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Parents - a pivotal partner in success
This fall, Clarke University will welcome its first
class of 250+ new full-time students who will impact all of us lucky
enough to work with them. It is hard to believe that another school
year is upon us, and for some parents it is even harder to grasp that
their "baby" is now in college. All of you should be
commended for raising children with the persistence, intelligence and
courage to pursue a college degree.
Note that I didn't say "go to college" -
degree attainment is a crucial component to future success and payback
on the investment in an education. You, as parents, play a critical
role in helping students to succeed. In addition to the financial
support that many of you provide, parents are a pivotal partner in
providing the emotional wherewithal that is required to persist. The
four years of college are a time when parents help students gain
independence and life skills that will carry students into the working
world, marriage, child rearing and beyond.
Parents are often the first to hear of life's trials and
tribulations and there is a tremendous urge to jump in and help to
solve the problem for your son or daughter. One of my favorite
phrases for parents to practice is "Chris, it sounds like you have
a problem, what are you going to do about it?" Blending
support, encouragement and personal responsibility, this phrase is a
great transition line to use with collegiate children. You can
coach, offer advice, react to ideas and suggest others, but it is
important to allow your son or daughter to be the one to act.
At Clarke, we take great pride and make great efforts to
know each of our students individually. This relationship allows us to
create an impact in ways that are student-specific and most appropriate
for the situation. We work hard to ensure that "where there
is a will, we will find a way" to help each student
succeed. We hope that you will partner with us in creating the
expectation and environment where the focus remains on graduation and
I look forward to welcoming all of your students to Clarke and to
celebrating their achievements with you at Commencement.
Beth Triplett, Ed.D.
Vice President for Enrollment Management
Save the Date for Family Weekend
Join us Friday, October 22 -
Sunday, October 24 for a fun-filled weekend with your
Family Weekend is a celebration for all members of the
Clarke University community. We invite students, faculty and staff and
their family members to visit the campus, cheer for the Crusaders
and enjoy a variety of campus activities.
to RSVP and view a schedule of events.
Encourage your students to stick
around for the fun September 3-6!
As part of the transition to college we ask that
parents encourage their students to stay on campus through
these first few weekends to allow students to embrace campus life and
meet new people. Throughout the weekend, students will have the
opportunity to bond with new friends and take part in plenty of
fun activities while warding off any homesickness they
might be feeling. Students can enjoy movie nights at the local
theater, a trip to the Field of Dreams (with carpooling opportunities
available), golf at a local course and even take in
a soccer game or two.
Give your student the leg up in their
transition and support these campus activities. We look forward to
seeing you again for Family Weekend!
Pedaling Past Clarke
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).
is official and historic. Clarke College is now Clarke University.
May, the institution's Board of Trustees voted unanimously to change
the name and the change took effect when the clock struck midnight on
Clarke University marks the start of a new era for this great
institution," said President Joanne M. Burrows, SC, Ph.D. "It
is a name that proudly communicates the broad spectrum of learners we
serve while also speaking to the Clarke of the future - one that will
meet the changing needs of students while maintaining the very
hallmarks of Clarke."
faculty and staff celebrated the school's first business day as a
university Monday, August 2, with an informal reception on the front
plaza of the Wahlert Atrium where a new Clarke University banner was
unveiled in the Atrium's entryway.
full, all-campus celebration was held Monday, Aug. 30, for
students, faculty and staff.
was founded in 1843 as St. Mary's Female Academy, later becoming St.
Joseph's Female Academy on the Prairie, Academy of the Sacred Heart,
St. Joseph Academy and Mount St. Joseph Academy. In 1901, the
institution became Mount St. Joseph College and in 1928, was named
Clarke College in honor of foundress Mary Frances Clarke.
you once again to all of the parents who participated in our 2009-2010
telethon. Overall, we had 182 parents participate. Support from the
telethon goes into the Clarke Fund which supports student scholarships
and academic programming at Clarke.
telethon is also a great opportunity for students looking for on-campus
employment. If your son or daughter is looking for campus employment
that offers fall and/or spring hours, evening and weekend hours, good
pay, incentives and bonuses, and great resume building
skills, have them contact Wendy Scardino, director of annual
funds, at (563)588-6405 or email@example.com.
Named Chair of Clarke Nursing Department
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
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.
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
holds a Ph.D. in nursing from Uniformed Services College of the Health
Sciences, a master of arts degree in emergency/disaster management from
American Military College, a master of science in nursing degree from
the College of Tennessee and a bachelor of arts degree in psychology
with a minor in religious studies from the College of Tennessee.
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 proved, 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
Bowlers Ready to Strike Gold
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 updates visit www.clarkecrusaders.com.
Salzwedel Takes Clarke
Jaclyn Salzwedel, of Wyoming, Mich., has
been named the university's new head softball coach. Salzwedel comes to
Clarke from Rogers High School in Wyoming, Mich., where she was the
associate head varsity softball coach. Salzwedel served as a graduate
assistant softball coach at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville
from 2007 to 2009. Click here to
read the news release.
Thursday, Sept. 2, Clarke Invitational at Lacoma Golf Course in
East Dubuque, Illinois
Wednesday, Sept. 1, at University of Dubuque
and Women's Soccer
Wednesday, Sept. 1, against University of Wisconsin-Platteville at
and Women's Cross Country
Saturday, Sept. 4, Mount Mercy Gallop at Jones Park in Cedar
and Women's Bowling
2-3, Midwest Collegiate Tournament in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin.
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