Loyola University Chicago

Gannon Center for Women and Leadership

Newswire Summer 2004

Early Summer 2004

   Message from Carolyn Farrell, BVM

Special greetings from the Gannon Center for Women and Leadership! As you read this, it is summertime once again and time for you to receive an update on the activities of the past year that relate to your Mundelein College. I continue to receive positive feedback regarding this simple newsletter. For me, it is an attempt to keep you linked to your Mundelein experience as years pass.

The Ann Ida Gannon, BVM, Center for Women and Leadership continues Mundelein?s heritage of promoting women’s education and fostering a concern for women’s issues. The spring issue of LINKAGE provides a wonderful overview of the work of the center and its commitment to women’s education and concerns in the 21st century. The Gannon Center is the visible sign of the spirit of Mundelein at Loyola and the staff hopes you see it as such. It is our desire that as the center moves into the future, it strengthens women’s educational experience at Loyola University Chicago.

There is much building activity on campus this spring. The brick work on the new life sciences building is nearly completed. It is located on the west side of Mundelein Center (Skyscraper) where the Northland and the Spanish Manor apartments used to be. The beginning structure for a new residence hall is visible on the southwest corner of Winthrop Avenue and Sheridan Road. The green roof of Piper Hall is completed and work continues on the interior. And you might enjoy knowing that the "tea room" will be the gathering space for Sunday liturgy this summer while air conditioning is installed in Madonna della Strada Chapel.

I would be amiss if I didn’t acknowledge that the financial support by Mundelein alumnae and friends for the work of the Gannon Center, as well as for the restoration of Piper Hall, is crucial. You can never be thanked enough for your commitment to the spirit of Mundelein. In gift giving, I often think of the Biblical story of the widow’s mite. Only the giver knows the cost of the gift--and I am most grateful for gifts large and small.

May it be a pleasant and peaceful summer for you and yours.

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      Coffey Award honors Mundelein alumna

Patricia O’Donnell Ewers(’57) is the 2004 recipient of the Coffey Award. Presented each June at Loyola’s Founders’ Day celebration, the award recognizes a Mundelein graduate’s commitment and service to others as demonstrated by Mundelein’s first president, Mary Justitia Coffey, BVM.

Patricia retired in 2000 after 10 years as president of Pace University in New York City. As the university’s first female president, she led efforts to quadruple Pace’s endowment, putting Pace in the top 10 percent of U.S. college endowments; expanded the curriculum to include technological expertise and international perspectives; and created a multi-campus information technology-enhanced university. A detailed story on her achievements will be included in the fall 2004 issue of LINKAGE

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   In memoriam

We celebrate the lives of the following Mundelein College alumnae who died during the past year: Virginia Broderick (’39), Jeanne Kelly Fischer (’38), Mercedes McCambridge (’37) and Patricia Spalding (’51).Virginia, Mercedes and Patricia generously remembered the Gannon Center in their wills; in addition, Mercedes, an Academy Award-winning actor, left her papers and her Oscar to the Gannon Center’s Women and Leadership Archives for the benefit of future scholars.

We remember in prayer these women, and other Mundelein graduates not listed here, who achieved their eternal rest during the past year.As news of the deaths of Mundelein alumnae comes to me, I share this information with you through the NewsWire, but the challenges of geography and time mean my office does not always receive this information. Also check LOYOLA Magazine, the university’s primary vehicle for alumnae obituaries.

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   Piper Hall restoration continues

With roof repairs and exterior stone cleaning now complete, work on the restoration of Piper Hall has taken a giant step forward. Current work includes installation of new windows and preparations for replacing the elevator, boilers and chiller. With its transformation into the new home of the Gannon Center, this beloved building will capture and expand the spirit of your Mundelein College. We’re deeply grateful for the gifts of the many alumnae and friends who are supporting the renovation through the Spirit of Mundelein Club and other contributions. Many of you are already receiving Illuminations, a new newsletter about the restoration.

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   Gannon Advancement Board ensures strong future for center

Composed of a diverse group of alumnae and friends, the Gannon Advancement Board works with me to oversee the center’s finances, plan our move into the restored Piper Hall, and lead fundraising efforts for the center’s projects and programs. My heartfelt thanks to the following individuals for their hard work and financial support: Nancy Kloss Bruzzini (’66), Mr. and Mrs. Desmond LaPlace (Jeanne, ’74), Barbara Baynes Mahoney (’53), Valerye H. McCarthy (’52), Pat Riggs (’61), Dorothy Carbon (’62), Patricia Ewers (’57) and Dennis Keller.

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   Alumnae board sponsors area events

Chicago-area graduates gathered for several recent events planned by the Mundelein Alumnae Board. The popular "Mundelein Christmas at McCormick" reception brought grads together for good cheer and chat while collecting much-needed items for Deborah’s Place, a transitional house for women in Chicago. Bari-Ellen Roberts (’78), lead plaintiff in the largest-ever racial discrimination settlement in U.S. history, spoke to Loyolans in February as part of the university’s Center for Ethics and Social Justice Corporate Values Breakfast Series. Also in February, Nancy Christopher (’61) performed in "Sojourner Truth and Her Search for Freedom," part of Loyola’s Black History Month celebration. And in June, Mundelein grads gathered for an architectural boat cruise and luncheon on the Chicago River.

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   Reunion Weekend set for Sept. 18 and 19

Energetic and enthusiastic representatives for classes of years ending in 4 and 9 have joined the alumnae board and the alumni association staff in creating an exciting Reunion Weekend Sept.18 and 19. Activities will include a reception and dinner on Saturday evening, and a Sunday 10:30 a.m. Mass in Madonna della Strada Chapel, followed by brunch. Each class also has the opportunity to sponsor a unique event for its graduates. 1954 graduates will participate in a special brunch as they are welcomed into the Mundelein Golden Phoenix club for alumnae who graduated 50 or more years ago. Pre-1954 graduates also are invited to join in this special celebration.

If you have questions about Reunion Weekend, contact the Gannon Center at 773-508-8430, gannoncenter@luc.edu, or the alumni association at 312-915-7666. Letters outlining the weekend’s initial plans will be mailed to each class in early summer; official invitations will arrive in August. Come back to reconnect and celebrate the spirit of Mundelein!

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   Chapter visit update

In November, I had the opportunity to visit with alumnae in the St. Petersburg/Tampa area at a brunch happily sponsored by Sally Bartimes Roth (’86). Alice Mayer (’70) was a delightful hostess at a luncheon in Longboat Key for those in the Sarasota area. The gatherings were relatively small but full of spirit, and all thought it was time well spent. Plans for a Las Vegas-area gathering have been postponed for now

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   Alumnae board to welcome new members

The Mundelein College Alumnae Board continues its commitment to carrying forth the heritage of your Mundelein through the efforts of loyal members past, present and future. I’m grateful for the extraordinary dedication and service of those members whose terms are ending, and look forward to the energy and ideas of the incoming board. Please take a moment to approve this year’s slate of board members inside this newsletter.