Learn, Lead, and Serve in the Spirit of Mary's Magnificat

Events for Alumnae and Friends

Support, Understanding & Advocacy for Moms of Children with Special Needs
Wednesday, February 26, 7-8:30 p.m. in the Marian Commons

Magnificat’s first support group for moms with children with special needs met for the first time on January 16, and it was well received! Mary Fox Fischer '01 established the group to help alumnae and friends find support, ideas, and resources. Each meeting will begin with prayer, and light refreshments will be served. At the February meeting, we will welcome Julie Fox Ruddy ’87, an intervention specialist with 25 years of experience in elementary special education; Julie will speak about successfully advocating for your child in IEP (Individualized Education Plan) meetings.

Questions? Email Mary Fox Fischer '01 at maryefischer710@gmail.com. There is no cost to participate. Please register here by Wednesday, February 26. All are welcome--alumnae moms, Magnificat moms, and friends!

Lenten Retreat: Christ, Our Companion in Suffering, Source of Our Hope
Tuesday, March 3
5:15-6:15 p.m. Light Meal
6:30-8 p.m. Retreat

Join Sister Helen Jean to reflect on the theme of this year's Lenten Retreat: Christ, Our Companion in Suffering, Source of Our Hope. The evening will include communal reflection and prayer and time for personal prayer. A light meal of hearty soup and rolls will be served at 5:15 p.m. in the Magnificat Board Room, and the retreat will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Lourdes Chapel. Please register online here or call Maggie Mroz Lamb at 440.331.1572, ext. 268 to register. There is no charge for this event, but good-will offerings are accepted for the Spirituality Fund. (Photo by Sspiehs3 at Pixabay.com)

Come Sail Away Magnificat Gala 2020
Saturday, March 31

Join us to honor Sr. Helen Jean Novy, HM as she embarks on her retirement! Set sail for a fun-filled evening of live music from The Breakfast Club; delicious cruise-themed cocktails, appetizers, and dinner; and incredible auction items. Even if you can't join us that evening, enter to win Two Tickets to Paradise with our exclusive raffle for a luxury Caribbean cruise for two. Visit the website here for more information.

European Adventure for Alumnae, Friends, and Spouses
July 27-August 5, 2020

Join us for an unforgettable trip to Germany, Czechia, and Austria. We will travel with expert guides to Berlin, make our way to Prague via Dresden, travel on to Vienna and Salzburg, and end our voyage in Munich. The hills will be alive with Blue Streaks! We will explore the history, art, and culture of each region, and there will be plenty of free time built in for exploration.

Click here to view the exciting itinerary and trip details. 

There are two payment plans available: a monthly payment plan and the Advantage Payment Plan, which allows travelers to pay 60 percent by the departure date and pay the remainder interest-free after the trip. To register for the trip using the Advantage Payment Plan, please call 1.800.771.5333.  All Alumnae, friends, and spouses aged 21 or older are welcome. Deadline to register at the discounted rate has been extended to February 13. If you have trouble with the link above, please visit educationaltravel.com/login and enter Lamb-2020 to login. Questions? Contact Maggie Lamb '84 at 440.331.1572 x 268 or mlamb@maghs.org.

Save the Date for Reunion Weekend:
September 25-26

We look forward to an exciting weekend for alumnae!. The classes of 1960, 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005, 2010, and 2015 will be celebrating major milestones. All alumnae are invited to join us for a special weekend of activities that includes the Presidential Awards at the Music Box Supper Club, the Fall Sports Festival, and Reunion Mass and Celebration. Stay tuned for more information.

Corporate Work Study Partners are Needed for St. Martin de Porres High School

St. Martin de Porres is a Cleveland Catholic high school serving students with limited economic means, and students participate in work-study programs to gain valuable work experience and to cover a portion of their tuition. More than 100 Cleveland area businesses and organizations serve as Corporate Work Study Partners, and more are needed. To learn more about becoming a Corporate Work Study Partner, please contact Shameka Jones Taylor, Vice President for Corporate Work Study Program at sjonestaylor@stmdphs.org or her assistant, Brittany Clark at bclark@stmdphs.org or visit SaintMartinCleveland.com/work-study.

Learn at Lunch Series Explored Nursing and Experiential Marketing in January  

Magnificat welcomed several nursing students early in January to kick off the semester’s Learn at Lunch Series. Many thanks to our guest presenters (L-R, front row) Lauren Najda ’17 (Duquesne), Graciela Medina-Castillo ’17 from (Cleveland State University), Julia French ’17 (Xavier), and Molly Bauer ’17 (Xavier) who spoke with students about preparing for college, successfully managing college classes, and getting the most out of clinical nursing experience. Later in the month, Kelly Markus ’90 returned to Magnificat from the east coast to share her love of and experience in experiential marketing with students. Kelly is the founder of Hunters Point, and she opened students’ eyes to the world of marketing through immersive, live events.

We are grateful to all of our guest presenters for bringing real-world experience, advice, and connections to our students through the Learn at Lunch series. In February, students will have the opportunity to meet alumnae insurance professionals.

Alumnae News

1986 Alumna named to Crain’s Cleveland Business 40 Under 40 List 

Congratulations to 1986 alumna Bridget Barrett who will be honored in December by Crain's Cleveland Business as one of Cleveland's top c-level executives for her marketing prowess for Great Lakes Brewing Company and her commitment to CLE and professional integrity! Brigid serves as the Director of Customer Experience at Great Lakes Brewing Company, and she serves on the Magnificat Board of Directors Marketing Committee.

The Night-in-Blue Alumnae Ticket Challenge Results

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)

Olivia Jaras Enlightened Alumnae and Parents

We are grateful to Olivia Jaras who spent the day with students and wrapped up her trip with an engaging presentation on creating effective career profiles and negotiations on November 13 to close to 70 alumnae and parents. Ms. Jaras is an internationally-known author and expert on resume creation, salary negotiation, and personal branding. Learn more about Ms. Jaras and the help she offers at salarycoaching.com, or check out her Linkedin profile.

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!