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Happy New Year! The new year is a time to reflect on the past and anticipate the future. Looking forward, Clarke University will celebrate its 175th anniversary less than two years from now on Founders' Day in October 2018. Reflecting over the decades past, it is clear Clarke – under its many names and manifestations – has heeded Mary Frances’ dictum to remain “progressive with the times in which we live through inventiveness and forethought.” Our times demand high-impact practices that connect learners to the global community and integrate learning with real-world situations. Articles in this issue highlight several international initiatives and a new state-of-the-art food science laboratory suite that are helping Clarke students to do just that. Cindy Althoff, Clarke Master of Arts in Education student, was able to spend last summer interning in India at the Agency for Non Konventional Urban Rural Initiatives (ANKURI) with the help of Clarke alumna Mary Jean Jecklin ’69, and her husband, Kelley Rea. ANKURI’s mission is to empower village women through income generation, alleviation of poverty and the promotion of health and education. During Homecoming weekend, Mary Jean and ANKURI founder Rachna Dushyant Singh visited campus to talk with the Clarke community about this global internship opportunity. The second global international initiative is the new relationship between Clarke and Mount Kenya University. Begun with a few simple classroom video exchanges, the relationship grew more formal in July when Clarke Assistant Professor of Social Work Mary Gatua and Assistant Professor of Education Carolyn Wiezorek visited the campus in Thika, Kenya, and signed a memorandum of understanding. In August, a contingent from Mount Kenya University visited Clarke and toured the campus to learn about our programs as well as visited Dubuque schools and sites. Clarke faculty and students are planning a return trip for summer 2017. Additionally, other Clarke students and faculty are planning travel to Australia, Nicaragua and other locales this year. Clarke students also find exciting opportunities to link classroom learning with real-world challenges on campus. As of November, students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in food science will learn and work in a state-of-the-art food science laboratory suite that emulates the facilities they will work in as food science professionals. The 2,250-square-foot suite includes separate labs for food preparation and processing, sensory evaluation, and food analysis. I hope you enjoy reading about our students and faculty and these examples of how Clarke continues the proud tradition of remaining “progressive with the times.” Best wishes for a blessed 2017! Sincerely,

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


IN THIS ISSUE CLARKE: THE MAGAZINE OF CLARKE UNIVERSITY is published three times a year for alumni, parents and friends of Clarke University.

ON THE COVER: HANDS ON IN INDIA: AN INTERNSHIP WITH HEART.................................. 2

Joanne M. Burrows, SC, Ph.D. President Bill Biebuyck Vice President for Institutional Advancement Courtney Leonard Executive Director of Development

ANTHONY ERVIN: GOLD MEDALIST SHARES STORY OF PEAKS AND VALLEYS................................6 HOMECOMING HIGHLIGHTS.........................................................................................................8

Jodi Hooks ’99 Associate Director of Alumni Relations Gayle Langel ’08 Director of Creative Services Susan Cain Copywriter


CLARKE NURSING STUDENT COMPLETES MAYO CLINIC EXTERNSHIP........................................13 UNDER THE MICROSCOPE.........................................................................................................14 CONVOCATION MESSAGE: BE YOURSELF, BE OPEN TO POSSIBILITIES........................................18 SNAPSHOTS...............................................................................................................................19 STUDENTS IMMERSE IN DIVERSE CULTURE DURING ECUADOR TRIP.........................................20

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The camaraderie, compassion and genuine care displayed between these three uniquely different women is extraordinary.

Cindy Althoff ’16, Clarke Master of Arts in Education student, Clarke alumna Mary Jean Jecklin ’69, and Rachna Dushyant Singh, founder of ANKURI (the Agency for Non Konventional Urban Rural Initiatives), headquartered in northwest India, had a very warm reunion of their own during Clarke’s 2016 Homecoming weekend. The three women gathered to reminisce about Cindy’s summer internship experience and plan for the future. Clarke is currently seeking a new and eager intern to carry on the educational program that Cindy led while teaching abroad in the village of Uttrakhand, India, last May and June. Mary Jean, recipient of Clarke’s 2015 Distinguished Alumni Humanitarian Service Award, has been integral in developing and supporting this international internship opportunity. Mary Jean and her husband, Kelley Rea, are dedicated to travel and lifelong learning. During a venture to India they met Rachna, a world traveler and tour guide herself, and learned about ANKURI. ANKURI’s mission is to empower village women to become economically self-sufficient, enabling them to be decision makers in their families, thus improving the health and education of their children. ANKURI, located in the foothills of the Himalayas, offers internships to undergraduate and recent college graduates from several prominent universities who serve anywhere from three weeks to two months. Mary Jean and Kelley decided they wanted to contribute to ANKURI’s success, so they helped sponsor student interns from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Kelley’s alma mater located in Kelley's hometown. Subsequently, for the first time in 2016, Mary Jean and Kelley also helped sponsor a Clarke student. Cindy was selected to be the 2016 ANKURI intern from Clarke. As an education major, she was a stand-out intern working with 50 to 200 children in the literacy center and the school program. The adventure was both humbling and motivational for her. “I am so thankful for the gift of this experience. These kids in the village of Uttrakhand are smart and eager, but do not have the opportunities or tools we are used to seeing PAGE 3

in America. They are simply thrilled with a new, sharpened pencil and eraser.” During her experience, Cindy wrote a blog, which she then turned into a book following the trip.

ANKURI teaches and improves the knitting skills of local women while simultaneously promoting financial independence and confidence through the knowledge of this craft. Their final products are successfully sold in markets focused on socially responsible and sustainable community development. Cindy presented prospective interns with brilliantly colorful and engaging slides depicting photos and videos of her experience in India. She explained how a typical day went, helping women knit sweaters and other products, teaching children expression through dance, instructing English as a second language and even learning to cook Indian meals. Rachna said, “Cindy really set the standard for the program with her background in education. We wanted to create a free summer school program for the children in the village. I told myself that if I can dream it, I can make it happen. We did just that.”

