Community gathers to celebrate Sister Camille's 90th

Monday, April 8, 2013 9:15:00 PM

Sr Camille

The Stritch community gathered to celebrate the 90th birthday of Sister Camille Kliebhan, OSF, Ph.D., Stritch’s president from 1974 to 1991 and current chancellor, for several events April 4 and 7. 

Stritch students, faculty and staff gathered from 2-4 p.m. on Thursday, April 4 to recognize Sister Camille. At 3:30 p.m., the Stritch community sang “Happy Birthday” to Sister Camille, led by the Stritch Choir. The celebrations also included proclamations of “Sister Camille Kliebhan Day” in the city of Milwaukee by Mayor Tom Barrett, by the Milwaukee Common Council by Alderman Jose Perez, '99, and in the state of Wisconsin by Gov. Scott Walker.

In addition, close to 300 alumni, community members, friends and family gathered April 7 to continue the celebration. The day began with a special Mass at 10 a.m., presided over by the Most Rev. Jerome Listecki, archbishop of Milwaukee. A program and brunch followed at 11:30 a.m. A special video tribute was offered, which included greetings from former First Lady Barbara Bush, a friend of Sister Camille who received an honorary degree from Stritch in 1981.

In honor of Sister Camille Kliebhan and the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi, the Santa Chiara Fund -- a need-based annual scholarship fund -- has been established to help students “approve the better things” as they discover their purpose in life. Santa Chiara is Saint Clare in Italian. Click here to make a contribution to the Santa Chiara Fund in Sister Camille's honor.

Sister Camille joined Stritch in 1955. During her tenure as president, she introduced programs that became the Ruth S. Coleman College of Nursing and in 1982 she began the first-ever accelerated business degree programs for working adults to be offered in the Milwaukee area.

At age 90, Sister Camille continues to contribute to the Stritch community, coming to work each day as the university’s chancellor. 

View a photo gallery of the event

Coverage of the birthday celebration was featured on Sunday evening and Monday morning newscasts on Today's TMJ4. Click here to view.