Mount St. Mary’s College Magazine • Los Angeles • Summer/Fall 2006
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Celebrate in Style
The Delahanty Fund MOUNT Summer/Fall 2006
Vol. 22, No. 3
AN ENDOWED GIFT EDITOR
Joy Jacobs, Sarah Moore
CLASS NOTES EDITOR
Barbara Dummel Brunner ’63
San Luis Design
MSMC Archives, Joanna Banks
Joy Jacobs, Francine Marlenée
Glenn Marzano, Rick Mendoza
Jeanne Ruiz ’63
Books abound in the home of Professor Emeritus Jim Delahanty and his Pace Lithographers, Inc.
wife, Jane Zola Delahanty ’65. As avid readers, they understand how EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD
essential books are to learning. Sister Annette Bower CSJ, ’59
Sister Joseph Adele Edwards CSJ, ’58
Kimberly Fine Magruder ’01
Jim retired in 2000 after 40 years as a faculty member and oftentimes Claire Matranga Noland ’87
Reverend George O’Brien
chair of the Mount’s History and Political Science Department. At that Catherine Pugel ’78
time, the Delahantys decided to set up an endowed fund to assist history Elizabeth Robles ’03
Jeanne Redell Ruiz ’63
or political science majors, and pre-law minors, with the purchase of books
and other learning materials required for classes. Mount St. Mary’s College offers a dynamic
learning experience in the liberal arts and
sciences to a diverse student body. As a Catholic
“Jim knew from his own experience in law school how expensive books college primarily for women, we are dedicated to
providing a superior education enhanced by an
can be,” said Jane, a retired telecommunications executive. “We felt very emphasis on building leadership skills and
strongly that no student wanting to take a class should be prevented from fostering a spirit to serve others. Our measure
of success is graduates who are committed
doing so because he or she could not afford materials.” to using their knowledge and skills to better
themselves, their environments, and the world.
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THE GOOD NEWS
Looking Toward Our Bright Future
s I reflect on the past few months at
A Mount St. Mary’s College, I am reminded
of the remarkable achievements of our
faculty, staff, students, and alumnae. It is fitting
that the theme for this year’s Homecoming is
“See the Mount in 3-D — Diverse, Distinct, and
Dynamic” because our community continues to
exhibit these characteristics through service
and the pursuit of academic excellence. I am
pleased to share with you some of these
Our Invest in the Mount Campaign is steadily
progressing, and I am delighted to announce
that we are in the design and development
phase of our capital projects. I am particularly
proud of the renovation plans for Mary Chapel.
Liturgical architect and designer Armando Ruiz
’96M is personally overseeing the project. While
the physical structure of the chapel will remain
intact, the renovation will include a new sound
system, new lighting and furnishings, and a new
seating arrangement to accommodate large
and small groups (see page 14).
In May, 510 outstanding graduates
celebrated their accomplishments in a ceremony
at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City.
Students from our associate, bachelor’s,
master’s, doctorate, and certificate programs were honored together in the new master’s degree tracks and one certificate program (see page 9).
single largest ceremony in the College’s history. What a joy it was to see Currently, the College offers one master’s program to prepare nurses to
family, friends, faculty, staff, regents, and trustees cheering on these new become educators. The new areas of professional development are
graduates as they prepare to take the Mount’s mission of leadership and Executive Leadership and Administration, Community Health, Clinical Nurse
service with them into the world. This graduating class raises our number Specialist, and the post-master’s degree Clinical Nurse Specialist
of alumnae to nearly 17,000 strong and growing (see page 16). certificate. Each program will accept about 25 students starting in 2007.
Three students preparing to be future teachers have been awarded the I hope to see you at our annual Homecoming celebration, which will take
prestigious Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellowships for Aspiring Teachers of place on Saturday, October 14, 2006, on our Chalon Campus (see page
Color for 2006. This is the fourth time that MSMC has had three students 18). Each year this event offers a wonderful opportunity to celebrate our
chosen in a single year, the maximum number awarded to any institution in past and present, as we look forward to our bright future. Thank you for
one year. Seniors Jeaneth Iniguez, a history major; Yesenia Hernandez, an your immeasurable support of the Mount.
English major; and Brooke Hogan, a child development major; are shining
examples of the quality of students we are preparing to become educators. With warm regards,
Twenty-six Mount students have been awarded Rockefeller Fellowships
since its inception in 1992, more than any other college in the nation (see
The Department of Nursing is continuing to fulfill the College’s mission of
serving the community by expanding its vibrant programs to include three Jacqueline Powers Doud
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Mount St. Mary’s College Magazine • Los Angeles • Summer/Fall 2006
Teaching’s Triple Crown:
Three Mount Students Win National Fellowship .... 12
of Mary Chapel ..................................................................... 14
Here We Come!
’06 Grads Celebrate in Style ........................................................ 16
in 3-D .......................................................................................................... 18
The Good News ...........................................................1 In the Classroom.........................................................8
My Turn .......................................................................3 Bridges ....................................................................10
Campaign Update .......................................................4 Applause ..................................................................11
Mount Scenes .............................................................5 Alumnae News/Class Notes .....................................19
The Mount in the Media ...............................................7 A Look Back..............................................................21
ON THE COVER: Rockefeller Fellowship recipients and future teachers (l to r): Brooke Hogan, Yesenia Hernandez, and Jeaneth Iniguez
2 The Mount Summer/Fall 2006
A New Life Filled With Hope
By Wai-Soo Wong Koo ’69
was born in Shanghai, China, and came to this country in 1952
I when I was 5 years old. My father left Shanghai to study in
America three days before I was born. It took five years before
my mother and I were able to immigrate here.
When I finally met my father for the first time, I discovered that
he considered women second class. In his world, I would have to
fight for my rights, fight to be respected, and fight to be heard. In
my family, because I was born a girl, I never had the opportunities
that were presented to my brother.
My life changed for the better in 1964, when I applied to Mount
St. Mary’s College. Right away, everyone believed in me. They
were willing to give me a chance to succeed. Sister Joseph Adele
Edwards, director of admissions at the time, saw my potential and
accepted me, an average student in high school. I am forever
grateful to Sister Joseph Adele for believing that I was capable.
And for the first time, I believed in myself, and I succeeded.
“The person I am today is the
result of the guidance, support,
and nurturing that I received
from the Mount community
of caring teachers, staff,
Everyone in the Mount community was so kind to me. The
Mount was my lifeline; the school became my family. I felt free to
be me. I learned that life offers many choices; there are no limits to
what we can do. The Mount empowered me and gave me a sense
of worth. Most importantly, I found my voice, and I found that I
could make my voice heard. For someone like me, this was a (l to r) Wai-Soo Wong Koo with her mother, Irene Hoh Wong, and daughter, Shing-Wai Koo
revelation. The Mount gave me new meaning and new purpose in
life. It gave me hope. I came to this country with nothing, but this country has given me so
MSMC changed my life. Besides giving me a priceless education, the much in return. I am privileged to live in America, and I am privileged to
Mount community witnessed God’s love to me and led me to become a have received an education from MSMC. My education not only taught me
Christian. how to think, it also taught me to have compassion and understanding for
After graduating from MSMC, I attended Boston University and received others. The person I am today is the result of the guidance, support, and
a master of science degree in broadcast journalism. I have worked in nurturing that I received from the Mount community of caring teachers,
television news in Los Angeles, Washington D.C., and Hong Kong. staff, and administrators. MSMC will always be in my heart, and I will always
Today I have an 11-year-old daughter, Shing-Wai. Her name in be grateful to my alma mater.
Chinese means “Star of Wisdom.” My daughter is an inspiration to me. She _______________________________________________________________
has given me a new lease on life. We are growing up together, and I enjoy Wai-Soo received her bachelor of science degree in microbiology and
being a child again. I am finally enjoying the childhood that I never had. history.
