College of Notre Dame recognizes Trueschler with Distinguished Alumna Award

Josephine M. Trueschler, a beloved faculty member who taught English at College of Notre Dame of Maryland for 39 years, will receive the 2009 Elizabeth P. Hoisington ’40 Distinguished Alumna Award on September 26, at Honors Convocation.

Trueschler, a member of the Class of 1949 celebrating her 60th reunion this year, joined the English department at College of Notre Dame in 1959 after teaching in Baltimore City public schools for 10 years. She inspired generations of College of Notre Dame students in the study of literature and writing.

Trueschler received four significant awards while a member of the English faculty: Sister Meletia Teaching Award in 1967, Mullan Distinguished Teaching Award in 1985, SSND Mission and Ministry Award in 1998 and President’s Medal in 2007.

The award is presented to a graduate who, through achievements in career and/or community service, embodies the principles of College of Notre Dame. Immediately after Honors Convocation, two alumnae will be recognized at the Reunion Weekend luncheon.

Sister Mary Gabriel Roeder, SSND, an alumna from the Class of 1959, will receive the Service to Society Award. Sister Gabriel has dedicated her life to opening educational opportunities for women and girls. She will be honored for her ministry in the United States and in Africa, where she led the establishment of new SSND schools and communities.

The Service to Society Award is presented yearly to an alumna who best exemplifies the ideals of a College of Notre Dame education through the application of her education, initiative and humanity to socially useful ends in the community, nation or world.

Julie Kline Rybczynski, an alumna from the Class of 1999, will receive the Regina Russo Hammel ’41 Outstanding Recent Graduate Award. Mrs. Rybczynski will be honored for her leadership in building vibrant, faith-filled communities in the Archdiocese of Baltimore and her deep devotion to her alma mater. Most recently she was coordinator of the archdiocese’s Church Leadership Institute.

The Outstanding Recent Graduate Award is presented yearly to an alumna within 10 years of graduation who has demonstrated loyalty to the College and exhibited outstanding professional achievements and/or contributions to community life.

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