Alumnae Programs

Whether you want to hear the latest from Westridge, network with a fellow alumnae, or share personal news, our online communities are a great way to stay connected.

As an alumna, you can network, reach out to friends, find lost classmates, and stay connected to the school through a number of events and programs specifically geared toward alumnae. 

Programs such as the Young Alumnae Circle, Alumnae Luncheon Speaker Series, Alumnae Readers book group, Tiger Cub Welcome, and Ranney Award Recipients are designed to connect women of all ages to their alma mater. Westridge’s Class Representative Program upholds a longstanding tradition of working with key representatives from each class to help maintain contact with classmates, plan reunions, and maintain support for girls’ education through the Westridge Annual Fund.

 

Westridge Class Representatives

Class representatives are the primary connection between the class they represent and the school. 

More than 150 Westridge alumnae are part of this "virtual" group that connects classmates with Westridge. Class representatives are responsible for reunion planning and notifying their classmates when something of major significance occurs in their class. They also serve as an integral part of outreach for Westridge in asking classmates to support the school philanthropically through annual giving and ensure the Alumnae Office has updated contact information.  

If you are interested in becoming a class representative or need the contact information for your class representative, contact the Alumnae Office at alumnae@westridge.org

Connect with Class Representatives
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As the link between Westridge and its alumnae, class representatives are encouraged to nominate fellow alumnae for the annual Ranney Award. The Mary Lowther Ranney Distinguished Alumna Award was established in 1987 to honor an alumna who has made special contributions through her life. The award is given each spring at Alumnae Day.

Download a Nomination Form

 

Young Alumnae Circle

The Young Alumnae Circle, also known as the YACs, reunites graduates from the past 10 years through various social activities and programs. The YACs provide a great way to maintain relationships with classmates and create new connections with fellow alumnae who are in various stages of discovering their college and career paths.

Young alumnae support and leadership is critical for the continued success of Westridge. The Young Alumnae Circle is also committed to philanthropy and highlighting the importance of giving back to Westridge. The group’s mission is:

  • To recognize recent graduates who make annual gifts and set the standard for other young alumnae.
  • To create an opportunity for young alumnae to network, socialize, and build relationships with other Westridge graduates.
  • To ensure a strong community network of Westridge alumnae.

Whether you participate as a loyal annual donor, make a leadership gift, or pledge your support over time, you are making a difference for current and future Westridge students!

All Young Alumnae Circle members are invited back to campus for a holiday brunch on Saturday, December 17, 2016. For more information, visit the Pasadena/Los Angeles Area section of our Events page.

To learn more about the Young Alumnae Circle, please contact the Alumnae Office at 626.799.1053, ext. 244.

Book Club

The Westridge School Alumnae Readers invites you to join fellow alumnae for a monthly meeting of the minds! Remember, no matter where you are in the book, you’re always welcome to the book club meetings.

Time: 7:30 p.m. on the dates listed below

Location: Leslie Clarke Gray '62 Alumnae Living Room , Pitcairn House on Westridge Campus.  Alumnae attending the book group may park in the State Street parking lot.

2016-2017 Book Club Selections

Wednesday, September 14, 2016
On Gold Mountain
by Lisa See

Wednesday, November 16, 2016
The Bloody Chamber - Short Stories
by Angela Carter

Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Fates and Furies: A Novel
by Lauren Groff

Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Orinoco
By Aphra Behn

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
The Buddha in the Attic
by Julie Otsuka

Wednesday, July 19, 2017*
A Spool of Blue Thread: A Novel
by Anne Tyler
The Accidental Tourist
by Anne Tyler
*meeting begins early to see the movie, The Accidental Tourist

Book group selections are available for a 20% discount at Vroman's Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.  Books are available at the book information desk. For more information, contact Vroman's at 626.449.5320, or visit www.vromansbookstore.com.

For further information about the Westridge Alumnae Book Group, contact Barbara Davis Reynolds '72 at bwdr@pacbell.net or call the Westridge Alumnae Office at 626.799.1053, ext. 244.

Alumnae Luncheon Speaker Series

Inspire & Connect

The Alumnae Office hosts an Alumnae Speaker Luncheon Series each school year to better prepare students to think about life after Westridge. This highly successful program allows Westridge alumnae to share their professional knowledge with current juniors and seniors, as alumnae talk candidly about their college years, career paths and life experience.


