Alumnae of the Sacred Heart

Established October 21, 1921, the purpose of the Alumnae of the Sacred Heart is "to aid the religious and educational work of the Religious of the Sacred Heart in California, in particular through promoting and making financial contributions to such work and by helping, through meetings, bulletins, and correspondence to maintain the ties of affection and loyalty which bind their alumnae.

Lone Mountain Heritage Room

Thanks to the generosity of a Lone Mountain alumna and educator who wishes to remain anonymous, the charming wood-paneled seminar room on the stairway landing between the first and second floors of the Lone Mountain main building has been endowed. At the donor’s request, the room is dedicated to the Religious of the Sacred Heart (RSCJ) and is a lasting celebration of the legacy of San Francisco College for Women/Lone Mountain and the RSCJ who founded it.

Students assisted the Lone Mountain Alumnae Board in creating a boutique museum celebrating the legacy and impact of San Francisco College for Women/Lone Mountain in the endowed Lone Mountain Heritage Room. In 2014, Merrill Amos and Leah Belcner, students in the graduate museum studies program, curated the first half of the room. In 2016, Nell Herbert '16 MA Museum Studies and Elizabeth "Liz" Migueles '17, an undergraduate student in graphic design and advertising, curated the remaining half of the room.

Lone Mountain Campus Enhancement Fund

In partnership with Thomas Lucas S.J., former USF Professor of Art and Architecture, now Rector of the Jesuit community in Seattle, the board has developed and promoted a visionary long-range plan to beautify and enhance the historic Lone Mountain campus. To support this effort, a Lone Mountain Campus Enhancement Fund was created and a detailed plan with priority projects was announced.

View of Lone Mountain building. Through the generosity of many Lone Mountain alumnae, a number of campus enhancement projects have been completed, including the return of carillon bells to the Lone Mountain tower, the restoration of the beloved Mater Admirabilis statue, the return of tapestries and decorative arts to the corridors of Lone Mountain and most recently, the endowment of the Lone Mountain Heritage Room to display the history of Lone Mountain, including historic artifacts, photographs and memorabilia.

Individuals wishing more information on these projects are encouraged to contact USF Director of Development and Lone Mountain alumna Polly Mullin McMullen ’68 at or at (415) 422-4340.

Heritage Circle Gift Society

The Lone Mountain Heritage Circle is a special giving society established in 2011 by the Board of Directors of the Alumnae of the Sacred Heart Lone Mountain in partnership with the University of San Francisco. The Heritage Circle ensures ongoing recognition of the legacy of San Francisco College for Women (SFCW)/Lone Mountain by supporting two projects:

  • A Lone Mountain Legacy Scholarship Fund honoring the teaching excellence of the RSCJ who founded the college
  • A Lone Mountain Campus Enhancement Fund supporting the preservation and beautification of the historic Lone Mountain campus

Board of Directors

Alumnae elect three officers and nine directors to two-year terms on the Board of Directors. They are joined by members of the President's Council, who are long-time alumnae volunteers serving as resources, providing guidance, support and history to the board.

Margaret Burns Ames, Member
Virginia Maloney Baldelli, Member
Eileen Emerson Boles, Secretary/Treasurer
Tina Burgelman, USF School of Education
Marilyn Charm, Member
Marilyn Berg Cooper, Member
Georgianna de la Torre, Alternate
Joanna Budenz Gallegos, VP/President-Elect
Junko Takeuchi Ishii, Member
Polly Mullin McMullen, USF Staff
Marina Galvez McKenzie, President's Council
Barbara Schwarz Mellin, Alternate
Judy Miner, Member
Doreen Glynn Pawski, President
Mary "MeMe" Riordan, Alternate
Paula March Romanovsky, Member
Susie Scurich, Member
Etienne Schier Simon, President's Council
Mary Magnano Smith, Member
Elizabeth Francisco Thomas, Member 

Contact Info

Alumnae of the Sacred Heart

M–F, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

c/o Polly Mullin McMullen LM '68
University of San Francisco
2130 Fulton Street, LMR 311
San Francisco, CA 94117-1080
(415) 422-4340