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March 2016, Washington, D.C. (l. to r.) Mike Carr, Trustee, Edgewood College; U.S. Department of Education Secretary John B. King, President Flanagan.

Last month, I was contacted by the U.S. Department of Education about attending a discussion in Washington, D.C. about access and success of students from low-income families. I was invited to attend due to the success Edgewood College has had in helping students from the lower end of the socioeconomic spectrum succeed. While doing some background reading in preparation, I came across some research conducted by scholars at the University of California. Their first point? “Educate students to know, do, and reflect.” I found that apt advice in the year when we celebrate the 800th anniversary of the Dominican order, whose educational philosophy is based on what we refer to as the Dominican studium: study, reflection, and action. Whichever phrasing you might prefer, we’ve put that concept to good use: • The last decade has brought unparalleled success in College history. Student success, educational quality, campus facilities, institutional finance…all of these measures—and more—have made us stronger than ever. • The College has continued its tradition of meeting the needs of under-represented student populations. Attendance, retention, and graduation rates of students who identify as racially or ethnically diverse have risen simultaneously, providing momentum we must continue to advance. And we have garnered national recognition for our success in meeting the educational needs of veterans. • As part of their commitment to excellence in teaching and learning, many of our faculty and staff are exceptional scholars and leaders in their own right. Check out a new feature in this Magazine, “Faculty in Focus,” to see some examples of faculty research, publications, and presentations. Our campus community has started the process of articulating our vision for the centennial year of 2027. As we plan for this future, you can rest assured Edgewood College students, alumni, faculty, and staff will continue to have a positive impact on their community and the world…through an educational process involving study, reflection, and action. Please enjoy the stories and updates in these pages—and thank you for your support of Edgewood College!

Scott Flanagan, President


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AN INCREASING COMMITMENT TO RECYCLED PAPER A commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainability resonates deeply at the College, a legacy begun by the native people who first cared for this very special 55-acre campus on the shore of Lake Wingra. The College is honored to be part of the legacy of sustainability that we inherit. With the publication of this edition, we’re taking additional steps to try to be good stewards of the environment. The symbol above corresponds to the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), an international, nonprofit, membership-based organization that brings people together to find solutions to the problems created by poor forestry practices and to reward good forest management.


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“We award the ‘Best for Vets’ designation to the very best - to the colleges that really are setting the example,” said Amanda Miller, editor of Military Times’ Best for Vets rankings and special editions. Earlier in 2015, the College was awarded the designation of a ‘Top School’ in the 2016 Military Advanced Education & Transition Guide to Colleges &

Universities, measuring best practices in military and veteran education. Edgewood College was also named a ‘2016 Military Friendly’ school. It’s the first time the College has received all three honors in the same year. Today, students who are veterans (and their families) are in traditional undergraduate programs, accelerated programs, and in masters-level and doctoral programs at the College.

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In November, Edgewood College was named to the Military Times Best for Vets: Colleges 2016 list, marking the first time the College has received this honor. Edgewood College is one of only five Wisconsin institutions, and the only private college in the state, to merit placement on the list.

In 2011, Edgewood College established the Veterans and Military Services Office, and hired Matthew Schroeder ’07 as its first Director. Let’s meet Matthew, and some of the students who through their study and their work, continue to add to the rich fabric of our communities.

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Behind the steady growth in this particular population of students is an alum of the College, and himself a veteran. Matthew Schroeder is the Director of Military & Veterans Services at Edgewood College.

On campus, he’s hard to miss. Well above six feet tall, he moves deliberately, and is a bit reserved. But a quiet surface is just that; his energy and his passion for “his students” is infectious.

“Being a former student, I wanted to be sure that our veteran students got a full suite of services that I did not get,” he says. “I wanted us to have a primary point of contact for anything that might come up.”

“My drive is to see our students get their education and go on to the next step,” he says. “I want them to come here, get the most out of their time here, and then go out into the community and be game-changers, to make that difference and to be leaders. I want to see Edgewood College continue to do good things, and if I can be that catalyst, that drives me.”

Schroeder is that primary point of contact. As you’ll see, some credit his influence with the decision to enroll in the first place. Most agree the atmosphere Schroeder creates in the Office on the first floor of DeRicci Hall goes a long way toward fostering lasting relationships.

Schroeder says the College’s approach toward serving these students is often first felt at off-campus events in Greater Madison. “They see me, and I’m a reflection of what they’re going to get when they come here,” he says. “Because we do offer a more personal approach than a big school is able to do. Our students get a lot more of a personal relationship because of our department, as opposed to other institutions where there’s one or two people working with 400 students. Here we have myself and two others in the Registrar’s office working on veterans’ benefits.”

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“As a vet, working with other veterans, working with their families, there’s a different relationship altogether,” he says. “We like to congregate with each other. It’s a mutual respect from the start. They can trust me, they know that I’m going to go that extra mile.”

