Clarke University 

Alumni Newsletter

February 2013


The Glass Menagerie





Scottsdale, AZ

Des Moines, IA 





Feb. 26

Faculty Lecture


March 19

Your Best U 


March 21

Cheers Young
Alumni gathering


March 23

Clarke Alumni
Appreciation Day


March 24

Bus trip to Million Dollar
Quartet in Des Moines


April 9

Mary Murphy
Biology Lecture


April 16

Mary Murphy
Alumni Lecture


April 18

Cheers Young
Alumni gathering


April 20

Education Conference


April 25 and 26

Professional Development 


June 3

Golf Classic


Oct. 11-13

Clarke Homecoming



Theater 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 festival. More...


bizTimes Magazine CoverClarke's Sales Management Class featured in Business Times Magazine


January's 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
English Emerita


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...



Hands-On Graphic Design


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.

Clarke Students and staff from the Computer Science Program.  
 "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 or by phone (563)588-6321.


Clarke BannerMark your Calendar! 


Clarke's 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, contact


 Alumni Photos


MBA Reception

MBA Reception


Chicago Holiday Event

Chicago Holiday Event


Euro Trip

Euro Trip










Click here to see photos of student life at Clarke!


Faculty lecture on the Flavor of the Land 


On Tuesday, 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...


Other faculty updates:
Ellen Gabrielleschi, Professor of Drama, received Full Professor and Tenure.
Carol Blitgen '58, BVM, retired Professor of Drama, and Nancy Lease, Assistant Professor of Music received faculty emerita status.


Alumni Guest Lecture:  Gerri Kustelski '62 

 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 2013 Golf ClassicClarke University Golf Classic


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.


Foursomes are available, as well as sponsorship opportunities. Please contact Nicole Breitbach at
(563) 588-6501 or for more information.


Morgan O'BrienAthletic Update


O'Brien 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. More...


NAIA logoMidwest Collegiate Conference Honors

Sixteen Clarke student-athletes earned Midwest Collegiate Conference honors this past fall, while 15 student-athletes were named NAIA Scholar-Athletes. 
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 achieved
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. Esquith coming to Clarke


The Clarke 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, click here.


Sister Luca Yankovich, BVMIn Memory of Sr. Luca


Long-time Clarke 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.



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