Press Release

Scott Zeman Named Vice President of Academic Affairs at Alverno College

September 14, 2017

Scott Zeman, Ph.D., has been named vice president of Academic Affairs at Alverno College. Zeman, who most recently was provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Salve Regina University in Newport, R.I., begins his appointment November 1.

A professor of history whose areas of scholarly interest include atomic history and culture, Zeman has overseen academic affairs at Salve Regina since 2014.

“Scott brings an array of impressive experience to Alverno, including a deep interest in excellent teaching, along with sustained interest in women’s education and the education of first-generation students,” said Andrea Lee, IHM, president of Alverno College. “His desire to direct his significant skill and experience to our mission around the education of women is amply evident. It is a joy to welcome Scott to campus.”

“I am delighted and honored to be joining Alverno College as vice president for academic affairs,” said Zeman. “I was deeply impressed by the kindness and warmth of all the people I met, the profound sense of community, and the clear understanding of the college’s mission.”

As chief academic officer at Salve Regina, Zeman oversaw all academic components of the university, including academic support services, the library, the registrar’s office, international programs, sponsored research, career development, community service, faculty development, the center for academic excellence, the center for teaching and learning, and institutional research. Accomplishments at Salve Regina include leading the creation of its strategic plan and vision, creating the Office of Sponsored Programs, and creating partnerships with the Rhode Island Department of Education and Miami Dade College, the largest minority-serving college in the United States. Additionally, Zeman established faculty-led initiatives on civic engagement, diversity and writing across the curriculum; secured external funding to support innovation in the curriculum and community engagement; and oversaw the implementation of a revised university core curriculum.

Originally from Scottsdale, Ariz., Zeman earned his doctorate from Arizona State University. Before his work at Salve Regina University, he served as dean of the College for Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at St. Thomas University in Miami and as associate vice president for academic affairs and director of faculty development at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology. Zeman is a member of the American Historical Association, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, the Organization of American Historians, and the Popular Culture Association. He has published and presented widely in his areas of scholarly interest.

Zeman succeeds acting Vice President for Academic Affairs Kathy Lake, Ph.D., who will work on the implementation of Alverno’s strategic plan in the School of Professional Studies, which comprises the college’s programs in Business and Education.

U.S. News & World Report Ranks Alverno College Highest in the State in “Strong Commitment to Teaching” Category

September 12, 2017

Alverno College is ranked in the top four Midwest Regional Universities for its “strong commitment to teaching” in U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 America’s Best Colleges guidebook. In the eight-year history of this category, Alverno is the only Wisconsin college to receive this recognition in the Midwest Regional standings each year. College presidents, provosts and admissions deans were asked to “identify schools where the faculty have an unusually strong commitment to undergraduate teaching.” This marks the 17th consecutive year U.S. News & World Report has recognized Alverno in its annual rankings.

“Alverno’s commitment to students is the foundation upon which our abilities-based curriculum and assessment-as-learning teaching model are built,” said Andrea Lee, IHM, president of Alverno College. “Our focus is on student success, and this recognition from U.S. News & World Report highlights that dedication. We will continue to ensure that we prepare students to make a difference in all their spheres of influence.”

Alverno is also recognized for its “Senior Capstone” experiences. These culminating activities require students nearing graduation to create a project that integrates and synthesizes what they’ve learned. This could be a thesis, a performance or an exhibit of artwork. Regardless of their major, Alverno students articulate what they learned, what it means to them, how their learning is a part of them, and how it drives their future goals and actions.

Additionally, Alverno College is recognized for “Ethnic Diversity.” Schools nominated in this category are recognized as colleges where students are most likely to encounter undergraduates from a different ethnic group than their own. As of the 2016-17 school year, Alverno’s ethnic make-up was 18% Hispanic or Latino, 14% African American, 5% Asian, 1% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 4% were of two or more races, making it one of the most diverse campuses in Wisconsin.

