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2024年毕业典礼演讲嘉宾

NDA is excited to announce that Mary Kiritsy Foley, Executive Director of the Medicaid|Medicare|CHIP Services Dental Association (MSDA), 也是NDA 1974届的一员, will be our commencement speaker for the upcoming 2024 世界杯app软件推荐 Graduation on  May 23rd.

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  Ms. Foley serves as the Executive Director of the Medicaid|Medicare|CHIP    Services Dental Association (MSDA), a national non-profit organization            dedicated to promoting oral health equity for America’s most vulnerable        populations by collaborating with government agencies. A proud alumna      of 世界杯app软件推荐's Class of 1974, Ms. Foley's journey over the past    five decades has been marked by remarkable achievements and                      unwavering  dedication.

  从NDA毕业后, she pursued her bachelor’s degree in health        science at Worcester State University and later earned a master’s degree in    public health, specializing in Epidemiology and Biostatistics, 来自马萨诸塞大学, School of Public Health and Health Policy. Ms. Foley began her career as a licensed dental hygienist in Massachusetts, balancing her clinical work with raising a family. Her transition to public health occurred two decades later when she assumed the role of Director of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Office of Oral Health.

In 2005, Ms. Foley relocated to Washington DC to spearhead a national initiative focused on improving oral health for low-income pregnant women and infants. She served as an advisor to various federal agencies, including the Office of Head Start and the CDC. 2007年回到波士顿, she took on the role of Dean at the Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene, where she significantly expanded enrollment and introduced a master’s program in Dental Public Health.

Ms. Foley returned to Washington DC in 2009 to concentrate on healthcare policy, advocating for enhanced dental coverage for Medicaid and Medicare beneficiaries. Notably, her collaboration with the National Council on Disability in 2023 resulted in a groundbreaking report to Congress and President Biden, yielding pivotal policy recommendations that transformed healthcare for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 通过她不懈的努力. Foley continues to champion the cause of equitable oral healthcare, leaving an indelible impact on communities nationwide.

总晋升主任

世界杯app软件推荐 is thrilled to announce the appointment of Sherri Pitcher as the school’s next 总晋升主任. Sherri has a proven track record in marketing, 社区关系, and fundraising, as well as a passion for our mission and the hallmarks of a Notre Dame education.

Sherri comes to NDA after working as a Senior Director of Marketing and Business Development at Fontaine Bros. She was responsible for organizing and directing new business development initiatives, 建立社区伙伴关系, and providing guidance for brand marketing.

在方丹兄弟工作之前, Sherri served as the Senior Vice President, Chief LifeDesign Officer for Fidelity Bank, where she engaged with community stakeholders and directed the bank's philanthropic support.  Sherri was also a Senior Director of Economic Development for the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce for several years, where she organized and programmed the Chamber’s Women’s Information Network (WIN) Program. Sherri started her professional career as a Media Planner.

As the 总晋升主任, Sherri will oversee a fully integrated advancement effort for NDA. Joining our community that values diversity and belonging, she will be responsible for the overall strategy, design, and coordination of philanthropy and engagement for our Office of Advancement, continuing to grow our network of support.

Sherri is a graduate of Fairfield University, earning a BA in Communications.  作为社区志愿者, she has many current and past leadership roles at many non-profit boards including the EcoTarium, 伍斯特重建局, 伍斯特公共图书馆基金会, 伍斯特地区研究局, 和伍斯特花园俱乐部.  She has been a member of many community fundraising teams, including the YWCA and the Women’s Initiative of United Way of Central MA. Sherri is also a six-time marathon finisher, 包括波士顿马拉松(2), Burlington, VT, Chicago, IL, Houston, TX, 和旧金山, CA.

Please join us in welcoming Sherri to our NDA community.

2023年毕业典礼演讲嘉宾

NDA is excited to announce that Paula Ebben of WBZ/CBS Boston News and a member of NDA's class of 1985 will be our commencement speaker for the upcoming 2023 世界杯app软件推荐 Graduation on  May 25th.

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宝拉·埃本的爆头照

Multiple award-winning journalist Paula Ebben is an anchor at WBZ-TV in Boston.  Ebben is also an anchor for WBZ's streaming news service: CBS News Boston, and reports across all newscasts including WBZ-TV News' "Eye on Education" reports.

