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Teresa Van Hoy, Ph.D., heard the story of the American pilot and the French villagers from French colleague Gérard Mignard, D. Lit., who lived in a town neighboring Orsan. Orsan historian Michel Benoit wanted to find the pilot’s family and return the parachute fragment. So Van Hoy and her nine Public History students took the case. In about three months, a decades-old mystery was solved.


St. Mary's University includes about 4,000 students and 75 academic programs, including Ph.D., J.D. and pre-professional programs.

Nearly 70 percent of St. Mary's University students participate in community service.

University-wide, 93 percent of St. Mary's University professors hold a Ph.D. or equivalent in their field.

International opportunities for St. Mary's students include study abroad programs with universities in Asia, Mexico, South America and Europe.

St. Mary's University has been named to The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction.

St. Mary's athletic programs have earned six national titles in basketball, baseball, softball and golf (one individual and one academic).

St. Mary's University is home to Richard Cardenas, Ph.D., recipient of President Obama's Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring.