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Stritch Alumni e-Newsletter July 2014
University News
Stritch welcomes new Student Success Center staff
In June Stritch welcomed new staff member, Breanna Mekuly (pictured on the left) and Jennifer Schopp (pictured on the right) to the Student Success Center team.

Mekuly fills the role of assistant director of university ministry where she will work to foster a deeper understanding between the community and its Franciscan heritage, including deepening the relationships between students and the Sisters. She will also organize and facilitate spiritual retreats and alternative spring break trips.

Jennifer Schopp fills a new position at Stritch as the multicultural academic advisor where she will focus on advising students through a multicultural lens and providing overall academic and programmatic support.

Read more.
Join Stritch for St. Ben's Run/Walk
Stritch alumni are encouraged to join Stritch's team for this year’s annual Capuchin’s Run/Walk for the Hungry, which takes place on Friday, July 25 at 7 p.m. as part of German Fest.

With your registration, you will receive:
-A commemorative t-shirt
-Free German Fest admission (open until 11 p.m. Friday night)
-$5 food/drink coupon
-2 for 1 coupon to return to German Fest for the other days
-Entry into a drawing eligible for wonderful prizes

The proceeds of this run/walk support St. Ben’s Community Meal and House of Peace, which local Capuchin brothers operate.

Register online here. Team registration is now closed, but you can still register as an individual and run/walk with the Stritch team. For more information, please contact Breanna Mekuly, University minister, at bmmekuly@stritch.edu or at (414) 410-4722.
Windows on Stritch to be held Sept. 16
The website has been recently launched for Windows on Stritch: a scholarship benefit to be held on Tuesday, Sept. 16 in the Sister Camille Kliebhan Conference Center. The evening will honor the extraordinary leadership of Sister Camille Kliebhan, OSF, Ph.D., and Sister Mary Lea Schneider, OSF, Ph.D.

Online registration for Windows is coming soon – there will be opportunities to purchase tables as well as individual tickets. If you or your company is interested in becoming an event sponsor/underwriter, please contact Cindy Marino at camarino1@stritch.edu or (414) 410-4544.
Stritch to sponsor Think College WI Conference Oct. 17
Cardinal Stritch University is sponsoring the first conference in Wisconsin devoted to college education for individuals with intellectual disabilities on Oct. 17.

Think College WI Conference: Raising Expectations is geared for everyone interested in post-secondary education for students with intellectual disabilities. This conference will engage higher education and K12 faculty, staff and administrators; individuals with intellectual disabilities and their families or caregivers.

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Faculty/Staff News
Dr. Carole Hetzel, assistant professor in the psychology department, co-authored an article, “The ABCs of CSR: A Social Psychological Model for Accelerating Sustainability,” which was published in the June 2014 issue of the Business Journal of Entrepreneurs.

Dr. Keith Mann, associate professor in the department of sociology has published a peer reviewed article entitled "Social Movement Literature and U.S. Labour: A Reassessment" in the journal Studies in Social Justice. The article can accessed online here.  

Follow StritchNews for the latest in faculty/staff updates.
Alumni Challenge less than $1,000 away from goal:
More than 1,000 alumni make gift to support Challenge – will you join them?
With less than two weeks until the end of Stritch’s fiscal year on July 31, we have less than $1,000 to raise to meet our $50,000 Alumni Challenge goal issued by our Alumni Challenge donor team. When the goal is met, the team will match the $50,000 for a total of $100,000 for the Challenge.  

Now is the time to give! Remember, gifts made by alumni to the Stritch Annual Fund or Santa Chiara Fund will be matched, dollar-for-dollar for all first time gifts, renewed gifts and gift upgrades.

Gifts must be received by July 31 to qualify for the match and count towards the Alumni Challenge goal. Gifts can be made online, via phone at (414) 410-4939 or by mail.

The Alumni Challenge is part of the University’s overall fund raising goal of $2.35 million. If you have already made your annual gift, thank you for your support!
Athletics News
Clemens Named CCAC Athletic Director of the Year
In his final season at the position, Cardinal Stritch University's Pat Clemens has been named the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Athletic Director of the Year.

"While I am very honored to be recognized by my peers this award really belongs to the entire athletic department," said Clemens who will retire on July 31 after spending seven years as Stritch's Athletic Director.