Clarke student Cindy Althoff is pictured at the Literacy Center in India where she taught students English, Hindi, math and art. During Homecoming weekend, Cindy, Mary Jean and Rachna chatted with a group of current Clarke students interested in this internship opportunity. Their conversation was engaging and empowering, and listeners could sense a true bond between the three women. Cindy was able to specifically speak to the reality of the experience, from the challenges of carrying bags of rice uphill and educating children who speak primarily Hindi, to the rewards of working with students at a variety of age ranges to achieve a capstone performance. “Schools in India group students together instead of having each grade separate,” Cindy said. “I taught a class that was second- through fifth-graders. It was challenging at times to find things for them to be able to do simultaneously. “I spent evenings at the Literacy Center where students worked on English, Hindi and math and then we drew pictures and played games. This is also where the village women gathered to create their knit sweaters, hats and scarves to sell.”


Mary Jean reflected, “The cross pollination of cultures is such a rewarding experience. Cindy not only gave of herself, she also received so much enrichment in return. To have each individual, both children and adults, come away with peace, understanding and care completely fulfills my wish for this program.” Another student intern will be selected in early 2017 for the May internship. A new element will be added to the 2017 intern experience. When Cindy journeyed to India, she arrived with suitcases of books and school supplies for the children that she had collected during fundraisers and supply drives at Clarke. “Most of the kids had never even seen a colored pencil before,” she said. This time, not only will the Clarke student intern bring supplies to India, but he or she will also return at the end of their service with an inventory of handmade wearables and items to be sold in the Whitlow Campus Store, further supporting the work of ANKURI. For more information see and


While interning with ANKURI, Cindy pictured here with Rachna (left) and Mary Jean (right) witnessed local village women hand-knitting a variety of products (ponchos, shawls, hats, mufflers and vests) that are sold in India. Cindy is pictured wearing one of the fringed ponchos. Their knitwear items are labeled "Pure Hands by ANKURI" and can be seen on the websites and The intern chosen for 2017 will bring back some knitwear items from India to sell in Clarke’s Whitlow Campus Store. For details contact Sarah Haas at (563)588-6307.

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Thank you! Our sincere appreciation to the Dubuque Racing Association for its 2016 grant, which allowed us to purchase virtual reality and other equipment for the Isidore Computer Lab. This generous grant will positively impact the future leaders of our community.

HUMANITARIAN SERVICE AWARD Presented by the Alumni Association for exceptional service to humanity through civic, faith-based or educational endeavors. RISING STAR AWARD Presented by the Alumni Association to an alumna/us 35 years of age or younger who made an impact in her/his career, community or contributions to Clarke. Visit to nominate.



Olympic gold medal-winning swimmer Anthony Ervin told of his life journey that has gone “way up and way down and then way up again” during his MackinMailander lecture on Nov. 29. “And it just so happens that when it goes up for me I often come away with a gold medal,” he told the crowd of about 300 gathered at the Robert and Ruth Kehl Center. He said he hoped the audience members could learn from his mistakes, which included a battle with drug and alcohol abuse. Staying true to yourself, and true to the people who stick with you through those highs and lows is what is important in life, he said.

Back at Berkeley, Ervin said he felt a need to escape, and returned to alcohol. That led to a night he couldn’t remember which ended with him in jail. From there he continued to spiral downward. “The separation got so great from what I wanted to do and who I thought I was and who I was supposed to be that I began to have suicidal thoughts,” he said. A failed suicide attempt followed and Ervin sought help from a psychologist.

Ervin’s lecture was titled, “The Morality of Wellness,” and he said wellness for him is sustained positive habits. He is now a positive person, but added that he spent much of his life being stubborn and sarcastic. “Creating the habit is much harder than sustaining it,” he said. Ervin, who won four medals in three Olympic games, first noticed his talent for swimming at the age of 10. His success in high school allowed him to get a full scholarship to the University of California-Berkeley where he immediately found himself engaging in all sorts of bad habits – drinking, smoking, doing drugs and missing practice. Despite all of these issues, and a battle with Tourette’s Syndrome that caused involuntary body movements such as rapid blinking, he excelled at the collegiate level and made the U.S. Olympic team. At the age of 19, he won a gold medal in the 50-meter freestyle at the 2000 Olympics, but at those games in Sydney, Australia, he also suffered severe disappointment. He was part of the first U.S. 4x100-meter men’s freestyle relay team to not capture gold, and his post-race interview for the 50 freestyle left a bad taste in his mouth. “I get out of the pool and there’s Jim Gray from NBC with a big camera right on me,” Ervin recalled. “He said, ‘I saw you twitching behind the blocks. Was that your Tourette’s?’ A million thoughts went through my head. This was the big moment I dreamed of and I didn’t say anything.” PAGE 6

Olympic gold medal swimmer Anthony Ervin addresses the Kehl Center audience during his Mackin-Mailander Lecture. “I realized if that I was to get healthy again, I would have to stop swimming,” he said. What followed was teaching swimming to youngsters in New York City, completing his college degree and going on to graduate school. Eventually, he began swimming again, which led to qualifying for the 2012 Olympic Games in London. He finished fifth in the 50 freestyle and was unsure of the reaction he would receive from family and friends when he walked into a party held for him following the race.



“They all stood up and started cheering super loud,” he said. “Whatever fear I had was gone. I realized it wasn’t about me proving anything. The fact that I was there at all was amazing to them, because they had seen me at my lowest point.


“So I thought to myself, ‘I had trained for like six months and I’m the fifth best in the world?’ So I spent the next four years doing everything right.” The result was a spot on the U.S. team in 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. The trip to Rio did not come without its own disappointment. After swimming in the preliminaries for the 4x100 freestyle relay team, Ervin was ready to avenge his defeat in the 2000 games. But before the finals, the U.S. coaches pulled him from the team in favor of a younger swimmer. “I couldn’t believe they did that to me,” Ervin said. “They knew that was the only (medal) I ever really wanted.” Ervin had four days before he had to swim in the 50 freestyle, but he felt himself sinking into a funk.


CLARKE REACTS TO WAR Minutes after reports were aired that war in the Persian Gulf had become a fact, the Clarke community reacted. A number of activities marked the public response; other individuals continued to react privately. On the evening of January 16th, Clarke College students and faculty members gathered to pray for an early end to the hostilities.

A call from his godmother pulled him out of his slump. She reminded him he was a good person, not because he was a great swimmer, but because he cared about others.

“That yell was for my friends, my brother, my parents up there in the stands,” he said. “When I was interviewed I said I did this for my team, my country and my people. To you guys out there, it’s not only knowing where you’re coming from, it’s knowing who stays with you through it all.”

