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Gigi Ibrahim '05 is featured in OCMetro's March 2013 edition and tops the list in the article titled "20 Women to Watch." Click here to read the full story on the OCMetro site. The article mentions that Gigi is an alumna of Connelly. Gigi continues to report from Cairo as a journalist and political activist during the ongoing turmoil in Egypt. She recently wrote to us about her fond memories of Connelly: "I always remember the special time and gifted knowledge Connelly provided me in my education and I never forget the sense of community and belonging I felt there. I carry that now as I take part in the Egyptian revolution as a proud Egyptian, who hopes someday to achieve freedom - what we called out for when millions of Egyptian people went on the streets giving their blood for it. I hope all of us may cherish the love that we get from our communities, because at the end of the day as long as you belong to something great, you will never be alone." 

TC Newman '96 Hosted the USAA Army Navy game pre-game tailgate for CBS Sports Network on December 8, 2012.

Barbara Day '73 wrote on (September 26): "I live in Reno, NV and am an ICU nurse at the veterans hospital. My daughter Alison, 37, lives in Norfolk, VA and is an artist and stay-at-home mom to her two sons, while her husband is a Navy submarine engineer. My son Vince, 24, lives in Eureka, CA. If anyone comes to Reno for vacation or for skiing, look me up. I would love to get together!"

Christina (Gonzalez) Roth '77 wrote (on September 16, 2012): "Our 35th reunion - held September 15, 2012 at the home of Tina (Martin) Bates '77 - was a lot of fun. So many memories, laughs and smiles. Thank you, Tina, for such a great time and it was nice to see everyone that attended."

Suzanne Vogel Hunt '68 wrote on (September 4, 2012): "I've been retired for a couple of years now, living in Brea, CA. I'm still a busy mother to 5 grown children, and grandmother to 3. I volunteer in my grandkids' school and at the local library. My husband Roger and I are also singer/songwriters who perform together at churches, yoga studios and private homes."

Carolyn Chen '89 is Associate Professor of Sociology at Northwestern University, (Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2001) and author of Getting Saved in America, which compares Taiwanese immigrants who have converted to evangelical Protestantism, those who have converted to active membership in a Buddhist temple, and those who do not seek any active religious affiliation. Read more about Carolyn here.


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April, 2013 - Maricar Nones '11 led the University of St. Francis' women's golf team to a win at the Adrian University Spring Invitational April 6 at the Lenawee Country Club. The Univeristy of St. Francis topped the seven-team field with a team score of 354, which was 16 shots better than runner-up Hope College's 370. Maricar Nones, a sophomore at St. Francis, led the 43 participating golfers with a round of 84 on the 5,514-yard par-71 course.

December 6, 2012 - Lindsay Forbes '09 will perform @ The White House on December 8 with the University of Rochester's all-female a cappella group Vocal Point. The group will sing contemporary and choral takes on seasonal songs in a two-hour performance while guests take the annual holiday tour. Can't make it to Washington D.C.? Listen up: http://www.whec.com/news/stories/S2857917.shtml?cat=566

July 13, 2012 - Beata (Kaveggia) Nelson '72 emailed in this Class Note: "We are celebrating our 34th anniversary August 13. My husband (Roger) recently had a full knee replacement and is still recovering from that very painful procedure. Other than that, life on Puget Sound in Washington state is just lovely, and COOL! If anyone wants to look up Hansville, WA on the internet, you will see how very rural our 15 acres of horse property is. We do not have a bank, nor a gas station, nor anything but a bait/tackle/mini-store. We do, however, have the most lovely view of cruise ships gliding by out of Seattle on their voyages up to Alaska and down to Mexico."

May 24, 2012 - Katharine Marie Dobos '08 graduated from Harvard University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Neurobiology. She graduated Magna Cum Laude, with a citation in Spanish and she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

May 21, 2012 - Erin Fee '08 graduated May 19 from George Washington University in Washington D.C. as an art history major and pre-med.

April 27, 2012 - Liesl Prentice '04 graduated May 4 from Indiana University with a Master's degree in Library Science.

April 25, 2012 - Samantha Swoger '08 graduated May 11 from The University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in marketing.

January 4, 2012 - Megan O'Connell-Barbre '08 was crowned Miss Southern California Cities 2012 at a November 2011 pageant.

