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Alverno College Celebrates Women of Color With Two Rites of Passage

November 17, 2017

As part of a tradition that goes back over 20 years, Alverno College will hold its Bestowing of the Kente ceremony on December 10 at 2:00 p.m. A new tradition, the Latinas con Fuerza ceremony, will take place the same day at 4:30 p.m.

The Bestowing of the Kente is a rite of passage recognizing African American students who are graduating. Each student chooses someone who has inspired her to present her with a Kente cloth, a colorful, hand-woven, ceremonial piece. The ceremony is a way for African American students and their families to celebrate their heritage as well as their achievement, and will include African drumming and dancing. Alverno is one of only a handful of colleges in the U.S. that recognize African American graduates with the Bestowing of the Kente

Latinas con Fuerza is a new tradition that honors Latina graduates. This rite of passage highlights the achievements of our Latina students, and will connect current graduates with Latina alumnae in order to strengthen their network. Students will be presented with a sarape, a colorful stole, and the event will include traditional Aztec dancers. This is the second time Alverno is holding this ceremony, and it’s the only one of its kind in southeastern Wisconsin.

A reception will follow each of the ceremonies, and the public is invited to attend.

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Alverno College Primero en Wisconsin de ser nombrado como una Institución al Servicio-Hispano

November 9, 2017

Alverno College cumplió con los criterios de inscripción para ser considerado como una institución al Servicio-Hispano (HSI) por el Departamento de Educación de los EE.UU. una designación nacional que brinda acceso a becas y subvenciones federales a instituciones sin fines de lucro de educación superior que sirve a una población significativa de estudiantes hispanos.  Alverno es la primera institución con la distinción de HSI en el estado de Wisconsin, una de las únicas 14 en el medio oeste y una de las 276 en los Estados Unidos.

Para ser designado miembro del HSI, que es parte de la Asociación Hispana de Colegios y Universidades-Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities en ingles (HACU), el 25 por ciento de la matricula estudiantil equivalente a tiempo completo debe de ser hispano. La matrícula total de hispanos en el otoño de 2017 en Alverno fue del 27 por ciento.

“Esta designación federal valida todo lo que más celebramos de Alverno College: la riqueza de nuestro diverso cuerpo estudiantil y la manera intencional en la que buscamos construir y apoyar nuestra comunidad universitaria para que refleje auténticamente el mundo en el que vivimos”. dijo la Dra. Andrea Lee, IHM, presidenta de Alverno. “Las alumnas latinas de Alverno y otros estudiantes de color se encuentran entre los futuros líderes de Milwaukee, de nuestra región y más allá.  A medida que reconocemos y aceptamos nuestra designación como una institución que sirve a hispanos, celebramos de manera especial las contribuciones de las estudiantes latinas a nuestra vibrante universidad y esperamos colaborar con otras instituciones de servicio a hispanos para apoyar el éxito continuo y los resultados educativos de todos nuestros estudiantes.  Lo más importante es que nos comprometemos a seguir siendo una de las universidades con mayor diversidad étnica de Wisconsin”.

La designación se alinea con la misión y el compromiso de Alverno de educar a una población étnicamente diversa de mujeres, ha sido esencial para el éxito de la universidad durante 130 años. En el otoño de 2013, el porcentaje de estudiantes hispanos buscando su licenciatura en Alverno a tiempo completo fue de 19 por ciento. En el otoño de 2011, fue del 16 por ciento.

Según datos de la Greater Milwaukee Foundation, el 10.2 por ciento de la población metropolitana de Milwaukee en 2014 era latina, un aumento del 213.3 por ciento del 3.6 por ciento de la población en 1990.

La designación no tan solo permite que la universidad solicite nuevas subvenciones federales, sino que beneficia a todos los estudiantes de Alverno. Un estudiante no necesita ser latino/a para solicitar una beca de HACU. Las becas de HACU son para todos los estudiantes que asisten a una institución de HACU. Las agencias federales que otorgan subvenciones y becas a estudiantes de las instituciones HACU incluyen los departamentos de Agricultura, Educación, Salud y Servicios Humanos, Vivienda y Desarrollo Urbano, y el Fondo Nacional para las Humanidades. Los estudiantes pueden usar estos fondos para oportunidades académicas como viajes estudiantiles, y estudiar en el extranjero y pasantías.

