Jenny Reynolds Hare ’94 was 34 years old and the mother to three young children when she was diagnosed. She found a lump but assured herself that she was too young to have breast cancer. After an ultrasound and mammogram, she was told to keep an eye on it. Not long after, the lump doubled in size and she discovered another lump in her armpit. Jenny returned to the doctor. Her mammogram had changed – she had three tumors in her breast. Click here to read more about Jenny’s story.
My name is Bailey Nihsen Postlewait ’15, and I am the new Alumnae Director at Marian. As Alumnae Director, I aim to understand you and the rest of our alumnae and what you want to see and experience from Marian. I’d also like to bring our alumnae back to school to tour our new facilities, grab some Marian gear, talk to current students about your experiences, and remanence on your fondest memories at Marian. My ultimate goal is to find new ways to engage with alumnae across all generations. Click here to learn more about Bailey.
If all the high school girls, collegiate women athletes, and adult women who benefitted from the vision, determination, and leadership of Mary Higgins were to give her an ovation, the applause would be deafening. In 2014, she left Creighton and returned to her high school alma mater, Marian High School, to become the first alumna in the school’s 59-year-history to be named president. Next year, Higgins has new plans. Retirement. Read the full story here.
At just 23 years old, Tehillah Alphonso’s list of accomplishments is enviable. She sang at the GRAMMY®s with Billie Eilish. She sang on the film score for the Disney movie “Encanto.” She sang back-up in an Olivia Rodrigo video. She has been nominated for a GRAMMY®. A USC graduate, she works as a background vocalist, session musician, songwriter, high school teacher, and arranger in Los Angeles. How did this Marian girl make it in the uber-competitive popular music industry? Read the full story here.
As a high school student, Sarah Fili ‘11 had no idea that years later she would be the weekend evening anchor and reporter on Omaha’s KETV NewsWatch 7. She had no interest in journalism. In college, she studied molecular biology and chemistry. After many difficult science classes, Fili decided she needed to find something different. She started an internship at Channel 10/11 in Lincoln, and from there everything clicked. Read more of Sarah’s story here.
Sarah Mullen is on track to graduate from the School of Medicine at UNMC in 2024, and she will soon decide what residency program she will enter. She recognizes the value of encouraging women to enter the science field and credits STEM programs at Marian for preparing her to explore opportunities in science that eventually led her to pursue a career in medicine. To read more about how STEM led Sarah to medicine, click here.
In her freshman year of college, Kellyn Daly ‘16 played in the NCAA softball tournament for the University of North Carolina. Daly medically retired her junior year due to an elbow injury. The next year, as she was on track to graduate, she received a breast cancer diagnosis. Read more here.
Rose Ann Shannon ‘69 received the Esprit de Corps Sister Marcella Leadership Award. Rose Ann recently retired from her position as the news director at KETV in Omaha, where she oversaw a staff of 57 and 30 hours of locally produced news each week. She held this position for almost 25 years, rising through the ranks at a time when there were few women in the newsroom. Read more here.
“My hope for women is they get over fear and self-doubt to release themselves out into the world. The world needs more feminine-driven ideas,” Omaha native and Wander Puzzle Co. owner Lindsey Fauss Simmonds ’97 said. Simmonds is rounding out her first year of entrepreneurship in the puzzle industry after successfully recognizing gaps in market offerings and following intuitive proddings. Read more here.
Leslie moved to Seattle after graduating from medical school and completing her residency at UNMC. A 2003 Creighton undergrad who majored in biology and environmental science, Leslie worked with the JVC in Portland providing medical outreach to migrant farmer communities. Click here to read Leslie’s story.
The Fold, a boutique in Countryside Village, owned and operated by Natalie Navis ’02 features womenswear by contemporary designers’ that is not available elsewhere in Omaha. Navis personally chooses items and stocks only one of each size, thus ensuring a completely unique style for patrons. Read Natalie’s story here.
High school can be an up and down roller coaster ride for many, but for Sr. Midge Petersen ‘59, her experience at Marian was just the opposite. Growing up with five brothers as the middle child, Sr. Midge never imagined she would end up at an all-girls school like Marian. Read more here.