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Fall greetings from Edgewood College! As we start the school year, it is gratifying to see the work of our faculty, staff, and students recognized. In just the past few weeks, Edgewood College has garnered national recognition from a variety of outlets: • Best National Universities list by US News and World Report • MONEY magazine’s Best Colleges List • Best in the Midwest by The Princeton Review • President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll I am especially proud of one metric in the US News data set which predicts graduation rates based on test scores, grades, etc. It reveals a remarkable fact—students at Edgewood College are 9 percentage points likelier to graduate than what their model would predict. This confirms two things you and I already knew: our students are determined and talented, and our faculty and staff bring out their best. I love data. And national recognition for the quality of the learning environment our faculty and staff create every day is well-deserved and always welcome. But the real story here isn’t in data points or lists of colleges—it is in the lives of students and alumni who are connecting learning, beliefs, and actions every day. I’ve known both Thelma Duggin and Jon Wagner for years. Thelma agreed to meet with me one muggy afternoon when I was in Washington, DC…and I think I might have met Jon on his visit to campus as a high school senior! Their stories are as different as those meetings, yet the trajectory of both of their lives was changed by Edgewood College. More importantly, that impact is being felt by others through their actions today. I hope you enjoy reading these stories and the rest of this issue. Thank you for your support of Edgewood College!

Scott Flanagan, President Dedication of the new East Regina Hall, September 15, 2016. Story on page 18.

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Duggin and her mother at Commencement, Edgewood College 1971.

She went from standing in a small one-room school in the 1950’s, to standing FALL.16//EDGEWOOD COLLEGE MAGAZINE

with some of the most influential people in the United States.

Thelma Duggin ‘71 pinches herself as she reflects on her life.

She went from standing in a small one-room school in the 1950’s, to standing with some of the most influential people in the United States. Thelma Duggin ‘71 pinches herself as she reflects on her life. Her story begins in Mon Luis Island, Alabama where she attended a one-room school through sixth grade. Duggin’s mother was her first grade teacher. “She expected more of me than anybody else in class,” she recalled. In seventh grade, it was time to attend the ‘big city school’ in Mobile. Duggin vividly remembers the day she learned she needed glasses. “My teacher told me eyes checked because my poor grades that previous years, were

to have my she thought year, unlike due to not



Making a Difference – with President Ronald Reagan in the Cabinet Room, The White House, 1982.

being able to see the blackboard,” she said. “She was right. I got glasses and sat on my front porch that summer and read and read and read. I was a straight A student in eighth grade. I credit her for saving me.” Duggin continued to excel when she went on to a Catholic high school. Her drive and smart wit made her stand out. She was selected to receive scholarships to attend Edgewood College. She followed in the footsteps of at least four others from her high school who had also attended Edgewood College. Duggin wanted to become a teacher, like her mother.

There are many, many memories. “I made such great friends and made some pretty amazing memories. One spring break, for example, we drove a VW beetle from Madison to Fort Lauderdale. We hit a cow in Kentucky, but that did not deter us from reaching Florida,” she said. “I also have fond memories of going to Wisconsin Dells and Janesville

In her junior year, she served as a student teacher at Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic School in Mobile - the same school she attended in seventh and eighth grade. After graduating in June of 1971, she took her degree back to Mobile, where she taught for two years at Holy Family Elementary School. However, her story is proof one can’t predict where the next fork in the road will lead. She left Mobile for Atlanta in 1973, to look for other opportunities. She met with a recruiting firm focused on helping women secure management positions. The firm was owned by two women who not only went to the same high school as Duggin, they also attended Edgewood College: Alexis Herman (who later in her career would serve as President Bill Clinton’s Secretary of Labor), and Paulette (Norvel) Lewis ’70. That connection led her down a new path. Alexis and Paulette helped Duggin secure a spot in the J.C. Penney’s management program. She relocated to Columbus, Georgia where she moved up the ranks as a manager. Yet another fork in the road led her to


“When I came to Edgewood College I was very shy and lacked confidence in myself,” she said. “The Sinsinawa Dominican sisters at Edgewood College nurtured me and helped me come out of my shell.”

with classmates over holidays because I could not afford to fly home for Thanksgiving.”



politics when she was recruited to work for a political consulting firm.


“The only way to make change is to get involved,” said Duggin. “I found out I could make a difference.” Her first efforts included working at the local level to get minorities involved in politics – voting and running for office. That work didn’t go unnoticed. The Republican National Committee (RNC) saw her dedication and knocked on her door. Duggin worked for the RNC as a liaison during Ronald Reagan’s 1980 Presidential campaign. That eventually led her to working side-by-side with Elizabeth Dole at the White House. She continued to work with Dole as Coordinator of Minority Affairs when Dole became Secretary of Transportation in 1983. “It was such a rewarding experience,” she said with a smile. “I was at any meeting the President had with the Small Minority Businesses, youth groups and AfricanAmerican groups. I was so humbled and nervous, but was amazed all at the same time.” That time in the White House left her well-prepared for the next chapter.

