February 2018
AADC E-news

 FORWARD TOGETHER, BETTER TOGETHER for 95 more years!
The AADC continues its 95-year legacy of empowering women by promoting and developing alumnae connections that strengthen our alumnae sisterhood. 
Together, we move forward into a new era of success!
Celebrate at Alumnae Reunion Weekend 2018 & the AADC Forward Together Gala, April 19 - 21, 2018

We have so much to celebrate for our 95th anniversary! Save the date as we herald this important milestone, as well as celebrate Alumnae Reunion Weekend 2018. Join your classmates for Reunion and bring yourself, friends, spouses, roommates or family to the Gala. Events taking place during our anniversary weekend from April 19 to 21, 2018, include:

Thursday, April 19 
An Evening to Honor AADC Benefactors (by invitation only);
 
Friday, April 20 
Vanguard Luncheon followed by tours and activities, including a presentation about the History of the AADC, and a program, "Health and Wellness for Aging Gracefully;"
 
Saturday morning and afternoon, April 21 
Reunion Convocation in Voorhees Chapel featuring Vanguard Class of 1968, Milestone Classes Parade, Alumnae Awards and keynote by Dr. Mary Hartman, former Dean of Douglass; followed by Champagne Jazz Brunch, Milestone Class Photos, afternoon tours and activities, including a "Women Changing the World" panel and a talk by Michele Hudgins Ozumba '73, President of the Women's College Coalition.
 
Saturday evening, April 21 
Forward Together Gala: From Our Founding Into Our Future, 
with cocktails, dinner, dancing and more, to be held at the Heldrich Hotel in New Brunswick, with our honorees, the New Jersey State Federation of Women's Clubs of GFWC; keynote speaker Oberlin College President and former Douglass Dean Carmen Twillie Ambar;
including special guest Michele Hudgins Ozumba '73. 
AADC's Commemorative 95th Anniversary Journal Subscription Opportunities

The AADC Commemorative 95th Anniversary Journal will be a wonderful memento of our spectacular anniversary celebrations and the generous spirit of Douglass Alumnae who created our rich AADC history and who assure an even greater future! Consider placing an ad for your business, to honor a classmate or mentor, or to congratulate our honorees or recognize the AADC! 
Congratulations to 2018 AADC Alumnae Awards Recipients

The AADC Board of Directors is pleased to announce our 2018 AADC Alumnae Awards Recipients who will be honored during Alumnae Reunion Weekend. The Vanguard Service Award will be presented on Friday, April 20, at the Vanguard Luncheon in Neilson Dining Hall. All other awards will be presented at Reunion Convocation on Saturday morning, April 21 in Voorhees Chapel.

Join us in congratulating this year's AADC Alumnae Award Recipients:

Margaret T. Corwin Award
Karen McLane Torian '73

Vanguard Service Award
Gail Phillips Houlihan '58

Alumnae Recognition Award
Janet Tepper Riemer '56, Lauren Nathan-LaRusso '03, Elizabeth Middleton Rizzotti '89

Young Alumna Mabel Award
Yesenia Perez '12

AADC Medal
New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs of GFWC
AADC Executive Director Valerie Anderson '81 Named 2018 New Jersey Woman of Achievement by the NJ State Federation of Women's Clubs

The AADC Board of Directors proudly shares that AADC Executive Director Valerie Anderson '81 is one of four women who has been named a 2018 New Jersey Woman of Achievement for her contributions as a leader. She will be honored at the New Jersey State Federation of Women's Clubs of GFWC 37th Annual Women of Achievement Awards on Monday, May 7, 2018, with a reception at 5:45 pm and dinner at 7:00 pm, at the Golden Nugget in Atlantic City, NJ. For more information about the event, please see link below.
Introducing AADC Smart Talks!
Focus on Genealogy: Find Your Roots

Join us for our inaugural AADC Smart Talk, as we launch this exciting component of the AADC Women's Life-Long Learning Initiative to provide a new, free series of diverse educational and inspirational talks for alumnae. Our co-chairs are Denise K. Busby '76, Amanda Hugelmeyer '04 and Karen McLane Torian '73.

