On January 14 and 15, the freshman class gathered together in the Commons for the Integrated Program Book Blessing. The Book Blessing, which is the culminating event of the semester-long Integrated Program, serves as a time for reflection and celebration of the work completed by our first-semester St. Mary’s women. During the celebration, students and members of the faculty and staff sat together and read through the books, offering written comments of encouragement in the backs of the books. Each Integrated Book is a compilation of samples of a student’s best work from her integrated classes (English, religion, fine arts or digital technology) into one portfolio. The student work is professionally bound into a lasting keepsake that can be enjoyed by students and their families for years to come.