Clarke University 

Alumni Newsletter 

September 2010 

Clarke College Becomes Clarke University 







 September 14
Women's Volleyball


 September 15



 September 18

 Into the Streets

Dear Alum,


There is always excitement as a new academic year gets underway. This year, students returned to campus as the first to attend "Clarke University" - the same place you know and love, with a new name that better represents the Clarke of today and the future.


With the new name came the unveiling of a new Clarke University logo. Designed by Dubuque-area graphic designer Michael Schmalz from Refinery Design Company (husband of Julie Hughes Schmalz '92), the logo captures the essence of what distinguishes Clarke. Click here to uncover the symbolism in the new logo. You may also notice the newly updated Clarke University Web site that we hope you will visit at


The transition even caught the attention of the Dubuque Telegraph Herald Editorial Board. Click here to view the editorial that ran in the Sunday, Aug. 1, edition of the TH recognizing the change.


While many things are new, the hallmarks of Clarke remain the same. We remain wholly committed to our mission of providing a small campus experience that encourages personal and intellectual growth, promotes global awareness and social responsibility, and deepens spiritual values.


As Homecoming fast approaches in October, I hope you are able to return and re-live some of your memories of Clarke while helping celebrate the beginning of a new era of impact. 


Katie Bahl '04
Director of Alumni Relations



Distinguished Alumni Award Winners


Clarke is pleased to announce the winners of this year's Clarke University Distinguished Alumni Awards:
Mary Kern Manning '58 for Outstanding Achievement and Kathryn "Judy" Conway '59 for Humanitarian Service. Click here to read their bios. 

The awards will be presented at Saturday Oct. 2, 2010, 10:30 a.m. at the Distinguished Alumni Brunch as part of Homecoming. We hope you can attend!  Click here to RSVP for this and other homecoming events.


Congratulations again to our winners and esteemed nominees: (Humanitarian Service) Sharon Kress '69, Amanda Martin '06, Donna Claeys Meyer '59, Joanne Burns Murray '69, (Outstanding Service) Mary Kay Dougherty '66, Kay McTigue Filice '70, Teri Hawks Goodman '76, Marcya Grudzina '91 and Nancy McCarthy Snyder '70.


Homecoming 2010Homecoming Inches Closer, Oct. 1-3  


Be sure to register and join us for an unprecedented weekend of fun at your alma mater! Whether it's the Clarke-Loras party, Alumni Recognition Brunch, Clarke vs. St. Ambrose soccer match or the new musical theatre event, Homecoming offers something for everyone!


Register today by visiting


A Visit from Japan


Little SingersThe Arts at Clarke Series hosted a performance by the world-renowned children's choir, the Little Singers of Tokyo, on Sunday, July 25 in Sacred Heart Chapel on the Clarke campus.


The performance was a homecoming of sorts for Hisae Hasegawa '78, who now serves as the choir's music director. Her sister Saeko Hasegawa Enoki '68, who did not make this trip, is the group's artistic director.


As part of the tour, the group also sang at the Iowa Choral Directors Association summer symposium in Mason City, Iowa and at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York. Pictured (starting left) are Clarke alumni Mary Kay Knapp '89, Hisae Hasegawa '78 and Michelle Failor Olson '78 with the Little Singers of Tokyo. Mary Kay, as well as Clarke music teachers John and Nancy Lease, helped organize the tour. 


Click here to read more about their visit to Clarke.


Shirley LindauerPedaling Past Clarke


Each year, the Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI) starts in the western half of Iowa and ends at the state's eastern border - this year, ending in downtown Dubuque. Thousands of bicyclists of all ages, shapes and sizes made the 442-mile journey from Sioux City to Dubuque with this year's route coming directly through campus.


Over 20 Clarke staff welcomed cyclists and offered water, a respite from the heat and space for teams to re-group before finishing the trek. Assistant Director of Athletics Casey Tauber and his son Derek asked RAGBRAI riders where they were from, and as riders yelled their responses, Derek crossed states off a poster board list. Within an hour, all 50 U.S. states had been marked. "We found RAGBRAI riders from all 50 states, Canada, Sweden, England, Germany, Italy and Australia," Casey said. "We had fun,and it was an experience we won't forget." Alumna Shirley Mormann Lindauer  '78 stopped long enough for a picture (at right).


Save the Date


Milwaukee, Wisconsin Alumni Gathering

Donna Claeys Meyer '59, Carol Ullius Hoch '59, Cat Pirrello '06 and President Sister Joanne Burrows invite you to an alumni gathering at the University Club in Milwaukee, Wis., on Friday, Sept. 17. A presidential reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a Clarke update at 6:45 p.m. Beverages, hors d' oeuvres and light sandwiches will be served. Cost is $25 to attend. To RSVP, visit or call (563)588-6405.


4th Annual Clarke Alumni Baseball Game


Are you a baseball fan or a former player? If so, then join our alumni team for a game as they take on current Clarke Crusaders Saturday, Sept. 18, at A.J. Spiegel Park in Peosta. Sign-in is at 11 a.m. with the game beginning at 1 p.m. A picnic will follow the game. Guest alumni hosts include Scott '94 and Peggy (Roling) Steffen '94; Sam '93 and Susan (Moran) Knaack '95; and Mike Hange '94. 