“I was able to incorporate many of the skills I developed while working at the White House into a start-up healthcare company for underserved populations in New York,” she said. “Most people said it could not be done, but we were successful and enrolled over 9,000 members by the day we went operational in January of 1994. That was one of my proudest moments.” In 1999, Duggin became President of the Northeast Region (New York & New Jersey) for that healthcare company, AmeriChoice. AmeriChoice had more than 2,600 employees and was so successful that in 2002, it was acquired by UnitedHealth Group (UHG), which was at that time a Fortune 20 publically traded company. Duggin remained at UHG as a Senior Vice President for Strategic Initiatives until she retired in 2010. However, her political life continued. In 2011, President Obama appointed her to the Board of Trustees of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. “I am very proud of being instrumental in making Historical Black Colleges a major initiative,” she said.



Today, she’s the President of the AnBryce Foundation, which provides academic and leadership programs to underserved youth. She also serves on the Boards of the Aspen Institute, the Georgetown Center for Hypertension, and the National Symphony Orchestra.

Her best advice: “Never be afraid to fail.”

Above left: Adventurous spirit – Duggin (seen here on the right in blue parka) has climbed the 19,341-foot Mt. Kilimanjaro in Kenya twice. Right (top to bottom): With President Obama. With U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elizabeth Dole, 1983. With First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden.


“I hope my legacy is that I made a difference in the lives of others and that I helped the next generation achieve their best, as others did for me,” she said.





interesting journey.”

Jon Wagner ‘09 stays positive these days and very, very busy.



“It’s been an interesting journey.” Jon Wagner ‘09 stays positive these days and very, very busy. As a co-owner of a gourmet food-truck operation based in Dallas, Texas, Wagner is never far away from the day-to-day operations of “The Butcher’s Son,” a high-end food truck specializing in Wisconsin-based Johnsonville brats and sausages. He and his business partner are riding a wave that a recent study estimates is a $1.2 billion industry.

“I’ll be honest with you, my grades were not good in high school,” Wagner remembers. “Call it lack of trying, or ‘uninterested,’ I guess you could say.” During his high school years Wagner was adrift, and looking for a place and a way to fit in. It affected his confidence, and seriously affected his prospects for admission to college. He did play golf (and still does, when he’s not too busy) which led him from his native Sheboygan, Wis. to a conversation with Eagles Men’s Golf Coach Gary Oftedahl.

“When no one else was interested, or willing to give me a shot, (then President) Dr. Carey and Coach Oftedahl did – they gave me an opportunity. For whatever reason, they saw something in me, or trusted me. It’s really the reason I chose Edgewood College.” Wagner was invited to apply to the College’s ‘conditional admission’ program. The program provides comprehensive resources that set students up for academic success at Edgewood College. Wagner played for the Eagles for only a few years – some health issues made it critical that he focus only on his major in Business and Finance. And he is glad he did. “It was a great program in general – the one-on-one work is great. It’s a great advantage having the chance to work with the professors,” he said. He remembers thinking in class – perhaps like many of us have – “when am I going to use this?” He knows today, in nearly all respects, the relevance of the curriculum. “It can be tough to sit in class and


But Wagner’s journey was far from exciting at the beginning.

“I looked at a couple of schools, and met with Coach Oftedahl and talked with him about playing golf,” Wagner recalls.



Coach Gary Oftedahl

wonder ‘how will this pertain to me in a year or two,” he said. “But it does.”


That became obvious shortly after graduation. “In 2011 I was introduced to my business partner through a mutual friend,” Wagner recalls. “He had restaurants in a few states. So we met and talked about food trucks. We started by looking at markets that weren’t as affected by the (market downturn in 20082009) economy. We were looking for a place where the weather was predominantly good throughout the year, and a place that didn’t have a lot of food trucks. California and New York at the time, and Austin, Texas were already big food truck scenes, and have been for quite some time.” After some extensive market research, a plan developed. “We chose the Dallas / Ft. Worth market, in part because at the time there were only four gourmet food trucks operating there,” Wagner said. “The economy hadn’t been as badly affected, and the weather was nicer. So we picked up, moved to Dallas, and started with one truck: coming up with the menu, designing a brand, putting in an operational system, putting in an accounting system,

and everything else that goes with it.” Part of the business plan includes extensive use of social media: the company is active on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram – and in many ways more than just ‘active.’ “Social media and our website drive the business,” Wagner said. “Our customers go online to see where the trucks will be located. Wherever we are on a given day is posted on all our social media channels – that is our method of telling people where we’re going to be for the day, or the week, or at what event we’re going to attend. People will reach out to us via our website or Twitter asking about where we’ll be. The lifeline of our marketing and our business comes from social media.” It’s a formula that appears to be working. The Butcher’s Son today has forty fulltime employees, and has diversified and grown to six trucks with four different food concepts: The Butcher’s Son, Gandolfo’s (a deli featuring gourmet hot dogs), What’s Da Scoop, (ice cream) and Texas Burrito Company. Now, Wagner said, they’re eyeing new markets. “The great thing about food trucks is you can move them around,” he said. “In the winter months in Texas,



we’re experimenting with expanding into the Florida market – Naples and Ft. Myers.” Whatever the future holds, Wagner said, the goal is to be smart about growing the business.

