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

Stritch unveils new visual identity and website

To begin the next 75 years in the history of the institution, Cardinal Stritch University has unveiled a new website and visual identity, which includes a new logo based upon the rose window found in the Basilica of Saint Clare in Assisi, Italy. The rose window honors the rich past of Stritch and the legacy of the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi.

In addition to a refreshed typeface, the logo reflects a change in the University’s official color from maroon to red, which had been the official color prior to 1997, when Stritch moved to University status. The new logo, colors and typefaces will combine in a new visual identity system that will be present on all new printed materials, marketing, signage, electronic resources and other elements, to be phased in over time as part of a coordinated effort.

This new visual identity is the cornerstone of the redesigned www.stritch.edu, which went live Oct. 8. Fastspot, an interactive agency based in Baltimore, worked with Stritch to develop a completely new site, including graphic design, photography, and information architecture.

A significant element of the new site is the StritchNews environment, created to be a central news hub for all alumni, students, faculty and staff. Alumni are encouraged to visit www.stritch.edu/AlumniNews for the latest. Read more about these changes here.

Oct. 9 declared Cardinal Stritch University Day in Wisconsin

(Pictured L-R: Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, Tom Myers, Stritch Board of Trustees board chairman, Dr. James P. Loftus, University President)

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett declared Oct. 9, 2012 “Cardinal Stritch University Day” in the state of Wisconsin and the city of Milwaukee.

Both proclamations lift up the 75th anniversary of the University as an occasion for celebration, and commend Stritch for being “committed to the education of men and women of diverse backgrounds, and them to earn a living and lead purposeful and fulfilling lives.”

State Sen. Alberta Darling, representing Gov. Walker, and Mayor Barrett presented the proclamations to Stritch President Dr. James Loftus during the Stritch Showcase fundraiser dinner held Oct. 9. Read more and see a video of the presentation.

Stritch Showcase raises more than $100,000 for the University

The Stritch Showcase annual fundraiser was held on Oct. 9, and, for the fifth year in a row, exceeded its budgeted goal in raising funds to benefit the University’s programs and scholarships.

The event, an evening to honor, support and celebrate the 75th anniversary of Cardinal Stritch University, grossed more than $100,000 and was attended by nearly 250 guests. Highlights included a program featuring the past, present and future of Stritch, the presentation of the Community Builder award to Tim Sheehy, president of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce, and the unveiling of Stritch’s new logo to the community.


Annual Fund News
"75 Days of Giving for Stritch" campaign launches
In honor of the University’s 75th anniversary celebration, a special “75 Days of Giving for Stritch” campaign begins Oct. 18 and runs until Dec. 31, the conclusion of the 75th anniversary year.

The 75-day campaign aims to raise $37,000 for Stritch’s Annual Fund in honor of the University's 1937 founding, and to attract 75 new donors for the fund. Donations to the Stritch 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.

Throughout the campaign, donors will be asked to share why they support Stritch, its mission and its students. Each week, a new video will also be shared with the Stritch community and on Stritch's YouTube channel, which will illustrate the impact donor support has on Stritch and its students. Watch the launch video.

Please visit our Giving page to make a gift to Stritch and support this campaign!

Meet a member of our student Phonathon call team!

Student: Michelle Wanyee
Junior (class of 2014)
Graphic Design
Nairobi, Kenya

Career Goal:

“I would love to one day work for an advertising agency. I’m learning and gaining experience working with so many various forms of art – from photography and videography to drawing, painting and graphic design. My ideal position would allow for me to incorporate all of these skills.”

On why she chose Stritch:

“Stritch stood out to me because of its art program and it felt like ‘home.’ Stritch was very welcoming to me. As an international student, Stritch has become my home away from home. I have been able to get involved with the International Club which gives me the opportunity to share my culture with others while at the same time I’m learning so much from them.”

On ways scholarship support has affected her student experience:

“Since I was a small child, I always knew I wanted to do something with art – I have always been an artist. Stritch has allowed me to explore that further. I knew studying art and enrolling in a program like the one I am in at Stritch would not be possible in my home country. Scholarships have made it possible for me to pursue my dreams here at Stritch. I will forever be grateful to those who have made this opportunity a possibility for me.”

Hear more from Michelle here.

Michelle and a team of her peers are calling through Nov. 4 as part of our Fall Phonathon to raise much needed support for the Stritch Annual Fund. We hope you take their call!

