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Stritch Alumni e-Newsletter

September 2013

University News

New Student Success Center begins operation

In an effort to enhance the overall student experience, several areas of the University have been restructured into a new Student Success Center that has begun operation this month.

The former Office of Student Development has been dissolved and its core functions incorporated into the new center, as well as the functions of Mission & identity. The new center has been in development for some time and took shape after significant study of possible structures to increase student service.

Read more.

Classes begin at new Madison site

After 13 years in its former locations, Stritch moved its Madison classroom and office site into a new business community in the High Crossing Center. Classes at the new location began on Sept. 3.

The relocation brought 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 former Madison locations now meet at the new facility.

Read more.

Franciscan Mission Week begins Oct. 3

During Stritch’s annual Franciscan Mission Week, the University community pauses to reflect upon our mission and identity. All are invited to come together for several events that embrace our Franciscan heritage, spirituality and values, which guide us throughout the year. All events are free, open to the public, and take place on campus.

Thursday, Oct. 3
Transitus prayer service

Friday, Oct. 4
Mass of the Feast of St. Francis and Blessing of the Franciscan Pilgrims

Saturday, Oct. 5
Blessing of the Animals

Friday, Oct. 11
Brother William Short, OFM

Read more.

Archbishop Listecki to speak at Forums on Faith and Work

The Saint Clare Center for Catholic Life will host Forums on Faith and Work on Thursday, Oct. 3 from 7:15 -9 a.m. at the Italian Community Center. 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.

The Most Rev. Jerome E. Listecki, archbishop of Milwaukee, will present “Who Do You Say that I Am? Living the Good News in the Workplace.”

Read more.

Stritch highlights Catholic Relief Services work in Ethiopia

Cardinal Stritch University hosted a reception and dinner Sept. 8 to honor Catholic Relief Services’ Ethiopia Pilot Program started by Stritch trustee Art Wigchers and his wife, Mary Ann, and supported by many Stritch faculty and other community members.
This pilot program provides support for establishing schools for adolescent girls and training teachers in Ethiopia.

Read more.

College Updates

College of Arts and Sciences:

College of Business and Management:

Executive vice president for PepsiCo to address Minnesota students

College of Education and Leadership:

Ruth S. Coleman College of Nursing:

College of Nursing to begin pre-licensure BSN degree

Faculty/Staff News

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

Annual Fund News

Fall Phonathon launches

The Fall 2013 Phonathon kicks off in just a few days! Students will be calling alumni to provide updates on the latest University news and events, assuring we have updated contact information, and asking for vital support for our Stritch Annual Fund.

The Fall Phonathon campaign will run Sept. 25-Oct. 10. Our students look forward to speaking with you!

Athletics News

Stritch Wolves take on the Unv. of Minnesota

The Cardinal Stritch University Wolves men’s basketball continues its string of tough exhibition opponents as the 2012-13 NAIA Men’s Basketball Division II National Champion, and No. 1-ranked, Wolves square off against the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers on Nov. 1 at Williams Arena on the Unv. of Minnesota campus.

For the No. 1-ranked Wolves, it will be the fifth-straight year of playing tough NCAA Division I opponents during the exhibition season.

The matchup against the Gophers will pit the Wolves’ national coach of the year Drew Diener against the son of legendary University of Louisville Rick Pitino, Richard Pitino who will be in his first year of coaching at UM.

“It’s going to definitely be an exciting matchup for us,” Diener said. “They have a new coaching staff that’s led by one of the best in the country and we’ll be looking for a lot of fan support like we had at UND as we compete.”

There’s several ways that Stritch fans can get into the action as the Stritch Alumni Association has discounted alumni ticket packages and will host a pre-game reception. For complete event details including how to purchase tickets, click here.

Save the date:
2014 basketball alumni reunion to be held Jan. 25

Planning is currently underway for the 2014 basketball alumni reunion to be held Saturday, Jan. 25. A full day of activities is being planned for both the men’s and women’s teams.

If you are interested in helping to plan and/or promote this popular alumni event, please contact the Alumni Association office at alumni@stritch.edu or call (414) 410-4203.

A photo gallery from the 2013 reunion can be found here.

Alumni News

New alumni awards program

The Alumni Association is launching a revamped alumni awards program to recognize its most notable alumni for professional and personal achievement. The revised awards program includes new award categories, updated award selection criteria and a new date for the awards celebration dinner.

