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Stritch Alumni e-Newsletter

November 2013

University News

Stritch hosts OSF Corporate Ministries Conference

Cardinal Stritch University hosted the 42nd annual Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi Corporate Ministries Conference Oct. 9-11.

This conference brought together representatives of all 10 of the Sisters’ corporate ministries, which includes Stritch. The others include St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care  (St. Francis), Canticle Court Inc. and Juniper Court Inc. (St. Francis), St. Coletta's of Illinois, St. Coletta’s of Wisconsin, Cardinal Cushing Centers (Braintree and Hanover, MA.), St. Elizabeth School (Baltimore), the Franciscan Center (Baltimore),  and the Marian Center for Nonprofits  (Milwaukee).

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Stritch adds four to Board of Trustees

The Cardinal Stritch University Board of Trustees recently elected four new members whose terms will run through 2016: Real estate veteran Marianne Burish of Glendale, Kohl’s executive Peggy Eskenasi of Milwaukee (pictured to the left), Stritch alumna Sister Joanne Nicgorski, OSF, ’65, of Cudahy, and real estate developer Michael Weiss of River Hills.

“We are tremendously pleased to add four outstanding individuals to the Board of Trustees,” said Stritch President Dr. James P. Loftus. “Marianne, Peggy, Sister Joanne, and Michael share not only impressive leadership credentials but also a passion and commitment to education in Wisconsin.”

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Winter commencement ceremony to be held Dec. 14

Stritch’s winter commencement ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14 at the U.S. Cellular Arena, 400 W. Kilbourn Ave., Milwaukee.

The ceremony will bring together undergraduate and graduate students from each of the University’s four Colleges.

Stritch is honored to welcome Dr. Mehmood Khan, executive vice president and chief scientific officer of global research and development for PepsiCo, as commencement speaker and honorary degree recipient.

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Revised mission statement approved by Sisters, Board

As a result of recent Visioning and Planning and reaccreditation initiatives, a revised and more concise mission statement has been approved for the University.

Click here to read Stritch's new mission statement and how it was developed.

College Updates

College of Arts and Sciences:

New academic core offers enhanced study options

College of Education and Leadership:

Principals’ Center announces 2013 -14 series schedule

Ruth S. Coleman College of Nursing:

Student nurses volunteer time, skills

Faculty/Staff News

Dr. Maureen McKnight, assistant professor in the English and Writing department, presented her paper "A Useful Fiction: Memory and Remorse in Julian Barnes' A Sense of an Ending” at the Midwest Modern Language Association Conference in Milwaukee on Nov. 7. Dr. McKnight also presented a paper entitled "Don Draper, Modern Man? Precarious Masculinity in Mad Men" at the South Atlantic Modern Language Association’s conference in Atlanta on Nov. 9.

Dr. Barbara Spies, OFS, associate professor of communication arts, has been invited to present “Theorizing about Interfaith Dialogue: Connecting Again for the First Time” at the National Communication Association Convention in Washington, D.C., in November 2014.

Dr. Sarah Foust Vinson, assistant professor in the English and Writing department, presented her paper "The Art of a Tweet: Integrating Twitter in the College Writing Classroom” at the Midwest Modern Language Association Conference in Milwaukee on Nov. 7.

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

Annual Fund News

It's a wrap: Fall Phonathon exceeds goal

Thank you for taking our students' calls during the 2013 Fall Phonathon, held Sept. 25-Oct. 10. Thanks to your support, our students exceeded their fundraising goal, making this one of the most successful Phonathons to date for the University. Our students put together a special video to show you a glimpse of their time as callers this fall and to express their gratitude for your continued support.  

The majority of gifts pledged during the Fall Phonathon will benefit Stritch’s Annual Fund which provides support to the University’s highest priorities, including student scholarships and initiatives.

Still need to fulfill your pledge? Pledge payments can be made online here.

Consider a gift to Stritch this holiday season

Meet junior political science major Stephanie Grepo. Stephanie is one of the first recipients of the Santa Chiara Fund scholarship. Read Stephanie's story here.

As the holidays near and you consider your charitable contributions, keep Stritch and students like Stephanie in mind. Your gift to Stritch’s Annual and Santa Chiara funds help make stories like Stephanie’s possible. In addition, philanthropic support helps Stritch maintain a high level of excellence - from upgrading our sites with the latest in classroom technology to offering convenient accelerated programs that continue to meet the changing needs of our student population, a gift to Stritch goes a long way and has far-reaching impact.  

Find out more on how you can give here.

Athletics News

Wolf Cubs report for training
by Paige Quinones, '14

Women's Volleyball Coach Natalie Wildes hosted the team's first Wolf Cub Training Day this fall on Saturday, Sept. 14. The event was held on the Main Campus at Panella Court with 41 girls participating, ranging in ages from kindergarten to eighth grade.

During this special training day, the Wolf Cubs learned the basic fundamentals of volleyball such as passing, setting, and hitting. After the drills were over, the girls lined up for autographs from the Women's Volleyball team and an opportunity to meet Wolfie!

