Steelcase Active Learning Classroom Workshop

Learning to use the Steelcase Eno (smart board) in the Steelcase Active Learning Center (JBWN 206)

Learning to use the Steelcase Eno (smart board) in the Steelcase Active Learning Center (JBWN 206)

Our Chemistry faculty members gathered on a beautiful Friday afternoon (30 Sept.) to spend 2 hours with Steelcase representative, Marisa Sergnese, learning strategies for best leveraging the resources in our Steelcase Active Learning Center classroom in JBWN 206.  From seating configurations to collaborative groupings to using Eno (Steelcase’s smartboard tool), Marisa shared many great ideas.  Get ready students!  The Active Learning Center will become even more active and dynamic in the weeks ahead.  Thanks to Steelcase for the grant that supported the deployment of these resources at St. Edward’s!

SACNAS Chapter Coming to St. Edward’s

Attention SEU Students:

Are you focused on a career in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)? Let SACNAS help in developing your potential!

SACNAS is an inclusive national organization dedicated to fostering the success of Chicano/Hispanic and Native American scientists, from college students to professionals, in attaining advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in STEM.

Connect with opportunities, resources, mentors, and friends that will help you thrive in your education and future career. SACNAS has a strong network of student and professional chapters, professional development opportunities, and a prestigious annual conference which affords members an opportunity to present their research and network with leaders in various STEM fields.

We are bringing SACNAS to the Hilltop and are holding an information session on Monday, October 3rd at 5:00PM in JBWS 268. Bring your friends or anyone interested in this type of opportunity.

Hope to see you there!

Dr. Burks
Dr. Toledo

SACNAS organization link:

Steelcase Active Learning Classroom Workshop – 30 Sept. @ 3 pm

Steelcase Active Learning Classroom in JBWN 206

Steelcase Active Learning Classroom in JBWN 206

All interested faculty and SI instructional staff are welcome to participate in a workshop on use of the new Steelcase Active Learning Classroom in JBWN 206 from 3 – 5 pm on Friday, 30 September.  Marisa Sergnese from Steelcase will be present to run the workshop.

Stargazing at Wild Basin on Sept. 30, 7 – 9 pm

Austin Astronomical Society members conduct special astronomy tours at Wild Basin, weather permitting. Telescopes for viewing are set up in the parking lot. It is recommended that you bring drinking water, a small flashlight, and good walking shoes. There will be 1/4 mile walk in the dark.  A presentation will begin on the deck of the Wild Basin Visitor Center promptly at 7pm. 

Suggested donation of $5 per adult and $3 for seniors, students and children.

RSVP required:  sign up by email with the total number of people in your group at:

Kozmetsky Center: Climate Change and National Security

The next Kozmetsky Center event of the semester features a lecture on The Climate Change Challenge and Implications for National Security with Dr. David Titley, Rear Admiral (ret.), U.S. Navy, and Professor of Practice in the Department of Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences at Pennsylvania State University. The event is cosponsored by the World Affairs Council of Austin and will take place on Tuesday, October 4th in Carter Auditorium from 7:00-8:30pm.

Dr. Titley is an internationally recognized expert in the field of climate, the Arctic, and National Security, and he is founding Director of Penn State’s Center for Solutions to Weather and Climate Risk.  Dr. Titley’s career includes duties as Commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command, Oceanographer and Navigator of the Navy, and Deputy Assistant Chief of Naval Operations for Information Dominance.  While serving in the Pentagon, Dr. Titley initiated and led the U.S. Navy’s Task Force on Climate Change.  After retiring from the Navy, Dr. Titley served as the Deputy Undersecretary of Commerce for Operations, the Chief Operating Officer position at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  He completed his advanced graduate studies in the fields of meteorology and physical oceanography.

2016 iChallenge on the Hilltop – Pitch & Business Plan Competition

Thanks to the support of Professor Alvarado, Dr. Altounian and a new leadership team in the Student Entrepreneurship Club, The Bill Munday School of Business is working on an enhanced pitch and business plan competition.

Now under one brand, the iChallenge on the Hilltop will include the:

  • Ideas for Innovation Competition on November 8th in Mabee Ballrooms A & B
  • Business Plan Competition on March 25th at Google Fiber

The competition welcomes St. Edward’s University students from all majors with innovative concepts. Ideas can take the form of a new for-profit or non-profit business, app, product or service.

What will students gain from participating in the iChallenge on the Hilltop? They will:

  • Learn how to turn their innovative idea into an opportunity
  • Pitch their concept to Austin business leaders
  • Partner with faculty and business mentors to develop a plan
  • Gain an understanding of how to attract business investors
  • Compete for prizes

The application to submit a creative idea is now available online.

