ACADEMICS - Ursuline Academy

ACADEMICS - Ursuline Academy




Ursuline’s New Look:

A Refreshed Identity

Alumnae Profiles:

How Ursuline Shapes Us


2009 Commencement

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Dear Ursuline Community,

A number of “externals” have changed at Ursuline over the past few years,

primarily the dramatic changes to our campus. The school has a whole new look.

That’s one reason we thought it might be time to update some other parts of our

outward identity. This magazine, Voices, is just one manifestation. Inside, in an

article by Board of Trustee member Tamara Kearney Lanier ‘95, who served as

a member of the Marketing Committee, you’ll find the reasons we bid a heartfelt

farewell to the school’s logo—the cross with the four quadrants—the first version

of which was designed by Sister Regina Winters after the school’s move to Blue

Ash. It included many elements of our history including leaf representations of

the May apple, the oak leaf and blue ash to signify Ursuline’s three locations. That

mark was modified for Ursuline’s 90th year and again for the school centennial.

About ten years after the centennial, it was again modified to include the year

of the school’s founding. Altogether, between the leaves, the founding year, and

other symbols - including a book and a laurel wreath - you might say we painted

ourselves into a logo corner of excruciating complexity.

When the school’s strategic plan called for the Marketing Committee to develop

a comprehensive brand and identity program, a conscious decision was made to

“keep it simple.” We welcome a new “mark,” a simple declaration of what remains

unchanging about Ursuline:

Our faith (symbolized in the cross), our femininity and

community (symbolized in the circle), our tradition,

scholarship and achievement (symbolized in the laurel

wreath) and finally, the light—that our women take into

the world through service and compassion.

A much more thorough explanation awaits you inside.

Also in this issue you’ll see a number of alumnae who have written not only

about their careers, but how Ursuline helped to prepare them for those careers,

in part through a rigorous academic program. We’ll show you, too, some of the

interesting projects our students have worked on this year.

We wish you joy, contentment and yes, fun, in this wonderful season.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow says it best:

Then followed that beautiful season... Summer....

Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape

Lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood.

As always, we hold all of you, our alumnae,

parents, students and friends, in our prayers.

Sharon Redmond,


Voices is published three times a year to report

school and alumnae news to parents, alumnae

and friends of Ursuline Academy.

Robin Anzinger Galvin ‘65, Editor.

Ursuline Academy Development Department

5535 Pfeiffer Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45242

Phone: (513) 791-5794

2008-2009 Board of Trustees

Becky Buehler Catino ’79 - Chair

Sr. Ellen Doyle OSU

Richard A. Haglage - Secretary

Dianne Kreuzman Hill ‘73

Mary G. Hobson

Sr. Patricia Homan, OSU

Laura Newell Humphrey ‘75

Monica Donath Kohnen

Donald P. Laden

Tamara Kearney Lanier ‘95

Alan H. McCoy

Michael McGraw - Vice Chair

David Neyer

Ramona Payne ‘76

Sr. Ruth Podesta, OSU ‘50

Brian A. Ross - Treasurer

Gregory Utter

William E. Wiebe


Sharon L. Redmond, President

Adele Iwanusa, Principal

Mary Bender, Assistant Principal

Thomas Barhorst, Assistant Principal

Development Department

Anne Jarrad, Development Director

Rose Grafton, Administrative Assistant

Donna Scheidler Gruber ‘75

Director of Alumnae & Parent Relations

Lori Haines, Director of Special Events

Mary Alice Redden LaPille ‘76

Coordinator of Records & Research

Robin Anzinger Galvin ‘65

Director of Communications


The Birth of a New Identity

by Tamara Kearney Lanier ‘95

Nearly two years and four babies ago, the marketing committee

of Ursuline’s Board of Trustees embarked upon a journey to

reinvigorate the look and feel of Ursuline Academy’s identity.

According to the school’s strategic plan, we were to “create and

achieve desired identity and brand recognition” for the school.

A task that was much easier said than done!

We started by taking an inventory of all the current ways that

Ursuline was visually representing itself to its many constituencies.

What we found is probably best described as a patchwork

quilt of different looks, designs and colors. There was a botanical

array of leaves from the laurel wreaths we use to crown

our graduates, to the oak and blue ash leaves representing our

different campuses, to the surprising English ivy—encircling

some old school letterhead that had somehow lived on from

what seemed like another era.

Ursuline magazine

has a new name and

a new look—

appropriately called

Voices; it is intended

to share the stories

and ideas of our


So does it really matter if there are five different types of thank

you cards, or three different fonts used for invitations and

correspondence for school events? YES! Each look, font or execution

tells a different story about the school and the promise

of what it brings to its community. In order to make the most

of the school’s brand equity, all of its touch points have to be

conveying the same brand meaning. It is much like having all

of members of an orchestra coming together to play one song,

even though each instrument tells a different part of the story.

A brand identity is a collection of visual and experiential touch

points that connect a brand with its users or constituents. The

value of a strong, unified identity is that every experience or

interaction your audience has with your brand will build and

strengthen the meaning and promise that Ursuline makes to us

and our daughters.

Our school has come a long way in the past five years. The

updated campus, innovative classroom offerings, and state of

the art athletic facilities, are the result of tremendous vision

and effort on the part of our school’s administration, staff, and

Board of Trustees. As we enhance the experiential touch points

of our brand it only makes sense that we do the same with our

visual identity.



After our touch point inventory, the committee

spent a significant amount of time exploring and trying to define

the Ursuline experience. Through focus groups and more

informal activities, we spoke with students, staff, and alumnae

to explore the spiritual and intellectual transformation that occurs

within the walls of the school. We then tried to put words

and descriptions to the meaning and impact that this transformation

had on our lives.

The designers we hired came back with many different options

for the mark (also called a logo.) As the group reviewed the new

visual options, we had to face the fact that we were leaving the

old mark behind. For all the reasons I have already mentioned,

we knew that moving on was the right thing to do, but despite

the fact that the school has had a number of different marks

throughout its history, it was still hard to say goodbye.

Without this mark, we would not be where we are today.

However, as we look to advance our school community, we

are compelled to advance and evolve the look of our identity

system at the same time. Our old mark had the look of a

respected Catholic educational institution. It presented three

main challenges that we hoped to address when designing the

new mark. First, the multiple iterations associated with this

mark did not build a distinct and memorable Ursuline brand.

Second, the complexity and detail within the quadrants made

it difficult to apply the mark in smaller formats. Finally, the

mark was focused on the past history of the school. While it is

important to honor our history, it is also important to convey

who we are and what the brand is promising to us and our

daughters today.

Our new mark is an opportunity to reinforce St. Angela’s

mission to better the world through the education of young

women. We also wanted the mark to be reflective of today’s

Ursuline experience while communicating Ursuline’s brand

promise. Finally, we sought to create something that is distinct,

memorable, and ownable by the Ursuline community.

When looking at the new mark the first thing that strikes me

is the fact that we have moved away from the four quadrants

to a circular shape that represents the Ursuline community

and speaks to St. Angela’s mission. The key elements inside the

mark are the cross, symbolizing Catholic education, and the

laurel wreath, a unique element of our graduation ceremony.

If you look at the center of the cross, you can see what looks

like a light shining through. This element is designed to convey

hope and the promise of fulfilling one’s potential—feelings

resident within our young students who are moving out into

the world. Further examination of the new mark also reveals

that we have deepened the color of green to create a fresh, contemporary

look that is distinguished from other schools in the

city as well as from other Ursuline schools across the country.

When looking at the words, you may have noticed that the

word “Academy” does not appear in the mark. While the name

of the school will still be Ursuline Academy, the public expression

of the school will be “Ursuline.” There is great strength

that we gain by focusing on just the name Ursuline that goes

back to the Ursuline order founded by St. Angela.

Our Positioning Phrase: Voice.Values.Vision.

The purpose of this positioning phrase is to further clarify the

brand’s promise, or the end-benefit or “result” of an Ursuline

education. It also serves as a key differentiator for Ursuline

when compared with other Catholic or academic institutions.

It was a difficult task to find a summation of all that happens

here at Ursuline. We selected this positioning phrase because

our girls will leave having found their voices, good Catholic

values will be instilled, and girls will leave with a vision for

their continuing education, their careers, and a generosity of

spirit. Going back to St. Angela’s mission, the realization of

these elements will then better the world.

Remember: A positioning phrase always appears in conjunction

with the mark, in the order listed above. It is not a tag line or

a motto and is not intended to replace the school’s existing

motto: We learn not for school but for life.


A unique and consistent

visual vocabulary unites

all of the school’s


A Comprehensive Program

A Comprehensive Brand Identity Program has been

created with examples (from left to right) of letterhead,

envelope, business card, sample recruitment brochure,

Voices magazine cover, spirit wear and direct mail promo.

The visual architecture of the touch points within the identity

system is intended to handle different design needs while

still building the equity of the “Ursuline” brand. The example

of incorporating this year’s auction invite into the system

demonstrates that an individualized message for an event or

activity can still be created while remaining consistent with

the school’s new identity system. Bringing this invitation into

the fold of the new identity system is achieved by adding the

curved “Ursuline” callout to the upper left corner of the invitation.

Aside from the callout, you will notice that little else was

changed about the layout and design of the invitation that was

used for last fall’s Ultimate Auction.

Full guidelines and training on using the new Ursuline identity

will be provided to the main users of our brand identity over

the course of the summer and early fall. Additional information

about the brand identity guidelines can be obtained

through Robin Galvin, Director of Communications.

Giving Credit Where Credit is Due

I’d like to give special thanks to Suzie Wright ‘76 for lending her

branding expertise to this project. I would also like to thank and

acknowledge Sharon Redmond, our President; the Ursuline

Academy Board of Trustees, and the members of the Marketing

Committee who worked to bring this new identity to life.

Marketing Committee members (in alphabetical order):

Robin Anzinger Galvin ’65 (Director of Communications),

Dianne Kreuzman Hill ‘73, Margie Wright Hauser ‘81,

Laura Newell Humphrey ‘75 (Chair), Anne Jarrad

(Development Director), Tamara Kearney Lanier ’95, Molly

McClarnon (Admissions), Sr. Ruth Podesta ‘50, Sharon

Redmond (President), Kelly MacEachen Trush ’95,

Suzie Wright ‘76.

Tamara Kearney Lanier ‘95 Suzie Wright ‘76



7 Alumnae Share

their UA Stories

an entire academic year studying chemistry and pursuing

research. After graduating as valedictorian of my class at

Williams in 2002, I returned to Cambridge as the recipient of

a Churchill Scholarship and received my MPhil in chemistry.

I feel that this success at the undergraduate level was due in

no small part to the excellent preparation that I had in high

school; I was able to hit the ground running and immediately

immerse myself in upper-level classes and research.

Good Chemistry


“…without the incredibly positive

experiences that I had as a student at

Ursuline I would probably not be a

scientist today.”

I graduated from Ursuline in 1998, and I went on to pursue

a BA in Chemistry at Williams College in Williamstown,

MA. My desire to pursue a career in science began in my

sophomore year of high school when I was a student in Diane

Neyer Rose’s ’74 Honors Chemistry class. I went on to take

many other excellent science courses at UA, including AP

Chemistry during my senior year. Prior to high school, I had

not felt any particular affinity toward science, and it is safe to

say that without the incredibly positive experiences that I had

as a student at Ursuline I would probably not be a scientist


While at Williams I had many opportunities to participate in

scientific research. During my undergraduate years I worked in

two different labs within the Williams chemistry department,

as well as groups at Ohio State and the University of Leiden

in the Netherlands. I was also able to spend my junior year

abroad at Cambridge University in the UK, where I spent

I’ve spent the last five and a half years back in Massachusetts,

first working on my PhD in organic chemistry at Harvard

University, and now conducting post-doctoral research in

chemical biology at Harvard Medical School. My PhD focused

on developing new chemical reactions and using them to

construct complex molecules, or ‘natural products’ isolated

from organisms like sponges and bacteria. In my postdoc,

rather than try to make these molecules myself, I am studying

the chemical reactions that Nature employs for natural product

synthesis. This type of work is important because many of

these molecules have potential value as pharmaceutical agents

such as antibiotics or chemotherapeutics.

After I am done with my postdoctoral research fellowship,

I will become a professor at a research university where I

can mentor my own graduate students and postdocs as they

continue to investigate fascinating molecules made by living

systems. I will also teach organic chemistry and biochemistry

to students at both the undergraduate level, and I am excited

to have the opportunity to share my love of learning with

others in this way. I can’t imagine a better job than being able

to investigate the questions that interest you and to foster the

curiosity of others. Each day in lab I am excited to continue

on my amazing scientific journey, and I am grateful that it all

began at Ursuline.


new operation somewhere we do not have a base, my unit gets

called in as some of the first on the ground. Mere months after

my arrival to “The Herd,” I was tasked to deploy with my new

squadron to Iraq, where I have been given my first opportunity

as a Flight Commander. I only have six troops under me, but I

am responsible for security of the local AF network, and oversee

the execution of $96M in projects. The job is fast-paced, a

little stressful, but our impact on the mission is clear.

On Duty in Iraq


“At UA, I learned that there

were no limits before me.”

When I graduated from Ursuline in 2002, I had no idea that

seven years later I would be sitting in the middle of the desert

writing an article like this. We never really know where life

will take us, but when I look back on leaving Ursuline to take

another step closer to entering the real world, I realize nothing

turned out as I expected.

I departed Ursuline for Miami University with no real idea of

what I wanted to do. My best friend Aria Perkins ’02 and I

were destined for the same college, and at her suggestion we

together joined the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps.

I have not looked back since. I have been able to do and see and

experience more things in my fledgling Air Force career than I

could have ever imagined myself doing. After graduating from

Miami and receiving my commission, I was sent to the 52nd

Communications Squadron in Germany for my first duty station.

There, with no experience under my belt and fresh out of

college, I was entrusted with 65 subordinates and $6.5M worth

of IT equipment and infrastructure. Not only that, but I was

also responsible for the communications support of 14 sites

spread across Western Europe in addition to my main base.

I saddled up to the challenge and overcame a steep learning

curve to be twice stratified as the #1 Lieutenant in my


After my two years abroad were up, I was sent to the 34th

Combat Communications Squadron in Oklahoma City - not

quite so exotic as my experience in Europe, but I am excited

for the new experiences I will gain in tactical comm. The mission

of this unit is to establish bare-base communications for

forward operations. That means if the US has a mission or a

I do not intend for this to sound self-important. I mention my

successes because I learned the necessary skills long before I

came into the Air Force. While I never had a full understanding

of the open classroom concept at Ursuline, the skills that

developed have helped me tremendously. I recall being irritated

when taking an English exam in Ms. Schellhous’s room, and

hearing lectures going on across the hall and next door, but it

taught me a life-saving skill—focus. This can be best illustrated

through my role as Unit Control Center director here. During

real-world or exercise attacks, my sole focus is communication

and accountability. Things get extremely hectic as we receive

reports and intel, brief all that up to our commander, and

try to gain accountability of all of our people all at once. The

phones are ringing off the hook, the radio is chattering nonstop,

we are tracking casualty reports, unexploded ordnance

reports and response, alarm conditions, and we are doing it

all at the same time. Each person must learn to focus—to

keep one ear on what is going on around them, and to devote

the rest of their attention to their assigned task. It can be an

extremely stressful situation.

So as I write this, now only halfway through my deployment, I

take time to reflect on all the milestones and all the events that

led me down this road. Ursuline was such a big part of making

me who I am. At UA, I learned confidence. I learned how to

come out of my shell. I learned that there were no limits before

me, if only I had the drive and ambition to pursue my interests.

I learned flexibility, and through the mod system, time management.

More importantly, I learned that it’s ok to be a lady

while still being tough.

I would challenge you all—students and alumnae alike—to

draw from the things you have learned at UA. Every experience

you have under the UA teaching method will have a direct

impact on your daily life. You truly have a unique set of skills,

and an edge over your peers that they likely did not receive

during their education. Use that to your advantage, but do so in

humility. I have been blessed to have so many experiences and

opportunities afforded me. Wherever life may take you, relying

on the solid foundation UA has built within you will take you

places you never expected to go.



Mission Accomplished


“I firmly believe that my Ursuline

education was crucial for me to achieve

my dream job at NASA.”

During my junior year at Ursuline Academy, I fell in love with

outer space and decided I wanted to work for NASA. From that

point on I tried to turn as many school projects as possible into

space-themed topics. For one of my quarterly I-Search projects

in Ms. Schellhous’s American Studies class, I built a scale

model of the International Space Station (ISS). The first piece of

the Space Station was due to launch only weeks after I gave my

presentation in the fall of 1998.

Eight years later I worked my very first ISS assembly mission in

Mission Control, as a Flight Controller at Johnson Space Center.

I have worked missions that have added new solar arrays and

modules to the Space Station, and worked with the European

and Japanese space agencies to help develop new vehicles to

transport Station supplies. It’s hard for me to believe that I have

gone from building a model of the Space Station in my garage

out of pop cans and PVC pipe to supporting the assembly of the

real thing in outer space.

When I graduated from Ursuline and enrolled at Ohio State in

Aerospace Engineering, my mom joked that I was going from an

all-girl school to an all-boy school. Ursuline gave me both the

academic background and, maybe more importantly, the confidence

to excel in a very difficult, male-dominated field.

Above: This is a picture of Molly in Mission Control supporting her

first mission to the International Space Station.

Inspiring Wellness


Ursuline Academy encouraged me to look at

each individual with value and compassion.”

I can remember my last day of high school at Ursuline Academy

and all of the excitement and anticipation I felt about what lay

ahead. Ursuline Academy prepared me for the experiences and

challenges that followed in college, graduate school and life

thus far. After graduating from UA I attended the College of

Charleston in South Carolina and with the solid foundation which

was forged from family and the morals and values instilled by

Ursuline, I was quickly able to find my niche.

After graduating from the College of Charleston with a Bachelor

of Science in Psychology, I quickly made the decision to attend

Xavier University. In 2006 I graduated with a Master of Arts and

I currently hold licenses in school counseling and as a licensed

professional clinical counselor (LPCC). Currently I work full

time at Centerpoint Health where I have worked for a total of

six years assessing, diagnosing and treating individuals with issues

ranging from life transitional stress to severe emotional and mental

disorders. Additionally, I started a private practice, The Welling

Group, LLC which is located in Olde Montgomery. For more

information please visit our website at

I know that the unique and individualized care that I received at

Ursuline prepared me to set my sights high on what I want to do

and let nothing get in my way. I use a holistic approach in working

with my clients in therapy by looking at the physical, emotional,

social, and spiritual health of an individual and Ursuline Academy

encouraged me to look at each individual with value and

compassion. A significant contribution to who I am today is the

education I received from Ursuline and I am forever grateful.


is supremely capable of getting the job done with the talents I

have. Often, I can even leverage my female mind set and skills

in a way that is foreign or difficult for the men I work with in

order to greatly enhance and synergize our efforts. Ursuline

taught me to be proud of who I am and how to capitalize on my

strengths for the success of the team.

Finding Common Ground


“UA always stays with you, no matter

where in the world you end up or what

you end up doing”

To the Wonderful Community of Ursuline Academy:

First off, I would just like to express my most heartfelt

gratitude for the letters and cards you sent! It was a complete

surprise to receive them and a joy to read through each one! It

really goes to show how UA always stays with you, no matter

where in the world you end up or what you end up doing. Our

community is so strong and so deep that once you are a part

of it, you never lose that bond. I have always felt so incredibly

blessed to have attended UA, and as an alumna, I can say that

those blessings truly continue to enrich my life despite having

graduated seven years ago.

Ursuline Academy has stayed with me in many ways since

my graduation in 2002. Of course, it was a given that the

outstanding academics prepped me for success in college and

throughout my advanced studies, but the other lessons learned

during those four years had a much farther-reaching effect on

my life. I left female-dominated UA for the world of men. As a

computer scientist, I was one of three women in my graduating

class. Sometimes I was the only woman in a course! The Air

Force, while the most female-friendly of the armed services,

is still over 80% male. UA provided me with confidence in

my abilities and a strong appreciation of my femininity. I

do not have to become “one of the guys” to be successful or

respected by the men I work with. I can be myself—as girly

or as tomboyish as I please—while being a professional who

Ursuline also strengthened my respect for others, in spite

of any differences that may exists between us. The open,

welcoming environment developed within me a concern for

treating everyone I meet with love and acceptance—regardless

of their color, beliefs, nationality, etc. It has served me very

well, especially here where I serve as a communications advisor

to the Government of Iraq. Although the officials that I work

with on a daily basis have had a radically different life than I

could imagine, believe in a different creed than my own, and

live a different mind set than the western one that I have grown

up in, I feel that due to the values that were cultivated at UA,

I make it a point to see the similarities between us—not the

differences. It is through this understanding that I feel I am able

to help mold the Iraqi nation in a way that is in line with their

beliefs while achieving the objectives set forth by the United

States. It is a fine line to walk daily, but Ursuline’s values make

it easier and more natural for me see their side and frame

solutions that will work and succeed in their culture.

Most importantly, UA helped me find and strengthen my

faith. High school was definitely a time of questioning and

determining what I truly believed. My courses and teachers at

Ursuline helped walk me through that journey without forcing

me one way or another. I was able to explore and question in a

totally open environment without fear of ridicule or judgment

which resulted in a strong, personal commitment to my faith.

Now, as I serve in a war zone in a nation that believes very

differently from me, my faith is indispensable to my ability to

perform my job and it allows me to draw the strength I need

to get through each day and spread the love with which God

blesses me to all those I encounter and meet.

In closing, I thank all of you—teachers, alumnae, students,

parents, and friends—who make Ursuline what it is. You may

not realize where you will go when you take off that laurel

wreath, but one thing is certain: Ursuline will always go with

you in your heart!



Love for Literature


“Before I had a driver’s license, I knew that

literature was fascinating, beautiful stuff.”

I spent the January exam week of my senior year trying to finish

Don Quixote and trying to get in as much ice skating as I could

before the ice thawed at Rapid Run lake. At the time I thought

it was rare and wonderful to have a whole week of skating; now

I think it was rare and wonderful that high school seniors were

reading Don Quixote.

In fact, our curriculum at UA included Herodotus, Thucydides,

Wuthering Heights, The Mill on the Floss, David Copperfield, Macbeth,

Hamlet, the Aeneid, some Henry James, Cicero. Before I had a

driver’s license, I knew that literature was fascinating, beautiful

stuff—a conviction I still have. Let me emphasize that this was

entirely an effect of schooling, since on my own time I was reading

magazine articles about problem hair (still have that, too).

Forty three years on—and thirty three of them spent as an

English professor—I’ve had lots of time to think about what

it means to teach literature well. I’m convinced that the most

compelling things about literature are its relation to the big

questions (like “how should we live?” and “why do human beings

act as they do?”) and its insistence on the complexity of life as

we live it. That ethical context was the ground of the curriculum

at Oak Street, and I think that’s why I knew by graduation that

I wanted to teach English. I remember stomping around the

senior hallway complaining about Herodotus (“fixated on burial

customs!”) and admitting to my friends that I never finished

Moby Dick. But I knew that literature wasn’t about entertaining

me. That’s a good education.

Bold Ventures


“The culture at Ursuline is one of giving

back—and that’s one area where I’ve

found profound satisfaction in my life.”

As a venture capital investor (Neyer Holdings Corporation), I

find, evaluate, fund, and launch start-up companies in a variety

of sectors, including energy, life sciences, consumer, and

technology. Over the course of the last few years, I’ve evaluated

hundreds of business plans and actively participated in the

launch of several new products and ventures. A lot of my time is

spent evaluating new technologies and researching new market

opportunities—basically trying to become an instant expert in

any given industry where we have an investment. I love my work

because it challenges me to think differently about the world

everyday and brings me into contact with brilliant people who

see opportunities to change the world for the better.

After Ursuline, I received a BS in Economics and Cognitive

Psychology from the University of Michigan and an MBA from

the University of Cincinnati. I joined Deloitte Consulting out

of graduate school as a strategy consultant, focused on strategic

marketing and innovation for Fortune 500 companies.

The culture at Ursuline is one of giving back—and that’s one area

where I’ve found profound satisfaction in my life. Over the past

two years, I’ve started several community initiatives to help make

Cincinnati more accessible to entrepreneurs and inventors—one

is InOneWeekend (, where we take

100 people and create a start-up in a weekend, and another is

Cincinnati Innovates, a regional innovation competition (www. In my free time, I raise funds for better


diagnostic solutions for melanoma, a cancer that claims the lives

of more young women than any other cancer.

The innovators of this world are risk-takers—they’re not

afraid to think differently or try new things. Ursuline’s

academically competitive and emotionally supportive

environment helped me further develop the confidence and

self-reliance I need to be successful in the exciting and

challenging world of venture capital.

Social Networking With Ursuline

Connecting Alumnae Together by Paige Scheidler ‘99

Over the course of the last several years, Ursuline has been

making great strides in improving our school on many levels.

We have seen our building grow to accommodate our larger

class sizes. We have seen the classrooms take transformation to

meet the demands of ever changing technologies. Ursuline is

now taking steps into the 21st century to connect our alumnae


Cincinnati. We already have over 1,200 members! Also, be

sure to search for your specific class. Many classes have also

set up a separate class group to reconnect their classmates. If

you are on LinkedIn, please join the group Ursuline

Academy—Cincinnati. We have more alumnae connected

on Facebook and LinkedIn than St. Ursula and MND


Social networking has become a fast growing interest in the

world. From connecting with friends and family across the world

on Facebook to networking with other professionals on LinkedIn

and blogging about what you are doing in real time on Twitter.

Millions of people across the world are using these tools on a

daily basis to reconnect or stay connected with people.

