Experiences & Opportunities

At Cardinal Stritch University, we recognize that academic, spiritual and personal growth often take place outside the classroom. We offer several experiences & opportunities that encourage personal growth, promote civic responsibility, embrace differences, and connect students to the campus and the community. 
 

The FYE offered to students in the College of Arts and Sciences is intended to include an introduction to the Franciscan ideas, foster critical thinking and provide college orientation and skills sets for new students.


Based on an innovative, nationally-recognized design, the First Year Experience program at Cardinal Stritch University brings new students into a small, intimate course that focuses not only on a special, engaging topic, but also provides a general orientation to the academic life. But knowing that the college experience extends beyond the classroom, the program also brings students together once a week to hear from national and local leaders, relect on the Franciscan values, and engage with their fellow students through interactive discussions and common readings.

Specifically, FYE provides:

  • low-pressure, out-of-class contact with faculty, staff and other students
  • the opportunity to learn from enthusiastic and engaging instructors
  • off-campus service experiences in the heart of Milwaukee
  • the integration of intellectual, social, and emotional aspects of college life
  • a supportive Stritch community designed to help students adjust and succeed.

The Colleges of Business and Management, Education and Leadership and Nursing have similar introductory courses.

In the Franciscan tradition, service is motivated by the example of Jesus washing the feet of his apostles. Inspired by the life of Christ in the Gospels, St. Francis set about doing good and serving the needs of others.


St. Benedict's Meal

For the last 26 years, students and staff have carried hot meals downtown to feed the hungry on the first Thursday of each month from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Individuals can sign up to participate at the Campus Center desk. A meal for each participant is included.
 

Habitat For Humanity

Students often head south with hammers in their hands to build houses with people who cannot afford them but can work to earn them. The students do fund raising for this trip, and they form a community with reflections and sharing as they grow personally and spiritually.

For more information, contact University Ministry at (414) 410-4583.

Opportunities include Bean workers, Residence Hall staff, community/resident assistants, Den workers, and orientation leaders.


The Bean-- The Bean is Stritch’s campus coffeehouse, and the Bean student staff is in charge of beverage preparation, operating the espresso machine, customer service, and serving as positive representatives of Stritch.

Residence Hall staff -- Desk workers manage the daily operation of the reception desks at Assisi and Clare residence halls, including checking in guests, scheduling overnight guests, checking out equipment, collaborating with the Residence Life staff, and completing any administrative tasks.

Community Assistants/Resident Assistants -- Community assistants (CA’s) are student leaders who live in Assisi and Clare residence halls on the all-freshmen floors. They work in conjunction with the resident assistants and perform programming and paraprofessional/counseling duties during the academic year.

Resident assistants (or RA’s) are student leaders who serve as leaders on each wing of both residence halls. They provide programming, community development, paraprofessional advising/counseling functions, and other duties throughout the academic year.

The Den-- The Den is a lounge located in the Clare Residence Hall. Student staff oversee the Den from 7 p.m. to midnight each night and are in charge of selling food and managing events.

Orientation Leaders -- Orientation leaders are upper-class students who help plan and coordinate new student orientation programs. Their main responsibility is to welcome incoming students into the University community and help students transition to college life.

Student Government Association (SGA) is the main governing body for all undergraduate students.


SGA seeks to be the guiding force behind student life at Cardinal Stritch University. With a committed group of professional student leaders, SGA strives to create effective change on campus, meeting students’ needs and concerns and facilitating programs and activities.

SGA sponsors large campus activities such as the annual Christmas Dinner Dance, Club Carnival, and student/faculty forums. Opportunities exist for all students to get involved.

The Student Government Association elects six executive board members each year. These executives consist of president, vice president of the legislative assembly, vice president of clubs and organizations, vice president of programming, vice president of communications, and vice president of finance.

For more information, contact SGA at sga@wolfmail.stritch.edu.

Organizations that focus on being of service and or fostering spiritual growth.


At Stritch, students can become involved in a number of organizations that focus on being of service and/or fostering spiritual growth. For more information, contact the Student Success Center.

Christian Student Ecumenical Leadership -- Students of various denominations gather to engage in campus ministry that is inclusive and empowering for prayer and community building.

International Service Trips -- Provides affordable group travel opportunities for students who want to participate in community service. For more information, contact studyabroad@stritch.edu or visit the International Education page.

Urban Fellows Program - Coordinated through the Student Success Center, students make a difference in their community through program tracks: Summer Social Justice Internship, Community Based Placement and Internship, and SCOPE Corps (Stritch Center for Opportunity and Promise in Education).

Some activities and events at Stritch are offered on a regular basis but do not fall under the heading of clubs. These events are open to all students and publicity is posted around campus regarding upcoming meetings and opportunities. For more information on any of these listings, please contact the Student Success Center.

Alternative Spring Break
The students do fundraising for this trip and they form a community with reflections and sharing as they grow personally and spiritually.

Campus Mascot (Stritch Wolf)
Serves as the University’s mascot and performs at athletic and University events. Participants are able to increase their abilities in tumbling, theatrics, and crowd antics by attending spirit camps.

Christian Students Ecumenical Leadership
Students of various denominations gather to engage in campus ministry that is inclusive and empowering for prayer and community building.

Franciscan Student Leadership Pilgrimage
Association of Franciscan Colleges and Universities (A.F.C.U.)

In an effort to broaden and enrich the understanding of the Franciscan Values important to the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi, to the University, and to the world including ~ Making Peace ~ Reverencing Creation ~ Showing Compassion ~ Creating a Caring Community ~ Cardinal Stritch University provides yearly funding for students to participate in the Association of Franciscan Colleges and Universities (A.F.C.U.) Franciscan Pilgrimage.

International Service Trips
International service trips provide affordable group travel opportunities for students who want to participate in community service.

RSVP (Religious Scholars Vocation Program)
The RSVP program is a four year program that offers undergraduate ministry formation, theological reflection, internships, and educational discussions in an intentional student community. Participants must exemplify values compatible with faith-based leadership and express a statement of faith and sense of God’s calling.

Urban Fellows Program
The Urban Fellows Program is coordinated through the Center for Calling and Engagement. Students have the opportunity to make a difference right now in their community through program tracks: Summer Social Justice Internship, Community Based Placement and Internships, and SCOPE Corps (Stritch Center for Opportunity and Promise in Education).

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