“At a time where I didn’t know what I wanted to do, and probably didn’t have the confidence about what I could accomplish there were people in my life that did see it and were willing to give me a chance,” Wagner said. “I can’t thank Gary and Dr. Carey and my parents enough.”

“It’s a business that’s very difficult to scale,” he said. “It’s really about maximizing by running to full capacity in the trucks. The goal is to continue to grow and continue to expand the brands in various forms. The possibilities for the mobile business are endless if you think outside the box.”

He mentions Oftedahl in particular.

Wagner knows he has a great opportunity, and has the confidence to pursue it. And those come with a responsibility he feels each day with his employees.

“The people at Edgewood College – it’s one thing to get accepted to go there, it’s another thing to succeed,” Wagner said. “People are willing to work with you and help you and guide you. You can get an opportunity, but if you don’t follow-up on it, and there’s no support there, it’s a very different story. I owe a lot to the people who didn’t give up on me, and who guided me in the right direction.”

Wagner said that’s one of the lessons he learned outside of the classroom.


“It’s really about teaching, and teaching to help people grow into their abilities and give them an opportunity to do whatever they want,” he said. “This job is a stopping point in their life; they’re with us a year or two. We ask ourselves, how can we help them better their lives or their families’ lives going forward?”

“Even after I stopped playing golf, Coach Oftedahl would help me and we’d talk on a daily basis - even though he had a lot going on with the team and other stuff to focus on.” The two remain in touch to this day.



Edgewood College is committed to excellence in teaching and learning. Here’s a look at what some of our faculty have been up to, as they continue to develop in our students intellect, spirit, imagination, and heart.

Judy Adrian, Instructor in the School of Integrative Studies COR Program, displayed a series of 4-6 week art shows at Madison Memorial, East, and Lafollette High Schools. The exhibits display African American art created by DarRen Morris, co-author, with Judy, of the book In Warm Blood: Prison & Privilege, Hurt & Heart (2014). Adrian spoke with more than 900 students as part of the exhibits. µ1

Julie Dunbar, Professor in the Music Department, presented “Segregation on Paper: Power and Peril in Writing a Women’s Musicological Narrative” at the National Women’s Music Festival in Middleton, Wis. in July 2016. µ1

Carrie Firman, Associate Professor in the Art Department, presented her digital art and design project entitled “Comparing with Kandinsky” at the Synesthesia and Cross-Modal Perception Conference, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, in April 2016.

Binbin Fu, Associate Professor and Special Assistant for Asian Affairs in the School of Integrative Studies, published a peer-reviewed article entitled “Re-Imagined Homes: Transnational Asian American Writing in Annie Wang’s The People’s Republic of Desire” in Asiatic, An International Journal of Asian Literatures, Cultures and Englishes. µ2

Steve Gilchrist, Director of the Sustainability Leadership Program in the School of Integrative Studies, accompanied four graduate students to Araquipa, Peru to work with and learn from international partners. A visit to the Alto Cayma community to work with a group of women called “Promotoras de Bienestar” (Promoters of Well-Being) built understanding and perspective across culture and geography. µ3

Jim Goll, Geoscience Professor, and Louise Stracener, Associate



Professor in the Chemistry, Geoscience and Physics Department, presented at the Biennial Conference on Chemical Education held at Northern Colorado University in August. Two students, Erin Peterson and Erin Sincox, accompanied them on the trip and gained great experience presenting with them.

Ashley Holland, Associate Professor in the Psychology Department, coauthored an article with N.L McElwain, B.G. Ogolsky, J.M. Engle, and E.T. Mitchell entitled “Child–child similarity on attachment and temperament as predictors of positive interaction during acquaintanceship at age 3,” appearing in Developmental Psychology, 52, 1394-1408 (2016). µ4

Jill Kirby, Assistant Professor in the Religious Studies Department, was selected to participate during summer 2016 in a three-week seminar on the Reformation at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich. Her participation was funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.



Lauren Lacey, Associate Professor of English, and Director of Women’s


and Gender Studies, presented “Nalo Hopkinson’s Midnight Robber as Postcolonial and Posthuman Explorations of Feminist Becoming” at WisCon, May 28, 2016, in Madison.

