The President's Circle
Each year in the spring, members of The President’s Circle gather for a special dinner to celebrate a vibrant Ursuline community. Donors and volunteer leaders are recognized for their Serviam spirit and commitment to the future of the school.
President's Circle Dinner 2020: Act, Move, Believe
President's Circle 2020 was held virtually in the Fall of 2020. "Act, Move, Believe," was the theme of Ursuline’s annual dinner honoring President’s Circle donors. The evening’s program shared Ursuline's vision for the future of our school. President Gretchen Kane and Ursuline Academy Board of Trustees Chair Tom Merkel opened the evening, followed by the presentation of the 2020 President's Award to this year's recipient, Karen Drawz. The program concluded with a special announcement featuring faculty members and students. View event program.
President's Circle Dinner 2019: Inspired by Our Core Values
President's Circle Dinner 2019 was held at Four Seasons Resort and Club at Las Colinas. “Inspired by Our Core Values” was the theme of Ursuline’s annual dinner honoring President’s Circle donors. The evening’s program featured a discussion by Ursuline administrators who shared how the Core Values are lived out at Ursuline today. Led by Gretchen Kane (President), the panel included Dr. Andrea Shurley (Principal), Elizabeth Smith (Dean of Academics), and Kayla Brown (Dean of Students). The 2019 President's Award was presented to Mary and Mike Terry. View event program and photo album.
President's Circle Dinner 2018: Reimagining Ursuline Education
President's Circle Dinner 2018 was held at The Belo Mansion. The words of St. Angela Merici, "Do Something, Get Moving, Risk New Things" provided a compelling framework for the evening's message that looked to the future of Ursuline Academy, reimagining Ursuline education in ways that will enhance our mission. The David M. Crowley Foundation was named recipient of the 2018 President's Award. View the event program and photo album.
President's Circle Dinner 2017: UA On Track for Tomorrow
The annual President's Circle Dinner was held on April 28, 2017 at Union Station, celebrating the Ursuline mission, past, present, and future. Guests participated in a special "whistle stop tour" to learn more about how Ursuline is implementing its strategic roadmap. Mrs. Mary Fox was named recipient of the 2017 President's Award. View the event program and photo album.
President's Circle Dinner 2016
Supporters came to campus at Ursuline on Friday, May 6, 2016, for the annual President's Circle Dinner. Celebrating Excellence in Teaching, the program featured a video presentation followed by 20-minute "mini classes" to give guests a first-hand experience of 21st century teaching at Ursuline. Pat Brown O'Brien '52 and Neil O'Brien were named recipients of the 2016 President's Award. View the event program and photo album.
President's Circle Dinner 2015
Ursuline supporters gathered at the Dallas Museum of Art on Friday, May 8, 2015, for the annual President's Circle Dinner. Guests toured the museum, which featured student art, and participated in teacher-led interactive art experiences. Victoria Pitts Lattner '69 and Douglas Lattner were named the recipients of the 2015 President's Award. View the event program and photo album.
President's Circle Dinner 2014
The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum was the venue on April 10, 2014, for the annual President’s Circle Dinner. Guests toured the museum and also had the opportunity to hear from two panels — alumnae speaking on global citizenship and students and teachers sharing their Serviam experiences. The Staubach Family was named recipient of the 2014 President’s Award. View the event program and photo album.
President’s Circle Dinner 2013
Held at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science on April 12, 2013, the annual President’s Circle Dinner was themed UAre Here. Guests visited student STEM exhibits and demonstrations stationed throughout the museum. President Gretchen Kane presented the 2013 President’s Award to Susan Hayes Raffo '74. View the event program and photo album.
President’s Circle Dinner 2012
The Belo Mansion was the site of Ursuline's annual donor recognition event on April 13, 2012. Sister Margaret Ann Moser gave the President’s Tribute, presented the 2012 President’s Award to Mary Lee and Fritz Duda, and introduced her successor Gretchen Kane. Performing arts education was the evening's theme, with keynote remarks by Shana DeSouza Druffner ’85 and performances of the combined Ursuline Student Choirs. View the event program and photo album.
President's Circle Dinner 2011
Ursuline supporters gathered on May 6, 2011, at the Biblical Art Museum in Dallas for the annual President’s Circle Dinner. Dr. John McConnell, Chief Executive Officer of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and campaign co-chair, was keynote speaker. Members of the Facing the Future Capital Campaign Cabinet were honored as recipients of the 2011 President's Award.
President's Circle Dinner 2010
The 2010 President's Circle Dinner on May 7, 2010, was part of a day-long celebration of Dedication for the new French Family Science, Math, and Technology Center. Donors heard remarks from Melinda French Gates '82, Co-Chair and Trustee of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The 2010 President's Award was presented to The French Family: Ray and Elaine French, Susan French Burkhardsmeier '81, Melinda French Gates '82, Raymond J. French, and Steven French.
Donors contributing $10,000 or more in a year become members of The President’s Circle.
The President's Award
Established in 2004, the President’s Award is presented each year at The President's Circle Dinner to recognize an outstanding volunteer for extraordinary leadership and Serviam spirit in support of Ursuline Academy and excellence in education for young women.
- Karen Drawz (2020)
- Mary De Loache Terry '73 and Mike Terry (2019)
- The David M. Crowley Foundation (2018)
- Mrs. Mary Fox (2017)
- Pat Brown O'Brien and Neil O'Brien (2016)
- Victoria Pitts Lattner '69 and Douglas Lattner (2015)
- The Staubach Family (2014)
- Susan Hayes Raffo '74 † (2013)
- Mary Lee and Fritz Duda (2012)
- Facing the Future Campaign Cabinet (2011)
- Kevin Bartholomew
- Sherrye Bass
- Deborah Carson
- Joe Coleman
- Barry Drees
- Robert Elder
- Michelle Marlow Fojtasek '84
- Roger Hirl
- John Landon
- Earl Latimer
- Vicky Pitts Lattner '69
- Wes Loegering
- Dr. John McConnell
- Michael Mutek
- Pat Brown O'Brien '52
- Neil O'Brien
- Janet Liese Medlin '75
- Jack Pratt
- Jake Schroepfer
- Alice Rodriguez
- Karen Livesay Shuford '66
- Trudy Wright
- The French Family (2010)
- Ray and Elaine French
- Susan French Burkhardsmeier '81
- Melinda French Gates '82
- Raymond J. French
- Steven French
- Lee* and Sally Posey (2009)
- Win Bell (2008)
- Mary Emma Ackels Karam ’72 (2007)
- Eugene Vilfordi (2006)
- Mike Goodall (2005)
- Bill Perley (2004)
* In memoriam