It is with great
enthusiasm that I welcome you all to the new Cardinal Stritch University
website and StritchNews – our all-new official communications tool for student,
faculty and staff news and events.
Through this new
venue, we hope to better lift up important information for the campus
community, and to do so in a way that brings to life the active and diverse
community that exists at our university. To that end, I will personally utilize
this venue to offer periodic university updates, “From the President’s Desk.”
It seems particularly
fitting to offer these words of welcome during Franciscan Mission Week, as we
celebrate our unique Franciscan tradition and legacy. Our 75th
anniversary year is beginning to draw to a close, but there is no shortage of
enthusiasm for celebrating our history and embracing our future.
Of course, you will
find many colleges and universities that are far older than our own. We’re
actually quite young, all things considered. And yet, a sense of history and tradition
abounds here. For me, it is especially meaningful when new perspective and
understanding of what this University is all about results from an interaction
with one of the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi. These experiences can begin
with a simple question: “Sister, tell me about the time when the University…”
Each time a
question is posed, I have been greeted with a welcoming smile, a pause for
reflection, and then there’s a story, rich in detail, crafted from the heart as
well as the mind, and told with pride. You can see it in their eyes.
This is the gift
that I have received so very often from the Sisters. I come to them with a
question, and they leave me with something far more important and lasting than
a simple answer. These answers are wrapped up perfectly in an abiding spirit and
love that affirms this University’s lasting relevance and purpose – where it
has been, and where it must continue to go.
That brings us to the future. And as you have undoubtedly noticed,
the new website features a new logo for the University, with a rose window as
the main visual element. The rose
window icon is based upon a rose window found at the Basilica of Saint Clare in
Assisi, Italy, and it honors the pioneering work of the Sisters.
The new visual identity, as it makes its way into the community, is a new
symbol of a unique 75-year tradition, created and continually reaffirmed by the
Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi. As 2012 draws to a close and 2013 begins, we
will work together to meet the educational needs of our community, state,
country and world.
James P. Loftus, Ph.D.