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Lee Capristo, editor
The Mulberry Tree
Phone: (240) 895-4795
18952 East Fisher Road
St. Mary's City, MD 20686
I’m proud to spread the news that St. Mary’s ranks 9th among small colleges in the number of alumni serving as Peace Corps volunteers. That this is a 9-point jump up from a year ago, when we ranked 18th, is remarkable, but not so surprising.
At St. Mary’s, we promote social responsibility, civic-mindedness, global engagement— they are part of our mission—and our students lead the way by their example. As undergraduates, they organize clubs for the purpose of serving others: For Goodness’ Sake, the largest service club on campus, runs weekly projects that benefit a local soup kitchen, a women and children’s shelter, and a men’s shelter; the Black Student Union and the Gospel Choir volunteer their time with Boys and Girls clubs and local minority churches. Rotaract Club raises money and works on a community building project with Christmas in April. This year, the students raised three times more funds than ever before. The Student Environmental Action Coalition (SE AC) Club raises funds and works in support of environmental awareness. This year, the club’s efforts on environmental health were recognized by the St. Mary’s County Commissioners, who named the students “Health Heroes.”
Nineteen of our alumni are currently serving others around the globe as Peace Corps volunteers, teaching English, improving small businesses, or engineering water sources in some of the most remote areas of the world. Since the Peace Corps began, 83 volunteers have been from St. Mary’s. You will meet some of them starting on page 9, and will see that learning is a two-way street. Over and over, they discover firsthand how much a single person can make a difference.
On page 18, you will discover some students who tackle a very different kind of personal challenge. The Putnam Competition is a fiendishly difficult math contest running since 1938. The average score is an eggish “0.” Math enthusiasts, including some of our own, absolutely love it.
Finally, we are firm believers that the heartbeat of any alumni magazine is the news we receive from you, and we introduce an expanded version of the Alumni News starting on page 24. We are delighted to introduce our new director of Alumni Relations and Planned Giving, David Sushinsky ’02. I encourage all of you to keep in touch and send us your news. We want to hear about the great things you’re doing as St. Mary’s alums.