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January 2010 

Student Government  




January 16
Men's and Women's



 January 23

Men's and Women's




 BFA Painting Exhibit


January 25 

Men's and Women's



February 6 

 Men's and Women's



February 6-26
BFA Printmaking Exhibit


February 9 


Faculty Lecture


February 17 

 Men's and Women's



February 18-21
Drama Production:

'Another Antigone'


 February 25
Gaelic Storm Concert


BFA Painting Exhibit


February 27
Great River Wind Ensemble 

   A note from the Vice President of Student Life.

Dear Parents and Friends,

Students develop their skills and knowledge through participation in volunteer work, academic clubs, student government, internships as well as planning and attending social events. It's these activities that let students connect what they study in class to the world around them. Students develop relationships and perspectives that help them to succeed in their chosen careers and their lives after graduation.
You can play a role in encouraging your student to become involved in co-curricular activities. Here are a few things that have worked for other parents: 

·         If your student already participates in an intramural or varsity sport, reinforce the positive aspects of the sport. He or she has undoubtedly made new friends, learned new skills and stayed in good shape.


·         If your student feels there just isn't enough time to include co-curricular activities, you might suggest a visit to the Margaret Mann Academic Resource Center to help develop time management or study skills. Some students find that introducing new activities into the weekly mix helps them to better budget their time to accommodate them. 

·         If it's a matter of shyness, remind your student that while it may be difficult at first, all he or she needs to do is break the ice to discover how wonderful and friendly Clarke students are. Our student organizations are the easiest way to meet friends on campus. The Counseling Center offers one-on-one social skills education to students seeking to improve this aspect of their life. 

·         If your student seems uninterested in co-curricular activities or has had difficulty in connecting to activities at Clarke, have him or her get in touch with Steve Dyer, director of student activities or Kevin Utt, director of residence life.  Both of these professionals enjoy helping Clarke students find their niche on campus.
The student life office wishes you all a happy and healthy 2010!
Kate Zanger
Vice President for Student Life



Students Named to Fall 2009 Dean's List


The Clarke College Dean's List recognizes full-time students who earn a GPA of 3.65 or above, with a minimum of 12 graded hours during the previous semester.

The Clarke College community publicly commends all of these students for their outstanding academic work this past semester. Click here to view the Fall 2009 listing.


2010 Commencement Details Now Posted


Commencement, or graduation, marks the ultimate accomplishment at Clarke College - receiving a degree. At Clarke College, degrees are formally conferred once each year at the May Commencement ceremony.

Clarke College's 167th Commencement will be held on Saturday, May 8, at 2 p.m. in the Robert and Ruth Kehl Center on the Clarke campus. Click here to view a letter from Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Joan Lingen, BVM, Ph.D.




Uffman Named Head Bowling Coach


Crusader Logo Clarke College Athletic Director Curt Long has announced that Christopher Uffman has been named the college's head men's and women's bowling coach.  Long had previously announced that the college will add intercollegiate bowling to its lineup in the fall of 2010.

Uffman, a native of Grand Rapids, Mich., comes to Clarke from Michigan State University, where he served as the head women's bowling coach and as the assistant head coach of the men's intercollegiate bowling program.

A 2007 graduate of Michigan State, Uffman was a four-year member of the school's intercollegiate bowling program. He qualified for the 2009 Michigan Masters Bowling Tournament finals, is an Amateur Bowlers Tour title holder and has two certified 300 games.


Clarke Student-Athletes Named to NAIA List


Eleven Clarke College student-athletes were honored for their efforts in the classroom by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) following the completion of their respective fall sports.

Named to the NAIA Scholar-Athlete list from Clarke were seniors Kraig Moore (soccer), of Kennewick, Wash., Nate Smith (cross country), of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Lindy Stauffer (soccer), of Hyrum, Utah, and Natasha Waters (soccer), of Dubuque; and juniors Shannon Ford (soccer), of Woodridge, Ill., Carley Freund (cross country), of Crystal Lake, Ill., Heather Jansen (volleyball) and Raychel Nicks (volleyball), both of Hazel Green, Wis., Katie Schmidt (soccer), of Mokena, Ill., Ashley Shields (volleyball), of Harvard, Ill., and Keri West (volleyball), of Dubuque.


