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Looking Forward and Reflecting Back I believe the future for this special college is one of great promise. Our board and the campus community have selected just the right person for our next president. Scott Flanagan has been a leader over the past 16 years in strengthening this campus and growing the enrollment. Scott and I are working very closely during this time of transition and will continue to do so through the summer and beyond. Scott’s first day as President will be on August 1st. You can read more on the announcement on page 18 of this Magazine. Going forward, my hope is to be especially helpful in transitioning relationships with donors, board members, and other friends of the College. I will serve for one year on a part-time basis as a consultant to Scott and his leadership team, which is very typical in higher education with the beginnings of a new presidency. Terri and I are especially grateful for the many wonderful relationships that we have formed during our decade at Edgewood College. In reflecting on the past 10 years, I believe our entire campus community has much to be proud of in terms of progress and achievements. There have been several significant capital projects that are worthy of mention beginning with construction of Dominican Hall as a LEED certified residence hall. The construction of The Stream in the middle of the recession has been a game changer for our students in the visual arts and theatre. And the transformation of third floor DeRicci into our state-of-the-art Henry Predolin School of Nursing positions the College well for the future. The most profound changes in the past 10 years go far beyond physical space. The diversity in our student body has more than doubled in the last several years. The beginning of the Community Scholars program was one factor, but there have been many others. We’ve seen growth in global partnerships including increasing number of students from Saudi Arabia and China. We’ve seen a dramatic increase in the number of Veterans and dependents who choose to attend Edgewood College. We have been blessed with good strategic planning and budget management during this decade and before. Our financial viability measurements remain quite strong. We have grown our endowment from less than $9 million to approximately $27 million over the past 10 years. All of these achievements empower us to do a better job of serving students. Please know how grateful I am to each of you for your support of Edgewood College. The credit goes not to me, but to each of you who have shared the good work that we have done together and the progress that we have made during the past decade. We all stand on the shoulders of those who came before us. For me those shoulders belong to the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa, Dr. Jim Ebben, and an outstanding Board of Trustees. My dad was always reluctant to say goodbye whenever we were leaving for college or even to go overseas. He preferred to say “I’ll see you later.” That’s my preference today as well. May the Good Lord continue to bless you and yours.

Daniel J. Carey

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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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Ten years of leadership, of putting students first, has transformed Edgewood College. We take a look back at that legacy, and a look forward, as we continue to serve our students and transform our community in the exciting days just around the corner.




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A Clear Vision

Dan and Terri Carey leave a lasting legacy of putting students first.






S o m e st or ies don’t get old. Dan Carey’s face lights up as he begins an animated telling of the Edgewood College story for what may be the thousandth time. He speaks about students who, like himself, are first generation college students. How the GI Bill changed his life and that Edgewood College wants all veterans to have a positive educational experience. He’ll talk about increasing retention and making the College a place for students of color to find success. Another story that will not get old is the chapter of Edgewood College’s history written under Dan Carey’s decade-long tenure as President. After leading the College through remarkable years of growth and progress, he will retire in August of 2014.


“There have been great decisions along the way throughout the history of the College, but his hiring

is near the top. A great hire for the College,” David Hanson, Board Chair at the time of Carey’s hiring, said. While the College’s accomplishments during Carey’s tenure are too numerous to outline completely, his impact has been felt in four major areas: enhancing campus community, putting students first, expanding and strengthening academic programs, and leading through relationships.

Enhancing Campus Community In 2005, the College began serving returning adult and graduate students at its Deming Way Campus, acquired shortly before Carey’s arrival; that site later became home to the School of Graduate and Professional Studies. Located on Madison’s west side, the campus is

Above: The Deming Way campus, home to graduate and adult accelerated programs. Right: The dedication of Dominican Hall, 2007. Dr. Carey with several representatives of the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa.

7 especially well-suited for returning adult students, and gave the land-locked College much-needed space to enhance and expand academic programs.

In August of 2007, the first students moved into Dominican Hall, the newest and largest residence hall on campus. Dominican Hall has the distinction of LEED® certification, the first residence hall on any campus in the state to receive this designation from the U.S. Green Building Council. Concurrent with the construction of the new hall was a significant expansion of dining services on campus. Also in 2007, the College dedicated Phil’s, named for longtime College employee Phil Hansen, to accommodate a growing residential student population. Sr. Maggie Hopkins, Vice President of Dominican Mission, describes an example of Carey’s impact on the campus climate: “During the economic recession,


A year later, the College achieved Green Tier status, the first higher education institution in the state of Wisconsin to be named to the Department of Natural Resources’ program that recognizes outstanding environmental stewardship.

everyone was concerned about what it would mean for all of the students and us. I remember Dan saying that we are going to survive this and do it together. There were financial limitations on us but that didn’t have to stop our creativity. He challenged us to be creative so we wouldn’t be starting over when we came out of the recession – that instead we just kept moving forward. It created a sense of energy. Programs moved forward – maybe not with as many resources as we would have liked for the moment, but certainly with the creativity we needed.” The Center for Nursing Excellence, a partnership with Meriter Hospital, St. Mary’s Hospital, and Edgewood College, was launched in 2009. The CNE serves nursing students and other health care professionals and features the latest in nursing education equipment and technology, including highly sophisticated patient simulators that provide simulated clinical scenarios that mirror real-world patient care situations. In September of 2011, Edgewood College, Edgewood High School and the Edgewood Campus School entered into a new governance agreement, creating


Above: Edgewood College becomes the first college or university in the state of Wisconsin to be designated ‘Green Tier’ by the Wis. Department of Natural Resources, 2006.




Putting Students First Even before the negotiation was complete with Carey to join Edgewood College, his actions made it clear that above all his focus would be on the students. David Hanson recalls “When Dan joined us, there wasn’t a residence for the President on campus. Dan and wife Terri concluded that being close to campus was very important to them; they wanted to be there, be available for students and campus events. The housing they selected was a very unpretentious home across the street from campus. That was a strong signal by both of them that this College was going to be their number one priority – and it has been.” Carey’s leadership during two Strategic Planning processes set the institution on a clear path that puts students at the center of the life of the College. These

efforts led to the articulation of a Mission and Vision that extend from the core values of its Sinsinawa Dominican sponsors, creating a distinctive educational environment with student achievement at the forefront. Terri Carey believes this is among Dan’s greatest accomplishments. “I think he has made the College a much more positive place and in line with the Dominican values. I think they are living out what they say their values are – they are not just words on banners.”


separate legal entities for each institution. This marked the culmination of a decades-long effort that serves to enhance the futures of each institution on the shared 55-acre Monroe Street campus. Long-time Board member Diane Ballweg is a proponent of campus partnerships. “A couple goals that I continuously work on is the collaboration and respect among the three Edgewood institutions,” Diane said. “Dan has made an effort to improve relationships on campus, and I know that the College and the High School are in a much better position than they have been. I really appreciated the College hosting a reception for the three Boards last spring.” This reception was the first time the Boards of all three schools were officially gathered.

Due in large part to this work, there have been significant strides during the Carey years, including record freshman-to-sophomore retention rates for fulltime undergraduate students; increased enrollment and retention of ALANA (minority) students; enrollment growth in graduate and adult accelerated programs; consistently strong financial health; and growth in the number of alumni gifts and pledges. The Community Scholars program; Eagle Grants for veterans and their families; global partnerships in China, Saudi Arabia and other countries; and a continued commitment to academic programming that meets the needs of our time have combined to create an increasingly diverse and vibrant community of learners. Hopkins believes Carey will be most remembered for “his advocacy for students. Dan is a very strong advocate for students of color,” she explained. “He created partnerships in Madison in order to support scholarships for students who are in most need and at the same time incredibly talented. He will be remembered nationally and locally for trying to find ways to lower tuition and reduce student debt. He’s been a very strong advocate for returning adults and veterans.”




