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
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
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!
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 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 www.clarke.edu/clicktogive.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Please
include your name on the back if you would like them returned.
Photo displays will be available for viewing Homecoming
23-25. For more information on this year's Homecoming,
visit www.clarke.edu/homecoming and watch
your mail for a complete brochure in June.
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.
THE 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.
the Record Books
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.
more Crusader highlights at www.clarkecrusaders.com.
Do you know the whereabouts of the lost alumni listed on
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 email@example.com.
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 www.nunartist.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with your question!