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This page was last updated on: October 1, 2018

The mission of the Alvernia Alumnae Association is to establish a community with all of the women who attended Alvernia High School and all of the men and women who taught at, worked for or were otherwise associated with Alvernia High School.

The Association offers members of this commmunity the opportunity to support the
School Sisters of St. Francis in their ministries through fundraising events.
The School Sisters of Saint Francis

A religious community of women that serves in educational, healing and pastoral ministries in 21 states and 10 countries.
Thanks to the many Sisters who influenced the lives of Alvernia Alumnae.

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Connie Kolssak Evans‘56, Mooresville, NC 
Connie has written a book titled “Collecting My Thoughts, A Legacy of Learning”.Published
by Lorimer Press. In the book Connie speaks lovingly of Sister Vitalis, who was a major influence in her young life.
Connie’s dad was a mortician in Chicago during the Our Lady of the Angels tragic school fire where 96 children died. Since this experience impacted her life one of the 68 topics is DEATH. The book is not political or scandalous. It speaks to family values and our legacy.
Connie is a volunteer extraordinaire with Habitat for Humanity, St. Therese Catholic Church, Mooresville Soup Kitchen, Widen I77 tolls, judging high school projects and community activism wherever needed. As an English teacher from Minnesota with 26 years of experience, she brings a fresh perspective to communicate between generations.
No matter her resume, involvements, awards and commitments to create change, one step at a time, Connie encourages others to step out of their comfort zone. Her stories and viewpoints will guide readers to record their personal stories within the book. She balances advocacy with her family first goal. There are 68 topics as a framework for readers to jot their thoughts for another generation as their legacy. The reader is guided by Connie’s personal stories and views with plenty of smiles. Lifelong learning makes this format unusual and challenging.
The collection of essays has taken ten years to compile because they are personal, reflective and inspiring. As a stay at home mother for years, she understands the challenges of parenting and the need to model values. Ways to cope with cancer or navigating through aging are delicate processes to explore. Connie is pragmatic and profound.
Connie can be contacted for presentation possibilities and interviews. 704-658-0521, cothoughts.com, jcevans@aol.com, 1718 Brawley School Road, Mooresville, N.C. 28117. Book is available for $20.00 plus $3.00 postage.