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Stritch Alumni e-Newsletter

March 2013

University News

Stritch weighs in on selection of new Pope

In response to the election of Pope Francis and the selection of his name, Cardinal Stritch University was featured in news coverage on WITI Fox 6 in Milwaukee.

Reporter Ashley Sears visited campus to explore the historic significance of the name choice. Steven Kuhl, associate professor of religious studies, offered commentary on the history of the Franciscan tradition, and student Audrey Edwards, a participant in the Assisi pilgrimage program, was also interviewed.
View the news story here.

(Pictured above: Saint Francis of Assisi statue on campus grounds)

SCOPE Prep launches spring program with support from Verizon Foundation

The Stritch Center for Opportunities and Promise in Education (SCOPE) Prep program launched its spring semester on Feb. 14.

With new funding from the Verizon Foundation, this pre-college education initiative supports the academic development of students in grades 2 -8, while engaging them in activities that build an interest in higher education.

Read more.

College Updates

College of Arts and Sciences:

Stritch to host sports management symposium on April 20

College of Education and Leadership:

Helen Bader Leadership Speaker Series kicks off 2013 season on March 27

Faculty/Staff News

Dr. Linda Gordy, assistant dean and assistant professor of the School of Urban Initiatives, and Casey O’Keefe, assistant professor and chair of the Early Childhood Bachelor Completion Program, presented “Text, Talk, and the Common Core Standards: A framework for collaborating with teachers to support language and literacy,” at the Wisconsin Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s annual convention in the Wisconsin Dells in February.

Sister Barbara Reynolds, SDS, Ph.D., professor of Math, presented "The Arbelos, the Salinon...and the Parbolos," for students and faculty at University of Wisconsin-Platteville on March 7.

Dr. Daniel Scholz, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, recently published his second book, "The Pauline Letters: Introducing the New Testament."

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

Annual Fund News

Spring Phonathon has started!

(Pictured above: University President Dr. James Loftus helps make calls during last spring's Phonathon)

Our students are counting on your support as our annual Spring Phonathon kicks off and runs through April. We will be calling to share the many exciting initiatives of the University and to ask for financial support of the Stritch Annual Fund.

With more than 1,000 students last year benefiting from scholarship support, your donations to the Annual Fund directly impacts the daily lives of our students. All funds raised during the Spring Phonathon help to make these University scholarships possible, as well as enhancing opportunities for student activities and athletics. We look forward to speaking with you over the next few weeks!

Find out more about the Stritch Annual Fund here.

Make a gift today!

Athletics News

Stritch men's basketball wins National Championship title!

Stritch made history this week as the No. 2-ranked Wolves men’s basketball team rode a 73-59 win over the No. 1-ranked William Penn University Statesmen to lay claim to their first NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball National Championship! This was Stritch's first appearance in a national championship game. The team had a very impressive five wins in six days during this year’s tournament appearance.

The National Champion Wolves finish their 2012-13 season with a 35-3 record, most in school history, while also having gone 23-1 in the CCAC and winning both the conference regular season and tournament championships.

Stritch hosted a championship rally on campus following the win to welcome back the team and celebrate this historic win. A video highlight from the rally can be viewed here.

(Photo credit: Bethany Fobia, '07)

Despite scooter, Stritch men's basketball manager at home in field house of dreams

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has shared the inspirational story of men's basketball team manager and Stritch student Ty Stacey.

Read story here.

Diener named CCAC Coach of the Year

The Cardinal Stritch University Wolves men’s basketball team continues to add accomplishments to the 2012-13 season as head coach Drew Diener has been named Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Coach of the Year.
For Diener, it is the fourth-straight year that the Wolves’ head coach has won the award as he’s been honored by the conference in each of his first four seasons at the helm of the Stritch men’s basketball program.

Read more.

(Pictured above L-R: University President Dr. James Loftus, Coach Diener, Irene Loftus)

Show your Stritch pride!

National Championship apparel is now available online or in the Stritch Bookstore on campus. Get yours while supplies last!

Alumni News

You are invited to the 2013 Alumni Awards event!

We invite you to join us as we celebrate an evening of alumni excellence at the 2013 Alumni Awards dinner on Wednesday, April 24. The not-to-miss signature alumni event of the year will recognize our distinguished 2013 alumni award recipients:

Graduate of the Last Decade (G.O.L.D.) Award:
Raquel M. Filmanowicz, B.S. Management, ’03

Distinguished Alumni Award for Professional Achievement:
Pamela A. Larde, Ph.D., '09

Distinguished Alumni Award for Service to Stritch:

Dr. Barbara Loberg, M.S. Health Administration, ’89

Spirit of St. Francis Distinguished Alumni Award for Community Service:
Sister Jane M. Nesmith, SBS, M.E. Religious Studies, ’88

The event, held in the Sister Camille Kliebhan Conference Center, will begin with a cocktail reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner and program at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $30 per person.

