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Mothers visit Saint Mary’s junior class

Alicia Smith | Monday, March 30, 2009

Members of Saint Mary’s class of 2010 had the chance to spend some quality time with their mothers this weekend during Junior Mom’s Weekend.

Mothers were invited to come to campus Friday at 3 p.m. Approximately 240 mothers were on campus last weekend to obtain some quality time with their daughters while experiencing Saint Mary’s.

“It has become a tradition at Saint Mary’s that each year a Sophomore Parents’ Weekend, Junior Moms’ Weekend and Senior Dads’ Weekend takes place,” said Megan Beckman, president of the class of 2010. “It is a great weekend to have in order to show your parents, mom or dad around Saint Mary’s and let them see what you do throughout the year.”

The Junior Board, which consists of Megan Carroll, Emily Cook, Sarah Ryniak, Kelley Jeske, Karlee Jeske, Amy Leicht, Kristen Hesano and Beckman, planned and hosted the event.

Saint Mary’s junior Katie Ineich’s mother and aunt participated in the event.

“My mom and my aunt attended,” Ineich said. “I had a lot of fun. It was especially fun and exciting for me because I’m from Dallas and I only see my immediate family during the summer and at Christmas. It was special to be able to see my mom during the semester. We just had fun hanging out, and introducing them to my friends and their moms.”

Beckman said her mom attended as well.

“It was a great chance for my friends and their moms to meet and have a good time,” she said. “My mom really enjoyed the opportunity to just spend some time with me and to be able to meet all my friends.”

Overall, Beckman said she believed that students enjoyed the event.

“I think that overall most enjoyed the event,” she said. “With this type of event there are always a few glitches, but overall it was a fun time.”

Juniors and their moms were offered a variety of activities to participate in throughout the weekend. Moms were able to take a tour of campus, as well as many other planned events. On Friday, mothers and daughters were invited to a wine and cheese tasting event. Later Friday night, students and their moms could go bowling.

Saturday’s events included yoga and pilates, so mothers could experience a class in Angela Athletic Facility. They also had the opportunity to experience the College’s history by taking a tour of the Heritage Room.

After the daytime events, Mass was held at the Church of Our Lady of Loretto. Then a special dinner was held for the mothers and daughters at the Windsor Park Conference Center.

Junior Moms’ Weekend is the prelude to Senior Dads’ Weekend.

“I like that Saint Mary’s has a weekend for just moms and dads because the dynamic is a little different when you’re with just one parent, as opposed to both at the same time,” Ineich said.