Stritch Stories
‘Mother Teresa and Vince Lombardi’
Pictured: Tim Sheehy receives award from University President Dr. James P. Loftus at the Stritch Showcase event on Oct. 9.

As president of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce, Tim Sheehy is a passionate advocate for education as a means to enhance the opportunity and potential for the entire region.

That commitment was developed by a critical educational turning point early in his life. Even today, Sheehy still recalls his grade school report cards, which described his reading abilities as being “a little slow.”

Sheehy, who was honored with Stritch’s Community Builder Award on Oct. 9, improved those reading abilities many years ago at the Stritch Reading Center under the tutelage of the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi, who helped the reading clinic gain a national reputation. Read more.

Faculty/Staff News

Sister Coletta Dunn, OSF, Ph.D., professor emerita, will receive the Archbishop’s Vatican II Award for Distinguished Service in Education at a prayer service and award ceremony at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 23 at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, 812 N. Jackson St., Milwaukee. 14 other recipients in 10 categories, including administration, ecumenism, communication, education, liturgy and more, will also receive Vatican II Awards in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the Church and society. Each category reveals a vision set forth in the Church’s Second Vatican Council, which speaks of the church as engaged with the world. The event is open to the public and will be followed by a dessert reception. No RSVP is required.

Tony Frontier, Ph.D., assistant professor of doctoral leadership studies and director of teacher education, was a part of a seven-member delegation of American educators who met with leaders from schools, research agencies, regional educational offices, and lawmakers at the national assembly in Seoul, South Korea during the week of Sept. 9. Additionally, Frontier presented on programs utilized to support teachers in American schools at the Korean Educational Development Institute. The presentation included information and research on Stritch’s Southeastern Wisconsin New Teacher Project.

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

Athletic News
Save the date: Men's and Women's Alumni Basketball Reunions being planned for Jan. 26

The 2013 Men's/Women's Basketball Alumni reunion will be held Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013. The 1991-92 women's team and 1998-99 men's team will be honored. More details and information on how to RSVP will be coming soon!

Upcoming University and Alumni Events:

Arts Events:

Oct. 19-Nov. 11 | Beyond Vision Tactile Art 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

Nov. 17 | Piano Festival | 9 a.m. | Nancy Kendall Theater

Nov. 18 | Faculty Recital: Three Mezzos | 2 p.m. | Nancy Kendall Theater

University and Alumni Events:

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

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

Nov. 2 | Stritch vs. Notre Dame Men's Basketball Game | 9 p.m. (eastern) | Notre Dame Campus

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Alumni News
Alumni Association launches “Adopt-a-School” Service Program
On Sept. 18, the Cardinal Stritch University Alumni Board kicked off an exciting new service initiative called the “Adopt-a-School” program that partners alumni with students and teachers from a school with demonstrated need.
(Pictured: Alumni Board member Meaghan Morrissey, '06 with student from St. Joseph at Curriculum Night).

The school chosen must meet certain selection requirements, including demonstrated financial need for volunteer and program support. The chosen school for the 2012-13 academic year is St. Joseph Academy, a K4 – 2nd grade school on Milwaukee’s south side.

Stritch Alumni Board members took part in the first volunteer opportunity on Sept. 18 for the school’s Curriculum Night. At this event, parents got to meet their child’s teacher and learn about the curriculum for the year in addition to socializing with other families. Stritch Alumni helped out by leading art projects with families, assisting with a raffle of family-friendly board games, and distributing backpacks with books, school supplies, and games to play at home.

Read more.

Call for 2013 Alumni Award Nominations

Alumni Award nominations are due Nov. 30!

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, click here. The nomination form can be found here. The deadline for nominations is Friday, Nov. 30.  

Stritch Pride Photo Contest

We are collecting photos to include in an upcoming issue of the Stritch magazine, showcasing Stritch Pride.

Submit a photo showing off your favorite Stritch gear - make the photo fun and creative and be sure that Stritch is represented somewhere in the photo.

Send photos to alumni@stritch.edu. If your photo is selected you will win a $25 Stritch bookstore gift card (useable on site or online)!

Stritch’s 75th Anniversary continues with engaging events

The University’s 75th Anniversary celebration enters its final months with some thought-provoking events related to interfaith dialogue and cooperation, the need for which was underscored by the recent shooting at the Sikh temple in nearby Oak Creek and attacks on American embassies abroad.

