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Trustees finish campus visit

Natalie Bailey | Friday, February 20, 2004

With a new president and several new buildings, change is the buzz for the Board of Trustees on the Saint Mary’s campus through Friday night.

As part of the Board’s visit, student trustee Sarah Mahoney sat in on the Facilities and Grounds and Student Life committee meetings Thursday.

Facilities and Grounds focused on updating the trustees on the several construction projects.

“All projects are looking great, and the student apartments are becoming a reality,” Mahoney said.

After witnessing the visible progress of the student center and apartments, the trustees are excited to see students enjoy them, she said.

“I think the students are going to love the new buildings, and they will be a great recruiting tool for prospective students,” Mahoney said. “These buildings represent the Board of Trustees’ commitment to student life and success.”

The committee was also glad to hear that all the apartments are filled for next year and that the selection process went so smoothly, she said.

The Student Life Committee jointly met with the Mission committee to explore the topic of promoting and experiencing diversity while maintaining community and staying true to the Mission Statement.

Twelve students shared their thoughts in a round table discussion with the trustees.

“Students did a great job in articulating their honest experiences relating to diversity, mission and community,” Mahoney said.

Mahoney will serve as the student trustee through the final meeting of the year in April.

“I am very grateful for this opportunity to serve the Saint Mary’s women as their student trustee, and this has been a very enjoyable experience for me,” Mahoney said. “It has allowed me to see how policies are made within the College as well as to understand the complexity of providing for the entire student’s well being. We have great role models on the Board, and it has been my pleasure to work with them and serve the students at the same time.”