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2011 March ANews

Dear Alverno Alumna,

What do you get when you combine the eight Alverno abilities, seven outstanding Alverno students, and five fabulous judges? Miss Alverno 2011!

Miss AlvernoThe Miss Alverno competition is a magical evening during which Alverno students demonstrate how they use the eight abilities outside of a classroom setting. Over the past four years, Miss Alverno has grown to be an entertaining and inspiring part of the Alverno experience. But don’t just take my word for it – experience it for yourself! Miss Alverno 2011 will take place on Wednesday, April 6th from 7:30 – 10:00 p.m. in the Mug Coffeehouse located in Austin Hall. This year’s contestants are Margaret Childs, Rachel Molloy, Arika Ostrowski, Cassie Rincon, Carly Schneider, Holly Turpin, and Vanessa Vasquez. This is a great opportunity to support current Alverno students, as well as your fellow alums who have volunteered to be our fabulous judges: Lois Koepke ’91, founder of the Bucks Energee! Dance Team; Caitlin Morral ’08, “Road Warrior” Traffic Reporter on TMJ4; and Diane Charno ’93, Interactive Strategist for Ascedia and Alverno College Alumnae Board member.

Be sure to mark your calendars for this unforgettable event!

Warm regards,
Brittany Balash
Alumnae in Training Program Manager

Alumnae Spotlight

JoAnn Lomax '74JoAnn Lomax ’74, MHA BSN RN PAAPC was recently elected President Milwaukee Chapter National Black Nurses Association, Inc. (MCNBNA).  JoAnn is the Nurse Liaison in the Patient Relations Department and has worked at Froedtert Hospital for 15 years.  She is a graduate of Alverno College, Cardinal Stritch College and Independent University holding a BSN in nursing and two Master degrees in health administration and community health & wellness promotion. She also holds the Patient Advocate Advanced Practice Certification (PAAPC), one of the highest honors in patient advocacy from the Society for Healthcare Consumer Advocate (SHCA) an affiliate of the American Hospital Association.

MCNBNA was incorporated in 1982, and became a chapter of the National Black Nurses Association, Inc (NBNA). The Mission of NBNA is to represent and provide a forum for black nurses to advocate for and implement strategies to ensure access to the highest quality of health care for people of color. JoAnn’s goal is "the recruitment of African-American nurses at Froedtert Hospital and those working in other healthcare facilities in Southeastern Wisconsin. It is the responsibility of all nurses of color to promote and uphold the standards of nursing, and to work for the improvement of healthcare in our community." Congratulations JoAnn!

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!

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
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!

Homecoming Label

Homecoming at Alverno is about tradition, not football! Do you want to be a part of the planning for Homecoming 2011? We are looking for volunteers to help bounce around ideas, come up with more "fun" for Friday night, reach out to classmates to encourage attendance, and/or decide on the theme. We plan to meet 4-5 times; the first meeting will be on Thursday, April 14th at 5:30 p.m. in Alum Hall. If you would like more information about becoming involved, please contact Samantha at

Campus Happenings

Alverno College Spring 2011 Career Fair
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
TLTC Conference Center
If you are a graduate seeking employment, make room on your calendar for a great opportunity to meet with recruiters seeking to hire recent graduates. Please join us! This event is being sponsored by the Career Education Staff. A list of organizations attending is posted on the CEC website under Calendar of Events and on Facebook.

Alumnae Art Show
Alverno Alums, Homecoming 2011 will once again feature our Annual Alumnae Juried Art Show: Connections. Are you interested in participating? Please let us know! Contact us at or call the alumnae office 414-382-6090. We will be sending invitation to participate letters in the coming months to our alums who identify themselves as interested and to all of our art majors and minors.

Upcoming Alumnae Events

Chicago-Area Alumnae Gathering
Sunday, March 13, 2011
12:30 p.m. – Gathering Reception
1:00 p.m. – Welcome and Lunch
Four Seasons Hotel
Chicago, IL
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. For more information and to register, click here.

Music Therapy Alumnae Gathering
Friday, March 25, 2011
7:00-8:00 p.m.
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.

For more information regarding the conference, please visit

North Shore Alumnae Gathering – Save the Date!
Thursday, May 5, 2011
6:00-8:00 p.m.
North Shore Country Club

Mequon, WI
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 this month.

Atlanta Alumnae Gathering – Save the Date!
Saturday, May 7, 2011

Invitations to be mailed in March.

Career Center
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. For additional details and to register, visit

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, 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

Around Alverno

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

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. Click here for more information and itinerary details.

Alverno AthleticsAllen Named to All-NAC First Team for Second Time
The Northern Athletics Conference announced the awards for the 2010-11 women's basketball season and Alverno College's Gabby Allen (Milwaukee/Bay View) was named to the All-NAC First Team for the second-straight season.

Gabby AllenAllen was the Inferno's leading scorer for the second-consecutive year as she posted 14.0 points a game in her senior season, eighth-best in the conference. The point guard was also eighth in the league in blocks per game with 22 swats in 25 games. She led the team with 2.4 assists per game and also snagged 4.4 rebounds per game, while shooting a career-best 72 percent from the free-throw line.

"It's great respect for Gabby and our program," Alverno head coach Brad Duckworth said. "Certainly every opponent had to find number 12 and try to get her stopped. She had a great senior season, and I know she would trade the award for a chance to play in the tournament; she was that kind of player. I'm proud of her, and it's a great honor to be a two-time all-conference player."

Allen scored a career-high 28 points in a February 10 victory at Edgewood, where she also became the school's all-time leading scorer. She finished her career with 1,286 points, and is also tops in the Alverno record book in field goals made (500), second in free throws made (241) and blocked shots (86), and fourth in assists (190) and steals (122).

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Events Calendar
11 Alverno Presents Acoustic Africa, Pitman Theatre, 8:00 p.m.
13 Chicago-Area Alumnae Gathering, Four Seasons Hotel, 12:30 p.m.
19 Alverno Presents Vijay Iyer Trio, Wehr Hall, 8:00 p.m.
24 March Alverno Alum Night: Private Lakefront Brewery Tour
6:00 p.m. Welcome
6:30 p.m. Private Tour
25 Music Therapy Alumnae Gathering, Grand Geneva Resort, Lake Geneva, WI, 7:00 p.m.
6 Miss Alverno
The Mug, 7:00 p.m.
9 Alverno Presents Dianne Reeves, Pitman Theatre, 8:00 p.m.
3 Career Search Basics for Alumnae - The Hidden Job Market: Using It with Confidence, Kellogg A, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
5 North Shore-Area Alumnae Gathering, North Shore Country Club, Mequon, WI, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Atlanta-Area Alumnae Gathering

10 Career Search Basics for Alumnae - The 21st Century Resume: Techniques for the Web Age, TL 110, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
17 Career Search Basics for Alumnae - 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.

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