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Moms visit daughters during weekend events

Cecilia Glover | Sunday, April 10, 2011

Saint Mary’s juniors got to spend quality time with their moms during Junior Mom’s Weekend Friday through Sunday.

“We have been planning Junior Mom’s Weekend since the beginning of the year. It is one of the main events of junior year and a very special tradition at Saint Mary’s College,” junior board member Hannah Hupp said. “There are a lot of times families come to campus, but this is a great opportunity for just mothers and daughters to spend some quality time together and enjoy a fun-filled weekend.”

A wine and cheese reception in Haggar Parlor was held Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. to kick off the weekend celebration. A morning workout of yoga and pilates was held Saturday at Angela Athletic Facility, followed by a light lunch and shopping mall in the Student Center and afternoon tea in The Reidinger House.

“It was really nice spending time with my mom by participating in the events and having her see what my life is like at Saint Mary’s,” junior Alex Mirandola Mullen said. “I loved getting to know my friend’s moms better too. It was so nice to relax and enjoy the events that were planned for us.”

Hupp, who was in charge of organizing the shopping mall portion of Junior Mom’s Weekend, said companies including Love Always Jewelry, Twist O’ Luck Soda and Inspire Me! had wares for sale at the mall.

Mass was celebrated in The Church of Our Lady of Loretto at Saturday afternoon, followed by a cocktail hour and closing dinner at the Hilton Garden Inn Saturday night. A silent auction also took place Saturday night during the dinner at the Hilton, consisting of items such as a Kate Spade necklace, Coach bag and Tiffany & Co. necklace.

College President Carol Ann Mooney spoke Saturday night at the Junior Mom’s dinner at the Hilton Garden Inn.

“President Carol Ann Mooney’s speech at the dinner was very touching and set the mood for the night,” junior Kristen Figari said. “I loved how she talked about the relationship between mothers and daughters. That is something you can only talk about at an all-women’s school. The whole dinner was very special.”

Junior Mom’s Weekend ended Sunday with “A day to be spent with your daughter,” according to the schedule. Whether it was walking around the beautiful campus of Saint Mary’s or going out to eat at a favorite restaurant, Sunday was a day meant for mothers and daughters to enjoy together.

“This is a great weekend because you get to meet all of your daughter’s friends and their parents who you have heard so much about,” said Liz Headd, mom to College junior Allyson Headd. “I had a great time and I look forward to seeing everyone again at graduation.”