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77th Annual Heart of the Walking Woman Winners Announced

Friday, March 3, 2023

College of Saint Mary recognized students who exemplify character, service and leadership on campus through its annual Heart of the Walking Woman celebration Feb. 25 in Our Lady of Mercy Chapel. This was the 77th year of this long-standing tradition.

Macey McGargill, a senior biology major from Papillion, received the Heart of the Walking Woman Award. Dr. Maryanne Stevens, RSM, CSM president, presented the honor. “I am beyond honored to be named Heart of the Walking Woman,” said McGargill, who also is minoring in environmental sustainability and music. “I’m happy to be able to give back after everything CSM has done for me, and I will hold this honor with me the rest of my life. I have so much love for CSM and the community within it.”

McGargill, a Marie Curie Scholar, has served as an executive on Student Senate for two years. She’s served as vice president of the STEMinist Club, an executive for Campus Activities Board and is the student representative on the Budget Committee. She also is a member of CSM Singers, the Green Team, Secret Cooking Society, and Spanish Club. She’s a resident advisor and a summer coordinator. McGargill founded Creative Twist, a fine arts club on campus.

“Coming into CSM, I was next to not involved in high school. I was encouraged to take a leap of faith to get involved and the rest is history,” McGargill said. “Not only am I offered endless opportunities to grow, but I am also expected to seize them, and I am followed up on to ensure I have. College of Saint Mary has become my home, and I know I wouldn’t be where I am without it.”

Heart of the Walking Woman finalists are selected from each class. A fourth-year finalist receives the Heart of the Walking Woman honor, while first-year, second-year and third-year finalists are selected as Walking Women in the Making. The winners are chosen by students, faculty and staff through a campus-wide election.

The third-year Walking Woman in the Making was Rachel Cushing, a pre-health and biology major from Council Bluffs, Iowa. Cushing, a Marie Curie Scholar, is a member of the Flames volleyball team. She’s co-coordinator of the Elementary Science Outreach Program, which brings exciting, hands-on activities to classrooms at Omaha metro area schools. She’s also president of the Student-Athlete Leadership Team and in the Walk Tall Honors Program.

Brenna Timewell of Santa Cruz, Calif., a nursing major, was selected as the second-year Walking Woman in the Making. A mother of two children and a nontraditional student, Timewell works in the copy center, the Achievement Center and the campus bookstore.

The first-year Walking Woman in the Making was Clare Dahlhoff, a biology major from Vermillion, S.D. Dahlhoff, a Marie Curie Scholar, is a member of Student Senate, Do Unto Others and the Secret Cooking Society. She also volunteers with the Elementary Science Outreach Program.