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Three Cheers for Spring at SUA! Inside this issue: - Saint Ursula Academy Graduates Living the Mission of SUA as Academy Alum - Meet the New Members of the Advancement Team Follow St. Ursula through the Vine Connection, now connected through Facebook or on Twitter at SUABULLLDOGS - SUA School News and more!

the president’s

message Dear St. Ursula Academy Friends,


s I write this with April knocking on the door, the weather forecasters are predicting yet another accumulating snowfall. Nonetheless, I welcome you to the spring edition of the St. Ursula Magazine! I am happy to use the word “Spring” because it felt like winter was never going to end. Even though the students have had five snow days and three online school days, I would say we have all settled happily into this eventful semester. The 2013-2014 school year has flown by. Daily, we ask our students through the Academy Alum Program to be reflective thinkers, leaders, nurturers and prophets. As a faculty and staff, we challenge ourselves to do the same. A year ago we embarked on our long range strategic planning process and hosted 225 people for our Convocation. The Long Range Planning Process (LRSP) generated great perspective and insight--all of it with the goal of making this a school where your daughters will best develop their unique talents and abilities. During this school year, we are tackling the first five challenges that we identified during the LRSP process: • How can we devise a plan for academic excellence rooted in Ursuline core values relevant to 21st century learning? • How can we keep tuition and fees affordable and attractive for all families? • How can we continue to attract, support, assess. reward and retain faculty, staff and coaches that fulfill and serve our Catholic Ursuline mission? • How can we substantially increase our endowment in five years to positively impact, among other things, financial aid for St. Ursula students? • How can we encourage our students to be involved and engaged in activities at St. Ursula Academy and at the same time maintain a balance and strong sense of organization, priority and direction? We have taken these challenges seriously and have developed strong teams of faculty, staff, parents, alums and experts in their respective fields to begin developing solutions. Through regular meetings, surveys, data collection, and progress reports, we, as a school community, have begun measuring our successes and determining next steps of action. As an academic institution, we are constantly charged with identifying best practices and implementing them to best serve our students and our families. We are always looking for ways to enhance our programming. A very exciting addition to our Academy Alum process this school year is the Academy Alum Capstone Class. Throughout the nine-week period, the twenty two students in the Capstone Class work to help others while recognizing and developing their own passions. The projects are diverse and ambitious. One student is creating a family Serbian cookbook, another is working on an apartment renovation. I have the pleasure of working with a young woman who is proposing a student-run smoothie shop with the proceeds going to help fund other Capstone projects. It is incredible to see the amount of time, creativity and energy she has invested into making this dream a reality. She has met with our V.P. of Operations, V.P. of Marketing, Director of Facilities, the manager of our cafeteria and an alum who owns a marketing company. She has also talked to the Dept. of Health. She has left no stone unturned. I marvel at her determination, drive and quest to learn more. While I cite only these


few examples, I see our students driven daily by their passion to be the best they can be, committed to building a better world. The girls bear living witness to the Academy Alum characteristics in so many ways, big and small. Through their involvement in co and extra-curricular activities, they are reflective thinkers as members of the SUA Mock Trial or Academic Team and the like. They are leaders in their clubs and as members of their athletic teams. They serve as nurturers through the Bulldog Buddy tutoring program and they are prophets by acting as women of faith, integrity and courage. I often tell the students that it is not by wearing a St. Ursula sweatshirt that the community knows them as women of St. Ursula, but by their actions. I have the pleasure of co-facilitating a freshmen group in the Academy Alum program. Since August I have come to know this fine group of freshmen, and I am astounded by their sensitivity to others, their love of SUA and their commitment to do well. They may not yet recognize they are quickly becoming St. Ursula women. But before they blink, they will be preparing themselves for life beyond our special walls. In two short months, we will bid our class of 2014 farewell. For many, they cannot believe the day has come, and I must say, I cannot either! I know these wonderful graduates will go on to do great things in a world far beyond the one they know now. They may be wearing college sweatshirts, and eventually sporting the many hats that women of the 21st Century wear, but we will always know by their actions that they are truly St. Ursula Academy Alums! Thanks for your continued support and love of St. Ursula Academy.

In Angela Merici,

Lelia Keefe Kramer ’77 President

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Editorial Board Lelia Keefe Kramer ’77, President Liz Johnson, VP of Advancement Courtney Dorger Ragland ’05, Director of Saint Ursula Fund and Alumnae Relations Editor Jill Grever Cahill ’84 VP of Marketing Contributors Lelia Keefe Kramer ’77, President Craig Maliborski, Principal Jill Grever Cahill ’84, VP of Marketing Barb Bryans ’77, Advancement Services Manager Courtney Dorger Ragland ’05, Director of Saint Ursula Fund and Alumnae Relations Misha W. Bell, Marketing Assistant Photos contributed by Misha W. Bell Jill Grever Cahill ’84 Julie Perry Rick Sofranko Board of Trustees Cheryl M. Beach John B. Berding Michael Besl Sr. Mary Jerome Buchert ’63 *Jill Grever Cahill ’84 Manuel Chavez *Jodi Clever Mary Ellen Cody Anne Dagenbach ’93 Paul Dorger Steven Dreyer J. Scott Golan Mary Kay Pastura Hauser ’68** * Liz Johnson R. Peter Kimener Paul G. Kitzmiller Jane Knudson Leila Keefe Kramer ’77 Paul Loechle *Craig Maliborski Michelle A. Mullee ’78 Elizabeth Niehaus Richard A. Paolo Tony Perazzo Connie Perme Elizabeth Spraul Rogers ’82 Karen Russell Schenck ’78 Timothy J. Schroeder Paul Silva Elizabeth Stautberg ’83 Mark J. Stepaniak Fr. William L. Verbryke, S.J. Mark Weber Maurice Williams *Staff **Ex officio member

Graduates Live Out The Academy Alum In conjunction with the publication of The Academy Alum in spring 2004, the SUA magazine has featured students, alumnae and topics that focus on the four roles that a graduate is ready to play in the world upon graduation: thinker, leader, nurturer and prophet.

Contents Cover Story: SUA Graduates Living the Mission as Academy Alum 2-5 President’s Message


In this issue, we share the personal stories of several young women who continue to live the mission of St. Ursula Academy as Academy Alum. Their stories are touching and inspiring.

Christmas Tea


Meet the Advancement Team and Strategic Plan


Today, all students, faculty and staff are encouraged and nurtured to follow our founding Sisters and become reflective thinkers, confident leaders, nurturers of others and prophets of the values and examples they learn at SUA.

Annual Fund


Principal’s Message


This magazine also features many accomplishments of our students and our alumnae. Thank you!

School and Campus News


Class Notes


In Memoriam


SUA Ball


Upcoming Events

Back Cover

The Academy Alum program is a model for alums as they measure their success after graduation and well into their future.

