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April 2010 Courtesy of the Cardinal Stritch University Alumni Association

University News 

Literacy Centers receive $30K grant from Brinn Foundation

The Cardinal Stritch University Literacy Centers recently received a $30,000 donation from the Elizabeth A. Brinn Foundation to support its programs in 2010.
Through its Literacy Centers, Stritch aims to provide access to functional, lifetime literacy training for all K-12 students in Milwaukee, regardless of cultural, economic, linguistic, or biological factors.

The program has three locations and serves more than 150 students per semester and has also trained 100 teachers in its unique CLIFFTOPS reading method.

Learn more about 
Cardinal Stritch University’s Literacy Centers.

Oct. 28 Kendall Lecture Series event to feature
Academy Award winner Alex Gibney 

The Kendall Lecture Series, which focuses on cultural relevance and academic excellence, will host Academy Award, Emmy Award, and Grammy Award-winning writer, producer and director Alex Gibney at 7 p.m. Oct. 28 in the Nancy Kendall Theater. Event cost details are forthcoming, but all Kendall Lecture Series events are free to Stritch students with valid I.D.

“At their Worst: Unethical, Immoral and Illegal Behavior among America’s Most Powerful People” will explore what leads people in positions of influence and power to engage in questionable and often illegal acts. Gibney will discuss his experiences exploring some of the most appalling lapses in judgment in modern history, using his films as a means to reveal the ethical and historical implications of arrogance and greed.

Gibney is the director and producer of Academy Award winner for Best Documentary “Taxi to the Dark Side,” an in-depth look at the allegations of torture practices by the United States in Afghanistan, Iraq and Guantanamo Bay, focusing on an innocent taxi driver in Afghanistan who was tortured and killed in 2002.

For a full bio of Gibney and more on these events, visit www.stritch.edu/kendallseries.

Stritch Stories   

Students spend alternative spring break with Habitat for Humanity

This year over spring break, a group of 31 Cardinal Stritch undergrads travelled to New Rochelle, NY to participate in a Habitat for Humanity Alternative Spring Break trip. The group travelled (by van) to New York to work with the Westchester County Chapter of Habitat for Humanity. 

As volunteers, students were able to participate in a variety of projects that are currently happening in the New York area. One group of students spent the week painting at the Peekskill Housing Authority, a federally subsidized housing project. Another group of students spent time working at a new construction site termed “the flood house.”

Read more about this and other student and alumni stories in
Stritch Stories.  

Faculty and Staff News

Sister Barbara Reynolds, SDS, Ph.D., professor in the Mathematics and Computer Science department, was appointed to the Classroom Resources Editorial Board of the Mathematical Association of America.

Dr. Patricia A. Ellis, director of professional development and community outreach in the Leadership Center, presented a workshop on “Literacy Across the Curriculum” at the Black Alliance for Educational Options National Conference in Milwaukee on March 5. There were over 500 attendees from throughout the United States. 

To learn more about these and other recent achievements of Stritch faculty and staff, click

Student and Athletic News     

Men's Volleyball selected to play in NAIA National Tournament

Despite a tough loss in the Mid-America Men’s Volleyball Intercollegiate Conference (MAMVIC) East tournament championship, the Cardinal Stritch University Wolves will live to play another day.  The No. 3 Wolves have been informed that they will join five other teams for the right to play for the national championship.

“It’s always exciting when you have a chance to play for a national championship,” Stritch head coach Dave Schmidlin said.  “This is the second straight year that the program here at Stritch will have that opportunity and we are definitely looking forward to the challenge ahead.”


Alumni News

Stritch launches online giving with alumni drawing

The Office of University Advancement has announced the debut of online giving, and is asking alumni for their help in successfully launching this new feature. 

“We are very excited to offer a new and convenient way for people to give to Stritch,” said Mike Brauer, vice president for University Advancement. “An online giving option will really enhance the progress we’ve made reaching out to alumni online through e-newsletters and social media. It offers the opportunity to not only get (information) from Stritch online, but to give as well.” 

From now until May 1st, any alumni that gives to Stritch online will be entered into a drawing for a $50 gas gift card.

To give, go to www.stritch.edu/giving or go to www.stritch.edu  and click on the “Give to Stritch” link on the right side of the page.

Spring Alumni Phonathon nets more than $25,000

This year’s spring Alumni Phonathon resulted in the Office of Advancement surpassing its goal of $20,000 by raising $25,694 in pledges from 683 Stritch alumni. 29 student callers made 44,484 phone calls and reached 7,700 alumni out of more than 15,000 alumni that were contacted.

“It was a great experience overall,” said Beckie Freda, a freshman business major and one of the student callers during the three-week Phonathon. “Even if people weren’t interested in making a gift, they were very polite and interested in how I liked Stritch. They asked what my major was, how my experience was so far, what was going on at the University, and lots of other questions. It seemed to me that they really wanted to stay connected to the school.”

Reminder: Madison Alumni event April 29, 2010   

Cardinal Stritch University alumnus Ron Phelps, ‘93, is opening his home to Stritch alumni in the Madison, Wis. area on Thursday, April 29, 2010 from 5-7 p.m. to meet, network and learn from one another. It may be the start of an informal Madison alumni group.
If you are in the area and can join us please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at (414) 410-4939 or e-mail alumni@stritch.edu for details.

Make plans to join us in September for a Stritch Brewer game!

Planning your Brewer season? Save the date to join Stritch alumni and friends on Friday, Sept. 10 when the Brewers play the Cubs as part of Alumni Reunion Weekend. More details coming soon! Check
www.stritch.edu/alumni often.

Upcoming Events: 

Arts events

April 16, 17, 23, 24 at 7:30 p.m. and April 18 at 2 p.m. | "The Comedy of Errors" | Nancy Kendall Theater

April 16-25, 2010 |
 B.A./B.F.A Exhibition | Northwestern Mutual Art Gallery

May 1, 2010 | Wisconsin School Music Association State Music Festival | Cardinal Stritch University | (414) 410-4349

May 7, 2010 | Spring Choir Concert | Nancy Kendall Theater | 2 p.m. 

University and Alumni events     

April 16, 2010 | Alumni and Friends Theater and Gallery Night | Northwestern Mutual Art Gallery | 5:30 - 9:30 p.m.

April 21, 2010 | Honors Convocation and Alumni Awards dinner | Cardinal Stritch University

April 29, 2010 | Madison Area Alumni Event | Home of Ron Phelps '93 | 5-7 p.m.

May 14-15, 2010 | 
Jubilarian Reunion Weekend, featuring 50th reunion of the Class of 1960  | Cardinal Stritch University

May 15, 2010 | Spring Commencement

June 10, 2010 | Stritch Summer Festival | Northwestern Mutual Art Gallery | 5 -8 p.m.

Saint Clare Center for Ministry Formation upcoming events 

Helen Bader Leadership Speaker Series upcoming events

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