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Alverno home to collection of work by
beloved Milwaukee artists, page 17.

Music alumna’s work brings forth the
eight abilities, page 22.
A message from the president of Alverno

Dear Alverno friends,
I recently had the privilege of witnessing one of the most          As Abraham Maslow stated, “One can choose to go back
beautiful and memorable, yet unexpected experiences of              toward safety or forward toward growth. Growth must be
artistic expression. Along with approximately 100 Alverno           chosen again and again; fear must be overcome again and
Presents patrons, I attended the sold-out performance of            again.” Educators know well what Maslow intended when he
the contemporary dance company, Dance Lingo Theater.                wrote those words. Our college has a unique and profound way
Disregarding traditional performer-audience boundaries,             of creating environments where risks are taken with a spirit
audience members mingle, eat and drink on stage among               of adventure, awe and appreciation. This year we celebrate
the dancers. These national artists presented an engaging           the 50th anniversary of Alverno Presents. We give thanks for
experience, however, it was the impromptu movements of              Sister Laura Lampe (founder of the Society of Fine Arts, the
a young girl that surprisingly captivated the audience. She         precursor to Alverno Presents) and all those who, through
began, quite naturally and innocently, to follow and imitate        the years, have provided experiences for risk, challenge,
the dancers’ steps and movements across the stage. Her facial       growth and learning that makes a profound difference. In this
expression revealed a high level of interest and concentration,     magazine, you will read about Alverno alumnae who have
while her body radiated uninhibited exuberance and joy.             embraced the risks and created environments that enrich us all.
It is this confluence of heart, mind and soul captured by the
arts — and this young child — that embodies the essence of
aesthetic engagement, one of the eight core abilities of Alverno.
As articulated by the Alverno faculty, aesthetic engagement is
the student’s ability to participate in the arts, both as creator
                                                                    Mary J. Meehan
and as an active audience member. In addition to developing
a greater appreciation of the arts and their own artistic prefer-
ences, students develop abilities that extend beyond the arts
such as developing a greater awareness of non-verbal forms
of communication and learning through the senses. More so,
mastering this ability requires students to take risks and leave
their comfort zone to try something unfamiliar — important
to personal development.
During my interview process for the position of Alverno presi-
dent, I came prepared to tackle any question on the abilities. I
had memorized all eight, as well as the levels needed for suc-
cessful validation. What somehow escaped me was that which
is most important — how might I be asked to demonstrate the
abilities? On the second day of interviews and with more than
100 people in attendance in a large conference room, I was
seated on a stage with a camera rolling as questions flowed
from students, faculty and staff. Having been asked many
thought-provoking and relevant questions, none struck
me more than this one: “What was the most profound
experience you have ever had with the arts, and how
has that experience changed how you see the world?”
At that moment, I truly began to get a glimpse into aes-
thetic engagement as an Alverno learner. I took a risk
and shared my love for a fresco in Orvieto, Italy, and
how that artist showed me a different way of viewing
death and resurrection. I will always be grateful for
that question as I continue to contemplate that fresco
and the many ways it has touched my soul since my
first visit to Orvieto more than 25 years ago.
Alverno Magazine Fall 2009

alverno College President
                                              Table of Contents
Mary J. Meehan, Ph.D.

Editorial Team
Editor                                        around alverno
Shelly Nelson
                                                 The Season . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2
Vice President for Marketing
and Enrollment Management                        The Students . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4
Susan M. Smith
Director of College Communications               The Founding Order . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6
Brian Dorrington
                                                 The College . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8
Editorial Contributor/Writer
Christine McCarrier ’95                          The Faculty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10
Contributing Writers
Judith Berger ’98                             Special Section: art and aesthetic Engagement
Jamie Rhodes ’04
Design                                           Aesthetic Engagement leads to growth, civic dialogue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14
McDill Design
                                                 Art collection given to Alverno . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17
                                                 Art and activism: Vital for our humanity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18
Alverno College
3400 S. 43rd Street                              Healing music energizes the mind and body. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20
P.O. Box 343922
Milwaukee, WI 53234-3922                         Music alum epitomizes an Alverno education . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22
414-382-6373                                  Aesthetic engagement rises to an art form . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24
                                                 An interview with Judy Collins. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25

Alverno Magazine is published by Alverno      The Power of Connections
College for alumnae, donors and friends
of the College. The intent of the magazine       Letter from Alumnae President Shemagne O’Keefe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26
is to tell compelling stories about how the
mission of our educational model is born         New Alumnae Association Board members . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27
out through our alumnae, students and
faculty in a manner that supports our            Homecoming 2009 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28
model of teaching and learning. E-mail
                                                 Alumnae Awards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29
your news to
                                                 Alumnae News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30
                                                 Get Involved! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32
                                                 Class Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33
                                                 Milestones . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37

Permission to reproduce parts of the
                                              The Power of Giving
magazine is freely given, provided proper        Filippa DiBella Endowed Scholarship . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38
acknowledgment is made to Alverno College.
                                                 Karen and David Sewall Nursing Endowed Scholarship . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40
Cover image is a detail of an original           Futures in Mathematics and Science program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41
Ruth Grotenrath work.
                                                 Celebration of Giving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42
                                                 Remembrances . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43

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    around alverno: The Season – fall



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    1 About 10,000 people attended the fourth
      annual Alverno Presents Global Union World
      Music Festival held at Humboldt Park Sept. 19
      and 20. The event featured bands from France,
      China, India, Cape Verde, Mexico and the
      United States. Maria de Barros, whose music
      transcends taste, preference and even language,
      was one of the performers. Photo by Chris
      McCarrier ’95.
    2 Junior Sherquila Riley warms up prior to a game
      of tennis against Marian University Sept. 29.
      This is the first season Alverno has offered tennis
      in its athletics program. Photo by Joe Martinez.
    3 Autumn has arrived on campus, with its
      many plantings, shrubs and trees — like
      this one located in front of the Liberal Arts
      building — revealing rich fall color. Photo
      by Carol MacDonnell.
    4 Nari Park, an exchange student from the
      Catholic University of Korea, and Dimitri Lazo,
      director of the International and Intercultural
      Center, review materials during an orientation
      session. Photo by Frank Miller.
    5 Between classes, students Richa Kaur and
      Ramneet Kaur text message their friends. Photo
      by Joe Martinez.                                      5

Calendar of Events

November 2009                                contact the box office at 414-382-6044       april 2010
Nov . 13 – Dec . 19                          or visit        apr . 9 – May 2
Student Art — Graduate Exhibit               Sunday, feb . 28                             Student Art — Graduate Exhibit
Art and Cultures Gallery                     Alverno Presents: Bill T. Jones/Arnie        Art and Cultures Gallery
For more information, call the gallery at    Zane Dance Company – “Serenade:              Opening reception Apr. 9, 4:30 to 8 p.m.
414-382-6149.                                The Proposition”                             For more information, call the gallery at
                                             $40, 3 p.m., Pitman Theatre                  414-382-6149.
December 2009                                                       “Serenade: The        Saturday, apr . 10
Sunday, Dec . 6                                                      Proposition”         Alverno Presents: Zemog/
Holiday Concert                                                      employs all of       El Gallo Bueno
Alverno Chapel                                                       Bill T. Jones’       $22, 8 p.m., Pitman Theatre
2 p.m., Free admission                                               extraordinary
                                                                                                                 Zemog/El Gallo
friday, Dec . 18                                                     talents and magic
                                                                                                                 Bueno is not your
Winter Commencement                                                                                              grandpa’s salsa.
                                             to consider the legacy of Abraham
Graduate Ceremony, 7:30 p.m.                                                                                     This is the mad
                                             Lincoln. It is as much rumination on the
                                                                                                                 hot creation of
Wehr Hall                                    nature of history as it is a consideration
                                                                                                                 bad boy/wild man/
Saturday, Dec . 19                           of the life, using some of Lincoln’s
                                                                                                                 genius Abraham
                                             documented words, his contemporary’s
Winter Commencement                                                                       Gomez-Delgado who “does for Afro-
                                             writings and speeches, and other texts
Undergraduate Ceremony, 2 p.m.                                                            Latin music what Tom Waits did for
                                             to set up the push and pull of historical
Pitman Theatre                                                                            Weillian cabaret, bringing a madcap
                                             perspective. For ticket information,
                                                                                          energy and willful weirdness to the
                                             contact the box office at 414-382-6044
                                                                                          basic ingredients and blowing it up
JaNuary 2010                                 or visit
                                                                                          with his personality.” (Downbeat
Jan . 27 – feb . 21                                                                       Magazine). For ticket information,
Faculty Art Exhibit                          march 2010                                   contact the box office at 414-382-6044
Art and Cultures Gallery                     Mar . 12 – Mar . 23                          or visit
Opening reception Jan. 29, 4:30 to 8 p.m.     Student Juried Art Exhibit —
For more information, call the gallery at    “Observations”
414-382-6149.                                Art and Cultures Gallery
                                              Opening reception Mar. 12, 4:30 to 8 p.m.
February 2010                                 For more information, call the gallery at
Saturday, feb . 13                           414-382-6149.
Alverno Presents: Luciana Souza,             Saturday, Mar . 13
Cyro Baptista, Romero Lumbabo                Alverno Presents: Wayne McGregor/
$25, 8 p.m., Pitman Theatre                  Random Dance — “Entity”
                                             $35, 8 p.m., Pitman Theatre
                        In April 2005,
                       Alverno Presents                             An hour-long
                        audiences                                   breathtaking trip
                        luxuriated in the                           through a sound-
                        serene and elegant                          scape created
                        sensuality of                               by Coldplay and
                        Grammy winner                               Massive Attack
Luciana Souza. Two seasons later,                                   collaborator Jon
audiences experienced “the unbridled         Hopkins and award-winning composer
imagination, intense musical knowledge,      Joby Talbot, “Entity” is a staggering
skill and lust for sheer joy” (Relix         blend of bodies, lights, technology
Magazine) from that mad genius of            and film that mark McGregor at the
world percussion, Cyro Baptista. These       cutting edge of contemporary cul-
two great artists are joined by their        ture. For ticket information, contact
Brazilian compatriot, master guitarist       the box office at 414-382-6044 or
Romero Lumbabo, for an evening of            visit
exquisite music. For ticket information,

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    around alverno: The Students

    Students recognized
    for athletic achievements

    S      everal student-athletes received
    awards at the spring 2008-09 Alverno
    athletics banquet held in May at the
                                                campus. Virginia Wagner is the dean of
                                                students and one of the founding support-
                                                ers of the athletics program at Alverno.
    college’s conference center. Four athlet-   Volleyball player Rebecca Schmid was
    ics program awards were presented to        honored with the award. Schmid’s leader-
    students including the Faculty Scholar-     ship, commitment and service have also
    Athlete Award, the Sister Margaret Mary     garnered her Alverno’s nomination for
    Martin Award, the Virginia Wagner           NCAA Woman of the Year.
    Award and Student-Athlete of the Year
                                                The Student-Athlete of the Year Award
    Award. The five individual sports teams
                                                was presented — for the second consecu-
    honored three student-athletes with a
                                                tive year — to cross country’s Sarah
    Most Improved Player, Inferno Award
                                                Olson. Olson broke her records in both
    and Most Valuable Player.
                                                the 5K and 6K, and became the first
    The Faculty Scholar-Athlete Award           Inferno runner to win an event as she
    recognizes the academic excellence of       captured first place in two meets: Be-
    the student-athlete. The award was given    loit College’s Olde English Classic and
    to cross country runners Anastasia          Wisconsin Lutheran College’s Warrior
    Hampel and Mariel Warzala, and two-         Invitational. Olson was named Northern
    sport athlete Rebecca Schmid of the         Athletics Conference Student-Athlete of
    softball and volleyball teams. All three    the Week a record four times last season
    students are studying nursing.              for her record-breaking efforts.
    The Sister Margaret Mary Martin             award winners for individual
    Award celebrates a person (or persons)      sports are as follows:
    that has significantly contributed to       Cross Country
    the development of Alverno athletics.       MVP: Sarah Olson
    The award is named in memory of             Inferno Award: Anastasia Hampel
    Martin — a pioneer in women’s athletics     Most Improved Runner: Heather Bort
    and the chair of the Physical Education
    department at Alverno. She was a            Soccer
    faculty member from 1938-1971. The          MVP: Alexandria Brenner
    recipients were four-year letter-winner     Inferno Award: Isabel Gordon
    Bre Miller of the basketball team and       Most Improved Player: Ashley Donohue
    athletics assistant/assistant basketball    Volleyball
    coach Nicole Kopacz. Miller has
                                                MVP: Rebecca Schmid
    been a part of the basketball team the
                                                Inferno Award: Alicia Kontowski
    past four seasons leading it to its most                                                Top to bottom: Rebecca Schmid, Anastasia
                                                Most Improved Player: Liz Malko             Hampel, Bre Miller and Nicole Kopacz.
    successful season in the history of the
    program. Kopacz joined the athletics        Basketball                                  Not pictured: Mariel Warzala and
    staff as assistant coach in August and      MVP: Lisa Sorgi                             Sarah Olson.
    has been instrumental in the basketball     Inferno Award: Bre Miller
    team’s success. Her recruiting efforts      Most Improved Player: Ashley Dettman
    have been most notable with the
    incoming freshmen class this fall and       Softball
    are being felt on the court this season.    MVP: Jessica Goetz
                                                Inferno Award: Andrea Spindler
    The Virginia Wagner Award is presented      Most Improved Player: Andrea Derrick
    to a student-athlete whose commitment,
    leadership and community service made       Congratulations, student-athletes!
    a positive impact on the Alverno College

Alverno Inferno
Winter Sports                                                           A world of
2009-10 basketball Schedule                                             Internships provide insight into professions
Sat., Nov. 28, 2 p.m.       Concordia University Chicago*
Wed., Dec. 2, 7 p.m.        @ Wisconsin Lutheran College*
Sat., Dec. 5, 2 p.m.        @ Concordia University Wisconsin*           Internships help students to begin shaping their own direction
Tues., Dec. 8, 7 p.m.       Aurora University*                          in the “real world” of their profession, transfer learning from
Thurs., Dec. 10, 7 p.m.     Dominican University*                       classroom to workplace and determine whether a particular career
Sat., Dec. 12, 2 p.m.       Mount Mary College
Tues., Dec. 29, 7 p.m.      @ UW-La Crosse
                                                                        path is the right fit for them. In a new, regular feature in Alverno
Wed., Dec. 30, 3 p.m.       vs. UW-Superior (at La Crosse, Wis.)        Magazine, we’ll talk to a student about her internship experience
Mon., Jan. 4, 7 p.m.        Edgewood College*                           and the impact it has had on her education. In this issue, we’ve
Wed., Jan. 6, 7 p.m.        MSOE*                                       asked Anna M. Kupiecki, a Studio Art major with supports in
Sat., Jan. 9, 2 p.m.        @ Lakeland College*                         Psychology and Elective Studies, to share her experiences.
Tues., Jan. 12, 7 p.m.      @ Benedictine University*
Sat., Jan. 23, 2 p.m.       @ Marian University*                        Q . Where and when did you serve your internship?
Tues., Jan. 26, 7 p.m.      @ Concordia University Chicago*
Thurs., Jan. 28, 7 p.m.     Wisconsin Lutheran College*                 a . I served my internship last semester (spring 2009) at the Mil-
Sat., Jan. 30, 2 p.m.       Maranatha Baptist Bible College*,           waukee Art Museum, basically as a curatorial assistant. I worked
                            Girls In Sports Day                         with Catherine Sawinski, who is the assistant curator of earlier
Wed., Feb. 3, 7 p.m.        @ Aurora University*                        European art. I worked about eight hours a week there, but I
Sat., Feb. 6, 2 p.m.        Rockford College*, WBCA Pink Zone
                                                                        decided to stay on through the summer into this semester and as
Tues., Feb. 9, 7 p.m.       @ Dominican University*
Thurs., Feb. 11, 7 p.m.     Benedictine University*, Senior Night       long as they’ll have me!
Wed., Feb. 17, 7 p.m.       @ MSOE*                                     Q . Describe your internship experience . What were/
Sat., Feb. 20, TBA          NAC North/South Challenge
Wed., Feb. 24, 7 p.m.       NAC Tournament Quarterfinals
                                                                        are your responsibilities?
Fri., Feb. 26, 7 p.m.       NAC Tournament Semifinals                   a . I get to do a lot of research, especially in portrait miniatures.
Sat., Feb. 27, 7 p.m.       NAC Tournament Final                        What they are is basically the old-school equivalent of having a
Fri., Mar. 5, TBA           NCAA Division III Championship Tournament
                                                                         photo in your wallet. We need to have detailed information on the
                                                                         art so docents are able to explain to people what they are. It was
                                                                         a very validating experience. I never had anything that told me
2010 Softball Schedule                                                  ‘this is the career path I want to be on’ until I had my internship.
Feb. 27-Mar. 7, TBA         @ Spring Trip vs. TBA
                                                                        The entire experience has been a positive one. It really helped
Wed., Mar. 24, 3 p.m.       @ Mount Mary College
Fri., Mar. 26, 4 p.m.       @ North Park University                      that my mentor was supportive and gave good feedback.
Thurs., Apr. 1, 3 p.m.      @ Lawrence University                       Q . Through your internship, in what ways did
Sat., Apr. 3, 12 p.m.       Concordia University Chicago*
Tues., Apr. 6, 3 p.m.       Aurora University*
                                                                        you find the alverno approach to learning more
Fri., Apr. 9, 3 p.m.        @ Maranatha Baptist Bible College*          applicable to the real world?
Sat., Apr. 10, 12 p.m.      @ Benedictine University*                   a . It made me realize how much we use the abilities every day.
Mon., Apr. 12, 3 p.m.       @ Carroll University                        The communication skills Alverno teaches are really necessary.
Sat., Apr. 17, 12 p.m.      @ Concordia University Wisconsin*
Sun., Apr. 18, 12 p.m.      Wisconsin Lutheran College*
                                                                        Having to work with registration and other departments, social
Tues., Apr. 20, 3 p.m.      @ Dominican University*                     interaction was really necessary. I also had to do a lot of analysis
Sat., Apr. 24, 12 p.m.      MSOE*                                       in my research.
Sun., Apr. 25, 12 p.m.      @ Rockford College*
Wed., Apr. 28, 3 p.m.       @ Lakeland College*                         Q . What would you suggest to make the internship
Sat., May 1, 12 p.m.        Edgewood College*                           experience stronger in the future?
Sun., May 2, 12 p.m.        Marian University*                          a . I think the program is really strong now. Meeting with
Thurs., May 6, TBA          NAC Tournament
                                                                        Sue (Leister, Internship director) was one of the strengths. She
Fri., May 7, TBA            NAC Tournament
Sat., May 8, TBA            NAC Tournament                              helped me find the internship that was right for me. The Milwau-
Thurs., May 13, TBA         NCAA Division III Championship Tournament   kee Art Museum was wonderful. They have a very supportive
                                                                        staff and Catherine worked to match my interests with the work
*Northern Athletics Conference contest                                  that I was doing.
 Home games in bold
 Postseason in italic                                                   Kupiecki will graduate in December, although she plans to
All softball events doubleheaders unless otherwise noted.               return to Alverno to get a second undergraduate degree — in
                                                                        chemistry — so she can work as an emergency conservator.

