Alumnae Spotlight of the Month

List of 5 news stories.

  • 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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  • January Spotlight, Honorable Charlene Larche-Mason, Skip of 1989

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

    At Ursuline, I learned that I could achieve whatever goal I set my compass toward. In 8th grade, my political aspirations began when I decided to run for class president. This opportunity taught me the value of public speaking and earning the confidence of your classmates. I learned that honesty and transparency will allow even those with different points of view to entertain reasonable solutions. I was fortunate to be elected class president for four consecutive years. It was during this time that I sharpened my skills on conducting meetings and learned the true value of service to others and teamwork.  These attributes have allowed me to develop a legacy of integrity. As I learned during my tenure at Ursuline, there are no shortcuts to doing things the right way. Now, as a judge, I will bring the same leadership to the bench. In many ways, looking back on my time at Ursuline, it seems as though all of my preparation was leading to this moment.
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  • December Spotlight, Sarah Treadaway Corvers, Merry Mac of 2012

    In what ways did your Ursuline education prepare you for the work you’re doing now?  
     
    Getting to experience Ursuline as an educator is a full-circle moment. On my first day, I actually gave a tour of the campus to the other new members of the faculty. I felt like I never left! My education at Ursuline went beyond academics. I learned so much about communication, relationships, resilience, and creativity from so many of the amazing teachers and coaches. I use these lessons daily in my time as an educator at Ursuline. During these difficult times, I have had to especially rely on these values to help make a seamless transition between in-person and virtual learning for 6-year-olds. Having experienced Ursuline myself as a student, I know the importance of creating a space for the girls to be their most unique selves. I also know how amazing and challenging it can be to be a part of a community of strong girls. I feel so lucky to be able to use memories of my own Ursuline education to shape the experience of the next generation.  
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  • October Spotlight, Maureen Mock Verderame '66, 2020 Distinguished Alumna

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

    It has been many years since I taught; however, my Ursuline education had me well prepared for the classroom. I was academically ready; more importantly, I had experienced quality teachers throughout my twelve years at the Academy. I had models for what good teachers said and did, how they prepared for their classes, but most significantly how they treated their students. I am particularly grateful for the opportunity I had to complete my student teaching under the supervision of Sylvia Probst. Sharing her classes for a semester and working under her guidance had me ready and confident to assume my own classes. Ursuline taught me to seek and to value the uniqueness of each student, to empathize with each, to listen, to seek to be impartial, to challenge each student to achieve the highest level of accomplishment and still reach for a little more the next time. My experience as an Ursuline student led me to encourage my students to get involved; to treat others with respect; and to clarify their values and positions, learn to articulate them, and stand up to defend them. I tried to bring a little courtesy, loyalty, courage, and Serviam to each of the schools where I taught.
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