Press Release

$210,000 Grant Supports Launch of Emergency Grant Program at Alverno College

July 5, 2017

Alverno College has received a $210,000 Dash Emergency Grant from Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates to operate and maintain a student emergency aid program. Emergency grants will be integrated into the college’s overall student success strategy with the goal of improving retention and completion rates.

Alverno College serves students from diverse backgrounds, and a situation that might be a headache for one can be a major financial crisis for another. If a student is already struggling to make ends meet, an unexpected car repair or medical bill might cause that student to withdraw from college.

“Thanks to the Dash Emergency Grant, we have the resources to provide modest emergency grants to our students in times of greatest need,” said Vicki Schreiber, associate dean of students. “For some of our students, these emergency funds can be the difference between dropping out or finishing their degree. By helping students get to graduation, we are putting them on a path to better employability and higher earning potential.”

Alverno College will begin making student emergency grants in fall 2017. Students will complete an application detailing their financial emergency. An Alverno College committee will review the application, and expenses up to $1,000 will be paid within two business days of approval. By quickly removing financial distractions, students can refocus on their studies and continue toward graduation.

Alverno College is one of the first four-year colleges to receive a Dash Emergency Grant from Great Lakes. A combined $7.2 million in grants was awarded to 32 colleges in Arkansas, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio and Wisconsin.

“Dash Emergency Grants for four-year colleges build on the success two-year colleges have achieved since Great Lakes began supporting emergency grant programs in 2012. These colleges report students who receive emergency grants stay in school at better rates and graduate in larger numbers. We’re pleased to extend our Dash Emergency Grant to Alverno College and other four-year colleges to help more at-risk students overcome financial obstacles to completion,” said Richard D. George, President and Chief Executive Officer of Great Lakes.

About Alverno College

Alverno College, a four-year independent, Catholic, liberal arts college for women, exists to promote the personal and professional development of its students. The college has earned accolades and respect internationally for its highly effective ability-based, assessment-as-learning approach to education, and has consulted with three U.S. presidential administrations on accountability and outcomes in higher education. For the last seven years, Alverno College has been ranked one of the top five schools in the Midwest doing “the best job of educating undergrads” by U.S. News & World Report. Educators from throughout the world visit Alverno to learn about its proven, student-centered teaching methods.

Alverno offers more than 60 major areas of study, including graduate programs in education, nursing, community psychology and business that are open to women and men. For more information about Alverno, visit www.alverno.edu or call 414-382-6100.

About Great Lakes: Dedicated to making college education a reality since 1967.

Knowing that education has the power to change lives for the better, Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates was established as a nonprofit group focused on a single objective: helping students nationwide prepare for and succeed in postsecondary education and student loan repayment. As a leading student loan guarantor and servicer, Great Lakes has been selected by the U.S. Department of Education to provide assistance and repayment planning to more than 8 million borrowers—as well as assistance to colleges and lenders nationwide. The group’s earnings support one of the largest and most respected education philanthropy programs in the country. Since 2006, Great Lakes has committed over $200 million in grant funding to promote higher education access and completion for students of color, low-income students, and first-generation students. For additional information, visit home.mygreatlakes.org.

Jodi Eastberg Selected to Participate in Seminar on Teaching Art History

June 9, 2017

Alverno College is pleased to announce that Jodi Eastberg, Ph.D., chair of the History department and director of the Center for Academic Excellence, is one of a select group of faculty members nationwide chosen by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) to participate in a special week-long seminar on Teaching European Art in Context. The seminar, “Landscape and Identity in Britain and the United States (1770–1914),” will be held at the Yale Center for British Art in New Haven, Connecticut, July 24–28, 2017. The seminar is designed for full-time faculty members who regularly teach art history at smaller colleges and universities and aims to strengthen the teaching of art history to undergraduates at these institutions.

CIC selected 25 faculty members to participate in the seminar, which is supported by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. Tim Barringer, Paul Mellon Professor of the History of Art at Yale University and chair of the department, will lead the program.

