The President's Circle

Celebrating a Vibrant Community

Donors to Ursuline Academy making gifts of $5,000 or more in one year become members of 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 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

More About Mary and Mike Terry

Mary and Mike Terry are active entrepreneurs and philanthropists whose leadership and service extend throughout the North Texas community. They established The Mike & Mary Terry Family Foundation (TMMTFF) in 2006 to provide equal opportunities for all children, advance youth through education and ensure a haven for those in need. They support organizations that help the homeless and victims of abuse as well as education, particularly Catholic education. 

TMTFF presented its first $1 million grant to Ursuline Academy in 2006. TMTFF support helped fund The Terry Courtyard inside The French Family Science, Math and Technology Center; and The Mike & Mary Terry Family Foundation Scholarship Fund.

Mike currently serves on the boards of Ursuline Academy, Jesuit College Preparatory School, Cristo Rey Dallas, Teach for America, The Loop Circuit Trail Conservancy, UT Southwestern President’s Advisory Board and the Advisory Council of The Catholic Foundation. Mary currently serves on The Catholic Foundation Board of Trustees. For the past decade, she has volunteered weekly at The Bridge, serving meals to the homeless. She also delivers donations through the St. Rita Bread Ministry.

The Terrys received the 2009 Association of Fundraising Professionals Philanthropist of the Year Award, 2012 Bridge Builder Award, 2014 Catholic Foundation Award and 2014 Dallas Historical Society Award for Excellence in Education. Texas A&M University Kingsville inducted Mike and Mary into their Legacy Society in 2017. The Terrys’ MT7 Ranch in Stephens County encompasses more than 22,000 acres and received the Texas Wildlife Association’s “Landowner of the Year” award in 2015, for its land stewardship and wildlife enhancements. 

Active members at St. Rita Catholic Church, Mike and Mary reside in Dallas and have three children and four grandchildren.
 

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.

More About The David M. Crowley Foundation

The David M. Crowley Foundation is committed to continuing the legacy of David Crowley who honored God and served others by giving his time and financial support. Throughout his life, David's generosity and heart had no boundaries as he believed that helping those less fortunate was his duty.

David Crowley and Sandra hallmark established The David M. Crowley Foundation in 1990 to help address the social needs of the Dallas community. Today as President, Sandra continues to be mindful of the Foundation's vision to support organizations like Ursuline Academy which work to improve the quality of life of others spiritually, physically, and emotionally.

Named one of the Foundation's original Designated Charities, Ursuline Academy has received generous grants over nearly three decades to establish The David M. Crowley Endowed Scholarship, The David M. Crowley Atrium of The French Family Science, Math and Technology Center, and the Ave Maria Endowed Scholarship in honor of David M. Crowley. The Crowley Foundation has also made major contributions to The Sister Margaret Ann Moser, O.S.U. '56 Endowed Scholarship and the Sister Margaret Ann Moser, O.S.U. Athletic Field.

Dedicated to promoting opportunities for women, David Crowley believed that Ursuline prepares young women to achieve their individual life goals and that the Academy makes a difference in the lives of its students. Through its compassionate gifts, the Foundation that bears his name has truly been instrumental in realizing this mission for Ursuline in Dallas.

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.

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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.

Recipients

  • 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