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Since earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, things have been moving quickly for Savage Clark ‘16. This married mother of two sons has already started a master’s degree program in Psychology, with a concentration in industrial and organizational Psychology. Also she’s just been hired by Cleary Building Corp., headquartered in Verona, Wis., as a Safety & Loss Control Assistant. After graduating high school, she joined the Marine Corps, and in 2006 was sent to Iraq. She was injured there, and because of those injuries was ‘medically retired’ from the military.

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Clark said the transition time that followed was challenging, and felt “pretty unsuccessful.” That’s when she decided to use the benefits that she earned through her service. “I was not thrilled about going back to school, I was not a good high school student,” she says. “But I actually did really well at Madison College. I was in their honor society, I was in some school clubs. Surprisingly it was a lot easier than I thought it was going to be.” After completing her associates’ degree, she transferred to Edgewood College. After some challenges transitioning to the College, she says “once I got connected with Matthew (Schroeder), things went a lot smoother and a lot easier.” Clark says as a veteran, it can feel ‘a bit awkward’ on a college campus, with traditional (and a bit younger)

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fellow students. That makes the time spent in ‘the office’ that much more valuable. “One of the nice things about the office, if you’re having a stressful, bad day, you can go in there,” she says. “And they’ll fill in their two cents and help you get through the situation or problem. When you have that many minds in the room that understand how it all works, that’s one of the really big benefits.” She credits a change in perspective, and a change in focus, for her success so far, in the classroom and beyond. “Primarily most students are focused on their education, is what I’ve found here, regardless of their age,” she says. And it’s the relationships Clark found that will stay with her, she says; ironic for someone ‘not thrilled about school.’ “I was talking with my husband before graduation,” she says. “And I said ‘I’m actually going to miss the people there.’ I didn’t think I would feel way when I first started here.”


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“It was a bit of a challenge when I started. But I’m a student now.” When Chuck Monzon was finishing high school, he had “no idea” what he wanted to do next, he just knew it wasn’t going to college. His mother jokingly suggested the military; in a surprise move, he joined the U.S. Air Force.

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“Yes, I have a lot more life experience than they do, but we are all ‘professional students.’ And they’re doing something that I couldn’t do right after high school, which I respect. I wasn’t ready for school; they are.”

Fast forward to 2016, he now has two associates’ degrees, is fluent in Korean, is a talented singer, and has discovered what he want to do “when he grows up.” During his twenty years of service, he taught classes in military science. He discovered he loves teaching.

He says the size of Edgewood College is what makes it right for him. “I’m used to dealing with people one-onone, and there’s a lot of that here,” he says. “The one-onone interaction is what I’m really appreciating.” Entering college after a full career in the military called for some adjustments, he says. But the community both in and out of the classroom, and the relationships with professors like Jake Griffin (his advisor) make for a solid foundation for his next steps. “We are all peers and we are all here to learn,” he says.

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He plans to finish his undergraduate Biology degree in December 2016, and proceed directly into the College’s Masters in Secondary Education program, which will include his teaching credential. In addition to studying, this husband and father of two daughters is a Naturalist at the Aldo Leopold Nature Center in Madison.


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Originally from White Bear Lake, Minn., Brad Peterson’s journey has involved more miles than most of us will ever experience. As someone who has “been around the world a couple of times” during his twenty-four years in the military, when he arrived at the College in 2011, he was ready for a change. “I joined the military right after high school,” he says. “I didn’t plan on a career, it just turned into it. That’s all I knew after high school. So when I retired, and we came here, I was in my transition time.” Straight from service to the life of a traditional college student, Peterson began his Web Design & Development major one month after he retired.

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He and his wife had moved their family to Wisconsin, to be closer to her family, and he says there’s “nothing specific” about what attracted him to the College, at least at first. “Once I got here as a student and started, what kept me here was the people,” he says. “Kathleen Kelm – an excellent professor. She was my advisor for my first two or three years here. And it’s not just Kathleen. There are other professors that really liked me being in their classroom environment.” The simple passage of time probably presented the biggest hurdle for Peterson in this new environment. “Maybe the challenge of the age difference,” he says. “It was never really negativity, I think, but at the beginning of the semester when I walked into class, most students thought I was the instructor coming in.”

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Peterson again credits the people and the relationships – especially with faculty – for a meaningful educational experience. “They enjoyed having that older student in there,” he says. “To join in on those in-depth conversations, and bring a whole new level to the conversations in the classrooms. It was a great experience.” Today, he serves the entire campus community as the Service Desk Manager in the Technology Assistance Center. His son Bruce is a freshman, on a ‘more traditional’ path than his father. “Education continues no matter what you’re in,” Peterson says. “If you’re in a job, in the military, you’re always learning.”


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The self-described ‘black sheep’ of her family, Cassie Schultz grew up on a dairy farm near Black River Falls, Wis., the first in her family in the military. She joined the Wisconsin Army National Guard after graduating high school, began classes at Madison College, and then was sent to Iraq with her unit in 2010. That experience, she says, has inspired her next steps. “Ever since coming back from overseas,” she says, “I want to do clinical mental health counseling, specifically trauma. I want to work at the Veterans Administration, just to keep on serving that population. They deserve that expertise.”

