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September A-News

Dear Alverno Alumna,

Your involvement is requested! The Governance Committee of the Alverno Alumnae Association Board (AAA) is soliciting nominations and self-nominations for new members. Join a great group of alums working to provide new, meaningful and fun opportunities to stay connected to Alverno!

Serving in an advisory capacity to the Director of Alumnae Relations, the Alumnae Association Board works with the Director to develop and implement the strategic direction of the Association, and to promote the Association through involvement on committees and by supporting its activities. The term is three years with the option of reappointment for three additional years with the approval of the Alverno College Alumnae Board.  Interested candidates should email the following to Penny Engebose at

  • Contact information (name, address, phone, email, fax)
  • Completed nomination form
  • Your CV or resume

Click here for more information and for the nomination form. Nominations are due by October 13, 2010.

Mary Frieseke ’93, ’10
Director of Alumnae Relations

Alumnae Spotlight
Zita AllenWe are so pleased to honor Professor Zita Allen for 45 years of service to the Alverno School of Nursing. Allen’s dedication and commitment to Alverno was honored in 2005 when the Alumnae Association conferred an honorary degree upon her. Alumnae Board member Linda Bay ’01, ’07, and classmates Vicki Orzel ’07 and Cathie Nelson ’95, ’07, share fond stories of Zita below.

We ask you to share yours as well.

"When you mention Zita Allen’s name, my first memory of her is of the time she had to take a 4 pound bag of M&M’s away from me during nutrition class. My peer group and I were 'stress eating' and to be honest we were really not paying attention to Zita at all. My first reaction at the time was, 'Wow! – She can’t do that! How am I supposed to pass this class without M&M’s?'  I realize now she was only trying to get our attention – and our choice of snack food was probably not appropriate. Years later as I reflect on that moment and now the many moments after that – memories of her are of the times she demonstrated how her values and her character stand out among nurses. Zita is a sage and I regret the day I didn’t pay attention to her because she was trying to share her knowledge with me. I was too stressed with the task at hand that I forgot to just LISTEN. Now when she speaks – I listen, in hopes of capturing something that I can use for the rest of my nursing career and in my personal life. I want to emulate her because of her character, her values, and her non-wavering commitment to nursing and her students. 

"Her longevity at Alverno is a testament to her commitment to nursing and to her philosophy that moves nursing forward – one nurse at a time. She will be one of the nurses who will be remembered in my People Who Made a Difference in My Life book (if there ever is one). She probably does not hear enough of the positive things she has done for people – and I would like to say out loud to the world – 'Thank you Zita Allen for being the role model you are! I am a better nurse because of you.'"
- Linda M. Bay ’01,’07

"I am thankful I had the opportunity to have Zita Allen on my committee for my MSN capstone (PBIP). Zita has been most instrumental with her assistance in helping me become successful. She is very knowledgeable and has been an awesome instructor and was always encouraging. Zita has definitely made a difference in my life by helping me develop into the professional realm of nursing."   
-  Vicki Orzel ’07

"I had Zita for a nutrition class. It was the first nursing class I took at Alverno. She not only taught me nutrition, she taught me how to evaluate my work and how to teach others. She was a great role model who I strove to emulate."
- Cathie Nelson ’95, ’07

Megan & DavidRecent Grad Teaching in China
Megan Stewart ’09 is teaching English in Taiyuan, China. She was able to meet up with David Brooker and his wife Cindy Lemek in Beijing. David is the Director of Alverno’s Global Studies program and Cindy is the Executive Director of the Polish Heritage Alliance and a member of Alverno’s Research Center on Women and Girls’ Community Advisors Council.

Upcoming Alumnae Events
Homecoming 2010
Join us on campus October 7 – 10th for Homecoming 2010! Click here for more information and to register.