January 3, 2012 - Connelly Girl Casey Johnson '08 plans to retire after her eight-year career as a one of the world's top competitive swimmers. Casey competed in the 2004 Paralympics in Athens and the 2008 Beijing Paralympics. Casey said she's retiring mainly so she can go to graduate school. The practice and competitions are too much to fit in with the academic course-load required for her to pursue a doctorate and teach college-level math.
Click this link to read the Orange County Register's December 22 story on Casey Johnson: http://www.ocregister.com/articles/johnson-332684-says-swimming.html
Click this link to view the Orange County Register's photo essay on Casey Johnson: http://www.ocregister.com/articles/johnson-332684-says-swimming.html?pic=2


December 20, 2011 - Kelly Stinner '98 and her husband Daniel, with their daughter Caroline, are celebrating the November 23 birth of Andrew Maxwell Stinner.


 December 15, 2011 - Chrysanthi (Settlage) Leon '95 is Assistant Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice at the University of Delaware and Fellow of the Criminal Justice Research Program at the Institute for Legal Research at the University of California, Berkeley.

November 8, 2011 - Katharine Dobos '08 was selected to the Harvard Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, for its "Senior 48" - the top 48 seniors of 1,600. Katharine is studying neurobiology and will graduate in 2012. She is currently interviewing for medical schools across the country. Chapter President Logan S. McCarty '96 said the top students have rigorous academic records and have chosen to take more challenging courses and courses outside their concentration. This selection is the second of three rounds, beginning with the "Junior 24" elected last spring and concluding with the final group selected right before Commencement. Together the three groups comprise about 10 percent of the senior class each year. Read more about Katharine on The Harvard Crimson news site.

October 11, 2011 - Christina Torres Richards '95 shared her update on her RSVP card for the 50th anniversary celebration. "Married April 2006, Hawaii; beautiful daughter Sequoia Grace born April 2010; working in law firm in Mission Viejo while attending school to earn paralegal certificate in December 2012; notary public. In summary: happy, married, mom!"  

October 8, 2011 - Heather Schley LaBow '88 wrote, on her RSVP card for the 50th anniversary celebration. " Class plays, math with Sr. Beth, and Miss Sullivan and her sports cars and boats. Big sister - little sister."

September 28, 2011 - Victoria Josefina Limon '04 shared her update on her RSVP card for the 50th anniversary celebration. Victoria graduated from Rosemont College in May 2008 with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and a minor in Spanish. She received her Master's Degree in counseling and clinical health  psychology in July 2010. 

September 26, 2011 - Maryl Brown Canini '66 shared her update on her RSVP card for the 50th anniversary celebration. "My husband Tony and I have been married for 43 years and have lived in Huntington Beach since 1970. We have three children. Jenny graduated from Connelly in 1988 and is a high school math teacher in Tucson, AZ. Tony is an attorney/stockbroker in San Francisco, and Robert is a manager with AT&T in Southern California. My husband is an insurance broker about to retire and I am a retired registered nurse and clinical manager in the business world. Currently my husband and I enjoy our grandchildren and travel."

September 26, 2011 - Sarah Zoref '00 finished her Bachelor of Arts Degree in English with minors in anthropology and Spanish in 2004. She received her Master's Degree in education from Seattle University and now works in Seattle as a teacher and as the chair of the English Department. She is currently working on her doctorate in clinical psychology with a focus on adolescents and refugees.  

September 25, 2011 - Amelia Wagner '09 is studying in Paris for a year through an exchange program with San Francisco State University. She is taking business classes in English at the American Business School in Paris, while earning her Bachelor's Degree in Accounting. She wrote: "I'll be exploring the city as much as I can in my free time. This semester I'm staying with a roommate in an apartment in the 13th arrondissement, and next semester I'm hoping to live with a host family. It's only been a little less than a month so far, but I've fallen in love with Paris already. It's such a beautiful and lively city that I don't think I'll ever get bored exploring it. I'm sure this will be an experience I'll treasure for the rest of my life!"

September 22, 2011 - You want more about the difference Connelly Girls make the world? Jamie Soo Colangelo '87 was traveling from Maine to New Jersey the day after Hurricane Irene and helped put her own spare tire on the car of a stranger at a rest stop. Yep! Connelly Girls lead, serve and inspire others with their actions. "I did it because we were raised to help people when we see they need it," said Jamie. THAT'S character! That's caring for others! THAT'S ACTIONS NOT WORDS! Tell me more, ladies.

September 14, 2011 - You say you want to know the character of a Connelly woman? So proud of Kelly Rossi '83, who wrote on Monday: "I gave up my seat in first class to a young marine that was telling his buddy he'd never had a chance to sit up front. I love that the other 15 people in first class followed suit. We have a happy bunch of military men sitting in First Class today. It should be this way every day." THAT'S ACTIONS NOT WORDS! Connelly - Lead, Serve, Inspire!

August 9, 2011 - Katie Lawler '03 wrote: "I earned a Master's of Education in School Counseling from USC in May 2010 and started working as an Admission Counselor at Chapman University. In July 2011 I moved from Irvine to Houston, Texas to work as a college counselor at a high school. I am working at The Village School, a private, non-denominational, IB school in Houston. There is a Meritas boarding program as well, since the school has a large population of international students. Working at Chapman last year, as an Admission Counselor, was an incredible experience, and taught me a lot about myself as a professional. I am excited to be moving closer to my parents, who have lived in Houston for the past few years, and start counseling high school students!"  

August 2, 2011 - Danae Sandoval '09 is a junior at Cal Poly Pomona, majoring in Animal Science (a pre-veterinarian medicine major). Danae headed to Costa Rica in August 2011 to volunteer with a non-profit organization participating in a Wildlife Assessment Project. Danae wrote: "I will be traveling to help make a difference, by traveling to Golfo Dulce and Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica. We will be doing some dolphin and whale monitoring and sampling, as well as studying poison dart frogs. Our goal for this project is to help with the conservation of these animals by generating legitimate research for the government to help implement conservation and wildlife resources. Also, we hope to learn and provide information to help limit and prevent the risk of habitat degradation. As a volunteer, I will be learning a lot about ecosystem dynamics and the role each organism plays in the biodiversity. My hope is this volunteer trip will be the first of many where I get to do something that revolves around my passion for animals!"

August 1, 2011 - TC Newman '96 interviews Marshal Carolan (Servite grad), who is touring with the 2011 Broadway production of "Hair." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0zGG2vISBU  Tell us where YOU spot a Connelly alumna!

July 25, 2011 - 
Gaby Espejo '10 is "traveling with a purpose." June: volunteering at a summer camp for underprivileged children in Venezuela. July: in Chile, working w/ a sister church in Santiago. She traveled to Nicaragua in March 2011 to teach the word of God to underprivileged children. While at Connelly, she volunteered in La Paz, Mexico for her senior service project. Gaby is a sophomore at Biola University, majoring in communication disorders. She plans to add an art minor, so she can teach art therapeutically. Gaby wants to earn her doctorate in speech therapy, so she can help children with special needs. TELL US WHAT YOU'RE UP TO. Email [email protected]

July 20, 2011 - Claire De Los Reyes '09 married Daniel Perez on July 17, 2011. July 19, 2011 - Vanessa Di Carlo '04 is now the Director of Stewardship at the University of Massachusets, Boston.

June 23, 2011 - Jessica Morales '04 wrote: "I'm in Chicago, IL right now, working as in the digital strategy department for the Obama campaign. I am the manager of www.my.barackobama.com, a set of organizing tools that allows people to take action online for President Obama. I love the work I'm doing, and credit a lot of my love for my job to Connelly. It gave me the ability to think critically and work well under pressure. More importantly, Connelly gave me the space to learn more about social justice and leadership - two things that really motivate me in my work."

May 13, 2011 - Janis (Drexelius) Fee, MD '80 was chosen to give the graduation address to the Class of 2011 on June 5. Janis is an alumna and alumna parent and an Honorary Trustee. She is featured in our Connelly Girl campaign. Janis's three sisters also graduated from Connelly and her brother is a Servite graduate. Her son graduated from Servite in 2011.

Helen Nolde '06 married Mr. Jan Schneider in Berlin, Germany on May 13, 2011. The couple lives in Germany. They will celebrate their marriage in California in 2012.

Congratulations to Connelly alumnae and faculty who graduated in summer 2011!

Grace Nolde '07 graduated May 26 from the University of Redlands, as a member of the Phi Beta Kappa National Honors Society, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and a minor in theatre and a preliminary teaching credential - single subject.

Audrey O' Neil' 07 was named Outstanding Senior in the Athletic Training Education Program at Chapman University's Honors Reception May 20.

Shanti Ernest - Connelly's Dean of Students - was named Outstanding Graduate Student in the Master of Arts in Education program at Chapman University's Honors Reception May 20.

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"I had a pretty remarkable experience at Connelly. I think it was the catalyst for my university acceptance. I owe the rest of my life decisions and career choice to that experience at Connelly." 
Sally Polk-Garcia '73

"I loved it at Connelly. Some of my dearest friends are from Connelly. It was a fabulous time - adventuresome, but still sweet. I always felt special. I never, ever felt like a number. My Connelly experience influenced every aspect of my life. I feel very fortunate."
Alison (Baker) Schaumburg '70

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