The Woods Celebrates Winter Commencement
November 26th, 2014 | SMWC
Church of the Immaculate Conception - Doors open at 10:00 a.m
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
O'Shaughnessy Dining Hall, Providence Center
Guest Price is $8.25 per person, payable at the door.
12:45 p.m. outside of the Conservatory weather permitting
Cecilian Auditorium - Doors open at 1 p.m.
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (SMWC) celebrates its 176th commencement on Dec. 13, 2014. The traditional baccalaureate mass begins at 10:30 a.m. at the Church of the Immaculate Conception. The commencement ceremony begins at 1:15 p.m. in the Cecilian Auditorium of the Conservatory of Music. An estimated 60 students are expected to graduate in the ceremony.
During the ceremony, the SMWC National Alumnae Association will honor a graduating undergraduate and a graduating master’s student with the prestigious Alumnae Leadership and Service Award medal. This award is in recognition of one who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and service during his/her collegiate years at The Woods.
Jamie McCracken, associate professor of business at SMWC, will deliver the commencement address. McCracken graduated from SMWC with majors in accounting and mathematics, from Baker College in Michigan with an MBA in Leadership Studies, and graduates from Walden University this spring with a Ph.D. in management, concentrating in finance. In her ninth year at The Woods, she teaches a variety of accounting, tax and finance courses.
In addition to teaching responsibilities, McCracken oversees the SMWC Service Learning Center, which opened this fall. The Center engages students with community-based service learning opportunities that enhance personal and professional development, and social responsibility.
Demonstrating dedication and creativity in the classroom, McCracken was the 2014 recipient of the Pomeroy Faculty Excellence Award for Service in 2014. She also received the Aspire Higher Classroom Innovation award in 2014 for the innovatively transforming a tax course into a 100 percent service learning course.
McCracken always seeks opportunities for students to give back to the community. She coordinates the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site on campus to assist low-to moderate income families. Last spring, she led students to help a record number of families in the community by completing 290 tax returns providing over $60,000 of services at no charge with over a quarter of a million dollars in net refunds on federal returns. She also serves as the Vigo County chairperson for Indiana Money Smart Week by coordinating events designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances.
McCracken also volunteers on various campus committees including curriculum, compensation, graduate council, faculty handbook, as well as serving as Faculty Assembly Secretary for two years. She is active with the online learning platform, Desire2Learn’s Brightspace, helping in the quality review process during the implementation of the new system this fall and presenting at the national D2L Fusion conference.