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11 Alverno Forum, Sister Joel Read Center, 6:00 p.m.

13 MSN Panel and Luncheon, Sister Joel Read Center, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

16 Tour of Northwestern Mutual, 3:00 p.m., followed by Dinner at Woman's Club of Wisconsin

17 RN to BSN Information Session, Sister Joel Read Center, 6:00 p.m.

24 Miss Alverno, The Mug Coffeehouse, 7:00 p.m.

26 Boulevard Theatre Presents Living Out

27 Undergraduate Open House, Sister Joel Read Center, 9:00 a.m.


2 Laughter for Nurses, Comedy Sportz, 7:00p.m.

9 Amy Shapiro Book Signing Event, 5:30 p.m. LA 127.

9 Graduate Information Session, Sister Joel Read Center, 6:00 p.m.

10 Atlanta Alumnae Social

11 Milwaukee Food Tours: Churches and Chocolates, 9:00-Noon.

14 Networking Breakfast Series, Stone Creek Coffee, 7:30 a.m.


11 Networking Breakfast Series, Schlitz Park Business Center, 7:30 a.m.

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April 2013 Issue


Dear ,

Happy spring! Alumnae, you asked and we listened! Tuesday morning we held our fourth Networking Breakfast. We had 38 alums come out at 7:30 a.m., and Alverno School of Business Professor Patricia Jensen '71 was our guest speaker. It was awesome to see and hear the energy in the room when a group of Alverno women gather. The connections being made and the relationship building is exactly what we hoped to offer. Each month we get a few more as we move around the city and offer interesting, current topics. If you haven't attended, I encourage you to join us. If you have a suggestion for a venue, topic or speaker, send it my way. Below you will see the schedule for next three months. I hope to see you at a Networking Breakfast soon!

Warm regards,
Kim Muench '89
Assistant Director of Alumnae Relations

Attention School of Education Alumni
THURSDAY, APRIL 25th will be the date for this year’s statewide teacher recruitment fair, WERF, at the Monona Terrace Convention Center in Madison from 2:00-7:00 p.m.
There is detailed information about the fair on the WERF website, including a list of attending districts, parking, and general fair information. To learn more, click here. If you are interested in attending, you must register on-line prior to the fair. On-line candidate registrations will end at noon on April 24, 2013. E-mail Sarajane Kennedy at with questions.

Graduation Help Needed
Would you like to help us at commencement? Would you like to watch the graduates, remember your graduation and smile at those fond memories? You can help us by volunteering to usher for the undergraduate ceremony. If you would like to usher for this May's Commencement, email me at It's not much of a commitment.  Graduation is on Saturday, May 18th. You would need to be at Alverno by 12:30 p.m., and you would be finished ushering by 4 p.m. Thank you, as always, for considering this and for your generous gift of time.

Alverno is thrilled to announce the recent launch of Alverno Magazine Online,, to supplement the College's two annual print editions.

Designed with the end-user in mind, the online magazine provides an attractive way to offer new content on a more consistent basis. To this end, the online magazine offers fresh new content, providing additional opportunities to read about fascinating students, innovative faculty and compelling alumnae. Plus, every article will be easy to share with friends, coworkers and even prospective students via email and Facebook.

Readers will also have an option to "Subscribe" to Alverno Magazine Online. The subscribe feature ensures you'll be among the first to read about "what's new" at Alverno because you'll receive an email alert when a new story posts.

This month's Alumnae Spotlight story is from the online magazine.

AS-VarelaHumble by nature, Maria Varela '61 is unlikely to characterize herself as extraordinary. Yet, she is an amazing woman who credits her early involvement with Young Christian Students (YCS) as a springboard into her career as community activist and organizer. She received a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship in 1990 for her work promoting culturally sustainable development in poor rural communities, and was one of the 1,000 PeaceWomen who collectively were nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005. No doubt, Varela is extraordinary. She's also an Alverno alumna who graduated with a degree in Speech. Click here to read more.


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Miss Alverno is not your stereotypical beauty pageant; in fact it is not a beauty pageant at all! This annual event gives Alverno students the opportunity to show their growth in the Alverno Abilities and their involvement in the college. Through an essay, interview, and talent performance, the participants will show how they are excelling in the abilities, whether through school involvement, educational growth, or community involvement, and how they are using these abilities to prepare to become active Alverno alumnae.Contestants will participate in five categories:

  • Getting to know the contestant (casual wear)
  • Talent
  • Dressing for the occasion (formal wear)
  • Interview (business attire)
  • Candidates' choice

Miss Alverno will be held in the Mug on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. Please join us! The event is completely free to all participants and audience members.


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Alum LogoNew for 2013: Networking Breakfast Series
Alumnae, you asked and we listened! Alverno will be hosting alumnae networking breakfasts at locations around the area from 7:30-9:00 a.m. Join us the 2nd Tuesday of each month - the coffee is always on Alverno!

7:30-8:00 a.m.      Gather, introduce yourself, mix and mingle
8:00-8:30 a.m.      Speaker/Presentation
8:30-9:00 a.m.      Network, make connections, and build relationships

Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Stone Creek Coffee
Downtown Location

422 N 5th St.
Milwaukee, WI
Associated Bank will present on budgeting.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Coffee with a Conscience
Schlitz Park Business Center

1555 W River Center Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53212
Our topic will be Women Entrepreneurs.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Bluemound Gardens

11703 W. Bluemound Road
Wauwatosa, WI 53226
Networking will be our topic.

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!

Tour of Northwestern Mutual & Dinner at Woman's Club of Wisconsin
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
3:00 p.m. Tour
4:30 p.m. Dinner

Join alum hosts Rose Spang '62 and Flip Weber '92 on a tour of Northwestern Mutual followed by dinner at the Woman's Club of Wisconsin. To register click here.