Ursuline is an ever growing sisterhood changing with the

times and now using Facebook and LinkedIn to help reconnect

alumnae with their classmates and Ursuline itself. If you are

on Facebook, please join the group Ursuline Academy,

If you are not familiar with these networks, don’t fret. They

are very easy to join. Just go to and and follow the prompts to sign up.




Commencement 2009

In one of the loveliest commencements in anyone’s memory,

the 129 members of the Class of 2009 walked, bowed and

sang the school song for the last time as Ursuline students.

Eighty-nine per cent of the class garnered more than $15.5M

in scholarship offerings. The class selected Andrea Bazzoli

as commencement speaker, and her talk proved that their

choice had great merit. In a ceremony that is virtually

unchanged for a century or more, students and parents

(some tearfully) officially move on to the next

exciting phase of their journey.

These seniors were recognized at graduation with special honors. Left: Regan Harrell, Centennial Spirit Award; Andrea Bazzoli, commencement speaker; Lisa Guay,

Senior Scholar; President Sharon Redmond; Rebecca Callahan, Christian Leadership Award, Gwen Barron, Archbishop McNicholas Memorial Award; Catherine Mollmann,

Senior Scholar; Erika Stelljes, Senior Scholar.

Newspaper staffers with Ms. Whelan, moderator of

Lion’s Roar: Breanne Boyd, Shauna Whelan, Ashley

Enyeart, Maria Vu

Andrea Bazzoli gave a wonderful

commencement address.

The graduates stand for the school song. Christina Jackson conducted.


The Class of 2009 College Selections

Emily Morganne Albrinck

Natalie Elizabeth Andrews

Kellie Michelle Asmus

Victoria Anne Barker

Gwen Ann Barron

Hillary Marie Barron

Paige Jean Bartoszek

Paige Adele Bassano

Andrea Dorothy Bazzoli

Rebecca Anne Bergh

Jenna Marie Bertke

Sarah Elizabeth Blood

Maria Maged Botros

Nancy Mariam Boulos

Breanne Elizabeth Boyd

Emily Anne Broderick

Mary Bublitz

Elizabeth Anne Buehler

Johanna Burmester-Andersson

Rebecca Jean Callahan

Olivia Jane Capuano

Lucinda Adrienne Carl

Alexandria Jeanette Cobb

Hannah May Cook

Meredith Rose Cornely

Lauren Elizabeth Crucitt

Alexa Marise D’Sa

Grace Maechling Debbeler

Alexandra Marie DeChristopher

Alyson Marie Eagan

Ashley Rose Enyeart

Andrea Lauren Fey

Meghan Fitch

Melanie Elizabeth Flege

Kathryn Lynn Florez

Emily Marie Foster

Erin Elizabeth Frederick

Christy Elizabeth Frietch

Paige Marie Garber

Leah Alexandra Gilligan

Holly Elizabeth Gottschall

Lisa Marie Guay

Courtney Anne Gula

Kelsey Diane Haines

Julia Lauren Hall

Regan Genevieve Harrell

Jessica Christina Harvey

Erika Eugenia Helgeson

Kristen Mary Hodovanic

Ashley Marie Holbrook

The Ohio State University

University of Dayton

Ohio University

University of South Carolina

The Ohio State University

University of Kentucky

The Ohio State University

Ohio University

Xavier University

Baldwin-Wallace College

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Miami University

Xavier University

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Indiana University

Xavier University

The Ohio State University

State University of New York

College at Brockport

DePaul University

Saint Louis University

University of Cincinnati

Miami University

University of Kentucky

Ohio University

University of Kentucky

Indiana University Bloomington

Indiana University Bloomington

The Ohio State University

Butler University

University of South Carolina

Ohio University

Miami University

Lehigh University

Saint Louis University

Northwestern University

Marquette University

The Ohio State University

Miami University

Ohio Northern University

Boston College

Miami University

The University of Arizona

University of Central Florida

Elon University

College of Mount Saint Joseph

Duquesne University

The Pennsylvania State University

University of Kentucky

The Ohio State University

Xavier University

Kori Jo Holliday

Madison Erin Hubbard

Christina Emily Jackson

Michelle Anne Jahn

Katelyn Eileen Johnson

Sarah Elizabeth Kessler

Jaclyn Elizabeth Kirsch

Anna Lillian Kohnen

Emma Schulte Kokenge

Kinsey Rose Kowalski

Katherine Lynn Kraemer

Brittany Nicole Krekeler

Erika Marie Krekeler

Robin Michelle Krisher

Johanna Lea Krogh

Amy Elizabeth Krzmarzick

Abigail Mary Laden

Hanna Martin Lafranconi

Victoria Ann Lang

Meagan Alicia Lechleiter

Mary Elizabeth LeMasters

Anne Kathryn Lennon

Cassie Lynn Longbottom

Elizabeth Malant Luther

Emily Clare Mack

Paige Paulina MacMorland

Dominique Rosa Manetta

Lauren Elizabeth McMahon

Lindsey Hazel Mercer

Michelle Allison Merchak

Rachel Jean Merchak

Catherine Mary Mollmann

Mary Elizabeth Morand

Jennifer Evangeline Murren

Molly Ann Murta

Kiley Elizabeth Naylor

Ellen Marie Neumann

Sarah Maryann O’Connor

Kourtney Brielle Parchment

Terri Elizabeth Poxon-Pearson

Mary Clare Price

Melissa Kathryn Ridgley

Lindsay Kay Runyan

Karalyn Marie Russo

Heather Marie Ruwe

Margaret Sahms

Caitlyn Donovan Scherer

Margaret Mary Schildmeyer

Kathleen Marie Schings

Meghan Morrissey Schmitt

Abby Marie Schneider

Holly Elaine Schnicke

Miami University

The Ohio State University

The Pennsylvania State University

Clemson University

University of Cincinnati

The Ohio State University

The Ohio State University

Duke University

The Ohio State University

University of Cincinnati

The Ohio State University

The Ohio State University

Kent State University

Syracuse University

Saint Norbert College

Saint Louis University

Ithaca College

University of San Francisco

University of Cincinnati

Savannah College of Art

and Design

Northern Kentucky University

Xavier University

University of Cincinnati

Spring Hill College

Eastern Kentucky University

The Ohio State University

Loyola University Chicago

Wittenberg University

University of Cincinnati

Eastern Kentucky University

Emory University

Saint Louis University

Kent State University

Saint Louis University

The Ohio State University

University of Virginia

Oberlin College

The Ohio State University

Cornell University

American University

Case Western Reserve University

The Ohio State University

Kent State University

Xavier University

Miami University

High Point University

Indiana University Bloomington

Xavier University

The Ohio State University

University of Notre Dame

Miami University

Ohio University

Kelly Elizabeth Schroer

Hannah Grace Schwartz

Katherine Mary Scoville

Chelsea Leanne Sensibaugh

Christina Jie Wen Shen

Emma Catherine Shreve

Ruth Catherine Sikorski

Molly Elizabeth Smith

Emily Elizabeth Spotts

Elizabeth Ransom Steffer

Emily Rose Steinway

Erika Michelle Stelljes

Jacqueline Lee Stubbers

Stephanie Dawn Szarwark

Kelly Arlene Tappel

Serra Kathryn Temizer

Shannon Marie Trame

Paige Elizabeth Umberger

Lauren Elizabeth Volker

Maria Thuy Duong Thi Vu

Elizabeth Ann Weingartner

Jennifer Anne Weitzel

Amy Marie Wells

Madeline Louise White

Melissa Nicole Wintz

Ashley Marie Young

Laura Ann Zorko

Ohio University

University of Kentucky

Villanova University

Xavier University

Case Western Reserve


University of Cincinnati

Wright State University

University of Cincinnati

Bellarmine University

University of Cincinnati

Miami University

Case Western Reserve


University of Dayton

University of Cincinnati

Clemson University

The George Washington


Bellarmine University

Denison University

Thomas More College

University of Cincinnati

DePauw University

Indiana University


University of Cincinnati

Ohio Northern University

Indiana University


University of Dayton

The Ohio State University

As a surprise to the graduates, the Parent Associations,

had yard signs made for each graduate which said

“Congratulations, 2009 Graduate, Ursuline Academy

followed by the individual name. The signs lined the

driveway as the seniors came for their last day.




Award Winners

The top three students in each class (except seniors

who were honored at commencement) were recognized

at the Academic Awards ceremony.

Bottom: freshmen Megan Fleming, Katie Kaes, Kathleen Smith;

Middle: sophomores Jackie Ruggiero, Claire Barrett, Ellie Greiner;

Top: juniors Indre Matulaitis, Shannon Manley, Molly Cowan

Colleges, universities and other organizations reward specific

achievements each year at the Academic Awards ceremony. Some

of the juniors so honored are pictured here.

Bottom left: Emily Cleary, Harvard Book Award; Shannon Manley, Yale Book Award; Jenny

Robertson, Case Club Michelson-Morley Award; Molly Cowan, Rensselaer Medal Award;

Middle: Julia Tasset, University of Rochester Humanities Award; Lauren George, Notre Dame

Book Award; Josie Male, Northwestern Book Award; Courtney Smalley, Williams College Book

Award; Top: Hilary Pitner, University of Louisville Book Award; Taylor Johannigman, Wofford

College Scholar Nominee; Indre Matulaitis, Furman University Scholars Nominee.

Not pictured: Paige Schroder, Clarkson University Achievement Award; Mary Roberts,

Furman University Scholars Nominee; Jessica Butherus, Wofford College Scholars Nominee

The 2008-2009 Christian Leadership awardees.

Freshman Jennifer Holbrook, sophomore

Grace Reifenberg, junior Desirae Ball.

Senior Kourtney Parchment received the Clement L.

Buenger Award for the outstanding FISC Scholar and

also the Vester Scholarship given by Linda Vester

Greenberg ‘83 and her husband Glenn to encourage

enrollment at Ivy League schools. Kourtney will

attend Cornell in the fall.


Senior Class Hits School Record: 100%

Participation in the Annual Fund

These class reps led the Class of 2009 to a school record: 100% participation in the

Senior Gift Campaign. Back, left: Leah Gilligan, Jen Weitzel, Andrea Bazzoli, Maddie

White, Katie Schings, Kelsey Haines, Christina Shen; Front: Caitlyn Scherer, Mary Price,

Meagan Lechleiter, Molly Smith, Tori Lang, Becki Bergh

Congratulations to the Class of 2009 for a record-setting

Senior Gift Campaign. Every member of the Class of 2009

pledged to this year’s Annual Fund, a first in the school’s history.

The senior class rallied together to show their appreciation

for, and their commitment to the mission of the school

through their financial commitment of $20.09 every year for

the next four years. Not only have they set a school record,

they have set an example for the young women who will follow

in their footsteps. Thank you, Class of 2009! Your support has

truly made a difference.

This year’s Annual Fund also received 100% participation from

the members of the Board of Trustees. Gifts from the Board

totaled over $20,000. The Annual Fund are unrestricted dollars

that are used to reduce operational costs including the silent

scholarship which every student receives to reduce the gap

between the cost of tuition and the actual cost to educate each

student. The Board’s ongoing leadership and support of Ursuline

demonstrates their commitment to excellence in education.

Thank you!

Nick Deters Remembered With A Special Space

Micropolis II, the public area in the new Science & Math

Building was dedicated to longtime faculty member Nick

Deters who lost his battle with cancer more than two years

ago. Prior to his death, Nick made a generous gift to the

Capital Campaign. The ceremony was deliberately scheduled

prior to the annual March Madness Faculty Draw which Nick

coordinated with a mathematician’s precision for many years.

Father Jack Wessling said the blessing. The plaque reads

as follows:

This space is dedicated to the memory of Nick Deters, a beloved

member of the Ursuline faculty for 29 years. Nick, a math teacher,

made a generous bequest to the capital campaign Expanding Space,

Expanding Minds. His commitment to the construction of the Science

& Math Building, his extraordinary knowledge of his subject, and the

thoroughness with which he conveyed that knowledge to his students

make this particular space the most appropriate location for him

to be honored and remembered.

For many years, Nick was the co-moderator of Student Council. He

was the first recipient of the Sister Xavier Ladrigan Excellence in

Education Award for his successful efforts to integrate technology into

Fr. Jack Wessling blesses Micropolis II in honor of Nick Deters. The plaques on either side

acknowledge Senior Gift Giving Campaigns.

both administrative functions and academic programs. The Ursuline

Community is grateful to Nick Deters for the many gifts he bestowed

upon the school he loved so well.



Cathi Schellhous’s senior homeroom purchased three raffle tickets and won not only

the $10,000 second prize—but another $80 cash prize.

Kneeling, left: Hannah Schwartz, Courtney Gula, Kelly Tappel, Luci Carl, Jen Weitzel, Jennifer Murren and Maggie Sahms.

Back: Natalie Andrews, Emily Foster, Robin Krisher, Ms. Cathi Schellhous, Ali DeChristopher, Ashley Holbrook, Mary Price.

