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SMWC senior awarded Second Runner-Up at Hoosier Horse Fair Queen Competition

SMWC senior awarded Second Runner-Up at Hoosier Horse Fair Queen Competition

Right off the bat Frances Garrett wants to clarify the Indiana Horse Council Queen Competition is not a traditional pageant. “One of the main misconceptions is that it is a beauty pageant; it has nothing to do with our looks,” the Pine Village, Ind., native explains. “Yes, all of the women participating are beautiful, inside and out, but we have to take a written test on basic equine knowledge and then interview with a three judge panel and complete a [horse] riding pattern.”

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SMWC announces recipients of top scholarship

SMWC announces recipients of top scholarship

Intelligent, accomplished, curious, generous – all qualities that make exceptional candidates for the Saint Mother Theodore Guerin Scholarship, the most prestigious award at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (SMWC), named after the College’s foundress. More than that, however, these scholars have already taken steps in life to aspire higher and become effective leaders, proficient learners and valued contributors to the community. It is with these qualities in mind that seven students were chosen – two who will receive full-tuition scholarships and five who will receive $17,000 scholarships, all renewable for four years.

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Staff awarded for outstanding service and excellence

Staff awarded for outstanding service and excellence

On Staff Recognition Day, Thursday, April 7, 2016, the Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (SMWC) community recognized the work of the staff and their accomplishments throughout the past year. President Dottie King, Ph.D., presented two staff members with awards at the ceremony.

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SMWC Chorale and Madrigals to perform with notable musicians

SMWC Chorale and Madrigals to perform with notable musicians

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (SMWC) students perform alongside notable organist and Grammy award-winning soprano in their spring choral concert, titled “Northern Lights: Exploring the Choral Music of Scandinavia,” on Sunday, April 24, 2016, at 3 p.m., in the Church of the Immaculate Conception on SMWC campus.

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No Horsin' Around

Described as the largest gathering in Indiana focused on the horse enthusiast, the HHF is the major fundraising event for the Indiana Horse Council (IHC) to support IHC equine programs. According to a survey commissioned by the IHC, current statistics show that equines are a $2.6 billion industry in Indiana. Approximately 40,000 people attend the HHF over the three days. Attendees come from across the state of Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Wisconsin and Canada.

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Rep. Susan Brooks encourages women to enter politics

Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks of the 5th District of Indiana encouraged students to consider political careers.

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Woods students gain much while giving in the Dominican Republic

Woods students gain much while giving in the Dominican Republic

For 11 years, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College has conducted Alternative Spring Break service trips. This year was a bit different, however. This year was SMWC’s first international mission trip. Twelve students and three staff members embarked on a trip to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, spending their spring break serving others.

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Acclaimed artists bring world-class performance to The Woods

Grammy award-winning soprano Estelí Gomez and acclaimed classical guitarist Colin Davin perform on Monday, April 25, 2016

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Woods students celebrate

Woods students celebrate "Family" on Ring Day

Family – that was the theme of the 94th annual Ring Day tradition at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (SMWC) that took place at the Church of Immaculate Conception on Sat., March 19, 2016. The Ring has long served as a connection among those that are a part of The Woods family. In this highly anticipated and moving ceremony, qualified students received their Woods Rings, a symbol of pride, friendships, academic achievement and personal growth.

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International author and equine professor brings expertise to SMWC equine students

Debra Powell Ph.D. has served as associate professor at The Ohio State University-ATI and is now an assistant professor of equine studies at SMWC. Read her story.

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Husband and wife to experience Ring Day together

Husband and wife to experience Ring Day together

For many students at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (SMWC), Ring Day is a culmination of their journey at The Woods – a special ceremony in which they can reflect on all they have accomplished. Students earn an onyx ring their junior year and are able to choose someone to co-present, along with President Dottie King, Ph.D., as they receive their ring during the ceremony. It is often the most anticipated and remembered day, even above graduation. So you can imagine how special it must be for Hannah and Jordan Schultz, Birdseye, Ind., a married couple who will participate in Ring Day, this year, together.

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Duke Energy leader to deliver commencement address

Duke Energy leader to deliver commencement address

Accomplished leader, seasoned executive and dedicated professional, Melody Birmingham-Byrd, president of Duke Energy’s Indiana operations in Plainfield, Ind., will speak at the 178th commencement ceremony at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (SMWC) on May 7, 2016, at 1:15 p.m.

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