Winter 2014

Saint Michael's College Magazine

The Dion Family Student Center opens with a warm welcome.

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John O'Meara at the Las Campanas Observatory

An Eye on the Sky more


In Alaska, a Connection Deeper Than Place more

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Taking Root more | gallery

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Campus Seen photo

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Perspectives to Value more

Continuity and Change

Saint Michael's identity is one of both continuity and change. For 110 years, Saint Michael's has stood in the same spot in Winooski Park, Vermont, educating an increasingly diverse student body in the timeless values of the Catholic intellectual tradition through a curriculum that changes to stay relevant while retaining its core values.

For more than 35 years, Buff Lindau was a continuous part of life at Saint Michael's, and for the last 15 years she and I worked alongside each other to promote the college. Buff joined the staff at Saint Michael’s in 1978 and adroitly handled its public relations, as well as being its spokesperson and in recent years also serving as its director of marketing and communications.

There are very few people who serve Saint Michael's whose longevity rivals Buff's. She heralded the arrival of all new faculty members, incoming students, graduating students, honorees, speakers and events. She tirelessly promoted Saint Michael's Playhouse in the summertime and the good of the college year round.

Buff was also the originator and for many years the editor of Founders Hall, the publication the preceded Saint Michael's College Magazine, and her writing graced the pages of this magazine many times. In more recent years at the college, she also contributed poetry to the Onion River Review and amazed many of us who take lunchtime yoga classes in the Ross Sports Center with her ability with arm balances! It's obvious that Buff is a woman of many talents, but above all I admired her devotion to Saint Michael's. Doing what was best and what was right for the college was always her first and foremost priority, and she never lost sight of that ideal.

I trust that all who know, remember and appreciated Buff and her tireless efforts on behalf of the college will join me in wishing her a long, enjoyable and rewarding retirement. +

- Caroline Crawford, Editor

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