Alverno College

Alverno College is a Roman Catholic, four-year, independent, liberal arts college, historically and still primarily a women's college located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Alverno College
MottoIn Sanctitate et Doctrina
Motto in English
In Holiness and Learning
TypePrivate Roman Catholic Women's College
AffiliationSchool Sisters of St. Francis (Roman Catholic Church)
Endowment$16.7 million[1]
ChairpersonMary Beth Berkes
PresidentSister Andrea Lee
DeanKathleen O'Brien
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students2,815 [2]
3400 S. 43rd Street
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United States

42°58′59″N 87°57′54″W / 42.983°N 87.965°WCoordinates: 42°58′59″N 87°57′54″W / 42.983°N 87.965°W
Alverno College Fall 2011


Chartered in 1887 as St. Joseph's Normal School, Alverno became Alverno Teachers College in 1936. It adopted its current name in 1946.[3]

Educational programs

Alverno offers undergraduate programs and a coeducational Master of Arts program for teachers and business professionals, the Alverno MBA, and a Master of Science in nursing. The Weekend College was opened in 1977 as the first alternative time-frame program in Milwaukee to serve working women in the Milwaukee area. It is still primarily a women's college. The baccalaureate degree programs, residences, etc. are still open only to women; graduate degree programs are open to both women and men.

Alverno does not use a letter or number system for grading, but instead uses an abilities based curriculum and narrative evaluation.[4]


Alverno College teams participate as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division III. The Inferno are a member of the Northern Athletics Conference (NAC). Alverno was also a member of the Lake Michigan Conference until the spring of 2006. Women's sports include basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball.




  1. ^ As of June 30, 2009. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2009 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2008 to FY 2009" (PDF). 2009 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. National Association of College and University Business Officers. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-12-14. Retrieved February 2, 2010.
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  3. ^ Songe, Alice. American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes. Scarecrow Press (Metuchen, NJ: 1978), p. 6
  4. ^ "Alverno's Grading System - Alverno College - Alverno College". Retrieved 2018-01-29.

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Carole Barrowman

Carole Emily Barrowman (born 20 April 1959 in Glasgow, Scotland) is a Scottish-American Professor of English and Director of Creative Studies in Writing at Alverno College, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and a reviewer and crime fiction columnist for the Milwaukee Sentinel, also known for her writing contributions with younger brother John Barrowman, an actor, singer, dancer and writer.Carole was credited as co-author on her brother John's memoir and autobiography, Anything Goes, which was published in 2008 by Michael O'Mara Books. Part of the writing process involved her transcribing her brother's dictations. In 2009, John published I Am What I Am, also featuring Carole as co-author. In addition to John's memoirs, John and Carole also co-wrote a Torchwood comic strip, featuring Jack Harkness, entitled Captain Jack and the Selkie. Carole and John's debut novel, titled Hollow Earth, was published in February 2012. In researching the novel, Carole traveled to the west coast of Scotland to visit some of the locations which she and John chose to feature in the book.In addition to her published collaborations, Carole Barrowman also contributed an essay about her brother John to the Hugo award winning non-fiction anthology Chicks Dig Time Lords.

Colleges and universities of Milwaukee

Higher education in Milwaukee, Wisconsin is dominated by the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee on the East Side and Marquette University, located near downtown. Milwaukee is also served by Alverno College, Cardinal Stritch University, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Area Technical College, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Milwaukee School of Engineering, Mount Mary College, and Wisconsin Lutheran College, Concordia University Wisconsin, (the Mequon Campus), Lakeland College (the West Allis/Milwaukee Campus) collectively giving the city a full-time, degree seeking college student population exceeding approximately 70,000, the largest in Wisconsin. A January 2000 study from McGill University in Montreal ranked Milwaukee 6th in a list of U.S. and Canadian cities with the highest number of college students per 100 residents. Also serving Milwaukee-area students are local campuses of Upper Iowa University and Ottawa University, which has a campus in Brookfield, Wisconsin.

Cristo Rey Jesuit High School Milwaukee

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Diane Drufenbrock

Diane Joyce Drufenbrock (October 7, 1929 – November 4, 2013), also known as Sister Madeleine Sophie, was an American religious sister as a member of the Catholic School Sisters of St. Francis. She was a Christian socialist who was the Vice-Presidential candidate for the Socialist Party USA in the United States presidential election, 1980.Drufenbrock was born in Evansville, Indiana. In 1948, after graduating Reitz Memorial High School, she moved to Milwaukee to enter the Franciscan Sisters. A mathematics graduate of Alverno College in 1953 and of Marquette University, she taught mathematics at Alverno College, at the University of Wisconsin–Parkside, and elsewhere around Milwaukee, Wisconsin, including at the then-new St. Joseph High School (Kenosha) when it opened in September 1957.

