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The Power of Story

Trauma, fear and addiction once isolated them, but they refused to be defined by their circumstances and pain. Students of past, present, and future candidly retell their stories of struggle to help others feel less alone.

by Sara Woelfel
When word got out that one student planned to share her family’s story of coming to the U.S. from Mexico for a 2017 feature in Stritch Magazine, the news triggered an unprecedented response. Within hours, seven other students asked to share their stories, too. Even more volunteered in the days that followed.

In the end, the “Daring to be DREAMers” digital series featured numerous impassioned first-person accounts of children brought to the U.S. for a better life. The eagerness and rawness with which these students recounted their stories revealed a glimpse into the immigrant community’s deep-down desire to be better understood and to take ownership of a narrative that so often negatively portrayed their loved ones. The students knew all too well the risks of sharing details of their personal lives, especially since some were undocumented. But they also understood the greater risk of remaining in the shadows, enabling others to own their narrative, choose their adjectives and cast their families in shame. They believed in the power stories have to unite, heal and inspire.

Three people connected to Stritch—students from the past, present and future—likewise entrusted Stritch Magazine to share their personal tales of despair and how they turned them into stories of triumph. Today, each speaks with a joyful, energetic spirit, expressing gratitude and hope despite their difficult days and trying circumstances. They discovered a sense of peace not because life became easier, but because they changed their perspectives and narratives. Their true contentment came not in avoiding suffering, but in finding purpose in their struggles by courageously and vulnerably telling their stories to help others feel less alone.

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Magazine features

Students express gratitude to Kellners for their $2.5 million gift

Students express gratitude to Kellners for their $2.5 million gift

The Stritch community gathered for a special celebration in December 2019 to announce a $2.5 million gift from Mary and Ted Kellner that will benefit students, academic programs and activities.

St Clare Basilica - Assisi, Italy

The heart and spirit of the Stritch family

In the months since our campus community dispersed due to the global pandemic, our Stritch family has remained united in a shared Franciscan spirit, bringing caring, compassion, peace and reverence for creation into the wider world through our intentional efforts and outreach in this unprecedented time in history. Read about the ways faculty, staff, students and alumni encountered, contemplated and responded to this ever-evolving worldwide crisis.

New Board Members 2019

Board of Trustees, Alumni Association Board of Directors welcome new members

In fall 2019, the Cardinal Stritch University Board of Trustees elected four new members and the Alumni Association Board of Directors welcomed five new members. The University is grateful for the expertise, dedication and diverse perspectives these new members bring to table.

Class of 2023

Your gifts play a crucial role in the lives of our students and our community

The 2018–2019 Honor Roll of Donors recognizes by name every donor whose stewardship helped open classroom doors and future opportunities for generations of students. Donations that fund the dreams, callings and mission of our local and global workforce make a difference not just in our community but in our world.

The Stritch Piazza Project

Guest essay: The Stritch Piazza Project

"The Stritch Piazza is a moving, meandering work of art, one with long-term aspirations. It is a true manifestation of my 'artist brain.'" Guest essayist Jeff Zimpel, '09, writes about his inspiration for the Italian piazza concept that he installed at Stritch in Summer 2019.

Desk Job Leinfelder Grove

Desk Job: Ann Leinfelder Grove

The president and CEO of SaintA in Milwaukee, this 2010 master's in management alumna gave us a glimpse of her office where she immerses herself in the mission of the organization she has served for decades.

Archives artifacts

Archives acquires new artifacts, bestowed with new name

Now known at the Sister Margaret Ruddy, OSF, Archives, the University's historic trove is home to several new precious acquisitions belonging to two esteemed Catholic leaders - namesake Samuel Cardinal Stritch and Pope Pius XII.

