Spring commencement features entrepreneur and author Joe Sweeney and first-ever student speaker
New York Times bestselling author Joe Sweeney spoke at Stritch’s spring commencement ceremony May 15 at the U.S. Cellular Arena in downtown Milwaukee. Approximately 370 students participated in the ceremony.
A former sports agent and author of "Networking is a Contact Sport," Sweeney is managing director of Corporate Financial Advisors (CFA), a Milwaukee investment banking firm. He also founded SMG, a sports management firm that represented and advised coaches and professional athletes. His more than two dozen clients have included Brett Favre, LeRoy Butler, Ron Dayne, and others.
The May 15 ceremony also included a speech by the first-ever student speaker graduate Vincenzo Balistreri, a English/Writing major. A graduation mass and brunch preceded the ceremony on campus.
(Pictured: Joe Sweeney and family)
(Pictured: May 2011 graduate, Michelle Streed and family at graduation brunch)
Leadership Center announces two new partnerships
Stritch’s Leadership Center has added two new partnerships that underscore its 10-year history of building innovative, transformative and effective leadership training programs for people of color in the region.
A partnership with the 600-member Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee (HPGM) will create programming that will help Hispanic leaders become catalysts for positive transformation of the region. Newly designed leadership and management offerings will use networking, seminars, assessments and coaching to amplify the voice and effectiveness of Latinos in corporate and nonprofit leadership roles. The Leadership Center will unveil specific programs in August.
The center also received a recent grant of $40,000 from the Forest County Potawatomi Foundation to initiate planning for an American Indian Leadership Program. The center is recruiting American Indians from across the state to be involved in the planning process. The project will involve eight sets of focus groups with various stakeholders, and will provide an opportunity to gather data that will shape program content, build awareness of the initiative, and begin identifying potential program participants.
College of Education and Leadership debuts online publication
Stritch’s College of Education and Leadership recently sent its first issue of Reaching Forward, an online publication designed to serve 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.
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. In future issues, it will also highlight the ways in which the college’s faculty and staff are creating, implementing, sustaining and supporting exemplary models and practices in education and leadership that meet the needs of local, state, regional, national and international communities.
Visit www.stritch.edu/reachingforward to learn more and read the Spring 2011 issue, as well as links to other resources.
Stritch selects Sodexo as new food service provider
A committee of representatives from across the University has selected Sodexo Inc. as the University’s new food service provider, effective Aug. 1.
The committee determined that Sodexo was best positioned to move the Stritch forward in its recruitment and retention goals, and student, faculty and staff food service satisfaction objectives for Serra Dining Hall, the Union, catering events and vending services.
The Stritch community remains extremely grateful for the more than two decades of dedicated service and support provided by Food Services, Inc.
Alumna makes special trip back to Stritch
(First row, left to right: John Wan, Sister Adele Thibaudeau, Sister Margaret Ruddy, Sister Coletta Dunn, Jason Wan, Sister Mary Ann Polasek, Chanda Wan; Second row, left to right: Sister Justine Peter, Sister Camille Kliebhan, Cecilia Tsui Wan)
Stritch alumna Cecilia (Tsui) Wan, B.A. Art, ’67, Stritch's first Chinese graduate, and her family (husband John, son Jason, and daughter Chanda) made a special visit to Stritch over Memorial Day weekend. Sisters Coletta Dunn, Camille Kliebhan, Justine Peter, Mary Ann Polasek, Margaret Ruddy, and Adele Thibaudeau along with Alumni Relations Director, Joel Cencius were all on hand to welcome Cecilia and her family, for her first visit back to campus since graduating in 1967.
During her visit, Cecilia and her family enjoyed a tour of the campus buildings she knew as a student (including her old dorm room) as well as the new buildings and additions made to campus since 1967. She also had a special visit in the University archives, where archivist, Sister Margaret Ruddy complied photos of Cecilia as a student as well as photos of some of the artwork she created while a fine arts major at Stritch. The tour was followed by a dinner with the sisters.
After graduating in 1967, Cecilia went onto teach for seven years in the Montessori program at the Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, Calif. and for three years in the San Francisco Unified School System teaching for mainly immigrant families in Chinatown. After marrying husband John, the couple then moved to the east coast to start a family and Cecilia continued teaching for the next 25+ years. Cecilia currently resides in Bethesda, MD.
Watch for a full article on Cecilia’s visit in the Winter 2011 Stritch magazine!
Call for submissions
What’s your Stritch story? Do you have a special story or memory that you’d like to share and possibly have included in a future issue of the Alumni E-news? Submit your story to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Peter Holbrook, executive director of the Leadership Center, was featured on Relevant Radio’s (100.1 FM) Morning Air program on May 23. He discussed servant leadership, how it can guide organizations through complex issues, and how public leaders in today’s world can use it to move beyond either/or thinking during times of change and transition. The interview will eventually be posted at www.relevantradio.com under Audio Archives. This was Holbrook’s fifth appearance on the station. Sean Lansing, director of youth leadership programs and Tomorrow’s Present in the Leadership Center, was featured in a news story that aired in May on Fox 6 about the life and legacy of Dr. Lisa Marie Calderone-Stewart, who founded and ran Tomorrow’s Present, a youth leadership program now part of Stritch’s Leadership Center. Lansing took on Calderone-Stewart’s role when she was diagnosed with terminal cancer and given months to live. View a video of the news story here.
Dr. Mette L. Baran and Dr. Janice E. Jones, assistant professors in Doctoral Leadership Studies Department, co-authored a paper, "Building Trusting Relationships in a Post-Secondary Setting: How trust Enhances Engagement and Academic Performance.” Baran presented the paper at the Asian Forum on Business Education (AFBE) Conference in Bangkok, Thailand on May 28-29. She also conducted a workshop, “Using Mixed Methods Approach in Research.” In addition, she took part in a panel discussion on research methodology.
Andrea Pomerance, assistant professor in the College of Nursing, will present “Making Learning Fun: Promoting Creativity with Health Promotion Teaching in a Non-Healthcare Setting” at the Boot Camp for Nurse Educators Conference on July 14-18 in Albuquerque. She will also present “Health Promotion Teaching with Elementary School Students” at the National Association for Associate Degree Nursing Convention on Nov. 4-6 in Chicago.
First Wolf Pack Open a huge success
The first ever Wolf Pack Open was a tremendous success, thanks to the efforts of Athletics staff members Michael Zolecki and Meagan Dougherty, who planned and executed the event held June 5 at the Ironwood Golf Course in Sussex, Wis. More than 140 golfers turned out for the event which raised more than $12,000 for the Wolves Athletic Department and the Rich & Mira Panella "Team Together" Scholarship Fund.
Major sponsors included the Kelben Foundation, Orthopedic Hospital of Wisconsin, Coach USA, AthletiCo and Bayer Performance Institute. Other sponsors, including Stritch Admissions, Follett, Father Jim Gannon and Direct Fitness funded individual holes at the event.
“It was really a great day and you couldn’t have asked for better weather than this,” said Zolecki. “Everyone had a great time and we really look forward to seeing everyone out here again.”
The second annual Wolf Pack Open has been scheduled for June 3, 2012.
Stritch soccer alumni go pro
Former Wolves defenders Paul Dugdale, ’10 and Andy Collins, ’10 and midfielders David Perich, ’10 and Sean Hughes, ’10 are all Stritch alumni playing professional soccer in Australia. The Wolves soccer program boasts the most alumni playing at present. Dugdale, Collins, Perich and Hughes started the season with Stirling Lions FC in the Football West Premier League, a club that has a 40-year history.
Dugdale and Perich have since joined league rival Inglewood United, while Hughes signed with Whitsunday Miners FC of the Queensland State League, considered second division beneath the top-level A-League.
Dugdale, Collins, and Hughes hail from England, while Perich is a native of Australia.