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A Message From the President

As we look forward to the new life and brighter days of Spring, I am delighted and energized by the large number of people who so generously support the Mission of Edgewood College. Thank you alumni, friends, Board members, community leaders and partners … we couldn’t do what we do without your help! It is through your support that we are empowered to do good things. One vivid example is the construction of a state-of-the-art visual and theatre arts center called “The Stream.” This is the realization of a dream more than fifty years in the making – a dream that traces back to Sr. Mary Nona McGreal, the president at that time. This new center is indeed a “game-changer” for our students and faculty in the Art and Theatre programs. On behalf of our students, faculty and staff, thanks so much to everyone who helped support it. Read about the dedication of The Stream on page 23 in this edition of the Edgewood College Magazine. This past Fall, we set a record for our freshman class with 340 entering students! Our retention for our returning students once again is very strong. The College continues to grow and improve, both in terms of recognition from the outside, and in the quality of the young people who choose us to pursue their goals. We continue to explore new initiatives as we look to diversify our revenue streams.

We have a vision to bring the School of Nursing under one roof, in a setting located on a completely renovated third floor of DeRicci Hall. We began this work at the end of December and plan for completion by summer of 2013. Edgewood College is today providing the same number of undergraduate-degreed nurses as the UW-Madison. We are an important provider of nursing graduates to meet the growing demand for the state of Wisconsin and beyond. Please remember that 90% of our nursing graduates stay right here in Wisconsin. We are educating a workforce that’s critical to the future of this state. Your support – through gifts to scholarships, programming or to capital projects – help us realize the dreams of our visionaries like Sr. Nona. Our College will continue to be recognized by Forbes, U.S. News, and the Princeton Review who again have affirmed the quality of this learning community, further enhancing the value of an Edgewood College degree. I know I speak for our entire community of learners when I say “Thank You!” Your referral of quality students and your annual gifts to the College say you believe in the transformation that takes place in our students as they connect learning, beliefs and actions. Thank you for that faith in Edgewood College. We remain grateful for your confidence and for your generosity.

Our highest priority in asking for your support must center on enabling students and families to choose Edgewood College. We’re all aware that most family incomes have remained flat during the past few years. Your gifts of scholarships is the key for students to be able to attend, be successful, and graduate from Edgewood College. This coming year we will focus our attention on our School of Nursing. As you may know, we’ve experienced incredible growth in this major.

Above: Enjoying the Edgewood College Gallery, located in The Stream. With me are (l. to r.) students Michael “Indy” Stluka, Tess McCulloch, and Juniper Arthurs.

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Part of the Edgewood College team at Arequipa, Peru, 2012. (l. to r., across back row) undergraduate students Moe Baemmert, Lorena Kempinen, and Chris Osowski.


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Encourage Civic Engagement


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Listen to the People


More Stories to Tell

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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Working in All Our Communities The idea of getting an education at Edgewood College to be prepared to help make the world a better place is not a new one. Responding to the needs of the times, and working for the common good has been with this College since its founding in 1927. In fact, in our most recent Alumni Survey, 64% of a sample class reported that they’re involved in volunteer organizations or service activities.

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In this issue, you’ll explore some of the ways the College engages our communities, and some of these stories are pretty remarkable. But it’s important to remind ourselves that there are stories ‘written’ every day, by all of you. Do you coach your kid’s soccer team? That’s leadership and service. Are you caring for an aging parent? That’s making the world a better place. Help at church or school, or shovel the snow off your neighbor’s sidewalk? That’s service for others, and you do it all the time. We can’t all go on mission trips, or teach English, or organize fundraising events, but we can (and do) get involved in ways that serve others, and make a real difference in our communities. So please, let us hear from you. Share your story of how you get involved – in a small way or otherwise. When you do, you’re telling future generations how you were inspired by the Dominican Tradition of study, reflection, and action. Send us your news at, or give us a call at 608-663-6715. It’s great to stay connected to the community of Edgewood College.

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by Edgewood College faculty, staff, and students as active members of the campus and broader community. From Intellect, Spirit, Imagination, and Heart: Pursuing the Vision 2012‐2017,


“Encourage civic engagement

the Edgewood College Strategic Plan.

For some, college is a means to a particular end – that is, get a job. College costs, time-tocompletion and preparation for the workforce are issues that are often at the center of discussion around higher education, and they are important. But our students expect – and deserve – more, because of our Mission to prepare students for meaningful personal and professional lives, service, and ethical leadership. So it is important that our students are prepared for their next steps, career, future study, service and the like. Our students can also expect that we will help them engage while they’re here in thinking about how they can contribute to the common good – how can they make the world around them a better place?

— Scott Flanagan, Executive Vice President, Edgewood College

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The presence of civic engagement in the current Strategic Plan is a deliberate expression of something that has been central in the life of the College since its founding. What are the needs of the day? And how can this College help meet them? Is it a current need to help people prepare for jobs and careers? Absolutely. And it is also a need to help cultivate people who are prepared, and willing, to be active citizens in our communities.



Nourish Flourish

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In May 2013,

Edgewood College undergraduate and graduate students

and faculty members will travel to Arequipa, Peru for five weeks, as part of the College’s Nourish to Flourish program. Now in its second fully operational year, the Nourish to Flourish program was initially conceived in 2010 in conversations with alumna Mary Anne Guerrero ’68. Together with her husband Jorge, she was the founder and supporter of a school-based nutrition program in Lima with copartners Karen Collias and Geoffrey Levitt. Dr. Collias is the Founder and Director of Knowledge Without Borders (



Lorena Kempinen with some of the students at Virgen de Chapi elementary school.

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Above left: Moe Baemmert: “in truth, it wasn’t me that was helping them. They were helping me.” Above right: Preston Glowac works with students planting the garden. A UW-Madison alum, Mr. Glowac is enrolled in the College’s Sustainability Leadership Graduate Certificate program.

“This experience completely changed my outlook on life.”

Seeking to broaden their focus in addition to their work with the school and to develop long-term, sustainable community development efforts in Peru, Mary Anne turned to her alma mater in late 2010 to see whether their goals and interests might resonate with areas of focus of the College. That phone call was the start of many conversations, meetings, teleconferences, and exploratory trips (including a pilot undergraduate Peru Study Abroad Program to Arequipa in spring 2011) that ultimately led to the creation of Nourish to Flourish and the development of wonderful relationships among Edgewood College students and faculty, Mary Anne, Jorge, Karen and Geoffrey, and numerous community partners in Alto Cayma, on the outskirts of Arequipa, Peru. The Nourish to Flourish program and partnerships are built on the overarching framework of sustainability, as modeled by the philosophy and organizing principles of the Edgewood College Sustainability Leadership Graduate Certificate Program. That interdisciplinary program brings together concepts and models of sustainable development, ecological sustainability, and social innovation to address real-world issues and create positive change at local and global levels. The vision of Nourish to Flourish is to use these concepts to develop consistent, sustainable community-directed programming in Alto Cayma. Nourish draws on the wealth of knowledge of local community members and the academic expertise and resources of the College’s faculty and students. Faculty involved include Professors Jim Lorman and Tim Kuhman, and Instructor and Director of Program Development Kathryne Auerback from the Sustainability Leadership Graduate Program. Professors Andrea



A small but meaningful step.

Byrum and Ian Davies, and Study Abroad Director Sara Friar facilitate the undergraduate experience. Nourish to Flourish has been deliberately integrated into on-going community efforts in Alto Cayma and on-going educational programs of the College to help ensure long-term stability. In keeping with the mission and goals of Nourish to Flourish, the process for developing the partnerships has been based on dialogue and interaction among the numerous and varied stakeholders in Peru and at the College.

