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Marylhurst celebrates leadership and service


by: SUBMTTED PHOTO - From left are Sister Jane Ellen Burns, SNJM 48, Sister Mary Rita Rohde, SNJM 62, Tina A. Admire and Linda Clarry Barber.

Marylhurst University’s alumni association honored four alumnae whose accomplishments in their professions, communities and university service, school officials said, reflect the strength of Marylhurst’s ongoing legacy of ethical leadership, service and social responsibility.

“It’s a special occasion when we gather to celebrate the milestones and achievements of alumni whose accomplishments underscore the importance of lifelong learning,” said Jerry Hudson, interim president. “We are proud to have alumni who exemplify Marylhurst’s core values in their everyday lives.”

Honored were the following women:

Linda Clarry Barber ’63, received the Nancy Wilgenbusch Distinguished Professional award.

After 31 years with Portland Public Schools as a teacher and administrator, Linda Clarry co-authored a book for teachers on classroom management and presented workshops for educators and parents about handling difficult behaviors.

She contracted with PPS to write grants and provide in-home training for parents in low-income areas that focused on language development for preschool children. After postgraduate training, Clarry served as principal in an adolescent psychiatric treatment and taught U.S. government and history and African-American literature in an alternative high school. She continues serving as a volunteer in a variety of capacities.

Sister Mary Rita Rohde, SNJM ’62, received the Service to Society award.

Sister Mary Rita Rohde served as a high school teacher and principal in Seattle, and went on to teach at Fort Wright College in Spokane.

After missionary work in Nicaragua, she participated in the founding of Heritage University in Toppenish, on the Yakama Indian Reservation; its mission is to provide quality, accessible higher education to multicultural populations that have been educationally isolated. She served there as a professor and vice president for college advancement. In 2002, Sister Mary Rita founded Nuestra Casa in Sunnyside, Wash., an educational ministry serving the needs of immigrants and annually educating hundreds of Latina women.

Sister Jane Ellen Burns, SNJM ’48, received the Service to Marylhurst award.

Sister Jane Ellen Burns taught high school in The Dalles, Salem, Portland, Spokane and Seattle. She came to Marylhurst College in 1959 (Marylhurst College became Marylhurst University in 1998) as a professor in the English department and guided journalism students on the college newspaper and yearbook. She went on to serve as department chair.

In 1974, she left Marylhurst to teach English in Kagoshima, Japan and Hong Kong. When she returned, she joined the faculty of Oregon’s Mt. Angel Seminary and received the Mt. Angel Seminary Lumen Gentium Award in 2005. Now retired, she continues to contribute her writing talents to the quarterly publication of the Sisters’ Foundation Office.

Tina Admire ’13, received the Distinguished New Graduate award.

Tina Admire deepened her understanding of psychology and business with an interdisciplinary studies degree. While at Marylhurst, she helped develop the Marylhurst Psychology Association and founded the Nervous Speaker Support Group.

Tina is pursuing her master’s in counseling-psychology, ecopsychology at Prescott College and works as a horticultural therapist at Cornerstone Care Option. She volunteers for the National Alliance on Mental Illness Family to Family program, the Willamette Falls Hospice and serves on the board for the American Horticultural Therapy Association. Admire previously was development coordinator for the Clackamas Service Center, where she was praised for her initiative and positive demeanor. As a single mother, she understands the importance of education and being a role model.