Above: Lt. Dan Carey with a colleague in the ARVN, Nha Trang, Vietnam, 1970. Right: Groundbreaking for The Stream, 2011. The visual and theatre arts center opened for students in the fall of 2012, and is the second LEED certified building on campus.


Expanding and Strengthening Academic Programs Under Dr. Carey’s leadership, the College has expanded academic offerings and strengthened the foundation of the liberal arts educational experience. Students entering in the fall of 2010 began their studies under the auspices of the new COR curriculum. Named in honor of the College motto ‘Cor ad Cor Loquitur’ (“Heart Speaks to Heart”), the revision to the general education curriculum was a process that stretched over several years. Now in place, COR encourages students to examine the connection between learning, beliefs, and actions in order to build a more just and compassionate world. The 44,000-square-foot home to the College’s Art and Theatre Arts departments opened for students in the Fall of 2012. The Stream – as this state-of-the-art facility is now known - provides theatre, classroom and studio space for these growing academic programs. In 2013, The Stream was named Commercial Design Project of the Year by InBusiness magazine. In 2014, The Stream became officially LEED® certified, the second ‘green’ building on campus.

A major renovation of DeRicci Hall was launched in 2012. The third floor was transformed into a single home for the Henry Predolin School of Nursing, more than doubling the space dedicated to the School. The renovation created some 15,000 square feet of classroom, office, conference and meeting spaces for nursing students. The expansion comes at a critical time, as the number of Nursing graduates at the College has grown significantly the past 5 years. In August 2013, the College announced a one-milliondollar gift given to the College to create the Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin Center for Primary Care Innovation. The Center will engage and enlist Edgewood College Nursing students and graduates in innovative, progressive models of primary care delivery. New academic programs added during the Carey years include the Master of Science in Accountancy, Master of Science in Organizational Development, the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. In 2011 the College began offering classes online in some select graduatelevel programs.



Above: Dr. and Mrs. Carey receive the Cross of the Order of St. Benedict, Benedictine’s highest honor, from President Stephen Minnis, 2013. With them are sons (and Benedictine graduates) Chris and Matthew.

Leadership Meets Relationship

Carey served as vice president at St. Louis University and at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio. He was installed as President of Benedictine College, his alma mater, in 1995. In 2013, Benedictine awarded Dr. and Mrs. Carey the Cross of the Order of St. Benedict, Benedictine’s highest award. Carey has established himself as a leader in higher education on a national level. He has served as Board Chair of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. Together with colleagues from across the country, he has produced eight

Commenting on Carey’s leadership characteristics, Hopkins observes, “He is very relational. He taps a lot of individuals – for leadership themselves. Dan would always get a variety of people around the table to bring different perspectives to the conversation and get all of us engaged in coming up with the best approaches and solutions. Dan engages people to get perspective. Not just senior level staff or faculty, but also from students. It’s for them, about them – so it’s important to have their voice.” Ballweg reflects on the depth of his influence. “He’s changed the Edgewood Community. He’s made Edgewood College present in the Madison community. He is a terrific representative of the College. He builds a team. He listens and includes. He has built new buildings on the campus, which were sorely needed. Added scholarship and web-based learning programs, increased and improved the Advancement Office, and been a really good friend!”


Dan Carey grew up on a farm in southwestern Iowa. He earned his B.A. degree from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, majoring in English. He served as an infantry officer in the U.S. Army and spent one year in Vietnam. Carey moved on to the University of Northern Colorado, earning graduate degrees, including the Ph.D. in College Student Personnel Administration. As part of his postdoctoral studies, Carey attended Harvard University’s Institute for Educational Management in 1986.

conferences specially designed for senior-level academic leaders who are considering accepting the challenge of becoming a college president. Several of these leaders have since become presidents themselves.


12 A key relationship Carey brought to the Edgewood College community is his wife Terri. Ballweg comments, “Terri has been a wonderful hostess and partner.” According to Hanson, “the College got a really important two-for-one relationship because Terri has been a terrific asset, not just to Dan but also to the College as a whole.” While Terri Carey stated that Dan left his problems at the office and did not solicit her advice about the

College, he did rely on her for some key advice. “Which tie to wear. And, whether he had to wear real shoes or if he could wear sneakers.” Terri muses “anyone who knows him knows he would wear sneakers every day if he could.” Dr. Carey will leave his position at the end of the summer. He can put his feet up and reflect on a decade of success stories. And on those feet, yes, Mr. President, every day is a sneakers day.

“Carey is a good example of how a determined, intentional leader cannot only leave a mark but truly change an institution. During his tenure, Edgewood morphed from a commuter-style campus into a more traditional college environment with almost 90 percent of full-time freshmen now living on campus. Carey and his team also made great strides in making Edgewood a more diverse place, and they helped open more doors for veterans. In short, Carey had a clear vision, and he carried it out effectively.” - Wisconsin State Journal, September 12, 2013


Below: Carey announces his plans to retire, September 2013.



Friends and Colleagues: (l. to r., from the top) With Diane Ballweg ’75, MA ’07. With Maggie Hopkins, O.P., New York City, 2006. Dr. and Mrs. Carey with Boo Mortenson, Loren Mortenson, Petie Rudy ’78, 2011. With longtime food service director Phil Hansen, and former president Cecilia Carey, O.P., 2007. With Allen Chen of the Shanghai Foreign Service Company, 2011.




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A Look Ahead


In January of this year, the College launched a $3.4 million capital campaign to build a new residence hall on campus to better meet the needs of our undergraduate students. This campaign is a culmination and celebration of Dan Carey’s ten years of heartfelt and dedicated service to the College, to the students, and to the wider community. Living in community on campus is an integral part of a liberal arts education and provides opportunities for students to build relationships with fellow students, faculty and staff and actively engage in curricular and co-curricular programs on campus and in the community. National studies show that students who are able to live on campus have a high rate of academic success, reflected in positive assessments of their educational experiences and high retention and graduation rates. Currently, the College has residence space for 549 students on campus. In the past few years, we have had consistent demand for on-campus housing. To meet this need, the College plans to build a residence hall to the east of Regina Hall. The new facility will include: • Th  ree floors of cluster-style residential housing for 123 residents.

• A  lower level that includes flexible classroom space, a large multi-purpose room to accommodate fitness-based courses, and office space.

• A  n outdoor courtyard, named in honor of Dan and Terri Carey. • E  nvironmentally sustainable features such as rain gardens to support watershed management. The facility will connect directly to existing facilities in adjacent Regina Hall, including Phil’s, the Washburn Heritage Room, and St. Joseph Chapel. Neil Fauerbach, MBA ’05, is leading the Capital Campaign Committee, serving as its chair. “I am honored to serve Edgewood College and our students in this effort,” Fauerbach said. “My family’s commitment to the College runs deep. This project to enhance and grow our campus community is a way for all of us to take part in shaping a strong future for Edgewood College, and Greater Madison.” It is in honor of President Carey’s many accomplishments and his profound impact on the greater Madison community that a longtime supporter of the College has generously agreed to provide a dollar-for-dollar match for gifts to this campaign, up to a total of $1 million. The donor, who has asked to remain anonymous, has developed this match in recognition of Dan’s 10 years of service and in celebration of his retirement in 2014. There is more information about this Campaign Match available at The College plans to break ground in May 2015, with the goal of having the Residence Hall open to students by the start of the fall 2016 semester.