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LEADER. SaintTHINKER. Ursula Academy Graduates Living the Mission THINKER. LEADER. NURTURER. PROPHET.


ach of these words illustrate the very important characteristics that St. Ursula Academy strives

to instill in each and every student before she graduates. She enters college and the world as the embodiment of the school’s mission and is prepared to cultivate the vine that has been entrusted to her. While each of these characteristics has been present since the Ursuline Sisters of Cincinnati created St. Ursula Academy in the spirit of St. Angela Merici, it is in more recent years that the four specific qualities were more clearly defined and incorporated into programming called the “Academy Alum Program.” Academy Alum materials, sessions and projects focus on the development of every student over the course of her four years. (You can read more about the creation of

Alums Maria Lees Dunlap ’05, Holly Balcom Maddy ’93, Rachel Renneker Wirth ’97, and MacKenzie Jones ’09 came back home to SUA to talk to students about living as true Academy Alum.

the Academy Alum program at the end of this article)


Year after year, our alumnae come back to visit or contact us to share stories

MacKenzie Jones ’09 recently visited SUA to talk to the students about her

of how their St. Ursula education helped them to become the women they are

experience as a Reflective Thinker. MacKenzie attended the University of Cincinnati.

today. Each story is unique as each woman follows her own personal path. What

She described her strong preparation for college and how she experienced becoming

is consistent is that the core values learned during her years at SUA prepared

a curious, open-minded, confident and creative learner.

her for a challenge or challenges that awaited her and helped show her the way. “St. Ursula Academy prepared me for college in ways you wouldn’t even believe,” said Our alums shared with us several ways they developed as thinkers, leaders,

MacKenzie. “My experience at SUA helped me approach college very confidently.”

nurturers and prophets, sometimes without even realizing it until a situation called for those specific characteristics to emerge.

She said that what helped her in classes was that she was able to understand through self-awareness and self-acceptance that any errors can simply be incentives to do better. “Each red mark on the paper you receive should be a challenge to do better next time.” She also draws upon that confidence in her thinking skills in her current job – running Campus Callers, a busy call center where she has to look at all angles of a situation that she is faced with, make a decision, and be confident in that decision. “Second guessing your decisions when they cannot be changed is fruitless.” She encourages everyone to always be on the lookout for ways that you can do better. “Any “criticism” is feedback that can be positive and motivate you to change.”


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of SUA as Academy Alum LEADER


Rachel Renneker Wirth

Holly Balcom Maddy ’93 shared her story about recognizing her gifts as a

’97 is a leader, but says she

nurturer. Holly is a licensed clinical social worker who has her own practice in

didn’t always realize it. Rachel

Northern Kentucky. But she says the road to her own practice was a real test. Her

shared with SUA students

first job was as a case worker for Hamilton County Social Services. She described

that it took being faced with

terrible stories of child abuse and heartbreak.

a challenging situation at

Holly says it was through this experience that she found her true strength. She

work to really recognize her

learned she had a gift of talking to people and calming them down, a gift she first

own leadership skills were

recognized during her years at

cultivated so long ago and had

SUA, but only later realized its

been blossoming inside her.

purpose in her life.

“Being a leader is in all of us.

She said “It was actually during

That is cultivated at SUA.”

my self-defense exam at SUA,

Her moment of clarity came when she served as executive

which was part of gym class, Rachel Renneker Wirth ’97

director at a Mercy Health

where I learned this very valuable gift of talking people off a ledge.”

nursing home. She was told the nursing home was going to close and she needed to communicate the news to the entire staff and the patients and residents.

After completing her education, she practiced therapy in a non-

She called upon her education and experience as a servant leader to express

profit agency for 5 years, bridging

humility and to collaborate and lead by example. Amazingly, no one from the

over to the for-profit practices with

leadership team quit before the home closed. The team stayed loyal to Rachel as

psychiatrists for another five years before opening her own practice in 2008.

their leader.

Holly Balcom Maddy ’93

The uncomfortable situations helped her realize her unique gifts as well as the

She served as an advocate to assist her employees in securing new employment

confidence to open her own practice. It was during this time she really learned to

opportunities, both within Mercy Health and with other long term care providers.

appreciate and understand her role as a nurturer, not only as a listener, but she had

Rachel was committed to them in the same way that they had been committed to

the ability to find the right words in the right situation.

her and their residents for many years.

“This was a very challenging process for me, but it was through the test that I

Rachel shared three keys she believes are necessary to be a good leader.

learned I had a real talent! I had the gift of talking people down and helping them

1. Confidence – believe in yourself that you will figure it out. With your knowledge,

though their situations.”

experience, and perseverance you will be able to accomplish what you set out

The Academy Alum messages are still fresh for recent SUA graduate, Kristen

to do. You HAVE to believe in yourself in order to be a leader. 

Ochs ’13. Kristen, Salutatorian of the Class of 2013, now attends the University of

2. Relationships – you must be able to form relationships. She believes the

Notre Dame and says she embraces all of the characteristics of an Academy Alum,

reason no one from her leadership team quit was because she had nurtured the

but says if she had to choose one that is most significant to her, she believes “It

relationships and people trusted her.

would have to be nurturer. The role of nurturer really encompasses all of the other

3. Work Ethic – you have to put in the time. She says that it may mean some long hours and challenges, but you have to commit if you want to be successful.

characteristics. In order to help others, you have to have a focus on the right values and be confident in what you think and what you do. Along with my parents, St. Ursula really helped shape me into the person I am today.”

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Maria posted through many months of her pregnancy, detailing many visits to doctors and specialists, conversations with God, faith-filled realizations, ups and downs and some fear mixed with moments of peace. Through it all, Maria shared her personal and intimate stories, including her joys, her fears and a witness for others of her experience with her husband, Rod. “Being a prophet is preparing the way for Christ in the way we live our lives,” Maria shared with a group of St. Ursula students during a recent visit to SUA. “We are all called to be a prophet. All of us are chosen, but not all of us decide to accept the calling. It’s about being a radical in today’s society.” Maria explained that she could have kept this all to herself, but instead she allowed herself, Rod and Vivian to become prophets to touch and help others. By sharing Kristen Ochs, Class of 2013 Salutatorian, Current Student at the University of Notre Dame

the real and personal details of her experience through her blog, Maria says her followers increased to tens of thousands each day.

Kristen’s nurturing side began to really blossom in high school. During her four years at SUA, Kristen exemplified the characteristics of thinker and leader as a top student in her class and member and captain of the track and field and cross

Through her blog, Maria was truly a prophet, sharing her most personal thoughts and feeling and examples of God’s love. Here are some touching excerpts of the blog that touched so many.

country teams. She also found time to volunteer. She says the nurturing support

Sunday, March 11, 2012: This morning, this experience made some sense

she received at home and at school was critical to find balance to manage it all.

to me. The journey Rod and I are on with Viv, is part of vocation. God is using me, using him, using Viv for all these people. I don’t understand it all in this

“I always liked service,” said Kristen. “It was so prevalent and part of the

moment, but I know at some point my heart being ripped out of my chest for

culture at SUA, it really kept me focused on what I could do to make an impact.

those around me will make sense.

It’s one of the reasons I volunteered at Stepping Stones for two summers during high school.”

June 16, 2012: “As I take a few minutes to ponder all these things in my heart, there is a great peace and consolation that follows. If I believe my

Kristen is continuing to nurture that part of herself at Notre Dame. She wants to

whole life my soul has been preparing for these moments, the grace is there.

continue to help and nurture others as part of her overall experience.

The strength is there, because God is with me. The miracles of Vivian’s life

“Now that I have completed my first semester, I am actively looking into service

have already begun and touched so many. The road ahead is uncertain,

and volunteer activities at Notre Dame, like Habitat for Humanity and tutoring

as was Mary’s with Jesus. The ups, the downs, the smiles and tears are

other students.”

all inevitable and a part of the journey. However, the great certainty is God is here, always leading us.”

