Founders’ Day in pictures

The Saint Mary’s community had much cause for celebration Tuesday during the events of this year’s Founders’ Day. The day began with Mass in the Saint Thomas More Chapel at 10:45 a.m. At 1:15 p.m., students, faculty and staff were invited to Convocation in the Page Theatre. During Convocation, four people were honored with awards. John (Jack) McClure, Ph.D., program director of Ed.D. in Leadership, was presented with the Saint Mary’s University Distinguished Lasallian Educator award. Susan Hines, Ed.D., director of faculty development, was presented with the Bishop Patrick Heffron Award. The 2018 outstanding female and male seniors were Regina Bettag and Daniel Olajonlu. The Convocation celebration was followed by a reception in the Hall of Fame Room.

Soon after, ground was broken on a new residence hall. The new building, which is being named after Brother William, will house freshmen students and will be built attached to Pines Hall. Pines Hall has been renamed to Bishops Hall to honor the bishops of the Diocese of Winona. At 6 p.m., a renaming ceremony was held at which a plaque was unveiled and Bishops Hall was blessed.

The day was one of celebration and honor for the Saint Mary’s community.


Ann Merchlewitz gives opening remarks at the Convocation celebration on March 13.

Brother William Mann speaks at Convocation March 13.

John (Jack) McClure receives the Saint Mary’s University Distinguished Lasallian Educator award.

Dr. John (Jack) McClure speaks after receiving the Saint Mary’s University Distinguished Lasallian Educator award.

The Saint Mary’s University Chamber Singers perform “Queen of Queens,” directed by Patrick O’Shea.

Susan Hines receives the Bishop Patrick Heffron Award from Brother William.

Dr. Susan Hines speaks after receiving the Bishop Patrick Heffron Award March 13.

Regina Bettag speaks after receiving the female Outstanding Senior award.

Daniel Olajonlu speaks after receiving the male Outstanding Senior award.

Outstanding Senior award recipients Daniel Olajonlu and Regina Bettag pose for a photo.

Attendees listen to Brother William make opening remarks before ground is broken on Brother William Hall March 13.

From left to right: Owen Warneke, lead architect, OWA Architects; Heidi Ledermann ’19, vice president for Student Life; Mary Ann (Wera) Remick CST ’64, chair, Saint Mary’s board of Trustees; Brother William Mann, FSC, president, Saint Mary’s University; Mary Burrichter, trustee, Saint Mary’s University; Oscar Castro ’18, president, Saint Mary’s Student Senate; and Willy Dickenson, vice president, Schwab LLC Construction Services.

Ground is broken on Brother William Hall.

Timothy Gossen speaks during the renaming ceremony of Bishops Hall (previously Pines Hall).

Brother William speaks during the renaming ceremony on March 13.

Residents of Bishops hall, as well as other Saint Mary’s community members, listen to Brother William as he speaks during the renaming ceremony.

Rev. Robert S. Horihan ’98 blesses Bishops Hall during the renaming ceremony March 13.

Students unveil the commemorative plaque in Bishops Hall.

The new sign for Bishops Hall hangs on the front of the building.


Olivia Osterbauer



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