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21 Graduate Information Session, 6:00 p.m., TLTC

24 June Alum Night: Shakespeare in the Park - SOLD OUT 6:00 p.m. Alumnae Courtyard/Reiman Plaza


23 July Alum Night: Eiko & Koma: Raven, Lynden Sculpture Garden, 6:00 p.m. Performance


11 August Alum Night: "insider only" tour of The Emperor’s Private Paradise: Treasures from the Forbidden City, details TBD

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Alumnae Spotlight

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Homecoming 2011

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ShemagneDear Alumnae,
My finest hour was becoming an Alverno alumna in May of 1999. A very close second was becoming your Alumnae Association President 10 years later in June 2009! I consider my Alverno education and this opportunity to serve our beloved alma mater as defining moments in my life. Like my Alverno education, leading the Alumnae Board for the past two years has transformed me.

It has been an honor to serve among these extraordinary Alverno women with such a passion for our beloved alma mater and a commitment to truly making a difference in the world. I thank our 2009/2010 board members for your role in creating our clear visions for the future of the Alumnae Association and your enthusiasm for the rewarding work that has resulted from our new College Engagement, Community Engagement and Governance Committees.

This month I turn the leadership reins over to your new Alumnae Association President Erica Gumieny '00. Erica's vibrant personality, strong community connections and expertise in empowering others to lead and succeed will bring a rich dimension to our work and drive our results as an Association. Erica will lead your Alumnae Association in our efforts to reconnect 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.

This month we also celebrate Alumnae Association Board Member Rose Spang '62 being named a Milwaukee Business Journal Woman of Influence. Rose is the essence of what it means to live every moment of every day as an opportunity to make a connection on behalf of our beloved Alma Mater, Alverno College!

We are looking forward to seeing you soon!


Your Alumnae Association President,
Shemagne Lila O'Keefe '99

Alverno College 125The Alverno Alumnae Relations office is again partnering with Harris Publications to create an updated Alumnae Directory in time for our 125th anniversary in 2012. Alumnae will be receiving informational mailings in the coming weeks. Harris has provided this service to the college and our alumnae for the past several decades, and in this edition will be providing additional historic and informational pages in honor of our 125th anniversary celebration. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mary Frieseke.

Shop for a CauseThe Magic of Macy's has made its way to Alverno!
Since 2006, Macy's Shop for a Cause Event has partnered with non-profit organizations nationwide to raise more than $38 million for their ongoing charitable efforts. This is your chance to be part of this monumental event on Saturday, August 27, 2011.

Shop for a Cause gives you the opportunity to give back to your community and help our organization. Purchase a $5 Shopping Pass for exclusive savings in every Macy's store and online at on Saturday, August 27th, and Alverno will keep 100% of the proceeds. You will receive a 25% coupon that can be used ALL DAY. Plus, you will be entered to win a $500 Macy's Gift Card!

Need a new Coach purse or some Michael Kors shoes? This coupon does apply to these name brands! In fact, there are very few exclusions, so take advantage of this fabulous deal that supports a wonderful cause.

100% of the proceeds raised by this event will go to the Alverno Alumnae Endowed Scholarship fund. Help us bring the magic to future Alverno women!! Purchase your shopping pass here and only here.

Alumnae Spotlight

May GraduatesCongratulations, May Graduates!
Twenty-nine Master's students and 196 undergraduate students earned their degrees on May 20 and 21, 2011. The Alumnae Office would like to extend our most sincere congratulations to these newest Alverno alums! Want to wish them good luck? Post a message on the Alumnae Association Facebook Page.





Alverno Alum Nights

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

ShakespeareJune Alum Night: Shakespeare in the Park - SOLD OUT
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

If you are interested in being added to our waitlist for the Friday, June 24th performance, please contact us at 414-382-6090 or Be sure to include your name, phone number, email address, and number of tickets desired.



Eiko & KomaJuly Alum Night: Alverno Presents Eiko & Koma: Raven
Saturday, July 23, 2011
Lynden Sculpture Garden
5:00 p.m. Grounds Open
6:00 p.m. Performance - Special Alum Pricing! 2 tickets for $15
7:00 p.m. Picnic Dinner $15

Experience the original piece Raven performed by world-renowned dancers Eiko & Koma in one of Milwaukee's most inspiring environments. Come early to wander through more than 50 monumental sculptures sited across 40 beautiful acres of park, lake and woodland. Then relax on the grass as Eiko & Koma dance admist the poignant background of art and nature. After the show, stay for a picnic with your Alverno friends. You'll meet the guest artists and sip wine as the sun sets over the grounds. Register online.

Forbidden CityAugust Alum Night - Save the Date!
Thursday, August 11, 2011

Professor Jodi Eastberg will be giving alums an "insider only" tour of The Emperor’s Private Paradise: Treasures from the Forbidden City exhibition at the Milwaukee Art Museum. To read more details on the exhibition click here. Details to be determined.



Campus Happenings

Alverno College Launches Family Nurse Practitioner Specialization
Alverno College is proud to announce the expansion of its Master of Science in Nursing program by launching a new Family Nurse Practitioner track in fall of 2011. The new degree, which is open to women and men, marks the sixth master's degree program or licensure-to-master's specialization developed by the college in the last five years. "Advanced practice registered nurses who provide primary care are in high demand, and Alverno College is responding to a local and regional need," said Patricia Schroeder, dean of Alverno College's School of Nursing. "In addition to the growing need for primary care, family nurse practitioners achieve positive clinical outcomes and great consumer satisfaction. These roles are an essential part of the present and future health care delivery system." Click here to read the full press release. For full program details, click here. Please share this exciting news with your family and friends (and co-workers) who are looking to learn more!

June 21st Graduate Information Sessions
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 Tuesday, June 21st 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.

Share Your Alverno Experience!
Did you know we have an Alumnae Referral Scholarship that could help a student win a $2,000 undergraduate scholarship? A completed referral is all we need and she will automatically receive a $500 per year scholarship renewable for four years. That's it! Alums can refer more than just one student! For more information click here.

Alumnae Travel

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! For available details, contact Mary Frieseke at 414-382-6090 or

Homecoming 2011

Homecoming 2011Alumnae Art Show
The Alumnae Art Show will be held during Homecoming Weekend, October 6-9th. All alumnae are encouraged to participate! For more information, contact us at

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 8th, 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.

Golden Guild Celebration
**Honoring all of our alumnae who graduated fifty years ago and more**
We are excited to once again uphold the tradition of gathering all of our Golden Guild members to celebrate our history and welcome a new class to the guild. If you are a member of the Golden Guild, please join us for brunch on Sunday, October 9th in celebrating the induction of the Class of 1961.

Around Alverno

Graduate School News


Click here to read about the latest news from our graduate students, alums and faculty!

Volunteer to Help at Global Union!
Alverno Presents would like to get the word out about volunteering at Global Union 2011, our 6th annual Global Union! This year the festival will take place on Saturday and Sunday, September 17th and 18th 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

Gabby AllenInferno Student-Athletes Honored at Annual Alverno Athletics Banquet
The Alverno College Athletics Department honored its 2010-11 teams and student-athletes at the annual Alverno College Athletics Banquet at the Alverno College Conference Center this past weekend. Video: 2010-11 Alverno Athletics Highlight Slide Show

Each of the six varsity teams honored three student-athletes with the awards of Most Improved Player, Inferno Award and Most Valuable Player.

Additionally the department's major awards winners were honored. These five awards are the Student-Athlete of the Year Award, Virginia Wagner Award, Sister Margaret Mary Martin Award, Faculty Scholar-Athlete Award and Newcomer of the Year Award.

Homecoming 2011

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