Clarke University 

Alumni Newsletter

May 2011

Senior Social Event and Commencement 2010




May 19
Mississippi River Presentation

Davenport, Iowa

June 6

Alumni Golf Classic  


July 17

Fairfax, Va Event

August 13

Clarke Day at Noah's Ark
Wisconsin Dells, WI


Sept. 23-25




 May 14


Dear Alum,


Last month, the alumni relations office hosted a gathering for graduating seniors to welcome them into the Clarke Alumni Association. The senior class president read a prayer followed by a toast - this year saying "cheers to the first graduating class of Clarke University!" As this was read, I couldn't help but think of the evolution of Clarke over the past 168 years.

In its earliest days, the BVM Sisters were pioneers leading the way for women in education. For example, our computer science department was founded by Mary Kenneth Keller, BVM, one of the first women in the United States to receive a Ph. D. in computer science. 

This semester, even more stories of the BVM impact at Clarke and beyond have been told as Clarke co-hosts the national traveling exhibit, Women & Spirit: Catholic Sisters in America, at Dubuque's National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium through May 22. It has attracted record-breaking attendance and many Clarke alumni, friends and current students, have taken advantage of the opportunity to learn more about the outstanding leadership of women religious in America. (Needless to say, many BVM stories have been re-lived.)

This weekend, Clarke will graduate another generation of alumni, charged with going out into the world as leaders in their respective fields. We hope they, like all of our alumni, continue to be inspired by the ingenuity and pioneering spirit of Clarke!  Enjoy the rest of your spring!

Katie Bahl '04

Director of Alumni Relations  



Where are they now?  


Judy BigginsJudy Fitzgerald Biggin '66, a well-known and beloved former faculty member in Clarke's history department, lives and breathes Clarke through and through. Joining the Clarke faculty in 1968, she quickly made a significant impact and was known for bringing history to life in the classroom. Walking down Catherine Byrne Hall, one could find her teaching her area of expertise - British history - or her favorites - American law and government, the history of England, the house of Hapsburg or the Romanovs - to her students. 


Click here to learn more about Judy and get contact information to re-connect with her.   


Recognize a worthy classmate, coach or contributer!


Now is your opportunity to honor your exceptional classmates!  Each year, Clarke honors two distinguished alumni at Homecoming through presentation of the Outstanding Achievement Award and Humanitarian Service Award.

Nominees will be recognized at the Alumni Recognition Brunch on Saturday, Sept. 24. Nominations are due by June 1, 2011. Click here to nominate. 

Also, this year will mark the first inductions into the Clarke Athletic Hall of Fame. Nominate a student-athlete, coach or contributor who has demonstrated extraordinary performances and achievements by clicking here.


Participation Meter: 19%Alumni Participation Goal in Sight 


We are well within reach of our 21 percent Clarke Fund alumni participation goal! If you haven't participated already, help us meet our goal! Only 175 new givers are needed to push us over the edge. And, it's as easy as visiting


The Next 'Chapter' 

You may have already read in the Clarke magazine that we hope to develop alumni chapters throughout the US.  Want to get involved or share your thoughts? Take five minutes to complete the alumni chapter survey and let us know what you think about a chapter in your area!


Clarke PhotoPhotos Wanted for Homecoming 


Help us relive the past by sharing your favorite Clarke photos on our Homecoming photo boards.

Mail photos to: Homecoming 2011; Clarke University; 1550 Clarke Drive; Dubuque, Iowa 52001 or email them to Please include your name on the back if you would like them returned.

Photo displays will be available for viewing Homecoming Weekend, Sept. 23-25. For more information on this year's Homecoming, visit and watch your mail for a complete brochure in June. 




Joe DzalukIBM Global Vice President to Speak at Commencement

Joseph Dzaluk, vice president of global infrastructure and resource management for IBM Global Technology Services, will address Clarke graduates at the university's 168th Commencement this Saturday, May 14. Dzaluk will also receive an honorary doctor of humane letters degree at the ceremony. Dzaluk is responsible for managing over eight million square feet of IBM's global data centers that support its strategic outsourcing customers, including all related hardware, software and networking.


Click here to read more.




DNP ProgramTHE DOCTOR IS IN: Clarke Launches DNP Degree


A new Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program is being launched at Clarke this fall. The program will consist of advanced coursework, increased clinical hours and expanded emphasis on leadership and management skills in healthcare systems to ensure excellent patient care. For more information, call Carrie Kirk, graduate studies program coordinator, at (563)588-6635 or click here.  


Distance is No Longer a Factor - MSN Degree

Whether you live in Florida, Seattle, Dallas or Chicago, the Clarke Master of Science in Nursing Program is now an option for you! It is designed for the nurse with a BSN degree who seeks to serve as an educator in either higher education or clinical settings. Clarke University designed this 18-month online program to meet students' educational and professional needs. The program includes three residencies (2-3 days in length) with the majority of coursework completed at home through online instruction. The next cohort begins in January 2012. For more information call Carrie Kirk, graduate studies program coordinator, at (563)588-6635 or click here.




Nicky NewhoffRewriting the Record Books

With a fourth-inning strikeout on April 21, Clarke senior pitcher Nicky Newhoff placed herself atop yet another Crusader all-time pitching category. This particular strikeout gave Newhoff strikeout No. 425 in her scintillating pitching career and vaulted her ahead of Jill Slater for the most career strikeouts in Clarke history. The feat is just another example of how incredible Newhoff's career has been.

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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. Call (563)588-6510 or email



Did you have art class with Sister Mary James Ann, BVM?
Artist Sister Mary James Ann Walsh, BVM taught art classes at Clarke in the 1940s through 1966. Her niece, Michele Walfred, is researching her extensive artwork for graduate school. If you interacted with Sister Mary James Ann and would like to share your experiences, contact Michele through


Did you know??
On June 25, Clarke will celebrate the ordination of our second alumni priest, Noah Diehm '06. Looking for the answers to a Clarke question? Email with your question!




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