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Alisa Macksey, M.A.
Executive Director
First Generation Initiative

Wish Brother Finbar all the Best on his 93rd Birthday!

As one of the gang, we hope you will share in Brother Finbar McMullen’s passion for pineapple upside down cake, “Finovations,” and the First Generation Initiative. So you might be asking how each of these all fit together. Here’s how: they all require a great deal of...

Saint Mary’s University Students Attend Kente Summit

To build community across campuses, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota students attended the sixth annual  Kente Summit Nov. 4-5 at Macalester College and Hamline University. The mission of  the Kente Summit is to gather male college students of African descent who...

Senior Profile: Emerald Alcantar, “A Chameleon Conquers Demands”

When asked the question “How would you describe yourself?,” not many people would answer as clearly as Emerald Alcantar. Alcantar, a First Generation (FG) Scholar, describes herself as a chameleon. Alcantar realizes she faces, and will continue to face, certain life...

Scholars Attended Mindfulness Session

First Generation (FG) Scholars of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota  attended a retreat on Mindfulness facilitated by the Manitou Center of Winona on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016. The retreat consisted of...

Scholars Attend Dakota Gathering Homecoming

Winona--Accepting different cultures and diversity was what  First Generation (FG) scholars from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota (SMUMN) learned when they attended the Sept. 10-11 Great Dakota Homecoming, a powwow event welcoming members of the Native American...

2016 Countdown to College In Session

2016 Countdown to College In Session

Saint Mary's University of Minnesota's Winona campus welcomed 44 rising 11th and 12th graders on Sunday, July 3rd for the first session of Countdown to College (C2C). Their two-week session has a strong science component, which provides them the opportunity to earn...

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