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    around alverno: The founding Order

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                                         1 Sister Beth Schmitz, right, describes historical
                                           photos of the School Sisters’ congregation at
                                           St. Joseph Center during the 135th anniversary
                                           celebration. Photo by Sister Alice Feather.
                                         2 Sister Kathleen Kluthe, president of the
                                           School Sisters of St. Francis, welcomes guests
                                           before Mass as part of the 135th anniversary
                                           celebration. Photo by Peg Flahive.
                                         3 Associate Patricia Klaas learns the history
                                           about the order while reading a display board.
                                           The School Sisters of St. Francis founded
                                           Alverno College in 1887. Photo by Peg Flahive.
                                         4 Sisters Sharon Kubes ’64, Mercitta Arimpour
                                           and Jeannine Weidner ’63 enjoy the jubilee
                                           celebration at St. Joseph Center in June. Photo
                                           by John Kimpel.
                                         5 Sister Agnes Meysenburg ’47, second from left,
                                           visits with her family at the 135th event. Photo
                                           by Peg Flahive.
                                         6 Sister Miriam David Keith ’62, of the SSSF
                                           Latin American Province, visits with a guest
                                           during the School Sisters of St. Francis Jubilee
                                           Celebration. Photo by John Kimpel.


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School Sisters of St. Francis experience
noteworthy milestones

T    he School Sisters of St. Francis, the
order that founded Alverno College in
1887, are an international Franciscan
                                              Sister Florence T. McMahan
                                                 (Ethelinde) ’54
                                              Sister Luan Noecker (Luan) ’45
                                                                                             50 Years (reception year 1959)
                                                                                             Sister Bernadette Badsing (John Edward) ’63
                                                                                             Sister Bea Dorsey (Clarette) ’64
                                              Sister Lucille Smith (Angelique) ’40           Sister Rosemary Hagen (Peter Damien) ’54
community of more than 1,050 sisters          Sister Mary Honora Stacy (Eldora) ’55          Sister Barbara Hartner (Immaculette) ’64
and associates serving in educational,        Sister Helen Mary Vosberg (Ethelbert) ’52      Sister Paulanne Held (Paul Ann) ’67
prayer, healing, social and pastoral          70 Years (reception year 1939)
                                                                                             Sister Amy Therese Kenealy (Jerome
ministries in Europe, Latin America,                                                            Michael) ’64
                                              Sister Mary Buechner (Henrilda) ’44
                                                                                             Sister Sharon Kubes (Berthold) ’64
India and the United States. The School       Sister Mary Irene Deger (Gregorio) ’43
                                                                                             Sister Joselita Lacoursiere (Joselita) ’62
Sisters recently celebrated two notewor-      Sister Alida Dittrich (Alida) ’44
                                                                                             Sister Margaret Mary Maher (Cordelle) ’63
                                              Sister Rose Knotek (Theonita) ’44
thy events: the 135th anniversary of the                                                     Sister Catherine Ollmann (Marean) ’58
                                              Sister Faith Roth (Faith) ’43
order’s founding and individual jubilees,                                                    Sister Susan Rosenbach (De Angelo) ’67
                                              Sister Helen Therese Salus (Emile) ’44
which recognize milestone anniversaries                                                      Sister Elaine Marian Waldoch (Peter Joseph) ’68
                                              Sister Arlene Welding (Arlene) ’43
of service as women religious.                Sister Clarella Werth (Clarella) ’51            In addition, of the celebrants, several School
                                              Sister Marjmarie Zuiker (Adelma) ’44            Sisters and School Sister alumnae served or
School Sisters share memories                                                                 continue to serve in faculty, staff and support
                                              60 Years (reception year 1949)
at 135th anniversary                                                                          roles at Alverno College. They include: Sister
                                              Sister Anne Abler (Lavina) ’61
                                                                                             Adelle Ertmer ’40, Martine Hundelt ’40, Sister
Members of the School Sisters of St.          Sister Eunice Becker (Cosma) ’63
                                                                                              Irene Zuiker, Sister Veronica Margareth Lenz
Francis celebrated their 135th anniversa-     Sister Diane Drufenbrock (Madeleine
                                                                                             ’48, Sister Mary Irene Deger ’43, Sister Diane
ry at the St. Joseph Center in Milwaukee         Sophie) ’53
                                                                                              Drufenbrock ’53, Sister Phyllis Franzen ’54,
                                              Sister Arlene Einwalter (Linda) ’60
April 26 with a Mass presided by Bishop       Sister Jeanette Esser (Joan of Arc) ’69
                                                                                              Sister Ethel Grace Wayerski ’63, Sister Rosemary
William P. Callahan, OFM, a special pre-                                                      Hagen ’54, Sister Sharon Kubes ’64 and Sister
                                              Sister Shirley Forbes (Duane) ’56
                                                                                              Joselita Lacoursiere ’62.
lude featuring School Sister music and        Sister Phyllis Franzen (Stella Marie) ’54
exhibits displaying historical photos, con-   Sister Jane McKenzie ’60
                                              Sister Margaret Ann Polk (Alessio) ’53
gratulatory letters and commendations.
                                              Sister Joan Quella (De Lellis) ’63
The congregation was founded on               Sister Mary Ray (Cor Mariae) ’53
                                              Sister Ethel Grace Wayerski (Bernardino) ’53
April 28, 1874, by Emma Franziska
                                              Sister Jeannine Weidner (Mary Alice) ’64
Hoell (Mother Alexia), Paulina Schmid         Sister Lorraine Welker (Bertello) ’60
(Mother Alfons), and Helena Seiter (Sis-      Sister Patricia Michaelin Woeckner
ter Clara). These courageous women left          (Michaelin) ’52
Germany and came to the United States
in 1873 to fulfill their dream of founding
a Franciscan religious order to help other
immigrants and meet the needs of the
church. The community’s commitment to
mission has always been strong and sis-
ters continue to serve as educators, health
care providers, musicians and in many
other ministries around the world.
Jubilees celebrated at
summer event
In June, a total of 66 U.S. School Sisters
of St. Francis celebrated their jubilees —
milestone anniversaries of service as
women religious. (Sisters listed are those
who consented to having their informa-
tion published.)
75 Years (reception year 1934)
Sister Adelle Ertmer (Adelle) ’40
Sister Ann Eschweiler (Francesco) ’59
Sister Martine Hundelt (Martine) ’40
Sister Mary Kran (Neomi) ’40
Sister Carolyn Loesch (Carolus) ’50
Sister Veronica Margareth Lenz ’48

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                                                                                              1 Erin Tenaglia and Sister Adelina Alphonce
                                                                                                volunteer their time at Sunrise Care Center
                                                                                                as part of Community Day.
                                                                                              2 Students Vanessa Vasquez and Cassandra
                                                                                                Rincon work at the registration table during
                                                                                                Community Day 2009. More than 380
                                                                                                volunteers participated in the 10th annual event.
                                                                                              3 Pictured with the ILA award are, from left,
                                                                                                Austin Doherty ’54, special assistant for
                                                                                                Academic Affairs; Nadine Marsnik, ILA, and
                                                                                                Kathleen O’Brien ’67, senior vice president for
                                                                                                Academic Affairs.
                                                                                              4 Student Erica Garver decorates Luminarias as
                                                                                                part of the American Cancer Society Relay For
                                                                                                Life of Alverno College.

     1                                            2

     3                                                                   4

    Community Day marks 10 years                 students and faculty to learn listen-        Graduates, undergraduates
    of service                                   ing skills across the curriculum.            honored in two ceremonies
    Alverno celebrated the 10th anniversary      During the ILA’s 2009 international          In order to create the best graduation
    of its much-hailed Community Day on          convention, held March 19-21, Alverno        experience possible for students receiv-
    Wednesday, April 15, with more than          partnered with ILA in sponsoring — with      ing their undergraduate and graduate
    380 students, faculty and staff volunteer-   both financial and in-kind services — an     degrees, for the first time, Alverno held
    ing their time and dedication to various     education conference held on Alverno’s       two separate commencement celebra-
    projects and sites throughout the Mil-       campus. The association honored Alverno      tions: the graduate ceremony on Friday,
    waukee community. While volunteerism         with a Special Recognition Award dur-        May 15 in the college’s Pitman Theatre
    has been part of Alverno’s mission and       ing this conference. Kathy Thompson,         and the undergraduate ceremony on Sat-
    legacy for the 122 years of its existence,   professor of professional communication,     urday, May 16 in Wehr Hall. According
    Community Day has been used as a focal       served as local arrangements chair for the   to Virginia Wagner, dean of students and
    point to frame the importance of building    spring event. Several other members of       associate vice president for Student Ser-
    community throughout the student body.       the Alverno community participated in        vices, the separate events were designed
    Since its inception 10 years ago, approxi-   the event including faculty Jim Hen-         to accommodate the increased number
    mately 3,000 students, faculty and staff     derson, Michael Kamenski and Sean            of graduates and also create a distinctive
    have volunteered more than 9,000 hours       Courtney; students Laura Meyer, Emily        commencement for master’s graduates.
    of service to the Milwaukee community        Joy Sielen and Jillian Flood; and alum-      african Union ambassador
    on this annual day of service.               nae Jane Claas ’07, Mary Dahl ’07,           visits alverno
    International listening                      Dawn Evans ’07 and Lilly Jovic ’08.          Ambassador Amina Salum Ali, the
    association gives special                    Relay for life promotes                      permanent representative of the African
    recognition to alverno                       awareness for cancer                         Union to the United States, visited the
    Over the last 19 years, Alverno has          A weekend of rain didn’t dampen the          College in spring to present “Building
    provided significant support for listening   spirits of the 24 teams that participated    Cultural and Economic Relationships
    education in the college, the Interna-       in the second annual American Cancer         with Africa: The role of the African
    tional Listening Association (ILA),          Society Relay For Life of Alverno Col-       Union.” In her presentations, Ambassador
    public and private schools, universities,    lege held April 25-26. Students, faculty,    Ali speaks on behalf of the African Union
    as well as conferences and conventions       staff, family members and friends of the     and its member states on the African
    at the ILA’s annual and regional meet-       College walked through the night to help     Union’s strategies to accelerate socio-
    ings. The listening education program        raise money for cancer research, patient     economic integration of the continent;
    at Alverno has been internationally          programs, advocacy and education. In         promote peace and stability; and build
    prominent in setting standards for all       total, nearly $37,000 was raised.            partnerships between African govern-

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5 Similar to Alverno College, the Alverno Early Learning Center incorporates
  the eight abilities as a basis for children’s learning through play.
6 Holocaust survivor Susie Fono shared her personal story to an audience of
  more than 300 students, faculty, staff and friends of the College in honor
  of Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day in April. Yom Hashoah is
  observed as a day of commemoration for the approximately six million
  Jews who perished in the Holocaust. Pictured, from left, are Amy Shapiro,
  professor of Philosophy, Fono, Sue DaBaco ’03 and Zohreh Emami,
  professor of Economics.
7 Ambassador Amina Salum Ali, the permanent representative of the African
  Union to the United States, spoke at Alverno College this spring.
8 New alumnae Anne Hicks, Halli Stewart, Kaye Martin and Sara Gauthier
  toast to their success after the spring graduate commencement ceremony.
  Each of the women received her Master of Arts degree: Hicks, with
  specializations in Adult Education and Instructional Design; Stewart,
  with a specialization in Reading; Martin, with specializations in Adaptive
  Education and Reading; and Gauthier, with a specialization in Science
  Teaching. Photo by Lila Aryan.                                               8

ments, the private sector and all segments            of Education) and changed its name to       Schools” category, Alverno was recog-
of civil society — in particular, women               Alverno Childcare Center. At that time,     nized for the second consecutive year as
and youth — based on a common vision                  the center occupied four classrooms; by     a school to watch and was ranked among
of a united, strong and prosperous Africa.            1998, it occupied 10 classrooms.            the best in the Midwest. This category
alverno Childcare name change                                                                     recognizes colleges and universities that
                                                      Today, the Alverno Early Learning Cen-
reflects curriculum, emphasis on                                                                  have recently made the most promising
                                                      ter — which was accredited in 2006 by
high-quality programming                              the National Association for the Educa-
                                                                                                  and innovative changes in academics,
                                                                                                  faculty, students, campus or facilities.
This fall, Alverno Childcare officially               tion of Young Children (NAEYC), the
changed its name to Alverno Early                     nation’s leading organization of early      In the “Programs to Look For” section,
Learning Center, which better describes               childhood professionals — continues         Alverno was selected in five of eight
the center’s focus, the curriculum and the            to prepare children in their learning       categories and is in the company of such
emphasis placed on providing high-quali-              experiences throughout multiple hands-      distinguished universities as Brown,
ty programming services to children. And              on activities that stimulate intellectual   Duke, Princeton and Yale. Alverno
similar to the College, the Early Learn-              and developmental growth for babies and     was recognized for Internships, Senior
ing Center incorporates the abilities as a            children ages 6 weeks through 5 years.      Capstone, First-Year Experience, Learn-
basis for children’s learning through play.                                                       ing Communities and Service Learning.
                                                      U.S.News & World Report gives
                                                      alverno high marks in annual                This is the ninth year Alverno has been
The center is also celebrating a milestone
anniversary: it has been a fixture on the             college guide                               included in this list.
campus — and a resource to college                    U.S.News & World Report has recognized      In addition, Alverno remained in tier one
students, faculty and staff, as well as               Alverno College in its 2010 America’s       in the category of master’s-granting col-
community members — for 40 years.                     Best Colleges guide in the “Strong Com-     leges and universities and ranked higher
                                                      mitment to Teaching” category, the “Top     than any other Wisconsin private college
In 1969, Alverno Babysitting Services
                                                      Up-and-Coming Schools” category, and        or university.
began and young children came to join
                                                      in five of eight categories in the “Pro-
their mothers at college in an atmo-
                                                      grams to Look For” section, which lists
sphere where learning was fun and their
                                                      schools with outstanding examples of
knowledge was enhanced. Originally,
                                                      programs that lead to student success.
the babysitting service was located in
the Liberal Arts building, then in 1989               The “Strong Commitment to Teaching”
moved into North Hall (renamed Eliza-                 category recognizes those institu-
beth Hall in 2006 after Sister Elizabeth              tions known for the best undergraduate
Engel, who was a longtime professor                   teaching. In the “Top Up-and-Coming

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                                              Faculty News: rece
                                              from Alverno’s internationally re

                                               Desiree Pointer Mace, assistant profes-      database articles for Strategic Finance
                                               sor of Education, published a book with      Magazine, the Institute of Management
                                              Teachers College Press, in March 2009.        Accountants’ (IMA) award-winning
                                              “Teacher Practice Online: Sharing Wis-        magazine. She was also appointed
                                               dom, Opening Doors” describes her work       as manuscript director for the local
                                               with many experienced K-12 teachers          Greater Milwaukee chapter of the IMA.
                                               to make their teaching practices public
                                                                                                                  Joyce Tang
                                               through online multimedia Web sites.
                                                                                                                   Boyland, as-

School of                                     Douglas Wile, assistant professor of
                                              World Languages, contributed a chapter
                                                                                                                   sistant professor
                                                                                                                   of Psychology,

