Alumnae Awards

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The 2024 Alumnae Awards will be presented during Alumnae Day on April 27, 2024. If you have questions, please contact the Alumnae Office.

Nominations for the 2025 Alumnae Awardees will open in Fall 2024.


2022 Alumnae Award Recipients

Distinguished Alumna

Susan Heller Stanzel, Class of 1957

In 1970, Susan returned to Dallas and began her work with Holy Trinity parish, the Diocese of Dallas, and the community. She served as a Board Member of the Diocesan Convention on Parish Life, Coordinator of the Holy Trinity Jail Ministry, and President of the Altar Society. Simultaneously, she served on the boards of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League, the Dallas Ballet, the Dallas Council on World Affairs, the Way Back House for penal ex-offenders, the Ursuline Alumnae Board, and as President of the Colony of the Meadows School of Fine Arts.

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Sister Marie Staats Award

Susan Flume Bauer, Class of 1964

Susan began her teaching career at Ursuline in 1977 teaching Algebra I and Math Lab. During her time in the Mathematics Department, she taught all the possible mathematics courses. She became Mathematics Department Head in 1979. While she was Department Head, she expanded the mathematics curriculum to include a wide variety of 4th year mathematics courses including AP Calculus. Susan taught AP Calculus students and developed pathways for a broader group of students to be prepared for Calculus. 

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Serviam Alumna

Dr. Cara Buskmiller, Class of 2007

Following college, Cara attended Texas A&M Health Science Center, where she was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society and Alpha Omega Alpha, and received the American Medical Women's Association's Glasgow-Rubin citation for academic achievement in 2015, given to the top female medical student in each graduating medical school class. Also in 2015, Dr. Buskmiller was consecrated in the Diocese of Dallas as a consecrated virgin living in the world, an ancient vocation of permanent virginity dedicated to love Christ as a spouse, and service of His Church.

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Young Alumna

Gabriela Aguilar, Class of 2011

The daughter of successful immigrants from Michoacán, Mexico, Gaby was raised to be a mujer del mundo (woman of the world) and value hard work and dedication. Her passion for cultivating connections and educational opportunities compels her to work for the growth and empowerment of her family and communities.

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Award Categories and Recipients

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


The Alumnae Luncheon on Saturday, April 27, will honor:

  • Distinguished Alumna: Cheryl Unis Mansour '66
  • Serviam Alumna: Elizabeth Ryan Galvin '75
  • Young Alumna: Dr. Megan Madonna '11
  • Sr. Marie Staats Award: Sr. Lois Castillon, O.S.U.

Learn more and register.