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Notre Dame Academy Announces New Director of Enrollment & Marketing

Notre Dame Academy Announces New Director of Enrollment & Marketing

Worcester, MA- Friday, May 24, 2019- Notre Dame Academy is pleased to announce that Caitlin Sargent Lubelczyk ’00, has been named Director of Enrollment and Marketing. Mrs. Lubelczyk, who has served as the Director of Marketing and Communications and Alumnae Relations since July 2017, will begin her role as the Director of Enrollment effective immediately.

Mrs. Lubelczyk came to NDA after a 13-year career in healthcare, her last 5 years as Regional Marketing Manager for Saint Vincent Hospital and MetroWest Hospital where her responsibilities included marketing, public relations, and community relations. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for The Emerald Club of Worcester (President 2017-2019), and has served on the board of directors for the Boys & Girls Club of Worcester and as a corporator for the YMCA of Central Massachusetts.

“I am very excited to take on this new role at Notre Dame,” said Lubelczyk. “Our school is in a very exciting period of growth and transition. As an alumna and the mother of a future student, I know the importance of a Notre Dame Academy education, and I look forward to working with prospective families and students and welcoming them into the NDA community.”

“We are thrilled that Caitlin has accepted this position,” said Lisa Mancini, vice-chair of the Board of Trustees. “The work that she has done to promote the Academy in the short 18 months that she has been here is testament to her love of the school and her ability to work tirelessly to build and grow our enrollment for the future.”

Lubelczyk is a member of the Young Professional Women’s Association of Worcester (YPWA), was the 2010 recipient of the Emerald Club Monsignor Tinsley Quiet Man Award and was a 2016 Worcester Business Journal 40 under 40 award recipient.

She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of New Hampshire. She resides in Worcester with her husband Tom, and her daughter Olivia.

 

Notre Dame Academy Students Take Part In Boston College Women in Science and Technology (WST) Program at Boston College

One of the opportunities our students at Notre Dame Academy have is to apply to the Women in Science and Technology (WST) program at Boston College each year.

We spoke to two students Elu Tatis ’20 and Genevieve Madaus ’20 on their experience with this incredible program for young women in STEAM. This year we also had sophomores Shannon Sweeney, and Isabella Shackleford attend.

Each girl had to write a short essay about why they wanted to be in the program, and they also had to submit a written recommendation from Mrs. Cheryl Ducharme, the chair of the science department.

“I had a wonderful experience at the Women in Science and Technology (WST) program at Boston College. The program solidified my interest in pursuing a career in the science and medical fields and hopefully furthering my education at Boston College,” said Genevieve Madaus ’20. “The WST program educated me on many fields of science that I was not familiar with and I hope to continue this exploration in the different topics of science. After I participated in this program as a sophomore, I raved about the program to everyone in my grade and encouraged them to apply the next year. I found conducting labs and learning from the undergraduate students extremely fascinating.”

The program takes place over four successive Saturdays in January and February culminating in a presentation for parents and fellow program participants.

Over the course of four weeks the students participate in laboratory experiments focused on biology, chemistry, psychology, and physics.

This year, on the final day of the program, WST founder Liz O’Day spoke to the group. Liz O’Day is also the founder and CEO of an organization called Olaris Therapeutics. Elu Tatis ’20 says this was her favorite part of the program because of her interest in going into the medical field. “I really liked when Liz came to talk to us, her brother had cancer and she dedicated her life to making sure that cancer medicines are most effective to those who use them. She turned her passion into a career, and I really admire that.”

After learning about oncology in her NDA Anatomy and Physiology class, Elu decided that she would like to pursue a career as an Oncologist.

When asked if this is a program she would like to participate in again Elu said, “I hope to do it again next year, but the interest level is so high, they may want to give the opportunity to girls who haven’t had a chance to experience this before.”

 

Notre Dame Academy Receives $85K Grant for Athletic Center Renovations and Strength and Conditioning Center

Worcester, MA- Notre Dame Academy recently received an $85,000 grant from the de Coizart trust. The Sarah K. de Coizart Article TENTH Perpetual Charitable Trust was established in 1992 upon the death of Mrs. de Coizart.

The money from this grant will be used to fund Phase Two of the recent Athletic Center renovations. Last summer, with initial funds raised, Phase One was completed. Phase One included a face lift including a complete paint job of the gymnasium, and the installation of new bleachers. The brand-new, ADA compliant telescoping bleachers, feature 6 tiers, 2 aisles, a media stand, and a 296 seat capacity. The grant, which was specifically requested for Phase Two renovations, will fund the schools brand new state-of-the-art strength and conditioning room. The strength and conditioning center will provide students sports-specific conditioning programs that increase performance and reduce the chance of injury. The room will be open to students and faculty before, during, and after school hours and eventually throughout the summer break to promote and encourage wellness.