Nursing dean
                                              to the “Pocket Atlas of Chinese Medi-                                completed a book
                                              cine.” Wile also wrote the forward to                                chapter, “Usage-
                                              Marnia Robinson’s “Cupid’s Poisoned                                  Based Models of

receives                                      Arrow: from Habit to Harmony in Sexual
                                              Relations.” He translated a chapter and
                                              edited Liu Tianjun’s Zhongyi qigong xue
                                                                                            Language,” that was published in the
                                                                                            volume “Experimental and Quantitative
                                                                                            Linguistics,” edited by David Eddington,

award                                         (Qigong in Traditional Chinese Medicine).
                                               Mary Diez, dean of Graduate Stud-
                                                                                            published by Lincom.
                                                                                                                   Tim Riordan,
                                               ies, professor of Education, reviewed                               associate vice
Judeen Schulte ’71, professor and dean of     “Reclaiming Assessment: A Better                                     president for
the School of Nursing, was honored with       Alternative to the Accountability Agenda”                            Academic Affairs,
the Margo Yukovich Education Award             by Chris Gallagher in the fall 2008 is-                             professor of
from the Milwaukee District Nurses             sue of Great Plans Research, a Journal                              Philosophy, and
Association (MDNA). Schulte’s “deep-           of Natural and Social Sciences. Along                               Georgine Loacker,
student centeredness” was a key factor in      with William Henk and Martin Scanlon,        professor of English, have co-authored
her receiving the award. MDNA exists to        colleagues from Marquette Univer-            a chapter, “Collaborative and Systemic
promote the practice of professional nurs-     sity, Diez had a reflection included in a    Assessment of Student Learning: From
ing by providing a forum for collaboration,    recent publication from the Alliance for     Principles to Practice” in “Assessment,
coordination and mutual support within         Catholic Education Press at Notre Dame.      Learning and Judgment in Higher
the greater Milwaukee community. The           It appeared in the “Carnegie Conversa-       Education,” a new book edited by Gordon
purpose of MDNA is to work together for        tion on Catholic Education,” edited by       Joughin, an Australian assessment scholar.
the improvement of health standards and       John Staud. The title of the reflection is,
                                                                                            The text, “Mastering the Teaching Role:
the availability of health care services      “Models for Catholic School Renewal.”
                                                                                            A Guide for Nurse Educators,” edited
for all people; to foster high standards
                                                                       Harry                by Barbara K. Penn and published by F.
of nursing practice; and to stimulate and
                                                                       Fleddermann,         A. Davis received an AJN 2008 Book of
promote the professional development of
                                                                       professor of         the Year Award. The review notes that “a
nurses and advance their economic and
                                                                       Religious Studies,   section on flourishing in the faculty role
general welfare.
                                                                       was published        is particularly interesting and addresses
                                                                       in Ephemerides       new educator, deanship issues and main-
                                                                       Theologicae          taining enthusiasm in the role.” Judeen
                                              Lovanienses, vol. 84 (2008), pp. 409-         Schulte, dean of the School of Nursing,
                                              444. His article is titled “The Doublets      has a chapter in this section, “Perspec-
                                              in Luke.”                                     tives of the Nursing Dean at a Small
                                                                                            Liberal Arts School.”
                                              Patricia Hartman Cox, an instructor in
                                              the Computing and Information Technol-        Linda Ehley, professor of Computing
                                              ogy department, has begun a series of         and Information Technology, has a chap-

nt highlights
cognized faculty

     ter in “Portfolios and Global Diffusion:
     Solutions for Collaborative Education,”
     edited by Philip D. Jones, Hong Kong
                                                   Leadership Annual Luncheon of the
                                                   School Sisters of Notre Dame last
                                                   spring. Her presentation was titled
     Institute of Education, Hong Kong; Jesus
     Meza Lueza, Tecnológico de Monterrey,
                                                  “There is Power in Your Presence.”
                                                                       Susan Pustejovsky,
                                                                                                  photo named
     Mexico. The chapter is titled “Alverno
                                                                       professor of
     College’s Diagnostic Digital Portfolio:
                                                                       Mathematics, has
     Portfolios as Learning.”
                                                                       been reappointed to
                           During the summer
                           of 2009, 2010
                                                                       a three-year term on
                                                                       the Mathematical          ‘Photo of
                                                                                                  the Week’
                           and 2011, Donna                             Association of
                           Engelmann,             America Notes Editorial Review Board.
                           professor of
                                                  Rebecca G. Toledo, assistant professor
                           Philosophy, will
                                                  of Business, has been appointed to a
                           be working as a                                                       Carol Vollmer Pope, associate professor
                                                  three-year term on the board of directors
     research leader with the Elon Research                                                      of Business, had her photo of a sunset
                                                  of Three Oaks Circle, Inc. Three Oaks
     Seminar on Teaching Democratic                                                              over Lake Ypacarai in San Bernardino,
                                                  Circle provides low-cost housing for the
     Thinking at Elon University in Elon,                                                        Paraguay, selected as MSNBC’s “Photo of
                                                  elderly in South Milwaukee. It is jointly
     N.C. The seminar is co-sponsored by the                                                     the Week” June 5. Pope owns a home in
                                                  funded by the School Sisters of St. Fran-
     American Association of Colleges and                                                        San Bernardino, Paraguay, and is currently
                                                  cis, the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi,
     Universities and Elon University, and                                                       on a one-year sabbatical in the country.
                                                  and the Indian Council of the Elderly.
     will be led by Elizabeth Minnich, senior                                                    Pope adopted her son, Ryan, from Para-
     scholar at the American Association of                              Richard Runkel,         guay 20 years ago, and regularly travels to
     Colleges and Universities, and Stephen                              professor of            the country, where she is also part owner
     Schulman, of the Philosophy Department                              Theatre Arts, and       of Hotel del Lago (Hotel of the Lake).
     at Elon University.                                                 Mimi Czarnik,
                                                                         professor of
     Marcia Mentkowski, senior scholar and
                                                                         English, have
     director emeriti of Educational Research
                                                                         been delivering a
     and Evaluation, was named an AERA
                                                  version of the Southeastern Wisconsin
     Fellow by the American Educational
                                                  Assessment Collaborative curriculum
     Research Association. The AERA Fellows
                                                  to faculty at Pulaski High School. More
     Program launched in 2008 with a group of
                                                  than 60 Pulaski faculty members have
     Inaugural Fellows, including Mentkowski.
                                                  been involved. Participants meet with
                           Mimi Czarnik,          Runkel and Czarnik for a three-hour class
                           professor of           once per month; in addition, they meet
                           English, was the       in disciplinary teams for at least one
                           organizer, lead        hour per month to implement curricular
                           facilitator and key-   reform. The eight class sessions began in
                           note speaker at the    January and will conclude in November.
                           WASC 2-Day Con-
                                                   Nancy Jelen, dean of the School of
     ference on “Assessing the English Major,”
                                                   Education, gave two presentations at the
     for 20 California universities, held in
                                                  American Association of Colleges for
     Long Beach, Calif., in spring 2009.
                                                  Teacher Education Annual Conference:
     Juliette Martin-Thomas, associ-              “Using Observation Protocols to Assess
     ate professor of Psychology, was the          Candidates and Teachers,” and “Assess-
     keynote speaker for the Women in
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faculty News, continued
ing Candidates’ Performance in Student       Award-winning artist
                                             Tom Hovorka to retire after
Teaching: Wisconsin’s Grassroots Model
for Program Reform,” in Chicago, Ill.
Sean Courtney, assistant professor of
Psychology, was a panelist in the “Con-
ducting Qualitative Listening Research”
session focused on three qualitative ap-
                                             33 years
proaches to research. Courtney focused
on the approach known as Grounded
Theory. He discussed principles of GT
including how the methodology could be
used to help undergraduate students, new
to research, become more proficient as
qualitative researchers.
                                             A         rt professor Tom Hovorka
                                             says art is a good indicator of culture
                                             in society. “When we’re in a period of
Rita Nawrocki-Chabin, associate              crisis, art is in flux,” he says. But art can
professor of Education, attended the         also, in a time of crisis, be an outlet for
Joint Committee on Student Evaluation        hope in looking toward the future, and
Standards (JCSES) Conference in spring,      a reaction to a time and place. Through
in Washington, D.C. She provided input       the years, Hovorka’s work has reflected
and feedback on evaluation standards         societal changes, especially when he
revision and the benchmarking process        talks of his native homeland, the former
for embedding use of the standards in        Czechoslovakia.
the PK-12 arena. She was invited by          Some of those works, as well as pieces
the International Research Exchange          that reflect the artist’s lighter side, were
(IREX) to score IREX Teaching Excel-         a part of Hovorka’s retrospective show
lence and Achievement (TEA) Program          in September, which was a collection of
applications. TEA is a bilateral exchange    his art from the 1960s to the present. The
program providing professional develop-      artist and professor will be retiring at the
ment opportunities for secondary school                                                      one-person exhibit in the International
                                             end of the spring semester after teaching
teachers from around the world. In this                                                      Artist’s Club in the Austrian Cultural
                                             at Alverno for 33 years.
program, 40 U.S. teachers will visit                                                         Center. He also applied for an immigra-
countries in Eurasia; south, east and        Hovorka chose his best works for the            tion visa at the U.S. Embassy in Vienna
central Asia; Africa; and the Western        exhibition — which represent a variety of       and was granted entry and conditional
Hemisphere to work with international        techniques — mirroring the different eras       U.S. residency later that summer. He
secondary teachers. Nawrocki-Chabin          of his life. This includes some early ex-       became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1976
was invited to select finalists and alter-   amples he used for an admission exam to         and has dual nationality.
nates this summer in Washington, D.C.        the Academy of Visual Arts in Prague in
                                                                                             Hovorka began at Alverno part time in
                                             1963 — and also the more abstract works
 Kathleen O’Brien ’67, senior vice presi-                                                    1977, which led to a full-time posi-
                                             which reflected the culture and the chaos
 dent for Academic Affairs, presented at                                                     tion in 1986. He’s taught in virtually
                                             of communist Czechoslovakia at that time.
 the Chalk and Wire Conference in Bos-                                                       every medium including drawing and
 ton, in June. The presentation was titled   “A lot of my pieces are really meaningful       design, painting, computer graphics,
“Powering Up: Building and Sustaining a       in terms of different aspects of my life,”     illustration and animation, as well as
 Culture of Assessment.”                      Hovorka said. “Your art is only as inter-      other courses such as art history. An
                                              esting as your life, and you need to be        award-winning artist, his works are on
The following faculty received
                                              sincere about it even if other people have     display at the College and in several
promotions this spring:
                                              objection. If you believe in it, don’t water   permanent and private collections.
Nancy Athanasiou, education, to as-           down the intensity of the experience.”
sociate professor; Nancy Lamers, art, to                                                     As he approaches his last semester at Al-
professor; and Jill Moore, professional      The show was a highlight to his final year      verno, he’s happy to have played a role in
communication, to professor.                 at the College and now he’s working to          inspiring students to embrace their creativ-
                                             finish other projects before he retires,        ity, but he also is thankful for the personal
Congratulations Alverno faculty!             including completing the development of         and professional growth he’s achieved.
                                             an animation course.
                                                                                             “I have been pretty satisfied in working
                                             Born and raised in Prague, Hovorka left          here. I always felt like I was supported.
                                             his homeland and traveled to Vienna in          You can grow in a place like this. It is
                                             1969 after the Soviet Invasion of Czecho-        constant learning for us, really, as well as
                                             slovakia in 1968. In 1969, he had his first      for the students.”

Educator Profile:
Meet the new director of the Research
Center for Women and Girls

W       hen you meet Kate Masley, you
can’t help but be drawn in by her affable
manner, her true heart and the undeniable
                                              United States are gen-
                                              erally having healthy
                                              babies, although many
passion for the work she does.                Mexicans in the U.S.
                                              represent a low-income
As the new director of Alverno’s
                                              group, lack sufficient
Research Center for Women and Girls —
                                              health insurance, and
a collaborative, multidisciplinary and
                                              many maintain low
action-oriented center focused on
                                              education rates and low
conducting innovative research that has
                                              prenatal care utilization.
a positive impact on the lives of women
                                              This project sought to
and girls in Milwaukee and beyond — it’s
                                              understand what this
a position that’s befitting of someone with
                                              demographic may be
her research and fieldwork experiences.
                                              doing to prevent poor
Research experiences focus                    infant health outcomes.
on women
                                              What Masley learned in her research led          Carroll University, a position she joined
Masley, a native of Pittsburgh, earned
                                              her to want to do more for mothers-to-           after she and her husband, Regis Bane,
her master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Medi-
                                              be. She became a certified birth doula           the director of ticket operations for the
cal Anthropology from Case Western
                                              and has provided volunteer services for          Milwaukee Brewers, relocated to the
Reserve University in Cleveland and her
                                              women lacking physical, emotional and            Milwaukee area.
undergraduate degree in Anthropology
                                              informational support during pregnancy
with a concentration in Women’s Studies                                                        Impressed with what she had heard about
                                              and childbirth.
from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio.                                                          Alverno, Masley pursued this role and
                                              leadership, teaching positions                   started her new job in August, a position,
Throughout her studies, Masley focused        lead to current role                             she says is a “dream job. I’m still pinch-
her ethnographic research on women’s
                                              Masley also has worked as an educator            ing myself!”
experiences of pregnancy, childbirth
                                              and participated in humanitarian efforts.
and becoming a mother. Part of her                                                             As director, Masley has many ideas for
                                              She spent a year teaching Spanish at Hec-
research time was spent in Honduras,                                                           the Center including organizing events
                                              tor Emilio Medina Bilingual School in
where she observed prenatal care visits                                                        such as workshops, forums, lectures and
                                              Santa Rosa de Copán, Honduras, and at
at the regional public hospital, child-                                                        a documentary series exploring a range
                                              the same time, volunteered with Central
births and doctor-patient relations in                                                         of issues impacting the lives of women
                                              American Medical Outreach conducting
the maternity ward. Similar research                                                           and girls. It is also her hope, and that
                                              art activities with children at a local hospi-
in Knox County (Ohio) served as a                                                              of the College, that the Center becomes
                                              tal who were survivors of Hurricane Mitch.
cross-cultural comparative study.                                                              known as the premier research center for
                                              She returned to the states and worked as
                                                                                               women and girls in the Midwest.
She continued exploratory research in         a Spanish teacher in Chicago at Morgan
Santa Rosa de Copán, Honduras, in             Park Academy, where her students affec-          “I envision the Center as empowering
which her aims were to gain a better          tionately called her “Senorita Masley.”           women and girls and placing them at the
understanding of the ranges of pregnancy                                                       very forefront of research and advocacy.
                                              In teaching at the college level, Masley
and birth in contexts existing in West-                                                        The Center will follow in the footsteps
                                              served as a graduate assistant in the An-
ern Honduras, and how women care for                                                            of Alverno’s rich history of being a
                                              thropology department at Case Western
themselves and their unborn children                                                            unique, learning-centered and innovative
                                              Reserve University, an assistant professor
during pregnancy.                                                                               institution.”
                                              in the Department of Health Sciences at
As part of her dissertation work, Masley’s    Cleveland State University (CSU) and                                    — by Shelly Nelson
research was rooted in what public health     served as a consultant for CSU’s Center
researchers call the “Latina Paradox.”        for Health Equity.
According to this paradox, statistics show
                                              Most recently, she was the project coordi-
that Mexican immigrant women in the
                                              nator of the Hispanic Nursing Project at

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     Special Section: art & aesthetic Engagement

Engagement leads to
growth, civic dialogue
Ability enables students to be active learners

A         lverno’s integrated, ability-
based, liberal arts curriculum ensures
all students will experience aesthetic
                                              preferences with disciplinary concepts.
                                              When students develop open approaches
                                              to engaging with diverse cultural
learning across the disciplines. Since
                                              expressions, they begin to experience
the inception of this unique learning
                                              the personal and social applications of
approach in the 1970s, Alverno fac-
                                              aesthetic engagement. Whether they
ulty has been committed to challenging
students to develop skills in relation
to artistic experiences. The Aesthetic
Engagement ability has evolved from an
earlier concept of the ability known as
                                              choose to approach this learning from a
                                              personal creative arts approach, from a
                                              wellness perspective, from interdisciplin-
                                              ary vantage points or from social-justice
                                              perspectives, students begin to see that
                                                                                             “    The Aesthetic
                                                                                             Engagement ability
                                                                                               seeks to create
Aesthetic Responsiveness. Just as all of
                                              aesthetic engagement can be an asset in
the abilities have changed to meet stu-
                                              building effective global communities.          learners who are
dents’ needs in an ever-changing world,
Aesthetic Engagement has become an            a tool for meeting social                         comfortable in
ability that fosters both personal growth     challenges
and community involvement through             Educational reform, for example, can           non-linear contexts,
interpretive dialogue and creative process.   be facilitated by using the arts to build
                                              literacy or communication skills with
                                                                                              adaptable to new
The broad framework of the ability al-
lows students to participate in the arts as
                                              at-risk teens. Health care reform can          situations and able
                                              be hastened by implementing cultural
both artists/performers and as active au-
dience members. The ability ensures that
                                              heritage models in HIV/AIDS education.          to apply multiple

                                              Disaster relief efforts can benefit from
students will not just respond to works
of art, but rather develop the capacity to
                                              mobilizing and employing art therapists           intelligences.
                                              with affected populations. Increasing
engage deeply with the arts by learning
                                              voter turnout can result from the com-
some of the processes associated with
                                              bined efforts of visual and performing
creative production. Engagement with
                                              artists. Returning war veterans suffer-
the arts — through courses in the arts
                                              ing from post-traumatic stress disorders
and in the humanities — involves de-
                                              can benefit from the healing potential
veloping strategies that enable students
                                              of music. Increased community aware-
to be active learners across the cur-
                                              ness of violence or discrimination can
riculum. In beginning levels, students
                                              be stimulated by theatrical productions.
develop openness to arts and cultures. In
                                              Sustainable environmental development
intermediate levels, they refine artistic
                                              can be accomplished by designers col-
and interpretive choices by integrating
                                              laborating with business. Creative people
experience and theory with cultural and
                                              are engaged in the economic, environ-
social awareness. At the advanced levels,
                                              mental and social needs of a complex
students create works of art and inter-
pretive theories that synthesize personal                             continued on page 16

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                            world. Workers and citizens in the 21st       cred Ground: Perspectives on Peace and
                            Century need to develop cross-disciplin-      Conflict,” and girls/women and media
                            ary methods, multi-layered processes and      literacy, “Project Girl.” During the con-
                            pro-active learning strategies. The Aes-      ferences, each topic has been explored
                            thetic Engagement ability seeks to create     through interdisciplinary inquiry that
                            learners who are comfortable in non-lin-      expands perspectives by using exhibited
                            ear contexts, adaptable to new situations     art forms to stimulate civic dialogue.
                            and able to apply multiple intelligences.
                                                                           Most recently, in October, the 2009
                            aesthetic learning tied to                     General Education Conference, “Jim
                            global awareness                               Crow and Beyond: Exploring the Past
                            The commitment to aesthetic practice is        to Change the Future,” used the shared
                            seen throughout the curriculum and in          learning objects of two exhibitions —
                            every major. Nursing students use art         “Hateful Things: Traveling Exhibition”
                            therapeutic models to enhance self and pa-     from the Ferris State University Museum
                            tient care, science and math students apply    of Racist Memorabilia and “Painful Para-
                            sophisticated visual observation skills        dox,” a juried exhibition of local artists
                            to refine their inquiry-based approaches,      sponsored by African American Artists
                            humanities students pose provocative           Beginning to Educate Americans About
                            questions based on cultural awareness.        African American Art (ABEA). The goals
                                                                           of this conference were to enable stu-
                            Curricular learning is supplemented by
                                                                           dents to explore issues of American racist
                            activities that engage the entire campus
                                                                           history as they uncover the dialogue
                            in aesthetic learning. Public events, such
                                                                           necessary to build diversity, community
                            as music recitals, dance concerts, theatre
                                                                           and empowerment in the future.
                            productions and gallery shows, help to
                            create an aesthetic environment as an         Each conference has been developed with
                            extension of classroom learning.              the goal of building ongoing discourse
                                                                          and resources to help students develop
                            Conferences build ongoing
                            discourse, resources                          advanced, integrated, interdisciplinary
                                                                          approaches to ability learning that stimu-
                            One newer approach is the development         late personal growth and civic dialogue
                            of interdisciplinary conferences that         about contemporary subjects. This ap-
                            focus upon a single shared learning ex-       proach to the use of art provides a point
                            perience for the community. Since 2002,       of departure from emotionally charged
                            interdisciplinary committees composed         personal perspectives to more productive,
                            of Alverno College faculty, staff and local   object-based discussions.
                            community, have collaborated to create
                            general education conferences. These                                        — by Dara Larson
                            conferences have used gallery exhibitions
                            to stimulate civic dialogue about impor-
                            tant contemporary issues. The Art and
                            Cultures gallery is dedicated to present-                                Dara Larson, professor
                            ing artistic and cultural exhibitions that                                of Art, teaches courses
                                                                                                      in Fibers, Printmaking,
                            allow for expanded community access to                                   Drawing, Papermak-
                            practice aesthetic teaching and learning.                                 ing in Global Cultures,
                                                                                                     Installation Art, Artist’s
                            Conferences and gallery exhibitions have                                 Books, Contemporary
                            explored the following topics: “Sus-                                     Topics in Art, as well as
                            taining Peace in the Wake of Violence:                                   International Studies
                            Representations of The Sierra Leone           travel courses to Mexico and Spain. She works in
                                                                          a variety of media including printmaking, painting,
                            Civil War,” “Two Cultures – One Spirit –      drawing, papermaking, artist’s books and sculp-
                            Wisconsin-Japan Exchange,” women              ture. Her work has been exhibited and resides in
                            and sustainable development, “Betty La        collections in the United States, Costa Rica, Ecua-
                            Duke – Women’s Creative Hands,” “Sa-          dor, Mexico, Paraguay, Spain, Russia and China.

