Alumnae Share Memories, Advice During Arches Showcase


Mount Mary alumnae visited the Arches Showcase during the 2013 Mount Mary Alumna Weekend. Graduates shared their best moments of the school and gave advice to current students.

Some of the first arrivals to the Arches Showcase included Gail Bast, 1989 graduate and former two-year Arches newspaper reporter. Bast was a business administration and professional writing major and is currently the owner and president of Association Acumen, a Milwaukee-based association management company.

When asked about advice for current students, Bast said determination is key.

“When uncomfortable, lean in,” Bast said. “Life is cumulative so keep going. Don’t stand still.”

Elise Jagers, Bast’s niece, completed her degree in education in 2009 and returned to Mount Mary in 2011 to attain an additional teaching certificate. Jagers, a current employee at Association Acumen, shared her favorite take-away from attending Mount Mary.

“Be who you are because nobody embraces that more than Mount Mary,” Jager said. “The school lets you be who you are and cultivates it.”

Beth Kowall, 1974 alumna, was an occupational therapy major. Kowall participated in a variety of campus activities including student government, where she served as class treasurer her junior and senior years. Kowell went on to become an occupational therapist at the Milwaukee Veteran’s Affair Medical Center. Kowall said her favorite aspect of Mount Mary was being treated as an individual.

“I went to Mount Mary because I wanted to be a person, not just a number, ” Kowall said.  “I attended high school in the suburbs of Illinois and felt like a number. When I came here, I was a person who was actually acknowledged as an individual. For that, I am thankful for Mount Mary.”

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