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Stritch Alumni e-Newsletter May 2014
University News
More than 650 students receive degrees at commencement
A total of 679 students received their degrees this spring as Cardinal Stritch University conducted its commencement ceremony Sunday, May 18 at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

The graduating class included 409 undergraduates, 254 graduate students and 16 doctoral students.   

Mary Flynn, assistant professor and president of the Stritch Faculty Senate, was the commencement speaker. Nate Friday, who received a bachelor of arts degree, addressed his peers as the ceremony’s student speaker.

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Click here for Commencement Weekend photo galleries.
Dr. Tia Bojar announces retirement
After nearly four decades of service to Cardinal Stritch University as a faculty member, dean and executive vice president for academic affairs, Dr. Tia Bojar has announced her retirement, effective Aug. 1, 2014.

After helping to lead the preparation for a vigorous year-long self-study as part of the University’s Higher Learning Commission reaccreditation visit last month, Bojar feels the time is right to pursue other challenges and opportunities.

“I feel like I’m graduating to a different stage,” Bojar said. “I believe in the mission of Stritch and I believe in the people here; that has never changed. But I believe that now is really the perfect breaking point to do other things.”

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Stoecklein named WACAC president-elect
Emmy Stoecklein, '98, '06, director of Undergraduate Admissions, has been named president-elect of the Wisconsin Association for College Admission Counseling (WACAC).  

This is the state-level affiliate group of the National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC), and is an organization comprised of more than 500 members

Read more.
College Updates
College of Arts and Sciences:
Art students learn the ABCs of community service
College of Business and Management:
Alumna recognized as Woman of Influence
College of Education and Leadership:
Donation designed to help teachers, students
Ruth S. Coleman College of Nursing:
Transfer agreement announced for respiratory therapy
Faculty/Staff News
Dr. Jennifer J. Fontanini, associate dean of the School of Education, and colleagues Linda Carpenter, faculty in the Master of Arts in Teaching program, and Linda Neiman, former associate dean of the School of Education, published an article in the April 2014 Association of Middle Level Educators Magazine titled, Ask the real experts about good teaching. The article summarizes a recent study conducted by the authors in a middle school in Wisconsin that uncovered some fascinating insights into what middle school students think about good teaching.

Dr. Terry Steele and Dr. Carole Hetzel, faculty in the undergraduate psychology department, presented a poster at the Midwest Psychological Association conference in Chicago on May 1. The poster entitled, Cafeteria Wasteland: Convincing Diners to Discard Less Food, presented findings on the second phase of the food waste study currently being conducted on campus.

Follow StritchNews for the latest in faculty/staff updates.
Annual Fund Updates
Help us reach the goal!
We need your support to help us reach the $50,000 2014 Alumni Challenge goal and activate the $50,000 match by our Challenge team.

With $15,000 to go, we hope you will consider making a gift today and take advantage of the opportunity to double or even triple your impact.

Remember, 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 here.

Thank you to the more than 850 alumni who have already accepted the Challenge with gifts totaling more than $35,000.
Athletics News
Women's Tennis wins CCAC Tournament in first year
As a first year program, the No. 19 Cardinal Stritch University Wolves women's tennis team has won the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Tournament. Stritch defeated the No. 23 Olivet Nazarene University Tigers, winning 5-1. By winning the CCAC Tournament, Stritch received an automatic bid to the 34th Annual Women's Tennis National Championship.

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Men's Golf Makes Way To National Championship
The inaugural season for the Cardinal Stritch University Wolves men's golf team will be capped off at the 63rd NAIA Men's Golf National Championship in Daytona Beach, Fla.

The Wolves earned an automatic berth into the tournament with their runner-up finish at the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Tournament.

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Don't miss the 2014 Wolfpack Open

The 2014 Wolf Pack Open Golf Outing, presented by Total Cleaning Systems, will be played on Saturday, June 21, 2014 at the Brown Deer Park Golf Course.

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

Click here to register.

Alumni News
Tickets now on sale for 2014 Alumni Awards event

The Cardinal Stritch University Alumni Association Board of Directors invites you to join us at the 2014 Alumni Awards event on Saturday, June 21 in the Joan Steele Stein Center for Communication Studies/Fine Arts on campus.

The not-to-miss signature alumni event of the year will highlight the outstanding accomplishments of our 2014 recipients, celebrate Stritch alumni pride and pay special tribute to our 50th (Class of '64) and 25th (Class of '89) Reunion attendees.

Event Timeline:

5 p.m. Cocktail Reception
Hosted by University President Dr. James P. Loftus and Stritch First Lady Irene Prior Loftus

6 p.m. Dinner
Menu can be found here.

7 p.m. Awards Program
Nancy Kendall Theater

Reservations can be made online or by calling the Alumni Association office at (414) 410-4939 or alumni@stritch.edu.

There is still time to join us in Minnesota on 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 registering online now.
Minnesota Alumni unite for Habitat service project
(Pictured above: Stritch alumni volunteers pause for a picture with homeowner they were assisting in the Twin Cities).

