Wild Basin Welcomes Joy Hernandez- Administrative Coordinator

Wild Basin is excited to have on board Joy Hernandez as Wild Basin’s new Administrative Coordinator. Joy has a B.A in Zoology and over 10 years administrative and technical experience in the Natural Sciences, including managing daily operations at the UT fire ant laboratory and acting as a liaison between the regulated public and TCEQ. She is also a certified Master Naturalist. Joy is a wonderful addition to our team and she offers a wealth of knowledge about Central Texas flora and fauna. Feel free to reach out to Joy by email at jherna74@stedwards.edu.

Farewell Potluck Gathering for Kim Johnson at Wild Basin

After 7 years of service to St. Edward’s University and Wild Basin, our beloved Kim Johnson is moving on to new adventures. Over the past 7 years, Kim has been a vital member of the Wild Basin team and the driving force behind a broad range of Wild Basin programs, including directing Wild Basin’s social media, managing volunteer trail guides and tours, organizing countless events at Wild Basin including full-moon yoga and concerts by local musicians, spearheading Wild Basin’s role in the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve Hike & Lecture Series, and expertly mentoring many student interns.  Kim’s contributions to Wild Basin have made a deep and lasting impact on its programs.  We are so grateful for Kim’s expertise, hard work, and big heart — she will be greatly missed!  Kim’s last day will be Friday, August 11th. Please join us in a send-off celebration for Kim at Wild Basin on Thursday, Aug 10 from 5:30 – 8pm (potluck on the deck).

Wild Basin mentioned in Texas A&M article: “One of Four Summer Destinations on an Aggie Budget”

Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve was mentioned as one of four destinations for students “on an Aggie budget” in Texas A&M’s online magazine, The Battalion. The article can be found here:


Wild Basin Welcomes Marissa Faris – Environmental Education Coordinator

The Wild Basin Creative Research Center is excited to announce the hiring of Marissa Faris as our new Environmental Education Coordinator! Marissa’s first day was July 14th and she is quickly getting up to speed on Wild Basin educational programming and activities, as well as SEU policies and systems. We will work to make opportunities for many of you to meet with Marissa – to discuss your ideas, experiences, questions, and dreams for the Wild Basin Environmental Education Program. Stay tuned for announcements regarding meeting opportunities and other events. In the meantime, please help us welcome Marissa Faris (mfaris@stedwards.edu) to the Wild Basin Creative Research Team!

Bio describing Marissa’s training and experience:

Marissa Faris joined the Wild Basin Creative Research Center team in July 2017 as the Environmental Education Coordinator. We are excited to welcome her and to benefit from her wealth of experience in environmental and outdoor education. Marissa has a Master’s of Agriculture in Horticulture from Texas A&M University and is a certified Texas educator with four years of full-time classroom teaching experience. At A&M, she served as the inaugural Program Coordinator for Experiential Education in the Department of Horticultural Sciences, where she was responsible for increasing participation in undergraduate research, internships, study abroad programs, and service learning. Her teaching experience includes working with students in kindergarten through middle school, college students, and mentoring new teachers. She also has experience training volunteers at the Chicago Botanical Garden, developing curriculum and creating an outdoor learning program for K-5 students, and producing interpretive garden literature for visitors of all ages.

Final Day of Go-for-Launch! Austin – Presentations

It’s been a fantastic first 2 days of our second annual Go For Launch! Austin at St. Edward’s University. We are excited to hear all the brilliant ideas the students who participated this year will present and want to invite you to join us for this!

You are welcome to join us for any, or all, of the following TODAY in Carter Auditorium (JBWS):

1:30-2:15   Talk From Astronaut Don Thomas

2:15-3:50   Student presentations of their experiment ideas

3:50 – 4:00  Overview of St. Edward’s University

4:00-4:30   Break with refreshments

4:30-5:00   Award Ceremony

Atmospheric Science Talk: Friday at 10 am

Rennie Selkirk from the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and PI the TICOSONDE Balloon Sounding Project will give a talk Friday, May 26 at 10 am in JBWS 362 (the physics lab room).

“The TICOSONDE Balloon Sounding Project: Profiling Water Vapor, Ozone and Sulfur Dioxide in Costa Rica Since 2005.”

All are welcome to attend.


Joining Art and Conservation at Wild Basin – Artist in Residence Presentations – Sat, May 13

Join us at Wild Basin this Saturday for 2 special presentations by local wildlife artist and Wild Basin’s first Artist in Residence, Andrea Wolf. Andrea will give presentations for both children and adults.

“Kids, Animals & Art” 2-3 pm. Special presentation for children. Learn about John Audubon and how to draw a Golden Cheeked Warbler.
Sign-up here

Adult program, 4-5:30pm. Andrea will be discussing wildlife art and its relationship to conservation efforts, using art as a form of communication followed by the opportunity to observe a painting demonstration.

Come build an app with Robert Li from Google! 4/23/17 at 1pm in JBWS 267

You are invited to join Robert Li from Google headquarters in California for this Sunday’s Android Workshop. Please come if this is your first time or if you have attended previous weekends. You will be building the Binary Search Tree activity. The pre-work is a quick read here, reviewing the Binary Search Tree.

Be sure to start reviewing the process for the Code Sprint as well. You’ll be breaking into teams to develop a basic app/game!

The workshop will start at 1pm and will end at 6pm in JBWS 267.  Students do not have to stay the whole time and you are welcome to come in a bit late. Please bring your laptop and review the material above!

Have a good week,

Michael Lykaios Guerrero

Also, please email me at mikelg@stedwards.edu if you have any problems with the links.

Join Google Engineers for an Android Workshop this Sunday in JBWS 261 at 1pm!

All students are invited to join Google engineers on Sunday afternoons from 1-6 in JBWS 261 for the Android Operating System Workshop. This is an amazing opportunity to learn computing skills directly from the Google engineers working in industry. It will be helpful to have some experience with programing, but interested students are encouraged to attend. Students do not have to arrive on time, or stay for the entire workshop.
Also, feel free to come by if you can picture yourself working for Google.  The engineers are very happy to answer career questions.  The engineers are flying to Austin just to meet with you!  They are very eager to pass on their knowledge of industry and computing skills.  Stop by from 1 – 6 in JBWS 261 on Sunday!
Pizza will be served in the afternoon for students participating in the workshop!  See you there!  

SKYWARN Training

 The National Weather Service (NWS) will offer it’s free SKYWARN training class to the St. Edward’s community on Wednesday, April 19, in Carter Auditorium from 9 to 11 a.m.  The class is designed to educate the community about severe weather topics specific to South Central Texas, severe weather preparedness and safety, and procedures for reporting severe weather to the local Austin/San Antonio National Weather Service Office.  All interested members of the St. Edward’s community are invited to attend especially those members who may routinely have personnel or events outside.  Please use the link below to register.

Registration information online

Coordinated by Billy Atkins, Director of Campus Resilience