STUDENT CHEMIST WORK IN NEW RESEARCH LABS Dedication of the science-classroom building Saturday will mark another step forward for the Clarke Chemistry Department which is now better equipped than ever for research, according to department chairman Sister Mary Marguerite Christine. Current research involves preparation of compounds which are similar in chemical structure and activity to known anti-convulsants and anti-spasmodics.


“Once you have depression once, it’s really easy to spot the claws starting to drag you down,” Ervin said.

When he won the 50 freestyle he gave out a yell in the pool.

COLLEGE WARDROBES CRASH UNIVERSITY HOMECOMING DANCE Back to college, classes, and clothes! Clarke’s campus is teeming with color rivaled only by turning leaves and blue skies. Plaids and pigtails, smitty bibs and monogrammed socks; smart little shoes to match sweaters—sweaters that are ultra-sloppy-joes. Overseas caps and raincoats in khaki stolen from the Army; dirndl skirts and silk shirts, Mexican jewelry, and color everywhere.


CLARKE EMBRACES HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH NEW PRESIDENT OFFICIALLY TAKES THE HELM To have 75-degree weather in October is typically rare, the 8th was no ordinary October day. The sun was shining on Clarke College in more ways than one on Sunday the 8th of October 2006. The inauguration of the college’s newest president was taking place, so it’s no surprise everything, including the weather, had to be perfect.
























A connection between Clarke University and Mount Kenya University took a considerable step forward when the two schools traded visits to the other’s campus in recent months. PAGE 10


Clarke Assistant Professor of Social Work Mary Gatua and Assistant Professor of Education Carolyn Wiezorek signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the schools during their visit to the Thika, Kenya, school in July. In August, a contingent from Mount Kenya University (MKU), led by founder and Chairman of the Board Dr. Simon Nyutu Gicharu, visited Clarke to formalize the MOU. The group toured Clarke facilities and programs, including the Professional Development School at Fulton Elementary, as well as other Dubuque sites such as the Millwork Warehouse District.

experienced great success and growth (more than 52,000 students).” The Clarke Sport Management program has already begun collaborating with Mount Kenya. During the spring 2016 semester, Assistant Professor of Business Terese Stratta’s Global Perspectives of Sport class spent time communicating with a class at MKU via video conferencing. They listened in on lectures by professors in Kenya and each student also communicated daily with a partner student from MKU.

Another trip in summer 2017 by Clarke faculty, staff and students to MKU is in the works. The summer 2016 trip by Gatua and Wiezorek set things in motion. “We didn’t know what to expect,” Wiezorek said of the initial visit, “but we were welcomed with open arms and invited by people who were excited to have a relationship with Clarke University – and excited to enact it, not just have a piece of paper. Before we left, they were really insistent that we actually brainstorm some ideas on how we might live out this MOU and establish a timeline so that it doesn’t slip away from us.” Gatua said there are multiple possibilities with this MOU. “Study abroad trips to Kenya, faculty exchange, service trips, research cooperation,” she said. “Even though we are not a research institution we know that faculty here would like to be collaborative in research areas.” Clarke Vice President of Academic Affairs Susan Burns said the intent of the agreement between the two schools is to provide further opportunities for faculty and students to engage in intercultural activities. “One of the Clarke Compass outcomes is intercultural engagement, and establishing a relationship with MKU builds additional opportunities for students to meet that requirement and have experiences that meet the competencies associated with the intercultural engagement outcome,” Burns said. “Although MKU is a fairly young university – founded in 1996 as an institute of technology and fully recognized as a university in 2000 – they have

The contingent visiting from Mount Kenya University meets with Clarke officials. Gatua, a native of Kenya, has helped foster the relationship with the university. She connected Stratta’s class with the MKU class. “Teri asked me, ‘Is there any university in Kenya that would be willing to do that?’” Gatua said. “After they finished their six-week program, Mount Kenya asked, ‘Can we take this to another level?’” Gatua said she is more than happy to help initiate this relationship. “For me, it’s like giving back,” she said. “I have benefited so much from the educational system (in the U.S.). So for me being able to go back and do these workshops and be able to connect Clarke with an institution where it will be mutually beneficial, it is very rewarding.” PAGE 11

Along with visiting MKU, Gatua presented at a conference for rural Kenyan teachers for the second year in a row. The conference is conducted by the African International Foundation for Education Excellence. This year, she and Wiezorek were the main presenters. “Mary participated last year and she recruited me this year,” Wiezorek said. “It’s wasn’t hard. It was something I was very interested in.” During the 12-day trip, the pair also visited Gatua’s childhood home in Kinangop. They visited Gatua’s mother and other members of her family. While it was a homecoming for Gatua, it also had an impact on Wiezorek. “For me, that was so enriching,” said Wiezorek. “It was amazing to spend time with her family and do the day-today tasks and chores, and have those conversations with people. No matter where you go in the world you find we have more similarities than differences.”

Both women said having Clarke students see the benefits of cultural exchange would be satisfying. “I’m excited for the possibilities for our students,” Wiezorek said. “Going back to the Compass initiatives, when we start looking at more holistic outcomes, I think this will be a great opportunity to meet multiple objectives.”

Gatua and Wiezorek are currently organizing a global service learning trip to Kenya in July 2017. The group will visit MKU and local communities, help establish a library for a rural primary school in Kinangop, and participate in a conference for primary school teachers in Nyeri. The trip will conclude with a safari to Maasai Mara National Park. For more information on the upcoming trip, contact or To learn how you can support our students traveling this summer, please contact the Institutional Advancement Office at (563)588-6405.




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CLARKE NURSING STUDENT COMPLETES MAYO CLINIC EXTERNSHIP Clarke University senior Nicole Nauman was one of 53 nursing students selected nationwide to serve as a nursing extern at The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., last summer.

at Mayo was astonishing. It’s incredible to have been part of an organization that is bettering so many lives and I’m so thankful for all the learning that took place this summer.

Only 5% of the applicants were chosen for the Mayo Nursing Summer III Externship program. Nauman spent 10 weeks in the inpatient Neurology Unit, rated as the top neurology unit in the nation. She also had learning experiences in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Neurosurgery, Mother and Baby Postpartum Unit, and the Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit.

I hope to apply all that I’ve learned this summer to my final year of nursing school in preparation to be the most competent, exquisitely caring nurse that I can be.”