PROPHET Maria Lees Dunlap ’05 found

Vivian was born, July 24, 2012, a beautiful baby girl with

herself called to be a prophet – a

gorgeous eyes and luscious dark brown hair. A true angel.

voice and beacon of light to others

The next two months she fought for her life and filled

- during a faith testing experience

her family’s lives with happiness and tears of joy. Vivian

with her first pregnancy and the

underwent procedures and surgeries to try and help save her

birth of her first daughter, Vivian.

life, but God took Vivian to heaven on September 21, 2012. A devastating loss. Her short life touched and inspired so many.

It was discovered during Maria’s pregnancy that her unborn

Maria Lees Dunlap and daughter Vivian

daughter had a problem with

God gave Maria the grace and strength to answer His call and to allow Him to speak through Vivian. Her blog received

her heart that could be life threatening. That began a journey Maria felt called to

50,000-70,000 hits per day. She received comments and stories of people finding

accept. She also felt called to share it with others, starting a blog called “Vivian,

God, prayer, and true inspiration in her story – a true modern day prophet.

God is Here”,

We are happy to report Vivian now has a little sister. Iris Gianna was born November 7, 2103. We wish them a life filled with blessings and grace.


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Academy Alum groups meet on a regular basis from freshman through senior year.

Saint Angela Merici

THE CREATION OF THE ACADEMY ALUM PROGRAM While each of the Academy Alum characteristics has been present since the Ursuline Sisters of Cincinnati created St. Ursula Academy in the spirit of St. Angela Merici, it was former SUA President Judy Wimberg who recognized the need to define the characteristics so that each SUA graduate would clearly understand what was hoped for her as an alumna of St. Ursula Academy. In 2002, she formed a committee of faculty, staff, parents, alumnae, and Board members and set out to define the ideal qualities SUA hoped to instill it its students. Thinker, Leader, Nurturer and Prophet emerged as the key characteristics. Then followed the name of the program, The Academy Alum. Academy Alum programming continues to evolve as SUA strives to educate the whole person. The school, led by the Coordinator of Ursuline Spirit, works with the students to explore each of these characteristics during each of their four years.

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Alumnae Christmas Tea S

t. Ursula welcomed several hundred guests to the annual Alumnae Christmas Tea in the SUA parlors in December. Alums, their families, friends and children packed

the parlors and the Chapel for afternoon tea, followed by a special Christmas carol performance. The youngest guests were treated to games, crafts and a visit from Santa Claus. It’s an event that grows more and more popular each year. If you missed the fun, make sure to join us next Christmas. The date for the 2014 Christmas Tea is December 14, 2014.

The granddaughters of Pat McCormick Buckley ’68 enjoyed the Tea in matching dresses

Christmas Elf played by Kit Rettig Overbeck ’61 entertains Eby grandchildren Nick Burke and Quinn Fishman at the Tea.

Featured Alumnae Events Young Alumnae Happy Hour The SUA Alumnae Association formed a Young Alumnae Committee in an effort to better connect and reach the Young Alumnae of SUA. (Includes graduates from 1999-2009) The first of our quarterly happy hours was at The Grotto in Mt. Adams. Many young alumnae came to kick off the New Year and reconnect with their classmates and make new friends! Pictured L to R: Catherine Miller ’06, Fiona McCloy ’06, Leslie Rose Marzullo ’06, Jamie Neuman ’06, Caitlin Graham ’06 and, Laurie Williams Bidwell ’06

Are you interested in joining the Young Alumnae Committee? E-mail for more information.

Class of 2013 Christmas Cookie Exchange Over 50 members from the Class of 2013 came “home” to SUA over their Christmas break for a Christmas cookie exchange. Each brought a favorite Christmas treat to trade and enjoy. A fun and festive afternoon was had by all.

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Advancement Team T

he Saint Ursula Academy Advancement Department plays a very important role at SUA. This team works together to develop, program and host events to help

close the gap between the true cost of a Saint Ursula education and the price of tuition. The school must make up more than $2,000 per student per year to cover

The St. Ursula Academy Advancement Team

the cost of programming. The team also runs several programs to help raise funds for endowment and financial assistance, ensuring students who qualify will be afforded the opportunity to attend SUA through the help of financial aid. This team also hosts the annual SUA Ball, many alumnae events, The Saint Ursula Fund and so much more! We’d like to introduce these dynamic and dedicated women to you. Please feel free to contact them with questions about the Advancement programming or to discuss

Strategic Plan Update


t. Ursula Academy is making great strides as work continues to implement the Strategic Plan goals identified at the beginning of the

making a gift.

planning process in 2012-2013. As we have shared, five committees are Liz Johnson – Vice President of Advancement,

hard at work, looking for creative ideas and solutions to address the top five

(513) 961-3410, ext. 187,

challenges that emerged in the planning process.

Oversees the Advancement Department and is responsible for

1) How do we devise a plan for academic excellence rooted in

planned and major giving as well as special projects related to

Ursuline core values relevant to 21st century learning: critical

fundraising and alumnae relations

thinking, creativity? Co-chairs Mary Ann Meyer and Dr. Jane Knudsen 2) How can we keep tuition and fees affordable and attractive for all

Courtney Ragland ’05 – Director of Alumnae Relations/ The Saint Ursula Fund, (513) 961-3410, ext. 176, Promotes community development by keeping alumnae connected to SUA through communication and alumnae events, manages alumnae website, and schedules weddings

families? Co-chairs Jodi Clever and Mary Kay Pastura Hauser ’68 3) How can we continue to attract, support, assess, reward and retain the best faculty, staff and coaches that fulfill and serve our Catholic Ursuline mission? Co-chairs Fr. Bill Verbryke, S.J. and Kathy Backherms ’73 4) How can we substantially increase our endowment in five years to positively impact, among other things, financial aid for St. Ursula Academy students? Co-chairs Liz Johnson and Liz Niehaus

Barb Bryans ’77 – Administrative and Technical Coordinator, (513) 961-3410, ext. 148, Manages database and handles all correspondence for the Advancement Department

5) How can we encourage our students to be involved and engaged in activities at St. Ursula Academy and at the same time maintain a balance and strong sense of organization, priority and direction? Co-chairs Sarah Catlin and Jen Helmers One of the most visible changes you will see on the St. Ursula campus is the

Meridith Oberklein Spille – Director of Advancement and Stewardship, (513) 961-3410, ext 151, Manages The Saint Ursula Fund and the Saint Ursula

completion of the rest of Arleene Fox Keller ’58 Student Center, which houses the Bulldog Fresh Market food service and dining area, the DawgHouse spirit wear shop, the Diversity, Community Service and Student Life offices and College Counseling meeting rooms. The new section will be open to students in time for the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year in August.

Leadership Alliance (SULA), identifies new donors, and promotes stewardship

Barbara M. Hammond – SUA Ball Coordinator, (513)961-3410, ext. 147,, Handles major event planning, fundraising, and volunteer coordination for the SUA Ball


Maria Arbona, beloved Biology teacher, supports the Saint Ursula Fund.