Thank you to our alumni who teamed up with Habitat for Humanity in both Rochester and the Twin Cities (with Habitat’s A Brush with Kindness program) for an alumni community service event last month.

Alumni participants joined other Habitat volunteers in helping to build a home for a Habitat family in the Rochester area and assisted with painting and other home repairs for a homeowner in the Twin Cities.
2014 Jubilarian Reunion less than one month away!
Don’t miss this opportunity to reconnect with Stritch classmates, like Pat Meyer Buechel, ’64, Barbara Mlot Olson, ’64, Joyce Franke France, ’64, and Donna Wright Stehling, ’64 as we celebrate and welcome the Class of 1964 to the Jubilarian Society.

Outside of the 1964 class dinner on June 20, all class years are invited to join us for all Jubilarian Weekend events. You can find the complete schedule here. Be sure to register before the June 9 deadline. New this year is online registration.
25-Year Reunion Weekend soon approaching
In less than a month, the Alumni Association will host its first-ever 25-year Reunion Weekend for the Class of 1989. Don’t miss this opportunity to reconnect with Stritch classmates, like Ann (Bilodeau) Ingham, ’89, Brother Patrick McCormack, ’89, and Mary Vogel, ’89 as we celebrate the 25th anniversary this class.

All class years are invited to join us for all 25-year Reunion Weekend events. You can find the complete schedule here. Be sure to register before the June 9 deadline. You can register online here.
Call for Alumni Board Nominations and Applications

The Alumni Association is currently seeking nominations and applications for Alumni Board Director positions. Serving on the Alumni Board is a great way to get involved and re-engaged with the University.

If you are interested in serving on the Alumni Board, please fill out the online application form. If you know of a Stritch graduate who you feel would be a great candidate, please fill out the online nomination form. All nomination and application forms are due by July 31.

Terms for those candidates selected to serve will begin in early 2015, and will serve a two-year term. Directors may serve on the board for two consecutive two-year terms.

Read more about the Alumni Board here. Email the Alumni Association office at alumni@stritch.edu if you have additional questions.

Save the Date!
Mark your calendars for October 16, 2014. The Education Deans of Greater Milwaukee are hosting the annual Celebrate Teachers and Teaching event at Alverno College.

This event will spotlight the “best of the best teachers” in our city.  Each and every one of us has been challenged and changed by the many educators we have experienced in our lives as learners. Please visit the Celebrate Teachers and Teaching website at www.celebrateteachingmke.org for details on nominations and the program.
Stritch Stories
Graduating student leaves legacy in stained glass
Nate Friday, B.A. degree graduate in secondary education and social studies and the student speaker at Stritch’s May 18 commencement ceremony, has left quite a legacy as an engaged and involved student, but perhaps his most lasting imprint can be found in stained glass.

Hanging above the doors to the University's St. Francis of Assisi Chapel is a prominent “sunrise/sunset” stained glass window that he created, titled "Go Light Your World."

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Alumni Spotlight
Graphic design graduate serves worldwide markets through successful business
With more than 15 distributors worldwide in countries like Spain, Mexico, Australia and Italy and upwards of 1,300 customer accounts, alumna Stephanie (Hunt) Smokovich’s small scrapbooking manufacturing business is taking the industry by storm. Based out of Wauwatosa, Wis., and going on its sixth year of operation, Bella Blvd LLC is becoming a leader in the craft and hobby industry, creating colorful print and pattern products for crafters around the world.

“Scrapbooking is about documenting your story,” said Smokovich, a 2006 Stritch graduate whose passion for scrapbooking and art began when she was a young girl.

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Class Notes
Rhonda Arzoomanian, M.S. Business Management, '09, is the associate director of the Yale Center for Clinical Investigation and Yale Cancer Center in New Haven, Conn.

Casey Renn, B.A. Business, '06
, is the junior meeting manager with American Express, dedicated to the Johnson Controls account in Milwaukee, Wis.

Kimberla (Lawson) Roby, B.S. Business Administration, '93
, is the New York Times bestselling author of The Reverend Curtis Black series. Her 20th title, The Prodigal Son, was published in May 2014. She has sold more than 2 million copies of her novels.

Ann (McClain) Terell, M.S. Educational Leadership, '07
, has been elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Terell has been on Governor's Early Childhood Advisory Council since 2009 and also serves on Stritch's College of Education and Leadership Advisory Board.
Upcoming University and Alumni Events
July 27
Senior Showcase | Northwestern Mutual Art Gallery
Minnesota Alumni Boat Cruise | 3-6 p.m. (loading begins at 2 p.m.) | Padelford Riverboat Cruise
Minnesota Commencement | 1:30 p.m. | St. Catherine University (St. Paul, Minn.)
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 Steele Stein Center for Communication Studies/Fine Arts
The Art and Science of Aging Seminar | 2-3:30 p.m. | Duns Scotus Hall
2014 Wolfpack Open | Brown Deer Golf Course
24 and 25
2014 Summer Breakfast Conversations | 8 a.m. | Stritch City Center