First Generation Initiative provides opportunity, names new leader

First Generation Initiative provides opportunity, names new leader

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is a university that prides itself on empowering individuals through education and a key to doing so is making that education accessible. Through First Generation Initiative (FGI), a Saint Mary’s education is made possible for some high school students who otherwise could not afford it. Also home to Countdown to College (C2C), Saint Mary’s brings high school students to the 400-acre Winona Campus for two weeks each year for four years to help them experience a college campus firsthand and receive college preparatory instruction. This fall, the Saint Mary’s FGI Scholars and C2C programs will be under new leadership. Alisa Macksey will serve as the director of programs for the First Generation Initiative at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.

Cardinals’ Brown is making a name for herself

Cardinals’ Brown is making a name for herself

When Octavia Brown stepped on the Winona Campus as a freshman in the fall of 2011, the First Generation Initiative was in its second year at Saint Mary’s and the Cardinal women’s basketball team was coming off a losing season. Fast-forward almost four...
Countdown to College to welcome 86 students

Countdown to College to welcome 86 students

Countdown to College (C2C) students will be on campus July 5-Aug 2. The first two weeks (July 5-18), Saint Mary’s will welcome cohorts 3 and 4 on campus. A graduation ceremony will be July 18. Parents of the seniors are invited to join the celebration. CAPTION: The...
First-generation students will benefit from May 21 event

First-generation students will benefit from May 21 event

One year after a successful inaugural event, the second annual First Generation Initiative SOAR Breakfast at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is scheduled for Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at the Saint Mary’s University Center in Minneapolis. The free, public event,...
High schoolers ready after 4 years of Countdown to College

High schoolers ready after 4 years of Countdown to College

  They arrived as strangers and graduated as family. At first, they had some hard exteriors — even as incoming ninth graders — protective shells that somewhat reflected their hometown urban settings. But, after four years of collaborating on classroom...