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Stritch Alumni e-Newsletter January 2013
University News
75th anniversary year a success

Cardinal Stritch University’s 75th Anniversary celebration began on Jan. 13, 2012 with the inauguration of Dr. James Loftus as Stritch's eighth president. The inauguration was the first of many events to highlight the University's rich history and engage alumni, students, friends, employees, and others.

For highlights from the past year, including links to additional content, videos, photos and more, click here to visit the 75th Anniversary page.

Stay tuned next month for a recap of the Stritch Serves volunteer initiative, including a final tally of hours served by staff, faculty and alumni.

Student Union remodeled, upgraded

Last summer, the Student Union began receiving cosmetic updates to make it a more inviting, vibrant and engaging place for students. With students returning for the start of the spring semester, the work is nearly complete.

Read more.

College Updates
College of Education and Leadership to offer Master’s in Inclusive Education

The Master of Arts in Teaching and Special Education programs have collaborated on the new Master of Arts in Inclusive Education, a post-baccalaureate program for candidates who want to become prepared to teach children with a wide variety of educational needs.

Read more

Two of Stritch’s colleges receive reaccreditation

In addition to the recent reaccreditation of Stritch’s Ruth S. Coleman College of Nursing, the College of Education and Leadership and College of Business and Management have both been reaccredited by their respective councils.

Read more

Faculty/Staff News

Dr. Trevor Hyde, assistant professor and director of clinical training in the Graduate Program in Clinical Psychology, had an article, “Parkinson Disease: Research Update and Clinical Management,” published in the Southern Medical Journal, Volume 105, Number 12 (Dec. 2012), a publication of The Southern Medical Association. The article was also selected for continuing education credit by the journal. Hyde also presented “Memory Functioning and Aging” at the Northwestern Iowa Parkinson’s Disease Symposium in Sioux City, Iowa on Oct. 27.

Dr. Tom Scheiding
, assistant professor of economics and chair of the business administration program in the College of Business and Management, has three forthcoming publications: a chapter titled “Where Do Mongolian Scholars Go?” in an edited volume titled Information Access and Library User Needs in Developing Countries (co-authored with B. Yadamsuren, University of Missouri); “The Shaping of the Scholarly Communication System in Mongolia” in East Asian Science, Technology, and Society:  An International Journal (with B. Yadamsuren, University of Missouri, and L. Gantulga, Mongolian Academy of Sciences); and “The National Science Foundation and Economics” in Minerva (with T. Mata, Cambridge University).

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

Annual Fund News
Unique Giving Opportunity For Stritch Supporters Age 70+

Congress recently enacted legislation that makes tax-wise giving for student scholarships, faculty support or other purposes at Cardinal Stritch University. 

• If you are age 70 ½ or older, you are now eligible to transfer up to $100,000 from your IRA accounts directly to Cardinal Stritch University without having to pay income taxes on that money!

• You must act by Jan. 31, 2013 for the 2012 tax year.

• Click here to learn how.

• If you wish to make a cash gift to Stritch, click here.

We still need your help!

(Click on the image above to watch a special message from University President Dr. James Loftus)

More than $350,000 has been secured from alumni, parents and friends toward the Cardinal Stritch University Annual Fund whose unrestricted goal is $1 million by July 31, 2013. Since tuition does not fully cover the cost of a Stritch education, gifts to the unrestricted Annual Fund are critically important dollars that help maintain, in part, these important programs:

  • Student Financial Aid
  • Professional Development for Faculty
  • Facility upgrades—most recently upgrades at our Kenosha and Beloit sites
  • Library resources
  • Guest speakers and lecturers
  • Franciscan Pilgrimage program for students, faculty and staff
  • Campus Ministry

Another $425,000 in restricted gifts have been received for specific purposes and endowment.

The recently completed 75 Days of Giving for Stritch appeal was a component of year-end gifts to the Annual Fund. The 75-day appeal, which ran Oct. 18- Dec. 31 in honor of the University’s 75th anniversary, featured videos that highlighted the impact gifts to the Annual Fund have on the University and its students. View a special thank you video from University President Dr. James Loftus here.

If you have not yet made a gift to the Annual Fund, click here.

Donors who support the University at $1,000 and above become members of the
President’s Tau Society. For more information on how you can be a part of the Tau Society, contact Judy Haugsland at (414) 410-4202 or jmhaugsland@stritch.edu.

Athletics News

2013 Basketball Alumni Reunion to be held Jan. 26

There is still time for you to sign up to join us at the 2013 Basketball Alumni Reunion! 

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 this 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) 410-4203.

Alumni News
Alumni Association incorporates new University brand and streamlines office

This month the Alumni Association rolled out new branding, reflecting the University’s branding changes, including its new logo system. The new brand also incorporates the name change for the Office of Alumni Relations to one, all-encompassing Alumni Association.

“The Alumni Association was operating under three identities: The Office of Alumni Relations, Alumni Relations and the Alumni Association. This caused confusion among our alumni as to what services were provided, who they should report information to, what the difference in offices was, etc.,” said Joel Cencius, ’06, director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving. “This change reduces confusion and complexity and it allows us to market ourselves to alumni as one Alumni Association.”

Read more.

