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Dear Alumni and Friends, We often take time during the holiday season to reflect on our blessings. As an institution, we have much to be grateful for. This issue of the magazine will arrive at your door in the midst of the Christmas season so we are celebrating the spirit of gratitude on these pages as we feature some of the people, places, and things for which we are grateful. I am grateful for many things. I am grateful for our students. Our students give, learn, reach, risk, build, and discover. They do volunteer work, they double-major while participating in choir and working on-campus jobs, they travel, they participate in athletics and do extremely well in the classroom, and I could go on and on. I spent quite a few nights this September hosting all new students for dinner at my home. They were engaging and inquisitive, and it was delightful to host them. I am grateful for our loyal alumni. We welcomed many alumni back to campus earlier this fall for Homecoming weekend. It was a very special weekend full of festivities as we honored reunion classes and Distinguished Alumni Award winners. In addition, as we travel around the country for alumni events, we are reminded of the wonderful and significant impact Clarke alumni have on their communities. Alumni support has provided gifts for scholarships, capital projects and facility improvements, technology enhancements, travel funds, and much, much more. I am grateful for the community of Clarke faculty and staff and the work done here. We remain dedicated to excellence, innovation, and service. I am blessed to be President of this great institution. Enjoy this issue of the magazine and our thanks to you for your continued support. We wish you and your family a joyful, healthy Christmas, and happy new year.


Joanne M. Burrows, SC, Ph.D. President

CLARKE: THE MAGAZINE OF CLARKE UNIVERSITY is published three times a year for alumni, parents, and friends of Clarke University. Joanne M. Burrows, SC, Ph.D. President


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r. Mary Gitau, Assistant Professor of Social Work, and Dr. Carolyn Wiezorek, Associate Professor of Education, traveled with six Clarke University students to Kenya in June of 2017 for a cultural immersion service trip. The students who participated were Elsie Ostwinkle (Secondary Education and Biology); Caleb Wragge (Education Practices and Theories); Carrie Rawson (Social Work and Business Administration); Caitlyn Ambrosy (Elementary Education, Special Education and Reading); Ashley Edwards (Psychology and Philosophy); and Mackenzie Lamb (Elementary Education, Special Education and Middle School Reading Endorsements). The team visited various locations throughout the country and worked alongside the local residents to implement two service projects. The first project involved establishing a community library in Kinangop, a rural community in central Kenya. There, the team partnered with local school officials and community members to secure a room that could protect the library against weather elements and theft; build bookshelves, tables, and benches; and catalog and organize nearly 500 books. The second project was assisting at a free, two-day professional development conference for more than 100 rural elementary school teachers in Kenya. This conference was an extremely beneficial experience for the attendees because these teachers do not normally have access to professional development opportunities. The Clarke team organized

the conference venue and meals, and three Clarke University students presented topics during the sessions. In addition, thanks in part to Clarke University’s existing Memorandum of Understanding with Mount Kenya University, the team was able to visit, learn, and engage with students, faculty and administration at the university for two days. Following their experience at Mount Kenya University, the team visited with a local women’s group whose bead projects have been supported by the fundraising efforts of students in the Social Work Global Issues course that Gitau taught in the spring of 2016 and 2017. “The women are doing so well with the skills they have learned from the bead training. They are now able to make products to sell and earn their own income. It is an incredible rural empowerment endeavor,” explained Gitau. The Clarke travelers were also fortunate to enjoy several tourist activities during their trip. These activities included hiking Mount Kenya and visiting Maasai Mara Safari Park, Maasai traditional village, Thomson Falls, and Equator Village. A two-day safari trip to Maasai Mara National Park wrapped up their incredible journey. “It was a very rewarding trip and we are very thankful for the opportunity to lead our Clarke students in this experience,” shared Wiezorek.

Our Clarke students did a profound job both at the library project and facilitating the teaching conference. - Mary Gitau, Assistant Professor of Social Work


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Endowed scholarships help worthy students obtain a Clarke University education when it would otherwise be out of their reach. During the past 175 years, Clarke has attracted some of the most talented students in the country. However, many hopeful applicants face a tough decision when their choice to attend Clarke might not be possible due to financial limitations. Endowed scholarships are funds established by individuals, families, or groups of donors (such as alumni reunion classes) to provide continual aid to Clarke students who have financial need or who meet criteria established by the donor. These funds allow the principal gift amount to be retained in perpetuity because a portion of the revenue generated by the fund is used to provide the annual awards. Allocating only a portion of the annual revenue allows the fund to grow over time and keep up with inflation.

