professorship perpetuates Newton College legacy
Newton College of the Sacred Heart alumnae, each making a contribution
of $100,000, have helped to cap a four-year campaign to establish
the Newton College Alumnae Professorship in Western Culture.
The campaign, started in 1997 by a small group of dedicated Newton
College alumnae, was initiated to preserve the Newton College name
and to honor its traditions.
By late 1999 the effort had reached $500,000, halfway toward the
$1 million goal.
In February 2000, Cathy M. Brienza '71, Kathleen E. Doran Hegenbart
'67, Elizabeth Cooney Maher '71, and Kathleen McGillycuddy '71 combined
resources and issued a challenge to their fellow alumnae. They would
contribute one dollar for every dollar alumnae contributed, up to
a maximum of $400,000.
The challenge proved successful. The $400,000 has been matched and
a total of $1.32 million has been raised.
"The common theme of preserving a part of our treasured experience
as Newton students has propelled this outpouring of generosity,"
The endowed professorship was chosen in honor of "Study of Western
Culture," a two-year comprehensive, interdisciplinary course that
was part of the core curriculum for undergraduates at Newton College.
The course, central to the Newton College education, was intellectually
and academically rigorous, and is remembered by most alumnae as
both challenging and rewarding.