Extending the legacy into the future

Mount Mary celebrates Founders Day today by honoring the courageous University founders, recognizing high-achieving students and awarding other distinguished individuals at Mount Mary.

During a campus-wide celebration, Mount Mary welcomed 18 new students into the honorary society of Delta Epsilon Sigma and four into Kappa Gamma Pi this year. These students receive recognition for their academic excellence, leadership capabilities and responsibility in service to others.

Additionally, Mount Mary honors the SSND heritage by awarding the Mother Theresa and Mother Caroline award to students who live out the legacy of the University's beloved founders.

This year, the Mother Caroline Student Award went to junior Nicole Mueller, who has volunteered with the elderly and very young. The Mother Theresa Award went to Mary Parizek, a senior who is a Caroline Scholar and advocate for developmentally disabled women vulnerable to human trafficking.

At this event, the University takes time to credit the many outstanding individuals within the Mount Mary community. All embody the University's vision: To be part of the diverse learning community, and work in partnership with local, national and global organizations to educate women to transform the world.

The following notable members of the Mount Mary community received the Heritage Awards, an honorable award that recognizes their dedication to the mission of Mount Mary:

  • Administration Award: Antje Streckel, Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions
  • Faculty Award: Tammy Scheidegger, Associate Professor of Counseling
  • Staff Award: Liz Saffold, Visitor Services Coordinator

This year’s theme, Unity and Diversity, was echoed in the words spoken by the School Sisters of Notre Dame present at the event: “The values, attitudes and virtues that foster oneness in our community are the same by which we promote unity among all people.”