Art collection by notable Milwaukee
artists given to Alverno
Schomer lichtner, Ruth Grotenrath works on display in Christopher Hall

I   n late spring, Alverno College was the grateful recipient
of 46 pieces of artwork by Wisconsin artists Schomer
Lichtner and Ruth Grotenrath. This generous gift came
from the Kohler Foundation and was facilitated by Marsha
Sehler, a member of the Alverno College Board of Trustees.
The husband-and-wife team has been celebrated as Milwaukee’s
                                                                                                                       “      This is a collection
                                                                                                                              of work by two of
                                                                                                                              Milwaukee’s most
“first couple of painting” and are regarded as major Wisconsin
 artists. Grotenrath’s work is lively, colorful and cheerful and                                                               beloved artists…
 captures her immediate surroundings. Lichtner’s work is also
vibrant and bold; he is nationally known for his whimsical                                                                   The pieces are fun,
 black-and-white patterned Holstein cows and elegant balleri-
 nas. Both artists’ work was inspired by Mexican social realists,
                                                                                                                              accessible and a
 notably Diego Rivera, and modernists such as Henri Matisse                                                                  wonderful addition
 and Raoul Dufy.
According to Sehler, Lichtner was the Milwaukee Ballet’s muse
for many years; he went to all the performances and was often
found at the rehearsals where he painted the ballerinas. He spent
much time in the country, including Spring Green, and consid-
                                                                                                                               to the college.
ered cows a beautiful subject to paint.
Framed with special conservation glass, the paintings will be on
display in rotation — 10 at a time — throughout Christopher Hall.
This treasure of artwork is one that all members of the College
community can admire and enjoy.
“This is a collection of work by two of Milwaukee’s most
 beloved artists. Schomer’s work celebrates women, so it is
 particularly appropriate for Alverno,” Sehler said. “The pieces
 are fun, accessible and a wonderful addition to the College.”

At left is one of the donated artworks by Ruth Grotenrath, a detail of which is shown on the cover of this magazine. The collection also includes several artworks, like the
one at right, by Schomer Lichtner.

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     Art and
     Vital for our
     I    t is said that the eyes are the win-
     dow to the soul. If that’s true, then art
     is the soul’s reflection. It not only gives
                                                   and enrichment. “I loved to read stories
                                                   and poems as a child; I loved to act out
                                                   scenes with my sisters; I loved to sing
     the artist tools of expression, it shares     and listen to the grown-ups play music.
     intimately with purveyors a richness and      I loved to imagine different worlds and
     depth of feeling, challenges them to think    to question the world I lived in. Art was
     in new ways, and, if it strikes the right     my lifeline. I didn’t know it as a child,
     chord, art can serve to inspire change.       but through my work with the Aesthetic
     Beth Monhollen ’97 knows this well and        Engagement ability at Alverno, I came to
     has been using art to her best advan-         realize that.”
     tage — co-founding a theatre company
                                                   Monhollen struggled with the futility of
     as a student, and writing and acting in
                                                   art, questioning its necessity in the face
     plays — since she discovered the Theatre
                                                   of human suffering. With so much pain
     department while at Alverno.
                                                   and misery in the world — genocide,
     “In college I fell in love with theatre       starvation, homelessness, overflowing
      and the Theatre department on campus         refugee camps — how can art possibly
      became my second home, my second             be important? She soon learned how it
      family,” Monhollen said. “I worked on        can create awareness, raise questions
      stage crew, volunteered for theatre proj-    and provide an outlet for expression.
      ects, auditioned and performed in shows,
                                                   “Art is not a luxury; it’s a vital part of
      and worked as a stage manager,” she said,
                                                    what makes us human. And I realized
      adding she was also involved in the Col-
                                                    that it was art that helped me break out
      lege’s literary magazine and wrote a short
                                                    of a long line of poverty.” She drew
      play. “Writing and performing were the
                                                    strength from this epiphany to weave
      center of my life.”
                                                    together storytelling and riveting plays.
     In pursuit of higher education, Mon-
                                                   Monhollen’s ebullient enthusiasm for
     hollen used her love of writing and
                                                   theatre would not be contained within
     performance to express her experience
                                                   the walls of Alverno for long. She and
     of growing up in a family that had been
                                                   her fellow students had been performing
     poverty stricken for generations. Despite
                                                   plays together that focused on key issues
     hardships, or perhaps because of them,
                                                   such as body image, AIDS awareness and
     she turned to the arts for fulfillment                                                     Photo of Beth Monhollen by Daniel Seung Pugliese.

                                                      “   Art is not a luxury;
                                                         it’s a vital part of
                                                       what makes us human.
                                                         And I realized that
                                                           it was art that
                                                        helped me break out
                                                            of a long line
                                                             of poverty.

the media, and decided they wanted to           lives are not lived in a vacuum. Artists do
expand their message by engaging more           not create their work in a vacuum. We all
audiences. In the summer of 1995 they           have a context and so the art we create
formed a feminist, improvisational-based        and respond to has a context.”
theatre company called the Wind-Up
                                                Since graduating, Monhollen held several
Dolls. They performed at colleges and
                                                positions until she became a professional
universities, and at professional confer-
                                                adviser to undergraduate students in the
ences and public spaces throughout the
                                                Advising Office at Alverno six years
Midwest. “In my years with Wind-Up
                                                ago. She also teaches a pre-professional
Dolls, I wrote and performed many, many
                                                seminar for the Career Education Center
original monologues. Wind-Up Dolls
                                                and an improvisation class for the Dance/
provided a creative outlet for me and the
                                                Theatre department.
opportunity to collaborate with amazing
women — all of whom are still in my              One of those jobs, waitressing, served
inner circle of friends.”                        to inform her latest well-received play,
                                                “Stations of the Cross.”
During her time with Wind-Up Dolls,
Monhollen also found she was able to            “I just wrote and performed a play called
explore issues she considers critical “for      “Stations of the Cross,” which is about
people to live whole lives”: questions of        waiting tables. When I look at the body
identity in the face of prejudices; the role     of work I’ve written, much of it is a
of class, religion and politics in our lives;    way of giving voice to characters who
gender as social construct; honoring our         often are voiceless or whose voices are
differences in the search for common             misrepresented.” The play, produced by
ground; the personal versus the political;       a professional theatre company, had an
and, paraphrasing singer song-writer Ani        “overwhelmingly positive” response. “It
DiFranco, “how can art be activism?”             has definitely been a highlight for me ar-
                                                 tistically. And there’s a possibility it may
Monhollen explains, “My literature and
                                                 be produced by other theatre companies.
theatre classes at Alverno, my experiences
                                                 In the meantime, I plan to continue writ-
with aesthetic engagement, were the foun-
                                                 ing and auditioning in the city. And to
dation for me to explore those kinds of
                                                 keep, happily, going to my day job.”
questions. Through my study of literature
and theatre, it became clear to me that our                          — by Jamie Rhodes ’04

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     Healing music energize
     Exposure to music improves quality of life

                                       T     he modern “Father of American Music Therapy” E. Thayer
                                        Gaston believed “Rhythm is the organizer and the energizer.”
                                        That’s a tenet that Leslie (Orozco) Henry ’93 infuses in her
                                        daily work with clients of all ages and abilities at St. Ann’s
                                        Center for Intergenerational Care in Milwaukee.

     I’m able to do
  my music and the
coolest thing is to see
                                        On any given day, Henry can be found singing to groups of
                                        young children encouraging them to tap their feet, clap their
                                        hands and move their bodies; leading groups of older adults
                                        in music and song with a variety of bells, drums and other
                                        instruments; or working one-on-one with a client to encourage
  people react to it.                   eye-hand coordination through the simple act of pressing keys
                                        on a keyboard. These activities are designed to help people
  Being able to help                    develop and improve communication, social, emotional and mo-
 them communicate                       tor skills; manage stress; alleviate pain; promote wellness; and
                                        enhance memory — all in an effort to improve quality of life.
  and be heard, it’s                    Henry is the music therapist and intergenerational coordina-
   so gratifying.
                  ”                     tor at St. Ann’s, an intergenerational day care center that
                                        strives to prevent premature nursing home placement of
                                        the elderly and persons with disabilities. When she began
                                        her role more than nine years ago, the original intent was
                                        to work with individuals affected with Alzheimer’s disease,
                                        dementia and other forms of memory loss. “Then the lon-
                                        ger I worked here, I thought, ‘I need to do this, I need to do
                                        that,’” and the program expanded by leaps and bounds.
                                        Today, Henry sees just about every adult client who visits the
                                        center — around 160 — plus the children who attend the on-site
                                        child care facility. Many of her clients have diverse physical or
                                        developmental disabilities and can benefit greatly from music
                                        therapy, which, in its simplest terms, is defined as specific musi-
                                        cal tasks designed to reach therapeutic goals.
                                        Therapy tailored to clients’ needs
                                        Some of her clients receive one-on-one therapy, some partici-
                                        pate in group sessions and others are active in choir — both
                                        the singing and hand bell variety. Whatever the session, Henry
                                        strives to cater specifically to the needs of the group or indi-
                                        vidual to create a strong aesthetic experience, ensuring that the
                                        music not only serves a therapeutic purpose, but is one that is
                                        enjoyable and engaging.
                                        “I use different treatment techniques for different people,” she
                                         said, noting her approach is one that is humanistic and client
                                         centered. In determining what approach to therapy she will use
                                         with a client also depends on the client’s individual challenges
                                         and limitations.

es the mind and body

   For example, when working with those who have experienced
   memory loss, Henry might play part of a song from a favorite
   movie or a specific decade, which may trigger their memory
   helping them to express a particular thought. With memory loss,
   there is a dysfunction in the brain where blockages occur, and
   music helps create detours within the roads of the brain rerouting
   certain paths. In addition, because music is processed throughout
   the whole brain rather than a particular segment of the brain, this
   can aid in memory recall, according to scientific research.
   For those with Parkinson’s disease where coordination can be an
   issue, Henry said she will use a tambourine or drum to create a
   steady beat. This rhythm helps the client to execute movements
   in time with the beat, something they may not otherwise be able
   to accomplish. When she worked with a client who had multiple
   developmental and physical disabilities, Henry incorporated
   singing, which helped the client to cough and clear her throat
   and lungs, essentially enabling her to exercise her lungs. “We’re     Music therapist Leslie Henry ’93 works with one of her clients, Micah Ben-Taylor, at
   not trying to make people musicians; we’re filling basic life         St. Ann’s Center for Intergenerational Care. Photos by Shelly Nelson.
   needs,” she said.
   For the younger set at St. Ann’s, Henry developed a modified          Conservatory of Music where she continues to be in the pool of
   early childhood music program to connect children to music in         music therapists, and she has participated in numerous confer-
   an effort to stimulate their brain and get them moving. Recently,     ences and continuing education opportunities. She is involved
   the children had an “indoor rainstorm,” playing instruments           with many professional associations, having held leadership
   simulating the sound of rain.                                         roles, and has plans in the future to return to school to earn her
                                                                         master’s degree in music therapy.
   Besides working with clients, Henry also serves in a mentoring
   role, working with college interns and practicum students in Al-      While she wholeheartedly loves the music, the impact that she
   verno’s music therapy program. “What this does for me is help         has on her clients and the successes they share is her greatest
   me stay fresh and motivated in my field, and it’s an opportunity      reward. “I’m able to do my music and the coolest thing is to see
   for me to give back to Alverno,” she said.                            people react to it. And these people, they are just the best. Being
                                                                         able to help them communicate and be heard, it’s so gratifying.”
   Music integral to therapist’s life and work
                                                                                                                                — by Shelly Nelson
   Music has been much more than a career for Henry; it’s been a
   lifelong passion. As the youngest of seven children, she recalls
   tagging along to her siblings’ numerous concerts and perfor-
   mances, where she couldn’t help but sing along. At age 10, she
   learned to play the guitar and a few years later, began playing
   the piano. Her high school guidance counselor encouraged her
   to consider music as a field of study, and it was a nephew with
   autism that confirmed her desire to pursue a career devoted to
   helping others. The pairing of music with service has been the
   quintessence of Henry’s career.
   Prior to joining St. Ann’s, Henry worked in several music
   therapy positions at area health and rehabilitation centers.
   She also was the music therapy coordinator at the Wisconsin

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     Music alum epitomizes
     “We don’t have
     to try hard to
 analyze and problem
    solve’— it’s the
   essence of what
  we do as artists.
     M           arilyn Shrude, Chicago-born
     composer of contemporary classical music
     and pianist, earned her Bachelor of Music
                                                     abilities were at the core of our educa-
                                                     tional experience and drove the teaching
                                                     and philosophies of those who guided our
                                                                                                   their own learning,” Shrude said. “For
                                                                                                   example, students did ‘living’ history
                                                                                                   projects by interviewing residents in
     degree in Music Education from Alverno          learning no matter the discipline.”           nursing homes. This was a substitute
     College in 1969, five years prior to the                                                      for traditional history. How difficult but
                                                     Shrude embraced the School Sisters of St.
     inception of Alverno’s now nationally                                                         rewarding this was for all involved!”
                                                     Francis, the sponsoring order of Alverno,
     renowned ability-based curriculum. Even                                                       a Music Educator at the
                                                     when she was 15. She was drawn to these
     though she wasn’t a product of that teach-                                                    College level
                                                     strong women and their incredible talents
     ing method, many of the same values were
                                                     and wanted to emulate them. As an             Shrude has been on the faculty of Bowl-
     at the foundation of her learning experi-
                                                     Alverno student, Shrude had the opportu-      ing Green State University since 1977,
     ences, and that, paired with outstanding
                                                     nity to study piano with Sister Benedicta     where she teaches and currently chairs
     leadership, has left an indelible mark.
                                                     Fritz and music theory with Sister Agnes      the Department of Musicology/Composi-
     “The visionary leadership of women like         Meysenburg. She was introduced to “val-       tion/Theory. She established and served
      Sisters Joel Read, Margaret Earley, Austin     ues” training early in her Alverno career,    as the first director of the MidAmerican
      Doherty, Theophane Hytrek (I could go          and what followed for several years were      Center for Contemporary Music on
      on and on) was driving the agenda in the       seminars and activities that brought many     the campus of Bowling Green and she
     1960s that eventually gave Alverno its          of these principles to light.                 helped to forge Bowling Green’s doctoral
      well-known identity,” Shrude said. “We                                                       program in music, which will graduate
                                                     Prior to assuming her first teaching posi-
      who have chosen the arts as our life’s                                                       its first class in 2010. Shrude earned her
                                                     tion in 1969 at Alvernia High School in
      work have a natural connection to many                                                       doctorate in music composition from
                                                     Chicago, Shrude left the School Sisters.
      of the abilities. We don’t have to try hard                                                  Northwestern University in 1984. Her
                                                     While at Alvernia, in addition to her
      to ‘communicate, analyze and problem                                                         life as an educator, composer and per-
                                                     traditional duties as a music educator,
      solve’ — it’s the essence of what we do as                                                   former are so well integrated that there
                                                     she was one of a small cohort of teachers
      artists. Creating or learning a piece of mu-                                                 are virtually no seams.
                                                     who initiated and ran an alternative learn-
      sic naturally brings many of these abilities
                                                     ing opportunity called “Project Wonder.”      “Composition is truly the axis of what I
      to the fore.” She continued, “Aesthetic
                                                                                                    do as a professional musician — present-
      engagement meant that you were making          “The city of Chicago was the classroom
                                                                                                    ing concerts of contemporary music with
      art and sharing it whenever and however         for a select group of sophomores, who,
                                                                                                    my husband, John Sampen, a brilliant
      possible, be it playing Mass every day          for one semester, left their traditional
                                                                                                    saxophonist,” Shrude said. “As artists we
      in a large Chicago parish or entertaining       and comfortable surroundings for the
                                                                                                    are faced with reaching new audiences
      relatives at family gatherings. The eight       challenges and demands of managing

an Alverno education

         Marilyn Shrude ’69 directs her composition Trope with sound engineer Mark Bunce and saxophonists John Sampen and Jeff Heisler. Photos by Aaron Carpenter.

