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15 VFA Luncheon

15 Global Union

18 Business Forum 6:00 p.m.

20 C&T Wine and Cheese 5:00 p.m.

22 Culminating Recital Lampe Hall 2:00 p.m.

23 Chicago Alum Event

28 Celebrate Hispanic Heritage

3 Knock Down Hunger

5-7 Homecoming Weekend

8 Etiquette Dinner

17 Alverno's Fall Career Fair




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Homecoming Weekend

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Dear ,

A memorable weekend awaits you here on campus at Alverno College! Join us at Homecoming 2012 - Family, Friends, Students and Alumnae Weekend - celebrating Alverno's 125th Anniversary! Friday-Sunday, October 5–7th. Homecoming is a great opportunity to connect with the Alverno friends, faculty members, and places you remember so fondly.

We've planned a variety of fun and enjoyable events throughout the weekend, and all alumnae and their families are welcome. See our event schedule below and register now. Registering is important because it lets us and your classmates know you're planning to be here. You can see a list of people who have indicated they're going to be at Homecoming.

Reunions are only as wonderful as the people who attend. If you want to see your friends at Homecoming, invite them! Reach out to classmates today through the Alverno Alum Online Community and encourage them to join you at the Homecoming 2012 & Alverno's 125th Anniversary Celebration.

See you on campus!

Kim M. Muench '89
Assistant Director of Alumnae Relations

Wanted: A Few Good Alverno Alumnae
The Governance Committee needs your help. The dynamic and highly visible Alverno Alumnae Association Board is looking for a "few good Alverno alumna" to join us in making a difference. We want a "few good women" who know what a powerful impact an Alverno education makes on the quality of our professional and personal lives. We need a "few good women" who can meet regularly, have a good time and do good work that supports our alma mater. I encourage you to talk to fellow alumnae who are dedicated to Alverno and have the time to serve. Nominations, either self or through others, will be accepted until October 15, 2012.

LuAnn Bird '01 & Mary Stull '79
Governance Committee Co-Chairs

Homecoming 2012




Homecoming is quickly approaching! Full details and registration information are available on our website.
Nursing Luncheon
Saturday, October 6th

11:30 a.m.

JoAnn McGrath School of Nursing Luncheon
The Future of Nursing: Building on Rich Tradition
Join us as we celebrate the new JoAnn McGrath School of Nursing with a panel of distinguished nursing alums: Jean Bartels '81, Vivien DeBack '54, Norma Lange '61 and Cathy Rick '71.

Afternoon Tea with the School Sisters of St. Francis
2:30 p.m.

In celebration of Alverno's 125th Anniversary, we invite you to a special tea honoring all School Sisters of St. Francis in the US Province. The Alverno Community will celebrate and recognize the many wonderful contributions of the School Sisters to the College's ongoing success.

Sister Joel Read Center Naming and Honored Alumnae Dinner
6:00 p.m.

Be a part of this moment in Alverno history. Please join us in honoring Sister Joel at the dedication of the new Sister Joel Read Center (formerly the Teaching, Learning, and Technology Center). Come meet the inaugural class of the Vanguard Society, a group of illustrious women who inspire alums and students alike. In celebration of our 125th anniversary, all honorary degreed and honorary alumnae will also receive special recognition. In addition to celebrating our past, President Mary J. Meehan will share exciting updates, looking ahead to the future of Alverno College.
All alumnae and their guests are invited.



Are you ready for some football? This year will be the fifth year for Alverno's Alumnae in Training Powder Puff football game. To make this year better than ever we are encouraging alums to sign up and play along with the students. The game will take place on Friday, October 5th at 5pm. If you are interested in playing please contact me by email at or by phone at 414-382-6070.
If you don't want to play, we are still always looking for your support as cheerleaders. So don't forget to mark this date on your calendar! I look forward to seeing everyone at Homecoming this year.
Sarah Ward, Alumnae in Training Program Coordinator

Alum Artists
Do you want to be a part of history? You are invited to participate in the Alverno College
Annual Alumnae Juried Art Show during Homecoming 2012 in the Alverno Art & Cultures Gallery. The exhibit will open on Friday, October 5, 2012, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. with a wine and cheese reception and an Awards Ceremony at 6:30 p.m. The Exhibit will run through Saturday, October 27, 2012. All works will be juried to be accepted into the exhibit. For more details on the jury process and entry information click here.