Moe Baemmert, a junior Nursing major from Green Bay, describes the transformation that takes place with Nourish to Flourish. “I am going to miss that school so much. I already do,” she said. “I can’t imagine myself not seeing those kids’ faces every day. They have touched my life in such a different way than I could have ever expected. I could not always understand everything they were saying to me and they couldn’t always

understand me, but it didn't matter. We just understood each other in a different way. I know my work here isn’t done, it has only just begun. I am so happy I got this opportunity to help these children. But in truth, it wasn’t me that was helping them. They were helping me.” Chris Osowski, who will graduate in May 2013 with a BS in Nursing and Spanish, sees the program as an essential part of his education. “This experience has allowed me to put into practice the Dominican values emphasized throughout my education at Edgewood College,” he said. “As we become an increasingly interconnected and global community, a true understanding of the environmental and social problems facing our international neighbors cannot simply be taught within the confines of a classroom. Through this service-learning experience, I was able to confront these injustices firsthand while examining and clarifying my own established beliefs. I had the remarkable opportunity to meet many inspiring people and to work with dedicated colleagues passionate about the experience and committed to making a lasting difference.” In May 2013, students and faculty members from the College will return to Alto Cayma region, to continue to build on these efforts.

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In Spring 2012, a small interdisciplinary team of 6 students and faculty collaborated on pilot projects centered in two sites in Arequipa: the Virgen de Chapi elementary school, which serves 120 students and the Alto Cayma New Settlements supported by Father Alex Busuttil, founder and leader of the Alto Cayma Mission. The projects focused on environmental and energy sustainability, and included the simple planting of a school garden and tree nursery at Virgen de Chapi.

Professor Tim Kuhman confers with a staff member at the school.




to the people Laura Green ’11

turns an internship into the first chapter of her

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professional life, and finds meaning every day with one of the College’s most important community partners.


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Laura Green ’11, Volunteer Coordinator at the Catholic Multicultural Center. “I wanted to make a difference in the community.”



Andy Russell, Director of the Catholic Multicultural Center

“With Laura we had a real gem, and then we realized she wasn’t going to be here anymore.”

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Andy Russell, Director of the Catholic Multicultural Center in Madison, remembers May of 2011 with a shake of his head. Laura Green, a Monroe native, had completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental and Communications Studies and Spanish, and was graduating Summa Cum Laude. Her internship at the Center had officially come to an end. “Laura is very passionate. During her time as our intern, she was a go-getter and found ways to get things done without needing a whole lot of direction.” In the ensuing months, however, changes took place at the Center, and Laura was back, now working fulltime as Volunteer Coordinator, one of only a few professional paid staff at the Center. Her education, approach and attitude make her an ideal fit, Russell says, because “we’re a charity that listens to the people, and gets done what needs to get done.” The Catholic Multicultural Center has been serving Madison since 1946. The organization was founded under the name Blessed Martin House. Centro Guadalupe began

working closely with St. Martin House in the 1970s, and now the two are one organization: the Catholic Multicultural Center. And it is the work of the Center that gives meaning to Laura’s days. “I wanted to make a difference in the community,” Green said recently. “Working fulltime, I wanted to be doing something where I felt that I was fulfilling a need in the community with my time.” That work is critical to people who often have nowhere else to turn. The Center is the only social service in the Diocese of Madison that provides meals seven days a week. About 100 people a day go through that area of the Center, Russell said. “Give people fish so they can eat today, teach people to fish so they can eat tomorrow and we do that with a spiritual side. We don’t require that anybody do anything with the spiritual side, but it’s always there.” In addition, the Center offers more than twenty English as a Second Language classes every week, and the populations that attend those classes might surprise you: there is representation from every corner of the globe. During a recent visit, one of the classes had students from Bolivia, Ecuador, Mexico, Bhutan, Nepal, Spain, Thailand and Peru.



Personal Essentials Pantry. “With the programs that we offer, we can get them through that time, and back on their feet again.”

Contrary to what some might believe, Green says, the Center is not a place for those looking for a hand-out. “That’s not the case at all,” she says. “They tell me all the time: they wouldn’t be here if they didn’t really need it. Pretty much everyone who comes here, it’s because they’re going through a rough time. With the programs that we offer, we can get them through that time, and back on their feet again.”

Russell points to other strengths as well. “Her writing skills were – and are – just really, really good,” he says. “She’s been very valuable for us with that. She creates the volunteer newsletter, and she’s our main grant-writer.”

Green is perhaps the latest piece in the deep and lasting mosaic that the College and the Center continue to create. Through the years, students, faculty, staff and administrators have all shared in the Center’s work. “The Center represents to me the kind of partnerships that we feel we do best,” says Vice President for Academic Affairs Dean Pribbenow. “Relationships are at the heart of ministry, and the relationship with the Catholic Multicultural Center represents that. We see ourselves as a College both in and of the community. That means we’re engaged (with the Center) in such a way that we meet the needs of our students on our campus, and help work to expand the capacity of the Center to achieve their mission.”

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Green says one of the newest and most important programs is the Personal Essentials Pantry, which offers “the basics:” toothpaste, soap, deodorant and other items. “It takes a burden off their backs – just that simple program that we run,” she says. In addition, there’s a food pantry, which in the summer and fall months is stocked with the harvest from the community garden the Center operates. Basic healthcare services and screening are also offered. Green is often called upon to ‘wear many different hats,’ which she embraces – in part because of her solid footing in the liberal arts. “I get to do a variety of things, working with a lot of different people on lots of different programs. I get to use my Spanish, too – which is nice.”

English as a Second Language Class. Leonius Skaar, O.P. teaches English to students from every corner of the globe.



Global Perspective f or Nursi n g

Students, Faculty and Alumni from the School of Nursing remain deeply engaged in global health issues, carrying the Mission of Edgewood College to many in need. Jennifer Weitzel, RN, MSN is a Lecturer at the College. She’s one of the driving forces behind Health Ministries for Haiti, a non-profit group dedicated to “working side-byside with our Haitian brothers and sisters to transform, educate and equip communities to reach and maintain the highest levels of physical and spiritual health.” Our students participate in mission trips to that island nation. Most recently, Brittani Kessenich ’13 traveled with the group – just after December 2012 Commencement ceremonies.

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Claude Rochon, RN, MSN ’12, also a Lecturer in Nursing, has launched International Service Learning in Cambodia, an experiential course for our student nurses. An annual effort, the second cohort will travel in May 2013 to assist in well-child assessments at Cambodian School Project Schools. Interestingly, the Cambodian School Project was launched by Sarith Ou ’93, who currently splits his time between Madison and Cambodia. Rachel Rodriguez RN, Ph.D., FAAN, an Associate Professor, is currently serving as a visiting professor at the Kamuzu College of Nursing in the African nation of Malawi. Through the Fulbright Scholarship awarded to her, she mentors new Ph.D. faculty in research, and teaches in the graduate program in the newly-developed Community Health Nursing specialty program. She continues to develop the Malawi Women’s Health program, a project she’s been leading for the past year.

Top: Brittani Kessenich ’13 and a new friend, Health Ministries for Haiti. Middle: Stephanie Schrack ‘13 and Claude Rochon perform well-child assessments with the Cambodia School Project. Bottom: Rachel Rodriguez is currently in Malawi, and is a Fulbright Scholar.



Guests from China

Education interns deepen their understanding with a global perspective By Bing Liang

Zeng Qingbiao (seated) and Zhang Yong “fell in love” with Madison.

(Editor’s note: Mr. Liang is a student in the College’s Doctoral program in Educational Leadership) During the fall semester 2012 two interns from the Minhang District in Shanghai, China completed a three week internship at Edgewood College. Zeng Qingbiao works at the Bureau of Education in Minhang District where his job involves organization and management affairs. Zhang Yong teaches Chinese in Minhang No.4 Middle School, Shanghai. These interns came as members of an exchange program sponsored by the UW-Madison Law School East Asian Legal Studies Center.

In China, they had learned theories about the American educational system, but when they came to the United States and started this internship, the interns had an opportunity to combine the theories they learned in China with the reality they experienced in the United States. The theory combined with the experience, they indicated, was a perfect combination. While they recognized the differences between the Chinese and American educational systems, they acknowledged that both have the same goal – to give every student the tools needed to

“At Edgewood College, the most impressive part for me is all the faculty, staff and students are very friendly and hospitable. In addition, I found students work very hard on their studies, I can see students study not only in the library but also in the cafeteria. At this moment, my heart is warm.” Mr. Zhang said. “I have a dream” Mr. Zeng said. “I hope all the students no matter rich or poor, no matter smart or foolish, no matter disabled or able, receive the just and quality education in the school. When they graduate from the school, they know how to pursue the truth, how to help others and how to contribute to the society.” The internship provided a deep understanding of the American society, culture and educational system from K-12 to higher education. Both realized they gradually fell in love with Madison and the beautiful Edgewood College campus. The interns also expressed a special thanks to Edgewood College.

