded the Buckner Fanning Evangelistic Foundation, where his ministry is now fully based.

He is a recipient of The Tree of Life award from the Jewish National fund, Clergyman of the Year, Family of the Year and many others.

The 2006 commencement ceremony on May 6 will be Schreiner University’s 23rd baccalaureate graduation since conferring its first 4-year  degrees in 1984.  One hundred and eleven students will receive bachelor’s degrees and 16 will receive master’s degrees in education.

Schreiner University is an independent coeducational liberal arts university related by choice and by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). For more information, visit our Web site at or call the Office of Admission at (830) 792-7217  

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