During her two-decade broadcast career, Ebben has also received a 2014 Columbia du Pont Award and a 2013 Peabody Award as part of WBZ-TV's team coverage of the Boston Marathon Bombings. She has been nominated for multiple Boston/New England Emmy Awards for Anchor, Reporter, 消费者的记者, 教育系列, and Writing, and won for Reporter in a WBZ Special on the Merrimack Valley Gas Explosions. In 2005, Ebben was awarded a regional RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Award for Best Feature Reporting. In 2011, she was chosen to report for all CBS stations from The 2011 Royal Wedding in London, England. She has also reported from the Democratic ('04) and Republican National Conventions ('04 and '16) and many New Hampshire Primaries. She has interviewed first lady Michelle Obama at the White House, reported from the Canonization of the Popes in Rome, and covered the three-city visit of Pope Francis to the United States.  She has also had the opportunity to co-anchor Championship Parades for The Boston Red Sox, Boston Bruins, Boston Celtics, 和新英格兰爱国者队.

Ebben is a Central Massachusetts native raised in Shrewsbury, MA.  在2002年加入WBZ-TV之前, Ebben previously worked as an anchor and reporter at New England Cable News. Before joining NECN, Ebben was an anchor and reporter at WGMC-TV in Worcester, MA.

Ebben graduated from 世界杯app软件推荐 in Worcester, and cum laude from Boston College with a BA degree in English. She serves on the Board of Directors of Bridge Over Troubled Waters, Boston's foremost agency helping homeless, runaway, 有风险的青少年.  She also supports the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Ebben and her husband Bill reside in the Greater Boston area. 他们有四个孩子.

NDA Celebrates Black History Month-Non-Racism vs. Anti-Racism

As Black History Month comes to a close, it is important to recognize that February is not the only time we should be celebrating Black excellence. We need to take a stand against racism and support people of color during all months of the year. But, it is not enough to simply be “not racist”. We must actively be anti-racist, fighting intolerance and discrimination in our communities.

Non-racism is, to put it simply, not being racist. But, this should only be the first step in our journeys of acceptance, love, and justice. Stating that you are “not racist” is great, but it doesn’t solve the overall problems that people of color face in the world. Racism is not just large acts of violence and hate groups, it can also come in subtle forms. Stereotyping, microaggressions, and lack of representation are all acts of racism, as well. 

The first step in being anti-racist is to take a step back and be willing to educate yourself. It is okay to be in the wrong, but what is important is being able to grow from mistakes. You should seek out the voices of people of color who advocate for change and amplify them. 反种族主义的关键在于行动. Action does not necessarily always mean protesting. 它可以捐赠给基金, choosing to support black-owned businesses, 教育你身边的人, and so on. Students can use their voices to speak up for those in need and spread awareness to friends and family. Parents and alumni can choose to shop at Black-owned businesses, 向慈善机构捐款, and have insightful conversations about modern-day activism with their loved ones. Faculty can make sure to incorporate Black history into their classrooms with activities, history lessons, 文献选择, and important Black figures and discoveries in their fields. Below, we have come up with a list of reputable charities, 教育资源, and organizations that can help you take an active role in being anti-racist, as well as some local Black-owned businesses you can support. 黑人历史月快乐!” 

资源编译 

ORGANIZATIONS 

-变化的颜色: 

http://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/support-us?refcode = coc-website_ho mepage_header 

—BYP100: http://secure.actblue.com/donate/byp100-1 

BOOKS 

-谴责黑人:种族, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America by Khalil Gibran Muhammad 

- We Are Not Yet Equal: Understanding Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson and Tonya Bolden 

- March (Books One, Two and Three) by Andrew Aydin and John Lewis - PODCASTS 

- Code Switch 

- Pod Save the People 

- School Colors

-教育赛跑 

——一位黑人教育家的真理 

——说到种族主义 

——Black Girls Heal 

——黑人女孩教播客 

——黑人教育播客上的黑人 

-动力:一个向前的比赛播客 

YOUTUBE CHANNELS 

——《世界杯app》 

- TED 

- Race Forward 

当地黑人拥有的企业 

- Taproot Treasures (1200 West Boylston Street, Worcester) 

- Demoiselle Accessories (342 Main Street, Worcester) 

教育资源 

- List of Shows A to Z | Black History & Culture | PBS 

-色盲或勇敢? |梅洛迪·霍布森- YouTube 

- This Is How the American Healthcare System Is Failing Black Women: http://www.oprahdaily.com/life/health/a23100351/racial-bias-in-healthcare-black women/ 