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The interns felt the passion and the enthusiasm the Edgewood College faculty contributed to the students preparing to be teachers. The students were active and confident, and provided good models for Chinese students to learn. School visits provided a comprehensive introduction to school evaluation systems for teachers and students. The school hosts and teachers demonstrated how to apply school values into the daily teaching and how to treat every student equally.

succeed as a contributing and positive adult in today’s society.



Family Science Night Reaches Milestone The Sonderegger Science Center on the campus of Edgewood College reached an important milestone when it welcomed young scientists (and their parents) to the Tenth Annual Family Science Night. The special spring evening offers opportunities to explore science through hands-on activities for learners of all ages. More than 35 exploration stations allow young minds to investigate a wide variety of physical phenomena, chemical craziness and biological beauty. Family Science Night is presented each year by the Office of Science Outreach, led by Professor Amy Schiebel, through Edgewood Campus School, Edgewood High School and Edgewood College.

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At Family Science Night, Edgewood College students help young minds explore science.

Six Madison Community Centers, Edgewood College, and UW-Madison launch COMETS STEM Program Thanks to a three-year, $330,000 grant from the Madison Community Foundation, a collaboration of six community centers (Bridge Lake Point, East Madison, Goodman, Kennedy Heights, Lussier, and Vera Court) are launching an exciting new STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) program led by the University of Wisconsin and Edgewood College.

“Our children deserve all possible opportunities to help them be active learners, fulfilled individuals, and successful professionals. The COMETS program is such an opportunity. The Madison Community Foundation is proud to be a partner in this effort with the community center collaborative, UW-Madison, and Edgewood College,� said Amy Overby, Vice President of Donor Relations.

COMETS or Creating Opportunity in Math, Engineering, Technology and Science, will provide 400 unduplicated youth and 350 parents with 450 STEM sessions.

The project aims to reduce the Madison Metropolitan School District achievement gap of low income children and children of color. The six partnering centers will offer a consistent and significant dosage of fun and engaging science.



One Tough Cookie LaShell Lentz ’99 is the creator of “One Tough Cookie,” a 5k adventure run held this year in East Troy, Wis. This inaugural event raised more than $30,000 for the Girl Scouts of Wisconsin-Badgerland Council and will be an annual fundraiser as a result of her leadership. “I came up with the idea of One Tough Cookie while serving on the finance committee for the Girl Scouts,” Lentz says. “Two goals: first, to inspire and motivate women and girls to challenge themselves and their bodies by doing something out of the ordinary. Second, to help the Girl Scouts raise money so they can continue to fund initiatives that will help develop our next generation of strong women leaders. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.”

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Lentz, who earned her BS in Economics and Business, is today Assistant Vice President, Senior Financial Advisor at BMO Harris Financial Advisors, Inc. “It was important for me to get involved with the Girl Scouts so that I could do something to give back to the community and help support their mission to empower girls.”



Pre-College Math Making a Difference Mathematics Professor Steven Post is currently recruiting high-school students for this summer’s Pre-College Math Program. Students who may be lowincome, first-generation, or who lack college-going information greatly benefit from this program. Now in its third year, the 7-week summer course has offered high-school students, together with Edgewood College students, a collegelevel math experience, the opportunity to receive 3 college credits, and collegereadiness workshops on financial aid, study skills, and time management. Thanks to the generosity of Ildy (Thallmayer) ’69 and Skip Poliner, there is no cost for students to participate.

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Madison area high school students have fun, and make strides toward a college education in our summer Pre-College Math Program.

“Throw-In” Benefits Habitat for Humanity Professor of Art David Smith and some of his students welcomed colleagues from UW-Madison and the Greater Madison community to a “Throw-In” in the new pottery studio in The Stream. The artists created bowls, which in turn are auctioned off to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity. This is a subtle but wonderful example of using new spaces on campus to increase opportunities to engage our communities.



And there are even

more stories to tell... Peer mentor programming and internships of the Cutting-Edge Program. Community-based learning courses in the COR Program. Statewide outreach about and promotion of inclusion programs in College. The College Access Initiatives LEAP 2 College and C2C. Professional development opportunities for K-12 teachers working with students who are English Language Learners. Services for student veterans and their families. Civic Leadership Programs – including Alternative Breaks, Community-Based Projects and Civic Action Projects, Global Service-Learning, Bonner Leader Program, Community Scholars Program, Servant-Leader Internship Program.

National Institute for Financial Education and Literacy (NIFEL) professional development with K-12 teachers from across the country. Theatre outreach and programming with elementary and middle school students.

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Financial Literacy education and programming with Edgewood College students.

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Students Set Vigil for Those ‘Dying to Cross’ ‘Dying to Cross’ is a visual tribute on the Edgewood College campus commemorating the 177 men and women who died in pursuit of their American Dream. ‘Dying to Cross’ remembers those who fell victim in 2011 to the Sonoran Desert in their effort to cross the United States-Mexico border. In November, students on campus, led by those who participate in ALAS, the Association of Latino and Latina Students, marked the tribute by placing 177 crosses in the ground throughout the campus. The crosses bear the names and ages of those who died. ‘Dying to Cross’ is a project that’s close to the heart of Ariana Silva, a sophomore from Madison. It’s not a class project, she says. It goes much deeper. “My whole family immigrated,” Silva says. “More than anything I want to bring awareness to the fact that people are dying in their desire to achieve their American dream. I want us to move past what is too often a partisan issue, to see that this is a human issue. I’m 19. Most of us on campus are around the same age. When you see the name of another, and see that she’s the same age, and think of how she died trying to reach this country, that’s a very powerful message.” Top (l. to r.): Katri Olsen and Ariana Silva at the candlelight vigil for ‘Dying to Cross.’ Photo courtesy of Jonathan Gramling, The Capital City Hues. Bottom: One hundred seventy-seven crosses commemorate lives lost, November 2012.

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New MBA Programs The School of Business at Edgewood College is launching two new graduate programs: the MBA in Health Systems Leadership and the MBA with a Concentration in Project Management. Both programs include options for stand-alone graduate certificates. These fields offer increasing opportunities in the Madison area. On the leading edge of exciting changes in the healthcare industry, the MBA in Health Systems Leadership and Graduate Certificate in Health Systems Management prepare future executives to make a meaningful difference in a wide range of healthcare delivery and financing organizations. In addition to administrative managers, the program is well suited for clinicians, attorneys, accounting professionals, insurance agents, and consultants serving healthcare clients.

The MBA Concentration in Project Management and the Graduate Certificate in Project Management prepare current and future executives to lead highly successful projects. In addition to current and aspiring business leaders, administrators, and project managers, the program also serves business analysts, developers, and project team members in insurance, healthcare, government and many other sectors. For more information, contact Anna Stocker at 608-663-4297, or at


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More than 70 students in the School of Business at Edgewood College, some accompanied by their internship supervisors, gathered this winter to celebrate a great Fall 2012 semester. An internship experience is a requirement for all business students prior to graduation. This Fall, locations for internships extended over much of the U.S. with representation as far west as Colorado, and as far east as New York City. Brian Lindstrom, Controller for Epic Systems in Verona, Wisc., spoke at the gathering, offering his thoughts on what constitutes a good employee – and employer! He also offered advice to our students as they prepare for the next steps after graduation. Our Career Services Office is a great resource for students and alumni to learn about the latest internship opportunities in the Greater Madison area, and across the country.


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We proudly present the 10th Anniversary of Tee Up For Nursing


Internship Dinner, Fall 2012, Washburn Heritage Room

Monday, July 15 – Nakoma Golf Club, Madison

Nursing is one of the most highly sought-after majors on campus, with more than 380 undergraduates currently declaring nursing as their intended area of study. We graduate more than 100 BSN graduates annually, 90% of our Nursing alumni stay in Wisconsin, and work in more than 60 towns and cities across the state. Our nursing students look forward to thanking you in person for your support on July 15! To reserve your sponsorship, register your foursome, or learn more, email Lisa Towns at or call 608-663-3328. Right: David Miescke, student in the School of Nursing, and Katie Schiller, Nursing Academic Advisor



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With generous support of sponsors and community advocates, the Tee Up for Nursing golf event has raised more than $565,000.00 in nursing scholarships. Last year, this scholarship supported the education of 11 Edgewood College students.

