Saint Francis of Assisi Chapel opens with dedication Mass
A long-held dream of the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi was finally realized Oct. 4, when Cardinal Stritch University formally dedicated its modern new worship space, the Saint Francis of Assisi Chapel.
The Most Rev. Jerome Listecki, Archbishop of Milwaukee, presided over the Mass, which was followed by a reception. The event capped Stritch’s annual Mission Week and coincided with the Feast of St. Francis.
The efforts to build a new chapel on campus began amongst students, who presented a letter with 60 signatures that described the need to University administration last December. The chapel was constructed within space located in the southern wing of the second floor promenade/hallway of Bonaventure Hall, the University’s main administration building.
The chapel is able to accommodate 160 people, or four times the capacity of the former space. Construction was possible due to several generous donations that provided the necessary $610,000 in funding.
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Stritch Showcase raises more than $100,000 for the University
The Stritch Showcase annual fundraiser was held on Sept. 27, and, for the fourth year in a row, exceeded its budgeted goal in raising funds to benefit the University’s programs and scholarships.
The event showcased Stritch’s legacy of leadership and learning within the community, grossed more than $100,000 and was attended by nearly 250 guests. Highlights included a keynote address by University President James P. Loftus, Ph.D., and the presentation of the Partner in Mission Award to the Helen Bader Foundation, which was accepted by the Foundation’s president, Dan Bader (pictured on the left).
A video highlighting Stritch’s legacy was also featured, on the University's You Tube channel.
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New gifts and grants help support University mission
Through the ongoing efforts of the Office of University Advancement, the Saint Clare Center for Catholic Life, the Leadership Center and others, a number of gifts and grants have recently been secured in support of University programs, colleges and centers.
This funding is an important means of ensuring that Stritch remains connected in meaningful ways to the community, businesses, nonprofits, foundations, individual benefactors and others. Recent gifts and grants include:
- $37,500 from the Northwestern Mutual Foundation for student scholarships.
- $15,000 from the Mary Nohl Fund of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation to help support the Northwestern Mutual Art Gallery and its Contemporary Outdoor Sculpture Garden.
- $25,000 from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation and $10,000 from Brewers Charities to create programming for Hispanic leaders.
- $50,000 from the Kelben Foundation to support the work of the Southeastern Wisconsin New Teacher Project (SEWNTP), a collaborative network of 25 school districts and Stritch’s Leadership Center.
- $20,000 from alumna Suzanne Felan, ’69, for stained glass panels from St. Coletta of Wisconsin that were installed in the Saint Francis of Assisi Chapel.
- $12,000 over three years from an alumna in Madison for scholarships to students in the College of Education and Leadership.
- $25,000 over three years from A.O. Smith Corporation of Milwaukee in support of scholarships for minority students in the College of Business and Management.
- $70,000 over two years from the A.W. Asmuth Family Foundation to support the Certificate in Lay Ministries program.
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Goodwin is new assistant dean of students
In his role as Stritch’s new assistant dean of students, Matthew Goodwin is responsible for overseeing residence life on campus, student leadership and advocacy. He is charged with creating a more dynamic and vibrant experience for students on campus.
Goodwin came to Stritch after serving for three years as director of student life and leadership at St. Anselm College in New Hampshire. In his first few weeks at Stritch, he lived on campus in Clare Hall and was able to experience firsthand the day-to-day life of a Stritch resident student. His goal is to focus on and improve the learning experience of each student on campus, and to build community between faculty and students.
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Stritch in the news
University President Dr. James Loftus was recently the focus of a feature story in the Catholic Herald, a publication of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. In it, he discussed his initial impressions of Milwaukee and of Stritch, and shared some of his vision for the University. Click here to read the interview.
The Catholic Herald also recently included a story on the genesis, construction and dedication of Stritch’s new Saint Francis of Assisi Chapel. Click here to read more.
Sister Camille reconnects with former First Lady Barbara Bush after 30 years
Due to the generosity of Stritch friend and May 2011 commencement speaker Joe Sweeney, Sister Camille Kliebhan, OSF, enjoyed a Sept. 7 visit with former President George H.W. Bush and his wife, Barbara, in Kennebunkport, Maine.
For Sister Camille, chancellor and former president, this unique opportunity was actually a reunion of sorts. Barbara Bush was speaker at Stritch’s May 1981 commencement ceremony. Barbara, who was second lady at the time, also received an honorary doctorate of law degree.
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Louis J. Loeffler, department chair and assistant professor of Instructional Technology, presented “The World in Your Hands” at the Wisconsin Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development’s 2011 Fall Conference in Pewaukee on Oct. 6. He discussed how web-enabled smart phones, iPods, iPads, and other similar devices have helped to change the way we live our lives and explored ways to use hand-held technologies in the educational environment.
Dr. Eileen Sherman, curriculum designer and adjunct faculty, and Corinne Kaplan, J.D., assistant professor, both in the College of Business and Management, underwrote and hosted the Wheaton Franciscan David M. Sherman Cancer Center at St. Joseph’s and Elmbrook Hospitals Annual Benefit on Sept. 17. This was the eighth and most successful year of the fundraiser. To date, this annual event has raised more than $600,000 to directly benefit patients and their families.
For more recent achievements of Stritch faculty and staff, click here.
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