Gerardo Mancilla, Director of Education Administration and Leadership, presented “The Role of Advocacy for Latino Families in Understanding the Intersection between the School System and the Criminal Justice System” at the National Latina/o Psychological Association Conference in Orlando, Florida in September 2016. µ5

Cynthia Perry, Associate Professor in the School of Education, led efforts to secure two grants - from the Attic Angel Association and from the Wisconsin Early Childhood Association – totaling more than $40,000 for early childhood education initiatives. µ6

Francie Rowe, Professor in the Biological Sciences Department, continues her work with several Wisconsin organizations – including Central Sands Water Action Coalition, Pleasant Lake Management District, and Water Resources Education Coalition – to educate Wisconsin residents on the importance of clean water and on groundwater supply issues.


Nicholas Spina, Assistant Professor in the Social Sciences Department, authored “The Religious Authority of the Orthodox Church and Tolerance toward Homosexuality,” appearing in Problems of Post-Communism 63:1 (January 2016).

Bob Tarrell, Professor in the Art Department, was featured in a solo show of 50 paintings entitled “The Painter’s Travels,” on exhibit in October 2016 at the Whitewater Arts Alliance’s Cultural Arts Center in Whitewater, Wis. Earlier this year Professor Tarrell gave plein air workshops at James Tellen’s Chair City Cookout in Sheboygan, Wis. in August 2016.

Julie Whitaker, Associate Professor in the Social Sciences Department, authored “Recursive Exercises to Help Students Engage and Recognize Sociological Shifts,” which appears in the October issue of Teaching Sociology.

Angela Woodward, Director of The Writing Center, published two books




and a short story, winning three awards for those publications. The 2016 University of Alabama Press novel Natural Wonders won the 2015 Fiction Collective Two Catherine A. Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize, while Origins and Other Stories (Dzanc Books, 2016) earned the Collagist Magazine Prose Chapbook Competition. A new short story “New Technologies of Reading” received a prestigious 2016 Pushcart Prize, an annual small press literary award, and will be reprinted in the 2017 Pushcart Prize Anthology.




Former President Jim Ebben and wife Marilyn were honored with the John DeMain Award for Outstanding Commitment to Music, presented by the Madison Symphony Orchestra League, in recognition of their longstanding and unwavering support of the League, the Madison Symphony Orchestra and music in the community.

“It’s hard to capture the joy you get out of doing this,” Dr. Ebben said in his remarks upon accepting the honor. “Our lives have been greatly enriched by the Madison Symphony Orchestra.” (l. to r.) Former President Jim Ebben and Marilyn Ebben, and Madison Symphony Orchestra Music Director and Conductor John DeMain.


Each has served the orchestra in multiple volunteer and board roles, beginning in 1987 when Dr. Ebben became president of the College.

COMMUNITY IMPACT: PARTNERSHIP ON THE MOVE The Madison Metro Bus Lines poetry project brings together Madison poets of all ages, the city’s public transportation system, and students in Associate Professor Carrie Firman’s Typography class to create movable art. “This is a very public display of public institutions working together,” Firman told the Cap Times. “Especially given the political climate in the whole country, it’s important to see that cooperation can happen.”



Just before May Commencement,

Marissa Blackmore ’16, Summa Cum Laude received the Jack Keating Student Civic Leadership Award, presented by the Wisconsin Campus Compact. This annual award recognizes up to three students or teams of students that have taken a leadership role in creating change in their community. The award honors students who work toward fulfilling the civic mission of their institution and Wisconsin Campus Compact. Here, Blackmore is honored at a ceremony in Milwaukee. Rick Gilpatrick, Director of Engineering at Briggs and Stratton, presents the award.

WELCOME TO THE BOARD! Three outstanding leaders joined the Board of Trustees in the fall of 2016.

James Gallegos is a Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary with Alliant Energy. Previous professional positions include Trial Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, and Law Clerk for a Federal District Court Judge. Mr. Gallegos also currently serves as a member of the board for the Madison Symphony Orchestra and the Urban League of Greater Madison.

Becky Splitt is Executive Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer of StudyBlue, Inc. a mobile, social study platform that has amassed the largest, fastest growing library of high school and college level study material on the web. Prior to that post, Ms. Splitt served as Microsoft’s Director of MSN International, managing teams located across more than a dozen countries outside the U.S.


Francie Rowe, Ph.D., is Professor and Chair in the Biological Sciences Department at Edgewood College. Dr. Rowe’s scholarly research includes science education, aquatic invasive species, and developmental biology. In addition to her work at Edgewood College, Dr. Rowe currently serves on the Waushara County Watershed Lakes Council Board, the Pleasant Lake Management District Board, and the Central Sands Water Action Coalition Steering Committee.





A dazzling September afternoon set a perfect stage for the dedication of East Regina Hall, the newest home for students. The $13 million project was completed on time, under budget, and was ready when the first students moved in August 20 to begin the fall semester.

A Classic Idea for a New Home

“The students who moved in here less than a month ago will not only build community here on this campus,” Board Chair Londa Dewey said. “They will build a more just and compassionate world through their study, their reflection on that study, and through their leadership and service.”

