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Olivia Jaras to Speak on Personal Branding

Wednesday, November 13, 7 p.m.
LGI, Large Group Instruction Room

How do you tell your story to the world? How do potential employers see you? Olivia Jaras, internationally-known author and expert on resume creation, salary negotiation, and personal branding, will be with us on November 13 to help us build and unleash our own personal brands. Alumnae and Magnificat parents are welcome to attend this interactive presentation! To learn more about Olivia Jaras, visit her website at salarycoaching.com or check out her Linkedin profile. Seating is limited. Please register here online by November 11. Guests are asked to email their questions for Ms. Jaras to Maggie Lamb '84 at mlamb@maghs.org  ahead of time; this will help Ms. Jaras to tailor her presentation for us!

Editor's Note: Olivia Jaras will be here at Magnificat thanks to senior Kassandra Correa, who was researching the gender wage gap for her Agape Project. Kassandra contacted Ms. Jaras and invited her to Magnificat. Ms. Jaras will be working with students during the day before presenting to alumnae and parents in the evening. 

Advent Awakening: Retreat for Alumnae and Friends

Monday, December 2, Lourdes Chapel
5:15-6:15 p.m. Light Meal
6:30-8 p.m. Retreat

Make this Advent season one of joyful reflection by starting the journey with Sister Helen Jean Novy, HM, VP of Mission, to explore the theme of Advent Awakening: Deepened Connections to the Birth and Life of Jesus. The evening will move from reflection on images and text from The St. John Bible to quiet time for personal prayer and insights of the season.

Please register online here by Monday, November 25th. Hearty soup and rolls will be served in the Board Room prior to the Retreat. There is no charge for the retreat, but goodwill offerings will be accepted for the Spirituality Fund. 

Night at the North Pole--Christmas Fun for the Family

Saturday, December 7, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Marian Commons

Bring your children and grandchildren to the Night at the North Pole for a visit with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, and snap your own photos with Santa. Enjoy a hot cocoa and cookie bar, Christmas crafts, carols, and holiday fun for all ages. Santa's magic mailbox will be stationed at the event to collect wish lists. The evening will end with a bedtime story with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Children are welcome to wear pajamas! The registration fee of $6 per person includes everything. Children age 1 and younger are free. Register here by Wednesday, December 4. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult.

Please note: At the event, Santa’s elves will be collecting unwrapped toys for children and gifts for teens for the Domestic Violence Shelter. Click here to view a list of suggested gifts. Magnificat students involved with the Social Outreach Club have a longstanding commitment to the shelter. Gifts can also be dropped off at the school to Maggie Lamb in the Office of Institutional Advancement.

Gift Suggestions for Children: Gift Suggestions for Teens:
Action Figures Nail Polish and Remover
Dolls Sports Balls
Necklace/Bracelet Kits Cavs Gear
Toy Kitchen/Food Items Browns Gear
toy Vacuum Cleaners/Brooms Pens


The Night-in-Blue Alumnae Ticket Challenge

Thank you for supporting Night-in-Blue. Alumnae purchased more than $30,000 in raffle tickets. Congratulations to the Class of 1964 for winning the Alumnae Night-in-Blue Ticket Challenge for the 5th year in a row! Thanks, too, for checking out the new Alumnae Booth during Night-in-Blue weekend.

Final NIB Standings
1st place: the Class of 1964 (16% participation)
2nd place:  the Class of 2018 (12% participation)
3rd place: the Class of 1995 (11% participation)

Magnificat Celebrated its First Presidential Awards Dinner

Magnificat celebrated its first ever Presidential Awards at the Music Box Supper Club in the Flats on Friday, September 27.  Kathleen Berry '73 was honored with the Alumnae Award of Excellence; Maureen Karnatz Smith '81 and Stephen Smith with the Magnificat Award; Sr. Helen Jean Novy, HM was awarded the Sr. Carol Anne Smith, HM Faculty & Staff Award; and Magnificat dad Chris Heinzmann was awarded the True Blue Volunteer of the Year Award. Each of these special members of the Magnificat family has gone above and beyond in many ways to further the Mission of Magnificat, and we are truly blessed by their efforts and commitment!

