Alumnae News

Holy Cross celebrated the annual Alumnae Memorial Mass on Sunday, March 4. Alumnae, friends and family members attended the Liturgy, in which 33 alumnae and 58 family members and faculty/staff who died during the past year were remembered. Msgr. John Enzler, whose six sisters graduated from Holy Cross, was the principal celebrant of the Mass. During the service, classmates, friends, and family members brought forward roses in remembrance of the alumnae as their names were read.

A light reception followed the Mass.

Alumnae Remembered:
Mary McManus DeFino '36
Charlotte Augherton Taylor '38
Kathleen Keliher Dannis '39
Margaret Rita Lawrence '39
Elizabeth Styer Duvall '40
Mary Helen Bennett Haggerty '42
Mary Eleanor Carlin Simpson '42
Helen Reynolds '43
Julia Ahearn Walsh '45
Geraldine Ann Ralph Kane '45
Dorothy McGregor Shanley '46
Susan Foster duFief '48
Rev. Margaret Gardiner Custer '48
Patricia Wilson Cressy '48
Regina Lust '49
Mary Martin McQuillan '50
Martha Gannon '53
Carolyn Keyser Kelly '53
Mary Ann Devine Welzant '55
Barbara Wise Murphy '55
Virginia Dillon Quinn '57
Dorothy Jones Rice '57
Barbara McMahon Atwell '57
Helen Messer Watkinson '57
Lynn Fay Chalmers '58
Margaret Horman Stoner '60
Karen Sue McSweeney Skrapits '62
Virginia Campanaro Hall '65
Catherine Griffin Cleiman '66
Frances Edelen '67
Mary Sharon Shanley '68
Mary Agnes Lyons Dodson '76
Jordana "Jojo" Greenberg (former student)

Rhamat Alhassan '14, a senior at the University of Florida, has been named a 2018 Honda Sport Award for Volleyball. The annual award is presented to the top women athletes in 12 NCAA- sanctioned sports and signifies "the best of the best in collegiate athletics". The winner of the sport award becomes a finalist for the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year and the prestigious 2018 Honda Cup which will be presented on Monday, June 25, 2018.

Rhamat is a four-time All-American blocker for the Gators who became the first player in Southeastern Conference history to lead the nation in blocks per set (1.70) since the NCAA began tracking the statistic in 1994. It was also the second-highest season average in school history. She said of the honor, "I might be the person being recognized, but it speaks volumes about my coaches, support staff, my teammates, and Gator Nation. No part of this award was achieved individually. It took a family to get this accomplishment."

Read the story on the Florida Gators page here.

Jillian Dunston '14, a senior at the University of Michigan, has been honored by the Big Ten as a basketball all-defensive team honoree and a sportsmanship award honoree.

An article on the Michigan website states that Jillian is the second player in the Michigan's history to be honored with a spot on the all-defensive team. The article notes, "Dunston draws the toughest defensive assignment in each game, regardless of position. She leads Michigan in rebounding at 9.2 boards per game, putting her fourth in the conference, and in steals with 49."

See the full article here.

"Strength Courage Wisdom" was the theme of the annual Black History Month Assembly on Thursday, February 22 sponsored by the Onyx Club. The program included a showing of the video "Origins of Black History Month," a recitation of Maya Angelou's poem "Phenomenal Woman" by Lexington Hart '21, and an a cappella performance of "Amazing Grace" by Jeannie Cyrus '18 and Imani Featherson '18.

Alumna Dior Richards '00 addressed the assembly, sharing about her life experiences. Dior spoke about attending Holy Cross and participating in the Black Awareness Society, which later became the Onyx Club. As a Holy Cross student, Dior attended a field trip to tour historically black colleges and universities. She attended Howard University and joined the prestigious Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, one of the largest black women's organizations in the world. Dior described the challenges she faced after graduation with a degree in Biology, and how she encountered situations in her career where she was discriminated against because of her race. She spoke about the courage she found in deciding to leave her career field to follow a new path as a Business Analyst and Director of Operations. She shared about finding a business environment where she now feels valued for all her talents and accepted as an African American woman. Dior challenged the students to recognize the value and strength that comes from diversity. She also gave some practical tips for how to achieve outcomes that support creating a diverse environment.

Two of Dior's classmates, Andrea Williams Sims '00 and Stephanie Sprow '00 also attended the assembly. The three have remained friends since their days as Holy Cross students.

Kimberly Peeler-Allen '94 has been selected as one of 20 community activists to receive a 2018 Roddenberry Fellowship. The Fellowship is a 12-month program enabling recipients to further projects to make the United States more inclusive and equitable. Fellows each receive $50,000 and tailored support to help implement their projects. Kimberly was selected from a pool of nearly 3,000 applicants. She is the co-founder of Higher Heights, a national organization building the political power and leadership of black women from the voting booth to elected office.

The project Kimberly will pursue during her Fellowship is #BlackWomenVote, which is a nonpartisan voter-activism campaign powered by Higher Heights. The campaign will provide black women with the resources and support to mobilize their networks to the voting booth and foster conversations to discuss how to make sure that the impact and influence of black women is recognized on Election Day.

The Roddenberry Foundation, launched in 2010 to honor the life and legacy of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, offers opportunities for original thinkers and innovators from all walks of life to pursue significant, lasting social change.

Holy Cross President Katy Prebble with Kimberly in 2016.

Upcoming Games

Spring Play
Spring Play
All School Mass