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C A M PA I G N U P D AT E
3-to-1 Challenge for Recent Grads!
ecent graduates — you have been challenged to
“I give because I love Mount
R make a difference at the Mount! Thanks to the
generosity of an anonymous donor, every dollar
donated to the Mount Fund from graduates of the last
St. Mary’s College and a
decade will be matched three to one during the Invest
in the Mount Campaign. Officially launched in February, match like this gives me
the drive will enhance and expand the Mount’s
distinguished educational program. Furthering this the opportunity to hugely
effort, the Annual Fund, which was recently renamed
the “Mount Fund,” will raise $3.1 of the $45 million impact future students.”
campaign goal by 2008.
In the spirit of philanthropy and class competition, — Brenda Lopez ’06
ATHENIAN the Class of 2006 eagerly kicked off the challenge
pledging $3,100. Because of this generous match
CLUB grant, their $3,100 equates to $9,300 and will support
the Mount Fund’s highest funding priorities, which
support when I needed it.”
Help boost alumnae giving while tripling your
include tuition assistance, faculty research dollars, donation. Your gift will enroll you in the Athenian Club,
academic resources, and campus improvements. a new program designed to encourage philanthropy
When asked why she chose to participate, Senior from the classes of 1996 through 2006. Accept the
Senator and Athenian Club Campaign Chair Brenda challenge and see your gift matched threefold!
Lopez ’06 replied, “I was the first in my family to attend For more information, contact Melissa Salazar,
college and owe much of my success to the people I director of annual giving, at (213) 477-2537. To learn
met and to our shared experiences. I want to join the more about the Athenian Club, visit us online at
alumnae base that assisted me with scholarship www.msmcalums.la.edu/athenianclub.
Investing in the
Realize the power of one. Each student at Mount St. Mary’s benefits from gifts to the Mount Fund, no matter the size of the gift. Invest in the Mount and our
tradition of serving others.
EVERY GIFT COUNTS
OF GIFTS AMOUNT TOTAL YOUR GIFT WILL FUND
20 $1,000 $20,000 Classroom Upgrades: Outfits a single classroom with the latest audio and visual technology.
40 $500 $20,000 Tuition Assistance: Helps 10 students cover the cost of taking one class.
60 $250 $15,000 College Operations: Installs 10 emergency call boxes to keep our parking structures safe.
80 $100 $8,000 Faculty Research: Releases five faculty members to pursue cutting-edge research.
100 $50 $5,000 Academic Resources: Supplies 100 additional books to our library collections.
4 The Mount Summer/Fall 2006
New Trustees Mount Student
James A. Cole Jane Luecke Johnson ’64
James A. Cole is the managing Returning to the Board this year is
general partner of Windward the Honorable Jane Luecke Scholarship
Ventures, a venture capital fund Johnson ’64, who previously
devoted to early stage technology served from 1996 to 2005. The Mount student Monica
investments in Southern California. first lay alumna appointed as a Arellano ’08 has been awarded
Prior to Windward, Cole was a trustee, Johnson is currently the First Opportunity Partner
general partner of Spectra serving as a superior court judge Scholarship from the
Enterprise Associates and a after having had a career as a Foundation for Independent
partner with New Enterprise Associates. teacher, an attorney, and a court commissioner. Higher Education of
In 1972 he co-founded Amplica Inc., where he A member of the Regents Council since 1985 Washington, D.C. Monica is one
served as executive vice president. Amplica designed and a charter member of the Mount Associates, she of 19 students from four states
and manufactured gallium arsenide microwave also served as a member of the College’s Advisory to receive a $5,000 scholarship
integrated circuits for the defense and communications Committee for Planned Giving and a member of the intended for first-generation
markets. Amplica went public in 1981 and was sold to Attorneys for Planned Giving Committee, and has college students.
COMSAT Corp. in 1982. conducted seminars on planned giving issues. She The scholarships, issued for
Cole attended Valley and Pierce Community received a bachelor’s degree from Mount St. Mary’s the first time during the 2005-
Colleges and completed the executive program at the College and a juris doctor from Loyola Law School. 06 academic year, are funded
UCLA Anderson School of Management in 1981. In 1996, Johnson was honored as Outstanding by HSBC-North America, a
Cole and his wife, Sheila, are affiliated with the Leroy Alumna for Service to the College. leading financial services
Haynes Center for Children and Family Services, which company in the United States.
is devoted to helping abused children. They have two Sister Catherine Marie Kreta, The program is administered by
children and four grandchildren. CSJ ’61 the Foundation for Independent
Sister Catherine Marie Kreta has Higher Education. To be
Sister Joan Henehan, CSJ ’63 been an educator all of her adult eligible, students must be
A former Chair of the Religious life. She currently serves as the sophomores, first-generation
Studies Department at MSMC, justice coordinator for the Sisters college students, members
Sister Joan currently serves on the of St. Joseph of Carondelet in the of a minority group or new
Congregational Leadership Team Los Angeles Province, a position Americans, and have either
of the Sisters of St. Joseph of which includes educating sisters high unmet financial need or
Carondelet in St. Louis, Mo. She is and associates to respond to issues of injustice. She a high loan/work requirement.
a liaison from the Congregational began her ministry as an elementary school teacher at Throughout their time in
Leadership Team to the Albany St. Patrick School in Pasco, Wash. college, students may receive
Province, Development Directors and Center Office Sister Catherine also previously worked in the Los a maximum of $15,000 in
Personnel, as well as Secretary of the Generalate Angeles area on the Administrative Team at Santa the program.
Corporation. Marta Hospital as the vice president of mission from “We congratulate Monica.
Her previous ministries include elementary and 1993 to 2001 and as the provincial superior of the We are so proud and happy for
secondary teaching, facilitating meetings for religious Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet from 1986 to her,” said MSMC President
congregations and parishes, public speaking, directing 1992. Jacqueline Powers Doud.
retreats, and individual spiritual counseling. She received her bachelor’s degree in English and “Scholarships like this
Administrative positions include serving as vice social science from Mount St. Mary’s College, her encourage our students to
provincial in Hawaii, provincial councilor in Los Angeles, master’s degree in educational administration and achieve their academic
regional superior in Arizona, and pastoral associate in supervision from California State University Northridge, potential.”
a parish in Solana Beach, Calif. and her master’s degree in Christian Spirituality from
Sister Joan received her bachelor’s degree in Creighton University.
English from Mount St. Mary’s College. Her master’s Sister Catherine is currently a board member of the
degree in theology and master’s degree in applied Lourdes Health Network in Pasco, Wash.
spirituality are both from the University of San Francisco.
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Remembering College Thanks CSJs, Fletcher Jones Foundation
Joan Palevsky for Contributions to Student Scholarships
The Mount community was
he Los Angeles Province of the
saddened by the death of long-
time donor and friend Joan
Palevsky, who died early in
March, and left MSMC an
T Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet
and the Fletcher Jones Foundation
were recognized this past April for their
recent contributions toward student
unexpected gift of $1 million
scholarships as part of MSMC’s $45
for scholarships and
million Invest in the Mount Campaign.
unrestricted purposes. During
The Mount honored numerous
the last 30 years, she greatly
individuals and foundations during an
enhanced the College by
annual scholarship luncheon
providing funds for the faculty
for contributing to both endowed and
residence buildings on the
annual scholarships. MSMC counts more
Chalon Campus, for
than 100 endowed scholarships, which
scholarships, and for the
are created with a minimum contribution
Da Camera Society.
of $30,000. Scholarship names are
A Los Angeles Times article
permanently displayed on the College’s
described her as a “modest
endowed scholarship wall, and Christine Sisley, right, executive director of the Fletcher Jones Foundation,
scholarships are listed in the annual presents a ceremonial check for $500,000 to President Doud.
established herself as a major
contributor to organizations
The CSJ province notified the College
that directly influenced the
of its gift in December when it presented the first “We are very pleased that we have managed our
lives of women.
installment of $150,000 on a $750,000 pledge for the resources in a way that we can share them with the
Mount Campaign. Sister Mary McKay, CSJ ’76, students,” Sister Mary said.
provincial superior and College trustee, presented a Christine Sisley, executive director of the Fletcher
ceremonial check to MSMC President Jacqueline Jones Foundation, presented a ceremonial check
And the Powers Doud during the luncheon at the Chalon representing the $500,000 the organization
Campus. contributed to augment its endowed scholarship.