Family foundation makes a difference


ill Klauer, Jr. is the President of Klauer Manufacturing Company in Dubuque, Iowa, and the eldest son of William J. and Carol (Conlon) Klauer. His mother, Carol, graduated from Clarke in 1933, and served on the Clarke Board of Trustees for more than 20 years.

Bill’s parents greatly valued the faith-based education that Carol received from the BVM sisters during her time at Clarke. As a result, they created a student scholarship that is now overseen by the Klauer Family Foundation. It has been the family’s goal to ensure the cost of college does not prevent future students from receiving the same enriching experience that Carol received. Bill said, “I hope that students receive an excellent Catholic education and are able to succeed in their chosen careers upon graduation.”

The Klauer Family Scholarship provided financial assistance to 38 students this year. These talented students are studying a diverse range of subjects and are highly involved in campus activities. “I'm so thankful to receive this financial assistance and I can't say thank you enough to the Klauer family for wanting to help me in this way. Being selected as a Klauer Family Scholarship recipient allows me to continue my education at Clarke, which has been my home for almost three years now. The campus community has welcomed me with open arms, just as I'm sure it has welcomed many others over the years. I feel blessed to receive the financial help that I need, and the goodness that comes from donors, which allows me to focus more on both my academic and athletic careers,” explained Klauer Family Scholarship recipient Chelsea Fogarty ’19.

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Jim and Mary Doyle visited with Jenna Weber and Brittany Zeimet who have received the Moira Jeanne O'Brien Doyle Scholarship.

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im Doyle was a student at Loras College when he met Moira Jeanne O’Brien on a cold, dark Dubuque night outside of Mary Benedict Hall. As he stood waiting for her, little did he know they would be married just a few short years later. Throughout their marriage they often visited Dubuque to meet friends, wander the hills, visit the campuses, and frequent old haunts. Sadly, Moira passed away in October of 2005.

It was then that Jim made the decision to honor his wife by establishing a scholarship in her name. Jim and Moira both believed wholly in the mission of Clarke and its mission to provide a Catholic education to students. The Moira Jeanne O’Brien Doyle Scholarship seeks to help deserving students through a renewable scholarship for each of their four years at Clarke University. In the years following Moira’s death, Jim found love again and remarried. His wife, Mary, enthusiastically supports Moira’s scholarship. She and Jim believe that Clarke students are smart, dedicated, full of energy, and can accomplish whatever they desire. They feel this scholarship says to each and every Clarke student, “We believe in you and we encourage you to be what you should be, because then you will set the world ablaze.” “I feel God has truly blessed me with Jim and Mary because they have allowed me to follow my dreams. I am truly grateful to receive this scholarship and for their interest in me as a person. I cannot thank them enough for everything they are doing for me,” explained Moira Jeanne O’Brien Doyle Scholarship recipient Brittany Zeimet ’21. Jim and Mary have a three-year old granddaughter, Moira Clarke Doyle. They look forward to one day walking on a chilly fall Dubuque evening, stopping outside of Mary Benedict Hall, and telling young Moira Clarke a story about a Clarke girl who just happened to have her name.


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ast year, Clarke University was the grateful recipient of a $1 million gift that has endowed a new scholarship fund. This scholarship supports students who demonstrate considerable financial need, strong academic potential and achievement, and have a desire to complete their college education. Recipients of this scholarship will receive funding for each of their four years at Clarke University. “This scholarship provides the opportunity for students to study at and graduate from a faith-based liberal arts institution that prepares them for productive careers and lives well-lived,” explained Clarke University President Joanne M. Burrows, SC, Ph.D.

My family and I have been greatly impacted by this scholarship. Before, I wasn't sure if I could attend Clarke University due to the cost of tuition, but thanks to this scholarship I can now afford a Clarke education. - Jose Ruiz '21

The donors, who wish to remain anonymous, are long-time supporters of the University who believe in Clarke’s values and mission. They are committed to supporting promising young people today and into the future by providing necessary resources to succeed in college. “My family and I have been greatly impacted by this scholarship. Before, I wasn't sure if I could attend Clarke University due to the cost of tuition. But thanks to this scholarship I can now afford a Clarke education. Since I am a first generation student in my family, I want to set a good example for my siblings; with my degree, I hope to get a fulfilling job that I enjoy,” said scholarship recipient Jose Ruiz ’21.


