Alumnae Spotlight of the Month

List of 5 news stories.

  • Ursuline Alumnae Endow The Patricia Sutton Cromiller Scholarship

    Generous Donors Suzanne Cromiller Thomas 1973 & Renee Cromiller Porter 1980 Endow The Patricia Sutton Cromiller Scholarship
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  • Alumnae Spotlight Suzanne Thomas '73, 2021 Distinguished Alumna

    As her mother once stated, “Suzanne Cromiller Thomas lives her life as a true Ursuline graduate.”
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  • 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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