Two upcoming events will build upon the many years of work the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi have done to keep religious tolerance, understanding and respect at the forefront in our community:
Interfaith scholar and author Eboo Patel to speak Nov. 1-2

To underscore Stritch’s longstanding commitment to interfaith dialogue, the Kendall Lecture Series will feature interfaith activist and author Dr. Eboo Patel on Thursday, Nov. 1.

The free keynote event, “Hanging by a Thread: The Urgency for Interfaith Cooperation,” will take place from 6:30-9 p.m. in the Sister Camille Kliebhan Conference Center, Bonaventure Hall, and will include a Q&A session followed by a dessert reception and book signing. Registration is required, as seating is limited. Learn more here.

Patel also will be featured on Nov. 2 as part of the Forums on Faith and Work series sponsored by the Saint Clare Center for Catholic Life, which focuses on the interplay of faith and work. The event will be held from 7:15-9 a.m. at the Milwaukee Athletic Club, 758 N. Broadway, Milwaukee. Details on that event are available here.

“Irena’s Vow” to celebrate Holocaust heroics Oct. 26-Nov. 4

Stritch’s theater department will produce the inspiring play “Irena’s Vow,” which tells the story of Irena Gut Opdyke, a Polish Catholic who sheltered 12 Jews for two years in the basement of the Nazi officer she worked for.

The play will be staged in collaboration with Renaissance Theaterworks, one of the top professional theater companies in Milwaukee. Production dates and times are Oct. 26-27 and Nov. 2-3 at 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 28 and Nov. 4 at 2 p.m. Click here for details.

Come cheer on the Stritch Wolves as they face the Notre Dame Fighting Irish!

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.

There is still room for you 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 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.

Class of 1982 hosting alumni gathering on 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.

There is still time to RSVP! Please contact the alumni office at alumni@stritch.edu or (414) 410-4939.

Gift guide in the works for 2012

In an upcoming issue of Stritch’s print or online magazine, the editorial staff plans to include a “Gift Guide,” which will feature products produced by alumni, either personally or through their businesses, that can be included in the guide as helpful gift suggestions for the holidays.

If you or your business offers a product or service of this kind, please submit details and your contact information to communications@stritch.edu by Friday, Nov. 2. The Office of University Communications and the Alumni Association will review all submissions for determination of publication.

Reminder to log volunteer hours

Alumni are reminded to log their volunteer hours for the month of September as part of the Stritch Serves volunteer initiative.

In celebration of Stritch’s 75th Anniversary, Stritch’s Staff Development Committee is recording the hours of volunteer service performed by alumni, staff and faculty to community organizations, churches, schools, nonprofits, local businesses, and other entities. To date, more than 7,500 hours have been logged, surpassing the initial goal set in January. University President Dr. James Loftus has challenged the Stritch community to aim for a new goal of 10,000 volunteer hours served, translating to a total contribution of $200,000 worth of service to our communities.

Alumni may log their volunteer hours here.

Regional Alumni News
Alumni Ambassadors needed!

The Alumni Association is working on a new initiative where we are looking for Alumni Ambassador volunteers from our larger alumni markets in the Minneapolis, Madison and Chicagoland regions to help with planning alumni events and to assist with Stritch’s recruiting efforts for that region. If this is a role you think you would be interested in, contact us at alumni@stritch.edu.

Alumni Profile
International nursing graduate discovers her inner ‘voice’ at Stritch

Starting college as an 18-year old high school graduate can be a nerve-wracking transition for many. It often means new surroundings, new friends, new living quarters and newfound independence.

But imagine making that transition more than 5,800 miles from the place you called “home” your entire life. That is the journey alumna Nana Ama (Annor) Korankye, ’01, ’03 saw herself on when she enrolled at Stritch, leaving behind a life in her home country of Ghana.

Read more.

Alumni Class Notes

Rachel Babiak, B.F.A. Graphic Design, '12, is a graphic designer at Davidson Marketing Group, Elm Grove, Wis.

William Ryan Gray
, B.S. Business Administration, '01, is a financial advisor at Richmond Investment Services, Mequon, Wis.

Christopher Holt
, M.S. Educational Leadership, '02, is principal at Bloomer Elementary School in Bloomer, Wis.