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Dear Alverno Alumna,

SamanthaAs an Alverno alumna, we’d like to invite you to join our Alverno Alumnae Association page on Facebook. This new page allows you to interact with fellow alumnae and stay in touch with what’s happening at Alverno.

Click this link to go to the page, and click “Like” to join.

This is your community – be a part of it today!



Samantha Sobocinski ’04
Assistant Director Alumnae Relations

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In an effort to keep our programming relevant to the changing needs of our alumnae, your feedback is requested and needed. The Alumnae Relations office, in partnership with the Alumnae Association and departments across campus, would like to provide programming that offers the events, information, services, and volunteer opportunities you desire. Your response is vital to our success in serving you.

If you would like to take the survey online, you may do so by clicking here.

Alumnae SpotlightJune Spotlight
Alverno Alum Places First in Category

Peeps Eyewear Named a Winner in Governor's Business Plan Contest

During the Spring Semester 2010 the Alverno College School of Business actively supported Alumni relating to community based entrepreneurial initiatives, Bizstarts College Consortium Business Plan Competition and the Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest.

Recent graduates Crystal Askari ’10 and her teammate Kimberly Hoy ’10 were awarded Honorable Mention and a cash prize of $500 while being recognized at the Bizstarts awards reception on May 26, 2010. Their new company, 100% Organic, offers healthy, organically grown food via innovative drive-thru outlets constructed of recycled international shipping containers.

Peeps Eyewear, a Madison-based company, with strong ties to the Fox Cities, took first place in the business services category in the 2010 Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest.

Kristin Benson Ellsworth ’91, who founded and developed Peeps Eyewear, designs and markets quality children's optical frames for preschool-age children who GET to wear glasses. Ellsworth was among 12 contest finalists selected from 284 entrants who showcased their business plans to the judges at the 2010 Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference held June 8-9 in Milwaukee. To read more, click here.

Upcoming Alumnae Events
wine tripAlumnae Travel to San Francisco and the Wine Country
Join fellow alumnae, family and friends on a trip to beautiful San Francisco and the wine country of Napa Valley. Highlights include a sightseeing tour of San Francisco, dinner on board the Wine Train, several winery tours, and an optional hot air balloon ride. A minimum of 15 people is necessary for the trip. Don’t delay – Register now to ensure your spot!


Homecoming 2010

Alumnae Art Show
The Alumnae Art Show will be held during Homecoming Weekend, October 8 – 10th. Specific invitations will be mailed to all art majors and past participants, so be sure to watch your mail for additional details. If you would like to be included on the invitation list or are interested in receiving early information, contact us at

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MS Psychology Survey
Greetings Alverno Alumna!

Please take a minute to complete this brief survey regarding a potential new graduate program at Alverno College. Your opinion is important to us and will be taken into consideration as we work to develop academic programming that is relevant, engaging and responsive to the needs of our community. Your responses will be kept confidential. Thank you in advance for your participation.

Volunteer to Help at Global Union!
Alverno Presents would like to get the word out about volunteering at Global Union 2010. That’s right, Global Union is back for year number five, this September 25th and 26th in Humboldt Park, and once again, we need your help to make it happen. All we need from you right now though is your email letting us know that you are interested in hearing more information about volunteering and receiving update emails when we get closer to the event. If you would like to help out or are just interested in hearing more, send an email to

Softball Update: Three Alverno Softball Players Receive Postseason NAC Honors
The Northern Athletics Conference announced the awards for the 2010 softball season and three Alverno College student-athletes represented the Inferno. Senior pitcher Jessica Goetz was a First Team All-NAC selection while freshman catcher Stef Wilmore earned a spot on the All-Freshman team and junior left fielder Andrea Derrick was chosen to represent Alverno on the All-Sportsmanship team.

"I think it makes for a great finish to the year to have Jessi and Stef earn all-conference awards," said Alverno head coach Kristin Kosobucki. "Both worked very hard, and especially for Jess to make first team her senior year is a great goal for her to have achieved and a great way to finish her career."

GoetzGoetz concludes a stellar four-year career as one of Alverno's most decorated softball student-athletes, leaving her mark on the record books in numerous places. The right-hander holds the all-time record for strikeouts with 561 total and finished tenth in the nation with 237 strikeouts in 2010. A Second Team All-NAC member in 2008, Goetz also proved her ability to go the distance in the circle, throwing a league-leading 215.1 innings in 39 appearances this season all while managing to keep her ERA down to 3.67. She also earned the NAC Pitcher of the Week award during the first week of this season highlighted by her third career shutout victory with 14 punch-outs.

wilmoreWilmore enjoyed a solid season behind the plate in her first year playing at the collegiate level, leading the conference in runners picked off with six successful throw-outs as well as claiming the top spot in putouts with 267. She also boasted a team-best fielding percentage (.990), good for seventh-best in the NAC, committing just three errors while starting all 40 of the Inferno's games.


derrickIn her second season with the Inferno,  Derrick more than doubled her batting productivity from 2009, racking up 19 hits with one double and 11 RBI while batting and improved .174. She also tied for the top spot in the NAC in hit by pitch, taking five errant balls for free bases.



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


Shakespeare in the Park Alumnae Gathering with Georgine Loacker
6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Performance at 8:00 p.m. - SOLD OUT

24-27 Shakespeare in the Park, The Tempest, starring James Pickering as Prospero. Alumnae Courtyard. Tickets will be free. More information.
28-July 1 MPS/Alverno Administrator Mentoring Best Practices Summer Workshop - Open only to MPS School administrators. Details.
12-17 Private College Week: Appointments and tours with admissions counselors available during this week. Call admissions at 414-382-6100, 800-933-3401 or email for information.
21 Open House for prospective undergraduate students, 6 p.m. Call admissions at 414-382-6100, 800-933-3401 or email for information.
25-Sept. 26 Photographer Suzanne Garr, Alverno College Art and Cultures Gallery. A photo journey through Bhutum, Nepal and Thailand. Opening reception is September 10th from 4:30 - 8:00 p.m. Artist Talk at 6:30 p.m.


Alumnae Travel: San Francisco and Wine Country

17-18 American Cancer Society 2010 Relay for Life of Alverno College: Teams will walk to celebrate survivorship and raise money for research and programs for the American Cancer Society. For information, visit
25-26 Alverno Presents Global Union, a FREE world music festival - rain or shine - in Humboldt Park in Bay View, 12 noon – 5:00 p.m.


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