Nauman, a graduate of Dubuque Senior High School, worked alongside a variety of nurses in the Neurology unit, known as “clinical coaches.” “I was able to be very hands on in patient care,” Nauman said. “I learned to become diligent in assessing the patient’s condition and neurologic status, while carrying out the physician orders with guidance from my clinical coach. Working side by side with a nurse allowed me to grasp the complex role of the nurse in a way I hadn’t before. The atmosphere at Mayo is unlike any organization I’ve worked in before. There is true passion and advocacy for patient care amongst the health professionals all working together for the best patient outcome.” Nauman said the Mayo externship provided her with a wealth of experience. “My experience led me in caring for people from all around the world,” she said. “Each patient and situation is so unique and I’m privileged to have been involved in their courses of care. The neurology population has become extremely fascinating to me and the knowledge I gained while working


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Clarke University senior Nicole Nauman (left) earned a prestigious nursing externship at The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., last summer. Jan Lee, professor and chair of the Clarke Nursing Department, expressed pride in Nauman’s accomplishment. “We are always pleased when students compete successfully for these sought-after internships,” said Lee. “It is a testament to strong preparation from the nursing curriculum and the student’s individual capabilities and perseverance.”



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UNDER THE FOOD SCIENCE LAB OPENS IN CBH The Clarke University Food Science Department has officially opened its state-of-the-art laboratory on the third floor of Catherine Byrne Hall. The 2,250-square-foot lab is the first of its kind in the tri-state area. It includes three main sections – the Food Preparation and Processing Lab; the Sensory Evaluation Lab; and the Food Analysis Lab. The Food Preparation and Processing Lab aims to provide the transformation of raw ingredients by physical and chemical means into food, or of food into other forms. This lab includes state-of-the-art equipment such as induction cookers, combioven, evaporator, homogenizer,

sonicator, freezer, refrigerator, dehydrator, steamers and mixers. As soon as food is prepared in this lab, it is transferred to the Sensory Evaluation Lab for subjective evaluation and the Food Analysis Lab for objective quality evaluation. The aim of the Sensory Evaluation Lab is two-fold: to provide training and hands-on learning opportunities for students who are interested in the fields of sensory and consumer research, and to help businesses develop and improve their product offerings through consumer and sensory testing. This lab is used to develop a new product or improve upon an existing one. The lab maintains a database of consumers with the capability of screening for the test objectives set by either a researcher or the industry. After food is prepared in the food preparation/ processing lab, it is transferred to the five testing booths. Food testers are provided the food through a panel, with no prior knowledge of what they are testing. The testers are prescreened and receive training on how to evaluate the food product and rate it according to a set of predetermined characteristics. Overall, the Sensory Evaluation Lab allows sensory scientists, flavor scientists, food chemists, process and package engineers, and nutritionists to better understand how specific ingredients, processes, packages or storage conditions affect the sensory properties of foods.

Clarke University’s new 2,250-square-foot Food Science Lab is the first of its kind in the tri-state area. PAGE 14

The Food Analysis Lab focuses on the development, application and study of analytical procedures for characterizing the properties of foods and their constituents. In this lab, analytical procedures are conducted to provide information about a wide variety of different characteristics of foods, including their

UPCOMING ALUMNI EVENTS SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 5 Presidential Brunch Scottsdale, Ariz. composition, structure and chemical and physicochemical properties. The information provided is critical in determining the properties of foods and to produce safe, nutritious and desirable food for consumers. This lab is used to analyze foods and specific food components, e.g. lipids, proteins, water, carbohydrates and minerals. It also helps with identifying the appropriate analytical technique for a particular food. The Food Analysis Lab allows students to test food for objective quality evaluation, chemical and physicochemical properties, nutritional analysis, food safety and sanitation, shelf-life study and much more. Students obtaining a Bachelor of Food Science are exposed to a creative, research-oriented curriculum that includes food processing and preservation, product development, subjective and objective quality evaluations, food chemistry, safety and sanitation, sensory science, nutrition and food service management. As students learn science while cooking, they gain hands-on experience in research and development. Clarke introduced the Food Science major in 2014 as part of its chemistry offerings. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, food science is a growing occupational field in this country.


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A MESSAGE FROM THE ALUMNI OFFICE Dear Alumni and Friends, It is a pleasure to take this opportunity to introduce myself as your new Associate Director of Alumni Relations. I am a Clarke alumna and have worked at the university for the past three years in the Institutional Advancement Office. I can’t tell you how excited I am to be taking on this new role, as Clarke has been a big part of my life in so many ways. I had the opportunity to meet many of you at Homecoming and I look forward to meeting more of you at the various events we are hosting around the country. As you know, strong alumni engagement is crucial to the future of this university. As alumni, we are the greatest ambassadors for Clarke, and with your help, we can create a network of passionate and engaged advocates who understand the importance of supporting their alma mater. I’m asking you to join us in strengthening our Clarke community and helping to ensure our continued success. There are several ways you can stay connected with Clarke and show your support. They include attending alumni events in your area, visiting with us on campus during Homecoming, becoming a reunion class representative, and interacting with us on social media. We also ask you to keep us updated with your current contact information and news – we, as well as your classmates, want to hear about all of your proud life moments! We have some really fun events coming up in the following months and I hope you will join us. This year, we have plans to visit a variety of cities around the country. I encourage you to visit our website for additional details. We are also planning another trip to Mesa, Ariz., to see the World Series Champion Chicago Cubs at their spring training! I look forward to interacting with many of you in the months and years ahead. I welcome any feedback or ideas you may have in helping us to continue enhancing our amazing Clarke community. I truly value your partnership. I wish you all the best in the new year. Sincerely,

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CONVOCATION MESSAGE: BE YOURSELF, BE OPEN TO POSSIBILITIES Ann Adkins, assistant professor of Education, had two messages she wanted to convey to Clarke University’s incoming class – be confident in who you are, and remain open to all possibilities. Adkins, the 2016 recipient of the Meneve Dunham Award for Excellence in Teaching, addressed the 158 freshmen at Clarke’s Convocation and Tree Planting Ceremony, held Sept. 14 in the Robert and Ruth Kehl Center. The event was the official opening of Clarke’s 174th academic year.

