When she was growing up, Morgan Raddatz '17 always heard about the importance of an education. “It’s going to get you ahead in life,” she remembers her parents telling her.

When Raddatz arrived at Alverno, she seized every opportunity she could. She volunteered, joined student organizations, worked campus jobs, led a book donation drive for students in Liberia and served as a peer mentor and tutor. Her drive to learn led her to supplement her Communication major with three supports: English, Creative Studies in Writing, and Spanish Language and Culture.

“Alverno gave me the opportunity to expand my education,” she says.

At Alverno, Raddatz found a community of peers and faculty who shared her desire to not only learn more about the world but to also apply those lessons to real life.
“This inspired me to reach out and to ask questions as well as to connect with those around me,” she says.

During her final semester, Raddatz won a competitive internship on the communications team at the Boerke Company, a commercial real estate firm in downtown Milwaukee.

When Raddatz graduated from Alverno with honors in December, she was proud to become the first in her family to achieve that milestone. “I had an opportunity that not many people in my family have received,” she says. “I want to honor the experiences and sacrifices of my family.”

Raddatz now aspires to pursue a career in public relations. She also hopes to travel and expand her Spanish language skills. With her Alverno degree in hand, she’s confident that her future will be bright.

“My Alverno experience transformed me as an individual and prepared me to tackle any challenge,” she says.

Raddatz is one of thousands of Alverno Strong women who have experienced the power of an Alverno education in the past 130 years, using all they have learned to better their lives as well as to make the world a better place. This profound impact is why the College is working on a strategic plan centered around five key priority areas to meet the needs of the Milwaukee area and to equip our students with the skills that will keep them in demand by employers.

Check back online soon for more information about the strategic priorities — and to hear the stories of the students, alumnae and faculty who embody them — in Alverno's 2016-17 President's Report.