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The Ursuline Academy Alumnae Association honors several alumnae each year as the recipients of the following award categories:

Award Categories and Recipients

Distinguished Alumna

Established in 1984, the Distinguished Alumna Award honors a graduate who through her service, leadership, and achievements has distinguished herself to Ursuline, her community, or her profession over her lifetime. She is a recognized leader in her chosen field who reflects the Christian ideals, standards, and objectives of the Academy.

Distinguished Alumna Award Recipients

2016
Teresa Tolle '56

2015
Alessandra Comini '52

2014
Mnikesa Whitaker '97

2013
Melina McKinnon Cain '91

2012
Jean-Marie Carson Jobs '81

2011
Karen Decker '83

2010
Theresa Ackels Kemp '77

2009
Susan Hayes Raffo '74

2008
Julia Vassallo Murad '57

2007
Ann Zurlis Poynter '55

2006
Theresa McCauley Francis '71

2004
Mary Helen Hager Shockey '49
Priscilla Morantes Mahaffey '67

2003
Rita Gallagher Smith '35

2002
Patricia Brown O'Brien '52

2001
Victoria Pitts Lattner '69

1998
Martha Blalack Brooks '40

1998
Martha Blalack Brooks '40

1997
Mary Emma Ackels Karam '72

1996
Shenikwa Nowlin '77

1995
Claudia Vilfordi '69

1994
Jeanne Marie Aber '33
MaryCook Nabors Blanshard '67

1993
Karen Livesay Shuford '66

1992
Merriellin Lindeman Lehner '70

1991
Judy Browne Huff '58

1990
Catherine O'Connell Schulze '32
Ann Marie Stanley '40
Anne Glasco Brawley '55

1989
Frances Wilson McCaffrey '28
Catherine Richardson '31

1988
Norma Lee Murphy Bowers '48

1987
Ruth Gibbons Crutcher '27
Ellen Smith Pryor '74

1986
Louise Buhrer '35

1985
Mary Ann Neuhoff Collins '48

1984
Elsie Ingram Griffith '42
Lydia Haggar Novakov '68

Serviam Alumna

Established in 1990, this award honors a graduate who embodies the Serviam volunteer spirit of Ursuline Academy. She is recognized for her commitments, involvements, achievements, and service within the last five years. By the quality of her life and spirit, she exemplifies the Christian ideals of her Ursuline education in her service.

Serviam Alumna Award Recipients

2016
Miki Bone Melsheimer '79

2015
Marguerite Farmer Marz '75

2014
Mary Walker Sladek '79

2013
Jeanie Payne Phillips '60

2012
Mary MacHutta Kearney '95

2011
Sharon Broun Keeler '78

2010
Peggy Haden Nolan '71

2009
Dianne Wright Doyle '78
Jodee McCarthy '82

2008
Donna Hafertepe Butzberger '72
Marian Haggar Bryan '72

2007
Patricia Meneses Kutscher '74

2006
Bridget Dunne Buell '77

2004
Judith Fontenot Pierre '74
Sharon Keating McQuown '74

2003
Patty E. Sullivan '81

2002
Teresa Daly Walther '74

2001
Estela Meneses Jones '71

1998
Monica Prachyl Cochran '71

1997
Deb Cummings Dunne '74

1996
MaryAnne Doran Mathews '76

1995
Carolyn Neuhoff Bellomy '79

1994
Kathleen Martin Weatherford '77

1993
Ann Haden Knapek '76

1992
Sylvia Orozco-Joseph '77

1991
Mary Murphy Gill '62
Patty Morgan McNally '67

Young Alumna

The Young Alumna Award honors an alumna who graduated in the last 15 years and who, through her service, leadership, and achievements, has made outstanding commitments within her community and/or profession.

Young Alumna Award Recipients

2016
Elisa Ringholm '04

2015
Bailey Butzburger '02

2014
Rebecca Wade '07

2013
Madeline Elliott '03

2011
Mary Kidd Cosper '96

2008
Dina Habib Powell '01

Ursula Laurus

Ursula Laurus Award was created in 2011 to honor an alumna whose life example of commitment – a generous giving of time and resources to a community in need on a national level – merits this honor and more!

Ursula Laurus Award Recipients

2012
Anne Simmons-Benton '74

2011
Shannon Grothues Maxwell '86

Special Honorees

Special Honoree Award Recipients

2009
Sybil Emmett Tucker '51
Retiring Alumnae Director

And most amazingly, I’ve seen you all, over and over, come back to Ursuline at 25, 50, 75 and all years in between, and as you walk down Main Hall you magically become 16 again.

Sybil Emmett Tucker '51

Sister Marie Staats Award

The Sister Marie Staats Award honors a member of the Ursuline family, male or female, who has shown an outstanding commitment and tireless service to Ursuline Academy or its Alumnae Association. Such individual’s service and commitment should have deeply and positively affected the Ursuline Community.

Sister Marie Staats Award Recipients

2016
Rose Hemstreet

2007
Rosalyn & Alan Bell

2006
Fr. Jack Deeves, SJ

Make a Nomination for an Alumnae Award

Nominations for 2017 Alumnae Awards are due by April 30, 2017. Award nominees must be alumnae of Ursuline Academy of Dallas. Current members of Ursuline Academy boards, administration, faculty or staff are ineligible for nomination. Make a nomination using the form below. If you have questions, please contact the Alumnae Office.

2016 Alumnae Award Recipient Profiles

Elisa Ringholm '04- Young Alumna Award

Elisa Ringholm, Ursuline Academy Class of 2004, was born and raised in Dallas. She discovered a passion for the environment as President of, The Environmental Club at Ursuline.

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Miki Bone Melsheimer '79- Serviam Alumna Award

Miki Bone Melsheimer, Ursuline Academy Class of 1979, received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre with a minor in Management from Texas A&M University, studied at the Royal National Theatre of Great Britain, and most recently, received her Master's degree in Humanities at the University of Texas in Dallas in 2014.

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