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Homecoming on the Mount

This fall, Mount Mary invites you back to campus to celebrate your accomplishments and the budding of new generations as we bring together alumnae, students, families, employees, and friends.

Daily Schedule:  October 6-12

Pick the date you'll be on campus to see the schedule. All events are held on the Mount Mary University campus, free of charge unless otherwise stated.  Please see the listing below for details.  

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Monday, October 6
Spirit Day: "Start Your Week Off Bright" - Wear your favorite neon colors to celebrate the start of a bright, exciting week!

  • 8:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.
    Liturgy of the Hours: Morning Prayer with SSND, Our Lady Chapel
  • 12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.
    Tai Chi Contemplative Movement, Helfaer Hall

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Tuesday, October 7
Spirit Day: "Wear Your Favorite Jersey" - Wear your favorite sports team apparel in preparation for the Mount Mary Games!

  • 8:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.
    Liturgy of the Hours: Morning Prayer with SSND, Our Lady Chapel
  • 12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.
    Singing Bowl Reflection, Our Lady Chapel
  • 3:30 p.m.
    Mount Mary Games, West Lawn
    Do you have what it takes to be a Mount Mary Olympian?  Find out by competing in a variety of individual and partner events.Free
  • 4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Marian Prayer for Women at the Reflecting Pool, West Lawn of Campus (Near the Statue of Mary)
  • 6:00 p.m.
    Caroline Scholar Reunion, Caroline Hall Student Lounge
    Alumnae scholars share their stories of life since Mount Mary while learning what current Caroline Scholar students study and how they serve Milwaukee.
    Register in advance.

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Wednesday October 8
Spirit Day: "Take Me to the Races" - Wear your favorite derby day wear, from big hats to Sunday dresses in preparation for the Great Potato Derby.

  • 8:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.
    Lectio Divina: Scriptural Meditation with SSND, Our Lady Chapel
  • 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    Chillin' with the President, North Dining Room (11:30 a.m.) and Cyber Café (5:00 p.m.)
    Join President Eileen Schwalbach for a chilly dessert and Mount Mary's special Homecoming flavor made by Purple Door Ice Cream. 
    Register in advance.
  • 3:30 p.m.
    The Great Potato Derby, Location TBD
    Choose and decorate your potato, add wheels and get ready to rumble to earn your place in MMU history!  Spuds and wheels are available in the Student Engagement office. 
  • 4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Prayer Service: A Pathway of Prayer for Social Justice, Our Lady Chapel
    **NOTE:  A pathway of prayer, reflections, and questions focusing on social justice will be available in Our Lady Chapel from the Prayer Service on Wednesday, October 8, until noon on Saturday, October 11. You are invited to stop in at anytime to follow the pathway.
  • 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    Grace Scholar Reunion, Helfaer Hall
    Scholars share their stories of life since Mount Mary while learning about the current Grace Scholar students.

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Thursday, October 9
Spirit Day: "Throwback Thursday" - Pick your favorite decade and dress to impress!

  • 8:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.
    Lectio Divina: Scriptural Meditation with SSND, Our Lady Chapel
  • 12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.
    Contemplative Art Making, Notre Dame Hall 42
  • 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    Draw Your Soul Opening Reception, Marian Art Gallery
    Soul music and soul food will get you in the mood to celebrate this spectacular "soulful" interpretation by the Mount Mary University family— students, alums, faculty, staff, and friends at this opening reception. Each piece displayed will be available for purchase for $20. Proceeds support the Mount Mary University Marian Art Gallery.   Download a prospectus.

    Want to participate in the Draw Your Soul art show?  Contact the Alumnae Office, mmu-alumnae@mtmary.edu, to obtain your complimentary art supplies. This show is non-juried; all submitted pieces will be hung in the show.
  • 8:00 p.m.
    Throwback Sock Hop, Caroline Hall Gym
    Join us in the "old gym" and have a hoppin' good time dancing to some old school tunes.

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Friday, October 10
Spirit Day: "Show Your Spirit" - Wear your Mount Mary gear to support the volleyball team at the home game -- Go Angels!

