Spring Gala 2011

USF alumni, parents, and friends from Seattle to Los Angeles joined USF students and staff in the second annual April Action day of community service. Initiated by University Ministry as a service program for USF students, the day was adopted by the USF Alumni Ass ociation and its regional councils in 2010.

The University of San Francisco Alumni Association honored alumni and friends during its annual Spring Gala on April 9 at the Olympic Club’s Lakeside Clubhouse replete with lush views of the greens for the 300 guests in attendance. Carl Nolte ’55 received the Alumnus of the Year Award. A fourth-generation San Franciscan, Nolte was USF athletic news director and director of public information after graduation. He has written for the San Francisco Chronicle since leaving USF, and his “Native Son” column appears on Sunday. Nolte has been a staunch fan of USF men’s basketball since 1953 and continues to serve on the Athletic Hall of Fame Selection Committee.

The Professional Achievement Award was presented to five School of Nursing emeriti faculty who also happen to be USF alumnae. Together they have logged nearly 160 years of teaching at USF and have thereby influenced the lives of nurses who have saved and healed others. Anyone who has graduated from USF’s School of Nursing in the last six decades certainly knows the accomplishments of Betty Carmack, EdD ’81, Frances Monet Carter, EdD ’78, Jane Vincent Corbett, EdD ’85, Eleanor Hein, EdD ’79, and Mary Brian Kelber, RSM, ’62.

The Alessandri Service Award was presented to a very active member of our Peninsula-Silicon Valley Regional Council, Sandra McNamara ’78. Her leadership and tireless efforts as the founder/ chair of the council and now as a continuing member have proven an invaluable asset in efforts to establish and award regional scholarships for continuing students.

Gene Mullin ’60, E ’67, has had careers in teaching and in public service. Whether in front of a group of students in the classroom or in front of legislative bodies in Sacramento, he was always focused on enhancing the public good. In recognition of all his accomplishments, Mullin received the Edward J. Griffin Award.

USF was pleased to present Susan Koret with the Cable Car Award, given to non-alumni who have by generosity of time, talent, and/or treasure, promoted the mission and goals of USF and are “alumni in spirit.” Koret has enjoyed a long association with the University of San Francisco, where she has chosen to sustain and enhance the philanthropic legacy of her late husband, Joseph Koret. The Koret name is prominent on the Koret Health and Recreation Center and the Koret Law Center at USF’s School of Law.

One final tribute at the end of the evening exemplified the admiration, gratitude, and love that USF has for Chancellor John Lo Schiavo, S.J. A brief video tribute featured stories about “Fr. Lo” from his 60-year association with USF, after which he received a rousing ovation.

April Action Service Day

April Action Service Day

(1) Sacramento Regional Council members performed clean-up and beautification at Cristo Rey High School.

(2) The Peninsula Silicon Valley Regional Council partnered with St. Anthony’s Padua Dining Room in Menlo Park to prepare food and serve lunch to senior citizens and families in need.

(3) The Southern California Regional Council partnered with St. Robert’s Center in Venice to prepare and serve food and to assemble and distribute personal hygiene kits to clients of the center.

(4, 5) The North Bay Regional Council carried out projects with the Marin County Parks and Open Space District to do clean-ups of Bothin Marsh in Mill Valley, and with Giant Steps, a therapeutic equestrian center serving children and young adults with physical, behavioral, and developmental challenges in Sonoma County. Giant Steps was founded by Robert Pope ’61.

(6) The Pacific Northwest Regional Council partnered with People for Puget Sound in Seattle for environmental clean-up of the Duwamish River North Wind Wier.

(7) The San Francisco Regional Council partnered with University Ministry and Urban Sprouts to plant a vegetable garden at Ida B. Wells School in San Francisco.

(8) Yard clean-up was the order of the day for the East Bay Regional Council volunteers, who partnered with the North Pleasanton Rotary and R.E.A.C.H., a nonprofit providing housing and supportive services to families and young adults with developmental disabilities.

For information on the 2012 April Action Day, contact Kevin Leong at (415) 422-5491 or kmleong@usfca.edu.

Lone Mountain Reunion

Lone Mountain alumnae returned to campus October 17 for their annual reunion and to honor two individuals who have been instrumental in the ongoing story of the Religious of the Sacred Heart and the Lone Mountain Alumnae Association.

Gertrude “Trudy” Patch, RSCJ, LM ’47, and Dolores McKeever Donahue, LM ’52, were honored for their impact on the lives of so many. Sr. Patch is a former president of the San Francisco College for Women (later renamed Lone Mountain College) as well as an English teacher. Donahue has been a long-time volunteer for Lone Mountain as well as the Convent of the Sacred Heart.

Special recognition was given to the classes of 1950, 1960, and 1970, celebrating milestone reunions.

Reunion activities began with USF Chancellor John Lo Schiavo, S.J., celebrating Mass in the Del Santo Reading Room at Lone Mountain, followed by a wine reception and lunch.

Maureen Orth, journalist and contributing writer to Vanity Fair magazine, was a special guest and spoke after lunch about her life and philanthropic work in Latin America through her Marina Orth Foundation. Orth, the widow of Tim Russert, moderator of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” attended Lone Mountain in 1960-61.

This year’s reunion is scheduled for October 16 and will honor the classes of 1951, 1961, and 1971.