Going home again

Mount alumni return to cherished alma mater
September 25, 2017

Alumni & Family Weekend 2017

The Mount Saint Mary College Class of 1967 celebrated their 50th anniversary on Friday night with a trip down memory lane, a renewal of friendship, and a donation of nearly $50,000 to their alma mater.

The reunion of the Class of ’67 was one of many highlights at the Mount’s annual Alumni and Family Weekend, held September 22-24. Hundreds of successful grads headed back to campus to celebrate their accomplishments, catch up with old friends and professors, and see what’s new at the college that launched their careers.

Members of the Class of 1967 marked five decades since earning their degrees with a dinner and cocktail hour in the elegant James Finn Cotter Villa Library. Alumnae and their families were met by Dr. David Kennett, interim Mount president; James Cotter, longtime professor of English at the college; and many more friends.

On Saturday morning, nearly 20 alumni, current Mount students, and their families gave back to the local community through working with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newburgh. Armed with rakes and shovels, the group improved the landscape of a property for a local family in need.

Later that morning, Shannon (Romanchuk) Saturno ’05 and Alice (Murphy) Yoder ’80 were presented with the college’s Distinguished Alumni Award, recognizing their contributions to society through their professional and volunteer work. Saturno lost her three-year battle with breast cancer in July 2016, and her award was accepted by her husband, Kevin, and the couple’s young daughter.

Sean Glander ’06 earned the James V. McEnery Alumni Service Award, and Sr. Margaret Anderson, OP ’67 was honored with the President’s Award for Outstanding Service to the College. Sr. Anderson, a Dominican Sister of Hope, serves on the Mount’s Board of Trustees.

Throughout the weekend, successful Mount grads reconnected with classmates, took in soccer and tennis matches, enjoyed a barbecue lunch and a fireside dinner, attended a remembrance Mass, and more.

Mount Saint Mary College is ranked a Top-Tier Regional University by U.S. News & World Report, and offers bachelor’s and master’s degree programs for careers in healthcare, business, education, social services, communications, media, and more.