2015 VERITAS AWARD RECIPIENT:DIANE KNEBEL WATLER ’72
The St. Agnes Academy Alumnae Veritas
Award is presented to an alumna who exhibits outstanding dedication to, support
for and love of St. Agnes. It was established in 2004 and since then, the St.
Agnes Academy Alumnae Board and St. Agnes Young Professionals Organization
honors an alumna with the Veritas Award.
Please nominate an alumna by writing a
paragraph describing her dedication to St. Agnes, the St. Agnes community, and
the community as a whole; as well her compassion for humanity and her
achievements academically, professionally, and in leadership roles.
SOME SUGGESTED GUIDELINES FOR NOMINATING
DEDICATION TO ST. AGNES: What St. Agnes
events has the nominee supported or attended? Has she contributed to St. Agnes
with her time, talent, or treasure?
COMMUNITY & HUMANITY: Does the nominee
represent St. Agnes well in the community? Does she help others? Is she active
in other charity organizations? Does she encourage diversity in her life and in
the lives of others?
ACADEMICS, PROFESSIONALISM & LEADERSHIP:
Does the nominee value and support study and education? Please describe your
nominee’s professional life. Does she excel in her career and encourage others
to do so?
NOMINATION REQUIREMENTS AND PROCESS
A nominee must be a graduate of
Voting by the Alumnae and SAYPO
Boards will take place on Tuesday, August 4, 2015.
Nominees cannot be nominated 2
years in a row. (For example, if you nominated someone last year, you must wait
a year in between before nominating again.)
Honoree will be notified by
Tuesday, August 11 and will be honored at a presentation on October 3, 2015 at
the all-class reunion (at 3:30 p.m., prior to the All School Reunion.). If the
honoree is unavailable for the reunion weekend, another presentation ceremony
will be arranged.
Nominations will be taken from
the community: July 21 – July 30, 2015. The recipient will be featured on
social media and in Veritas Magazine.
TO NOMINATE AN ALUMNA
You must include:
YOUR name (First, Maiden, Last)
and class Year (if applicable)
YOUR NOMINEES name (First,
Maiden, Last) and class year.
A paragraph about why you are
nominating your alumnae. Please refer to the guidelines and criteria for
nomination above, and include details of their achievements and contributions
in your nomination.
AWARD PAST RECIPIENTS
– Conception Diaz-Arrastia Green ’78
– Carolyn Carbajal McCairns ’57
- Sr. Carol Mayes, O.P. '56
- Charla Ward Trader '64
- Mary Ann Chambers '57
- Debbie Sieck '87
- Kathy Kokas '73
- Janet Kingham Greenwood '57
- Sister Therese Warden, O.P. '51
Send nominations to: Lori Sebastian Pinter
'88, Director of Alumnae Relations at email@example.com.
Please follow the criteria above.
2015 SAYPO AWARD RECIPIENT: ANDREA IVEY PHILLIPS ’04
2015 is the first year for The SAYPO (St. Agnes Young Professionals Organization) Award.
The SAYPO (St. Agnes Young Professionals Organization) Award and is presented to an alumnae who is pursuing excellence in her career, and is an outstanding representative of St. Agnes through her professionalism, ingenuity, creativity and success.
To be eligible, a candidate must be a St. Agnes alumnae featured in an Alumnae Spotlight within the prior year (July – July) and meet SAYPO age requirements. Nominations will be voted by the current year’s SAYPO Board at teh first meeting of the year (generally in August). The Award will be presented in conjunction with the Alumnae Veritas Award, prior to the annual All-School Reunion and Open House. The recipient will be featured on social media and in Veritas Magazine.
BARBARA FRIEND ’07: is the Director of Medical Research for ABC's Grey’s Anatomy and researches real medical stories to be used in the show. (Video on FB)
LAUREN AUSTIN ’03: is fitness competitor and the owner of Purple Sun Training. Last November she became the first Woman's Physique Pro and Woman's Physique World Champion in the Musclemania World Championships in Las Vegas. http://thepurplesuntraining.com/
STEPHANIE HOBAN ’06: Stephanie is Chef and Owner of Ripe Cuisine, a healthy, locally sourced, seasonally inspired food truck offering a 100% fully plant-based, vegan menu in Houston, Texas. http://ripe-cuisine.com
MEREDITH TRUAX ’07: is the in-house photographer for Universal Music Group, where she produces album packaging, press, and concert photography for a huge roster of recording artists. She has toured with Rihanna, shoot an album cover for Kanye, and make portraits of many developing artists on the label. meredithtruax.com
KIMBERLY FAIN ’92: published her first book: Black Hollywood: From Butlers to Superheroes, the Changing Role of African American Men in the Movies. Kimberly is an attorney and adjunct instructor for Houston Community College. http://www.amazon.com/Black-Hollywood-Superheroes-Changing-American/dp/1440831904
ANGELIQUE JAMAIL ’92: released her fiction ebook, FINIS, on Amazon.com. Her poetry and essays have appeared in over two dozen anthologies and journals, including The Milk Of Female Kindness -- An Anthology of Honest Motherhood. www.SapphosTorque.com.
ANNIE RUPANI ’07: opened Cacao & Cardamom in 2012 and produces custom chocolates. We have had her chocolates at reunion and she recently hosted an event for SAYPO alumnae at her shop. http://houston.eater.com/2014/7/17/6185017/annie-rupani-on-opening-cacao-cardamom#4131456 (and see below.)
SAMANTHA WRIGHT ’10: is the founder of Sweet & Mellow and is making thousands of marshmallows and toffees each month and selling them online and at local events. http://www.sweetandmellow.com/
NATALIE HARMS ’10 writes for the Houston Business Journal and wrote a great story on how she connected Annie Rupani ’07 of Cacao and Cardamom (who Natalie met at a SAYPO event) with classmate Samantha Wright ’10, who also started a candy business called Sweet and Mellow and was looking for advice. http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/morning_call/2015/04/candy-entrepreneur-cooks-up-her-business-plan.html?ana=fbk
ELBA MOISE ’05 attended the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders as a National Student Advisory Council member for the American Association for University Women (AAUW). While there, Elba introduced Chelsea Clinton and conducted a one-on-one interview with her.
RACHEL ASHLEY WHITE ’09 was recently crowned Miss Texas United States 2014. https://about.me/rachelashleyy
ANDREA IVEY PHILLIPS ’04 has started her own clothing line: AG Phillips. She recently moved back to the States from London, and launced her line with the Fall 2014 Collection in both England and in her hometown of Houston, Texas. Andrea founded AG Phillips when she noticed a distinct void in the womenswear market from both a product and price perspective. http://www.agphillips.com/story