Category Archives: Luncheon Speaker

April 6, 2023 The Challenge & Promise of Catholic Higher Education – Sister Christine De Vinne, OSU, PhD, the seventeenth president of Ursuline College

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President Sister Christine De Vinne


Building on the foundation of her predecessors, Sister Christine directs her efforts toward raising the profile of the College across the region, increasing student enrollment and student success, expanding community partnerships, and strengthening support for faculty and staff development.


Sister Christine grew up in Cleveland Heights, where she had the benefit of an Ursuline education at Saint Ann School and then at Beaumont School. After high school, she entered the Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland and earned her bachelor’s degree in mathematics, summa cum laude, from Ursuline College.


From 1973 to 1985 she taught in parish elementary schools at Christ the King in East Cleveland, Saint Clare in Lyndhurst, and Saint Mary Magdalene in Willowick. In 1985, after earning her Master of Arts in English from the University of Notre Dame, she returned to Beaumont School as faculty member and assistant principal.


In 1996, she earned her Ph.D. in English from The Ohio State University and joined the faculty at Ursuline College, where she taught in the Ursuline Studies Program, which she directed from 1999 to 2001, and the English Department. Under her leadership as dean from 2001 to 2010, the School of Arts and Sciences introduced its Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree, launched a dual admission program with the University of Toledo College of Pharmacy, and established academic initiative mini-grants to support faculty research and curriculum design.


In 2010, she became Vice President for Academic Affairs at Notre Dame of Maryland University, where she served until 2015. There she oversaw $4,000,000 in academic grants, collaborated with Student Life in increasing student retention, and supported the Deans in initial certification for the School of Pharmacy, an entry-level Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree, the Trailblazer program for first-generation students, and the Academy of Catholic Educators (ACES).


Active in her profession, she is a past president of the American Name Society, where she serves as a member of the Editorial Board and book review editor of its quarterly, Names: A Journal of Onomastics. She writes and presents in the fields of name studies, life-writing, and higher education administration and mission.


She and her sister Virginia (UC ’72) have been members of the Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland for more than forty years. Her family also includes her sister Maureen (SJ/UC ’76) and brother-in-law Jake in New York and her niece Kelley, as well as her brother Michael and sister-in-law Martha, along with nephews James and Nick, in Baltimore.

Sister Christine De Vinne

President, Ursuline College


Feb 2, 2023 65th Anniversary Bishop’s Lunch

Bishop Edward Malesic “State of the Diocese of Cleveland” 

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On Thursday February 2nd 2023 Bishop Edward C. Malesic will deliver his annual “State of the Diocese” speech at Windows on the River. Our objective is to bring together members of our Catholic Diocese to show our support for Bishop Malesic, our vibrant faith community, and the Church of Cleveland.

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May 5, 2022 Luncheon: with Jen Ricard

Thursday, May 5, 2022 │11:30 am – 1:00 pm  
Registration table and luncheon buffet open at 11:30 am

The City Club of Cleveland | 850 Euclid Ave | Cleveland, OH 44114

The City Club recommends that guests wear a mask, but is not required. The health and safety of event attendees is our priority. Any local or venue COVID-related protocols in place at the time of the event will be enforced. Your flexibility with regard to this evolving health crisis is appreciated.

Jennifer Ricard
Executive Director, Theology of the Body Cleveland

“Mary’s Story is Our Story”

Jennifer Ricard is the Executive Director of the non-profit organization Theology of the Body Cleveland. She completed a master’s degree in theology from St. Mary Seminary and Graduate School of Theology in Wickliffe, OH and has a certification from the Theology of the Body Institute. Jennifer and her husband, Frank, have been married for 27 years and have six children. 

$30.00/per ticket or $150.00/Table of Six


All attendees must register in advance and reservations must be received by noon on 4/29/22. If you reserve and are unable to attend, please call the office to cancel by noon 4/29/22 to avoid a charge for the event.