Register today for "Find Your Roots," to be held at the Ruth Schilling Hennessy Alumnae Center on Saturday, February 24, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. It will be presented by Gene Armstead, President of the African American History & Genealogical Society of New Jersey, and an alumnus of Rutgers College '73. Learn about how to research your ancestry as he shares from his family genealogy research, and that of his wife's, R. Toni Howell Armstead '74. Gene brings more than two decades of experience, an inquisitive mind and fascination with discovering where we come from.
AADC Alumnae Fellowship Application Deadline is March 1

Each year, the Associate Alumnae of Douglass College awards fellowships to alumnae for pursuit of graduate work in a field in which the graduate has achieved academic excellence and has identified sound career objectives. For more information regarding alumnae fellowships, please email Susan Sturgill at ssturgill@douglassalumnae.org or fax your application to the AADC at (732) 932-2883. To apply for an alumnae fellowship, please complete and return an application by March 1, 2018. You will be considered for all fellowships for which you are eligible.
AADC Presents 2018 Zagoren Lecture: "Searching for Scientific Womanpower," Featuring Dr. Laura Micheletti Puaca '99

The AADC is pleased to welcome Laura Micheletti Puaca '99 as the 2018 Zagoren Lecturer on Tuesday, March 6. She is an associate professor in the History Department at Christopher Newport University and the recipient of the 2017 History of Science Society Margaret W. Rossiter History of Women in Science Prize. She will speak about the history of efforts to encourage women and girls in STEM fields.   She is the author of "Searching for Scientific Womanpower: Technocratic Feminism and the Politics of National Security, 1940-1980." A book signing follows the lecture.The lecture honors the late Adelaide Marcus Zagoren '40, beloved Douglass alumnae leader and philanthropist. Lecture is free and open to the public.
AADC Victoria Dabrowski Schmidt ’42 Workplace and Professional Development Symposium Networking Happy Hour on March 16

Join us for a casual evening of reconnecting with the fabulous women of this very special sisterhood. We welcome all symposium participants, as well as anyone interested in learning more about this and other fantastic AADC programs. We will meet on Friday, March 16, from 5:00 – 7:00 pm at On the Border Restaurant, 51 US Hwy. 1 (Southbound), New Brunswick, NJ. Please be sure to let us know if you are coming so we can reserve sufficient space for everyone. 
 
Note this is a “no host” event. Attendees pay only for the delicious menu items of their choosing. See On the Border website for restaurant details.
Thank You for Participating in Mock Interview Workshop

Hosted by the AADC Victoria Dabrowski Schmidt '42 Workplace and Professional Development Symposium Committee

Thank you to all alumnae who participated in our Potluck Networking Reception and free Mock Interview workshop on January 23 at the Ruth Schilling Hennessy Alumnae Center. Special thanks to Career Coach Beena Kavalam '98, MBA, CPCC, who presented tips and strategies to the group before the Mock Interviews. We also thank all of our alumnae volunteers who provided their time and talents as "mock interviewers" for the session.
Thanks for Joining Us for the AADC Central New Jersey Regional Connection Group Gathering

Douglass alumnae enjoyed a delightful afternoon at the AADC Central New Jersey Regional Group Gathering hosted at the Flemington home of Debbie Lynch '79, on January 28. The gathering included a presentation, "Voices from the Suffragist Movement," by actress and storyteller Laurie MacDonnell-Gaulke, who brought women's history to life. We also shared an overview of the AADC’s new strategic initiatives. Special thanks to our gracious host!
AADC Young Alumnae Network Cabin Fever & Sweet Treat Challenge
 
Thanks to all alumnae who participated in the popular Cabin Fever & Sweet Treat Challenge hosted by the AADC Young Alumnae Network at the Ruth Schilling Hennessy Alumnae Center on February 3. Alumnae shared time knitting and crafting, as well as enjoying a wonderful selection of treats. Thanks to alumnae for participating in our Sweet Treat Challenge and sharing delicious deserts. Congratulations to Dori Miller '17 whose chocolate-cherry loaf took top honors this year.
Celebrate the AADC's 95-Year Legacy

All AADC events and programs like Alumnae Reunion Weekend or Mabel's Alumnae Mentoring Program are supported by the generosity of alumnae and friends like you. Contributing to the AADC Annual Appeal supports alumnae initiatives to advance our diverse and talented alumnae community forward together. Per the Agreement, the Annual Appeal is not on behalf of NJC, DRC, Douglass, or Rutgers.
AADC Black Alumnae Network Presents: An Open Dialogue with Emma Andrews Warren '49

