October 21

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Alumnae “Together in Spirit” Days Celebration

By Leah Folk

October 21, 2020


 

all of one heart and one will

From Doha, Qatar to Denver, Colorado – from Alaska to Aberdeen Heights Senior Living, Ursuline alums locally and globally were able to celebrate our Ursuline school spirit as St. Angela invites us to “Remain in harmony, united together, all of one heart and one will.”

Previously what was celebrated in a day spanned a week from Oct. 3 to 10, celebrating our Women in Serviam, throwback memories, our golden alumnae and more. It was a celebration that we hope touched your heart, and took you back to wonderful shared Ursuline memories and experiences. Despite the rain, Oct. 3 was a lovely start to the week, as we celebrated Thelma Hartnett’s 100th birthday. Around 100 cars showed up, beginning with the Class of 1970, who were celebrating their 50th reunion, followed by an estimated 250-300 people driving by: a classic car, Trolley, and even a Corvette with the ’77 Penny Queen inside. UA alums and students from 1949 – 2024, representing Kirkwood to Texas. Alumnae owned businesses Weinhardt Party Rentals provided the Birthday Queen’s throne and Party Pop Balloons created a beautiful balloon arch. Campus looked festive with 100 birthday candles in the front lawn, SUVs decked out with Teddy Bears and signs – and lots of cards with gifts for scholarships included – per Mrs. Hartnett’s request.  

Thelma also received an official congratulations from the Mayor of Kirkwood and Representative Deb Lavender presented Thelma with a personalized birthday proclamation as well as a Kirkwood police escort, and a feature on KSDK Channel 5.

The first annual Cake Walk was a success with walkers participating around the globe walking over forty recorded miles. Nearly 180 of our Golden Alumnae who live in the St. Louis area, and should have been celebrating their class reunions, received a special surprise delivery from our Alumnae Association volunteers: a hand delivery of a pumpkin and note from a current student. It is a simple yet lovely way to connect with our alumnae community right here in St. Louis, and continue creating meaningful and valuable connections between students and alumnae. 

Amongst all these events were small social media posts and sharing of special memories, milestones, and connections happening, and that brings things back to our alumnae, who were what made this week’s worth of celebration such a wonderful success. It is the hope of the Alumnae Association that you enjoyed the celebration, and were able to participate in a way that was meaningful to you and your Ursuline experience. Between registrations, gifts, UA plaid face mask purchases, volunteers, Mass attendees, Women in Serviam Awardees, and social media sharing, we are so glad that so many were able to celebrate our Ursuline Together In Spirit Days together and we look forward to saving the date for Oct., 1, 2, 3, 2021!

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