Juggling responsibilities is nothing new for Danielle Batol Steele ’08. As an undergrad at Mount Saint Mary’s, Steele double-majored in business administration and psychology— and minored in
leadership and women’s studies. She was also a leadership scholar in the Women’s Leadership Program and served as a student tutor and campus tour guide. She received financial assistance through it all, thanks to the Michael and Carol Enright Endowed Scholarship. “Without this scholarship, I couldn’t have graduated in four years,” she says. “With it, I was able to get fully immersed in the college experience.”
Steele made the most of her support. She graduated magna cum laude and was the Mount’s commencement speaker for her graduating class. Steele later earned a master’s degree in psychology and an MBA from Claremont Graduate University. She’s also certified as a project management professional by the Project Management Institute.
All that likely explains how Steele balances wearing so many hats today. She works as an information technology project manager at Arizona State University, volunteers often and is the mother of a toddler. But that’s not all. Steele also finds time to serve as Mount Saint Mary’s regional ambassador in the Phoenix area. She enjoys connecting with other alums in the region and appreciates the chance to give back.
When Steele looks back on her time at the Mount, it’s not the academic accomplishments that stand out. It’s the relationships she built with students and professors. “College isn’t just about the grades,” she says. “It’s also the connections you make that count. Those longstanding relationships are what help you make a difference in the lives of others.”
More than a decade after her graduation, Steele is grateful to remain active in the University community. She plans to establish her own scholarship at the Mount one day to help advance other students’ careers.
“I still feel very much a part of the Mount family,” Steele says. “And I always will.”