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April A-News

Save the DateDear Alverno Alumna,

Join us for an evening of artistic exploration at An Evening Art Walk with Alverno Students at Alverno! All alumnae, family and friends are invited for a beer and wine tasting of local breweries and wineries and silent auction on Friday, April 23, from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. in the Alverno Conference Center. Watch students create one-of-a-kind art right before your very eyes, participate in interactive exhibits, and take in musical entertainment. Selected pieces will be available for purchase. All proceeds to benefit the Alverno College Alumnae Association Endowed Scholarship Fund.

Click here for additional details and to purchase tickets online.

Upcoming Alumnae Events
Brewer LogoPrivate College Day at Miller Park
Alumnae, family and friends of Alverno College are invited to Private College Day on the Dew Deck in right field at Miller Park on Sunday, April 25th! We will be joined by alumni from other schools in the Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, for a total of 260 Brewers fans.

Get in on all the action and reserve your seats now! We have a limited number of tickets (first-come, first-served). You’ll receive a game ticket on the Dew Deck, a special pre-game buffet and soft drinks (two beers included, too) for $69 per person. Click here for more information and to register.

Alumnae gatherings in Racine and Northern Illinois
The Alumnae Association is planning upcoming gatherings for Racine-area alumnae and alums living in Northern Illinois. Special guest Dianna Gaebler of the Admissions Office will discuss Alverno’s current marketing and recruitment efforts and the important role that alumnae play in the process. These are great opportunities to catch up with old friends, meet other alumnae living in your area, and learn about the exciting things happening on the Alverno campus.

Wednesday, April 28th
Sebastian’s Fine Food & Spirits
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Caledonia, WI

Wednesday, May 5th
Deer Path Inn
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Lake Forest, IL

Watch your mail and the Alverno College Web site for more details.

Campus HappeningsRCWGResearch Center for Women and Girls Grand Opening Celebration
Join us for a weeklong celebration and grand opening of the Research Center for Women and Girls, April 7 – 13th. To coincide with the grand opening, we have launched a campaign to share many of the exciting stories with local and regional media. Kate Masley, director of the new Research Center, was featured on TMJ4 Weekend News on Sunday, March 28th. Kate Masley and President Mary Meehan visited the set of the Morning Blend to highlight the vision for the Center. To view these stories, please visit our media room.

Click here for more event information and to register for events during the Grand Opening Celebration.

Dawn BalistreriFor a full list of events open to alumnae and a special invitation from Dawn Balistreri, click here.



Alverno Alumnae are Invited…
Treat the Significant Women in your life to a special brunch and program designed in their honor. This simple event helps people know the “significant place” they have in your life.

Significant Women Brunch
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Noon – 2:00 p.m.
Alverno Conference Center
$10 per person

Please register by April 15th.
Sponsored by Campus Ministry, 414-382-6352,

Holocaust Survivor to Speak at Alverno
Since 2002, Alverno College has held annual remembrance services for Yom HaShoah, established as a memorial day for the Holocaust. This year’s service will feature Holocaust survivor Tauba Biterman, and will be held in the TLTC Conference Center at noon on Wednesday, April 28th. Biterman was first hidden, then passed as a German from the Black Forest. She survived by staying on the move, working when she could get work, and staying alert to the suspicions and accusations of Poles and Ukrainians who “always looked for Jews and hunted us out.” Her many harrowing experiences included having guns held to her head to coerce her into confessing that she was a Jew. “I was very strong and life was precious. I didn’t want to die from a bullet.”

This event is free and open to the public, and no R.S.V.P. is necessary. Contact Sue DaBaco at with any questions.

Around Alverno
New Masters of Arts Program Announced
We are pleased to announce our new Masters of Arts in Education Global Connections in the Humanities Specialization. This four-course (12 credit) sequence prepares K-12 teachers, curriculum specialists, administrators, and professionals to effectively design and teach global content in their fields. This program offers a content rich four-course sequence in global humanities, including world history, world literature, world religions, and world cultures. We are so excited to offer this sequence to teachers, educators, and professionals interested in global learning and education. For more information, contact the Admissions Office at 414-382-6101 or

AthleticsAthletics Update: Three Inferno basketball players honored by Northern Athletics Conference
The Northern Athletics Conference announced the awards for the 2009-10 women's basketball season and three Alverno College student-athletes represented the Inferno. Junior point guard Gabby Allen was named to the All-Conference First Team, senior guard Lisa Sorgi was named to the All-Conference Second Team and All-Sportsmanship Team and freshman center Rachel Diedrich was named to the All-Freshman Team.

