Clarke University 

Parent Newsletter

November 2010


Homecoming 2010





November 18
Turkey BINGO

Thanksgiving Buffet

Cap/Gown Orders for December Graduates

November 19-21
Drama Production: Eurydice

November 20
Skating Party

November 24-28
Thanksgiving Break

December 1
Men's and Women's Basketball
December 3
Gingerbread House/
Cookie Decorating

December 6-9
Fair Trade

December 10
Christmas Dinner

December 11
Men's and Women's Basketball

For a Blessed Christmas
Music Concert

December 12
For a Blessed Christmas
Music Concert

December 13-16
Finals Week

Stress Relief Painting

Dec. 17-Jan. 17
Christmas Break

To view this year's
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For a full listing of campus 
events, click here.

Home for the Holidays

If this is your first time sending a child off to college, you're probably counting the days until he/she comes home for their first extended break from school. We imagine both of you have clear visions about what this visit will be like and, typically, those visions aren't identical. Your student has changed and so have you. 

Less than three months ago he/she arrived at Clarke as an adolescent. Your returning student will walk in the door a young adult. You can be pretty sure he/she considers newfound freedom a precious commodity, and you've probably made some changes as well while adjusting to a different household.

Transitions are Tricky

Here are some potential family issues that could pop up during the holidays:

  • Just let me sleep in. Your student has finished his/her semester and probably will be exhausted. Although we're sure you'll be really excited to see him/her and may have made lots of plans, we suggest you give him/her some slack and extra sleep time for a couple of days. Everyone will be happier for it.
  • I need to see my friends. The holidays are always a busy time of year. Your house may be filled with your student's friends or he/she will be out visiting them. Either way it will be helpful to realize this is everyone's first long break. It's understandable your student wants to catch up with his/her friends and share college stories. Be patient, the first holiday visit is almost always the most intense.
  • I didn't have a curfew at school. At Clarke your student has a very individual schedule. He/she may nap between classes, most likely goes out after 9 p.m. on weekends and tends to eat whenever he/she feels like it. It will probably be most helpful if you're able to renegotiate some of those old high school rules and regulations and acknowledge the young adult who arrives on your doorstep without compromising your standards for how to behave at home.
  • Didn't I tell you I was a vegetarian? There are many versions of the "Didn't I tell you..." conversation. Your student may declare, "I'm 18 now and I think my tattoo is awesome" or "I can't possibly attend Aunt Mary's Christmas party; I have plans." Perhaps even, "You're dead-wrong being a Democrat / Republican. How could you possibly believe that?" Whatever the version, you can count on your conversations being different than they were when your student was in high school.

In the end, probably the most important thing is looking forward to seeing the transformation that less than four months at Clarke has made on your student.



And Now for Some Tips...


Here are a few things you might want to consider to help smooth your student's homecoming:


Plan Ahead. Consider your family events, parties, vacations and anything else that might impact your student's schedule. He/she probably will feel pulled between spending time with family and friends. However, if you consult with him/her before the holiday, the coordination is likely to be much smoother.

Negotiate Compromises. Think about discussing your expectations with your student so that together you can decide how many family activities he/she must attend, what chores are not debatable and what he/she needs to be responsible for while at home.

Promote Independence.
It may be time to be available for your student in a different way. Make suggestions if asked, support him/her as you always have and let him/her schedule appointments, run errands, do laundry, etc.

Be Actively Interested.
How a question is asked is probably as important as what is asked. Ask about a favorite class or book to recommend. If you're chatting about academics, your student can check his/ her grades from home using his/her PIN on Clarke's MyInfo.


Residence Life Holiday Break Hours


It's that time again--the countdown to Christmas break! Residence halls will close on Thursday, Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. with the last campus meal being served at 6 p.m.


Students leaving campus for the break will not have access to their rooms over the four week period and will need to prepare their room before leaving. This includes unplugging all items from outlets, discarding all perishable food, taking out their trash, finding a home for their fish and locking their door. Detailed information covering all end-of-semester topics (closing, what to do if your student/student's roommate is moving or checking out, graduation, etc...) will be distributed to students beginning Tuesday, Nov. 16.


Students who need to remain on campus for a period of time over the break must be approved through their resident director. Some examples of reasons to be approved are: your student's athletic team is actively practicing, your home is more than 500 miles away or your student will be working at least 20 hours per week ON campus during the break.


"Blackout" (a period of time during break in which no students are allowed in the residence halls for any reason) will take place from December 22 at 9 a.m. through December 26 at 3 p.m. If your son or daughter needs a place to stay during this time, please have them contact their resident director and we will arrange for them to stay at the home of one of our faculty members.


Residence halls will re-open at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Jan.16 with food service resuming at 5 p.m.



NOTE: For the last three years, severe snow storms have struck during finals week, causing campus to close and delaying finals and residence hall closures until Friday. Should severe weather strike again, visit the Clarke Web site at for up-to-date information on schedules and closures.


Mission TripHelping at Home


During the recent Autumn Free Day weekend, eight Clarke students and staff served the local Delhi and Manchester communities repairing a breached dam in the area. The Lake Delhi Dam failed in late July, resulting in destruction and total loss of homes and businesses in small towns below the dam.

The mission trip participants worked hard to get several families back in their homes by painting, cleaning, removing ruined siding, and putting up new plywood and insulation. One participant commented, "Due to my experience on this trip, I learned that I don't need to travel hours away to help someone. I can extend my hand to someone nearby and have as much of an impact as going to another country."

Campus ministry mission trips offer Clarke students, faculty and staff the opportunity to serve for an extended time. Before, during and after each trip, mission participants reflect, pray and learn about the lives of those least among us. The location of these experiences is chosen by immediate needs and student interest.


For more details on Clarke's campus ministry and upcoming events, click here


Coming together in Faith
RELIEF and ALIVE Student Groups
On November 3, two faith-based student groups, RELIEF and ALIVE, united for the first student-created praise and worship night. About 25 students (including a group of very talented student accompanists) gathered around the piano in candlelight to sing praise music in the Sacred Heart Chapel. The prayer was reverent and inspiring.
In addition to its significance as the first praise and worship night, the event moved two previously separate groups with similar missions closer together.




Clarke University Sees Significant Enrollment Growth


Clarke University recently announced a significant growth in enrollment for the 2010-2011 academic year, with the university seeing a 19 percent increase in first-year students and a 19 percent increase in graduate students. Overall, Clarke saw an increase in total enrollment of over four percent bringing the campus headcount to 1,255.


"We could not be more pleased to welcome one of our largest freshman classes ever to Clarke University," said Clarke President Joanne M. Burrows, SC, Ph.D. "Our thriving campus is ready to meet the needs of these students as we prepare them to make a great impact on the world."


Clarke's traditional undergraduate program combined with the area's largest array of adult and graduate programs to welcome 422 new students to campus in August. The overall makeup of the campus includes students from 28 states and 12 foreign countries.


Click here to read the full article.




Chemistry WeekChemistry: It's Elemental


Does ice cream taste better when flash frozen at 320 degrees below zero? Clarke University students found out when the Clarke chemistry department created ice cream using liquid nitrogen in honor of National Chemistry Week. The frozen treats were one way the department showed that chemistry is an elemental part of life during a week-long celebration of the field.


Clarke kicked off the week with a lecture by esteemed Clarke alumna Dr. Mary Jo Schmerr, who discussed the importance of the natural sciences and the study of it from a young age.


Click here to read the full article.


Wheels for the WorldPhysical Therapy Department Provides Wheels

Even a severe wind advisory couldn't deter Clarke students from lending a helping hand. The third-year physical therapy class gathered behind CBH as they loaded hundreds of wheelchairs, walkers, canes and crutches into semis, trailers, and trucks for delivery to Iowa City for Wheels for the World.

Bill O'Dell, associate professor of physical therapy, gave his class the idea for the project.

"We've done this in the past for COSPT, but it's not done often enough," says O'Dell. "As a part of the Iowa Physical Therapy Association, we're attempting to make this a state-wide function."

The 29 students in the class utilized their marketing skills to contact 11-13 nursing homes each to ask for donations. Once organizations agreed to the donations the equipment was sent to one of 10 drop sites across the state. PT grad Kelly Dougherty's dad made two trips to Sioux City five hours away.


