St. Edward's University
|St. Edward's University|
|Motto||Take On Your World|
|President||George E. Martin|
|Location||Austin, Texas, U.S.|
|Colors||Navy & Vegas Gold|
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.
- 1 History
- 2 Student body
- 3 Academics
- 4 Student lore and traditions
- 5 Athletics
- 6 Residences
- 7 Notable alumni
- 8 Notable professors
- 9 Gallery
- 10 References
- 11 External links
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 — more than triple the giving levels of benchmark universities.
Strategic plans and growth
In 1999, St. Edward’s University, under the leadership of President George E. Martin and the Board of Trustees, developed a 10-year strategic plan to bring the university recognition as one of the best small universities in the country. By 2010, significant change was implemented across the campus in support of this vision, including:
Enrollment of traditional undergraduates almost doubled.
The size of the faculty increased.
New graduate and undergraduate academic programs were added.
Local and global partnerships were formed to expand opportunities for students.
A campus master plan guided the development of $150 million in new and renovated facilities.
More than $84 million was contributed by donors in support of the mission.
In Fall 2010, the university unveiled Strategic Plan 2015 and a new vision: to educate students for the opportunities and challenges of the 21st century world. To achieve this vision, the plan focused all the efforts of the university on four elements: academic challenge, global preparedness, resource development and Holy Cross, Catholic heritage.
Since the launch of the 2010 and 2015 strategic plans, the university has raised more than $139 million. This record generosity includes $64 million for the university's endowment, which exceeds $76 million, and nearly $51 million for new buildings and capital improvements.
Buildings completed under the 2010 and 2015 strategic plans
Trustee Hall, a 33,000-square-foot (3,100 m2) academic facility, was the first building completed under the plan. It opened in Fall 2002. The completion of Basil Moreau Residence Hall in 2003 and Jacques Dujarié Hall in 2005 further enhanced residence life.
The John Brooks Williams Natural Sciences Center–North facility that opened in Fall 2006, was the first of a two-building science complex and houses the biology and chemistry programs in the School of Natural Sciences. The John Brooks Williams Natural Sciences Center–South opened in Fall 2013. It houses the computer science, mathematics and physics programs, features 13 classrooms, advanced computer and math labs, and a 126-seat auditorium.
A 756-car parking garage opened in 2007.
Major renovations of existing campus buildings include Premont Hall (2006), Fleck Hall (2007) and Doyle Hall (2009).
A new residential village, which opened in January 2009, evokes a sense of urban living in the heart of campus.
A renovated campus library, formerly the Scarborough-Phillips Library, opened in Fall 2013 as The Munday Library. The library features global digital classrooms for video conferencing, revamped reading, study and meeting spaces, an expanded digital collection, and writing and media canters. The library renovation was funded in 2011 by a $13 million donation from Bill Munday and wife Pat. The Mundays also donated $20 million for university scholarships in 2013. Both donations were school records.
Plans for renovations to Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel were drawn up by Pollen Architecture and Design. Renovations will include more space for mass, construction of new Campus Ministry offices and an all-faiths meditation garden. The chapel renovation will be concluded in Fall 2014.
The university seal represents the history of St. Edward’s University. Here is a guide to the meaning behind the university seal:
• Shield = Our homeland, the United States
• Cross = Christianity
• Anchor = Taken from the seal of the Congregation of Holy Cross, the founders of St. Edward’s
• Mace = St. Edward, king and confessor; the patron saint of the university
• Wavy lines = Colorado River, which runs through Austin
• Lone star = State of Texas
• Heart shot with arrows = Love and learning
Nearly 5,300 students attend St. Edward's, with undergraduates coming from 45 states and 44 countries. Nearly 55% of incoming freshmen rank in the top 25% of their high school class. The acceptance rate for freshmen applicants is 64%.