- Advocacy for Black Lives:  http://www.povertylaw.org/article/advocacy-for-black-lives/ 

- Cared Calgary Anti-Racism Education: http://www.aclrc.com/forms-of-racism - What to know about microaggressions: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/microagressions 

- When Black Women Lead, We All Win: 10 Inspiring Leaders Show Us The Way: http://www.forbes.com/sites/marianneschnall/2020/08/17/when-black-women-lead-we-all-win/?sh=5d42f2bf4513

- Code-switching: 4 Forum voices on what it is – and why we need to talk about it: http://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/11/code-switching-systemic-racism-work/

2021 Graduation Speaker- JoAnn Massarelli '75 (Full Speech Transcript)

Good afternoon!

It is my great privilege to be here with you, Bishop McManus, 圣母院的老师和工作人员, parents, family members, 董事会成员, and especially with you class of 2021 on your graduation day! 非常感谢你们邀请我.

It is remarkable when I look out on this scene just how familiar it is. I graduated 46 years ago and it is a strange déjà vu I'm having right now: same diplomas, 同样的黄玫瑰, same Sister Ann, 同样的伊夫林修女, 还是那个帕蒂?

然而,我并不是想建议你这么做 nothing has changed: as a matter of fact…(presented school uniform) I wore this every day for 4 years!

Uniform notwithstanding…The familiarity of this place is a wonderful and affirming segue for the message that I chose for you today and that is: in this wildly changing world, 生活中总有一些不变的东西, and if we can discern them amidst all the noise and chatter we are in a much better place to frankly maintain our personal sanity be a nurturing presence for those we love and make a positive difference in this world. 

Just the fact that this school exists (and a women’s school I will add) based on a tradition begun almost 220 years ago attests to constancy in a real way. The reason I want to talk about things that don't change, is because as citizens of the 21st-century we are led to believe that everything is up for grabs everything is in constant flux all is changeable and that truth is relative in the sense of your truth and my truth, 我们度过了多么美好的一年! It's just hard to discern what is real never mind what is true! 这是真新闻还是假新闻? Is it mask / no mask / double mask vaccine / no vaccine / which vaccine? There's just so many voices to listen to! 这很令人困惑! absurd even! We do well to remember what Voltaire said when he warned us: “those who can make you believe in absurdities can make you commit atrocities”.

所以我们需要的是一块可以依靠的石头, 一小块地, a little country on which to stand amidst all the earthquaking chaos that surrounds us. And this is especially important as you go forth from Notre Dame, as you enter the larger world and as you sort out your place as mature women within it.

所以我要分享一些重要的想法, 可以站立的岩石, 这是我从家里继承来的, my education, from my work with people with disabilities, from my community life in offering our home to people who don’t have a home and certainly from my faith as a Roman Catholic.

There is indeed objective reality and such a thing as truth with a capital T. Not only religions, but most ancient and current wisdom traditions acknowledge absolute truths. They describe them as gifts provided by a creator divinity for our own good and for the good of all humanity. Yet even a notion as basic as this one has been called to question.

But this is my point: truth about how the world works and about what is important in life is accessible to us, we just need to know where to look for it. If we focus on the popular and the powerful we will miss it, because the powerful have a vested interest in perpetuating deceptions to keep themselves in power. So if not from the powerful then from where? From the poor, the impaired, the vulnerable, the lowly. The least among us are so often in the best position to teach us about important truths, especially the ones that the world spends much time, talent, energy, 而金钱试图否认. One big truth is suffering is a part of every human life.

Now I know that suffering is not a typical topic for a graduation speech! But bear with me: when we can unflinchingly stare suffering in the face, so often what we find hiding in the pain is wisdom and love. I speak from my experience of opening our home and sharing our life with homeless people, and from my work with people with disabilities, but I learned it first here at Notre Dame first.

In the early 1970s the Love In Action program at Notre Dame was relatively new. My best friend Sharon O'Connor and I decided that we would volunteer at the Saint Francis home, each one of us adopting a grandmother to spend time with. We met Sharon's grandmother first and she was charming! They planned on going shopping and having lunch and they just really enjoyed one another's company right away. And then I was introduced to my grandmother. 我的父亲受到了严重的精神影响. 她说个不停, I couldn't understand a word she was saying and probably the worst thing was, 她不敢和我对视, 她看着我, but beyond me and frankly I was afraid of her.

