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

Ruth S. Coleman College of Nursing nominated for Agape Advocate Award

Stritch’s Ruth S. Coleman College of Nursing has been named a finalist for the 2012 Agape Advocate Award, sponsored by the Agape Community Center. The award will be presented to an organization that demonstrates continuous support and implementation of the center’s mission and values.

The center serves communities in northwest Milwaukee, offering after school activities, tutoring, community meals, senior recreational activities, and health initiatives. Stritch’s nursing programs work closely with the center by providing onsite blood pressure tests, hearing and vision screenings, medication consultations, and general health education.
As a finalist, Stritch was recognized at the annual Agape Awards Dinner on Nov. 17 at the Wisconsin Club. Read more.

New issue of Reaching Forward available now

The latest issue of Reaching Forward, an online publication of Stritch’s College of Education and Leadership, is now available.

Reaching Forward serves as a tool for sharing news, promoting programs, recognizing individuals connected to the college, and extending the reach of Stritch’s Franciscan values beyond the classroom and into the community. The publication includes news about the college and its efforts to prepare educators to lead in their classrooms and communities, and provides educators and administrators information on best practices and current trends and challenges in education.  Click here to view this issue.

Recent 75th anniversary events a success

(Pictured above: Irena's daughter, Jeannie Smith talks to a group of students)

The events planned in celebration of the University’s 75th anniversary have engaged a number of Stritch alumni, students, friends, employees and others, with some notable recent highlights:

Oct. 26-Nov. 4: “Irena’s Vow” Theater Performance
Performances of this true story, staged in collaboration with Renaissance Theaterworks, were a powerful testament to the sacrifice and determination of a Polish Catholic nurse who saved a dozen Jews from the horrors of the Holocaust during WWII. Click here to view a short video feature.

Nov. 1-2: Interfaith dialogue with Dr. Eboo Patel
Stritch hosted nationally recognized interfaith scholar and author Dr. Eboo Patel for a series of talks heard by hundreds of students, alumni, faculty, staff and business leaders. His visit expounded upon his work building interfaith understanding on college campuses and in the American dialogue, and underscored the many years of effort the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi, Stritch’s founders, have put into keeping interfaith dialogue at the forefront in Milwaukee and beyond. Click here to view a short video feature.

StritchNews is your news source

Check out StritchNews, the central news hub for all alumni, students, faculty and staff. Alumni are encouraged to visit www.stritch.edu/AlumniNews for the latest. StritchNews can be accessed a number of ways:

- Visit www.stritch.edu/news – choose from Faculty & Staff, Student, or Alumni news pages

- From any page of the website, scroll down to the red footer at the bottom of the page, and select StritchNews at the top of the center list.

Those with questions about StritchNews may contact University Communications at
communications@stritch.edu. We welcome your ideas regarding content.


Annual Fund News
Fall Phonathon raises more than $16,000 for Annual Fund

Thanks to your support our students were able to raise $16,640 during the 16-day Fall Phonathon held Oct. 14 - Nov. 4.

Donations will help support the "75 Days of Giving for Stritch" campaign, with the overall goal to raise $37,000 for the University's Annual Fund by Dec. 31. Our student call team put together a special thank you video you can view here.

"75 Days of Giving for Stritch" campaign continues
In honor of the University’s 75th anniversary celebration, a special “75 Days of Giving for Stritch” campaign began 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. To date, almost $17,000 has been raised. 

Donations to the Stritch Annual Fund are crucial to the continued funding of programs, facility upgrades and most importantly, student financial aid. Last year alone, more than 1,000 students benefited from gifts made to the Annual Fund through full or partial scholarships. Students are relying on your support - hear from Stephanie Coker on how donor support has impacted her life as a student on campus.

Throughout the campaign, videos have been shared with the Stritch community and on Stritch's YouTube channel, which illustrates the impact donor support has on Stritch and its students. View the videos here.

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

Stritch Stories
Alumni gather to celebrate the class of 1982
Alumni in attendance for the special gathering

More than 25 alumni gathered on campus on Oct. 27 to celebrate the 30-year class reunion of the class of 1982.

