Press Release

Alverno College Launches New Health Education and Kinesiology programs

June 13, 2016

Alverno College is launching two new degree programs in the fall, broadening its health care offerings. Health education and kinesiology will provide opportunities for students who want to pursue a career in health care fields, adding to the college’s long-standing nursing program. Alverno is currently the only college or university offering a health education program at the undergraduate level in southeastern Wisconsin. Graduates of this program will be prepared to work in a variety of settings including public health, communities, schools, businesses, health care, hospitals and non-profit organizations.

“Health educators impact the health and well-being of individuals and communities,” said Ann VanEerden, assistant professor of nursing and one of developers of the program. “We are excited to offer this new program and to continue Alverno’s passion for training women who play crucial roles in health fields.”

Health educators work to promote and maintain health and wellness with individuals, communities and systems. Graduates of this program will be eligible to take the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) examination, a national designation required by many employers. While shaping the curriculum, Alverno consulted several area healthcare professionals who agree there’s a growing need for health educators, both in the private and public sectors. “Given the stronger national focus on health promotion, we feel the time is right for an undergraduate degree in this field,” said VanEerden. Thanks to Alverno’s long history and strong presence in nursing, the school has many partnerships in place for students, but more are being developed specific to this field. “Alverno’s new Heath Education major is a wonderful opportunity to train individuals within the community they call home,” said Libby Holte, public health educator with the Sheboygan County Public Health Department. “Having this program in Milwaukee will bring a new set of skills to the community and impact the overall culture of health.”

Alverno College 39th Street Entrance

Alverno College’s 39th Street Entrance

The new program includes 57 core credits that every health education major must take. Six to twelve credits of electives and two required internships round out the curriculum.

The new kinesiology program will offer two different majors, kinesiology/pre-physical therapy and kinesiology/sport management. Students opting for the pre-physical therapy major will have a strong focus on science, and will be able to work as a fitness trainer, corporate wellness manager, athletic coach or strength and conditioning coach. Students may also choose to continue their education and earn a physical therapy degree. For those who choose the sports management major, there will be more of a focus on business, management and communication. Career opportunities for graduates with this degree include coaching, health club management, athletic trainer on the high school, college or professional level and youth camp director. The pre-physical therapy major requires 53 core credits and one internship, while the sports management major requires 56 core credits and two internships.

“There is a huge demand for women in sports management, and Alverno College has a long history of preparing women to meet the needs of employers,” said Kaitlin Pike, assistant athletic director for health and wellness at Alverno and kinesiology program director. “With our new kinesiology program, we are opening up possibilities for women in sports management and fitness.”

An information session for these two programs is planned for July 19 at Alverno and is free and open to the public. For more information about the health education major or to register for the on campus event visit

Alverno College Announces Faculty Promotions

May 31, 2016
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Desiree Pointer Mace

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The following Alverno College faculty have been promoted, and were honored at a promotion ceremony on May 25:

To Professor:

Desiree Pointer Mace, Education; Bay View resident

Marilyn Reedy, Education; Milwaukee resident

Eileen Sherman, Business; Mequon resident

Tracy Thompson, Physical Science; Bay View resident

Chris Young, Biology; Milwaukee resident


To Associate Professor:

Alex Blom, Physical Science; Greenfield resident

Michele Burnie, Art; Menomonee Falls resident

Judy Calhoun, Physical Science; Waukesha resident

Brenda Kilpatrick, Psychology; Milwaukee resident

Mikki Ray, Psychology; Mequon resident


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Two Nationally Known Experts on Character Education to Speak at Alverno College Character Education Conference

May 3, 2016

Barbara Gruener, nationally known author and character coach will speak at Alverno College on June 16. Her morning keynote address is part of an annual conference on school transformation and character education entitled “Everyday Heroes: Transforming Schools through Character.” Gruener, who strives to help educators make strong connections while improving school climate, will speak on empathy, compassion and kindness in building character.

Scott Shickler, a personal empowerment expert, will deliver a keynote address over lunch. During his talk he will share how using the 7 Mindsets can improve school culture and increase academic achievement. His unique social emotional learning program focuses on increasing student resilience and self-determination.

