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March 2011 Courtesy of the Cardinal Stritch University Alumni Association

Dear Alumni,

University News

Stritch to construct new St. Francis of Assisi Chapel

Cardinal Stritch University will construct a state-of-the-art, modern worship space on campus, to be named Saint Francis of Assisi Chapel.

The new chapel will be built within space located in the southern wing of the second floor promenade/hallway of Bonaventure Hall, the University’s main administration building. The chapel will be able to accommodate 160 people, four times the capacity of the present space.

Construction is expected to begin in May and should be completed by early fall. The latest efforts to build a new chapel on campus began amongst students, who presented a letter with 60 signatures that described the need to Interim President Kent Bergemann and the Board of Trustees last December. The construction has been funded by several generous donors.

“It is fundamental to our identity as a Catholic university in the Franciscan tradition to not only encourage academic excellence, but also spiritual growth,” said Interim President Kent Bergemann. “Our new chapel will be a place where future generations of students, faculty, staff and visitors can gather to experience that vital spiritual core. Our students’ hopes for a larger chapel renewed the inspiration and desire expressed by the Sisters in 1962, and we thank them all for their vision.”

Read more.

Stritch Magazine wins national award

Stritch’s Public Relations office has received a GOLD award for Stritch Magazine from the 26th annual Educational Advertising Awards, run by the Higher Education Marketing Report. The award recognizes “those entrants whose programs and materials display exceptional quality, creativity and message effectiveness.” Stritch Magazine was judged to be the best among entries from schools with 5,000-9,999 students. No other Wisconsin schools were honored.

The two issues submitted for consideration were the Spring/Summer 2010 issue, which featured a cover story about alumni artists who have gained critical acclaim; and the Fall/Winter 2009 issue, which featured a cover story about families with multiple members who are alumni or current students.

To read Stritch Magazine online, including the award-winning issues, visit
www.stritch.edu/magazine. Click the “Past Issues” link on the left side of the screen to view back issues.

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Stritch receives $50,000 gift to fund nursing scholarships

Stritch has received a $50,000 gift from The David and Ruth S. Coleman Foundation which is funding student scholarships in nursing. This gift is the most recent of a series of generous gifts from the foundation and the Coleman family to Stritch over many years.

The Coleman Nursing Scholarship was established in 1986 by the Coleman family to reward promising nursing students with financial assistance. Ruth Coleman donated more than $2 million to Stritch, and the University’s Ruth S. Coleman College of Nursing was named in honor of her contributions, vision and passion for nursing education.

In addition to her gratitude for the fine Nursing education her daughter received from Stritch, Ruth Coleman always had a fondness for nurses and hoped to be one someday, but never fulfilled that dream. Grateful for the care she received as a patient many times throughout her life, Coleman’s children continue to see to it that Stritch students benefit from their mother’s intentions.

Relay For Life to take place April 29-30

Relay For Life, the largest fundraiser the American Cancer Society puts on for cancer research, will take place on the Stritch campus April 29-30 for the second consecutive year. Participants form teams, raise money and walk overnight, based on the notion that ‘cancer never sleeps.’

Participants in last year’s Relay For Life included more than 150 students, faculty, staff, alumni, family and friends of Stritch, and raised $13,700 for cancer research. This year’s event will take place from 7 p.m. on Friday, April 29 to 7 a.m.  Saturday, April 30.

Those who register are guaranteed team shirts until March 25. Teams can still sign up until the day of the event. For details, contact Alex Dresen, residence hall director for Assisi Hall, at ext. 4251 or

March Madness iPad2 Giveaway

On March 21, we will announce our March Madness Online Giving iPad2 promotion to the Stritch community. As a Stritch alumnus, you get the insider info and have an opportunity to enter NOW!

From now until March 25 you have the opportunity to help support Stritch’s Annual Fund and be entered for a chance to win the newly released iPad2.
Entering the promotion is easy- you receive one entry for each $25 increment donated (For example: donate $100, you would receive four entries). Click here to donate TODAY!

A minimum of $1,000 must be raised in order to award iPad2

Stritch Stories 

Call for submissions

What’s your Stritch story? Do you have a special story or memory that you’d like to share and possibly have included in a future issue of the Alumni E-news? Submit your story to alumni@stritch.edu.

Faculty/staff news 

Louis J. Loeffler
, department chair and assistant professor of Instructional Technology, presented a workshop, “The World in Your Hands,” at the Illinois Computing Educators Conference on Feb. 23. He discussed how web-enabled smart phones, iPods, iPads, and other similar devices have helped to change the way we live our lives and explored ways to use hand-held technologies in the educational environment. To learn more about these new technologies and become immersed in the possibilities, click here.

Shana McCaw
, faculty member in the Visual Art department, together with her husband Brent Budsberg, are exhibiting four large-scale photographs and two drawings in the gallery at Lynden Sculpture Garden in River Hills. The two also created a day-long performance that resulted in a temporary outdoor installation on the sculpture garden grounds. The exhibition, part of Lynden's "Inside/Outside" series, will be on view until April 10. Documentary photographs of the performance were taken by Stritch alum Troy Freund; an edition of these images in book format is in progress.