Cultivating the Vine Saint Angela Merici ensured her legacy would carry on for generations when she asked her company of women to “never cease to cultivate the vine that has been entrusted to you.” The team at St. Ursula Academy carries on St. Angela’s and our founding Sisters’ vision and values by educating students of faith, integrity and courage committed to building a better world. But we cannot do it alone. It takes our whole community of alumnae, parents, past parents, faculty and staff, and friends to support St. Ursula to ensure it continues to thrive as

Support for The Saint Ursula Fund If you have already made a gift to the 2013-2014 Saint Ursula Fund, thank you! Donations made by June 30, 2014 will be included in the total for this current school year.

an outstanding source of education for the young women of Greater Cincinnati.

Please give to The Saint Ursula Fund.

We are blessed to have great support for The Saint Ursula Fund, which bridges the gap

There’s no better way to ensure the ongoing excellence of a St. Ursula

between tuition and the actual cost of a Saint Ursula education. Contributions to the Fund

education for young women who will be the leaders of tomorrow, while

support financial aid, competitive faculty salaries, excellence in academics, athletics, arts and

keeping tuition as affordable as possible for all SUA families today.

student life. Annual gifts made through The Saint Ursula Fund have a powerful impact on the experience of every girl at SUA every day. This year, The Saint Ursula Fund saw some new support, thanks to SUA’s participation in

You can make your gift today by completing and mailing the information envelope in the center of the SUA magazine OR make a gift online at

#Giving Tuesday, an international effort that coincides with the Thanksgiving holiday and the kickoff of the holiday shopping season. It was created to harness the collective power of a unique blend of partners--charities, families, businesses, and individuals--to transform how people think about, talk about, and participate in the giving season. #GivingTuesday inspired

Anne Dagenbach ’93 supported SUA on #Giving Tuesday

people to take collaborative action to improve their local communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they support and help create a better world. We produced a series of videos to help spread the word about SUA’s involvement in #Giving Tuesday. We featured some special people who believe in the importance of supporting SUA, including several current SUA students, beloved former Biology teacher Maria Arbona, and dedicated alumna Anne Dagenbach ’93.

Margin of Excellence

We set a goal for that day of $20,000 and were excited

Between the tuition SUA receives and the actual cost of educating each student, there is a margin of 17 %.

and humbled to exceed our goal, raising $30,345 in just 24 hours! The proceeds were added to The Saint Ursula Fund total. We could not have done it without YOU, our generous and caring alumnae!

In 2013-2014, that means SUA must raise an additional $2,000 per student to fund the remaining 17%. It is through the generosity of donors that SUA is able to meet the need. With your support, the Academy can continue to recruit and retain the best teachers, provide excellence in academics and outstanding student programs, and sustain the SUA campus as an innovative and inspiring place to learn.


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the principal’s message E

ach girl who enrolls at St. Ursula Academy shares a common goal with her St. Ursula sisters--to become an Academy Alum. 22 seniors are culminating their St. Ursula experience this year by taking a new elective course, the Academy Alum Capstone. For nine weeks, these students worked closely with their instructors developing and completing a project that they are uniquely prepared to do. Interwoven in students’ lives each day are Academy Alum perspectives on how to mature into a reflective thinker, a leader committed to service, a nurturer for self and others, and a prophet living and proclaiming her beliefs in the world. Each student continues to develop her personal passion through the Capstone project challenge and her own growth into an Academy Alum. Madeleine Pescovitz ’14 explained, “I really liked art and design, but I sometimes had a difficult time pursuing that further with my other courses. Through my project in this class, I am able to serve as the project manager for an apartment renovation. I am excited to have the time and resources to design, work with subcontractors and work within a budget.” Madeleine’s is just one example of the impressive ways our graduates-to-be are showing that they are uniquely prepared to make contributions toward building a better world. It is inspiring for me to see the growth of our students over their four years as they discover a greater understanding of what it means to be an Academy Alum. Along with each student’s understanding is an awareness and appreciation of her own strengths, desires and passions. During a student’s first year, she takes part in small group activities and discussions introducing her to the Academy Alum characteristics--thinker, leader, nurturer and prophet. Throughout this formative year, the activities and discussion help the freshman realize that being a thinker goes beyond simply being “smart;” that leaders are not necessarily the most popular girl in class; that being a nurturer means it is important to take care of yourself so you can look out for others; and that contemporary prophets, much like their predecessors, are often misunderstood, criticized and challenged. Inevitably our students begin to realize that these four Academy Alum characteristics are more easily talked about than lived. Through her remaining three years, she is actively engaged in activities that help her develop into her best version of the Academy Alum. As a reflective thinker in the classroom, she is required to analyze literature, determine causes for war and create mathematical models that will solve a problem. She will converse in a second language and apply her moral system to an often immoral society. Most importantly, she will take what she has learned, reflect on how she learned it, and then leverage all of that information to help her understand complexities lying beneath the surface. This may even lead her to initiate change. Opportunities for servant leadership are frequent and varied, inviting each young woman to find her passion and develop it. Each month during our advisory programming, student leaders help educate their classmates about the agency or project that we will support with our mission collection. Students serve as crew leaders for theater productions, captains for athletic teams and retreat leaders. Without these leaders, our student programming would be devoid of their creativity and energy--perhaps nonexistent.  Further, these servant leaders will leave the halls of St. Ursula knowing that women are multi-talented contributors to a successful society.

We strive to create a nurturing environment for each student, one in which she is safe to develop and grow, and in turn, students learn to nurture themselves and each other. Guidance counselors facilitate a support group, Companions on the Journey, for students who have recently experienced the loss of a loved one. Through the Personal Care Drive, students donate items for basic hygiene and health like soap, toothpaste and combs, that enrich the lives of people who seek help from social service agencies. Students use the information they learn in Contemporary Issues in Women’s Health to create information programs or service projects that the students know will help to raise awareness of the importance of healthy living. Our student prophets work to fight injustice, raise awareness and provide hope in a world that is sometimes awash in negativity. CSTAT (Catholic Social Teaching Action Team) has created programming to educate our community about such global issues as child slavery, Fair Trade goods and homelessness. Students in this year’s art and design courses created ceramic pieces and posters inspired by the themes presented in Kelsey Timmerman’s book Where Am I Wearing?: A Global Tour to the Countries, Factories, and People that Make Our Clothes. Students in our LIFE club sold donuts to raise funds for Power Up Ethiopia, a project to build a water well in Harar, Ethiopia. Through these activities, and many more, St. Ursula students are answering the call to be a loving presence in our world. Lastly, and perhaps more personally gratifying, are the simple daily actions of our students that demonstrate their understanding of what it means to be an Academy Alum. Throughout the year, I receive many calls from strangers who simply want to tell me of a positive interaction they had with a student.  I know that St. Ursula students are polite, helpful and compassionate. They look out for each other, strive to do what is right and often display maturity beyond their age. When Academy Alums leave the sheltered halls of St. Ursula Academy and encounter the challenges and opportunities that exist in our global community, they take with them all that they have experienced as reflective thinkers, leaders committed to service to others, nurturers and prophets. We are a better world for it. Sincerely,

Craig Maliborski Principal

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Academic Excellence S

aint Ursula Academy has a long tradition of ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE. SUA programming helps each student reach her individual potential whether she takes college placement, honors or AP classes. St. Ursula Academy teachers and students work together to participate in an educational process that promotes critical thinking, problem solving techniques, and higher level thinking. All are necessary elements for success on the PSAT test, which determines those chosen for the National Merit Program as either Semi-finalists or Commended Students. Once again, several St. Ursula students were recognized for their accomplishments on the PSAT test, taken as juniors. We are proud to congratulate the following students for earning recognition by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation this year.

