• Lake Michigan Connects Students to the Coastal Cities of the Baltic Sea

    In a class led by Alverno professors Jodi Eastberg and David Brooker, students studied the concept of coastal cities. The experience culminated with an 11-day trip to similar coastal cities in the Baltics. Pictured here, students observe and get a topdown perspective of the redeveloped western harbor in Malmö, Sweden.

    Melissa Marchese, a Communication & Technology student set to graduate in December, was able to cross Copenhagen, Denmark and Malmö, Sweden off her travel bucket when she and about 10 other students … Read More »

  • Going Hungry on Community Day

    Time to eat! Representing a fraction of the world’s high-income population that makes at least $6,300 a year, a handful of students dined on colorful salads, heaping plates of pasta, cranberry juice and water.

    It’s not often that one intentionally signs up for an unsatisfying meal, but that was the point of Alverno’s recent Oxfam Hunger Banquet. One by one, the 40 students in attendance drew … Read More »

  • Richard Pieper: A Man of Great Character

    As more K-12 schools look to develop the whole child, character education programs continue to gain positive attention. Thanks to the help of Richard Pieper, who has made servant leadership a part of life, Alverno College continues to advance character education curriculum in Wisconsin.

    Alverno College continues to advance character education curriculum in Wisconsin’s K-12 schools, and is achieving success thanks to the help of Richard Pieper, founding chairman of PPC Partners. This past October, Pieper … Read More »

  • Creating Community

    The character education initiative at South Milwaukee School District (Rawson Elementary pictured here) weaves five critical character traits into every aspect of school, including curriculum. Two years into its launch, the school district is reporting a stronger sense of community, and efforts are now underway to expand the program to include adult interactions among teachers, administrators and parents.

    Respect. Responsibility. Honesty. Kindness. Perseverance. These are the character traits the South Milwaukee School District has been weaving into the district’s curriculum – and students’ lives – for the past two years. … Read More »


  • Inspiring Others to Bridge the Technology Divide Worldwide

    Alverno professors Jill Newton Moore and Tracy Stockwell traveled to Cameroon this past summer to tackle a variety of projects, including an expansion of the computer lab at St. Joseph Comprehensive High School in Mambu, Bafut.

    When Communication & Technology Professor Jill Newton Moore first arrived in Cameroon in 2011 to teach in a small farming village, she discovered her students didn’t have their own laptops, or even … Read More »

  • Talking It Out

    For many years, Associate Dean Patricia Jensen has teamed with researchers at Case Western University to better understand “conversational learning” and its value to students. Here, she explains how this powerful learning concept will get a big boost thanks to the College’s exciting campus improvement project.

    Should your economic views align more with conservative Milton Friedman or liberal John Maynard Keynes? Do you believe humans can simultaneously hold two opposing convictions, as the writings of Dickens, Twain and … Read More »

  • Living Life Through Music and Service

    Mike Kamenski is a man who is firing on all cylinders. In addition to teaching music at Alverno, he's involved with St. Sebastian Catholic Church, the Menomonee Falls Symphony Orchestra and was recently awarded the Vatican II Award for Distinguished Service in Liturgy. He loves many things and is able to do them all in these many roles.

    Assistant Professor of Music Mike Kamenski was just 6 years old when he joined his grade school’s accordion orchestra. By fifth grade, he was playing with a Polish dance group and fitting … Read More »

  • Positive Steps Start with S.T.O.P.

    Dean of Education Nancy Athanasiou '90 was approached by a trio of City of Milwaukee police officers to assist with curriculum and officer training for the S.T.O.P. program. Targeted to local youth, the program aims to help local and middle school students understand the role of police and help ensure positive future encounters.

    It was fall 2011 when three uniformed police officers knocked on the office door of Nancy Athanasiou ’90, dean of Education. The trio of officers was launching a pilot program of S.T.O.P. … Read More »


  • Quality Assured

    Elsa Janusiak '13 (left) had a job lined up before she even graduated from Alverno last May. She started the Quality Assurance lab at Black Bear Bottling and now gives back to the College by serving as mentor and internship site. Current intern Emily Snell is pictured on the right.

    Elsa Janusiak ’13 had a job lined up before she even graduated from Alverno. In fact, she was working as the director of Quality Assurance and Operations at Black Bear Bottling in … Read More »

  • The Path To An Executive In Residence

    Kim Schaffer ’81, SVP at Park Bank, advocates for alumnae to give back to Alverno however they can. This past spring she was appointed the School of Business’ second Executive in Residence.

    When Kim Schaffer ’81, senior vice president at Park Bank, was researching educational options, she chose to enroll at Alverno College because the weekend college program was the best fit for her. … Read More »

  • Planting the seed: How alums spread the word about Alverno

    Recent graduate Katie Brierton ’13 (right) thinks of Alverno as one of the best paths she’s chosen in life, but her journey here might have never transpired if it weren’t for the recommendation of an alumna she barely knew. Specifically, it was the recommendation of her father’s coworker that led her to visit campus and, as Katie puts it, “the rest is history.”

    One of the most powerful ways people discover Alverno College is through word-of-mouth. Our alums know the impact an Alverno education can make, and they’re eager to share that story with future … Read More »

  • Connecting the Dots

    A 1994 Alverno graduate, Linda Seebantz works at Ghost Ranch in New Mexico. It's a dream job for her and she credits Alverno for helping her recognize why she valued things in her world, which became a canvas on which she crafted her life.

    As the first person in her family to earn a college degree, Linda Seebantz admits there were few role models for her on this regard. However, she recalls a conversation with her … Read More »


  • It’s All About Leadership

    William Hughes, assistant professor of Education, discusses Alverno's partnership with Schools That Can Milwaukee, including the launch of a new Leadership Development Program.

    It is well known there is a surplus of certified school leaders. Most open positions attract plenty of applicants from which to choose, however, despite this surplus, there remains a shortage of … Read More »

  • Celebrating 50 Years in Community

    As they celebrate their Golden Jubilee, Sisters Mary Diez & Kathleen O'Brien reflect on 50 years of service.

    Sister Mary Diez ‘67, SSSF and Sister Kathleen O’Brien ’67, SSSF grew up hundreds of miles apart. Diez was raised in Nebraska; O’Brien spent most of her youth in Milwaukee. But their … Read More »

  • This Better Be Good

    After 37 years at Alverno, Tim Riordan, retired professor of Philosophy, reflects on his time at the College and the tough audiences that prompt everyone - faculty, students, staff - to do their very best.

    How do I begin to write about 37 years at Alverno College? As my colleagues and students know, I often use a story to make a point or, more likely, to raise … Read More »

  • Education, the Workforce and the Liberal Arts

    Sister Joel Read reflects on the role of a liberal arts education on today's workforce.

    I’ve been thinking lately about the current political push to better connect the workforce and education. Manufacturing has long been the heartbeat of the Wisconsin economy and it seems employers in this … Read More »