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The Onyx “The Onyx” is the school magazine of the Institute of Notre Dame.




MISSION The Institute of Notre Dame, rooted in the values of the Catholic faith and the educational vision of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, is a college preparatory school for young women. Located in the city of Baltimore, IND is a culturally diverse community, which educates its students to become women of discernment, active leaders, lifelong learners and responsible citizens of the world. VISION With more than 165 years of tradition in Baltimore City, the Institute of Notre Dame is the Catholic school of choice for the next generation of women leaders. Serving a diverse student body in a closeknit community, the school will be renowned for academic excellence, state of the art technology and partnership with the city. David C. Ring Jr. Ed.D. President Kathleen Casey Principal

Congratulations to this year’s Valedictorian Rebecca DiPietro ’15 (left) and Salutatorian Stephanie Colon ’15 (right), who graduated first and second in their class. Come September, Rebecca will attend Georgetown University and Stephanie will enter the University of Maryland, College Park.


Helen Bruns ’04 Dean of Students Lil Hughes Knipp, Editor Director of Public Relations and Communications Wynter Eddington, Designer Assistant Director of Public Relations and Communications Jeannie Kihn Director of Admissions Bridget Bindel ’09 Assistant Director of Admissions Jerrilyn Borneman Director of Development Kirby Gaddy ’09 Alumnae Relations Coordinator Sandra Ruffini Assistant Director of Donor Relations Cathy Jo Wilkens Portera ’69 Special Events Coordinator









News on IND’s latest awards, endeavors and freshman class.











Welcome IND’s new, uniquely qualified, president.






Diana Ference Franz ’70 Assistant Principal


In four short years, Dr. Funke made lasting improvements at IND.

Congrats to our record-breaking graduating class!





Students honor Sr. Karen and her mother in Jake’s Alley.

Classroom where Maria Patti Burke ’53 learned career skills named in her honor.






Assistant Principal Diana Ference Franz ’70 recognized for generosity and wit.

IND honors the passing of legendary educator and alumna, Sr. Marie Charles Grauer SSND ’39.

On the Cover: IND welcomes its fifth president Dr. David C. Ring Jr. (center), shown with students from clockwise top left Natalie Cummins ’17, Lexi Hegeman ’16, Noel Cummins ’19, Nicole Fortune ’17, Karsyn Modeski ’17 and Kimmy Gayhardt ’17. IND reserves the right to edit submissions for space, content and clarity. “The Onyx” is published by the Public Relations and Communications Office. Submit news to: Institute of Notre Dame, ATTN: “The Onyx,” 901 Aisquith Street, Baltimore, MD 21202 or


T N E D I S E R P w e Meet the N An accomplished administrator and educator, Dr. David Ring brings 30 years of experience to the IND presidency.


n July 1, David C. Ring Jr. Ed.D. made IND history when he became IND’s fifth president and fi rst male leader. Members of IND’s Board of Directors led the search, with input from faculty, staff, students, the administration and alumnae. The choice of Dr. Ring was unanimous, said IND’s Board Chair Sister Delia Dowling SSND. “Dr. Ring’s proven ability as a leader, passion for the mission of IND and the charism of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, and breadth of experience as both an educator and educational administrator, made him the ideal choice for IND.” In accepting the position, Dr. Ring said his leadership, “will cultivate an environment that exemplifies collaboration and embellishes the principles of developing faith-fi lled women who possess a passion for learning and leadership, a spirit of hope and a respect for humanity.” Dr. Ring earned his bachelor’s degree from St. Francis University, his master’s from St. Joseph University and his Ed.D. in educational leadership from Nova Southeastern University. He has also obtained a Certification of Theological Studies from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, and a certification in Education Administration from Towson University. We welcome Dr. Ring, his wife Stephanie, their two adult children and grandson to our IND community.

Dr. Ring’s Career Highlights

Learn more about Dr. Ring in the News at

9 Years as a Principal

15 Years as a Franciscan T.O.R

9 Years as an Assistant Principal

20 Years in Catholic Education

6 Years as a Department Chair

10 Years in Public Education

3 Years in Curriculum Development

10 Years as a Regional Superintendent

11 Years as a Classroom Teacher THE ONYX





Q & A with Dr. Ring Dr. David C. Ring Jr. (center) has spent 34 years in Catholic and public education, including 11 years as a teacher. That’s given him a good understanding of students, such as (clockwise from left) Noel Cummins ’19, Nicole Fortune ’17, Lexi Hegeman ’16, Natalie Cummins ’17, Kimmy Gayhardt ’17 and Karsyn Modeski ’17.

Why IND? It all came together perfectly as if it was meant to be. Family is a priority for my wife and me and moving back to the Baltimore area allows us the opportunity to be closer to our family, and in particular, my sister who had experienced some serious health issues. A colleague of mine introduced me to IND and once the initial contact was made, fate ran its course! As I learned more about the Institute of Notre Dame, I yearned to become part of its history!

How do you feel about being the first male president of an all-female institution? Over my 34 years in education, I’ve always worked with more women than men, since four of five people in K-12 are women. Regardless of one’s gender, leadership requires effective communication, a collaborative spirit and a willingness to respect each other. I believe it will be a positive experience 2


for all of us. Transformational leadership sometimes requires change; however, in this case, I believe fate brought me to IND for a reason. I will allow God to assist me in unfolding the mysteries!

Archdiocese. This is truly a reflection of the dedication demonstrated by IND students, staff and administration.

What are three things about you it might be helpful for What is the biggest challenge people to know? you see for both Catholic First, I am passionate about making education and IND? For both, it is sustainability. Private school enrollment is experiencing challenges; therefore, the IND community will need to work at sustaining our history and presence in Baltimore. I believe our alumnae are our greatest resource in convincing potential students and parents that our history, traditions, academic excellence and record for developing women leaders are well worth their investment. The class of 2015 is our best advertisement: 100 percent college acceptance no matter what their academic level. Eighty-three percent of the Class of 2015 received scholarships averaging $184,932 per student. That’s among the highest in the

new connections and see opportunities to make meaningful contacts with students, staff and, most especially, the alumnae. Second, my wife, children and family take top priority as well as my Catholic faith—having spent 13 years as a Franciscan T.O.R. helped develop my own Catholic identity. Third, education has been my life’s goal. My best years were spent in the classroom with students and I admire and respect the work of teachers. I’ve come to realize that leadership allows me to help shape and define the educational environment. As the President of IND, I am excited to become part of its history of developing women leaders.


A Woman of Discernment


ast month Mary L. Funke Ed.D. completed a four-year term as president of IND, capping a career dedicated to issues impacting women and girls. Dr. Funke leaves IND having made a significant difference. Under her leadership, IND has strengthened its curriculum, improved its admissions process, intensified fundraising, brightened the building and enhanced leadership skills training. Under Dr. Funke’s leadership, two Project Lead the Way® programs—Engineering and Computer Science—were added, giving students access to high-paying, plentiful careers in fields dominated by men. Thirteen new courses offer students greater opportunity to excel—five were AP courses, six improved IND arts and two enhanced our technology offerings. Four new positions reflect areas of increased focus: graphic design, library services, dance and computer science. Dr. Funke created a tuition discount for alumnae and IND’s faith-filled neighbor, Mercy Medical Center. Now stronger admission requirements ensure that IND continues its reputation for excellence. New scholarships promote interests in the arts, Project Lead the Way® and the Theresian Scholars Program. Dr. Funke amplified IND’s mission to develop “active leaders” by emphasizing leadership development. Accomplished alumnae returned to deliver professional and personal advice through the Brown Bag Leadership Luncheons, Students-toProfessionals Series and Career Day. She added Homecoming Weekend to welcome alumnae, students and friends to Aisquith Street for three days of celebration and comradery. Among her greatest concerns has been increasing IND support. Dr. Funke created the President’s Dinner to fund student scholarships. During her tenure, three additional efforts—the Mother

Caroline Fund, Sr. Marie Charles Grauer Scholarship Fund and the Penguin Pledge— bolstered IND financially. And importantly, she has been one of IND’s strongest financial supporters every year. Thanks to her, IND’s next generation of “responsible citizens of the world” has broadened its internationality. IND students not only host Austrian visitors from our SSND-sister school Schulzentrum Friesgasse, they now visit the school and nearby countries. Next fall, we welcome students from China. Our historic home received needed improvements under her direction. The old Fathers Club Hall was transformed into Theresa Hall, our new dance studio. New furniture, floors, wall treatments and gathering spots reflect IND’s trademark warmth. Outside, banners, flags and flowerpots beautify surrounding blocks. This summer Dr. Funke moved to Ohio to be near her son, daughter-in-law and first grandchild. With gratitude, we thank her for her time well served and wish her the best in the future. Mary L. Funke Ed.D. retires following four years as IND’s fourth president.

