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February ANews

Dear Alverno Alumnae,

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!  As your Alverno Alumnae Association, one of our key visions for the future is that Alverno Alumnae are recognized as diverse, in demand and respected leaders who actively promote Alverno as a premier College with a local, national and international reputation. 

To help us accomplish this awesome vision, the Alverno Alumnae Association invites you to recognize our extraordinary Alverno Alumnae using their skills, gifts, time, talent and treasure to lead, succeed and transform our world.

The deadline for nominating an extraordinary Alverno Woman for one of the Alumnae Association Awards is February 26th, 2010!
Thank you for your thoughtful consideration!  We are looking forward to hearing from you soon and seeing you at one of our upcoming events.

Shemagne O'Keefe
Shemagne O'Keefe '99
President - Alverno College Alumnae Association

For a list of awards and criteria, please click here.

To submit a nomination, please contact

Alumnae Spotlight

Sally Bjorkman“Enthusiastic and involved” are two words that only begin to describe the force of nature known as alumna Sally Bjorkman '83.  A spirited volunteer, her alumnae involvement with Alverno includes more than 20 years working as a volunteer assessor and participating in various alumnae committees, including work as a past president of the Alumnae Association.  Today her mission is to encourage others to share of themselves and get involved.

Volunteering has always been important to Sally, but it was retirement in 2004 that put that interest into overdrive.  Her current passion is the Mad Hot Ballroom and Tap, or MHBT, dance competition that occurs in Milwaukee in May.  The Ballroom event involves local 5th and 6th graders from primarily low income schools in Milwaukee's central city.  Milwaukee's Danceworks instructors provide tap and ballroom instruction twice a week for ten weeks, which lead up to a program-wide exhibition and competition at the Bradley Center.  

The classes work to improve the kids’ attendance, academic performance, grades and behavior.  They also work to teach problem solving and communication skills, and to instill the values of education and lifelong learning.  Sound familiar?

For more about Sally and her involvement in the community, click here.

Do you know an alum that would be perfect for a future Alumnae Spotlight? Contact us at 414-382-6090 or to share your suggestions!

Sr. Christine TrimbergerRemembering Sister Christine Trimberger
We wish to inform you that we have lost a valued colleague and friend of Alverno College.  On Friday, January 15, 2010, Sister Christine Trimberger passed away at Sacred Heart Convent Center in Milwaukee.  S. Christine was a Professor Emerita and was active on campus from August 1, 1948 until June 2005.  Many faculty and colleagues on campus knew her as a beloved teacher and colleague who taught Philosophy from 1948 through Spring 1997, as well as acting as Chair of the Arts and Humanities for many years.  From 1997 until June 2005 she worked in the Assessment Center.  S. Christine was employed a total of 56.5 years at Alverno College.  Her impact on our curriculum and college is great, as she was the lead in hiring many faculty members still here today.  We will miss her.

For autobiographical notes that Sister Christine wrote about her life and works, click here.

Upcoming Alumnae Events

Spring Etiquette Event
February 22, 2010
3:00 - 5:00 p.m. Etiquette Event
5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Alumnae Networking Hour

The annual Etiquette Dinner offers students an opportunity to learn the finer points of dining etiquette as they network with members of the College community. Each table is hosted by Alverno alumnae and/or a member of the College staff or faculty. This allows students the opportunity to connect with others in their prospective field. Special request for Nursing Alums: this year we have a large number of nursing students graduating.

Alumnae Gatherings to Focus on Health Care
The Alverno Alumnae Association is holding gatherings in February for alumnae working in the health care field at hospitals and clinics in Milwaukee and surrounding areas.

All Alverno alumnae and students employed at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center are invited to join us for an upcoming gathering on February 25th.

Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center
February 25th

2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Meeting Room D

Watch your mail for print invitations.  As our invitation list may not be complete, please share this with any Alverno alums and students you know working at St. Luke's.

CHW photoOn Monday, February 1st, the Alumnae Association, with assistance from Rosanna Padron-Gutierrez ’01 and current MBA student Judy Andrade-Altoro, hosted an event at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.

Some of the alums in attendance included (from left to right): Mary Frieseke ’93, Mary Jo Jaeck ’78, Lisa Menningen ’08, Rosanna Padron-Gutierrez ’01, Rena McCrory ’05, and Judeen Schulte ’71.

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.

Alumnae Adventure in the Rainforest
Alverno College is proud to offer a 10-day, all-inclusive Eco-Adventure trip to the rainforests of Costa Rica for Alverno College alumnae and friends.  We have partnered with the Tirimbina Rainforest Preserve and Lodge to offer a unique, fun, and educational project that will introduce you the people, history, and habitats of Costa Rican rainforests and provide many opportunities for you to participate in Tirimbina’s work while contributing to the global environment and sustainability efforts in Costa Rica.  Trip dates are May 28-June 6, 2010, and the cost is $3,000.  For more information contact Vanessa O’Neil at; Jill Moore at; or Lynn Kuhlman at

The deadline for registration is March 1, 2010.  For additional details about this exciting trip, click here.

