Alumnae News and Events

Saint Mary’s College Welcomes New Trustees

June 11, 2012—Saint Mary’s College welcomes six new members to the Board of Trustees, including two alumnae and a current student. Elected to the Board for the first time are Thomas E. Black, Jr., Michael R. Leep, Sr., Sister Mary Ann Pajakowski, CSC ’69, and Monsignor Kenneth Velo. They will serve three-year terms. Alyssa Vinluan ’13 was appointed as the student trustee, a one-year term. As the new Alumnae Board president, Karen McNamara Weaver ’91 will sit on the Board of Trustees for two years.

2012 Alumnae Association Award Recipients Announced

June 5, 2012—Saint Mary’s College is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2012 Alumnae Association Awards, which were distributed at the Reunion Banquet Saturday, June 2 as part of Reunion Weekend, May 31-June 3. The following is the list of the awards and the recipients. Click on the names to learn more about them. The Distinguished Alumna Award is the Alumnae Association’s highest recognition.

Saint Mary's Honors Catholic Charities USA Board member (Yahoo!)

May 23, 2012—Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) Board of Trustees member Kathleen Flynn Fox '74 received an honorary doctorate last weekend from her alma mater Saint Mary's College. Fox, a successful businesswoman, has dedicated more than 30 years of her life to service and advocacy on behalf of those most in need. Since 1980, she has been an avid volunteer working directly with children, promoting children’s literacy, and supporting programs that assist those in poverty.

Kathleen Flynn Fox '74 Receives Honorary Doctor of Humanities Degree

May 19, 2012—Kathleen Flynn Fox ’74, a successful businesswoman, has dedicated more than 30 years of her life to service and advocacy on behalf of those most in need. Since 1980, she has been an avid volunteer working directly with children, promoting children’s literacy, and supporting programs that assist those in poverty. She is one of two honorary degree recipients at the 2012 Commencement. Click above to read her award citation and her address at Commencement.

Susan Fitzgerald Rice '61 Honored with President's Medal

May 19, 2012—At the 2012 Commencement, Saint Mary’s honored Susan Fitzgerald Rice ’61 with the President’s Medal, which is presented rarely and exclusively to those who have offered exceptional contributions to the life of the College and society. This is not the first time the College has honored her. Rice received the Distinguished Alumna Award from the Alumnae Association in 1986 and was named a Shannon Executive Scholar in 1998. Click above to read her award citation and her address at Commencement.

Alumnae Association Announces Outstanding Senior Award Recipient

May 11, 2012—Every year the Saint Mary’s College Alumnae Association Board of Directors presents the Outstanding Senior Award to a member of the senior class who exemplifies the spirit and values of the College. The recipient of this year’s Outstanding Senior Award is Anabel Castañeda '12,  a double major in political science and communication studies. She will receive her award at the Alumnae-Senior Champagne Brunch on Monday, May 14.

Adriana Trigiani '81 to Discuss TV Writing with TV Icon Bill Persky

April 10, 2012—The Saint Mary’s College Department of English and the Shaheen Performing Arts Series proudly present “Celebrating the Golden Age of Television Writing" with Adriana Trigiani '81  and Bill Persky. Trigiani, a best-selling author and an accomplished television writer, playwright, and documentary filmmaker, and Persky, a five-time Emmy award winning producer, director, and screenwriter, will present an informal lecture together. The public is invited to join the friends as they talk about television writing, watch TV clips, and take questions from the audience.

Commencement Speaker and Alumnae Honorees Announced

March 5, 2012—Saint Mary’s College is proud to announce that Mellody Hobson, president of the Chicago-based money management firm Ariel Investments, will deliver the 2012 Commencement Address. Hobson is a nationally recognized voice on financial literacy and investor education. She will receive an honorary doctor of humanities degree from the College. Saint Mary’s will also recognize two alumnae at Commencement: Kathleen Flynn Fox ’74 will receive an honorary doctorate and Susan Fitzgerald Rice ’61 will be honored with the prestigious President’s Medal.

Long-time Saint Mary’s College Administrator 'Sister B.A.' Passes Away

December 18, 2011—Saint Mary’s College mourns the loss of Sister Basil Anthony O’Flynn '46, CSC, 94, a long-time administrator at the College. Sister passed away on Friday, December 16 at Saint Mary’s Convent. Her 37-year career at Saint Mary’s College spanned five decades, from 1956-1998.

