Alumnae Spotlight of the Month

List of 5 news stories.

  • July Alumnae Spotlight, Christy Jackson Zurcher, Merry Mac of 2000

    In what ways did your Ursuline education prepare you for the work you’re doing now? 
    Little did I know that my 11 years as an Ursuline student were molding me to later serve as an administrator for the Academy. I have been blessed to serve as Director of Alumnae, Director of Communications, and now Director of Mission Integration and Diversity. In my new role, I have the distinct honor of ensuring that the Ursuline mission is aligned in all areas of school life, while also preserving and integrating the Academy’s history and the charism of St. Angela Merici. I will also work, in collaboration with students, administrators, faculty, staff, parents, alumnae, and the extended Ursuline community, to advance diversity, inclusion, and belonging throughout the Academy. As a proud alumna, it is exciting to serve my Alma Mater in this capacity.
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  • June Alumnae Spotlight, Karen Stiegler, Merry Mac of 2021

    Karen Stiegler '21 was selected as the 2021 Cor Unum Award Recipient by the Ursuline Alumnae Association. The award is given to one senior each year. Candidates are judged solely on their love for Ursuline Academy and their honest expression of what the Academy means to them.

    What does it mean to you to be in the 294th graduating class of Ursuline Academy of New Orleans?

    If I’m being honest, I don’t have a lot of very strong feelings about Sir Isaac Newton. I don’t imagine that many people do — I think we are all quite content with acknowledging his position as an infamous physicist and moving along with our individual lives. Although Sir Isaac Newton hasn’t exactly touched me personally, he is credited with a popular English metaphor, that is, “If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.”

    I think about the giants that used to roam around Ursuline all the time, clumsily stumbling through girlhood and into womanhood. There is physical evidence covering every square inch of campus of all the giants that came before me, and if you decide to start looking for it, you will notice that it is impossible to miss.

    What does it mean to me, then, to have the privilege of being the 294th graduating class? It means that I have had the opportunity to stand on the shoulders of all of the giants who came before me; by them (the Ursuline sisters, students, teachers, and more), I am connected to Ursuline from now until the end of my life — and hopefully beyond that through my legacy. I have seen farther because of all 293 classes before me, and every class that follows in my footsteps will see farther as well. I hope that they see this, and
    everything I have done at Ursuline, as my expression of love, and express their love as well. 
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  • May Spotlight, Caroline Knecht Perrin, Merry Mac of 2012

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

    Through Serviam, Ursuline's emphasis on compassion and service to others in the community greatly influenced my career path. I became a speech-language pathologist because I wanted to make a difference in others’ lives just as the speech pathologists did for my youngest brother, who overcame childhood apraxia of speech, following many years of therapy. Today, I am privileged to also serve as an advocate for those during the rehabilitation process to find their voices as well as strengthen their speech and swallowing skills. The speaking, listening, and writing skills that Ursuline emphasizes in its curriculum provided me with the tools and confidence to succeed in college, graduate school, and while serving as a licensed speech pathologist to children, adults, and seniors.
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  • March Spotlight, Elizabeth "Liz" Glaser Broekman, Merry Mac of 1985

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

    Attending Ursuline for 12 years was the greatest gift my parents could have given me.  I learned that anything can be achieved through hard work and determination. My experience at Ursuline prepared me for the path that has taken me to where I am today as the Director of P.O.W.E.R. at Fidelity Bank. I did not know that my experiences were stepping stones to who I would become, and I am grateful for this path. I always knew that Ursuline was where I was meant to be. Growing up within Ursuline allowed me to build so many relationships that are still very strong today. These relationships have been supportive all my life and some have even evolved from personal to professional. I cherish every one of them. My Ursuline education taught me to think for myself, be independent, and to hold on to my values and principles. I also learned that women are capable of achieving greatness and making a difference, which is at the core of my professional work. It has always been my mission to do just this – to make a difference and follow in the footsteps of those before me.
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  • February Spotlight, Rhonda Goode-Douglas, Merry Mac of 1988

    In what ways did your Ursuline education prepare you for the work you are doing now?
    The educational foundation that I received at Ursuline Academy prepared me to be a leader. From my first day on campus until graduation day, my teachers instilled in me the ability to meet every challenge head on. I was taught the value of working hard to reap the benefits of that work. One of the most important skills that I learned was public speaking. The time that I spent in Mrs. Nolan’s speech and drama classes and on Student Council was the beginning stages of my career in public service. As an advocate in the courtroom, and now as an elected official, I had to use my voice. Although I was very shy when I entered Ursuline, my confidence level grew each year as student. Our teachers challenged us to be the best students that we could be. They also taught us the value of speaking up and speaking out when we saw that something was improper or wrong. I have utilized these skills throughout my entire career as an attorney and will continue to do so as a judge. 
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