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April 2011 Courtesy of the Cardinal Stritch University Alumni Association

Dear Joel,

University News

Scholz named dean of College of Arts and Sciences

Daniel J. Scholz, Ph.D., has been named the next dean of Stritch’s College of Arts and Sciences.

Scholz joined the Religious Studies faculty in 2004 and has been chair of the department since 2007. He also serves as president of faculty senate and council and executive director of the Saint Clare Center for Catholic Life, which provides education and formation to lay Catholics who seek to grow in faith and service. Scholz helped establish the center in 2007 to meet the need for lay ministry formation in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.

He will formally begin as dean on July 1, succeeding Sister Mary Ann Polasek, OSF, Ph.D.

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University moves forward with 75th Anniversary planning

The 75th Anniversary Planning Committee continues to meet and shape the exciting calendar of events for 2012. Some of the events include the inauguration of Dr. James Loftus, a student-run community fish fry, a summer alumni reunion and community event, exhibitions, lectures, and several concerts and theatrical productions. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at (414) 410-4200 or alumni@stritch.edu. Please watch for future updates as we announce dates and additional events.

Communication arts majors win state awards

Communication Arts students Kendrick Batton, Scott Wegener, Jeremy Lewis, and Dawn Hale-Harvey won third place honors in the annual Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Student Awards for Excellence contest, held March 5 in Madison.

The group won for their web show "Fan-damonium," which was produced for WISN TV and WISN.com in conjunction with their Television Reporting, Writing and Producing class. The students covered high school football from a community-impact angle all semester long, culminating in a 12-minute web show. They won an award in the Long Form Production Non-News Television category.

In addition, Batton won for his radio story, “Faith Filled Solider,” about a U.S. soldier whose Catholic faith kept him strong during his tour of duty. This story aired on Relevant Radio.

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Stritch Stories 


As the latest artist-in-residence for The Pfister Hotel in downtown Milwaukee, alumna Shelby (Scharine) Keefe, ’81, is quickly becoming a fixture at the historic building, where she now occupies a working studio and gallery space just off the hotel’s lobby. During her yearlong assignment that began April 1, she will mingle with guests while publicly creating a collection of paintings that will be on display and available for sale.

With a flexible schedule that likely will include five days a week at The Pfister, she intends to explore spaces both inside and outside the hotel and thrills at the prospect of all the possibilities.

Periodically, Keefe will delight guests with her signature performance art, when she cues up music she composed on her computer and completes a 30”x30” painting in 20 minutes in front of a live audience. Her performance art will be part of several Milwaukee Gallery Nights scheduled during her residency at The Pfister – including her first one on Friday, April 15 – and also any time the hotel events may call for interesting entertainment.

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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

Dr. Mette L. Baran, Dr. Janice E. Jones and Dr. Kristine Kiefer Hipp of the Doctoral Leadership Studies Department presented a paper, "Developing a Focus on Service Learning in Higher Education: A Model worth Replicating?" at the American Institute of Higher Education conference on April 7 in Charleston, S.C.

Dr. Eun-Joo Kwak, associate professor of piano, was one of the adjudicators for music competitions held March 26-28 at the Music Teachers National Association conference in Milwaukee. She judged three national finals: Collegiate Chamber Music, Senior Piano Duet, and the Young Artists Piano Solo categories. In addition, she adjudicated the Beethoven Piano Sonata Competition at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on April 2.

Dr. Barbara S. Spies, associate professor, and Maryann Lazarski, instructor, both in the Communication Arts department, were on a panel, "Catholic Social Media: Genesis of an Online Home" at the Central States Communication Association conference on April 8 in Milwaukee. Lazarski presented, “Analysis of a Student Media-Church Partnership that Gives Voice to Young Catholics” and Spies presented, “‘The Break with Fr. Roderick’: A Gratifying Podcast that Creates a Home.” 

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

Athletic News

Wolves Men’s Volleyball players garner postseason honors

The Mid-America Men’s Volleyball Intercollegiate Conference (MAMVIC) has announced the 2011 East Division All-Conference teams. Stritch had three all-conference selections and three Academic All-Conference selections.

Athletes, Scott Golden was named to the first team all-conference, Chris Arquilla to second team all-conference, and Noah Mader received honorable mention all-conference. Arquilla was also named MMAMVIC East Libero of the year.

The Wolves also had three players named to the MAMVIC East Academic All-Conference team. Each player must have a minimum grade point average of 3.25 and earned at least 24 credit hours at its institution. The three players representing the Wolves on the Academic All-Conference team are Alo Tuauaese, Adam Cosson and Scott Golden.

Stritch finished the 2011 season at 18-15 overall and at 10-4 in the MAMVIC East.

Wolves Men’s Soccer team signs new players

The Stritch Wolves men's soccer team is getting retooled for next season as head coach Jeff Bohacek has announced the signing of six new players that will suit up in 2011.

Signed to play for Stritch are local players in TJ Krause and Mike Landers and four international players, Tyson Adams, Oliver Bell, Josh Roberts, and Will Spurway.

"We are very excited to have these players come aboard," Bohacek said. "With the addition of their skills, my hope is that they'll challenge for key playing time and help us really solidify our offense and defense." 

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Be sure to follow your favorite Wolves teams
There are several ways to follow all Wolves teams. You can visit the official athletic website at www.stritchwolves.com, follow them through twitter at www.twitter.com/stritchwolves, sign up for SMS alerts, and sign up for news releases. You also have the ability to select any sport you’d like to receive news on as you’ll get up-to-date scores and the latest news on your favorite teams. 

Upcoming Arts Events:

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

Now- 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



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