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February 2011 Courtesy of the Cardinal Stritch University Alumni Association

University News 

Stritch to present Milwaukee debut of "10 Perfect: A Lynching Survivor's Story"

In conjunction with African American History Month, Stritch and Pannell Production Company will present a moving and thought-provoking one-man play inspired by the life of Dr. James Cameron, the only known survivor of a lynching in U.S. history and founder of America's Black Holocaust Museum in Milwaukee.

"10 Perfect: A Lynching Survivor's Story," which will be performed for the first time in Milwaukee on Feb. 26 and 27, takes audiences on a journey into the life of Jimmy “The Salmon” Solomon. Born and raised in the heart of northern Ku Klux Klan territory, Solomon revisits his earliest memories as a child growing up with his best friend, Tommy, who is white. As the two youths age and society demands their innocence, their troubled friendship comes to a screeching halt on a fateful night in August, 1930.

Performances are at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26 and 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 27 in Stritch’s Nancy Kendall Theater. A panel and Q&A will follow. Admission is free, but pre-registration is required. To pre-register, RSVP to events@stritch.edu or call (414) 410-4340.

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Stritch launches the Open Box Project

This summer a new annual tradition will begin at Stritch called the Open Box Project. Developed by assistant professor and project director Maureen Chavez-Kruger, it encourages students from all disciplines to craft an artistic response to the contents of a given box. The medium chosen for the response might be a musical arrangement, creative writing, dramatic reading, dance, sculpture, painting, or other work. Students will be invited to unveil their projects during a Gallery Night & Day Event on July 29.

Each year, the contents of the box will change. This year’s project will focus on a collection of personal belongings from the late Robert Ellison, a Vietnam-era photographer, including letters, photos, audio recordings and other personal items.

The Open Box Project is sponsored by the Visual Arts Department in conjunction with the Vietnam War Photographers Exhibition at the Northwestern Mutual Art Gallery, which will feature Ellison’s work.

Stritch Stories 

Stritch Alumni recall a special day with Sister Lucilda Sewald

In August 2010, three alumni from the 1979-80 men’s basketball championship team (pictured from left, Scott McFadden, ’80, Anthony Burns, ’82 and Emile Banks, ’81) got together to attend a Milwaukee Brewers baseball game. But this wasn’t just any game with fellow Stritch friends – this was also a chance to spend time with Sister Lucilda Sewald, OSF, ‘42 who played a major role in the lives of the three men during their time at Stritch.

Considered a “fanatic sports nut,” Sister Lucilda was one of the basketball team’s biggest supporters and fans. While they were students and basketball players, McFadden, Burns and Banks could always count on Sister Lucilda being at their home games and many road games, cheering the team to victory.

During the time the three attended Stritch, Sister Lucilda managed the University bookstore and was appropriately nicknamed “Sister Bookstore.” At the time, Stritch did not have a gym on its main campus. Home games and practices were held at the former University School site down the block from Stritch, now the Jewish Community Center. Not having a gym on campus meant that word of mouth was the best way to keep up with the teams. If students needed to know the score of a game or someone to settle a sports dispute, they would stop by the bookstore to get all the details from Sister Lucilda.

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Call for submissions

What’s your Stritch story? Do you have a special story or memory that you’d like to share and possibly have included in a future issue of the Alumni E-news? Submit your story to alumni@stritch.edu.

Faculty/staff news 

Dr. Darnell J. Bradley
, assistant professor in the Doctoral Leadership Studies Department, presented “Coming Out in Color: LGBT Oppression in Minority Communities” at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth. The presentation was part of a month-long series of events celebrating Black History Month.

William J. Dahlk
, adjunct instructor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was recently interviewed by OnMilwaukee.com about his book, “Against the Wind: African Americans & the Schools in Milwaukee, 1963–2002,” published by Marquette University Press. To read the article, click here.