If you are interested in playing or attending, contact Head Baseball Coach Chad Harris at (563)588-6601 or for more information.  


Denver, Colorado Alumni Gathering


Alice Steffens Kelly '65, Kathy Tillman Porter '73, Morgan Ehlers Dillon '06 and Ryan Dillon '06 invite you to join Clarke President Sister Joanne Burrows and the Clarke alumni relations office for a Presidential Brunch in Northglenn, Colorado. This delicious brunch will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9 at Cinzzetti's in Northglenn. Alumni and guests are welcome to attend. RSVP at


Dubuque Vegas Night
You and a guest are invited to experience the sights and sounds of Vegas in Dubuque, Iowa on Oct. 29! Meet Clarke's very own "King Pin" bowling coach Chris Uffman, compete against Clarke's Bowling team in Wii Bowling, learn the best Blackjack and Craps tips from Diamond Jo dealers and enjoy the culinary show by Chef Kevin Scharpf as he prepares our delectable dessert. The evening's headliner will be President Sr. Joanne Burrows, dazzling you with all things Clarke at 8 p.m. Appetizers will be served and a cash bar is available. The cost for this event is $5 per person and includes one beverage of your choice. 


The night does not end here... discounted bowling will also be available at the state-of-the-art Cherry Lanes starting at 9 p.m. To take advantage of this special event, RSVP on-line by Nov. 2 at




Year-Round Learning


Sunil MalapatiYou know that Clarke provides unique learning opportunities for students, but were you aware of our great educational experiences for staff? Last year, Clarke's Staff Assembly Development and Recognition Committee started a "Lunch and Learn" series throughout the summer with educational presentations offered over lunch.  Recent topics included creative thinking, summer gardening tips from recent graduate and landscape designer Sara Selchert Carpenter '10, and Indian cooking by Assistant Professor of Chemistry Sunil Malpati, Ph.D. (pictured). Sunil recently hosted a National Food Chemistry Workshop for Science Educators on Clarke's campus. Read more by clicking here. 




Clarke Student Composers Receive National Accolades


The world of music composition can be tough to break into. Being a recognized composer is even harder. However, as two Clarke students have proven, strong musical compositions are undeniable.


Clarke students Brian Eiffes and Lucas Flynn were recently notified that their original musical compositions were selected to be presented at the Society of Composers, Inc. (SCI) National Conference in November. "It is really unheard of to get student work selected for the SCI national conference, much less at the undergraduate level," said Amy Dunker, DMA, chair and associate professor of music at Clarke. "This is a professional conference and being selected is a tremendous honor."

Sean Esterhuizen 

A Summer of Soccer in South Africa


Clarke Head Soccer Coach Sean Esterhuizen recently traveled back to his homeland of South Africa with his brother (and Clarke student) Peter Esterhuizen for a summer filled with World Cup soccer action. Click here to read more about his experience.


Clarke Bowlers Ready to Strike Gold


Clarke's first season of men and women's bowling will begin this fall with some exciting developments. This summer, incoming freshman Jacob Boresch of Kenosha, Wis., competed in the Junior Gold Championships in Indianapolis, Ind. Of the 982 boys invited to the event, Boresch qualified eighth after 18 games (six games per day, in three different bowling centers). He then bowled two more squads of six games the following day, before finishing 21st overall.  His performance earned him a $500 scholarship. Also competing in the Junior Gold Championships were incoming first-year students Tyler Heintzelman (Shorewood, Ill.) and Rachel Aurand (Rockford, Ill.). Clarke's first varsity bowling tournament is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 2. For more athletic updates visit


Remember intramural bowling from your time at Clarke? If so, then join Dubuque-area young alumni for an evening of bowling on Friday, Oct. 29, at Cherry Lanes at the Diamond Jo Casino. Watch your e-mail for more details. 




Roberta LavinLavin Named Chair of Clarke Nursing Department 
Clarke University is pleased to announce that Ret. Captain Roberta Lavin, Ph.D., APRN, has been appointed chair of the university's nursing department. Lavin, who holds the academic rank of professor at Clarke, officially began on July 1.
With over 20 years of public health leadership experience, Lavin most recently served as director of the Office of Human Services Emergency Preparedness and Response for the Federal Administration on Children and Families. At the same time, she served as the designated federal officer for the National Commission on Children and Disasters.
When asked why she decided to transition from her roles with the government to the classroom she stated, "The time was right." Lavin grew up in Tennessee and said that Dubuque reminds her of home. In the few months that she has been in town, she has enjoyed the short commute to work. She laughingly said, "it is a bit of a change from D.C.".
She holds a Ph.D. in nursing from Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, a master of arts degree in emergency/disaster management from American Military University, a master of science in nursing degree from the University of Tennessee and a bachelor of arts degree in psychology with a minor in religious studies from the University of Tennessee.



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



Are you returning for Homecoming and planning to attend mass? 

A special alumni mass will be held Saturday, Oct. 2, at 5:30 p.m. in Sacred Heart Chapel. We seek volunteers from the reunion classes to light a candle in remembrance of their deceased classmates. Please contact Katie Bahl at or (563)588-6510 if you are interested in participating.




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