Jaime Fuentes, Information Systems Instructor, took the lead in establishing intramural basketball, soccer and flag football leagues. More than 40 students participated in the inaugural season this spring.
Susan Hodges, Gateway to College Instructor, and Christa Rieger, Graphic Designer, assisted Gateway to College students in producing the first edition of the “Gateway Star.” The four-page newsletter is available for viewing online at
Karen Judy, Associate Professor of Natural Sciences, and Andrea Riebel, Program Support Specialist, organized the College’s first alternative spring break camp for local middle and high school students. The camp—which was a huge success with more than 180 applicants and 40 participants—was part of a National Science Foundation grant partnership that focuses on building a pipeline in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.
Susan Keim, Director of Organizational Leadership, published an article about mission-driven followership and civic engagement in the Journal of Leadership Education.
Patty Palmietto, Simulation/SkillsLab Coordinator, passed her national certification as an informatics/simulation instructor.
Juan Rangel, Director of Gateway to College, was a featured speaker at Northwest Missouri State’s spring Ploghoft Diversity Lecture. Rangel presented about the challenges and rewards of working with at-risk students in an
Andrea Riebel, Program Support Specialist, was invited to blog for Student Affairs Collective, an online community of student affairs professionals working to help all achieve higher levels
Craig Workman, Adjunct English Instructor, was named a 2015-16 Arthur Mag Graduate Fellow in Arts & Sciences through University of Missouri–Kansas City. Personality, good citizenship, commitment to community service and potential to contribute to programs in the Kansas City area are all considered in the selection process.
By the mercy and grace of God, this has been a blessed year at Donnelly College. In May, we celebrated the accomplishments of 61 of our students who graduated with bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and nursing qualifications.
Of particular note is our first graduate from our Gateway to College Program, who is continuing her collegiate studies at Donnelly. We were inspired by a stirring challenge from Rev. Desmond Lamb of Forest Grove Baptist Church in Kansas City, Kansas to be courageous in facing the problems of our times. We were pleased to honor one of our heroes and partners — El Centro, Inc. President and CEO Irene Caudillo — with our Delta Award.
This issue of our Digest is dedicated to things you might not know about Donnelly College. Let me begin by sharing one little-known story: Donnelly College started with a flood. Sister Jerome Keeler, OSB, who envisioned a college like Donnelly to serve “those who might not otherwise be served,” kept a diary. She recorded that on the first day of classes (September 12, 1949), the sisters had to deal with flooding in the College. Here is Sr. Jerome’s description:
“It poured rain in the morning during prayers and chores but we prayed that it would clear up before 8:00. Sure enough it did. After mass I sent Sister Elaine over to see if it had rained in the school. She telephoned back that there was water in the library, girls’ lavatory and boys’ lavatory. We hurried over to wipe it up before the students arrived.”
Through the sisters’ prayers and hard work, their dream became a reality. It continues today. We who have the honor to serve the people and mission of Donnelly College hope that this dream will live on for years to come.
Monsignor Stuart Swetland