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February 2012 Courtesy of the Cardinal Stritch University Alumni Association
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University News

Holbrook named dean of the College of Business and Management

Dr. Peter J. Holbrook, executive director of Stritch’s Leadership Center and an accomplished administrator with 23 years of higher education experience, has been named permanent dean of the College of Business and Management.
Holbrook, who has served as interim dean of the college since June of 2011, has extensive expertise that includes organizational leadership and change, program development and evaluation, strategic thinking and planning, servant leadership, and board development. 
“Dr. Holbrook’s impressive record of leadership at Stritch, coupled with his extensive ties and knowledge of the Wisconsin and Minnesota business communities, make him a natural choice for this post,” said Dr. James Loftus, Stritch president. “The entire University is highly enthused about the future of the college with Pete’s steady hand at the helm.”

Read more.

Minnesota events added to 75th anniversary web page

Stritch’s 75th anniversary celebration is underway, with a number of events, exhibits, performances, and volunteer activities highlighting the University’s rich history. Details can be found on the anniversary page of Stritch’s website: www.stritch.edu/75th.

  • Upcoming events in Milwaukee include:
    March 16 – April 5: Alumni Art Exhibition (opening reception March 16)
    March 30: Alumni night at the Milwaukee Ballet
    April 25: Alumni Awards Celebration

  • Upcoming events in Minnesota include:
    Feb. 27: Presentation on a missionary trip to Africa
    March 26: The Art of Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

CBM and Leadership Center launch new series of workshops in Minnesota

Stritch’s College of Business and Management has partnered with the University’s Leadership Center to offer three four-hour workshops on optimizing human capital to build leadership capacity, to be offered at University sites in Minnesota.

“The Power of People” workshops are designed for organizational leaders, business owners and HR professionals. Participants will gain strategic knowledge in theory and practical, organizational application. Sheri Stolp, PHR, a published author, speaker, coach and trainer, will facilitate.

The workshops will take place from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on the following Wednesdays: March 21 at the newest Stritch site in Coon Rapids; April 18 in Woodbury; and May 16 in Eden Prairie. Stritch students and alumni are offered a discounted rate of $65/workshop or $180 for all three workshops.

For more details or to register, visit www.stritch.edu/humancapital or call (414) 410-4646.

Share your Stritch “favorites”

The 2012 issues of Stritch Magazine will highlight significant moments from the University’s 75-year history, but the coverage would not be complete without input from the entire Stritch community. So, we’re asking alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends to share their Stritch “favorites”: memories, photographs, people, quotes, places, things, or events.

Submissions may be included in an upcoming favorites list in the magazine. We hope to hear from alumni representing all decades, majors, and regions to create a list that touches all aspects of the University’s history.

Send your submission to communications@stritch.edu by Friday, March 2, for possible inclusion in the Spring 2012 issue.

Stritch Stories

Alumna’s book published through online donation campaign

Milwaukee artist and Stritch alumna Sue Lawton, '02, will host a book release party, art show and concert at the Cedarburg Cultural Center at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 17 to celebrate the publication of her illustrated novel, "The Circus and the Cyclone."

The book, based on a real tornado that claimed 117 lives as it destroyed the town of New Richmond, Wis., in 1899, takes a fantastical approach to telling the tale of two childhood friends who meet again by chance when the circus returns to town. In order to fund the printing of her book, Lawton turned to Kickstarter, a crowd-funding website that allows people to pledge financial support in exchange for copies of the book and more. Lawton collected more than $7,000 to bring the book to life.

The Vitrolum Republic, whose sound provided a cultural backdrop for the story and whose members became characters in the book, will play at the event. Lawton's husband, Chuck, is a member of the band and a system support specialist in Stritch's Office of Information Services.

Read more about the book and Kickstarter project (scroll down the page).

Click here for more about Sue Lawton's work.

 Faculty/Staff News

Dr. Eun-Joo Kwak, associate professor of piano, was the judge for the Honors Festival Auditions of the Madison Area Piano Teachers Association on Jan. 28. She also adjudicated the annual Concerto & Aria Competition at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Dec. 15, 2011. Additionally, she presented a solo recital at the Windhover Center for the Arts on Oct. 27, 2011, in Fond du Lac, Wis.

Dr. Peter Holbrook, dean of the College of Business and Management, and Sean T. Lansing, director of Youth Leadership Development and Tomorrow's Present in the Leadership Center, led a Student Leadership Conference for more than 90 students at the Neumann Institute for Franciscan Studies at Neumann University in Aston, Pa. on Jan. 9. The day-long conference focused on practicing Franciscan leadership and introduced Holbrook's model of Franciscan leadership.

Athletic News 

Wolves celebrate 1978-79 Red Devils

On Saturday, Feb. 11, the Wolves were honored to have members of the 1978-79 Cardinal Stritch College Red Devils men’s basketball team join them for a day of celebration.  In attendance were former players Tony Burns, Bill Jankowski, Bill Riley, Scott McFadden, and Brian Uebelacker.

The program celebrated the players with a special halftime presentation in which fans gave a standing ovation in celebration of the five members that represented a Stritch basketball program that finished 22-6 and was the Regular Season National Champions of the National Little College Athletic Association (NLCAA) during that season.
“We had a great time, especially getting a chance to reconnect with guys like Bill Jankowski and sharing memories,” Scott McFadden said.  “I am proud to be a member of the Stritch Alumni and athletic community, things are in really good hands with Stritch Athletics.”

Wolves Men's Basketball claims regular season CCAC championship

The Wolves men's basketball team has officially locked up their 10th regular season conference championship, the No. 1 seed, and home court advantage in the upcoming Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Men's Basketball Tournament.

For third year head coach Drew Diener, the accomplishment sets the table for him and the program to continue the pursuit of their goals.

“Our first goal was claiming the CCAC Regular Season Championship outright after sharing it last year,” Diener said.  “It’s a great accomplishment and I am proud of our team and their determination.  It’s great to add to the rich Stritch basketball tradition.”

Sitting with a 22-5 overall record, the sixth-ranked NAIA Division II Wolves have posted a perfect 11-0 mark with only three games remaining on the regular season schedule.


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