In observance of Women’s History Month, the Black Alumnae Network is honoring Emma Andrews Warren '49, the oldest known living African-American Douglass alumna and one of the recipients of the New Jersey Heritage Award. Join us in welcoming Emma, who was one the first African-American undergraduates to live on Douglass Campus, on Saturday March 31, from 11:00 am –to 2:00 pm. Light Refreshments will be served.
Thanks for Attending the AADC New York City Regional Connection Group Forward Together Gathering

Sister alumnae living in the New York City area enjoyed a fun and informative gathering on February 15. 
The evening, hosted by Barbara Little Britt ’65 at her home, featured updates from AADC President Jeanne Fox ’75 and Board member Mary Kelleher DiMartino ’85. Special thanks to Barbara for being such a wonderful and gracious host.
Alumnae In the News

Share your stories with the AADC. We often hear stories from alumnae about their lives and friendships with each other, their successes, news of special recognition or honors and more. Please share your news and email us with your story at douglassalumnae@douglassalumnae.org.
Network Through Our AADC Regional Connection Groups
Our groups are growing all the time! What a great way to connect with each other and with the AADC. Reach out to the group chairs listed below to get involved. To help us start one in your area, contact Senior Associate Director of Alumnae Relations Valerie Hughes Zieniuk '05.

New York City Regional Connection Group, Co-Chairs Lillian Zeisel Cohen ’59 and Susan Goldfine ’63, contact staff liaison Valerie Hughes Zieniuk '05.

New Jersey Regional Connection Groups, Chair for Central, Mindy Raso Kirstein ’77; for Northern and Southern, contact staff liaison Valerie Hughes Zieniuk ’05.

Washington, D.C., Area Regional Connection Group, Chair Shireen Lewis ’86.

North Carolina Regional Groups – Wilmington and Raleigh/Durham, Chair Donna Coulson ’77.

Palm Beach Area, Florida, Co-Chairs Lois Rabinowitz Steinberg ‘59 and Carole Kurzawa Kurtz ’59. Contact staff liaison Eileen Cotter.

San Francisco, California, Bay Area, Chair Carolyn Olechowski Gerhardt ’68

California Connection Groups, Los Angeles or San Diego area, contact Valerie Hughes Zieniuk '05 .
Engage with Your Alumnae Sisters Through AADC Affinity Networks
Reach out to one of our affinity network leaders to connect with alumnae with similar interests.To learn more about existing groups or developing a new group, contact Associate Director of Alumnae Relations Egypt Pringley '16.
 
AADC Black Alumnae Network (BAN), President Cecile Edwards-Owotoroshe '04.

AADC Young Alumnae Network (YAN), Chair Heather Tedesco '12 .
 
AADC Pride Network, Chair Sue Estler '66.

AADC Asian Alumnae Network & AADC Latina Alumnae Network, Contact Associate Director of Alumnae Relations Egypt Pringley '16 to help re-start these groups.
 
Bunting Connections,Chair Jean D'Amore '09
Sign Up for Alumnae Travel
 
The AADC offers many exciting travel opportunities to see the world and connect with sister alumnae through our Alumnae Travel Program. Join AADC Executive Director Valerie Anderson '81, who will host some of our exciting trips:

Rhine River Cruise: Exclusively Chartered on MS Amadeus Silver III, July 4-12, 2018
Amalfi Coast, Italy: Stay in Vietri sul Mare, Explore Naples, October 9-17, 2018
Upcoming Events & Programs
 
Spring Alumnae Council, Saturday, May 5, 8:45 am - 12 noon
Douglass Student Center, Trayes Hall, Registration available soon.

AADC Smart Talks, "Pay Off College Debt & More," Saturday, May 5, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Ruth Schilling Hennessy Alumnae Center, Registration available soon.

Victoria Dabrowski Schmidt '42 Workplace and Professional Development Symposium, Saturday, September 8, 2018, Douglass Student Center, featuring multiple panels and networking.

AADC Black Alumnae Network Jewel Plummer Cobb Sisters Conference, Fall 2018
Douglass Student Center, Trayes Hall.