2018-2019 Year in Review

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> 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

and reflection.

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

celebrating the

momentum and

progress currently

underway.

— 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


FUNDS Secured

INSTITUTIONAL GRANTS

• 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.

1

• 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.

4

Over

$21.5 million

ENDOWMENT

New

9 Endowed Funds

6 endowed scholarships

3 endowed programs

2

3

5

(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

3

6


DONOR Impact

TOTAL RAISED:

$6.2 Million

959 Total Donors

$3.3 million raised from donors

$2.9 million from the U.S.

Department of Education’s

Strengthening Institutions Program

$1,421,607

ANNUAL FUND

$230,529

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.

> CHECK OUT

THE PHOTOS ON

PAGE 14!

DONOR IMPACT / 5


POSITIVE TRENDS & Enrollment

OUR STUDENTS AT A GLANCE

726

623

undergraduate students

graduate students

100% of our students

receive merit and/or

need-based aid

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

23

31%

58%

countries that students come from

outside the United States

of our undergraduates are first-generation

college students

full-time minority undergraduate

enrollment

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.

Remarkable

Retention

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.


ACADEMIC Growth

NURSING UPDATES

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.

ADVERTISING

CAMPAIGNS

Promotional campaigns

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

Technical College.


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.

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MAJORS:

Did you know?

STEM Programs

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!

Coming Soon

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.

UNDER

CONSTRUCTION:

Academic

Showcase


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

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