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19 Graduate Information Session,
6:00 p.m.

20 Research Center for Women and Girls showing of Sleepover, 5:30-7:30, Wehr Hall

26 Alverno Forum hosted by the School of Nursing, 6:00-7:30 p.m., Sister Joel Read Center


7 Here to Her Art Exhibition Preview
6:30 p.m., Studio Lounge, Bayview

12 Networking Breakfast, 7:30-9:00 a.m., Sheridan Cafe, Cudahy

12 Alverno Forum hosted by the School of Business, 6:00-7:30 p.m., Sister Joel Read Center

14 MBA Book Club,5:30 p.m. Aurora Women's Pavilion Sage Room


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

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


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February 2013 Issue


Dear ,

We're looking for a few outstanding alumnae... and we need your help! 

Using our Alverno abilities, we all make a difference in the lives of others. But do you know someone who has gone above and beyond in his or her personal or professional life? It's that time of year when you can nominate this person for one of our Alverno Alumnae Awards. Nominations must be submitted to the Alumnae Office by Monday, March 4th. Winners will be announced at our annual awards dinner held during Homecoming, October 4-6, 2013.

Click here for additional information, to view specific criteria, to see past award recipients or to download a nomination form.

Sharing these success stories can inspire us all to reach for the stars! Thank you for your consideration! 

Award Categories:

  • Outstanding Alumna of the Year
  • Spirit of Alverno
  • Professional Achievement
  • Rising Star Professional Achievement Award
  • Service to the Community

Mary Frieseke '93,'10
Director of Alumnae Relations
Kim Muench '89
Assistant Director of Alumnae Relations

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New 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, March 12th
Is Your Work Purposeful? - Joanna Patterson, Director,
Alverno Career Education Center
Sheridan Café – Cudahy


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!

Wednesday, February 20th

5:30-7:30 p.m.
Wehr Hall

The Research Center for Women and Girls will be holding a screening of Laj Waghray's film Sleepovers in Wehr Hall. Sleepovers chronicles the lives of four girls for ten years, from adolescence to young adulthood. Through this film, the audience not only shares the stories of the girls' journeys to womanhood, but realizes how important it is that girls know they are not alone. The session will feature a talk back with the director, Laj Waghray. This event is free for students (with IDs), $5 for alums, $10 for adults and non-students. All proceeds will go to the Research Center. To register click here.


Here to HerFrom Here to Her Art Exhibition: explorations of feminine beauty and identity
Alumnae Preview Night
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Studio Lounge
2246 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.
Bay View, WI

6:30 p.m. Social
7:00-8:30 p.m. Meet the Artists
Kim Alpert, Jasmine Barmore, Rosana Lazcano, Tazia LeMay, Katie Mullen, Jenna Van Ornum, Miranda Petroviak and Racquel Racadio.




MBA Book Club




Crucial ConversationsThursday, March 14
5:30-7:00 p.m.
Aurora Women's Pavilion Sage Room
West Allis

When stakes are high, opinions vary, and emotions run strong, you have three choices: avoid a crucial conversation and suffer the consequences; handle the conversation badly and suffer the consequences; or read Crucial Conversations and discover how to communicate best when it matters most. Joins us in discussing this New York Times business bestseller, co-authored by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan and Al Switzler. Seven basic principles of successful dialogue will be profiled. To register click here.


Save the Date for These Upcoming Opportunities!
Tuesday, April 16th - Tour of Northwest Mutual followed by dinner at the Women's Club of Wisconsin
Saturday, April 27th - Milwaukee Food Tours: Churches and Chocolates
More details coming soon!


Alverno Nursing Forum
Dying: Decisions, Discussions, and Dilemma

The Power of Advanced Care Planning
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
6:00-7:30 p.m.
Sister Joel Read Center

Panel to include Cheryl Anderson, Clinical Ethicist and Advanced Practice Nurse, Wheaton HealthCare; Dr. Glen Ragalie, Medical Director of VNA Zilber Hospice; and Jane Appleby, Healthcare Attorney, Aurora Health Care.