During Dr. Funke’s Time, IND … Added 13 new courses—five AP courses, six arts courses and two technology courses— to strengthen the curriculum. Expanded cross-cultural learning through Austrian trips and international student program.

Students at Schönbrunn Palace in Austria, summer 2014.

Began the President’s Dinner, Mother Caroline Fund and Penguin’s Pledge to bolster financial support. Penguin’s Pledge

Created Sr. Marie Charles Grauer, Arts, Project Lead the Way® and Theresian Scholarships to increase opportunities. Enhanced student leadership skills through Brown Bag Leadership Luncheons, the Students-to-Professional Series and Career Days.

Students-to-Professionals Series workshop on Social & Dining Etiquette, fall 2013.






IND Students Honored for Good Works


n late April, Catholic Charities of Baltimore honored IND students for giving to the community at its annual awards dinner. Along with Sister Hilda Marie Sutherland SSND, the girls were awarded the Anne Lindsay Otenasek Award, given to a student, or group of students, in “recognition of extraordinary example and commitment to assisting our neighbors in need.” Catholic Charities of Baltimore provides much needed services to people living in poverty, individuals with intellectual disabilities, immigrants and seniors. The Anne Lindsay Otenasek Youth Service Award honors a faithful Catholic Charities’ high school volunteer who lost her life in the bombing of Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.

Friends to the individuals at Gallagher Services, for making Christmas celebrations possible for 17 families living in community housing and for their assistance and outreach to so many others.” Lindsay’s volunteer spirit lives in an extraordinary way at IND. Service clubs were the most popular on campus in the last academic year—107 girls belonged to Hildie’s Helpers, which feeds Baltimore’s hungry and homeless. Twenty-five percent of our students joined Peer Ministry, which raises money for vulnerable people. In addition, 31 percent of our students served as big sisters to younger girls living in the city schools through Project K.IND.

“IND could not be more honored to receive this award from Catholic In selecting IND, Charities, which Catholic Charities’ does so much Executive good for so Last year 104 IND girls volunteered for Director William the Project K.IND mentoring program. many,” said IND J. McCarthy Jr. said, President Dr. Mary L. “In presenting the Funke in accepting the award. She also 2015 Anne Lindsay Otenasek Youth cited what our girls receive in return. Service Award to the young women of “Our students leave IND, proud and the Institute of Notre Dame, Catholic aware of the difference they have made Charities recognizes their extraordinary in the lives of so many, which instills example and commitment to assisting in them a strong commitment to social our neighbors in need.” Mr. McCarthy recognized IND students for “preparing justice and service that last their whole lives long.” and serving meals to the guests at Our Daily Bread, for being Sunday Special



Last Thanksgiving, IND students donated and delivered turkeys with all the trimmings to 55 of our neighbors.

IND’s Shalom Club holds events to raise money as well as awareness for causes that create a more just world.

President Dr. Mary Funke and students accepted the youth service award at the Catholic Charities annual dinner.

Corey Fletcher ’16 (left) and Micayla Wilson ’16 attended the UN Commission on the Status of Women, which focused on women empowerment worldwide.


Engineering Students first in Regional Competition Five Project Lead the Way® (PLTW) Engineering students pulled off a major coup when they earned the top prize at the Bright Minds Competition held in Massachusetts. The event introduced students to engineering in manufacturing and offered an opportunity to show their skills. Led by Engineering Chair Mr. Rolando Rodriguez, the IND team included Nyasia Dean ’15, Molly Hecker ’16, Marlette Sandoval ’16, Stephanie Welsh ’17 and Jennifer O’Brien ’18. The team faced off against other high schools and universities in New England. The challenge was to reverse engineer the process for a manufactured part and present an understanding of both the part and principles of the engineering design. The students selected a boom nozzle, a part used by the U.S. Air Force in air refueling operations. The team first visited the plant to research the manufacturing process. Next, they created a CAD drawing of the part and recommended improvements. Finally they presented an oral and visual presentation explaining their findings. IND placed first, earning a $300 prize and a $100 travel stipend. Mr. Rodriguez said, “the judges were very impressed with the team’s professional dress, mature demeanor, oral presentation skills and ability to smoothly transition between the visual display and two tablets during their presentation.”

Project Lead the Way® Engineering students triumphed over teams that were older and better equipped to win the Bright Minds Competition.

IND’s team defeated several specialized technical schools with machine shops and software products included in the curriculum. For Marty Sandoval ’16, the experience presented “some interesting and eye-opening things about the manufacturing industry, like job opportunities, the future of manufacturing and other schools that focus on engineering.”

Hopkins advises Students on Careers Thanks to a new partnership, students in IND’s Project Lead the Way® (PLTW) Biomedical Sciences Program can now learn about related careers from the best in the business: Johns Hopkins Hospital. Since December, PLTW Biomed Chair Dr. Margaret Gessler and her students have visited the Hopkins medical campus to gain “real-world” insight into biomed careers, such as pathology, nutrition and genetic counseling. “This was a great way to apply what we were learning and see how it was used in real life

situations,” said Abby Wyand ’17. “It helped me appreciate what I was learning more when I saw that real people actually do those things every day as a career.” The opportunity grew out of a meeting between Johns Hopkins Health System President Mr. Ron Peterson and IND President Dr. Mary Funke. It builds on an existing partnership that includes the Scholars That Care Program and a Hopkins-sponsored IND scholarship.

IND First School in Maryland to Offer All Three Project Lead the Way® Programs—Biomed, Computer Science and Engineering!






Thanks to You, IND Welcomes a Solid Freshman Class! Last fall, IND pulled out all the stops to involve the entire community in the search for the Class of 2019—and it worked! As of July 1, a class of 80 eager freshmen had enrolled to start school in September. To say they are excited is an understatement. Here’s one response that speaks to the class’s enthusiasm: “IND is the reason that I am excited to start high school in the fall. I hope that every girl you recruit can be as ecstatic as I am!”

Defining our INDIE Girl In June, IND sent a survey to the parents and students of the Class of 2019 to find out what worked. “We based last year’s marketing campaign on research,” said Ms. Lil Hughes Knipp, IND’s Director of PR & Communications. “In doing so, we confirmed what we had known all along—there’s a certain type of girl who chooses IND.” Through focus groups with parents and students, IND defined the attributes of the IND girl—or “INDIE Girl.” Girls who choose IND are: • Independent thinkers who do not follow the crowd. • Fearless, and up to the challenge of a “real-world” education. • Self-reliant, yet equally invested in the “sisterhood” that is uniquely IND. • Fierce advocates for themselves and others, which is why service clubs are the most popular.

Special Thanks! The Class of 2019 named you as being the people who recommended IND to them! Alumnae

Christina Clark ’16

Helen Bruns ’04 (3)

Maddie Farrell ’18

Class of 1989

Sierra Foote ’18 (2)

Amy Hoey Conly ’93

Alicia Gluth ’18

Syreeta English ’93, P’18

Jazmin Jupiter ’19 (2)

Mary Ensey ’07

Maeve McCarthy ’17 (2)

Dolly Malone Kolakowski ’58, G’01, G’14

Jewyl Rakes ’17

Bridget McKew Mitcherling ’83 (2)


Siobhan O’Neill ’78

Syreeta English ’93, P’18

Jeanne McDonough Oswald ’79, P’17 Dana Steinert Pickering ’83

Importance of Alumnae

Fran Donlan Purper ’56

“We were surprised that nearly 40 percent of the Class of 2019 parents and students responded that they learned about IND from an alumna,” said Knipp. “It confirms that not only is the quality of IND’s graduates a testimony for the school, but alumnae enjoyed their time at IND so much, they actively advocate on their school’s behalf.”

Kelsey Roberts ’13

IND thanks everyone who spread the good word about IND to friends and family.

