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What You Have Created

Jana Champion ’84, would not be where she is today—the deputy bureau director of the Wisconsin State Crime Laboratory—without Mount Mary professors who pushed her beyond her comfort zone and encouraged her to expand her dreams.

“If it weren’t for Dr. Kay Elsen seeing my potential and pushing me to take an internship at the Drug Enforcement Administration in Chicago, I never would have found forensics,” she says.

Today Jana is making a difference in the lives of two Mount Mary students as a “Backpack to Briefcase” program mentor. She spends time talking with them about how to interview for jobs, how write a resume that will get read and setting goals for their life.

“I always feel like I get way more out of it than they do. They are both currently working as interns at the state crime lab and I hope they are learning from and enjoying their experience,” Jana says.

Create a Solid Future

Many other alumnae, like Jana, volunteer their time and talents each year through mentoring programs, the Starving Artists Show® and other events, as well as by making gifts to the university to transform the lives of current and future students. We are grateful for the generosity of our alumnae and friends.

As the university begins our next 100 years, we continue to need your support to maintain a high quality, transformative education that prepares young women to succeed personally and professionally. Your support is crucial in the following areas:

  • Scholarships—Scholarships, especially for students with financial need, are always welcome. A scholarship can create a lasting impact on a student and change her life forever.
  • Unrestricted gifts—Mount Mary’s support from tuition, room, board and endowment earnings does not cover of all of the university’s operating expenses. By giving unrestricted gifts, you allow Mount Mary to use your gift where the need is the greatest—from scholarships and facilities renovations to classroom technology and library books.
  • Creative campus initiative—Mount Mary has always been a creative campus—encouraging students to think creatively and use a broad range of strategies to develop solutions to problems, including to social justice issues. The university is now formally striving to incorporate a one-of-a-kind creative culture throughout the curriculum in all academic areas.
  • Strategic campus planning—In 2012, a master plan was created for space on the Mount Mary campus, including plans for new academic and residence buildings, new traffic flow patterns and parking, and more. To learn more about the plans and how your gift may help to advance these plans, please contact the Advancement Office.