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Men’s basketball kicks off season
by Paige Quniones, ’14

It was 11:30 a.m. on Nov. 1 as 63 students loaded up coach busses headed to the University of Minnesota to cheer on Stritch's men’s basketball team as they took on the Big Ten's Golden Gophers. Heading into the match, the Golden Gophers held a previous season record of 23-15 whereas Stritch was coming off an impressive record of 35-3, which led to their 2013 national title.

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Teams to be honored at 2014 Basketball Alumni Reunion

(Pictured above L-R: Basketball alumni Greg Frost, '81 and Tony Burns, '82)

Planning is currently underway for a full day of activities for the 2014 Basketball alumni reunion, taking place on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014.

New this year will be a women’s alumni game and family-friendly activities for alumni and their kids.

At this year’s reunion, the Men’s 2002-03 and Women’s 2009-10 teams will be honored. Both teams being honored put up some impressive stats in their respective seasons: The men’s team was 33-3, CCAC regular season and tournament champions and made it to the Sweet 16 in the NAIA Division II national tournament. The women’s team went 30-3, were CCAC regular season and tournament champions and made it to the Elite 8 in the NAIA Division II national tournament.

Information on how you can RSVP will be made available soon – be sure to follow our alumni events page for all the latest information.

Alumni News

Final call for award nominations

The Alumni Association's Nominations and Awards committee is seeking alumni award nominations to honor outstanding alumni for professional and personal achievement at the annual Alumni Awards program to be held in June 2014.

The revised awards program includes new award categories and updated award selection criteria. To find the complete list of award categories, click here. The nomination form can be found here.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, Nov. 29. Nominate a deserving graduate today!

Alumni Association seeks volunteers for Adopt-a-School event

The Alumni Association’s Adopt-a-School program for 2013-14 will kick off with a holiday festival at our partner school, St. Joseph’s Academy on Friday, Dec. 20 from 5-7 p.m. We are looking for volunteers to help staff the holiday festival and assist the school with holiday activities (cookie decorating, ornament making, etc.).  If you are interested in volunteering for the Dec. 20 event, please contact us at alumni@stritch.edu or call (414) 410-4203.

As part of the event, the Alumni Association is conducting a winter supply drive for the students of St. Joseph’s. Students are often in need of winter hats, gloves, boots, and coats during these colder months.

The Alumni Association will collect new or gently used winter wear items for St. Joseph Academy students through Dec. 18. Items can be dropped off at the Alumni Association office on campus or email alumni@stritch.edu and we can arrange pick-up. The donated items will be delivered to the school during their holiday festival.

The Adopt-a-School program partners alumni with students and teachers from a school with demonstrated need. Read more about this program here.

ABC News correspondent John Quiñones draws large crowds

John Quiñones, Emmy Award-winning ABC News correspondent, visited Stritch for two successful events on Oct. 24 -25.

On Thursday, Oct. 24, the Kendall Lecture Series presented “Heroes Among Us: Creating a Caring Community.” During this event, Quiñones discussed the courage and bravery it takes to stand up for those around us. Quiñones reflected upon America's can-do spirit and how, with the slightest good deed, each one of us harbors a hero within.

More than 120 alumni and guests joined for a special “Everyday Heroes” alumni reception which was held following the keynote address in the second floor Bonaventure Hall atrium. Stritch's own heroes -- several retiring members of the Stritch faculty and staff -- were recognized. Honorees included Paula Friedman, Pat Gilroy, Kris Hipp, Catherine Kiaie, Mary Ann Mosley, David Oswald, Gwen Rivkin, and Walt Wochos.

On Friday, Oct. 25, Quiñones spoke to a group of more 140 people at the Saint Clare Center for Catholic Life’s Forums on Faith and Work.

View additional photos from the events here.

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Alumni help celebrate grand opening in Madison

(Pictured L-R: Frank Peregrine, Laurie (Tines) Peregrine, ’06, Ron Phelps, ’93, Michael Steger, ’97, ’99, ’05 and Charlie Murty, ’08)

On Oct. 28, more than 30 alumni joined Stritch students, faculty, and staff for the grand opening of Stritch’s newest classroom site in Madison. After 13 years in its former locations, Stritch moved its Madison classroom and office site into a new business community. The new location provides state-of-the-art computer labs and classroom technology; a renovated lounge and vending area; and conference rooms.

A highlight of the event was a business panel moderated by College of Business and Management Dean Dr. Peter Holbrook, '84, '95, '08. Panelists  (Charlie Murty, ’08, Laurie (Tines) Peregrine, ’06, Frank Peregrine, , Ron Phelps, ’93 and Michael Steger, ’97, ’99, ’05) discussed how they have remained successful in each of their respective industries by adapting to the changing needs of the workplace and business climate, while also maintaining an entrepreneurial spirit towards growth.

Watch the alumni events page for future events planned for the Madison area.

