Clarke University 

Alumni Newsletter 

November 2010 

Homecoming 2010 







Oct. 24-Nov. 20
High School Invitational


November 19
Drama Production:

November 24-28

Thanksgiving Break

December 11 and 12

For a Blessed Christmas


December 13-16
Finals Week

Dear Alum,


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 Frances Hall. 


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!


Katie Bahl '04
Director of Alumni Relations



Homecoming High-Five


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 weekend successful.


Special thanks 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 and students. 


If you are interested in helping with similar programs in the future, please contact Ellen Gabrielleschi at


Carol SchraderAlumna 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 citizens.


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 Enrollment Growth


Clarke 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.


"We could 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."


Clarke's 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.


Denver, Colorado Alumni EventClick here to read the full article.


Reconnecting with Clarke


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


Save the Date


Wine and Hors d'ouevres ReceptionDubuque Wine and Hors D' Oeuvres Reception


All Dubuque-area alumni are invited to attend a reception Tuesday, 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.


Reservations are required by phone at (563)588-6405 or on-line at


Chicago Holiday EventClarke 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 your enjoyment. 

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




Arts at Clarke Spotlight Series


For a Blessed ChristmasFor 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 ensembles.


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. 


Call (563)584-8642 to purchase tickets today. Visit for a full listing of upcoming Arts at Clarke events.




Mission TripHelping at Home


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 country."

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.


Submit Your Creativity!


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 by December 1, 2010.


Visit "The Tenth Muse" Facebook page for submission guidelines.


JP and Kris DornThe Perfect Match

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.


Click here to read the full article.


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Chemistry WeekChemistry: It's Elemental


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.


Click here to read the full article.


Wheels for the WorldWheels 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.


Click here to read the full article.


Clarke Students Awarded National STEM Scholarships

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.

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 secondary school.

"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 science education."


Click here to read the full article.



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



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 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.

University Transition

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




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