St. Mary's College News Briefs

SMCM Men’s, Women’s Cross Country Teams Invite the Public to 24-Hour Run

The St. Mary’s College of Maryland men’s and women’s varsity cross country teams recently completed their fifth season of competition, and student-athletes have now turned their attention to fundraising for their next season. The 2014 24-Hour Run at St. Mary’s College is an initiative to help the teams reach their fundraising goals. But, in addition to raising funds—which will go toward the teams’ practice gear and travel expenses—the teams would like to invite the public to join in on the fun!

The 24-Hour Run, which will take place on the college’s track, will go from Friday, April 5, at 12:00 p.m. through 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 6. Any time during this 24-hour period, members of the community are invited to run with the teams—a perfect workout opportunity! On the-spot contributions to the teams’ cause are encouraged, but are not required to run.

Contributions can also be made online at (search for “cross country” in the “find” bar at the top of the page).

St. Mary’s College Ranks High on Kiplinger’s New Best- Value Colleges Lists, 2014

In addition to ranking the top 100 values among public colleges, private universities, and liberal arts colleges, Kiplinger’s recently revealed several new lists to help prospective students and their families narrow their search. According to the inaugural lists, St. Mary’s College of Maryland is ranked fourth on the list of 30 Best Values in Small Colleges and ninth on the list of 30 Best College Values in the Mid-Atlantic.

Kiplinger’s began its first college rankings in 1998, placing a special emphasis on schools that combine outstanding education with economic value. St. Mary’s College has appeared on its list of top values in public colleges consistently since then. The new rankings complement Kiplinger’s existing rankings, using unchanged methodology that assesses quality based on a number of measurable standards, including admissions and retention rates, student-faculty ratio, four-year graduation rate, cost and financial aid, and low average debt at graduation.

“Our annual rankings focus on the best value schools, recognizing those that maintain academic integrity and standards while meeting the financial needs of their students,” said Janet Bodnar, editor of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. “This new tool allows students to select which qualities are most important to their decision, ultimately choosing the school that represents the best value for their specific needs.

“It’s easy to overlook quality options when faced with finding the best fit from more than 4,000 degree-granting institutions,” said Robert Long, managing editor of “Our goal was to create a starting point for students and parents to narrow down the choices and easily find and compare high-value schools that match their most important criteria.”

St. Mary's College Board of Trustees to Hold Special Meeting, March 15

The St. Mary’s College of Maryland Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting in closed session on Saturday, March 15, at 2:00 p.m. for the sole purpose of considering a personnel matter involving the appointment of the president of the college. The meeting location will be 1726 M Street, N.W., Washington, DC. The Board will conduct no other business during this meeting and it will be held entirely in closed session.

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