Alumni and Constituent Relations will host a farewell reception for Mary Jean Loomis on Monday, May 2. The event will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. in Room 304, Murray-Herrick Campus Center. The university community is invited to say goodbye and wish her well in retirement. A program will begin at 4 p.m.
Loomis was hired by Dr. Tom Bohen, chair of the Department of Business Administration, in February 1980; subsequently, she assisted Dr. Al Trostel (1980-1985), Dr. Ted Fredrickson (1985-1993), Dr. Jeanne Buckeye (1993-1995), Frank Coglitore (1995-1996), Dr. Richard Rexeisen (1996-1997), and Dr. Bill Raffield (1997-2004).
Over the years, the Business Administration Department grew to become the Division of Business and then the Opus College of Business. Among her responsibilities, Loomis arranged interview schedules for all business faculty who applied for teaching positions. She claims that the opportunity to meet so many fine professors and introduce them to St. Thomas continues to be one of her fondest memories. She enjoyed working with faculty, students and staff in the College of Business for 25 years.
In 2004, Loomis became the assistant to Dr. Rachel Wobschall, executive director, Alumni and Constituent Relations. She has served in the Alumni Center, where she welcomes students, alumni, faculty, staff, and a variety of visitors to the university. She also has assisted Monsignor James Lavin with the processing of sympathy letters written to the families of deceased alumni.
Although she will retire at the end of June, Loomis will be a frequent visitor to UST as she continues to maintain lifelong friendships with students, staff and faculty. She is grateful for the countless blessings she has received while working with her colleagues at St. Thomas and invites the campus community to celebrate with her on May 2.