Press Release

Saint Mary’s College announces Outstanding Senior Award Recipient


Gwen O’Brien
Director of Media Relations
Saint Mary's College
Notre Dame, Ind.
(574) 284-4579

May 8, 2009 (Notre Dame, Ind.)—Saint Mary’s College is proud to announce the recipient of the Outstanding Senior Award of 2009 is Caitlin Brodmerkel of Fort Wayne, Indiana. Every year the Alumnae Association Board of Directors presents this award to a member of the senior class who exemplifies the spirit and values of the College. The recipient must demonstrate that she carries out the beliefs of her faith in daily living and is distinguished by scholarship, leadership, and outstanding dedication to Saint Mary’s—as demonstrated through participation in both curricular and extracurricular activities. The Board chooses the Outstanding Senior Award winner from nominees submitted by students, faculty and staff. This year, two administrators nominated Brodmerkel. She will receive her award at the Alumnae Senior Luncheon on Monday, May 11.

In her four years at Saint Mary’s College the nursing major has selflessly worked toward the betterment of her fellow students, local residents, and children halfway across the world. During the summer of 2008, she could have packed her bags for home and summer break. Instead, she headed to Kyarusozi, Uganda, where she spent ten weeks working with the Sisters of the Holy Cross at their health clinic. She also had the opportunity to teach health science at St. Joseph’s Secondary School, a school run by the Brothers of Holy Cross.

At Saint Mary’s, Brodmerkel has participated in much of what the College has to offer. She competed on Saint Mary’s cross-country team, and was elected captain during her sophomore year for her junior and senior seasons. She has been involved with Circle K, Dance Marathon, the Student Nurses Association, and the Student Athlete Advisory Committee. She worked with local organizations such as Sister Maura Brannick Health Center, Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center Outreach Program, St. Margaret’s House, and Marquette Primary. Brodmerkel has studied abroad in Ecuador, and she has participated in two service trips to Appalachia, one with the University of Notre Dame to Kentucky and another on her own with two Saint Mary’s friends to Tennessee this past spring break. She continues her work in Uganda through a Web site she created,, and by raising nearly $10,000 for the Sisters’ clinic.

In addition to the Outstanding Senior Award, Brodmerkel is the recipient of the 2009 Leadership Award presented to the senior athlete who has demonstrated excellence in leadership. She is also the recipient of the Sister Marie Hutcheson Award for Service in Health Care. Brodmerkel will graduate summa cum laude with a 3.88 GPA.

In the fall, Brodmerkel will be enrolled in the nurse practitioner graduate program at the University of Indianapolis. She will be completing that degree part time while working full time as a nurse at St. Francis Hospital.

About Saint Mary’s College: Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Ind., is a four-year, Catholic, women’s institution offering five bachelor’s degrees and more than 30 major areas of study. The College has six nationally accredited academic programs: social work, art, music, teacher education, chemistry and nursing. Saint Mary's College ranks among the nation's top liberal arts colleges in U.S. News & World Report's 2009 annual survey. Founded in 1844, Saint Mary’s is a pioneer in the education of women, and is sponsored by the Sisters of the Holy Cross.