Commencement volunteers needed

(Pictured above: Alumni Board members and Commencement volunteers help usher in our newest alumni)

Remember those found memories of your college graduation day?  Help the Alumni Association create those special memories for our newest group of graduates at the 2014 Winter Commencement taking place on Saturday, Dec. 14.

We are currently seeking alumni to help volunteer in various roles, both for the Commencement ceremony taking place at the U.S. Cellular Arena in downtown Milwaukee and on Stritch’s main campus for the Commencement Brunch and Mass.

Volunteers will help greet graduates and their families, serve as ushers, and help with pre- and post-event tasks. Office volunteers are also needed to help package more than 450 graduate gift bags.

If you (or even better, you and some of your fellow alumni classmates) are interested in volunteering, contact the Alumni Association office at alumni@stritch.edu or call (414) 410-4203.

Jubilarians: Get your party hats ready!

Class of 1964 - do you remember?

•    Sweating over those comprehensive exams you took in those little blue books?   
•    Wearing your cap and gown for Mass and assemblies?
•    Monsignor Graham’s  “Can-do, Can-did, Can-done” photo sessions?

This is just the beginning of our walk down Memory Lane. Reunion Weekend, June 20-22, promises to be filled with laughs and memories as we commemorate 50 years of your graduation from Stritch.

Please mark your calendars for this special weekend, which will include: Class of 1964 dinner; Tour of campus on with a special visit to the archives with Sister Margaret Ruddy, OSF,  Sister Justine Peter, OSF,  and Sister Coletta Dunn, OSF; Induction into the Jubilarian Society at our Alumni Awards celebration; and a Mass and brunch, hosted by University President Dr. James P. Loftus and his wife, Irene Prior Loftus.

There are a limited number of rooms available at a discounted rate of $95 per night/$110 for a suite at the newly renovated Four Points by Sheraton, Milwaukee North Shore. These rates include a full breakfast. Space is limited.

For more information or to be involved in the planning of the reunion, please contact Cindy Marino at (414) 410 4544 or camarino1@stritch.edu.

Alumni Gift Guide

In the weeks ahead, we will create an online gift guide, featuring products sold by alumni-owned businesses. If you have gift ideas to share with fellow alumni and the Stritch community, please contact us at communications@stritch.edu.

Please include the following information: your name, graduation year(s), degree(s), name of business, brief description of business/products offered, website link, business phone, and any other relevant information you want potential shoppers to know. If your business also has an interesting backstory (especially if that story includes Stritch), we'd love to hear that, too.

Deadline for entries: Friday, Nov. 29. Our staff reserves the right to format and edit submissions.

Stritch Stories

John Quiñones inspires with his message of struggle and resilience
by Paige Quinones, ’14

On Oct. 24, John Quiñones, the seven-time Emmy-award-winning ABC news correspondent and anchor of the series “What Would You Do?,” came to speak to students, faculty, staff, and alumni as part of the Kendall Lecture Series. Quiñones talked about growing up in poverty and his rise as an award-winning journalist. He also spoke of “everyday heroes," ordinary people who make extraordinary choices.

Being a female Mexican-American (who happens also to share our speaker’s last name), I found myself captivated by Quiñones’ life story of struggle and triumph. From his jobs shining shoes with his cousin to working long hours in a convenience store to help support his family, Quiñones told us about his family's economic struggles.

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Alumni Spotlight

Alumna helps run Wisconsin’s oldest restaurant

Wisconsin's oldest restaurant, The Red Circle Inn, sits in the heart of Waukesha County. For 165 years, seven owners have nurtured it and preserved its history. Martha, ’97, and Norm Eckstaedt, owners for the past 20 years, added their own special touches during the past two decades to maintain the restaurant's long tradition of serving the village of Nashotah and surrounding communities.

“Norm and I have worked hard to preserve the history of the restaurant,” Martha said.

A graduate of Stritch’s College of Business and Management, Martha hails from the Chicago area and comes from a strong food service background. Her father oversaw Walgreens’ food manufacturing business, serving in various roles for the drugstore chain for more than 60 years.

“I learned a lot of my business acumen from my Dad,” Martha said. “He taught me early on that you should take pride in your work.”

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Class Notes

Submit your class notes here or email them to alumni@stritch.edu. You may be featured in future e-Newsletters or in the Stritch Magazine!

Upcoming University and Alumni Events


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


Movie with a Mission: "Freedom Writers" | 5 p.m. | Sister Camille Kliebhan Conference Center


Musical Kaleidoscope: Annual Christmas Concert | 6 p.m. | Nancy Kendall Theater


Winter Commencement | Various times | Main Campus, U.S. Cellular Arena


Adopt-a-School Holiday Festival event | 5-7 p.m. | St. Joseph's Academy


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

Feb. 4 Professional Development Workshop (Eden Prairie, MN)

Feb. 5 Professional Development Workshop (Rochester, MN)

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

March 13: March Madness G.O.L.D. (Graduates of the Last Decade) Alumni Event at SPiN Milwaukee

April 11: Professional Development Workshop: Spring into Social Media (Milwaukee)

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

June 21: 2014 Alumni Awards Celebration