> 2018-19 YEAR IN REVIEW
MOUNT MARY UNIVERSITY
FROM THE President
DEAR ALUMNAE AND FRIENDS,
ON THE COVER:
This June, over 30 members of the
campus community came together
to rebuild the labyrinth and to keep
this sacred space pristine for prayer
What a fantastic year we had! While some things remain constant, such
as our mission, vision and values, programs and plans for the campus and
some of the spaces are evolving.
Our finalized strategic plan will kick off this
fall with great initiatives related to physical
spaces, new programing and plans to
grow our enrollment and financial vitality.
(Watch for updates in fall.)
Some new and renovated campus spaces
will be ready when school starts (see page 14).
New programs, particularly our innovative
Compass Year for undecided students,
will launch this fall. Outside, the lawn and flowers on campus are
gorgeous this summer, and the campus community pitched in
this summer to give the labyrinth a stunning makeover.
As a friend of
“ the institution,
please join us in
— CHRISTINE PHARR, PH.D.
Indeed, these pages provide just a glimpse of the progress made. These updates,
which lead to transformation on an even greater scale, happen only through the
engagement and generosity of donors, funding agencies, volunteers and partners
who help us and support our forward progress.
As a friend of the institution, please join us in celebrating the momentum and
progress currently underway. We are stronger thanks to your support.
Christine Pharr, Ph.D.
President, Mount Mary University
FROM THE PRESIDENT / 3
• Promoting inclusivity and reducing barriers to education
are the focus of campus-wide programming through
funds from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s
Inclusive Excellence Initiative.
• Increasing graduation rates is the purpose of a U.S.
Department of Education Title III grant, particularly for
limited income students who may face both academic
and personal barriers to achieving success.
9 Endowed Funds
6 endowed scholarships
3 endowed programs
(1) Celebrating alumnae achievements on Awards Night. (2) Popcorn Day is a fun event for
students and the alumnae who make it happen. (3) Engaging campus through grant-funded
programming. (4) Recognizing the contributions to the Food Lab. (5) Alumnae support
the Starving Artists’ Show. (6) Volunteer leaders enjoy a boat outing.
4 / FUNDS SECURED
959 Total Donors
$3.3 million raised from donors
$2.9 million from the U.S.
Department of Education’s
Strengthening Institutions Program
8 BEQUESTS TOTAL
• Fidelis Society recognizes our most loyal alumnae and donors who have included Mount Mary in their estate
plans. These individuals have chosen to leave a meaningful legacy of what was important to them during their life,
to be gifted at their time of death.
➥ 8 new Fidelis Society Members ➥ 202 Total Fidelis Society Members ➥ 128 Living Fidelis Society Members
• President’s Circle President’s Circle includes those donors who contribute $2,500 or more in one fiscal year.
These generous donors are critical to the ongoing mission and delivery of education at Mount Mary.
➥ 103 members this year
• Renovated spaces made possible by donors include a $200,000 remodeling of the first floor of
Notre Dame Hall and $85,000 toward the creation of a virtual reality classroom for OT, nursing and
interior design students.
• Obstacles to education range from food insecurity to unforeseen emergencies. Affected students receive
support available thanks to the generosity of donors through the President’s Emergency Fund, Dash Grant
Program and the Hope Fund.
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THE PHOTOS ON
DONOR IMPACT / 5
POSITIVE TRENDS & Enrollment
OUR STUDENTS AT A GLANCE
100% of our students
receive merit and/or
WE ARE ON A THREE-YEAR UPWARD
TREND FOR FIRST-TIME FRESHMEN
ENTERING MOUNT MARY
$10.1 million is given in
scholarship and financial aid, of
which $1.1 million is from donors
OUR DIVERSITY IS OUR STRENGTH
11 different religions are represented
countries that students come from
outside the United States
of our undergraduates are first-generation
full-time minority undergraduate
6 / DEMOGRAPHICS, ENROLLMENT
RETENTION AND PERSISTENCE
• In spring, the Grace Scholars Program had the largest-ever
graduating class of 26 students. MMU’s Grace Scholars
Program strives to break the cycle of poverty for families
in Milwaukee through scholarships and academic support.
Mount Mary University surpasses
the average Wisconsin college
retention rate by nearly 20%.
Congratulations to Fulbright winner Mikayla Galloway,
who graduated with a double major in chemistry and
Spanish in May. Galloway, from Oconomowoc, Wis.,
is the first Mount Mary student to receive a Fulbright
English Teaching Assistant (ETA) grant and will teach
for a year in Kyrgyzstan, beginning in fall.
Mount Mary’s nursing programs continue to gain momentum, answering
the community need for nurses who are leaders in their profession,
• RN to BSN accreditation: Thanks to the excellent faculty and
program, the RN to BSN completion program achieved five-year
accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
(CCNE) in June.
this year put the spotlight on our
health and design programs. Look for more
program-specific advertising coming soon!
8 / ACADEMIC GROWTH
• Nursing 1-2-1 partnerships
expand to Moraine Park:
It’s more flexible than ever for
nursing students to obtain an
Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN),
licensure as a Registered Nurse,
and seamlessly move to complete
a Bachelor of Science in Nursing
degree (BSN), all within four years.
