The June commencement ceremony and alumni reception in Minnesota
are only two of the most recent endeavors geared to enhance student and alumni
engagement in the state, which has been home to Stritch programs
In 1987, Programs in Management for Adults – the forerunner
to the College of Business and Management -- expanded its operations to the
Twin Cities area. Today, Stritch continues to offer programs in the Minnesota communities
of Eden Prairie, Coon Rapids, Rochester, and Woodbury.
Marlene Lauwasser, former vice president for enrollment, and
Art Wasserman, former College of Business and Management dean, were
instrumental in lobbying Minnesota state legislators for approval to move
Stritch business programs into the state.
Stritch’s unique philosophy of taking education to where it
is needed– even as far as the Minneapolis suburbs – resonated with Minnesota
lawmakers and is what helped the college earn approval to operate there.
Joel Cencius, director of alumni relations, is excited to
nurture and grow the lasting relationships that have developed over the last 26
“With close to 3,500 graduates living in Minnesota, the state
is one of our largest alumni regions, so it is important we revitalize our alumni
programming in this area,” he said. “Our Minnesota graduates are eager to get
involved and re-connect – we now have a plan in place to make that happen.”
The University now has an alumni ambassador, Brian
Harper-Tibaldo, ’12, who will represent the region on the Alumni Board. In
addition, alumna Eileen Manning, ’95 and
her team at The Event Group, a full-service event production and marketing
agency, is assisting to plan quarterly alumni events that will take place in
either the Twin Cities or Rochester areas.