Alumnae Spotlight of the Month

List of 5 news stories.

  • February Alumnae Spotlight, Lacy Davillier, Skip of 2004

    In what ways did your Ursuline education prepare you for the work you’re doing now?

    Ursuline taught me so many things, but the largest impact on the work I have now is threefold. During my time in school, I was classically trained in art and actually had the help of marvelous teachers like SRM to put my portfolio together and get into art school. Art school led to photography and the rest, as they say, is history.  Ursuline also taught me the value of hard work and taught me that I belonged anywhere that I wanted to be - even if I was in the vast minority. It is because of that education, that I was able to walk into a male-dominated world and make my own way. Finally, the faith that I learned at Ursuline has helped to persevere through some of the hardest and darkest times of being an entrepreneur.  
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  • January Alumnae Spotlight, Dody Dolese Nolan, Mac of 1967

    In what ways did your Ursuline education prepare you for the work you’re doing now?

    Since I majored in speech and education in college, I had to do student teaching. I was called in and told by the teacher, “I don’t know if you have heard of this school, but we are sending you to Ursuline Academy and you will be supervised by a really good teacher. Her name is Edna Mae Mock.” Eureka!!! I hit the jackpot. Having been a student of Mrs. Mock during high school and having been very involved with the Queen’s Players, I was back home. I was then asked to stay and teach and jumped at the opportunity. I taught speech, theatre and drama for the next 36 years. Every day I walked into the Scene, I thanked Mrs. Mock for the background and skills she taught me. Hopefully, I shared my love of the theatre with my girls. After 36 years, I retired but didn’t want to rest on my laurels. I began volunteering at The National WWII Museum and am going on my 6th year of working with the Greatest Generation. I am now an Ambassador. I continue to use my use my “Mrs. Mock” skills through greeting and giving information. I must be doing something right, as I was named Volunteer of the Year two years ago for my particular group.
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  • December Alumnae Spotlight, Millie Pilie Bradley, Sioux of 1969

    In what ways did your Ursuline education prepare you for the work you’re doing now?

    The academic foundation Ursuline Academy provided was strong and served me well in college and graduate school. But more importantly, Ursuline taught me leadership, proactiveness and the value of hard work. There were so many opportunities to develop these skills at Ursuline, and the environment encouraged it. Academically, we were encouraged to excel. Socially, if we saw an area that needed improvement or action, then the support was there to address it. In my professional career, and in leadership training that I have subsequently done, Ursuline highlighted to me that leadership is not a title or a certain status; it is a frame of mind. Anyone can be a leader in whatever they undertake, at home, at work, in the community, and in that way each of us can make the world a better place.
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  • November Alumnae Spotlight, 2019 Distinguished Alumna, Ola Morgan Becnel '51

    Ola Morgan Becnel 1951 has been chosen by the Ursuline Alumnae Association of New Orleans, with the approval of the Academy President and the Ursuline Sisters, to be the 2019 Ursuline Distinguished Alumna. This award, granted to Ola Becnel posthumously, is annually bestowed upon a graduate of Ursuline Academy or Ursuline College of New Orleans who demonstrates the core values and ideals of an Ursuline education in all aspects of her life. Since 1986, 51 women have received this honor, making it one of Ursuline’s most prestigious awards.
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  • October Alumnae Spotlight, Maria Weidenbacher, Sioux of 2005, Director of Alumnae

    In what ways did your Ursuline education prepare you for the work you’re doing now?

    Ursuline taught me to lead when I was shy, to try new things even when I was unsure, to not give up if I fell short, and to seek out a friend in every person. I started Ursuline knowing barely anyone and it was a rough transition in that sense, but I left with lifelong friendships and so much confidence. I owe it to Ursuline and the incredibly encouraging students, teachers, and staff for instilling that confidence in me. I believe these qualities will serve me well in my new role as Director of Alumnae Relations. I want to help grow that sense of pride and confidence that each Ursuline girl has when she leaves State Street and enters the world. I want to start new traditions and get more alumnae back on campus to feel the warmth that only Ursuline can provide. Lastly, I want to get to know each and every one of you so I can help you and your classmates and you can help Ursuline.
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