Yakich portrait

Scholarships honor Wisconsin leader, help students achieve goals

Walter J. Yakich founded the Mary Alice Yakich Educational Foundation in 1999 to honor his late wife. The foundation, directed by their daughter Jan Drzewiecki, established Stritch's Mary Alice Yakich Educational Foundation Scholarship for high-achieving incoming freshmen.

Bookshelf additions

Check out the latest faculty publications

Crack open one of these new books, written by our very own faculty members within the last couple years. Find instruction, inspiration and humor within the pages of these six books.

Clem Arend, '84

Honoring his crowning achievement

As one of the first graduates from Stritch’s innovative Programs in Management for Adults (PMA) in 1984, the late Clem Arend fulfilled a long sought after dream of earning a college degree to complement his successful career. To honor his father’s commitment to education, Clem’s son, Bob, ’01, ’04, established the Clem J. Arend, ’84, Scholarship Fund to support Stritch students.

Shining a spotlight on our alumni

Join us in celebrating the work of these Cardinal Stritch University alumni, whose professional work is making a difference in their communities, in their workplaces and in the lives of the people they serve.


Brady Corporation Foundation supports LDRS initiative with $10,000 grant

The Brady Corporation Foundation has awarded a $10,000 grant to support Stritch’s Leadership Development, Reflection, and Service (LDRS) Initiative, a comprehensive program for incoming first year students who come from low-income families, are first-generation college students, and/or are students of color. The LDRS Initiative has been integral at Cardinal Stritch University since its inception in 2013.

2019 OSF Anniversaries

Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi celebrate milestone anniversaries

Fifteen Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi celebrated their milestones of vowed commitment of religious profession at a Jubilarian Mass in July 2019. As foundresses of Cardinal Stritch University, all Sisters hold a special connection to the University. Among the 15 honored in 2019, 13 have studied and/or worked at Stritch.

Polling the Experts: Business Owners

Polling the Experts: Business Owners

In fall 2019, six alumni experts answered the question: if offering advice to future business owners, what would you identify as one significant practice, strategy or core value in your business that you think is key to your ongoing success?

Let’s catch up!

Keep us updated on the latest news in your life, and we promise to do the same. We encourage you to send us home and email address updates as well as news of your latest job, changes in family, awards and accomplishments, and other happenings in your personal and professional life. We’re especially excited when you send us photos – maybe even of you in Stritch gear? – or links to your business, a news story, or your social media accounts.
Learn the latest and greatest through StritchNews, Stritch Magazine, Stritch Connections monthly eNewsletter, our social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube and SnapChat) and simply by attending a music performance, theater production, athletic competition or alumni event or visiting your favorite professor.
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Lend a hand or share your expertise

Often Stritch alumni remember the people who helped support and guide them and are interested in giving back to today’s students in the same way. Reach out to us if you are interested in:
  • Speaking to a class
  • Working with faculty to provide real-world class projects
  • Creating internship experiences at your workplace
  • Mentoring students
  • Offering career advice or mock interviews to students in your field
  • Establishing a new scholarship or donating the Santa Chiara Fund

Archive your beloved Stritch artifacts

The Sister Margaret Ruddy, OSF, Archives welcomes alumni and friends of Stritch to partner in its efforts to preserve artifacts and photos that mark both the extraordinary and ordinary moments in the University’s first eight decades. Organized and maintained through the talents, expertise and dedication of Archivist Sister Margaret Ruddy, OSF, the archives houses artwork, clothing, sacred objects, trophies, yearbooks, files, photos and more to memorialize generations of University milestones. Every contribution is appreciated and valued.
To donate an artifact or schedule a tour of the archives, contact Sister Margaret at or (414) 410-4260.

January 25, 2021

Stritch alumni recognized as Power Brokers by Milwaukee Business Journal

January 07, 2021

Stritch alumni recognized for exemplary leadership

December 18, 2020

2020 Christmas Message

Educational Leadership

Graduate Information Session: Ph.D in Educational Leadership

February 09, 2021


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Sábado en Stritch

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Saturdays at Stritch

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