“…living on campus gives me a way to get involved. Living here gives me opportunities to juggle 3 jobs, school work, other activities and a social life. Edgewood College is very warm, comforting, like a second home, where I feel comfortable. I was able to find myself when I came to school.” - Cortney Gilbertson, sophomore, member of the student group Achievements in Medicine, the Bonner Leader Program (a student service program), the Orientation Leadership Team, and a peer leader for fellow students.


• A  common area with full kitchen and gathering space, and a lounge overlooking Lake Wingra on each floor.


“ …li v i n g on c ampus gives me a w a y to get involved.”




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A New Residence Hall :: Why It Matters


Since ancient times, we’ve been honored for our devotion to the Good, the Beautiful, and the True. But we haven’t been very well known for our interest in getting a nicer wardrobe or building a better house. And there’s a good reason for that. We’ve been too busy thinking about the Good, the Beautiful, and the True. However, even the greatest of the ancient philosophers knew that if you wanted to pursue these more elevated goals, you would have to have a place for this to happen. More specifically, you would have to have a community for it to happen. Plato had his Academy, Aristotle had his Lyceum, and Epicurus had his Garden. What each of these had in common was that it was both a place and a physical collection of people – people who could teach and learn from one another, who could challenge and cooperate with one another, and who could just hang out with one another in order to strengthen those personal bonds that are the basis for lasting relations of understanding and mutual trust.

But that is not all. In their own contemporary pursuit of the Good, the Beautiful, and the True, students who live on campus are at a decided advantage. With

over fifty social, educational, professional, and service organizations on the Edgewood College campus, the incentive and convenience that campus residence provides means increased opportunities for students to participate in volunteer work and community service, essential aspects of their search for meaningful personal and professional lives. Currently, civic engagement among our students is at about seventy-five percent. But it could well be at one hundred percent with the added impetus of on-campus involvement. What I’m saying is that, for me, the construction of a new residence hall is essentially a means to an end. If you want student involvement, if you want student success, if you want a solid liberal arts education – that is, our old friends, the Good, the Beautiful, and the True – then you want what will help to make those things a reality. It’s not the building you want, as nice as it may be. You want those less tangible things that the building will help you to achieve. As the great German philosopher Immanuel Kant famously put it, “To will the end is to will the means.” If one thing produces another and that second thing is good, then the rational person seeking what is good has no choice but to embrace that first thing. And that is why even though, as a philosopher, I’m not particularly interested in building a better residence hall per se – though, from the graphics that I’ve seen, it looks as if it’s going to be pretty cool – I am eager to continue working with the current capital campaign and to encourage others to join up and do the same. To some folks, a new residence hall may just look like another place for students to stay. But for me it is at the heart of the educational mission of an institution like Edgewood College and part of a tradition of community-based thinking and learning that goes back to ancient times.

Dr. John Fields, Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences


As a philosopher, I know that this is just as true today as it was twenty-three hundred years ago. And that’s why, when I recently found out about Edgewood College’s capital campaign to build a new state-of-theart residence hall and campus facility, I decided to both donate to this effort and become involved. What Plato and Aristotle knew over two millennia ago, social scientists and educational researchers are discovering all over again. Students who live on campus in their initial years are more likely to experience greater success in college. They are more likely to continue their studies at a higher rate. And they are more likely to graduate in a timely manner. In other words, community inspires learning.


By training and profession,I am a philosopher and, historically, philosophers have not been noted for their interest in the practical side of things.




Scott Flanagan, Ed.D. to become 7th President


On March 25, 2014, the Board of Trustees announced that Dr. Scott Flanagan will serve as the 7th president of Edgewood College. Flanagan, who most recently served as Executive Vice President, has been with Edgewood College for the past 16 years. He will replace Dr. Dan Carey who will retire in August 2014 after 10 years of service. “I am deeply grateful for the faith that the Board and this community have placed in me to lead Edgewood College,” Flanagan said. “We can take great pride in the institution that we’ve become, and our best days remain before us. With our students, faculty, staff and Board leadership, we are poised to build on our recent successes and reach even greater heights. Edgewood College’s mission to build a just and compassionate world through educating students has never been more important, and it is my privilege to be invited to serve as its President.” “Dr. Flanagan enjoys the full support of the entire Board of Trustees, and is ready to carry a great tradition forward,” Chairman Jim Barr said. “Our students and the families we serve, and will serve in the future, will benefit from his extraordinary vision and leadership.”

At Edgewood College, Dr. Flanagan’s roles have included Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, Vice President for Planning & Enrollment and interim Chief Financial Officer. In addition, he has regularly taught a doctoral course in Higher Education Finance. Flanagan holds a doctorate in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania, where his dissertation, Reconciling Values during General Education Revision at Three Catholic Universities, was recognized with distinction. He earned an M.B.A. from the University of Saint Francis, and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with an undergraduate degree in political science. Dr. Flanagan is a native of Weyauwega, Wis., and is the son of Mike and Nancy, two retired Wisconsin public school teachers. You’ll learn more about the College’s next president in the next edition of the Magazine.

Above: Dr. Flanagan is married to Krista. They have two children, Erin and Sean.


In May 2014, the College announced the lead gift to its endowment fund supporting the visual and performing arts at The Stream. The gift from the Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation honors Diane Ballweg ’75, MA ‘07 for her leadership of and generosity to many of Madison’s cultural and arts organizations. At the request of Ms. Rowland, the theatre at The Stream will be named the Diane Ballweg Theatre.



“I am delighted to honor my friend Diane with this gift and to recognize her through the naming of the theatre at Edgewood College,” said Pleasant Rowland. “Diane has generously supported arts activities that have been important to me. She was the first and largest contributor to the Great Performance Fund supporting resident companies at Overture Center, and she endowed the educational programing for the beautiful organ that graces Overture Hall. My gift to Edgewood College simply returns her many gifts to arts organizations we both care deeply about.”

“This is an honor that is hard to put into words,” Diane Ballweg said. “Both Pleasant and I remain committed to supporting our communities through education, especially arts education. Our students at Edgewood College,

and all who appreciate and support the arts, benefit from this gift. I am truly humbled and grateful.” The Diane Ballweg Theatre is located in The Stream, the College’s LEED® certified visual and theatre arts center located along the shore of Lake

Wingra. The building was dedicated in 2012. Read about the dedication in the Spring 2013 edition of the Edgewood College Magazine.

Top: Diane Ballweg ‘75, MA ‘07, Jerry Frautschi, Pleasant Rowland


Ballweg currently serves on the Board of Trustees. She is active on several arts boards, currently serving on the UW-Madison School of Music Board of Visitors, and the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra Foundation Board.