Schultz began studying Psychology at Edgewood College in 2011. She continues to serve in the National Guard, and is also in the Reserve Officer Training Corps ‘Badger Battalion,’ a cooperative program with UW-Madison, Edgewood College, Maranatha Baptist University and UW-Whitewater. She says she had the option of attending a larger school “but I still wanted the small class environment, so that’s why I went this route.” But it wasn’t just the classes. “Honestly, one of my biggest draws was Matthew

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“We’re growing to understand the mental health side of things (in the military),” she says. “That’s where I want to be, to help out, because PTSD (post-traumatic stress syndrome) is a serious issue. Being part of the support for that, that’s my dream.”

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‘GREEN LIGHT A VET’ In the Fall of 2015, the College joined a national effort to ‘Greenlight a Vet’ by placing a green light in one of the exterior fixtures on campus. The fixture, which is next to the College parking shuttle stop, remained green through the end of the semester. “With nearly two hundred active duty, veteran or dependent students on campus, this is a simple but meaningful way to say ‘you belong here,’” Director of Military & Veterans Services Matthew Schroeder said. “We hope the green light will give our veteran students, and all our students, a little peace of mind.”

Organizers say ‘Greenlight a Vet’ is a campaign to establish visible national support for our veterans by changing one light to green. Green is the color of hope, renewal and well-being. “Greenlight” is also a term commonly used to activate forward movement. The simple action of changing one light to green is intended to spark a national conversation regarding the recognition of veterans, and “greenlight” them forward as valued members of our communities.

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In 2012, Edgewood College joined institutions across the country in a special effort to educate nursing students on the healthcare issues facing today’s service members, veterans and their families including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). In a broad, coordinated effort, more than 150 state and national nursing organizations, and more than 500 nursing schools have committed to further educate our nation’s 3 million nurses in the coming years so they are prepared to meet the unique health needs of service members, veterans, and their families. “The Henry Predolin School of Nursing was honored to join in this effort to support the men and women who have served, and continue to serve our country,” says Dr. Margaret Noreuil, Dean of the School of Nursing. “Our community partnership with the William S. Middleton Veteran’s Administration Hospital plays a crucial role in the education of our nursing students. Through the Joining Forces initiative, that partnership is reaffirmed, and will continue to grow as we respond to the needs of our veterans, their families, and our communities.”


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MANY MORE STORIES… There are of course many who have served in the U.S. military in our community of learners.

Bradley is co-teaching a class with Lecturer Judy Adrian that draws upon his knowledge and experience with the veteran’s community around issues of re-entry. Bradley, a Vietnam veteran, co-authored a critically-acclaimed 2015 publication called We Gotta Get Out of This Place: The Soundtrack of the Vietnam War. Selected as Rolling Stone’s #1 Best Music Book

of 2015, the work explores how and why a diverse array of U.S. troops turned to music as a way of coping with the complexities of the war they had been sent to fight. On April 7th, Bradley and co-author

Craig Werner presented their book to both campus and the Greater Madison community at Edgewood College.

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Adjunct faculty members are vital members of that community, like COR adjunct Doug Bradley.


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BY THE NUMBERS

2005-2015

a decade of Excellence In

Teaching & Learning ADDED ACADEMIC ‘PERSPECTIVE’ REQUIREMENTS

IMPROVED FRESHMAN TO SOPHOMORE RETENTION

Environmental | Gender Global | Multicultural 2005

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ADDED AND ENHANCED FACILITIES

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Deming Way Campus, Dominican Hall, The Stream, Henry Predolin School of Nursing, Regina Hall Addition (opens Fall 2016)

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CONTINUED STRENGTH IN LEARNING OUTCOMES Graduates ranked these areas highest responding to “how well did Edgewood College help you develop and/or strengthen…”

89% 87% 87% 85% 83% logic and critical thinking

written communication

reflection and self-assessment

oral communication my role as an engaged, responsible citizen

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FACULTY IN FOCUS 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. writing portions of this textbook as part of a spring 2015 honors course. The students also assisted with preparation of materials for an online learning center associated with the text.

Steven Davis, Professor in the Social Science Department, presented “Climate Change Denialism as Social and Political Identity” at the 15th International Conference on Conflict in Identities, Identities in Conflict at Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic, in October 2015.

Mary Elizabeth Bathum, Associate Professor in the Henry Predolin School of Nursing, presented “Creating Resiliency by Paying Attention to our Inner Work” at the Meriter Foundation Enhancing Cultural Competency Skills workshop in November 2015. µAbove

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Carrie Firman, Assistant Professor of Art, was awarded the artist in residency by Gullkistan Center for Creativity in Laugarvatn, Iceland for 7 weeks during summer 2015, where she produced a series of digital artwork, which she then presented at the Eleventh Annual National American Synesthesia Association Conference, University of Miami, Florida, in October 2015. The presentation was titled “Comparing with Kandinsky: Color-Personality Synesthesia in Art and Graphic Design.” µAbove

Denis Collins, Professor in the School of Business, provided his expertise to the 16th Annual Downtown Rotary High School Ethics Symposium at Monona Terrace in February. Dr. Collins trained the Edgewood College and UW-Madison students who served as facilitators for the event, which attracted more than 200 high school students from across Dane County. µAbove

Julie Dunbar, Professor in the Music Department, published the second edition of her book Women, Music, Culture: An Introduction early this year. Nine Honors Program students assisted in editing, researching, and

Jake Griffin, Assistant Professor in the Biological Sciences Department, was accepted into the 2015 National Academies of Science NorthStar Summer Institute for Undergraduate Science Education. The Institute provides training for best practices in Scientific Teaching, a formal pedagogical approach which emphasizes “backward design” of educational experiences that are inclusive, assessable, and incorporate active learning. Jay Hatheway, Professor in the History Department, received a personal letter from President Obama in January 2016. The President thanked Dr. Hatheway for his efforts


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Goes Last: Margaret Atwood on Sex Robots, Biopower, and Autonomy” at the conference. µLower left

conducted a Master Class in Improvisation at the Scuola di Teatro Ducale in Urbino, Italy, in January 2016. µBelow

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Jeanne Leep, Professor on the Theatre Arts Department,

to end discrimination against gay and lesbian people in the military. µAbove

Melanie Herzog, Professor of Art History, delivered the keynote address “Chinese in America: Visual Representation of Identity and Citizenry in the Art of Flo Oy Wong” at the Asians in the Americas Symposium, LaSalle University, Philadelphia, in November 2015.

Sheila Hopkins, Program Coordinator in the School of Education, celebrates the final year of the College’s $1.5 million grant from the Federal Office of English Language Acquisition. The CTELL program (Connecting Teachers to English Language Learners) enabled scholarship supported coursework for more than 500 teachers from more than 60 school districts around Wisconsin to improve instruction and support services for English Language Learners around the state.

Associate Professor of Philosophy, brought six students to the National Women’s Studies Association national conference in Milwaukee in November. Lacey presented “The Heart

Jim Lorman, Professor and Community Partnership Specialist in the Sustainability Leadership Graduate Program, served as the invited moderator and panelist at “Sustainability, Social Equity and Well-Being,” the UW-Madison Nelson Institute Earth Day Conference. In addition he is on the Advisory Team of Friends of Lake Wingra, Inc. and the Steering Team for the City of Madison Wingra Watershed Management Planning Project. µBelow

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Lauren Lacey, Associate Professor of English and Director of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program, and Lisa King,

Todd Lilly, Lecturer in the School of Education, continues his work as a tutor and mentor in UW-Madison’s Odyssey Program, working with high school students who have or who are experiencing homelessness.


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the Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry meeting in Madison. µBelow

Alan Luft, Associate Professor in the Art Department, anticipates the publishing of his book Photographic Portraits Berlin, set for European release this summer. The book will include an essay by Stephen Brockmann, Professor of German Studies at Carnegie-Mellon University. µAbove

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Sayeeda Maymoon, Professor in the Foreign Language Department, presented “Sexual Contamination and the Threat of Transmission: Syphilis in 19th Century Regulations, Representations and Testimonials” at the 41st Annual Nineteenth Century French Studies Colloquium, Princeton University, New Jersey, in November 2015. µBelow

Roberta Pawlak, Professor in the Henry Predolin School of Nursing, presented the refereed work “Policy and Practice: Rapid Health Impact Assessment (HIA) as a Leadership Tool,” with Barbara Pinekenstein, DNP ‘15, RN at the Robert Wood Johnson Building Health Policy Competency in Graduate Nursing Programs conference in Naples, Florida in January 2016. Professor Pawlak continues to serve as Regional Coordinator for Sigma Theta Tau International, the honor society of Nursing.

Brenda del Moral, Assistant Professor in the Biological Sciences Department, presented two workshops at the Human Anatomy & Physiology Society conference in 2015: “Role Playing Through Medical Terminology” and “Whole Body Anatomy & Physiology Final Projects: Using Student Presentations to Prepare for the Comprehensive Exam.” In March 2016, she and Assistant Professor Peter Kuhn mentored seven students in the presentation of their biology research projects at the Midwest chapter of

Claude Rochon, Instructor in the Henry Predolin School of Nursing, will present at the 13th Annual Global Health & Innovation Conference at Yale University in April 2016. His presentation will explore the College’s ongoing global partnership with Angkor Hospital for Children in Cambodia. µAbove


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Sierlecki, Assistant Professor in the Communication Studies Department, presented “Theodore Roosevelt and the Rhetoric of the Strenuous Life” at the 2015 National Communication Association annual convention in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Ferrine Spector, Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department, presented “Multisensory Perception: The Brain’s Original Hack” in Anderson Auditorium on campus in February 2016. The lecture was recorded by Wisconsin Public Television and will become part of the ‘University Place’ series of programs, which are available online.

