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January A-News

Dear Alverno Alumna,

We're looking for a few outstanding alumnae... and we need your help!  The Alverno Alumnae Association is seeking nominations now for the 2011 Alumnae Awards.  Every year, at Homecoming, the Alverno Alumnae Association recognizes and honors our fellow alums. 

Do you know a deserving Alverno Alum? Please submit nominations before Friday, March 4th to Click here to view specific criteria for each award and see past winners.

  • Outstanding Alumna of the Year
  • Spirit of Alverno
  • Professional Achievement
  • Young Professional
  • Service to the Community
Thank you for your consideration! I look forward to hearing from you and seeing you at one of our upcoming events!

Warm regards,
Samantha Sobocinski  ’04
Assistant Director of Alumnae Relations

Just Announced

Red Rivarly CupFirst "Red Rivalry Cup" game to take place Saturday, January 22nd
7 p.m. tip-off in Reiman Gymnasium

The competition between Alverno College and Milwaukee School of Engineering's women's basketball teams now has extra incentive to it. In addition to the crosstown rivalry--a mere seven miles apart in the city of Milwaukee--and the conference rivalry--both are members of the Northern Athletics Conference--the teams will now play for the Red Rivalry Cup for the first time this Saturday.

The name for the traveling trophy and game came from the parallel in both teams' colors.

Click here to read more about the "Red Rivarlry."

Alumnae Spotlight
Guest alum author Lori Syverson '08 and Spotlight subject Dr. Sirri Nomo-Ongolo '67 recently met at a regional alumnae gathering in the Twin Cities area. Lori wanted to share the following fascinating story of the Alverno woman she had just met.

Dr. Sirri Nomo-Ongolo Alverno Builds a Foundation for Change in Our Backyard or Half Way Around the World: Dr. Sirri A. Nomo-Ongolo ’67
It's our unlimited power to care and to love that can make the biggest difference in the quality of our own life according to motivational speaker Anthony Robbins. For Therese Sirri Atang '67, (Sirri Nomo-Ongolo, MD, PhD) it’s her unlimited power to care and to love that has made the biggest difference in the lives of individuals from Milwaukee to the Twin Cities in Minnesota to the cities in Cameroon, Africa where she grew up.

Nomo-Ongolo has never taken the easy road. She has chosen to use her life, skills and talent to pave new inroads in medicine, including creating the first blood bank in Yaounde′, the capitol city of Cameroon, and developing a diabetes education program for low-literate individuals. Today, Nomo-Ongolo focuses on building her home health care business in the Twin Cities as well as performing civil surgeon responsibilities and maintaining a travel medicine clinic in St. Anthony, MN.

When asked about her accomplishments and career milestones, Nomo-Ongolo is quick to point to her Alverno education as providing the building blocks for her success.

The Alverno Journey… Click here to read more.

Article by Lori Syverson '08

2011 GraduateCongratulations, Graduates!
Twenty-nine Master’s students and 198 undergraduate students graduated on December 17 and 18, 2010. The Alumnae Office would like to extend our most sincere congratulations to these newest Alverno alums!



Upcoming Alumnae Events
Madison-Area Alumnae Gathering
Sunday, February 13, 2011
12:30 p.m.
Paisan’s Restaurant, 131 West Wilson Street, Madison, WI
Madison-area alums Elizabeth Hayek Barnhill ’67 and Ella Jarvis Benson ’03, along with Maricruz Talavera-Pettis ’99, Alverno Alumnae Association Board Member, warmly invite alums in the Madison region to an all-alumnae luncheon. This is a great opportunity to catch up with old friends, meet other alumnae in the greater Madison area, and learn about the exciting things happening on the Alverno campus. We hope to see you there! Click here for more information and to register.

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!

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
Lakefront Brewery Tour – Date TBD!

Campus Happenings
Alverno Forum
Transforming Health Care: Impact on Milwaukee and You
Tuesday, Februrary 8, 2011
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Alverno College, Wehr Auditorium

The Forum will bring together the community, leaders in the health policy arena, and health care professionals to explore the biggest reform in the health care system since 1965. Specifically, the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010” (commonly referred to as Health Care Reform) was passed in Spring 2010, but it is only now starting to impact stakeholders in the community. The purpose of this Forum is to (1) present facts on recent health care reform legislation, and (2) discuss the potential impact of the reform on various groups in Milwaukee. The focus of this Forum is on providing and clarifying information. Click here for more information and to register. The forum is FREE and open to all. Please contact Vanessa O’Neil with any questions at 414-382-6177.

