Avenues Fall 2023

In this latest issue of Saint Mary's alumnae magazine, we unveil a new look and a new name steeped in the storied traditions of the College: Avenues. Also in this issue, you will learn about our new student experience that weaves together academic study, vocational discernment, and career preparation. You'll also read how the Prikkel family's transformational gift will be vital to the initiative by creating a first-in-class career center.

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Feature Articles

The Road to Remarkable

Saint Mary’s is reinventing the undergraduate experience to serve both incoming students and the world they will enter after graduation. With a blend of intellectual discovery, intentional community building, experiential learning, and career education, the College’s new Avenue experience is focused on empowering women to achieve at the highest professional levels.

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A Powerful YES Read More A Powerful YES Today’s college students often have a laser focus on what they believe will be their career path. So it’s no surprise that high school seniors are placing greater emphasis on career preparation when they choose a college. Finding a school that supports both their academic goals and their career goals has become a top priority. Farm’s Harvest Cultivates Greater Fruits Read More Farm’s Harvest Cultivates Greater Fruits Food brings people together. It gathers us at a shared table and invites others in. This fall, Saint Mary’s College experienced firsthand the power of what producing and sharing food can do for the community with the completion of the Sustainable Farm’s first market season. Situated on the northern edge of campus, the farm is bearing fruit, becoming a growing space that welcomes, gathers, and feeds the College and its neighbors. Sisters Sisters Read More Sisters Sisters “Sisters, sisters / There were never such devoted sisters . . .” Who can ever forget that song of constant sisterhood sung by Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen in the classic film White Christmas? The spirit of that song certainly infuses this conversation between the Murphy sisters— Nancy Murphy Spicer ’79 and Marianne Murphy Zarzana (ND ’78)—centered on Nancy’s rich career as a multidisciplinary artist and, more recently, as a Certified Professional Coach. Centralized Research Office Opens at Saint Mary’s Read More Centralized Research Office Opens at Saint Mary’s When Grace Layman ’24 needed advice for her application to the Fulbright Program, she learned a world of resources was just steps away in Madeleva Hall. That’s where a new academic research and grants office has opened for faculty, staff, and students. Anyone looking for grant funding or for advice on publishing can utilize the Office for Academic Research, Grants, and Sponsored Programs. There, a full complement of support services aims to centralize the wide range of opportunities and resources for the campus community.