Press Release

Former Milwaukee Mayor John Norquist, Venice Williams of Alice’s Garden and more to lead the 2015 Alverno Community Conference

October 1, 2015

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 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:

  • Kristi Luzar, executive director of the of the Urban Economic Development Association
  • Steve Hiniker, executive director of 1000 Friends of Wisconsin
  • Chet Keizer, CEO of IRIS USA
  • Young Kim, executive director of the Fondy Food Center
  • Anna Marie Opgenorth, former executive director of Historic Milwaukee
  • Ben Gramling, Director of Environmental Health of the 16th Street Community Health Center.

For more information about the 2015 Alverno Community Conference, or to register, visit Additional questions can be directed to 414-382-6087, or email

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Alverno tops U.S. News & World Report list of “Most Innovative Schools” and remains highest in the state in its “Strong Commitment to Teaching” category

September 9, 2015

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 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.

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Alverno College Students Awarded Scholarships

September 1, 2015

Several Alverno College students have been awarded scholarships for the 2015/2016 academic year.

  • Cecilia Marrero, an Education major, has been awarded the American Family Insurance Scholarship in the amount of $650.
  • Mariah Brown, a Media Design major, has been awarded the Sentry Insurance Foundation Scholarship in the amount of $1,000.
  • Ivelisse Gonzalez-Lozano, an Education major, has been awarded the UPS/CIC Foundation Scholarship in the amount of $2,450.
  • Jodi Bellas, a Nursing major, has been awarded the WAICU First Generation Scholarship in the amount of $5,000.
  • Kalimah Al-Mujaahid, an International Business major, has been awarded the Rath Distinguished Scholarship in the amount of $10,000.
  • Cecilia Stoll, an International Business major, has been awarded the Rath Distinguished Scholarship in the amount of $10,000.
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WOW! Women of Wisconsin Exhibit to Open at Alverno College

August 28, 2015

WOW exhibit

The Alverno College Art and Cultures Gallery will feature a director’s invitation exhibition called WOW! Women of Wisconsin September 2 through October 2. This exhibition will feature the work of women artists from all media, including painting, photography, sculpture, metal work, mixed media and drawing. Located in the brand new Alverno Art and Cultures Gallery, the powerful exhibit celebrates established and emerging women artists from diverse backgrounds and the limitless ways in which they express themselves artistically. The gallery will host an opening reception on September 11 from 4:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. with a champagne toast at 6:30 p.m. Visitors to the opening reception are encouraged to explore not just the gallery, but the adjacent, brand new studios for painting, sculpture, ceramics, print, art therapy, glass and metal. The new studios are part of a $30 million expansion and renovation, the most significant enhancement in the college’s 128-year history. Gallery hours are Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Artists featured in the exhibit include:

  • Pamela Anderson – painting
  • Cindy Cech-Auxier – mixed media
  • Michele Burnie – painting
  • Valerie Christell – photo montage
  • Ann Marie Cianciolo – jewelry
  • Linda Johnson-Dynek – painting and photography
  • Jody Emery – metal relief sculpture
  • Nina Ghanbarzadeh – drawing
  • Judith Golombowski – digital print
  • Brooklyn Henke – painting
  • Janet Hudachek – mixed media artist
  • Hai-Chi Jihn – metalsmith
  • Susan Kraus – jewelry
  • Geri Laehn – photography
  • Nancy Lamers – painting
  • Dara Larson – mixed media
  • Sue Lawton – illustrator/writer
  • Teresa Lind – sculpture
  • Jill Newton-Moore – photography
  • Karen Watson-Newlin – acrylic painting
  • Rosemary Pearson – acrylic/mixed media
  • Nirmal Raja –– interdisciplinary
  • Mira Kathlene Rychner – sculpture
  • Katerina Nissa Sanerib – sculpture
  • Denise Schanz – sculpture
  • Colette Odya-Smith – painting
  • Lynda Sommers – sculpture
  • Maria E. Tammi – sculpture
  • Colleen Volland – ceramics
  • Kate Weishaar – painting
  • Jean Smaglik-Wells – ceramics
  • Kim E. Wilson – jewelry
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Global Union Celebrates Its Tenth Anniversary

August 4, 2015

Global Union 2014

Global Union, a free festival of world music and culture, will celebrate its 10th anniversary on September 19th. The festival will take place at Humboldt Park from noon – 6 p.m., rain or shine and will feature four bands. Food and merchandise vendors will also be on hand. This year’s Global Union includes artists from Morocco, Poland, Colombia and Montreal, emcee Marcus Doucette of Radio Milwaukee, and WMSE’s Paul Cebar spinning vinyl between sets.  This family-friendly event also includes interactive music and activities in the Global Union Family Tent.

The lineup for this year’s Global Union includes:

  • 12:30 PM:  Aziz Sahmaoui and the University of Gnawa

Ancient African Islamic spiritual religious songs and rhythms are combined with electric guitars and keyboards. The music is an intoxicating affair, visceral and groove-centric yet also nuanced and multilayered. Sahmaoui’s lyrics address modern challenges such as poverty and warfare through a folkloric prism.

  • 2:00 PM: Karolina Cicha and Bart Palyga

Traditional Polish folk instruments, such as the morinhuur, dorar, drumla, duduk, accordion, pipe and mandolin are joined by modern samplers and loopers, as well as ancient overtone singing. Don’t miss this duo’s first tour in the United States!

  • 3:30 PM: Boogat

An international hip hop collectivebased in Montreal, Boogat is a rapper, writer and producer. He is gaining an international following, primarily in the United States and Mexico, and his music can be heard on the television series “Homeland,” as well as the movie “The Forger” starring John Travolta. 

  • 5:00 PM: La Chiva Gantiva

This blend of Afro-Colombian rhythms, rock, afrobeat and funk makes for an exciting, explosive show, winning over music lovers and the media alike. Their incredible live energy is punctuated by exuberant horn riffs.

Alverno Presents 

Alverno Presents, the performing arts series of Alverno College, is celebrating its 56th year.  The series has innovated beyond our history as the longest running, continuous arts presenter in the city, to our niche of presenting contemporary dance, world music and jazz and an array of performance events. Alverno Presents shares the school’s mission by ensuring broad access to and participation in learning, experiencing and developing the arts for the learning community of Alverno, and our community as a whole.  For more information on Alverno Presents, special projects, media reviews and more, visit, contact Alverno Presents Managing Director at 414-382-6151, or e-mail