Saint Edwards University
St. Edward's University is a private, liberal arts Catholic university in the Holy Cross tradition with more than 5,000 students. Located in Austin, Texas, with a network of partner universities around the world, St. Edward's is a diverse community that offers undergraduate and graduate programs.
St. Edward's University was founded by the Rev. Edward Sorin, CSC, Superior General of the Congregation of Holy Cross, who also founded the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. Father Sorin established the institution on farmland south of Austin in 1878 and named it St. Edward's Academy in honor of his patron saint, Edward the Confessor and King. It is affiliated with the Congregation of Holy Cross. In 1885, the president, the Rev. P.J. Franciscus, strengthened the prestige of the academy by securing a charter, changing its name to St. Edward's College, assembling a faculty, and increasing enrollment. Subsequently, St. Edward's began to grow, and the first school newspaper, the organization of baseball and football teams, and approval to erect an administration building all followed. Well-known architect Nicholas J. Clayton of Galveston, Texas was commissioned to design the college's Main Building. The structure was built four-stories tall in the Gothic Revival style and was constructed with local white limestone. In the spring of 1903, a mysterious fire destroyed the majority of Main Building, but it was rebuilt by the fall. In 1922, Main Building sustained damage from a tornado that caused significant damage all over the campus. Main Building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. In 1925, St. Edward's received its university charter. Most of the personnel at the time were Holy Cross priests and brothers. Women arrived at St. Edward's in 1966 as students for Maryhill College, a coordinate institution. By 1970, Maryhill was absorbed and St. Edward's became co-educational. By 1971, the university carried bachelor's and master's degrees in business administration. Also added were the College Assistance Migrant Program, or CAMP (1972); a professionally oriented Theater Arts curriculum (1972); an innovative degree program for adults called New College (1974); and Freshman Studies (1975). In 1984, Patricia Hayes became the second layperson to lead St. Edward's University. In 1990, enrollment reached 3,000 for the first time. This decade also ushered in a revised undergraduate curriculum, and capital and technological improvements. In 1999, George E. Martin became the 23rd president of St. Edward's University. As of Summer 2013, the St. Edward's endowment stands at more than $76 million. Fundraising has grown each year as well, and 80% of faculty and staff contributed to the annual fund last year ï¿½ more than triple the giving levels of benchmark universities.
St. Edwardï¿½s University is an independent Catholic university that welcomes qualified students of all ages, backgrounds and beliefs and serves a culturally diverse student body. The universityï¿½s undergraduate programs achieve a balance among the humanities, the sciences and the professions. These programs seek to make graduates competent in a chosen discipline and to help them understand and appreciate the contributions of other disciplines. Graduate and professional development programs prepare individuals to further their life goals and to take advantage of more challenging employment opportunities. Graduates in all programs should be prepared, through training in critical and creative thinking as well as moral reasoning, to analyze problems, propose solutions and make responsible decisions. They should be able to express themselves articulately in both oral and written form. They are encouraged to develop an understanding of the human person that is derived from reason and open to faith. The university promotes excellence in teaching and learning in an environment that encompasses the campus classroom, student life programs and the broader community. A caring faculty and staff, recognizing that learning is a lifelong process, teach the skills needed to be independent and productive. They encourage individuals to confront the critical issues of society and to seek justice and peace. Students are helped to understand themselves, clarify their personal values and recognize their responsibility to the world community. The university gives the example of its own commitment to service. St. Edwardï¿½s was founded by the Congregation of Holy Cross, from which it acquired distinguishing characteristics: the courage to take risks, an international perspective and the commitment to provide educational opportunities for students of varied cultural, religious, educational and economic backgrounds. St. Edwardï¿½s expresses its Catholic identity by communicating the dignity of the human person as created in the image of God, by stressing the obligation of all people to pursue a more just world and by providing opportunities for religious studies and participation in campus ministry. St. Edwardï¿½s seeks to provide an environment in which freely chosen beliefs can be deepened and expressed.
Dennis Bonnen (Class of 1994, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science) - member of the Texas House of Representatives from Brazoria County since 1997 George Edward Cire - former U.S. District Court judge Rozie Curtis - actress, voice actress Salam Fayyad - Palestinian Prime Minister 2007 of the Emergency Government William Kennon Henderson Jr. - Founder of radio station KWKH in Shreveport, Louisiana Luci Baines Johnson - daughter of President Lyndon Johnson Bill Killefer - Former Major League baseball player Teri McMinn - actress Justin Gardiner - Participant in AOL's web reality show, Project Freshman  Taj McWilliams - Connecticut Sun forward/center Roger Metzger - Former Houston Astros Shortstop and 1973 Gold Glove Winner William Wayne Mora Jr. and David Joseph Mora ï¿½ The Morakestra Monsignor William Mulvey - current Bishop of Corpus Christi Lisa Paul - granddaughter of Ron Paul Jorge Quiroga - former President of Bolivia Silvestre Revueltas - Mexican composer, attended in 1917 and 1918 Charles M. Robinson III - author and illustrator Tim Russ - actor, Security Chief Tuvok on Star Trek: Voyager Fermï¿½n Revueltas Sï¿½nchez - painter Nate Thomas - award-winning film director/producer and university film professor John Andrew Young - former U.S. Representative from Texas Daniel Guerrero, Major of San Marcos