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MICROS OPE 2017 CLARKE UNIVERSITY SUMMER SCHOLARLY PROJECTS High school students participate in college-level projects in biology, chemistry, music, and more.


igh-achieving junior and senior high school students had the opportunity to participate in the 2017 Clarke University Summer Scholarly Projects. The program exposes high school students to the world of scholarly engagement with faculty in respective areas of expertise. Students worked one-on-one or in small groups with other high school and Clarke University students, with faculty guidance and engagement, on a scholarly project. Academic areas of interest offered were biology, chemistry, computer information systems (CIS), music, Spanish, and English.

BIOLOGY The Clarke University Biology Department offered two scholarly projects, and the first option was Exploring the Function of the HEF1 Protein in Human Ocular Cells. Under the supervision of Drs. Laura Hecker and Shaun Bowman, Assistant Professors of Biology, students explored the role of HEF1 in ocular cells by inhibiting its expression using small interfering RNA technology. As a part of the project, students performed basic cell culturing and protein detecting techniques. The second option offered was Special Dissection: Head and Neck. Under the supervision and direction of Michelle Slover, Ph.D., Professor of Biology. Slover shared, “I worked with three amazing high school students in the gross anatomy lab who were committed to learning and did a great job. We concentrated on head and neck dissection. Each student worked


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on her own cadaver to dissect the muscles of mastication (temporalis, masseter, medial pterygoid, and lateral pterygoid) and branches of the trigeminal nerve (a nerve that supplies these muscles with motor innervation as well as sensory for the face). These dissections will be used as teaching models in anatomy courses taught at Clarke this academic year.�

CHEMISTRY Students interested in chemistry worked alongside Dr. Anthony Breitbach, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, in his Synthesis of Cell Membrane-Targeted Chemical Modulators of Membrane Proteins project. Students focused on the development of a solid-phase peptide synthesis of a novel cell membrane-targeted chemical modulators of membrane proteins.

Both the high school students and the elementary school children will likely form the ranks of language students in universities and colleges in the future, including at Clarke. Ultimately, they will help us to be a society that is successful both at embracing our multicultural nature as well as being global citizens. - Evelyn Nadeau, Ph.D., Professor of Spanish

CIS CIS assistant professors Joshua Moris and Michael Dempewolf offered Game Development with Virtual Reality. In the project, students researched a theme to prototype in the field of video games and then determined the expected user experience in virtual reality.

MUSIC Dr. Amy Dunker, Professor of Music, facilitated Music Theory and Composition. Under her direction, students participated in a seminar to compose music works for Clarke University faculty that joined music and technology.

SPANISH Spanish Pedagogy in Practice was directed by Dr. Evelyn Nadeau, Professor of Spanish. Students developed learning activities for teaching basics of Spanish for local youth in grades three through five.

High school students in the CIS class experimenting with virtual reality equipment.

Our sincere appreciation to the Dubuque Racing Association for its 2017 grant, which allowed us to purchase specialized equipment and supplies for our Food Science Labs, the first of their kind in the tri-state area. This generous grant will positively impact future leaders in our community.

Then, students offered the lessons at the Dubuque Multicultural Family Center.“We spent a week talking about the second language acquisition process and pedagogy, and then, based on what they'd learned, the students put together goals and activities for the Spanish Camp that we put on for third- through fifth-graders at the Multicultural Family Center during two different weeks,” stated Nadeau.

ENGLISH Former Assistant Professor of English Anna Kelley facilitated Spoken Word as Civic Engagement, a project in which students wrote impact narratives and/or slam poetry that addressed relevant issues to them and their community. A workshop format allowed students to receive feedback on their work and critique their peers’ writing.

A trip of a lifetime In June of 2017, Clarke alumni and friends traveled to Cuba for an unforgettable experience.


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by Angela Ventris, Clarke University Development Officer


recently had the great honor of traveling to Cuba with several Clarke alumni and friends, a diverse group from across the country with a variety of backgrounds, but all with positive and open attitudes toward trying new things and experiencing another culture.

