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September 2012 Courtesy of the Cardinal Stritch University Alumni Association
Dear Joel,
University News

University to unveil new brand and website

Next month, Cardinal Stritch University will unveil a new logo and visual identity that will proudly signify the beginning of the next 75 years of Stritch’s history.

The unveiling will occur on Oct. 8, 2012, the same day that the redesigned www.stritch.edu  goes live. The introduction of these new elements will take place during Franciscan Mission Week, a time of annual celebration for the Stritch community.

Alumni are encouraged to mark their calendars and visit the website to check out the new logo and see what the new website has to offer, such as a completely redesigned alumni section with improved navigation and enhanced alumni news and event content.

Franciscan Mission Week begins Oct. 3

Pictured above: 2011 Blessing of the Animals

Stritch’s annual celebration of its Franciscan heritage and mission begins Wednesday, Oct. 3 with the Transitus evening prayer service commemorating Francis’ death, at 6 p.m. in the St. Francis of Assisi Chapel, Bonaventure Hall. A reception will follow.

The events continue with a special Mass on Thursday, Oct. 4, the Feast Day of St. Francis. During this 5 p.m. Mass, held in the St. Francis of Assisi Chapel, the staff and faculty members who will make a pilgrimage to Assisi, Italy in early October will be blessed. A reception will follow. A farewell gathering for the departing pilgrims will take place at noon on Saturday, Oct. 6 in the lobby of Clare Residence Hall, followed by the annual Blessing of the Animals at 1:30 p.m. in Heritage Park on the southeastern corner of campus outside Bonaventure Hall.

75th anniversary events continue with Oct. 5 Stritch Fish Fry

Join us in celebration of our 75th anniversary as Stritch offers a fish fry from 5-7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 5 in the Sister Camille Kliebhan Conference Center in Bonaventure Hall:

$11.95 All you can eat cod dinner with fries, coleslaw, rye bread and beverage

$9.95 Carry out dinner
$6.95 Children’s meal (age 10 and younger): chicken nuggets, french fries and beverage

Highlights will include:

-Family fun zone, including games and face painting for kids
-Live music the by the Mike Schneider Band (Mike is a Stritch alumnus and Wisconsin Polka Hall of Fame member)
-Bake sale sponsored by student organizations

Learn about student activities and community service opportunities, and learn more about our 75th anniversary celebration this year. Parking is available in lots 2, 3 and 8. Campus maps are available at www.stritch.edu/maps.

Stritch Serves initiative surpasses $150,000 goal

The original goal of 7,500 volunteer hours served as part of the Stritch Serves 75th Anniversary volunteer initiative has been surpassed only three quarters through this year, translating to a total contribution of $150,000 worth of service to our communities.

This is a testament to the dedication and commitment of Stritch alumni. But because there are many needs that have not yet been met in our communities, Stritch President Dr. James Loftus has challenged faculty, staff and alumni to redouble their efforts in hopes of exceeding 10,000 hours of service by Dec. 31. This new goal would translate to a total contribution of $200,000 worth of service to our communities – please consider how you can make an impact on a community organization, church, school, nonprofit, local business, or other entity.

Alumni are reminded to log their volunteer hours for the month of August. To log your hours, click here. To see a list of volunteer opportunities in Milwaukee and Madison, click here. If you would like share your volunteer story, email sdc@stritch.edu for consideration.

Annual Fund News
75 Days of Giving kicks off Oct. 18
To wrap up the University’s 75th anniversary celebration, a special “75 Days of Giving” campaign beginning Oct. 18 and running until Dec. 31.

Throughout the campaign, donors will be asked to share why they support Stritch, its mission and its students. Our goal is to collect 75 responses that will be used in future campaigns and highlighted on the Giving section of the new Stritch website throughout 2013.

Our goal is to raise $37,000 for Stritch’s Annual Fund (in honor of the University's 1937 founding) and to gain 75 new donors during the 75 Days of Giving campaign.

Donations to our Annual Fund are crucial to the continued funding of programs, facility upgrades and student financial aid. Last year alone, more than 1,000 students benefited from gifts made to the Annual Fund through full or partial scholarships.

An integral part to the campaign will be the Fall Phonathon which begins Oct. 14 and runs through Nov. 4. Students will be calling alumni to share the many exciting initiatives of the University and to ask for financial support of the Annual Fund.

Stritch Stories

Stritch students participate in annual homeless immersion program

Pictured above: Students make blankets for the homeless during the overnight program

For the last four years, Stritch students have been participating in an annual program called Homeless Immersion. The program is made up of different educational events beginning with a session featuring guests from Repairers of the Breach daytime homeless shelter in Milwaukee.
Students are then invited to, in solidarity with the homeless, sleep outside for a night. More than 20 students participated in the program held earlier this month.

Read more.

Faculty/Staff News

Paula Friedman, assistant professor of English, gave a Wisconsin Humanities Council talk, “Life’s Topsy-Turvy Journey: Stages and Ages of Life in Literature and Film,” at the West Allis Public Library on Aug. 27.

