St. Mary's University, Texas
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|Latin: Universitas Sancti Mariae|
|St. Mary’s Institute (1852–1882)|
St. Mary's College (1882–1927)
St. Louis College (1894–1923)
|Roman Catholic (Marianist)|
|Endowment||$200.1 million (2020)|
29°27′11″N 98°33′44″W / 29.4531°N 98.5623°W
|Campus||Urban, 135 acres (55 ha)|
|Colors||Gold and blue|
|NCAA Division II – Lone Star Conference|
St. Mary's University is a private Roman Catholic university in San Antonio, Texas. Founded by the Society of Mary (Marianists) in 1852, St. Mary's is the oldest Catholic university in Texas and the American Southwest.
With a student population of nearly 4,000, St. Mary's is home to a College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; School of Science, Engineering and Technology; the Greehey School of Business; and the St. Mary's University School of Law.
Founded as St. Mary's Institute, the school opened on Aug. 25, 1852, with a faculty of five and an enrollment of twelve boys. In 1921 all college classes were transferred from downtown to the St. Louis College campus. In 1923, St. Louis College became St. Mary's College with an enrollment of twelve in the freshman class. Grade school and high school students remained at the downtown school, which adopted the name St. Mary's Academy. The new St. Mary's College quickly gained senior college status and in 1927 the first class of bachelor's degree candidates graduated from the newly renamed St. Mary's University.
In 1932, the high school programs at St. Mary's Academy relocated from the College Street campus to become Central Catholic High School. After over a century as an all-male institution, St. Mary's opened its doors to female students in 1963 and became a coeducational university. In 1987, Polish-American silent film star Pola Negri left most of her estate to St. Mary's University, including a collection of memorabilia and several rare prints of her films. St. Mary's University also set up a scholarship in her name.
|U.S. News & World Report||8 (West)|
St. Mary's is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. In addition, the Greehey School of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Electrical and industrial engineering programs in the School of Science, Engineering and Technology are recognized through accreditation by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).
In October 1927, the San Antonio Bar Association established the San Antonio School of Law, and for seven years after its founding was administered by a board of governors under the control of the bar association. Until the School of Law became associated with a physical campus, classes were held at the Bexar County Courthouse. In an attempt to maximize educational and material resources of the fledgling institution, the Board of Governors negotiated with St. Mary's University regarding a transfer of the School of Law's administrative control. The transfer was completed on October 1, 1934, and St. Mary's University School of Law was officially established.
The School of Law was then housed at St. Mary's University's then downtown campus at 112 College Street, situated near the San Antonio River Walk. Possessing several military bases, San Antonio experienced a surge of population and industry in the years immediately following World War II. This exponential growth resulted in more law students. To meet these new demands adequately, the School of Law organized itself to meet the requirements of the American Bar Association and the Association of American Law Schools. It received accreditation from the ABA in February 1948 and became a member of the AALS in December 1949.
On December 19, 1967, the School of Law relocated from the College Street campus to join the main campus of St. Mary's. A multimillion-dollar expansion project had provided for the addition of eight new buildings to the main University campus, including a lecture hall, law library, and faculty building comprising the Law Center. The school held its first classes the next month, in January 1968.
Since 1968, the school has had several structures rededicated, renovated, or expanded, including the Law Administration Building, housing the office of the dean; the Law Classroom Building; and the Sarita Kenedy East Law Library, named after Sarita Kenedy East and dedicated in 1984 after the John G. and Marie Stella Kenedy Memorial Foundation gave the School of Law $7.5 million to fund its construction in January 1982.
St. Mary's University is a member of NCAA Division II and the Lone Star Conference and sponsors 12 men's and women's sports at the varsity level. St. Mary's has won four team national championships in men's basketball (1989), baseball (2001), softball (1986 and 2002), and one individual national title in men's golf (2006). In 2020, St. Mary's launched an E-Sports team.
There are a total of 68 registered organizations. During the beginning of the semester, the Office of Resident Life, in cooperation with student organizations, hosts a "Rattler Round Up" for incoming freshmen and other students.
Most of the students live in one of the 13 residence halls. These halls are divided among upper and lower classmen with some being mixed, but no strict enforcement is placed upon the assignment of rooms.
In April, St. Mary's University and the city of San Antonio plays host to Fiesta San Antonio. On campus, the university hosts Oyster Bake, a combination of concerts, food stalls, and carnival rides. The university has played host to the event since 1916 and it has since become a major event in the city culturally and economically. The event is open to students, who are also able to participate in "Rattler Fest" which is a exclusive festival for St. Mary's students prior to the larger Oyster Bake.
St. Mary's University is home to twelve Greek organizations, no Greek organization is permitted to have a house due to a city ordinance preventing boarding homes. Every Friday Greek Life hosts "Quad" where every active social fraternity and sorority hangout in the morning behind St. Louis Hall.
Many of the events that are open to the entire campus are organized by the campus' IFC chapter. The IFC operates as a regulatory body upon all fraternities on campus, and is the primary link between the school administration and the independent student organized and operated fraternities.
