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Stritch Alumni e-Newsletter April 2014
University News
New marketing initiative goes live
On April 15, a new marketing initiative for the University successfully launched with outdoor billboards and a social media campaign centered on the question of “What is your mission?” with the tagline “Our mission is to help you find yours.”

This public launch complements the radio and online advertisements that have been running for the past few months to promote a mission-based approach to a Stritch education. See what is being posted on Twitter and Instagram and share your mission on social media using the hashtag #stritchmission. View an ongoing collection of coverage online: www.stritch.edu/mission.

Read more.
Athletics Director Pat Clemens announces retirement
After 17 years of service to the University, Athletics Director Pat Clemens will retire effective July 31.

Over the course of his time at Stritch, Clemens has been instrumental in the growth and enhancement of Stritch’s athletic offerings, ensuring that student athletes achieve success both on and off the field. He first served as men’s head soccer coach from 1996-2006 and women’s head soccer coach from 1996-2007. He was named athletic director in 2008. Over the years, he also led the creation of new academic programs, taught classes and chaired the faculty senate.

Read more.
Educators recognized by state education organization
Two educators with Stritch connections recently received Wisconsin Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (WACTE) awards that recognize their professional contributions to the field of education.

Nominated by Stritch faculty members, the award winners learned of their honors during surprise visits to their schools.

Read more.
College Updates
College of Arts and Sciences:
Stritch, WCTC finalize credit transfer agreement
College of Business and Management:
Alumnus initiates partnership with College of Business and Management
College of Education and Leadership:
Wisconsin Teacher Fellows include 10 alumni
Ruth S. Coleman College of Nursing:
Nursing student helps city fight growing use of heroin
Faculty/Staff News
Dr. Stacey Floyd, chair of the English & Writing department, participated in two panels at the Nineteenth Century Studies Association Conference in Chicago on March 21. She presented "Gaskell's Use of Space in the Industrialized City" and sat on a publishing panel with editors from the University of Chicago Press and the journal Nineteenth Century Studies.

Dr. Sarah Foust Vinson, assistant professor in the English and Writing department, presented “Challenging the Mother-Witch in American Horror Story: Coven” at the Making Motherhood Visible: (Re)Writing the Narrative of Contemporary Mothers Conference at the Museum of Motherhood on March 7 in New York City.

Follow StritchNews for the latest in faculty/staff updates.
Annual Fund News
We need YOU!
More than 800 alumni have accepted the Challenge with gifts and pledges totaling $31,000+ since the launch of the 2014 Alumni Challenge on Jan. 31.

Your support is crucial to reach our $50,000 goal to activate the $50,000 match by our Challenge team. 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.
Alumni support makes Spring Phonathon a success
The Spring Phonathon is in the books, and by all accounts, it was a success.

The annual event wrapped up in early April with 806 alumni pledging gifts.

Non-donor participation increased to 19% of all pledges with 311 alumni making their first gifts to Stritch.  A record 20% of pledges were credit card gifts, allowing the University to put those gifts to immediate use. Read more.

Thank you to all who supported Stritch with a Phonathon gift.

Still need to pay your Phonathon pledge? Click here to fulfill your pledge.
Athletics News
Women's tennis team claims CCAC regular season title
The No. 19 Cardinal Stritch University Wolves women's tennis team has finished the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) regular season play with an undefeated record and have claimed the CCAC regular season title in their first-ever season. Stritch defeated the Roosevelt University Lakers on April 15 and improved their record to 7-0 in the CCAC and 18-4 overall.

Up next for the Wolves is the CCAC Tournament, where the Wolves have earned the No. 1 Seed after the winning the regular season.

Follow the progress of the women’s tennis team and more by visiting the official athletics website at: www.stritchwolves.com.
Join us at the fourth annual Wolf Pack Open
The 2014 Wolf Pack Open Golf Outing, presented by Total Cleaning Systems, will be played on Saturday, June 21, 2014 with Brown Deer Park Golf Course playing home to the event for the very first time.

