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Stritch Alumni e-Newsletter

February 2013

University News

Nursing to offer unique credit transfer to WTCS grads

In an effort to meet a critical need for better trained and educated nurses, RNs with two-year degrees from a Wisconsin technical college can now fully apply those credits toward the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Completion program in the Ruth S. Coleman College of Nursing at Cardinal Stritch University.
The agreement originated between Stritch and Milwaukee Area Technical College, but the same approach has also been made available to nursing graduates of all 16 Wisconsin technical colleges.

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Volunteer initiative logs close to 12,000 hours of service

The 2012 Stritch Serves volunteer initiative has resulted in the logging of close to 12,000 hours of volunteerism/community service by alumni, faculty, and staff, a number that far exceeds the initial goals.

By the estimated rate of $20 per hour for volunteer service, this final number translates to a community contribution of almost a quarter of a million dollars in 2012.

Read more.

College News

College of Arts and Sciences

Next Forums on Faith and Work event to take place March 15

College of Business and Management

College of Business and Management expands operations

College of Education and Leadership

MA in Teaching program extends certifications to environmental studies, physics

Ruth S. Coleman College of Nursing

Stritch nurses gain experience at Lighthouse community

Faculty/Staff News

Dr. Mette L. Baran and Dr. Janice E. Jones, assistant professors in the Doctoral Leadership Studies Department, presented the article, “Preparing Doctoral Students for 21st Century Leadership, Learning, and Service—Lessons from an Applied Community Service Project focused on Homelessness,” in a virtual presentation at The Sixth World Universities Forum in Vancouver  in January.

Dr. Darnell Bradley and Dr. Peter Jonas, faculty members in the Doctoral Leadership Studies Department, co-authored a chapter, “Videagogy: Using Humor and Videos to Enhance Student Learning,” in Enhancing Instruction with Visual Media: Utilizing Video and Lecture Capture.

Dr. Barbara Spies, OFS, authored the chapter, “St. Francis and the Sultan: Adaptive Structuration Theory,” in the newly published A Communication Perspective on Interfaith Dialogue: Living within the Abrahamic Traditions.

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

Annual Fund News

Donor support impacts the lives of Stritch students

Your support of the Stritch Annual Fund has a profound impact on the lives of our students. More than 51% of Stritch students are the first generation in their families to attend college – and many rely on scholarship support.

Students like Stephanie Coker, a Political Science and Music major. Click the image above to hear Stephanie's story.

A gift to the Stritch Annual Fund supports students like Stephanie. Consider making a gift today.

Got Stock?

Recent gains in The Dow make this a great time to make a gift of appreciated securities such as stocks to Cardinal Stritch University.

With the current rise in the stock market, many investors are likely to own shares that have substantial gains.

There may be significant tax benefits to directly donating these stocks instead of cash.

By transferring appreciated stock directly to Cardinal Stritch University you can double up on tax benefits:
1)    the charitable deduction plus
2)    avoiding tax on the appreciated value of the donated stock.

Click here for more information.

Athletics News

Basketball alumni reunite

(Pictured above: event participants pose for a picture with former Women's Basketball Head Coach, Rich Panella)

More than 53 Stritch alumni returned to campus for the 2013 basketball alumni reunion, hosted by Stritch Athletics and the Alumni Association.

Event participants took part in a day-long of festivities which included an exciting alumni game, the re-dedication of our the Athletic Hall of Fame, cheering the men’s and women’s basketball teams on to victory as they faced Indiana University-South Bend, and a tribute to the members of the '91-92 women’s and '98-99 men’s basketball teams. All alumni and their guests enjoyed a cocktail reception following the afternoon of games which featured live music by alumnus Kyle Feerick, ’07.

A photo gallery of event photos can be found here.

Save the Date: Next year’s basketball alumni reunion will be held Jan. 18, 2014.

Diener becomes fastest coach in program history to 100 wins

Men’s basketball head coach Drew Diener became the fastest coach in program history to reach 100 career wins, as the Wolves captured a 62-45 win over the Indiana University-South Bend Titans on Jan. 26.

The win gave Diener his 100th victory in 131 games.

A three-time Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year award winner, Diener’s teams have twice produced seasons in which they’ve won 27 or more games and gone undefeated twice in conference play.

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Alumni News

Alumni Association office welcomes Cindy Marino

In January, the Alumni Association office welcomed Cindy Marino into a newly created role as associate vice president for alumni and community relations. The new role oversees Stritch’s alumni relations, community relations, and communications.

“I am thrilled to have an opportunity to work with our alumni in my new position,” said Marino. “As a former student and employee, I am proud to represent Cardinal Stritch University.”

