Alumni and Friends Newsletter
Fall 2019
Homecoming September 27-29, 2019
We celebrated Clarke’s Homecoming with a variety of events. On Friday night, the classes of 1969,1964, and 1959 celebrated their 50th, 55th, and 60th reunions over a delicious meal. Other classes enjoyed food and drinks at 7 Hills Brewing Event Center.

Saturday events included the Alumni Recognition Award Brunch, tailgate party, alumni welcome concert, athletic games, and an alumni theatre performance.

The weekend wrapped up on Sunday morning with Mass in Sacred Heart Chapel. Thank you to everyone who was able to attend.

Click here to view photos from the weekend.
Meet the Clarke Alumni Board!
Front (L to R): Gerry Flores ’11M, Ardell Sanders ’99, Zachary Breitbach ’05.
Back (L to R): Bailey Theisen ’20, Matt Boleyn ’08, Sheila (Doyle) Hocking ’78, Carolyn (Ehrlich) Lee ’88, Becky Herrig ’84M, ’16M, Justin Wenzelman ’02, ’04M, MaryJo (Douglas) Zunk ’79.
Not Pictured: Amanda (Perrone) Cyze ’01, ’02M, ’06D, Craig Fenton ’83, Peggy (Opper) Gulick ’90,
Chad Schockemoehl ’97.
The Crux
Launched in May 2017, The Crux is the official news and entertainment site of the students of Clarke University, originally existing in a print form called The Courier . Now in digital form, the site can be found at clarkecrux.com .
The Crux is created by students for students. Students write articles, create videos, produce podcasts, and create comic strips about anything that they might find interesting such as campus policies, movies, events outside of Clarke, and international news. The Crux relies on submissions from the students, and is also open to submissions from alumni. Please contact crux@clarke.edu if you are interested in contributing!
Staff Spotlight: Jason Harmon
Vice President for Enrollment Management
Joined Clarke September 9

What brought you to Clarke?
I was contacted about the opportunity through a higher education hiring consultant. I was familiar with Clarke University and in speaking with the consultant, the opportunity and the mission of the school really resonated with me. When I spoke to the interview committee and then spent the day on campus as a part of the interview process, I was sold. The people and the mission of the university are what really made the difference for me. It is such an amazing place with a rich history of making a difference in the lives of students. As a plus, my parents grew up in Waterloo, Iowa and I have relatives that are in several towns in the state. Being close to family in Iowa and my wife and my family in the Chicago suburbs was icing on the cake. Read More
Upcoming Arts at Clarke Events

DOWNTOWN MURAL EXHIBIT
Through November 6

MILES TURNER EXHIBIT
November 10–December 7
These exhibitions are located in Quigley Gallery at Clarke University. Gallery hours are noon 5 p.m. on Monday through Friday, and 1 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free.

ROMEO AND JULIET, ABRIDGED
This abridged version brings the Shakespeare classic to the Clarke stage for the first time. One of Shakespeare’s most beloved and often produced plays, ROMEO AND JULIET, shares with the audience the tragic romance of the archetypal young lovers.
November 21-23 at 7:30 p.m. and
November 24 at 2:00 p.m.
Terence Donaghoe Hall
$10/adults; $7/seniors; $5/non-Clarke students.
Clarke students, faculty, staff, and alumni are free.

EMILY GOODMANN, PH.D.
Radio Activity: Media Preservation, Media Practice,
& the Public Sphere
Mackin-Mailander Faculty Lecture
November 6 at 7 p.m.
Jansen Music Hall
FREE
Dr. Goodmann is the Network Director for the Library of Congress National Recording Preservation Board’s Radio Preservation Task Force. She will discuss her work with the Radio Preservation Task Force (RPTF), and the importance of preserving older, ephemeral media formats at a time when our digital media universe is expanding at the rate of five trillion bits per second. Dr. Goodmann’s work with the RPTF recognizes that radio broadcasts are the largest untapped archive of primary sources related to political and cultural history in our country.

A NIGHT IN LATIN AMERICA
Edward J. and Cathy Gallagher Arts at Clarke Series
October 22: Food served 6 7 p.m.; Event 7 p.m.
Jansen Music Hall
$15 general admission
Featuring Clarke Ensembles, guest artists: Salsa Magic, and Latin American cuisine.
For tickets, please call 563.588.6377

VETERANS DAY CONCERT
November 10 at 2 p.m.
Jansen Music Hall
FREE

FOR A BLESSED CHRISTMAS
December 7 at 7:30 p.m. and December 8 at 2 p.m.
Sacred Heart Chapel, Clarke University
$15 general admission
Alumni Photo Galleries
CLARKE NEWS

Clarke University’s DNP Program Recognized as 5th in the Nation
A nursing advocacy organization, RegisteredNursing.org, recently released their list of 2019 Best Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs, and Clarke has been ranked as #5 in the nation.


Clarke Graphic Design
and Biochemistry Students Collaborate with 7 Hills
Brewing Company
As part of an ongoing collaboration with 7 Hills Brewing Company, Clarke Graphic Design students presented their branding concepts for a Clarke-themed beer that was served at an alumni event Homecoming weekend. 


The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has unveiled the organization’s Champions of Character
Five-Star Award winners and Clarke University was one of only 15 institutions nationally to hit the rankings top mark.
ALUMNI EVENTS

Saturday, November 16
CHEERS: CHICAGO, IL
Old Town Pour House
OAK BROOK, IL

Sunday, November 17
MASS AND PRESIDENTIAL BRUNCH
Old St. Patrick's Church
University Club of Chicago
(New Brunch Location)
CHICAGO, IL

Thursday, November 21
YOUR BEST U
Clarke University campus
DUBUQUE, IA

Wednesday, January 22
CHEERS: TEMPE, AZ
Culinary Dropout
TEMPE, AZ

Sunday, February 9
PRESIDENTIAL BRUNCH
Hyatt Regency Scottsdale
SCOTTSDALE, AZ

Sunday, February 23
PRESIDENTIAL BRUNCH
Grey Oaks Country Club
NAPLES, FL


For a complete listing of upcoming events, visit our online events page .
Alumna Natascha Myers Debuts New Song "Hindsight" on CMT
Clarke alumna Natascha Myers ’17 recently debuted her new song and video “Hindsight.” The song is a track from her breakout album,  Songs From A Hardwood Floor . The video was featured on Country Music Television’s Next Up Now and received high praise. 
Lost Alumni 
The following individuals who are listed as "Lost Alumni" either graduated from or attended Clarke University and have moved or lost touch with us. If you have an address or contact information for any of the alumni listed below, please contact the Alumni Relations Office at  alumnirelations@clarke.edu  or call (563)588-6553.   
1965
Judith Bisignano
Mary Jo Collins
Mary Covert
Sandra Gebhardt
MaDonna Halbur
Mary Beth Hodge
Ann Leahy
Patricia Loew
Jennifer Merfeld
Mary Murphy
Margaret Sear
Marilyn Stadtmueller
Marcy Suhs
1980
Jane Anthony
Frances Brunkan
Linda Contreras
Kathleen Elliott
Pamela Gorman
Margaret Halbach
Jan Kitch
Ruth Ann Klauser
Angela Meitner
Regina Minella
Serita Pierre
Elizabeth Raef
Elaine Randolph
Ana Rios
Margaret Rose Smith
Marilyn Spartz
Maria Vega
Theresa Wehling