Winner Is… “We thank each sister for this enormous gift,” Doud “I consider myself a cog in the wheel making good
said during the event. things happen, and I’m honored to represent the
“Robert Gleason, of
Foundation,” Sisley said. “We believe
Redbank, New Jersey, is the
that the support of independent
lucky winner of 2006 Hawaiian
colleges is the right thing to do.”
Raffle,” announced Stephanie
The College has designated $19
Cubba, vice president for
million of its Campaign goal for student
scholarships and program
when she pulled his ticket at
enhancement. More than 90 percent
the 4th Annual Alumnae Wine
of MSMC students qualify for financial
Tasting in June.
aid. A successful campaign will nearly
Thanks to a generous gift
double the College’s scholarship
from the William H. Hannon
potential, allowing MSMC to increase
Foundation, Gleason will enjoy
both the number of scholarships
an all-expense paid trip to the
and the amount of assistance offered
Royal Lahaina Resort on the
famed Kaanapali Beach in
For information about creating a
scholarship, please contact Stephanie
This year, the raffle raised
Sister Mary McKay, CSJ ’67, right, presents a ceremonial check for $750,000 Cubba, vice president of Institutional
more than $33,000 for student from the Los Angeles Province of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet to Advancement, at (213) 477-2766.
scholarships. President Jackie Doud.
6 The Mount Summer/Fall 2006
The Mount in the Media in Cal Grant
Antiques & Fine Art featured the College’s of Grace,” presented in April as part of the Program Lobby Day
collection of artwork by José Drudis-Biada in a six- in the Spiritual Life series at the Mount St. Mary’s
page color spread for its elegant national magazine College Doheny Campus. The program was led by
(June). Monterey Bishop Sylvester Ryan (March).
Los Angeles Business Journal featured President The Tidings featured Cambria Smith ’00M, who was
Jackie Doud as a nominee at the Business Journal’s recently selected by the Board of Directors of Valley
15th annual Women Making a Difference Awards Interfaith Council to serve as the organization’s
Reception and Luncheon at the Millennium Biltmore president. She earned her master’s degree from the
Hotel in Los Angeles (May). College in religious studies (March).
Florence Flores ’06, far left, and
Angela Allen ’07, right, with State
The Wave (West Edition) featured Vivian Burgess The Chronicle of Higher Education listed Monica Assemblymember Mark Ridley
’52, who was honored by Pope Benedict XVI for her Luechtefeld ’71 as the speaker at the College’s Thomas in Sacramento.
service to the Catholic Church and to society. 2006 graduation ceremony (March). A Boca Raton,
Burgess, a retired nurse, made history as the first SMC students joined with
Florida, resident, Luechtefeld was also featured in
African American graduate in Southern California’s the Boca Raton News (see page 16). more than 15 independent
first four-year nursing program at the Mount (April). colleges in a March visit to
Burgess was also featured in both The Tidings and Los Angeles Daily News featured a math and the State Capitol to support Cal
the Los Angeles Sentinel (see page 9).
science conference for girls in Valencia and quoted Grant awards.
Jennifer Chotiner, assistant professor of Biological Florence Flores ’06 and Angela
Torrance Daily Breeze featured Jeaneth Iniguez of
Sciences at the Mount (March). Allen ’07 met with Assembly-
Carson, one of three Mount students in 2006 to
members Mark Ridley Thomas
receive prestigious Rockefeller Brothers Fund
The Tidings ran a preview story about the Mount and Paul Koretz, and State
fellowships for Aspiring Teachers of Color (April—
continuing its global advocacy for children in crisis Senators Sheila Kuehl and Gil
See page 12).
with guest speaker Alephonsion Deng, a survivor of Cedillo to ask for support of the
the genocide in Sudan, in the José Drudis-Biada Art governor’s 2006–07 proposal
Los Angeles Times highlighted a photo of
Gallery on the Chalon Campus (March). to restore Cal Grant awards for
musicians in the Doheny Mansion’s Pompeian Room
on the cover of its Calendar Weekend section for a students at independent
The Tidings previewed the Expanding Your Horizons colleges and universities to
story about historic sites hosting music events
conference at the Mount for middle school girls $9,708, which students received
interested in math and science (March). between 2001 and 2004. Students
The Tidings previewed a symposium the Mount currently receive $8,322.
hosted in April on how ordinary choices can affect Los Angeles Business Journal featured Mount The students also urged
change throughout the world, with the keynote student Aroya Summers in a story about legislators to support
address given by Immaculate Heart Sister Nancy scholarships offered by Liner Yankelevitz Sunshine & Administrative Bill 358 (Liu), which
Sylvester of the Institute for Communal Regenstrief LLP of Los Angeles. Summers spent would reestablish a policy to
Contemplation and Dialogue in Detroit (April). most of her childhood in foster care and won a full- ensure that students attending an
ride scholarship from the law firm (March). independent college or university
Black Enterprise magazine featured Karen receive the same amount of
McKnight Compton ’88 and her husband, Keith Channel 62 (KCRA-TV, Los Angeles) visited the funding that UC and CSU students
Compton, both MSMC regents, in a cover story for Chalon Campus in March to do a feature segment receive. If the bill passes, the Cal
its national publication. Karen Compton, a business about the College’s Clothesline Project in testimony Grant award for students attending
owner, is a founding member of the College’s African to violence against women. The station interviewed an independent institution would
American Alumnae Network, which established an Karmin Mendoza ’04, program assistant, Learning increase to approximately
endowed scholarship for African American students Assistance Programs/ISAE office (March). The $11,011. As of June 2006, the bill
(April). Clothesline Project was also featured on the Spanish- passed the Senate Education
language newscast on Channel 54 and Committee (7-0) and was referred
The Tidings previewed “The Eucharist, photographed for the Los Angeles Times and to the Senate Appropriations
Contemplative Prayer and Poetry: A Convergence La Opinión. Committee.
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Jubilarians In the Classroom
A ceremony with songs and Political Science Students Conduct
storytelling honored the Sisters
of St. Joseph of Carondelet, their
Mock Hurricane Katrina Hearing
achievements, and for some,
ount political science students marched into the Chalon Campus Lecture Hall in April dressed in
their jubilee anniversaries at
CSJ Appreciation Day on both
campuses in the spring.
M business suits, ready to portray members of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and
The mock hearing was designed to give students real-life experience debating a major issue in American
politics. Their class assignment was to conduct a post-Hurricane Katrina hearing. Students studied and
researched actual hearings to prepare
their own scripts, which they delivered
with enthusiasm and emotion. It was
organized by Helen Boutrous, assis-
tant professor of political science, and
was repeated on the Doheny Campus.
“Members” of the Senate
Committee included Chair Susan
Collins (R-ME) (Rinee Alvarez) and
Ranking Minority Member Joseph
Lieberman (D-CT) (Rochelle Mount student Heather Lindquist, far right, testifies as Michael Brown,
Sister Constance Fitzgerald
Valere). “Witnesses” included Michael former director of FEMA, before a mock committee of the U.S. Senate.
received recognition for her
Chertoff, secretary of homeland
75 years as a CSJ and for her
security (Gricelda Ceja); Michael Brown, former director of FEMA (Heather Lindquist); Mayor Ray Nagin of New
52-year teaching career at the
Orleans (Mia Mitchell); Gov. Kathleen Blanco of Louisiana (Rachel Gutierrez); Col. Richard Wagenaar, Corps of
elementary and high school
Engineers (Jessica Thiele); and citizen accounts (Sonia Hernandez and Reina Martinez).
levels. Sister Constance shared
As Senator Lieberman, Rochelle Valere told committee members that the “poor preparation was disturbing
her life experiences and told the
to all Americans.” As Mayor Ray Nagin, Mia Mitchell explained, “FEMA and the federal government had under-
students, faculty, and staff that
estimated this hurricane.”
she hailed from a family of seven
To better portray Michael Brown, Heather Lindquist tucked her long blond hair into a short brown wig and
children, which includes three
wore a man’s suit and tie. When criticized by committee members, she responded, “Why must I be the
CSJs, one priest, and three more
scapegoat for the Bush Administration?”
who attended the seminary and
As citizens, both Sonia Hernandez and Reina Martinez questioned why they were left stranded without food
chose marriage instead.
and water for so many days. As Susan Collins, Rinee Alvarez said, “Visions of our citizens stranded will continue
Among her many community
to haunt us every day.”
projects, she operated a facility
After the hearing, Boutrous closed by saying, “We reenacted this today to make sure we don’t forget.”
for homeless men in Guaymas,
Mexico; taught English to farm
workers in Fresno, Calif.; and has
written countless letters to U.S. The Weekend College Moves to Doheny Campus
representatives as an activist
ount St. Mary’s recently announced the relocation of the Weekend College (WEC) to the Doheny Campus this
for human rights.
