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Alverno Alumnae Council

Connecting Alverno graduates to one another and the College

The purpose of the Alverno Alumnae Council is to engage alumnae in a variety of ways that accomplish the following objectives:

  • Carry out the mission, vision and goals of Alverno College and the Alumnae Engagement Department through the work of the Council committees, groups and regional chapters.
  • Bring to life the spirit of the College in ways that increase alumnae engagement and sisterhood.
  • Identify new ways, or bolster existing ones that give alumnae a strong sense of connectivity to one another and the College.
  • Promote greater access to College resources, including educational opportunities, career counseling or participation in key events.
  • Build networks that will equip alumnae to serve as brand ambassadors for the College.

Enjoy the benefits of getting involved

What's in it for you?

  • Celebrate your sisterhood as #AlvernoStrong
  • Reconnect with the campus
  • Gain unique leadership experience
  • Network with Alverno community members
  • Engage, inspire, and support current students
  • Meet new friends and reconnect with classmates
Roles and Responsibilities

Each Committee Chair is asked to serve a three-year term on the Council. Each Committee Member is asked to serve a year term. In addition to this responsibility, Council members are asked to:

  • Serve as a brand ambassador for the College, to increase engagement and positively promote Alverno College.
  • Serve on one Council committee (list is below)
  • Attend the annual alumnae council summit.
  • Participate in at least one alumnae event each year, such as a chapter or regional gathering, networking breakfast, Homecoming or our new spring Alum Teach & Learn Weekend.
  • Contribute financially - role model your financial commitment as is meaningful to you to Alverno’s annual fundraising campaign which runs from July 1 to June 30 each year.

Council Committees

The Alverno Alumnae Council is always looking for new volunteers to participate in one of the many council committees, groups or chapters shown below.

Alumnae Council Chair: Mari-Anne Hechmann ’91

Interested in becoming an Alumnae Council member, or just want to learn more about what it means to be a Council member?

Applications to join the Alumnae Council for the 2017-18 year are now being accepted! All alums are welcome and encouraged to participate.

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Alumnae Athletics Committee

Our purpose is to:

  • Create connections between current student-athletes, coaches and alumnae athletes
  • Strengthen and enhance the fan base and help foster athletic alumnae events within each sports season
  • Support the annual fall and spring alum athletic events
  • Support the annual Alverno Inferno Golf Outing and other athletic fundraisers
  • Support the annual Cans Across the Conference
  • Increase A-Club Membership. Contributions to the A-Club go directly to support our student-athletes and make a lasting impact on all of them.
Committee Chair: Lisa Sorgi '10, '13 and Kristen Speerschneider '14

Alum Council Coach Liaison: Lisa Waltz – soccer

(Committee Members are welcome from each sport)

  • Soccer
  • Cross Country
  • Volleyball
  • Tennis
  • Softball
  • Basketball
  • Golf


Chapter Management Committee

The Chapter Management Committee builds a strong foundation for the development and sustainability of Alumnae committees, groups and regional chapters.

The committee identifies, recruits and retains members to serve on the Alverno Alumnae Council.

The committee creates tools and resources that make it easy and fun to start a chapter and/or strengthen and sustain existing chapters and committees therefore increasing alumnae engagement nationwide.

  • Members will assist with follow up calls to interested alumnae
  • Conduct welcome calls for new members
  • Create toolbox kits
  • Assist with technology needs to connect alums across the country
  • Host webinars with Alumnae Engagement office
Chair: Joyce Rewolinski ’95

Communications Ambassadors

The purpose of the Alumnae Council Communications Committee is to advise and support communications efforts to engage alumnae with each other and the College.

The committee serves in an advisory role to Alumnae Engagement department and the Communication Specialist/Marketing.

  • The committee will assist the College in gathering updated contact information, specifically email addresses, for the alumnae population.
  • The Communications Committee will serve as a focus group for College and alumnae publications.
  • Serve as social media ambassadors
  • Post and re-post on your social media networks
  • Contact your Alverno friends via email either by forwarding emails sent by Alverno or by using provided templates.
  • Assist with posting or re-posting giving messages on 24 hour Empower, during Year End Appeal.
  • Encourage alums to submit stories to Alverno website.

Chair: Jessica Ferrusquia ’11; College Liaison: Meghan Walsh '16


Corporate Chapters Committee

The Corporate Chapter Committee’s mission is to engage Alverno alumnae/i within their professional organizations through networking, enrichment, and volunteering activities.

  • Currently, 4 corporations have created Alverno Corporate Chapters. They include Northwestern Mutual, Rockwell, We Energies and Wells Fargo
  • Provide continuing education opportunities, including speakers and mini-courses from Alverno
  • Coordinate activities with current students
  • Coordinate activities, panels, or classes for the spring Alumnae Teach & Learn Weekend

We are looking for other concentrations of Alverno strong alums within local organizations to start our next corporate chapter!

