University Communications

The Office of University Communications is responsible for elevating the image and reputation of Cardinal Stritch University by sharing news and key messages with internal and external audiences.

Our primary areas of focus include internal communications, media relations, alumni engagement, crisis communications and emergency notifications, and publications. 

All of our editorial content is produced by our staff; we do not use freelance writers or a public relations agency. 

 

Editorial Services

  • Copywriting
  • Copyediting 
  • Content editing 
  • Longterm editorial strategy
  • Audience analysis 
  • Internal communications
  • Talking points and key message development
  • Assistance developing speeches/remarks

Media Relations and Event Promotion

  • Earned media pitches
  • Stritch Experts Directory
  • ​Media calendar distribution
  • Media training

 

Internal Communications Policy  Stritch Style Guide  
We need YOU to help us share Stritch stories. Contact us at communications@stritch.edu to give us your story ideas.

Need inspiration? Here are some suggestions for story pitches:
  • What’s new in your classes, departments, teams or extracurricular organizations?
  • Are you planning an event on campus?
  • Did you recently connect with an alumnus, student, faculty or staff?
  • Are you living out your #stritchmission through volunteer service or your career?

Staff


Kathleen Hohl
Senior Director of Media Relations and Advancement Communications

Laura Schreiner
Senior Communication Strategist
Associate Editor, Stritch Magazine


Sara Woelfel
Editor, Stritch Magazine


 

Earned media is the communications counterpart to advertising. Whereas advertising costs money, it also guarantees control over the messages and placements. Earned media refers to third-party (newspapers, broadcast news, blogs, etc.) coverage that is NOT paid for. Together, earned media and advertising play a signifcant role in leveraging an organization's brand, image and reputation.

Our University Communications team is committed to sharing the "Stritch story." Here is a list of earned media placements in 2016-17:

StritchNews
StritchNews is the official communications platform of Cardinal Stritch University. Here you'll find the latest University news, student stories, faculty and staff features and alumni accomplishments.

Stritch Magazine
Stritch Magazine is published twice each year - a print edition in the fall and a digital edition in the summer. The print edition also includes The Office of University Advancement's Honor Roll of Donors.

Alumni eNewsletter
The Office of University Communications collaborates with the Office of Alumni Engagement to share news and stories with our alumni through a monthly eNewsletter, as well as social media. To subscribe to the eNewsletter, please contact alumni@stritch.edu.


 

  1. How do I suggest a story for StritchNews?
    We welcome your story ideas! Please email a brief summary to communications@stritch.edu. Our communications staff will follow up with you within five business days.
     
  2. How do I ensure that my writing is consistent with the University’s standards?
    Cardinal Stritch University adheres to AP Style in its official publications. For your convenience, we have created a Stritch Style Guide. Please reference the guide when you are writing on behalf of the University.
     
  3. Can I request editing assistance?
    Absolutely! Our communications staff are skilled editors. We’d be happy to share our expertise with you. Please send your requests to communications@stritch.edu
     
  4. Can you help me promote my event?
    Yes. Event promotion services that we offer include publishing related news stories or calendar highlights in StritchNews and the monthly Alumni eNewsletter, as well as media calendar distribution for events that are open to the public.
     
  5. How do I add a slide to the digital monitors?
    University Communications does not have access to the digital monitors. If you would like to post information there, please contact Luke Sadowsky in University Marketing at lasadowsky@stritch.edu.
     
  6. How do I add a message to the outdoor marquee sign?
    We are happy to help share information about events on campus. Please send requests to communications@stritch.edu.
     
  7. Who can help with a page or content on www.stritch.edu?
    The Office of Information Services can assist with changes or fix any error you discover. Contact the Office of Information Services at support@stritch.edu with any questions you have about the website. 
     
  8. Who can advise me if I have an idea to share with the news media?
    Please contact communications@stritch.edu for additional information.
     
  9. What should I do if a reporter contacts me or I have a question about media relations?
    Please contact communications@stritch.edu for additional information.
     
  10. How can I send a mass email?
    The Office of University Communications administers the official listservs – faculty@stritch.edu, staff@stritch.edu and students@stritch.edu. All employees and students are automatically added to the official listservs. These channels are used only for official messages that impact the majority of the intended group. If you think your message is appropriate for an official listserv, contact communications@stritch.edu at least three business days prior to your ideal distribution date.