ALUMNI EVENTS IN
Department Receives Honors
The Clarke Drama
Department was selected to perform at the American College Theatre
Festival (ACTF) in Lincoln, Neb. in January. Clarke students performed
the Glass Menagerie,
directed by 1958 graduate Carol Blitgen, BVM, Ph.D. This is the third
show in five years chosen to participate in the six-state, regional
Management Class featured in Business Times Magazine
Telegraph Herald Business Times Magazine featured Clarke's sales
management class in the article, "Building Trust, Building
Relationships." The article highlights professor and director of
graduate business studies, B'Ann Dittmar's sales management course in
which students gain "real world" sales experience by
utilizing their skills in the community. Students approached potential
donors to the Clarke Fund and were paired with a community partner or
member of the Clarke Institutional Advancement team to meet with the
potential donors. Student Jason Waddell '12 shared his experience,
"I learned that if I have a passion for something, I can sell it.
We had to sell Clarke." Read the entire Business Times article here.
New Masters of
Organizational Leadership (MOL)
Clarke University has been granted approval by the Higher Learning Commission
to offer a second master's degree for business. The Master of
Organizational Leadership (MOL) degree will teach students how to
initiate change and to lead an organization's most valuable resources,
its human capital. The MOL program will be an additional offering to
Clarke's current Master of Business Administration (MBA) program. More...
A Note from
Katie Fischer '73, Professor of
You would think that working at your former college would
somehow ruin the glimmer of it, tarnish it with reality. But that is
not the case. Being involved on the inside of faculty life made me
appreciate even more what a fine place Clarke is. I suppose it is the
utter dedication... More...
Local graphic design company Design Mill Inc. (DMI) hosted
Clarke students and staff from the computer science program this
fall. Professor George Towfic brought students to Design Mill to
learn more about software development from company employees, including
computer science alumnus Sam Murley '06. Design Mill's programming
team showcased their current software projects and discussed future
ideas from their research and development department. Clarke
students were impressed with DMI's level of technology and cutting-edge
tools. DMI was equally impressed with the new generation of
innovators soon to enter the field.
"We wanted to hear what the students were interested in,
what they are truly passionate about, learn more about their dream
careers and how we could help in that process," said Murley.
"Design Mill staff also wanted to brainstorm on current
technologies and best practices in the CIS/CS field and give
students some tools they could use to start developing mobile apps,
interactive games and cutting edge websites." The visit was a
win-win for both students and Design Mill staff. Is your business
interested in reaching out to Clarke students? Contact Career
Services by email email@example.com
or by phone (563)588-6321.
homecoming is scheduled for October 11-13, 2013 and
we have a full slate of activities planned for you! Reunions will
be celebrated for class years ending in 3 and 8. If you are interested
in reaching out to your classmates and helping plan your reunion,
here to see photos of student life at
on the Flavor of the Land
February 26, at 7 p.m. Associate Professor of Chemistry, Sunil
Malapati, will present "Exploring the Connection between Food
Cuisine and Land" as part of the Mackin-Mailander faculty lecture.
The lecture will be held in Jansen Music Hall. The current food trends
of sustainability and local sourcing both invest in the links between
food and terrain. More...
Ellen Gabrielleschi, Professor of Drama, received Full Professor and
Carol Blitgen '58, BVM, retired Professor of Drama, and Nancy Lease,
Assistant Professor of Music received faculty emerita status.
Lecture: Gerri Kustelski '62
Tuesday, April 16,
Clarke alumna Gerri Kustelski will be the guest Mackin-Mailander
lecture in Jansen Music Hall at 7 p.m. She will present "Beakers,
Bunsens and Beer," an inside look on the science behind one of the
world's favorite refreshments.
Gerri is a 1962 graduate of Clarke and a chemist at the Summit Brewing
Company in St. Paul, where she leads quality assurance for the
company's analytical lab.
More than 50 years ago, Gerri Kustelski found the beer industry a
worthwhile place for a woman with a chemistry degree. After saying no
to a large local tech corporation that had offered a male friend more
money for the same position, she headed to Hamm's, where she heard
there was an all-female lab. There, she found the brewery life to her
liking and found it paid better too. Now she's a chemist at the Summit
Brewing Company in St. Paul. Kustelski talks about beer differently
than most people. For her, it's a matter of numbers, levels, logic,
temperature, chemical reactions and even a little bit of history. Call
(563)584-8642 for more information or to get tickets for the lecture.
Clarke University Golf
Join us for the
25th Annual Clarke University Golf Classic on Monday, June 3, at the
Dubuque Golf and Country Club. Each year, this premier golf event
raises support to provide 10 Tri-state area incoming freshman with a $2,500
scholarship. The Clarke University Golf Classic offers alumni and
guests 18-holes of golf, a midday meal, a gourmet dinner, hole-in-one
prizes, raffle and a live auction.
available, as well as sponsorship opportunities. Please contact Nicole
(563) 588-6501 or firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information.
Qualifies for Olympic Junior National Team
Clarke University student Morgan O'Brien '15, of Lomira, Wis., earned a
spot on the junior Olympic bowling squad earlier this month based upon
her performance at the Team USA Trials in Las Vegas, Nev. As a member
of the Junior Team USA, O'Brien will take part in specialized training
camps and will represent the United States in the Pan-American Bowling
Confederation (PABCON) Youth Championships in Santiago, Dominican
Republic and at the Tournament of the Americas in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Collegiate Conference Honors
Sixteen Clarke student-athletes earned Midwest Collegiate Conference
honors this past fall, while 15 student-athletes were named NAIA
To qualify for NAIA Scholar-Athlete honors, student-athletes must
maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and have
junior academic status.
Know a High
School Sophomore or Junior?
Clarke will be
hosting a sophomore/junior preview day on Saturday, April 27. This
event provides an overview of Clarke for prospective students and their
parents. If you know a high school sophomore or junior who is
looking at colleges, encourage them to schedule a visit!
Reservations may be made by clicking here.
Rafe Esquith coming to
University Education Department is hosting a conference entitled "Teach Like Your Hair's
On Fire!" on Saturday, April 20, at Clarke. The
keynote speaker is Rafe Esquith, a nationally known speaker, teacher
and author. Esquith has been called the "most interesting and influential
classroom teacher in the country" by The Washington Post. To learn more and to register,
Memory of Sr. Luca
faculty member, Sister Luca Yankovich, BVM, 84, passed away December
20, 2012. She taught economics at Clarke University from 1957 to 1977.
In Chicago, she taught elementary school and was an economics teacher
at Mundelein College. She ministered as an immigration consultant for
Catholic Charities also in Chicago. She was also active in service to
the BVM congregation. For more information, click here.
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