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148. Wolter receives regional Support Staff Award

Laura Wolter, a member of Clarke’s Residence Hall support staff, received a Support Staff Recognition Award from the Upper Midwest Region of the Association of College and University Housing Officers. 

The organization, which consists of eight U.S. states and one Canadian province, recognized Laura for her work in supporting the mission and objectives of the department, and contributing to student learning and community development.  

Doug Haltinner, director of Residence Life, nominated Laura for the award. In his nomination letter he wrote, in part:

“Laura is a bright and shining face in our residence halls. She often will be spending her free time trying to make the students' days better and brighter. She bakes cookies, decorates the halls, and is on the front lines of many student issues even though none of these things are in her job description.  

“There isn’t a week that goes by in which Laura isn’t giving out cookies for some reason. She often creates competitions within the building in which the cleanest floors will win free cookies. They have become a big hit with the students. There are many other times she just makes cookies to see the students smile. A student said of Laura: ‘She always makes the hall feel like home.’

“Not only does Laura go above and beyond in what she physically provides students, she also provides so many conversations and interactions that help our students in numerous ways. She is often the first person many of our students see in the morning and is always greeting them with the biggest hello in the world, making them feel welcomed and important from day one.”

Great job, Laura! And Doug forgot to mention that the cookies she bakes are really, really good! 

147. Luke Flynn’s Star Keeps Rising

Luke Flynn ’13 is quickly becoming one of Clarke University’s most famous alumni. 

Luke, who has already worked as a film music proofer for such films as “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “The Jungle Book,” and “X-Men: Apocalypse,” is now composing the score for Cole Kornell’s latest film, “Unending Love.”

Luke recently updated Clarke Professor of Music Amy Dunker on his career:

“’Unending Love’  - explores the connection of two people through three different lifetimes. Cole has an artistic mind unlike so many others and will be paving his way as FIERCE competition in the industry... I'm just so glad to have connected with him and can't wait for it to all come together!”

Luke also had big news recently on the personal front. He and his wife, Risa, had their first child in September – a baby girl.

Congratulations, Luke!

146. Sister Catherine wins Equity for Women Award

You might have seen this recently in the TH, but it’s worth repeating.

Sister Catherine Dunn, BVM, president emerita of Clarke University, is this year’s 50-50 in 2020 Equity for Women Award winner. Sister Catherine was honored at 50-50 in 2020’s annual Equity for Women fundraising event on Thursday, Sept. 29.

The bipartisan 50-50 in 2020 initiative seeks to recruit and elect enough women so that by 2020 – the 100th anniversary of the year American women acquired the right to vote – half of Iowa’s Legislature and congressional delegation will be female and a woman will have been elected governor.

Women comprise about 52 percent of Iowa voters, but hold just 22 percent of seats in Iowa’s General Assembly. Maggie Tinsman, a former Iowa state senator and the co-founder of 50-50 in 2020, said Dunn “used her leadership abilities at every opportunity to make positive differences in the lives of people from many walks of life.”

Congratulations, Sister Catherine!

145. 'Why Clarke?' Here's why.

During the parent reception at orientation in August, Chair and Professor of Education Paula Schmidt saw a mother standing alone while her husband was getting punch. Paula went over and asked how she was doing – and the mother started crying. Paula then spent some time talking to the couple. 

“Their son was coming to Clarke as a Sport Management major,” said Paula. “I promised them that Terri (Stratta) in Sport Management would take care of him and told them some nice stories about Clarke to assure them their son would be well cared for. The next day, I found their son in the lunchroom. I checked in with him and told him to text his mom and tell her that he was doing well so she would not worry.”

Shortly after, Paula received the following email from the young man’s father. 

“I wanted you tell you thank you for taking the time to reach out to our son. Your actions are the reason our son is at Clarke. From the moment we arrived for our initial campus tour to move-in day, the warm family feeling is so wonderful. We walked away Thursday knowing our son was going to be well taken care of. 

“We truly appreciate your kindness.”

Paula said she shared this experience with Admissions because it is not unusual for Clarke faculty and staff to reach out to new students and families. She hoped the story would be shared with prospective students and their parents so they could see that “small, friendly, caring” is more than just talk at Clarke.   

144. Clarke Alum Joins Elite NYC Chorus

Ben Graham '15, a musical theatre alumnus, was recently selected to join the prestigious New York Gay Men's Chorus. He will perform in in New York City on Nov. 7 when the chorus joins two-time Tony Award winner Chita Rivera at Carnegie Hall.

The New York city Gay Men’s Chorus, founded in 1980, is comprised of more than 260 talented singers of various ages, backgrounds and experiences. 

According to its website, NYCGMC has formed a strong bond with devoted followers and continues to make lasting connections with new and diverse audiences. It sings in every style from classical to pop, Broadway to gospel, and from cultures all over the world. It sings to challenge perceptions of the LGBTQ community, to combat fear and hatred, encourage compassion and human connection and to thrill with the superb quality of its sound. Through its music, audiences mourn losses, cheer victories, find unconditional acceptance and celebrate life.

Congratulations, Ben!

143. Descants impact is worldwide

Clarke University Professor of Music Amy Dunker spent more than 100 hours composing 150 hymn descants – which are intended to make it easy for brass, woodwind and string players to add strength to hymns as they sing the liturgy.

Amy’s descants have been well received throughout the U.S. – and now it is evident that they are having an impact worldwide!

Amy recently received the following email:

“My name is Caroline Swanson. I am from the parish of Our Lady of Lourdes, Harpenden in the United Kingdom.

“I was delighted to have stumbled on your liturgical descant arrangements a few weeks ago. I thought you’d like to know that last Sunday, we played the descant for All glory laud and honour – it was great. I can say with total confidence that we will be using the other descants in the future. Our little ensemble band at mass comprises a few violins, flutes, trumpets, a French horn, a guitar and a cello. And an organ which helps to cover a multitude of sins!”

Great job, Amy!

142. Legacy story

Freshman Aidan Philpot comes to Clarke University with quite a legacy story.

His great aunt, Bertha Fox ’54, BVM, was a professor of music at Clarke for 40 years and is a winner of Clarke’s Meneve Dunham Excellence in Teaching Award. His grandmother, Jeanice Fox Janes '57 has been awarded with Clarke’s Outstanding Alumni Award.

Philpot, who comes to Clarke from Alaska, has three other relatives who are Clarke alumni – Ellen Fox Dunn ’60, Laurie Dunn ’84 and Diann Dunn Reichmann ’85.

We welcome Aidan to Clarke – and it was wonderful to see Sister Bertha and Jeanice back on campus last week!

What a wonderful testimony to the places and the people that are Clarke! 

141. Clarke: This place keeps you coming back

Thirteen years after he graduated from Clarke, Jay Harris — father of three young children, Clarke Hall of Fame basketball player, and member of the graduating class of 2003 — still comes to Clarke to study!

Sue Dolter, director of the Clarke Writing Center, recently chatted with Jay as he hunkered down over a yellow legal pad of notes, preparing for a CPA exam. She said a little bit of silver is starting to show in Jay’s dark hair, but he recalls vividly the hours he spent in the Schrup Library as an undergraduate studying finance, marketing and accounting.

“I was one of the few who actually did study in the library,” Jay told her. “Now I find myself coming back here because it’s impossible to study at home. I’ve been coming to the library pretty regularly for awhile now. There’s just something about this place that keeps you coming back.”

What a wonderful testimony to the places and the people that are Clarke!

140. Clarke alumnae receives medical school honor

Megan Lehmkuhl ’14 is a second-year earning her doctor of osteopathic medicine degree at Des Moines University. She recently reached out to Chair and Professor of Biology Michelle Slover with this email noting an award she received.

“Hi Michelle!

“I hope all is well! I wanted to give you a quick update. I have a month left of my didactic schooling and am working on preparing for my Step 1 of boards that I will take this summer. I start my clinical years in August and will be heading out to the Cleveland area.

“Yesterday I attended a ceremony that DMU holds for second-years to celebrate the ending of our didactic years and they give out various awards. I wanted to let you know that I received the Anatomy Discipline award. This award is given to the student who had the highest cumulative grade in Anatomy, Neuroanatomy, and Cell and Tissue Biology combined. Thank you for preparing me so well to accomplish this honor and thank you to the rest of the Biology Department as well. I miss seeing all of you. Enjoy the end of the school year!”

Congratulations Megan; and congratulations to Michelle and the Biology Department for their part in Megan’s success! 

139. Alumnus to lecture in Spain

Adam O’Dell ’15 will be an invited lecturer at the World Symposium on Choral Music in Barcelona, Spain, July 22-29!

His topic, "Biomusicological Perspectives on Music Making: The Effects of Music on Human Neurology, Psychology, and Physiology" will cover various topics in the emerging field, including the evolution of temperament and harmonic theories in Western Art Music, and the neurological benefits of choral performance. This is essentially the presentation he did for his Independent Study here at Clarke with Melissa DeMotta, Amanda Matson and Amy Dunker.

Adam is currently in the Music Composition graduate program at Bowling Green State University. 

138. Spelling Bee winner thanks Clarke

Bryan Keck, the eighth-grader who won the Telegraph Herald Regional Spelling Bee for the second year in a row, sent a gracious letter to Clarke University, the host and one of the event’s sponsors.

Keck, who won this second straight trip to the National Bee in Washington, D.C. and a $1,000 scholarship to Clarke, wrote:

“While I am not sure yet where I will attend college, I am very grateful to have received a one thousand dollar scholarship to attend college at Clarke. School is very important to me and I want to excel throughout my academic journey. I am confident that Clarke would be an excellent school to attend.

“The Spelling Bee has given me so many opportunities to learn and I know this would not be fully possible without your sponsorship with the Telegraph Herald. Thank you for making a difference in our community and to me personally.”

For Clarke, the Bee allows us to have an impact on young people in the community. And it is wonderful when a young person expresses their gratitude. 

137. Associate Professor and Chair of the Education Department Paula Schmidt has been selected to serve on the Iowa state accreditation panel.

Paula will serve a three-year term as a member of the Iowa Educator Preparation State Panel. The primary job of the State Panel is to provide some consistency and oversight of the accreditation process. In this role, she will read the institutional reports from every college/university undergoing accreditation review and participate in every preliminary review meeting. 

Congratulations, Paula! 

136. Baseball team made a favorable impression on one parent during a recent trip to Mississippi

The Crusaders traveled south to play Blue Mountain College in Blue Mountain, Miss. Clarke sophomore Israel Foster grew up nearby, so his parents got to spend some time with the team. The experience moved his father, Mark Foster, to write a letter to Sister Joanne.

It read, in part:

“… we had a chance to eat with the team and watch them up close for a couple of days.

“What great ambassadors they were for the university – each was very polite, courteous and made you feel important when you were talking to them. They played together like best friends on the field and treated each other the same off the field. Coach Dan Spain and his assistant, Coach Redman, should be commended for such a great job in leading these young men.

“More important to me as a dad is how Israel has matured and grown as a person under Coach Spain. We wondered about sending our son so far away to college – words cannot express how happy we are now with that decision. Thank you for all you’re doing to make Clarke such a great school.”

What an awesome testament to Clarke values. Great job Coach Spain! 

135. Assistant Professor of Art Jessica Teckemeyer continues to make waves in the world of sculpture

Jessica earned third place in the 39th annual Rock Island Art Guild Fine Arts Exhibition​ at the Figge Museum in Davenport, Iowa. Her award-winning sculpture is titled “Human Shadow.” Like many of Teckemeyer’s multi-media sculptures, “Human Shadow” depicts an animal in a surreal, threatening situation, and touches on dualities in human nature. Teckemeyer’s engaging, unsettling art explores themes from primal emotion and ancient mythology to specific current issues such as gun violence.

In addition, two Clarke alumni also had artwork selected for this prestigious show. “Rainy Day,” a painting by Clarke alumnus Evan Ventris ’12, and “Lineage,” a glass book created by alumna Joan Soppe ’90, are included in the exhibition.

Ventris and Soppe are both Clarke Art graduates who are forging successful independent studio practices. Ventris creates evocative landscapes painted in traditional oil painting on panel. Most of his paintings draw from his immediate surroundings in northeast Iowa. He works in a home studio in Holy Cross, Iowa. Soppe creates beautifully crafted one-of-a-kind or limited edition artist books in her Moline, Ill., studio. Soppe's work references under appreciated domestic tasks such as sewing and ironing.

Congratulations to the Clarke Art + Graphic Design Department!

134. Alumna appears in Super Bowl ad

In case you missed it, Clarke alumna Celeste Pechous ’94 appeared in a Super Bowl ad for Avocados from Mexico. 

Celeste, who was on campus in November with her L.A.-based Triumph improv group, has been in numerous commercials, but this was her first Super Bowl gig.

“It's been a fun ride for sure. I auditioned for the role of Alien Tour-goer,” she said. “I knew it was for Avocados from Mexico, but that's about all you know until you go to the audition. The audition was really fun, we were able to improvise a bit and the script was very much like the actual-minute long spot.  

“We shot the spot in Toronto for a week in early January. There is when I found out this would be in the Super Bowl. However, in this business, you don't count your chickens until they've hatched ... or in this case, until it airs. The crew and cast were really fun, hard-working and smart. I was cast along with a couple other improvisors from Chicago, Los Angeles and Toronto. So off the bat, we all had a common connection.

“Being in a Super Bowl commercial is a really, really fun gig. This is my first Super Bowl spot and when it aired ... the phone started buzzing. I'm just happy to keep working in this business, but this was a fun bonus for sure.”

Click here to view the Avocado spot.

Click here to view other commercials Celeste has appeared in.

133. Clarke student completes high-level internship

Clarke University student Tim Marcus recently completed an internship with the Dubuque City Manager’s Office.

Projects that Tim, a native of DeLand, Fla., worked on were the Congressional Staff Visit to Dubuque in August and the Sustainable Dubuque Conference in October.

“The most exciting thing I got to do was meet Sen. Joni Ernst at the Congressional Staff Visit,” Tim said. “Clarke is tremendously helpful in directing me toward internships that give me experience in the fields I want to go into. I've been interested in politics and law for as long as I can remember. Clarke confirms my passion by offering internships in politics.”

Another successful Clarke internship story!

132. Streamlines: an inspiring event 

The 8th edition of Streamlines was held in November, but the energy it created is far from spent. 

Streamlines is put on annually by Clarke, Loras and the University of Dubuque. The undergraduate conference celebrates language, writing and literature.

The students in Clarke Professor of English Ann Pelelo’s Introduction to Literary Criticism class were required to attend the event and then write reflections about their Streamlines experiences. 

“It is clear to see that we are ‘doing something right’ by organizing and promoting this conference each year,” Ann said. “It not only offers a vehicle for insight into the English major and Writing minor, but it also offers insight into professional behavior and activity. I hope we continue to promote this amazing event to both the students who are already at Clarke and the students who are thinking about Clarke.”

Below are a selection of comments from Ann’s students:

  • ​“I felt like a kid in a candy shop of learning, which is an interesting way of putting Streamlines. They actually should just change the title of streamlines to Candy Shop of Learning.”

  • “Not only did I get to see some wonderful presentations, but I also was able to experience how passionate these students were about their studies. The passion expressed by these students helped me recognize the true beauty of studying English.”

  • “As a first time attendee of the Streamlines conference, I thought it was very well organized and beneficial to me as an English major and future educator. From the diverse sessions and keynote speaker, I gained a greater appreciation for literature.” 

  • “Something that intrigued me during the Streamlines conference was how well the presenters delivered their ideas. This was evident in the form of good writing, but also good annunciation when delivering the piece.”

Hopefully there will be many more successful Streamlines conferences in the future!

131. Breitbach and colleagues featured in Analytical Chemistry journal

Zach Breitbach '05 and his colleagues in Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Texas at Arlington recently received some excellent publicity as compounds they used/developed were featured on the front cover of Analytical Chemistry, a major journal for chemists. Along with serving as a research engineering scientist associate at UTA, he also serves as a consultant to AZYP, LLC, a small business he co-founded in 2010. Zach was presented the Rising Star Award at homecoming this year. 

Zach truly is a rising star!

130. Clarke’s Zuccaro Named Outstanding Individual Philanthropist

Clarke University’s Teri Zuccaro was named the 2015 Outstanding Individual Philanthropist by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Tri-State Chapter.

Teri, an instructor of Accounting/Business, was awarded the honor at The National Philanthropy Day Award Luncheon held on Nov. 12.

In honoring Teri, the local chapter said “Teri Zuccaro has made a number of contributions to support the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque and the Women’s Giving Center this year. With 10 gifts logged just to support those two organizations, she has also made contributions to the family, donor-advised fund as well. In addition, Teri and her husband, Joe, have contributed in-kind gifts for various Women’s Giving Circle events since she has served as the group’s president. Teri gives much time to the Community Foundation where she serves as a board member, audit committee chair, and as the organization’s treasurer.”

Congratulations, Teri, on a well-deserved honor! 

129. Outstanding Service Award recipient Judith Hack

Clarke University alumna Judy Hack received the Purdue University Calumet Outstanding Service Award for the 2014-15 academic year.

Judy, associate professor of Hospitality and Tourism Management, has been a tireless advocate of advancing the student and faculty success and academic quality throughout her 30-year career at Purdue Calumet. She has been a long-time respected voice of the Faculty Senate and also has positively impacted service learning and experiential learning faculty initiatives, according to a press release from Purdue Calumet.

Her passion for service learning has impressed colleagues and students alike, as has her sincerity, positivity and professionalism. She was instrumental in Purdue Calumet’s adoption of experiential learning, the integration of traditional and real world learning, as a baccalaureate degree requirement.

“To be recognized by your colleagues as outstanding is like eating the frosting on cake, knowing that you get to enjoy every morsel of that frosting every day for the rest of your life,” she said. 

Hack is a registered dietitian and holds a baccalaureate degree from Clarke College, master’s degree from Purdue and a doctorate from Andrews University.

Congratulations, Judy!

128. Piscopo wins UConn mock trial competition

Nico Piscopo ’14 teamed with a partner to win a mock trial competition open to first-year law students at the University of Connecticut.

“It was really exciting,” said Nico, who majored in philosophy at Clarke. “The final argument was in front of three real judges. One of them sits on the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals! It was such a great experience.”

Overall, Nico is having a great time at UConn.

“The classes were engaging and I talked a lot,” he wrote in an email to professor of philosophy Norm Freund. “New England has been wonderful so far. It is really nice to be so close to so many great cities. Our apartment is less than a two-hour drive from both Boston and New York. But I really do miss Clarke. It was such a great environment to go to school.”

This summer, Nico worked for an employment law firm in Connecticut and he is the director of the William R. Davis Mock Trial Tournament, the same competition he won last year. He authored the material that will be used in this year’s tournament.

He also had kind words for Norm and the rest of the philosophy department.

“You have been such a great help to me, and everything you have done for me has meant so much,” he said. “I truly would not be where I am today without you and everyone in the philosophy department.”

127. Clarke alumnus Dan Cosley recently published his first book on guitar technique.

“The book I recently published is a book on scale technique that includes some never before published aspects of right-hand technique,” Dan said. “The book has been percolating since I started playing the guitar over 20 years ago. The publisher is Les Productions d'OZ, a French Canadian publisher that has released seven of my compositions. This is my first purely pedagogical work.”

Dan recently retired from a career in academia to pursue his creative endeavors full time.

“My current focus is on developing an original repertoire for jazz trio,” he said. “I released an instrumental prog-rock recording two months ago in the hopes of attracting more commercial and film scoring work.”

Dan had been working at Marylhurst University near Portland, Ore., where he taught guitar lessons, guitar skills for music therapists, guitar ensemble, orchestration, composition, notation and performance seminar.

His path from Clarke to Oregon was anything but ordinary. After graduating from Clarke, he attended the University of Denver where he earned a dual master’s degree in classical guitar performance and composition. He then toured a year with an opera company before moving to Japan to teach English for the Japanese government in Fukuoka. From there he moved to Tokyo and worked as a freelance composer and performer.

“In 2011, after four years of working in Tokyo, the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster struck Japan; I decided to return to the states, and made a leap of faith landing in Portland, Ore.,” he said.

In Oregon he worked as a music engraver for the Oregon Catholic Press before moving on to Marylhurst.

“These Catholic institutions saved me and allowed me to continue on the path of music and intellectual work.” 

126. Norm brings Clarke’s story to life

Approximately 60 senior citizens from the University of Wisconsin-Baraboo/Sauk County Continuing Education Center got a special treat last week at Clarke – even though their bus was late.

The group was planning a September visit of Dubuque and had called in August to request a tour of Clarke University. They also wanted someone to talk to them about the history of the school. Professor of Philosophy Norm Freund, Clarke’s resident historian, graciously agreed to meet the group at 1 p.m. on Sept. 22. However, when the bus finally arrived at 1:30, Norm only had 30 minutes before he had to teach a class.

But Norm cut no corners as he mesmerized the group with the history of the BVMs and the Clarke fire. He answered all their questions and finished the presentation just before 2 p.m.

Anyone who has heard Norm give a Heritage Tour knows there’s nobody who can bring the Clarke story to life quite like he can. Many of the guests commented on the way out that they enjoyed it immensely.

Thanks, Norm, for taking the time to spread the Clarke story to a whole new audience!

125. A heartfelt thank you

Michelle Slover, chair and professor of Biology, received this heartwarming email in April from former student Nick Pierce, who is an associate sales representative for Stryker Sustainability Solutions in Tempe, Ariz.

Good afternoon Michelle,

I am proud to announce to you that I was hired by the largest medical sales company in the U.S., Stryker Medical. I just wanted to tell you how grateful I am for having taken your anatomy class last year. I meet with surgeons almost daily and they really appreciate the anatomical knowledge I have compared to that of most other medical device sales reps … and I owe it all to you! You were a great professor and I just thought credit should be given where it is due. Thank you, and have a great rest of your day!


Nick Pierce

Nice job, Michelle. And congratulations, Nick!

124. From N.Y. to Hawaii, a busy summer for LaDonna

While classroom teaching isn’t on the calendar for most faculty, the summer can still be an extremely busy time.

That was certainly the case for LaDonna Manternach, BVM, Clarke chair and associate professor of Music.

She organized and took part in the first Summer Voice Institute, which was offered over two days in June at Clarke. In cooperation with Medical Associates and Mercy Hospital-Dubuque, this workshop focused on how to care for the voice. It was intended for anyone who uses their voice for a living. Nine people attended, from music teachers to speech therapists. The planning for the Institute began in March 2014 when LaDonna met with Jeanne Ulrichs, a speech pathologist from Medical Associates. They realized that since what LaDonna was teaching as a voice teacher was so similar to how the speech pathologist approached voice therapy, it was time to get the word out. The institute was a huge success.

Over the 4th of July weekend, LaDonna participated as the music director ​for the “Cascade Spy Project: The True Story of John Yates Beall.” This monologue was written by Clarke grad Shirley Keyron McDermott after a year and a half of research about a Confederate soldier who spent one summer month in Cascade, Iowa, to recover from his wounds.

Finally, in late July and early August she sang the soprano II role in Mozart's C Minor Mass with the Finger Lakes Choral Festival in Rochester, N.Y., and in Maui, Hawaii, with the Maui Chamber Orchestra.

“Mozart did not finish this Mass,” she said. “It is hard to imagine what a tour de force it would have been if he had. As it is, the solos for Soprano I and II are distinctively operatic in scope. I sang with some wonderful singers in Rochester and on Maui. In Hawaii, I sang with two international artists: Audrey Luna, soprano, who is currently engaged at the Metropolitan Opera, most recently having sung Olympia in Les Contes de Hoffmann; and Jim Price, tenor, who sings both musical theater and opera on the stages of Hong Kong and Singapore.