Jennifer Durner Ripley ’98 Patricia Rose ’68 Connie McDonough Staab ’84 (2) Elisabeth Knieriem Tisdale ’88


Marietta Farrell P’18 Ellen McCarthy P’17 Jeanne McDonough Oswald ’79, P’17 Constance Savage P’10 Alethea Spear P’16 (2) Connie McDonough Staab ’84, P’12 (4) Lorraine Williams P’15

Emily Wellmann ’15


Megan Williams ’15 (4)

Amy Hoey Conly ’93 (former)

Students Savannah Barski ’17 (2) Anjola Bosede ’17


Charletta Brown P’13

Daniel C. Meyers Katie Snyder (former) Elisabeth Tisdale ’88


It All stacks up for 2015 IND’s newest graduating class set a record for merit dollars earned—a hefty $13.5 million—up 36% over last year. National Honor Society membership grew by 27%. College acceptances and Project Lead the Way® graduates increased by 8%, and those earning six-figures in total scholarships climbed 7%. Well done Class of ’15! You definitely are the best we’ve seen!



schools before IND



attending four year colleges


completed PLTW Biomed

246 scholarships received

37% belong to National Honor Society


point increase in SAT composite scores


earned merit scholarships

100% accepted to college

15% graduated as Theresians


college acceptances received


You’re in!

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earned six figures in total scholarships

A New Record in Merit $$ - Nearly $13.5m! THE ONYX





The Class of 2015

(in alphabetical order)

Nikol Argyroula Akalestos Kapre Alexander Jasmine Rose B’lanton Samantha Elizabeth Boyd Lexi Noelle Brannock Amber Ashley Britt Rachel Alexandra Broccolino Jade Simone Brown Meagan Anna Brown Raven Jessica Brown Lakenya Daveeda Buckson 8

Jameira Latrice Burgess Miracle Kiara Cannady *Cierra Alys Chandler Destiny Allaha Coleman •+*~Stephanie Cristine Colon Alexandra Nicole Comegys Rachel Amanda Castro Contreras *Kerry Anne Cronin Aurora Elisabeth Crum +*Grace Maureen Darrah Nyasia Moné Dean § +*~Rebecca Xiaobing


DiPietro Breanna Tiara Dockery *Emma Catherine Dougherty Sydney Dry *Madison Elizabeth Ehrenreich +*Rachel Alexandra Feliu *Erin Christine Finnessy +*Jacqueline Elizabeth Floyd *Hannah Clare Flury Brionna Nakia Ford Caitlin Elizabeth Garvey Madison Jayne Goonan Aarica Mone’t Gross

Gabrielle Brooke Guindon Jade Don-Minique Hargrove Daeja Bryana Hodge Madison Ashley Hunt Megan Nicole James Jaylene Jeross Johnson Sirod Dawnya Johnson Morgan Cymone Jones Myesha Daja Jones Hayley Marie Kelly *Dayshia Chrystlyn Kerney +*Alexandra Nicole Krall Mackenzie Alexander Lane


Fantaysia Ashantae Luck-Harris *Nina Francesca Manzo Tirazheh Delara Mofid Erin Elizabeth Moore Shanice Tyler Morrison *Carlee Lynn Moshang Shaniya Lynn Mullin *Odera Nwamaka NkemMmekam Ezinwa Therese Nwakama *Kayla Marie Pahl +*Catherine Latha Pereira Elizabeth Grace Pitt

*Janele Lauren Price *Mary Claire Cochran Price Hannah Leigh Repko Mary Frances Reynolds Maya Circe Roberts Lupita Yessica Rodriguez *Ulyana Romanyuk *Megan Theresa Rowan +*Sarah Marie Rowan *Leah Cristin Rowell Heather Noel Rucci *Emmy Elise Saathoff Rachel Marie Sann

+*Gabriella Corrin Schoenbeck Dunja Dialla Sissoko *Emily Rose Snapp *Marie Chantal T. Tan *Kiley Noel Tempert Taja Aryelle Thomas Kaylah Coraleeze Thompson +*~Carly Joan Troiani Foley Sofia Wassmuth +*Sarah Kathryn Weatherly +*Emily Rose Wellmann Alexanne McLean Wenger Abigail Catherine Werner

+*Allyson Elizabeth Westfall Megan Lorraine Williams Cassidy Marie Wiseman * National Honor Society + Theresian Scholar ~ Archdiocesan Distinctive Scholar ยง Valedictorian โ€ข Salutatorian






IND Showcases Strong Leading Ladies in Theatre Selections “Anything Goes” Featuring a large cast, colorful characters and memorable songs, Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes” sprang to life on the IND stage this past March. The action takes place on a luxurious ocean liner and includes well-known Broadway tunes “Anything Goes,” “You’re the Top,” and “I Get a Kick Out of You,” among others. The remake of the 1934 musical was another large-scale production for IND, which presented “Les Miserables” in 2014 and Baltimore’s own “Hairspray” in 2013. Besides size, the musical fit IND because it showcases “one of the greatest female roles in musical theatre,” said IND Theatre Director Mrs. Carolyn Buck. “That is, the character of Reno Sweeney, an evangelist turned nightclub singer, who belts out song after song leading a large ensemble of singers and dancers.” Gina Mattucci ’16 (above) expertly filled the lead role of Reno Sweeney originally played by Ethel Merman. Gina appeared as Eponine in “Les Miserables” her sophomore year, and Tracy Turnblad in “Hairspray” her freshman year. Grace Darrah ’15 turned in another strong performance in her seventh role on the IND stage as heiress Hope Harcourt.

“Auntie Mame” A witty, fun-loving socialite whose life is turned upside down when she takes custody of her nephew—that was the storyline of IND’s fall comedy, “Auntie Mame.” The play offered a look back at the 1920s through ’40s, including prohibition, speakeasies, the stock market crash and the Great Depression. With humor and fun, the play illustrated Mame’s motto: “Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death!” Grace Darrah ’15 (right) played Mame Dennis and Emily Wellman ’15 (left) played her best friend, actress Vera Charles.

Thank You Four-Year Girls! Grace and Emily graduated as two of four “Four-Year Girls”—students who participated in every theatre presentation during their time at IND. The other two students were Madison Ehrenreich ’15 and Kayla Pahl ’15. Thanks for your dedication, ladies! 10


Dance Program Kicks Off “Anything Goes” showcased IND’s new dance program! Students from both Intermediate Dance and Introduction to Dance showed off their talents in multiple numbers choreographed by Dance Instructor Ms. Lauren Carnesi, along with an exciting tap number choreographed by School Counselor Ms. Kristan Jester.

Save the Date: Select Choir at Ripken Stadium! IND’s Select Choir performs all around town, winning awards and acclaim. Now you can catch this exceptional group, led by Director Mr. Daniel C. Meyer, as they sing the National Anthem for the Aberdeen Ironbirds. Cal Ripken will celebrate the 20th anniversary of his record of most consecutive games played and the first 1,200 fans will receive bobbleheads! To hear the choir, arrive at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 2 at Ripken Stadium located at 873 Long Drive, Aberdeen, MD 21001. The cost is $15.

Recognizing Our Artists Kudos to Marie Chantal Tan ’15 on receiving the 2015 Principal’s Choice Award for “Futurism” (shown below). “Its essentials combine a poet’s eye and a painter’s craft in a great example of an early 20th century art movement,” said Art Teacher Mrs. Anne von Nordeck. Marie is one of several students who were recognized for their extraordinary accomplishment in art this year.


A Place to Grow in Jake’s Alley A tribute to outgoing Dean of Students Sr. Karen Kane SSND and her mother written by journalism students Anna Foard ’17, Nicole Fortune ’17, Isabel Gabin ’17, Madi Katoski ’16, Isabella Vega ’17 and Mattie Yoncha ’16. Girls in skirts, hands in dirt It takes more than a day’s work Plant a tree, grow a memory That will bloom in eternity When you hear the word “alley,” what comes to mind? You probably think of a dark, narrow, eerie path. Institute of Notre Dame’s own Jake’s Alley is anything but. It is a sacred ground with bright open spaces and has continued to serve as a safe-haven for students and teachers alike. Cared for by Sister Hilda Marie Sutherland SSND, or affectionately known as Sister Hildie, and occupied by students, the picnic tables are constantly filled with gaggles of hungry girls during both lunch periods on warm spring days. Named Jake’s Alley after the farmer who used to butcher chickens there, it now has a more light and happy feel.