Festivities included a memorial mass in the new St. Francis of Assisi Chapel, a campus tour with a special stop at the University Archives, and a pre-show reception where attendees had a chance to catch up with classmates and some of their beloved professors, like David Oswald and Sister Justine Peter, OSF, ’50. The group then had a chance to see the powerful theater production of “Irena’s Vow.” Members of the class of 1982 were presented with special gifts from Alumni Association President, Phyllis Schaefer, ’91, ’93, ’95, ‘04 to commemorate their 30-year reunion.

Additional photos of the event can be viewed here.

Are you and a group of your classmates interested in planning a class reunion and want to host it at Stritch? If so, contact the Alumni Association office and we would be happy to put together a special day to welcome you and your guests back to campus. The office can be reached at (414) 410-4203 or via email at alumni@stritch.edu. 

Faculty/Staff News

Mark Gesner, faculty chair for community engaged learning and leadership in the College of Business and Management, presented “Responding to A Crucible Moment: How Is Your Campus Navigating the Path of Going Partial to Pervasive with Civic Learning?” at the Wisconsin Campus Compact Conference on Oct. 24. In this session, there was a brief review of the Association of American Colleges & Universities’ “Crucible Moment” Report, and then a facilitated dialogue in which participants shared how civic learning and the development of generative partnerships are growing and/or struggling on their campuses. Review the full AAC&U Report here.

Dr. Michael Judd, chair of the Sport Science and Management Department, made two presentations on the topic of collegiality and collaboration at the National Physical Education Teacher Education Conference (PETE) in Las Vegas on Oct. 5-6. Judd and colleagues led discussion regarding best practices for doctoral education and the importance of sharing what PETE professors have accomplished in the physical education industry. Judd continues his service to the North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM) this year as an abstract reviewer for the annual conference, as well as a committee member for the Janet B. Parks research grant.

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

Athletic News
Stritch Wolves takes on Notre Dame

(Stritch alums James Alfred, '96 and Kevin Crim, '99 traveled to Notre Dame to cheer on the Wolves)

It was an exciting night as three Wolves fan buses filled with alumni, students and staff headed down to the Joyce Center on the Notre Dame campus on Nov. 2. The group gathered to cheer on the men’s basketball team as they faced the Fighting Irish in a special pre-season exhibition game.

Despite a big night by senior Jeremy D’Amico, the No. 5 Wolves could not top the No. 22/23-ranked NCAA Division I Irish. It was a close match with both teams tied at 34-34 at the half, but Notre Dame would pull ahead with a 70-56 victory.
Stritch, which was 30-6 in 2011-12 opened  the regular season on Wednesday, Nov. 7 as they faced the Judson University Eagles. Follow the team here.

Men’s Soccer team makes it to NAIA National Tournament; Celebrates record-breaking year

The Wolves certainly have plenty to be proud of as they faced the No. 6 Columbia College Cougars in the opening round of the 2012 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Men’s Soccer National Tournament on Nov. 17. This was the program’s first-ever appearance in the national tournament. Unfortunately, the Wolves fell 8-7 in a shoot-out in the opening round game.

The team still has many accomplishments to celebrate during this record-breaking season. In addition to making it to national stage, they also had their first-ever Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Regular Season Championship. The program was also recognized with the CCAC Coach of the Year (Kevin Brennan), CCAC Freshman of the Year (Peter Bannister), and five CCAC All-Conference selections (Peter Bannister, Oliver Bell, Jim Jones, Joshua Roberts, Shay Douglas).
Read more.

Alumni News
2013 Alumni Award nominations 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.

Alumni Association announces “Adopt-a-School” school supply drive
(Pictured: Alumni Board member Annette Frink, '73, '83 with student from St. Joseph at Curriculum Night)

The "Adopt-a-School" program  partners alumni with students and teachers from a school with demonstrated need. This year's chosen school is St. Joseph Academy in Milwaukee.

The Alumni Association is partnering with the school in helping to host their Santa's Workshop holiday event on  Dec. 18. As part of the event, the Alumni Association is conducting a school supply drive for the students and the school. Oftentimes by December, students are running low on a number of the needed supplies such as paper, pencils, glue sticks, markers, crayons, etc. School principal, Todd Beadle, ’04 says that students are also in need of winter hats and gloves during the colder months.