“It was an amazing summer of performances from my hometown to New York to Hawaii. It was a visceral and satisfying reminder of why I teach voice."

123. Clarke alumnae has passion for social justice

Ella Phillips, who graduated from Clarke in 2001 with Art History and Philosophy degrees, is finishing law school this spring. She recently sent a letter to Norm Freund, professor of philosophy, updating him on her career.

“Enflamed by the example of the BVM sisters, you can see from the below that she has a passion to take what she learned in law to enjoin social justice,” said Norm.

Hi Norm,

It's been a while since I've sent an update, and now is a good time! I'm in my 3L year at Mitchell and will be graduating (yay!) on May 17. I'm thrilled to finally be at the end. I'm happy to report that I'll be finishing up in the top 25% of my class (if not higher), with 100+ hours of volunteer work. I have done well and taken advantage of every opportunity I could. I've served as a student mentor for several students, led a couple of student organizations, worked as an editor for our law & diversity journal, and - most recently - participated in moot court.

Unexpectedly, I have ended up with a strong focus in tribal and federal Indian law. Mitchell has amazing faculty in this area. One of the professors, Sarah Deer, was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship this past year for her work. Her focus has been on violence against Native women. She has taken me under her wing and has mentored me and helped me develop a strong understanding of this area. I wrote my long paper on this topic (which will be published later this year) and I'm crossing my fingers that I can find a job that will allow me to do this work. 

Absent a job in that area, I'm still drawn deeply to policy work and poverty issues. I highly doubt that I will actually be practicing (though I will sit for the bar exam), but hope be to researching, writing, and advocating. We'll see where I land after the bar exam.

This is just another example of how Clarke’s values impact students – and how Clarke’s alumni stay in touch with the professors who impacted them.

122. Clarke senior presents at conference

Clarke University senior Kaitlin Kellogg was the only undergraduate to present in her session at the Midwest Sociological Society annual meeting in Omaha, Neb., on March 28.

Kaitlin’s presentation was called “Considering Environmental Goods in Dubuque, Iowa.” There were four presentations during this session.

The paper explored two efforts in Dubuque that claim to improve environmental experiences for vulnerable populations and then assessed whether the efforts constitute environmental justice. Kaitlin, Matt Sieverding (2014), and Rachel Armstrong (2014) collaborated on the project for their Environment and Society course in fall 2014. Kaitlin, who is minoring in sociology, made major revisions to the project in preparation for this scholarly meeting. 

This was not Kaitlin’s first appearance at the conference. She attended the annual conference in 2014, which helped her accept the encouragement to submit a paper this year.

Jenni Glawe, also a senior sociology minor, attended with Kaitlin and Clarke Associate Professor of Sociology Rachel Daack. 

“Jenni was extremely helpful since Kaitlin and I presented at the same time, but not in the same session,” said Rachel. “Jenni was a key supporter for Kaitlin as she polished her work and then presented to a roomful of professional social scientists.”

121. Clarke chemistry department gets a helping hand 

Clarke University Chemistry Department has received a gift from Dr. Zack Breitbach, the brother of Dr. Tony Breitbach, Clarke’s chemistry laboratory manager.

Zack has donated two special columns, valued at $3,600. Clarke senior chemistry major Frankie Menozi is using the columns for his capstone project and the chemistry department is working to develop laboratory experiments using these columns that can be integrated into courses at Clarke.

The columns donated are for High Pressure Liquid Chromatography (a technique that is able to separate a mixture into its components). These columns are unique compared to other HPLC columns in their ability to separate mixtures of “enantiomers” (a pair of molecules that only differ in their “handedness”- one enantiomer is able to rotate polarized light clockwise and the other able to rotate polarized light counterclockwise). 

It is important to be able to separate enantiomers because they can have very different biological activities. For example, the drug Thalidomide was marketed as a mixture of two enantiomers outside the U.S. in the late 1950s and early 1960s for use against morning sickness. It was later found that one enantiomer was effective in alleviating the symptoms of morning sickness, while the other enantiomer caused birth defects. In general, separating enantiomers is more difficult than separating molecules that are not enantiomers, which is why there is ongoing research in the development of new separation methods for enantiomers, such as the work by Dr. Daniel Armstrong’s research group at the University of Texas-Arlington.

Dr. Zack Breitbach has been with the Armstrong group since 2005, and last summer and this coming summer he helped Tony secure a visiting researcher position with the Armstrong Lab. The chiral HPLC columns that were donated to Clarke are a result of the collaborative research that Zack and Tony have developed. In fact, one of the columns was manufactured by Tony.

Thank you, Dr. Zack Breitbach!

120. The Amish Project gets high praise

The following email was sent from Clarke alumni Maureen Frommelt to Associate Professor of Drama Joe Klinebriel after she had taken him up on an offer to attend a rehearsal and discuss her experiences with the Amish to the cast of The Amish Project.

Maureen has studied and “vicariously” experienced the Amish people for many years, principally through books – she read more than 100 – and correspondence she has had with an Amish woman for many years. 

This is what she wrote:

Hi Joe and cast, etc.

Thank you for bringing The Amish Project to Clarke, which I enjoyed last night. I'm far, far from being a drama critic, but I was overwhelmed by the excellence of the acting, the spiritual meaning, the variety of emotions and personalities that I saw on stage, and the accuracy with which the Amish were portrayed. Every word and gesture of yours - the music, lighting, costumes, etc. - all so very good!!

Not being an actor myself, but having enjoyed plays on Broadway and stage productions in many countries, I actually enjoyed The Amish Project at Clarke last night more than any previous presentation. I guess I've never had the privilege of meeting a director and cast, of seeing "ordinary" people transform themselves so acutely and creatively on stage. You've given me a gift that was a surprise at age 72, so I thank you for allowing me to be personally involved.

Velda's final question: "Do you see him?" Answer: Yes, God's creative and multi-faceted face was mirrored in each of yours. Continue your creative efforts and don't forget the value of forgiveness.

Love to each,

Maureen Frommelt

119. Clarke’s new Canadian clan

Clarke Development Officer Andy Schroeder was hustling through the Detroit airport in September trying to catch a flight when a woman, who was in a hurry herself in the opposite direction, stopped him. Andy was wearing a Clarke t-shirt and the woman asked if Clarke University was a “real place.”

Andy assured her that it was. She told him her name was Rhonda Clarke (with an ‘e’) and she would love to have one. Andy gave Rhonda his business card and told her to get in touch with him with the size t-shirt she wanted.

A month passed before Rhonda finally got in touch with Andy, gave him the size she wanted and offered to reimburse the cost. Andy took it from there. He got a shirt from the Admissions Department and added some gloves, pens and pins and sent them to her home in Ontario, Canada.

The story doesn’t end there because the Clarke gear was such a hit in the Canadian Clarke home that Rhonda went to the Clarke website and bought Clarke attire for her entire family for Christmas. She also forwarded a picture of her family to Andy along with this note:

“Thanks for being the catalyst for making this happen and creating a fond family memory.

All the best, Rhonda Clarke.”

Great job Andy! Thanks to him, Clarke now has a whole clan of Clarke fans 

in Canada.

118. Sean Bradley makes a difference for Clarke student

Tim Boffeli, chair and associate professor of psychology, had the following story to share about Chair and Associate Professor of Mathematics Sean Bradley’s impact on a Clarke student:

With all the concerning news around here about retention, I would like to share a success story. 

I first met this student in spring 2014. She participated in Admissions’ first annual Admitted Students Day. I was on the faculty panel and presented a mock class/ lecture on “Consciousness.” After the lecture, she approached me with a few questions about anxiety management. I gave her a focused chat on relaxations skills (visualization, self-talk and biofeedback). At the time, she was uncertain about Clarke, but strongly considering. 

When she showed up last fall, I welcomed and thanked her for enrolling. About midway through the fall semester, she started to express homesickness and a desire to drop out of Clarke to be closer to her boyfriend. She agreed to meet with me before transferring at semester. 

At the end of the semester, she was still thinking about transferring after her first year at Clarke. At some point, Sean Bradley’s relationship with her became so strong that she changed her major to mathematics. Last week, one of my lectures on growth and change caused her to undergo deeper reflection on who she is currently and what she wants to do with her life.

She recently told me that she has concluded that Clarke is where she needs to be to become the person she knows she can be. Her thoughts about transferring have abated and she is looking forward to many joyful years at Clarke.

Just thought you should know. Please give Sean a pat on the back because whatever he said and did sure made a difference.

Sincerely, Tim 

117. Clarke’s Norton takes leadership post with IASFAA

Amy Norton, Clarke’s director of Financial Aid, was recently elected vice president of the Iowa Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. Amy will take office for the 2015-16 year following the IASFAA spring conference in April.

Her duties will include coordinating changes to the IASFAA Policy and Procedures Manual with the By-Laws Committee and the President-Elect; making arrangements for monthly teleconference meetings; updating IASFAA activities on the MASFAA and NASFAA websites; and reconciling the IASFAA bank account each month.

According to its website, the Iowa Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (IASFAA) is a dynamic organization serving practitioners, users and providers of student financial aid programs serving individuals who seek postsecondary educations, while fostering and promoting sound statements of financial aid.

“Basically, the association is made up of financial aid professionals throughout Iowa and our goal is to help students,” Amy said. “I started at Clarke University in 2008 with absolutely no experience in financial aid. I had previously worked in human resources, so higher education and financial aid were completely foreign. However, within a few months, I was hooked. It was refreshing to take on a new challenge and be able to help students meet their educational goals. It is extremely rewarding to meet a student as a freshman and then watch them walk across the graduation stage a few years later, knowing that I helped play a part in their journey.”

Congratulations Amy!

116. Clarke trio gives back

Three members of the Clarke University Dining Services staff spent their Thanksgiving holiday donating time and talent for a worthy cause.

Director of Dining Services Miles Breed, Executive Chef Steve Neese and Baker Kathy Dailey made mashed potatoes for 2,000 to-go meals and 300 in-house meals during the 53rd annual Dubuque Community Thanksgiving Dinner at the Knights of Columbus Hall.

The event was the brainchild of the late Donna Ginter, who was a friend of Kathy’s. About 10 years ago, Ginter approached Kathy’s husband, a fellow Moose Lodge member, about helping at the annual Thanksgiving dinner for the needy. 

“We have been on board ever since,” said Kathy. “Her daughters have taken on the tradition since Donna has passed. The number of meals served grows every year. Fortunately, when we continue to have volunteers such as Miles and Steve jump on board, we will be able to keep Donna's lifetime of giving back to our community around as long as there is a need.”

Miles and Steve have been helping out for the last three years.

“As a chef it feels great to give back to the community through something you are passionate about,” said Miles. “I don’t have financial resources to give, but I have time and expertise and it feels great to give those and see the impact first hand. In this case it is also powerful to see so many people together doing good for the community. I don’t know how many volunteers there were but I’m sure it was well over 150. It is an impressive sight and great to be a part of.”

Kathy echoed those sentiments.

“There is no better way to start the holidays then to feel you helped feed people who may have had nothing if you were not involved,” she said. “Since that is one of the things I feel we do best at Clarke why not try to spread the joy!”

115.Clarke women shine both off the court and on

Clarke women's basketball team While the Clarke women’s basketball team is off to a strong start on the court, even more impressive is the squad’s performance in the classroom.

Coach Don Adams’ squad ranked 7th nationally on the 2014 Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Academic Top 25 list. The Crusaders carried a 3.535 grade-point average.

“This a great tribute to our team on how dedicated they are to both academics and athletics here at Clarke,” Adams said. “These young ladies are in the gym at 5:30 a.m. eight out of the nine months they are in school and they find a way to excel in the classroom and on the court. They don’t make excuses they just find a way to get it done!!”

