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125th Anniversary

Celebrating 125 Years of Great Beginnings

A message from Alverno College President Mary Meehan

To celebrate our 125th anniversary, we launched Caring Counts: The Alverno College Volunteer Challenge, a yearlong program to spotlight and honor the many ways in which the Alverno family carries on one of our college's oldest traditions. Throughout the year we wanted to share with each other the wonderful ways in which we volunteer. Our initial goal was to record 125,000 hours of volunteer activity during 2012 but the response was awe-inspiring. We far exceeded our original goal of 125,000 hours, tallying more than 300,000 hours of service. For this, I am truly grateful.

I want to share with you some facts that demonstrate the generous spirit of the Alverno community: of the 1,882 people who logged their hours on the Caring Counts web page, 228 of them surpassed 125 volunteer hours. Those individuals account for nearly 30,000 hours. Your volunteer hours were logged at more than 200 organizations, whether it was a school, a church, a food pantry, a homeless shelter, a neighbor in need … the list goes on and on.

As I reflect on all the good work you’ve done in the community, I am filled with joy and gratitude. Our mission of service is alive and well in each and every one of you. Thank you for your dedication to our mission, and for showing the community just how much our Caring Counts.


Mary J Meehan, Ph.D.

Alverno College has a rich and storied history, and we have many resources available online to help you learn more about the college:

After 125 years, Alverno continues to be an innovator in education. For the past two years, the College was ranked #1 in the Midwest for educating undergraduates by U.S. News and World Report. The video below shows a bit of the passion that students, staff and faculty have for the mission of education at Alverno.