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.

Michelle Lee Le ’99 and her family’s State Fair of Texas booth, Eat Crispies, introduced an old family recipe that won the 2023 Big Texas Choice Winner for Best Taste Savory: Fried Pho. Learn more.

Emily Tuggle ‘04’s research article, “Effects of Gabapentin on Emergence Delirium in Pediatric Tonsillectomy/Adenoidectomy Patients: A Post-Hoc Analysis,” is officially in print in the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiologists’ Journal. Read more.

Elaine Pawlowicz ‘85, Associate Professor of Studio Art: Drawing & Painting at the University of North Texas, will have her art featured at Anna Street Studios in Denton in “MISSING: A Solo Exhibition of Paintings" on October 3. Learn more.

Dr. Alison Mathews ‘03, Executive Director and Research Fellow in Faith and Health at Wake Forest University, was recognized with Wintson Salem’s Under 40 Leadership Award.

Rubio Digital Forensics, LLC, the company Graciela "Grace" Rubio '04 founded and manages, was recognized by Texas Lawyer as the #2 Texas-based computer forensics firm in Dallas for the fourth consecutive year!

Kate Murphy ’20

Kate Murphy ’20, soccer player at Syracuse University, was featured in Daily Orange, “Kate Murphy brings consistency, balance to SU’s backline.” Read more.

Miller Kerr ‘21

Miller Kerr ‘21 was selected as a Texas Christian University Transfer Chancellor’s Scholar, and will be awarded a very prestigious scholarship offered from TCU. The scholarship provides a three year full-tuition scholarship for undergraduate studies and study abroad. Miller was chosen for her academic success at Ursuline Academy and Kilgore College, her many leadership positions at both Ursuline, and most recently, as the Captain of the Kilgore College Rangerettes, and her community service for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and her nonprofit, Burning Hope. Miller will be working towards a major in Communication Studies in hopes of writing a book on her experience with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), continuing her motivational speaking CRPS and Leadership, furthering her work in the dance industry and getting a minor in Movement Science. She plans to study abroad in either England or Ireland.

MaryCook Nabors Blanshard ‘67

MaryCook Nabors Blanshard ‘67 received 1st place in the State Fair of Texas Creative Arts competition for her needlepoint handbag. This is her 11th blue ribbon.

Mariel Tam-Ray ’97

Mariel Tam-Ray ’97 won two blue ribbons at the North Texas Fair and Rodeo in Denton for her mustang grape jelly and homegrown peach jam.

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