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Alverno Forum Will Explore How Science Affects Our Choices

January 19, 2018

Alverno Forum

Alverno College is hosting a forum on science and the role it plays in our decision making. The discussion will look at how science knowledge is used to enact policy, the efforts people have made to have their voices heard, and the role of the press in keeping us informed. The conversation will focus on the Great Lakes, and will allow attendees the opportunity to join a discussion on the multiple objectives of science.

Presenters include:

  • Alyssa Armbruster, co-founder, Walk to Sustain Our Great Lakes
  • Susan M. Bence, environmental reporter, WUWM, Milwaukee Public Radio
  • Jenny Kehl, PhD, endowed professor and associate professor, School of Freshwater Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Julia Robson, founder, Walk to Sustain Our Great Lakes
  • Sherry Seston, associate professor of Biology, Alverno College

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, February 15 at 6:00 p.m. in the Bucyrus Conference Center inside the Sister Joel Read Center. The Alverno Forum series is free and open to the public. For more details, please visit our website at

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Alverno College Will Hold its 156th Commencement on December 16

December 11, 2017



Graduating seniors at commencement.

Alverno College will hold its 156th commencement on December 16 as 57 master’s candidates and 136 students walk across the Pitman Theatre stage to receive their degrees. The graduate ceremony will take place at 10:00 a.m., followed by a reception. The undergraduate ceremony will take place at 2:00 p.m., and will also be followed by a reception. This is the first time since December 2008 that ceremonies for both master’s candidates and undergraduates will be held the same day.

Commencement activities for undergraduates will begin on Friday, December 15 with a Baccalaureate Mass at 4:00 p.m. in the Alverno College chapel, followed by a dinner for degree candidates and their families. The undergraduate commencement introduction will be given by Jennifer Langoehr, who will receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in Community Leadership and Development. The undergraduate invocation will be given by Rebecca von Stockhausen, who will receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood/Elementary Education, with a support in Mathematics. The student address, “Taking Flight Towards New Adventures,” will be given by Qurrat-Ul-Ain Ghaffar, who will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a support in Psychology. The graduate commencement invocation will be given by Sahar Qureshi, who will receive a Master of Business Administration. Langoehr is a Milwaukee resident, Ghaffar lives in Mequon, and von Stockhausen and Qureshi are from Oak Creek.

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Alverno College Part of a Pilot Program to Assess Students’ ‘Essential Employable Qualities’

November 29, 2017

Graduates line up outside the Pitman Theatre.

Alverno College was selected to participate in a national pilot program examining the employability of college students after graduation, a program that aligns with Alverno’s internationally admired abilities-based curriculum that’s been in practice since the early 1970s.

As participants in the Essential Employability Qualities (EEQ) Pilot program led by the Quality Assurance Commons for Higher and Postsecondary Education (the QA Commons), Alverno and 14 other North American higher education institutions are co-creating criteria leading to a certification process that will promote and recognize EEQ-building programs.

EEQ Pilot participants are exploring ways to assess higher education programs that intentionally:

  • develop essential employability qualities in students
  • engage students and employers in quality assurance
  • assure that graduates are prepared for the world of work after program completion
  • communicate openly and accurately with the public

“Alverno has an international reputation for developing innovative approaches to student learning,” said Carole Chabries, Ph.D., dean of Alverno’s School of Adult Learning and New Initiatives. “This pilot brings national attention to the importance of what we’ve known and practiced for decades: that college-level learning outcomes can prepare students to participate in their academic disciplines and excel in the workplace, leading to new approaches that serve the needs of learners, employers and society.”

Alverno centered its curriculum around the 8 Abilities after feedback from industry partners gathered in the early 1970s indicated the types of skills college graduates should possess to be professionally successful. Alverno’s Adult Evening and Online program in Business, a flexible program for adult learners who complete classes both in-person and online, will serve as the incubator for the year-long pilot endeavor.

On September 14 and 15, EEQ Pilot participants met for the first time in Atlanta.

“Work as we know it is changing, so it’s increasingly challenging — and important — to ensure higher education experiences appropriately prepare graduates for the 21st century,” said Ralph Wolff, founder and president of the QA Commons.

According to a 2015 Gallup-Purdue Index report, although 98% of chief academic officers rate their institutions as very or somewhat effective at preparing students for the world of work, only 11% of business leaders strongly agree that graduating students have the skills and competencies they need.

The essential employability qualities that EEQ Pilot participants seek to develop in graduates include:

  • People skills such as collaboration, teamwork and cross-cultural competence
  • Problem-solving abilities such as inquiry, critical thinking and creativity
  • Professional strengths such as communication, work ethic and technological agility

“Participating in the EEQ pilot gives us the opportunity to sharpen and deepen our own practices,” said Chabries. “We are excited to work and learn alongside peers who share our belief that college-level learning outcomes can prepare students to successfully integrate their academic studies, their careers and the fullness of their lives.”

Pilot participants are diverse in the discipline, learning format and degree levels they offer; the types of institutions they belong to, whether public, private, for-profit or faith-based; and the student bodies they serve, such as first-generation students, traditional age or continuing education students, commuters or residential students.

The EEQ Pilot is a project of the QA Commons, an independent, nonprofit organization devoted to exploring, developing and leading approaches to quality assurance that serve the needs of learners, employers and society. The QA Commons and the EEQ Pilot are initially funded through the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS) under a grant from the Lumina Foundation. Learn more and follow this work at

Alverno Forum Will Explore Dynamics Affecting Urban Education

November 28, 2017

Alverno Forum

Alverno College is hosting a forum on urban education. The vibrant discussion will include prominent stakeholders from across the local education landscape, including districts, charters, choice settings, organizations and nonprofits. The conversation will include identifying and advancing distinct and interrelated dynamics affecting urban education including equity, poverty, inclusion, achievement, leadership and more.

Presenters include:

  • Kanika Burks, principal, Milwaukee College Prep North Campus
  • Krysta DeBoer, executive director, Center for Urban Teaching
  • Lisa Elliott, superintendent, School District of Greenfield
  • Stephanie Maney, director of Leadership Development, Schools That Can Milwaukee
  • Latish Reed, equity specialist in the Office of Innovation and Information, Milwaukee Public Schools
  • Patricia Neudecker, director of Administrative Leadership, Alverno College

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 first discussion in this year’s series takes place on Thursday, December 7 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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Alverno College Celebrates Women of Color With Two Rites of Passage

November 17, 2017

Traditional Aztec dancers performed at the first Latinas Con Fuerza ceremony.

As part of a tradition that goes back over 20 years, Alverno College will hold its Bestowing of the Kente ceremony on December 10 at 2:00 p.m. A new tradition, the Latinas con Fuerza ceremony, will take place the same day at 4:30 p.m.

The Bestowing of the Kente is a rite of passage recognizing African American students who are graduating. Each student chooses someone who has inspired her to present her with a Kente cloth, a colorful, hand-woven, ceremonial piece. The ceremony is a way for African American students and their families to celebrate their heritage as well as their achievement, and will include African drumming and dancing. Alverno is one of only a handful of colleges in the U.S. that recognize African American graduates with the Bestowing of the Kente

Latinas con Fuerza is a new tradition that honors Latina graduates. This rite of passage highlights the achievements of our Latina students, and will connect current graduates with Latina alumnae in order to strengthen their network. Students will be presented with a sarape, a colorful stole, and the event will include traditional Aztec dancers. This is the second time Alverno is holding this ceremony, and it’s the only one of its kind in southeastern Wisconsin.

A reception will follow each of the ceremonies, and the public is invited to attend.

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