Dedication Celebration

Celebrate the opening of Angela Athletic & Wellness Complex

Saint Mary’s is proud to share the completion of the Angela Athletic & Wellness Complex renovation and expansion project with our two-day dedication celebration March 23-24. As part of the College’s Faith Always, Action Now capital campaign, more than $26 million was raised to fund the project, which expanded the former Angela Athletic Facility to 103,000 square feet and enhanced its neighboring athletic fields.

Please join us for this momentous occasion! These events are open to students, faculty, staff, alumnae, parents, and guests. 

Tours of Angela Athletic & Wellness Complex will be available throughout the two-day celebration.

Friday, March 23, 2018

3:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Open House

Angela Athletic & Wellness Complex

3:00 p.m.                

Belles Softball vs. Wheaton

Patricia Wiedner Purcell Athletic Fields

4:00 – 4:45 p.m. 


Angela Athletic & Wellness Complex,
Carol Ann Mooney Fieldhouse

Saturday, March 24, 2018
Living Well: Body, Mind, and Spirit Wellness Day

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.

Early Registration and Workout Classes

Angela Athletic & Wellness Complex
Classes are expected to fill. Please come early to secure a spot. 

  • 7:30 a.m. Yoga with Yoga Club
    Room 2

  • 7:30 a.m. Spinning with Dawn Bell
    Room 3
    Physical Education Instructor
    Director of Building Services


7:30 – 9:15 a.m.


(Murphy's Café will be open for breakfast and coffee on your own.)

9:15 – 9:45 a.m.


Angela Athletic & Wellness Complex,
Carol Ann Mooney Fieldhouse

President Jan Cervelli

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Lunch on your own

Murphy’s Café or Noble Family Dining Hall

1:00 p.m.                

Belles Softball vs. North Central

Patricia Wiedner Purcell Athletic Fields

1:45 – 2:45 p.m.

“Health Habits for Daily Living"
Panel of Alumnae Health Professionals

Angela Athletic & Wellness Complex,
Carol Ann Mooney Fieldhouse

Tavierney Rogan ’10 MS, RD, LDN
Jasmine Saavedra ’10 DO
Katie Vincer Sears ’03 DDS
Sherstin Truitt Lommatzsch ’98 MD

Nancy P. Nekvasil, PhD, to serve as moderator

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Keynote and Closing
“Striking the Right Balance – Keys for Powerful Living”

Angela Athletic & Wellness Complex,
Carol Ann Mooney Fieldhouse

Kimberlyn Martin Troy ’00
Liz Palmer ’13
M.J. Murray Vachon ’82

Living Well Speakers

Jackie Bauters '04

Jackie Bauters, class of 2004

Cross Country Coach

During her 13-year coaching career at Saint Mary’s, Jackie has led the team to a team title and to top finishes in MIAA Championships. While a student at Saint Mary’s, Jackie ran for the Belles and was named MIAA second-team all-conference squad. She was also a three-time member of the MIAA academic honor roll while earning her undergraduate degree in psychology. Jackie also has a master’s degree in sports psychology.

Jessica Mannen Kimmet

Jess Mannen Kimmet

Campus Minister

Jessica earned her bachelor's degree in theology and in music theory and her Master of Divinity from the University of Notre Dame. As part of her work in campus ministry at Saint Mary’s, she coordinates Embody, a program that demonstrates to participants that true beauty is manifested by cultivating relationships with others, giving back, having a positive self image, and using one’s gifts for the good. The program has received media attention, including from the National Catholic Register.

Sherstin Truitt Lommatzsch ’98

Sherstin Lommatzsch


A Presidential Merit Scholar, Dr. Lommatzsch graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Music. She earned her medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine and completed her internal medicine and pediatrics residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She further trained in pulmonary and critical care medicine at the University of North Carolina and now practices adult pulmonology and critical care medicine at National Jewish Health. There she sub-specializes in cystic fibrosis and is the lead physician for their Telemedicine Program.

Nancy Nekvasil, PhD

Nancy Nekvasil

Provost, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
Professor of Biology

Prior to her role as provost of Saint Mary’s College, Nancy was a member of the Saint Mary’s Department of Biology where she taught for more than 30 years and served as department chair for nearly 10 years. During her career at Saint Mary’s, Nancy has received several distinguished awards, including the College’s Maria Pieta Award, Spes Unica Award, and the Carmi and Chris Murphy Faculty Award for Student Mentorship of the Senior Comprehensive. She earned her doctorate of biology from the University of Notre Dame.

Liz Palmer '13

Liz Palmer, class of 2013

Residence Hall Director
Assistant Lacrosse Coach

Since graduating from Saint Mary’s five years ago with a bachelor's degree in biology and psychology, Liz, has returned to serve on the College’s residence hall and athletics staff. She is also currently earning her Master of Divinity degree from Loyola University Chicago. Her faith has taken her to Rwanda in recognition of 20 years post-genocide and Ghana to share ministry with the Sisters of the Holy Cross. She has a passion for teaching, student engagement, homeless ministry, and social justice.