Dr. Corey Thompson, assistant professor in the School of Urban Initiatives, published a book, “15 Days,” in June. The book describes the passion, purpose and program of veteran urban teacher Mark Horowitz and the impact he makes on his elementary students, their families, his student teachers and the world. For the past two decades, Horowitz has taken groups of fourth-graders to Denmark to spend two weeks living with families. “15 Days” examines the impact of this program. Purchase on Amazon.

For more recent achievements of Stritch faculty and staff, click here.

Athletic News
Wolves Athletics to add eight new athletics teams

Stritch will add eight new athletic teams for the 2013-14 academic year: men’s and women’s track and field, men’s and women’s bowling, men’s and women’s tennis, and men’s and women’s golf.

The expansion of Stritch’s athletics offerings is tied to the University’s Visioning and Planning process. One goal states that by 2017, the University will create dynamic student-centered facilities, programs and services at all its locations to ensure a vibrant student experience. Additionally, an in-depth demographic analysis of college students in Wisconsin and nationwide took place, which revealed high interest in these new programs.

“Stritch has long embraced the leadership and character development that come with athletic participation,” said Dr. James Loftus, president. “These sports additions will not only afford new opportunities for our students to seek out those enriching activities, but will also enhance the student life experience for our entire campus community.” Read more.

Judd is new chair of Sport Science and Management

Michael Judd is the new chair of the Sport Science & Management department at Stritch, working closely with the Athletic department.

He most recently spent four years as dean of the School of
Sport Sciences at Wingate University in North Carolina.
He has degrees in physical education and coaching from San Diego State University and a doctoral degree in sport recreation/athletic management from the University of Southern California, and is actively involved in the North American Society for Sport Management. He has also been a visiting professor at the Beijing Sport University for the last two years.

Upcoming University and Alumni Events:

Arts Events:

Sept. 22-Oct. 7 | M.A. Visual Studies II Exhibition | Northwestern Mutual Art Gallery

Oct. 26-Nov. 4 | "Irena's Vow" Theater Performance | Performances: Friday/Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday 2 p.m. | Nancy Kendall Theater

University and Alumni Events:

Sept. 25 | "Race to Nowhere" Film Screening | 7-9 p.m. | Sister Camille Kliebhan Conference Center

Sept. 26 | Forum on Faith and Work: "Church and Age, Unite!" | 7:15-9 a.m. | Milwaukee Athletic Club

Oct. 3-10 | Franciscan Mission Week

Oct. 5 | 75th anniversary event: Stritch Fish Fry | 5-7:30 p.m. | Sister Camille Kliebhan Conference Center

Oct. 6 | Blessing of the Animals | 1 p.m. | Heritage Park

Oct. 9 | Fifth Annual Stritch Showcase Dinner | 5:30 p.m. | Sister Camille Kliebhan Conference Center

Oct. 13 | Roundtables and Bagels | 5:30 p.m. | Sister Camille Kliebhan Conference Center

Oct. 27 | Class of 1982 30-Year Reunion | 4-9:30 p.m. | Stritch Campus

Oct. 31 | Community Health and Wellness Fair | 1-5 p.m. | Stritch Campus

Nov. 1 | Kendall Lecture Series: Speaker Dr. Eboo Patel | 6:30 p.m. | Sister Camille Kliebhan Conference Center

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Alumni News

FREE Alumni Association Membership and Benefits

Becoming a Stritch alum has its perks! As a graduate, you are automatically enrolled as a free member in the Alumni Association. Your membership card enables you to continue to use the many resources we hope you found useful as you pursued your degree, including:

  - Stritch Library access
(on your initial visit as a graduate, you will need complete a one-time alumni application at  the Circulation Desk)
- Career Services
- 10% discount on Stritch Bookstore purchases
- Use of athletic facilities/gym
(on your initial visit as a graduate, you will need to sign up to receive a recreation ID that can be used on all future visits)
- Discounts/admission at University Alumni events

For 2010 and earlier alumni:

If you have lost or never received your alumni membership card, please email the alumni office at alumni@stritch.edu or call (414) 410-4939. Be sure to include your name, grad year(s) and current address and we will re-issue you a card at no charge.

For 2011/2012 alumni:

You will be the first group to receive the newly designed membership cards as soon as the new University brand and logo are rolled out later this fall! If you think you will be utilizing any of the above resources before the new cards arrive, simply email alumni@stritch.edu and a temporary card will be issued.

Roundtables and Bagels event to be held Oct. 13

The Alumni Association is proud to partner with Career Services in sponsoring the

Roundtables and Bagels professional development and career networking event to be held on campus Saturday, Oct. 13 from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Participants will be invited to attend roundtable discussions based on this year’s theme: “The new definition of leadership.”

This event is free for all alumni and their guests. For more information on the event, including scheduled presenters and to RSVP email career@stritch.edu or call (414) 410-4157.

