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January 2011 Courtesy of the Cardinal Stritch University Alumni Association

University News 

New leaders help Stritch thrive
New dean, CIO precede more new leaders to come
Stritch has welcomed the arrival of new leaders in a few key roles over the past few months, providing a solid foundation in anticipation of the arrival of president-elect Dr. James Loftus, who will begin in July, and a new executive vice president for academic affairs.

In mid-August, Freda R. Russell, Ph.D., took the reins as dean of the College of Education and Leadership, becoming the University’s first African-American dean. In September, T.J. Rains became vice president of information services/chief information officer.

Dr. Tia Bojar, executive vice president for academic affairs, is serving in her role in an interim capacity until a successor can be named. The search process will begin soon. The University will also welcome a new dean of the College of Arts and Sciences after Sister Mary Ann Polasek, OSF, Ph.D., steps down this summer.

“If we can continue to identify real leaders who have excellent management skills and the trust of the people they lead, then we’ve met or exceeded our goal of providing the excellence that our students, alumni and community deserve,” said Bojar.
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Stritch receives $70K grant to support college prep program for elementary-age students

Cardinal Stritch University has received a $70,000 grant from the Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation on behalf of the Wisconsin College Access Challenge Grant Program to support the Stritch Center for Opportunities and Promise in Education (SCOPE) Prep Program, a pre-college program designed to engage elementary-age students in activities that build their interest in attending college.

The program, which replicates the PEOPLE (Pre-College Enrichment Opportunity Program for Learning Excellence) Prep initiative that began in 2005 at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, was created to help reverse recent statistics which indicate that low-income, first generation college students are nearly four times less likely to continue with higher education after their first year, with only 11% earning a bachelor’s degree within six years.

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Stritch Stories 

Stritch alum takes over as executive director of Monona Terrace
Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, located just blocks from the Wisconsin state capitol building, and boasting exquisite rooftop views of Lake Monona, the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center hosts private and public events that attract thousands of people every year. As of Jan. 3, the responsibility for maintaining this thriving, historic venue lies in the hands of Gregg McManners, ’91, the new executive director of Monona Terrace.

“On behalf of the Monona Terrace Board of Directors, we are thrilled to have someone with Gregg's talents and know-how moving into the role as Executive Director of Monona Terrace," Board President Mona Adams Winston said when McManners' appointment was announced in November. "In addition, his well-established network of connections in the Madison area enhances the breadth of experience he brings to the position. We look forward to the continued great success of our facility under Gregg's leadership.”

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Faculty/staff news

Timothy Abler
, assistant professor and chair of the Visual Art department, is one of seven Wisconsin photographers featured in a current traveling exhibition of photographs, “Wisconsin Labor: A Contemporary Portrait.” This exhibition, organized by the James Watrous Gallery in Madison, will open on Feb. 18 and be on display through April 10, 2011. The exhibit will also be at the Northwestern Mutual Art Gallery at Cardinal Stritch University Sept. 23- Nov. 6, 2011.

Rev. Dr. Trinette V. McCray
, executive director of the Center for Calling and Engagement, is noted in the Encyclopedia of Protestantism, Volume I,  for her achievement in being the first clergy woman to be elected to serve as president of the American Baptist Churches, USA, in 1999. She served during the years 2000-01.

Kelly Steiner, adjunct faculty in the School of Education, has become a Nationally Board Certified Teacher, recognizing her as among the top two percent of the nation’s teaching population. National Board Certification is recognized as a model for identifying accomplished teaching practice and is supported by teachers and administrators nationwide.

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

Athletic News 

Join fellow alumni for Stritch Night with the Milwaukee Wave game on Saturday, Jan. 29 

Come meet fellow alumni and members of Stritch’s Sports Management program to watch the Milwaukee Wave take on the Omaha Vipers at 6 p.m. on Jan. 29.  Before the game, join us for a brief reception starting at 5:15 p.m. featuring “Outside the Lines: An insight and vision of sports business in Milwaukee” with Wave owner and president Jim Lindenberg, M.B.A. ’93 and Wave head coach Keith Tozer.   Two complimentary tickets are available with your RSVP, courtesy of the Office of Alumni Relations.  For more information or to RSVP, contact Amanda Woit at (414) 410-4398 or

Jam the Gym 2011 Date Has Been Set!
Dig out your favorite Stritch t-shirt and Wolves gear to join fellow alumni and current students to help us Jam the Gym on Saturday, Feb. 5.  Come watch the women’s and men’s basketball teams take on Purdue University.  The women’s game begins at 2 p.m. with the men’s game to follow at 4 p.m.   A special program with food, prizes, games and contests will be held between games for alumni and friends.  This event is sponsored by the Alumni Assoiciation and tickets for both games are free for Alumni.  E-mail alumni@stritch.edu or call (414) 410-4203 for details. 

Basketball season heats up

The Wolves’ 2010-11 men’s and women’s basketball seasons are underway. Find more information, schedules and scores at
Alumni Class Notes

Sister Ladonna Woerdman, OSF
, B.A. Home Economics, ’67 has been appointed by the American Dietetic Association to serve as chair of their Legislative Public Policy Committee.

Anne Jurenec
, M.S. Health Administration, ’92 is the chief executive officer of the Rehabilitation Hospital of Wisconsin.

