Associate Alumnae of Douglass College Events, Lectures and Programs

To register for current AADC Events and Programs, please click here for our Events Registration page.

Founders Day

Founders Day is a special annual celebration commemorating the founding of Douglass College. The Founders Day Luncheon takes place in April each year on the Douglass campus. Our most-recent 2016 Honorees are: Margaret T. Corwin Award: Marilyn Marolda Steiner ’65, Alumnae Recognition Awards: Isabel Goll Drzewiecki ’61, Shireen Lewis ’86, Helen Lee Hunter Potter ’65, Young Alumnae Mabel Award: Marissa Rodriguez ’11, The Douglass Medal: Edward Hennessy, Elizabeth Hennessy, Domingo Estevez, Vanguard Award: Lillian Zeisel Cohen ’59 (Vanguard Award was presented at the Reunion Vanguard Luncheon in June)

Cabin Fever

Cabin Fever is a signature AADC Young Alumnae Network (YAN) event typically hosted in late winter. Alumnae of all generations gather at the Ruth Schilling Hennessey Alumnae Center to informally network and build lasting connections while partaking in various craft activities and sweet treats.  To join YAN, please email the group’s Chair, Heather Tedesco ’12.


The AADC continues to foster a strong commitment to learning at every stage of life. The L’Hommedieu and Zagoren lecture series provide alumnae and guests formative opportunities to connect with inspiring professional leaders and trailblazers. If you are interested in joining the Lecture Series Committee, please contact Valerie Zieniuk’05.

L’Hommedieu Lecture

The Frances B. L’Hommedieu Visiting Lecturer Series annually brings a distinguished individual to deliver a free public lecture in the evening. The lecture series began in 1984 through the bequest of Frances Bradley L’Hommedieu, a 1926 graduate. The L’Hommedieu Visiting Lecture Program featuring Jane Goodall received the Rutgers University Alumni Relations Ernest E. McMahon Award for Program Excellence. Recent speakers include Piper Kerman, author of “Orange is the New Black;” Rebecca Skloot, bestselling author of “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks;” and Amy Mansue President and CEO of Children’s Specialized Hospital.

Zagoren Lecture

The annual Zagoren Lecture brings an accomplished Douglass alumna to campus for an evening lecture. This lecture is free and open to the public and honors the late Adelaide Marcus Zagoren ’40, former Executive Director of the Associate Alumnae of Douglass College. Speakers have included chief of staff to the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency Gwendolyn Keyes Fleming ’90; Emmy Award-winning executive producer Susan Lester ’70; Cathy Cavender ’79, editor-in-chief of Diversion Magazine; scientist Terrie Williams ’76, named one of the 50 Most Important Women in Science by Discover Magazine; photojournalist Diane LeBow ’61; Karen Irvine ’92, Bunting alumna and president of Culinary Communications; and most recently, Maureen Ausura ‘77, Chief Human Resources Officer of Lowe’s Companies, Inc.

Fall and Spring Alumnae Council

All alumnae are welcomed and encouraged to attend the bi-annual alumnae council gatherings each year held in the Fall and Spring. Alumnae council gatherings present an opportunity to connect with sister alumnae and hear updates from the Associate Alumnae of Douglass College and classmates. Alumnae councils begin in the morning and conclude in the early afternoon.

The Founders Day celebration is typically held at the conclusion of the Spring Alumnae Council.