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11_StartPhotosThe Marycrest Alumni Association exists to enhance your college memories & to strengthen your bond with other Marycrest Alums. Enjoy our site & take time to learn more about the Alumni Association & the opportunities to keep the Marycrest Spirit alive!

Marycrest in the News, links to WHBF and Quad City Times.

Homecoming 2013 Canceled

The Marycrest Alumni Association regrets to announce Homecoming 2013 has been canceled. The all-volunteer Marycrest Alumni Board remains active, but as always is in need of volunteers to continue its work. Please contact Jennifer DeWitt at or Lynne Schiffke at to volunteer.

We also need you to send news about Marycrest alums, faculty and friends so we can include it in our next newsletter. Weddings, births, new jobs, and other accomplishments would be welcome. You may send that to as well. Thank you very much!

Irish Mother of the Year

Nancy Kelly, a Marycrest Grad and a member of the Alumni Board, was chosen as the "Irish Mother of the Year". To read about Nancy and how she kept her family close, click to go to the QCTimes article. Enjoy!

St. Nicholas Day Celebration

The Marycrest Alumni Association’s annual St. Nicholas Day celebration was held at the Sisters of Humility Center on December 4, 2011. All alums, staff, and friends of Marycrest met for an afternoon of conversation with each other and the Sisters while enjoying coffee, punch and cookies.

Saint Nicholas was renowned for his great kindness and his generous aid to those in distress. Traditional celebrations of Saint Nicholas Day in Northern Europe included gifts left in children’s shoes (the origin of our American Christmas stockings). In some households the father of the family may dress up as Saint Nicholas on the eve of his feast. He comes in, sometimes with his sidekick, Krampus or Black Peter, and helps each child examine his conscience. So examine your conscience and come celebrate this festive day with us!

2010 Spirit of Maycrest Award Winner

The Sisters of Humility were honored with the Spirit of Marycrest Award in October at the Homecoming brunch held at the Davenport Outing Club.
The alumni board now is accepting nominations for the 2011 Spirit of Marycrest award. It is presented each year to a member(s) of the Marycrest family who exhibits the qualities that represent Marycrest’s heritage – from its history of volunteerism to career leadership and service to community. If you know a Marycrest alum, faculty or staff member who is keeping the Marycrest spirit alive, please contact the alumni board at or on the association’s Facebook page to make a nomination. The next award will be presented during Homecoming 2011.

Past Spirit of Marycrest Winners:
2002 – Jan Luton
2003 – Betty Dalton
2004 – Gary Monnard
2006 – Linda VanHese
2007 – Cliff Wilkerson
2008 – Beth Wehrmann
2009 – Marycrest Housekeeping Staff
2010 – Sisters of Humility.



The Marycrest Alumni Association sadly lost one of its best supporters; Sr. Annette Gallagher was an honorary lifetime member of the alumni board, devoting nearly 60 years to the alumni board. She was a driving force on the board up until 2006 when she decided to step down.

She died Jan. 24, 2010 – 67 years to the day after she entered the Congregation of the Humility of Mary. She was 86.

Sr. Annette was known by generations of Marycrest students – giving 42 years to the college, including 19 as a social studies professor and 23 as a reference librarian and Marycrest archivist. She also had served as an academic advisor and the alumni secretary.

Sr. Annette was a graduate of Marycrest, earning her BA degree in education in 1948. She received her MA in history from Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., in 1950, and a PhD from the University of Arizona in Tucson in 1970.

During her teaching career at Marycrest, she was a history and current affairs teacher – well known for her Contemporary Affairs class. Students and fellow sisters, who gathered at her memorial in Davenport, recalled fondly how she taught them all the importance of being aware of the world around them, assigning them to read Time Magazine weekly.

The alumni board has long missed her attention to detail as well as her handwritten notes – usually on small bits of paper - about alumni and news about their lives. She was an irreplaceable source of knowledge about alumni and Marycrest history.

May she rest in peace. Memorials may be made to the Sisters of the Humility of Mary.

Past Events

Class of '57 Enjoys Time Together

PhotoThis photo was taken May 8th at Biaggi's Restaurant in Davenport. Some of the Class of '57 gathered for a "mini" 52 year reunion to reminisce, renew friendships and catch up on lives, post Marycrest. Six of the attendees hail from the Quad-Cities and the other four from: Westlake Village, CA (enroute to a wedding in Chicago), Streator, IL, Springfield, IL and Colfax, IA. Pictured are: First Row: Lois (Math) DeCoster, Patty (Egan) Faley, Mary (Mart) Wells and Barb Zwala (Nancy Vedral's sister ~Nancy was unable to attend); Second Row ~ Sister Joan Shiel, Diane (Ruhl) Brennan, Millie (Ulrich) Longbons and Kathryn (Cowles) McLain; Third Row ~ Lucrese (Bultinck) Hunter and Sister Paul Mary (Pat) Janssens. Everyone agreed it was a wonderful get-together and were blessed to have the quality education the Humility Sisters provided.

Climate Project Presentation

This presentation will be held at the Humility Center Davenport, Iowa.

With a continued focus on the Earth Charter and the principle of Respecting and Caring for the Community of Life - the Sisters of the Humility of Mary invite you to attend "The Burning Truth of the Climate Crisis," open to the public on Thursday, February 19, 2009, from 7 - 8:30 pm in the Magnificant Chapel at the Humility of Mary Center, 820 West Central Park Avenue, Davenport, Iowa 52804.

The presentation will be given by Sister Cathleen Real, who will educate on climate change and the threats it poses to humanity and the planet as a whole. From a faith based perspective Sister Cathleen will utilize materials from The Climate Project training she received from Nobel Laureate Al Gore, including evidence of temperature increases, the serious consequences of global warming and recommendations for taking action to lessen the impact on the earth. For more information visit the Care of the Earth section at or call 563-323-9466.

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Marycrest, Alive!

The Marycrest Alumni Association carries the Flags of Marycrest in Quad-City area parades. Please call Jan Lutton, 563-355-3756, and volunteer to help keep the spirit of Marycrest alive. Thank you Tom and Jan Luton for your continued dedication to the Marycrest Community!








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