Boulevard Theatre presents Living Out
Friday, April 26, 2013

6:30 p.m.Wine & Cheese reception with the cast
8:00 p.m. Performance
Click here to register.

Nursing Alum Event "Laughter for Nurses"
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Comedy Sportz
7:00 p.m.
Click here to register.

Registration to open Monday, April 15 for

Alverno Professor of Philosophy Amy Shapiro Book Signing Event
Thursday, May 9, 2013
5:30 p.m. Wine & Cheese reception
6:00 p.m. Discussion of Amy’s new book, Different Horrors Same Hell: Gender and the Holocaust
6:30 p.m. Book signing

Milwaukee Food Tours: Churches and Chocolates
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Join fellow Alverno alumnae for a delicious and educational "Churches & Chocolates" tour through the City of Steeples - Milwaukee. In between delicious stops at two local chocolatiers for behind-the-scenes insight, shopping and sampling, we visit three local churches, such as St. James Episcopal, Grace Lutheran, and St. Joseph's Chapel, to learn about the history and architecture of these unique places of worship. Each church includes a docent led tour. Tour includes chocolate treats, shopping time, docent led church tours, a guided city tour via bus, plus donations are provided to each church.



Georgia Alverno Social
Friday, May 10, 2013

Atlanta, GA
For information and to register, click here.

Watch for information on the Twin Cities in June and Chicago in July.


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Athletics: Alverno To Add Golf As Varsity Sport This Fall
Alverno College Director of Athletics Brad Duckworth has announced that the college will add women's golf as a varsity sport this upcoming fall of 2013. Click here to read the entire story.


RCWGResearch Center for Women and Girls
The Research Center's publication Bullying: A Prevention Toolkit is featured on the government website For more information about the
great work that the Research Center is doing in the community please visit our website:


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Gendered Violence:
Connecting Local Violence to Global Issues

TONIGHT, April 11, 2013
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Sister Joel Read Center
Explore issues of gender and violence, whether personal, political, or global. Does local violence represent social and political attitudes that can be linked to global practices? This interactive discussion with key community members will explore connections between local violence like domestic assault, gun and gender based violence, and global violence such as sex trafficking, honor killing or rape as an instrument of warfare. We will also discuss movements against gendered violence as an impetus for social reform and identify additional avenues for addressing it. Guest panelists include: Paulina de Haan, Regional Coordinator for Mayors Against Illegal Guns; Michael Munson, Executive Director of FORGE; Carmen Pitre, Executive Director at Sojourner Family Peace Center; and Dr. Sebastian Ssempijja, Co-Founder and Clinical Director at the Sebastian Family Psychology Practice, LLC. Moderator will be Amy Shapiro, Co-Director, Women's and Gender Studies Program. A Resource Fair with representatives from area organizations will be available from 5:30–8:30 p.m. Sponsored by Alverno College School of Arts and Sciences and Alverno College Research Center for Women and Girls. Alverno Forum series is free and open to the public. Details at


changing MindsTHE BIG READ: Changing Minds, by Howard Gardner
How do people become set in a certain way of thinking? And what does it take to change a perspective? Harvard psychologist Howard Gardner challenges traditional thinking and offers insights into the phenomenon of changing minds. He draws on decades of cognitive research to show mind change not as a sudden "epiphany" but as a gradual process that can be actively and powerfully influenced.

Gardner will be the recipient of the first annual Sister Joel Read Distinguished Educator Award on April 18. The entire Alverno community is participating in a "Big Read" of Gardner's book, Changing Minds: The Art and Science of Changing Our Own and Other People's Minds. Small group discussions and classroom explorations will culminate in a free open conversation with Gardner from 2:00–4:00 p.m. on April 18th in Wehr Auditorium, Christopher Hall. We hope you will join us!

For more information on the Big Read activities and resources, visit the Big Read wiki at or contact Laura Aaron Sear in the Institute for Educational Outreach at 414-382-6177 or

A Message from Admissions
Know an RN who would like to obtain her BSN degree at the best nursing school around?
RN to BSN Information Session
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
6:00 p.m.

Click here to register.

Know a promising young woman who would benefit from an Alverno education like you had?
Tell her about the upcoming Open House! She will be able to explore academics, activities, and talk with faculty, staff, and current students.
Undergraduate Open House
Saturday, April 27, 2013

9 a.m.
Register here.

Interested in coming back to Alverno for your graduate degree, or know someone else who'd be interested?
Graduate Program Information Session
Thursday, May 9th
6 p.m.

Register here



The Alverno Wellness Committee is sponsoring a team for the UPAF Ride for the Arts on Sunday, June 2nd, and we want you to join us! Families and friends of Alverno Alums are welcome to ride, too. Routes vary in distance – 5, 12, 25, 50 or 75 miles - choose the best one for you.  After the Ride, participants can enjoy the Finish Line Party on the Summerfest Grounds. The party is free, includes live entertainment and is lots of fun for all. Participating in the Ride is a great way to support art groups in our community while promoting your own health and well-being.

How do I register?
Click on the REGISTER button
Click on―I am an individual signing up as a member of a team
Choose―Alverno College Pedalers
The password for Alverno is wellness.

Team registration ends May 1. The Wellness Committee will distribute t-shirts and rider packets on campus on May 15th and 16th. Questions? Contact Julie Borgealt at 414-382-6435 or by email at


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CAREER CORNER: 4 Ways to Reconnect with Your Career
Is the career path that you're on right now reflective of where you want to be professionally? If something feels like it's missing and your current job is leaving you unfulfilled, check out these 4 exercises to help you reconnect with your career.

“Career Corner” is a monthly career tip from the Career Education Center. If you need career or job search assistance, please contact our office at (414) 382-6010.


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