Dr. Danette Vines

Dr. Danette VinesTitle:  Professor, Department of Chemistry

Hometown:  Lake Charles, Louisiana

Alma Maters:  Iowa State University, Ph.D Chemistry
McNeese State University, B.Sc. Chemistry

How long have you been with SU?  Since August 2008
Favorite movie:  Gone With The Wind, Ben Hur, Legally Blond

Favorite food:  Boiled Cajun crawfish, TexMex, Chinese, and, of course, red beans and rice

Favorite type of music: Country music and gospel, George Strait, Alan Jackson, Lady Antebellum, Carrie Underwood, High Valley

Favorite vacation spot:  Destin, Florida

Favorite book:  The Bible, King James Version; The One Year Bible; The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch; My Personal Best by Johnny Wooden; and Dear John or anything by Nicholas Sparks

What's on your night stand right now?:  The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks, and The Bible

Who/what/where inspires you & why?   I am inspired by my father, Dr. Donald Vines, a retired surgeon and army colonel, because he served in Vietnam and Desert Storm and has always been there for me throughout my life. I am inspired by our military because they are each one willing to give the ultimate sacrifice to keep us free. I am inspired by the Texas Hill Country's beautiful scenery and wildlife because it makes me feel blessed.

Hobbies/interests/extra-curricular activities outside SU:   Writing poetry, walking my dogs, exercising, canning fresh vegetables, gardening and working in the yard, politics, random acts of kindness, Kerr County Republican Women, Big Fix, UltraFit, and Trinity Baptist Church

Activities/interests/associations on campus:   Texas Academy of Science, American Association of University Women, Baptist Ministry, Mountaineer Fitness Center, Iota Sigma Pi, American Chemical Society, Expanding Your Horizons

Favorite class to teach @ SU & why:  CHEM 3411, because I love organic chemistry, and it's my first opportunity to engage the students into this realm of chemistry.

Why do you like Schreiner?  There are so many reasons that I love Schreiner. First, it is a Christian affiliated university. Second, its faculty and staff are the most dedicated and caring people. Third, it has the best students! Fourth, I think it is in the most beautiful location in Texas.