Alverno College is hosting a forum on building a case for change on food initiatives in the Amani Neighborhood. The neighborhood, which is located between 15th Street and 35th Street, and Capitol Drive and North Avenue, fits the definition of a food desert as described by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It is an urban neighborhood without ready access to fresh, healthy food.
In order to address this, current MBA students are in the beginning stages of building a case for change management in this community. They will share their collaborations to date with community partners and Northwestern Mutual in the hope that sustainable change can be achieved. This is the pioneering class in what will be a long-term engagement between Alverno students and the Amani Neighborhood to help build sustainable change, an effort that will continue after the current class graduates.
The forum will be moderated by John Kordsmeier, President, Northwestern Mutual Foundation. 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, December 3 at 6:00 p.m. in the Sister Joel Read Conference Center. The Alverno Forum series is free and open to the public. For more details, please visit our website at http://www.alverno.edu/forum/.
Alverno College is hosting a forum on teaching, learning and trauma, and the best ways for educators to respond to students who bring experiences of trauma, family difficulty and community violence into the classroom. Often times these challenges impede a child’s ability to learn, and teachers want to help children learn to respond to society’s challenges with resilience. Our panelists will explore multiple perspectives on the current state of trauma-informed education and specific strategies educators can use to respond. An experienced school leader, a school psychologist, a nurse, and a nonprofit leader will also present how they view trauma and education and what they think teachers can and should do in response.
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, October 29 at 6:00 p.m. in the Sister Joel Read Conference Center. The Alverno Forum series is free and open to the public. For more details, please visit our website at http://www.alverno.edu/forum/.
The Alverno Community Conference, an annual day of learning that provides an opportunity for the extended Alverno community to share current research around a central theme, will be held on Friday, October 9, from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. The event is open to the public and will explore the theme: A Tapestry of Sustainability. Through workshops, discussions, and creative activities, the conference aims to connect our local and global sustainability efforts while providing an opportunity for thought-provoking discussion. Participants can choose from more than 30 topics – all connected to sustainability – during three sessions. Half-day and full-day registration options are available.
The day will begin with an opening session hosted by Venice Williams, award-winning executive director of Alice’s Garden, an urban, community garden that provides models of sustainable farming, community cultural development and economic agricultural enterprises for the global landscape.
A keynote presentation will be given byLinda and Mark Keane, co-founders of NEXT.cc. Leaders in design education, the Keanes create animated films, lecture and publish about the aesthetics of sustainability and need for eco-literacy. Their presentation, Eco-literacy and the Imagination: Networked Sustainable Practices, will explore the connections between the places we love and the complex systems in our natural and built environments.
A plenary panel will offer their perspectives in response to the keynote address and consider how each of us can promote a sustainable, livable community. The panelists are Sharon Adams, co-founder of Walnut Way Conservation Corp.; John Norquist, former Milwaukee mayor and head of Congress for the New Urbanism; and Jessy Servi, sustainability manager at Outpost Natural Foods. The panel will be moderated by Gary Grunau, Alverno College Board of Trustees, Milwaukee Riverwalk board chair and board director of the Milwaukee Water Council.
Participants may also choose to take part in the Growing Power lunch. For an $8 fee, diners will be treated to a salad lunch featuring greens, apples, yellow peppers, tomatoes, roasted soy nuts and warm rolls. All produce will be from Milwaukee’s own Growing Power urban farm. Will Allen, CEO of Growing Power, will make a presentation during the lunch. An exclusive environmental tour of Milwaukee’s Lakefront Brewery will also be offered in the afternoon.
Some of the speakers at the 2015 Alverno Community Conference include:
For more information about the 2015 Alverno Community Conference, or to register, visit http://www.alverno.edu/communityconference/. Additional questions can be directed to 414-382-6087, or email email@example.com.
Alverno College is ranked number one on the list of “Most Innovative Schools” among Regional Universities in U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 America’s Best Colleges guidebook. Colleges in this new category are recognized for“making the most innovative improvements in terms of curriculum, faculty, students, campus life, technology or facilities.”
Alverno College is also ranked in the top five Midwest Regional Universities for its “strong commitment to teaching.” In the six-year history of this category, Alverno is the only Wisconsin college to receive this recognition in the Midwest Regional standings each year. College presidents, provosts and admissions deans were asked to “identify schools where the faculty have an unusually strong commitment to undergraduate teaching.” This marks the fifteenth consecutive year U.S. News & World Report has recognized Alverno in its annual rankings.
“Our reputation for excellence in undergraduate education has always been a source of great pride for us,” said Mary J. Meehan, Ph.D., president of Alverno College. “What’s especially satisfying is to see the innovative and creative work of our dedicated faculty recognized as well as our efforts to provide a campus environment that mirrors the quality of our teaching.”
Alverno College was also recognized for “Ethnic Diversity.” Schools nominated in this category are recognized as colleges where students are most likely to encounter undergraduates from a different ethnic group than their own.
With these rankings, Alverno College is in the company of such prestigious schools as Princeton University, Brown University, Vanderbilt University, Stanford University, and Yale University.
Overall, Alverno College remained in tier one in the category of Master’s granting colleges and universities.
This is the 31st edition of the U.S. News & World Report annual college rankings. The rankings are published in the September issue, in a separate college guidebook, and posted online at usnews.com.The rankings measure up to 16 academic performance indicators for each institution.Quantitative data that assess a college’s performance in areas such as graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, financial resources, student selectivity and alumni giving account for 77.5 percent of a college’s score. The other 22.5 percent is based on a peer assessment survey the magazine sends to top officials at each school asking them to rate the other colleges in the country.
Several Alverno College students have been awarded scholarships for the 2015/2016 academic year.