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Alumnae Association

Alumnae Association Meeting Dates 2021

Monday, 12 July, 6.00pm - 7.00pm
Monday, 6 September, 6.30pm - 7.30pm
Monday, 25 October, 6.30pm - 7.30pm AGM

Alumnae Association

Rachael Clements (Class of 2007) and Lisa Higgins (Class of 1993) are Co Presidents of the Alumnae Association for 2021.
We encourage you to participate in the many events we have planned for 2021 and reconnect with the Siena College community.

Siena College Alumnae Association Executive

Co PresidentsRachael Clements and Lisa Higgins
SecretaryLiz Merrett

We welcome all Alumnae to attend the Association meetings and contribute fresh ideas and insights. The Association's success comes from the strength of the connections formed by its members. The Alumnae Association hosts the annual Careers Showcase for Year 9 to 12 students and their parents. Rescheduled date - Tuesday, 17 August 2021 from 7.00pm-9.00pm.

Rachael and Lisa invite all alumnae to attend as many events across the year as possible. As the Association has grown, so has the number of past students willing to share their knowledge with current Siena students. For further information please contact

The Alumnae Association meets on a Monday evening from 6.30pm to 7.30pm in the Siena College Boardroom (Heritage Centre). The Association's key dates for 2021 will be advised shortly.

The Siena College Alumnae Association Awards

The Alumnae Association provides the following awards which are presented annually at the Academic Awards Evening:

Siena College Award
The Siena Past Students’ Association initiated the Siena Award in 1997. Presented annually to a Year 12 student, it is considered to be the highest award of excellence, based on the Siena College values as espoused in the Mission Statement. The Principal, in consultation with staff, selects the student to be so honoured and her name is entered on the College Honour Roll.

  • 2019: Jade Devlin
  • 2020: Bridget Hoy
Dr Ursula McHenry, née McKenna (Class of 1948)

Doctor Ursula McKenna Award
The Siena College Alumnae Association provides the Doctor Ursula McKenna Award.

Ursula McHenry, née McKenna (Class of 1948), holds the distinction of being the first Siena College student to complete a tertiary education. After completing a Science and Medical degree, Ursula worked as a residential doctor, then in the psychiatric unit at St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne. In a male dominated field Ursula faced many challenges.

The award is presented to an alumna of the College and recognises excellence in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

Recipients of the Doctor Ursula McKenna Award:

  • 2015: Dr Lorien Parker (Class of 1999)
  • 2016: Dr Lisa Begg (Class of 1984)
  • 2017: Dr Clare Fedele (Class of 1999)
  • 2018: Ursula Harris, née Ryan (Class of 1984)
  • 2019: Dr Julia Marchingo (Class of 2006)
  • 2020: Associate Professor Debbie Phyland, née Law (Class of 1982)

We also acknowledge the following alumnae, nominated for the Doctor Ursula McKenna Award in 2020:

  • Katherine Gill (Class of 2004)
  • Freya Bruveris (Class of 2007)
  • Jorja Collins (Class of 2006)