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King receives Sagamore of the Wabash

King receives Sagamore of the Wabash

Dottie King, Ph.D., president of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (SMWC) can now add a new honor to the list of her accolades – Sagamore of the Wabash. During the SMWC’s board of trustee meeting on May 6, Lt. Governor Eric Holcomb and Indiana Senator Jon Ford surprised King with the award on behalf of Governor Mike Pence.

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Arts community launches literary magazines

Arts community launches literary magazines

Students at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (SMWC), Indiana State University and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology gathered April 29 in a joint celebration to launch their respective literary magazines. Approximately 60 people participated in the annual event that showcased works of art and literature. At the event, contributors to magazines read from their published poetry and prose, and art from the issues were exhibited. Bringing together the arts community of three local institutions provided students with a unique opportunity to share their passion, connect and learn from each other.

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Woods students benefit from top-notch research opportunities

Woods students benefit from top-notch research opportunities

“The small liberal arts atmosphere is really conducive to growth for science students,” said Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (SMWC) Vice President for Academic Affairs Janet Clark. “Opportunities to work one-on-one with faculty who are experts in their field, small class sizes that ensure individual attention and a strong foundation in critical thinking and problem solving all contribute to the success of a science major at SMWC.” Even at a liberal arts college, research opportunities are abundant, especially at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. For students chosen for the Gioannini Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, that research takes place at the Environmental Health Sciences Research Center at the University of Iowa for 10 weeks during the summer, where they perform research under Jerry Weiss, Ph.D., husband of the late Theresa L. Gioannini, Ph.D., for which the fellowship is named.

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Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College to celebrate 179th commencement

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College to celebrate 179th commencement

One hundred forty-one Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (SMWC) students are eligible to receive their degree and complete their journey toward becoming a graduate of The Woods. The College will proudly award 12 certificates, three associate’s degrees, 117 bachelor’s degrees and nine master’s degrees during the 179th commencement on May 7, 2016. The traditional baccalaureate mass begins at 10:30 a.m. at the Church of the Immaculate Conception; the commencement ceremony will begin at 1:15 p.m. in the Jeanne Knoerle Sports and Recreation Center, Hamilton Arena.

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Faculty awarded for service, scholarship and teaching

Faculty awarded for service, scholarship and teaching

Scholarship, or the pursuit of inquiry, serves as the foundation for excellent teaching. Through the integration of scholarship, teaching and service, faculty are able to provide a rich educational experience for Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (SMWC) students. On Faculty Appreciation Day, Tuesday, April 19, 2016, the campus community recognized the work of the faculty and celebrated their many accomplishments.  Three SMWC faculty members were recognized with the Sister Mary Joseph Pomeroy Faculty Excellence Awards for their high ideals of teaching, scholarship and service.

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SMWC senior awarded Second Runner-Up at Hoosier Horse Fair Queen Competition

SMWC senior awarded Second Runner-Up at Hoosier Horse Fair Queen Competition

Right off the bat Frances Garrett wants to clarify the Indiana Horse Council Queen Competition is not a traditional pageant. “One of the main misconceptions is that it is a beauty pageant; it has nothing to do with our looks,” the Pine Village, Ind., native explains. “Yes, all of the women participating are beautiful, inside and out, but we have to take a written test on basic equine knowledge and then interview with a three judge panel and complete a [horse] riding pattern.”

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SMWC announces recipients of top scholarship

SMWC announces recipients of top scholarship

Intelligent, accomplished, curious, generous – all qualities that make exceptional candidates for the Saint Mother Theodore Guerin Scholarship, the most prestigious award at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (SMWC), named after the College’s foundress. More than that, however, these scholars have already taken steps in life to aspire higher and become effective leaders, proficient learners and valued contributors to the community. It is with these qualities in mind that seven students were chosen – two who will receive full-tuition scholarships and five who will receive $17,000 scholarships, all renewable for four years.

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Staff awarded for outstanding service and excellence

Staff awarded for outstanding service and excellence

On Staff Recognition Day, Thursday, April 7, 2016, the Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (SMWC) community recognized the work of the staff and their accomplishments throughout the past year. President Dottie King, Ph.D., presented two staff members with awards at the ceremony.

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SMWC Chorale and Madrigals to perform with notable musicians

SMWC Chorale and Madrigals to perform with notable musicians

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (SMWC) students perform alongside notable organist and Grammy award-winning soprano in their spring choral concert, titled “Northern Lights: Exploring the Choral Music of Scandinavia,” on Sunday, April 24, 2016, at 3 p.m., in the Church of the Immaculate Conception on SMWC campus.

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No Horsin' Around

Described as the largest gathering in Indiana focused on the horse enthusiast, the HHF is the major fundraising event for the Indiana Horse Council (IHC) to support IHC equine programs. According to a survey commissioned by the IHC, current statistics show that equines are a $2.6 billion industry in Indiana. Approximately 40,000 people attend the HHF over the three days. Attendees come from across the state of Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Wisconsin and Canada.

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Rep. Susan Brooks encourages women to enter politics

Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks of the 5th District of Indiana encouraged students to consider political careers.

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Woods students gain much while giving in the Dominican Republic

Woods students gain much while giving in the Dominican Republic

For 11 years, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College has conducted Alternative Spring Break service trips. This year was a bit different, however. This year was SMWC’s first international mission trip. Twelve students and three staff members embarked on a trip to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, spending their spring break serving others.

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