Peggy McLeish '98

November 6, 2013

Peggy is Director of Communications, Marion County Prosecutor's Office, Indiana.

Major: Human Services/Social Work

Minor: Political Science and French 

Residence: Indianapolis, Indiana

As a student, what were you involved in?
I was heavily involved in student government at SJC. I was the Halas Hall Governor, Chair of the Governors Committee, and a Representative on the Student Life Committee, which was comprised of faculty, administration, and students and discussed issues related to campus life. I was News Editor and a reporter for The Observer (SJC's student-produced newspaper), where I learned how to edit stories and design page layouts. 

I also completed two internships as part of the curriculum for my degree, including one with Crime Victims Assistance in Terre Haute, Indiana, the summer before my junior year. My job was to help victims through legal processes, especially those with low-income backgrounds. Sometimes, I even went to court with them. That internship sparked my interest in criminal law. My second internship took place the summer before my senior year, and it was with a public defender in Jasper County. I went to court with him and learned the different steps involved in legal proceedings.

How did SJC prepare you for the "real world"?
Saint Joseph's College taught me to be curious and not to take everything at face value. My education encouraged me to do my own research on an issue, and now, if there's information to be found, I can find it! The Core Program also taught me how to take a complicated idea and break it down. This is extremely important in my job, since my duty is essentially to bring the governmental system down to a level that is more accessible, and to make constituents feel connected to our government and part of the legislative process.

Explore the Core
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    Core and the major work in harmony to develop the cognitive skills requisite for success in a competitive, global society. Students better understand the forces that shape the future by exploring the past. They discuss contemporary events; analyze the impact of science on our understanding of humanity and the universe; and investigate diverse cultures and world civilizations. 

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  • Leadership

    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life. LaMichelle Sanders ’14, for example, has spent two summers helping Chinese study abroad students adapt to life in the U.S. and at SJC. If you want to start a club or activity that doesn’t exist, we encourage you to start one. At SJC, prepare yourself for what you want to do in life.

  • Real-life Skills

    Because of the skills you develop by having the Core Program interact with your major for four years in addition to internships, job shadowing, and service learning, you get hands-on experience in preparation for your career or graduate school. Students Hanna Kane ’14, Emily Baird ’15, and Alyssa Guarnaccia ’14 collect food in the SJC hoophouse to be distributed on campus. You will also get four years of analytical, writing, and speaking skills that will serve you well for the rest of your life.

  • Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Get a jump start on your career and have your resume ready to go at graduation.  

  • Mentorship

    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors do more for you—they serve as mentors.

  • High Quality Academics

    The Core Program is all about you and your role in the world.


  • Leadership

    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life.

  • Real-life Skills

    Get real-life experience and become an excellent communicator.