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I’ll Take Friendship for $1,000

Students and CSJ sisters get acquainted over “Jeopardy”

May 18, 2022

Some of the participants from the “Jeopardy” watch party: Aisha Barragan ’24; Sofi Jaquez ’24; Sister Callista Roy, CSJ, ’63; Elissa Doering ’23; Sister Mary Sevilla, CSJ, ’63; Sister Mary McKay, CSJ, ’67; Ashley Blancas ’23; and Brianna Montano ’22. While they all agreed that it was fun to watch “Jeopardy” together, what they really enjoyed the most was getting to know one another.
Some of the participants from the “Jeopardy” watch party: Aisha Barragan ’24; Sofi Jaquez ’24; Sister Callista Roy, CSJ, ’63; Elissa Doering ’23; Sister Mary Sevilla, CSJ, ’63; Sister Mary McKay, CSJ, ’67; Ashley Blancas ’23; and Brianna Montano ’22. While they all agreed that it was fun to watch “Jeopardy” together, what they really enjoyed the most was getting to know one another.

A group of students and three CSJ sisters assembled in front of a large TV in Hannon Parlor to watch “Jeopardy.” They called out answers, swapped personal stories, munched on snacks and forged new bonds across their generations.

Meredith Lynch, assistant director of the CSJ Institute, conceived the Jeopardy-watching party as a fun, informal way to bring together students and sisters after a long spell of COVID isolation.

“I had been talking with a lot of the students and the sisters about the incredible run of Amy Schneider,” say Lynch, referring to the most successful woman ever to compete on the show. “I had an idea to invite the sisters over and for us to all watch Amy Schneider on ‘Jeopardy’ and cheer her on.”

When Elissa Doering ’23 heard the idea, she jumped at the chance to hang out with some of the CSJs. She had met several sisters through virtual programs and events, but not face to face. “They’re so funny, genuine and kind,” she says. “They say what’s on their minds. I knew it would be fun.” 

Where's that Daily Double hiding? Students and some of our beloved CSJ sisters watch Jeopardy together and have fun trying to beat each other to the correct answer
Where's that Daily Double hiding? Students and some of our beloved CSJ sisters watch Jeopardy together and have fun trying to beat each other to the correct answer

It was great to interact with students in person again, says Sister Mary Sevilla, who has mentored numerous students at the Mount and makes a point of talking with others informally. “That’s what we did during breaks in the show, and it was a lot of fun. Afterwards, we just chatted: ‘What’s your major? What do you like about it? What do you intend to do with it?’ That kind of thing.”

Between the students, the sisters and Lynch, the party-goers brought all sorts of knowledge to the ‘Jeopardy’ challenge. For instance, the board included a medical category, tailor-made for Sister Callista Roy ’63, RN, PhD, FAAN, a widely-respected expert in nursing theory. “We said that she had this one in the bag!” Doering recalls.

In an ironic twist, Schneider played her last game on the show that aired the day before the party. “But we still celebrated Amy and talked about her a lot,” Lynch says.

By connecting students and sisters, events like the “Jeopardy” party help to keep up the spirit of the Mount and remind students of its founding values, Doering says. “And in a less formal sense, it’s just cool for students to be able to meet the CSJs,” she adds. “We live on campus together, right? We should get to know our neighbors.”