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March 2012 Courtesy of the Cardinal Stritch University Alumni Association
Dear Alumni,
University News
Literacy Centers open two new sites
In early March, Stritch’s Literacy Centers, which provide comprehensive literacy assessment and intervention services for K-12 students in Milwaukee, began operating at two new sites in Milwaukee, joining the three existing locations on Stritch’s main campus, at its City Center location in downtown Milwaukee, and at Townsend Street School in the city’s Sherman Park neighborhood.

One of the two new centers is in the Greentree/Teutonia Community Learning Center on the city’s north side. The other is at Lincoln Center for the Arts on Milwaukee’s lower east side, and came about following the late 2011 announcement that Stritch would partner with Milwaukee Public Schools and other community organizations to help implement its $30 million federally-funded GEAR UP college preparation program, which aims to increase the number of MPS students who enter and succeed in postsecondary education.

Read more.

Share your Stritch “favorites;” volunteer initiative coming

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, alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends are encouraged to share their favorite Stritch memories, photographs, people, quotes, places, things or events. Send your submission to communications@stritch.edu for possible inclusion in Stritch Magazine.

In addition, a 75th anniversary volunteer service initiative led by the University’s Staff Development Committee is underway to capture the many good works being done by University faculty and staff at community organizations, churches, schools, nonprofits, local businesses, and other entities.

As suggested by alumna Dr. Sharon Durtka, '59, Stritch alumni will be invited in April to log their volunteer hours alongside those of faculty and staff. The goal of this initiative is to contribute 7,500 volunteer service hours to local communities by the end of 2012. Since the standard estimated rate for volunteer service is $20 per hour, 7,500 hours translates to a total contribution of $150,000 worth of service to our communities. Stay tuned for details.

Annual Fund News
Win a new iPad!


March Madness Giving For Stritch 2012

On March 21, we will announce our March Madness Online Giving iPad promotion to the Stritch community. As a Stritch alumnus, you get the insider info and have an opportunity to enter NOW!

From now until April 2 you have the opportunity to help support Stritch’s Annual Fund and be entered for a chance to win the newly released iPad. Entering the promotion is easy- you receive one entry for each $25 increment donated (For example: donate $100, you would receive four entries).

Click here to donate TODAY!

A minimum of $1,000 must be raised in order to award iPad.

Spring Phonathon kicked off March 18

Our annual Spring Phonathon began March 18 and runs through April 5. Students will be calling alumni to share the many exciting initiatives of the University and to ask for financial support of the Annual Fund during our 75th year. Your support directly impacts the daily lives of our students. All funds raised during the Phonathon help to make University scholarships possible, enhances opportunities for student activities and athletics, and provides new technology in a classroom or lab. We hope you will take their call!

Stritch Stories
A Service Reflection
By Janine Mercer, communications and writing major
Janine Mercer paints at The Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center during a student service trip to Belize. Photo by Cassie Goulais.

In January, 15 Stritch students participated in a service immersion trip to Belize where they learned about and immersed themselves in local culture while also providing service to the community.

When I think of St. Francis, the first story that comes to the forefront is Francis’ taming of the Wolf of Gubbio. As the story goes, a village under siege by the vicious predator called upon Francis to disperse the menace of the wolf. Francis, when he met the wolf in the woods, spoke to the creature and “tamed” the animal.

On my trip to Belize, the story of the Wolf of Gubbio was realized for me. I have been at Cardinal Stritch University since 2008, majoring in Writing and Communications, and the Franciscan Values have been present since day one. In so many ways during my life, I had embraced the teachings of Francis without realizing it. This embrace was realized once more in Belize.

Read more.

Faculty/Staff News

Dr. Tony Frontier, assistant professor of doctoral leadership studies and director of teacher education, attended the Leadership Institute for Legislative Advocacy in Washington D.C. on Jan. 22-24 with a delegation of state leaders of affiliates of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. The delegation met with senators and representatives to advocate for adequate funding, flexibility, and utilization of research-based practices to meet the needs of children in the pending re-authorization of federal education policy.

Rev. Dr. Trinette V. McCray, executive director of the Center for Calling and Engagement, gave a presentation for the Sienna Center’s series, Situations of Substance, on Feb. 7. Her topic was “Lift Every Voice: Engaging the Social Consciousness of the Millennials.” The presentation focused on the importance of hearing from and engaging with a generation whose social consciousness leans towards serving the common good and are also called “Echo Boomers” because of their similarities to the Baby Boomers.

