Communications from the President

Strengthening Our Culture of Belonging Read More Strengthening Our Culture of Belonging In her monthly letter to the community, President Conboy reflects further on the word "belonging", and the ongoing commitment to it at SMC. "We need to acknowledge the strength of diverse ideas and the force of differences that are already inside the college... Whatever our differences, we have all chosen Saint Mary’s. We all belong under this roof." Building Opportunity for Pre-College Girls Read More Building Opportunity for Pre-College Girls Over the decades, more than 20,000 girls have participated in SMC summer youth programs. We have great momentum, writes President Conboy in her October letter to the community. Thanks to a $1 million grant from Lilly Endowment, Saint Mary's can now extend their reach, remove barriers to access for under-resourced and first-generation students, and to leverage community partnerships that add value to Saint Mary’s and to the program experience. 37 Words That Opened Opportunities for Women Read More 37 Words That Opened Opportunities for Women Our fall sports are well underway, and President Conboy is reflecting on the history of women in sports and the impact of Title IX. In her monthly letter to the community, Katie writes, “...at Saint Mary’s, our entire purpose—from our founding in 1844—has been to provide access and opportunity for women.” Saint Mary's College on the Move Read More Saint Mary's College on the Move In her August letter to the community, President Katie Conboy has been thinking about momentum as a metaphor for the single quality essential to Saint Mary’s right now—the process of change currently underway at Saint Mary's. With a new academic year is upon us, combined with dozens of forward-thinking projects and positive outcomes, Saint Mary's is a campus on the move. Upon Reflection Read More Upon Reflection As I look at this issue of Courier, I am struck by the overwhelming number of happy photographs from our two commencements and two reunions. Members of the Class of 2022 are captured enjoying all the expected pomp and circumstance connected to their Commencement. Vienna Waits for You Read More Vienna Waits for You In her July email, President Conboy takes a new look at an old song, and is reminded that it's ok for all of us to take a moment to catch our breath. Communal Ponderings Read More Communal Ponderings Spring has been a time of intense connection and reconnection for Saint Mary's College. Among the three commencement celebrations and two reunion weekends, President Conboy reflects on the business of the spring, the joy found in welcoming thousands of visitors to campus, and the promise of what's to come. The Art of Drafting Team SMC Read More The Art of Drafting Team SMC Many factors impact the greatness of any team. In her April letter to the community, President Conboy breaks down the many lessons in athletics that affect teamwork and leadership. In filling several key administrative roles, Katie is hiring "a team that will believe in itself, show staying power, and bring out the best in each other." Upon Reflection Read More Upon Reflection In the long and ongoing period of our global pandemic, many of us have felt the weight of loneliness. Some people, including many older adults, have suffered being completely alone, while others—living in various familial configurations—have still felt removed from a larger sphere of social interaction. Sow Your Goodness Read More Sow Your Goodness This week we marked the beginning of Lent with multiple Ash Wednesday services. In a letter to the community, President Conboy reflects on the words of Pope Francis, who asks that we slow down, care for others, and focus our prayers on peace in Ukraine. The Art of Circular Giving Read More The Art of Circular Giving As we leap into February, a major winter storm is sugar-coating our beautiful campus with a layer of fresh snow. Although the theme of this message may seem like it could belong to Christmas, it’s in this snowy season—this month, February—President Conboy finds herself thinking about the meaning of gifts. Extending My Mind in Surprising Ways Read More Extending My Mind in Surprising Ways If you are anything like President Katie Conboy, you probably made some new year’s resolutions, and at least some of them might have been about “productivity.” One recent morning, she went out for a long walk and learned some lessons that turned her resolutions inside out. Comfort and Joy: Delighting in the return of holiday traditions Read More Comfort and Joy: Delighting in the return of holiday traditions In her monthly letter to the community, President Conboy relishes a return to holiday traditions, both on campus and within her family. "Indeed, these special seasonal gatherings allow those of us here at Saint Mary’s to dwell in the spirit, to find respite from the busy tempo of our lives." Upon Reflection Read More Upon Reflection Inauguration events brought to mind the "ancestors" of the Office of the President for President Katie Conboy, and Sister M. Madeleva Wolff, CSC, was present to her throughout the week. Branch Out and Stay Rooted Read More Branch Out and Stay Rooted "This idea had occurred to me one evening as I contemplated the stately trees that line The Avenue and the many other majestic trees on campus that make this place a kind of sanctuary. What can a tree teach us?" President Katie Conboy muses in her September letter to the College the ways in which trees can serve as a metaphor for our Saint Mary's experience.