The Alumni Association will be collecting donated school supplies and winter hats and gloves for St. Joseph Academy students through Dec. 14. Items can be dropped off at the Alumni Association office on campus or email alumni@stritch.edu and we can arrange pick-up. The Alumni Board plans to deliver the donated supplies during the holiday event on Dec. 18 and help facilitate the workshop festivities. If you are interested in volunteering for the Dec. 18 event at the school, contact us at alumni@stritch.edu or call (414) 410-4203.

Final 2012 Stritch Magazine wraps up 75th anniversary coverage

Watch for your copy of the fall issue of Stritch Magazine to arrive within the next few weeks.

This edition not only features the usual stories of the University's alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends, but also is the final 2012 issue honoring Stritch's 75-year history in 25-year segments.

Highlights include:
- A photo-rich timeline from the most recent 25 years of Stritch’s history, 1987-2012

- The third and final part of a series on the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi and their legacy at Stritch

- Profiles of a student whose crocheting helped raise funds for St. Ben's Meal Program and an alumna whose life of service changed course following a serious car accident

- A trend piece on the future of higher education

- The results of the 2012 alumni survey

Let us know what you think – contact us (communications@stritch.edu) with comments or future story ideas.

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)!

Gift Guide coming

In the online features of the fall Stritch magazine, a Gift Guide, which will feature products produced by alumni, either personally or through their businesses, will 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. 30. The Office of University Communications and the Alumni Association will review all submissions for determination of publication.
Reminder to log volunteer hours for Stritch Serves

Alumni are reminded to log their volunteer hours for the month of October 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, nearly 9,000 hours have been logged, surpassing the initial goal of 7,500 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. To see a list of volunteer opportunities in Milwaukee and Madison, and to read testimonials of faculty and staff that highlight what drives them to answer the call to service, click here.

Regional Alumni News
Final 75th Anniversary events planned for Beloit and Madison regions

Alumni are invited to join the Madison and Beloit sites for a special holiday celebration to wrap-up the 75th year festivities. Both events are free to attend.

Beloit Site:
A light reception will take place Wednesday, Dec. 12 from 4:30-6 p.m. in room A. RSVP by Dec. 7 to avanhorn@stritch.edu.

Madison Site:
A light reception will take place Thursday, Dec. 20 from 4:30-6 p.m. in room A. RSVP by Dec. 17 to avanhorn@stritch.edu.

Alumni Profile
Interested in being profiled in an upcoming issue of the e-Newsletter and featured as an alumni spotlight on our webpage?

We are looking for alumni who have great stories to tell of their Stritch experience and the work they have gone on to do since earning their degree. We are especially looking to profile grads from our Minnesota and other regional locations. If you are interested, email us at alumni@stritch. Briefly share your professional background and include your grad year/degree.

Alumni Class Notes

Brittany Schaden, B.S. Education, '12, is an eighth grade teacher at Thorp Catholic School, in Thorp, Wis.

Douglas P. Thompson
, M.S. Management, '06, is vice president of operations for Amerequip in Kiel, Wis.

Donald Waldrop
, M.B.A., '91, is the practice administrator for ThedaCare-Physicians in Waupaca, Wis.

Upcoming University and Alumni Events:

Arts Events:

Now-Dec. 16 | Baylor Family Exhibition | Northwestern Mutual Art Gallery

Dec. 9 | Christmas Concert | 2 p.m. | Nancy Kendall Theater

University and Alumni Events:

Dec. 6 | Between Sundays: Spiritual Practices for Everyday Living | 8:30 a.m. | Stritch Campus

Dec. 6 | Annual lighting of the Stritch Christmas Tree | 4 p.m. | Great Hall, Stritch Campus

Dec. 12 | Beloit 75th anniversary holiday event | 4:30-6 p.m. | Beloit location, Room A

Dec. 15 | Winter Commencement | 10 a.m. Mass, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Brunch, 3 p.m. Ceremony | Various locations

Dec. 18 | Alumni Association Adopt-a-School Event: Santa's Workshop | 5-7 p.m. | St. Joseph Academy

Dec. 20 | Madison 75th anniversary holiday event | 4:30-6 p.m. | Madison location, Room A

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As we head into the holiday season, we wish you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving. We continue to be very thankful for our alumni and all you do to help advance this great University!