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May 2011 Courtesy of the Cardinal Stritch University Alumni Association

Dear Joel,

University News

Sister Justine Peter retiring after 52 years

As the academic year draws to a close, history professor Sister Justine Peter, OSF, Ph.D., is quietly bringing to a close more than five decades of teaching and academic leadership at Stritch. Beginning full time in 1959, Sister Justine spent most of her years in the classroom and as chair for the Department of History. From 1964-72, she served as academic dean.

Yet, even though Sister Justine’s official grade book is forever closed, history alumna Lisa Bangert, ’90, believes her former professor and dear friend will continue her educational legacy even when she steps outside the classroom.

“It’s a loss to see her go, but she will never stop teaching,” Bangert said. “She will always be a teacher.”

Known for her incredible depth of knowledge, impossible multiple-choice test questions, knack for making history interesting, and creative senior seminar topics, Sister Justine dedicated herself to making history classes about much more than dates, famous people and wars. Her focus on the social, political, economic, religious and cultural contexts surrounding historical events brought them to life for her students.

To read more about Sister Justine and her career at Stritch, watch for the coming summer issue of the Stritch Magazine.

TV monitors installed on campus to share news

In an effort to enhance University hospitality and communication, 13 high definition monitors have been installed in high-traffic areas around the main campus, and a 14th is located at Stritch’s City Center. These monitors, first proposed in 2007, are meant to welcome guests to campus, provide directions to campus locations, and inform guests and the internal Stritch community of University news and events.

The addition of the campus monitors also represents a significant enhancement to campus security. The monitors are being integrated into the e2campus emergency text message notification system used by the University. In the event of a campus emergency, the monitors can be used to instantly display critical emergency information and instructions.

New Art Gallery exhibit on display now – July 31

The Face of War:  Vietnam Combat Photographers
Featuring Photographs by Robert J. Ellison & the DASPO Military Unit

A photographer wades in chest-high swamp water, grimacing as he suspends camera equipment above his head. He is one of the fearless young men who traversed the face of South Vietnam capturing iconic images that have become part of the visual history of the Vietnam conflict.

This exhibit explores not only the images, but the photographers whose lives were forever intertwined with Vietnam. Included are stunning images by members of The Department of the Army Special Photographic Office (DASPO), and Robert J. Ellison’s award-winning photos that were published in Time and Newsweek.

The Northwestern Mutual Art Gallery is located in the Joan Steele Stein Center for Communication Studies/Fine Arts at Cardinal Stritch University. Gallery hours are noon-4 p.m. Sunday through Friday.

Click here to read more about the exhibit.

Open Box Project moves forward

This summer a new annual tradition will begin at Stritch called the Open Box Project. Developed by assistant professor and project director Maureen Chavez-Kruger, it encourages students from all disciplines to craft an artistic response to the contents of a given box. This year’s project focuses on a collection of personal belongings from the late Robert Ellison, a Vietnam-era photographer, including letters, photos, audio recordings and other personal items.

There are 30 students participating in this year’s Open Box Project. They are producing many types of works: composing music, writing one act plays, paintings, ceramics, interviews, essays, animation, etc.

Open Box Project presentations will take place on Friday, July 29 at 7 p.m.
as part of Gallery Night and the closing night of the “Face of War:  Vietnam Combat Photographers” exhibit.

Stritch Stories 

Jewish graduate celebrates unique perspectives of her Stritch education

After 40 years out of school, Randee Zitelman felt very anxious as she walked in to her first class at Stritch. She wondered how she would fit in as a Jewish woman at a Catholic Franciscan university. As time went by, she became more familiar with the students and professors and was encouraged to speak her mind about the religious differences between her faith and those of others attending Stritch.

Zitelman is the first Jewish graduate to receive a Master of Arts in Ministry degree from Stritch, which she was awarded in December 2010. And she is already putting her degree to good use. She started March 7 as the hospice chaplain with St. Camillus Home Care and Hospice in Milwaukee. As chaplain, she is the spiritual caregiver for the hospice patients and staff at St. Camillus. She found learning about faith and ministry from a Catholic institution deepened her understanding and compassion for those who have not shared her journey with Judaism when they need the strength of faith.

Read more. 

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

Rev. Dr. Steven C. Kuhl
, associate professor of Religious Studies, was featured in a story about celibacy in the priesthood that aired during the 10 p.m. newscast Friday, May 13 on Today's TMJ4. He was interviewed by news anchor/reporter Courtny Gerrish on the Stritch campus several weeks ago after the station contacted the Public Relations office looking for someone with expertise on church history. The story will likely be posted at http://www.todaystmj4.com after the air date.

Sarah Nitschke
, associate professor of Visual Art, was awarded Best Documentary Short in the category of SENE Film Jury Awards for her film “Philip Pearlstein: Naked Vision” at the  SENE Film, Music & Arts Festival held April 6–10 in Providence, R.I. The film will screen at the Sound Unseen Film Festival June 8–12 and at the Tweed Museum of Art on Sep.  16, both in Duluth, Minn. It will also screen at the Albuquerque Film Festival Aug. 18–20 in Albuquerque, N.M.

David Weinberg-Kinsey, director of the University Library, and Louise Diodato, coordinator of serials and electronic resources, presented “Uncommon Solution to Creating an Information Commons” at the annual conference of the Wisconsin Association for Academic Librarians April 27-29. Additionally, Jodi Bennett, circulation supervisor, presented “Circulating iPads in an Academic Library” and Rita Mitchell, information literacy librarian, and Beth Bretl, adjunct professor in the English Department, presented “Librarian and Faculty Partnerships: Embedding Librarians in English Courses to Improve Information Literacy Skills and Writing Skills.”

Athletic News

Stritch to hold Wolf Pack Open Golf Outing June 5

The Stritch Athletic Department will host its first-ever Wolf Pack Open Golf Outing on Sunday, June 5 at the Ironwood Golf Course in Sussex, Wisc.

Money raised from this event will allow the athletic department to provide better opportunities, both on and off the field for Stritch student athletes. A percentage of the proceeds raised will also benefit the Rich and Mira Panella Scholarship Fund.

The day will begin at 9:30 a.m. and include 18 holes of golf with cart, polo shirt, hole events, drinks, lunch, raffles and awards, dinner and silent auction.

For more information on this event and how you can register to attend, click here.
For information on how you or your company can help sponsor this event, click here or contact Mike Zolecki at (414) 410-4519.

Men’s Basketball team signs four new players

Stritch Wolves men’s basketball head coach Drew Diener has announced the signing of four new players for next year’s team: Chad Mazur, Tom Wahl, Derek Semenas, and Tony Smit.

Mazur, a 6-foot-3 guard from Reedsburg, Wisc., averaged 25 points per game – the sixth highest in the state of Wisconsin. He was also named first team All-Conference and made the WBCA Division II All-Star Game. Wahl, a 6-foot-5 forward, averaged 17 points, eight rebounds, and two assists while leading Colfax High School to a Dunn St. Croix Conference Championship and a berth in the Sectional Finals. Semenas is a 6-foot-3 guard who is transferring from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. A native of Rosendale, Wisc., Semenas appeared in 15 games for the Phoenix. Smit, a 5-foot-11 point guard who played for Fond Du Lac High School, led the Cardinals to a 13-11 record while averaging 13 points and four assists per game his senior season.

Read more.


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