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Support and Community Partnership for School of Nursing This spring we are especially pleased to recognize support for our School of Nursing renovation from the Madison Beta-Eta-at-Large Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Honor Society of Nursing. STTI was founded in 1922 with the mission to support the learning, knowledge and professional development of nurses committed to making a difference in health worldwide. Membership in STTI is by invitation to baccalaureate and graduate nursing students who demonstrate excellence in scholarship, and to nurse leaders exhibiting exceptional achievements in nursing. The Madison area Beta-Eta-at-Large Chapter includes approximately 2,000 regional members, including numerous Edgewood College nursing alumni. Beta Eta’s Board of Directors is comprised of faculty from the Schools of Nursing of Edgewood College and the UW-Madison, as well as representatives from St. Mary’s, Meriter, and UWHC Hospitals. Every year Beta-Eta-at-Large provides financial assistance to undergraduate and graduate nursing students at Edgewood College and UW-Madison. This year, in addition to scholarship and research support, the Chapter has provided financial support for the capital campaigns of both the College’s and UW-Madison’s Schools

of Nursing. We are grateful for the generosity and continuing many contributions the nursing honor society makes to enhance nursing education and healthcare among our students and in our community. Graduate Program Director and Associate Professor Roberta Pawlak, Ph.D., RN (left) presents Dean of the School of Nursing Margaret Noreuil Ph.D., RN with a contribution from the Madison Beta-Etaat-Large Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International. Professor Pawlak currently serves as president of the Board of that organization.

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Dr. and Mrs. Carey Receive Special Honor Nearly 800 friends of Benedictine College were on their feet when Dr. and Mrs. Carey were honored with the Cross of the Order of St. Benedict, Benedictine’s highest award. A 1968 grad, Dr. Carey returned to Atchison, Kan. in 1995, to serve his alma mater as president. Terri, with a Master’s degree in Reading, served as librarian at Atchison Catholic Elementary School. The two were instrumental in the turnaround that saw Benedictine College grow from a struggling institution with less than 700 students to the nationally recognized Catholic college with more than 1,700 students it is today. Recent graduates include the Carey’s two sons, Chris and Matthew.

February 2013: (l. to r) Benedictine College President Stephen Minnis, Chris Carey, Dr. Dan Carey, Terri Carey, Matthew Carey. Benedictine College photo.


On a beautiful Saturday afternoon in September, we dedicated The Stream. Hundreds of students, faculty, staff, Trustees, donors, and community members celebrated with an open house in the afternoon, followed by special events including an evening performance in the new Black Box Theatre. Trustee Diane Ballweg ’75, MA ’07, welcomed guests to the day filled with art, music and theatre. Diane and Ken Ballweg’s lead gift was crucial to making the dream of a dedicated visual and theatre arts building on our campus a reality. The name for the new center, chosen by Diane and approved by the Board, is taken from one of her favorite sayings: “A stream of giving quenches the thirst for beauty through the arts.”

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The Dedication of The Stream, New Center for Visual and Theatre Arts

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Students Present Papers at National Conference at Argonne National Laboratory During the Fall 2012 semester, Dr. Louise Stracener and Dr. Dan Olson of the Department of Chemistry, Geoscience, and Physics traveled along with eleven students to the Argonne National Laboratory. Argonne National Laboratory, located just outside of Chicago, is one of the U.S. Department of Energy’s largest national laboratories for scientific and engineering research. The Edgewood College contingent attended the 22nd Symposium of Undergraduates in Science, Engineering and Mathematics. The symposium is presented in collaboration with The Central States Universities, Incorporated (CSUI) Research Conference. Three of the students presented papers. Jason Pekul, a double-major in Biology and Chemistry, gave a paper on an XRF study of tree ring samples from the ‘Weber Oak,’ located on campus. The purpose of the study, “Analysis of EDXRF as an Analytical Method for Dendrochemostratigraphy,” was to look at the applicability of using XRF as a technique to examine changes in tree ring chemistry over time. All the data for the study was obtained using the Bruker S-2 Picofox XRF instrument. This instrument was obtained for the College through a grant from the Henry J. Predolin Foundation. Karl C. Flanagan, a senior majoring in Chemistry, and Allison K. Macia, who graduated in December with a B.S. in Chemistry, presented their paper, “Computational Investigations of Substituted Tetraphenylethylenes: Molecular Geometry and the Captodative Effect.” Ms. Macia recently began the next steps in her career working at PPD in Middleton, Wis., where she is employed as a Chemist.

Top: Back row (l. to r.) Kate Schuelke (Chemistry), Lukas Duddleston (Biology and Chemistry), Dr. Louise Stracener (faculty, Chemistry), Jennah DeVoll (Chemistry), Whitney Thiel (Biology), Jessica Hegge (Natural Science, and Mathematics/Pre-Engineering). Front row (l. to r.) Rob Saphner (Chemistry), Jason Pekul (Biology and Chemistry), Laura Sweeney (Chemistry), Allison Macia ‘13 (Chemistry), Karl Flanagan (Chemistry), Kelsey Bysted (Biology), Josh Bauernfeind (Chemistry) Bottom: Detail from the ATLAS (Argonne Tandem Linac Accelerator System), the world’s first superconducting linear accelerator, located at the laboratory.


In December 2012, the Directors of the Henry J. Predolin Foundation awarded Edgewood College a grant of $1,000,000 in support of the renovation and expansion of the School of Nursing facilities, as well as undergraduate student scholarships in Business, Nursing, and Science. This is the second year of support at this level for the School of Nursing capital project and student scholarships. The impact of this grant will be tremendous for both the College and the community. The new School of Nursing facility will include 40 faculty and staff offices and workstations; several classrooms and lecture halls; an open, clinical skills laboratory with an assessment laboratory classroom; a hightech simulation laboratory that includes two hospital rooms for high fidelity mannequins and a control room; and a conference and laboratory debriefing room. The expanded space will make it possible for our School of Nursing to continue to grow. In the past 10 years, the number of our graduates has grown by 185%, and over the next 5-10 years, we expect to increase the number of graduates by an additional 75%. This includes growing the number of BSN graduates to approximately 160, and Masters and Doctoral graduates to 45 per year. 90% of our graduates remain in Wisconsin -- currently, they work with health care providers in more than 60 communities throughout the state.

In addition to the Foundation’s support for the renovation, the grant will provide $333,000 for scholarships for undergraduate students majoring in Business, Nursing and Science. Since 2008, the Henry J. Predolin Foundation has granted $1.4 million in total scholarship support, which has provided more than 250 scholarships for students at Edgewood College. As many of our student recipients have said, these scholarships have made it possible for them to attend the College, remain enrolled, focus on their studies, and ultimately graduate with a four-year degree. Henry Predolin was a successful local businessman who provided leadership and guidance to several local organizations. He was known for his strong work ethic and attention to detail. Henry served on the Edgewood College Board of Trustees from 1988 to 1991 and helped develop the vision for the campus master plan. Henry established the Henry J. Predolin Foundation in 1998 to honor the memory of his son, Henry J. Predolin and provided major funding for the foundation following his death in 2007. The Foundation generously supports Edgewood College by funding educational opportunities in the School of Business, the School of Nursing, the Department of Biological Science and the Department of Chemistry, Geoscience, and Physics.

E dg ew o od C o l l ege promotes se lf-growth and s elf - ex p r es s ion. It is because of these scholarships that individuals like me are able to truly reach their full potential – in the goals I have set for myself, my career, and my life. Taylor Case, Class of 2013

Your g if t , lar g e or s m a l l , makes a d if f er enc e. Talk with you soon!

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Answer the Call » April 20 – May 2

Throughout the year, you’ll be learning more about the students whose lives are touched by annual gifts to Edgewood College. Their stories will warm your heart. In the coming days, an Edgewood College student will be calling you to ask for your financial support. We invite you to answer the call and hear first-hand how your gift helps students achieve their personal and academic goals.

