Press Release

Alverno Forum Will Explore Truth in Health Care

April 6, 2018

Alverno Forum

Alverno College is hosting a forum on truth in health care. Often times people are given information by their health care provider that is unclear, not straightforward, insensitive, disrespectful, or not spoken in the patient’s first language.

This program will bring health care providers and consumers together in order to understand the moral and legal dimensions of truth telling in health care. Raising awareness about this issue empowers consumers to make meaningful decisions about their care, and encourages respectful interactions between providers and patients. Understanding on both sides promotes human dignity and supports both quality of life and peace of mind.

Panelists include:

  • Alyson Capp, Ph.D.(c), clinical ethicist at Aurora Health Care
  • Steven Dunn, Ph.D., an assistant professor of Religious Studies at Alverno College and former hospice and hospital chaplain
  • Lee Ann Rogga, RN, MSN, and Brian Rogga, JD, offering a family’s perspective on patient care
  • Donna Engelmann, Ph.D., professor emerita of Philosophy at Alverno College, will serve as moderator

The Alverno Forum series seeks to join community leaders in discussing cutting-edge topics that have a daily impact on the lives of people in our community and beyond. The next discussion in this year’s series takes place on Thursday, April 19 at 6:00 p.m. in the Bucyrus Conference Center inside the Sister Joel Read Center. The Alverno Forum series is free and open to the public. For more details, please visit our website at

Alverno College Receiving Inaugural Latino Spirit Award from Marcus Theatres® at the CineLatino Festival Premiere Night

April 3, 2018

CineLatino 2018 commemorative poster

Alverno College is receiving the inaugural Latino Spirit Award from Marcus Theatres in recognition of the college becoming the first Hispanic-Serving Institution in Wisconsin and for a history of supporting first-generation students.

The award, given in conjunction with the second annual CineLatino Milwaukee Film Festival, honors individuals or organizations who are role models and community leaders and understand how to be agents of positive change.

“We understand that through collaboration with community, commitment to what unites us, and courage to sometimes go against the grain and be first, people and families are made stronger,” said Rolando Rodriguez, chairman, president and CEO of Marcus Theatres. “It is in this spirit that we honor Alverno College, which is a source of inspiration to the Hispanic community and all of our community.”

Alverno President Andrea Lee, IHM, will accept the award at the CineLatino Festival Premiere Night on April 11 at the BistroPlex℠ Cinema at Southridge Mall. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. with a networking reception and fundraising activities and all proceeds benefiting the Aurora Cancer Care – Spanish Clinic.

“The richness of our diverse student body and the intentional way in which we seek to build and support our campus community are in Alverno’s DNA,” Lee said. “I’m absolutely honored to accept this award on behalf of the college’s students, faculty and staff.”

For more information about the CineLatino Festival Premiere Night, please visit

About Marcus Theatres

Marcus Theatres®, a division of The Marcus Corporation, is the fourth largest theatre circuit in the United States and currently owns or operates 895 screens at 69 locations in Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and Ohio. For more information, please visit and follow the company on Facebook and Twitter (@Marcus_Theatres).

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Echoes of Our Nature Graduate Exhibit at Alverno College

March 22, 2018


The Alverno College Art and Cultures Gallery

The Alverno College Art and Cultures Gallery will feature a graduate exhibit called Echoes of Our Nature April 6 through April 27. This exhibition will feature the work of graduating senior artists in studio art, art therapy and media design, and will include graphic design, painting, mixed media, drawing, printmaking and sculpture. Located in the Art and Cultures Gallery, the powerful exhibit celebrates the accomplishments of Alverno senior graduates showcasing work representing how each artist draws upon her personal nature within her artwork. The gallery will host an opening reception on April 6 from 4:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Gallery hours are Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The exhibition is free and open to the public, and free parking is available in the lot located on the corner of 39th and Morgan.

Artists featured in the exhibit include:

  • Ashley Acker – printmaking, fibers
  • Eileen Blomberg – painting, drawing, sculpture, book arts
  • Paige Drew – graphic design, illustration, painting, drawing, fibers
  • Celeste Skierski Contreras – graphic design, illustration, painting, mixed media, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, fibers, book arts
  • Maixia Xiong – graphic design, illustration, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, book arts

Alverno College names Andrea Petrie Vice President for College Advancement

March 20, 2018

Andrea Petrie

Andrea Petrie has been named vice president for Advancement at Alverno College, President Andrea Lee, IHM, announced Tuesday, the culmination of a national search that engaged faculty, staff, alumnae and members of the College’s Board of Trustees. Starting June 13, 2018, Petrie will lead Alverno’s development and alumnae engagement efforts, as well as oversee a growing team that will connect constituents with Alverno’s strategic plan.

“I believe in the transformative power of education and especially in the power of educating women,” Petrie said. “Alverno has been empowering women to be leaders for Milwaukee and beyond for 130 years, extraordinary work I’m eager to continue as we share our bold vision through the implementation of the strategic plan.”

Petrie, who has more than 15 years of development and engagement experience, has been director of development for the Office of Research and Innovation at Marquette University since 2015. In that role, she served as the lead fundraiser for the University’s campaign efforts in these areas, including multiple capital projects. Petrie managed the portfolio for the vice president for Research and Innovation and worked collaboratively with regional fundraisers, corporate and foundation partners, principal gift donors, and planned giving officers.