Former Wisconsin First Lady Jessica Doyle became a member of the Edgewood College community in 2011, when she began volunteering for the Committed to College council. Committed to College, or C2C, is a program at the College that helps students from Madison public schools learn the skills needed to pursue higher education. Inspired by the program, and a former Madison public school teacher herself, Ms. Doyle has developed a COR class called Precollege Coaching and Mentoring. The goal of the year-long course is to guide young students in the community to attend college. Students from the College work at least one hour a week with local students from many different backgrounds. “Our current students are ‘coaches.’ They are matched in the community with somebody who is of college potential, but who may not get to college without some kind of help,” Doyle said. The coach and scholar work one-on-one to improve studying, organization and test-taking skills. “The biggest joy is clearly seeing that the eighth, ninth and tenth grade scholars who are matched with an Edgewood College coach really get attached,” Doyle said. “They really admire Edgewood College students, and our students really make a huge difference in the lives of these young people.” She believes the coaches may provide even more motivation than traditional teachers.

succeed and contributing to their success is inspiring, and they are able to see the value of serving others first-hand.

Not only is this course helping the scholars, it is helping Edgewood College students as well. Seeing the scholars

Editor’s note: Ms. Sturdevant is a senior Communication Studies major from Watertown, Wis.

Precollege Coaching and Mentoring is an excellent representation of the College’s core values. Students commit to helping younger students on a one-on-one basis. The C2C Program – and Doyle’s class – can provide the push needed to succeed both in college, and in life.



NEW ALUMNUS AT JAM THE GYM 2014 This year’s “Jam the Gym” event at the men’s and women’s basketball games in January certainly lived up to its name. However, as part of the #UniteToFight campaign to raise money for the American Cancer Society, the full house crowd experienced a moment they won’t likely forget. Jim Gainey, a former Edgewood College student who left school more than 10 years ago to begin a career in the hotel industry, was diagnosed with stage four colon cancer about a year ago. At this year’s event, having earned the final credits he needed, Gainey stepped onto the floor of the Todd Wehr Edgedome in a special ceremony between games, and had his Bachelor of Science degree conferred upon him by President Dan Carey. Joining Jim for the special graduation ceremony were his wife Catherine Gainey ‘04, and their two sons Seamus, age 4, and Finn, age 2. Jim said not returning sooner to get his degree had been a regret, but on this Saturday, there were no more regrets.

Cancer Society. Admission to the games, commemorative T-shirt sales, donations and a portion of concession stand revenue all went toward the #UniteToFight effort. It was a triple win at Jam the Gym 2014. Both Eagles teams won, and Jim Gainey ‘14 joined our Alumni family.

The #UniteToFight campaign undertaken by the Edgewood College community raised $5,000 for the American





During a brief ceremony, and with scores of students, faculty, staff, trustees and former trustees present, Edgewood College officially dedicated the Henry Predolin School of Nursing on May 12, 2014.


The dedication is formal recognition for both a significant gift to the renovation of the School of Nursing, and for the ongoing support of the Henry J. Predolin Foundation for student scholarships in Nursing and in other academic areas. 2014 marks the close of the first academic year students enjoyed the new Henry Predolin School of Nursing. The renovation of the third floor of DeRicci Hall, completed in time for the Fall 2013 semester, more than doubled the space dedicated to the School - from 6,000 to 15,000 square feet - and centralized classroom, office, conference and meeting spaces for nursing students.

In 2013-14 the School of Nursing will reach another milestone: for the second consecutive academic year, more than 100 students will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Edgewood College, both through the traditional and accelerated post-baccalaureate programs. Approximately 90% of

our Nursing graduates remain in Wisconsin after earning their degree, and serve in a wide variety of healthcare settings, including local and regional hospitals and clinics, public health departments, school districts, home healthcare settings, and health advocacy agencies.

Ribbon-Cutting: (l. to r.) Dr. Margaret Noreuil, RN, Ph.D., Dean of the Henry Predolin School of Nursing, Bob Chritton, Henry J. Predolin Foundation, Jack Robson, Predolin Foundation, David Erickson, Predolin Foundation, Anthony Medyn, Predolin Foundation, Dan Carey, Mary Kelly-Powell, Professor Emerita and Academic Dean Emerita. Not Pictured: Yolanda Predolin Medyn, Predolin Foundation.



Laurie (Saunders) Fritsche ‘82 (right) and Marilyn Krump, MBA ’88 (left), recently rediscovered their connection through art. This chalk drawing, created by Laurie when she was a student, was on display in a show at Edgewood College in 1979. Marilyn, working on staff at the time, admired it so much she asked Laurie if she could buy it. The two settled on a price of thirty-five dollars. It was the first piece of art Laurie had ever sold and the first piece Marilyn had ever purchased.

Marilyn has enjoyed a 40-year career in higher education, ten of those years spent here. While serving the College as Director of Financial Aid in the 1980s, she enrolled in the MBA program. She was in the very first MBA graduating class, and had the honor of being commencement speaker in 1988.

Laurie earned a BA in Art in 1982, and an Associate in Art degree in 1983 from MATC. She credits both as being instrumental in her successful 30-year graphic arts career. Fast-forward to the Fall of 2013. Marilyn contacted the alumni office to see if someone might help her connect with “Laurie, an art student from the early 80’s.” She said it was time for her to downsize her collection of art, and she wanted to return this piece that she has loved so much to the artist. Not surprisingly, the conversation that transpired was heartwarming. Laurie asked Marilyn to ‘pay it forward’ by passing the cherished violin picture to a family that is starting a new home. Marilyn tells us she plans to contact Habitat for Humanity to connect her with a new homeowner. Both alumnae love the idea. In the end, Marilyn will take joy in knowing someone will have an original Laurie Saunders ’82 on their wall.


The drawing, unframed but protected between 2 pieces of cardboard, moved around with Marilyn over the next few years until she purchased her first house. At that point she had it professionally framed. It has hung on a wall in her homes for more than thirty years. She credits this piece as the beginning of her lifelong love for art and music.


After more than 30 years, two alumnae connect over a piece of art




This spring, supporters, partners, students, and alumni gathered to celebrate the Community Scholars Program and the students it serves. All three graduating seniors addressed the group with a personal reflection and shared heartfelt sentiments of opportunity, hope, family, inspiration, community, gratitude, and transformation. Congratulations to Amadou Fofana ‘14 (Nursing), Stephanie Munoz ‘14 (Sociology), and Nazka Serrano ‘14 (Communication Studies). Special thanks to program supporters and partners:


SUPPORTERS Roland G. Balg Charitable Trust, Jan Eddy, Evjue Foundation, Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation, J. H. Findorff and Son, Inc., Johnson Controls Foundation, Pat (Heiss) Kaminski ‘58, Madison Gas & Electric Foundation, Northwestern Mutual Foundation,Ildy (Thallmayer) ‘69 and Skip Poliner, Jack and Sarah Salzwedel, Summit Credit Union, U.S. Bancorp Foundation, Wall Family Enterprise, Tess Welch

PARTNERS 4-H, Agrace Hospice, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, School Friends Program, Catholic Multicultural Center, Centro Hispano, Domestic Abuse Intervention Services, Edgewood Campus School, ExpresARTE, Gio’s Garden, Habitat for Humanity, OMEGA School, St. Mary’s Hospital, Salvation Army Community Center, SERRV The Community Scholars Program was developed in 2007 and supports students from diverse backgrounds who bring a variety of experiences and perspectives to our campus community. Each year, the program provides a four-year scholarship to three incoming freshmen from Dane County. Students are selected based on academic potential, financial need, commitment to service, and leadership. To learn more, visit or contact Marcia Whittington at, 608.663.6713.

Top: Evjue Foundation President Jack Lussier, founding supporter of the program, with current students and alumni at the Community Scholars Reception, Spring 2014.



