Alumnae Luncheon Celebrates Classmates and Faculty

Alumnae across the decades gathered to catch up with classmates and reminisce at the Annual Alumnae All Class Liturgy and Lunch on Sunday, April 10. Over 170 guests attended. Father John Joseph Novelli celebrated the mass. Congratulations to the award winners who were honored that afternoon; we are so proud and grateful for your dedication to Villa Maria.

2016 Award Recipients

The Ars Liberalis Award for Service was given to Christine Rouse ’93 for her work as founder and executive director of Acting Without Boundaries. Rouse created the group in 2004 because of her personal experiences growing up with cerebral palsy. Since 1991, Christine has been a source of inspiration and motivation for thousands of children through her disabled awareness educational workshop, Kids are Kids.

Lauren Bohn ’05 is the winner of the Sister Theresa Maxis Award for Leadership. Because Lauren is currently in Turkey, this award will be given on June 1 at the Alumnae Induction, where Lauren will be the guest speaker. Lauren is The GroundTruth Project’s inaugural Middle East correspondent, and formerly a columnist for Foreign Policy magazine. She’s the co-founder of Foreign Policy Interrupted, a start-up incubator and fellowship program dedicated to changing the ratio and getting more women miked and bylined. She’s also the co-founder of SchoolCycle, a United Nations Foundation campaign in Malawi to provide bikes for adolescent girls to get to school.

For the first time this year, the Alumnae association presented Order of the Veritas teaching awards to five Villa educators. The recipients were: Rose Coghlan, English; Sr. Kathleen Dunn, IHM, English; Pat Markowski, Math; Kathy McCartney, Math; and, Jean Treisbach, Math. A former student presented each award with a heartfelt speech detailing why the recipient was deserving.