Clare Rahner

Clare Rahner ’14 of Mt. Washington was recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation as a semifinalist for 20132014. Semifinalists are chosen by finishing in the top 1% of students nationwide who took that PSAT exam as juniors. Ms. Rahner continues in the competition for more than $36-million in National Merit Scholarships. Catherine “Kenzie” Corbin ’14 of Anderson Twp. was named a Commended Student in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program. Commended Students placed among the top five% of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2014 competition. Veronica Takougang ’14 of West Chester and Brittney Williams ’14 of Springfield Twp. were recognized this year by the National Achievement Scholarship Program by scoring in the top 3% of more than 160,000 African American students who entered the competition sponsored by the National Merit Scholarship Program. Veronica and Brittney continue on to compete for the Achievement Scholarship® awards in the spring of 2014.

Catherine “Kenzie” Corbin

Veronica Takougang

2014 SUA Summer SUA Summer Academy:

Saint Ursula Biology Teacher Jennifer Broo is getting national attention for her development of a new curriculum Jennifer Broo on cancer. She created a curriculum called “The War of the 21st Century: The Cell Cycle, Cancer, and Clinical Trials,” which she co-authored with Jessica Mahoney, a biology teacher from Orlando. Several years ago Broo noticed the lack of information in biology textbooks concerning cancer, a disease that definitely has an emotional connection to most of her students who have known, or will know, someone with cancer. “Even though cancer cells are very complex, they are a very basic example of the cell cycle and cell mutations.” Throughout the two-week unit, students are challenged to think about cancer in a way that it relates to a cell cycle. The students examine cell structure and mutations of cells and begin to learn about how cancer cells grow and divide, and how chemotherapy drugs affect a cell’s growth. They learn about the history of cancer and begin to evaluate why certain lifestyle choices increase the risk of cancer cells developing. In the end, students begin to understand the multiple players in the cancer industry; patients and doctors, as well as clinical researchers, drug companies, and scientists. “This is heavy-duty biology,” says Broo. “But my students are really interested because they can relate. Cancer is such a common disease and this very basic knowledge can give the girls more information about cancer cells, doctors, and clinical trials. Most importantly, I hope the girls realize that biology is so important to their lives. It’s everywhere, including in a cancer diagnosis.”

Brittney Williams

Sophomores Gracie Ehemann and Maeve McCloy perform an IC50 experiment as they learn about cancer cells and cell mutations.

Ms. Broo’s curriculum has gained national attention. She presented her curriculum at the National Association of Biology Teacher’s Conference (NABT) in Atlanta at the end of November. She is excited that her published work will be distributed to other biology teachers for use in their classrooms all over the United States. She will soon present her curriculum at the University of Cincinnati.

Summer Academy & Athletic Camps

Girls in Grades 6-8: SUA offers several interesting summer camps for girls in grades 6-8, including Drama, Bulldogs Investigates (CSI), Writing, High School Placement Preparation (HSPT), Art, Cooking and much more. To see our complete list of Summer Camp offerings and to register, please visit


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Athletic Camps

Girls in Grades 3-8: Volleyball

June 17-21

For incoming and current students: Several athletic camps are offered for these members of the SUA community. To see our complete list of Summer Athletic Camp offerings and to register, please visit

Theatre News T

he St. Ursula Academy Theatre Department has been hard at work with two performances to date during the 2013-2014 school year. The first performance, “Blithe Spirit,” opened the season to rave reviews. Most recently, the students presented a musical performance. The cast of “Little Women” displayed their tremendous singing and dancing talents to several sold-out audiences. Both performances were successful under the direction of Allison Hinkel and Katherine Jennings ’09.

Music U

nder the leadership of SUA Music Director Kathy Backherms ’73, the music department has performed multiple times both on campus, and around the community. In addition to the Annual Christmas Carols event, the St. Ursula Academy Vocal Ensemble (SUAVE) and the St. Ursula Academy Symphony Orchestra (SUASO) also performed for Mu Phi Epsilon at The Seasons and at St. Margaret Hall. Concert attendees were delighted by the talent displayed from the musical groups at St. Ursula Academy.

Art and Design W

ith such talented art and design students, St. Ursula Academy didn’t need to look far to find a unique design for the annual Christmas Card. SUA students Elisabeth Ciesick ’15, Lilianne Cassiere ’15, Carolyn Markley ’15 and Claire Crispen ’15 created the “Star Card” for the 2013 St. Ursula Christmas Greeting. Each student submitted her unique star designs and the stars were combined to create the finished card containing a greeting from the St. Ursula Academy Leadership Team.

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Diversity A

t St. Ursula Academy, students are taught to value the uniqueness and gifts of each individual person. This focus on appreciating differences is highlighted through the Diversity Department under the direction of Toilynn O’Neal ’90. The Diversity Department has already hosted two events during this school year through their “Salad Bowl Lunch Series,” a time for students to discuss issues related to race, gender, age, disabilities, physical appearance, nationality, and multiculturalism. The first event, held in September, focused on Hispanic Heritage. Students attended a workshop on Salsa dancing taught by Michael Beck. The focus of the November event was Native American Heritage. Students were educated about the significance of Dream Catchers to the Native American Community and then each participant made a dream catcher as instructed by SUA Hands Across Campus leaders Catherine Hidy ’15 and Ma’Kailuh Baker ’14.

Community Service A

s part of the St. Ursula Academy Mission, the Community Service Learning Department encourages students to make an impact on the lives of others and do their part to “build a better world.” Two events that always draw huge participation from the students are the Annual Canned Food Drive and the Personal Care Drive. The Community Service Learning Department once again coordinated these events and collected “tons” of items to benefit St. Vincent DePaul, Mercy Neighborhood Ministries, Madisonville Education and Assistance Center, Little Sisters of the Poor, Open Door Ministries, Lighthouse Youth Services, Lincoln Crawford Care Center, and Kenzie’s Closet. Students collected 13 tons of food for donation as well as 25 boxes of personal care items. Another initiative from the Community Service Learning Department is entitled “Where are you Wearing.” This year-long theme encourages students to think about the global impact of their purchases. Nationally acclaimed writer Kelsey Timmerman, author or Where am I Wearing? and Where am I Eating? spoke to students from St. Ursula Academy and Indian Hill High School and encouraged them to consider the connection between the substandard pay received by some garment workers around the world and the cost of consumer goods in the United States. His discussion led many students to create works of art based on the “Where am I Wearing” theme.

Spiritual Life S

t. Ursula Academy students are encouraged to reflect on their spirituality through school Masses, class Masses, prayer services, and Kairos retreats, to name a few. In addition to that, students and a few parents participated in a living rosary service that was offered during the fall.

Academy Alum Each student at St. Ursula Academy is involved in the Academy Alum program. Throughout their four years at the Academy, these small groups of young ladies work together and encourage and support each other through their high school years. Under the guidance of a faculty or staff member, the small groups meet regularly to help cultivate the vine that has been entrusted to each group member and build the confidence of each student to become a thinker, leader, nuturer, and prophet as she ventures beyond the walls of St. Ursula Academy.