Totally blocked unfortunately: Serra Temizer and Molly Smith. Not pictured: Mary LeMasters and Kelly Schroer

Ursuline Students Are Big Raffle Winners

Ursuline Academy of Cincinnati held its 12th Annual Dream

House/Cash Raffle. The Raffle has become an important source

of revenue for Ursuline. It raises much of the needed funds to

provide the students with an excellent education, and to keep

Ursuline available to all qualified young women regardless of

cost. It allows advances in technology and science so that we

can stay on the cutting edge of education and help students be

the best that they can be. Ursuline is proud of our students and

proud of what we are able to provide.

This year the winner of the house raffle has been a participant

for several years, purchasing multiple tickets to increase

their chances of winning. On April 24, 2009, Bev & Roy

Morgan were overwhelmed when they learned that two of

their tickets won them not only 10th place prize, a camcorder,

but also were the grand prize of $150,000! To the surprise

of 18 students and homeroom teacher Cathi Schellhous, two

of their three tickets won as well. The first ticket was a $200

winner and the second ticket was the second place winner of

$10,000. A full list of winners is located at

A special thank you to parent volunteers, Julie Ruggiero,

Dianne Hill, Mary Goard, Margi Snelling and Karen

Krammes, who came in weekly for four months to assist in

the processing of the raffle tickets.

To learn more about future raffles or Ursuline Academy Special

Events, call Ursuline Academy Development Department at

(513) 791-5794.

The big prize winners:

Roy and Bev Morgan


Creativity Abounds


For her I-Search presentation Molly Cowan stands before

a mural explaining the causes of WWII. What can be seen

are the objects representing the causes. When the lights

were turned out, each cause had an effect which was

displayed by glow in the dark paint.

Molly Cowan

Winter Wonderland Ursuline Ultimate Auction 2009

Ursuline Academy will be having its 27th Ultimate Auction

on November 21, 2009, in our own Besl Theatre. This year’s

event is guaranteed to be an enjoyable night of silent and live

auction items. Ursuline’s Annual Ultimate Auction cannot

survive without the dedicated parents, alumnae, and

friends of Ursuline.

It is our honor to announce that this year’s Auction is

co-chaired by couples Barb & Allen Backscheider, parents

of Ali ’10 and Michelle & Rob Morgan, parents of Ashley

’07 & Annie ‘10. Together we are building a talented Steering

Committee who will ensure that Auction 2009 breaks all

records for proceeds. Working on the Auction is a community

building event. Both silent acquisitions and live auction

committees have begun their enormous task of gathering items

that are unique, one-of-a-kind, familiar, and yours to bid on!

There are two ways to help donate to the Ultimate Auction.

Our sponsorship program is one way to support the Auction.

Gifts range from $250 to $5,000. This is an easy way to make

a donation to the Auction. The sponsorship can be a personal

one or through your business, and all sponsors receive an ad in

our handsome catalog. Another way to participate is to donate

an item or any cash donation. All donations help make the

event financially successful.

Your attendance at the Auction guarantees to be a night to

remember. Whether you are an alumna or current parent, we

would love to have you come or bring a group to make up a

table of ten. You can put together a group of alumnae classmates,

friends, neighbors, parents from your daughter’s team, class

or choral group. The Auction is even more fun when you are

with friends. If you’d like to receive an invitation or put a group

together please call Development at 513-791-5794 ext 1218.

Seats are $100 each or $125 each for patron level.

2009 Ultimate Auction Executive Board

Front left: Allison Yeager (theme & décor), Michelle Morgan (co-chair), Barb Backscheider

(chair), Ginnie Donovan (live auction), Anne Marie Kaes (UA logo). Back row: Ellen

Bourgeois (holiday), Sue Dickens (invitations & design) Micki Harrell, (business acquisitions),

Mary Alice LaPille (UA records & research), Lori Haines, (UA events director), Julie

Ruggiero (catalog & merchandising), Becky Ishee (catalog & merchandising). Not pictured:

Allen Backscheider (chair), Rob Morgan (co-chair), Karen Gruber (set up), Julie Kelly

(live), Ann Miller (asst. live), Jim Kelly (sponsorship), Joann Lutmer (UA logo), Shelly Seitz

(holiday), Marianne Utz-Sahms (sports & entertainment), Joan Valerio (baskets).



Question: What is Cincinnati’s newest high school?

Answer: Ursuline Academy.

OK, perhaps newest should include quotation marks in order

to recognize that the school has been in existence since 1896.

However a tour through our now beautiful, fully upgraded

campus would convince any skeptic that Ursuline is anything

but 113 years old.

President Sharon Redmond commented that the decision to

move forward with improvement of athletic facilities was

urgent and a bit economical, too. She stated that updating and

expanding the academic area—Phase I of the school’s plan—

was the priority. So, after adding the new math and science

wing, library, entrance and renovating the entire academic area

by fall 2006, attention turned to athletics.

Sharon noted that the decision to begin building last winter

reduced construction costs by more than $750,000. “The

original bid we received was for $5.5 million. However,

as construction activity slowed and builders sought more

business, the bid was reduced by approximately 13 percent to

$4.8 million within a few months. So on we went.”

Earlier this year, the Lions’ Pride capital campaign was

launched to help fund the Phase II improvements. To date,

more than $925,000 of the $3 million fund raising goal has

been raised. This campaign allows the school to help fund the

expansion project and at the same time, recognize Fr. Jack in a

special way.

Alumnae, parents and friends of Ursuline will be contacted

soon and invited to participate in the campaign. Understanding

that many may not be able to make pledge payments in

the months ahead, contributors are welcome to make

commitments now and fulfill them over as many as five years

on a schedule of their choosing.

And, in recognition of Fr. Jack’s allegiance to UA’s athletic

programs, a plaque identifying him as UA’s #1 Fan will be

installed near the entrance to the new gymnasium. Names of

those wishing to honor Fr. Jack with a pledge of $1,000 or

more will be added to the tribute plaque.

The Lions’ Pride campaign is scheduled to conclude by the end

of the year. For more information, please contact Tim Ranaghan,

513.791.5794 or

Phase II of Ursuline’s campus expansion project—the

collegiate size gymnasium, outdoor athletic field, space for

physical education classes and for the school’s 27 teams—is

now complete. Gone are the days of juggling the game and

practice schedules for 12 sports. Gone too, is the cost of rental

at other facilities as well as the need to relocate home games

against traditional rivals due to lack of space at UA. Today,

more than 1,000 spectators can watch comfortably as the Lions

take on Mt. Notre Dame, St. Ursula, Mercy and more, for

either volleyball or basketball.

And, no matter the opponent, you can be sure UA’s Father

Jack Wessling will be on hand to watch the game. Not only

has Fr. Jack been a favorite teacher at Ursuline for more than

30 years, he has been the Lion’s most loyal fan. Although

official records are not kept, it is estimated that Fr. Jack has

missed fewer that 2 contests a year since he began teaching at

the school. Clearly, he is UA’s #1 Fan.

Jam packed—the “old” gym was built for a much smaller student body and an

athletic program in its infancy.


Dear Ursuline Alumnae, Parents and Friends,

I began teaching at UA in the 1977-78 school year. That year

there were three school sports (volleyball, basketball, tennis)

with a total of 61 students participating. During my first years

at Ursuline, most games were scheduled in the afternoon.

While most of the faculty was called home for family life, this

was the free part of the day for me. I attended all the games

I could and became addicted to UA sports. Now we fast

forward to the 2008-2009 school year. Today we have 12 programs,

27 teams with 320+ students/athletes and 44 coaches.

The value of a good athletic program is not to be judged

simply in terms of a win-loss record. Athletics at Ursuline has

been a major contribution to school spirit. It has fostered a

bonding of team members and friendships between students

from different grade levels. It is my experience that students

who are engaged in our sports program are likewise more

disciplined in their academic work.

For some time now our athletic facilities have been quite

inadequate to support our athletic programs. In fairness to

our athletes, their families, their fans and our competitors, it

became incumbent upon Ursuline to expand these facilities.

Please come and see our beautiful new gym and our athletic


Ursuline Academy and its athletic programs remain ever close

to my heart. I personally invite you to join me in responding

generously to this all important Phase II of our capital campaign

the “Lions’ Pride.”

I am convinced that if we all join

together—parents, alumnae, friends

and faculty—we can successfully meet

our financial needs.


Fr. Jack Wessling



On the basketball court, a successful shot from 19’ 9”

or more results in a three-point field goal for the scoring

team. Now your pledge to the Lions’ Pride capital

campaign will score a “three” for Ursuline.

An anonymous donor has agreed to match

every dollar raised for the Lions’ Pride

campaign with a dollar for Ursuline’s

scholarship fund up to $500,000. So, your

pledge not only helps the school successfully complete

its capital campaign, but it provides scholarship

assistance to academically qualified young women

who might otherwise be unable to attend Ursuline.

With your help, we can:

1. Move the Lions’ Pride capital campaign closer

to achieving its $3 million goal.

2. Honor Father Jack Wessling as UA’s #1 Fan.

3. Secure up to $500,000 for Ursuline’s

scholarship fund.


Score A Three-pointer For Ursuline

Mail checks to:

Ursuline Academy Capital Campaign

5535 Pfeiffer Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242

Make your pledge today! Lions’ Pride commitments

must be received by December 31, 2009 to apply

for the scholarship match.

For more information contact

Tim Ranaghan

(513) 791-5794

Marie Magner ’08 and Hilary Dale with our #1 fan.



Ursuline Seniors Play Up

Ursuline Academy’s senior student athletes who have signed

to play for their colleges and universities were honored at a

special breakfast held recently. Parents, grandparents, siblings

and coaches attended the celebration at which Athletic Director

Diane Redmond thanked each family for supporting

Ursuline’s athletic program and their daughters’

academic/athletic careers.

Speed’s Her Thing: Ursuline

Frosh goes to Hockey Nationals

Ursuline Academy freshman Sydney Bell of Colerain

Township qualified for the USA Hockey National Championships

Girls U14, held in Rochester in April. She plays wing as

a member of Team Pittsburgh, a Tier 1 AAA team. Team

Pittsburgh was named Tier 1 Elite League Champions after

winning the League and Tournament with a final win over Little

Caesars’. This was Sydney’s 3rd year at the National Championships.

Sydney plays locally for the Butler County Red Hawks

AA boys team.

Seated, from left: Katie Johnson, soccer, University of Cincinnati; Lindsey Runyan, gymnastics,

Kent State University; Maddie White, soccer, Case Western Reserve; Annie Lennon,

track, Xavier University. Standing, from left: Kiley Naylor, soccer, University of Virginia;

Olivia Capuano, golf, University of Cincinnati; Maggie Sahms, golf, Highpoint University.

Sydney Bell, left, with team mates Morgan Blank and Abby Kibler


Alum Players!

This is for YOU!

Calling all former Ursuline Volleyball and Soccer Athletes:

We will be hosting Alumnae games on Friday August 14, 2009 at 6pm.

The Soccer game will be held at the new turf field at Blue Ash Sports

Complex on Grooms Road. The Volleyball game will be held in the

new gymnasium at Ursuline. A reception will follow each game. If

interested in attending or playing, contact Assistant Athletic Director

Colleen O’Brien Dehring ’93 at (513) 791-5791 or


Congratulations to UA Athletes

For Winning the GGCL All Sports Trophy For 2008-2009

It was another great year for the Lions. With more than 300 student athletes involved in 12 programs and a total of

27 teams, athletics is essential to the health of our students as well as the health of the school.

Cross Country

1st team – Dani Dailey

2nd Team – Katrina Maricocchi,

Nikki Volpenhein

Honorable Mention – Sydney Bell, Erika

Helgeson, Pam Showman, Emily Steinway

Field Hockey (SWOFH League)

1st Team – Grace Debbeler, Melissa Wintz

2nd Team – Maggie Allard, Emily Kokenge

Honorable Mention – Isabel Gonzalez

del Rey, Megan Schnicke


1st Team – Olivia Capuano, Maggie Sahms

2nd Team – Amanda Castle, Megan


Honorable Mention – Megan Fitch,

Sloane Hamilton


1st Team – Desirae Ball, Kiley Naylor, Maddie


2nd Team – Ali Backscheider, Bea Hobson,

Katie Johnson, Monica Melink


1st Team – Komal Safdar

2nd Team – Madison DeWitte

Honorable Mention – Maggie Egan,

Ashley Holbrook, Jenny

Robertson, Annie Sabo, Lauren Wenstrup


1st Team – Dani Reinert, Katie Schings

2nd Team - Jade Henderson

Honorable Mention – Jamie

Goldschmidt, Kori Moster


1st Team – Desirae Ball,

Morgan Donovan

2nd Team – Murphy O’Neill

Honorable Mention –

Maggie Allard

Swimming Diving

1st Team - Sarah Blood, Lynn

Brotherton, Cynthia Donovan, Erin

Kirby, Kinsey Kowalski, Mary Lynch,

Breann McDowell, Kate Pawlukiewicz

2nd Team – Alexis Grycko,

Hilary Pitner

Honorable Mention –

Corinne Jenkins


Honorable Mention –

Kara Strasser


GGCL All-Stars

1st team – Annie Hauser,

Sarah Kessler, Megan Schnicke

2nd Team – Becca Brizzolara

Josie Male, Julia Tasset, Caroline Tobin


1st team – Holly Gruber

2nd Team – Caroline Bender

Track & Field

Field Event Athlete of

the Year – Alex Cobb

Coach of the Year –

Lindsey Eckstein

1st team – Molly Basch,

Alex Cobb, Kelly Davidson

Annie Lennon, Marisol Mason

Hanna Sherman, Pam Showman

2nd Team – Sydney Bell,

Mackenzie Harrell, Katrina

Maricocchi, Khara Walker

Honorable Mention

Dani Dailey, Aly Eagan



Inspiring Women for All Seasons

By Marilyn Herring and Brenda Kristof

Writing Their Personal Truth

Essays Reveal Students’ Beliefs

By Shauna Whelan, English

As part of English I Honors, students have written personal

essays articulating beliefs that guide our lives. The idea and

prompt for the essays came from NPR’s “This I Believe”


Once we wrote the essays, we recorded ourselves reading our

personal beliefs. We are in the process of creating a webpage

where we can share our essays with other members of the

Ursuline community:

(When prompted the username is visitor and the password is


Once the website was completed, then classmates and parents

were invited to read and comment on the essays.