*Alums who work at these companies are encouraged to join the corporate chapter as committee members.

Chair: Dawn Tryba '11

Lifelong Learning
Alverno Alumnae Teach & Learn Weekend

The Alverno Alumnae Teach & Learn Weekend fosters a lifelong commitment between the College and its alumnae. This committee promotes learning as a continuous and lifelong process and provides educational, spiritual, and professional experiences that enhance quality of life and empower alumnae.

  • Serve as a focus group for planning spring Alumnae Teach & Learn Weekend
  • Assist with Alverno Community Conference by serving on the planning committee or teaching a session
  • Serve as a focus group for Alverno Forum planning


Regional Chapters

The following alumnae regional chapters have been established. To connect with your local Alverno alumnae chapter, please contact the Alumnae Engagement Office 414-382-6090 or

  • Arizona - College Liaison: Mary Frieseke '93, '10
  • Chicago - Co-Chairs: Maureen Hellwig ’68 and MaryAnn Schwartz ’62; College Liaison: Kim Muench '89
  • Florida - College Liaisons: Kim Muench '89
  • New York - College Liaison: Lisa Pieper
  • Minnesota - Chair: Jan Cera '91, College Liaisons: Lisa Pieper and Elizabeth O'Hara '15
  • Southern California - College Liaison: Mary Frieseke '93, '10
  • Texas - Chair: Kathy Hudson H’14; College Liaisons: Kim Muench '89 and Lisa Pieper
  • Washington, D.C. - College Liaison: Lisa Pieper


Retiree Group

Develop ways for retirees to stay connected to Alverno, alums and students. The committee will plan speakers and activities to assist retirees as they stay connected.

Chairs: Virginia Wagner ’69, Sylvia Hedin ’67, Sr. JoAnn Miller ’60   


Silver Guild-Golden Guild Class Reunions

The Silver Guild –Golden Guild committee will work with class reunion groups celebrating 25 and 50 years. Each year members of the milestone classes will be recruited to assist with planning.

Co-Chairs: Pat Hribar ’65, Rose Spang ’62


Strength in Sisterhood
Alumnae-Student Connections Committee

The Strength in Sisterhood committee increases student awareness of alumnae initiatives and fosters students into active volunteers and supporters for Alverno before and after graduation.

  • Raise exposure among current students of what an alumna is, and connect students to alumnae
  • Educate students about importance of donors and why participation matters
  • Create practice of giving starting as students
  • Assist at the annual Celebration of Giving Dinner (event which pairs student scholarship recipient with their scholarship donor)
  • Assist students for Thank a Strong Woman Day in the spring
  • Support the phoneathon students, conducting an alum caller day with the Advancement team
  • Develop the tradition of Strong Women Interviews, scheduled with students and alums during the Alverno Alum Teach & Learn Weekend


Volunteer Service Committee

The purpose of the Volunteer Service Committee is to identify opportunities where students, alumnae, faculty and staff come together in service to positively impact our communities. This committee keeps alums connecting with students, keeps the Alverno community connected to the Milwaukee community, and shows positive public relations for the college reflecting its commitment to the community.

  • Partner with Alumnae Engagement
  • Partner with Student Affairs  for Alverno’s  annual Community Day
  • Partner and Support Athletics Cans Across the Conference
  • Support the service work of student organizations like Team Green (an environmental science student group)

Chair: Rebecca Wahlberg ’04


Young Alumnae Club

The vision of the Young Alum Club is to be an inspiring resource for recent graduates in a pursuit to support a lifelong relationship with Alverno.

  • Engage recent graduates: minimize the length of time between student graduation and post-graduation involvement with the Alverno alumnae association
  • Engage young alumnae: provide relevant resources, events, and volunteer opportunities
  • Host Zero Year Reunion for new alums
  • Attend Grad Finale and assist in recruiting new grads to Alumnae Council committees, groups or regional chapters
  • Promote alumnae activities including the Family Fall Festival and Alum Teach & Learn Weekend
  • Sisterhood Smarts - a series of educational sessions geared toward recent graduates (info on buying a house, insurance, financial stability)
  • Host senior week event with Student Activities
  • Participate and promote service activities
  • Attend President’s Dinner as Ambassadors, presenting a toast for new alums and assisting with the pinning ceremony
  • Create new activities of interest

Co-Chairs: Karla Barillas ’09, Kosovka Spreco ’16, Tia Vernon ’08

Interested in becoming an Alumnae Council member, or just want to learn more about what it means to be a Council member?

Applications to join the Alumnae Council for the 2017-18 year are now being accepted!

Apply now