Mooney announces retirement after 2015-2016 academic year


first_imgSaint Mary’s president Carol Ann Mooney will take part in her final first-year orientation this week after an announcement in June that she will retire as the College’s 11th president when her contract ends May 31, 2016.Reflecting on her time at the College, Mooney said she will miss the students most.“One of the great joys of being president at a small college is to be able to interact with the students,” she said. “You are fascinating young women who really are preparing to make a difference in the world. You care deeply about the good of this community, and I trust that will expand to the various communities you will inhabit as you move through your lives.“You thrive on the challenges posed to you by your professors and leave here prepared to meet the challenges that await you. You are smart, thoughtful, ambitious, funny, faith-filled and joyous people. You are the evidence that the work being done here is important work. “Mooney said as an alumna and an administrator, Saint Mary’s has become a huge part of her identity.“It will be important, however, especially in the first year of my retirement to distance myself from the College and allow the next president room to establish her, or his, priorities,” she said. “Having a fresh set of eyes assess the needs of the College can only improve Saint Mary’s.”Mooney said she hopes students remember her as one person in a long line of dedicated individuals who work to spread and live the mission of the College.“So many people carry the responsibility to keep the special mission of the Sisters of the Holy Cross central to the College and [work] to ensure that Saint Mary’s continues to thrive because of the excellence of the experience that it offers to our students.“I hope you will look back on your time here and believe that Saint Mary’s has helped you to become the best possible version of yourself.”One moment Mooney will always remember was after a theatre production of “Macbeth.” She said she waited after the show to greet the actors, and one student saw her and ran back into the dressing room, returning with a library book.Mooney said the student opened the back of the book to show her the card, which listed the due dates.“She took out the card and showed me my signature, indicating that I had checked out the book. She also showed me the month and day that I was required to return the book and said she was due to return the book on the same date.“Then she looked at me and said, ‘Maybe someday I will be President of Saint Mary’s, too.’” Tags: 2016, President Mooney, retirement, saint mary’slast_img read more

Sanders introduces bill to install 10 million ‘solar systems’ on US rooftops


first_imgUS Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), chairman of the Senate s green jobs subcommittee, today introduced legislation with nine cosponsors to encourage the installation of 10 million solar systems on the rooftops of homes and businesses over the next decade. At a time when we spend $350 billion importing oil from Saudi Arabia and other countries every year, the United States must move away from foreign oil to energy independence, Sanders said. A dramatic expansion of solar power is a clean and economical way to help break our dependence on foreign oil, reduce greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming, improve our geopolitical position, and create good-paying green jobs.At a Senate committee hearing today, Sanders questioned Energy Secretary Steven Chu about President Obama s budget for next year. The White House requested $2.4 billion for energy efficiency and renewable energy programs. The requested 5 percent boost overall included a 22 percent increase for solar power.The potential for solar power also was the subject of testimony last week before Sanders green jobs subcommittee by Jeff Wolfe, chief executive officer of groSolar in White River Junction, Vt. Wolfe said Sanders bill would help homeowners and small businesses stabilize their energy costs.Sanders bill would authorize rebates which, along with other incentives, would cover up to half the cost of the 10 million solar power systems and 200,000 water heating systems. Non-profit groups and state and local governments also would be eligible. The legislation would ensure that participating homeowners and businesses also receive information on incentives to improve energy efficiency.Sanders said a recent report shows that solar power could help make every state more energy independent if solar units were installed on available rooftop space, because every state can meet 10 percent or more of its electricity needs just through rooftop solar. Moreover, because solar energy creates more jobs per megawatt than other energy sources. Sanders bill could create hundreds of thousands of jobs over the next ten years in the solar industry.The legislation s cosponsors include Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.),  Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.).Sanders measure is patterned after successful state programs promoting solar energy in New Jersey and California, where prices have fallen as the number of solar units increased.To read a copy of the bill, click here.Source: Sanders’ office. 2.4.2010last_img read more