The Stritch community gathered for several events in early April to celebrate the 90th birthday of Sister Camille Kliebhan, OSF, Ph.D., Stritch’s president from 1974 to 1991 and current chancellor.
On Thursday, April 4, faculty, staff and students joined Sister Camille for cake on her actual birthday during an afternoon event that included a round of “Happy Birthday” led by the Stritch choir. Alderman Jose Perez, ’99, stopped by the celebration to deliver proclamations declaring April 4 “Sister Camille Kliebhan Day” on behalf of the Milwaukee Common Council, in the City of Milwaukee by Mayor Tom Barrett, and in the state of Wisconsin by Gov. Scott Walker.
On April 7, close to 300 alumni, community members, friends, and family gathered to continue the celebration. The day began with a special Mass, presided over by the Most Rev. Jerome Listecki, archbishop of Milwaukee. A program and brunch followed. At that time, a special video tribute included greetings from Sister Camille’s colleagues as well as a surprise message from former First Lady Barbara Bush, a friend of Sister Camille who received an honorary degree from Stritch in 1981.
Sister Camille joined Stritch in 1955. During her tenure as president, she initiated the nursing program, began the first-ever accelerated business degree programs for working adults to be offered in the Milwaukee area, and oversaw the building project that includes the student union, field house, library and Great Hall, which is named for her father.
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.