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Meet the 2017 Challenge Makers

Thanks to these eight alumnae, all gifts to the Sisterhood Giving Challenge will be doubled!

School of Arts and Sciences

"My education at Alverno challenged my competences, provided me with skills and honed my talents, so that I could develop personally and achieve professionally in ways unimaginable to this first-generation college student. I support Alverno financially so that current students benefit as I did."

Kathy (Casey) Gigl ’66 

"Alverno affords all students an opportunity to become 'Women of Influence and Inspiration' throughout their lives. Students accepting this challenge especially need financial support from their 'Sister Alums.' Let’s influence! Let’s inspire! Let’s do it!"

Pat (Niggemann) Hribar ’65

School of Business

"In today's world, we need women who can work in a diverse environment, with people of different nationalities, cultures, faith, etc., and be able to bring out the best in everyone so all can achieve and excel. Alverno's ability-based curriculum provides a well-rounded education that gives women the confidence to lead and have positive impact. I support Alverno so that we can continue to develop the leaders we need for today and tomorow. 

Mary Braband ’86

“The unique backgrounds of Alverno students and the exceptional teaching staff is what tightly and neatly seams together the educational experience for women in search of professional solutions. The Alverno promise of discovery and commitment to excellence are the signature characteristics that I systematically developed in all life endeavors.”

— Jovita Carranza H’11

“I transformed from a passive learner to a student who not only internalized subject matters but was able to communicate them effectively in front of an audience or in a group setting through interactions by taking various roles dependent on a situation and matters at hand.”

— Kiyoko Toyama ’81

School of Education

“It’s important for teachers to give back. If you received help, it’s important to help others later. At Alverno, I learned I was a capable student able to learn more than I ever realized. As a result, I became a lifelong learner and continue to be so both through my life experiences and ongoing academic pursuits.”

— Suzanne Felan ’62

JoAnn McGrath School of Nursing

“I frequently relay that my Alverno education was far and beyond the very best educational experience of the many I have ever had. I am confident and competent, and I owe much of that to the outstanding learning experiences and challenges Alverno’s outstanding faculty provided me. I will be forever thankful that I found Alverno College!”

— Jean Bartels ’81

“The Alverno I experienced was akin to a warm blanket — a sense of support, nurturing and challenge wrapped around me by my teachers and fellow students. The people around me were as invested in my success as I was! The knowledge I learned around communication, natural inquiry and my connection to the world has served me well throughout my career.”

— Gerri Lietz-Staffileno ’80

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