 “Health, wellness, and athletics are an important part of NDA’s commitment to educating the whole person,” said Elizabeth Murphy, Director of Development. “Through physical education and athletics, strong leadership skills are built, and the students’ self-esteem is nurtured and developed – a core component in educating adolescent girls.”

“This grant gives NDA a tremendous opportunity to take a giant step forward in our approach to helping young women reach their full personal potential,” said Patricia Provost Athletic Director. “The reality of a strength and conditioning routine can define a lifetime of benefits.”

"Providing a strength and conditioning facility reflects yet another dimension of the school's commitment to its students to 'teach them what they need to know for life,' said board member and graduate Maria Argento Perkins. “The new center complements and expands the outstanding program that Athletic Director Patricia Provost has developed to support students of diverse interests and abilities."

Notre Dame Academy is still raising funds through their Play Like A Girl campaign to renovate and refinish the gymnasium floor. To learn more about Play Like A Girl visit https://www.nda-worc.org/giving/playlikeagirl.

 

Renderings provided by: Ai3 Architects, James Jordan

Notre Dame Academy Announces New Varsity Softball Coach

Worcester, MA- Monday, February 11, 2019 – Notre Dame Academy has recently hired Jim Peters of Worcester to be the new Softball coach. Jim comes to Notre Dame after a 16-year career as the Varsity Girls Softball coach at West Boylston High School. During his tenure as coach, West Boylston made it to State Semi Finals six times, and were District champs in 2003, 2004, and 2008. He had over 200 wins at West Boylston and made the district playoffs 12 times.He has also coached at Saint Mary’s in Worcester and Wachusett High School.  

 “We are thrilled to welcome Jim into the NDA community and look forward to an exciting and successful Softball season!” said Athletic Director Patricia Provost. “He has 30 years of experience from umpiring, little league softball, and head coaching varsity softball. With his knowledge of the rules and coaching in a high school setting for over 20 years, Jim can help our program teach the girls the way the game should be played, fundamentally.”

The Notre Dame Rebels kick off the Softball season on April 1st with a home game against South High.

Telegram & Gazette: Tom Flanagan’s basketball notes: Notre Dame girls preparing for another late-season run

January 26, 2019– By Tom Flanagan

Notre Dame Academy girls’ basketball coach Peter Bogren was so under the weather Thursday night — on his birthday, no less — that he was unable to coach the eighth-ranked Rebels when they squared off against St. Bernard’s in Fitchburg. Bogren’s team came through with a phone call that made the coach’s day, letting Bogren know they won and singing, “Happy Birthday.”

At 7-3, Bogren said he is hopeful his talented and selfless team can begin to play its best basketball of the season soon, and carry it through to the Central Mass. Tournament, and nail down its identity.

“We’re still not really sure who we are at this point, but it’s coming because the girls are working incredibly hard,” said Bogren, who was pinch-hit for in the St. Bernard’s game by assistants Joe Kusz and Rachel Kusz. “We’ve had a couple great wins, and then we’ve had a couple of head-scratchers.”

If the recent past is an indicator, the Rebels are just about ready to flip the switch into postseason mode.

Two years ago, NDA finished the regular season on a 9-1 tear, and last year the Rebels won eight of their final 10 games. “I’m hoping for something along those lines this year, which would put us in good shape,” Bogren said of a potential late-season surge.

Notre Dame has benefited from the experience and solid play of a pair of seniors, Ellie Potvin and Kate Smiley, each of whom was part of an NDA team that three years ago won Central Mass.

Potvin owns the distinction of starting every game for NDA since her freshman year, the only player in Bogren’s tenure to accomplish that feat. Potvin is a skilled and versatile player, as evidenced by her evolution as primarily a post player as a freshman to playing a guard this season. ″(Potvin) is an intelligent player and her basketball IQ is phenomenal,” Bogren said. Bogren calls Smiley perhaps the best rebounder he’s ever coached.

Junior point guard Ally Walker runs the show, while sisters Kara and Abigail Corriveau are among the team’s top offensive threats and round out the starting lineup. “It’s funny to look at our stats and realize we don’t really have a kid who does a lot scoring,” Bogren said. “But, we’re very balanced. We’ve had six different players score in double-figures in a game this year, and, on any given night, it could be anyone of our players leading us in scoring.”

Bogren credited the impact of senior forward Mary Andreoli, who comes off the bench to add critical defense and rebounding, while sophomore Hannah Marzo is able to make a difference on both ends with her quickness.

The Rebels’ depth has been a key in many of their wins this season, Bogren said, lauding the contributions of  MacKenzie Terry, Hannah Leahy and Brigid Wickstrom. “This is a fun group to watch and to coach,” Bogren said. “They’re improving, and hopefully, we’ll be our best at the end of the year and make some noise in the (Central Mass) tournament.”