Alumna and Students to Receive Accounting Awards

September 21, 2011—The Department of Business Administration and Economics at Saint Mary’s College will honor one alumna and five students at an awards ceremony this evening. Kelly Neuwirth Grier '91, managing partner of the Chicago office of Ernst & Young LLP, will be honored with the Department’s Outstanding Accounting Alumna Award. Five accounting students will also receive awards.

Saint Mary’s College Welcomes New Members to the Board of Trustees

July 18, 2011—Saint Mary’s College welcomes five new members to the Board of Trustees, including three alumnae (Gretchen A. Flicker ’93, Patricia Wiedner Purcell ’69 and Rebecca Anne Votto ’93). At its spring meeting, the Board elected four members to three-year terms (2011-2014) and appointed a student to a one-year term (2011-2012). The Board also re-elected five members to three-year terms (2011-2014). The terms began last month.

Saint Mary's College Receives Largest Bequest in College’s History

June 4, 2011 (Notre Dame, Ind.)—Saint Mary's College gratefully announces a gift of $4.7 million from the trust of Marjorie A. Neuhoff ’61 . It is the largest bequest in the 167-year history of this Catholic, women’s college. The gift will be used to establish endowments for a chair in nursing, a need-based scholarship, and the Summer Science Research Communities, all in Ms. Neuhoff’s name.

Saint Mary’s Announces 2011 Alumnae Association Award Recipients

June 4, 2011 (Notre Dame, Ind.)—Saint Mary's College is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2011 Alumnae Association Awards, which were distributed at the Reunion Banquet tonight as part of Reunion Weekend, June 2-5. Award recipients include Sheila Conlin Brown '56, who will receive the Distinguished Alumna Award; Patrice Julia Tuohy '81, who will receive the Alumna Achievement Award; and Stephanie Snyder Seliga '06 who will receive the Humanitas Award.

Saint Mary’s announces Outstanding Senior Award Recipient

May 12, 2011—Every year the Saint Mary's College Alumnae Association Board of Directors presents the Outstanding Senior Award to a member of the senior class who exemplifies the spirit and values of the College. Saint Mary’s College is proud to announce the recipient of the Outstanding Senior Award of 2011 is Emma Hoffman '11, a biology major from Oak Forest, Illinois. She will receive her award at the Alumnae-Senior Champagne Brunch on Monday, May 16.

Saint Mary's College Receives Largest Single Private Gift in College's History

March 26, 2011 (Notre Dame, Ind.)—With gratitude, Saint Mary's College President, Carol Ann Mooney, announced today that Saint Mary’s received the largest single private gift in the College’s 167-year history. Philanthropists MaryAnn and Clayton Mathile, parents of Saint Mary’s alumna Jennifer Mathile Prikkel ’95, donated $9 million dollars to Saint Mary’s for the renovation of Science Hall. In addition, Prikkel, a member of Saint Mary's College Board of Trustees, donated $1 million to the project for a combined gift of $10 million.

2011 Commencement Speaker Announced: Therese Borchard '93

March 23, 2011—The 2011 Commencement Speaker will be alumna and mental health author/blogger Therese Johnson Borchard ’93. In addition to delivering the Commencement Address, Borchard will receive an honorary doctor of humanities degree from her alma mater. Commencement will be held on Le Mans Green at noon on May 21...

Alumna and Husband honored as Shannon Executive Scholars

October 19, 2010—Saint Mary’s College is proud to announce the selection of Indianapolis entrepreneurs Karen Baker Hill ’79 and Mark Hill as this year’s Shannon Executive Scholars. This honor is bestowed upon distinguished Saint Mary’s alumnae who have achieved outstanding professional success. Mark Hill, Karen Baker Hill’s business partner and husband, shares this honor with her.

Saint Mary's Welcomes Alumna as New Director of Admission 

October 14, 2010—Saint Mary's College is pleased to announce that Kristin McAndrew '94 recently joined the College as the director of admission. McAndrew has spent her professional life working in admission office positions at liberal arts colleges.

Catholic Charities USA presents Centennial Medal to Alumna

October 13, 2010— According to a press release, Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA), the 100-year-old social service network working to reduce poverty in America, has presented its Centennial Medal to Kathleen Flynn Fox '74. Her volunteer service at local Catholic Charities agencies and on the Catholic Charities USA Board of Trustees exemplifies her commitment to the vision and mission of Catholic Charities USA.

Alumna's roles as company VP expand

July 12, 2010—EraGen Biosciences Inc. announced that Maria L. (Serieno) Foster '82, vice president of commercial operations, has assumed responsibility for the company's sales organization. She had been responsible for marketing, customer service and technical support.