  while satisfying the loyal and faithful            Academy of Arts and Letters, Rock-                   ed Shrude. “My own work will continue
  patrons who have always loved what we              efeller Foundation, Kennedy Center                   through my two children, who are living
  do,” Shrude continued. “For example, we            Friedheim, Chamber Music America/                    their own dreams as musicians, and
  must use and integrate technology, which           ASCAP, National Endowment for the                    through the hundreds of students whom I
  has given us the ability to communicate            Arts, Cleveland Arts Prize and the Ohio              have helped to find their own path in this,
  instantly and to explore the depths of             Arts Council. In 2001 she was named                  our mutual journey.”
  new worlds of sound, with what is the              a Distinguished Artist Professor of
                                                                                                                        — by Christine McCarrier ’95
  essence of an artistic experience — to             Music. She received the Alverno College
  reach the soul. What keeps me engaged              Alumna of the Year Award in 1988 and
  and interested, and how can I help others          most recently, the 2008 Bowling Green
  experience the same satisfaction? These            Chair/Director Leadership Award.
  are ongoing challenges.”                           Opportunities to perform
  Music a part of her life from                      throughout the world
  a young age                                        Shrude has been a guest at numerous
   Music has been a driving force in                 college campuses and festivals, and
   Shrude’s life for as long as she can              her compositions have been performed
   remember. Her parents were pleased and            throughout the world at such prestigious
   perplexed to have their daughter ask for          venues as the Ravenna Festival, Chamber
   piano lessons at the early age of seven           Music Society of Lincoln Center Series,
   even though there was no piano in their           Fromm Music Series, St. Louis Orchestra
   home. “Musical training is a serious busi-        Chamber Series, Music Today and New
   ness and a big investment,” Shrude said.          Music Chicago. Her work for saxophone
  “The lessons, cost of the instruments and          and piano, “Renewing the Myth,” was the
   time commitment are similar to athletic           required piece for the 150 participants
   training. My family’s extremely modest            of the 3rd International Adolphe Sax
   resources stretched far and gave me a             Concours in Belgium (2002). She also
   foundation on which to build.”                    served her alma mater as a member of
                                                     the Alumnae Board from 1999-2005.
  The honors Shrude has received are
  extensive. Among the more presti-                 “It’s hard to imagine how what you do
  gious are those from the American                  will affect generations to come,” conclud-

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     Aesthetic engagement
     rises to an art form
     alumna connects art to community,
     both locally and globally

     M           elanie Mendez ’99 was on her
     way to joining the Peace Corps in 2003
     as a way to connect global awareness
                                                     The concept of service learn-
                                                     ing is one Mendez learned through
                                                     an observation made by Alverno
     with effective citizenship. But she never       professor Kate Weishaar.
     got that far — she went further.                                                                Mendez’s students adopted the St. Francis
                                                     In 1997 as a student, Mendez was
                                                                                                     quote, “I am an instrument of peace,” as
     Originally from Sault Sainte Marie, Mich.,      discussing her approach to an art
                                                                                                     their theme for the project, which is a
     she started college as a psychology major       assignment with Weishaar who no-
                                                                                                     three-year, middle-school arts’ curriculum.
     at Lake Superior State University. “But         ticed that she was responding to the
                                                                                                     It encourages students to look through the
     I always wanted to study art therapy and        assignment with a service-learning
                                                                                                     lens of a camera and into themselves, into
     Lake State didn’t have the art courses to       approach — bringing Mendez to a
                                                                                                     the lives of their family and friends, and
     support that major,” she recalled. While        new level of aesthetic engagement.
                                                                                                     into their surrounding community.
     she didn’t know it at the time, Mendez
                                                     The college students’ projects filled a
     made a life-changing decision based on                                                           In reflection, Mendez is quick to credit
                                                     need in the community, and students
     the Alverno curriculum-centered ability                                                          her alma mater for her achievements.
                                                     were engaged in planning, action and
     of valuing.                                                                                     “Alverno shaped me as a person, a woman,
                                                     reflection, Mendez said.
                                                                                                      an artist and a community activist,” she
     “I had to follow my heart,” Mendez said         Sharing service learning with                    says. Once or twice a year, she gets
      of her move to Milwaukee in 1995 to            the community                                    together with a group of 12 women artists,
      study art therapy at Alverno.
                                                     In the fall of 2004, Mendez spoke about          all Alverno alumnae, to create art, which
     Mendez is in her second year teaching           St. Aemilian’s service-learning program          is donated to community shows. They call
     at St. Rafael the Archangel School in           to a group at the International Service          themselves “Circle of Women Artists.”
     Milwaukee, where she teaches art to 345         Learning conference in Tampa. Fla. “I           Mendez’s desire to be connected on a
     K-4 through eighth grade students. She’s        believe that my job has a much deeper           global level has not gone unfulfilled. Her
     the school’s first full-time art teacher. “As   purpose — to teach students to connect          service-learning approach supports the
     the art specialist, I’m able to develop the     art to the community, to service to family      Milwaukee Catholic mission work with
     art curriculum,” she says.                      and to one another.                             LaSagrada Familia Parish in the Do-
      Developing a curriculum is hardly new          “I enjoy the process that art takes me on.      minican Republic. She started a women’s
      for Mendez. She spent nearly eight years        It has a beginning, an end, a depth and a      sewing project in which students created
      as the art specialist at St. Aemilian-         vision of its own. As an art educator, it is    Mola art-style pillows and sold them
      Lakeside School where she created a             my responsibility to bring art alive in that   at Alverno. All of the proceeds helped
      curriculum that had its roots at Alverno.       respect for my students,” Mendez says,         to fund a women’s sewing co-op in Los
     “The school is for emotional- and                which is why she welcomed the oppor-           Toros, Dominican Republic — her hus-
      behavioral-challenged students,” she            tunity to have St. Rafael’s sixth- through     band Miguel’s hometown where he was a
      says. It was there that she developed a         eighth-grade students participate in the       community leader — to purchase sewing
      service-learning program that became           “Distilling Essence” project at Alverno.        machines for the co-op.
      a part of the school’s curriculum.
                                                     Last year, St. Rafael was one of five           Melanie and Miguel share their life with
     “The Service-Learning program was               schools involved in the ongoing project         3-year-old daughter, Marbella. And, Men-
      a required class to assist the students        that introduces first-grade through high        dez says, through them and her extended
      in using their creativity to connect           school students to photography as an art        family in the Dominican Republic, her
      academics to the needs of the com-             medium. Through the project, students           international relationships give her global
      munity through service, and to                 learned about each other by understand-         awareness. “For a lifetime,” she says.
      fulfill court-mandated, community-             ing the “essence” of each student.                                  — by Judith Berger ‘98
      service requirements,” she says.

A raised voice:
An interview with music
legend Judy Collins

H         er pale blue eyes, ethereal presence and a voice seem-
ingly delivered on the wings of angels belie her keen and deep
insight into life, love, test and trial. This is a woman who has
                                                                      children where
                                                                      they participated
                                                                      in art projects and
seen both sides — then and now.                                       talked about their
                                                                      experiences in
For Judy Collins, nothing has slowed. At the age of 70, she
                                                                      their homelands
continues to record, write, tour and crusade. She lives for the
                                                                      ravaged by land-
human connection that breathes truth into every endeavor.
                                                                      mines. At first,
Performing 50 to 80 times a year, Collins admits she never re-        they would only
ally stops touring, including a performance at Alverno College’s      draw pictures of
Pitman Theatre this October to kick off the Alverno Presents          planes, refugees
50th anniversary season. At home in New York, she is cur-             and scenes of             Music legend Judy Collins kicked off the 50th season of
rently working on her memoirs, “Sweet Judy Blue Eyes: Music           chaos. Finally, by        Alverno Presents.
that Changed the World.” The book’s title is taken from the           the end of the pro-
Crosby, Stills, Nash hit song, “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes,” which         gram, the children
was written for Collins by Stephen Stills during their romantic       began to draw the sun, flowers and themselves. I wrote a song
relationship. Want to know the backstory? “You’ll have to wait        about it, it’s called ‘I Dream of Peace.’ Oh, I must put that on my
to read the book,” she says wryly.                                    song list,” she says, a mental note to herself.
She has been more than a muse. Collins’ musical influ-                “The healing power of art is born-out all around us,” she says. “I
ence in the last 45 years is evident by the countless artists          was raised in the arts. My parents were artistic. My father was a
who have performed her songs. But what influences her                  singer, composer and broadcaster. Art is an emotional resource
music? “I go with what I love. Throughout my career, my                always needing to be refreshed and renewed. It’s what gives us
instincts have been correct, so I follow that path,” she says.         full and rich lives.”
Her music has influenced the times as much as it has reflected                                                          — by Judith Berger ‘98
the moment. “We are all products of our time and culture. So
you bring all these elements to it. That’s the magic of it when
you’re writing music and performing.”
Wanting to pay tribute to a career that gave voice to a generation,
a compilation of songs written by Collins has been recorded by
artists, including Joan Baez, Jimmy Webb, Bernadette Peters
and Shawn Colvin on the CD, “Born to the Breed,” which was
released in October 2008 to rave reviews.
Being halfway through her career, she says, Collins continues to
look for things to do that are fun and interesting. Her creativ-
ity has taken many forms — singer, musician, poet, songwriter,
activist, author, producer, director, entrepreneur and philanthro-
pist. No matter how it manifests itself, her art is the thread that
stitches meaning into everything she does.
Through the years, Collins has toured with UNICEF as a
Special Representative for the Arts; and has used her art and
influence to push for the elimination of the deployment of land-
mines. Throughout her involvement, Collins has seen firsthand
the healing power of the arts on victims — both adults and
children — of landmines in war-torn countries.
UNICEF developed an art program that has been implemented
in areas plagued with landmines. “The program works with

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     Letter from Alumnae President
     Shemagne O’Keefe

     Dear Alumnae,
     My finest hour was becoming an Alverno alumna in May of 1999. A very close second
     is becoming your Alumnae Association president 10 years later in June 2009! I con-
     sider my Alverno education and this opportunity to serve our beloved alma mater as
     defining moments in my life. Like many Alverno alums, I am a first-generation college
     graduate; I am the first O’Keefe to graduate from college. The Alverno experience
     transformed me. I am so proud to be an alum of this extraordinary college and to be
     among so many extraordinary women making a difference in the world. We are all a
     part of something very special as Alverno College graduates. There is so much to be
     proud of as Alverno women!
     At Homecoming 2009, we honored five outstanding women: Sister Julie Knotek ’46,
     who received the Sister Joel Read Outstanding Alumna Award; Diane Chamness ’84,
     who received the Professional Achievement Award; Sister Katy LaFond ’02, MA ’07,
     who received the Young Professional Achievement Award; Tracy Stockwell ’95, who
     received the Spirit of Alverno Award; and F. Helen Gee ’98, who received the Service
     to the Community Award. Congratulations to these recipients. (See page 29 for details
     on the recipients and their awards.)
     Also, please join me in welcoming your new Alumnae Board members who have
     committed their gifts, talents and tremendous abilities to lead your Alumnae
     Association and give back to the College that changed their lives. The new board
     members include: Penny Engebose MBA ’08, Carol Graham ’58, LaToya Bates ’02,
     MA ’08, and Maricruz Talavera-Pettis ’99.
     As your Alumnae Association Board, we are looking forward to reconnecting with you
     to capture the imagination of your brilliant Alverno mind and build upon the love you
     have in your heart for this experience that transformed your life.
     I am looking forward to seeing you soon!

     Shemagne O’Keefe ’99
     President – Alverno College Alumnae Association
                                                                                             “   I am so proud to
                                                                                              be an alum of this
                                                                                             extraordinary college
                                                                                                    and to be
                                                                                                among so many
                                                                                             extraordinary women
                                                                                              making a difference

                                                                                                 in the world.

Four Alverno graduates
appointed to Alverno
Alumnae Association Board

F    our Alverno alumnae were recently
appointed to the Alumnae Association
Board. The board is active in establish-
                                             LaToya Bates is a 2002 undergraduate
                                             and a 2008 MBA graduate of Alverno.
                                             After receiving her undergraduate degree
ing and maintaining close relationships      she founded “Wounded Wings: Associa-
between the college and its alumnae,         tion for the Betterment of Women and
which are more than 15,000 in number.        Young Adults” to provide educational and
It enables alumnae to assist in achieving    social programs to help women reach
Alverno’s goals and objectives through       personal success. Bates says this calling
voluntary support and leadership, while      was a direct result of her education at
keeping graduates connected to their         Alverno. The two-time Alverno grad feels
alma mater and to one another.               a strong desire to “give back” to the Al-
                                             verno community. She has mentored an
Penny Engebose, a member of the first
                                             intern and looks forward to working with
MBA class in December 2008, became
                                             other students, and believes that serving
a passionate supporter of Alverno’s
                                             on the Alumnae Association Board will
mission. She was integral in setting up
                                             give her an opportunity to serve Alverno
the MBA Endowment Fund and has
                                             in a “broader way.”
challenged the second MBA class to
contribute to that fund. She hopes that       Maricruz Talavera-Pettis is a 1999
by serving on the Alumnae Association         graduate of the Business program and
Board she can continue to spread the          has since gotten her master’s degree from
word about Alverno College and use her        Keller Graduate School in Accounting
skills in human resources, finance and        and Finance. She currently works as di-
marketing to promote the mission of the       rector of finance compliance for Rosalie
College and the Alumnae Association.          Manor Community and Family Services.
Engebose has more than 25 years in busi-      She is interested in reconnecting with
ness management, the last 11 at Lakeside      alumnae, keeping connections, seek-
Animal Hospital in Glendale where she         ing out new students and fundraising to
works as hospital administrator.              provide scholarships for women of color.
                                              She is also interested in connecting with
Carol Graham ’58, says that her “inter-
                                              parents of prospective students to discuss
est and belief in Alverno has been strong
                                             “the Alverno Experience.” Talavera-
and unfaltering.” Graham has dedicated
                                              Pettis is looking forward to reconnecting
her professional life to working in the
                                              herself to the energy that is unique to
public health care systems, including
                                             Alverno College.
director of public health services for the
Milwaukee Health Department, interim
health officer for the Wauwatosa Health
Department, and forming the business
WEIGRA Consulting, which specializes
in community assessment program evalu-
ation. As a member of the alumnae board,
she wants to use her community experi-
ences to engage older alums. And she has
a good track record of doing just that…                                                     Top to bottom: Penny Engebose MBA ’08,
                                                                                            Carol Graham ’58, LaToya Bates ’02, MBA
at the last Homecoming, she personally                                                     ’08 and Maricruz Talavera-Pettis ’99.
called members of her class to invite
them to the Golden Guild Luncheon,
which resulted in the best-attended
Golden Guild Luncheon to date!

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                                                 1 Alverno student JoElle Mason demonstrates
                                                   how to throw a pot during Homecoming
      1                                            weekend. Photo by Brittany Balash.
                                                 2 Samantha Jo Meyer, Miss Alverno 2009,
                                                   visits with Janette Gosdeck ’90, Pam
                                                   Garlock, Mara Eisch ’82 and Dolores
                                                   Eisch. Photo by Brittany Balash.
                                                 3 Alumna Sonya (Davis) Edwards ’94 participates
                                                   in the Alumnae Business Showcase, which
                                                   featured enterprising women who started their
                                                   own business. Photo by Brittany Balash.
                                                 4 Sister Margaret LeClaire ’49 and Sister Noel
                                                   LeClaire ’51 share a laugh at the monster trike
                                                   event as part of Dinner & Fun on the Fields.
                                                   Because of inclement weather, activities were
                                                   moved indoors. Photo by Kelly Griffith.
      3                                                                                               4

     Welcome home, Alverno alumnae!
     Homecoming 2009: a time for friends to reconnect and reminisce

     F   all was a time for celebration as
     Alverno alumnae shared stories and
     memories of their college days during
                                                 MBA and MSN graduates, positioned to
                                                 become an annual event; fireworks, pro-
                                                 vided by alumna Donna Bartolotta ’95;
                                                                                                     of 1984 compared stories of college life
                                                                                                     25 years ago and today; an interactive
                                                                                                     cooking class; pottery-throwing event;
     the 2009 Homecoming festivities held        and a showing of the film “Twilight.”               and much more. The afternoon also
     on campus Oct. 8 to 11.                                                                         featured a variety of sessions about the
                                                 Saturday’s festivities included a silent
                                                                                                     college’s graduate program. Saturday
     Thursday night kicked off the festivities   auction to benefit the Alverno Alumnae
                                                                                                     evening featured a special Homecoming
     with “Connections,” the well-attended       Endowed Scholarship Fund; two vol-
                                                                                                     mass; faculty social hour, which honored
     alumnae art exhibit, and a wine and         leyball games; an opportunity to sit in
                                                                                                     faculty who have taught at the college for
     cheese reception.                           on Alverno on the Weekend classes; the
                                                                                                     20 and 25 years; and the alumnae awards
                                                 Golden Guild Brunch for the Class of
     Highlights from Friday’s events included                                                        dinner (see related story on page 29).
                                                 1959; the Alumnae Business Showcase,
     Dinner & Fun on the Fields; an open
                                                 featuring entrepreneurial alums; the                Wrapping up the long weekend of events,
     house for the new Research Center for
                                                 Then & Now: 1984 & 2009 Alumnae/                    students participated in the second annual
     Women and Girls and the opportunity to
                                                 Student Panel Luncheon, in which cur-               powder puff football game, sponsored by
     meet the center’s director, Kate Masley;
                                                 rent students and members of the Class              Alumnae in Training.
     an alum reception and celebration for MA,

