Shop Talk: Christy Zurcher
What is your role at Ursuline Academy? I have the privilege of promoting and sharing all of the wonderful things that take place at the nation’s first all-girls Catholic school. Every day is different. From assemblies to performances to class projects and everything else in between, I love being out and about on campus – learning from our girls and sharing it with the community.
Does being an Ursuline alumna help you with the day-to-day management? The first quote that comes to mind is: “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” I became an Ursuline girl at the young age of 7. Ursuline has always been a special part of my life and has helped mold me into the woman I am today. Being an alumna makes me even more motivated to be successful in my career.
What kinds of community activism or outreach does the Academy participate in? The academy’s motto is “Serviam:” I will serve. Service is at the heart of what it truly means to be an Ursuline girl. On the feast day of our foundress, St. Angela Merici, the entire academy serves in the surrounding community. Throughout the school year high school students participate in a service-learning program where they focus on a specific service area in each grade level. These areas include hunger, poverty, homelessness, environmental ethics and people with special needs.
How do you incorporate the Academy’s mission in your work? At Ursuline, we believe in every girl. Ursuline girls are part of a sisterhood that celebrates girls with different backgrounds, beliefs and talents. We understand each other. We learn from each other and we raise each other up. As Director of Communications, it’s my honor to promote this sisterhood and promote this mission by making sure that each and every girl is celebrated.
Is there anything else you’d like us to know about the Academy or yourself? At Ursuline, we blaze our own trails. It’s our legacy. From the first female law professor at Loyola University New Orleans, to a U.S. senator and a U.S. Army colonel, Ursuline women lead fearlessly.
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