Tracy Towne, Assistant Professor in the Henry Predolin School of Nursing, presented her research “Perceptions of Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support, Diabetes Self-Management Behavior, and Self-Reported Health in Persons Diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes” at the 2015 Sigma Theta Tau International Biennial Conference in Las Vegas.

Shad Wenzlaff, Director of Student Research and Senior Lecturer in the Art Department, created the College’s first Summer Research Program where students and faculty earn stipends for engaging in shared inquiry over the summer. Part of this fully subscribed program included

creating a summer undergraduate research internship at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. µAbove

Angela Woodward, Director of the Writing Center, recently published two books, and an essay: Natural Wonders, Fiction Collective Two/University of Alabama Press, 2016; Origins and Other Stories, Dzanc Books, 2016; “A Play By Mac Wellman.” Los Angeles Review of Books Print Quarterly, Winter 2016.

NEW RESIDENCE – ON TIME, ON BUDGET The expansion of Regina Hall, which will add residential space for more than 100 students, is on time, and on budget, and is expected to be ready for students arriving Fall 2016.

A dedication for the new addition is planned for September 2016.

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The project includes installing central heating and air conditioning in the existing floors of Regina Hall, which was built in 1957.


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STUDENT HONORED AS ‘YOUNG PHILANTHROPIST OF THE YEAR’

Alex Haunty, a student at Edgewood College, has been named the ‘Young Philanthropist of the Year’ by the Madison chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Haunty was honored at this year’s National Philanthropy Day luncheon at the Overture Center in Madison.

Haunty is a student in the College’s Cutting Edge program. An aspiring artist, he is honored for his unique approach to helping others enjoy the arts. Haunty sells his paintings and uses the proceeds to host dozens of fellow students and others to attend musicals at the Overture Center.

“Alex’s generosity and spirit are inspirational to us all,” President Scott Flanagan said. “He exemplifies the sense of selfless service Edgewood College strives to cultivate in all of our students. I can’t think of anyone more deserving of such recognition than Alex.”

(l. to r.) Gary Klein, V.P. for Institutional Advancement; Catherine Zdeblick, Benefactor; Alex Haunty; President Flanagan.

NEW ALUMNI DIRECTOR Edgewood College is pleased to announce Cassie Wickersham ’11 as the new Alumni Director. Wickersham, a native of Monticello, Wis., earned her BS in Communication Studies. She has served as Admissions Counselor for the College for the past three years. “I am looking forward to expanding our networks across Wisconsin, and beyond,” Wickersham said. “It’s an honor to share stories of my fellow graduates’ success, and I’m eager to carry on that work for our alumni, and for the College.” Cassie takes over for Kathy O’Connor who moves to her new role as Major Gifts Officer for Institutional Advancement.


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Julia Carey, a Communications Studies major from Middleton, Wis., enjoyed a unique opportunity to pursue her dreams with an internship with FOX Sports North, living and working in the Twin Cities.

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“I have a passion for sports as well as media communications,” she said. “I gained firsthand experience working in a corporate environment and I was able to work on various tasks and projects to expand my skills. I am also grateful that I was able to utilize social media in a professional setting and work on effective copy. Every day was a new opportunity to write and create engaging and purposeful copy, which I found exciting and rewarding.” For her, it was a natural transition from her work in the classroom to the wider world. “Every class in Communication Studies provides you with helpful skills, strategies, and techniques to effectively communicate in a professional setting. For my internship, the Group Communication course, as well as the Social Media: Brands, Influencers, and Human Community courses were particularly helpful as I worked with many people and created social media copy daily for numerous platforms.”

EAGLES REACH OUT: CPR FOR ‘BUCKY’ Edgewood College had a unique opportunity to make a difference with some student-athletes “down the street.”

Adam Krueger (standing, left), Kristin Hildebrandt (standing, rear) CHES, and Beth Mullikin, Executive Director, CHES (standing, front) lead a training session.

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Staff from the College’s Center for Healthcare Education and Simulation (CHES) and students from the Henry Predolin School of Nursing, along with the Eagles Head Certified Athletic Trainer Adam Krueger spent two days in January training both the Badgers Women’s Basketball team and the Men’s Hockey team in the basics of CPR.


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CHAMBER SINGERS TOUR ECUADOR FOR SPRING BREAK

The Edgewood College Chamber Singers, the College’s select choral ensemble, enjoyed the honor of performing at the International Sacred Music Festival in Quito, Ecuador in March 2016.

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Assistant Professor of Music Dr. Sergei Pavlov, the ensemble’s conductor, is the former conductor of both the National Mixed Choir of Ecuador and Ecuador’s National Opera Theatre.

