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A celebration of friendship

Mount Saint Mary’s welcomed over 200 alumnae and friends of the Mount to celebrate their support for the University.

May 20, 2022


Congratulations, Class of 2022!

Academic regalia, photo booths and noise makers contributed to the festive atmosphere celebrating the graduates

May 18, 2022
Giovanna Brasfield '98, principal of Brasfield & Associates, has worked to improve diversity and inclusion within the construction industry, which hasn't advanced as much as some other sectors over the past few years. Brasfield is shown here in some images from her LinkedIn page.


A change agent helping the construction industry diversify

Giovanna Brasfield ’98 assists companies with diversity training and project strategy

April 23, 2022


Monica Guardian ’08 inspires, shapes and nurtures leaders

Monica Guardian '08 says her degree in social work from the Weekend/Evening & Online College positioned her for success

April 22, 2022
The Mount's newest Alumnae Association board members (from left to right): Jenelle Benoit '99, Brenda Lopez '06 and Eunice Salinas '09


The new members of the Alumnae Association Board of Directors

The Alumnae Association Board of Directors welcomes three new additions

April 1, 2022
Mariangeley Solis Cervera '12 overcame her shyness and fear of public speaking and is now Boston's chief of equity and inclusion


Mariangely Solis Cervera ‘12 leading Boston’s Equity Cabinet

Mount alum to advance racial justice and social, economic and health equity throughout Boston

March 31, 2022
A group of sisters at the Posada del Migrante Shelter just across the US/Mexico border. Sister Suzanne Jabro, CSJ, '69, is fourth from the left and Sister Sally Koch, CSJ, director of communications for CSJLA, is on the far left. Sister Jabro founded the nonprofit Border Compassion to invite faith communities to cross over and assist the 300 migrants living at the shelter.

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Helping the Dear Neighbor

Helping those in need enables Sister Suzanne Jabro, CSJ, '68 to continue the sisters' tradition of caring for thy neighbor

March 22, 2022
The MSMU Alumnae Association hosted an online networking mixer for alumnae and students. Photo by Chris Montgomery on Unsplash.


A new space for valuable connections

The Alumnae Survey showed that alumnae are excited to help current students, so networking mixers are being created

February 28, 2022
Margaret Darmody '58, the 2022 Unstoppable Supporter award winner, relaxes with a furry pal.


Margaret Darmody ’58: Unstoppable Supporter Award Winner

Margaret Darmody '58 wants to share the joy she had at the Mount with current students.

February 28, 2022

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Lulu Nurse awards grants for Mount nursing alumnae

The family of Cindy Bland '08 ADN honors her memory with the Lulu Foundation and grants for Mount nurses

February 2, 2022


Mount alumna offers immigration services

Immigration lawyer Kathleen Martinez '13 is offering a discount to Mount students, alumnae and the families

February 2, 2022
One of dozens of webinars for the Mount community, “Listen Like You Mean It: How to Be a Better Listener from the Boardroom to the Dinner Table,” will have its live presentation on February 8 then be available to anyone visiting the alumnae website.


Free webinars and workshops heighten engagement

Anyone wanting to pursue career or personal growth can visit a library of options

February 1, 2022

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Vickie Russell Kennedy ’68 Advocating for the Blind

Vicki (Russell) Kennedy provides education, audio tools and support to those facing vision challenges

November 29, 2021
Vince Pirillo '71 has performed on many stages worldwide and currently calls London home..

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Vincent Pirillo ’71: A true song-and-dance man

Vince Pirillo '71 has had a unique view of some famous scenes from musical theater -- from onstage or the wings.

November 29, 2021
Sister Callista Roy, CSJ, '63 received a lifetime achievement award from the Sigma Theta Tau International honor society of nursing at its biennial convention earlier this month. With her are Sigma Foundation's Elizabeth Madigan, PhD, Rn, FAAN, chief executive officer, and Richard Ricciardi, PhD, CRNP, FAANP, FAAN, president. Photo courtesy of King Shot Photography.

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A lifetime of service recognized

Nursing honor society recognizes Sister Callista Roy, CSJ, '63 for her career and contributions to nursing

November 28, 2021
Ruth Racine ’99 at her '11 Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences graduation in Bethesda, Maryland. With her is sister Blaisy Racine, an RN and also an Army veteran.