Judy Adrian’s latest book, In Warm Blood, was published in the winter of 2014. She co-authored the work with DarRen Morris, who is currently serving a life sentence for murder in a Wisconsin maximum security prison. The fictionalized account follows the story of a young man in Kenosha who was pushed into a life of criminal activity. Adrian, a lecturer in the School of Integrative studies, said her connections within the field of criminal justice help her to bring interesting perspectives into learning. The students in her COR 3 class, ‘Convict Chronicles: Prison Writing and Art,’ learned that firsthand. “This last year, we had pen pals,” Adrian said. “Each student wrote to an inmate the whole semester. At the end of the semester, I showed them their picture, and they discovered they were writing to people they would have been afraid of.” Adrian also has a very strong connection to Jackie Millar, a woman who was shot by two young boys but survived. Judy invites Jackie into her classes to tell her story. She talks to the students about choices that young people make, about her survival and forgiveness. Judy’s passion for criminal justice and other human issues drives her to continue teaching. Her innovative teaching style influences students to learn about different perspectives in our communities and throughout the rest of the world. She says these classes are important because they bring perspective not always available from simply reading. “I think we can learn a lot from books,” she said. “But I think that being in the community is another kind of learning. It’s memorable.”


Dr. Hatheway holds a Ph.D. in European History from the UWMadison. He is widely published and considered an expert on the history of Nazi Germany.


Professor of History Jay Hatheway recently published a new book, Masjid-i-Sulaiman: Images of Life in and Around an Oil Camp in Pre-Revolutionary Iran: The 1960s. The work is a collection of photographs taken by Professor Hatheway’s father, Joe Hatheway. The book contains more than 200 photos dating from 1960 to 1966 taken by Hatheway, who worked as a petroleum engineer in southern Iran during that period.



RON WALSH, Ed.D. ’10, NAMED WISCONSIN SUPERINTENDENT OF THE YEAR The Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators named Dr. Ronald J. Walsh, Ed.D. 10, Wisconsin’s 2014 Superintendent of the Year. Dr. Walsh has served as Superintendent of the Elk Mound Area School District since 2003. The Elk Mound Area School District schools serve more than 1150 students in parts of western Wisconsin’s Dunn, Chippewa and Eau Claire Counties.


“It has been such a great honor to have been able to serve my community and raise my family in Elk Mound’s schools,” Walsh said. “I am humbled by this recognition and will be eternally grateful to my family and the Elk Mound School Board, administrative team, staff, students, parents and community for making this possible. I feel that I am just an ordinary superintendent surrounded by extraordinary people.” Mr. Tim Sivertson, School Board President, who nominated Walsh on behalf of the entire board for this honor, said, “It is seldom one great act that makes a great leader. It is a series of small things done well and consistently. Our board feels that Dr. Walsh has helped lead us to become a Board that believes that all

students can achieve to their highest levels. We have become a Board and superintendent team that functions with the underlying belief that all students should have the opportunity to become responsible citizens who seek to contribute to our society in positive ways.” Walsh lives in rural Elk Mound with his wife, Susan, where he is active in community service. He recently served as a guardian on a Freedom Honor Flight accompanying World War II and Korean War Veterans so

they could visit their war memorials in Washington, D.C. He has served on the board of directors for the United Way of Dunn County, Group Health Cooperative of Eau Claire and the Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators. Having donated a kidney to his then sixyear-old daughter, Walsh has spoken to hundreds of students and to outside groups about the value and importance of organ donation. Congratulations Dr. Walsh!

MUSIC EDUCATION – AT A VERY EARLY AGE Associate Professor of Music Beatriz Aguilar had a unique, and fun, spring semester. Aguilar conducted an Early Childhood Music Program, a research-based class designed to nurture children’s musical development. This special offering for the Greater Madison community is a component of Music Experiences for Early Childhood, an undergraduate class she teaches.



INTERNATIONAL SERVICE LEARNING IN CHIAPAS, MEXICO Students in Julie Whitaker’s Bridging Borders course spent the first two weeks of January 2014 in the charming colonial city of San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico. Chiapas is the southernmost state in Mexico. It is also the most impoverished and most highly indigenous state of Mexico. Students collaborated with local university students on a project at the Yo’onik Learning Center, in Zinacantan, a nearby Mayan village. The trip was facilitated by Natik, a non-profit organization that focuses on sustainable partnerships.

Andrew Shuck, a sophomore from Middleton, Wis., was moved deeply by the experience. The Sociology major, and U.S. Army veteran, said about his experience: “I felt like part of the community, like part of the family, more so than I have ever felt anywhere else in the world.”

Two sessions, one in English and one in Spanish, were held over the course of the semester for children ranging from infants, up to age four. Dr. Aguilar holds a Ph.D. in Music Education with a specialty in early childhood music education from the University of North Texas. She is certified as Kodály music educator, and earned her bachelors degree in Piano Performance from the National Autonomous University of Mexico.


Shuck can often be found working in the Veterans Services Office on campus.



Commencement “I want to highlight the importance of that human connection, of actually getting to know your neighbors, of handwriting a letter instead of sending a text message, of engaging with your surroundings. The


people that you meet every day: treasure them. Treasure the interactions you have with them. Love your friends and family, treat people well, and don’t take anything for granted. Be helpful. Be personable. Be caring. The Edgewood Way.

it matters.”

Live it, because

Chris McGrath MA ‘14 U.S. Army Veteran







BRISACK RECORDS 300TH WIN On their annual spring break Florida swing this March, the Edgewood College Eagles baseball team enjoyed competition and a brief relief from an awful winter in Wisconsin. But that’s not all. On March 10, the team scored five unanswered runs in their second game against Gettysburg College for a 5-1 victory and head coach Al Brisack’s 300th career win at Edgewood College. Al, who also serves as Director of Athletics, is the all-time winningest coach in school history. Congratulations, Coach!



On April 22, Edgewood College men’s golf team clinched their fifth conference championship and second NCAA Division III Championship appearance. Edgewood College’s four round total of 1,236 is the lowest in NACC history. The win marked their third NACC title in the last four seasons. Patrick Cahill outdueled teammate Kenny Rucker to earn NACC Player of the Year honors as the championship medalist while Rucker, Kyle Bruce and Patrick Bohrer all joined him on the all-NACC team based on their top-10 finishes. Head coach Gary Oftedahl was named conference Coach of the Year after guiding the Eagles back to the NCAA Championships. Rucker took home an unprecedented honor on May 13, when he became Edgewood College’s first ever All-Region player in men’s golf as awarded by the GCAA. The 2014 NCAA Division III men’s golf championship was held at Grandover Resort in Greensboro, N.C. on May 1316. Edgewood College finished 35th after two rounds of play and did not make the cut to compete in the final two rounds of the tournament.

Top: Kenny Rucker Bottom: Patrick Cahill



The Green Bay native graduated with a BS in Biology in 2013. She was two-sport athlete – soccer and track & field – and today she’s in the College’s Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. On Monday, April 14, she was among the thousands of runners in the Boston Marathon. This year marked the first Boston Marathon since a terrorists’ attack near the finish line in 2013.


There may be a challenge out there that Kristina Santaga ’13 isn’t capable of meeting, we’re just not sure what it is.

