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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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Alverno Stories

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.

Diamond R. Herring Rodgers

Student

Over the past 3 years, I have grown into a young woman who is strong, confident, and brave thanks to Alverno. Through experiences in and outside of the classroom, I've gained sense of self. I can identify my goals and values with an idea of how I'm going to accomplish them. Every day I'm inspired to grow beyond my limits.

Diamond R. Herring Rodgers

Student

Over the past 3 years, I have grown into a young woman who is strong, confident, and brave thanks to Alverno. Through experiences in and outside of the classroom, I've gained sense of self. I can identify my goals and values with an idea of how I'm going to accomplish them. Every day I'm inspired to grow beyond my limits.

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 eight 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. After I graduate with a degree in Business Management in May of 2015 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 eight 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. After I graduate with a degree in Business Management in May of 2015 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 grand-daughter 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 4th 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 and 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 grand-daughter 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 4th 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 and 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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