The WBCA list recognizes more than just NAIA schools. The WBCA Academic Top 25 annually recognizes NCAA Division I, II and III; NAIA; and junior/community college women’s basketball teams across the nation that carry the highest combined GPA inclusive of all student-athletes on their rosters for the entire season.

114. Nickol named 2014 Outstanding Professional Fundraiser

Kari Nickol, a development officer for the Institutional Advance Department at Clarke, was named the Outstanding Professional Fundraiser by the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Kari was honored at the AFP’s National Philanthropy Day Luncheon in Dubuque.

“I was completely surprised by the honor. There are not many things in life that render me speechless; just ask my co-workers. But this certainly did!” Kari said. “The tri-state area is fortunate to have so many worthy non-profits, and with those non-profits, hard-working fundraising professionals. To be part of such a stellar group is an honor itself. I am also fortunate to be a member of an amazing team here at Clarke and to work side by side with such a talented group of people, all who are just as deserving.

“Being recognized by your peers for your work is a very humbling experience and I am grateful for this honor. As a professional, you want people to be pleased with the work you do, but you never expect to be recognized for it. At the end of the day, I'm just doing what I can to help make a difference, not only for our student's, but our donors as well. It's what makes this career so rewarding, and I'm proud to be a representative of Clarke.”

Kari and her husband, Matt, have a 4-year-old son and a daughter born on Oct. 30. 

113. Who ya gonna call?

What would you do if you found a bat in your work space? At Clarke, the answer is call Paulette Skiba.

Recently, library staff found a bat near the restrooms on the first floor. It was hanging on the spine of a book and appeared to be sleeping. Sue Leibold, the library director, asked Pat Maddux, executive director of academic technology, what to do. Pat mentioned that professor of religious studies Paulette Skiba was our resident bat aficionado and that she might know.

“We mostly just wanted him escorted out of the library safely,” Sue said. “Paulette came right over and said the best thing to do would be to get a coffee can and a piece of cardboard and ease him into the can and set him free outside.”

So they found an old coffee can and a piece of cardboard and Bill Kochendorfer from security was able to gently scoop the bat into the can and take him outside. 

“Thanks to Paulette and Bill for coming to help us safely remove the bat from the library,” said Sue. “Bats are our friends and I am glad the bat was safely caught and released outside.”

112. Clarke’s New Mexico connection reunites at Homecoming

Senior Mileva Gacanich had her own homecoming reunion with the person who is responsible for her coming to Clarke.

Gerry Klinglesmith (’62), of Socorro, New Mexico, returned to Clarke on homecoming weekend and got to visit Mileva, who is also a resident of Socorro.

The pair met when Mileva was in fourth grade and Gerry was her Girl Scout leader. The families eventually became friends and as Mileva got closer to college age, Gerry started to sell her on Clarke.

“Mrs. K. is the reason that I am here at Clarke,” said Mileva, who is majoring in biochemistry and math. 

At first, Mileva had no interest in attending college in Dubuque, Iowa, but Gerry didn’t give up.

“Around freshman year she started asking if I would like to join her in visiting her alma mater,” Mileva said. “I managed to avoid going for two years but that changed my junior year. She bought me a plane ticket and shanghaied me into going. I fell in love with Clarke and a very long story short, I ended up here and couldn't imagine being anywhere else.”

111. Clarke Alumni’s PT Clinic Voted Best of Chicago’s Southland

Clarke alumni Mike Stakenas had his outpatient orthopedic clinic recently honored in polling by a pair of Chicago-area newspapers. Mike graduated from Clarke in 1998 with a degree in human health sciences, his master’s in physical therapy in 1999, then earned a doctorate in physical therapy in 2004.

The Chicago Sun Times and the Southtown Star newspapers polled its readers and Stakenas’ clinic, Advanced Orthopedic and Spine Care, was voted top physical therapy clinic in the newspapers’ North Zone. 

“It is an award my staff and I are very proud of,” Mike said.

Stakenas’ clinic is located in Oak Lawn, Ill.

“We serve patients with a variety of orthopedic and sports medicine diagnoses, and also run injury prevention programs,” Mike said. “We are a growing practice looking forward to our second location in Tinley Park, Ill., opening mid-2015.”

The reader-driven award is called “The Best of Chicago’s Southland” and an article accompanying the announcement of the awards called the list “all you need to know about what’s considered the best products and services, from antiques to women’s wear, in the region.”

Congratulations, Mike, on this honor!

110. Stroud takes part in Bridges Out of Poverty Conference

In June, Bridges Out of Poverty conducted a regional conference in Dubuque at the Grand River Center, a two-day event with several speakers. 

Clarke student Suzie Stroud, a social work major, was not only able to attend the conference, but aided in providing the accreditation for the conference to provide emergency responders with continuing education hours toward their licenses.  

The second day of the conference, participants had an opportunity to go to break-out sessions to brainstorm and create ways to implement the ideas and theories presented in Bridges Out of Poverty into their own organizations and occupations. Suzie a full-time student doing her capstone field placement at Hillcrest Adoption Services, was able to aid in facilitating one of the sessions geared toward first responders, fire and police, and share why she believed this program is important when interacting with different groups living in our communities.

During the conference Suzie also had the unique opportunity to meet and talk with the creator of Bridges Out of Poverty, Dr. Ruby Payne. 

109. Wolter’s cookies a real treat on move-in day

Clarke University custodian Laura Wolter made the move-in process for freshmen a whole lot sweeter.

Laura baked more than 300 cookies to have on hand for the students, faculty and staff who were helping the freshmen move in on Aug. 21. The tasty treats were a welcome respite from the heaving lifting of move-in day, as well as having to deal with the rain.

Laura has often baked cookies for various events on campus, but this is the first time she made them for move-in day.

“My motivation was to have a treat for all who helped in the process,” Laura said. 

Thanks Laura!

108. Schroeder to join Dupaco Board of Directors

Clarke University’s Andy Schroeder is the newest member of the Dupaco Community Credit Union Board of Directors.

Schroeder, a development officer at Clarke, was appointed to the board to fill the unexpired term of Keith Langan, who will retire from the board after nearly 18 years of service. 

“I am honored to be elected to this leadership position at Dupaco,” Andy said. “I feel that Dupaco provides its members many resources to help manage their finances and plan for their future goals. The biggest challenge facing college students today is the lack of financial literacy. I hope to help bridge the gap by providing Dupaco ideas on to educate college students and young professionals dealing with a growing amount of debt. Dupaco has invested so much in to the community and more specifically in to our local colleges. I look forward to sharing my expertise in higher education.”

In accordance with credit union bylaws, the board evaluated qualified candidates and confirmed Schroeder’s appointment, effective Aug. 1.  Schroeder’s selection must be reaffirmed by a vote of the membership during Dupaco’s 66th Annual Membership Meeting, scheduled for Feb. 22, 2015.

“In the spirit of continuity, the board is confident in Andy Schroeder’s foremost commitment to member self-improvement and community involvement,” said Dupaco Board Chairman Ron Mussehl. “Moving forward, Andy’s fresh perspective and academic experiences will be a positive addition to the Dupaco board’s focus on the cooperative’s vitality and the membership’s evolving financial needs.”

Here at Clarke, Andy manages a portfolio of financial contributors, is responsible for annual capital and special fundraising initiatives, and oversees the university’s planned giving program.

Andy holds a bachelor of arts degree in communication and a master of business administration, both from Clarke. Schroeder’s community involvement includes the Association of Fundraising Professionals of the Greater Tri-States, Dubuque County Fair Association, American Youth Soccer Organization and Holy Spirit Parish.

A resident of Dubuque, Schroeder’s family includes his wife, Kara, and two children, Grace, 7, and Charlie, 5. Kara is the academic program coordinator at Clarke.

107. Clarke’s Kiebel makes alumna’s visit extra special

The following email was sent to Clarke Director of Safety and Security John Swanton. It relates an experience by a Clarke alumna on July 5 involving Clarke Security Officer Steve Kiebel.

Good afternoon,

Over the 4th of July weekend, I finally made it back to Clarke after graduating from there 14 years ago. Being a weekend in the summer, I figured my family and I would be able to do little more than walk around outside the buildings. While there, however, we encountered a security guard named Steve. After explaining to him that I was an alumna, Steve rolled out the welcome mat, taking time out of his evening to give us a personalized tour of campus. What a wonderful trip down memory lane! Steve was very kind and even made sure my 6-year-old felt included. We also appreciated his restaurant suggestions for dinner that evening!

I just wanted to take a few minutes to let you know what a great job Steve is doing. He really helped make our visit back to campus extra special!

Thanks again!

Jamie (Slack) Viebach
Class of '00

106. Another victory for Udelhofen

Josh Udelhofen is no longer competing for Clarke University, but the 2014 graduate is still making news on the golf course.

Udelhofen won the Wisconsin Match Play Championship with a 4-and-3 victory over Sam Frank at Eau Claire Golf and Country Club in Altoona, Wis., last month.

Next up for Udelhofen is the 113th Wisconsin State Amateur Championship, which begins July 22 at the Ozaukee Country Club. 

Udelhofen, who was a three-time Midwest Collegiate Conference All-Conference selection and a member of the 2014 NAIA Ping All-Region Team, held off Frank in a match that was all-square until Frank bogeyed the par-3 sixth while Udelhofen made par.

According to Golf Week’s website, on the 371-yard par-4 8th hole, Udelhofen stuck his approach shot and made his birdie putt to go 2-up, giving him a lead he would never relinquish.

Udelhofen, who was ranked No. 1 in Golfstat’s top 30 MCC scoring list this past season, was also ranked 32nd nationally with a 73.0 scoring average. He had eight top 5 finishes in nine events for the Crusader’s and was medalist at the Clarke, Dubuque and Loras Fall invites, along with the Mount Mercy Spring Invite.

105. Dog’s Best Friend

Clarke Director of Student Accounts Kathy Vaughn was in the right place at the right time to save a puppy.

Here is the account from the Telegraph Herald:

An alert Dubuque couple pulled a missing puppy from the Mississippi River on Sunday, June 22.

Kathy and Kevin Vaughn were boating near Massey Marina, south of Dubuque, when Kathy spotted a struggling dog amid the debris and flotsam on the river near the marina channel.

"I was making comments to my husband about all the floating stuff, (and) I happened to look off to the right side" when she saw the black Labrador named Misha, Kathy said.

Kathy grabbed Misha by the collar and hauled him to safety. They landed at the marina and went to the restaurant, where they discovered that Misha's owners, Kristy and Josh Eichenberger, of Waterloo, Iowa, previously had alerted marina and restaurant staff about the dog.

A missing-dog poster said Misha wandered off sometime late Friday or early Saturday while the Eichenbergers were camping on Nine Mile Island.

Once contacted, the Eichenbergers made the return trip and were reunited with Misha late Sunday afternoon.

"It was pretty awesome," Kathy said. "We happened to be in the right place at the right time."

104. Governor's Volunteer Award Recipient 

Clarke University Board of Trustee member Mary Rose Corrigan has received a Governor’s Volunteer Award for her commitment and service to the Dubuque community. A special recognition ceremony and reception was held for recipients last week in Cedar Falls. 

Since 1999, Corrigan, who has a master of science in nursing degree from Clarke, has served on the board of directors for Dubuque County Early Childhood, a non-profit organization that supports healthy and successful children. As part of her service to DCEC, Corrigan assists in strategic planning and promotion of activities that encourage early learning, health and school readiness in children up to 5 years of age, such as preschool scholarships, family support programs, early health services, and grants/professional development for child care providers.

The Governor's Volunteer Awards program was created in 1982. Each year, regional award presentation ceremonies are held across the state to recognize hundreds of volunteers for their commitment, service and time.

Congratulations, Mary Rose! A well-deserved recognition for all the excellent work you do for our community.

103. Lost in the shuffle

Lost in the shuffle of all the end-of-semester awards was the announcement of the winners of the 2013-14 Clarke University Writing Contest.