The goals of this project were multifold. First, students were

asked to explore their life beliefs. We shared and discussed

famous quotations that students found helpful in their daily

lives. One day in class students were asked to stand along a

spectrum in the room according to whether they agreed or

disagreed to statements read aloud. They heard their peers’

responses to beliefs like: “Life is fair,” “Money can’t buy

happiness,” and “There is one special person for everyone.”

Through prewriting activities, students eventually narrowed

in on a belief that informs their daily lives.

During the writing process, we worked on writing appropriate

titles, engaging leads, conclusive endings, and specific

examples to support their beliefs. As the students created the

web page, they enhanced their understanding of technology.

Finally, they published their essays for a wider audience.

Since 1999-2000, the interdisciplinary course Literature for

the Spirit (combining the studies of religion and literature)

has offered seniors a challenging perspective on the themes of

faith, love, redemption, and hope. Using a wide and relevant

selection of religious scholarship and types of literature,

students process and write about how these concepts

energize, confound, and ultimately enrich their lives.

To illuminate the theme of Redemption, they enter the world

of Henry VIII to study Robert Bolt’s famous play A Man For

All Seasons, showcasing St. Thomas More’s wrenching moral

dilemma. Against the wishes of his family and the monarchy,

More resists siding with the King’s wish to divorce and

remarry just to have an heir. In refusing to sign the Oath of

Supremacy, More struggles honorably with his conscience,

consigning himself to prison and a martyr’s death. Following

the example of St. Thomas More, students are encouraged to

consider their own lives and assess areas where God might be

calling them to exercise the virtue of moral courage to take a

stand against sin and injustice.

Students are then challenged to take a position on a

controversial moral topic and write a five-page research paper

defending it. The resulting research, including Catholic Social

Teaching on that issue, forms the basis for a formal classroom

debate. Hearing their classmates speak knowledgeably about

such ideas as same-sex marriage, stem cell research, and

immigration encourages civil discourse, critical thinking,

public speaking skills, and an understanding of Church

teaching on important issues. Student Erica Krekeler stated

it best when she wrote, “I enjoyed the experience of arguing

my perspectives as well as hearing others argue theirs. It was

an excellent way to learn more about the issues that surround

our everyday lives.”


Ursuline Odyssey Continues to World Finals

Ursuline’s Odyssey of the Mind Team took first place in the state competition

and advanced to the World Finals at Iowa State University. Odyssey of

the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative

problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college.

Team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building

mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics.

They then bring their solutions to competition on the local, state, and world

level. Thousands of teams from throughout the U.S. and from about 25 other

countries participate in the program.

The Ursuline team won in Division III on Problem 1, “Earth Trek.” The team

had to build a vehicle to travel to four team-created environments and change

form in each environment. While the vehicle was performing its mission,

the team members acted out a team created performance called “Eccentric


Ursuline’s “Eccentric Engineers” took first place in the state

competition of Odyssey of the Mind, Division III. From left:

Mary Roberts, Claire Brehm, Julia Hom, Farheen Kaleem, Catherine

Roberts, Claire Soupene, and Kristen Beck.

Ursuline JETS Team Triumphs

For the first time in history, the Ursuline JETS (Junior Engineering Technical

Society) team took first place at the annual regional competition at the

University of Cincinnati. Through participation in JETS, students make the

real-world connection between math and science to engineering by solving

actual engineering scenarios. Questions are focused around a common

theme, and in 2009 the theme is: Behind the Scenes: Theme Parks. Students

studied the engineering involved in designing, building and running America’s

theme parks. Ursuline’s varsity team defeated teams from 32 other schools to

take first place. Engineering teacher Monika Uhr is the team advisor.

The Ursuline JETS team show off their first place plaque. Standing,

left: juniors Molly Cowan, Mary Roberts, Emily Cleary, Lauren George;

Front: Lisa Guay, Catherine Mollmann, Jenna Bertke, Terri Poxon-Pearson


Teaching Proficiency through Reading and

Storytelling in the language classroom

Step into a French class at Ursuline Academy and you may

hear a story about an elephant who was bored at last year’s

party at Brad Pitt’s house, so he dances all night with

Moroccan cats this year!

Students are learning vocabulary and structures, then hearing

those in various stories—the crazier the story the better.

Reading, writing, listening, speaking, vocabulary and grammar

are all taught via the stories. Students are engaged in the

process as they try to decipher the wacky stories they are

hearing—then they move on to reading the story, telling the

story aloud, and soon they are able to create an original story

using the vocabulary and structures they have learned.

Brian Harsh and Barb Neyer Mustard ’76 have been using

this method for four years at UA and are finding the students to

be more conversant and much more capable of comprehending

the reading at the advanced levels. Additional benefits for both

teachers and students? The classroom is much more interactive,

engaging and fun!

FrenchTech Apps Abound, Mais Oui!

Voicethread is an Internet based program that allows teachers

to upload graphics and oral or written questions to slides. They

can then activate a link for their students who can respond to

the questions or otherwise add to the content by accessing the

link on-line. The program is very accessible to teachers to create

and for students to use. Barbara Neyer Mustard ‘76 , French

teacher, will present uses for Voicethread and other technology

innovations for the foreign language classroom at the National

TPRS Conference in San Antonio, Texas in July.





Tess White

Video Production News

Video Production I Students Create a

Documentary for a Cincinnati Organization

New Film Studio

The Promise of Things to Come…

Ursuline Unveils a New Film Studio

On Wednesday, March 18, 2009, the Technology Department

unveiled Ursuline’s new film studio to the Board of Trustees at

its March meeting. The new studio replaces the mobile studio

that the department has used the last two years and creates a

permanent location for Media Production students to film their

video projects. The film studio is located in the former office of

Athletic Director, Diane Redmond, who has relocated to the

new gym.

The new studio features a large green screen, painted green

screen floor, six studio lights, and a control center. Using

chroma key technology, Media Production students will be able

to make actors appear in any interior or exterior location without

leaving the studio. This green screen technology is the same

technology that is used to make Superman fly as well as enables

newscasters to give weather and traffic reports.

As the Technology Department continues to grow, future

classes will be developed in visual journalism, visual and special

effects, lighting for film and video, and reporting broadcast

news. Within the next two years, the department’s goal is to

establish a live video magazine that would be broadcast once

a month during long homeroom. Students taking television

production courses would be responsible for the television


The Video Production I students have been studying the Documentary

film type this semester. After viewing and analyzing

numerous professional documentaries, the students began

writing a documentary for the INTERalliance of Greater Cincinnati.

The INTERalliance is a joint effort among area employers (e.g,

P&G, Ethicon, Fifth Third, Channel 9, etc.) and educational

institutions (universities and high schools.) Their mission is to

find the best and brightest young, local Information Technology

(IT) talent and give them a compelling reason to stay in

Cincinnati for both college and their careers.

For this project, the students are creating three different documentaries

to encourage new high schools, universities, and

corporations to take part in the INTERalliance.

Video Production II Students Help

ESL Children and Parents Get Acclimated

to the English Classroom

The Video Production II students studied the Informational and

Educational film types during the second semester. After viewing

and analyzing numerous professional films, the students

began working on a film project with the Shawnee Early Childhood

Center in the Lakota school district. For the project, the

students researched the struggles ESL students and families

experience while getting acclimated and immersed into the

United States school system.

For the project, the students wrote a script, designed a storyboard,

and pitched their ideas to Shawnee’s ESL Coordinator

and Principal. After receiving client approval, junior Allie

Rayome created a film for Shawnee students illustrating


simple tasks to help the students respect themselves, respect

others, and respect the environment.

Junior Tess White created a film for Shawnee’s ESL parents

illustrating such tasks as how to register a child for kindergarten,

how to call in a child’s absence, how to get involved in the

PTA, etc. Both films were spoken in English but included Spanish

subtitles at the bottom of the screen. Ursuline’s Spanish IV

class helped to translate the scripts for the video production


Technical Communication News

The Technical Communication Students

Participate in Technology Day

Earlier this year, UA hosted a Technology Day for Mother

Teresa Catholic Elementary School’s eighth grade class.

The theme for the day was “How Technology Has Changed

our World.”

Throughout the day, the 8th graders attended sessions where

they participated in hands-on activities or labs that explored

technological advancements in the areas of medical science,

physical science, forensic science, and education.

Specifically, the students enjoyed learning about technological

advancements that have been made in physical therapy using

the Wii gaming system, advancements in physical science using

bridge simulation software, and advancements in education

using that storyboard software that is an essential part of video

production courses.

Technology Applications News

Tech Apps Students Extend Service to

Local Organizations

In addition to providing service at Ursuline, the Tech Apps

students provided service for the following two local


Brochure for Peaslee Neighborhood Center

promoting their Urban Farm: Using skills learned in

Word, students created a tri-fold brochure to promote an inner

city agency’s program to assist young people in growing and

maintaining a garden in their inner city neighborhood. After

meeting initially with the client, students created drafts and

then met with the client again for feedback and revisions.

Posters for Music Resource Center - Cincinnati,

promoting their new after school music program

for local 7-12 graders: using skills learned in Word, students

created 11” x 17” posters to advertise a new, after-school music

center open to any interested 7-12 grader. After meeting with

the client, students developed two separate posters—one for

the suburban teenage crowd and one for inner city youth.

Second Annual UA Film Festival

On April 25, 2009, UA’s Video Production Club co-hosted

the second annual UA Film Festival with the INTERalliance of

Greater Cincinnati. For the event, students from approximately

80 local high schools were invited to submit videos in ten different

film categories, including documentaries, commercials,

comedies, short films, public service announcements, etc.

During the actual film festival, the films were premiered to a

panel of judges from industry as well as audience members.

Winners in each film category received a UA Golden Lion

award, while the winner for the overall “Best of Show” award

received a brand new camcorder. The film festival was open to

all students as well as the general public and was a free event.

Food for the event was sponsored by Kroger.



Witness to History


Last summer, I was presented with an opportunity to attend

the 44th Presidential Inauguration in January. I was so excited

because I knew it was going to be an historic event; America

would either have its oldest president or its first African-American

president. I attended the inauguration with the Presidential

Youth Inaugural Conference.

The conference presented us with many once-in-a-lifetime

occasions. As an invitee of the conference I was able to hear

many of our world’s leaders speak: Doris Kearns Goodwin,

a Pulitzer Prize-winning author; Lisa Ling, an activist for women’s

and children’s rights; Erik Weihenmayer, the first and only

blind person to reach the summit of Mount Everest; Desmond

Tutu, an activist who fought alongside Nelson Mandela against

Trisha Reddy at the University of Maryland hearing Al Gore speak

about our environment in dire need of our attention.

Trisha Reddy in front of the MSNBC trailer witnessing the inauguration of

President Barack Obama.

apartheid in South Africa; Colin Powell, a four-star general and

former secretary of state; and Al Gore, former vice president

and Nobel Prize winner.

On Tuesday, January 20th, the conference buses dropped us

off close to the mall at 7:00 am. We walked towards the mall

and began our trudge to get closer to the Capitol Building.

The crowd was huge and very diverse; people from all over

the country were there, every ethnicity was represented, and

supporters of all ages came to witness this historic moment.

I managed to reach the MSNBC trailer and saw Rachel Maddow,

Keith Olberman, and Chris Matthews reporting the news

that was taking place in front of my eyes. From this area I was

able to see the Capitol Building as well as a great view of the

megatron from which the video footage was displayed to see

the activities. The environment was phenomenal; everyone

was there to support our new president. There was no sense of

partisanship on that mall;we were proud patriots who came to

watch the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama,

inaugurated into office.

I am grateful for this chance that was presented to me and I

would like to thank Ms. Amy Hermanns (guidance) who

made it possible for me to get invited to the conference and my

parents for sending me to Washington D.C. to witness history.


“Believe it or not,

the little girl is showing

them a worm!”