Others who celebrated Jubilee
years are Sister Patricia
Margaret Barnard (70), Sister
M Fall 2006. To accommodate this move, the redesign of several buildings is in progress. Already, the WEC
programs in education and humanities are at Doheny, and the program has seen the benefits of being close
to the heart of the city. Merrill Rodin, dean of the WEC, says he anticipates that adult students, especially those who
work close to downtown, will find the Doheny Campus more accessible.
Joan Henehan (50), and Sister
The WEC began at the Chalon Campus in 1992. According to Rodin, his staff set a goal of 50 students for the
Marilyn Rudy (50).
first semester but came up with an impressive 94 students. The program rapidly grew to about 200 students over
the next few years and eventually grew to 335 last spring. Since its inception, the WEC has awarded more than
700 bachelor’s degrees.
“In our new location, we plan to offer a greater variety of innovative courses for working adults,” said Rodin.
“We are looking forward to making a difference in services and user-friendliness for these students.”
8 The Mount Summer/Fall 2006
Legendary Mount Alumna Receives Top Honor From Pope Benedict XVI
ivian Burgess ’52, a retired nurse who honor on Burgess. The honor is recorded
V made history as the first African American
nurse in California, has been honored with
a Papal medal for her service to the Church and
Burgess enrolled at the Mount in the late
1940s and became a member of the Mount’s
society. inaugural nursing class when she graduated with
Pope Benedict XVI conferred the Honor of her four-year degree in 1952. She rose from
Dame Commander in the Order of the Knights bedside nurse to head pediatric nurse coordinator
of St. Gregory upon Burgess — the highest to developer of an independent living retirement
honor a layperson may receive in the Catholic home for senior citizens.
Church. Cardinal Roger Mahony of the Los She spent her young adult years studying
Angeles Archdiocese presented her with a scroll with the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet,
and medal during a March ceremony at the both as a high school student at a Catholic
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. school and then at Mount St. Mary’s College.
The Papal Order of St. Gregory was founded “I’ve had a long relationship with the Sisters,
in 1831 as a way to honor those with and they were really mentors for me and
“unblemished character.” The commendation is reinforced the values I was taught at home,”
considered recognition for lifetime achievement. she said.
“I’ve only done what I know I’ve needed to do Burgess has been a member of Transfiguration
to reach God’s kingdom,” Burgess said. “To be Catholic Church in the Crenshaw area of Los
honored for that here in this life was never my Vivian Burgess ’52 displays her medal and Angeles since 1963, where she once taught
intention; it was just to lead a decent life, to congratulatory letter from President Bush. preschool and led a children’s club.
represent what Christ has asked each of us to do.” She earned the 2002 Cardinal’s Award from
Sister Mary Jean Meier, a staff member with the Los Angeles Cardinal Mahony for her “faith and service to her church and community.”
Archdiocese, said Cardinal Mahoney asked the Pope to confer the The College honored Burgess with its Outstanding Alumna Award in 1987.
Mount St. Mary’s College to Offer Four New Tracks
in the Master of Science in Nursing Program
he Mount is expanding its already robust nursing programs with three Los Angeles needs more nursing instructors, it also needs nurses with
T new master’s degree tracks and one certificate program.
The new Community Health track will be the only such master’s
program in Los Angeles. Most graduates will likely find employment in Los
master’s degrees to work directly in patient care and in leadership roles at
hospitals and clinics. “We want to expand our programs to continue to
serve the community,” she said.
Angeles County’s public health system, working with social service agencies In the Clinical Nurse Specialist track, students earn a master’s degree
to promote wellness, prevent illness, and address special health needs of in nursing and finish the program with at least 400 hours of clinical
all community members. experience—-enough to be considered for certification by the California
Other new specialty areas are the Executive Leadership and Board of Registered Nursing.
Administration track, the Clinical Nurse Specialist track, and the Post- Nurses who already have a master’s degree in nursing or a related field
Master’s Clinical Nurse Specialist track. Each program will accept about and want to become Clinical Nurse Specialists can earn their hours through
25 students starting in 2007. Students may choose to begin coursework the post-master’s Clinical Nurse Specialist track.
as early as January, but most are expected to enroll in August 2007. Graduates of the Executive Leadership and Administration track will
The new tracks will prepare nurses to work in various leadership roles provide leadership at various levels of institutions, including managing
in the health field. patient care areas, such as directing perinatal services, or working as the
The College’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program began in chief nursing officer of a hospital.
2003 and currently has 40 students pursuing master’s degrees in order to For more information about the College’s Master of Science in Nursing
teach nurses. An increased pool of nurse educators allows colleges to programs, please visit the Web at www.msmc.la.edu/pages/965.asp.
open programs to more nursing students, who in turn graduate and help Or contact Marsha Sato, director of MSN programs, at (213) 477-2980
the region alleviate its nursing shortage. or by email at email@example.com.
Marsha Sato, director of the MSN programs, said even though
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Mount Teams With Microsoft Corp. in Teacher Preparation Initiative
he Education Department at the Mount was recently selected to team receive a stipend to cover some costs involved in participation.
T up with Microsoft Corp. and take on a leadership role in a new project
designed to enhance teacher preparation programs nationwide.
The program, Teachers for the 21st Century Initiative, is also in
Mount St. Mary’s is the only California institution selected to participate
in the program.
The CIC program is one component of Microsoft’s major initiative,
partnership with the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) of Washington, Partners in Learning, which is collaborating with governments and
D.C., which graduates 20 percent of the nation’s future teachers annually. educational institutions to improve K–12 education around the globe.
Mount St. Mary’s faculty will take part in two national meetings, monthly Currently, Microsoft has projects in more than 75 countries.
online seminars, and an online community of practice. The College will
Mount Alumna Helping Disabled — One Child at a Time
hen Elizabeth Villanueva graduated in other families for emotional
W 1991, she had no idea that her
studies in child education and
development would take her on a path to start
support. “This is a world that can
be filled with disappointment and
frustration,” said Elizabeth. “Our
her own non-profit organization. In 1989, she mission is to create a better world
received her associate’s degree in early through information, education,
childhood education. On her birthday, May 11, and guidance. All my employees
1991, she graduated from the Mount with her are wonderful women who give
bachelor’s degree in child development. their best,” Elizabeth added
She began her career in the State of proudly. “Our lives are better
California Early Start Department. This system enriched and more meaningful
provides a range of services for families with because of the children and
infants to adults who have developmental families we serve.”
disabilities. While with the department, Elizabeth said the Mount
Elizabeth began to see a great need for an prepared her through courses in
infant program (0-3 years) that provides early childhood, child development,
quality, personalized services to the Hispanic and psychology. “The Mount also
community in its native language. With her taught me what it means to be
husband’s help and encouragement, she left ethical and caring, and to give back
that position after nine years and founded her to the community,” she said. “I am
own non-profit organization. “With my thankful to have had Sister Imelda
husband’s business expertise and my vision, D’Agostino, a former director of
my dream became a reality,” Elizabeth said. the Early Childhood Education
Today, with eight employees, she and her Elizabeth Villanueva ’91 visits with Jesus Mejia, who was born Program, as one of my mentors.
husband operate a service program for with cerebral palsy and seizure disorder. She taught me how important love
disabled infants and toddlers in the South Bay and compassion are for young
area. Their company, Niños Del Cielo, which families with disabled young children. children,” she added. “My years at the Mount
translates in English to Children from Heaven, “My husband and I are Christians, and will always be a cherished memory for me.”
serves a clientele comprised of 90 percent we serve God in all that we do,” Elizabeth Elizabeth, the first in her family to graduate
Spanish speakers; 5 percent English said. “These are God’s children from heaven, from college, was born the ninth child of
speakers; and 5 percent Korean, Japanese therefore the name was perfect.” parents who emigrated from Juarez, Mexico.
and Tagalog speakers. She and her husband Niños Del Cielo serves families in their She has been married for 15 years and has
wanted a name that would be welcoming to native languages and connects them with two children, ages 12 and 13.
