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Unlocking Potential

After students move out of their residence halls in May, around 500 eager summer campers move into Le Mans, Holy Cross, and McCandless in June and July. These campers, between the ages of 6 and 18, arrive on campus excited to learn, make new friends, and enjoy a taste of independence. Saint Mary’s student counselors act as campers’ “big sisters,” accompanying them on field trips, roaming the dining hall, exploring interests, and creating lasting friendships.

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Alumnae Recognized for Outstanding Achievements

At the 2024 College Reunion banquet, the Alumnae Association honored four alumnae with awards for their leadership, service, and embodiment of the mission of Saint Mary’s.

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The Art of Mercy  at Home at  Saint Mary’s Read More The Art of Mercy at Home at Saint Mary’s Several years ago, five remarkable works of religious art—all of them sculptures—were installed on the Saint Mary’s campus. Each work has a three-tiered provenance. Most immediately, they all arrived on campus on a generous long-term loan arranged by Mary Burke ’85, a proud and loyal alumna and chair of the Board of Trustees from 2010 to 2019. They came through Burke’s hands from their previous home at Mercy Hospital in Chicago. Founded in 1852 by the Sisters of Mercy, it was the city’s first chartered hospital and in 1859 became the first Catholic hospital in the United States to partner with a medical school. In the Spotlight: Laura Williamson Read More In the Spotlight: Laura Williamson Meet Laura Williamson, a faculty member in the humanistic studies department at Saint Mary’s and a beloved professor of many current students and alumnae. Williamson received her BA from Rutgers University and her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan before finding herself at Saint Mary’s College. Williamson took a moment to sit down and share her story for the latest issue of Avenues about what led her to Saint Mary’s, what inspires her each day, what she hopes students will take away from her classes, and her favorite book recommendations! A Brief, Bright Life Lights the Way  to Campus  for Others Read More A Brief, Bright Life Lights the Way to Campus for Others Alexa Crofton was considering several colleges in the summer leading up to junior year. An outgoing student with an open heart, a shining smile, and a head full of brown curls, Alexa had been a two-sport athlete at Foothill High School, softball and volleyball; still, she wasn’t looking to play competitively after graduation. She thought about studying business wherever she went, though. The Endlessly Renewable Story of Saint Mary's College Read More The Endlessly Renewable Story of Saint Mary's College The academic year is in the rear-view mirror, with Commencement and now even Reunion behind us. What a whirlwind of festivities, smiles, and tears. In her monthly letter, President Conboy takes a little time to reflect on what really matters in the work that our faculty and staff do with students every day. Tassels, Stoles, and Cords: The Regalia of the Avenue Read More Tassels, Stoles, and Cords: The Regalia of the Avenue The Class of 2024 is making its way down the Avenue for the final time on May 18. With them come new friends and the start of their careers. Black-gown regalia, a cap, and a diploma in hand, they head out on the new adventure Saint Mary’s prepared them for. Sr. Rose Anne Schultz, CSC Mission Awards Read More Sr. Rose Anne Schultz, CSC Mission Awards The Sr. Rose Anne Schultz, CSC Awards Ceremony honors the legacy of a remarkable woman who dedicated her life to embodying and promoting the mission and core values of Saint Mary's College. This year, 12 students received awards for their contributions to Saint Mary’s and their community. The awards include various work from healthcare to ministry and service. Senior Athletic Awards Reception Read More Senior Athletic Awards Reception On Sunday, May 5, 22 senior student-athletes took the stage to receive their graduation stoles at the Senior Athlete Awards Reception. During the awards reception, GPAs, all academic awards, and majors were celebrated. Special awards were given to seniors and others who stood out for their contributions to their sport. Strengthening Our Bonds Read More Strengthening Our Bonds Saint Mary’s is a community of learners. In this month's letter, President Conboy continues her commitment to a high standard of honest discourse, and shares her hope that in learning from each other's differences, our bonds will grow stronger. Chimes Publishes First Multilingual Journal Read More Chimes Publishes First Multilingual Journal The first multilingual edition of student literary magazine Chimes arrived on campus this spring, a manifestation of the editors' belief that stories told in translation have the power to build greater community. Co-editors Danielle Cruz '25 and Julie Sims '25 discussed the creation of the new submission guidelines that made space for more diverse voices in this year's publication.