Welcome Class of 2016

August 23rd, 2012 |

new student in car
Hannah, Sirima and Pillow Pets
Hannah Miller, from Greenwood, Ind. and Sirima
Rattanamanokron, from Louisville, Ky. Share their
love of Pillow Pets.

The Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (SMWC) campus is bustling with the arrival of the incoming campus freshmen. SMWC welcomed about 100 freshmen from 14 states.

Among them are roommates Hannah Miller, from Greenwood, Ind., and Sirima Rattanamanokron, from Louisville, Ky.

“I’m excited to be here and look forward to getting settled,” said Miller, a music therapy major.

Dottie King, president of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, extended a warm welcome to students as they began  their new journey – a journey that will forever connect them to The Woods. “You will be different from this point because of how you will think and the relationships that you will develop,” explained King. “We [faculty, staff and students] will be different, too - because you are here and will make a difference in our community.”

Jennifer and Cathy Thomas
Cathy Thomas '88 (l) and Jennifer Thomas
share a moment after lunch.

Jennifer Thomas, a transfer student from Indianapolis, Ind., has a special connection with SMWC. Her mother, Cathy Schueth Thomas, is a 1988 graduate. “Mom allowed me to make my own decision about coming to The Woods,” Thomas said. “I can't wait to get started.”

Cathy described what today means to her: “This is a special place for special women. I am very proud of Jennifer and happy that she will learn and grow here as I did.”


Darien Grigsby in her SMWC room
Making her room feel like home:
Darien Grigsby, from Princeton, Ind.

Freshmen At a Glance

  • 76% from Indiana
  • 10% from Illinois

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