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February 2016 Courtesy of the Cardinal Stritch University Alumni Association
Dear Joel,
University News

University brand research continues

Neustadt Creative Marketing, based in Baltimore, is conducting qualitative and quantitative research regarding strategies to better distinguish Stritch in the marketplace. Neustadt has worked with other universities on brand awareness issues and seen very positive results.

Neustadt representatives were on campus in January and had conversations with a representative group of University faculty, staff, students and administrators. These discussions were the first step in collecting information about Stritch’s brand components, including visual identity elements. Following their visit, a debrief was provided to University administrators and a brand task group, and interviews have been taking place with a broad spectrum of constituents. Alumni and current students have also been surveyed to collect key information.

As specific research results are returned, they will be shared with key University constituents to help coordinate and guide their work. In early May, Neustadt representatives will be on campus to present findings to faculty and staff.

Redesign of stritch.edu on track

A forthcoming website redesign of Stritch.edu and My Stritch remains on schedule. The first round of initial sketches, known as wireframes, for all of the key templates and landing pages of the site is being reviewed, updated and approved.

The market research information being gathered through focus groups and internal and external surveys will also ensure that the look and feel of the website is in line with overall University messaging. Layout and design work on the website will come after the market research is complete.

Share your Stritch “favorites”

“Living in the dorms and our annual wing dinners! One year our wing did a wedding scene. I was the priest and actually got to wear Cardinal Stritch’s clothes and jewelry.” – G. Hawley, ’85

What’s your favorite Stritch memory? 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.

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.

Help support our Student Pilgrim Fund

The Pilgrim Board of Cardinal Stritch University invites you to "Bella Serata," which means "Wonderful Evening." The event supports the student pilgrim fund, allowing us to send students on a Franciscan pilgrimage to Assisi and Rome. We will have delectable hors d'oeuvres and wine tasting along with a silent auction to raise money for the fund.

Tickets are $50, a portion of which goes to the fund. he event will be held Sunday, April 22 from 5-9 p.m. at Fila Bene Ristorante Italiano, 7602 W. Mequon Road, Mequon, Wis.

Please contact Barb Spies at (414) 410-4691, bsspies@stritch.edu or Fr. Jim Gannon at (414) 410-4151, jggannon@stritch.edu for tickets or for more information.


Annual Fund News
Spring Phonathon exceeds goal

Spring 2012 Student
Call Team members

On behalf of our student callers, we thank our alumni who made pledges during this year’s Spring Phonathon. Thanks to your support, our students exceeded their goal for the Spring Phonathon, raising $22,258 in pledges for the University.

The financial support from our alumni directly supports future generations of students at Stritch. A majority of funds raised from the Phonathon go directly to the Annual Fund. This fund supports the greatest needs on campus including facility improvements, technology upgrades, and most importantly, student scholarships. Your gift will make a difference in the lives of our students.

Watch a special thank you video our student call team made here.

March Madness Giving for Stritch celebrates another winning year!

Thanks to all of those who donated for our second-annual March Madness Giving for Stritch campaign, held March 21 – April 2. The two-week campaign raised more than $3,600 for the Stritch Annual Fund.

In addition to making a donation to Stritch, all donors to the March Madness campaign had a chance to win a great gift. Congratulations to Kristy Sprung,’08 (pictured above), winner of the new iPad!

Stritch gets Uncorked on June 23

To honor Stritch’s most valued benefactors, including members of the President’s Tau Society and the Franciscan Heritage Society, President Dr. James Loftus and his wife, Irene, will host “Stritch Uncorked.” This winemaker’s dinner will take place on June 23 and feature wines from California’s Cold Heaven Cellars.

This special event also celebrates Stritch’s 75th Anniversary and those who have been an integral part of the University’s rich history as well as its promising future. Following the event, a photo gallery will be posted at www.stritch.edu/75th.

Stritch Stories

Student, Ali Jablonsky gains global leadership experience working with Girl Scouts

(Ali pictured above in pink with girl scouts and Maria Wynne, CEO of Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana)

Nelson Henderson once said that “The true meaning in life is to plant trees.” When I was in high school, a little seed was planted within me as I got involved in Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana. As we usually do, I thought little about what I couldn’t see. I had no idea then of what I know now—that my involvement in Girl Scouts would change my life forever.

This seed grew to be a blooming tree, which fostered in me an appreciation for diversity, an immense amount of leadership opportunities, a network of friends and role models and, most importantly, the a sense of self trust and belief in myself.