After a quick flight, we landed in Camaguey, Cuba’s third-largest city. Immediately, we felt transported to another time and place. The airport parking lot was filled with classic 1950s American cars, such as Cadillacs, Chevys, and Fords, which were all still in mint condition because of the time and care their owners and mechanics put into fixing them. Our Cuban tour guide, Israel, pointed out the Russian Ladas, which are also abundant and what many Cubans strive to own, because of the ease of finding parts and simplicity for repair. Those interested in traveling to Cuba should know: American visitors are not technically “tourists” and must travel under one of twelve authorized categories. Many Americans travel as a part of “people to

people” experiences covered under the cultural and educational categories. Don’t picture yourself lounging on beaches drinking mojitos all day – on these experiences you must have a full itinerary, and we sure did! During our nine days in Cuba, we met with artists, potters, musicians, flamenco dancers, an architect, and a naturalist. We explored multiple UNESCO World Heritage sites in Trinidad, Cienfuegos, and Old Havana filled with amazing colonial architecture. We were fascinated during the tour of the cigar factory, where each tobacco leaf is painstakingly examined to ensure only the finest are used for the hand-rolled cigars. A visit to the Bay of Pigs museum told us the story of that failed invasion from a different view than we had experienced – that of the invaded country. CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE...

FRAN (PLOTKE) PETTERSEN ’66 SHARES HER EXPERIENCE Cuba has always been on my ‘bucket list.’ When I received the email from Clarke announcing a trip to Cuba, I jumped at the chance. There are so many good memories of our Cuba trip that it is difficult to choose only a few. My personal highlight occurred the last night of our trip, which happened to be my birthday. Our farewell dinner was scheduled at a local restaurant (a palador). Our transportation consisted of seven vintage convertibles, and I was certain they arranged this just for me. Dinner was lovely, and when dessert arrived, it was another surprise. The waitstaff came out of the kitchen with a huge birthday cake and "Happy Birthday” was heard throughout the restaurant. It was quite a night. We all agreed that the Cuban people are warm and friendly and were genuinely excited about meeting American visitors. We met hard-working, resilient people who are hoping for a better life, but making the best of what they have. We wish them better times.

Fran Pettersen poses with a classic convertible.

During our nine-day tour, we experienced a country filled with hope for the future. At first, we wondered if Cubans would criticize us or act negatively towards Americans; however, we never experienced this. When talking with Cubans, nearly everyone asked us to share our experience with other Americans and encourage all our friends to visit as well. Since our visit, a return to tighter regulations on tourism by Americans, news of a sonic attack against US diplomats while they were living in Cuba, and the massive destruction caused by Hurricane Irma all point towards a long road to a better future for Cubans.

We toured several locations once owned by Americans and taken by the Cuban government at the time of the revolution, including King Ranch and Ernest Hemmingway’s home, now both tourist locations. These tours offered us opportunities to discuss and understand more about the revolution and how communism has shaped the country. Music is integral to Cuban culture and our group had the chance to hear a wide variety of styles from Cuban Jazz to a chamber orchestra. We heard several familiar styles, the cha cha cha, mambo, and salsa which began in Cuba and have gone on to influence music throughout the world. We experienced many delicious meals while in Cuba and did enjoy our fair share of mojitos, Cuba Libres (rum and Coke), and daiquiris. As visitors, we had access to plenty of food that many Cubans do not; meat and fish are a rarity, and produce can be very expensive as well. The high cost of importing items means that goods produced outside of Cuba are expensive and a luxury many Cubans cannot afford.

While visiting a grocery store near our hotel in Havana, we found that a can of Pringles cost nearly the same as a small bottle of rum, over $4.50 Cuban convertible pesos. Many things we take for granted, such as easy access to a large variety of foods and free, fully functioning public restrooms, are few and far between. What an experience!

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: The three Clarke alumnae of the group at Colon Cemetery- Kathy (McCormick) Rusniak '73, Fran (Plotke) Pettersen ’66, and Kathy Warren '88. Our whole group at dinner in Havana on our last night in Cuba- Fran (Plotke) Pettersen ’66, Sandy Erickson, Donna Bolz, Angela Ventris, Kathy (McCormick) Rusniak '73, Kathy Warren '88, Fred Kautsky, and Alice Kautsky. Fran (Plotke) Pettersen ’66 and her friend Sandy Erickson taking a bici (bicycle) taxi to dinner in Camaguey.


