A Message from the Chairman

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By the time you read this, we will be in the midst of the holiday season. As we enjoy these cherished holidays with family and friends, my mind immediately turns to blessings. One of my many blessings, of course, is to be part of the Alverno community for so many years.

Added to this, is Alverno’s recent recognition in U.S. News & World Report. This is the second consecutive year Alverno has ranked as number one in the Midwest for educating undergraduates. The recognition resulted from higher education peers who value and appreciate our steadfast commitment to Alverno’s mission: educating the next generation of young women.

Watching from a distance the life of my granddaughter and her friends as they navigate their way through a constantly evolving world, I can’t help but think of all the young women who are empowered at Alverno. In my 27 years of serving on the Alverno Board of Trustees, I have had the opportunity to watch many faces as they cross the stage at graduation. While the hairstyles are smaller and shoe heights taller, one thing remains constant–in their faces you can clearly see the spark of joy, confidence and hope for what the future holds.

In this issue, you’ll hear from a group of students who recognize the positive transformation in themselves since arriving at Alverno. Although they come from different backgrounds and are pursuing different paths in life, all will benefit from the skills and insight they have found. Skills they’ve built–and earned–during their time at Alverno.

So please take pride in reading what you helped create. And while we are extremely grateful for this important recognition from our peers, we also know that we still have areas in which we must continue to improve. This, after all, is the heart and soul of our unique assessment process. If I can reiterate what our faculty members often note: our most important competition is ourselves. If we all keep this in mind, Alverno will continue to soar.


Marc McSweeney