Franz said they chose this plant because Mrs. Kane liked Christmas and holly bushes are oftentimes associated with that season. On a crisp Wednesday morning, the members of the journalism class ventured to Jake’s Alley to get their hands dirty and assist in planting the bushes. One key to successful gardening is knowing the five essential elements of plant life: oxygen, sun, healthy soil, water and a place to grow. However, when successfully planting holly bushes, it is important to make sure you have both a girl plant and a boy plant. Yes, there needs to be a boy plant and a girl plant. That’s Ilex x meserveae or, for the horticulturally challenged, China boy blue holly and China girl blue holly. Their love can stretch up to 20 feet as the plants cross-pollinate in order for the girl to produce bright red berries in the fall. You might think that it would be most interesting to learn about the berries, (Continued on Page 23.)

Madi Katoski ’16 show’s them how it’s done.

All hands in! Each journalism student participated in the planting.

Among the lush green plants along the concrete wall now sit two new holly bushes. Planted in honor of Mrs. Raphaela “Florence” Kane, the mother of Sister Karen Kane SSND, holly bushes represent immortality. They will serve as a reminder of the life of Mrs. Kane and of the legacy that Sister Karen has left behind as she journeys on to Notre Dame Prep. The plants were given as gifts from Principal Kathleen Casey and Assistant Principal Diana Franz ’70. Mrs. Casey said they decided to plant something because “it is a custom in the Jewish culture to plant a tree for those who have passed.” As far as the holly bush goes, Mrs.

Classes pose with Sr. Karen in Jake’s Alley. THE ONYX





IND Athletics

It was another strong year for IND Athletics. Our teams continue to solidify standings in their conferences. Kudos to our teams for finishing strong!

Led by Coach Rob DuBose, the Penguins pulled through with a win against the Mercy Magic 41-34 at the 49th meeting of IND v. Mercy at Towson’s SECU Arena. IND has won two years in a row! Let’s keep this momentum for the upcoming Golden Anniversary Game! Pictured bottom row, far left, is IND’s MVP and lead scorer, Amber KapnerJones ’16.

IND cheerleaders continue to make strides! They placed in the MD State Championships. The Varsity team came in third and the JV team came in first. The JV team received their championship rings in the spring.

Heather Rucci ’15 signed a letter of intent to play Division I soccer for the University of Delaware in the fall. This is a dream she’s worked for since age five—to play NCAA collegiate soccer. She signed her letter with the support of her parents and coach. Rorie Crum ’15 was recruited to play lacrosse for the NCAA Division I Long Island University Brooklyn Blackbirds in the Northeastern Conference. She earned both athletic and academic scholarships. Rorie began playing at seven years old for the Integrity Lacrosse Club. Rorie said the process has been a lot of work, but rewarding. “I’ve gained so much experience and I have my coaches to thank.”




Five IND Track Alums Meet & Compete at the Terrapin Invite A mini-IND reunion took place last January as five track & field alumnae met at the 2015 Terrapin Invitational to do what they love to do best—run! Julie ’11, Amy ’13 and Becky Gessler ’13 competed—three of the four daughters of Science Department Chair Dr. Margaret Gessler and her husband, Dr. Bobby Gessler. Julie and Becky run for D-1 programs, and Amy runs for a nationally ranked D-3 program. They met student-athletes Colleen Fridley ’11 and Shana Brown ’10 at the event held in Landover, MD. A biochemistry major at UMBC, Julie won the 5k in 17:34. “Blazing fast!” said dad Bobby, who coaches IND Track & Field. “That time ranked her 4th on the All Time 5000 list at UMBC. It was awesome to see her run 22 of the 25 laps out front and alone!”

Five IND alums—and three sisters—competed in the Terrapin Invitational held in Landover last January. Above from left, Becky ’13, Amy ’13 and Julie Gessler ’11 and Colleen Fridley ’11. Pictured below is Shana Brown ’10.

University of Delaware psych major Becky Gessler ran in the mile, where she took the lead for four laps. She finished in 5:25 for a 10-second Personal Record. Her twin Amy finished the day with a win in her heat of the 3000 in 11:23, which was a 1-second Personal Record. Amy studies biology at Elizabethtown College. Lincoln University’s health science major Shana Brown achieved a pair of third place finishes in the 3000 (11:38) and the mile (5:45). Shana has been nominated for the 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year Award for leading her team to their first ever Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Championship. As a distance runner, Colleen Fridley challenged herself to run out of her comfort zone in the mile and ran a 5:52. Colleen attends Johns Hopkins University. She’s a perennial D-3 national powerhouse in Cross Country and Track & Field, majoring in chemical and biomolecular engineering.

Alums in sports news

Morgen Caution ’14

Brooke Fields ’14

Morgen Caution ’14 has been on the court making strides at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut her freshmen year. The East Coast Conference noted Morgen among those to keep an eye on who show promise.

Brooke Fields ’14 has distinguished herself on the basketball team at Roberts Wesleyan College in New York. Brooke was named to the All-Region First Team in the NCAA East Region.






Dinner Auction

On Saturday, March 21, the IND community came to the 16th Annual Dinner Auction to celebrate IND’s athletics. The Knott Gym was filled with school spirit, highlighting our student athletes of the past and present.

We appreciate the Jim and Maria Patti Burke ’53 family for graciously chairing the event this year. Special thanks to Michael Burke, an IND Board member, Henry Strohminger, Nancy Burke ’76, Terri Burke Bagwell ’79 and Mary Lee Burke ’81 for all their efforts to make this event spectacular! Save the date for next year’s auction—April 16, 2016! Brigid McKew Mitcherling ’83, P ’16 and Megan Ward Carlson ’85 reconnected at the auction.

A politically passionate group! Left to right, McKenna Pihlaja’s Martha McKenna ’92, Emerge Maryland Alumnae Kia Green Anderson, Baltimore City Council Candidate Shannon Sneed, U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy D’Alesandro Pelosi ’58 and former candidate for the State Central Committee from Legislative District 40 Phylicia Porter ’06.

Dean of Students Helen Bruns ’04, Assistant Principal Diana Ference Franz ’70 and Religious Studies Department Chair Sr. Kathleen Jager SSND ’70 gathered with other alumnae to sing the cherished “Alma Mater.”



Penny Krall P ’12, P ’15 and Mary Hickman Peroutka ’76, P’04, P’09 smiled as they held a beautiful homespun quilt made from IND uniforms.


IND Sewing Room Dedicated to Talented Seamstress Maria Patti Burke


f you’ve graduated from IND within the past couple decades, Maria Patti Burke ’53 has probably fitted the dress you wore when you walked down the aisle at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen. When her youngest daughter reached 7th grade, Maria went to work for Gamberdella’s, the bridal shop that supplies gowns to IND students. For many more years, she’s pitched in during the store’s peak season, which happens to be graduation time. The sewing skills that have served her well she learned in Classroom 14. On July 23, 2015, Maria’s husband James had the room named the Maria Patti Burke ’53 Sewing Room to honor his wife’s 80th birthday, their upcoming 60th wedding anniversary and Maria’s and her family’s love of sewing. Maria’s grandmother, a widow at 30 with three young children, supported herself making buttonholes on men’s suits. Maria’s mother Edythe, “was an exceptional seamstress and knitter,” said Maria. Both women passed on their talents to Maria when she was a very small girl.

Maria Patti Burke’s husband James had the classroom where his wife learned to sew named in her honor.

Maria began attending IND at six, her mother putting her on the #15 Street Car each morning to travel from Belair to IND. Maria learned from grade one to darn socks, crochet washcloths and knit hats. In the fourth grade, she began to sew by hand. “Each student made herself an apron to keep our uniforms clean because they were wool,” said Maria. She learned to use a sewing machine by grade seven and progressed to dressmaking in grade nine. After graduation, Maria married her husband, whom she had known since she was five years old. They had one son, as well as three daughters who attended IND—Nancy Burke ’76, P’13, Teresa Burke Bagwell ’79, P’02 and Mary Lee Burke ’82. Now she had a whole family to dress. “You name it, she made it—ties, bathing suits, prom gowns, Christmas and Easter outfits,” said daughter Nancy. “I still have a halter prom dress she made!” Daughter Teresa especially remembers the costumes. “We had the very best Halloween outfits! They were never bought, and no one had anything like them.” Maria leads one of IND’s largest legacy families numbering 23 graduates. It began with mom Edythe ’29 and ends so far with granddaughter Alexandra Filsinger ’13. Even Maria’s son, Michael Burke, supports the school by serving on its Board. Maria stays up with her class by hosting reunions at her home. “I graduated with 137 girls who came from all over, and many of us still see each other. That’s what makes IND special.”