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An Eagle Works Toward ‘Finding a Cure Through Adventure’ By Emily Kumlien, Sports Reporter, WISC-TV As the Edgewood College baseball team swings into another season, one Eagle is working to raise money to help a friend whose family has battled Huntington’s disease. “I have a reason for why that made sense for me to put my time and effort into this,” said junior outfielder Marc Ostrowski. The story for Ostrowski, a junior, begins with his childhood friend, Tim Layer, growing up outside of Chicago. “Tim and I went to preschool together, and we have been friends a long time though school. Tim has the most positive outlook on life of any person I know,” Ostrowski said. Several years ago, Layer’s dad died of Huntington’s disease, a fatal, genetic brain disorder that leads to cognitive and physical decline. Layer’s older brother has the disease, and Layer has a 50 percent chance of getting it as well.

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“It’s very under-the-radar and a lot of people just think, ‘Oh, Lou Gehrig’s disease,’ and it is similar in the way it

impacts the brain, but it’s different,” Ostrowski explained. The marketing major decided to do something about it. With the help of friends in colleges across the country, he founded Camp Earth to raise money for research and awareness for Huntington’s disease. “Our slogan -- the whole big thing, is ‘finding a cure through adventure,’” Ostrowski said. Camp Earth raised $10,000 in the summer of 2011. Some members even biked across the U.S. to raise money. This year, with more than 20 members from seven schools, the hope is to raise more than $100,000. “At my age, you feel bulletproof, and if I weren’t here tomorrow, would I be happy with what I did up to this point?” Ostrowski said. The Edgewood College baseball family has embraced Ostrowski’s mission, helping with fundraising leading up to their home opener at the end of March.

“We talked about baseball being a game of failure and, well, that is life. You get knocked down and you get back up, or you choose to stay down, and this fits right in. This is them taking that and saying, ‘I get knocked down, and I can help him back up. And we can keep going, and maybe I will hit a double out of this,’” said Edgewood College baseball head coach Al Brisack. “If you ever are down in the dumps, you think how positive he (Layer) is and he’s a good friend to have,” Ostrowski said. (This piece originally appeared on, and is reprinted here with permission of the publisher.)

Left: Athletic Director and Head Baseball Coach Al Brisack. Middle: Ostrowski (right) with his friend Tim Layer. Right: Camp Earth riders arrive in San Francisco at end of cross-country ride, 2011.


Edgewood College is the home to 33 Academic All-District awards and 11 Academic All-American awards, but the Eagles have never won a student-athlete award this big. Edgewood College women’s soccer player Elaine Gerry ‘13 was named the 2012 CapitalOne Academic All-American of the Year, singling her out among the thousands of NCAA Division III women’s soccer student-athletes across the nation. Gerry, a native of Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin, was named to the CapitalOne Academic All-American First Team for the second consecutive year, after earning Academic All-District honors for the third year in a row. Among the 11 first team selections, the national committee chose Gerry as the Academic All-American of the Year for her outstanding combination of academic and athletic accomplishments.

Gerry, who returned from a knee injury that cost her entire 2009 season, is exemplary in the classroom. Graduating Summa Cum Laude in Accounting in December 2012, she made the Dean’s List in each semester as an Edgewood College student. Gerry is a three-time Northern Athletics Conference Scholar-Athlete and will certainly earn a fourth award at the end of the 2012-2013 academic year.

Before graduating, and in addition to soccer and classes, Ms. Gerry began working fulltime in May 2012 as an accountant for Culver Franchising System, Inc. in Prairie du Sac, where she continues today. Gerry also becomes the first Edgewood College studentathlete in any sport to be named Academic All-American First Team twice. Previously, only women’s basketball player Megan Scheele (1st team in 2008-09 and 2nd team in 2007-08) and baseball player Andrew Handorf (1st team in 2005-06 and 3rd team in 2004-05) had ever earned two Academic AllAmerican honors. She is already a part of head coach Tim Alexander’s soccer program’s elite roster of Academic All-Americans. Gerry joins men’s soccer players Tyler Duellman (1st team in 2009-10), Jerrid Dokey (2nd team in 2009-10) and Dan Butz (3rd team in 2004-05) as Academic All-Americans from the Edgewood College soccer program. Alexander has coached both the men’s and women’s programs since their inceptions. To be eligible for CapitalOne Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director. Since the program’s inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 14,000 student-athletes in NCAA Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.

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Gerry scored 25 goals and scored 58 points in the 2012 season, which both ranks sixth in the nation among NCAA Division III women’s soccer players. Gerry scored her 100th career goal in the Eagles’ final regular season game, making her the 17th player in NCAA Division III history to reach the century mark. A two-time Northern Athletics Conference Offensive Player of the Year and a four-time First Team All-NAC selection, Gerry graduates as the league’s all-time leading scorer in both goals (100) and points (223).

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Elaine Gerry ’13 Outstanding On The Field, In The Classroom

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Volleyball Claims First-Ever Northern Athletics Conference Title

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On a late October evening in the Todd Wehr Edgedome, the Edgewood College volleyball team made sure to take care of business. The Eagles rolled over Alverno College 25-9, 25-14, 25-9 on Sideout Cancer Night to clinch their first ever Northern Athletics Conference title. The accomplishment is a huge landmark for the program that hadn’t won a conference title (the now-defunct Lake Michigan Conference) since 1996. The night also marked the 100th career victory for head coach Paul Schlomer who took over in 2006 and has engineered a dramatic turnaround in the Eagles’ volleyball program. Prior to Schlomer’s arrival the Eagles hadn’t enjoyed a winning record since 1998. Before the match, Mallory Palmer ’13 was presented with the game ball from a previous contest against St. Norbert College. In that match Palmer broke the Edgewood College all-time kills record with her 1,660th kill. Former record holder and Edgewood College Hall of Fame member Mandie (Armstrong) Barr ‘00 was in attendance to congratulate Palmer on the new record. The Eagles ended their season with a loss in the NAC Tournament, coming up just short of a second consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament. Just weeks before Winter Commencement, Palmer received yet another honor, a title that few Eagles have ever worn: All-American. The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) named Palmer a Second Team All-American for the 2012 season.

The Poynette, Wisconsin native was not just outstanding on the court during her four years. She was named Capital One Second Team Academic All-American and graduated Magna Cum Laude in December 2012 with a BS in Political Science. She plans to attend UW-Madison’s LaFollette School for Public Policy for graduate studies this Fall. A very special season, and a very special team. Coach Schlomer summed it up nicely when he said, “I just wanted to say ‘thanks’ to all of our family, friends and fans who have supported us throughout the season. While it did not end the way we would have liked, it was still a great year and a ton of fun. I love this picture* because I think it represents some of the best of our team. We are passionate about the game, we have a ton of fun, and we are fierce competitors. I think you can see that in this picture.”

Top left: *A Very Special Season Top right: Coach Paul Schlomer’s Eagles notched his 100th win during the 2012 season. Bottom right: Mandie (Armstrong) Barr ’00 (left) and Mallory Palmer ’13 celebrate Palmer’s all-time kills record with her 1,660th kill. Barr held the record from 1998 - 2013.


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Counter-cl ockwise fro m top right: • Alumni gat her for lunc h at John Deere Finan cial

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Alumni reuni te at Jam th e Gym • Classmate s from 197 1 and 1972 gather in Madison for a wee kend of fu n • A great d ay with Alu mni at the Eagle Golf Outing • The Eme rald Club H onors the C lass of 196 2

SAVE THE DATE! Eagle Athletics Hall of Fame Induction and Senior Recognition Dinner | April 19 Accounting Club Dinner | April 23 Commencement | May 19

Emerald Club Luncheon | June 13 Eagle Golf Outing | June 21 Tee up For Nursing | July 15 Athletic Alumni Reunion Weekend | October 4-6

For information on any of these events go to or call Kathy O’Connor, Alumni Director (608) 663-6715.

