USM Journeys


In April, alums from various walks of life returned to Saint Mary to discuss their time at USM, and the journeys they’ve walked since graduation.

Science and Mathematics alums shared their career advice with USM science and math, and pre-professional health students.

Those joining the department this year to talk included: Theresa Baumstark, U’09, (medicine), Christine Weber, U’11, and Allison Mulberry, U’11, (pharmacy), Jean Volk, U’04, and Ashley (Mallon) Banister, U’09, (operations research), as well as Geoff Peterson, U’09, (biology and theology double major).

Peterson spoke to students at the biannual mini Science and Math Undergraduate Research Forum about his time at Saint Mary and how it prepared him for his successful application to Oregon Health & Sciences University School of Dentistry, as well as dental school and his new career at Raintree Family Dental Care in Lee's Summit, Mo.

In addition, USM’s Lawrence D. Starr Global Studies Institute (GSI) hosted a photo exhibition and talk featuring Saint Mary alum Alma Habib, U’13, focusing on Habib’s volunteer work in Syrian Refugee camps in Lebanon over the 2013-2014 winter break.

Habib, a Leavenworth, Kan., resident, recently graduated from USM with a nursing degree. Her resume of service activities is extensive, including her efforts to start a non-profit organization to raise money for Syrian refugees. Habib’s talk explored her own ties to Syria, the motivation pushing her toward humanitarian relief work at the refugee camps, and the challenging conditions faced by refugees.

Shortly before the presentation, the USM community rallied behind Habib, voting for her photo in the “Experience Worth One Million Smiles” contest, sponsored by Kaplan and Smile Train. Habib’s photo won the contest, earning her an all-expense paid trip to Guatemala where she will have the opportunity to scrub in on a Smile Train cleft-repair surgery.