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Ursuline College recognizes individuals for years of service

May 22, 2014

The College community thanks Sr. Ann Kelly, Ginny Folisi, Marty Kane and Mary Alice Saunders for their dedication and congratulations them on their retirement in 2014.

Sr. Ann Kelly 58 Years
Sister Ann came to Ursuline College in 1956. She taught history and philosophy. She then went to Notre Dame University and earned a doctorate in philosophy in 1961. Sister Ann served in many different roles during her tenure here, including: Academic Dean, Vice President for Academic Affairs, chair of the External Learning Program, and chair of the Humanities department, along with being a full professor of philosophy. She has been given the status of Faculty Emeritus. More recently she has served in the Student Success Center, now called URSA. In this capacity she advises students and works with students who have academic difficulties. She created the RAISE program, a program for students who are on probation. Sister Ann has influenced approximately 5,000 students.

Virginia (Ginny) Folisi 35 Years

Ginny began her office services career at Ursuline College in 1979. She was hired to work in the mail room and quickly moved into Student Receivables for the next 13 years.  Ginny was then promoted to her current position as Executive Assistant to the Vice President and CFO. She remained in that position for 22 years until her retirement. Ginny was involved in many events on the campus, even helping to paint the Labyrinth.  She is married, and enjoys spending time with her four children and ten grandchildren. Two of her children are Ursuline alums.

Mary Alice Saunders 35 Years
Marcy Alice Saunders has been at Ursuline College for 35 years, serving as Diversity Officer & Assistant Professor for the Breen School of Nursing. Over her vast career as an educator she has been nominated for the Martin Luther King Award, received the ONI award presented by the International Black Women’s Congress, received certification as a Clinical Nurse Specialist by the Ohio Board of Nursing in the State of Ohio and selected by the Awards Committee at Ursuline College as faculty of the year in 1998. Saunders has been an advocate of diversity on campus, founding Urafiki (a Swahili word meaning friendship), an annual event for students and alumnae to learn of the richness of Black culture, to provide a forum for developing relationships and to encourage students to increase their leadership skills.

Marty Kane 23 Years
Martin M. Kane served as Director of Education Administration at Ursuline College.  Following a long distinguished career in Education Administration in Northeast Ohio, Kane joined the Ursuline Community.  During his career, Martin Kane has served as the President of the Ohio Association of Secondary School Administrators, Board of Directors Member on the Ohio North Central Association of Schools and Colleges and Board of Directors Member on the National Association of Student Councils.  In 1998 he was named a NASE Distinguished Professor.  In 2013, Kane was honored with the Teaching Excellence Award at Ursuline College.  Before entering the field of education, Kane played in the Boston Red Sox minor league system in the Carolina League, PONY League and Midwest League.

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