Letter from the President of the Alumni Association

By SMU Alumni | fall 2016

As my two-year term as Alumni President comes to a close, I am reminded of what a wonderful family we have at Saint Mary’s. It was a privilege to have represented over 44,000 Alumni who are in the four corners of the globe. Our university is a vibrant and world-class institution. We should all take great pride in it. I am amazed by the variety of programs that are offered and by the exceptional professors who deliver them. 

There has been an enormous change on campus since I arrived as one of the first 50 female students when the university went co-ed. It was the fall of 1968 and there were 1573 full-time students, with hardly a female washroom or lounge to be found. Today, SMU is 48% women. Out of a total of 6979 full-time and part-time students, 3350 are female. Our students come from all parts of Canada and from 118 countries. It is truly an international experience where we are creating citizens of the world.

It is a great time to be associated with our Alma Mater. Check our Alumni Events to see if we will be in your city. These reunions are great for networking. And if you didn’t make it for Homecoming 2016, do try for 2017. You will be astounded to see our campus and meet our students.

If a visit isn’t possible, follow us online, and please consider supporting SMU financially. Every little bit helps to ensure the continuation of our quality education. 

I would like to sincerely thank my Executive team of Mike McKenzie, Sarah Ferguson, and Dan Rudisuela. I wish the incoming Executive under the leadership of Sarah Ferguson all the best.

Go Huskies Go!

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

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