Bellarmine and the Brown

By Carla Sue Broecker


The Bellarmine University Women’s Council, headed by president Kelli Milligan, lunched with the new president of Bellarmine University at Big Spring Country Club last week. Dr. Doris Tegart acted as the interim president after Dr. Jay McGowan passed away. The new president, as of July 1, is Dr. Susan Donovan. The Women’s Council ladies were delighted and impressed with the first woman to take the job.

Dr. Donovan was formerly the Executive V.P. at Loyola University where she taught for the past 32 years. Loyola is a liberal arts university in the Jesuit Catholic tradition. She is the result of a global search by the Bellarmine Board of Trustees chaired by Pat Mulloy.

Council members Jeanne Ferguson and Ellen Mellinger.

She and her husband, Dr. Bill Donovan, have twin daughters, Meghan and Caitlin, who are college sophomores. He is an associate professor of Latin American History at Bellarmine.

Bellarmine has nearly 4,000 students. The Bellarmine University Woman’s Council has a membership of 238 members. It also has the BUWC Endowed Scholarship Fund. As of this writing the BUWC Endowed Scholarship Fund has a market value of over half a million dollars.

Great work from the ladies who lunch!


If you are tired of cooking on Thanksgiving, there may be a solution. Our wonderful Brown Hotel can take care of the turkey and all the rest for you in a couple of different ways!

Executive Chef James Adams will be in the English Grill and Chef de Cuisine Dustin Willett will be in J. Graham’s Café on Thanksgiving Day. Both are chefs of distinction and renown.

A holiday brunch buffet will be featured at J. Graham’s from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Diners can choose from a variety of breakfast items including a breakfast casserole, Belgian waffles with bourbon syrup (yum!) and made-to-order omelets handcrafted by the Brown’s culinarian. Guests can fill their plates with roasted Tewes Farm turkey, hand-carved prime rib from the rotisserie and many other traditional favorites. For dessert, Pastry Chef Jaclyn Joseph will provide holiday bread pudding, patisserie creations and other seasonal sweets.

The cost is $42 per person, plus tax and gratuity; $18 for children ages 4 to 12 and complimentary for children under age 4. Seating is available at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m.

From 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the four-star English Grill will serve a formal Thanksgiving meal. Guests can enjoy various hearty side items served buffet style including shrimp and andouille gumbo, hot brown canapes, shrimp cocktail, Jonah crab claws, oysters on the half shell, house-baked breads and a variety of mixed green and quinoa salads.

Choices of entrée include hand carved turkey with braised leek stuffing, pan seared scallops and beef tenderloin served a la carte. The meal will end with an assortment of seasonal sweets and patisserie creations. The cost is $69 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Children ages 4 to 12 cost $22 and children under 4 are complimentary.

Trust me, this is the way to do a dishwashing-free Thanksgiving dinner! The ambience is wonderful, and the whole place bends over backward to please you. The chefs, kitchen staff and servers take great pride in providing their guests with a memorable Thanksgiving—a memory to cherish.

You can go to Milestone Wellness Center to work off the calories another day. VT