Veteran’s Day salute: Ruth Racine ‘99

Nursing graduate spent two decades serving in the Army before retiring last summer

November 1, 2021
Brian Hanson '16 holding the 2019 GI Festival's Best Actor award given to Frankie Muniz for his work on Hanson's


Brian Hanson Has a Vision

With an MFA in film and TV and another one on the way in creative writing, Brian Hanson '16 is story teller extraordinaire

November 1, 2021

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Two proud celebrants of Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month is an annual celebration that honors the history and culture of the Latinx and Hispanic communities.

October 15, 2021


Nurse Applies 9/11 Lessons to Pandemic Teaching

Mount nursing alum Johanna Bruner discusses parallels between 9/11 and the current pandemic

October 4, 2021
Ben Levinson '15 MBA (far right), with people from his entrepreneurship class. From left: Chris Bell, Hong Lee, Veronica Horta, professor Patrick Millsap and Leitta Mayers.


Saving soles

MBA alum Ben Levinson '15 is working to bring a product to market that he first developed during an entrepreneurship class.

October 3, 2021
Vernice Grajeda '11 says it's important to give back as soon as possible, even if the amount is small, to support the institution that gives students so much.

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Profile of philanthropy

Alumna teaches at the Mount, is president of the Alumnae Association, and encourages donations of any amount.

September 22, 2021
Bernadette (Bernie) Robert '77, who served in many roles at the Mount, is fondly remembered by a few of the many people whose lives she touched.


Spread your wings and fly

Friends share their thoughts on Bernadette (Bernie) Robert '77, who served many roles at the Mount

September 8, 2021
Nely Meza Andrade '12 MBA is executive director and CEO of Casa Treatment Center in Pasadena, one of the few all-women treatment facilities in California combating addiction.


Nely Meza Andrade supports women with addiction

The Mount's entrepreneurial MBA program provided the business acumen alum needed to lead a nonprofit

September 8, 2021


Alumnae Survey 2020

Our alumnae responded to our survey in force, and we're listening.

September 8, 2021
Jennifer Kim '16, one half of the duo named


“Real Therapist” Serves Up Straight Talk

Jennifer Kim '16 and a friend from grad school dish up straightforward advice as the "Real Therapists of LA"

August 1, 2021
Erika Jones '00 has had to navigate unfamiliar waters during the pandemic on the board of directors for the California Teachers Association.


Alumna spotlight: Erika Jones ’00

Erika Jones '00 on challenges she faces as a board members of the California Teachers Association

August 1, 2021
A question posed by a Mount professor put Cassendra Munro '08 on the path to developing a risk assessment scale that now bears her name


Munro’s Mission

Cassendra Munro '08 developed a risk assessment scale for postoperative pressure injuries that now bears her name

July 1, 2021
Many marketers would dream to have a position with a brand like The Walt Disney Studios. For Jan Coleman '06, that dream is a reality.


Jan Coleman Delights in Disney

Jan Coleman '06 is vice president of global partnerships marketing and multicultural marketing for The Walt Disney Studios.

June 28, 2021
Elaine Walsh '86 BSN (left) is a nurse scientist at Seattle Children's Hospital, where she studies resilience in nursing and uses research to support the need for stress recognition and self-care


Care for Your Patients? Care for Yourself!

Veteran wants her colleagues to prioritize their own care as well as that of their patients

May 10, 2021


Former Teacher Finds Her True Calling as a Nurse

Changing careers can be risky, but Kathy Torres '08 ABSN took the plunge and is now enjoying the rewards for her courage

May 10, 2021


April Hazard Vallerand: A Pain Management Leader

The nursing alum is the director of the nursing PhD program at Wayne State University

May 9, 2021
Ensuring literacy and educational opportunities abound for children keeps Yahtina Macali Soto '07 energized


The Library’s Open – Come on In!

Alum hopes that getting kids excited to read will lead to a lifelong interest in learning

May 6, 2021


An Oral Tradition

Alumnae are especially encouraged to contribute to MSMU's Oral History Project

May 4, 2021
The formation of the Black Alumnae Association will give our Black alums additional opportunities to network, socialize and grow their community


Black Alumnae Association

New association will foster collaboration and community among our Black alumnae

March 29, 2021
Twinning? Sister Barbara Anne CSJ, '60 (right) and Sister Catherine Irene are all smiles in their matching blouses.

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When God Came Calling, She Answered

In celebration of CSJ week, we profile one of our own -- both a CSJ and an alum!

March 18, 2021
Ruth Freedman learned to play the harp while studying at Mount Saint Mary's. She never stopped playing and performing and this past year her harp arrangements of spiritual music were published.

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Harp Therapy Reaches Hawaii

A retired nurse still cares for patients, just in a different way

March 13, 2021
Patty Cribbs '85, a longtime donor and advocate of the Mount, received the Unstoppable Supporter Award during the February Scholarship Celebration.