With these rankings, Alverno College is in the company of such prestigious schools as Brown University, Harvard University, Princeton University and Stanford University. Overall, Alverno College remained in tier one in the category of master’s-granting colleges and universities.

This is the 33rd edition of the U.S. News & World Report annual college rankings. The rankings are published in the September issue, in a separate college guidebook, and posted online at The rankings measure up to 15 academic performance indicators for each institution. Quantitative data that assess a college’s performance in areas such as graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, financial resources, student selectivity and alumni giving account for the college’s score. Colleges and universities in each category are then ranked against their peers based on their composite weighted scores.

WOW! Women of Wisconsin Exhibit at Alverno College

August 30, 2017

The Alverno College Art and Cultures Gallery will feature a director’s invitation exhibition called WOW! Women of Wisconsin August 23 through September 23. This exhibition will feature the work of women artists from all media, including painting, photography, sculpture, mixed media and drawing. Located in the Alverno Art and Cultures Gallery, the powerful exhibit celebrates established and emerging women artists from diverse backgrounds and the limitless ways in which they express themselves artistically. The gallery will host an opening reception on September 15 from 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. with a champagne toast at 6:00 p.m. Prior to the opening reception, there will be two panel discussions and art demonstrations beginning at 4:20 p.m. in the adjacent studios. The demonstrations and discussions are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Artists featured in the exhibit include:

  • Jamie Bilgo Bruchman – mixed media
  • Valerie J. Christell – photo montage, panelist
  • Joyce Easley – painting, panelist
  • Nina Ghanbarzadeh – drawing
  • Madeline Glaspey – painting, panelist
  • Ann Kathryn Kehoe – jewelry
  • Nancy Lamers – painting
  • Teresa Lind – sculpture
  • Karen McCormick – painting
  • Judith Gahn Murphy – painting, watercolor demonstration
  • Melissa Scherrer Pare – mixed media, panelist
  • Ann Powell – painting
  • Lenore Rinder – digital photography
  • Katerina Nissa Sanerib – sculpture, panelist
  • Lisa Shinkan – jewelry
  • Shelley Smith – painting, panelist
  • Mary Spencer – glass mosaic, glass demonstration
  • Maria E. Tammi – sculpture
  • Colleen Volland – ceramics
  • Kim E. Wilson – jewelry

Alverno College Appoints Carole Chabries Dean of New School of Adult Learning and New Initiatives

August 15, 2017

Carole Chabries, Ph.D., has been appointed dean of Alverno’s newly formed School of Adult Learning and New Initiatives, which will be the College’s principal hub for innovation. The School will house degree completion programs, two-year and online degree programs, and stackable offerings including certificates, digital badges and professional development offerings. Chabries’ appointment began August 1.

“We are so pleased to have Carole in this new key leadership role,” said Kathy Lake, Ph.D., acting vice president for Academic Affairs. “Our new school needs a visionary leader, someone who has the ability to anticipate trends in higher education and respond adeptly. With her extensive experience, Carole is just the type of leader we were looking for.”

Chabries brings 19 years of experience in higher education to the College, most recently as dean of graduate and continuing studies at Stephens College in Columbia, Mo., an all-women’s college that enrolls about 1,000 students. In that role, she was charged with advancing the college’s mission through collaboration with faculty, deans and vice presidents. She helped design and launch programs that expanded Stephens’ offerings and built on its core strengths of preparing students to think crucially, communicate powerfully, lead responsibly and engage for change. Chabries also built partnerships with local organizations to develop programming, collaborated with enrollment services and marketing for recruitment purposes, and implemented processes that linked enrollment, revenue, program expenses and strategic planning.

Before her tenure at Stephens College, Chabries was executive director of the Associated Colleges of the Twin Cities (ACTC), a consortium of five private liberal arts colleges in Minnesota’s Twin Cities. Reporting to a board of directors consisting of five institution presidents, she identified and implemented programs and services that enhanced the academic experience for students, strengthened the institutions’ sustainability and enhanced the Twin Cities’ urban communities.

