Alumnae Spotlight of the Month

List of 5 news stories.

  • April Alumnae Spotlight, Lisa Zaccaria Barnett, Sioux of 1981

    In what ways did your Ursuline education prepare you for the work you’re doing now?
     
    I remember visiting Ursuline Academy for the first time. I knew that it was the place for me for high school. Ursuline spoke to me, and, in some way, one could say it was a calling. As a student, I received a solid educational foundation and I learned the importance of Serviam. My faith was molded by the sisters, teachers and classmates. Ursuline gave me the direction and life skills needed for today’s world. As an alumna, I often reflect on memories at Ursuline that give me direction even today in my current personal or professional life. For that, I am forever grateful.
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  • March Alumnae Spotlight, Johanna Hochhalter Logan, Merry Mac of 2000

    In what ways did your Ursuline education prepare you for the work you’re doing now?
    Before I began school at Ursuline, I was a young student who was often afraid to take risks, speak up, or be in the spotlight. I didn’t know what it meant to be a leader. While I was in school at UA, I became heavily involved in as many activities as I could. As a student here, I was a very active member of Queen’s Players, Student Council, and the Retreat Team, just to name a few. Ursuline helped me see the value in coming out of my shell and getting involved; as a result, I had experiences that I’ll carry with me forever. Today, as a middle school teacher at Ursuline, I hope that I can help students see that potential within themselves. I try to create a space where they can be themselves and take a few risks. I want them to know that if they try something new, great things can happen. I also want them to know that if they fail, they are surrounded by others who will love and support them. With any luck, students can build on these experiences when they start high school.
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  • February Alumnae Spotlight, Jessica Baker, Skip of 2004

    In what ways did your Ursuline education prepare you for the work you’re doing now?
    Someone once asked me where I learned to be a leader. The answer was simple. I learned to be a leader at Ursuline. As a student, I was given many opportunities to work with others, lead events, and speak in front of groups. These experiences gave me confidence and skills that I still draw on today. At Ursuline, I learned to have the courage to take risks, the importance of collaboration, and the value of leading through service of others.
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  • January Alumnae Spotlight, Mignon Blanc, Merry Mac of 2015

    In what ways did your Ursuline education prepare you for the work you’re doing now?
    Ursuline specialized in a well rounded education, and I believe that is reflected in all that I do from the volunteering I carry out, to the school work I accomplish, and even to the relationships I create and maintain. I currently attend a diverse liberal arts university where everyone’s voice is heard. Ursuline taught me to be accepting of all people no matter the race, gender, or religion. Ursuline also gave me the skills needed to properly convey my thoughts and opinions effectively. As far as academics, Ursuline prepared me immensely. I have a very challenging major, and my education at Ursuline definitely put me at an advantage. When service is concerned, Ursuline certainly planted Serviam in my character long before I went on to college. When I first started attending Loyola, I felt like a part of me was missing. It was not until months later that I realized I was missing service. I realized that because of my Ursuline education, service became woven into the very fabric of my personality. Ursuline prepared me for not only what I am doing today, but for life in general.
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  • December Alumnae Spotlight, Ashley Brauner Ernst, Sioux of 2002

    In what ways did your Ursuline education prepare you for the work you're doing now?
    My Ursuline education prepared me for the work I do now by providing opportunities that engaged me socially, intellectually, spiritually, and physically. I had a strong academic curriculum that led me to become an independent individual who is capable of critical thinking in even the most mentally and physically exhausting situations. My job requires a great deal of problem solving and critical thinking while being able to make decisions and perform tasks under pressure; such decisions often making the difference between life and death. The faculty and staff made sure that I had the tools necessary to succeed not only in college, but throughout the rest of my career and life. My Ursuline education also provided a solid foundation for understanding the importance of service to others. Ursuline's motto Serviam, which was instilled in me at a very early age, has proven to be a vital component in my career as a Paramedic and Grants and Contracts Specialist in that I understand that my actions have a very profound effect on others. Compassion and kindness go a long way, and I am grateful that my education and learning environment at Ursuline inspired me to pursue a career that I can honestly say I truly love and feel passionate about. It has been rewarding in so many aspects. I intend to continue to apply the values of service, courtesy, loyalty and courage throughout my life and those journeys it will take me on.
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