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From Our AIG: Announcements and Alumnae Spotlight


Alumnae joined the VWC’s Women Against Violence Concert on Saturday, October 14 in Charlottesville.

Chorus alumnae, friends, and family enjoyed a rotunda/lawn tour, happy hour, and the concert coordinated by KaeRenae for Women Against Violence, with superb ensembles, soloists, and our chorus, joined by alums for the finale.  KaeRenae’s Dona Nobis Pacem Prayer is perfect.  Please don’t miss this event next year!  – Claudia Fletcher

Save the Date!

The VWC AIG is looking forward to its Connections Sing Along to be held in NOVA (or surrounding areas) on Saturday, March 3!

Alumna Spotlight – Laura (Fimiani) Harders ’03 Major: German

Where has life taken you after UVA?

After graduating I moved back to Northern Virginia and began working for a software company with plans of transferring to their German office. While awaiting my German work visa here in the US, I met my future husband, Patrick. This changed my plans, but something better was in store. I declined the job offer in Germany and married Patrick; we had our first child a little over a year later. I began assisting with Patrick’s outdoor lighting business and in 2009 I created my own personal finance and lifestyle blog. Today I continue to work in Patrick’s lighting companies and run my blog Beltway Bargain Mom. I also am a frequent TV contributor, and assist small businesses with PR and social media marketing.

What is your favorite VWC memory?

I have many fond memories, but one that stands out as a favorite was leaving practice on a clear starry night after singing the most beautiful rendition of “Alleluia” by Randall Thompson that we had ever sung. I remember walking out from Old Cabell Hall and looking at the Lawn and the Rotunda in all its splendor, knowing that Prof. Thompson had walked this same path while at the University. I had the word “Alleluia” and those beautiful notes resonating in my head, and felt the beauty of that song as praise to God. I was overcome by the simple beauty of that song and of our choral group, the preciousness of that moment, and a deep sense of gratitude and joy.

Why are you serving on the AIG?

VWC was a formative part of my university experience, making my four years in Charlottesville rich with music, friendship, and leadership opportunities. By serving on the AIG I want to help connect other alumnae back to the songs and sisterhood we shared, as well as help secure the future of the group in Charlottesville.