Following the forum, all alums and their guests are invited to stay for an Alverno Alumnae Association-sponsored reception. Please join us!

Optimist Theater
Shakespeare in the Park Fundraiser

You are invited to enjoy an evening of entertainment at a fundraiser to benefit free Shakespeare in the Park:

Play On!
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Reception – 7:00 p.m., Show – 8:00 p.m.
Alverno College, TLTC

“If music be the food of love, play on!” – Twelfth Night, Act I Scene i

This evening of Play will include a fabulous silent auction, snacks and drinks, snippets from Twelfth Night (courtesy of Mr. James Pickering and Mr. Tom Reed), and entertainment from several Milwaukee-area performers and artists. Event admission is $35 per person ($20 per person tax deductible). To learn more, visit Thank you for helping bring free Shakespeare in the Park to Milwaukee.

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

Graduate Information Session
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, February 10, 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 1-800-933-3401.

Admissions Open House
The Alverno College Admissions Office will be hosting an Open House for prospective students and their families on Sunday, February 13, 2011 beginning at 1:00 p.m. Open House is a great opportunity for students to learn more about the college, hear directly 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. For additional information, please contact the Alverno College Admissions Office at 414-382-6100 or

Help Develop the Master of Arts in Communication at Alverno
The Professional Communication Department is in the process of creating a Master of Arts in Communication (MAC) and would like your help, no matter what your major was at Alverno. Click here to access our brief online survey to help guide the planning of the MAC program. We would appreciate it if you could take a few minutes to fill it out. Thank you in advance for your participation.

Federal Loan Repayment Assistance for Nursing Faculty and Nurses
There is a federal program that offers loan repayment assistance for current nursing faculty, and for graduates who are working as nurses in certain nonprofit health facilities. Details are available through the Health Resources and Services Administration Nursing Education Loan Repayment web page.

Alverno AthleticsMcComb's double-double average gains national recognition
Alverno College's Shataya McComb (Kingston, N.Y.) was named to the National Team of the Week, the national news source announced Wednesday evening. The honor is for games played during the week of November 22-28.

The Team of the Week is's weekly honor roll, in its 14th season of recognizing the top performance at each of the five positions from the previous week.

McComb"Shataya came out and had a tremendous week," Alverno head coach Brad Duckworth said. "Although we weren't successful in either game in terms of a win, she took both games personally. Both from a rebounding and scoring standpoint, and is really starting to develop well into her role."

McComb, a senior guard, averaged 14.0 points and 14.5 rebounds per game, and set her career-high in rebounding in back-to-back games. On Tuesday, Nov. 23, versus UW-Platteville she snagged 14 rebounds, had a team-high 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting and added three assists in a close five-point loss. On Saturday, Nov. 27, against Lakeland College she reset her career-high with 15 rebounds and added eight points and a pair of assists.

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Be sure to check out Alverno’s free radio station, AIFR. The broadcast content is predominantly student developed with contributions from staff and faculty. The station operations are a student-managed venture under the direction of faculty. Rather than impose a genre, the station is a “free-form” online radio station. Click here for program scheduling and descriptions. Become an AIFR fan on Facebook!

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Events Calendar
26-Feb. 27 Wisconsin Visual Arts – Artists from Southeast Wisconsin-Mixed Media. Opening reception is Friday, Feb. 4th, from 4:30-8:00 p.m. in the Art and Cultures Gallery. Call 414-382-6149 for additional information.
28 Alverno Presents Heidi Latsky Dance Company-The Gimp Project (GIMP), held at the Helfaer Theatre, Marquette University.
8 Alverno Forum – Transforming Health Care: Impact on Milwaukee and You, Wehr Auditorium, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
12 Play On! Fundraiser to support Shakespeare in the Park, Alverno College, TLTC, 7:00 p.m.


Madison-Area Alumnae Gathering, Paisan’s Restaurant, 12:30 p.m.



February Alverno Alum Night: Annual Spring Etiquette Dinner & Alum Social Hour

TBD March Alverno Alum Night: Lakefront Brewery Tour
6 Miss Alverno
14 Alverno Forum – Is Inequality Making Us Sick?: Impact on Milwaukee and You

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Live audio broadcasts available for select Inferno games on AIFR.

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