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A MESSAGE FROM INSTITUTIONAL ADVANCEMENT Dear Alumni and Friends, Traditionally, this letter is my opportunity to thank you for your philanthropic support. Last year, Clarke University had an outstanding year for philanthropic giving, and for that, we are truly grateful to each and every one of you. Sr. Joanne recently received the following letter from a 2016 graduate and I wanted to share it with you. As you will read, Olivia Harris expresses her thanks and summarizes the uniqueness of the Clarke experience much better than I could ever hope to do. Please know your charitable support makes success stories like this possible. Thank you so very much. Sincerely,

Bill Biebuyck Vice President for Institutional Advancement

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campus through their estate commitments of all sizes. During the past year, Clarke has received 11 estate gifts totaling $1.9 million. These gifts have ranged in size from $800 up to $1 million. Planned gifts to our endowment fund are often made in ways that do not affect a donor’s current lifestyle and provide tax benefits as well. Some of the most popular ways to create a legacy gift include: • • • • •

by Courtney Leonard, Clarke University Executive Director of Development

Clarke University’s enduring legacy can be found all around us in our graduates as they carry forth an education that has been rooted in the BVM core values of freedom, charity, education and justice; in our campus community as new learning spaces are created and academic resources are upgraded; and in our endowment fund as our path for the future is paved to ensure the Clarke experience remains accessible for generations to come. Led by President Sister Joanne Burrows and Clarke Lives Campaign Honorary Chair President Emerita Sister Catherine Dunn, the Clarke Lives Campaign was created in 2014 in response to a growing desire among our alumni and friends to support Clarke’s future through charitable estate gifts. These individuals understand how Clarke’s endowment fund serves as the foundation for our future. “An endowment is more than a gift to the school. It’s a gift to future generations who will benefit from our mission and a quality education rooted in faith,” said Clarke Trustee Emerita Carolyn (Sanders) Haupert ’66.

Designating a gift to Clarke as part of your will or trust Designating Clarke as the beneficiary of a life insurance policy Designating retirement assets from an IRA, 401(k) or 403(b) Donating appreciated stock Donating your home or real estate assets

Clarke supporters who are age 70�1/2 or older also have an opportunity to make a difference by making a charitable rollover gift using their IRA account. In addition to helping our donors meet their annual distribution requirements, this gift allows them to avoid paying income tax on the distribution. We remain so very grateful to our past, current, and future Mary Frances Clarke Legacy Society members for their foresight and willingness to keep Clarke’s educational mission alive through their generosity.

If you are interested in learning more about establishing a charitable legacy through the Clarke Lives Endearment Campaign, please contact Courtney Leonard at (563)588-6585 or visit plannedgiving.clarke.edu.

Presently, 153 alumni and friends are members of the Mary Frances Clarke Legacy Society, and we are seeking to confirm a total of 500 members as part of the Clarke Lives initiative. These members have taken steps to provide for their families as well as have a powerful impact on Clarke’s

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Slowly but surely the enthusiasts are leaving the tennis courts, quietly but determinedly the swimmers are abandoning the pool, quickly and decisively shuttlecock, badminton racquets, bowling balls, and volleyballs are ignored - the spring trend is archery - on back campus and in front of the residence halls. Everywhere girls are seen judging bulls eyes with well-aimed arrows. Everywhere are excitement, laughter, competition, marksmanship - archery has suddenly become a new spring fad.

With “Man in a Man-Made World” as the theme for its activities, Clarke is beginning its 125th Anniversary Year. The year’s activities opened with a Eucharistic Concelebration Oct. 4 in St. Raphael’s Cathedral. The highlight of the ceremony was the presentation of Papal decorations for outstanding work, on behalf of the church, to three Clarke emeritus professors. The recipients were Sister M. Rachel Eppel, BVM, professor of German and biology; Sister M. Bernadella Conley, BVM, professor of music; and Sister M. Ambrose Mulholland, BVM, professor of history and Clarke president from 1941 to 1947. Respectively, the three emeritus professors have served 60, 49, and 49 years at the college.







Next fall, Clarke College will be adding a new major to its current g curriculum. On Wednesday, Oct. 7, Clarke College president Catherine Dunn, BVM, Ph.D., announced the addition of a baccalaureate program in Physical Therapy to begin with the fall 1993 freshman class. “Clarke is in an excellent position to offer a major in Physical Therapy,” said Dunn.

