Alumni in Action: Robert Donahue ’29

Radio & television personality, volunteer for the Massachusetts Association for the Blind Hometown: St. Charles, Minn. After a long career in radio and television, Robert Donahue began a second career as a volunteer. In 1999 he was presented the Jane Falk Award...
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.

Alumni in Action: George Speltz ’32

Priest, auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Winona, bishop of the Diocese of St. Cloud Hometown: Altura, Minn. Major: Philosophy Upon graduation from Saint Mary’s, George Speltz continued his studies at the St. Paul Seminary and was ordained to the priesthood in 1940....
Students jump right in to community service

Students jump right in to community service

You never know what you’ll find when you help tidy up a park. More than 80 Saint Mary’s students (mostly freshmen doing their first community service in Winona) donated an afternoon to clean up scenic Lake Park, playgrounds, bike path, and sand volleyball...

Alumni in Action: Emil “Bud” Paape ’62

High school teacher, Peace Corps volunteer, university instructor Hometown: Winona, Minn. Major: History From 1962 to 1965, Bud Paape taught history, mathematics and English at Hill High School, a Lasallian (Christian Brother-affiliated school) in Maplewood, Minn....
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