More than 1,300 students live on campus in seven residence halls and two apartment communities. Students at St. Edward's University are also involved in more than 125 campus organizations, including student government, service organizations, academic honor societies, cultural clubs and intramural sports. 29 languages and 40 faith traditions are represented on campus.
Hilltop Views is the student newspaper published by the School of Humanities at St. Edward’s University. The print edition is available Wednesdays on newsstands across campus during the academic year, and can be accessed online. The newspaper has been printed since 1987.
St. Edward's offers 10 master's degree programs and bachelor's degrees in more than 50 areas of study through the schools of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Education, Humanities, Management and Business, and Natural Sciences. Additionally, St. Edward's offers similar bachelor's degrees for adults 24 years of age and older through the New College program, which began in 1974.
Since 2004, U.S. News & World Report has ranked St. Edward's University among the top 25 among master's-granting universities in the Western Region of the country. In its 2014 Best Colleges edition, U.S. News ranked St. Edward's University the 15th best in the Western Region. As part of the 2014 U.S. News ranking, St. Edward's University was also named an "Up-and-Coming University" by peer universities.
St. Edward's has also been recognized as one of "America's Best Colleges" by Forbes and the Center for College Affordability and Productivity (CCAP). In their joint report, Forbes and CCAP ranked 600 undergraduate institutions based on the quality of the education they provide and the experience and achievements of their students. St. Edward's was ranked in the top 10 among Texas universities.
In the National Survey of Student Engagement, St. Edward's exceeded the national average in all five areas: academic challenge, active and collaborative learning, student-faculty interaction, educational experiences, and supportive campus environment.
In 2006, The New York Times included St. Edward's in its "Colleges of Many Colors" list.
In his book Lifelong Learning at Its Best, William Maehl describes the St. Edward's New College one of the "Top 30" adult education programs in the United States.
St. Edward's boasts that it has an impressive Theater Arts program, which features a U/RTA contract with the Actors' Equity Association, allowing students who successfully complete the requirements of a Membership Candidate Program to become eligible to join Actors' Equity Association. St. Edward's has one of the only undergraduate programs in the country with this affiliation. In 2005, actor Ed Begley Jr. brought his play, César & Ruben, to St. Edward's University for its Texas premiere.Broadway veteran Robert Westenberg directed The Secret Garden in 2013 at the university's Mary Moody Northen Theatre.
Beginning in September 2008, St. Edward's started a satellite campus in Angers, France to provide educational opportunities for European and American students. Faculty members at St. Edward's travel to Angers each semester to teach courses. The St. Edward's in Angers, France, program is in partnership with the Catholic University of the West. Students at St. Edward's study abroad at one of the universities' other partner universities in France, Scotland, Germany, Spain, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Argentina, Chile and China.
Student lore and traditions
Bronze Plaque of Father Paul Foik
To receive good grades on exams, a tradition is to rub the nose of the bronze plaque located near the Munday Library. Although the rest of the bronze plaque has developed a dark brown patina over the years, the nose has remained highly polished and shines like new.
St. Edward's University Presidential Award
St. Edward's University Presidential Awards are prestigious awards presented each year to a select group of graduates from undergraduate, New College and the graduate programs who have excelled in leadership, scholarship and service.
Recipients of the Presidential Award have participated fully in the life of the university and have been a positive influence in promoting the mission and values of St. Edward's and the Congregation of Holy Cross.
Students are nominated for Presidential Awards by members of the St. Edwards University community. Nominees submit comprehensive applications to the Presidential Awards Committee, which is coordinated by the Student Life Office and composed of students, faculty and staff. The committee makes recommendations to the president of St. Edward's University.
SEU Fight Song
March on and win for SEU.
March on with joy and pride!
March on and win the victory
We're cheering at your side!
March on and win for SEU
Hilltoppers all are we!
March on for good old SEU and
Bring home the victory!
