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Dear Alumna,

Survey says...

We'd like to hear what you have to say! The Alumnae Office asks for your ideas and input as we beginning planning Homecoming 2009, Friday October 9 & Saturday, October 10.

This is a short SurveyMonkey questionare that should take no more than 3 minutes but will provide us with invaluable feedback. The survey can be accessed at - Homecoming 2009 survey.  

I thank you in advance for your time, interest and ideas.

Best regards,     
Samantha Sobocinski '04
Assistant Director Alumnae Relations
414-382-6091 or

Alumnae Spotlight

Beth MonhollenAs an actress, playwright Beth Monhollen ‘97 has appeared with many companies in Milwaukee (Late-Night Theatre X, Inertia Ensemble) and has consistently won accolades for her work in roles at the Boulevard Ensemble Studio Theatre, including "Portia" in Shakespeare's THE MERCHANT OF VENICE, "Philinte" in Moliere's THE MISANTHROPE and "Emily Dickinson" in William Luce's THE BELLE OF AMHERST.   A founding member of Milwaukee's WIND-UP DOLLS THEATRE (an all-women improvisational-based theatre company), Ms. Monhollen ‘97 performed countless times with that feminist ensemble as well as creating many of its pieces.  This production marks the debut of Ms. Monhollen's ‘97 writing with the Boulevard Ensemble.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS covers the many comic and not-so-comic aspects of waiting tables. Through a series of monologues which mirror Jesus' travails of his stations, playwright Monhollen ’97 pulls aside the apron to reveal people behind the name-tag.  She covers issues of harassment, working conditions and the unique stress of "hospitality" with adroit humor and uncanny humanity. The ensemble bringing this menu of mirth to life includes Ms. Monhollen ‘97, Boulevard Ensemble Studio Theatre Artistic Director Mark Bucher, Scott Dennis, Katie Merriman, Shemagne O'Keefe ‘99 (Alverno Alumna), Mia Shellenbarger and Kate Sherry.  The production will enjoy the stage management talents of Paul Madden and Norman Gaulin.

For more information or to reserve tickets, please call the Boulevard's 24-hour voicemail at 414-744-5757. 

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Upcoming Alumnae Events

New York area alums,
Alverno alumnae will be in New York City for a weekend of shopping, touring, dinners and plays.  NYC area alumnae are invited to drop in for a casual visit with Alverno Alumnae Director Mary Frieseke ’93 and local alum Laura Halley ’07 on Friday evening, May 29th, between 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. at the Hotel Edison Lounge (the Rum House). Meet other alumnae from the NYC area and learn about the exciting things happening on campus. We hope to see you there!
RSVP to 414-382-6090; nice but not necessary. Cash bar available.

LighthouseDoor County Escape
August 21 - 23, 2009

Join the Alverno Alumnae Association on Friday, August 21 and Saturday, August 22 for a weekend in beautiful Door County! Enjoy a traditional Door County fish boil, relaxing Lake Michigan, and the quaint shops, galleries, and restaurants that make this area a pleasant retreat. A minimum of 20 people is needed by Monday, June 15 for this weekend to be possible. A block of rooms has been reserved at the Landmark Resort in Egg Harbor, and once the group minimum has been met, we will be contacting all interested parties so that lodging arrangements can be made directly through the Landmark Resort. Plus, Door County resident alumna Cinnamon Rossman '05 will lead an insider's tour to some of her favorite studios. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity for a relaxing and unforgettable weekend. Sign up today! Visit online for more information and to register for your meals and activities. Contact 414-382-6090 or email with any questions.

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Campus Happenings
Alverno receives $594,400 National Science Foundation grant
Monies to be used for student scholarships
On April 28, the National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded a grant of $594,400 to Alverno College for support of the project, “Futures in Mathematics, Science and Technology.” The four-year grant, effective May 1, 2009 through April 30, 2013, will provide 30 scholarships of up to $10,000 each year for students majoring in math or science.  The award is the largest Alverno has received from the NSF. The “Futures in Mathematics, Science and Technology” Program (Futures Program) is designed to recruit and educate 30 students majoring in science or mathematics and place them in careers or post-graduate studies related to these majors. The Futures Program will directly address STEM program goals of improved educational opportunities, increased retention to degree, enhanced student support programs at Alverno, and increased numbers of well-educated and skilled employees in technical areas of national need. Watch the summer edition of Alverno Magazine for more developments and details of the college’s Futures in Mathematics, Science and Technology Program.

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  Alverno Spring Concert, including Alverno Chorus and Flute Ensemble, 7:30 p.m., Alverno Chapel. Free and open to the public.
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