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In Memory of Sister Agnes Marie O’Loughlin, CSJ
April 29, 1903–May 22, 2006
Adapted in part from a necrology by Sister Constance Fitzgerald, CSJ
ister Agnes Marie During her tenure, five new departments were
S O’Loughlin, who
served as the
Mount’s fourth president
added: education, drama, physical education, cancer
research—the only known college program of its kind
at the time—and nursing. Under her leadership, a
from 1949-1955, was study-abroad program in Mexico, followed by those
born Norine Loretta on in Canada and Austria were inaugurated; the College
April 29, 1903, in joined with 10 other private colleges to form the
Hansford, Texas, the first Independent Colleges of Southern California; the Angeles City Controller Laura
of five children to Charles pool and tennis courts on the Chalon Campus were N. Chick (pictured speaking at
Coleman and Susan Agnes constructed; and the College’s first art building head of table) met with Mount
O’Loughlin. When she was was built. staff and students in the spring
to discuss service learning.
in her teens, her family In 1959, Sister Agnes Marie was named assistant
MSMC is a member of the Los
moved to Los Angeles where she completed high provincial for the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet Angeles Higher Education
school at St. Mary’s Academy and met the Sisters of in Los Angeles and, several years later, became Partnership and works with
St. Joseph. provincial. After her years of outstanding service to more than 200 community
On March 19, 1922, she entered the convent and the world of education, she retired at age 86 to Holy organizations to offer hands-on
learning opportunities for
received the name Sister Agnes Marie. After her first Family Community where she lived the rest of her life,
vows in 1924, she taught elementary school and one celebrating her 103rd birthday on April 29, 2006.
class of Latin at St. Joseph’s Institute in Oxnard, now Contributions in Sister Agnes Marie’s memory may
called Santa Clara Elementary and Santa Clara High be sent to Stephanie Cubba, vice president of
School. She taught Latin and held administrative institutional advancement, Mount St. Mary’s College
positions in high schools in southern and northern c/o Institutional Advancement, 10 Chester Place, Los
California until 1949, when she was named president of Angeles, CA 90007.
Mount St. Mary’s College.
Deniz Cizmeciyan, assistant professor of chemistry, presented “Fast Rotations of Methyl Groups in
Crystals of Ortho-methyldibenzocycloalkanones” at the Southern California Users of Magnets conference in
February at UC Irvine. She also presented “Choosing the Right G.R.A.S.P.S. Performance Task for the Right TRIO—This past spring, more
Class” as well as “The G.R.A.S.P.S. Assessment Task and Rubric for an Introductory Science Class” at the than 450 middle school, high
National Science Teacher Association meeting in April in Anaheim, Calif. school, and college students
from throughout Southern
California participated in
Katherine Whitman and Peter Antoniou of the Business Administration Department, presented the article
the 16th Annual Student
“Developing a Reputation for Success in China” at the Allied Academics International Conference in New Leadership Conference of
Orleans in April. The article also will be published in the Journal of International Business Research. the Western Association
of Educational Opportunity
Diane C. Rodriguez, assistant professor of sociology, was selected in March by City Councilmember Personnel (WESTOP) at the
Mount’s Doheny Campus.
Bernard Parks to represent council District 8 at the Latina History Day Conference sponsored by Hispanas
About 100 current and
Organized for Political Equality. Rodriguez also is spending five weeks working on a research project in former Mount staff and faculty
Belize this summer with Aida Martinez, a Mount undergraduate majoring in sociology. The two will conducted workshops on a
collaborate with faculty at the University of Belize on a qualitative project evaluating women’s advocacy variety of topics, including
groups in relation to the educational achievement levels of girls in Belize City. College Prep 101, Y.O.G.A.:
Your Own Greatness Affirmed,
and College Life.
The Mount Summer/Fall 2006 11
Triple Crown Three Mount Students Awarded Prestigious
National Teaching Fellowships for 2006
By Joanna Banks
hree Mount students psychology and teach in public
were awarded a psychology schools.
prestigious Rockefeller minor, plans “The Mount
Brothers Fund to apply to has allowed me
Fellowships for an education to reach out to
Aspiring Teachers of Color in 2006. master’s different
The announcement brings the program cultures
number of MSMC awardees of the at Loyola in my everyday
highly-competitive scholarships Marymount life with all the
Brooke Hogan ’07 Jeaneth Iniguez ’07
to 26 since the program began University and diversity of its
in 1992. begin her studies in fall 2007. She students,” she said. “This has
Brooke Hogan, Jeaneth Iniguez, wants to teach elementary school, helped me to more easily adapt
and Yesenia Hernandez, all Class perhaps at the public 54th Street and prepare to teach in the
of 2007, withstood a rigorous Elementary School in Los Angeles classroom in Southern California,
national selection process that where she worked with children where we find students who may
required demonstration of a living in the foster care system. not speak English.”
passion for teaching in public “They were coming into the school Hernandez was born and raised
schools and included interviews system not even knowing their in the area south of downtown Los
at the Rockefeller Brothers Fund ABCs or how to spell their names,” Angeles. Her parents are both from
headquarters in New York City. Hogan said. Zacatecas, Mexico. She will be the
They are among 25 students from Iniguez, the first in her family to second in her family to graduate
16 institutions nationwide selected attend college, immigrated to the from college, following her 22-year-
for the awards this year. United States from Mexico with old sister, Monica, who graduated
The students will receive grants her parents when she was 2. She from Mount St. Mary’s College
from the fund for up to $22,100 grew up in Carson, CA, and was in May.
to use on a summer teaching- inspired by her hard-working Hernandez, who was educated
related project this year, a master’s parents to pursue an education in the Los Angeles public school
program in teacher education, and contribute to society. Iniguez, system, said two excellent teachers
and loan repayments. who plans to teach U.S. history to at John Adams Middle School near
Hogan, a child development high school juniors, said Mount St. USC and at USC MAST High
major with an emphasis in child Mary’s College inspired her to School inspired her to pursue a
12 The Mount Summer/Fall 2006
Students Hogan, Iniguez, and Hernandez all plan to teach in the Los Angeles Unified School District.
career in education. “My wonderful and training middle or high school. “Some
Los Angeles Unified teachers were I’ve received at people leave Los Angeles because
able to show me the importance of Mount St. of the crime, congestion, or just
education no matter what subject Mary’s College because of the increase in property
I learned,” she said. “My seventh- has empowered cost,” she said. “I want to stay and
and eighth-grade English teacher me to give back make this city a better place for
showed me how to express my to my generations to come.”
emotions through Shakespearean community,” In August, the Mount students
performances and journal writing.” she said. After will join other fellows in
Ysenia Hernandez ’07
At the Mount, Hernandez said earning her Washington, D.C., to present
she has gained an excellent master’s degree in education, their summer projects and learn
education grounded in real-world Hernandez plans to stay in Los more about graduate education
problem-solving. “The education Angeles and teach in a public programs.