Now, years after graduating high school, I have been lucky enough to plant some trees of my own. I’ve volunteered with Girl Scouts and served as a marketing and communications intern. Just over a year ago, I was selected to be a part of a planning committee for the Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) and World Association for Girl Guiding and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) World Forum. This forum will bring together girls from about 90 different countries, all gathering in Chicago in July 2012 to learn about three of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals—ending poverty, environmental sustainability, and gender equality.

Read more.

Faculty/Staff News
Dr. Kirstin Anglea, assistant professor of teacher education and chair of the Master of Arts in Teaching program in the College of Education and Leadership, presented a workshop, "Rediscovering Purpose: The Power of Reflective Inquiry as Professional Development," as was part of the 2012 ASCD Annual Conference in Philadelphia on March 24.

Abby Gambrel, assistant professor of English, was a featured poet at Foxglove Gallery in Milwaukee on March 14. She read 10 of her poems, including “At Louise,” “Cloud Forest,” and “Latest City.” The reading was part of the Cloudburst Series, which presents local and visiting writers sharing their original works.

For more recent achievements of Stritch faculty and staff, click here.
Athletic News

Second annual Wolf Pack Open to be held June 3

The second annual Wolf Pack Open golf tournament to benefit Stritch Athletics will be held on Sunday, June 3 at Ironwood Golf Course in Sussex, Wis. A portion of the event’s proceeds also benefit the Rich and Mira Panella "Team Together" Scholarship Fund.

Last year's first-ever golf outing saw great success as more than 140 golfers enjoyed 18 holes of golf, enjoyed a complimentary dinner, and were a part of several raffles and contests throughout the day.

Information on sponsorship opportunities, as well as registration forms, are available here. Those with questions may contact Michael Zolecki at mjzolecki@stritch.edu or (414) 410-4519.

Panella inducted into NAIA and Stritch Athletic Halls of Fame; launches "Team Together" Fund

Former Cardinal Stritch University women’s basketball coach and current assistant director of Athletics Rich Panella added another honor to his career as he was officially inducted into the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Hall of Fame, as well as the Cardinal Stritch University Athletic Hall of Fame.

For the complete story, visit the Stritch Wolves Web site.

Watch the video of Coach Panella's induction ceremony here (click on the on-demand tab and select other from the menu listing).

Coach Panella’s induction to the NAIA Hall of Fame also was the launch for the Rich and Mira Panella “Team Together” Fund. The fund, which was started to honor Coach and Mira, will be used to assist any female basketball or softball player who is faced with an unexpected financial hardship during her academic and athletic career at Stritch.

If you are interested in making a donation to the “Team Together” Fund in honor of Coach Panella, please contact Chris Lange at (414) 410-4207 or cjlange@stritch.edu.


Alumni News
Don't miss the 2012 Alumni Awards!


The not-to-miss signature alumni event of the year! There is still room for 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.

Alumni invited to log volunteer hours as part of anniversary initiative

In celebration of Stritch’s 75th anniversary, a 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.

At the suggestion of alumna Dr. Sharon Durtka, '59, the opportunity to contribute volunteer hours has been extended to Stritch alumni. The goal is to contribute 7,500 volunteer service hours by the end of 2012. At the standard estimated rate of $20 per hour for volunteer service, 7,500 hours translates to a total contribution of $150,000 worth of service to our communities.

Click here to learn more, view a list of volunteer opportunities, and log your hours.

Interested in serving on the Alumni Board?

Serving on the Alumni Board is a great way to get involved and re-engaged with the University. The Alumni Board of Directors is the leadership body of the Alumni Association and works closely with the Office of Alumni Relations to carry out an effective program that provides an opportunity for all alumni to maintain close relations with Stritch and develop a closer association with other alumni and friends of the University.

The Alumni Association is currently seeking nominations for Alumni Board Director positions. If you are interested in serving on the Alumni Board, please fill out the online application form. If you know of a Stritch alum who you feel would be a great candidate for a Board position, please fill out the online nomination form.

Terms for those candidates selected to serve will begin in early 2013, and will serve a two-year term. Directors may serve on the board for two consecutive two-year terms.

Arts alumni gather for special 75th anniversary event

More than 200 guests joined us for the 75th anniversary gallery night held on Friday, March 16. The event featured paintings by three Visual Art alumni, Tom Stella,’88, James Smessaert, ’91, and Mary Smith, ’87.

Co-sponsored by the Alumni Association and the Visual Art department, the event welcomed Stritch’s arts alumni and featured live music by Jeannine Rivers.

Click here for more photos from the event.

