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

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Cardinal Stritch University wishes its alumni, near and far, a very merry Christmas and happy new year. May you enjoy celebrations with family, friends and loved ones, and find peace and rest this holiday season. View Stritch’s Christmas video above or click here.

More than 300 participate in Winter Commencement

Stritch held its winter commencement ceremony Dec. 15 at the U.S. Cellular Arena in downtown Milwaukee, with approximately 315 students participating. Nearly 500 Stritch students received their degrees in all. Read more here.

The day’s events began with a special Baccalaureate Mass and brunch for graduating students. The ceremony featured Dr. Earnestine Willis, a pediatrician and Kellner Professor in Pediatrics at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Willis was commencement speaker and received an honorary doctorate in humane letters degree. Read Dr. Willis’ remarks here. Matthew Seipel, a B.A. degree candidate and Stritch Honors Scholar, served as student speaker. Read Seipel’s remarks here.

A photo gallery from winter commencement can be found here.

Annual Fund News

Support "75 Days of Giving for Stritch"
Our “75 Days of Giving for Stritch” appeal comes to a close in just a few short days on Dec. 31. Please consider making a gift as part of your year-end contributions.

The 75-day appeal, launched on Oct. 18 aims to raise $37,000 for Stritch’s Annual Fund in honor of the University's 1937 founding.

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 alumna and staff member Julie Russell, '05, '08 on how donor support has made a significant impact on campus.
To view the complete catalog of "75 Days of Giving" videos launched throughout the appeal, click here.

Please visit our Giving page to make a gift to Stritch and support this appeal before Dec. 31.

Many thanks to all who have supported "75 Days of Giving for Stritch!"

Stritch Stories

Alumna reflects on time at Stritch

Joan (Schaffer) Pope, ’67 was a member of the first graduating class at Stritch’s new Fox Point campus, after the school had moved from its original St. Francis, Wis. location. This letter was submitted by Joan as she reflected back on those years on the “new” campus.

Hello Everyone!

My name is Joan Schaffer Pope. I was surprised to see the Summer 2012 issue of the Stritch magazine and also a picture of myself, my friend Sherry McCluskey and Sister Leandra Eckelkamp, OSF on page 19 (picture above). I am a retired teacher of thirty years. I have many fine memories of Stritch. I was in the first class at the new building and at that time there were only young girls and postulants attending. The year was 1962. I’ll share some memories with you of my time as a student:

I was a history and education major. My first year I had Sister Nivard and I’ll always remember her kindness and gentility (I still have my Latin books). Sister Justine Peter, OSF was my history professor and we have continued to keep in touch after I graduated. She’s a sweetheart! I remember being told I did very well on my blue book test (I really studied hard for that test). I don’t know if Stritch tests students on their major that way now. I also had Sister Camille Kliebhan, OSF for class and she was always so kind and soft spoken. I enjoyed art, studied for botany and zoology tests and attended labs. I took a couple of unique classes such as archery and piano (archery was held outside of course)! I also remember wearing long black gowns and hats for assemblies.

Read more.

Faculty/Staff News

Casey O'Keefe, assistant professor and chair of the Early Childhood Bachelor Completion Program presented at the State Learning Disabilities Conference in Pewaukee, Wis., on Nov. 17.  The presentation was on phonological awareness intervention for struggling readers. Additionally, O’Keefe is currently serving on the Milwaukee Public Schools Advisory Board for Developmentally Appropriate Practices in Early Childhood.

Kou Vang
, University creative director, has an exhibit of her photographs, “Portraits of Hmong Women,” on display at the Neville Public Museum in Green Bay, Wis., through Feb. 7, 2013. The exhibit showcases photographic portraits of Hmong women in traditional and contemporary dress, along with their fascinating personal stories. The exhibit is sponsored by The Wisconsin Arts Board, Ella Lyman Cabot Trust Fund, and Hmong American Women’s Association in Milwaukee.

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

Athletic News

Wolves Maintain No. 1 Ranking in NAIA Top 25

The No. 1-ranked Cardinal Stritch University Wolves men's basketball team will spend a second straight week atop the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletic (NAIA) Men's Basketball Division II Coaches' Top 25 Poll.

The Wolves (14-1) assumed the top spot in last week's poll for the first time in school history. The Wolves have been ranked every week this season, which they began ranked fifth. The team has also strung together 29 straight conference games and 17 straight home games dating back to the 2011-12 season.

Panella retires

Stritch Wolves Assistant Athletic Director and former women’s basketball Head Coach Rich Panella announced his retirement from the University recently, ending a storied 25-year career at Stritch.

“I’ve had so many wonderful memories and experiences at Stritch,” Panella said.  “I’ve had the opportunity to meet and interact with so many special people in my time here and I will certainly miss it. I’ll always hold Stritch very close to my heart.”

Panella had been a mainstay at the helm of the Wolves women’s basketball program, serving as head coach for 23 seasons and amassing a phenomenal win-loss record of 548-139. He is a member of the Stritch Athletics Hall of Fame, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Hall of Fame, and the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame, and led the Wolves to numerous NAIA Women’s Basketball Division II National Tournament appearances.