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1960s Joan (Chickvary) Cavanaugh ’61, CEO and founder

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of Boardroom Golf Institute, recently hosted the Women’s Business Golf Career Program. Joan brings her international background in teaching and business golf networking to give students the skills to build new and better business opportunities. Join her in coaching sessions, webinars, workshops, and more – all for the non-golfer. Visit her website for more information. µ1


community service with “Small Miracles,” a volunteer doula program she founded in 1996. Since then, she’s helped hundreds of women to find the right resources and help during pregnancy – free of charge. µ2

Susan (Walsh) Cocoma ’65 was recently honored as

Rose Marie (Wnek) Bertrand ’64 was named the

the recipient of the “Woman of the Year” award from her “life-long” St. Mary Parish community in Durand, Illinois. The award honors her faithful dedication and volunteer contributions to various ministries in local parishes. Susan and her husband, John, reside in Durand. They have 5 children and 9 grandchildren.

Jefferson Award recipient for December 2012 for her volunteer service in Dane County. Rose Marie, pictured after assisting with her 300th birth, was selected for her

Catherine (Weiss) Pederson ’69 was awarded the Mary Lucreatia and Sarah Emily Creighton Award by Creighton

Pearl (Kolb) Quast ’56 along with her husband, Art, made a trip to Campus from their home in Arizona in August to spend a morning “revisiting” college days, and enjoyed a tour of The Stream, the new visual and theatre arts center. Pearl even had a chance to take a look at her former room in Marshall Hall, a highlight of her day!


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µ4 University in February 2013. The award recognizes individuals who serve as a role model for women by supporting and encouraging the development of their talents.

Celia, and Doug’s column. I thought it really captured what we’re all about, making a community for theater artists.” Sam is one of the directors of The COR Stories: Identity through the Lens of Theatre, which was the opening production in the new theatre at Edgewood College

1970s Alumnae mostly from the Class of 1974 gathered this summer in Madison to “relive” Edgewood College days! They shared photos and stories at the Madison home of one of the alum as they celebrated their 38th year of alumni status. They very graciously shared this photo of their day together. Back Row L-R: Nancy (Graber) Roisum ‘74, Patty (Meltz) Ludvigson ‘74, Kitty (Quinn) Haas ‘74, Mary Laughlin ‘74, Cindy (Rozek) O’Toole ‘77, Jeanine (Gleason) Ranzen ‘74, Rita (Coyne) Manion ‘74. Front Row L-R: Shelia (McNamara) Brackin ‘74, Kathy (Morris) Frank, Maureen Fleming ‘74, Patty (Pandl) Kuehn ‘74, Mary Ellen (Hickey) Fahey ‘74 and Kathy (Piech) Emmerich ’75, ’84. µ4

Gina Reid Tinio ’88, PhD, MS MPH, RN-BC received her PhD in nursing from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Gina’s dissertation examined the impact of both one-on-one and group mentoring on new graduate nurses’ intent to stay at their first place of employment as a nurse. She continues to work at Cadence Health as the Director of Professional Development and Nursing Research.

Sam White ’89 and Celia Klehr, playwright and actress, husband and wife, have made their home on North Fair Oaks Avenue in Madison a kind of haven for itinerant actors and others involved in the always-impassioned, often underfinanced theater world. They were recently featured in Doug Moe’s column in the Wisconsin State Journal. When contacted about the article Sam said “I was very proud of

Sr. Deborah Gaughan ’92 formally made her First Profession of Vows to the Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate on July 21, 2012. In 2009 Sr. Deborah became an affiliate, and in 2010 officially entered the Congregation, located in Joliet, Illinois. µ3 Timothy Strait ’93, MBA ’98, Ph.D. will be joining the faculty at UW-Platteville as a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Business. Tim’s teaching responsibilities will focus on Organizational Behavior and Organizational Development classes for both graduate and undergraduate students in the online and traditional programs at the University. Julie (Le-Trinh) Do ’94 recently connected with the Alumni Office to let us know that she is living in Kailua, Hawaii, where she is Vice Principal of Le Jardin Academy. Julie earned her degree with a major in English and proudly shares Edgewood College admissions information with her students!

Sarah Dermody ’95 was recently featured in an article in the Wisconsin State Journal highlighting her new business recently opened in Madison catering to the tennis athlete. Her family runs and operates the Tennis Store located on the West side. Her son Peter has been coaching tennis in Madison since 2004, most recently at Madison West High School since 2006. Sarah’s BS degree is in English.

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Christine Lilek, MA ‘95, a Department of Natural

Campus. Prior to serving SMU as the Interim Dean and the MBA Program Director, Matt worked for Thermo Electron Corporation (TMO), the world’s largest supplier of scientific laboratory equipment. Matt lives in Plymouth, Minnesota with his wife Christine and daughter Veronica.

Resources hydrogeologist, was one of three people recognized by the 2012 La Follette Institute’s Lloyd D. Gladfelter Awards for government innovation. The competition, administered by the Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs at UW-Madison, annually recognizes problem-solving and resourceful ideas generated by government employees. Lilek found a way to re-use street sweepings and storm drain sediments that would normally go to landfills. Christine earned her MA in Religious Studies. µ5 - Christine with Sen. Fred Risser (L) and La Follette Institute Dir. Tom DeLeire (R).

Tim Vande Hey ’98 was named Assistant Commissioner of the Insurance Division of the Minnesota Department Commerce. He previously served the Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Insurance for 14 years. Tim earned his degree with a double major in Business and Accounting.

Colleen (Mack) Pennell ’95, Ph. D., recently earned her

Mark Zurfluh ‘98 and Keely (Williams) Zurfluh ‘04

doctoral degree in language and literacy from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee.

Dr. Matt Nowakowski MBA ‘98 has been appointed Dean of the Graduate School of Business and Technology at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

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Lori (Schaller) Spaude ’97 is an Early Childhood Special Education Teacher in the Alma Center-Humbird-Merrillan School District. Lori (3rd from the left) and a colleague accepted The Challenge Award from the Wisconsin Retired Educators’ Association in October 2012 for the district’s Early Childhood HomeBased Program. The district was one of five in the state to receive the award for innovative programming.

welcomed their new son, John Scott Zurfluh, on June 14, 2012. John weighed 8 lbs. 7 ounces and was 19 inches long. He joins mom, dad, and sister Raya, age 2. µ6


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Patty (Perkins) Heinzmann ’99 and her husband Tyler Heinzmann welcomed Myles Darga Heinzmann to their family on June 14, 2012. Myles weighed 5lbs, 11oz, and was 17 inches long. He joins mom, dad, sister Jacey, 3, and black lab Marley. µ7

LaShell (Boullion) Lentz ’99 received The Business Forum’s 2012 Athena Young Professional Award and was also recognized by InBusiness as part of the 2013 class of “40 Under 40.” LaShell, Assistant Vice President and Senior Financial Advisor at BMO Harris Financial Advisors, was selected for her professional accomplishments and volunteer efforts with both the Girl Scouts of Wisconsin and Big Brothers Big Sisters. She earned her degree with a double major in Economics and Business.


2000s Cory Whitsell ‘00 and Jinnee (Shim) Whitsell ‘04 welcomed Coen Jaeyong Whitsell on April 13, 2012 at Elmbrook Hospital in Brookfield, Wisconsin. He was 8 lbs. 14 oz. and 19.5 inches. Coen was welcomed by his big sister, Grace, and his big brother, Charlie. Cory is an elementary school principal in New Berlin and Jinnee is a stay at home mom. They reside in Brookfield. µ8 Trisha (Donar) Brookins ‘02 teaches 7th grade science at DeWitt Middle School in DeWitt, Iowa. She has two boys, Jayden, 5, and Josiah, 12 months. µ9 Heather Halvorson ’04 married Josh Wolver on February 11, 2012. They had their winter wedding at Olbrich Botanical Gardens and now the couple resides in Monona. Heather earned her BS degree with a major in Psychology. µ10

with many Edgewood College baseball alumni. Front row (sitting) Chris Alexander ‘01, Alex Elliott

‘12, Cindy and Jay, Boomer Gugel. Back row standing: Justin Dahmen ‘10, Josh Gauwitz ‘02, Tim Richardson ’09, MA ‘12, Al Brisack (Athletic Director), Erik Massey ‘11, Shawn Burcum ‘07, Tony Ales, Dave Scheidell ‘12, Tyler Dahmen ‘07, John Fish ‘06 and Nate Verhage ’01, MA ‘11.

