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Alumni Newsletter

February 2012









March 17
Clarke Day the River Museum

June 4
Alumni Golf Classic

Sept. 28-30

Nov. 6-14




Distinguished Alumni and Athletics Hall of Fame Nominations Now Open


Do you know an exceptional classmate who has a distinguished career or has dedicated his or her life in service to others? Clarke is now accepting nominations for the Distinguished Alumni Awards. 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 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.


A Clarke European Adventure


Are you ready for a trip of a lifetime? Join Clarke President Sister Joanne Burrows and Sister Joan Lingen '61 on a journey to Barcelona, Arles and Paris this fall!  Joan will amaze us with her knowledge of the art and architectural history of each region as we journey to museums and cathedrals, ride the TGV high-speed train, enjoy a flamenco show and more. Space is limited so RSVP today. To see a presentation by Joan on Barcelona architecture and view the full schedule, click here or email



Clarke to Create Lingen Technology Center 

This summer, the currently unfinished lower level of Clarke University's Nicholas J. Schrup Library will be transformed into a new technology-rich learning space as part of the university's plan to seamlessly incorporate technology into learning. The new space will be named Lingen Technology Commons in honor of Joan Lingen, BVM, Ph.D., who currently serves as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Clarke. She has served in various roles on campus for the past 44 years and has been instrumental to the university's progress during that time. The naming comes at the request of Lingen's classmates in the Clarke Class of 1961 who have significantly supported this project and chose to honor Joan in doing so. Read more


Alumni Photos


Alumni Night

Alumni Night

Arizona Event

Arizona Reception


Sister Helen Prejean

Sister Helen Prejean


Golden Hand Truck AwardTheater Golden Handtruck Award


The Clarke University Drama Department returned from the Region 5 festival of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival with a number of awards in tow - including the coveted Golden Handtruck award. Clarke's production of "The Caretaker" by Harold Pinter was performed at the festival in Ames from January 15-21. The Golden Handtruck, typically captured by large universities, was given to Clarke for having the most outstanding load-in and strike crew at the festival. At the festival, the crew had a time limit to construct the set, which was trucked to Ames, and focus lighting. Following the performance, the group had a time limit for striking the set. Read more and watch a time lapse video of stage construction.



A Message to Antioch Alumni


You will recall from your Antioch how the support of members of the broader Clarke community impacted your Antioch experience. There are several ways that you can show your support to current students making Antioch retreats. One way is through palanca. Palanca is a spiritual activity or sacrifice which you perform for their spiritual good. Examples are taking time to pray for them, performing an act of charity or giving up something during the weekend. A letter to the person on the retreat is an important part of palanca. In your letter, you may tell them about your spiritual activity for them and also share your support, love, encouragement and prayers. You may wish to share how and why your own faith has grown. You can also show your support to the participants by coming to the closing Mass (or Bible study) and dinner. We gather outside Sacred Heart Chapel at 5:15 p.m. for the candle welcome then proceed to Mass. Dinner follows. The next Antioch will be March 23-25, 2012. Please contact Amy Golm, BVM, Director of Campus Ministry, to be included in invitations to write palanca and to the Antioch closing activities.


Clarke Supporters

Learn how Connie Locher '54 and Joan Higgins Wagner '61 are making an impact on the Clarke students of today and tomorrow. Connie and Joan are featured on Clarke's new planned giving website at


Dorothy HollahanIn Memory 


Dorothy Hollahan, BVM (James Margaret) passed away Tuesday, February 7 at Marian Hall, Mt. Carmel in Dubuque, Iowa. Sister Dorothy was a faculty member in the Clarke Sociology Department from 1957 to 1979. Later she served as a BVM regional representative and, in retirement, worked with the Neighbors Program at Wright Hall in Chicago as well as the Suburban Cook County Agency on Aging. The Clarke community mourns the loss of a fantastic teacher and mentor. If you have a memory of Sister Dorothy to share, email




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.


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