Homecoming Reunion Welcomes Back Nearly 250 Alumnae

September 21, 2012

This past weekend, alumnae from many decades were welcomed back to the school for a day of reconnecting, reminiscing, and enrichment. Attendance for the event reached new heights and exceeded the expectations of Alumnae Director Sr. Mariette Moan, ASCJ, ’77.

“I was just so pleased with the turnout for Reunion Day 2012,” Sr. Mariette said, “The opportunity for alumnae to register online is a definite advantage and it seems that each reunion keeps getting better. I want to congratulate the class agents and all of those who helped to make this reunion such a success. From the earliest graduates from the Class of  1952, to the Class of 2007 brimming with excitement about their first reunion, there was such a wonderful energy;  it is a real pleasure for me to witness that incredible spirit whenever alumnae come back to campus. I’m already excited to collaborate with the alumnae celebrating their special reunion years in June of 2013.”

The Class of 1987, celebrating 25 years, had the highest number of attendees, with 30 women returning to their alma mater.

Alumnae were greeted by current students as well as current and former faculty as they gathered  and met up with former classmates in the Mary and James DiMeo Library. While many alumnae paused at the tables lining the hallways filled with yearbooks from 62 years of SHA, others headed to various classrooms for  alumnae enrichment opportunities, new for this year. Returning alumnae had the option to participate in a hands-on technology workshop, led by Alora Caraglio ’08, introducing them to the newly created SHA Online Community. They also had the chance to meet with Susan Rascati Bailey ’99 and record personal oral histories with SHA Media Production students. Several alumnae also attended planning sessions for alumnae involvement with present students in the  2013 spring drama presentation, led by Barbara Mangini, co-moderator of SHA Drama Club and a future Alumnae Choral Concert to be held during the 2013-2014 academic year, led by Gail Thibaudeau Bellucci ’72.

Alumnae continued to bond at the Wine and Cheese reception, held in the Alumnae Courtyard Rose Garden, with a backdrop of blossoming flowers and the songs of yesteryear, animated by DJ Gino Popolizio of The Wango Tango Band. Between posing for group photos and laughing over shared memories, President Sr. Sheila O’Neill, ASCJ, Ph.D., ’71 invited alumnae to raise their glasses in a special toast to the 25th and 50th Reunion classes, the Class of 1987 and the Class of 1962, respectively. A special Reunion Mass was then held in Mount Sacred Heart Chapel,  with members of all the reunion classes participating. The ceremony closed the evening with a spiritual reflection on “the strong bonds formed at S-H-A” that “shall ne’er in life be broken.” Following the alma mater, the Class of 1962 and the Class of 1987 were inducted into the Silver and Golden Alumnae Societies. Each member received long-stemmed roses, bound with silver or golden ribbons.

The celebration of good times and long-lasting friendships continued off campus at local restaurants, as planned by the class agents.

The reunion that will celebrate Classes of 1953, 1958, 1963, 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003, 2008 will take place on Saturday, June 8, 2013. Homecoming Reunion Days will now take place at the start of the summer season as a way to kick off the months of sunshine and travel.

Class lists are now available from the Alumnae Office. Stay tuned for information about upcoming Reunion Planning Meetings for class agents and anyone else interested in helping out. Contact Sr. Mariette at 203-288-2309, x313 or @ alumnae@sacredhearthamden.org

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