Mount Mary now has partnerships
with Milwaukee Area Technical
College, Waukesha Technical
College and Moraine Park
With this master’s level program in Food Science, the local talent pool will be larger,
more connected to the Milwaukee area, and more relevant to our business.
— LORI NAPIER, DIRECTOR OF APPLICATIONS AND PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT, NATURAL COLORS DIVISION AT CHR. HANSEN
MASTER’S DEGREE TRANSITIONS
• Master’s in Food Science: In response to the growth in the region’s
robust food and beverage industry, Mount Mary approved a new
MS in Food Science program to begin in fall. Industry professionals
may earn three stackable certificates, resulting in greater career
opportunities and local research initiatives.
• Dietetics update: As the dietetics profession moves toward a
master’s degree requirement for entry to the workforce, Mount Mary’s
request for an Integrated Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics
has been approved by ACEND, the Dietetics accrediting body.
Did you know?
A significant percentage of Mount Mary
students (44%) are majoring in Science,
Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)
programs; this significant representation
will go a long way toward achieving
equity in male-dominated fields.
ACADEMIC GROWTH / 9
Do you know someone who
wants to go to college but is
unsure about a major?
She can learn more about the Compass
Year at mtmary.edu/compass.
NEW PROGRAM Development
INNOVATIVE PROGRAM ASSISTS UNDECIDED STUDENTS
To assist students in finding their calling, Mount Mary has developed the
new Compass Year program, announced in spring 2019. Faculty and career
counselors guide students through career and vocational exploration,
while keeping students on track to graduate in four years. Mount Mary’s
Compass Year is the first of its kind in the nation.
Helping women discover their purpose and passion is a
“ longtime strength of Mount Mary.
— PRESIDENT CHRISTINE PHARR, PH.D.
Student tour guide Ali Bubloni ‘20
explained the Compass Year program
to a WTMJ news reporter in February.
WOMEN’S Leadership INSTITUTE
VOICES OF LEADERSHIP: ENGAGING THE COMMUNITY
355 students and members of Milwaukee’s business
community attended this thought-provoking conversation
on gender norms with social activist Jessica Shortall.
Multiple academic disciplines engaged our students in
learning projects centered around themes of gender equity.
SUMMER LEADERSHIP ACADEMY: SHAPING TOMORROW’S LEADERS
Over 55 emerging high school leaders from
three states participated in this program of
leadership, personal development, college
preparation and career exploration.
• Students reflected the diversity of the
world around them: 36% Latina, 34% White,
19% African American, 6% Middle Eastern
and 5% Asian American.
• Young professionals from the community
participated in a career dinner, offering advice
to these young leaders.
I was just blown away by this gem of
“a school. I couldn’t explain it in just
a few words, but there is something
really special about this place.
(After my presentation) I sat in on a
class with young women who, when
I think back to my college days, blow
that old version of me out of the water. ”
— JESSICA SHORTALL,
2019 VOICES OF LEADERSHIP KEYNOTE SPEAKER
12 / WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE
New SPACES & PLACES
Evolution and enhancement are two words
that describe the campus improvement
projects currently underway.
• New mural: Students, faculty and staff
helped Milwaukee artist Tia Richardson
create a diverse collage outside the
Alumnae Dining Room that captures
our campus spirit.
• Locker room: The old lockers are out
and the space is ready for new life.
• Alumnae offices: The Office of Alumnae
and Donor Relations has relocated to
the main corridor of Notre Dame Hall.
Stop in, the coffee is always on!
The first floor of Notre Dame Hall is under construction,
and will be home to an Academic Showcase, featuring
student work and campus treasures. The virtual reality
classroom will be operational and an interfaith prayer
and reflection room will soon be ready for worship.
14 / NEW SPACES & PLACES
FASHION: INCREASING LOCAL VISIBILITY
• Garments from Mount Mary’s collection enhanced
an exhibit on actress and legend Lynne Fontanne
at the historic estate in the town of Genesee.
• To support the American Heart Association (AHA)
through creativity, faculty and students designed
red dresses for the AHA fashion show.
• Social events: Donna Ricco and President
Christine Pharr, Ph.D. co-hosted a luncheon
at the Woman’s Club of Wisconsin and
“A Fashionable Tea” at CREO.
MISSION, IDENTITY & Impact
The spirit moves us in many ways, thanks to the guidance and
support of our community to strengthen our mission and heritage.
• Our weekly Mass schedule, which includes some bilingual
Masses, is made possible by the ongoing contributions of donors.
• Retreats for students and staff bring a deeper dimension to
our understanding of community.
• An inspirational one-woman play, commemorating the life of
nun and activist Joan Chittister, drew an audience from across
the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.
MISSION, IDENTITY & IMPACT / 15
It’s inspiring to be surrounded
by other academically strong
and supportive females!
— YESENIA MATA ‘22
NURSING 1-2-1 PROGRAM
Celebrating our 2018-19 achievements