Mission at USM

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Mission @ USM

Each semester, the University of Saint Mary honors its time-honored mission by celebrating one of the university’s core values: Community, Respect, Justice, and Excellence.
For Spring 2015, the USM Mission Council is emphasizing the core value of Excellence with a series of events and activities designed to build community, to draw us closer together at every level of our institution, and to allow us to better live out the Saint Mary mission.


Living the Mission Award

USM periodically recognizes faculty, students, and staff who go out of their way to personify the Saint Mary mission!


  • Have you seen the Core Values/Mission happening here at Saint Mary?

  • Has someone gone above and beyond what you expected?

  • Have you benefited from the generosity of others?

  • If so, please take a moment to recognize that effort by filling out this short form; the person you are recognizing will receive a gift noting his or her service and will also have their picture on the TV monitor in Mead.


Nominate a colleague, classmate, or friend below for the Living the Mission Award!

Nominee Name: 
Nominee Deparment: 

Your Name: 
Your Department: 

How have you seen this person living the mission? (limit of 4000 characters)

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The Saint Mary Mission

The University of Saint Mary educates students of diverse backgrounds to realize their God-given potential and prepares them for value-centered lives and careers that contribute to the well being of our global society.

Our Core Values

The University of Saint Mary believes in the dignity of each person's capacity to learn, to relate, and to better our diverse world. We value:

» Community

» Respect

» Justice

» Excellence

Our Founders & Sponsors

The University of Saint Mary is shaped by the educational mission of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth.

Rooted in the gospel of Jesus, the charism of St. Vincent de Paul, and the spirit of Mother Xavier Ross, the sisters see Christian education “as one of the greatest acts of charity: serving others at the fullest points of their needs and ministering to their need to know and come to the truth, to be opened to the good and the beautiful, to understand the past, to confront and help shape the future, to be called to justice, to be more fully and completely human and Christian.”

To live in the spirit of Vincent is to be part of a larger community united in service and caring, acting as a bridge between the rich and the poor, striving to witness virtues of simplicity, humility, and charity. It is to see the face of Christ in all people.


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University of Saint Mary
4100 South 4th St
Leavenworth, KS 66048

USM is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, a member of the North Central Association of Colleges & Schools (NCA), and is an AQIP Participant.