Unity in Diversity

Bestowing of the Kente Alumnae Reunion
Inviting all alumnae of Bestowing of the Kente (BOK) and friends to attend a reunion during Homecoming weekend.  BOK is entering its 18th year as part of the graduation events at Alverno College.  We would love to connect with our BOK graduates and share about this wonderful cultural experience.  Please join us for wine and refreshments, 7:30-9:00 p.m.  There will be a short program around 8:15 p.m. For more information contact: or 414-382-6022


Upcoming Events

Alumnae Events 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

Communication & Technology "Feedback & Fun"

An Invitation to all Communication and Technology Alumnae

Few things are more fun that having the "Remember when…?" or "Whatever happened to…?" conversations with important people from your past. It's about connecting, but it's also about sharing how life has changed.

That is why the faculty of the Communication & Technology Department and the Office of Alumnae Relations are hosting a reunion and networking event this September.

The C&T faculty is eager to hear from our alums about their career experiences. We are always exited and proud when we hear about the career successes of our alums. We know we have alums doing amazing work in a variety of fields, and we want to hear about it! Your accomplishments inspire us as faculty and give us encouraging stories to tell our current and future students.

We welcome alumnae who graduated with a major in Professional Communication (PCM), Communication, Management and Technology (CMT), Interactive Media Design (IMD), or Computing and Information Technology (CIT) to participate in one of two "Feedback and Fun" events:

After Work Wine and Cheese on Thursday, September 20 from 5:00-7:00 Kellogg A

Besides re-connecting with communication faculty and sister alums, you can serve in an advisory role. "The majors that serve the communication professions are challenged by constantly changing technology," says Professor Jill Moore. " Who better than our alums to advise us about the best practices and technology applications in the contemporary workplace?" To register click here.


decotourSunday, September 23, 2012
Alumane Event in Chicago
Art Deco Walking Tour

In the Roaring 20s, Chicago architects designed numerous awe-inspiring skyscrapers adorned with the lavish materials and geometric ornament that epitomized the new modern style of the era—Art Deco. See this opulent style come alive in some of the city's most beautiful architecture
1:15 p.m. Check-in
1:30 p.m. Tour

MEET: CAF Shop and Tour Center 224 South Michigan Avenue Chicago IL
The tour is a walking tour for 2 hours 15 minutes. Following the tour we will have dessert and beverages at South Water Kitchen
225 N. Wabash Avenue
Chicago, IL 60601
****Transportation to Chicago is on your own. If you are interested in carpooling email
To register click here

Monday, October 8, 2012
Etiquette Dinner
3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Alumnae we need you! The Etiquette Event is an excellent opportunity for students to learn about careers from an alum in a personal setting. Please join us by being a table captain. Alumnae Rossario Sanchez '00 is our guest speaker at the event. Click here for more information and to register.


TriviaWatch for the Second Annual Trivial Night with the Humanities Faculty coming in November!




Wilderness LogoEscape to the Wilderness Resort with Alverno
The Wilderness Hotel and Golf Resort, America's largest waterpark resort in Wisconsin Dells, is offering Alverno alumnae, family and friends a special reason to escape to the Wilderness, November 30 and December 1, 2012. For just $109 per night, your family of four can reserve a double queen room at the Wilderness and receive unlimited access to the resort's four indoor waterparks. A limited number of rooms are available in our block and will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Rooms can be secured by calling the Wilderness at 1-800-867-WILD (9453). The reservation deadline is October 30th and rooms are listed under Alverno College, reference #A78833. Click here for the full brochure.


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London 2013
Join Alverno Theatre Professor Richard Runkel for an eight-night trip, May 23-June 1, 2013, to London. The trip includes guided tours of notable London highlights, including Westminster Abbey and the Covent Garden, as well as Stratford-on-Avon, the birthplace of Shakespeare. In addition, participants will attend three theatre performances and get a backstage theatre tour. Deadline for registration is December 2012. Contact Mary Frieseke, or 414-382-6098, for more details.


Around Alverno

Residence Life to Begin Bike Program – Helmets Needed
Many of our students who are far away from home and living in the residence halls, especially our International students, are often seeking ways to get around town. In response, Residence Life will be starting a program in the fall where students can check out a bike to run errands or just go riding. It is a great alternative to taxis and buses for things that are nearby. In support of this venture, the International Intercultural Center is seeking donations of bike helmets so that students have the proper equipment when venturing out. We are looking for ten new helmets that can be used for students participating in this program. Providing this option will be a green approach to students seeking another mode of transportation with the necessary safety precautions. Any assistance that you can provide will be most welcome!
For more information, please contact Rachel Haos at 414-382-6006 or or Lynn Kuhlman at 414-382-6372 or

lafondreamAlverno College head soccer coach Brittany Nikolic has announced the hiring of Ellie LaFond and Matt Ream as assistant coaches to the Inferno's soccer staff.
"I'm so excited about this year's staff," Nikolic said. "Having Ellie back is fantastic because she knows what it is like to be a student-athlete here. She will be able to help and inspire the players both on and off the field.
"Matt is energetic and has a great eagerness to teach, so I know the players will learn a lot from him."
Click here to read the entire story.



