For much of this year, the Clarke campus and most of the
Midwest has been a winter wonderland. But while the landscape was a
blanket of white, the Clarke pride exhibited by those attending our
recent events across the country has created a sea of blue and gold.
In December, the Alumni Board hosted a festive gathering
at the Cheney Mansion in Oak Park, Ill., with over 60 alumni sharing
Clarke memories from their college years and recent reunions. A
photo display of Clarke's many holiday traditions (compiled by grant
writer Mary Lou Caffery, BVM and archivist Sara McAlpin, BVM '56)
helped prompt much of the lively conversation.
At the event, Alumni Board President Sandy Blake '82
invited attendees to start an alumni chapter in the greater
Chicago-land area due to interest expressed in recent years. The
idea was well received with most alumni in attendance signing-up to be
The spirit of
Clarke was present that day, and I am fortunate to witness these same
sentiments year-round. The rebirth of potential alumni chapters is just
one way Clarke alumni continue to form bonds and traditions that have
the potential to last a lifetime.
Are you interested in getting more involved in
Clarke-sponsored events? I invite you to take a short survey to
help the alumni relations office determine interest in future Clarke
activities, perhaps even forming additional alumni chapters in your
area. Click here to complete the survey.
Thank you again
for all of your support and, until next time, go Clarke!
Zserdin '61, BVM
of Art Carmelle Zserdin '61, BVM has been a recognizable face on
Clarke's campus for more than 47 years - and she has quite a collection
of books, pottery and photos to prove it! She retired last year
after teaching at Clarke since 1962.
Today, in her
studio on campus she continues to investigate areas of interest,
including porcelain and pit fire, and she teaches as an adjunct faculty
member. "I love working with young people and watching them
develop through their years at Clarke from green freshmen to proficient
young artists," she said. She hopes to do more sculptural and
small installations in the future.
Annual giving to the Clarke Fund helps support our
mission. It also enables Clarke to provide scholarship support, expand
existing programs and take advantage of emerging opportunities. Your
participation on an annual basis helps increase our alumni participation
rate -- a statistic many foundations and corporations take into account
when allocating funding. Gifts of all sizes matter, and even moderate
level gifts could be the tipping point for Clarke to receive thousands
in foundation funding.
To date, Clarke's
participation rate stands at 17%. We need your support to reach our
goal of 21.4% by May 31. Help Clarke impact a new generation of future
alumni at www.clarke.edu/clicktogive.
Save the Date
Save the date for Clarke Homecoming 2011 scheduled
for Sept. 23-25, 2011. We have many exciting events planned this
year, so make plans to visit Dubuque this fall! Check out www.clarke.edu/homecoming for
a complete hotel listing.
Clarke gatherings in your area. Here's a look at what's coming up...
Florida Wine and Hors
All Florida alumni and friends are
invited to attend a reception Thursday, Feb. 24, at the Grey Oaks
Country Club in Naples, Fla. Hosted by Dr. Tom and Susan Williams and
Steve and Sue McGovern Juergens '69.
Clarke Gathering in New
Join alumni and friends for a wine
and hors d'oeuvres reception hosted by 2001 graduates Matt and Katie
Kropf Zelle at their Manhattan apartment in the heart of the financial
district, Saturday, March 12. Veteran music faculty member John
Lease will be a special guest at the event. Special thanks to Sheryl
Schulte '71 for her volunteer assistance with the event.
Day at the River Museum
Join us Saturday, March 19, for
the third annual Clarke Day at the National Mississippi River
Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque! Clarke alumni and friends
will receive discounts on admission, the 3D/4D theater and gift shop.
There will be kids activities, musical performances, wine tastings and
an appearance by Clarke's mascot Cuttie Crusader. The 'Women &
Spirit: Catholic Sisters in America' exhibit, co-sponsored by Clarke,
will also be showing during the event.
Alumni Golf Classic
As part of the 23rd Annual Clarke
University Golf Classic, we will again hold a special ALUMNI Golf
Classic on Monday, June 6, 2011 at the Dubuque Golf and Country Club.
Cost for the special alumni round beginning at 8 a.m. is $75 fee, which
includes greens fees and cart rental as well as a sack lunch. Proceeds
benefit 10 scholarships for tri-state students attending Clarke in the
fall. Hole-in-one prizes include a set of Callaway Diablo Irons, a
Sharp LCD flat-screen television and round-trip domestic airfare for
two, as well as the grand prize of $25,000! To register, contact Wendy
Scardino, director of annual funds, at (563)588-6513 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
RSVP for these
events by calling (563)588-6405 or on-line at www.clarke.edu/alumni/events.
Get the complete schedule of upcoming alumni events and view photos
from events gone by at www.clarke.edu/alumni.
Valentine's Day engagement? Planning a wedding? Why not have it in the
splendor of the 55-foot-tall Wahlert Atrium. The amazing atmosphere at
Clarke and some of the area's top culinary offerings are sure to create
an evening you will never forget. To learn more, contact Randy
Hendricks at email@example.com
or call (563)588-8151.
