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

Alumni invited to Commencement Weekend activities May 19-20

Stritch alumni are encouraged to attend the celebratory activities taking place during the spring 2012 commencement weekend May 19-20. The Baccalaureate Mass will take place at 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 19 in the Sister Camille Kliebhan Conference Center, followed by the first-ever President’s Champagne Reception in Bonaventure Hall from 5-7:30 p.m. This complimentary reception honoring graduating students and their families is sponsored by Stritch’s Alumni Association.

Honorary degree recipients Rossella Vasta and Rich Panella are scheduled to attend the reception.

Two commencement ceremonies will be held on Sunday, May 20. The undergraduate ceremony will begin at 3 p.m. and the graduate ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. Both ceremonies will take place in the ballroom on the 1st floor at Frontier Airlines Center, 400 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee.

To read more about the commencement speakers and honorary degree recipients, click here.

2012 Stritch Magazines include highlights of 75th anniversary

Watch for your copy of the spring issue of Stritch Magazine to arrive within the next week or two. This edition not only features the usual stories of the University’s alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends, but also is the first of three 2012 issues that will honor the 75-year history of Stritch in 25-year segments. A few highlights:

A timeline from the first 25 years of Stritch’s history

The first in a three-part cover story on the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi and how they laid the foundation for Stritch to grow from a fledgling teacher training college for a handful of Sisters to the largest Franciscan university in the country

A photo gallery from the January inauguration of President Dr. James P. Loftus

Details and photos from a student service immersion trip to Belize earlier this year

A profile of alumnus John Rupcich, owner of Lifestyle Staffing in Madison, whose successful business is fueled by his extraordinary efforts to ensure his employee’s satisfaction

A trend piece on childhood obesity, with Stritch Assistant Professor Dr. Angela Barian’s research providing perspective on the issue

Let us know what you think – contact us with comments or future story ideas.

Saying good bye to retirees

During the next several months, Stritch will bid farewell to several retiring members of the faculty. Join us in wishing them well by sharing your congratulations with them (e-mail address and phone numbers included below).

Graduate Psychology Chair Dr. Asuncion Austria is retiring July 31 after nearly 38 years at Stritch. Originally hired in 1974 as the chair of the Department of Psychology, Austria was the first person of color hired as a full-time faculty member and department chair.
amaustria@stritch.edu, (414) 410-4471

Professor of Religious Studies Sister Coletta Dunn plans to work through August before retiring after 48 years of service to Stritch. She also served as chair of Religious Studies and taught courses in special education and an ethics course to nursing students.
cdunn@stritch.edu, (414) 410-4163

School of Education Associate Dean Dr. Linda Neiman joined Stritch’s faculty in 2002. In addition to serving as associate dean, Neiman previously served as chair of the Master of Arts in Teaching program and taught courses in secondary methods, classroom management, and action research.
lvneiman@stritch.edu, (414) 410-4643

College of Nursing Dean Dr. Ruth Waite’s retirement will take effect in September, capping her 11 years of service to Stritch. First serving as an adjunct faculty member, Waite joined the full-time faculty in 2001 and began her stint as dean in 2005.
rmwaite@stritch.edu, (414) 410-4390

Annual Fund News

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

Students receive award for paper

In March, the Wisconsin Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies presented a Paper Recognition Award to political science major Stephanie Coker and sociology major Tom Rabbit for their paper “The Battle Between Restorative Justice and Retributive Justice.” The award included a cash prize and an official certificate. The two presented their paper at the organization’s annual student conference.

For about two decades, Cardinal Stritch University’s membership with the non-partisan Wisconsin Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies has connected students with opportunities to explore foreign policy, global areas of conflict, intercultural communication, gender relations, and environmental sustainability. The institute is a consortium of 21 private and public colleges and universities “dedicated to enriching academic and public discourse on issues of peace and conflict.”

Read more

Faculty/Staff News

Dr. Sarah Foust Vinson, assistant professor of English, presented, “‘Writing on The Wire:’ Connecting Research Writing with the Television of Dissent,” at the 48th Annual Allerton English Articulation Conference on April 14 in Monticello, Ill. 
Claire Odishoo, director of the Northwestern Mutual Art Gallery, has been elected Milwaukee Art Dealers Association (MADA) co-president and will be representing non-profit galleries in Milwaukee. MADA sponsors Milwaukee's Gallery Night and Day quarterly events.