Front Row from left: Taylor Luken, Harper Trautman, Elyse Karsten, Maria Racadio 2nd Row from left: Lauren Massa, Alaze Baker, Sarah Overberg, Stephanie Stoops, Olivia Silverman

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Athletics G

o Bulldogs! St. Ursula Academy earned the Harold A. Meyer Sportsmanship, Ethics and Integrity Award for the Ninth Consecutive Year! The award is presented to schools who take significant steps to not only emphasize sportsmanship to students, coaches, parents, and fans, but also to emphasize the values of ethical behavior and integrity. St. Ursula is proud to share this award with the entire St. Ursula Community.

St. Ursula Academy Athletes Earn Accolades Anne Heffernan GGCL Player of the Year, Cross Country Gatorade Ohio Girls Cross Country Player of the Year Cincinnati Enquirer Player of the Year Carolyn Markley GGCL Player of the Year, Golf Cincinnati Enquirer Player of the Year Kristen Massa GGCL Player of the Year, Volleyball Cincinnati Enquirer Player of the Year Taylor Swope Cincinnati Enquirer Player of the Year, Field Hockey Offensive Player of the Year by Ohio Field Hockey Coaches Association National Field Hockey Coaches Association All-American Team Maddie Huster GGCL Player of the Year, Soccer Selected to Regional All-American Girls Soccer Team

Signing Day

Anne Heffernan

Carolyn Markley

Taylor Swope

Maddie Huster

St. Ursula Academy has already hosted two National Collegiate Signing Day Events for the 2013-2014 school year. In November, Kristen Massa and Bretten Hill participated in the Signing Day Event. Kristen committed to play volleyball at Xavier University in the fall and Bretten committed to play golf at Ohio Dominican University after graduation from St. Ursula. In addition to the Fall Signing Day, three students participated in the Winter Athletic Signing Event held in February.

Kristen Massa

All three young ladies signed their national letter of intent to play soccer at the collegiate level. Maddie Huster will be playing for Wake Forest, Megan Niebuhr committed to play at Ohio University, and Darby Schwarz has signed to play at University of Louisville. Congratulations to each of these young ladies and we wish them success as they pursue their education beyond St. Ursula Academy.

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class notes 1941 Joanne Homan Schweer celebrated her 90th birthday this year! Happy Birthday, Joanne! As you can see from the photo on this page, she is as youthful and energetic as ever! Here’s a special message from her family. Happiest 90th Birthday to Mom/Nan from the other Schweer Bulldogs (Mary Schweer Humpert ’67, Jane Schweer McCarthy ’72, Amy Schweer Boland ’75, Samantha Schweer Perkinson ’87, Dorrie Schoeny McCarthy ’97, Colleen McCarthy ’9 Kelly Menner McCarthy ’03, Maggie Schweer ’07, Katie Schweer ’11, your strong grandsons, and family! We love you!

Caption: Jerry Judd, Anne Gutzwiller ’61 and Norm Rich received the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Award from the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati Jan. 5 Joanne Homan Schweer

1961 Anne Gutzwiller ’61 received the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Award, the highest honor awarded by The Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati. Gutzwiller recently retired from her position of 33 years as dietitian at Mother Margaret Hall nursing facility, where took personal interest in the dietary needs of each Sister. She was also a member of the management team at Mother Margaret Hall, served on the Ethics committee, and was instrumental in the implementation of computerized assessments and training of staff. 1987 Dr. Sheela Rath Geraghty visited SUA to speak to the students about her career in medicine. 1989 Maura Moran served as co-chair of ReSource’s 2013 ReSource By The River gala. Moran is past chair of ReSource’s board of trustees and recipient of St. Ursula Academy’s 2009 Outstanding Young Alumna Award.

Dr. Sheela Rath Geraghty

1995 The SUA Class of 1995 hosted a holiday happy hour on Thursday December 26, 2013 at Keystone Bar and Grill in Hyde Park. Everyone had a wonderful time catching up with each other. 2004 Andrea Ziegler was featured in the Bishop Fenwick High School Magazine for her unique way of teaching geology. She is in her sixth year of teaching and her third year at Bishop Fenwick. 2006 Asha Daniels was selected to compete in “Under the Gunn,” a fashion competition reality show hosted by Emmy award winning designer Tim Gunn. The series started January 16th on Lifetime network. Asha studied design as a Presidential Scholar at the University of Cincinnati and recently interned at Marchesa, where she helped design a dress for the bridal collection. 2010 Maria Rodenberg was named Atlantic 10 Academic All-Conference in volleyball and finished third on the all-time digs list at Fordham. She has a double major in biological sciences and anthropology. A pre-med student, Rodenberg plans to attend medical school after Fordham.

Emily Spade

Asha Daniels Maura Moran

Emily Spade recently scored the highest score on the LSAT in the history of the University of Dayton. Maria Rodenberg

2011 Allison Stepaniak was selected to receive the Carl H. Lindner, Jr. Scholarship for Outstanding Junior of the undergraduate program from the University of Cincinnati. As a result, she will be a speaker at the Cincinnati Business Achievement Awards in March. 2012 Maria Napolitano plays basketball for Quinnipiac University. She is shown taking a shot at a game against the University of Louisville.

Kirsten Trachsel was selected as a finalist in the University of North Carolina’s entrepreneurial competition to identify and accelerate innovative business concepts. She entered the technology category with details of a competitive smart phone fitness app idea with integrated data collection for marketing from users.

2013 Mackenzie Himmelbauer and three friends recently formed 3cogs, a web development company to help small, local businesses develop great websites.


Maria Napolitano 3Cogs creators MacKenzie Himmelbauer, Matthew Bogner, Rachel Stock and Mike Letscher: Photo courtesy John Stegeman Catholic Telegraph

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Class of 1995 at Christmas Happy Hour: Back Row L to R:, Lee Keefe Posey, Julie Dunphy, Natalie Morgan Clifton, Courtney Sheridan Bokelman, Jill Theobald Maier, Elsa Perrotta Baele, Jamey Pope Stout, Chelle Leisgang, Elizabeth Heubi Front Row L to R: Barbie Hellmann Powell, Jessica Lanham Minneci, Kate Cheeseman, Katie Rouse, Jody Halsall, Beth Locaputo Bradshaw, Amanda Barton Nielsen

NEW ADDITIONS: 1968 Gavin Crawford, born to Patrick and Amy Broermann Crawford, grandson of Nancy Strottman Broermann ’68 1997 Arthur William Swisher, born on November 3, 2013 to Jason and Colleen Huddleson Swisher 1999 Genevieve Marie, born March 29, 2013 to Shannon Lively and Daniel Byerly 2000 Graham Daniel Abbott, born to Dan and Emily Herman Abbott and big brother Finn

Adrian Edward Cadavid, born to Edward and Tina Stertz Cadavid and big sister Maya

2001 Brennan Reid Bobinger, born April 2, 2013 to Andy and Macaira Rooney Bobinger

Keegan James Edson Rogers, born to Chad and Marguerite Hegman Rogers and big sister Ella

Arthur William Swisher

NEW UNIONS (weddings not in our chapel) 2000 Kristin Evans married Tim Constantino April 26, 2013 in Detroit, MI before moving to Phoenix Arizona where she is completing a one-year fellowship in pediatric radiology at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. 2005 Kaitlin Rooney married Tom Carmody at St. Xavier Church in Cincinnati, OH on October 26, 2013