Five Alverno women honored
with alumnae awards

F    ive Alverno graduates were honored
at Homecoming 2009 for their outstand-
ing contributions to their College, their
                                               nesses and public entities. She is highly
                                               respected in minority- and women-owned
                                               business development. She also hosts a
                                                                                             cast, reflective of the
                                                                                             diverse Alverno College
                                                                                             community. Stockwell
community and their career. The winners        live, business talk radio show “Business      began the radio station
are listed below.                              Solutions with Diane Chamness” every          on her own time, with
Sister Joel Read Outstanding                   Saturday afternoon on News/Talk 1130          the following goals in
alumna award                                   WISN. In addition, she has held several       mind: provide instruction
                                               board positions around Milwaukee, is a        in digital audio design
The Sister Joel Read Outstanding
                                               member of the Downtown Rotary and             and production; provide
Alumna Award is given to an alumna who
                                               Professional Dimensions, and has won          instruction in media man-
exhibits integrity, enthusiasm, profes-
                                               several professional awards.                  agement; provide a forum
sionalism and strongly held values in
                                               Young Professional                            for Alverno College stu-
the significant accomplishments made
                                               achievement award                             dents, staff and faculty;
in her profession, service to Alverno
                                                                                             and provide a democratic,
and her community. This year’s honor           The Young Professional Achievement
                                                                                             community-based project
is given to Sister Julie Knotek ’46.           Award recognizes a graduate who is
                                                                                             for students to fully
After graduating from Alverno, Knotek           under the age of 30 and/or who has
                                                                                             experience the fulfill-
taught at elementary schools throughout         graduated from Alverno within the last
                                                                                             ment of collaboratively
the Midwest, returning to the Alverno          10 years and has achieved success in
                                                                                             developing, producing
College Laboratory School in 1963, and          her career by marked specific accom-
                                                                                             and managing a medium.
then joining the Alverno College faculty        plishments. This year’s award recipient
                                                                                             In addition, Stockwell
in 1970. She founded the art therapy            is Sister Katy LaFond ’02, MA ’07.
                                                                                             is pursuing a Ph.D. at
program, and continued working as a             LaFond has worked in education since
                                                                                             Marquette University.
teacher and administrator until her retire-     graduating from Alverno. Currently, she
ment in 1993. While at Alverno, she was         is the principal at St. Roman’s School       Service to the
one of the founders of Very Special Arts        in Milwaukee. Previously, she served as      Community award
(VSA), a program that allows hundreds           principal at Holy Trinity School in Ke-      The Service to the
of MPS students to explore the arts dur-        waskum, Wis., and as a teacher at Holy       Community Award                Top to bottom: Sister
ing spring break. In retirement, Knotek         Family School in Whitefish Bay, Wis. It      recognizes an individual       Julie Knotek ’46, Diane
                                                                                                                            Chamness ’84, Sister
teaches art as therapy to senior citizens at    was there that her students dubbed her       who has demonstrated
                                                                                                                            Katy LaFond ’02, MA
the LaFarge Lifelong Learning Institute        “The Fun Nun.” She maintains a blog —         the importance of effec-      ’07, Tracy Stockwell ’95
at Clement Manor where she organized            Religious Life Rocks: The Adventures         tive citizenship in the        and F. Helen Gee ’98.
their artwork into a gallery show that          of One Fun Nun — where she discusses         significant contributions
was held at the Alfons Gallery at the St.       her life as the youngest School Sister of    she has made to the community. This
Joseph Center. In addition, she continues       St. Francis in the United States (http://    year’s recipient is F. Helen Gee ’98. Gee
her work as an art therapist at Commu- Finally,      is a manager at Community Advocates,
nity Care Milwaukee.                            she participates in Comedy Sportz where      where the vision is “A community in
Professional achievement award                  she can both incorporate religious life      which each person envisions a future
                                                experiences into comedy as well as “blow     with hope.” She made a personal commit-
The Professional Achievement Award              off some steam.”                             ment early on to strive for a better life, to
recognizes an individual who has                                                             educate herself and ultimately to share
achieved significant success in her career     Spirit of alverno award
                                                                                             her experiences and expertise to impact
marked by specific accomplishments.             The Spirit of Alverno Award is given to      her community in a very positive way.
This year’s honor is given to Diane             a graduate who demonstrates enthusi-         She has achieved that commitment and
Chamness ’84. Chamness is the presi-            asm, dedication and an esprit d’corps        consistently gives back to the broader
dent of the Chamness Group, a business          in service and support of the college.       community. Gee is recognized nationally
development firm whose core purpose             This year’s recipient is Tracy Stockwell     for her expertise in helping develop pro-
is to help organizations navigate change.      ’95. Stockwell, an assistant professor of     grams for low-income families to achieve
This is accomplished through research,          Professional Communication at Alverno,       self-sufficiency. She also received the
strategic planning, marketing planning,         started the online radio station Alverno     YWCA of Greater Milwaukee’s “Out-
organizational development and diversity        Inferno Free Radio (AIFR), and is the        standing Women of Achievement” award.
initiatives. Chamness has worked with           faculty advisor to the students who work
entrepreneurs, private companies and            at the station. The free-form online radio   Congratulations to the 2009 award winners!
corporations, non-profits, family busi-         station provides an eclectic online broad-

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      1                                                  2

     1 Sharon Adams ’08 (honorary degree), Pamela
       Maxson-Cooper ’84, Patricia Hoben ’04
       and Lois Gresholdt ’91 received Women of
       Influence awards from the Business Journal
       at an awards luncheon held in summer.
     2 Mark Kass, of the Business Journal,
       presents Heidi Kolton with an award
       at the Women of Influence luncheon.
       Kolton is a 1975 Alverno alumna.
     3 Pictured with the Klement’s Racing
       Sausages, and Alverno mascot Blaze, are
       alumnae Jacqueline (Mattson) Baumgart
       ’76 and Sister Toni Palermo ’66. The alums,
       who played in the All-American Girls
       Professional Baseball League, were special
       guests at the summer fundraising event.
     4 Sister J.D. Brunner ’42 accepts her award
       during the anniversary celebration at
       United Community Center in spring.



Sister ‘J .D .’ Brunner recognized
for her service to Hispanic
                                               campus in the alumnae courtyard, the
                                               stories of baseball alumnae Sister Toni
                                              “Peanuts” Palermo ’66 and Jacqueline
                                                                                            A note from
Sister J. Dolores Brunner ’42 received
a Friends of the Hispanic Community –
                                               (Jackie Mattson) Baumgart ’76, who
                                               played in the All-American Girls Profes-
                                               sional Baseball League, beer tastings
                                                                                            Sister Joel…
Community Service award in April, from
United Community Service. The award            from several area specialty microbrewer-
recognizes non-Hispanic individuals            ies, as well as an auction and raffle. In    Editor’s Note: As many of you know,
whose professional and/or personal work        addition, the famous Klement’s Racing        Sister Joel Read ’48, President Emerita
has greatly benefited Milwaukee’s His-         Sausages were on hand for the event.         of Alverno College, suffered a stroke last
panic community. Brunner had worked as                                                      winter after a planned heart surgery.
                                               alverno alumnae named                        She is doing well in her recovery and
a minority counselor at Alverno for more      ‘Women of Influence’
than 20 years and moderated the student                                                     appreciates the many well wishes.
                                              Four Alverno graduates — and one
organization, Hispanic Women of Alver-
                                              honorary alumna — have received the
no. She founded the Hispanic Women’s
                                              distinction of being named “Women
Advisory Council of Alverno and was
                                              of Influence” from the Business Jour-         Dear Alverno alumnae
active within Milwaukee’s Hispanic com-
                                              nal. Celebrating its 10th year, the           and friends,
munity through her relationships with the
                                              Women of Influence awards recognize
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce-Wis-
                                              those leaders who are making a dif-
consin, United Community Center, the
                                              ference in Milwaukee. The Alverno             Your cards and letters were
Latino Community Center and La Causa,
among others.
                                              alumnae who were honored include:             heartwarming. Many thanks
leadership award presented to                 •	 Pamela Maxson-Cooper ’84, senior           for your care and concern.
                                                 vice president of patient care services,
alverno alumna
                                                 chief nursing officer, Froedtert Hos-      But please keep your prayers
Richanda E. Kaquatosh ’85, Milwaukee,            pital – Corporate Executive category       coming. They are still needed.
was awarded the 2009 Wallace Pyawa-
sit Leadership Award by the American          •	 Heidi (Janssen) Kolton ’75, ex-            My stroke leg is a slow
Indian Student Services, the American            ecutive vice president and chief           learner and has not yet
                                                 operating officer, Foundations Bank –
                                                                                            made much progress. I have
Indian Student Association and the
American Indian Studies of the Univer-           Entrepreneur category
sity of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. This award       •	 Lois Gresholdt ’91, busi-
                                                                                            a new address,. still at
is given to a community member who               ness technology analyst, U.S.              Clement Manor. . .
demonstrates an unfailing commitment to          Bank – Mentor category
American Indian causes through leader-
ship, generosity of spirit, and the ability   •	 Patricia Hoben ’04, founder                9339 W. Howard Avenue,
to approach community problems with              and headmaster, Carmen High
wisdom, foresight and a positive attitude.       School of Science and Technol-             Apt. 214
Kaquatosh has been the coordinator               ogy – Innovation category                  Greenfield, W1 53228
of the WE INDIANS Program of the              •	 Sharon Adams (Honorary Degree
Division of Bilingual Education of Mil-
                                                 ’08), program director of Walnut
waukee Public Schools since 2003. Her            Way Conservation Corp – Nonprofit
contributions to the American Indians in          leadership category

                                                                                                                      - Sister Joel
the Greater Milwaukee area extends far
beyond MPS; she has been integral in
reaching out to area families by organiz-
ing and coordinating health, literacy, art
and dance projects and programs.
alumnae celebrate summer
at ‘Take Me Out to alverno’
Alverno College alumnae, friends and
student-athletes celebrated America’s
favorite summer pastime at the July 29
fundraiser, “Take Me Out to Alverno,” to
support the Alumnae Endowed Scholar-
ship fund. The event raised more than
$12,000 for student scholarships. Guests
enjoyed a beautiful summer evening on

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       Get Involved!
        Connect with alums at upcoming events

                                                                       alumnae gatherings to bring health care
                                                                       professionals together
Join other Alverno alumnae in                                          The Alverno Alumnae Association is interested in holding
an eco-adventure in Costa Rica!                                        gatherings for alumnae working in the health care field at
                                                                       hospitals and clinics in Milwaukee and surrounding areas.
                                                                       Please watch the Alverno College Web site for details of events
Info session planned for Jan . 21, 7 p .m .                            being planned at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin on Monday,
                                                                       Feb. 1, from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., and Aurora St. Luke’s Medical
                                                                       Center on Thursday, Feb. 25, from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. If you
                                           Alverno College is          would like to host a gathering held at your place of work, please
                                           excited to offer an eco-    contact Mary Frieseke, director of Alumnae Relations, at
                                           adventure for alumnae or 414-382-6090.
                                           to the rainforests
                                           of Costa Rica. The          learn new trends and approaches to
                                           college has partnered       contemporary job seeking
                                           with the Tirimbina          Finding a new career in today’s challenging economic times
                                           Rainforest Preserve         and ever-changing job scene can seem overwhelming. Alverno’s
                                           and Lodge to offer a        Career Education Center’s three-part series designed for alum-
                                           unique, fun and edu-        nae focuses on the new trends and approaches in contemporary
                                           cational project that       job seeking. Come to one, two or all three sessions and develop
will draw on the Alverno abilities while contributing to the global    confidence in your job search skills.
environment and sustainability efforts in Costa Rica.                  All sessions will be offered from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Career
Tailored for graduates of any program, this 10-day, all-inclusive      Education Center. Registration is required.
trip will introduce participants to the people, history and habitats   Tuesday, Feb. 2
of Costa Rican rainforests. Participants will be creating a photo-     The Hidden Job Market: Using it with Confidence
graphic journal and multimedia presentation of the experience          Instructor: Joanna Patterson, Assistant Director, Career
traveling throughout central Costa Rica. Some of the adventures        Education Center
included in this trip are:
                                                                       Tuesday, Feb. 9
•	 Hiking	the	rainforest	with	experienced	guides	(daytime	             The 21st Century Résumé: Techniques for the Web Age
   and nighttime tours)                                                (Alumnae must bring a jump drive that includes their résumé).
•	 Learning	about	the	vital	biodiversity	of	the	rainforest             Instructor: Debra Chomicka, Director, Career Education Center
•	 Visiting	a	volcano,	coffee	plantation,	wildlife	preserves	and	      Tuesday, Feb. 16
   a women’s papermaking cooperative                                   Trends in the Interview Process
                                                                       Instructor: Amy Fritz, Lab Manager, Career Education Center
•	 Experiencing	whitewater	rafting	and	zip-lines
                                                                       To register, and for more information, visit
The Costa Rica trip is planned for May 28 to June 6, 2010. All         alumnae and click on Events Calendar.
travel, meals, tours and accommodations are included in one
price. Approximate cost of the trip is $3,000.
                                                                         Watch your mail for an alumnae survey
Faculty guides for the trip include Lynn Kuhlman, manager of
Residence Operations (414-382-6372 / lynn.kuhlman@alverno.               A note from the Office of Alumnae Relations: In the com-
edu), and Jill Moore, professor, Professional Communication,             ing months, the Alumnae Relations office will be sending
414-382-6255 / Please contact one of            out a survey asking questions about our programming,
the faculty guides for more information about the trip.                  activities, services and special events. Your ideas and input
                                                                         are valuable and vital to helping us provide meaningful
This travel opportunity is limited to 15-20 people, so reserve           opportunities to all college alumnae. Thank you in advance
your space now!                                                          for your participation!

Class Notes
1950s                                         1970s
Susan (Gebhardt) Taylor BSN ’57,              Judith (Gilmore) Beniak BSN ’72,
Columbia, Mo., was recently awarded the       Saint Paul, Minn., is currently the
University of Missouri Sinclair School        outgoing president of the alumni
of Nursing’s Honorary Alumna Award at         board in the School of Public Health
its annual banquet. At this event, the MU     at the University of Minnesota, and an
Nursing Alumni Organization honors            incoming representative on the Univer-
nursing graduates and friends of the          sity of Minnesota Alumni Board. She
school for their passionate, lifelong com-    has also been named Distinguished
mitment to the profession. The Honorary       Faculty Alumni at the University of
Alumna Award is given to a recipient who      Minnesota, School of Nursing Centen-
is not a graduate of the school, but has      nial Celebration, for the fall of 2009.
nonetheless made outstanding achieve-

ments in it. Taylor is a professor emerita
of the Sinclair School of Nursing.

1960s                                         Mary (Smith) Mortensen BA ’80,
                                              Hartland, Wis., was recently awarded           Refer a
                                              the Gold Level Photographer of the Year
Roberta (Steiner) Akalin BA ’68, Pleas-       Award from the Professional Photogra-
ant Prairie, Wis., received the Educational   phers of America.
Excellence Award from the Kenosha
                                              Patricia A. Cox BA ’83, MA ’01, Jef-
Branch of the American Association of
                                              ferson, Wis., accepted a new position at       Do you know of a woman
University Women. The local branch
annually bestows community-wide recog-
                                              the State of Wisconsin Department of           who would benefit from an
                                              Corrections and has also authored the
nition to outstanding classroom educators
                                              department’s application for the Second        Alverno education? The
and programs that encourage educa-
tional excellence and equity in Kenosha
                                              Chance Act. She also has a regular col-        offices of Admissions and
                                              umn focused on technology, specifically
County Schools. Akalin is a counselor
                                              the application of Access, in Strategic        Alumnae Relations are
at Tremper High School in Kenosha.
                                              Finance, the journal of the Institute of       asking for your help in
Sister Ann Catherine Veierstahler             Management Accountants.
BSN ’69, Milwaukee, was chosen by                                                            sharing your Alverno
                                               Dawn (Singleton) Gustowski BS
Gov. Jim Doyle to serve on the Wisconsin
                                              ’88, BSN ’96, New Berlin, Wis., was            experience with a woman
Council for Mental Health. The council
was created to advise the governor, the
                                               promoted to supervisor, Clinic Oper-          who is interested in
                                               ations-Oncology at Aurora Advanced
legislature and the Department of Health
                                                                                             pursuing her undergraduate
and Family Services on the allocation
of Mental Health Block Grant funds. In        Jean (Grabske) Jankovich BA ’88,
                                                                                             degree. If your referral is
addition, Veierstahler serves on the state    Pompano Beach, Fla., accepted a posi-          accepted, she will
board of directors for the Grassroots         tion at Vault Networks, Inc. located in
                                                                                             automatically receive a
Empowerment Project.                          Miami as operations manager. She is
                                                                                             $500 per year Alumnae
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                                                                                             Referral Scholarship.
                                                                                             Contact the admissions
                                                                                             office at 414-382-6100 or
    Tell us your news                                                                        for more information
    Your classmates want to know what you’ve been up to.                                     about the program.
    E-mail your news to

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     responsible for budget, human resources,     Ayaan A. Gedi BA ’94, New York, N.Y.,        College in Devils Lake, N.D.
     operations, marketing, project manage-       started a position as unit chief for the
                                                                                               Carrie (Kiiskila) Beaudet BA ’97,
     ment and other tasks. Vault Networks         Bureau of Immunization, New York City
                                                                                               Milwaukee, received her Master of Arts
     provides dedicated server hosting,           Department of Health and Mental Hy-
                                                                                               degree from Cardinal Stritch Univer-
     colocation and managed services for          giene. Prior to this, she was working for
                                                                                               sity in May 2009. She is employed as a
     small to large corporate organizations.      the Bureau of Tuberculosis Control.
                                                                                               kindergarten teacher in the Germantown
                                                  Lorena Gueny LIC ’94, MA ’04, Mil-           School District.

     1990s                                        waukee, has a new position as bilingual
                                                  consultant for Milwaukee Public Schools.
                                                                                               Maggie Menard-Mueller LIC ’97,
                                                                                               MA ’03, Oak Creek, Wis., has been
     Cecelia Gore BA ’92, MBA ’08,                Kimberly (Lavidette) Gomez                   named a Kohl Fellow for 2009; she
     Milwaukee, was named the executive           BA ’96, MBA ’08, Waukesha, Wis.,             was nominated by her principal at
     director of Brewers Charities Inc., the      has been appointed to the board              Woodlands School for excellence in
     charitable arm of the Milwaukee Brewers.     of directors of Cooperating Con-             social studies teaching in grades 7-8.
     She joins the Brewers after serving as       gregations Waukesha County.
                                                                                               Patricia (Wilke) Ball MA ’98,
     the program director of the Jane Bradley      Catherine M. Molitor-Dunn BA                Milwaukee, was honored at the Alverno
     Pettit Foundation for the past four years.   ’96, Waddell, Ariz., recently ac-            Volunteer Appreciation evening on April
     Erin Hanson-Baisley BA ’93, MA ’07,           cepted a position as instructional          28, 2009 for having assessed Social
     Milwaukee, has a new position as a            designer at Food Services of Amer-          Interaction, Global Perspectives/Effective
     reading teacher in the West Allis/West        ica located in Scottsdale, Ariz.            Citizenship, Weekend External Assess-
     Milwaukee School District.                                                                ments and the Action Research Project
                                                  Betsy (Hubred) Bannier BA ’97,
                                                                                               Presentations for 10 years.
     Sherri Jones BA ’93, LIC ’97, MA ’99,        Milwaukee, received a Ph.D. in Urban
     Milwaukee, is moving from her teaching       Education, Adult & Continuing Educa-         Tanzanique (Harrison) Carrington
     position at Lincoln Center of the Arts       tion Leadership, from the University of      LIC ’98, MA ’04 and ’06, Milwaukee,
     Middle School to a position with the Mil-    Wisconsin-Milwaukee in May 2009. She         is assistant principal at Hartford Univer-
     waukee Teachers Education Association.       is an assistant professor of chemistry and   sity School in Milwaukee Public Schools.
                                                  mathematics online at Lake Region State

          The Alverno College Bookstore
          has a huge selection of trendy
          and traditional styles with a
          wide variety of colors in stock at
          all times, like this classic piece
          by Russell Athletics. Available
          in grey with navy and white
          lettering, the poly/cotton blend
          hooded sweatshirt is $24.95.