Patricia Cribbs: Unstoppable Supporter Award Winner

The Class of '85 alum received her award during the annual President's Scholarship Celebration

March 1, 2021
Six degrees of separation: Networking and mentoring within the community is made easier through Mount Connect


Mount Connect Strengthens MSMU Community

The Mount Connect platform can maintain or strengthen community relationships

March 1, 2021


High School Sweethearts in it for the Long Haul

This young couple has already learned several keys traits to maintaining a strong relationship

February 11, 2021
Aichi Kitalyi, PhD, who spearheaded the Carole Cole scholarship program, seen here in 2010 with the first group of scholars.

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Girls in Tanzania Get Chance at Bright Future

Mount alum provides hope to orphaned girls in Tanzania through educational opportunities

February 2, 2021
From left: Phyllis (Lieb) Ambrose ‘61 with her daughter Janis Ambrose-Shard ’02 and her late mother Bernice (Carls) Lieb ’37.


Every Little Bit Counts

The consistent giving of smaller gifts adds up to a mountain of help for Mount students.

January 27, 2021
MSMU nursing student Tamara Mendoza administers the COVID vaccine to Mount instructor and Torrance Memorial Medical Center RN Maria Huskins.


Mount Nurses, Students Vaccinate Against COVID

Mount students and nurses are busy arming healthcare workers against COVID at numerous vaccination clinics

January 13, 2021
The Kite City Playwrights formed their cooperative as graduates in the MFA in Creative Writing program. From left: Honorary member Johnny Payne, PhD, director of the MFA in Creative Writing; Sharon Cleveland Blount '18; Myrna Aguilar '18; Sharnell Blevins '19; and Melinda Canny '17.

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From the Mount to the Stage

MFA in Creative Writing alums form group to provide supportive environment, spur creativity and productivity

December 4, 2020
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Educator Inspired by Her Own Struggles to Read

Zoila Gallegos '90, '92, '96 MS opens up new worlds by spreading a love of reading

November 24, 2020
Enjoy a Mount-themed word search in the alumnae website ( under Virtual Resources.

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Introducing MSMU Word Searches

Need a break from Zoom? Try out our MSMU word search and find words that will take you back to the Mount.

November 9, 2020


Helping Homeschoolers Apply to College

Alum Denise Boiko ’82 wrote a book about how to navigate the college admission process as a homeschooled family.

November 9, 2020
Despite the event being virtual this year, there will be no shortage of events for alumnae to choose from


Homecoming Alumnae Weekend 2020

Enthusiasm was high as alums made new memories and rehashed many old ones.

November 9, 2020

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Carrying the CSJ Spirit Forward

Alumna Nayeli Dominguez '20 talks about her internship with the Association of Colleges of Sisters of St. Joseph.

November 6, 2020
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A Full Set of Tools

Alum Krystal Karter MBA '16 enjoys helping companies market themselves so they can focus on running their business.

November 5, 2020

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Empowering Students

Alum Sonali Bridges ’98 has been breaking down barriers for women in education since she started at the Mount.

November 5, 2020


Latinx Heritage Month: Gloria Alvarez ‘05

Gloria Alvarez ’05 reflects how the Mount community helped to grow her pride in her heritage and shape her career goals.

October 6, 2020
Sister Catherine Marie Kreta '61, CSJ, will be sorely missed by the Mount community


Farewell to Sister Catherine Marie Kreta '61, CSJ

Sister Catherine Marie Kreta '61, CSJ, was known for her sense of humor and her dedication to social justice

September 30, 2020


Semper Fi!

Fitzgerald Cano '20 graduated from the Weekend/Evening & Online College this year but is already pursuing his doctorate

September 30, 2020
Despite the event being virtual this year, there will be no shortage of events for alumnae to choose from


Virtual Homecoming Alumnae Weekend 2020

A preview of events to choose from during Homecoming Alumnae weekend

September 30, 2020
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A Self-Made Modern Day Renaissance Man

Forget choosing the road less traveled when coming to a fork in the road -- this alum will traverse them both

August 31, 2020
students virtual tassel turning ceremony


Deferred Yet Conferred

It may not have been the Commencement anyone anticipated, but the graduates of 2020 celebrated with gusto nonetheless

August 26, 2020
Catalina Pereira '13 recently received her PhD in molecular biology from Cornell


Pereira's Pathway to DNA Repair

Catalina Pereira '13 successfully defended her PhD thesis at Cornell

August 21, 2020
Karen Compton with glasses, colorful background


Black Business Month: A3K Consulting

Alum Karen Compton BS '87 founded an advisory firm for architecture, engineering and construction companies

August 21, 2020


Communication Superpower Coaching

Alum Aaron Young focuses on honing clients' leadership and communications skills in his coaching practice

August 20, 2020
Kerrie Klein BSN ’07 Kaiser Permanente, Panorama City


In the Trenches With COVID-19

One positive effect from the coronavirus: “It has reinvigorated a lot of healthcare workers. We feel a solidarity"

August 20, 2020
A woman pointing to a sign wearing hospital scrubs


Chanell Jackson ‘12: A Detour to Her Dream Job

A detour to her dream job takes this nurse back full circle

August 20, 2020
woman smiling in camera


Black Business Month: Nurse Chatterjee

Nurse Chatterjee consultancy extends health care beyond owner's traditional work day

August 10, 2020
A woman looking through a microscope


Cutting-Edge Pancreatic Cancer Research

Cathy Garcia '13 researches ways to slow progress of pancreatic cancer as grad student at Yale University

June 22, 2020
Antonio sports the marks of a warrior – the imprints of her N95 mask.


Mother Knows Best

Kimberly Antonio ’08 BSN, can thank her mother for her career. But it wasn’t always that way.

May 13, 2020
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Sharing Her Passion With the Next Crop of Nurses

Stacy Gruenloh ’07 BSN, who was an undergraduate dance major and a Radio City Rockette, is now a labor and delivery nurse

May 12, 2020
Cecilia Pimentel


No Kid(ding) This Nurse

Pimentel’s desire to be a nurse was solidified at the Mount

May 7, 2020
Salina Sells ‘12


Living Her Best Career Life

“In my current role, I’m able to use the leadership skills that I learned during my years at the Mount.”

April 21, 2020
Danielle Batol Steele


Scholarship Support Aided Alum Success

Danielle Batol Steele ’08 works as an information technology project manager at Arizona State University.

March 30, 2020
Helen Boutrous


Helping Students with an Alum Network

Helen Boutrous founded the Mount’s award-winning Mock Trial and Moot Court teams.

March 2, 2020
female student talking at podium

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Mentorship Playing into Alum’s Success

"The Mount provided an environment that said, ‘You can do anything you want.’"

February 24, 2020
Alum with President


Alum Gives Back to Mount Students

Dianne (Plou) Schautschick ’65 loves Mount students, and it shows.

February 24, 2020
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Alumna Curates Art Show

Sofia Gutiérrez Calderón ’92 brings exhibit on migration stories to the Mount.

January 21, 2020
Patricia Corrales


Patricia Corrales ’86

“As a prosecutor, our aim is to do what is just and what is right.”

January 16, 2020
woman smiling on mountain side


CGI Program Transforms Grad

Rachel Gutierrez ‘08 can attest to how the Mount’s global programs can make an enduring impact on one’s life.

December 20, 2019
Jane (Landau) Cook ’91


Jane Cook, '91

“I remember looking out the window on my last day, and thinking, “I have become a person of worth and value.”

November 4, 2019
Unstoppable Alums


Unstoppable Alums

Striving for excellence, these three alums will be honored with Outstanding Alumnae Awards at Homecoming 2019.

October 10, 2019
Marilyn Shirk ’73


Excellence in Caring

Advocating for self-care, one nurse specialist helps lead a transformation

September 18, 2019
Bernadette Robert ‘77


A gift to the world

For more than 35 years, Robert has filled a variety of leadership roles on campus

September 11, 2019
woman and man smiling with water behind


Being a light to others

As a history scholar, Rausch says she learned that one person can embolden others and make a difference, one light at a time.

September 11, 2019

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Inspiring students

A professor pushed Michelle Melendres ’03 to aim higher. Now she’s doing the same to her students.

August 30, 2019


Perseverance is key

Alum's book about resilience and overcoming odds wins a Catholic Press Association Book Award.

August 30, 2019


Grassroots empowerment

Alum’s work in global health brings attention to women in rural villages.

August 8, 2019


Kudos to our alums

Mount alums are racking up national awards recently. Congratulations to these four women!

July 19, 2019


Family key to success

Alum credits her parents' hard work and dedication for her success as an educator.

June 24, 2019


Fired up on BBQ love

Weekend/Evening College alum making a name for himself in DC restaurant scene.

June 3, 2019


The gift of study abroad

Alum's time in Rome as a student changed the trajectory of her life.

May 17, 2019


Teacher of the year

Alum named one of L.A. Unified School District's top teachers for her outstanding work in special education.