Danny Glover, prominent actor and director, will help Clarke College celebrate its fine arts building, Eliza Kelly Hall, as it turns 100 years old this year. The San Francisco native will be the first of three lectures in the Mackin-Mailander Lecture Series “A Year of the Arts.” In the lecture, “A Conversation with Danny Glover, Moderated by Felix Justice,” Glover and his good friend Justice will discuss the intersection of art, culture, and activism. Clarke University | 2017








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I love attending Clarke’s homecoming each fall. So many memories of good times are brought back by being on campus and seeing familiar faces as well as new faces. I find that despite the time or distance, there is something unique that ties all Clarkies together. SHEILA (DOYLE) HOCKING ’78 Clarke University Alumni Board President

PRESIDENTIAL BRUNCH SCOTTSDALE, AZ FEBRUARY 11, 2018 CHEERS TUCSON, AZ FEBRUARY 8, 2018 SOCIAL NAPLES, FL & FORT MYERS, FL FEBRUARY 2018 CHEERS SARASOTA, FL FEBRUARY 13, 2018 CUBS SPRING TRAINING (TENTATIVE) MESA, AZ SPRING 2018 Visit clarke.edu/alumni/events for a complete listing of upcoming events and opportunities to connect!

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This award is presented to an alumna/us for outstanding professional achievement and success.

This award is presented to an alumna/us for exceptional service to humanity through civic, faith-based, or educational endeavors.

The example of the BVM sisters at Clarke taught Barbara (Vonderhaar) McShane that a woman is capable of achieving the highest levels in her career. Following her Clarke education, Barbara was the first in her class at the McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research to achieve a Ph.D. She then took a postdoctoral position at the National Institutes of Health, the world’s premier biomedical research institution. Over the next 39 years she proceeded through the ranks to become one of only four women out of 60 Laboratory/Branch chiefs in the Center for Cancer Research at the National Cancer Institute. Throughout her life Barbara has volunteered whenever possible. Currently, she continues to raise awareness and money in her community for breast cancer research, speaks to breast cancer survivor groups, and organizes teams for the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer group. Together, Barbara and her husband of 43 years, Brendan, have raised two sons, which she considers her finest accomplishment yet. 18


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Clarke has impacted Bridget Hollingsworth’s career and life in a variety of ways. As a philosophy major and communication minor, she learned to apply critical thinking skills to most aspects of her life. Bridget is currently Associate Director, Fiduciary Services at Cambridge Investment Research where she has been employed for 11 years. Her role is consultative, and often requires logic to determine a client’s need. That same logic can also be applied to Bridget’s call to service, which she attributes to her education at Clarke. To date, Bridget has participated in 10 service trips across the globe. On the trips, she participated in building projects (churches, orphanages, homes, and a school), helping a medical team and a volunteering with a vacation Bible school. She also currently serves as an elder in her church and volunteers at her former high school. Bridget holds several professional licenses and designations.




NATE MONSON ’07 This award is presented to an alumna/us 35 years of age or younger who has made an impact in his/her career, community, or contributions to Clarke. Nate Monson attributes his Clarke education in part for the development of his social justice lens. He believes the teachings of the BVM Sisters helped drive his work on issues related to supporting LGBTQ youth and creating more inclusive schools and communities.


For the past 10 years, Nate has been the Executive Director at Iowa Safe Schools in Des Moines, Iowa. The organization now serves over 2,000 LGBTQ youth directly each year. Nate ties his career success back to his experiences at Clarke where he was involved with Clarke Student Association, Clarke College Democrats, and Campus Ministry. Nate applies the BVM core values to his everyday life as well. He volunteers for the Center for Violence Prevention Advisory Committee, Gay Men's Health Committee, and serves as chair for Iowa Pride PAC. He has also won awards for his work including the 2015 Partner Award from the Greater Des Moines Partnership Youth Leadership Institute, and the 2013 Partner in Progress Award from One Iowa Education Fund.

