The SMUMN Community Garden at Saint Mary’s has seen bountiful growth in its first year. But some of the most important growth has come at a personal level: the increased comradery between student gardeners; the discovery of the meditative quality of communing with the land; the attainment of gardening and cooking skills; and a deep sense of service and fulfillment that comes from feeding the hungry.
Mateo Means, member of the Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota men’s soccer team, was selected to be a member of the FC Dallas Special Olympics team that competed in the first-ever Unified Cup — a 24-team tournament that celebrated the 50th anniversary of Special Olympics.
Saint Mary’s rising senior Kynzie Smedsrud is collaborating on potential lifesaving research — research that could one day help women fighting breast cancer. Her summer internship at Gundersen Medical Foundation’s Kabara Cancer Research Institute is giving her a hands-on experience that is far exceeding her expectations.