Alumnae Spotlight of the Month

List of 5 news stories.

  • 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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  • September Alumnae Spotlight, Barbie Corte Oltmann, Merry Mac of 2003

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

    During my time as a student, I didn’t always appreciate the values being taught to me. The adolescent years are challenging - peer pressure, acceptance, emotional and physical changes. However, as an adult, I look back on those years and know that Ursuline is to thank for my success. I most certainly gained the core values of Ursuline, even when it seemed as though they were falling on deaf ears. I think this speaks volumes to the character building that Ursuline Academy instills in each and every student. As an educator, I like to remind myself of how I once was as a student. I might not have always been the easiest, but each and every student deserves a chance. I owe every teacher that I crossed paths with during those three years because without each and every one of them, I would not be the strong, intelligent, independent woman that I am today. 
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  • August Alumnae Spotlight, Abigail Price, Sioux of 2020

    Abigail Price '20 was selected as the 2020 Cor Unum Award Recipient by the Ursuline Alumnae Association. The award is given to one senior each year. Candidates are judged soley on their love for Ursuline Academy and their honest expression of what the Academy means to them. Read Abigail's winning essay below. 

    What does it mean to you to be in the 293rd graduating class of Ursuline Academy of New Orleans?

    I have been at Ursuline Academy for more than half of my life. To say that I will be graduating in May 2020 is one of the most surreal things after having been at the same school since I was three. To me, being in the 293rd graduating class means more than I could ever put into words. For one, it means that from May 16th and onward with the rest of my life I will be responsible for carrying out and displaying the values that Ursuline has instilled in me since day one. It also means that I will be continuing the legacy of graduating from Ursuline as have 5 other women in my family and I’m sure many more will in the coming years. Knowing that I will soon be an alumnae of the 293rd graduating class of this wonderful institution is one of the most amazing things that has ever come to be thus far in my life and I will never be able to thank all of the family, teachers, administration members, and those on the Board for helping me come so far in my life and reach the goals I have which were all made possible through this amazing school.



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