Letter from the President of the Alumni Association

By Maroon & White | fall 2015

Summer is now but a fleeting memory. The 39th annual Saint Mary’s University Alumni Golf Tournament at Granite Springs, held on August 20, was a great success. It raised sufficient money to fund 20 student bursaries. Mark August 18, 2016 for our 40th tournament and join us for a wonderful day. Also in August, thanks to assistance of the Alumni Office, the Financial Aid Office and faculty/staff contributors, a Community Food Bank was opened on campus for our students. We are happy to support this endeavor.

    We are well into the 2015-2016 academic year. It has been exciting so far. We had a successful Welcome Week for our new students and on September 11 we had the installation of our 34th President: Dr. Robert Summerby-Murray, which coincided with our second annual Santamarian Ceremony for the new students. It was a memorable event.

    Our 2015 Homecoming Week from Wednesday, October 14 to Saturday, October 17 is about to happen. It is a great time for our alumni to come back and get reacquainted with the campus and with former classmates. Instead of a One World Dinner, there is an Awards Gala which recognizes the many contributions to the community made by various alumni. On Friday the 16th there will be three convocations on campus and our AGM. On Saturday, the SMU Huskies welcome the St FX X-men for our Homecoming Football Game. Go Huskies Go!

    If you don’t get to Homecoming this year, think about coming back next year. But drop in any time—the campus has surely changed since you attended SMU. I am always learning about new innovations on campus. It really is a happening place and I am sure that you would be very proud of your alma mater.

    My first year as President of your Alumni Association has been very rewarding. I cannot begin to tell you how exciting it is to be taking in all that we do at Saint Mary’s—for our students, our community and for the world. Our grads are everywhere and doing very fine work. I always enjoy pictures which our students post—one of whom, from Russia, spent some of the summer volunteering in Peru. This really demonstrates our tagline: One University. One World. Yours.

    As you know, times are challenging for all universities but we forge ahead doing what we do best—educating our future leaders to be successful, compassionate and giving individuals. 

    I am looking forward to my second year as President and would like to thank my Executive; Past President, Mike McKenzie; Vice-President, Sarah Ferguson; and Secretary, Dan Rudisuela. I would also like to thank the Council members for all their support during the last year. I would be quite remiss if I did not express my gratitude to our alumni staff, led by our Director, Mary Ann Daye, for all their hard work and dedication to keeping us all connected. 

    Please keep in touch and drop in any time. I hope
that you enjoy this edition of Maroon and White and
we hope to hear from you. Please join us on campus
and at alumni events we host outside of Halifax. They
are growing every year! 

Go Huskies Go!

Mary-Evelyn Ternan
BA’69, BEd’70, MEd’88
President, Saint Mary’s University Alumni Association

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