In this role, Marino will work closely with Joel Cencius, '06, director of alumni relations and annual giving and the Alumni Board of Directors in building a successful alumni program for the university. The new role will also be vital in helping to revitalize a parent program for the association.

Read more.

Marino can be contacted at (414) 410-4544 or camarino1@stritch.edu.

Alumni Board welcomes new members

(Pictured above L-R: Emily Naczek, '06, '12, Robert Schubring, '10, Nana Ama Korankye, '01, '03, Lisa Bangert, '90)

The Alumni Association welcomed five new members to its Board of Directors at its first meeting of the year on Jan. 16. With the addition of these five new members, the Alumni Board now has full representation with 20 directors and four officers.

Phyllis Schaefer, ’91, ’93, ’95, ‘04 who is serving her first full year in the role, leads the board as its president.

In addition to the new board members, the 2013 board officers also began their two-year terms and they include:

President-elect: Zoreedua Perkins, ’06, ’08
Vice President: Jill Braasch, ’93
Secretary and Treasurer: Stuart Gilgannon, ’03

New board members include:

  • Lisa Bangert, B.A. History, ’90
  • Nana Ama Korankye, A.S. Nursing, ’01, B.S. Nursing, ’03
  • Emily Naczek, B.S. Education, ’06, M.A. Religious Studies, ’12
  • Robert Schubring, B.S. Strategic Management of Information Systems, ’10
  • Jill Wellskopf, MBA, ’03

Read more about the new members here.

Alumni featured in League of Milwaukee Artists Exhibition

(Pictured above: artwork by alumna Marcy Weinsheim, '57)

The latest exhibit to open in the Northwestern Mutual Art Gallery on campus features a fine selection of artworks by members of the League of Milwaukee Artists.

Several Stritch alumni will be showing their work and featured in the show including: Marcy (Dzibinski) Weinsheim, ’57, Jewell (Thomas) Riano, ’07, and Nancy Lohmiller, ’05.

An opening reception for the exhibit will be held Friday, Feb. 22, 5-8 p.m. and is open to all alumni. The exhibit runs Feb. 22 –March 24.

Northwestern Mutual Gallery hours are Sunday – Friday, 12-4 p.m.


Fifth Annual YOUR Career Conference to be held March 22

Enhance your competitive edge and marketability during an afternoon of free networking and free professional development workshops for the Stritch community.

Alumni are invited to join Career Services and the Alumni Association on Friday, March 22, from 12:30-4:30 p.m. in Bonaventure Hall, 2nd floor atrium of campus.  Workshop facilitators will be Career Services staff, Alumni Board members, alumni, and external partners representing Greater Milwaukee.

To RSVP and for more details, click here or call (414) 410-4157.

Alumni Awards Celebration to be held April 24; winners announced

Join us as we celebrate an evening of alumni excellence on Wednesday, April 24. Our annual awards program will recognize our distinguished 2013 alumni award winners, announced here.

The Alumni Awards celebration dinner and program will take place in Stritch’s Sister Camille Kliebhan Conference Center, with a reception at 5:30 p.m. followed by a dinner and program at 6:30 p.m.

If you are interested in attending this year’s alumni awards dinner, please contact the alumni office at (414) 410-4203 or alumni@stritch.edu.

Stritch Stories

Inauguration of memories for Stritch students

“I stood witness to a historic event alongside hundreds of thousands of other people. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity,” said Stritch sophomore Josh Roberts on his experience attending the inauguration of President Barack Obama in January.

Roberts, who grew up more than 3,000 miles from the United States, in Wales, recently seized an opportunity to travel with more than 40 other Stritch students and staff to this nation’s capital to attend the Presidential Inauguration. Roberts, being from a foreign nation, appreciated every aspect the trip had to offer.

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Alumni Spotlight

Open to many roles: Hosmanek’s nursing career encompasses various specialties

"Follow your passion because when you do something you love, it's not work," said alumna Ellen Hosmanek, ’86, who has been following her love for helping others during more than 25 years in the nursing profession.

Growing up in rural Minnesota, Hosmanek always loved the sciences. Nursing seemed to be the ideal profession for her.

"I learned at an early age that if you are passionate about it, you retain it," Hosmanek said.

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Class Notes

Rich Murray (B.S. Business Management, '07) is administrative assistant at Bureau of Land Management in Vernal, Utah.

Dan Radloff
(M.S. Educational Leadership,'10) is the at-risk coordinator for the Two Rivers Public Schools District in Two Rivers, Wis.

Upcoming University and Alumni Events


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


Forums on Faith and Work | 7:15-9 a.m. | Milwaukee Athletic Club


YOUR Career Conference | 12:30-4:30 p.m. | Main Campus