STUDENT-ATHLETE MAKES HISTORY FOR COLLEGE AT NCAAS In November, Natasha Zanoya became the first Edgewood College women’s cross country runner in school history to race at the NCAA Division III Championships. Zanoya, a junior from Madison, represented Edgewood College proudly, placing 105th in the field of 280 of the nation’s best runners.

Of one of the performances, in a packed church in the capital city of Quito, one of our students said “for all the years I have been singing, I have never enjoyed it as much as I did today.”


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At the start of the New Year, even before classes resumed, students at Edgewood College (with a little help from Dining Services) donated more than $5,000 in food to two local food banks.

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“A MEANINGFUL WAY TO BENEFIT OUR COMMUNITY”

In the closing weeks of Fall semester, students with remaining ‘dining dollars’ on their meal plans were able to donate that money to this food drive. 341 bulk packages, including 25 cases of cereal and 40 bags of brown rice, were donated to the Catholic Multicultural Center and the Madison YWCA. Chartwells, the on-campus dining service provider, donated a number of additional items to fill several cases. Idah Karonga (l.) and Marissa Blackmore ready a shipment to two food banks in Madison.

NATIONAL RECOGNITION FOR THEATRE ARTS MAJOR

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Mark Kennedy, a senior Theatre Arts major from Saint Paul, Minn., was honored with three awards at the 2016 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) for his work on Woods of Weaver specialty props. Mark won the Society of Properties Artisan Managers Award for Craft Excellence at ACTF Region III, the Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas Award, and the Regional Allied Design and Technology Award. As a result, Kennedy is attending the Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas for one week of intensive study with some of the country’s best prop masters.


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INTERNSHIPS MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Trevon Ampe was hired by J.H. Findorff and Sons, Inc. as the Project Engineer Intern for the expansion of Regina Hall. This is Findorff’s third major contruction project on campus in a decade.

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He’s worked on assisting with corporate communications, giving tours of the new residence hall, and

keeping the Madison neighborhood associations who are near campus informed. He also creates erosion control reports for the project, and keeps required certificates up to date, a critical area given the close proximity of Lake Wingra. That ‘summer job’ continues in this academic year, and may have changed

how this junior Physics major sees his future. “I enjoy it. A lot, actually,” he said. “Being on a job where every day is something new, running into different problems, you get to meet so many different people. It’s pretty cool. It’s making me reconsider what I want to do after college. I really don’t want to sit at a desk after a job like this.”

HENRY J. PREDOLIN FOUNDATION GRANT AWARD REACHES ACROSS CAMPUS AND BEYOND One can’t set foot on campus without being touched by the generosity of Henry Predolin and his foundation—from the labs in Sonderegger Science Center to the windows of DeRicci Hall, the Henry Predolin School of Nursing, and the Henry J. Predolin Humanities Center – the support granted our students extends across the College community. In 2015, the College was honored with a grant from the Henry J. Predolin Foundation totaling $878,500. This grant provided more than $433,000 in capital support for the newest classroom addition to the School of Business. This space in the lower level of Regina Hall will complement innovative instruction with a revised business curriculum. In addition, more than $100,000 was provided in 2015 to remodel one of the College’s science labs and to acquire science equipment enhancing the educational experience of science and nursing students. More than $340,000 was provided for Predolin Scholarships, which are among the largest and most far-reaching benefactor-supported scholarships offered at Edgewood College. Since 2008, the Foundation has provided almost $2.4 million in direct scholarship support for students studying in the Predolin Academic Areas of science, nursing, and business.


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Dr. Carole Ann Creque ’84 has been elected as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the HOPE Outreach Center in Davie, Fla. Dr. Creque also serves as a marketing professor for Nova Southeastern University. µ3

Janet (Sullivan) Ryan, Agnes (McComisky) Quinn, Ann (Maxwell) Wuttke, Maureen (Bresnehan) Rosenthal, Judy (Wall) Marik, Dorothy (Pisani) Fusco, Cathy (Brophy) Feuerschwenger, Mary Ellen (Kean) Wright, and Sandy Sandona of the class of 1965 had a minireunion in New Orleans this past November, celebrating their lasting friendship and time at Edgewood College. µ1

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Maureen “Sr. Mo” McDonnell, OP ‘67 was present at Pope Francis’ address to Congress during the Papal visit to the U.S. in September of 2015. She joined other Dominican Sisters in Washington, D.C. to celebrate the Pope’s visit. Wis. Congressman Mark Pocan extended the invitation to Sr. Mo for her work for justice and peace in the Madison area.

Gail (Ferguson) Schwab ’68, Catherine Lenz ’68, Kathy (Burke) Layo ’68, and Elizabeth (Sheridan) Topa ’68 reunited for their annual fall visit in Madison and spent time visiting campus. While here they enjoyed a presentation of the Saint John’s Bible by Gallery Director, David Wells. µ2

John Huebscher ‘84 retired after a 29 year career with the Wisconsin Catholic Conference, where he served as Executive Director.