The NAIA President's Cup is awarded annually to the school with the highest cumulative grade point average of their student athletes. Last year, Clarke College finished second among all schools in the Midwest Collegiate Conference (MCC).



Crusader Logo Crusader Teams Open 2010 Schedule

Clarke's men's and women's basketball teams will open the spring semester with home games against Mt. Mercy College on January 13 and against Grand View University on January 16.

Coach Kris Dorn's men's volleyball team will open its 2010 season at home against Quincy University on January 15. The Crusaders will host the Mid-America Men's Volleyball Intercollegiate Conference East Division Tournament on April 9.


The men's and women's indoor track and field season will unfold on January 16 when Coach Adam Hinders' teams take part in the University of Dubuque Invitational. The Crusaders outdoor season will begin on March 27 at the Augustana College Viking Olympics.

Coach Chad Harris' baseball team will open its 2010 campaign in Tennessee. The Crusaders will play Bethel College, of McKenzie, Tenn., on February 5 and 7, and Union University, of Jackson, Tenn., on February 6.

Clarke's softball team will get an early jump on its season at the Rebel Spring Games in Kissimmee, Florida. Coach Liz Garthright's Crusaders will begin a 10-game schedule at the event on February 28.

Coach Jerry Hanson's men's golf team will also open up in the Sunshine State. The Crusaders' southern trip will run from February 27 through March 6 in Jupiter, Florida.

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Clarke Announces Largest Gift in School History

Clarke College announced the largest donation in the school's history with a $10 million gift from the estate of Marie Moles Miske, a 1942 graduate of the college.


Miske, who named Clarke the primary beneficiary of her estate, chose to direct the gift toward the college's endowment fund. Clarke's endowment is invested for the long-term benefit of the school and to further the institutional mission.


Marie Miske graduated from Clarke in 1942 with a bachelor of arts degree in food and nutrition. She went on to serve as a captain in the United States Army during World War II. In this role, she was stationed in the South Pacific as a dietician in the Medical Corps under the Surgeon General.


She went on to become a dietician administrator supervising 21 schools in the Evanston, Ill., school district and was employed by the Walgreen's Corporation for 15 years. Miske passed away on March 23, 2007, at the age of 86.




Clarke College Health Services Update - Fall 2009


The health services office on campus offers a number of screenings and clinics to students, faculty and staff throughout the year. Clarke's Health Services office also meets with a number of committees and organizations to educate students and build awareness and prevention of health issues. Below are updates from this Fall:

  • Health services partnered with the athletics office to offer clinics for student athlete physicals. 90+ physicals were provided.
  • Along with the counseling center the health services office offered a Depression Screening Day in early October. Staff from health services meets monthly with the Alcohol/Drug Education Committee to look at ways to reduce binge drinking and promote healthy living among the student population.
  • Members of the health services staff are currently serving on the Crisis planning committee at Clarke and meets regularly to look at current and proposed protocol at the college for all types of safety and emergency situations.

  • Clarke's Health Services office works closely with the Dubuque County Health Department and local colleges to develop the appropriate protocol for our students in dealing with the current influenza pandemic. Health hervices staff continue to work with student life, counseling center, academic affairs, dining services, facilities management, marketing and communications and all necessary campus offices and departments on H1N1 and other related health issues.

  • Health services hosted a clinic in December to provide H1N1 and seasonal flu vaccines for students, faculty and staff.

 For more information about student services offered by Clarke, click here




Nichole Hoeflich, 2009 Graduate 

Nichole Hoeflich  

Thanks to the many experiences she had at Clarke, job offers for this soon-to-be education graduate were coming out of the woodwork.
So why the edge? Well, her internship in Parliament, England and hands-on experience student-teaching sure didn't hurt.
Now Nichole's path has taken her across the globe to Taiwan for her first teaching job. She is immersing herself in a new culture, continuing to learn new things and making a positive impact on the lives of her students - an impact that wouldn't have been possible without her experience at Clarke.



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