New Conference Center to be Named for Sister Camille

Monday, October 8, 2012 1:30:00 AM

To commemorate Sister Camille Kliebhan’s 50th year at Stritch, the University will name the new conference center that is being built in Bonaventure Hall the Sister Camille Kliebhan Conference Center.

Currently the University’s chancellor, Sister Camille joined Stritch in 1955, the year she earned her Ph.D. In the 49 years since then, she has served in a number of administrative and academic positions, including president, from 1974-91.

During her years at Stritch, Sister Camille has also dedicated time and talent in service to numerous corporate and civic-based organizations in the community, including a decades-old commitment to Rotary International, and has been the recipient of many awards.

“The University is honored to have benefited from nearly five decades of Sister Camille’s service and commitment,” Stritch President Sister Mary Lea Schneider said in announcing the naming of the conference center for her. “She has interacted with and touched the lives of thousands of students, and through our graduates, the lives of countless more individuals. And the grace, humility and deep dedication to Franciscan values she always demonstrates have endeared Sister Camille to so many and to all of us here at the University.”

With the new Sister Camille Kliebhan Conference Center, which is expected to open this fall, Stritch will be able provide an esthetically pleasing environment for local and national conferences and events that support the University’s mission and values. Situated near the expanded Bonaventure Hall main entrance, the center will accommodate groups of up to 425 people. The facility can also be divided into three sections, to host smaller events.

“It is a deep honor that the Conference Center will bear my name,” Sister Camille said. “It will be a beautiful environment for events such as mission-driven conferences on teaching and nursing, and it will provide an unmatched opportunity to introduce professionals and potential students to our campus and our community.”

The $14 million expansion of Bonaventure Hall, which houses academic and administrative space, is part of the Campaign for Cardinal Stritch University, the most ambitious capital campaign in the school’s 66-year history. To date, Stritch has received about $6 million in campaign pledges.

The three-level Bonaventure project consists of a 72,000-square-foot addition that will result in a dramatic new facility almost 3½  times its original size. The project will transform and greatly enhance Bonaventure, creating a state-of-the-art learning environment for students, faculty and staff. The space also will enable Stritch to better serve the greater community, particularly through the addition of the conference center.

“We are very excited about the construction of the new wing for Bonaventure Hall and the Campaign for Cardinal Stritch University,” Sister Mary Lea said. “This truly is a campaign to provide students with the resources and opportunities they need to better their lives so that they, in turn, can better our world.”