Volunteers needed for Feb. 15 Adopt-a-School event

The Alumni Association is seeking volunteers to help with the third "Adopt-a-School" event of the year with St. Joseph Academy, the 2012-13 adopted school.  Volunteers are needed on Friday, Feb. 15 to assist with the school’s movie night event. Come and help make popcorn, hand out treats and welcome families for a fun-filled kids movie night at the school. If you are interested in volunteering, contact us at alumni@stritch.edu or call (414) 410-4203.

The "Adopt-a-School" program partners alumni with students and teachers from a school with demonstrated need. Read more.

Pictured above: Alumni Board President, Phyllis Schaefer, '91, '93, '95, '04 with a St. Joseph Academy student at the school's Winter Festival.

Alumni invited to sell art in Gallery Store

The Stritch Gallery Store is celebrating its one year anniversary! This initiative, showcasing student and alumni creations, is as diverse as the artists themselves. Items range from upcycled fashion from its Polka Dot Collection, to hand dyed shibori silk scarves, pottery, jewelry, art, and photographs. Also included is alumna Sue Lawton's, '02, recently released book, "The Circus and The Cyclone." From elegant to funky and fun, the Gallery Store has it all!

Read more.

Pictured above: silk shibori scarf, student Darrel Payne; necklace, Devan Maurer, '12

Stritch grad a finalist for Pfister Hotel’s Artist-in-Residence – needs your support!

Sue (Goetz) Lawton, ’02 is one of six finalists being considered for The Pfister Hotel’s (located in downtown Milwaukee) artist-in-residence program. The selection now moves to an online public voting component. You can vote for Lawton on the Pfister’s website or Facebook page.

Lawton’s art book entitled “The Circus and the Cyclone” was recently featured in e-News (cover of book pictured above). You can see more of Lawton’s work here.

In 2011 Stritch alumna, Shelby (Scharine) O’Keefe, ’81 was the selected artist-in-residence for the hotel. With your support, we can help Lawton join this elite group of artists!

Save the Dates: Join us for the 2014 Assisi Pilgrimage May 23 - June 3

(Pictured above: University President Dr. James Loftus and his wife Irene with 2012 pilgrimage participants)

The University is hosting a pilgrimage to Rome, Assisi and Augsburg from May 23 - June 3, 2014. This special pilgrimage, which will include Stritch President Dr. James Loftus, is open to all alumni. Participants will be in Rome May 23-26, Assisi, Laverna, and Florence May 27-31; and Augsburg, Germany from June 1-3. 

Led by Father Jim Gannon, OFM, Sister Marcia Lunz, OSF and Sister Joanne Schatzlein, OSF, this journey will explore the foundations of the Catholic Church in Rome, the Franciscan tradition in Assisi, and the birthplace of the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi in Bavaria. 

For more information on costs, sites visited, daily schedule, or to reserve your spot, contact Father Jim Gannon, OFM, at (414) 410-4151, jggannon@stritch.edu or Sister Joanne Schatzlein. OSF at (414) 294-7304, joschatz@lakeosfs.org.

Reminder to log volunteer hours for Stritch Serves

Alumni are reminded to log their volunteer hours for the month of December 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. 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.

The final number of volunteer service hours for the Stritch Serves initiative will be announced next month. 

Alumni may log their volunteer hours here.

Alumni Profile
A people person: Melissa Manley-Pipkin, '02 uses her passion to help others find theirs

“If it’s not there, go build it.” Communication arts graduate Melissa Manley-Pipkin, ’02, learned this important life lesson during her years at Stritch and carried it with her throughout her successful career in the human resources field.

Manley-Pipkin now works for Eaton’s Cooper Power Systems, a $25 billion company that provides electrical products and energy/safety solutions, and said she sort of “stumbled” into HR, with initial plans to become an English teacher.

Read more.

Stritch Stories
Call for submissions - we want to hear from you!

What’s your Stritch story? Do you have a special story or memory of your time at Stritch (or in the years since you graduated) that you’d like to share? Have you and a group of Stritch grads reunited in recent months? Share your memories with us!

Submit your story to alumni@stritch.edu and it may be selected for a future e-News Stritch Story.

Class Notes

Jennifer (Elsen) Beaudette, B.S. Business Administration, '05 is director of member services for Barron Electric Cooperative in Barron, Wis.

Bashir Easter, B.S. Human Services Management, '09 is an elder abuse investigator with the Milwaukee County Department on Aging.

Adam Gonzalez, B.A. English, '05 is a middle school English teacher at St. Francis Borgia School in Cedarburg, Wis.

Alissa Lynne (Connor) Hansen, B.A. Computer Science, '10 is a senior analyst for Cerner Corporation in Kansas City, Missouri.

Kristin Riesgraf, B.A. Math, '09 is a mathematics instructor and math lab supervisor at the University of Wisconsin-Superior.

Upcoming University and Alumni Events
Jan. 18 -
Feb. 17
Weightless Words Exhibit | Northwestern Mutual Art Gallery
2013 Basketball Alumni Reunion | Stritch campus

Adopt-a-School Event: Movie Night | 6-8 p.m.| St. Joseph Academy


An evening with Noel Coward | 7:30 p.m. | Studio Theater

Feb. 22 -
March 17

League of Milwaukee Artists Exhibit | Northwestern Mutual Art Gallery


Clarus Trio Music Performance| 2 p.m. | Nancy Kendall Theater

This message was sent to jfcencius@stritch.edu by alumni@stritch.edu.

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