January 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 Reuion 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 Mary Hartman, former Dean of Douglass; followed by an Alumnae Luncheon, 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! 
Hone Your Interview Skills at Our Potluck Networking Reception & Mock Interview Workshop
Hosted by the AADC Victoria Dabrowski Schmidt '42 Workplace and Professional Development Symposium Committee

There are some spots left for you to join us at the Ruth Schilling Hennessy Alumnae Center for this free workshop to hone your interview skills and gain valuable feedback. Join us on Tuesday,January 23, for an amazing evening of networking with alumnae. Our free Potluck Networking Reception begins at 5:30 pm; followed by presentation by Career Coach Beena Kavalam '98, MBA, CPCC, and Mock Interviews. Please register to attend and bring something to share for our Potluck.
AADC Central New Jersey Regional Connection Group Gathering with Suffragist Movement Presentation

The AADC is celebrating 95 years of alumnae connections! Join the celebration, and come meet other Douglass alumnae at the Flemington home of Debbie Lynch '79, on Sunday, January 28, at 1:30 pm. We will celebrate the past as actress/storyteller Laurie MacDonnell-Gaulke presents "Voices from the Suffragist Movement." Laurie holds a master’s degree in cultural anthropology and brings historical figures to life in an entertaining and educational way. In addition to this captivating presentation, we will herald the future of our alumnae organization with an overview of the AADC’s new strategic initiatives. Please register by Thursday, January 25.
AADC Young Alumnae Network Hosts Cabin Fever & Sweet Treat Challenge, All Alumnae Welcome!
 
All alumnae, the young and young-at-heart, are invited to enjoy a cozy afternoon at the Ruth Schilling Hennessy Alumnae Center for this fun event hosted by the AADC Young Alumnae Network on Saturday, February 3, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Create a new handmade item, continue working on a crocheting project, or learn how to knit from a sister alumna. Other activities include hands-on crafting projects.
 
Tempt your taste buds in our Sweet Treat Challenge! Try all of the delicious goodies made by sister alumnae. Or make your own special recipe and bring it to share. There will be a "Best Sweet Treat of Cabin Fever 2018" award. Be sure to sign up your amazing edible creation in advance when you register!
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.
Thanks for Participating in AADC Black Alumnae Network General Meeting & Evelyn Sermons Field '49 Literary Society Book Discussion

Thanks to all alumnae who participated in an informative AADC Black Alumnae Network General Meeting and the book discussion about "Yesterday I Cried," by Iyanla Vanzant, last Saturday, January 20. We hope to see you at upcoming AADC events and programs. Be sure to save the date for this spring's AADC Black Alumnae Network's Jewel Plummer Cobb Sisters Conference on Saturday, May 19. More details coming soon!
AADC New York City Regional Connection Group
Forward Together: The AADC's Strategic Initiatives

Join sister alumnae for a fun and informative gathering on Thursday, February 15, at 6:00 p.m. 
The evening, hosted by Barbara Little Britt ’65 at her home, will feature updates from AADC President Jeanne Fox ’75 and Board member Mary Kelleher DiMartino ’85.
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 Laura Micheletti Puaca '99

The AADC is pleased to announce that we will welcome Laura Micheletti Puaca '99, as the 2018 Zagoren Lecturer on Tuesday, March 6. She 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 is the author of "Searching for Scientific Womanpower: Technocratic Feminism and the Politics of National Security, 1940-1980." Laura will share from her compelling research about the influence of women who have impacted science and been powerful contirubtors to STEM frields. A book signing follows the lecture.The annual lecture honors the late Adelaide Marcus Zagoren '40, beloved Douglass alumnae leader and philanthropist.
We Would Love to Hear From You!

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, email us with your story at douglassalumnae@douglassalumnae.org.
Get Involved and Engaged with the AADC
 
If you have never been active with the AADC, or are already participating in programs and events, you are always welcome to volunteer and get involved! The AADC welcomes alumnae volunteers to help out at the Ruth Schilling Hennessy Alumnae Center, serve on AADC committees, input alumnae data, plan events and lectures and so much more. If you are already an active volunteer, thank you for sharing your time, talents and treasures. Please spread the word. 
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
Mark Your Calendars for the Month of May
 
Spring Alumnae Council, Saturday, May 5, 8:45 am - 12 noon
Douglass Student Center, Trayes Hall

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

AADC Black Alumnae Network Jewel Plummer Cobb Sisters Conference, Saturday, May 19
Douglass Student Center, Trayes Hall