Alumni Week of Service

In 2015, members of The Woods community partnered with the Sisters of Providence to celebrate our 175th anniversary. To help commemorate this historic event, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College alums, Sisters of Providence and friends of the College participated in a Week of Service. The goal was to continue the mission and inspiration of Saint Mother Theodore Guerin and to raise awareness of our beloved Woods. Because of the week’s overwhelming success, the SMWC Alumni Board of Directors plan to make this an annual event. 

The Week of Service will be held April 16-22, 2017 in communities around the globe. Regional groups will identify service projects and invite participation of fellow alums and their families and friends. This will provide an exciting opportunity to connect with other alums as we unite in one purpose for the future benefit of the common good as we continue to celebrate our roots. Share with us on social media using #SMWCserves.

 

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How do you get involved?

It’s so easy to get involved and make a difference in your community. We are actively working on finding coordinators for the Week of Service. The coordinators will work with members of the Alumni Association to lead communications within a city and rally the group to participate in a day of service during the April 16-22 time-frame. Would YOU like to be a coordinator? The time commitment is minimal, and the chance to share your photos, your time, talent and treasure is priceless.

If you are interested in being a coordinator, please contact Veronica O’Connor Kindley ’88 at 317-509-6818 or via e-mail at v.oconnor(at)yahoo.com.

What are some service project ideas?

There are multiple ways to participate in the Week of Service. The most important aspect is to do something you enjoy and find meaningful. You are welcome to coordinate your own event or participate in another planned event on behalf of SMWC and the Week of Service. Below is a brief list of possible service projects:

AreaContact(s)YearPhone #E-mail
Campus Susan Turner 2014 812-535-5143 Sturner3(at)smwc.edu
Terre Haute Lynn Morales 2001 317-610-7994 shatzi54(at)gmail.com
Sisters of Providence Rosie Blankenship
Paula Sprigg
1992
 
812-535-2817
 
rblanken(at)spsmw.org
psprigg(at)spsmw.org
Indianapolis Veronica O'Connor (Board)

Jan Lorenzano
Molly Ellsworth
1988

1984
1992
317-866-7027
317-509-6818
317-697-0312
765-212-5385
v.oconnor(at)yahoo.com

Jan.lorenzano(at)bright-ideas.org
mollyee(at)hotmail.com
Cincinnati Maria Cholak
Peggy McCormick Platz
1990
1988
513-238-2109 C
 513-309-7588
mmmcholak(at)aol.com
theplatzfamily(at)gmail.com
Louisville Marty Kuehn 1969 847-489-4464 martikuehn(at)gmail.com
Florida – East Anna Mae Brown
Ana Julie Fonseca
1969
1981
561-912-9495
305-759-4112
ambcmm(at)yahoo.com
ajfons(at)aol.com
Florida – West Rosemary "Dee" Coyne 1959 239-591-3217 rodee(at)naplescoyne.com
St. Louis Amanda Trimble Lindley (Board)
Dennise Lafferre
2009

1952
314-724-7039

314-838-4381
amadalindley(at)archstil.org

dennisel(at)charter.net
Chicago Gail Zwaska
Kristine Binder Nader
2001
1988
630-800-1723
773-307-9833 C
gail.addison(at)gmail.com
kidbiz6(at)comcast.net
Arizona Mary Ellen (Jones) 1970 602-692-0998 mehwmni(at)aol.com
Michigan Aimee List 1988 313-478-2296 alchemyphotographic(at)gmail.com
Texas Michelle Tesar Barrentine 1978 210-688-9273 mitchtez(at)yahoo.com
Peoria,IL Amy Frakes (Board) 1994 309-696-0894 amyfrakes(at)yahoo.com
LA/Southern CA Mary Collins Dove 1986 562-587-7484 duvgirls(at)hotmail.com
Philadelphia/NJ Jane Jones Lane (Board) 1967 215-964-4314 lanejane47(at)gmail.com
Lafayette Elizabeth Ortiz Hunter 2008 765-543-5103 Hunter.ebeth(at)gmail.com
Evansville Donna Seil (Booneville) 1990 812-897-4940 seilb(at)aol.com
Jasper Karen Blesch 1958 812-536-2307 skblesch(at)psci.net
NW Indiana
(will work as team)
Amanda Bubb
Jennifer Cassidy
Kathy Lubeznik
2005
2010
 
260-479-7584
317-701-3552
 
Mae6107(at)aol.com
Jcassidy(at)smwc.edu
 
Ft. Wayne
(will work as team)
Ann Cozad
Beth Herzog Michel (Board)
Anne Longtine (Board)
1987
1994
1964

260-519-1333
260-432-3470
tacozad(at)frontier.com
beth.michel(at)medpro.com
annecl(at)spamarrest.com
South Bend Kelley Ross
Judith Aldape
Heather Tetzlaff Smith
1990
1986
1992


574-274-2386
Kelleyr(at)fourway.net
Gramyjay(at)yahoo.com
Poetriri(at)aol.com
Int’l. – Italy Catherine Scheuth Thomas 1988   Catherine.ama.thomas(at)gmail.com
Child working on Week of Service
  • Organize or participate in a highway cleanup day
  • Volunteer at a local food bank
  • Donate items to a local food bank or charity
  • Volunteer for Meals on Wheels
  • Organize or participate in a blood drive
  • Volunteer at the local Humane Society
  • Christmas in April
  • Volunteer at a local parish
  • Visit a local nursing home and spend time with residents
  • Plant flowers or trees
  • Cleanup public spaces
  • Read to a kindergarten class
  • Volunteer at the Boys & Girls Club

Once you have established your event, please email the details to alumni(at)smwc.edu.

Share your memories with SMWC!

To help commemorate the Week of Service, we ask all participating groups to take photos and post them on social media using the hashtag #SMWCserves. Photos along with descriptions can also be submitted to alumni(at)smwc.edu. These photos may be used on the website or in future Onyx articles.

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