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9 Networking Breakfast, Brass Key Restaurant, 7:30 a.m.

9 Graduate Information Session

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

13 MSN Luncheon, Sister Joel Read Center, 9:00 a.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.

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


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


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March 2013 Issue


Dear ,

Ms. Alverno logoMy name is Sarah Ward. I am an Alverno Senior majoring in History for Secondary Education. When I'm not in class, I work in the Alumnae Office as the Alumnae in Training Program Coordinator. The Alumnae in Training program facilitates interaction between students and alumnae, with our goal to enhance the student experience by providing opportunities that strengthen their lifelong affiliation and loyalty to Alverno. Miss Alverno is just one of many campus events we organize to connect students and alumnae. Miss Alverno is a pageant-style event which provides students with the opportunity to apply their Alverno abilities in a setting outside of the classroom. Over the past four years the Miss Alverno competition has grown to be a vital part of the Alverno experience. Join us on Wednesday, April 24th from 7:00-10:00 p.m. in the Mug Coffeehouse to be a part of this one-of-a-kind event! To learn more about Miss Alverno, click here.

Warm regards,
Sarah Ward
Alumnae in Training Program Coordinator

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.

Melany GonzalezThis month's Alumnae Spotlight story is from the online magazine. The second youngest of five children, Melany Gonzalez '02 always knew she wanted a career where she could work with and help people. So, it was no surprise when – during her junior year of high school at Milwaukee Trade & Tech – she confirmed her desire to become a nurse.

"It seemed like a really good, completely natural fit," explained Melany. "I always enjoyed science and especially biology, plus I could help people and that was really important to me."

After sharing the news with her maternal grandfather, Arnold Denny, he encouraged her to investigate Alverno's nursing program. Click here to read the entire story in the online magazine.

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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, April 9, 2013
Brass Key Restaurant
4952 W. Forest Home Ave.


"Do women need to lean in?"
Patricia J. Jensen '71

School of Business
Associate Dean for MBA Program

Linda Olszewski '98, '08
School of Business
Assistant Professor

Free Business Advertising!
Alums, did you know that you could add your business information on the "Alumnae Connections" web site and attract business from Alumnae and their families? Use the Business Exchange yellow pages to advertise your business to other alumnae. Give them the opportunity to become your customers!
Sign up at

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!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Tour Northwestern Mutual & Dinner at Woman's Club of Wisconsin

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.

Saturday, May 11, 2013 - Milwaukee Food Tours: Churches and Chocolates
More details coming soon!


1st Annual MSN Alumnae Event
Panel and Luncheon

Saturday, April 13, 2013
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m

Sister Joel Read Center
Click here to register.


Texas Alumnae Weekend
Friday, April 12 and Saturday, April 13, 2013
Fredericksburg, TX

For information and to register, click here.


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Athletics: Gorman Named All-NAC First Team, Speerschneider Honorable Mention
GormanAlverno College's Devon Gorman has been named to the All-Northern Athletics Conference First Team as the league announced the awards for the 2012-13 season selected by the league's head coaches.

Additionally, Kristen Speerschneider received honorable mention. Click here to read more.


Alverno Marketing Piece Recognized in National Competition
The latest edition of the Alverno College President's Report, "Inspired by Legacy," was among the winners in the 28th Annual Educational Advertising Awards, sponsored by Higher Education Marketing Report. This year, more than 3,000 entries were received from colleges and universities representing all 50 states, as well as several foreign countries.

Alverno College received Bronze recognition in the Annual Report category, joined by the likes of California Institute of Technology, Gold; University of Bridgeport, Silver; and three Merit winners: Union University, The Ohio State University at Newark and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Unlike many competing colleges, Alverno's President's Report is produced entirely in-house with both copy development and design lay-out handled by the Alverno College Marketing department. Visit to view an online version of the annual report.


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 18th. The entire Alverno community is encouraged to participate 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 18 in Wehr Auditorium, Christopher Hall.

Start assembling your own study group or e-discussion! 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


Faculty and staff are hard at work recruiting new students to the School of Business Program. Faculty members Rebecca Toledo, Craig Miller and Jim Henderson have begun an outreach to area high schools, and MBA Program Director Patricia Jensen and her team have been contacting prospective MBA students. If you know of someone who might benefit from an Alverno education that is interested in business, suggest to them that they contact the Admissions office or call the School of Business at (414) 382-6500.

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Interested in coming back to Alverno for your graduate degree?  Learn more.
Graduate Program Information Session
Tuesday, April 9, 2013

6 p.m.
Register here

Gendered Violence:
Connecting Local Violence to Global Issues

Thursday, 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. Sponsored by Alverno College School of Arts and Sciences and Alverno College Research Center for Women and Girls.
Click here to register.

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.


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State of Wisconsin Career Information Session
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
12:10-1:00 p.m.
Kellogg A, Liberal Arts Building

Learn about career opportunities with one of the largest employers in the state: the State of Wisconsin! Information on the application and hiring process will be provided. Students and alumnae of all majors are encouraged to attend. Sponsored by the Career Education Center.

Alverno Spring Career Fair
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Read Conference Center

Employers from diverse industries, including healthcare, banking and finance, government, nonprofit and social services will be on hand to talk to students and alumnae about career opportunities with their organizations. While this event may be of most interest to those who are actively searching for a job opportunity, every student and alumna is encouraged to attend, learn about career opportunities, and network with employers. If you have questions about this event or want to have your resume reviewed before the fair, contact the Career Education Center at 414-382-6010.

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