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Fall 2012

Meet the maestros at the helm of the Saint Mary music program. Dr. Bill Krusemark and Prof. Freda Proctor are hard at work on a true labor of love: re-launching the music major.
USM's Music Faculty Work Together to Restore the University's Music Major 

 any given time, Dr. William Krusemark and Prof. Freda Proctor are blurs of activity. They teach classes, give private lessons, put together a long list of music events for the community, and—due to their frequent contributions at convocation, commencement, and other key university gatherings and events—basically produce the soundtrack of Saint Mary.

This year add to that list one weightier task: bringing back the university’s music major
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Musical Memories
The re-launch of the major is music to the ears of some Saint Mary alums.  Reard more »

View From the Spire
Honoring Sr. Mary Erwin
The late Sr. Mary Erwin Baker is remembered by dozens of nursing students as the instructor who taught them how to care. 

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USM Earns Accolades
Saint Mary continued its remarkable run of national recognition this year, again earning a "Best Midwestern College" designation from the Princeton Review and "Military-Friendly School" honors from G.I.Jobs Magazine.

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DPT Dedication
Archbishop Naumann and other dignitaries visited USM to bless and dedicate the new Stefani Doctor of Physical Therapy program.

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USM Fall & Winter Events
The change in season brings with it a host of new events at your alma mater!

Check out the university's online calendar of events for cultural and academic happenings

Learn about fall sporting events
Welcome, New Trustees
The university welcomed five new members to the Saint Mary Board of Trustees at the group's October Meeting.

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Hall of Fame Inductions
The Saint Mary Spires Athletic Department added a baseball standout and a record-breaking basketball team to its hallowed ranks this fall.

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From the President's Desk
As Saint Mary re-launches its music major, USM President Sr. Diane Steele reflects on the university's continued dedication to liberal arts education.

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Save the Date for SpireFest
USM's 2013 edition of the SpireFest gala is set for April 13!
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Contact Us
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Alumni Corner
Class Notes
Susan Smith, C'91, is finishing her Ph.D. Damien Torres-Botello, C'01, entered the Society of Jesus. And Ashley Peterson, U’10, is celebrating the birth of her daughter.

Get the latest on your friends and classmates in this issue's edition of Class Notes » 
In Memoriam
Honoring departed Saint Marians.

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Homecoming 2012
Alums turned out in force to cheer on the Spires at October's USM Homecoming gathering.

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Alumni Events Calendar
Saint Mary Homecoming highlights this edition of the Alumni Events Calendar!

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Alumni Chapter News

Read the latest info on Alumni Group Gatherings!

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Become a USM Ambassador
Want to stay in touch with your classmates, and help spread the word about great alumni events? 

The Saint Mary Class Ambassador program is a great way to stay connected and earn USM benefits!

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