“Strengthening the teaching of art history at colleges and universities—many of which have limited faculty resources in art history—is critical,” said CIC President Richard Ekman. “The seminar will have significant value for the faculty members who participate, the colleagues with whom they will share their new knowledge, and the students who enroll in their courses.”

Landscape became an increasingly powerful artistic medium during the “long 19th century” and reached a pinnacle of achievement on the canvases of painters such as Thomas Gainsborough, J.M.W. Turner, John Constable, Thomas Cole, and Frederic Church. The program will explore British and American landscape painting in a global context. Participants will study a range of texts—by artists, writers, philosophers, and scientists from the period—to examine the cultural, historical, and aesthetic construction of landscape paintings in the 19th century. Each day, participants will spend significant time with major works of art in the unrivalled collections of landscape paintings, drawings, and prints at the Yale Center for British Art.

For more information, visit the CIC website at www.cic.edu/ArtHistory.

Participants in CIC’s 2017 Seminar on Teaching Pre-Modern European Art in Context

Sherman (Reed) Anderson, Associate Professor of Liberal Arts, Kansas City Art Institute (MO)

Elizabeth Bailey, Professor of Art, Wesleyan College (GA)

Chris Balaschak, Associate Professor of Art, Flagler College (FL)

Adrienne Baxter Bell, Associate Professor of Art and Art History, Marymount Manhattan College (NY)

Brian Bockelman, Associate Professor of History, Ripon College (WI)

Barbara Bushey, Associate Professor of Art, Hillsdale College (MI)

Lucia Carter, Associate Professor of History, Mars Hill University (NC)

Garth Claassen, Professor of Art, The College of Idaho

Nan Covert, Associate Professor of Art, Bridgewater College (VA)

Jodi Eastberg, Associate Professor of History, Alverno College (WI)

Libby Escobedo, Associate Professor of Art and Theatre, Aurora University (IL)

David Faldet, Professor of English, Luther College (IA)

Anne Greeley, Assistant Professor of Art History, Indiana Wesleyan University

Martha Gyllenhaal, Associate Professor of Art, Bryn Athyn College (PA)

Scott Hess, Professor of English, Earlham College (IN)

Kimberly Jones, Associate Professor of Art History, Sweet Briar College (VA)

Heather Logsdon, Assistant Professor of Fine Arts and Humanities, Kentucky Wesleyan College

Michael Mulvey, Assistant Professor of History and Philosophy, St. Thomas University (FL)

Marc Muneal, Associate Professor of English, Averett University (VA)

Sheila Nowinski, Assistant Professor of History, Thiel College (PA)

John Rhett, Professor of Art, Houghton College (NY)

Lesley Shipley, Assistant Professor of Art History, Randolph College (VA)

Heidi Strobel, Associate Professor of Art History, University of Evansville (IN)

Christina Welsch, Assistant Professor of History, The College of Wooster (OH)

Elisabeth West, Associate Professor of English, Drake University (IA)

The Council of Independent Colleges is an association of 768 nonprofit independent colleges and universities and higher education affiliates and organizations that has worked since 1956 to support college and university leadership, advance institutional excellence, and enhance public understanding of private higher education’s contributions to society. CIC is the major national organization that focuses on providing services to leaders of independent colleges and universities as well as conferences, seminars, and other programs that help institutions improve educational quality, administrative and financial performance, and institutional visibility. CIC conducts the largest annual conference of college and university presidents and of chief academic officers. CIC also provides support to state associations that organize programs and generate contributions for their member colleges and universities. The Council is headquartered at One Dupont Circle in Washington, DC. For more information, visit www.cic.edu.

