Community celebrates our founders with prayer and legacy awards

Mount Mary celebrates Founders Day today by honoring the courageous University founders, recognizing high-achieving students and recognizing other distinguished individuals at Mount Mary.
Mount Mary celebrates the SSND legacy by awarding three employees with heritage medals and two students with the Mother Theresa and Mother Caroline awards. The recipients all exemplify the spirit of the School Sisters of Notre Dame as it is lived out today.
This year, the Mother Caroline Student Award went to Junior Jessica Engelbrecht for her work off campus with students who are marginalized and on campus with working to develop young women as leaders. The Mother Theresa Award went to Jenia Cunningham who has worked in Trinidad and Tobago in order to pioneer the practice of neonatal occupational therapy in addition to working in a school-based setting.
This event is meant to celebrate the many ways that the founding spirit is alive and thriving within the Mount Mary community. We raise up the University's vision: We are a diverse learning community, and work in partnership with local, national and global organizations to educate women to transform the world.
The following notable employees were nominated by their colleagues and selected to receive the Heritage Awards that recognize their dedication to the mission of Mount Mary:
  • Administration Award: Cheryl Bailey, Dean of Natural and Health Sciences and Education
  • Faculty Award: Paula Reiter, Associate Professor of English and Department Chair
  • Staff Award: Yasamin R. Blackmon, Assistant Registrar

This year’s theme, Centered on Mission, served as an invitation as the School Sisters of Notre Dame who were present proclaimed: “Our God impels us into the heart of the world to be women of peace, hope and love, and we invite you to continue to journey with us.”

View photos from the event on Facebook here