Alumna promoted to director of communications

July 8, 2010—The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) announced several promotions, including that Marti (Hogan) Pupillo '78 was promoted to director of communications. According to the IDFA press release, she brings more than 20 years of corporate and member communications experience to IDFA.

Alumna accomplishes dream of writing novels

May 19, 2010—While Louise (Enyedy) Bergin '80 majored in accounting at Saint Mary's, her dream while still in school was to write historical novels. She's written three now: The Spinster and the Wastrel; A Worthy Opponent; and The Winter Duke.

Alumna/Texas Tech professor receives award

May 12, 2010—According to a story on the Texas Tech University’s Web site, Deborah Laverie ‘85 was selected as a 2010 Piper Professor for exceptional dedication to teaching. She is a professor of marketing, the Rawls Professor of Business and the senior associate dean of the Rawls College of Business at Texas Tech University. The Piper Foundation honors effective and dedicated teachers.

Alumna is a 2010 Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellow

May 6, 2010—Kristen Bildhauser ’09 is one of Ball State University’s Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellows. Bildhauser, who majored in mathematics and minored in music at Saint Mary's College, was awarded the Presidential Scholarship for Academic Excellence and the Milko Jeglic Award for Achievement in Mathematics, according to a Ball State press release.

Alumna wins nomination for county assessor

May 4, 2010—With more than 55 percent of the vote, Rosemary (Rappelli) Mandrici ’78 upset incumbent David Wesolowski to earn the Democratic nomination for St. Joseph County (Indiana) assessor. Mandrici now faces Randy Clark, who earned the Republican nomination today by defeating James O’Donnell.

Alumna appointed to director position at global company

February 26, 2010—Amy (Marget) Nimmer ’76 was appointed director of human resources regional deployment and operations at Global Human Resources, effective April 1. In this role, she is responsible for regional human resources deployment and operations activities.

Alumna/gifted leader in music field wins award

June 10, 2010—Aimee Beckmann-Collier '75, who has offered her music talent to assist the Diocese of Des Moines countless times over the years, has been awarded the 2010 Distinguished Alumna Award from the Alumnae Association of Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame, Ind., her alma mater. This story appeared on the diocese's news Web site.

Saint Mary’s Announces 2010 Alumnae Association Award Recipients

June 8, 2010—Saint Mary's College is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2010 Alumnae Association Awards, which were distributed at the Reunion Banquet on Saturday, June 5 as part of Reunion Weekend, June 3-7. Receiving awards were Aimee Beckmann-Collier '75 (Distringuished Alumna Award), Juliette Noone Lester '55 (Alumna Achievement Award), Florence "LuLu" Romano Daly '82 (Humanitas Award) and Andrea Sondag Schweitzer '00 (Outstanding Young Alumna Award).

Director of Rome Program Portia Prebys '66 knighted in Italy

June 3, 2010—Portia Prebys '66, the longtime director of the College's Rome Program was recently knighted by the president of Italy. At a ceremony in May in Rome, Prebys was knighted with the title of Cavalier of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic. The civil knighthood is an honor given for meritorious service to the nation of Italy. Prebys received the honor for her long career in international education.

Alumna leaves stamp in manufacturing

May 30, 2010—Gloria Georger '77 is featured in Chicago Tribune article in a story about women in leadership roles in the manufacturing sector. Georger, who majored in accounting, took over as manager of Ford Motor Company's stamping plant in Chicago Heights three and a half years ago, becoming one of five female managers at the automaker's 27 plants in the U.S. Saint Mary's is mentioned in the article.

Alumna Publishes Memoir and Therapy Notes

March 22, 2010—Therese Johnson Borchard ’93 just published her memoir “Beyond Blue: Surviving Depression & Anxiety and Making the Most of Bad Genes” and a book of therapy notes called “The Pocket Therapist: An Emotional Survival Kit.” Borchard is the author of the daily blog “Beyond Blue.”

Alumna writes another Best Selling Novel, Brava Valentine

March 19, 2010—Adriana Trigiani '81 has another best-selling book, “Brava Valentine.” Released on February 10, the novel is sequel to “Very Valentine,” which debuted in February 2009 and was also a best seller.

Alumna recognized for Literacy Research

March 6, 2010—Former Wood County Texas schoolteacher Loretta “Lettie” Albright ’83 is receiving attention for her research on the benefits of reading aloud to teenagers. Albright, Ph.D., is an associate professor of literacy in the department of reading at Texas Woman's University in Denton.