“I had so many of my fellow nursing students follow my run and text me before and after my race,” she says. “It was such an amazing experience to be there this year, so inspiring.” “I ran proudly in an Edgewood College jersey and heard the crowd yell ‘go Eagles’ throughout my race. Being cheered as an Edgewood Eagle means a lot to me and helped me when it got tough,” she says. “I kept thinking that, without Edgewood College and the wonderful professors, coaches, and staff, I wouldn’t be so driven to follow my passions. The compassionate, encouraging, welcoming, and spiritual atmosphere at the Boston Marathon reminded me of the Edgewood College atmosphere every day I arrive on campus.”






connected by attending events,

volunteering for career week activities, sharing your photos and updates! We love to keep alumni connected with each other! Fall and Spring Career Week (A) Alumni volunteer during career week to provide insights on career growth.

Athletic Alumni Reunion and Jam the Gym (B)


Former athletes gather for a weekend of fun and games.

Med Tech Reunion



Med Tech Alumnae reunite and reconnect.

Bringing Expertise to Classroom (D) Communications Studies graduates and Nursing graduates return to the classroom, to enhance the education of current students.

Questions, comments or ideas? Call or write, Kathy (Pandl) O’Connor, Alumni Director, (608) 663-6715,

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1960s Joan C. Cavanaugh ’61, seen here with LPGA legend Kathy Whitworth, has just co-authored a book with the Executive Women’s Golf Association. Teeing Up for Success, Insights and Inspiration from Remarkable Women was published in January and is available on Joan is the CEO and founder of Boardroom Golf Institute. Learn more about her institute at µ1

Pat (Keegan) Breunig ’62 and Anita (Ripp) Garcia ’62 returned to campus for a tour of the newer buildings


– including The Stream and the Henry Predolin School of Nursing. They were able to walk the entire campus and revisit many areas that had been instrumental to them when they were students here. µ2 In the summer of 1963, five Edgewood College students joined student volunteers from other colleges and universities to spend the summer teaching children in the parish of Penasco, New Mexico. The group formed a lifelong connection and recently held a 50th reunion to reconnect and spend time together. Joining the reunion group of 8 members were Anita (Ripp) Garcia ’62 (L) and Lynn (O’Hara) Moriarty ’66 (R). To quote one reunion member, “this is a totally amazing group who shared a truly life-changing experience.” The three other students who volunteered that summer were Mary (Derus) Grosse ‘66, Carol (Noel) Paul ‘64 and Dorothy Lennon ’59.

Margaret (Bruns) Wood ’69 was the recipient of the Dominican Award for Service to Humanity presented by Edgewood High School at their ‘Living the Mission’


Gail (Ferguson) Schwab ’68, Liz (Sheridan) Topa ’68, Catherine Lenz ‘68, and Kathy (Burke) Layo ’68 have maintained a very special friendship since they met as students. Each year they visit each other (from 3 different states) and we are always delighted when their reunion happens in Madison and includes a visit to the College. In August we welcomed them to campus for an afternoon of tours and photos after gathering for lunch, (where else?) at The Laurel Tavern on Monroe St.





Ceremony. Margaret retired in 2004 from a career in primary education in Wisconsin, and has served in various leadership and advisory roles since, including her appointment to the State Board of Nursing from 20052010. She now serves on the Viterbo University School of Nursing Advisory Board in La Crosse, where she lives with her husband, Daryl. µ3

Schools. She shared the news that she is retiring at the end of this school year. Martha graduated with a BS in Biology Teaching. She is the Racial Justice Program Manager at the YWCA of Greater Milwaukee. It was a great night of sharing Edgewood College memories with these 3 amazing alumnae. µ5

1970s Enjoying relief from the Midwest winter during a very fun Edgewood College reunion in Bonita Springs, Fla. are (Front L-R) Kathy “Piech” Emmerich ’74, RN ’84, Maureen Fleming ’74, Clare (Pandl) Bauer ’77, Patty (Pandl) Kuehn ‘74. (Back L-R) Patty (Meltz) Ludvigson ‘74, Marianne (Fitzpatrick) Duffner ’74, Kitty (Quinn) Haas ‘74, Jeanine (Gleason) Ranzen ‘74. µ4 genealogical compilation, “Rufus Orcutt, Father and Son,” published at the end of 2013. In his work, Zip writes of “tragic but fascinating events” in his family’s past. He shares that he is grateful for his degree in History, and for Sr. Jean Richter and Sr. Mary Ann Schintz, as they inspired him during his time at the College.

Karen “Kory” (Gleason) Bliske ‘79, Laura (Kezman) Yale ‘80 and Martha Barry ’79 met in Milwaukee recently for dinner to connect with each other and some staff from the Advancement Office. Karen graduated with a BS in Business and currently is the VP Investment Officer with Wells Fargo Advisors in Racine, Wis. Laura graduated with a BS in Education and Special Ed and is a teacher in the Milwaukee Public

Sue (Weidling) Neuhauser ’87 was recently recognized at the Madison area Top Notch Teacher Award Banquet for all 2013 recipients held on Thursday night, March 13th. Sue was the Top Notch teacher in the month of August 2013 for her dedication to students as the Preschool Director at Gymfinity. She earned her BS in Education. Lori Silverman, MBA ’88 published her fifth book, Business Storytelling for Dummies, in December 2013. In this book she explains how to capture, craft, and tell stories, and how it applies to her experiences in using business storytelling in sales, strategy, and organizational change. More information on the book is available at

1990s Peter Casper ’91 has recently been promoted to Legal Team Manager for the New York State Thruway Authority’s New NY Bridge Project. The $3.9 billion project will replace the existing three mile long bridge, which spans the Hudson River. Peter received a BS in Business and later went on to law school.


Robert “Zip” Raasch ’75 has completed his fourth





Michael J. Pierick ’92 has been appointed Vice President for Finance and Administration at Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) in Chicago, overseeing budget, controller and business services, facilities, information technology, human resources, police services, purchasing and auxiliaries. NEIU has 11,000 students, with its main campus in the North Park neighborhood and other campuses in central and south Chicago. He received his BS in Business. Ken Anderson ’93 spends his time in the sky now that he has retired. He maintains his pilot’s license and is a frequent flyer over the city of Madison where he snapped this photo of the very green, 55 acre Edgewood College campus. He adds that his computer science classes were invaluable to his career and allowed him to keep up on his flying hobby! µ6 Floyd Needham, MBA ’98 was named Global COO,




Consumer Product Goods at Multi-Color Corporation in Cincinnati, Ohio. The company specializes in labeling for many international brands. Floyd has been with MultiColor Corporation for seven years, previously overseeing Consumer Products area of the company.

Victor Serna ‘98 is excited to share that news that he is currently developing an application to help high school students search and select a college. He is confident that the app will help a great number of students throughout the United States, as well as foreign students, during this very overwhelming time in their lives. Victor earned a BA majoring in international relations. Visit to learn more.

Joe Gothard ’99, MA ’04 was the unanimous pick of the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School Board, a Minneapolis suburb, to be the superintendent of schools effective July 1, 2013. Joe most recently was Madison’s assistant superintendent of secondary schools since 2011. He was

previously principal, football coach and biology teacher at La Follette High School in Madison.

Jason Heiman ’99, is the athletic manager at Schmidt Custom Flooring in Waukesha. He and his team were at the BMO Harris Bradley Center prior to March Madness on Monday, March 17th to assemble the basketball court that was featured in the NCAA games. Jason received his BS in Business.

2000s Amanda (Mittelstadt) Rhodes ’02 and Mollie Thiry, the founders of Chaumé, are among the finalists for the Young Entrepreneur of the Year award presented by the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce. Chaumé is a social selling company offering fashion forward totes and accessories. Amanda graduated with a Business degree.

