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The time spent during study abroad—new people, new cultures, and new ideas—can change a life forever. The Alumni Association was proud to host two distinguished alumnae who had just this experience, Anne Robichaud ’70 and Mary Ann Peters ’72.

Anne Robichaud ’70

February 18, 2014

Anne RobichaudAnne Robichaud has lived in the rural mountains of Umbria, located near Assisi, Italy, for nearly 40 years. During that time she has become an international advocate for this pastoral way of life, lecturing throughout the United States on both rural Italian cooking and culture.

She has conducted tours of Umbria for the Smithsonian and has served as an expert on the region for the National Trust tour. Robichaud has helped to organize SCU’s study abroad Assisi program, as well. Although the sheep, rabbits, chickens, and other animals raised over the years on the Umbrian homestead have gradually disappeared, Robichaud, her husband Pino, and their three children continue to call this region of Italy home as Robichaud shares its unique way of life with the world.

Robichaud graduated from Santa Clara in 1970 with degrees in both English literature and Italian language and literature.

Watch as she shares her story:


Mary Ann Peters ’72

April 23, 2014

Mary Ann Peters Former Ambassador Mary Ann Peters ’72 was named the fourth provost of the U.S. Naval War College on Sept. 18, 2007. Previously, she was dean of academics of the College of International and Security Studies at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Germany. Prior to becoming the dean of the college, Peters served as associate director for international liaison at the Marshall Center. September 2014 she will begin a new career as the CEO of the Jimmy Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

Peters spent more than 30 years as a career diplomat with the U.S. Department of State. She received a Presidential Meritorious Service Award in 2003 for her work as the U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh, a post she held from 2000–2003.

Prior to her work as an ambassador, she served as the deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa, Canada and assisted with the peace building process in Northern Ireland, among numerous other diplomatic positions. She is fluent in six languages and has also served in Bulgaria, Moscow, and Burma.

She graduated from Santa Clara in 1972 with a Bachelor of Arts degree and continued her education at the John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. 

Watch Mary Ann share her story of study abroad and her life as a diplomat: