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Stritch Alumni e-Newsletter

August 2013

University News

Forums on Faith and Work kicks off fall series

The Saint Clare Center for Catholic Life has launched the new season of Forums on Faith and Work. This breakfast series is designed to illuminate discipleship for the business community by focusing on the interplay of faith and work in light of the Gospels.

Read more.

Music and Theater departments announce Fall 2013 schedules

The music department's fall event schedule will feature two performances. The annual Piano Festival and the first-time Musical Kaleidoscope concert will showcase the talent of current and future Stritch students, as well as faculty and guest musicians. Talented theater students will present four productions this season, ranging from children's theater to the classics.

For complete schedules for both the music and theater departments, click below.

Fall 2013 Music Schedule
2013-14 Theater Season

Faculty/Staff News

Mark Gesner, assistant professor and faculty chair of community engaged learning & leadership in the College of Business and Management, served as a chapter reviewer in the recently published book, "Handbook of Youth Mentoring, Second Edition" from SAGE Publications, Inc. Gesner was the founding board chairperson of Mentor Kenosha & Racine, a youth mentoring partnership that supports the development of mentors and mentoring programs.  

Dr. Eun-Joo Kwak, associate professor of piano, presented a lecture recital at the World Piano Conference in Novi Sad, Serbia. Kwak presented the lecture recital at Isidor Bajic Music School on June 29. She also presented two master classes for the piano majors and faculty of Isidor Bajic Music School on June 28 and July 3.

Shana McCaw, faculty in the visual arts department, and Brent Budsberg, have been selected to participate in the Wisconsin Triennial at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. McCaw and Budsberg will present four photographs from their recent residency in Death Valley, Calif., where they photographed themselves dressed as 1800s-era farmers negotiating the harsh desert landscape. The show will open in Madison on Sept. 21, 2013.

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

Annual Fund News

Our students thank you!

(Pictured above: Students join University Chancellor Sister Camille Kliebhan, OSF in extending their  "thank you" for supporting Stritch)!

The Office of University Advancement would like to thank our generous alumni and community donors who contributed to the Stritch Annual Fund during the 2012-13 fiscal year, which came to a close on July 31. Money raised insures scholarship aid for students, upgrades to classroom facilities and investments in our faculty. All gifts help to ensure the best educational experience for all Stritch students.

A special thank you to those who contributed to the Santa Chiara Fund, a need-based annual scholarship fund started in honor of Sister Camille Kliebhan and the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi. The first student recipients of Santa Chiara scholarships will begin their journeys at Stritch this fall.

Consider making a gift and continue supporting the Stritch mission. Gifts to the Annual Fund or Santa Chiara Fund can be made online here.

Athletics News

Women's Basketball Honored By WBCA For Academic Excellence

The role of a student-athlete is not an easy one. Busy coursework on top of daily practices can become quite the balancing act throughout the course of a semester. Despite this, the Cardinal Stritch University Wolves women's basketball team has managed to earn national recognition for their work in the classroom during the 2012-13 season.
This July the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) honored the Wolves women's basketball program for achieving a 3.595 team GPA. This ranked second overall amongst all NAIA institutions with Vanguard University of Costa Mesa, Calif. taking the top spot with a 3.610 team GPA.

Read more.

Save the date: Wolves to play Golden Gophers on Nov. 1

The N.A.I.A. Division II National Champion Wolves men’s basketball team will play the University of Minnesota’s Golden Gophers in a pre-season game on Friday, Nov. 1. The game will tip-off at 7 p.m. at Williams Arena in Minneapolis. A special pre-game reception will be held for alumni beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Discounted game tickets will be available for alumni - additional details to come soon.  Watch the alumni events page for all of the latest information!

Alumni News

ABC News correspondent John Quiñones to speak at Stritch Oct. 24

Alumni are invited to join the Stritch community on Thursday, Oct. 24, as the Kendall Lecture Series will present “Heroes Among Us: Creating a Caring Community” featuring John Quiñones, a seven-time Emmy Award winner.

Quiñones is a co-anchor on ABC’s “Primetime” and the sole anchor of “What Would You Do?,” one of the highest rated newsmagazine series in recent years. During his tenure at ABC, Quiñones has also reported for “20/20” and recently published a book, “Heroes Among Us.”

During this event, which will be held at 7 p.m. in the Sister Camille Kliebhan Conference Center, Quiñones will discuss the courage and bravery it takes to stand up for those around us.

An alumni reception will follow the keynote address where some of Stritch's "Everyday Heroes," our retiring faculty, will be honored.

This event is free for all alumni - RSVP to alumni@stritch.edu by Oct. 14.

Stritch Magazine receives makeover

Filled with more photos, fun features and an overall new look, the Stritch magazine underwent a complete redesign this spring. As you have read through the latest issue, we are anxious to hear your feedback as we work to keep you connected to all things Stritch!

Have ideas for future stories, trend pieces or alumni spotlight?  Send your ideas and feedback to alumni@stritch.edu.

Calling all Minnesota Alumni!

Alumni events for the Minnesota region have been set, starting with Oktoberfest 2013 next month. Click here for a complete list of events through 2014 and see below for more information on Oktoberfest.

Friday, Sept. 20 - Rochester
5:30-8:30 p.m.
Peace Plaza, Downtown Rochester

Cost: $15 per person; includes admission, food, and beer and wine samples throughout the event tent.

Registration for this popular event is strongly encouraged in order to receive the discounted price and guaranteed admittance to the event. RSVP by Sept. 13, 2013 by registering online now!

Friday, Sept. 27 - Minneapolis
5-8:30 p.m.
Gasthof Zur Gemutlichkeit

Cost: $15 per person; includes admission and three tokens (value $18) to be used at the event towards food and beverages, or even a beer stein!

RSVP by Sept. 20, 2013 by registering online now!

Help us fill our Class Notes pages and win!

(Pictured above: Alumna Kathryn Zimpel, '11 who traveled to Australia this summer with the People to People program, a national student travel organization which selects teachers to lead overseas educational programs for students.)

We recently refreshed our class notes section of the Stritch Magazine to now include photos and are looking for you to help us liven up this popular magazine feature.

Land a new job? Receive a promotion? Have a new book or album that was recently released? Did you marry or have a baby? Win an award? Vacation with fellow Stritch alumni? Share your experiences with us!

Send in your class notes with photos to: alumni@stritch.edu or visit the class notes webpage.
We are giving away a $25 Stritch Bookstore gift card (to be used in person or online)! We will randomly select a winner from all submissions for the upcoming fall/winter issue.

New Alumni Gear!

Our new "Cardinal Red" alumni t-shirts have arrived that reflect the University's new brand! Check out all of the latest Stritch apparel online or at the Stritch Bookstore.

Stritch Stories

Minnesota alumni unite for an afternoon on the lake!

A few lucky Minnesota alumni were invited for a leisurely afternoon boat cruise on Aug. 13! They won the trip as part of a raffle held at the June 2 Minnesota alumni event at the Minnesota History Center. They joined fellow alumna, Eileen Manning, ’95 as she hosted the lucky winners on her boat along with College of Business and Management Dean Peter Holbrook, '84,' 95, '08 for a cruise on Lake Minnetonka!

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.

Alumni Spotlight

Oct. 28 alumni panel to include serial entrepreneurs Laurie and Frank Peregrine

When Frank Peregrine worked alongside his wife, Laurie Tines Peregrine, ’06, in 1993 to establish CustomCall Data Systems, a billing service for North American telecommunications companies, he expected to help get things up and running before moving on to a “real job.”

“I’m still threatening to get a ‘real job’ some day,” said Frank, now in his 20th year at CustomCall, which the Peregrines sold last year to Enghouse Systems Limited, a publicly traded Canadian company. Previously the chairman and CEO, Frank now serves as vice president of business development for the company’s networks division and Laurie, former president of CustomCall, recently left after working as director of billing operations under Enghouse.

At an Oct. 28 Stritch alumni reception in Madison, the couple will serve as panelists and share the business insights that helped their company flourish and that continue to guide them as they pursue new opportunities.

Read more.

Class Notes

Dennis Filippelli, M.A. Reading/Language Arts, '69, was honored by the Bradford High School Alumni Association in Kenosha, Wis.

James Piatt, M.S. Computer Science Education, '92, M.S. Educational Leadership, '96
, is President of Messmer Catholic Schools in Milwaukee, Wis.
Julie Van Alstine, M.A. Clinical Psychology, '0
7, is the director of compliance at the Milwaukee Center for Independence in Milwaukee, Wis.

Daniel Westfahl, P.H.D. Educational Leadership, '09
, is the new Brookfield Elementary School Principal in Brookfield, Wis.

Upcoming University and Alumni Events


Masters Thesis Art Exhibition Gallery Night | 5-8 p.m. | Main Campus 
**Exhibit runs through Sept. 29


Catholic Relief Services Ethiopia Pilot Program Recognition Event | 6-8 p.m. | Main Campus


Oktoberfest - Rochester | 5:30-8:30 p.m. | Peace Plaza, Downtown Rochester


Okoberfest - Minneapolis | 5-8:30 p.m. | Gasthof Zur Gemutlichkeit


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


Jan. 25: Men's and Women's Basketball Alumni Reunion

April 11: Professional Development Workshop/Breakfast (Milwaukee)

June: Jubilarian and 25-year Reunion Weekend

June: 2014 Alumni Awards Celebration