Clarke University 

Alumni Newsletter

April 2012


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Madison, WI  

Chicago, IL 


Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN


St. Louis, MO






June 4

Alumni Golf Classic

 June 21
Young Alumni After Hours

Sept. 28-30

Nov. 6-14




Alumni Study 


It has been several years since Clarke completed an alumni survey, and we are looking forward to hearing your thoughts.  In a few short weeks, our alumni will have the opportunity to provide valuable and unique insights into the university that will help us improve our programs, better serve current and future students, and enhance our programming for alumni and friends. Check your e-mail in the coming weeks for more information.


Legacy CordClarke Debuts Legacy Program


New this year, the Commencement Legacy Program is designed to honor students who are part of a family tradition that includes Clarke. Graduating children, grandchildren, siblings and spouses of previous Clarke alumni will wear a special legacy cord to recognize their family's special history with Clarke during Commencement on May 12. Family members in attendance that are Clarke graduates will be given a corresponding button to wear during the ceremony.

"We are excited to partner with academic affairs and debut this new program to recognize the students and their family legacies. There are numerous family connections that are represented at Clarke and we wish to honor them," said Katie Bahl, Alumni Relations Events Manager.




Nominate a Deserving Alum

Chances are good that you know some exceptional classmates. Now is the time to nominate them for a Distinguished Alumni Award. Two awards, the Outstanding Achievement Award and the Humanitarian Service Award, will be presented at Clarke's Homecoming on September 29. Nominations are due by June 1. Click here to nominate a deserving individual. View previous winners here.

Clarke is also accepting nominations for the Clarke University Athletics Hall of Fame. Nomination categories include student-athlete, varsity coach and contributor. The nomination deadline is May 15. Nominations are open year-round, however, nominations received after that date will be included for consideration the following year. Hall of Fame inductions occur annually during Homecoming weekend. Click here to nominate.


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Tampa Event

Tampa Event

Dallas Luncheon

Dallas Luncheon


Houston Event

Houston Brunch


Keeping History Alive

Model Display  
Clarke Chair and Professor of Philosophy Norm Freund teaches Our BVM and Clarke University Heritage, a class offering students the opportunity to learn more about Clarke's history, dating back to the founding sisters travels from Ireland to the U.S. As part of the class, students learn about Mount St. Joseph's Academy on the prairie and it's move to Clarke's current location on Seminary Hill, participate in panels with BVM Sisters, and tour various parts of campus and Mt. Carmel, the BVM Motherhouse. 


Recently, the class met in the lower level of the Nicholas J. Schrup Library to view the model of Clarke that showcases the campus before the fire of 1984. This model includes Rose O'Toole, Margaret Mann, Mary Bertrand Hall, and the chapel as they originally stood giving students and visitors a first-hand view of these beautiful buildings, an important part of Clarke's history. 


Upcoming Restoration

This summer the campus model will be receiving a much-needed facelift. As part of the Joan Lingen Technology Commons to be located in the lower level of the library, the model will be restored and protected in a new display case. Longtime Clarke carpenter Darryl Deutmeyer will be working on the restoration of the model, which was built soon after the fire to pay homage to Clarke's history.


The Petal ProjectBlue and Gold taking Green actions 


Last year, Clarke created the Campus Sustainability Committee, a passionate and dynamic group of students, faculty and staff, to organize campus sustainability projects and awareness. Since then, the committee has brought awareness through various installations on campus, held recycling drives for batteries and light bulbs, and has worked with a number of campus offices to make services greener and more sustainable.


This year, the committee has been actively pursuing green business certification through Dubuque's Petal Project and has already earned two of the five required "petals". Click here to learn about the 5 petals. 


To earn the Pollution Prevention Petal, Clarke installed new printers during the past year that use refillable toner cartridges and utilize duplex printing. With this one change, Clarke saw a reduction in paper usage of 78 cases over that of the previous year. In addition, more recycling bins have been added to campus as well as containers for batteries, cell phones and small electronics. Campus Education, the second petal, involved an awareness campaign of stickers and notes encouraging recycling, shutting off lights and using less water.    


For more information on sustainability at Clarke visit (designed by Clarke student Alyssa Breitbach '12).


Alumni Golf Classic 


The 24th Annual Clarke University Golf Classic will be held on Monday, June 4, 2012 at the Dubuque Golf and Country Club in Dubuque. Alumni are invited to attend a special morning round of golf at a discounted price of $90 per person or $350 per foursome. Registration includes morning snack, round of golf with cart, hole-in-one prize opportunities and a sack lunch. Silent auction items will be available for interested bidders and all proceeds are used to provide ten $2,500 scholarships to incoming Clarke freshmen. Click here to register for this annual event.


Plane TicketsBarcelona and Paris Euro Trip


Join Sr. Joan Lingen '61 on the trip of a lifetime to Barcelona, Arles and Paris November 6-14. Joan will share her knowledge of the art and architecture of each region as we journey to museums and cathedrals, ride the TGV high-speed train, enjoy a flamenco show and more. To see a presentation by Sr. Joan on Barcelona's architecture and view the full schedule, click here or email with your questions.



Do you know the whereabouts of the lost alumni listed on our website?  Send us their address, phone or email information and we will include you in a drawing for great Clarke University gifts and apparel. Drawings are held at the end of each month.


Call (888)225-2753 or email



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