Judith Warren ‘84, MS ‘10, Gina Marie Greatens, MS ‘03, Chris Wirth MS ‘10, and Amanda Krupp, MS ‘12 all graduates of the Marriage and Family Therapy Program, were elected as officers of the Wisconsin Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

Wendy White Eagle ‘86 was elected to a twoyear term as Board Chair for the Chicago Foundation for Women (CFW) in July 2015. CFW is a granting organization that last year allocated more than $2 million in grants for non-profits throughout the Chicago area. Wendy is a 2003 recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Service Award.

1990s 1980s Leroy (Lee) Arnold ‘82 was named Acting Chief Operating Officer of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Lee previously served as library director since 1992, a role he continues in with his new position.

Lauri (Binius) Droster, MBA ‘92 was promoted to branch director of the Madison Office of RBC Wealth Management, where she continues her role as Senior Vice President. Lauri was named a Distinguished MBA Alumna in 2010 and currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Edgewood College. µ4


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Amy Gallagher, MBA ‘92 was named Chief Financial Officer for Independent Living, Inc. Most recently, Amy served as Accounting Manager for the World Council of Credit Unions. µ5 Carol Rosenstock ‘92, MBA ‘98 was recognized by the National Association of Plan Advisors on their list of Top Women Advisors. Carol is a Financial Consultant for M3 Insurance. µ6

Christopher Stevenson ‘92 has been named the Senior Vice President and Chief Learning Officer of Credit Union Executives Society (CUES). Chris has been with CUES since 2006. µ7 Mary LaFrancois ’96 has been named Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer for Mount Carmel Health Systems.

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2000s David Dison ‘00, MA ‘10 was named Assistant Principal at Sun Prairie High School. Prior to his new role, David was a teacher for two years in the district.

Sue (Feller) Erickson MBA ’00 was named Chief Operating Officer at Meriter-UnityPoint Health in April 2015. At Meriter since 1987, Sue most recently served as Vice President of Professional Services. Jeanne Siegenthaler, MA ‘00, Ed.D. ‘10 was named an Outstanding Elmbrook Employee in 2015. She is a Principal at Dixon Elementary in the Elmbrook School District in Brookfield. Anne (Elvekrog) Jarmuz ‘03 husband Timothy, and older sister Clare, welcomed Bridget Irene Jarmuz to their family on January 26th, 2016. µ8

recently joined the Reedsburg Area Medical Center for the new specialty clinic. The twin sisters serve as physicians’ assistants and were featured in an ad campaign promoting the clinic.

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Kelly Kiorpes ‘03 celebrated her wedding to Jonathan Shultz on October 3, 2015. In attendance were Sarah (Kuhn) Hart ‘04,

Paul Hart ‘03, Andrea Kleiner ‘03, Justin Lawfer ‘04, Julia Melzer ‘05, Leanne (Schmidt) Burnard ‘05, and Morey Burnard ‘04.

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Kate Keough ‘04 is COO of Paint Nite, a creative entertainment company that pairs an evening out with a creative experience in a social setting. Julie VonDerVellen ‘04 and her artwork are featured in ‘Cut, Fold, and Form’, a current exhibition at the Racine Art Museum along with fellow artist Kiff Slemmons. Julie formerly served as a graphic design instructor and as Art Manager for Edgewood College. Crystal Dalebroux D’Orazio, MS ‘05 was recently named as a top marriage counselor in Madison, and was published in Is Therapy Rights For Me? A 2016 ATHENA Award nominee (see photo on facing page), Crystal is owner and Clinical Director of Marriage & Family Solutions. Aaron Tigert, MBA ‘05 was named Strategic

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Investments Manager for Vita Plus. Aaron, a CPA, was previously a Risk Manager for Vita Plus and served as Assistant VP at Badgerland Financial.

Kristi Kulas ‘06 began a new role as Account Executive for M3 Insurance in Madison. Kristi’s 11 years of experience with M3 began as a student intern in 2005. µ9

Andrea Pleimling ‘06 joined the Fort Myers, Florida law firm of Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz. Pleimling earned her J.D. at Marquette Law School. Anthony Dix, MBA ‘07 began a new role as Director of Human Resource Services at UW Health. Gretchen Johnson ‘07 and Ryan Nelson celebrated their wedding on October 17th, 2015 in Onalaska, Wis. Gretchen serves as Assistant Director of Alumni Relations for Des Moines University.


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Danielle (Wilson) Williams ‘07 is running for Dane County Board, 36th District. A graduate of UW-Madison Law School, Danielle has been working in Madison for the State Senate as an attorney. µ10

2010s Alex Berta ’10, MS ‘11 passed the CPA exam in January of 2016. Alex is a Tax Accountant for Plante Moran in Chicago.