Winners were:

  • Richard Sherman Literary Award, First Place - Andrea Becker, “untitled” (poetry).
  • Richard Sherman Literary Award, Second Place - Mary Zanger, “Wake Up” (spoken word). 
  • Mary Blake Finan Literary Award, Third Place - Andrea Becker, “Appreciating Sorrow” (fiction).

These works are representative of the creativity, skill and diversity of our writers on campus and all those who were considered in the writing contest. Andrea and Mary were honored at the end-of-year Clarke Student Honors Banquet on May 2. 

You can read the first- and second-place pieces in Volume IV of the Tenth Muse, which was released in April.

102. Well-deserved recognition

Radie Roberts, Clarke assistant director of campus ministry, will receive honorable mention for an Engaged Campus Citizen Award at the Iowa Campus Compact meeting in Des Moines on June 6.

These awards, in their inaugural year, recognize individuals and groups in Iowa higher education for their work toward the Iowa Campus Compact mission of deepening and strengthening campus civic and community engagement.

In nominating Roberts for the award, Anastasia Nicklaus, Clarke’s director of campus 

ministry, wrote:

“Radie seeks to add a dimension of reflection to the service experiences, recognizing that engaged citizens not only serve, but also consider the ‘whys.’ Just as important, though, are all the one-on-one interactions Radie has with students as they prepare for and complete diversity experience requirements or other service opportunities. During these discussions, Radie is able to help students reconsider stereotypes and see the innate dignity in every person. She opens students’ eyes to the needs in the community around us, and inspires them to make a difference within it. In this way, the students truly become engaged citizens.”

Congratulations Radie on a well-deserved honor!

 101. Good call, ump

President Burrows recently received a letter from a college baseball umpire who worked a recent Clarke University game. Here is what he had to say:

“Recently I had the pleasure of umpiring a college baseball contest involving a team representing your institution. I just wanted to let you know how very respectful, courteous and kind all of the players, coaches and fans were. It all starts at the top with their head coach and his catcher. They were both very cordial and polite while being very professional.

“They not only represent your school in a most favorable way, but all of them are great assets and ambassadors to your community as well! I hope you will pass along these words of praise to all those who are deserving of them.”

Congratulations to Coach Dan Spain and the Crusaders. They are not only successful on the field, but more importantly, are showing the type of character that will make them successful in life.

100. Clarke’s hidden gem

Job title: Reference, Information Literacy and Electronic Services Librarian.

Nowhere in that title does it mention speech coach. But Becky Alford was recently awarded the Gold Star Staff Recognition Award for helping Whitney Weis, a Clarke student in need. Here’s how Whitney tells the story:

Early one morning, I was struggling to memorize a speech in the Atrium. Becky had always been so kind, and encouraged everyone to come to her with anything she may be able to help with. I ran into the library about 25 minutes before needing to deliver this speech. She stopped what she was doing and took me aside, pretending to be my classmate. I performed my lyrical speech five times and she gave me the most constructive and helpful tips. When I stood in front of the class, I was fully prepared and calm. It went better than I could have hoped for. Without her help, my speech would not have gone so smoothly. This is completely outside of Becky’s job. Although, if you ask her, I am sure she would shrug it off as if it were all in a day’s work! She is constantly making rounds in the library, making herself available to anyone who has a question about anything. This is appreciated by so many students. It is great to have a resource so knowledgeable. However, it is a blessing to have a resource so kind and genuine. She truly is Clarke’s hidden gem!

Congratulations Becky!

99. Clarke’s very own Rudy

Katarvis Torres was the manager of the men’s volleyball team for three years. He attended every practice and helped the team in every way he could. This year, as a senior he was invited by new coach Dan Mathews to dress with the team and not just sit on the bench. He suited up for every match and recorded a handful of points during the season.

Clarke Director of Athletics referred to Katarvis as Clarke’s Rudy, a reference to the movie about a Notre Dame football player who was allowed to suit up and appear in a game his senior year. 

“Katarvis was an integral part of our training environment, contributing not just with his play but also with his leadership and commitment to the team,” said Mathews. “Katarvis’ role on the team this season was crucial to creating a positive, enthusiastic and productive team culture. His contributions, while not measured by points or minutes on the court, have been absolutely necessary for our success. He’s truly irreplaceable.”

The Crusaders finished the season on Friday by advancing all the way to the NAIA semifinals in Denver, before losing to eventual national champion Park University.

98. A New Recording Artist

PARMA Recordings has selected Clarke University junior Adam O’Dell’s performance of “Time Bending,” played at the 2013 PARMA Music Festival in New Hampshire, to be included on a compilation album.

The album of performances at the PARMA Music Festival 2013 will be released digitally in April on PARMA imprint Navona Records (distributed via Naxos). It is a cross section of the music from the Festival. Visit for more information.

“This news from PARMA marked my first professional recording distribution,” said O’Dell. “It's a huge milestone for my career, and I'm stunned that it happened before I finished my undergrad. I undoubtedly have to give the credit to my professors, especially Dr. Amy Dunker. She worked with me on the composition of the piece, gave a lot of great suggestions, and was the one who got me the connection to attend the PARMA Music Festival. 

“I had been told when I first looked at Clarke that the music program is small but excellent, and the professors will work as hard as you are willing to work. They continue to prove that to me every day, and it leads to opportunities like this for me and my classmates on the regular.”

97. College basketball: Not quite like home

Student-athletes Elliott Carr and Franz Winkler were featured on the front page of yesterday's Telegraph Herald about their transition to life in the US. Check out the story and be sure to watch the video with it!

96. 'Really friendly,' principally helpful

Congratulations to Clarke alumna Kim Hermsen, principal of Mazzuchelli Catholic Middle School in Dubuque, who is one of only 12 principals in the country to receive the 2011-12 National Catholic Education Association Dr. Robert J. Kealey Distinguished Principal Award. Kim received her master's degree in education from Clarke! Click below for the full story in today's Telegraph Herald.

95. Small class, big-time experience

B’Ann Dittmar’s fall 2011 Sales Management course saw student’s work with Bill Biebuyck and Wendy Scardino on the Dubuque Drive to call on donors. It was the first time a sales management class had been taught this way, combining traditional coursework with real-world experience.

“Thirteen students made two in-person visits each with local businesses to deliver a presentation that they prepared to ask for a donation to Clarke University in the amount of $250 - $1000” said Dittmar.

The efforts of Clarke students were felt around the community. Connie Haberkorn was not only able to get a first-time donation, but also helped the Time Saver and Graduate Business Department secure the opportunity for a tabling event at Rite Hite, despite their non-solicitation policy.

The program was beneficial to all parties involved. It allowed students to actively learn by experiencing the process in person while allowing Clarke an opportunity to showcase its students in the community.

Dittmar said “By the end, I was running into students who were so excited about how their class went that they couldn’t wait to tell me about them.”

94. Small Car. Big Athletes.

Vice President for Enrollment Management Beth Triplett did not expect to end up with three members of the men’s basketball team crammed into her tiny Acura on her way back to Dubuque from Aurora, Illinois. Senior Elliott Carr, junior Brian O’Donnell, freshman Franz Winkler (and ALL of their bags) managed to squeeze their way into Triplett’s car for the three-hour trip returning to Clarke from the holiday break.

Triplett, an Aurora native who celebrated Christmas there with family, was returning to Dubuque on December 29, which also happened to be the date of the first men’s basketball practice after Christmas break. “I knew Brian was from the same town and offered to take him back with me,” she said. Brian later asked if his friend and teammate Elliott could also get a ride. The day before the trip, Franz emailed inquiring about a ride as he was arriving at O’Hare Airport from Germany that Thursday afternoon.

To say the car was full is an understatement. Carr sat with a sports bag on his lap, while O’Donnell and Winkler shared the backseat with a suitcase between them. “It was a cozy ride, but I was happy to help,” said Triplett. She even learned a thing or two about the NBA on the ride home and the three players made it to Dubuque in time to stretch out and hit the court for practice.

93. Christmas Reflections

Clarke is thankful for all of our alumni, students and friends this holiday season. Please, take a moment to view a short greeting from Clarke. Merry Christmas and joyous a New Year to all!

92. Golden Girls

Associate Norm Freund organized a tribute to 6 BVMs who ministered at Clarke Uni...versity for 50+ years—a total of over 300 years: Ramona Barwick, Carol Blitgen, Helen Kerrigan, Therese Mackin, Sara McAlpin, Carmelle Zserdin. Ten additional BVMs, who have passed away, were also recognized for their 50+ years at Clarke: Joseph Aloysius Buck, Bernardella Conley, St. Kevin Foley, Xavier Coens, Rachel Eppel, Constantia Fox, Virginia Gaume, Ambrose Mulholland, Lucilda O’Connor, St. Clara Sullivan.

91. A Million Ways to Change the World

Last night, "Survivor: Africa" winner Ethan Zohn gave the 14th annual Mackin-Mailander lecture at Clarke. He discussed his outreach in Africa, being a cancer survivor and the many ways character is "the ultimate survival tool." Check out this front-page story from the Telegraph Herald about it.

90. Pink Hair for Hope.

Recently a group of Clarke students sported pink hair for a great cause. In the laundry room of Mary Benedict Hall students colored their hair in support of breast cancer awareness. Senior Maria Alejandra Vilar coordinated the event and was pleased with the turnout. “It was definitely a success. Around a dozen students showed up to dye their hair and show their support and awareness.”

“I like to support the cause and all my friends that have been affected by it in a greater capacity. It was just a good time to talk and add some pink to our life” said Elle Kosciuk.

Junior Tia Grap who also participated in the event said, “I didn't actually dye my hair, but I dyed everyone else's. It was a lot of fun, and seeing everyone with tin foiled sections of their hair was really funny. It was great to see everyone work together”.

89. Ministry on a Mission

While Clarke’s Autumn Free Day is a great time to relax and recharge, for a group of Clarke students it was a time to give back and make a difference in others lives. At destinations in Chicago, participants spent their three day weekend helping those in need.

The trip was coordinated by Assistant Director of Campus Ministry Radie Roberts and Br. David Darst Center of Chicago, with a combined focus of improving the lives of inner-city children. Clarke students and staff spent time at PORT Ministries after-school program, REST Men’s Shelter and St. Martin de Porress House of Hope extended care facility for recovering women and their children.

“At the after-school program, we played various games upstairs in the gym, helped children with their homework, worked with students on reading and played games to develop their vocabulary” said Radie.

While Clarke runs a mission trip each semester, this was their first “immersion” trip. The experience focused on getting to know people and learning about the issues faced by social service agencies rather than solely on service.
Clarke’s next mission trip will take place in the spring.

88. A Thriller at Clarke University

When you think of a psychology class, Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” is probably not the first thing that comes to mind. But, for one of Assistant Professor of Psychology Kristin Wesner’s classes, it was an experiment in social psychology – complete with dance moves. Click here to view the video.

87. ‘Rent-a-Player’ Success

You may be used to seeing Crusader baseball players on the field... but on the roof of a house? That sight wasn’t out of question as the players participated in this year’s “Rent-a-Player” fundraising campaign.

For the third year in a row, the baseball team has completed various jobs around Dubuque to raise money for the baseball program. “We have done everything from removing shingles and raking leaves to cleaning an old barn” said Head Baseball Coach Chad Harris. “We’ve even hung Christmas lights on a rooftop.”

While raising money for their team travel, the program is a fun and sometimes eye-opening experience for students. “It’s always funny hearing the non-farm kids talking about working on a farm and their experiences there,” said Chad.

For those benefitting from the program, the donation to the program is well worth it. “It’s always fun to work with the players because they are so energetic and polite,” said Mike Cyze, who had four players come to his home to rearrange furniture during carpet installation. “They helped get done in two days what would have taken two weeks on my own. It’s a great way to support the team.”

86. Mucked Up Money

Money changes hands all the time and bills often travel around the world. One Clarke University chemistry class recently learned just how much actually goes along for the ride.

