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Stritch Alumni e-Newsletter

July 2013

University News

Stritch unveils new site in Madison

After 13 years in its current Madison locations, Stritch will move its classroom and office site into a new business community in the High Crossing Center. The move will take place over Labor Day weekend, and classes will be held at the new location beginning on Tuesday, Sept. 3.

The relocation will bring students from the College of Business and Management and the College of Education and Leadership to a primary site on the city’s east side. Students from the three current Madison locations will come together at the new facility.

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Alumna’s gift honored with 10th anniversary celebration

In 2003, Patricia Cianciolo, ’49, donated her expansive personal collection of nearly 35,000 pieces of literature, illustrations, articles, and artworks to Stritch. The Cianciolo Children and Young Adult Literature Research Collection was celebrated at a 10th anniversary event on June 29, during Jubilarian Weekend.

Cianciolo’s niece, Geri Rose, attended the anniversary celebration in honor of her late aunt, who passed away in 2012.

The event featured three speakers and a range of topics including the evolution of illustrations in children’s books through the advancement of digital technology, the collection’s importance to the Stritch community, and ways in which elementary students creatively engage with the literature in the collection.

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Stritch students kick off summer vacation with service

Seven Stritch students spent their first days of summer vacation on a service immersion trip to Costa Rica. They spent the week volunteering at the Cloud Forest School in Monteverde and experiencing Costa Rican culture firsthand.

Jennifer Alig, associate director of international education, accompanied the students on the trip.

She described the trip’s purpose as “service immersion,” explaining that the two components of service and culture are equally important. To experience the Costa Rican lifestyle, the students lived with host families, ate authentic food, and took the bus daily to the Cloud Forest School.

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Literacy Centers and MPS launch two new summer programs

(Pictured above: student receiving tutoring at one of Stritch's Literacy Center sites)

In an ongoing collaboration with Milwaukee Public Schools, which spans nearly a decade, the Literacy Centers have announced two summer programs focused on building students' success in reading and math. The partnership includes a summer intervention research pilot at Hampton Elementary and Explore U, a GEAR-UP "city adventure" at the Lincoln Center of the Arts.

Dr. Molly Shiffler, director of the Literacy Centers, and Dr. Linda Gordy, leader of the GEAR-UP team, are excited for the opportunity to extend new services to students.

The program at Hampton Elementary, sponsored by the MPS Office of Extended Opportunities, will serve the dual purpose of helping students in reading and math and providing valuable research on summer intervention programs. The programs will focus on instruction in these subjects to prevent the 40% “summer loss” typical of struggling readers.

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Faculty/Staff News

Dr. Kim Paxton, recently earned her Doctorate of Nursing Practice from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. Her doctoral work is titled, “Promoting the Health Nurses through Web-Based Pedometer Intervention.” Since earning her doctorate, Dr. Paxton has presented at a number of national professional conventions including, The American Public Health Association, The American Association of Colleges of Nursing, and The Western Institute of Nursing.

Dr. David Stosur, associate professor of religious studies, presented a paper, “The New English Translation of the Mass: Ecumenical and Interfaith Implications,” at Sacred Texts and Human Contexts: A Symposium on the Role of the Sacred Texts of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam in Uniting and Dividing Humanity at the Nazareth College Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue in Rochester, NY, on June 22, 2013. Another of Stosur’s papers, “Mixed Signals on Liturgical Participation: Teaching Liturgy and Crossing Generational Divides,” was accepted for publication in the 2013 volume of “Proceedings of the North American Academy of Liturgy.”

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

Annual Fund News

Time is running out!

Join a winning team.

Our students are excelling in the classroom, in the community and on the court with Stritch’s first-ever National Championship Basketball title this year.

Your gift to the Stritch Annual Fund by July 31 will help provide critical scholarships for our students, investments in continuing education for faculty, enhancements to flexible format academic programming for working adults and more.

Your expression of gratitude to Stritch will help those students who follow you. Our fiscal year ends July 31 – gifts can be made online, via phone at (414) 410-4939 or by mail.

If you have already made your annual gift, thank you for your support!

Athletics News

Follow your favorite teams

As the athletic season kicks off in just a few short weeks, now is the perfect time to remind you of the many ways you can follow your favorite Wolves teams:

You can visit the official athletics website at www.stritchwolves.com, sign up for SMS alerts and news releases and follow them through twitter at www.twitter.com/stritchwolves.

You also have the ability to select any sport you’d like to receive news on as you’ll get up-to-date scores and the latest news on your favorite teams.

Alumni News

Jubilarians gather to celebrate, reconnect

(Pictured above L-R: Sister Justine Peter, OSF, '50, Barbara (Thomas) Barone, '63, Kathleen (Farris) Van Schyndel, '63, Carmen (Dominguez) Brining, '63, Elizabeth (Mc Carthy) Buckley, '63, Dr. Marianne (Bieniek) Anderson, '63, and Dr. James Loftus).

On Saturday, June 29, more than 25 Jubilarians (alumni celebrating 50 or more years of their graduation from Stritch) gathered to reunite with old friends and faculty members and to see the sights of Stritch they knew as students and the campus it has grown to today.

Highlights of this year’s reunion included a brunch at the Sisters of Saint Francis of Assisi Motherhouse, tour of the original Cardinal Stritch College location (including the infamous tunnel and original dorm rooms), and a special Jubilarian Mass held at the home of University President Dr. James Loftus and his wife Irene where the members of the class of 1963 were formally inducted into the Jubilarian Society. The evening ended with the Stritch Uncorked reception, where the Jubilarians were the guests of honor!

Photo galleries can be found here from the brunch, tour, and Mass/reception.

Hope to see you at the St. Ben’s Run/Walk on July 25!

Stritch will once again partner with St. Ben’s for their Run/Walk for the hungry, taking place Thursday, July 25 on the Summerfest grounds (run/walk starts at 7 p.m.).

There is still time for you to join the Stritch team for the 5k run or the 2-mile walk! Not only will you be supporting a wonderful ministry, but every participant receives a commemorative T-shirt, free admission into Germanfest, a $5 food/drink coupon, and 2-for-1 coupon to return to Germanfest.

To register click here. To find out more information about St. Ben’s and the walk, visit their website here.

Alumni Association announces fall events

Planning is currently underway for the following upcoming alumni events being held this fall:

Thursday, Oct. 24, 7 p.m.
Kendall Lecture Series featuring John Quiñones; “Everyday Heroes” Alumni Reception

Sister Camille Kliebhan Conference Center

John Quiñones, Award-winning correspondent for ABC News, will present, "Heroes Among Us: Creating a Caring Community." Quiñones is the Emmy Award-winning co-anchor of the ABC newsmagazine "Primetime" and has been with the network nearly 30 years. He is the sole anchor of the "Primetime" series "What Would You Do?," one of the highest rated newsmagazine franchises in recent years.

A special “Everyday Heroes” alumni reception will be held following the keynote address. At the reception, alumni will have the opportunity to honor their heroes as well as the retiring members of the Stritch faculty. More information on the "Everyday Heroes" feature will be announced soon!

Monday, Oct. 28, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Stritch’s new Madison Site Grand Opening and Alumni Reception

Come and celebrate Stritch’s newest location in Madison. The Alumni Reception will include a Business Leaders Panel featuring Brian C. Cook, former President of Famous Footwear. Cook, one of the company’s original employees as a part-time stock clerk in Madison, helped build the chain’s sales to $1 billion. Additional panelists to be named soon.

Friday, Nov. 1
Stritch Wolves Men’s basketball team vs. University of Minnesota Golden Gophers

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minn.; Williams Arena

Come watch our National Championship Men’s Basketball team take on the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers.  A special alumni reception and pep rally will be held prior to the start of the game. Alumni packages and discounted tickets will be available.

Additional event details to be announced soon. For all the latest on alumni events, visit: www.stritch.edu/alumni and click on the 'News and Events' link.

Stritch Stories

Looking back at my years at Stritch
by: Buddy Herberg, '13

I had never even heard of Cardinal Stritch University before the day I received a call from a former graduate assistant baseball coach in the winter of 2009. Four years later, after a countless number of events here at the University, I have grown to know what Stritch is and have graduated! My experiences at this institution have shaped every aspect of my life: the athletic, academic, mental, moral, emotional, and even spiritual. But it all started with baseball, and playing baseball at Stritch has taught me an important life lesson better than anything else could.

My collegiate baseball career was packed with ups and downs. I attended two different colleges my first two years before settling in at Stritch. When I chose Stitch as my final home, I did not know what to expect. I just knew I had an opportunity to play collegiate baseball and obtain a degree. After three years dedicated to becoming the best baseball player I could be, though, I learned a few things.

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Alumni Spotlight

Lutheran religious studies alumnus appreciates a lifetime of Catholic influences

Alumnus Larry Krubsack’s Wisconsin roots date back to 1843 when his ancestors settled as one of 15 families to found what is now the City of Watertown. With them, they brought their Lutheran faith, established in 1847 as the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS).

Proud of those roots, Krubsack continues to follow the faith of his ancestors. Having attended Lutheran parochial elementary and high schools, he went on to serve as an officer at his congregation and now serves as board chair for the Concordia Bible Institute at Concordia University in Mequon, Wis.

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Class Notes

Audrey Edwards, B.A. Business, '13, is the Associate Communications Specialist (Hospitality and Real Estate Social Media) for Kohler Co. in Grafton, Wis.

Nathan Lemmens, B.A. Sociology, '10
, is the Wausau West High School boys basketball coach in Wausau, Wis.

Justin McCoy, B.A. Communications, '01
, is the vice president of marketing for Cousin's Subs in Menomonee Falls, Wis.

Upcoming University and Alumni Events


St. Ben's Run/Walk to German Fest | 7 p.m. | Summerfest grounds, North gate


7th Annual Symposium on Lay Ministry | 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. | Sister Camille Kliebhan Conference Center


Forums on Faith and Work: Dr. Donna Orsuto | 7:15 a.m. | Italian Community Center


Kendall Lecture Series and Alumni Reception Featuring John Quinones | 7 p.m. | Sister Camille Kliebhan Conference Center


Madison site Grand Opening/Alumni Business Panel Reception | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Madison Site


Wolves vs. Golden Gophers Men's Basketball Game and Alumni Reception | University of Minnesota, Williams Arena