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Jeremy “Jay” Gugel ’04 married Cindy Fitch in July 2012. Jeremy and Cindy celebrated the occasion

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Drea (Smith) Reichwein ’04 and husband, Tommy ‘04, welcomed a son to their family last summer. Korbin Jett was born on July 1, 2012, weighing 7lbs. 12oz., and 21 ¾ in. long, and was welcomed home by big brother Brockton. Drea and her family live in Chandler, Arizona. µ11 Fay Waldo ’04 married Michael Bidlack on March 31, 2012. Fay, an attorney, and Michael, a teacher, live in Scottsdale, Arizona. Fay earned her degree with a major in Spanish. Julie (Voelker) McKay Colvert ’05 released her most recent book, Art of Winter, A Photographic Essay, in July 2012. Her photography is the creative way she expresses her love for nature. To preview the book and order online, visit

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Lisa Hartman ’05, MBA ’11 became the first Out-U-Go! pet care franchise owner in Wisconsin, opening in Madison. The national pet sitting and dog walking service opened its

µ13 doors in January 2013 and represents the company’s ninth location. µ12

Tammy Johnson ’05 welcomed Ryan Daniel Depies Johnson to her family on June 18, 2012. Tammy works as a Special Education Teacher in West Bend, Wisconsin.

Sara Myers ’05, MBA ’09 married Ben Clary on April 14, 2012 at the Goodman Community Center in Madison. Sara, who earned two business degrees from the College, is the owner of The Sewcial Lounge ( on Monroe Street. The couple lives in Madison. µ13 Tracy (Wolfgram) Walker ’05 recently directed the musical RENT in Knoxville, TN, and has been working as an actress on the TV series “Nashville” as well as a number of other film projects. A musician as well, Tracy’s bands have opened for The Band Perry, Chubby Checker and Reba McEntire. She credits the experiences at Edgewood College

Robert ’11 and Mara (Jones) Williams ’06, MS MFT ’12 went to China in July to teach English at Hong-N English Language Institute in Suzhou. Located near Shanghai on China’s east coast, Suzhou is a “smaller” Chinese city with a population of approximately 7 million. Through Hong-N, they teach students (Ages 5 – 65!) to speak all levels of English. “This is an opportunity that presented itself at a very good point in our lives. Finding a job can be difficult right now and teaching here pays very well. Moving here and getting settled was fairly simple with the help of school staff. They have been wonderful,” Mara reports. Robert and Mara have a contract with the school through August 2013.


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and the training from Dr. Phil Martin and Dr. Jeanne Leep for her many opportunities.

Allison Gerland ’06 was promoted to Assistant Director of Student Involvement at UW-Superior where she has worked for the past four years. In her role, Allison advises the student programming board, oversees student organizations, coordinates campus wide events, and promotes school spirit.

Sarah Pressman ’06 started her new position as Training and Staff Development Specialist at Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. in Milwaukee.

Pete Rankin RN, BSN ’06 is a flight nurse at UW Health’s Med Flight. He’s also deeply involved in a global health project to improve emergency services in Ethiopia. He’s travelled there five times over the past four years, teaching nurses and physicians in that African nation. µ14

married Ben Richard on October 1, 2011. Trista and Ben’s wedding party included alumnae

Mikaila Teale ’08 and Erin Fenley ’10. Trista earned her BS in Elementary Education and is a First Grade Teacher in Galena, Illinois.

Emily Ciha ’07 married Paul Jacobson on September 29, 2012. The couple reside in Green Bay, where Emily provides birth and postpartum doula services. Emily earned her BS degree with a major in performing arts. µ15

Jeremiah DeGollon ’07, MBA ’12 began a new role as Assistant Vice President of Business Development at Summit Credit Union in Madison. Angela Rein ’07 and Kevin McDonnell announced their engagement in August 2012. The couple lives in Stillwater, Oklahoma where Angela is a Ph.D. candidate in the botany department at Oklahoma State. Kevin is a manager and safety coordinator also working at the university. Angela earned her degree with a major in biology. Nicole (Schmit) Roberts ’07 and her husband Tecwyn Roberts welcomed their new daughter, Haley Jean Roberts on

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May 31, 2012. Haley weighed 4 lbs 14 oz and was 18 inches long. Nicole graduated with a nursing degree. µ16

Megan Stephany ’07, MS recently graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Master of Science in Nursing for Neonatal Nurse Practitioner and a minor in Palliative Care. Megan recently traveled to Haiti with the “Helping Babies Breathe” program and mission trip which helped treat more than 1,200 people. µ17

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Molly (Dillman) Vidal ‘07 is the Director of Outreach for the Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (WAICU). Molly was very involved with the planning and implementation of WAICU Students’ Day on February 27, 2013 at the Monona Terrace and State Capitol in Madison – an opportunity for all WAICU alumni, which includes Edgewood College, to advocate for the Wisconsin Tuition Grant at the State Capitol.

Stephanie Riese ’09 works for NCPACE (Navy College Program for Afloat College Education) which provides sailors with college classes aboard naval ships at sea. Last fall, she was off the coast of Japan, on board the USS George Washington. Stephanie received a BA degree with a major in English.


Pernille (Schmidt) Ripp ’08 and her husband, Brandon, welcomed twins to their family on July 30, 2012. Ida and Oskar join big sister Theadora, who is becoming a great helper. Pernille graduated with her degree in Elementary Education. The family lives in Verona. µ18

Alison (Spiegel) Bjoin, EdD ’09 married Kristopher Bjoin on June 30, 2012. Alison is Principal at Craig High School in Janesville, Wisconsin. Kristopher is Foreman at Bjoin Limestone. µ19

Renee Hartshorn ’09 is currently a veterinary student at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. She plans to pursue a residency in veterinary cardiology or dentistry. Renee received her with a major in biology, chemistry, and broad field natural science.


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Jamie (Goecks) Riese ’09 and her husband, Josh, welcomed Jaxton Keith Riese to their family on September 24, 2012. Jaxton weighed 9lbs. 1oz. and was 21 ½ inches long and joins his big brother, Kaden, who is very proud. Jamie graduated with a major in communication studies and works for The Management Group in Madison. µ20


2010s Mellissa (Lemke) Benson ’10 married Jayson Benson on September 9, 2012. The newlyweds work as claims adjusters and reside in Madison. Mellissa earned her degree with a major in Broad Field Social Studies and Studies in Education.

Tonya (Ellis) Tharpe ’09 married Harvey Tharpe on Saturday, May 26, 2012 in Madison. Tonya is a minister at Mount Zion Baptist Church, and Harvey is a Behavioral Intervention Specialist at Orchard Ridge Elementary School in Madison. The couple has four children, DeLynn, Chelsea, Isaiah, and Jeremiah. µ21

Danny Carey ’10 and Kacy Sporle ’12 are engaged and

Daniel Sing ‘11 and Diane (Sewell) Sing ’09 welcomed

Iris (Leske) Hill ’10, MA ’12 married Michael Hill on July 7, 2012. Iris and Michael’s wedding party included alumnae Jackie Smith MA ’12, Michelle Taylor ’11, and Angel Ericksen. Iris is a bilingual teacher in the Madison Metropolitan School District, and Michael is an Engineer.

Olivia Peace Sing to their family on April 5, 2012. The proud parents celebrated their 10-year wedding anniversary on February 14, 2012. µ22

married on May 12, 2012. Kara and Nick’s wedding party included Jerrid Dokey ’10, Jessica Thompson ’10, Anna Watson ’10, and student Ilana Bar-Av ’13. Kara is an RN at St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison. Nick is a Development Manager at Cresa, and is returning to Edgewood College to pursue a degree in Educational Leadership.

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Kara Peppler ’10 and Nick Lombardino ’10, MBA ’12 were

have a wedding date set for August 2013. Danny, a Business major, was recently promoted to Commercial Loan Officer at Cambridge State Bank in Cambridge, Wisconsin. Kacy earned her degree in Elementary Education and teaches kindergarten at Yahara Elementary School in Deforest, Wisconsin. µ23

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Gregory Metzler ‘10, recently passed all four parts of the Certified Public Accountant exam. We all know this is no small feat, and we wish him all the best in his future endeavors!

