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April ANews

Dear Alverno Alumna,

It's Springtime!

This March, as the weather warmed, alumnae gathered in the Chicago area to meet and listen to fellow alumna and author Joan Reardon '52 talk about her newest book, As Always, Julia: The Letters of Julia Child and Avis DeVoto. (Please see the Spring 2011 Alverno Magazine for a wonderful story on Joan). It was a lively and engaging afternoon that ended all too soon. 

Chicago Event

Later in the month, Music Therapy alums and students came together during the Great Lakes Regional conference in Lake Geneva to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Music Therapy degree. The Music Therapy faculty, staff, students and alums look forward to organizing something special as a part of our October Homecoming celebrations for all of the Alverno Music Therapy community.

Music Therapy

Warm regards,
Mary Frieseke '93, '10
Director of Alumnae Relations

Faculty Spotlight

Sandra GrahamAcademic Affairs is pleased to announce that Dr. Sandra Graham will become the next dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, effective August, 2011.  Sandra brings many years of experience as a chair and associate dean in the Behavioral Science Division to her new role.  She impressed us with her solid understanding of the strengths, opportunities, and challenges facing the SOAS and a resolve to tackle all of these with insight and fresh ideas.

Jeana AbromeitWe are also pleased to announce that Dr. Jeana Abromeit will join Academic Affairs as an Associate Vice President next year.  Jeana brings many years of social science teaching and administration to her new role.  She has become an expert in student assessment and has led the College in further developing our assessment practice and policies as chair of the Assessment Council.  She also brings experience in consulting for the Higher Learning Commission, currently serving as the College’s accreditation liaison officer to the HLC.

Student Spotlight

Fatima Al-sammarrieIraqi Refugee Finds Haven in Milwaukee
Eight years ago, the United States and its allies set out to liberate Iraq. It didn’t work out that way for Alverno student Fatima Al-sammarrie, her family and millions of other Iraqis who fled to safety from their war-torn country. Now Fatima, 21, finds herself in this exotic place she never heard of before: Milwaukee, Wisconsin. “I lost hope for a while. ‘I have no education. I have no country. I have nothing to do. I’m going to be nothing,’” Fatima found herself thinking while her family lived as refugees in Syria a few years ago. Then she heard about something called the Iraqi Student Project, a grass-roots group that puts young people into American colleges with the goal of them returning to Iraq someday to be part of the solution. Click here for more on this story from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

To read about more exciting Alverno news, visit our Media Room.

Alverno Alum Nights

Alverno Alum Nights – whether on or off campus – are a great opportunity to become more involved with the Alverno community, visit with friends and make new networking contacts. Oh, and they’re FUN!

Apples of EdenMay Alum Night: Chocolate & Wine Tasting - Date TBD
Apples of Eden
5612 E. Broad Street
Greendale, WI

Join us for an evening of decadent chocolate and wine tastings and pairings. Please visit and watch your email for more details as they become available.

Shakespeare in the ParkJune Alum Night: Shakespeare in the Park
Friday, June 24, 2011

6:00 – 7:45 p.m. Alumnae Gathering
7:00 p.m. Conversation led by Georgine Loacker ’47 and Lucy Cromwell
8:00 p.m. Twelfth Night

Join us on Friday, June 24, prior to the evening presentation of Optimist Theatre’s Shakespeare in the Park in the Alverno Alumnae Courtyard, for dialogue and discussion with special guests Georgine Loacker ’47 and Lucy Cromwell. Bring your own picnic or purchase food and beverages on the grounds. The Alumnae office will have an area reserved for our gathering. Tickets to the gathering and the play are absolutely free, but do require a reservation as seating is limited.

Campus Happenings

VSAA Unique Journey – A Student Art Exhibit
Opening Receptions
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
TLTC, Second floor Galleria
In collaboration with VSA Wisconsin, the Alverno Art Department, the Alverno Art and Cultures Gallery and the Alverno Alumnae Relations Office present a student art exhibit showcasing the artistic accomplishments of people with disabilities. You are invited to stop by during the morning and/or evening opening receptions.

Holocaust Remembrance Service
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Speaker: Holocaust Survivor Jack Dygola
12 Noon – 1:00 p.m.
TLTC Conference Center

Please join us in remembrance of the Holocaust, the six million Jews who perished, and to honor those who resisted and survived. Click here for more information.