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Wolf Pack Open raises more than $20,000 for Stritch Athletics
(Pictured above L-R: Stritch alumni Nick Longley, ’07, Tyler Inda, ’07, and Nick Moran, ’05 take part in this year’s event).

On June 21, more than 110 golfers gathered at the Brown Deer Park Golf Course for the 2014 Wolf Pack Open. The event, first held in 2011, has become a successful annual fundraiser for Stritch Athletics, contributing to athletic training and student scholarships. More than $20,000 was raised at this year’s event.
Alumni News
Record attendance at 2014 Alumni Awards
The 2014 Alumni Awards took place June 21 and the event drew a record crowd with more than 250 people in attendance. This was the first year the Alumni Awards event was held as part of Reunion Weekend and included two new award categories, a University Supporter Award and the Mother Bartholomew, OSF Lifetime Achievement Award.

Showcasing the best of Stritch, this signature alumni event began with a cocktail reception with President Dr. James P. Loftus and his wife, Irene Prior Loftus. A dinner and the presentation of the awards followed in the Nancy Kendall Theater.

The Alumni Association is asking anyone who attended the event to share your photos with our office.  Photos can be emailed to alumni@stritch.edu or uploaded to our Facebook page using the hash tag #Stritchalumniawards14.

Congratulations once again to our 2014 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
Call for Alumni Board applications and nominations ends July 31
The Alumni Association is seeking nominations and applications for Alumni Board Director positions. 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.

The online application form can be found here. If you know of a Stritch graduate who you feel would be a great candidate, please fill out the online nomination form here. All nomination and application forms are due by July 31.

Email the Alumni Association office at alumni@stritch.edu if you have questions.
Class of 1989 celebrates their 25-year Reunion
Members of the Class of 1989 and friends from surrounding class years gathered the weekend of June 20-22 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their Stritch graduation.

Highlights of the weekend included an ‘80s T.G.I.T. party in the Student Union complete with music, food and trivia all reminiscent of the time period they attended Stritch; a picnic lunch in the beautiful Heritage Park with Stritch staff and faculty; and the Reunion Weekend Mass and Brunch held in the Saint Francis of Assisi Chapel.

Photo galleries for the 25-Year Reunion T.G.I.T. Reception, Picnic lunch, Mass and brunch can be found on the Stritch Alumni Facebook page.

Planning is already underway for next year’s 25-year reunion. If you are a member of the Class of 1990 and are interested in serving on the reunion planning committee, email us at alumni@stritch.edu or call (414) 410-4544.

(Pictured above: Ann (Bilodeau) Ingham, '89, and Brian King, '88).
Jubilarian Reunion celebrates Class of 1964
As part of Reunion Weekend held June 20-22, Jubilarians (alumni celebrating 50 or more years of their graduation from Stritch) gathered to reunite with old friends, faculty members and to see the sights of Stritch today. Members of the class of 1964 were formally inducted into the Jubilarian Society during a special ceremony at the 2014 Alumni Awards Celebration.

Highlights of this year’s reunion included time touring the University Archives with a special class of 1964 presentation by University Archivist Sister Margaret Ruddy, OSF, a tour of the Stritch campus to see familiar and new sites, and a special “Off-the-Record” lunch held in the Serra Dinning Hall. The weekend ended with a Reunion Mass held in the St. Francis of Assisi Chapel and a special brunch hosted by University President Dr. James Loftus and First Lady Irene Prior Loftus.

With more than 25 members of the class of ’64 partaking in weekend festivities, this was one of the largest classes ever to attend the Jubilarian Reunion. Special thanks to planning committee co-chairs, Pat Meyer Buechel, ’64 and Barbara Mlot Olson, ’64.

Photo galleries for the Jubilarian Reunion archives visit, campus tour, lunch, Mass and brunch can be found on the Stritch Alumni Facebook page.
Alumni invited to attend Motherhouse Wine and Vine event Aug. 23
Alumni are encouraged to attend the Wine and Vine event being held Aug. 23 from 3:30-7 p.m. on the grounds of Stritch’s original south campus in St. Francis. The sixth annual Wine and Vine event will support the St. Francis of Assisi Convent grounds, with refurbishment of the old grape arbor (started in 1912) and for the development of the surrounding green space.