The university’s Separations Methods Course took a look at the variety of organic compounds currency picks up from the hands and surfaces it touches. The students took various denominations of bills and soaked them in methyl alcohol to dissolve the organic materials adhering to the bills. While not damaging the money or dissolving the ink, this dissolves many compounds from the face of the bill.

This solution was then introduced to an instrument called a Gas Chromatograph-Mass Spectrometer (GC/MS). The gas chromatograph separates the compounds by mass and polarity. The mass spectrometer then identifies each component and the abundance of that component.

To the students’ surprise, all the bills contained traces of cocaine. In another experiment, students analyzed gasoline and found benzene, a material stringently regulated by the federal government due to its carcinogenic nature. Thus far, only one sample of gasoline was found to contain over 0.62% of benzene, the government limit of emission.

Students are currently running more bills with different lengths of time in circulation to compare differences. Another group is testing perfumes for the scent molecules to determine if the molecular structure equates to higher prices.

85. Going the Extra Mile

Clarke University Assistant Director of Financial Aid Terry Kruse was recently surprised when a family he had worked with sent him beer and salsa all the way from Arizona.

Terry had received an email from the student who’s dad was denied a loan that was given the previous year, which meant the student couldn’t return because of a lack of funds. Kruse said “I was able to help them secure alternative loans in the student’s name, allowing the student to return to Clarke.”

In addition to the beer and salsa, the student’s dad also offered to take him on a tour of the area if his favorite college football team makes a bowl game.

Sophomore Abby Willich is also one of the many beneficiaries of Kruse’s help. “After my freshman year, I was going to lose some scholarship money” she said. “But Terry was able to help me get an Iowa endowed grant. Without his help, my tuition would be more than what I could afford to pay.”

84. When Bigger is Better

In a world a world ruled by small and sleek, a Clarke sculpture class recently decided that bigger might be better.

Assistant Professor of Art Jessica Teckemeyer’s Sculpture I and II courses recently recreated utilitarian objects by making them at least twice their original size and using only cardboard, paper and glue. The result was a larger-than-life display that filled the upper level of Clarke’s Wahlert Atrium.

The class infused simple techniques such as cutting, folding, bending, laminating, shaping and texturing to create complex objects. Beyond technique, the exercise helped students push their perspective and think beyond what’s normal.

83. They say it takes a village…

and we know that the day new students arrive on campus also takes a lot of people in bright, bold "CU Move-in Crew" shirts. Move-in was a day filled with impact as we welcomed our newest students and families. Kudos to everyone who assisted and we hope you enjoy the video recap of moving in!

82. Legal Eagle

Getting experience that directly relates to a career in law is often difficult for undergraduate students. That didn't stop junior Kylee Miller from applying for a prestigious summer internship at the Ivy-league Cornell University upon the recommendation of Clarke Professor of Philosophy Norm Freund.

Through this highly competitive internship, Kylee has worked with prominent New York lawyer Evan Stewart and held an internship at one of New York's largest law firms. She attributes this amazing experience to Freund. "None of this would have been possible without the help of Norm Freund," she said. "I don't know if I'll ever be able to thank him fully."

Of the 40 participants, Stewart writes law school recommendations for three. This year, one of them was Kylie. So, is law school in Kylee's future? Yes, your honor.

81. Sometimes, a conversation can change a life.

Tom Lynch, trustee and former Board chair, knows this first hand. No one would predict what could come out of a friendly exchange on an Alaskan boat tour. Nearly four years later, Tom received an email in his inbox.

"Dear Thomas V. Lynch," it read, "In the fall of 2007, you vacationed in Alaska and met Margaret, who was employed as a naturalist on a boat tour."

The letter told the story of Clarke student Margaret Roth through the eyes of her parents. Seeking a physical therapy program somewhere in the lower 48, she expressed her interest to Tom, who unassumingly passed the word along to Clarke's then-director of admissions Andy Schroeder.

The rest, as they say, is history. Margaret will graduate tomorrow with a doctor of physical therapy degree. She plans to return to Alaska to work at her hometown hospital.

"You have no idea what a fantastic and life changing avenue was opened to Margaret due to your letter to Clarke," the letter ends, "I wish to thank you for your contribution not only to her education, but for all the patients who will benefit from her education, thanks to you."

Bring Your Pet to Work Day

Clarke celebrated with 24 dogs and a number of other pets spending the day at the office with their owners. Employees celebrated a Pet Parade and picnic lunch (complete with hotdogs, of course). Santo, pictured here, was just one of many furry members of the Clarke community to join us!

80. Mary, the Little Lamb
In the art world, livestock is often represented in oils and clay. That recently changed for Clarke students. Among the easels and artwork of the art studio sat Mary, an orphaned (and carefully diapered) baby lamb.

The cute-ification of the art department began with an e-mail exchange between art student Tessa Crist and Louise Kames, Clarke chair and professor of art. Crist requested the lamb come to class when the family was unable to tend to bottle feeding every four hours. To make matters more complicated, a potential faculty member would be interviewing that day.
Kames wrote back that night. “Bring her! It’s within the Clarke mission.”

Jessie Rebik, Clarke assistant professor of art, offered a similarly measured email response.

“Oh my gosh, I don't know how the ceramics candidate could resist a college with a baby LAMB in the art studio!!! Can I hold it???”

The next day, the lamb peeked over her plastic tub as art students carried on with class. The art studio was now a daycare center, and Baby Mary an honorary Clarke student.

79. Blue and gold body, black and blue vocal chords.
Body paint doesn’t come easy to everyone. For Travis Ferrell, senior in kinesiology and physical education, it took the coaxing of Clarke head volleyball Hooligan Brian Regan. Before long, Ferrell was a modern day version of Braveheart’s William Wallace.

“We got decked out. We screamed so much I couldn’t talk the next day,” he said.

During volleyball nationals, Ferrell skipped class and carpooled with over 20 of his closest Clarke friends.  One problem: his kinesiology class watched the game during class.

“My teachers were like ‘I saw you dancing on TV the other day,’” he said. “We all got a laugh out of it.”

If there is one thing to be gleaned from Ferrell’s Clarke athletics experience, it would be the crossover support.

On his final home game as a Clarke basketball player, the team was down 25 at the half. Determined to go out swinging, Ferrell hit a few clutch shots. The crowd took it from there.

“It just snowballed. The announcer and baseball and volleyball guys went wild.” he said. “It’s like a sixth man – you can really see it working.”

He said it’s a feeling you don’t get anywhere else. As a student teacher, even his students got in on the act.

“I can hear them yelling ‘Ferrell is for real,’” he said, laughing.

78. Artistic eye for the science guy.
“It became a really transformational project,” said Sunil Malapati, Clarke assistant professor of biochemistry. “Science and art students don’t usually talk to each other.”

Malapati sought to create a joint project between art and biochemistry. Putting heads together with Louise Kames, MFA, Clarke chair and professor of art, the idea for biochemistry students to collaborate with art students was born. Malapati said being a small school helped make it happen.

Biochemistry is a strongly visual field and usually limited to paper and pen. While powerful software exists, he said it’s still hard to imagine structures in three dimensions.

Because artists work in three dimensions, he found something software can’t convey in the same way – everything from angles, lighting and that elusive “artistic eye” – showing biochemistry in a way never seen before.

“When I show the images to biochemists, they’re stunned. Most textbooks don’t have that,” he said.

The artwork was a student’s final project on display in the Clarke art gallery and will be a permanent part of Clarke’s campus. Three of the students involved went on to graduate school using the project on their resume. The works were also shown in several science conferences across the country.

77. From Paris, with love.
The world is getting smaller. Ivonne Simonds, Clarke graphic design and painting major, can speak of it first-hand.

A native Columbian, Ivonne had family move to Iowa, which led her to Clarke. Clarke led her to a 5-month internship learning French in downtown Paris.

“I lived only a few blocks from Notre Dame,” she said. “I went for a walk after moving in and turned the corner to see it right there. I was like ‘whoa.’”

Ivonne learned the nuances of the French language with a wide array of people, from young to old and every continent. She said it was an interesting way of learning and sharing artistic knowledge. There was rarely a shortage of artistic knowledge, however – Ivonne enrolled in painting classes and made a point to visit a different museum each week.

When Ivonne wasn’t busy taking in the sights (and the pastries), she met up with Euro-tripping Clarke students for a Dubuque reunion. Because even a home-away-from-home is still a home.

76. Oreo fluff for the soul.
Matt Ricketts, Clarke director of dining services, understands the value of a home-cooked meal.

“I always say to students ‘you drive the change.’ If it makes them happy, that’s what we’re here for,” he said.

As a self-operated food service program, Ricketts and his team are able to turn around a food request within a few days. He said it’s what separates Clarke from bigger schools.

Want more vegetarian and vegan options? No sweat. Homesick for mom’s cookies? Pass along the recipe.

Ricketts recalls a particular indulgence of Nick Booth, a recent Clarke grad.

“He asked for Oreo fluff every day. I mean, he wanted it every day. So we hooked him up. He was the biggest advocate for our department because we took care of him.”

Ricketts believes when you take care of students, they take care of you. As a close-knit community, he said many find the dining hall a home away from home.

Although a dining hall can never replace mom’s cooking, a heaping pile of Oreo fluff never seems to hurt.

“We’re like gravy on mashed potatoes…we make everything a little bit better,” he said.

75. In Memoriam: Norm Freund’s Goatee, 1980-2011
Sacrifice is hard. Especially when it’s been keeping your face warm for 31 years. Needless to say, it will be a long February for Norm Freund, Clarke chair and professor of philosophy.

It began when his Medieval Philosophy class began studying the life of St. Augustine and his conversion to Christianity. The topic shifted to what he gained and gave up in doing so. Freund then challenged his students to consider what they would be willing to let go.

Based on a scale of -1 to -20, the majority of students agreed to take part in a -4 act (dubbed the “Minus 4 Club”) under one strict condition: Professor Freund’s goatee goes bye-bye.

Student sacrifice varied. An anti-Vikings fan wore a Helga hat; a Bears fan wore a Packers hat. One student agreed to a winter dip in the Mississippi. Another said yes to parasailing in the face of their fear of heights.

With his students holding up their end, Freund stood in front of his class and rid himself of the anything-but-fledgling follicles. Freund’s goatee was no more.

Thankfully, just like a great philosophical question, a smooth shave is always in style.

74. First Citizen 'blessed' by friends
A standing-room-only crowd and a reception line stretching out the door paid tribute to Jeanne Powers Quann on Thursday evening.

The Telegraph Herald's 41st annual First Citizen Award recipient, Quann felt overwhelmed by gratitude expressed by the people she has touched, through her volunteer work with Holy Family Catholic Schools, the Dubuque Museum of Art, fundraising for injured Dubuque Marine Lance Cpl. Chris Billmyer and others.

73. Artwork on Ice
Arts and crafts and ice skating are an unusual pair. But for five years running, Kennedy Elementary School's Arts Fusion event displays the creativity of fifth graders in all its forms.

The event was created by then-student teacher Elizabeth Roberts, who later received her teaching certification from Clarke. Held at the Mystique Community Ice Center, students skated around 76 handmade, battery lit papier-mache buildings carefully placed at center rink. The event was inspired by the work of famous Austrian architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser.

Molly Gallagher-Eagle, who also received her teaching certification at Clarke, was Roberts' supervising teacher when the idea was first developed. She carries on the tradition as it evolves, this year marking the first year students have left school for the event.

Both Roberts and Gallagher-Eagle were recently featured in a Telegraph Herald story showcasing the increasingly elaborate event.

72. A Christmas Tradition
The annual Christmas dinner is the second oldest tradition at Clarke University. The dinner and other Christmas traditions have been changed over the years, but the spirit of the season remains the same.  Here’s a look back at some favorite Clarke Christmas traditions from throughout the years...Click here to read more.

71. Concrete Calculus
On warm weather days, math students typically get to watch through the windows as their humanities counterparts partake in the joys of having a class being taught outdoors. Clarke University Assistant Professor of Math Amanda Matson, Ph.D., decided to change that on an unseasonable warm November day by turning Clarke’s sidewalks into a new kind of black board. Click here to read more.