Committed & Connected

Maria Concetta Patti 1953 Clarissian

1956 Wedding

17 of 23 Patti family alums

IND 2013 Crab Feast with granddaughter, Alex Filsinger ’13 THE ONYX










Homecoming 2014 was a huge success! The weekend’s highlights included Friday’s Alumnae Volleyball Game and Happy Hour in the Parlors, Saturday’s Fall Festival and Sunday’s 100th Celebration Sunday honoring the Alumnae of the Year, Assistant Principal Mrs. Diana Ference Franz ’70. (See article on page 17.)

Elizabeth Mergehenn ’06, Megan Pallace ’07, Lauren Keller ’07, coach and former technology teacher Jennifer Sauer, Lauren Schneider ’13, Sarah Carson ’06 and Stefanie Pawelcyyk ’01 took on IND’s Varsity Volleyball Team.

Kelly Eick ’06, Sarah Carson ’06 and Stefanie Pawelczyk ’01 at Friday’s Happy Hour in the Parlors.

Mattie Yoncha ’16 at the table of one of the 19 vendors present at the Fall Festival.

The Fall Festival also brought alums and their families back to IND. Children were kept busy with Hildie’s Haunted House, a Children’s Theatre directed by Theatre Dept. Chair Mrs. Carolyn Buck, games and face painting.

Thank you to all who participated and helped to make the weekend extremely enjoyable for the IND community. We are excited to celebrate another IND Homecoming in 2015!

Please mark your calendars for Homecoming 2015, October 23–25!




“Generosity Without Boundaries:”

Through the Years

2014 Alumna of the Year Diana Franz ’70


or 20 years, Assistant Principal and Visual & Performing Arts Chair Mrs. Diana Ference Franz ’70 has graced IND, bringing a loving presence, a tireless work ethic and delightful humor to her Alma Mater. At the 100th Celebration Sunday last October, the IND community gave back—honoring her as the 2014 Alumna of the Year. Former Principal Ms. Ann Seeley ’58 was delighted to speak about Ms. Franz. For 13 years, the two led IND academically while remaining close friends. Ms. Seeley recalled her second in command as having “a spirit of generosity without boundaries” and a “willingness to pitch in, to go above and beyond responsibilities.” Mrs. Franz’s early career was teaching music at St. Dominic, St. Rose of Lima and Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) elementary schools. In a true career highlight, she participated in “Creating Original Opera” sponsored by the New York Metropolitan Opera, in which she studied with experts in stage tech, playwriting, songwriting, costuming, stage lighting and set design. The culmination was an opera written and performed by IHM seventh graders. In accepting, Ms. Franz was both humble and humorous. She remembered the IND SSNDs who inspired her career—Sisters Josella, Caroleen, Patricia and Joseph Mary. She thanked her family, especially her husband John, who is ever present at IND events and still serves on the Fathers Club 19 years after his daughter graduated. And she quoted Jack Benny, “I don’t deserve this award, but I have arthritis and I don’t deserve that either.”

Ms. Franz discovered her love of music early on. She went on to earn a degree in music history and piano from the then College of Notre Dame.

Following her 1970 graduation, Ms. Franz continued to further her studies in education by earning a M.Ed. from Loyola University Maryland.

That’s our Mrs. Franz. We thank her for her commitment and good humor. IND sisterhood was evident last Celebration Sunday when former principal (and 2012 award recipient) Ms. Ann Seeley ’58 presented the 2014 Alumna of Year Award to Mrs. Diana Ference Franz ’70.

Ms. Franz gave her daughter, Dr. Theresa Franz Meade ’96, (above right), the same excellent IND education as her dad, Mr. Joseph Ference (above left), gave to her.

Ms. Franz love of music continues today. She teaches guitar classes and performs, as shown in this photo from a 2015 performance with the Baltimore Classical Guitar Orchestra.






Class Notes 1960s

CLASS OF 1961 Class Agent: Mary Horner

Kathleen Gieron Fairman ’61 After 45 years with Merrill Lynch as a registered client associate, Kathleen retired in Jan 2015! Her husband Bob passed away in 2013 so now she devotes her time to her children and grandchildren. Step grandson Jack Gill was accepted into Calvert Hall. Granddaughters Kenna & Kalen are in middle school in New Freedom, PA, and are ace lacrosse players for The Lacrosse Club. Step granddaughters Autumn & Amber are ace volleyball players in Damascus, MD. Her daughter, Amber, is an intensive care nurse at Sinai Hospital and Amber’s husband Jason is the executive chef at Wegman’s in Hunt Valley. Her days are kept busy with following sports events for the grandkids. Joanne Niedzwiecki Hiebler ’61 and her grandchildren are all doing well. Mary Kyran Polk Horner ’61 and her husband celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this past June. Mary states, “I cannot believe all those years have come and gone. They have been wonderful years and we are much blessed. We are planning a vacation by rail in the fall. We have five grandchildren and the oldest leaves for college next fall.” Diane Strahotsky Keough’s ’61 mother Irene Strahotsky died on August 3, 2014. On September 1, 2014, Herb, her husband of 48 years, passed away. Camille Faith Marx ’61 will become co-president of the Baltimore County League of Women Voters on July 1. Baltimore County League of Women Voters is a non-partisan group that encourages voting and holds events to inform voters about government 18


concerns. They are always looking for new members. Barbara Jeskulski Rieve ’61 had heart surgery last September. Following more surgeries, she is finally on the mend and goes to cardiac-rehab three times a week. Keep Barbara in your prayers. Despite it all, she and her family went on a cruise to Key West and Cozumel, visiting the Basilica of Our Lady Star of the Sea in Key West. “The nuns taught me how to be a beggar. Now I can’t beg for myself, but I do a really good job begging for others’ causes. I have worked with St. Gregory in Sandtown-Winchester for about 20 years.” Theresa Watkowski Smith’s ’61 daughter is getting married in September. The couple will honeymoon in Italy. Theresa and her husband are avid cruisers. They have taken three transatlantic crossings and many cruises to the Caribbean and New England. They just returned from The Bahamas and are busy planning her daughter’s wedding. CLASS OF 1965 Class Agent: Dolores Walsh

Patricia Doyle Balassone ’65 celebrated the birth of her grandson, Cooper Francis Manning, on April 14 in Columbus, Ohio. Pat continues to work as a nurse practitioner at Student Health Services, Ohio State University in Columbus. Jeanne Rosier Day ’65 and her husband Buzz are celebrating their 45th anniversary in August. Jeanne has nine grandchildren ranging from 8 years old to a sophomore in college. She teaches math at St Paul’s School for Girls. In her 30 years at St Paul’s, Jeanne has taught everything from 5th grade math to calculus. She loves teaching math, loves her students and loves being surrounded by so much youth.

Peggy O’Neill Gilligan ’65 and her husband Dennis celebrated their 45th anniversary in January. She has two granddaughters and will be welcoming three more grandchildren in August— triplets (two boys and a girl). Peggy’s second CD, “Love, Loss, and Other Tales,” is out. It is a tribute to the singers/songwriters of the ’60s folk era. Her first CD, “Winter Sky,” generated $7,500. Proceeds from both CDs benefit the Hospice of the Chesapeake. For more information, contact Peggy at Patricia Rachek ’65 worked as a speech pathologist for the Department of Defense School System (DoDSS) and recently retired after 32 years of service. She worked in the Philippines, Okinawa, Japan and Schweinfurt, Germany. While employed with DoDSS, she traveled to many countries and learned about many different cultures. She now lives in Delaware. Janice Wojtczuk Tietjen ’65 lives in Lake Worth, Florida. She has two daughters and one son. Janice also has four grandsons ranging from 5 months old to 8 years. She loves to play tennis and go to the beach. Barbara Herman Triplett ’65 retired in June from St. Ursula School after 28 years as school secretary. Bobbie will continue to volunteer at St. Ursula, as two of her grandsons attend the school. Linda Hayes Wellborn ’65 received the 2015 Governor’s Victim’s Assistance Award for her work with the Howard County Crisis Hotline. CLASS OF 1969 Class Agent: Cathy Jo Portera

Susan Schultz ’69 retired June 2014 after 41 years in Catholic school education in Maryland and Florida. She will now travel to Europe and volunteer at local hospitals and nursing homes as an ombudsman.