Jennifer Herrick
, director of the Center for Student Leadership and Involvement, Maria Von Arx, assistant director of Residence Life, Kate Herrick, associate director of the Office of Mission and Identity, and Barbara Spies, associate professor and First Year Experience chair, presented a program at the National Conference on the First Year Experience on Feb. 8 in Atlanta. The program, "Turning Vision into Reality in One Year," described and assessed the changes realized in the First Year Experience program at Cardinal Stritch University.

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

Athletic News 

Stritch Night at the Milwaukee Wave

More than 100 guests, including alumni, students, staff and friends, attended Stritch Night at the Milwaukee Wave game on Jan. 29. Attendees cheered the Wave to victory as they beat the Omaha Vipers, 10-6. Before the game, Stritch guests attended a VIP reception where they mingled with fellow alumni, current students and Wave players. The reception ended with a behind-the-scenes tour given by Wave owner and Stritch alum Jim Lindenberg, M.B.A. ’93. This event was sponsored by the Office of Alumni Relations. 

More photos of the evening can be seen

Thanks for helping us “Jam the Gym” on Feb. 5!




The women’s and men’s basketball teams won both games over Purdue- Calumet, 71-62 and 79-59 respectively. Check out photos from the event below.

Congratulations to Jodi Holz and Mary Bongiorno who won our Stritch Bookstore gift card and alumni pride package raffle prizes, sponsored by the Office of Alumni Relations!

(Alumni Board members, Casey Renn and Tony Burns)

Alumni News 

Alumni Association Board of Directors welcomes four new members





(From left: McCormack, Hendrix, Chaloupka, Cardinale)

The Alumni Association held its first Board of Directors meeting on Jan. 19. The meeting included the formal induction and orientation of new members Frank Cardinale, ’03, Linda Chaloupka, ’08, Julia Hendrix, ’03, and Brother Patrick McCormack, ’89. With the addition of these four new members, the alumni board now includes 16 directors and four officers. The meeting also included a reception, introducing the new members to leadership staff at the University, including interim President Kent Bergemann.

Click here to read more about the new members of the Alumni Board. 

75th Anniversary plans move forward, calendar being developed

Planning for the celebration of Stritch’s 75th year continues, with the steering committee meeting monthly in the University Archives to continue developing plans. The theme of the anniversary is “Celebrating 75 years of transforming lives.”

The celebration will begin in January 2012 and continue until the end of the calendar year. A schedule of events is being developed that includes the University’s traditional annual celebrations, such as the fall Stritch Showcase; spring and fall semester Commencement weekends; the spring Honors Convocation and Alumni Awards Dinner; fall Mission Week, performing arts events, Christmas celebrations, and many more. These regular events will be infused with the theme and spirit of the 75th Anniversary in numerous ways and may include more broad participation from trustees, alumni, friends and community members.

New 75th Anniversary events will include the inauguration of Dr. James Loftus as Stritch’s president, though dates and details are not yet determined, as well as a 75th Anniversary Mass and luncheon scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012.

Best-selling author
Joe Sweeney to discuss how “Networking is a Contact Sport”

Businessman, entrepreneur, former sports agent, investment banker and New York Times best-selling author Joe Sweeney will visit Stritch on Feb. 22 to discuss the importance of professional networking to getting a job, serving others, expanding your influence, staying connected and growing your business. The program begins at 5 p.m.

The first 350 registrants for this exclusive free event will receive a free copy of his book, “Networking is a Contact Sport,” which he will sign at the event. The book and an accompanying workbook will also be available for purchase on site. RSVP by Feb. 18 to events@stritch.edu or call (414) 410-4340 for more information.

WolfPrint student reporter, Trevor Rees recently interviewed Sweeney about his up-coming visit to Stritch. 
Click here to read the WolfPrint article.

To learn more, watch videos, listen to interviews and read testimonials from sports and business legends like Brett Favre, Robin Yount, Bob Uecker, Bud Selig, Bob Costas, Gov. Tommy Thompson, Archbishop Timothy Dolan and others, click here.

Feb. 22 Servant Leadership Series event: 
Serving and Leading Coherently with Nancy Stanford-Blair
, Ph.D.

