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July 2012 Courtesy of the Cardinal Stritch University Alumni Association
Dear Joel,
University News
Events to mark 800th anniversary of St. Clare’s profession of faith Aug. 10-11

This year marks the 800th anniversary year of St. Clare of Assisi’s call to religious life.

Alumni are invited to two special events this August in conjunction with Clare’s feast day and the University’s 75th anniversary to learn more about how “Clare’s way” continues to inform and offer meaning to our 21st century world:

Friday, Aug. 10
Transitus of St. Clare: A commemoration of her passing from earthly life to eternal life.
St. Francis of Assisi Chapel, Bonaventure Hall
6:30 p.m. Transitus (Mass)
7:30 p.m. Cocktail and hors d’ oeuvres reception

Cost: Free

Saturday, Aug. 11 – Feast Day of St. Clare of Assisi
Symposium: “Celebrating the Call of Clare: 1212-2012”
Sister Camille Kliebhan Conference Center, Bonaventure Hall
8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Featuring Mass, luncheon and presentations by Sisters Margaret Klotz and Joanne Schatzlein, OSF
Cost: $35 per person. Pre-registration required. Fee may be paid in advance by check or on the day of the event by check or cash.

To RSVP/register for either or both events, contact Mary Foley at ext. 4405 or mafoley@stritch.edu.

Annual Fund News
Our fiscal year ends July 31 - help us reach our goal!

These are the FACES of Stritch past, present and future. For 75 years, Stritch has maintained its commitment to being an agent of change and growth. Stritch graduates have, in unique and often powerful ways, been agents of transformation in the communities where they live and work.

Read their stories here.

Your support through a gift to the Annual Fund helps nurture new faces and new opportunities for transformation.

Click here to make your tax-deductible gift today. We thank you in advance for making a difference in the lives of our students with your generous gift.

Stritch Stories

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

Arts @ Large, a local nonprofit founded in 2001 by Kim Abler, adjunct faculty member in education, received the 2012 Arts Education Award from Americans for the Arts (AFTA), the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education, at the AFTA Annual Convention in San Antonio on June 9.Given annually by the Arts Education Council of AFTA since 2007, the award honors the best in arts education program design, execution and organizational leadership. AFTA recognized Arts @ Large’s unique model of using arts education to build sustainable arts experiences tailored to each individual school community.

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

Athletic News
Follow your favorite Stritch teams

There are several ways to follow all Wolves teams. You can visit the official athletic website at www.stritchwolves.com, follow them through twitter at www.twitter.com/stritchwolves, sign up for SMS alerts, and sign up for news releases.

You also have the ability to select any sport you’d like to receive news on as you’ll get up-to-date scores and the latest news on your favorite teams.

Upcoming University and Alumni Events:

Arts Events:

July 20- Aug. 12 | MARN Mentors Exhibition | Northwestern Mutual Art Gallery

July 27 | Gallery Night | Northwestern Mutual Art Gallery | 5-8 p.m.

University and Alumni Events:

July 26 | St. Ben's Run/Walk to German Fest |
7 p.m. | Summerfest grounds, North gate

Aug. 8 | Madison 75th anniversary event: "Dinner and Concert in the Park" | 5 p.m. | Madison site

Aug. 9 | "The Bully, The Bullied, and the Bystander" workshop with Barbara Coloroso | 9:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. | Sister Camille Kliebhan Conference Center

Aug. 10 | Transitus Evening Prayer Service Commemorating St. Clare | 6 p.m. | St. Francis of Assisi Chapel

Aug. 11 | "Celebrating the Call of Clare: 1212-2012" | 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Sister Camille Kliebhan Conference Center 

Aug. 16 | Annual Symposium on Lay Ministries | 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. | Sister Camille Kliebhan Conference Center

Aug. 18 | 75th anniversary MN event: Blue Planet Factoids and Organic Farm Trip  | 10 a.m.-noon | Marshwatch Farms, Shakopee. Minn.  

Sept. 7 | 75th anniversary Rochester Alumni Event | Assisi Heights Spirituality Center

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Alumni News
Join us for St. Ben’s Run/Walk to German Fest on July 26!
Alumni are invited to join Stritch faculty and staff on Thursday, July 26 for the Capuchins’ Run/Walk for the Hungry to German Fest, taking place on the Summerfest grounds.

Every participant receives a commemorative T-shirt and Stritch sweat band, free admission into German Fest, a $5 food/drink coupon, and 2-for-1 coupon to return to German Fest.

