Saturday, September 28
Calling all alumnae in classes ending in 4s and 9s--September 28th will be your night to shine again at Magnificat. Please save the date to celebrate with your classmates.
If you’d like to have a role in planning the big event, please contact Maggie Mroz Lamb ’84 at email@example.com or 440.331.1572, ext. 268.
The Year in Review
Alumnae and Friends Welcomed Advent with Prayer
Magnificat and Lourdes Academy alumnae, mothers, and friends gathered December 3 to begin their Advent journey with our annual Advent Retreat with Sister Helen Jean Novy, H.M. A simple communal meal was followed by a prayerful exploration of this year’s retreat theme: Who is the God for Whom We Wait?
The retreat provided time for quiet and prayer, and a renewed sense of joy and gratitude in this Advent season of waiting and expectation. Thank you to all who attended and helped to make this a special evening.
Holiday Make-it/Take-it Fun
Alumnae, friends, and family joined the Alumnae Board on December 13 for the Holiday Make-it/Take-it event to raise money for the Angels-in-Blue fund. Molly Coughlin Pietch ’95 returned to guide us step-by-step in the creation of beautiful holiday pieces to decorate our homes. Even the least artistic and crafty among us went home with a great piece! Thanks to everyone who helped to make this a great event.
Night at the North Pole
Thank you to all of our guests who shared some of their holiday time with the Alumnae Board for the Night at the North Pole on December 9. The Marian Commons was flooded with adorable children in pajamas anxious to share their Christmas wishes with Santa. Guests enjoyed holiday cookies, a hot cocoa bar, crafts, and carols. To end the happy evening, all of the children gathered around Santa for a bedtime Christmas story. Santa personally told us he enjoyed meeting all the good girls and boys, and he’s looking forward to seeing everyone next year! Special thanks to everyone who brought gift cards and items for the Collaborative to End Human Trafficking!
Learn at Lunch Series Featured Alumnae Attorneys in November
Magnificat welcomed Megan Bennett ’04 (Employment Attorney, Frantz Ward LLP), Gillian Hall ’03 (In-house Counsel, BR Knez Construction), and Kathryn Gaughan Andrachik ’08 (Assistant United States Attorney) who presented to students for the Learn at Lunch series in November. We are grateful to these women for providing practical insight and real-world information and advice on career opportunities in law.
Alumnae Engineers Present to Students
On October 24th, Magnificat welcomed three alumnae engineers who inspired students with their passion for their careers and real-world insight. Pictured left to right are: Katie Knox Emling ’07, an Energy Engineer with Brakey Energy (BS in engineering physics, John Carroll University and MS in civil engineering, Carnegie Mellon University); Julie Schriner Nader, PE ’79, a Project Manager at Great Lakes Construction (BS in civil engineering, Marquette University); and Ashley Williams Kail ’02, a Q&R Complaint Investigator at Philips Health Systems North America (BS in biomedical engineering, Case Western Reserve University). The information and encouragement they provide is invaluable!
A Conversation with Diane Visgak
More than 100 alumnae, friends, and relatives packed the LGI on October 23rd for Diane Visgak"s presentation on President Lincoln, slavery, and the Civil War, and even more live streamed the event from the comfort of their homes. Diane is Chairperson of the Magnificat Social Studies Department, and she has been engaging students with her extensive knowledge, wit, and masterful storytelling for 38 years. Diane discussed Lincoln's First Inaugural Address, The Emancipation Proclamation, The Gettysburg Address, and Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address.
Reunion Celebration 2018
Thanks to everyone who attended Reunion on September 29 and all those who made the Reunion Mass and Celebration special! Mass included a remembrance of classmates who have passed away. Following Mass, guests availed themselves to student-led tours, a basket raffle, a photo booth, great food and great company. Photos from Reunion are available here online. Congratulations to the spirited Class of 1973 for winning the Reunion Giving Challenge with 28 percent participation!!
Lacrosse Alumnae Played on Karnatz Field
Thanks to lacrosse alumnae Darby Corna Vinciguerra '99 and Irene Mayher Strachan '02 for putting together a energetic game of lacrosse for alumnae the morning after the Athletic Hall of Fame event (September 29). The alumnae were joined by family members and former coaches who played, officiated, and cheered on the group. After showing they've "still got it," everyone was treated to Magnificat spirit wear and refreshments.
Sixth Athletic Hall of Fame Class Inducted
Friends and family members gathered on September 28 for a program and dinner to celebrate the athletic achievements of eight who made an indelible mark on Magnificat athletics: Marta Cutarelli ’84, Allison Kay ’05, Kayla Kmiecik Lazzara ’08, Kim Russell (former coach), Martha McGorray Schmitz '65* (former coach and athletic director), Lauren Hirsch Scott ’94, Irene Mayher Strachan ’02, and Hollie Chapek Vokal ’94. The next Magnificat Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Celebration will take place in 2020.
2018/19 Learn at Lunch Series is Underway
LeeAnn Moore ’04 and Shannon Tarr ’98 joined us on September 20 to share their passion for their careers with more than 100 students. LeAnn is a Clinical Pharmacist and Specialist in Antimicrobial Stewardship at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital; she earned a Doctorate of Pharmacy Degree from the University of Kentucky after graduating from University of Toledo with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences. Shannon is a Clinical Pharmaceutical Research Professional with Allergan; Shannon has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from John Carroll University and a Master of Science degree in Biology from Cleveland State University. LeAnn and Shannon presented to the students about their career paths, and they shared best practices, encouragement and advice. Together, they offered a broad view of the pharmaceutical industry, beginning with research and bringing medications to market--to managing patient care at the bedside. We are grateful for their time and expertise!
2018 Sunset Yoga Events
The Alumnae Board offered two great yoga events on Karnatz Field over the summer, and there will surely be more! More than 50 alumnae, friends, and family members enjoyed perfect weather and gorgeous sunsets as they breathed, stretched, and relaxed with the guidance of Colleen Flanagan Alber '98, yoga enthusiast and instructor at Three Sisters yoga studio.
2018 Alumnae Soccer Game
Magnificat soccer team parents hosted alumnae soccer athletes for a barbeque and friendly game with Magnificat's soccer team on July 27. Kudos to the alumnae who were willing to take on the Blue Streak soccer team! Many thanks to the parents for putting together a great event.