Drufenbrock gained a doctorate in mathematics from the University of Illinois at Urbana in 1963. After teaching for 13 years at Alverno College, she taught at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in her native Indiana for 18 years.Her interest in social issues led her to join the Socialist Party USA in 1976. She ran as their Vice-Presidential candidate in the 1980 United States presidential election, and served as that party's National Treasurer. That campaign resulted in the Party's recognition by the Federal Elections Commission as a national political party.

Dominican High School (Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin)

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Don Wadewitz

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Georgine Loacker

Georgine Loacker, S.S.S.F. (May 27, 1926 – August 3, 2013) was an American scholar. She was internationally recognized as an assessment scholar, and founded the Alverno College ability-based curriculum.

Harold W. McGraw Prize in Education

The Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education is awarded annually by the McGraw-Hill Education, The McGraw Foundations, and Arizona State University to recognize outstanding individuals who have dedicated themselves to improving education through new approaches and whose accomplishments are making a difference in Pre-K-12 education, higher education, and learning science research around the world. The McGraw Prize was established in 1988 to honor the company's founder, James H. McGraw's lifelong commitment to education and to mark the corporation's 100th anniversary. In 2015 McGraw-Hill Education formed an alliance with Arizona State University to manage the annual McGraw Prize program.

As of 2015, McGraw Prize winners are determined by on an open nomination process as well as an assessment of the importance of an individual's career-long impact on the field of education by distinguished committee of jurors. The Prize includes three categories: Pre-K-12, higher education, and learning science research. Honorees receive an award of $50,000 and a bronze sculpture designed by students from Arizona State University.

Past honorees include:

CEO of EdX Anant Agarwal;

superintendent of Miami-Dade school district Alberto M. Carvalho;

CEO of the Afghan Institute of Learning Sakena Yacoobi;

founder of Khan Academy Sal Khan;

former U.S. Secretary of Education Richard Riley;

former U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige;

James B. Hunt, Jr., former Governor of North Carolina;

Ellen Moir, co-founder and executive director, New Teacher Center at the University of California, Santa Cruz;

James P. Comer, M.D., Maurice Falk Professor of Child Psychiatry, Yale University Child Study Center;

Mary E. Diaz, Ph.D., Dean of Education, Alverno College;

Christopher Cerf, a key creative force behind Sesame Street;

Dennis Littky, co-founder and co-director of The Big Picture Company, The Met School and College Unbound;

and Barbara Bush, founder of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy and former First Lady.

Joel Read

Sister Joel Read (December 30, 1925 – May 25, 2017) was an American religious sister and the president of Alverno College from 1968 until 2003.

Jovita Carranza

Jovita Carranza is the 44th Treasurer of the United States after being appointed by President Donald Trump. Previously she served as the Deputy Administrator for the United States Small Business Administration from December 2006 to January 2009. Appointed by President George W. Bush, Carranza was unanimously confirmed by the U. S. Senate. Prior to the SBA appointment, Carranza served as Vice President of Air Operations for United Parcel Service (UPS) the world's largest package delivery company at its facility in Louisville, Kentucky, where she oversaw the automated package processing operation.Previously, Carranza was the President & CEO of the JCR Group, a consulting firm with a focus on business development, profit and loss management, operations, logistics and systems optimization.

A committed and active community leader, Jovita serves on the boards of United Way, National Center for Family Literacy, National Council of La Raza, SCORE, Alverno College and the American Cancer Society Corporate Advisory Council. Jovita also serves in a variety of other civic capacities focused on economic empowerment, business development, education, health & humanitarian relief.

Carranza is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including "Woman of the Year" by Hispanic Business Magazine, "Woman of Distinction" by the American Association of University Women and NASPA, "Honorary Alumna for Alverno College"

Maria Varela

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Marilyn Shrude

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Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference

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The NACC sponsors 19 sports. Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, tennis, indoor track & field, outdoor track & field, and volleyball. Women's squads are fielded in basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, indoor track & field, outdoor track & field and volleyball. The newest NACC sport is men's volleyball, added in the 2017–18 school year.The NACC became eligible for automatic NCAA postseason berths in 2008–09.

Richard R. Pieper

Richard R. Pieper, Sr. (born March 30, 1936), is an American entrepreneur and philanthropist. He is currently the Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of PPC Partners, Inc. headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


SOARING is a public art work by American artist Lyle London, located in Reiman Plaza at Alverno College on the south side of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The abstract stainless steel sculpture rises 20 feet from a fountain. London's commission was coordinated by Uhlein-Wilson Architects.


Soaring may refer to:

Gliding, in which pilots fly unpowered aircraft known as gliders or sailplanes

Lift (soaring), a meteorological phenomenon used as an energy source by some aircraft and birds

An increased speed of growth in a mountains height

Soaring (magazine), a magazine produced by the Soaring Society of America

SOARING, a public artwork at Alverno College

List of soaring birds

Soarin' Over California, a ride at Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim, California

Soarin', a ride in Walt Disney World's Epcot which is the same as Soarin' Over California

Soaring (album) a 1973 Big Band jazz album by Don Ellis

St. John Vianney Catholic Church

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Toni Palermo

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Women's College Coalition

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