Clarke to Host
Clarke University Education Department will host
"Aligning the Stars: When Classroom Practices and Best Practice
Theory Come Together," a conference for professional
educators, students, alumni and education-related agencies on Saturday,
April 30, at Clarke from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Conference topics
will include: educating all learners, best practices in literacy,
physical education/coaching, and new trends in education. The
keynote speakers are educators Esmé Raji Codell and Mara
A Clarke alumni reception will follow the program. If
you are interested in presenting a session or would like more
information, please contact Michele Vosberg at (563) 588-8196 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
BVM Sisters and Clarke Host Women's
Leadership Event, March 12
The Sisters of Charity, BVM and Clarke University are
co-sponsoring the presentation, Women's
Leadership at the Crossroads: Markers of the Past, Guideposts for the
Future, on Saturday, March 12, 2011. The event will be held
in the Alumnae Lecture Hall in Catherine Byrne Hall from 1:30-4:30 p.m.
on the Clarke campus. The goal of the presentation is to reflect
on women's leadership in the past, consider women's leadership today,
and draw inspiration to face the challenges in the future. Click here to
& Spirit: Catholic Sisters
in America exhibit
Clarke University and the National Mississippi River
Museum and Aquarium are pleased to host the national "Women
& Spirit: Catholic Sisters in America" exhibit at the museum
February 18-May 22. Conlon Construction Co. is the major local
sponsor for the exhibit.
Organized by the Leadership Conference of Women Religious,
an association of congregation leaders of the Catholic women religious
in the United States, "Women & Spirit" features
artifacts and materials collected and on loan from more than 400 religious
communities. It reveals the mystery behind a small group of American
women who helped shape the nation's social and cultural
landscape. Dubuque is the only Midwestern stop for this traveling
Click here to learn more.
Want to see the exhibit?
The Holiday Inn in downtown Dubuque is offering a special hotel rate of
$79 plus tax for Clarke alumni and friends throughout the exhibit
dates. Request the "Women & Spirit" rate when making
a reservation or when checking in. Call (563)556-2000 for more
Lisa Ling to Present at Clarke's
Mackin-Mailander Feature Lecture
Acclaimed journalist Lisa Ling will be the featured
speaker in this year's Mackin-Mailander Lecture Series focused on
impacting positive social change on Sunday, March 27, in Clarke's Robert
and Ruth Kehl Center. As the field correspondent for the
"Oprah Winfrey Show" and former contributor to ABC News'
"Nightline" and National Geographic's "Explorer,"
Lisa Ling has reported from dozens of countries, often about issues
that are typically ignored.
Click here for
Among '25 Colleges with the Best Professors' says CBS MoneyWatch
It's not uncommon
to hear someone say that it's the people at Clarke University who make
all the difference. This comment was reinforced in December when CBS
MoneyWatch contributor and education writer Lynn O'Shaughnessy reported
Clarke was ranked third in the nation for having the best professors.
for College Affordability and Productivity, an education think tank,
crunched the figures from RateMyProfessors, which maintains the
Internet's largest collection of college professor ratings. The site
contains more than 11 million ratings on over one million
professors. The center examined the teacher evaluations as part of
its process of producing the annual college rankings for Forbes
magazine," according to the post.
Named Recipient of NAIA Champions of Character Five-Star Award
National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced this
fall that Clarke University has been named a recipient of the Champions
of Character Five-Star Award for the 2009-10 school year. Clarke
shares the NAIA's commitment to high standards and to the principle
that participation in athletics serves as an integral part of the total
To receive the
award members scored 60 or more points on the NAIA Champions of
Character Scorecard. The Scorecard was crafted to convert the
NAIA's vision and strategy into measurable goals and to monitor
progress towards advancing character-driven intercollegiate
athletics. "We are pleased to be named a Champions of Character
Five Star institution by the NAIA. The NAIA has stepped up the
requirements for institutions to be recognized as a Champions of
Character Institution and our coaches and student-athletes have
answered the call. I am excited about the future of our character
initiatives at Clarke," said Director of Athletics, Curt
Hall of Fame Announced
Clarke University Athletic Director Curt Long recently
announced the formation of the Clarke University Varsity Athletics Hall
of Fame to recognize student-athletes, coaches and contributors who
have demonstrated extraordinary performances and achievements in
Clarke is currently accepting nominations for the 2011
induction class. Nominations may be made on-line at www.clarkecrusaders.com.
The nomination deadline is April 15. Nominations are open year round,
however, nominations received after that date will be included for
consideration the following year. Hall of Fame inductions will occur
annually during Homecoming weekend. For more information, contact
the Clarke athletics office at (563) 588-8186.
Clarke Students Dive In Over Winter Break
The majority of college students go home over winter
break. This year, Clarke offered several unique classes to
students staying on campus in January. One of the courses,
Subtropical Ecology, brought students up close and personal with the
various habitats of Florida, which became the classroom. Associate
Professor of Biology Andrea Bixler and several students drove to
Florida to experience and study "the immense array for different
types of habitats, each with its own fascinating plant and animal
life," Bixler said.
Do you know the whereabouts of the lost alumni listed on
our Web site?
Send us their address, phone or e-mail 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
(563)588-6510 or e-mail email@example.com.
Become a Class Agent
Do you enjoy getting classmates together for your reunion? If
yes, then become a Class agent! Class agents help communicate with
classmates about all the exciting activities planned for their
reunion. E-mail Director of Alumni Relations Katie Bahl at firstname.lastname@example.org
for more details on how you can be part of the excitement!
Be sure to mark
your calendars for Homecoming 2011, Sept. 23-25.
Reunion classes ending in one and six will be honored.
Each year the alumni relations office sends a special
valentine mailing to our more than 230 alumni couples! That number
continues to grow each year! Interested in other Clarke fun
facts? Have a burning question? E-mail email@example.com.