Adkins read from the children’s book titled, “Exclamation Mark,” that she said summed up her two points. “Exclamation Mark” is about an exclamation point that didn’t fit in with a row of “periods” before a “question mark” helps it find its voice. She told the audience, “This is the time and this is the place in which you will have an opportunity to define and develop (your) gifts. It should no longer be about fitting in. Your focus should be on developing your unique talent. What you do and become truly will impact all of us.” She also talked to the freshmen about the limitless possibilities they will encounter at Clarke. She told them to look past any “self-imposed barriers.” Clarke Student Association President and Alumni Association Board Student Representative Natascha Myers ’17 also addressed the audience. She told of her awkward high school years, all the questions she had as a Clarke freshman, and echoed Adkins’ sentiments. “Don’t allow the onslaught of uncertainty about who you are affect your Clarke experience,” she said. “The moment I walked through the doors of the Atrium, I decided that Clarke was my opportunity to be who I wanted to be because no one knew me before that moment.”

Clarke University students from the Class of 2020 plant their tree following Convocation.


Following Convocation, the freshmen class planted its tree while the Class of 2017 officially named its tree. The senior class named its tree, “Nicole,” in honor of Nicole Thing, who passed away in 2014 and will forever be a member of the Class of 2017. The tree represents that Nicole is never forgotten and that her spirit will carry on. Nicole touched the lives of many, and the graduating class is honored to name their tree in her remembrance.

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CHICAGO, ILL. Donna (Figel) Neill ’71 and Clarke University Trustee Cathy Schulze ’72

ROCKFORD, ILL. Mary (Brewer) Holford ’84 and Charlie Sturm ’86

DUBUQUE, IOWA Clarke alumni from John Deere Dubuque Works attended a luncheon that included a presentation on Leadership Presence facilitated by Clarke Accounting and Business faculty member, B’Ann Dittmar. Afterwards, they received a tour of the Marie Miske Center for Science Inquiry and the new Food Science laboratory.

MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. Roger Fuhrman ’94, Barbara Lynch, Clarke Trustee Emeritus Tom Lynch, Joyce Meyer ’94, Bo, Clarke Trustee Emerita Margaret (Small) Pfohl ’62 and Dick Pfohl. Want to see more alumni snapshots? Visit PAGE 19

STUDENTS IMMERSE IN DIVERSE CULTURE DURING ECUADOR TRIP A group of Clarke University students, staff, alumni and guests traveled on a mission trip to Quito, Ecuador, after December finals. Student leader Theresa Koos ’17 and Kate Zanger, vice president for Student Life, coordinated the trip in conjunction with Judy Callahan, BVM, and Clarke’s Campus Ministry Office. The group, which consisted of 17 students, staff and alumni, visited The Working Boys’ Center, or El Centro del Muchacho Trabajodor (CMT), where the BVM sisters and several other groups from Clarke had previously served on mission trips. At the CMT, hundreds of meals are served daily and academic and technical education is provided. The CMT’s mission centers on the development of core values to promote a successful lifestyle. Clarke volunteers served meals, taught English and technology and completed service projects. They also took a trip on the “Teleférico,” a cable car ride to the top of Pichincha (13,000 feet), part of the Andes mountain range. The group visited Otavalo, a market for woven goods, and San Antonio de Ibarra, a wood-carving town. A large portion of their time was spent participating in a “Minga,” a Latin American tradition of community support and outreach which involved clearing a plot and building a house.

Koos said, “When I first envisioned this trip and began planning it, my main goal was to go and change people’s lives by giving the week to service. However, I soon realized I wasn’t going to change their lives, but rather, they would change mine. This trip lit a fire in me to find a local cause in Dubuque to fight for. I witnessed transformations in the lives of others who attended the trip. It is these transformations that made every countless hour of planning worth my while.”

In addition, they spent a great deal of time working with the Ecuadorian children.

Kari Vize, Clarke’s director of Compass and Career Services, said, “I had the opportunity to watch a group of very dedicated and eager students challenge themselves and their thinking as they were exposed to a new culture, a second language and extreme poverty. While many went with the belief that they would be ‘working’ and providing service to the families who use the Center, they came away with a new understanding of themselves, their values and the things we take for granted every day in our privileged lives.”

“Playing with the children and experiencing their unconditional love was amazing,” Koos said. “All they wanted from us was attention and care. I was able to teach many children a secret handshake that my cross country coach did with me before every meet. They loved learning the handshake and began teaching other children!” Miles Breed, Clarke’s director of Dining Services, had an enlightening experience. “The sights, the sounds and the smells all have two sides. For everything you see, there is an opposite. The beauty of the city and its rampant poverty, the smell of fresh street food and the smell of pollution. The sound of happy children playing in the courtyard; the same children will go home to deplorable conditions,” he said. “I think, most important, is the resilience, tenacity and happiness of the Ecuadorian people who live in such challenging conditions.”


Amberly Solórzano, Theresa Koos and Vanessa Ulloa are pictured at the top of the mountain Pichincha.

Student Connor Floyd said, “The trip was such an eyeopening experience. We were able to see the contrast between U.S. prosperity and the Latin American poverty which was extremely interesting and saddening.”

Prior to the trip, this group of students worked tirelessly to raise funds to pay for their journey. They hosted a summer cookout, cooked a breakfast for TOMRV (Tour Of the Mississippi River Valley Bicycle Club) competitors, served food at local Dubuque events, completed restaurant fundraisers and organized supply drives to bring books and school supplies to the children. The students plan to host an informational meeting to give the campus community insight into their accomplishments and encourage future groups of Clarke students to continue this important mission. For more information about Quito and The Working Boys’ Center, please visit



Strong athletic programs are crucial to Clarke’s future and it is time to raise our game by enhancing and expanding our current competition and training venues. These expansion projects require a $4 million philanthropic investment.

PLAY-BY-PLAY FACTS 80,000 square feet of synthetic turf for the existing competition field A new 40,000-square-foot synthetic turf practice field Enhanced spectator areas Stadium lighting 3,000 square feet of additional fitness and training space State-of-the-art cardio and weight training equipment





FRANCIS J. O’CONNOR WINNERS: WHERE ARE THEY NOW? This is another installment in a series of articles on former Francis J. O’Connor Award winners. Since 1935, this award has been recognized as the most prestigious honor bestowed upon a graduating senior. The Honorable Frank A. O’Connor established the Mary Agnes O’Connor Award in memory of his wife. In 1991, Clarke University, in cooperation with the O’Connor family, renamed the award the Francis J. O’Connor Memorial Award to honor the late Francis J. O’Connor, a long-time Clarke trustee. Criteria for the award include demonstrated leadership, cooperation, generosity, kindness and academic achievement. The award recipient is selected by a vote of seniors, faculty and staff.

