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Alverno College Launches New Teacher Licensure Program for Paraprofessionals

May 24, 2017

Alverno College is launching a new teacher licensure program in the fall, aimed at paraprofessionals who have an associate’s degree or at least 60 college credits. The new program can be completed in 24 months, and courses will be offered in the evening and online. For 130 years, Alverno College has been educating teachers, and our ground-breaking abilities-based curriculum is one that more and more school districts are adopting. Students in this program will have the advantage of experiencing the curriculum firsthand, learning from educators who are leaders in the field.

“We’re excited to offer this new program that will allow professionals already working in the classroom to advance their careers,” said Patricia Luebke, dean of the School of Education at Alverno College. “Whether starting out as a paraprofessional or a teaching assistant, graduates of this program will be prepared to take their place in the front of the classroom.”

The bachelor’s degree completion program is open to both men and women, and requires 60 credits to complete. There are opportunities to earn credit for prior experience, including classroom experience, relevant community or volunteer work, in-service training and other professional development. The program also includes an 18-week student teaching experience that paraprofessionals may complete at their current sites. Students who don’t have the required 60 college credits at enrollment will have the opportunity to earn those credits. “We’ll work with students individually to get them where they need to be to enter the program,” said Luebke.

The program will begin in August. An information session will be held on June 8 at 5 p.m., and is free and open to the public. For more information about the new teacher licensure program for paraprofessionals, please visit To register for the on-campus event, please visit

Character Education Conference Focuses on Improving School Culture

May 17, 2017

Alverno College will host the 13th annual Character Education Conference on June 20. This year’s theme is True Colors of Character, and the focus will be on social justice, citizenship, community, empathy and respect.

The opening keynote will be given by Thomas R. Hoerr, Emeritus Head of School of New City School in St. Louis. He currently teaches at the University of Missouri – St. Louis and holds a PhD from Washington University in St. Louis. Hoerr has written four books including “The Formative Five: Fostering Grit, Empathy, and Other Success Skills Every Student Needs,” which shows educators how to foster the skills that today’s students need: empathy, self-control, integrity, embracing diversity, and grit.

LeRoy Butler, Green Bay Packers Hall of Famer and community activist, will deliver a keynote address over lunch. In a grass roots effort, his “Butler vs. Bullying” campaign aims to bring professionals, teachers and parents together to discuss the social problems that come from bullying. Over the past year, Butler has traveled to schools and churches across Wisconsin to talk with victims of bullying, as well as those who have been the bully. His hope is to bring awareness to the issue, to allow both sides a safe place to openly discuss the problems at hand, and to find a positive resolution.

The 13th annual character education conference will include breakout sessions led by national and local experts in the field. Some of the topics covered include using play to build character, mindfulness in the classroom, respect and responsibility, character based discipline, and stirring student passion through social justice and service learning. School administrators, counselors, K-12 teachers, pupil services professionals, coaches, school board members, parents and community leaders are encouraged to register. The conference is sponsored by the School District of South Milwaukee in partnership with Alverno College and the Wisconsin Character Education Partnership (WCEP). The School District of South Milwaukee has been recognized as a National School District of Character by WCEP. For more information or to register, please visit

Alverno will also offer pre-conference workshops on June 19. The workshops will focus on mindfulness and character education training, designed to help school teams incorporate character education into their curriculum. For more information on the pre-conference workshops or to register, please visit

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Alverno College Will Hold its 155th Commencement on May 19 and 20

May 15, 2017

Alverno College will hold its 155th commencement this weekend as 164 students walk across the Pitman Theatre stage (39th St. and Morgan Ave.) to receive their undergraduate degrees.  The ceremony will be on May 20 at 2 p.m. Eighty-two master’s candidates will receive their degrees from Alverno on Friday, May 19, at 7:00 p.m.

Commencement activities for undergraduates will begin with an 11 a.m. liturgy in the Alverno College chapel, followed by a brunch for degree candidates and their families.  The undergraduate commencement introduction will be given by Catarina Erba, who will receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with supports in Dance & Theatre Arts and Women’s & Gender Studies. The undergraduate invocation will be given by Ruth Lopez de Arenas, who will receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in Community Leadership & Development. The student address, “Flying in Formation,” will be given by Edna Gonzalez, who will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics with a support in Secondary Education. The graduate commencement invocation will be given by Jolie Fritz, who will receive a Master of Science degree in Community Psychology. A champagne reception will follow the graduate commencement ceremony.  Erba, Lopez de Arenas and Gonzalez are Milwaukee residents, and Fritz is from Sussex, Wis.

A Feast for Fans of Culinary Literature

April 21, 2017

Foodies and fans of culinary literature will want to attend a special talk featuring Joan Reardon and Jennifer Bartolotta. Reardon is an author, culinary historian and biographer with ties to Julia Child. Bartolotta is the director of strategic partnerships for Bartolotta Restaurants, head of Care-A-lotta and founder/CEO of Train-2-Grain. The talk will take place from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. on April 29, and is part of Alverno’s Teach & Learn Weekend April 28 – 30.

The conversation will cover several topics, including Reardon’s culinary expertise, why she chose the chefs she wrote about, what Julia Child was like in person, what constitutes a great chef in Reardon’s mind, how she knew cooking and food were her passions, and how she decides what warrants a book. Questions from the audience are welcome.

After the talk, attendees are invited to take part in a tasting featuring four dishes inspired by M.F.K. Fischer, Alice Waters and Julia Child. The talk is complimentary, but registration is required. There is a $20 fee for the tasting. For more information about Alverno’s Teach & Learn Weekend, or to register for any of the events, please visit

Reardon wrote the best-selling As Always, Julia; M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, and Alice Waters; M.F.K. Fisher Among the Pots and Pans; Poet of the Appetites: The Lives and Loves of M.F.K. Fisher; and Oysters: a Culinary Celebration. Reardon has a PhD in English literature, and she won an International Association of Culinary Professionals Award for culinary writing. She also publishes and edits a quarterly newsletter for Le Dames d’Escoffier Chicago, and serves on the advisory board of Gastronomica magazine. She is currently writing a book on Madame Kuony, Alma Lach and Abby Mandel, three women who made distinctive contributions to the cuisine of the Midwest.

Alverno College nursing students help Shorewood schools take control of asthma

April 20, 2017

With the help of Alverno College nursing students, Atwater Elementary and Lake Bluff Elementary have begun to take control of asthma in their schools by implementing the Wisconsin Asthma Coalition (WAC) school walk-through program. In Wisconsin, asthma affects one in thirteen children, equating to approximately 100,000 children. Since children spend more than 1,000 hours a year in school, asthma management in schools is critical to student health and success. The WAC school walk-through program is designed to increase school attendance by reducing environmental asthma triggers found within school buildings. Both schools completed the WAC school walk-through program, which includes assessing each school classroom for identifiable environmental asthma triggers and creating positive, low or no cost changes to their schools. Alverno students conducted the walk-through as part of a project that focuses on health promotion, risk reduction, and disease prevention within the community.

Alverno College has educated nurses for more than 80 years and is home to one of the largest undergraduate schools in nursing in Wisconsin. Students interested in applying for, or learning more about the JoAnn McGrath School of Nursing at Alverno College, can find more information at or by calling the admissions office at 414-382-6100.