The new award categories are as follows:
•    Distinguished Alumni Award for Professional Achievement
•    Graduate of the Last Decade Award
•    Spirit of St. Francis Service Award: Alumni Service
•    Spirit of St. Francis Service Award: University Supporter
•    The Mother Bartholomew, OSF Lifetime Achievement Award

The annual awards dinner, which had previously been held in the spring of each year is being moved to the Jubilarian/25-year reunion weekend held in June. The awards celebration will be the highlight and signature event of the new alumni celebration weekend and is scheduled to take place June 21.

The Alumni Association seeks nominations from the Stritch community for deserving alumni now through Friday, Nov. 15. The 2014 recipients will be announced next spring.

To find the complete list of award criteria and the nomination form, click here.

Deadline for nominations is Friday, Nov. 15.

Sign up today for the ABC News correspondent John Quiñones event!

Space is limited for this popular event! 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 will deliver his keynote address at 7 p.m. Well-known local ABC-Channel 12 news anchor Kathy Mykleby will MC the event.

An exclusive alumni reception will follow the keynote address where some of Stritch's "Everyday Heroes," our retiring faculty including David Oswald, Paula Friedman, Kris Hipp and others will be recognized.

This event is free for all alumni and a guest. RSVP here or call (414) 410-4939 by Oct. 18.

For more information on Quiñones, please visit www.apbspeakers.com.

Alumni Association welcomes class of 2017 to Stritch!

(Pictured above: Alumni Board President Phyllis Schaefer, '91, '93, '95, '04 meets new students)

The Alumni Association helped give a warm welcome to more than 193 new students during new student orientation week, Aug. 21-25. The class is the second largest first year undergraduate student class in the history of the University. In addition, 130 undergraduate transfer students were enrolled this fall, a 26 percent increase from the previous fall.

Alumni Association sponsored events included the 2nd annual tree planting/family welcoming ceremony where a tree was planted and blessed in honor of the incoming class as the freshmen were officially welcomed by alumni, students, faculty and staff.

Prior to the student’s arrival on campus, the Alumni Association’s Board of Directors held their annual alumni welcome calls, personally calling each new student to welcome him/her to Stritch and helped answer any last minute questions.

In addition to new student orientation activities, alumni helped in serving all returning students free ice cream on the first day of classes, compliments of the Alumni Association!

Read more about the class of 2017 here.

Check out photos from the Class of 2017 here.

Join us for a grand opening in Madison!

Dr. James P. Loftus, President of Cardinal Stritch University, invites alumni to the grand opening of Stritch’s new Madison classroom facility on Monday, Oct. 28 at 5:30 p.m.

The event will include a reception and tours of the new site. A highlight of the event will be a business panel titled “Creating Strategic Business Leadership for the 21st Century” moderated by College of Business and Management Dean Dr. Peter Holbrook, '84, '95, '08.

To have a competitive edge in today’s business world, leaders need to be flexible and adaptive to respond to an ever-changing business climate. Our alumni panel will share their insights into how they are able to adapt to create sustainable business practices that balance the demands of free enterprise and the pursuit of profit with the need to share its rewards with key stakeholders.

This event is free for alumni to attend. For additional event details, including panelists bios and how to RSVP, click here.

Mark Your Calendars: Alumni Reunion Weekend to be held June 20-22!

You are invited to join us for the 2014 Reunion Weekend which will celebrate our Jubilarian alumni (classes 1937-1964), with special recognition to the incoming Jubilarian class of 1964 and new this year, the 25-year class reunion (class of 1989).

Any graduate from these two honored classes (1964 or 1989) who wishes to be part of the planning committee please contact Cindy Marino in the Alumni Association office at camarino1@stritch.edu or (414) 410-4544. We need and want your input!

We will be sharing updates and opportunities in the coming months but you can get started by helping us right now. Contact your classmates and encourage them to join you June 20-22 for fun, friends, and lots of memories! Stay tuned for regular updates each month in this e-Newsletter.

One of our special attractions for the weekend will be the Annual Alumni Awards dinner on Saturday, June 21. This is one of the most popular and special alumni celebrations of the year. Why? Because you have a chance to honor and recognize your fellow alumni for their wonderful service and contributions. Please refer to our nomination process which can be found here.