Recent Speakers

          • Sarah Martin Domb '96 - Software Developer, Psychiatrist
          • Jenny Lin '10 - Author, Medical Student
          • Debbie Lawrence ’71 - City Planner, City of Los Angeles
          • Hannah Fong ’08 - Los Angeles City Planning Dept, graduate student
          • Blair Smith ’08 - City of Los Angeles, Planning Assistant
          • Jessie Seiler ’04 - Peace Corps, Itn’l Heath Education Volunteer
          • Lauren Gibbs ’02 - Member of the U.S. National Bobsled Team
          • Kristan Browne ’86 - Owner of Attriniti: Organize, Create, Achieve
          • Kristen Brown ’86 - AVP Marketing & Communications at Cal Tech
          • Maya Roy ’99 - Attorney
          • Anne MCaddon ’99 - Artist
          • Nancy Keating ’69 - Architect/Design-Interiors
          • Thembisa Mshaka ’88 - Filmmaker

More Speakers

2012

  • Davita Maharaj ’04 - Land of Children Non-Profit
  • Monica Oller ’91 - Architect

2011

  • Monica Oller '91 - Architect
  • Michelle Tyson ’86 - Family Doctor
  • Sarah Tenaglia Taverner ’76 - Senior food Editor of Bon Appetit Magazine
  • Erika Ceporius Miller ‘95 - Founder & Development Director of The Chance Theater

2010

  • Alyce Minsky ’73 - Litigation Attorney, Journalist, Editor and Author
  • Susie Fitzgerald ‘76 - Senior Vice President of Scripted Programming for AMC
  • Susan James ’63 - Writer and Independent Researcher
  • Megan Montgomery Marble ’78 - Studio Manager for Creative Services at Patagonia, Inc.

Become a Speaker

If you are interested in participating in the Westridge Alumnae Luncheon Speaker Series, please contact the Alumnae Office at 626.799.1053, ext. 244.

Tiger Cub Welcome

Welcoming Someone New to Your Family?

We'd love to hear about your new son or daughter. 

Email us a class note with a photograph and share your news about your new little bundle of joy. All "little cubs" will receive a special gift from the Westridge Alumnae Office.

Ranney Award Recipients

The Mary Lowther Ranney Distinguished Alumna Award

The Mary Lowther Ranney Distinguished Alumna Award was established in 1987 to honor annually an alumna who has made special contributions throughout her life. The Award is given each spring at the Alumnae Day Luncheon.

The citation for the award reads as follows:

To honor Mary Lowther Ranney, this award is given annually by Westridge School to an alumna whose life embodies the spirit of the Westridge motto, Surgere Tentamus,and who, by her commitment to her chosen path, her dedication to lifelong growth and learning, and her habits of heart, mind, and action are an example and an inspiration to the Westridge community.

To nominate fellow alumnae for this award, complete the nomination form and return it to the Westridge Alumnae Office.

Download a Nomination Form


The following alumnae have received the Mary Lowther Ranney Distinguished Alumna Award:

1988
Margaret Brackenridge Jones ’21* & Marian Brackenridge ’21*
a founding family of Westridge School

1989
Harriet Huntington Doerr ’27*
author

1990
Anne Richardson Gilbert ’27*
community volunteer and philanthropist

1991
Gwen Garland Babcock ’53 
community volunteer and philanthropist

1992
Joan Montgomery Hotchkis ’45
author, playwright, and actress

1993
Joan Lamb Ullyot ’57, M.D.
long-distance runner and authority on sports medicine

1994
Jessie Reynolds Groothuis ’64, M.D.
pediatrician, professor, and medical researcher

1995
Jae Giddings Carmichael ’42*
multimedia artist and community volunteer

1996
Julia Cates ’69
electrical engineer and businesswoman in the computer industry

1997
Jean Tarr Fleming ’44
community volunteer

1998
Polly Hunter Turpin ’45 & Audrey Steele Burnand ’40
philanthropists

1999
Helen Hastings Murphy ’67, Ph.D.
nurse practitioner, medical researcher, and epidemiologist 

2000
Dorothy Hughes Matthiessen ’52
Westridge trustee 1964-1993, internationally ranked tennis player, interior designer

2001
Joan Irvine Smith ’51
activist and philanthropist in the fields of the arts, education, health, and the environment 

2002 
Adelaide Finkbine Hixon ’36
community volunteer and philanthropist

2003
Margaret Taylor Cunningham ’58
community volunteer and Episcopal priest

2004
Linda LeMoncheck ’71
feminist philosopher and arts enthusiast

2005
Genna Rae McNeil ’65
history professor, author, and civil rights advocate 

2006
Palmer Robinson ’68
superior court judge

2007
Sara Sweezy Berry '57
researcher, professor at Johns Hopkins University

2008
Joan Taufenbach Haskell '47
community volunteer, retired realtor

2009
Bonnie Dean '75
international business woman

2010
Elizabeth Wayland Barber '58
author, researcher, retired faculty from Occidental College

2011
Nan Elliot Hale '69
writer, producer, researcher, and naturalist

2012
Alissa Arp '72
scientist, researcher, professor

2013-14
Mary Lowther Ranney
In the Centennial year, Westridge posthumously awarded our founder and pioneer in girls' education the award. For more information about Mary Lowther Ranney, please see the book published about her in March 2014.

2015
Nancy (Ophelia) Ennis Follett '59
founder of The Dolphin School, United Kingdom
Read her acceptance speech here.

2016
Theresa Oldknow Huttinger '68
Community health expert, researcher, and humanitarian

* deceased


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