          Please feel free to contact the
          bookstore via phone 414-382-6377,
          or e-mail
          for more options of Alverno
          clothing or gift needs.

Lisa E. Villanueva LIC ’98, Colorado
Springs, Colo., recently became the
executive director/CEO at Parents Chal-
lenge, a nonprofit organization designed
to empower low-income parents with
educational choice. Parents Challenge
is dedicated to educating, motivating,
supporting and activating parents in order
for them to choose what is best for their
children’s education.                          alum
Tamara Hines LIC ’99, MA ’00, Mil-
waukee, is assistant principal at Bay View
High School.
Crystal Y. Jones BA ’99, Atlanta, Ga.,
received her Toastmasters International
                                               to federal technology
                                               standards committee
Competent Communicator Certification
and Award after the completion of 10 pub-
lic speeches. The chapter she is in through
her employer,, has won
the most certifications and advanced certi-    The U.S. Department of Health and Hu-        bar-coded patient identification and
fications within the Atlanta metro area.       man Services has named Judy (Wozny)          medication administration, automated
Heidi S. Joy Bursch BSE ’99, Rock-             Murphy ’75, vice president for infor-        clinical documentation and embedded
ford, Minn., graduated from Norwich            mation services at Aurora Health Care,       evidence-based decision support
University, in Northfield, Vt., in June.       to serve on the newly-created Health         for nursing and medical care.
She graduated cum laude with a master’s        Information Technology (HIT) Standards
                                                                                            In addition, Murphy is on the board of
degree in Education, with emphasis in          Committee, which is a 23-member federal
                                                                                            directors of the American Medical Infor-
Administration and Supervision. Bursch         advisory body to the Office of the Na-
                                                                                            matics Association. She recently testified
is working for Howard Lake School              tional Coordinator for HIT, established by
                                                                                            at a hearing before the National Com-
District in Howard Lake, Minn., teaching       the American Recovery and Reinvestment
                                                                                            mittee on Vital and Health Statistics in
early childhood special education.             Act of 2009 (ARRA). The appointment
                                                                                            Washington, D.C., on the meaningful use
                                               came from Kathleen Sebelius, the new
Tracy (Washington) Stewart BA ’99,                                                          of electronic health record systems.
                                               Secretary of Health and Human Services.
Madison, Wis., accepted the position of        Murphy will serve a three year term,         “I am honored to serve on this important
coordinator at Second Chance Programs          May 1, 2009 to May 1, 2012. The HIT           committee, and proud that my health
at YWCA of Greater Madison located in          Standards Committee is charged with           information technology expertise, de-
Madison, Wis. Stewart previously worked        making recommendations to the National       veloped over the last 20 years, has been
at Fair Housing Center of Greater Madi-        Coordinator on standards, implementation      recognized in this way,” Murphy said. “It
son as investigations coordinator.             specifications, and certification criteria    is a credit to Aurora Health Care and
                                               for the electronic exchange and use of        to Wisconsin to be represented at the

2000s                                          health information.
                                               One of two nurses named to the advisory
                                                                                             national level for input on using HIT to
                                                                                             promote health care reform.”
                                               committee, Murphy has led technology         Murphy is also active with her alma mater.
Kanika Burks BS ’00, MA ’07,
                                               implementations in Aurora hospitals          In 2008, she joined the Alverno Alumnae
Milwaukee, is a new assistant
                                               and clinics including ePrescribing,          Association Board.
principal at Browning School in
                                               computerized physician order entry,
Milwaukee Public Schools.
Kay (Iraci) Kleis BA ’00, MA ’08,
Milwaukee, is currently working at the
Aurora VNA Zilber Family Hospice as
the bereavement case manager.
Linda (Zittel) Bay BSN ’01, SEQ ’04,
MSN ’07, Hartland, Wis., was recently
recognized at the Veteran’s Adminstration
Hospital as Employee of the Month. Her
nursing unit also won a runner-up award
in the nationwide program, “Transform-
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     ing Care at the Bedside.” This award          in the Growing Leadership Category. The       Elizabeth C. Simpson BA ’07, Green-
     represents a significant recognition of       awards ceremony was held in May. De           dale, Wis., received her Master of Arts
     this nursing unit’s efforts to improve care   Haan is the bilingual community coordi-       degree in Global History, with a focus on
     for medical-surgical patients.                nator at Marquette University Law School.     Global Studies and a secondary focus in
                                                                                                 Latin American history, from Marquette
     Lisa M. Jackson BA ’01, Milwaukee,            Danielle Storey BA ’06, Greenfield, Wis.,
                                                                                                 University in August 2009.
     received a master’s degree in Educational     received her master’s degree in Com-
     Psychology with an emphasis in Commu-         munity Counseling from Mount Mary             Keith Carrington MA ’08, Milwaukee,
     nity Counseling from the University of        College in May 2009.                          is a new assistant principal at 53rd Street
     Wisconsin–Milwaukee in May.                                                                 School in Milwaukee Public Schools.
                                                   Kristen (Oldenburg) Szajna BSN ’06,
     Elizabeth R. Mlekush BA ’03, Mil-             Oconomowoc, Wis., is working in the           Carolyn Schreiber MA ’08, Waukesha,
     waukee, was promoted to compensation          pediatric intensive care unit at Children’s   Wis., has a new position as reading spe-
     and retirement manager at Briggs &            Hospital of Wisconsin.                        cialist in the Waukesha School District.
     Stratton Corporation, located in Mil-
                                                   Sister Vestina Vedasto BS ’06, United         Thai Xiong LIC ’08, MA ’09, Milwau-
     waukee. She is now responsible for
                                                   Republic of Tanzania, is a biology teacher    kee, has accepted a science teaching
     compensation, pension and 401(k),
                                                   at Hekima Girls’ Secondary School in          position at the Hmong American Peace
     and oversees two employees.
                                                   Bukoba, Tanzania, East Africa.                Academy in Milwaukee.
     Karen Hartje BSN ’04, Franklin, Wis.,
                                                   Robert Antholine LIC ’07, MA ’08,             Rachel Grooms MSN ’09, Tallahassee,
     received a Master of Science in Nurs-
                                                   Waukesha, Wis., has a new position            Fla., is a registered nurse coordinator at
     ing degree with a focus in Adult Nurse
                                                   as reading specialist in the Muskego-         Capital Regional Medical Center in Tal-
     Practitioner from Marian University in
                                                   Norway School District.                       lahassee, Fla.
     May 2009.
                                                   Stephanie L. Pouros BA ’07, South             Jessica Knierim, MA ’09, Racine, Wis.,
     Paulina C. De Haan BA ’05, Milwaukee,
                                                   Milwaukee, Wis., recently accepted a          has a new position as principal of St. Ed-
     was recognized by the United States Postal
                                                   position at Keller Graduate School of         ward’s Elementary School in Racine, Wis.
     Service, in commemoration of Women’s
                                                   Management located in Milwaukee as
     History Month, with a “Women Putting
                                                   graduate admissions advisor.
     Their Stamp on Metro Milwaukee” honor,

                     Harkness a longtime friend and
                     supporter of Alverno
     Shortly before he died, Ralph Harkness        Ralph’s association with Alverno spanned      Melita Lane, whom he had helped recruit
     admonished a friend not to shed any tears     more than three decades. It began when        to the Alverno board years earlier.
     over his departure. He had enjoyed a rich     he headed the Northwestern Mutual
                                                                                                 For the final 15 years of his life, he met
     and rewarding life, thanks in no small        Life Foundation and found in Alverno
                                                                                                 regularly with College staff, offering
     part to his long association with Alverno.    an outlet for his desire to expand higher
                                                                                                 keen insights and good advice.
     He realized his time had come, and if         educational opportunity for those with
     he awoke the next morning he would be         high talent and modest means.                 In a moving eulogy, Thomas “T.J.” Hark-
     pleasantly surprised.                                                                       ness remembered his father as a man who
                                                   It expanded after his retirement when
                                                                                                 usually got what he wanted — and what
     The statement was vintage Ralph — kind,       he worked for six years on the College’s
                                                                                                 he usually wanted was good things for
     dignified and humorous in a proper sort       development staff, playing a key role in
                                                                                                 other people — including students. His
     of way. When he passed away in fall,          the success of its first fundraising cam-
                                                                                                 strong moral compass, generous heart
     three weeks shy of his 92nd birthday, he      paign. After his wife Barbara’s death in
                                                                                                 and keen mind touched thousands of lives,
     left behind many Alverno friends who          1992, he and his four children established
                                                                                                 and we are proud — and deeply thank-
     will miss his special presence.               an endowed scholarship for Hispanic
                                                                                                 ful — to count ourselves among them.
                                                   students in her name. He later married

        Engagements                                                 A daughter, Hope Joy Bursch on
                                                                    April 2, 2009, to Heidi S. Joy
        Kasey R. Carberry ’07 to Aaron Midthun                      Bursch ’99 and Doug Bursch
        Brenda C. Manry ’05, ’07 to Bradley Luterbach               A daughter, Aniyah Jeri
                                                                    Lee, on April 2, 2009,
        Melissa L. Rath ’06 to Mitch Tischer
                                                                    to Nicole (Glover) Lee
        Cary B. Waubanascum ’01 to Lance Dillenberg                 ’04 and Shamik Lee
                                                                                                                          Hope Joy Bursch
                                                                    A son, Owen Michael, on

        Weddings                                                    January 15, 2009, to Elizabeth (Fletcher) McDougall ’91 and
                                                                    Tim McDougall

        Betty J. Barbour ’02 to Blake Lewis                         A daughter, Nzuri Magiri Makena Njuguna, on February 13,
                                                                    2009, to Setti (White) Njuguna ’08 and Njuguna Mwaura
        Kristi K. Cowles ’86 to Arthur Coulton
                                                                    A daughter, Eliana Maria, on January 23, 2009, to
                                                                    Maria (Treviso) Szejna ’96 and Patrick Szejna

                                                                    In Memoriam
                                                                    We ask for your prayers for these alumnae and
                                                                    friends of the College who have passed away:
                                                                    Sister Agnessa Laur ’43
                                                                    Sister Luan Noecker ’45
                                                                    Sister Marian Dahlke ’47
                                                                    Margaret (Pink) Bartels ’52
                                                                    Sister Rita Bleidorn ’52
                                                                    Norma (Lust) Marciniak ’52
                                                                    Dr. Evelyn Crump ’54
                                                                    Sister Jean Ann Peltier ’55
Betty and Blake Lewis
                                                                    Sister Olive Rowley ’60
        Cecelia I. Gore ’92, MBA ’08 to Randy Bryant                Margaret (Klar) Taylor ’60
                                                                    Sister Carmelle Darr ’62
        Nicole (Glover) Lee ’04 to Shamik Lee
                                                                    Barbara A. Wiese ’68
        Setti (White) Njuguna ’08 to Njuguna Mwaura                 Ellen (Nehrbass) Heberling ’69
        Ruth M. Schueller ’93 to Steve Fleischmann                  Beatrice (Ilovshek) Janowski ’71
                                                                    Mary Lee (Wight) Berndt ’73
        Elizabeth C. Simpson ’07 to Theodore Wendel
                                                                    Joyce (Becker) Hoppmann ’75
        Kristen (Oldenburg) Szajna ’06 to Tim Szajna                Janet (Randolph) Saunier ’98
        Cherie (Duell) Zeier ’97 to Steven Zeier                    Katherine (Panfil) Dotzler ’06
                                                                    Ralph N. Harkness (friend)
                                                                    Violet M. Porter (friend)
        Births                                                      Cleetta L. Steininger (friend)
                                                                    Janis Wells (friend)
        A daughter, Lucy Kay Haggith, on July 3, 2009, to Sara N.
        Arends Haggith ’08 and Brian Haggith
        A daughter, Kyla Audrey Fischer, on March 25, 2009, to
        Jennifer (Bokan) Fischer ’95 and Kevin Fischer                 Tell us your news
        A daughter, Genevieve Morgaine, on December 22, 2008, to        Your classmates want to know what you’ve been up to.
        Dawn M. Hagemeyer ’96                                           E-mail your news to

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     Scholarship connects do
     Alum’s hope is to offer educational
     opportunities to deserving women

     G        iving her time, talents and treasures is the philoso-
     phy by which Filippa (DiBella) Weber ’92 lives her life. So
     naturally, setting up both an endowed and an annual scholarship
                                                                          comfortable for me, and that is
                                                                          what I’d encourage other alums
                                                                          to give as well: what is comfort-
     fund at her alma mater was a perfect fit. “I feel extremely fortu-   able for them.” To date, through
     nate to have had the opportunity to go back and get my degree,”      her scholarship support, Weber
     said Weber. “Through my support, I hope to give many other           has personally helped fund the
     deserving women the opportunity as well.”                            education of 23 women.
     As a benefit of being an employee of Harley-Davidson (retired        When asked, Weber will tell
     as the director of Labor & Management Relations) Weber was           you that her initial reason for
     able to go back to pursue her degree without worrying about           returning for her degree in Business Management was personal.
     the financial pressures of paying for college. Although this did     “I wanted to prove to myself that I could do it. However, as I
     make her decision about returning to school later in life a little    continued through each of my classes, I quickly came to un-
     easier, the road to completing that degree was still challenging.     derstand that what I was learning could be applied to my work
                                                                           every day and that the eight abilities was not just an approach to
     “As a non-traditional student who continued to work full time, it
                                                                           learning; it was a way to live your daily life.”
      did take me a little longer to complete my degree, but every min-
      ute was worth it,” Weber said. “I’ve always felt education was      Through her scholarship support, Weber hopes that other non-
      important, and having been a student myself I know firsthand        traditional women have the chance to experience Alverno just
      how challenging it can be to balance your professional, per-        as she did. When asked what advice she would give to other
      sonal and school life. Once I became an Alverno alumna, I felt      women who are considering attending Alverno, Weber said, “It
      obligated to help other women in need. A scholarship gift was       is never too late to go back — you just have to start.”

     How Alverno touched me…

          “  When I chose Alverno, it was because it was accessible, close to home and —
         especially with a little scholarship — affordable. I never guessed at the time what
        an influence Alverno would become in shaping my life. Even after graduation (and
      that’s more than a few years ago), Alverno has never stopped helping me to hone my
      abilities — as a professional, as a leader, as a volunteer. I truly believe that, more than
     any other single factor, Alverno College has influenced me to become the self-confident,
        strong and skilled woman I am today. This is why I continue to support Alverno!
                                                                                                                        — Carol Dolphin ’62

nor, student                                                            available to match
                                                                        student needs
   Student benefits                                                     Scholarships help bridge the gap between what a student can

   from generosity                                                      afford and what a quality education costs. And if a woman has
                                                                        the talent and will to attend college, Alverno wants to provide
                                                                        the opportunity. Your scholarship monies are helping to develop
                                                                        and train today’s students to be tomorrow’s leaders. A variety
                                                                        of scholarships are available to women interested in achieving
                                                                        their dream of a college education. Listed below is a sam-

  A        nn Mauro is not your traditional student. In fact, like
   many Alverno students, Mauro is a non-traditional-aged student
   and a single mom who is striving to reach her dream.
                                                                        pling of how your scholarship support is helping students:
                                                                        first Generation Scholarship
                                                                        This type of scholarship helps those students who are the first
                                                                        in their family to attend college. These students typically have
   Mauro, a current recipient of the Filippa DiBella Endowed            high financial need. First generation scholarships are restricted
   Scholarship, will graduate in May 2010 with a major in Elemen-       to full-time students and are renewable for up to four years.
   tary Education with a support in Language Arts. Her goal after       Critical Professions Scholarship
   graduation is to find a teaching position in the Greater Milwau-     These scholarships are designed to assist students pursuing
   kee area and share with students what she has learned in her         careers in areas most needed by our region. Critical professions
   classes at Alverno.                                                  scholarships are restricted to full-time students and are renewable
  “Alverno has given me such a new perspective on teaching,”            for up to four years. These scholarships fall into three categories,
   Mauro said. “When I was an elementary student studying sci-          including:
   ence, we just read from a textbook. At Alverno, I’ve learned         •	 Nursing	scholarships
   how to make science class come alive.”
                                                                        •	 Education	scholarships
   Mauro attributes her college success to the support she receives
   internally from the faculty and her peers, and also through          •	 Business	scholarships
   scholarship support. “If I did not receive financial aid, I would    For more information, contact the Advancement Office at
   have still figured out a way to make my dream happen, but it         414-382-6092.
   would have put a much more significant financial burden on me
   and my two daughters,” Mauro said. “Alverno has allowed me
   to be both a mom and a student, and for that I am truly grateful.”