Alumna appointed Vice President of Mission Integration and Ministry

February 21, 2010- Sister Mary Elizabeth Imler ’75 was appointed as vice president of mission integration and ministry at the University of St. Francis. Imler recently completed her second term as general superior of her congregation and served three years as president of the Spirit and Life and the Transformation Task Force for the Franciscan Federation of North America.

Alumna joins the CONTACT Crisis Line

January 6, 2010—While growing up, Gina Martine Wood ’88 was involved in calming and caring for her mentally ill “Uncle Johnnie.” This experience taught her empathy, patience, and compassion and inspired her to sign up to help others in need by serving as a CONTACT We Care crisis hotline volunteer.

Alumna appointed to Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities

December 22, 2009—Texas governor Rick Perry appointed Patricia Watson ’88 of Flower Mound, Texas to the Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities for a term to expire Feb. 1. The committee works to ensure that Texans with disabilities have full and equal access to lives of independence, productivity and self-determination.

Alumna Joins the Peace Corps

December 14, 2009 (Notre Dame, Ind.)- Sarita Fritzler ’08 is currently living in Zambia serving as a community health improvement volunteer for the United States Peace Corps. Over the next two years Fritzler will be indentifying various health issues in the community and improving the overall health of the community. Her main focus will be on educating the children about HIV/AIDS, and sanitation standards.

Alumna Elected to Vice President of Top Firm

December 1, 2009- Lauren Martine Cangelosi ’01 was recently promoted to Vice President of LCG Associates. LCG is a full serviced investment consultation firm based out of Atlanta, Georgia.

Alumna and Her Photography Studio Featured in Business Weekly

 November 30, 2009- Eileen (Scubelek) Dimino '02 and her business Traditions Photography in South Bend are featured in Tribune Business Weekly. Dimino's specialty is photographing children and families. Her goal is to create more than a photograph, but an heirloom to be cherished for years to come.

Alumna to Speak to Bishops about Catholic Charities USA's Centennial Celebration

November 16, 2009- Kathleen Flynn Fox ’74, national chair of the Centennial Steering Committee for Catholic Charities U.S.A., will speak to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops at a breakfast Wednesday as part of their November meeting.  She is expected to speak about the upcoming centennial, the benefits of anti-poverty efforts and Catholic Charities USA’s role in shaping the movement for the entire country.

Alumna Hold on to Seat in New Jersey Assembly

November 8, 2009- Denise (Mayley) Coyle ’75, retained her 16th District seat in New Jersey’s General Assembly in the November election.  The Republican’s platform included revising the state budget and reducing state spending to prevent more constituents from moving out of the state. Coyle is completing her first term in the Assembly.

Alumna Continues on a Religious Path after attending Saint Mary’s College

October 20, 2009- Katie Press ’05 has always felt a special call to serve God. With her parents support she attended Saint Mary’s College and continued to grow in her faith. Press seriously began to examine her religious life while in graduate school.

Alumna featured in the New York Times article “Does the Brain Like E-Books?”

October 19, 2009- Maryanne Wolf ’69, the John DiBiaggio Professor in the Eliot- Pearson Department of Child Development at Tufts University, gave an interview to the New York Times regarding the impact of E-Books on the human brain.

Alumnae Featured in Traditional Home Magazine Spread

September 30, 2009- Joan (Gullans Pluck) ’78 wanted to create an eat-in kitchen and bring more light into her New Canaan, Connecticut home, and who better to design it than her own sister, Louise (Gullans) Brooks ‘76. Their project is featured in the September 2009 issue of Traditional Home Magazine.

Alumna among The CPA Technology Advisor's 40 under 40 Honorees

September 25, 2009- Jody (Matousek) Padar '94, CPA, MST, co-founder of the Chicago accounting firm Matousek Consulting was named as one of The CPA Technology Advisory's 40 under 40 honorees. For four years the program has recognized the up and coming accountants, technology developers and tax professionals in the profession.

Alumna Returns to College as Director of Development

September 25, 2009—Saint Mary's is pleased to welcome back to the College Elizabeth “Libby” Gray ’93 as director of development. She started in her position last month. Gray will help to strategically lead the major gift, planned giving, corporate and foundation relations and donor relations staff.

Alumna among national magazine's Top “40 Under 40”

September 24, 2009—Jennifer (Soukup) Kalczuk ’92, external relations manager for The Rapid (Grand Rapid’s public transportation system), was honored this week as one of Mass Transit magazine's Top “40 Under 40” list.

