Graduates Come “Home” for 2017 Alumnae/i College
June 15, 2017
Nearly 300 CNR graduates returned to campus in early June for Alumnae/i College. The 79th annual reunion brought together members of classes ending in “2” and “7” for a weekend of reconnection, recollection and laughter.
On Saturday, Interim President and Provost Dr. Dorothy Escribano welcomed reunioners to Maura Ballroom, saying, “Given the year we’ve had, I am so grateful to be here today. Without all of you, we would not be here today… you stuck with us in hard times, and I am grateful for that.”
A “State of the College” panel presentation followed, during which Dr. Escribano; Gwen Adolph, Chair of the College’s Board of Trustees; Kevin Cavanagh, Executive VP of Strategy and Planning; and Christine LaSala SAS’72, Chair, Finance Committee and Presidential Search Committee, brought the audience up to date on the current financial state of the College, 2017 enrollment figures, and the search for a new president. Moderated by Mary Beth Gentleman SAS’74, the presentation ended with a lively Q&A session that continued after lunch in the Student Center.
Several alumnae were recognized for achievements at Saturday morning’s awards ceremony. Lolita Delgado Fransler SAS’67 and Maria Mercader SAS’87 were named Women of Achievement for their accomplishments in their chosen careers. The Angela Merici Medal, which is awarded to alumnae/i who have demonstrated exceptional loyalty to Church and College as well as achievement in their careers, was presented to Sr. Alice Gallin SAS’42, Eileen Gallagher Harrington SAS’62, Sandra Bartik SAS’67, and Susan Brown Reitz SAS’72. Thirty-five alumnae from the classes of 1947, 1952, 1957, 1962, 1967, 1972, 1977, and 1982 were presented with the Ursula Laurus Citation, which honors alumnae/i and friends of CNR who have provided outstanding leadership and demonstrated selfless devotion to furthering the ideals and traditions of Ursuline education.
Opportunities to reconnect with old friends and classmates were plentiful during the weekend – from an old-fashioned barbeque on Maura Lawn on Friday evening to “Dinner by the Sound” at Patsy’s restaurant in New Rochelle on Saturday night. The Class of 1967 enjoyed a special gathering at their Golden Anniversary Tribute Dinner in Leland Castle. The “food with friends” theme continued on Sunday morning when all classes were welcomed to breakfast with the Ursulines at the Student Center.
As the alumnae departed on Sunday, they did so with a renewed camaraderie with friends and classmates and a strengthened connection and deepened commitment to their beloved alma mater.