Sara SchmidtTitle: Assistant Professor, Librarian
Hometown: Canadian, Texas
Texas Tech University (BA in History and German)
University of Maryland, College Park (Master of Library Science)
How long have you been with SU? Since August 2003
Favorite movie: "To Kill a Mockingbird" with Gregory Peck: It was one of the few videos that I watched as a kid. It made an indelible impression about individual responsibilities in a society. I try to think, "What would Atticus do?" I am also a big fan of the "Law and Order" series, with most of my time now focused on watching "Criminal Intent" with Vincent D'Onofrio. Now, I sometimes catch myself asking, "What would Goran do?"
Favorite food: Thai and Sushi, with Korean running closely behind.
Favorite type of music: Billie Holliday, Pink Floyd, the Cure, Keane, The Killers, The Delays, and The Postal Service (just to name a few)
Favorite vacation spot: Europe (except Switzerland); I also think Australia would be one of my favorites if I ever get to visit.
Favorite book: "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" by Maya Angelou; "Slaughterhouse Five" by Kurt Vonnegut; "Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Book Got Wrong" by James Loewen; "Night" by Elie Wiesel
What's on your night stand right now?: "Harry Potter und die Kammer des Schreckens" von J.K. Rowling; "Die deutsche Kurzgeschichte der Gegenwart" von Manfred Durzak; "Hitler's Willing Executioners: Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust" by Daniel Goldhagen
Who/what/where inspires you & why? Knowledge and the thirst for it, especially spiritually. I believe that one should relentlessly pursue it, but also remember to be careful to live one's life. I think a lot of people forget that it's not what you know, but how you use it.
Hobbies/interests/extra-curricular activities OUTSIDE SU: My spouse and I are 'food-ies': people who regularly eat out and find new 'favorite' restaurants. We love to try new cuisines, focusing on how the food tastes, not what it is called. Our current and long-standing favorites are Thai Taste and Sushi Zushi in San Antonio.
Activities/interests/associations ON CAMPUS: I like being involved with environmentally-focused organizations, as well as those that promote individual rights, not restrictions. Academically, I focus on Holocaust and genocide studies. I worked at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Library for a short time, and I try to maintain my knowledge in that area. The recent events in the Sudan prove that history will repeat itself. If we don't learn about it, how can we keep from repeating it? At Schreiner I am highly involved with Allied Advance, a group of faculty, staff, and students who provide a supportive environment for GLB&Q students.
Favorite class to teach @ SU & why: German 1401 & 1402: It's my first year teaching German, but I am enjoying it so far.
Why do you like Schreiner? I like that Schreiner focuses more on teaching than research. At much larger universities the faculty are required to put an enormous amount of time towards research in order that the school can earn more monies for that purpose. While research is encouraged, I like that the students at Schreiner are truly the focus of faculty attention, not a portfolio.