Back Row - Edward (Frederick) Brogean '09, Elaina Kohr '04, Amy (Stratton) Calonder '99, and John Simon, '90. Middle Row - President Burrows, Jayne (Zenaty) Spittler ’71, and Steve Drake. Front Row - Charles John Ellis. Clarke University | 2017


Fall Semester E V E N T JOHN GEHRING GEHRING: The Francis Effect: How a Radical Pope is Reforming the Catholic Church Schemmel Lecture in Theology John Gehring presented the fourth annual Schemmel Lecture in Theology on September 26. Gehring is the author of “The Francis Effect: A Radical Pope’s Challenge to the American Catholic Church.” Gehring is Catholic Program Director at Faith in Public Life and his work has been featured in The Washington Post, The New York Times, USA Today, Politico, National Public Radio, and many Catholic news outlets. A former associate director for media relations at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Gehring has contributing essays in Pope Francis and The Future of Catholicism in the United States: The Challenge of Becoming a Church for the Poor, and Voting and Holiness: Catholic Perspectives on Political Participation. He is a contributing editor at Commonweal magazine and an adjunct professor of journalism at American University in Washington D.C. “The lecture turned out to be a wonderful introduction to the main points of Gehring’s book as well as a real community event,” noted Bill Gregory, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Clarke. “Gehring presented the central features of Pope Francis’ missionary reform of the Catholic church – his critique of an inward-looking, self-referential church together with his promotion of an outward moving, engaged church that seeks to heal the wounds of the world and is not afraid to engage in difficult dialogue on sensitive subjects. He also set Francis’ reform in relation to trends in the U.S. Catholic church over the past 20

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three decades, which helped illuminate areas where the church now needs to change and grow.” The Schemmel Lecture in Theology was established by a gift from Clarke alumna, Rachel Schemmel from the class of 1951.

ERIC GUTMAN: From Broadway to Obscurity Edward J. and Cathy Gallagher Arts at Clarke Event Eric Gutman presented his one-man autobiographical musical journey, “From Broadway to Obscurity,” at Clarke on October 18. The show is a high energy, incredibly funny concert about making hard choices for the right reasons. Gutman performed for three years on Broadway in the Tony and Grammy award winning smash hit, “Jersey Boys.” He performed in nearly 1,200 shows in six different roles and was one of the few actors to play live instruments on stage. At the peak of his career, Gutman made the decision to return to his hometown of Detroit so he could raise his two young daughters closer to his family. His internal compass pointed him back to the values of his community — faith, family, and tradition. “Eric Gutman is a truly gifted and dynamic performer and the message of his one-man show resonated so well with the audience,” noted Joe Klinebriel, Professor of Drama and chair of the Arts at Clarke committee. “Eric Gutman was outstanding and the show was terrific. The show is very personal as Eric tells the audience, through word and song, his own journey to making it on Broadway. He detailed the highest of highs and lowest of lows of his experience, allowing the audience to see an insider’s perspective of life on Broadway. Eric also offered a workshop for

students while on campus. The workshop environment provided students with a unique opportunity to have one-on-one interactions with a Broadway star,” said Megan Stull, Arts at Clarke committee member. Eric has been a company member for over ten years with the off-Broadway and touring companies of Forbidden Broadway and Forbidden Hollywood. He is currently performing and touring with Under the Streetlamp.

A NIGHT IN JAPAN Edward J. and Cathy Gallagher Arts at Clarke Event The Edward J. and Cathy Gallagher Arts at Clarke Series presented its fourth annual cultural night, A Night in Japan, on October 24. The event began with a sampling of Japanese cuisine provided by Clarke chefs and Dining Services. Menu items included sushi, yakitori, shrimp tempura, and gyoza. The concert portion of the event featured the Clarke Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Clarke Instructor of Music David Resnick, and the Clarke Cantabile and Collegiate Singers, under the direction of Clarke Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Andrew Alegria. The second act of the show highlighted Tsukasa Taiko. Tsukasa Taiko is a program of Asian Improv Arts Midwest that offers taiko drum instruction, education, and performances. Its mission is to preserve, develop, and pass on the traditional concepts of taiko as a cultural legacy, while also expanding and evolving the art of taiko. Tsukasa Taiko was founded in 1996 and is currently one of the largest and most active community taiko groups in the Chicagoland area. They maintain a national profile by presenting powerful performances locally and internationally; the group presents over fifty shows a year. “The event was a great success. The Japanese cuisine was delicious, the Clarke ensembles performed beautifully, and Tsukasa Taiko was fantastic. It truly was an educational experience. Mr. Aoki, the founder of Tsukasa Taiko, provided the audience with a historical background on taiko, as

well as information on taiko drumming and shamisen. It was a pleasure to have Tsukasa Taiko at the event,” said Megan Stull, Arts at Clarke committee member.