Graham Daniel Abbott

1992 Angie Rouse and John Toole, November 15, 2013 1996 Diane Fels and Raymundo Felix, August 31, 2013 1998 Shannon Carr and Brandon Clark, January 25, 2014

Gavin Crawford

Genevieve Marie Byerly

Kathleen O’Neill and Christopher Riestenberg, September 13, 2013

2002 Madeline Stephens and Bryan Foertsch, October 12, 2013

Brigid Weber and Nicholas Holzwarth, September 21, 2013

2003 Cara Conconan and Brian Frost, November 2, 2013

Nikki Rees and Robert Broughton, October 5, 2013

Chrissy White and Josh Bryant, December 31, 2013

2004 Lauren Morgan and David Young, November 9, 2013 2005 Julie Fowler and Juston Hussong, February 1, 2014

Sarah Roth and Jesse Mollineaux, October 26, 2013

2006 Erica Cone and Nick Schwegman, December 14, 2013

Emily Head and Jason Lewis, September 1, 2013

Jennifer Roettker and Craig Rohren, August 17, 2013

2007 Katrina Brungs and Eric Klopfenstein, December 28, 2013

Katie Deye and Daniel Box, August 3, 2013

Brigid Gallagher and Thomas Sauter, October 19, 2013

Katie Osborne and Kevin Sander, September 7, 2013

Kristin Evans married Tim Constantino

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In memoriam

Alumnae Mary Carole Altevers, class of 1952 Virgina Arata Curry, class of 1948 Shirley F. Heintz, class of 1949 Ruth Steding Hyrne, class of 1938 Jane Kispert Keniston-Shannon, class of 1939 Kathleen M. Long, class of 1961 June Enneking Leugers, class of 1948 Mary Jean Kuhlman Magness, class of 1948 Carol Bockenstette Priest, class of 1981 Patricia Rosenberger, class of 1973

Family Members of Alumnae and Students Ruth Marian Anderson, grandmother of Lauren Major Petzold ’01 Robert Bachman, grandfather of Carrie Bachman ’10 Jane Catherine Berger, mother of Jennifer Berger ’85 and Amy Berger Dillon ’89 Edwin Berninger, father of Suzanne Berninger ’66 and Nanci Berninger Feldkamp ’69 Donald L. Bleser, Esq., grandfather of Lindsey Bleser Janey ’99 and Allie Bleser Shartzer ’02 Doris Janet Blevins, grandmother of Jennifer Lynn Blevins ’04 Jay Blount, grandfather of Mary Kathryn Carroll ’15 Kenneth Boberg, father of Kathryn Boberg Goodin ’99 Janice M. Brookbank, grandmother of Kelly Brookbank ’09 Allison Budzn, mother of Mary Budzn ’07 Doreen Buescher, grandmother of Eileen Buescher ’03 James Robert Byrne, grandfather of Anna Sittason-Wilson ’15 Laura Caliman, mother of Lorraine Caliman Pennyman ’96 James C. Chastang, grandfather of Stephanie Chastang ’11 Cathy Wolterman Coop, sister of Laura Wolterman Marx ’89 and aunt of Rachel Van Zile ’10 Ruth Hartman McQuaide Cronin, grandmother of Elizabeth Hartman ’12 and Catherine Hartman ’14 Virginia Arata Curry ’48, mother of Diane Curry Schings ’74 and Debbie Curry Horton ’77 David Dalton, brother of Dr.Trish Dalton Goodwin ’60 Mary Lou Dehler, grandmother of Tina Stetz Cavidad ’00 Marianne Dorger, grandmother of Libby Dorger ’08, Tassy Taylor ’14 and Sarah Taylor ’16 Paul Dunphy, father of Julie Dunphy Weaver ’95 and Kathryn Dunphy Tranter ’97 Hannah Eck, mother of Heather Eck Anderson ’87 Lawrence Ehrman, grandfather of Megan Ehrman ’09, Julia Springer’13 and Sydney Springer ’15 Margaret A. Eichel, mother-in-law of Margaret Greenfield Eichel ’75 Beverly Ann Elson, grandmother of Nora Elson ’11, Kate Elson ’13 and Margaret Elson ’16 Rlene Everingham, mother of Christine Everingham Tucker ’82 and Cody Everingham ’08 Wilbert “Will” Feldman, grandfather of Julie Brungs ’04, Katrina Brungs ’07 and Nicold Feldman ’09 Albert A. Feltrup, father of Julie Feltrup Lemke ’65 and Sally Feltrup Chase ’70 Shirley M. Frey, grandmother of Lauren Frey ’12 Rob ert A. Friedmann, grandfather of Megan Friedmann ’12, Sara Friedmann ’14 and Lanie Friedmann ’17 R. Thomas Gauche, Jr., brother of Linda Gauche Colonna ’65 and Bonnie Gauche White ’66 Dr. Clint Gibler, father of Kate Gibler ’15 Theodore (Ted) Grohs, grandfather of Fiona Rose Lawler ’17 Joan Gruber, grandmother of Katie Gruber ’08, Abby Gruber ’09 and Ellen Gruber ’11 Roger Samuel Haller, father of Lynn Haller ’83 Pat Harmon, grandfather of Cecelia Leugers ’05 Edith Hartkemeyer, grandmother of Annie Hartkemeyer ’10 Shirley F. Heintz, grandmother of Lauren Heintz ’12 Alvin Hock, grandfather of Holly Hock Datillo ’90, Stephanie Hock ’94 and Robyn Hock Sollmann ’97 Jerry Hollstegge, grandfather of Kasey Marie Hollstegge ’12 Frank X. Homan, father-in-law of Tish Donovan Homan ’69 and grandfather of Libby Homan Stocks ’93 and Mattie Ziegler ’16 Hugh Humphreys, husband of Diane Rich ’58 Henry “Dave” Kasselman, father of Mari Ann Kasselman ’06 Jane Kispert Keniston-Shannon, mother of Faye Shannon Conway ’63, mother-in-law of Teri Gutfreund Shannon ’70 and grandmother of Tara Shannon Veith ’99, Jaime Shannon Lorey ’02, Kelsey O’Connell Shannon ’07, Emma Shannon and Lindy Shannon ’11 Eric W. Kinane, brother of Many Kinane ’97