70. 'Note'worthy Compositions
For Clarke students Luke Flynn and Brian Eiffes, making music is just another part of daily life. They have both been composing music since their early teens, and have come to Clarke as music majors hoping to take their passions one step further. On Thursday, November 11, they both got that opportunity in Columbia, SC at the Society of Composers Inc. National Conference where they were the only two undergraduate students in the country to have their pieces selected for performance. Click here to read more.

69. 3D ABC’s
Imagine the alphabet, but in 5,000 point font. That’s what Eric Wold, MFA, assistant professor of art  and his typography class achieved through a new class project. Using 4x8’ sheets of cardboard, massive letters were constructed after students were tasked to design a typeface and submit it in an on-line contest. The cardboard was donated by Georgia-Pacific, where typography student Dalton DeMaio’s mother is employed. To see the larger-than-life letters for yourself, visit the 2D studio and the surrounding hallways.

68. Intern Enlightenment
Sometimes being an intern requires a twill bodice and a nice pair of pantaloons. For Clarke student Danielle Lensen, no intern duty went undone.

"It's so much more than just hanging art on a wall," said Stacy Gage, Dubuque Museum of Art collections and exhibitions manager. It was the first day of a 12-week internship for Lensen, during which walls were painted, gallery lights adjusted, compositions labeled, and even – yes – medieval garb was worn for the Dubuque Renaissance Faire fundraiser.

Lensen went on to develop and create Art of the Week projects for the museum web site, leafing through records to find 365 different permanent collection compositions. Some of the works include Salvador Dali lithographs and Grant Wood compositions. Her work will live on for 7 years on the Dubuque Museum of Art web site. Long live art.

67. Chemistry: It’s Elemental
Does ice cream taste better when its 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. Click here to read more.

66. Wheels for the World
Old, dilapidated wheelchairs often sit unused in storage rooms or basements. They are no longer usable, but seem “too good” to just throw away.

That’s why students in Clarke University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, as part of a larger state-wide effort by the Iowa Physical Therapy Association (IPTA), collected these assistive devices as part of “Wheels for the World,” an outreach of Joni and Friends International Disability Center. Click here to read more.

65. A Champion of Character
When Clarke business major and track & field athlete Travis Bettcher was asked to teach exercising basics to a group of local cub scouts this fall, it was an opportunity he couldn't pass up. Travis jumped in helping teach scouts proper warm-up routines, running and sprinting techniques, and other activities including push-ups, sit-ups and pull-ups.

Travis said "It was fun getting involved and being a role model for these young boys. It encourages me to be open to new activities and to stay active in the community." An attitude that the athletic staff also shares. Travis's coach Adam Hinders notes, "We want our student-athletes to be role-models in the community and opportunities like this are a great way to show the community Clarke cares and wants to be involved."

64. Summer Reflections
This summer, Paulette Skiba, BVM and associate professor of religious studies at Clarke, returned to Ecuador for a month long visit where she reconnected with locals she had interviewed during her sabbatical research. While there, Paulette volunteered daily, taught children at Yachay Wasi School, visited with girls and young women at the Working Boys' Center and spent time with patients at a local hospital. Paulette reflects, "I perhaps did not so much make a difference as was made different by their warmth and simple courage as they face daily struggles we can hardly imagine."

During her visit, Paulette also had the opportunity to spend time with Clarke education students and faculty who shared their expertise, supplies and equipment at the elementary school in the Working Boys' Center.

"It was such a joy to see not only how Clarke has been able to assist teachers at the Working Boys' Center in the last few years but also how our students have been able to develop professionally, personally and spiritually by the recent annual trips to Quito led by Sister Sheila O'Brien, BVM."

63. Broadway Comes to Clarke
Broadway star Celia Keenan-Bolger brought a packed Jansen Music Hall to their feet when she performed an evening of her Broadway favorites in the Arts at Clarke Series! She also spent the afternoon working with Clarke students and area high-school students.

62. Clarke Artists Create 'Voices from the Warehouse'
Dubuque’s “Voices from the Warehouse District” art exhibit is one of the biggest annual art events of the year. This fall, Clarke had an astonishing presence in the exhibit with six Clarke faculty members and alums featured in it. Click here to read more.

61. Cookies from the Cafe
As classes got out a few minutes ago, Matt and Sherri from dining services handed out freshly baked chocolate chip cookies to students walking through the Atrium (they were even still warm!). That's the impact of "personal" you can only get at Clarke!

60. 1 Million Minutes for Peace
Clarke University participated in the UN's “1 Million Minutes for Peace” campaign on Tuesday. To highlight this moment, the Clarke Cantabile Singers sang this piece of music with text composed by Mother Theresa. Click here to view a short video.

59. Clarke Alumni Impact Students
Alumni took a step into the past this weekend when given the chance to explore their old residence halls. Many loved reminiscing with student guides about their time at Clarke and left an impact that these students will warmly remember.

Bryant Barnard, a Chicago native, gave a tour of Mary Josita Hall to two alumnae (also from the area) who just happened to have lived in his current room. Bryant said that mess aside, he was happy to show the women their old room.

Another student, James Hamill, gave a tour of Mary Frances Hall and was amused by stories from alumnae as they recalled a number of schemes designed to get Loras "visitors" into the hall.

The even greater Impact? These student guides enjoyed personally connecting with alumni so much, other students are already volunteering to give tours NEXT year.

58. Roots take hold, new lives begin
It was surely a challenge for students in Sue Dolter’s Cornerstone class to recap this year’s annual Convocation and Tree Planting ceremonies in just six words. The exercise, which helped students think critically and synthesize their experience in a concise way, led to some very powerful statements about two Clarke events that are steeped in tradition. Click here to read their reflections.

57. Taking it to the Streets
The City of Dubuque’s banks were overflowing with volunteers from Clarke University as a sea of blue flooded the area during Clarke’s semi-annual Into the Streets event. On September 18, armed with blue t-shirts and smiles, 268 Clarke students and faculty members volunteered, nearly doubling the number of participants from last year’s event. The abundant turnout encouraged Clarke’s campus ministry to seek out additional locations so that students wouldn’t spill over at the originally planned 25 sites.

Clarke University has always been a community of charity and for a few hours on a Saturday morning students work to re-affirm this idea. “I really think the people we help appreciate our work,” said Bishop. “Everyone is always so gracious to us and so I think we really do make a difference at least once a semester.” Click here to read the full story.

56. Not you, not me…Wii
The Clarke University Bowling Team hits the lanes regularly these days in preparation for its upcoming inaugural season.

But on September 18, the Clarke bowlers played on a different type of lanes with an unassuming group of bowling hotshots. The teams played Wii Bowling with members of the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the religious congregation that founded Clarke.

With the Sisters motherhouse in Dubuque set up as two virtual bowling alleys, teams of Sisters and students spent a Saturday afternoon forming relationships and sharing laughs. Click here to read the full story.

55. It's never to late to finish what you start
Just ask Julie Beckman Walsh. A chemistry major at Clarke during the late 1980s, Julie completed her major and was within 6 credit hours of graduation when she and her husband moved away from Dubuque.

Julie later came back to the area and for many years had a successful career at Barnsted Thermolyne (Thermo Fisher) in Dubuque. Over the years, Julie helped out in the chemistry department servicing the distillation system when needed.

Upon the closing of Thermo Fisher, Julie enrolled at Clarke this fall and proudly showed off her Clarke University ID card to her former faculty. Julie is now pursuing a CIS degree at Clarke.

54. Freshman lands a full ride
Hundreds of small gestures make an impact at Clarke every day. Here's just one recent story that made headlines following a letter to the editor from Sister Joanne. Click here to read the article.

53. Grade School Inspiration
New transfer student Melissa Leppert knew that if she was going to go to college in Dubuque, it was going to be at Clarke.  That's because her grade-school teacher Joyce Meier is now an instructor of education at Clarke.  "I didn't look anywhere else in Dubuque," said Melissa. "Joyce was the best teacher I ever had."
The two had a joyous reunion at the transfer registration program on August 27.  "I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for you," Melissa told Joyce. "You are the one who gave me a love for education."
With Joyce teaching in education and Melissa planning to study business, it isn't likely that Melissa will have Joyce as a teacher again. But the impact lives on.

52. Students, Faculty and Staff Celebrate as Clarke University
Click here to view photos from the August 1 and First Day of Class unveilings.

51. They're Here! New students move to campus.
Click here to view photos from Connect Orientation 2010.

50. A Musical Homecoming
As Hisae Hasegawa stood in the front of Clarke University’s Sacred Heart Chapel conducting the world-renowned Little Singers of Tokyo, you could feel her comfort in the space. That comfort came from the fact that for the July 25 performance, Hisae had returned to her second home. Click here to read more.

49. Clarke's New Kingpin
To a certain extent, Clarke University Head Bowling Coach Chris Uffman can credit the Marines for his bowling debut at the age of six. And the Grand Rapids, Mich., native, who was tabbed as Clarke's first bowling coach, hasn't stopped bowling since. Click here to read more.

48. From Inspiration to Award-Winning Work

Despite a slew of recent accolades, Evan Stickfort remains humble about both his art and the achievement.  “I had never heard of the ADDY [Awards] before entering,” said the sophomore art major. “[Chair and Professor of Art] Louise Kames suggested I enter.” 

And it’s a good thing he did. Stickfort’s illustration, “The New Neighbors,” earned him the Student Best of Show Award at the local ADDY Awards sponsored by the American Advertising Federation (AAF) - Dubuque. Nationally, the ADDY Awards are the largest advertising competition in the world.

47. PDS BFFs
Five students got together the night before their last day of teaching their 4th grade literature circle group at the Fulton Elementary Professional Development School (PDS). Laura (2nd from the left) invited the girls over to tye-dye shirts to represent the community they had built as team teachers. Through the PDS program, education students team teach real kids in real schools every day during their junior year and often become very close friends with their peers because of it.

46. Students Participate in Earth Week
You may have noticed the surge of Earth friendly initiatives promoted by Clarke's student organization group CLEAN (Clarke Leading Environmental Action Now) last week. The group sponsored activities including flower planting, a downtown Dubuque cleanup and homemade birdfeeders that were hung in the trees around campus in celebration of Earth Day. Click here to view photos.

45. Meet Clarke President Sister Joanne Burrows
You might expect fans to get amped up when they see the mascot… But you might not expect the college president to be the one wearing the costume. At Clarke, it happens.

Clarke President Sister Joanne Burrows knows that an important (and fun) part of her job is interacting with students. Whether she’s eating lunch in the cafe or working out in the gym, it’s not uncommon to see her visiting with students. Because at Clarke, you are connected to our entire community all the way up to the president.

44. Men's Volleyball Send-Off
Students, faculty and staff lined the front of the Kehl Center yesterday to officially send off Coach Dorn and his men’s volleyball team as they left for Davenport and the 2010 NAIA Men’s Volleyball National Invitational Tournament. Click here to read more and view photos from the event.

43. Senior Social Event
Last Thursday, the alumni relations office hosted the annual Senior Social event welcoming soon-to-be graduates into the alumni association. As part of this event, students from the senior class invited faculty and staff who have impacted them in their four years at Clarke to join them as they celebrated their achievements. Over 60 faculty, staff and students gathered to toast the class of 2010. Click here to view a photo gallery from this event.

42. Meet Brian Regan
You might expect the National Anthem to be sung at a sporting event… But you might not expect the singer to appear minutes later, body painted, to support the players. At Clarke, it happens.

Brian Regan, junior athletic training major, doesn’t like to choose. So, on any given day, you can find him practicing with the collegiate choir, giving a tour to a future Crusader or playing a game of ultimate frisbee. Then, after studying for his anatomy test, you might find him rallying fans at the next sporting event.