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.

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

Men’s soccer program welcomes back alumni

(Men's soccer alumni gather at Three Lions Pub)

The Cardinal Stritch University Wolves men’s soccer program recently welcomed back several former players (as far back as 1998) as they celebrated the first-ever Men’s Soccer Spring Alumni Event, which featured a three-team festival of games between current Stritch players, alumni, and the Northwestern Club soccer team.

“The event was a great way for us to have everyone back and celebrate the past and present of the men’s soccer program here at Stritch,” current head coach Kevin Brennan said.

After a day of games at Uihlein Soccer Park, alumni players gathered at Three Lions Pub to celebrate and catch up.


Upcoming University and Alumni Events
Arts Events:

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

May 31 | Minnesota 75th event: Tour at Minneapolis Institute of Art  | 6:30 p.m.

June 8-24 | Contemporary Sculpture Exhibition | Northwestern Mutual Art Gallery

University and Alumni Events:

May 19 | Spring Baccalaureate Mass and President's Champagne Reception | 4 p.m. (Mass), 5-7:30 p.m. (reception) | Sister Camille Kliebhan Conference Center

May 20 | Spring Commencement Ceremonies | 11 a.m. (graduate), 3 p.m. (undergraduate) | Frontier Airlines Center

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

June 9| Madison 75th event: Mobile Learning | 9 a.m. | Madison Site, Room C

June 11 | Helen Bader Leadership Speaker Series: Vijay Govindarajan | 7:30 a.m. -11 a.m. | Pfister Hotel

June 12 | Mission Evening, Saint Clare Center for Catholic Life | 5:15 p.m. (Mass), 6:15 p.m. (cocktail reception/dinner) | Sister Camille Kliebhan Conference Center

June 23 | Jubilarian Reunion Weekend |

June 23 | Stritch Uncorked: President's Winemaker's Dinner  | 4 p.m. | Main Campus

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Alumni News

Jubilarian Reunion Weekend planned for June 23-24

Join us in celebrating the classes of 1961 and 1962 at the Jubilarian Reunion Weekend, June 23-24.

Festivities will include:

-Brunch at the Motherhouse with a special 1961 and 1962 presentation by University Archivist, Sister Margaret Ruddy, OSF.

-Tour of the Marian Center (formerly Cardinal Stritch College)

-Special Mass in Heritage park, where the classes of '61 and '62 will be formally inducted into the Jubilarian Society.

-Stritch Uncorked: A Winemaker's Evening

-Tour of University Archives

-Guided campus tours

For further details or if you are interested in attending any of the above activities as part of the reunion, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at (414) 410-4939 or alumni@stritch.edu.

2012 Alumni Awards Celebration

(Pictured left to right: Dr. James Loftus, Rev. Gerri Sheets-Howard, Dr. Molly D. Shiffler, Souheil Badran, Samantha Erschen, James T. Alfred, Phyllis Schaefer)

More than 180 guests joined the Alumni Association on April 25 in celebrating the achievements of six outstanding graduates who were recognized as the 2012 distinguished alumni award honorees.

More than 25 former award winners joined fellow alumni, students, faculty, staff, trustees and University leadership for an evening celebrating alumni excellence over the University’s 75-year history.

For complete bios of the 2012 honorees, click here. Additional photos of the event can be viewed here.

Announcing the 75th Anniversary Stritch Pride Photo Contest

Submit a photo showing off your favorite Stritch gear and it may be chosen for the next issue of the Stritch magazine! Make the photo fun and creative and be sure that Stritch is represented somewhere in the photo.

Your votes will choose the winner! We will be putting together a photo album on our Facebook site of all valid submissions for alumni to vote (with likes) for the best one.

If selected for publication, the winner will receive a Stritch Pride package, including a $25 Stritch bookstore gift card (useable on site or online). Your photo will also be the cover photo for our alumni Facebook page.

Email photos to alumni@stritch.edu or post to our Facebook wall (be sure to include photo location and names of those who appear in the photo).

Alumni reminded to log volunteer hours as part of "Stritch Serves"

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, staff and alumni at community organizations, churches, schools, nonprofits, local businesses, and other entities.

