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Founder's Day 2016

Last Friday our Study Hall was the setting for a reunion of sorts, when alumnae spanning the last seven decades returned to AOSE to reflect on their memories of the Academy and its place in their lives. Our Founder's Day panel took questions from today's student body, and gave us all a glimpse into how the Academy simultaneously embodies both tradition and progress.
 
The event began with a brief and colorful history of the Academy delivered by Sisters of Charity archivist Sister Noreen Neary. After that background, our visiting alumnae took questions from current students.
 
We are so grateful for the insights of and stories shared by our alumnae panelists:
 
Angela Clarken Schmidt            1948
Kathleen Ginty Hyland               1957
Trish Belfatto                              1966
Karen Lordi                                 1967
Janet Zimmermann Petrone      1967
Carol Deisler Dobrovolski         1971
Dr. Barbara Tylenda                   1975
Cassandra Kupper Nielsen       1987
Megan Pellettiere                       2006

We heard firsthand accounts of how SEAsters learned of the assassinations of JFK and RFK, and how they marveled at the moon landing. A student boarding here during World War II recalled that gas rationing kept girls from seeing their families, and that each student was expected to provide her own set of silverware for the dining hall. Current and former students commiserated over uniform gripes, but the alumnae won that round with recollections of mandatory seamed stockings for school and bloomers for gym class. (Sample reaction: "What are bloomers?!")

Despite the many changes that AOSE has seen, our alumnae panelists were also eager to point out that much, too, remains consistent across the years. Angela Clarken Schmidt '48 observed that "the spirit has stayed the same." And Cassandra Kupper Nielsen '87 told her younger SEAsters, "Life is an adventure, and St. E's will prepare you for that adventure."

Many thanks to Carmen Cefolo Pane '84, P '13, Director of Alumnae Relations, for putting together this memorable event. For more coverage of Founder's Day, visit our homepage