High Notes

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Ursuline alumnae are making an impact as accomplished professionals and as Serviam women, bringing strength and leadership to their families and communities, sharing time, talent and resources to help neighbors in need, embracing opportunity and challenge at home and around the world.

To follow are highlights of recent professional, volunteer, and personal accomplishments submitted by Ursuline alumnae.

Jordyn Wedell '16, a junior at Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles, recently accepted an internship to the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See (The Vatican) for the summer of 2019. She will return to LMU in the fall as a senior where she is a History Major.

Andrea Coldwell '12, Dell Software Engineer, was awarded a Dell Champion Award. Since 2014, Michael Dell has presented this award to salute those team members who consistently deliver strong results, obsess with service customers, are recognized for collaboration, and always operate with the company's best interests in mind.

Lauren Barale '12

Lauren Barale '12, RN at Medical City Children's Hospital, received a DAISY Award for her extraordinary work as a nurse.

Megan Madonna Davis '11, fourth-year Ph.D. candidate studying Biomedical Engineering at Duke University, was featured by Duke University's Center for Global Women's Health Technology after publishing her first paper for the American Association for Cancer Research. Learn more.

Melinda French Gates '82

Melinda French Gates '82 and her husband Bill Gates were honored on April 11 as recipients of the George W. Bush Medal for Distinguished Leadership, for their work to reduce inequities in healthcare, break down economic barriers, and hold our education system accountable for all students' success. Learn more. Also in April, they were named by Fortune magazine as number one on that publication's annual list of "The World's 50 Greatest Leaders." Melinda's first book, The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World, was launched on April 27.

Pat Hoch Shannon '57

Pat Hoch Shannon '57 was featured on the WFAA/Channel 8's program, Verify: Can you train your brain to work better? The show's mission is to separate fact from fiction in news and social media. Watch video.

Molly Wilkinson '05, a Le Cordon Bleu Paris pastry graduate, recently launched Pastry Classes in Versailles. Learn more.

Addie Stone '16

Addie Stone '16, junior agribusiness major and Spanish minor at Clemson University, presented at TEDxClemsonU on March 9 over the topic "Accessible Agriculture." Read more.

Laura Roberts '04 and Claudia Roberts '08

Sisters Laura Roberts '04 and Claudia Roberts '08, Ph.D. students in computer science at Princeton University, were featured in the article, "Princeton Profiles: Roberts sisters study how to make the internet fairer and safer." Read more.

Tara Copp '92 joins McClatchy Washington Bureau as their National Military/Veterans Affairs reporter.

An exhibit by artist Laura Roosevelt '79 titled "Historic American Pop" will be on display in the East Texas Room in the Hall of State until April 14. Featuring a pioneering new form of American art, the exhibit debuted on March 21 at the Dallas Historical Society event "From Hyde Park to Fair Park-A Conversation with the Roosevelt Grandchildren and their Remembrances of Grandmère and Pa." Read more.

Ana Herrera Rodriguez '99, Director of the Southern Methodist University Cox Latino Leadership Initiative, has been selected as a 2019 Texas Women's Foundation Maura and Young Leader recipient. Read more.

Madeline Elliott '03, History Teacher at Christ the King Catholic School, is one of 12 educators in the Dallas/Fort Worth area chosen to attend the 2019 United Arab Emirates Educator Study Tour. Read more.

Shannon Murray '08

Shannon Murray '08, Emory University Internal Medicine Resident, presented her research on "MircoRNA144 Mediates Alveolar Macrophage Dysfunction in HIV-1 Transgenic Rats" at a Medical Meeting in New Orleans in February.

Charisse Beaupre '07 recently founded "Friends of Stemmons Park," a nonprofit in partnership with the Dallas Parks & Recreation Department and sponsorship from the Dallas Parks Foundation. Stemmons Park, located at Oaklawn Avenue and Harry Hines Boulevard, will serve as the premier junction connecting the Katy Trail to the Trinity Strand Trail by 2022. Learn more.

Jacqueline Gibson '15

Jacqueline Gibson '15, senior at The University of Texas, was featured on a UT Computer Science post where she discusses her desire to make the world a better place. Read more.

Rachael Roth '09, Unit Publicist, was featured in the International Cinematographers Guild (ICG) Magazine (pages 94-95). Read more.

Ana Perez '14 has accepted a position as an Assistant Producer at KERA working on "Think with Krys Boyd."

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