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and a soon-to-be teen. Including the three dogs and one hamster, they have a very busy household!


CLASS OF 1999 Class Agent: Erin Dolan Stine

Mindy Tudor Goldman ’99 and her husband Michael welcomed their second son, Simon Alexander, on February 16, 2015. Big Brother, Aidan (5), has taken on his new role with ease by helping out when needed, and even comforting his little brother with plenty of hugs and cuddles.

Patricia Dietz Davies ’87



CLASS OF 1970 Class Agent: Diana Franz

CLASS OF 1986 Class Agent: Kelley Wood Dilworth

Ann Bracken ’70 published a book of poems titled “The Altar of Innocence” based on events from her life.

Angela Friedel-Arsenovci ’86 and husband Petar celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on September 17, 2013. In March 2014, he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and passed away in May.

CLASS OF 1979 Class Agent: Gina Molling

Rhonda Latham ’79

Rhonda Latham ’79 says her son, Jordan Latham, plays professional basketball in Australia for the Ceelong Sting Rays. Jordan attended Loyola University Maryland and was signed to the Ceelong Sting Rays in the fall.

CLASS OF 1987 Class Agent: Katrina Peterson

Tonya Timpson Anderson ’87 graduated from the University of Maryland University College with her MBA on May 17, 2015.


CLASS OF 2000 Class Agent: Katina Dawson

Keri Acree Becker ’00 and her husband welcomed their first baby Richard Karl Becker IV born October 7, 2014. Erin Kearns Brice ’00 welcomed Lily Abigail Brice on September 19, 2014. Lauren Debelius ’00 and Rene Debelius welcomed Maisey Frances Debelius on October 28, 2014. Tia Jones Ditzel ’00 and husband Ron Ditzel welcomed their first child Bryce Christian Ditzel on May 12, 2014, at 4:59 p.m. Bryce was baptized on September 27, 2014. Godparents are Nicolas and Jessica Karko Lombo ’00.

Tonya Timpson Anderson ’87

Patricia Dietz Davies ’87 and husband Michael adopted a sibling group of three children from Bogota, Colombia, in December 2013. The Davies are very excited (and a bit exhausted) with being first-time parents to two teenagers

Jessica Karko Lombo ’00, her husband Nicolas and big sister Catalina Lombo, welcomed Viviana Rose on December 1, 2014. Kerry Jones O’Malley ’00 and John O’Malley welcomed Jameson Jones O’Malley, born July 2, 2014. THE ONYX





Lauren Wolinski Salamone ’00 and her husband welcomed Hunter Salvatore Salamone on September 14, 2014. Jessica Silwick Shearer ’00 and husband Will Shearer welcomed a baby girl, Olivia Mae Shearer, on September 22, 2014. Olivia weighed 7-pounds, 2-ounces. Liz Krug Stewart ’00 and Colin Stewart welcomed Ava Louise Stewart on August 17, 2014. Jasmine Sullivan ’00 welcomed Mackenzie Autumn Hale born on November 26, 2014. Liz Flores Walkley ’00, husband Julian Walkley and big brothers, Julian and Jackson, welcomed Charlotte Jean Walkley on September 7, 2015. Jennifer Dugent Wolf ’00 welcomed Olivia Bryn Wolff, born April 17, 2015. Kerri Hiller Zwolak ’00 and Adam Zwolak welcomed George Henry Zwolak on April 14, 2015. CLASS OF 2001 Class Agent: Dianna Quick Vodarick

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Sarah Dilworth ’04

Audrey Brooks ’01 recently started working at Notre Dame of Maryland University as the Director of Financial Aid. She states, “In a way it feels like coming back to IND since we are so closely linked.” Dianna Quick Vodarick ’01, and her husband Mike celebrated the arrival of their first child Hailey Ann (IND class of 2032) on December 18, 2013. CLASS OF 2004 Class Agent: Helen Bruns

Sarah Sturgill ’05

Sarah Dilworth ’04, daughter of Kelley Wood Dilworth ’86, married Dermot Liam Fitzpatrick of Dublin, Ireland, on October 9, 2014. IND alumnae attending included (pictured left to right): Bethany Gentry ’04, Zoe Lintzeris ’04, Kaitlyn McNerney ’04, Courtney Hale Rembert ’04, Amanda Garbart ’04, Sarah Dilworth ’04, (Dermot Fitzpatrick), Kelley Wood Dilworth ’86, Christine Lang Richardson ’86 and Gina Woolen McDonald ’86. Katherine Durham ’04, and her husband Andrew, welcomed baby girl Charlotte Durham on September 17, 2014. Charlotte weighed 7-pounds,


’05, Elizabeth Fanske ’05, Rae Funk ’05, Sarah Sturgill ’05, Ann Marie Krainak Zeruto ’05, Mai Kaczorowski ’05, Lizzy Jackson Fleischmann ’05 and Autumn Sappington ’12. CLASS OF 2007 Class Agent: Emily Mastella

Ashley Berkheimer ’07, Ashley Przybylski ’07 and Emily Mastella ’07 completed the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in Washington, D.C., on April 27, 2014. Katherine Durham ’04

9-ounces and was 20¼ inches long. Shellie Spencer ’04 and husband Kenneth welcomed their first-born son Jonathan Joseph Spencer on August 31, 2014. Baby Jonathan was 7-pounds, 13-ounces and 19 inches long.

Maria Dziechichowiz ’07 joined the United States Peace Corps Health Extension and volunteered in Namibia from May 2012–May 2014. CLASS OF 2008 Class Agent: Colleen Wilcox

Michelle Fox Disson ’08 married Scott Disson in Baltimore at Hillendale Country Club on June 7, 2014. IND alumnae in Michelle’s bridal party were (pictured left to right) Erin Highlander ’08, Allison Buttner ’08, Michelle Fox Dission ’08, Laura Carter ’08 (maid of honor) and Allison Alvarez ’08. Other

alumnae in attendance included Tiffani Coster ’06, Sara Carter ’04, Erin Gran ’95 and Haley Call ’08. CLASS OF 2009 Class Agent: Caitlin Melvin

Brittany Skinner ’09 graduated from Coppin State University on May 16, 2015, with a bachelor’s degree in education. Brittany will begin her career with the Baltimore City Public School System. CLASS OF 2010 Class Agents: Amber, Colleen Strautch

Cristina Aquia ’10 graduated from the first nursing class at Notre Dame of Maryland University on May 23, 2015, with a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Samantha Ciuchta ’10 graduated from the first nursing class at Notre Dame of Maryland University on May 23, 2015, with a bachelor’s degree in nursing.

Shellie Spencer ’04

CLASS OF 2005 Class Agent: Lauryn Wise

Sarah Sturgill ’05 married Kenneth Wilson on November 1, 2015, at the Notre Dame of Maryland University. Many of her IND friends attended (pictured left to right) Mary Welkie ’04, Katie Tuszynski ’05, Jacklyn Peery

Michelle Fox Disson ’08






Celebrating Anniversary Years at Graduation

Katelynne Coleman ’10

Katelynne Coleman ’10 gave birth to a healthy baby girl Annabelle Leigh Rodgers on October 30, 2014.

Class of 1940 • 75th Anniversary

Valerie Cook ’10 graduated from Towson last May. She works as a RN at the University of MD Shock Trauma Center. She is happy to report that she absolutely loves her job. Briah Lynch ’10 became a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. in November 2014. Chelsea Prosser ’10 works at Legg Mason as a marketing associate.