Little Dresses for Africa distributes simple dresses made out of pillowcases or a small amount of fabric through orphanages, churches and schools in Africa to show little girls that they are worthy. Counseling and Health Services will be creating and collecting dresses. Our goal is 125 dresses in honor of Alverno's 125th Anniversary.
What you can do? Create a dress or two. Donate cotton or mostly cotton fabric, pillowcases, double fold bias tape or 1/4 " wide elastic. Drop items in the bin at Homecoming or in AF 203. Questions? Email Mary Reese at
Click Here for the pattern.

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Empowering Women Alverno alumnae Mary-Ann Lupa '64 and Mary Jean Collins '63 invite you to a special conference called "Empowering Women: A Tale of Two Generations." The full-day event presented by the Veteran Feminists of America will be held on Saturday, September 15, at Alverno College. Their luncheon will feature a salute to Alverno for 125 years of creating opportunities for women. Learn more at


Alverno Forum

Alverno Business Forum "The Journey Toward Sustainability"
Tuesday, September 18th 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Join us to explore some common myths about sustainability and learn how exemplary companies pursue their sustainability agenda in a variety of ways.  We will continue a dialogue started at our highly successful spring Forum, “The Triple Bottom Line:  People, Planet and Profit” with more in depth discussion of sustainability featuring Clay Nesler, Vice President, Global Energy and Sustainability, Johnson Controls, Inc., and Dan Horton, Dean, School of Business, Alverno College.  Nesler is responsible for energy and sustainability strategy, policy, marketing, education, innovation, operations and NGO relationships on a global basis.

He has served with state, national and international organizations focused on sustainability and he recently participated in earthsummit 2012 held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  Johnson Controls has been recognized as one of Corporate Responsibility magazine's "Best Corporate Citizens" and Ethisphere magazine’s "World's Most Ethical Companies".  Prior to joining Alverno College, Horton served as the Senior Vice-President and Chief Administrative Officer for S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc. Click here to register.

Alverno College Celebrates Hispanic Heritage with Milwaukee Poet Laureate Brenda Cárdenas
On Friday, September 28th, Milwaukee Poet Laureate Brenda Cárdenas, will give a poetry reading at Alverno College. The reading will be from 12:00-1:00 p.m. in the Conference Center. Brenda Cárdenas writes in Spanish and English and often blends the two languages in her work. She is the author of Boomerang (Bilingual Press, 2009) and From the Tongues of Brick and Stone (Momotombo Press, 2005). She also co-edited Between the Heart and the Land: Latina Poets in the Midwest (MARCH/Abrazo Press, 2001). She is an Associate Professor in the Creative Writing program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. For more information, contact Meg Crosby, Assistant Professor of Spanish, 414-382-6385,
Click here for more information.

Poll Workers Needed!
Alverno has a grant to train poll workers for the 2012 Presidential Election on Nov. 6th. The College is closed that day so the Alverno community may participate in the election. Working at the polls is a great way to get involved and practice our Effective Citizenship! We will be holding 12 poll worker trainings on campus in September and October. Two trainings are specifically for bilingual speakers (Spanish), as the City is now required to provide bilingual poll workers at wards that are heavily Spanish speaking.
Click here to register and for more information.

Knock Down Hunger
Knock Down Hunger is partnered with the "Cans Across the Conference" food donation traditionally coordinated with the Athletic Department.
/////Knock Down Hunger™ (KDH) is an initiative of Alverno College that exemplifies the continuing generosity of all Alverno College stakeholders via the donation, collection, and ultimate distribution of boxes of cereal to hungry people in the community. The event is October 3rd. For more information click here.


Thinking fondly of "back-to-school" days? Learning NEVER ends at Alverno – with continuing education classes through Telesis! This is a great time to try your hand at painting, learn Spanish, explore world religions, discuss great women in history, or reconnect with your spirit. Check out all of the possibilities at, or call for a brochure: 414-382-6087.



Network with Hiring Employers at Alverno's Fall Career Fair
If you are a recent graduate or alumna seeking new career opportunities, mark your calendar for Alverno's Fall Career Fair on Wednesday, October 17th, 11:30am-2:00pm in the Sister Joel Read Center (formerly the Teaching, Learning and Technology Center). This event is exclusive for Alverno students and alumnae, and features employers from diverse industries, including business, finance, healthcare, social service, government, and nonprofit. A list of employers attending the event is available at


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