SMC alumnae board holds spring meeting
By COUNTNEY BOYLE
Saint Mary's Alumnae Association's Board of Directors focused on how to stay in touch with campus happenings at its annual spring meeting on campus last weekend.
In an effort to make contact with current students, members met and socialized with graduating seniors Thursday night at a reception at the Riedinger Alumnae House.
"We were pleased with the crowd. We had about 50 seniors there. The purpose is to network; we do this in the spring because people are still interviewing [for jobs] and [to see] if there is anything [we] can do to help out," said board president Deborah Johnson Schwieber.
Board committees, including the Student Alumnae Committee, Alumnae Resource Committee/Awards Committee and the Networking Committee, met Friday and Saturday.
"The Student Alumnae Committee is focused on how we can stay informed. We also had a student leaders luncheon as a sort of year-in-review," Schwieber said.
Updates were given by College president Marilou Eldred, Karen Ristau, vice president and dean of faculty, and Patrick White, associate dean of faculty.
The board also discussed summer service projects affiliated with the Sisters of the Holy Cross, and Reunion 2000, which will be held on campus June 8 through 11.
The Alumnae Association also established and voted on several awards Saturday afternoon. The Distinguished Alumna Award will go to a member of the Saint Mary's community who has displayed outstanding service to the College and who participates in ongoing work for the Alumnae Association.
The Alumna Achievement Award will honor an alumna who has had significant personal and professional accomplishments and who has proved to be a leader in her professional field.
The Humanitas Award, established this year, will honor a woman with outstanding personal and volunteer accomplishments.
The recipient also must exhibit concern for the interests and welfare of her fellow human beings, have personal dedication, compassion, selflessness and sacrifice through social action.
To wrap up the day of meetings, the members elected new board officers. New leaders include C.C. Shaughnessy Nessinger, president, Kerry Long, vice president, and Julie Strazzabosco Graham, secretary. Officials will serve a two-year term and which will take office after Reunion 2000 activities.
All News Stories for Monday, April 10, 2000