Dolores McKeever Donahue LM '52 Named Alumna of the Year
For the first time, the University of San Francisco is awarding its highest alumni honor to a San Francisco College of Women alumna.
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.
A history of San Francisco College for Women/Lone Mountain College, "A College on the Hill" by Joanna Budenz Gallegos '68, will be given out at the 2018 reunion. The book is also available by contacting Polly M. McMullen. The Lone Mountain board suggests in lieu of payment that you consider a donation of any amount to the Lone Mountain Legacy Scholarship Fund.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or at (415) 422-4340.
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:
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, Alternate
Eileen Emerson Boles, Secretary/Treasurer
Marilyn Charm, Member
Marilyn Berg Cooper, Member
Meagan Barry Gallagher, Member
Joanna Budenz Gallegos, AASH Liaison
Junko Takeuchi Ishii, International Liaison
Polly Mullin McMullen, USF Staff
Marina Galvez McKenzie, President's Council
Judy Miner, Member
Marisa Robbins Mizono, Director
Doreen Glynn Pawski, VP/President Elect
Paula March Romanovsky, Member
Susie Scurich, Member
Lisa Engstrom Seran, President
Etienne Schier Simon, President's Council
Elizabeth Francisco Thomas, Member