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June 17, 2016 Alumnae Newsletter

Greetings from Gretchen

Dear Alumnae,

As we end the school year, we have much to celebrate. Campus looks more beautiful than ever thanks to Sister Christine’s direction and our incredible garden and grounds department. We also have another class to add to our ever-growing alumnae population—now nearing 5,000. We have a stunning new Mathematics and Science Center completed this school year and dedicated to Sister Claire and Sister Christine in January.  

The close of this year is also bittersweet. We are saying goodbye to both Sister Claire and Sister Christine as they retire on June 30, each having served Santa Catalina for 44 years. (You can click here to view the Sisters' Tribute Slideshow) Many of you attended the tribute receptions held to celebrate Sister Claire's and Sister Christine’s contributions to our alma mater and many of you asked how you might honor the Sisters in their retirement. Soon, you will be receiving a letter from Nonie Bechtel Ramsay '71, Chair of the Board of Trustees. This letter will announce and outline The Sister Claire and Sister Christine Endowment for Health and Wellness.The endowment supports an initiative that is near and dear to the Sisters and provides an opportunity to recognize and appreciate the legacies of Sister Claire and Sister Christine at school. If you have any questions regarding the endowment fund, please contact Richard Patterson, Assistant Head of School for Advancement, at or at 831.655.9383.

Kind regards,

Gretchen Mueller Burke ‘83

Director of Alumnae Relations

News from around campus

Graduation and Our Newest Alumnae

Graduation took place on Saturday, May 28 at 2:00 p.m. in Sullivan Court. Our tradition of red roses, white graduation gowns, and Sullivan Court continued. Prior to graduation, the Class of 2016 was inducted into the Alumnae Association on April 20. We now have an additional 56 members of the Santa Catalina Alumnae Association!

We are proud of the members of the Class of 2016! Their hard work and dedication have certainly paid off. View a list of colleges and universities to which the Class of 2016 was accepted.

Thank you to our STAR interns!

We had 12 seniors intern this year in six departments. The goal of the STAR Intern Program is to give seniors leadership opportunities and practical experience. At the end of their junior year, students apply and interview to become STAR Interns. Read More


Members of our TEDxSantaCatalinaSchool Club have set the date and theme for our fall event! Mark your calendars for Friday, October 14, 2016. Our 2016 theme is "Legacy", inspired by lines from this year's Broadway smash hit Hamilton: "Legacy. What is a legacy? / It’s planting seeds in a garden you never get to see." If you would like to nominate a speaker, or apply to give a talk yourself, please fill out the online form.

Journey Program 

Alumnae, your time and talent is always needed to further support our Journey program, either by being a guest speaker, a Journey Day mentor, or offering to be an Alumna Link to a current student...even if it's just for a 15 minute phone call to talk about college and career possibilities. Please contact the Alumnae Office if you are interested: or 831.655.9392

Reunion 2017

Classes ending in 2 and 7 will be celebrating their milestones on March 10 and 11, 2017. Please visit the Reunion 2017 page of our website for more information. We need each class to have Reunion Ambassadors assisting the Alumnae Relations Office to help make Reunion 2017 a success. We also need nominations for the Distinguished Alumnae Award. Please submit your nominations by using the form found at the bottom of this link. Alumnae may take advantage of the special Catalina rate offered at the Portola Hotel and Spa where we will be hosting the Reunion Saturday evening reception and dinner.

Class Notes 

Class Notes for even ending classes are due to your Class Correspondents on July 15! Class notes are published for all classes one time per year. Classes ending in odd numbers class notes are included in the spring bulletin and classes ending in even numbers class notes are included in the fall buletin. All alumnae in even classes, please submit your news and photos to your class correspondent by July 15. Thank you!

Reunion Year Giving: Congratulations! 

We have some exciting news to share; this year’s Reunion classes increased giving to the Santa Catalina Fund by 27%! That’s compared to Reunion giving five years ago. Congratulations! Read More


Greetings from the admission office! Spring has sprung, and we are excited about our new students joining us in the fall. We are still seeing amazing candidates flow into our admission funnel for the 2016-2017 school year so our office will continue to be busy this summer. Read More

Summer at Santa Catalina 

Sunscreen is purchased, stamps acquired, stationery chosen and tennis racquets selected. Here at Santa Catalina, we know many of our alums will be sending daughters, nieces, granddaughters, and friends to join our summer community. Things slow down at camp and our focus is on letting girls be girls. Cell phones, iPads, and computers are not part of our camp culture—we want kids to tune into the complete camp experience by leaving the technological interface at home. Camp is all about developing social skills and creating face-to-face relationships. Read More

New in the Bookstore 

Custom Santa Catalina Vineyard Vines products have arrived in the bookstore just in time for the graduation. Each high quality item would make a wonderful gift for any any recent Catalina graduate. Get them while they last!

  • Navy Shep Top, $98.00
  • Vineyard Vines tote, $75.00
  • Vineyard Vines Cosmetic Bag, $55.00

The bookstore is open on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and on Tuesday and Thursday from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. 

spotlight on alumnae

Christine Marella '15 

Christine Marella '15 was recently awarded Emory University's Artistine Mann Poetry Award for best undergraduate poetry. A prestigious honor as a freshman, Christine is also a Foyle Commended Poet and a Scholastic Art & Writing Awards national gold medalist. Read More


Elizabeth Clark '11 

Elizabeth Clark '11 was recently chosen as a recipient of a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Fellowship. As a Ph.D. candidate in the field of computer science at the University of Washington, Clark was awarded the fellowship because of her demonstrated potential to contribute to strengthening the vitality of the U.S. science and engineering enterprise. Read More

Alexanrda Walton Radford '98

Alexandria Walton Radford, Ph.D., is a leading expert in sociological issues surrounding postsecondary education and students' transition to college. Her newest book, Top Student, Top School? How Social Class Shapes Where Valedictorians Go to College, challenges the assumption that high achievement in high school automatically translates into students' attending postsecondary institutions that match their academic ability. Read More

Mary Gayle Foley Bitterman '62 

Mary Gayle Foley Bitterman is president of The Bernard Osher Foundation, a 37-year-old philanthropic organization headquartered in San Francisco that supports higher education and the arts. Read More



Jinx Hack Ring '60 

Jinx Hack Ring '60 began her affiliation with Special Olympics in the 1960s while working as an executive assistant for Ethel Kennedy. During that time, Ethel's daughter, Kathleen Kennedy, asked Jinx to volunteer at Camp Shriver. Read More

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