Welcome to Saint Martin's University.
Saint Martin's is imbued by the spirit of the Benedictine
monks, who established the university in 1895 and who continue
to nurture and sustain our community. You will notice that the
serenity of the Abbey can be felt throughout our beautiful
campus and that your dorm rooms and spaces are made for
contemplation, camaraderie, and conversations. I hope you
will make the most of these surroundings and allow yourself to
develop in mind and body, heart and spirit.
Your faculty and staff, learners like you who also continue
to grow and develop, will help you reach your highest potential
and achieve success. At Saint Martin’s, you will be known
individually to your faculty and staff, and the friendships you
form with your peers and mentors will last a lifetime. Your
learning and growth will occur not only in the classroom, but
through your involvement in co-curricular activities, service
opportunities, athletic and intramural sports, residential life,
travel opportunities that may take you abroad or to another part
of our country, and of course, through your interaction with
your peers who have joined you from near and far. Be sure to
make use of these many opportunities and to connect with your
faculty and staff mentors and teachers. Most importantly, I hope
that like many of us here, you will nurture the habit of
life-long learning and contribute meaningfully to our community
through service and leadership and to the communities you join
when you are not in Lacey.
As Provost, I work with faculty and staff to ensure that
academic excellence remains a hallmark of our teaching and
learning experience at Saint Martin’s University. I hope,
therefore, to connect with each of you as you make Saint
Martin’s your home for the next few years. And when you
see me in the cafeteria or in the hallways, I hope you will stop
and tell me how you are doing and if there are ways in which I
can help you succeed.
I look forward to meeting and getting to know each of you and
to nurturing your growth as a Saint Martin’s Saint!
Molly Smith, Ph.D.
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs