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July 2011 Courtesy of the Cardinal Stritch University Alumni Association

Dear Joel,

University News
Loftus begins presidency; rides in two 4th of July parades

Dr. James Loftus, who began his tenure as Stritch’s eighth president on July 1, rode in the Whitefish Bay and Shorewood Independence Day parades with his wife, Irene, on July 4. The couple was joined by Sister Camille Kliebhan, Stritch chancellor and former president.

Dr. Loftus will be formally inaugurated as president in January 2012, a milestone that will kick off a yearlong calendar of events planned in celebration of Stritch’s 75th anniversary. The celebration will continue through December 2012 and include a summer alumni reunion and community gathering, exhibitions, lectures, several concerts and theatrical productions, student-run community fish fry dinners, and more. These events honor the commitment to transform lives through value-centered education first made by the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi in 1937.

“As Stritch approaches this milestone anniversary, our rich history of academic excellence, community engagement and Franciscan Catholic charism continue to serve as a foundation for growth and exploration,” Loftus said. “We are blessed to have our alumni, students, staff, faculty and friends share in our mission.”

Read more about Dr. Loftus.

 “Open Box” Projects unveiled July 29 during Gallery Night

(Pictured: Student, Jeff Zimpel work on his "Open Box" project) 

Student performances, writings and artwork reflecting upon the Vietnam War will be showcased from 5-8 p.m. July 29 as part of a unique program in Stritch’s Visual Arts Department called “The Open Box Project.”

“Open Box” is an interdisciplinary project in which Stritch students used a diverse range of creative talents to develop a response to contents within a given box. In spring, 32 students examined the contents of a box containing the belongings of renowned free-lance Vietnam War photographer Robert Ellison.

Ellison's photography, on display through July 31, 2011 in Stritch’s Northwestern Mutual Art Gallery, is part of the exhibit, “The Face of War: Vietnam Combat Photographers.”

The Open Box presentation event will include a reception from 5-6:30 p.m. July 29 in the lobby of the Northwestern Mutual Art Gallery, followed by guest speaker Jeffrey Kollath, curator of programs and exhibitions at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum from 6:30-7 p.m. in the adjoining Nancy Kendall Theater. The formal student presentations of their work will take place from 7-8 p.m. in the Nancy Kendall Theater.

Admission is free and open to the public. The Northwestern Mutual Art Gallery and the Nancy Kendall Theater are both located in the Joan Steele Stein Center for Communication Studies/Fine Arts at Stritch.

Save the date! Stritch Showcase to be held Sept. 27

Join Cardinal Stritch University and event chairs Bonnie and Dr. Daniel Scholz and Sandy and Sal Bando for the fourth annual fundraising dinner to benefit Stritch’s leadership in the classroom and in the community. This special event will be held in the Sister Camille Kliebhan Conference Center and begins at 5:30 p.m. with a reception and silent auction followed by dinner and program. If you or your company is interested in attending this event, please contact Kelly Bradway at events@stritch.edu.

For more information on how you can support the event through sponsorship or donated items for the auction, please click here.

Stritch Stories 

Members of class of ’71 and ’72 reunite at Stritch

Back row, left to right:
Alumni Director, Joel Cencius, '06, Wilhelmina Teller, '72, Joan (Krebsbach) Stewart, '71, Joyce (Jansen) Nikol, '71
Front row, left to right: Cathy (Peter) Ivans, '71, Sister Justine Peter, '50, Judith (Mc Cabe) Seelbach, '71

Five Stritch alumnae who met during their undergraduate studies gathered for a reunion on Saturday June 18, 2011. The stop at Stritch was part of a weekend-long gathering for the group. The friends, who now live on both the east and west coasts, in addition to the Midwest, have remained in contact for the last 40 years.

During their visit to Stritch, the alums were given a full tour of campus and gathered for a lunch celebrating their friendship and the 40th anniversary of their Stritch graduation. Making the trip back even more special was the fact that alumna Cathy (Peter) Ivans is the niece of Sr. Justine Peter, OSF, was also present for the group's visit.

Are you interested in making a trip back to Stritch? Contact the Office of Alumni Relations and let us know how we can assist in your planning – email us at alumni@stritch.edu or call (414) 410-4203. 

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

Faculty/staff news

Dr. Gary Keller, associate professor in the College of Business and Management, presented “Defining and Describing Optimal Management Practices and Their Effects on Agency Performance of Not-for-Profit Organizations in Southeast Wisconsin” at the Eleventh International Conference on Knowledge, Culture and Change in Organizations. The juried conference was held at the Universidad San Pablo CEU on June 15-17 in Madrid, Spain.

Sean Lansing, director of youth leadership programs and Tomorrow’s Present within Stritch’s Leadership Center, was featured with doctoral alumna Dr. Lisa Marie Calderone-Stewart, who founded and ran Tomorrow’s Present, on 89.7 WUWM’s Lake Effect program on Monday, July 11. The interview can be heard here. Lansing took on Calderone-Stewart’s role when she was diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Shana McCaw, faculty in the Visual Art Department, together with her husband and collaborator Brent Budsberg, have released a book of images produced during their May 2011 residency in Wendover, Utah with the Center for Land Use Interpretation. A book release, video screening, and picnic was held at Lynden Sculpture Garden on June 29 in River Hills, Wis. The book, “States of Matter,” is available for purchase from Lulu Publishing at www.lulu.com.

To learn more about this and other recent achievements of Stritch faculty and staff, click here.

Athletic News

Wolves athletics garners scholar athletic team awards

ight of the Wolves athletic teams have been named National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Scholar Athletic Teams while one has been named American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Scholar Athletic Team.

“This is a tremendous testament to the focus of our student-athletes and their ability to budget their time to be successful in the classroom as well as in the field of competition,” Director of Athletics Pat Clemens said. “I’m very proud of our student-athletes and our coaching staffs for understanding that academics is as much a priority to us as putting together winning teams. This effort is truly something to celebrate and to be proud of.”

For a team to be considered for the NAIA Scholar Athletic Team award, it must have a minimum 3.0 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) as defined by the institution. The team grade point average includes all varsity student-athletes certified as eligible. The same requirements are held true for the AVCA.

For a complete list of the teams and their overall rankings, click here.

Softball player named to 2nd team All-Conference

Hillary Trebiatowski, an infielder on the Stritch Wolves softball team, was named to the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) 2nd team All-Conference. The Wolves also won the Conference of Character Team Award.

Trebiatowski led the Wolves in all offensive categories. She batted .395 on the season, collected 32 hits, hit three home runs and drove in 19 runs in 29 games. She was also 4-4 on stolen bases and had a fielding percentage of .934 on the season.
To see the complete CCAC All-Conference Teams, click here.

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