Fraternities and sororities on campus include:
- Kappa Sigma
- Sigma Phi Epsilon
- Lambda Chi Alpha
- Sigma Lambda Beta
- Alpha Sigma Phi
- Chi Phi
- Alpha Sigma Tau
- Alpha Phi
- Sigma Sigma Sigma
- Delta Zeta
- Alpha Phi Omega
- Omega Delta Phi
- Kappa Delta Chi
- Beta Sigma Phi
- Delta Sigma Pi
Politics, law, and service
- Fernando Andrade, M.A. 1979, Congressman at the Congress of the Republic of Peru (2011–2016) and former Mayor of the Miraflores District, Lima (1996–1999 and 2003–2006)
- Stuart Bowen, J.D. 1991, Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction
- Leonel Castillo, B.A. 1961, Houston City Comptroller, 1972, Commissioner Immigration Naturalization Services, 1977
- James R. Clapper Jr., M.S. 1970, Political Science, Director of National Intelligence
- Tom Corbett, J.D. 1975, former governor of Pennsylvania and the state's former attorney general
- John Cornyn, J.D. 1977, U.S. Senator from Texas; former justice, Texas Supreme Court; St. Mary's Distinguished Law School Graduate (1994)
- David Alan Ezra, B.B.A. 1969, J.D., 1972, Senior Judge, United States District Court for the Western District of Texas, former Chief Judge, United States District Court for the District of Hawaii
- Rick Galindo, B.S. in Finance and Risk Management, c. 2003, Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives from District 117 in Bexar County
- Delia Garcia, M.A., 2004, First Latina and youngest female legislator at age 27 elected to the Kansas House of Representatives, 2004
- Charlie Gonzalez, J.D. 1972, U.S. Congressman
- Henry B. Gonzalez, LL.B. 1943, former U.S. Congressman
- Paul W. Green, J.D. 1977, Texas Supreme Court Justice
- Thad Heartfield, B.A. 1962, J.D. 1965, chief judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
- Glenn Hegar, M.A., Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts (since 2014), former Texas state senator (2007-2014), former Member of the Texas House (2003 to 2007)
- Peter Kinder, J.D. 1979, lieutenant governor of Missouri
- Nico LaHood, J.D. 2002, former District Attorney of Bexar County, Texas
- Alma Lopez, J.D. 1968, Chief Justice, Texas Fourth Court of Appeals
- Frank L. Madla, B.A. 1959, M.A. 1962, Texas state senator and representative
- Marina Marmolejo, M.A., J.D. 1996, District Judge, United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
- Michael McCaul, J.D. 1987, U.S. Congressman
- Scott McInnis, J.D. 1980, U.S. Congressman
- Mario G. Obledo, LL.B. 1960, co-founder of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund
- Tony Sanchez, B.A. 1965, J.D. 1969, unsuccessful candidate for governor of Texas, 2002 gubernatorial election
- Frank M. Tejeda, B.A. 1970, Texas state representative, Texas state senator, U.S. Congressman
- Alfred Valenzuela, B.A. 1970, M.A. 1979, United States Army major general
- Willie Velasquez, B.A. Civil Right Activist, Founder Southwest Voter Registration Education Project, posthumously awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom 1995
- Don S. Wenger, U.S. Air Force major general
- Nelson Wolff, B.B.A. and J.D. 1966, Texas representative, senator, San Antonio mayor, Bexar County judge
- Kevin Patrick Yeary, B.A. 1988, Law 1991, judge of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in San Antonio
- Benjamin Biaggini, B.S. 1936, former president of the Southern Pacific Company, parent company of Southern Pacific Railroad
- William E. Greehey, B.S. 1960, founder of Valero Energy Corporation and NuStar Energy. The Greehey School of Business was named in his honor in 2005.
- Elaine King, B.A., financial planner and public speaker
- Felix Stehling, co-founder of Taco Cabana
- Michael Joseph Boulette, B.A. 1971, Auxiliary Bishop of San Antonio (2017-)
- J. Arturo Cepeda, M.A. 2001, Auxiliary Bishop of Detroit
- Richard Gaillardetz, M.A. 1984, Joseph McCarthy Chair of Catholic Systematic Theology at Boston College
- Bernard Ferdinand Popp, M.A. 1975, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of San Antonio
- Raymond Roussin, S.M., B.A. 1960, first Marianist archbishop, Archbishop of Vancouver 2004–09
- Melvin Allys "Bert" Gallia, Class of 1911, former Major League Baseball pitcher for the Washington Senators, St. Louis Browns and Philadelphia Phillies
- Danny Heep, former Major League Baseball outfielder and 1988 World Series Champion
- George Koch, American football player
- Jeff Kubenka, B.A. 1996, former Major League Baseball pitcher
- Robert Reid, B.A. 1977, former National Basketball Association player for the Houston Rockets, Charlotte Hornets, Portland Trail Blazers, and Philadelphia 76ers
- Marcus Session, B.A. 2004, former National Basketball Association (pre-season) and International Basketball Federation player
Arts, entertainment, and media
- Theodore Albrecht, B.M.E. 1967, musicologist
- Brian Anderson, broadcaster for the Milwaukee Brewers
- Charles Fincher, J.D. 1971, American cartoonist ("Thadeus & Weez")
- Larry Levinson, B.A. 1979, executive producer of more than 160 made-for-television movies
- Bobby Pulido, Class of 1995, Mexican-American Tejano music recording artist
- John Quiñones, B.A. 1974, ABC News correspondent and co-anchor of ABC News' Primetime
- John Santikos, B.A. 1949, movie theater entrepreneur
- Mary Lynne Gasaway Hill, B.A. 1986, M.A. 1990, M.A. 1991, American poet, writer and professor
- José Ángel Gutiérrez 1968, attorney, co-founder of the Mexican American Youth Organization, president of Raza Unida Party, professor at the University of Texas at Arlington
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