"We do this for the people who can't afford these chairs," said Heather Steele. "It makes a huge impact and opens their world."

If you've never purchased a wheelchair, they certainly are not cheap. Amanda Shaker says, "It cost more to repair a wheelchair than to buy a new one so a lot of places just throw them out." O'Dell added, "A new chair costs between $350-500. These chairs would otherwise end up in a landfill."

Wheels for the World is a non-profit organization that takes the donated disability aids, repairs them, and sends them to developing nations.



Clarke Students Awarded National STEM Scholarships


Three Clarke University students among 35 nationally will receive $5,000 scholarships from the AFCEA Educational Foundation. Clarke stood out as being the only institution to have three student recipients.

Recipients of the scholarships are Shannon Ford, of Woodridge, Ill.; Kari Klein, of Epworth, Iowa; and Amanda Stone, of Barrington, Ill. The competitive scholarships were awarded to education majors working toward a career teaching a science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) subject in a U.S. middle or secondary school.

"Clarke is a leader in both teacher education and in STEM subject areas," said Larry Bice, Ed.D., chair and assistant professor of education at Clarke. "These awards are a testament to the caliber of students we attract and are preparing to be the innovative teachers of tomorrow. With this scholarship, each of the recipients will have a unique ability to impact the future of math and science education."


Click here to read the full article.





Sports Update

Ford earns Academic All-America honor

Clarke's Shannon Ford has been named a first team ESPN Academic All-America All-District 7 women's soccer selection by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Click here to read more.


Gordon's top 10 showing leads Clarke to fifth-place finish

Clarke University freshman Grace Gordon finished ninth individually this past Saturday to lead the Crusaders to a fifth-place finish in the eight-team field. Gordon finished the 5k race in a time of 20:23.04. 

Clarke junior Dan McNamara paced the men's team with a time of 30:44.5 in the 8k race. The Crusaders finished seventh overall.


Spikers fall to William Penn in MCC Tournament

William Penn University claimed the third and final meeting with Clarke University this fall, downing the Crusaders 3-1 in the opening round of the Midwest Collegiate Conference Tournament this past Saturday. Click here to read more.


St. Ambrose sidelines Crusaders in MCC Women's Soccer Tournament

St. Ambrose University ended Clarke University's women's soccer season this past Saturday with a 3-1 win over the Crusaders in the MCC Tournament semifinals in Davenport. Click here to read more.

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Lynsey Adolphs

Clarke University is pleased to welcome Lindsay Adolphs to the campus community. Adolphs, who serves as the Director of Career Services, officially began in August.

Lindsay was born and raised in Iowa City, IA where she earned an undergraduate degree in psychology. She began working as an academic adviser at Ashford University before enrolling in graduate school at Western Illinois University. She earned a master's degree in College Student Personnel. "It was during my two years as the graduate assistant in the Career Services Office at WIU that I fell in love with Career Services and knew I wanted to pursue it as a career." said Adolphs.

When asked why she decided to take a position at Clarke she stated, "It was evident while walking across campus that those working at the institution cared about students. The professionals I was with said hello to all students we passed and knew the students names and a little bit about each one. It was incredible and inspiring".

Lindsay has been networking with local businesses to explore internship and employment opportunities for Clarke students. Lindsay also helps students review their resume, explore graduate school options and more.

Career Services is also excited to announce the hiring of new Internship Coordinator Becky Herrig. She comes to Clarke after a long teaching career in the Dubuque School District. She will be working part-time, and will work with students to facilitate Internships for Credit. It is strongly encouraged that students pursue internships as soon as they are able. Clarke's Internship for Credit Program is for students who have completed 30 credit hours and have a 2.0 GPA. This program allows students to connect materials learned in the classroom with the real-world work setting while exploring possible career opportunities.


Satisfaction Survey

Since the fall of 1999, Kate Zanger, Vice President for Student Life has been leading a team of faculty and staff who contact the parents of our first year students to find out the parent's perception of student satisfaction with Clarke University. On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the highest we have an average score of 8.7 for satisfaction for the fall 2010. Parents are asked questions about living situation, academics and activities and have the opportunity to make suggestions. A big thank you to the parents for their feedback.



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