–Maureen Rettig, Tech Apps teacher

Beyond the Classroom


Ursuline’s Technology Applications class worked with Annaliese Newmeyer, the

Childcare Manager at Peaslee Neighborhood Center in Over the Rhine, to produce

an informational brochure for the Center. The brochure promoted the Urban Garden

created by the children at Peaslee and highlighted other aspects of the childcare

program. After completing the project, Ursuline students visited the Peaslee Neighborhood

Center to tour the facility and meet the children. The girls and the children

spent time together enjoying the garden setting.

Left to right: Katie Deutsch, Lizzie Bittner, and Bridget

Clancy. The little girl is showing them a worm! The

kids needed to collect some dirt for a science project,

so the girls helped them. The kids were so excited

when they would dig up worms or bugs.

Lisa Guay

Presidential Scholars Program

Names Ursuline Senior

Ursuline senior Lisa Guay has been

named a candidate for the Presidential

Scholars Program for 2009. She is one

of approximately 2600 candidates

selected for outstanding performance on

the SAT and ACT tests. Lisa also received

a National Merit Scholarship from the

National Merit Corporation. Lisa has

been a First Honors student for all four

years of high school. She is a member

of Ursuline’s Mock Trial Team, Academic

Team, Math Team, Model United Nations

and JETS (Junior Engineering Technical

Society), National Honor Society.

Her numerous awards include a Gold

Medal on National Spanish Exam Level

3; placed fourth at National History Day

national competition; placed second on

the OESPER Chemistry Test; received

the Harvard book award. Lisa is an AP

Scholar and a National Merit Finalist.

Lisa’s goal is to major in either biomedical

or chemical engineering.



The McCoys Have An Eye

Bonafide shooters: Kelly & Erin McCoy parlayed UA’s photography course into top awards

Helen Rindsberg must be so proud. She taught the

photography course at Ursuline last summer (and again this

summer) that Erin and Kelly McCoy ‘11 took. The sisters

came away with top prizes at the City of Montgomery Arts

Commission’s Photography Reception and Exhibition in

March. The event featured renowned photographer and

author Corson Hirschfeld as judge, and an exhibit of 150

photographs. More than 250 photographs were entered for

the competition. The following was written by Hirschfeld,

describing what he saw in the McCoy photographs that

captured his well-trained eye:

Both photos are of subjects commonly

photographed, which may have made

differentiating them more difficult.

The execution and aesthetic details of these

two, however, set them apart and make

them very special.

The Best of Student Show

“Summer Spin” by Erin McCoy, which shows the child walking, is

special for the composition, color, and pose. The position of the child

is spontaneous and candid. She is a bit off-balance, capturing her

childish awkwardness and her lack of concern as to whether she might

tumble or is full dressed (wearing only one sock)—making it very

endearing. The fact that we cannot see her face makes it an image

of “every child,” not just an individual, so viewers everywhere can

identify. Compositionally, by not placing her dead in the center, the

photographer adds interest, and the swinging arms and crossed legs

create a sense of motion, even though it is a still. Limiting the color

palette usually adds to the effectiveness of a color photo by simplifying

it. There are really only two colors here: pink and green. The tiny

touch of pink is a fine accent and the even textured grass prevents the

background from competing with the primary subject.

“Summer Spin” by Erin McCoy won Best in Student Show.


Student Show Runner Up

“Draped in Red” by Kelly McCoy is effective for some of the same

reasons: limited color palette (red/pink, touches of blue) and

active/passive, offset composition. The flowing scarf is “active”

while the face is passive, creating visual tension. Likewise, the

complexion and features are simple and smooth, while the scarf

is complex, again adding visual tension (visual tension can make

an image more compelling.) The fingers at lower right are a nice

counterpoint to the face. The viewer’s eye is led up the curving

edge of the scarf to the semi-hidden eye and then held by the

large, open brown one. The one hidden eye adds mystery as does

the slightly uncertain ethnicity of the subject and her Mona

Lisa-like expression.

“Draped in Red” by Kelly McCoy features Megan Valerio ‘11.

Kelly & Erin McCoy



Seniors Exhibit Artworks

The annual Senior Art Show featured the works of

these artists. An opening reception was held in May.

Top left: Olivia Capuano, Michelle Merchak, Stephanie Szarwark;

Front left: Erika Helgeson, Karalyn Russo, Meagan Lechleiter

By Stephanie Swarwark

Scholastic Art Winners

Ursuline Academy students

won awards at every level of

The Scholastic Art Awards 2009

regional competition. Their work

was exhibited at the MarX Gallery

located in Covington, Ky.

The show was part of Greater

Cincinnati’s Fine Arts Sampler


Gold Key winners

(these works went on to New

York for national competition!)

Katherine Nash

Meagan Lechleiter

Kelly McCoy

Leah Gilligan

Kaityln Manley

Silver Key winners:

Angela Bird

Carolyn Bender

Pam Showman

Kathleen Beach

Erin Kirby

Kelsey Bergman

Erin McCoy

Leah Gilligan

Megan Valerio

Honorable Mention


Ruth Sikorski

Sydney Fisher

Maggie Schildmeyer

Katie Shadley

Erin Kirby

Elizabeth Steffer

Megan Valerio


By Meagan Lechleiter

By Meagan Lechleiter

By Stephanie Swarwark



Know Your Roots

“Growth is the only evidence of life.”

~John Henry Newman, Apologia pro vita sua, 1864

Sister Mary Paul Walsh, former teacher and directress at Ursuline,

and now the Ursuline order’s archivist, supplied us with the following

information about the early days of Ursuline’s academic program.

Sisters Gonzaga, Margaret, Adelaide, Alexis, Fidelis and

Baptista were the first faculty members. According to the earliest

brochure about the new school, this was the course of study:

Ancient Roman

and Greek History

Bible History





Natural Science




Remember the Projector Club?

Classes were also offered in other histories, astronomy, chemistry

and physics. All students were required to take either French or

German in addition to Latin. Cost: $45 per term (from

September until February)

A Look Back…

The Mission in 1896

And finally, according to the brochure,

is what the Sisters called “The Special

Aim of the School.”

The special aim of the Ursuline Order is to

work towards the individual development of

each pupil in mind, soul, body; to train each

one thoroughly in the best habits of thought,

in order and economy, in gentle manners, in

self control and all the Christian virtues.

There’s been a change here and

there to the curriculum over the

years. Things we don’t teach



How proud those six Sisters would be

to see today’s course offerings:

No more classes in hairstyling

The film strip was an indispensable

piece of technology

Fundamentals of Art

Drawing and Painting

Studio III

AP Studio Drawing

Studio IV

Handbuilding in Clay

Introduction to

Graphic Design

Introduction to

Media Production

3-D Design

Print Media

Introduction to Web Design

Media Production

Video Production I

AP Studio 2-D Design


Mixed Media

English I Honors

English I

English II Honors

English II

English III Honors

English III

English IV Honors

English IV

AP English

Drama I

Set Design

Drama II

Performing Arts




French I

French II Honors

French II

French III Honors

French III

French IV Honors

AP French Language

German I

German II

German III Honors

German III

German IV Honors

Latin I

Latin II

Latin III Honors

Latin III

Latin IV Honors

AP Latin Vergil

Spanish I Honors

Spanish I

Spanish II Honors

Spanish II

Spanish III Honors

Spanish III

Spanish IV Honors

AP Spanish Language


Algebra I

Algebra I Honors

Algebra II

Algebra II Honors


Geometry Honors

Pre-Calculus Honors


AP Calculus AB

AP Calculus BC

AP Statistics

A’Cappella Choir

Women’s Chorus


Show Choir

Chamber Music

String Ensemble

Percussion Ensemble

Jazz Ensemble

Beginning Guitar

Music Theory


Physical Education I

Physical Education II

Christian Awareness

Christian Ethics


World Religions

Community Service

Church Issues

Death & Christian Hope

Evil in the Human Heart

Prayer & Spirituality

Intro to Philosophy

Philosophy II

Theology of the Person

Biology Honors



Chemistry Honors

Physics Honors


Anatomy/Physiology Honors


AP Physics

AP Chemistry

AP Biology

Introduction to Engineering

Environmental Science

US/World Civilizations I

US/World Civilizations II

American Government

AP Economics

AP Psychology

Intro to Psychology

Current Issues Honors

AP US History

AP American Government

Women in History

Ancient Greece

Civilization Honors

Learning Life Skills

Career Awareness

College Planning

Senior Guidance

Technology Applications

Introduction to Technical


American Studies

Seminar Honors

Literature for the

Spirit Honors



Front, left: Jan Abernathy, Catherine Schellhous,

Pam Wilson, Sue Kellison, Patrice Trauth; Second

row, left: Kim Jewett, Amy Hermanns, Betty Thaman,

Donna Gruber, Letty Laveley, Brenda Kristof;

Top: Kim Douthit and Diane Redmond.

Faculty Years of Service Honored at Ursuline

Ursuline faculty members were recognized for their years in Catholic education and/or years at Ursuline.

10 Years in Catholic Education

Kim Douthit, Religious Studies

Donna Gruber, Development

Amy Hermanns, Guidance

Kim Jewett, Guidance

20 Years in Catholic Education

Dan Nieman, Science

Patrice Trauth, Art

30 Years in Catholic Education

Jan Abernathy, Guidance

Catherine Mary Estelle

Schellhous, English

40 years in Catholic Education

and 30 Years at Ursuline

Letty Lavely, English

15 Years at Ursuline

Sue Kellison, Guidance

Mary Koenig-Clapp, Religious Studies

Brenda Kristof, Religious Studies

Diane Redmond, Athletics

Pam Wilson, Administration

25 Years at Ursuline

Betty Thaman, History

Members, from left: Eric Lawrence, guitar; Vince Phelan, fiddle; Dave Seagram,

mandolin; Bruce Clark, bass; Dan Cozens, banjo.

Bluegrass Band

Features UA Music Teacher

There was hootin’ and hollerin’ in Ursuline’s Besl Theatre

when faculty member Dr. Vince Phelan showed up to

perform with The RETREAD Bluegrass Band. The band was

invited to play at Ursuline as part of a series of after-school

Master Classes which expose Performing Arts students to

professionals in various disciplines. Dr. Phelan became the

regular fiddler with the band in 2005. He teaches Chamber

Music and String Ensemble

at Ursuline.


Ursuline’s World Civ II

Relived the Renaissance

There were no jousting tournaments or feasting on

turkey legs, but Ursuline’s recent Renaissance Festival

did include fascinating research and exhibits by World

Civilization II students under the guidance of teacher

Maureen Isphording. Some research topics included

the ever popular wives of Henry VIII, as well as the food,

weapons, games, health and medicine, clothing and fashion

of the times. Students entered into the spirit of the Festival

in full Renaissance regalia. The exhibits were on display in

the school’s William E. Besl Theatre where faculty and

students visited throughout the day.

Sophie Johnson, Allie Rayome and Lindsey Hogan eagerly demonstrated the

beheading of treasonous teddy bear.

Parent Brings Vietnam

to the Classroom

Angie Phan, mother of Christine Phan, spoke to Jan Graham’s

‘68 English I class after they read In Country, a story about a seventeen

year-old girl whose father was killed in Vietnam before she was

born. In the novel, the young girl is trying to learn about her father

and understand what he went through during the war, without much

success! Mrs. Phan was able to help the students learn more about

Vietnam and the war experience, since she was a young girl living

in South Vietnam at that time. She shared her personal experiences

about the war years, the three years she lived under communist rule,

and finally and most compelling, her story of how she and her family

escaped from Vietnam in the middle of the night on Christmas Eve.

The girls were enthralled with her stories, especially her eleven

month journey from Vietnam to The United States, where her family

finally arrived with nothing but the clothes on their backs.

Angie Phan shares the story of her family’s escape

from Vietnam.




National DNA Day

Students in Honors Biology celebrated National DNA

Day by creating models of the DNA double helix.

Examples included DNA bracelets, 3D models, earrings,

pillows, and edible DNA cake and candy models.

Understanding the structure of DNA is critical to the

understanding of genetics, protein synthesis, and cell

division. Scientists are learning more everyday about

the human genome and which genes control traits and

certain diseases.

Kelly Maloney’s model of DNA

Measuring Yeast Fermentation with the

Logger Pro Software Program

Students in Susan Keller Barhorst’s ‘91 Honors Biology studied yeast

fermentation by using Logger Pro software, a software and probe

system that measures the carbon dioxide production by yeast cells.

Students fed the yeast different types of sugars to see which ones were

effectively utilized by the yeast. A carbon dioxide sensor transmitted

information to the computer, which then collected data over a period

of 4 minutes, calculated the fermentation rate, and graphed the results.

This process has real-life applications in making bread, cheese,

and alcohol. At the end of their fermentation study, the students made

pretzels using a recipe with yeast.

Molly Frost, Kelly Martin

Berry Intricate Work

Students in Honors Biology extracted DNA from

strawberry cells. DNA is found in the nucleus of cells

and the students had to expose the strawberries to

different chemicals to break open the cell wall, cell

membrane, and nuclear membrane. The DNA appears

as white threads and the students spooled the DNA onto

wooden sticks. It was exciting to be able to see DNA!