Lacrosse alumnae enjoyed a game on Karnatz Field 

Former Blue Streak lacrosse players, Magnificat Athletic Hall of Fame members Irene Mayher Strachan '02 and Kim Russell (former coach), Blue Streak children, and family members came back to enjoy the second alumnae lacrosse game in Magnificat’s back yard on September 28. Magnificat provided the sticks and hats, and the guests provided the energy and fun! Thanks to Darby Corna Vinciguerra ’99, Irene Mayher Strachan ’02, Head Varsity Lacrosse Coach Angie Malaya, and the Athletics Department for their planning and effort to make this game happen!

Classes Ending in 4s and 9s celebrated Reunion

More than 300 alumnae and friends filled the halls of Magnificat to celebrate Reunion on September 28. In collaboration with Campus Minister Liz Albanese Hjort ’05, Karen O’Connor Seavers ’69 and Melissa Pacetti Hollis ’99 planned a beautiful Mass to remember classmates who have passed away, and alumnae Gretchen Horning ’14, Katelyn Jakyma ’14, and Claire Miller ’14 (violin) and several students (Lilly Des Rosiers ’20, Fiona Evans ’20, Amelia Lamb ’22, Maddy Lowe ’22 and Colleen O’Toole ’20) joined Karen and Melissa on stage to provide musical accompaniment. The celebration continued with a party, class photos, tours, raffle, great food, and lots of laughter and merriment!

Thank you to the Alumnae Board Members who helped to set up and facilitate the event, and the Reunion committee members from the Classes of 1959 and 1969 for all their work to bring their classmates together again.

The Class of 1969 Wins the Reunion Challenge Champagne Toast

Magnificat is also grateful for all of the alumnae who participated in the Reunion Challenge by making gifts between June 1 and September 25! It was all about participation! In third place with 17 percent of the class making a gift was the Class of 1974. Magnificat’s first graduating class, the Class of 1959, came in second place with 26 percent participation. The Class of 1969 edged out the Class of 1959 to win the Challenge and a Champagne Toast with President Moira Clark ’77. It was a very close race! Thank you for investing in Magnificat! Gifts from the Reunion Challenge totaled $33,359.

Volunteer Opportunities for Alumnae
We are blessed to have an active and successful body of alumnae who support Magnificat. If you are a grateful alumna and want to pay it forward, there are ways to help.

Class Agent Program
Our new Class Agent program will help us take alumnae giving to the next level! If you are interested in helping us shine a light on all of the great things happening at Magnificat that keep us on the cutting edge of 21st century education, please contact Maggie Mroz Lamb ’84 at mlamb@maghs.org or 440.331.1572, ext. 268. We need your help to make a Magnificat education possible for all young women who desire it.

Learn at Lunch Series
Magnificat has a robust and engaging career speaker program for our students, and it’s fueled by our accomplished and inspiring alumnae! During the 2018-2019 academic year, we hosted 17 alumnae for the Learn at Lunch Series in addition to several alumnae who presented for different career-related events here at Magnificat. If you are passionate about your career and are interested in presenting to students who are interested in your field, please email Maggie Mroz Lamb ’84, Director of Constituent Relations, at mlamb@maghs.org. We are currently setting the schedule of speakers for the 2019-2020 academic year, and while we will not be able to schedule every interested presenter during this academic year, we hope you’ll add your name to the list!

Magnificat Alumnae Board
The Alumnae Board, a community of women dedicated to Magnificat’s Mission, works to foster the spirit of service, friendship, and caring among the graduates of the school; promote the appreciation of a faith-based education; support the school financially; and uphold the tradition and ideals of the school by assisting the students and faculty of Magnificat High School. The Board always welcomes new members who are willing to share their time and creativity to engage alumnae and friends of all ages. Please contact Maggie Lamb at mlamb@maghs.org or 440.331.1572, ext. 268 for more information. We especially need women who graduated in the 60s and 70s!