Jubilarians who are most familiar with these grounds are encouraged to attend to see the sights of the original campus. Members of the Class of 1964 will be gathering at the event.

Pre-sale tickets purchased by Aug. 18 are $50 each. Tickets for non-alcoholic beverages and food are $30. Tickets purchased at the event are $70. Tickets can be purchased online at www.winenvineosf.com or by calling (414) 744-1160, ext. 3021.
Business Leaders with a Conscience Speakers Series kicks off Sept. 22
Mark your calendars for a new alumni offering beginning in September. The College of Business and Management, in collaboration with the Alumni Association, will host a private reception for alumni after each presentation of the Business Leaders with a Conscience speakers series. This series of lectures spotlights Stritch graduates who know what it means to be a leader with a conscience and successfully meet the challenge of balancing people, planet, and profit. 

We will kick off this new collaborative effort with an award-winning international business leader, Brian J. King, B.A. Communication, ’88 who will serve as the first speaker in the series this fall. King is currently the global brand officer for Marriott Endorsed Brands at Marriott International.  

When:  Monday, Sept. 22, 2014
Where:  Kliebhan Conference Center, Bonaventure Hall
Time: 6 p.m. Keynote; 7 p.m. Alumni Reception

Information on how to RSVP for this FREE event will be coming soon.
Alumni invited to participate in Saint Clare Center programs
The Saturday Institute for Lay Ministries, presented by Stritch’s Saint Clare Center for Catholic Life, offers courses that extend over six Saturdays each semester.

These courses, open to alumni, are intended for adult Catholics who want to understand scripture and church tradition more fully, to embrace their faith more deeply, and to participate in service, ministry, and mission more actively. Courses for the fall will take place on Stritch’s Main Campus on Sept. 13/17, Oct. 11/25, and Nov. 8/22.

For more information or to register, contact Mary Foley at mafoley@stritch.edu or call (414) 410-4405.
Stritch Stories
Staff lend a hand to St. Ben's
Several Stritch staff members recently participated in a community service project benefiting the St. Ben's Community Meal program. The service activity was part of Staff Development Day, hosted by the Staff Development Committee (SDC).

The day's theme was "Discover Your Mission," and as such, SDC felt it was important to offer a service activity to staff members for personal development and fulfillment.

Volunteers assembled and delivered approximately 55 hygiene bags and 275 sandwiches to St. Ben's.

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Alumni Spotlight
Alumna’s new focus “melts” experiences, education, passion into innovative fitness venture
Painted on the wall of studio Melt’s brightly lit exercise room are the words “defrost your mind, discover your body.”

Those words are much more than a slogan for one of Madison’s most successful fitness studios, which provides personal training, group exercise, massage therapy, and nutrition counseling at a State Street location in the downtown square. For Studio Melt owner Mona Melms, ’86, the phrase represents her life’s journey of personal struggle and triumph as well as her challenge for all who enter Melt wanting to improve their own health and well being.

Read more.
Class Notes
Rachel Babiak, B.F.A. Graphic Design, '12 and Joshua Krause, B.A. Theater, ’11  were married June 7 in Delafield, Wis.

Dr. Vicki J. Martin
, M.S. Business Management,’84 has been named Milwaukee Area Technical College's 10th president.

Deirdre Ann (Novinska) Wells
, Ed.D., Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service, ’03 has been selected as the new superintendent for the Marshfield School District in Marshfield, Wis.

Submit your class notes here.
Upcoming University and Alumni Events
Capuchins' Run/Walk for the Hungry | 5 p.m. | German Fest
New Student Welcome Ceremony and Tree Planting | Heritage Park
Wine and Vine Event | St. Francis of Assisi Convent | 3:30-7 p.m.
Windows on Stritch| 5:30 p.m. | Sister Camille Kliebhan Conference Center
Doors Open Milwaukee | Stritch City Center
Business Leaders with a Conscience Speaker Series: Featuring Brian King, '88 | 6 p.m. | Sister Camille Kliebhan Conference Center
Think College Wisconsin Conference | 8:15 a.m.-4 p.m.| Sister Camille Kliebhan Conference Center
Kendall Lecture Series | 7 p.m. | Sister Camille Kliebhan Conference Center