Dr. Diana Kay Crowell Comuzzie

Dr. Diana Kay Crowell Comuzzie title: Professor of Biology
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

hometown:  Fort Worth, TX

alma mater/s: BS, University of Texas at Austin MS, Southwest Texas State University
PhD, Texas A&M University
Postdoctoral Training, University of Kansas
> (to right) Diana pictured with her two sons >

favorite food: Do you mean BESIDES chocolate and confectionery in general? As in real food? Steak, Fried Chicken, Grilled Lobster, all the stuff I'm supposed to eat in moderation (that's why it's a Favorite!)

Dr. Diana Kay Crowell Comuzzie < Diana with her husband Tony <

favorite vacation spot: One place is a secret because it is still pretty unspoiled, so I won't tell you that one other than it involves camping. Two more are Paris (everyone should go to Paris before they die) and New Zealand (a green like you've never seen). But talk to me after I go to Cancun this summer.

Who/what/where INSPIRES you & why? The questioning mind. To have a student who makes me stop and think with a question I've never been asked before is just so much fun. I got into science in the first place because I love figuring things out. I really love it when students make me do that every day.

favorite movie/s:   Gone With the Wind (To "SOH it", means to wait, because "Tomorra is another day")

favorite type of music: Texas music (Robert Earl Keen, Jr, etc)

Dr. Diana Kay Crowell Comuzzie> Diana's love of all creatures, great and small, is evident in her early years >

what's on your night-stand right now?   The Last Templar by Michael Jecks. I'm on a medieval kick right now. It started with The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown, where I became interested in the secret societies associated with the early Christian church, then continued with Angels and Demons, also by Dan Brown, and now I'm reading this mystery series where one of the main characters is a Templar Knight. (If you don't know what that is, start with The Da Vinci Code...)

hobbies/interests/extra-curricular activities OUTSIDE SU:
I do a lot of stuff with children's ministries at my church in Boerne (people who know me as a professor think my antics as a Vacation Bible School Director are quite humorous), and I am very involved in scouting with my sons. My youngest son and I still want to raise chickens if we can ever get the coop built.

Dr. Diana Kay Crowell Comuzzie< Diana spending time with giant sea turtles in Australia <

activities/interests/associations ON CAMPUS: Through my dean position, I serve on lots of committees and so I have the opportunity to feel like I am helping to bring about some exciting changes

favorite class to teach @ SU & why: Ok, if you make me choose ... Human Anatomy and Physiology because I love the complexity of how the systems interrelate. But in my Behavior class I get to tell more stories.

Dr. Diana Kay Crowell Comuzzie > Diana "down under" with the giant sea turtles >

why (do you like) Schreiner? Because the students are smart and fun to work with, because the faculty are the best I've seen and because I can keep learning from both groups.