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December 2011 Courtesy of the Cardinal Stritch University Alumni Association

Dear Joel,

University News

75th anniversary kicks off Jan. 13

Stritch’s 75th anniversary celebration will begin on Jan. 13, 2012, with the inauguration of Dr. James Loftus as Stritch’s eighth president. This is the first of many events to highlight the University’s rich history. Visit the new 75th anniversary page of Stritch’s website at www.stritch.edu/75th for forthcoming details on events, exhibits, performances, volunteer opportunities, and more.

Check back often, as more content will be added as Jan. 13 approaches. Those with ideas for the anniversary celebration are encouraged to contact events@stritch.edu.

Stritch Magazine coming soon

The latest issue of Stritch Magazine is published and will arrive just in time for Christmas. As always, this edition highlights the stories, achievements and adventures of the University’s alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends. It also illustrates how a value-centered education connects people to their communities, important causes, and one another.

Highlights in this issue:

- The cover story focuses on alumna Samantha Erschen, one of the youngest Catholic chaplains in the nation, who works with the elderly.

- The new St. Francis of Assisi Chapel opened in October with a dedication ceremony. See some photos of this new, sacred worship space.

- The University is building many ties to the Hispanic community, reaching out to help them fulfill their educational and spiritual goals. Read about some of these efforts.

- Alumnus Tim Dixon developed Build, a program that helps teens rebuild vintage motorcycles. Read about how this idea developed and how the program will grow.

- New Stritch students wrote “This I Believe” essays in their first weeks of school this fall. The first-place essay by Samantha DeRidder appears in the magazine, while the second- and third-place essays appear online.

Let us know what you think of the magazine. E-mail communications@stritch.edu with your comments or future story ideas. We look forward to hearing from you.

Find the magazine online at www.stritch.edu/magazine.

Stritch Stories 

First baptism in new St. Francis of Assisi Chapel continues family's ties to Stritch

Elizabeth Duck, B.A. Political Science, Biology ’03, had her daughter Madeline Esther Grace baptized by Father Jim Gannon, OFM in the new St. Francis of Assisi Chapel on Oct. 21.

Elizabeth’s mother is Teri Wagner, chair of the Graduate Art Department at Stritch. Teri was confirmed in Stritch’s former chapel by then campus priest Father Jim Lobacz.

Madeline’s godparents are Cheri Frey-Hartel, assistant professor in the Communication Arts Department and Robert Hartel. Cheri and Robert were married in the former chapel by Father Bill Kohler in 1987.

Madeline was the first baptism held in the University’s new chapel.

Faculty/staff news

April L. Folgert, assistant professor and BSN-C program chair in the Ruth S. Coleman College of Nursing, received the Golden Eagle Award from the Vietnam Veterans Chapter 1 for her work in establishing a cohort at the Clement J. Zablocki V.A. Medical Center through a congressional grant awarded to the college. Nurses who were chosen to participate in this cohort focused their course work and final capstone projects on Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom veterans.

David Riordan, assistant professor in the English Department, published the short story “Mutts” in the November/December issue of The Boston Review, which has a circulation of 20,000 and accepts only six of more than 1700 short story submissions per year. “Mutts” was selected for publication by fiction editor Junot Diaz, winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. It will soon be available at http://bostonreview.net/BR36.6/contents.php

Dennis Staral, judo instructor and adjunct professor at Stritch, will be inducted into the Wisconsin Judo Hall of Fame in January 2012. Staral (M.S. Management, ’93) has been involved in the martial art and sport of judo for 46 years. He is a 5th degree black belt, and a nationally certified judo teacher and referee. He started the accredited judo program at Stritch 18 years ago and runs an accredited judo class each semester.

For more recent achievements of Stritch faculty and staff, click here.

Athletic News

Alumni Basketball Game planned for Dec. 17

Join men’s basketball head coach Drew Diener as he hosts the 2011 Alumni Basketball game on Saturday, Dec. 17 at 11:30 a.m. Come and reunite with former teammates, shoot some hoops, or just come to watch!

After catching the alumni and student games, join us for a special alumni reception at 5 p.m.

Email Coach Diener at dpdiener@stritch.edu if you are interested in attending any of the above events or would like further information.

Basketball season heats up

The Wolves’ 2011-12 men’s and women’s basketball seasons are underway. Find more information, schedules and scores at www.stritchwolves.com.


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