Christmas was in the air on the Staten Island campus when the
women of the Notre Dame College Alumnae Association (NDCAA)
gathered at Flynn Hall in December for a Christmas Tea.
Ever since Notre Dame College became part of St. John’s University
in 1971, their histories have become linked in ways that, while
bringing them closer together, allow each institution to both
respect and maintain their separate identities. One of the ways
that Notre Dame lives on at St. John’s is through the Notre Dame
College Alumnae Association Sister Helen Flynn Endowed Scholarship.
Since its inception the alumnae have contributed nearly $1.2
million to support deserving students who wish to study at St.
John’s Staten Island campus.
The recipients of the scholarship are selected by the NDCAA Sr.
Helen Flynn Endowed Scholarship Fund Committee in conjunction with
the University’s Office of Student Financial Services.
was a Sister Helen Flynn Scholarship recipient,” said Regina
Cranston ’82NDC, “and the alumnae of Notre Dame College will always
be important to me because of their generosity when I was a
student. I come to as many of their events as possible as a way to
show my appreciation for what they did for me and continue to do
for today’s students who need their assistance.”
Those attending the Christmas Tea had the opportunity to mingle
with old friends and recall the simpler and more genteel days of
their youth. Many remembered chatting quietly under the watchful
eyes of Sr. Helen Flynn, trying hard to balance their delicate
china cups without spilling anything.
“Our teas were an occasion to dress up, and we always wore hats and
white gloves,” remembered Marianne O’Donnell Cummins ’60NDC. “We
held the teas in a large dining room with a coffee server at each
end, and it was a privilege if we were chosen to pour. We’re trying
to encourage more of our alumnae to come back for these special