This article appeared in the Webster-Kirkwood Times December 16, 2011. Available online here.The city of Webster Groves recently honored Sr. Barbara Roche, president of Nerinx Hall, declaring December 2 as Sr. Barbara Roche Day. Mayor Gerry Welch presented Sr. Barbara with a proclamation at a special ceremony held at Nerinx Hall on Friday, December 2.
Sr. Barbara is celebrating her 25th year as president of Nerinx Hall. A Nerinx graduate, she joined the Sisters of Loretto. She often comments that her educational life was spent on Lockwood Avenue – between Mary Queen of Peace grade school, Nerinx Hall, and Webster College. It came full circle when she returned as president of Nerinx Hall.
In her 25 years at Nerinx, enrollment has increased from 500 to 626 students. Technology went from manual typewriters to laptops. Lacrosse, racquetball, golf, cross country plus numerous junior varsity and freshman teams have been added. The fine arts department increased the number of plays, musicals and concerts offered. Nerinx now has an orchestra and jazz band – just to name a few outcomes of her vision.
At the top of her to do list is always increasing diversity; offering more tuition assistance; creating more connections with the other Loretto schools and making sure that every young woman has access to quality education.
This year the Nerinx Board of Directors designated a scholarship fund in honor of Sr. Barbara’s 25 years of service to Nerinx Hall.