The Mount Summer/Fall 2006 13
Architect Armando Ruiz ’96M examines the chapel’s new floorplan with Maryann Nguyen ’07.
The Renovation of
MaryChapel BY R.W. D ELLINGER
he restoration of Mary Chapel is a vital respecting the integrity of the building. I think it’s
element in Mount St. Mary’s Invest in the going to be very energizing for the whole campus.”
Mount Campaign, the largest campaign in Liturgical architect and designer Armando Ruiz,
the history of the College. an alumnus of Mount St. Mary’s College, is overseeing
“It’s definitely a big part of our revitalization of the the extensive renovation of Mary Chapel. Ruiz earned
Chalon Campus,” said Jacqueline Powers Doud, a graduate certificate in liturgical studies in 1995,
president of MSMC. “It’s a beautiful building to begin followed by a master’s degree in religious studies
with, so we’re not tampering with the structure. We’re in 1996.
14 The Mount Summer/Fall 2006
There will be a reorienting of the interior elements based firm, is designing the furnishings as well. Plans
of the Mary Chapel in order to emphasize the presence call for a mixture of exotic hardwood in different
of Christ during the liturgy. To accomplish this, Ruiz colors and textures for the top of the Altar, Ambo
said three focal points of Christ in the Assembly will and Presider’s Chair.
be highlighted: The Word (Ambo), the Bread and the “The renovation of any church is a challenge,” Ruiz
Cup (Altar), and the Presider (Presidential Chair). emphasized. “But we’re sure that Mary Chapel will be
The real challenge is the long and narrow traditional a better worship space, where Our Lord’s presence is
shape of Mary Chapel, Ruiz said. He pointed out that more meaningful when we’re finished.”
the ideal shape of a post-Vatican II church is either a Gail Gresser, director of Campus Ministry, can’t
square or circle, with the altar in the center. The next wait. “I’ve been here for 20 years, and for 20 years
best shape is a horseshoe or oval. we’ve been talking about all this happening,” she said.
By putting the altar in “So I’m thrilled. And I
the center of the chapel know the priests and
and placing seats in an bishops who have
arc on its east and west celebrated Mass here
side, the configuration have told us they’re
will change to an beyond thrilled.”
elongated oval. Senior Maryann
“What we’re trying Nguyen works in Campus
to do is minimize the Ministry coordinating the
distance from the altar Mount’s liturgies on the
to the farthest seat,” Chalon Campus. The
the architect explained. daughter of a deacon, she
“We’re trying to get believes the renovation
an ideal distance of will help bring students,
65 feet or less. Bigger faculty, and alums
churches have to be in closer as a Christian
the shape of a circle to community. “By being
do that. But the saving The new redesign will emphasize three focal points: the Ambo, the Altar, more welcoming to
grace of the chapel is and the Presider. worship,” she said, “I
that it’s relatively small, think more people will
so we can accommodate that.” want to come to Mass on Sunday evenings.”
Ruiz reports that the original art deco style David L. McIntyre, a trustee of Mount St. Mary’s
teardrop-shaped glass lights hanging from the ceiling College since 1981, and his wife, Norma ’57, are
on brass chains will be kept to provide general funding a significant portion of the Chapel renovation.
illumination. But new halogen lights, which “It’s a beautiful building on the outside, and it should
approximate natural daylight, will spotlight the Altar, be the focal point of the campus. My wife had
Ambo and Presiders from different locations. wonderful years at the Mount and still remembers
An acoustical consultant is working to reduce the going to Mass in the chapel,” McIntyre said.
echo effect in the chapel through the placement of “I know they’re going to do a really great job
new speakers and absorbing sound panels. The goal is restoring it,” he added. “It’s going to be a big
to create a sound environment that enhances both improvement to Mount St. Mary’s — a bright, shining,
music and the spoken voice. acoustically-sound place to pray and worship.”
New flexible seating will be easily changed to Currently, the project is not completely funded.
accommodate small congregations of up to 50 for For information on donating to the Mary Chapel
intimate liturgies as well as groups of up to 300 for renovation, please contact Lois Dunne, director of
concerts. The chapel’s distinctive 27 stained-glass major gifts, at (213) 477-2534 or by email at
windows will be kept. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Armando Ruiz Associates, Inc., the Diamond Bar-
The Mount Summer/Fall 2006 15
By Joanna Banks
Graduate Rochelle Valere shows her excitement after crossing the stage at the Gibson Amphitheatre.
ore than 500 Mount graduates the table my values.”
commemorated their achievements during She honored her mentors from the Mount, Sister
a May 15 ceremony at the Gibson Miriam Therese Larkin ’53, Sister Annette Bower ’59,
Amphitheatre in Universal City. Students and Sister Cecilia Louise Moore ’53, all CSJs. She
from the College’s associate, bachelor’s, master’s, said the sisters instilled in her a love of critical
doctorate, and certificate programs celebrated thinking and helped her become a pioneer in
together during one ceremony. her industry. “They taught me what it meant to be
Monica Luechtefeld ’71, executive vice president of a woman of intellect, of compassion, and of strength,”
Business Development and Information Technology for she said.
the Florida-based Office Depot, delivered the Luechtefeld encouraged graduates to take control
Commencement address, highlighting the importance of their futures. “A lot of people are responsible for
of values, the necessity of finding great mentors, and getting you here today, but you are responsible for
the challenge of finding a career to be passionate what happens after today,” she said.
about. Kathleen McCarthy, daughter of the late Thomas
Luechtefeld, a trustee of the College, received the and Dorothy Leavey and chair of The Thomas and
honorary degree Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris Dorothy Leavey Foundation, received the College’s
causa. “When you look for work, choose employers highest honor, the Carondelet Medal, “for her personal
that will respect your ethics. Your integrity will be and professional achievements, which so eloquently
cherished,” she said. “Whether I am in a boardroom in express the Gospel and the charism of the Sisters of
Shanghai, São Paulo, or New York, I always bring to St. Joseph of Carondelet.” The Foundation contributed
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PHOTOS BY GLENN MARZANO
Speakers Monica Luechtefeld ’71 (left), Kathleen McCarthy (top right), and Kate Driscoll ’06 (bottom right)
Charles Christian Chuateco, Weekend College;
“When you look for work, Sarah Bessell, Baccalaureate; and Lawren Miller
choose employers that Kate Driscoll ’06 delivered the Baccalaureate Class
will respect your ethics. Tribute, reflecting on how the Mount provided strong
female professors as role models and taught her to be
Your integrity will be an advocate for community action. “We need to take
the philanthropic foundation the Mount has nurtured
cherished.” in each of us and become the social reformers who will
be biting at injustice,” said Driscoll, who earned a
—COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER degree in sociology.
MONICA LUECHTEFELD ’71 The College also honored as Trustees Emeriti
Roger K. Hughes and John P. Sullivan. Hughes
served as a trustee from 1993 to 2001, as chair of
$8 million last year — the largest award in the the College’s first capital campaign from 1994 to 2000,
College’s history — to revitalize the Chalon residence and as a regent since 1984. Sullivan was a trustee
houses and to establish a new student center. from 1995 to 1999 and has been a regent since 1982.
The ceremony continued with greetings from the The College thanks the I.A.T.S.E. Local 33
graduating programs: Kayla Armijo, Associate in Arts; Stagehands at Gibson Amphitheatre for their
Hernani L. Ledesma, Jr., Associate Degree in Nursing; assistance with the ceremony.
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Celebrate the Mount in 3-D
lumnae will experience the • A reception for all Mount Legal Eagles
Mount in “3-D” when they attend and MUN competitors. If you are a judge,
Homecoming this year on lawyer, legal professional, pre-law minor,
Saturday, October 14, 2006. or Phi Alpha Delta sister, come celebrate
Throughout the day, activities will illustrate and meet the MSMC Mock Trial team.
the ways the College is Diverse, Distinct, • Receptions for Golden Grads, Weekend
and Dynamic. College, the Latina Alumnae Network, and
This theme will resonate as alums participate in: non-reunion alums
• Founders Day Mass celebrated by Rev. George • Live music of the decades in the Circle
O’Brien • Campus Clubs on display
• Reunions for the classes of 1961, 1966, 1971, 1976, • A gala dinner followed by the presentation of the
1986, 1991, 1995, and 2001, with a special a 2006 Outstanding Alumnae awards.
commemoration for the members of the Silver For information about Homecoming 2006, please
Anniversary class of 1981 as they celebrate 25 years call (213) 477-2767 or go to www.msmc.alums.la.edu.
