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Alumni Newsletter

January 2014

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Saturday, February 1



Wednesday, February 5
Webinar: Career Exploration
Presented by Richard Bolles


Friday, February 21
Clarke Visits Naples


Wednesday, March 5
Webinar: Networking 
Presented by Dr. Ivan Misner


Sunday, March 9
Presidential Reception



 Wednesday, April 2
Webinar: Leadership
Presented by Al Duncan






Join us for a

Retirement Open House

Honoring Joan Lingen, BVM, Ph.D.


Wednesday, March 19, 2014
4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Wahlert Atrium

on the campus of Clarke University
Please RSVP by email to






Happy 100th Birthday!

Mary Vincentia Kaeferstein, BVM, assistant professor emerita of biology will celebrate her 100th birthday on February 13, 2014.


Birthday greetings can be sent to Marian Hall - Mt. Carmel,

1050 Carmel Drive,

Dubuque, IA 50003.



Faculty Spotlight 


Joe Klinebriel
Associate Professor of Drama

What was the craziest thing you've witnessed at Clarke? 


I once saw Sister Carol Blitgen single-handedly take on a whole slew of drama majors in a squirt-gun fight...and win!  That ranks up there pretty high. On the serious side, I think it's pretty impressive that our department has sent three shows in the past three years to the American College Theatre Festival.  Read more...



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Clarke Updates


Burns Named Clarke VP for Academic Affairs  

Dr. Susan Burns has been named vice president for Academic Affairs and dean of the faculty at Clarke University. Burns will assume the position on June 1.  She will succeed Dr. Joan Lingen, BVM, who will retire in May after serving in a variety of roles at Clarke for 47 years. Read more... 


Mackin-Mailander Feature Lecture: Mark Zupan

The Clarke University Mackin-Mailander Lecture Series will feature Mark Zupan, star or the film Murderball, on Tuesday, March 25 at 7 p.m. in the Robert and Ruth Kehl Center. After becoming paralyzed in a car accident, he began playing quad rugby in college. In 2008, he led USA's rugby team to a gold medal at the Beijing Paralympics. A talented author, Zupan helps to destroy stereotypes by sharing his story and struggles in his book "Gimp." Read more...


Musical Menus  

The Clarke University Music Department will host its annual "Musical Menus on Broadway" on Friday, March 28, and Saturday, March 29, in the Wahlert Atrium on the Clarke campus. The event features a five-course gourmet meal and the musical styling of various Clarke music ensembles, student soloists, faculty and guest performers. Read more... 


Clarke Alumni on LinkedIn  

Did you know there is a LinkedIn group dedicated to Clarke Alumni? Log on and search for "Clarke University Alumni Network" to read about alumni you should know, learn about professional development opportunities, connect with other Clarke alumni, and more.


Travel with Clarke

Top of the mornin' to ya! For alumni interested in traveling with Clarke students, faculty and staff, the Clarke Business and Design departments have converged to create a terrific travel course centered on Irish and British culture, business and design. The immersion course includes an 11-day trip/tour of Ireland and the British Isles, and London (5/17/14-5/27/14). Read more... 


Drama Production Selected for Festival

Clarke University Drama Department's fall production of "Oleanna" was selected to participate in the Kennedy Center's regional American College Theater Festival (ACTF). Read more... 


Refer a Friend to Clarke! 
Did you know Clarke Alumni can refer a friend to Graduate and Timesaver programs and receive a $50 gift certificate to the Whitlow Campus Store? Just make sure the prospective student includes your name on their Clarke application. 




Lost Alumni - Those people listed as "Lost Alumni" either graduated from or attended Clarke University. If you have an address or contact information for any of the alumni listed below, please contact the Alumni Relations Office at or call (563)588-6553.


Pei-Fen Chuang, Jodi Vaughan Cox, Ana Echeverria, Patricia Harris, Theresa Imbus,

Gordon Kienast, Dawn Scott, Tracy Delaney Small, Rachel Boll Walsh, Mary David Warner,

Allen Wunschel



Rachel Schmitt Abitz, Christina Dougherty Fortmann, Nancy Gornick
Heather Johll-Johnson, Kimberly Johnson, Rose Nefzger, Michelle Pitts


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