Emily (Page) Mulder ’10 of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin shared the news of her recent wedding. Emily married Benjamin Mulder on May 24, 2012. Laura (Betancourt) Pacheco ’10 married Edwin Pacheco on May 11, 2012. Laura is a teacher at Aldo Leopold Elementary School.

Zhengwei Shi, MBA ’10 of China, is working with China Bridge Group in Ottawa, Canada.

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Beth McGowan ’11 was recently promoted to Assistant Underwriter at NSI, a division of West Bend Mutual. Beth earned her degree in business administration. Sawitree Tuntra-Ampai MBA ’11 married her fiancé Pete Mumanachit on December 22, 2012. The traditional Thai wedding was held at the Sampran Riverside in Thailand. µ24 Anna Matthews, MS MFT ’12 married Eric Peterson on June 23, 2012 in Cottage Grove, Wisconsin. Anna is doing a residency practice in marriage and family therapy at the Family Center in Madison. Eric is an assistant underwriter with West Bend Mutual Insurance in Middleton. The couple lives in Sauk City.

Paige Polzer ’12 married Sean Knipfer on November 17, 2012. Paige’s wedding was attended by fellow alumni Katie Melvin ’11, Devin Mills ’11, Joel Hartlaub ’12, Katie Schram ’11, Xavier Karjohn ’12, Brittany Drewiske ’12, Samantha Stanley ’12, Emi Gandara ’11, as well as many current Edgewood College students and staff. Paige started work as an Administrative Assistant at Concordia University – Madison. µ25


Robert Zellmer MS ’12 works for Baker Tilly in the construction and real estate group specializing in construction contract auditing.

Alumni In Memoriam Lucinda Lee, O.P. ’47 on May 1, 2012 Barbara (West) Wolff ’69 on June 1, 2012 Marie Rita Waldron, O.P. ’52 on June 2, 2012 Mary Herman Duttlinger, O.P. ’59 on June 5, 2012 Madonna (Joynt) Vachon ’60 on June 7, 2012 Patricia Hanley ’75 on July 7, 2012 Marie McAndrew, O.P. ’57 on July 17, 2012 Christine (Bowers) Sawyer ’71 on July 25, 2012 Carol (Gaffney) Kuhns ’52 on July 26, 2012 Judith Miller, O.P. ’70 on August 9, 2012 Carol (Houltram) Hayner ’64 on August 11, 2012 Marianne (Kenny) Olson ’58 on August 18, 2012 Georgean (Nygaard) Brink ’64 on October 11, 2012 Dorothy (Detig) Brennan ’53 on October 13, 2012 Brian Ketterer ’00 on October 14, 2012 Tracy Soans Shea ‘49 on October 28, 2012 Janice Costello, O.P. ’61 on November 22, 2012 Antoinette Drabeck, O.P. ’59 on November 26, 2012 Adele (Kieckhaefer) Hayes ’65 on December 10, 2012 Dale Lader ’05 on December 17, 2012 Cassandra Clark ’08 on December 30, 2012 Kathryn (Crownhart) George ’97 on January 15, 2013 Winifred O’Rourke ’88 on January 15, 2013 Victoria (Intravaia) Sleger ’78 on January 29, 2013 Barbara (Bruni) Kloppel ’62 on February 17, 2013

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Explorations in Suzhou, China Mara Williams, ’06, MS MFT ’12 alumni connections

Living abroad has always been a dream for us. We have always longed for the adventure but we never thought we could do something this meaningful on the other side of the world. My husband Robert (Robert Williams ’11) and I were raised in the same small southwest Wisconsin farming community. Moving across the world was not a consideration growing up, and our families certainly didn’t know what would be out there for us later in our lives.

We arrived in July 2012. We primarily teach students between the ages of 5 and 16, but have also had opportunities to teach Business English to adults at outside locations. We both have classes directly through Hong N and also teach Japanese children at an expatriate Japanese traditional school. We enjoy the variety in ages, cultures, and curriculums and the set schedule that provides flexibility throughout the day and week.

Along with teaching in Suzhou, Robert and I are also able to share our Edgewood College experiences with others who dream of a U.S. education. Through a new partnership between Hong N English Language Training School and Edgewood College, we are able to help Chinese students make the journey to study in the U.S. The opportunity for the Edgewood transformative experience we had extending to another part of the world is exciting. In turn, even as Suzhou students learn about Madison, we hope that others in the Madison area will consider teaching in Suzhou as a very safe, secure, and adventurous option for them. Taking the leap is always easier when there is a trusted connection on the other side.

International, and then some! Mara and Robert (on the far right of the photo) and their students at the Japanese school, in Suzhou, China.

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Professors at Edgewood College inspire students in ways they never would have imagined. Through Professor Binbin Fu, Robert was able to take a class in learning Mandarin, and soon developed an interest in Chinese culture. After studying abroad through the College in 2010, he was presented with an opportunity for the both of us to teach English in Suzhou at Hong N English Language Training School. We were a bit apprehensive to take the very far leap but we knew it was an incredible opportunity we didn’t want to miss.

Suzhou is considered the “Venice of China” and has been called “paradise” by friends of ours in Beijing. Its lighted beauty at night and old canal scenery during the day make it a perfect city to sightsee. Mass transportation is efficient and inexpensive. European style food stores and the many Western restaurants allow for a very comfortable transition into Chinese culture. There are many welcoming people in Suzhou and particularly at Hong N who have helped with the emotional transition and provide a sense of family.

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alumni connections


With the dedication and opening of The Stream, Edgewood College launched the Year of the Arts, a celebration of music, theatre and art for 2012-2013. Supporters of our Year of the Arts programming include the Kohler Foundation, BMO Harris Bank, the Madison Arts Commission, with additional funds from the Wisconsin Arts Board, DANE Arts with additional funds from the Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation, Native Capital Investment, and the Ahrens-Washburn Community Fellows Program.

Welcome, Marcia! Hi! My name is Marcia Whittington and I was recently named Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Edgewood College. In that role I manage our development area, including annual giving, major giving, alumni relations, grants and all of the other components necessary to attract the philanthropic support so important to your College. A bit about me: I’ve worked in development and fundraising for more than twenty years, the last fourteen within the non-profit community in Greater Madison. Most recently I was with Agrace HospiceCare, where I served as Vice President of the Foundation. My prior roles include Chief Executive Officer of Gilda’s Club Madison, where we were successful in building a complete infrastructure for that organization, including policies and procedures, financial management and forecasting, fundraising, marketing, construction of the clubhouses, hiring of all staff and complete budget development. Those experiences have shaped me as a person and as a professional, and I am thrilled to bring my passion to Edgewood College. But don’t look for me only on campus – I’m out and about, making connections with the people who have made Edgewood College. Yes, I’m talking about you. You are an important part of our success as a campus community. Your support has helped this College achieve tremendous progress in a variety of areas from enrollment and retention, to community engagement and student learning, to capital projects and renovation of campus facilities. I am honored to be welcomed to the College you love so deeply, and I look forward to meeting with many of you in the coming months as we continue to serve our students and Edgewood College. Sincerely,

Office for Institutional Advancement :: Regina 39 Stop by and say hello anytime! I’d love to meet you!

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Nona McGreal, O.P. P r esiden t o f E d g ewood C o l l e g e 1 9 5 0 - 1 9 6 8

Departed this life March 20, 2013

In Phoenix From the Fire, Sr. Mary Paynter notes six areas of critical accomplishments during Sr. Nona’s tenure. • C  reating the college campus, through an extensive building program • Enlarging and strengthening the faculty • O  btaining national accreditation and recognition for educational excellence • E  stablishing a new corporate structure and a lay board of advisors • Shaping a strong curriculum • I ncreasing student enrollment while developing a diverse student body On this first day of spring 2013, we are grateful for the life and gifts Sr. Nona brought to Edgewood College.

“I feel about Edgewood as you would a living plant, you don’t know which branch will develop further, but you know there is life in it."

Edgewood College Magazine - Spring 2013  

Edgewood College Alumni Magazine, Spring 2013 edition.

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