Alumnae Spotlight of the Month

List of 5 news stories.

  • May Alumnae Spotlight, Danielle Brandt, Sioux of 2005

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

    One of the most important things I learned at Ursuline was curiosity, a questioning attitude and teamwork. I remember researching science projects with teammates and discovering cause and effect. If something didn’t work the first time, we were encouraged to try again to develop a solution. These problem solving skills and ability to compromise and be open to input have served me well as a leader in the ever-changing military environment. I was also fortunate to have teachers who saw my potential and fostered that growth. No dream was too big. I remember getting my first manual camera, a K1000 Pentax, from my French teacher Ms. Hooper and her writing in my yearbook that she couldn’t wait to see my photographs in Time Magazine one day. That seemed so unlikely to me at the age of 16 but just a few years after joining the military, my photograph was picked up by Time for a piece on U.S. and Chinese relations. The French I learned also came in handy while living in Belgium where they spoke French in the region. We were encouraged to be ambassadors and today I have lived in Japan, Bahrain, and Belgium representing our country and documenting historic events such as Montenegro’s addition to the NATO alliance. Above all, Ursuline’s motto of Serviam has influenced me throughout my life in choosing to serve and defend my country, my community, and my current career field of military counseling.
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  • April Alumnae Spotlight, Judy Abel-Alexander Thornton, Skipperette of 1959

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

    My Ursuline education prepared me for life. I’m retired. At present, I am a volunteer at Charity Guild of Catholic Women. This is an organization that raises money for underprivileged children in Harris County (greater Houston Area). I have been an active member for the past 28 years. I am also a Stephen Minister. Stephen Ministers are Christian men and women trained to provide one-to-one care to people experiencing a difficult time in life, such as grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness,etc. I am a trained and active facilitator for a grief workshop - Walking the Mourner's Path.
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  • March Alumnae Spotlight, Susan Hackett Walpole, Sioux of 1990

    In what ways did your Ursuline education prepare you for the work you’re doing now?
     
    My Ursuline education prepared me in so, so many ways. Ursuline is strong in science, math, and the greater world view. This has served me so well in opening our local business, Code Ninjas, which is focused on computer coding and STEM skills, as well as in my nursing career. I know everyone jokes about never needing Algebra again - but I use it often in nursing. I really do!!

    Ursuline prepared me for prioritization and multitasking. I couldn’t even begin to handle my day to day moving parts without that base - much less the daily demands of a nursing career. As a nurse who started my career in the ER, those skills were essential for saving lives and keeping every patient well taken care of. Ursuline also prepared me by having a loving and strong community of amazing women in my life. Personally, professionally, and daily life are regularly impacted by Ursuline’s influence. When I go to my weekly Zumba class, it’s taught by an Ursuline friend; if I need to be dressed well to give a great impression, another Ursuline friend; marketing materials needed - you guessed it - my Ursuline sisters are doing amazing things and are a built-in network for life.
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  • 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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