Alumni gather for a special night at the Milwaukee Ballet

(Pictured L-R: Dolores Ivanchich, '56, Alumni Board member Sister Justine Peter, OSF, '50, Dorothy Wreschnig, '50, Sister Coletta Dunn, OSF, '60)

More than 35 alumni, students, and donors gathered for a special 75th anniversary “Stritch Night at the Milwaukee Ballet” event hosted by University President Dr. James P. Loftus and his wife, Irene on Friday, March 30. The group gathered for a pre-show reception at Gallerie M at the InterContinental hotel before attending the Milwaukee Ballet’s Spring Series performance.

Click here for more photos from the event.

Regional Alumni News

75th anniversary event to be held April 23 in Madison

Staff at Stritch's Madison site invite you to the next event, planned as part of the University's 75th anniversary celebration. The event will be held on Monday, April 23 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.:

Leadership Qualities: What qualities do all leaders have?

Speaker: Mary Helen Conroy
Adjunct Instructor, College of Business and Management

Location: Stritch's Madison Site, Room B

RSVP to avanhorn@stritch.edu 

Minnesota Alumni event planned for June 3

Help us celebrate Cardinal Stritch University’s 75th anniversary at a special Minnesota alumni gathering on Sunday, June 3.

The Alumni Association invites our Minnesota-area alumni to an exclusive reception that will provide you the opportunity to meet fellow alumni and Dr. Peter Holbrook, newly named dean of the College of Business and Management.

Date: Sunday, June 3

Time: 5-7 p.m.

Alumni Reception Location:

University Club – St. Paul
Downtown Clubhouse (3rd Floor, The Grill Bar)
340 Cedar St.
St. Paul, MN 55102

Hors d’ oeuvres, beer and wine compliments of the Alumni Association. 

If you are interested in attending, kindly RSVP by May 25, 2012 to events@stritch.edu or call the Office of Alumni Relations at (414) 410-4939.

Alumni Profile

Local attorney gets start as a history major at Stritch


Recognized by Milwaukee magazine as a “Super Lawyer” in 2011, alumna Lisa Bangert, ’90, has built a successful career and reputation as one of Milwaukee’s top attorneys. And, while she puts in long hours in the courtroom, she never forgets her roots at Stritch.

“Stritch is where it all started for me,” said Bangert, who was born and raised in Green Bay.

A first-generation college graduate, Bangert grew up thinking she wanted to become a pediatrician, but found herself on a different career path when she stepped foot on the Stritch campus. She studied history, and that ultimately led her to pursue a career in law.

Bangert, who went right from law school to working, has spent 19 years at the Previant, Goldberg, Uelmen, Gratz, Miller, & Brueggeman, S.C. law firm where she is a managing partner. Her practice over the years has been mixed general practice law, including everything from jury trials to settling worker’s compensation cases.

Along with her husband Ted Balistreri, Bangert is active in the community, working with a number of public and private organizations advocating for strong families and educational opportunities for children.

Read more.

Alumni Class Notes
Jimmy Casas, M.S. Educational Leadership, '04 was named the 2012 Iowa Secondary Principal of the Year by the School Administrators of Iowa.

Paul T. Gessner, B.A. Broad Field Social Studies, '97, M.S. Educational Leadership, '03, is head of school at St. Joan Antida High School in Milwaukee.

Shane Judd, M.B.A. '02 is director of digital channel marketing for Kohler Company's (Kohler, Wis.) kitchen and bath division in the Americas region.

José Pérez, B.A. Political Science, '99 won the 12th District Alderman seat for Milwaukee County in the April 3 election.
Upcoming University and Alumni Events:
Arts Events:

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 20-29 | B.F.A. Exhibition I  | Northwestern Mutual Art Gallery

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

May 9 | Piano Showcase | 7 p.m. | Nancy Kendall Theater

May 11-20 | B.F.A. Exhibition Il  | Northwestern Mutual Art Gallery

University and Alumni Events:

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

April 22 | "Bella Serata" Student Pilgrim Fundraiser | 5-9 p.m. | Fila Bene Ristorante Italiano

April 23 | 75th Anniversary Madison Event: Leadership Qualities Presentation | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | Stritch's Madison Site, Room B

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

May 15 | Helen Bader Leadership Speaker Series: Joel Barker | 11:30 a.m. -3 p.m. | University Club of Wisconsin

June 3 | Minnesota Alumni Event | 5-7 p.m. | University Club - St. Paul

June 3 | Second Annual Wolf Pack Open Golf Tournament | Ironwood Golf Course

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