Them Among Us Conference
In an ongoing effort to explore issues of diversity, this conference builds upon the learning of the 2009 conference, Jim Crow, Understanding our Past to Change our Future. Conference presenters volunteer their disciplinary expertise to gain a broad understanding of the issues that separate and divide them among us.
The conference includes presenters from the community, Alverno College staff, faculty, students and alumnae. Sponsorship by Alverno College ability departments serves to frame and integrate the diverse threads of the topics into our ongoing efforts to build effective civic dialogue about important contemporary issues.

For the entire schedule and to register, go to

Be a part of Homecoming

Alumnae Art Show
“Connections” is the theme of the 7th annual Alumnae Art Exhibition. Artwork and completed entry forms must be received by September 25th in the gallery. Contact the Alumnae Relations office to receive entry guidelines.

Business Showcase
Are you an alum with entrepreneurial spirit? Do you have a business that you would like to share with Alverno students and alums? Join us on campus for the Alumnae Business Showcase during Homecoming Weekend! Held during the student lunch break from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 9th, this popular event allows you to connect with fellow entrepreneurs and meet potential customers as we celebrate Homecoming. All that is required for participation is a $10 deposit. Alverno will provide a table, which will have linen and skirting, and a table sign, all at no charge. Space is limited! Email or call 414-382-6090 for more information.

Wildnerness LogoEscape to the Wilderness Resort with Alverno
The Wilderness Hotel and Golf Resort, America’s largest waterpark resort in Wisconsin Dells is offering Alverno alumnae, family and friends a special reason to escape to the Wilderness, November 12 – 14, 2010. For just $109 per night, your family of four can reserve a double queen room at the Wilderness Hotel & Golf Resort and receive unlimited access to the resort’s four indoor waterparks. A limited number of rooms are available in our block and will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Rooms can be secured by calling the Wilderness at 1-800-867-WILD (9453). The reservation deadline is October 12th, and rooms are listed under Alverno College.

Professional Social Networking Workshops for Alumnae and Graduate Study Students
MBA alum Laura Landergott ’09 will be offering workshops designed to increase your professional social networking skills and agility. The first session is designed for the professional new to social networking, and sessions two and three are designed for the professional social networker ready to learn advanced techniques. Finding a new career in today’s challenging economic times and ever changing job scene can seem overwhelming. These workshops are designed for alumnae and graduate students, and focus on the new trends and approaches in contemporary job seeking via social networking.

Sessions will be offered from 6:00-7:30 p.m. on Monday, October 18th, Tuesday October 26th and Wednesday, November 3rd. For additional details and registration for the series, please visit the Alumnae Events Calendar for more information.

Campus Happenings
Michele Norris Book Talk
Thursday, September 30th, 7:00 p.m.
Pitman Theater
Tickets: $26
(includes signed copy of The Grace of Silence)
Hear Michele Norris, host of NPR's All Things Considered, talk about her new memoir, The Grace of Silence. What began as original reporting turned intensely personal as the journey to explore our nation's hidden conversation on race led Norris to examine her own complex racial legacy. Extraordinary for its candor, The Grace of Silence is also informed by scores of interviews with ordinary Americans and wise observations about evolving attitudes, at once encouraging and disturbing, toward race in America. For tickets, call 414-382-6044 or click here to order online.

Hall of FameAlverno College Athletics Announces Inaugural Hall of Fame Class
After 10 seasons of intercollegiate competition, Alverno College will recognize and continue to recognize outstanding student-athletes and supporters of the program with the Alverno College Athletics Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame welcomes three outstanding student-athletes and three supporting Trailblazers in the charter class of inductees.

Soccer standout Alexandra Salisbury '08 and softball sluggers from the 2005 class, Amanda (Henne)  Jeske and Lindsey (Terzis) Haese, become charter members of the Hall of Fame. Virginia Wagner ’69 and Roy and Bobbi Reiman will be inducted into the 'Trailblazers Club' of the Hall as supporters of Inferno Athletics.

All six will be inducted on Saturday, October 9, at the Hall of Fame luncheon and awards ceremony in the Alverno College Conference Center during Homecoming weekend, followed by recognition at halftime of the Inferno's home soccer game which kicks off at 2 p.m. To register for the luncheon, click here. Tickets are $15 per person.

