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May 2011

Dear Alumna,

Greetings from Alverno! As the trees start to bud and the flowers start to bloom, here at Alverno, Homecoming is on our minds. Now's your chance to give us some feedback: What would you like to see at Homecoming 2011? Email us your thoughts at

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

Student Spotlight

Student SpotlightLast week Assistant Professor of History and Director of Asian Studies Jodi Eastberg connected current students with 2009 alum Megan Stewart, who is presently teaching English in Taiyuan in Shanxi, China. Using Skype, the students were able to talk with Megan about her experience as an American living in China. Jodi's HUM150, or Introduction to the Humanities, course has focused on the theme "China and the West." Students have spent the semester learning about the long history of European and American relations with China through the lenses of diplomacy, missionaries, popular culture, and trade. This experience gave current students a chance to connect with an alum who has been living in China for two years and to connect her experiences with their learning in the classroom. Megan reported that she uses her Alverno abilities "daily" while enjoying the complexities of living outside the United States.

Alum Spotlight


Alums enjoying each other's company at the North Shore Alumnae Gathering on May 5th. From left to right: Dorothy Barnes-Miller '05, Nadine Guirl '82, Rebecca Wahlberg '04, and Dianne Spector '99

Atlanta Gathering

Atlanta-area alums gathered on a beautiful spring day on May 7th. A good time was had by all. From left to right: Diane Hanley '63, Anne McCallum '68, Mary Stephens '64, Jean Bartels '81, Michelle Gambon '94, Linda Jefferson '90, and Alumnae Director Mary Frieseke '93, '10


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!

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

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.

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! For more information, click on the following link: Alumnae Referral Scholarship Form

Alverno NCLEX Results
We are pleased to announce the latest government release of the two year rolling NCLEX (first time) pass rates for Schools of Nursing in Wisconsin reveals that Alverno College School of Nursing has the highest 2-year average scores in the state--97%! The national average is 88%. Congratulations to our students and the Alverno School of Nursing!

Upcoming Alumnae Events

Alumnae Travel to Spain’s Costa del Sol & Portugal’s Riviera, March 15-27, 2012
Information Session
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
6:00 p.m.
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

Individual Career Assistance Available in the CEC
Alverno's Career Education Center (CED) has been hosting a 3-part series of "Career Search Basics" workshops for alumnae during the month of May, which filled quickly. If you were unable to attend these workshops and need job search assistance, though, you can set up an individual appointment in the CEC by calling 414-382-6010. As an alum, you always have access to the CEC, and our staff are eager to assist you with career decisions and job search.

Around Alverno
Graduate School News
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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

Alverno Athletics



Inferno Sluggers Break School Home Run Record
The 2011 Alverno College softball team broke the program's single-season home run record on Monday, April 25, as a pair of rookies connected for the Inferno's ninth and 10th long-balls of the season.

The Inferno came into the doubleheader versus Rockford College with eight home runs on the season, which had tied the record set by last season's squad.

Freshman outfielder Ashleigh Sagat (New Berlin, Wis./Eisenhower) hit her second homer of the season in game one, a 12-6 victory, while freshman pitcher/first baseman Emily Snell (Denmark, Wis.) hit her second home run of the season in game two's 10-7 loss.

Sophomore catcher Stef Wilmore (Elkhart, Ind.) leads the team with three homers, freshman shortstop Chelsea Gulbronson (Milwaukee/Pius) has two and sophomore third baseman Natalie Petrie (Franklin, Wis.) has one.

The Inferno have six more chances to add to the total with six regular season games remaining in the 2011 season.

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Events Calendar
18 May Alum Night: Private Wine & Chocolate Tasting, Apples of Eden, 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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