BRYN MAWR, Pa. – The Bryn Mawr Athletics department hosts its annual Athletic Alumnae Weekend on November 6th and 7th, starting on Friday night with the always-popular Alumnae Panel. Saturday will feature an array of games and fellowship starting at 9:30 am, including a catered lunch.
Once again this year, the department is honored to have three distinguished alumnae returning to participate in the Alumnae Panel. This time of engaging with current student-athletes in discussions on life after Bryn Mawr as a professional in their various fields has always been one of the most cherished aspects of this Alumnae Weekend celebration. Below, you can read the biographical information on the three speakers participating in this year’s Alumnae Panel. This panel will take place at 7:00 PM in Thomas 110.
Bryn Mawr Athletics is proud to welcome back all of its athletic alumnae for this special time. To register for the event, click this link HERE. For a complete schedule of the weekend’s events, click here.
Class of 2010
Major – Psychology
Caroline Heffernan graduated in 2010 with a degree in psychology and is an alumna of the field hockey, basketball, and lacrosse programs. During her senior year, she served as Athletic Association President. After graduating in 2010, Heffernan served as Assistant Field Hockey Coach at Bryn Mawr, worked for the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, and completed her Masters in Sport and Recreation Management at Temple University. She has numerous favorite Bryn Mawr Athletics memories: "Terry and Laura saving my legs (and sanity) every day, basketball's Haverford 3-peat, Spring Break 2007: Stranded in Colorado, and aqua jogging."
She is currently a doctoral student in Sport Management at the University of Minnesota, looking at how female athletes participate in social change in their defined community.
Class of 2003
Major – English
Jennifer was a member of the Bryn Mawr crew team from 1999-2003. Her favorite athletic memories from her time as a student-athlete were numerous. "Rowing with my friends on the BMC crew team was such a wonderful experience. We raced in the Head of the Charles in Boston, and I remember that my senior year we competed and were headed into Weeks Bridge when we came so close to another boat that we laced oars with them. That was quite thrilling!"
After graduation from Bryn Mawr, Jennifer worked as a copy editor for a year at her county's newspaper. She then moved to Boston and attained her Master of Arts in English from Simmons College. Jennifer then began working as a Development Editor at Pearson Education in Boston, and held that position for four years before moving back to the Philadelphia area and working for Pearson on the sales side. Currently, Jennifer is a sales representative, selling online courses to colleges in Maryland.
Class of 2002
Major - Mathematics
Aili Monahan was a member of the Bryn Mawr soccer and lacrosse teams during her time as an Owl. After graduating from BMC, she taught for two years at Westtown Boarding School, where she also coached soccer and lacrosse. From there, Aili went to law school and entered private practice at a national law firm doing commercial litigation. After practicing law for 8 years, she took a professional leap-of-faith, left her job, and started as a Case Supervisor at Hudson County Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). CASA advocates on behalf of foster children in Hudson County. "I am feeling professionally and personally satisfied with the work I am doing and I am certain child advocacy is where I am supposed to be," stated Monahan. She is also a mom to two young boys, who keep her busy!
Aili has plenty of terrific Bryn Mawr athletics memories herself!
-- Driving 15-passenger vans to games (some more than 2 hours away), crammed in with balls, team bags, backpacks, bad mix tapes, and having to eat a terrible "dinner" after the game, usually comprised of soggy bread and cold cuts. Getting the big buses for Junior/Senior year was amazing!
-- Winning a tournament in Virginia sophomore year (1999 season)
-- Winning our first (and only in 4 years) conference game at the end of our 1998 season
-- Training with Ray, on the field and in the weight room (Stay crisp, bud!) and our "Ray runs"
-- Being co-captain my senior year, where despite our season record, we played our most competitively games against conference and non-conference teams
-- End of seasons team dinners and awards, presented by the captains