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September 2010 Courtesy of the Cardinal Stritch University Alumni Association

University News 

Stritch named "Safest College in America"

Stritch has placed atop the second annual ‘Safest Colleges” ranking compiled by the news, politics and culture website TheDailyBeast.com. The listing identifies those campuses across the country with the lowest and highest levels of crime.

The rankings, which include the 458 largest residential campuses in the U.S. with at least 6,000 students, are based on the past three calendar years of campus security and crime data compiled by the U.S. Department of Education, as well as the FBI and the Secret Service, in conjunction with the Clery Act, a federal mandate requiring all schools receiving federal funding to annually disclose crime statistics.

Read more here.

Renovated Information Commons, athletic facilities open for business

The Information Commons in the Library was completed and opened for students, staff and faculty on Monday, Aug. 23. The new Information Commons represents an evolution of information technology and libraries. The new, modern design incorporates the manner in which information is accessed and research is conducted in 21st century learning environments. Much of the space is configured for use by small groups, accommodating students’ need for collaborative learning. 

The Athletics department went under construction early this summer, and staff and faculty have moved into the eight new offices. Final touches are being done to the locker rooms including new individual shower stalls, new tile instead of carpet, and new lockers.

Stritch program helps online educators comply with new law

Educators teaching online in Wisconsin are now required by law to complete 30 hours of professional development specifically preparing them to teach online. This new Wisconsin law went into effect July 1, and Stritch is one of the only institutions with a program in place to help teachers comply with it.
 Stritch offers two one-credit courses that fulfill the 30 hours and help teachers achieve the guidelines adopted by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. According to Louis Loeffler, chair of Instructional Technology, Stritch’s program is also available as a non-credit workshop for districts interested in a face-to-face, online, or hybrid format.   

For more information, contact Loeffler at (414) 410-4639 or ljloeffler@stritch.edu.

Stritch Stories 

Urban Fellow program logs thousands of hours, affects countless people in first two years

The two-year-old Urban Fellows program is growing, both in size and in the effect it has on the local community through the work and involvement of Stritch students seeking to transform not only their own lives, but those of the larger community. 

Since the summer of 2008, 57 students have contributed 10,223 hours to meet community needs through work-study, social justice and citizen-scholars programs overseen by Stritch’s Center for Calling and Engagement. The program matches students’ academic and career interests with placements at urban non-profit or public agencies that can help them gain marketable skills while also using their time and talents to serve the community.

For more information visit www.stritch.edu/studentlife/vocation/home.aspx

Faculty and Staff News

Natural Sciences faculty members associate professor Dr. Susmita Acharya and assistant professor Dr. Nighat P. Kokan attended a Synthetic Biology workshop organized by the Genome Consortium for Active Teaching and funded by Howard Hughes Medical Institute at Davidson College in North Carolina from July 8-10. They were among the 15 teams of two faculty members selected nationwide to take part in the new interdisciplinary field of synthetic biology.

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

Student and Athletic News 


The Stritch student driven news source, Wolfprint online, is back in action for the new semester. Read stories about Stritch, news, entertaiment, sports and more at http://wolfprint.stritch.edu/default.aspx.

Fall sports in full swing

Four sports are already practicing and competing this Fall. Find more information and schedules for women's and men's soccer, women's volleyball and cross country at www.stritchwolves.com.

Alumni News 

“Team Together” Night – Celebrating Hall of Fame coach Rich Panella and his teams

Join us for a celebration of the accomplishments of Stritch Coach Rich Panella. For nearly 25 years, Coach Panella has successfully coached women’s basketball and softball teams at Stritch. On Oct. 2, he will be inducted into the Wisconsin Coaches Hall of Fame. In addition to the alumnae athletes from Coach Panella’s teams, all are invited to attend this event. It will be held on Sunday, Oct. 10, 2010 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Kliebhan Conference Center on Stritch's main campus. The cost is $35/person. For more information, to ask questions, to share pictures or stories, or recall a famous ‘one-liner,’ please email them to

Stritch team formed for Walk to Defeat ALS

In a show of solidarity and support for longtime women’s basketball and softball coach Rich Panella and his family, a team has been formed for the upcoming Walk to Defeat ALS on Sunday, Oct. 10, 2010 at Elm Grove Park in Elm Grove, WI. For more information and to join the “Panella’s Pack” team click here.

Stritch partners with PCI for 75th Anniversary Alumni Directory

Cardinal Stritch University has partnered with Publishing Concepts Inc. (PCI) to collect and update alumni records and produce a 75th anniversary edition alumni directory. Alumni will receive postcards, e-mails and calls from PCI requesting that they call to verify and update their information. Please call PCI so Stritch has your current information to include in the directory. PCI will offer several options for purchasing the directory when you call. For any questions about the project, please contact the office of Alumni Relations at alumni@stritch.edu or (414) 410-4939. 

Alumni Board elects new leaders

At their August meeting, the Stritch Alumni Association Board of Directors elected their 2010 - 2012 executive committee. The new officers are Joan Whitman '87, president; Phyllis Schaefer '91 '93 '95 '04, president elect; Zoreedua Perkins '06 '08, vice president; and Jill Braasch '93, secretary/treasurer. The new executive group will begin their term at the board's annual meeting in October.

"I am exited about serving the Stritch community as the Alumni Board president to build stronger relationships with current students and alumni in off campus and online programs. 
It is important that Stritch Alumni have access to University services and inform the global community about the Stritch graduates making important contributions in their area," said Whitman. 

3rd Annual Stritch Fundraiser: Stritch Showcase    

Join Cardinal Stritch University and event chairs Art and Mary Ann Wigchers and Dr. Tia and Wayne Bojar, as well as keynote speaker Archbishop Jerome Listecki, for the third annual fundraiser dinner benefitting Stritch’s Leadership Center, Literacy Centers, and Saint Clare Center for Catholic Life. Learn more about these important parts of the University and how they lead the way in the community. Details at www.stritch.edu/fundraiser, or contact (414) 410-4203 or events@stritch.edu.    

Upcoming Events: 

Arts events

Sept. 10- Dec. 10, 2010 | 90 Day Lawn Ornament | Outside Stein Center for Fine Arts

Oct. 8-9, 15-16, 2010  |
Theater: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof  | Nancy Kendall Theater

Oct. 23, 2010 |
Music: The Clarus Trio | 2 p.m. | Nancy Kendall Theater

Nov. 12-14, 19-21, 2010 | Theater: Almost, Maine  | Nancy Kendall Theater

Nov. 20, 2010 | Piano Festival  | Stritch main campus

University and Alumni events     

Oct. 3, 2010 | Blessing of the Animals | 1 p.m. | Heritage Park

Oct. 3-7, 2010  | Mission Week  |Stritch main campus

Oct. 9, 2010 | Annual Fundraiser: Stritch Showcase | 5:30 p.m. | Kliebhan Conference Center

Oct. 16, 2010 | Clinical Psych 10th Anniversary | 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. | Kliebhan Conference Center | (414) 410-4545

Oct. 28, 2010 | Kendall Lecture Series: Alex Gibney | 7 p.m. | Nancy Kendall Theater

Saint Clare Center for Ministry Formation upcoming events 

Servant Leadership Series

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