The Bill Munday School of Business is also hosting a kickoff event to discuss the application, timeline and requirements with students:

Monday, October 3 | Mabee Ballrooms A & B | 6:30 p.m.

Additional details on the competition is available on our website at, and attached is a flyer to share with students.

Thank you so much for supporting our iChallenge on the Hilltop competition. Please reach out if you have any questions.


Katie Finney
Outreach Coordinator, The Bill Munday School of Business
(512) 428-1093


Note from NSCI Dean:  an NSCI student won a previous incarnation of this competition:

The MSB is pleased to announce the winner of the 4th Annual iChallenge (Fall 2014) pitch competition…

Jana Soares, Biology major (senior)

This is a special year for the Annual iChallenge competition because we welcomed entrants from all SEU Schools (in the past it was only open to MSB students).  The way the process works is that each student gets 3 minutes to pitch his or her entrepreneurial idea to a panel of judges from the Austin business community.  Jana’s idea, Gravity Crystal, is an innovative design for laboratory goggles that incorporates google glass and allows for the scientist to be able to multi-task in the lab in an efficient yet protective manner. 

Engineering Options Event Returns to NSCI – 19 Oct.

This year’s event features guests from Washington University in St. Louis, Valparaiso University (Indiana), and Notre Dame (Indiana) and will be held in Ragsdale 338 from 5:15 – 7:00 pm on Wednesday, 19 October.  Learn about our dual 3+2 degree programs with Wash. U. and Valparaiso U., and the 4+1 Masters Degree program in Entrepreneurial Engineering with Notre Dame.  For more information, contact Michael Lykaios.


Updated Active Learning Lab (ALL) Schedule JBWS 267

Greetings everyone,

The ALL has expanded its services to include the calculus-based physics course (PHYS 2325/2425).  An updated schedule reflecting these changes is posted below. The new schedule has been posted on the JBWS 267 door for reference.

For any questions regarding the ALL and its hours of operation, please contact Richard Kopec at or Weston Wilson at

Thanks to all who are keeping the ALL staffed and ready!



Wild Basin Meet & Greet

Wild Basin Meet & Greet Social: Sept. 28

6-8 p.m., Wild Basin Creative Research Center, 805 N. Capital of Texas Hwy. Austin, TX 78748
It’s the beginning of the semester and we have a lot to celebrate and introduce to our Wild Basin supporters! Come join us on Wednesday September 28th from 6pm-8pm for pizza, beverages, and socializing. This is a fun opportunity to meet Wild Basin’s new director, Dr. Barbara Dugelby. We will also be showcasing our new welcome center exhibits and student research projects. This event is family friendly and welcome to SEU faculty, staff and students, Wild Basin volunteers, and prospective volunteers and students.

Registration preferred but not required:

Cost: free

Exhibition Piloted in JBWS Building Last Spring to Appear at Bulloch

Butterfly Project Installation in JBWS last Spring.

Butterfly Project Installation in JBWS last Spring.

Those of you who wandered through JBWS last Spring might have noted the multiple iterations of paper “butterflies” suspended from our staircase in the lobby.  That project, led by SEU Assoc. Prof. of Art Alex Robinson, was a pilot for the “Butterfly Project” art installation at the Bullock Museum as part of the exhibit, “State of Deception:  The Power of Nazi Propaganda.”  I encourage you to visit the exhibition if you are able — you may even recognize some of the butterflies in the exhibit from last spring.

Here’s more info:

The Butterfly Project
Between 1942-1944, more than 15,000 children passed through the Terezin Concentration Camp. The vast majority of these children did not survive the Holocaust. Brave teachers in the camp taught art lessons to the children as a form of therapy. Some of their poetry and art, saved in suitcases and later discovered, have been published in a book titled I Never Saw Another Butterfly. The poems and pictures drawn by the young inmates of Terezin illustrate the intense emotions of these displaced children, ranging from fear, sorrow, hope, and courage.

The “Butterfly Project” at the Bob Bullock Museum consists of large fabric panels covered with thousands of uniquely colored butterflies, which will be suspended over the museum’s Grand Lobby. The butterflies were created and sent from every corner of Texas by children who were inspired by the poem The Butterfly written in 1942 by a young man imprisoned at Terezin. The butterflies represent endurance, change, hope, and life. By contributing a butterfly these youngest Texans committed to take a stand against intolerance.

Additional information about the exhibit is available at:
The exhibit is on loan from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.