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Alverno College Introduces New Flexible Degree Program

June 17, 2015

Alverno College is launching a new hybrid degree program that blends online and in-class learning, designed to be a more flexible option for working women. The program includes three majors and will launch in the fall of 2015. What sets this program apart is the focus on innovative leadership.

“The world needs more strong, educated female leaders,” said Jill Moore, academic director for adult programs. “That’s why we’re building an emphasis on leadership into these classes. Our students will graduate with the skills they need to be effective leaders in any career environment.”

The program offers three majors – business, liberal studies and communication. Classes will meet weekly on Wednesday evenings and will include significant online work. Two eight-week sessions will be offered each semester, and students can take up to two four-credit courses per eight week session for a total of 16 credits per semester. This means a full time student who takes classes in the summer can complete a four-year degree in just three years. “This program is really flexible, and it allows students to take as many or as few credits as they want,” said Laura Sear, administrative director of adult and academic excellence programs. “Even someone with multiple demands of their time can complete a degree.” Financial aid is available for students who take a minimum of eight credits each semester.

For more information on the new flexible education degree program, call the Alverno College admissions office at (414) 382-6100 or visit alverno.edu/adult.

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Alverno College Appoints Kevin Casey Dean of Arts and Sciences

June 16, 2015

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Kevin Casey, Ph.D., has been appointed Dean of Alverno College’s School of Arts and Sciences. In this role, he will provide leadership to the School of Arts and Sciences and partner with faculty to foster student achievement. The largest of the College’s four schools, the School of Arts and Sciences is comprised of four divisions – Humanities; Arts; Behavioral Sciences; and Natural Sciences, Mathematics & Technology – and offers courses which provide students with a deeper knowledge of the wider world, promoting intellectual and personal development. He will assume the role on July 1.

Casey first came to Alverno in 1987 and began teaching in the History department. He served as the chair of that department from 1992 to 2004, and again from 2012 to 2013. He also served as the associate dean of the Humanities division from 2002 to 2009. He is an expert on evaluating student learning, outcome based teaching, student assessment and teaching history, and has given numerous presentations across the country on these topics. Prior to coming to Alverno, Casey taught at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S. D., Hastings College in Hastings, Neb., and North Central College in Naperville, Ill.

Casey earned his Ph.D. and Master of Arts in History from Northern Illinois University, and his Bachelor of Arts in History and Philosophy from the University of Minnesota – Morris.

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Alverno College Announces Faculty Promotions

May 28, 2015

The following Alverno College faculty have been promoted, and were honored at a promotion ceremony on May 27:

To Professor:

Nancy Athanasiou, Education; New Berlin resident

Peter Roller, Music; Glendale resident

To Associate Professor:

Margaret Crosby, World Languages; Shorewood resident

Jennifer Flamboe, World Languages; West Allis resident

Julie Jutrzonka, Nursing; Franklin resident

Justin LaManna, Biology; Milwaukee resident

Jennifer Mikulay, Communication & Technology, Milwaukee resident

Carol Sabel, Nursing; Kewaskum resident

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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 www.alverno.edu/characterconference.

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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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