“Alverno is thrilled to have a leader of Andrea Petrie’s caliber join our dedicated and dynamic Advancement team,” Lee said. “Andrea has exceptional experience and energy, and it is clear to all who meet her that her vision for Alverno and its many friends and benefactors will move us forward in wonderful ways. I have to add that it’s great to have another Andrea on board!”

Petrie served as director of development for Marquette’s College of Nursing from 2012-17, raising more than $7 million for the college in fiscal year 2017 as part of a comprehensive plan that included collaboration with the dean, faculty and staff. She was director of affinity-based giving for Marquette from 2009-12, during which time she increased alumni donor giving by reunion year by 24 percent, developed annual fund goals, and implemented the strategy for its reunion giving program and the Parents Association.

Petrie, a member of Professional Dimensions, also has worked for the Ladies Professional Golf Association and Leukemia Research Foundation.
Petrie received her undergraduate degree in business with a marketing emphasis from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota and her master of business administration from the Graduate School of Management at Marquette University. She lives in Muskego, Wis., with her husband and three children.

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Medical College of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy Partners with Alverno College to Enhance Student Program Opportunities

March 19, 2018

Alverno students work in one of many science labs on campus.

Alverno College is partnering with the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) School of Pharmacy on a dual degree program that will allow full-time Alverno students who successfully complete the pharmacy program prerequisites to gain early-assurance direct admission to the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program at MCW.

The dual degree program offers students the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences from Alverno and a PharmD degree from the MCW School of Pharmacy in just six years. Students complete three years in Alverno’s Pharmaceutical Sciences program and three years at MCW’s School of Pharmacy. The course work completed in the first year of study in the PharmD program transfers back to Alverno, fulfilling Alverno’s Bachelor of Science degree requirements. This option alleviates some of the financial burden of tuition for students seeking to obtain a bachelor’s degree and PharmD degree.

“This partnership represents another opportunity to educate women to be the leaders this region needs, particularly in high-demand STEM fields,” said Scott Zeman, PhD, vice president for Academic Affairs at Alverno College. “Building on our longstanding tradition of health care excellence, we’re thrilled to offer our students the opportunity to partner with the Medical College of Wisconsin, an institution that’s focused on creating a healthier community.”

Students in the program will be assigned faculty advisors from both Alverno and MCW while enrolled at Alverno, and they will be invited to participate in a minimum of two MCW School of Pharmacy-sponsored programs and events each year. Students who complete MCW’s Doctor of Pharmacy program will have extensive training not only in pharmaceutical science, but in advanced practice skills such as physical assessment, administering vaccines, basic medical tests and other patient care services.

“The 3+3 pipeline program allows the MCW School of Pharmacy to connect with undergraduate students early in their education and offers mentorship and early access to opportunities in pharmacy to those students,” said George E. MacKinnon III, PhD, MS, RPh, founding dean of the MCW School of Pharmacy. “We are excited to partner with Alverno College, an institution that empowers women, to recruit a diverse group of students to the pharmacy profession.”

According to research by Harvard economists Claudia Goldin and Lawrence Katz, the pharmacy profession is among the most egalitarian between women and men, with a small gender earnings gap. And the United States Department of Labor projects that employment of pharmacists will grow through 2026, with the increased demand for prescription medications leading to more demand for pharmaceutical services. The 2016 median pay for pharmacists was $122,230 annually. Most work in pharmacies, including those in drug, general merchandise and grocery stores, hospitals, outpatient clinics and other health care facilities.

Alverno is internationally known for its unique abilities-based curriculum, and students practice hands-on skills including critical thinking, problem-solving, leadership and communication. Both Alverno and MCW offer small class sizes and one-on-one attention from faculty, providing a supportive learning environment.

Enrollment in the new 3+3 dual degree program is open for the fall 2018 term. For more information, visit

About the Medical College of Wisconsin

With a history dating back to 1893, The Medical College of Wisconsin is dedicated to leadership and excellence in education, patient care, research and community engagement.  More than 900 students are enrolled in MCW’s medical school in Milwaukee, MCW-Green Bay, and MCW-Central Wisconsin. In addition, the Milwaukee campus has more than 280 graduate students, 12 Masters of Science in Anesthesia students and 130 postdoctoral fellows in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. MCW’s School of Pharmacy opened in 2017. A major national research center, MCW is the largest research institution in the Milwaukee metro area and second largest in Wisconsin. In FY2016, faculty received more than $225 million in external support for research, teaching, training and related purposes. This total includes highly competitive research and training awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Annually, MCW faculty direct or collaborate on more than 3,100 research studies, including clinical trials. Additionally, more than 1,650 physicians provide care in virtually every specialty of medicine for more than 530,000 patients annually.

 About Alverno College

Alverno College promotes the academic, personal and professional development of its students in a collaborative and inclusive environment. Undergraduate programs for women are offered in more than 60 areas of study, and graduate programs in education, nursing, community psychology and business are open to women and men.

A leader in higher education innovation, Alverno has earned international accolades for its highly effective ability-based, assessment-as-learning approach to education, which emphasizes hands-on experience and develops in-demand skills. The College has consulted with three U.S. presidential administrations on accountability and outcomes in higher education and for the past eight years 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.

Based in Milwaukee, Wis., Alverno College is a four-year independent, Catholic, liberal arts college.