2008 Outstanding Young Alumna Award: Geneviève Morrill ’98
The Outstanding Young Alumna Award, awarded annually by the Alumnae Association, honors a woman who is outstanding in her personal, professional, or volunteer accomplishments and exemplifies the standards, ideals, and mission of Saint Mary’s College and the Alumnae Association. The 2008 recipient is Geneviève Morrill ’98, of Chicago.
Morrill majored in history and French at the College, and has been a vital force in the revitalization of the alumnae group once known as the Chicago Club, now the Chicago East Club, and remains very active in the club today. One of her most valuable contributions to Chicago alumnae occurred through her role as communications chair. In 2002, Geneviève created the Chicago alumnae electronic mailing list, which serves as a guide for alumnae to all things Saint Mary’s, including recruiting events, fundraisers, and social events. That list, now linking over 1,200 area alumnae, has catapulted the Club’s communication infrastructure into the 21st century and inspired other clubs to use the Internet to communicate quickly and effectively.
Morrill has taken a leadership role in Founders’ Day events, scholarship fundraising, and such Chicago Club flagship events as the 2003 "Monet and the Sea" lecture at the Art Institute of Chicago and the 2005 Welcome to the City reception for new graduates. For her efforts on behalf of the club and the College, the Chicago East Club honored Morrill with its Founders’ Day Award in 2005.
Morrill received her master’s in medieval history from the University of Chicago and then a J.D. from DePaul University College of Law. Now a staff attorney with the Illinois Appellate court, Morrill is active in the Chicago Bar Association as well as the Chicago East Club. This past year, she returned to the classroom as an adjunct professor at DePaul University College of Law, teaching legal research and writing to second-year law students.
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