Alumnae Au Courant September 2019

A letter from the Alumnae Board President

Reunion 2019

Thank you to over 250 alumnae, parents of alumnae, and friends who joined us at Fall Festival and Reunion 2019!

A special congratulations to our award winners:

Outstanding Alumnae Award: Suzanne Taylor Seitz ’58, Joan Egan Mendelson ’59, Marion O’Grady ’69, Lisa Burke Fallon ’89

Professional Excellence Award: Joyce Gorman ’70

STEAM Award: Dr. Joanna Groden ’74

Broadcast Journalism Award: Sadé Clacken Joseph ’07

Young Alumnae Spirit Award: Class of 2014

Alumnae Career Morning

Left to right: Stephanie Mellert '14, Morgan Smith '19 (Future Alumnae Club Leader), Dr. Joanna Groden '74

On Friday, September 20, we kicked off Reunion weekend by welcoming back two Sacred Heart Greenwich alumnae to King Street for the Upper School Alumnae Career Morning. Dr. Joanna Groden '74, Human Geneticist and Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of Illinois, and Stephanie Mellert '14, analyst at Rothschild and Co, shared with students how their time spent at Sacred Heart Greenwich has helped shape their career paths. We were especially inspired to hear that the confidence and leadership skills developed during their years at Sacred Heart have helped to propel them in their careers and given them powerful voices in male-dominated industries.

Dr. Groden also took time to speak to the AP Biology and AP Environmental classes empowering these seniors to “change the world, be successful, do what you want." Thank you to both of our alums for such a motivating morning!

Bishop Caggiano installs 23 seniors as Eucharistic Ministers 

At the recent Mass of the Holy Spirit, the Most Reverend Frank J. Caggiano, Bishop of the Bridgeport diocese, commissioned 22 seniors as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. In this new role, the students will serve as Eucharistic Ministers at liturgies through the school year.

During the homily, the Bishop reminded students how unique a Sacred Heart education is: It provides them with unmatched academic rigor, extraordinary extracurricular opportunities and most of all, the reminder every day that God loves them.

Seniors named National Merit Scholar Semifinalists

Sacred Heart Greenwich is proud to announce that seniors Valentina Grether and Pamela J. Rosenburgh have been named National Merit Scholar semi-finalists. 

Head of School Search Update

At the end of last year, current Head of School Pamela Juan Hayes '64 announced that she would be retiring after this academic year in June 2020. Over the course of this coming year, we will celebrate Pam's career and her continued dedication and service to the Sacred Heart community. At this point, the immediate focus of the Board is to review the robust list of candidates who submitted applications for the position.

Alumnae Updates

Jennifer Eliezer '09 receives Fulbright Award

Congratulations to Jennifer Eliezer '09 who recently received a Fulbright U.S. Student Program award to Costa Rica in the English Teaching Assistant program. Jennifer will support the teaching of English at Instituto Nacional de Aprendizaje as part of a project to support Alliance for Billinguilism in San Carlos. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as their record of service and leadership potential in their respective fields.

Kathy Dolan '56, RSCJ receives SHS Atherton's prestigious St. Madeleine Sophie Award

Congratulations to Kathy Dolan '56, RSCJ who was recently recognized at the Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton (SHS) St. Madeleine Sophie Awards Celebration for her service to the school. Sr. Dolan, who is also celebrating her 50th Jubilee year as an avowed RSCJ, has spent her entire ministry in service to Sacred Heart schools in the U.S. Sr. Dolan currently serves in campus ministry for the Preschool – Grade 8 division at Atherton.

Gabrielle Giacomo '15 receives BFA in Film and Television and Dramatic Literature from New York University, TISCH School of the Arts

Congratulations to Gabrielle Giacomo '15 who graduated Summa Cum Laude with Honors in Film and Television from New York University, TISCH School of the Arts. She is currently working on the ABC TV series Emergence that launched this month.

Dr. Kristina Gremski visits with alumnae at Cornell University

During a recent visit to Cornell University, Upper School Science Department Chair, Dr. Kristina Gremski, met up with some familiar faces! Stephanie Browder '19, Caroline Paul '19, Cate Chmiel '18 and Laura Holland '18 were among Dr. Gremski's former students who are now studying at the university.

Upcoming Events

First Friday Gatherings

Children of Alumnae Halloween Play Date

To RSVP, please email alumnae@cshct.org.

In Memoriam

Stephen Brophy, father of Kristin Brophy Middlebrooks '01 and Erin Brophy '05, passed away on June 7.

Thomas Passios, grandfather of Alex Root '12, passed away on June 17.

Margaret Barrett, grandmother of Meaghan Ferrick '03, passed away on June 24.

Victor Coudert III, son of Virginia Beach Coudert '48, brother of Lucy Coudert Conrod '89, uncle of Caroline Conrod '19 and brother-in-law of Maureen Balint Coudert '88, passed away on July 4.

Robert Finn, grandfather of Caroline Finn '18 and father-in-law of Sara Callagy Finn '88, passed away on July 12.

Alice Burns, former president of AASH (2013-2015), passed away on July 15.

Francis Oatway, husband of Ann Thomason Oatway '57, passed away on July 24.

Mary Ellen Brick, mother of Eilis Brick Krick '89, passed away on August 8.

Robert Paris, brother of Pilar Paris '05 and Nina Paris '18, passed away on August 16.