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Essen Haus Event, June 26, 2009

More than 23 Clarke alumni and friends attended the evening of fun and updates about the future of Clarke University.  Alumni hosts helping behind the scenes were Carolyn Bell ’99 and Elisa Welch ’00, Melissa Cyze ’05, Justin Blomquist ’06, and Meghan Manternach ’08. 

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Alumni hosts Carolyn Bell ’99 and Elisa Welch ’00 working hard at the sign-in table.

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Joan Lingen, BVM  ’61, Ruthann Landsness ’65 and Aaron Wilbers ’97 (on the left).

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Gina Welp, administrative assistant of enrollment management at Clarke University and Julie Klein ’91 chat at the Essen Haus meeting room entrance.

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Chantel Miller Schmitz ’93, Elizabeth Norton, Jeanne Kolker ’97, and husbands Dean Schmitz and Jason Klein enjoy some appetizers and conversation with classmates.

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From left to right, Pamela Westmark ’91, Cara Westmark ’89, Rose Kraemer Gorrell ’84 and Karen Artus ’83.

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Kathy (Katherine) Warren Hoffmann ’88 and Kristin Stephany Weiher ’87 sample the German fare.

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Carolyn, Norah Boynton, Sarah Bennet ’00 and Elisa pose for a picture.

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Julie Klein ’91 checks out the German cheese, sausage and fruit tray selection!

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From left to right, Pamela, Elisa, Carolyn, Sarah, Norah, Cara Westmark ’89, Rose Kraemer Gorrell ’84 and Karen. 

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Kathy Hoffmann and Kristin sample a beverage.

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Maria Jose, Tania-Ibarra Wilson ’06, Terri (Theresa) Redmond ’76 and Joan Lingen catch up.

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Go green!  Maria Jose, Elisa Welch and Tania Ibarra-Wilson.

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The group (caught by surprise!)

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Another group.

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Jeanne and Elisabeth.

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Catching up on Clarke confessions and memories. Early in the evening, each person was asked to introduce themselves and share a Clarke memory.  

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Sarah and Norah pose for a picture.

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President Emerita Sr. Catherine Dunn, BVM, speaks about the exciting plans for Clarke and requests the help and support of everyone in the process. 

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Jeanne and Jason as well as Aaron Wilbers ’97 and wife Elisabeth finish the last of the deli trays.

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Clarke helpers for the evening, Gina Welp, administrative assistant of enrollment management, and Julee Albers, learning specialist.

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Our waiter R.J. helps us bring down the Haus!

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Later in the evening, passing around a German boot, an Essen Haus tradition. 

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Aaron takes a sip while Kristin looks on.

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