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The campus has grown both in numbers and in degree programs offered. Approximately 1, students are currently enrolled and more than 30 degree programs are offered. Sister M. Four brave sisters responded, making a day journey from France to northern Indiana and establishing a school in Bertrand, Michigan.
It was the first female college in the Great Lakes region.
For over years, the college continued to be run by the Sisters of the Holy Cross. Though she was not the first president nor the longest-tenured, Sister Madeleva Wolff left a lasting impact on the college, one that is felt to this day.
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She was known as a poet as well as a proponent of education. It has been 85 years since she took office as president and more than 30 years since the inception of the lecture series in her honor. In , when the School of Sacred Theology was founded, it was the first college in the nation to offer a graduate program in theology to women.
From this program came some of the first female theologians in the United States.
Three graduate degrees were introduced in a Doctorate of nursing practice, Master of Science in data science and Master of Science in speech pathology.
Since then, a Master of autism studies has been added as well, to respond to a growing need in that field.
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Interim President Dr. Anniversary year events. Judith Fean, vice president for mission, and Shari Rodriguez, vice president for college relations, co-chaired the th Anniversary Committee.
The annual Lessons and Carols on Dec. The kickoff took place Jan. All of the events were well-attended by students and faculty.
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The communitywide event that takes place on campus brings together students, staff and their families, along with local residents to perform acts of service. It was followed by the dinner. During the dinner, Dr.
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Keith J. Egan was honored as founding director of the center and Sister Mary Ellen Vaughn gave a testimony about her experience as a student. The guest speaker for the evening was Dr. As namesake of the college, this festival explored the role of Mary in an interdenominational way, combining the honor Catholics give to her with the Protestant hymn festival. Intended as a pilgrimage, groups of participants stopped at several stations around campus, including the Chapel of Loretto and Our Lady of Peace Cemetery, to hear presentations.
They also stopped at Bertrand Hall, the first home of the school and other locations. Sister Madeleva herself had found joy in such walks, often cutting and carrying walking sticks she found around campus. A national literary festival took place in November, hosted by alumna and best-selling author Adriana Trigiani.
It brought 11 authors to campus.
The two-day event also attracted approximately attendees, who had the opportunity to listen to and engage with the writers of various genres. The festivities will end Dec.
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It has been set to music by Andrea Ramsey, guest conductor from Kansas City. The evening, which begins at 7 p.
A reception will follow, in honor of the anniversary. Jennifer Barton Staff Writer.
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