Alumna to be honored with hospital’s highest honor

September 21, 2009- Nancy (Roberts) Dobson ’70, as well as Uniland Development (the company she co-founded), will be honored at the Kenmore Mercy Foundation’s Tribute to Angels Gala on November 20. Dobson will be presented with the Sister Mary Mechtilde Memorial Award.

Alumna Interviewed about the Job Market for Lawyers

September 20, 2009- MaryBeth Wilkinson ’94 is featured in a September 2009 article from the Chicago Lawyer Magazine. The article discusses the role the rank of a law school plays in new lawyers finding jobs. Wilkinson specifically focuses on the impact the recent economy will have on the job market for lawyers.

Alumna featured in Catholic Charities’ national magazine

September 1, 2009- Gayla Spenney ‘97 is featured in the fall issue of Charities USA, the national magazine of Catholic Charities USA. Spenney is the shelter supervisor at My Sister’s Place, a domestic violence shelter for women and their children operated by Catholic Charities Community Services in Phoenix.

Alumna Named Managing Partner in Chicago Firm

September 1, 2009 (Notre Dame, Ind.)- Kelly (Newirth) Grier ’91 was named Ernst & Young’s Chicago office managing partner in July. She received the promotion after working as a senior manager for a client in Germany for several years.

Alumna is a commissioner of Consumer Product Safety Commission

August 20, 2009- Anne (Meagher) Northup '70, a former Republican congresswoman from Kentucky, was one of two people to be sworn in this week as a commissioner of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). President Barack Obama nominated her to the position earlier this summer.

Senate panel confirms Northup '70 for product safety agency post

August 6, 2009- A Senate committee voted Wednesday to confirm Anne (Meagher) Northup '70, a former Republican congresswoman from Kentucky, to help oversee the regulation of consumer products. Northup, who still needs full Senate confirmation before she can take the post, would be part of a shake-up at the Consumer Product Safety Commission, a long-neglected agency that oversees the sale and manufacture of more than 15,000 consumer products.

President Obama nominates alumna as a Consumer Product Safety Commissioner

July 30, 2009-The White House says President Barack Obama will nominate former Republican Rep. Anne (Meagher) Northup ‘70 of Kentucky to a seat on the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Obama is increasing the number of seats on the commission from three to five...

Alumna named Ohio Valley Conference Commissioner

July 29, 2009—Elizabeth DeBauche '83, Director of Division I at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) since 2002, has been named Commissioner of the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC). DeBauche will begin her new position in mid-September. According to an OVC press release, DeBauche will be one of just five females to be the head of a Division I Conference in 2009-10, and one of just eight to lead a Division I Conference all-time...

Saint Mary’s College Announces New Trustees for 2009-2010

July 17, 2009 (Notre Dame, Ind.)—The Saint Mary’s College Board of Trustees elected four members to the board and appointed one at its summer meeting. The terms, which began in June, range from one to three years. Elected to three year terms on the board are Almira Wilson Cann ’69; Sister Maureen Grady, CSC; Rose Marie Lopez Jones ’80; and Carmen Murphy. The Board also appointed Kristle D. Hodges ’10 as the student trustee, to a one-year term...

Saint Mary's Ft. Wayne alumnae gather

July 5, 2009- Ft. Wayne area alumnae of Saint Mary’s College gathered in June for a luncheon. The guest speaker was Jessica Stuifbergen '99, assistant director of alumnae relations. Stuifbergen shared news about the completion of the new Spes Unica academic building, current programs and an overview of the upcoming freshman class statistics. Alumnae at the luncheon represented graduates over a 50-year period. Today's Catholic, the newpaper of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, published a photo from  the event...

Alumna among Obama Administration's State Directors for USDA Agency

June 30, 2009— President Obama's administration today began naming those who will serve as state executive directors for the Farm Service Agency at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Christine White '75 will serve as Michigan's executive director. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science (government) from Saint Mary's College...

Two Alumnae Make "Forty under 40" List

June 1, 2009- The Tribune Business Weekly, a publication of the South Bend Tribune, recognized two Saint Mary's alumnae as "Forty under 40" young professionals. Recognized are Janet Horvath '00 and Stephanie Leniski '97...

AP Promotes Noreen Gillespie '02 to Central Region Deputy Editor

April 19, 2009—The Associated Press promoted Noreen Gillespie '02 from assistant South editor to deputy Central editor. In her new position, Gillespie, 29, will help lead the news organization's regional desk in Chicago...