  • 8:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.
    Lectio Divina: Scriptural Meditation with SSND, Our Lady Chapel
  • 4:00 p.m.
    Blue Angels Volleyball Tournament and Pizza Wars, Bloechl Center
    Don your favorite Mount Mary spirit wear in support of the Blue Angels Volleyball team. Free admission and free pizza samples before the game. Family friendly!
    Register in advance.
  • 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
    James Conlon Reception, Woman's Club of Wisconsin, 813 E. Kilbourn Ave., Milwaukee, honoring James Conlon, Ph.D., Philosophy, for 40 years of service to Mount Mary.
    Register in advance.
  • 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    Madonna Medal and Tower Awards Reception and Dinner
    Woman's Club of Wisconsin, 813 E. Kilbourn Ave., Milwaukee, honoring the 2014 award recipients.
    $50 per person, free valet parking and a handicap accessible entrance available.
    Register in advance.
    • Suzanne Hele Carton, '64, Madonna Medal for Professional Excellence
    • Carol Zintek Cinclair, '64, Madonna Medal for Professional Excellence
    • Mary Schwister Bock, '64, Madonna Medal for Service to the University
    • Safia Chaudhry Awan, '85, Madonna Medal for Community Service
    • Nadine McDowell, '04, Tower Award

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  Saturday, October 11

  • 8:00 a.m.  9:00 a.m.
    Yoga on the Mount, Bloechl Center
    Join us for a morning of meditation and yoga. Guests are welcome; attendees must be ages 16 and up. Appropriate for all level of yogis.
    Register in advance.
  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    Mount Mary Serves Together for the Hunger Task Force
    Bring a future student! Bring a sibling, sister, daughter, or anyone you would like to see as a future Mount Mary student. Let them see the spirit of Mount Mary at work!
    Register in advance.

    Bus departs from the west side of Notre Dame Hall on the Mount Mary campus for various Task Force locations and returns in time for lunch at Mount Mary! Tee-shirts will be given to identify our group.  Guests of alumnae must be age 12 or older. Please park in the staff lot "C" off Menomonee River Parkway. See map

    If you cannot attend Homecoming but would like to host a similar event in your community on the same day, please contact Alumnae staff at 414-256-1254.
  • 9:00 a.m.
    Check-in, Gerhardinger Center
    For Alumnae in the Classroom participants

    Check-in, Gerhardinger Center Student Lounge
    For the Class of 1964. (This room reserved for this class all day.)
  • 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
    Alumnae in the Classroom, morning sessions
    Register in advance.
    • Search for Meaning: Yesterday and Today
      James Conlon, Ph.D., Philosophy Professor at Mount Mary University
      Relying on 40 years of teaching this central course in Mount Mary's Core Curriculum, Dr. Conlon will explore ways in which the questioning found at the heart of all human life has both changed and stayed the same through student discussions over the years.
    • Stress Reduction...NOW!!!
      Laurel End, Ph.D., LPC-IT, Professor of Psychology at Mount Mary University
      Explore stress reduction techniques and observe how physiological changes can be represented visually with biofeedback equipment. Dr. End shows how mindfulness meditation, guided imagery, and progressive relaxation techniques can be used to reduce stress.
  • 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
    Harley-Davidson Museum Tour and Lunch
    Join guests of Mount Mary University alumnae in touring the Harley Davidson Museum. Lunch reservations are available immediately following tour at own cost. Guests are responsible for their own transportation. Limited space available; preference will be provided to guests of the Class of 1964.
    $14 per person
    Register in advance.
  • 12:00 p.m. -1:30 p.m.
    1964 Marian Club Induction and Luncheon, Helfaer Hall
    Enjoy an elegant luncheon on campus, as we welcome and induct the Class of 1964 into the Marian Club.
    Free for Class of 1964 and earlier alumnae, $25 per person for guests
    Register in advance.
  • 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
    CHILIn' on the Mount, Parkway Place Grill, Caroline Hall
    Enjoy a special SSND chili recipe, dessert and music.
    $10 per person.
    Register in advance.
  • 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    Alumnae Association Open Board Meeting, location TBA
    Even if you have never been to an Alumnae Association Board meeting, please join us to see the vision of the Association at work! Board President Marita "Mic" Pietrykowski '70 gives a special invitation to all alumnae to be part of the business of the day.
    Register in advance.