Maytee Aspuro, MA ‘04 has retired after working 30 years for the State of Wisconsin. She left her position as the Chief Information Officer/Information Technology Director for the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families in November 2013. Maytee earned her master’s degree in religious studies. µ7 Margaret (Hynes) Watson, MBA ’04, has been named CEO for Madison-based Steve Brown Apartments. Ms. Watson has been with the company in various leadership roles for more than 20 years. She has facilitated, designed, renovated or built over $150 million worth of properties and has grown the company to nearly 1,650 units in South Central and Southwest Wisconsin. According to Steve Brown, “Margaret understands the housing market better than anyone I know and helped to grow SBA into one of the largest and most successful property management companies in the area.” µ8





Ryan Collins ’05 is Chief Technology Officer at

Sarah Stolte ’06 is a Kohler Foundation Fellow and

Open Lending, LLC in Austin, Texas. Ryan earned his undergraduate degree in Business and Computer Information Systems. He is pictured on the left. µ9

dissertator at UW-Madison. She recently completed a five week fellowship with the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian, and curated ‘Ancestral Visions: Contemporary Voices’ at the Edgewood College Gallery. µ11

Leah (Meyer) Boeve ’05 and husband, Mike, welcomed Lucas James Boeve to their family on November 2, 2013. Lucas, the family’s first child, weighed 9lbs. 10oz. and was 22 ½ inches long. Proud uncles include Edgewood College Head Basketball Coach Justin Meyer and alum Nathan Meyer ’10. µ10

Sarah Barnes ’06 earned her Juris Doctor from Marquette University Law School in December of 2013. She will be practicing family law and estate planning with DeVos and Zerbst, S.C. in Madison. Sarah earned her undergraduate degree in International Studies, with minors in Ethnic Studies, Political Science, and Spanish.

on October 26, 2013 at Theta Pond in Stillwater, Okla. The wedding party included fellow alumni Demrhy Stenger

’95, Meghan McDonnell ’07, Cesar Aleman ’08, and Matt Schmidt ’08. Both are at Oklahoma State University, Kevin as a Manager in Dining Services, and Angela as a Ph.D. candidate in the Botany department.

Tim Wilson ‘09 and Mandie (Van Harpen) Wilson ’09 have opened their own company, Wilson Financial, in Appleton, Wis. Learn more about their services and new venture at Tim and Mandie are both


Kevin McDonnell ’05 and Angela Rein ’07 were married

Aimee (Schmidt) Swanson ‘08 brought more than 130 choral music students to campus in March for a clinic, tour of the campus, and lunch prior to their performance at the state capitol. Aimee teaches music at Lake Geneva Middle School in Lake Geneva, Wis.





School of Business alumni, and Tim is also pursuing his MBA with the College.

John Ehlke ’07, MS ’14 joined American Family Insurance in January 2008 as a Claims Customer Care Center Associate and is currently their Senior Representative. John holds a Master of Science degree in Organizational Development and an undergrad degree in Business. He is also an Accredited Jewelry Professional with graduate diamonds and pearls certifications from the Gemological Institute of America.

Kari Montie ’09, MS ‘11 and Alexander Einsman MS ’12 were recently featured in a article


focusing on building better relationships. Kari and Alex are the founders of Atlas Counseling and are graduates of the Marriage and Family Therapy program. µ12


Justin ’11 and Rebekka (Noble) Chaltry ’09 welcomed Aiden Donald Chaltry to their family on November 1, 2013. Aiden, the couple’s first child, weighed 7lbs. and was 19 3/4 inches long. Justin majored in Chemistry and Spanish and is currently in his third year of medical school at Des Moines University. Rebekka majored in Spanish and Studies in Education and is currently a Residence Life Area Coordinator at Simpson College. µ13 Josh Culver ’09 and Alexandra (Baltazar) Culver ’10 were married on December 7, 2013 in Rivera Maya, Mexico. Alexandra majored in Communications and works as an Educational Funding Specialist at Herzing University. Josh graduated with a Business degree and owns Culver’s Painting. µ14

Paul Baker Prindle ’06 was honored to be one of a very few number of artists selected to participate in the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art’s 2013 Wisconsin Triennial exhibit. Paul recently began a new role as Director of University Galleries at the University of Nevada, Reno.






John Fahey ’09 is a Video Scout for the Golden State Warriors, creating all the film the team watches prior to games and practices. John credits his Business Marketing degree for the skills he has to do his job well. µ15

Alison Chrisler ‘08 married Jonathan Parnes on August 3, 2013. The ceremony and reception were held at the Sugarland Barn in Arena, Wis.

2010s Jessica Lee Donohue ’10 and Richard Alan Hall were married on August 24th, 2013. Jessica works as a staff accountant and earned her degree in business.

Stephanie Wippermann ‘12 and her husband, Kevin Wippermann, welcomed their first child on April 26, 2013 at St. Mary’s Hospital. Theo Jack Wippermann was 8lbs 9oz and 21 1/2” long. He is a healthy and extremely happy little boy. Stephanie earned her nursing degree and is a nurse with Dungarvin in Janesville, Wis. µ16

Ali is a doctoral student in human development and family studies at Michigan State University, and Jon is Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Department of Justice in Detroit. The couple resides in Lansing, Mich.

Gretchen Renee Reed ’12 and Vincent Francis Jankiewicz IV ’12 will be getting married on

Nichole Von Haden MA ’12 has been selected as one of this year’s Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic Education Grosvenor Teacher Fellows. The 2014 Fellows, a group of twenty-five highly respected educators from the United States and Canada, will study aboard the National Geographic Explorer during the 2014-2015 winter break for a hands-on experience for professional development. She will travel to Antarctica and study the world of the Antarctic with the help of naturalists and photographers. After she returns, she plans to use the experience to write bilingual integrated


September 20th, 2014. Gretchen is an administrative assistant at Edgewood College. Vincent is a Staff Accountant at Johnson Block CPA. Gretchen earned her undergraduate degree in communication studies. Vincent earned his undergraduate degree in accounting.





curriculum for her middle school students in the Madison Metropolitan School District. Nichole’s Master’s degree is in Education with a concentration in bilingual education. µ17

Kirstie Kraus ’12 started at Northwestern Mutual in December as the Director of Campus Selection for their Internship Program. She is in charge of recruiting for 5 local offices, managing campus activities and relations, executing the first round of interviews, coordinating students through the selection process, and the branding/marketing and event planning surrounding their internship program. µ18

Thor Ringler MFT ’12 was featured in a Wisconsin


State Journal article in November, 2013, about his therapy work with Veterans at the Veterans Memorial Hospital in Madison, WI. Thor, a Marriage and Family

µ19 Therapy alum, interviews VA patients and shares their stories with care provider to improve the healthcare experience. “My VA, My Story” project brings attention to their personal tales in order to foster a closer connection between patient and provider. µ19

Jake Zadra ’13 was accepted to the medical program at UW Med School. He earned his undergraduate degree with a major in History and currently works as an ER scribe for Madison Emergency Physicians. While a student at Edgewood College Jake was also an Eagle athlete.

Michael Stluka ’13 has begun a new role in September, 2013 as Employment and Training SpecialistBusiness Services at Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. Michael earned his undergrad degree majoring in business.

Tyler ‘07 and Justin ‘10 Dahmen, co-owners of Dahmen’s Pizza Place, were recently featured in the Wisconsin State Journal for their family owned, family run business. Both business majors, they fulfilled their long-term goal of opening a pizza place in April 2010 located on the west side of Madison.