The Inferno finished the 2009-10 campaign with the best season in school history at 13-13. Their 11-7 conference record put them in a tie for second place in the NAC South Division, earning their first NAC tournament appearance where they lost in overtime to eventual champion Lakeland College in the quarterfinals.

"They had a great season," Alverno head coach Brad Duckworth said. "For Gabby to be the first player in the history of our program to be voted to the first team is quite an honor, but really well deserved. There were times this season that she just put us on her back and carried us. Gabby does a lot for us on the floor--she is our point guard, one of our top defenders and leading scorer. I couldn't be more proud of how far she has come. I couldn't be happier to have her back next year and see how much further she can grow."

For more information on Alverno Athletics, click here.

“Women Putting Their Stamp on Metro Milwaukee” Awards
Chamness and DiezOn March 19th, the United States Postal Service honored Diane Chamness ’84, President of Chamness Group, and Mary Diez ’67, Graduate Dean at Alverno College, at the “Women Putting Their Stamp on Metro Milwaukee” awards luncheon. In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Postal Service created this event to pay tribute to women from the Metro Milwaukee Area for outstanding achievements in their field.

Alverno Grad Participates in Fight for Air Climb
Gwendolyn Long, a 2004 graduate, participated in the March 20th “Fight for Air” event, a fundraiser for the American Lung Association. During her preparation to climb the 1000+ stairs of the U.S. Bank building in downtown Milwaukee, Gwendolyn’s story was featured on TMJ4. Click here to view the full article and video.

Are You Responsible for Employee Development?
The theme for this year’s Administrative Toolkit Program, planned for Wednesday, April 21st, is “Make Work Work for You” and includes a full day of relevant and energizing learning experiences. Please click here for more information.

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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Events Calendar
7 Opening Celebration and Reception: Celebrating the History of the Research Center for Women
4:30 - 6:30 p.m., TLTC
8 Roundtable Discussion: Writing the History of Arab and Muslim Women in Greater Milwaukee
Noon - 1:00 p.m., LA 140 Student Lounge
8 Girl Meets World: Making a Difference in Girls' Lives, Rachel Simmons
5:30 - 6:30 p.m., TLTC
9 Rachel Simmons: Assembly for 7th, 8th & 9th Grade Girls
10:00 - 11:00 a.m., Kellogg A
10 Film & Discussion: Women as Agents of Change
1:00 - 3:30 p.m., TLTC
10 Alverno Presents
Zemog, El Gallo Bueno

Book Talk with Sheryl WuDunn
3:00 - 4:00 p.m., Research Center for Women and Girls


Half the Sky: Sheryl WuDunn
7:00 - 8:00 p.m., TLTC



Dessert Reception and Book Signing with Sheryl WuDunn, hosted by the Alverno College Alumnae Association
8:00 - 9:00 p.m., TLTC Rotunda

13 2010 Status of Girls Research Update
9:30 - 10:30 a.m., TLTC
13 Research Center for Women and Girls - Closing Celebration
Noon - 1:00 p.m., Commons Lobby
16-May 2 Graduate Art Exhibit
Opening reception Friday, April 9, 4:30 - 8:00 p.m.


An Evening Art Walk with Alverno Students
6:00 - 9:00 p.m., TLTC


Escape to the Wilderness

25 Significant Women Brunch
Noon - 2:00 p.m., TLTC


Private College Day at Miller Park



Racine Alumnae Gathering
5:30 - 7:00 p.m., Sebastian's Fine Foods & Spirits, Caledonia, WI

28 Holocaust survivor Tauba Biterman
12:00 p.m., TLTC


Northern Illinois Alumnae Gathering
5:30 - 7:00 p.m., Deer Path Inn, Lake Forest, IL

7 Spring Concert
7:00 p.m., Alverno College Chapel
11 "Distilling Essence"
Art and Cultures Gallery
14 Commencement for graduate candidates
15 Commencement for undergraduate candidates
28 - June 6 Alverno Alumnae Eco-Adventure in Costa Rica
18-20 Shakespeare in the Park, "The Tempest," starring James Pickering as Prospero. Alumnae Courtyard. Tickets will be free. More information.
24-27 Shakespeare in the Park, "The Tempest," starring James Pickering as Prospero. Alumnae Courtyard. Tickets will be free. More information.

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