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Sarah Hopley ’10 began a new job as Director of Special Collections and Archives for Murray State University in Murray, Ky. in August of 2015. Lisa Kaminski ’10 and Michael Stock ’10 celebrated their wedding on June 12, 2015 at the Historic Pabst Brewery in Milwaukee. Maureen McDonnell, O.P., ‘67 joined other alumni in attendance. Lisa is a Web Copywriter for Bon Ton Stores and Michael is a faculty member in the English department at Carroll University. Katrina Kohal ‘10, MS ‘13 completed the Ironman in Louisville, Ky. in the fall of 2015. Katie, pictured with her

Peter Fabian, Director of Marriage & Family Therapy Program at Edgewood College,

Erika Blain (both current MS students) and Laura Gorman ‘15 celebrated Crystal’s Athena Award Nomination at the annual award ceremony in March.

Melanie Schmidt MS ’13 and Laura Schurman ‘96,

MS ’98 were also recognized that evening as being ATHENA Nominees.

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Ronald Walsh, Ed.D. ‘10 will retire as Superintendent of Elk Mound Area School District at the end of the 2015-16 school year. An educator for thirty-seven years, Ronald held the position of Superintendent since 2003, and was named Wisconsin Superintendent of the Year in 2014. Justin Chaltry ‘11 graduated from Des Moines University medical school and was promoted to Captain in the U.S. Army. Wife Rebekka (Noble) Chaltry ‘09 and son Aiden relocated with Justin to Fort Benning, Ga. where he will complete his residency as an Army Physician. µ12

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Katherine (Katie) Schwartz ’11 was recently featured in a McFarland Thistle article for her work as a yoga instructor at the Wellness Center at the UW Health American Center. µ13

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Jackie Erzinger ‘13 began a new job as Community Partner and Event Manager for VEAP, a non-profit serving low income individuals in Minneapolis, Minn. Britta Mazanet ‘13 and partner Brian Aeschlimann welcomed Owen Dennis Aeschlimann to their family on September 4th, 2014. Britta works as a Nurse Clinician for Kindred Healthcare. Benjamin Schwarz ‘13 is an Assistant State Public Defender for the State of Wisconsin. Benjamin graduated from UW-Madison Law School in December of 2015.

Claudia (Lucero) Anderson ‘14 and her husband John welcomed Jaxon Levi to their family on October 10th, 2015.

Alexis Unser ’15 began a new job as Director of Public Relations at In-Depth Therapy. Alexis is also a graduate student at Regis University studying professional counseling.

Matthew Arias ‘12 began a new job as Agency Operations Specialist for Allstate Insurance Company in Chicago. Paige (Polzer) Knipfer ‘12 and husband Sean welcomed Aria Jade Knipfer to their family on July 9th, 2015. Paige is a Training Specialist at CUNA in Madison. µ14

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IN MEMORIAM Geraldine Malak ‘55 November 4, 2015

Jocile (Leonard) Wendt ‘41

Catherine Dooley, O.P. ‘63

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December 1, 2015

Adeline (Morrison) Kirley ‘45

Bonnie (Dvoracek) Sevrean ‘66

October 22, 2015

April 11, 2015

Joanne Krembs ‘48

Linda (Huberty) Elliott ‘72

July 17, 2015

October 19, 2015

Marian McCarthy, O.P. ‘51

Kimberlee Gensler ‘98

November 19, 2015

October 9, 2015

Dorothy (Weix) Tobler ‘55

Steven Skaggs ‘16

March 23, 2015

December 14, 2015

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Kathleen (O’Connell) Cerutti ‘39 December 24, 2015

Jim Gainey ’14 passed away on January 11, 2016. His story touched many lives. In January 2014, he was awarded his Bachelor of Science degree at Jam The Gym, which also featured a student fundraising effort ‘Unite to Fight’ to beat cancer. Based on his work to educate others and to raise awareness of colon cancer, the College awarded the final credit toward his degree some ten years after Jim left school to begin his career. He is survived by Catherine

Gainey ’04 and two young sons.

short illness January 30, 2016 at Sinsinawa, Wis. Jean was a longtime member of the College community, beginning in 1969 as a faculty member in the History department. She served as Dean of Students for several years in the 1970s. After five years as Dean of Rosary College School of Fine Arts in Florence, Italy, Jean returned to the History department at Edgewood College, and finally served as College Archivist from 1997-2005.

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Jean Richter, O.P. died peacefully following a


M Y SPIRIT IS LIFTED, WHILE MY HEART MOURNS. On May 21, 1994, Mama flew to Madison from Memphis, Tennessee, to attend my graduation. I remember us feeling like it was her graduation too. It is a day I will never forget. Shortly before the Lord called her to eternity, my brother Deacon Preston Johnson Jr. and I shared with her that her dedication to motherhood, the sacrifices she made for us as a single mother, and her faith in and advocacy of higher education, would live on in her name at Edgewood College. The Myrtis Nickelberry Memorial Scholarship celebrates her unwavering faith, unshakeable confidence, and unquestionable style.

Myrtis Stampley “DIVA” Nickelberry Passed away: April 3, 2015

~ Dr. Odell Nickelberry, MBA ’94 Director of Human Resources, Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield

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


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" And how will there be preachers if they are not sent? As scripture says: How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news. " R omans 10:15

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