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Stritch Alumni e-Newsletter

March 2014

University News

Clare Hall to become freshmen-only residence

Following the successful implementation of a first-year residency requirement for traditional students, Clare Hall will become a freshmen-only residence hall beginning in the 2014-2015 academic year.

Recent survey data suggests that a heightened sense of community can be found within Clare Hall, an atmosphere that freshman resident students can best benefit from.

Read more.

Two alumni among Business Journal's 40 Under 40

Alumni Michael Holstad, ‘10 and Becky (Piasecki) Pinter, ’98, ‘04 were both recently named among Milwaukee’s “40 Under 40” by the Milwaukee Business Journal.

The Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” awards section profiles area individuals under age 40 who are making a difference in their professions and communities.

Read more.

Saint Clare Center receives $69,000 in grants for program support

The Saint Clare Center for Catholic Life has received grants totaling $69,000 in support of its various ministry formation programs.

In January, the Catholic Community Foundation approved a grant to support the Saint Clare Center’s Sustaining the Mission and Faith Formation Team Training projects which deliver religious education and formation to 2,500 Catholic school educators annually.

To date, the Saint Clare Center has received grant commitments of $30,000 to support its Catholic school projects in the 2013-14 fiscal year. 

Read more.

Theology, economics to be discussed at Forums on Faith and Work

Author and presenter Dr. William T. Cavanaugh will address the integration of economic and theological principles on Thursday, April 3 as part of the Saint Clare Center for Catholic Life’s Forums on Faith and Work series.

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.

Cavanaugh will present, "Being Consumed: The Eucharist and Consumer Culture."

Read more.

Stritch remembers Sister Ramona

Sister Romana Hertel, OSF, Ph.D., died on Feb. 27, at the age of 98.

Instrumental in building the music department at Stritch, Sister Romana served as department chair from 1954-60 and 1964-77. She continued to teach at Stritch until 1992, touching the lives of hundreds of students.

Sister was recently featured in the online version of the Stritch Magazine found here.

Faculty/Staff News

Dr. Anna Varley, faculty in the department of language and literacy, presented at the Writing Research Across Borders conference in Paris, France, on Feb. 22. The title of her presentation was: "Fostering Grassroots Writing Reform through Teacher Education Research Projects: An Exploratory Multi-Case Study."

Follow StritchNews for the latest in faculty/staff updates.

College Updates:

College of Arts and Sciences:

Sport Management Symposium to be held April 4

College of Business and Management:

Belize experience emphasizes “triple bottom line”

College of Education and Leadership:

Doctoral students reach out after Racine school fire

Ruth S. Coleman College of Nursing:

B.S. in Nursing to break down stigma of mental illness

Annual Fund News

Alumni Challenge is halfway to the goal

More than 400 alumni have accepted the Challenge with gifts and pledges totaling  $25,000+ since the launch of the 2014 Alumni Challenge on Jan. 31.

With $25,000 left to raise to ensure the match, your support is crucial to reach our $50,000 goal.

Thanks to five generous donors, gifts made by alumni to the Stritch Annual Fund or Santa Chiara Fund will be matched, dollar-for-dollar for:

-Alumni who renew a gift made last year
(Aug. 1, 2012-July 31, 2013)
-Alumni who make a first-time gift in 2014
-Alumni who increase their gift to Stritch over their last gift
(match applies to the increased amount)

Support the Challenge by making a gift today – find out more at our Challenge website.

Your support is crucial

As of Feb. 28, we are $524,558 away from the fundraising goal of $2.35 million by July 31. Gifts received will help in providing student scholarships, faculty support, technology and other student-centered initiatives. We still need YOUR help in order to reach this important goal.

Hear from one of our professors on why she feels it is important to invest in Stritch here.

Make an online gift here.

Athletics News

Coach Pfaffl earns 100 career wins - Women's basketball team makes history

Stritch women's basketball head coach John Pfaffl recorded his 100th career win, with the team’s 84-62 victory over the Trinity Christian College Trolls last month. This is Coach Pfaffl’s fourth year serving as the head coach for Stritch women’s basketball program.