Chabries also was assistant dean at Union Institute and University in Cincinnati and faculty director (department chair) of the writing program at Cappella University in Minneapolis. Her in-progress research includes a project investigating how female presidents of colleges and universities are responding to the current U.S. political environment, beginning with the 2016 election year and continuing through the current presidential term.

Chabries earned her bachelor of arts degree from the University of Washington and her master of arts degree and doctorate from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She is a member of the Association for Collaborative Leadership, the International Leadership Association and the Peer Corps of the Higher Learning Commission.

Alverno’s School of Adult Learning and New Initiatives was designed to be a responsive and flexible entity to complement the College’s other three schools and is premised on the interdisciplinary vision that has always guided Alverno. Programs housed in the School of Adult Learning and New Initiatives include the new paraprofessional to BA program and a fully online RN to BSN program.

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$210,000 Grant Supports Launch of Emergency Grant Program at Alverno College

July 5, 2017

Alverno College has received a $210,000 Dash Emergency Grant from Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates to operate and maintain a student emergency aid program. Emergency grants will be integrated into the college’s overall student success strategy with the goal of improving retention and completion rates.

Alverno College serves students from diverse backgrounds, and a situation that might be a headache for one can be a major financial crisis for another. If a student is already struggling to make ends meet, an unexpected car repair or medical bill might cause that student to withdraw from college.

“Thanks to the Dash Emergency Grant, we have the resources to provide modest emergency grants to our students in times of greatest need,” said Vicki Schreiber, associate dean of students. “For some of our students, these emergency funds can be the difference between dropping out or finishing their degree. By helping students get to graduation, we are putting them on a path to better employability and higher earning potential.”

Alverno College will begin making student emergency grants in fall 2017. Students will complete an application detailing their financial emergency. An Alverno College committee will review the application, and expenses up to $1,000 will be paid within two business days of approval. By quickly removing financial distractions, students can refocus on their studies and continue toward graduation.

Alverno College is one of the first four-year colleges to receive a Dash Emergency Grant from Great Lakes. A combined $7.2 million in grants was awarded to 32 colleges in Arkansas, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio and Wisconsin.

“Dash Emergency Grants for four-year colleges build on the success two-year colleges have achieved since Great Lakes began supporting emergency grant programs in 2012. These colleges report students who receive emergency grants stay in school at better rates and graduate in larger numbers. We’re pleased to extend our Dash Emergency Grant to Alverno College and other four-year colleges to help more at-risk students overcome financial obstacles to completion,” said Richard D. George, President and Chief Executive Officer of Great Lakes.

About Alverno College

Alverno College, a four-year independent, Catholic, liberal arts college for women, exists to promote the personal and professional development of its students. The college has earned accolades and respect internationally for its highly effective ability-based, assessment-as-learning approach to education, and has consulted with three U.S. presidential administrations on accountability and outcomes in higher education. For the last seven years, Alverno College has been ranked one of the top five schools in the Midwest doing “the best job of educating undergrads” by U.S. News & World Report. Educators from throughout the world visit Alverno to learn about its proven, student-centered teaching methods.

Alverno offers more than 60 major areas of study, including graduate programs in education, nursing, community psychology and business that are open to women and men. For more information about Alverno, visit or call 414-382-6100.

About Great Lakes: Dedicated to making college education a reality since 1967.

Knowing that education has the power to change lives for the better, Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates was established as a nonprofit group focused on a single objective: helping students nationwide prepare for and succeed in postsecondary education and student loan repayment. As a leading student loan guarantor and servicer, Great Lakes has been selected by the U.S. Department of Education to provide assistance and repayment planning to more than 8 million borrowers—as well as assistance to colleges and lenders nationwide. The group’s earnings support one of the largest and most respected education philanthropy programs in the country. Since 2006, Great Lakes has committed over $200 million in grant funding to promote higher education access and completion for students of color, low-income students, and first-generation students. For additional information, visit