Admissions Open House
Saturday, April 30, 2011
9:30 a.m.
The Alverno College Admissions Office will be hosting an Open House for prospective students and their families on Saturday, April 30, 2011 at 9:30am. This is a great opportunity for students to learn more about the college, hear from current students, tour the campus, speak with faculty from a variety of majors, and learn more about the financial aid and application process.  Alverno Alumnae are encouraged to spread the word to any high school or transfer students who are interested in learning more about the unique learning environment Alverno College offers.  Students may register for the event online or by contacting Admissions at 414-382-6100 or

Graduate Information Session
Thursday, May 12, 2011
6:00 p.m.
If you or someone you know wants to achieve the next level professionally, consider one of Alverno’s graduate programs. Alverno College will be holding a Graduate Information Session on Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. for the Master of Arts in Education (which includes tracks for both teachers and business professionals), Master of Business Administration, and Master of Science in Nursing.  (Our graduate programs are open to both men and women.) Please come and invite your colleagues and friends who may be interested! More information can be found at or contact 414-382-6100 or 800-933-3401.

What makes the Alverno MBA stand out? Just ask our graduates.

Girls' Advanced Academy of Science and Mathematics
Alverno College has received a grant from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, and will be offering a yearlong afterschool Science and Math Program for minority girls entering the 11th grade in the fall of 2011. Please help spread the word about this wonderful opportunity to educate more young women in math and science! The program will begin this upcoming fall and is free of charge. Students participating in the program will study Biology, Chemistry, and Math to develop an understanding of the science or lack of science behind many of the popular beauty products and diets. Classes will be taught by Alverno Faculty and there will be a career education seminar, college and scholarship application workshops, field trips, and a summer project. If you know anyone who is interested (HS principals or potential participants) please contact Assistant Professor of Physical Sciences Dina Borysenko.

Upcoming Alumnae Events
Career Search Basics for Alumnae
Back by popular demand, the Alverno College Career Education Center staff will be offering the Career Search Basics for Alumnae once again this May. Finding a new career in today’s challenging economic times and ever changing job scene can seem overwhelming. Our 3-part series designed for alumnae focuses on the new trends and approaches in contemporary job seeking. Come to one, two, or all three sessions and develop confidence in your job search skills.

Sessions will be offered from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, May 3rd, 10th, and 17th. Please visit for more information.

North Shore Alumnae Gathering
Thursday, May 5, 2011
6:00-8:00 p.m.
North Shore Country Club

Mequon, WI
Alverno College warmly invites you to meet President Mary Meehan, Ph.D., and engage with Alverno students – the next generation of Milwaukee’s leaders! This is a wonderful opportunity to catch up with old friends, meet other North Shore alumnae, and hear about Alverno’s recent successes and growing visibility in our community. Please R.S.V.P. by Friday, April 29th to 414-382-6090,, or online.

JCT KitchenAtlanta Alumnae Gathering
Saturday, May 7, 2011
11:30 a.m.
JCT. Kitchen & Bar
1198 Howell Mill Rd., Suite 18
Atlanta, GA
Alumna Diane Hanley ’63 and Director of Alumnae Relations Mary Frieseke ’93, ’10 warmly invite all Atlanta-area alums to enjoy a luncheon and gathering at JCT. Kitchen & Bar. This is a great opportunity to catch up with old friends, meet other alumnae in the greater Atlanta area, and learn about the exciting things happening on the Alverno campus. We hope to see you there! Please R.S.V.P. by Tuesday, May 3rd to 414-382-6090, or online.

Alumnae Travel to Spain’s Costa del Sol & Portugal’s Riviera, March 15-27, 2012
Information Session - Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Alumnae Hall
Mark your calendars for this fabulous travel opportunity to Spain and Portugal! Highlights include: Madrid, Prado Museum, Cordoba, Costa del Sol, Granada, Alhambra, Cadiz, Seville, Estoril, Cascais, Lisbon, Obidos, Fatima, and more! Collette Vacations will host an information session on Tuesday, May 24th at 6:00 p.m. in Alumnae Hall. For available details, contact Mary Frieseke at 414-382-6090 or

Alverno MBA Book Club Thursday, May 26, 2011
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
TLTC, second floor Galleria

MBA Alumna Hostess Sarah Newbury Kendall ’09 and Director of Alumnae Relations Mary Frieseke ’93, ’10 warmly invite all Alverno MBA alumni, current MBA students and their guests to the inaugural gathering of the Alverno MBA Book Club. Join Rebecca Porter, assistant professor and MBA faculty, in a discussion that explores John Kotter’s Our Iceberg is Melting, the book’s Eight Steps and the challenges and opportunities of change. Share your experiences, explore the concepts and visit in a casual, relaxed setting. Beverages and light appetizers provided. Please R.S.V.P. by Monday, May 23rd to 414-382-6090, or online.

