On Saturday Oct. 3, the St. Mary’s Board of Trustees held their annual quarterly meeting. After an executive session during which the Board discussed the presidential candidates, the meeting was opened to the public.
Among the first items brought up was the new emergency student fund, which so far has helped more than 21 students. Trustee James Muldoon offered the, “serious appreciation of the Board to that effort.”
Professor Bob Paul, president of the faculty senate, gave an update on the Core Curriculum. The Core, which is now in its second year, will soon have students fulfilling the liberal arts in the world requirement through internships, studying abroad, completing a course with a significant experiential or service learning component, or completing an independent study.
He also commended the presidential search committee on their efforts to include the campus community. “Faculty feel they were very central to the process,” he said.
Student Trustee Debbie Travers gave an update on student issues on campus. She addressed the concerns students had brought to her attention about Bradford Persistent Agent, including problems downloading the program and concerns about slower computers. Students have a meeting set up to address the problem. Travers also overcrowding, explaining that Queen Anne residence hall had been hit especially hard with many students in study room quads and forced triples. The College is currently at 103 percent capacity.
The Buildings and Grounds committee gave an update on Anne Arundel Hall, explaining that the new site will protect ecological and archaeological interests. The plans for three out of the four new buildings are currently on schedule, and the plan for the fourth, the proposed Interpretive Center building, is currently being revised.
The committee also announced that Goodpaster Hall was awarded the Project of the Year Award by the DC Chapter of the U.S. Green Buliding Council and the Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects’s (AIA) Presidential Citation for Sustainable Design.
The Enrollment and Student Affairs committee announced that there were 492 students in the class of 2013. The class met the academic standards of the college, with scores well within the ranges of previous years. However, the ratio of out of state students dropped significantly, from around 25 percent to 14.6. The ratio of first generation college students also dropped, from 22.2 percent to 17.1, which the committee explained was expected with the current financial crisis.
Eugene Robinson, an Associate Editor for the Washington Post and winner of the Pulitzer Prize, was confirmed as the commencement speaker for the class of 2010.