The team deadline registration has passed but you can still participate in the 5K run or the two-mile walk, both of which start at 7 p.m. at the North Gate. Upon arrival sign up at the registration area.

Remember, hours spent participating can be counted toward the Stritch Serves total! To find out more information about St. Ben's and the walk, visit their website here.

Jubilarians gather for memorable reunion

(Pictured above: University President Dr. James P. Loftus, Alumni Director Joel Cencius, '06, and Sister Justine Peter, OSF, '50, with members of the classes of '61 and '62 after the Jubilarian Society induction ceremony)

On Saturday, June 23, more than 25 Jubilarians (alumni celebrating 50 or more years of their graduation from Stritch) gathered for a weekend of celebration to reunite with old friends and faculty members to see the sights of the Stritch they knew as students and the growth on campus since their graduation.

The activities included a brunch at the Sisters of Saint Francis of Assisi Motherhouse, tour of the original Cardinal Stritch College location (now the Marian Center), Jubilarian Mass, tour of the University Archives and an evening capped off with the first annual Stritch Uncorked  Winemaker’s dinner.

Members of the classes of 1961 and 1962 were formally inducted into the Jubilarian Society during the special Mass held on campus in Heritage Park.

Photo galleries can be found here from the brunch, tour, and Mass.

Stritch Serves: Reminder to log June volunteer hours

Alumni are reminded to log their volunteer hours for the month of June as part of the Stritch Serves volunteer initiative. To date, nearly 5,100 hours have been recorded, meaning the University is on pace to exceed its goal 7,500 volunteer hours served in this 75th Anniversary year, translating to a total contribution of $150,000 worth of service to our communities.

To log your volunteer hours, click here. To see a list of volunteer opportunities in Milwaukee and Madison, click here. Contact sdc@stritch.edu with questions.

Click here for a short story on the volunteer activities of Margaret Arney, associate director of the Leadership Center. This is the second in a series of testimonials featuring faculty and staff from all Stritch locations that highlight what drives them to answer the call to service. If you would like share your volunteer story or encourage a co-worker to do so, email sdc@stritch.edu for consideration. These volunteer testimonials are archived here.

Regional Alumni News
Upcoming 75th anniversary event in Madison
Stritch's Madison site invites alumni to a "Dinner and Concert in the Park" on Wednesday, Aug. 8 at 5 p.m. as part of the University's 75th anniversary celebration.

Join Stritch staff for a picnic dinner at the Madison site, starting at 5 p.m. Following the picnic, you are invited to attend the free "Concert in the Park," sponsored by the Gialamas Company, featuring music by the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra and fireworks following the concert.

Concert location: 1200 John Q. Hammons Drive, Madison, Wis.

RSVP to avanhorn@stritch.edu.


Upcoming 75th anniversary event in Minnesota

Peter Yearneau, veteran instructor of environmental science, is offering a unique trip to an organic farm just outside of the Twin Cities. This is an educational adventure for the whole family.

Date and time: Aug. 18 from 10 a.m. – noon

For more info, contact Nicole Lapides at nlapides@stritch.edu or visit

Save the date - Rochester 75th anniversary event being planned for Sept. 7

Rochester-area alumni are invited to a special reception where you will meet University President, Dr. James P. Loftus, members of the Alumni Board and other area alumni! The event, sponsored by the Alumni Association. The event will be held at the Assisi Heights Spirituality Center on Friday, Sept. 7.

More details to come soon!

Alumni Profile
Mastering the art of communication: marketing, monkeypox, and mothering

Chicago native Raquel (Madrid-Berkel) Filmanowicz, B.S. Management,’03, undeniably has made her mark on Milwaukee.

Named to the Milwaukee Business Journal’s “40 under 40” list in 2010, Filmanowicz went from being second in command at the City of Milwaukee Health Department managing the day-to day operations of a 257-employee organization, to overseeing the corporate philanthropy program for one of southeastern Wisconsin’s largest banks."

In large part, her Stritch degree gave Filmanowicz the confidence she needed to succeed.

“Earning my Stritch degree was a strong confidence booster,” Filmanowicz said. “It gave me the ability to improve my interpersonal skills with professionals from different backgrounds.”

Read more.


Alumni Class Notes

John E. Baker, Jr., M.B.A., '12, is vice president of manufacturing for E.C. Styberg Engineering Co., Inc. in Racine, Wis.

Lisa (Kohn) Krier, B.A. Art, '82, is general manager of the Duluth Trading Company store in Port Washington, Wis.

Dan Nerad, Ed.D. Leadership, Advancement/Learning and Service, '02, was named superintendent of the Birmingham, Mich. School District.