Athletic News

Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams make it to NAIA Division II National Tournament

The Cardinal Stritch University Wolves men’s basketball team punched its first-ever ticket to the NAIA Elite Eight with a 55-50 second round win over the Briar Cliff University Chargers in the 2012 NAIA Men’s Basketball Division II National Tournament on March 9.

The tournament run for the No. 6-ranked men’s basketball team came to end in the Elite Eight round as the Wolves fell to the No. 3-ranked Davenport University Panthers by a final score of 68-54. The men’s team finished their season at 30-6.

The Wolves women’s basketball team used a strong second half to beat Purdue University Calumet Peregrines, 71-63 to claim the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Tournament Championship. The team advanced to the 2012 NAIA Women’s Basketball Division II National Tournament, losing in the second round to Concordia University, 69-48. The team finished the 2011-12 season with a 27-7 record.

Basketball teams earn major conference awards

The Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) has named women’s basketball player Michelle Piepenburg Freshman of the Year, and Head Coach John Pfaffl Coach of the Year. This is Pfaffl’s second straight year winning this award.

Men’s basketball head coach Drew Diener was also named Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Coach of the Year. Student Navjot Singh took CCAC Player of the Year, and Tony Smit received the CCAC Freshman of the Year award. For Diener, this is the third-straight season he has been named CCAC Coach of the Year.

Men’s Soccer alumni game being planned for April 14

The men’s soccer 2012 alumni game will take place on Saturday, April 14. There will be a three team tourney involving alumni, the current men’s soccer team and Northwestern club team with games being played at the Uihlein Soccer Park at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., and noon. Former Head Coach Jeff “Bo” Bohacek will also be in attendance.

After the games, join us at Three Lions Pub for food, drinks, and a silent auction with proceeds to benefit the Stritch soccer program at 3 p.m.

If you are interested in playing and/or attending the gathering at Three Lions, please email coach Kevin Brennan at kmbrennan@stritch.edu or call (414) 410-4884.

Alumni News
2012 Alumni Awards recipients announced

The Alumni Association’s Board of Directors is proud to announce this year’s recipients of the 2012 Alumni Awards:

Graduate of the Last Decade (G.O.L.D.):
Samantha Erschen, B.A., ’09, M.A., ’11
Molly Shiffler, Ed.D., ’04

Distinguished Alumni Award for Professional Achievement:
James T. Alfred, B.A., ’96
Souheil Badran, B.A., ’88, M.B.A., ’97

Spirit of St. Francis Distinguished Alumni Award for Community Service:
Winston Sharpe Jr., M.S., ’11
Rev. Gerri Sheets-Howard, M.A., ’06

We welcome you to join us in commemorating 75 years of alumni excellence at the 2012 Alumni Awards Dinner on Wednesday, April 25. Current and past award winners will be in attendance at this event, which will highlight the outstanding accomplishments of the 2012 alumni award recipients.

The event, held in the Sister Camille Kliebhan Conference Center in Bonaventure Hall, will begin with a cocktail reception 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner and program at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $25. If you are interested in attending this year’s alumni awards dinner, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at (414) 410-4939 or alumni@stritch.edu to make your reservation by April 20.

Stritch to hold its second annual fish fry March 30 as part of 75th celebration

Join us in celebration of our 75th anniversary as Stritch offers its second annual fish fry from 5-7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 30 in the Sister Camille Kliebhan Conference Center in, Bonaventure Hall:

*All you can eat cod dinner with fries, coleslaw, rye bread and beverage for $11.95
*Carry out available for $9.95
*Children’s meal (age 10 and younger): chicken nuggets, french fries and beverage for $6.95

Highlights will include:
-Family fun zone, including games and face painting for kids
-Performances by student musicians
-Bake sale sponsored by student organizations

Learn about student activities and community service opportunities, and learn more about our 75th anniversary celebration this year.

Parking is available in lots 2, 3 and 8. Campus maps are available at www.stritch.edu/maps.

Branding survey launches

Cardinal Stritch University is engaged in a brand research project to garner feedback from many different populations, including our alumni. This research is a follow-up to the recently completed Alumni Association survey launched in January. We have commissioned a third-party research firm, Neustadt Creative Marketing, to conduct this survey which focuses on University brand, image, prestige factors and overall perceptions of Stritch. We encourage you to also complete this survey to make sure your voice is heard.

