May Russell Alumni Lodge


We welcome all St. Mary's College alumni back to campus for a relaxing stay in the May Russell Alumni Lodge. This is a very popular building and is reserved by alumni who wish to reconnect with the College, get away for a while, or even stay for their wedding. Because we need to accommodate many guests, we ask that you contact us well in advance to book the Lodge for an overnight stay.

Alumni Lodge Facade


  • $150/night Monday through Thursday
  • $450/weekend Friday through Sunday (Friday check-in, Sunday check-out)
  • $1,200 wedding rate Friday through Sunday (includes use of the Garden of Remembrance)

Additional charges will be assessed to guests responsible for any damage incurred or any items missing from the May Russell Alumni Lodge during their stay. Damages will be charged at the cost determined appropriate by the Office of Conferences and Events.


To reserve the May Russell Alumni Lodge, call the Office of Alumni Relations Monday through Friday at (240) 895-4280 or email St. Mary’s alumni will have priority in reserving the May Russell Alumni Lodge during the summer months (mid-May through mid-August), but may also visit during the school months if the Lodge is available. Because we have many reservation requests, please have two or three dates in mind when making your reservation. Reservations will be in a pending state until payment is received. If another request for dates in a pending state comes in, the first requestee will be emailed, and given 72 hours to secure the reservation with payment, or release the dates to the second inquiry. 


Check-In is at 3 p.m.        

Check-Out is at 10 a.m. on weekdays and 3 p.m. on Sundays

The May Russell Alumni Lodge keys should be picked up from the Office of Alumni Relations in the Alumni House before 5 p.m. and the Office of Public Safety after 5 p.m. Public Safety will not issue a key to anyone whose name does not appear on the list provided by the Office of Alumni Relations. If circumstances necessitate an early arrival (before 3 p.m.) or late check-out (after 11 a.m.), please place your luggage in the alcove at the base of the stairway as rooms may be reserved for other guests. When you leave, place the keys in the mailbox on the front door of the lodge. Guests will be charged $50.00 for keys that are not returned.


Refunds amounting to 95% will be given with a one week notice of cancellation. No refunds will be granted within one week of the date reserved.

Alumni Lodge Parlor


Lower Level - The Lodge has a living/dining room combination and a kitchen on the lower level. A screened-in porch overlooks the St. Mary's River and is located just off the dining room for guests' enjoyment. The living room has a fireplace, but firewood is not provided by the College.

Upstairs-Level - There are three bedrooms and one bathroom on the upstairs level. Bedroom #1 has one double bed, bedroom #2 has one double bed, and bedroom #3 has a set of twin beds.

There is a maximum of six guests per night. If more guests are found staying at the Lodge, then all guests will be asked to leave and refunds will not be issued. Infants and small children that sleep in portacribs provided by the parents are not included in the number of guests.


Guests are welcome to use the kitchen as long as it is left clean for the next guest(s) or function. Please wash all dishes used and remove or discard all leftover food.


Dial "9" for an outside line for local calls. Dial "0" to reach the College operator. Long-distance calls must be put on a calling card or the charges reversed.


The May Russell Alumni Lodge does not accommodate pets.


Smoking is not allowed in the May Russell Alumni Lodge, or on the screened porch.

Alumni Lodge Bedroom


Lodge Bedrooms and Downstairs: (240) 895-4383
Office of Alumni Relations: (240) 895-4280
Office of Conferences and Events: (240) 895-4310
Office of Public Safety: (240) 895-4911