Homecoming 2006 Creative Workshops
Documentary Film and To Build Church—Physical Hidden Treasures in
Social Justice and Spiritual Los Angeles
Presented by Pam Haldeman, Presented by Armando Ruiz, Presented by Don Sloper, MBA,
Ph.D. ’86, professor, Sociology ’96M, noted liturgical consultant a member of the Board of
Department, and director of the and architect of Armando Ruiz Directors of Las Angelitas del
Documentary Film and Social Associates, Inc., who is Pueblo, a docent for the Los
Justice Program directing the renovation of Mary Chapel Angeles Conservancy, and trainer of the
This workshop will offer an inside look at a This workshop will consist of two parts. The Doheny Docents who conduct public tours at
new major at the Mount that increases first will address the historical evolution of the historic Chester Place on the Doheny Campus
awareness and advocacy of social justice Liturgy, what occurred at Vatican II, and how it Los Angeles is one of the great cities of the
issues and also deals with cultural identity in transformed the Church worldwide. The world with attractions and historic locations
America and around the world. The goal is to second part will focus on the renovation of that brought it an estimated 24.9 million
prepare women to creatively address issues Mary Chapel, taking into consideration the visitors in 2005. But how many of its
of social justice and promote social change liturgical component. It will include sketches or residents know their own town? This session
through the universal medium of film. Come renderings to allow us to “see” the changes will introduce attendees to the places, many
and see a collage of Mount student films and being described. Ruiz created the design for of them free, that one can see and enjoy in
meet the filmmakers. the renovation for Our Lady of Lourdes Church downtown Los Angeles and surrounding areas.
in Northridge, Mater Dolorosa Retreat Center Plus, the session will address how to get
Hawaiian Dance in Sierra Madre, and St. Bede the Venerable around town without driving and searching for
Presented by the Church in La Canada, among many others. a parking spot!
members of Mount St.
Mary’s very own Hawaiian More Fun with Florals: The Art of Paper Sculpture:
Club, Na Pua O’ Ka Aina The Art of Flower Arranging An Interactive Art
Learn the graceful Presented by Leah Horrigan, Experience
Hawaiian hand movements along with owner of Flowers by Leah Presented by Jody Baral, chair
traditional hula and other dances from Tahiti Back by popular demand, of the Art Department
and Polynesia. Sway to gentle rhythms and be this talented florist will teach In this hands-on workshop,
transported to the exotic Pacific isles. You will you creative and easy ways to design participants will learn how to create free
learn basic dance steps and will soon be arrangements for everyday use or special standing paper sculptures using railroad
saying Aloha through dance. occasions. In this hands-on workshop, you will board, scissors, and paint. Within an hour you
learn how floral professionals select flowers, will learn how to fold, cut, and join shapes to
use colors, and create tranquility and beauty in produce a tin-like work of art.
our lives. You will create your own centerpiece
to take home with you.
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For full class notes and photos, go to: www.msmcalums.la.edu.
CLASS NOTES ’57
Verna Kiesz remains eternally
’40 grateful to Sister Rebecca and her
classmates of 1957 for accepting
Colette Verbeck Regan went on
her as a transfer student nurse.
a “50–90” Mexican Cruise to
Her education has been a great
celebrate her 90th birthday and
blessing to her, even in her
her daughter’s 50th. They had a
’48 Annette Orland Shannon-
Batinovich and her husband were
Geraldine Cassutt Monahan
made a Knight and Lady of the
was honored as “Catholic Woman
Holy Sepulchre in Salt Lake City,
Volunteer of the Year” by the
Utah, at the Madeleine Cathedral in
Catholic Charities Auxiliary of the
2004. They are now called Dr. Sir
Diocese of Orange. The award was
Kenneth Batinovich and Lady
announced and presented at a
Annette Shannon-Batinovich. They
benefit luncheon attended by more
have five children and eight
than 800, including all four Bishops
of the Diocese.
Patricia Smith Weseloh is
Maria Alicia Martinez enjoyed a
enjoying her new little grandson Dr. Elizabeth Torres (left), daughter of Celia Gonzales Torres ’58, founder
wonderful trip to Peru and is
born in March 2005. She now has of the Latina Alumnae Network (LAN), meets Aida Martinez ’07, the first
looking forward to visiting Ireland recipient of the LAN scholarship, at a welcome brunch sponsored by LAN
18 wonderful grandchildren!
next. for new Latina graduates. The event was held in the Pompeian Room of the
Doheny Mansion in May.
Diane Terpening McGourty and
Sister Simone Campbell, SSS,
her husband, a retired Army
is the National Coordinator of the and traveling to beautiful places,
Reserve colonel, traveled on a
historical tour of World War I
Catholic Social Justice Lobby, ’77 most recently Key West, Paris, and
NETWORK, in Washington, D.C. Theresa Lewis Del Carlo is Positano, Italy.
battlefields in Belgium and
celebrating the birth of her first
northwestern France. As an art
major, she also appreciated the
Janet Wolff Maulhardt and her grandchild. ’90
husband celebrated their 35th Lilybell Luces Nensey currently
opportunity to view some original
Jan Van Eyck paintings while
anniversary with a 15-day Panama ’80 lives in Northridge and is a second
Canal Cruise. Karen Schwarz has a clinical grade teacher at Emelita Street
visiting the medieval cities of Ghent
psychology practice in Foster City, School in Encino. In January, she
’71 Calif., and is on the Board of and her students were featured on
’56 Ramona Vance Haywood and
her husband are enjoying
Directors of the San Mateo County
Psychological Association. She is
the front page of the Los Angeles
Daily News in an article
Johanna Glass Lopez was one of
retirement with children and also on the Leadership Team of the commending her school’s Martin
three classmates to participate in
grandchildren living nearby. She Women-Church Convergence and Luther King celebration. Her
the first year-abroad program in
teaches English as a second enjoys sailing and downhill skiing. students are still talking about the
Mexico City, at the Universidad
language two nights a week. They experience. She has received the
Ibero Americana, in 1955-1956.
That opportunity changed her life.
traveled to New Zealand in 2004. ’81 Who’s Who Among America’s
Dr. Dolores Brandt Fusco is a Teachers award for the second
She and her husband spent
Christmas in Mexico last year—
’75 psychologist and psychoanalyst in consecutive year and has a
Alice Gardello traveled with her private practice in New York. She received a third nomination. She is
nostalgic and fun.
church on a mission to Nicaragua is happily married and lives at the grateful for her training and
in August of 2005. It was a very beach with her husband and their experience at the Mount.
successful experience. puppy. They love physical fitness
The Mount Summer/Fall 2006 19
John Thomas retired from the
Los Angeles Police Department
last December to accept a position
as deputy chief of police at the
University of the District of
Columbia Department of Public
Safety and Emergency Management.
Laura Gimenez has a new job
as a commercial attache with the
U.S. Commercial Service.
Irene Benavidez is working at
Hombre Nuevo, a Catholic
Multimedia Center (non-profit)
based in El Monte, Calif., helping
with fund-raising efforts. The
center is reaching out to Spanish
Golden Graduates of 1956 celebrate before attending the Baccalaureate Farewell Mass on the Chalon Campus.
language Catholics in Southern
California. Between May 2004 and
May 2005, she lived in Brasillia,
Brazil, and worked as a missionary ’05 ’94 Diego Cristian to Diana A.