Lindsay Krammes, Amanda Rolfes


New at Ursuline Academy:

PSAT Prep Class

for Juniors

“…excellent results on the PSAT

may lead to recognition by the

National Merit Scholarship


Faculty members Jessica Hendy (English) and Brenda

Kahan (math) have teamed up to offer test prep courses

for UA scholars.

On October 14, 2009, UA Juniors will be taking the PSAT/

NMSQT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/ National

Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test). The results of the PSAT

will provide valuable information for all juniors by indicating

areas where a student may improve with additional practice

and instruction. For a more select group of students, excellent

results on the PSAT may lead to recognition by the National

Merit Scholarship Foundation, either as a “commended”

student or as semifinalist/finalist in nationwide scholarship

competition. Typically, 15—24 of Ursuline’s students in the

Junior class earn this National Merit recognition each year

through their excellent results on the PSAT.

To facilitate and increase the number of UA Juniors who may

be recognized as National Merit Scholars, Ursuline is offering

a one time, PSAT prep class this August. This class will review

key academic concepts that will appear on the test, and drill

important test taking strategies specifically geared for the types

of questions that appear on the PSAT. This PSAT prep class is

designed for juniors who expect to do fairly well on the test,

based on prior standardized test scores and strong academic

achievement. An ACT prep class will also be taught in August.


Make Sharing Easy

Problem: Your term paper is due and you need a

particular Shakespeare reference book. Trouble is, so

does everyone else in your class.

Solution: The Ursuline Library’s access to the Gale

Virtual Reference Library, 130 e-books on history,

literature, music, the environment and much more.

The collection has already been used for such varied

topics as finding scholarly sources on different literary

works to researching numerous environmental issues.

“This reference collection provides a cost-effective

and highly accessible resource to our students,” says

Julie Burwinkel, UA’s librarian. “It is a very 21st

century way to provide excellent information.”

Students who are leaning toward programs in science, math,

and/or technology will find this prep class particularly helpful,

as scholarship money increases as scores on the math and

science sections of the ACT increase! Hendy/Kahan will offer

a component of science instruction to this class which the

students will find most helpful, since the science section of the

ACT is traditionally the most difficult.




Joanna Dyson Jakubcin ‘81

Oviedo, FL

I am happy to announce that my book The Journal Flies

Overboard, was officially released on April 15, 2009.

The book is listed with or

Here are some useful stats regarding the book:

• Author’s name or pen name is JOAN RUTH.

• Consists of 24 short poems, from humerous to devotional,

some traditional observations of nature, travel themes,

and some philosophical themes

• The book is suitable for audiences of many ages,

from 4th grade through college-level.

• “The author’s style shows a creative juxtaposition of

surprising influences, including Emily Dickinson,

E.E. Cummings, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Edgar Allen

Poe, William Blake, and Robert Louis Stephenson.”

Sister Catherine Anne Burleigh ‘90

Baltimore, MD

Sister Catherine Anne Burleigh has been named principal

of Mount de Sales Academy in Baltimore, Maryland, a 500-

student, all-girls college prep high school staffed by the

Nashville Dominican sister of which she is a member. For the

past four years, Mount de Sales has been named on the top 50

Catholic high schools in the United States. The school draws

from 73 feeder schools in three dioceses and has a faculty of 80.

Jenny McGraw ‘00

Cincinnati, OH

I graduated from Xavier University in 2004 with a degree in

Special Education, and have been teaching students with autism

for several years now. In addition, I own a photography business

and have had the privilege of photographing weddings as

well as family, children and senior portraits for many Ursuline

alumnae. You can view these portraits on our website at www. . In October, 2008, I was blessed with a

baby boy, and am loving every aspect of being a mommy. I have

even joined a playgroup with a few of my UA classmates who

also had babies in 2008. I look forward to seeing the class of

2000 at our 10 year Reunion next June!

Kari Williams Sheanshang ‘01

Cincinnati, OH

After earning my CPA, I finally mustered up enough courage

and financial independence to do what my heart had been begging

of me for the longest time. I gallivanted around the globe.

I parked multi-million dollar jets on Martha’s Vineyard, volunteered

as a rainforest guide in Costa Rica, hiked the tallest

mountain in Central America, cheered Germany onto victory

at the EuroCup, and ate sushi from the fish market in Tokyo. I

can now rest easy knowing that I did what my heart had been

begging me to do.

Since I got that out of my system, I have found my way back to

Cincinnati to be amongst my ever-growing family. I joined a

wealth management firm in Blue Ash, Ohio.

Here in Cincinnati, I have been quite entertained by my nieces

and nephews. I had the privilege of coaching my oldest niece’s

lacrosse team at Sycamore. I continue to play and ref the sport.

Other than that, I am an avid cyclist, rock climber, and lover of

learning not just for school, but for life.

Hope all is well with my darling Ursuline sisters.

Come one, come all, come contact me at Live the fourth!

Nikki Moeller ‘03

Milford, OH

Life has been quite crazy lately. I moved to Columbus after I

graduated from OU to become a teacher. That plan of attack

didn’t really work out and I ended up getting a job with a great

company that provides personal assistance where needed in

support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring

Freedom—Afghanistan. As it turns out, I am a very good

recruiter and I was quickly promoted to specialized contracts

all around the world. So far I am the only recruiter in the

company to win Recruiter of the Quarter titles twice in a row

and Recruiter of the Year in the same year. I love my job and I

love supporting the troops in any way I can.

I am hoping to go to graduate school soon to get a Master’s in

Security and Intelligence. My time at UA taught me to adapt

to any situation and I credit Ursuline with the success I have

experienced so far! GO LIONS!


Senior Mother/Daughter Luncheon at the Manor House on Thursday, May 28th.

Alumnae Mothers and their Class of 2009 Daughters:

Front Row: Holly Schnicke, Kiley Naylor, Tori Lang, Maggie Sahms,

Leah Gilligan and Madeline Gilligan ‘87

Second Row: Andrea Fey, Leigh Bublitz, Sue Besl Price ‘80, Mary Price,

Paige MacMorland, Paula Asmus ‘79, Madison Hubbard, Jen Weitzel,

Pat Novak Weitzel ‘74 and Marianne Utz-Sahms ‘78

Third Row: Donna Timmel Schnicke ‘82, Beth Schneider Naylor ‘79,

Mary Ann Arand Weingartner ‘81, Lisa Boothe Fey ‘78, Elizabeth Weingartner,

Kit Weymouth Bublitz ‘77, Karalyn Russo, Sharon Luken Russo ‘73,

Ellen Neumann, Joanne Pfirman Neumann ‘79, Grace Debbeler and

Lisa Maechling Debbeler ‘73

Fourth Row: Shannon Trame, Brigit Diehl Trame ‘76, Julie Garvin White ‘76,

Madeline White, Melanie Flege, Margo Nobis Flege ‘76, Jacqueline Stubbers

and Lynne Brockman Stubbers ‘81

Absent from Photo: Jackie Kegley Lang ‘79

The Ursuline Women’s Club is Your Ticket to Reconnection

Join us this fall for the events of the Ursuline Womens’ Club!

It is open to all mothers of alums and friends of Ursuline. Past

events have included Afternoon Tea at the Flower Show, A Taft

Museum Tour and Luncheon, Gourmet Dinner at La Petite

Pierre, Holiday Shopping at Easton Mall, to name just a few.

It is a great way to see old friends and make new ones!

A letter will go out in the fall to mothers whose last daughter

graduated in 2007-2009 and to all past Women’s Club members.

If you would also like to be on our mailing list or would

like to help plan this year’s events, please email Susie Lame

at or call (513) 321-7405.




Laura Bofinger ‘86

Richard Ansara 4.04.09

Michelle Frank ‘97

Paul Ireton 9.13.08

Nikki Yankulov ‘98

Neil Taylor 5.24.09

Kim Smith ‘00

Chris Stoll 10.04.08

Jessica Toth ‘01

Brett Saums 4.18.09

Michelle Frank Ireton ‘97 with fellow alumnae family members and friends.

Front Row: Carolyn Frank ‘00, Betsy Frank ‘02, Anna Minnis ‘03, Michelle Frank Ireton ‘97 and Alie Minnis ‘05

Back Row: Stephanie Reindl Grimm ‘78, Cathy Frank ‘06, Ruth Spannagel Junker ‘54, Karen Spannagel Merling ‘69

and Beverley Reindl Frank ‘77 Not Pictured: Romy Lee ‘97


Denise Dattomo Schmitt ‘87

William Austin 3.20.09

Paul Ireton and Michelle Frank

were married September 13, 2008

Kelly Iwanusa Farkas ‘88

Peyton Kelly 2.12.09

Jennifer Gibson Tucker ‘92

Julia Catherine 2.19.09

Leslie Schaefer Koth ‘93

Allison Elizabeth 3.26.09

Kelly McKeown Spangler ‘93

Abigail Rose 3.19.09

Colleen O’Brien Dehring ‘93

Aidan O’Brien 5.14.09

Patricia Norton Boehm ‘94

Isabella Catherine 2.20.08

Kelly Ortner Grant ‘94

Maxwell Gregory 1.23.09

Stephanie Kern Roberts ‘94

Kathryn Rae 2.12.09

Shellie Alderson Leder ‘96

Gustav Richard (Gus) 4.29.09

Megan Worley Krempec ‘97

Joseph Thomas 12.01.08

Angela Russo Glassmeyer ‘98

Elizabeth Ann (Ellie) 3.11.09

Kim Staneck Mead ‘98

Adeline Cecelia (Addy) 3.22.09

Allison Gleason ‘00

Cora Lynn 7.03.08

Sarah Kellison Hendricks ‘00

Audrey Anne 4.11.09

Caitlin MacEachen

Steininger ‘05

Miles Danger 5.10.09

Aidan O’Brien Dehring and big brother Colin Michael Dehring,

sons of Colleen O’Brien Dehring ‘93

Maxwell Grant, son of Kelly Ortner Grant ’94



Nathan Thomas Fox, son of Laurel Lippert ‘87 Kellen Mark Van Sickle, son of Jenny McGraw ‘00


Anne Lambert Lichtman ‘61 and Sally Mayer Mills ‘61 had a great time

visiting Bea Grogan Maxwell ‘61 in Florida. The three enjoyed lunch together

at Bea’s ocean front home in Ormond Beach, during the winter.

Pictured:Sally Mayer Mills ‘61, Anne Lambert Lichtman ‘61 and Bea Grogan Maxwell ‘61



In Memoriam

The Ursuline community lost two dear friends in the past

few months, Sister Gabriel Behler and Mary Jane

Schimanski A’Hearn ‘45. While a difficult adjustment to

Sr. Gabriel’s absence from the Development Department and

alumnae events was made some years ago, Mary Jane’s

absence is still fresh and painful. Both women loved Ursuline

with all their hearts and cherished their long associations

with the school and the friends they made.

They will be sorely missed.

Sister Gabriel Behler, OSU

Teacher, Directress and Guiding Light

The Ursuline community mourns the loss and celebrates the

life of our beloved Sister Gabriel who spent the better part of

her 95 years working at and for the school she loved so well.

The following is an article which appeared in the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Sister Gabriel (Margaret) Behler, a member of the Ursulines

of Brown County, died April 7 at Mount Notre Dame Health

Care Center in Reading at the age of 95.“Sister Gabriel never

met a stranger, never forgot a face or a name,” said Robin

Galvin, director of communications for Ursuline Academy in

Blue Ash. “Her memory was phenomenal ... Her spirit was so

large.” Sister Gabriel grew up in Northside, the eldest of two

sisters and three brothers. Throughout grade school she seemed

to always know she wanted to be a nun, said her sister, Adele

Dolan of Mariemont.

She attended School of the Brown County Ursulines in St.

Martin, Ohio. Following graduation, she returned home,

working as a secretary to help support the family. Later, she

went back to Brown County where she professed her vows

on Aug. 9, 1937.

For more than 50 years, Sister Gabriel was involved with

Ursuline Academy in Blue Ash. She was a history teacher,

principal, director of development and director of alumnae.

From 1958-1964, she was Superior General of the Ursulines

of Brown County and principal of the school of Brown

County Ursulines from 1964-67.

“She was all of these things,” said Shirley Speaks, who was

executive director of Ursuline for 30 years and worked

alongside Sister Gabriel, “and still she came back to help set up

the development office. She toiled every day, getting the

database set up, and to help with successful fundraising. She

set the ground work.”

“We lovingly teased her. She never lost her ‘Mother Superior’

approach. She could weigh in on a subject, and then we would

laugh. She was a wonderful ambassador for our school,” Speaks

said. “She was a master.”

“She was smart, had a big heart, a strong commitment to

excellence and she was straight out honest, but not blunt. She

was confident,” said her niece, Maureen Schwab of West Chester.

“For her religious order and for Ursuline Academy, she was more

than a blip on the screen. At various times, she was the whole

screen,” Galvin said. “She always had a very peaceful way about

her,” her niece said. “She was my teacher, too, and to all of my

sisters. She expected people to do their best.”