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Class of 1965 • 50th Anniversary

September 19, 2015 CRAB FEA




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Class of 1990 • 25th Anniversary


A Place to Grow in Jake’s Alley (Continued from Page 11) but, as usual, the girls were more focused on the fact that there was a boy present. Who needs to eat Chipotle with a Calvert Hall boy when there is a lovely view of a holly bush to accompany you as you eat your salted French fries? All thoughts of boys aside, the class got to work in preparing the ground for the new additions. And BOY was it a messy job! With dirt under the students’ freshly painted finger nails, the “city girls’” reactions to gardening were a sight that Sister Karen enjoyed watching. After everything was planted and the smell of peat moss filled the air, it was time for the prayer service, led

by Sister Mary Roy Weiss SSND. It started off with the reading of lyrics from the song “Trees,” written by Sister Mary Roy, then was followed by a scripture from Exodus, ending with a prayer in dedication of Mrs. Kane and Sister Karen.

you enjoy your lunch, remember what they represent. For one, that Mrs. Kane is immortalized on the sacred ground that makes up Jake’s Alley and also that Sister Karen will certainly be coming back to make sure our skirts aren’t rolled and our socks are pulled up.

This caused a mix of emotions for Sister Karen. She was touched by the gesture and the tribute for her mother, but isn’t one to enjoy the spotlight. As the end of the year comes to a close and we prepare for next year, we know that we won’t be saying “goodbye” to Sister Karen, but rather a “see you later.”

When you hear that Sister Karen is back for a visit, make sure to check Jake’s Alley, where she said, “the holly bushes will be something that will be here when I visit and that’s where I’ll be.”

When you look at the holly bushes as

Let’s Stay Together! Update Your Info Through MyIND Nearly every month, IND sends e-news about the latest on Aisquith Street—updates on your classmates and our students or important developments you’ll want to know about. Unfortunately, 61 percent of IND alumnae have nonworking emails in our system, so there’s no way to keep in touch! Won’t you please take the time to update your online contact info today? The following steps will show you how. If you have problems, please contact Alumnae Relations Coordinator Kirby Gaddy ’09 for help at 410.522.7800, Ext. 223 or 1.

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In Memoriam Alumnae Gloria Tracy Bowling ’52 Mary Hock Campbell ’51 Sr. Marie Charles Grauer SSND ’39 Kimberly Dollinger ’84 Donna Flamini ’80 Ann Marie Miller Gumula ’59 Frances Hunt Hamilton ’42, sister of Sr. Dorothy Hunt SSND ’41 and Nancy Hunt McGinnis ’52 Mildred Hlavin Hamilton ’41 Patricia McElgunn Heffron ’58

Loved Ones Petar Arsenovic, husband of Angela Friedel Arsenovic ’86, brotherin-law of Gloria Friedel Dempsey ’01 Marion Ammer, mother of Suzanne Ammer McMillian ’65 Richard Roger Borucki, husband of Angela Kilchenstein Borucki ’54 Owen Carney III, father of Erin Carney Keenan ’98 Margaret Cybulski, mother of Beth Cybulski Lohr ’82 Francis Debelius, father of Lauren Debelius ’99 James C. Donohue, husband of Sara McGlone Donohue ’60 Edward Doyle, father of Sally Doyle Rittenhouse ’65 Charlie Frank, husband of Joanne Muller Frank ’81 Francis Friedel, father of Angela Friedel-Arsenovic ’86 and Gloria FriedelDempsey ’01 Laurie Friedel, sister-in-law 24

This list includes those in the IND community who have passed away since the last issue of “The Onyx.”

Rose Niziolek Hickey ’48 Joan Sikora Karpinski ’50 Mary Mueller Kresslein ’41 Mrs. Anne R. Gillen Marshall ’46 Mary Margaret Mohr ’47 Mary Ader Morgan ’54 Pauline Housman Nolan ’48 Regina C. Provenzano ’69, sister of Lisa M. Provenzano Woznicki ’78 Mary Clair Krieger Reynolds ’51 Margaret Linz Robinson ’49, sister of Sr. Mary Xavier Linz SSND ’38, F. Claire Linz

Bevans ’45, Joan A. Linz ’50, Mary Therese Linz Wood ’52 and Sr. Theresa Linz SSND ’53 Marion Davis Roesler ’54 Alfrina Giulioni Shaver-Brink ’45 Sr. Leone Mary Sheehan SSND ’59 Claire McKernen Shepard ’48 Margaret Sydnor ’52 Dr. Phyllis Della Vecchia ’59, daughter of Frances Della Vecchia ’32, sister of Frances Della Vecchia ’62 Mary Wallenhorst Vitek ’51, sister-in-law of

Mary Jo Vitek ’44 Alice Knott Voelkel ’50, sister of Patricia Knott Smyth ’47, Marion Knott McIntyre ’49, Margaret Knott Riehl ’51 Audrey Marie Dietrich Maggio ’42, mother of Eileen Maggio Frazier ’63, Mary Maggio Frazier ’64, Liz Maggio Broderick ’65 and Joan Maggio Stockton ’67; grandmother of Deborah Frazier Page ’90, Kathleen Frazier ’96 and Joanna Lindsey Frazier ’07 Kathryn Wheltle ’00

of Angela FriedelArsenovic ’86 and Gloria Friedel-Dempsey ’01 Joseph Fuller, husband of Frances Snesko Fuller ’57 Thomas James Garrity, father of Ellen Garrity ’83 Frederick Germano Sr., father of IND Network Administrator Frederick Germano Matilda Germano, mother of Frederick Germano, IND Network Administrator Ruby Gorman, mother of IND Administrative Assistant to the Office of School Counseling Janice Wheelbarger Joan Gundlach-Sargent, mother of IND Mathematics Teacher Sandra Gundlach Steven F. Hegeman, father of Alexandria Hegeman ’16 Dr. Thomas F. Herbert, husband of Katherine Rohe Herbert ’53 Marija Hrvat, grandmother of IND Social Studies Teacher Dijana Ismic ’06

Joseph Hughes, father of IND Director of PR & Communications Lil Knipp Carole Jarvis, grandmother of Chelsea Canestraro ’09 Randolph W. Jones Jr., husband of Sue Rose Jones ’65 Michael Lane, husband of Janise Ingrassia Lane ’86; father of Mackenzie Lane ’15 J. Micheal Linnehan, father of Kelly Linnehan Tudja ’81 and Tara Linnehan Oursler ’87; grandfather of Meagan Tudja ’11 and Maura Tudja ’14 Ralph Marchetti, former IND teacher Robert Damien Marston, husband of Susan Marston P’03, P’10, brother of Mary Marston ’03 and Amanda Marston ’10 Alma Novotny, mother of Sharon Novotny Mazur ’68, Kathryn Novotny Coulthard ’71, Susan Novotny Maans ’75 and Dawn Novotny Miller ’79 Henry Presser Sr.,

grandfather of Danielle Presser Bradford ’08 Jim Rowan, grandfather of Megan Rowan’ 15 and Sarah Rowan ’15 Ameil J. Ruffini, husband of IND Assistant Director of Donor Relations Sandra Ruffini; father of former IND technology teacher, Jennifer Sauer, and Kimberly Hughes Anne Malanowski Scannell, former IND teacher Eric B. Snyder, son of Joanne Marino Lanasa ’53, brother of Lisa Snyder LoVullo ’76, brother of Patti Snyder Raborg ’77 and cousin of IND Special Events Coordinator Cathy Jo Portera ’69 William Toohey, husband of Rosemary Frisino Toohey ’64


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2014 REUNIONS | IND alums say so many of their deepest friendships started here on Aisquith Street! Reunions give you a chance to reconnect, reflect and remember! Reunions are held spring through fall. “The Onyx” is printed once a year in July. This edition includes all reunions that have taken place as of June 1. Take a look at IND sisters celebrating on the following pages.

