Dear Alverno Alumna,
This past weekend, Madison-area alumnae gathered at Paisan’s Restaurant. – It was a fun afternoon of great conversation and camaraderie. At gatherings such as these, I am always inspired by the interesting lives of our alums. Whether they are sharing their professional and personal achievements, or the passion around their service in their communities, I have learned that Alverno alums are women (and men) of action. I am so proud to be in their company and a fellow Alverno Alumna.
From left to right: (Back row) Mara Eisch-Schweitzer ’82, Elizabeth Barnhill ’67, Sarellen Schuh ’60, S. Judith Brings ’73, S. Toni Ann Palermo ’66, Maricruz Talavera-Pettis ’99, Mary Frieske ’93, ’10; (Front row) Ella Benson ’03 (with 2033 alum, Ezzie), S. Catherine Guzy ’46, S. Dorothy Droessler ’48, ’52
Are you inspired by and proud of an Alverno Alum? Currently, the Alverno Alumnae Association is accepting nominations for the annual AAA awards that will be celebrated at Homecoming 2011 this coming October. I ask you to be an alum of action and nominate a deserving Alverno alum – we would all like the chance to celebrate our fellow alums’ successes. Click here for more information and nomination forms.
Mary Frieseke '93, '10
Director of Alumnae Relations
Alverno College faculty members were recognized at the 21st annual Jon C. Dalton Institute on College Student Values held at Florida State, February 3-5th. Alverno's Valuing in Decision-Making Ability Department, chaired by Dr. Jodi Eastberg, Assistant Professor of History, received the Best Practices Award in honor of the collaborative, interdisciplinary, and sustained nature of Alverno's Valuing in Decision-Making Ability and its 35 year history. Eastberg was to join Dr. Sandra Graham and Dr. Marcia Mentkowski in presenting their award-winning proposal at Florida State University, but were sadly snowed out.
The Jon C. Dalton Institute on College Student Values is an annual conference for student affairs professionals, educators, campus ministers, graduate and undergraduate students interested in character development in college students. First held in 1991, the Dalton Institute is concerned with five broad areas of interests: trends in college students' values; ethical issues in college life; character building educational models and strategies; moral development research; and civic education. The Dalton Institute provides an opportunity to learn about the most current issues, research, and educational activities pertaining to character education in college. In addition, the Dalton Institute is designed to be a "think tank" for individuals who have particular interests in exploring more effective ways to promote civic education and the ethical development of college students.
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!
February Alverno Alum Night
Annual Spring Etiquette Dinner & Alum Social Hour
Monday, February 28, 2011
The annual Etiquette Dinner offers students an opportunity to learn the finer points of dining etiquette as they network with members of the Alverno community. Each table is hosted by College alumnae and/or a member of the College staff or faculty, allowing students the opportunity to connect with others in their prospective field. Stay for the social hour to network and visit with fellow alums.
March Alverno Alum Night
Private Tour of Lakefront Brewery
Thursday, March 24th
6:00 p.m. - Welcome
6:30 p.m. - Private Alverno Alumnae Tour
Lakefront Brewery is a leader in brewing the best beers in Milwaukee. Founded in 1987, Lakefront Brewery has been brewing for more than 24 years. The infamous tour is as unique as the brewery and has a constant evolution in style and delivery. Cost for the Brewery Tour is $5.00 (normally $7.00) and includes: a Souvenir Pint Glass and four 6 oz. pours of beer. The first 20 alums signed up will also receive an Alverno College Pint Glass! Light appetizers provided and raffle prizes, too!
Chicago-Area Alumnae Gathering
Sunday, March 13, 2011
12:30 p.m. – Gathering Reception
1:00 p.m. – Welcome and Lunch
Four Seasons Hotel
All Chicago-area alumnae and friends are warmly invited to join Alverno College Trustee Mary Beth Pieprzyca Berkes ’75 and special guest speaker alumna author Joan Reardon ’52 for lunch and good conversations at the Four Seasons Hotel. Seating is limited. Reservations due by Monday, March 7th. For more information and to register, click here.
Music Therapy Alumnae Gathering
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Friday, March 25, 2011
Grand Geneva Resort
Lake Geneva, WI
Please join us as we celebrate the 60th anniversary of Alverno’s Music Therapy Degree. Alverno College music faculty Mary Stryck ’86 and Leslie Henry ’93, along with Director of Alumnae Relations Mary Frieseke ’93, ’10, warmly invite you to an alumnae reception to be held during the Great Lakes Musical Conference. This is a wonderful opportunity to connect with friends, colleagues, faculty and students, and learn about what is happening at Alverno! Please R.S.V.P. by Monday, March 21st. Click here for more information and to register.
North Shore Alumnae Gathering – Save the Date!
Thursday, May 5, 2011
North Shore Country Club
Meet Alverno College President Mary Meehan, Ph.D., and engage with Alverno students – the next generation of Milwaukee’s leaders! Hear about Alverno’s growing visibility in our community and recent successes. And share yours with us! Invitations to be mailed in March.
Alumnae Travel to Spain’s Costa del Sol & Portugal’s Riviera
March 15-27, 2012
Mark your calendars for this fabulous travel opportunity to Spain and Portugal! Highlights include: Madrid, Prado Museum, High Speed Train, Cordoba, Costa del Sol, Granada, Alhambra, Cadiz, Seville, Estoril, Cascais, Lisbon, Obidos, Fatima, and more! Collette Vacations will host an information night late this spring. For available details, contact Mary Frieseke at 414-382-6090 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Comparative Education Tanzania Adventure
School of Education faculty Rita Nawrocki-Chabin and Margaret Tackes will be leading a trip to Tanzania from July 31 – August 13, 2011. Information sessions will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 22nd and Monday, February 28th. Click here for more information and itinerary details.
Allen Becomes All-Time Leading Scorer in Alverno Victory
Alverno College senior point guard Gabby Allen (Milwaukee/Bay View) became the school's all-time leading scorer in the Inferno's 65-55 victory over host Edgewood College at the Todd Wehr Edgedome in Madison on February 10th.
Allen needed 15 points to surpass her former teammate, Lisa Sorgi (Greenfield, Wis.), coming into tonight's Northern Athletics Conference game. Allen tied Sorgi's 1,244 career points with her 14th point of the game on a free throw at the 14:21 mark in the second half to give the Inferno (11-12, 8-9 NAC) a 38-34 lead.
Less than 3 minutes later, Hannah Galstad (Holmen, Wis.) found Allen on a post-entry which she connected on for her 16th point of the game and topped Sorgi on the all-time scoring list, and keep the Inferno ahead in the game.
"It's feels good and I'm very proud," Allen said. "I set a goal and I accomplished it. I have great teammates around me who support me, so I was very confident coming into tonight."
Allen led all scorers with 28 points on the night, and set a new career-high along the way. In 38 minutes of action she also had five rebounds, three assists, two steals and did not commit a turnover.
"The way Gabby responded to the pressure was great," Alverno head coach Brad Duckworth said. "I don't know what's more impressive; 28 points or zero turnovers. To have zero turnovers and play 38 minutes in this kind of game is unbelievable.
Click here to see Shataya McComb's 3-point buzzer beater vs. Lakeland College.