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Timeline of Alverno College History

1907

 

In 1907 Mother Alexia chose to return to Germany permanently in order to work more fully with the German Province for the School Sisters of St. Francis that she had helped to establish there in 1895. Mother Alfons Schmid, co-foundress of the community and St. Joseph Normal School became the next leader of the School Sisters of St. Francis.

 

This is a black and white photo of Mother Alexia Hoell

Mother Alexia Hoell

 

This is a black and white photo of Mother Alfons Schmid

Mother Alfons Schmid

1912


A major curricular change came in 1912 when both the graduation requirements and the number of courses offered were greatly expanded at St. Joseph's Normal School.

1920

In 1920, St. Joseph's was expanded to a two year program. The expansion was spearheaded by Sister Jutta Hollenbeck, who later would become Alverno's first Academic Dean.

 

This is a black and white photo of Sister Jutta Hollenbeck, first Academic Dean for Alverno College

Sister Jutta Hollenbeck

1924

 

On August 11, 1924 St. Joseph Convent Conservatory of Music (which eventually became Alverno College of Music) under the direction of Sister Cherubim Schafer, a well-known liturgical musician, opened its doors.

 

This is a black and white photo of Sister Cherubim Schafer, founder of St. Joseph Convent Conservatory of Music

Sister Cherubim Schafer

1929

 

Mother M. Stanislaus Hegner became the third Superior General of the School Sisters of Saint Francis upon the death of Mother Alfons Schmid in 1929.  She is also considered the third president of Alverno College.

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This is a black and white photo of Mother Stanislaus Hegner, third Superior General of the School Sisters of St. Francis

Mother Stanislaus Hegner