Alverno College Awarded Two-Year College Ready Grant from Great Lakes
July 29, 2015
Alverno College was one of nine colleges and community-based organizations that received a College Ready grant from Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation. Nearly $270,000 will fund two full years of rigorous extracurricular instruction in math and English for a cohort of 75 high school students who enter their junior year testing below but within striking distance of reaching college readiness standards.
“The lack of academic preparation among college freshmen is a persistent problem we are determined to address,” says Richard D. George, Great Lakes’ President and Chief Executive Officer. “The goal of our new College Ready grant is to learn whether and how an additional year of support and instruction can move even more students closer to college readiness—before they arrive on campus. We’re eager to see the results Alverno College and its students can achieve in the next two years.”
Alverno College’s Reading the World: English and Math College Success Academy will provide three hours per week of academic instruction and support, starting in the students’ junior year, to help more of them reach college readiness benchmarks on the ACT test by the time they graduate. The goal of Alverno’s Reading the World Academy is to strengthen critical math and English skills among first-generation, low-income, minority high school junior and senior girls in order to prepare them for successful college level work. Students will participate in hands-on learning activities geared towards improving ACT scores and college-readiness skills.
“With this College Ready grant, Alverno College can help Milwaukee girls succeed in college by developing college-ready skills in math and English,” said Mimi Czarnik, professor of English and program director for Reading the World: English and Math College Success Academy. “The grant also will allow us to provide resources for the girls and their families to get ready for college acceptance by improving their ACT scores, learning to write good essays, preparing applications, and practicing financial planning.”
Great Lakes’ first two-year College Ready grants, totaling $4.2 million, were awarded to nine colleges and community-based organizations in Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin through 2017. Their established programs will expand to help more than 800 high school students reach college readiness benchmarks on the ACT, ACCUPLACER or Compass tests. Doing so will help these students improve their math and English skills so they are prepared to pass the gateway classes needed to earn their degrees.
About Great Lakes: Dedicated to making college education a reality since 1967
Knowing that education has the power to change lives for the better, Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates was established as a nonprofit group focused on a single objective: helping students nationwide prepare for and succeed in postsecondary education and student loan repayment. As a leading student loan guarantor and servicer, Great Lakes has been selected by the U.S. Department of Education to provide assistance and repayment planning to nearly 9 million borrowers – as well as assistance to colleges and lenders nationwide. The group’s earnings support one of the largest and most respected education philanthropy programs in the country. Since 2006, Great Lakes has committed nearly $130 million in grant funding to promote higher education access and completion for students of color, low-income students, and first-generation students. For additional information, visit home.mygreatlakes.org.
Alverno College Elects Don Layden Chair of the Board of Trustees
July 14, 2015
Alverno College, ranked first in the Midwest for doing “the best job of educating undergrads” by U.S. News & World Report, announced the election of Don Layden to chair of the board of trustees. He joined the Alverno College board of trustees in 1997, and most recently served as co-chair of the college’s Promise & Power capital campaign which raised more than $30 million.
Layden is a partner in the Milwaukee office of Quarles & Brady LLC, a law firm serving clients around the world. He also serves as operating partner for Baird Venture Partners and Baird Capital Partners, advising the funds on investments in payments and transaction processing, business services, and health care IT. Layden began his career as a partner at Quarles & Brady before he went on to hold senior management positions at Metavante, Marshall & Ilsley Corporation and Fiserv. From there he served as president of NuEdge Systems before an acquisition returned him to Metavante in 2004. He currently serves on the boards of Firstsource Solutions Ltd., SafetyPay, SnowShoe, Catalyzt and other companies. His nonprofit involvement includes Summerfest, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board, Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, Consuelo Foundation, Three Harbors Council Boy Scouts and the advisory board of United Way of Greater Milwaukee.
“Don has demonstrated great leadership on the board over the years,” said Mary J. Meehan, Ph.D., president of Alverno College. “He understands the value of an Alverno education, and his dedication to our mission is second to none. He has worked tirelessly to ensure that we can continue to serve our students for years to come.”
Layden follows the successful three-year tenure of Mary Beth Berkes, who served as chair of the board from 2012 to 2015. Berkes will remain on the board of trustees.
In addition to electing Layden chair of the board of trustees, Alverno College named Jean Maier vice chair. Maier joined the board in 2009, and has chaired Alverno’s Advocacy Task Force. After 34 years in various leadership roles, she retired from her role as executive vice president of enterprise operations and technology at Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance and Financial Services in 2014. Following retirement, Maier served the Northwestern Mutual Foundation in its support of educational efforts in Milwaukee. In addition to her work with Alverno, she serves on the boards of City Year Milwaukee and Milwaukee Excellence, a proposed charter school. Her daughter is a 2012 graduate of Alverno College.
Alverno College also named Allen Leverett, president of Wisconsin Energy Corporation, treasurer of the board of trustees. Leverett was appointed to the board in 2011.
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.
Alverno College Appoints Kevin Casey Dean of Arts and Sciences
June 16, 2015
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.
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:
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
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.
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.
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.
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 www.wellcitymilwaukee.org.
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 http://www.alverno.edu/forum/.
Alverno College Cancels Classes For One Day So Students Can Volunteer
April 15, 2015
Classes will be cancelled until 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22 at Alverno College for its 15th 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, Habitat for Humanity ReStore and Stepping Stones Farms.
“Alverno Community Day provides an opportunity for the entire campus to come together and put what we teach and learn into collective and meaningful service to our community,” said Mary J Meehan, Ph.D., president of Alverno College. “Service is at the very heart of our mission and this annual tradition is a tangible reminder of what can be accomplished when we join together with a united purpose.”
Since Community Day began, more than 5,000 students, faculty and staff have volunteered more than 14,000 hours of service to the Milwaukee community. This year, more than 400 people are expected to part in Community Day.
Exploring Health Innovations Inspired by the Care of Military Personnel
March 24, 2015
Many military advancements in healthcare, inspired by the care of active duty personnel and veterans, have contributed to new developments in healthcare in local, regional and global communities. Some of these advancements include prosthetic and sensory aids for missing limbs, and trauma procedures designed to maximize emergency care are now considered standard medical practice. The next Alverno Forum will explore these innovations and the impact they have had on healthcare for the general public.
Presenters from the Clement J. Zablocki Veterans Affairs Medical Center include:
- Linda Bay, Clinical Nurse Specialist (panel moderator)
- Susan Giulianetti, Nurse Practitioner, Polytrauma Team
- Darcie Greuel, OEF/OIF/OND Program Manager
- Beth Hammer, Program Manager for Nursing Excellence
- Jennifer Kiefer, Polytrauma Social Worker/Fisher House Manager
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, March 26 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 http://www.alverno.edu/forum/.
Sister Austin Doherty’s Influence Left an Indelible Mark on Alverno College
March 23, 2015
Sister Austin Doherty, SSSF, who passed away on February 8, 2015 will be remembered for her influential leadership at Alverno College. A service will be held in her honor on Tuesday, March 24 at 4:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Mary Immaculate.
Doherty left an indelible mark on the College in her 46 years of service. She played a crucial role in the development of Alverno’s world-renowned ability-based curriculum and student assessment model in the early 1970s. More than 40 years later, students continue to demonstrate a mastery of eight core abilities before graduation, and educators from around the world come to Alverno to learn its teaching methods.
“Austin was a great leader in the education of women and an innovator in higher education,” said Kathleen O’Brien, SSSF, senior vice president of Academic Affairs. “We owe much of our collaborative vision and commitment to her insightful leadership.”
In addition to her input into the ground-breaking curriculum, Doherty founded the College’s Psychology department in 1968, and went on to chair that department until 1975. She also co-founded the Alverno College Research Center for Women in 1970, which began as a resource center, research facility and outreach center for and about women. Today The Alverno CollegeResearch Center for Women and Girls is devoted to taking scholarly research out of the world of academia and into the real world where it can inspire, transform and support initiatives that improve the lives of women and girls in Wisconsin and beyond. The center also partners with community agencies to evaluate programs, fosters discussion about important issues and identifies emerging research topics that can make a difference in women’s lives.
Doherty went on to serve as academic dean from 1978 to 1991, and as vice president for Academic Affairs from 1982 to 1999. In these roles she helped formulate and implement the educational goals of the College, as well as collaborated with faculty and academic staff. From 1999 to 2005 Doherty acted as the director of the Alverno College Institute, which facilitates the seminars for educators across the country and across the world who want to bring Alverno’s ability-based curriculum to their institutions. She served as a special assistant to Academic Affairs from 2005 to 2013.
Above all, Doherty was a well-respected and dedicated scholar. Many of her colleagues remember how she poured over journals, books and reports in search of a better understanding of how Alverno could give its students more room and opportunity to grow. She was also incredibly connected to students, roaming from table to table in the commons over the noon hour cheering them on and challenging them to be their best.
Alverno College to Host Screening of Vel Phillips Documentary
March 23, 2015
Alverno College will host a screening of the documentary Vel Phillips: Dream Big Dreams on April 16 at 7 p.m.. The event will take place in Pitman Theatre, and is free and open to the public.
Phillips, who was the first woman and the first African American to ever sit on Milwaukee’s Common Council, will be in attendance. The documentary, produced by Wisconsin Public Television, examines her pioneering political career and her extensive civil rights advocacy. Phillips’ story is told through interviews with family and friends, including Hall of Fame baseball player Henry Aaron, former Wisconsin Governor Patrick Lucey, Phillips’ son Michael Phillips, and Phillips herself. The film explores how she rose to become one of the state’s most prominent civil rights leaders, and later becoming Wisconsin Secretary of State, making her the first African American woman elected to executive state office in the United States.
Phillips will take part in a talk back after the film, along with Margaret Rozga, wife of the late civil rights activist James Groppi. The screening is part of a statewide engagement project bringing communities together to discuss race relations in the 21st century. To learn more about the statewide project, please visit wpt.org/VelPhillips. To learn more about other events on the Alverno College campus related to social justice, please visit http://www.alverno.edu/socialjustice/.
While there is no cost to attend the screening, participants are asked to preregister at Alverno.edu/socialjustice.
President Mary J. Meehan announces plans to step down as president of Alverno College
March 16, 2015
President Mary J. Meehan, Ph.D., who has led Alverno College through more than a decade of remarkable growth and progress, will step down in June 2016. Meehan began her tenure as the seventh president and first lay president of the College in May 2004, and is one of the longest tenured college presidents in the state.
“I am deeply grateful for the incredible dedication of each and every member of our Alverno Board of Trustees, faculty, staff and strong leadership team,” said Meehan. “Alverno’s successes have been the collaborative efforts of hundreds who every day show an unwavering commitment to our students and our mission.”
Speaking on behalf of the School Sisters of St. Francis, the community that sponsors Alverno, Sister Carol Rigali said, “Dr. Meehan has led Alverno with a Franciscan spirit of personalized learning, generosity, service to the greater good and joy in that service. Her deep understanding of higher education locally and nationally has put the College on solid footing to ensure a strong future dedicated to advancing women.” Sister Carol Rigali currently serves as a member of the U.S. Provincial Leadership Team.
The timing is right for a leadership transition. Meehan just successfully completed a $30 million capital campaign, the most significant milestone of her career, and her contract is up at the end of the 2015/2016 academic year. The Alverno College Board of Trustees will be embarking upon a nationwide search for a new president. “The board is looking forward to the input of the campus community in this important work,” said Mary Beth Berkes ’75, Chair of the Alverno Board of Trustees. “As an alumna of Alverno, I am especially proud of the bold accomplishments Mary has led, and we are very committed to ensuring a smooth transition.”
Meehan’s Legacy of Leadership
Paul Purcell, CEO of Robert W. Baird and member of the Executive Committee of Alverno’s Board of Trustees, credits Meehan for her leadership during a time of great change in higher education. “Mary forged partnerships with the local community, raised Alverno to new levels of educational excellence and transformed the campus and culture to meet the changing needs of its students” said Purcell. “What she and her team have been able to accomplish is nothing short of remarkable.” Meehan’s tenure is marked with bold achievements in expanded academic offerings, increased student services and dramatic changes to Alverno’s campus.
An Enhanced Campus Community
- In 2006, a substantial campus beautification and enhancement project added new NCAA athletic fields, lush exterior landscaping, new roadways and the addition of the beautiful Reiman Plaza to create a more reflective and inspiring setting for teaching and learning.
- In response to the need for expanded on-campus living, Clare Hall was renovated in 2008 into a residence hall thanks to record donations from alumnae.
- Earlier this year, Alverno announced that it had surpassed its $30 million capital campaign goal in December, raising a total of $32,793,000. The expansion and renovation, which broke ground in March of 2014, is the most significant enhancement in the college’s 128-year history.Improvements include a new classroom building, a state-of-the-art nursing simulation center for the JoAnn McGrath School of Nursing and the creation of a new, larger student commons to enhance the student experience.
Expanded Academic Offerings
- Alverno’s graduate programs have seen dramatic growth from just one master’s program in Education to now include: an MBA, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), a Master of Science in Community Psychology (MSCP), an MSN-Family Nurse Practitioner track and an MSN-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner track, and expanded licensure tracks in the Education program, including Special Education and a Licensure to Master’s program. Graduate student enrollment is nearing 700 students.
- In 2013, Alverno launched the innovative Alverno Advantage programs to meet the needs of returning adult students. These accelerated bachelor’s completion programs combine in-classroom and online learning, while still ensuring students master the rigorous requirements of Alverno’s ability based curriculum.
- In 2009, Meehan led the launch of Alverno’s Research Center for Women and Girls, the only center of its kind in the Midwest. The Center’s “Status of Girls in Wisconsin” report has since inspired similar reports in several states.
Increased Student Services
- Co-curricular activities have expanded to more than 70 student organizations.
- Alverno’s NCAA III athletics program has dramatically grown to include seven sports and 80 student athletes recruited from throughout the Midwest.
- A campus-wide Student Success initiative provides increased advising, mentoring and career planning services to ensure Alverno students are well-prepared to be leaders in their workplaces, communities and homes.
A Positive Impact on the Greater Community
In addition to her leadership at Alverno, Meehan has served higher education locally and nationally on the boards of Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (Chair), Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU), the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU), the Women’s College Coalition, the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership, Georgian Court University, Loras College, and as a member of the NCAA Division III Chancellors/Presidents Council.
Locally, Meehan has been a leader in the Greater Milwaukee community through directing important initiatives such as the Milwaukee Public Museum Recovery Task Force (Chair) and the Greater Milwaukee Committee’s Health Care Policy Task Force (Co-Chair) and Well City Initiative (Co-Chair). She has also served the boards of: Sacred Heart School of Theology (Chair), Aurora Visiting Nurses Association (Chair), Froedert Health, Grand Avenue Club and Milwaukee Achiever Literacy Service.
She has received numerous awards and recognition both nationally and locally including Seton Hall University’s Woman of the Year, Professional Dimensions Sacagawea Award and the Business Journal’s Women of Influence. In addition, she was recently awarded the Tempo Mentorship Award.
Alverno College Offers Rare Opportunity to Hear a Holocaust Survivor Speak
March 3, 2015
In an increasingly rare opportunity to hear the first-hand accounts of Holocaust survivors, Alverno College will hold its 14th annual Holocaust Remembrance Service, the largest non-Jewish gathering of this type in the Midwest. The service remembers the six million Jews who perished, and honors those who resisted and survived. This year’s speaker is Holocaust survivor Estelle Glaser Laughlin, who along with her sister and mother survived the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, an extermination camp, and two slave labor camps. The service will take place on Tuesday, March 31, from 12 noon – 1 p.m. in the Pitman Theatre. A talk back and book signing will follow. The event is free and open to the public.
Glaser Laughlin was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1929. She spent time in the Majdanek extermination camp and slave labor camps in Skarzysko and Czestochowa before being liberated by Russian forces in January 1945. Her memoir, “Transcending Darkness: A Girl’s Journey Out of the Holocaust,” was published in November 2012.
Alverno College Exceeds $30 Million Capital Campaign Goal
January 21, 2015
Alverno College exceeded its original $30 million capital campaign goal in December, raising a total of $32,793,000. The expansion and renovation, which broke ground in March of 2014, is the most significant enhancement in the college’s 128-year history.Improvements include a new classroom building, a state-of-the-art nursing simulation center for the JoAnn McGrath School of Nursing and the creation of a new, larger student commons to enhance the student experience.
“This is an investment in the city of Milwaukee as well as an investment in Alverno,” said Mary J. Meehan, Ph.D., president of Alverno College. “Our alums are leaders in business, healthcare and education, and since 80% of our graduates live and work in Wisconsin, we truly are having an impact locally.”Alverno alumnae include Fullbright Scholars, college deans and department heads, CEOs and senior executives, a Guggenheim Fellow and a MacArthur Genius Award winner.
Construction began in 2014, and is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2015.“Alverno hosts many national and international guests because of our unique curriculum, and our new spaces offer an opportunity to shine a light on the city as well as on our college,” Meehan said.
In order to finance the improvements, a fundraising campaign began in 2011 led by Paul Purcell, CEO of Robert W. Baird, Don Layden, Partner, Quarles & Brady LLC, and Ellen Gardner, ’69, retired President of Ameritech-Wisconsin.Alverno alumnae gave more than $8.7 million, a record contribution from alumnae. Many staff, faculty, and students also contributed to the campaign.
“Alverno has always been dedicated to student success,” said Gardner. “These improvements mean the college is better equipped to meet the needs of its students, and in turn have a greater impact on their futures, their careers and their lives.”Gardner, an Alverno College alumna, was one of the first female CEOs in Wisconsin. She spent 30 years with Ameritech, now AT&T, working her way up from a management trainee to president, all while helping to manage the company’s transition from a telephone company to the full service, competitive communication business it is today.
The expansion and improvements focused on the following areas:
- Nine new high-tech classrooms help Alverno accommodate its growing enrollment and connect students with online learning resources around the world.
- A new high-fidelity nursing simulation center enables nursing students to practice skills in life-like settings. Alverno’s JoAnn McGrath School of Nursing has the largest enrollment in the state, and the new simulation center will ensure a nursing degree from Alverno continues to be a hallmark of excellence.
- An expanded commons provides a spacious, comfortable gathering place for students, faculty and staff. Featuring a larger food service area, a coffee shop and private group study rooms, the new commons gives the Alverno community a strong center. In addition, a heritage plaza with outdoor seating connected to the dining hall honors the School Sisters of St. Francis, founders of Alverno College.
- A new “Student Main Street” combines advising, financial aid, career planning and other critical student services in one easy-to-access location adjacent to the new commons.
- A new art education suite doubles the classroom space devoted to art and dance education. Since nearly 40 percent of Alverno students take courses in art and dance every year, the expansion ensures students have the space they need to develop their creativity.
- In recognition of a generous gift from the Bucyrus Foundation, the conference center in the Sister Joel Read Center will be expanded and renamed the Bucyrus Conference Center and will allow greater service to the broader community.
- Thanks to a considerable gift from A. O. Smith Corporation, the International and Intercultural Office is now named the A. O. Smith International and Intercultural Office.
All of the improvements include energy-efficient lighting; flooring, furnishings and fixtures with a low environmental impact; and energy-efficient heating and air conditioning wherever possible. The expanded commons area also features a green roof that will absorb rainfall, reduce reflected heat and be the most visible of several efforts to help the environment and reduce energy costs.
The public can follow the progress of the construction at http://promise.alverno.edu/. The site includes the latest news, a project overview and timeline, photos, videos, regular updates and frequently asked questions.
Alverno College Will Hold its 150th Commencement on December 19 and 20
December 16, 2014
Alverno College will hold its 150th commencement this weekend as 190 students walk across the Pitman Theatre stage (39th St. and Morgan Ave.) to receive their undergraduate degrees. The ceremony will be on December 20 at 2 p.m. Forty-three master’s candidates will receive their degrees from Alverno on Friday, December 19, 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 Ashley Palmer, who will receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology with supports in Women & Gender Studies and Philosophy; the undergraduate invocation will be given byYesica Camacho, who will receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in Professional Communication with supports in Psychology and Spanish Healthcare Interpretation;and the student address, “The Alverno S,”will be given by Samantha Robinson, who will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a support in Elective Studies. The graduate commencement invocation will be given by Katherine Holmes, who will receive a Master of Science in Nursing degree. A champagne reception will follow the graduate commencementceremony. Camacho and Palmer are Milwaukee residents, Robinson is from Pleasant Prairie,and Holmes is from Kenosha.
Alverno College Awarded College Ready Grant from Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation
November 19, 2014
Alverno College has earned a College Ready continuation grant from Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation, thanks to the impressive success of the Girls’ Advanced Academy of Science and Mathematicsprogram last year. A $92,876 grant will help the Girls’ Advanced Academy enhance its efforts and help even more students prepare to pass college-level courses.
There is an undeniable link between academic preparation and college completion. When students are underprepared for the rigors of college education, they need remedial courses to help bridge the gap. But these are essentially high school-level classes at college prices, and too many students become discouraged and leave college without graduating. In fact, of the 60 percent of community college students who are required take remedial classes, only one in four ever completes their degree or certificate.
Alverno College is driven to make a difference, and was one of 11 programs invited by Great Lakes to build upon their success offering extracurricular academic support that helps students prepare for the rigors of college-level courses. During the 2014-2015 academic year, the Girls’ Advanced Academy will continue to motivate and prepare low-income, first-generation, minority girls for success in college in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.
“Moving students toward greater opportunity in life benefits us all,” said Richard D. George, Great Lakes’ president and chief executive officer. “We fund programs that understand the root cause of what holds students back, and take bold steps to overcome these obstacles. We look forward to seeing the impact Alverno can have on helping more students graduate and achieve their full potential.”
“With this second College Ready grant, Alverno can continue to help high school girls maximize their potential and love for science,” said Justin LaManna, assistant professor of Biology and co-founder of the Girls’ Advanced Academy. “We provide high school girls the opportunity to really get engaged in applied science, and they truly enjoy their experience.”
Alverno’s Girls’ Advanced Academy received a Great Lakes College Ready grant in May 2013. Under that grant, 38 high school juniors enrolled in the program and gained valuable hands-on, project-based experience focusing on math, chemistry and biology. Girls’ Advanced Academy will continue to improve academic performance by tracking – and increasing – ACT scores and specifically ACT Science Reasoning scores.
Great Lakes College Ready continuation grants, totaling $2.1 million, were awarded to colleges and community-based organizations across Minnesota and Wisconsin. About 2,800 students from low-income households, students of color, and students who are first in their families to attend college will get extra academic support during the 2014-2015 academic year. This grant is just one way Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates works to achieve its goal of helping more students benefit from their investment in higher education, and graduate ready to reach their full potential.
Alverno College Course Will Visit Places of the Holocaust
November 10, 2014
Alverno College is offering a four-credit travel course to the places of the Holocaust. The class, which begins in January, will culminate in a trip to Lithuania, Poland and the Czech Republic. A non-credit option is available to the public so that members of the community can learn side by side with Alverno students.
The travel course will be led by Dr. Amy H. Shapiro, professor of Philosophy, and Sue DaBaco, assistant director of Office Services and an Alverno MBA student. The class will meet for two hours bi-weekly, and will place an emphasis on the history, geography and politics of genocide.
“It might sound ironic, but study of the Holocaust can be one of the most uplifting and unique experiences in a person’s lifetime,” said Shapiro. “It brings us close to the depth of despair and forces us to know our selves and the world better. A trip of this kind deepens and expands our personal relationship to history and our present world.”
A significant portion of the class will focus on the geographical relationships of cities to killing centers, and the mechanics and strategies of mass murder. The class will also study the history of Eastern European Jewry and the vestiges that are left today.
At the end of the semester, students will immerse themselves in the places of the Holocaust including Treblinka, Belzec and Auschwitz, as well as Vilnius and Kaunas, Lithuania; Warsaw, Lublin and Krakow, Poland; and Prague, Czech Republic. Travel dates are May 30 – June 12, 2015.
Space is limited to 25 people, and registrants must be at least 18 years of age and have a valid passport. More information is available at www.alvernoholocausttrip.com.
Alverno College Awarded Career Ready Internship Grant from Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation
November 3, 2014
Alverno College received a $150,000 Career Ready Internshipgrant from Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation for the 2014-2015 academic year. Internships provide college students with valuable workplace skills and networking opportunities that often lead to job offers after graduation. But not all internships are paid, and many students can’t afford to work for free.
As a Great Lakes grant recipient, Alverno College is building lasting partnerships with local businesses and nonprofits to develop new paid internships for students who receive financial aid. More than 100 students are expected to benefit from these opportunities this year. Money from the grant helps to cover the cost of professional attire, gas, parking and child care. Some students are even able to reduce part-time job hours in order to focus on their internships.
“Our Career Ready Internship grants provide college students real-world experience in their fields of study, and a better chance at competing for jobs after graduation,” said Richard D. George, Great Lakes’ president and chief executive officer. “This program has the added benefit of developing relationships of lasting value between colleges and employers. We look forward to seeing the impact Alverno College can have on helping more students graduate ready for success in the workforce.”
“The Career Ready Internship Grant has provided Alverno students the opportunity to make internship decisions based on the merits of the internship and how it will help their careers, rather than on their immediate financial needs,” said Susan Leister, director of the internship program at Alverno College. “It equals the playing field for many students who have to consider the financial implications of an internship over those students who do not have similar financial worries.”
Great Lakes Career Ready Internship grants, totaling $5.2 million, were awarded to 40 colleges and universities across Iowa, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin for the 2014-2015 academic year. These new grants expand on a successful pilot at 19 Wisconsin colleges during 2013-2014, in which 98 percent of interns either re-enrolled the next semester or graduated. This year, a total of 2,235 students receiving financial aid who might not otherwise consider – and profit from – an internship will gain professional experience and progress toward graduation. This grant is just one way Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates works to achieve its goal of helping more students benefit from their investment in higher education, and graduate ready to reach their full potential.
Latest “Status of Girls in Wisconsin” report reveals troubling patterns
October 28, 2014
The latest “Status of Girls in Wisconsin” report from the Alverno College Research Center for Women and Girls reveals a number of persistent, troubling patterns for Wisconsin girls, especially in the areas of stress, depression and suicide; bullying; TV, online and social media engagement; and weight and exercise. Yet, the 2014 report did note some improvement in areas including sexual activity, teen birth rates and smoking.
This is the third report on the status of girls in Wisconsin as part of Alverno’s continued commitment to raise awareness regarding issues and challenges that impact girls in our state. The first report was released in 2007, with an update in 2010. The 2014 report focuses on girls (in most cases ages 10-19) across the state of Wisconsin. Data are drawn from various sources compiled and analyzed by the Alverno College Research Center for Women and Girls research team.
Some of the key 2014 findings include:
Stress, Depression, Suicide and Harmful Behaviors
- One-third of girls in Wisconsin reported symptoms of depression.
- Girls in Wisconsin reported higher rates of considering suicide and making a suicide plan compared to boys.
- More than a quarter (27%) of girls report being victimized by bullying.
- An equal number of girls (27%) under the age of 15 report the highest incidences of cyberbullying.
TV, Online and Social Media Engagement
- Nearly a quarter of Wisconsin high school girls watch three or more hours of TV per day on an average school day.
- The rates of girls playing video or computer games for three or more hours per day have more than doubled since 2011. (35% in 2013 vs. 16% in 2011.)
- Nationally, 81% of online adolescents report using social media. Up to 90% of adolescents are posting personal information including photos of themselves. (Pew)
Weight and Exercise
- More than half (60%) of high school girls in Wisconsin reported that they attempted to lose weight.
- Less than half of all high school girls in Wisconsin report that they are physically active at least five days a week.
The report also noted some encouraging news including:
- The number of Wisconsin high school girls having sexual intercourse is down to 37% in 2013 from 40% in 2007.
- Teen birth rates have declined steadily over the past 20 years. In 2012, the birth rate (per 1,000 females) for those ages 15-19 in Wisconsin was approximately 22, a 6% decrease from 2011.
- Smoking is on the decline for high school girls both in Wisconsin and nationally, and Wisconsin high school girls continue to report smoking at lower rates than boys. In 2013 the percentage of high schools girls who reported smoking was about 10%, while around 14% of boys reported smoking.
On the topic of education, a slightly higher percentage of girls (90%) in Wisconsin public schools graduated with a regular high school diploma during the 2012-13 school year compared to boys (86%), but Wisconsin girls still lag behind boys in mathematics and science at the advanced level and in science.
The “Status of Girls in Wisconsin” report provides information, without extensive interpretation, to serve as a catalyst for young women and girls and the agencies that serve them to voice their perspectives on the issues and challenges they face and work to develop the solutions, programming and resources needed to address these issues.
The report is still the most comprehensive consolidation of information about the issues facing girls in our state. Several universities and colleges nationwide have followed Alverno College’s lead in presenting data to improve the lives of girls.
The full 2014 “Status of Girls in Wisconsin” report, as well as an executive summary, can be found at www.alverno.edu/research/statusofgirls.
The Alverno CollegeResearch Center for Women and Girls is a center devoted to taking scholarly research out of the world of academia and into the real world where it can inspire, transform and support initiatives that improve the lives of women and girls in Wisconsin and beyond. The center also partners with community agencies to evaluate programs, fosters discussion about important issues and identifies emerging research topics that can make a difference in women’s lives.
ABC News Anchor Dan Harris Featured as Keynote Speaker for 2014 Alverno Community Conference
September 16, 2014
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 3, from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. The event is open to the public and, this year, will explore the theme: A Matter of Mindfulness. Mindfulness is active, open and non-judgmental attention to the present, and can be vital for developing greater focus and overall well-being. Registrants can choose from 40 topics – all connected to being more mindful – during three concurrent sessions.
This year’s keynote speaker is Dan Harris, an award-winning anchor for ABC News and a New York Times Bestselling Author. His book, 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works–A True Story, was published in March. Harris will share his personal journey and his common-sense advice for making the most of the here-and-now.
“The Alverno Community Conference intends to give participants opportunities to experience the vast array of practices associated with mindfulness,” said Amy Shapiro, professor of Philosophy and one of the key organizers of the event. “Recent scientific research has shown that mindfulness practices have profound consequences for those who engage them—from better concentration to greater happiness to reducing stress and anxiety and increasing well-being to managing and reducing depression to even curing physical ailments associated with stress. This conference is meant to be a contribution to our whole community in giving participants strategies for better living and, as a consequence, making our world a better place.”
Registrants are also invited to take part in The Empty Bowls Project. Participants will work with Alverno’s Art faculty to create a hand-crafted bowl that will be used for a Milwaukee-area fundraiser to end local hunger.
For more information about the 2014 Alverno Community Conference, or to register, visit http://www.alverno.edu/communityconference/. Additional questions can be directed to the Telesis continuing education program, 414-382-6087, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
U.S. News & World Report ranks Alverno College highest in the state in its “Strong Commitment to Teaching” category for the fifth consecutive year
September 9, 2014
Alverno College was ranked in the top four Midwest schools for its “strong commitment to teaching” in U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 America’s Best Colleges guidebook. In the five-year history of this category, Alverno College 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 fourteenth consecutive year U.S. News & World Report has recognized Alverno in its annual rankings. In addition, Alverno has been listed 31 times in the highly respected U.S. News & World Report standings since 1983.
“We are honored that we are ranked highest in the state for educating undergrads,” said Mary J. Meehan, Ph.D., president of Alverno College. “And now, our new facilities will provide our students with an environment that matches the quality of our teaching. People come from all over the world to study the innovative and creative way we teach our students, and that truly is the heart of our mission.”
Alverno College was also the only Wisconsin college recognized for “First Year Experience.” Schools nominated in this category are recognized for building first-year seminars or other academic programs into the curriculum that bring small groups of students together with faculty or staff on a regular basis. 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 usnews.com. The rankings measure up to 15 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 75 percent of a college’s score. The other 25 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.
Alverno College Names Wendy Powers Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
July 25, 2014
Wendy Powers, Ph.D., has been appointed associate vice president for Student Affairs and dean of students. In this role, she will provide leadership in areas directly affecting student life including counseling and health services, residential life, student activities and leadership, campus ministry and wellness programs. She will also provide vision for student life policies, programs and services, and represent the College with the Board of Trustees, parents, the community and local law enforcement officials.
“We are so pleased to welcome Wendy to her new role in Student Affairs,” said Kathy Lake, vice president for Student Success at Alverno College. “She brings a wealth of experience to the College, and her vision and leadership will ensure our students have the best possible college experience.”
For 23 years, Powers has worked directly with students in higher education settings. She previously worked at Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Mo., where she served as the dean of Student Life. In that role she created inaugural assessment plans with each of the student life directors, helped reinvent summer registration days and new student orientation and developed international student support services. She also oversaw counseling and wellness, Greek life, residential life, religious life, student activities and student government. Prior to her work at Culver-Stockton, Powers worked at several other universities including West Virginia State University, University of Charleston in West Virginia and Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.
Powers earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Northern Illinois University, and her Master of Science degree from Drake University. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina in 2014. Powers is currently a member of the American College Personnel Association, the American Educational Research Association, the Association for the Study of Higher Education and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators.
Alverno College Appoints Eileen Sherman Dean of Business
July 23, 2014
Eileen Sherman, Ph.D., has been appointed Dean of Alverno College’s School of Business. In this role, she will provide leadership to the School of Business, partner with faculty to foster student achievement, and strengthen partnerships between the College and local businesses.
“We are thrilled to have Eileen join us as the new dean of the School of Business,” said Kathleen O’Brien, senior vice president for Academic Affairs. “She brings a wealth of higher education and business experience to her new role that will help the school further refine its strategic vision and continue to develop graduates who can provide significant value to their employers.”
Sherman brings 21 years of experience in higher education to the College. She comes to Alverno from Cardinal Stritch University where she served as an associate dean in the undergraduate school of their College of Business and Management and as an associate professor. In that role, she led the strategic and operational efforts for both the adult accelerated and traditional undergraduate business programs, which serve over 2,500 students. Sherman also worked as a curriculum specialist, developing and improving curriculum for associate-level through master-level coursework for non-traditional students. Prior to her work at Stritch, Sherman also taught at Marquette University and Medical College of Wisconsin.
Sherman earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Worcester State College, and her Master of Business Administration degree from Boston University. She earned her Ph.D. from Marquette University in 1995. Sherman is currently a member of the International Leadership Association, the Academy of Management and the National Association of Women Executives.
The Alverno College School of Business offers undergraduate majors in business and management, international business, marketing and management accounting. Approximately 1,700 Alverno alums with business degrees are currently working in Wisconsin. Alverno College also offers a Master’s degree in Business Administration, open to both women and men. Alverno’s MBA program offers a cross-functional approach that incorporates the core knowledge areas of business into every class. These core areas include: finance, human resources, macroeconomics and global economics.
Alverno College Achieves Expansion Milestone with Green Roof Installation this Week
July 8, 2014
In one of the most visual signs of progress to date for Alverno College’s historical $30 million expansion and renovation, construction crews will finish installing a nearly 10,000 square-foot green roof on top of the College’s new Commons building this week. The Commons is expected to open in late August and is one of several significant campus construction projects that started in March.
Alverno College joins a distinguished list of area higher education environmental stewards that have also installed green roofs including the Milwaukee School of Engineering and University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. Green roofs are layered systems of soil and plants designed to reduce storm water runoff and reflected heat on surrounding buildings and spaces. Alverno’s green roof will eliminate 152,000 gallons of storm water annually from the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD). MMSD helped fund Alverno’s green roof with a grant from the District’s Fresh Coast 740 program designed to increase more natural storm water management practices that capture, store or filter rainwater. MMSD has helped fund more than ten acres of green roof in the city of Milwaukee.
Alverno’s green roof is the most visible of several efforts that will help the college minimize its impact on the environment while also saving energy costs. A water-retaining bio-swale on the south end of campus, also funded with support from MMSD, will provide further water conservation. Additionally, a new underground storage tank for water runoff will retain water and release it slowly in order to reduce water runoff loads on the Kinnickinnic River basin. Alverno will plant approximately 40 additional trees and hundreds of new indigenous shrubs with no new irrigation needed. To improve power management, the college will install energy-efficient lighting, heating and cooling systems throughout the campus. Alverno also selected flooring, furnishings and fixtures with a low environmental impact to enhance indoor air quality and occupant comfort.
“Respect for the environment is deeply rooted in the eight core abilities we teach at Alverno as well as the Franciscan values on which the college was built and operates today,” said Mary J. Meehan, Ph.D., president of Alverno College. “Our design, engineering and construction plans meet today’s standards for best-in-class green building strategies and practices while also delivering the classrooms and gathering spaces that will be at the center of the world renowned Alverno learning experience.”
While the entire expansion project will qualify for U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification, Alverno will not pursue the widely recognized distinction, opting instead to invest the high cost of the certification process into its students.
The expansion and renovation, the most significant enhancement in Alverno’s 126-year history, is being financed with the college’s Promise and Power fundraising campaign. To date, the campaign has raised more than $28 million of its $30 million goal with more than $1 million raised already this year.
Besides the Commons, renovations to parts of Alverno’s Liberal Arts building are scheduled to be complete in September. The college’s new Alexia Hall, which includes a high-tech nursing simulation center, classrooms, art and dance studios, and gallery, opens in early 2015. All construction should be completed by the end of August 2015.
More information about the project and construction progress is available at http://promise.alverno.edu/. Alverno’s current campus was built in 1953 for 800 students and today is home to one of America’s largest women’s colleges. Enrollment has grown by 35 percent during the past decade.
Alverno College Offers New Scholarship to Catholic High School Students
June 25, 2014
Alverno College is pleased to announce the Clare Scholarship, a new $12,000 annual scholarship available to female graduates of a Milwaukee Archdiocese Catholic High School. Clare Scholars can receive a total of $48,000 in scholarships to Alverno over four years, more than half the total cost of tuition.
“We want to reinforce our continued commitment to young women who understand firsthand the multitude of benefits and opportunities provided as a result of a high-caliber, Catholic education,” said Kate Lundeen, vice president for Enrollment Services at Alverno.
High school students must graduate with a minimum 2.8 GPA to qualify. This year’s Clare Scholarship winners include: Stephanie Flores Ochoa, Alexis Gore, Ixtzia Gutierrez, Faith Jones, Juwana Kujjo, Monica Moore, Esmeralda Nungaray, Brenda Rodriguez, Alisha Smith and Alejandra Zamudio from Messmer High School; Lindsey Van Dusen from Pius XI High School; Deysi Trujillo and Karla Vargas Juarez from St. Anthony School of Milwaukee; Stephanie Castillo, Karina Castro, Edith Mondragon and Gladys Mora from St. Joan Antida High School; Jessica Wewers from Saint Joseph High School; and Alyssa Mane, Karla Romero and Tiffany Romero from St. Thomas More High School. For more information on how to apply, students should contact the Alverno College Admissions office at (414) 382-6100.
Local Artists Depict Strong Local Women in New Alverno College Ad Campaign
June 9, 2014
Strong local women are the focus of the latest Alverno College ad campaign, which was rolled out in late May. The women are all Alverno alumnae, and the artwork featured in the ads was created by local artists who are part of FROM HERE TO HER Artist Collective.
“This campaign, which is uniquely Milwaukee, is all about women celebrating women,” said Sebastian Thachenkary, Director of Marketing Communications for Alverno College. “What better way to demonstrate the value of an Alverno education than to showcase some of our outstanding alums?”
The ads, which can be seen on billboards and in bus shelters throughout southeastern Wisconsin, feature the following women:
- Cecelia Gore, ’92, ’08, executive director, Brewers Community Foundation; portrait by Jasmine Barmore
- Jennifer Kopps-Wagner, ‘93, senior vice president & general counsel, Assurant Health; portrait by Kerri Root
- Jennifer H. Hruz, ’12, nurse, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare; portrait by Rachel Hughes
- Jeanna Salzar, ‘10, Milwaukee’s Best Acoustic Musician & Female Vocalist, 2009 & 2010; portrait by Miranda Petroviak
“A lot of us have admired those billboards for years. They’ve become part of Milwaukee’s visual landscape in a way, so of course we were thrilled when Alverno approached us about it,” said Katie Mullen, founder of FROM HERE TO HER Artist Collective. “Plus the tie to strong women is right in line with our values and what we’re trying to accomplish.”
Barmore was honored to take on the portrait of Gore. “I wanted to portray her as a light in this community,” she said. “I hope her image, shining bright and beautiful throughout the city, inspires and empowers … all women in Milwaukee.”
Root felt much the same way about painting Kopps-Wagner. “So here was this incredibly intelligent, successful, dedicated woman holding this powerful position, and she’s got this confidence and glow and is so grounded,” said Root. “I knew that was exactly what I wanted to capture and present.”
“This truly is a first for Alverno, and maybe even Milwaukee, tapping into the local art scene to create an ad campaign featuring community leaders,” said Thachenkary. “We’re really excited about the project and what this means moving forward.”
About FROM HERE TO HER Artist Collective
FROM HERE TO HER Artist Collective is an alliance of female art activists whose work primarily depicts women. The Collective is best known for their annual Women’s History Month exhibitions that explore gender issues in our culture through both an introspective and social justice lens. Through public art projects, youth artist mentoring, community workshops and more, the Collective’s mission is to amplify the voices of girls and women in our community as well as to demonstrate the positive power of mutual support and opportunity-creation among women. Learn more at fromheretoher.tumblr.com.
Alverno College Course Takes Students to Coastal Cities on the Baltic Sea
May 13, 2014
Eleven students from Alverno College are about to embark on an 11-day journey to the Baltic Sea. Led by Jodi Eastberg, associate professor of History and David Brooker, associate professor of Political Science, the group has been studying Milwaukee as a coastal city all semester. Every effort was made to use the city as a classroom, visiting the Port of Milwaukee, South Shore Beach, the Captain Frederick Pabst Mansion, the Milwaukee Art Museum and the Global Water Center. Their lessons will take them abroad later this month as they visit the coastal cities of Gdansk, Poland, Copenhagen, Denmark, and Kalmar and Malmö, Sweden.
“We want our students to connect what we’re doing locally to how other coastal cities respectfully utilize the body of water they share,” said Eastberg. “They’re going to get a first-hand look at how cities around the world approach access to their natural resources.
So far the class has focused on Milwaukee as a coastal city and the impact of Lake Michigan. Various projects encouraged students to investigate the ways that culture, economic development, political dynamics and the environment are all affected by our location on the water. The next step is to broaden their perspective as they explore the same factors and their impact on four Baltic cities. “Hopefully this class will lead our students to become stewards of Lake Michigan as well as the lakefront,” said Brooker. “The lake is a treasure and it needs to be protected.”
With the recent opening of the Global Water Center, Milwaukee is quickly becoming a leader in water technology and resources. According to Eastberg, the cities they’re visiting represent some of the most innovative approaches to water research, initiatives and conservation in the world. “Moving forward, our hope is that the students will take what they learn abroad and apply that knowledge to improving the way Milwaukee utilizes Lake Michigan,” she said.
Once in Europe, students will work directly with university faculty and students in cities they’re visiting. One of the places they plan to study is the Kalmar Dämme, a wetlands area created to neutralize the chemicals used to de-ice planes at a nearby airport. This prevents the need for more chemicals to be used, and it keeps those chemicals from draining into the Baltic Sea. Other stops on the trip include the Maritime Culture Center in Gdansk, the Kalmar Maritime Academy, Western Harbour in Malmö and waterfront tours in each of the cities. The group will leave on May 22 for Gdansk and return on June 1.
Alverno College Will Hold its 149th Commencement on May 16 and 17
May 12, 2014
Alverno College will hold its 149th commencement this weekend as 177 students walk across the Pitman Theatre stage (39th St. and Morgan Ave.) to receive their undergraduate degrees. The ceremony will be on May 17 at 2 p.m. Fifty-six master’s candidates will receive their degrees from Alverno on Friday, May 16, 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 Tanya Darge, who will receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in Professional Communication; the undergraduate invocation will be given by Shagufta Khan, who will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular Biology; and the student address, “When Did You Know?” will be given by Courtney Lord, who will receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Language Arts. The graduate commencement invocation will be given by Julie Witczak, who will receive a Master of Arts in Education degree. A champagne reception will follow the graduate commencementceremony. Khan and Lord are Milwaukee residents, Darge is from Wauwatosa, and Witczak is from Gurnee, Ill.
Alverno College Hosts Palliative and Spiritual Care Workshop for Medical Interpreters
March 21, 2014
Alverno College will offer a professional development opportunity for medical interpreters on Saturday, March 22. The workshop on palliative and spiritual care will focus on the specialized needs of people dealing with serious illness, providing support and guidance, as well as relief from symptoms, pain and stress.
Speakers include Bruce Goodman, a medical interpreter with Wheaton Franciscan healthcare; David Jerger, BCC, Pastoral Care, Aurora Healthcare; Kay Fischer, NO, Palliative Care, Aurora Healthcare and Chris Rubach, CHI, Alverno Interpreter Institute.
A pioneer in the metro-Milwaukee area, the Alverno Interpreter Institute workshop series provides working interpreters, in any spoken or signed language pair, a means to obtain continuing education units required for national certification. Certification is not currently required by area hospitals for employment as a medical interpreter, however according to the National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters, the national trend “seems to indicate that we are moving towards that end as certification is gaining ground and wide acceptance.” For many employers, access to continuing education has been a barrier in enforcing such a requirement.
The Spanish/English Healthcare Interpretation Program at Alverno College began in 2007 to increase the medical terminology and interpreting skills of degree-seeking students with near-native proficiencies in Spanish and English in order to meet the increasing demands of a multilingual, multicultural workforce.
About the Alverno Interpreter Institute
The Alverno Interpreter Institute (AII) was founded by medical interpreters as a forum to disseminate information on topics of interest to practicing interpreters. The Institute fosters skill-building and continuing education through interactive workshops and enrichment sessions as a means of professional development for those at all levels of the profession. As an entity associated with the Spanish/English Healthcare Interpretation program at Alverno College, the Institute is a venue where medical interpreters across all language pairs can gain knowledge and learn from one another, building a network of professionals.
Alverno College’s Poll Worker Project Wins State-wide Award
March 6, 2014
Alverno College’s Poll Worker Project has been awarded Wisconsin Campus Compact’s 2014 Esther Letven Campus-Community Partnership Award. This award recognizes outstanding partnerships between higher education and the community that produce measurable community impact as well as student growth and learning.
Nearly 200 Alverno College students were actively involved in the political process as they trained to be poll workers for the 2012 presidential election. The training provided students an opportunity to practice their own effective citizenship, one of the eight abilities embedded in the Alverno curriculum.
“Effective citizenship means our students take an active role in civic life,” said Susan Leister, director of Alverno’s Internship office and the coordinator of the Poll Worker Project. “Taking part in the election process really opened their eyes to the rigorous work that goes into running an election, and to the responsibility they have to vote.”
In partnership with the City of Milwaukee Election Commission, Alverno has offered poll worker training sessions on campus for three presidential or mid-term elections; the first was for the 2008 presidential election. In 2010, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission awarded Alverno a grant to train students as poll workers. The grant was one of only 15 awarded nationally in a competition that drew more than 200 proposals. It made it possible for Alverno and the Election Commission to recruit and train students – including Spanish-speaking students – to help with election activities and recruit future poll workers. Poll worker responsibilities include greeting voters, verifying voters’ polling sites, registering new voters, handing out ballots, handling voting machines, and helping to maintain traffic flow at the sites.
The Alverno College Poll Worker Project and its partner, the City of Milwaukee Election Commission, will be honored at the Wisconsin Campus Compact Annual Civic Engagement Institute on March 20 in Madison.
Alverno College students to “Stuff the Bus” a third time to help homeless
March 5, 2014
Alverno College students are taking action to help bring awareness to the issue of homelessness in Milwaukee. Students will be collecting donations for the Milwaukee Joy House as they try to fill a school bus. Donations of warm clothing, hats, gloves, mittens, blankets, non-perishable food, sanitary items, diapers, paper goods and cash will be accepted. In addition to stuffing the bus, students organized a Zumbathon. The proceeds from that will benefit Community Advocates.
The effort is in response to the discovery of a body in November, 2012 near the lakefront while students, along with friends and family, were taking part in a community clean-up. Alverno College students who were part of that group organized a successful “Stuff the Bus” event in December of 2012, as well as a second event in September, 2013. So far students have raised over $20,000 in donations of money, clothing, blankets, personal hygiene products and non-perishable food items to help the homeless.
The event will take place on Saturday, March 8, from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. in the Pitman Theatre parking lot, located at 39th and Morgan. The Zumbathon goes from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., and takes place in the Reiman Gymnasium. The cost to participate is $15.
Alverno College Aims to Double the Number of Students Studying Abroad
March 4, 2014
Alverno College has pledged to join the Institute of International Education (IIE)’s Generation Study Abroad initiative to double the number of American students who study abroad by the end of the decade. The College wants to increase the annual participation rate for study abroad programs to over 100 students per year.
Leading up to IIE’s centennial celebration in 2019,Generation Study Abroad will engage educators at all levels and stakeholders in the public and private sectors to drive meaningful, innovative action to increase the number of U.S. students who have the opportunity to gain international experience through academic study abroad programs, as well as internships, service learning and non-credit educational experiences. Alverno College is among the lead partners who have committed to specific, measureable actions that will help reach this ambitious goal; the result will be thousands more American students graduating with the international experience necessary for success in a globalized world.
Building on its nearly 100-year commitment to study abroad, IIE has committed $2 million of its own funds to this initiative over the next 5 years.
“Developing a global perspective is one of the eight core abilities we teach here at Alverno, and there’s no better way to enhance a student’s global outlook than to study abroad,” said Celia Jackson, Executive Director of the International & Intercultural Center. Last year, more than 50 Alverno College students studied abroad, whether in semester or year-long programs or in short term study abroad courses.
More than 150 higher education institutions from 41 U.S. states have already signed the Generation Study Abroad Commitment, including large state and private universities, liberal arts colleges, community colleges, and historically black colleges and universities and other minority serving institutions. The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and several foreign governments, as well as key higher education associations and study abroad provider organizations, have also pledged to support the goals of the initiative. Recognizing the importance of an internationally focused workforce, IIE is also actively seeking the participation of corporations and the business community.
“Globalization has changed the way the world works, and employers are increasingly looking for workers who have international skills and expertise,” says Dr. Allan Goodman, President of IIE. “Studying abroad must be viewed as an essential component of a college degree and critical to preparing future leaders.”
IIE is launching Generation Study Abroad because the number and proportion of today’s students who graduate with an educational experience abroad is far too low. Currently, fewer than 10 percent of all U.S. college students study abroad at some point in their academic career. According to the Open Doors Report on International and Educational Exchange released by IIE last November with support from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, 295,000 students studied abroad in 2011/12 in credit-bearing and non-credit programs. Generation Study Abroad aims to grow participation in study abroad so that the annual total reported will reach 600,000 by the end of the decade.
With 2.6 million students graduating with associates or baccalaureate degrees each year, it is clear that major segments of America’s young people are not getting the international experience they will need to advance their careers and participate in the global economy, or to work together across borders to address global issues.
For more information on IIE’s Generation Study Abroad initiative, and a complete list of commitment partners, go to: www.iie.org/generationstudyabroad.
President and CEO of A. O. Smith Corporation Joins Alverno College Board of Trustees
February 18, 2014
Alverno College has appointed Ajita G. Rajendra, president and chief executive officer of A. O. Smith Corporation, to the board of trustees.
Rajendra was named president and CEO of A. O. Smith Corporation in January 2013, where he has full profit and loss responsibility for the $2.2 billion water technology company. His primary responsibilities include strategy development and implementation, global operations, mergers and acquisitions, and shareholder returns. Prior to being named chief executive, he served as president and chief operating officer, responsible for the company’s water heater operations in North America, China, Europe and India, as well as A. O. Smith’s water purification business in China and the Lochinvar global boiler business. Before joining A. O. Smith, Rajendra was the senior vice president of the Industrial Products Group of Kennametal Inc., a manufacturer of cutting tools used in aerospace, automotive and other industrial applications.
Rajendra began his career with Corning Incorporated, Corning, New York, holding a wide range of executive management positions, including global responsibility for Corning’s Pyrex and Corning Ware businesses and retail operations.
Rajendra sits on the board of directors for the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce and is a member of the board of directors for Donaldson Company, Inc., of Minneapolis, Minn. He earned a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology, an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University, and certification from the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard University Graduate School of Business.
Alverno College to Host 2nd Annual Paraguay Economic Forum
February 3, 2014
Alverno College will host the 2nd annual Paraguay Economic Forum on February 6. The forum is expected to attract several Paraguayan officials, including Dr. Victor Britez Chamorro, chancellor of the National University of the East, Ciudad del Este; Dr. Rolando Segovia, director of International Affairs for the National University of the East, Ciudad del Este; Jose Otano, commercial attaché of the Republic of Paraguay in Miami; Dr. Alberto Poletti, J.D. and Dr. Mirian Medina de Britez.
The goal of the forum is to provide Wisconsin businesses opportunities to invest in and export to the Republic of Paraguay. The forum came about after a student in Alverno’s MBA program developed her own independent study, and others quickly jumped on board. “Alverno offers such a unique learning experience,” said Carol Vollmer Pope, an associate professor of Business who led the class. “This whole forum came about because of their hard work and dedication.” Students focused on topics including Paraguayan culture, infrastructure, natural resources, agriculture, economics, business development and tourism, and will present their findings at the conference.
“Paraguay is one of the most business friendly countries in South America, and recent political changes there are opening doors to the expansion of foreign ventures,” said Sue DaBaco, an Alverno MBA student involved in the forum. “We want to take this opportunity to establish ties between Paraguayan government officials and Wisconsin businesses. This really is a win-win for everyone.”
The cost to attend is $10 and includes lunch. The program is free for those not taking part in the lunch. For more information or to register for the event, please go to http://www.alverno.edu/pef/.
Alverno College Will Hold its 148th Commencement on December 20 and 21
December 19, 2013
Alverno College will hold its 148th commencement this weekend as 176 students walk across the Pitman Theatre stage (39th St. and Morgan Ave.) to receive their undergraduate degrees. The ceremony will be on December 21 at 2 p.m. Ninety-two master’s candidates will receive their degrees from Alverno on Friday, December 20, 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 Amber Lorge, who will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing; the undergraduate invocation will be given by Yen Chu, who will receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in Community Leadership; and the student address, “Dreams Do Not Have an Expiration Date” will be given by Pamela Wright, who will receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Management & Technology. The graduate commencement invocation will be given by Simmone Stovall, who will receive a Master of Science in Community Psychology degree. A champagne reception will follow the graduate commencementceremony. Chu, Wright and Stovall are Milwaukee residents, and Lorge is from Brookfield.
Alverno College Announces $30 Million Expansion and Renovation, the Largest in the College’s History
December 11, 2013
Alverno College announced it will break ground on a $30 million expansion and renovation in March of 2014, the most significant enhancement in the college’s 126-year history. The plans include a new classroom building, improvements to the JoAnn McGrath School of Nursing and the creation of a new, larger student commons to enhance the student experience.
“Our current campus was built in 1952, and as enrollment climbs and the needs of our students change, we must evolve to meet those needs,” said Mary J. Meehan, Ph.D., president of Alverno College. “This expansion will ensure that future generations of Alverno students have the classrooms, gathering spaces and advanced learning technologies they need to develop their abilities to the fullest.”
Construction will begin in 2014, with a groundbreaking ceremony on March 18, and is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2015. “We’ve grown into one of the largest women’s colleges in the country and employers look to Alverno to develop the female leaders of tomorrow,” said Mary Beth Berkes, chair of the Alverno College Board of Trustees. “For this reason and more, our facilities need to be as innovative as our curriculum.”
In order to finance the improvements, a fundraising campaign began in 2011. Led by Paul Purcell, CEO of Robert W. Baird, Don Layden, Partner, Quarles &Brady LLC, and Ellen Gardner, ’69, retired President of Ameritech-Wisconsin, the campaign has raised $27 million of the $30 million needed to complete the project. The balance will be raised through contributions from Alverno alumni and supporters.
“All of us have seen first-hand the unique impact that Alverno has on the careers, lives and communities of its students, and we believe deeply in Alverno and its future,” said Purcell. “That’s why this is so important for the college and the city of Milwaukee.”
The expansion and improvements will focus on the following areas:
- Nine new high-tech classrooms will help Alverno accommodate its growing enrollment and connect students with online learning resources around the world.
- A new high-fidelity nursing simulation center will enable nursing students to practice skills in life-like settings. Alverno’s JoAnn McGrath School of Nursing has the largest enrollment in the state, and the new simulation center will ensure a nursing degree from Alverno continues to be a hallmark of excellence.
- An expanded commons will provide a spacious, comfortable gathering place for students, faculty and staff. Featuring a larger food service area, a coffee shop and private group study rooms, the new commons will give the Alverno community a strong center. In addition, a heritage plaza with outdoor seating connected to the dining hall will honor the School Sisters of St. Francis, founders of Alverno College.
- A new “Student Main Street” will combine advising, financial aid, career planning and other critical student services in one easy-to-access location adjacent to the new commons.
- A new art education suite will double the classroom space devoted to art and dance education. Since nearly 40 percent of Alverno students take courses in art and dance every year, the expansion will ensure students have the space they need to develop their creativity.
- In recognition of a generous gift from the Bucyrus Foundation, the current conference center in the Sister Joel Read Center will be expanded and renamed the Bucyrus Conference Center and will allow greater service to the broader community.
All of the improvements will include energy-efficient lighting; flooring, furnishings and fixtures with a low environmental impact; and energy-efficient heating and air conditioning wherever possible. The expanded commons area will also feature a green roof that will absorb rainfall, reduce reflected heat and be the most visible of several efforts to help the environment and reduce energy costs.
The public can follow the progress of the construction athttp://promise.alverno.edu/. The site will include the latest news, a project overview and timeline, photos, videos, regular updates and frequently asked questions.
Alverno College Offers More Students Paid Internships with Great Lakes Grant
October 7, 2013
Alverno College recently received a Career Ready Internship Initiative grant in the amount of $150,000 from Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation. This grant will benefit 95 students by offering them opportunities to gain invaluable, real-world experience through paid internships in their fields of study.
Alverno College will use the grant to create new paid internships and turn previously unpaid internships into paid internships, for juniors and seniors who don’t receive enough financial aid to cover college costs.
“Study after study shows that students who have completed internships are more confident in their career choices and more desirable to employers, but unpaid internships pose a financial hurdle on students who already are working and must swap work hours for unpaid internship hours, said Susan Leister, director of the Internship office at Alverno College. “The wonderful thing about the Great Lakes Career Ready grant is that it adds to the benefit of internships and takes away the financial challenges they can impose on students who need an income to help pay for college.”
Alverno College is one of 19 Wisconsin colleges and universities to receive some of the more than $2.5 million in Career Ready Internship Initiative grant funds awarded by Great Lakes. Schools will collaborate with businesses and nonprofit organizations across the state to create the new paid internships.
Scrapbooking – the 19th century version of blogs
September 23, 2013
The Alverno College History department will host a talk by Ellen Gruber Garvey, author of the book Writing with Scissors: American Scrapbooks from the Civil War to the Harlem Renaissance, on September 25. Her talk will focus on the ways men and women used scrapbooks in the 19th century to speak back to the media and preserve what mattered most to them. From Abraham Lincoln and Susan B. Anthony to everyday Americans, Garvey looks at the people who documented history through scrapbooks. Contending that scrapbooking was a precursor to Google and blogging, she’ll also look at the relationship between 19th century scrapbooking and our own digital habits of today.
In her talk, Garvey will look at a range of scrapbook makers who clipped, arranged, and preserved newspaper articles, creating private histories of major cultural events and “democratic archives” that were often at odds with the version of events presented in the mass media of the time. Topics from the Civil War to women’s rights were addressed and preserved in these historical archives.
The Chipstone Foundation and Alverno College are partnering to bring Garvey to the College. The presentation will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 25 in the Sister Joel Read Conference Center, and is free and open to the public.
Dr. Parker Palmer Featured as Keynote Speaker for 2013 Alverno Community Conference
September 16, 2013
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 4, from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. The event is open to the public and, this year, will explore the theme: The Art of Happiness. Registrants can choose from 28 topics – all connected to happiness – during three concurrent sessions.
New to this year’s event is the addition of Dr. Parker Palmer as the keynote speaker; Palmer will share his insight on happiness during the lunch hour. Author of several best-selling books, includingHealing the Heart of Democracy, Palmer is a world-renowned author, speaker and activist who remains committed to issues that pertain to education, leadership and social change.
Registrants are also invited to participate in a “Happy Hour” of music-making and hands-on art activities set to take place in the afternoon from 1:30 – 5:30 p.m. Among the many Happy Hour events is an event that benefits The Empty Bowls Project. Participants work with Alverno’s Art faculty to create a hand-crafted bowl that will be used for a Milwaukee-area fundraiser to end local hunger.
For more information about the 2013 Alverno Community Conference, or to register, visit http://www.alverno.edu/communityconference/Additional questions can be directed to the Telesis continuing education program, 414-382-6087, or email email@example.com.
U.S. News & World Report ranks Alverno College highest in the state in its “Strong Commitment to Teaching” category for the second consecutive year
September 10, 2013
Alverno College was ranked in the top three Midwest schools for its “strong commitment to teaching” in U.S. News & World Report’s 2014 America’s Best Colleges guidebook. In the four-year history of this category, Alverno College 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 thirteenth consecutive year U.S. News & World Report has recognized Alverno in its annual rankings. In addition, Alverno has been listed 30 times in the highly respected U.S. News & World Report standings since 1983.
“It is an incredible honor to be ranked highest in the state for educating undergrads,” said Mary J. Meehan, Ph.D., president of Alverno College. “Our students are our top priority, and there is nothing more important to us than educating the future leaders of our community.”
Alverno College was also recognized for “First Year Experience,” “Learning Communities” and “Senior Capstone,” and was the only Wisconsin college or university listed in “First Year Experience” and “Senior Capstone.” With these rankings, Alverno College is in the company of such prestigious schools as Princeton University, Brown University, Vanderbilt University, Stanford University, Duke University and Yale University.
Overall, Alverno College remained in tier one in the category of Master’s granting colleges and universities.
This is the 30th 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 usnews.com. The rankings measure up to 15 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 75 percent of a college’s score. The other 25 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.
School of Business Welcomes Two New Faculty
September 5, 2013
The Alverno College School of Business is welcoming two new faculty this fall. Nicole Maassen and Richard Tobin will teach undergraduate courses, as well as co-teach a course in the MBA program.
Before joining Alverno, Maassen served as the vice president of litigation and risk management at Assurant Health where she led a team of lawyers, paralegals and support staff. Prior to that, she held positions at O’Neil, Cannon, Hollman, Dejong & Laing S.C. and at Foley and Lardner LLP. Last spring, Maassen was recognized as one of The Business Journal’s 2013 “Forty Under 40.” She earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and a Juris Doctor from the University of Wisconsin.
Tobin brings more than 15 years of business experience to the College, most recently serving as assistant vice president at Fiserv, Inc. where he oversaw a staff responsible for accounting and financial reporting. Prior to that, he worked for Molson Coors Brewing Company and Deloitte and Touche, LLP. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Business from Miami University (Ohio), and earned his Master of Business Administration from Marquette. Tobin is a certified public accountant, and has participated in international educational programs including the Beijing International MBA Program in China and at the University of Cape Town in South Africa.
Alverno College Music Professor Honored with a 2013 Vatican II Award
August 19, 2013
Michael Kamenski, assistant professor of Music at Alverno College, will be honored with a 2013 Vatican II Award for Distinguished Service for outstanding contributions to the Church and society later this fall. The awards, established in 1991, recognize men, women and young adults who exemplify the Catholic Church’s vision set forth in the Second Vatican Council.
Kamenski, Director of Liturgy and Music at St. Sebastian Parish, Milwaukee, will receive the Service in Liturgy award for his work as a musician, liturgist and teacher at multiple parishes over the past several decades. According to the Archdiocese, the recipient must:
- have evidenced the imparting of an ever-increasing vigor to the Christian life of the faithful by careful preparation and implementation of worship services and preparation of liturgical ministers
- have shown a consistent interest in promoting ecumenical sensitivity among all churches
- have given witness to the connection of liturgy and social justice by their involvement in the life of the community.
A prayer service and award ceremony will be held at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, 812 N. Jackson St., Milwaukee, 7 p.m. on October 22. This event is free and open to the public, with a dessert reception to follow.
Alverno College Receives College Success Grant from Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation
August 9, 2013
Alverno College recently received a College Success grant in the amount of $169,149 from Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation. This grant will help 250 undergraduate students achieve success in college by helping them develop campus connections and provide resources to ensure successful completion of their program of study.
Alverno College was one of 28 organizations to receive some of the $4.5 million in College Success grant funds awarded by Great Lakes. Alverno’s Promise Scholars was funded based on the support services it provides to help students overcome obstacles and help them stay in and complete college. Alverno’s Promise Scholars will provide specialized services during the 2013-2014 academic year to students who are the first in their families to attend college.
“With the College Success grant, Alverno College will continue to support first generation students in the Promise Scholar Program through proactive advising, special classes, mentoring and individualized instructional services to improve retention and persistence through graduation,” said Martha Johnson, , M.S., L.P.C. and Alverno’s Lead Promise Scholar Advisor.
Students get the best payoff from higher education when they complete their programs of study. Students from low-income backgrounds, students of color, and those who are the first in their family to attend college often face daunting challenges to complete college. Great Lakes’ College Success grant is designed to support and reward programs that give such students specialized help, such as tutoring, mentoring, intensive advising, and access to learning communities—help that’s known to keep students enrolled and on track academically and socially for program completion. For the students served, earning a degree, diploma, or certificate opens the door to the many benefits of higher education.
Twenty-eight programs across Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa will serve more than 4,000 undergraduate students at two-year, four-year, and technical colleges during the 2013-2014 academic year, and will focus on those students with the most to gain.
Alverno College Will Host Historical Baseball Game
July 23, 2013
Alverno College is proud to host a re-enactment of an All American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL) game on Sunday, August 11 at 12:30 p.m. The league, made famous in the movie A League of Their Own, emerged in the spring of 1943 in an effort to keep major league baseball stadiums in operation during World War II.
Three women who played in the league will be honored during the game. Jackie Mattson Baumgart, who played for the Springfield Sallies and Kenosha Comets, and Sr. Toni “Peanuts” Palermo, who played for the Chicago Colleens and the Springfield Sallies, are both Alverno alumnae. Joyce Hill Westerman, who played for the Fort Wayne Daisies, Grand Rapids Chicks, Peoria Redwings, Racine Belles and South Bend Blue Sox, will also be honored.
Warm-ups begin at noon, followed by the singing of the national anthem and the AAGPBL “Victory Song.” Kids will be able to run the bases during the seventh inning stretch, and peanuts, popcorn, water and lemonade will be available.
The Alverno softball field is located on 43rd Street just north of Morgan Avenue. Plenty of free parking is available. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted to help send the honorees to their reunion this fall. It is open to the public.
Alverno College Appoints New Dean of Education
July 1, 2013
Nancy Athanasiou, Ed.D., has been appointed dean of Alverno College’s School of Education. In this role, she will provide leadership to the School of Education and partner with faculty to foster student achievement.
Prior to becoming dean, Athanasiou served as an associate dean, overseeing the undergraduate program in the School of Education. In that role she worked with faculty to review and revise curriculum, served as an advisor to all undergraduate students in the School of Education, worked on several campus-wide committees, and consulted with multiple schools and school districts, both locally and internationally.
Athanasiou was also instrumental in helping the Milwaukee Police Department develop their STOP (Students Talking it Over with Police) Program curriculum. The program, the first of its kind in the country, is meant to improve interactions between police officers and urban youth. Officers are trained to become STOP instructors, and they in turn train students age 12-18 conflict resolution and social skills through role play.
Athanasiou’s professional affiliations include membership in the Wisconsin Independent Colleges for Teacher Education (WICTE), the Wisconsin Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (WACTE), the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) and the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE).
Mary Diez, Ph.D. and former dean of the School of Education, will continue to be an integral part of the College. She will maintain her role working with several area schools and districts to improve outcomes for all students, as well as continue her work with character education and teaching in the School of Education.
Alverno College Appoints Vice President for Enrollment Services
June 3, 2013
Kate Lundeen has been appointed Vice President for Enrollment Services at Alverno College. In this role, she will direct all aspects of the College’s Admissions Department, including recruitment for undergraduate and graduate programs, Admissions communications and strategic long-range planning, as well as oversee the Financial Aid department.
Lundeen joined Alverno College in November 2011 as the Director for Undergraduate Recruitment and Admissions. She was appointed Executive Director of Enrollment in October 2012. Prior to coming to Alverno, she was the Executive Director of College Possible Milwaukee (formerly Admission Possible of Greater Milwaukee), where she was responsible for leading strategic organizational development, raising funds, coordinating communications, building relationships with partner organizations and overseeing day-to-day management and operational issues. She also led and managed the launch of their Milwaukee office, the first branch opened in the program’s national expansion.
In 2011, Lundeen was named a “40 Under 40” winner, recognized by the Business Journal of Milwaukee. Each year, the publication names 40 future community leaders of southeastern Wisconsin under the age of 40. She was a founding board member and serves as Chair-Elect of Milwaukee Promise, Inc., an organization designed to provide college scholarship support for urban Milwaukee students. In addition, Lundeen was chosen as one of just 35 participants in the competitive Future Milwaukee program in 2009-10, and she served on the Milwaukee Mentoring Committee for the YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee.
Lundeen earned a Master’s degree in Public Policy with a concentration in economic and community development from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.
Alverno College Receives Great Lakes “College Ready” Grant
May 30, 2013
Alverno College received a College Ready grant in the amount of $72,600 from Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation. This grant will benefit 38 first-generation students, most of them from low-income, minority households, by helping to prepare them for academic success when they arrive at college.
Alverno was one of 34 recipients to receive some of the more than $4 million in College Ready grant funds awarded by Great Lakes. The College will use the grant funding during the 2013-2014 academic year to improve STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) performance and college enrollment among minority and low-income high school girls.
“The activities funded by the College Ready grant will help fill the pipeline at the very beginning to encourage more minority women to pursue careers in math and science,” said Angela Frey, Alverno College associate dean of Natural Science, Math & Technology.
Alverno College’s Girls’ Advanced Academy in Science and Mathematics was selected as a Great Lakes College Ready grant partner based on the strategies it has developed to prepare students for college and its commitment to tracking results. The program’s curriculum incorporates chemistry, biology and mathematics into the science of beauty. Held on Friday evenings on the Alverno College campus, the sessions provide hands-on, project-based learning taught by full time Alverno faculty. The three-semester program will also include ACT test preparation, guest speakers who are STEM professionals and college exploration activities, including campus visits, application assistance and financial aid information. Transportation and dinner for participants are also included.
About Great Lakes’ College Ready grant
Great Lakes’ College Ready grant is designed to support programs that help students from traditionally underserved backgrounds—including students from low-income households, students of color, and those who are the first in their families to attend college—in grades 6 through 12 and adult learners arrive on campus ready to enroll in college-level courses. Recipient programs will provide services to students across Wisconsin and Minnesota during the upcoming academic year, helping a total of 4,000 students succeed in higher education, leading to a two- or four-year degree or other credential.
Alverno College Will Hold its 147th Commencement on May 17 and 18
May 13, 2013
Alverno College will hold its 147th commencement this weekend as 172 students walk across the Pitman Theatre stage to receive their undergraduate degrees. The ceremony will be on May 18 at 2 p.m. Forty master’s candidates will receive their degrees from Alverno on Friday, May 17, 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 Allicia Washington-White, who will receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in English; the undergraduate invocation will be given by Carissa Herhuth, who will receive a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Therapy; and the student address, “Who Do You Think You’re Not?” will be given by Sasheene Denny, who will receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in History. The graduate commencement invocation will be given by Diana Moro Goane, who will receive a Master of Business Administration degree. A champagne reception will follow the graduate commencementceremony. Washington-White, Denny and Herhuth are Milwaukee residents, and Goane is from Muskego.
Generous Donation Will Double Bike Exchange Program
May 7, 2013
The Alverno College bike exchange program is about to get a big boost thanks to the folks at Wheel & Sprocket’s Brookfield location. The bike shop is donating eight reconditioned bicycles to the program, more than doubling the number of bikes available to students. The donation also coincides with National Bike Month, which celebrates the many reasons people ride.
“This donation will really help our students out,” said Lynn Kuhlman, manager of Residence Life Operations. “They’ll have more access to jobs in the area that are within easy biking distance, as well as other resources that are nearby.” Kuhlman added that the bike exchange program has a great economic value to students, because they don’t need to keep a car on campus, paying for gas and insurance on top of all their school costs. “It’s a nice economical option for our students.”
Alverno’s bike exchange program was launched in September, 2012, and is unique in that the service is offered at no cost to students. Another distinct facet to Alverno’s program is that bikes are checked out on an as-needed basis, which means relatively few bikes can serve a couple hundred students. There are currently seven bikes in the program, some of which were abandoned bikes that have been restored, and some that were donated by faculty and staff. When resident students check out a bike, they’re also provided with a helmet and a lock. For many students, especially international students, this is the only way for them to get around. Several students use the service to get to and from off-campus jobs.
“It’s [riding a bike] not only made me a happier person mentally but physically as well,” said Devon Gorman, a student who routinely uses the service. “It makes me happy to know that I am doing something great for the environment by not using my car, saving my money, and providing a great workout for my body.”
The relationship between Alverno College and Wheel & Sprocket began when Kuhlman, an avid cyclist, stopped in to look at a new road bike for herself and mentioned the fledgling program to an employee. According to Kuhlman, the store immediately offered assistance, and was enthusiastic about helping to build a program that would bring the benefits of cycling to young women. Since then, the store has donated helmets, lights, tires and more.
“Without their generosity, our program would not be what it is today,” said Kuhlman.
Mary Diez Receives “Education Advocacy Award”
April 24, 2013
Mary Diez, SSSF, Ph.D., dean of the Alverno College School of Education, was recognized by Marquette University’s College of Education with its Education Advocacy Award. The award recognizes individuals who make significant or systemic contributions to the local, state or national educational landscape through their work. Diez was presented with the award on April 23 at Marquette’s annual College of Education Mission Recognition Evening. The event honors individuals and groups from both within and outside the Marquette community who have made significant contributions toward advancing the college’s social justice mission. This year marks the 5th annual Mission Recognition event for Marquette.
“These awards celebrate the many extraordinary individuals and organizations that help the College of Education achieve our social justice mission,” says Marquette College of Education Dean Bill Henk. “It is our way to both to commend and voice appreciation to exceptional students, early-career professionals, and faculty, as well as cooperating teachers and practicum supervisors, education champions in the community, and our partner schools and human service agencies.”
Alverno College Launches Mental Health Interpreter Institute
April 19, 2013
Alverno College will host its first Interpreter Institute workshop on Saturday, April 20. The event is sponsored by the Spanish/English Healthcare Interpretation (SPI) Program at Alverno College, and will focus on mental health interpreting. A pioneer in the metro-Milwaukee area, the Alverno Interpreter Institute workshop series will provide working interpreters, in any spoken or signed language pair, a means to obtain continuing education units required for national certification. Certification is not currently required by area hospitals for employment as a medical interpreter, however according to the National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters, the national trend “seems to indicate that we are moving towards that end as certification is gaining ground and wide acceptance.” For many employers, access to continuing education has been a barrier in enforcing such a requirement.
Conference objectives include:
- Providing information to interpreters regarding the mental health services available to community members in the Milwaukee area
- Practicing interpreting in mental health settings through scripted and unscripted role plays and exercises
- Networking with interpreters from the area
- Working with students in the Master of Science in Community Psychology program at Alverno College to expose them to the skills necessary to work effectively with an interpreter
Speakers include Jeanette Arellano, Latino Outreach and Education Coordinator from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Greater Milwaukee, Daniel Dickover, Instructor of Healthcare Interpretation at Alverno College, Chris Rubach, Supervisor of Interpreter Services at Aurora Healthcare, and Jennifer Flamboe, Chair of World Languages and Assistant Professor of Spanish & Healthcare Interpretation at Alverno College.
The Spanish/English Healthcare Interpretation Program at Alverno College began in 2007 to increase the medical terminology and interpreting skills of degree-seeking students with near-native proficiencies in Spanish and English in order to meet the increasing demands of a multilingual, multicultural workforce.
Harvard’s Howard Gardner to Receive Inaugural “Sister Joel Read Outstanding Educator Award”
April 12, 2013
Alverno College will present the inaugural “Sister Joel Read Outstanding Educator Award” to Howard Gardner, Ph.D., who is widely considered one of the leading educational theorists of our time. Gardner is the John H. and Elisabeth A. Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and is best known for his theory of multiple intelligences. His wide-ranging work has provided the foundation for innovations in teaching, understanding student progress and integrating moral development into school cultures and curricula.
The award recognizes and honors innovators whose insights, leadership and practice have changed the practice of education for the better, and is named for Alverno College President Emerita Sister Joel Read, who is also widely considered a leader in education innovation. As part of the award, the Alverno community will engage in extended study and discussion of Gardner’s ideas and accomplishments.
Gardner will receive his award at a dinner in his honor April 18 at 5:30 p.m. At the dinner, Gardner and Sister Joel Read will discuss the need for colleges and universities to focus on individual students and provide learning strategies that enable them to achieve their potential. The discussion will be moderated by Alan Borsuk, senior fellow at the Marquette Law School and longtime educational columnist for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Alverno College Launches BA in Management Completion Program
March 19, 2013
Alverno College is launching a new BA in management completion program in October of 2013. The program is flexible, blending online and in-classroom learning so that women with an Associate Degree can complete their Bachelor’s degree in 18 months.
“We know that women are underrepresented in board rooms and executive management positions in Milwaukee and nationally,” said Dan Horton, dean of Alverno College’s School of Business. “We are hopeful that this new program will provide additional opportunity for women in our community to advance in business and management.”
The curriculum includes: Innovative Business Development, Global Business Environment & Strategy, Sustainability & Technology in a Changing World, Marketing, Branding & Customer Relationships and Financial Analysis & Decision-Making, among others.
Those with an Associate Degree (AA or AAS) can complete the program in nine 8-week course blocks. The courses consist of a blend of online learning and in-classroom evening instruction, offering greater flexibility. The 18-month program has two start dates each year, in October and February. Students interested in applying for, or learning more about the BA in Management completion program can call the admissions office at (414)-382-6100.
Alverno College, Skyline Technologies and the Captain Frederick Pabst Mansion Team Up to Bring Mobile Museum App to Milwaukee
March 12, 2013
Skyline Technologies, the Captain Frederick Pabst Mansion and Alverno College are teaming up to create the Milwaukee Mobile Museum app, the first of its kind for this area. The concept for the app grew from a desire to make the vast photo and asset archives at various museums available, and searchable, to the public even when not on display. The new, interactive app will bring various cultural and non-profit organizations together on one platform, allowing users to search and view museum collections and archives, view photos of current museum exhibits and use geo-location features to figure out where a building in an historic photo once stood. Users will also be able to designate favorites, share with friends and seek additional information through participating institutions’ websites and social media platforms.
Twice a year Skyline Technologies, a regional software developer, takes on a project for a non-profit. This time they chose to work with the Captain Frederick Pabst Mansion, in part because Jim Pabst, Business Development Manager at Skyline Technologies, is part of the historic brewing family. “This app will bring people to the intersection of history and technology,” said Pabst. “The aim is to make Milwaukee cultural heritage more accessible to residents and visitors.”
While the project began with the Captain Frederick Pabst Mansion, it has grown to include any museum, library, archive or historical society in southeastern Wisconsin that wants to take part. Initially the app will showcase content from the Captain Frederick Pabst Mansion, Lynden Sculpture Garden, Recollection Wisconsin and Alverno College. It will work on mobile devices and tablets, and will be available for iOS, Android and Windows Phone.
Alverno College will host a developer camp, or DevCamp, on March 16 and 17. The Conference Center will be filled with 35 – 40 programmers, graphic artists and testers, making sure the app runs smoothly on all devices, and working out any bugs along the way. Alverno College students will also be involved, helping upload digital assets from the Pabst Mansion. The free app will be piloted during Wisconsin Museums Week, May 12 – 18, and is set to launch in June. Once launched, Skyline plans to make the app available to other communities that would like to set up a similar mobile museum.
Art Exhibit Questions How Feminine Beauty and Worth Are Defined in Our Culture
March 6, 2013
In celebration of Women’s History Month, Studio Lounge in Bay View will be featuring work by nine female artists who primarily depict women from March 6 – April 28. The exhibit, From Here to Her: Explorations of Feminine Beauty and Identity, is more than a collection by and about women, it questions how feminine beauty and worth are defined in American culture not only through the theme that ties the work together, but also through a corresponding educational event as well as other community outreach elements.
“Like many women, we struggle to find a balance between where we believe our beauty and worth lie and where the mass media relentlessly tells us it does,” said Katie Mullen, exhibit curator and artist. “Whether we like it or not, media shapes culture. The goal of the show is to get people thinking about the impact it’s had on women and girls in particular. What’s the price we pay for it as individuals and as a society?”
Alverno College, the show’s presenting sponsor, will host interactive educational workshops at Studio Lounge on March 16 that apply the show’s theme across topics ranging from art history to activism. The morning program, from 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., will include the sessions “Sex, Lies and What the Mirror Doesn’t See” and “Photo-Editing and Unreal Perfection.” The afternoon program, from 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 pm., includes “Representations of Women in Art History” and “Building Bridges from Here to There.” Due to limited space, preregistration is required. For more information on these workshops, or to register, go to http://fromheretoher.tumblr.com/.
Proceeds from the workshop and other From Here to Her events will be donated to support TRUE Skool’s 2013 Be Girl Project, the urban arts-based nonprofit’s new program dedicated to nurturing self-worth, social-emotional intelligence, leadership experience and increased critical thinking skills among high school girls.
From Here to Her will feature artwork by Kim Alpert, Jasmine Barmore, Rosana Lazcano, Tazia LeMay, Katie Mullen, Miranda Petroviak, Racquel Racadio, Kerri Root and Jenna Van Ornum. Studio Lounge, located at 2246 S. Kinnickinnic, is open Wednesday – Sunday from 7:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. For more information on the exhibit or the workshop, contact exhibit curator, Katie Mullen, at (414) 731-0320 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mary Diez Honored for Distinguished Achievement in Teacher Education
February 22, 2013
The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) has named Mary E. Diez, Ph.D., dean of the School of Education at Alverno College, the winner of its 2013 David G. Imig Award for Distinguished Achievement in Teacher Education. The award, given in honor of AACTE President Emeritus David G. Imig, recognizes achievement in the formulation, implementation, or analysis of teacher education policy or in the performance of distinguished scholarship in teacher education. It will be presented February 28 at AACTE’s 65th Annual Meeting in Orlando, Fla.
The AACTE Committee on Professional Preparation and Accountability, which reviews submissions for the award, selected Dr. Diez for her outstanding background and dedication to the field of education, and her many achievements focused on improving educator preparation.
The Committee noted that her experience with several national organizations, including AACTE, the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), attests to her expertise in policy formulation, implementation, and analysis of education policy. For example, Dr. Diez exhibited significant leadership through her role in the revision of the Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) Model Core Teaching Standards. In addition, her extensive work in a wide variety of areas with AACTE illustrates her dedication to the importance of educator preparation.
“Mary Diez embodies everything that is incredible about Alverno College, and this prestigious award couldn’t be awarded to a more deserving individual,” said Mary Meehan, Ph.D., president of Alverno College. “For over 20 years, she has been a pioneer in the teacher education field and a tireless advocate for performance assessment as a support for teacher growth. Her work with the InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards, teacher learning progressions and leadership of the Teacher Education as a Moral Community Task Force are just a few examples of her positive impact on teacher education policy, at both state and national levels. We are so proud of Mary and extremely thankful for the many contributions she has made to teacher education.”
See further details on AACTE’s 2013 award winners at www.aacte.org.
Alverno College More Than Doubles Volunteer Service Goal
February 21, 2013
Just over a year ago, Alverno College kicked off Caring Counts: The Alverno College Volunteer Challenge as part of its 125th anniversary celebration. The goal of the year-long project was to reach 125,000 hours of volunteer service. The actual total is 307,268 hours, far surpassing to original goal.
“Service to others has always been at the very heart of our mission. Time and again, when the Alverno community is given an opportunity to serve, we respond in ways that exceed even our own expectations,” said Mary J. Meehan, Ph.D., president of Alverno College. “I am deeply humbled by the generosity of the Alverno community.”
Anyone who has a tie to the college was invited to take part in Caring Counts. This includes alumnae/i, the School Sisters of Saint Francis, and families of current students, faculty and staff.
More than 1,500 people documented their volunteer hours. Of those, 229 people logged 125 hours of service or more during the year, accounting for nearly 30,000 hours. More than 200 organizations, including schools, churches, food pantries and homeless shelters, were helped throughout the year.
One of the organizations that benefitted from this project was Hunger Task Force. The whole campus community took part in Knockdown Hunger, collecting 550 boxes of cereal. The boxes were set up domino-style in the Rotunda and knocked down. Students also donated 170 Thanksgiving dinners, complete with a turkey, mashed potatoes,gravy, stuffing, green beans, cranberry sauce, rolls and pie. The dinners cost $55, and students paid for them using their meal plans. The campus also took part in a mandarin orange challenge, collecting 917 cans. Additionally, more than 500 pounds of food was donated as part of Cans Across the Conference, an annual food drive competition between the 14 schools in the Northern Athletics Conference. “Hunger Task Force is thrilled to partner with Alverno College whenever we get the chance,” said Sherrie Tussler, executive director of Hunger Task Force. “Their students and faculty really understand the importance of feeding Milwaukee and they also understand how much fun volunteering can organizing a food drive can be. Alverno College is a great leader in the community.”
Latino Mental Health Summit Brings Vital Resources Together
February 15, 2013
The Alverno College graduate program in Community Psychology is hosting a Latino Mental Health Summit on Saturday, February 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The summit, designed to lay the groundwork for the ultimate collaboration among mental health practitioners who serve Latino families in the Greater Milwaukee area, will be held in the Alverno College Conference Center located at 3400 S. 43rdStreet.
Hector Colón, MS OT, Director of the Milwaukee County Department of Health and Human Services, will serve as the keynote speaker. “This summit is a great first step in creating a more supportive and more culturally diverse mental health care system in Milwaukee County,” Colón said.“I am honored to participate in such an important event.” The Department of Health and Human Services has worked alongside Alverno faculty and staff to plan this free, one-day event.
“This is a unique opportunity to bring together mental health providers, clergy, government officials and health care workers, each who have a deep interest in the mental health and wellbeing of their constituents, clients, patients and parishioners,” said Sandra Graham, dean of the Alverno College School of Arts and Sciences and the director of the college’s Community Psychology graduate degree program. “Our aim is to foster connections between these providers and to create an environment where providers can share resources, vision and ideas with each other.”
The objectives of the summit are:
- to identify mental health resources/support for Latino families
- to foster connections among Latino mental health practitioners
- to uncover cultural and linguistic competencies
- to develop and share a comprehensive listing of mental health providers for Latinos
- to foster a multidisciplinary network among clergy, mental health providers and government officials serving the Latino community
For more information on the summit or to register, contact Julie Borgealt at 414-382-6435.
Alverno College Launches Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Specialization
February 13, 2013
Alverno College is expanding its Master of Science in Nursing program by launching a new Mental Health Nurse Practitioner track in fall of 2013. The new degree, which is open to women and men, marks the seventh master’s degree program or licensure-to-master’s specialization developed by the college in the last seven years.
“Across the country, and here in southeastern Wisconsin, there is a significant need for mental health nurse practitioners to provide primary care and a comprehensive range of services, including medication management, for those with behavioral health care needs,” said Patricia Schroeder, dean of the JoAnn McGrath School of Nursing at Alverno College. “These providers will make an important difference for our community.”
Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Roles in the Work Force
Mental Health Nurse Practitioners are advanced practice registered nurses who can practice independently or with physicians and other members of the health care team. Opportunities exist in acute care, ambulatory care, emergency settings and behavioral health settings. As health care environments begin to offer greater access to mental health services, there is a greater need for those with expertise in integrating primary care with behavioral health. Mental Health Nurse Practitioners can provide a unique perspective and resource in meeting the comprehensive health care needs of people in many settings.
Alverno College’s new Mental Health Nurse Practitioner track includes 42 credits. Students can complete the master’s level program in five full-time semesters plus one summer. Alverno’s Master of Science in Nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Alverno College has educated nurses for more than 80 years and is home to one of the largest undergraduate schools of nursing in Wisconsin. Students interested in applying for, or learning more about the Mental Health Nurse Practitioner master’s degree can call the admissions office at (414)-382-6100.
Alverno Honored with Community Service Award at NCAA Convention
January 30, 2013
Alverno College was recognized for the Jostens/National Association of Division III Athletic Administrators (NADIIIAA) Community Service Awards at the 2013 NCAA Convention in Grapevine, Texas last week.
Brad Duckworth, Alverno’s director of athletics, accepted the award for honorable mention in the continuous project category on behalf of the college’s student-athletes. The award took into consideration the services performed during the 2011-12 academic year.
“I couldn’t be more proud of the whole Alverno community,” commented Duckworth. “The impact that we have been able to make on the entire Milwaukee community was tremendous.”
“To be recognized by NADIIIAA shows the tremendous work that we have accomplished over the last couple of years. There are over 400 NCAA Division III member institutions and we were in the top three for community service. That is a true example of how we live our mission every day.”
The Alverno Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) organized and led the charge in collecting 13,477 nonperishable items and donations for Cans Across the Conference, the annual Northern Athletics Conference (NAC) food drive, in fall of 2011.
Alverno collected the most items in the community service competition amongst the 13 institutions in the NAC, and set a new record in the annual service initiative for the second-straight year. All items and monetary donations collected by Alverno’s SAAC were contributed to Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin and Hunger Task Force in Milwaukee.
Cans, other nonperishable items and toiletries were counted, and monetary donations were also accepted, with one dollar equaling two items in the spirited competition. Alverno nearly doubled its total of 7,108 items from 2010′s food drive.
Alverno collected over 25,000 items in the 2012 food drive, and will be eligible for another community service award at the 2014 convention based on efforts during the 2012-13 academic year.
Alverno Launches Newly-designed RN to BSN Program
January 23, 2013
Alverno College is launching a redesigned RN to BSN program in June of 2013. The 18-month program, a blend of online and in-classroom learning, is structured so that working registered nurses can earn their Bachelor’s degree.
“This program was prepared based on national nursing standards and a commitment to excellence, in combination with the voice of practicing nurses who told us what they needed in a program to fit their busy lives,” said Patricia Schroeder, dean of Alverno College’s JoAnn McGrath School of Nursing. “We also listened to health care systems which highlighted the value of development in leadership, care coordination, evidence based practice, quality improvement, and population focused perspectives. The liberal arts base and the nursing science combine to offer a program that enhances the way nurses think and practice.”
As the health care industry continues to change, more employers are placing greater importance on a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. The Institute of Medicine’s 2010 Future of Nursing Report set a goal of 80% of BSN-degreed nurses by the year 2020. The Report also calls for all nursing schools to “offer defined academic pathways … that promote seamless access for nurses to higher levels of education,” and encourages employers to offer promotions and salary differentials for those with a BSN.
Registered nurses with an Associate Degree in Nursing (RDN) will be awarded 70 credits for previously completed coursework. Alverno College’s RN to BSN program includes 36 credits, and students can complete the program in nine 8-week course blocks. The courses consist of a blend of online learning and in-classroom evening instruction, offering greater flexibility. The 18-month program has three start dates each year, in February, June and October. Alverno’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
Alverno College has educated nurses for more than 80 years and is home to one of the largest undergraduate schools in nursing in Wisconsin. Students interested in applying for, or learning more about the RN to BSN program can find more information at www.alverno.edu/rnbsn or call the admissions office at (414)-382-6100.
Myra Huth, president of the Society of Pediatric Nurses, joins Alverno College
December 19, 2012
Alverno College has hired Myra Huth, president of the Society of Pediatric Nurses (SPN), in the JoAnn McGrath School of Nursing. She has already begun working with the faculty as they further integrate pediatrics across the curriculum, and she’ll teach research in the school’s graduate program.
Huth brings more than 35 years of pediatric nursing, consulting, research and teaching experience to the College. In her role with SPN, she helps build international partnerships, and advances research, education, and evidence-based practice within SPN and in partnership with others. In addition to her work at Alverno, Huth serves as an independent consultant for MH Consulting, providing consulting services on evidence-based practice and research.
Prior to joining Alverno, she served as a professor of Clinical Faculty at the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing, and as Assistant Vice President, Research & Evidence-Based Practice Center for Professional Excellence at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.
Huth’s career has been dedicated to finding ways to reduce post-surgical pain in children and improving bedside care through research. She pioneered the first nursing theory to target pediatric pain, providing essential guidance for practice, research and education. She also established an evidence-based practice and research center, the Point of Care Scholar Program, that provides staff nurses, Advanced Practice Nurses, and allied health professionals education and engagement in evidence-based practice and research.
Huth earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Alverno College, her Master of Science in Nursing from Marquette University, and her Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing. Her post-doctoral education includes “Developing Nurse Scientists” NINR training. Huth has been honored by prestigious organizations such as the Midwest Nursing Research Society, the Society of Pediatric Nurses, the College of Mount St. Joseph and the Ohio Physical Therapy Association for excellence in pediatric research. She is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.
Alverno College Holds its 146th Commencement on December 14 and 15
December 7, 2012
One-hundred sixty-eight students will walk across the Alverno College Pitman Theatre stage on December 15 at 2 p.m. to receive their undergraduate degrees. Forty-six master’s candidates will receive their degrees from Alverno on Friday, December 14, 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 Kayla Cargiulo, who will receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in Professional Communication; the undergraduate invocation will be given by Mary Rodgers, who will receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in Management Accounting; and the student address, “Mind the Hilly Road,” will be given by Grace McKirdy, who will receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies. The graduate commencement invocation will be given by Paula Pintar, who will receive a Master of Science in Nursing degree. A champagne reception will follow the graduate commencementceremony. McKirdy and Rodgers are Milwaukee residents, Cargiulo is from Richfield, and Pintar is from Racine.
Alverno College students will donate 170 Thanksgiving dinners to Hunger Task Force
November 16, 2012
Alverno College students will help feed those in need by donating 170 Thanksgiving dinners to Hunger Task Force. The dinners, which include a turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, green beans, cranberry sauce, rolls and pie, will feed nearly 700 people. The cost of the dinners is $55, and Alverno students used money from their personal meal plans to pay for the holiday dinners. The Athletics department and Food Services Inc. also contributed. This is the third year Alverno College students have donated Thanksgiving dinners. Last year a total of 118 dinners were given to local charities, feeding nearly 500 people.
“We are proud that our students came through for the community and gave even more than last year,” said Vicki Schreiber, assistant dean of students. “Thanks to their generous donations, 170 families who may not have celebrated Thanksgiving will now have dinner on the table.”
Alverno College gives students, faculty and staff the day off on Election Day to take part in the political process
October 31, 2012
Students, faculty and staff at Alverno College will be given the day off on presidential Election Day to practice effective citizenship, one of the College’s eight trademark abilities. In addition, nearly 200 Alverno College students will be actively involved in the political process as they train to be poll workers for the upcoming Nov. 6 elections. The training is providing the students an opportunity to practice their own effective citizenship.
“This will be the third major election that the Alverno community has been involved in, and students’ experiences as poll workers have been very positive,” said Susan Leister, director of Alverno’s Internship office and the coordinator of the Poll Worker Training Project. “They gain a trust in the election process and a new awareness of the responsibility they have as citizens to vote, especially after observing the obstacles some voters overcome to get to the polls.”
This is the third time Alverno has offered poll worker training sessions on campus; the first was for the 2008 presidential election. Alverno was also closed on presidential Election Day in November 2008 to encourage all members of the Alverno community to be more involved in the political process. “It is so important for our students to be engaged, effective citizens,” said Mary J. Meehan, Ph.D., president of Alverno College. “It is part of the foundation of the Alverno experience. We want our students to make informed choices and be involved in community issues.”
The U.S. Election Assistance Commission awarded Alverno a grant to train students as poll workers for the upcoming elections. The grant is one of only 15 awarded nationally in a competition that drew more than 200 proposals. It is helping Alverno and the Milwaukee Election Commission recruit and train students – including several Spanish-speaking students – to help in election activities and create materials for the upcoming election, along with future poll worker recruitment programs.
In addition, the grant enables Alverno to offer leadership opportunities to two interns – Isela Ramirez and Elizabeth Flores Bustamante – who are assisting with the grant activities and work with the Milwaukee Election Commission.
In total, the College has held 10 poll worker training sessions on campus throughout October. Representatives from the Milwaukee County Election Commission and the City of Milwaukee Election Commission, Alverno alumnae Lisa Catlin-Weiner and Naomi Guddie, have been leading the two-hour training sessions in which participants are trained as election inspectors or site coordinator assistants. All positions are paid, including a stipend for training, and require poll workers to work half- or full-day shifts. Poll worker responsibilities include greeting voters, verifying voters’ polling sites, registering new voters, assisting the chief election inspector at each site, handing out ballots, check-in, handling voting machines, helping to maintain traffic flow at the sites and other related tasks. To date, 200 students have completed the training and have been assigned to voting wards throughout the City of Milwaukee.
BizStarts Milwaukee and Alverno College team up to bring Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour to Milwaukee
October 10, 2012
The Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour, a one-of-a-kind national tour designed to inspire college students to start their own business, is coming to Milwaukee. BizStarts Milwaukee and Alverno College teamed up to bring the high-energy event to town. The Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour, which is free and open to all southeastern Wisconsin college students, will be held Friday, October 19 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Alverno College Commons.
“There’s no better way to inspire entrepreneurial students than to introduce them to people who have made a success of it while they were still in their 20s. The Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour brings them here,” said Eric Paulsen, Executive Director of BizStarts. “We wanted to bring this tour to Milwaukee to provide more access, networking, and inspiration for students thinking about starting their own company – and to encourage them to move in that path. They’re our future wealth and job creators.”
The Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour, the first and only nationwide entrepreneurship tour, features interactive panels, workshops and networking. Keynote speakers, all of whom have achieved success in their 20s, will share their secrets with students who attend. The tour aims to motivate young adults and give them the tools they need to successfully start their own businesses.
“Alverno College has a long-standing reputation for community connections and sharing with other academic institutions,” said Dan Matre, assistant professor of Business at Alverno College. “We look forward to hosting the ‘Extreme Entrepreneur Tour’ and welcoming hundreds of college students from southeastern Wisconsin who want to learn more about pursuing their ideas that may spark new businesses.”
Space is limited, and students interested in attending must pre-register at www.extremetour.org.
Alverno College to rename building in honor of Sister Joel Read
October 4, 2012
Alverno College has announced it will rename its Teaching, Learning and Technology Center the Sister Joel Read Center in honor of its longest-serving president. The renaming ceremony will take place on Saturday, October 6 as part of the college’s 125thanniversary homecoming celebration.
“Sister Joel’s vision, passion and leadership helped shape Alverno College into the internationally-recognized institution it is today,” said Mary J. Meehan, Ph. D., president of Alverno College. “This honor is only fitting, as her legacy will live on in each of our students for generations to come. For all she has done for Alverno, we are truly blessed.”
Read served as president of Alverno from 1968 through 2003, and remains one of the most notable educational reform advocates in the nation. During her tenure, Alverno developed its distinctive abilities-based curriculum; pioneered one of the first internship programs in the country; launched its Weekend College, the first of its kind in Milwaukee; and introduced its Digital Diagnostic Portfolio, a patented web-based system that enables students to follow their learning progress throughout their college career. Earlier this year, Read was honored with the Reverend Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C Award for her outstanding contributions and extended service to Catholic Higher Education by the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities.
The renaming ceremony will take place from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, in conjunction with a dinner for honored Alverno College alumnae.
Sister J. Dolores Brunner passes away
September 19, 2012
Sister J. Dolores Brunner, School Sisters of St. Francis (SSSF), passed away Monday morning at the Sacred Heart Convent in Milwaukee. She was 92 years old.
For over 55 years, Brunner worked at Alverno College serving in a number of different roles. More than twenty-five of those years were spent in Admissions and Academic Services, where she worked diligently to recruit Hispanic students. Her philosophy was, “It isn’t enough to get students to Alverno; they must graduate.” Brunner often reached out to students, giving them the extra push they needed to succeed.
In 1999, Brunner was honored as one of the U.S. Postal Service’s “Women Who Put Their Stamp on Milwaukee,” which recognizes women who have helped improve the quality of life for all citizens of Milwaukee. In 2006, she was honored by Latino Arts Inc. and the United Community Center for her work offering educational opportunities to Latina women.
“Sister Dolores Brunner was a pioneer who fought tirelessly to help Hispanic women get a college education, and she was extremely successful in this calling,” said Ricardo Diaz, Executive Director, United Community Center, Inc. “She was way ahead of her time, and while her earliest forums about opening up the possibility of college education to Hispanic women could have been held in a phone booth, it was standing-room-only audiences by the end of her career.”
In a message to faculty and staff at Alverno College, President Mary J. Meehan, Ph.D., said, “Education was her life — it was for her a means of touching the hearts of all whom she encountered. Whether encouraging Hmong women in supermarkets to go to college, or teaching newly-arrived immigrants from Mexico how to read, she gently, yet persuasively suggested a road to a better life for us all.”
U.S. News & World Report ranks Alverno College highest in the state in its “Strong Commitment to Teaching” category
September 12, 2012
Alverno College was ranked in the top four Midwest schools for its “strong commitment to teaching” in U.S. News & World Report’s 2013 America’s Best Colleges guidebook. In the three year history of this category, Alverno College 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 twelfth consecutive year U.S. News & World Report has recognized Alverno in its annual rankings. In addition, Alverno has been listed 29 times in the highly respected U.S. News & World Report standings since 1983.
“Knowing that our colleagues at other colleges selected us for this distinction is quite humbling. We are proud that Alverno College is being recognized,” said Mary J. Meehan, Ph. D., president of Alverno College. “Teaching and learning are central to our mission, and our incredible faculty and staff are invested in the success of each and every one of our students. These rankings are a credit to them.”
Alverno College was also recognized in the three categories below – and was the only Wisconsin college or university listed in “Senior Capstone.”
First-Year Experience: Schools nominated “build into the curriculum first-year seminars or other academic programs that bring small groups of students together with faculty or staff on a regular basis.”
Learning Communities: Schools nominated ensured students get to take “two or more linked courses as a group and get to know one another and their professors well.”
Senior Capstone: Schools nominated excelled at asking “students nearing the end of their college years to create a project that integrates what they’ve learned.”
With these rankings, Alverno College is in the company of such prestigious schools as Princeton University, Brown University, Purdue University, Stanford University, University of Notre Dame and Yale University.
Overall, Alverno College remained in tier one in the category of Master’s granting colleges and universities.
This is the 29th 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 usnews.com. The rankings measure up to 15 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 75 percent of a college’s score. The other 25 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.
International Expert Baruti Kafele to Speak at Alverno College Character Education Conference
May 12, 2012
Baruti Kafele, award-winning principal and author of the best-selling book Closing the Attitude Gap, will speak at Alverno College on June 19. His keynote address is part of a two-day conference on school transformation and character education entitled “Step Up to the Plate for Character.” Kafele has been on the front lines of school transformation through character education, and is credited with the turnaround of four New Jersey schools. He frequently speaks on transforming the attitudes of at-risk student populations in America.
Day two of the conference will feature a keynote address by Ed Dunkelblau, PhD, Director of the Institute for Emotionally Intelligent Learning in Illinois. He is known internationally for his expertise in social emotional learning, Safe Schools programming and humor in education.
The 10th annual character education conference will include breakout sessions led by national and local experts in the field. Some of the topics covered include service learning, 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. A half-day registration option is available for those who don’t wish to attend the conference, but would like to hear Kafele speak. The conference is sponsored by Alverno College, the School District of South Milwaukee and the Wisconsin Character Education Partnership (WCEP). For more information or to register, please visit www.alverno.edu/characterconference.
Alverno College Launches Volunteer Campaign
January 27, 2012
Alverno College kicks off Caring Counts: The Alverno College Volunteer Challenge as part of its 125th anniversary celebration. The year-long project aims to record 125,000 hours of volunteer service.
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