Pearl told Klein the story of how she wanted to help out her alma mater when Regina Hall opened in 1957. So she and a classmate grabbed their sewing machines and “came up to Madison” to help sew all of the curtains for the ‘new’ Regina Hall.

Scores of benefactors and partners from the Greater Madison community enjoyed tours of the new hall, and were especially thrilled with the gift of a clock (made using oak harvested from campus) built by Greg Sweeney of J.H. Findorff, Inc. the construction firm that has worked on this and many other College buildings.

On a visit to Arizona earlier this year, Gary Klein, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, happened across a wonderful story courtesy of Pearl (Kolb) Quast ’56.

To carry on that tradition of a gift from the heart, Quast sewed a curtain for a window in the new addition to Regina Hall. The curtain is in its new home, and Quast recently wrote “thank you for trusting me to do this wonderful project for the new dorm at my beloved Edgewood College!”



Edgewood College welcomed Dr. Stevie Watson as the new Dean of the School of Business in July 2016. “Dr. Watson shares Edgewood College’s strong commitment to excellence in teaching and learning,” Dean Pribbenow, Vice President for Academic Affairs said. “His work with students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels makes him uniquely qualified to assume this critical role at Edgewood College. We look forward to his energy and enthusiasm making an immediate impact on both our campus community, and on Greater Madison.” Dr. Watson, or “Stevie” as he prefers, was most recently Chair and Associate Professor of Marketing in the Department of Management, Marketing, and Public Administration (MMPA) at Bowie State University in Maryland.

DOGS ON CALL Mid-term exams and the pressures of life as a college student can be a challenge. That’s where ‘Dogs on Call’ comes in. Each semester, Personal Counseling Services sponsors a program where trained therapy dogs (and their people) visit campus, providing a few moments of comfort and perspective. Students appear to be revitalized by the simple encounters with our ‘best friends.’ “Edgewood College had dogs on campus today for me to love and pet,” one student posted on social media. “And I don’t think I’ve ever been happier.”

The Corporation for National and Community Service has honored Edgewood College with a place on the 2015 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for commitment to service, civic engagement and service-learning. The College has received this honor for the past several years. This year’s award specifically recognizes three areas of the life of the College: the COR 2 curriculum, Service

Scholarship Programs which includes the Community Scholars, Bonner Leaders, and Servant Leadership Scholarship programs, and Athletics. This year’s citation recognized the many thousands of hours students volunteer each year to serve Greater Madison and beyond.





OVERBY HONORED WITH UW AWARD Jonathan Overby ’03, MA ’09, Ed.D. ’11 was honored with the Wisconsin Idea Award, presented by UW Colleges and UW-Extension. The annual Chancellor’s Awards recognize UW Colleges and UW-Extension partners, supporters and employees for their outstanding contributions to the quality of life in Wisconsin. Overby was recognized especially for his work as host and executive producer on Wisconsin Public Radio’s Higher Ground, which introduces audiences to the world’s cultures through music. The award also highlighted Overby’s annual State of Wisconsin celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, which “has become an anticipated affirmation of social justice and racial understanding.”


In addition to his many endeavors, Overby also serves as a member of the doctoral faculty at Edgewood College.

Overby and UW Colleges and UW-Extension Chancellor Cathy Sandeen. September 2016.

SUMMER ‘THANK YOU’ FOR BENEFACTORS Summer in Madison is special indeed, and a wonderful setting for a Summer Social event. This warm occasion, held at the home of Trustee Jim Imhoff and Kitty Kuhl, provided President Flanagan and the Board of Trustees an opportunity to say a sincere ‘thank you’ to major benefactors of the College. Left to right are President Flanagan, Julie Porto, Bill Wilcox (Hon.) ‘09, Krista Flanagan.


Earlier this fall, Maureen McDonnell, O.P. ’67 was presented with the Community Shares of Wisconsin Sally Sunde Family Advocate Award. The award recognized Sr. Mo’s work in social justice and advocacy.



“Maureen’s commitment comes from a deeply contemplative place that has allowed the ears of her heart to hear the cries of the poor, and to work tirelessly for issues of justice and peace,” Mary Ellen Gevelinger, O.P. former Prioress of the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa said. “Her quiet demeanor allows Maureen to move into the center of a group, welcome others into the conversation, and move forward for a cause.” Before her retirement, Sr. Mo served in College Ministries at Edgewood College for more than twenty years.

COMMUNITY IMPACT – SUMMER PRE-COLLEGE PROGRAM Edgewood College again offered a unique pre-college program during Summer 2016. Ten high school students took a math class (Introduction to Problem Solving) in the morning followed by college readiness workshops in the afternoon for eight weeks. Of the ten students, four will be the first in their families to go to college.

Another student said “I think it was a great way to get the experience of that first college class while learning new ways to think and making friends along the way!” Organizers of the program are Steven Post, Professor of

Mathematics, Glenna ScholleMalone, Director of Student Diversity and Inclusion, and Tony Garcia, Director of Diversity and Inclusion.