Alverno Business Forum
Mentorship and Sponsorship
The Need for Support and Advocacy
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
6:00-7:30 p.m.
Sister Joel Read Center
Alverno Forum hosted by the School of Business and co-sponsored by the National Society of Hispanic MBA's and BizTimes of Milwaukee.  The topic of the evening's discussion will be "Mentorship and Sponsorship:  The Need for Support and Advocacy."  Two confirmed speakers are Jovita Carranza, former Deputy Administrator for the United States Small Business Administration and Senior Vice President of air operations for United Parcel Service (UPS) the world's largest package delivery company, and Maria Monreal-Cameron, President  & CEO of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin. To register click here.


Chicago Alumnae Gathering
Thursday, February 28th
5:30 p.m. Chicago’s New Ronald McDonald House Tour
7:00 p.m. Dinner at Volare Ristorante Italiano
Click here for more information and to register.



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Inferno Reclaims Red Rivalry Trophy with 62-42 Victory Over Raiders
Red RivalryAlverno College defeated crosstown-rival Milwaukee School of Engineering, 62-42, to reclaim the Red Rivalry Trophy from the Raiders February 5th in Reiman Gymnasium. To read the entire story click here.




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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Graduate Information Sessions
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
6:00 p.m.

Click here to register.

Spring Etiquette
Monday, February 25, 2013
3:00-5:00 p.m.
Alverno College Sister Joel Read Center

The annual Etiquette Dinner offers students an opportunity to learn the finer points of dining etiquette as they network with members of the Alverno community. Each table is hosted by College alumnae and/or a member of the College staff or faculty, allowing students the opportunity to connect with others in their prospective field. Here is your chance to give back to students! Visit to learn more and to register to be a Table Captain.

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CAREER CORNER: Your career network is no longer optional
Think networking is only for job seekers? Think again! In today's job market, networking is increasingly becoming the key to building a successful career. Being engaged professionally outside of your employer allows you to stay current in your field, interact with movers and shakers across industries, and open the door to potential career opportunities you may never have considered. For ideas on how to network, check out this article.

"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.

Work Force Career Fair
February 21, 2013
3:00 - 7;00 p.m.

Marquette Alumni Memorial Union
Learn about career opportunities while you network with employers. Exclusive for Wisconsin Private and Independent College students and alumni. Visit for a list of employers who will be recruiting and tips on how to make the most of this event.

Need a Ride to WorkForce? Take the Alverno Bus! Avoid driving/parking downtown and prepare for the event with a "Traveling Career Coach." How? Register in the Career Center (414-382-6013) no later than February 20th. Check-in at 4:15 p.m. in the Sister Joel Read Rotunda on the day of the event and return to Alverno at 7:00 p.m. from Marquette.Click here to register.

The Power of Financial Aid
As you know from all the media coverage over deficit concerns, the federal and state governments are once again seriously considering deep cuts in student aid programs. The current budgetary situation and political climate have created a bleak outlook for lower-income students pursuing their dream of a college degree. Since this situation impacts so many of our students, we are asking for your help with these specific calls to action:

1.       Sign Power of Financial Aid Petition.  Please visit and sign the Power of Financial Aid Petition to let state representatives know you want financial aid dollars protected. Encourage those in your circle of influence (family, friends, etc.) to sign the petition.

2.       Register for WAICU Students' Day.  Please visit and register to travel to Madison on Wednesday, February 27, for WAICU Students' Day.  Once you register, we will provide more details and training.

3.      Share on social media by posting a message on Facebook or Linked In (or use this sample message: Building a stronger Wisconsin economy means having a better-educated workforce. Protect the power of financial aid:

This is a critical issue for the Alverno College community. Almost half of our undergraduate students receive state grant assistance, amounting to nearly $3 million. We are deeply concerned that if these financial assistance programs are decreased, many of our students will not be able to afford their college education.

Thank you for all you do for Alverno and for helping to ensure the educational dreams of our students are fulfilled through the Power of Financial Aid.

The Advocacy/Lobbying Task Force
Mari-Anne Hechmann, Board of Trustees
Jean Maier, Board of Trustees
Mary Stull, Alverno Alumnae Association
Jill Desmond, Office of the President
Virginia Wagner, Associate Vice President and Dean of Students

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