Graduates participating in this year's May
Commencement exercises will be wearing attire from Jostens new
Elements Collection. The collection's fabric fiber is made from wood
sourced exclusively from renewable, managed forests and is developed using
100 percent acetate material.
Based on scientific research, the fabric is proven to
decompose in soil in one year. In addition, the zipper tape and teeth
are made from 100 percent recycled PET. The regalia also comes in
earth-friendly packaging that facilitates the decomposition process of
the cap and gown bag.
"Clarke is committed to sustainability and is
pleased to work with Jostens on minimizing our environmental
impact," said Clarke Provost Joan Lingen, BVM, Ph.D. "In
addition to directly reducing the waste that often ends up in landfills,
the use of this attire reinforces that being earth-friendly is possible
in so many ways, big and small."
"Graduation is a major achievement in life and,
together with our customers, we will celebrate this achievement while
doing the right thing for the environment," said Tim Larson,
Jostens president and CEO.
This year's Commencement exercises will held on May 8,
2010. The baccalaureate liturgy will begin at 10 a.m. in Clarke's
Robert and Ruth Kehl Center, at which graduates will receive their academic
hoods. At 2 p.m., the official Commencement ceremony begins, where
graduates will receive their diplomas and special awards and honors
will be bestowed.
If you or your family are unable to attend commencement, live streaming of the ceremony will be available May 8 on our web site at www.clarke.edu/commencement.
Competition Exceeds Student's Expectation
When Molly Boucher began the "Collection Competition" on
Clarke's campus, she hoped to collect 1,000 items that could be donated
to organizations that serve Dubuque-area residents in need.
Throughout the month of March, teams of Clarke students, faculty and
staff worked to collect canned goods, hygiene products, non-perishable
items, diapers, wipes, paper towels and other supplies that could be
donated to local non-profit agencies. The response was overwhelming and the goal far
surpassed with over 2,100 items collected.
"The Clarke community is generous to responding when others are in
need," said Clarke Director of Campus Ministry Amy Golm, BVM, who
said the collected items will be donated to Maria House, Theresa
Shelter, Hope House, St. Vincent de Paul and the Dubuque food pantry.
The idea of the Collection Competition came from Molly Boucher, a
social work and psychology major from Dubuque, who attended the
national "Resolve" conference in Chicago - an event designed
to help fight against poverty in the United States. Funded by Clarke's
campus ministry office, during her attendance at the conference,
Boucher attended workshops and developed this project to help those who
are less fortunate in the surrounding area.
shelter are two basic needs that everyone should have and there are
people who don't have them." said Boucher. "At Clarke, we
care. We want to see change and we want to see justice for
Parents Pick Up for Annual Phonathon
Institutional Advancement Office would like to say thank you to the 179
parents that pledged nearly $12,800 to the Clarke College Annual
Each year alumni, parents and friends help offset the cost of a Clarke
education by just over $5,800
per student. During the average student's time at
Clarke, alumni, parents and friends have helped offset student costs by
the equivalent of more than one year's worth of tuition!
Your support does make a difference. Your gifts enhance Clarke
programming and offset tuition costs-enabling Clarke to provide your
child or children an education with value that far exceeds the cost.
For those of you with students who served as callers for this year's
phonathon program, please know they did a phenomenal job bringing in a record $205,000 in pledges.
This year's total set a new record for the college-breaking our goal by
$30,000 and breaking last year's record by more than $55,000.
Thank you once
again for your direct support of Clarke students.
Receives Grant to Fund New Resources for Iowa Medical Community
George Towfic, Ph.D., associate professor of computer science at Clarke
College, and his colleagues and collaborators are busy developing
efficient tools to interrogate medical datasets. Through their current
work with complex HIV data, they believe that data can speak - and that
it can tell medical professionals how to use knowledge embedded in
patients' medical datasets to analyze patients' responses to diseases
along with Judy Munshower, Ph.D., associate professor of mathematics at
Clarke, and Samira Towfic, Ph.D., assistant professor of computer
science, recently received a second grant from the Grow Iowa Values
Fund in the amount of $84,721 to continue their work in developing a
set of tools that can be used to improve treatment efficacy by
implementing a sound medical ontology to enable knowledge embedded in
stored electronic medical records to communicate with each other.
recent years, the first grant allowed Clarke's research group to
develop prototype mathematical models, expert systems and graphical
tools to analyze patients' reactions to HIV treatments provided by
clinicians in the State of Iowa and the State of Wisconsin. The group
was also able to design and implement a Web portal that provides
relevant queries and analysis results for clinicians and medical
the 2007 project, the research group worked with a number of project
partners - Stanford University's medical informatics department, the
University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics and the University of
Wisconsin-Madison Hospital and Clinics, as well as Harvard Medical
School and John Viner, MD, a Dubuque-area leader in the area of HIV and
Lend a Hand in New Orleans
Contributed by Heather Haas
Clarke students and staff and faculty members spent their spring break
in New Orleans helping those who were affected by Hurricane
Katrina. The service group volunteered its time to help rebuild
the home of Ruthie Lee Jones, whose house was damaged by the hurricane
back in 2005. Amy Golm, director of Campus Ministry said "It
was an outstanding trip," noting that it was also one of Clarke's
largest service groups.
my first mission trip and it was unbelievable," said Beth Neuhaus,
junior elementary and special education major. "There was so
much devastation still down there and we saw places that had still not
yet been touched. The trip changed my life and I have a new
appreciation of what I have and how hard work can pay off."
group spent the week in the seventh ward working on the exterior of
Jones' home. After Katrina hit, she was forced to evacuate her
home. Jones had told them there had always been a sense of
security throughout the community amongst her neighbors, especially
after Katrina. Since she was evacuated after the hurricane Jones
has not yet been able to return to her home.
was contacted by Rebuilding Together New Orleans, a non-profit agency
whose mission is to help with the recovery from Hurricane
Katrina. They have aided in renovating more than 100 homes in New
student at Clarke, Matt worked at the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra - his
first experience in arts management. Following his junior year, the
career services office helped him land an internship that made his
resume stand out in the crowd.
from LeClaire, Iowa, Matt was one of 37 people from across the country
selected as a summer intern for the internationally known John F.
Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. He worked in
the Opera House Orchestra and Classical Music Division of the
works as an associate manager for IMG Artists, LLC - a world leader in
artist management - with some of the world's most well-known and
accomplished classical performers. And, it all started at Clarke College.
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