• 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 »


  • 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 »

  • Inspired By Others

    Alverno alumna Lidia Sobierajski '95 is the manager of Fundraising and Special Events with the American Diabetes Association (ADA). She embraces her role with ADA and smiles broadly when talking about the differences she is making. “I live off other people’s energy and stories. I’m inspired by others. I hope to turn that around and inspire others to give back to those in need.”

    Lidia Sobierajski ’95 is not a woman who sits back and waits for things to happen. She has been turning her dreams into reality all her life. While double majoring in Piano … 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 »