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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Brazil and China Delegations

It's been an icy and cold couple of weeks for us in Dallas but nothing can keep our Spring delegations down! Today, our Brazil delegation departed for Sao Paulo and tomorrow, we hope our snowed-in China delegation will depart for Shanghai and Beijing. Stay tuned to our blog to follow their adventures! 


The China delegation, camped out at the Great Wolf Lodge before departure

Our Brazil delegation - now on their way!! 

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Global Issues Day

On January 27, we celebrated our annual Global Issues Day with a community-wide day of learning. January 27 is also the Feast of St. Angela, the foundress of the Ursulines, so the day was extra special.  Mass was a wonderful way to start the day and to focus on the work and the legacy of the Ursuline sisters world-wide.

Father Joe & Father Michael celebrate Mass

Lord I lift your name on high !

Special guest Agnes Kasule '01 with Sister Margaret Ann and Sister Mary
As part of the morning activities, each advisory colored a small panel which later became part of a community mural celebrating Ursuline's relationships around the world. Here is the finished product:



We were privileged to have several special guests and speakers with us for the day. The theme of the day was "Stories of Peace and Justice" so we heard many personal and compelling stories from our guests. Here are a few of the wonderful people who came to Ursuline to be with us for the day:

Father Joseph Luzindana from Uganda was our special guest keynote speaker

Ugandan artist Natal Gloria (on right) with friends in the global Village 

Keynote speaker Agnes Kasule 01, reunited with classmate Mary Holland 01
Torkin Wakefield, BeadforLife founder, spoke about ways to help lift women out of poverty
Jules McGee '08 spoke about her time in the Peace Corps
In addition to attending sessions about a variety of social justice issues, we also found a little time to shop in the annual Global market (benefiting a variety of causes around the world from girls' education to elephant conservation). The day ended on a festive note of cultural dances and student performances.  It was a fantastic day! 






Friday, January 30, 2015

Good Times with our Peruvian guests

These past two weeks with our Peruvian sisters have been a whirlwind of activity! In addition to spending time with us at UA, our guests have been busy visiting important cultural and educational sights all around Dallas / Ft. Worth. Here are some of the highlights from recent days:
 

Service Project making headbands for hospitalized children

Texas BBQ !

Dance Lesson At Billy Bob's Texas

Lunch at Spaghetti Warehouse

Tornado film at the Perot Museum

The "Oval Office"

The Bush Library

VIP guests

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Bienvenidas!

It's a new year and we are thrilled to be welcoming our first guests of 2015, our Ursuline sisters from Colegio Santa Ursula in Lima, Peru. The 15 students and 2 teachers of the delgation will be with us for three weeks! They arrived on Friday and, as you can see in the photos below, they were received with great enthusiasm by our UA host students. We have lots of plans for our time together and it's going to be a fantastic visit - Bienvenidas a Texas!

















Friday, December 5, 2014

POCC / SDLC 2014

Hello from Indianapolis! This week, 8 students and 4 Ursuline faculty / staff members are attending the annual NAIS (National Association of Independent Schools) People of Color Conference (POCC) and Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC).  Over 3000 independent school students and educators are in attendance. The theme of the conference is "Pit Stops and Victory Laps - Going the Distance, Driving Change, Leading the Race toward Equity and Excellence." This important gathering of students and educators is always intense and emotional but it is especially so this year as we in the USA are experiencing of time of crisis with regard to race relations. It is a good time to come together for dialogue and for peaceful reflection on equity and justice issues.

Here are some highlights from the first days of the conference:

Christmas lights of Indianapolis

Ready to begin! 

Our delegates are excited for the days ahead! 

We love the student performances!

SDLC Leadership 

Opening speaker Dr. Michael Dyson discusses race relations in the USA

It's snowing! 

Comedian, Activist and Voice for Disabled and marginalized peoples, Maysoon Zayid

Dr. Derald Wing Sue discusses "Microagressions"

Downtown Indianapolis


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Mater Dei School in Thailand

This week, we (Ms. Nipp & Ms. Chinuntdet) are visiting the Mater Dei School in Bangkok, Thailand. This Ursuline school is considered the top school in Thailand and has a rich history of excellent education. The school is 89 years old and has the distinction of being the only school in Thailand attended by the current King of Thailand (back when they allowed boys, of course). 

The school is a located in the heart of Bangkok and is a beautiful and peaceful oasis compared to the busy city life just outside the gates. More than 1900 K-12 students attend Mater Dei.  We enjoyed meeting the teachers, administrators and Ursuline sisters at Mater Dei but our favorite time was spent with the students. They tell us that they would welcome our students here and that they would love to visit Dallas as well. 

Our warm welcome and time at Mater Dei is only the beginning of what promises to be a long and happy collaboration between our two schools!  

High School students

Posing with School leaders and Ursuline Sisters

We gave Mater Dei a "Serviam" themed gift

Statue of St. Ursula

The large and beautiful Mater Dei Campus

Student Leaders