“Esta designación mejora enormemente nuestra capacidad para llevar a cabo nuestra misión de preparar a las mujeres para la distinción personal y profesional y el compromiso significativo con el mundo”, dijo la Dra. Jennifer Flamboe, presidenta del departamento de Idiomas Mundiales de Alverno, directora del programa de Interpretación Medica y nacionalmente certificada en interpretación médica. “Conociendo bien a la comunidad latina de Milwaukee y trabajando estrechamente con jóvenes y adultos hispanos durante muchos años, me enorgullece estar afiliado a una institución que tiene una infraestructura inclusiva para apoyar a estos y todos nuestros estudiantes”.

Ruth López de Arenas es la coordinadora de Alverno de alcance y éxito hispano. Como alumna de Alverno, trabajará para hacer frente a las alianzas con las organizaciones comunitarias y los estudiantes universitarios y sus familias, y dirigir los esfuerzos para garantizar el éxito académico de los estudiantes actuales. López de Arenas ha sido consejera de admisión de pregrado de la universidad desde 2016.

Además de la población estudiantil hispana de Alverno, el 14 por ciento se identifica como afroamericano o negro, el 5 por ciento se identifica como asiático y el 4 por ciento se identifica como dos o más razas. Sesenta y ocho por ciento de los estudiantes de pregrado que comenzaron en la universidad en el semestre de otoño de 2017 son estudiantes universitarios de primera generación.

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Alverno College First in Wisconsin to be Named Hispanic-Serving Institution

November 9, 2017

Alverno College met the enrollment criteria to be considered a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) by the U.S. Department of Education, a national designation that provides access to federal grants and scholarships to not-for-profit institutions of higher learning that serve a significant population of Hispanic students. Alverno is the first HSI-designated institution in Wisconsin, one of only 14 in the Midwest and one of only 276 in the United States.

To be designated an HSI member, which is part of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), 25 percent of an institution’s total undergraduate full-time equivalent enrollment must be Hispanic. Alverno’s fall 2017 total enrollment of Hispanic students was 27 percent.

“This federal designation validates all that we celebrate most about Alverno College – the richness of our diverse student body and the intentional way in which we seek to build and support our campus community so that it may authentically reflect the world in which we live,” said Dr. Andrea Lee, IHM, president of Alverno. “Alverno’s Latina students and other students of color are among the future leaders of Milwaukee, our region and beyond. As we recognize and embrace our designation as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, we celebrate in a special way the contributions of Latina students to our vibrant college and look forward to collaboration with other Hispanic-Serving Institutions to support the continued success and educational outcomes of all our students. Most important, we commit to remaining one of Wisconsin’s most ethnically diverse colleges.”

The designation aligns with Alverno’s mission of and commitment to educating an ethnically diverse population of undergraduate women, integral to the college’s success for 130 years. In fall 2013, the percentage of Alverno’s full-time, degree-seeking undergraduate Hispanic students was 19 percent. In fall 2011, it was 16 percent.

According to data from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, 10.2 percent of metropolitan Milwaukee’s population in 2014 was Latino, an increase of 213.3 percent from 3.6 percent of the population in 1990.

The designation not only allows the college to apply for new federal grants, but it benefits all Alverno students. A student does not need to be Latina/o to apply for a HACU scholarship. HACU scholarships are for all students attending a HACU institution. Federal agencies that provide grants and scholarships to students at HACU institutions include the departments of Agriculture, Education, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Students can use these funds for scholarly opportunities like student travel, study abroad and internships.

“This designation greatly enhances our ability to carry out our mission of preparing women for personal and professional distinction and meaningful engagement with the world,” said Jennifer Flamboe, Ph.D., chair of Alverno’s World Languages department, director of the college’s Healthcare Interpretation Program and a nationally certified healthcare interpreter. “Knowing the Milwaukee Latino community well and having worked closely with Hispanic youth and adults for many years, I am proud to be affiliated with an institution that has such an inclusive infrastructure for supporting these and all of our students.”

Ruth Lopez de Arenas will serve as Alverno’s coordinator of Hispanic outreach and success. An Alverno alumna, she will work to strengthen partnerships with community organizations and prospective students and their families, as well as lead efforts to ensure the academic success of current students. Lopez de Arenas has served as an undergraduate admissions counselor for the college since 2016.

