A Message From the President: Student Safety and Support

November 21, 2010

Dear parents:

Today, the Chicago Tribune published a story speculating on events in the life and death of Lizzy Seeberg, our student who died suddenly at Memorial Hospital in South Bend in early September. The outpouring of support and concern by our students, faculty, and staff reinforces what we all know is special about Saint Mary’s, our unique sense of community inspired by our Holy Cross heritage. Members of the Saint Mary’s College community know we can lean on each other in times of need and I am grateful that we have the support systems in place to aid our students, faculty, and staff.

Please understand that Saint Mary’s College does not comment on matters that may infringe on the privacy of our current or former students and their families. We will maintain this policy out of respect for the privacy of the Seeberg family and all members of our Saint Mary’s community. I know you would expect no less from the College regarding your family’s privacy.

I have reminded our students about the support services that are always available to them. Any student who feels she needs to talk to someone can contact any of the following offices:

  • Women’s Health Center (counseling) at (574) 284-4805
  • Campus Ministry at (574) 284-5382
  • Belles Against Violence Office (BAVO) at (574) 284-4081
  • Residence Life and Community Standards at (574) 284-4522

After 5 p.m. on weekdays and all day on weekends, students are instructed to contact Campus Security at (574) 284-5000. A dispatcher will connect students with appropriate personnel.

The safety, security, and well-being of our students are always our top priorities. As we continue the school year, I ask that you keep Lizzy, her family and friends, and the Saint Mary’s community in your thoughts and prayers


Carol Ann Mooney,