YOUR Career Conference to be held on March 30

Career Services invites alumni to attend the fourth annual YOUR Career Conference on Friday, March 30. It will be an afternoon of insight and conversation highlighting the steps you can take to move your career goals forward.

Date: Friday, March 30
Time: 12:30 - 4:00 p.m. (registration begins at Noon)
Location: Main Campus, Bonaventure Hall (2nd floor)

Click here for more information and to register.

Regional Alumni News
Alumni gather in Chicago
Pictured (L-R): Phyllis Schaefer, '91 '93 '95 '04; Natalie French, '85; Dr. Barb Loberg, '89; Martha De La Rosa, '09

Thank you to those who attended our alumni gathering in Chicago on Feb. 24! We enjoyed getting to meet some of our Chicago area alumni while learning more about our newest doctoral program site at Robert Morris University. It was a great crowd of current doctoral students, faculty, alumni, and even a prospective Stritch student!

Attention Madison Alumni: 75th anniversary events being planned in your area!

Staff at Stritch's Madison site are planning special events throughout the year to celebrate the University's 75th anniversary. The first event will be held on Thursday, March 29 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.:

Cardinal Stritch University, This is Your Life:
A Lighthearted 75th Historical Review and Celebration of our Franciscan and American Traditions

Speakers: Mike McKinnon and Steve Cary
Adjunct Instructors, College of Business and Management

Location: Stritch's Madison Site, Room A

RSVP to avanhorn@stritch.edu   

Alumni Profile
Three degrees of appreciation
Alumna finds a home at Stritch through stages of her career

“Whenever I found that I needed something different and intellectually stimulating, I found myself back at Stritch,” said three-time Stritch graduate Kathleen (Drysdale) Beuscher, ’81,’91, ’11, who earned her bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees from Stritch.

What Beuscher likes about Stritch is that she always found a place. This ability to fit in helped her during a career in religious education, first as a youth minister, then as a middle and high school teacher, director of pastoral care in a nursing home, and several positions at St. Dominic’s parish in Brookfield, Wis., where, after 26 years, she is director of child ministry and works with children from birth through sixth grade.

Beuscher is most proud of the work she has done around the sacrament of reconciliation, which was the topic of her doctoral dissertation. She is considering turning her dissertation into a book.

Read more.

Alumni Class Notes
Mark Basten, B.S. Business Administration, '97, is vice president of sales for enterprise performance management software for Pragmatek Consulting Group, in Minneapolis, Minn.

Ted Phernetton, M.B.A. '97, is director of Catholic Charities for the Diocese of Green Bay in Green Bay, Wis.

Upcoming University and Alumni Events:

Arts Events:

March 16 - April 5 | 75th Anniversary Alumni Art Exhibition | Northwestern Mutual Art Gallery

March 30 | Alumni Night at the Milwaukee Ballet | 7:30 p.m. | Marcus Center for the Performing Arts

April 27 - May 5 | "Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure" | Fri. and Sat. performances at 7:30 p.m., Sunday performances at 2 p.m. | Nancy Kendall Theater

April 29 | B.F.A. Exhibition I  | Northwestern Mutual Art Gallery

May 4 | Spring Choir Concert | 8 p.m. | Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist

University and Alumni Events:

March 30 | YOUR Career Conference | 12:30 - 4 p.m. | Bonaventure Hall

March 30 | 75th anniversary Fish Fry | 5-7:30 p.m. | Sister Camille Kliebhan Conference Center

April 14 | Men's Soccer Alumni Game | 10 a.m. game, Uihlein Soccer Park and 3 p.m. reception, Three Lions Pub

April 20 | "Catholics in the Public Square Since Vatican II" | 7 a.m. | Milwaukee Athletic Club

April 25 | Annual Alumni Awards | 5:30 p.m. | Sister Camille Kliebhan Conference Center

April 25 | Leading For An Abundant Milwaukee | Noon - 3 p.m. or 5-8 p.m. | O'Donnell Park Pavilion, Miller Room

April 25 | Helen Bader Leadership Speaker Series: Ann Giggins Gregory | Noon-3 p.m. or 5-8 p.m. | O'Donnell Park Pavilion

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