They were joined by Derek Johnson, Director of Freshman Admissions, and Marisha Ash, a senior Mathematics major (not pictured).


One of the students said “this class changed the way I think about and approach math problems. This knowledge and these skills will be useful in later math classes and in college for they can be applied to any problem.”



ACCOLADES FOR STUDENT LEARNING Edgewood College has been named to the 2016 ‘Best National Universities’ list by U.S. News & World Report. That announcement was the most recent in a series of national recognitions. The College was named as a “Best in the Midwest” college by The Princeton Review, and was named to MONEY magazine’s “Best Colleges” List for 2016-17. “Our focus remains on creating deeply engaging educational experiences for all of our students— the kinds of experiences that prepare them for employment and to become the kinds of engaged citizens, ethical leaders, reflective scholars, and thoughtful innovators our community and our world needs,” President Scott Flanagan said. “It is gratifying to receive national recognition for the work our faculty and staff do every day to make that happen.”



When Professors Jim Goll (r.) and Louise Stracener (l.) were in Colorado for a conference this summer, they took time to drop in on Joshua Biller ’05, a research associate at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, in Boulder, Colo. Biller earned a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Denver in 2014.

FROM SOCIAL MEDIA Beginning in 2016, the College is transitioning from the 1960s-era ‘Handicapped’ icon to a more modern ‘Accessible’ icon, conveying mobility. This is an image from the DeRicci parking lot, near the Edgedome.


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According to MONEY magazine’s Best Colleges List for 2016-17, Edgewood College is the 2nd-highest rated private college in Wisconsin, and is in the upper-1/3rd of all college and universities – public and private – in the country.

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For the 1st time in program history, the Eagles baseball team received the 2016 American Baseball Coaches Association Team Academic Excellence Award. The Eagles were one of only 36 NCAA Division III schools nationwide to receive this honor.

I N T H E PA S T 4 S E A S O N S For the 3rd time in the past four seasons the Eagles Men’s Golf Team received the Team Academic Award from the Golf Coaches Association of America.

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Derek Johnson, Director of Freshman Admissions, has been named the 2016 Wisconsin Association for College Admission Counseling (WACAC) Admission Professional of the Year, recognizing excellence and dedication to serving students in transition from high school to college.


The women’s track & field team set a new standard in academic excellence in 2015-2016. The Eagles recorded the 5th-highest team grade point average in the nation in being named an All-Academic Team by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

For the 8th time in the past 9 seasons, the women’s volleyball team has been honored with the American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Award. In the classroom, the defending Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference champions were led by Savannah Koester, who held a perfect 4.0 gpa.





connected Stay connected by attending events, volunteering for career week activities, and sharing your photos and updates. We love to keep alumni connected with each other! Accounting Club Dinner (A) Alumni joined School of Business faculty and current students at the annual Accounting Club Dinner. Math Department Gathering (B) Math Department faculty and alumni gathered on campus to reconnect. Athletics Hall of Fame (C) Five former Eagles were inducted into the Edgewood College Hall of Fame.



Emerald Club (D) Alumnae gather to celebrate the 50th Reunion of the Class of 1966 with a mass in St. Joseph Chapel followed by a luncheon. Eagle Golf Outing (E) The Eagle Golf Outing, which raises funds to support student athletes, was held at The Meadows of Sixmile Creek. Athletic Alumni Reunion (F) Athletic alumni united at Dahmen’s at Hawks Landing for a reunion. President’s Tailgate (G) President Scott Flanagan and the Edgewood College community welcomed alumni, parents, and friends to the 2nd Annual President’s Tailgate.

Questions, comments or ideas? Call or write, Cassie Wickersham ‘11, Alumni Director, (608) 663-2309,














1960s Sue (Walsh) Cocoma ’65 is the co-author of Triumph on Baker Road: How the Walsh Family Defeated Polio, which was published in May 2016.

Kathleen Malone, O.P. ‘65 retired from being


Martha Mary Rohde, O.P. ‘69 was honored for 50 years of religious service during the annual Religious Jubilee Mass at the Cathedral of St. Ignatius Loyola in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Sr. Martha Mary is a member of the Dominican Sisters of the Most Holy Rosary and earned her bachelor’s in Elementary Education.

principal of Edgewood Campus School at the end of the 2015-16 school year.

Judith Fleming ‘67 has been accepted back into the


Peace Corps at age 70. She previously was in the Peace Corps from 1967-1969. She departed for Uganda in June 2016 to do microbusiness development. She will have a three month in-country training, and then will serve for a two year commitment, after 49 years between service! µ1

1980s Leroy Arnold ‘82 has completed his doctorate in Information Science at the age of 56! He took online courses from the University of South Africa for four years, culminating in his graduation on May 23rd at a ceremony held in Pretoria, South Africa. Leroy was one of only eight candidates receiving a doctorate. µ2

Marcy (Cinkay) Bieneman ’65, Sue (Walsh) Cocoma ’65, Sharon Cronkrite ’65, Marlene (Johanning) Kelsey ’65, Maureen McDonnell, OP ’67, and Jean (Rosenow) Affeldt ’84 all gathered at Quivey’s Grove in Madison for a lunch & reunion. Some of the friends had not seen each other in over fifty years!