Read more.

2013 Basketball Alumni Reunion to be held Jan. 26

The Stritch Men's and Women's Basketball program, in partnership with the Alumni Association, invites you back to campus for the 2013 Basketball Alumni Reunion on Saturday, Jan. 26. Several activities are being planned which include a rededication of the Athletic Hall of Fame, a Men's alumni game, campus tours and a hosted cocktail reception featuring live music from Leo Moran, '08.

As part of the reunion, the 1998-99 Men's and 1991-92 Women's Basketball teams will be honored during a special half-time ceremony of the Men's and Women's games taking place that afternoon against Indiana University South Bend.

For more information on the event or to RSVP, email alumni@stritch.edu or call (414) 410-4939.






Alumni News

Alumni Survey results available now

Thank you to all alumni who participated in the 2012 Alumni Survey, conducted by research firm Noel-Levitz at the beginning of the year. Results from this survey will continue to guide the Alumni Association in its efforts to strengthen our alumni communication and engagement initiatives.

The recent fall issue of the Stritch magazine highlighted the survey's primary findings. A detailed report of the results can be found here.

Alumni Association holds second Adopt-a-School event

On Tuesday, Dec. 18 Stritch Alumni Board members along with alumni volunteers delivered school supplies and winter wear to St. Joseph’s Academy, the Alumni Association’s 2012-13 adopted school.

Throughout the last month, the Alumni Association collected donations to help students and families meet basic needs during the winter months, when school supplies are starting to run low. Thanks to the generosity of our Alumni Board and Stritch staff, the Alumni Association was able to deliver supplies to each of the school’s nine classrooms for teachers to distribute to children in need when they return from winter break.

In addition to delivering the school supplies, alumni volunteers assisted with the school’s holiday festival. Pictures with Santa, cookie decorating and ornament making were all in order as the school celebrated the holidays. View more photos from the event here.

The next scheduled Adopt-a-School service activity is Feb. 18 to assist St. Joseph’s with their movie night. If you are interested in helping to volunteer with the school or would like to sign up to volunteer on Feb. 18, email alumni@stritch.edu.

For more information on the Alumni Association’s Adopt-a-School program, click here.

Alumni Association helps students fuel up for finals

The Alumni Association hosted its annual “Grab-n-Go” pizza event for students the week before finals. In its second year, the Alumni Board distributes free pizza and coupons to the Bean (campus coffee shop) to students along with information about the Alumni Association. Grab-n-Go sessions are held during the noon hour for day students and in the evening for College of Business and Management students.

The Grab-n-Go events are part of the Alumni Association’s student engagement initiatives, which increase the awareness of the Alumni Association among students so that by the time they graduate they are well aware of the Association and its benefits.
Stritch alumna named 2013 Superintendent of the Year

Pewaukee Schools Superintendent and Stritch alumna JoAnn Sternke has been named Wisconsin’s 2013 Superintendent of the Year by the Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators.

According to the WASDA website, the Superintendent of the Year program has become widely acknowledged as the most prestigious honor a school system leader can attain. Sternke earned her doctoral degree in leadership at Stritch, and she also serves as a faculty member and site coordinator for the Master of Science in Educational Leadership and District Administrator Licensure programs. She will represent Wisconsin in the National Superintendent of the Year Program in February 2013.

Read more.

Reminder to log volunteer hours for Stritch Serves

Alumni are reminded to log their volunteer hours for the month of November 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, 9,900 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.

Alumni Profile

Educator discovers a passion for law

Looking back, alumna Barb Bombaci, ’80, remembers nursing and teaching were the dominant industries for women at the time she was choosing her career path in the 1970s.

“I didn’t like blood, so teaching it was,” said Bombaci,  whose high school guidance counselor convinced her that, if she was going into education, Stritch was the place she needed to be.
“Going to Stritch had one of the biggest effects on my life,” Bombaci said.

After a career teaching Spanish for St. Mary’s Academy in Milwaukee, Bombaci went on to earn a law degree and has been practicing law for the last 25 years.

Read more.

Alumni Class Notes

Pam (Lennox) Haller, B.S. Management, '05, is manager of college marketing for Chippewa Valley Technical College in Eau Claire, Wis.

Fred Mancusi
, B.S., Management, '85, is the national sales and marketing vice president for Plyco Corporation in Elkhart Lake, Wis.

Anthony Rice
, B.S., Management, '04, is the radiology manager for Wisconsin Health Fund Medical Center in Milwaukee.


Upcoming University and Alumni Events:

Arts Events:

Jan. 13-20 | "The Little Mermaid" | 2 p.m. | Nancy Kendall Theater

Feb. 22- March 17 | League of Milwaukee Artists Exhibit | Northwestern Mutual Art Gallery

University and Alumni Events:

Jan. 26 | 2013 Basketball Alumni Reunion | Stritch Campus

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