Paul E. Kowalak, husband of Mary Ann McGrail Kowalak ’64 Edward Krommer, Sr, grandfather of Christina Krommer Hague ’97, Julie Krommer ’99 and Michelle Krommer Rossmann ’02 Charles Leibel, grandfather of Dana Leibel Ellsworth ’01, Sarah Leibel ’04 and Maria Leibel ’07 June Enneking Leugers, sister of Mary Enneking Merrill ’39, mother of Ann Leugers Cerone ’62, grandmother of Shannon Patricia Leugers ’00, Kelly Patricia Leugers ’02, Virginia Cone Reynolds ’02, Allison Jean Cone ’05, Erica Therese Cone ’06 Daniel T. Liming, father of Katie Liming ’09 Janice Ferone McAnaw, sister of Joanne Ferone McClellan ’79 Rachel Lauren McGrath, sister of Sarah McGrath ’13 Peggy Mercurio, grandmother of Megan Mercurio ’99, Ginny Mercurio Gustin ’01, Allison Mercurio ’05, Casey Mercurio ’09 and Sarah Kippins ’10 Mary Clare Minges, grandmother of Christine Minges Brookbank ’05, Emily Minges ’08 and Annie Minges ’12. Joseph F. Morand, father of Mary Carole Morand Haering ’80 and Molly C. Morand ’82 Peter Mosher, brother of Katie Mosher Wright ’04 JoAnn Mott, grandmother of Lisa Marie Alfieri ’06 William Nurre, father of Bridget Renee Nurre ’03 Margaret E. Perrino, grandmother of Sarah Perrino Priestly ’99, Margaret Rose Perrino ’01 and Genevieve Hart Perrino ’05. Jerry M. Ploeger, father of Beth Ploeger Barrett ’01 Russell Poland, grandfather of Rebecca Poland Bengel ’02 James E. Powers, grandfather of Clare Viola Rahner ’14 Carol Bockenstette Priest, class of 1981, mother of Sydney ’13 and sister of Kim Henninger ’72, Karen Gay ’73, Cathy Atwell ’75, Cris Morris ’76 and aunt of Jacqueline Gay ’07 Daniel J. Quinn, husband of Nora Lindsay Quinn ’83 and father of Maggie Quinn ’12 Sylvia Rahe, mother of Amy Bien Rahnfeld ’78 and grandmother of Jessica Bien ’13 Peter J. Randolph, Jr., brother of Lisa Marie Randolph ’80 and Paula Randolph Hollins ’81 Hugo D. Rasp, grandfather of Rebecca Rasp Pryor ’05 Anna “Fritz” Ratledge, mother of Ann Ratledge Carson ’82 William H. Reyering, father of Terri Reyering Abare ’72, Nancy Reyering Fiorito ’74, Laura Reyering Ahern ’76 and Sally Reyering ’78 and grandfather of Lynn Fiorito Helm ’04, Carrie Ahern Konerman ’05, Anne Ahern ’08, Lucy Abare ’08, Claire Reyering ’10 and Emily Reyering ’16. Patricia Rosenberger ’73, sister of Pam Rosenberger Blom ’68 and cousin of Janice Rosenberger Cullen ’74 Khamis Alexander Saba, father of Clare Saba Blackburn ’82 Dr. Earl Scheidler, brother of Mary Jean Scheidler Miller ’46 and Elaine Scheidler Huller ’49 Judy Scherer, grandmother of Caroline Scherer ’14 Betty J. Sciannamblo, grandmother of Katie Sciannamblo Conlon ’04 Robert V. Sherman, grandfather of Cory Sherman ’00 and Libby LeBourveau ’08 Bernice L. Shields, Karen Shields Vollman ’74 and Judy Shields Earley ’77; mother-in-law of Margaret Nolan Shields ’74 and grandmother of Adrienne Vollman ’04, Valerie Vollman ’07, Maddie Earley ’11, Elise Earley ’13, Claudia Vollman ’15 and Hanna Earley ’15. Elizabeth Slater, sister of Kathleen Slater ’68 and Fran Slater ’70 Paul Anthony Spaccarelli, MD, brother of Mary Spaccarelli Heinichen ’70 Betty Spognardi, grandmother of Taylor Laatsch ’10 William H. Stroube, grandfather of Sharon-Ann Eleyse Stroube ’15 Wendall Sullivan, grandfather of Amy Sullivan ’09 and Chelsea Sullivan ’13 Nick Todd, brother of Madi Todd ’14 Mary Unkrich, grandmother of Kayla Nicole Unkrich ’12 John F. Waldbillig, brother of Roseanne Waldbillig Sublett ’81 Richard G. Warman, grandfather of Jaclyn McKenzie Warman ’15 Robert W. Weber, Sr., father of Margot Weber Rudler ’76 and Paige Rudler Cooper ’05 Catherine E. Wersching, grandmother of Amie Elizabekth Wersching ’00 Isabel T. Williams, mother of Elizabeth Williams ’16 Maria Zinam, mother of Cathy Zinam ’73

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SUA Snow Ball 2014


winter wonderland greeted guests who attended this year’s SUA Ball. St. Ursula Academy hosted its 35th annual auction filled with fun and merriment on February 8, 2014. The theme for the SUA Ball this year was SNOW Ball. SUA Ball chair-couple Lisa and Andy Castellini of Hyde Park hosted the evening that included cocktails, a silent auction, gourmet dinner, and live auction.

SUA Ball Scenery

Some of the big items up for bid this year included a Chicago Shopping Spree, a vacation home in Ireland, wine for a year, a Montgomery Inn wine dinner for 10 and and an English Bulldog puppy, just to name a few! Guests enjoyed placing their silent auction bids electronically with their own high-tech handheld device called Bid-Pal, which included item descriptions, values, and bid increments. It allowed guests to keep up on their bids from anywhere at any time during the event. The Grand Raffle winner was chosen at the event. The winner, James Sunderhaus, father of Marie Claire ’15 and Monica ’12, chose the $10,000 cash over a 2-year lease on a Rav-4 from Joseph Toyota.

SUA Snow Ball Chaircouple Lisa and Andy Castellini

“This was such a great event. We are so grateful to our guests for supporting this event and SUA!” said Liz Johnson, V.P. of Advancement at St. Ursula Academy. All proceeds from the SUA Ball go to the Academy’s general fund and help to support St. Ursula’s educational programming and provide aid for deserving young women from the tri-state area to attend St. Ursula Academy. St. Ursula is grateful to each of the following sponsors for supporting this important event. Premier Diamond Sponsor: Paycor Platinum Sponsor: The Waddell Family Foundation Gold Sponsors: Joseph Toyota, US Bank Silver Sponsors: Cincinnati Eye Institute, LaRosas

VP of Advancement Liz Johnson, Raffle Winner James Sunderhaus, SUA President Lelia Keefe Kramer ’77

The SUA Ball requires work and volunteers to bring the event to life each year. If you are looking for a way to get involved at SUA, this could be a great way to have some fun and help the school at the same time! To volunteer for the SUA Ball, please contact Barbara Hammond at or (513) 961-3410 ext. 147. St. Ursula Academy theatre students helped with the Live Auction: Shown L-R: Maggie Heyd ’15, Jessica Zalewski ’15, Jill Foster ’14 , Haley Sherman  ’14, Emma Maliborski ’16, Shannon Healey ’17, Cecilia Long ’14, Emily Paquette ’16.

SUA alumnae Elizabeth Kehling ’13 and Mary Kay Pastura Hauser ’68 offered to get involved and work together to help prepare for the SUA Ball. Follow us on facebook: SUA Alumnae Association


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Cincinnati, Ohio Permit No. 1224

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Reunion Weekend 2014 Save-The-Date for Reunion Weekend: SEPTEMBER 26-27, 2014 Celebrating the classes ending in 4’s and 9’s! Friday:

Special Reunion Weekend Activity

Saturday: Tours, Mass & Cocktails in the Parlors followed by

individual class parties.

Interested in organizing your class party? Contact the Alumnae Office at

Members of the Golden Class of 1964

The Saint Angela Merici Appreciation Reception for donors, previously held in the spring, will be scheduled for fall 2014. More information will be available as the date approaches.