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Stritch Alumni e-Newsletter

January 2014

University News

African American Leadership Program celebrates fifth anniversary

Stritch’s African American Leadership Program (AALP) recently celebrated its five-year anniversary.

Jeanette Mitchell, Ed.D., '01, program director for the Leadership Center, developed the program and has received great joy in seeing it thrive.

In 2005, Mitchell partnered with Enrique Figueroa, Ph.D., from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to establish the Latino Nonprofit Leadership Program (LNLP). She credits this program with inspiring the AALP.

The LNLP’s format and delivery were successful in strengthening connections and leadership development within the Latino community.

“Yet, there was a void to fill within Milwaukee’s African American community,” said Mitchell.

Read more.

Winter Stritch Magazine exclusive online content

The Winter 2014 issue of Stritch Magazine is headed for mailboxes and full of the latest news and happenings at the University.

In addition to our print features, be sure to visit www.stritch.edu/magazine to see exclusive online content, including:

- The latest album released by alumna Anna Robinson, '11;
- Videos focusing on the Neighborhood Leadership Institute, Sister Adele Thibaudeau, and guest essayist Frenchie Randolph, and an audio file of Sister Romana Hertel;
- Photo galleries of Stritch's costume shop, a recent visit from ABC's John Quiñones, and the annual Blessing of the Animals event;
- Links to various class notes highlights;
- A PDF of the full print magazine.

If you have story ideas or news to share for upcoming magazines, keep in touch with us at alumni@stritch.edu. Enjoy our latest issue!

Theater department to present two spring productions

Cardinal Stritch University's theater department will present two productions, "The Shoemaker and the Elves" and "The Spitfire Grill" during the spring semester. Talented Stritch students will use their theatrical and musical talents to bring the characters and their stories to life on stage. Read more.

Gallery announces exhibition schedule for spring

The Northwestern Mutual Art Gallery will display three exhibitions during the spring semester. Artists featured will include Stritch faculty, students, and local high school students.

A Culture of Evil
Jan. 17 -March 9

Triangulation: Locating Creative Perspectives at Three Milwaukee High Schools
March 20 -April 20

Senior Showcase: Featuring the work of graduating visual arts students
May 1 -July 27

Read more.

Annual Fund News

BIG announcement coming Jan. 31!

What challenges you? What have you been changed most by in life? Share with us on our Facebook page or on Twitter, using #stritchchallenge14 and watch your email for some exciting news to be announced on Jan. 31!

Faculty/Staff News

Dr. Mette Baran, assistant professor in the doctoral leadership studies department, and Dr. Roger J. Baran published an article, "Measuring the Relative Importance of Outcomes from International Study Tours," in The International Journal of Learner Diversity and Identities.

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

Athletics News

Don't miss the 2014 Basketball Alumni Reunion!

More than 80 alumni, family and friends are registered for the 2014 Basketball Alumni Reunion taking place on Saturday, Jan. 25.

There is still room to join us! The festivities kick off at 10 a.m. with our men's alumni game, followed by the women at 11:30 a.m. to be played on Panella Court. Then at 2 p.m. our current women’s team takes on Purdue University-Calumet, followed by the Men’s team at 4 p.m. Join us at the games where our 2009-10 women’s and 2002-03 men’s teams will be honored.

Come on down to The Three Lions Pub for a post-game reception.

Save the date: 2014 Wolfpack Open on June 21

The third-annual Wolf Pack Open Golf Outing will be played on Saturday, June 21, 2014 at the Brown Deer Golf Course. Additional information, including sponsorship opportunities and how to register will be announced soon.

31 Stritch Student Athletes named Academic All-Team

A total of 31 student-athletes at Cardinal Stritch University were named to  the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (The CCAC) All-Academic Team for the fall semester. Leading the way was the Stritch Wolves women's soccer program honoring 11 All-Academic Team members.

Read more.

Alumni News

Alumni Family Day:
Saturday, Feb. 15

Bring the family and join us for a fun afternoon of kids activities and Stritch's production of "The Shoemaker and the Elves."

Saturday, Feb. 15, 1 p.m. (pre-show activities; 2 p.m. show)

Where: Nancy Kendall Theater - Main Campus

Price: Alumni packages are $5 per person (child or adult) and includes theater performance and a pre-show event with a special craft and snack for the kids.

To order tickets, call the Alumni Association office at (414) 410-4939 or email events@stritch.edu.

Alumni Association delivers donations

(Pictured Above: Alumni Association staff and volunteers deliver winter wear donations to families at St. Joseph's Academy)

Close to 100 items of winter wear clothing (hats, gloves, coats, snow pants, etc.) was donated, collected and distributed to families in need at St. Joseph’s Academy, the Alumni Association’s 2013-14 Adopt-a-School on Friday, Dec. 20.

The winter wear drive was part of the school’s holiday celebration. Stritch alumni volunteers were on hand to assist with festival activities from taking pictures with Santa to cookie decorating! Thank you to all alumni who donated their time helping with the holiday festival and to those who donated to the winter wear drive.

The next Adopt-a-School activity is being planned in conjunction with our Alumni Family Day at "The Shoemaker and the Elves" on Feb. 15.

Alumni Reunion Weekend Update: Attention Class of '64 and '89

TGITs and Wing Dinners – remember those?

As part of your Reunion weekend, June 20-22, we plan on bringing back those two memorable on-campus experiences!