NADIA BOLZ-WEBER: The Risks and Rewards of Being Honest About Ourselves Mackin-Mailander Lecture Nadia Bolz-Weber, ordained Lutheran (ELCA) pastor, gave a MackinMailander lecture on Thursday, November 9, at Clarke. Bolz-Weber is the founding pastor of House for All Sinners and Saints in Denver, Colorado. Her lecture was entitled “The Risks and Rewards of Being Honest About Ourselves” and addressed the Mackin-Mailander lecture theme of “Discovering Yourself.” Bolz-Weber is the author of two New York Times bestselling memoirs, Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint and Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People. Bolz-Weber travels domestically and internationally as a speaker and has been featured on NPR’s Morning Edition, On Being with Krista Tippett, Fresh Air, CNN, as well as in the Washington Post, The Daily Beast, More magazine and The Atlantic. On starting her own church in Colorado, Bolz-Weber said: “I had to start a church I'd want to show up to, basically. I really love Lutheran theology and I love the ancient liturgy, but I'd look around Lutheran churches, and no one looked like me. I would have to culturally commute to show up to those churches, and I wasn't really eager to do that, so I basically became a pastor to my people. My job is to point to Christ and to preach the Gospel and to remind people that they're absolutely loved ... and all of their mess-ups are not more powerful than God's mercy and God's ability to sort of redeem us and to bring good out of bad." The Mackin-Mailander Lecture Series was established through the generosity of two Clarke alumnae, Mary C. Mackin ’34 and Verna Slattery Mailander ’20.

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YOU CAN NOW VIEW CLASS NOTES ONLINE! clarke.edu/classnotes ROCKFORD ALUMNI LUNCH 2017 Left to right - Nancy (Clark) Kunnert '61, Charlie Sturm '86, Jane O’Boyle '85, Anna Stefaniak '82, and Denise Butera

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MINNEAPOLIS AREA EVENT 2017 Clockwise from bottom left: Carrie (Lakeman) Northrop ‘84, Ellie Northrop ‘17, Robert Graham ‘88, Almira Downs ‘82, Tom Lynch, Barbara Lynch, Lee Erhard, Virginia (Weldon) Erhard ‘60, Joyce (Halstead) Meyer ‘94, Morgan (Ehlers) Dillon ’06 and Ryan Dillon ‘06

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GRADUATE PROGRAMS Creating leaders who will shape the world.

Our graduate programs provide the highest quality education and experience, creating leaders who succeed.




From many supporters comes

ONE MISSION FOUNDATION AND GOVERNMENT GRANTS $1,658,802 was raised from 35 organizations

MATCHING GIFTS $54,300 was raised from 46 individuals through 35 matching gift companies

ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIPS AND AWARDS $1,625,943 was raised towards endowed scholarships and awards

PARENT GIVING $1,150,719 was raised from parents of alumni and current students

FACULTY AND STAFF GIVING $37,600 was raised from 151 members of the Clarke faculty, faculty emeriti, and staff


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Clarke is grateful to have support from many sources. On behalf of the entire university community… THANK YOU.

ALUMNI GIVING 13.3 percent of active alumni participated in a giving program. $1,760,512 was raised from alumni households

ESTATE GIFT COMMITMENTS 8 new members of the Mary Frances Clarke Legacy Society

ALUMNI EVENTS The Clarke Alumni Association hosted 52 events and connected with 870 alumni and friends

STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS 349 endowed scholarships and awards totaling $430,690 were awarded to Clarke students

DONOR INVESTMENT IN CLARKE Clarke supporters invested $5,344,102 in facility renovations, program and student support, and technology advancements

To view our 2016-17 Clarke University Year-In-Review, visit clarke.edu/yearinreview/16-17.


THEN NOW MARY BENEDICT HALL sundeck Mary Benedict Hall opened in 1966 and up until the early 2000s, students enjoyed using the sundeck to study with friends or just relax in the sunshine. Over time, the sundeck’s conditions deteriorated due to the ever-changing Iowa climate and it was closed for safety reasons. The sundeck has been reconstructed and was reopened for student use this fall.

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“When I first came to Clarke, I felt right at home – and not just because I grew up a few miles from campus. I quickly built relationships with other students, faculty, and staff who soon felt like family. My professors helped me choose a major, graphic design, which is my passion. Every day, I push myself to improve my skills and design art that has a larger, social impact. I think that drive is what makes me a true Clarkie.”


I wanted to pursue my passion close to home.

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