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Group hosts Alumnae members

Liz Harter | Tuesday, February 27, 2007

The Saint Mary’s Board of Governance (BOG) welcomed Alumnae Association Board President Kara O’Leary and member Lee Ann McConnell to its meeting Monday, where the two alumnae expressed a desire to connect with Saint Mary’s students.

And visiting the BOG is just one of the ways that they are doing so, McConnell said.

“We’re very involved,” said O’Leary, who is a graduate of the Class of 1989. “We come to campus twice a year and have meetings.”

The Alumnae Board participates in campus events like the upcoming annual Midnight Madness, an activity that brings members of the Saint Mary’s community together. They also host a Grace Under Pressure event during their fall meeting, which is designed for seniors.

“[Grace Under Pressure] is an opportunity for the Alumnae Board to connect with students and give you some ideas as to what you can expect when you leave the comfort of Saint Mary’s and enter the real world,” said McConnell, who is a graduate of the Class of 1985.

Both women expressed an interest in getting to know more students on campus and told BOG that any questions that arise about the Alumnae Association can be directed to them via e-mail.

“Take the time to connect with us,” McConnell said. “It’s nice to walk around campus and be able to recognize you.”

The Board is comprised of 18 women who graduated in different years and live in different locations, O’Leary said.

The Board is in place to promote opportunities for alumnae to connect with each other and the College.

“When you locate to your new home [after graduation], go on the Web site and find your [alumnae] club,” McConnell said. “There are Saint Mary’s women right around the corner from you and you don’t even know it. They will be the first to extend a helping hand and welcome you.”

In other BOG news:

u Voting for the class board elections has been moved to today. Students can vote on PRISM from 12 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.

u The Diverse Student Leadership Conference (DSLC) will take place this weekend beginning with a reception Thursday evening during which College President Carol Ann Mooney will address participants. The event ends Saturday with a keynote speech by Peggy MacIntosh in Carroll Auditorium at 4 p.m.

u Registration for Saint Mary’s second-annual Dance Marathon begins this week. Dancer registration packets can be picked up in Regina and Holy Cross Halls today, and McCandless and LeMans Halls Wednesday and Thursday from 7-10 p.m.