Global Education Conference Newsletter (September 2013)

This is the seventh newsletter we have sent to Ursuline schools and educators about the Global Education Conference to be held in the United States in June 2014.

The theme for the Conference is Global Education in the Ursuline Spirit. Our five presenters will be reflecting on various aspects of that theme.  Ann Garrido, author and experienced administrator will address the Conference on the topic of Redeeming Administration.  Ursuline Sister Mary Virginia Orna's presentation is entitled, The Value of a Liberal Arts Education. Sister Mary Virginia is a professor at The College of New Rochelle.  Mary Cabrini Durkin, member of the Company of St. Ursula and experienced educator will reflect on St. Angela Merici as A Wise Guide on the Path of Life.  Diana Stano, OSU, President of Ursuline College in Cleveland, OH has entitled her presentation Ursuline Education: Global Impact. In our closing session, Bro. Raymond J. Vercruysse,C.F.C. will reflect on the topic: Seeking to Extend the Kingdom to the Ends of the Earth with a Great and Longing Heart.

Details about these presenters and their topics were included in the newsletters of April through August. If you missed any of these newsletters, let me know and I will send it to you. (

Through the formal presentations listed above and informal discussions among Ursuline educators from around the world, we will fulfill the three goals of the Global Education Conference:

  • Strengthening collaborative relationships among Ursuline schools and educators;
  • Celebrating our common heritage and values as followers of St. Angela Merici;
  • Sharing collective wisdom and experiences as we formulate responses to the challenges of the Twenty-First Century.

To achieve the goals and have a successful conference, we need you to be present. Plan to attend!

In this and future newsletters, we will be providing more information about other conference events, accommodations and travel to New York.

Just in case you missed seeing the August newsletter, here is important information. 

You can help us in our planning for the conference.  


  • If you are aware of anyone who is interested in the conference and is not  currently receiving these messages, please let me know and we will add the names and addresses to our list.
  • Let us know the number of people from your school who may be attending the conference. This is not a commitment on your part that you will be sending that number, but it will give us an idea of how many participants we may have.

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You can take steps now to make the registration process easier.   


  1. Mark your calendars, if you haven't already done so.
  2. If you live/work outside the USA, check on the requirements for obtaining a Visa to enter the US.
  3. Read these newsletters and pass them on to colleagues in your school.
  4. Look for a letter in September with details of the registration process.

We look forward to welcoming you to the US and the Global Education Conference. You can contact any one of us for more information about the Conference.  

The Planning Committee
Madonna O'Hara, OSU
Cathie Field Lloyd
Eileen Davidson   
Joanne Kelly        
Mimi Bishop        
Cecilia Nipp         
Rosann Whiting   

Judith A. Wimberg
Director, Ursuline Educational Services

Inquiring Minds want to know:

Exactly where is the conference being held? The conference will be held on the main campus of The College of New Rochelle in New Rochelle, New York, a suburb of New York City, 16 miles north of Manhattan. Established in 1904 by the Ursuline Sisters, CNR is the oldest Catholic college for women in New York State. It is accessible via Amtrak and Metro-North trains.   

There are several airports around New York city. Which is the most convenient to The College of New Rochelle? LaGuardia is the most convenient and those traveling from parts of the United States can probably find flights to LaGuardia. International visitors may find it necessary to fly into John F. Kennedy International Airport. Newark Liberty International Airport is also an option for both domestic and international flights.  Arrangements for transportation between the airport and the College will be included in the letter you will receive during the month of September.    

What accommodations are available at the College? Participants will be housed in the college dormitories, in either double or single rooms. A single room will necessitate an upcharge. The rooms are not air-conditioned, but fans will be provided.Air-conditioned rooms may be available at a near-by hotel at an additional charge. Those who opt to stay off campus will have to provide their own transportation to the College for the conference sessions. Rooms at the College are available (and included in the cost of the conference) Sunday night through Thursday night. If anyone wants to stay Friday night, there will be an additional charge.    

Will meals be at the College? The conference fee will include an opening reception the evening of June 15, breakfast and lunch each day (Monday through Friday); and three evening meals. There is one free evening to give participants the option of traveling into New York City on their own.  The conference ends after the noon meal on Friday, June 20 and no meal will be offered that evening. Daily coffee breaks and evening refreshments in the gathering room are also included.    

What will be the cost of the conference? At this time we are seeking support from several outside sources so that we can offer participants the lowest possible fee. We project that the cost per person (which includes double occupancy in a college dorm room, the meals listed above and an evening boat ride around Manhattan and the conference program) to be between $700 -$1000.    

When will we receive registration information? Registration forms and information will be sent to all Ursuline schools around the world via mail. In addition, you will receive documentation needed to acquire a Visa to enter the United States for the conference. We plan to send this message to every school by the end of September.  We appreciate your patience as we assemble all the necessary information to send to you.    

In the meantime, how can I get questions answered? Please feel free to contact Judy Wimberg at the Ursuline Educational Services office via email or phone (see below) or any of the Planning Committee members listed above.