41. ALIVE Hosts Big Brothers/Big Sisters Easter Event
The Clarke Campus Ministry Student Group, ALIVE, hosted an Easter party for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Dubuque on Tuesday, March 30. Click here to read the fully story. 

40. Meet Matt Ricketts
You might expect "cafeteria" food at college...But you might not expect your favorite apple pie recipe in the campus dining hall. At Clarke, it happens.

Matt Ricketts, director of dining services at Clarke, welcomes recipes from students (and faculty and staff too!) and prepares them for the entire Clarke community to enjoy. For Clarke students, home sickness is cured through home cooking.

39. Clarke Senior Takes Shot at ESPN Job
Clarke alumna and former softball player for the Crusaders, Chelsea Bettcher recently took a shot at applying for ESPN. The "Worldwide Leader in Sports" broadcasting company receives over 1,000 applications per day. Click here to find out how far she went in the interviewing process.

38. Did someone say Pi? 
Last week, Clarke's Math Club sponsored activities in honor of Pi day on March 14 (3.14 - get it?) Students participated in sudoku puzzle contests, pie passing relay races, and even a pie throwing contest at faculty and staff.

37. Meet Jill Pecoraro
You might expect your friends to dress up on Halloween… But you might not expect your resident hall director to win first place in a campus-wide costume contest.

Jill Pecoraro, dressed as a television show thieving villainess you probably remember from growing up, is as creative with her costume selections as she is with her resident hall programming. Where in the world will you find faculty and staff members creating an environment that’s as fun as it is smart? At Clarke, of course.

36. Clarke hosts Spelling Bee
Check out this fun piece by KWWL News (and featuring Clarke) about spelling! Tomorrow, Clarke will be host to the Annual Telegraph Herald Regional Spelling Bee in which area elementary school students will compete for a spot in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Click here to view the video.

35. Opening Doors to Sustainability
Students and faculty in Clarke’s art department are joining in a city-wide initiative to raise awareness of sustainability issues through art. Click here to read the feature story.

34. What do YOU do with your "Buy Back" money?
Click here to read what one student did with his.

33. A Six Letter word for Community: C-L-A-R-K-E
Did you ever notice the daily crossword puzzle at Mary Ellen’s desk that people just randomly stop by and write in the answers that they know? We did too! Click here to read the feature story.

32. Baseball Team plays at the Metrodome
For many athletes of the Crusaders baseball team, playing at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome was an experience of a lifetime. Clarke’s baseball team travelled to Minneapolis, Minnesota to play ball after having to cancel a five game opening series in Branson Missouri due to poor weather conditions. Click here to see photos from their trip.

31. Chocolate Chip Stress Relief
What better way to de-stress during finals week than with a freshly baked cookie that is still warm? That's exactly what "Relief," a Christian student group on campus, thought. On the Monday of finals week, students in the group were busy baking almost 1,000 cookies and handing them out for free in the Wahlert Atrium as a way to provide a relaxing (and delicious) study break. Click here to read the full story.

30. Clarke Christmas Traditions
What’s Christmas without a hearty meal shared by family and friends? One of Clarke’s oldest traditions, the annual Christmas Dinner, held this past Wednesday, allowed everyone in the Clarke “family” to get together one last time before the Christmas holiday. Click here to read the feature story or here to view photos.

29. Fair Trade Comes to Clarke
Clarke students shop on campus while supporting a great cause! Campus Ministry sponsored Fair Trade in December, an organized approach that keeps prices affordable for consumers while returning a higher amount to producers in developing countries. This relationship is made possible because fair traders typically work... directly with artisans and farmers, cutting out the middle men and more fairly compensating producers. Click here to view photos.

28. Anonymous Letter Resolves 55-Year Old Prank at Clarke
While it’s not uncommon for Clarke University President Sister Joanne Burrows to receive large stacks of mail each day, one specific piece of correspondence recently caught her attention. With a postmark from Chicago, she opened the plain white envelope that was hand addressed to her and listed her assistant as the sender. Knowing the address was not in her assistant’s handwriting, she was prepared to open an anonymous letter of complaint. The note inside, however, was far from a grievance. It was an apology over 50 years in the making. Click here to read the full story.

27. What do you believe?
That’s the question this year’s Cornerstone students explored as they wrote essays based on the “This I Believe” movement. It is based on a 1950s radio series hosted by Edward R. Murrow and continues today with individuals contributing essays that are shared on through the web and on National Public Radio. Last week, students presented their work at a special event in the Lion’s Den on campus.

26. Not Just Child's Play
This November, children from Frog Hollow, a Dubuque-area daycare and preschool, gave Clarke University physical therapy students a hands-on opportunity to practice pediatric assessment techniques. Click here to read the full story.

25. Clarke Does 'Laps for Lincoln'
As partners in education, Clarke kinesiology and education students recently joined students at Lincoln Elementary School in doing "Laps for Lincoln." This was the second annual “Laps for Lincoln,” which is a fundraiser in which students receive pledges for walking... Click here to read the full story.

24. Clarke Celebrates Dia de los Muertos
The Spanish program of the Clarke University Language and Literature Department, with the support of the university’s student life office, celebrated Día de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead) from October 29-November 2 with a variety of events on the Clarke campus. Click here to read the full story.

23. The Spirit of Halloween on Campus
On Halloween, office decor ranged from Rydell High to Super Mario Bros to a live construction zone while group and individual costumes ranged from Carmen Sandiego to Ben Franklin and even a full deceased wedding party. Click here to view photos on Facebook.

22. Late Night Pancake Breakfast 
Oct. 27, 2009
Clarke RAs whipped up dozens and dozens of pancakes in the kitchen while dressed up in costume. In addition to the great breakfast food, there was a costume contest. Characters ranged from a Ramen Noodle Vendor (why don’t we really have those?), video-game personas and a hot dog with all the fixings! Click here to view photos.

21. Antioch Retreat
Taking its name from the city where Jesus’ disciples were first called Christians, Antioch is a weekend retreat for traditional-age college students that has been part of campus ministry programs since the Vatican Council II. Click here to view photos from this year's retreat.

20. National Chemistry Week at Clarke
The American Chemical Society sponsors National Chemistry Week each year during the week of 10-23.  (10-23 is part of an important number in chemistry, that’s why this week is picked.)  The NCW activities are designed to be part of “community outreach” . . . helping to educate the general public about Chemistry. Click here to read the feature story.

19. Warm Reminders
With temperatures dropping into the 30's and 40's this week it's apparent that summer weather is now behind us. As a warm reminder we've featured Clarke President Sister Joanne Burrows snorkeling over summer break. Click here to view Joanne's Facebook photo.

18. A Leader in Sustainability
Director of Facilities Management Brian Schultes was selected to be on the Sodexho’s national leadership team for sustainability. Click here to see the Facebook posting and photo from October 7.

17. Message from Alumna
Over Homecoming alums had a chance to visit their former dormitories recalling many great memories and some creating new memories for current students. Click here to view a message left on one student's white board. Do you recognize this "Kay" from the class of '84?

16. Mary Frances Clarke Scene in Hollywood?
Here's an interesting piece of trivia. A photo of Mary Frances Clarke (and Terence Donaghoe) is on the wall in one of the scenes of the movie, "Sister Act" with Whoopi Goldburg. The movie was filmed at St. Paul's in San Francisco, where BVMs have taught since the early years of the Congregation. Lynn Lester and LaDonna Manternach were teaching there at the time. Click here to view the Facebook posting from October 2.

15. Homecoming Roars with Spirit
The t-shirts read “I Bleed Blue and Gold” as the Clarke community roared with spirit during this year’s recent Homecoming celebration. Clarke students, faculty, and staff celebrated homecoming with the theme “Crack the Case,” in which each day had a “Clue” theme and a special event. The student celebration was kicked off... Click here to read the full story and view photos from homecoming weekend.

14. Flying High in the Civil Air Patrol
Clarke University Senior Elizabeth Spoerl is involved. She is an accomplished student, is the student head of audio-video operations on campus and she is even an EMT. And, last semester, she earned national recognition for her role in the Civil Air Patrol (CAP), the civilian auxiliary of the Air Force. Click here to read the feature story.

13. Clarke Students Go ‘Into the Streets’
September 19, 2009
It’s a Saturday, and the alarm beeps at 7:30 a.m. and a student slams the alarm clock off. The student then rolls out of bed. But this is no ordinary Saturday—it’s a day of giving back. On Saturday, Sept. 19, Clarke University students, faculty and staff gave up one weekend day to help the Dubuque community. Read full storystudent reflections or view photos from this event.

12. Transferring Knowledge through Nature
September 9, 2009
On Wednesday, Sept. 9, Clarke University Middle School/Secondary PDS students accompanied approximately 70 Mazzuchelli Middle School eighth graders and their teachers to Swiss Valley Park. Throughout the morning, PDS students taught lessons in science, literacy, social studies and math.  Then on Friday, Sept. 12, the same PDS students accompanied the other 90 or so eighth graders, teaching them the same lessons. Click here to read the feature story.

11. Professor Espresso
Bryan Zygmont, Ph.D., assistant professor of art history at Clarke University, really likes coffee. He is also a big fan of supporting organizations that make a difference in the community. Combine the two and you have an outcome that supported the work of Maria House and Teresa Shelter not only financially, but in spirit. Click here to read the full story.

10. A Spoonful of Community
All over campus, undergraduate students shuffle around carrying not only their books, but also a myriad of brightly colored plastic spoons. The sight may prompt one to ask, “What is this madness?” However, it is not madness at all, but a cleverly devised game... Click here to read the full story.

9. DUI Simulator
Last week, the student life office and the Clarke Student Association gave students the chance to drive drunk – all thanks to a virtual-reality simulator designed to raise awareness of driving under the influence. Click here to view the full facebook posting.

8. Clarke University Celebrates Constitution Day
Students from the history departments took on the case of Safford Unified School District vs Redding -- representing both sides of the case and presenting to a group of faculty, staff and students. Click here to view a photo from the event.

7. Art Department Picnic
Every year Clarke faculty from the art department host a welcome back picnic. Check out the post from this on our Facebook page.

6. Convocation and Tree Planting Focus on Creating Connections
September 2, 2009
On September 2, Clarke University officially recognized the beginning of the college’s 167th academic year with the annual Convocation ceremony. This year, the ceremony continued the theme of Clarke’s Welcome and Orientation Weekend called “Connect.” Click here to read the full story and view a photo gallery from the event.

5. Convocation Tree Names
September 4, 2009
Clarke hosted its annual Convocation ceremony on Wednesday followed by a campus Tree Planting, which dates back to 1906. This year’s senior class named their tree “Branches of Time.” Our other favorite tree names from Clarke’s history include Treevolta (1978) and Legacy (2005). Know the name of your tree? Click here to read posts

4. CUPPS on Campus
Have you seen the new CUPPS on campus? Amy Norton, assistant director of financial aid, gladly uses her CUPPS (Cannot Use Paper Plastic or Styrofoam) mug in an effort to help keep Clarke GREEN. The reusable CUPPS mug was created to reduce the number of plastic and styrofoam cups being thrown away each day on campus. What steps are you taking to be more GREEN? Click here to read comments about this Facebook post.

3. It's CONNECT Weekend at Clarke!
As students were moving in this morning, we roamed the halls in search of unique items that students were bringing to campus. The most unique item: a stuffed moose head! Others included a pole vault, rice cooker, snuggle bunny and box marked take home items. Click here to view a photo of the moose and comments from Facebook fans.

2. CONNECT Move-In
August 22, 2009
The new freshmen who moved in this week have already become part of the Clarke community - they are ready to embark on a successful collegiate career here. We think that's what "College. By Clarke" is all about. Click here to view photos from move-in day.

1. It's all about family at Clarke
You may recognize these two famous faces of Clarke University. Mike Cyze, executive director of communication and Matt Ricketts, director of dining services get busy flipping burgers at the annual Clarke Family Picnic held last night for faculty, staff and their families. Click here to view Facebook photos.

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