(Schick) DuBord, B.A. Communication, ‘93 has been promoted to director of volunteer engagement with United Way of Waukesha County. Michelle and husband Wendell had a daughter Mara Audrey, on Oct. 15.

David Fleury, M.E.  Professional Development in Teaching, ’02 was promoted to the position of proposal engineer at Racine Metal Fab.  Fleury also received his CPSM (Certified Professional in Supply Management) certification through ISM (Institute of Supply Management).

Claudia Orr
, M.S. Educational Leadership, ’02 was chosen as the Wisconsin recipient of the 2010 Miliken Educator Award.


Alumni News 

University Advancement staff grows in capacity, expertise  
 (Pictured left to right: Kelly Bradway, Joel Cencius, Judy Haugsland)

University Advancement has hired three new staff members, increasing its capacity to serve the University, alumni, and numerous friends and donors in Milwaukee, southeast Wisconsin and beyond.

Judy Haugsland was named associate vice president and began on Nov. 1, while Joel Cencius, ’06, director of alumni relations and annual giving, and Kelly Bradway, director of University events, began on Jan. 3. All three individuals filled roles that have been redesigned within the last year to better meet the University’s needs. 

“I am both professionally and personally energized by the hiring of Judy, Kelly, and Joel,” said Brauer. “Each brings talent, energy, and passion to their positions that will inspire those of us who work with them. It is a privilege to have them as team members as we work to strengthen the capacity of our relationship-building and fund raising with alumni and friends.”
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Attention recent graduates: Alumni Association membership cards are being mailed soon!

Becoming a Stritch alum has its perks!  As a recent Stritch graduate, you join approximately 24,000 fellow alumni in the Cardinal Stritch University Alumni Association.  As a new member, you will receive your membership card within the next month.  This card enables you to continue to use the many resources we hope you found useful as you pursued your degree, including: 
         -Stritch Library access
         -Career Services
         -10% discount on Stritch Bookstore purchases
         -Use of athletic facilities/gym
         -Discounts/admission at University Alumni events
We encourage you to stay in touch with the Office of Alumni Relations and we look forward to receiving news of your accomplishments and milestones.  Send your updates to alumni@stritch.edu and be sure join Cardinal Stritch University Alumni groups on LinkedIn and on Facebook.

Are you an alum and don’t have a membership card?  Call or e-mail the Office of Alumni Relations and we can resend your card: (414) 410-4200,

75th Anniversary Alumni Directory moves forward
Stritch has partnered with Publishing Concepts, Inc. (PCI) to gather alumni information updates to produce an alumni directory for the University’s 75Th Anniversary.  The last alumni directory was published in 2002.  PCI is in the final stages of contacting alumni.  For those receiving calls, please be aware that PCI will be calling from a non-Stritch phone number and calls may be made during non-business hours. These calls are legitimate and your information is safe and will not be sold to a third party.  There is no obligation to buy the directory if you participate.  For those who purchased a directory, they are scheduled to ship out in late summer of this year.  Thank you to all those who have participated and updated their information.

Save the Date! Tuesday, February 15
The Leadership Center presents the first event of the 2011 Helen Bader Leadership Speaker Series

Michael Tchong
, “Ubercool” trendwatcher and founder of MACWORLD and ICONOCLAST demonstrates how to spot and ride the trends of today and tomorrow.

Location: University Club of Milwaukee, 
                924 E. Wells St., Milwaukee WI 53202.   
Time:      11:30am-1:00pm Luncheon/keynote
                1:15-3:15 afternoon workshop 
Cost:       $40; $25 Luncheon only; $15 workshop only
Register:  Online:
Leadership Center; email leadership@stritch.edu;  
                or phone (414) 410-4646

Thanks to our partners Ernst & Young and Greater Milwaukee Committee


Save the Date!
Tuesday, Feb. 22: Author Joe Sweeney 

Stritch will welcome New York Times best-selling author, Joe Sweeney to the Sr. Camille Kliebhan Conference Center on Tuesday, Feb. 22 at 5 p.m.  At this exclusive free event, Sweeney will speak about the importance of professional networking.  Attendees will receive a free copy of his best-selling book, "Networking is a Contact Sport," which he will sign at the event.  Mark your calendars today!

Online Giving is Up and Running

Did you know that you can now donate to Stritch using our online giving tool?  Simply visit www.stritch.edu/giving to access this fast and convenient way to donate.  Thanks for your continued support!

Upcoming Events: 

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

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

Feb. 26-27, 2011 | 10 Perfect: A Lynching Survivor's Story | 7 p.m. show on Feb. 26 and 5 p.m. show on Feb. 27 | 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

Jan. 29, 2011 | Stritch Night at the Milwaukee Wave game | 5:15 p.m. Reception | 6 p.m. game | U.S. Cellular Arena

Feb. 5, 2011 | Jam the Gym | 2 p.m. | Stritch main campus

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

Feb. 15, 2011 | Catholicity and the Academy
| 8:30 a.m. | Stritch Main Campus

Feb. 15, 2011 | 
Helen Bader Leadership Speakers Series: Michael Tchong | 11:30 a.m. | University Club of Milwaukee

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

Feb. 22, 2011 | Networking Is A Contact Sport | 5 p.m. | Sister Camille Kliebhan Conference Center 

Saint Clare Center for Ministry Formation upcoming events 

Servant Leadership Series

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