Autumn is always a beautiful time on the Clarke campus as
leaves change color, Clarke sweatshirts can be seen all over campus,
and students hold the annual Haunted House in the fourth floor of Mary
For many, the best part of the season is Clarke's
Homecoming - an opportunity to connect with Clarke, classmates,
roommates and even current students. Walking the halls during that
weekend is a great time to hear stories about the impact of Clarke. At
this year's homecoming brunch, we had the privilege of hearing our
esteemed distinguished alumni winners recall
how Clarke impacted their lives and how that helped them change the
lives of others.
At the age of 41
and after raising her children, alumna Mary Kern Manning '58 enrolled
in law school. Today, she is a practicing lawyer and is a
continual advocate for the welfare of children. Kathryn
"Judy" Conway '59 was a member of the first Peace Corps,
serving in the Philippines, and later participated in numerous mission
trips to Ecuador. These accomplished women are just two examples of how
the reach of Clarke extends across the world.
Whether you were able to celebrate Homecoming with us on
campus or merely in spirit, we hope the photos on our Web site remind you of
wonderful and formative times at Clarke.
We hope to connect with you soon, on campus or in a city near you.
Until then, enjoy this issue of our Alumni Newsletter!
When it comes to
a major event like Homecoming, many hands make light work! Thank you to
the over 30
alumni volunteers who worked tirelessly to make the
to Darcy Lease Gubrud '90 and Maureen Bradley '89 who organized
"Clarke Musical Theatre: A Retrospective," a performance and
tribute to several Clarke music, drama and art faculty. Attracting
one of Homecoming's largest crowds, it was
an exceptional evening showcasing the talent of Clarke alumni
If you are
interested in helping with similar programs in the future, please
contact Ellen Gabrielleschi at
Offers Insights on Entrepreneurship
Clarke welcomed Carol Schrader '77,
CEO of givezooks!, back to campus in early October to share her
insights from a career as an entrepreneur. Carol presented "Is
Entrepreneurship for You?" to over 100 students and tri-state area
As a Silicon
Valley software insider, Carol's presentation covered many aspects of
being a technology-based entrepreneur that were learned over 25 years
in the software industry. She discussed "early warning signs"
of entrepreneurship, 25 years of personal entrepreneurial evolution,
key attributes of successful entrepreneurs, common mistakes or
"lessons learned" from entrepreneurship, funding/financing
strategies, top 10 reasons to become an entrepreneur and a review of
top on-line resources to guide the entrepreneurial journey.
Click here to read more about Carol.
Clarke University Sees Significant
University recently announced a significant growth in enrollment for
the 2010-2011 academic year, with the university seeing a 19 percent
increase in first-year students and a 19 percent increase in graduate
students. Overall, Clarke saw an increase in total enrollment of over
four percent bringing the campus headcount to 1,255.
not be more pleased to welcome one of our largest freshman classes ever
to Clarke University," said Clarke President Joanne M. Burrows,
SC, Ph.D. "Our thriving campus is ready to meet the needs of these
students as we prepare them to make a great impact on the world."
traditional undergraduate program combined with the area's largest
array of adult and graduate programs to welcome 422 new students to campus
in August. The overall makeup of the campus includes students from 28
states and 12 foreign countries.
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Recently Clarke alumni and friends gathered in
Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Peosta, Iowa and Denver, Colorado to hear about
the latest happenings at Clarke. To view a full schedule of upcoming
alumni events and also enjoy pictures from past gatherings, visit www.clarke.edu/alumni.
Wine and Hors D' Oeuvres Reception
All Dubuque-area alumni are invited to attend a
Nov. 16, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. in the R.C. and Celeste
Wahlert Atrium at Clarke University. Join us for wine, hors
d' oeuvres and the opportunity to learn more about a wide range of
campus events, including the latest on enrollment, future plans
and more. A presidential update on Clarke will take place at 7:30 p.m.
Holiday Gathering in Chicago
Join alumni and friends for a festive holiday brunch at
the Cheney Mansion in Oak Park, Ill., Sunday, Dec. 5. The mansion will
be decked in holiday finery with a "Clarke through the Years"
display and the beautiful, rare volumes of the Saint John's Bible for
Hosted by Alumni Board President Sandy Blake '82, Mary
Ann Ludwig '59, Mary Heidkamp '71, Christen Sadowski '90 and Rob Walton
'02. Clarke President Sister Joanne Burrows, President Emerita Sister
Catherine Dunn and several Clarke faculty will also be in attendance.
Reservations are required by phone at (563)588-6405
or on-line at www.clarke.edu/alumni/events.
