Wednesday, May 18, 2011

LIKE Mercy High School, Baltimore

I wish there was a LOVE button on Facebook!

...until then, log onto FB, search "Mercy High School, Baltimore," and LIKE it-- stay on top of school news, hear what our students and alumnae have to say about our programs and life after Mercy and more!

If I cannot shamelessly plug my own alma mater on my blog, where else can I do it :)

In a way, the school is exactly as I remember-- or more accurately, the feeling I get when I return for an event or Executive Board meeting is the same as it was when I first entered their doors over ten years ago. Educating me was only part of the job-- I learned to speak out and find my own voice. As a former Miss Maryland, this was a critical component of my success on stage and off. "Mercy girls learn how to espouse their brilliance with tact and dignity."

To experience the MAGIC OF MERCY, schedule a visit! Contact Ms. Stilling at

To learn more, feel free to e-mail me or visit

Nicole Ortiz, '01

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Commission on media images launched

It was announced late last week that a new "Healthy MEdia" commission would be launched to promote positive images of women and girls, founded by Geena Davis, former FCC commissioner Deborah Tate and the Girl Scouts

"...Healthy MEdia: Commission for Positive Images of Women and Girls will lead the national conversation about how to ensure we are creating a positive media environment for all our children."

As someone who has worked very closely with the local branch of the Girl Scouts in Central Maryland, I am proud to be aligned with an organization that continues to be an authority on supporting girls development nationwide. I look forward to participating in a movement that will:

•Host the national discussion on best practices to promote positive and balanced images of girls and women.
•Convene industry leaders, subject-matter experts, youth representatives, media leadership, and the creative community to develop a blueprint on how to create a positive media environment for kids.
•Produce concrete recommendations to media and policy leaders.
•Champion media leaders who are promoting positive content and balanced images of girls and women.
•Work to secure industry-wide, public commitments to take steps toward positive change.

For more information, visit: