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Jordan's Where I belong video

This is Where I Belong

Choosing a college means more than picking a major, it’s finding what feels right. Jordan explains why she belongs at Alverno … find out if you do too!

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Sarah Minella is Alverno Strong

Alverno Strong - Sarah Minella

Alverno Alumna Sarah Minella describes the obstacles she's had to overcome in life, and how landing at Alverno helped her find herself again.

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Tour Alverno's Campus

See what life is like on campus, and why an Alverno education is unlike any other. But don't take out word for it. Let our students show you around!

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Breaking Ground Once Again

Ever wonder what the Alverno logo symbolizes? Did you know there's meaning behind it? The answers are right here.

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Preparation For The Real World

At Alverno, students are empowered with the knowledge to overcome the challenges and obstacles that come with any career.

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Dedicated to your Success

You'll never be a nameless face in a giant lecture hall at Alverno. Our faculty know you by name, and are dedicated to your success.

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Why I Teach at Alverno

Our faculty are passionate about teaching here. See how they will help your daughter reach her full potential.

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Why Alverno

Our abilities-based curriculum will prepare you for the real world. Several key business leaders explain what they love about Alverno grads.

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Transformation

Recent grads talk about the transformative experience of an Alverno education.

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Alum Families - The Heinos

Two recent Alverno alumnae and their mother share how an Alverno education gave them the tools to succeed in their chosen fields.

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Alum Families - The Ramirezes

A mother and daughter talk about how they found their voice and their strength at Alverno. Hear how their experience changed them.

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Why Invest in you?

Alverno College students talk about why they made the decision to “INVEST IN YOU” at Alverno.

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A Legacy of Strong Women

Vanguard Society honors those whose service, leadership and achievement have brought pride and distinction to the College.

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U.S. News Celebration

Alverno College is #1 in the Midwest. Again. U.S. News & World Report ranked Alverno first in the Midwest for teaching undergrads.

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a Visionary Nursing Program

Patricia Schroeder, former Dean of the School of Nursing at Alverno College, talks about our Nursing program'''s role in modern health care.

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Alverno MBA: Donna Bembenek

Donna Bembenek, Senior Vice President at YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee talks about the Alverno MBA program.

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Alverno MBA: David Kress

David Kress, Alverno MBA Alum and Global Director of Manufacturing Excellence for Diversey, Inc., talks about the Alverno MBA program.

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Jordan's Where I belong video
This is Where I Belong
Sarah Minella is Alverno Strong
Alverno Strong - Sarah Minella
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Tour Alverno's Campus
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Breaking Ground Once Again
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Preparation For The Real World
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Dedicated to your Success
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Why I Teach at Alverno
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Why Alverno
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Transformation
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Alum Families - The Heinos
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Alum Families - The Ramirezes
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Why Invest in you?
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A Legacy of Strong Women
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U.S. News Celebration
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a Visionary Nursing Program
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Alverno MBA: Donna Bembenek
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Alverno MBA: David Kress

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Jen Phipps '17

Alumna

It's not easy going back to school after so many years; nothing worthwhile should be easy. But the AEO program made it possible. The way the program is set up makes school manageable. I thought after graduation, things would settle down and I really wouldn't feel any different. Well, that wasn't the case. Within a week of graduation, I received two offers for positions within my company. It's literally paying off -- immediately. I should have gone back years ago!

Jen Phipps '17

Alumna

It's not easy going back to school after so many years; nothing worthwhile should be easy. But the AEO program made it possible. The way the program is set up makes school manageable. I thought after graduation, things would settle down and I really wouldn't feel any different. Well, that wasn't the case. Within a week of graduation, I received two offers for positions within my company. It's literally paying off -- immediately. I should have gone back years ago!

Linda Fausel '02

Alumna

The workplace can be tough. Whether we’re in retail or technology, education, corporate, nonprofit or anything in between, culture and personalities on the job can be unpredictable.

Good listener? Doesn’t matter. Analytical problem-solver? So what? Skilled communicator with lots of knowledge and ideas? Good luck. If the people around us (especially the boss) have no experience in the 8 Abilities, conflict can run unchecked. Best way to deal? Put your head down, do what you were hired to do and do it well, and keep an eye out for something better. Unfortunately, this can take time.

I was hired at an agency and within weeks knew I didn’t belong. This nonprofit had been around for years, but I had never heard of it. I soon learned why.

Leadership was stuck in the early 20th century. Lack of communication and respect was pervasive. My team was small — myself and two women. Over time, we got to know each other. One day we realized that we had all graduated from Alverno! In our sea of unprofessionalism, it was the buoy that kept us afloat.

No one listened to us, so we listened to each other. We offered each other feedback and support, quietly and carefully. Instead of feeling individually isolated, we became empowered together. Despite the age, respect and friendships developed. I realized that even though some parts of the job were challenging, other parts were great. I was working with talented women I admired. They were people I would hang out with on the weekends and have!

My young Alverno-trained colleagues and I all walked across the Pitman Theatre stage and received our diplomas knowing we wanted to make a difference in the world. And though we imagined doing it in a professional environment as part of a team where we would contribute and grow while being supported and encouraged, we also know life isn’t always smooth sailing.

Alverno prepared us. We were not able to forecast this workplace storm. But, in the end, three alums weathered it, together.

Linda Fausel '02

Alumna

The workplace can be tough. Whether we’re in retail or technology, education, corporate, nonprofit or anything in between, culture and personalities on the job can be unpredictable.

Good listener? Doesn’t matter. Analytical problem-solver? So what? Skilled communicator with lots of knowledge and ideas? Good luck. If the people around us (especially the boss) have no experience in the 8 Abilities, conflict can run unchecked. Best way to deal? Put your head down, do what you were hired to do and do it well, and keep an eye out for something better. Unfortunately, this can take time.

I was hired at an agency and within weeks knew I didn’t belong. This nonprofit had been around for years, but I had never heard of it. I soon learned why.

Leadership was stuck in the early 20th century. Lack of communication and respect was pervasive. My team was small — myself and two women. Over time, we got to know each other. One day we realized that we had all graduated from Alverno! In our sea of unprofessionalism, it was the buoy that kept us afloat.

No one listened to us, so we listened to each other. We offered each other feedback and support, quietly and carefully. Instead of feeling individually isolated, we became empowered together. Despite the age, respect and friendships developed. I realized that even though some parts of the job were challenging, other parts were great. I was working with talented women I admired. They were people I would hang out with on the weekends and have!

My young Alverno-trained colleagues and I all walked across the Pitman Theatre stage and received our diplomas knowing we wanted to make a difference in the world. And though we imagined doing it in a professional environment as part of a team where we would contribute and grow while being supported and encouraged, we also know life isn’t always smooth sailing.

Alverno prepared us. We were not able to forecast this workplace storm. But, in the end, three alums weathered it, together.

Erika Alvarado

Student

I’m a hairstylist, and I told a client of mine that I wanted to go back to school after 12 years — but was afraid. She graduated from Alverno more than 20 years ago and said attending college here was one of the best experiences of her life. She said it was empowering to be around such intelligent, diverse and caring women during the process of getting her degree. I was so happy to tell her that 20 years later Alverno still has all these characteristics and more. As an Adult Evening & Online (AEO) student, I feel like I’m afforded the opportunity to have everything. I'm able to balance work, school and family without feeling overwhelmed because the program is designed for every student to achieve success. Returning to school at Alverno is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

Erika Alvarado

Student

I’m a hairstylist, and I told a client of mine that I wanted to go back to school after 12 years — but was afraid. She graduated from Alverno more than 20 years ago and said attending college here was one of the best experiences of her life. She said it was empowering to be around such intelligent, diverse and caring women during the process of getting her degree. I was so happy to tell her that 20 years later Alverno still has all these characteristics and more. As an Adult Evening & Online (AEO) student, I feel like I’m afforded the opportunity to have everything. I'm able to balance work, school and family without feeling overwhelmed because the program is designed for every student to achieve success. Returning to school at Alverno is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

Samantha Schuldt

Student

I chose Alverno College because I knew that it was a place where I would be valued not only as a student but as a woman.
It was always the plan to go to school in Saint Paul, Minn., because I would then be only an hour from home. But after receiving an admission inquiry postcard from Alverno College with the large letters “INVEST IN YOU” on the front, I knew my college selection was about to change.

When I started at Alverno in 2014, I struggled with the sense of “home” because I was so far away from where I had spent my entire life; although my anxiety was getting the best of me, I attended a Spoken Word Poetry Showcase campus event, and it was my first time seeing poetry live. I fell in love with it and decided after that evening that I wanted to write and perform poetry for a living.

The following semester, there were auditions for the Alverno Fall Theatre Production. I had never performed in theatre, let alone gone to an audition, but I knew it was the best way to overcome the stage fright I had so I could really pursue being on stage performing poetry for my professional career.

I went to the audition and was cast for the play. It was during that experience with theatre and being on stage that I found that sense of “home.” During my sophomore year, I was able to indulge in my poetry. The Alverno English faculty and Theatre faculty encouraged my stage presence. I joined the Student Activities Board team shortly after I began at Alverno, and that job allowed me to gain experiences with speaking on stage and developing relationships with our performing acts that I will be carrying over to my future internship during grad school.

Currently, I am approaching the end of a poetry internship project where I will be producing my own showcase. I feature at poetry open mics around the city, I work closely with the executive staff of Milwaukee’s Shakespeare in the Park, I have had the privilege of being involved with every Alverno Theatre Department production since I’ve been a student and I’m looking into moving to New York City post-graduation to intern with a poetry company while I study for an MFA in poetry.

I have Alverno to thank for all of it. Alverno helped me find my voice, discover talents I didn’t know I had and gain people in my life who cheered me on while I chased my dream. It takes one moment of courage to change your entire life. Alverno taught me that.

Samantha Schuldt

Student

I chose Alverno College because I knew that it was a place where I would be valued not only as a student but as a woman.
It was always the plan to go to school in Saint Paul, Minn., because I would then be only an hour from home. But after receiving an admission inquiry postcard from Alverno College with the large letters “INVEST IN YOU” on the front, I knew my college selection was about to change.

When I started at Alverno in 2014, I struggled with the sense of “home” because I was so far away from where I had spent my entire life; although my anxiety was getting the best of me, I attended a Spoken Word Poetry Showcase campus event, and it was my first time seeing poetry live. I fell in love with it and decided after that evening that I wanted to write and perform poetry for a living.

The following semester, there were auditions for the Alverno Fall Theatre Production. I had never performed in theatre, let alone gone to an audition, but I knew it was the best way to overcome the stage fright I had so I could really pursue being on stage performing poetry for my professional career.

I went to the audition and was cast for the play. It was during that experience with theatre and being on stage that I found that sense of “home.” During my sophomore year, I was able to indulge in my poetry. The Alverno English faculty and Theatre faculty encouraged my stage presence. I joined the Student Activities Board team shortly after I began at Alverno, and that job allowed me to gain experiences with speaking on stage and developing relationships with our performing acts that I will be carrying over to my future internship during grad school.

Currently, I am approaching the end of a poetry internship project where I will be producing my own showcase. I feature at poetry open mics around the city, I work closely with the executive staff of Milwaukee’s Shakespeare in the Park, I have had the privilege of being involved with every Alverno Theatre Department production since I’ve been a student and I’m looking into moving to New York City post-graduation to intern with a poetry company while I study for an MFA in poetry.

I have Alverno to thank for all of it. Alverno helped me find my voice, discover talents I didn’t know I had and gain people in my life who cheered me on while I chased my dream. It takes one moment of courage to change your entire life. Alverno taught me that.

Brittini McDonald

Student

I came to college with plans to be a nurse. But life has a way of not going the way you think it might – and I have Alverno to thank for helping me realize this and thrive despite of it.


When I arrived on campus, I began working as a student ambassador in Alverno’s Admissions Office, taking 18 credit hours and working part time as a sales representative. Although I didn’t have much free time, I enjoyed what I was doing and noticed that I loved talking, problem solving and marketing. I soon realized that my passion was marketing and changed my major to reflect that. I loved that I could make people’s days by having a conversation, listening to their stories and finding ways to help them.


I built my business portfolio and networked, landing internships with great companies, and volunteered on campus more. I still continued to juggle a large course load every semester.


Things changed, however, when I found out I was pregnant my junior year. I was discouraged and scared about what others thought, but the support I received from my family and other Alverno women was amazing. I pushed myself like never before.


As a first-time parent, I was nervous about how I was going to juggle school, work and caring for my daughter. But I did it. I was motivated to pave a way not only for my daughter but for all young mothers like myself.


As my December graduation approaches, I’m proud to say that I already have a job. The Blood Center of Wisconsin recruited me to work as a marketing coordinator for them. The final semester of my undergrad studies is starting soon, and I’m energized as I look to the future. Without the support of Alverno, I never would have known how strong I am. Remember: Anything is possible. Speak positivity, never give up and always believe in yourself. #AlvernoStrong

Brittini McDonald

Student

I came to college with plans to be a nurse. But life has a way of not going the way you think it might – and I have Alverno to thank for helping me realize this and thrive despite of it.


When I arrived on campus, I began working as a student ambassador in Alverno’s Admissions Office, taking 18 credit hours and working part time as a sales representative. Although I didn’t have much free time, I enjoyed what I was doing and noticed that I loved talking, problem solving and marketing. I soon realized that my passion was marketing and changed my major to reflect that. I loved that I could make people’s days by having a conversation, listening to their stories and finding ways to help them.


I built my business portfolio and networked, landing internships with great companies, and volunteered on campus more. I still continued to juggle a large course load every semester.


Things changed, however, when I found out I was pregnant my junior year. I was discouraged and scared about what others thought, but the support I received from my family and other Alverno women was amazing. I pushed myself like never before.


As a first-time parent, I was nervous about how I was going to juggle school, work and caring for my daughter. But I did it. I was motivated to pave a way not only for my daughter but for all young mothers like myself.


As my December graduation approaches, I’m proud to say that I already have a job. The Blood Center of Wisconsin recruited me to work as a marketing coordinator for them. The final semester of my undergrad studies is starting soon, and I’m energized as I look to the future. Without the support of Alverno, I never would have known how strong I am. Remember: Anything is possible. Speak positivity, never give up and always believe in yourself. #AlvernoStrong

Elizabeth Ohara

Student

My Alverno story is a little funny. When I was looking at colleges my mom urged me to look at Alverno because she wanted me to leave college feeling that I could really apply what I had learned and be empowered as a woman. At first I was not sold on Alverno because it was an all girl school and the style of learning was so different; I was not sure if this was the type of college experience I wanted. As I toured more and more colleges Alverno was always in the back of my mind. I found that this is the type of school that helps you not only grow intellectually but as a person. Alverno has given me some amazing leadership opportunities and has helped me see my full potential. I couldn't be happier with my Alverno education!

Elizabeth Ohara

Student

My Alverno story is a little funny. When I was looking at colleges my mom urged me to look at Alverno because she wanted me to leave college feeling that I could really apply what I had learned and be empowered as a woman. At first I was not sold on Alverno because it was an all girl school and the style of learning was so different; I was not sure if this was the type of college experience I wanted. As I toured more and more colleges Alverno was always in the back of my mind. I found that this is the type of school that helps you not only grow intellectually but as a person. Alverno has given me some amazing leadership opportunities and has helped me see my full potential. I couldn't be happier with my Alverno education!

Morgan Somers

Student

Alverno has positively impacted not only me, but my mother and grandmother as well. I am a third-generation Alverno student and the knowledge of the strong women it creates has been instilled in me from a very young age.

Alverno has allowed me to develop academically and professionally. I started as a shy freshman right out of high school who could barely give a speech in class, and now I talk in front of crowds of over 200 people for work. The 8 Abilities I learn in class have allowed me to grow and shine tremendously.

Alverno has given me the power to accomplish anything I set my mind to. I am certain I will have a job that represents everything Alverno has taught me.

Morgan Somers

Student

Alverno has positively impacted not only me, but my mother and grandmother as well. I am a third-generation Alverno student and the knowledge of the strong women it creates has been instilled in me from a very young age.

Alverno has allowed me to develop academically and professionally. I started as a shy freshman right out of high school who could barely give a speech in class, and now I talk in front of crowds of over 200 people for work. The 8 Abilities I learn in class have allowed me to grow and shine tremendously.

Alverno has given me the power to accomplish anything I set my mind to. I am certain I will have a job that represents everything Alverno has taught me.

Emerald Summers

Student

My Alverno story is one of destiny and legacy in a way. Though I am not the granddaughter or distant cousin of an Alverno grad, I have had many teachers who were monumental in my love for education. They were women who were intelligent, proactive, driven, passionate problem solvers who instilled in me a passion for educating. These were women that I looked up to and wanted to be like in many ways, so when the time came for me to look into college, I of course looked to my inspirations for inspiration. After connecting with many of them both formally and in passing, there was one thing that many of them had in common: most of them were Alverno women! Everyone from my K-4 and fourth-grade teachers to my mentors along the way were Alverno grads, and that's when it hit me! In order to be molded into an effective educator who can inspire young minds like the ones who inspired me, I would have to go to "the Harvard of the Midwest" as many of them called it. Now that I am at Alverno, I am even more confident that I will one day be an amazingly effective educator. I owe that confidence to Alverno.

Emerald Summers

Student

My Alverno story is one of destiny and legacy in a way. Though I am not the granddaughter or distant cousin of an Alverno grad, I have had many teachers who were monumental in my love for education. They were women who were intelligent, proactive, driven, passionate problem solvers who instilled in me a passion for educating. These were women that I looked up to and wanted to be like in many ways, so when the time came for me to look into college, I of course looked to my inspirations for inspiration. After connecting with many of them both formally and in passing, there was one thing that many of them had in common: most of them were Alverno women! Everyone from my K-4 and fourth-grade teachers to my mentors along the way were Alverno grads, and that's when it hit me! In order to be molded into an effective educator who can inspire young minds like the ones who inspired me, I would have to go to "the Harvard of the Midwest" as many of them called it. Now that I am at Alverno, I am even more confident that I will one day be an amazingly effective educator. I owe that confidence to Alverno.

Diandra Russo

Student

As a musician, I have been confronted with competition in many ways. Alverno is a place where I found no competition but myself. I have learned to grow on yesterday’s feedback, learn from the moment and strive for tomorrow’s potential.

Out of all the places in this world where I could have received an education in music therapy, there is no place I would rather be.

Diandra Russo

Student

As a musician, I have been confronted with competition in many ways. Alverno is a place where I found no competition but myself. I have learned to grow on yesterday’s feedback, learn from the moment and strive for tomorrow’s potential.

Out of all the places in this world where I could have received an education in music therapy, there is no place I would rather be.

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