Events at SMWC

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College hosts a number of speakers, theatrical performances, and other events throughout the year.

WOL-WoodsOnline40YearsLogo.pngCelebrating 40 Years of Excellence in Distance Education

Did you know that SMWC was the second college in the U.S. to offer bachelor's degrees at a distance? Our Woods Online is so successful that other schools use us as a model! In 2013, our distance education program turns 40! Look back on our history, learn about new initiatives, read about successful alums and talented students and help us celebrate this monumental milestone in our 172 year journey.

Previous Speakers and Theatrical Events

La Providence

Enjoy and learn about La Providence: A New Choral Work for Women, Inspired by Saint Mother Theodore Guerin, by Michael Boswell and Sydney Guillaume.
Beauty and Melody theatrical event

Beauty and Melody

The Woods received a taste of Chinese culture with a moving musical celebration by Beauty & Melody, an all-female ensemble from the Sichuan Province. The ensemble came to Terre Haute through collaboration between Arts Midwest World Fest, Arts Illiana and Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College.

Jeanne White-Ginder

Jeanne White-Ginder, mother of Ryan White and national advocate for people living with HIV and AIDS, shared her personal experiences with the community. Ryan, who contracted HIV through blood-based products, gained international notoriety fighting for his right to attend school.



With colorful costumes and elaborate sets, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College students performed the Japanese comic opera in two acts. The work has been translated into numerous languages and is one of the most frequently played musical theatre pieces in history.

Jean M. Wilkowski

Jean M. Wilkowski

Retired U.S. diplomat and the first woman to be appointed U.S. Ambassador to Africa, Jean M. Wilkowski, rose in the ranks from Vice Consul at a small post in the Caribbean to the top rank of U.S. Ambassador in charge of an overseas mission. Wilkowski is a 1941 graduate of the College.