Stritch inaugurates new president
About 600 people were present as Dr. James Loftus was inaugurated as the eighth president of Cardinal Stritch University on Friday, Jan. 13. The installation ceremony was preceded by a Mass with the Most Reverend Jerome E. Listecki, Archbishop of Milwaukee, which nearly 400 people attended. Following the installation, guests celebrated at a festive reception. All events took place in Bonaventure Hall.
The theme of the inauguration was “Service. Faith. Excellence.” Created by Dr. Loftus himself, this theme captured the essence of Stritch’s unique Franciscan Catholic heritage, and begins to discern a renewed vision for the institution as it begins its 75th anniversary year.
View a photo gallery of the day’s events.
View a video presentation shown at the installation ceremony.
Visit 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 ever-expanding anniversary page of Stritch’s website: www.stritch.edu/75th.
Spring events include:
• March 16 – April 5: Alumni Art Exhibition (opening reception March 16)
• March 29: Alumni night at the Milwaukee Ballet
• April 25: Alumni Awards Celebration
400 students graduate in December; speech and photo gallery online
Approximately 400 students received degrees at Stritch's winter commencement ceremony Dec. 17 at the U.S. Cellular Arena.
Stritch President James Loftus, Ph.D., presiding over his first ceremony since becoming president in July, offered the commencement address, which centered on Paul’s letter to the Philippians. From Paul’s letter comes Stritch’s motto, Ut Probetis Potiora, which means to “discern among the best things.” Dr. Loftus used this phrase throughout his address to implore graduates to seek greater depth and meaning in the world and in their lives:
“When we discern, we perceive. When we discern, we distinguish and recognize. Above all, when we discern, we think. We think deeply. This is the kind of intellectual environment that we have endeavored to create for you at Cardinal Stritch University, so that you can continue to engage in the same kind of intellectual rigor when you face the challenges outside these walls each and every day. That is why, even though it may be a cliché, that this moment in your life is more a new beginning than it is an end.”
View the full text of Dr. Loftus' address.
View a photo gallery of the commencement ceremony.
Student pilgrims return from Italy
Eight Stritch students returned to class this week with fresh perspectives and deeper insights after their pilgrimage experience during winter break. Each year, the University chooses a group of students to travel to Italy for a Franciscan Leadership Pilgrimage to visit several sites that hold significance in the lives of Sts. Francis and Clare. The experience includes time for reflection, study, conversation, leisure, and visits to sacred Franciscan places in Assisi and Rome. The latest pilgrims join more than 100 previous employees and students of Stritch who have gone on pilgrimages for more than a decade as part of Stritch groups.
This year’s student pilgrims included Jessica Brown, Shabreka Chapman, Stacy Chapman, Cathy Feldkamp, Anna Flock, George Ghassan, Monica Kling, and Ryan Treviranus. Several of the students shared reflections of their experience.
“The pilgrimage is an experience that you can't prepare yourself for, said Monica Kling. “It will change you in ways that you don't expect. For me, I felt like I was changed as much by all of the great people I met more than the places I visited. God spoke to me through places, people, and sometimes even myself and for that I am so grateful.”
Sister Barbara Reynolds, SDS, Ph.D., professor of Mathematics and Computer Science, and co-author, William E. Fenton of Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky., recently completed the book “College Geometry Using The Geometer's Sketchpad.” This text integrates technology and cooperative learning using a constructivist pedagogy to guide students' exploration and learning of geometry. A preliminary edition of this text appeared more than five years ago. Based on feedback from adopters and their students, the authors expanded several chapters, integrated strategies for writing mathematical proofs throughout the text, and added two new chapters. More details can be found at Wiley, the book’s publisher.
Dr. Corey Thompson, chair and assistant professor in Urban Education, has been identified as an exceptional professional educator by the Wisconsin Educational Communications Board and invited to become a member of the advisory team for the creation of a video series and website highlighting Wisconsin historical figures. This unique experience will give him an opportunity to work collaboratively with other talented educators throughout the state, provide a challenging outlet for his creative energy and represent Cardinal Stritch University in a public forum. The term for this committee runs from December of 2011 through September of 2012.
Men’s basketball alumni return for special reunion
On Dec. 17, the Cardinal Stritch University Wolves men’s basketball program celebrated alumni day with several alumni from the program’s history. It was a day that was highlighted by an alumni basketball game with the Alumni Grey team narrowly defeating the Alumni Red team by a final score of 82-77.
“The alumni game and festivities were a huge success,” said Wolves head coach Drew Diener. “Getting our alumni back involved with our program is a priority for us as we have a rich tradition of great teams and players that deserve to be celebrated.”
The alumni game saw several players from the program’s history including stars such as Greg Frost, ’81, Jeremy McGlothlin, ’05, Brian O’Neal, ’04 and Trey Triplett, ’10, suiting back up to play once again on Panella Court.
Following the alumni game, the group took in the current men’s basketball game and later gathered for a special reception to catch up with former teammates and the coaching staff.