The Yale Center for British Art houses the largest collection of British art outside the United Kingdom. Presented to the university by Paul Mellon (Yale College, Class of 1929), the collection reflects the development of British art and culture from the Elizabethan period onward. The center’s collections include more than 2,000 paintings and 250 sculptures, 20,000 drawings and watercolors, 40,000 prints, and 35,000 rare books and manuscripts. More than 40,000 volumes supporting research in British art and related fields are available in the center’s library. Works on view include masterpieces by Joshua Reynolds, George Stubbs, Thomas Gainsborough, J.M.W. Turner, and John Constable, as well as major artists from Europe and America who lived and worked in Britain. Academic resources include the reference library and archives, conservation laboratories, a study room for examining works on paper as well as rare books and manuscripts from the collection, and an online catalogue of the collections.

Kevin Casey Chosen to Participate in History Seminar on “The 20th Century Presidency”

June 7, 2017

Alverno College is pleased to announce Kevin Casey, Ph.D., dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, is one of a select group of faculty members nationwide chosen by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History to participate in a special American history seminar on “The 20th Century Presidency.” The multidisciplinary seminar for faculty members in history, political science, and related fields will explore characteristics of 20th century presidential leadership, including several individual presidents and their presidencies. From a pool of 77 highly competitive nominations, 30 faculty members were selected to participate in the seminar, which will be held July 23–27, at Stanford University’s Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Center in Washington, DC.

In announcing the selection of participants, CIC President Richard Ekman said, “Strengthening the teaching of American history at colleges and universities is of critical importance. This seminar will provide a great opportunity for participating faculty members to gain a better understanding of effective leadership and to explore presidencies within the context of the history known then and now.”

Robert Dallek, professor of history emeritus at UCLA who now teaches at Stanford in Washington, will lead the seminar. He is the author of numerous books, including Camelot’s Court: Inside the Kennedy White House; Nixon and Kissinger: Partners in Power; Lyndon B. Johnson, Portrait of a President; the number one New York Times best-seller, An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917–1963; and winner of a Bancroft Prize, Franklin D. Roosevelt and American Foreign Policy, 1932–1945.

Seminar participants will consider presidents’ ability to handle domestic and foreign policy leadership as well as personal qualities including vision, charisma, credibility, communication and consensus-building skills. The seminar will focus on the administrations of three 20th century presidents: Franklin D. Roosevelt’s presidency will be considered in the context of the Great Depression and World War II, John F. Kennedy’s presidency will be reviewed in the context of the Cold War, and Lyndon Johnson’s presidency will be discussed in the context of the Great Society and Vietnam.

The seminar is generously funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. For more information, visit the CIC website at www.cic.edu/AmericanHistory.

Participants in the 2017 CIC-Gilder Lehrman Seminar

Michael Bailey, Associate Professor of Government, Berry College (GA)

Alvin Beggs, Assistant Professor of History, Lourdes University (OH)

Kevin Casey, Professor of History, Alverno College (WI)

Roger Chapman, Professor of History, Palm Beach Atlantic University (FL)

Ann Collins, Associate Professor of Political Science, McKendree University (IL)

Gerard Fitzpatrick, Professor of Politics, Ursinus College (PA)

Sean Flynn, Professor of History, Dakota Wesleyan University (SD)

Tobias Gibson, Associate Professor of Political Science, Westminster College (MO)

Caleb Goltz, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Hartwick College (NY)

Lilly Goren, Professor of Religion, Philosophy, and Political Science, Carroll University (WI)

John Hanley, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Duquesne University (PA)

Andrea Hatcher, Associate Professor of Politics, Sewanee: The University of the South (TN)

Preston Jones, Professor of History, John Brown University (AR)

Craig Kaplowitz, Professor of History, Judson University (IL)

William Kelly, Assistant Professor of History, Morehouse College (GA)

Magdalena Krajewska, Assistant Professor of History and Political Science, Wingate University (NC)

William Leeman, Associate Professor of History, Salve Regina University (RI)

Brenda Taylor Matthews, Professor of History, Texas Wesleyan University

Kevin McMahon, Professor of Political Science, Trinity College (CT)

John Recchiuti, Professor of History, University of Mount Union (OH)