Maureen Crombie ’87 was elected to Sun Prairie City Council, District 3. Maureen is the Administrative Specialist for the YMCA of Dane County Northeast Branch. She has also been the President of the Sun Prairie Optimist Club. µ3

Katherine McIntyre ‘01 recently published a children’s book about sadness and depression entitled How Frederick Found His Light. Katie is currently a child therapist in Fort Atkinson.

1990s Meg Pekarske ’97 was honored in the Wisconsin Law Journal as a 2016 “Woman in the Law.” This award recognizes outstanding achievement by the top Wisconsin women in the practice of law.

Michele Ritt ‘93, MA ’98 was elected to Dane County Board for District 18. Michele has also served on the City-County Homeless Issues Committee, the Human Services Board, and the Education Committee. µ4

Brad Swiontek ‘94 has joined the Outtech Inc. team

Jonathan Freund ‘97, MBA ’99 was elected to Sun Prairie City Council, District 2. Jonathan was a former Sun Prairie City Council member and former Sun Prairie Mayor. µ6

Linda Trent ‘99 is currently a yoga instructor at the Fond Du Lac Juvenile Court and Detention Center and a teacher at the Center for Spirituality and Healing in Fond Du Lac, Wis. Additionally, she is the Nursing and Children Services Coordinator at the Holy Family Catholic Community, also in Fond Du Lac.


as the Regional Manager for the Outtech Hunting Division. He will work with accounts in Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. µ5





2000s Brian Hagen, MBA ‘02 has been promoted to Senior Vice President and Director of Commercial Real Estate at First Business Financial Services in Madison.


Vance Dalzin, Ed.D ‘05 has been named the new superintendent for the Oakfield School District in Oakfield, Wis. Previously, Vance was the superintendent and interim middle school principal at the Fox PointBayside school district. µ9

Monica Schlicht, MBA ’03 has accepted the position of Vice President of Private Wealth Management at First Business Financial Services Inc.

Joseph Schuch ‘03 has joined the National Bank of Waupun as Vice President and Senior Commercial Loan Manager. Additionally, he is the president of the Board of Directors of the Watertown Area Chamber of Commerce.

Lori Venturella ‘03 has a new book available on Amazon-Kindle entitled Feathers of Inheritance. It is a historical fiction novel set in the Civil War era. µ7

Richard Borre ’04 and his wife, Stacey, welcomed


Melanie Ashlynn Borre to their family on June 8th, 2016. µ8

2010s William McCoy, Ed.D ’10, director of the Building Ethical Leaders Using an Integrated Ethics Framework (BELIEF) program at Northern Illinois University’s College of Business in DeKalb, Ill. was one of four staff members to receive NIU’s 2016 Presidential Award for Excellence. µ10

Michael Bechtel Ed.D. ’12 received a 2016 Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Award, an annual honor recognizing teachers who have made an extraordinary impact on the lives of students. Dr. Bechtel is currently an assistant professor of science

Jeremiah DeGollon ’07, MBA ’12 won the Business Development Professional of the Year Award from the Credit Union National Association. Jeremiah was recognized for his innovative business development philosophy, which incorporates culture, partnerships, advocacy, and financial confidence.





education at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa.

Mark Elworthy, Ed.D ’12 has been named the Whitewater Unified School District’s new District Administrator. Previously, Mark was the district administrator of the Wisconsin Heights School District.

Amanda McFarlane ’12 and Matthew Moseman celebrated their wedding on June 26, 2016. Amanda is currently a first grade teacher in the Sauk Prairie School District, and Matthew is employed by Ringbrothers in Spring Green. µ11

Claude Rochon MS ’12 will be published in the Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare, and thus joins the International Nurses Association, a prestigious honor.

Stephen Harle ‘13 has accepted a position with JLL in Chicago as a Lead Data Scientist and iOS Developer. He leads JLL’s global data science team and assists in developing iPhone and iPad applications. µ12


Steven Kaatz ‘13 is joining the Peace Corps! Steven earned his bachelor’s in Studies in Education.

Luke Pralle ‘13 has been teaching English in Suzhou, China since his graduation.

Cody Schara ‘13 has recently been accepted into the doctoral program in Heritage Leadership for Sustainability, Social Justice, and Participatory Culture at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Brad Stangel, MA ’13 has been named Andrean High School’s (Merrillville, Ind.) boys’ basketball coach. Previously, he was an assistant men’s basketball coach at UW – Platteville.

Stacy Thompson MA ’13 and Thomas Johannsen celebrated their wedding on July 16th, 2016. Congratulations Stacy and Thomas! µ13

Justin, and big sister Raegan (who will be two in October) welcomed Cashton Michael Holmgren to their family on April 11th, 2016.