So I resolved to get a new grandmother: someone nice, someone witty like Sharon’s. 那天晚上吃晚饭的时候, my father as he always did went around the table and asked each one of us what did you do today? So I told him I was at the Saint Francis home but I got a kind of a loser grandmother and so I was planning to frankly trade her in for a better one. 我爸爸只是看着我. 让我不舒服. 显然,他没有明白. I said she didn't even know whether I was there or not!  我父亲说:“哦. I thought the name of the program was love in action. It's hard to love when you're not even in the same room.”

So I went back and I stayed in the room and I listened. And as the weeks went by I could discern a pattern in her constant monologue: I heard her say her grandfather had lost his mind in World War I and her husband had lost his life in World War II. 她在越南失去了儿子. She was singing the song of suffering and I just witnessed it.

有一天,她向我打招呼! Another day she told me she liked my company! We never really had what you could call a conversation but we definitely had a connection and for me that was formative.

You see the word compassion means a sharing in another’s suffering. This woman taught me that compassion is not so much something you give as it is something you receive and share. That is an essential lesson that I cannot stress enough.

So my first piece of advice to you (because I get to do that from up here) is don't run away from suffering people. 甚至去找他们. And even if you can do nothing for them but offer your presence as a gift - that is love, true compassion. 这可不是小事!  Now you're going to get busy in life and this will not come naturally, 花时间陪伴受苦的人. But if you can manage to regularly make that time even for just a few hours here and there, your life will be richer than if you spent those same hours gainfully employed, 只赚钱.

Another big truth that has been passed down from the ages since ancient times, by every culture, in every place, until now, is that we human beings have a transcendent nature, 精神本质, we are more than our material physical bodies. 因此我们的灵魂, 伴随着我们的身体, need to be nourished or else we perish the same way we would if we were being starved of food.

所以当我们腾出时间祈祷时, reflection, silence and contemplation it brings forth an understanding that we are not the center of the universe but at the same time it provides the certain knowledge that each one of us is of inestimable worth, a unique and an unrepeatable and therefore precious entity, 注入了神圣的火花.

And therein lies our beauty and our dignity - a dignity that can never be destroyed

不是一个坏老板

nor an abusive relationship nor a catastrophic illness

not by the betrayal of a friend nor by a failed marriage

nor by our own weakness and sinfulness not by anything.

Our dignity as human beings is a given whether we know it or not. But when we cultivate our inner life we develop an appreciation for it, a certain knowledge of it - and that we can take to the bank - that carries us through life.

I was evaluating a human service agency that runs living arrangements for people with psychiatric problems. One of the people served joined our final administrative interview. This guy had had enormous suffering in his life: he had lived in a mental hospital for 40 of his 60 years, he had gotten beaten up and lost the use of his left arm, he was experimented on with all kinds of drugs… when I asked if he wanted to make a statement for the evaluation team he stood up, straightened his back and said in a steady and powerful voice: “many call me mentally ill, but no one, no one, 能说我道德败坏吗.” This man understood his inherent dignity and it got him through extreme adversity.

So my second piece of advice is to take the time to nurture your soul. 花时间安静地独处. Turn off the screens and take out the earbuds. 花时间在大自然中. Put it on your bucket list to go on a silent retreat that lasts longer than one day. Cultivate a habit of contemplation and reflection, and in doing so appreciate your beauty and your dignity and the dignity of those around you.

And as I wrap up here I'd like to speak to you as a woman. Don't let anyone tell you that the only difference between men and women is anatomy, or preference, or sensibility. All wisdom traditions tell us that there are deep-seeded aspects of our souls as women that complete us. Our spiritual identity as life-bearers, present in us whether we have children or not, is what distinguishes us as necessary beings in the world and distinct from men.

Yet so often we are encouraged to be caricatures of men: the high powered businesswoman,

the hard-bitten politician, the gun-toting detective, the fists-swinging lawyer…

These are the archetypal images we are told make up the successful woman.

Certainly strive for excellence in whatever you do, but bring compassion with you. Appreciate your womanly nature as life-bearer in the broad sense, as sister, as auntie, as listener, as gentler, as healer, as nurturer, 这一切都是至关重要的, 寒冷而混乱的世界. Dostoevsky said “the world will be saved by beauty” and that is us!

