• Transferring to Alverno: Khala’s Story

    Meet Khala Sampson. She transferred to Alverno after spending some time at a flagship university, which ultimately took her from 'blending into a crowd' to owning an entire room. She's gained confidence, honed her leadership skills and couldn't be happier with her transfer decision.

    Khala Sampson is an Alverno senior double majoring in Interactive Media Design and Professional Communication.  Approximately half of Alverno’s student body is transfer students; this is Khala’s story.

    How did you begin … Read More »

  • Applying the 8 Abilities to Athletics and Academics

    Alverno student athletes Erin Dulek (left) and Kristen Speerschneider are always eager to take on the next challenge. This spirit fuels their athletic triumphs as well their academic accomplishments.

    Student athletes Kristen Speerschneider and Erin Dulek refuse to give up, no matter what the challenge. And that spirit fuels their athletic triumphs as well their academic accomplishments. “Athletics really test your … Read More »

  • Student Profile: Carla Echeveste

    Carla Echeveste, an Alverno Business student, was one of just 36 students worldwide to attend a week-long leadership conference in Dubai. Aimed at looking at civic and social complexities through a global perspective, students were asked to analyze problems and effectively communicate potential solutions.

    Carla Echeveste entered Alverno College in September 2010 with a pretty clear vision of the path ahead. “When I was a senior in high school, I wanted a college experience that would … Read More »

  • Internship Impact

    Internships are an integral component of an Alverno education. Four unique internship sites are featured here, but, at present, our Internship Office has a network of mentors connected to more than 2,000 worksites.

    Most people learn best by doing, so one of the best ways for students to experience real-world application of their learning is with an internship. While these work experiences are more critical … 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 »

  • Business, Entrepreneurs & Social Value: How Can We Build a Brighter Future?

    The next Business Forum, March 20, 2014, will discuss new ways businesses are putting socially valuable practices at the top of their agenda, including the idea of Conscious Capitalism, a movement intended to create higher value for healthy, resilient and sustainable businesses, and for the world in which business exists.

    Sponsored by the School of Business, the next Alverno Forum, held on March 20, 2014, will discuss new ways businesses are putting socially valuable practices at the top of their agenda, including … 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 »

  • From Print-out to Publication In One Semester

    Alverno Professor Carole Barrowman works with Aliana Craine on launch day of AlvernoINK, the official literary magazine of Alverno College.

    Students in the English department’s new Creative Studies in Writing (CSW) program are putting their imaginations to work. The result is the launch of the College’s first online student literary magazine and … 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 »