Arts at Clarke
a Blessed Christmas
Staged in the beauty of Clarke's Sacred Heart Chapel,
"For a Blessed Christmas" is a moving portrayal of the
Christmas story through an exciting mix of narration and musical
performances. This holiday tradition is a favorite in the Dubuque area
and features performances by each of Clarke's vocal and instrumental
This year's concert will feature two guest soloists -
Megan Gloss '03 and Matthew Beaves '07. Having performed in nearly 200
productions, Gloss is making the transition to the professional stage,
having appeared as a guest soloist with the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra,
the Northeast Iowa School of Music and returning for her third
consecutive season as a vocalist with Madison (Wis.) Opera.
Since graduation, tenor Matthew Beaves has studied with
Jim McDonald at New England Conservatory and performed throughout the
Dubuque area. Most recently he appeared as tenor soloist for the
Sinsinawa Mound annual performance of Messiah and with the Dubuque Art
Theater Cabaret Night.
During the recent Autumn Free Day weekend, eight Clarke
students and staff served the local Delhi and Manchester communities
repairing a breached dam in the area. The Lake Delhi Dam failed in late
July, resulting in destruction and total loss of homes and businesses
in small towns below the dam.
The mission trip participants worked hard to get several
families back in their homes by painting, cleaning, removing ruined
siding, and putting up new plywood and insulation. One participant
commented, "Due to my experience on this trip, I learned that I
don't need to travel hours away to help someone. I can extend my hand
to someone nearby and have as much of an impact as going to another
Campus ministry mission trips offer Clarke students,
faculty and staff the opportunity to serve for an extended time.
Before, during and after each trip, mission participants reflect, pray
and learn about the lives of those least among us. The location of
these experiences is chosen by immediate needs and student interest.
For more details on Clarke's campus ministry and
upcoming events, click here.
Are you interested in getting published? Clarke's
language and literature department is proud to announce a call for
submissions to "The Tenth Muse", Clarke University's new
literary magazine! The department is currently accepting fiction,
creative non-fiction, poetry, dramatic script, academic writing,
artwork and photography for publication in the Spring 2011 issue. If
you are interested, please submit your prose, artwork, or photography
to TenthMuseMag@gmail.com by December 1,
Kris and J.P. Dorn never dreamt of ending up at Clarke University,
practically a world away from where they were raised. And yet here they
are, spreading their knowledge of a game they love to a community
they've learned to love. For the couple, every day spent on the
volleyball court is a reminder of where they have come from and who
they have become.
Does ice cream taste better when flash frozen at 320
degrees below zero? Clarke University students found out when the
Clarke chemistry department created ice cream using liquid nitrogen in
honor of National Chemistry Week. The frozen treats were one way the
department showed that chemistry is an elemental part of life during a
week-long celebration of the field.
Clarke kicked off the week with a lecture by esteemed
Clarke alumna Dr. Mary Jo Schmerr '68, who discussed the importance of
the natural sciences and the study of it from a young age.
for the World
Old, dilapidated wheelchairs often sit unused in storage rooms or
basements. They are no longer usable, but seem "too good" to
just throw away.
That's why students in Clarke University's Doctor of
Physical Therapy Program, as part of a larger state-wide effort by the
Iowa Physical Therapy Association (IPTA), collected these assistive
devices as part of "Wheels for the World," an outreach of
Joni and Friends International Disability Center.
Clarke Students Awarded National
Three Clarke University students among 35 nationally
will receive $5,000 scholarships from the AFCEA Educational Foundation.
Clarke stood out as being the only institution to have three student
Recipients of the scholarships are Shannon Ford, of
Woodridge, Ill.; Kari Klein, of Epworth, Iowa; and Amanda Stone, of
Barrington, Ill. The competitive scholarships were awarded to
education majors working toward a career teaching a science,
technology, engineering, or math (STEM) subject in a U.S. middle or
"Clarke is a leader in both teacher education and
in STEM subject areas," said Larry Bice, Ed.D., chair and
assistant professor of education at Clarke. "These awards are a
testament to the caliber of students we attract and are preparing to be
the innovative teachers of tomorrow. With this scholarship, each of the
recipients will have a unique ability to impact the future of math and
Do you know the whereabouts of the lost alumni listed on
our Web site?
Send us their address, phone or e-mail 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 e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Become a Class Agent
Do you enjoy getting classmates together for your reunion? If
yes, then become a Class agent! Class agents help communicate with
classmates about all the exciting activities planned for their
reunion. E-mail Director of Alumni Relations Katie Bahl at email@example.com
for more details on how you can be part of the excitement!
Be sure to mark your calendars
for Homecoming 2011, Sept. 23-25. Reunion classes ending in one
and six will be honored.
Clarke's recent transition to university has brought to light many inquiries.
To find out answers to your burning questions about the transition
(from how to list Clarke on your resume to an explanation of the new
logo), click here.