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Alumni Newsletter

November 2012


Homecoming 2012 Clarke Alumni








Dec. 8


Dec. 8 and 9


Dec. 12


Dec. 30

Clarke Discount for Harlem Globetrotters Event.
Click here for details.


 Jan. 17


Feb. 20




2012 Honored Alumni 


Alumnus Wins "Singing Bee"

Bob Largent '97 was a recent winner on the CMT Network game show "The Singing Bee." Bob took home $500 and a trophy after he bested five other players on the show. In the show, contestants listen to song snippets, and must "sing" in the missing lyrics.


Inaugural Presidential Concert a success

The inaugural President's Scholarship Concert was held in Jansen Music Hall on Saturday, September 29 at 7 p.m. This special event was created to raise funds and awareness for the Clarke music program, and included performances by current students, alumni and faculty. The first recipients of the President's Award for Arts excellence were awarded to professor emeritus of music John Lease, professor emerita of drama Carol Blitgen '58, BVM, and professor emerita of music Bertha Fox '54, BVM. Congratulations to John, Carol and Bertha, and thank you to all that participated.

Carol Blitgen
Carol Blitgen '58, BVM Tribute

A fantastic crowd gathered for a Tribute to Carol Blitgen '58, BVM on Friday, September 28. Thank you again to all of the Clarke alumni and friends who attended and assisted with the planning of the event. Carol is a professor emerita of drama and recently directed the fall play, The Glass Menagerie. If you weren't able to attend the tribute and would like send Carol a note in appreciation of her years of service to Clarke, please email her at




Homecoming Updates

We appreciate and thank all those that traveled from near and far for Clarke's homecoming, September 28-30, especially members of the reunion classes ending in 2 and 7. Did you miss out on all the fun? To view pictures from the weekend, click here.



Science Building Construction 


The new science building construction is well underway. Bricks have been laid at the base of the building to match the look of Catherine Byrne Hall (CBH). Insulation has been installed and work to connect the new building to CBH has begun. The goal is to completely enclose the building in the coming weeks so that construction can continue during the winter to meet the opening date of August of 2013. Visit to watch the work in progress or click here for photos of the process.


Study Abroad Opportunity 


Several Clarke alumni and friends just returned from the Barcelona and Paris trip sponsored by the Alumni Relations Office. Are you interested in traveling with us? If so, here are some other upcoming opportunities:


1. This summer, Clarke alumni are welcome to join professor of business, Terry McGovern and professor of art, Eric Wold for a global business class immersion about both the influences of social cultures and social effects on business. BUMG 380 is a three credit hour undergraduate international business course that includes researching select English and French companies and cultural sites, then traveling overseas for onsite visits. The study abroad tour includes stays in London and Paris from May 25 to June 5, 2013. Students and alumni will visit and learn about four businesses in each of the eight cities, and enjoy numerous cultural visits to sites such as Westminster Abbey, The British Museum, The London Eye, Palace of Versailles, Notre Dame, The Louvre, and the Eiffel Tower. Participants will travel by high-speed rail from London to Paris via the Chunnel system. Free time is allotted on most days for participant-directed exploration.


Contact Terry McGovern (563)588-6563 or email him at if you are interested in learning more.

2. The Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary invite you to attend one of their upcoming immersion trips in Quito, Ecuador at the Working Boys Center on February 16-26, and April 1-10, 2013. Sister Cindy Sullivan, BVM has lived in Ecuador for over 30 years and will lead the group. All volunteers will participate in service projects within the community. Travelers pay for their own airfare as well as a minimal fee for food and lodging.


For more information on this great international experience contact Kathleen Gould, BVM Outreach/Volunteer Coordinator by email at or call (713)540-4199.


The New Teacher: An Educational Experience


Clarke grad, Tiffany Till '11, was featured on the cover of the Nov. 11 issue of the Telegraph Herald. The story explains the trend of newer teachers replacing the growing number of retiring, more experienced teachers. As a first year teacher, Till is able to show some of the advantages this trend may offer. Click here to view article.


 Alumni Photos


Denver Brunch Event


Milwaukee Irish Event


New York Event










Click here to see photos of student life at Clarke!


Wanted: Prose, Poetry and Art Submissions


Add your name to the list of alums that have seen their creative work published in the Tenth Muse, Clarke University's literary magazine. This student-staffed publication is currently accepting submissions in prose, poetry, and art for its third volume to be released in the spring of 2013. The Muse seeks to feature Clarke students and alumni while also including the larger regional arts community.

The deadline is Dec. 1, and full submission guidelines can be found here.
We can't wait to see your work!


Refer a Student


Do you know a student who would make an impact at Clarke? We want to hear about it! Refer students by clicking here to be added to our mailing list and learn more about Clarke University!


Athletics Record Breaking Season


Clarke's women's volleyball and men's soccer programs enjoyed record-breaking seasons this fall. Coach Chris Miron's volleyball team set a new school record for total wins in a season with 28 wins, bettering the previous mark of 27 set by the Crusaders 1991 team. The Crusader spikers finished 28-9 overall and advanced to the Midwest Collegiate Conference Tournament semifinals.


Coach Jason Carlson's soccer team fashioned the program's first 10-win season. The Crusaders finished 10-7-1 overall. 


For more Clarke athletic updates, visit



Coming Soon


After the holidays, the Winter 2012 edition of Clarke: The Magazine of Clarke University will be hitting your mailbox. In that issue, look for feature articles on the strategic plan and the evolution of food at Clarke.





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