ELIZABETH (SIEGEL) BUSHMAN WAS THE AWARD RECIPIENT IN 2008. Tell us about your career. This year, I began my seventh year of teaching and am very happy I have been able to use both my minor in special education as well as my general education major. I am currently a sixth-grade literature/language arts/social studies teacher at Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Dubuque. Prior to this position, I was a seventh-grade special-education teacher also at Jefferson. Clarke's Education Department prepared me for both of my teaching positions through its PDS (Professional Development School) program. Having so much experience in the classrooms prior to my first day of teaching made me prepared and excited for my career! What impact did winning the award have on you? This award gave me self confidence to believe in myself and try new things. For the past two years, I have served on my school's building leadership team. This award gave me the determination to be a leader throughout my career. In the future, I hope to pursue other leadership roles that continue to help me grow personally and professionally. What is your fondest memory of Clarke? My favorite memory at Clarke is studying and visiting with others in the Atrium. The Atrium was always such a warm and welcoming environment and I loved to socialize in my free time after classes. When I go back to visit Clarke, I always go to the Atrium first as if I were checking in at home. Earlier this fall, I was able to take my 2-year-old son, Tommy, to Clarke while picking up Scratch Curbside cupcakes. It was so nice to walk back into Clarke and be greeted by name. Friendships are also a fond memory when thinking of my time at Clarke. When my husband, Jeff, and I were married in 2012, two of my four bridesmaids were from Clarke. As the years go on, our friendships continue to grow and strengthen.

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NEWS Diana (Borst) Nawrocki '58 Westchester, Ill. Diana hosted an Oktoberfest gathering in Lake Geneva for 60 folks. She is planning a trip to Five Islands Cuba exhibiting her art textiles in two locations.

Sandra (Kleckner) Anderson '64 Antioch, Ill. Sandra's daughter, Karen Weir, passed away in July 2016 after a five-year battle with metastatic breast cancer. Please keep her family in your thoughts and prayers.

Connie (Wendler) Bach '60 Milwaukee, Wis. Connie received the Archbishop's Annual Vatican II Award for Service in Communication in November at a prayer service and awards ceremony at the Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist in Milwaukee.

Mary (Condon) Chappell '68 Hickory Hills, Ill. Mary's husband, Robert Chappell, passed away on July 26, 2016.

Brigid (Powers) Geroux '60 Eau Claire, Wis. Brigid and her husband were recently invited to see "Hamilton" on Broadway where one of her husband's students had a leading role for which she won a Tony. It was spectacular! Jean (Ryan) Jackson '60 Williamsburg, Va. Jean is in the process of selling her home and will be moving back to Iowa (Cedar Rapids area) in the spring. Marilynn (Raymond) Vannucci '63 Palm City, Fla. On the Holy Day of Obligation, when it came time for the Sign of Peace, the woman in front of Marilynn turned around and she was wearing a light blue Clarke University t-shirt! Marilynn surprised her when she said that she, too, was an alumna. Such a small world. Her name is Barbara Lowery from the class of 1958.

Paula (Koellner) Friedman '78 Dubuque, Iowa Paula's daughter, Carolyn, was selected as a "Global Hero" for the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon held on October 9, 2016. They are very proud of her. Craig Fenton '83 Burlington, Iowa Craig started a homeless shelter in Burlington, Iowa, called Transitions DMC, Inc. at 515 S. Main, Burlington, Iowa 52601. Daniel Donovan '85 Dubuque, Iowa Dan has been designated as a member of the Wells Fargo Advisors Premier Advisor Program. This reflects his achievement of professional success by meeting or exceeding Wells Fargo Advisors standards as measured by one or more of the firm's criteria for revenue generation, educational attainment and client-service best practices.

Donald Burks '91 Dubuque, Iowa Donald joined HK Payroll Services as a tax credit consultant. He has 20 years of experience. Kathleen Kahle '91 Dubuque, Iowa Kathy was appointed the second vice president and mortgage loan originator at American Trust & Savings Bank (Asbury, Iowa office). She has more than 15 years of banking experience. Patricia Holman '94 Galena, Ill. Patricia and her husband, Ken, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary September 18, 2015. Julie Richter '97 Cuba City, Wis. Julie is participating in an RN refresher course through Mid-State Technical College in Wisconsin Rapids. She is also doing a skills review and preceptorship at Madison Area Technical College in Madison. Julie has a 15-year-old daughter, Abby Richter, who lives in Granger, Ind. Jennifer Rutledge '97 Hickory Hills, Ill. Jennifer graduated from University of Phoenix with an MBA in Project Management. She then started a new position with RR Donnelley as the operations manager in the marketing activation services department.

M - Master’s Degree from Clarke D - Doctorate Degree from Clarke


Lee Zandstra '02 Three Bridges, N.J. Lee just celebrated her 6th anniversary of ordination as a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). She has served Living Waters Lutheran Church in Ringoes, N.J., since 2010. Michael Frain, Jr. '04 Simi Valley, Calif. Michael was hired by the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (NCAA Division III) to be a referee and crew chief for the 2016 football season. He is in his fourth year officiating college football in southern California. In addition to officiating, he continues to work as an iOS developer for Hudl, based in Lincoln, Neb.

Sarah Ehlinger '98, Janice Duschen '99, Joanna Griebel '01 North Hollywood, Calif.; Iowa City, Iowa; Los Angeles, Calif. The work of three Clarke University Art + Design alumni illustrators was on display from Sept. 27-Oct. 15, at the Quigley Art Gallery on the Clarke campus. The exhibition included illustrative artwork by Jan Duschen, Sarah Ehlinger and Joanna Griebel. Duschen creates detailed drawings of birds and natural forms. She is employed in the fine art materials industry in Iowa City. Ehlinger works out of Los Angeles, and her career is centered on illustration and surface design. Her artwork is independently marketed through the Very Sarie website. Griebel pursued a master's degree in fine arts in animation from the University of Southern California. She works as an animatic and video editor. Catherine Blume '01M Dodgeville, Wis. Catherine joined Southwest Health as a nurse practitioner and sees patients at the Platteville and Cuba City (Wis.) clinics. She has 23 years of nursing experience.


M - Master’s Degree from Clarke D - Doctorate Degree from Clarke

Marie Wiederholt '06, '10M Cuba City, Wis. Marie was named “Cuban of the Month” by the Cuba City Area Rescue Squad. She has been a volunteer for the organization for approximately six years and has served as both president and secretary during that time. She is a nurse at Grant Regional Health Center in Lancaster.