Miss Alverno 2010
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
7:00 p.m., The Mug (basement of Austin Hall)

Mark your calendars now for the 3rd annual Miss Alverno contest, held Tuesday, March 30, 2010, at 7:00 p.m. in the Mug (basement of Austin Hall). The Miss Alverno event provides students with the opportunity to use the eight Alverno abilities in a setting outside of the classroom.  Miss Alverno assists both the participants and audience members to better understand pageants, and in turn detracts from the stereotypes associated with pageants.  Each contestant will perform and speak in front of a crowd, giving her the chance to gain confidence in herself, and also to support an organization important to her.

Contestants will participate in five categories:  Casual Wear (getting to know the contestant), Talent (showing off their talent), Formal Wear (dressing for the occasion), Interview (demonstrating their interviewing skills based on their platform), and Candidate’s Choice (a woman of influence throughout the decades).

Come support current students as they compete for the 2010-11 Miss Alverno title!

Campus Happenings

Leadership for 21st Century Learning
On Tuesday, March 2, Alverno is hosting a special conference on Leadership for 21st Century Learning, focused on the roles of both teachers and administrators.  All alums, especially those of the Alverno Master of Arts program, are invited to join us for this event.  Be sure to take advantage of the $5 discount for alums.

Click here for more information and registration.

Optimist Theatre
Summer Shakespeare Returns to Milwaukee

Optimist Theatre will bring free Shakespeare in the Park to Alverno College’s Alumnae Courtyard and to the great city of Milwaukee this summer with their inaugural production of The Tempest.  Starring Milwaukee theatre luminaries James Pickering as Prospero and Angela Iannone as Ariel, there will be nine shows over the course of seven days, free of charge to the audience.  The show dates are Friday, June 18-20, 2010 and Thursday, June 24-27, 2010.  The June 18th and 24th performance days will each include a matinee in order to serve Milwaukee’s younger audience. 

The mission statement of Optimist Theatre illustrates how mutually compatible their collaboration is with Alverno:  “We believe that the theatrical arts broaden and enrich those parts of our minds and spirits that are most essentially human.  Optimist Theatre is driven to reach artists and audiences across the economic, ethnic, and experiential landscape, we educate, entertain, and inspire through creative works of artistic integrity.”

To read more about Alverno’s partnership with Optimist Theatre and future alumnae volunteer opportunities, please click here.

For additional information visit or contact Susan Scot Fry, Managing Director at or 262-498-5777.

Around Alverno

Scholarship Information
Alverno offers competitive scholarships of which we would like to make you aware.  Please encourage high school senior women who you may know are planning on attending weekday college at Alverno in the fall to apply.  More information, along with application forms, can be found on the Financial Aid section of our Web site.  Hard copies are also available from the Admissions Office.

Eleanor Roosevelt Community Service Scholarship
Four-year, full-tuition scholarship awarded to a first-year (freshman) student who has demonstrated excellence in academics and commitment to community service.  Application deadline is March 15.

Peck Scholar Program:  Excellence in Leadership and Community Service
Four-year, full-tuition scholarship awarded to a first-year (freshman) student who has demonstrated a strong commitment to community service and volunteer activities.  Application deadline is March 15.

Alverno Scholars of Wisconsin (ASW) Scholarship
Four-year academic scholarship ($13,500 year) awarded to one graduating high school senior woman from each county in Wisconsin.  Application deadline is March 15.

Telesis Request
Have a business idea, talent or hobby to share through Telesis?  Vanessa O’Neil, the Coordinator of the Telesis Program, is seeking instructors for Fall of 2010.  Please contact her with any course proposals at before March 1st at 414-382-6088 or

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
1 - 21 Alverno Faculty Art Exhibit
13 Alverno Presents
Luciana Souza/Cyro Baptista/Romero Lumbabo

Career Search Basics for Alumnae
Trends in the Interview Process
Kellogg A



Spring Etiquette Dinner
Be an Alum Table Captain!


Alumnae Gathering - Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center
2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Meeting Room D

26 Preview Days for high school students details
28 Alverno Presents
Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company
2 Leadership for 21st Century Learning
10 Nationally acclaimed expert and author Dr. JoAnn Deak will present insightful information on girls, bullying, and relational aggression.
5:30 p.m.
Conference Center
Free but registration required.
12 - 28 Student Juried Art Exhibit
"Observations". Opening reception Friday, March 12, 4:30 - 8:00 p.m.
13 Alverno Presents
Wayne McGregor/Random Dance


Miss Alverno
7:00 p.m.
The Mug, Austin Hall basement

31 Graduate and Alverno on the Weekend
information sessions, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
10 Alverno Presents
Zemog, El Gallo Bueno
16-May 2 Graduate Art Exhibit
Opening reception Friday, April 9, 4:30 - 8:00 p.m.


Annual Alumnae Fundraiser



Escape to the Wilderness



Private College Day at Miller Park


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