Clarke University 

Parent Newsletter 

August 2010 

President's Welcome, CONNECT 2010 




August 30
First Day of Classes


September 3-6

 Labor Day Weekend


September 8

Mike Winfield Comedy Show


September 11
Women's Volleyball Game


September 15


September 18
Into the Streets


September 29
Men's and Women's
Soccer Games


October 1-3


October 7-10
Drama Production


 October 9-10

Antioch Retreat


October 11
Amy Anderson Comedy Show


October 15
Autumn Free Day


October 22-24 

Family Weekend


For a full listing of campus events, click here.


To view this year's
academic calendar,
click here.

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 lifelong success.
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



Family Weekend 2010Save the Date for Family Weekend 2010 


Join us Friday, October 22 - Sunday, October 24 for a fun-filled weekend with your student! 


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.


Click here to RSVP and view a schedule of events.



Labor Day Weekend


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!


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).




It is official and historic. Clarke College is now Clarke University.


In May, the institution's Board of Trustees voted unanimously to change the name and the change took effect when the clock struck midnight on August 1. 


"Becoming 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."


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.


A full, all-campus celebration was held Monday, Aug. 30, for students, faculty and staff.


Clarke 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.




Thank 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.


The 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  




Lavin 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 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.


Clarke Student Composers Receive National Accolades
Sheet MusicThe 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 tremendous honor."




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 updates visit 

Jaclyn SalzwedelSalzwedel Takes Clarke Softball Reins


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.


Crusader Season Openers 

  • Men's Golf
    Thursday, Sept. 2, Clarke Invitational at Lacoma Golf Course in East Dubuque, Illinois
  • Women's Volleyball
    Wednesday, Sept. 1, at University of Dubuque
  • Men's and Women's Soccer
    Wednesday, Sept. 1, against University of Wisconsin-Platteville at Clarke
  • Men's and Women's Cross Country
    Saturday, Sept. 4, Mount Mercy Gallop at Jones Park in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • Men's and Women's Bowling
    Oct. 2-3, Midwest Collegiate Tournament in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. 



Main Switchboard


Academic Affairs


Admissions Toll Free



Counseling Center

Financial Aid Office

Residence Life

Safety and Security


Student Life




Have a suggestion for a good topic or a story you'd like to share? Our staff wants your feedback. Send to and we may feature it in our next issue.







As parents and friends, we offer you a variety of resources. From here, you will be able to get information about a variety of topics. We welcome your visit! 
Want to purchase the perfect sweatshirt? Learn More 
Need to understand how to pay for college?
Learn More 
Concerned about security and safety?
Learn More


Have questions about housing or food or counseling? Learn More 
Want to know about fellow Clarke alums? Learn More 
Interested in supporting Clarke University? Learn More








Campus Calendar

 Campus Calendar

Photo Gallery

 Campus Photos

Clarke Crusader Button 

 Crusader Athletics