Saint Mary’s College Announces 2009 Alumnae Association Award Recipients  

May 27, 2009 (Notre Dame, Ind.)—Saint Mary's College is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2009 Alumnae Association Awards, which will be distributed at a banquet during Reunion Weekend, June 4-7...

Congresswoman/Alumna to be Commencement Speaker for LSU Health Sciences Center

April 21, 2009—Congresswoman Donna M. Christensen ‘66, MD, the first female physician in the history of the U.S. Congress, the first woman to represent an offshore Territory, and the first woman Delegate from the United States Virgin Islands, will deliver the Commencement Address at the 135th Commencement of Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center New Orleans...

Saint Mary's College Announces Almuna as Incoming VP for Mission   

March 23, 2009 (Notre Dame, Ind.)—Saint Mary's College is pleased to announce that Sister Mary Louise Gude, CSC, '63 will join the College in July as the Vice President for Mission. She will be the second vice president to lead the Division for Mission, established in 1994. Sister Rose Anne Schultz, CSC, will retire from the post this spring...

Alumna Makes Partner at South Bend Law Firm

February 18, 2009- The law firm of Jones Obenchain in South Bend recently announced that Janet Horvath '00 has been made a partner. Horvath graduated from Saint Mary’s College and received her law degree from the Indiana University School of Law - Bloomington...

Alumna's career path started with surprise twist

February 9, 2009- The Chicago Tribune recently interviewed Gloria Georger '77 about the unexpected turns in her career path. The adventure started soon after graduation when she took a job as supervisor for workers loading trucks with coiled and sheet packaged steel at U.S. Steel's Gary Works...

Alumna/ Bestselling Author Introduces New Triology Set

February 5, 2009- Adriana Trigiani ’81, the award-winning playwright, television writer, and documentary filmmaker and bestselling author of the Big Stone Gap trilogy, recently introduced a new triology set...

Alumna Joins Credit Solutions Company as Head of Business Development

February 4, 2009- Green Tree announced that Patricia Cook ’75 will join the company as executive vice president, business development. She will be responsible for directing Green Tree's business development effort as well as launching new business initiatives that are complementary to the company’s core servicing platform...

Alumna to Head Center of Career Services at University’s College of Business

February 1, 2009- This month Karen Dowd ‘71 joins the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver as executive director of the Suitts Center for Career Services. Previously, Dowd was the senior director of MBA Career Development at the University of Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business...

Alumna Elected to Non-for-Profit Board of Directors

January 20, 2009–Vanessa Indriolo ‘99 has something to look forward to in 2009; she was recently elected to the Institutional Limited Partners Association (ILPA) Board of Directors. She will also be serving on the board’s executive committee as membership chair...

Executive/ Alumna Appointed to Girl Scouts Board of Directors

November 18, 2008—Girl Scouts of the USA has added Susan P. Peters ’75 to its National Board of Directors. Peters was elected and confirmed on Nov. 1 at the 2008 Girl Scout National Council Session/51st Convention in Indianapolis.Peters is a vice president at GE (General Electric) and leads executive development...

Librarian/ Alumna Honored for Inventiveness

November 13, 2008—The Pennsylvania Library Association in Valley Forge honored Colleen Miles ’03 with the New Librarian Honors Award this week. Miles is a librarian at the Upper St. Clair Township Public Library near Pittsburgh, where she has been for four years. The award honors a librarian who has been in the profession fewer than six years and whose inventiveness and originality improves service...

Alumnae Election News

November 5, 2008—Madeleine Zeien Bordallo '55 (D), Representative from Guam was re-elected to her seat on Nov. 4, as was Donna Christensen '66 (D), Representative from the U.S. Virgin Islands. Anne (Meager) Northup '70 (R) was not successful in her bid to regain Louisville’s 3rd District congressional seat, which she held for 10 years. Gabrielle Campo ‘03 (R) will go against incumbent Rep. Andre Carson (D) in Indiana’s 7th District in December’s Congressional election...

Indiana Governor Appoints Alumna as Superior Court Judge

October 27, 2008— Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels announced his appointment of Margot Fisher Reagan ’77 as St. Joseph Superior Court Judge on October 24, replacing retired Judge William T. Means. Reagan has been in private practice since 1989 and is a partner in the law firm of Tuesley, Hall, Konopa, LLP in South Bend. She earned a law degree from the University of Notre Dame and received a bachelor's degree in business administration from Saint Mary's College...

