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SUA Alumni AssocIation Formed - 1900

Posted 12/30/2019

Forming the Alumni Association gave women another way to maintain their connection to SUA.


The end of the century brought a happy event in the organization under Mother Scholastica of the St. Ursula Academy Alumnae Association. Officers were elected. Under their leadership a series of cultural and social activities began which drew the nuns and their graduates closer together.

One of the most successful efforts was that in 1922 when they launched a fund-raising drive to provide buildings for Mary Manse College. Spearheaded by Marie Conroy Snell, the Association voted to purchase the 20-room duplex adjoining the Academy grounds on Collingwood Avenue.

During the campaign, the Social Committee organized dances, card parties and benefit luncheons – all for the benefit of the College Fund as it came to be known. By 1925 the deed was in the hands of Mary Manse College.

Membership totaling close to 4500 was accumulated slowly for various reasons, but mainly in the first years a high school diploma was a rarity, an eighth grade education -- and even below -- was even terminal.  Many parents felt their daughters should be educated mainly in the arts and social amenities. Classes remained somewhat small until the mid-1920's, when with the population increase and a general trend toward placing importance on a high school diploma after World War I.

Besides the annual reunion, alumnae members meet for various social, educational, and spiritual affairs.


The material quoted here is taken from A Tree in the Valley by Sr. Lelia Mahoney.