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In Case You Missed It

Clarke’s Alumni Office is pleased to be able to host a variety of virtual events and experience for alumni near and far! Here, you can access recordings of some of our recent virtual and live events. Depending on streaming platform and event format, not all events will be accessible indefinitely. Please email with questions.

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A Celebration of Faith and Friendship with Sister Catherine and Sister Jean

In celebration of our shared values and Catholic heritage with Loyola University Chicago, Clarke University is proud to share a special video event, A Celebration of Faith & Friendship. The conversation is moderated by Mary Ann Zollmann, BVM, a Mundelein College graduate who has served on the Board of Trustees of both universities. Together, their conversation delves into how Jean and Catherine used the BVM Core Values of charity, education, justice, and freedom to enrich higher education. In turn, they shared these values with the community through volunteerism, service, and the good works of their thousands of alumni.

Click here to view A Celebration of Faith and Friendship with Sister Catherine and Sister Jean 

Mackin-Mailander lecture: Clarke Lives! The Story of the 1984 Fire Norm Freund Professor Emeritus

Clarke University recently commemorated a significant milestone—marking 40 years since the transformative fire that left an indelible mark on the institution. Professor Emeritus Norm Freund, a distinguished figure with a deep connection to the university, took center stage to share poignant perspectives from that fateful day and the remarkable resurrection that followed.

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Mackin-Mailander lecture: Clarke Lives! Lives That Make a Difference Joan Lingen, BVM ’61

Joan Lingen, BVM ’61, is an alumna, faculty emerita, and beloved member of the Clarke community. Over 47 years of service to the institution, she has collected the stories of the inspired leaders who have called Clarke home – from five Catholic sisters who founded the school, to those who led Clarke’s resurgence after the fire in 1984 and beyond.

Click here to view Mackin-Mailander Lecture with Joan Lingen BVM ’61


Cocktails with Catherine: 5 Impactful Moments Over 50 Years

In the video, Catherine Dunn, BVM President Emerita reflects upon her five most impactful moments spanning her 50 years at Clarke alongside Norm Freund, Professor Emeritus. This journey down memory lane allows us to cherish the milestones and experiences that have shaped Clarke University.

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2023 Mackin-Mailander Faculty Lecture:


This lecture was presented by Professor of Religious Studies
Paulette Skiba, BVM, Ph.D. on March 1.  Click here to view the lecture.

Off the Court with Coaches Courtney Boyd and Adam Hocking

The 2021/2022 season for Clarke Women’s Basketball was one for the history books. Most wins in program history, regular season conference champs, back -to-back conference tournament champs, six All-Conference players, Heart Coach of the Year and Assistant Coach of the Year, most wins by a head coach in program history, longest winning streak in program history…the list goes on and on! Join President Thom Chesney as he sits down with Coach Courtney Boyd and Assistant Coach Adam Hocking to look back at a historic and monumental season for Women’s Basketball. Nicole McDermott ’24, a guard for the Pride, will join the discussion to share her perspective as a player for the most successful team that Clarke University has ever seen.

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Building the Field of Dreams

Spend an evening with President Thom D. Chesney and Clarke University alumna, Sue Riedel ’68 as she reflects on her role in helping to bring the Field of Dreams movie to Dyersville, IA. Sue will share the story of how she came to find the farm that would eventually become the iconic set where Kevin Costner played a final game of catch with his dad and captured the hearts and minds of baseball lovers across the nation. Current student, Tucker La Belle, joins the conversation to share how Sue’s grassroot efforts provided him with a once in a lifetime internship experience when the MLB brought the Yankee’s and White Sox to the Dyersville field in August 2021.

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Reflections: A Look at the History and Influence of Mary Frances Clarke Hall with Norm Freund

Reconnect with Clarke University alongside Professor Emeritus Norm Freund. This virtual event will celebrate the history of Clarke University through one of the cornerstones of campus, Mary Frances Clarke Hall. Following a virtual tour and presentation, Norm will lead a Q&A session that invites participants to share their questions and memories of our beautiful campus and Mary Frances Clarke Hall.

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Mackin-Mailander Lecture Series Presents:
Jessica Pape ’08

Life experiences and circumstances can derail us or help clarify vision and purpose toward success. Learning to grow from shame to shining through adversity, Jessica shares personal accounts of resilience, growth, and faith and how embracing unique perspectives can positively impact your life. Choosing intention to overcome challenges and thrive offers an insightful reminder that personal circumstances need not define who we truly are.

Click here to view Vivid: Seeing Clearly the Path Ahead of Us

This lecture was streamed via Microsoft Teams. When prompted, either download the Teams web application or simply click “Watch on the Web”

Schemmel Endowed Lecture in Theology
Climate Change & Catholicism: Climate Justice as Essential to Catholic Mission

Daniel R. DiLeo, Ph.D., is an assistant professor and director of the Justice and Peace Studies Program at Creighton University. His research and scholarship focus  on Catholic social teaching and climate change with particular focus on Pope Francis’s encyclical Laudato Si’. Since 2009, he has been a consult with Catholic Climate Covenant of which the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is a founding member. Dr. DiLeo earned his Ph.D. in theological ethics from Boston College.

Following Dr. DiLeo’s lecture, Michael Jackels, Archbishop of Dubuque, offers a reflection.

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What’s the Plan? — Developing an Estate Plan with Confidence

Preparing your estate plan can seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be! Join Attorney at Law and Clarke Alumni Association Board Member, Matthew Boleyn (’08) and break down the basics of estate planning. You will learn about the importance of having an estate plan, how to make your plan your own, and gain a clear understanding of what you can do today to ensure no business is left unfished. Get all of your questions answered and walk away feeling prepared to make the best decisions for you and your family.

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Mackin-Mailander Lecture Series Presents:
Andrea Simmons, DNP

Chronic disease among Americans is on the rise. The increasing rate of illness among us results in trillions of dollars spent every year trying to diagnose and manage these diseases. Health care providers are vital in helping to educate patients on methods for preventing, managing, and reversing these ailments. Gaps in our system exist that prevent providers from implementing interventions necessary to halt the rising rates of disease. This interactive presentation will explore the current state of health in America and compare Western Medicine approaches to the Functional approach. Participants will learn key indicators in the breakdown of health and tips to ensure optimal wellness. Together we will go back to the basics of preventative medicine and learn how a functional lens can help restore health and vitality for all.

Dr. Andrea Simmons ’01, ’08M, 16D is a board-certified family nurse practitioner with a background in pediatric and adolescent medicine, women’s health, and family health care. Early in her practice, she developed an interest in Functional Medicine and has spent the last two years incorporating a more holistic approach to patient care. She is currently seeking certification through the Institute of Functional Medicine and Functional Medicine University. Dr. Simmons is also an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Clarke University. She teaches in the Doctor of Nursing Program. Andrea lives in Southwest Wisconsin with her husband and three busy children. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, walking her dog, gardening, and spending time outside.

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Cocktails with Catherine

Learn how to make delicious cocktails while enjoying lively conversation with our very own President Emerita Sr. Catherine Dunn.

President Thom Chesney will emcee the event and Vice President for Institutional Advancement Bill Biebuyck serves as our mixologist. Bill will demonstrate how to make the perfect Old Fashioned and Manhattan followed by a live Q&A with Sr. Catherine and Thom.

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