Nancy Stanford-Blair, Ph.D., will describe leadership formation, performance, and sustainability from her book "Leading Coherently: Reflections from Leaders Around the World."  She will discuss values, character and behavior of successful leaders and offer practical examples for leadership in the real word. Richard Pieper, business leader, philanthropist and Chair of the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership, will give introductory remarks. 

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 22
Location: Sister Camille Kliebhan Conference Center, Cardinal Stritch University
6801 N. Yates Road, Milwaukee 53217
Time: 8:30 a.m. check-in and breakfast; 9 a.m.- noon program
Cost: $30; $5 for members of a religious order.  **Price includes a light breakfast.
Register: Online:
Leadership Center; e-mail leadership@stritch.edu; or phone (414) 410-4646

Save the Date! Monday, April 18: Honors Convocation and Alumni Awards Dinner 

Join us as we honor this year’s Alumni Award recipients and student leaders on campus. The Alumni Award celebration dinner and program will take place in Stritch’s Sister Camille Kliebhan Conference Center, with a reception at 5:30 p.m. followed by a dinner and program at 6:30 p.m.

In addition to the Alumni Awards ceremony, we encourage you to attend Honors Convocation at 3 p.m. which honors current Stritch students.

If you are interested in attending this year’s alumni awards dinner, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at (414) 410-4203 or alumni@stritch.edu.

Alumni Profile

Alumna unexpectedly pursues banking career, now named to Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” list

If it hadn’t been for the $25,000 credit card debt that overwhelmed her when she was 19, Kelly Brown, ’07, ’09, managing partner and founder of The American Deposit Company, probably never would have discovered her passion for banking. Yet, since those dark days, she has not looked back as she has climbed the ranks of the banking industry and recently was named to the Milwaukee Business Journal’s 2011 “40 Under 40” list, which recognizes successful young professionals making a difference in the community. In the end, Brown’s unfortunate debt has turned out to be an unexpected blessing.

“I just felt like I was in this downward spiral,” said Brown, recalling how the debt consumed her. “I was out of school, I couldn’t manage my finances, I was working two or three jobs to try to make ends meet, and I was on my own. I kept thinking, ‘What am I doing?’”

Feeling utterly hopeless, Brown confided in a bank teller about her debt, and the teller recommended she apply for a debt consolidation loan. Not thinking she would qualify for the loan, Brown remembers the glee she felt when she got the phone call saying she was approved.

“That changed my life,” Brown said. “I listened to the personal banker, and I did what she told me to do. I paid that credit card off within three years, and I’ve never been in debt since. That experience is what made me realize that’s what I wanted to do. I wanted to be the person who helps people like she did.”

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Alumni Class Notes
Chris Beloin, M.B.A. Business Administration, '90 is now the University of Wisconsin-Manitowoc's assistant campus dean for student services.

Keith Marty, E.D.D Leadership and Advancement, '05 was named the new superintendant of a school system in suburban St. Louis, Mo.

Jennifer Potts,
A.S. Business, '04, B.S. Management, '07 is Executive Support Manager for the Social Development Commission in Milwaukee.

Dan Schwartzer, A.S. Business, '93, B.S. Business Administration, '95 has been appointed by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker as deputy commissioner.

Upcoming Events: 

Arts events

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

Feb. 25- April 1 | Alumni Art Exhibition | Northwestern Mutual Art Gallery

Feb. 26-27 | 
"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 |
Faculty Chamber Music Recital | 2 p.m. | Nancy Kendall Theater

March 4 | Opening reception for Alumni Art Exhibition | 5-8 p.m. | Northwestern Mutual Art Gallery

March 6 | New Music Concert | 2 p.m. | Nancy Kendall Theater

University and Alumni events    
Feb. 22 | "Serving and Leading Coherently" | 8:30 a.m. | Sister Camille Kliebhan Conference Center 

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

March 15 | "Discovering Your Call to Serve and Lead” with Dr. Peter Holbrook | 8:30 a.m. | Sister Camille Kliebhan Conference Center 

Saint Clare Center for Ministry Formation upcoming events

Servant Leadership Series

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