Here are just a few of the campus “headlines” from the past fiscal year. These and countless other stories demonstrate the wonderful things happening at Saint Mary’s that are made possible through the gifts of our benefactors. It is because of the generosity of our alumni and friends that we can continue to reach out to new learners and provide excellent educational opportunities.

University celebrates academics

The first Celebration of Scholarship — a campus-wide event highlighting the accomplishments of undergraduate students across all academic disciplines — was held last April. The day featured more than 100 presentations by more than 150 students and culminated with the Honors Convocation.

Recent SGPP graduate named ACE Adult Learner of the Year

Don Winger and Joshua YoungJoshua John Young ’12 (pictured above right) earned yet another title last spring. The Army veteran, father, recent college graduate, and Minneapolis police officer was named a 2012 Adult Learner of the Year by the American Council on Education (ACE). This national award is presented annually to adult learners who have benefited academically or professionally from the use of ACE credits for workforce or military training. Young was one of only two recipients of the award. Young completed his B.S. in Police Science at Saint Mary’s last December while maintaining a 3.92 GPA. He had worked toward his degree for 13 years, even as he became a first-time father, worked full-time as a police officer and served as a member of a Minnesota Army National Army Guard unit, which has been deployed to both Somalia and Iraq.

Great seasons for SMU athletes

Mandy Pearson and the women's basketball teamSaint Mary’s athletes shined on the court in 2012-13 and were celebrated for their outstanding performance. The women’s basketball team finished with an overall mark of 22-5 and was 18-4 in conference play. In the MIAC playoffs, Saint Mary’s beat Gustavus Adolphus in the first round before falling to St. Thomas in the second round. Coach Mandy Pearson (pictured above) was named MIAC Coach of the Year after guiding the team to its best season in almost 30 years.

Women’s fastpitch softball finished fourth and made the MIAC tournament for the third straight year.

Men’s baseball tied for third in conference and made the MIAC tournament for the second year in a row.

The men’s tennis team made the MIAC tournament for the first time in the seven-year history of the playoff format, and coach Jeff Halberg was named MIAC Coach of the Year. Additionally, athletes in men’s and women’s track and field competed in the MIAC Outdoor Championships.

Extending our Lasallian mission to Nairobi

CTIEThe international reach and impact of Saint Mary’s University and the Lasallian education mission was evident during last spring’s commencement ceremony for our programs in Nairobi, Kenya. Dr. Donna Aronson, vice president for academic affairs — the College, presided at the ceremony, and she delivered a keynote address lauding graduates for their successful quests despite challenges and hardships. Students at Christ the Teacher Institute for Education, who return to their homelands to teach and spread the gift of education, were awarded three-year diplomas or Bachelor of Education degrees in education. Graduates from our other affiliated program, Maryknoll Institute for African Studies, were awarded Master of Arts degrees in African Studies. Along with presenting the diplomas, Dr. Aronson also “cut the ribbon” inaugurating the new CTIE Alumni Association.

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