Help us reach our goal of 7,500 volunteer hours! Learn more and log your volunteer hours here.

Alumni invited to join Stritch team for St. Ben’s Run/Walk to German Fest on July 26

As part of the University’s 75th anniversary celebration, we are proud to once again partner with St. Ben’s for their Run/Walk for the hungry, taking place Thursday, July 26 on the Summerfest grounds (run/walk starts at 7 p.m.).

As part of our “Stritch Serves” initiative, you can participate by joining the Stritch team for the 5k run or the 2 mile walk. Not only will you be supporting a wonderful ministry, but every participant receives a commemorative T-shirt, free admission into Germanfest, a $5 food/drink coupon, and 2 for 1 coupon to return to Germanfest. Plus, you can enter the hours you spend participating for “Stritch Serves.”

To register for the Stritch team, click here. To find out more information about St. Ben’s and the walk, visit their website by clicking here.

Do you have a favorite memory of serving meals for St. Ben’s while you were a Stritch student? If so, the alumni office would like to hear from you – drop us a line at alumni@stritch.edu and put “St. Ben’s” in the subject line!

Interested in joining the Alumni Board? Applications due June 1

Serving on the Alumni Board is a great way to get involved and re-engaged with 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, 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.

Regional Alumni News

Tour the Minneapolis Institute of Art with Professor Debra Bruers

In recognition of Cardinal Stritch University’s 75th anniversary, Associate Professor Debra Bruers will be facilitating a tour at the Minneapolis Institute of Art on Thursday, May 31. Admission is free.

Participants should meet in the lobby at 6:30 p.m. to begin the tour, exploring MIA’s permanent collection of more than 83,000 objects. The collection includes world-famous works that embody the highest levels of artistic achievement, spanning 5,000 years and representing the world's diverse cultures across all continents.

RSVP to Nicole Lapides (nlapides@stritch.edu) by Friday, May 25.

Minnesota Alumni event planned for June 3

Help us celebrate Stritch'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 attended by 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.

RSVP by May 25 to events@stritch.edu or call the Office of Alumni Relations at (414) 410-4939.

Minnesota site collecting books for Africa

Throughout the 2012 calendar year, each Cardinal Stritch University site in Minnesota will be collecting books to be shipped to Africa to fill the multiple needs of people, schools, and educational programs across the continent.

Since 1988, Books for Africa has shipped more than 24 million books to 46 African countries. They are on once-empty library shelves, in classrooms in rural schools, and in the hands of children who have never before held a book.

Books donated by publishers, schools, libraries, individuals and organizations are sorted and packed by volunteers who carefully choose books that are age- and subject-appropriate. Enough books are sent for a whole class to use.

Learn more here. To help in this effort contact Nicole Lapides (nlapides@stritch.edu).

Alumni Profile

Stritch, new job help alumna adjust to move from Puerto Rico to Milwaukee

A native of Ponce, Puerto Rico, Marta Carrión, M.S. Management, ’10, decided to take a leap of faith in the summer of 2008 when she and her daughter made a permanent move to the United States.

“I was looking for professional growth and wanted to offer my daughter something better,” said Carrión.

At the time, Carrión was working for the American Cancer Society of Puerto Rico and had risen as far as she could in the organization. She was called for a job interview in Milwaukee and, even before knowing whether she got the job, decided it would be her new home. At a large career fair, she was introduced to Stritch, which ultimately helped her build an expansive professional network and grow in her role as director of development for the Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast.

“I liked the flexibility of Stritch’s program,” Carrión said. “As someone who was busy raising a daughter, this was a great fit.”

Read more here.

Alumni Class Notes
Kessha Hobson, B.S. Management, '03, M.S. Management, '07, is center coordinator for Ebenezer Child Care Centers' Southside Milwaukee location.

Mary (Tucker) Kellner, Ed.D. Leadership/Advancement, '07, is being honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the UWM Alumni Association Board.

Jennifer (Knight) Laffin, M.A. Teaching Elementary, '10, is the 2011-12 Teacher of the Year for the Lake Geneva School District.

Trevor Rees, B.A. Theater '11, has accepted a paid acting internship with the American Folklore Theater in Door County. He was accepted into UW-Madison's M.F.A. program in acting/directing starting in fall 2012.