The team went on to earn a seat in the 2014 NAIA Division II National Tournament, advancing to the Final Four for the first time in program history. The team finished the season with a conference record of 14-4 and an overall record of 27-7.

Congratulate Coach Pfaffl here.

Spring Sports Season

Spring brings a lot of athletic action to campus with the following sports in season play:
•    Men’s Volleyball
•    Women’s Softball
•    Men’s and Women’s Tennis
•    Men’s and Women’s Bowling
•    Men’s Baseball

Follow the progress of these teams and more by visiting the official athletics website at: www.stritchwolves.com, sign up for SMS alerts and news releases and follow them through Twitter at www.twitter.com/stritchwolves.

Alumni News

March Madness, networking and ping-pong!


Alumni from the last 10 years and student seniors were join by members of the Alumni Association’s Board of Directors for a fun evening of networking and ping-pong at EVO in downtown Milwaukee (formally SPiN).

Participants had an opportunity to fine-tune their networking and ping-pong skills while celebrating the March Madness season. Thanks to event attendee Sara Bayer, ’05, ’10, the group was able to watch Stritch’s own women’s basketball team defeat the St. Ambrose Queen Bees in the first round of the NAIA Division II National Tournament. Participants also had the chance to discuss their own March Madness picks for Warren Buffet’s Billionaire Challenge.

Additional photos of the event can be found here.

(Pictured above: Megan Kutchenriter, ’10 and Joanna “Vinni” Vinluan, ’08, ’13 enjoy catching up at the event).

(Cover photo: Alumni Board members Jill Wellskopf, ’03, Annette Frink, ’73, ’83, and Phyllis Schaefer, ’91, ’93, ’95, ’04 test out their ping-pong skills at the EVO alumni event).

Family Day a success

More than 75 guests joined us for the 2014 Alumni Family Day held in partnership with the Stritch Theater Department and the Alumni Association's 2013-14 Adopt-a-School, St. Joseph's Academy on Saturday, Feb. 15.

Participants enjoyed decorating elf shoes and cookies before catching the lively performance of "The Shoemaker and the Elves." Pictures from the day can be found here.

The Alumni Association plans to hold an annual Alumni Family Day event each year – stay tuned for details of the 2015 event to be announced in the fall.

Alumni gather in Arizona

(Pictured above: Dean Kelly Dries and alumna Dr. Carol Kison, '87 and Alan Kison)

Alumni and friends of Cardinal Stritch University gathered at Chelsea's Kitchen restaurant in Phoenix on a Sunday afternoon in February. A wide range of alumni from all four colleges were represented; some alumni made a two-hour journey to be a part of the festivities. Trustee Alexander J. Costigan, '13 and his wife, Anita, were in attendance.

President James P. Loftus and Dean of the Ruth S. Coleman College of Nursing Kelly J. Dries spoke to guests and answered questions. Stritch First Lady Irene Prior Loftus and Dr. Robert J. Buckla, vice president for university advancement, helped entertain guests.

Alumni Association to host social media panel on April 11

Facebook. Twitter. LinkedIn. Why are these sites so popular and why should you be using social media?

Join the Alumni Association for an informational panel discussion that will shed light on the latest trends in social media. Come to network with other alumni and earn about the many social media channels and how to best utilize them in growing your personal and professional networks.

Panel speakers include:
•    Brian Lynch, Manpower Group
•    Tracy Terry, Trust eMedia
•    Jill Wellskopf, ’03, Marketing Director, Hupy and Abraham, S.C.

Click here for event details and make your reservation online here.


Reunion Weekend Update: Jubilarians will celebrate with "Off-the-Record" lunch

Remember when the Beatles came to America? You were celebrating with your classmates at Cardinal Stritch College, singing “I Want To Hold Your Hand.” You will get the chance to do it all over again at a special “Off-the-Record” lunch as part of the weekend celebration on Saturday, June 21.

The planning committee has designed a memory booklet questionnaire which we are asking all of you to complete. Barbara (Mlot) Olson, ’64 will lead the efforts to create a special memory book with the information you share. These are being sent in early April.

The Jubilarian Reunion invitation will be out in early May but you can view the full schedule online here.