Alumni Association seeks volunteers

The Alumni Association is currently recruiting alumni volunteers to fill Alumni Ambassador roles for the following alumni regions:

  • Madison
  • Milwaukee – College of Arts and Sciences graduate
  • Milwaukee – College of Education and Leadership graduate
  • Milwaukee – Ruth S. Coleman College of Nursing graduate

The Alumni Ambassadors work closely with the Alumni Engagement Committee and Alumni Association office in planning and executing successful alumni events in our top regions (SE Wisconsin, Chicagoland, Minneapolis, Madison).

If you are interested in learning more about the Alumni Ambassador role and are interested in volunteering, contact Joel Cencius, ’06, director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving at alumni@stritch.edu or (414) 410-4203.

Alumni Spotlight

Chechik finds satisfaction in ongoing education, challenges of medical device industry

Joel Chechik, ’01, earned his M.B.A. at an average cruising altitude of 30,000 feet.

“I couldn’t study at home,” said Chechik, noting his daughters were ages 4 and 1 when he enrolled in Stritch’s M.B.A. program near his home in the Twin Cities. “I traveled half the time, so I did my coursework in the air.”

Chechik appreciated the Stritch program not only for the flexibility that enabled him to continue working full time, maintain an active travel schedule, and spend time with his young family, but also for helping him fulfill his goal of personally challenging himself and giving him an outlet to keep learning.

Today, the lessons from his M.B.A. program continue to resonate in his work as vice president of sales and national accounts for surgical urology and gynecology for the U.S. division of Coloplast, a Danish global medical device company that specializes in “intimate healthcare,” which involves creating products and services for ostomy care, urology, continence care, and wound and skin care.

Read more.

Stritch Stories

Honorary degree recipient again honors Sept. 11 victims with Table of Silence

Rossella Vasta, a spring 2012 honorary degree recipient at Stritch, presented her "Table of Silence" Sept. 11 at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York in honor of the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

Vasta is an internationally renowned artist, teacher, and lecturer. Since 2000, she has served as the director of Pieve International School in Corciano, Italy. Since 2007, Vasta has created the international artistic project “The Table of Silence” to convey peace and tolerance worldwide. It lets individuals reflect that we share the same space on Earth and are all invited to the same “table.”

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Class Notes

Shabreka Chapman, B.A. English/Writing, '12, is an Americorps VISTA for the MLK Team in Seattle, Was.

Roney Eford, M.S. Sports Management, '10, is the Athletic Director and Director of Diversity at Buckley Country Day School in Roslyn, New York.

Mildred Harpole, M.A. Reading/Language Arts, '69, and her husband Reuben were honored by the City of Milwaukee for their service to the City. They received the Frank P. Zeidler Public Service Award on Sept. 4.

Robert Schubring, B.S. Business Management, '10, is vice president, business continuity planning manager for Johnson Financial Group in Racine, Wis.

Upcoming University and Alumni Events

Sept. 29

M.A. Visual Studies Thesis Exhibition | Northwestern Mutual Art Gallery


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


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


Forums on Faith and Work featuring The Most Rev. Jerome E. Listecki, Archbishop of Milwaukee | 7:15 -9 a.m. | Italian Community Center


Stritch Theater Production: "Rabbit Hole" | Fri. and Sat. performances at 7:30 p.m.; Sun. performances at 2 p.m. | Nancy Kendall Theater


Brother William Short, OFM: “Franciscan Storytelling: Applying the Ideal to the Real” | 9 a.m.| Walter Schroeder Auditorium


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 | 5:30 p.m. alumni reception; 7 p.m. game


Wolves vs. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Women's Basketball Game | University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, State Farm Center | 1 p.m.


Stritch Theater Production: "Shakespeare's Women" | Fri. and Sat. performances at 7:30 p.m.; Sun. performances at 2 p.m. | Nancy Kendall Theater


Musical Kaleidoscope: Annual Christmas Concert | 7 p.m. | Nancy Kendall Theater


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

Feb. 15: Alumni Family Day at "The Shoemaker and the Elves" Stritch Theater production

April 11: Professional Development Workshop/Breakfast (Milwaukee)

June 20-22: Jubilarian and 25-year Reunion Weekend

June 21: 2014 Alumni Awards Celebration