If you are interested in attending this year’s alumni awards dinner, please contact the Alumni Association office at (414) 410-4939 or alumni@stritch.edu to make your reservation by April 19.

Join us at the Fifth Annual YOUR Career Conference March 22

Treat yourself and a guest (or two) to an afternoon of great networking, engaging workshops, delicious snacks and beverages, and exciting door prizes . . . you could win an iPad mini! This networking event offers free professional development workshops for the Stritch community - five of this year's presenters are Stritch alumni!

Meet or reconnect with Career Services and the Alumni Association on Friday, March 22, from 12:30-4:30 p.m. in Bonaventure Hall, 2nd floor atrium of the Milwaukee campus. Registration begins at noon. To RSVP, click here.

Read more about this year's presenters and workshops being offered here.

Alumni invited to Trivia Night

The English Department and Residence Life are sponsoring Team Trivia Unchained Friday, March 22 at 7 p.m. in the Sister Camille Kliebhan Conference Center.

Quizmaster, owned by alumnus Ryan Wickens, ’06 will be leading the trivia activities. Free appetizers and a cash bar will be available. The deadline to sign up a team is Wednesday, March 20.  Contact Joseph Niswonger at (414) 410-4504 or jrniswonger@stritch.edu for more information or to sign up.

Alumni volunteer for Adopt-a-School's movie night

On February 15 a group of Stritch alumni took part in the latest event for the Alumni Association’s Adopt-a-School program at St. Joseph's Academy in Milwaukee.  Volunteers helped school staff distribute popcorn and other refreshments to students and their families in the gymnasium as they settled down to enjoy the school's movie night program. The Alumni Association would like to thank all alumni who volunteered and supported the event!

If you are interested in volunteering at St. Joseph’s Academy, contact the alumni office at (414) 410-4939 or alumni@stritch.edu.

(Pictured above: alumna Barb Loberg, '89 helping hand out popcorn at the event)

Stritch Stories

Stritch students discover their roots

More than 25 Stritch staff and students participated in Campus Ministry’s "Rooted Retreat" in February. They spent Super Bowl weekend engaged in prayer, reflection, and discussion at the St. Vincent Pallotti Retreat Center.

"Everyone brought their different life experiences and values to the retreat," said student Monica Kling. "This particular group was so genuine with each other, and that total honesty is what makes the experience so great."

Read more.

Alumni Spotlight

Serving customers with SWAG-ger, alumnus taps Stritch experiences to discover business niche

Alumnus Pat Baudhuin, B.F.A., ’93, became a prospective Stritch student at an age when most kids aren’t even thinking ahead to college.

“I took a creative writing class through Stritch’s reading clinic,” said Baudhuin, remembering back to third grade. “The experience was so positive, I knew early on that Stritch was going to have a place in my life at some point.”

That proved to be a turning point for Baudhuin, who had originally planned to go into engineering, but wasn’t sure college was right for him after a two-year stint at the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha.

“I quickly learned math and science were not my strengths,” said Baudhuin, recalling his poor grades.

As someone with a deep love for art and a creative side, Baudhuin thought changing his focus to creative arts may lead him down a better career path.

Read more

Class Notes

Caryn (Herman) Esten, B.A. Accounting, '95, M.S. Computer Science Education, '97, MBA, '02, is vice president of planning and strategic support services for Froedtert Health in Milwaukee.

Angela Dobbs
, B.A. Political Science, '07, is a senior technical advisor for Apple, Inc.

Lars Gloessner
, B.A. International Business, Political Science, '04 is director for Pemberton Stewart, New York City.

Upcoming University and Alumni Events


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


Team Trivia Unchained | 7 p.m. | Sister Camille Kliebhan Conference Center


Helen Bader Leadership Speaker Series: "Work Happy: What Great Bosses Know" | 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. | University Club of Milwaukee


"SANITARY LANDFILLS aka dumps" Art Exhibit  | Northwestern Mutual Art Gallery


"Little Women: The Musical" | 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday performances; 2 p.m. Sunday performances | Nancy Kendall Theater


2013 Alumni Awards Dinner | 5:30 p.m. | Sister Camille Kliebhan Conference Center