Click here to read more about the inductees.

Around Alverno
U.S. News & World Report Highlights
Last month, U.S. News & World Report released its results. Once again, Alverno did well in many categories. Most impressively, Alverno College ranked the best “regional university” in the Midwest at educating undergraduates. Congratulations to our faculty and staff on this honor that reaches across all disciplines.

In the “Strong Focus on Student Success” category (formerly known as the “Programs to Look for”), Alverno was listed in 4 categories:

Internships: Schools nominated must apply what they are learning in the classroom to work in the real world through closely monitored internships.
First-Year Experience:  Schools nominated were “more determined than others to provide freshmen and all undergrads with the best possible experience.”
Senior Capstone: Schools nominated excelled at asking “students nearing the end of their college years to create a project that integrates what they’ve learned.”
Service Learning: Schools nominated in this category “require volunteer work in the community as an instructional strategy.”

To view the Journal Sentinel’s story (where Alverno is mentioned midway through), please go to our media room.

For our official website new release, please click here.

Global UnionGlobal Union
September 25-26th, Noon – 5 p.m.
Humboldt Park
It's booked, and we could tell you who they are, but did you know who Dengue Fever, Rodrigo y Gabriela, 17 Hippies, Dobet Gnahore, and Mucca Pazza were before you saw them at Global Union? That's what I thought.

One thing's for certain -- with that kind of track record, we're feeling the heat to exceed your highest expectations. Because let's face it -- how many other times during the year does Milwaukee become the red hot epicenter of the universe?

As always, Global Union is a FREE festival and goes on rain or shine.

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

From the Career Education Center
Is YOUR organization recruiting grads and interns from Wisconsin’s 20 private colleges? The Wisconsin Private College Career Consortium (WIPCCC) is your private college connection to job and internship candidates. Consider these ways to recruit great students and graduates:

WorkForce Career & Internship Fair, Thursday, February 17, 2011 -- 4-8pm
Host School: Marquette University
More information and online registration (starting Oct. 1):

Post jobs and internships. WIPCCC maintains a FREE online posting system to help organizations reach students and graduates of Wisconsin’s 20 private colleges.
Visit the “employers” tab and select “post a job.”


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Events Calendar
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.
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.
30 Michele Norris Book Talk, Pitman Theater, 7:00 p.m.


Homecoming Weekend

8-31 Exhibition and Conference: “THEM: Images of Separation,” a traveling month-long exhibit that explores the way material objects are used to justify us-versus-them thinking. Opening reception is October 8th at 4:30 p.m. Daylong conference will be held on October 8th, from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
9 Alverno Presents An Evening with Joan Baez, Pitman Theater, 8:00 p.m.


Reservation deadline for Escape to the Wilderness Resort

16 Alverno Presents Compagnie Jant-Bi, Pitman Theater, 8:00 p.m.


Building Your Social Networking Foundation, TL 110, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

22-23 The Foreigner by Larry Shue. Wehr Auditorium in Christopher Hall, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 for students/seniors; $8 general admission. Tickets will be available at the door.


Leveraging Your Social Networks, TL 110, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

29-30 The Foreigner by Larry Shue. Wehr Auditorium in Christopher Hall, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 for students/seniors; $8 general admission. Tickets will be available at the door.


Leveraging Your Social Networks, TL 110, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

5 Faculty Recital – LaRita Craft, piano and Molly Pufall, voice. Lampe Hall, 2:00 p.m.


Escape to the Wilderness

6 General Student Recital. Lampe Hall, 7:00 p.m.


Breakfast with Santa

12 Holiday Concert. Alverno College Chapel, 2:00 p.m.
17 Commencement for graduate candidates
18 Commencement for undergraduate candidates

Alumnae Upcoming Events

Alverno Athletics
Live audio broadcasts available for select Inferno games on AIFR.

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