Gonzalez Medina, 1st son
’65 brother of Kathleen Mitchell
with Regnum Christi. Selma Cuya is working as a
’95 Liam Gimenez Marchesi to ’65 husband of Colleen Durant
research assistant at the John
Laura Gimenez, 2nd son O’Shaughnessy
Erika Gallo was named Woman of Wayne Cancer Institute.
’95 Andres to Adriana Barragan ’65 husband of Diane Plau
the Year for the 45th California
Viera, 2nd child, 2nd son Schautschick
State Assembly District.
V ITAL S TATISTICS ’66 mother of Tina Von der Ahe
’02 Requiescant Brown
Dania Sutton is working in Two by Two Your prayers are requested for the
repose of the souls of:
’71 father of Suzanne Boyle and
Joanne Boyle Walter
mortgage banking at Countrywide The Alumnae Association extends
’36 Mary Bunce Schwarz ’73 father of Julia Milward
Home Loans in Camden, Conn. best wishes to the following alums
’41 Helen Coogan Kinmartin
and their spouses on their recent
’41 Esther Elder Harrington
’42 Charleene McGhee Hillen
’77 Vivienne Anderson Routh
’79 father of Cindy Barnes
Patricia Petrie is the events ’94 Elvia Cabral to David Cowan
’43 Peggy Kieffer Mathison ’82 aunt of Ann Marie Tancredi
coordinator at the Los Angeles ’98 Alice Patricio to Joseph Moss
’44 Mary Pat Hansen Brush Hom
Equestrian Center in Burbank and ’02 Christina Bell to Robert C.
’48 Willa Dowd Schaniel ’83 Mildred Kirschbaum Altfeld
loves the fact that she can Burke
’51 husband of Mary Ellen Gray ’88 father of Karen McKnight
incorporate her love for horses
into her career. By-Lines Delagrange
’52 son of Ann Spaulding Donlin
’97 mother of Bertha Rodriguez
The Alumnae Association extends
’53 Mary Ann Greer Browning ’97 father of Connie Carlson
Gina Zambetti is working at congratulations to the following
’54 husband of Celeste Gourdeau ’99 mother of Susan Gionet
Children’s Hospital and is in the alums and their spouses on the
French ’00 father of Lisa Villa
second year of the nurse birth of their children:
’60 mother of Dolores Schiffert ’05 Maria Gomez
practitioner master’s program at ’89 Paige to Alison Akins Franzen,
’64 mother of Celeste Diebold Von Credential Irene Lozano
UCLA. 2nd child, 1st daughter
’89 Jenna Hope to Susan
’65 mother of Mary Jo Hegener They will be remembered in the
Underwood Russell, 1st child
Bernard Masses, prayers, and good works
’94 Katia Anahi to Karen Villanueva
of the Sisters of St. Joseph.
20 The Mount Summer/Fall 2006
A LOOK BACK
The Dedication of Mary Chapel
The dedication of Mary Chapel took place on May 2, 1940, Ascension Thursday. Assistant Provincial Mother St. Catherine Beavers, far right,
and Provincial Mother Mary Killian Corbett, watched as the Most Reverend John Cantwell blessed the Chapel after the Solemn High Mass of
Dedication. Two monsignors on the left (not identified) also participated in the ceremony.
A four- by six-inch block of cream-colored marble, blessed especially for the chapel by Pope Pius XI and brought from Rome by Reverend
Martin O’Malley, was sealed in the cornerstone along with a note about the block, several Los Angeles newspapers, church documents,
medals, and other articles.
CHARTERED IN 1925, Joseph W. Waechter Katharine Hughes John P. Sullivan
THE COLLEGE IS SPONSORED Val Zavala Roger K. Hughes Margaret M. Thalken ’46
BY THE SISTERS OF ST. JOSEPH Mary K. Hughes John E. Nevins
OF CARONDELET. Emeriti Kimberly Iselin Hon. Kim M. Wardlaw
Sister Mary Brigid Fitzpatrick, CSJ ’47 Carl N. Karcher William M. Wardlaw
BOARD OF TRUSTEES Frank R. Moothart Margaret Karcher Jeffrey G. Whitman, Co-chair
Michael A. Enright, Chair Elaine Kindle ’75 Katherine Schreuder Whitman ’63
David V. Adams Javad Hashtroudian Grace Kadner Wickersham ’69
Helen S. Astin REGENTS COUNCIL Jack A. Knight ’96
James R. Belardi Eileen Murphy Bigelow ’65 Vivien Lo Pizzo ’65 Emeritus
Sister Marilyn Binder, CSJ ’65 Henry C. Bowman Fiorenza Courtright Lucas Frank R. Moothart
Thomas J. Blumenthal James A. Cole Hon. Malcolm M. Lucas
James A. Cole Sheila Cole Montgomery F. Lunn ’97
Msgr. Clement J. Connolly Bebette Gualano Coleman ’52 Kathleen Lunn ALUMNAE BOARD
Jacqueline Powers Doud Thomas J. Coleman Allison M. Lynch ’86 Maria Avila ’91, President
Kathleen M. Duncan Karen McKnight Compton ’88 Kathleen Ann Maloney ’71 Suzette Aguiar-Possnack ’99
William H. Elliott Keith A. Compton Lola McAlpin-Grant ’63 Sister Louise Bernstein, CSJ ’51
James J. Flanigan Jane Zola Delahanty ’65 William G. McGagh Barbara Buckman ’63
Mark Foster Jim J. Delahanty Michelle Melanson ’75 Gerson Espindola ’04
Sister Joan Henehan, CSJ ’63 Genevieve Castellanos Denault ’53 Rosemary Moothart ’70, Co-chair Yadira Garcia ’02
Phyllis Hennigan John C. Fitzgerald Sheila Kelly Muller ’57 Susan Gionet ’99
Jane Luecke Johnson ’64 John J. Gillin Mark Rubin Suzanne Weber Hoffman ’84
Sister Catherine Marie Kreta, CSJ ’61 Martha Gillin Pamela Rubin Julia Milward Kinmartin ’73
Sister Miriam Therese Larkin, CSJ ’53 Deborah Morris Greene ’66 Marshall C. Sale Clarisse Visaya Kresser ’87
Thomas E. Larkin, Jr. Patrick Greene Suzannah Sale Sharon M. Leahy ’60
Karl H. Loring Steven P. Gross Alexander Sawchuk Sister Maggie McGraw ’57
Monica Spillane Luechtefeld ’71 Toni Bannan Gross ’67 Mariette T. Sawchuk Sheena Ricchio ’98
Sister Mary McKay, CSJ ’67 Angela Hawekotte ’75 Gena Schmid Elizabeth Robles ’03
Sister Jill Napier, CSJ ’71 Casey Quinn Richard F. Schmid Jeanne Redell Ruiz ’63
A. Barry Patmore Helen M. Hawekotte ’68 Don Sloper Charlene Rule Wilkinson ’58
Sister Mary Patricia Rosholt, CSJ ’64 Mary Anne Sterling Houlahan ’75 Mary Caratan Sloper ’62
Jack Schuster Michael Houlahan Gail Sullivan
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Saturday, October 21
9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Little Things that Fill the Whole World:
Friday, October 6
8 p.m. Gospel Metaphors of Spiritual Awakening
Lecture Hall, Doheny Campus
Alumnae Concert James Finley, Ph.D.
Pompeian Room, Doheny Mansion Awareness of God as we go through a day or a lifetime
Doheny Campus is a staple for spiritual growth, a lantern for our journey.
$10 general admission; $5 for students and seniors This one-day retreat, sponsored by the Spirituality
Call (310) 954-4266 for more information Center, will explore how the “grandeur of God,” of which
poet Gerard Manly Hopkins speaks, connects with
Saturday, October 14 the everyday things that make up our lives.
Registration begins at noon Admission is $40 for pre-registered
Homecoming participants; $45 at the door.
Call (213) 747-6508 for more information
For more information, please see page 18
Register online at:
www.msmcalums.la.edu/homecoming2006 Friday, December 8
Christmas Choral Concert
$10 general admission; $5 for students and seniors
Call (310) 954-4266 for more information