Andy Ehrlich '14, '16M Dubuque, Iowa Andy joined Dupaco Community Credit Union as a junior credit analyst at the Hillcrest Road location in Dubuque, Iowa.

Ben Graham '14 Astoria, N.Y. Ben, a musical theatre alumnus, was recently selected to join the prestigious New York City Gay Men's Chorus. The group is comprised of more than 260 talented singers of various ages, backgrounds and experiences. Hilary Post '14 Galena, Ill. Hilary joined Cottingham & Butler as an engagement coordinator in the healthcheck360 department.

Deborah Molzof '07 Dubuque, Iowa Deborah joined Cottingham & Butler as a casualty claims assistant in the claims services department. Abby Scherrman '12 Dubuque, Iowa Abby was promoted to consumer lending consultant at Dupaco Community Credit Union’s Hillcrest Road location in Dubuque. Diana (Pena) Miller '13M Bellevue, Iowa Diana was promoted to the benefits marketing manager at Kunkel & Associates. She joined the company in April 2013 and formerly held the position of benefits development representative. Laurie Skattum '13M Durango, Iowa Laurie Skattum was named to the position of retirement plan conversion coordinator at Heartland Retirement Plan Services. She has been in the retirement industry 10 years.

Adam O'Dell '15 Bowling Green, Ohio Adam's orchestral work "Refractions" was performed and recorded by the Brno Philharmonic in the Czech Republic, and the recording will be released on ABLAZE Records' "Orchestral Masters Vol. 4" CD in 2017. Adam has also been selected as a featured lecturer at the World Symposium of Choral Music in Barcelona, Spain, where he will present research regarding the neurological benefits of choral singing.

Katie (Van Buer) Overstreet '15 Albany, Ill. Katie, and her husband, Luke, are joining Youth with a Mission and going through their Discipleship Training School. They will live in Athens, Greece, and work with the Syrian, Iraqi, and Afghan refugees. Suzanne (Gassman) Stroud '15 Dubuque, Iowa The “BBQ in DBQ” barbecue was held as part of Dubuque's International Day of Peace festival. Suzie, a social work graduate student at Clarke University, asked visitors to sign up for the “Facing Project.” She hopes to connect "storytellers" from the local Marshallese community with "story writers," who will produce written accounts of their experiences to be compiled in a book.



Gwen (Hayes) Kalvelage '07 to Scott Kalvelage Dubuque, Iowa

Angie (Bicker) Gabriel '98 and Mike, girl, Albany, Ill. Elizabeth (Swift) Lucas '00 and Paul, boy, Dubuque, Iowa Jessie Rebik '02 and Seth Myers, Isaac Lee, Galena, Ill. Brenda (Vaske) Durein '03 and Mark, Austin Joseph, Palatine, Ill.

Amy (Steffensmeier) Hansen '11 to Samuel Hansen Eldridge, Iowa

Mark (Schechinger) Matthiessen '87 Dubuque, Iowa Earlier this year, Mark published his first book, Shelby's Creek. His second book, Shelby's Creek: Agent-in-Place was released in early December and may be purchased at and

Molly (Markham) Davidson '12 to Cory Davidson '12 Dubuque, Iowa

Ashley (Carter) Scheckel '04 and Jake, boy, Bellevue, Iowa Sarah (Fahrenkrug) Accacian '05 and Andy '08, boy, Dubuque, Iowa Greg Deutmeyer '06 and Christy, twin girls, Peosta, Iowa Jennifer (Hoffmann) Kieffer '06 and Tim, Keegan, Bellevue, Iowa

ADVANCED DEGREES Ann Letourneau, SSJ '86 Westchester, Ill. Ann completed a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (PsyD) from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2015.

Stephanie (Kronlage) Manternach '12 to Drew Manternach '12 Minneapolis, Minn. Lisa (Foley) Zeller '12 to Doug Zeller Cuba City, Wis. Allison (Boyes) Tringale '14 to Dan Tringale '13 Houston, Tex.

Lindsey Brown Schieffer '07 and Chris, Madeline Mae, Farmington, Minn. Peter Hamel '07 and Angie, girl, Dubuque, Iowa Jenny (Roling) Koenig '07 and Carl, girl, Asbury, Iowa


Emily (Meyer) Domeyer '08 and Craig, boy, Dyersville, Iowa

Sara (McDonough) Miller '11 and Clayton, girl, Peosta, Iowa

Kate (Thorsheim) Meyer '08 and Doug, Ruby Jane, Des Moines, Iowa

Nicole (Essman) Ronek '11 and Brad, boy, Peosta, Iowa Lisa (Jesenovec) Breitbach '12 and Matt, girl, Hopkinton, Iowa Amber (Lewis) Kemp '12M and Andrew, girl, Dubuque, Iowa Luke Flynn '13 and Risa, girl, Los Angeles, Calif.

Beth (Stierman) Blech '09 and Ryan, Eleanor, Dubuque, Iowa Sarah (Bahl) Hartman '09, '12M and Greg, twins, Hailey Grace and Tyler Martin, Dubuque, Iowa Ashlee (Ostwinkle) Then '09 and Matthew, boy, Cascade, Iowa Patsy Goffinet '10 and Jon Swift, boy, Dubuque, Iowa Angie (Miceli) Bishop '11 and Andy '11, girl, Bellevue, Iowa Amanda (Dugan) Cook '11 and Nate, girl, Dubuque, Iowa Jolene (Clemen) Ehlinger '11 and Kollin '11, girl, Dubuque, Iowa Jessica Kieler '11, girl, Platteville, Wis. Mandy (McMahon) Lindecker '11 and Jake, Waylon, Dubuque, Iowa

Lisa (Gibbs) McAllister '11 and Matt, Mason Thomas, Dyersville, Iowa


M - Master’s Degree from Clarke D - Doctorate Degree from Clarke

Molly (Sudmeier) McAndrew '15 and Anthony, boy, New Vienna, Iowa Rachel Schut '15 and Frank Santiago, girl, Dubuque, Iowa

