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Summer 2016

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To the Bat Cave! The Adventure Continues Online…

Cassi Mardis '17, Professor of biology Laura Kloepper, and Stephanie Dreessen '17 outside a bat cave in Aetna, Kansas

In June assistant professor of biology Laura Kloepper, Cassi Mardis ’17, and Stephanie Dreessen ’17 embarked on an eight-week summer trip to study the dynamics of flight and echolocation on Mexican free-tailed bats. As noted in a pre-trip blog post, “Three girls, a dog, the open road, and some bats…what could possibly go wrong?” Well, on July 20 the “bat mobile” had three flat tires and just one spare, plus the crew was 60 miles from cell service. Still, so much went right during their adventure! Catch their ups and downs on their blog, Twitter, and Instagram.

There’s an Art to Summer Research

Artwork be Elise deSommer from her summer research project on object-oriented ontology

Elise deSomer ’17 must have a magic wand because she can bring inanimate objects to life — at least that’s what her summer research suggests. She studied object-oriented ontology alongside associate professor of art Krista Hoefle and deSomer created 15 conceptual scenes that tease the eye and bend the mind. Check out her work in this online gallery.


Maranda Pennington '17 and Hannah Karches '14 working together at Duke University Hospital

Summer is a busy time for many students who are involved with research, internships, and study abroad opportunities. We've been following their #SMCsummerlearn pursuits on social media.

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Shown here is Nursing student Maranda Pennington '17, right, and Hannah Karches '14 once served on the Dance Marathon Executive Board together at Saint Mary's. This summer they are working together on the Hematology-Oncology Unit at Duke University Hospital. Hannah is Maranda's nurse preceptor.

Commencement Address

Commencement Speaker Tori Murden McClure

This year's Commencement speaker was wilderness explorer and athlete Tori Murden McClure, president of Spalding University in Louisville, KY. She is best known as the first woman and American to ski to the geographic South Pole and row solo across the wide expanse of the Atlantic Ocean. Talk about an inspirational woman! Watch her very humorous and passionate address to the Class of 2016.

Multiethnic Graduation Address

Multiethnic graduation celebration speaker Delia Garcia

Delia Garcia '93 gave the address at the 9th annual Multiethnic Graduation Celebration a couple days before Commencement. Delia is director of communications for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and serves on the Saint Mary's College Board of Trustees. Read the inspiring address she gave to the 33 multiethnic students in attendance.

Congratulations, Class of 2016!

Courtney Lamar '17 at commencement 2016

Commencement was held inside Angela Athletic Facility this year because of cold, wet weather, but that did not dampen the spirits. Experience the 2016 Commencement by perusing our photo gallery and social media posts from the day.

Reveling in Reunion

Alumnae at the reunion picnic

This year’s Reunion was one of our largest ever, with 891 alumnae returning to The Avenue. Take a peek at who showed up and what went on by visiting our reunion photo gallery!

Alumnae Memorial Scholarship Honor Roll
2015 - 2016

Established in 1994 by the past and current members of the Alumnae Association Board of Directors, this endowed scholarship fund enables donors to commemorate a cherished relationship or a special occasion with a lasting gift to the College. The College chooses scholarship recipients in accordance with financial aid guidelines. Preference is given to relatives of alumnae. To obtain a gift card packet, please contact the Office of Alumnae Relations at or (574) 284-4578.

PhD Earns a Bachelor’s Degree from Saint Mary’s, Shares Her Senior Comprehensive

Dr. Sayre receives her Bachelor's diploma

Philosophy professor Patricia Sayre ’16 took one class at a time, starting with Drawing 1. Twelve years later she walked with the Class of 2016 to receive her second bachelor’s degree, this one a bachelor of fine arts (BFA). Her senior show was comprised of double portraits—one figurative and one metaphorical—of members of the art faculty.