   “   My support assists the school to empower women to succeed as professionals and
    they will eventually affect the world at large in a very positive way. From my work with
   the Alumnae Board, I know Alverno College runs a lean operation, so my support is well
        spent directly helping students offset some of the expense of their education.
                                                                                                          — Brenda J. Bohmann ’92

  “  Twenty years ago, I graduated from Alverno with a new sense of self and responsibility
   to the immediate community and the wider world around me. I didn’t stop developing as
    a person at graduation. My life has grown wider and deeper every year since May 1990.
           I owe my lifelong development and its benefits to Alverno, still — today.
                                                                                                — Rosemary (Borowski) Pearson ’90

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     Alumna Karen Sewall ’67 hopes
     scholarship equals opportunity
     for nursing students

“ It is fun to see how
 much good one can
   do…Just to know
  deep down inside
   that you’ve done
 something good is a
 wonderful feeling.
     O       ften times, a non-traditional stu-
     dent’s needs are more complex than those
     of a high school student transitioning to
                                                   David Sewall Nursing Endowed Scholar-
                                                   ship. Her dream is that no woman should
                                                   be denied a superior education, particu-
                                                                                                 grateful that his name was on it.” At the
                                                                                                 time, she had encouraged memorials be
                                                                                                 sent to Alverno to help build the Sewall
     college. Karen Sewall, who received her       larly women whose academic aspirations        endowment fund. Over the years its value
     BSN from Alverno in 1967, experienced         may fall second to other life endeavors.      has climbed to more than $50,000, the
     firsthand the challenges of pursuing a        Sewall’s scholarship fund was established     earnings of which are awarded in the
     degree while newly married.                   to assist married students as they pursue     form of scholarships.
                                                   a baccalaureate in nursing. Sewall em-
     Sewall has left a wake of firsts, blazing                                                   Sewall has also named the Karen and Da-
                                                   phasized that the most important qualifier
     new trails for those who dare to dream.                                                     vid Sewall Nursing Endowed Scholarship
                                                   is that the student be married. Her belief
     She was the first married student accept-                                                   a partial beneficiary of her estate. Leaving
                                                   is that a married student brings differ-
     ed to Alverno College’s nursing program.                                                    a bequest is a painless way to give back
                                                   ent challenges to bear on her academic
     It wasn’t long before the Sewall family                                                     as well as to leave a legacy. “It is fun to
                                                   career. She is more susceptible to starting
     started expanding, and she became the                                                       see how much good one can do,” Sewall
                                                   and stopping her schooling due to the
     first to give birth while enrolled as a                                                     said, even if the gift is given anonymously.
                                                   stressors of balancing motherhood with
     nursing student at a time when pregnant                                                     She secretly celebrates every time she
                                                   school. Sewall’s scholarship fund helps
     women were not allowed to participate in                                                    walks through the doors of her childhood
                                                   ease the financial burden. The awarding
     clinical study. Capping off her journey of                                                  church which were made possible be-
                                                   of a scholarship opens doors, when they
     perseverance and serving as inspiration                                                     cause of her generous donation. “Just to
                                                   otherwise may have remained closed.
     was a gift she received: Sewall became                                                      know deep down inside that you’ve done
     the first student to receive the National     In naming the fund, Sewall implored           something good is a wonderful feeling.”
     Institute of Mental Health’s Scholarship      her husband, David, to accept having
                                                                                                 Sewall hopes that because of her involve-
     as a junior and senior when the organiza-     his name as part of the named fund. He
                                                                                                 ment and careful planning, she will have
     tion typically supported students in senior   really didn’t see the value of having
                                                                                                 helped to encourage women who are
     standing. “Without the help, I wouldn’t       his name attached. “I insisted, because
                                                                                                 married to complete a baccalaureate and
     have been able to complete my degree…         without his support it wouldn’t have hap-
                                                                                                 perhaps pursue advanced degrees in the
     we were poor,” Sewall explained. Out of       pened,” Sewall explained of the ability
                                                                                                 health care industry.
     gratitude for the support she received as     to establish a gift of this magnitude. In
     a student, she established the Karen and      2003, her husband passed away. “I was so

        NSF grant helps students build strong
        future in mathematics, science

       A        shley Martin talks about science
        the way others talk about rock concerts.
                                                               stubborn nature was an obstacle, she
                                                               admits. Despite encouragement from
                                                               teachers and parents to consider science,
                                                                                                             choosing Alverno, grant reviewers cited
                                                                                                             its diversity, its track record of graduat-
                                                                                                             ing successful scientists, and the wide
        Taking nothing but science courses
                                                               she decided after high school to go into      support for the program on campus.
        during her senior year in high school?
                                                               cosmetology because the preparation
        Truly awesome. Getting into an advanced                                                              In addition to scholarships, these
                                                               was short and the pay was good. But she
        placement biology course as a junior?                                                               “Futures” scholars will receive fac-
                                                               quickly learned that she wasn’t cut out
        Crazy. Spending an afternoon in a lab                                                                ulty advising from their first year,
                                                               for cutting hair. She missed science.
        analyzing blood proteins from a sample                                                               special on-campus conferences with
        taken from a tiger at the Milwaukee                    She then faced her biggest obstacle:         Alverno alums working in science
        County Zoo? That was totally cool.                     money for college. “If I was going to         and mathematics, and a chance to
                                                                                      go to college, I       take part in a national conference of
                                                                                      wanted to go to a      working professionals in their field.
                                                                                      really good col-
                                                                                                            “The entire Natural Sciences, Math-
                                                                                      lege. I didn’t want
                                                                                                             ematics and Technology Division
                                                                                      big lecture halls
                                                                                                             is behind this,” said Susan Puste-
                                                                                      or easy courses. I
                                                                                                             jovsky, professor and mathematics
                                                                                      have friends who
                                                                                                             department chair, who wrote the NSF
                                                                                      go to Alverno, and
                                                                                                             proposal with Alverno’s develop-
                                                                                      they sold me on it
                                                                                                             ment team. “We know how important
                                                                                      a long time ago. I
                                                                                                             scholarships are to students, and we’re
                                                                                      just couldn’t af-
                                                                                                             elated we can now provide this help.”
                                                                                      ford it.”
                                                                                                             Martin says she is still a little in shock
                                                                                     The problem
                                                                                                             about receiving the scholarship. It took a
                                                                                     stymied her for
                                                                                                             while for her to realize that, with the fed-
                                                                                     three years. She
                                                                                                             eral and state student aid she qualifies for,
                                                                                     changed jobs,
                                                                                                             she now has enough to realize her dream.
                                                                                     looked at other
                                                                                     schools, applied       “It’s not going to be easy, but I’m really
                                                                                     for scholar-            not worried,” she said. “I’ll still have to
                                                                                     ships, saved a          work, but I know how to juggle. And
                                                                                     little money and        I’m not cutting corners on college. This
                                                                                     applied to attend       is my future.”
                                                                                     Alverno part-time
                                                                                                             A few scholarships remain open for the
                                                                                     because it was all
                                                                                                            “Futures in Mathematics and Science”
                                                                                     she could afford.
                                                                                                             program. For more information on the
                                                                                      Scholarship           “Futures” scholarship, call the Alverno
                                                                                      opens door             Admissions Office at 414-382-6100.
This fall, Ashley Martin is finally be where she has always known she should be:      to science
studying to become a scientist. But getting there hasn’t been an easy journey.        education             Alverno’s Futures in Mathematics and
                                                                                       Then in June she     Science Program is supported by the
                                                               received word that she had been selected     National Science Foundation Scholars
       “I’ve always loved science, especially the              for Alverno’s new “Futures in Mathemat-      in Science, Technology, Engineering and
        analytical part,” said Martin. “I had good             ics and Science” program, funded by          Mathematics S-STEM program under
        science teachers in high school, and they              a four-year, $595,000 grant from the         award no: 0850288.
        made it interesting. But most of all, I just           National Science Foundation. The grant
        have always had an aptitude for it. You’re             provides scholarships of up to $8,000 for
        good at what you’re good at, and I’m                   30 students like Martin who have science
        good at science.”                                      talent but also financial need.
        But it has taken five years since graduat-             Only a select few applicants were chosen
        ing from West Bend High School in 2003                 for the grant, and Alverno’s award ranks
        for Martin to get her chance to prepare                among the 15 largest in the nation. In
        for a science career. Initially her own

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     The Power of Giving: Dedicated to Those who Sustain our Mission



                                                                                           1 Alverno College President Mary Meehan visits
                                                                                             with guests during the Celebration of Giving
                                                                                             dinner Nov. 2.
                                                                                           2 Sister Carmelyn DuBuque, who served Alverno
                                                                                             for 50 years — 43 as director of Purchasing —
                                                                                             was honored with the Franciscan Spirit Award.
                                                                                           3 Five women received awards at the Celebration
                                                                                              of Giving dinner including Elizabeth O’Leary
                                                                                             ’54, Pat Milliken Wilde ’61, Sister Carmelyn
                                                                                              DuBuque and Mari-Anne Hechmann ’91. Not
                                                                                              pictured: JoAnn (Resch) McGrath ’57.
      3                                                                                         Photos by Jay Westhauser.

     Celebration of Giving event honors
     those who support Alverno

     F    ive awards were presented at the
     2009 Celebration of Giving dinner
     in recognition of those who provide
                                              individuals and/or organizations that have
                                              demonstrated an outstanding commit-
                                              ment to Alverno College through gift
                                                                                           to an individual who continues to
                                                                                           demonstrate distinguished service.
                                                                                           Elizabeth O’Leary ’54 – Golden
     support to the college. The annual       support of the college’s programs, opera-
                                                                                           Jubilarian Award: This is awarded to
     fall event is an opportunity to recog-   tions and capital endeavors.
                                                                                           an alumna who is celebrating more than
     nize and thank donors who make gift
                                              Additional honorees this year include:       50 years as an Alverno graduate and who
     investments, planned gifts, provide
                                                                                           has been committed to philanthropy and
     student scholarships and offer other     Pat Milliken Wilde ’61 – Exemplar
                                                                                           service throughout her life.
     support. The evening also provides       Award: This award is given to an alumna
     scholarship recipients the opportunity   who has demonstrated consistent gift         Sister Carmelyn DuBuque – Franciscan
     to thank and make personal connec-       support of the College for five or more      Spirit Award: This award celebrates a
     tions with their scholarship donors.     years and who has demonstrated leader-       School Sister of St. Francis who embraces
                                              ship in helping Alverno continue to grow     the Franciscan values of learning: rever-
     This year, the Bene Award was given
                                              and improve.                                 ence and love for all life, joyfulness of
     to JoAnn (Resch) McGrath, a 1957
                                                                                           spirit and creating a caring community.
     Alverno alumna who received her degree   Mari-Anne Hechmann ’91 –
     in nursing. The Bene Award is given to   Ambassador Award: This is awarded

 For gifts recorded from April 1, 2009 to September 30, 2009

In Honor of…
Ronald L. Blake for his 7 years                      Sister Martine Hundelt ’40 on her 75th                 Mary J. Meehan ’05 for her 5 year
of service as Chairman of the FIHE Board             Anniversary as a School Sister of St. Francis          Anniversary as Alverno College President
Board of the Foundation for Independent              Lavonne Jacobsen                                       Alverno College Board of Trustees
Higher Education                                     Ken and Rachel Jacobsen
                                                                                                            Sister Joan Quella ’63 for her Jubilee
                                                     Sister Elizabeth Zilla ’61
Sister J. Dolores Brunner ’42                                                                               Sister Elizabeth Zilla ’61
Mary May ’62                                         Sister Sharon Kubes ’64 for her Jubilee
                                                                                                            Sister Joel Read ’48
                                                     Sister Elizabeth Zilla ’61
Sister Margaret Busscher ’45                                                                                Theresa Virgona ’63
Mary May ’62                                         Sister Katy LaFond ’02
                                                                                                            School Sisters of St. Francis
                                                     Mari-Anne ’91 and Donald Hechmann
Sister Bea Dorsey ’64 for her Jubilee                                                                       Mary Ellen Johnson ’69
Sister Elizabeth Zilla ’61                           Sister Georgine Loacker ’47
                                                                                                            My Girls: Jodi Bucko ’95, Jean Weimer ’03,
                                                     Mr. E.A. Cushman
Cecelia Gore ’92 ’08 for her Wedding                                                                        Katie and Evie
Mary Meehan ’05                                      Jennifer Luedke                                        Susan Weimer
                                                     William Luedke
Melita Harkness for her 89th Birthday                                                                       Sister Irene Zuiker for her Jubilee
Ralph Harkness                                       Mary J. Meehan ’05                                     Sister Elizabeth Zilla ’61
                                                     Mari-Anne ’91 and Donald Hechmann

In Memory of…
Walter Adler                            Shirley Gradisnik                     Harry John                                 Eleanor Sukowatey
Sister Celestine Schall ’48             Sister Austin Doherty ’54             Margaret Brown ’63                         Sister Celestine Schall ’48
                                        Sister Margaret Earley ’52
Margaret Bartels ’52                                                          C.W. Jordahl, MD                           Jan Schall
                                        Sister Georgine Loacker ’47
Sister Bernardin Deutsch ’53                                                  Anonymous                                  Sister Austin Doherty ’54
                                        Sister Joel Read ’48
Sister Austin Doherty ’54                                                                                                Sister Margaret Earley ’52
                                                                              Ann Marie Konkel
Sister Margaret Earley ’52              Norbert Gross                                                                    Sister Georgine Loacker ’47
                                                                              Gloria Konkel ’83
Sister Georgine Loacker ’47             Sister Celestine Schall ’48                                                      Sister Joel Read ’48
Teresa Przybylski ’56                                                         Amanda Kupper
                                        David Haertel                                                                    Charles Sheperd
Sister Joel Read ’48                                                          Mary Ann Kupper ’60
                                        Sister Georgine Loacker ’47                                                      Sister Bernardin Deutsch ’53
Sister Celestine Schall ’48                                                   Sister Laura Lampe                         Sister Celestine Schall ’48
Sister Mary Anna Stickelmaier ’45       Bonnie Halwas-Lennartz
                                                                              Anonymous                                  Sister Mary Anna Stickelmaier ’45
                                        Camille Burke
Ida Bauer                                                                     Ruth Maki ’77                              Judy Simpson
Sister Celestine Schall ’48             Ralph Harkness
                                                                              Susan Jacoby ’86                           Susan Weimer
                                        Janet C. Balding
Father Al Beitzinger                                                          Carol Younk Merten ’68                     Donald Stickelmaier
                                        Patricia Beyer
Sister Celestine Schall ’48                                                   Bernadette ’68 and Jim Gitter              Sister Austin Doherty ’54
                                        Donald Buzard
Azie L. Bonds, Sr.                      Richard Cutler                        Ronald Meyer                               Sister Margaret Earley ’52
Yvonne Bonds ’81                        James Daly                            Susan Weimer                               Sister Georgine Loacker ’47
                                        Mrs. R. Goeres Hayssen                                                           Sister Joel Read ’48
Sister Anita Bruschi                                                           Marie Miller
                                        Arthur and Nancy Laskin
Vivian Kilzer ’51                                                              Sister Bernardin Deutsch ’53              Jules Wagner
                                        Frank Miller and Mary Ellen Powers
                                                                               Sister Celestine Schall ’48               Sister Bernardin Deutsch ’53
Lupo Aguilar Domingo and                Mary Ellen and Frederick A.
                                                                               Sister Mary Anna Stickelmaier ’45         Sister Celestine Schall ’48
Pelagia Garma Domingo                      Muth, Jr.
                                                                                                                         Sister Mary Anna Stickelmaier ’45
Carmela Domingo Colety ’58              Executive Officers of                 Phyllis O’Rourke
                                           Northwestern Mutual                Jeana Abromeit                             Dale Weber
Mary Farano
                                        Michael and Patricia Schelble                                                    Donna Weber ’56
Carlo and Wendi Besasie                                                       Jack Piscione
Ray and Caroline Besasie                Richard Seaman                                                                   William E. Zaeske
                                                                              Ray and Caroline Besasie
Marilyn Besasie                         Norbert Hueller                                                                  Margaret Zaeske Larson ’68
Raymond Bisesi                          Sister Bernardin Deutsch ’53          Father Thomas Pisors
                                                                              Sister Celestine Schall ’48                Diane Zielke
Rose ’62 and Joe Spang                  Sister Austin Doherty ’54                                                        Sister Agnes Marie Henkel ’60
Sister Johannella Fiecke                Sister Margaret Earley ’52            Rose Mary Purpero
Vivian Kilzer ’51                       Sister Georgine Loacker ’47           Gina Spang ’08
                                        Sister Joel Read ’48
Sister Joselma Gartner ’42              Sister Celestine Schall ’48           Marian Wagner Radke
Sister Frances Cunningham ’65           Sister Mary Anna Stickelmaier ’45     Mari-Anne ’91 and Donald

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     Caring enough to make it better

     I   corresponded with each of them only once, and I met them
     only in passing. I am certain they did not remember me or know
     my name. Still, when they both died last year I felt as though I
                                                                            reply to my letter. My first personal contact with Robert Solo-
                                                                            mon was a phone call to ask him about how I could continue
                                                                            to use his book, which appeared to be out of print. He not only
     had lost two friends. I have thought a lot recently about what I       led me to another publisher, but spent over an hour talking with
     owe to both of them and the legacy they left to all of us.             me in response to my questions about some of the ideas in the
                                                                            book. I was struck by the intellectual generosity of both of them.
     I first encountered them through their ideas. Richard Rorty had
                                                                            They were in constant demand as scholars and prolific in their
     written a book, “Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature,” that has
                                                                            contributions to philosophy. Yet, they did not hesitate to treat me
     probably influenced my thinking more than any other book I’ve
                                                                            as a colleague rather than as a complete stranger.
     read. You know what it’s like when someone says something that
     absolutely captures the way you see things or that challenges          I shouldn’t have been surprised by how readily and generously
     you to see things in wonderful new ways. His book did both             they responded to me. A persistent theme in Rorty’s work was
     for me. Robert Solomon’s book, “Love: Emotion, Myth and                that “moral progress…is in the direction of greater human soli-
     Metaphor,” was a refreshing and engaging philosophical look at         darity.” He believed that the world will become better as people
     human relationships in which he rigorously examined assump-            recognize and treat strangers as part of “us.” And one writer
     tions we tend to make about the meaning and nature of love.            characterized Solomon as a thinker who “brought a mix of
                                                                            analysis and empathy to the emotional universe.” I am saddened
     Rorty talked and wrote quite a bit about what he called “in-
                                                                            at their passing but heartened by their legacy.
     herited descriptions.” He argued that we all inherit from many
     sources — family, culture, communities, peers — images of                                                               — by Tim Riordan
     what it means to be good, productive human beings. He was not
     against inherited traditions, values or principles; but he did think
     it was important to be aware of the potential limits of any per-
     spective on the meaning and purpose of one’s life. In the same         Tim Riordan is a professor of Philosophy and associate vice
     vein, Solomon pointed out that the ideas, images, and feelings         president for Academic Affairs.
     people have about love are often the result of socialization into
     sometimes quite narrow ways of imagining human relationships.
     These two thinkers had something else in common: they were
     both critical of dominant practices in the field of philosophy.
     Rorty thought that philosophers spent too much time asking
     questions that could not be answered and not enough time
     addressing problems in life that matter. Solomon called the phil-
     osophical community to task for not taking seriously enough
     the role that emotion and passion play in human experience. Al-
     though Rorty and Solomon saw the value of careful and precise
     analysis of language, they thought that dissecting the meaning
     of words could only go so far in improving the human condition
     and sometimes distracted philosophers from the more pressing
     issues of the day. Needless to say, their ideas were not always
     appealing to some members of the philosophical community.
     It was always clear to me, however, that their concerns about
     the direction of philosophy grew out of a love for the disci-
     pline, not a disdain for it. This is a critical point. I learned
     from them that if we care enough about something, we
     care enough to do what’s necessary to make it better. This
     applies not only to our professional lives, but also to our
     personal lives and to our lives in our communities.
     I wrote my one letter to Richard Rorty after reading his book.
     What, I wanted to know, did he think his ideas might imply for
     the teaching of philosophy? Although he was on sabbatical in
     Australia, he took the time to write a thoughtful and extended

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