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December 2010 Courtesy of the Cardinal Stritch University Alumni Association

University News 

Stritch names longtime Catholic educator as new president
Dr. James P. Loftus, vice president of enrollment management and student services at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa, has been chosen as the eighth president of Cardinal Stritch University. Loftus will begin his term in July 2011 and will replace Kent Bergemann, who has served as interim president since January 2010.

David Hawke, chairman of Stritch’s Board of Trustees, said the Board’s vote to select Loftus was unanimous because of his collaborative leadership style, solid experience and lifelong commitment to Catholic education. The Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi, founders and sponsors of Stritch, approved the selection shortly after the Trustees voted.

“We are pleased to have Dr. Loftus take the helm at Stritch – he is a dynamic, experienced and highly respected academic leader with a demonstrated commitment to Franciscan values,” Hawke said. “The interview process for this position was extensive and involved meetings and discussions with students, faculty, alumni, administrators, other staff, trustees and the sponsoring congregation of sisters. All of us came away highly impressed with Dr. Loftus’ leadership style, strategic ability, record of building and supporting strong teams and overall approach to the position of University president. He will be an outstanding leader for Stritch.”

View the full announcement, a biography of Dr. Loftus, a photo gallery and video here.

400 students take part in Dec. 12 Commencement

Stritch’s winter commencement ceremony took place Dec. 12 at the U.S. Cellular Arena, with about 400 students participating in the ceremony.

Art Wigchers, Stritch trustee and vice chairman of the real estate and asset management firm Zilber Ltd., gave the address, and Pat Magestro, a Wisconsin education pioneer and former Stritch associate dean, received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.

To read the text of Wigchers’ speech, click here.

Additional Fall/Winter magazine content available online

The new Fall/Winter issue of Stritch Magazine is reaching alumni within days. To view the issue electronically, access additional web-only content and view photo galleries, click here.

Faculty and Staff News

Linda Carpenter, faculty member in the School of Education, presented a session, “Take the Blinders Off: See the Bullying in Your Classroom,” at the Wisconsin Association for Middle Level Education conference on Oct. 15.

Angela Dresen, ABD, managing director of the Leadership Center, and Genyne Edwards, program coordinator of the Leadership Center, presented a session, "Transforming Lives – Advancing Communities," at the International Leadership Association conference in Boston on Oct. 29. The session was a case study that focused on how urban communities can develop and connect diverse leaders in ways that honor individual leader identity and strengthen institutions.

Dr. Maureen McKnight, assistant professor of English, presented “’It Lets Us Travel the Way a Child Travels’: Don Draper’s Nostalgia and Masculinity in Mad Men” at the Film & History Conference in Milwaukee. The 2010 conference subject was "Representations of Love in Film and Television."

University Creative Director Kou Vang and the Public Relations office recently received two MarCom Awards on behalf of the University from the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (AMCP). The first was a Platinum Award, the group’s highest honor, for Stritch Magazine. The second was a Gold Award for the creation of a This Is Stritch display board.

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

Student and Athletic News

Policies created for the new Athletics facilities, recreation use
Stritch’s Department of Recreation fulfills a University goal of helping students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members to develop lifelong personal fitness and wellness life habits. The University’s Athletic facilities were recently updated with new equipment and a modern look and are open for public use, pending new guidelines designed to ensure a good experience for all.

For a detailed overview of these policies, visit www.stritchwolves.com and click on the Recreation button under the Athletic Dept. heading on the left side of the page, then on “General Overview, Policies and Membership” under Recreation Links on the right side of the page.

Those with questions and rental requests may contact the director of recreation at (414) 410-4123 or jppfaffl@stritch.edu.

Basketball season heats up
The Wolves’ 2010-11 men’s and women’s basketball seasons are underway. Find more information, schedules and scores at www.stritchwolves.com.

Alumni News 

Alumni contribute to recent fundraising successes
The Stritch Showcase annual fundraiser held on Oct. 9 exceeded it budgeted goal of raising $100,000 to benefit leadership, literacy and lay ministry programs. The event grossed $115,588 and was attended by the highest number of people, 360, since the annual fundraisers began three years ago. The event, featuring a keynote by Archbishop Jerome Listecki, highlighted three Stritch centers whose work in the community has been transformative and has set Stritch apart from other institutions – the Leadership Center, the Literacy Centers, and the Saint Clare Center for Catholic Life. View a photo gallery here. (use http://www.stritch.edu/Content.aspx?id=4295024585&terms=showcase) A special video presentation highlighted their work, and can be viewed on the home pages of each of the centers:


In addition, the fall alumni phonathon helped raise $32,970 in pledges from 857 Stritch alumni, surpassing the goal of $30,000.

Special thanks to those who contributed for your belief in Stritch’s mission and future. You can make a contribution toward Stritch’s future success today by visiting www.stritch.edu/giving.

Coach Panella honored with scholarship, court inscription

More than 400 supporters of former women’s basketball coach Rich Panella poured into the Sister Camille Kliebhan Conference Center on Oct. 10 to celebrate his nearly 25 years at Stritch. Panella recently retired from the University following his diagnosis with ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Featuring the unveiling of the new basketball court inscription, “Panella Court,” a dinner and presentations by friends and family, the event brought together former players, alumni, colleagues and other admirers.

Cash and pledges totaling more than $10,000 were committed to the Rich and Mira Panella “Team Together” Scholarship, initiated by enthusiastic alumni. Panella also received citations of recognition from Gov. Jim Doyle, State Sen. Alberta Darling, State Rep. Jill Pasch and County Supervisor Joe Rice.

To see local news footage from the event, visit www.stritch.edu/magazine. To learn more about how to contribute to the Rich and Mira Panella “Team Together” Scholarship fund, contact Chris Lange at cjlange@stritch.edu or (414) 410-4207.

Stritch Stories

English major finishes Lakefront Marathon first in her age division

English major Courtney Susedik ran Milwaukee’s Lakefront Marathon Oct. 3 and finished first in her 18-24 age division (out of 93). She was the 18th fastest woman overall (out of 798), completing the marathon in 3:16:29.

Running is a coping mechanism, according to Susedik. Her father passed away from brain cancer three years ago, so she uses running as a way to deal with the grief but also to make her dad proud. She runs for the memory of her father. Read more.

Upcoming Events: 

Arts events
Jan. 21 - Feb. 18, 2011 | Emerging Artists Exhibition | Northwestern Mutual Art Gallery

Feb. 13, 19, and 20, 2011  | Rumpelstiltskin
| 2 p.m. | Nancy Kendall Theater

Feb. 27, 2011 | Faculty Chamber Music Recital
| 2 p.m. | Nancy Kendall Theater

University and Alumni events    
Jan. 28 & 29, 2011 | Phoneme-Grapheme Mapping Professional Development | City Center Campus

Feb. 5, 2011 | What Catholics Believe | 8:30 a.m. | Stritch Main Campus

Feb. 22, 2011 | Serving and Leading Coherently | 8:30 a.m. | Sister Camille Kliebhan Conference Center 

Saint Clare Center for Ministry Formation upcoming events 

Servant Leadership Series

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