Alumna to Teach Mini-Course on Human Clinical Trial Research and International Drug Development

September 12, 2008 (Notre Dame, Ind.)—Saint Mary’s College is proud to welcome back to campus alumna Mary Anne Luzar ’72, PhD, Chief of the Regulatory Affairs Branch, Division of AIDS, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health. Dr. Luzar, who works on international AIDS research for the Department of Health and Human Services and is originally from Greencastle, Ind., will teach a not-for-credit mini-course called “Human Clinical Trial Research: The Complex World of International Drug Development,” October 6-9...

Alumna Hits the Ground Running as New Sports Information Director

August 6, 2008—Just as the fall athletic season gets underway at Saint Mary's College, the Belles have some extra support from the stands. Sarah Miesle ’07, a former Belles athlete herself, is the College’s new sports information director. In her position, Miesle will be the main media contact for athletics and will keep news outlets updated on the College’s teams through press releases, game notes and game summaries. She will also help create various media guides for the teams and maintain accurate individual and team statistics...

Congresswoman/ Alumna Receives Recognition

August 5, 2008—Congresswoman Donna Christensen (D) ’66, who represents the U.S.Virgin Islands, received an award from the Century Council on July 23 for her efforts to fight drunk driving and underage drinking. The Century Council is a national not-for-profit organization funded by distillers fighting drunk driving and underage drinking. Thirty-seven members of the House of Representatives received the recognition...

Alumna wins Outstanding Teaching Awards

August 5, 2008—Kathleen Kilway ‘85, a chemistry professor at University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), recently received the University of Missouri President's Award for Outstanding Teaching. University President Gary Forsee presented Kilway with the award at a ceremony in Columbia, Missouri on June 5, 2008. The honor carries with it a $15,000 stipend and invitations to participate in teaching forums throughout the University of Missouri system. Earlier this year, Missouri Governor Matt Blunt awarded Kilway with the Governor's Award for Excellence in Teaching...

Alumna Launches Campaign for House Seat

August 1, 2008—Gabrielle Campo ‘03 was recently selected by the GOP to run against incumbent Rep. Andre Carson (D) in Indiana’s 7th District in December’s Congressional election. The world traveler, social worker, and advocate for children and families, is currently the director of Theology on Tap Indianapolis. Theology on Tap provides those in the Indianapolis area with an informal platform to meet and socialize, while strengthening their faith...

Alumna Recognized for Service to Persons with Disabilities

July 25, 2008—Maureen Barber-Carey ‘72, will receive the EP Maxwell J. Schleifer Distinguished Service Award on July 27. The award is the highest honor given by EP Global Communications, publisher of Exceptional Parent Magazine. The late Maxwell J. Schleifer is the founder and former editor-in-chief of Exceptional Parent and was an advocate for people with disabilities and other special needs...

Alumna Returns “Home” to Serve as CWIL International Student and Scholar Coordinator

July 11, 2008 (Notre Dame, Ind.)—Saint Mary’s College is pleased to announce Adriana Garces Petty ‘01 has started her position as the international student and scholar coordinator for the Center for Women’s InterCultural Leadership (CWIL), a revised position in the Center. In her role, Petty advises the College’s international students and provides them with programming and immigration services; she supports and assists visiting scholars from other nations; and facilitates the planning and implementing of student-led programs...

Alumna Promoted to VP at American Forest & Paper Association

June 25, 2008—Elizabeth VanDersarl ‘92 has been promoted to vice president of government affairs of the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA). In her new role, VanDersarl will manage the association’s advocacy efforts in Washington, DC, as well as on the state and international levels...

Saint Mary’s College Announces New Trustees 

May 28, 2008 (Notre Dame, Ind.)—The Saint Mary’s College Board of Trustees elected two members and appointed two this spring. In addition, a current board member was elected to the position of treasurer. The terms, which begin in June, range from one to three years...

Alumna a Step Closer to Winning Back Congressional Seat

May 22, 2008—Anne (Meagher) Northup '70 is a step closer to reclaiming the congressional seat she narrowly lost two years ago. In Tuesday’s Kentucky primary, the Saint Mary’s College alumna and five-time former congresswoman beat two lesser-known primary opponents in her bid to regain Louisville’s 3rd District congressional seat, which she held for 10 years. Northup won nearly 80 percent of the vote. The stage is now set for a rematch with U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, the Democrat who defeated her in 2006...