    Campus Tours
    Enjoy campus tours immediately following the Board meeting, provided by current Mount Mary students.
    Register in advance.
  • 2:00 p.m.- 3:30 p.m.
    Alumnae in the Classroom, afternoon sessions
    Register in advance.
    • Art of the Creative Leader: Dancing with Complexity
      Presented by the Women's Leadership Institute, Danceworks, and Debra Dosemagen, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Chair of Education at Mount Mary University.
      Participants will better realize their leadership potential to work with change and navigate complexity through participation in an artistic expressive learning experience. The capacity to anticipate, respond, and adapt to the unique needs of a situation (the "dance") are critical skills for all high performance leaders.
    • The Murderer is in this Room: Detective Fiction and Culture
      Paul Gagliardi, Ph.D., Instructor, Mount Mary University
      One of the most popular forms of entertainment, in any medium, are stories of the detective. In this class, we will study the character of the detective in literature and on television. We will also consider the importance of the detective in contemporary culture.
    • Down and Dirty with Chocolate (ages 8 and up)
      Lynn M. Diener, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Chair of Sciences at Mount Mary University
      In this family-friendly, hands-on class, expect to learn a little about the science of chocolate, including some of the claims about chocolate's apparently miraculous health benefits. This class will end with an experiment using chocolate. Expect to get a little messy!
  • 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m
    Class Pictures, west main entrance of Notre Dame Hall
    Class photos for anniversary years will be taken as follows.  Individual pictures will begin after all class photos are completed.
    • 3:30 p.m., Class of 1964
    • 3:45 p.m., Class of 1969
    • 4:00 p.m., Class of 1974
    • 4:15 p.m., Class of 1959
    • 4:30 p.m., Class of 1954
  • 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
    Homecoming Mass, Our Lady Chapel, Notre Dame Hall
    Hosted by the Class of 1964. All are welcome!
    Register in advance.
  • 7:00 p.m.
    Recent Alumnae Night on the Town
    Milwaukee Ale House, Hopside Down Room, 233 N. Water St. #1, Milwaukee, WI 53202
    Graduates from 1989-2014 are invited to join us for an Oktoberfest-themed Third Ward experience! Appetizers and one drink included; other specials available for purchase.
    $5 per person (must be 21 or older to attend)
    Register in advance.
  • Class Anniversary Dinners
    Class anniversary dinners will take place by special invitation at varying times and locations.  Watch for details from your class representatives.
    • Class of 1964, Mount Mary University
    • Class of 1969, Lake Park Bistro

Sunday, October 12

  • 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    Class of 1964 PALS Brunch, North Dining Room
    A special celebration for the Class of 1964. 
    $20 per person
    Register in advance.

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Happening Throughout the Week at #MMU14

All week
Enjoy our special "Homecoming on the Mount" ice cream flavor at Purple Door Ice Cream, 205 S. Water Street in Milwaukee, during the entire week!

And the winning name is....(drum roll, please!)........."Mount Mary Berry!"

Thank you for helping to name this new flavor that includes real blueberries and blackberries combined in a sweet cream ice cream with a touch of buttermilk.

Relaxation Station
The Student Lounge in Caroline Hall is available all of Saturday for anyone who wants to sit back and relax. Student hostesses can assist you with any questions or needs you have. Complimentary coffee and a crackling fire will warm the room for all guests!

History of Mount Mary Exhibit
October 11, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  and October 12, 12:00 p.m. -- 3:00 p.m.

The History of Mount Mary will be on exhibit at School Sisters of Notre Dame, Elm Grove Campus (formerly known as the Motherhouse). Stop in for a visit to this special exhibit portraying the story of Mount Mary in its first 100 years.

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Hotel Partners

Two hotel room blocks have been reserved for your convenience; please ask for the Mount Mary University Homecoming rate when reserving. Rates at both hotels begin at $109/evening.

  • Crowne Plaza Milwaukee West
    10499 Innovation Drive
    Wauwatosa, WI 53226
  • Radisson Hotel Milwaukee West
    2303 N Mayfair Rd, Milwaukee, WI 53226


Questions about Homecoming on the Mount may be directed to the Office of Alumnae and Parent Engagement at 414-256-1254.


Homecoming is a great time to GIVE! At Homecoming, many alumnae choose to give to the Mount Mary Alumnae Scholarship Endowment Fund. Because of our graduates, we are able to help the next group of "Mounties" become alumnae. Please include your gift with your Homecoming registration or visit our giving Webpage.

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