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Two alums team up for One Sweet Princess

One Sweet Princess

“My volunteer work with children inspired me to write this book,” says Katie Kornfield ’98 of her new children’s book, One Sweet Princess (2005, Berryville Press), which was illustrated by Howard Anderson ’71.

For the last three years, Kornfield, a communication major at SCU, has volunteered at Loyola High School in Los Angeles, where 2004 Ignatian Award Winner Kathy (Habing) Anderson ’72 leads a literacy program for disadvantaged children that helps prepare them for the Catholic high school entrance exams. “My close relationship with Kathy led to meeting her talented husband, Howard,” says Kornfield. “ The most fun part of the whole process was seeing Howard’s artistic creation of Princess Sarah. It was exactly how I had pictured her,” she adds.

“It is my hope that when children read this book or when parents read it to their children, they learn that loyalty and reaching out to help others is what matters most in life.”
—Katie Kornfield ’98

In the charming rhymed story, Princess Sarah’s father, King William, is eager for Sarah to choose a husband. She can’t decide, so her father creates a test for all the hopefuls. The book ends with an important lesson. “It is my hope that when children read this book or when parents read it to their children, they learn that loyalty and reaching out to help others is what matters most in life,” explains Kornfield. For more information, see www.onesweetprincess.com.

Storytelling is an important part of Kornfield’s life. Through the Endeavor Foundation, Kornfield works as the head mentor and talent recruiter for the Young Storytellers Program (www.youngstorytellers.com), which pairs creative professionals with elementary school children to help foster the children’s self-esteem through the art of storytelling.

Kornfield is also an accomplished singles figure skater, and she has performed in the renowned Sun Valley Ice Shows in Sun Valley, Idaho. Her next goal is a gold medal in ice dancing from the United States Figure Skating Association.

A survival guide for non-profit leaders

Margaret Donohoe MBA ’88 is a consultant who guides both large and small nonprofit organizations through leadership, staff, board, and organizational transitions. In her new book, The Executive Director’s Survival Guide:Thriving as a Non-profit Leader (2004, Jossey-Bass, $32), Donohoe and co-author Mim Carlson share practical advice, ideas, stories, wisdom, and warnings to help leaders of non-profits explore new ways of managing and leading their organizations and find their own path to personal and organizational balance. For more information on the book and the authors, see www.edsurvivalguide.org

What Happens in Spring Rain

Grass, like green fire, lifts
her inward heat from the earth,
high enough to scythe.
A nighthawk circles our slope.
He is a wave. I’m planting

Rock-Rose and Fragrant
Plum. My daughters dream of names,
infants sprinkling their
future. Day and season float:
a heart shape, a mock-orange leaf.

Kneedeep, I’m hearing

Kneedeep, the bullfrogs

from winter mud, pulse
upward to couple and dunk,
each throat puffing out
yellow-green as the iris
blossom kneedeep all around

this reflecting pond.

From Candlefish, by Elizabeth Biller Chapman M.A. ’78 (2004, the University of Arkansas Press, $16). Chapman, who spent 17 years as a psychotherapist, wrote her first poem at the age of 43. Her work has been published in many literary journals, and her poem “On the Screened Porch” was included in the Best American Poetry 2002. Creekwalk, her 1995 chapbook, won the (M)other Tongue Press international competition. Poem reprinted with the permission of the University of Arkansas Press.

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