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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.

Alverno Students and Local Businesses Forge Partnership

April 18, 2017

Undergraduate students taking Marketing Principals and Management at Alverno College aren’t getting lectures or run-of-the-mill assignments. They’re working with local businesses to help them develop comprehensive marketing plans. Students receive real-world experience, and they come away with a robust piece for their portfolios. The businesses owners, often lacking any marketing expertise, are looking at their companies through fresh lenses and getting a step-by-step plan designed to get their businesses in front of potential clients.

“The students’ enthusiasm is off the charts,” said Stephanie Gregory, instructor for the class and outreach director for Alverno’s MBA program. “They’re realizing they can use their education to influence someone’s life and business, and they’re very passionate about it.” The idea for this innovative approach to the class was born nearly a year ago when faculty from the School of Business at Alverno met with the Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC). WWBIC identified a need that many of their clients have, and the faculty saw an opportunity for their students to help out, while at the same time getting a valuable hands-on learning experience. Last semester Gregory’s students worked with five area businesses: Camino, Coffee With a Conscience, Divine Scents, In Home Personal Care Services and Tu Casa. In Home Personal Care owner Natassah Love had a goal of adding two new clients, and she added five.

This semester students are working with four local businesses: Retro Café, Dances With Dogs, House of Fashion and Bobby Drake. The process begins with a meeting between owners and the students to talk about the challenges facing each organization. Students then do a SWOT analysis (a look at the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) and make their initial recommendations. Two businesses are changing their names, and one has already totally revamped its website, all based on the student recommendations. “Their ideas about changing the website, fun ideas for each day, and stickers for the cafe have increased my traffic flow both on my website and in-store,” said Aalia Scott, owner of Retro Café. “Since these have been implemented, our café is on top of search criteria on Google.”

Jordan Mackin, an international student from Northern Ireland, is loving the chance to work with business owners. “My home university is grounded more in academic theory and research as opposed to working directly with companies,” she said. “Getting the chance to collaborate with business owners is incredibly fulfilling and an opportunity which I wouldn’t get at my university back home.”

By mid-semester, marketing plans are taking shape, business owners are seeing results and the students are excited to see how the business owners are responding. By the time the semester wraps up in mid-May, the small businesses will have complete marketing plans that they can use, and the students will have a greater appreciation of what marketing strategy is and the value it brings to an organization.

The class will continue to be offered for the foreseeable future, and there are plans to expand it into the college’s degree completion program. At the beginning of this semester, WWBIC had over 30 businesses on a waiting list. Alverno College, in particular the School of Business, and WWBIC have a long-standing partnership, dedicated to providing an immersive education for students, while creating widespread value to the community. Businesses interested in teaming up with Alverno students should contact WWBIC at 414-263-5450.

Making the Case for Restorative Justice

April 13, 2017

Former state Supreme Court Justice and Marquette University distinguished law professor Janine Geske will lead a discussion on restorative justice at Alverno College on April 25. Geske is a mediator in conflict resolution and an internationally renowned speaker about the modern day development of restorative justice. The event will take place at 5:30 p.m. in the Bucyrus Conference Center, and is free and open to the public.

Restorative justice holds people accountable for the harm caused by their criminal activity. The approach personalizes the crime by involving both the victims and the offenders in mediating a restitution agreement.

Geske served as a distinguished professor of law at Marquette University Law School and as director of the Law School’s Restorative Justice Initiative. In the fall of 2011, she served as a visiting professor of law at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium in restorative justice as its Institute of Criminology. From 1993-1998 Geske served on the Wisconsin Supreme Court, and she was a Milwaukee County Circuit Court judge from 1981-1993.

Alverno College’s Girls’ Academy of Science & Mathematics Receives Award for Civic Engagement  

April 3, 2017

Alverno College’s Girls’ Academy of Science & Mathematics is being recognized by Wisconsin Campus Compact (WiCC) with the Esther Letvin Community-Campus Partnership Award. The award recognizes outstanding partnerships between colleges and universities and the communities they serve that produce measurable community impact as well as student growth and learning. WiCC will present the awards at the Annual Civic Engagement Institute Awards Banquet, which will be held on April 6 at 6:00 p.m. at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Green Bay. Edgewood College’s partnership with the Society of St. Vincent De Paul will also be recognized.

The Alverno College Girls’ Academy of Science & Mathematics is an after-school program designed to encourage first generation minority high school girls to pursue a college degree in the sciences. The Girls’ Academy was founded in 2011 and has served over 250 high school students from more than 15 area high schools. The Girls’ Academy establishes partnerships with local high schools who recommend junior and senior level girls for the applied science program. On Friday afternoons, students are transported to Alverno where they experience theme-based science courses and college readiness sessions that focus on everything from choosing a major and applying for financial aid to study skills. The students eat dinner in the cafeteria and are given free time to use the library and other resources open to students at the college. At the end of each evening, the students are transported to their homes by the Girls’ Academy. The program runs for 22 weeks and is free to students.

“Students who attend the Girls’ Academy have the opportunity to expand their horizons and see the possibilities that a career in the sciences can bring,” said Justin LaManna, associate professor of biology and co-director of the Girls’ Academy. “The great thing about it is once they believe they can be successful, not only in the sciences but in college and beyond, there is no stopping them. I’m proud to be able to help them reach their goals.”

About Campus Compact

Campus Compact is a national coalition of over 1,000 colleges and universities committed to the public purposes of higher education. In 2002, Wisconsin joined National Campus Compact’s movement toward an institutionalized commitment of civic engagement and service-learning. Learn more about the Wisconsin Campus Compact at