This annual fundraising event supports the Stritch Athletics program, including student scholarships. Golfers can register individually or as a team.

Click here for the 2014 Wolf Pack Open Registration form and for complete event details.
Alumni News
2014 Alumni Award Winners Announced

Through its annual Alumni Awards program, Stritch honors its most notable alumni for their professional and personal achievements. The Alumni Association's Board of Directors is proud to announce this year's award recipients:

Graduate of the Last Decade Award
Sarah Marie Berndt, B.S. Education, ’04

Distinguished Alumni Award for Professional Achievement
Brian King, B.A. Communication, ’88
James Lindenberg, M.B.A., ’93

Spirit of St. Francis Service Award: Alumni Service
Gerald Coon, Ph.D. Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service, ’08, M.B.A., ’11

Spirit of St. Francis Service Award: University Supporter
Marlene Lauwasser

The Mother Bartholomew, OSF Lifetime Achievement Award
Jeanette Mitchell, Ed.D. Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service, ’01
 
Read more about our 2014 recipients here. For a detailed description of the award categories, click here.

Save The Date!
The 2014 Alumni Awards celebration, the signature alumni event of the year, will take place on Saturday, June 21, 2014 in the Joan Steele Stein Center for Communication Studies/Fine Arts. The event begins at 5 p.m. followed by dinner and the presentation of awards at 7 p.m.

Tickets for the event will be available beginning May 1.

Planting social media seeds

(Pictured L-R: Program presenters Tracy Terry, Jill Wellskopf, '03, and Audrey Edwards, '13)

More than 35 alumni joined the Alumni Association for its “Spring Into Social Media” professional development workshop held on April 11.

Alumni gathered to learn more about popular social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. The event featured social media experts who shared how they have successfully used social media platforms to build businesses, customer loyalty and professional contacts.

As part of the Alumni Association’s annual calendar of events, professional development workshops such as this will be offered each fall and spring. Have an idea for a topic you would like to see us cover? Email suggestions to alumni@stritch.edu.

Spring Commencement Volunteers Needed
(Pictured L-R: Alumni volunteers Tony Burns, '82, Sara Bayer, '05, '10, and Emily Naczek, '06, '12)

Help us welcome the Class of 2014! The Alumni Association is seeking alumni volunteers for the upcoming Spring Commencement taking place on Sunday, May 18. Volunteers are needed to assist with the following Commencement activities:

•    Commencement Brunch (10 a.m.-1 p.m.) and Mass (10 a.m.); Main Campus

•    Commencement Ceremony (3 p.m.) taking place at the BMO Harris Bradley Center, downtown Milwaukee. Volunteer shifts begin two hours prior to the start of the ceremony.

Volunteers are needed to serve as ushers, greeters, and assist with set-up.

If you are interested in volunteering for Spring Commencement or would like further details, please contact Joel Cencius, ’06, director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving  at (414) 410-4203 or alumni@stritch.edu.
Minnesota Alumni Boat Cruise event to be held May 31
Join the Alumni Association on Saturday, May 31 for the annual alumni social event in Minnesota to welcome the newest 2014 graduates. This year we are bringing back the ever-popular boat cruise event, taking place on the Padelford Riverboat Cruise along the Mississippi River. This is a great opportunity to reconnect and enjoy the river sites of the cities.

The cruise will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Check-in begins at 2 p.m. and we will begin boarding the cruise at 2:30 p.m.; all attendees must be on board by 3 p.m.

The cost to attend is $30 per person. Guests are welcome. Hors d'oeuvres will be provided along with music and a short presentation from University members.

Space is limited so registration is required for this event. RSVP by May 22, 2014 by registering online now.
Jubilarian Reunion Weekend Update: Invites being mailed
The 2014 Jubilarian Reunion is only two months away!

