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REFLECTION By Sister Joan Penzenstadler, SSND, Vice President for Mission and Identity

Deaths of Alumnae:

1939 Sister Marian Blong, SSND on May 11, 2016 1942 Marian Conarchy Weithofer on Feb. 23, 2016 1943 Virginia Gough Netzel on May 1, 2016 1944 Florence DuChateau Holznecht on March 17, 2016 1945 Marion Kohlmetz Kowalsky on Jan. 28, 2015 1946 Kathleen Michel Reitz on May 10, 2016 1946 Henrietta “Hank” Skibba Penn on July 19, 2015 1948 Dolores “Dee” Goodman Basch on March 23, 2016 1948 Catherine Turkal Garvey on May 11, 2016 1948 Mary Virginia Lang McCormack on Aug. 3, 2016 1949 Joan Patricia Gokey Lawrence on June 6, 2016

1956 Sister Mary DePaul Olszewski, SSND on Aug. 8, 2016 1958 Loretta Cinquini Silkowski on Feb. 18, 2016 1958 Madeleine Murray Goggins on March 21, 2016 1959 Sister Dolores Marie Jehl, SSND on March 3, 2016 1960 Sister Mary Virgene Pable, SSND on May 25, 2016 1961

June Ellen Schmitt Wittemann on July 5, 2016

1965 Sister Mary Raynalda Szyszka, SSND on March 1, 2016 1966 Patricia Peter McCord on Oct. 11, 2014 1966 Elise Moore on Nov. 9, 2014

1949 Mary Grace Eannelli Hardin on Aug. 23, 2016

1966 Sister Diane Marie Ruplinger-Zoeller, SSND on March 22, 2016

1950 Sister Mary Briant Foley, SSND on April 4, 2016

1966 Sister Donna Mae Straub, SSND on Feb. 11, 2016

1950 Marcella Banaszak Greiber on April 27, 2016

1967 Mary Ann Maher Fleischmann on April 19, 2016

1950 Marilyn Bauer Joers on Feb. 6, 2016

1970 Sister Phyllis Kernz, SSND on Feb. 13, 2016

1950 Carolyn LaMarche Mantey on July 18, 2016

1972 Margaret Cunningham Hoffman on Aug. 11, 2015

1950 Laverne Tomasini Salvat on Feb. 22, 2016

1983 Deloris Hayward Holtman on Nov. 2, 2014

1952 Sister Mary Carolyn Stahl, SSND on March 4, 2016

1985 Anna Toohill Dixon on June 18, 2016

1953 Sister Mary Willene Grossaint, SSND on Aug. 17, 2016


1954 Margaret Paulus Streff on Jan. 9, 2016

2000 Lori Jasinski Wankowski on Dec. 1, 2015

1954 Ruth “Queenie” Rasmussen Gambs on April 28, 2016

2004 Catherine Quinn on April 6, 2016

1954 Loyola Hemmerich Pawlowski on June 26, 2016

Deaths of MMU Faculty & Staff

Tammy Jackson Swessel on July 8, 2015

1955 Mary Elizabeth Grady Gericke on Sept. 7, 2015 1955 Ruth Lemley Kaczmarek on Feb. 2, 2016

1955 Nancy Stordeur Haupt on May 17, 2016

1950 Sister Christyn Willems, SSND on July 4, 2016

1955 Sister Mary Joel Robin, SSND on March 23, 2016



Angela Sauro on July 8, 2016 Sister Mary Gregory Smith, SSND on April 28, 2015

From the beginning, leadership for a School Sister of Notre Dame has been a gift called forth in response to the needs in society. Pioneering educator Mother Caroline Friess, who laid the groundwork for what would become Mount Mary University, was a leader recognized by the civic and church officials of her day. The prologue to our SSND Constitution states that Mother Caroline was the one “who, through courageous leadership, adapted the congregation to life on another continent, perceptively reading the signs of the times, risking innovative response to t he needs of the new world.” Past SSND presidents also risked innovative response to needs that were emerging. Sister John Francis Schuh (1954-1969) established a major in fashion design in 1965, building on our strong liberal arts base, especially in art. During the tumultuous years of the 1960s, she hosted speakers and workshops concerned with interracial justice, and she initiated the Pro Urbe medal to honor community leaders. Later, Sister Ellen Lorenz (1979-1987) carried through with a leadership style that emphasized collaboration and a keen sense of how to promote the integration of learning in Catholic higher education. Her design of the core curriculum in 1972, with its center being the search for meaning, radiated out to every academic realm. Dr. Eileen Schwalbach has upheld this legacy of leadership in the way she has inspired our identity

sister joan penzenstadler as a university and as a creative campus. With courage, collaboration and creativity, she found ways to provide access and excellence. Thus, she initiated the Caroline and Grace Scholars programs even before she became president. There is another characteristic that permeates SSND leadership and one that Dr. Schwalbach has been steadfast in carrying through. There is no endeavor that an SSND would undertake without the support of prayer. Dr. Schwalbach, too, has given prominence to prayer before every meeting, every challenging situation and every joyous occasion. Prayer upholds the rhythm of our lives and gives focus to our leadership. As we look to the future, the SSND tradition of leadership continues to be sparked by a hope that what we undertake is, indeed, giving rise to the future we envision.

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