Aleece (Cappaert) Holmgren ’13, her husband,






Amber Hesse ’14 and Timothy Gustafson celebrated Stephanie Munoz ’14, a graduate of the Community





hired as the first Racial Equity Coordinator at

their wedding on September 24th, 2016. Amber is currently a registered nurse at Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital in Milwaukee, Wis.

Catholic Charities in Madison, a new position

Alexander V. Law ’14, has accepted a position as

created with the intent to promote equity and

Program Manager for the Wisconsin Energy Conservation Corporation (WECC). In his new role, Alex will be directly responsible for the formulation, evolution, development and communication of the strategic vision for WECC’s Energy Finance Solutions (EFS) Programs.

inclusion. In addition to her new role, Stephanie will chair the newly-established Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities Committee at Catholic Charities.

Dustin Mireles ‘14 was recently named the Nature Conservancy’s Baraboo Hills Forest Steward, in Baraboo.

Hannah Wheeler ’14 & AJ Fameree ’13 celebrated their wedding in November, 2015 in Golden, Colorado. They held their reception on August 27th, 2016. Hannah is currently working at UW Green Bay as a Student Services Specialist and AJ currently works at ZimmerBiomet as a Sales Representative. µ14


Zach Penshorn, MBA ’15 has been promoted from Director to Vice President of Human Resources at M3 Insurance.

Mark Rollefson, Ed.D. ’15 assumed his new role as Superintendent of the School District of Jefferson this summer. Previously, he was the principal of Jefferson (Wis.) High School.

Rebecca Scheunemann ‘15 has a new job with Gilson, Inc. in Middleton, Wis. as a MLH Technical Support Specialist. µ15

Maggie Schuh ’16 began working at the Community Support Network in August as a Supported Employment Specialist.

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IN MEMORIAM Margaret Conroy, O.P. ‘63

Victoria Prince ‘78

July 4, 2016

May 10, 2016

July 16, 2016

Kathleen (Kobold) Skelton ‘46

Julie Coyne, O.P. ‘64

Mary Sanner-Rice ‘83

April 13, 2016

June 18, 2016

March 3, 2016

Rose (Ford) Cummins ‘46

Laverne (Haskins) Madsen ‘69

Janice Handel ‘89

July 5, 2016

April 12, 2016

May 17, 2016

Cecilia Carey, O.P. ‘46

Margaret Kilroy ‘70

Randy Wells ‘07

August 12, 2016

June 5, 2016

May 2, 2016

Margaret Griffin, O.P. ‘59

Elspeth (Lornitzo) Colwell ‘73

Brianna Walczak ‘12

June 8, 2016

January 25, 2016

May 12, 2016

Sabina Ryan, O.P. ‘61

Regina (Dugan) Gloede ‘74

April 8, 2016

February 8, 2016

Mary (Hughes) Milestone ‘62

Perine Rudy ‘78

June 11, 2016

June 30, 2016


Betty (Straub) Richter ‘44

Cecilia Carey, O.P. August 17, 1921 - August 12, 2016 Edgewood College honors the life and work of President Cecilia Carey, O.P., who passed away Friday, August 12 at St. Dominic Villa in Hazel Green, Wis. “Cecilia was a courageous leader at an important time in the history of Edgewood College,” President Scott Flanagan said in an interview with the Wisconsin State Journal. “She possessed a sharp counsel and kindness. She will be greatly missed.” Sr. Cecilia served as president of Edgewood College from 1967-1977, and as Prioress of the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa from 1977-1986. She began

Sr. Cecilia was born Aug. 17, 1921, in Casselton,

her teaching career in 1940 in River Forest, Ill., and

North Dakota, the daughter of Thomas and

through the decades that followed served students

Elizabeth (Mahon) Carey. She is survived by a sister,

in Illinois, Nebraska, New York, and Wisconsin. She

Mary Lois Carey, O.P.; a brother, Mark Carey; nieces;

was also among the first Dominicans of Sinsinawa

nephews; and her Dominican Sisters with whom

to serve as a missionary in Bolivia, South America.

she shared life for 76 years.


intellect and wit, and I was grateful for her support,


ARTNERING TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE My husband Robert and I developed our “niche-giving” philosophy years ago. We’ve always been an open book about that philosophy: be alert to the unmet needs around us; find a need and fill it; acknowledge the unrecognized; reward the unrewarded; and set an example for others. Since Robert’s death in 2009, I have continued to honor him and our life together, keeping true to the giving philosophy we developed. I carry on our legacy at Edgewood College, a community partner that has the potential to make a difference in and for each of us - in Greater Madison, and in the world. Gifts honoring the Heideman legacy include student scholarship support as well as funding of the Heideman Crossing Educational Boundaries Fund. Carroll Heideman retired educator of the madison metropolitan school district

What will your legacy be? To learn more, contact Vice President for Institutional Advancement Gary Klein at 608-663-6713 or

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