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Academy of the Sacred Heart: October '10

Blessing of the Babies
Iris Kozak with grandmother Catherine Kozak, parents Nick & Kori and great aunt Mary.

The DiBasio sisters: Laura Cesa with Ivy, Kristi Jones with Libby & Mackenzie and Carrie DiBasio Hodrosky’99 with Madison.

This annual event was held on October 20, 2010 to celebrate the feast of Mater Admirabilis. Infants and preschoolers, with parents and grandparents, met in the Chapel to receive a blessing from Monsignor John Zenz and a Mater medal from Barbara Cliff Price’77, past president of the Alumnae Association. Afterward, everyone gathered in the Parlor for a pink gôuter. To view more photos use this link.
Jane Foley Ferraro’69

(From left to right: Emmett, Jane, Ella, George and Georgie)
Jane continues to enjoy her career as a Clinical Social Worker (MSW/LCSW) specializing in outpatient mental health counseling with adults. She is also an artist and her work is represented by Meibohm Fine Arts in East Aurora, New York ( Jane and her husband, George, are the proud grandparents of three – Emmett (2), Georgie (2 ½) and Ella Sophia, the newest addition, born on August 26, 2010.
Ellen Doetsch Brisson’77

(Ellen is in the top row, third person from the left.)
As a member of the 1978 Albion Field Hockey Team, Ellen was awarded a membership in the Albion College Athletic Hall of Fame on October 1, 2010. Ellen has also just completed her third year as field hockey coach for the Middle School for Girls team at the Academy.
Elizabeth Wiltsie’00
Liz has been hired as the Dean of Students for the Upper School here at Bloomfield. Most recently, she was on the founding team of BizeeBee Inc., where she developed online software for small businesses. Liz also held the position of Director of Operations at Sassy Tails, a girls hair accessory company that aimed to teach young girls about self-confidence and body image, where she worked with a nationwide junior advisory board of young girls who provided feedback that she synthesized into the company’s merchandise. Liz’s responsibilities include extracurricular activities, social guidance and student discipline for the Academy’s Upper School students, young women in Grades 9-12. Sr. Bridget Bearss, Head of School, said, “Liz brings to us her vast experience in business and motivation of young people, as well as a passion for the Goals and Criteria of Sacred Heart education and her deep desire to give back to the place that created her success.” 
Christina Sabatini’03 
Christina is back in Michigan and working on her year-long service project: raising $20,000 for HIV/AIDS prevention projects in South Africa. In her willingness to reach out to the Sacred Heart community, she has collaborated with the high school PEACE Group, which has also made a commitment this year to focus efforts in Africa; they are working together to raise awareness in and around the community. Inspired by a non-profit called Off The Mat, Into the World, Christina has created the Global Wristband Project and sells handwoven and recycled material bracelets that help raise funds for health and educational programs currently at work in South Africa. Each bracelet worn will help raises awareness to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in South Africa. The bracelets are colorful and carry a meaningful message across the logo. On Saturday, November 27, Christina will be will supported by a local business in the area, ART LOFT of Birmingham. ART LOFT showcases unique and innovative art work from places like South Africa, Europe and the Far East. Christina will be talking about her Global Wristband Project, selling wristbands, and raising awareness to World AIDS Day, December 1. Visit ART LOFT on November 27 and find the perfect gifts for the holidays, perhaps a bracelet or three! Please contact Christina with any questions or fundraising ideas at Visit her website at Wear a wristband, Raise Awareness! 

Dana Clark’04
Dana moved to Chicago in June and is working as a Marketing Specialist for Switchcraft, a manufacturing company. Her main responsibilities include maintaining and optimizing the website and creating all creative assets for the company. She is also getting her MA in New Media Studies at DePaul University at night.
Nicole Simone’06
Following her graduation from Albion College, Nicole is in her first year at University of Detroit Mercy Law School.
Rachel Denny’08
Rachel is doing great at Western Michigan University and has been on the Deans’ List for every term.  She is majoring in Biomedical Sciences (Biology major with a minor in Chemistry).  She is still a member of the Lee Honors College as well as the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and Sigma Alpha Lambda (National Leadership and Honors Organization). Rachel is also an Intercollegiate Tennis Association Scholar Athlete for both years completed.
Bailey Lininger’08
As a junior at Whitman College in Washington, Bailey is spending this semester traveling throughout the western United States for “Semester in the West”, an interdisciplinary field program in environmental studies, focusing on public lands conservation in the interior American West. The program’s objective is to help students come to know the West in its many dimensions, including its diverse ecosystems and its social and political communities. You can follow Bailey’s travels at
Maria Simone’09
Maria is a sophomore at John Carroll and is traveling to Nicaragua for ten days at Christmas on a mission trip.
Did you know that AASH, our national alumnae association, has a resource to help you find Sacred Heart graduates from other Network schools, who may be attending the same college as you? College destinations are posted at the College Networking database at, along with the Top College Choices 2010. Anyone can look up students by name, college, or Sacred Heart school. 
Condolences to:

  • Bridget Bearss, RSCJ on the death of her mother, Mary Eileen Bearss.
  • The family of Mary Jane Arcari Lobb’49
  • Barbara Selewski Ferguson’59 on the death of her mother, Ruth Ferguson
  • Sarah Kabot ’94 on the death of her father, Joseph Eugene Kabot.


Your ASH Alumnae Association is buying you dinner!  Come and visit with Mrs. Mary Lou Cochran, Ms. Judy Hehs, Ms. Gretchen Parks, Mrs. Katrina Hamilton and Mrs. Carolyn Lindeman Price.

Meet at Cottage Inn, 512 E. William, Ann Arbor
Thursday, November 18, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.
For more information or to RSVP, contact Sarah Mayer at:

Photo by djwhalen, available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license.

Classes of 2007 – 2008– 2009 – 2010

The Alumnae and Alumni Association of the Academy of the Sacred Heart
invites you for
Bagels and Juice
In the Parlor
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Come visit with classmates, friends, and Upper School Faculty
Please RSVP by November 22, 2010 to
Carolyn Lindeman Price’60
248-646-8900 ext.158 or email

Advent by Candlelight

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, December 1, from 6-9 p.m. for Advent by Candlelight, ASH’s holiday tables event, featuring advent reflections by special guest speaker, Meg Causey, RSCJ.  This event is a wonderful opportunity for an evening of reflection designed to bring together the women of Sacred Heart.  To learn more about becoming an Advent by Candlelight Table Hostess, click here.

Photo by Seraphina, available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license.

Benefit 2011 “Wild at Heart”

No need to buy a new outfit or pay for a sitter to support the Wild at Heart Benefit this December!  This year, instead of a Holiday Party, the Academy of the Sacred Heart will be holding an ONLINE auction.  Check the website or call the Development Office at 248-646-8900 ext. 170 for more information!

  Upcoming Events
(View Full Calendar)

  • November 4, 2010
    Children of Mary
    1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
    Parlor & Chapel
    November 14, 2010
    Open House
    1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    November 18, 2010
    Young Alum Dinner
    7:00 PM
    Cottage Inn, Ann Arbor
    November 19, 2010
    US Fall Play
    7:30 PM
    November 20, 2010
    2010 and 2011 Anniversary Classes Reception
    4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
    US Fall Play
    7:30 PM
    November 24, 2010
    Young Alum Bagels in the Parlor
    10:00 AM
    Parlor and Parlor Dining Room
  • December 1, 2010
    Advent by Candlelight
    6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

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