Catherine Pittman, PhD

Catherine Pittman

Professor of Psychology

Catherine is a professor of psychology at Saint Mary’s College. She is also a licensed clinical psychologist and the author of Rewire Your Anxious Brain: How to Use the Neuroscience of Fear to End Anxiety, Panic, and Worry. Her research interests include treatment of anxiety-based disorders, cognitive behavioral therapy, and neuropsychological rehabilitation.

Tavierney Rogan ’10

Tavierney Rogan


Tavierney serves as Lead Dietitian for SHIFT Life Sciences. In her role, she works with SHIFT members to help them achieve their health and performance goals. Tavierney received her Master of Science in Nutrition from Boston University and has worked on health and nutrition related projects for Northwestern University athletics, the Boston Red Sox, and various minor league baseball teams. She also works with people of all fitness levels in developing healthy relationships with food and their bodies.

Jasmine Saavedra ’10

Jasmine Garcia


After graduating from Saint Mary’s with a bachelor’s degree in biology and Spanish, Jasmine went on to receive her master’s in medical sciences and Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California. She is currently in her third year of the University of Illinois in Chicago (UIC) Pediatrics Residency Program. Jasmine’s current research concentrates on community pediatrics and childhood obesity. She is a scholar at the National Health Service, a program that is committed to providing health care to communities in need.

Katie Vincer Sears '03

Katie Vincer Sears, class of 2003


Katie received her bachelor's degree in English literature from Saint Mary’s and went on to earn her Doctor of Dental Studies from The Ohio State University. As a dentist, Katie owns two dental practices, Confident Expressions and Maysville Dental. Katie is also a speaker for Colgate. She also provides dental education to local schools, after-school programs, and daycares, and participates in dental charities such as Dental Options and Give Kids a Smile.

Kimberlyn Martin Troy '00

Kimmi Martin Troy

Physical Education Instructor
Tu Sei Bella Fitness Studio, Co-Owner

Kimberlyn “Kimmi” fell into fitness as a way to cope with Postpartum depression and anxiety. Her passion for fitness eventually led her to pursue a career in it. Today she is approaching her 10th year as a physical education instructor. Kimmi is an ACE Mind Body Specialist and holds certifications in Zumba, Zumba Kids, YogaFit, Flirty Girl Fitness, and Barre Above. When she’s not managing her local fitness studio or teaching at Saint Mary’s, Kimmi writes about wellness and working out on her blog

Jennifer Augustine Tullis '97

Jennifer Tullis


Jennifer was a member of Team USA for the 2016 ITU Long-Course Triathlon World Championships where she placed 8th in the world in her age group. She has qualified twice for the Ironman 70.3 World Championship and the USA Triathlon Olympic Distance National Championship, and has competed alongside the world's top athletes. Jennifer’s true passion is support of physically-challenged athletes. Jennifer has been a Wounded Warrior guide for the Boston Marathon, leading a veteran to victory in his division. Nationally, Jennifer has worked with the Challenged Athlete Foundation and Dare-2-Tri. She is a volunteer coach for the University of Notre Dame's Triathlon Club, a member of South Bend's Kroc Center's Winter Triathlon Race Committee, and a member of the YMCA Triathlon Race Committee.

M.J. Murray Vachon ’82

MJ Murray Vaschon, class of 1982

Inner Challenge, Creator

M.J. is a licensed clinical social worker and certified marriage and family therapist. Over the last 25 years, M.J. has created and facilitated Inner Challenge, a life skills and character development program. Inner Challenge is now a one-credit course for incoming student athletes at the University of Notre Dame. She has given more than 500 workshops and was named 2011 Social Worker of the Year for Region 2.

Tours of the facility

Friday, March 23 

3:00 - 3:50 p.m. 
5:00 - 5:50 p.m.

Saturday, March 24

8:00 - 8:50 a.m.
10:00 - 10:50 a.m.
11:00 - 11:50 a.m.
12:00 - 12:50 p.m.
1:00 - 1:50 p.m.
2:00 - 2:50 p.m.

Option for self-guided tours all day. Printed guides will be available at both student-staffed desks in Angela.

Fitness class schedule

For students only
In Angela Athletic & Wellness Complex

Friday, March 23

3:00 - 3:50 p.m WERQ (Cardio Dance)

Saturday, March 24th

10:00 - 10:50 a.m. Barre Class, room 2
11:00 - 11:50 a.m. Pilates Class, room 2 
1:30 - 2:20 p.m. Spin Class, room 3

Battle of the Belles

7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Performance Court, Angela Athletic & Wellness Complex
For current and admitted students only. RSVP required.

Lodging Information

A limited block of rooms has been reserved for March 23 - March 24, 2018

Hilton Garden Inn

Click here to reserve.
or call (574) 232-7700 *

Inn at Saint Mary’s

Click here to reserve.
or call (574) 232-4000 *

*When calling in a reservation for either hotel, reference Angela Dedication room block.
Reservations can also be extended through the 25th. To receive a special rate, reservations must be made by March 2.