2010 Outstanding Young Alumna Award Announced

Saint Mary's Announces 2010 Outstanding Young Alumna Award Recipient

Andrea Sondag Schweitzer '00 poses with Saint Mary's College President Carol Ann Mooney following the awards presentation on June 5, 2010.
Andrea Sondag Schweitzer '00, left,
poses with Saint Mary's President
Carol Ann Mooney on June 5.

Contact:
Gwen O’Brien
Director of Media Relations
Saint Mary’s College
(574) 284-4579

June 8, 2010 (Notre Dame, Ind.)—The Outstanding Young Alumna Award, awarded annually by the Alumnae Association of Saint Mary's College, honors a woman who is outstanding in her personal, professional or volunteer accomplishments and exemplifies the standards, ideals, and mission of the College and the Alumnae Association. The 2010 recipient is Andrea Sondag Schweitzer ’00 of Richardson, Texas.

Schweitzer graduated from Saint Mary’s College in 2000, Magna Cum Laude, with a bachelor of arts in Spanish. Today, she teaches Spanish and leads the Department of Speech and Drama at Saint Rita Catholic School in Dallas. At Saint Rita, Schweitzer volunteers her time coaching volleyball, preparing students for speech and drama competitions, and directing student musicals. She is also generous with her musical talent, which includes singing in Saint Rita’s school liturgies. In addition, she passionately embraces Saint Rita’s sister school in Honduras, giving her time on mission trips to help improve the Honduran school’s teaching techniques while establishing close bonds with Honduran families.

“Andrea is a true practitioner of the Ignatian philosophy of ‘giving without counting the cost, and toiling without seeking reward,’ ”noted Elena C. Hines, Saint Rita’s principal, in a letter supporting Schweitzer’s nomination. Hines said Schweitzer uses her creativity and enthusiastic leadership in the classroom to motivate her students to do their best.  It’s an approach Schweitzer brings to her alumnae endeavors as well.

Schweitzer is known for inspiring active involvement in Saint Mary’s Dallas/Fort Worth Alumnae Club and for tirelessly leading the group with exceptional organization, creativity, and enthusiasm, according to her fellow club members. She served as that club’s president for six years, and remains a treasured mentor and active club member and event host.

Schweitzer received the award at the Reunion Banquet on Saturday, June 5 as part of Reunion Weekend, June 3-6.

About Saint Mary’s College: Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Ind., is a four-year, Catholic, women’s institution offering five bachelor’s degrees and more than 30 major areas of study. Saint Mary’s College has six nationally accredited academic programs: social work, art, music, teacher education, chemistry and nursing. Saint Mary's College ranks among the nation's top 100 liberal arts colleges in U.S. News & World Report's 2010 annual survey. Founded in 1844, Saint Mary’s is a pioneer in the education of women, and is sponsored by the Sisters of the Holy Cross.