In addition to Alverno’s Hispanic student population, 14 percent identify as Black or African American, 5 percent identify as Asian and 4 percent identify as two or more races. Sixty-eight percent of undergraduate students who started at the college in the fall 2017 semester are first-generation college students.

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Powerhouse Female Executives Address Women’s Leadership

October 24, 2017

Women continue to fall far behind men when it comes to representation in the board room. In fact, among the 50 largest public companies in Wisconsin, only 17.6% of the directors are women. Because of this, Alverno College hopes to connect college-aged women with female executives so they can learn about their career paths, obstacles they’ve had to overcome and successes they’ve had. The goal is to inspire young women set their sights higher when it comes to their careers.

As part of our efforts, Alverno is partnering with Milwaukee Women Inc. to host a Women in the C-Suite panel discussion. The panel features several women who have leadership roles in their fields, and will be moderated by Sandy Wysocki, Chief Development Officer of the United Performing Arts Fund and chair of Milwaukee Women Inc. Panelists include:

  • Marie O’Brien, Founder, President and CEO, Enterforce Inc.
  • Lori Craig, Senior Vice President and Market Executive, PNC Wealth Management
  • Mary Ellen Stanek, CFA, President, Baird Funds, and Chief Investment Officer, Baird Advisors
  • Susan Martin, Executive Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel, WEC Energy Group Inc.

 “Because women still fall far behind men when it comes to representation in the board room, it’s vitally important that we expose college-aged women to the possibilities that exist and connect them to women who have leadership positions,” said Patricia Luebke, dean of the Alverno College School of Professional Studies. “Alverno’s Women in the C-Suite program is designed to do just that.”

The event will take place on October 26 from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. at The Women’s Club of Wisconsin. For more information or to register, please visit alumnae.alverno.edu.

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Alverno College Student Receives CIC/UPS Scholarship

October 12, 2017

Alverno College student Laura Sierra, an Accounting major originally from Bogota, Columbia has been selected to receive a CIC/UPS Scholarship provided by the Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (WAICU) and its national partner, the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) in Washington, DC.

Nationally, CIC and the UPS Foundation provided more than $1.5 million in student scholarships through state-based associations to make private colleges and universities more accessible to underserved students. This year, WAICU awarded $66,000 in CIC/UPS Scholarships to 24 low-income students at private institutions across Wisconsin.

“This scholarship gives me an opportunity to continue fulfilling my aspirations and to keep advancing into my professional’s goals,” said Sierra. “This recognition not only motivates me to be more committed to my community, but to broaden my horizons and keep giving the best of me in everything I do.”

“At a time when college graduates are more critical to Wisconsin’s economy than ever, we are especially grateful to CIC and UPS for their partnership in making students’ aspirations in higher education a reality,” said Dr. Rolf Wegenke, president of WAICU.

About WAICU
The Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (WAICU) is the official organization of Wisconsin’s 24 private, nonprofit colleges and universities. WAICU is dedicated to expanding educational opportunity for students and is nationally recognized for its innovative programming to control college costs and for its partnerships with employers to provide skilled graduates.

About the Council of Independent Colleges

The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) is an association of nonprofit independent colleges and universities, as well as state-based councils and other higher education affiliates, that works to support college and university leadership, advance institutional excellence, and enhance public understanding of independent higher education’s contributions to society. CIC is the major national organization that focuses on services to leaders of independent colleges and universities and state-based councils. CIC offers conferences, seminars, publications, and other programs and services that help institutions improve educational quality, administrative and financial performance, student outcomes, and institutional visibility. It conducts the largest annual conferences of college and university presidents and of chief academic officers. Founded in 1956, CIC is headquartered at One Dupont Circle in Washington, DC. www.cic.edu

About The UPS Foundation

Established in 1951 and based in Atlanta, Georgia, the UPS Foundation identifies areas where its backing clearly impacts social issues. The UPS Foundation has identified the following focus areas for giving: volunteerism, diversity, community safety, and the environment. In 2016, UPS and its employees, active and retired, invested more than $116.6 million in charitable giving around the world. The UPS Foundation can be found on the web at UPS.com/foundation.

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