Notre Dame College Alumnae Come Home Again

Friday, April 25, 2014

For the alumnae of Notre Dame College, Grymes Hill will always feel like home. It’s where they grew intellectually, spiritually and socially during their college days, and where the friendships that they made during those formative years have lasted a lifetime. 

Those friendships filled the air with smiles, hugs, laughter and memories as 40 alumnae gathered on the Staten Island campus of St. John’s University for the Notre Dame College Homecoming, an annual event that keeps the graduates of that beloved college connected to each other.

“Homecoming for the Notre Dame College Alumnae Association has been a long-time tradition,” noted  Alumnae Association President Jane Milza ’56NDC. “It is a time for our graduates to renew acquaintances, exchange ideas and show their allegiances. St. John’s University has a nationwide reputation and we as Notre Dame alumnae value the traditions of our college as well as those of the University. We hope to be able to continue to contribute to both of those traditions.”

One of the ways in which the Notre Dame legacy flourishes at St. John’s is through the Notre Dame College Alumnae Association Sr. Helen Flynn Endowed Scholarship. The scholarship is an annual award presented to incoming freshmen with demonstrated financial need who have had a close relative who attended either Notre Dame College or the Staten Island campus of St. John’s. Seeing the impact that the scholarship has on young people is a source of great joy to these generous alumnae.

Homecoming for the Notre Dame College Alumnae Association has been a long-time tradition."

Three incoming students who were awarded the scholarship this year were present with their families. Two past scholarship recipients, Clare M. Fennell ’80NDC and Sean C. Magee ’93NDC, ’01L, also attended the event.

“Homecoming 2014 was a wonderful opportunity to meet the young people who are going to benefit from the generosity of the graduates of Notre Dame College,” said Marianne Cummins ’60NDC, Alumnae Association Vice-President and Homecoming Chairperson. “We were also fortunate to meet Sean Magee, a recipient of the Sr. Helen Flynn Scholarship 25 years ago. He is an Attorney practicing in New Hampshire and he credited St. John's and this scholarship for helping him attain his goals in life. And of course, it was a delight to spend time on the campus that was so much a part of our life.”

The day began with the traditional Homecoming Mass, after which the alumnae enjoyed a champagne hour and brunch as members of the Anniversary Classes of 1934, 1939, 1944, 1949, 1954, 1959, 1964 and 1969 posed for class photographs. They were lavish in their praise for the event and grateful for the special place that they continue to hold within the St. John’s community.

"Homecoming was the best it ever has been,” remarked Suzanne Ratcliffe ’69NDC. “The event was wonderfully planned, and I loved the separate acceptance area for the students and their family's after the Mass. Everyone on our Committee and at St. John’s did a fantastic job.”