所以很感激. And one another. Cherish the friends you have made at NDA. Stay close to one another and to the school.

保管好你的保密协议藏物.

Who knows? Maybe in 40 years, you’ll get to be the graduation speaker…

谢谢你们,上帝保佑你们!

Jo Massarelli is a 1975 graduate of 世界杯app软件推荐 and a 1979 graduate of Georgetown University with a bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Comparative Theology. She is the Director of the SRV Implementation Project, a human service training and consultation concern. She divides her time between teaching and working with families, human service staff and people with impairments to bring about positive change, 一次一个人. She is the founder of the Medical Safeguards Project, teaching physicians and nurses about the particular vulnerability of impaired people in medical settings and how to provide them state-of-the-art care. She has taught at workshops and lectured at conferences across the United States, Canada, Japan, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand to a variety of human service workers serving a wide range of people devalued due to mental impairment, mental disorder, 物理损伤, age, and poverty. Ms. Massarelli has evaluated dozens of human service programs for children, 成人及长者, 包括住宅, 日常工作计划, schools, hospice, services, prisons, 无家可归者收容所. Jo Massarelli and her husband Marc Tumeinski are members of the Catholic Worker in Worcester, responding to the needs of homeless people in the downtown neighborhood where they live. Appreciating the ideal of voluntary hospitality, they welcome homeless people to live with them and share their lives together as valued members of their household.

Celebrating Women's History Month by Empowering Girls Together

Celebrating Women’s History Month by Empowering Girls Together

As Women's History Month comes to a close the Head of School at 世界杯app软件推荐 and the CEO of Girls Inc. of Worcester are celebrating Women’s History Month by exploring their uniquely intertwined history and mission of empowering girls. 

Lisa Mancini (世界杯app软件推荐) and Victoria Waterman (Girls Inc.) have a lot more in common than just leading two of the top gender-specific anchor institutions in the Worcester community. A quick look into their personal backstories shows a common thread of investing in girls from a young age. 丽莎自己就是女孩公司的一员. 伍斯特明矾, recalls her early childhood memories making ceramic pinch pots in the same classrooms that girls are learning STEM in now. “From my mother, an Italian immigrant who became a nurse, and my father, 勤劳的电工, I learned about the importance of an education, hard work, and resilience,丽莎·曼奇尼说, 世界杯app软件推荐院长.   “From Girls Inc. I learned that girls can truly do anything and have fun while doing it. They inspire all girls to be strong, smart, creative, and bold. The power of being a girl became very apparent to me during my time at Girls Inc."” She proudly displays those same clay pieces in her office at 世界杯app软件推荐 as inspiration for the next generation of girls to explore their potential. They are touchstones that remind Lisa of her full-circle journey from being inspired by a girl serving program at Girls Inc. 去办一所女子学校. 世界杯app软件推荐 (NDA) has been educating young women since 1951. 100%的大学录取率, 她们是唯一的全女生, catholic, 中环独立学校. In addition to their strong curriculum, AP courses and dual-enrollment partnership with Assumption University, this Fall NDA will be introducing a STEM certificate program and an Arts Certificate program for students interested in pursuing either field.

Victoria, a recent recipient of 世界杯app软件推荐’s Knollwood Award, is similarly aware of the impact that her education at an all-girls high school has had on her career. “Whenever I’m asked to remember a teacher who made a difference in my life, I recall Sister Jackie who ignited my love of reading through discussions of female protagonists. Being in a gender-responsive environment showed me the importance of developing confidence and self-esteem through a sisterhood in which we held each other to high expectations and lifted each other up.” Girls Inc. is empowering the next generation of leaders to lift each up through gender-specific programs like Eureka!-- a 5-year STEM and Leadership program with a tremendous track record. 100% of graduates have gone on to post-secondary education and more than 65% have planned to major in STEM-related careers. That is double the national average- a success made possible by the investment of partners like 世界杯app软件推荐. Recently, young women from both organizations participated in a clean-up service project at Camp Kinneywood, 女孩公司拥有的财产. Girls had the opportunity to share their own stories and work collaboratively to give back to the Worcester community.

With over 175 years of empowering girls between these two institutions, 圣母女子学院. of Worcester know the value of celebrating history. This month, they celebrate the women leaders of yesterday just as strongly as they celebrate the women leaders of tomorrow.