Career Corner

Reminder to May 2010 Graduates
If you have not yet completed your grad survey – please do! We would really like to hear from you. It’s so easy. You can go to the online survey by clicking here.
Thank you for your help,
Career Education Staff

Career Corner: Get on Alverno LINKS!
Alverno College offers an online job board exclusively for its students and alumnae. It’s titled Alverno LINKS, and can be accessed at After registering for a free account, users can view part- and full-time job postings from employers recruiting Alverno students and grads. Users can also create a personal profile and post a resume, so that employers can find them, when searching for applicants. If you’re currently seeking new employment opportunities, create or update your account on Alverno LINKS, and take advantage of this great resource!

If your organization is currently searching for job and internship applicants, consider posting the position(s) on Alverno LINKS! Post a job or internship by creating an employer account at

Around Alverno
Graduate School News
Click here to read about the latest news from our graduate students, alums and faculty!

Master of Science in Community Psychology Degree
Alverno is excited to launch a new Master of Science in Community Psychology degree for women and men in the fall of 2011. We want to personally thank the faculty, (particularly program director Sandra Graham), for making this long-time vision a reality.

We have a strong need in southern Wisconsin for community psychology professionals. In Wisconsin, mental health and substance abuse social workers rank among the top 20 fastest growing occupations (according to the U. S. Department of Labor). In addition, the following career-related fields are included in the top 20 occupations with the most openings in Wisconsin: child, family and school social workers; medical and health services managers; and educational, vocational and school counselors.

Our program offers two tracks. The first is a Licensed Professional Counselor Track, which will give students advanced clinical skills, focusing on the needs of the individual and how individuals are shaped by their community. It will also prepare them to work as licensed counselors. The second is a Community Research and Consultation Track, which will emphasize the skills needed to address a wide array of community issues, preparing students to work in research, policy and program development and management. 

Thank you again to our dedicated faculty and staff for making this exciting new degree possible! You can check out more details on our website at

Alverno Athletics


HartHart garners weekly conference award
Alverno sophomore centerfielder Bre Hart (Racine, Wis./Park) was named Northern Athletics Conference Position Player of the Week for softball for games played from Feb. 28-Mar. 6, as announced by the conference office.
"Bre came out and did a great job at the plate in these opening games," Alverno head coach Kristin Ortman said. "She was really seeing the ball well and had some nice shots."

Hart hit successfully in each of the Inferno's first four games, including a pair of multiple-hit outings down at the Rebel Spring Games outside of Orlando. She hit 6-for-14 with a pair of RBIs as the Inferno lead-off hitter for a .429 batting average. Defensively she was perfect in four chances with four putouts.


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Events Calendar
19 A Unique Journey - A Student Art Exhibit, Galleria, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. and 5:30-7:00 p.m.
27 Holocaust Remembrance Service, TLTC Conference Center, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
30 Admissions Open House, 9:30 a.m.
3 The Hidden Job Market: Using It With Confidence, Kellogg A, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
5 North Shore Alumnae Gathering, North Shore Country Club, Mequon, WI, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
7 Atlanta Alumnae Gathering, JCT. Kitchen & Bar, Atlanta, GA, 11:30 a.m.
10 The 21st Century Resume: Techniques for the Web Age, TL 110, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
12 Graduate Information Session, 6:00 p.m.
17 Trends in the Interview Process, Kellogg A, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
20 Graduate Graduation, Wehr Hall, 7:30 p.m.
21 Undergraduate Graduation, Pitman Theatre, 2:00 p.m.
24 Alumnae Travel: Spain & Portugal Information Session, Alumnae Hall, 6:00 p.m.
26 Alverno MBA Book Club, Galleria, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
24 June Alum Night: Shakespeare in the Park, Alumnae Courtyard, 6:00-7:45 p.m. Alumnae Gathering; 8:00 p.m. Twelfth Night

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