March 2018
AADC E-news

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!
Register for Alumnae Reunion Weekend, April 20-21
Be Part of Our 95th Anniversary Celebration

We have so much to celebrate for our 95th anniversary! Register now 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. 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 , a talk by Michele Hudgins Ozumba '73 , President of the Women's College Coalition, a Wine and Cheese Hosted by AADC Black Alumnae Network , and special performance by musicians, dancers and actors session from the Crossroads Theater, State Theater New Jersey and American Repetory Ballet at "Can't Have Smarts Without the Arts" session.

Saturday evening, April 21
AADC Forward Together Gala: From Our Founding Into Our Future (Sold Out)

Join us in congratulating this year's AADC Alumnae Award Recipients to be honored at Reunion:

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 Black Alumnae Network Presents: An Open Dialogue with Emma Andrews Warren '49, Oldest Living African-American Alumna

In observance of Women’s History Month, the AADC Black Alumnae Network is honoring Emma Andrews Warren '49, the oldest known living African-American Douglass alumna and a recipient of the New Jersey Heritage Award. Join us in welcoming Emma, who was one the first African-American undergraduates to live on Douglass Campus. Register now for event at the Ruth Schilling Hennessy Alumnae Center on Saturday, March 31, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. Light Refreshments will be served.
Spring 2018 AADC Class Notes Published Online

Our  AADC Spring 2018 Class Notes  are published exclusively online in a downloadable format. Enjoy catching up with news from classmates and share yournews in an upcoming Class Notes by reaching out to your class secretary.
Nominate Distinguished Alumnae for 2018 AADC Society of Excellence

Nominate alumnae by Friday, April 27, for the 2018 AADC Society of Excellence awards to be presented in the fall. The AADC Society of Excellence recognizes alumnae who have brought honor to the AADC by their distinctive achievements in professional and community endeavors and their service to the AADC, including alumnae involvement and financial support. Click below to download AADC Alumnae Awards Nomination Form.
AADC Spring Alumnae Council

All active members of the AADC are welcome to attend Spring Alumnae Council on Saturday, Mary 5, from 8:45 am to 12:00 pm in Trayes Hall, First Floor, Douglass Student Center. This important and informative meeting, which is held bi-annually to provide updates on the Associate Alumnae of Douglass College. We especially encourage Class Officers, particularly Alumnae Council Representatives, to attend this meeting and share pertinent information with their classmates. Elections of members to serve on the AADC Board of Directors and Nominating Committee will be held; only active voting Members of the Alumnae Council may participate in these elections.

An active member of the AADC is defined as one who contributes a minimum of $40 for the fiscal year in which a contribution is made and for the following fiscal year. Refreshments will be served before and during the meeting.
Save the Date for AADC Smart Talks: Pay Off College Debt & More

Save the date for the next AADC Smart Talks presentation, "Pay Off College Debt & More," to be held on Saturday, May 5, 1:00 - 3:00 pm, at the Ruth Schilling Hennessy Alumnae Center. We will share more information about the presentation soon!
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 salutes AADC Executive Director Valerie Anderson '81, who is one of four women who have been named a 2018 New Jersey Woman of Achievement. She will be honored at the New Jersey State Federation of Women's Clubs of GFWC 37th Annual Women of Achievement Awards Dinner 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.
AADC Mabel's Alumnae Mentoring Program Shares Newsletter

Alumnae participating in the AADC Mabel's Alumnae Mentoring Program, which is part of our Women's Life-Long Learning Initiative and will begin its third year, share its latest newsletter. Learn about the impact this amazing program is having on alumnae who are involved and engaged as Mentors and Mentees.
Thanks for Joining Us for the Inaugural AADC Smart Talks
About Genealogy and How To Find Your Roots

Thanks for joining us for the inaugural AADC Smart Talks, a series of diverse educational and inspirational, free talks for alumnae and an exciting component of the AADC Women's Life-Long Learning Initiative. Our first talk, "Find Your Roots," was presented on February 24, by Gene Armstead, President of the African American History & Genealogical Society of New Jersey, a 1973 alumnus of Rutgers College. He shared tips to use when researching your ancestry and demonstrated how he researched his family genealogy and that of his wife, R. Toni Howell Armstead '74. Alumnae who were not able to attend the talk at the Ruth Schilling Hennessy Alumnae Center were able to tune in via Facebook Live on the Douglass Alumnae page. Special thanks to Co-chairs are Denise K. Busby '76, Amanda Hugelmeyer '04 and Karen McLane Torian '73. Remember to mark your calendar and to register for the next AADC Smart Talks presentation, "Pay Off College Debt and More," on Saturday, May 5, from 1:00 to 3:00 at the Ruth Schilling Hennessy Alumnae Center.
Zagoren Lecture, "Searching for Scientific Womanpower," Featuring Dr. Laura Micheletti Puaca '99, Brought Alumnae to Campus and Online

Thanks to alumnae and guests who joined the AADC as we welcomed Dr. Laura Micheletti Puaca '99 as the 2018 Zagoren Lecturer at the Kathleen W. Ludwig Global Village Living Learning Center on March 6. Alumnae attended the lecture on campus and others tuned in on Facebook Live via our Douglass Alumnae group. An associate professor in the History Department at Christopher Newport University, Laura shared her work about the history of efforts to encourage women and girls in STEM fields.   She also signed copies of her book, "Searching for Scientific Womanpower: Technocratic Feminism and the Politics of National Security, 1940-1980." The lecture honors the late Adelaide Marcus Zagoren '40, beloved Douglass alumnae leader and philanthropist. To view the Zagoren Lecture video, please like us on Facebook/Douglass Alumnae.
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.
Creative Life of Douglass Reception and Panel Discussion

The AADC accepted an invitation from the Rutgers Center for Women in the Arts and Humanities to be a non-funding co-sponsor of a special program, "The Creative Life of Douglass Reception and Panel Discussion," on Wednesday, March 28 , from 5:00 - 6:30 pm in the Mabel Smith Douglass Room at the Douglass Library. Among the featured panelists are Susan Schwirck ’71 and Cheryl Wilson ’89. The event compliments the exhibition, "The Creative Life of Douglass," on display through April 6, in celebration of the centennial anniversary of Douglass. The exhibit chronicles dance, theater, music, visual arts and literature produced by women at Douglass.
Thanks for Networking at Happy Hour Hosted by Victoria Dabrowski Schmidt ’42 Workplace and Professional Development Symposium

Thanks for reconnecting with symposium participants during our Networking Happy Hour at the On the Border Restaurant in New Brunswick on March 16. It was great to network with the fabulous women of this very special sisterhood and share updates about AADC programs!
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
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
Save the Date for Upcoming Programs and Events

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, Saturday, October 13, 2018, Douglass Student Center, Trayes Hall.

AADC Fall Alumnae Council, Saturday, November 3.