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International Expert Dr. Michele Borba to Speak at Alverno College Character Education Conference

May 20, 2015

Dr. Michele Borba, award-winning expert on children, teens, parenting, bullying and moral development and author of the best-selling book Building Moral Intelligence, will speak at Alverno College on June 17. Her keynote address is part of a two-day conference on school transformation and character education entitled “Keys to Character.” Borba’s career has been devoted to strengthening children’s character and building moral school climates. Her book, as well as her Character Builders program for young children, are used in hundreds of schools and organizations worldwide.

Day two of the conference will feature a keynote address by Dr. Philip Vincent, Director of the Character Development Group in Boone, North Carolina, and partner with Multi-Dimensional Education, Inc. He is known for his expertise as an educator and an administrator, and was awarded the Sandy McDonald Award for Lifetime Achievement in the field of character education from the Character Education Partnership in Washington, D.C.

The 11th annual character education conference will include breakout sessions led by national and local experts in the field. Some of the topics covered include building relationships, anti-bullying, improving learning, and building character and leadership skills. School administrators, counselors, K-12 teachers, pupil services professionals, coaches, school board members, parents and community leaders are encouraged to register. The conference is sponsored by Alverno College, the School District of South Milwaukee and the Wisconsin Character Education Partnership (WCEP). The School District of South Milwaukee was recently recognized as the State School District of Character by WCEP. For more information or to register, please visit

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Alverno College Will Hold its 151st Commencement on May 22 and 23

May 18, 2015

Alverno College will hold its 151st commencement this weekend as 200 students walk across the Pitman Theatre stage (39th St. and Morgan Ave.) to receive their undergraduate degrees.  The ceremony will be on May 23 at 2 p.m. Ninety-five master’s candidates will receive their degrees from Alverno on Friday, May 22, at 7:00 p.m.

Commencement activities for undergraduates will begin with an 11 a.m. liturgy in the Alverno College chapel, followed by a brunch for degree candidates and their families.  The undergraduate commencement introduction will be given by Theresa Moore, who will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology; the undergraduate invocation will be given byChelsie Wedan, who will receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music; and the student address, “A Scroll Down Memory Lane,” will be given by Erin Dulek, who will receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. The graduate commencement invocation will be given byIngrid Davis,who will receive a Master of Business Administration degree. A champagne reception will follow the graduate commencementceremony.  Moore and Davis are Milwaukee residents, Dulek is from Rosholt, Wisconsin, and Wedan is from Peosta, Iowa.

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New Communication Degree Program Will Combine Communication Strategy With Emerging Technology

May 12, 2015

Alverno College is launching a new Communication degree program in the fall. The program, which combines traditional communication curriculum with an emphasis on digital technology, is the result of a year-long analysis and input from multiple local experts in the communication field.

“There is a demand for professional women with strong written, presentation, and leadership skills who can capitalize on emerging technologies,” said Tracy Stockwell, Ph.D., chair of the Communication department. “The revision of our curriculum, framed within the innovative, ability-based teaching and learning approach Alverno College has practiced for decades, offers preparation for both current and emerging professions in communication and technology.”

The new program replaces the existing Professional Communication degree program, evolving to meet the needs of today’s students while maintaining the core strengths of the current program. Experts representing a range of professions, including public relations, marketing, advertising and digital strategy weighed in. Their input helped shape the curriculum and paved the way for the school to build partnerships with local businesses, in addition to opening the door for students to design projects that will be mutually beneficial. “The new program at Alverno is very much geared towards teaching students what they need to know to hit the ground running after graduation,” said Steve Koeneke, owner of Thirsty Boy and one of the experts asked to give feedback. “I have seen no other curriculum that offers the advanced kind of training and teaching that this particular program will. For me as a business owner in a digital media company, this is what I’ve been waiting to see.”

“It’s great to see a program built around digital and social and interactive,” said Katie Klein Murphy, social media marketing manager for Boelter & Lincoln Communications. “I really wish I had a program like this available to me.”

The new program includes 24 core credits that every communication major takes, plus nine credits of flexible, hybrid production labs. Six credits of electives and a required internship round out the curriculum. “We work with women to transform their lives and their communities through communication and technology. More than ever, due to the tremendous changes of the Digital Age, communication professionals are poised to advocate for and cultivate change within both the public and private sectors,” said Stockwell.

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Marquette University and Alverno College Win WELCOA Gold Awards

April 23, 2015

Marquette University and Alverno College were given Gold Awards by The Wellness Council of America (WELCOA) for their outstanding commitment to workplace wellness. WELCOA, which tracks seven benchmarks of wellness success, has more than 5,000 corporate members across the country. This is the second Gold Award for both Alverno College and Marquette University. Both institutions joined WELCOA in 2009.

“Our strong wellness program happens only because our faculty and staff are strongly committed to leading and participating in it,” said Dr. Michael Lovell, president of Marquette University. “I thank our University Wellness Committee members for their work that brought us this honor and ensures we have a healthy working environment.”

“We are committed to providing an environment where students, faculty and staff have a number of healthy options,” said Mary J. Meehan, Ph.D., president of Alverno College. “Whether it’s the food we serve, exercise classes we offer or other wellness initiatives, it’s important to foster a culture of well-being. A healthy campus is a thriving campus.” Meehan played a key role in launching Milwaukee’s Well City initiative, serving as co-chair from 2007-2010. Well City Milwaukee is a collaboration of organizations who are dedicated to creating a healthy and vibrant Milwaukee workforce. Due to the efforts of over 40 area businesses and organizations, Milwaukee has earned its second Well City USA designation, the first city in the country to receive this prestigious distinction twice.

About Well City Milwaukee

Well City Milwaukee is an initiative to create a healthy and vibrant Milwaukee workforce and have a ripple effect on the community at large. This effort is led by the City of Milwaukee, Greater Milwaukee Committee, Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce, Wellness Council of Wisconsin and the YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee.

Sponsored locally by the Wellness Council of Wisconsin, Well City USA challenges local businesses and community leaders to work together and engage entire communities in improving the health and wellbeing of their workforces and families. For more information, visit

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Exploring Genocide and its Global Consequences

April 20, 2015

The Holocaust. Armenia. Rwanda. Bosnia. These genocides seem worlds away and yet their effects are far-reaching. Defined as the deliberate killing of people who belong to a particular racial, political, or cultural group, genocide has profound consequences. This forum will take on the challenge of investigating some of those consequences by exploring the effects on individuals, communities and the global community. Forum participants will look at immigration and relocation due to genocide; cultural memory and cultural trauma; the social, genetic and political consequences of diminished population diversity; and how we can connect meaningfully with our neighbors and our community through a deeper understanding of these issues. A resource fair of community organizations will be available at 5:30 p.m. Guest panelists include:

  • Amy Shapiro (Moderator), Professor of Philosophy at Alverno College
  • Celestina Owusu-Sanders, Attorney, Adjunct Professor of Law, Marquette University Law        School (Asylum Law)
  • John Savagian, Professor of History at Alverno College, and Chair, Wisconsin Humanities        Council
  • Khalil (Haji) Dokhanchi, Professor of Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Superior (via Skype)

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 23 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

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