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SMWC crowned Western Equestrian Champions

The Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (SMWC) Western Equestrian team closed out their regular season in style by winning the Zone 7, Region 1 Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) Regional Championship on Jan. 28-29, 2012. SMWC’s riders swept the competition, including Ball State University, Butler University, Eastern Illinois University, Indiana University, Parkland College, Purdue University, Purdue-Calumet University, St. Mary's College (Notre Dame) and University of Illinois, all teams from the region or Division I programs.

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Student Leadership Summit

On Jan. 21, 2012, SMWC students explored creative and diverse leadership tactics in the first annual student leadership summit. Kimberly LaGrange of Prime Resources, Inc., gave the keynote address.

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Inspirational author to speak at Four-Star Series

Inspirational author to speak at Four-Star Series

Inspirational Muslim speaker, author and life coach, Zohra Sarwari will educate others about diversity using humor and personal experiences that leave audiences transformed at the Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College Four-Star Series. Sarwari will present “Are Muslim Women Oppressed?” on February 1, 2012 at 7 p.m. in the Cecilian Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

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MLK Day of Service

To commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College teams up with Indiana State University to serve Wabash Valley nonprofit agencies on Monday, Jan. 16, 2012, for the MLK Day of Service. Student volunteers will lend a helping hand to support local community agencies in their missions.

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Amanda Loebker signs letter of intent with SMWC

Amanda Loebker signs letter of intent with SMWC

Amanda Loebker, one of the most sought after soccer athletes in the Wabash Valley, signed a National Letter of Intent with Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College Wednesday, January 4, 2012 at Terre Haute North Vigo High School. Loebke, a three-year varsity starter and team captain for two years with a long list of honors and accomplishments, has twice been named to the All-Conference team in the Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference. Those choices were topped in her senior year by her selection as a Second Team All-State Player and an Indiana Soccer Coaches’ Association Top Team Player. Her speed, technical ability, and composure in front of the goal make her a prime college prospect. She netted 16 goals in her senior season, including the regular-season game winner against Terre Haute South, and will make an immediate impact in the Pomeroy attack. Loebker also brings the kind of work ethic and citizenship that are valued so highly at the Woods. She has served as an assistant youth coach, has volunteered at Ryves Hall, and has been a three-year member of the Astra Club. She has maintained a 3.0 grade point average and currently intends to study Education at the Woods. Well-known as one of most intense, committed players in the area, she follows other great talents from Terre Haute North like Lauren Sullivan and Erin Pugh who were central to building a Pomeroy team that could make runs at the USCAA national championship. Coach Mike Aycock sees Loebker as a key ingredient for a new Pomeroy side. “Amanda is a special player in the attacking part of the field,” he said. “She has speed, creativity, and the composure to finish well and be dangerous as a target player. I have no doubt that her abilities will change some of the things we can do going forward.”

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SMWC partners with State Department to increase STEM students

SMWC partners with State Department to increase STEM students

Despite the growing number of women with college degrees, only 25 percent of these degrees are earned in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. As a leader in women’s education for nearly two centuries, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (SMWC) recognizes the global need to make women more visible in these careers. By joining the international initiative, NeXXt Scholars, SMWC will provide young women from predominantly Muslim countries opportunities to earn STEM-related undergraduate degrees from U.S. women’s colleges.

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SMWC professor elected President of the Great Lakes region of the American Music Therapy Association

SMWC professor elected President of the Great Lakes region of the American Music Therapy Association

Tracy Richardson, Ph.D., MT-BC, SMWC associate professor of music therapy and director of the Master of Arts in Music Therapy program, takes music therapy to a national level.

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The Presidential Corps: Campus ambassadors

The Presidential Corps: Campus ambassadors

At Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, all students play an important role in representing their college to the community. But only the 15 young women who make up the Presidential Corps have the distinct honor of acting as representatives to the college’s president.

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International program strengthens student experiences at The Woods

International program strengthens student experiences at The Woods

Charlene Gerdes, a pre-law student at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, wanted to step outside of her comfort zone. “I wanted to be challenged on a daily basis,” Gerdes said. By participating in The Woods’ study abroad program, she has been able to do so, leaving the comfort of The Woods behind to spend a semester enjoying an entirely different educational experience.

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SMWC's exceptional personal attention forms a connection from the start

SMWC's exceptional personal attention forms a connection from the start

Individual attention from SMWC faculty and staff encourages students to succeed in and out of the classroom. It gives them the confidence to speak up, a feeling of individuality and makes faculty more relatable. “You don’t get treated like a number [at The Woods],” sophomore Jessica McManus said. McManus, as well as many other students, learned first-hand that this one-of-a-kind personal touch is the custom at The Woods.

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Equine Holiday Ride At The Woods

Equine Holiday Ride At The Woods

At Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, traditions abound. Yet, none quite like the tradition of the annual Equine Holiday Ride on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011. The seniors, faculty, staff and special guests of the Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College Department of Equine Studies ride majestic horses singing Christmas carols as they journey across the campus. Students and their horses will be decorated in holiday garb. The public and the campus community are welcome to enjoy the sound of jingle bells, clip-clop of the horses hooves and Christmas carols to celebrate the season.

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SMWC Student Motivates Fans During NBA Lockout

SMWC Student Motivates Fans During NBA Lockout

When Jenna Schulz is at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, she is a typical student. When she’s out with the Pacemates, she’s a star.

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