Dr. Daniel J. Scholz
, chair of the Religious Studies department and director of the Saint Clare Center for Ministry Formation, was interviewed about his presentation, “Why Won’t My Kids Go to Church?” by the Catholic Herald in February. Click here 
to read the article.

To learn more about this and other recent achievements of Stritch faculty and staff, click

Athletic News

Diener, Pfaffl named CCAC coaches of the year

Stritch Wolves men’s basketball coach Drew Diener and women's basketball coach John Pfaffl have each been named Conference Coach of the Year in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC).

In his first two years, Diener led the men to two conference regular season championships, one conference tournament championship, and two appearances in the national tournament. In his first year, Pfaffl led the women to the regular season and CCAC tournament championships as well as a berth in the national tournament.

Read more.

Wolves’ basketball teams win CCAC championships

The Wolves men's basketball team claimed the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) basketball tournament championship. The win improved the Wolves overall record to 21-12 and gave them their seventh conference tournament championship. With an 11-3 record in the CCAC, the Wolves captured their ninth regular season conference championship this season.

The Wolves women’s basketball team wanted to add one more trophy to their trophy case this season. The lady Wolves set their sights on the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Championship. The Wolves ran into a tough matchup against Calumet College of St. Joseph Crimson Wave but the Wolves came away with a 62-54 victory. With the win the Wolves improved to 24-7 on the season.

Click here to read more about both teams winning season.

Upcoming Events: 

Arts events

Now- April 1 | Alumni
Art Exhibition | Northwestern Mutual Art Gallery

April 8-20 | B.A./B.F.A. Exhibition | Northwestern Mutual Art Gallery

April 15 | Gallery Night | 5-8 p.m. | Northwestern Mutual Art Gallery

April 15- May 1 | "The Drowsy Chaperone" | 7:30 p.m. performances on Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. on Sundays | Nancy Kendall Theater

May 7 | WSMA State Music Festival | Stritch Campus | 8 a.m.- 4 p.m.

May 8 | Spring Concert | 2 p.m. | Nancy Kendall Theater

University and Alumni events

March 26- April 11 | Spring Phonathon

April 1 | YOUR Career Conference | 1 p.m.–4:30 p.m. | Joan Steele Stein Center

April 8 | Celebrating Community Fish Fry | 4 p.m.–7:30 p.m. | Sister Camille Kliebhan Conference Center

April 15 |
Closing the Achievement Gap | 7:45 a.m. | Sister Camille Kliebhan Conference Center

April 18 | Honors Convocation | 3 p.m. | Nancy Kendall Theater

April 18 | 
Alumni Awards Dinner | 5:30 p.m. | Sister Camille Kliebhan Conference Center

April 19 | 
Helen Bader Leadership Speaker Series: Jane Stevenson | 11:30 a.m. | University Club of Milwaukee

Saint Clare Center for Ministry Formation upcoming events 

Servant Leadership Series

Find Stritch online at:

Alumni News

2011 Alumni Awards recipients announced

The Alumni Association’s Board of Directors is proud to announce this year’s recipients of the 2011 Alumni Awards:

Graduate of the Last Decade (G.O.L.D.):
- Joel Rechlitz, '04

Distinguished Alumni Award for Professional Achievement/Distinction:
- Kieran Antill, '03
- Kelly Brown, '07

Spirit of St. Francis Distinguished Alumni Award for Community Service:
- Alice Belcher, '98
- Dr. Lisa Calderone-Stewart, '02

Distinguished Alumni Award for Service to Stritch:
- Sara Bayer, '05

Join us as we honor this year’s award recipients on Monday, April 18. The Alumni Award celebration dinner and program will take place in Stritch’s Sister Camille Kliebhan Conference Center, with a reception at 5:30 p.m. followed by a dinner and program at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets to the ceremony will be $25
each which includes a cocktail reception, dinner and program.

In addition to the Alumni Awards ceremony, we encourage you to attend Honors Convocation at 3 p.m. which honors current Stritch students.

If you are interested in attending this year’s alumni awards dinner, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at (414) 410-4203 or
alumni@stritch.edu to make your reservation.

Stritch Spring Phonathon begins March 27

The University Advancement office is currently recruiting student callers for the annual Spring Phonathon to be held March 27-April 11. The Spring Phonathon campaign provides student callers the opportunity to promote Stritch’s fundraising and communication efforts to alumni. Students will soon be calling alumni to share the many exciting initiatives of the University and to ask for financial support of the Annual Fund. All funds raised during the Phonathon help to make University scholarships possible, enhances opportunities for student activities and athletics, and provides new technology in a classroom or lab.

