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Clarke Invites Community to Homecoming Celebration

posted on September 29, 2010

Clarke University will celebrate its annual Homecoming this weekend, October 1-3, with a full slate of activities for alumni, students and friends. The university welcomes friends from the Dubuque community to a number of public events:

On Saturday, an alumni tent party and carnival will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. on “The Hill” in conjunction with women’s and men’s Crusader soccer games against rival St. Ambrose University beginning at 1 and 3 p.m.  This year, Clarke will also host a volleyball tournament during Homecoming, with the Crusaders playing Graceland University at noon and Grinnell College at 4 p.m. on Saturday in the Robert and Ruth Kehl Center.

An alumni art sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the university’s Atrium Conference Room and a there will be special Mass at 5:30 p.m. in Clarke’s Sacred Heart Chapel, including a ceremony of remembrance for deceased Clarke alumni.

On Saturday evening, Clarke will host a special Musical Theatre Event during which Clarke alumni will return to perform a retrospective of musical theatre at Clarke – many reprising their original roles! The event will also honor the music and drama faculty at Clarke, some of whom will retire at the end of this academic year. The celebration begins with an appetizer reception in the Wahlert Atrium at 6:30 p.m. with the performance starting at 7:30 p.m. in Jansen Music Hall. Cost is $25 and a portion of the proceeds will benefit Clarke’s musical theatre program. Advance reservations can be made by calling (563)588-6405 or tickets can be purchased at the door.

Distinguished Alumni
During the Homecoming weekend, Clarke will also present this year’s Distinguished Alumni Awards. This year’s recipients are:

Kathryn “Judy” Conway ’59, Humanitarian Service Award
Judy Conway has worked for various poverty causes throughout her lifetime. Inspired by Kennedy’s call for change and service, she was selected in the highly competitive process to join the Peace Corps. She also taught in Milwaukee Catholic and public schools, and was a trainer for Community Relations-Social Development Commission, an organization dedicated to social programs. For eight years she worked in various roles at the Working Boys Center in Quito, Ecuador. She also organized many community-wide events in Milwaukee, and owned a graphic design company. Later, she became regional director for Joint Action in Community Service in New York City. Now retired, Judy resides in New York City where she volunteers for a Hispanic religious education program, teaches junior high students on the weekend, serves as a catechist, and completes grant and mission work every year for the Working Boys Center.

Mary Kern Manning ’58, Outstanding Achievement Award 
Mary is no stranger to expanding her horizons. She majored in chemistry at Clarke and worked in the chemistry department while starting a family. Mary volunteered for numerous organizations including the Clarke Alumni Board, Junior League and worked part-time while raising six kids. At age 48, with one child in first grade, she went back to law school. She focused on family law and entered private practice in the early 1990s. She found her calling as assistant state attorney in DeKalb, Illinois, specializing in civil and child support enforcement issues. In 2001, she moved to Champaign, Ill., where she worked for the county and continued her work in child support enforcement. She retired from the county in 2008 and in May 2009, she joined Dodd Ludwig Maatuka, LLC where she became head of the family law division. Throughout her varied career, Mary has consistently served as an advocate for the safety and welfare of children.

For a full schedule of Clarke’s Homecoming, visit www.clarke.edu/homecoming. Media requesting information should contact the Clarke University Marketing and Communication Office at (563)588-6318.

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