U.S. Department of Education conducts roundtable at Stritch's City Center
Stritch hosted a roundtable discussion on the state of education in the United States on Sept. 9 in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Education's "Education and the Economy" Back to School Bus Tour, which has taken Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and his senior staff to more than 50 events throughout the Midwest.
At the City Center, U.S. Department of Education Teaching Ambassador Fellows Claire Jellinek and Leah Lechleiter-Luke led a roundtable discussion with approximately 15 teachers, teacher mentors, principals, superintendents, and Stritch faculty and panelists. Its purpose was for the teaching fellows to meet with and listen to educators about the current state of education. Although Secretary Duncan did not attend, he will view a video of the discussion.
The event was hosted by Stritch's Southeastern Wisconsin New Teacher Project (SEWNTP), a program that offers classes and trainings supporting mentors of new teachers and the new teachers themselves in southeastern Wisconsin school districts.
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New students move into residence halls
Stritch President Dr. James P. Loftus (pictured above), along with Alumni Relations staff and student orientation leaders, helped more than 125 new students moved into the Clare and Assisi Residence Halls on Wednesday, Aug. 24.
Freshmen move-in day marked the official start to new student orientation week and helped build excitement for the start of the fall semester.
Student Orientation service project raises more than $1,200 for St. Ben’s
As part of the 2011 new student orientation service project, freshmen students held car washes at eight sites throughout the greater Milwaukee area to raise money for the community meal program at St. Benedict the Moor parish. A total of $1,258.35 was raised, almost doubling last year’s car wash fundraiser total of $700.
Students provided car washes to the public at seven local churches that volunteered their parking lots for use, and a group of students also washed cars at the main Stritch campus. 100% of the proceeds benefit St. Ben’s, an organization that was chosen because all freshman students in the College of Arts and Sciences will be volunteering at its meal program, which serves more than 2,000 meals a week to homeless and poor individuals, during the fall semester.
Reverencing creation the value of the year for 2011-12
Each year, the University focuses on one of its four Franciscan values and invites all members of the Stritch community to a year of study, prayer and action focused on that value. The focus for this year will be reverencing all of creation, which includes fostering a simple lifestyle and responsible stewardship, preserving the environment, and respecting all creatures.
The Office of Mission and Identity will provide a number of focused opportunities related to this value throughout the year, including a book study, creation of a University Environmental Assessment and Best Practices Committee, an art contest for students, and a student service trip to Belize in January 2012, where students will serve at a local zoo.
Stritch’s annual Mission Week will take place Oct. 2-4, concluding with the Mass of the Feast of St. Francis and the dedication of the new St. Francis of Assisi Chapel on Oct. 4. Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki will preside over the dedication.
Stritch Alumni remember 9/11
To mark the 10-year anniversary of the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001, Stritch held a campus-wide “Mass for Peace” for the campus community on Sunday. In addition, the University reached out to alumni via social networking sites, asking them to share thoughts and memories about their personal experiences. Below are excerpts from some of the responses to “Where were you on 9/11/01?”
“I remember I was on military leave. I was visiting family when everyone started to call me. I ended up having to go back on the first flight available, which was four days later. That began our 6-month cruise.” -Sara Thering, A.S. Business ’07; B.S. Management, ’10
"I was working as a respiratory therapist in the cardiac ICU at Brandon Hospital. I was walking by a patient's room and he waved at me. He then told me, ‘Someone crashed a plane into a skyscraper.’ I made a mental note to tell his nurse he must be hallucinating. He must have seen that in my face because he said, ‘No, really’ and pointed to the TV. He, I, and a growing body of nurses and physicians watched the horrible events unfold on a TV in that hospital room. I remember how eerily quiet we all were.” -Steve Hardt, A.A. Sociology, ’82
To add your own memories to the discussion, visit Stritch’s LinkedIn or Facebook sites.
To find out more about the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, visit www.911memorial.org.
Sister Florence Deacon, OSF, Ph.D., director of Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi, was named president-elect of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. She will serve a three-year term, which includes her second year as president, and the third year as past president. The 1,500 members of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious are the leaders of congregations of Catholic women religious in the United States who foster ongoing collaboration and discussion among the nation’s religious orders. Sister Florence has a bachelor’s degree in history from Stritch, as well as a master’s degree in American history from University of Washington, and a Ph.D. in women’s, American and African history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She was a professor of history and political science at Stritch for more than 25 years.
Dr. Peter Jonas, professor and chair of the Doctoral Leadership Studies Department, made four keynote speeches in August. They were “Using Humor to Engage Students” for Milwaukee Achievers, “The Courage to Teach” for the Port Washington school district, “Leading, Learning, and Laughing” for the Marshall school district and “The Role of Servant Leadership in Business” for Ian’s Pizza Management Group in Madison. Additionally, he was a seminar presenter for Non-Public Education Services Inc. in Milwaukee and presented “Active Engagement and (Hopefully) Brain Development.”
Panella to be inducted into NAIA Hall of Fame
Assistant Director of Athletics and former women's basketball head coach Rich Panella has been named an inductee of the 2011-12 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Hall of Fame. He will join 17 other inductees into this year's class.
In his 23 seasons as coach, Panella had an astounding overall record of 548-139. He stepped down last year to take on the role of special advisor to head coach John Pfaffl. “I’m extremely blessed to have this honor given to me,” Panella said. “I've never come to work each day saying to myself that I'm here because I want to be in a hall of fame, but rather showed up because I enjoyed making an impact on young lives and being someone that could encourage the growth of our student-athletes on and off of the court.”
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Wolves Sports Network gives fans more access
Stritch’s Athletics Department is launching the Wolves Sports Network (WSN), as presented by Game Central with Stretch Media, to provide fans a means of watching, listening or following live stats on all designated Wolves home games.
Coverage will be available at www.stritchwolves.com/WSN and will be smart phone and tablet-friendly, plus all broadcasts will be automatically archived so fans that miss events are able to watch them at their convenience. All broadcasts for the WSN will be open to the public 15 minutes before the listed start time of the event in the official game day viewer. For more information, click here.