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Teach & Learn Courses: Join one or more

Saturday, April 29

All activities take place on the Alverno College campus. Courses are complimentary unless otherwise noted. Remember, Alverno values small class sizes, so registration is limited!

9–10 a.m.
Planned Giving for Your Needs
Stephanie S. Mares, JD, of Mares Law Offices LLC, answers your questions about leaving a legacy and how you can ensure that your savings are designated to support the people, organizations, causes and programs that matter to you.

9–10:30 a.m.
Advancing Girls' in STEM Using Experiential Learning
Alverno students will lead participants through an experiential learning activity they use to teach basic chemistry principles in the Alverno's Girls' Academy.

10–11 a.m.
Green Initiatives Tour
Take a look at some often overlooked spaces to learn about the green initiatives that are keeping Alverno sustainable, including the green roof and rain bioswale.

10–11:30 a.m.
Lubar Scholars: Trauma and Teaching
Alverno Education students will share their preliminary research findings on how trauma affects classroom learning and discuss how their education is preparing them to be future leaders.

10–11:30 a.m.
Websites with Wix
In this hands-on course, learn how to create your online presence with Wix, a free and easy-to-use website building tool that allows you to create professional eportfolios, online resumes, personal or professional blogs, websites and much more!
#05WIX Fee: $10

10 a.m.–12 p.m.
Focus on Your Strengths!
Join Jo Ann Miller ’60, OSF, Virginia Wagner ’69 and Sylvia Hedin ’67 to explore how to engage your strengths to become your best self. Complete the Clifton Strengths Assessment at to identify your top five strenghts prior to the course. (Strength Finders assessment costs $15).

10 a.m.–12 p.m.
The Power of Your Abilities
Heather Page ’02, CEO and founder or Lasting Impact Solutions LLC, will lead a highly interactive session focusing on identifying your unique expertise and how to differentiate yourself in a competitive marketplace.
#07POWER Fee: $10

12–1 p.m.
Lunch and Learn Panels
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1–3 p.m., Welcome from Jodi Eastberg at 1:15 p.m.
A Look into Student Work
During this informal poster session, Alverno student interns and researchers talk about the projects and programs they worked on throughout the year.

1:30–2:30 p.m.
Vegetarian Quickstart
Cookbook author Arlene Muska ’58 offers recipes, tips and tricks to make your vegetarian diet more enjoyable and incorporate more plant-based proteins into your life. Includes recipes and nutrition handouts.
#09VEG Fee: $10

1:30–2:30 p.m.
Twitter: What's It All About?
Get hands-on experience with Twitter, including setting up an account, following people and organizations, creating your tweets, and using links and hashtags.
#10TWEET Fee: $10

1:30–3:00 p.m.
Narcissism as a Sign of Evil in The Picture of Dorian Gray
All of us can identify with narcissism for we all start that way. The assumption that only our needs matter, totally appropriate for a child, is no longer valid for a 15 or 35-year-old. Only slowly and with concerted effort do we outgrow that notion. That's part and parcel of becoming an integrated person and takes a long time, maybe a lifetime. What elements are crucial to this ongoing decision-making process? How important are the earliest choices we make? What might be the consequences of a narcissistic lifestyle? For us? For others? Must I obliterate my needs in order to meet someone else’s? What is it that narcissists want? Happiness? Love? What do I want? These are some of the questions this seminar by Vera B. Profit '67 endeavors to answer. Audience participation will be encouraged. (You do not have to read Wilde’s novel to derive benefit from this presentation.) Read Profit's bio here.
#11VERA Fee: $10

1:30–3:00 p.m.
History, Faith and Doubt in Silence
Alverno faculty Jodi Eastberg, PhD, and Steven Dunn, PhD, will lead a conversation about Catholic history, faith and doubt as presented in Silence, a novel by Shusaku Endo and film by Martin Scorsese. You are encouraged to read the novel or see the film before hand, but all will be engaged in the session. Warning: There will be spoilers for those who have not seen the film or read the novel!
#12SILENCE Fee: $10

3:00–4:30 p.m.
Literature & Cooking: A Chat with Joan Reardon' 52
See description at right.

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