Stritch to hold its first-ever fish fry April 8

Join fellow alumni during Lent in celebration of community, family and fun: Stritch is holding its first-ever fish fry for friends, neighbors, alumni, students, staff and faculty on Friday, April 8 from 4-7:30 p.m. in the Sister Camille Kliebhan Conference Center, Bonaventure Hall:

  - All you can eat cod dinner with fries, coleslaw, rye bread and beverage $11.95
  - Carry out available for $9.95
  - Children’s meal (age 10 and younger): chicken nuggets, french fries and beverage $6.95

Highlights will include a family fun zone with games and face painting for kids, performances by student musicians, and a bake sale sponsored by student organizations that will benefit the new campus Chapel. Learn about student activities and community service opportunities, as well as our 75th anniversary celebration in 2012.

Parking is available in lots 2, 3 and 8. Campus maps are available at

April 8 WWHEL Workshop: Speaker Dr. Pauli Nikolay

Join the Stritch chapter of Wisconsin Women in Higher Education Leadership (WWHEL) for an interactive workshop on effective leadership in higher education featuring Dr. Pauli Nikolay.  Discussion will include the four essential practices for leaders:
        - Embracing dissonance
        - Creating context
        - Changing your field of vision
        - Letting your ideas collide

Date: Friday, April 8
Location: Sister Camille Kliebhan Conference Center, Cardinal Stritch University
6801 N. Yates Road, Milwaukee 53217
Time: 8:30 a.m. check-in; 9 a.m.- 11 a.m. program
Cost: FREE

Register by March 25 via e-mail

Alumni Art on display through April 1: Gallery Store open now

Thanks to all those who attended the opening reception for the 2011 Stritch Alumni Art Exhibition on Friday, March 4. Two modern portrait painters are featured in this year’s exhibition,
Frank Korb, M.A. ’02 and Michael Stanford Foster, M.A. ’05. Attendees had the opportunity to meet both featured artists, enjoy great food and music by Stritch vocal student, Jeannine Rivers.

Korb and Foster’s work are on display through April 1. The gallery is located in the Joan Steele Stein Center. Gallery hours are noon- 4 p.m., Sunday-Friday.

Make sure to visit the new Stritch Gallery Store, which features artwork created by Stritch students, faculty and alumni. The store is attached to the Northwestern Mutual Art Gallery and is open Sunday-Friday from noon-4 p.m. and by appointment. Alumni are welcome to submit their work to sell in the new store.

The gallery accepts all media, and the sales proceeds are split between the artist and the gallery, with funds going to support future gallery programming. Contact Claire Odishoo at (414) 410-4105 for more information.

Mantilla joins Advancement staff

University Advancement announced that Tonya Mantilla, '10 has been named director of corporate and foundation relations, a role she began on March 14.

Mantilla has been at Stritch nearly five years as director of the Lifetime Learners Program. In this role, she utilized her extensive program development, operations and management skills to provide leadership and direction to the program. Prior to Stritch, she spent eight years with Public Allies Milwaukee, a leadership development program for young adults pursuing nonprofit and public sector careers. There, she served as associate director and executive director, raising $800,000 annually through federal, corporate, foundation and individual support. She also managed a diverse portfolio of donors that included local family foundations, corporations, state and national funding entities.

“In my new position I will be able to use my skills as an experienced fundraiser to tell the Stritch story to stakeholders in our community, and align our vision for growth and service with donors who support this vision,” she said. “In consistent and meaningful ways Stritch is transforming the lives of students and people in our community."

Read more.

Alumni Profile

Stritch Alumnus helps you “plan your next move” with Blu-Print

It’s Friday afternoon, the weekend is here, you have friends coming into town and you have no clue what to do. Have no fear – Blu-Print is here!

In less than six months, Stritch alumnus Wesley Shaver, ’07 along with business partner Stasia Carson launched Blu-Print, a website that provides Milwaukee residents with a “how-to” guide for a night out on the town.

Launched in January, the site’s mission is “to create the leading online resource for travelers, guests and resident nightlife seekers that showcases Milwaukee’s diverse medley of clubs, restaurants and entertainment venues.”

Marketed towards ages 25-39, Blu-Print appeals to a younger demographic and contains content that is strictly relevant to Milwaukee, including the hottest trends in nightlife, eateries, entertainment, and style.

The site encourages users to be a part of the social scene. The site does not have blogs or user feedback, thus allowing people to form their own opinions of a restaurant, bar, etc.

“The idea behind the creation of this website was to create a site that encouraged people to explore new things- to go somewhere you typically wouldn’t go,” says Shaver.

Read more.

Check out Blu-Print here.

Alumni Class Notes
Jean Born, M.S. Educational Leadership, '99, was selected as the new district administrator of the Sheboygan Falls School District, effective July 1, 2011.

Carl Hayek, B.S. Business Administration, '90, is the business manager in the Waupaca School District.

Dessie Levy, M.S. Science, '99, received recognition as one of Wisconsin's "women who make a difference" by the Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc.

Natasha Rowell, M.A. Clinical Psychology, '02, is the principal of Martinsville High School, in Martinsville, VA.


Cardinal Stritch University
Office of Alumni Relations
6801 N. Yates Road, Milwaukee, WI 53217
(414) 410-4939,
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