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The Sr. Roseanne Murphy Endowed Scholarship
Sr. Roseanne Murphy, SNDdeN, chaired the Department of Sociology and Psychology at (then) College of Notre Dame for thirty-seven years. During her tenure as Chair, she facilitated the development of Masters Degrees in Art Therapy and one in Clinical Psychology. In 1970, she developed the "Rome 70 Program," a semester abroad attended by thirty-two students. She and Fr. Xavier Harris, OFM, planned and escorted six pilgrimages including two to the Holy Land, one each to Oberammergau, Assisi, Lourdes and Santiago de Compostella. She was also invited to be Professor on Tour for five Community College Tours sponsored by Cañada College. She was the first woman to be invited to teach at St. Patrick's Seminary in Menlo Park and taught a class in Formal Organizations at the University of San Francisco for two semesters. Following her retirement from teaching in 2000 and becoming a Faculty Emerita, she became the Director of Alumni Relations from 2000 to 2005 after which she was asked to work for the Planned Giving program and also to serve as Special Assistant to the President for Development.
She and her twin sister, studied to become registered nurses at St. Joseph's College of Nursing in San Francisco. Upon completion of her studies there, Sr. Roseanne entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, a congregation dedicated to teaching. After her training to become a Sister, she was sent to Notre Dame High School in Belmont to teach Biology and Religion for three years. When she finished her Bachelor's Degree from St. Mary's College in Los Angeles, she was sent to the then College of Notre Dame to teach three classes while attending Stanford University where she completed her Master's Degree in Sociology. After receiving a Fellowship to Notre Dame University in Indiana, she spent three years there studying for her Doctorate in Sociology which she received in 1965.
While teaching was her first love, she also spent time doing research and publishing articles. She was the recipient of two National Endowment of the Humanities Summer Fellowship Grants, a Danforth Scholar, and a sought-after lecturer. In 1987, she was asked to present a paper in Namur, Belgium, for the "Julie Conference" dedicated to the Foundress of her congregation which inspired her to write a modern biography of St. Julie called, Julie Billiart: Woman of Courage which was published in 1995. Because of that book, Sr. Roseanne was asked to write the story of Sr. Dorothy Stang who was murdered in Brazil in 2005. Her book, Martyr of the Amazon: The Life of Sr. Dorothy Stang was published in 2007 and was translated into three languages.
Donor Honor Roll - Sr. Roseanne Murphy Endowed Scholarship
The following have made a gift toward this endowed scholarship:
Alexander Agopovich and Joseph Ravicini