Class of 1964 • 75th Reunion

May 10, 2014, at Villa Assumpta

Class of 1954 • 60 th Reunion

Class of 1964 • 50 th Reunion

October 19, 2014, at Oakcrest

November 8, 2014, at Libertore’s Restaurant

Class of 1979 • 35th Reunion

Class of 1984 • 30 th Reunion

September 7, 2014, at Gertrude’s Restaurant

September 20, 2014, at IND Crab Feast THE ONYX





Class Agents 1943 - Sr. Kathleen Marie Engers SSND 1946 - Mary T. Olert - 1953 - Maria Patti Burke 1954 - Julie Moran Hofferbert 1955 - Annette Duffy Heaps 1956 - Jean Calafiore Nohe 1957 - Joan Schap Weigman 1959 - Jeanne Mott 1960 - Mary Woerner Bechtel 1961 - Mary Polk Horner 1962 - Ginny Lacey -, Lynn Shuppel -

Class of 1989 • 25th Reunion

1964 - Janice Coffay Hense

October 18, 2014, at The Still

1965 - Dolores Walsh - 1966 - Debi Sears Meushaw 1967 - Mary Fields Elliott 1968 - Mary Kay Healy Harman 1969 - Cathy Jo Wilkens Portera 1970 - Diana Franz - 1971 - Suzanne Doyle Friedman, Kippi Myers Sutphen 1972 - Anne Winter Creek, Maureen O’Neill Ciesielski 1973 - Francine Schaffer 1974 - Sue Petti - 1975 - Shelley Goode 1976 - Anita Darrah Hagin

Class of 2004 • 10 th Reunion

1977 - Nancy Gillece -

October 18, 2014, at Little Havanna

1978 - Melanie Gentry Morris 1979 - Gina Stout Molling 1981 - Terry Little 1983 - Brigid McKew Mitcherling




Let’s Connect Keep up with IND on social media. Every day there’s something new going on at IND! Good works and good times guaranteed to bring back memories or create new ones.

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Class Agents 1986 - Kelley Wood Dilworth 1987 - Katrina Peterson 1988 - Beth Piaskowski Poggioli 1989 - Angela Strauch 1991 - Nichelle Lashley 1992 - Martha McKenna 1993 - Stacey Litz Schwink 1994 - Tara Turner 1997 - Maureen Thompson 1998 - Erin Mullen

Class of 2009 • 5th Reunion

October 18, 2014, at the Rope Walk Tavern


The following classes celebrated in 2014, but did not send a picture.

Class of 1959 • 55th Year Reunion October 19, 2014, at Celebration Sunday

Class of 1994 • 20th Year Reunion October 18, 2014, at Christopher Daniel’s Restaurant

Class of 1969 • 45th Year Reunion October 12, 2014, at Ryleigh’s Oyster

Class of 1999 • 15th Year Reunion October 18, 2014, at Birroteca

Class of 1974 • 40th Year Reunion October 18, 2014, at Fazzini’s Restaurant

1999 - Erin Dolan Stine 2000 - Katina James Dawson 2001 - Dianna Quick Vodarick 2003 - Nikki Gentile Milesky 2004 - Helen Bruns 2005 - Lauryn Wise Ochs 2006 - Sarah Carson, Liana Burns 2007 - Emily Mastella

2015 REUNIONS as of June 1, 2015, are listed below.

Mark your calendars today for the 2015 IND Class Reunions. Classes ending in “5” or “0” will hold reunions this year. Those that have been scheduled

Is your class missing? Take the lead by contacting your Class Agents to set yours up. If you don’t have a Class Agent, you can arrange a reunion for your class by contacting IND’s Alumnae Relations Coordinator Kirby Gaddy ’09 at

2008 - Colleen Wilcox 2009 - Caitlin Melvin 2010 - Amber Nore, Colleen Strauch

Class of 1955 • 60th Year Reunion October 25, 2015, at Celebration Sunday

Class of 1995 • 20th Year Reunion September 19, 2015, at the IND Crab Feast

Class of 1960 • 55th Year Reunion September 26, 2015, at Christopher Daniel Restaurant

Class of 2000 • 15th Year Reunion September 19, 2015, at the IND Crab Feast

2012 - Samantha Martin

Class of 1965 • 50th Year Reunion October 10, 2015, at Bonney Roden Dugan’s house October 11, 2015, at IND

Celebrating at Graduation Thanks to the Classes of 1940, 1965 and 1990 for celebrating their special anniversary along with the Class of 2015 at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen on May 31, 2015.

2013 - Morgan Hawkins, Chasmin Johnson

Class of 1975 • 40th Year Reunion September 19, 2015, at the IND Crab Feast Class of 1980 • 35th Year Reunion October 25, 2015, at Celebration Sunday

See page 22 for photos.

2011 - D’Ereka Bolden

2014 - Michaela Commadori, Maura Tudja






Leaving Footprints of Her Own—Sr. Marie Charles Grauer SSND ’39


n July 28, 2015, family, friends and former students gathered to celebrate home one of the Institute of Notre Dame’s most memorable teachers and alumnae, the beloved Sister Marie Charles Grauer SSND ’39, who passed away on July 20 at 96. At her funeral at Villa Assumpta, her home since 2009, Sister Marie’s casket sported a festive orange and black Orioles’ throw as IND students sang for her the lovely “Footprints in the Stone.” Few IND alumnae have lived up to the song’s intention—“Before I’m through, I’m going to leave some footprints of my own”—as well as this tiny, feisty nun. Sister Marie Charles left an indelible impression on thousands of young IND minds. She dedicated her life to education and, in return, was remembered as “a force to be reckoned with,” “a no-nonsense teacher” and a “form maker.” Sister Marie Charles taught at St. Mark’s School in Catonsville, and then spent 35 years at her Alma Mater, teaching English and business courses. By her very demeanor, Sister Marie Charles conveyed that learning was serious business, and her students benefited greatly from her dedication to discipline, accuracy and a strong work ethic. The skills and professionalism of Sister’s commercial students were legendary in Baltimore City, where companies would request IND students immediately upon their graduation. Though her students will always remember the ordeal of reciting “The Gettysburg Address,” they also came to appreciate her quick wit, her life lessons and her compassion. Assistant Principal Mrs. Diana Ference



Beloved IND educator and alumna, Sister Marie Charles Grauer ’39, died at Villa Assumpta on July 20, 2015.

Franz ’70 recalled, “Sister Marie Charles was more than a teacher to me. Yes, she taught me English and was my junior homeroom teacher, but when I returned to IND to teach, she became a mentor and friend. What a wise, witty woman! I remember her being involved in faculty and staff skits for our Christmas Show and her dancing across the stage in a costume and portraying the Millennium Bug in a skit.” Mrs. Franz said she also taught her the patience needed to work with students with learning difficulties. “She was top of mind when I created a program for students who needed help with their coursework, which is why it is called the Sister Marie Charles Mentoring Program—in honor of my teacher, mentor and friend,” she said. In 1998, the IND Alumnae Association honored Sister Marie

Charles as Alumna of the Year. A fierce and loyal alumna, she embodied the IND virtues and lived the SSND mission. In 2014 in honor of her 95th birthday, the IND community established the Sister Marie Charles Scholarship Fund. Her wish for the fund was to enable young women in Baltimore to have access to “a stellar education at IND,” she said. At the end of the celebration for Sister Marie Charles at Villa Assumpta, alumnae gathered behind her to sing the IND “Alma Mater” in her honor. About 70 strong, they spanned in age from current students to women Sister’s age. Many shed tears during what was a powerful moment of sisterhood and solidarity. Hail Notre Dame and Godspeed Sister Marie Charles.


Sr. Hildie Marie Sutherland SSND and Rebecca DiPietro ’15 at IND’s 2014 Crab Feast. We’ll see you at the next one Saturday, September 19, 2015. It’s sure to sell out!

Janise and Makenzie Lane ’15 at the Mother-Daughter Tea on May 3 at Saint Joseph Fullerton Parish Hall.

Erin Parks ’98, Helen Parks Todd ’68, Kate Parks ’74 and Stephanie Pawelczyk ’01 lent a helping hand at the 2014 Open House.

Christina Kennard Harris ’66 participated in this year’s Penguin Pledge.

In April, 27 dedicated alumnae shared exciting career opportunities in their fields with the student body at the Students-to-Professionals’ Career Day.

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October 23–25

IND Crab Feast

Saturday, September 19 3–7 p.m.

Open House

Saturday, November 7 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Tell a middle school girl about IND!

Fathers Club Wine Tasting Friday, December 11 6:30–9:30 p.m.

50th Anniversary of THE GAME IND vs. Mercy SECU Arena, Towson University Friday, January 29, 2016 Tip Off at 7 p.m.

Onyx & Gold Night

17th Annual Auction Saturday, April 16, 2016 6–10:30 p.m.

The Onyx 2015