April 30, 2019
Members of the Class of 1929


The first alumnae

Looking Back: The story of Mount Saint Mary's Class of 1929

April 8, 2019

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Remembering Father George

Memorial service to be held for one of the Mount's most beloved professors.

March 10, 2019


Perfect setting

Nursing alums chose the Chalon Campus as the backdrop for their engagement photos.

February 8, 2019
A student sitting on the steps of the mansion


Accolades, January 2019

What our faculty and alums have been up to: A Pushcart Prize nomination, a Teacher of the Year award, and more.

January 4, 2019


Accolades, November 2018

The University is named one of the nation's "Best Colleges for Student Voting," plus faculty and alum news.

November 13, 2018


Nurturing nurse leaders

Three alums, working together at the same hospital, pave a path for other nurses to become leaders.

September 7, 2018
Isabel Villarreal ‘20 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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Global scholars

Honors program global immersion course explores "privilege and poverty" in Brazil and Argentina.

September 6, 2018


Persevering in science

A cancer survivor, Outstanding Alum Awardee Chamelli Jhappan '79 now helps manage government funding for cancer research.

September 6, 2018

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Heart of compassion

A nurse and missionary, Natalie (Harris) Martinez ’79 is being honored as an Outstanding Alumna for service to the community.

September 6, 2018


Beyond identity politics

As leader of a county party in California, Zaira Cedano '14 says criticism of her age, gender and ethnicity only spur her on.

September 6, 2018


Supporting scholarship

Profile of philanthropy: Carol Gibson '72 hopes to make a difference through education

September 6, 2018
Incoming first-year students in MSMU's 2018 Summer JumpStart program.

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Summer JumpStart

Incoming Athenians get a taste of what it takes to succeed at the Mount.

August 1, 2018
Mount alumna and former federal judge Barbara S. Jones '68 has been appointed as 'special master' in a high-profile federal case.


Alumna on the case

Barbara Jones ’68 named special master in high-profile legal case with White House implications.

May 28, 2018
Henry Bouchot '17 MBA campaigning during his race for Whittier City Council.


MBA to city council

MBA alum defeats a longtime incumbent in Whittier City Council race.

May 25, 2018
Bernadette Gonzaque Robert Speaking

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Carondelet Medal 2018

Presentation of MSMU's highest honor, the Carondelet Medal, to Bernadette Gonzaque Robert '77.

May 10, 2018

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Roy's home

Beloved Mount icon and nursing Living Legend returns after 35 years to teach, mentor and inspire.

April 6, 2018
Nursing students posed for a photograph

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Roy Model's early days

Alums share their memories of Sr. Callista Roy and the early days of the Roy Adaptation Model.

April 6, 2018


A CSJ-inspired career

Profile of Philanthropy: Mount education makes impact on alum's teaching career.

April 6, 2018
Collage of Kennedy Files


The Kennedy Files

Mystery donation to the Archives turns out to be an alum's special collection.

April 6, 2018
Mary Lou de Leon Siantz ’69, PhD, was recognized for her work in health care with a prestigious award from the National Hispanic Health Foundation (NHHF).


A leader in healthcare

Nursing alum earns award from the National Hispanic Health Foundation.

January 8, 2018
Celebrating the official launch of


Campaign kick-off

Celebrating the official launch of "An Unstoppable Campaign for Mount Saint Mary's University."

December 4, 2017



The transformative power of a Mount education: “An Unstoppable Campaign for Mount Saint Mary’s University”

November 10, 2017

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A STEM believer

Chamelli Jhappan ’79 talks about the need for women in STEM and how the Mount propelled her career.

November 8, 2017

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Answering the call

Hundreds of Athenians turn out for the Mount's 2017 Invitation to Serve.

November 5, 2017


Meet the Campaign team

Meet the leadership team piloting "An Unstoppable Campaign for Mount Saint Mary's University."

October 31, 2017


Creating ‘aha!’ moments

Outstanding Alumnae Awardee Kristin Vanderlip-Taylor ’97 is one of the state’s top art educators.

October 17, 2017


Navigating a path

Outstanding Alumnae Awardee Joy Bejarano ’15 MBA strengthens ties with alums, students and the University.

October 16, 2017

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Finding the way

What do you pack for the journey of a lifetime? Sturdy shoes and an open mind, says Mary Lenihan ‘58

September 25, 2017
Alums Giving Back


Alums Giving Back

From donating to mentoring, Mount alums know the value of giving back, and helping more students become unstoppable.

August 21, 2017