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August 2011 Courtesy of the Cardinal Stritch University Alumni Association

Dear Joel,

University News

Stritch receives national recognition for model student teacher program

Stritch’s College of Education and Leadership was recently named one of only 10 colleges/universities nationwide as a model institution for its student teacher program, as determined by the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ). Stritch is the only institution in the state of Wisconsin to be recognized.

NCTQ performed a comprehensive nationwide review that examined 134 higher education institutions offering an undergraduate student teaching program to elementary teacher candidates and approved by their states to prepare public school teachers.

As one of the 10 institutions categorized as having “model design,” Stritch was commended for “playing a strong role in selection and requiring that cooperating teachers (from partnering school districts) have strong instructional and mentorship skills.” Stritch is among a small number of institutions that require cooperating teachers to be fully qualified and actively participates in the selection of those teachers.

Read more.

Enrollment Services begins phased rollout of online registration

Enrollment Services is working toward allowing students to register for classes online – a service long requested by many students.

When implemented, students will be able to utilize My Stritch to register for classes. The precise manner in which students will utilize online registration will vary based upon college, whether they are undergraduate or graduate, and other factors.

At present, traditional undergraduate students are required to meet with both a major advisor and a One Stop counselor prior to being registered for classes. In the future, these students will meet with their major advisor, who will assist them in making appropriate academic decisions, but then will be able to register for their courses online. Full rollout for traditional undergraduates and all CBM students is scheduled to occur in spring 2012.

Classroom and parking lot renovations completed

As part of the University’s ongoing efforts to improve its facilities and provide the best possible classroom experience for students, a number of classrooms were renovated this summer, including two in the Joan Steele Stein Center for Communication Studies/Fine Arts and three in Duns Scotus Hall. The renovations include enhanced technology that offers faculty and students additional tools.

In addition to the classroom renovations, parking lot #8 (north of Roger Bacon) was resurfaced in mid-July, a project that took nearly two weeks.

Stritch Stories 

Alumna helps art students develop skills, learn about St. Francis

Eleven colorful murals depicting the life of St. Francis of Assisi now line a well-traveled hallway at Messmer High School in Milwaukee. Painting students created these reproductions of Giotto’s famous frescos in spring as part of a class taught by Stritch alumna Jennifer Klecker, ’04.

Thirty-nine students collaborated during a six-week lesson to create the eight-foot-by-eight-foot mural panels. Klecker, an art teacher and chair of the fine arts department at Messmer, led the students through the process, focusing not only on helping them develop their painting skills, but also taking time to examine the life of St. Francis.

Read more here.

See images of the murals here.

Artist and alumna creatively tells a tragic story through illustrated historical fiction

In June of 1899, the Gollmar Brothers Circus came to New Richmond, Wis. On the first day of festivities, a massive tornado arrived without warning and swept through the town, claiming 117 lives and destroying nearly everything in its path.

Using these events as a backdrop, Milwaukee artist and Stritch alumna Sue Lawton, ’02, began forming the idea for a story that has become an illustrated novel, “The Circus and the Cyclone,” that takes visual cues from old circus posters in an artistic style that pays homage to the golden age of illustration of the early 20th century.

In order to publish book, Lawton is using Kickstarter, a crowd-funding website that allows interested parties to pledge financial backing in exchange for copies of the book, and more. As of today, more than $4,500 of her $7,000 goal has been pledged, with the all-or-nothing deadline of Aug. 31 looming.

Read more here.

Make a pledge help publish “The Circus and the Cyclone,” here.

Faculty/staff news

Nathanael Adams, faculty in the College of Business and Management, co-authored the article "The Wholistic Ethical Litmus of Leadership: A Practical Non-Linear Dynamics and Chaos Based Leadership Mode" published in the American Journal of Economics and Business Administration Volume 3, Issue 2. Visit http://thescipub.com/current_ajebasp to read the article.

Father Jim Gannon, OFM, vice president of Mission and Identity, was elected to a six-year term as Provincial Vicar of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Province of the Order of Friars Minor. This role, similar to that of a vice president, entails managing personnel for the 130 members of the province, helping to determine ministry placement, community assignments, and more. 

Rev. Niles Kauffman, OFM Cap., coordinator of formation for the Saint Clare Center for Catholic Life, celebrated his 60th Jubilee as a member of the Capuchin Order of Friars Minor during a ceremony on Aug. 5 at St. Lawrence Seminary in Mt. Calvary, Wis.

Athletic News

Alumni and former teammates become coaches of Wolves men’s and women’s soccer teams

The Stritch Wolves soccer program has two new head coaches as the 2011 season approaches, both of whom are Stritch alumni from England who played on the men’s team together. Kevin Brennan, who served last year as a graduate assistant for the men’s team, will take over as men’s head coach. Rob Blake, also an assistant with the men’s team, will become head coach of the women’s team.

Brennan, a four-year starter from 2003-07, was named the team’s most valuable player during his sophomore season. He was assistant men’s soccer coach at Viterbo University, associate head boys’ soccer coach at Pius High School, and worked with the Jamie Shore Soccer International program as a coach and operations manager in Bristol, U.K. He is currently head varsity boys’ soccer coach at Whitefish Bay High School and an academy coach with the Bavarian Soccer Club and the Olympic Development Program for Wisconsin.

Blake began his coaching career in Grimsby, England with boys’ club soccer in a Grimsby and county league. In 2004, he came to Stritch and played all four years on the team. Since then, he has coached in the Women’s Soccer Club leagues and is currently a coach for Whitefish Bay Soccer Club select program and the head varsity soccer coach at Greenfield High School.

Read more at www.stritchwolves.com.


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