Class of 1982 planning special alumni gathering for Oct. 27 

In celebration of the class of 1982’s 30-year reunion, members from the class and surrounding years invite all alumni to join them for a special day of activities to be held on campus on Saturday, Oct. 27:

4 p.m. Memorial mass in the new St. Francis of Assisi Chapel
5 p.m. Tour of the University Archives
6 p.m. Heavy appetizer reception in the Joan Steel Stein Center for Communication Studies/Fine Arts
7:30 p.m. "Irena’s Vow" theater production in the Nancy Kendall Theater (more information on this production can be found here).

The Stritch Bookstore will be open on the evening of Oct. 27 and tours of campus will be available.

All class years are encouraged to attend. Costs are $12 for the reception a discounted rate of $8 per "Irena’s Vow" ticket.

For more information or to RSVP for any of the festivities, please contact the alumni office at alumni@stritch.edu or (414) 410-4939. Deadline to RSVP is Oct. 17!

Alumni invited to special Stritch vs. Notre Dame Men’s Basketball game on Nov. 2
In celebration of the University’s 75th anniversary, a special pre-season game is being planned for Friday, Nov. 2 featuring the Stritch Wolves Men’s basketball team vs. the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, at Notre Dame.

Alumni are invited to join students on the Wolves Fan Bus. The bus will depart campus at 1 p.m. for the 8 p.m. (9 p.m. eastern time) game. The bus will be returning to campus immediately following the game. Alumni are also invited to a special President’s reception (food and drinks to be provided), prior to the start of the game, sponsored by the Alumni Association.

Tickets to the game and bus transportation will be provided at no cost, compliments of Stritch Athletics.

For more information or if you are interested in attending the game, please RSVP by Oct. 29 to events@stritch.edu or by calling (414) 410-4939. Please indicate if you will be traveling on your own or if you are taking the Wolves Fan Bus.

Alumni Association sponsors special events for new freshman class

Pictured below: New student Isaac Quinn and his parents at the 2016 tree dedication ceremony

The Alumni Association extended a warm welcome to the incoming freshmen class of 2016 during new student orientation week held Aug. 22-26. More than 160 new students arrived on campus for the fall semester, which started Aug. 27. To kick off orientation week, the freshmen class attended a special tree dedication ceremony sponsored by the Alumni Association. Students and their families tied ribbons with written messages of hope to the newly planted tree which was dedicated for their class.

In addition to new student orientation activities, alumni helped in serving all returning students free ice cream on the first day of classes, compliments of the Alumni Association.

See photos from freshmen move in and orientation week here.

Call for 2013 Alumni Award Nominations
The Alumni Association’s Nominations and Awards committee is currently seeking alumni award nominations to honor outstanding alumni for professional and personal achievement at the annual Alumni Awards program to be held in Spring, 2013.

Through the annual alumni awards program, Cardinal Stritch University honors notable alumni for their professional achievements which have made a significant impact in their field, communities and whose life and character have earned the respect and admiration of their professional colleagues.

To find the complete list of award categories and the nomination form, click hereDeadline for nominations is Friday, Nov. 30.

75th Anniversary Stritch Pride Photo Contest – Submit your photos

Submit a photo showing off your favorite Stritch gear and it may be chosen for the next issue of the Stritch magazine! Make the photo fun and creative and be sure that Stritch is represented somewhere in the photo.

If selected for publication, the winner will receive a $25 Stritch bookstore gift card (useable on site or online). Your photo will also be featured on our alumni Facebook page.

Email photos to alumni@stritch.edu or post to our Facebook wall (be sure to include photo location and names of those who appear in the photo) by Oct. 1 to be eligible for submission in next issue of the Stritch Magazine.


Regional Alumni News

Minnesota site encourages book donations for special 75th project

The Cardinal Stritch University sites in Minnesota are continuing to collect book donations for the Books for Africa program, as part of the region's 75th anniversary service outreach project. Books collected will be shipped to Africa to fill the multiple needs of people, schools, and educational programs across the continent.

Since 1988, Books for Africa has shipped more than 24 million books to 46 African countries. They are on once-empty library shelves, in classrooms in rural schools, and in the hands of children who have never before held a book.

Learn more about the Books for Africa program here. To help in this effort, contact Nicole Lapides at nlapides@stritch.edu.

Alumni Profile

Always an R.A. at heart

“I just want to do good work and do work that matters,” said Sandi Scott, ’85, ’93, who has two Stritch degrees and for the past 25 years has found fulfillment working in residence/student life.

“I feel when you work in higher education, you impact the world,” said Scott, who is currently the director of Residence Life and Student Rights and Responsibilities at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

Despite Scott’s long-time interest in education, she initially envisioned a slightly different career path before attending Stritch.  Read more.

Alumni Class Notes
Jeremy Cosson, B.A. Business, '02, is vice president of Badger Bank in Johnson Creek, Wis.

Jean (Krueger) Freuck
, B.S. Business Administration, '94, is chief financial officer with Three Pillars Senior Living Communities in Dousman, Wis.

Kirstin (Collins Tahtinen) Rose
, M.S. Computer Science Education, '02, is the technology administrator for the Cedarburg School District in Cedarburg, Wis.

Jolene (Le Mire) Terrones
, M.E. Education, '07, is assistant principal for Parker High School in Janesville, Wis.