The following Jubilarians have committed to attending at least one reunion activity – we hope we can add your name!

•    Eve Boby Farrell, ’64
•    Janice Cira Raymond, ’64
•    Joyce Franke France, ’64
•    Pat Furlong Boge, ’64
•    Evelyn Helt Owen, ’64
•    Betty Kleppin Sippel, ’64
•    Sue Koetting Morey, ’64
•    Pat Meyer Buechel, ’64
•    Carolyn Miller Mitchell, ’64
•    Barbara Mlot Olson, ’64
•    Pat Moriarty Schenk, '64
•    Donna Wright Stehling, ’64


Alumni Reunion Weekend Update: A message from Class President Ann (Bilodeau) Ingham, '89

Remember dancing Thursday nights away at a T.G.I.T.? Dressing up for the Student Christmas Dinner? Serving meals at St. Ben's? Dedicating the "new" Great Hall? I sure do and would love to catch up with your life's journey since graduating from Stritch.


Hopefully the weekend of June 20-22 will find you back where fond memories were made and friendships were formed. Wouldn't it be fun to reopen some of those doors of long ago? Please consider joining us for one, two, or all of the alumni events. Looking forward to toasting the past 25 years with you during our reunion!

The complete 25-year reunion schedule has been announced here.

(Pictured above: Amy (Halvorson) Whittenberger, '89 takes part in a SAC dance on campus).

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Join Stritch in Italy

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

Stritch professor emerita Dr. Kris Hipp invites alumni to participate in the 9th annual Leadership, Learning and Service Retreat at Pieve International School in Corciano, Italy.

The 10-day retreat will explore the Franciscan culture of Umbria and help to further your global awareness in the areas of leadership, learning, and service. Visits to Assisi, Perugia, Cortona, Lake Trasimeno, Florence, and Citta Di Castello are included. See the program overview here.

Stritch Stories

Stritch delegates earn recognitions at Model U.N.

The Model United Nations team returned home with several Best Delegate honors after their four-day mock U.N. experience in St. Louis. The group represented South Korea.

Read more.

Alumni Spotlight

Hembrock’s time with Miller spans decades, miles

Less than a year after renewing his passport, Jeff Hembrock, ’83, needed to add more pages last fall.

As the vice president of International for SAB Miller, Hembrock travels worldwide from his Milwaukee home approximately three out of every four weeks. While he admits the schedule can be tiring, he enjoys traveling while representing a company that recruited him right out of college more than 35 years ago.

“Some mornings you wake up and you just have no idea where you are,” Hembrock said. “A couple of weeks ago, I flew to Brazil for a meeting and was there for less than 24 hours before returning home.”

Read more.

Class Notes

Catherine (Landa) Cummings, B.A. Theater, '97, is directing "Cat in the Hat" at First Stage Children's Theater in Milwaukee, Wis.

Angela Dresen, M.S. Business Management, '04, is the senior manager of innovation learning at Johnson Controls in Milwaukee, Wis.

Michael Holstad, ‘10 and Becky (Piasecki) Pinter, ’98, '04 were both named among Milwaukee’s 2014 “40 Under 40” by the Milwaukee Business Journal.

Submit your class notes here!

Upcoming University and Alumni Events


Forums on Faith and Work | 7:15 a.m. | Italian Community Center


2014 Sport Management Symposium | 9 a.m.-2 p.m. | Sister Camille Kliebhan Conference Center

4-6; 11-13

"The Spitfire Grill" Theater Production | 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. on Sunday | Nancy Kendall Theater


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


Rochester Alumni: Habitat for Humanity Volunteer Build | 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 12:30-4:30 p.m. shifts


Twin Cities Alumni: Habitat for Humanity Volunteer Build | 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.


New Music Concert | 6 p.m. | Nancy Kendall Theater


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


Spring Commencement | 3 p.m. | BMO Harris Bradley Center


Jubilarian Reunion Weekend | Various Times | Various locations


Class of 1989 25-Year Reunion  | Various times | Various locations


2014 Alumni Awards Celebration | 5 p.m. | Joan Steel Stein Center


2014 Wolfpack Open | Brown Deer Golf Course