Emily Keown Ed.D ’13 recently received grant money from the Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission for a community project she has been working on titled “Fabric of Our Lives,” which brings together middle school girls from across Madison to create a one of a kind narrative quilt. Emily received her Doctorate in Educational Leadership.

Dr. Jacqueline Wright MS, MFT ’13 opened The Center for Play Therapy in September in Madison, shortly after she was featured on NBC 15. The center offers a variety of services focusing on family therapy. Jacqueline is a graduate of the Marriage and Family Therapy program. Deswin Gbala Ed.D. ’13 welcomed a new son, Deizwi Robert Gbala, Jr., to his family on November 9, 2013. Deizwi weighed 7lbs, 10 ounces, and was 21 inches long. He joins big sister Olivia and mom Angie. µ20


Alexander Veidt ’13 recently accepted a position at Trek Bikes in Madison as a Localization Coordinator. Alex earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree, graduating in December 2013. µ21 Kristina Santaga ’13 completed the 2014 Boston Marathon on April 21, 2014. She is currently enrolled in the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. See the full story on page 31 of this edition of the Edgewood College Magazine. Nicholas Burling, MBA ’14 accepted a position at Montage, a company specializing in video interviewing solutions for the hiring process. He is a Client Success Manager for this startup company located in Delafield, WI. µ22

Stephen Harle ’13 was accepted to Northwestern

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Graduate School as part of their Masters in Analytics program. Stephen is a graduate of the School of Business majoring in economics and minoring in religious studies.



GRADUATES NOW AND THEN! It was a very special graduation day on December 15, 2013, for Amanda Bliske ‘14 and her mother, Karen (Gleason) Bliske ‘79. Amanda earned her BS degree in Education with a Special Ed Certification and Psychology minor. Almost 34 years earlier, Karen earned her BS in Business. Despite the cold, it was a photo that needed to be reenacted. They found the beautiful tree that still graces Regina Terrace, and made magic: two young graduates, with their parents, and a beautiful bouquet of roses. We truly thank Karen and Amanda for sharing this heartwarming photograph, a wonderful tribute to their Edgewood College affinity. We welcome other stories like this, please email us at

THE BUSINESS OF HELPING OTHERS Katri Olsen ’13 would not have predicted where she finds herself today.


“I was apprehensive because I’ve never worked with kids, and never desired to,” she says. “I had never been interested in education or ‘the classroom.’” Despite that sentiment, Katri is working with kids, and it is important work. She’s spending a year as a Dominican Volunteer, working at Sarah’s Inn in Oak Park, Illinois. The social services agency gives families affected by domestic violence a place to go for support, safety, and healing. The New Berlin, Wis. native has taken an interesting path so far, one she freely admits has had some bumps. “Since sophomore year I always had the feeling that I should drop out of school because I wanted to help people – like I should be in the Peace Corps, helping people,” she says. “Obviously I stayed because I recognized that I cannot help others if I don’t have the knowledge and the resources that requires.” She also admits to some second-guessing, even as she was taking the assignment at Sarah’s Inn. “I knew domestic violence is a problem, but I was never really interested in

it. And I’m a Business major. How on earth can I work in a position that is usually staffed with people in social work, or child life, or psychology?” “This education allows you to work with people in different settings, which allows you to connect with people on different levels and see other points of view. I don’t know who I got this from in particular; but I feel like it came from Edgewood College. Even though I was a Business student I learned that being at a liberal arts institution was powerful, because if you really try you can learn whatever you want.”


We love taking lunch to YOU! Recently we brought lunch to a great group of our alumni at M3 in Madison. We also enjoyed a wonderful time at Spectrum Brands in Middleton, Wis., and at TDS, also in Middleton. These are great opportunities to hear from you, and to share some of the great news and stories about the College you hold dear.



Call Kathy (Pandl) O’Connor, Alumni Director, at 608-663-6715, and let’s see if we can arrange to come to your workplace. Gather your colleagues who are also alum and LET’S DO LUNCH!

SAVE THE DATE! July 30, Alumni Night at the Mallards Game August 5, Fox Valley Alumni Event, meet our new President, Fratellos on the River September 11, Chicago Alumni Event, meet our new President, Wilder Mansion, Elmhurst IL September 19-21, Reunion Weekend with Athletic Games and Pre-game Tailgate Please email Megan Gossens,, or call 608.663.6813 for more information on any of these upcoming events.


Top: Alumni at M3 lunch. Middle: Alumni at Spectrum Brands lunch. Bottom: Alumni at TDS Telecommunications lunch.



ALUMNI IN MEMORIAM Elizabeth (Wandry) Ryan ’37 on March 5, 2014

Rosaleen Hanley, O.P. ‘59 on January 27, 2014

Lorraine (Finnegan) Hughes ‘44 on April 11, 2014

Patrice McGovern, O.P. ‘60 on November 11, 2013

Clarus Jonaitis, O.P. ‘46 on October 19, 2013

Rose Marie Conway, O.P. ‘63 on November 3, 2013

Madelyn Kortendick, O.P. ’48 on December 24, 2013 Carol (Noel) Paul ‘64 on November 3, 2013 Dorothy (Yaeger) Curran ’49 on October 8, 2013

Patricia Quinn ‘71 on November 14, 2013

Ruth Roland, O.P. ’50 on October 12, 2013

Genevieve (Anderson) Tretheway ’74 on October 24, 2013

Gilmary Vaughan, O.P. ‘51 on December 1, 2013

Kerry Condron ‘85 on March 29, 2014

Nancy (Gallagher) Ehmann ‘54 on April 20, 2014

Peggy Martin ‘90, MBA ‘92 on October 9, 2013

Rosula Holzmann, O.P. ‘54 on March 29, 2014

Carrie Gray ‘94 on January 1, 2014

Marie Joan O’Keefe, O.P. ’54 on October 30, 2013

Monica (Lochner) Bischoff Ed.D. ‘05 on January 22, 2014

Marguerite Morrison, O.P. ’57 on October 31, 2013

THE STREAM ACHIEVES ‘LEED’ STATUS Architect, construction firm and College recognized for environmental stewardship


The Stream, the College’s visual and theatre arts center, has been awarded LEED® Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the USGBC’s rating system for designing and constructing the world’s greenest, most energy efficient, and highest performing buildings. “We are thrilled to receive this special recognition. It really is an honor and an affirmation of what we as a community have committed to – environmental stewardship of this beautiful campus,” President Dan Carey said. “The construction of this newest building on our campus was the latest team effort by our partners at Potter Lawson and J.H. Findorff. This partnership and this recognition underscore our resolve to lead the way in reducing environmental impact.” Potter Lawson, Inc., a Madisonbased architecture firm, was the

designer of The Stream. J.H. Findorff & Son, Inc., built the center, located near the shore of Lake Wingra. Both firms have received numerous awards for sustainability in design and construction, including awards for projects previously completed on the Edgewood College campus.

Dominican Hall, the College’s largest residence hall, became LEED certified in 2008. The Potter Lawson/J.H. Findorff team shared that honor as well, constructing the first college or university residence hall in Wisconsin to be LEED certified by the USGBC.



Denay Hering (left), Education major from Lake Mills, Wis., on her experience working with the Jirani Project, a nonprofit designed to support and educate vulnerable Kenyan children.

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Board Chair Jim Barr with Carey and Flanagan, May Commencement 2014.

Edgewood College Magazine, Spring 2014  
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