Saint Mary’s College Announces 2008 Alumnae Association Award Recipients  

May 21, 2008— Saint Mary's College is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2008 Alumnae Association Awards, which will be distributed at the Reunion Banquet on Saturday, May 31 as part of Reunion Weekend, May 29-June 1. Click on the headline above to see the list of the awards and the recipients, and click on the names to learn more about them. The Distinguished Alumna Award is the Alumnae Association's highest recognition...

Alumna Scores Touchdown for Exemplary Community Leadership

May 7, 2008—The Silicon Valley Conference for Community and Justice (SVCCJ) will present Saint Mary’s College alumna Denise DeBartolo York ’72 and her husband, John, with its 2008 Exemplary Leadership Award at the organization’s annual gala on May 8, 2008.The Yorks will be honored for their involvement in the San Francisco 49ers RESPECT community outreach campaign, established to leverage the power of the 49ers brand—and its players and coaches—to highlight the importance of showing respect. The program teaches Bay Area youth about the importance of demonstrating respect for their families, schools, and communities...

Saint Mary's Recognizes Alumna with Social Work Leadership Award  

March 13, 2008—The Saint Mary’s College Department of Social Work will honor Hollye Harrington Jacobs '93 of Chicago, Ill. for her exceptional passion for the field of social work at its seventh annual spring luncheon on Tuesday, March 18, 2008. Jacobs is the featured alumna speaker at the event and will receive the Social Work Leadership Award for her work with at-risk youth in health care settings and her ardent support of social work education...

Former Acting President of Saint Mary’s College Passes away  

March 7, 2008— Sister M. Alma Peter, CSC, acting president at Saint Mary’s College from 1970-1972, passed away this morning at 5 a.m. at Saint Mary’s Convent. She was 98. Sister Alma’s career at the College spanned 34 years, from 1950-1984...

Alumna Appointed to National Catholic Charities Post

February 18, 2008— Eileen Beehan ’72, director of social services at Catholic Charities of Tennessee, Inc., has been appointed to the National Committee on Aging of Catholic Charities USA, a national network of 1,700 agencies and institutions serving more than 7.8 million people annually. Beehan is the only Tennessean to serve on the nine-member National Committee on Aging which advises Catholic Charities USA on best practices, programs, resources, issues and training related to services for older adults with particular concern for low-income seniors and their families. Beehan has been appointed to a three-year term on the committee...

New Director of Alumnae Relations is Active College Alumna

February 13, 2008— Saint Mary’s College is pleased to announce that Kara M. O’Leary ’89 is the College’s new Director of Alumnae Relations. O’Leary comes to the College with understanding of its history, its mission, its students and its alumnae. She is a member of the College Board of Trustees and the current President of the College Alumnae Association Board of Directors, a role that was set to expire in June and that she will vacate a little early in taking her new position. In addition to her service as an alumna, O’Leary’s educational and professional experiences have prepared her well for the directorship of alumnae relations...

Alumna Eyes Congressional Comeback

February 11, 2008- Anne (Meagher) Northup '70 has plans to reclaim the congressional seat she narrowly lost two years ago. The Saint Mary’s College alumna and five-time former congresswoman filed candidacy papers recently in an effort to win back the 3rd congressional District seat she held for 10 years. Northup told the Associated Press the she is “thrilled” to enter the three-way GOP primary...

Alumna Honored for Professional Success and Giving Heart

January 25, 2008- The YWCA of Greenwich, Connecticut has recognized Saint Mary’s College alumnae Susan P. Peters '75, Vice President of Executive Development for General Electric (GE), as one of its BRAVA Award winners. For more than 25 years the BRAVA Award has been given to women achievers who have excelled in their professional careers, while also volunteering their time and talent to help others...

Fundraising Complete for Saint Mary’s New Academic Building

January 24, 2008- Saint Mary's College is pleased to announce that fundraising is complete for the new academic building, Spes Unica Hall. More than 600 donors—including faculty, staff, alumnae, students, parents and friends of the College—committed $19.2 million to construct the building and underwrite its operating endowment. The Spes Unica construction project is the largest in Saint Mary’s history (in dollars) and was initiated and completed without placing a financial burden on students or the college...

Alumna Named Fellow of Virginia Law Foundation

January 21, 2008-The Virginia Law Foundation has selected Saint Mary’s College alumnae Elizabeth Bermingham Lacy '66 to its 2008 Class of Fellows. The prestigious honor is granted to Virginia attorneys, law professors, and retired members of the judiciary who are deemed outstanding in their profession and in their community. Total membership is limited to one percent of the active and associate members of the Virginia State Bar...