Marian University, St. Mary Springs Academy establish new partnership

SMSA - MU Partnership

From L to R, Doug Olig, lead principal of SMSA; Kevin Shaw, president of SMSA; Sr. Judith Schmidt, CSA, past president of SMSA; Dr. Steven DiSalvo, president of Marian; and Stacey Akey, vice president of enrollment management at Marian.

August 8, 2011

FOND DU LAC, Wis. — On August 2, representatives of Marian University and St. Mary Springs Academy (SMSA) signed a partnership agreement that will increase Catholic education opportunities for professionals, families and students grade PK – 16 in Fond du Lac and beyond.

This innovative partnership was created in an effort to celebrate their joint heritage, better serve the Fond du Lac and surrounding communities and advance the shared goal of providing Catholic educational excellence in the area. The relationship will focus on providing educational discounts to faculty, staff and students served by SMSA and Marian. The relationship serves to benefit the joint systems through educational enhancement, cost saving measures, servant leadership development and strengthening their Catholic identity.

The Marian University-SMSA Partnership is designed in two phases of implementation. The initial phase, known as the Sr. Judith Schmidt, CSA, Benefit Program, begins immediately for the 2011-12 academic year. Tuition discounts of 50% are granted to SMSA faculty and staff to attend classes at Marian University, and the discount applies to dependent children of Marian employees who attend SMSA. Graduates of SMSA High School will also be eligible for an annual 50% tuition discount to attend Marian University providing they meet certain academic standards. This PK-16 partnership is the first of its kind in the Milwaukee Archdiocese.

“The newly-formed Sr. Judith Schmidt Benefit Program provides a tremendous cost-savings path for all faculty, staff and students served by SMSA and Marian. The joint heritage of Catholic identity and educational value at St. Mary Springs Academy and Marian is highlighted with this breakthrough initiative,” said Kevin Shaw, president of St. Mary Springs Academy.

Phase two of the partnership begins fall 2011 and focuses on collaborative efforts to strengthen both institutions and make a greater impact on the Fond du Lac community. Catholic stewardship will be reflective in community service projects endorsed by both entities. A joint Marian-SMSA committee will also work to identify methods to increase fiscal savings that benefit both institutions and develop strategies to utilize educational resources to enhance service to students.

“The Marian/St. Mary’s Springs Academy partnership is a great opportunity for students to reach their highest potential of success from a program that is founded in the Catholic tradition,” said Dr. Steven DiSalvo, president of Marian University. “Because of this partnership, we are able to provide a stronger academic community for future generations.”

The initial phase of the partnership is named after Sr. Judith Schmidt, CSA, who has been instrumental at both institutions. Schmidt served at Marian University for more than 20 years in a variety of capacities from professor to vice president and as SMSA president from 2008-2011. Schmidt also graduated from Marian University’s teacher education program in 1962.

Representatives present at the signing were, from SMSA, Kevin J. Shaw, president; Doug Olig, lead principal; Jack Eyers, director of finance; Barb Senn, director of development; and Carol Schlaefer, director of recruitment; and from Marian University, Steven R. DiSalvo, Ph.D., president; Stacey L. Akey, vice president of enrollment management; Mary Kosmer, comptroller and director of business & finance; and Paul Neuberger, vice president of advancement. Sr. Judith Schmidt, past president of SMSA, also joined the ceremony.

For more information, contact Marian’s Office of Admission at 920-923-7650 or the St. Mary’s Springs Academy Development Office at 920-322-8006.


Fun Facts

Marian’s hockey teams practice and play at the Blue Line Family Ice Center in Fond du Lac (Source: Marian University Archives).

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