alma mater \ ˌal-mə-ˈmä-tə \ noun
1. the school, college or university one graduated from or attended
2. the song of a school, college or university
The term alma mater has appeared in 126 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on Sept. 17 in “Bully Pulpit No More: Jen Psaki’s Turn at the Lectern” by Michael M. Grynbaum:
Jen Psaki, President Biden’s press secretary, may be the most prominent spokeswoman in American politics, but political fame hits different in the post-Trump era.
… As a child, Ms. Psaki admired Barbara Walters, although her parents throttled her television time, offering up episodes of “20/20” as rewards for good behavior. She graduated from Greenwich High School — alma mater of another famed White House press aide, the former Trump communications director Hope Hicks — and attended the College of William & Mary in Virginia, where she served as president of the Chi Omega sorority.
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