Stritch reaffirms long connection with Minnesota

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 8:10:00 PM

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 since 1987.

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.

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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 years.

“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.