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Alumnae Spotlight
Lavetta Meyer Torke '82

Lavetta Meyer Torke '82Receiving a degree in Business Management, Lavetta worked for Alverno as a Weekend College Coordinator working with various departments on designing the logistics of the Weekend College program. Lavetta herself was a weekend college student, and while attending Alverno she worked as an assistant to the Academic Dean, Sr. Austin Doherty. Lavetta is greatly appreciative of her work at Alverno, and considers the mentoring she got from Sr. Austin, as well as mentoring from Sr. Joel Read and Sr. Georgine Loacker, incredibly valuable.

Today, Lavetta is combing her business sense with her desire to create. Now living in Bayfield, Wisconsin, Lavetta works as a studio artist with her business BayArt. She designs wearable one-of-kind art, which includes scarves, jackets, vests, totes and handbags and knitwear. BayArt boasts a boutique on ETSY, and will soon have its own website.

Lavetta represented Alverno College at Northland College's inauguration in Ashland last fall. Lavetta found Northland’s President Miller to be a fan of Alverno. She also enjoyed meeting other representatives of colleges and universities. Lavetta calls this monumental moment a celebration and touchstone for Northland College and was honored to be involved, claiming, "I am very proud to be an Alverno alum so representing and promoting Alverno is a 'natural' for me."

Lavetta is also excited about Alverno's 125th anniversary as she celebrates graduating 30 years ago. She is looking forward to celebrating both of these occasions with classmates. Lavetta proudly states, "What a wonderful tribute to Alverno's past and present leadership to reach this special anniversary. I think the celebration's focus on volunteerism by alumna is also a special way to look at how we professionals give back to our communities in multiple ways and how our education pays off exponentially."

Article by Jennifer Kaufman '04