In addition to her sister and niece, Sister Gabriel is survived by

her brothers, the Rev. Donald Behler of Cincinnati, and William

Behler of Columbus, Ind.; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation and Mass were held in the chapel at Brown County.

Memorials: Sister Gabriel Behler Scholarship Fund,

Ursuline Academy, 5535 Pfeiffer Road,

Cincinnati, OH 45242.


Born Mary Jane Schimanski at Bethesda Hospital in Cincinnati,

she graduated from Ursuline Academy in 1945. She studied

for two years at Mount St. Vincent College in New York City

before getting a degree from the University of Cincinnati.

She was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and the

Mummers Guild.

After college she taught French and English at Ursuline, which

she supported for the rest of her life. She served as president of

the Ursuline Academy Alumnae Association for six years.

She left teaching to take a job at Kenyon & Eckhart, a New York

ad agency. She moved back to Cincinnati after landing a job in

the advertising department of the John Shillito Co.

Mrs. A’Hearn loved horses and served as a director in charge

of riding at Fort Scott Camp, a summer camp operated by the

Archdiocese of Cincinnati.

Mary Jane

Schimanski A’Hearn ‘45

Woman of the Year 2005

The following is reprinted from The Cincinnati Enquirer,

Friday April 24

Mary Jane A’Hearn enjoyed rides at Kings Island and rafted

the Colorado River in her 70s. Her family has pictures of her

swinging from trees in Costa Rica last year.

She was a character, said her sister, Suzanne Diehl of Mason.

A former English teacher, she would correct everyone’s

grammar. She carried a camera around wherever she went and

snapped pictures of people and sent them copies.

“She was very much a lady—very dignified,” her sister said.

Mrs. A’Hearn, Ursuline Academy’s 2005 Woman of the Year,

died Sunday of pancreatic cancer at Hospice of Cincinnati

in Blue Ash, where she volunteered as a receptionist on

Wednesday evenings. She had been taken there only hours

before her death. Richard, her husband of 45 years, had been

with her every minute since her diagnosis in August,

her sister said.

The Blue Ash resident was 82.

“She had great devotion to hospice,” her sister said. “She got

a lot of other people to volunteer there, too.” Mrs. A’Hearn

also volunteered for Radio Reading Service and at St. Joseph

Orphanage and was a lector at All Saints Church. In Naples,

Fla., where she spent winters, she taught English as a second

language and volunteered at Naples Community Hospital.

In addition to her husband and sister, survivors include:

four sons, Daniel T. A’Hearn of Fort Thomas, Brian W.

A’Hearn of Blue Ash, Matthew V. A’Hearn of Colorado and

Donald F. A’Hearn of Anderson Township; a daughter, Maura

A’Hearn Speidel of Anderson Township; a brother, William H.

Schimanski of Muskegon, Mich.; and seven grandchildren.

A memorial Mass was celebrated at All Saints Church, 8939

Montgomery Road. Burial at Gate of Heaven Cemetery

was private.

Memorial gifts are suggested to Ursuline Academy

Scholarship Fund, 5535 Pfeiffer Road, Cincinnati, OH

45242, or Avow Hospice, 1095 Whippoorwill Lane,

Naples, FL 34105.



In Memoriam

We extend our deepest sympathy to the following students and alumnae:

Mathilde Forney ‘30


Dorothy Gott Lobeck ‘31


Margaret Voss Reder ‘37


Marilyn Sullivan Biehn ‘44


Mary Jane Schimanski A’Hearn ‘45


Rosemary Beatty Furlong ‘46


Patty (Paki) Guinan ‘56


Kathleen Ahern Marcum ‘62


Jewel Acomb, grandmother of Tracey Acomb Gruber ‘95 and

Ryan Acomb ‘96 (5.25.09)

Mary Jane Schimanski A’Hearn, wife of Richard

A’Hearn, sister of Suzanne Schimanski Diehl ‘46, mother of

Maura (Andrew) Speidel and grandmother of Hanley Speidel


Kathleen Marcum ‘62, sister of Ann Ahern Baird ‘64 and

Patricia Ahern ‘60 (3.20.09)

Velma Felix, mother of Micki Harrell, grandmother of Regan

Harrell ‘09 and Jaikin Harrell ‘12 (1.23.09)

Lander Allin, husband of Eileen Ryan Allin ‘53 (4.11.09)

Marilyn Sullivan Bien, sister of Lenore Sullivan Roeder ‘46

and the late Peggy Sullivan ‘49 (5.27.09)

Ginger Ruwe Boucher ‘69, sister of Joy Ruwe ‘66


Herbert Budde, father of Marianne Budde Wilensky ‘74,

Joan Budde Woodward ‘78, Barbara Budde Sheets ‘81

and Beth (Greg) Budde Pitner ‘82; grandfather of Jessica

Woodward ‘05, Emily Woodward ‘08 and Hilary Pitner ‘10


Robert Doud, father of Judy (Doug) Betz and grandfather of

Megan Betz ‘08 (5.28.09)

Jean Mattox-Gibson, grandmother of Morgan Mattox

Butler ‘00 (3.09)

Patty (Paki) Guinan ‘56, cousin of Suzanne Schimanski

Diehl ‘46, Sally Bunker Fellerhoff Olberding ‘49 and the late

Suzanne Schimanski A’Hearn ‘45 (3.20.09)

James Cloran, father-in-law of Erin Foley Cloran ‘93


William Conover, grandfather of Kristen Conover ‘03


Margaret DeCenso, mother of A.J. (Paula) DeCenso and Bill

(Nancy) DeCenso; grandmother of Amanda DeCenso ‘04 and

Emily DeCenso ‘05 (3.12.09)

Mary “Betty” Donovan, mother of Debbie Donovan

Downard ‘73, Dawn “Podie” Donovan Gunderson ‘75 and Dean

(Patti) Donovan; grandmother of Erica Gunderson Lyons ‘99,

Michele Gunderson ‘02 and Cynthia Donovan ‘10 (3.14.09)

Reverend Marion Douglas, former UA religion teacher


Roger Droste, father-in-law of Melissa (Roger) Latimer

Droste ‘87 (5.31.09)

Emma Fette, mother of Donna Fette Bretnitz ‘73, Diane

(Bob) Fette Rinaldi ‘79; foster mother of Patti Acus ‘84 and

grandmother of Andrea Acus ‘11 (4.11.09)

Donald Fox, father of Dennis Fox and grandfather of Ellen

Fox ‘10 (5.11.09)

Alice Glueck, grandmother of Marybeth Partridge Dulle ‘81,

Carolyn Partridge Donovan ‘82 and Suzanne Partridge Meiners

‘94; great-grandmother of Sarah Dulle ‘11 (1.23.09)

George Griffiths, father of Gloria Griffiths ‘84 and Geoff

Griffiths (Sharon); grandfather of Jenna Griffiths ‘08 and

Morgan Griffiths ‘10 (4.14.09)

Edda Gunning, aunt of Tricia Morand Clemandot ‘99 and

Lindsay Morand ‘02 (4.12.09)

Phyllis Hagedorn, mother of Gary (Amy) Hagedorn and

grandmother of Stephanie Hagedorn ‘13 (5.19.09)

Honorable James Heath, brother of Nancy Heath-Taylor

‘79 (5.24.09)

Howard Helms, father of Bradley (Ann Marie) Helms;

grandfather of Mary Ellen Helms ‘03 and Emma Helms ‘07


Robert Hohs, husband of Ruth Bross Hohs (1.28.09)

Alma Lang, grandmother of Laura Tedeschi ‘95 and Lisa

Tedeschi ‘98 (3.27.09)

Dorothy Gott Lobeck, wife of Richard Lobeck (1.14.09)

Jerry Matscheck, brother of Melissa (Craig) Sherman; uncle

of Katie Sherman ‘08 and Hanna Sherman ‘12 (3.08.09)

Jean McHargue, mother of Diane McHargue Sundrup ‘74



Dennis Newman, husband of Mary Beth Newman, father of

Alyssa Newman ‘10 and Ashley Newman (3.19.09)

Norma Onady, mother of Dr. Mark (Kathy) Onady and

grandmother of Elizabeth Onady ‘03 (5.29.09)

Margaret Reder, mother of Sr. Barbara Reder, S.P. ‘60

and Marcia Reder Schmidt ‘68; sister of JoAnn Voss Geiger

‘46; grandmother of Amy Reder ‘07; aunt of Theresa

Busemeyer Fitzgerald ‘67, Connie Busemeyer Wettack ‘68,

Sally Busemeyer Flood ‘71 and Jeanne Busemeyer Sheldon ‘72


Regina Reis, mother of Susan Reis ‘73 and Peggy Reis ‘74


Patricia Reynolds, mother of Marion (Michael) Hauser,

grandmother of Maggie Hauser ‘04, Libby Hauser ‘08 and

Annie Hauser ‘10 (4.10.09)

William Rouse, father of Kim (Andrew) Finke and

grandfather of Anna Finke ‘08 and Katherine Finke ‘12


Steve Sandfort, father of Melinda Sandfort Atkinson ‘97


Jeanette Schmalz, mother of Jeanne Schmalz ‘86 and Deborah

Schmaltz Phillips ‘88 (2.28.09)

Martha Schmidt, mother of Myra Schmidt Myers ‘62


William Schroder, father of Gerald (Nanette) Schroder and

grandfather of Paige Schroder ‘10 (4.23.09)

Nancy Sharrock, sister of Kristine Sharrock ‘90 (4.18.09)

Betty Sicker, mother of Anita Sicker Ernst ‘78 (3.02.09)

Helen Steurenberg, mother of Patrice Steurenberg Koeten ‘74

and Denise Steurenberg Keefe ‘75


Alvin Sunnenberg, father of Mary (William) Reinert and

grandfather of Danielle Reinert ‘10 (5.31.09)

Jane Ruhmkorff, mother of Anna Gahan Ruhmkorff ‘95


Regina Reis, mother of Sue Reis, M.D. ‘73 (John Engel) and

Peggy Reis ‘74 (4.24.09)

Elizabeth Schweitzer, grandmother of Hope Schweitzer ‘02


Larry Skowronek, father of Gretchen Skowronek (5.01.09)

Patricia Stefkovich, mother of Nancy Stefkovich Crippin ‘76


Howard Ward, grandfather of Anna Ward ‘04

Roland Wintzinger, father of Mary Wintzinger Gruber ‘71,

Sue (Kirk) Wintzinger Horter ‘74 and Mark (Gayla)

Wintzinger; grandfather of Jennifer Wintzinger ‘06 and Kristen

Wintzinger ‘11 (4.08.09)

Esther Woliver, mother of Sally Woliver ‘72 (4.09.09)

Images from Oak Street hang above the Oak Street communion rail outside St. Angela’s Chapel.



Goodbye, Class of 2009

Welcome, Newest Alumnae!

The following remarks were made by President

Sharon Redmond at Commencement.

Class of 2009, you are women of integrity, honesty,

compassion and kindness. And we have seen you grow

intellectually, spiritually and emotionally.

I pray that you know just how much we respect and love each

and everyone of you. We are so very proud of you. And we are

proud that you go forward to carry on the legacy of Ursuline

women. Thank you for blessing us over these past four years

and for leaving your footprints on our hearts.

Please know that as you begin your new journey, we travel with

you. As a member of the Ursuline Academy community, you will

never walk alone. We are forever connected by the values and

love that we share with you and all of your Ursuline sisters.

I ask you to continue to give voice and vision to our Ursuline

values. And, I pray you remember that you will always have

a home here at Ursuline. God Bless You.

“Thank you for blessing us

over these past four years…”


Help Ursuline Stay In Touch

The Ursuline community enjoys charting the progress of our talented graduates. We would appreciate your assistance

in keeping us informed of your journey. This can be accomplished in various ways:

1) Send an email to either OR

2) You can also visit and follow the link “For Alumnae” at the top of

the home page. From there click on “What’s New With You” and tell us what you are doing.

3) Or you can cut out the form below and mail it to Ursuline Academy Alumnae Office,

5535 Pfeiffer Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242.


First Name

Last Name

Home Address

Preferred Phone

Business Name

Business Address

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What would you like to share?

Maiden Name

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MAIL TO: Ursuline Academy Alumnae Office,

5535 Pfeiffer Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242

Can You Help Us Find These “Lost” Alumnae?

From time to time we lose track of our graduates. If you have any information about any of the alumnae

listed below please share with UA using any one of the forms of communication described above.

Class of 1965 Class of 1970 Class of 1975

Bonnie Hotze Franklin Rita Manogue Barringer Terry Dorsey

Myra Herrera Martine Berlin Berlin Kathy Grismer

Elaine Meyer June Gardner-Logan Kathy Kraft

Carol Seissiger Lynn Glaser Hiller Laura Mussio

Nancy Lichtenberg Smith Carolyn Kiley Marcia Rohde

Mary Gruber Wiehe Chulamit Lotate Kathy Koenig Smith

Kim Stephenson



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