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 www.clarke.edu.
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.
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
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.
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!
The 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
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
to read more about their visit to Clarke.
Pedaling 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).
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 www.clarke.edu/alumni/events or call
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
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
If you are interested in playing or
attending, contact Head Baseball Coach Chad Harris at
(563)588-6601 or firstname.lastname@example.org for
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 www.clarke.edu/alumni/events.
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 www.clarke.edu/alumni/events.
You 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
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
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."
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 www.clarkecrusaders.com.
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
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
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or
(563)588-6510 if you are interested in participating.