Gratitude was the theme on November 4, 2021 at our 7th annual President’s Dinner. More than $7 million was raised over the past two years in the Annual Fund and Innovation Campaign combined!
The energy in the Wykagyl Country Club dining room was certainly extraordinary as Dr. Melnyk greeted donors who had each contributed $2,500 or more to the 2019-20 Annual Fund, the 2020-21 Annual Fund, and/or the Innovation Campaign.
Dr. Melnyk spoke of how Annual Fund gifts helped us return to full-time, in-person learning, safely. She also outlined the incredible ways the new spaces are being used.
Dr. Melnyk pointed out that “our Innovation Hub, or iHub, has been a new center of activity as students have begun to work in teams and partnerships to engage in Design Thinking tasks. Design Thinking is an interactive process that compels learners to identify and redefine problems, create innovative solutions, develop prototypes and test their prototype solutions. This process of brainstorming, collaboration and testing is aligned with our emphasis on Growth Mindset.”
Another prominent new space is the beautiful, welcoming, Kulsar & McCarthy Lobby. It has already been the site of receptions where our musical Ambassadors have played glorious melodies for all guests.
Campaign gifts have also made possible the High-Tech Media Conference Center. This new seminar-style room has been the setting for an "Enlightenment Salon Simulation" and the space where the Future Women in Business Club has met.
The Advancement Team again organized student speakers and student guests at each table, who shared highlights of their faith development and service activities. They also regaled guests with fabulous stories of learning.
Frances ’22 demonstrated the 3D pens and said, “As a science enthusiast and an aspiring biomedical engineer, the drop-in room and the iHub have given me a taste of what it will be like to work in a lab filled with incredible machinery. The new spaces have made me feel very professional. The floor-to-ceiling walls in the iHub make me imagine them covered in equations, making me feel like Katherine Johnson from Hidden Figures. Even just sitting in the drop-in room, using the laser printer or the 3D pens, I feel as if I were already in a lab.”
Students similarly told how they love the Murphy Student Commons. Said Noelle, “Our personal favorite spot is the Christina Murphy Student Commons. We nicknamed the high-top tables the “airport bar” and feel so professional when working there individually and with friends. This atmosphere has really enhanced our learning experience.” And Chiara noted, “It's also a great place to stay after school to socialize with my friends!”
Our National Merit Scholars in attendance were also recognized and applauded.
Thank you to our donors who make possible the Ursuline educational experience!
Photos here by Chris Pope of Chris Pope Photography.