May 2010 A-News

Shemagne O'KeefeDear Alverno Alumna,

Last fall we facilitated several visioning sessions with faculty, staff, students and alums asking, “What does it look like from your perspective if this Alumnae Association is wildly successful?” Part of what we found out is this: Students want opportunities to connect with alums, alums want opportunities to connect with students and the faculty and staff that shaped their Alverno experience, and faculty want opportunities to stay connected to alums.

As a direct result of our learnings from these sessions, the Alverno College Alumnae Association Fundraiser to benefit the Endowed Scholarship Fund was transformed into An Evening Art Walk with Alverno Students. Over 200 guests enjoyed an artistic exploration at Alverno, featuring students creating one-of-a-kind art, the Alverno Choir singing inspirational music, a beer and wine tasting from local breweries and wineries, and  of course a terrific silent auction. Many thanks to all who made this event possible!

Please mark your calendar now for Homecoming 2010 (October 8th -10th). We hope a concert performed by Joan Baez, a chance to celebrate Alumnae Award Winners, and the opportunity to interact with students and the faculty/staff who shaped your Alverno experience will inspire you to reconnect with your Alma Mater!

As your Alumnae Board, we are looking forward to reconnecting with you to capture the imagination of your brilliant Alverno Mind and build upon the love you have in your heart for this experience that transformed your life.

Shemagne O'Keefe ’99
President – Alverno College Alumnae Association

p.s. Please welcome your new Alumnae Association President-elect Erica Gumieny ’00! Her term begins in July of 2011! 

AlumnaeAlumnae Survey
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. Watch your mail for your alumnae survey! 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.

Upcoming Alumnae Events
Save the Date!
Alumnae are invited to gather on Thursday, June 24th, prior to the evening presentation of Shakespeare in the Park in the Alverno Alumnae Courtyard, with special guest Georgine Loacker ’47 for dialogue and discussion: William Shakespeare and The Tempest. Bring your own picnic or purchase food and beverages on the grounds. The Alumnae office will have an outdoor area reserved for our gathering. Georgine will begin the dialogue at 7:00 p.m.
Tickets to the gathering and the play are absolutely free, but do require a reservation as seating is limited. Please click here or call Natalie Nickolas at 414-382-6090 to register.

6:00 – 7:45 p.m.  Alumnae Gathering
7:00 p.m.  Conversation led by Georgine Loacker ’47
8:00 p.m.  The Tempest

Alumnae 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!

An informational meeting will be held Thursday, June 3rd from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. in Alumnae Hall. Click here for more details.

PatriceRacine-area Alumnae Gathering
It was an honor to host Alverno’s Racine-area alumnae gathering at Sebastian’s restaurant on April 28th. I learned many things in the process, including that Alverno now offers three Master’s programs. Also, did you know that Alverno will be celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2012? And that Alverno offers a $500 per semester Alumnae Referral Scholarship program for new undergraduate students? Mary Frieseke, Director of Alumnae Relations, reminded us how our generous giving keeps our great school operating as it should.

There were about twenty attendees total: alumnae, staff, and a current Alverno student, Tanya Petersons. While I didn’t recognize any of the alums from my student days, I came away with two new contacts with bonus friend potential, and an overall energized state of being. Best wishes to everyone. Alverno truly is magical. – Patrice Sebastian ’93

Campus Happenings

Faculty Retirements
Faculty retirements were celebrated on Monday, May 17th. This year’s retirees include Harry Fleddermann, Thomas Hovorka, William McEachern, Bob Saemann, and Kathy Thompson. Please click here to send them your well-wishes, and we will be sure to pass on your messages.

No Rest for Harry…
Energetic, insightful, good-natured, and beloved professor Harry Fleddermann is retiring after 25 years of teaching at Alverno. Whether you had Harry for a class in his specialty, religious studies, or another class in the humanities, you remember Harry. If you didn't take a class with Harry, you have now officially lost your chance.

Reflecting on his time at Alverno, Harry had many thoughts to share. Alverno was not his first time teaching at a same sex institution, and Harry was not fazed in the least when it came to teaching a room full of women. He said he immediately found teaching at Alverno, “Amazing...just wonderful,” and that he “felt at home.” Click here to read more.
Article by Jeri Vatne ’09

Shakespeare in the Park
Optimist Theatre, in cooperation with Alverno College, is proud to announce the premier production for Shakespeare in the Park: The Tempest, starring James Pickering as Prospero, with Angela Iannone as Ariel and Tom Reed as Caliban. The Tempest is performing June 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, and 27 at 8:00 p.m. in the Alumnae Courtyard at Alverno College, with special matinees for groups at 12:00 noon on June 18 and 25.

Tickets will be available absolutely free of charge. Seating is limited, so reservations are recommended. To reserve seating, click here. Please include your name, the date and time of your preferred showing, and number of admissions you’d like to reserve. For more information, click here.

Around Alverno
Alverno in the News
Debuting in a new feature called “What Makes Milwaukee Great,” Alverno College was highlighted on CBS-58’s 10 p.m. newscast on April 27th. This marks the second of four TV stories coinciding with the Grand Opening of Alverno’s new Research Center for Women & Girls. The story highlights the inspirational path sophomore Mee Xiong has taken, overcoming many obstacles. Director of Counseling Meg Pledl was interviewed in the story and noted for her guidance.

To close the piece, top anchor Michele McCormack notes that “now the academic world and national media are taking note of what so many of us know makes Milwaukee great.” Click here to view the story.

To see all of the media stories from the past several weeks, please click here.

SoftballSoftball Update: Alverno part of longest conference game in NAC history
Alverno battled visiting Edgewood College on Saturday, May 1, in a Northern Athletics Conference doubleheader. The first game of the twin bill set a league record for the longest game in history between two NAC teams as the teams played 15 innings, eight more than the regularly scheduled seven-inning contest. Benedictine University holds the record for the longest game played by a single conference team, going 16 innings in a non-conference match with Wheaton College back on April 23, 2007.

Starting pitcher Jessica Goetz was determined not to go down without a fight as the team's lone senior battled through over 19 innings in the circle in both games of the squad's doubleheader with Edgewood, even dealing some of her best stuff to help to force a 15-inning marathon in the first game, but it wasn't quite enough to lift the Inferno to victory as the home squad dropped both games with scores of 6-4 and 8-3 at Alverno Field.

Goetz threw every single pitch of extended first game, tying her own record for the No. 2 spot for most strikeouts in a game with 15 punchouts while allowing 17 hits with just one walk and two earned runs. She went on to add four more strikeouts in 4.2 innings of work in game two before being relieved by freshman Jamie Villalobos for the remainder of the game.

PhotosNew Graduate Course in Global History Offered This Summer + 50% Discount!
This summer, the humanities department will begin offering its first graduate-level course in global humanities.  The first course HUM634: Encounters & Connections in World History will focus on the human encounters and connections that were created by global trade networks in the past and have dramatically shaped the world we live in today. Students will study the histories of the development of the economies, cultures, and environments that resulted from these encounters. Topics will include how the demand for commodities, labor, and ideas spread and transformed through networks like the Silk Road, the Indian Ocean basin, and the Atlantic world. Students will work with a variety of materials including biographies and online resources to explore issues like the slave trade, the silk trade, and the spread of religions and ideas. 

Making this course even more attractive is the recently approved 50% tuition discount on graduate electives for MA, MBA, and MSN alumni! This policy reflects Alverno’s commitment to lifelong professional learning and the ongoing development of a learning community that engages our alumni and current graduate students. This discount is available for those seeking ongoing professional development to update their knowledge and skills; it is not applicable for those who are seeking a degree. 

For those alumni who are licensed teachers, you’re eligible for a discount of 50% on your first course in any semester – including courses included in a degree or licensure program. (And of course, you cannot combine discounts.)

Please contact the Registrar’s Office at and 414-382-6370, or Dr. Jonathan Little, Professor of English, at and 414-382-6233, for further details or questions.

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
11 -21 "Distilling Essence"
Art and Cultures Gallery
28 - June 6 Alverno Alumnae Eco-Adventure in Costa Rica


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



Informational Meeting
Alumnae Travel Trip

San Francisco & Wine Country

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Alumnae Hall

5 Taste of Class: for adult women interested in exploring an Alverno undergraduate degree program in the Alverno on the Weekend timeframe, 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. more details.
18-20 Shakespeare in the Park, "The Tempest," starring James Pickering as Prospero. Alumnae Courtyard. Tickets will be free. More information.


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

24-27 Shakespeare in the Park, "The Tempest," starring James Pickering as Prospero. Alumnae Courtyard. Tickets will be free. More information.
25 - Sept. 26 Photographer Suzanne Garr, A photo journey through Bhutum, Nepal and Thailand.
Opening reception is September 10th from 4:30 – 8:00 p.m. Alverno College Art and Cultures Gallery. Artist Talk at 6:30 p.m. For gallery hours call 414-382-6149.

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