Students and Loved Ones Enjoy Full Slate of Events at Family Weekend


The CNR Fair, Honors Convocation, Homecoming, and a trip to Broadway for a show were just a few of the highlights as families came to The College of New Rochelle for Family Weekend October 18 to 20.

Pilar Ramirez SAS'1972 was the keynote speaker Saturday at the Honors Convocation for students in the School of Arts & Sciences and the School of Nursing, and she urged students to uphold the Ursuline tradition of service.

"That's my advice to all of you," said the native of Bolivia, who with four other women founded a microfinance bank and pioneered microfinance not just in her country, but throughout Latin America. "Find something for you to do in your lives that helps change other, more unfortunate people's lives."

The good that you do "will come back twice, three times," she said.

Ramirez, who graduated from CNR with a degree in psychology, says she learned about service from Sister Dorothy Ann Kelly, then the dean of SAS, who would go on to serve as president of the College from 1972 to 1997.

Her four years at CNR, living far away from home, were not always easy, Ramirez said. "I would come to the chapel to pray, to cry ... and many times I saw our dean changing the flowers, fixing the altar, sweeping the stairs."

"It was an incredible example of service," said Ramirez, who would go on to earn a master's degree in psychology from the New School and a Master's in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard Universty.

After recognizing students' academic achievements, the community enjoyed lunch in the Maura Hall ballroom, which also featured musical performances, and the CNR Fair on Maura Lawn. The Fair included a DJ, face painting, a rock climbing wall, and numerous other activities. Students and guests then celebrated homecoming with a volleyball match at the Wellness Center. The Blue Angels triumped, 3-0, over Cooper Union.

On Sunday, students and families were invited to the HVIAC cross country championships, and some also attended a production of "Annie the Musical" on Broadway.

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