IN MEMORY Helen (Holmberg) Willis '37 Mary (Schmid) Christiansen '41 Elinor Gilloon '42 Jane McDonnell, BVM '43 Lavonne (Wagner) Vath '43 Nadeyne (Weitz) Ganahl '47 Gloria (Kouba) Hannemann '49 Dottie (Koval) Biancardi '50 Beverly Hoese '50 Regena (McKone) Lindeman '50 Peggy (Ward) Dunlap '52 Jane (Calkins) Forster '53 Patricia (Smith) Cain '54 Judith Grills '54 Joann (Grewell) Huber '54 Patricia (Willging) Hebert '56 Gabrielle Hagerty, BVM '59 Mary Coghlan '64 Laurian McDonald, BVM '64 Lynda Filip '67M Helen Johnston '68M Jamesita Keller, BVM '69 Mary K. (Barnickel) Walsh '74 Cheryl (Walbrun) McCarron '80 Norma Lou Kuempel '84M Andy Ragona '88M Keith Sanders '91 Robert L. Horgan Doug Schlesier



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i n m u l A RITA HOLMBERG ’42 MAJOR:


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to have a dedicated mentor who took her under her wing. After that, Rita worked at McCann-Erickson Advertising, and was a food editor at Better Homes and Gardens and Peavey Company. It wasn’t until her 95th birthday that it occurred to Rita, now 99, to document and share all of her wonderful life experiences. For two years she wrote her book in longhand, and split her memories into 5-year increments. She relied heavily on the 56 datebooks she has kept over the years to help her remember the specific details of her life story.

Ask Rita Holmberg what she’d like people to take away from reading her book, “By Fives to Ninety-five,” and her answer is simple: to slow down and appreciate everything you have, and be grateful for the teachers and mentors you’ve had throughout your life. “Some people today are so self-reliant that they forget who helped them become the independent, educated people they are,” Rita said. Born on a cold winter day in 1918, Rita is the fourth of six siblings. She has many fond memories of growing up in Dubuque with her parents and brothers and sisters. Rita graduated from high school during the Great Depression, so she opted to work instead of immediately attending college. She feels this real life experience allowed her to learn skills she otherwise wouldn’t have learned. Eventually Rita was able to attend Clarke and was enrolled in the Food and Nutrition program. Upon graduation in 1942, she become the first Clarke student accepted for a dietetic internship at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. She also taught student nurses in the hospital's School of Nursing. Later she joined the U.S. Army's Women's Medical Specialist Corps and served as a commissioned hospital dietitian in challenging domestic posts. Following her retirement from the Army, Rita worked at Armour and Company, where she was fortunate

The day Clarke students learned of their appointments or nonappointments to the hospital dietetic internships for which they applied. When asked about the best part of writing her book was, she replied, “I liked the positive response I got. It allowed me to reconnect with people, as well as make new friends. I feel like it was also a tribute to my family, friends and teachers.” “By Fives to Ninety-five” is available directly from Rita at Bethany Retirement Center (563)582-0707, River Lights Bookstore in Dubuque and

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Features Joe Scott on acoustic guitars and vocals and Hannah Elkire on cello and vocals. Joe and Hannah are from Colorado and have graced stages throughout the US, Europe, Australia and Canada. The original sound of Acoustic Eidolon is created by the mixing of their diverse musical backgrounds and their unusual instrumentation, including the one-of-a-kind double neck guitjo. This event is sponsored by the Dubuque Arts Council.

Ferrer, a native of Colombia, graduated from Clarke University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program in 2006. She is currently the supervisor for Genesis Pediatric Therapy in Coralville, Iowa, in addition to her private practice, Ferrer Pediatric Physical Therapy. She consults on a national and international level and is working on training physical therapists and families to help prevent children from depending on assisted devices.


EDWARD J. AND CATHY GALLAGHER ARTS AT CLARKE EVENT: SLAM POET CARLOS ANDRES GOMEZ 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 7; Jansen Music Hall, $10 general admission.

Dr. Andrew J. Petto, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, will give a presentation during this Evolution Weekend event. This will be followed by a panel discussion including Dr. Petto and Clarke faculty members Bill Gregory and Tom Riley. This program is supported by Humanities Iowa and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The views and opinions expressed by this program do not necessarily reflect those of Humanities Iowa or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Award-winning poet Carlos Andres Gomez, author of the coming-of-age memoir MAN UP: REIMAGINING MODERN MANHOOD, brings his stunningly honest poetry to Clarke’s campus for a truly engaging arts experience.

DRAMA/MUSICAL THEATRE PRODUCTION: THE SHAPE OF THINGS 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 23-Saturday, Feb. 25, 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26; Terence Donaghoe Hall, $10/Adults; $7/Seniors; $5/Non-Clarke Students. A startling dissection of cruelty and artistic creation by Neil LaBute. MUSICAL MENUS Seating at 6 p.m., Dinner at 6:30 p.m, Friday, March 24, and Saturday, March 25; Wahlert Atrium $70/premier seating, $60/gold seating, $50/blue seating. Reservations are required and will be available closer to the event by calling (563)588-6575.


This Clarke tradition features performances by students and faculty throughout a gourmet five-course meal. It’s been called the area’s best Broadway revue!

DRAMA/MUSICAL THEATRE PRODUCTION: UNDER MILK WOOD BY DYLAN THOMAS 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 27-Saturday, April 29, 2 p.m. Sunday, April 30; Terence Donaghoe Hall, $10/Adults; $7/Seniors; $5/Non-Clarke Students. An omniscient narrator invites the audience to listen to the dreams and innermost thoughts of the inhabitants of the fictional small Welsh fishing village Llareggub. Later, the town awakens and, aware now of how their feelings affect whatever they do, we watch them go about their daily business. This production will be directed by Carol Blitgen, BVM, professor emeritus.

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WHITLOW CAMPUS STORE Did you know The Whitlow Campus Store has been located in several different places on campus? First it was located in Mary Josita Hall, and then up until January 2000, it was located in the Atrium. Due to increasing enrollment, more space was needed, and the bookstore was moved across the street to its current location, adjacent to the Student Activity Center. Not only do they sell books, but there is now a wide variety of merchandise such as clothing, gifts, and school supplies. And, although many things about the bookstore have changed, one thing has stayed the same for some quite some time. Ramona Barwick, BVM (affectionately known by many of you as Sr. Mary Bookstore), has worked in the book store for over 40 years!


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Sloan Park, Mesa, Arizona Join Clarke Alumni and friends to catch spring training with the World Series Champion Chicago Cubs. For more details, call (563)588-6553.