The 12th annual character education conference will include breakout sessions led by national and local experts in the field. Some of the topics covered include cyber teen, restorative justice, building relationships, mindfulness, improving learning, toxic classrooms 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 the School District of South Milwaukee in partnership with Alverno College and the Wisconsin Character Education Partnership (WCEP). The School District of South Milwaukee has been recognized as a State School District of Character by WCEP. For more information or to register, please visit

On June 15, thirteen Wisconsin schools will be recognized as a State School of Character or for their Promising Practice, a best practice award in the field of character education. They include Brown Deer Middle/High School, Meyer Middle School (River Falls), Pleasant Prairie Elementary School, Westlawn Elementary School (Cedarburg), Greenwood Elementary School (River Falls), Amherst Middle School, Capitol West Academy (Milwaukee), Rockfield Elementary (Germantown), School District of South Milwaukee, St. Monica School (Whitefish Bay), Westside Elementary (River Falls), West Milwaukee Intermediate, and Youth Initiative High School (Viroqua).


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Alverno Presents Draws Curtains on Final Season With The Jones Family Singers

April 29, 2016


Alverno Presents, the performing arts series of Alverno College, will conclude its 56-year history on Saturday, April 30 with The Jones Family Singers. The final performance will take place at the Pitman Theatre at 8 p.m.

Made up of five sisters, two brothers and their father, The Jones Family Singers have been tearing up churches and festivals for over two decades. The Wall Street Journal declared them “modern practitioners of a long musical tradition … infusing their joyful, reverent songs with elements of vintage soul and R&B.” Fans of Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings and Vintage Trouble will find a hip-shaking and spiritually uplifting workout at the core of their gospel music. Both Rolling Stone and NPR called them “a must-see act” at SXSW 2014.

Over the years, the program has carved out a niche for itself bringing contemporary dance, world music, jazz and avant garde performances to the Pitman Theatre stage, and it has garnered both local and national acclaim. “Under the visionary leadership of Sr. Laura Lampe and then David Ravel, Alverno Presents has become amongst the most remarkable university-based performing arts presenters in the nation,” said Aaron Greenwald, executive director of Duke Performances at Duke University. “Alverno Presents will be missed – it was the rare performing arts series committed to engaging its patrons while striving to foreground the world’s finest performing arts.”

Tickets for Saturday’s show are still available for $30 at or at the Alverno Presents box office at 414-382-6044. The box office is open Monday-Friday from noon to 6 p.m., and on the day of the performance from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

History of Alverno Presents

In 1960, Sister Laura Lampe, SSSF, founded Alverno’s Society of Fine Arts (SOFA), the precursor to Alverno Presents. Lampe, who taught in Alverno’s music department, used her knowledge and contacts within the fine arts community to contract world renowned performers for the Alverno theater stage. Her vision to bring quality fine arts programming to a smaller Milwaukee venue has lived on for nearly 60 years. Some of the artists Lampe brought to Alverno include Merce Cunningham, Robin McCabe, Jose Limon, Joshua Bell, Odetta, and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

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Alverno College Cancels Classes For One Day So Students Can Volunteer

April 19, 2016

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Classes will be cancelled until 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27 at Alverno College for its 16th annual Community Day. The day of service is set aside each year so that students, faculty and staff can volunteer at over a dozen locations throughout southeastern Wisconsin. Some of this year’s sites include South Shore Beach, Hunger Task Force Farm, Urban Ecology Center and Stepping Stones Farms.

“Community Day gives our students, faculty and staff an opportunity to come together and have a positive influence on the community,” said Wendy Powers, associate vice president for Student Affairs. “Service is at the heart of our mission, and Community Day is just one example of how our campus gives back. At the end of the day, our students not only make a difference, but they themselves are changed.”

Since Community Day began, more than 5,400 students, faculty and staff have volunteered more than 15,200 hours of service to the Milwaukee community. This year, more than 400 people are expected to take part in Community Day.

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