Dear Alumni, Benefactors, Friends and Community Advocates,

I’m pleased to announce the 2015–16 fund raising total of $3.2 million continues our exceptional four-year philanthropy trend and actually doubles the total collected in 2011–12. Thank you! Your generosity helps underwrite need and merit-based scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students, funds the scholarly endeavors of our faculty, and provides general support for the programs that connect our students with the heart of our Catholic, Franciscan mission. test

View the 2015 -16 Honor Roll of Donors.

I have the great honor of working side-by-side with leaders—both volunteers and University colleagues—whose belief in the value of a Stritch education is a key to our fund raising success. Advancement Committee Chair Mary Kellner, ’07, and her predecessor Al Costigan, ’13(H)—both members of the University’s Board of Trustees—collaborate not only with committee colleagues, but President Loftus, First Lady Irene Prior Loftus, Provost Senese, our deans, academic leadership and the Advancement Office staff to produce these results.

Many philanthropic investments come with endearing stories and help us remember the importance not only of preserving the legacy of our loved ones and of the University’s founders, the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi, but also of creating a future legacy for generations of students who benefit from donor support. I don’t have space to tell every story but please allow me to briefly share a few:

Carol Carpenter carries on her father’s commitment to Stritch. She values the education that her two grandnephews receive at Stritch and appreciates the role the University plays in the community. In 1985, the O.W. Carpenter Campus Center was named for Carol’s dad, a Milwaukee business leader.

While Raejean Kanter, ’85, earned her Stritch master’s degree as an adult, her ties to the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi extend back to her teenage years. They instilled values in her that guided her career, for which she’s received numerous awards. She expresses her gratitude through an endowed scholarship for students participating in Stritch-sponsored international experiences.

This year, Felicia Rosland-Reindl, ’83, established a nursing scholarship in memory of her sister, Ann, who overcame personal obstacles to obtain a master’s degree. Both Felicia and Ann pursued careers in health care.

John Lutz, ’75, honors the legacy of Sister Michaella Poellman, OSF, ’46, ’59, with a scholarship for underrepresented students in Stritch’s College of Education and Leadership. A teacher for 35 years, Lutz helps to support the educators of tomorrow.

If your name is not listed in this 2015–16 Honor Roll of Donors, I invite you to contact me or one of my colleagues in Advancement so together we can develop a personalized approach to your philanthropy for Stritch.

Warm regards,

Robert J. Buckla, Ed.D. 
Vice President, University Advancement 
(414) 410-4201

P.S. To receive, "IMPACT PHILANTHROPY: Student Support and Faculty Support," a brochure about recent charitable gifts and the people and organizations who made them, visit