November @-news

Dear Alumnae,

As some of you may have noticed, our A-News is undergoing a bit of a "makeover," and I hope you like the additions to the format.  We hope to include an alumnae spotlight, faculty musings, and student stories on a regular basis.  Let us know what or who is of interest to you, as your comments will help to shape future editions.

Did you know….
That we have an alumnae referral scholarship?  If your referral is accepted to Alverno, she will automatically receive a $500 per year Alumnae Referral Scholarship renewable for four years.  These days, financial aid is more important than ever, so contact the alumnae office for referral cards today.

Warm regards,
Mary Frieseke '93
Director of Alumnae Relations
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Alumnae Spotlight

Tracy SpotlightOne of the few upsides of this economic downturn is that if you have lost your job you know you are not alone.  One alumna in this situation is Tracy Anello ’92, who is making lemonade out of the lemons this economy has given her.

After working for over five years at Manpower Global Headquarters in various roles, most recently managing a team of writers as Manager of Proposals, Tracy’s position was eliminated after a wave of downsizing last December.  Fortunately she was afforded an opportunity for Outplacement services through Manpower subsidiary Right Management, which helped her to understand the current job market and tackle it with a new set of objectives.  Tracy’s main focus has been networking, and she turns to sites such as Linkedin, as well as her own list of contacts, to see who she knows that could refer or recommend her for a posted job. When asked what advice she would give others who've been downsized she replied, “Don’t panic!  Take time to get to know who you are and what you really want to do – a job loss may be a gift of time to STOP and evaluate.  Have a plan and work the plan every day!  Network, network, network...and when you’re done, network some more!”

Click here to read more on Tracy Anello '92!

Contributing writer Jeri Vatne ’09

Around Alverno
U.S. Secretary of Education Spotlights Alverno
In his speech on October 22nd, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan singled out Alverno College as an institution that excels in preparing teachers. The story was featured in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s “School Zone” section of its website. Read the article here.

Did you knowYou can listen to live audio broadcasts for select Alverno Inferno games on the Alverno Inferno Free Radio? 

Campus Happenings
Homecoming 2009
Over 300 alumnae, students, faculty/staff, and family & friends gathered on campus for Homecoming Weekend, held October 8-11, 2009. As part of the Saturday evening festivities, faculty that have taught at the College for 20 or 25 years were honored at a special social hour. The following are a few reflections from these professors on their teaching experiences at Alverno.

“Once when I was teaching AH 150, when I first got here, a student asked me why everything we taught had to be so sad and depressing. Thinking back on the class I had to admit that there were a lot of tear-jerkers in there. The next semester I replaced one of the books with one that was more uplifting, and I have always thought about that comment in putting together readings for a course. I'm glad for that student's insightful honesty!”
Jonathan Little
20 years

“In the early 1990's I had a beginning technology course.  I got everyone on the computers in what was then N 080 and we were starting to work -- when one student (non-traditional), raised her hand and said she was having difficulties.  I went over to her to help her --- she said her problem was -- the "foot pedal" cord was not long enough.  She was referring to the mouse -- a relatively new
input device!”

 Linda Ehley
Computing and Information Technology
20 years

“Always exciting to work with MGT 400 Small Business students as they develop their new business plans. It is even more exciting when students implement their plans. I recently learned that alum Nicole Wranik started her business, "Mosquito John, LLC" ( specializing in bug control for residential households with an emphasis on mosquito control.”
Dena Lieberman
School of Business
20 years

Breakfast with SantaSanta

December 12, 2009
9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Alverno College Teaching, Learning & Technology Conference Center

Why send Santa a letter when you can give him your list in person? Enjoy a delightful morning breakfast with Santa at Alverno College. All are invited to visit with Santa, make holiday crafts and join in caroling. Be sure to bring your own camera to take pictures. During breakfast enjoy pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, fruit and donuts. What a great way to start the holiday season! The cost for Breakfast with Santa is $14.00 for children (under 12) and $15.00 for adults. Reservations are required; space is limited.

Alumnae Adventure in the Rainforest
Alverno College is excited to offer an eco-adventure for alumnae to the rainforests of Costa Rica, May 28th – June 6th, 2010. Open to graduates of any program, this 10-day, all-inclusive trip will introduce participants to the people, history and habitats of Costa Rica. Approximate cost of the trip is $3000, and includes all travel, meals, tours and accommodation. Space is limited. Faculty guides for the trip include Lynn Kuhlman, manager of residence operations (414-382-6372,, and Jill Newton Moore, professor, Professional Communication (414-382-6255, Please contact one of the faculty guides for more information about the trip. An informational session will be held on Thursday, January 21, 2010 at 6 p.m. in Alumnae Hall. Watch the Alumnae Web site for more details.

Alumnae gatherings to focus on health care
The Alverno Alumnae Association is interested in holding gatherings for alumnae working in the health care field at hospitals and clinics in Milwaukee and surrounding areas. Please watch the Alverno College Alumnae Web site for details as events are planned at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin on February 1st and Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center on February 25th . If you would like to host a gathering at your place of work, please contact Mary Frieseke, director of alumnae relations, at or 414-382-6090.

Connect with Alverno

LinkedInThe Alumnae Relations Office has created an Alumnae Association Group on Facebook and Linkedin.  Join today to connect with students, alums and friends of the college!

FacebookWe are proud to announce the new Alverno Alumnae Connections application built on the Facebook® platform!  When you log into Facebook and add the application to your profile, you will gain unlimited access to the Alum Online Community features and much more!  To add the application to your profile, visit our application home page and select "Add Application." Once you have added the application, you can select the hyperlink, "Link your Facebook account," to link your Facebook record to your Alverno Alum Online Community record.

For more detailed instructions on the process, you can also click here to view an instruction manual.

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Holiday Concert
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12 Breakfast with Santa
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18 Graduation ceremony for graduate students
19 Graduation ceremony for undergraduate students


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