The St. Edward's University seal is embedded at the center of a walkway in front of Ragsdale Plaza. Legend tells that during a basketball game, some time ago, a few of the baseball players showed up with a live ram. They proceeded to race it around the gym during time-outs and slow periods. The ram was such a success that eventually it became the St. Edward’s University mascot. Today, the athletic teams are known as the Hilltoppers, and the ram is named Topper. In the Spring semester of 2010, a real goat named Pax started attending athletic events. Dan Beck, lieutenant of the University Police Department, owns the goat, as well as other "Topper" goats.
The St. Edward's University seal is embedded in at the center of a walkway in front of Ragsdale Plaza. Students do not walk on or over the seal out of respect for those who have passed through the university and those who helped establish it.
St. Edwards NCAA Division II varsity athletic teams, known as the Hilltoppers, include men's and women's baseball/softball, basketball, golf, soccer and tennis. Women also compete in Division II volleyball. St. Edward's is a founding member of the Heartland Conference.
As of Fall 2013, the Hilltopper varsity athletic teams made 27 NCAA Tournament appearances over the last five seasons. Since joining the NCAA in 1999, the Hilltopper teams have won 49 Heartland Conference Championships. In 2008–2009, five St. Edward's athletes were named All-American, and 56 individuals were named to the All-Heartland Conference Team. St. Edward's men's soccer team was the Heartland Conference Champions in 2009. The women's soccer team has been very successful since 2006, posting winning records each season, and being selected to the NCAA Tournament 6 out of 7 years.
The university's official spirit group is the HillRaisers. The university's student-athlete graduation rate of 88% is fourth highest in the nation out of 270 Division II institutions. The Dallas Cowboys football team used the campus for pre-season training from 1990 to 1997.
Club sports and campus recreation
In 2009, the university added a Campus Recreation program to meet the growing needs of the student population. All club sports are housed within the Campus Recreation office. The university supports several club-level programs including:
Competitive Club Sports Teams
- Men's Lacrosse
- Men's Basketball
- Men's Soccer
- Women's Soccer
Conditional Club Sports Teams
- Women's Basketball
Recreational Club Sports
- Outdoor Adventure Club
- Cultural Dance Club
- Ving Tsun Martial Arts Club
- Dance Team
- Bass Fishing
- Women's Lacrosse
Founded in 2009, the St Edward’s University Rugby Football Club plays Division I college rugby in the Southwest Conference. St. Edwards was promoted to the next division in three straight seasons from 2011-2013. In 2011, their first season, St. Edwards had an undefeated regular season, won the Texas DIII league, and finished fifth nationally among small schools. In 2012, St. Edwards finished second in the Texas DII league. St. Edward's has seen an increase in applications and matriculating students who target the school because of its rugby program, and as a result, the administration has put more support behind the rugby program.
Intramural Sports vary from traditional offerings (flag football, basketball, volleyball, tennis, racquetball) to more non-traditional events (fantasy sports, dodgeball, kickball, Rock/Paper/Scissors, Live Action Battleship).
The following residence halls serve the university:
- Jacques Dujarié Hall (Opened August 2005, coeducational)
- East (Opened 1966) - East served as a female-only hall and a coeducational hall.
- Basil Moreau Hall (Opened February 2003, coeducational)
- Teresa Hall (Opened 1968, renovated 1999, coeducational) - Teresa served as a female-only hall and a coeducational hall.
The Casa and two Casitas, for upperclassmen, serve as "house-style living." The Casa residents use the facilities of Dujarié Hall.
The residential village, which is made up of three residence halls, (Hunt, LeMans, and Lady Bird Johnson) opened for residents at the start of the Spring 2009 semester, housing freshmen in suite-style rooms in Hunt and Le Mans, as well as upperclassmen in LBJ's single rooms. In addition, the new residential village has multiple dining venues and a convenience store located on the ground floor.
St. Edward's maintains two apartment communities, Maryhill Apartments (Buildings 1-11) and Hilltopper Heights Apartments (Buildings 12-17) for students.
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