The memory book questionnaires have been sent to the class of 1964 by planning committee member Barbara Mlot Olson, ’64. Please complete and return these to Barbara at the email or mailing address provided or send to the alumni office at alumni@stritch.edu by May 7 (preferred)/ May 14 (absolute). These questionnaires will be complied for the Class of 1964 Memory Booklet that will be distributed during Reunion Weekend.

Look for the invitation for Jubilarian Reunion to be mailed in the coming weeks. New this year will be online registration.

Find all the latest reunion news, including the complete schedule, here.
Alumni Reunion Weekend Update: 1989 25-Year Reunion
Did you hear? One of your classmates, Brian King ’88 is receiving the Alumni Award for Professional Achievement Award on Saturday, June 21 as part of Reunion Weekend. He will be coming from his home in Washington, DC to accept the award and will attend the TGIT reception on Friday, June 20. Brian is looking forward to reconnecting with many of his Stritch classmates. Spread the word to your classmates and plan on joining us for a memorable reunion.

Look for the 25-year Reunion invitation to be mailed in the coming weeks. New this year will be online registration.

Find all the latest reunion news, including the complete schedule, here.
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Stritch Stories
Lobo Network brings new voice to students
Campus radio and TV stations and newspapers often provide important venues for the voices of students, as these aspiring journalists and broadcasters hone the craft of interviewing, writing, producing, and announcing. So it’s perhaps appropriate that it was a student voice that helped reinvigorate those very venues at Stritch.

Read more.
Alumni Spotlight
Alumna embraces innovation; leads nursing profession into next chapter

The nursing profession has always been a natural fit for Lynda Gruenewald-Schmitz, '03. Her path was clear as early as high school when she developed an interest in the health sciences.

“I always saw nursing as a very stable profession with endless opportunities…to grow, to lead, to help people,” said Gruenewald-Schmitz.

She credits her family as her biggest supporters, always encouraging her to take leaps in her career.

Her parents (a plumber and a teacher) instilled in her a strong and consistent work ethic, emphasizing the importance of education. Her mother, Karen (Woltring) Gruenewald, '74, was the only one of her siblings to earn a college degree. This distinction was no small feat for any member of the post-Depression generation, but Gruenewald was determined to make it work – and so she did. After marrying and starting their family, she enrolled at (then) Cardinal Stritch College, earning a degree in math.

Read more.

Class Notes
Cathy (Frederick) Dworak, M.S. Business Management, '06,  is director of community outreach and player/alumni relations for the Green Bay Packers.

Jeremy McGlothlin, B.A. Sports Management, '05, is the systems analyst in critical infrastructure at American Transmission Company in Waukesha, Wis.

Julia Rodemeier, Ph.D. Educational Leadership, '11, is an associate dean for academic affairs at Lakeland College in Sheboygan, Wis.
Upcoming University and Alumni Events
April
24
Rochester Alumni: Habitat for Humanity Volunteer Build | 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 12:30-4:30 p.m. shifts
April
25
Twin Cities Alumni: Habitat for Humanity Volunteer Build | 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
April
25
New Music Concert | 6 p.m. | Nancy Kendall Theater
April
30
Business Leaders with a Conscience Speaker Series: John Rupcich, '96 | 6 p.m. | Sister Camille Kliebhan Conference Center
May 1-
July 27
Senior Showcase | Northwestern Mutual Art Gallery
May
7
Piano Showcase | 6 p.m. | Nancy Kendall Theater
May
18
Spring Commencement | 3 p.m. | BMO Harris Bradley Center

May
31
Minnesota Alumni Boat Cruise | 3-6 p.m. (loading begins at 2 p.m.) | Padelford Riverboat Cruise
June
20-22
Jubilarian Reunion Weekend | Various Times | Various locations
June
20-22
Class of 1989 25-Year Reunion | Various times | Various locations
June
21
2014 Alumni Awards Celebration | 5 p.m. | Joan Steele Stein Center for Communication Studies/Fine Arts
June
21
2014 Wolfpack Open | Brown Deer Golf Course