Clarke University 

Alumni Newsletter

July 2012


Science Building Construction 








July 19


July 21


August 16


 Sept. 28-30


Nov. 6-14




2012 Distinguished Alumni 


Clarke is pleased to announce the winners of the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Awards:


Mary Lourdes Conway Charles '72 for humanitarian service and Dr. Anne Brown Donnersberger '62 for outstanding achievement.


Join us to recognize our winners Saturday, Sept. 29 at the Alumni Recognition Brunch from 10:30 - noon in the student dining hall, homecoming weekend. Click here to register.


Congratulations to all of our nominees:


For Outstanding Achievement

 Earlene Edwards Erbe '76
 Mary Hoeger Freyer '75
 Kelly Arensdorf Heysinger, DPT '99
 Dr. Anne Brown Donnersberger '62
 Carol Boyle Schrader '77
 Karla Shepeck '04
 Nan Olsen Welch '77
 Maria Whelan '72


For Humanitarian Service


 Katherine "Kay" Doty O'Brien '62
 Mary Lourdes Conway Charles '72
 Sharon Kress '69
 Deb Lake Siegworth '01



Science Building Construction 


Construction continues on the state-of-the-art science facility located on Clarke Drive and connected to Catherine Byrne Hall. Visit to watch the work in progress or click here for photos of the process.


Clarke Commencement

 Clarke University's 169th Commencement was held on Saturday, May 12, at 2 p.m. in the Robert and Ruth Kehl Center on the Clarke campus. Sister Mary Ann Zollmann, BVM, Ph.D., president of the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (BVM), addressed the graduates. She also received a Doctor of Humane Letters degree in recognition of her dedication to advocating for women in the Catholic church and raising awareness of peace and justice issues throughout the world. Visit for a list of other awards and photos.


Clarke Graudates 2012


Alumni Survey 


It has been several years since Clarke completed an alumni survey and we want to thank you for your responses. We hope to use this survey to better serve our alumni and look forward to sharing some of the new ideas and recommendations you generated through the survey in the coming year.


Clarke's New Fight Song


Last semester, students, faculty and staff were challenged to create the next Clarke fight song. At half-time of a home volleyball game Clarke debuted the winning submission. Hear the song or read the lyrics from On to Victory!


 Alumni Photos


St Louis Event

St. Louis Event


Chicago Cubs Rooftop Game

Chicago Cubs Game


Madison Event

Madison Event


Jack Maurer Memorial Golf Outing 


Join Clarke alumni and friends for a Memorial Golf Outing in memory of Jack Maurer '02 on July 21. The event begins at 1:30 p.m. at Lacoma Golf Club in East Dubuque, Ill. The cost of $80 includes golf, prizes and a steak dinner. Proceeds will benefit the Jack Maurer Memorial Scholarship at Clarke University. For more information contact Blake Bradley '02 or Justin Wenzelman '02 at or


Alton Brown, Food Network Star
Food Network Star Alton Brown to Present in Lecture Series
Homecoming Weekend


Food Network star Alton Brown will be part of Clarke's homecoming festivities on Sunday, Sept. 30 at 2 p.m. in the Robert and Ruth Kehl Center. Brown is host of "Good Eats" and "Iron Chef America," as well as the author of numerous cookbooks. Brown's appearance is part of this year's 15th Annual Mackin-Mailander Lecture Series. Tickets are $15 and will go on sale Friday, Aug. 24.


Homecoming 2012


Mark your calendar for Clarke's homecoming weekend September 28-30. This year we are celebrating reunions ending in 2 and 7. It's a great time to get back to campus and see the construction projects as they progress. In addition, a full slate of activities will be taking place including:Carol Blitgen

  • A special evening of Clarke music and theater in tribute to Carol Blitgen '58, BVM who recently retired from Clarke and was named a professor emerita of drama. Contact Abby Schultz McInerney '08 at or Brigid Kelley '08 at if you are interested in performing at the event.
  • An Alumni Recognition Brunch honoring our esteemed Distinguished Alumni Winners.
  • Our 2nd Annual Clarke Varsity Athletics Hall of Fame induction honoring notable athletes.
  • A Presidential Scholarship Concert featuring performances by students, faculty and alumni. The first President's Awards for Arts Excellence will be presented to Clarke graduates, faculty members or friends of the university in recognition of their exemplary contributions to the arts. All proceeds from the event will be used to fund scholarships for the next generation of Clarke music students.

In addition, homecoming weekend includes silver and golden reunion celebrations, an alumni tent party, TimeSaver and graduate program reunion, Eucharistic Liturgy, Downtown Saturday Night event, alumni athletic games, and much more.

Visit to register and view a full schedule of activities.


Volunteer at Homecoming


Want to be more involved with Clarke's homecoming? We are in need of homecoming volunteers for the following events and activities:

  • Downtown Saturday Night - seeking alumni from the classes of 1993-2012 to help staff business entrances for one-hour shifts
  • Tribute to Carol Blitgen'58, BVM - seeking performers
  • Alumni Tent Party - seeking volunteers to help pour beverages and sell tickets
  • Eucharistic Liturgy - readers and Eucharistic Ministers
  • Alumni chapel choir - seeking choir members

If you're interested in volunteering, contact (888)225-2753 or  



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