Wesley Renfron, Associate Professor of Political Science, St. John Fisher College (NY)

Brian Roberts, Professor of Political Science, Principia College (IL)

Gregory Shufeldt, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Butler University (IN)

Erika Smith, Assistant Professor of History, Nichols College (MA)

Robert Strong, Professor of Politics, Washington and Lee University (VA)

Robert Surbrug, Associate Professor of History, Bay Path University (MA)

Sabrina Thomas, Assistant Professor of History, Wabash College (IN)

Barbara Trish, Professor of Political Science, Grinnell College (IA)

Mi Yung Yoon, Professor of International Studies, Hanover College (IN)

Xiaowen Zhang, Associate Professor of Political Science, Augustana College (IL)

The Council of Independent Colleges is an association of 768 nonprofit independent colleges and universities and higher education affiliates and organizations that has worked since 1956 to support college and university leadership, advance institutional excellence, and enhance public understanding of private higher education’s contributions to society. CIC is the major national organization that focuses on providing services to leaders of independent colleges and universities as well as conferences, seminars, and other programs that help institutions improve educational quality, administrative and financial performance, and institutional visibility. CIC conducts the largest annual conference of college and university presidents and of chief academic officers. CIC also provides support to state associations that organize programs and generate contributions for their member colleges and universities. The Council is headquartered at One Dupont Circle in Washington, DC. For more information, visit www.cic.edu.

Founded in 1994 by Richard Gilder and Lewis E. Lehrman, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is a nonprofit organization devoted to the improvement of history education. The Institute has developed an array of programs for schools, teachers, and students that now operate in all 50 states, including a website that features more than 60,000 unique historical documents in the Gilder Lehrman Collection. Each year the Institute offers support and resources to tens of thousands of teachers, and through them enhances the education of more than a million students. The Institute’s programs have been recognized by awards from the White House, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Organization of American Historians.

Alverno College Announces Faculty Promotions

May 25, 2017

Jodi Eastberg

Patricia Lewis

Patricia Luebke

Amal El-Sheikh

The following Alverno College faculty have been promoted, and were honored at a promotion ceremony on May 24:

To Professor:

Jodi Eastberg, History; Milwaukee resident

 

To Associate Professor:

Patricia Lewis, Religious Studies; Milwaukee resident

Patricia Luebke, Education; Wauwatosa resident

Amal El-Sheikh, Biology; Milwaukee resident

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Alverno College Launches New Teacher Licensure Program for Paraprofessionals

May 24, 2017

Alverno College is launching a new teacher licensure program in the fall, aimed at paraprofessionals who have an associate’s degree or at least 60 college credits. The new program can be completed in 24 months, and courses will be offered in the evening and online. For 130 years, Alverno College has been educating teachers, and our ground-breaking abilities-based curriculum is one that more and more school districts are adopting. Students in this program will have the advantage of experiencing the curriculum firsthand, learning from educators who are leaders in the field.

“We’re excited to offer this new program that will allow professionals already working in the classroom to advance their careers,” said Patricia Luebke, dean of the School of Education at Alverno College. “Whether starting out as a paraprofessional or a teaching assistant, graduates of this program will be prepared to take their place in the front of the classroom.”

The bachelor’s degree completion program is open to both men and women, and requires 60 credits to complete. There are opportunities to earn credit for prior experience, including classroom experience, relevant community or volunteer work, in-service training and other professional development. The program also includes an 18-week student teaching experience that paraprofessionals may complete at their current sites. Students who don’t have the required 60 college credits at enrollment will have the opportunity to earn those credits. “We’ll work with students individually to get them where they need to be to enter the program,” said Luebke.

The program will begin in August. An information session will be held on June 8 at 5 p.m., and is free and open to the public. For more information about the new teacher licensure program for paraprofessionals, please visit https://www.alverno.edu/admissions/degree-completion.php#para-to-teacher-licensure. To register for the on-campus event, please visit https://www.alverno.edu/admissions/degree-completion-info.php.