For the Class of 1989, we will have a special “TGITs” reception on Friday, June 20 – filled with all of the great elements that made these gatherings a hit while on campus.

For the Class of 1964, we will host a “Wing Dinner” style lunch on Saturday, June 21 in Serra Hall. The planning committee will be piecing together all of the details and coming up with that all-important “theme.”

Save the date cards were mailed for you to begin planning. If you have ideas (and suggestions on how to reach classmates), reach out to us at alumni@stritch.edu or give Cindy Marino a call at (414) 410-4544.

Alumni volunteers needed!

(Pictured L-R Alumni Board Volunteers: Sara Bayer, '05, '10, Phyllis Schaefer, '91, '93, '95, '04, and Stuart Gilgannon, '03)

Like planning events? Interested in helping to re-engage alumni from your college or cohort? The Alumni Association is currently recruiting alumni volunteers to fill ambassador roles. Volunteers are needed for the following alumni regions:

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

As an ambassador you would work closely with the Alumni Engagement Committee and Alumni Association office in helping to plan and host successful alumni events in our top regions (SE Wisconsin, Chicagoland, Minneapolis, Madison).

If you are interested in learning more about the Alumni Ambassador role, contact the Alumni Association office at alumni@stritch.edu or (414) 410-4203.

Upcoming Italy Pilgrimage offerings:

Stritch is offering two pilgrimage experiences this coming spring/summer. Don’t miss out on these once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to explore Italy in a unique way.

Alumni Leadership Pilgrimage

May 23-June 3, 2014

Join Alumni Board President Phyllis Schaefer, ’91, ’93, ’95, ’04 and Alumni Board member Annette Frink, ’73, ‘83 for the trip of a lifetime to discover the roots of where it all began for Stritch. The pilgrimage will span 10 days and includes stops in Rome, Assisi, Greccio, LaVerna, and ends in Augsburg, Germany.  Limited spaces available. For more information click here or contact Sister Joann Schatzlein, OSF at joschatz@lakeosfs.org or call (414) 294-7304.

Leadership, Learning and Service Retreat at Pieve International School in Corciano, Italy
July 8-17, 2014

Alumni are invited to the 9th annual Leadership, Learning and Service Retreat at Pieve International School in Corciano, Italy as we explore Person of the Year, Pope Francis’ home country. The intent is to immerse ourselves in the Franciscan culture of Umbria, and to further our global awareness and competence in leadership, learning, and service. Learn more here.

Alumni Spotlight

Alumna overcomes obstacles by following her passions in art, creativity

“I don’t come to bow; I come to conquer."

This motto defines the life journey of alumna Magda Franco-Banaszak, ’95, from her roots as a young Mexican-American girl who grew up in rural Minnesota to a college-educated, highly respected independent artist and community activist.

The first in her family to earn a college degree, Franco-Banaszak applied her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Stritch to work in real estate, interpretation services, case management, and as a pre-trial officer in the years that followed her graduation from Stritch. Yet, no matter what position she held, her art remained at the center of her life and brought her a sense of peace and equilibrium.

“For as far back as I can remember, I always drew," Franco-Banaszak said. “That was always a strength of mine and a natural part of who I was.”

Read more.

Stritch Stories

Call for submissions - we want to hear from you!

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? We are looking for content to share in our Stritch Stories feature for future issues of the alumni e-Newsletter. Share story ideas or leads with us at alumni@stritch.edu.

Class Notes

Martha De La Rosa, B.S. Business Management, ’09, is the chapter director for 9to5 Wisconsin.

Salvatore (Sal) Di Stefano, B.A. Accounting, ’98, along with his wife, Maria were awarded the 2013 “Landlord of the Year Award” by the Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership (MBHP).

Mallory Metoxen, B.A. Theater, ’10, made her professional directing debut in Renaissance TheaterWorks' “The Understudy” production in Milwaukee, Wis.

Philip Sletteland, B.A. Theater, ’03, made his professional Milwaukee acting debut in Renaissance TheaterWorks' “The Understudy” production.

Submit your class notes here!

Upcoming University and Alumni Events


Men's and Women's Basketball Alumni Reunion | Various Times | Main Campus, Three Lions Pub (Shorewood)


MN Alumni: Professional Development Workshop | 7-8:30 a.m. | Rochester, Minn. Site


MN Alumni: Professional Development Workshop | 7-8:30 a.m. | Eden Prairie, Minn. Site


Business Leaders with a Conscience Speaker Series: Leonard Peace, '06, '08 | 6 p.m. | Sister Camille Kliebhan Conference Center


Alumni Family Day: "The Shoemaker and the Elves" Theater Production | 1-3:30 p.m. | Nancy Kendall Theater


Business Leaders with a Conscience Speaker Series: Lori Craig, '92, '09 | 6 p.m. | Sister Camille Kliebhan Conference Center


March Madness G.O.L.D. (Graduates of the Last Decade) Alumni Social | 5:30-8 p.m. | SPiN Milwaukee


Professional Development Workshop: Spring into Social Media | 7:30-9 a.m. | Main Campus


Business Leaders with a Conscience Speaker Series: John Rupcich, '96 | 6 p.m. | Sister Camille Kliebhan Conference Center


Alumni Reunion Weekend, celebrating Jubilarian/25-year reunion groups | Various Times | Various locations


2014 Wolfpack Open | Brown Deer Golf Course


2014 Alumni Awards Celebration | Nancy Kendall Theater